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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1603 Johann Lamont: Housing—That the Parliament regrets the SNP government’s lack of a coherent housing strategy; notes that the Housing Supply Task Force has no timetable or remit to produce recommendations for action; notes in particular the absence of robust evidence on funding and efficiencies in delivering its housing targets; further notes concerns about the impact of a single regional developer model, as outlined in the Firm Foundations consultation, on community-controlled housing associations and housing co-operatives; agrees that the Scottish Government should make a statement to the Parliament as soon as possible, clarifying its plans for the clear SNP manifesto commitment on a £2,000 first-time buyers’ grant, and urges the Scottish Government to act to secure long-term improvements in housing rather than the short-term appearance of change.

*S3M-1602 Richard Lochhead: Scotland’s Marine Environment—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to consult on proposals for the sustainable management of Scotland’s seas and coast, including coherent framework measures for marine planning, conservation and sea fisheries, and believes that this will enhance Scotland’s stewardship of the seas, support sustainable development and provide protection for the marine environment, so ensuring that future generations of Scots will be able to enjoy the many social, cultural and economic benefits that the seas deliver.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-1601 Rhona Brankin: Schools of Ambition—That the Parliament recognises the important contribution that the Schools of Ambition programme has made in giving schools greater freedom to develop creative and innovative approaches to school improvement; notes HM Inspectorate of Education’s positive comments on the programme’s effect on pupil motivation; deplores the Scottish Government’s decision to axe the Schools of Ambition programme in the face of such success, and calls on the Scottish Government to continue the funding of existing schools of ambition and to identify further individual schools that would benefit from becoming schools of ambition.

*S3M-1600 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 March 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce Action Plan

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 27 March 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/125)

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;

Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Fatal Accident Inquiries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Justice Committee Debate: 4th Report 2008 - Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 17 April 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

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 Stage 1 Debate: Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1599 Bill Aitken: The Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2008—That the Parliament recommends that nothing further be done under the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/125).

*S3M-1598 Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Mental Health (Cross-border Visits) (Scotland) Regulations 2008—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (Cross-border Visits) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Shona Robison*, Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-1597 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Victim Notification Scheme (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Victim Notification Scheme (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-1596# Mary Mulligan: Yes to Bathgate Business Improvement District—That the Parliament notes the hugely successful outcome of the ballot to establish the first Business Improvement District (BID) in Scotland in Bathgate, West Lothian; further notes that out of 205 votes cast by local businesses, 190 were in support of the BID proposals and congratulates the BID steering group chairperson, Sam Crawford, his implementation group colleagues, Amanda Finlayson and Pat Kerr, and all others involved in developing the Bathgate BID on their amazing success; acknowledges that the ballot result is an overwhelming endorsement by the business community of the BID concept, and hopes other Scottish towns may follow in Bathgate’s footsteps.

*S3M-1595 Bill Wilson: The Prime Minister, Tibet and China—That the Parliament believes that the Prime Minister should meet the Dalai Lama before the Beijing Olympics.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-1594 Irene Oldfather: Congratulations to Towerlands Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates Towerlands Primary School in Cunninghame South for achieving a First Eco Schools Green Flag award which recognises schools that are committed to the highest standards of environmental education and management; commends the hard work and dedication of staff and pupils in working towards making their school fully sustainable; notes that global warming is the single biggest threat facing the planet, and therefore agrees that if raising awareness of environmental issues is undertaken at an early age, children will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet future challenges.

*S3M-1593 John Scott: Support for an Armed Forces Day—That the Parliament welcomes the campaign for the UK Government to establish an official day to honour British soldiers, sailors, airmen and women on active service; believes that such an official day would offer an opportunity to recognise the bravery and dedication of our armed forces; notes the result of a recent opinion poll recording 77% public approval for the creation of an official day of recognition for the armed services, and calls on the UK Government to establish an annual armed forces day.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1592 Standing Up for Edinburgh’s Youngest and Poorest (lodged on 17 March 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*, Karen Whitefield*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Marlyn Glen*, Sarah Boyack*, Andy Kerr*, Trish Godman*, Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1591 Congratulations to East Fife FC (lodged on 17 March 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, James Kelly*, Ted Brocklebank*, Sarah Boyack*, Jamie McGrigor*, Michael McMahon*, Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1590 Save the Curry Industry (lodged on 17 March 2008) Alex Neil*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1589 Asylum Application of Jojo Jako Yakob (lodged on 17 March 2008) Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Iain Smith*

S3M-1588 Lions Clubs International in Scotland (lodged on 17 March 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-1587 Parliament Deplores the Chinese Government’s Suppression of Tibet (lodged on 17 March 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Alasdair Allan*, Dave Thompson*, Alex Neil*, Margaret Mitchell*, Hugh Henry*, Richard Baker*

S3M-1586 East Fife FC - Congratulations (lodged on 17 March 2008) Ted Brocklebank*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*, David McLetchie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Keith Brown*

S3M-1584 Barra Lifeboat (lodged on 14 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*, Jamie Hepburn*, Mary Scanlon*, Michael Matheson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1583 Water Charge Exemption for Churches and Charities (lodged on 14 March 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1580 Fenwick Weavers’ Society and the Co-operative Model (lodged on 14 March 2008) Alex Neil*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1578 Heriot-Watt University (lodged on 14 March 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1577 Patsy Drysdale: Grandparent of the Year (lodged on 14 March 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1576 Grampian Police (lodged on 13 March 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Dave Thompson*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1575 Lance Corporal Domhnall Phadruig Campbell (lodged on 13 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1573 Opportunities and Success for Young Women in YWCA Scotland (lodged on 13 March 2008) Claire Baker*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1572 Dignity and Integrity for All (lodged on 13 March 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-1571 Roman Catholic Support for Mehdi Kazemi and Pegah Emambakhsh (lodged on 13 March 2008) Alex Neil*

S3M-1569 Parliamentary Scrutiny of Local Income Tax (lodged on 13 March 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, Pauline McNeill*, Sarah Boyack*, Cathie Craigie*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-1568 West Dunbartonshire Council for Voluntary Service (lodged on 13 March 2008) Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Wilson*, Alex Neil*, Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Hugh Henry*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1567# A Call for Better Epilepsy Care (lodged on 13 March 2008) Jackson Carlaw*, Mary Mulligan*, Alex Neil*, Hugh Henry*, Jim Hume*, Trish Godman*, Alison McInnes*, Mike Pringle*, Robert Brown*, Jackie Baillie*, Liam McArthur*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1566 Scotch Whisky (lodged on 13 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1565 Un-Christian Remarks of Bishop Devine (lodged on 13 March 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1563 Homophobia Has No Place in Scottish Society (lodged on 13 March 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1559 Young Gypsy/Travellers Raising Awareness in the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 13 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Karen Gillon*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alison McInnes*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1557 Water Rates Relief Campaign (lodged on 13 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Morgan*

S3M-1556 Hugh Brown (lodged on 12 March 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1555 Save the Royal Commonwealth Pool (lodged on 12 March 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1552 Anti-Semitic Blogging in National Newspapers (lodged on 12 March 2008) Bill Wilson*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-1551 Rolls of Honour of Leith Servicepersons (lodged on 12 March 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-1539# Leven to Thornton Rail Link (lodged on 11 March 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1537 European Alcohol and Health Forum’s Social Norms Forum 2009 (lodged on 11 March 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1535# Medtech (lodged on 10 March 2008) John Scott*

S3M-1532 Glencraft Aberdeen (lodged on 10 March 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Dave Thompson*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1524 Water and Sewerage Rates Relief for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 7 March 2008) Alison McInnes*

S3M-1475 Solidarity with Shelter Workers (lodged on 4 March 2008) Christopher Harvie*

S3M-1359 Local Television (lodged on 15 February 2008) Dave Thompson*

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