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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1726 Jim Tolson: The Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/84).

*S3M-1725 Sarah Boyack: Right to Rent—That the Parliament believes that there is a serious lack of affordable housing in the city of Edinburgh; notes the City of Edinburgh Council’s view that 1,200 new affordable houses are needed in each of the next 10 years; understands that students, graduates, young professionals and families all find it increasingly difficult to get their feet on the property ladder and choose to rent instead; believes that houses in multiple occupation (HMO) legislation was a landmark achievement in terms of improving basic standards of health and safety in the private rented sector but is concerned that HMO legislation must be properly regulated and enforced to be successful, including ensuring that landlords manage their properties in line with the legislation; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that local authorities have adequate resources to enforce HMO legislation and to use the powers they have to tackle antisocial behaviour so that blanket use of HMO quotas is not seen as the simple solution to ensuring decent housing choices and securing sustainable communities; welcomes the Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s Right to Rent campaign and believes that local authorities should work with student organisations, universities and colleges to ensure that sufficient, new and affordable student accommodation is identified in local authority development plans, and supports students’ associations across Scotland in their efforts to ensure a mixed tenure of properties in their local communities.

*S3M-1724 Sarah Boyack: Offensive Anti-Scottish Campaign by the English Democrats—That the Parliament condemns the offensive publicity campaign by English Democrats candidate for the London Mayoral elections, Matt O’Connor; believes the use of slogans such as "Chop Jock, Vote English", "Tartan Terror", "Repatriate the Prime Minster" and "Save London from Labour’s tartan taxes" as well as pictures including a robber wearing a tartan balaclava are inflammatory, border on the racist and ignore the important contribution which Scots make to the whole of the United Kingdom, including London; is particularly concerned that such billboard posters have appeared in Scotland despite being for the elections for the Mayor of London, and believes that such narrow-minded nationalism will rightly appal people from and across all parts of the United Kingdom.

*S3M-1723 Jamie Hepburn: Pension Parity—That the Parliament notes with concern the status of 525,000 pensioners from Britain who have contributed taxation and national insurance payments to HM Treasury but now live abroad and consequently receive a pension from the UK Government at a rate which differs depending on the country in which they reside; believes that this amounts to discrimination against these pensioners; notes that the UK Government has stated that there is no legal reason for this situation, and further believes that the UK Government should cease its practice of freezing certain overseas pensions and provide the 525,000 affected pensioners with parity to the UK level.

*S3M-1722 Sarah Boyack: Concern at Edinburgh Community Mediation Service Budget Cut—That the Parliament notes with concern a 29% cut in the City of Edinburgh Council’s grant to the Edinburgh Community Mediation Service for this financial year; further notes that, since inception of the service in 1995, the council’s support of mediation as a cost-effective resource to combat antisocial behaviour and promote community safety has served as a model for local authorities elsewhere in Scotland; believes that this cut will make it extremely difficult to effectively deal with referrals, especially at a time when mediation is embedded in the council’s procedures for all complaints concerning neighbour conflicts and that the now required strategy of prioritising casework would be contrary to the lessons learnt in the service’s history that even seemingly small disputes can escalate to antisocial behaviour and criminal charges, and consequently urges the council to reconsider this cut and the Scottish Government to revisit its settlement with the council given that it is clearly precipitating unprecedented cuts in services, particularly those affecting vulnerable groups and of which the Community Mediation Service is sadly just one example.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm*, George Foulkes*

*S3M-1721 Dr Richard Simpson: Banning of Looped Blind Cords—That the Parliament acknowledges that, in the last 10 years, up to 20 children are reported to have lost their lives in the United Kingdom as a result of incidents involving looped blind cords; recognises that the United States banned the use of looped blind cords in the 1990s and that Australia followed suit in 2004, and supports the efforts of Gordon Banks MP in pressing the UK Government to begin immediate discussions with the British Standards Institute to introduce a new British Standard banning the use of looped blind cords to prevent further avoidable deaths.

*S3M-1715.1 Patrick Harvie: Local Income Tax—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1715) in the name of Andy Kerr, leave out from "rejects" to end and insert "notes the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of local taxation; recognises that this consultation is not due to close until 18 July 2008; notes the wider range of possible options, including local income tax, land value tax, property tax and reform of the council tax; recognises that the existing system of local government taxation is discredited, bureaucratic and unpopular; agrees on the urgent need for substantial changes to the system of local taxation, and agrees that, in developing this future system, due consideration should be given to fairness, local accountability, the need to reduce tax avoidance and the wider social, economic and environmental impact of any proposed system of local tax reform on communities across Scotland."

*S3M-1706.1 Robert Brown: Support for the Voluntary Sector—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1706) in the name of Elaine Murray, insert at end "recognises the problems facing the voluntary sector caused by short-term funding and re-tendering; believes that there is a pressing need to review the system to provide more stable funding for the sector including longer-term contracts and a national contracts framework; notes the establishment of the voluntary sector compact under the last administration and calls for a revitalised compact between local government and the voluntary sector; believes that this compact must ensure greater dialogue between councils and voluntary groups as to the operation of the local government Concordat and the single outcome agreements, and calls for a review of the operation of the Concordat including its key outcomes and performance indicators following the first year of its implementation."

*S3M-1706.2 Jim Mather: Support for the Voluntary Sector—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1706) in the name of Elaine Murray, leave out from first "voluntary" to end and insert "third sector; believes that co-operation between the third sector, local authorities and the Scottish Government is vital in ensuring a strong role for the third sector; recognises that the Scottish Government is funding Project Scotland and has made clear to Project Scotland that further resources may be available for projects it runs in terms of the Scottish Government’s employability agenda, and believes that the exemption from payment of water rates extended by the previous administration to 2010 should be further extended."

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-1706.2.1 Derek Brownlee: Support for the Voluntary Sector—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-1706.2) in the name of Jim Mather, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the third sector to reduce the burden of regulation affecting the sector."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1720 Congratulations on the Launch of Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd (lodged on 15 April 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1719 Arthritis Care Awareness Week (lodged on 15 April 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Iain Gray*, Bashir Ahmad*, John Wilson*, Liam McArthur*, Jackson Carlaw*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Nanette Milne*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Des McNulty*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Ian McKee*, Bill Wilson*, Mary Scanlon*, Robin Harper*, Ken Macintosh*, Brian Adam*

S3M-1711 Emotional Health at Work (lodged on 15 April 2008) Bashir Ahmad*, Elaine Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Patrick Harvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alex Neil*, Marlyn Glen*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, John Park*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Jamie Stone*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1710 Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living (lodged on 15 April 2008) Patricia Ferguson*, John Wilson*, Bill Wilson*, Elaine Murray*, David Stewart*, Robin Harper*, Des McNulty*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Butler*, John Park*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Mary Mulligan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael McMahon*, Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Cathy Jamieson*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1709 Glasgow Caledonian University’s Crystal Celebrations (lodged on 15 April 2008) Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Alex Neil*, Aileen Campbell*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie Stone*, Keith Brown*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1708 Centenary of the 2nd Inverness Company of Boys’ Brigade, Ness Bank Church (lodged on 15 April 2008) Jamie McGrigor*, Stuart McMillan*, Murdo Fraser*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, Sarah Boyack*, Mary Scanlon*, Elaine Smith*, Mary Mulligan*, Nanette Milne*, Des McNulty*, Rhona Brankin*, James Kelly*, Jamie Stone*, Iain Gray*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1705# Fuel Costs (lodged on 14 April 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1704 Congratulations to Falkirk Rugby Club (lodged on 14 April 2008) Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-1702 Cluster Bombs (lodged on 14 April 2008) Bill Kidd*, Keith Brown*, Bill Wilson*, Patrick Harvie*, Sandra White*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1700 Congratulations to Queen of the South (lodged on 14 April 2008) Christine Grahame*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-1696 China and Dalai Lama Must Begin Talks (lodged on 11 April 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1695 SGF Healthy Living Programme (lodged on 11 April 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-1693 Apprehension of Gang Members (lodged on 11 April 2008) Bill Kidd*, Patrick Harvie*, Elaine Smith*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Jim Hume*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1692# How Much is that Doggy in the Window? (lodged on 10 April 2008) Elaine Murray*, Bill Kidd*

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

S3M-1687 St John’s Hospital: Healthy Working Lives Gold Award (lodged on 9 April 2008) Bill Kidd*

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

S3M-1684 Scotrail Franchise Renewal (lodged on 8 April 2008) Johann Lamont*, Claire Baker*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1681.1 HITRANS Supports Equal Treatment for All Island Ferries (lodged on 14 April 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-1677 Skara Brae Timeline (lodged on 7 April 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1673 Congratulations to Allied Vehicles Ltd (lodged on 4 April 2008) Johann Lamont*

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

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

S3M-1664 Merger of Epilepsy Scotland and Enlighten - Tackling Epilepsy (lodged on 31 March 2008) Jim Hume*

S3M-1663 Greenock Academy Hailed as Best in Scotland (lodged on 31 March 2008) Annabel Goldie*

S3M-1653# World Heritage Day (lodged on 28 March 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1645# Sweet 16?: The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland (lodged on 26 March 2008) Johann Lamont*

S3M-1630 Scottish Mining Museum (lodged on 25 March 2008) Johann Lamont*

S3M-1627# MS Awareness Week 21-27 April 2008 (lodged on 25 March 2008) Johann Lamont*

S3M-1617 Help the Hospices (lodged on 20 March 2008) Johann Lamont*

S3M-1613 Parliamentary Launch of Designing Lighting for People with Dementia (lodged on 19 March 2008) Johann Lamont*

S3M-1475 Solidarity with Shelter Workers (lodged on 4 March 2008) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1251# Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Report on Glasgow Crossrail (lodged on 29 January 2008) Jackson Carlaw*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1215 Commemoration by Royal Mail of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Cathy Peattie*

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