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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1473 Gavin Brown: Feather Brooksbank—That the Parliament congratulates the Edinburgh media planning company, Feather Brooksbank, on its inclusion in the Sunday Times’s 100 best small companies to work for; congratulates the firm on climbing 51 places since last year; notes that 30% of the staff have been there for more than five years and that the firm has a staff turnover of just 10%, and hopes that next year even more Scottish companies will be in the top 100.

*S3M-1472 Bashir Ahmad: Civilian Deaths in Gaza—That the Parliament recognises Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket fire; however condemns the disproportionate and excessive use of force which has injured and killed many innocent civilians, including 22 children and 12 women; joins with calls from the European Union, the United Nations and the Vatican in demanding an end to the collective punishment of Gazans, and urges the Scottish Government to express to the UK Foreign Secretary the Scottish people’s revulsion at the actions being carried out by the Israeli Government.

*S3M-1471 Robin Harper: Oil and Gas Exploration in Scotland’s Seas—That the Parliament notes the commitments made by Scottish ministers to protecting Scotland’s marine environment; recognises the international significance of the bottlenose dolphin population that lives in and around the Moray Firth, given that they are a European protected species; further notes the decision by UK ministers to open up almost the whole of Scotland’s nearshore waters for oil and gas exploration and understands the concerns that marine conservation organisations have about this plan; further recognises the significant level of public support, as shown in the 7,000 letters already sent to UK ministers opposing plans for exploration in the protected habitat of the Moray Firth, and urges Scottish ministers, when in discussion with the UK Government, to make clear their opposition to the indiscriminate opening up of our seas to oil exploration and to work to protect some of Scotland’s most famous natural assets.

*S3M-1470 Aileen Campbell: Congratulations to President-elect of NUS Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Gurjit Singh on his election as President of the National Union of Students Scotland; notes the contribution of the NUS and other student bodies to the successful campaign for abolition of the graduate endowment; believes that the NUS has an important role to play as a strong, independent voice for students in Scotland, and further believes that MSPs of all parties should continue to work closely with student representative bodies to ensure that the voice of students is heard in the Parliament.

*S3M-1469 Jackie Baillie: West Dunbartonshire Youth Services—That the Parliament welcomes the range of services available to young people in West Dunbartonshire including Y Sort-it and the Youth Trust; notes that both organisations are run by young people for young people; further notes that Y Sort-it provides health drop-ins, a mobile information centre with computers and chill-out rooms and advice to young people; further notes that the Youth Trust provides a variety of grants to promote initiatives for young people in West Dunbartonshire; believes that services like the Pulse, Youth 2 Youth, Unit 23 Skatepark, Aquadiscos and several youth action groups have a valuable role in making sure that young people are engaged in their local communities; recognises that the Scottish Government has given West Dunbartonshire Council one of the worst local government settlements in Scotland and cut funding by over £1 million from the Fairer Scotland Fund; understands that the council intends to review youth provision in order to reduce the services available, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to provide additional funds for West Dunbartonshire to prevent a loss of youth services.

*S3M-1468 Stuart McMillan: Discover Inverclyde—That the Parliament congratulates the partners of Discover Inverclyde who have successfully launched a tourism strategy to increase the tourist trade in Inverclyde; notes that Discover Inverclyde has been established by Greenock Chamber of Commerce in association with VisitScotland and other local businesses; further notes that the website www.discoverinverclyde.co.uk will be a valuable addition to informing potential tourists of the wealth of history and attractions that Inverclyde possesses, and recommends that every MSP spends some time visiting Inverclyde to fully appreciate the location, scenery, people, history, attractions and hospitality.

*S3M-1467 Jim Hume: EU Sheep Identification Rules—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed new double tagging rules for sheep; recognises that this proposed system of double tagging every animal, given the large flock size of many farms in Scotland, will be unworkable, impractical and will put additional pressure on livestock producers at a time when strict traceability rules are already in place and proven to be effective, and calls on the Scottish Government to represent Scottish farmers’ interests in Europe and to strongly resist the implementation of double tagging proposals.

S3M-1408 Rob Gibson: Welcome to Highland Wood Pellet Plant—That the Parliament notes the imminent commencement of work on the £25 million Balcas wood processing plant in Invergordon; welcomes the estimated 38 full-time jobs it will bring to the Easter Ross area, the extra 207 it will generate in the Highland area and the 307 in Scotland; notes that on completion it will be the largest biomass renewable energy project in the United Kingdom, producing 8 megawatts of power, over half of which will be fed into the national grid, thus displacing 170,000 tonnes of carbon per year as well as creating 100,000 *tonnes of* wood pellets per year for renewable heat fuel, and contends that this green enterprise which uses local sustainable resources is a model for the future of sustainable businesses in Scotland.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon*, Alex Neil*, Keith Brown*

S3M-1399 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to City of Edinburgh Council on an Excellent Budget—That the Parliament notes the importance of a vibrant and successful capital city to Scotland and congratulates the Liberal Democrat/Scottish National Party-led City of Edinburgh Council in delivering an excellent budget in challenging circumstances to ensure that Edinburgh continues to thrive; welcomes the news that there is now money in place for a major overhaul of the Royal Commonwealth Pool, the refurbishment of the King’s Theatre, a record £60 million investment in roads and pavements and a £33 million investment in the city’s school system, and looks forward to a promising future for Edinburgh.

*S3M-1399.1 George Foulkes: Congratulations to City of Edinburgh Council on an Excellent Budget—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1399) in the name of Mike Pringle, leave out from "congratulates" to end and insert "notes with grave concern the recent budget of the SNP/Liberal Democrat City of Edinburgh Council which will have a negative impact on services for children and young people across the city; particularly deplores the 1.5% cut from devolved schools’ budgets resulting in at least a £10,000 reduction per average primary school, £10,000 reduction per average special school and £50,000 reduction per average secondary school; further deplores the council’s award-winning youth services being reduced by £357,000, Community Learning and Development being cut by the full-year equivalent of £850,000, and all school meals being increased by an inflation-busting 10p, and believes that the SNP/Liberal Democrat council budget will thus result in the loss of much-needed local services for young people in both schools and the wider community throughout Edinburgh."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1462 Scotland’s Support for Nuclear Security Project (lodged on 29 February 2008) Robin Harper*, Keith Brown*, Brian Adam*, Dave Thompson*, Angela Constance*, Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*

S3M-1461 One Book - One Edinburgh (lodged on 28 February 2008) Angela Constance*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-1458 Success of RBS and HBOS (lodged on 28 February 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie Stone*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-1457 Language Diversity in Schools (lodged on 28 February 2008) Marlyn Glen*, Iain Gray*, Angela Constance*, Jackie Baillie*, Robert Brown*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1455 St Mary’s RC Primary School - 50th Birthday (lodged on 28 February 2008) Des McNulty*, Pauline McNeill*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1453# European Park of the Year (lodged on 28 February 2008) Jackson Carlaw*, Alex Neil*, Keith Brown*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-1451# Scotland’s Aerospace, Defence and Naval Sector - World Class (lodged on 28 February 2008) David Whitton*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-1449 Removal of Wardens from Sheltered Housing Complexes (lodged on 28 February 2008) Alex Neil*, Angela Constance*

S3M-1447 Renfrewshire Recycling (lodged on 27 February 2008) Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-1444# Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings (lodged on 27 February 2008) Keith Brown*, Angela Constance*, John Park*

S3M-1440 The Whole of the UK Should Celebrate the Bravery of Scots (lodged on 27 February 2008) John Park*

S3M-1439 Handle With Care (lodged on 27 February 2008) Marlyn Glen*, Keith Brown*, Angela Constance*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-1437 Tackling Sectarianism (lodged on 27 February 2008) Angela Constance*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1423 Architecture and Design Scotland Schools Design Programme (lodged on 26 February 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-1420 St Andrew’s Medal (lodged on 26 February 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1419 Fair Trade is the Answer (lodged on 26 February 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1417 Scottish Slimmer of the Year (lodged on 25 February 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1415 28 February 2008 - European Day of Action on Prison Overcrowding (lodged on 25 February 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1409 Abducted and Missing Children (lodged on 22 February 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1402 Funding of Supporters Direct (lodged on 22 February 2008) George Foulkes*

S3M-1396 Muireann McLaughlin (lodged on 21 February 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1394 Glasgow to Host 2009 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships (lodged on 21 February 2008) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1383 Action for War Veterans (lodged on 19 February 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1376 Kibble (lodged on 19 February 2008) John Park*, Angela Constance*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, David Whitton*

S3M-1359 Local Television (lodged on 15 February 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1340 Aberdeen Dental School (lodged on 8 February 2008) Ross Finnie*

S3M-1273 VAT for Warm Homes Campaign (lodged on 31 January 2008) Rob Gibson*

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

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

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