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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-619 Alasdair Allan: The Needs of the Scottish Film Industry and BAFTA—That the Parliament regrets the failure of BAFTA to nominate any film for the foreign language category in the Oscars; notes that, despite this, an acclaimed Gaelic film, Seachd, was submitted to BAFTA and is now going on general release; asks that BAFTA fully explains the criteria involved behind its decisions to nominate no film for this category; believes that this film is an outstanding showcase for Gaelic and for the Scottish film industry, and recognises the wider implications surrounding this issue regarding BAFTA’s responsiveness or otherwise to the needs of the Scottish film industry.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Na feumalachdan gnìomhachas fiolm na h-Alba agus BAFTA—Gu bheil e na adhbhar duilichinne don Phàrlamaid nach do chuir BAFTA fiolm sam bith air adhart do roinn nan cànan cèin anns na h-Oscaran; gu bheil i a’ toirt fa-near, a dh’aindeoin seo, gun deach am fiolm Gàidhlig cliùiteach Seachd a chur a-steach do BhAFTA agus gu bheil e a-nis air a sgaoileadh gu coitcheann air feadh Alba is Bhreatainn; gu bheil i ag iarraidh air BAFTA mìneachadh a thoirt seachad air carson nach do chuir iad fiolm sam bith a-steach don roinn seo; gu bheil i a’ creidsinn gu bheil am fiolm seo na fhìor dheagh shanas airson na Gàidhlig agus airson gnìomhachas fiolm na h-Alba; agus gu bheil i ag aithneachadh gu bheil seo a’ togail cheistean nas motha a thaobh cho mothachail ‘s a tha BAFTA air feumalachdan gnìomhachas fiolm na h-Alba.

*S3M-618 Jim Hume: A Fair Deal for our Primary Producers—That the Parliament recognises the continuing plight of our primary producers in achieving a fair price at the farm gate; further notes the imbalance of power in the supply chain between primary producers and large processors and retailers, and considers that the Scottish Government, in line with its 2007 manifesto pledge, must do everything to ensure that those higher up the supply chain do not exploit primary producers.

*S3M-617 Jim Hume: Early Payments for Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme and the Beef Calf Support Scheme—That the Parliament recognises the significant benefit to those in the agriculture sector in having access to the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) and Beef Calf Support Scheme (BCSS); further recognises the recent difficulties experienced by the sector, and considers that the Scottish Government, in supporting a viable and sustainable agriculture industry, should bring forward LFASS and BCSS payments to relieve the unprecedented pressure on the sector created by the damaging effects of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak and the recent dramatic hike in feed prices.

*S3M-616 Bill Butler: Combating Sectarianism—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the launch of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education’s Count Us In - Promoting Understanding and Combating Sectarianism good practice guide which outlines positive examples of promoting religious tolerance and challenging sectarian attitudes in Scotland’s schools and communities; embraces the fact that Scotland is a multicultural, diverse society; acknowledges the significant strides made in recent years in tackling sectarianism; recognises the vital work being done with young people through educational initiatives such as the twinning of denominational and non-denominational schools and the efforts of organisations such as Nil by Mouth, and hopes that all sections of Scottish society and government will continue to support the campaign to free Scotland from sectarianism.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson*, Cathy Peattie*, George Foulkes*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Paul Martin*, Bill Kidd*, Patricia Ferguson*, Alex Neil*, David Stewart*, Karen Gillon*, Marlyn Glen*, Liam McArthur*

*S3M-615 Elaine Smith: Still Human, Still Here—That the Parliament congratulates Amnesty International on the launch of its campaign, Still Human, Still Here, which seeks to highlight the plight of asylum seekers who, having reached the end of the asylum process, have no support and are living in destitution; is concerned that many such asylum seekers are unable to return home for various reasons; believes that cutting off support can be counter-productive as it can drive people underground and into the illegal labour market, and therefore believes that a better way must be found to allow asylum seekers in this situation the ability to access healthcare, housing and financial support until such time as they can return home safely or are granted leave to remain in Britain.

*S3M-614 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Scottish Special Olympics Athletes—That the Parliament wishes every success to the Scottish participants at the 12th Special Olympics World Summer Games being held in Shanghai from 2 to 11 October 2007; notes that the games are described as the largest sporting event of the year with almost 7,500 Special Olympics athletes participating from 196 nations; commends the work of the Special Olympics in providing an opportunity for its athletes to demonstrate their abilities and talents on a world stage, and congratulates the Scottish contingent of 93 athletes and coaches for their success in being selected to compete in this great sporting occasion.

*S3M-613 Tavish Scott: Lerwick - 2007 Fishing Port of the Year—That the Parliament notes that Lerwick Port Authority has won the 2007 Fishing Port of the Year award in the face of competition from the other finalists, Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners, Peterhead Port Authority and Plymouth Sutton Harbour Fisheries; further notes that Lerwick’s success is well-deserved, given the excellent facilities it provides for both the white fish and the pelagic fishing fleets, in recent years leading the way in the introduction of a modern temperature-controlled fish market, an electronic fish auction and deep water berths to match the growing needs of the fishing fleet; believes that the success is the result of the hard work and vision, over many years, of the port authority’s staff and board members and of the many Lerwick businesses that support the fishing industry, and congratulates them on their well-deserved success.

*S3M-612# Paul Martin: Car Parking Charges at Stobhill Hospital—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to introduce car parking charges at Stobhill Hospital later this year; recognises the impact that this proposal will have on the local community through inconsiderate parking by car commuters in residential areas surrounding the hospital; is concerned that current provision of public transport to and from Stobhill Hospital is insufficient, and considers that a new car parking policy that would remove car parking charges at Stobhill Hospital should be developed.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Alex Neil*, Karen Gillon*, Cathie Craigie*, Michael McMahon*, David Whitton*, David Stewart*, Bill Butler*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Smith*, Des McNulty*, Trish Godman*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-611 Marilyn Livingstone: Supporters Direct in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the work of Supporters Direct in Scotland; recognises its contribution to Scottish football and believes that supporters’ trusts provide the best mechanism for involving communities in their football clubs, enabling the Parliament to meet its wider commitment to improving participation in sport and health in communities, and believes that the Scottish Government should continue to support the valuable work carried out by the trusts.

*S3M-610 Ross Finnie: Quality Meat Scotland—That the Parliament notes the conclusion of the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Research and Development Strategy 2004-2007; notes that it has funded 52 practical projects to ensure a sustainable and profitable future for Scotland’s farmers and has been a touchstone for generating more than £1.5 million additional funding for research in the agricultural sector; congratulates the more than 500 Scottish farmers who have so far taken part in the successful Monitor Farm project, and notes the upcoming launch of the QMS Research and Development Strategy for 2007-2010.

*S3M-609.1 Sarah Boyack: Wildlife Crime—As an amendment to motion (S3M-609) in the name of Michael Russell, insert at end "and urges ministers to ensure that each Scottish police force is required to appoint at least one full-time police wildlife crime co-ordinator, that wildlife crime cases are prosecuted wherever possible by fiscals with specialist training and that guidance is produced which pulls together all legislation relevant to wildlife crime for use by landowners, managers and their staff, and further urges ministers to monitor the effectiveness of such guidance and report back to the Parliament."

Supported by: Des McNulty*

*S3M-607.1 Murdo Fraser: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—As an amendment to motion (S3M-607) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "notes 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, shelving the commitment to adopt the Better Regulation Commission’s policy of "one in one out" 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-607.2 Jeremy Purvis: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—As an amendment to motion (S3M-607) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "further notes the SNP Government’s reluctance to keep its promise to students and dump student debt by writing off the debt to the Student Loans Company for Scottish domiciled graduates; notes the SNP Government’s refusal to meet its manifesto pledge for mandatory carbon reduction targets of 3% per annum; recognises that the SNP gained votes on these pre-election promises to the people of Scotland which they are now failing to keep, and calls on Scottish ministers to make a statement to the Parliament explaining which of these pre-election promises are no longer government policy and why, and which promises they do intend to implement and by when."

*S3M-607.3 Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—As an amendment to motion (S3M-607) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "congratulates the SNP Government for its early action to deliver on a range of commitments, including the abolition of the graduate endowment, the retention of accident and emergency services at Ayr and Monklands hospitals and the abolition of tolls on the Tay and Forth bridges, and looks forward to the government continuing to deliver for the people of Scotland."

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-607.4 Patrick Harvie: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—As an amendment to motion (S3M-607) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "further notes that the previous administration had its own failures, as will every government; recognises, however, the widespread disillusionment with confrontational and negative politics; recognises that in a parliament of minorities, and especially under a minority government, no single party can expect to implement its full manifesto without consultation or compromise; accepts that the current administration cannot claim a mandate to implement every manifesto commitment and that no political party that has served in coalition government was able to do so either; notes the words of Donald Dewar MSP, on being elected as Scotland’s first First Minister, that "Co-operation is always possible where there are common aims and values, even though there may be great and dividing differences in other areas"; further notes the words of Annabel Goldie MSP that Scotland "wants posturing and petty playground antics to be left at the door", those of the First Minister that "our overwhelming responsibility is to work together in the people’s interest" and Nicol Stephen MSP’s commitment to be "constructive and positive", and urges all members to hold the Scottish Government to account but also to work constructively and positively wherever possible for the benefit of the people and the country in the spirit of the founding principles of the Parliament."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-606 Agri-Environment Agreements (lodged on 2 October 2007) Jim Hume*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Liam McArthur*, Jackson Carlaw*, Elizabeth Smith*, John Lamont*, Murdo Fraser*

S3M-596 Concessionary Travel (lodged on 2 October 2007) Robin Harper*, Christina McKelvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Keith Brown*

S3M-594 Highland Diabetes Institute (lodged on 2 October 2007) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-593 Ronald Rae’s Lion of Scotland (lodged on 2 October 2007) Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christina McKelvie*, John Lamont*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-592 Flu Jab - Nothing to Sneeze At (lodged on 2 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Christina McKelvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Nanette Milne*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-591 The Big Blockade (lodged on 2 October 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-590 Living Food Festival Success (lodged on 1 October 2007) Nanette Milne*, Sandra White*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Stuart McMillan*, Karen Gillon*, John Scott*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-588 Wear it Pink (lodged on 1 October 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Marlyn Glen*, Nanette Milne*, John Lamont*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-584 David Cairns’ Comments on New Nuclear Power Stations (lodged on 1 October 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-582 The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival (lodged on 1 October 2007) Jamie Stone*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bob Doris*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-581 Police Cameras (lodged on 1 October 2007) Nanette Milne*, John Lamont*

S3M-576 Scotland’s Law Officers (lodged on 28 September 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Helen Eadie*, Cathie Craigie*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-575 Congratulations to Borderline (lodged on 28 September 2007) Bill Aitken*

S3M-572 Trapping of Songbirds in Catalonia (lodged on 28 September 2007) Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Keith Brown*, Nanette Milne*, Stuart McMillan*, Ted Brocklebank*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-571 Calls for Restraint in Myanmar Crisis (lodged on 27 September 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-570 Ditch the Discrimination (lodged on 27 September 2007) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-568# Crown Estate Taxation on Harbour Developments (lodged on 27 September 2007) Alison McInnes*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-566 Congratulation to Forres in Bloom (lodged on 27 September 2007) Bill Aitken*, Nanette Milne*, Murdo Fraser*, John Lamont*

S3M-564 Parents Have a Right to Care (lodged on 27 September 2007) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-557 National Autistic Society in Scotland - Daldorch House School Senior Campus (lodged on 27 September 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Marlyn Glen*, Sarah Boyack*, Robert Brown*, James Kelly*, Paul Martin*, Elaine Smith*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Peattie*, Alex Neil*, Trish Godman*

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

S3M-555 Animal Welfare Scheme to Address the Problems of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (lodged on 26 September 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

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

S3M-553 Healthy Children, Healthy Communities (lodged on 26 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-552 Launch of Youth Cancer Forum Scotland (lodged on 26 September 2007) Bill Wilson*

S3M-548 Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007 (lodged on 26 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*

S3M-540 Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 25 September 2007) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-537 Proposed Abortion Law Review (lodged on 24 September 2007) Sandra White*

S3M-535 Planning Aid for Scotland and Community Involvement (lodged on 24 September 2007) Sandra White*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-534 Iraq - Genocide (lodged on 24 September 2007) Sandra White*

S3M-532 3TFM (lodged on 24 September 2007) Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, James Kelly*, Angela Constance*

S3M-407 School Clothing Grants (lodged on 3 September 2007) Claire Baker*

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