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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-590 Rob Gibson: Living Food Festival Success—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the second Living Food Festival held in the grounds of Cawdor Castle on Saturday 29 September 2007 as part of Highland Feast; notes the rising demand for local and organic produce that is providing an increased income for a growing cluster of dedicated farmers and growers in the inner Moray Firth area, many of whom were stallholders at the event, and praises the collaboration between Cawdor Estate and the Soil Association and Slow Food Highlands and Moray convivium for whetting the public’s appetite for healthy, tasty local food and drink every week in the year.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon*

*S3M-589 John Swinney: Crerar Review—That the Parliament welcomes the Crerar review work commissioned by the previous administration; notes the broad principles and vision of a simplified scrutiny landscape, with a proportionate, co-ordinated and risk-based approach, as set out in the Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland; thanks Professor Crerar and his team for their work; commits to joint working with the Scottish Government over the relevant recommendations, and calls on the Scottish Government to carefully consider the review before returning to the Parliament with further proposals to take forward the conclusions of the report.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-588 Margaret Smith: Wear it Pink—That the Parliament recognises that over 3,500 women in Scotland will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007; endorses Breast Cancer Campaign’s organisation of Wear it Pink on Friday 26 October 2007; notes the importance of the event in promoting awareness of breast cancer among the general public; encourages MSPs to participate in the initiative to help raise funds for independent breast cancer research at centres of excellence throughout the United Kingdom, and congratulates Breast Cancer Campaign and all of its supporters for having raised over £3 million in 2006 through Wear it Pink.

*S3M-587 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

*S3M-586 Tavish Scott: Most Enterprising Student Competition—That the Parliament congratulates Emily Garrick, a student from Shetland, for her deserved success in winning a commendation in the Scotland and Northern Ireland Most Enterprising Student final for her work on a Shell Step placement with Shetland Seafood Auctions Ltd where she undertook a marketing and web development project, and wishes her and Shona McElroy and Iain Whiteside, the two other Scottish students who are joining Emily in the UK’s Most Enterprising Student 2007 final in London on 10 October 2007, every success in the final.

*S3M-585 Alison McInnes: Congratulations to Aberdeenshire Council—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeenshire Council for winning the renewable energy category at the recent Northern Star Business Awards; notes that it is the first council to win at the awards since they began five years ago; recognises the progress that the council has made towards the target of becoming carbon neutral by 2020 through renewable energy projects such as the installation of ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers to serve school and community facilities, and encourages other local councils to follow Aberdeenshire’s example and take action to become more energy efficient.

*S3M-584 Joe FitzPatrick: David Cairns’ Comments on New Nuclear Power Stations—That the Parliament notes with concern the comments made by David Cairns MP, Minister of State at the Scotland Office, in support of new nuclear power stations in Scotland; believes that, rather than opting for new nuclear power stations and a dangerous, dirty and expensive technology, Scotland should instead be doing everything possible to promote our nation as a centre of excellence for genuinely clean and safe energy technologies, and further believes that support for nuclear power can only undermine efforts by the Scottish Government to make Scotland nuclear-free and a global leader in clean renewable energy.

*S3M-583 Bob Doris: John Reid - Chairman of Celtic Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates John Reid on becoming the next chairman of Celtic Football Club; wishes him all the best in his new job, and hopes that all Scotland’s clubs and our national side continue to do our nation proud.

*S3M-582 Rob Gibson: The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival—That the Parliament welcomes the successful inauguration of the first John Lennon Northern Lights Festival held in Durness, the most north-westerly community on the Scottish mainland, over the last weekend in September 2007; recalls the inspiration of the festival being the late John Lennon whose youthful holidays in Durness infused his life, music and work with the Beatles and as a solo artist thereafter; notes the support of John’s close family at the event; congratulates the festival organisers for transforming the theme with international artistic exhibits and performances in venues around this scattered crofting community, and commends the festival as a highly appropriate annual tribute to the inspiration of John Lennon’s art and music to take place in one of his favourite places on the planet, putting Durness on the map for the best possible reasons.

*S3M-581 Margaret Mitchell: Police Cameras—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Strathclyde Police to equip officers with digital cameras for a six month trial in Hamilton, Rutherglen and Cambuslang; believes that the initiative could help reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in the areas covered by the scheme; notes calls from East Kilbride and District Crime Prevention Panel for a similar scheme in East Kilbride, and therefore calls on Strathclyde Police to consider extending the scheme throughout South Lanarkshire should the pilot prove to be successful.

*S3M-580 Karen Whitefield: Visit by the Changing Diabetes Bus—That the Parliament welcomes the visit to the Parliament of the Novo Nordisk Changing Diabetes Bus on Wednesday 3 October 2007; applauds its contribution to raising awareness of diabetes and a United Nations resolution on diabetes; recognises that the growing incidence of diabetes and the deadly complications of this disease impose significant burdens on the health service and those who suffer from diabetes; welcomes the action being taken to tackle diabetes in Scotland, and urges MSPs, their staff and parliamentary staff to visit the bus and take advantage of the free testing facilities offered by the medically qualified exhibition staff.

*S3M-579♦ Mary Mulligan: UK Best Butcher’s Shop Award—That the Parliament congratulates David Stein Butchers Ltd of North Bridge Street, Bathgate, on its fantastic achievement in reaching the final shortlist in the Butcher Plus category of the UK Best Butcher’s Shop of the Year awards for 2007; notes that David Stein is Scotland’s only representative in this category and that its success demonstrates the ability of a traditional town centre shop to compete on the basis of quality, customer service and choice, and wishes David every success at the final award ceremony in Claridges, London, on 20 November 2007.

*S3M-578♦ Mary Mulligan: Scottish Retail Excellence Awards—That the Parliament congratulates David Stein Butchers Ltd of North Bridge Street, Bathgate, on being shortlisted for two categories in the Scottish Retail Excellence Awards 2007, including the prestigious Retailer of the Year award; notes that David Stein is a family-run butcher business of long standing, with an emphasis on high-quality Scottish produce and a distinguished record of service provision for the people of Bathgate; further notes that, in being shortlisted for the Retailer of the Year Award, David Stein Butchers is joined by B&Q, the John Lewis Partnership and Schuh; welcomes this outstanding achievement as confirmation of the ability of a traditional town centre business to compete with the retail giants, and wishes David every success in the Retail Innovation of the Year and Retailer of the Year categories when the Scottish Retail Excellence Awards are decided in Glasgow on 31 October 2007.

S3M-568*#* Tavish Scott: Crown Estate Taxation on Harbour Developments—That the Parliament notes the vital importance to island and coastal communities of their ports and harbours which serve lifeline transport links and, by supporting such industries as fishing, aquaculture, offshore oil, tourism and renewable energy, provide major employment opportunities; further notes that ports and harbours in the Highlands and Islands are largely owned by local authorities, trusts or other public bodies that operate for the benefit of the communities they serve and reinvest any profits in these communities; views with concern the charges such ports and harbour owners have to pay to the Crown Estate for the rental of areas of seabed; further views with concern the royalty charges imposed by the Crown Estate when material dredged from the seabed to assist navigation is used productively by harbour owners for land reclamation rather than being wastefully dumped at sea, and believes that serious consideration should be given as to how the Parliament’s powers to legislate over the property rights of the Crown in Scotland, as outlined in the December 2006 report of the Crown Estate Review Working Group, could be used to lift this unjustifiable burden of Crown Estate taxation from ports and harbour operators.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-576 Scotland’s Law Officers (lodged on 28 September 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-575 Congratulations to Borderline (lodged on 28 September 2007) Jackson Carlaw*, Jackie Baillie*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-574 ProjectScotland and Boroughmuir Rugby Football Club Partnership (lodged on 28 September 2007) Keith Brown*

S3M-571 Calls for Restraint in Myanmar Crisis (lodged on 27 September 2007) James Kelly*, Alison McInnes*, Bill Kidd*, Marlyn Glen*, Iain Gray*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-570 Ditch the Discrimination (lodged on 27 September 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-569 Sikh Rights in Ireland (lodged on 27 September 2007) Keith Brown*

S3M-566 Congratulation to Forres in Bloom (lodged on 27 September 2007) Ted Brocklebank*, Alex Johnstone*, Jamie Stone*, John Scott*, Jamie McGrigor*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-565 Scottish Enterprise Restructure (lodged on 27 September 2007) Jim Tolson*

S3M-564 Parents Have a Right to Care (lodged on 27 September 2007) Jackie Baillie*, John Park*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-563 Congratulating Britain’s Best Park (lodged on 27 September 2007) Keith Brown*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-561 Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Dangerous Cocktail (lodged on 27 September 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-557 National Autistic Society in Scotland - Daldorch House School Senior Campus (lodged on 27 September 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-556 Burmese Democracy Movement Must Succeed (lodged on 27 September 2007) Dave Thompson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-555 Animal Welfare Scheme to Address the Problems of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (lodged on 26 September 2007) John Lamont*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-554 Temporary Relaxation of Drivers’ Hours (lodged on 26 September 2007) Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-553 Healthy Children, Healthy Communities (lodged on 26 September 2007) Keith Brown*

S3M-552 Launch of Youth Cancer Forum Scotland (lodged on 26 September 2007) Alison McInnes*, Keith Brown*

S3M-549 University of Abertay Awarded Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark (lodged on 26 September 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Alison McInnes*, Keith Brown*

S3M-548 Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007 (lodged on 26 September 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Keith Brown*

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

S3M-540 Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 25 September 2007) Cathie Craigie*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-535 Planning Aid for Scotland and Community Involvement (lodged on 24 September 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-533 Pass Plus (lodged on 24 September 2007) John Scott*, Michael McMahon*

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

S3M-528 Securing and Maintaining Funding for Glasgow’s Sporting and Cultural Activities (lodged on 20 September 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-527 National Police Memorial Day 2007 (lodged on 20 September 2007) Keith Brown*, Jackson Carlaw*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-524# Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland (lodged on 19 September 2007) Keith Brown*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-501 Colin McRae (lodged on 19 September 2007) Michael McMahon*

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

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

S3M-489 Valuable Assets - A Report into the Role and Status of Classroom Assistants in Scottish Schools (lodged on 18 September 2007) Alison McInnes*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-442 Retention of Our Lady of Loretto’s Church, Dalmuir (lodged on 10 September 2007) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Robert Brown*

S3M-413 Scottish Commercial Shipbuilding Industry (lodged on 4 September 2007) John Park*

S3M-317 Referendum on EU Treaty (lodged on 25 July 2007) Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-271 SPL Call for Lifting of Alcohol Ban for Football Fans (lodged on 29 June 2007) Jackson Carlaw*

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