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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-681 Kenny MacAskill: Alcohol—That the Parliament notes Scotland’s first Alcohol Awareness Week and endorses the partnership approach between the government, industry and the voluntary sector to educate consumers about alcohol units, while recognising that further work is needed to ensure that alcohol is accepted as different to any other product for sale; further agrees that tackling the problems surrounding the misuse of alcohol is one of the great social and public health challenges of our time, requiring direct, innovative, long term and sustained action; recognises that this includes tougher enforcement action against those who sell and promote alcohol irresponsibly; notes the importance of close co-operation with, and support of, Scotland’s police forces and licensing boards in this respect; welcomes the recent commitments by the Scottish Government to regulate the display and promotion of alcohol in off-sales premises and to find a method of ensuring that those licensees who profit from Scotland’s alcohol culture help offset the damage done by that culture, as well as to develop a long-term strategy to tackle the negative effects of alcohol misuse, and further notes the need for the NHS to play its part in early identification and intervention for those individuals drinking at harmful or hazardous levels.

Supported by: Shona Robison*

*S3M-680 Irene Oldfather: Daily Express - Respect for the Elderly—That the Parliament commends the Daily Express for its Respect for the Elderly campaign; recognises that older people play a significant role in our society; welcomes the goal of the Daily Express to ensure that older people throughout the United Kingdom live with dignity and respect; notes that in Scotland, through policies such as free personal care, concessionary bus travel and the free central heating programme, measures have already been implemented to meet some of the needs of older people; condemns the increasing number of cases of elder abuse; recognises the importance of advocacy and the promotion of cultural change with regard to the rights of frail elderly people who, through physical or mental illness, are less able to speak for themselves; calls on the Care Commission to publish its findings more widely, including in local and national media, and acknowledges that more has to be done to confront ageism in our society.

*S3M-679 Mary Scanlon: Free Personal Care—That the Parliament notes with concern that the interpretation, implementation and funding of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 has been beset by difficulties, many of which remain unresolved; believes that the decision of Lord Macphail on the Petition of Argyll & Bute Council dated 17 October 2007 is contrary to the intention of the Parliament, and calls on the Scottish Government to assure all people over 65 currently resident in independent care homes who have been assessed as eligible for free personal care, and others who may be assessed in future as so eligible, that councils will continue to fund their personal care regardless of whether or not there is a contract to which a council is a party.

*S3M-678 Marlyn Glen: One Workplace Equal Rights—That the Parliament commends the invaluable work of the STUC’s One Workplace Equal Rights project in advancing equality and fighting discrimination in the workplace; notes that the project, part-funded by the Scottish Executive, is working with employers to promote equality and fair working practices; further notes that the project has trained 100 equality representatives in partnership with TUC Education; recognises the project’s continuing support to trade unionists and employers with learning programmes and other resources, and welcomes the one-day conference, Scottish Trade Unions and Equality: The Way Forward, on Thursday 30 October 2007 which will showcase the work of the project that is contributing towards the creation of a more equal Scottish society.

Supported by: Michael McMahon*, Sandra White*, Margaret Smith*, Elaine Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, John Park*, Bill Butler*, Iain Gray*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Richard Baker*, Johann Lamont*

*S3M-677 Bill Aitken: Police Numbers—That the Parliament notes with serious concern that, almost six months after its election, the Scottish Government has made no progress towards the SNP’s manifesto commitment of 1,000 more police officers; expresses concern also at an apparent dilution of that commitment, and calls on the Scottish Government to keep that election promise by increasing the number of police officers from 16,234 to 17,234 by the end of this parliamentary session.

*S3M-676 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 31 October 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Housing

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Early Years and Early Intervention

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 Debate: Alternative Dispute Resolution

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 Ministerial Statement: Child Protection

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Environment

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 November 2007

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

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 8 November 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 pm General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-675 Pauline McNeill: Cities Growth Fund—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government urgently to demonstrate its commitment to Scotland’s cities by pledging not to scrap the Cities Growth Fund; notes the significant investment that has been delivered through the fund to Scotland’s cities and the vital role the fund plays in enhancing our country’s economy, and urges the Scottish Government to reject the recommendations of an independent report to abolish the Cities Growth Fund which has helped to finance the Edinburgh Festival, Glasgow’s vocational training strategy, Dundee’s regeneration of its waterfront and sports development in Aberdeen.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*, Bill Butler*, Hugh Henry*, Malcolm Chisholm*

*S3M-674 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

*S3M-673 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2007 be approved.

*S3M-672 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

*S3M-671 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Club Gaming and Club Machine Permits (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

*S3M-670 Hugh O’Donnell: School Councils and Pupil Participation—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Consumer Council’s report, School Councils and Pupil Participation in Scottish Secondary Schools, and believes that involving Scotland’s school pupils in relevant school issues affecting them is a vital tool in developing responsible citizens who are interested in participation; believes that all Scotland’s schools should develop a fully operational school council, and supports the findings and recommendations of the report calling for substantial improvements in the quality of pupil participation, with additional investment in guidance for schools, training for school staff and council members as well as mechanisms for sharing good practice on pupil participation to ensure consistent standards across Scotland’s schools.

*S3M-669 Margaret Smith: Beautiful Queensferry - Keep Edinburgh Growing’s Best Neighbourhood—That the Parliament congratulates Queensferry on being named Best Neighbourhood in Beautiful Scotland’s Keep Edinburgh Growing Competition; applauds Queensferry residents’ hard work and commitment to cleanliness, community participation and the environment as recognised by the judges, and wishes the Beautiful Queensferry group continuing success in its efforts to keep the town beautiful.

*S3M-668# Bill Wilson: Perceived Norms of Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption - Pilot Studies in Scottish Educational Institutions—That the Parliament notes the recent survey on student alcohol consumption carried out by McAlaney and McMahon in the University of Paisley and detailed in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?linkbar= plain&db=journals&term=0096-882X (2007; 68(3):385 – 392); notes that it replicates work in the United States of America that has demonstrated that most people overestimate the alcohol and tobacco intake of their peers and that this misperception of the norm leads to increased consumption; notes the authors’ statement that this raises the possibility of applying social norms interventions, as demonstrated to be effective in the USA, to the United Kingdom; further notes that pilot schemes along these lines are being undertaken in several schools in the Croydon area of England, and considers that the practicality of initiating such schemes in Scottish educational institutions should be investigated.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Elaine Smith*, Stuart McMillan*, Brian Adam*

*S3M-667.1 John Scott: Agriculture—As an amendment to motion (S3M-667) in the name of Richard Lochhead, after "communities" insert "believes that the Scottish Government should introduce additional measures to support Scotland’s sheep industry".

*S3M-667.2 Sarah Boyack: Agriculture—As an amendment to motion (S3M-667) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "concern" to "communities" and insert "great concern the recent foot and mouth outbreak and its impact on our livestock industry, particularly the sheep sector; urges Scottish ministers to implement immediately a Scottish emergency scheme for Scottish farmers and crofters and use the powers and budget available to them such as supplementing Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme payments and introducing headage payments to provide additional support to our livestock industries at this difficult time; further recognises that it is the responsibility of the Scottish Government to provide funding to address the wider economic implications of the outbreak, as was the case in 2001; regrets the time it has taken to develop practical support for Scottish farming and crofting communities, and calls on the Scottish Government to develop constructive relations with the UK Government in order to address the future challenges in our agriculture and rural industries".

Supported by: Mike Rumbles*

S3M-658*#* Pauline McNeill: House of Lords Ruling on Pleural Plaques—That the Parliament notes with concern the judgement of the House of Lords in respect of pleural plaques which would in effect remove the right of asbestos victims to compensation and reaffirms its own commitment to compensation; supports the work already done by Clydeside Action on Asbestos and others on the matter, and *considers that there should be* a reversal of this decision through prioritisation of the bill already drafted by Thompsons Solicitors.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Gil Paterson*, Karen Gillon*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Smith*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-666 Fruit Trees For Malawi (lodged on 22 October 2007) Elaine Murray*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Butler*, Mary Mulligan*, Trish Godman*, Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackie Baillie*, Karen Whitefield*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-664 Equal Means Equal (lodged on 22 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-662# Further Job Losses at Young’s Seafood, Annan (lodged on 19 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Karen Whitefield*, Gil Paterson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-659 Energy Saving Trust (lodged on 18 October 2007) Robin Harper*, Liam McArthur*, Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-657 Surcharges for Cheque Payments (lodged on 18 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-656 West Lothian Success at Special Olympics (lodged on 18 October 2007) Gil Paterson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-655# House of Lords Ruling on Pleural Plaques (lodged on 18 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-654 Alcohol Awareness Week (lodged on 17 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-653 Congratulations to Home-Start Ross & Cromarty (lodged on 17 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Bill Wilson*, Sarah Boyack*, Ken Macintosh*, Trish Godman*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-652 Sea’s the Future (lodged on 17 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-651 Celebration of Hindu Dusshera Festival (lodged on 17 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-650 Show Racism the Red Card - A Fortnight of Action (lodged on 16 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-649 Protection of Scotch Whisky (lodged on 16 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-647 Show Racism the Red Card Scotland, Fortnight of Action 16 to 30 October 2007 (lodged on 16 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-642 Nobel Peace Prize (lodged on 12 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-641 Royal National Mod (lodged on 12 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-639# 100 Years of Scouting (lodged on 11 October 2007) Alison McInnes*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-638 Thornhill Road Post Office (lodged on 11 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-637 Closure of Falkirk Tourist Office (lodged on 11 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-636 Protection of Green Spaces in Glasgow (lodged on 11 October 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-635 Changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme (lodged on 11 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Karen Gillon*, Des McNulty*

S3M-633 North West Women’s Centre (lodged on 10 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-629 Young Runaways (lodged on 8 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-628 End Discrimination by Utilities (lodged on 5 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-627 European Shark Week (lodged on 5 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-624 Moray Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 4 October 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-620 Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers (lodged on 4 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-619 The Needs of the Scottish Film Industry and BAFTA (lodged on 3 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-615 Still Human, Still Here (lodged on 3 October 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-611 Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 3 October 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-605.1 South Nimmo GP Practice - Airdrie (lodged on 4 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-591 The Big Blockade (lodged on 2 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

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

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

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Alasdair Morgan*, Marlyn Glen*, Tavish Scott*

S3M-377 Fair Pay for Police (lodged on 21 August 2007) Margaret Smith*

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