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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1054 Bill Wilson: Parking Charges Based on Emissions—That the Parliament welcomes the City of Edinburgh Council’s approval of standing order 28 which recognised that vehicle emissions are a significant contributor to climate change and called for a report on the introduction of differential parking charges in Edinburgh based on vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions and calls, in turn, on the Scottish Government to take note of the findings of this report and to consider encouraging local authorities throughout Scotland to adopt differential parking charges, based on emissions, should the council report suggest such a policy to be feasible and likely to be effective at reducing Scotland’s greenhouse gas production.

*S3M-1053 Linda Fabiani: EU Reform Treaty—That the Parliament believes that the UK Government should hold a referendum on the EU Reform Treaty.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-1052 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to Madras College—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils, teachers and parents of Madras College, St Andrews, on securing the top place in the mid Scotland and Fife region for Highers; notes that 42% of S5 pupils at Madras College obtained at least three Highers, well up on the national average of 22%; further notes that 84% of S4 pupils at the college gained five or more standard grade general awards as compared with the national average of 75%, and commends the fact that 75% of students from Madras College go on to further or higher education.

*S3M-1051 Robert Brown: Establishment of a Commission on Trump Planning Application—That the Parliament instructs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to establish an independent, short-life commission to investigate and report to the Parliament on all aspects of the Scottish Government’s handling of the planning application for the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire; agrees that the commission should be instructed to conclude its work within 28 days, with a view to re-establishing confidence in the independence and robustness of the planning process and to enable the application to be determined fairly and rapidly and with a lessened risk of legal challenge; authorises the commission to examine the decision-making process of ministers and officials, the legal advice relied upon and the transparency of their actions; calls on the Scottish Government to make available to the commission all relevant briefing papers, notes, transcripts, emails and records to enable the commission to reach conclusions and obtain answers more effectively and comprehensively than can be accomplished through the more restricted process of formal parliamentary questions or freedom of information requests, and requests the Scottish Government to require officials and ministers to co-operate fully and openly with the commission.

*S3M-1050 Margaret Mitchell: Bogus Caller Task Force—That the Parliament commends the work of the North Lanarkshire Bogus Caller Task Force involving Strathclyde Police, North Lanarkshire Council departments (Social Work, Housing and Trading Standards), The Voice of Experience Forum, Age Concern Scotland and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue; acknowledges the importance of six road shows to be held in communities across North Lanarkshire with the aim of increasing awareness among sheltered housing wardens and housing staff of bogus callers and of simple measures that their residents can take to avoid doorstep crime, such as issuing nominated neighbour cards; further acknowledges that information sharing is a vital part of detecting would-be bogus callers, and therefore recognises the importance of the joint forces bogus crime questionnaire which facilitates information and intelligence sharing across all eight Scottish police forces.

*S3M-1049 Margaret Mitchell: Treaty of Union—That the Parliament congratulates Virgin Trains on naming one of its Pendolino trains "Treaty of Union" in a ceremony at Glasgow Central station on 17 December 2007; notes that the west coast mainline, on which the train will operate, has connected Scotland and England since 1848, and considers that this naming is a fitting tribute to the immense benefits which the union has yielded and its enduring importance to Scotland and England alike.

*S3M-1048 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to Leon Jackson - Winner of The X Factor 2007—That the Parliament congratulates Leon Jackson on his outstanding achievement in being the first ever Scottish winner of The X Factor; acknowledges the fantastic support that he received from his family, friends, his home community of Whitburn and from people across Scotland, and wishes him every success in his future career as he goes on to win the hearts and admiration of people around the world.

*S3M-1047 Alex Neil: Fuel Poverty—That the Parliament notes with concern that nearly a quarter of all Scottish households are now experiencing fuel poverty, an increase of 5% since 2005; considers that the current rate of VAT on building repair work prevents people, particularly those on low incomes, from maintaining their homes; further notes the recommendation from the Federation of Master Builders that VAT on home improvements be reduced from 17.5% to 5%, and calls on the UK Government to implement this recommendation which would enable thousands of families to ensure that their homes are energy-efficient and lift them out of fuel poverty.

*S3M-1046 Nigel Don: Police Pay Settlement—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Government on its commitment to implement the Police Arbitration Tribunal’s pay recommendations and to backdate the pay award in full; believes that the recommendations made by the tribunal are fair and affordable and that full implementation is crucial to maintain police morale; notes the vital role that police officers play in protecting our communities and tackling crime and the fear of crime, and urges the UK Government to follow the example shown in Scotland and review its decision to short-change England’s police officers.

*S3M-1045 Jim Hume: Bluetongue Disease—That the Parliament notes with extreme concern news from the National Sheep Association that a cow imported from Germany was confirmed as infected with bluetongue disease at its destination farm; recognises the potentially devastating impact that this disease could have on the livestock industry in Scotland; calls on the Scottish Government to produce an emergency plan to prevent bluetongue disease entering Scotland; further calls on the Scottish Government to implement a vaccination programme urgently, and calls on the Scottish Government to make urgent representations to the European Union regarding a stricter application of the rules by all member states to ensure that exported animals do not present a risk to bluetongue virus-free areas.

*S3M-1044 Nicola Sturgeon: Health and Social Care Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the UK Health and Social Care Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 15 November 2007, which legislate in devolved areas in respect of provisions relating to the regulation of the healthcare professions should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Shona Robison*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1042 Fur Farms (lodged on 14 December 2007) Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1041 Possible Breach of the Councillors’ Code of Conduct (lodged on 14 December 2007) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-1040 Teenage Kicks - Improving Musical Opportunities for Young People (lodged on 14 December 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1039 Highland Businesses Named Among Scotland’s Best (lodged on 14 December 2007) Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-1037 Scottish SPCA (lodged on 13 December 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-1035 Jonathan Ross’s Comments (lodged on 13 December 2007) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1033# Regional Transport Strategies (lodged on 12 December 2007) Jamie Stone*

S3M-1032 Wi-Fi on Public Transport (lodged on 12 December 2007) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1031 MS Society’s Putting the Pieces Together Campaign (lodged on 12 December 2007) Jamie Stone*, Margo MacDonald*

S3M-1028# Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights (lodged on 12 December 2007) Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, John Park*

S3M-1016 Black Watch Memorial (lodged on 11 December 2007) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1010 British Stammering Association (Scotland) (lodged on 11 December 2007) Margo MacDonald*

S3M-1006 Support for Leon Jackson in The X Factor Final (lodged on 10 December 2007) Angela Constance*

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

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

S3M-995 UK Failure to Tackle Child Poverty (lodged on 6 December 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-987 Prepayment Penalties on the Poor (lodged on 5 December 2007) Elaine Murray*, James Kelly*, John Park*, Iain Gray*, Mary Mulligan*, Des McNulty*, Sarah Boyack*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Butler*

S3M-987.1 Prepayment Penalties on the Poor (lodged on 13 December 2007) Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Ian McKee*

S3M-973 Congratulations to the Dolphin Community Centre (lodged on 4 December 2007) Jamie Stone*

S3M-958 Neurosurgergy Needs Assessment (lodged on 3 December 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-957 Big Screens for International Games (lodged on 3 December 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Keith Brown*, Bill Aitken*, John Park*

S3M-892 Proposed Closure of Corrie Primary School, Isle of Arran (lodged on 20 November 2007) Murdo Fraser*

S3M-810 Aamer Anwar (lodged on 9 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-803 Which?’s 50th Anniversary (lodged on 8 November 2007) David Whitton*

S3M-800 Cross Party Report on Leukaemia (lodged on 7 November 2007) Aileen Campbell*

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