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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2182 Christina McKelvie: Fixing the Graduate Endowment Problems—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of measures by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning to bring the operation of the deferment of graduate endowment payments by continuing students within the law and appreciates the swift action taken by the Scottish Government to address this issue; notes with concern that the previous administration had been allowing this system to operate outwith the scope of the law, and urges the Scottish Government to remain vigilant in order to find and address any other areas in which the previous administration’s competence fell short of what should be expected.

*S3M-2181 Kenneth Gibson: Smoking Prevention—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement of the Smoking Prevention Action Plan which proposes a range of measures to discourage young people from taking up smoking; recognises that these measures, among others, include (a) restricting the display of tobacco at points of sale, (b) introducing licensing and sanctions on those who illegally sell tobacco to those under age, (c) the possible banning of sales of cigarettes in packs of 10 and (d) reducing underage sales from vending machines; acknowledges research which shows that the younger someone begins smoking, the less likely they are to give up; notes with concern that over 13,000 people per year die from tobacco use in Scotland, and believes that time should be allocated after the summer recess to debate smoking prevention, with particular reference to young people, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups.

*S3M-2180 David Whitton: Scottish Education Awards 2008—That the Parliament congratulates all the winners of the Scottish Education Awards, including the achievements of David Miller from St Ninian’s High School in Bishopbriggs, who was named Teacher of the Year; notes the achievements of St Ninian’s High in collecting the International Schools Award, having established links with schools and projects around the globe, and further notes that Merkland School in East Dunbartonshire won the Most Enterprising Special School Award.

*S3M-2179 Roseanna Cunningham: Breathe Easy Week 2008—That the Parliament notes that 16 to 22 June 2008 is Breathe Easy Week, during which groups around the country will be staging events to promote the importance of good lung health; thanks the many volunteers who will be involved; supports the British Lung Foundation (BLF) in its Big Breaths campaign, and welcomes the publication of the BLF’s Airway Code, a 10 point plan to promote good lung health and ensure that we can all take big breaths.

*S3M-2178 Joe FitzPatrick: Fourth Annual HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition—That the Parliament notes that the fourth annual HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition takes place on Wednesday 18 June 2008; congratulates HBOS and Barnardo’s on raising over £4,500 for charity at last year’s event; notes that the Scottish Conservatives are the reigning champions, and further notes that all teams welcome the challenge to relieve them of their title.

*S3M-2177 Gil Paterson: The Breast Cancer Campaign at National and Local Level—That the Parliament commends the efforts of the staff of the Milngavie Branch of M & Co for the work being carried out during the Milngavie Book and Arts Festival 2008 in raising awareness and money for the Breast Cancer Campaign; congratulates M & Co and its staff for the continuing support in Milngavie and throughout Scotland and the United Kingdom, recognising the contribution it has made through adding to the £180,693 previously collected for the fight against breast cancer; encourages all those women who are eligible to be screened to participate in screening as early detection leads to significant successes in treatment, and thanks those involved at every level in their goal to secure an end to breast cancer.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Wilson*, Ross Finnie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-2176 Jamie Hepburn: 2008 Scottish Education Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the winners of the various 2008 Scottish Education Awards; in particular congratulates Condorrat, St Helen’s and Baird Memorial primary schools for winning the Active Citizenship Award and Whitelees Primary School for winning the Best Enterprise Award; notes that Cumbernauld was the only town in Scotland with schools winning awards in two different categories, representing the strength of creativity and endeavour among schools in Cumbernauld; supports these schools continuing to adopt creative approaches to learning and boosting civic mindedness amongst their pupils, and looks forward to the 2009 Scottish Education Awards.

*S3M-2175 Christine Grahame: Stepping Out—That the Parliament welcomes the theme of Stepping Out on  National Falls Awareness Day UK, being launched by Help the Aged in Scotland on 24 June 2008; acknowledges the important work being done at national and local levels to prevent falls; notes the serious physical and psychological impact that falls can have, especially on older people, and that falls represent the most frequent and serious type of accident for adults aged over 65 years, as well as a high cost to the NHS with hospital stays related to hip fractures costing around £5,000 per fracture; expresses concern that following a fall an older person has a 50% probability of having their mobility seriously impaired and a 10% probability of dying within a year, and urges all local authorities as a priority to identify and repair dangerous pavements to reduce the risk of falls.

*S3M-2174 Margaret Mitchell: Kirsty McWilliam—That the Parliament congratulates Kirsty McWilliam, a 17-year-old from Kilsyth, who won the Under 20’s Women’s category in the Triathlon World Championships recently held in Vancouver; acknowledges this great achievement and the hard work and training that Kirsty and the rest of the Great British team put in; applauds the dedication and talent that Kirsty has shown and hopes that she will inspire other young people to take up the sport and engage in healthy lifestyles, and wishes Kirsty all the success for the future and looks forward to following her career with interest.

*S3M-2173 Margaret Mitchell: North Lanarkshire Children’s Games—That the Parliament notes and supports the North Lanarkshire Children’s Games, which took place on 12 and 13 June 2008 in Wishaw Sports Centre and involved over 3,000 school pupils from across the whole of North Lanarkshire; congratulates North Lanarkshire Council for providing opportunities for young people to participate in an Olympic-style sporting event involving a range of sports including athletics, badminton, basketball, football, rugby and netball and hopes that this will encourage active lifestyles, increase interest in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and inspire young people to take up sporting activities and perhaps become Scotland’s future athletes.

*S3M-2172 Robert Brown: Funding Cuts by Scottish Government to Glasgow Science Centre—That the Parliament is appalled at the decision of the Scottish Government to cut the funding of the Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) from £1.7 million in 2007-08 to £1.4 million in 2008-09 and to £1.08 million in 2009-10; notes the international standing of GSC which is one of only three science centres in the United Kingdom to be a full member of the Association of Science-Technology Centres (ASTC) and that GSC has been awarded five star status by VisitScotland; notes further that GSC serves schools and communities through inreach and outreach in every local authority area in Scotland; is concerned that the Scottish Government’s new funding method takes no account of the breadth or quality of the experience offered at GSC; contrasts the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning’s bold statement that the Scottish Government will tackle poor levels of science achievement in Scotland with the reality of SNP Government cuts in the funding of Scotland’s only international standard science centre; is concerned at the lengthy lack of engagement with GSC over the proposals, and calls on Scottish Ministers to reinstate the previous levels of funding to GSC to enable it to continue to bring a rich experience and interest in science to young people across Scotland.

*S3M-2171 Kenneth Gibson: Age of Alcohol Purchase—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the 2006 Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey that 84% of 15-year-olds reported ever having drunk alcohol, while 36% had had a drink in the previous week, that in 2006-07 there were 41,651 discharges from general hospitals with an alcohol-related diagnosis, or 762 per 100,000 population, an increase of 7% from 710 per 100,000 population in 2002-03, that the number of alcohol-related deaths went from less than one-in-100 in 1980 to one-in-30 in 2005, including contributing to one-in-three adult pedestrian fatalities and 50% of deaths caused by fire; notes that, in the Scottish Health Survey 2003, 27% of Scottish men and approximately 13% of Scottish women reported usual alcohol consumption in excess of the recommended weekly limit; notes that alcohol misuse costs Scottish society at least £1,071 million per year; commends the Scottish Government’s Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems and its recognition of the fact that "in Scotland we face a substantial challenge in readjusting our attitudes and behaviours in relation to alcohol, and in particular, educating our young people to adopt a sensible approach to alcohol consumption"; notes that many studies show that in the United States of America raising the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) from 18 to 21 years showed significant decreases in traffic crashes and traffic fatalities as well as a decrease in the proportion of 17 to 18-year-old students reported drinking in the last month from 72% in 1980 to 51% in 1999, the period immediately following widespread adoption of the rise in MLDA; recognises the dangers of alcohol misuse by those of all age groups and the pressing need to create a culture of responsible, rather than binge, drinking, and believes that the Scottish Government should limit the sale of alcohol in off-sales and supermarkets to people aged 21 and over, not only to help reduce accidents and encourage a more sensible approach to drinking but also to reduce the incidence of alcohol-fuelled youth disorder.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-2170 Stuart McMillan: Thank You!—That the Parliament wishes to thank the staff who have kept the first year of Session 3 running, including catering, cleaning, SPICe, Chamber Office, Committee Office, Visitor Services, Post Office, mail room, Allowances, BIT, Events, Facilities Management, Personnel and Security; notes the hard work and dedication of the Parliament’s staff as we come to summer recess, and hopes that the working relationships continue to be successful between MSPs, their staff and the Parliament’s staff.

*S3M-2169 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations—That the Parliament congratulates Christine Fulton on being nominated for an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List; notes the work that Christine has carried out in campaigning for protective vests/jackets to prevent knife wounds for police officers as well as the setting up of Care of Police Survivors, a charity which helps survivors come to terms with their loss, and recognises that out of her own personal tragedy she has achieved so much to help others.

*S3M-2168 Stuart McMillan: Parliament Celebrates Independence...Day—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Sodexho to celebrate independence by producing a menu in the Parliament for American Independence Day on 4 July; notes that the occasion is marked in the United States with a national holiday; hopes when Scotland becomes independent that similar celebrations and festivities will take place on an annual basis, and also notes that this year America celebrates 232 years of independence.

*S3M-2167 Margo MacDonald: UK Referendum on Alternative Provisions to Treaty of Lisbon—That the Parliament congratulates the citizens of the Republic of Ireland for its principled and determined opposition to the Treaty of Lisbon; agrees with the "NO" campaign’s rejection of a centralised bureaucracy in Brussels, and, so that this may be shown to be a pan-European objection to the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon, and not a rejection of the EU itself, calls on Her Majesty’s Government to allow UK citizens the same opportunity to take part in the democratic development of the EU by holding a referendum on any future alternative proposals to provisions in the Treaty of Lisbon.

Supported by: Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*

*S3M-2166 Margo MacDonald: Avoidance of Illegal Action on Lisbon Treaty—That the Parliament notes that the Lisbon Treaty requires ratification by all EU member states before any of its provisions can be enacted legally, including the appointment of a President and Foreign Minister, and calls on the Scottish Government to make clear to Her Majesty’s Government its opposition to any action or agreement to act with ministers of other EU states on the part of UK ministers, to illegally bring into being any of the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty and to give notice that Scottish Ministers will abstain from any such illegal action, while continuing to observe their legal obligations under existing EU treaties.

Supported by: Alex Neil*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2165 Robert Gordon’s Debaters Triumph in Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament (lodged on 13 June 2008) Jackson Carlaw*, Marlyn Glen*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jamie Stone*, Bill Aitken*, Murdo Fraser*, Brian Adam*, John Lamont*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Butler*, Jim Tolson*, Derek Brownlee*, Ted Brocklebank*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2164 Irish Reject the Lisbon Treaty (lodged on 13 June 2008) Bill Kidd*, Jamie McGrigor*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Aitken*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Alex Johnstone*, David McLetchie*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-2163 Learning Disability Week (lodged on 13 June 2008) Robin Harper*, Ross Finnie*, Marlyn Glen*, Mary Mulligan*, Charlie Gordon*

S3M-2162 Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers Gobi Desert Challenge (lodged on 13 June 2008) Gil Paterson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mary Mulligan*, Helen Eadie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Margaret Curran*

S3M-2161 Repatriation of James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell (lodged on 13 June 2008) Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Alex Neil*, Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2159 Carer’s Allowance (lodged on 13 June 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-2158 Motor Neurone Awareness Week (lodged on 13 June 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-2156 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (lodged on 13 June 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-2155 Congratulations to Kilbirnie Ladeside FC (lodged on 12 June 2008) John Lamont*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2154 Torphichen Centenary Gala Day (lodged on 12 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2153 Parkinson’s Disease Society (lodged on 12 June 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-2152 HMRC Office Restructuring Proposals (lodged on 12 June 2008) Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*, Ian McKee*

S3M-2151 Graham’s - The Family Dairy (lodged on 12 June 2008) Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Bashir Ahmad*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Stone*, Bob Doris*, Christine Grahame*, Sandra White*, Mike Pringle*, Murdo Fraser*

S3M-2149 Protecting Asylum-Seeker Children (lodged on 12 June 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-2148# Upgrading of the A92 (lodged on 12 June 2008) Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Aitken*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Park*

S3M-2147 First Female Chief Constable in Scotland (lodged on 12 June 2008) Jamie McGrigor*, Ross Finnie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alex Neil*, Bob Doris*, Jim Tolson*, Elaine Smith*, Elizabeth Smith*, Ted Brocklebank*, Ian McKee*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christine Grahame*, John Park*, Bill Kidd*, Marlyn Glen*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2146 No News is Bad News for the BBC (lodged on 12 June 2008) Alex Neil*, Brian Adam*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christine Grahame*, Ian McKee*

S3M-2143# NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Proposed Changes to Maternity Services (lodged on 12 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2142.1 Train Transport (lodged on 13 June 2008) Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2141 "Campus Cops" (lodged on 12 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2140 Ullapool Primary School (lodged on 12 June 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Lewis Macdonald*, Jamie Stone*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-2139 Congratulations to Linda McDonald on Winning the William Y Darling Award (lodged on 11 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2138 Sense or Census (lodged on 11 June 2008) Gil Paterson*, Ian McKee*

S3M-2137# Living and Dying with Advanced Heart Failure (lodged on 11 June 2008) David McLetchie*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, James Kelly*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-2136 Modern Studies Competition Winners - Brannock High School, Motherwell (lodged on 11 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2135 Poverty Challenge (lodged on 11 June 2008) Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2134 Unacceptable Levels of Poverty in Scotland (lodged on 11 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2130 Sporting United (lodged on 11 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2127 Welcome Scottish and Southern Energy to Cumbernauld (lodged on 11 June 2008) Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-2126 168th Royal Highland Show (lodged on 11 June 2008) Tavish Scott*, Ian McKee*, Mike Pringle*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-2125 GM Crops Do Not Prevent World Hunger (lodged on 11 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2124 Children’s Climate Change Project (lodged on 11 June 2008) Gil Paterson*, Ian McKee*

S3M-2122 Congratulations to Berwickshire Wheels (lodged on 11 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2117 Edinburgh MoonWalk 2008 (lodged on 10 June 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2108 Supporting Men’s Health Week 2008 (lodged on 10 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2107 The Scottish Government’s Welcome U-Turn (lodged on 10 June 2008) Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-2105 The Post Office Closure Programme (lodged on 10 June 2008) Angela Constance*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2099 Cockenzie and Torness - 60 Years of Accomplishment (lodged on 11 June 2008) Andy Kerr*

S3M-2094 Choices for Life (lodged on 9 June 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2093 Congratulations to COAST (lodged on 9 June 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2088 Hawick Wins Enterprise Award (lodged on 6 June 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2082 Stamp Duty (lodged on 5 June 2008) Angela Constance*, Bob Doris*

S3M-2081 Violence is Preventable Booklet, See Us - Hear Us! (lodged on 5 June 2008) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2080 Amnesty International Scottish Media Awards 2008 (lodged on 5 June 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-2079 Accessible Housing (lodged on 5 June 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2078 Learning the Lessons of Manchester (lodged on 5 June 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2073 Supporting Scottish Culture (lodged on 5 June 2008) Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-2066 2008 G8 Summit in Japan (lodged on 4 June 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2061 Brora Primary School (lodged on 4 June 2008) Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-2054 Veterans Day (lodged on 3 June 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2042 Angus Post Office Closures (lodged on 3 June 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2033 Proposed Change to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme (lodged on 2 June 2008) Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-2020 HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War (lodged on 29 May 2008) Gil Paterson*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-2007 Sort it Out - Securing the Future of the Postal Service (lodged on 28 May 2008) Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-2004 Routes Out of Prison Scheme (lodged on 28 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1981 Arrest of Bahá’ís in Iran (lodged on 22 May 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*

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

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