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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-999 Karen Gillon: Fit for the Future—That the Parliament welcomes the report published by the Scottish Consumer Council, Fit for the Future? Young People’s Participation in Physical Activity in Scottish Secondary Schools, which highlights that the vast majority of S1 to S4 pupils are receiving two periods of exercise a week and have a generally positive attitude towards sport; recognises that more has to be done to encourage S5 and S6 pupils as well as all female pupils to partake in optional school-based sport activities, and calls on the Scottish Government to investigate the potential to offer young people an entitlement of five hours per week of physical activity combining both in-class and out-of-class time.

*S3M-998 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to Greater Pollok Integration Network—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Big Lottery Fund to grant significant funding to the Scottish Refugee Council to promote good news about asylum seekers and refugees and, in particular, congratulates the Greater Pollok Integration Network on the work that it has done bringing together local people with asylum seekers and refugees living in the area, especially through visits to primary and secondary schools to recount the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees.

*S3M-997 Helen Eadie: Failure to Announce Decision on New Forth Crossing—That the Parliament notes that in a series of parliamentary questions and answers beginning on 21 June 2007 the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change promised an early decision on the important project of a new Forth crossing; further notes that on 17 July 2007, in response to Des McNulty MSP, the minister promised that a decision would be made on a new Forth crossing in the autumn but that this has now passed; further notes that the minister later stated that the Scottish Government has not made any investigation into the use of European structural funds, nor have there been any ministerial or official-led meetings or discussions with HM Treasury about any aspect of financing a new Forth crossing; finally notes that an announcement about a new crossing has not yet been made despite all of the above commitments from the minister, and, in the knowledge that only three weeks of 2007 remain, asks whether the minister will keep his promise to make an announcement by the end of this year in recognition of the fact that further delays by the Scottish Government will intensify risks for bridge users and expresses concern that yet another set of promises has not yet been kept.

*S3M-996 Jamie Stone: Domestic Heating Oil—That the Parliament notes with concern the impact of the soaring price of domestic heating oil on Scotland’s pensioners and poorer families and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward proposals as to how people and families most affected can be assisted, both financially and by the introduction of further insulation and energy efficiency schemes.

*S3M-995 Bill Wilson: UK Failure to Tackle Child Poverty—That the Parliament recognises the Prime Minister’s promise to "end child poverty" as incompatible with this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review and Pre-Budget Report, which throws a mere 50 pence a week each at the 250,000 children in Scotland living below the poverty line; believes that tackling child poverty, with reference to the Child Tax Credit, will require more than an additional £25 per family per year; calls on Westminster to investigate the capacity of citizens’ incomes to tackle the issue of rampant child poverty throughout the United Kingdom, and acknowledges that an independent Scotland would not fail to act in the interests of a quarter of a million children living below the poverty line.

*S3M-994 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Cunninghame Housing Association—That the Parliament congratulates Cunninghame Housing Association’s (CHA) achievement in winning the Outstanding Achievement Award, Scotland, at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s UK Housing Awards 2007; appreciates that this is only the most recent of many awards won in recent years by CHA which manages 1,850 rented and 300 factored homes in North and East Ayrshire; acknowledges that the success of CHA owes much to the leadership of Chief Executive, Frank Sweeney, Regeneration Manager, Hugh McGhee, and the hard work of the association’s staff and voluntary management committee; recognises that the award exemplifies the sustainable social and economic programmes delivered by CHA in the wider community, and believes that with the submission of its ambitious four-year volume procurement bid proposal, which includes provision for the construction of 2,500 affordable homes for rent from April 2009 in North and East Ayrshire, Cunninghame Housing Association will continue to go from strength to strength as an innovative and exemplary housing provider.

*S3M-993 John Park: STUC Memorandum of Understanding—That the Parliament welcomes the re-signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Scottish Government and the STUC; recognises the valuable role that the MoU has played in developing government and trade union relations since being signed in 2002 by then First Minister, Jack McConnell MSP, and STUC President, David Bleiman; recognises that the strategic dialogue undertaken through the MoU enabled achievements such as the two-tier workforce protocol, the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 and the extension of the Union Learning Fund, and welcomes the continued involvement of trade unions as social partners with government.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Kidd*, George Foulkes*, Marlyn Glen*, Richard Baker*, Karen Whitefield*, John Wilson*, Iain Gray*, Sandra White*, James Kelly*, Marilyn Livingstone*, David Stewart*, Bill Butler*, Elaine Murray*, Elaine Smith*, Ken Macintosh*, David Whitton*, Karen Gillon*, Patrick Harvie*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-992 Stewart Stevenson: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: John Swinney*, Jim Mather*

S3M-968 Jim Tolson: A New Forth Crossing—That the Parliament recognises the importance of the Forth Road Bridge to the economy of Fife and the rest of the country; notes that experts believe that the bridge could be closed to heavy goods vehicles in 2013 and all vehicles in 2019; welcomes the Scottish Government’s consultation exercise which explored all the possible route and build options; notes with concern the failure of the Scottish Government to announce the "early go-ahead for a replacement crossing" as promised in the SNP manifesto; regrets that the Scottish Government has not ruled out the possibility of tolling on the replacement crossing or has not committed to enhanced cross-Forth public transport provision, and calls on the Scottish Government to announce its plans for a replacement crossing without further delay.

*S3M-968.1 Alex Johnstone: A New Forth Crossing—As an amendment to motion (S3M-968) in the name of Jim Tolson, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "further notes with concern the failure of the previous Labour-Liberal Democrat Scottish Executive and successive Liberal Democrat transport ministers to commission a new crossing which has resulted in valuable time being lost and may result in the existing bridge having to close before a new crossing is ready; further notes that it was former Minister for Transport, Nicol Stephen, who instructed the Forth Estuary Transport Authority to implement a variable tolls scheme on the existing bridge which could have resulted in tolls of up to £4 at peak times, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to repeal Part 3 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 so as to remove the possibility of such a scheme being revived."

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, John Lamont*, Nanette Milne*, Ted Brocklebank*, Jamie McGrigor*, David McLetchie*, Murdo Fraser*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-991 Environmental Chemistry Conference in Highlands (lodged on 5 December 2007) Mary Scanlon*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-990 North Ayrshire Carers Centre (lodged on 5 December 2007) Mary Mulligan*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Trish Godman*, James Kelly*, David Whitton*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, George Foulkes*, Karen Gillon*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-989 Dumfries and Galloway Standard - Scottish Weekly Newspaper of the Year (lodged on 5 December 2007) Margaret Mitchell*, Robin Harper*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Jackson Carlaw*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-988 Our Vote Our Voice Launch (lodged on 5 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Jim Hume*, John Wilson*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Robert Brown*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Ken Macintosh*, David Stewart*, James Kelly*, Bashir Ahmad*, Elaine Smith*, Jim Tolson*, Karen Gillon*, Patrick Harvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mike Pringle*, Robin Harper*, Stuart McMillan*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-987 Prepayment Penalties on the Poor (lodged on 5 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-986 Farepak (lodged on 4 December 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-985 A Youth Court for Ayrshire (lodged on 4 December 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-984 Saint Mungo’s Academy (lodged on 4 December 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-975# Clyde Independent Health Scrutiny Panel Recommendations (lodged on 4 December 2007) Bill Wilson*

S3M-974 End the Spectre of Poll Tax (lodged on 4 December 2007) Sandra White*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bob Doris*

S3M-972 Scottish Land Girls (lodged on 4 December 2007) Nanette Milne*, Mike Pringle*, Patricia Ferguson*, John Lamont*, Jamie Stone*, Des McNulty*, Jim Hume*, Hugh O’Donnell*, George Foulkes*, Marilyn Livingstone*, John Park*, Elaine Murray*, Jim Tolson*, Trish Godman*, David Whitton*, Christine Grahame*, Andy Kerr*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-970# Labour Failure to Act Against Post Office Closures (lodged on 4 December 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-969 Defence Aviation and Repair Agency Almondbank - No To Privatisation (lodged on 4 December 2007) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-963 St Aloysius Primary School’s 150th Anniversary (lodged on 3 December 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-961 Congratulations to Sgoil Lionacleit (lodged on 3 December 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-959 Prisoners with Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities (lodged on 3 December 2007) Christina McKelvie*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-956# Congratulations to the Fifth Annual Scots Trad Music Awards (lodged on 3 December 2007) Christina McKelvie*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-955# Scotland’s Music - BBC Scotland Televises Contemporary Traditional Music (lodged on 3 December 2007) Christina McKelvie*, Nigel Don*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-953# Support Project Scotland (lodged on 29 November 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-952 Congratulations to Kevin Rudd and the Australian Labor Party (lodged on 29 November 2007) David Whitton*

S3M-950 Excellent HMIE Report into Workers’ Educational Association (lodged on 28 November 2007) Rhona Brankin*, David Whitton*

S3M-948 RSPB Scotland Volunteer and Farmer Alliance (lodged on 28 November 2007) Jim Hume*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Kidd*, David Stewart*, Trish Godman*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-916.1 Central Scotland Rail Improvements (lodged on 29 November 2007) George Foulkes*

S3M-915 Home Nations Football Championship 2008 (lodged on 22 November 2007) John Scott*

S3M-900 Tenth Anniversary of the Jubilee Scotland Campaign (lodged on 21 November 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*, John Park*, Tavish Scott*, Bob Doris*

S3M-869 Discrimination Against Women in Saudi Arabia (lodged on 16 November 2007) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-800 Cross Party Report on Leukaemia (lodged on 7 November 2007) Christopher Harvie*, Margaret Mitchell*, Bob Doris*

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