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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-894 Adam Ingram: A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women—That the Parliament believes that it is unacceptable that thousands of children in Scotland are affected by domestic abuse, seriously impacting on their wellbeing, safety, health, schooling and life experience; pays tribute to those working in the field to help women and children affected by domestic abuse and those taking on the challenge of wider issues of violence against women; reaffirms its commitment to ending violence against women and recognises as part of its support for the UN 16 days of activism against gender violence, the importance of tackling not only domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault but also emerging issues such as human trafficking, and welcomes the establishment of the National Delivery Group on Children Affected by Domestic Abuse, the cross-cutting approach being taken and the involvement of children and young people.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-893 Richard Lochhead: Annual Sea Fisheries Negotiations—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Government in negotiating a deal which is fair and just for Scotland’s fishing communities and which reflects in full the leadership which Scotland’s fishermen are showing the rest of Europe on sustainable fisheries.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-892 Kenneth Gibson: Proposed Closure of Corrie Primary School, Isle of Arran—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of North Ayrshire Council to begin a formal consultation process in January 2008 with a view to closing Corrie Primary School and the adjacent nursery, the only purpose-built one on the island of Arran, in summer 2008; acknowledges that Corrie Primary School is a high performing school with 100% attendance levels and placing requests and which only this year had an excellent HM Inspectorate of Education report; is aware that Corrie Primary School has been at the heart of Corrie for over 120 years and is central to village life; appreciates the commitment of parents, staff and pupils who together raised over £11,000 to build and install an adventure playground, opened on 20 August 2007; is disappointed that the decision to open a consultation was based on erroneous information which grossly overstated the capacity of Corrie Primary School while underestimating actual pupil numbers; believes that the closure of Corrie School will have a devastating impact on the morale of pupils, parents and staff, some of whom will lose their employment, and have a severe impact on the viability of Corrie itself and the ability of the village to attract young families with children; realises that Arran Homes and the Housing Initiative for Arran Residents plan to build from 24 to 27 homes in Corrie over the next year or two, including family homes that will attract families and boost the roll of Corrie Primary School if it survives; recognises that transferring to the nearest school to Corrie, Brodick Primary, would mean children travelling 10 to 16 miles per day to and from school; appreciates that Corrie Primary School has received considerable investment from North Ayrshire Council in recent years, including this year, which will be wasted if the school closes; understands that there is genuine fear on Arran that, should Corrie Primary School close then others may follow in its wake, and is worried that the closure of such an excellent school as Corrie Primary would send out the wrong message to the rest of Scotland’s 431 primary schools with rolls of 50 or less, where one third of head teachers, according to the recent Scottish Government study "Leadership in Small Scottish Primary Schools", already fear for the future of their school.

*S3M-891 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Licensing (Mandatory Conditions No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

*S3M-890 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 22 November 2007—

after

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth;
Justice and Law Officers

delete

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women

followed by Appointment of the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights

and insert

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Pandemic Flu

followed by Scottish Government Debate: A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women

*S3M-889 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 18 April 2008.

*S3M-888 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 November 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Equality and Diversity

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 November 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Tourism

11.40 pm General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time-

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: St Andrew’s Day

followed by Appointment of the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 December 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

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 6 December 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time-

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-887 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 7 December 2007.

*S3M-886♦ Bill Kidd: Tackling Health Inequalities—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the study of general practices in the west of Scotland which found that "the increased burden of ill health and multimorbidity in socioeconomically deprived areas results in high demands on primary care and is associated with poorer access to care, less time spent with the doctor, higher GP stress and lower patient enablement in encounters for psychosocial problems"; believes that projects such as the Community Health Shop in Barlanark, which provides a range of alternative therapies from massage and aromatherapy to yoga, reflexology, reiki and others alongside a number of other groups and facilities such as a parents group, a young persons counselling group, alcohol and drug counselling, money advice sessions and GP drop-ins among others is a wonderful example of how these problems can be dealt with at a local level; notes that the Community Health Shop in Barlanark provides services to many communities which otherwise would not normally have access to them or would have to be provided by the local health authority, and considers that, due to the huge benefits in terms of community wellbeing and cost savings to local health authorities, funding for these projects should be met in full and expanded throughout areas of deprivation.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*, Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-885 Tavish Scott: Congratulations to CATS Shetland—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the CT scanner recently installed in the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick is now operational; notes that this will allow over 500 Shetland patients who need CT scans every year to receive their scans in Shetland, allowing patients with serious conditions to be diagnosed locally, speeding up proceedings and reducing the trauma caused by a 400-mile round trip to Aberdeen; further notes that this was only made possible by the sheer hard work of CATS Shetland (Community Action for Trauma Support) which raised the £1 million needed to purchase and install the scanner in the Gilbert Bain Hospital in under a year, and congratulates CATS chairman, Peter Malcolmson, and all of his team for the magnificient success of their massive fund-raising efforts covering far too wide a range of events to fit into a parliamentary motion.

*S3M-884 Pauline McNeill on behalf of the Selection Panel: Appointment of the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights—That the Parliament nominates Professor Alan Miller to Her Majesty The Queen for appointment as Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights.

*S3M-883.1 Derek Brownlee: Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-883) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "and, recognising the importance of small businesses to the Scottish economy, calls on the Scottish Government, if additional resources become available, to prioritise the acceleration of the full implementation of the reductions in business rates for small businesses announced in the budget on 14 November 2007."

*S3M-883.2 Tavish Scott: Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-883) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "believes that higher education has a vital contribution to make to the Scottish economy in delivering high-level skills, research and knowledge transfer, and is therefore disappointed and dismayed at the failure of the SNP government to support this economically vital sector with the funds it requires to remain internationally competitive."

Supported by: Jeremy Purvis*

*S3M-883.3 Iain Gray: Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-883) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "calls on the government to make the necessary investment in skills, schools, colleges, universities and infrastructure, and believes that Scotland can best achieve sustainable economic growth as part of the United Kingdom."

S3M-829*#* Charlie Gordon: Changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme—That the Parliament believes that the national concessionary travel scheme should be urgently reviewed to extend eligibility to disabled people in receipt of the lower rate of disability living allowance, including those in Glasgow, and to older and disabled people using community transport in rural areas such as those in Clydesdale and that there should be consultation on other desirable changes to the scheme.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, John Park*, Alex Neil*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Iain Gray*, Karen Gillon*, Andy Kerr*, Karen Whitefield*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-882 North Lanarkshire Young People’s Panel (lodged on 19 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-881 50th Anniversary of the Kames Colliery Disaster (lodged on 19 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, David Whitton*, Duncan McNeil*, Sarah Boyack*, Karen Gillon*, Des McNulty*, Bill Butler*, Andy Kerr*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Murray*, John Park*

S3M-880 Nursery Education (lodged on 19 November 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, Iain Gray*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Karen Gillon*, Andy Kerr*, Karen Whitefield*, Trish Godman*

S3M-879 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 19 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Patrick Harvie*, Mike Pringle*, Robin Harper*, Ross Finnie*, Marlyn Glen*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-878 Anti-Bullying Week 2007 (lodged on 19 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christine Grahame*, Bob Doris*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Brian Adam*, Liam McArthur*, Bill Wilson*, Alex Neil*, Karen Gillon*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Ian McKee*

S3M-877 Liberal Democrat Plans for Scottish Water (lodged on 19 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-876# Democratic Deficit (lodged on 19 November 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-874 Moose in the Hoose (lodged on 19 November 2007) Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*, Iain Gray*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Trish Godman*

S3M-873 Threatened Closure of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh (lodged on 19 November 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Trish Godman*

S3M-872 United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (lodged on 19 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bashir Ahmad*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robert Brown*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Karen Gillon*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Christina McKelvie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Ian McKee*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-871# Carers’ Respite and Short Breaks (lodged on 16 November 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Sarah Boyack*, Iain Gray*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marlyn Glen*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-869 Discrimination Against Women in Saudi Arabia (lodged on 16 November 2007) Alex Neil*, Dave Thompson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-868# Standing United with Glasgow’s Pakistani Community (lodged on 16 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-867 The HELIX Project (lodged on 15 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-865 Children in Need (lodged on 15 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-864 Congratulations to NHS Fife for Eye Diagnosis Pilot (lodged on 15 November 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-863 Penicuik CAB is the Tops (lodged on 15 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-862 Yeah Butt No Butts in Maryhill (lodged on 15 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Trish Godman*

S3M-861# 18 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 15 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-860 Biggar Café is Fish and Chip Shop of the Year (lodged on 15 November 2007) John Lamont*, Christine Grahame*, Jim Hume*, Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-859 Welcoming Siphiwe Hlophe of SWAPOL to the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 15 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Trish Godman*

S3M-858♦ Government Powers to Ensure Terrestrial Broadcast of Sport (lodged on 15 November 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-857 Equal Rights for Agency Workers (lodged on 15 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-856 Return of Darfuri Asylum Seekers to Sudan (lodged on 15 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-850 Scottish Centres of Excellence in Music (lodged on 14 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*, Karen Gillon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Sarah Boyack*, Stuart McMillan*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Robin Harper*, John Lamont*, Des McNulty*, Iain Gray*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Kidd*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Murray*, Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-849 Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation (lodged on 14 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-849.1.1 Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation (lodged on 16 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-848 CAB Service in Edinburgh (lodged on 14 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-833 Gourock Primary School Choir: BBC Songs of Praise Junior Choir of the Year Competition (lodged on 13 November 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-831 The Wickerman Festival (lodged on 13 November 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-830 Diabetes UK Scotland World Diabetes Day Report 2007 (lodged on 13 November 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

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

S3M-825 Welfare Benefits Reform and Disabled People (lodged on 12 November 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

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

S3M-814# Moratorium on Post Office Closures (lodged on 9 November 2007) Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, John Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*

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

S3M-396 Playwrights’ Studio and Scottish Theatre (lodged on 29 August 2007) Des McNulty*, Roseanna Cunningham*

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