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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1513 Kenny MacAskill: Pensions Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the UK Pensions Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 5 December 2007, which legislate in devolved areas in respect of pension compensation on divorce or dissolution of a marriage or civil partnership, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-1512 Christina McKelvie: Motor Neurone Disease Breakthrough—That the Parliament notes the work of Professor Chris Shaw and his team, funded by the Motor Neurone Disease Association; welcomes the news that their work may have uncovered a possible direction for future research into the operation of the TDP-43 protein in some sufferers, and hopes that this work and other efforts like it will lead towards treatments to address the effects of this devastating disease.

*S3M-1511 Pauline McNeill: Maternity Services in West Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s decision that antenatal services will be retained in the west end of Glasgow, following the closure of the Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital in 2009, with a temporary service provided on the Western Infirmary campuses and calls on the NHS board to continue looking for a west end location to ensure local provision for mothers-to-be in the long term.

*S3M-1510 Christine Grahame: Brain Awareness Week: 10 to 16 March 2008—That the Parliament recognises the importance of brain research in increasing understanding, improving treatment and changing lives; applauds the work of researchers working in Scotland and further afield to make a difference to the 1,000,000 people in Scotland who live with neurological conditions; takes pride in Scotland’s place as a centre of excellence in neurosciences; welcomes the voluntary sector’s role as important funders of this vital work, and the role of the Neurological Alliance of Scotland in building links between groups affected by different conditions, and believes that the Scottish Government and other funders should consider making support for brain research a priority.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, Jackson Carlaw*, Cathy Peattie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mary Scanlon*

*S3M-1509 Lewis Macdonald: Denis Law and Stop the Cuts Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the comments by Kittybrewster School former pupil, Denis Law, in support of the campaign against the closure of Kittybrewster School; further welcomes his support for the campaign to save Bon Accord baths in Aberdeen; agrees with Denis Law that the administration of Aberdeen City Council should listen to the views of local people; calls on Aberdeen City Council to abandon its closure plans for Kittybrewster School, Bon Accord baths and many other vital services and facilities in the city, and as a matter of urgency further calls on the council to reconsider its plans to reduce revenue expenditure by £27 million in the forthcoming financial year.

*S3M-1508 Dr Richard Simpson: No Smoking Day—That the Parliament welcomes No Smoking Day on 12 March 2008; celebrates the reduction in heart attacks and other smoking-related diseases that is already becoming apparent in Scotland following the legislative ban on smoking in public places, and regrets that continued progress in this undoubted benefit for the health of the people of Scotland may be hindered by the funding cuts in real terms for smoking cessation programmes introduced by the Scottish Government.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie*, George Foulkes*, Elaine Smith*, Des McNulty*, Irene Oldfather*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marilyn Livingstone*, David Whitton*, Trish Godman*

*S3M-1507 Roseanna Cunningham: Clothing is Not an Invitation to Rape—That the Parliament condemns the comments made by defence lawyer and temporary sheriff, Iain Smith, in a recent sexual assault case in Perth Sheriff Court in which he used the clothing worn by the 15-year-old victim and reports that she may have been sexually active to claim that "she was not vulnerable" as part of a mitigation plea for his client; notes that the use of comments such as this by representatives of the legal profession is unacceptable and contributes to Scotland’s low rates of prosecution in cases of rape and sexual assault; recognises the Scottish Government’s campaign to change the attitudes toward rape and sexual assault, in particular to challenge the view that rape or sexual assault can be justified by the way a woman or girl behaves, her previous sexual activity or the clothing she is wearing, and urges the Scottish legal profession to take action to ensure that the use of such a defence or mitigation plea is no longer acceptable.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Patrick Harvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Irene Oldfather*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-1506 Ian McKee: Edinburgh is the Best!—That the Parliament celebrates the recognition of Edinburgh as the best small city in Europe in a poll by Foreign Direct Investment; notes that this magazine also ranked Edinburgh sixth in a poll of all European cities; congratulates the City of Edinburgh Council for its hard work in making Edinburgh one of the best cities in Europe to live, work and visit, and hopes that, despite the current disruption to road systems around the city, Edinburgh will continue to be thought of highly and as one of the best cities in Europe.

*S3M-1505 Nanette Milne: Congratulations to Kellands Primary School - Sheep School—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils from Kellands Primary School, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, in setting up a sheep-breeding business to provide pupils with a real learning experience about farming and agricultural markets; notes that the P5 pupils have been experiencing everything from caring for the animals to the auction process; further notes that the project aims to teach the pupils the financial disciplines involved in running a business as well as responsibility towards looking after animals, and encourages other schools across Scotland to look at similar projects to help to nurture Scotland’s future entrepreneurs.

*S3M-1504 Hugh O’Donnell: Scottish Society for Autism: 40 Years Serving Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Society for Autism on reaching, in 2008, its 40th year of providing services and support to children, adults and their families living with autism in Scotland; acknowledges its key role, as a parent-led organisation with long experience and 700 staff across the country, in delivering innovative services in local communities, and urges government, local authorities, health services and other voluntary sector organisations to maintain close co-operation with the society to further develop support and services appropriate to the complex needs of those with autism spectrum disorders and their families and to ensure that there will be equity of provision throughout the country.

*S3M-1503 Stuart McMillan: Gourock Curling Club’s 150th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Gourock Curling Club in achieving the historic milestone of being around for 150 years; notes that the club is celebrating this occasion by having an international curling competition which is taking place on 13, 14, 15 and 16 March 2008 at the Waterfront Centre in Greenock where 30 teams will take part under the Schenkel system, and further notes that more information can be obtained from the club’s website at

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Ross Finnie*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*

*S3M-1502 Patricia Ferguson: Evening Times Community Websites—That the Parliament notes the introduction of community websites by Glasgow’s Evening Times; recognises the important campaigning role played by this newspaper in supporting residents of Glasgow on issues such as improving local bus services and fighting for a fairer deal from factors, and welcomes the introduction of the community websites as a positive step forward in keeping people up to date on issues within their local communities.

*S3M-1501 Dr Richard Simpson: Olympic Games Training Camps—That the Parliament welcomes the selection of 28 Scottish sites, including the facilities at the University of Stirling, to be used for training camps for athletes in the London Olympic Games 2012 and calls on the Scottish Government to acknowledge the significant benefits that these camps will bring to sport in Scotland during the Olympic period.

Supported by: Trish Godman*, George Foulkes*, David Whitton*, Claire Baker*, Iain Gray*, Murdo Fraser*, Irene Oldfather*

*S3M-1500 Rhoda Grant: Congratulations to Moray Council on Addiction and Children 1st—That the Parliament congratulates Moray Council on Addiction and Children 1st who have been awarded almost £800,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a counselling service for those affected by substance misuse and a project to support youngsters leaving care; notes that this investment means that Moray has become one of the most successful local authorities in Scotland in accessing the Big Lottery Fund which is a testament to the quality of projects in the area; further notes that with the £384,693 award, Moray Council on Addiction is expected to be able to reach 500 local young people who are affected either directly or by another’s substance misuse and, in addition, that the £401,412 awarded to Children 1st will help make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable young people in Moray, helping them to make the often difficult transition into adulthood, and wishes both organisations every success for the future.

Supported by: Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*

*S3M-1499 Roseanna Cunningham: Scotland Hosts Meeting of European Fisheries Experts—That the Parliament welcomes fisheries experts from countries across the European Union to a joint meeting of the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) in the Scottish Parliament on 5 to 6 March, co-hosted by the North Sea RAC, North West Waters RAC and Pelagic RAC, to explore how best the fisheries sector and other stakeholders can engage with the designation and management of an emerging network of Marine Protected Areas and including keynote contributions from European Commission delegates and notes that this meeting takes place against a backdrop of an increasing interest in how we manage our seas and several new marine initiatives, including forthcoming Scottish marine legislation and the development of a European Marine Strategy and new inshore fisheries groups in Scotland.

Supported by: Ian McKee*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alison McInnes*, Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*, Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*, Nigel Don*, Rob Gibson*, Jack McConnell*

*S3M-1499.1 Liam McArthur: Scotland Hosts Meeting of European Fisheries Experts—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1499) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end  "and welcomes the U-turn in the SNP’s position on Regional Advisory Councils which the current Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead MSP, denounced as a "sop" and "little more than talking shops" when they were launched under the previous administration in 2004."

*S3M-1498 Cathy Jamieson: Schools of Ambition—That the Parliament expresses disappointment over the short-sighted decision of the Scottish Government to end funding for the Schools of Ambition programme; commends the programme’s aim of supporting school transformation, allowing both staff and pupils to try out new ideas and undertake a creative and innovative approach to learning, stimulating ambition and opportunity for young people and working with the whole community; recognises the excellent work done by Doon Academy in East Ayrshire, Carrick Academy in South Ayrshire, and the 50 other schools throughout Scotland which are currently participating in the programme, and urges the Scottish Government to reconsider its decision and support the enduring benefits that the Schools of Ambition programme offers.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*, Bill Butler*, Karen Whitefield*, John Park*, Lewis Macdonald*, Elaine Murray*, Andy Kerr*, Richard Baker*, Pauline McNeill*, Paul Martin*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mary Mulligan*, Michael McMahon*, Ken Macintosh*, Claire Baker*, Trish Godman*, Iain Gray*, Marilyn Livingstone*

*S3M-1497 John Wilson: National Minimum Wage—That the Parliament expresses its disappointment at the announcement by the Prime Minister on 5 March 2008 regarding the decision to increase the National Minimum Wage (NMW) by only 21p per hour from October 2008; considers that the decision is even more disappointing given the recent reports which have highlighted the failure of the NMW to address the issue of in-work poverty, and calls on the Prime Minister and the UK Government to increase the NMW to £6.00 an hour from October 2008 in order to alleviate the effects of those working on poverty wages.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*

S3M-1476 Karen Whitefield: Rail Services in Airdrie—That the Parliament welcomes Jamie Hepburn MSP’s call for rail improvements in Central Scotland, including a better rail service for Airdrie; notes that the Airdrie to Bathgate rail link was agreed by the previous administration and included the provision of a railway station at Plains; condemns the Scottish Government’s decision not to proceed with a station at Plains, despite the massive difference that it would make to the local community and local economy, and calls on the Scottish Government to reconsider this matter urgently to ensure that the people of Plains in Airdrie have a direct link to the new Airdrie to Bathgate rail link.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Butler*, Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Mulligan*, Cathy Peattie*, Michael McMahon*

*S3M-1476.1 Jamie Hepburn: Rail Services in Airdrie—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1476) in the name of Karen Whitefield, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "welcomes the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to the link, reaffirmed by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change in the Parliament on 21 February 2008; notes that the Scottish Government is investing record levels in the rail network in Scotland, including progressing the Airdrie-Bathgate rail link, and has made the same commitment to new stations as the previous administration; notes that there have been cost overruns and delays in other transport infrastructure projects commissioned by the previous administration; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that options for additional stops and further improvement in the Airdrie to Bathgate line are left open for future development, and considers that the text of motion S3M-1476 is at best political opportunism and at worst an attempt at misrepresentation of the Scottish Government’s position on this issue."

Supported by: Alex Neil*, John Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*, Ian McKee*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1496 Donaldson’s (lodged on 5 March 2008) Karen Gillon*, Johann Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mike Pringle*, Des McNulty*, Claire Baker*, Elaine Murray*, Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*, David Stewart*, Karen Whitefield*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Butler*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathie Craigie*, John Park*, Nanette Milne*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Elizabeth Smith*, George Foulkes*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*, Patrick Harvie*, John Lamont*, Trish Godman*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ian McKee*, Sandra White*, Pauline McNeill*, Helen Eadie*, Murdo Fraser*, Hugh Henry*, Iain Gray*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1495 Shadow Behind the Sun (lodged on 5 March 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Karen Whitefield*, Bill Butler*, Elaine Murray*, Elaine Smith*, Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-1494 Air Weapons (lodged on 5 March 2008) Bill Wilson*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1493 Coastguard Industrial Action (lodged on 5 March 2008) Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*, Liam McArthur*, Gil Paterson*, Andrew Welsh*

S3M-1492 Mr Stevie Fullarton (lodged on 5 March 2008) Keith Brown*, Christopher Harvie*, Trish Godman*, Mary Mulligan*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Christine Grahame*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1491 Injunction against Ben Griffin (lodged on 5 March 2008) Bill Wilson*, Elaine Smith*, Christine Grahame*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1483 Suicide (lodged on 4 March 2008) Ross Finnie*, Hugh Henry*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1482 Prison Numbers (lodged on 4 March 2008) Christopher Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Mike Pringle*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1479 Milton of Campsie Athlete to Carry Olympic Torch (lodged on 4 March 2008) Bashir Ahmad*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1477 Islamic Relief Support for Gaza (lodged on 4 March 2008) Elaine Smith*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1475 Solidarity with Shelter Workers (lodged on 4 March 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Smith*, George Foulkes*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Elaine Murray*, Gil Paterson*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1474 Scottish Affairs Committee: Report on Child Poverty in Scotland (HC 277) (lodged on 4 March 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1473 Feather Brooksbank (lodged on 3 March 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1472 Civilian Deaths in Gaza (lodged on 3 March 2008) Robin Harper*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Butler*

S3M-1470 Congratulations to President-elect of NUS Scotland (lodged on 3 March 2008) Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1470.1 Congratulations to President-elect of NUS Scotland (lodged on 4 March 2008) Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1468 Discover Inverclyde (lodged on 3 March 2008) Bill Wilson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1467 EU Sheep Identification Rules (lodged on 3 March 2008) Liam McArthur*

S3M-1466 Marie Curie Daffodils (lodged on 29 February 2008) Jamie McGrigor*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Murdo Fraser*, Jackie Baillie*, Christina McKelvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Aileen Campbell*, Ross Finnie*, Sandra White*, Trish Godman*, Jim Hume*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Ken Macintosh*, Patricia Ferguson*, Hugh Henry*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mary Mulligan*, John Park*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, John Lamont*, Mike Pringle*, Stuart McMillan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Nigel Don*, Bill Butler*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1465 Stop T in the Park Ticket Touting (lodged on 29 February 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Ted Brocklebank*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1462 Scotland’s Support for Nuclear Security Project (lodged on 29 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1461 One Book - One Edinburgh (lodged on 28 February 2008) Trish Godman*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1458 Success of RBS and HBOS (lodged on 28 February 2008) Gil Paterson*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-1457 Language Diversity in Schools (lodged on 28 February 2008) Elaine Smith*

S3M-1455 St Mary’s RC Primary School - 50th Birthday (lodged on 28 February 2008) Hugh Henry*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1454 Creation of the Artist Rooms Collection (lodged on 28 February 2008) Trish Godman*

S3M-1450 North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Newsletter and Conference (lodged on 28 February 2008) Michael McMahon*, Sandra White*, Jim Hume*, Cathie Craigie*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1449 Removal of Wardens from Sheltered Housing Complexes (lodged on 28 February 2008) Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-1447 Renfrewshire Recycling (lodged on 27 February 2008) Trish Godman*

S3M-1443 MSP of the Year (lodged on 27 February 2008) Elaine Smith*

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

S3M-1439 Handle With Care (lodged on 27 February 2008) Liam McArthur*

S3M-1424 Salvation Army Family Tracing Service (lodged on 26 February 2008) Hugh Henry*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1418 Asthma and Physical Exercise (lodged on 25 February 2008) Paul Martin*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Ross Finnie*, Hugh Henry*, Elaine Smith*, Ken Macintosh*, Mike Pringle*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Butler*, Des McNulty*, Patrick Harvie*, Trish Godman*, Margaret Curran*, Cathie Craigie*, Mary Mulligan*, George Foulkes*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mary Scanlon*, Pauline McNeill*, Helen Eadie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, John Park*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1416 Billy Liddell for the SFA’s Hall of Fame (lodged on 25 February 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1414 Think Differently About Autism - I Exist (lodged on 25 February 2008) Elaine Murray*, Alison McInnes*, Karen Gillon*, John Park*, Des McNulty*

S3M-1410 Strengthening of Offshore Workers’ Rights (lodged on 25 February 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1399.1 Congratulations to City of Edinburgh Council on an Excellent Budget (lodged on 3 March 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1398 Death of Last Eyak Speaker and the Importance of Linguistic Heritage (lodged on 21 February 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1397 The Annexe Healthy Living Centre, Partick, Glasgow (lodged on 21 February 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1396 Muireann McLaughlin (lodged on 21 February 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1388.1 Ashgill Community Facility (lodged on 26 February 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1384 Put Pornographic Materials Out of Reach and Out of Sight of Children (lodged on 19 February 2008) Elaine Smith*

S3M-1376 Kibble (lodged on 19 February 2008) Trish Godman*

S3M-1353# British Heart Foundation (lodged on 14 February 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1347 Violence Against Betting Shop Workers (lodged on 13 February 2008) Hugh Henry*

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

S3M-1324# 2008: Women and the Vote (lodged on 6 February 2008) Pauline McNeill*, Paul Martin*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Johann Lamont*, Elaine Murray*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Liam McArthur*, Cathy Jamieson*, Andy Kerr*, Bashir Ahmad*, Michael McMahon*, Bill Butler*, Des McNulty*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Stuart McMillan*, Karen Gillon*, Iain Gray*

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

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