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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-308 Karen Whitefield: Airdrie Health Resource Centre—That the Parliament believes that there must be no delay in the building of the new health resource centre in Airdrie, particularly in light of the recently publicised problems at the existing Airdrie Health Centre, where staff and patients have to endure cramped and unsuitable conditions, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that any review of NHS Lanarkshire’s, A Picture of Health, document retains the previous commitment to build the new resource centre in Airdrie town centre.

*S3M-307 Nicol Stephen: Home Loss Payments—That the Parliament notes that the current Home Loss Payment made to those displaced from their homes by compulsory purchase has remained at a maximum of £15,000 since 1991; notes that the equivalent maximum in England and Wales has recently been changed to £44,000, and calls on the Scottish Executive to bring the Scottish payment into line with that in the rest of the United Kingdom and keep it under regular review.

*S3M-306 Bob Doris: Regulation of TV Phone-in Competitions—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the BBC inquiry into its phone related competitions and that as a result the BBC director general has implemented an immediate suspension of all phone-in and interactive competitions and taken a number of steps to put the corporation’s house in order; further notes that issues with this form of interactive product are not confined just to the BBC but to a range of broadcasters and interactive products including Call TV quiz shows, that there is no single regulatory body to monitor this area and that ICSTIS, OFCOM and the Gambling Commission all have regulatory responsibilities, and considers that a single regulator with extensive powers must be established to police this sector effectively and that where there is strong evidence that illegal activity may have taken place, including fraud, this should be a matter for appropriate court proceedings.

*S3M-305 Cathy Peattie: Herald Group of Newspapers—That the Parliament views with concern recent developments within the Herald group of newspapers; notes that there has been a significant reduction in editorial staffing levels with further job cuts now proposed and that this has clear implications for the quality and content of publications and along with other health and safety concerns, for stress and staff health; notes that these developments are taking place despite increased profits and assurances given by Newsquest to the Competition Commission, and believes that this is to the detriment of the long term future of the titles and the Scottish newspaper industry.

*S3M-304 Bob Doris: Glasgow Deprivation and Free School Meals—That the Parliament notes with concern the report by the Medical Research Council (MRC) which dramatically highlights the major health and deprivation inequalities that face Glasgow in particular and the west of Scotland in general; accepts that, following the FSB Scotland Index of Success 2007 report, this once more brings starkly into focus the specific and entrenched problems that face Glasgow; further acknowledges that while tackling such poverty and deprivation must be a key priority for the Scottish Executive, the MRC report also highlights the need for lifestyle changes across Glasgow’s population irrespective of income, and views the delivery of universal free school meals to all primary 1, 2 and 3 classes in the city from October 2007 as an important first step in achieving such lifestyle changes.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-303 Jamie Stone: Compulsory Purchase of the Nigg Fabrication Yard—That the Parliament recognises that the Nigg fabrication yard remains a significant asset for the Highlands and Scotland, boasting one of Europe’s largest dry docks; notes the recent launch of two experimental wind turbines for the Beatrice oil field wind project; further notes, however, that the Wakelyn Trust which owns part of the site is unwilling to sell its share thus undermining any future potential for the economy and local employment, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive and Highland Council to investigate the compulsory purchase of the site to secure its long term use.

*S3M-302 Cathy Peattie: ScottishPower Learning - 10 years of Working with the Prince’s Trust Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates ScottishPower Learning on its delivery of the Prince’s Trust team programme over the last 10 years, helping over 1,000 disadvantaged young Scots through this highly effective personal development programme, culminating in the delivery of the 100th team programme, to be celebrated at the Falkirk Wheel on 2 August 2007, and acknowledges the considerable achievements of the voluntary and private sector in working together to tackle the issue of one in five young people in Scotland not being in education, employment or training.

*S3M-301 Bill Kidd: Human Rights Situation in Romanian State Institutions—That the Parliament notes recent reports by UNICEF, the European Commission, the Romanian Centre for Legal Resources and Inclusion Romania on the ongoing mistreatment of people with intellectual disabilities held in Romanian state institutions, including the lack of adequate care and treatment, abusive physical restraint, unsanitary bedding and the lack of adequate food and clothing; believes that this amounts to a fundamental abuse of the human rights of those who are institutionalised, and calls on the Romanian Government to stop immediately the human rights abuses of people with intellectual disabilities, for the creation of an independent body to continuously monitor the human rights situation in Romanian state institutions and for the acceleration of the de-institutionalisation process and development of community-based services.

*S3M-300 Nicol Stephen: Aberdeen’s Bid for the UK Energy Technology Institute—That the Parliament recognises Aberdeen’s position as Europe’s energy capital; considers that Aberdeen would be the prime site for the United Kingdom’s Energy Technology Institute and believes that the best prospect for Scottish success is with Aberdeen as the hub; notes the support of CBI Scotland, Oil and Gas UK, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and a significant number of major UK energy companies for locating this institute in Aberdeen, and calls on the First Minister to take immediate action to intervene to ensure that Aberdeen goes forward as the hub for the Scottish bid and on Scottish ministers to make the appropriate representations to the UK Government in order to push for this institute to be sited in Aberdeen.

Supported by: Alison McInnes*

*S3M-299♦ Aileen Campbell: 14th Anniversary of Big Issue and Shadowing a Vendor—That the Parliament congratulates the Big Issue in Scotland on its 14th anniversary; recognises the practical support that the Big Issue Foundation gives to people who are homeless; applauds its work in tackling the stigma associated with homelessness; acknowledges the Big Issue in Scotland as the country’s biggest weekly current affairs and entertainment magazine, and calls on MSPs of all parties to join Aileen Campbell MSP in shadowing a Big Issue vendor for a day to hear at first hand from the real experts in homelessness.

Supported by: Bob Doris*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-298 US House of Representatives’ Decision (lodged on 13 July 2007) Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Wilson*, Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-297 Children of Asylum Seekers - Access to Tertiary Education (lodged on 12 July 2007) Brian Adam*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Sandra White*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-296 Free School Meals Pilot (lodged on 12 July 2007) Michael Matheson*

S3M-295 Team Scotland - World Schools Debating Champions (lodged on 12 July 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Christopher Harvie*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Ken Macintosh*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie McGrigor*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Sandra White*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-294 Scotland are the World Schools Debating Champions (lodged on 12 July 2007) Jamie McGrigor*, Ted Brocklebank*, Bill Butler*, Jim Hume*, Sandra White*, Gavin Brown*, Mary Scanlon*, Bob Doris*, John Lamont*, Mike Pringle*, Brian Adam*, Derek Brownlee*, Stuart McMillan*, Jim Tolson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Elizabeth Smith*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Marlyn Glen*, Jamie Stone*, Murdo Fraser*, Alex Neil*, Nigel Don*, Ken Macintosh*, Michael Matheson*, Christine Grahame*, Robert Brown*

S3M-293 Star Asset (lodged on 11 July 2007) Gil Paterson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-292 Congratulations to Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic (lodged on 11 July 2007) Bob Doris*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, John Lamont*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*, Bashir Ahmad*, Mike Pringle*, Stuart McMillan*, Margaret Mitchell*, Michael Matheson*, Ken Macintosh*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-291 Defending the Welfare of Animals (lodged on 11 July 2007) Gil Paterson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-284 The Wilson Doctrine (lodged on 6 July 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*

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

S3M-273# MacMillan Cancer Support’s Recovered but not Covered Campaign (lodged on 3 July 2007) Des McNulty*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-262 Scottish Railway Preservation Society (lodged on 28 June 2007) Jamie Stone*

S3M-245 Hospital Car Parking Charges (lodged on 26 June 2007) Angela Constance*

S3M-234 Social Aspect of Bingo Clubs and VAT (lodged on 25 June 2007) Angela Constance*

S3M-222 Welcome for the Cervical Cancer Vaccine (lodged on 21 June 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-216 Melrose Book Festival (lodged on 21 June 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-202# Younger Patients with Dementia (lodged on 19 June 2007) Angela Constance*

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

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

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

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