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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2009 Mike Pringle: Good Example Sent Through Tough Licensing Enforcement—That the Parliament welcomes the tough action taken by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Licensing Committee in suspending the license of an Edinburgh shopkeeper who was found to be selling alcohol to minors; recognises the importance of licensing law to public safety, particularly in the case of young people as a control on restricted substances; acknowledges that the vast majority of licence holders use their licences responsibly and are let down by a minority of offenders, and calls on other councils to look to Edinburgh’s example and take a tough stance on the minority who flaunt licensing law.

*S3M-2008♦ Bill Butler: Refugee Week Scotland 2008—That the Parliament notes that 16 to 22 June is Refugee Week Scotland 2008; recognises the indomitable spirit and courage of the world’s 14 million refugees who endure enormous suffering without losing hope, finding the strength to overcome despair and start a new life against seemingly overwhelming odds; views Refugee Week as an important platform to promote and celebrate Scotland’s proud traditions of providing sanctuary and support which help rebuild shattered lives; further notes that over 70 arts, cultural, sports and educational events will take place across Scotland, including a reception to be held in the Parliament on Wednesday 18 June 2008, which will encourage positive encounters between around 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and their new communities, and values the cultural, social and economic contributions that refugees make to Scottish society.

*S3M-2007 Keith Brown: Sort it out - Securing the Future of the Postal Service—That the Parliament expresses its support for the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in its campaign to protect the future of Royal Mail Group plc and its workers; agrees that the introduction of competition has had seriously negative effects, as outlined by both CWU and the independent review of the process; believes that this is highly relevant after further post office closures have been announced across a swathe of Scotland from Alloa to Aberdeenshire; supports CWU’s call for a wholesale examination of the funding package received by Royal Mail Group, and hopes for a conclusion to the current disagreement over employees’ pensions between the Royal Mail Group and CWU that is rapid, constructive and successful.

*S3M-2006 Liam McArthur: Pan Africa Chemistry Network—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Syngenta in launching the Pan Africa Chemistry Network which, with the first regional hub in Kenya, will eventually span the entire continent; recognises that the chemical sciences are vitally important in developing the economies of African countries, as well as tackling issues such as food security and sustainability, clean water and disease prevention, and believes that this network will enable better technology transfer and skills development as well as encouraging young people to study chemistry and other sciences.

*S3M-2005 Robert Brown: Dog Rental Companies—That the Parliament notes the intention of dog rental company, FlexPetz, to expand to various cities across the United Kingdom, including Glasgow, in 2008; acknowledges that the UK dog rental business is currently very small but recognises the potential for its growth due to the increase in fashion accessory dogs; disapproves of causing distress to dogs as a result of being rented out to numerous people; believes that this encourages irresponsible attitudes to dog ownership; further believes that dog renting is, or should be, a breach of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 in that it is highly likely to inhibit dogs from having the ability to exhibit normal behaviour patterns; disapproves of renting dogs for profit, and calls on the Scottish Government to take action to ensure compliance with the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and to consider the banning of dog rental companies in Scotland.

*S3M-2004 Margaret Smith: Routes Out of Prison Scheme—That the Parliament welcomes the £2 million National Lottery grant for the Routes Out of Prison scheme in which ex-offenders work with short-term offenders to prepare them for integration into the community before their release from prison; hopes that the national rollout of the scheme will make a real difference to Scotland’s reoffending statistics, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to ensure that cutting reoffending is a key priority for the Scottish Government.

*S3M-2003 Stuart McMillan: Dr Janet Picket, Mount Everest Climb—That the Parliament wishes to congratulate Dr Janet Picket, a native of Inverclyde and student at Greenock Academy and Glasgow University, on her successful climb of Mount Everest; recognises the dangers and risks involved in Dr Picket’s climb; lauds her bravery in the ascent despite the risks, and commends Dr Picket for using the climb as a vehicle to raise £30,000 for a maternity ward to be built at her hospital in Cambridge.

*S3M-2002.1 John Scott: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2002) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "but, in so doing, notes the importance of consulting on the potential impact of progressive modulation on Scottish farms and affirms that any increases in European Union-wide modulation should be matched by a corresponding deduction in levels of voluntary modulation."

*S3M-2002.2 Jim Hume: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2002) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "considers that any increase in compulsory modulation must be offset by a corresponding reduction in voluntary modulation to ensure that Scottish producers are not put at a competitive disadvantage within the European Union; further considers that Scotland, with its high proportion of large farm units, must not be disadvantaged by proposals for progressive modulation or capping; believes that, in light of rapidly escalating food and fuel costs, the Scottish Rural Development Programme should be reviewed, with the production of food and food security considered as a key priority, and recognises the correlation between economic activity on the ground and delivery of environmental benefits for all.

*S3M-2002.3 Karen Gillon: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2002) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "with farmers" to end and insert "playing its full part in ensuring the long-term viability of our rural communities and enabling farmers to play their part in achieving the Scottish Government’s purpose of sustainable economic growth through food production, high standards of animal welfare and the environmental management of our agricultural land."

*S3M-2001.1 Ross Finnie: Moving Scotland Forward—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2001) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "is concerned that the First Minister’s statement on Moving Scotland Forward lacked substance, failed to justify the many promises broken by the SNP over the last 12 months and failed to address the long-term issues facing Scotland; welcomes the cross-party initiatives to tackle problems related to drugs, alcohol and tobacco, the commitment to drive forward the previous administration’s Curriculum for Excellence and the pilot scheme on environmental information; calls for a substantial extension of the bodies covered by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; believes that the statement was a missed opportunity to bring forward a coherent energy strategy; calls for the introduction of a minimum income guarantee for students, and further calls on the Scottish Government to empower children and young people to have the best possible start in life by attacking the causes of early disadvantage."

*S3M-2001.2 Malcolm Chisholm: Moving Scotland Forward—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2001) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "condemns the self-congratulation and lack of positive policies for the future in the First Minster’s statement on Moving Scotland Forward on 14 May 2008; recognises the many SNP broken promises on a whole range of manifesto commitments, from dumping student debt to providing a £2,000 grant to first-time buyers, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward substantive policies to address climate change, skills development, affordable housing shortages, health inequalities and the other big challenges that confront Scotland.

*S3M-2001.2.1 Murdo Fraser: Moving Scotland Forward—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-2001.2) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "and further calls on the Scottish Government to work constructively with Her Majesty’s Government on these and other issues for the benefit of the Scottish people, thus demonstrating the benefits of our historic union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a union which continues to attract overwhelming public support."

S3M-1993 Rob Gibson: Scotland’s First Tidal Device on National Grid—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the creation and development of the OpenHydro tidal device situated in the waters off Eday, Orkney, which is the first such tidal device to produce energy for the National Grid in Scotland; recognises this achievement as a major milestone in the development of marine renewable energy in Scotland and considers it to be a triumph for Irish company OpenHydro and the European Marine Energy Centre; looks forward to an era of greater development of tidal devices which will make a huge contribution of clean, green energy to the nation, and further anticipates the economic spin-offs which will accrue to communities on both sides of the Pentland Firth as well as further afield.

Supported by: Jamie Stone*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alasdair Allan*, David Stewart*, Jamie McGrigor*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, John Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Willie Coffey*, Andrew Welsh*, Keith Brown*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Morgan*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Jim Tolson*, Jamie Hepburn*

*S3M-1993.1 Liam McArthur: Scotland’s First Tidal Device on National Grid—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1993) in the name of Rob Gibson, insert at end "and believes, however, that, in order for the centre to maintain its world lead in the provision of testing facilities for wave and tidal power renewable energy devices, the Scottish Government must match the record of the previous administration by providing adequate funding for capital investments which will allow the centre both to increase testing capacity and to keep facilities up to date with rapidly changing technological developments."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2000 Inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (lodged on 27 May 2008) Robin Harper*

S3M-1995 The Bahá’i Community (lodged on 27 May 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1994 Paralympic Pre-Games Training Camps (lodged on 27 May 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1992 Free Personal Care (lodged on 27 May 2008) Angela Constance*, Robin Harper*, Margaret Mitchell*, Annabel Goldie*, Ted Brocklebank*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-1989 The Export Credits Guarantee Department (lodged on 27 May 2008) Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1988 Marie Curie Cancer Care Partnership with NHS Lanarkshire (lodged on 27 May 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1986 Inverclyde Council Win at COSLA’s "Oscars" (lodged on 27 May 2008) Bob Doris*, Keith Brown*

S3M-1985 Foundation Year One Doctors (lodged on 27 May 2008) Patricia Ferguson*, Trish Godman*, Iain Gray*, David Whitton*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*, Elaine Murray*, Marlyn Glen*, David Stewart*, Robin Harper*, Claire Baker*, George Foulkes*, Karen Whitefield*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1984 Scottish Cup (lodged on 27 May 2008) Jamie McGrigor*, David Stewart*, Karen Gillon*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Butler*, Murdo Fraser*, Andy Kerr*, George Foulkes*, John Lamont*, Nanette Milne*, Keith Brown*, Bashir Ahmad*, Derek Brownlee*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1983 Scotland’s Oil Wealth (lodged on 27 May 2008) Alex Neil*, Bob Doris*, Bill Wilson*, Keith Brown*

S3M-1982 Congratulations to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United (lodged on 22 May 2008) Andy Kerr*, Jamie McGrigor*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Murray*, David Whitton*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*, Patricia Ferguson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Bill Butler*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1981 Arrest of Bahá’ís in Iran (lodged on 22 May 2008) Alex Neil*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1980 Fife Constabulary Annual Report 2007-08 (lodged on 22 May 2008) George Foulkes*, David Stewart*, Mike Pringle*, Trish Godman*, Ted Brocklebank*, Kenneth Gibson*, Claire Baker*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1978 Playboy Protest (lodged on 22 May 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1973 Diversity in Europe Speaking Competition 2008 (lodged on 22 May 2008) Elaine Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Trish Godman*, Pauline McNeill*, Hugh Henry*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-1972# Cancer Poverty (lodged on 22 May 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Butler*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-1965 Safeguarding Scotland’s Fishing Rights (lodged on 21 May 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1961 100th Anniversary of the Death of Old Tom Morris (lodged on 21 May 2008) Jamie Stone*

S3M-1948 First Glasgow Fare Increases (lodged on 21 May 2008) Keith Brown*, Nigel Don*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1944 Volunteers’ Week 2008 (lodged on 20 May 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1940 Dementia Awareness Week (lodged on 19 May 2008) Jack McConnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1937 National Day for Girls’ and Women’s Football (lodged on 19 May 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1935 UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (lodged on 16 May 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1932 The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 (lodged on 16 May 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1908 Stirling - Scotland’s Sporting Flagship (lodged on 14 May 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-1865# A Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme for Scotland (lodged on 8 May 2008) Margo MacDonald*

S3M-1626# No Recourse No Safety (lodged on 25 March 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*, Ted Brocklebank*

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