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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-488 Peter Peacock: Congratulations to Buckie Thistle Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Buckie Thistle football club on its 1-0 win against Keith to lift the Aberdeenshire Cup at Christie Park, Huntly, on 15 September 2007; notes the hard work and commitment shown by all members of the Buckie Thistle football team, and congratulates the club’s manager, Duncan Shearer, for leading his team to victory.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

*S3M-487 Patrick Harvie: Scotland Still Opposed to GM Crops—That the Parliament notes with concern reports that UK Government ministers are intent on backing genetically modified crops to be grown throughout the United Kingdom and calls on the Scottish Government to reassert its position that Scotland is a GM-free country and to inform the Westminster Government that GM crops will be opposed by the Scottish Government.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Brian Adam*

*S3M-486 Liam McArthur: Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Islands Accommodation—That the Parliament notes the importance of Aberdeen Maternity Hospital’s islands accommodation facility, not least in enabling mothers from Orkney and Shetland whose babies require to stay on in hospital to remain close at hand; recognises the need for the accommodation to undergo substantial refurbishment and upgrading; applauds the tremendous efforts and personal drive of Janette Park who has spearheaded a fundraising campaign that has raised over £25,000 in Orkney towards the cost of the refurbishment; welcomes the commitment of NHS Grampian to provide a further £25,000 and NHS Orkney to match the total of £50,000, and looks forward to improvements to this essential facility now being carried out without delay.

*S3M-485 Ted Brocklebank: Scotland Leads the Way on Green Business Scheme—That the Parliament congratulates the 35 Scottish hotels, from a UK list of 50, that have been named as the most eco-friendly hotels in Britain for their environmental approach, such as introducing energy-saving light bulbs, waterless urinals, recycling and a purchasing policy backing local produce; notes in particular that three of the 35 hotels achieving gold awards under the Green Tourism Business Scheme are to be found in St Andrews, and therefore commends the Fairmont, Rufflets and New Hall hotels for their efforts to promote a green approach to business.

*S3M-484 Bill Wilson: Renfrewshire Council’s Public Petitions Committee—That the Parliament congratulates Renfrewshire Council on introducing, under the inspired leadership of Councillor Derek Mackay, a public petitions committee modelled on that of the Parliament; notes that this is thought to be the first time a council has done this; notes that it will not result in any duplication of legal procedures or consultation arrangements; notes that it should strengthen the connection between the council and the community, and further notes that it is but the first step in a wider programme of decentralisation and democratisation embarked on by Renfrewshire Council.

S3M-483*#* George Foulkes: Time for a Fresh Debate on Organ Donation—That the Parliament commends the ongoing work that British Medical Association Scotland is doing to raise awareness of organ donation; recognises that the number of people on the active and temporarily suspended transplant waiting list in Scotland rose by almost 20% from 695 in September 2005to its highest level of 818 in July 2007 and yet only 50 organs were donated in Scotland last year and that at 10 June 2007 there were 135 people in the NHS Lothian area registered with UK Transplant as waiting for an organ; recognises that the current opt-in system of organ donation is unable to meet the increasing demands placed upon it; acknowledges the need for a full and proper public debate to establish the level of support that exists for a move to a system of presumed consent that will both inform future proposals in this area and raise awareness of the desperate need for organ donors, and considers that moves to turn the tremendous level of public and, increasingly, professional support that exists for organ donation into something meaningful should be supported by implementing a system of presumed consent.

Supported by: Elaine Murray*, David Stewart*, Brian Adam*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, John Park*, Elaine Smith*, Claire Baker*, Iain Gray*, Sarah Boyack*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

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.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather*, Michael McMahon*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-476 England Football Team Success (lodged on 14 September 2007) Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-469 Waste Wise Armadale (lodged on 13 September 2007) Rob Gibson*

S3M-467 Scottish Football Success (lodged on 13 September 2007) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-466 Vive L’Ecosse! (lodged on 13 September 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-461 Explosion at Nobel Enterprises Factory, Stevenston (lodged on 12 September 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-459# Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (lodged on 11 September 2007) Jim Hume*

S3M-448 Anita Roddick (lodged on 11 September 2007) Robin Harper*

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

S3M-441 Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health (lodged on 10 September 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-439 Icelandic Government’s Recent Decision on Commercial Whaling (lodged on 10 September 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-436# Antonine Friendship Link (lodged on 10 September 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-428 Electric Training Devices (lodged on 11 September 2007) Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*

S3M-377 Fair Pay for Police (lodged on 21 August 2007) Patrick Harvie*

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

S3M-221 Polls Apart 5 Report (lodged on 21 June 2007) Pauline McNeill*

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

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