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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-465♦ Cathie Craigie: NDCS Change Your World Consultation—That the Parliament congratulates the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) on its groundbreaking Change Your World consultation exercise, which represents the first ever discussion with young deaf and hearing-impaired people in Scotland and the United Kingdom about the issues and challenges which affect them; believes that deafness and other hearing impairments should not be a barrier for children in achieving their true potential; acknowledges the work of the NDCS in representing the interests of all deaf children and young people from birth until they reach independence; welcomes this opportunity to engage with young deaf Scots, and considers that as many young people as possible in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and across Scotland with a hearing impairment should be encouraged to get involved and make their voice heard.

*S3M-464# John Lamont: Support for Border News—That the Parliament considers that moves by ITV to merge some of its smaller regional news services should be opposed; believes that these proposals pose a significant threat to the future of Border television and would be damaging to regional news in the region; considers that a merger of Border television news with STV news services would also be a bad move for television in Scotland and would provide a downgraded service for the customer, and believes that local and regional television services provide a valuable role in an increasingly centralised market.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Alex Johnstone*, Elaine Murray*, David Stewart*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Cathy Peattie*, Jamie Stone*, Margaret Mitchell*

*S3M-463 Bill Wilson: Transport and Climate Change Report—That the Parliament welcomes the report, Transport and Climate Change, published on 12 September 2007 by the Commission for Integrated Transport; notes the recommended five packages of reinforcing measures across the transport sector; further notes that by following recommendations made under the headings of "Eco-driving" and "Smarter Choices" citizens could make an immediate and significant reduction in their carbon footprints; notes the urgency of the climate change issue, and calls on the UK and Scottish governments to raise awareness, and consider the implementation, of the report’s recommendations.

*S3M-462 Lewis Macdonald: Peacock Visual Arts—That the Parliament congratulates Peacock Visual Arts on the proposal for a new centre for contemporary arts in Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen; believes that the proposed new centre will have a positive impact on Aberdeen’s cultural life, bringing significant cultural and economic benefits to Aberdeen and the north east as well as breathing new life into Union Terrace Gardens; recognises that the imaginative design by architects Brisac Gonzalez is of world-class standard and will strengthen Aberdeen’s standing on the international cultural map, and looks forward to the early completion of the project and opening of Aberdeen Contemporary Arts Centre.

Supported by: Richard Baker*, Jamie Stone*, Marlyn Glen*, Patricia Ferguson*, Nanette Milne*, Kenneth Gibson*, David Stewart*, Karen Gillon*, Des McNulty*, Alison McInnes*, Trish Godman*, Karen Whitefield*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-461 Irene Oldfather: Explosion at Nobel Enterprises Factory, Stevenston—That the Parliament recognises the commendable work of emergency services in containing the fire resulting from the explosion at Nobel Enterprises on 8 September 2007; notes that there was no loss of life despite the scale of the fire; acknowledges the role that good emergency planning played in ensuring effective co-ordination between emergency services; further acknowledges the concerns of the local community, and calls on Nobel Enterprises to conduct a full risk assessment to ensure that an incident such as this does not occur again.

*S3M-457.1 Jeremy Purvis: Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-457) in the name of Hugh Henry, insert at end "and further calls for an early announcement on when the SNP manifesto pledge for a 50% increase in free nursery education for 3 and 4-year-olds will be met and how much it will cost."

*S3M-457.2 Fiona Hyslop: Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-457) in the name of Hugh Henry, leave out from first "regrets" to end and insert "recognises the importance placed on education in Scotland by all parties in the Parliament; welcomes the prospect of early legislation to abolish the graduate endowment fee; appreciates that the delay by over a year of the comprehensive spending review has dictated the timing of comprehensive announcements on spending plans for education on student debt, teachers’ numbers and the school estate, and looks forward to positive and constructive discussion with COSLA on outcome agreements as part of the spending review to improve the education of pupils, recognising that the pace, scale and delivery of improvements in pre-school provision and class size reduction in P1-P3 will be a key element of such agreements."

Supported by: Maureen Watt*, Adam Ingram*

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.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, David Stewart*, Hugh Henry*

*S3M-437.1 Gil Paterson: 20,000 March to Save the Vale—As an amendment to motion (S3M-437) in the name of Jackie Baillie, insert at end "and therefore calls on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to abandon its plans for further centralisation of services by removing services from the Vale of Leven Hospital."

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.

Supported by: George Foulkes*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-459# Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (lodged on 11 September 2007) Robert Brown*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Richard Baker*, Lewis Macdonald*, Ross Finnie*, Alison McInnes*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-456 Congratulations to Ruaridh Cunningham, Mountain Biking Champion (lodged on 11 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-455 Advice Week (lodged on 11 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*, Richard Baker*, Bill Butler*, Johann Lamont*, Kenneth Gibson*, George Foulkes*, John Park*, Robert Brown*, Marlyn Glen*, David Stewart*, Des McNulty*, Hugh Henry*, Karen Gillon*, Liam McArthur*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Iain Gray*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Bill Wilson*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Sandra White*, Jamie Stone*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-450 Sitting of Scottish Youth Parliament in Orkney (lodged on 11 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-449 Broadcasting and Football (lodged on 11 September 2007) Alex Neil*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-448 Anita Roddick (lodged on 11 September 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Patrick Harvie*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-447 International Day of Non-Violence (lodged on 11 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-446 Don’t Ignore the Plight of Scotland’s Seas (lodged on 11 September 2007) Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-444 Lack of Local Consultation on Botanic Gardens Lease (lodged on 11 September 2007) Bill Kidd*, Patrick Harvie*, Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Farquhar Munro*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-441 Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health (lodged on 10 September 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Patricia Ferguson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Bill Butler*, Claire Baker*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Marlyn Glen*, Robert Brown*, David Stewart*, Karen Gillon*, Christine Grahame*, Liam McArthur*, Mary Scanlon*, Brian Adam*, Ross Finnie*, Iain Gray*, Patrick Harvie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Bill Wilson*, Andy Kerr*, Irene Oldfather*, Karen Whitefield*, Jamie Stone*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-440 Community Care Providers 10th Anniversary (lodged on 10 September 2007) Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*, Johann Lamont*, Claire Baker*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Butler*, Marlyn Glen*, Robert Brown*, Des McNulty*, Hugh Henry*, Karen Gillon*, Christine Grahame*, Liam McArthur*, David Stewart*, Brian Adam*, Ross Finnie*, Iain Gray*, Patrick Harvie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Bill Wilson*, Andy Kerr*, Irene Oldfather*, Karen Whitefield*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-439 Icelandic Government’s Recent Decision on Commercial Whaling (lodged on 10 September 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Pauline McNeill*, Patrick Harvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alison McInnes*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-436# Antonine Friendship Link (lodged on 10 September 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-435 Aberdeen’s Bid to Host the World Petroleum Congress in 2011 (lodged on 7 September 2007) Nanette Milne*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-433# The Cruiser Varyag (lodged on 7 September 2007) Karen Gillon*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-429 QE2 (lodged on 6 September 2007) Robert Brown*

S3M-428 Electric Training Devices (lodged on 11 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*

S3M-427# World Alzheimer’s Day - 21 September 2007 (lodged on 6 September 2007) Bob Doris*, Karen Gillon*, Claire Baker*

S3M-420# Muscular Dystrophy (lodged on 5 September 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-414# UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (lodged on 4 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-410 ICL/Stockline Disaster Report: Equity Fines (lodged on 4 September 2007) Nigel Don*

S3M-405 Support for a Multi-Modal Forth Crossing (lodged on 3 September 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-344 North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band (lodged on 7 August 2007) Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, John Farquhar Munro*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-343 NL Kidz (lodged on 7 August 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, John Farquhar Munro*

S3M-342 New North Lanarkshire Schools (lodged on 7 August 2007) John Farquhar Munro*

S3M-313 Kilsyth Health Centre (lodged on 24 July 2007) Robert Brown*, John Farquhar Munro*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-312 Cumbernauld Minor Injuries Unit (lodged on 24 July 2007) Karen Gillon*

S3M-311 Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (lodged on 23 July 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-221 Polls Apart 5 Report (lodged on 21 June 2007) Alex Neil*, Ross Finnie*, Liam McArthur*, Stuart McMillan*, John Farquhar Munro*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-197 Debt Education (lodged on 18 June 2007) Alex Neil*, Jackie Baillie*, Liam McArthur*, Stuart McMillan*, Patrick Harvie*, John Farquhar Munro*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-131 Lancet Publisher Withdraws from Defence Exhibitions (lodged on 6 June 2007) Ian McKee*

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