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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-539 Nicola Sturgeon: Glasgow Housing Association Inspection Report—That the Parliament notes the recent publication by Communities Scotland of the Inspection Report on Glasgow Housing Association (GHA); recognises the importance of putting the interests of tenants at the centre in moving forward; believes that GHA should accept the inspection report in full and deliver progress on all issues raised in the report including second stage transfer (SST) and especially those SSTs that can move forward quickly; deplores the inadequacy of the original basis for the initial transfer of houses from Glasgow City Council, and calls on all stakeholders to work together to achieve substantial improvements for local communities in Glasgow.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-538 Iain Smith: Congratulations to Falkland—That the Parliament congratulates the village of Falkland on winning a prestigious gold award in the 2007 Entente Florale Europe and recognises the considerable effort by everyone in the community in achieving this European award and, in particular, the work of Falkland in Bloom for which this award comes as a fitting tribute for its work in this its 20th anniversary year.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Jim Tolson*

*S3M-537 Patrick Harvie: Proposed Abortion Law Review—That the Parliament notes the First Minister’s view that a commission might examine the provision of abortion services in Scotland and the question of whether this should be devolved; welcomes the answer issued on 6 June 2007 to parliamentary question S3W-433, and endorses the view that, irrespective of the level of government which makes policy on this matter in future, it is essential that women in Scotland should be able to access safe abortion as well as a full range of sexual and reproductive health services.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Ian McKee*

*S3M-536 Margaret Smith: Tackling Business-related Crime in Edinburgh—That the Parliament commends the joint working of Lothian and Borders Police and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce to launch the Business Protection Policy Group; notes that the aim of this innovative partnership is to offer practical advice to businesses and tackle business-related crime in Edinburgh; further notes that this partnership has the potential to not only reduce crime and develop the local economy, but could act as a template of good practice to be rolled out across the country, and calls on the Scottish Government to monitor the further progress of the policy group.

*S3M-535 Patrick Harvie: Planning Aid for Scotland and Community Involvement—That the Parliament notes the unique work undertaken by Planning Aid for Scotland in providing free independent advice, information, support and training to people looking to participate in the planning system; recognises its innovative community engagement programmes that aim to ensure that the planning system is made more inclusive and accessible to everyone; notes that the role of organisations such as Planning Aid for Scotland has become vital since the passing of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 which requires greater community involvement in the planning process, and calls on the Scottish Government to recognise that the need for enhanced community involvement will require greater resourcing to ensure that this step change can be achieved.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-534 Bill Wilson: Iraq - Genocide—That the Parliament notes that excess mortality in Iraq subsequent to the 2003 invasion was estimated, as detailed in The Lancet of 21 October 2006, to be of the order of 654,965 deaths (or within the range of 392,979 to 942,636, with a confidence interval of 95%); notes that a survey released earlier this month by British polling organisation, Opinion Research Business, now estimates post-invasion excess mortality at 1,220,580 (within the range of 733,158 to 1,446,063); further notes the half a million estimated excess deaths of children under five alone, between 1991 and 1998, that the executive director of Unicef suggested was attributable in some measure to sanctions; notes that it is possible that Iraq, a nation of some 27 million people, has lost a tenth of its population due to the combined effects of sanctions and the 2003 invasion, and further believes that, had mortality of this scale been attributable to the actions of governments hostile to the United Kingdom and United States of America, the term used to describe it would be genocide.

Supported by: Ian McKee*

*S3M-533 Margaret Mitchell: Pass Plus—That the Parliament welcomes the combined initiative of South Lanarkshire Council Road Safety Team, South Lanarkshire Community Safety Partnership and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to offer new drivers a £75 grant towards the cost of the Pass Plus scheme; notes that this scheme could make a considerable contribution towards reducing accidents on our roads, and applauds the various bodies involved for making the scheme more accessible to young people throughout South Lanarkshire.

*S3M-532 Kenneth Gibson: 3TFM—That the Parliament congratulates the volunteers and board of directors, chaired by Louis Ferguson, of 3TFM on securing a community radio licence for the next five years, enabling it to broadcast to the three towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; notes that 3TFM is one of only four radio stations in the United Kingdom to have been awarded such a licence by Ofcom and the only one in Scotland; recognises that 3TFM will focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the communities it serves; is aware that 3TFM began in 2004 when determined volunteers with no previous broadcasting experience created a professional, well-run radio station sending out entertaining programmes with a health message, providing 672 hours of music over 28 days and training 150 volunteers, 30 live presenters and studio crew; notes that it will be live on the air from 17 November 2007 for 28 days in preparation for the new licence, and believes that the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of everyone at 3TFM will take the new station from strength to strength.

*S3M-531 Kenneth Gibson: Save the Sumatran Rainforest—That the Parliament acknowledges and supports the campaign by the RSPB and Burung Indonesia, part of the BirdLife International partnership, to restore an area of Sumatra’s lowland rainforest, the Harapan (hope) Rainforest; recognises that Sumatra has lost 97% of its rainforest, 16 million hectares, in under a century to unsustainable, often illegal, development, particularly logging activity; is aware that some of Earth’s most critically endangered species live in the Sumatran rainforest, a fragile habitat vulnerable to the devastating impact of deforestation, including 600 species of bird, the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia arnoldii, the Asian elephant, Malaysian tapir and the Sumatran tiger, where numbers are now reduced in the wild to fewer than 300; believes that restoration of the Harapan Rainforest would ensure the survival of a rich and diverse wildlife habitat vital to the prosperity of its indigenous people, and acknowledges that this ambitious project will help the development of scientific research and provide sustainable employment in wildlife monitoring, replanting, managing and eco-tourism.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-529 Beautiful Scotland Awards (lodged on 21 September 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-527 National Police Memorial Day 2007 (lodged on 20 September 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Bill Wilson*, Angela Constance*, Iain Gray*

S3M-526♦ Learn to Sign Week (lodged on 20 September 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-524# Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland (lodged on 19 September 2007) Angela Constance*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-501 Colin McRae (lodged on 19 September 2007) Angela Constance*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Margaret Mitchell*, Rhona Brankin*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-496 Access to Scottish Executive Initiatives for Those with Low Incidence Disabilities (lodged on 18 September 2007) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-491 Adam Smith College (lodged on 18 September 2007) Rhona Brankin*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-490 Call for First Minister to Apologise to the Scottish Crofting Foundation (lodged on 18 September 2007) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-485 Scotland Leads the Way on Green Business Scheme (lodged on 17 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-484 Renfrewshire Council’s Public Petitions Committee (lodged on 17 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-477# Whitburn Fairtrade Town (lodged on 14 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-471 Independent Impartial Mediation within Scottish Systems (lodged on 13 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Sarah Boyack*

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