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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-416 Fiona Hyslop: A Sustainable Future for Crichton University Campus—That the Parliament congratulates local campaigners, including MSPs from all parties, on effectively highlighting the issues surrounding the future of Crichton University Campus in Dumfries, leading to a successful outcome; commends the work of the local stakeholders, academic partners and the Scottish Funding Council in developing an academic strategy for the campus; welcomes the allocation of additional resources by the Scottish Government to protect existing provision, help deliver the strategy and widen the range of higher education opportunities delivered in the south west of Scotland on a long-term sustainable basis, and recognises the importance of the ability of students in rural and island communities to access higher and further education.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-415 Kenny MacAskill: Tackling Drugs Misuse—That the Parliament recognises that tackling drugs misuse is one of the great social challenges of our time, requiring determined and sustained action; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to build consensus around a new strategy for tackling drugs misuse; welcomes the recent publication of reports, commissioned by the previous administration, on key aspects of drugs services; supports the Government’s determination to improve services to promote recovery from drug addiction, to ensure that children are protected from the drug addictions of their parents, to improve drugs education, to offer young people more opportunities to do something positive and constructive with their lives, to strengthen enforcement and to provide courts with more effective ways of dealing with those whose crimes are driven by addiction, and recognises that there will be resource implications in meeting this challenge.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-414♦ David Stewart: UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—That the Parliament supports the UN International Day for Eradication of Poverty on 17 October; notes that promises made in 1970 to devote 0.7% of gross national income to overseas development aid have not been met by the international community; notes that every G8 country except the United Kingdom is off target to meet commitments made at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005 and that the UN Millennium Development Goals are unlikely to be met by 2015; believes that more international action is needed to deliver more and better aid, trade justice, full debt relief and gender equality and to tackle climate change; further notes that millions of people around the world are still united in the fight against global poverty and inequality, and considers that solidarity should be shown through support for participation in the Global Call to Action Against Poverty’s world record attempt on 17 October 2007 for the largest number of people ready to stand up and speak out against poverty and inequality.

Supported by: Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

*S3M-413 Trish Godman: Scottish Commercial Shipbuilding Industry—That the Parliament regrets and deplores the near extinction of the Scottish commercial shipbuilding industry; is acutely aware that this once great industry is represented only by Ferguson of Port Glasgow, a yard currently without orders and with a skeleton workforce; knows that this lamentable state of affairs stands in stark contrast to other European shipbuilding nations where many shipyards are enjoying remarkable levels of demand for all kinds of new vessels, which will take them beyond 2010; notes that in the past year the Northern Lighthouse Board took delivery of a new tender built in a Polish yard, Caledonian MacBrayne acquired a new ferry, also from Poland, and the Craig Group of Aberdeen accepted the latest of nine supply vessels from a yard in Spain; compares these orders for vessels which will operate in Scottish waters with the recent strange decision to defer the awarding of a new contract for a new fisheries protection vessel; believes that successive industrial and political leaders have failed this important maritime sector but is still of the view that commercial shipbuilding can maintain a niche on the Clyde, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive, ship owners, the managers of publicly funded fleets of vessels and other appropriate interested parties to do all that they can to retain this sector of our shipbuilding industry.

*S3M-412 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Business Motion

followed by Member’s Affirmation: Shirley-Anne Somerville

followed by First Minister’s Statement: The Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 6 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Foot and Mouth Outbreak

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Tackling Drugs Misuse

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;
Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: A Sustainable Future for Crichton University Campus

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 12 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 13 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Broadcasting

3.50 pm Ministerial Statement: National Developments in Planning

followed by Debate on the draft Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Variation of Age Limit for Sale of Tobacco etc. and Consequential Modifications) Order 2007

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 20 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Wellbeing;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-411 Tom McCabe: Raith Interchange—That the Parliament supports the call by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to designate Raith Interchange a strategic priority given the economic contribution it is forecast to make and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward the start date of work on the interchange.

*S3M-410 Bill Wilson: ICL/Stockline Disaster Report: Equity Fines—That the Parliament congratulates the authors of the recently published document, The ICL/Stockline Disaster: An Independent Report on Working Conditions prior to the Explosion; notes, in particular, the mention of the equity fines system developed by lawyers in the United States of America, a system that punishes those who benefit the most from corporate offending, owners and shareholders, and avoids the redistribution of corporate punishments to the most vulnerable groups, such as employees, and calls on the Scottish Government to investigate the feasibility of incorporating this and other aspects of the report into Scottish law.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Robert Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-409 Hugh O’Donnell: Fires in Greek Peloponnesus—That the Parliament notes the major forest fires raging across Greece and seriously regrets the loss of life and substantial damage caused to the environment and people’s homes and livelihoods, as well as the negative impact on archaeological sites of worldwide significance, such as ancient Olympia and Sparta; commends the efforts, dedication and bravery of firefighters, local people and those from other EU countries who are working to contain the fires and to help deal with the consequential reconstruction and emergency support that the communities in the Peloponnesus will need to rebuild their lives, and believes that the European Union, its member states and voluntary organisations should as a matter of urgency provide all necessary support to aid the affected communities in Greece recover from this national tragedy.

*S3M-408 John Lamont: St James’ Fair, Kelso—That the Parliament congratulates the town and people of Kelso on this year’s successful St James’ Fair; notes the long history of the event, dating back to the 11th century, and the historical significance of the programme of events; further notes the great achievement in restoring the St James’ Fair in 2004 after nearly a 50-year break; congratulates the Kelso Chamber of Trade, Kelso Community Council and other local organisations for their support for the event; offers its support to other Borders festivals, civic weeks and common ridings, and stresses the importance of support for these Scottish institutions by all levels of government.

S3M-395 Withdrawn

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-405 Support for a Multi-Modal Forth Crossing (lodged on 3 September 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Iain Gray*, Patricia Ferguson*, George Foulkes*, Trish Godman*

S3M-404 Retiral of Richard Chester, Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (lodged on 3 September 2007) Jim Hume*, Nanette Milne*, Alasdair Allan*, Robin Harper*, Elaine Murray*, Richard Baker*, Patricia Ferguson*, Rob Gibson*, Iain Gray*, Bill Wilson*, Sarah Boyack*, Ross Finnie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Karen Whitefield*, David Whitton*, Liam McArthur*, Bill Kidd*, Nigel Don*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Stuart McMillan*, Trish Godman*, Robert Brown*, George Foulkes*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-403# End Unequal Scottish Home Loss Payments (lodged on 31 August 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, Karen Whitefield*, Claire Baker*, Patricia Ferguson*, David Whitton*, Mary Scanlon*, Elaine Smith*, Trish Godman*

S3M-400 Scottish Monument for Great War Soldiers in Flanders (lodged on 31 August 2007) Jim Hume*, Jackson Carlaw*, Des McNulty*, Mary Scanlon*, Ken Macintosh*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, John Park*, Bob Doris*, Margaret Mitchell*, Andrew Welsh*, Derek Brownlee*, Bill Aitken*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-399 Getting the Balance Right in Glasgow’s West End (lodged on 31 August 2007) Elaine Smith*

S3M-396 Playwrights’ Studio and Scottish Theatre (lodged on 29 August 2007) John Wilson*

S3M-394 Delta Queen to Abdicate (lodged on 28 August 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-380 Federation of Master Builders (lodged on 23 August 2007) Rob Gibson*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-377 Fair Pay for Police (lodged on 21 August 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-375 Congratulations to Inverary and District Pipe Band (lodged on 20 August 2007) Derek Brownlee*

S3M-369 Single Equality Bill (lodged on 17 August 2007) Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Gil Paterson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alex Neil*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-362 World Rowing Under 23 Championships (lodged on 14 August 2007) Derek Brownlee*

S3M-347# Maintenance of Common Land on Scottish Housing Estates (lodged on 7 August 2007) Alison McInnes*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mary Mulligan*

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