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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 (u).

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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-697 Nicol Stephen: Support for Democracy and Freedom in Burma—That the Parliament welcomes representatives of the opposition movement in Burma to the Scottish Parliament; expresses its support for their campaign for freedom, justice and democracy in Burma; believes that all countries that share those values should put maximum pressure on the army generals at the head of the Burmese regime; notes that Burma has been heavily criticised by the United Nations for its crackdown on anti-government protests last month and the deaths and suffering caused to unarmed civilians; is therefore outraged that the First Minister of Scotland’s most recent communication with the Burmese junta has been to ask for its help and support for his campaign for observer status at the United Nations; further believes that the First Minister could have avoided this shocking situation if he had followed the agreed concordat with the Foreign Office and had discussed his letter to Burma with it before the letter was sent, and furthermore places itself firmly on the side of the protestors in Burma and condemns the junta, all that it stands for and any attempts from the First Minister to seek favour with it.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Liam McArthur*, Jeremy Purvis*, Jim Tolson*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Hume*, Alison McInnes*, Jamie Stone*, Iain Smith*, Robert Brown*

*S3M-696 Murdo Fraser: Chemistry Week 2007: 3 to 11 November—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative of the Royal Society of Chemistry in organising Chemistry Week 2007, including an event at the Glasgow Science Centre on the theme of Fuelling the Future; recognises the importance of the chemical sciences in tackling many of the challenges that face us, such as developing alternative fuels for transport, and hopes that initiatives such as Chemistry Week will encourage more young people to study chemistry at schools, colleges and universities and will inform the public in general of some of the exciting research that is currently being developed through the chemical sciences.

*S3M-695 Sandra White: Changing Lives—That the Parliament congratulates Robert Keys, from Glasgow, on his award as winner of the ProjectScotland Volunteer of the Year award in the arts and culture category; notes that Robert has overcome a number of difficulties and challenges in his life to become a great example and positive role model for other disadvantaged youngsters, and acknowledges the positive work done by ProjectScotland and other voluntary service organisations in helping those previously excluded from participating fully in society to realise their true potential and aspirations.

*S3M-694 Christine Grahame: BLISS—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the report into neonatal services in Scotland, Small babies, short changed? by BLISS, the premature baby charity, at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 31 October 2007; agrees that babies born too sick or too soon to cope on their own should receive the best start; notes the report’s findings that 200 extra neonatal nurses are needed to meet standards recommended by the British Association for Perinatal Medicine, and urges the Scottish Government to support the NHS in achieving the best possible care for sick and premature babies.

*S3M-693 Karen Whitefield: Government Rejection of New Station for Plains—That the Parliament condemns the decision of transport minister, Stewart Stevenson MSP, not to fulfil the commitment of the previous administration to enable the construction of a new train station at Plains, as part of the Airdrie to Bathgate rail link; notes that, during the previous session, the proposals received the backing of the Local Government and Transport Committee and the endorsement of the Scottish Executive; recognises that there is overwhelming support from the people of Plains for a new station to be built and that a direct link into the Airdrie-Bathgate line would make a real difference to local people, allowing them access to educational, employment, recreational and cultural opportunities that are presently out of reach, and believes that the will of the Parliament should prevail and that this decision not to proceed should be reconsidered as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Cathy Peattie*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Butler*, Cathie Craigie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Hugh Henry*, Des McNulty*, Elaine Murray*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Andy Kerr*

*S3M-692 Elaine Smith: Human Papilloma Virus—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to introduce a vaccination programme against the most dangerous strains of human papilloma virus (HPV); understands that sexually transmitted HPV is extremely common among men and women in the United Kingdom and has been found to cause 75% of cervical cancers and 90% of the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in clinics in Scotland, genital warts; supports the assurances given on the future vaccination of girls aged between 12 and 13 years and recognises that there are discussions surrounding a catch-up programme for young women up to the age of 16; further recognises that trials are ongoing on the vaccine’s efficacy in protecting men from a range of cancers; acknowledges the potential benefits which the vaccination of young men could bring in terms of both improving men’s health in Scotland and of cost savings for the NHS in genito-urinary medicine and cancer treatment, and urges ministers to consider fully these factors when determining the shape of Scotland’s vaccination programme.

*S3M-691 John Swinney: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

*S3M-690 Tricia Marwick: East Fife Male Voice Choir—That the Parliament congratulates the East Fife Male Voice Choir which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2007; recognises the contribution it makes in raising funds for local charities, and looks forward to welcoming the choir to the Parliament on Wednesday 31 October 2007 for a concert in the Garden Lobby.

*S3M-689 John Park: Scotland’s Highest Ever FIFA Ranking—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish football team in achieving its highest ever FIFA ranking of 13th place; is delighted that if the team retains its current position it will be in the second group of seeds for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, and joins the rest of the country in wishing the team every success for its final Euro 2008 qualifier on 17 November 2007 against Italy.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Liam McArthur*, Bob Doris*, Elaine Murray*, Tavish Scott*, Mike Pringle*, Brian Adam*, George Foulkes*, Mary Mulligan*, David Stewart*, Des McNulty*, Bill Butler*, Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Murdo Fraser*, Andy Kerr*, Malcolm Chisholm*, David McLetchie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh Henry*, Jackie Baillie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Charlie Gordon*, Keith Brown*

*S3M-688 Dave Thompson: Drink Drive Limit Reduction—That the Parliament recognises the needless loss of life on Scotland’s roads each year due to drink driving; notes that the United Kingdom is now one of only four EU member states that have an 80mg per 100ml of blood drink driving limit; believes that a reduction in the legal drink drive limit to 50mg per 100ml of blood would save many lives; acknowledges that reducing the limit is not currently a devolved power and that implementation would require either legislation at Westminster or devolution of power to the Scottish Parliament; recognises that, in order for the reduction to have maximum impact, a considerable media and enforcement campaign would be required, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to take appropriate measures to reduce the drink driving limit for Scotland, in line with the majority of our European counterparts.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-687 Elaine Smith: Not for Sale—That the Parliament notes the conference entitled Challenging Demand, organised by the Women’s Support Project, that explores the issue of commercial sexual exploitation; welcomes to Scotland Professor Gail Dines and Dr Rebecca Whisnant, two visiting American academics, who are addressing the conference; believes that prostitution and pornography are part of the continuum of violence against women and are predicated on gender inequality and a perception of women’s subordination; further believes that the Parliament should take whatever action is necessary to challenge the demand for women’s bodies to be traded for men’s sexual gratification; urges the Scottish Government to provide better funding to allow exploited women to have their voices heard, and sends out a clear message that women in Scotland are "Not for Sale."

S3M-642 Patrick Harvie: Nobel Peace Prize—That the Parliament congratulates the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore for the work they have done to increase global understanding of climate change and to promote an urgent political response; welcomes the decision by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize jointly to the IPCC and Mr Gore; recognises that climate change poses an immediate and urgent threat to billions of human beings, to the earth’s biodiversity and to the world economy; commits to redoubling the effort in Scotland on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and recognises that this will not happen by targets alone but by fundamental and lasting change in the values of our society, the operation of our economy and the nature of our politics.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*, Jack McConnell*

*S3M-642.1 Kenneth Gibson: Nobel Peace Prize—As an amendment to motion (S3M-642) in the name of Patrick Harvie, insert at end "believes, however, that the public is becoming increasingly scunnered at being lectured on the need to make personal sacrifices for the sake of the planet by actors, singers and former US presidential hopefuls who are seen to minimise their own tax contributions towards global warming by the expedient of having offshore accounts and highly skilled tax advisors, fly across the world on private jets, own a number of large properties in different parts of the globe, are driven around in gas-guzzling limousines and who have a correspondingly large carbon footprint; believes that cynicism on the need to make lifestyle choices would be tempered if the public saw celebrities and high-profile former politicians actually lead from the front on this issue rather than preach to everyone else; recognises that green politics can be seen as a way of extorting higher taxation from the public, rather than for improving the environment, and urges greater transparency in ensuring that revenues raised are actually invested in projects that directly counter global warming."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-686u Labour’s Disingenuous Position on Post Office Closures (lodged on 24 October 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*

S3M-685 Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration (lodged on 24 October 2007) Helen Eadie*, Claire Baker*, Cathy Jamieson*, Ian McKee*, Des McNulty*, George Foulkes*, Robin Harper*, John Park*, Elaine Murray*, Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jamie Stone*, Elaine Smith*, Derek Brownlee*, Rhona Brankin*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-684 Dundee Success at Video Game BAFTAs (lodged on 24 October 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Mary Scanlon*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*

S3M-683 Abortion Act 1967 (lodged on 24 October 2007) Ian McKee*, John Park*, George Foulkes*, Robin Harper*, Claire Baker*, Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-680 Daily Express - Respect for the Elderly (lodged on 23 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Paul Martin*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, John Park*, Marlyn Glen*, Des McNulty*, Robin Harper*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Bill Butler*, Mary Mulligan*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-678 One Workplace Equal Rights (lodged on 23 October 2007) Helen Eadie*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-675 Cities Growth Fund (lodged on 23 October 2007) George Foulkes*, Sarah Boyack*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Charlie Gordon*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-670 School Councils and Pupil Participation (lodged on 23 October 2007) John Park*, Ross Finnie*, Jamie Stone*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-669 Beautiful Queensferry - Keep Edinburgh Growing’s Best Neighbourhood (lodged on 23 October 2007) Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-668# Perceived Norms of Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption - Pilot Studies in Scottish Educational Institutions (lodged on 23 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-664 Equal Means Equal (lodged on 22 October 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-663 Integration of Prison Health Services (lodged on 19 October 2007) Andy Kerr*, Rhoda Grant*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-660 NCH and Glasgow Perthshire Juniors Challenge Project (lodged on 19 October 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-659 Energy Saving Trust (lodged on 18 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Andy Kerr*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-658# House of Lords Ruling on Pleural Plaques (lodged on 18 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-657 Surcharges for Cheque Payments (lodged on 18 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-654 Alcohol Awareness Week (lodged on 17 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Rhoda Grant*, Tom McCabe*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-652 Sea’s the Future (lodged on 17 October 2007) John Park*

S3M-650 Show Racism the Red Card - A Fortnight of Action (lodged on 16 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Rhoda Grant*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-648 Congratulations to Kenny Simm (lodged on 16 October 2007) Elaine Smith*

S3M-647 Show Racism the Red Card Scotland, Fortnight of Action 16 to 30 October 2007 (lodged on 16 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Smith*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-645 Intensive Support and Monitoring Service (lodged on 15 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Smith*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-644 Young Architect of the Year Award (lodged on 15 October 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-643 Turkish Membership of the European Union (lodged on 15 October 2007) Sandra White*

S3M-641 Royal National Mod (lodged on 12 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-639# 100 Years of Scouting (lodged on 11 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-635 Changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme (lodged on 11 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Mary Mulligan*, Tom McCabe*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-633 North West Women’s Centre (lodged on 10 October 2007) Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-628 End Discrimination by Utilities (lodged on 5 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-624 Moray Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 4 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-623 International Credit Union Day - Together We’re Better (lodged on 4 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-616 Combating Sectarianism (lodged on 3 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-615 Still Human, Still Here (lodged on 3 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-614 Scottish Special Olympics Athletes (lodged on 3 October 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-613 Lerwick - 2007 Fishing Port of the Year (lodged on 3 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-612# Car Parking Charges at Stobhill Hospital (lodged on 3 October 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-611 Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 3 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-610 Quality Meat Scotland (lodged on 3 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-594 Highland Diabetes Institute (lodged on 2 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-592 Flu Jab - Nothing to Sneeze At (lodged on 2 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-590 Living Food Festival Success (lodged on 1 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-588 Wear it Pink (lodged on 1 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Tom McCabe*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-582 The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival (lodged on 1 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-581 Police Cameras (lodged on 1 October 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-580 Visit by the Changing Diabetes Bus (lodged on 1 October 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-564 Parents Have a Right to Care (lodged on 27 September 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-561.1 Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Dangerous Cocktail (lodged on 10 October 2007) Elaine Smith*, Richard Baker*

S3M-556 Burmese Democracy Movement Must Succeed (lodged on 27 September 2007) Helen Eadie*, Ian McKee*, George Foulkes*, Andrew Welsh*, Elaine Murray*, Alasdair Morgan*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-549 University of Abertay Awarded Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark (lodged on 26 September 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-540 Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 25 September 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

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

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Dave Thompson*

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