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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1178 Peter Peacock: Publication of The Birds of Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of The Birds of Scotland, the definitive two-volume work on Scottish birds, which has been drawn up over five years under the auspices of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC) with the support of a range of organisations and individuals including Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Forestry Commission and the RSPB; commends the work of all its editors, authors and illustrators; recognises that the million words in the two volumes of the work represent an extraordinary achievement which will contribute greatly to national and international knowledge; is pleased that Scotland leads the world in studying its own bird life and its own environment with a view to ensuring sustainability and a healthy biodiversity, and express its gratitude to the SOC for the copy of the book which it presented to the Minister for Environment at the book’s launch on 9 January 2008 in the Royal Museum of Scotland with the request that it be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.


*S3M-1177 Kenneth Gibson: Clarinda—That the Parliament notes that 2008 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Nancy McLehose, the "Clarinda" who so greatly inspired Robert Burns; congratulates Mike Gibb on his new musical play called "Clarinda" , which has music by Kevin Walsh; notes that the world premier of the play will be held at The Netherbow in Edinburgh on Friday 25 January 2008, Burns Night, and commends the generosity of the author in ensuring that all the author’s royalties from the play go to the Mary Slessor Foundation which carries on the work of that other great Scot in Calabar, Nigeria, who was the heroine of an earlier musical play by him entitled "Mother of All the Peoples" which was performed in the Parliament in March 2007.

*S3M-1176 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Alex Salmond*, Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-1175 John Park: Winter Break for Scottish Football—That the Parliament supports the recent call from the Scottish Football Association Chief Executive, Gordon Smith, to introduce a winter break into Scottish football; notes that the concept of a winter break has support from respected figures in the game such as Alex Ferguson, Walter Smith and Craig Levein; recognises that European countries such as Germany have had successful winter shutdown periods for a number of years; believes that a winter break would be beneficial for players, protect playing surfaces and would show consideration to the safety of spectators travelling to matches, and hopes that discussions between Scottish football’s governing bodies can find a way forward on this issue.

*S3M-1174♦ Patricia Ferguson: Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight—That the Parliament recognises the ongoing efforts of individuals and organisations working to promote and raise awareness of fair trade in Scotland, welcomes the steady increase in the number of schools, colleges, church groups, towns and cities across Scotland who now have Fairtrade status; acknowledges the important contribution made by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum in the work to help Scotland achieve Fairtrade nation status, notes that Fairtrade Fortnight will take place from 24 February to 9 March 2008, and looks forward to marking this at an event in the Parliament on the evening of Thursday 28 February.

*S3M-1173 Irene Oldfather: Campaign to Ban Snaring in Scotland—That the Parliament agrees that the continued use of snaring subjects thousands of Scotland’s wild animals every year to a degree of suffering, including disembowelment, mutilation and death by slow strangulation, which is unacceptable and could not legally be inflicted on domestic animals; agrees that Scotland’s wildlife, pets and farmed animals should not be exposed to indiscriminate trapping methods such as snares which are known to exact a heavy toll of non-target animals, including European protected species; notes that last year’s Scottish Executive consultation on the future of snaring elicited a more than two-to-one majority in favour of an outright ban on snares; welcomes the campaign to ban snaring in Scotland launched on 15 January 2008 by Advocates for Animals, the League Against Cruel Sports, Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust, the Hare Preservation Trust, the International Otter Survival Fund and Scottish Badgers, and sponsored by the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, and believes that snaring should be banned.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Trish Godman*

*S3M-1172 David Whitton: Farmhouse Breakfast Week—That the Parliament congratulates the Home-Grown Cereals Authority for organising the ninth annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week from 20 to 26 January 2008; notes that over 1,600 events are expected to take place across the United Kingdom; further notes that a healthy breakfast can boost concentration and mental performance, help prevent colds and flu and is an important source of vitamins, minerals and fibre, and supports the call for an increase in the number of subsidised places at breakfast clubs to ensure that children are ready for school.

*S3M-1171 Murdo Fraser: Funding for Training in the Food and Drink Industry—That the Parliament regrets that food and drink industry training schemes have become ineligible for European Social Fund grants following the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Lowlands and Uplands Scotland Operational Programmes 2007-2013; notes that, in the bakery sector alone, it is estimated that this will result in a fall in the number of training places from around 800 to as low as 200 a year; believes that such cutbacks in training activity may jeopardise the industry’s status as one of Scotland’s major sources of employment and export income and provider of many products and services that enhance the quality of life of the Scottish people, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to work with the European Commission to amend the Lowlands and Uplands Scotland Operational Programmes 2007-2013 in order to make food and drink industry training schemes eligible for European funding once again.

*S3M-1170 Joe FitzPatrick: Dundee - Intelligent Community of the Year Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Dundee and its residents on being nominated as one of the seven finalists from across the world in the Intelligent Community of the Year awards for 2008 for the second time running; recognises that Dundee has come a long way since the days of jute, jam and journalism and is now a leading centre for life sciences and digital technology; notes that innovative schemes such as smart cards for citizens were pioneered in Dundee, and looks forward to the continued growth of the science and technology sectors in Dundee.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Marlyn Glen*, Alison McInnes*, Nanette Milne*, Christina McKelvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-1169 George Foulkes: No Excuse for Elder Abuse—That the Parliament expresses concern that an estimated 7% to 9% of older people in Scotland are victims of at least one form of abuse; recognises that over 40% of victims suffer more than one kind of abuse; notes that abuse can occur in an older person’s own home, in care homes or in hospitals or through any service an older person receives; is aware that abuse is perpetrated by family members, neighbours and friends, professional care workers, informal carers, those who provide financial and legal services and others; seeks to reduce the level of abuse of older people and ensure that victims of elder abuse have access to appropriate support and legal resources, and continues to support and work with agencies to help raise awareness of this issue, remove the fear of abuse currently felt by older people and fulfil our obligation to do everything we can to protect those most vulnerable in society.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie*, Hugh Henry*, Elaine Murray*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Mike Pringle*, Andy Kerr*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, David Stewart*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Cathy Peattie*, Marlyn Glen*, Kenneth Gibson*, Richard Baker*, Sarah Boyack*, Margaret Mitchell*, James Kelly*, Charlie Gordon*

*S3M-1168♦ Mary Mulligan: Voices for Change—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Nationwide Study of Recreation and Leisure Opportunities for Young People with Additional Support Needs, conducted by the Playback Trust and funded by the Youth Opportunities Fund; acknowledges the research conducted by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People with young people in North Aryshire and Edinburgh which provided the basis for the nationwide study; recognises that there are still significant barriers to accessing leisure and recreational opportunities and that it is vital for local authorities to fulfil their duties and obligations to those young people and to actively listen to and engage with them in the process of developing recreation and leisure services, and congratulates the young people involved in the study for the excellent way that they presented it to a very interested audience, outlining their experiences of friendship, leisure and recreation in their local community.

*S3M-1167 Richard Lochhead: Draft Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-1166 Richard Lochhead: Draft Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2007—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-1165 Mr Frank McAveety: Jason MacIntyre—That the Parliament expresses its sadness at the tragic death of Scottish cycling champion Jason MacIntyre, on 15 January 2008; pays tribute to his achievement as triple British and Scottish champion time trial cyclist; recognises his death as a significant loss to Scottish sport, and sends its sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Jim Tolson*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Pauline McNeill*, Murdo Fraser*, Karen Whitefield*, Des McNulty*, Liam McArthur*, Johann Lamont*, George Foulkes*, Elaine Murray*, Brian Adam*, Andy Kerr*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Iain Gray*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christine Grahame*, Hugh Henry*, Ross Finnie*, John Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Elaine Smith*, Bashir Ahmad*, Tavish Scott*, James Kelly*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Trish Godman*

*S3M-1164 John Wilson: Trade Union Democracy—That the Parliament expresses its concern about the fact that many trade unions link their political funds to only one political party; is concerned that this does not reflect the diversity of political opinion within the trade union movement, and therefore calls on trade unions to ensure that there is democratic renewal and to hold a ballot of trade union members on which political party, if any, their political fund should support.

S3M-1145*#* Margo MacDonald: Maximising Migrants’ Opportunities—That the Parliament welcomes the contribution made by migrants from eastern Europe to the economy of the Lothians and Scotland; recognises that many are in employment that does not utilise their skills and qualifications; notes the current shortage of skills in the Scottish workforce and suggests that the Scottish Government undertakes a pilot scheme to better match the education and work experience of migrants with the skills shortages in Scotland, and further suggests that a welcome centre in Edinburgh airport could identify migrants’ qualifications and facility with the English language and provide advice on employment, training courses and other services.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Butler*, Mike Pringle*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Wilson*, Jim Hume*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Tavish Scott*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1087 Withdrawn

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1163 Violent Crime (lodged on 16 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, John Wilson*, Christine Grahame*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Christina McKelvie*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1162 Council Cuts to Home Help Services (lodged on 16 January 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Mary Mulligan*, Des McNulty*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Iain Gray*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Sarah Boyack*, Hugh Henry*, Richard Baker*, Jackie Baillie*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-1161 Royal Hospital for Sick Children (lodged on 16 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*, Ian McKee*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christine Grahame*, Aileen Campbell*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1160# Glasgow Greenspace Saved (lodged on 16 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Robert Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1158 London Olympic Funding (lodged on 16 January 2008) Angela Constance*, Brian Adam*, Christina McKelvie*, Ian McKee*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1157 Sacking of Chairs of Sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport (lodged on 16 January 2008) Robert Brown*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Nicol Stephen*, Rhona Brankin*, Jim Tolson*, Trish Godman*, Jamie Stone*, John Farquhar Munro*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Marlyn Glen*, Sarah Boyack*, Richard Baker*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1156# Highland 2007 (lodged on 16 January 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1151 New Schools and Extensions to Existing Schools (lodged on 15 January 2008) Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1150 Congratulations to The Initiative (lodged on 15 January 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1149 Friends of Remploy (lodged on 15 January 2008) Elaine Smith*, Angela Constance*, Brian Adam*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Butler*, Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1148 Marie Robson’s Beautiful New Unused Home (lodged on 15 January 2008) Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1147 Eastern European Slavic Centre (lodged on 15 January 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1146 Fife Council Places Elderly People in Danger (lodged on 15 January 2008) David Whitton*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1142 Scottish Environment Week (lodged on 15 January 2008) Bob Doris*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Nanette Milne*, Cathy Peattie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alison McInnes*, Bashir Ahmad*, George Foulkes*, Tavish Scott*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Kidd*, David Stewart*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, Elaine Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*, Iain Gray*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Des McNulty*, Marlyn Glen*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1141 SNP/Lib-Dems’ Shopping Charges Hit the Most Frail and Vulnerable People (lodged on 15 January 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1140 Baby Ryan Turner, Nine Months Old - Victim of SNP/Scottish Liberal Democrat Policies (lodged on 15 January 2008) Andy Kerr*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Karen Gillon*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1139 Hands Off the Sick Kids (lodged on 15 January 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-1138 Organ Donors and Presumed Consent (lodged on 15 January 2008) Angela Constance*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*, George Foulkes*, John Farquhar Munro*

S3M-1137 Welcoming the Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order (lodged on 15 January 2008) Angela Constance*, Robin Harper*, Mary Mulligan*, Jamie Stone*, Elaine Murray*, Rhona Brankin*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1136 100 Years on, Remembering Emmeline Pankhurst (lodged on 15 January 2008) Elaine Smith*, Angela Constance*, Robin Harper*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jamie Stone*, Elaine Murray*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*, Rhona Brankin*, Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Johann Lamont*, Bill Butler*, Marlyn Glen*, Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1135 Wheelchairs - an Essential Aid (lodged on 15 January 2008) Mary Mulligan*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Smith*, Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1134# Crime On Your Street Investigation (lodged on 15 January 2008) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1133 (lodged on 15 January 2008) Marlyn Glen*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1126 Deprivation and Health (lodged on 14 January 2008) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1121 Woodland Trust Scotland’s Christmas Card Recycling Scheme (lodged on 11 January 2008) Nicol Stephen*, Ken Macintosh*, Margaret Smith*

S3M-1120 Fund to Clean Homes after Murders (lodged on 11 January 2008) Nicol Stephen*, Jamie Stone*, Mike Rumbles*, Tavish Scott*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-1115 Disability Poverty in Scotland (lodged on 10 January 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1102 NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (lodged on 8 January 2008) Jackson Carlaw*, Sandra White*, Christina McKelvie*, Ian McKee*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1100# Scottish Campuses Can Go Greener (lodged on 7 January 2008) Robert Brown*

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

S3M-1088 Phil O’Donnell (lodged on 3 January 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-1010 British Stammering Association (Scotland) (lodged on 11 December 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*, John Farquhar Munro*, Ted Brocklebank*, Bill Butler*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Murray*

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

S3M-483# Time for a Fresh Debate on Organ Donation (lodged on 14 September 2007) Jamie Stone*

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