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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-950 Sarah Boyack: Excellent HMIE Report into Workers’ Educational Association—That the Parliament congratulates the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) on the publication of a glowing report by HM Inspectorate of Education on its programme of courses; notes that WEA was founded in Scotland in 1903 originally to promote the education of working men and women at a time when few educational opportunities existed and today continues to provide adult learning in the workplace and in the community based on democratic principles in conjunction with a range of local authorities, enterprise companies, employers, trades unions and voluntary sector partners; further notes the inspectorate’s comments that WEA Scotland is "developing and delivering work that no other organisation was providing and the organisation was sector leading in terms of its practice and range of partnerships" and that it achieved an excellent or very good rating in every category of inspection; is concerned that the delivery of the WEA’s courses in the capital must not be undermined by the City of Edinburgh Council’s plans to close its current home at Riddles Court Community Centre, and calls on the council’s administration to ensure that WEA is able to continue its valuable work helping adults in Edinburgh and the Lothians to gain new skills and qualifications.

*S3M-949 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to Linlithgow Rose Junior Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates the players, officials and supporters of Linlithgow Rose Junior Football Club on their historic 1-0 win over Dalbeattie Star in the third round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday 24 November 2007; notes that Linlithgow Rose is the first junior club in Scotland to progress to the later rounds of the Scottish Cup involving Scottish Premier League clubs; further notes that the success of Linlithgow Rose provides more evidence of the ability of junior football clubs in Scotland to compete effectively on the biggest stage, and wishes Linlithgow Rose the best of luck on Thursday 29 November when the draw for the fourth round of the Scottish Cup is made and in subsequent rounds.

*S3M-948 Hugh O’Donnell: RSPB Scotland Volunteer and Farmer Alliance—That the Parliament commends the RSPB Scotland Volunteer and Farmer Alliance (V&FA), developed to help reverse the decline of farmland bird populations by working together with volunteers and farmers, which provides farmers with a free survey, undertaken by RSPB volunteers, of the birds breeding on their land; applauds the fact that in Scotland 400 farms and 200 volunteers have participated in surveys since 2002; recognises that, by providing farmers with a free survey of the birds present on their farm and their requirements, the project demonstrates the success of agri-environment schemes and helps to deliver further conservation management successes for farmland birds on the ground, by putting farmers who express an interest in touch with professional advisers who can suggest ways in which to enhance farmland for wild birds, and congratulates all those who have helped set up and maintain the project and those who have participated in it.

*S3M-947 Ian McKee: Appointment of Lord McCluskey—That the Parliament welcomes Lord McCluskey’s appointment to the role of checking the legality of donations to the Labour Party and wishes him well in this arduous task.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-946.1 Iain Smith: St Andrew’s Day—As an amendment to motion (S3M-946) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end "but notes the failure of the SNP government to keep the SNP manifesto promise to "make St Andrew’s Day a full national holiday"."

*S3M-946.2 Ted Brocklebank: St Andrew’s Day—As an amendment to motion (S3M-946) in the name of Linda Fabiani, leave out from "to both celebrate" to end and insert "both to celebrate what it means to be Scottish in the 21st century and to promote a fair and inclusive society; notes the Scottish Government’s proactive support of a programme of events throughout the country and all of Scotland’s cities, including the cathedral city of St Andrews itself and urges it to build on St Andrew’s Day as a launch-pad for a winter tourist season; commends the work of schools and community groups across Scotland in teaching our young people about St Andrew’s Day and its importance in a national as well as an international context and promoting diversity through their celebrations, and furthermore thanks the St Andrew’s societies, Caledonian societies, Scottish Development International, Globalscots, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and all the other overseas organisations who have planned over 100 wide-ranging celebrations in countries around the world."

*S3M-946.3 Malcolm Chisholm: St Andrew’s Day—As an amendment to motion (S3M-946) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end "and, recognising that St Andrew’s Day is the start of Scotland’s Winter Festival which includes Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and concludes on Burns Night, looks forward to the success of all components of the Winter Festival starting with the events on St Andrew’s Day, and in this context regrets that the Scottish Government has overturned the decision of the previous Parliament to commission a study into the impact of a ban on large retailers trading on New Year’s Day."

*S3M-945.1 Liam McArthur: Tourism—As an amendment to motion (S3M-945) in the name of Jim Mather, leave out from second "recognises" to end and insert "believes that this objective is put at risk by the cuts to the budgets and business support activities of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise which will reduce local decision-making and have a negative impact on the start-up and growth of tourism businesses across Scotland; notes with concern the lack of consultation over the restructuring of VisitScotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to commit to safeguarding the budgets and autonomy of the island offices under the control of VisitOrkney, VisitShetland and VisitHebrides."

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S3M-945.2 Lewis Macdonald: Tourism—As an amendment to motion (S3M-945) in the name of Jim Mather, after "destinations" insert "recognises the importance to tourism of improved access for visitors to Scotland by land, sea and air; notes with concern the Scottish Government’s failure to propose an alternative to the Route Development Fund or to increase the marketing budget of VisitScotland over the next three years; believes that improved skills and training are the key to achieving higher standards".

*S3M-945.3 Gavin Brown: Tourism—As an amendment to motion (S3M-945) in the name of Jim Mather, insert at end "further recognises the important work done by the excellent network of tourist information centres; believes that decision-making at a local level is a crucial element of an effective tourism strategy, and calls on the Scottish Government to give a more detailed explanation as to how the 50% growth ambition is to be met and the role of the public, private and third sectors in doing so."

S3M-916*#* Jamie Hepburn: Central Scotland Rail Improvements—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s plans to electrify the Glasgow to Edinburgh and Cumbernauld railway lines; believes that this will have a positive effect on the commuting experience for people across Scotland, particularly those in central Scotland; recognises the importance of providing alternatives to the private car to reduce congestion and pollution and of opening up social and economic opportunities to the 32% of Scottish households that do not have access to a car; notes the campaigns by various rail user groups calling for the introduction of a national railcard scheme which would provide discounted travel to all regular train users, and believes that such a scheme should be considered for introduction in Scotland.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-858*#* Keith Brown: Government Powers to Ensure Terrestrial Broadcast of Sport—That the Parliament expresses displeasure about the ongoing lack of access for viewers in Ochil and across Scotland to the fixtures of the Scotland men’s football team on terrestrial television, in particular the Scotland v Italy fixture scheduled for 17 November 2007; criticises the BBC for again scheduling in all parts of the United Kingdom the live England match on 21 November instead; notes that within the framework of the EU broadcasting directive (89/552/EC) the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport designates sporting events into three categories, corresponding to those which must be broadcast on terrestrial television (A), those for which highlights must be broadcast on terrestrial television (B) and the remainder for which no such requirements exist; further notes that the FIFA World Cup finals and UEFA European Championship finals come under category A while the qualifying matches for these tournaments do not even come under category B; observes that other countries such as Germany require that all national men’s football team matches be made available under corresponding regulations; believes that all competitive participation in international men’s football by Scotland should be made available to terrestrial broadcasters under these regulations, and considers that powers over broadcasting should be transferred to the Scottish Parliament so that the Scottish Government can take such action.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-944 Road Hauliers and a Fuel Price Regulator (lodged on 27 November 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Nigel Don*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ian McKee*

S3M-943 Ratho Indoor Climbing Wall (lodged on 27 November 2007) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, John Wilson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Sandra White*, John Lamont*, Elaine Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Tavish Scott*

S3M-936 CHILDREN 1ST New Tayside Premises (lodged on 27 November 2007) Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Marlyn Glen*, Bill Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Nigel Don*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Sandra White*, Elaine Smith*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-935 Small European Countries Work Better (lodged on 27 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-933 RNIB Report on Election Experiences of People with Sight Loss (lodged on 27 November 2007) Liam McArthur*, Stuart McMillan*, Jim Hume*, Christine Grahame*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Patrick Harvie*, Sarah Boyack*, Jamie Hepburn*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*, Elaine Murray*, David Stewart*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-930 Healthy Living Centres (lodged on 27 November 2007) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, James Kelly*, Rhona Brankin*, Sarah Boyack*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Karen Gillon*, Claire Baker*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Andy Kerr*, George Foulkes*, Karen Whitefield*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-929 Marsh Trust Scottish Volunteer of the Year (lodged on 27 November 2007) Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mike Pringle*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jim Hume*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Jamie Hepburn*, John Lamont*

S3M-927 15th Anniversary of Kendoon Housing Association (lodged on 26 November 2007) Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Des McNulty*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jackie Baillie*, Rhona Brankin*, Pauline McNeill*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Patrick Harvie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mary Mulligan*, George Foulkes*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-925# Congratulations to Glasgow Disability Alliance (lodged on 26 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-924 Smart Metering (lodged on 23 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-923 SNP Lochee By-election Victory (lodged on 23 November 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-922 BBC Trust Report into New BBC Gaelic Channel (lodged on 23 November 2007) John Wilson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-920 The Rights of Cohabitees (lodged on 23 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-919 Glasgow City Council’s Fire Cadet Partnership Programme (lodged on 23 November 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-918 Scotland’s Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialists (lodged on 22 November 2007) Margo MacDonald*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-917 Guidance on Handling of Medicines (lodged on 22 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-915 Home Nations Football Championship 2008 (lodged on 22 November 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-914 Vulnerable Child Witnesses (lodged on 22 November 2007) Angela Constance*

S3M-912 Employability of Disabled Graduates (lodged on 22 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-910 Support the White Ribbon Campaign (lodged on 22 November 2007) Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-907 BBC Scotland’s Commitment to Deaf Users of Sign Language (lodged on 22 November 2007) James Kelly*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Butler*, Cathy Peattie*, Andy Kerr*, Jackie Baillie*, John Park*

S3M-906 Cancelling Stamp Duty for Disabled People (lodged on 22 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-905 Renfrewshire St Andrew’s Ball (lodged on 22 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-903 CSV Scotland’s Dare to Care Campaign (lodged on 21 November 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-901 Caring Christmas Trees Programme (lodged on 21 November 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-886♦ Tackling Health Inequalities (lodged on 20 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-870 Failure to Invest in Higher Education (lodged on 16 November 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-866 Water and Sewerage Charge Exemption for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 15 November 2007) Margo MacDonald*

S3M-836# Apprentice of the Year (lodged on 13 November 2007) John Park*

S3M-719.1 Date for Removal of Forth Road Bridge Tolls (lodged on 1 November 2007) Nigel Don*

S3M-524# Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland (lodged on 19 September 2007) Willie Coffey*

S3M-483# Time for a Fresh Debate on Organ Donation (lodged on 14 September 2007) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-331# Air Ambulance Service in Orkney (lodged on 1 August 2007) David Stewart*

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