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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1535♦ Margaret Mitchell: Medtech—That the Parliament welcomes the contribution of the medical technology (medtech) sector to Scotland which is worth around £8.7 million and accounts for around 7,000 jobs; notes that the medical devices sector has been identified as one of the six key technology areas for the following five years by the Council for Science and Technology and that the market is worth $200 billion globally; welcomes the work of Lanarkshire-based Medical Devices in Scotland (MDIS) in providing advice and support for medtech businesses with issues such as regulation, procurement, trade shows and product development, as well as facilitating research and development projects worth over £8 million; further welcomes the fact that MDIS has generated an approximate nine-fold return on an investment of £949,064 provided by Scottish Enterprise since 2001; is therefore concerned that Scottish Enterprise’s funding for MDIS is due to cease as of 31 March 2008; considers that this may lead to a weakening of the sector’s position in Scotland at a time when other UK regions and the Republic of Ireland are aggressively targeting the sector, and therefore considers that all interested parties should work together to provide a solution guaranteeing the long-term financial support that the sector requires.

*S3M-1534 Joe FitzPatrick: Contribution of Pharma-Related Business Activity to the Scottish Economy—That the Parliament notes the recent report for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry Scotland by economics consultancy, EPA, which shows that pharma-related businesses contribute £860 million each year to the Scottish economy, are responsible for nearly £490 million in spending on goods and services, directly employ 8,000 people in Scotland and support 12,800 jobs; recognises that the sector plays a key role in the nation’s economy; commends the efforts of those who seek to win new investment for the sector in Scotland; recognises the need to attract talented individuals from home and abroad to pharma-related businesses, and considers that the Scottish Government should provide appropriate support for pharma-related businesses, their people and products.

*S3M-1533 Liam McArthur: Sanday Community School Wins Best Animation Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Sanday Community School on its success in winning the prize for Best Animation at the First Light Movies Awards 2008, with their production "Lights Out!", a short animated film following a group of seals’ quest to switch off the light of Start Point Lighthouse in Sanday; notes that the film was chosen by a panel of expert judges, including actors Kevin Spacey, Orlando Bloom, Alan Rickman and Stephen Fry, producer Nira Park and directors Sam Mendes, Gurinder Chadha and Michael Winterbottom, and believes that the school’s success is the result of the hard work of the school’s talented pupils and of the excellent leadership of its staff.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie Stone*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patricia Ferguson*

*S3M-1532 Brian Adam: Glencraft Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes with concern the continued financial difficulties of Aberdeen’s Glencraft and other Scottish workplaces specifically for blind and other disabled employees; calls on these five companies to consider amalgamation to form one viable, national company, as seen in a model English group called PLUSS; recognises the need for places of sheltered employment, and calls on the UK and Scottish governments and local authorities to work with the sheltered employment groups to find a viable solution.

*S3M-1531 Alison McInnes: World Water Day—That the Parliament welcomes World Water Day on 22 March 2008; congratulates the excellent work carried out by WaterAid Scotland in helping the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education; commends WaterAid’s support for the End Water Poverty campaign urging the G8 to tackle the fundamental crisis in sanitation which is undermining development efforts; notes that currently 5,000 children die every day as a result of drinking dirty water, and therefore calls on the international community to take further action to ensure that access to safe water and sanitation is made available to all.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, Robin Harper*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patricia Ferguson*, Nanette Milne*, Elaine Murray*, Robert Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, Marlyn Glen*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Hume*, Elizabeth Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Sandra White*, Jamie Stone*, Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-1530 Patrick Harvie: NHS Occupational Health Services—That the Parliament notes with concern NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s decision to enter into negotiations with a private company with a view to contracting-out the provision of occupational health services for its own staff; further notes the anger of NHS occupational health therapists who would be forced to transfer their employment to the private sector, and questions whether such a move is the best way to achieving an effective and efficient service, given the risk of taking for granted the skills and dedication of health professionals and creating resentment among them.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Ross Finnie*, Elaine Smith*

*S3M-1529# Mary Scanlon: Elgin Bypass—That the Parliament supports the need for a bypass for the city of Elgin; recognises the efforts of Moray Council, Elgin Community Council, the Elgin Bypass Steering Group and many other individuals and groups who have campaigned for this bypass for many years; notes that 26,000 vehicles pass through Elgin on a daily basis; further notes that four successive ministers with responsibility for transport have visited Elgin since the formation of the Parliament, all of whom have been supportive of the proposal; notes that Moray is the base of many world-renowned companies that distribute their produce globally but feel restricted in Elgin where traffic slows considerably; also notes that the Moray 2020 strategy recognised that local transport links needed to be transformed in order to enhance the area and to attract inward investment, government dispersals and growing businesses, and notes the need for bypasses for other towns along the A96 corridor.

*S3M-1528 Jim Tolson: Fife Council’s Migrant Workers Survey—That the Parliament commends the decision of Fife Council to undertake the largest ever study into migrant workers in Scotland; acknowledges that almost 1,000 workers took part in the survey which was carried out to try to improve services for the growing migrant community; notes that half of migrants in Fife either had a degree or undergraduate qualification, but over 70% of them did not use these skills in their current jobs, and calls on the Scottish Government to conduct a national study to ensure that migrants across Scotland are using their skills to their full potential.

*S3M-1527 Stuart McMillan: FIFA President’s Olympic Football Team Comments—That the Parliament acknowledges FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s comments in the Sunday Herald on 9 March 2008 where he stated "When it comes to the Olympics there should be one team from one of the countries playing, and not a combination from all four" and that the inclusion of a UK football team in the 2012 Olympics would harm the four British football associations; believes that such a team would threaten the status of Scotland as an independent football nation; recognises the respective supporters’ associations and federations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England are opposed to a UK team, and calls on the British Olympic Association to abandon its campaign to force the four UK football associations to amalgamate for the 2012 Olympics.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Christine Grahame*, Keith Brown*

*S3M-1526 Derek Brownlee: Queen of the South—That the Parliament congratulates Queen of the South Football Club on reaching the semi-final of the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1950; notes that the team became full-time only last year; praises the club management and the entire squad on the progress that the team has made in the competition, and wishes the club continued success in the future.

Supported by: Elaine Murray*, Nanette Milne*, James Kelly*, Alasdair Allan*, Murdo Fraser*, Patricia Ferguson*, John Lamont*, Robin Harper*, Karen Gillon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-1525 Gavin Brown: Scotland’s Rugby Team - Calcutta Cup Winners—That the Parliament sends its congratulations to the Scottish rugby team on winning the Calcutta Cup by 15 points to nine against England; believes that this result shows a remarkable team spirit against a side that was in the rugby world cup final, and wishes the team every success in its remaining fixture versus Italy.

Supported by: Derek Brownlee*, James Kelly*, Margaret Mitchell*, Alasdair Allan*, Nanette Milne*, Patricia Ferguson*, Murdo Fraser*, John Lamont*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Butler*, Robin Harper*, Liam McArthur*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Karen Gillon*, Bob Doris*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

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: Mary Mulligan*

*S3M-1501.1 Bob Doris: Olympic Games Training Camps—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1501) in the name of Dr Richard Simpson, leave out from "and calls on" to end and insert "supports the SNP government’s consultation document on the legacy from the Commonwealth Games which also explores how Scotland could benefit from the 2012 London Olympics; condemns the direct cash loss to Scottish grassroots sports and community groups of £150 million as a result UK parties reallocating money from the Big Lottery Fund to the London Olympics, and hopes that the £150 million can be retrieved from the Big Lottery Fund to help achieve a lasting legacy for both Glasgow and Scotland."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1524 Water and Sewerage Rates Relief for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 7 March 2008) Jim Hume*, Jamie Stone*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1522 Biggar - Scotland’s Third Transition Town (lodged on 7 March 2008) Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Keith Brown*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1520 Cuba (lodged on 7 March 2008) Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Butler*

S3M-1518 Racial Harassment Toolkit (lodged on 7 March 2008) Bill Wilson*, John Park*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1516 Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (lodged on 7 March 2008) Bill Wilson*, Bill Butler*, Alasdair Allan*, John Park*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Robert Brown*, Bob Doris*, Jamie Stone*, James Kelly*, Sandra White*, Ross Finnie*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-1515 Queen’s Park Football Club: FIFA Order of Merit (lodged on 7 March 2008) John Park*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1514 Scrap the Fuel Tax Rise (lodged on 7 March 2008) Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*

S3M-1512 Motor Neurone Disease Breakthrough (lodged on 6 March 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1511 Maternity Services in West Glasgow (lodged on 6 March 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Rhona Brankin*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Butler*, Elaine Smith*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1510 Brain Awareness Week: 10 to 16 March 2008 (lodged on 6 March 2008) Alex Neil*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1509 Denis Law and Stop the Cuts Campaign (lodged on 6 March 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1508 No Smoking Day (lodged on 6 March 2008) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1507 Clothing is Not an Invitation to Rape (lodged on 6 March 2008) Ross Finnie*, Christopher Harvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1505 Congratulations to Kellands Primary School - Sheep School (lodged on 6 March 2008) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1503 Gourock Curling Club’s 150th Anniversary (lodged on 6 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1500 Congratulations to Moray Council on Addiction and Children 1st (lodged on 6 March 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Trish Godman*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1497 National Minimum Wage (lodged on 6 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1497.1 National Minimum Wage (lodged on 7 March 2008) Pauline McNeill*, Jackie Baillie*, Andy Kerr*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Bill Butler*, Mr Frank McAveety*, James Kelly*, Iain Gray*, George Foulkes*

S3M-1496 Donaldson’s (lodged on 5 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1492 Mr Stevie Fullarton (lodged on 5 March 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1491 Injunction against Ben Griffin (lodged on 5 March 2008) Christopher Harvie*

S3M-1480 Damian’s Law (lodged on 4 March 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Charlie Gordon*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-1477 Islamic Relief Support for Gaza (lodged on 4 March 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-1475 Solidarity with Shelter Workers (lodged on 4 March 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Richard Baker*

S3M-1472 Civilian Deaths in Gaza (lodged on 3 March 2008) Bob Doris*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1470 Congratulations to President-elect of NUS Scotland (lodged on 3 March 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-1469 West Dunbartonshire Youth Services (lodged on 3 March 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*, Trish Godman*, Iain Gray*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Smith*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-1465 Stop T in the Park Ticket Touting (lodged on 29 February 2008) Bob Doris*

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

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

S3M-1414 Think Differently About Autism - I Exist (lodged on 25 February 2008) Patrick Harvie*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-1399.1 Congratulations to City of Edinburgh Council on an Excellent Budget (lodged on 3 March 2008) Robin Harper*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1359 Local Television (lodged on 15 February 2008) Jamie McGrigor*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Ken Macintosh*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1324# 2008: Women and the Vote (lodged on 6 February 2008) Margaret Mitchell*

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