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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-609 Michael Russell: Wildlife Crime—That the Parliament notes the collaborative work being undertaken by a variety of agencies to fight wildlife crime and commends the enthusiasm and commitment of those involved in that fight; regrets that, despite these efforts and some highly successful prosecutions, 2006 was the worst year ever for recorded wildlife poisoning incidents and figures so far for 2007 show no improvement; condemns those responsible for such acts which destroy vital parts of our natural and national heritage while damaging our international reputation, and welcomes the thematic inspection of arrangements for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of wildlife crime which will be undertaken by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in association with HM Chief Inspector of Prosecutions in Scotland which will make recommendations by 31 March 2008.

Supported by: Frank Mulholland*

*S3M-608 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that George Foulkes be appointed to replace Trish Godman as a member of the Audit Committee.

*S3M-607 Iain Gray: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—That the Parliament regrets the SNP Government’s failure to implement a range of policies that the SNP pledged to take forward in its election manifesto and its document, It’s time to look forward, including reneging on the promise to set out plans to employ 1,000 additional police officers, backtracking on a council tax freeze, failing to implement smaller class sizes in every primary school and not delivering on plans to give £2,000 to first-time house buyers; recognises that the SNP Government is already letting down communities and hardworking families across Scotland, and calls on Scottish ministers to make a statement to the Parliament explaining why they have failed to implement these policy pledges.

*S3M-606 John Scott: Agri-Environment Agreements—That the Parliament notes that the agri-environment agreements of over 1,000 farmers and crofters have ended or will end this year; notes that the earliest that the new rural development contracts could be open to applicants is the end of the year and that they could be significantly delayed beyond that; further notes that these land managers do not have the option of receiving payments to continue beneficial environmental work this year despite the fact that their single farm payments are modulated; recognises the damage that this may cause to habitats established by these farmers and crofters over the last five to 10 years or longer; acknowledges that this could result in the decline of key species and in reduction of water quality and could create problems in reaching Scotland’s biodiversity and water framework directive commitments; believes that this could affect land managers’ confidence in the new scheme; notes that elsewhere in Europe governments are making payments at their own risk to "tide over" farmers until rural development programmes are approved, and asks the Scottish Government to do all that is legally possible within the EU and UK payment structure to make interim payments to farmers or to open rural development contracts early. R

*S3M-605 Karen Whitefield: South Nimmo GP Practice - Airdrie—That the Parliament recognises the strength of feeling among patients of the South Nimmo GP practice in Airdrie who feel that they have not been properly involved in the process of finding a new GP manager for the practice; expresses concern about the ability of any practice based within the Airdrie Health Centre, which is already badly overcrowded, to take an additional 1,800 patients, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to instruct NHS Lanarkshire to rerun the process of selecting a GP manager.

*S3M-604 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Alasdair Morgan be appointed as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

*S3M-603 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Alison McInnes be appointed as the Scottish Liberal Democrat substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

*S3M-602 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Trish Godman be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

*S3M-601 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Elizabeth Smith be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

*S3M-600 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

*S3M-599 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Licensing (Mandatory Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

*S3M-598 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 October 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: First Minister’s Visit to the United States

followed by Ministerial Statement: Waiting Times

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Agriculture

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 25 October 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Alcohol

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 31 October 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 November 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;
Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-597 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Rule 10.6.5—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 15 minutes to debate motion S3M-587on Wednesday 3 October 2007, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

*S3M-596 Angela Constance: Concessionary Travel—That the Parliament notes with concern that disabled people in receipt of the low rate mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA) are not eligible for concessionary travel; is deeply alarmed about the detrimental impact on disabled people who this year have had to re-apply for concessionary travel and who have subsequently lost eligibility; recognises that the National Concessionary Travel Scheme replaced local schemes such as those operated in West Lothian and the Strathclyde area that included those in receipt of DLA low rate mobility component; acknowledges that DLA low rate mobility component is a benefit for people who, due to the nature of their disability, require support or supervision to travel; notes that many people with mental health problems or learning disabilities will not qualify for concessionary travel under the mental health legislation due to high thresholds and bureaucracy and, furthermore, that this exclusion contravenes recommendations and the spirit of the Same as You guidance, and therefore calls for a review of the National Concessionary Travel Scheme and supports Capability Scotland and Enable Scotland in their campaign to extend eligibility for concessionary travel to those in receipt of DLA low rate mobility component and free travel for their companions, and to make it easier for disabled people to qualify where they are not in receipt of DLA or eligible under mental health legislation.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*, Michael Matheson*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-595 Jack McConnell: Motherwell Train Station—That the Parliament recognises Motherwell train station as an important transport interchange for residents in Motherwell and Wishaw and in other communities in central Scotland; welcomes the initiative by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and North Lanarkshire Council to improve the station and nearby road system; recognises the unique position that Motherwell holds on the Scottish rail network as the only access point in the central belt to First Scotrail and east and west coast mainline services outside Glasgow and Edinburgh city centres; further notes the close proximity of Motherwell to three of Scotland’s main motorways, the M8, the M74 and the M73; welcomes the support of private stakeholders keen to see Motherwell station’s further development as a hub, and urges the Scottish Executive to work constructively with North Lanarkshire Council and SPT to bring these proposals to fruition.

*S3M-594 David Stewart: Highland Diabetes Institute—That the Parliament congratulates representatives of NHS Highland, UHI Millenium Institute and LifeScan Scotland on signing a partnership agreement to develop the Highland Diabetes Institute, a purpose-built facility to bring together researchers to develop ideas for the treatment of diabetes, and welcomes the commitment of these organisations to develop both better treatments for sufferers of diabetes and the provision of better treatment facilities at Raigmore Hospital.

*S3M-593 Christine Grahame: Ronald Rae’s Lion of Scotland—That the Parliament notes the popular success of the exhibition of Ronald Rae’s sculptures in Holyrood Park; notes that most of the exhibits will be removed in November to locations such as Iona and the Falkirk Wheel; further notes that Ronald Rae is prepared to leave the Lion of Scotland in the vicinity of the Parliament with no funding cost to the Parliament, including liability cover, and therefore urges MSPs to support the relocation of the lion within the environs of the Parliament where it has already made its natural home.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*, Margaret Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-592 Christine Grahame: Flu Jab - Nothing to Sneeze At—That the Parliament notes the campaign by Asthma UK Scotland to raise awareness about the greater risk from flu for people with asthma and encourage increased take-up of the flu jab by sufferers; notes that around 400,000 people in Scotland have the condition and that for 90% of them colds and flu will trigger their asthma symptoms, and urges people with asthma to speak with their GPs and discuss the possibility of having the inoculation against flu.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Stone*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Angela Constance*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Karen Gillon*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-591 Jamie Hepburn: The Big Blockade—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Faslane 365 campaign on their year of activity at the Faslane nuclear submarine base, particularly for their efforts on 1 October 2007 with their Big Blockade; reiterates its position against renewal of the UK nuclear deterrent expressed in motion S3M-169, as passed on 14 June 2007; notes the strength of opinion against nuclear weapons across Scotland, and believes that no nuclear weapons should be stored, harboured or transported on Scottish soil or waters.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-588 Wear it Pink (lodged on 1 October 2007) Alex Johnstone*, Liam McArthur*, Alison McInnes*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, David McLetchie*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Claire Baker*, Angela Constance*, Mary Mulligan*, Jim Tolson*, Ross Finnie*, Jamie Stone*, Johann Lamont*, David Whitton*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Butler*, Jim Hume*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Mary Scanlon*, Elaine Murray*, Cathie Craigie*, Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Michael Matheson*, Mike Pringle*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Trish Godman*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-584 David Cairns’ Comments on New Nuclear Power Stations (lodged on 1 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Angela Constance*, Brian Adam*, Patrick Harvie*, Jim Tolson*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Stuart McMillan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Nigel Don*

S3M-583 John Reid - Chairman of Celtic Football Club (lodged on 1 October 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-581 Police Cameras (lodged on 1 October 2007) Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alex Johnstone*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-576 Scotland’s Law Officers (lodged on 28 September 2007) Peter Peacock*, Bill Butler*, Elaine Murray*, Elaine Smith*, Marlyn Glen*, Des McNulty*

S3M-575 Congratulations to Borderline (lodged on 28 September 2007) Angela Constance*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-572 Trapping of Songbirds in Catalonia (lodged on 28 September 2007) Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christine Grahame*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-571 Calls for Restraint in Myanmar Crisis (lodged on 27 September 2007) Trish Godman*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-570 Ditch the Discrimination (lodged on 27 September 2007) Bob Doris*, Iain Gray*, Patrick Harvie*, Ken Macintosh*, John Park*, Bill Kidd*, Mary Mulligan*, Alex Neil*, Elaine Murray*, George Foulkes*, Claire Baker*, Patricia Ferguson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Marlyn Glen*, Des McNulty*, Robin Harper*, James Kelly*, Robert Brown*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Cathie Craigie*, Elaine Smith*, Rhoda Grant*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Trish Godman*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-569 Sikh Rights in Ireland (lodged on 27 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-568# Crown Estate Taxation on Harbour Developments (lodged on 27 September 2007) Alex Neil*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-567 Orkney Schools Lead Scotland on Standard Grades (lodged on 27 September 2007) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-566 Congratulation to Forres in Bloom (lodged on 27 September 2007) Robin Harper*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-565 Scottish Enterprise Restructure (lodged on 27 September 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-564 Parents Have a Right to Care (lodged on 27 September 2007) Patrick Harvie*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-563 Congratulating Britain’s Best Park (lodged on 27 September 2007) Bill Aitken*

S3M-561 Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Dangerous Cocktail (lodged on 27 September 2007) Dave Thompson*, Trish Godman*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-557 National Autistic Society in Scotland - Daldorch House School Senior Campus (lodged on 27 September 2007) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-556 Burmese Democracy Movement Must Succeed (lodged on 27 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-555 Animal Welfare Scheme to Address the Problems of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (lodged on 26 September 2007) George Foulkes*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alex Neil*, Ken Macintosh*, Bob Doris*, Rhoda Grant*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-554 Temporary Relaxation of Drivers’ Hours (lodged on 26 September 2007) George Foulkes*, Alex Neil*, Bob Doris*

S3M-552 Launch of Youth Cancer Forum Scotland (lodged on 26 September 2007) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-548 Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007 (lodged on 26 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-540 Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 25 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

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

S3M-533 Pass Plus (lodged on 24 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

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

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

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

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Jim Hume*

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