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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-555 Sarah Boyack: Animal Welfare Scheme to Address the Problems of Foot-and-Mouth Disease—That the Parliament notes the ongoing problems for the farming community in Scotland; recognises the particular issues faced by hill farmers in rural Scotland, and urges Scottish ministers, the UK Government and the European Union to work together to secure an appropriate animal welfare system, to address the issues in relation to transport and to ensure the sustainability of the industry and protect animal welfare, consistent with expert veterinary advice to contain, control and eradicate foot-and-mouth disease.

Supported by: Karen Gillon*, Des McNulty*, Peter Peacock*

*S3M-554 John Scott: Temporary Relaxation of Drivers’ Hours—That the Parliament notes with mounting concern the large number of animals confined to Scotland’s hill farms as a result of the foot-and-mouth crisis; also notes the UK Government’s refusal to permit a temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours regulations so as to allow the transport of livestock; further notes the Scottish Government’s efforts to persuade the UK Government to reverse this decision, and, in light of the escalating animal welfare and economic crisis that has arisen, calls on the UK Government to allow an immediate relaxation of the drivers’ hour regulations. R

*S3M-553 Bill Kidd: Healthy Children, Healthy Communities—That the Parliament applauds the work done by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland in highlighting and working for the rights of children and young people in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which comes of age in November 2007 when it celebrates its 18th birthday; believes that listening to what young people want, highlighting positive contributions that they make to our local communities and supporting and extending initiatives such as Operation Phoenix in Glasgow, which brought together rival housing estates in Easterhouse through varied activities including football, dancing and go-karting and led to a large reduction in gang fighting and youth disorder in general, bring huge benefits to local communities and are highly effective means of addressing antisocial behaviour, and agrees to work together to further these worthy aims.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-552 Robin Harper: Launch of Youth Cancer Forum Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Youth Cancer Forum Scotland (YCFS) on its official launch on Friday 28 September 2007; recognises the important role of this youth-led forum in giving a collective voice to young people affected by cancer throughout Scotland; notes that the YCFS aims to ensure that every young person affected by cancer in Scotland has the chance to contribute to a national forum, be represented on this forum and access peer support; supports the forum’s aim to improve access to age-appropriate treatment, care, support and financial assistance, and calls on the Scottish Government to support the needs of young people with cancer.

*S3M-551 Dave Thompson: Congratulations to RBS and HBOS—That the Parliament congratulates both the Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS on ranking 35th and 85th respectively in Barron’s survey of the top 100 world’s most respected companies, also published by the prestigious Wall Street Journal; notes the emergence of these two Scottish companies as leading financial providers in the global market; recognises their consistency in cultivating an environment of excellence, strong business strategy and outstanding leadership, and finally acknowledges that both companies have earned their reputation as a result of their long-term contribution to building a sustainable and prosperous Scotland.

*S3M-550 Dave Thompson: Congratulations to Alness—That the Parliament congratulates Alness on winning the best small town trophy and a continuous community involvement award at the Beautiful Scotland awards ceremony and recognises the considerable effort by everyone in the community, with particular praise for Carolyn Wilson, Alness in Bloom co-ordinator, in achieving this award and the work of Alness in Bloom for which this award comes as a fitting tribute for its efforts to promote community involvement.

*S3M-549 Joe FitzPatrick: University of Abertay Awarded Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Abertay in Dundee which, along with Glasgow and Strathclyde universities, has been granted the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark; notes that the quality trust mark is awarded to higher education providers who go the extra mile to support care leavers, and welcomes the comments of Principal, Professor Bernard King, that Abertay is committed to opening its doors to anyone who could benefit from a university education, regardless of their background.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Nigel Don*, Elaine Murray*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Murdo Fraser*, Michael Matheson*, Stuart McMillan*, Andrew Welsh*, Bob Doris*, Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, John Park*

*S3M-548 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007—That the Parliament affirms its commitment to ending violence against women by endorsing the Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007; calls on the Scottish Government to adopt a broad definition of violence against women, which makes the link between domestic abuse, rape and commercial sexual exploitation, and to continue provision of funding to violence against women projects in order to ensure the continuation of essential services to women and children experiencing violence, and further calls on the Scottish Government to continue to develop strategic work on violence against women, guided by the multi-agency National Group to Address Violence Against Women and enabled by the Violence Against Women Team within the Equality Unit at the Scottish Government, and to commit to changing public attitudes and behaviours through education initiatives and public awareness campaigns, alongside ensuring effective legal protection for women and children experiencing violence.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Christine Grahame*, Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-546.1 Iain Gray: Rail Links to Edinburgh Airport—As an amendment to motion (S3M-546) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "the Scottish Government’s plans" to end and insert "the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link as approved on 14 March 2007 and improvements to other rail services."

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S3M-545.1 Margaret Curran: Waiting Times—As an amendment to motion (S3M-545) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "is concerned" to "on clinicians" and insert "calls on the Scottish Government to review the implementation proposals to ensure that the principles of Fair to All, Personal to Each are implemented with the least bureaucracy possible and ensure that the new waiting list system provides the highest quality support, particularly for the most vulnerable in our society".

*S3M-545.2 Nicola Sturgeon: Waiting Times—As an amendment to motion (S3M-545) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert "calls on the Scottish Government to build on the progress made by the last administration in reducing waiting times by establishing a new 18-week whole journey waiting time guarantee by 2011 and consulting on a Patients’ Rights Bill that will ensure a more patient-focussed NHS."

Supported by: Shona Robison*

S3M-526*#* Mary Mulligan: Learn to Sign Week—That the Parliament notes that Learn to Sign Week runs from 1 to 7 October 2007; thanks Donaldson’s School and Deaf Action for coming to the Parliament to highlight the benefits of British Sign Language (BSL), and stresses the importance of attendance at the taster sessions on 3 October which will provide an introduction to BSL and some information to help MSPs communicate effectively with their deaf constituents.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-547 The Industrial and Provident Societies Act, Need for Reform (lodged on 25 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-541 Tackling Aircraft Emissions (lodged on 25 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Michael Matheson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-537 Proposed Abortion Law Review (lodged on 24 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-535 Planning Aid for Scotland and Community Involvement (lodged on 24 September 2007) Jackie Baillie*, David McLetchie*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-534 Iraq - Genocide (lodged on 24 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-533 Pass Plus (lodged on 24 September 2007) Karen Gillon*, Murdo Fraser*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-532 3TFM (lodged on 24 September 2007) Keith Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-531 Save the Sumatran Rainforest (lodged on 24 September 2007) Patrick Harvie*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-530 The Cost to Scotland of Children’s Poor Communication (lodged on 21 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-527 National Police Memorial Day 2007 (lodged on 20 September 2007) Karen Gillon*, Jamie Hepburn*, Paul Martin*, Nigel Don*

S3M-524# Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland (lodged on 19 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-501 Colin McRae (lodged on 19 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-495 Support for the College of Piping in Glasgow (lodged on 18 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-494 Property Management Accreditation Scheme (lodged on 18 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-492 Action Against Human Trafficking (lodged on 18 September 2007) Keith Brown*, Brian Adam*, Trish Godman*, Bill Kidd*, Karen Gillon*, Jamie Hepburn*, Dave Thompson*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-489 Valuable Assets - A Report into the Role and Status of Classroom Assistants in Scottish Schools (lodged on 18 September 2007) Jim Hume*

S3M-487 Scotland Still Opposed to GM Crops (lodged on 17 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-486 Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Islands Accommodation (lodged on 17 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-473 Fire Service Open Days (lodged on 13 September 2007) Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-465# NDCS Change Your World Consultation (lodged on 12 September 2007) Nigel Don*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) John Scott*

S3M-413 Scottish Commercial Shipbuilding Industry (lodged on 4 September 2007) Alex Neil*, Jamie Stone*, Des McNulty*, Elaine Murray*, Hugh Henry*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-338# Warm Zones (lodged on 6 August 2007) Aileen Campbell*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Brian Adam*, Alasdair Morgan*

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