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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-853 Liam McArthur: Orkney Sports Awards—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of all those who have helped to make it a successful year for sport in Orkney; congratulates the winners of the 2007 Orkney Sports Awards: Oliver Laughton who won Photographer of the Year, John Cumming who won Coach of the Year, the Junior Inter-county Squad which won Team of the Year after its dramatic victory over Shetland in the Stuart Cup, Ian Gibson who received an award for his services to sport after years of support and encouragement for various sports in Orkney, Claire Wilson who won Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year, Karen Wood who won Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Paul Firth who won Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year, Nigel Thomson who won Veteran Sportsperson of the Year and Jon Tait who won Sportsperson of the Year, and particularly congratulates Catherine Symons who won both Sportswoman of the Year and the award of Senior Sportsperson of the Year.

*S3M-852 Elaine Smith: Fellowship with Cuba—That the Parliament welcomes Mr Jaime Crombet Hernandez-Baquero MP, Mr Ramon Pez Ferro MP and Ms Gladys Maria Zuazaga Cabrera MP who are visiting the Parliament on 15 November 2007 courtesy of the Inter-Parliamentary Union; notes that extensive democratic participation is at the centre of the Cuban model of government and further notes that in the most recent Cuban elections this year over 95% of the voting population chose to cast their vote; congratulates Cuba on sharing its advances in medical science, education, sport and agriculture with poor and dispossessed people around the world; believes that Scotland could benefit from strengthening relations with Cuba, including shared information on education and health, and calls for an immediate end to the United States blockade of Cuba.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Bill Butler*, Cathy Peattie*, Marlyn Glen*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Michael Matheson*

*S3M-851 George Foulkes: Lothian Buses are the Best—That the Parliament congratulates Lothian Buses, Edinburgh and the Lothians’ wholly publicly owned bus operator, for being awarded the accolade of UK bus operator of the year; recognises that this most prestigious award is closely fought for by all bus companies around the United Kingdom; is delighted that our capital city’s publicly owned and operated Lothian Buses managed to beat off stiff privately owned and operated competition from London, Liverpool and Cambridge to be the outright winner; commends the ordinary bus users in Edinburgh and the Lothians who judged the competition for recognising the excellent job that Lothian Buses staff do and the high-quality service that they provide; welcomes the investment over the past few years on new buses; recognises the essential role that bus travel plays for people across the region, and encourages other bus operators throughout Scotland to strive to reach Lothian Buses’ high standards.

*S3M-850 Peter Peacock: Scottish Centres of Excellence in Music—That the Parliament congratulates the young people, teachers and tutors of the Scottish centres of excellence in music: Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd at Plockton High School, Aberdeen City Music School at Dyce Academy, the City of Edinburgh Music School at Broughton High School and the Music School of Douglas Academy, on their outstanding performance at their third annual showcase at the Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion on Saturday 10 November 2007; further congratulates Lila Senior for her enchanting composition, "The Boat of Mananan", which was given its premier in Strathpeffer and also Garry Walker for conducting the orchestra of the students of traditional Scottish and traditional classical music at the performance; commends the music schools for the contribution that they are making to the development of musical talent among Scottish young people, and wishes them well for a continuing and successful future.

Supported by: Dave Thompson*

*S3M-849 Jamie Hepburn: Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation—That the Parliament notes with concern figures released in the House of Commons Library Economic Indicators Bulletin showing that an estimated 41,000 workers in Scotland are earning less than the minimum wage; notes that this represents some 1.8% of the Scottish workforce and is the highest rate of non-compliance of any part of the United Kingdom; believes that this shameful statistic demonstrates an unwillingness or inability on the part of HM Treasury to fully enforce minimum wage legislation; calls for those employers not complying with minimum wage legislation to be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law, and further believes that these cases can only be effectively dealt with by the Scottish Parliament assuming full legislative and enforcement powers over employment rights and duties, currently reserved by the Scotland Act 1998.

*S3M-848 Shirley-Anne Somerville: CAB Service in Edinburgh—That the Parliament notes the vital work of the citizens advice bureau service in Edinburgh and across Scotland; recognises the essential role that bureaux play in their local communities by providing a quality service that meets local needs, boosting the local economy and providing valuable volunteering opportunities, vital support and value for money for the communities that they serve, and encourages politicians of all parties to take part in Advice in Action and witness first hand the valuable work carried out by volunteers and staff in their local citizens advice bureaux.

*S3M-847.1 Pauline McNeill: Competition, Regulation and Business Structures in the Scottish Legal Services Market—As an amendment to motion (S3M-847) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, insert at end "and considers that this approach should also widen choice, provide easier access to legal services and create the conditions for more affordable services so that social justice will be at the heart of future changes."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-846 Congratulations to Mark Lynch (lodged on 13 November 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Johnstone*, David Stewart*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bill Butler*, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-845 Congratulations to Marks & Spencer on Plastic Bag Ban (lodged on 13 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-844 Wheels of Time (lodged on 13 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-836# Apprentice of the Year (lodged on 13 November 2007) John Lamont*, Ken Macintosh*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*, Brian Adam*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patrick Harvie*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*, Keith Brown*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Kidd*, Robert Brown*

S3M-835 Rural Fuel Prices (lodged on 13 November 2007) Liam McArthur*, Mike Rumbles*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-833 Gourock Primary School Choir: BBC Songs of Praise Junior Choir of the Year Competition (lodged on 13 November 2007) Brian Adam*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Keith Brown*

S3M-832 Free Central Heating Scheme (lodged on 13 November 2007) Alison McInnes*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-831 The Wickerman Festival (lodged on 13 November 2007) John Lamont*, John Scott*, John Wilson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Jim Hume*, Ted Brocklebank*, Alasdair Morgan*, Mary Scanlon*, Patricia Ferguson*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-830 Diabetes UK Scotland World Diabetes Day Report 2007 (lodged on 13 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Nanette Milne*, Marlyn Glen*, Jackson Carlaw*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Patricia Ferguson*, Liam McArthur*, David Whitton*, David Stewart*, Robert Brown*, Bill Butler*, John Lamont*, Elaine Murray*, Hugh Henry*, Michael McMahon*, John Park*, Trish Godman*, Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-829♦ Changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme (lodged on 13 November 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-828 100th International Cap for Julie Fleeting (lodged on 13 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-827 Availability of Insulin Pumps (lodged on 13 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-826 Samaritans’ Winter Campaign - Dr Chad Varah (lodged on 12 November 2007) John Scott*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Aitken*, Robin Harper*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-825 Welfare Benefits Reform and Disabled People (lodged on 12 November 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-824# Sectarian Stories (lodged on 12 November 2007) Robin Harper*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-823 Camglen Fairtrade Forum (lodged on 12 November 2007) Elaine Murray*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-817 Murdo and Norman Macleod (lodged on 12 November 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-816 Barnardo’s and MPS Training (lodged on 9 November 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-815 National Epilepsy Centre (lodged on 9 November 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-813 Congratulations to Lothian Buses (lodged on 9 November 2007) Alison McInnes*, Robin Harper*

S3M-811 Scotland’s Successful Commonwealth Games Bid (lodged on 9 November 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-810 Aamer Anwar (lodged on 9 November 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Ian McKee*

S3M-808 The Impact of HMRC Brief 50/07 on Sports Trusts in Scotland (lodged on 8 November 2007) Tavish Scott*

S3M-807 Skills Strategy (lodged on 8 November 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-805 1,000 Parliamentarian Signatures for Amnesty Petition (lodged on 8 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Robin Harper*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-804 No Time to Lose (lodged on 8 November 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-802 John Lennon Northern Lights Festival (lodged on 8 November 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-800 Cross Party Report on Leukaemia (lodged on 7 November 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*

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

S3M-797.1 Maryhill Housing Association (lodged on 12 November 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-794# Domestic Abuse in Lothians (lodged on 7 November 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-786# Lancastria (lodged on 6 November 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-785# Congratulations to the Showmen’s Guild Scottish Section on its 100th Anniversary (lodged on 6 November 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-779 Tackling Homophobia (lodged on 5 November 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-774 Congratulations to Hannah Frank (lodged on 5 November 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-768# Science and the Parliament, Wednesday 28 November 2007 (lodged on 2 November 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*, Bill Butler*, Ken Macintosh*, Mr Frank McAveety*, David Whitton*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-765# Extra-curricular Outdoor Education for Every School Pupil (lodged on 2 November 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-764 Fife Volunteer of the Year Awards (lodged on 2 November 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-743 Alexander Todd (lodged on 31 October 2007) Jack McConnell*

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

S3M-728# World AIDS Day 2007 (lodged on 30 October 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-718 British Heart Foundation Scotland’s Heart 2 Heart Appeal (lodged on 29 October 2007) Karen Whitefield*

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