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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-208 Bashir Ahmad: Democracy in Palestine—That the Parliament expresses concern at the recent developments that have resulted in the formation of an emergency government which excludes the democratically elected Hamas representatives who reflect the will and choice of the Palestinian people; expresses further concern at the dissolution of the national security council, believing that these actions will conversely lead to a worsening of the situation in Palestine for ordinary people, and calls on the UK Government to support the promotion and preservation of democracy in the region and act in an even-handed manner with consideration for all parties involved.

*S3M-207 Bashir Ahmad: Young Scottish Muslim Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the Youth Counselling Services Agency for hosting the first ever Young Scottish Muslim Conference; further congratulates it for hosting the first ever Young Scottish Muslim Awards Ceremony, and recognises the importance that such events and organisations play in integrating communities while allowing people to maintain a strong individual identity.

*S3M-206 Patrick Harvie: Investment in Building Affordable Rented Homes—That the Parliament acknowledges the need for increased investment in building affordable rented homes; further acknowledges that the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review is the most significant opportunity to secure this funding, which is essential to achieve the Scottish Executive’s target that all unintentionally homeless people will have the right to a home by 2012, and recognises the case for committing the funding for 30,000 affordable homes for rent over the period 2008 to 2011.

*S3M-205 Jim Hume: Land for Affordable Housing—That the Parliament recognises that house prices have risen by 180% in the last 10 years and as such are increasing the demand for affordable housing; notes that one of the great obstacles to developing affordable housing is obtaining appropriate land for development, particularly in urban areas; congratulates the Scottish Churches Make it Happen campaign which has identified potential for affordable homes from redundant and underused church properties, and calls on the Scottish Executive to enter into negotiations with Scottish Churches and other landholding bodies such as the Ministry of Defence, the NHS and the Forestry Commission to ensure that the necessary land is made available to meet the demand for affordable housing across Scotland.

*S3M-204 Murdo Fraser: Olympic Games—That the Parliament fully supports Glasgow’s bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games; wishes our competitors every success in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and looks forward to them building on the 29 medals brought back from the 2006 games, which is the largest number of medals ever won by a Scottish team at overseas games; also wishes the British team every success in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and believes that the interests of sport in Scotland and our athletes are best served if they compete as part of the British team in the 2008 Olympic Games and at subsequent Olympic Games.

*S3M-203 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 21 June 2007—


followed by Executive Debate: Housing


followed by SPCB motion on membership of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit

*S3M-202 Ian McKee: Younger Patients with Dementia—That the Parliament notes that in Lothian region there are between 170 and 225 people under the age of 65 who suffer from severe dementia and between 1,350 and 1,650 across Scotland and, recognising the heavy burden that falls on those caring for anyone with dementia and the special needs of younger patients with this condition, considers that the benefits of free personal care for the elderly should also be applied to this group.

*S3M-201 Derek Brownlee: Council Tax—That the Parliament does not support the introduction of a local income tax as a replacement for the council tax.

*S3M-200 Marlyn Glen: Congratulations to Lawside Academy—That the Parliament congratulates Lawside Academy on its success in the Scottish School Magazine of the Year Awards where its Breakout magazine won the award in the Best Online Presence category; wishes its editorial team and contributors every success should they consider journalism as a future career, and welcomes the support and sponsorship given to the competition by the Scottish Executive’s Strategy for Enterprise in Education, Determined to Succeed.

*S3M-199 Mary Scanlon: Moray Firth Flotilla, 24 to 29 June 2007—That the Parliament supports the efforts of the organisers of the first ever flotilla of ancient craft from Wick to Portsoy which will involve 34 vessels, some of which are restored 19th and early 20th century fishing boats, and dozens of following yachts; notes that they will be greeted by an estimated 25,000 visitors who will follow the fleet, which departs from Wick on Sunday 24 June 2007 and calls at Lybster, Helmsdale, Cromarty and Buckie before arriving at Portsoy on Friday 29 June, signalling the start of the 14th Scottish Traditional Boat Festival; further notes the long voyages made by vessels coming from Norway, the Faroe Islands and the south of England and the estimated £5 million boost that this event will provide to the local economy, and acknowledges that the festival is expected to be the biggest maritime event in Europe this year.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, Elizabeth Smith*, Liam McArthur*, Alasdair Allan*, Karen Gillon*, Jackson Carlaw*, Derek Brownlee*, Bill Aitken*, John Lamont*, Ted Brocklebank*, Murdo Fraser*, Margaret Mitchell*, Robin Harper*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-196 Caledonian Connoisseur (lodged on 18 June 2007) Jim Hume*

S3M-195 Iraq: Privatisation of Oil (lodged on 18 June 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-194 Iraq: Right to Strike (lodged on 18 June 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-191 Living Below The Radar (lodged on 18 June 2007) Iain Gray*, Bill Butler*, Sarah Boyack*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Liam McArthur*, Hugh O’Donnell*, James Kelly*, Christine Grahame*, Marlyn Glen*, Pauline McNeill*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Margaret Smith*, Karen Gillon*, George Foulkes*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathie Craigie*, Ken Macintosh*, John Lamont*, Patricia Ferguson*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*

S3M-190 Violence in Gaza (lodged on 15 June 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-187♦ Save the Land Reform Act and Restore the Will of Parliament (lodged on 14 June 2007) Ms Wendy Alexander*, Iain Gray*, George Foulkes*, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-182# Microgeneration in the Home (lodged on 14 June 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-181 Alzheimer Scotland’s Polish and Ukrainian Support Service (lodged on 14 June 2007) Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-177 Glasgow Housing Association Pilot Schemes On Second Stage Transfer (lodged on 13 June 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

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

S3M-160 Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Awards (lodged on 12 June 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*, Sandra White*, Des McNulty*, David Stewart*, Cathie Craigie*, Ken Macintosh*, Jim Hume*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Peter Peacock*, Bill Wilson*, Sarah Boyack*, Marlyn Glen*, David Whitton*, John Park*, John Lamont*, Rhoda Grant*, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*

S3M-159 The Continued Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi (lodged on 12 June 2007) Bob Doris*, Dr Richard Simpson*

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

S3M-157 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (lodged on 12 June 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-153 Congratulations to National Theatre of Scotland’s "Black Watch" (lodged on 11 June 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-152# World Refugee Day 2007 (lodged on 11 June 2007) Bob Doris*

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

S3M-146 2010 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (lodged on 8 June 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-143 Writing Off Housing Debt (lodged on 8 June 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-135 30 a Day (lodged on 6 June 2007) George Foulkes*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-133 National Society for Epilepsy (lodged on 6 June 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-128 National Transplant Week (lodged on 6 June 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-120 Dario Franchitti (lodged on 5 June 2007) Bob Doris*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-115 Accurate Figures for the Scottish Electorate (lodged on 4 June 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-110 Village Halls (lodged on 1 June 2007) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-94 Scottish Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary (lodged on 30 May 2007) Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Wilson*, Elaine Smith*, Christina McKelvie*, Cathie Craigie*, Mike Pringle*, Bashir Ahmad*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-73# Motor Neurone Disease (lodged on 24 May 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Helen Eadie*, Bill Aitken*, Bob Doris*, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-63# Implementation of the Glasgow Crossrail Scheme (lodged on 22 May 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-51 Israeli-Palestinian Relations (lodged on 22 May 2007) Michael Matheson*.

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