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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2039 Charlie Gordon: Congratulations to Castlemilk Timebank—That the Parliament congratulates Castlemilk Timebank for winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2008, the equivalent of an MBE, and salutes the outstanding work of the many volunteers in Castlemilk whose efforts have been deservedly recognised.

*S3M-2038 Fergus Ewing: Drugs Strategy—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the national drugs strategy, The Road to Recovery, as a sound framework for tackling drug misuse in Scotland; acknowledges that it is founded on expert advice and has been developed through a wide-ranging and inclusive process; supports the Scottish Government’s vision that recovery should be the guiding principle of all services for problem drug users; recognises the breadth of action set out in the strategy to prevent drug use, to make communities safer, to tackle drug use in prisons and to protect children affected by parental substance misuse; recognises the Scottish Government’s intention to support action to tackle drug misuse with £94 million from the Justice portfolio alone over the next three years and welcomes the work that Audit Scotland is carrying out into the scale and effectiveness of drugs expenditure, and resolves to support the implementation of the strategy over the coming years.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill*

*S3M-2037 Alasdair Allan: Carers Week 2008 - Carers Scotland’s Carers Health Resource Guide—That the Parliament notes the publication by Carers Scotland, as part of Carers Week from 9 to 15 June 2008, of A Carers Resource Guide to Health and Wellbeing: Finding the Balance, Promoting Positive Health; further notes that this year’s Carers Week, with its theme of "Carers can’t afford to be ill", is a week of awareness raising and activities to reach hidden carers and highlight the negative impact of caring on carers’ health and wellbeing; recognises the vital role that Scotland’s 660,000 and Eilean Siar’s 2,800 unpaid carers play in caring for ill, frail and disabled people in local and often isolated communities; promotes the recognition of carers as equal and expert partners in the provision of health and social care; welcomes the investment in NHS carer information strategies to provide training for carers and healthcare staff to reduce the negative impacts of caring on health, and recognises the endeavours of Carers Scotland in producing this guide to ensure that carers have effective information to maintain and improve their own health and wellbeing.

Supported by: Liam McArthur*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Cathy Peattie*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Elaine Smith*, Keith Brown*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-2036 Jamie Hepburn: Fun in the Park—That the Parliament congratulates Friends of Cumbernauld Community Park and all those involved in organising the Fun in the Park day on 1 June 2008, which allowed hundreds of local families and residents to take part in a number of fun activities in the Craighalbert Quarry section of the 225-acre site designated for the future Cumbernauld Community Park, and wishes those campaigning for the creation of a proper park on this site all the best for the future.

*S3M-2035 Robin Harper: Congratulations to Bathgate Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Bathgate Thistle for winning the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time in their history; believes that the cup has a significant place in Scotland’s football calendar; congratulates all those involved in organising it, and wishes Bathgate Thistle all the very best in celebrating this famous victory.

*S3M-2034 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Water Rates Relief—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change that small charities, churches and voluntary organisations will continue to be exempt from paying water charges until 2014; recognises the work of the Reverend Jock Stein of Dunfermline presbytery in the campaign to maintain the water rates exemption; recognises too the important work done by charitable and voluntary organisations, and hopes that the exemption from water rates will continue to have a favourable impact on their work.

*S3M-2033 Jackie Baillie: Proposed Change to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme—That the Parliament welcomes the petition by Sally Ann Elfverson on behalf of the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland on the National Concessionary Travel Scheme; notes that the Cross-Party Group on Learning Disability supports this petition; believes that the National Concessionary Travel Scheme should be urgently reviewed to extend eligibility to disabled people in receipt of the lower rate of disability living allowance, and calls on the Scottish Executive to implement this and other desirable changes to the scheme in consultation with people with learning disabilities.

S3M-1976 Mike Pringle: Review Hospital Parking Charges for Critically Ill and High Dependency Patients—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Northern Ireland Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, to scrap hospital parking charges for critically ill and high dependency patients and their next of kin in Northern Ireland; notes that parking charges will no longer apply to patients with cancer requiring chemotherapy, radiotherapy or renal dialysis; further notes the hardship that Scotland’s unfair hospital parking charges can cause to critically ill and high dependency patients who require regular or sustained hospital treatment and to their families, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to immediately review parking charges for critically ill and high dependency patients across Scotland’s hospitals to relieve the financial burden on them.

Supported by: Angela Constance*

*S3M-1976.1 Ken Macintosh: Review Hospital Parking Charges for Critically Ill and High Dependency Patients—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1976) in the name of Mike Pringle, insert at end "further notes with concern that, according to Macmillan Cancer Support, over 90% of cancer patients suffer financially as a result of their diagnosis and that cancer patients in Scotland pay more in travel costs than anywhere else in the United Kingdom; welcomes moves by the Scottish Government and the previous administration to strengthen guidance for hospitals on free parking for cancer patients, but urges Scottish ministers to move quickly to introduce mandatory free parking for people attending hospital for cancer treatment throughout Scotland."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2032 Supported and Semi-independent Accommodation for Young Care Leavers (lodged on 30 May 2008) Ross Finnie*, Robin Harper*, Jim Tolson*, David Whitton*, Marlyn Glen*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Butler*

S3M-2029 Launch of the Alba Endeavour (lodged on 30 May 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Jackson Carlaw*, Christina McKelvie*, Elaine Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-2026 World No Tobacco Day 2008 (lodged on 30 May 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Ross Finnie*, Jim Hume*, Robin Harper*, Jim Tolson*, Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2024 The Labour Party’s Cash Crisis (lodged on 29 May 2008) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2016 Postcode Lottery for Sufferers of DMD (lodged on 29 May 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-2012 Effect of Fuel Prices on Mileage Rates for NHS Staff (lodged on 29 May 2008) Angela Constance*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2011♦ Enforcement of Planning Legislation (lodged on 29 May 2008) Jamie Stone*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-2009 Good Example Sent Through Tough Licensing Enforcement (lodged on 28 May 2008) Angela Constance*

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

S3M-2005 Dog Rental Companies (lodged on 28 May 2008) Nanette Milne*, Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-2004 Routes Out of Prison Scheme (lodged on 28 May 2008) Jamie Stone*

S3M-1994 Paralympic Pre-Games Training Camps (lodged on 27 May 2008) Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-1987 Recycling Provisions (lodged on 27 May 2008) Jamie Stone*

S3M-1983 Scotland’s Oil Wealth (lodged on 27 May 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1983.1 Scotland’s Oil Wealth (lodged on 27 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1982 Congratulations to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United (lodged on 22 May 2008) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1981 Arrest of Bahá’ís in Iran (lodged on 22 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1980 Fife Constabulary Annual Report 2007-08 (lodged on 22 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1979 Edinburgh Zoo Bid for Giant Pandas (lodged on 22 May 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1978 Playboy Protest (lodged on 22 May 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1977 Congratulations to St Maurice’s High School, Cumbernauld (lodged on 22 May 2008) Jamie Stone*, Alex Neil*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1973 Diversity in Europe Speaking Competition 2008 (lodged on 22 May 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1972# Cancer Poverty (lodged on 22 May 2008) Angela Constance*, Brian Adam*, Rhoda Grant*, Tricia Marwick*

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

S3M-1966 Boiling Point for School Kitchens (lodged on 21 May 2008) Peter Peacock*

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

S3M-1960# Holocaust Education in Scotland (lodged on 21 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1960.1 Holocaust Education in Scotland (lodged on 30 May 2008) Cathy Jamieson*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, Helen Eadie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Murray*, Karen Gillon*, Iain Gray*, David Whitton*, Karen Whitefield*, Charlie Gordon*, John Park*

S3M-1958# East Dunbartonshire Council Support For Attendance Allowance (lodged on 21 May 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1953 HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales (lodged on 20 May 2008) Peter Peacock*

S3M-1950# Action to Protect the Red Squirrel (lodged on 20 May 2008) Peter Peacock*

S3M-1949 Walk to School Week (lodged on 20 May 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1948 First Glasgow Fare Increases (lodged on 21 May 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1947 Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples (lodged on 20 May 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1945 Adult Learners’ Week (lodged on 20 May 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1944 Volunteers’ Week 2008 (lodged on 20 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1940 Dementia Awareness Week (lodged on 19 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

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

S3M-1935.1 UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (lodged on 19 May 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1928 Train to Gain (lodged on 15 May 2008) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1926# Success of First Year of Co-Operative Development Scotland (lodged on 15 May 2008) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1923# 60th Anniversary of the National Health Service (lodged on 15 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1917 Earthquake in China (lodged on 15 May 2008) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1916 East Dunbartonshire CHP and National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (lodged on 15 May 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1915 Tommy Burns Tribute (lodged on 15 May 2008) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1914 Passing of Tommy Burns (lodged on 15 May 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1911 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Football Club (lodged on 15 May 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1909 Cathy Wilkes Nominated for Turner Prize (lodged on 14 May 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-1908.1 Stirling - Scotland’s Sporting Flagship (lodged on 14 May 2008) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-1904 Coca Cola Schools 7s Football Competition (lodged on 14 May 2008) Rhoda Grant*

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

S3M-1895.2 Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration (lodged on 16 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1889 Congratulations to Nicola Benedetti (lodged on 12 May 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1884 2008 Edinburgh Marathon (lodged on 12 May 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1883 No to Nestlé (lodged on 9 May 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1639 4,000th American Military Death in Iraq (lodged on 26 March 2008) Angela Constance*

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