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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1891 John Park: Scottish Union Learning—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Scottish Union Learning on 12 May 2008 in Glasgow City Chambers; notes that Scottish Union Learning will support trade unions, spreading the importance of lifelong learning to members, and will continue to help trade unions maximise the opportunities available through the Scottish Union Learning fund; further notes that it mirrors the development of the TUC’s unionlearn in England; applauds the principles behind Scottish Union Learning and it being run by unions for unions, and recognises the vital contribution that unions have made to improving the quality and quantity of learning available in the workplace and the knowledge and skills of Scotland’s workforce.

*S3M-1890 Bob Doris: The Path is Green—That the Parliament strongly welcomes the launch of The Path is Green, a Careers Scotland initiative to attract young people into jobs in the renewables sector; notes that there are at present 80,000 such jobs and that a further 50,000 are projected within the next 10 years; observes that traditional occupations will require a new set of skills to realise Scotland’s potential for producing 25% of the European Union’s total capacity for wind and tidal power; further notes that Green jobs extend beyond renewable energy and that there are an increasing number of opportunities in other areas, for example, in environmental careers such as town planning and landscape architecture, water waste management and sustainable constructions; applauds the cyber-friendly focus of the initiative, of which more information can be found at, and applauds the joined-up thinking that links important career opportunities with both the economic future of Scotland and the wellbeing of our planet.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*

*S3M-1889 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Nicola Benedetti—That the Parliament congratulates 21-year-old Ayrshire-born and West Kilbride resident, Nicola Benedetti, on winning the Best Young British Classical Performer award at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 8 May 2008; notes that Ms Benedetti began to learn the violin at the age of four and by the age of nine had passed the eight grades of musical examinations before going on to study in September 1997 at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School for young musicians; is aware that Ms Benedetti has trained under some of the most talented violinists in the world, her own gifts allowing her to perform as a solo artist even before her teens; acknowledges that Ms Benedetti has won numerous awards, including the United Kingdom’s Brilliant Prodigy Competition in 2002, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004 and an honorary Doctor of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University in November 2007; recognises the consistently excellent performances that have made Ms Benedetti a highly successful recording artist and performer throughout the world; appreciates that Ms Benedetti is an extremely talented musician whom Ayrshire and Scotland are justly proud of, and wishes her even greater accomplishments in what is already a magnificent career.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*, Christine Grahame*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alasdair Allan*, Patrick Harvie*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-1888# David Stewart: Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps—That the Parliament notes the considerable benefits that insulin pumps have for diabetics to help them to manage their condition; notes with concern the current restrictive criteria for eligibility for the use of insulin pumps which have contributed to insulin pump usage in Scotland being among the lowest in western Europe, with only around 0.75% of people with Type 1 diabetes using pumps in Scotland, compared with 15% to 20% in the United States of America and Germany; is concerned at the extreme regional disparity in uptake of insulin pumps across NHS boards, with only two patients receiving insulin pump therapy in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, compared with 42 in NHS Tayside in the most recent figures, despite all NHS boards having received funding for access to insulin pumps; supports the campaign of Diabetes UK to increase access to insulin pumps and welcomes the review being undertaken currently by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) of the eligibility for use of pumps in the NHS, and believes that further steps should be taken to ensure that new NICE guidance that seeks to relax access criteria is adopted swiftly in Scotland, to support all NHS boards to increase access to insulin pumps for patients with diabetes and to enable more training for health practitioners to support patients in moving to the use of pumps where it is clearly of benefit in the management of their diabetes.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Richard Baker*, Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*, Claire Baker*, Marlyn Glen*, Jackie Baillie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-1887 John Swinney: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

*S3M-1886 Stuart McMillan: Melissa Stribling’s Stamp Artwork—That the Parliament recognises the honour awarded posthumously to Gourock-born actress Melissa Stribling by becoming only the fourth Scot to be immortalised on Royal Mail postage stamps; notes that she was best known for her appearance in Dracula in 1958 and that she appears on the stamps with artwork from the film, and further notes that Melissa Stribling has been chosen over better-known Scottish actors to be immortalised in this way.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Willie Coffey*

*S3M-1885 Ken Macintosh: Widening Access to TV for Young Deaf People—That the Parliament congratulates the BBC on subtitling 100% of programmes on its main television channels in the United Kingdom, including BBC 1 Scotland and BBC 2 Scotland, and supports the National Deaf Children’s Society and the Royal National Institute for the Deaf in calling for other broadcasters to follow suit; notes that subtitling is an essential service for millions of deaf and hard of hearing adults and children who rely on it to access and enjoy television; further notes that many deaf adults and children who use sign language would also benefit from more signed programming, and calls on broadcasters to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing people and children are portrayed in a wide variety of roles on television.

*S3M-1884 Gavin Brown: 2008 Edinburgh Marathon—That the Parliament notes that on 25 May a record number of competitors will take part in the 2008 Edinburgh Marathon; welcomes the tourism impact that the marathon will bring to Edinburgh, with more competitors than ever before coming from outwith Scotland; further notes that many charities will benefit from money raised by entrants, which last year totalled nearly £2 million; welcomes the economic boost to the city that the marathon will bring, with the total economic impact of last year’s event being estimated at £2,036,000; praises the inclusiveness of the Edinburgh marathon which attracts entrants of all abilities, particularly in the relay event, and wishes every entrant taking part the best of luck.

Supported by: James Kelly*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Derek Brownlee*, Mary Scanlon*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

*S3M-1878.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Universal Infant Pneumococcal Vaccination—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1878) in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, insert at end "further notes the increased uptake in this vaccine in those over 65 aligned to the flu vaccine programme, and urges its continued promotion in this group as part of both general prevention and pandemic planning".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1883 No to Nestlé (lodged on 9 May 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-1881 The National Game on Terrestrial Television (lodged on 9 May 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-1880 The BBC’s Attack on Venezuela (lodged on 9 May 2008) Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-1879 Muslim Police Association (lodged on 9 May 2008) Christine Grahame*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1878 Universal Infant Pneumococcal Vaccination (lodged on 9 May 2008) Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*, John Wilson*, Mary Scanlon*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1877 Kelvingrove Art Gallery - Scotland’s Top Attraction (lodged on 9 May 2008) Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1874 Aberdeen Forensics Laboratory (lodged on 9 May 2008) Cathie Craigie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1873 Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (lodged on 9 May 2008) Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Nanette Milne*, Christina McKelvie*, Keith Brown*, Mary Scanlon*, Stuart McMillan*, Johann Lamont*, Jamie Stone*, Pauline McNeill*, Bashir Ahmad*, John Park*

S3M-1871 A School of Ambition - Kirkland High (lodged on 8 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1870 Baroness Michie of Gallanach (lodged on 8 May 2008) John Park*, Keith Brown*

S3M-1869 Stroke Awareness Day (lodged on 8 May 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-1868 International Nurses Day 2008 (lodged on 8 May 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1867 World Hepatitis Day (lodged on 8 May 2008) Marlyn Glen*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1865♦ A Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme for Scotland (lodged on 8 May 2008) Marlyn Glen*, Pauline McNeill*, Elaine Murray*, James Kelly*

S3M-1864 Keep INTO Out (lodged on 8 May 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-1863 Congratulations to Preston Lodge Rugby Football Club (lodged on 8 May 2008) Christine Grahame*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jackie Baillie*, Rhona Brankin*, Claire Baker*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Murray*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-1862 Congratulations to Cove Rangers, Champions of the Scottish Highland Football League (lodged on 8 May 2008) John Park*

S3M-1861# Support for Veterans in Scotland (lodged on 8 May 2008) Rob Gibson*

S3M-1860 Getting it Right for Every Deaf Child (lodged on 7 May 2008) Bill Wilson*, Nigel Don*

S3M-1857 Woolf Review Highlights UK Hypocrisy on Bribery (lodged on 7 May 2008) Robin Harper*, John Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1852 Pingat Jasa Malaysia - Service to Malaysia Medal (lodged on 7 May 2008) John Park*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1840 Vulnerable Paying the Price of SNP Populism (lodged on 2 May 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1839# Family Law Disputes (lodged on 2 May 2008) Nicol Stephen*

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

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

S3M-1831# 2014: A Year of Sport for Scotland (lodged on 1 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1830 Deaf Awareness Week - 5 to 11 May 2008 (lodged on 1 May 2008) Margaret Curran*

S3M-1826 A New War Memorial for Edinburgh (lodged on 1 May 2008) John Park*

S3M-1809 Stop Bickering and Start Building (lodged on 29 April 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1798.1 Membership of Commission on Scottish Devolution (lodged on 29 April 2008) John Park*

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

S3M-1773 Support for Scotland’s Pig Farmers (lodged on 23 April 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1760# INEOS Reduction in Workforce Pensions (lodged on 22 April 2008) Margaret Curran*

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