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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1849 Bruce Crawford: Effective Public Services—That the Parliament welcomes the opportunity to debate proposals to deliver better public services by reducing duplication, bureaucracy and overlaps in the public sector with the aim of achieving greater focus and alignment with the Purpose of Government and the outcomes set out in the national performance framework.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-1848 Johann Lamont: Meeting Scotland’s Housing Needs—That the Parliament recognises the broad range of issues that must be tackled in meeting the diverse housing needs of people across Scotland; confirms that the Scottish Government must act to address these issues, including continued work to prevent and reduce homelessness, the further development of housing to meet particular and specialist need, dealing with the blockages to the supply of housing, providing affordable housing to buy and within the socially rented sector, ensuring higher quality and better managed housing for rent in the private sector, seeking solutions to the problems facing local authorities where tenants voted against stock transfer and recognising the distinctive challenges in rural areas, regeneration areas and areas of high demand; notes that the consultation responses to the Firm Foundations document exposed significant flaws in the Scottish Government’s approach; urges the Scottish Government to address these flaws and bring forward a coherent strategy for all of Scotland’s housing needs and, in particular, agrees that the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing should ensure that the Mazars report into second stage transfer issues in Glasgow Housing Association is subject to open, transparent and independent scrutiny.

Supported by: Margaret Curran*

*S3M-1847 Aileen Campbell: Cyclone in Burma—That the Parliament expresses its shock and concern at the massive loss of life in Burma following the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis passing through the country; sends its support to the humanitarian agencies and personnel working to alleviate the damage and save lives, and believes that the military regime in Burma should co-operate fully with the international community in order to ensure that relief and recovery efforts reach all those affected by the disaster as quickly as possible.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christine Grahame*, Ian McKee*, Mike Pringle*, Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-1846 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business─

Wednesday 14 May 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by First Minister’s Statement: Moving Scotland Forward

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 May 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Equality and Diversity

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Schucksmith Report and the Future of Crofting in Scotland

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Free Personal Care

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 May 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 May 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1845 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Victim Notification Scheme (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1844 Jeremy Purvis: Melrose Rugby Football Club—That the Parliament recognises the impressive achievement by Melrose RFC in winning the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup final on Saturday 3 May 2008; notes the historical significance of the club in introducing seven-aside rugby in 1883; recognises that the club has produced 22 international players, including Craig Chalmers, Keith Robertson and Jim Telfer, and congratulates the club on its 125 years of success.

*S3M-1843 Robert Brown: Glasgow Housing Association and Second Stage Transfers—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Stock Valuation Study on Secondary Stock Transfer by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), produced by Mazars LLP; notes that second stage transfers have been publicly stated to be a priority for GHA and the Scottish Government; notes that the Mazars report confirms criticisms of the valuation methodology used by GHA, particularly the failure to disaggregate entire cost categories, contingency costs, management costs or central overhead costs and the failure to account for the reduced and delayed call on GHA’s private finance facility; notes that these valuation issues appear to compromise the principle of financial neutrality and to render individual stock transfers less viable, and calls on the Scottish Government to facilitate discussion and mediation between GHA and the relevant local housing organisations to ensure that second stage transfers proceed speedily and equitably in the interests of all tenants.

*S3M-1842 Robert Brown: Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman Centenary—That the Parliament notes that Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, the first Glasgow-born Prime Minister and the first to be officially known by the title "Prime Minister", died 100 years ago this year; recalls that Sir Henry’s father had been Lord Provost of Glasgow; applauds the achievements of Sir Henry as Leader of the great Liberal Government of 1905 to 1915, his landslide election victory of 1906 and the introduction of the foundations of much modern welfare provision, notably the first old age pensions; recalls his criticisms of Britain’s involvement in the Boer War which he memorably described as being waged by "methods of barbarism"; recalls his service as MP for Stirling Burghs from 1868 to 1908, and calls for the life and achievements of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman to be appropriately commemorated in his native city.

*S3M-1841 Alasdair Allan: Saving the Environment Energy and Money Project in Barra and Vatersay—That the Parliament congratulates the Saving the Environment Energy and Money (SEEM) project in Barra and Vatersay which has qualified for the penultimate round of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts Big Green Challenge; commends its initiative to link the aim of reducing Barra and Vatersay’s carbon footprint with tangible financial benefits for the community, and wishes those involved in the project well in their attempt to qualify for the last 10 in the competition.

*S3M-1838.1 Ted Brocklebank: International Framework—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1838) in the name of Linda Fabiani, leave out from "a means to extend" to end and insert "part of the means to extend, focus and align the actions and policies of the government and public sector partners to these ends while stressing the need to "make full use of the UK resources at our disposal", including "the Foreign and Commonwealth Office network around the world to maximise business, cultural and educational opportunities for Scotland", and "engage more directly with the British Council in our priority markets with a view to maximising the opportunities to showcase Scotland’s cultural and educational excellence abroad", as outlined in the International Framework document."

*S3M-1838.2 Malcolm Chisholm: International Framework—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1838) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end "in co-operation with the UK Government and including international development objectives as a key priority."

*S3M-1838.3 Iain Smith: International Framework—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1838) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end "but does not consider it in the best interests of Scotland for the Scottish Government to promote policies which do not command the support of the Parliament and, in particular, does not believe that the International Framework or any of the related documents or actions of the Scottish Government should contain any reference to Scottish independence, for which the minority Scottish Government has no mandate nor any authority from the Parliament to promote."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1840 Vulnerable Paying the Price of SNP Populism (lodged on 2 May 2008) Helen Eadie*, Trish Godman*, George Foulkes*, Andy Kerr*, Iain Gray*, Des McNulty*, Michael McMahon*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1835 Local Authorities - External Consultants (lodged on 2 May 2008) John Wilson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Christina McKelvie*, Nanette Milne*, Ted Brocklebank*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Wilson*, John Lamont*

S3M-1834 Convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee (lodged on 2 May 2008) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1832 Replacing GDP with Wellbeing Indicators (lodged on 1 May 2008) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1831♦ 2014: A Year of Sport for Scotland (lodged on 1 May 2008) Trish Godman*, John Park*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathie Craigie*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Murray*, Karen Whitefield*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1830 Deaf Awareness Week - 5 to 11 May 2008 (lodged on 1 May 2008) Claire Baker*, Mary Mulligan*, Christina McKelvie*, James Kelly*, Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jim Tolson*, Elaine Murray*, Marlyn Glen*, Liam McArthur*, David Whitton*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ross Finnie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Angela Constance*, Karen Whitefield*, Cathy Peattie*, Trish Godman*, Mike Pringle*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Nanette Milne*, Robert Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Sandra White*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-1829 Congratulations to Bank of Scotland Senior Shield Winners (lodged on 1 May 2008) Mary Mulligan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*, Cathy Peattie*, Helen Eadie*, Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1828 World Lupus Day (lodged on 1 May 2008) Angela Constance*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1827 Inverclyde’s Educational Achievements (lodged on 1 May 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Ross Finnie*, John Park*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1824 Coinage for All Peoples (lodged on 1 May 2008) Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*

S3M-1823# Local Newspaper Week (lodged on 1 May 2008) David Whitton*, Elaine Murray*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Michael Matheson*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1822 A Better Way to Work in Scotland - Unions into Schools Educational Pack (lodged on 30 April 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1819 Blackridge Railway Station (lodged on 30 April 2008) Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Iain Gray*, Helen Eadie*, Karen Whitefield*, Des McNulty*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1818 Roads in the Clydesdale Area (lodged on 30 April 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Angela Constance*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1810# Community Radio (lodged on 29 April 2008) Ross Finnie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bashir Ahmad*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1802 Isle of Arran Wildlife Festival (lodged on 29 April 2008) Ross Finnie*, Jack McConnell*

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

S3M-1798.1 Membership of Commission on Scottish Devolution (lodged on 29 April 2008) Helen Eadie*, Iain Smith*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Ross Finnie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-1794 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Should Protect All Children (lodged on 28 April 2008) Ross Finnie*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1791 The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (lodged on 28 April 2008) Ross Finnie*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1787# Tackling Excess Packaging (lodged on 25 April 2008) Elaine Murray*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1786 Human Rights and the Olympic Games (lodged on 25 April 2008) Alex Neil*, John Park*

S3M-1779 Congratulations to Junior Chamber International Scotland (lodged on 24 April 2008) Ross Finnie*

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

S3M-1774 Safety for Taxi Drivers (lodged on 23 April 2008) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1773 Support for Scotland’s Pig Farmers (lodged on 23 April 2008) Ross Finnie*

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

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

S3M-1757 Greater Glasgow Scouts Growing (lodged on 22 April 2008) Ross Finnie*

S3M-1756 Supporting People with Autism (lodged on 22 April 2008) Ross Finnie*

S3M-1755 Evening Times War on Litter Campaign (lodged on 22 April 2008) Ross Finnie*

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

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

S3M-1740# World Asthma Day (lodged on 18 April 2008) Angela Constance*, Jamie McGrigor*, Sarah Boyack*, Bob Doris*, Iain Gray*, Aileen Campbell*, Ross Finnie*, Bill Wilson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1738 Teachers Right to Anonymity (lodged on 18 April 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1704 Congratulations to Falkirk Rugby Club (lodged on 14 April 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1695 SGF Healthy Living Programme (lodged on 11 April 2008) Helen Eadie*

S3M-1691 Strategy for Play (lodged on 10 April 2008) Keith Brown*

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

S3M-1675 Level Heads and the National Conversation (lodged on 7 April 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1657 European Maritime Day (lodged on 27 March 2008) Andrew Welsh*

S3M-1564 Data Protection Investigation (lodged on 13 March 2008) Ross Finnie*

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

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

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