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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1720 Robin Harper: Congratulations on the Launch of Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd—That the Parliament congratulates Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd on its formation through the merger of 33 organisations, comprising the Abbeyfield Society for Scotland, 31 very sheltered residences and one care home; recognises the important social and charitable contributions that Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd will make throughout Scotland as a registered social landlord and charitable provider of support and care services for older people, and calls for appropriate funding and support to ensure greater provision of high quality care for Scotland’s older people in recognition of their valuable contribution to society.

*S3M-1719 Gil Paterson: Arthritis Care Awareness Week—That the Parliament recognises Arthritis Care Awareness Week and acknowledges the valuable contribution of Arthritis Care in Scotland in promoting the self-management agenda across Scotland; commends its approach in aiming to support the 900,000 people in Scotland currently living with the condition and in giving them the coping skills and techniques to effectively manage its impact on their everyday life; values the positive involvement of people with arthritis who volunteer to develop their own skills and share their learning with others through high-quality self-management programmes such as Challenging Arthritis, Challenge Your Condition and Challenging Pain, and believes that the third sector has a key role to play in the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Better Health, Better Care strategy.

*S3M-1718 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 17 April 2008─


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

and insert

2.00 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.40 pm Ministerial Statement: Extension of the First ScotRail Franchise

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

*S3M-1717 Kenny MacAskill: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-1716 Nicola Sturgeon: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Commonwealth Games Bill be passed.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*, Shona Robison*

*S3M-1715 Andy Kerr: Local Income Tax—That the Parliament rejects the SNP proposals for a local income tax, noting that these proposals are neither local nor fair, that property has a role to play in our taxation system, that they would remove from local government any autonomy over raising resources locally and that they would fail to raise the resources required to fund much valued local services.

*S3M-1714 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 23 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Hepatitis C

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Historic Scotland and Local Authorities

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Statute Law (Repeals) Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 24 April 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Scottish Government Debate: International Education

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Local Government and Communities Committee Debate: 5th Report 2008: Planning Application Processes (Menie Estate)

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 30 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 May 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1713 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee be appointed as the lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill at Stage 1.

*S3M-1712 Duncan McNeil on behalf of the Local Government and Communities Committee: Planning Application Processes (Menie Estate)—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Local Government and Communities Committee’s 5th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Planning Application Processes (Menie Estate) (SP Paper 73).

*S3M-1711 Jamie Hepburn: Emotional Health at Work—That the Parliament congratulates the Samaritans and the STUC on their continuing campaign for a right to enjoy emotional health at work; notes the findings of their survey which showed that over 20% of workers questioned had taken time off work due to stress and that over 50% found their work more stressful than it was five years ago, and believes that employers across Scotland should work with unions and the Samaritans to make sure that their workers have the necessary support to maintain a good level of emotional health and wellbeing.

*S3M-1710 Elaine Smith: Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living—That the Parliament recognises the importance of International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) held on 28 April each year; considers that the official slogan "remember the dead, fight for the living" is particularly apposite and helps to ensure that all those who have died as a result of work are not forgotten whilst at the same time encourages renewed efforts to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated; welcomes events around Scotland to commemorate this important day and, in particular, the unveiling of the North Lanarkshire Workers Memorial at Summerlee Heritage Park in Coatbridge; encourages relevant authorities to fly official flags on public buildings at half mast; hopes that all workplaces will observe a one-minute silence at 12 noon on 28 April 2008; commends the STUC and the trade unions for their work in building trade union organisation and campaigning for stricter enforcement with higher penalties for breaches of health and safety laws to help in the struggle for safer workplaces, and supports the call for recognition of IWMD as a national day of remembrance for those who have been killed, injured, or made ill by their work.

*S3M-1709 Bashir Ahmad: Glasgow Caledonian University’s Crystal Celebrations—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Caledonian University on its crystal celebrations marking its 15th anniversary; notes that Glasgow Caledonian University has been a vital institution in Glasgow’s education since 1875 when it was first known as Glasgow School of Cookery; further notes that Glasgow Caledonian University has played an integral part in the field of education since its formation in 1993; further congratulates the university for offering a range of innovative and modern courses for pupils from all over Scotland and overseas, and wishes it many more years of continued success.

Supported by: Robert Brown*, Bob Doris*, Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Des McNulty*

*S3M-1708 David Stewart: Centenary of the 2nd Inverness Company of Boys’ Brigade, Ness Bank Church—That the Parliament congratulates the centenary of the 2nd Inverness Company of the Boys’ Brigade, attached to Ness Bank Church, Inverness; notes that the occasion will be marked during the weekend of 18 to 20 April 2008 along with other events, and wishes all those involved well in celebrating this landmark occasion.

*S3M-1707♦ Tavish Scott: Equal Access to Rural Priorities Funding—That the Parliament notes that applicants in Shetland and elsewhere across Scotland seeking full information on the Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities programme can only obtain the information online and that applications for funding from the programme also have to be made online; further notes that many potential applicants do not have ready access to the internet or familiarity with its use and that, in addition, the application system for the programme is reported to be incompatible with web browsers on Apple Mac computers; is concerned that this will at best make it difficult for many potential applicants both to investigate the options open to them under the programme and to make applications and in some cases will make it impossible; strongly believes that all potential applicants for agricultural support should have equal access to information and that the application process should allow all applicants to submit their application by a means that is easily accessible to them, and considers that paper copies of the programme details should be made available to all who request them, that applications to the programme made on paper should be accepted and that such applications should be treated equally to those made online.

Supported by: Liam McArthur*, John Farquhar Munro*, Jamie Stone*

*S3M-1706 Elaine Murray: Support for the Voluntary Sector—That the Parliament applauds the vital contribution made to society and the economy by the voluntary sector; is concerned that pressures on local authority budgets over the period of the spending review will lead to cuts in support to voluntary sector organisations and inadequate payment for the services that they provide; recognises the role that volunteering can play in personal development and urges ministers to restore funding to Project Scotland, and believes that the exemption from payment of water rates extended by the previous administration to 2010 should be further extended.

S3M-1705*#* Alasdair Allan: Fuel Costs—That the Parliament notes that the price of diesel is now over £1.30 in the Western Isles and across Scotland’s island and remote communities, making it probably the most expensive diesel in the western world; further notes that fuel costs now represent an ever increasing burden in the Western and Northern Isles, not least for businesses and fishermen, some of whom report 80% increases in diesel costs in the last two years; notes that the main company delivering fuel to the islands deposits fuel at differing costs at different ports on the west coast despite the fact that the same vessel is used; notes the irony of an oil-producing nation putting its motorists, businesses, fishermen and rural businesses in this impossible position, and finally notes the various measures that exist in parts of France, which make cuts in fuel duty in the remotest areas.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Tavish Scott*, Kenneth Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Stuart McMillan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Brian Adam*

S3M-1699 Jim Hume: When All Else Fails Use Radio—That the Parliament welcomes the forthcoming World Amateur Radio Day on 18 April 2008; recognises the hobby as an important communication tool in bringing together people of all nationalities worldwide; acknowledges that amateur radio operatives, also known as "Hams", have been the leaders in developing many of today’s modern electronic and communications marvels; further acknowledges the emergency role amateur radio has played during disasters such as the Lockerbie bombing, Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami; recognises the comradeship that such a shared hobby develops among people of all ages in local clubs, and warmly congratulates, in particular, the Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club *on so far raising over £13,500* for the British Heart Foundation.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1704 Congratulations to Falkirk Rugby Club (lodged on 14 April 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*, Elaine Smith*, Bashir Ahmad*, Ross Finnie*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1703♦ The Unforeseeable Outcome of SNH Management Agreements (lodged on 14 April 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-1702 Cluster Bombs (lodged on 14 April 2008) Brian Adam*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Ian McKee*, Elaine Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1701 Celebrating 100 Years of the Territorial Army (lodged on 14 April 2008) Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, John Scott*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Kenneth Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, Jim Tolson*, Ted Brocklebank*, Derek Brownlee*, Bashir Ahmad*, David McLetchie*, Murdo Fraser*, Tavish Scott*, Keith Brown*, Ian McKee*, Jackson Carlaw*, Mike Pringle*, John Park*, John Lamont*

S3M-1700 Congratulations to Queen of the South (lodged on 14 April 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Des McNulty*, Bill Butler*, Karen Gillon*, George Foulkes*, Kenneth Gibson*, Charlie Gordon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Liam McArthur*, Derek Brownlee*, Bashir Ahmad*, Michael McMahon*, David Whitton*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, John Park*, Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1698 Moving Forward with Free School Meals (lodged on 11 April 2008) Alex Neil*, Michael Matheson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1697 Wind Farms and National and Regional Parks (lodged on 11 April 2008) Bashir Ahmad*, Murdo Fraser*, Stuart McMillan*, Alex Neil*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1696 China and Dalai Lama Must Begin Talks (lodged on 11 April 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*, Mike Pringle*, Michael Matheson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1695 SGF Healthy Living Programme (lodged on 11 April 2008) Tavish Scott*, Karen Gillon*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Margaret Mitchell*, Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1694 The SNP’s Broken Promises on Stobhill (lodged on 11 April 2008) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1693 Apprehension of Gang Members (lodged on 11 April 2008) Michael Matheson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1692# How Much is that Doggy in the Window? (lodged on 10 April 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1691 Strategy for Play (lodged on 10 April 2008) Mike Pringle*

S3M-1690 Spiralling Costs of London Olympics (lodged on 9 April 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-1689 Falkirk High Schools Debating Competition (lodged on 9 April 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1687 St John’s Hospital: Healthy Working Lives Gold Award (lodged on 9 April 2008) Nanette Milne*, Patrick Harvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Elaine Smith*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1686 Restore the 10p Tax Rate (lodged on 9 April 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1685 Widening the Gap Between Rich and Poor (lodged on 9 April 2008) Ian McKee*

S3M-1684 Scotrail Franchise Renewal (lodged on 8 April 2008) Bill Butler*, David Stewart*

S3M-1682 Show Racism The Red Card Artwork Winners (lodged on 8 April 2008) Bill Butler*

S3M-1681 HITRANS Supports Equal Treatment for All Island Ferries (lodged on 8 April 2008) Mike Pringle*

S3M-1681.1 HITRANS Supports Equal Treatment for All Island Ferries (lodged on 14 April 2008) Alex Neil*, Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1678 DSA Motorcycle Centres (lodged on 7 April 2008) Jim Tolson*

S3M-1677 Skara Brae Timeline (lodged on 7 April 2008) Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Keith Brown*, Mary Scanlon*, Alex Neil*, Brian Adam*

S3M-1674 Lanarkshire Supershow (lodged on 4 April 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1673 Congratulations to Allied Vehicles Ltd (lodged on 4 April 2008) Bob Doris*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1670 90th Anniversary of the Formation of the Royal Air Force (lodged on 2 April 2008) Derek Brownlee*

S3M-1669♦ Commemorative Stamps for 200th Anniversary of Scots Language Dictionary and Funding for Complete Modern Scots Dictionary (lodged on 2 April 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-1668 100 Years of History for 3rd Gourock Company Boys’ Brigade (lodged on 2 April 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1665 Congratulations to Chris Hoy, the Real McHoy! (lodged on 31 March 2008) David Whitton*

S3M-1664 Merger of Epilepsy Scotland and Enlighten - Tackling Epilepsy (lodged on 31 March 2008) Cathy Peattie*, David Whitton*, Rhoda Grant*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-1662 Welcome Return of Direct Flights Between Scotland and Pakistan (lodged on 28 March 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-1660# Alternative and Augmentative Communication (lodged on 28 March 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1659 Look OK...Feel Crap? (lodged on 28 March 2008) David Whitton*

S3M-1658 Forensic Science Laboratory in Aberdeen (lodged on 27 March 2008) Alison McInnes*

S3M-1657 European Maritime Day (lodged on 27 March 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-1653# World Heritage Day (lodged on 28 March 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Mary Scanlon*, Tavish Scott*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1650# Cumbernauld Bus Station (lodged on 27 March 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-1648 Children’s Commissioner Report on Age of Leaving Care (lodged on 26 March 2008) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1643# Bevin Boys (lodged on 26 March 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1642 United Nations World Autism Awareness Day (lodged on 26 March 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1640 Scotstoun Primary Eco School (lodged on 26 March 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-1626# No Recourse No Safety (lodged on 25 March 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1625 International Committee of the Red Cross Report on State of Iraq (lodged on 25 March 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1612 Scottish Campaign for Cardiac Rehabilitation (lodged on 19 March 2008) Nanette Milne*

S3M-1567# A Call for Better Epilepsy Care (lodged on 13 March 2008) Johann Lamont*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1552 Anti-Semitic Blogging in National Newspapers (lodged on 12 March 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1251# Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Report on Glasgow Crossrail (lodged on 29 January 2008) Sandra White*

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