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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1068 George Foulkes: Bank Machine Accessibility—That the Parliament recognises how difficult it is for people with visual impairments to use bank automated telling machines; notes that there is not a standard design for ATMs which results in people having to familiarise themselves with the layout each time they go to a new one; further notes that sometimes people with visual impairments have to ask strangers to help them to take their own money out, leaving them feeling very vulnerable; believes that everyone should be able to access their own money without fear, and urges the Scottish Executive to discuss the issue with all Scottish banks to agree a standard design which can be more easily accessed by those with visual impairments.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham*, Mary Mulligan*, David Stewart*, James Kelly*, Jim Hume*, Ken Macintosh*, Jamie Stone*, Christine Grahame*, Robert Brown*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-1067# Sandra White: Bambury Regeneration Centre—That the Parliament recognises the great work done by the Bambury Centre in Glasgow in vastly improving the education, skills and sustainable employment opportunities of local people through providing a training and learning centre, childcare nursery, crèche and out-of-school care, east-end internet broadcast and a conference hall and meeting rooms; congratulates the centre on winning the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum’s Partnership award for helping to give a divided community a sense of cohesion and providing a grassroots community "owned" project that was generated and developed by local residents and which is having a positive impact on poverty and exclusion for young and old alike, and believes that the great success story that is the Bambury Centre is a perfect model for communities across Scotland.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-1066 Iain Gray: Hibernian Training Centre, East Mains—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of Hibernian Football Club’s new £4.9 million training centre at East Mains, Ormiston; notes that the training facilities on the site, which extends to more than 50 acres, include five international-size grass pitches, an international-size floodlit outdoor synthetic pitch, an indoor synthetic pitch and a gym; commends the commitment by Hibernian FC to develop part of the complex for community use, and believes that such training centres represent a welcome investment in developing future generations of talented Scottish footballers.

*S3M-1065♦ Cathy Jamieson: Proposed Closure of Rural Schools—That the Parliament believes that small rural schools can provide a learning environment that promotes confidence, responsible citizenship and the opportunity to contribute effectively, as well as a positive educational and social experience for children; believes that small rural schools can effectively deliver the Curriculum for Excellence; recognises the wider role that local primary schools play within rural communities; notes that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning intends to legislate to introduce a presumption against the closure of rural schools, and commends the local parents, pupils, teachers and members of the community who are making a positive case to keep open Sorn, Littlemill, St Xavier’s and Crossroads primary schools following the publication of SNP-led East Ayrshire Council’s closure proposals.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, David Stewart*, Elaine Murray*, Hugh Henry*, Karen Whitefield*, David Whitton*, Ken Macintosh*

*S3M-1064 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Gibb of Galston—That the Parliament congratulates Gibb of Galston for its achievement in winning the Best Diversification category in Scotland’s Best Rural Retailer Awards 2007, organised by the Scottish Countryside Alliance; applauds the company’s commitment to sustainability; acknowledges the company’s importance locally and to the wider Ayrshire community, creating employment, contributing to the local economy, enhancing the vibrancy of the village of Galston and working with local schools and young people to educate them about the importance of reducing waste, and wishes Jimmy and Janice Gibb and all involved with Gibb of Galston the best of luck in the UK finals of the Best Rural Retailer competition, the winners of which will be announced early in 2008.

*S3M-964.1 Jeremy Purvis: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-964) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "and, in so doing, calls for a statutory duty on Scottish Ministers to provide student support and provision made thereunder to be improved for existing and future students and further calls for more research into the barriers to accessing further and higher education to be undertaken."

S3M-800 Keith Brown: Cross Party Report on Leukaemia—That the Parliament notes the report of the Westminster cross-party inquiry into childhood leukaemia and electric and magnetic fields (EMFs), which investigated the effects of EMFs, such as those caused by power lines, on the incidence of leukaemia in childhood; further notes the forthcoming Health Protection Agency report on the same topic; recognises that a debate is ongoing in the scientific community with rigorous, peer-reviewed epidemiological papers on both sides; expresses concern that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has therefore classified EMFs as "possibly carcinogenic"; observes with caution ongoing developments such as the Beauly to Denny power line that will place new EMFs in close proximity to existing settlements and would therefore not comply with the moratorium proposed in the cross-party report; expresses support for the precautionary principle in relation to what may plausibly be significant threats to life, and calls on the Minister for Public Health to work with relevant stakeholders to investigate this problem, to address and act on concerns and to adequately safeguard Scotland’s citizens from this risk.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*, Alison McInnes*

*S3M-800.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Cross Party Report on Leukaemia—As an amendment to motion (S3M-800) in the name of Keith Brown, leave out from "calls on the Minister for Public Health" to end and insert "welcomes the decision by the Beauly to Denny public inquiry reporters to admit fresh health evidence but calls on the Scottish Executive to invite the Health Protection Agency to undertake and publish a review of all the health evidence prior to a final decision being reached."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1057 The Samaritans (lodged on 18 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1056 Online Marketing to Children (lodged on 18 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*, Keith Brown*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Stone*, Robert Brown*, Christina McKelvie*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1055 Stop and Search Powers Used by the British Transport Police at Scottish Transport Links (lodged on 18 December 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1052 Congratulations to Madras College (lodged on 17 December 2007) John Lamont*

S3M-1050 Bogus Caller Task Force (lodged on 17 December 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, John Lamont*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1049 Treaty of Union (lodged on 18 December 2007) Jackson Carlaw*, John Lamont*, Elizabeth Smith*, Robert Brown*

S3M-1049.1 Treaty of Union (lodged on 18 December 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1048 Congratulations to Leon Jackson - Winner of The X Factor 2007 (lodged on 17 December 2007) John Lamont*, Johann Lamont*, Jamie Stone*, Margaret Mitchell*, Sandra White*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1047 Fuel Poverty (lodged on 17 December 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Christina McKelvie*, Ian McKee*

S3M-1046 Police Pay Settlement (lodged on 17 December 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1045 Bluetongue Disease (lodged on 17 December 2007) Tavish Scott*, Jamie Stone*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*

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

S3M-1032 Wi-Fi on Public Transport (lodged on 12 December 2007) Marlyn Glen*, Alex Neil*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1029 Councillors’ Freedom to Vote without Reprisals (lodged on 12 December 2007) Marlyn Glen*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1028# Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights (lodged on 12 December 2007) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1021 University of the West of Scotland (lodged on 12 December 2007) Jackson Carlaw*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Elaine Murray*, Jamie Stone*, Jim Hume*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1010 British Stammering Association (Scotland) (lodged on 11 December 2007) Johann Lamont*, Elizabeth Smith*, Sandra White*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-1005 Widening the Gap Between Rich and Poor (lodged on 10 December 2007) John Wilson*

S3M-1002♦ True Cost of PFI (lodged on 7 December 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-994 Congratulations to Cunninghame Housing Association (lodged on 6 December 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-987 Prepayment Penalties on the Poor (lodged on 5 December 2007) Hugh Henry*, David Whitton*

S3M-958 Neurosurgergy Needs Assessment (lodged on 3 December 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-953# Support Project Scotland (lodged on 29 November 2007) Elizabeth Smith*

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

S3M-803 Which?’s 50th Anniversary (lodged on 8 November 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-705 ASH Scotland Annual Report: Relationship Between Health and Wealth Inequalities (lodged on 26 October 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-642 Nobel Peace Prize (lodged on 12 October 2007) Marlyn Glen*

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