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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2024 Bill Kidd: The Labour Party’s Cash Crisis—That the Parliament notes the serious financial difficulties facing the Labour Party, which has five weeks to find over £7 million pounds to pay off outstanding loans or face the possibility of the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP and other senior officials becoming personally liable and subsequently facing possible bankruptcy; believes that the scale of continuing financial mismanagement within the Labour Party raises serious concerns over its ability to control the finances of the United Kingdom, and further believes, that given that according to Labour sources "the party’s constitution is like a five-a-side football club", it is of little wonder that so few voters now trust the UK Government.

*S3M-2023 Cathy Peattie: The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland Revocation Regulations 2008—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland Revocation Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/187).

*S3M-2022 Cathy Peattie: The Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland Amendment Order 2008—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/186).

*S3M-2021# Lewis Macdonald: Best Value Audit of Aberdeen City Council—That the Parliament welcomes the findings and recommendations of the Accounts Commission for Scotland following its Best Value audit of Aberdeen City Council and looks forward to concerted and urgent action to implement those recommendations and to secure the future of schools and of public and voluntary sector services in the city.

*S3M-2020 Murdo Fraser: HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War—That the Parliament notes that the fourth annual HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition will take place on Wednesday 18 June 2008 in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh; recognises that last year’s event helped raise over £4,500 for Barnardo’s to use for its excellent charity work, and calls on all challengers to take their chances against the reigning three-time champions, the Scottish Conservatives.

*S3M-2019 Jeremy Purvis: Open University and Part-Time Students—That the Parliament congratulates the 1,000 people from across Scotland who will receive Open University degrees and professional qualifications this year; notes that they come from all educational backgrounds, from the widest age range, and that most have had to fund their studies themselves; recognises that studying part-time has given them the flexibility they needed to be able to engage with higher education in a way that fits around their work and domestic commitments, without compromising their income and job security, and further notes the important contribution that part-time students make to improving Scotland’s skills base and economic development.

*S3M-2018 Nicola Sturgeon: Public Health Etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Shona Robison*, Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-2017 Jamie Hepburn: London-Venezuela Oil Agreement—That the Parliament notes the decision of the newly-elected Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to scrap the city’s deal with Venezuela which has provided oil at a price that benefited people living in poverty in both Venezuela and London; notes the success of other bilateral schemes between Venezuela and Boston and New York, and believes that Venezuela’s sensible and innovative management of its oil resources is a positive example for other countries endowed with such natural resources.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Marlyn Glen*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-2016 Elaine Smith: Postcode Lottery for Sufferers of DMD—That the Parliament expresses concern that people who suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a severe and progressive genetic muscle-wasting disease predominantly affecting boys and for which there is currently no cure, are dying in Scotland years earlier then their counterparts in England; believes that an improvement in the life expectancy and experiences of these young people must be a priority for the Scottish Government; considers that currently the care and management of the disease in Scotland is very much a postcode lottery as are the grants available for housing adaptations; notes that in the rest of the United Kingdom families with disabled children get £30,000 grants to adapt their homes, which are not means tested; calls for similar measures to be introduced in Scotland alongside enhanced medical research and better support services and equipment; recognises that the implementation of such measures can make a massive difference to the quality of life of people with DMD and can contribute to extending their life expectancy; welcomes the calls from Action Duchenne for a centre of excellence to be set up in Glasgow that will bring standards of care and treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy up to those seen in centres of excellence in Newcastle and London, and calls for funding and support from the Scottish Government to deliver this centre of neuromuscular excellence to provide services across Scotland, thus ensuring best practice and dispersing standards of care into local clinics throughout Scotland.

*S3M-2015 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Sandwick Junior High School—That the Parliament congratulates Sandwick Junior High School on winning the inaugural Althing Trophy in recognition of its pupils’ speaking skills; notes that 24 S2 pupils from seven schools competed to an extremely high standard for the award; further notes that this competition encourages pupils to increase their confidence and effectiveness in communication; also congratulates Shetland and Orkney for being the first local authorities in Scotland to participate in the programme which was developed in England, and supports Shetland Isles Council in its efforts to make this an annual event.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Derek Brownlee*, Stuart McMillan*, Jim Tolson*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Aitken*, Jamie McGrigor*, Tavish Scott*, Ted Brocklebank*

*S3M-2014# John Park: Rosyth to Zeebrugge Ferry Service—That the Parliament is deeply disappointed to learn of Superfast Ferries’ decision to end sailings from Rosyth to Zeebrugge from September 2008; recognises that the ferry link to Europe is vital to the Fife and Scottish economies; notes that the service has been a commercial success regularly operating at full capacity; is disappointed that Superfast does not plan to continue with sailings until an alternative operator is found, and hopes that an alternative operator can be found for this crucial ferry route.

Supported by: James Kelly*, Lewis Macdonald*, Sandra White*, Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jim Tolson*, Jamie Stone*, Ted Brocklebank*, Claire Baker*, Helen Eadie*, Elaine Murray*, Iain Gray*, Sarah Boyack*, Rhona Brankin*, George Foulkes*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Murdo Fraser*, Marlyn Glen*, Michael McMahon*, Karen Gillon*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Butler*, Andy Kerr*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Paul Martin*, Mary Mulligan*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-2013 Dr Richard Simpson: UNISON Survey of Members at Leverndale Hospital—That the Parliament notes the UNISON survey of members at Leverndale Hospital; express concern that amongst other results, 35% of staff who responded advised that they had been referred to or sought advice from occupational services or other services as a result of being bullied or stress at work; welcomes the agreement of the management and UNISON to address these issues through partnership working, and invites the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to monitor progress with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

*S3M-2012 Jamie Hepburn: Effect of Fuel Prices on Mileage Rates for NHS Staff—That the Parliament notes with concern the effect that rising fuel prices are having on low-income groups dependent on driving for work; in particular, notes that NHS district nurses are often required to travel for work purposes and yet NHS mileage rates, which are set at a UK level, have not changed since 2002; believes that fair reimbursement of work-related expenses is a necessity especially for low-income groups, and supports the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in its negotiations with NHS employers across the United Kingdom to find a suitable solution that realistically reflects the nature of changing fuel prices and their impact on RCN members.

Supported by: John Wilson*, Jamie Stone*, Mike Pringle*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Brian Adam*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bob Doris*, Christina McKelvie*, Willie Coffey*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Elaine Smith*, Jackson Carlaw*

*S3M-2011♦ Iain Smith: Enforcement of Planning Legislation—That the Parliament notes with concern the difficulties faced by planning authorities, such as Fife Council, in attempting to deal with breaches of planning legislation through enforcement and stop notices; considers that development without the appropriate planning approval undermines the rule of law and the planning process and that the present planning legislation does not provide a sufficient safeguard against unlawful development; believes that appeals against enforcement or stop notices should not be permitted on the grounds that planning permission for the development would have been granted or that a planning application for the development has been submitted; further believes that there should be a presumption against approval for any development that has been carried out without the appropriate planning approvals, and desires further debate on these proposals.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*, Robert Brown*, Alison McInnes*

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.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Karen Whitefield*, Jim Tolson*, Elaine Murray*, Michael McMahon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christine Grahame*, Patricia Ferguson*, Sandra White*, Patrick Harvie*, Cathy Peattie*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, George Foulkes*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Wilson*, Marlyn Glen*, Johann Lamont*, Bob Doris*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Smith*, Helen Eadie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2009 Good Example Sent Through Tough Licensing Enforcement (lodged on 28 May 2008) Robin Harper*, Robert Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Jim Tolson*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ian McKee*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2007 Sort it out - Securing the Future of the Postal Service (lodged on 28 May 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2006 Pan Africa Chemistry Network (lodged on 28 May 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Iain Gray*, Mike Pringle*, Jamie McGrigor*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Stone*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Iain Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Des McNulty*, Robin Harper*, Jim Hume*

S3M-2005 Dog Rental Companies (lodged on 28 May 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2004 Routes Out of Prison Scheme (lodged on 28 May 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Patrick Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Iain Smith*, Jim Hume*, Liam McArthur*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Des McNulty*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alasdair Allan*, Mike Pringle*, Mike Rumbles*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2003 Dr Janet Picket, Mount Everest Climb (lodged on 28 May 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1993 Scotland’s First Tidal Device on National Grid (lodged on 27 May 2008) Gil Paterson*, Alex Neil*, Sandra White*, Brian Adam*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1993.1 Scotland’s First Tidal Device on National Grid (lodged on 28 May 2008) Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jim Tolson*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Stone*, Jim Hume*

S3M-1989 The Export Credits Guarantee Department (lodged on 27 May 2008) Bill Wilson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1987 Recycling Provisions (lodged on 27 May 2008) Robin Harper*, Bill Butler*, Cathy Peattie*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Iain Smith*, Jim Tolson*, Jim Hume*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1986 Inverclyde Council Win at COSLA’s "Oscars" (lodged on 27 May 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-1985 Foundation Year One Doctors (lodged on 27 May 2008) Des McNulty*, Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1984 Scottish Cup (lodged on 27 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Gil Paterson*, Helen Eadie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bob Doris*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1983 Scotland’s Oil Wealth (lodged on 27 May 2008) Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-1983.1 Scotland’s Oil Wealth (lodged on 27 May 2008) Elaine Murray*, John Park*, Iain Gray*, Andy Kerr*, Rhona Brankin*, David Stewart*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathy Peattie*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-1982 Congratulations to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United (lodged on 22 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1981 Arrest of Bahá’ís in Iran (lodged on 22 May 2008) Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Keith Brown*, Tavish Scott*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-1980 Fife Constabulary Annual Report 2007-08 (lodged on 22 May 2008) Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Jim Tolson*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1979 Edinburgh Zoo Bid for Giant Pandas (lodged on 22 May 2008) Helen Eadie*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1977 Congratulations to St Maurice’s High School, Cumbernauld (lodged on 22 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-1974 North East Youth Football (lodged on 22 May 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1973 Diversity in Europe Speaking Competition 2008 (lodged on 22 May 2008) Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-1971 Victory in the Champions League Final (lodged on 22 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-1968 Partick’s Fashionistas (lodged on 22 May 2008) Keith Brown*

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

S3M-1964# Fife Energy Park (lodged on 21 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-1963 New Rights for Agency Workers (lodged on 21 May 2008) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-1962 Pilrig Park School End-of-Year Performance (lodged on 21 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-1952♦ Home Fuel Oil Prices (lodged on 20 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-1948 First Glasgow Fare Increases (lodged on 21 May 2008) Ian McKee*

S3M-1947 Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples (lodged on 20 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-1883 No to Nestlé (lodged on 9 May 2008) John Park*

S3M-1872 Edinburgh Scots Music Group (lodged on 8 May 2008) Rob Gibson*

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

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

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