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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-904 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Scottish Police Services Authority (Police Support Services) (Modification) Order 2007—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Scottish Police Services Authority (Police Support Services) (Modification) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-903 Bob Doris: CSV Scotland’s Dare to Care Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of CSV Scotland’s Dare to Care campaign which asks people to make time to end child poverty; backs its aims of showing how volunteering can make a difference in the fight to end child poverty; encourages organisations to register for this scheme and take advantage of the £50 grant available; urges every MSP to identify a local group and support it to take part in the campaign; recognises not only the valuable contribution that volunteering makes to good causes but also to the personal development of volunteers; notes with deep regret that one in four children still live in poverty, and looks forward to achieving the historic 2020 target to end child poverty in Scotland.

*S3M-902 Bob Doris: Additional Investment in Central Heating Programme—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, of an additional £7 million in funding for the government’s central heating programme to ensure central heating and hot water for all those pensioners most in need this winter; welcomes the corresponding increase in capacity to avoid lengthening waiting times for those already scheduled for upgrades or installations, and congratulates the Scottish Government on its effective and thorough response to concerns over the provision of central heating for pensioners this winter.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Alex Neil*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-901 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Caring Christmas Trees Programme—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of and congratulates Bethany Christian Trust on its Caring Christmas Tree programme; notes that this programme, through the assistance of over 500 volunteers, provides nearly 4,000 Christmas trees to Edinburgh and Fife residents while simultaneously raising money to provide food, shelter and advice to homeless individuals during the winter months, and urges all those planning to purchase a Christmas tree this December to support the goals of the Bethany Christian Trust programme to provide a hot meal, breakfast and a bed for individuals without homes during the 2007 festive period.

*S3M-900 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Tenth Anniversary of the Jubilee Scotland Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates Jubilee Scotland on the 10th anniversary of the global debt campaign in Scotland; notes that Jubilee Scotland’s campaigns were significant in keeping the debt issue in the public eye and so contributed to the significant write-off of debt agreed at the G8 Summit in 2005; recognises that Jubilee Scotland has recently set out a three-year vision for continuing to attack issues of global injustice from the perspective of debt, and wishes Jubilee Scotland well with its future campaigns.

*S3M-899 Sandra White: Say No to Racism—That the Parliament commends and supports the annual Scottish Trades Union Congress St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March and Rally taking place in Glasgow on Saturday 24 November 2007; welcomes the all-party support for the march and rally, sponsored by the Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance; congratulates those who stand together against racism and fascism, and notes the theme of this year’s march which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christina McKelvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Nigel Don*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Bashir Ahmad*, Des McNulty*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Butler*, Marlyn Glen*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jim Tolson*

*S3M-898 Alasdair Allan: Scottish History in Schools—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Scottish Qualifications Authority to make questions on Scottish history a mandatory part of the Higher history exam; notes that from school year 2010-11 the exam will contain a mandatory Scottish section; congratulates those teachers, academics and politicians who successfully campaigned for this decision, and believes that, after years of Scottish history being overlooked in secondary schools, Scottish pupils will finally have a chance to learn about and understand their own heritage and the part that it played in the creation of the modern world.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, John Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Sandra White*, Bashir Ahmad*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-897 Sandra White: Darling Must Resign—That the Parliament expresses serious concern over the privacy and security of thousands of Scottish families as a result of HM Treasury’s sheer incompetence in losing the child benefit details of 7 million families including parents’ and children’s names, addresses, dates of birth, child benefit and national insurance numbers and in some cases, bank or building society details; refuses to accept the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s apology for the extremely serious failure but insistence that people are not at risk from identity fraud; believes that such empty promises are an insult to families across the country who at this time are very worried that they may be at risk, especially in light of comments by the technology analysts, Gartner, who warn that, if the information is in the hands of criminals, they could try to take over peoples’ bank accounts to remove the money in them and information from Douglas Thomson of Glasgow who may have already suffered such a theft after having £2,800 removed from his bank account by someone who pretended to be his wife, but convinced his bank through the use of child benefit information to empty their account; believes that, as the person ultimately responsible, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling MP, should resign and that the millions of families suffering undue worry and the loss of their confidential information over this issue should be compensated by the UK Government.

Supported by: John Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-897.1 Patrick Harvie: Darling Must Resign—As an amendment to motion (S3M-897) in the name of Sandra White, insert at end "and considers that this appalling incident, by removing any shred of confidence in government data handling, should be the final nail in the coffin of the UK Government’s proposal for compulsory identity cards and a national identity register."

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Aileen Campbell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*

*S3M-896 Bill Wilson: The Folly of a Database State—That the Parliament notes the loss by HM Revenue and Customs of the personal details of approximately 25 million UK citizens, more than 40% of the population; notes that the UK Cabinet wishes to further expand the database state by establishing a national identity register, and is of the opinion that not only would such a development infringe civil liberties and have little or no beneficial effect with respect to crime or terrorism but would, as the loss of 25 million personal details demonstrates, amount to an act of arrant folly and possibly increase the risks to which UK citizens are exposed.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bashir Ahmad*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-895 Lewis Macdonald: Golf Tourism in Aberdeen City and Shire—That the Parliament notes the decision on 20 November 2007 by the Formartine Area Committee of Aberdeenshire Council to support Donald Trump’s application to develop a world-class golf resort in the north east; recognises the opportunity, given the right public and private sector support, to promote Aberdeen city and shire as a world-class golfing and tourist destination; regrets the Scottish Government’s decision not to replace the highly successful Route Development Fund to support the development of new routes to Aberdeen and other Scottish airports, and calls on Scottish ministers to put in place a route marketing scheme to support such essential routes in future.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*, David Stewart*, Iain Gray*, Andy Kerr*, Mary Mulligan*, Charlie Gordon*, Trish Godman*

*S3M-894.1 Johann Lamont: A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women—As an amendment to motion (S3M-894) in the name of Adam Ingram, after first "violence against women" insert "acknowledges the need to review the effect of current enforcement measures to tackle violence against women, in order to ensure that women and children receive the protection and security that they require".

*S3M-893.1 John Scott: Annual Sea Fisheries Negotiations—As an amendment to motion (S3M-893) in the name of Richard Lochhead, after "Government" insert ", working with the UK Government,".

*S3M-893.2 Sarah Boyack: Annual Sea Fisheries Negotiations—As an amendment to motion (S3M-893) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "agrees that the precautionary principle should prevail in setting levels of permissible fishing activity; acknowledges that much more work needs to be done to create a truly sustainable fishery in the North Sea, including measures to reduce dramatically if not eliminate discards, recognising that one good year class does not of itself create a sustainable fishery stock, and further agrees that there needs to be dialogue between the fishing industry, scientists and conservation interests to ensure continuous improvement in stocks and a long-term sustainable future for the industry."

Supported by: Karen Gillon*

S3M-873 Sarah Boyack: Threatened Closure of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh—That the Parliament notes with concern that the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh faces closure following a decision by the City of Edinburgh Council not to fund a refurbishment plan until at least 2010; notes the comments of the Chief Executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust which runs the venue on the council’s behalf that such a delay threatens the King’s Theatre with closure on health and safety grounds within two years; recognises the important contribution that the Tollcross venue has made in its 101-year history to the cultural life of Edinburgh, the Lothians and the east of Scotland and which continues today, including its role in Edinburgh’s festivals; believes that funding for refurbishment should be prioritised accordingly, and calls on the City of Edinburgh Council to enter into funding negotiations with the Scottish Government and the Festival City Theatres Trust with a view to securing a viable future for the King’s Theatre.

Supported by: John Park*

*S3M-873.1 Mike Pringle: Threatened Closure of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh—As an amendment to motion (S3M-873) in the name of Sarah Boyack, leave out from "following a decision" to end and insert "following the 23 years of neglect under the previous Labour council administration; recognises the important contribution that the Tollcross venue has made in its 101-year history to the cultural life of Edinburgh, the Lothians and the east of Scotland and which continues today, including its role in Edinburgh’s festivals, and believes that funding for refurbishment should be a priority."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-892 Proposed Closure of Corrie Primary School, Isle of Arran (lodged on 20 November 2007) Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*

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

S3M-881 50th Anniversary of the Kames Colliery Disaster (lodged on 19 November 2007) Iain Gray*, Claire Baker*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Cathie Craigie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-879 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 19 November 2007) Claire Baker*, Cathy Peattie*, Jim Hume*, Trish Godman*, Aileen Campbell*, Alex Neil*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-878 Anti-Bullying Week 2007 (lodged on 19 November 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-877 Liberal Democrat Plans for Scottish Water (lodged on 19 November 2007) Nigel Don*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-876# Democratic Deficit (lodged on 19 November 2007) Alex Neil*

S3M-874 Moose in the Hoose (lodged on 19 November 2007) Jim Tolson*, Karen Whitefield*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*, Elaine Murray*, Mike Pringle*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-872 United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (lodged on 19 November 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-871# Carers’ Respite and Short Breaks (lodged on 16 November 2007) Trish Godman*, Alex Neil*, Jim Hume*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-869 Discrimination Against Women in Saudi Arabia (lodged on 16 November 2007) Mike Pringle*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-868# Standing United with Glasgow’s Pakistani Community (lodged on 16 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-866 Water and Sewerage Charge Exemption for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 15 November 2007) Mary Scanlon*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-865 Children in Need (lodged on 15 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-862 Yeah Butt No Butts in Maryhill (lodged on 15 November 2007) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-861# 18 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 15 November 2007) Marlyn Glen*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-860 Biggar Café is Fish and Chip Shop of the Year (lodged on 15 November 2007) Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-856 Return of Darfuri Asylum Seekers to Sudan (lodged on 15 November 2007) Patrick Harvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-850 Scottish Centres of Excellence in Music (lodged on 14 November 2007) Claire Baker*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Alasdair Allan*, Nigel Don*, Mary Scanlon*, Patricia Ferguson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-849.1.1 Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation (lodged on 16 November 2007) Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Morgan*

S3M-848 CAB Service in Edinburgh (lodged on 14 November 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Mike Pringle*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-832 Free Central Heating Scheme (lodged on 13 November 2007) Irene Oldfather*

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

S3M-829# Changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme (lodged on 13 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Ken Macintosh*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-827 Availability of Insulin Pumps (lodged on 13 November 2007) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-815 National Epilepsy Centre (lodged on 9 November 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-811 Scotland’s Successful Commonwealth Games Bid (lodged on 9 November 2007) Irene Oldfather*

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

S3M-806 80th STUC Women’s Conference (lodged on 8 November 2007) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-804 No Time to Lose (lodged on 8 November 2007) Irene Oldfather*

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

S3M-795 John Muir Award (lodged on 7 November 2007) Irene Oldfather*

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

S3M-786# Lancastria (lodged on 6 November 2007) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-629 Young Runaways (lodged on 8 October 2007) Bill Wilson*

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