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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-215 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes, as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Scottish Liberal Democrat Party

Audit Committee Iain Smith

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Liam McArthur

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee Hugh O’Donnell

Equal Opportunities Committee Jim Tolson

European and External Relations Committee Jeremy Purvis

Finance Committee Ross Finnie

Health and Sport Committee Mr Jamie Stone

Justice Committee Mike Pringle

Local Government and Communities Committee Robert Brown

Procedures Committee Alison McInnes

Public Petitions Committee Jim Hume

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee John Farquhar Munro

Standards and Public Appointments Committee Mike Rumbles

Subordinate Legislation Committee Margaret Smith

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee Tavish Scott

*S3M-214 Irene Oldfather: EU Ban on Cat and Dog Fur—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the European Parliament to support a complete ban on the import, export and trade of cat and dog fur across all 27 member states; places on record its disgust at the practice of breeding cats and dogs for the purpose of killing them for their fur; hopes that, in conjunction with similar existing bans in the USA and Australia, this will signal the end of this abhorrent trade in the global market, and congratulates animal rights agencies and concerned European citizens who successfully lobbied the European Parliament on this issue.

*S3M-213 Pauline McNeill: Affordable Housing for All—That the Parliament reaffirms its commitment to making housing affordable for all; notes that, despite increases in funding over the last 10 years and limited reform of the right to buy, many families living in overcrowded accommodation are currently waiting years for suitable offers from social landlords; believes that there is a severe shortage of housing for social rent in some areas, such as in the west end of Glasgow and other high-demand areas where housing provision is driven by developers’ desire to provide only high-return accommodation, resulting in families and individuals being forced out of areas where they have a strong family or community connection; further notes that there are no legal requirements on local authorities or any other agencies to ensure a sustainable housing mix that would include affordable housing to both buy and rent, and calls on Scottish ministers to examine urgently affordable housing policy in order to ensure the availability of affordable homes in every part of Scotland.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Iain Gray*, Tom McCabe*, Bill Butler*, Patrick Harvie*, Trish Godman*, James Kelly*, Cathy Peattie*, Robert Brown*, Rhoda Grant*

*S3M-212 Tom McCabe on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Scottish Commission for Public Audit—That the Parliament agrees to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s proposal to appoint Robert Brown, Derek Brownlee, Angela Constance and George Foulkes to be members of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

*S3M-211 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 June 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Transport

followed by Executive Debate: Transport

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 28 June 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Approach to the Strategic Spending Review

followed by Executive Debate: Health and Wellbeing of the People of Scotland

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Debate on the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

followed by First Minister Statement: The Council of Economic Advisers

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-210 Bob Doris: Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision by Glasgow City Council’s executive committee to support the building of a bar/restaurant and licensed night club in Glasgow’s historic botanic gardens; notes that no meaningful consultation with the local community took place prior to this decision, and calls on Glasgow City Council to halt any further moves on this decision and enter into a full consultation exercise with local communities and other interested groups.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Bashir Ahmad*, Gil Paterson*, Robert Brown*

*S3M-209 Bob Doris: Strathclyde Police: Operation Reclaim—That the Parliament welcomes the success of Operation Reclaim, a Strathclyde Police initiative designed to reclaim public areas from gangs involved in antisocial behaviour; notes that it provided a range of coached activities including rugby league, football, golf and cricket centred initially at Red Road playing fields in Springburn with two dedicated, high-visibility police officers in attendance; further notes that the initiative was a success with upwards of 150 young people from all sectors of the community attending on a nightly basis and that there was a 37% reduction in overall crime for the targeted area; observes that the success of the initiative has resulted in increased funding, allowing it to roll out the programme in Royston, Sighthill, Barmulloch and Chirnsyde, and hopes that, while the new Operation Reclaim 5 Star will allow local communities to reclaim their public areas by tackling the problems of antisocial behaviour and social exclusion as well as reducing crime rates, it will also improve youth integration and provide sporting opportunities across the north of Glasgow.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alex Neil*, Christina McKelvie*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Andrew Welsh*, Sandra White*

S3M-208 Withdrawn

*S3M-204.1 Johann Lamont: Olympic Games—As an amendment to motion (S3M-204) in the name of Murdo Fraser, leave out from ", and believes" to end and insert "and Paralympics; 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 Paralympic Games and at subsequent Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and further urges the Scottish Executive to work with all the relevant sporting agencies and organisations to maximise the opportunities for young Scots to benefit from UK Sport World Class Performance programmes."

*S3M-204.2 Nicol Stephen: Olympic Games—As an amendment to motion (S3M-204) in the name of Murdo Fraser, insert at end "including the 2012 London Olympics, but regrets that the UK Government’s insistence on using lottery funds to finance the Games will deprive grassroots sport development in Scotland of essential funding and urges the UK Government to make a commitment that no further raids will be made on lottery funds to make up any additional Olympic budget shortfall."

*S3M-204.3 Stewart Maxwell: Olympic Games—As an amendment to motion (S3M-204) in the name of Murdo Fraser, leave out from "and believes that" to end and insert "notes with considerable concern the negative impact that the spiralling costs of the subsequent Olympic Games is projected to have on lottery support for grassroots sport throughout the United Kingdom; supports the Scottish Football Association and the Tartan Army in their opposition to the proposal for a British football team to take part in the 2008 and 2012 games, and agrees that such a proposal could damage the continuation of a separate Scottish international football team."

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon*

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.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*, John Wilson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Irene Oldfather*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Mr Jamie Stone*

*S3M-201.1 Margo MacDonald: Council Tax—As an amendment to motion (S3M-201) in the name of Derek Brownlee, leave out from "as a replacement" to end and insert "without first having assurances from HM Revenue and Customs of its willingness and capacity to collect local income tax for 32 Scottish local authorities at approximately the same cost as council tax collection, without a costed scheme for the transfer of resources between local authorities with low yield and high yield taxation bases and without local authorities having the ability to set the rate of local income tax themselves."

*S3M-201.2 Tavish Scott: Council Tax—As an amendment to motion (S3M-201) in the name of Derek Brownlee, leave out from "does not support" to end and insert "believes that local income tax, which is based on ability to pay, is a fairer system of local taxation than the discredited and unfair council tax and notes the position of the Green Party in regard to land value taxation."

*S3M-201.3 Robin Harper: Council Tax—As an amendment to motion (S3M-201) in the name of Derek Brownlee, insert at end "notes the decision, made by the Parliament on 30 January 2003 but never fulfilled, to consider and investigate land value taxation, and calls on the Scottish Government to fulfil this commitment before the introduction of legislation on the future of local government finance."

*S3M-201.4 Des McNulty: Council Tax—As an amendment to motion (S3M-201) in the name of Derek Brownlee, insert at end "and further requires that any proposals for a new system should be published by Scottish Executive ministers before the Parliament considers Stage 2 of the 2008-09 budget process."

S3M-162# Bill Kidd: Car Parking Charges Review—That the Parliament broadly welcomes the outcome of the review of car parking charges by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; expresses concern, however, that this review was only undertaken after concerted pressure from patient groups, staff and MSPs and that the review fails to recognise and admit that the previous regime was indeed unfair; shares the concern of nurses that they will still have to pay £300 per year in charges, and considers that, following discussion with nursing organisations, guidelines should be issued to cap the amount that can be charged to staff.

Supported by: Angela Constance*

*S3M-162.1 Jackie Baillie: Car Parking Charges Review—As an amendment to motion (S3M-162) in the name of Bill Kidd, leave out from "expresses concern" to end and insert "however shares the concern of low earners within the health service that they will still have to pay £300 per year in car parking charges; expresses concern that, due to this, some members of staff are now having serious reservations about continuing their employment with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and considers that, following discussions with trade unions, guidelines should be issued to cap the amount that workers can be charged."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-207 Young Scottish Muslim Awards (lodged on 19 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Ian McKee*, Liam McArthur*, Brian Adam*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Andrew Welsh*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christina McKelvie*, Keith Brown*, Bob Doris*, Murdo Fraser*, Jackson Carlaw*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Robert Brown*, Elaine Smith*, Sandra White*, Nigel Don*, Margaret Smith*

S3M-206 Investment in Building Affordable Rented Homes (lodged on 19 June 2007) Stefan Tymkewycz*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Pauline McNeill*, Tom McCabe*, Sandra White*

S3M-200 Congratulations to Lawside Academy (lodged on 19 June 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-199 Moray Firth Flotilla, 24 to 29 June 2007 (lodged on 19 June 2007) Alison McInnes*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Sandra White*

S3M-198 Drumchapel Table Tennis Club (lodged on 18 June 2007) Sandra White*

S3M-197 Debt Education (lodged on 18 June 2007) Iain Smith*, Sandra White*

S3M-195 Iraq: Privatisation of Oil (lodged on 18 June 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*

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

S3M-193 St Patrick’s Primary School, Shotts - First Forest School in North Lanarkshire (lodged on 18 June 2007) Sandra White*

S3M-192 Bungo in the Back Lanes (lodged on 18 June 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Liam McArthur*, Hugh Henry*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Tolson*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-191 Living Below The Radar (lodged on 18 June 2007) Alison McInnes*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mary Mulligan*, Claire Baker*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-190 Violence in Gaza (lodged on 15 June 2007) Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*, Cathy Peattie*

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

S3M-187 Save the Land Reform Act and Restore the Will of Parliament (lodged on 14 June 2007) Margaret Smith*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-186 Peebles CAB (lodged on 14 June 2007) Sandra White*

S3M-183 Retinopathy Screening (lodged on 14 June 2007) Sandra White*

S3M-182# Microgeneration in the Home (lodged on 14 June 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-181 Alzheimer Scotland’s Polish and Ukrainian Support Service (lodged on 14 June 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-178 Right to Roam (lodged on 13 June 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-176 Car Parking Charges Review (lodged on 13 June 2007) Angela Constance*, Sandra White*

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

S3M-171 African Aid by Strathclyde Police and Glasgow the Caring City (lodged on 12 June 2007) Sandra White*

S3M-168 What’s on your Plate? Campaign (lodged on 12 June 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-167 Extraordinary Rendition (lodged on 12 June 2007) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-160 Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Awards (lodged on 12 June 2007) Mary Mulligan*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh Henry*, Claire Baker*, Patricia Ferguson*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-159 The Continued Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi (lodged on 12 June 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-158 Scotland’s Representation in the European Parliament (lodged on 12 June 2007) Iain Smith*, Sandra White*

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

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

S3M-152# World Refugee Day 2007 (lodged on 11 June 2007) Sandra White*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-148 Cumbernauld Farmers’ Market (lodged on 8 June 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-147# National Diabetes Week, 10 to 16 June 2007 (lodged on 8 June 2007) Angela Constance*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-124 Council of Economic Advisers Representation (lodged on 5 June 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-120 Dario Franchitti (lodged on 5 June 2007) Angela Constance*

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

S3M-111# Carers Week 11 to 17 June - Carers’ Rights Guide (lodged on 1 June 2007) Angela Constance*

S3M-106 Cumbernauld’s 50th Anniversary (lodged on 31 May 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-94 Scottish Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary (lodged on 30 May 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-91# Autism Parliamentary Network (lodged on 29 May 2007) Angela Constance*

S3M-84 Parliamentary Development (lodged on 29 May 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-80# Can’t Afford to Foster (lodged on 24 May 2007) Angela Constance*

S3M-59# Tartan Day Celebrations (lodged on 22 May 2007) Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-54 Local Delivery of Health Service (lodged on 22 May 2007) Angela Constance*

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