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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1117 Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Prescribed Documents) Regulations 2008—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Prescribed Documents) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-1116 Jim Tolson: Affordable Housing Plans—That the Parliament supports the calls from the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce for the Scottish Government to establish firm plans on how it will raise housebuilding levels across Scotland; awaits the enactment of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 in full to help alleviate blockages in the development of affordable and sustainable housing; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that there are sufficient skilled workers in Scotland to build affordable housing, given the competition for tradespeople with both the London Olympic Games and Glasgow Commonwealth Games on the horizon, and calls for local and national strategies to help to meet Scotland’s affordable housing needs.

*S3M-1115 Joe FitzPatrick: Disability Poverty in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the Leonard Cheshire Disability report, Disability Poverty in the UK, finds that disabled people are twice as likely as non-disabled people to live in poverty; further notes that in Scotland 48% of disabled people are in employment which compares unfavourably with the fact that 80% of non-disabled people are in employment and that disabled people who are not expected to work are often trapped in inescapable poverty; further notes that disabled people can experience poverty in a number of ways including financial poverty, poverty of aspiration and poverty of opportunity; believes that the extent of disability poverty is unacceptable, and calls on all parties to work together to bring about change to tackle as a priority disability poverty in all its guises.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*, Elaine Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mary Scanlon*, Alex Neil*, James Kelly*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*

*S3M-1114 Margaret Mitchell: "Where is Your Child Tonight?" Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the "Where Is Your Child Tonight?" campaign, launched in East Dunbartonshire and funded by the community safety partnership, to tackle youth disorder by urging parents to ensure that they are aware of where their children are and what they are doing; notes that East Dunbartonshire is the first council to introduce the campaign, which is one of a series of initiatives aimed at curbing antisocial behaviour, and hopes that this initiative will deter young people from becoming involved in antisocial behaviour.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Mary Scanlon*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Elaine Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie McGrigor*, Ted Brocklebank*, Bill Kidd*, Ross Finnie*, Bob Doris*, John Lamont*

*S3M-1113 Bill Kidd: Addressing Long-term Unemployment—That the Parliament supports the Child Poverty Action Group’s position that the way to assist long-term unemployed people is not to add further benefit sanctions, but rather to introduce positive measures such as tackling poverty pay, encouraging flexible hours and developing childcare, and in particular calls for positive measures to tackle poverty traps such as the loss of housing benefit at 65 pence in the pound and council tax benefit at 20 pence in the pound for every pound earned over the benefit thresholds, effectively a super tax on the poor, by changing the rules to allow people to keep more of their earnings before losing these benefits.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1112# Development of the Gaelic Language (lodged on 9 January 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Ken Macintosh*, Andrew Welsh*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*, Brian Adam*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Willie Coffey*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1111 George MacDonald Fraser OBE (lodged on 9 January 2008) Alasdair Allan*, David Whitton*, John Lamont*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1104 Scotland’s Success in Costa Book Awards (lodged on 8 January 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Nigel Don*

S3M-1103 James Thomson Memorial (lodged on 8 January 2008) Ted Brocklebank*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-1102 NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (lodged on 8 January 2008) Bill Wilson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1100# Scottish Campuses Can Go Greener (lodged on 7 January 2008) Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1099 No Need for Nuclear Energy (lodged on 7 January 2008) Bill Wilson*, Roseanna Cunningham*

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

S3M-1096# Recreational Sea Angling (lodged on 7 January 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Ted Brocklebank*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Nigel Don*

S3M-1094♦ Children in Poverty (lodged on 4 January 2008) Alex Neil*

S3M-1093 Energy Sector Social Tariffs (lodged on 3 January 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1092 US Congress Scottish Literature Classification (lodged on 3 January 2008) Bill Wilson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1091 Small Babies, Short Changed? (lodged on 3 January 2008) Alex Neil*

S3M-1090 Scottish Parliament Nominated as "Arms Control Person of the Year" (lodged on 3 January 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1089 Save the Albatross (lodged on 3 January 2008) Bill Wilson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1088 Phil O’Donnell (lodged on 3 January 2008) Nanette Milne*, Ted Brocklebank*, Rhona Brankin*

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

S3M-1084 Aberdeen Football Club - UEFA Cup (lodged on 21 December 2007) Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1083 Brick by Brick: A Tenancy Deposit Scheme for Scotland (lodged on 21 December 2007) John Park*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-1082 Moorpark Youth Centre Healthy Eating Project (lodged on 21 December 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1081 Dons Eat Danish (lodged on 21 December 2007) Nigel Don*

S3M-1080 Outlawing Prostitution (lodged on 21 December 2007) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-1075 Erwin Ureel (lodged on 20 December 2007) Nanette Milne*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-1074# Young People in the Workplace (lodged on 20 December 2007) Rhona Brankin*, Claire Baker*

S3M-1071 Female Prisoners (lodged on 20 December 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-1070.1 Tackling Discrimination (lodged on 8 January 2008) Bill Wilson*

S3M-1068 Bank Machine Accessibility (lodged on 19 December 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1065# Proposed Closure of Rural Schools (lodged on 19 December 2007) Paul Martin*, Patrick Harvie*, George Foulkes*, Karen Gillon*, Robin Harper*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-1055 Stop and Search Powers Used by the British Transport Police at Scottish Transport Links (lodged on 18 December 2007) Nigel Don*

S3M-1041 Possible Breach of the Councillors’ Code of Conduct (lodged on 14 December 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-1027# Tackling Homelessness (lodged on 12 December 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-1000# Make Scotland’s Roads Safer - Reduce the Drink Driving Limit (lodged on 7 December 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*, Willie Coffey*

S3M-959 Prisoners with Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities (lodged on 3 December 2007) Bill Kidd*

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