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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1110 Bruce Crawford: Gould Report—That the Parliament welcomes the Gould report, including the recommendation calling for the further devolution of executive and legislative powers to the Scottish Government and the Parliament for the conduct of its own elections, and calls on Her Majesty’s Government and the Scottish Government to discuss, agree and publish a timetable for appropriate implementation of the report’s recommendations.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-1109 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Wednesday 23 January 2008.

*S3M-1108 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 January 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Fisheries

followed by Scottish Government Debate: OECD Report into Scottish Education: the Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland

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 Debate: Energy

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 Debate: Justice

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 23 January 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 24 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

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1107 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 1 February 2008.

*S3M-1106 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Members’ Remuneration and Supplementary Provisions) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Members’ Remuneration and Supplementary Provisions) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-1105 Iain Gray: Spending Review 2007—That the Parliament regrets the difficulties faced by subject committees in scrutinising the Spending Review 2007 due to the failure of the Scottish Government to provide figures to the level of detail established in previous budget consideration; notes the widely expressed concerns that provision in some areas is inadequate or rendered vulnerable through immediate removal of ring-fencing, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the Parliament’s committees in their detailed consideration of these areas and, as a starting point, amend its spending review proposals to boost economic growth and protect the most vulnerable in our society.

*S3M-1104 Aileen Campbell: Scotland’s Success in Costa Book Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the various winners of the UK Costa Book Awards 2007, formerly the Whitbread prizes, who are based in Scotland: Luath Press, independent publishers of The Bower Bird by Ann Kelley, winner in the children’s books category, and AL Kennedy, winner of the best novel award for Day; recognises the increasing importance of Scotland’s publishing sector and the contribution that it makes to Scotland’s economy, and looks forward to the continued success of Scotland-based authors in national and international literary awards.

*S3M-1103 John Lamont: James Thomson Memorial—That the Parliament congratulates Ednam, Stichill & Berrymoss Community Council on the award of lottery funding to improve access to the Thomson Monument in the Scottish Borders which celebrates the importance of James Thomson, author of the words to the song Rule Britannia; recognises the historic role played by Scots such as James Thomson within the Union, and agrees that more should be done to celebrate the importance of Scots within the Union.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Karen Gillon*, Jackson Carlaw*

*S3M-1103.1 Alasdair Allan: James Thomson Memorial—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1103) in the name of John Lamont, leave out from first "within the Union" to end and insert "and suggests that the occasion be used to call on the UK Government formally to disassociate itself from the offensive verse still associated with another song from the period, the UK national anthem, which refers to crushing rebellious Scots."

*S3M-1102 Stuart McMillan: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde—That the Parliament expresses its concern about the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde decision to press ahead with plans to scrap the community maternity units in Inverclyde Royal Hospital and the Vale of Leven Hospital despite one of the recommendations by the Independent Scrutiny Panel, established by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, that the units remain open for three years alongside a community education programme; further notes the strong local opposition to this decision and expresses concern about the distances that expectant mothers will have to travel to give birth, and expresses further concern about the added pressure placed on the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, which will be the destination for the expectant mothers.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*

*S3M-1101.1 Pauline McNeill: Serious Organised Crime—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1101) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that the necessary resources are in place to effectively implement the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002."

*S3M-1101.2 Margaret Smith: Serious Organised Crime—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1101) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, insert at end "but regrets the Scottish Government’s continued failure to implement the SNP’s election promise of 1,000 extra police officers, which would contribute to the fight against serious crime."

S3M-1100*#* Patrick Harvie: Scottish Campuses Can Go Greener—That the Parliament recognises the huge potential of educational institutions to provide organisational leadership in environmental performance, reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful impacts on the world and inspire individuals to take action on environmental issues; congratulates the student campaign group, People & Planet, for its Go Green programme which aims to promote a systematic approach to monitoring and improving environmental performance by schools, colleges and universities; recognises that most Scottish institutions appear at the lower end of the People & Planet environmental league table for 2007, showing that there is significant room for improvement; notes that People & Planet groups in Scotland, including at the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde, will be campaigning for greater progress during Go Green Week from 16 to 24 February 2008, and wishes the students every success in their campaign.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Gil Paterson*, Elaine Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-1070 Jim Tolson: Tackling Discrimination—That the Parliament notes the publication of Attitudes to Discrimination in Scotland: 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey; welcomes the findings that a clear majority of Scots say that Scotland should do everything that it can to get rid of all kinds of prejudice but is concerned that 29% say that sometimes there is good reason to be prejudiced; further acknowledges that discriminatory attitudes are most commonly expressed towards Gypsies/Travellers and transsexual people in Scotland, and consequently calls on the Scottish Government to work with the Parliament and civil society to help to address the views of this sizeable minority who believe that discriminatory attitudes are acceptable.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jim Hume*

*S3M-1070.1 Bashir Ahmad: Tackling Discrimination—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1070) in the name of Jim Tolson, after "to be prejudiced;" insert "expresses grave concern that 50% of Scots see Muslims coming into Scotland as a cultural threat;".

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1099 No Need for Nuclear Energy (lodged on 7 January 2008) Ian McKee*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Brian Adam*, Mike Pringle*, Alex Neil*, Patrick Harvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Gil Paterson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1098 British Curry Award Winner (lodged on 7 January 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-1097 Direct Ferry Service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig (lodged on 7 January 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*, Patricia Ferguson*, Ken Macintosh*, John Park*, Jamie Stone*, Trish Godman*, Elaine Smith*, Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Helen Eadie*, Karen Gillon*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-1096# Recreational Sea Angling (lodged on 7 January 2008) Cathy Jamieson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Rob Gibson*, Mary Scanlon*, Jim Hume*, Alex Neil*, Gil Paterson*, Elizabeth Smith*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1095 Portencross Castle (lodged on 4 January 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1093 Energy Sector Social Tariffs (lodged on 3 January 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1092 US Congress Scottish Literature Classification (lodged on 3 January 2008) Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1091 Small Babies, Short Changed? (lodged on 3 January 2008) Brian Adam*, Christine Grahame*, Alasdair Allan*, Mary Scanlon*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1090 Scottish Parliament Nominated as "Arms Control Person of the Year" (lodged on 3 January 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1089 Save the Albatross (lodged on 3 January 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bashir Ahmad*, Robin Harper*, Stuart McMillan*, Patricia Ferguson*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1088 Phil O’Donnell (lodged on 3 January 2008) Robert Brown*, Ken Macintosh*, Mary Scanlon*, Cathie Craigie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Lewis Macdonald*, Jackie Baillie*, Margaret Smith*, Jackson Carlaw*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Derek Brownlee*, Jim Hume*, Iain Gray*, Andy Kerr*, Patricia Ferguson*, Gil Paterson*, Trish Godman*, Elizabeth Smith*

S3M-1085 MUMS Knows Best (lodged on 21 December 2007) Karen Gillon*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Sarah Boyack*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alex Neil*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jim Hume*, Gil Paterson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1083 Brick by Brick: A Tenancy Deposit Scheme for Scotland (lodged on 21 December 2007) Robert Brown*, Cathie Craigie*, Jackie Baillie*, Iain Gray*, Alison McInnes*, Trish Godman*, Rhoda Grant*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1081 Dons Eat Danish (lodged on 21 December 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1080 Outlawing Prostitution (lodged on 21 December 2007) Trish Godman*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1079 Pressure for Change (lodged on 20 December 2007) Trish Godman*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1077 Invisible Heating Systems - Top Flight (lodged on 20 December 2007) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1075 Erwin Ureel (lodged on 20 December 2007) Mary Scanlon*, Elizabeth Smith*, Rhoda Grant*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, John Scott*

S3M-1074# Young People in the Workplace (lodged on 20 December 2007) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1071 Female Prisoners (lodged on 20 December 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1069 Pitreavie Athletics Centre (lodged on 20 December 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1068 Bank Machine Accessibility (lodged on 19 December 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1065# Proposed Closure of Rural Schools (lodged on 19 December 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1040 Teenage Kicks - Improving Musical Opportunities for Young People (lodged on 14 December 2007) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1032 Wi-Fi on Public Transport (lodged on 12 December 2007) David Stewart*

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

S3M-1030 The Big Lottery Giveaway - Victory for Connect2 (lodged on 12 December 2007) David Stewart*

S3M-1028# Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights (lodged on 12 December 2007) Alex Neil*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1024 Archway Glasgow (lodged on 12 December 2007) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1010 British Stammering Association (Scotland) (lodged on 11 December 2007) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

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

S3M-969# Defence Aviation and Repair Agency Almondbank - No To Privatisation (lodged on 4 December 2007) Alex Neil*

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

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

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