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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1398 Bill Wilson: Death of Last Eyak Speaker and the Importance of Linguistic Heritage—That the Parliament notes the extinction of the Eyak language with the death of 89-year-old Marie Smith Jones, peace campaigner and campaigner for indigenous languages, who was believed to be the last full-blooded member of the Eyak tribe of Alaska and the last fluent speaker of the language; notes that it is reported that none of her nine children learned Eyak because "they grew up a time when it was considered wrong to speak anything but English"; notes the similarities between the history of Eyak and other languages, notably Scots, and is of the opinion that the best way of honouring the life and work of Smith Jones is to promote a positive attitude to our own indigenous languages and culture.

*S3M-1397 Pauline McNeill: The Annexe Healthy Living Centre, Partick, Glasgow—That the Parliament expresses its concern about the continued threat to community health services in west and north Glasgow which are delivered by the Annexe Healthy Living Centre in Partick, which received a very positive evaluation by NHS Scotland last year; notes that healthy living centres across Scotland are still facing possible closure, redundancies or service reductions as a result of continuing funding difficulties and uncertainty despite the last minute announcement of limited transitional funding by the Scottish Government; notes the contribution that healthy living centres have made across Scotland to improving community health and quality of life, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that adequate long-term funding is made available to ensure expansion rather than cuts at the Annexe and the survival of all other centres like it which are doing so much to reduce health inequality in Scotland.

*S3M-1396 Keith Brown: Muireann McLaughlin—That the Parliament expresses its most profound condolences to the family of Muireann McLaughlin of Menstrie in Clackmannanshire following their recent loss; notes that the fatal accident took place due to choking on a loop of a blind cord; recognises that blinds manufactured in this way have been banned from sale in the USA since 1995; further notes that health and safety and consumer protection are matters reserved to Westminster; supports the calls by the McLaughlin family to bring this aspect of health and safety here into line with the higher US standard, and calls on the UK Government to take this action as soon as possible.

*S3M-1395 Dr Richard Simpson: Medical Research in Scotland—That the Parliament, recognising the importance of current medical research into biomedical markers, translational research, which can predict the development of illness, welcomes the £15.5 million of new funding given by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. to the Translational Medicine Research Collaboration of Scottish University Medical Schools as further evidence of the outstanding quality of medical research in Scotland.

*S3M-1394 Bill Butler: Glasgow to Host 2009 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow on securing the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships to be held at Scotstoun Stadium in May 2009; hopes that Scotland’s involvement will boost its medal chances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and echoes the words of Terry McLernon, founder of Drumchapel Table Tennis Club, that "Hosting the Championships in 2009 is a real boost for the sport in both Glasgow and Scotland and gives the young people in Drumchapel a real shot at going for gold in 2014".

*S3M-1393 Jim Hume: Independent Ombudsman for Fair Trade—That the Parliament welcomes the Competition Commission’s work during its investigation into the grocery market; further welcomes the recommendations contained therein; notes in particular its recommendation for a code of practice and an independent ombudsman in order to ensure fair and open trade between supermarkets, large retailers and producers, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government to implement a code of practice and an independent ombudsman as soon as possible for the benefit of the Scottish food supply chain, from producer to consumer.

*S3M-1112 Alasdair Allan: Development of the Gaelic Language—That the Parliament commends Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) and Comhairle na Gaidhealtachd (Highland Council) for the recent publication of their Gaelic plans; notes the important work done by the community and by many agencies and bodies in Scotland to maintain and develop the Gaelic language; welcomes the work done by both the previous Scottish Executive and current Scottish Government in this regard, particularly the Gaelic language plan and the Government’s programme for Gaelic; recognises that the coming few years will decide whether or not Gaelic is to survive as a community language, and therefore recognises that a sense of urgency in this area of policy is essential to ensuring that the number of speakers has, by the 2021 census, been stabilised at 2001 levels as the prerequisite for long-term growth.

*The member has supplied the following Gaelic translation:

gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ moladh Comhairle nan Eilean Siar agus Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, airson nam planaichean Gàidhlig aca a chaidh fhoillseachadh o chionn ghoirid; gu bheil i ag aithneachadh, a bharrachd air sin, an obair chudromach a tha air a dèanamh leis a’ choimhearsnachd agus le tòrr bhuidhnean ann an Alba gus a’ Ghàidhlig a leasachadh agus a ghlèidheadh; gu bheil i a’ toirt fàilte do shaothair an Riaghaltas mu dheireadh agus an Riaghaltais làthairich a thaobh na Gàidhlig, agus gu h-àraid do phlana Gàidhlig an Riaghaltais agus do phrògram an Riaghaltais airson na Ghàidhlig; gu bheil i ag aithneachadh gum bi na beagan bhliadhnaichean tha romhainn gu math cudromach ann a bhith a’ daingneachadh inbhe na Gàidhlig mar chànain choimhearsnachd agus, mar sin, gu bheil i ag aithneachadh gu bheil e deatamach gum bi poileasaidh air a’ chànain mothachail gu bheil ùine teann ma thathar a’ dol a ghlèidheadh àireamhan luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig aig ìre 2001; gum feumar seo a choileanadh ron chunntas-sluaigh ann an 2021 mar bhunait airson leasachadh na Gàidhlig san àm ri teachd.*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1390 It’s Official: Glasgow is the Best Host in the UK (lodged on 20 February 2008) Jackie Baillie*, John Park*, David Whitton*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jackson Carlaw*, Mary Mulligan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Charlie Gordon*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Smith*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1388 Ashgill Community Facility (lodged on 20 February 2008) Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*

S3M-1387 Opposition to Heathrow Expansion (lodged on 20 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1384 Put Pornographic Materials Out of Reach and Out of Sight of Children (lodged on 19 February 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1383 Action for War Veterans (lodged on 19 February 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1372 Pension Rights for Injured Firefighters (lodged on 18 February 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1371 Cockenzie House Nursing Home (lodged on 18 February 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, George Foulkes*

S3M-1370 Put Edinburgh on the Global Monopoly Board (lodged on 18 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1369 The Continuing Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip (lodged on 18 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1368 TV Call Over Dons’ European Match (lodged on 18 February 2008) Alison McInnes*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1363 Kosovan Independence (lodged on 18 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1362 WWF Campaign for Strong Scottish Climate Change Bill (lodged on 18 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1361 Congratulations to Mark Beaumont (lodged on 18 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1359 Local Television (lodged on 15 February 2008) Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Jim Tolson*, Patrick Harvie*, Trish Godman*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Tom McCabe*, George Foulkes*

S3M-1358 Illiterate Woman Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia (lodged on 15 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1357 Congratulations to City of Edinburgh Council (lodged on 15 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1356 Nursery Cuts Must Stop (lodged on 14 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1354 Reflecting on 40 Years of US Military Justice (lodged on 14 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1352# New Energy Strategy for Scotland (lodged on 14 February 2008) Bill Aitken*

S3M-1351 Public Bodies with 08 Telephone Numbers (lodged on 14 February 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1350 Congratulations to West Lothian Council on the 2008-09 Budget (lodged on 13 February 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1347 Violence Against Betting Shop Workers (lodged on 13 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*, Tom McCabe*, Sandra White*

S3M-1346# No End in Sight to the War in Iraq (lodged on 20 February 2008) Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-1345 Smart Meters Pilot Project (lodged on 12 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1344 Evening Times Property Factors Campaign (lodged on 12 February 2008) Gil Paterson*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-1343# Domestic Violence and Alcohol (lodged on 12 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-1342 80th Anniversary of the National Party of Scotland (lodged on 11 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1341 Scottish Tourism Week (lodged on 8 February 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1340 Aberdeen Dental School (lodged on 8 February 2008) Alison McInnes*

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

S3M-1338 Reel Afghanistan Film Festival (lodged on 8 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-1331 Anorexia and Bulimia (lodged on 7 February 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1325 Averting Humanitarian Disaster in Afghanistan (lodged on 6 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1323 Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps (lodged on 6 February 2008) Mary Mulligan*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-1320 The Wilson Doctrine (lodged on 6 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1316 Congratulating Scottish Science (lodged on 5 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1310# Glasgow Task Force (lodged on 5 February 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-1309 Food Without Fear Campaign (lodged on 5 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1297# Upper Forth Crossing (lodged on 5 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1290 Creative Glasgow: City of Music (lodged on 4 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1245 Welcome for UK Government Legislation on Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers (lodged on 29 January 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1236 Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia (lodged on 28 January 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1229 Beating Bowel Cancer - 2008 BE LOUD! Campaign (lodged on 28 January 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1194 Domestic Abuse Play by Teenagers from Kilmardinny Arts Centre (lodged on 22 January 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1174# Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight (lodged on 17 January 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1164.1 Trade Union Democracy (lodged on 22 January 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1144 Midnight Footie (lodged on 15 January 2008) Stuart McMillan*

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