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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1436 Lewis Macdonald: Air Route Development—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen airport on being named by the Airports Council International as the world’s most improved airport; recognises the potential importance of such an award in attracting new business and increased tourism to Aberdeen and the north east, and calls on ministers to help Aberdeen and other airports to continue to grow business by putting in place a scheme to support the marketing of Scotland as a destination, in association with the establishment of new direct air routes to Scotland, to build on the successes of the Route Development Fund.

*S3M-1435 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1434 Jackie Baillie: Improving Accountability—That the Parliament believes that government should be open and accountable; affirms its support for the Seven Principles of Public Life established in the first report of the Nolan Committee and for the further principles governing ministerial conduct as set out in the Scottish Ministerial Code; notes that the First Minister is reviewing the code, in line with practice after each Scottish parliamentary election; acknowledges the increasing calls for independent oversight of the code; considers that a modern and progressive government has nothing to fear from ensuring transparency and accountability in all that it does, and therefore calls on the First Minister to include independent oversight of the Scottish Ministerial Code, taking the new UK Ministerial Code as the starting point, and to bring forward a statement to the Parliament on this when the review is concluded.

*S3M-1433 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 March 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Borders Rail Link

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Organ Donation Taskforce Report

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 6 March 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Law Commission’s Report on Rape and Sexual Offences

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: OECD Review of Scotland’s Rural Policy

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on the Consultation on the Proposed Strategy for Enhancing Equal Opportunities for Scotland’s Ministerial Appointments Process

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 12 March 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 13 March 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Liberal Democrats Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1432 Paul Martin: Protecting Scotland’s Children—That the Parliament recognises the importance of making further progress on the 33 recommendations published by the Justice 2 Sub-committee on 15 December 2006 in connection with the management of registered sex offenders; believes that ensuring public safety is paramount in the management of registered sex offenders; further recognises the crucial role that the retention of DNA samples and fingerprints of all crime suspects has played in England and Wales in detecting sex offenders; acknowledges the value of the pilot schemes in England and Wales that will allow parents to ask police authorities whether a named individual such as a carer or a new partner has previously been placed on the sex offenders register, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring a statement to the Parliament on the implementation of the Justice 2 Sub-committee’s report J2SC/S2/06/R1.

*S3M-1431 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Group 1: 20 minutes.

*S3M-1430 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 (Low Income, Low Asset Debtors etc.) Regulations 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1429 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1428 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 Fixed Penalty Order 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1427 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Supplemental Provisions) Order 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1426 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1425 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Declaration of South Queensferry as Fairtrade Royal Burgh—That the Parliament congratulates South Queensferry on achieving the status of a Fairtrade Royal Burgh; praises the longstanding commitment and dedication of the Queensferry Fair Trade Group and the local community in raising awareness and promoting fairtrade which has led to this well-deserved recognition, and wishes them well for the official "Declaration Day" celebrations on 1 March 2008.

*S3M-1424 Gil Paterson: Salvation Army Family Tracing Service—That the Parliament congratulates the Salvation Army on its Family Tracing Service; highlights the invaluable work carried out in putting long-lost individuals and families in touch with each other; fully supports this vital service, and thanks all those involved in carrying it out.

Supported by: Trish Godman*, John Lamont*, Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Robert Brown*, Des McNulty*, Sandra White*, Jamie Stone*, Andrew Welsh*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Jim Hume*, Mike Pringle*

*S3M-1423 Robin Harper: Architecture and Design Scotland Schools Design Programme—That the Parliament welcomes the creation of Architecture and Design Scotland’s (A+DS) schools design programme and the ambition to raise both awareness and ambition in the design of schools; notes A+DS’s recent briefing that successful schools have flexible and adaptable designs which are at the heart of their communities and in which environmental sustainability informed all aspects as part of an integrated concept, and congratulates Scottish architect Paul Stallan on becoming A+DS’s education design champion.

*S3M-1422 Dave Thompson: Congratulations to Hamish MacInnes on Scottish Award for Excellence—That the Parliament congratulates Glencoe resident Hamish MacInnes on his well-deserved Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture in recognition of his pioneer spirit and service to the mountaineering community; notes that Mr MacInnes has made considerable contributions as an inventor, author, climber and search and rescue specialist, and welcomes the presentation of his award at the Fort William Mountain Festival on Saturday 23 February 2008.

*S3M-1421 Dave Thompson: Highland Council Budget—That the Parliament congratulates the Independent/Scottish National Party-led Highland Council administration on delivering both a freeze in council tax and growth in key frontline services; welcomes the additional funding put in place for home care provision and voluntary sector support, the £8.3 million additional investment in the new community schools programme and a record £65 million investment in Transport, Environment and Community Services, and finally commends Highland Council on presenting an excellent budget while working within the constraints of a tight settlement.

*S3M-1420 Christine Grahame: St Andrew’s Medal—That the Parliament believes that a special award should be commissioned to reward acts of civilian bravery and recognise exemplary acts of gallantry by individuals in, or meriting recognition by, Scotland; notes that the UK Government presently issues its own gallantry medal to its subjects in the form of the George Medal, depicting St George of England slaying a lion, but that the Scottish Government currently has no formal method to recognise acts of bravery and heroism by its own citizens, and therefore urges Scottish ministers to consider instituting an award for bravery, entitled the St Andrew’s Medal, as a way to recognise and acknowledge acts of great bravery by individuals in Scotland.

*S3M-1419 Cathie Craigie: Fair Trade is the Answer—That the Parliament congratulates Whitelees Primary School, in Abronhill, Cumbernauld, for its commitment and enthusiasm in promoting fair trade in its community and bringing Cumbernauld closer to being established as a Fairtrade Town; applauds the work of Whitelees Enterprise Team in identifying the need to widen awareness of fair trade products with the objective of "promoting and supporting the work of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and Fair Trade by raising awareness of the exploitation of poor people globally, promoting and embracing global citizenship, valuing diversity and engendering a real sense of community which stretches across the world"; recognises the importance and opportunity from the release of "Fair Trade is the Answer", a CD with music and lyrics written and performed by the pupils of Whitelees School of Rock and Primary 7; shows appreciation to the staff and students at Cumbernauld College for their support and technical expertise in producing the CD; welcomes the partnership approach adopted by the school and its ability to engage with outside organisations to benefit and enhance pupils’ educational experience; welcomes the team’s commitment to spreading its message across the United Kingdom and, through links with Cumbernauld’s twin town, Bron in France, taking the message beyond our shores; acknowledges that all money raised from the sale of the CD will go to support fair trade and encourages every school in Scotland to purchase a CD in support of fair trade and the message of global citizenship that it contains, and looks forward to Scotland earning fairtrade status.

S3M-1412 John Farquhar Munro: The Glennie Report—That the Parliament is concerned about the potential impact of the implementation of the Glennie Report on *dental practices* throughout Scotland as it will require dental surgeries to have a separate sterilisation room, new equipment and more staff to meet its requirements; notes that many dental surgeries cannot physically be altered to accommodate these changes and acknowledges that, if enforced, these changes will hit NHS dental surgeries, particularly rural dental surgeries, hardest; is further aware of the existing acute lack of dentists in the Highlands and Islands and believes that, if the Glennie Report’s recommendations are implemented, it will mean the closure of some of the few remaining surgeries, leaving people to travel even further for treatment or being forced to go private, and calls on the Scottish Government not to enact the *Glennie Report*.

Supported by: Jamie Stone*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*, Jim Hume*

S3M-1388 Patricia Ferguson: Ashgill Community Facility—That the Parliament notes the imminent decision by Glasgow City Council to reopen the former Chirnsyde Community Initiative premises under a new name and new management; congratulates Glasgow Community and Safety Services for its willingness to take over this vital community facility; commends the investment to be made, and looks forward to the refurbished centre providing a range of services and activities for people of all ages in the Milton community.

*S3M-1388.1 Bob Doris: Ashgill Community Facility—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1388) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, leave out from "congratulates" to end and insert "commends the local community for its fortitude in coping with criminal activity in the locality; congratulates community activists for championing safe community facilities within the area; welcomes Glasgow Community and Safety Services taking over this vital community facility as a successful conclusion to their campaign; further commends the investment to be made, and, following a number of delays, finally looks forward to the refurbished centre providing a range of services and activities for people of all ages in the Milton community."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1417 Scottish Slimmer of the Year (lodged on 25 February 2008) Elaine Murray*, Alasdair Allan*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1416 Billy Liddell for the SFA’s Hall of Fame (lodged on 25 February 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*, Michael McMahon*, Jackie Baillie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Trish Godman*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1415 28 February 2008 - European Day of Action on Prison Overcrowding (lodged on 25 February 2008) John Park*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, Iain Gray*, Marlyn Glen*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathie Craigie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1414 Think Differently About Autism - I Exist (lodged on 25 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1411 Whitelees Primary: "Fairtrade is the Answer" (lodged on 25 February 2008) Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Patricia Ferguson*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*

S3M-1410 Strengthening of Offshore Workers’ Rights (lodged on 25 February 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Cathie Craigie*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, Des McNulty*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jamie Hepburn*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1409 Abducted and Missing Children (lodged on 22 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1408 Welcome to Highland Wood Pellet Plant (lodged on 22 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1405 Cultural Co-ordinators (lodged on 22 February 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Butler*, Robert Brown*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-1403 Ofgem Investigates Energy Companies’ Profits (lodged on 22 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1402 Funding of Supporters Direct (lodged on 22 February 2008) Robert Brown*, Cathie Craigie*, John Park*, Elaine Murray*, Jim Tolson*, Ken Macintosh*, Karen Whitefield*, Lewis Macdonald*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Pauline McNeill*, Gil Paterson*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1401 No to "Civil National Flag" (lodged on 22 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1400 Independent People’s Tribunal on the World Bank Group in India (lodged on 22 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1399 Congratulations to City of Edinburgh Council on an Excellent Budget (lodged on 22 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1398 Death of Last Eyak Speaker and the Importance of Linguistic Heritage (lodged on 21 February 2008) Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1397.1 The Annexe Healthy Living Centre, Partick, Glasgow (lodged on 22 February 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1396 Muireann McLaughlin (lodged on 21 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1394 Glasgow to Host 2009 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships (lodged on 21 February 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Cathie Craigie*, John Park*, Jim Tolson*, Robert Brown*, Karen Whitefield*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Gil Paterson*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1362 WWF Campaign for Strong Scottish Climate Change Bill (lodged on 18 February 2008) Cathie Craigie*

S3M-1353# British Heart Foundation (lodged on 14 February 2008) Marlyn Glen*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1202# Alternative and Augmentative Communication (lodged on 22 January 2008) Annabel Goldie*

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