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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-387 Alasdair Allan: Proposed Closure of Schools in the Western Isles—That the Parliament notes with serious concern the planned consultation on the proposed closure of four primary and seven junior secondary schools in the Western Isles Council area; believes that their closure would lead to the ending of secondary education in rural communities and involve some children as young as 11 making 60-mile return trips to school every day; recognises the local council’s need to ensure that its education provision is on a sound financial footing but notes the very strong feeling in communities across the islands that schools should be closed only if there are educational grounds, and asks the council and the Scottish Government to work together to ensure that the curriculum for excellence can be delivered within the existing format of the islands’ education system.

*S3M-386 John Park: Scotland to Norway Ferry Service—That the Parliament notes the proposed new Scotland to Norway ferry service; welcomes the addition of Lerwick as a possible mid-point in the crossing; notes the potential for increased freight traffic through the port of Rosyth for the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe and the subsequent consolidation of the existing Rosyth to Zeebrugge service; recognises the economic benefits of the proposal and the increased tourism that the new route would bring to Shetland, Rosyth and south-east Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to work with SESTRAN and other bodies to secure the route for Rosyth.

*S3M-385 Robin Harper: Media Literacy Education in the Curriculum for Excellence—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the absence of media literacy education in proposals for the curriculum for excellence and is concerned that Scottish education is neglecting the education of pupils in understanding how the media produce messages and meaning, that pupils will not be enabled to develop the critical and creative skills necessary for informed and active citizenship and that Scottish education is missing the chance to produce a workforce, skilled in digital communication media, which can face the challenges of a globalised information economy, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that media literacy education is given a place in the new curriculum.

*S3M-384 Johann Lamont: Disability Sport—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of sportscotland to announce new funding of £250,750 for Scottish Disability Sport; expresses concern in relation to the level of funding in the context of preparations for the 2012 Paralympic Games and the five disability sports on Glasgow’s provisional 2014 Commonwealth Games programme, and seeks assurances from the Scottish Executive that it will consider how best to provide adequate funding for disability sport.

*S3M-383 Michael McMahon: Public-Social Partnership Pilot in North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament welcomes the public-social partnership (PSP) pilot in North Lanarkshire as an innovative method of engaging communities in public service design and delivery; notes that PSPs allow public bodies to use the procurement process to create added social benefit in the community and to engage service users in the design of services; further notes that the PSP model is innovative in its approach to testing new methods of service delivery under local authorities’ duty to demonstrate best value, and recognises that, to reap the potential community benefits of PSPs, social enterprises must be fully supported in accessing long-term service level agreements and public contracts.

Supported by: Des McNulty*, Karen Gillon*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-382 Stuart McMillan: Greenock Telegraph - 150th Birthday—That the Parliament congratulates the Greenock Telegraph on its 150th birthday and notes the Big Day Out party held at Customhouse Quay in Greenock on Saturday 18 August 2007; further notes that the "Tele" is a local institution in Inverclyde and is held in high regard within the local community; looks forward to its continued longevity and even more success in future years, and wishes everyone connected with the "Tele", both past and present, the best.

*S3M-381 Bill Kidd: Eurospital—That the Parliament welcomes the Eurospital football tournament and all the participants to Glasgow for the 15th competition in the tournament’s history on Saturday 1 September 2007; applauds the initiative taken by the 16 hospitals to increase links with health care workers from other European countries, and wishes all the teams every success in the competition.

*S3M-380 Bill Kidd: Federation of Master Builders—That the Parliament congratulates the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) for its Beware the Summer Doorknockers campaign, providing useful information on how to avoid rogue builders; welcomes the FMB’s recognition of the specific problems faced by elderly and disabled people and other vulnerable groups, and further welcomes any such attempt to make it harder for criminal elements to exist in the construction industry.

*S3M-379 Jackie Baillie: Gender Agenda Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the Equal Opportunities Commission in Scotland for launching its Gender Agenda campaign; recognises that, while our lives have transformed significantly over the last 30 years and the roles of men and women continue to change, there are still persistent barriers to equality in workplaces and services, illustrated by the power gap which will take almost 200 years to close, the part-time pay gap which will take 30 years to close and the full-time pay gap which will take 20 years; further notes that women working part-time earn 34% less per hour than men working full-time and full-time female employees earn 14% less per hour than men; regrets that the rape conviction rate is currently at an all time low of 3.9% and believes that action must be taken to change this; supports the priority areas of action set out in Gender Agenda, including closing the income gap between men and women, giving better support to families, modernising public services so they meet men’s and women’s needs, providing equal access to justice and safety and sharing power, and calls on the Scottish Executive to take action to support the Gender Agenda campaign.

Supported by: Jamie Stone*, Robin Harper*, John Park*, Patricia Ferguson*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Murray*, David Whitton*, Johann Lamont*, Marlyn Glen*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Elaine Smith*

*S3M-378 Jackie Baillie: Closure of the Jeannie Deans Unit—That the Parliament expresses regret at the closure of the Jeannie Deans Unit; recognises the important role that it played in providing nursing care for older people in the Helensburgh and Lomond community, and insists that Argyll and Bute Council and NHS Highland ensure that the provision of alternative local services for older people is fully funded.

Supported by: Jamie Stone*, Des McNulty*, Karen Gillon*, David Whitton*

*S3M-377 John Scott: Fair Pay for Police—That the Parliament notes the fair pay for police campaign; regrets that reconciliation talks between the Official Side and Staff Side of the Police Negotiating Board have failed to reach an agreed pay settlement and notes that the matter of a pay settlement will now be referred to the Police Arbitration Tribunal; further notes that the settlement proposed by the Official Side represents a real terms reduction in pay, and urges the Scottish Executive, through its membership of the Police Negotiating Board, to press for a fair pay agreement which recognises the hard work of Scotland’s police officers on behalf of the public.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*

*S3M-376# John Lamont: Coldingham Village Hall—That the Parliament congratulates those involved in the redevelopment of Coldingham Village Hall and in its participation in the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe; recognises the value and importance of village halls to rural Scotland; supports the innovative and dynamic ways that village halls use to provide high class public services for their communities; considers that greater support should be provided to village hall facilities in rural Scotland and similar initiatives to that taken up by Coldingham Village Hall encouraged; believes that water rate relief charges should be extended beyond 2010 to prevent discrimination against low users, and wishes Coldingham Village Hall and all other halls in Roxburghshire and Berwickshire the best of success for the future.

*S3M-375 Jamie McGrigor: Congratulations to Inverary and District Pipe Band—That the Parliament congratulates the members of the Inverary and District Pipe Band on winning the World Championship at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow; notes that this success comes on top of winning the Scottish and British championships; further notes that this success comes only in the second year of competing in the world championship, and pays tribute to all the participants and coaches and wishes all those involved in the pipe band continued success in the future.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw*, Ted Brocklebank*, Murdo Fraser*, Stuart McMillan*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Mary Scanlon*, Jim Hume*, Alex Johnstone*, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, John Lamont*, Margaret Mitchell*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Smith*

*S3M-374# Patricia Ferguson: ICL Factory Explosion - Call For Public Inquiry—That the Parliament notes that, three years and three months after the factory explosion that claimed the lives of nine workers, badly injured many more and devastated the community of Maryhill, the companies involved, ICL Plastics and ICL Tech Limited, have pled guilty to breaches of health and safety legislation; recognises the dignified and responsible way in which the families of those involved in this tragedy have conducted themselves throughout this difficult time; notes the support and assistance given by the STUC and the families’ lawyers throughout, and further notes the call by the families and their supporters for a wide-reaching public inquiry into the circumstances of this case and looks to the Lord Advocate to facilitate such an inquiry.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, Jackie Baillie*, Jamie Stone*, Karen Whitefield*, Sandra White*, Des McNulty*, Paul Martin*, Charlie Gordon*, David Stewart*, James Kelly*, Elaine Murray*, Patrick Harvie*, John Park*, Pauline McNeill*, Robin Harper*, Karen Gillon*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Elaine Smith*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-373 Karen Whitefield: School Investment—That the Parliament notes the significant improvements that have been made to a number of schools in North Lanarkshire through the 2010 rebuilding programme, with improved learning environments and additional facilities for communities; notes that a large number of schools in North Lanarkshire remain in need of substantial refurbishment or rebuilding; expresses concern at the delay in the provision of information from the Scottish Executive to local authorities, such as North Lanarkshire, about the funding mechanisms for such a programme, and calls on the Executive to bring forward proposals to enable continued improvement of the school estate in North Lanarkshire.

*S3M-372 Karen Whitefield: Monklands Cancer Unit—That the Parliament believes that, in light of the recent concerns about cancer waiting times’ targets not being met, there must be no delay in establishing the planned cancer centre at Monklands Hospital and that any decision regarding the planned cancer unit must not be conditional on the outcome of the scrutiny panel on accident and emergency services at Monklands and Ayr hospitals.

*S3M-371 Patrick Harvie: Climate Action - in Parliament and on the Runways—That the Parliament congratulates all those who have helped to win the argument that human-induced climate change is taking place and requires an urgent political response; welcomes the proactive steps being taken by the UK and Scottish governments to set emission reduction targets and to recruit advisors to serve on a climate committee; equally welcomes the proactive efforts of campaigners from across the United Kingdom and Europe who are holding the Camp for Climate Action near Heathrow airport to highlight the threat posed by the expansion of aviation; commits itself to ensuring that Scotland is at the forefront of action to tackle climate change, and further commits to protecting the freedom of individuals and communities to campaign on this issue without being restricted by the misuse of legislation designed to apply to terrorism suspects.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-368 Robin Harper: Wildlife Crime—That the Parliament, in light of the recent appalling wildlife crime events in Scotland, particularly the poisoning of a golden eagle, calls on the Scottish Executive to review urgently the provision of resources to combat wildlife crime, including education, surveillance, policing and scale of punishments, and to report back to the Parliament on progress.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Jackie Baillie*, Sandra White*, David Stewart*, Patrick Harvie*, Christine Grahame*, John Lamont*, Elaine Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-368.1 Patricia Ferguson: Wildlife Crime—As an amendment to motion (S3M-368) in the name of Robin Harper, after "eagle" insert "and the shooting of swans in Glasgow with a crossbow".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-370 HMIE Inspection of Cumbernauld College (lodged on 17 August 2007) Robin Harper*, Mr Frank McAveety*, David Whitton*, Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, Karen Whitefield*, Mary Scanlon*, Pauline McNeill*, Michael McMahon*, Trish Godman*, Jamie Hepburn*, Karen Gillon*, Rhona Brankin*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-369 Single Equality Bill (lodged on 17 August 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-367 Poisoning of Raptors (lodged on 16 August 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*, Jeremy Purvis*

S3M-366 East Dunbartonshire Social Work Service (lodged on 16 August 2007) Charlie Gordon*, Mary Scanlon*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Smith*, Ken Macintosh*, Kenneth Gibson*, James Kelly*

S3M-365 High Speed Rail Links (lodged on 15 August 2007) Ross Finnie*, Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-364 Gaelic Films (lodged on 15 August 2007) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-362 World Rowing Under 23 Championships (lodged on 14 August 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Jamie Stone*, Sandra White*, Ted Brocklebank*, Mary Scanlon*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Murdo Fraser*, Robin Harper*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jackson Carlaw*, Gil Paterson*, John Lamont*, Jamie Hepburn*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-361 Gardening Leave (lodged on 14 August 2007) Cathie Craigie*, David Stewart*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Cathy Peattie*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-360 India and Pakistan, 60th Anniversary of Independence (lodged on 14 August 2007) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-359 Clydesdale Health Facilities (lodged on 14 August 2007) Claire Baker*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-358 Scots Language Database (lodged on 14 August 2007) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-357 Insight Radio (lodged on 14 August 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-356 Proposed Regional Minimum Wage (lodged on 13 August 2007) Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*, Angela Constance*, Bill Kidd*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-355 Audio Trail of Largs (lodged on 13 August 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-354 NACCO Material Handling Group Job Losses, Irvine (lodged on 10 August 2007) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-353 Closure of the Hyster Forklift Plant in Irvine (lodged on 10 August 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-350 Scottish Football Museum (lodged on 9 August 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-348 Macmillan Cancer Support (lodged on 8 August 2007) Johann Lamont*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-347# Maintenance of Common Land on Scottish Housing Estates (lodged on 7 August 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-346 Arms Exports (lodged on 7 August 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-340 Homeless World Cup Squad Victory (lodged on 7 August 2007) Dave Thompson*, John Park*, Gil Paterson*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-338# Warm Zones (lodged on 6 August 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-333.1 Ownership of Edinburgh Castle (lodged on 9 August 2007) John Park*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-330 Dr Elsie Inglis (1864-1917) Edinburgh Pioneer of Social and War Medicine (lodged on 31 July 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-329 "Trying Childhoods" Exhibition (lodged on 30 July 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-327.1 The Saltire for Scotland’s Capital (lodged on 2 August 2007) Nicol Stephen*

S3M-322 Futures Through Music (lodged on 26 July 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-321 Indian Duty on Whisky Scotched (lodged on 26 July 2007) Gil Paterson*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-320 Chivas Brothers’ Investment in Scotland (lodged on 26 July 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-319 Super-Carriers Secure Future of Shipbuilding on the Clyde (lodged on 26 July 2007) Claire Baker*

S3M-317 Referendum on EU Treaty (lodged on 25 July 2007) Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Margaret Mitchell*, Murdo Fraser*, Alex Neil*

S3M-316 Glasgow Met Wins Gold (lodged on 25 July 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-315 Shetland Bike Project (lodged on 25 July 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-310 Scottish Civil Service (lodged on 23 July 2007) Jim Hume*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-309♦ Impact of the London Olympics on Lottery Funding (lodged on 23 July 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-308 Airdrie Health Resource Centre (lodged on 20 July 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-306 Regulation of TV Phone-in Competitions (lodged on 20 July 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-299♦ 14th Anniversary of Big Issue and Shadowing a Vendor (lodged on 17 July 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-295 Team Scotland - World Schools Debating Champions (lodged on 12 July 2007) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-289 Regeneration of Middlefield (lodged on 11 July 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-277 Local People Leading (lodged on 4 July 2007) Angela Constance*, Ian McKee*

S3M-262 Scottish Railway Preservation Society (lodged on 28 June 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-231 Congratulations to West Lothian Council (lodged on 22 June 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-228 Women and Human Trafficking (lodged on 21 June 2007) Cathy Peattie*

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

S3M-131 Lancet Publisher Withdraws from Defence Exhibitions (lodged on 6 June 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*.

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