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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1956 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 May 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Futures Trust

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Climate Change

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 May 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Drugs Strategy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Moving Scotland Forward

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 4 June 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 5 June 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

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1955 Margaret Curran: Scottish Ambulance Service—That the Parliament recognises the concerns expressed by the Scottish public about recent changes to the operation of the Scottish Ambulance Service; believes that, as the ambulance service is a widely respected and essential public service in Scotland, any changes should have been communicated to the Scottish public, and, in light of concerns expressed about the safety of patients, agrees that there should be immediate independent scrutiny of current practices and policies in the Scottish Ambulance Service.

*S3M-1954 Frank Mulholland: Wildlife Crime—That the Parliament welcomes the report, Natural Justice: A Joint Thematic Inspection of the Arrangements in Scotland for Preventing, Investigating and Prosecuting Wildlife Crime, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland and the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland; commends the recommendations in the report, the implementation of which will bring to bear the full professional expertise of the agencies who investigate, detect and prosecute those involved in wildlife crime, and looks forward to the development of a strong and effective partnership for action against wildlife crime, working to a new agreed strategy on wildlife crime and co-ordinating the fight against the abuse of Scotland’s vital natural heritage.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-1953 Pauline McNeill: HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of the UK Government to proceed with the construction of two new aircraft carriers, to be named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, and notes that the new carriers, which are to be built by a consortium of BAE Systems and the VT Group, will sustain the long-term future of shipbuilding on the Clyde, creating or sustaining 3,500 jobs at Scotstoun and Govan Shipyards along with a major expansion of the Rosyth Naval Dockyard on the Forth, and involving a total of more than 10,000 jobs across the UK including work at Portsmouth and Barrow.

*S3M-1952♦ Aileen Campbell: Home Fuel Oil Prices—That the Parliament notes the very substantial rises in the price of home fuel oil which many people, particularly in rural areas such as the South of Scotland, rely on for heating; believes that urgent action is needed to tackle fuel poverty among those relying on such oil as well as those who use gas and electricity; believes that the soaring price of fuel oil should be investigated, and further believes that this industry should be subject to the same regulation as gas and electricity suppliers.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-1951 Rhona Brankin: Skills Strategy—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Government’s skills strategy was rejected by the Parliament on 12 September 2007; recognises the importance of skills development and utilisation in growing Scotland’s economy; voices concern at the decision of the Scottish Government to move away from supporting adult apprenticeships in vital areas such as the tourism, IT and retail sectors without consultation with work-based training providers; calls on the Scottish Government to provide the Parliament, with immediate effect, the evidence to support these moves, and further calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward a revised skills strategy immediately after the summer recess containing detailed information about the level at which its 50,000 training places are being set, its targets for apprenticeships and the performance indicators used to measure success.

*S3M-1950# Murdo Fraser: Action to Protect the Red Squirrel—That the Parliament is concerned at the continuing encroachment of the non-native grey squirrel in Scotland on native red squirrel territory, including parts of Mid-Scotland and Fife; notes that Scotland is the last stronghold in the United Kingdom for red squirrels and is home to approximately 120,000 reds, which accounts for 75% of the UK red squirrel population; observes that red and grey squirrels are unable to co-exist together in the same territory and that red squirrels eventually disappear due to competition for food and the carrying of the squirrel pox virus by grey squirrels which is harmless to them but fatal to reds; is alarmed to learn that the first grey squirrel was officially reported in the Highlands near Inverness in April 2008 and that the first red squirrel in Scotland contracted squirrel pox in the South of Scotland in May 2007, underlining the growing threat to red squirrels in Scotland, and believes that urgent action is required to protect the red squirrel, including research into immunocontraception for grey squirrels.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon*, Bill Aitken*, John Lamont*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Hume*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bashir Ahmad*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Christine Grahame*, John Scott*

*S3M-1949 Ken Macintosh: Walk to School Week—That the Parliament applauds pupils and parents in East Renfrewshire and across Scotland in supporting Walk to School Week from 19 to 23 May 2008; congratulates the walk to school campaign in this its 13th year but notes that over 50% of children still don’t walk to school regularly; notes that cars consume most fuel and pollute more at the start of their journeys and that therefore walking for short journeys will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by a disproportionate amount; further notes that nearly 30% of children aged two to 15 are classed as overweight or obese, and commends the efforts that have been made by schools and local authorities across the UK in not only supporting the walk to school campaign but in working to establish safe routes to school for all pupils all year round.

*S3M-1948 Bob Doris: First Glasgow Fare Increases—That the Parliament believes that the recent bus fare increases of up to 25% by First Glasgow are unacceptable; notes that this includes raising the price of a child all-day ticket to £2, that this will be too much for some families and that with the summer holidays just around the corner this comes at the worst possible time for them; further notes that the fare cap has been lifted by the Competition Commission partly due to rising fuel costs despite UK First Bus seeing an increase in its operating profits of 11% to £122 million, a bigger jump than last year and far higher than FirstGroup as a whole which had a 7.6% increase in operating profits; believes that, with FirstGroup declaring preliminary profits of almost £152 million, there is no need to put fares up in this way and that if it has a problem with the level of rising fuel prices it should make representations to the UK Exchequer and not pick on hard-pressed commuters, and calls on UK First Bus to rethink its pricing strategy or at the very least guarantee a future price freeze over a number of years.

*S3M-1947 Patricia Ferguson: Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples—That the Parliament notes the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted in September 2007 and acknowledges that indigenous people have suffered many historic injustices and continue to be among the poorest and most marginalised peoples of the world; believes that these injustices will be brought to an end and their poverty alleviated only if the land rights of indigenous people are recognised and respected, and further believes that a major step forward in achieving this is the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 169 concerning tribal and indigenous peoples, which puts these rights on a firm legal footing.

*S3M-1946 Alasdair Allan: Innes Smith—That the Parliament notes the achievement of Innes Smith, aged 21, who landed on Rockall on Wednesday 14 May 2008 with Charles Veley, the world’s most travelled man; congratulates Innes for swimming out to Rockall before climbing to the top of the rock with a Saltire and a flag made of Harris Tweed; notes that Innes is most probably the youngest person to land on Rockall and is the only person to circumnavigate the rock by kayak; acknowledges this very rare feat, and congratulates Innes for his achievements.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*, Keith Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Michael Matheson*, Mary Scanlon*, Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-1945 Claire Baker: Adult Learners’ Week—That the Parliament notes the importance of lifelong learning; believes that lifelong learning should be a right not a privilege; welcomes the 17th Adult Learners’ Week running from 17 to 23 May 2008; further notes that, as part of the UK’s largest celebration of adult learning, learning providers are highlighting the opportunities available to adult learners through a range of activities, including introductory chats with learning advisers and taster sessions; recognises the achievements of Scotland’s Learning Partnership that are ensuring that over 7,500 organisations and 95,000 adults and children participate in the week-long events, and looks forward to congratulating the winners of the 2008 Adult Learners’ Week Awards.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Elaine Murray*, Ken Macintosh*, Johann Lamont*, Robin Harper*, Bill Butler*, Liam McArthur*, David Whitton*, Iain Gray*, Christine Grahame*, Margaret Curran*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Marlyn Glen*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-1944 Cathie Craigie: Volunteers’ Week 2008—That the Parliament notes that Volunteers’ Week in Scotland is taking place from 1 to 7 June 2008; thanks volunteers across Scotland for their hard work and contribution to local communities like Cumbernauld and Kilsyth; welcomes new volunteers who will be joining committed people helping others in all walks of life, and praises the important contribution that volunteers make to Scottish life and communities every day of the year.

*S3M-1943.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Hepatitis C—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1943) in the name of Shona Robison, leave out "acknowledges" and insert "commends the hard work undertaken by those staff involved in delivering 40 out of 41 action points in Phase I of the Scottish Government’s Hepatitis C Action Plan and welcomes".

*S3M-1943.2 Ross Finnie: Hepatitis C—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1943) in the name of Shona Robison, after "prevent hepatitis C", insert " and working to raise awareness among professionals, the public and those at risk of infection".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1937 National Day for Girls’ and Women’s Football (lodged on 19 May 2008) Jim Tolson*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, Ken Macintosh*, Pauline McNeill*, Robin Harper*, Alasdair Allan*, Iain Gray*, Kenneth Gibson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Murray*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Keith Brown*, Des McNulty*, Bill Butler*, Margaret Curran*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patricia Ferguson*, Angela Constance*, Aileen Campbell*, Claire Baker*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mike Pringle*, Bob Doris*, Mary Mulligan*, David Whitton*

S3M-1936 Challenging the European Investment Bank (lodged on 16 May 2008) Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-1935 UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (lodged on 16 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1933 Scrap the Fuel Duty Rise (lodged on 16 May 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1932 The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 (lodged on 16 May 2008) Mike Pringle*, Willie Coffey*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*, Michael Matheson*, Robin Harper*, Keith Brown*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1928 Train to Gain (lodged on 15 May 2008) Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Johann Lamont*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1926# Success of First Year of Co-Operative Development Scotland (lodged on 15 May 2008) Johann Lamont* R

S3M-1923 60th Anniversary of the National Health Service (lodged on 15 May 2008) Robin Harper*, Rhona Brankin*, Paul Martin*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mary Mulligan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Cathy Peattie*, Johann Lamont*

S3M-1922 Tommy Burns and Kilmarnock FC (lodged on 15 May 2008) Paul Martin*, Patricia Ferguson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Angela Constance*, Ken Macintosh*, Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1915 Tommy Burns Tribute (lodged on 15 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1914 Passing of Tommy Burns (lodged on 15 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1913 Sistema Scotland (lodged on 15 May 2008) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1910 National Staff Dismissal Register (lodged on 14 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1908 Stirling - Scotland’s Sporting Flagship (lodged on 14 May 2008) Angela Constance*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1897 All Aboard to Alloa (lodged on 13 May 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1896 NHS Lothian Performs Scotland’s 100th Pancreas Transplant (lodged on 13 May 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1895.1 Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration (lodged on 14 May 2008) Iain Gray*

S3M-1891 Scottish Union Learning (lodged on 12 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1890 The Path is Green (lodged on 12 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1888# Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps (lodged on 12 May 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Sandra White*

S3M-1885 Widening Access to TV for Young Deaf People (lodged on 12 May 2008) Mary Mulligan*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1883 No to Nestlé (lodged on 9 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1879 Muslim Police Association (lodged on 9 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1878 Universal Infant Pneumococcal Vaccination (lodged on 9 May 2008) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1877 Kelvingrove Art Gallery - Scotland’s Top Attraction (lodged on 9 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1875 Congratulations to Pupils from East Ayrshire Schools (lodged on 9 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1872 Edinburgh Scots Music Group (lodged on 8 May 2008) Margaret Smith*

S3M-1864 Keep INTO Out (lodged on 8 May 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-1831# 2014: A Year of Sport for Scotland (lodged on 1 May 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Michael McMahon*, Johann Lamont*, Bill Kidd*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1791 The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (lodged on 28 April 2008) Margaret Smith*

S3M-1705# Fuel Costs (lodged on 14 April 2008) Angela Constance*, John Farquhar Munro*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1573 Opportunities and Success for Young Women in YWCA Scotland (lodged on 13 March 2008) Angela Constance*

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