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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-443 Fiona Hyslop: The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy—That the Parliament believes that to equip the Scottish economy for the 21st century it will require its people to be skilled; notes the publication of Skills for Scotland, the Scottish Government’s strategy to help deliver the skills needed for the 21st century, and the call to action that it contains for individuals, employers, national and local government, trade unions, colleges, universities and schools, community learning and development providers, training providers, public agencies and the third sector, and urges all those involved in the delivery of skills in Scotland to actively engage in its implementation.

Supported by: Maureen Watt*

*S3M-442 Des McNulty: Retention of Our Lady of Loretto’s Church, Dalmuir—That the Parliament notes that the Archdiocese of Glasgow has indicated to parishioners that the Our Lady of Loretto’s Church in Dalmuir, Clydebank will no longer be used as a place of worship; recognises that this church was one of the few buildings in Clydebank to survive the Blitz in 1941; further notes the central place that this building occupies in the life of the community of Dalmuir, and calls on the Scottish Executive to work with the Archdiocese of Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire Council and local people to ensure that an appropriate alternative use is found for this important building, retaining it as a landmark in the Dalmuir area.

*S3M-441 Malcolm Chisholm: Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health in its 10th anniversary year for its continuing work in supporting innovation, stimulating debate and facilitating improvements in mental health and wellbeing for the Scottish people; believes that a population with good mental health and wellbeing is one that can create a healthy, productive, fair, inclusive and prosperous Scotland; recognises that considering the mental health benefits of all policy interventions can enhance the impact of those policies in Scottish communities; appreciates that poverty, deprivation and discrimination have the potential to undermine efforts by the Parliament and others to foster mental health and wellbeing, and commends the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health for its work to build dialogue across sectors and strengthen commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of people in Scotland through its conference in October 2007, "With Scotland’s Future in Mind".

*S3M-440 Malcolm Chisholm: Community Care Providers 10th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Community Care Providers Scotland (CCPS) on the occasion of its 10th anniversary; recognises the organisation’s important role as the national voice of voluntary sector organisations providing care and support services across Scotland; notes the major changes to the circumstances in which these organisations operate that have taken place over the last 10 years, and commends the invaluable work done by CCPS’s 60 members across the country to provide care and support to people who need it in increasingly difficult circumstances.

*S3M-439 Sarah Boyack: Icelandic Government’s Recent Decision on Commercial Whaling—That the Parliament welcomes the recent decision by the Icelandic Government not to allow any more commercial whaling quotas at this stage; commends the comments of the Icelandic Fisheries Minister that there is little market for whale meat in Iceland and so no sense in allowing more whales to be killed; notes that this is a significant development given the Icelandic Government’s decision in 2006 to allow commercial whaling of minke whales and endangered fin whales contrary to international agreement; further notes that, while the whale-watching industry in Iceland is now worth over £10 million per year, a Gallup poll in 2006 found that only 1% of Icelanders said they ate whale meat regularly, and calls on Iceland, along with Japan and Norway, to observe in full the International Whaling Commission’s ban on commercial whaling.

*S3M-438 Keith Brown: Clackmannanshire Tower Trail—That the Parliament recognises the launch of the Clackmannanshire Tower Trail on 7 September 2007; notes that the trail connects no fewer than five major historical sites: Alloa Tower, Castle Campbell, Clackmannan Tower, Sauchie Tower and Menstrie Castle; believes that the trail has the potential to become an important location for heritage and tourism in the area and beyond, and congratulates Clackmannanshire Council’s Museum and Heritage Service for developing such an excellent attraction.

*S3M-437 Jackie Baillie: 20,000 March to Save the Vale—That the Parliament welcomes the previous comments of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing about the importance given to public opinion in the redesign and reorganisation of health services; congratulates all 20,000 members of the public, young and old alike, who demonstrated on Saturday 8 September 2007 in support of retaining services at the Vale of Leven Hospital; notes that this is the biggest demonstration of its kind and a clear indication of the strength of feeling in the local community; believes that Professor Mackay should consider the evident public support for the Vale of Leven Hospital as part of the work of the independent scrutiny panel, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to listen to the voices of 20,000 people by rejecting NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s proposals and ensure that all the current services at the Vale of Leven Hospital are sustained for the future.

*S3M-436♦ Cathy Peattie: Antonine Friendship Link—That the Parliament welcomes the display of the Antonine Friendship Link Scroll; notes that the Antonine Friendship Link was set up to highlight the plight of Palestinians affected by Israel’s construction of a "separation wall" by linking Falkirk and the village of Jayyous which is in close proximity to the Israeli wall; further notes the World Bank report, published in May 2007, which concludes that economic recovery and sustainable growth will require a fundamental reassessment of closure practices and a restoration of the presumption of movement; believes that it is a travesty that the wall has split communities and families and denied people access to water supplies, land and livelihoods, and considers that the removal of the wall and the establishment of a viable Palestinian state should be actively encouraged.

S3M-427*#* Irene Oldfather: World Alzheimer’s Day - 21 September 2007—That the Parliament expresses support for World Alzheimer’s Day on Friday 21 September 2007 as an occasion when Alzheimer Scotland, alongside Alzheimer’s organisations across the globe, concentrates its efforts in raising awareness of dementia; notes that there are an estimated 24 million people around the world who currently have dementia and around 62,000 people living with dementia in Scotland today; acknowledges that it is important to raise awareness of dementia as an illness and campaign to reduce the misunderstandings and stigma that exist about the condition; recognises the importance of advocacy for this vulnerable group; further acknowledges that maintaining current levels of service provision will not be an option due to the projected increase in the number of people with dementia in Scotland, which is expected to rise by 75% in under 25 years to around 108,000 by 2031, and therefore recognises that improvements to services must be made to promote the highest standards of health and community care.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, James Kelly*, Brian Adam*, Alex Neil*, Michael McMahon*, David Whitton*, Robert Brown*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Butler*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Stone*, Des McNulty*, David Stewart*, Andy Kerr*, Marlyn Glen*, Margaret Mitchell*, Christine Grahame*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-435 Aberdeen’s Bid to Host the World Petroleum Congress in 2011 (lodged on 7 September 2007) Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Liam McArthur*, Jamie Stone*, Dave Thompson*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-434♦ Unidentified, Unprotected (lodged on 7 September 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-433# The Cruiser Varyag (lodged on 7 September 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Michael McMahon*, Rhoda Grant*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-428 Electric Training Devices (lodged on 6 September 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-426 World’s Biggest Coffee Morning - Friday 28 September 2007 (lodged on 6 September 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Alex Neil*

S3M-421 Antonine Wall World Heritage Site (lodged on 5 September 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Murdo Fraser*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathy Peattie*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-420# Muscular Dystrophy (lodged on 5 September 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-417 Congratulations to Moira Cameron on Becoming the First Female Beefeater (lodged on 5 September 2007) Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-414# UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (lodged on 4 September 2007) Claire Baker*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-408 St James’ Fair, Kelso (lodged on 4 September 2007) Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-404 Retiral of Richard Chester, Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (lodged on 3 September 2007) Jamie Stone*, Ian McKee*

S3M-403# End Unequal Scottish Home Loss Payments (lodged on 31 August 2007) Mary Mulligan*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-400 Scottish Monument for Great War Soldiers in Flanders (lodged on 31 August 2007) Jamie Stone*

S3M-398 Campaign Against Remploy Closures (lodged on 30 August 2007) Jamie Stone*

S3M-374# ICL Factory Explosion - Call For Public Inquiry (lodged on 20 August 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-361 Gardening Leave (lodged on 14 August 2007) Jamie Stone*

S3M-350 Scottish Football Museum (lodged on 9 August 2007) Jamie Stone*

S3M-187# Save the Land Reform Act and Restore the Will of Parliament (lodged on 14 June 2007) Rob Gibson*

S3M-49 Date of Scottish Parliament and Local Authority Elections (lodged on 22 May 2007) Ian McKee*

S3M-48 Scottish Parliament Elections (lodged on 22 May 2007) Ian McKee*

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