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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1063 Bruce Crawford: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 19 December 2007—

after

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Transport

*S3M-1062 John Swinney: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill, agrees to any expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund for a new purpose in consequence of the Act.

*S3M-1061 Bruce Crawford: Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 20 December 2007.

*S3M-1060 Bruce Crawford: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 20 December—

after

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

delete

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 – debate on the subject of S3M-953 Bill Butler: Support Project Scotland

and insert

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S3M-953 Bill Butler: Support Project Scotland

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

4.30 pm Decision Time

*S3M-1059 Bruce Crawford: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 January 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Serious Organised Crime

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Health and Social Care Bill – UK Legislation

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 Scottish 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 Debate: Gould Report

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 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 17 January 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1058 Bruce Crawford: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Group 1:                20 minutes.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*

*S3M-1057 Shirley-Anne Somerville: The Samaritans—That the Parliament applauds the work of the Samaritans whose dedicated team of volunteers regularly gives its time to provide 24-hour, non-judgmental, confidential emotional support to people experiencing feelings of distress or despair; notes that the Edinburgh and Lothians Samaritans, which has been active since 1959 and is the second oldest branch in the United Kingdom, now has around 140 volunteers who in 2007 answered 24,000 calls, saw over 200 people at the centre and responded to around 2,500 emails and over 3,000 text messages; recognises that Christmas can be a particularly difficult emotional period for many people, and praises the commitment of the volunteers in providing this important service over this busy time.

*S3M-1056 Aileen Campbell: Online Marketing to Children—That the Parliament welcomes the report, Fair Game, by the National Consumer Council, Childnet International and expert in marketing to children, Dr Agnes Nairn, which calls for online marketing to children to be made fairer and more transparent; expresses its concern at opaque commercial practices on popular children’s websites; believes that existing regulations in this area need stronger enforcement, and considers that children should be given every opportunity to learn more about online marketing awareness and privacy protection.

*S3M-1055 Bashir Ahmad: Stop and Search Powers Used by the British Transport Police at Scottish Transport Links—That the Parliament recognises the importance of striking a balance between protecting our country and its people from the threat of terrorism and upholding basic civil liberties for its citizens; further recognises the importance of community-based policing in detecting and preventing potential terrorist related activities; expresses its grave concern, therefore, that the British Transport Police (BTP) has stopped and searched 9,563 individuals and 4,371 vehicles between July 2007 and 11 December 2007; notes that 12% of those searched have been ethnic minorities, a disproportionate number given the size of the ethnic minority community in Scotland; further notes that the number of stop and searches carried out by BTP dwarfs the number carried out by Scottish police forces, which have searched 84 individuals and 51 vehicles in the whole of 2007, and calls on the Scottish Government to meet BTP as soon as possible to express its concern at these figures and seek assurances that these intrusive stop and search powers will not be used to needlessly harass Scottish citizens of any background, ethnicity or religion.

*S3M-1053.1 Malcolm Chisholm: EU Reform Treaty—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1053) in the name of Linda Fabiani, leave out from "the UK Government" to end and insert "membership of the European Union has been hugely positive for Scotland and Britain, delivering more jobs, a single market, freedom to work and live abroad, environmental protection, security and an enhanced place for Scotland and Britain in the world; believes that the European Union needs to become more efficient, more effective and more accountable and welcomes the signing of the European Reform Treaty as a significant step towards tackling these concerns, and believes that the treaty will allow the European Union to move on from debates about institutions to concentrating on the fundamental challenges of climate change, globalisation, terrorism and international development."

*S3M-1053.1.1 Patrick Harvie: EU Reform Treaty—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-1053.1) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "notes the Labour Party’s manifesto commitment to hold a referendum on the proposed constitutional treaty; further notes written comments made by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to her fellow EU heads of government that the new EU Reform Treaty is effectively using "different terminology without changing the legal substance" of the European constitution, and therefore considers that the strong similarities between the two treaties require that the commitment to a referendum should be fulfilled."

*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.

Supported by: Des McNulty*, David McLetchie*, Ted Brocklebank*, Jackie Baillie*, Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*

*S3M-1049.1 Aileen Campbell: Treaty of Union—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1049) in the name of Margaret Mitchell, leave out from "and considers" to end and insert "believes that, while it is important to note historical anniversaries, the union of 1707 has suffered from significant points failures in recent years and that a new political track is needed for Scotland; notes that many other European countries share high-speed rail links while retaining their own rights to self-determination, and believes that a light can be seen at the end of the tunnel where a train will be named to mark Scotland’s Independence Day."

Supported by: Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1054 Parking Charges Based on Emissions (lodged on 17 December 2007) Rob Gibson*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-1052 Congratulations to Madras College (lodged on 17 December 2007) Elizabeth Smith*, Gil Paterson*, Murdo Fraser*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-1051 Establishment of a Commission on Trump Planning Application (lodged on 17 December 2007) Jim Tolson*, Jim Hume*, Iain Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1050 Bogus Caller Task Force (lodged on 17 December 2007) Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Ted Brocklebank*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-1048 Congratulations to Leon Jackson - Winner of The X Factor 2007 (lodged on 17 December 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Elaine Murray*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, George Foulkes*, Cathie Craigie*, Mike Pringle*, Alasdair Allan*, Helen Eadie*, Karen Whitefield*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Angela Constance*, Cathy Peattie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jackie Baillie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jim Hume*, John Park*

S3M-1047 Fuel Poverty (lodged on 17 December 2007) Keith Brown*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1046 Police Pay Settlement (lodged on 17 December 2007) Brian Adam*, Keith Brown*, Gil Paterson*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1042 Fur Farms (lodged on 14 December 2007) Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1040 Teenage Kicks - Improving Musical Opportunities for Young People (lodged on 14 December 2007) Karen Whitefield*, Marilyn Livingstone*

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

S3M-1037 Scottish SPCA (lodged on 13 December 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Cathy Peattie*

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

S3M-1032 Wi-Fi on Public Transport (lodged on 12 December 2007) Bill Wilson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Des McNulty*, Gil Paterson*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-1031 MS Society’s Putting the Pieces Together Campaign (lodged on 12 December 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1029 Councillors’ Freedom to Vote without Reprisals (lodged on 12 December 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-1028# Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights (lodged on 12 December 2007) Cathie Craigie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Peattie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1027# Tackling Homelessness (lodged on 12 December 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

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

S3M-1024 Archway Glasgow (lodged on 12 December 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1021 University of the West of Scotland (lodged on 12 December 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Alex Neil*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Murdo Fraser*, Des McNulty*

S3M-1020 Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (lodged on 12 December 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1019 Undermining Development: Copper Mining in Zambia (lodged on 11 December 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1016 Black Watch Memorial (lodged on 11 December 2007) Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-1010 British Stammering Association (Scotland) (lodged on 11 December 2007) Jamie McGrigor*, David Whitton*, Hugh O’Donnell*

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

S3M-995 UK Failure to Tackle Child Poverty (lodged on 6 December 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-993 STUC Memorandum of Understanding (lodged on 6 December 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

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

S3M-987 Prepayment Penalties on the Poor (lodged on 5 December 2007) Cathie Craigie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Helen Eadie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Peattie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-987.1 Prepayment Penalties on the Poor (lodged on 13 December 2007) Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-962 National Deaf Children’s Society: Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Families of Deaf Children Project (lodged on 3 December 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-958 Neurosurgergy Needs Assessment (lodged on 3 December 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-957 Big Screens for International Games (lodged on 3 December 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*

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

S3M-873 Threatened Closure of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh (lodged on 19 November 2007) David Whitton*

S3M-872 United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (lodged on 19 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

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

S3M-857 Equal Rights for Agency Workers (lodged on 15 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-800 Cross Party Report on Leukaemia (lodged on 7 November 2007) Jackson Carlaw*, Patricia Ferguson*

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