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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1112# Alasdair Allan: Development of the Gaelic Language—That the Parliament commends Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) and Comhairle na Gaidhealtachd (Highland Council) for the recent publication of their Gaelic plans; notes the important work done by the community and by many agencies and bodies in Scotland to maintain and develop the Gaelic language; welcomes the work done by both the previous Scottish Executive and current Scottish Government in this regard, particularly the Gaelic language plan and the Government’s programme for Gaelic; recognises that the coming few years will decide whether or not Gaelic is to survive as a community language, and therefore recognises that a sense of urgency in this area of policy is essential to ensuring that the number of speakers has, by the 2021 census, been stabilised at 2001 levels as the prerequisite for long-term growth.

Supported by: Jamie Stone*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-1111 Murdo Fraser: George MacDonald Fraser OBE—That the Parliament expresses its sadness at the death of George MacDonald Fraser OBE on 2 January 2008, aged 82; recognises his outstanding work as a novelist, journalist, historian and screenwriter; thanks him for bringing delight to readers through his Flashman books, and believes that his works will be read and enjoyed by generations of Scots to come.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Jamie Stone*, Ted Brocklebank*, Mary Scanlon*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Brian Adam*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Jackson Carlaw*, Robert Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Johnstone*, Ross Finnie*

*S3M-1110.1 Annabel Goldie: Gould Report—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1110) in the name of Bruce Crawford, leave out from "recommendation" to "elections" and insert "recommendations 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 the decoupling of future elections to this Parliament and Scotland’s councils".

*S3M-1110.2 Iain Smith: Gould Report—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1110) in the name of Bruce Crawford, insert at end "but believes that changes in the powers of the Parliament should be for a purpose and notes that a single transferable vote (STV) system offers the most effective way of electing parliaments, giving voters more choice than any other system, wasting fewer votes and increasing accountability; further notes the successful use of STV for the local government elections in 2007, and therefore believes that the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections should be conducted using STV."

*S3M-1110.3 Andy Kerr: Gould Report—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1110) in the name of Bruce Crawford, leave out from "conduct" to end and insert "administration of its own elections; 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 having regard to the conclusions from both the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee and the House of Commons’ Scottish Affairs Select Committee, and believes that the proposed Scottish Constitutional Commission should consider the full legislative framework for Scottish Parliament elections."

*S3M-1105.1 Derek Brownlee: Spending Review 2007—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1105) in the name of Iain Gray, insert at end "notes the decision of the Parliament on 8 November 2007 in relation to a review of the budget process for future years, and calls on all interested parties to participate fully in that review when it commences."

*S3M-1105.2 John Swinney: Spending Review 2007—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1105) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "looks forward to the replacement of significant amounts of ring-fencing by single outcome agreements with local authorities that will support the achievement of national outcomes set out in the spending review; recognises that the effectiveness of the national outcomes and the removal of ring-fencing will require to be monitored, and looks forward to the continuation of full scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s budget in the Finance Committee and the Parliament as part of the budget process."

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-1105.3 Tavish Scott: Spending Review 2007—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1105) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "recognises that no party holds a parliamentary majority and believes therefore that the 2007 Spending Review was an opportunity to create a budget of the whole Parliament; regrets the SNP Government’s failure to match its rhetoric on consensus with action in this Parliament; believes that the budget document is the most opaque seen under devolution and fails to provide an appropriate level of detail and transparency; regrets the Government’s failure to detail how it intends to achieve the proposed £1.6 billion of efficiency savings; notes the concerns across the public sector at delays to infrastructure investment caused by uncertainty over the future of PPP; believes that urgent reform of the budget process is required to increase the opportunities for parliamentary committees to take evidence on alternative spending proposals and consider government spending plans in more detail; welcomes the resolution of the Parliament to establish a review of the budget process, and calls for this review to commence as a matter of urgency, involve wider civic Scotland, consider the timescale, content and nature of the budget process and report to the Parliament at the earliest possible opportunity in order that its recommendations can be implemented in time for the 2009-10 budget."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1104 Scotland’s Success in Costa Book Awards (lodged on 8 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Liam McArthur*, Patrick Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Robert Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Jamie Stone*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1103 James Thomson Memorial (lodged on 8 January 2008) John Scott*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1103.1 James Thomson Memorial (lodged on 8 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1102 NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (lodged on 8 January 2008) Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1100# Scottish Campuses Can Go Greener (lodged on 7 January 2008) Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1099 No Need for Nuclear Energy (lodged on 7 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1098 British Curry Award Winner (lodged on 7 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1097 Direct Ferry Service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig (lodged on 7 January 2008) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1096# Recreational Sea Angling (lodged on 7 January 2008) Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-1094♦ Children in Poverty (lodged on 4 January 2008) Christine Grahame*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1093 Energy Sector Social Tariffs (lodged on 3 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1092 US Congress Scottish Literature Classification (lodged on 3 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1091 Small Babies, Short Changed? (lodged on 3 January 2008) James Kelly*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, John Scott*

S3M-1090 Scottish Parliament Nominated as "Arms Control Person of the Year" (lodged on 3 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1089 Save the Albatross (lodged on 3 January 2008) Christine Grahame*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1088 Phil O’Donnell (lodged on 3 January 2008) John Scott*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, Mary Mulligan*, Irene Oldfather*, Christina McKelvie*, Des McNulty*

S3M-1086 End Edinburgh’s Housing Debt (lodged on 21 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1085 MUMS Knows Best (lodged on 21 December 2007) John Scott*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1084 Aberdeen Football Club - UEFA Cup (lodged on 21 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1083 Brick by Brick: A Tenancy Deposit Scheme for Scotland (lodged on 21 December 2007) Des McNulty*

S3M-1082 Moorpark Youth Centre Healthy Eating Project (lodged on 21 December 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Stone*, Christina McKelvie*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1081 Dons Eat Danish (lodged on 21 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1080 Outlawing Prostitution (lodged on 21 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1077 Invisible Heating Systems - Top Flight (lodged on 20 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1076 Greater Transparency in Broadband Advertising (lodged on 20 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1075 Erwin Ureel (lodged on 20 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1074# Young People in the Workplace (lodged on 20 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1072 National Energy Efficiency Awards (lodged on 20 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1071 Female Prisoners (lodged on 20 December 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1070.1 Tackling Discrimination (lodged on 8 January 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1069 Pitreavie Athletics Centre (lodged on 20 December 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-1066 Hibernian Training Centre, East Mains (lodged on 19 December 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1056 Online Marketing to Children (lodged on 18 December 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1054 Parking Charges Based on Emissions (lodged on 17 December 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-1050 Bogus Caller Task Force (lodged on 17 December 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-1048 Congratulations to Leon Jackson - Winner of The X Factor 2007 (lodged on 17 December 2007) Robin Harper*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1045 Bluetongue Disease (lodged on 17 December 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-1032 Wi-Fi on Public Transport (lodged on 12 December 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-987 Prepayment Penalties on the Poor (lodged on 5 December 2007) Robin Harper*

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

S3M-564 Parents Have a Right to Care (lodged on 27 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

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