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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-826 Margaret Mitchell: Samaritans’ Winter Campaign - Dr Chad Varah—That the Parliament notes with great sadness the death of The Reverend Dr Chad Varah CH, CBE, who founded the Samaritans in 1953 "to befriend the suicidal and despairing" and dedicated his life to caring for other people; considers it a fitting tribute that, as a direct consequence of his work, the Samaritans now has 202 branches in the United Kingdom; welcomes the Samaritans’ winter campaign and specifically its new emotional health check card, sponsored by Stagecoach; recognises the importance of focusing on emotional health and suicide prevention in Scotland, and commends the work of the Samaritans in this area.

*S3M-825 Bill Kidd: Welfare Benefits Reform and Disabled People—That the Parliament expresses concern about UK Government welfare reform which targets people on incapacity benefits; considers that the artificial targets of welfare to work risk pushing genuinely disabled people into low-paid work, and believes that, instead, all measures taken to assist disabled people should be of a positive and supportive nature.

*S3M-824# Bill Butler: Sectarian Stories—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Sectarian Stories, an educational documentary produced by Nil by Mouth in conjunction with the Gallery of Modern Art’s Blind Faith programme, which will be premiered at the Parliament on 14 November 2007; notes that the documentary features 12 people from across Scotland sharing their personal experiences of sectarianism which reflect the impact that sectarian attitudes, language and behaviour have on individuals and their communities; applauds the courage of the participants for speaking out on the issue; views such first hand experiences as a valuable resource that will support work to challenge sectarianism across primary, secondary and community education programmes, and, while acknowledging the significant strides taken in recent years to challenge and legislate against sectarianism, realises that it still presents Scotland with a series of deep-seated, emotive and complex challenges that are best met by strong and visible leadership from the Scottish Government.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Ross Finnie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Stuart McMillan*, Andy Kerr*, Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-823 James Kelly: Camglen Fairtrade Forum—That the Parliament recognises the work of the Camglen Fairtrade Forum in promoting fairtrade values in Rutherglen and Cambuslang; applauds the efforts of the forum in working to obtain fairtrade status for Rutherglen and Cambuslang; notes that the forum has played an important role in bringing together churches and community groups in seeking to promote fairtrade values, and wishes the group every success in its efforts to achieve fairtrade status for Rutherglen and Cambuslang.

*S3M-822 Bill Wilson: MP3 Players: Limitation of Noise Exposure—That the Parliament notes the disturbing facts and figures quoted in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage, relating to the damage that people do to their hearing through listening to excessively loud music on MP3 players and calls on government to pass legislation to ensure that such devices are appropriately labelled with information and warnings, that volume levels are displayed in decibels on such devices and that the feasibility of absolutely limiting the volume of such devices to a safe level be investigated.

*S3M-821 Bill Wilson: The Role of Government in Informing People of the Risks of Noise Exposure—That the Parliament notes the results of a survey, quoted in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage, that 86% of people thought that government should provide information and advice to enable people to make healthy lifestyle choices and suggests that such information should include the fact that if one has to shout to make oneself understood to people two metres away then the noise level is such that it could be dangerous over time.

*S3M-820 Bill Wilson: Limitation of Noise Exposure in Places of Work Where Loud Music is Played—That the Parliament supports the recommendation made in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage that music venues, social clubs and gyms fully comply with the control of noise at work regulations that protect the hearing of staff.

*S3M-819 Bill Wilson: Limitation of Noise Exposure in Music Venues—That the Parliament supports the recommendation made in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage that the venues where loud music is played should provide open chill-out areas where noise levels do not exceed 85dB(A), that the venues should publish noise levels where they can be seen by staff and the public and that they provide suitable ear plugs and information about hearing protection.

*S3M-818 Bill Wilson: Music: Establishment of Recommended Noise Exposure Level—That the Parliament supports the recommendation made in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage that government should establish a recommended noise exposure level for audiences attending music venues and events.

*S3M-817 Alasdair Allan: Murdo and Norman Macleod—That the Parliament congratulates Murdo and Norman Macleod of Point in Lewis, who have recently retired after operating a mobile grocery shop and a shop in Point, Lewis, for the past 40 years, and recognises the recent honour bestowed on them by the community of Point for this exceptional level of service and kindness to the local community over the past four decades.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-809 Withdrawn

S3M-797 Patricia Ferguson: Maryhill Housing Association—That the Parliament notes that Glasgow Housing Association has decided not to invite Maryhill Housing Association to submit a business plan to allow progress towards second stage transfer; acknowledges that the clear desire of the tenants of Maryhill and Ruchill is for their properties to be managed by Maryhill Housing Association, and urges Glasgow Housing Association to meet Maryhill Housing Association as a matter of urgency to resolve any outstanding issues that there may be.

*S3M-797.1 Bob Doris: Maryhill Housing Association—As an amendment to motion (S3M-797) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, after "notes that" insert "since the SNP government has been elected, significant progress has been made with second stage transfer in Glasgow as opposed to no progress at all under the previous Labour and Liberal Democrat Executive; nevertheless condemns Glasgow Housing Association’s position that the Gateway Process is now complete and that those housing associations not invited to submit a business plan for second stage transfer cannot appeal this decision; further notes that".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-816 Barnardo’s and MPS Training (lodged on 9 November 2007) Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robert Brown*

S3M-815 National Epilepsy Centre (lodged on 9 November 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Mary Scanlon*, Elaine Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robert Brown*

S3M-814# Moratorium on Post Office Closures (lodged on 9 November 2007) Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-813 Congratulations to Lothian Buses (lodged on 9 November 2007) Jim Tolson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Ian McKee*, David McLetchie*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-812# Let the Games Begin (lodged on 9 November 2007) Jackson Carlaw*, John Lamont*, Christine Grahame*, Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-811 Scotland’s Successful Commonwealth Games Bid (lodged on 9 November 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Mary Scanlon*, John Lamont*, Jamie Hepburn*, James Kelly*, Karen Whitefield*, Liam McArthur*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-810 Aamer Anwar (lodged on 9 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-808 The Impact of HMRC Brief 50/07 on Sports Trusts in Scotland (lodged on 8 November 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Angela Constance*, Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-807 Skills Strategy (lodged on 8 November 2007) Des McNulty*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Butler*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-806 80th STUC Women’s Conference (lodged on 8 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*

S3M-805 1,000 Parliamentarian Signatures for Amnesty Petition (lodged on 8 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-803 Which?’s 50th Anniversary (lodged on 8 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-802 John Lennon Northern Lights Festival (lodged on 8 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mary Scanlon*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-798# Improving the Central Heating Programme (lodged on 7 November 2007) Elaine Smith*

S3M-795 John Muir Award (lodged on 7 November 2007) Ted Brocklebank*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-777 Muslim Prayer Rooms in SPL Clubs (lodged on 5 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-775 The BBC’s Scots Language Policy (lodged on 5 November 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-774 Congratulations to Hannah Frank (lodged on 5 November 2007) Rob Gibson*, Ross Finnie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-768# Science and the Parliament, Wednesday 28 November 2007 (lodged on 2 November 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-754 Scotto Lotto (lodged on 1 November 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-728# World AIDS Day 2007 (lodged on 30 October 2007) David Stewart*

S3M-721.1 Social Work Cuts Force Frail Fife Pensioners to Stay in Hospital (lodged on 6 November 2007) Iain Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-695 Changing Lives (lodged on 25 October 2007) Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-612# Car Parking Charges at Stobhill Hospital (lodged on 3 October 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-573 Taiwan (lodged on 28 September 2007) Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-420# Muscular Dystrophy (lodged on 5 September 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-396 Playwrights’ Studio and Scottish Theatre (lodged on 29 August 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-260 Pingat Jasa Medal (lodged on 27 June 2007) Elaine Murray*

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