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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1204 Michael Russell: Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Report—That the Parliament welcomes the collaborative work being undertaken by a wide variety of partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to take forward implementation of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy from 2004 to 2007, as set out in Scotland’s Biodiversity: It’s In Your Hands – A Progress Report 2005-07; commends the enthusiasm and commitment of all those involved in that work, and acknowledges that continued effort by all the partners engaged in conserving biodiversity in Scotland is required in order to address the challenges identified in the progress report such as climate change, invasive non-native species, river basin management, sustainable management of the natural world, the development of the ecosystems approach, wildlife crime and the need for the broader engagement of all citizens so that Scotland can play its part in delivering our national and international commitments to the cause of halting biodiversity loss.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead*

*S3M-1203 Hugh Henry: Reid Kerr—That the Parliament notes the contribution that Reid Kerr College makes to education in Scotland, in particular to vocational training and lifelong learning; further notes the excellent facilities at Reid Kerr; congratulates the college on its exceptional HMIE report where it received a 100% clean sweep of the highest "very good" grade in the College Review section of the report – a first for any Scottish college; acknowledges the comments made by the Chairman of the Reid Kerr Board of Management who stated that "Reid Kerr leads the sector in providing quality learning opportunities for all", and agrees with Principal Joe Mooney that "The dedication, enthusiasm, team working and motivation of staff is reflected throughout the Report and the grades we achieved displays our commitment to continue to pursue excellence in everything we do".

*S3M-1202♦ Nanette Milne: Alternative and Augmentative Communication—That the Parliament expresses concern following the findings by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Capability Scotland and Augmentative Communication in Practice whose recent survey of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) equipment and speech and language therapy support provision in Scotland revealed that eight out of 15 NHS boards, including NHS Grampian, are providing a poor service; notes that only 16% of potential beneficiaries are accessing specialist AAC services in Scotland and that AAC provision is a postcode, age, advocacy and impairment lottery, and considers that an AAC strategy for Scotland should be developed and implemented to provide for a national standard of specialist speech and language therapy provision.

*S3M-1201 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, reintroduced in the House of Commons on 7 November 2007, relating to investigation of bribery and corruption by foreign officers, violent offender orders and repatriation of prisoners, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-1200 Jim Mather: Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament supports the principle of clauses in the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 7 November 2007, providing for the collection and distribution of sums released from dormant bank and building society accounts for social and environmental purposes, and agrees that the provisions in the Bill that relate to the distribution of such sums in Scotland should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-1199 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (Modification) Order 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1198 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 30 January 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Delivering More Effective Government

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Importance of Scottish History in the School Curriculum

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 31 January 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Poverty

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 6 February 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Budget (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 7 February 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

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1197 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 24 January 2008—

after

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

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

*S3M-1196 Iain Smith: Congratulations to Fife Survivors and Users Forum TODAY—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Survivors and Users Forum TODAY on having successfully applied to the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities fund for a £209,847 Life Transitions grant; recognises the importance of educational advocacy to people with mental health problems, their family, friends and the wider community, and welcomes this funding which will enable advocates to link individuals to educational and vocational courses and to work with them to overcome barriers to accessing education and achieving results and also to build their self-confidence and self-esteem through reducing isolation and forming social support networks.

*S3M-1195 Jim Tolson: Strategy for Zero Waste—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Council on its strategy for zero waste; further congratulates Fife Council on becoming the first local authority in Scotland to adopt this strategy; recognises that this initiative will achieve zero waste to landfill by 2020, enabling the reuse of resources until only materials that have no further useful life are discarded, and acknowledges that this strategy has been adopted successfully by a number of countries including New Zealand and by the Flanders area of Belgium.

*S3M-1194 David Whitton: Domestic Abuse Play by Teenagers from Kilmardinny Arts Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the group of teenagers from Kilmardinny Arts Centre in East Dunbartonshire for writing and performing a play to highlight the seriousness of domestic abuse and its effects on children and young people; notes that as many as 100,000 children are currently living with domestic abuse, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that adequate funding is provided to domestic abuse helplines, charities and groups.

Supported by: Claire Baker*, Marlyn Glen*, Elaine Smith*, Bashir Ahmad*, Karen Whitefield*, Rhona Brankin*, Des McNulty*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Butler*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*, Paul Martin*, Jackie Baillie*, Pauline McNeill*, Elaine Murray*, Ken Macintosh*, Lewis Macdonald*

*S3M-1193 Mike Pringle on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Reappointment of the Scottish Information Commissioner—That the Parliament nominates Kevin Dunion to Her Majesty The Queen for reappointment as the Scottish Information Commissioner from 24 February 2008 until 23 February 2012.

*S3M-1192 Cathy Jamieson: A Bypass for Maybole—That the Parliament recognises the significant traffic problems on the A77 in Maybole, South Ayrshire, and the dangers faced by pedestrians using Maybole High Street on a daily basis; welcomes the recognition of a bypass as the most effective solution to these problems, as identified by the STAG Report of June 2006, and the preferred bypass route identified and published by Transport Scotland in October 2007; acknowledges the value for money of constructing a bypass and the benefits that a bypass would bring to the safety and quality of life of Maybole residents, as well as to the historic buildings located on Maybole High Street; commends the efforts and dedication of the Maybole Bypass Committee, local campaigners and the wider community who have campaigned tirelessly for improvements to road safety and for a bypass of the town, and eagerly anticipates an early commitment from the Scottish Executive that will give the go-ahead for the construction of a bypass for Maybole.

*S3M-1191 Hugh Henry: Spark of Genius—That the Parliament notes the excellent contribution that Spark of Genius is making to the education of young people in Scotland, not only in Paisley but also in Glasgow, Musselburgh, Dunoon and Irvine; notes its belief that services to young people are both important and necessary; further notes its commitment to a high-quality level of innovative educational support to young people, in particular those who have had problems staying in mainstream education or have issues preventing them from staying in their home environment; welcomes the HMIE and Care Commission reports on Spark of Genius and commends its staff for their achievements; recognises the reference in recent media reports to the work that Spark of Genius is doing with young people not in employment or in training, and hopes that Spark of Genius will continue to build on its success.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Wilson*, Johann Lamont*, Rhona Brankin*, Bill Kidd*, Iain Gray*, Jackie Baillie*, Ross Finnie*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Butler*, Des McNulty*, Karen Whitefield*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mary Mulligan*, Cathy Jamieson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Murray*, Irene Oldfather*, Sandra White*

*S3M-1176.2 Iain Gray: Budget (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1176) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "and, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward proposals setting out how, over the spending review period: funding can be provided to increase the modern apprenticeship programme by 15,000 places per year; vocational training opportunities can be provided as an option for secondary school pupils throughout Scotland; new direct air services from Scotland can be supported through replacement of the existing route development fund with a scheme which complies with European competition law; additional funding for universities can be provided through end-year flexibility or otherwise; the level of police establishment will be increased to 17,261; vulnerable two-year-olds can be provided with nursery education, and services for disabled children, the homeless, victims of domestic abuse and those suffering from mental health problems can be expanded beyond existing levels in every part of Scotland, setting out what changes will be required to the 2008-09 Budget as a result of these proposals."

*S3M-1176.3 Tavish Scott: Budget (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1176) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "but, in so doing, believes that this is a budget of SNP broken promises; believes that the budget document is the most opaque seen since devolution; regrets the failure of the SNP government to provide adequate information on its detailed spending proposals, efficiency savings programme and alternatives to PPP; is further concerned that the budget choices made by the SNP government will lead to cuts in vital public services across Scotland, and therefore calls on the SNP government to address these issues as a matter of urgency."

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.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Jim Tolson*, Alex Neil*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Nigel Don*, Sandra White*

*S3M-1164.1 John Park: Trade Union Democracy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1164) in the name of John Wilson, leave out from "expresses" to end and insert "recognises that trade unions play a vital role in representing members’ views in the workplace and wider society; further recognises that trade union members are required by law to participate in political fund ballots every 10 years; supports the wholly democratic structures of trade unions which enable members biannually to determine all areas of policy, including which political parties should receive political donations; promotes increased membership activity within trade unions, and encourages all mainstream political parties to engage with trade unions as social partners in an effective and constructive manner."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1189 Respect for Scottish Bank Notes (lodged on 21 January 2008) Alex Neil*

S3M-1188 Gaza Strip Blackout (lodged on 21 January 2008) Sandra White*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Wilson*, Alison McInnes*, Ian McKee*

S3M-1184# Torphin Hill Golf Club (lodged on 21 January 2008) Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, David McLetchie*, Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-1183 Scottish Federation of Housing Associations - Fuel Poverty in Scotland (lodged on 18 January 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Tavish Scott*, Jim Tolson*, Robert Brown*, Liam McArthur*, Elaine Smith*, Alex Neil*, Bill Wilson*, Mike Pringle*, Alison McInnes*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1182 Problem Gambling (lodged on 18 January 2008) Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Robert Brown*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1181 Shetland Islands Council Appeal Against State Aid Ruling (lodged on 18 January 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-1179 Congratulations to Saint Mungo’s Academy (lodged on 18 January 2008) Michael McMahon*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robert Brown*, Kenneth Gibson*, Des McNulty*

S3M-1178 Publication of The Birds of Scotland (lodged on 17 January 2008) Cathie Craigie*, John Lamont*, Rob Gibson*, Karen Whitefield*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Alex Neil*, Bill Wilson*, Alison McInnes*, Nanette Milne*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1177 Clarinda (lodged on 17 January 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1175 Winter Break for Scottish Football (lodged on 17 January 2008) Alex Neil*

S3M-1174# Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight (lodged on 17 January 2008) Brian Adam*, Angela Constance*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Irene Oldfather*, Robert Brown*, Claire Baker*, Des McNulty*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-1173 Campaign to Ban Snaring in Scotland (lodged on 17 January 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1172 Farmhouse Breakfast Week (lodged on 17 January 2008) Des McNulty*

S3M-1169 No Excuse for Elder Abuse (lodged on 17 January 2008) Angela Constance*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-1168# Voices for Change (lodged on 17 January 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Johann Lamont*, Ken Macintosh*, Robert Brown*, Bill Wilson*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1165 Jason MacIntyre (lodged on 17 January 2008) Michael McMahon*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1163 Violent Crime (lodged on 16 January 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1161 Royal Hospital for Sick Children (lodged on 16 January 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1160# Glasgow Greenspace Saved (lodged on 16 January 2008) Elaine Smith*

S3M-1151 New Schools and Extensions to Existing Schools (lodged on 15 January 2008) John Park*

S3M-1145# Maximising Migrants’ Opportunities (lodged on 15 January 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1142 Scottish Environment Week (lodged on 15 January 2008) Rob Gibson*

S3M-1139 Hands Off the Sick Kids (lodged on 15 January 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1138 Organ Donors and Presumed Consent (lodged on 15 January 2008) John Park*

S3M-1136 100 Years on, Remembering Emmeline Pankhurst (lodged on 15 January 2008) John Park*

S3M-1127 Disappointment at Royal Mail’s Stamps Refusal (lodged on 14 January 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1120 Fund to Clean Homes after Murders (lodged on 11 January 2008) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1112# Development of the Gaelic Language (lodged on 9 January 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1094# Children in Poverty (lodged on 4 January 2008) Angela Constance*

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

S3M-1070.1 Tackling Discrimination (lodged on 8 January 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-944 Road Hauliers and a Fuel Price Regulator (lodged on 27 November 2007) Alasdair Morgan*

S3M-924 Smart Metering (lodged on 23 November 2007) George Foulkes*

S3M-694 BLISS (lodged on 25 October 2007) Trish Godman*

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

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