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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1799♦ Sandra White: Challenging Man’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report, Challenging Man’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland, a collaboration between the Women’s Support Project in Glasgow and US organisation, Prostitute Research and Education; notes with concern the evidence that men who use prostitutes regularly are more likely to regard other women as "objects" and the link between using prostitutes and sexual violence against women, and believes that the evidence presented in the report will serve to inform and shape the debate and future direction of prostitution in Scotland.

*S3M-1798 Kenneth Gibson: Membership of Commission on Scottish Devolution—That the Parliament notes with disappointment the membership of the Commission on Scottish Devolution; is aware that the commission purports to comprise "the range of pro-Union opinion in Scotland", according to the Scotland Office; notes that of 15 members on the Commission, five are members of the House of Lords and two are knights of the realm, hardly a cross-section of Scottish society, and believes that the National Conversation, which welcomes input from Scots of all opinions and from all walks of life, is a better vehicle for addressing Scotland’s constitutional future than the hand-picked unionist clique who form the commission.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Christine Grahame*, Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-1797 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Advice and Assistance (Limits, Conditions and Representation (Scotland) Regulations 2008)—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Limits, Conditions and Representation (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-1796 Ian McKee: Independent Funding Review of Free Personal and Nursing Care—That the Parliament notes the work of the Independent Funding Review of Free Personal and Nursing Care led by Lord Sutherland; welcomes the continued support for the policy of free personal and nursing care; supports the recommendations of the review to improve the delivery of free personal care across Scotland; acknowledges the work of the Scottish Government and local authorities to deliver better free personal care services, and supports Lord Sutherland’s recommendation that the attendance allowance, valued at £30 million annually, be reinstated.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Christine Grahame*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christina McKelvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*

*S3M-1795 Bob Doris: The Ben Nevis Beyond Boundaries Challenges—That the Parliament applauds the Ben Nevis: Beyond Boundaries Challenge taking place on 31 May 2008, which is designed to raise £100,000 for both Scope and Capability Scotland; praises the efforts of the Monarch’s of the Ben team from Glasgow and the other nine teams that will take part; notes that the project, led by TV presenter Ken Hames, will involve teams led by wheelchair users attempting to scale Ben Nevis; considers that such an initiative will not only raise much-needed funds but is also a worthy symbol of a barrier-free Scotland for all those with any form of disability, and wishes all 10 teams every success, that the climb is completed safely and that their fundraising targets are met.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Aileen Campbell*, Mike Pringle*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*, Robin Harper*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-1794 Patrick Harvie: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Should Protect All Children—That the Parliament welcomes the UK Government’s review of its general reservation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); recognises that the reservation prevents children seeking asylum and trafficked children in Scotland from realising their rights as children; acknowledges the support that members across the Parliament have given to ensuring that asylum-seeking children are treated with dignity and respect as children; notes that the United Kingdom will be assessed on its implementation of the UNCRC later this year, and calls on the Scottish Government to support the removal of the reservation.

Supported by: Robert Brown*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Butler*

*S3M-1793♦ Bill Wilson: The Beijing Olympics and Chinese Human Rights Abuses—That the Parliament notes that the Fundamental Principles of Olympism include the preservation of human dignity and that, just before the Olympics were awarded to China in 2001, Wang Wei, Secretary-General of the official Beijing bid committee, stated, "We will give the media complete freedom to report when they come to China...We are confident that the Games coming to China not only promotes our economy but also enhances all social conditions, including education, health and human rights"; notes that various human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, are of the opinion that, with the detention and torture of journalists and human rights activists and China’s ongoing high but undisclosed number of executions, the human rights situation has deteriorated since 2001; further notes that, although China calls on people not to politicise the Olympics, it boycotted the games itself in 1956 and 1980 for overtly political reasons; agrees with Amnesty International that standing up for human rights is not playing politics and is, in fact, in accord with the spirit of the Olympics, and in that spirit wishes athletes from the West of Scotland and other regions the best of luck in their events in the Beijing Olympics.

*S3M-1792 John Park: Viva Madiba Viva!—That the Parliament sends its best wishes to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 90th birthday on 18 July 2008; salutes his lifelong struggle against injustice, poverty and racism and for freedom, democracy and peace for all; welcomes the birthday card and appeal to fund projects in South Africa organised by ACTSA Scotland, the successor to the Scottish Anti-Apartheid Movement, on behalf of the people of Scotland to celebrate this landmark birthday, and hopes that as many civic organisations, voluntary groups, trade unions, elected representatives and individuals as possible take the time to add their names in a message of continuing solidarity with Nelson Mandela and the people of Southern Africa.

Supported by: Karen Gillon*, David Whitton*, Cathie Craigie*, Pauline McNeill*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Margaret Curran*, Claire Baker*, Patricia Ferguson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Bill Butler*, Ken Macintosh*, Iain Gray*, Karen Whitefield*, Cathy Jamieson*

*S3M-1791 Pauline McNeill: The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama—That the Parliament recognises the value and contribution of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow to the arts in Scotland and further afield; notes that the RSAMD is Scotland’s only national conservatoire of music and drama and a recognised world-class institution producing famous alumni, including the current Dr Who, David Tennant, and acclaimed actors Alan Cumming, James McAvoy, Bill Paterson and Daniella Nardini, as well as renowned musicians, singers, composers and conductors; further notes that the academy has ensured that students have benefited from the high standard of one-on-one tuition which conservatoire teaching provides, despite the fact that drama courses have not been funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council to conservatoire level; is concerned that this historic underfunding has finally come to a head and is leading to a restructuring exercise among teaching staff which threatens the quality of teaching at the academy, including major changes to staff contracts and a failure to rule out compulsory redundancies, and calls on the Scottish Government to fund the current £600,000 gap and work with the funding council to ensure that drama and music courses are both funded to conservatoire level to ensure that Scotland remains at the centre of international arts provision.

Supported by: Claire Baker*, David Whitton*, Karen Gillon*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Jamie Stone*, Margaret Curran*, Karen Whitefield*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Bill Butler*, Iain Gray*, Ken Macintosh*, Tavish Scott*, Robin Harper*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1789 Closure of JVC Facility in East Kilbride (lodged on 25 April 2008) John Park*

S3M-1788 The Essentials for the Scottish Economy (lodged on 25 April 2008) Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1787♦ Tackling Excess Packaging (lodged on 25 April 2008) Mike Pringle*

S3M-1786 Human Rights and the Olympic Games (lodged on 25 April 2008) Mike Pringle*, Christine Grahame*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-1781 Consultation on a Scottish Climate Change Bill (lodged on 24 April 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1780 Child Fighting v Child Abuse (lodged on 24 April 2008) Michael Matheson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1779 Congratulations to Junior Chamber International Scotland (lodged on 24 April 2008) John Lamont*, Alasdair Allan*, Ted Brocklebank*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1777 Progress on HPV Vaccination but Screening Still Matters (lodged on 23 April 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1774 Safety for Taxi Drivers (lodged on 23 April 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1770 The SNP’s Real 10p Tax (lodged on 23 April 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1760# INEOS Reduction in Workforce Pensions (lodged on 22 April 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Christina McKelvie*, Iain Gray*, Claire Baker*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-1759 Congratulations to Scotland the What (lodged on 22 April 2008) Nanette Milne*, Jamie Stone*, Elizabeth Smith*, Sandra White*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Christina McKelvie*, Robin Harper*, Robert Brown*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1750 Lewis Windfarm Proposal (lodged on 21 April 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1749 Carnegie College (lodged on 21 April 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1748 Support for Scottish CND from James (lodged on 21 April 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1746# Adopt a Road (lodged on 21 April 2008) Dave Thompson*

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

S3M-1744 Arms Shipment to Zimbabwe and Interference in a Country’s Internal Affairs (lodged on 21 April 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1743 Withdrawal of Modern Apprenticeship Funding (lodged on 21 April 2008) Marlyn Glen*

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

S3M-1740# World Asthma Day (lodged on 18 April 2008) Claire Baker*, Dr Richard Simpson*

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

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

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

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

S3M-1725 Right to Rent (lodged on 16 April 2008) Rhona Brankin*

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

S3M-1710# Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living (lodged on 15 April 2008) Claire Baker*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-1702 Cluster Bombs (lodged on 14 April 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1691 Strategy for Play (lodged on 10 April 2008) Liam McArthur*

S3M-1691.1 Strategy for Play (lodged on 17 April 2008) Claire Baker*

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

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

S3M-1569 Parliamentary Scrutiny of Local Income Tax (lodged on 13 March 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1498 Schools of Ambition (lodged on 6 March 2008) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-1347 Violence Against Betting Shop Workers (lodged on 13 February 2008) Pauline McNeill*

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