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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-337 Mary Scanlon: Clydeville Centre, Buckie—That the Parliament congratulates Mags Fowler and her staff following the official reopening of the Clydeville Centre in Buckie; praises the Moray Council and NHS Grampian for their excellent example of partnership working which helped to bring about a project which neither could have developed on their own, and fully supports this much-needed health and social day care centre in the east of Moray which will have places for 10 to 12 young people and 14 places for elderly people needing psychiatric care, and which could become a model for similar ventures elsewhere in Moray.

*S3M-336 Iain Smith: Good Luck to Andrew Lemoncello—That the Parliament congratulates Andrew Lemoncello on his selection to represent the United Kingdom in the 3000m steeplechase at the World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan, following his success in winning the UK/GB trial in Manchester and wishes Andrew every success in Osaka.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Elizabeth Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Karen Gillon*, Nanette Milne*, David Whitton*, John Lamont*, Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-335 Jim Tolson: A Century of Scouting—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to The Scout Association, celebrating its centenary this year; acknowledges that on 1 August 2007 scouts of all ages across the United Kingdom will join with 28 million scouts from around the world to celebrate a new century of scouting, and in particular offers congratulations to the Scottish Scouts organising and taking part in national, local and worldwide events for the centenary celebration.

*S3M-334 Joe FitzPatrick: Suicide Prevention Week—That the Parliament praises Choose Life for its positive contribution in raising awareness of suicide in Scotland; notes the fall in suicide rates from 17.1% to 13.1% since the inception of Choose Life and that these are at their lowest since 1991, and supports the latest campaign to talk and listen as this is one of the most effective ways of suicide prevention.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*

*S3M-333 Christine Grahame: Ownership of Edinburgh Castle—That the Parliament notes, with reference to the final report of the Crown Estates Review Working Group published in December 2006, that as a consequence of devolution, as set out in Annex 6 of the report, ownership of Edinburgh Castle and 25 other historic properties was transferred to the Secretary of State for Scotland and thereafter to the Scottish Ministers in terms of the Scotland Act 1998; further notes that both Edinburgh and Stirling castles, contrary to media reports, ceased to be military garrisons in the 1990s with administration of all 26 listed sites including Edinburgh Castle transferring to Historic Scotland, and accordingly, with both ownership and administration within the powers of the Scottish Government, urges it to fly the Saltire in pole position from Edinburgh Castle and all other 25 sites.

*S3M-332 Tom McCabe: Welcome for the Merger of Bell College in Hamilton and the University of Paisley—That the Parliament welcomes the merger of Bell College in Hamilton and the University of Paisley; congratulates all the people involved in the merger for their efforts; notes that as a result of the merger Lanarkshire now has a university presence that will further benefit the west of Scotland, and recognises that this new institution will offer higher education opportunities to people from all backgrounds and will be locally accessible to 40% of the population.

Supported by: Des McNulty*, Michael McMahon*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mary Mulligan*, David Whitton*, Elaine Smith*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*, Elaine Murray*, Alex Neil*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Karen Gillon*, Jackie Baillie*, Bob Doris*, James Kelly*, Andy Kerr*

*S3M-331# Liam McArthur: Air Ambulance Service in Orkney—That the Parliament notes the continuing concerns felt in Orkney about the provision of air ambulance cover in the islands, the validity of which were demonstrated by the recent failure of the Scottish Ambulance Service helicopter to evacuate a patient from Papa Westray because of the weather conditions, with the patient only being evacuated thanks to the co-operation of the pilot of a Loganair BN Islander who was able to use his local experience of the weather to make use of a short weather window to reach the island; further notes that this would not have been possible had the evacuation been needed outside Loganair’s operational hours; believes that an independent review of the provision of air ambulance cover in Orkney is urgently needed, and further believes that the outcome of such a review would be the recognition of the need to provide a Kirkwall-based BN Islander air ambulance to provide a back up to the main Scottish Ambulance Service aircraft.

*S3M-330 Stefan Tymkewycz: Dr Elsie Inglis (1864-1917) Edinburgh Pioneer of Social and War Medicine—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the travelling exhibition, Dr Elsie Inglis (1864-1917) Edinburgh Pioneer of Social and War Medicine; recognises the remarkable contribution of Dr Inglis both to the progression of women’s medical care in Edinburgh, where she founded a maternity hospital and midwifery resource centre for the poor, and in relation to her outstanding wartime achievements as founder of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals Service, setting up hospital units staffed by female volunteers tending to frontline soldiers; notes that Serbia has at least 10 monuments commemorating the work of the brave women of the Scottish Women’s Hospital Service; regrets that Dr Elsie Inglis is still relatively unknown in her home city of Edinburgh, and believes that greater recognition and commemoration of her heroic achievements is long overdue.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*, Rob Gibson*, Keith Brown*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alex Neil*, Christopher Harvie*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Mary Scanlon*, Mike Pringle*, Christine Grahame*, Bashir Ahmad*, Andy Kerr*

*S3M-329 Cathy Jamieson: "Trying Childhoods" Exhibition—That the Parliament commends the "Trying Childhoods" exhibition which features the artwork of 80 Scottish young people who live in households affected by alcohol and drug misuse; congratulates the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art, art therapist Liz Mitchell and illustrator and animator Jana Prchalova for their commitment to the young people involved; recognises the contribution that art therapy has made in giving the young people the opportunity to express themselves creatively in a safe, supportive environment; notes that an estimated 50,000 children in Scotland have a parent with a drug problem, and calls on the Scottish Executive to take forward all recommendations in Hidden Harm: Next Steps - Supporting Children - Working with Parents and ensure that the necessary resources are in place to provide support to children in drug misusing households as part of a wider strategy to tackle drug misuse in Scotland.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Robin Harper*, John Park*, Mary Mulligan*, Mary Scanlon*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, Pauline McNeill*, David Whitton*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Karen Gillon*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Marlyn Glen*, James Kelly*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-327 Christine Grahame: The Saltire for Scotland’s Capital—That the Parliament welcomes the comments by the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture that the Scottish Government should have responsibility for all guidance related to the flying of national flags in Scotland; notes that Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s premier tourist attractions, continues to fly the Union Flag in a superior position despite the castle being owned *by Scottish Ministers* and operated by Historic Scotland, an agency of the Scottish Government; notes the existing guidance to all Scottish non-departmental public bodies and agencies that the Saltire should fly prominently from all public buildings, and urges Historic Scotland to ensure that the Saltire, the oldest national flag in Europe, is restored to its rightful place on the principal flagstaff on Edinburgh Castle.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Angela Constance*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Nigel Don*, Sandra White*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*, Keith Brown*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-327.1 Iain Smith: The Saltire for Scotland’s Capital—As an amendment to motion (S3M-327) in the name of Christine Grahame, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "and recommends that the Scottish Executive’s guidance on flying of flags on public buildings should follow the good example set by the Scottish Parliament and encourage public bodies to fly the flags of Scotland, the United Kingdom and the European Union."

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Ross Finnie*, Jim Hume*, Liam McArthur*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mr Frank McAveety*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-326 Scottish Manufacturing (lodged on 27 July 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-322 Futures Through Music (lodged on 26 July 2007) Karen Gillon*, Andy Kerr*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-321 Indian Duty on Whisky Scotched (lodged on 26 July 2007) Iain Gray*, Margaret Mitchell*, Karen Gillon*, Andy Kerr*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-320 Chivas Brothers’ Investment in Scotland (lodged on 26 July 2007) Karen Gillon*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-319 Super-Carriers Secure Future of Shipbuilding on the Clyde (lodged on 26 July 2007) Patricia Ferguson*, David Whitton*, Karen Gillon*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-318 Aircraft Carriers at Rosyth and Clyde Yards (lodged on 26 July 2007) George Foulkes*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Iain Gray*, Andy Kerr*, Karen Gillon*, David Whitton*

S3M-316 Glasgow Met Wins Gold (lodged on 25 July 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-315 Shetland Bike Project (lodged on 25 July 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-314 Scotland Celebrates the Release of Bulgarian Nurses and Palestinian Doctor (lodged on 25 July 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-310 Scottish Civil Service (lodged on 23 July 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-309♦ Impact of the London Olympics on Lottery Funding (lodged on 23 July 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*

S3M-307 Home Loss Payments (lodged on 20 July 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-305 Herald Group of Newspapers (lodged on 20 July 2007) Karen Gillon*, David Whitton*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-304 Glasgow Deprivation and Free School Meals (lodged on 20 July 2007) Rob Gibson*

S3M-302 ScottishPower Learning - 10 years of Working with the Prince’s Trust Scotland (lodged on 19 July 2007) Karen Gillon*, David Whitton*, Andy Kerr*, Iain Smith*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-300 Aberdeen’s Bid for the UK Energy Technology Institute (lodged on 18 July 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-299♦ 14th Anniversary of Big Issue and Shadowing a Vendor (lodged on 17 July 2007) Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-297 Children of Asylum Seekers - Access to Tertiary Education (lodged on 12 July 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*

S3M-296 Free School Meals Pilot (lodged on 12 July 2007) Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*

S3M-294 Scotland are the World Schools Debating Champions (lodged on 12 July 2007) Bill Aitken*

S3M-293 Star Asset (lodged on 11 July 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-292 Congratulations to Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic (lodged on 11 July 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-291 Defending the Welfare of Animals (lodged on 11 July 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-289 Regeneration of Middlefield (lodged on 11 July 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Angela Constance*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-288 Welcome Victory for Mesothelioma Sufferers (lodged on 9 July 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-284 The Wilson Doctrine (lodged on 6 July 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-283 Thomas Telford Celebrations (lodged on 5 July 2007) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-282 Third Green Flag for Portobello High School (lodged on 5 July 2007) Rob Gibson*

S3M-275 Human Rights Education is Itself a Human Right (lodged on 4 July 2007) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-273# MacMillan Cancer Support’s Recovered but not Covered Campaign (lodged on 3 July 2007) Ken Macintosh*

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

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

S3M-47# Threatened Post Office Closures (lodged on 22 May 2007) Jackson Carlaw*, Angela Constance*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Keith Brown*

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