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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1281 Marlyn Glen: 50th Anniversary of Scottish CND—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; notes that the UK Government’s plan to renew and replace Trident would have an impact on matters devolved to the Scottish Parliament for the next 50 years; expresses concern that the UK Government is spending £2.7 billion at Aldermaston over the next three years; urges the majority of Scottish Westminster MPs of all parties who voted against Trident renewal on 14 March 2007 to continue their opposition to that policy at Westminster with a view to overturning it in due course, and supports the 50th anniversary rally which will be held at Aldermaston on 24 March 2008.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Bill Butler*

*S3M-1280 Elaine Smith: Access to Work for Young Deaf People—That the Parliament believes that all young people should have equal access to employment on leaving school or further and higher education; agrees that a modern Scotland should embrace a diverse workforce; welcomes the presence of the STUC in the Scottish Parliament earlier this month, when a workshop was held to discuss issues relating to access to work for deaf people; recognises the good work that the STUC is undertaking in partnership with trade unions and employers in the Highlands to provide training sessions in deaf awareness and British Sign Language (BSL); is aware however that key voluntary organisations such as the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), the Scottish Council on Deafness and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People are still generally finding that there are significant barriers for young deaf people and adults to access employment or training opportunities, including work experience, due to communication barriers and lack of deaf awareness in the workplace; notes that the UK Government’s Access to Work scheme, while providing for access to appropriate communication during working hours, does not cover such access for training provision, which is crucial to an employee’s induction and professional development; is further concerned that there is an acute shortage of qualified BSL interpreters in Scotland, meaning that many deaf people in the workplace cannot access even the minimum level of communication support that they are entitled to; welcomes the work of the NDCS, who have been supporting deaf young people to make the transition from school into the world of work via its Moving On project, and, while welcoming the Scottish Government’s intention to increase the number of qualified BSL interpreters in Scotland, considers that the Scottish Government should liaise with the UK Government, where appropriate, to ensure better access to employment and training and increased promotion of deaf awareness in the workplace, for the benefit of deaf young people and adults alike.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Sarah Boyack*, Trish Godman*, Elaine Murray*, Marlyn Glen*, Bill Butler*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*, Michael McMahon*, John Park*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*

*S3M-1279 Margaret Smith: Congratulations to Dakota Bar and Grill, Restaurant of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the Dakota Bar and Grill in South Queensferry on being voted Best Hotel Restaurant and Restaurant of the Year in the first Scottish Restaurant Awards; acknowledges the importance of tourism and high-quality facilities to the local economy, and commends the Dakota for its use of locally sourced produce.

*S3M-1278 Robert Brown: Effective Energy Complaint Handling—That the Parliament notes that the changes in consumer representation and complaint handling that take effect from the end of September 2008 will require energy suppliers to take additional responsibility for resolving their own complaints; further notes that suppliers will have to adhere to a new statutory complaint-handling standard; recognises the need for Ofgem to ensure that a new standard gives a clear signal to suppliers that their complaint-handling functions must be accessible to all consumers and believes that company complaints data should be subject to independent verification, without which there are likely to be concerns about data quality, transparency and insufficient incentives on companies to invest in improving their customer service, and calls on the Scottish Government to make representations to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to ensure that, before the standard is approved, it contains provisions that companies must provide their complaints data to the new consumer advocacy body and Ofgem and that this data will be subject to independent audit to allow consumers to compare companies’ customer service performance.

*S3M-1277 Bill Kidd: Glasgow Magazine Wins Award—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City Council’s bi-monthly publication, Glasgow, the magazine for residents and businesses, edited by John Keil, on being voted Customer Magazine of the Year at the prestigious Periodical Publishers Association’s Scottish Magazine Awards 2007 for the second year running.

*S3M-1276# Bill Kidd: Borderline Homelessness Charity—That the Parliament applauds the great work done by the Borderline charity in supporting homeless Scots in London, which despite having only five staff members has helped many homeless Scots in London to find accommodation, return to Scotland, begin work or training and support them in the many other difficulties facing those who find themselves on the streets, and hopes that as we approach Poverty Action Sunday, the culmination of Poverty Action and Homelessness Week 2008, everyone will take the opportunity to reflect on the plight of the poor and homeless in Scotland and help work towards a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Sandra White*, Patrick Harvie*, John Lamont*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Hume*, Christine Grahame*

*S3M-1275 John Swinney: The Draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008—That the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee recommends that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Jim Mather*

*S3M-1274 Alex Neil: Keeping Accident and Emergency Services Local—That the Parliament welcomes the recent decision by NHS Lanarkshire to retain full accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital; further welcomes the NHS board’s commitment to move towards the delivery of the new Airdrie health centre, the Monklands mental health unit and the Lanarkshire cancer centre; notes that none of this would have been possible had an SNP Government not been returned at the elections in May; condemns the previous administration’s attempt to push through an ill-thought out proposal against the express wishes of the people who elected it; notes that majority medical opinion supports the retention of Monklands accident and emergency, and congratulates the residents of Lanarkshire for their long and hard-fought campaign to keep their accident and emergency services local.

*S3M-1273 Christine Grahame: VAT for Warm Homes Campaign—That the Parliament endorses the campaign by Energy Action Scotland proposing that the extra VAT generated by recent and further domestic energy price rises, estimated to bring in an additional £175 million to the exchequer purse, should be redistributed across the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom for the exclusive purpose of tackling fuel poverty which would provide much-needed assistance to the 700,000 households in Scotland, one in three, living in fuel poverty.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Willie Coffey*, Elaine Smith*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Wilson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-1272 John Swinney: The Draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008—That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-1271# Elaine Murray: Hunting of Wild Boar with Dogs—That the Parliament is very concerned by reports in the Sunday Times of 27 January 2008 that commercial hunting of wild boar with dogs is being organised on an estate in Dumfries and Galloway; is further concerned that such activity may cause suffering to both the boar and dogs concerned, and believes that the legality of such activity should be investigated and that, if the hunting of wild boar with dogs is permitted under current legislation, legislation should be introduced to ban such activity.

*S3M-1270 Rob Gibson: Closure of Telephone Boxes—That the Parliament notes with concern the plans by BT to close telephone boxes in Scotland; notes with particular concern the impact that this might have in rural areas where populations are sparse and mobile phone reception is patchy; calls on Ofcom to make sure that no residents or travellers could be put in danger through lack of emergency phones; calls for a national plan to be drawn up by the regulator and BT before any further telephone box closures are proposed, including consideration of options such as cashless or emergency only boxes for those deemed essential, and urges Ofcom to consult all the affected communities to gain their support.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jim Hume*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Elaine Smith*, Nigel Don*, Ian McKee*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-1269 Elaine Smith: Scottish Winners of BBC 2 Young Folk Award 2008—That the Parliament, in addition to congratulating Ewan Robertson on winning the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008 Award (S3M-1234), also congratulates the multi-talented Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama students, Siobhan Miller from Midlothian and Jeana Leslie from Orkney, on winning the BBC 2 Young Folk Award 2008, against a strong UK-wide field; recognises that this achievement further emphasises the importance of the work of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in the continuance and development of traditional Scottish music through the nurturing of talented young musicians, and wishes Siobhan and Jeana, as well as Ewan, the greatest of success in their musical careers.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Elizabeth Smith*, Karen Gillon*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Kidd*, Sarah Boyack*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Lamont*, Hugh Henry*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathy Peattie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Iain Gray*, Elaine Murray*, Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Trish Godman*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Ian McKee*, John Park*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-1268 Karen Whitefield: Monklands Accident and Emergency Services—That the Parliament welcomes the recent decision by NHS Lanarkshire to retain full accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital; further welcomes the board’s commitment to move towards the delivery of the new Airdrie health centre, the Monklands mental health unit and the Lanarkshire cancer centre; accepts the concerns raised by NHS Lanarkshire that the delivery of these proposals requires sufficient funding, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that sufficient funding is made available to NHS Lanarkshire to deliver all of the primary and acute health care projects planned under the current health board proposals.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Trish Godman*, David Stewart*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1266 Responsible Procurement Strategy (lodged on 30 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Sarah Boyack*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Brian Adam*, Elaine Murray*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Nigel Don*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, John Park*, Willie Coffey*, Christina McKelvie*, Mike Pringle*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1265 Sub-standard Military Housing (lodged on 30 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1264 Scottish Book Trust (lodged on 30 January 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Elizabeth Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Nanette Milne*, John Lamont*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Jackson Carlaw*, Des McNulty*, Patricia Ferguson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie Stone*, Bill Kidd*, Karen Gillon*, Sarah Boyack*, John Park*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh Henry*, Iain Gray*, Elaine Murray*, George Foulkes*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Trish Godman*, Liam McArthur*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Bill Butler*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1262 Voytek the Bear (lodged on 30 January 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Margaret Mitchell*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1261 Ronald Rae’s Lion of Scotland (lodged on 30 January 2008) Alasdair Allan*, John Lamont*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Hugh Henry*, Stuart McMillan*, Margaret Smith*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1257 Concern Over Glasgow Housing Association Rent Increase (lodged on 29 January 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1251 Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Report on Glasgow Crossrail (lodged on 29 January 2008) Hugh Henry*, Elaine Smith*, Charlie Gordon*

S3M-1250 Scotland’s Community Councils (lodged on 29 January 2008) Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1248 Alex Marshall, World Champion (lodged on 29 January 2008) Hugh Henry*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1245 Welcome for UK Government Legislation on Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers (lodged on 29 January 2008) Hugh Henry*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1244 Civil and Political Unrest in Kenya (lodged on 29 January 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1243 Congratulations to Falkirk Football Club (lodged on 29 January 2008) John Park*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1241 100th Anniversary of Sir Jimmy Shand’s Birth (lodged on 29 January 2008) Gil Paterson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1239# Penguin Publishers and the Future of Scottish Publishing (lodged on 29 January 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1237 Welcome Decision on Aviemore Resort (lodged on 28 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1236 Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia (lodged on 28 January 2008) Hugh Henry*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1234 Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008 (lodged on 28 January 2008) Patricia Ferguson*, Gil Paterson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1232# National Association of Youth Orchestras (lodged on 28 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1231 Clydesdale Befrienders (lodged on 28 January 2008) Hugh Henry*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1231.1 Clydesdale Befrienders (lodged on 30 January 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1229 Beating Bowel Cancer - 2008 BE LOUD! Campaign (lodged on 28 January 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1228 VAT on Sports and Leisure Trusts’ Membership Packages (lodged on 28 January 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1226 Chair of Scottish Youth Parliament on Big Brother TV Show (lodged on 25 January 2008) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1221 Holocaust Memorial Day (lodged on 25 January 2008) Gil Paterson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1220 The Haven in Blantyre (lodged on 24 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1219 Dumbarton Academy (lodged on 24 January 2008) John Park*

S3M-1219.1 Dumbarton Academy (lodged on 29 January 2008) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1218 Appointment of George Burley as the Scotland National Football Team Manager (lodged on 24 January 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1217 Commemoration by the Bank of England of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1215 Commemoration by Royal Mail of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Brian Adam*, Nigel Don*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Tolson*, Stuart McMillan*, Ian McKee*, Christina McKelvie*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1213# Marketing and Communications Sector in Scotland (lodged on 24 January 2008) Hugh Henry*, George Foulkes*, Karen Whitefield*, John Park*, Trish Godman*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, Jim Hume*

S3M-1212 Townhead Cafe in Biggar Wins UK Award (lodged on 24 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1211 St Andrew’s Society of Detroit (lodged on 23 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1210 Lift the Ban on Haggis Imports to the United States (lodged on 23 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1208 Cowdenhill Quarry, Banknock (lodged on 23 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1207 Loanhead Community Learning Centre (lodged on 23 January 2008) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1205 UN International Year of Languages (lodged on 23 January 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Trish Godman*, Rob Gibson*, Ken Macintosh*, Alasdair Allan*, Karen Whitefield*, Patrick Harvie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1196 Congratulations to Fife Survivors and Users Forum TODAY (lodged on 22 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1191 Spark of Genius (lodged on 22 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1190 Fife Jazz Festival (lodged on 21 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-1188 Gaza Strip Blackout (lodged on 21 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1184# Torphin Hill Golf Club (lodged on 21 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1182 Problem Gambling (lodged on 18 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1178 Publication of The Birds of Scotland (lodged on 17 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1177 Clarinda (lodged on 17 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1174# Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight (lodged on 17 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-1170 Dundee - Intelligent Community of the Year Awards (lodged on 17 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1169 No Excuse for Elder Abuse (lodged on 17 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1165 Jason MacIntyre (lodged on 17 January 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1164 Trade Union Democracy (lodged on 17 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-1160# Glasgow Greenspace Saved (lodged on 16 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1142 Scottish Environment Week (lodged on 15 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1096# Recreational Sea Angling (lodged on 7 January 2008) Aileen Campbell*

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

S3M-1085 MUMS Knows Best (lodged on 21 December 2007) Aileen Campbell*

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

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