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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1019 David Stewart: Undermining Development: Copper Mining in Zambia—That the Parliament congratulates SCIAF, Christian Aid and Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) on the publication of Undermining Development: Copper Mining in Zambia which focuses on Zambia’s largest copper mining company, KCM, which is majority-owned by UK-based Vedanta Resources; notes with concern the report’s key finding that Zambian society is deriving few of the advantages of copper mining while suffering many of the disadvantages and regrets the way in which particular companies’ operations compound this problem, and therefore calls for action to ensure that those UK corporations, particularly those which claim to be socially responsible investors, take their responsibilities seriously in ensuring that the companies in which they invest uphold best practice in terms of social and environmental responsibilities.

*S3M-1018 Ross Finnie: Sport and Young People—That the Parliament rejects the case for the abolition of sportscotland; notes the importance of grass-roots sport and the opportunities that currently exist to increase sporting participation and enhance sporting performance, particularly among young people, in Scotland as we look forward to the London Olympics of 2012 and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games of 2014; recognises that sportscotland has established itself as an effective arms-length body for distributing both Treasury and lottery funding as well as successfully performing important co-ordinating and strategic functions in the development of integrated sporting performance pathways, and therefore calls for sportscotland to be retained.

*S3M-1017 Margaret Smith: Civil Liberties—That the Parliament believes that the fundamental liberties enjoyed by generations of our citizens must not be eroded; welcomes the commitment by the previous Scottish Executive that ID cards would not be needed to access devolved services and its proportionate position on DNA retention; is concerned at the threat to civil liberties from the UK Government’s expensive and unworkable proposal to introduce compulsory ID cards; believes that the Scottish Government should not put citizens’ privacy at risk by allowing the UK ID database to access personal information held by the Scottish Government, local authorities or other devolved public agencies; therefore calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that all data protection procedures are secure and that audit of data under its jurisdiction is independent of government and accountable to the Parliament, and takes the view that there should be no blanket retention of DNA samples and that the Assistant Information Commissioner for Scotland should have specific powers to carry out spot checks on the compliance by Scottish government agencies and bodies with the Data Protection Act 1998.

*S3M-1016 Murdo Fraser: Black Watch Memorial—That the Parliament praises the campaign being undertaken by the Black Watch Association, in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage, to raise £15,000 to restore the Black Watch Memorial on Edinburgh’s Mound; notes that the impressive memorial is of a kilted Black Watch soldier and commemorates the men of the Black Watch regiment who fell in the Boer War from 1899 to 1902; thanks the Bank of Scotland for donating £5,000 towards the restoration of the monument, underlining the bank’s dedication to preserving memorials to Scotland’s fallen soldiers, and recognises the importance of protecting and restoring memorials to Scottish soldiers who have served and died in all wars.

*S3M-1015 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Police Services Authority (Police Support Services) (Modification) Order 2007 be approved.

*S3M-1014 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 December 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: EU Reform Treaty

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 20 December 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Climate Change Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 9 January 2008

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 10 January 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Labour Party Business

11.40 am 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 Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1013 Christine Grahame: Unsavoury Stain? Unsavoury Language—That the Parliament notes the intemperate language used by the British Conservative leader, David Cameron MP, during his recent visit to Scotland; condemns the tone of his comments which do not reflect the democratic political realities in Scotland today; welcomes the seismic shift that the Scottish Conservatives have undergone towards supporting increased powers for the Scottish Parliament and away from this increasingly untenable union, and recognises that David Cameron’s comments are aimed more at securing the right-wing vote in the south of England rather than winning converts in Scotland.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-1012 Bob Doris: Commemorative Stamps for the Commonwealth Games—That the Parliament recommends to Royal Mail that a commemorative set of stamps featuring past and present Scottish sporting heroes would be a fitting tribute to Glasgow winning the race to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games; notes that the lead-in process for stamps can be up to three years, but calls on Royal Mail to fast-track this process as it did when issuing commemorative stamps for the successful London bid for the 2012 Olympics and the successful English Ashes victory in 2005.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Jim Tolson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Alex Neil*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-1011 Christine Grahame: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul—That the Parliament notes the publication of Save the Children’s latest report, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul; expresses concern at the findings that nearly 60% of low-income families have no savings, 42% are seriously behind with bill and credit repayments and 36% have suffered penalty charges; agrees that this represents a poverty premium paid by the most vulnerable in society for access to credit and in servicing debt; expresses further concern at the conclusion that lack of access to affordable credit adversely affects children living in poverty, and urges the Scottish Government to take steps to improve access to affordable credit, such as credit unions, for those on the lowest incomes.

*S3M-1010 Kenneth Gibson: British Stammering Association (Scotland)—That the Parliament commends the work of the British Stammering Association (Scotland) (BSAS), which seeks to promote early intervention for pre-school children to prevent lifelong stammering; notes that BSAS delivered an intensive course during the 2007 summer holidays for children and young people aged 10 to 14 from across Scotland who stammer; notes its work with TAG Theatre Company on a drama project to promote confidence and self-esteem among young adults who stammer; further notes the support BSAS gives to self-help groups for people who stammer; recognises that children, young people and adults who stammer can experience teasing and bullying in education and discrimination in the workplace, and supports the continued good work of the association in campaigning on behalf of and supporting people of all ages who stammer.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Ken Macintosh*, Stuart McMillan*, James Kelly*, John Lamont*, Alex Neil*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jim Hume*, Christine Grahame*

*S3M-1008.1 Robin Harper: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1008) in the name of Michael Russell, insert at end "but recognises that these opportunities will be limited both by the risk-averse culture that has developed in Scottish schools and care establishments, based on variable local policies about risk, and by lack of investment and encouragement, until the Scottish Government creates a long-term plan to ensure that every school child in Scotland can take part in outdoor education with a requirement for school inspectors to appraise and report on access to, and use of, greenspace, and calls on ministers to start work on such a plan."

*S3M-1008.2 Nanette Milne: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1008) in the name of Michael Russell, after "lives" insert "further recognises the economic significance of woodlands and the need to support the development and expansion of Scotland’s commercial forestry sector".

*S3M-1008.3 Des McNulty: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1008) in the name of Michael Russell, after "lives" insert "notes the significant revisions to SPP 11: Open Space and Physical Activity between the draft consultation and the published document, including the omission of statutory consultation on non-sporting green spaces and proposed minimum standards of open space within developments, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consult further on these significant changes to planning policy,".

Supported by: Karen Gillon*

*S3M-1008.4 Jim Hume: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1008) in the name of Michael Russell, leave out from "and calls" to end and insert "believes that the voluntary and public sectors can work proactively to promote the use of existing woodland and other greenspace, particularly by young people, through such activities as nature kindergartens, outdoor education centres and footpath networks; recognises the importance of local authorities developing core path plans in improving public access to greenspace; further recognises the need to work with land managers to increase access to land through management contract incentives; therefore calls on the Scottish Government to commit to long-term funding to sustain better access for everyone to urban and rural woodland and greenspace through management contract incentives; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that local authorities create better public access to their area by developing and implementing core path plans, and calls on the environmental and health sectors to work together to further develop the contribution of woodland and other greenspace to Scotland’s health."

S3M-1001 Murdo Fraser: Reinstate our Christmas Carol Service—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision to hold a festive evening rather than a Christmas carol service in the Parliament this year; is concerned that this represents a further retreat from celebrating the traditional Christmas message; considers that, as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a long-established national festival, Christmas should be explicitly celebrated annually in the Parliament, and therefore believes that the festive evening should be scrapped and the traditional Christmas service reinstated.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Stuart McMillan*, Cathie Craigie*, Mike Rumbles*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie Stone*, Bill Aitken*, John Farquhar Munro*

*S3M-1001.1 Patrick Harvie: Reinstate our Christmas Carol Service—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1001) in the name of Murdo Fraser, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "recognises that Christmas, with its roots in pre-Christian religion and belief systems, has been reinterpreted and adapted by society through the ages as our main winter festival and retains relevance and excitement for most people even in today’s increasingly secular culture; welcomes the fact that it will be marking Christmas with an event designed to appeal to believers and non-believers alike, and above all, regardless of differing views about religion, wishes everyone a very happy Christmas."

Supported by: Ian McKee*, Bill Wilson*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1009 Napier University - Best Widening Participation Initiative (lodged on 10 December 2007) Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Elaine Smith*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1007 Congratulations to New Balaka Restaurant, St Andrews (lodged on 10 December 2007) Nanette Milne*, John Lamont*, Alex Johnstone*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bob Doris*, Patrick Harvie*, Murdo Fraser*, Jackson Carlaw*, Iain Smith*, Jamie Stone*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1005 Widening the Gap Between Rich and Poor (lodged on 10 December 2007) Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1004 Congratulating Azeem Ibrahim - Britain’s Top 100 Most Influential Asians (lodged on 10 December 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Nanette Milne*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Christina McKelvie*, Alex Neil*, Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Andrew Welsh*

S3M-1003♦ Meeting the Needs of Disabled Children and their Families - £34 Million Could Go a Long Way (lodged on 7 December 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Karen Whitefield*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1002♦ True Cost of PFI (lodged on 7 December 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1000# Make Scotland’s Roads Safer - Reduce the Drink Driving Limit (lodged on 7 December 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-999 Fit for the Future (lodged on 6 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-996 Domestic Heating Oil (lodged on 6 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-995 UK Failure to Tackle Child Poverty (lodged on 6 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-994 Congratulations to Cunninghame Housing Association (lodged on 6 December 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Des McNulty*, Sandra White*

S3M-993 STUC Memorandum of Understanding (lodged on 6 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-986 Farepak (lodged on 4 December 2007) Angela Constance*

S3M-974 End the Spectre of Poll Tax (lodged on 4 December 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-959 Prisoners with Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities (lodged on 3 December 2007) Angela Constance*

S3M-956# Congratulations to the Fifth Annual Scots Trad Music Awards (lodged on 3 December 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-948 RSPB Scotland Volunteer and Farmer Alliance (lodged on 28 November 2007) Alasdair Morgan*

S3M-944 Road Hauliers and a Fuel Price Regulator (lodged on 27 November 2007) Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, Andrew Welsh*

S3M-900 Tenth Anniversary of the Jubilee Scotland Campaign (lodged on 21 November 2007) Des McNulty*, George Foulkes*

S3M-815 National Epilepsy Centre (lodged on 9 November 2007) George Foulkes*

S3M-807 Skills Strategy (lodged on 8 November 2007) George Foulkes*

S3M-800 Cross Party Report on Leukaemia (lodged on 7 November 2007) Mary Scanlon*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-631 Holodomor, the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 (lodged on 10 October 2007) Patrick Harvie*, Willie Coffey*, Angela Constance*

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