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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1038 Rhona Brankin: Newbattle Abbey College - 70 Years of Success for Scotland’s National Adult Education College—That the Parliament congratulates Newbattle Abbey College on its 70th anniversary as Scotland’s national adult education college and recognises the commitment of the college staff and partners throughout the years which have helped many students to transform their lives and to open new opportunities which truly make Newbattle Abbey College Scotland’s life-changing college.

*S3M-1037 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Scottish SPCA—That the Parliament applauds the determination and commitment of the Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) in its difficult work to reduce animal suffering and encourage responsible pet ownership; notes the vastly increased pressure on SSPCA resources over the festive period due to the rise in the number of unwanted and abandoned animals; notes that between November 2006 and February 2007 the SSPCA received 802 calls from people wanting them to take their pets; regrets that the staff themselves are often subjected to abusive phone calls for implementing their policy of restricting the re-homing of puppies and kittens from animal welfare centres until after the Christmas period, and supports its seasonal campaign to end the impulsive buying of pets for Christmas presents which often results in unwanted, abused and neglected animals in the New Year.

*S3M-1036 Jamie Stone: Support for Scottish Pig Industry—That the Parliament recognises the importance of the Scottish pig industry; notes the impact of the August and September 2007 outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease on the industry, leading to a backlog of pigs on farms due to the movement restrictions, an export ban and increased imports; further notes the additional burden of increased costs to the industry associated with pre-movement veterinary inspections, haulage costs resulting from a ban on multiple pick-ups and feed costs due to the retention of stock, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to investigate urgently putting together a support package to help to alleviate the detrimental financial effect of the foot-and-mouth outbreak.

*S3M-1035 Stuart McMillan: Jonathan Ross’s Comments—That the Parliament notes with concern the crass remarks by Jonathan Ross claiming that he is "worth 1,000 BBC journalists" at a time when the BBC is to make swingeing cuts to staff across the United Kingdom; notes that the quality of BBC reporting is a significant factor in the BBC’s worldwide reputation, and expresses its support for hard-working BBC journalists as opposed to overpaid allegedly hard-working presenters.

*S3M-1034 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (Modification) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (Modification) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

S3M-1033*#* Alison McInnes: Regional Transport Strategies—That the Parliament notes the early successes of regional transport partnerships (RTPs) in planning and delivering effective transport infrastructure and services to meet the needs of people and business across Scotland, such as the bus improvement initiatives delivered in the north east under Nestrans; recognises that RTPs can play a unique role in delivering cohesive transport strategies across local authority boundaries by working in partnership with local authorities, the Scottish Government and the wider transport industry; welcomes the view of the SNP in opposition that RTPs must be given "the maximum possible powers" and secure funding; notes that seven regional transport strategies were submitted to the government by 31 March 2007, due to be approved or returned within the three month period stated in Scotland’s Transport Future: Guidance on Regional Transport Strategies; regrets that the Scottish Government has failed to approve or return any of the strategies; further regrets that the Scottish Government’s budget shows that the levels of capital and revenue that have either been allocated to transport or rolled up in the local authority settlement from previous transport budgets falls far short of that required to make significant improvements to transport, and therefore considers that the uncertainty over the future of regional transport in Scotland can be ended by approval or return of the regional transport strategies, with adequate explanation being given if strategies are returned, and provision to RTPs of sufficient capital and revenue funding to deliver transport improvements effectively.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Iain Smith*, Mike Rumbles*, Cathy Peattie*, Ross Finnie*, Robert Brown*

S3M-1028*#* Trish Godman: Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights—That the Parliament commends The Herald for alerting the public to the ofttimes severe distress and denial of human rights inflicted upon Scottish wheelchair users by the insensitive, penny-pinching and uncaring approach by those in authority to their legitimate expectations and requirements anent the design of wheelchairs and their manufacture, adaptability to individual needs and maintenance programmes; notes that the charity, Quarriers, *in West Renfrewshire*, has stated that, of 105 wheelchair users recently interviewed, over 50 said that their wheelchairs were unfit for purpose and is firmly of the view that this state of affairs is unacceptable in modern Scotland; believes that our wheelchair users should be provided with wheelchairs that equal the best provided elsewhere in Europe; *considers that the recommendations contained in the document Moving Forward: Review of NHS Wheelchair and Seating Services in Scotland should be implemented forthwith*, and reminds all such strategic decision-makers involved in these matters that the goal should be to offer the best services attainable so that Scottish wheelchair users can lead tolerable lives in their communities.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*

S3M-987 Jackie Baillie: Prepayment Penalties on the Poor—That the Parliament expresses concern that customers using prepayment meters to pay for their energy are currently paying an average of £214 per year more than those who have signed up for suppliers’ online tariffs and £137 more than those paying by direct debit; notes that one in three households have no home access to the internet while one in 11 do not have a bank account; expresses further concern that the number of prepayment meters installed for debt has risen in the last year, effectively barring those customers from switching to a cheaper supplier and payment method; further notes that smart meters have an important role in eradicating the inequalities associated with payment methods, and calls on the Scottish Government to make representations to Ofgem to undertake a comprehensive review of charges for prepayment meter customers as a first step to ensuring that large numbers of Scottish consumers no longer have to pay more for their energy simply because they have no access to a computer or bank account.

Supported by: Trish Godman*, Claire Baker*

*S3M-987.1 Bob Doris: Prepayment Penalties on the Poor—As an amendment to motion (S3M-987) in the name of Jackie Baillie, insert at end "further notes that the UK Labour Government refused to support SNP MP Mike Weir’s attempts to put safeguards in place for customers during the passage of the Energy Act 2004; calls on the UK Government to legislate immediately to prevent energy companies from being able to levy such unfair additional charges; notes that all parties in the Scottish Parliament now support the transfer of additional powers to Holyrood, and encourages all converts to the cause of additional powers for the Scottish Parliament to join SNP calls for all powers over energy held at a UK level to be transferred to the Scottish Parliament as a matter of urgency."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1032 Wi-Fi on Public Transport (lodged on 12 December 2007) Jamie McGrigor*, Joe FitzPatrick*, John Park*, Liam McArthur*, Jackson Carlaw*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, John Lamont*, Iain Smith*, Jamie Hepburn*, Tavish Scott*, Murdo Fraser*, Patrick Harvie*, Mary Scanlon*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-1031 MS Society’s Putting the Pieces Together Campaign (lodged on 12 December 2007) Mike Pringle*, Trish Godman*, Rob Gibson*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1030 The Big Lottery Giveaway - Victory for Connect2 (lodged on 12 December 2007) Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Patrick Harvie*, Ken Macintosh*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Murray*, Nanette Milne*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-1027# Tackling Homelessness (lodged on 12 December 2007) Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1026# Lady Victoria Colliery - Our Most Treasured Place (lodged on 12 December 2007) Mike Pringle*

S3M-1025 Healthy and Sustainable Food for the 2014 Commonwealth Games (lodged on 12 December 2007) Rob Gibson*

S3M-1024 Archway Glasgow (lodged on 12 December 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Bill Wilson*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-1022# Save the Children Report, "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul" (lodged on 12 December 2007) Bill Wilson*, Ian McKee*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1021 University of the West of Scotland (lodged on 12 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1020 Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (lodged on 12 December 2007) Brian Adam*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1019 Undermining Development: Copper Mining in Zambia (lodged on 11 December 2007) Bill Wilson*, Trish Godman*, Mary Mulligan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Willie Coffey*, Ken Macintosh*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-1016 Black Watch Memorial (lodged on 11 December 2007) Gil Paterson*, Mike Pringle*, Ken Macintosh*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Aitken*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1012 Commemorative Stamps for the Commonwealth Games (lodged on 11 December 2007) Bill Wilson*

S3M-1010 British Stammering Association (Scotland) (lodged on 11 December 2007) Margaret Mitchell*, Cathy Peattie*, Mike Pringle*, Aileen Campbell*, Charlie Gordon*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1009 Napier University - Best Widening Participation Initiative (lodged on 10 December 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1007 Congratulations to New Balaka Restaurant, St Andrews (lodged on 10 December 2007) Karen Gillon*

S3M-1006 Support for Leon Jackson in The X Factor Final (lodged on 10 December 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Jackie Baillie*, Aileen Campbell*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-1005 Widening the Gap Between Rich and Poor (lodged on 10 December 2007) Gil Paterson*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1004 Congratulating Azeem Ibrahim - Britain’s Top 100 Most Influential Asians (lodged on 10 December 2007) Gil Paterson*, Willie Coffey*

S3M-1003# Meeting the Needs of Disabled Children and their Families - £34 Million Could Go a Long Way (lodged on 7 December 2007) Mike Pringle*

S3M-1002♦ True Cost of PFI (lodged on 7 December 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1001 Reinstate our Christmas Carol Service (lodged on 7 December 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1000# Make Scotland’s Roads Safer - Reduce the Drink Driving Limit (lodged on 7 December 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-999 Fit for the Future (lodged on 6 December 2007) Trish Godman*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-998 Congratulations to Greater Pollok Integration Network (lodged on 6 December 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-993 STUC Memorandum of Understanding (lodged on 6 December 2007) Trish Godman*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-989 Dumfries and Galloway Standard - Scottish Weekly Newspaper of the Year (lodged on 5 December 2007) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-966 Human Trafficking (lodged on 4 December 2007) Trish Godman*

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

S3M-962 National Deaf Children’s Society: Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Families of Deaf Children Project (lodged on 3 December 2007) Trish Godman*, Nigel Don*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-961 Congratulations to Sgoil Lionacleit (lodged on 3 December 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-953# Support Project Scotland (lodged on 29 November 2007) David Stewart*, Cathy Jamieson*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-944 Road Hauliers and a Fuel Price Regulator (lodged on 27 November 2007) Gil Paterson*, Willie Coffey*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Keith Brown*

S3M-933 RNIB Report on Election Experiences of People with Sight Loss (lodged on 27 November 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-924 Smart Metering (lodged on 23 November 2007) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-900 Tenth Anniversary of the Jubilee Scotland Campaign (lodged on 21 November 2007) Robert Brown*

S3M-855 Fife Council Social Work Cuts (lodged on 15 November 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-800 Cross Party Report on Leukaemia (lodged on 7 November 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, John Lamont*, John Farquhar Munro*, Elaine Smith*

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