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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1785 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to Battling Bathgate—That the Parliament congratulates Bathgate Thistle Football Club on its success in again reaching the final of the Citylink Scottish Junior Cup; notes that this is the second time in three seasons that Bathgate Thistle has reached the Scottish Junior Cup Final, and wishes Manager Willie Hill, the players, supporters and officials of Bathgate Thistle every success when they meet Cumnock in the final on Sunday 1 June 2008.

*S3M-1784 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Fundable Bodies (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Maureen Watt*

*S3M-1783 Irene Oldfather: The Importance of Environmental Education—That the Parliament agrees that combating the causes of global warming is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today; recognises that raising awareness in children at an early age about the importance of environmental issues is vital; notes the work of Eco Schools Scotland in engaging with primary schools and the role its Green Flag Award scheme has had in encouraging children to think about their environment; welcomes the announcement that Woodlands Primary School in Cunninghame South has achieved this award; commends the hard work undertaken by staff, pupils and the local community, and therefore agrees that schemes such as this are an important method of communicating the significance of environmental issues to young people throughout Scotland.

*S3M-1782 Irene Oldfather: Congratulations to Eglinton Country Park—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that an award of £345,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been granted to North Ayrshire Council to undertake vital repair work on the B-listed Tournament Bridge in Eglinton Country Park; notes that the bridge was built as a point of access for the last great medieval tournament in Britain in 1839; recognises that it is vital that structures such as this are maintained for the benefit of the general public, schools and the local community, and agrees that the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has awarded over £497 million in grants since its inception, has played an important role in ensuring the future of many of Scotland’s historical buildings and monuments.

*S3M-1781 Bill Wilson: Consultation on a Scottish Climate Change Bill—That the Parliament notes that the consultation period for the Scottish Government’s proposal for a Climate Change Bill ended on 23 April 2008; notes that over 21,000 responses to the consultation were received from Scotland and the wider world; congratulates the Scottish Government on proposing world-leading legislation to tackle this urgent issue; notes the work of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), a coalition of civil society organisations pressing for urgent action on climate change, in raising awareness of the consultation; notes SCCS’s call to ensure that the 2050 emissions-reduction target in the Bill reflects the current science and that all emissions, including emissions from international aviation and shipping, are covered by the bill and that binding annual targets for emissions reductions are set, and is confident that the Scottish Government will take note of the views expressed by SCCS supporters and others in response to the consultation.

*S3M-1780 Sandra White: Child Fighting v Child Abuse—That the Parliament condemns in the strongest possible terms the practice of child Thai boxing which sees children as young as four forced to battle one another in the ring in front of large adult audiences; believes that this barbaric practice, which has no age limit, no protective headgear despite repeated kicks and punches to the face, no rules or regulations and requires parents to sign disclaimers before each fight absolving promoters of any responsibility should their children be injured or worse, should be banned; notes that these children are being groomed to take part in cage brawls which see nine and 10- year-olds fighting inside a 23ft metal cage in front of a 1,000 strong crowd; expresses profound sadness that these contests are seen by the watching audiences as a form of entertainment; believes that these fight clubs should be investigated as a matter of urgency to determine whether they are a form of abuse, and further believes that these practices should be made illegal.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Charlie Gordon*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jim Tolson*, Christina McKelvie*, John Wilson*

*S3M-1779 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations to Junior Chamber International Scotland—That the Parliament warmly congratulates Junior Chamber International (JCI) Scotland on its diamond anniversary; notes that JCI, a worldwide leadership and personal development organisation for individuals in their 20s and 30s, has four Scottish chambers engaged in the active support of young leaders through a range of projects and programmes, and looks forward to JCI continuing to play an extremely important and valuable role in nurturing talent and boosting entrepreneurship in Scotland over the next 60 years.

*S3M-1778# Sandra White: 60 Years of the Palestinian Refugee Crisis—That the Parliament recognises that May 2008 will see the 60th year of the Palestinian refugee crisis; further recognises that in 1948 the establishment of the State of Israel caused the forced displacement and expulsion of up to two thirds of the indigenous Arab population of Palestine from their homes, rendering them refugees; expresses its grave concern that 60 years on Palestinian refugees remain the world’s largest refugee community; stands united with Palestinian refugees living in Scotland and believes that they should have the right to return to their homeland; notes that people up and down the country will be commemorating 60 years of the Palestinian refugee crisis, culminating in an event taking place in Carmichael Hall, Glasgow, on 9 May 2008, and believes that constructive dialogue should take place to bring about an end to this crisis.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, Willie Coffey*, Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Jamie Hepburn*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1777 Progress on HPV Vaccination but Screening Still Matters (lodged on 23 April 2008) Elaine Smith*, Bill Wilson*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Nanette Milne*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1775 Public Accounts Committee Findings on London Olympics (lodged on 23 April 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1774 Safety for Taxi Drivers (lodged on 23 April 2008) Jamie Stone*, Elaine Murray*, Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*, Jackson Carlaw*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Willie Coffey*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, John Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1773 Support for Scotland’s Pig Farmers (lodged on 23 April 2008) Iain Smith*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Peter Peacock*, John Scott*

S3M-1772 Manager of the Year (lodged on 23 April 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1771 Stop the Rip-off (lodged on 23 April 2008) Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christopher Harvie*, Helen Eadie*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, John Park*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*, Willie Coffey*, Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1770 The SNP’s Real 10p Tax (lodged on 23 April 2008) Rhona Brankin*, Elaine Murray*, Michael McMahon*, James Kelly*, Des McNulty*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Helen Eadie*, Karen Whitefield*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-1769 St Stephen’s High School, Port Glasgow, Scottish Winners of Schools Question Time Challenge 2008 (lodged on 22 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1767 Quality Education to End Exclusion (lodged on 22 April 2008) Elaine Smith*, John Park*, David Whitton*, Gil Paterson*, Ken Macintosh*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1766 Scotland Not Best Served by British Airports Authority (lodged on 22 April 2008) Christopher Harvie*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1760# INEOS Reduction in Workforce Pensions (lodged on 22 April 2008) Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1759 Congratulations to Scotland the What (lodged on 22 April 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1758 Innovative Methods for Tackling Crime (lodged on 22 April 2008) Christopher Harvie*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1757 Greater Glasgow Scouts Growing (lodged on 22 April 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Jackson Carlaw*, Rob Gibson*, Jim Tolson*, Jim Hume*, Johann Lamont*, Sandra White*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, David Whitton*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Karen Whitefield*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mr Frank McAveety*, John Wilson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1756 Supporting People with Autism (lodged on 22 April 2008) Angela Constance*, Bill Wilson*, Trish Godman*, Mike Pringle*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alex Neil*, Liam McArthur*, Tavish Scott*, Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*, Elaine Murray*, Jim Tolson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Jim Hume*, Alison McInnes*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1755 Evening Times War on Litter Campaign (lodged on 22 April 2008) Elaine Smith*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1754 Save the Rutherglen Royal Burgh House Café (lodged on 22 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1753 Dame Vivienne Westwood (lodged on 22 April 2008) Angela Constance*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1749 Carnegie College (lodged on 21 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1748 Support for Scottish CND from James (lodged on 21 April 2008) Christopher Harvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1747 Congratulations to Hamilton Accies (lodged on 21 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1745 Real Nappy Week - 21 to 27 April (lodged on 21 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1744 Arms Shipment to Zimbabwe and Interference in a Country’s Internal Affairs (lodged on 21 April 2008) Christopher Harvie*, Mike Pringle*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-1743 Withdrawal of Modern Apprenticeship Funding (lodged on 21 April 2008) Trish Godman*, Elaine Murray*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1743.1 Withdrawal of Modern Apprenticeship Funding (lodged on 23 April 2008) Trish Godman*

S3M-1742 Cool Seas (lodged on 21 April 2008) Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1741# Canine Partners (lodged on 18 April 2008) Christopher Harvie*, Sandra White*, Nanette Milne*, Gil Paterson*, Trish Godman*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1740# World Asthma Day (lodged on 18 April 2008) Gil Paterson*, Elaine Murray*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1739 Shetland Museum Leads for Scotland in Art Fund Prize 2008 (lodged on 18 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1738 Teachers Right to Anonymity (lodged on 18 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1737 River Clyde Pilots Strike Action (lodged on 18 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1735 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the State of Israel (lodged on 18 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1734 The Importance of Record Shops (lodged on 17 April 2008) Gil Paterson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1733 Michael Gray (lodged on 17 April 2008) Gil Paterson*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1732 The Workers Beer Company in Scotland (lodged on 17 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1728 Scotland’s Approach to Biofuel (lodged on 17 April 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1724 Offensive Anti-Scottish Campaign by the English Democrats (lodged on 16 April 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1721 Banning of Looped Blind Cords (lodged on 16 April 2008) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1720 Congratulations on the Launch of Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd (lodged on 15 April 2008) Hugh Henry*, Gil Paterson*, Karen Gillon*, James Kelly*

S3M-1719 Arthritis Care Awareness Week (lodged on 15 April 2008) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1710# Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living (lodged on 15 April 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-1699 When All Else Fails Use Radio (lodged on 14 April 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Keith Brown*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Willie Coffey*, Gil Paterson*, Jim Tolson*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1684 Scotrail Franchise Renewal (lodged on 8 April 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-1659 Look OK...Feel Crap? (lodged on 28 March 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1626# No Recourse No Safety (lodged on 25 March 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1589 Asylum Application of Jojo Jako Yakob (lodged on 17 March 2008) Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-1580# Fenwick Weavers’ Society and the Co-operative Model (lodged on 14 March 2008) Trish Godman*

S3M-1564 Data Protection Investigation (lodged on 13 March 2008) Mike Pringle*, Alison McInnes*

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

S3M-1451# Scotland’s Aerospace, Defence and Naval Sector - World Class (lodged on 28 February 2008) Keith Brown*

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