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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1822 Cathy Jamieson: A Better Way to Work in Scotland - Unions into Schools Educational Pack—That the Parliament congratulates the STUC on the launch of A Better Way to Work in Scotland - Unions into Schools Educational Pack; recognises the contribution made by the trained trade union representatives who have been visiting schools to ensure that young people have an improved knowledge of both their rights and responsibilities in the workplace; believes that the pack complements Determined to Succeed which encourages young people to adopt an enterprising and responsible approach to the future world of work; welcomes the fact that the pack will be circulated to every secondary school, and encourages every local authority to support the use of this pack in its schools.

*S3M-1821 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that—

Claire Baker be appointed to replace Richard Baker as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee;

John Park be appointed to replace Claire Baker as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Equal Opportunities Committee; and

Richard Baker be appointed to replace John Park as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee.

*S3M-1820 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that—

Charlie Gordon be appointed to replace Claire Baker as a member of the Audit Committee;

Richard Baker be appointed to replace Michael McMahon as a member of the Equal Opportunities Committee;

Patricia Ferguson be appointed to replace John Park as a member of the European and External Relations Committee; and

Jackie Baillie be appointed to replace Richard Baker as a member of the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

*S3M-1819 Mary Mulligan: Blackridge Railway Station—That the Parliament notes that West Lothian Council has granted a planning consent, subject to approval from Scottish Ministers, for housing development in Blackridge which includes financial and support infrastructure contributions from the developer toward the building of a new railway station at Blackridge; considers that any further delay by the Scottish Government in confirming that it will provide the remaining funding required will lead to the Blackridge railway station project being excluded from the Network Rail timetable for work on that phase of the Bathgate to Airdrie rail project and would result in the loss of opportunity to provide a new rail station and other beneficial infrastructure projects for Blackridge village; congratulates the local people of Blackridge on their successful community campaign which has demonstrated beyond doubt the economic and social benefits which will accrue from a new railway station, and calls on the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change to confirm that, subject to Scottish Ministers confirming approval for the outstanding planning consent, the Scottish Government will provide the balance of funding required to deliver a new railway station for Blackridge village as part of the overall Bathgate to Airdrie project, and clarification of how much that will be.

*S3M-1818 Aileen Campbell: Roads in the Clydesdale Area—That the Parliament congratulates Lesmahagow Community Council, Carluke Gazette and Lanarkshire-based businessman David Menzies on their campaign to improve the quality of roads in the Clydesdale area; believes that the number and size of potholes on key roads in the area is completely unacceptable, especially with a growing population and the importance of the road network for agricultural transport and tourist travel; welcomes South Lanarkshire Council’s long overdue decision to consider additional funds for road maintenance, and believes that such funds should be made available as a matter of urgency.

*S3M-1817 Stuart McMillan: Paisley Beer Festival—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Paisley Beer Festival on reaching its 21st year; notes that the festival runs from 30 April until 3 May 2008 at Paisley Town Hall; further notes that the festival is an important opportunity for small brewers, including those from the West of Scotland region, such as the Kelburn Beer Company, the Houston Brewing Company and the Isle of Arran Brewery Company Ltd, to promote their products; recognises that responsible consumption of the products and all alcoholic drinks is vital to ensure a successful festival, and wishes the festival organisers every success with this event and also in the future.

*S3M-1816 Aileen Campbell: International Dance Day—That the Parliament recognises and supports International Dance Day held on 29 April 2008, which seeks to increase the awareness and importance of dance among the general public; praises the excellent work of Scotland’s very own National Centre for Dance and its outreach programme, Dance Base, that takes children from disadvantaged backgrounds and gives them the necessary tools to regain their self-esteem, confidence and a sense of achievement through dance, and takes this opportunity to commend the hardworking individuals at Scotland’s National Centre for Dance who, on a daily basis, inspire wellbeing and creativity and cultivate a future for dance in our local, national and international communities.

*S3M-1815 Jamie Hepburn: 2012 Olympic Games Contracts—That the Parliament notes with concern that only 3% of contracts for the 2012 London Olympic Games have been awarded outside England, despite claims by the UK Government that Scotland would benefit from London being awarded the Games; believes that Scotland is due to see millions of pounds worth of lottery funds displaced due to the way that these games are being financed; considers the news that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been awarded minute numbers of the contracts associated with the 2012 Olympics thus far is further evidence that Scotland will see little in the way of tangible benefits from the games, and calls on the authorities awarding the contracts to assess whether they are being awarded fairly across the United Kingdom.

*S3M-1814.1 Derek Brownlee: The Impact of the UK Budget on Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1814) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end " notes with concern the decision to abolish Capital Gains Tax taper relief, and believes that the increase in spirits duty will needlessly damage the Scotch Whisky industry."

*S3M-1814.2 Liam McArthur: The Impact of the UK Budget on Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1814) in the name of John Swinney, after "10p tax rate", insert "deplores the continued failure of the UK Government to provide an adequate package of measures to help families affected by the falling housing market and the absence of sufficient budget provision for the alleviation of child poverty".

*S3M-1812.1 Robert Brown: Housing—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1812) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "believes that" to end and insert "recognises that local councils are best placed to assess and meet varied local housing needs and to determine their local housing strategies; believes that the role of community-based housing associations and housing co-operatives is vital to such diverse local strategies which should also include the ability to mould right to buy policy to fit local needs, and calls on the Scottish Government to produce clear figures on its housing plans including the number of affordable rented houses to be built from 2008 to 2011."

*S3M-1812.2 Stewart Maxwell: Housing—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1812) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "respects the democratic right of tenants to determine the ownership of their homes; regrets that HM Treasury will only write off local authority housing debt where local authority housing stock is transferred; believes that housing associations and other not-for-profit, co-operative bodies continue to have the lead role in providing new social housing but welcomes the Scottish Government’s encouragement of local authorities to augment the supply of new social housing as part of their role as landlords, and endorses the Scottish Government’s plans to end the right to buy on new social housing and to review how right to buy applies to the existing stock of social housing."

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon*

*S3M-1812.3 Johann Lamont: Housing—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1812) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "the failure" to end and insert "that, following the parliamentary debate on 20 March 2008, ministers have not yet reported to the Parliament on the future of the £2,000 first-time buyers grant, despite the Parliament agreeing that they should, regrets that ministers have not yet reported to the Parliament on how the Scottish Government plans to respond to the consultation on Firm Foundations which identified serious criticisms of the Scottish Government’s approach to housing; notes the critical role of housing associations and housing co-operatives in delivering affordable homes for rent; condemns the Minister for Communities and Sport for not yet announcing the allocation of Housing Association Grant, and reaffirms its view that the Scottish Government has no coherent housing strategy."

S3M-1810*#* Shirley-Anne Somerville: Community Radio—That the Parliament recognises the valuable and unique role of Scottish community radio in delivering small-scale, not-for-profit radio stations operated for the benefit of the general public and of particular communities; congratulates Leith FM, which celebrates its first year of broadcasting in May 2008 and which has epitomised the spirit of community radio by actively engaging with community groups and building relationships with other community stations, including Sunny Govan, Radio Awaz in Glasgow and Black Diamond Radio in Midlothian, and welcomes the continued expansion of the network of Scottish community radio stations across the country in providing a voice for Scotland’s culturally, linguistically and geographically diverse communities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Malcolm Chisholm*

*S3M-1803.1 Karen Gillon: Food Security—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1803) in the name of John Scott, insert at end "that take account of the growing pressures on agriculture from both climate change and the rush to biofuels".

Supported by: David Stewart*

*S3M-1803.1.1 Robin Harper: Food Security—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-1803.1) in the name of Karen Gillon, insert at end ", as well as the peak in oil production."

*S3M-1803.2 Mike Rumbles: Food Security—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1803) in the name of John Scott, insert at end "recognises the role of Scotland’s primary producers in ensuring the long-term capacity and capability of our food supply; and further calls on the Scottish Government to encourage the development of local supply chains through public procurement, address the imbalance in power between the big supermarkets and our food producers, reduce the regulatory burden on farmers, and ensure that our primary producers operate on a level playing field with foreign competitors."

S3M-1801*#* Bill Kidd: Towards an Inclusive Community—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Lintel Trust, Glasgow, of A Resource Guide For Housing Associations In Promoting Black And Minority Ethnic Participation In Governance Structures building upon the findings of the previous report From Rhetoric to Reality which identified that, despite the existence of guidance regarding their involvement in governance arrangements, BME people were still excluded from or under-represented in such bodies, and believes that this excellent resource effectively brings together the many strands of guidance and good practice available and will serve to aid inclusive living leading to stronger local communities.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jamie Hepburn*, Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Des McNulty*

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.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Angela Constance*, Elaine Smith*, Brian Adam*, Johann Lamont*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1813 Scottish Union Learning Academy (lodged on 29 April 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1811# Glasgow Passport Office (lodged on 29 April 2008) Brian Adam*, Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Ian McKee*, Angela Constance*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Wilson*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1809 Stop Bickering and Start Building (lodged on 29 April 2008) Karen Whitefield*, Andy Kerr*, James Kelly*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Michael McMahon*, Sarah Boyack*, Iain Gray*, Jackie Baillie*, John Park*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1802 Isle of Arran Wildlife Festival (lodged on 29 April 2008) Robin Harper*, Jamie Stone*, Jamie Hepburn*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1800 Dutch Organic Foods Public Procurement Standards (lodged on 29 April 2008) Rob Gibson*

S3M-1798 Membership of Commission on Scottish Devolution (lodged on 28 April 2008) Brian Adam*

S3M-1796 Independent Funding Review of Free Personal and Nursing Care (lodged on 28 April 2008) Angela Constance*, Brian Adam*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-1794 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Should Protect All Children (lodged on 28 April 2008) Elaine Smith*

S3M-1793# The Beijing Olympics and Chinese Human Rights Abuses (lodged on 28 April 2008) Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-1792 Viva Madiba Viva! (lodged on 28 April 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Angela Constance*, Elaine Smith*, Cathy Peattie*, Tricia Marwick*

S3M-1791 The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (lodged on 28 April 2008) Elaine Smith*, Andy Kerr*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1790 Youth Buzz in North Lanarkshire (lodged on 25 April 2008) Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Iain Gray*, Mary Mulligan*, Patricia Ferguson*, David Stewart*, Hugh Henry*

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

S3M-1788 The Essentials for the Scottish Economy (lodged on 25 April 2008) Margo MacDonald*

S3M-1786 Human Rights and the Olympic Games (lodged on 25 April 2008) James Kelly*, George Foulkes*

S3M-1785 Congratulations to Battling Bathgate (lodged on 24 April 2008) Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Murray*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jamie Stone*, David Stewart*

S3M-1783 The Importance of Environmental Education (lodged on 24 April 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1780 Child Fighting v Child Abuse (lodged on 24 April 2008) Elaine Smith*

S3M-1774 Safety for Taxi Drivers (lodged on 23 April 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1770 The SNP’s Real 10p Tax (lodged on 23 April 2008) Iain Gray*, David Stewart*

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

S3M-1767 Quality Education to End Exclusion (lodged on 22 April 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1761 Tigerfest ‘08 (lodged on 22 April 2008) Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Mike Rumbles*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-1760# INEOS Reduction in Workforce Pensions (lodged on 22 April 2008) Bill Kidd*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1759 Congratulations to Scotland the What (lodged on 22 April 2008) Nigel Don*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-1757 Greater Glasgow Scouts Growing (lodged on 22 April 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1756 Supporting People with Autism (lodged on 22 April 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1752 North Glasgow 5K (lodged on 21 April 2008) David Stewart*

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

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

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

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

S3M-1741# Canine Partners (lodged on 18 April 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1740# World Asthma Day (lodged on 18 April 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1739 Shetland Museum Leads for Scotland in Art Fund Prize 2008 (lodged on 18 April 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1738 Teachers Right to Anonymity (lodged on 18 April 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1734 The Importance of Record Shops (lodged on 17 April 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1725 Right to Rent (lodged on 16 April 2008) Margo MacDonald*

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

S3M-1707# Equal Access to Rural Priorities Funding (lodged on 15 April 2008) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1691 Strategy for Play (lodged on 10 April 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1678 DSA Motorcycle Centres (lodged on 7 April 2008) Mary Scanlon*

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

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

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