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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2325 Sarah Boyack: Congratulations to ACE IT on Winning Nominet Best Practice Challenge Award 2008—That the Parliament congratulates Age Concern Edinburgh Information Technology (ACE IT) on winning the Nominet Best Practice Challenge Award 2008, designed to celebrate achievement and innovation within the internet industry and to recognise those organisations, groups or individuals which have embraced the challenge of making the internet a secure, open, accessible or diverse experience for all; notes the sterling work of ACE IT since 2001 in training more than 3,000 people aged over 50 in IT skills from its base in the Gorgie/Dalry area of Edinburgh as well as its several resulting projects, delivered with a range of partners including the "Edinburgh Silver Surfers" initiative, in which members create their own websites of views and reviews of interest to older people, and the "Moose in the Hoose" initiative, designed to introduce the benefit of computers and the internet to those living in care homes and sheltered housing across Edinburgh; believes that the work of ACE IT provides a shining example of good practice to the rest of Scotland, the United Kingdom and beyond in helping to ensure that technological developments can be harnessed and enjoyed by all sections of society, and further notes that, as winners, ACE IT will now also be promoted as demonstrations of best practice to industry, government, academia and in the media both in the UK and internationally as well as being invited to take a leading role in the UK preparatory meeting for the Internet Governance Forum in India.

*S3M-2324 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to ACE IT on Winning the Nominet Best Practice Challenge Award—That the Parliament congratulates Age Concern Edinburgh Information Technology (ACE IT) on winning the prestigious Nominet Best Practice Challenge Award 2008; recognises the excellent work that ACE IT does in introducing Edinburgh’s older generation to information and computer technology, and wishes the project all the best in the future, both in its continued work in Edinburgh and as a showcase representative for the United Kingdom at the next Internet Governance Forum in December 2008.

*S3M-2323 Margaret Mitchell: World Heritage Status for the Antonine Wall—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the UN cultural body, Unesco, to make the Antonine Wall, which was the most northerly point in the Roman Empire, a World Heritage Site; notes that the wall stretches for 37 miles across the central belt of Scotland from Bo’ness, near Falkirk, to Old Kilpatrick in West Dunbartonshire; looks forward to the boost to the local economy and tourism in the area and specifically for the communities of Cumbernauld, Falkirk, Bo’ness and Kirkintilloch located along the wall, and congratulates Historic Scotland, East and West Dunbartonshire councils, Falkirk Council, Glasgow City Council and North Lanarkshire Council on the successful campaign to have the significance of the landmark fully recognised and accorded world heritage status.

*S3M-2322 Dr Richard Simpson: Congratulations to Fife Fabrications—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Fabrications Limited and all involved in its recent success at the Subcon Exhibition in Birmingham; notes that the Glenrothes-based company received two awards at the event, Best Subcontractor and Best Health, Safety and Environmental Practice; recognises that the company was also runner-up for the overall award for excellence and engineering; hopes that it will continue to grow and prosper as a world-class manufacturer, and pays tribute to the skilled workforce and management.

*S3M-2321 Dr Richard Simpson: Health Commission for Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of the Health Commission for Glasgow as providing an important element of a major push against health inequalities in the city; notes that the commission will form a key part of Glasgow City Council’s efforts to ensure the 2014 Commonwealth Games leave a lasting legacy for the people of Glasgow, and calls on the Scottish Executive to provide all necessary support to the commission in developing and implementing plans to promote greater equality in health.

*S3M-2320 Sandra White: Government Plans May Lead to Ghettoisation of Glasgow—That the Parliament expresses serious concern over the implementation and consequences of the UK Government’s local housing allowance (LHA), which has replaced housing benefit, highlighted by growing evidence in Glasgow that landlords and letting agents are not receiving rent from clients on benefits leading to these clients being refused private rented accommodation; considers that this is a direct consequence of the allowance being paid directly to claimants rather than landlords and gives rise to concerns that this could result in the repossession of property and a huge rise in the number of homeless people; notes the concerns raised that this could lead to increased ghettoisation in Glasgow as people are forced out of more expensive areas and into poorer ones due to the introduction of the flawed broad rental market areas, and believes that the LHA must be reformed as a matter of urgency before these changes irreversibly damage Glasgow’s drive to build mixed communities.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-2319 Sandra White: "Bring It On!"—That the Parliament welcomes the recent "Bring It On!" event held in Glasgow for over 500 teenagers from nine different secondary schools, aimed at educating pupils about the dangers of street violence, gang-related violence, drugs, alcohol and personal safety in a relaxed and informal setting; notes that similar initiatives, such as "Operation Reclaim" and specific behavioural change workshops, have aided in reducing the crime rate in the east end of Glasgow by up to 24% since October 2007, and hopes that these significant achievements will be welcomed by all.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-2318 Bill Kidd: Carers Allowance, Minimum Income Standard and Earnings Rule—That the Parliament expresses its concern that the Carers’ Allowance of £50.55 per week falls far short of the minimum income standard of £158 per week for a single working-age adult recommended in the Joseph Rowntree Foundation research report, A minimum income standard for Britain: What people think, and represents less than one-third of what is considered to be a socially-acceptable standard of living; expresses further concern that the carers’ allowance is not paid at all to anyone earning only £95 or above per week, and notes that these are issues that need to be reformed in the near term.

*S3M-2317 Helen Eadie: K’Nex Challenge Regional Finalists—That the Parliament congratulates two P5 girls from Lochgelly South Primary School, Kayleigh and Lindy, on going through to the Scottish south-east regional final of the annual K’Nex Challenge, having won two previous rounds by making a K’Nex model according to a set of instructions given on the day; applauds the initiative, organised across Scotland by SETPOINT Scotland, that encourages primary school children with an interest in design and engineering by inspiring them to use K’Nex to produce a design solution for an engineering problem, and hopes that Lochgelly South Primary School’s staff will continue to support their very talented pupils to achieve further success in future competitions.

*S3M-2316 Iain Smith: Scottish Enterprise—That the Parliament condemns Scottish Enterprise for failing to fulfil previous commitments to fund regeneration projects, including £600,000 towards the £1.6 million scheme at the West Sands, St Andrews; believes that Scottish Enterprise should honour these commitments, and urges Scottish ministers either to instruct Scottish Enterprise to honour these commitments or to directly transfer the relevant funds from Scottish Enterprise to the appropriate local authorities.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*, John Park*

*S3M-2315 Jamie Hepburn: Antonine Wall—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by UNESCO to award the Antonine Wall world heritage status, recognising it as an important historical link between Scotland and the Roman Empire, and further welcomes the boost to tourism and the local economies of those areas along the route of the Antonine Wall that this award represents.

*S3M-2314 Hugh O’Donnell: Antonine Wall - World Heritage Site—That the Parliament welcomes the categorisation of the Antonine Wall as a world heritage site by Unesco; congratulates everyone involved in securing the prestigious accolade for Scotland, and encourages all partner organisations, businesses and individuals to work together to ensure that the social and economic benefits of the title, World Heritage Site, for the Antonine Wall are shared by the whole of Scotland.

*S3M-2313 Cathy Peattie: Antonine Wall - A World Heritage Site—That the Parliament welcomes the confirmation of the Antonine Wall’s status as a world heritage site; congratulates all those who have contributed to this achievement, including Historic Scotland, campaigners from Bo’ness to Old Kilpatrick, Falkirk Council and other local authorities, the Scottish Executive past and present and the UK Government; notes that this will focus international attention on the area, helping to promote tourism and increase awareness of Scotland’s Roman heritage, and looks forward to a continuing partnership approach to ensure the preservation, study and development of educational and tourist resources highlighting the global importance of Scotland’s heritage.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, John Park*, Charlie Gordon*, Alasdair Allan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Helen Eadie*, Bill Butler*, David Stewart*, Des McNulty*, Marlyn Glen*, Mary Mulligan*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-2312 Withdrawn

*S3M-2311 Jackson Carlaw: East Renfrewshire Council’s Proposals for Braidbar Quarry, Huntly Park and Lower Huntly—That the Parliament notes with concern the predicament of East Renfrewshire homeowners whose properties are blighted by their proximity to the disused Braidbar Quarry; further notes the growing fear amongst the local community that East Renfrewshire Council’s current proposal to shore up the ground adjacent to these properties may lead to much-loved green spaces Huntly Park and Lower Huntly being substantially compromised and that the associated development of new housing will inevitably place an additional demand on local amenities that are already widely regarded as being overstretched, and calls on East Renfrewshire Council to investigate an alternative proposal that meets both the needs of affected homeowners and the concerns of the wider Braidbar residential community by guaranteeing that Huntly Park and Lower Huntly are not only preserved but enhanced by any development and that additional demands on local amenities and infrastructures resulting from any new houses are met with sufficient investment and redevelopment to meet that demand.

*S3M-2310 Kenneth Gibson: Irrelevance of the Liberal Democrats—That the Parliament recognises the utter irrelevance of the Liberal Democrats; believes that they are the architects of their own increasing marginalisation by their refusal to recognise the changing landscape of Scottish politics, which has shown that minority government can work and that their status as kingmakers to the largest party is now redundant; notes the unexpected vacancy for position of Scottish Liberal Democrat leader; considers that there has been a continued decline in Liberal Democrat fortunes in opinion polls, council and by-elections across the United Kingdom, and is saddened that they are still misguided enough in considering that their party is a credible force in Scottish politics.

Supported by: John Lamont*

*S3M-2309 Patrick Harvie: Proposal for a Glasgow Museum of Industry, Science and Technology—That the Parliament welcomes the proposal by the Clyde Heritage Trust to set up a museum of industry, science and technology in Glasgow based in the former Howden engineering works in Scotland Street, incorporating the world’s only Subway power station, built in 1886; agrees that such a museum would complement the existing museums in the Glasgow area by concentrating on Scotland’s rich history of industry, engineering and technology and focusing on large-scale working exhibits; recognises that the two unique listed buildings comprising the works would be an excellent site for this enterprise, requiring no major structural alterations and providing ease of access to disabled visitors, and notes that Scotland Street School Museum would benefit from the location of such a museum nearby and that this excellent project has the potential to create employment and provide a unique opportunity for Scotland to celebrate and preserve its industrial heritage.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-2308 Patrick Harvie: Glasgow Women’s Library—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Women’s Library on its successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has agreed to provide a grant of £410,000 for the creation of a dedicated archive space at the Mitchell Library and the recruitment of a full-time archivist; recognises that the bid was of a very high standard and attracted 110 letters of support; believes that the work of Glasgow Women’s Library, which includes redressing the neglect of women’s historical and cultural contributions to Scottish society and creating new approaches to culture and heritage that bring together women from the most diverse backgrounds, is of immense value to Glasgow and to Scotland, and offers everyone at the Glasgow Women’s Library the very best wishes as they take this significant step forward in the development of their service.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*, John Park*, Keith Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Marlyn Glen*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christina McKelvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-2306.1 Pauline McNeill: Bright Future for Scottish Shipbuilding—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2306) in the name of Sandra White, leave out from "two new aircraft carriers" to end and insert "construction and assembly of two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, securing jobs at Scotstoun and Govan Shipyards, Rosyth Dockyard as well as at Portsmouth and Barrow and again notes that the awarding of these contracts to UK yards by the Ministry of Defence is a further sign of the UK Government’s continuing commitment to investment in this vital industry in both Scotland and England."

Supported by: Elaine Murray*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2307 Successful Liberation of Ingrid Betancourt (lodged on 4 July 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Mike Pringle*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Keith Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2306 Bright Future for Scottish Shipbuilding (lodged on 4 July 2008) Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Angela Constance*, Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2305 Centre of Excellence Honour for Bishopbriggs Academy (lodged on 4 July 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Robin Harper*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Keith Brown*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-2304 Pringle of Scotland No More (lodged on 4 July 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2302 Congratulations to Annan Athletic FC (lodged on 4 July 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Butler*, Derek Brownlee*, Robin Harper*, Iain Gray*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Charlie Gordon*, Mary Mulligan*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Lamont*, Jim Tolson*, Jackie Baillie*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Liam McArthur*, Stuart McMillan*, David Stewart*, John Park*

S3M-2301 Labour’s Super Tax on the Poor (lodged on 4 July 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Angela Constance*, Christina McKelvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-2300 Wind Farm Moratorium on Peat Lands (lodged on 3 July 2008) Rob Gibson*, Lewis Macdonald*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2299 Funding for Data Sharing Partnerships (lodged on 3 July 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Karen Whitefield*, Jackie Baillie*, David Stewart*, Robin Harper*, Marilyn Livingstone*, James Kelly*

S3M-2298 HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales Contracts Signed (lodged on 3 July 2008) Robert Brown*, Ross Finnie*, John Park*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*

S3M-2297 Funding Boost for Science Centres (lodged on 2 July 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2296 Glasgow East By-Election (lodged on 2 July 2008) Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-2296.1 Glasgow East By-Election (lodged on 3 July 2008) Ross Finnie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Tavish Scott*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-2295 Pringle of Scotland Job Losses (lodged on 1 July 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2295.1 Pringle of Scotland Job Losses (lodged on 2 July 2008) Nanette Milne*

S3M-2294 Social Energy Tariffs (lodged on 30 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathy Peattie*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2293 Climate Change (lodged on 30 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2291 Sense Over Sectarianism (lodged on 27 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2290 Back on the Buses (lodged on 27 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2289 Inverclyde Schools Win Place in Prestigious Choir of the Year Competition (lodged on 27 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2286 Larbert Welcomes Network Rail (lodged on 27 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2285 Labour’s U-turn (lodged on 27 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2284 Nuclear "Popcorning" (lodged on 27 June 2008) Dave Thompson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2283 Happy 60th Birthday Glenrothes (lodged on 27 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2280 Congratulating the Scottish-Islamic Foundation (lodged on 26 June 2008) Dave Thompson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2279 Friends of the Earth Scotland Launches Big Ask Scotland Campaign with Radiohead (lodged on 26 June 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-2277 80th Anniversary of Universal Suffrage and Votes at 16 (lodged on 26 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, John Park*

S3M-2276 Congratulating Fife Drug and Alcohol Services (lodged on 26 June 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*, Ken Macintosh*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackie Baillie*, Jim Tolson*, David Stewart*, Robin Harper*, Marilyn Livingstone*, James Kelly*

S3M-2275 Working Creatively for Scotland: Glasgow Science Centre (lodged on 26 June 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2273 Banning Shock Collars: The Welsh Government’s Precedent (lodged on 26 June 2008) Bashir Ahmad*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Elaine Murray*, Robert Brown*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2271 Twentieth Anniversary of the Piper Alpha Disaster (lodged on 25 June 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2254 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (lodged on 24 June 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-2253 Sistema Scotland’s Official Launch and the Benefits of Closer Ties with Venezuela (lodged on 24 June 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2223 Borderline Theatre’s Success with the Wall (lodged on 19 June 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2211 Handcuffing of Pregnant Women (lodged on 18 June 2008) George Foulkes*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2210 Photodynamic Therapy (lodged on 18 June 2008) Helen Eadie*, David Stewart*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mary Mulligan*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, John Park*

S3M-2174 Kirsty McWilliam (lodged on 16 June 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-2137# Living and Dying with Advanced Heart Failure (lodged on 11 June 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2090 Veterans Day (lodged on 6 June 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-2066 2008 G8 Summit in Japan (lodged on 4 June 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2064 Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (lodged on 4 June 2008) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-2060.1 No to New Nuclear Scotland (lodged on 5 June 2008) Iain Gray*

S3M-1947 Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples (lodged on 20 May 2008) George Foulkes*, Trish Godman*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-1931 Re-linking Pensions to Average Earnings (lodged on 16 May 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*

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