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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally only printed the day after the day on which they are lodged and then with the complete list of motions and amendments lodged the previous week which is published in this section of the Bulletin every Monday. That list also contains any motions lodged for debate in the forthcoming week.

Where the text of a motion or amendment is altered, the motion or amendment is re-printed with the changes marked by asterisks in the text.

Where a motion or amendment attracts additional support after it is first published, that additional support is shown separately at the end of this section.

Motions eligible for consideration for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#).

Motions submitted for members’ business in the Parliament but which have not yet received the requisite cross-party support are marked with a diamond symbol (♦).

Motions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site at Current Motions

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-198 Bill Butler: Drumchapel Table Tennis Club—That the Parliament congratulates Drumchapel Table Tennis Club on winning the British national table tennis league; commends the extensive work undertaken by the club within the community and with primary schools in the Drumchapel area and beyond; recognises the efforts of the Drumchapel Table Tennis Club to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles through sport among the 400 young people who attend the club each week; applauds the club on its success, both in the United Kingdom and abroad where members have competed in tournaments around the world, and wishes the club all the best as the only Scottish team competing in the UK’s table tennis premier league in 2008.

*S3M-197 Hugh O’Donnell: Debt Education—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent report from the Royal Bank of Scotland’s education initiative, Face2Face with Finance, which states that almost 90% of adults said they have never received any formal lessons on issues such as budgeting and saving and that more than two-thirds of those surveyed said that classes would have helped them cope better when dealing with banks and other organisations; further notes the report in February 2007 by Citizens Advice Scotland which found that personal debt in Scotland had reached record levels, and believes that the inclusion of financial education at an early stage in schools may contribute towards an improvement in children’s understanding of money management which could serve them well in their lives.

*S3M-196 Jeremy Purvis: Caledonian Connoisseur—That the Parliament congratulates Borders company, Caledonian Connoisseur, for its recent nomination as a local hero in the UKTV Local Food Hero 2007 Awards; recognises Caledonian Connoisseur’s contribution to specialist and delicatessen food in the Borders, selling a range of local produce and comprising a network of over 100 small specialist producers in Scotland; supports its aims of building a viable alternative to supermarkets for small producers and giving the consumer direct access to fresh, local produce, and urges people to cast their vote in support of Caledonian Connoisseur as the Local Food Hero 2007.

*S3M-195 Bill Wilson: Iraq: Privatisation of Oil—That the Parliament notes with concern proposals to pass laws allowing the privatisation of Iraq’s oil industry; notes that both the Blair and Bush administrations stated that their declared major purpose for invading Iraq was to remove weapons of mass destruction and that the invasion was not motivated by that country’s oil reserves; notes that both administrations have stated their support for the introduction of democracy in Iraq, and accordingly is confident that the UK and US administrations will demonstrate their good intentions by encouraging the Iraq Government not to privatise that country’s oil but to maintain it as a source of income to help Iraq’s reconstruction and recovery.

*S3M-194 Bill Wilson: Iraq: Right to Strike—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the death threats against members of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions who were recently protesting against the proposed oil law which would effectively cede control of Iraq’s oilfields to multinational companies; further notes that the right to strike is protected by the core conventions of the International Labour Organisation, to which the Iraq Government is a signatory, and accordingly expresses its support for calls for the threat of violence against the oil workers to be withdrawn and for their legitimate right to strike to be recognised should they choose to exercise it.

*S3M-193 Karen Whitefield: St Patrick’s Primary School, Shotts - First Forest School in North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament congratulates St Patrick’s Primary School in Shotts on becoming the first "Forest School" in North Lanarkshire, an initiative run by the Forestry Commission, which aims to increase the understanding and appreciation, particularly among young people, of the environmental, social, and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between trees and everyday wood products and recognises the benefits of the process which offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.

*S3M-192 Robert Brown: Bungo in the Back Lanes—That the Parliament congratulates the Strathbungo Society on the success of its annual event, Bungo in the Back Lanes; notes with pleasure that the event is moving from strength to strength and particularly commends the increased attendance at and diversity of the event and the work of the Strathbungo Society in building community spirit; recognises the importance of community groups and societies across Scotland in building stronger communities; notes that many of these groups and societies rely on public donations or small grants, and believes that the Scottish Executive should work with local authorities and the voluntary sector to create a strategy for supporting and developing these important community groups and events.

*S3M-191 Jackie Baillie: Living Below The Radar—That the Parliament agrees that it is unacceptable that 90,000 children in Scotland are living in severe poverty, as identified in new research published by Save the Children, and calls on the Scottish Executive to commit to eradicating child poverty by 2020, target resources and invest in an action plan that prioritises the needs of the poorest children by supporting parents into and remaining in work, maximising benefit uptake and working in partnership with the UK Government to end child poverty.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-190 Violence in Gaza (lodged on 15 June 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Bill Butler*, Bashir Ahmad*, Liam McArthur*, Sarah Boyack*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Elaine Murray*, Michael McMahon*, Bill Wilson*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-189 Glasgow Mela and the Scottish Academy of Asian Arts (lodged on 15 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-188 Case for Aberdeen Crossrail (lodged on 14 June 2007) Mike Rumbles*

S3M-187♦ Save the Land Reform Act and Restore the Will of Parliament (lodged on 14 June 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-184 Girvan Gateway Project (lodged on 14 June 2007) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-182# Microgeneration in the Home (lodged on 14 June 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Alex Neil*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-181 Alzheimer Scotland’s Polish and Ukrainian Support Service (lodged on 14 June 2007) Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-178 Right to Roam (lodged on 13 June 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-175 Barnardo’s Work in Dundee (lodged on 13 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-161 What’s On Your Plate? Campaign (lodged on 12 June 2007) Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-158 Scotland’s Representation in the European Parliament (lodged on 12 June 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-156 Congratulations to English-Speaking Union of Scotland’s Junior Debating Finalists (lodged on 11 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-154 Opposition to the European Constitution (lodged on 11 June 2007) Alex Neil*, Ian McKee*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-147# National Diabetes Week, 10 to 16 June 2007 (lodged on 8 June 2007) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-143 Writing Off Housing Debt (lodged on 8 June 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-122 Cutty Sark (lodged on 5 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-109 Dementia Awareness Week 2007 - 4 to 8 June (lodged on 1 June 2007) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-73# Motor Neurone Disease (lodged on 24 May 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Gavin Brown*, Liam McArthur*, Mike Pringle*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-60 Barnardo’s Child Poverty Briefing (lodged on 22 May 2007) Bill Wilson*

S3M-35 Cleaner Coal Technology Feasibility Study (lodged on 17 May 2007) Robin Harper*

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