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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-459# Mike Rumbles: Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route—That the Parliament notes with concern the pledge given in writing by the First Minister on 15 June 2007 to abide by the findings of the public inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) and ensure that the project is not financed by PPP/PFI funding; further notes with concern reports that the Scottish Government will make no statement on its intended method of financing the AWPR until after the public inquiry is completed; expresses its concern at the year’s delay for the estimated completion of the project that was announced in June 2007 by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change; recognises the importance of the AWPR to the economy of the north east, and believes that clarification should be given as a matter of urgency on how the project will be financed.

*S3M-458 Mike Rumbles: Common Agricultural Policy Single Farm Payment and Support Schemes (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Common Agricultural Policy Single Farm Payment and Support Schemes (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/414).

*S3M-457 Hugh Henry: Education—That the Parliament regrets that education has not been given a higher priority by this administration; calls for an urgent explanation to be given on funding for higher education and further education; calls for the missing detail to be given on the manifesto commitment to write off student debt; calls for a statement on how the commitment to reduce class sizes for primary 1 to primary 3 which has not been fully explained or costed will be delivered by 2011; calls for more detail on how a teacher will be provided to every early years class by 2011; regrets that nothing has been said about tackling indiscipline in Scotland’s schools, and calls for an early statement on how funding will be provided to improve the school estate in Scotland.

*S3M-456 Jim Hume: Congratulations to Ruaridh Cunningham, Mountain Biking Champion—That the Parliament congratulates young Scot, Ruaridh Cunningham from Stow in the Scottish Borders, on winning the junior downhill gold medal in the Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships 2007 in Fort William and being the first British man to win a gold medal in downhill mountain biking; recognises the social and health benefits of sport in young people’s lives, and further recognises the role played by the Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation in assisting Ruaridh and other young people in achieving sporting excellence.

*S3M-455 Claire Baker: Advice Week—That the Parliament notes that Advice Week runs from 10 to 16 September 2007; recognises the tremendous impact that citizens advice bureaux (CABx) and other advice agencies have across Scotland; notes the particular efforts of Citizens Advice and Rights Fife in its offices in Cowdenbeath, Cupar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Methil and across Fife; fully supports the free, confidential, impartial and independent service that bureaux provide to those who are often the most vulnerable people in society; notes that in the last year alone CABx in Scotland dealt with over £211 million of debt, and calls on government and all relevant organisations, whether public, private or voluntary sector, to work together to urgently reduce levels of unmanageable debt across all parts of Scotland.

*S3M-454 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: NHS Waiting Times

followed by Scottish Government Debate: European Treaty

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 Debate: Managing the Risks of Flooding in Scotland

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 Debate: Penal Policy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 26 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 27 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Liberal Democrats Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-453 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Rule 10.6.5—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 10 minutes to debate motion S3M-445on Thursday 13 September 2007, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

*S3M-452 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 16 November 2007.

*S3M-451♦ Helen Eadie: Local Authority Planners Housing Development on Land Known To Be Subject to Coastal Erosion—That the Parliament expresses its grave concern that local authority planning officials across Scotland appear to be ignoring the measures put in place under the national planning policy framework to stop developers building on land identified as being subject to coastal erosion; compliments Fife Council on having had the foresight to develop a coastal management plan in 1999; notes that across Scotland the public purse is having to fund coastal protection schemes costing many millions of pounds to the taxpayer, following developers leaving the public to inherit a financial responsibility stemming from their appetite to maximise profit, and hopes that the cabinet secretary with responsibility for coastal protection will bring forward legislation as a matter of urgency and call a moratorium on all planning approvals for home building across Scotland where there is the slightest question of coastal erosion having been identified, in light of the ensuing potential for costs to the public purse as well as the major issue for those left to confront the human misery when homes are damaged as a consequence of coastal erosion.

*S3M-450 Liam McArthur: Sitting of Scottish Youth Parliament in Orkney—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Youth Parliament on its successful sitting, held in Orkney on 8 and 9 September; welcomes the decision of Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) to hold their latest plenary session in Orkney as a further demonstration of the relevance of the Scottish Youth Parliament’s work to all of Scotland; acknowledges the efforts of Orkney Islands Council staff and Orkney’s MSYPs, Jenny Drever and Jethro Crocker, in making the sitting such a success; believes that the theme of the sitting, Sustainable Futures, was particularly appropriate given Orkney’s growing reputation as a world centre of excellence for marine renewables development, and encourages MSPs to explore ways in which they can work ever more closely with John Loughton, the new Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and with other MSYPs.

*S3M-449 Keith Brown: Broadcasting and Football—That the Parliament congratulates the Scotland men’s football team on defeating Lithuania 3-1 in the recent European football championships qualifier; notes the decision of the BBC to show neither the Lithuania nor France fixtures, even on BBC Scotland, in favour of other matches; believes that this is further evidence of the need for broadcasters to reflect the interests of the public they serve, whether in Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland, and calls for the transfer of powers over Scottish broadcasting.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Bashir Ahmad*, Nigel Don*, Sandra White*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-448 Bill Wilson: Anita Roddick—That the Parliament notes with sadness the death of Anita Roddick; notes the contribution she made to raising awareness of the relationship between the actions of consumers in the developed world and their consequences for people in the developing world and her championing of human rights and fair trade issues; notes her recent contribution to raising awareness of hepatitis C; further notes her explicit repudiation of the accumulation of wealth for its own sake and her statement that "The business of business should not be about money, it should be about responsibility. It should be about public good, not private greed", and expresses the wish that the UK and Scottish governments will seek to manifest these values.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Elaine Murray*, Sandra White*

*S3M-447 Jamie Stone: International Day of Non-Violence—That the Parliament endorses the resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly on 15 June 2007 to observe annually the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence; recognises that the late Indian leader’s novel mode of mass mobilisation and non-violent action greatly influenced other struggles for freedom and inspired leaders like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, and reaffirms the commitment of the Scotland branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to share with fellow Commonwealth parliamentarians a desire to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell*

*S3M-446 Robin Harper: Don’t Ignore the Plight of Scotland’s Seas—That the Parliament supports Scottish Environment LINK’s calls for a Scottish Marine Bill; regrets that the Scottish Government has made no commitment to introducing a Scottish Marine Bill in the next year; believes that Scottish marine legislation is essential to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy a sustainable living from Scotland’s seas, and calls on the Scottish Government to set out a timetable for the development of a Scottish Marine Bill as a matter of urgency.

*S3M-445 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Variation of Age Limit for Sale of Tobacco etc. and Consequential Modifications) Order 2007 be approved.

*S3M-444 Robert Brown: Lack of Local Consultation on Botanic Gardens Lease—That the Parliament strongly regrets the decision by Labour councillors on Glasgow City Council’s Land Services Scrutiny Committee to reject the call by Liberal Democrat, SNP and Green opposition councillors for meaningful consultation with the local community over the lease of a site in Glasgow’s historic Botanic Gardens for a café and nightclub complex; notes the strong objection from the local community to the scale, type and detail of the proposed development which would have a serious and adverse impact on the quality of life of local people; notes the lack of safeguards around the disposal by lease or sale of property held by local authorities on behalf of the public, and calls on Scottish ministers to initiate reform of the law on common good and a more accountable framework to govern the disposal of land by public authorities.

*S3M-443.1 Murdo Fraser: The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-443) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, leave out from "and urges" to end and insert "believes that all young people should be given the opportunity to access vocational education from the age of 14; calls on the Scottish Government to consider the establishment of skills academies as part of a diverse education system, and, while welcoming the merger of Careers Scotland and learndirect Scotland, calls on the Scottish Government to go further and add the skills functions currently exercised by Scottish Enterprise to the remit of the merged body, in order to form a complete skills agency."

*S3M-443.2 Iain Gray: The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-443) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, leave out from "and the call" to end and insert "believes it to fall short of the step change required in raising skill levels in Scotland, and calls on Scottish ministers to urgently bring forward proposals to increase access for apprenticeships, expand vocational choices in the school system and ensure that all 16 to 18-year-olds have the opportunity for education, volunteering, training or employment and guarantee the funding required to ensure that our universities and colleges remain world class."

*S3M-443.3 Jeremy Purvis: The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-443) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, leave out from "the Scottish Government’s" to end and insert "and regrets that the strategy contains no specific targets or indicators of success for improving skills in Scotland, fails to respond to the recommendations of the Leitch Review of Skills and makes no commitment to increased investment in further or higher education; calls on the Scottish Government to amend its strategy to include specific skills targets, including targets for modern apprenticeships and widening access, and details of how it will measure progress towards these targets and commit to report annually to the Parliament on that progress, and further calls on the Scottish Government to commit to providing an additional £168 million for Scottish universities and at least a 3% real terms annual funding increase for Scotland’s colleges over the period of the spending review to ensure that the sectors can make an increased contribution to improving skills in Scotland."

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.

Supported by: Elaine Murray*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Butler*, Marlyn Glen*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-428 Kenneth Gibson: Electric Training Devices—That the Parliament condemns the sale and use of electric training devices to train and control dogs, with the exception of electric *livestock* fences which operate on a different principle; considers the use of such devices to be cruel and unnecessary; understands that positive training methods train dogs more quickly and reliably; recognises that, because dogs have a strong bond with humans, their natural instincts can be utilised to train them easily, and believes that the Scottish Government should consider the introduction of a complete ban on the sale and use of electric training devices at the earliest possible opportunity.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*

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: Jack McConnell*, Ken Macintosh*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-443 The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy (lodged on 10 September 2007) Keith Brown*

S3M-440 Community Care Providers 10th Anniversary (lodged on 10 September 2007) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-439 Icelandic Government’s Recent Decision on Commercial Whaling (lodged on 10 September 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Marlyn Glen*, Iain Gray*, Mike Pringle*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Ross Finnie*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Trish Godman*, Elaine Murray*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-435 Aberdeen’s Bid to Host the World Petroleum Congress in 2011 (lodged on 7 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Nigel Don*

S3M-433# The Cruiser Varyag (lodged on 7 September 2007) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-432 Affordable Housing (lodged on 7 September 2007) Bill Kidd*

S3M-427# World Alzheimer’s Day - 21 September 2007 (lodged on 6 September 2007) Karen Whitefield*, Iain Gray*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Trish Godman*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-426 World’s Biggest Coffee Morning - Friday 28 September 2007 (lodged on 6 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-424# Sale of Freescale Semiconductor Plant at East Kilbride (lodged on 6 September 2007) Jim Tolson*, Jim Hume*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Kidd*, Robert Brown*

S3M-421 Antonine Wall World Heritage Site (lodged on 5 September 2007) Iain Gray*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Trish Godman*

S3M-420# Muscular Dystrophy (lodged on 5 September 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-411 Raith Interchange (lodged on 4 September 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-409 Fires in Greek Peloponnesus (lodged on 4 September 2007) John Farquhar Munro*

S3M-406 Scottish Archaeology Month (lodged on 3 September 2007) John Farquhar Munro*

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

S3M-389 Congratulations to Greenock Cricket Club and Tony Judd (lodged on 27 August 2007) Jack McConnell*

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

S3M-373 School Investment (lodged on 20 August 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-370 HMIE Inspection of Cumbernauld College (lodged on 17 August 2007) Jack McConnell*

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

S3M-360 India and Pakistan, 60th Anniversary of Independence (lodged on 14 August 2007) Jack McConnell*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-342 New North Lanarkshire Schools (lodged on 7 August 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-340 Homeless World Cup Squad Victory (lodged on 7 August 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-312 Cumbernauld Minor Injuries Unit (lodged on 24 July 2007) Jim Hume*, Ross Finnie*, Robert Brown*, Mike Rumbles*

S3M-311 Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (lodged on 23 July 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Ross Finnie*, Rob Gibson*, Jim Hume*, Bill Kidd*, Robert Brown*

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

S3M-131 Lancet Publisher Withdraws from Defence Exhibitions (lodged on 6 June 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-110 Village Halls (lodged on 1 June 2007) Margaret Mitchell*

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