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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-750 Brian Adam: Royal Society of Edinburgh and Links with Pakistan and India—That the Parliament welcomes the important role played by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) as Scotland’s National Academy of Science and Letters; recognises the contribution that the society makes within Scotland promoting the spread of knowledge and education; supports the activities of the RSE in building and maintaining links throughout the world, and, in this regard, congratulates the RSE on the links that it is building with the national academies of Pakistan and India by signing a memorandum of understanding with each academy.

*S3M-749 Patricia Ferguson: The Men of Lyon Street—That the Parliament recognises, as Armistice Day approaches, the debt owed to the men of Lyon Street in Cowcaddens; notes that from this small street 211 men were recruited to Her Majesty’s forces in the First World War, 45 of whom lost their lives; accepts that this is thought to be the largest number of fatalities from any street in the United Kingdom; further notes the sterling efforts that are being made to find the original plaque erected in their honour, and, in particular, commends the work of the pupils, teachers and parents of St Joseph’s Primary School who have caused a new plaque to be erected in the school which commemorates the sacrifice made by the families of Lyon Street and marks the location of the original street.

*S3M-748 Bill Wilson: Cancellation of Indonesian Arms Debts—That the Parliament calls for the cancellation of over £500 million of Indonesian arms debt lent to the Suharto regime in the 1980s and 1990s; acknowledges that this money was said to have been used to kill nearly one-third of the population of East Timor and murder 500,000 Indonesian civilians; believes that the people of Indonesia, half of whom now live on less than £1 of food a day, should not be forced to pay the very debts incurred through purchasing the means to oppress and murder them; recognises the democratically elected government of Indonesia and the burden that these odious debts impose on such burgeoning democracies, and believes that Scotland should set a global example by condemning the unethical support of oppressive dictatorships and denouncing the practice of forcing citizens to pay for the political and military mechanisms that oppressed them.

*S3M-747 Jamie Hepburn: Independence is the Only Solution to West Lothian Question—That the Parliament notes that the Conservative Party is actively considering campaigning for the creation of an English Grand Committee, while there are others who support the creation of a federal structure for the United Kingdom; further notes that these two schemes are often floated as answers to the West Lothian Question; recognises that, even if either scheme was instituted, it would leave Scotland powerless to affect change in certain areas such as the renewal of Trident, which was opposed by a majority of Scottish members of the Westminster Parliament as well as of members of the Scottish Parliament but would still go ahead even in the context of an English Grand Committee or a federal UK, and believes that there is only one sensible answer to the West Lothian Question and that is independence for Scotland.

*S3M-746 Jackson Carlaw: Parking Charges at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Hospitals—That the Parliament believes that parking charges at the Victoria Infirmary, Western Infirmary, Gartnavel hospitals and Glasgow Royal Infirmary should be phased out as a matter of urgency.

*S3M-745 Jackson Carlaw: Parking Changes at the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow—That the Parliament believes that parking charges should not be introduced at the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow.

*S3M-744♦ Tricia Marwick: Free School Meals—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of the pilot scheme for free school meals to all primary 1 to primary 3 pupils in selected areas; applauds all the catering and education staff of Fife Council for the excellence of the launch of the scheme and the quality of the food served; encourages registration of all children in Fife for the scheme, and recommends the roast beef, potatoes and cabbage which is a regular menu item at Aberhill Primary School.

*S3M-743 Joe FitzPatrick: Alexander Todd—That the Parliament marks the centenary of the birth of the great Scottish scientist, Alexander Todd, and the 50th anniversary of his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his pioneering work on nucleotides; notes that, as an adviser on science policy, he argued powerfully for closer collaboration between government, industry and universities in scientific research and investment, and recognises that such collaboration has recently become a reality in Scotland in the world’s first Translational Medicines Research Collaboration, a partnership of the universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the national health service, Scottish Enterprise and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals with the core laboratory based in Dundee, which is working to develop new generations of treatments from cutting-edge research.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Nanette Milne*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Liam McArthur*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Nigel Don*, Alex Neil*, George Foulkes*, Elaine Murray*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-742 Ted Brocklebank: UK Referendum on the European Reform Treaty—That the Parliament believes that a UK referendum should be held on the European reform treaty and welcomes the fact that the SNP’s policy is now in line with the long-established policy of the Conservatives.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, Murdo Fraser*, John Lamont*

*S3M-741 Peter Peacock: Congratulations to Ross and Cromarty Citizens Advice Bureau—That the Parliament congratulates Ross and Cromarty Citizens Advice Bureau on its 30 years of public service; welcomes all the help and assistance it has provided to the people in the Ross and Cromarty area, and wishes Ross and Cromarty Citizens Advice Bureau every success for the future.

*S3M-740 Peter Peacock: Fort William Post Office—That the Parliament expresses concern over the current consultation about post office services in Fort William which are to be transferred to the basement floor of the local branch of WH Smith; notes the considerable concerns that have been expressed by local residents who believe that these new arrangements are not adequate to meet customer requirements, in particular for the elderly and infirm, and strongly urges the Post Office and WH Smith to reconsider the proposed location.

*S3M-739.1 Des McNulty: The Environment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-739) in the name of Michael Russell, insert at end "further notes the involvement of artists, architects and urban designers with housing associations, local authorities and others in efforts to regenerate urban as well as rural environments; notes the importance of the Environmental Justice Fund and the Community Regeneration Fund in enabling communities that have suffered from degraded environments to gain support to regenerate their communities, and calls on the Scottish Government to do more to protect and enhance Scotland’s landscapes, particularly in light of the challenges brought by climate change, and to link together cultural entitlements with environmental justice."

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm*

*S3M-739.2 Mike Rumbles: The Environment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-739) in the name of Michael Russell, leave out "in the world" and insert "within the United Kingdom and the wider world".

*S3M-739.3 Robin Harper: The Environment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-739) in the name of Michael Russell, insert at end "also recognises the need for government to support our strong and enduring artistic tradition of challenging the comfortable assumptions of the majority in Scotland and that we should encourage those who exercise their talents to excite, surprise, irritate, expose, lampoon, question and challenge our perceptions, and further notes that Scotland’s extraordinary natural resources and built heritage are all under threat from climate change unless extensive and immediate action is taken."

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-739 The Environment (lodged on 30 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-737 Global Lung Cancer Awareness Month (lodged on 30 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, John Lamont*, Elaine Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Ted Brocklebank*, Trish Godman*, Mike Pringle*, Derek Brownlee*, Liam McArthur*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Karen Gillon*, Ross Finnie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Stuart McMillan*, Brian Adam*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-736 Renfrewshire Recycling (lodged on 30 October 2007) Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patrick Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jim Hume*, Robin Harper*

S3M-735 Charlotte Louise McKechnie: Young Chorister of the Year (lodged on 30 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-734 Greenock Telegraph’s Blood Donor Appeal (lodged on 30 October 2007) Bill Kidd*, John Park*, George Foulkes*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Murray*, Duncan McNeil*, Elaine Smith*, Johann Lamont*, David Stewart*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Karen Gillon*, Bill Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bashir Ahmad*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-729 2012 Olympic Football Team (lodged on 30 October 2007) Keith Brown*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-728 World AIDS Day 2007 (lodged on 30 October 2007) Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patricia Ferguson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Karen Gillon*, Christine Grahame*, Stuart McMillan*, Liam McArthur*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Ross Finnie*, Elaine Murray*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Butler*, Margaret Smith*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Iain Gray*

S3M-727 Crichton Economic Impact Study (lodged on 30 October 2007) Derek Brownlee*

S3M-725 Employment Legislation and the Council of Economic Advisers (lodged on 30 October 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Andy Kerr*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jackie Baillie*, Duncan McNeil*

S3M-724 Child Poverty (lodged on 30 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Elaine Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alex Neil*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-723 Alcohol Awareness Week (lodged on 30 October 2007) Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Sandra White*, Trish Godman*, Karen Gillon*, Bill Butler*, Elaine Murray*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Park*, Claire Baker*, Alasdair Allan*, John Lamont*, Mike Pringle*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-720 First Minister’s Letters to Burman, Iranian and Zimbabwean Leaders (lodged on 29 October 2007) Mike Pringle*, George Foulkes*

S3M-719 Date for Removal of Forth Road Bridge Tolls (lodged on 29 October 2007) John Park*

S3M-716 Organic Food (lodged on 29 October 2007) Rob Gibson*, Marlyn Glen*, Patricia Ferguson*, David Stewart*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Karen Gillon*, Bill Wilson*, John Park*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-715 School Placements (lodged on 29 October 2007) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-714 Reverse Auctions on Social Care (lodged on 29 October 2007) Patrick Harvie*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-713 Freedom of the City of Glasgow for Aung San Suu Kyi (lodged on 29 October 2007) George Foulkes*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-712 Disappointment at Labour Group Voting Against Rescue Package for Scotland’s Farmers and Crofters (lodged on 29 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-711# The St Margaret of Scotland Hospice (lodged on 29 October 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Pauline McNeill*, David Stewart*, George Foulkes*, Trish Godman*, Andy Kerr*, Hugh O’Donnell*, David Whitton*, Sandra White*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-710 Peace in the Middle East (lodged on 29 October 2007) Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-708 Chartered Teacher Scheme (lodged on 26 October 2007) Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-707 NHS Tayside’s Hand Hygiene Campaign (lodged on 26 October 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Murdo Fraser*, Andrew Welsh*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-706 Independence Referendums in the Basque Country (lodged on 26 October 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-705 ASH Scotland Annual Report: Relationship Between Health and Wealth Inequalities (lodged on 26 October 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-704 Accessible Public Transport For All (lodged on 26 October 2007) George Foulkes*

S3M-700 Parking Charges at Vale of Leven Hospital (lodged on 26 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-697 Support for Democracy and Freedom in Burma (lodged on 25 October 2007) Ken Macintosh*, George Foulkes*

S3M-696 Chemistry Week 2007: 3 to 11 November (lodged on 25 October 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Bill Aitken*, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-695 Changing Lives (lodged on 25 October 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-694 BLISS (lodged on 25 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, George Foulkes*

S3M-693 Government Rejection of New Station for Plains (lodged on 25 October 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-692 Human Papilloma Virus (lodged on 25 October 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-690 East Fife Male Voice Choir (lodged on 25 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-685 Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration (lodged on 24 October 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-684 Dundee Success at Video Game BAFTAs (lodged on 24 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-675 Cities Growth Fund (lodged on 23 October 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-669 Beautiful Queensferry - Keep Edinburgh Growing’s Best Neighbourhood (lodged on 23 October 2007) George Foulkes*

S3M-668# Perceived Norms of Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption - Pilot Studies in Scottish Educational Institutions (lodged on 23 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-665 Funding of Scottish Universities (lodged on 22 October 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-661 Greenock High School FP Football Team (lodged on 19 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-657 Surcharges for Cheque Payments (lodged on 18 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-656 West Lothian Success at Special Olympics (lodged on 18 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

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

S3M-640 Scots Translation of Dahl Classic at Number 1 (lodged on 11 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-634 Gratias Agemus (lodged on 11 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-632 Vale of Leven Hospital (lodged on 10 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-631 Holodomor, the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 (lodged on 10 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-630 Optimism in Scotland (lodged on 10 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-628 End Discrimination by Utilities (lodged on 5 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-622 Destitution of Refused Asylum Seekers (lodged on 4 October 2007) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-615 Still Human, Still Here (lodged on 3 October 2007) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-594 Highland Diabetes Institute (lodged on 2 October 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-548 Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007 (lodged on 26 September 2007) Alison McInnes*, John Park*

S3M-483# Time for a Fresh Debate on Organ Donation (lodged on 14 September 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-420# Muscular Dystrophy (lodged on 5 September 2007) Liam McArthur*

S3M-386 Scotland to Norway Ferry Service (lodged on 24 August 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

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