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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-298 Gil Paterson: US House of Representatives’ Decision—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the US House of Representatives to vote in favour of pulling most combat troops out of Iraq by April 2008 and implores President Bush to listen to the will of the house.

*S3M-297 Bill Wilson: Children of Asylum Seekers - Access to Tertiary Education—That the Parliament notes the recent report by HM Inspectorate of Education which highlighted the frustrating situation in which many children of asylum seekers find themselves that, having successfully completed their school education in the Scottish system, they are effectively disbarred from entering tertiary education due to being categorised as overseas students for the purpose of tuition fees and accordingly calls on the Scottish Executive to examine the practicalities of treating the children of asylum seekers as Scottish students for the purpose of these fees.

*S3M-296 Gil Paterson: Free School Meals Pilot—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Executive to introduce a free schools meals scheme and wishes the pilot scheme every success, with a view to it becoming available throughout Scotland for the betterment and wellbeing of the young people of Scotland; acknowledges the benefits that a free school meal would have for all school pupils, no matter their ages, and hopes that the resources may be found to make it a universal scheme.

*S3M-295 Michael Matheson: Team Scotland - World Schools Debating Champions—That the Parliament congratulates Team Scotland on becoming World Schools Debating Champions in South Korea; notes that teams from 40 nations competed for this title; acknowledges the achievement of Calum Jones, Stuart Cullen, Neil Dewar, Joanna Farmer and Netan Dogra in winning against Singapore in the final, and pays tribute to everyone involved, parents, teachers and the pupils themselves, on winning this competition.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*

*S3M-294 David McLetchie: Scotland are the World Schools Debating Champions—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish team of Stuart Cullen from George Heriot’s School, Neil Dewar from the High School of Dundee, Netan Dogra from Grove Academy, Joanna Farmer from Robert Gordon’s College and Calum Jones from George Heriot’s School on winning the World Schools Debating Championship held in Seoul, South Korea on 11 July 2007, in a competition with teams from 40 countries, and hopes that this will encourage more of our schools to offer young people the opportunity to participate in debates.

*S3M-293 Sandra White: Star Asset—That the Parliament congratulates Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on receiving a five-star award from VisitScotland, the national tourism agency’s highest award for visitor attractions, and on VisitScotland’s decision, through the International Star Registry, to have a star in the Pegasus constellation named Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and believes that, as Kelvingrove prepares to celebrate its first anniversary after reopening, it has gone from strength to strength in becoming the most visited gallery outside London and an invaluable asset to Scotland.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon*, Stuart McMillan*, Pauline McNeill*, Alex Neil*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-292 Gil Paterson: Congratulations to Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic—That the Parliament congratulates Jamie Murray and his mixed doubles partner, Jelena Jankovic, on winning the mixed doubles tennis final at Wimbledon and agrees that they did their respective countries proud and that their success will encourage more young people to become interested in tennis and sport in general.

*S3M-291 Sandra White: Defending the Welfare of Animals—That the Parliament commends the invaluable work done by the Scottish SPCA which, over the last year, has cared for over 12,000 animals in its 12 centres in Scotland, investigated nearly 10,000 incidents of animal cruelty and, through its School Outreach Programme, taught over 22,000 pupils across Scotland about topics ranging from animal cruelty and choosing and looking after pets to animal experimentation and farming; recognises the central role that the Scottish SPCA has played in the formation and implementation of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 which has been seen as bringing the welfare of animals into the 21st century by introducing a duty of care for all animal owners and more severe sentencing for those found guilty of animal abuse, and supports the Scottish SPCA in seeking reassurance from the Scottish Executive that courts are using their full powers under the Act.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*

*S3M-290 Helen Eadie: Scotland Shows Solidarity with Bulgarian Nurses and Palestinian Doctor—That the Parliament profoundly regrets and expresses its dismay at the decision of the Libyan Supreme Court in confirming the death penalty for the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor convicted of infecting children with the Aids virus; believes that Libya instead should give credence to the expert scientific opinion that states alternative reasons as to how the children concerned may have contracted HIV/Aids; pleads with Libya to release the nurses and the doctor, and requests the First Minister to make immediate representations through appropriate channels expressing the deep dismay of the Scottish people and to call for the release of the nurses and the doctor.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*

*S3M-289 Brian Adam: Regeneration of Middlefield—That the Parliament welcomes the demolition of Logie Gardens in the Middlefield area of Aberdeen and wishes Aberdeen City Council well in its efforts to regenerate Middlefield and the other deprived areas of the city.

*S3M-288 Sandra White: Welcome Victory for Mesothelioma Sufferers—That the Parliament welcomes the decision reached by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence overturning its earlier decision to refuse the prescription of Alimta for suffers of mesothelioma; notes the dedicated campaign by many groups, including the Clydebank Asbestos Group and MSPs, in highlighting this issue and galvanising public opinion behind the right of mesothelioma suffers to have access to Alimta, and hopes that this decision, along with the provisions in the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Act 2007, will lead to a great improvement in the lives of those suffering from this terrible disease.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Robin Harper*, Mary Scanlon*, Angela Constance*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Wilson*, John Park*, Robert Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-287 Liam McArthur: Stromness Pier Arts Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney on its highly successful reopening on 7 July 2007; recognises the contribution made to the £4.5 million development and expansion of the centre by the Scottish Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Orkney Islands Council and Historic Scotland; believes that the refurbished centre significantly enhances Orkney’s international reputation in the arts, reinforces Stromness’ claim to be a hub of artistic and cultural endeavour and provides a worthy home for Margaret Gardiner’s unique collection, and wishes all those involved with the centre every success as they take forward an ambitious programme of acquisitions and exhibitions that will attract visitors of all ages and tastes not once but many times.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-285 Scottish Spina Bifida Association Centre, Cumbernauld (lodged on 6 July 2007) Christina McKelvie*, Marlyn Glen*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-284 The Wilson Doctrine (lodged on 6 July 2007) Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Gil Paterson*, Keith Brown*

S3M-283 Thomas Telford Celebrations (lodged on 5 July 2007) Angela Constance*, Jim Hume*, Gil Paterson*, Alex Johnstone*

S3M-282 Third Green Flag for Portobello High School (lodged on 5 July 2007) Angela Constance*, Robin Harper*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christine Grahame*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-276 Welcome Freedom, Lasting Peace (lodged on 4 July 2007) Michael Matheson*

S3M-275 Human Rights Education is Itself a Human Right (lodged on 4 July 2007) Liam McArthur*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-274 Glasgow Airport Attacks (lodged on 4 July 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-273# MacMillan Cancer Support’s Recovered but not Covered Campaign (lodged on 3 July 2007) John Lamont*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-271 SPL Call for Lifting of Alcohol Ban for Football Fans (lodged on 29 June 2007) David McLetchie*

S3M-266 Ticket Prices for France v Scotland (lodged on 28 June 2007) John Park*

S3M-264 School Wardens (lodged on 28 June 2007) Claire Baker*

S3M-262 Scottish Railway Preservation Society (lodged on 28 June 2007) Gil Paterson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Brian Adam*, Angela Constance*, Margaret Mitchell*, Alex Neil*, Christopher Harvie*, Bill Wilson*, John Lamont*

S3M-261 European Cheer (lodged on 27 June 2007) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-260 Pingat Jasa Medal (lodged on 27 June 2007) Christina McKelvie*, John Park*, Bill Wilson*, Ted Brocklebank*, Elizabeth Smith*

S3M-256 Scotland’s Representation in the European Parliament (lodged on 27 June 2007) Claire Baker*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-256.1 Scotland’s Representation in the European Parliament (lodged on 28 June 2007) Christine Grahame*, Bashir Ahmad*, Brian Adam*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Angela Constance*, Bill Wilson*, Alex Neil*, Keith Brown*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Ian McKee*

S3M-228 Women and Human Trafficking (lodged on 21 June 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-222 Welcome for the Cervical Cancer Vaccine (lodged on 21 June 2007) Marlyn Glen*, Claire Baker*

S3M-214 EU Ban on Cat and Dog Fur (lodged on 20 June 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-213 Affordable Housing for All (lodged on 20 June 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-206 Investment in Building Affordable Rented Homes (lodged on 19 June 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-188 Case for Aberdeen Crossrail (lodged on 14 June 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-183 Retinopathy Screening (lodged on 14 June 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-154 Opposition to the European Constitution (lodged on 11 June 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-135 30 a Day (lodged on 6 June 2007) Marlyn Glen*

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

S3M-99 Darfur and Chad: Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal (lodged on 30 May 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-91# Autism Parliamentary Network (lodged on 29 May 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-82# Re-regulation of Scotland’s Buses (lodged on 24 May 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-56 National Epilepsy Week (lodged on 22 May 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-45 Continuing the Campaign to Beat Bowel Cancer (lodged on 22 May 2007) Marlyn Glen*

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

S3M-33 Opposition to Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer in Firth of Forth (lodged on 17 May 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-30 UK Credit Options Conference (lodged on 17 May 2007) Marlyn Glen*

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