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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1374 Tavish Scott: 20th Anniversary of Da Voar Redd Up—That the Parliament notes that Da Voar Redd Up, Shetland’s groundbreaking community-based environmental clean-up project, continues, after 20 years of operation, to provide Shetland’s environment with an annual spring clean; further notes that, while 20 tonnes of rubbish were collected from Shetland’s beaches, roadsides and other public spaces in 1988, 50 tonnes were collected last year by some 4,000 volunteers; believes that Da Voar Redd Up is an excellent example of a well-supported community project, involving a wide range of individuals, families, youth groups, sports clubs, hall committees, schools, church groups, boating clubs and many other community groups, and sends its congratulations to all those involved in the event over the last 20 years, who have collected more than 1,000 tonnes of rubbish, and its best wishes to all those who plan to take part in the 21st Voar Redd Up later this spring.

*S3M-1373 George Foulkes: Kosovo—That the Parliament believes that Kosovo is now safe and stable because of the NATO-led campaign in 1999 after aggressions there resulted in the death of around 10,000 ethnic Albanians and 3,000 ethnic Serbians; remembers that Alex Salmond described this action as "misguided policy" and "unpardonable folly"; believes that the conclusive action of the Labour-led UK Government helped to prevent a larger-scale conflict in the Balkans, further loss of life and a humanitarian crisis; considers that it is in part because of this decisive action in stark contrast to the SNP’s defeatist approach at the time that we see Kosovans celebrating independence in the streets of Pristina waving Union Jacks and American flags; further believes that the international intervention took place because of the atrocities against an ethnic minority within Serbia, not in order to free an oppressed nation from occupation; accepts that unilateral independence for Kosovo was not the ideal solution, and considers that the celebratory tone of Aileen Campbell’s motion, S3M-1363, is misguided at best and political opportunism in the extreme.

*S3M-1372 Jamie Hepburn: Pension Rights for Injured Firefighters—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Scottish Government to issue new guidance on protecting the pension rights of firefighters disabled in the line of duty; believes that the previous system whereby seriously injured firefighters assessed as fit to carry out desk duties could lose their pension rights even if no alternative post could be found for them was inherently unfair, and congratulates the Fire Brigades Union for its success in campaigning for this new guidance.

*S3M-1371 Iain Gray: Cockenzie House Nursing Home—That the Parliament notes the imminent closure of Cockenzie House Nursing Home; expresses concern that this will result in the enforced moving of 42 frail and vulnerable residents, and urges East Lothian Council, the Care Commission and the home’s owner to engage in meaningful discussions at this late stage to ensure that care continues in the facility for the benefit of the residents, their families and the local community.

*S3M-1370 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Put Edinburgh on the Global Monopoly Board—That the Parliament notes that Hasbro, the maker of Monopoly, is making a global edition of the popular board game; backs the campaign by Edinburgh residents to see Scotland’s capital city included on the board; further notes that, on account of its popularity with residents, tourists and travel writers, Edinburgh is one of the 68 worldwide cities being considered for the global board, and encourages all those who want to see Edinburgh included to vote for the city on the monopoly website before voting closes on 29 February 2008.

*S3M-1369 Pauline McNeill: The Continuing Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip—That the Parliament expresses its continuing concern about the ongoing blockade of Gaza and the Israeli Government’s decision to begin reducing the electricity supply to 1.5 million Palestinians, including children and innocent civilians, many of whom already live in poverty, 80% of whom are dependent on food aid and 55% of whom are without employment; notes that the situation continues despite warnings from the United States and others against a worsening of the humanitarian situation of the civilian population in Gaza; further notes that human rights groups working in the region argue that the cut in power supplies along with the virtual closure of much of Gaza’s perimeter by Israel violates international law and believes that this amounts to collective punishment of the Palestinian peoples, and therefore calls on the international community to respond urgently to this humanitarian crisis at the same time as working for a peaceful, just and lasting solution for all Palestinians and Israelis.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Marlyn Glen*, Marilyn Livingstone*

*S3M-1368 Nicol Stephen: TV Call Over Dons’ European Match—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen Football Club on its outstanding UEFA Cup performance against Bayern Munich at Pittodrie; wishes it success in its return fixture on Thursday, 21 February 2008, and calls on BBC Scotland to broadcast the game live for home-based fans.

*S3M-1367 Fiona Hyslop: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Maureen Watt*

*S3M-1366 Nicola Sturgeon: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*, Shona Robison*

*S3M-1365 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-1364 Nicola Sturgeon: Draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-1363 Aileen Campbell: Kosovan Independence—That the Parliament congratulates Kosova on achieving her independence; notes that the will of the people of Kosova has prevailed; fully recognises Kosova as a member of the international community; believes that independence in Europe is the normal state for European nations, and further believes that there should to be a future for both Kosova and Serbia within the European Union.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-1363.1 Murdo Fraser: Kosovan Independence—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1363) in the name of Aileen Campbell, leave out from "believes that independence" to end and insert "and welcomes the sudden interest being taken by SNP politicians in the welfare of the people of Kosova which stands in stark contrast to the First Minister who, as SNP Leader in 1999, condemned as "unpardonable folly" the NATO intervention to protect the Kosovan people against Serbian aggression."

*S3M-1362 David Stewart: WWF Campaign for Strong Scottish Climate Change Bill—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of WWF Scotland’s campaign for a strong Scottish Climate Change Bill, which will engage with communities across the country through 25 public events over the course of the public consultation on the Bill proposals; believes that, in tackling climate change, Scotland as a nation can lead the way and, alongside those backing this campaign, supports calls for the Bill to establish the legal framework to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a statutory annual target of at least 3% emission reductions year on year and to include reductions in emissions from aviation and shipping, and further notes that these calls are supported across the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition, a broad coalition of environment, development, community and faith groups and UNISON Scotland.

*S3M-1361 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to Mark Beaumont—That the Parliament congratulates Mark Beaumont of Newburgh, Fife, on becoming the fastest person to cycle around the world in a record of 195 days and six hours and hopes that the Guinness World Records will very soon acknowledge this achievement.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alex Johnstone*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, John Park*, Derek Brownlee*, John Lamont*, Stuart McMillan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Tricia Marwick*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Aitken*, Murdo Fraser*, Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-1360 Michael McMahon: The Sports Development Foundation Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the creation of the Sports Development Foundation Scotland (SDF), a new charity based in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, which has been formed with the aim of increasing funding for local sports facilities by allowing individuals and companies to donate directly to a specific sports project either by location or type of sport that they enjoy; notes that the sports projects will then be showcased on the SDF website which will be developed by the end of April 2008; recognises that this is a cost-effective way of providing capital for grassroots sports facilities which will be available to all local sports clubs throughout Scotland, and believes that the charity should be considered by the Scottish Executive for any future sports projects where an alternative method of financing could be appropriate.

*S3M-1299 Ms Wendy Alexander: Braehead Shopping Centre—That the Parliament congratulates Braehead Shopping Centre for the quality of its facilities; notes that it is now one of the most popular shopping and leisure destinations in Scotland; further notes the contribution made by Xscape at Braehead to sport and leisure facilities and recognises that many people from beyond Scotland are visiting these facilities in Renfrewshire; congratulates Braehead for its community-led activities and support for many local organisations and charities, and looks forward to Braehead continuing to make a major contribution to the Renfrewshire and Scottish economies. *R*

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1358 Illiterate Woman Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia (lodged on 15 February 2008) Mike Pringle*, Bob Doris*, Christine Grahame*, Patrick Harvie*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Keith Brown*, Sandra White*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-1357 Congratulations to City of Edinburgh Council (lodged on 15 February 2008) Jim Hume*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1356 Nursery Cuts Must Stop (lodged on 14 February 2008) Helen Eadie*, Elaine Smith*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1355 Portobello For a New School (lodged on 14 February 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1354 Reflecting on 40 Years of US Military Justice (lodged on 14 February 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1352# New Energy Strategy for Scotland (lodged on 14 February 2008) Jamie McGrigor*, David McLetchie*, John Lamont*

S3M-1349# Evening Times Campaign - Fighting for a Fairer Deal from Property Managers (lodged on 13 February 2008) Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*, Margaret Curran*, Paul Martin*, Mary Mulligan*, Andy Kerr*, Robin Harper*, Robert Brown*

S3M-1347 Violence Against Betting Shop Workers (lodged on 13 February 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Elaine Smith*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1346♦ No End in Sight to the War in Iraq (lodged on 13 February 2008) Christine Grahame*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1345 Smart Meters Pilot Project (lodged on 12 February 2008) Christine Grahame*, Christina McKelvie*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1343# Domestic Violence and Alcohol (lodged on 12 February 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1341 Scottish Tourism Week (lodged on 8 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1340 Aberdeen Dental School (lodged on 8 February 2008) Mike Rumbles*, Jim Hume*, Robert Brown*, Liam McArthur*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-1339 Resettlement and Support Initiative, South Lanarkshire (lodged on 8 February 2008) John Lamont*

S3M-1338 Reel Afghanistan Film Festival (lodged on 8 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1337 There is No Such Creature as British Law (lodged on 8 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1336 St Mary’s Music School (lodged on 8 February 2008) Jack McConnell*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1328♦ Bring Berwick Back (lodged on 15 February 2008) Ian McKee*

S3M-1326 Children of Prisoners: The Invisible Victims of Crime (lodged on 7 February 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1324# 2008: Women and the Vote (lodged on 6 February 2008) Jack McConnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Margaret Curran*

S3M-1322 Save Stirling University Post Office (lodged on 6 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1321 Cyber-Impersonation (lodged on 6 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1320 The Wilson Doctrine (lodged on 6 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1318 American Super Bowl (lodged on 6 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1316 Congratulating Scottish Science (lodged on 5 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1311 Launch of the Automotrice Grande Vitesse (lodged on 5 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1298 Formal Opening of Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (lodged on 5 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1294 Insolvency Rates in Scotland (lodged on 4 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1293 Nationally Important Marine Areas (lodged on 4 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1291 You’ve Had Enough of Our Money, Hands Off Our Notes (lodged on 4 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1289 I Love My Smoke-Free Childhood (lodged on 4 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1288 Why Do We Feel So Broke? (lodged on 4 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1285 Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (lodged on 1 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1283 Congratulations to Buckie Community High School (lodged on 1 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1281 50th Anniversary of Scottish CND (lodged on 31 January 2008) Bill Wilson*

S3M-1278 Effective Energy Complaint Handling (lodged on 31 January 2008) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1269 Scottish Winners of BBC 2 Young Folk Award 2008 (lodged on 31 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1264 Scottish Book Trust (lodged on 30 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1251 Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Report on Glasgow Crossrail (lodged on 29 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1248 Alex Marshall, World Champion (lodged on 29 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1243 Congratulations to Falkirk Football Club (lodged on 29 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1242 Congratulations to John Loughton (lodged on 29 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1241 100th Anniversary of Sir Jimmy Shand’s Birth (lodged on 29 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1234 Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008 (lodged on 28 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1231 Clydesdale Befrienders (lodged on 28 January 2008) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1227 British Sign Language - Glossary of Science Terms (lodged on 28 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1221 Holocaust Memorial Day (lodged on 25 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1220 The Haven in Blantyre (lodged on 24 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

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

S3M-1217 Commemoration by the Bank of England of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1216 Commemoration by the Royal Mint of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1215 Commemoration by Royal Mail of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1214 Commemoration by the Scottish Clearing Banks of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1206 Congratulations to AL Kennedy (lodged on 23 January 2008) Jack McConnell*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1205 UN International Year of Languages (lodged on 23 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1203 Reid Kerr (lodged on 22 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1191 Spark of Genius (lodged on 22 January 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1028# Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights (lodged on 12 December 2007) Margaret Curran*

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