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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2346 John Park: Youth Football—That the Parliament expresses concern at the recent decision by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to expel Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee and Ross County Football Clubs from the SFA’s elite Performance Level Youth Football initiative; notes that the ruling, particularly in the case of Dunfermline Athletic, was based on apparent non-compliance with SFA regulations on child protection despite the clubs being legally compliant with current child protection legislation; believes that none of the clubs affected were given time by the SFA to make the necessary adjustments to meet the SFA requirements before this decision was made to remove the clubs from the scheme; understands that, in the Scottish Youth Football Initiative Programme, clubs either play in the performance or initiative leagues and that this decision will leave just one non-SPL club, Stenhousemuir, in the top league of youth football; regrets that this decision will deprive these clubs of up to £30,000 per year in grants from the SFA and, consequently, may impact on the ability of these clubs to provide any form of quality youth football programme; notes with further concern that the whole of Fife, Perth and Kinross will subsequently be without a top-level youth football programme; fears the impact that this will have on developing football talent in the region, especially the future for the highly acclaimed Fife Football Partnership that is leading the way in developing grass-roots football for young people, and hopes that, given the final ruling to expel the clubs was tied among committee members and only decided by a casting vote of the current SFA Chair, the SFA will review its recent decision before a generation of young footballing talent is wasted.

Supported by: George Foulkes*, Bill Kidd*, Richard Baker*

*S3M-2345 Rob Gibson: Portrait of a Nation—That the Parliament welcomes the Portrait of a Nation campaign from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Liverpool Culture Company and participating cities and places; recognises this as a platform for young people to explore and showcase their heritage and identity through arts and heritage projects as part of the Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 celebrations; congratulates Highland composer and artist, Blair Douglas, for his piece titled Dealbh Dùthcha, which incorporates unique elements of Highland culture, including traditional music, Gaelic song, step dance and the spoken word, and features 30 of the very best young musicians, singers and dancers from the Highlands and Islands Fèisean to perform the piece; notes that Dealbh Dùthcha is the Highlands and Islands contribution and the only Scottish representation in Portrait of a Nation, and recognises the importance of celebrating local and national heritage and giving young people the chance to express themselves and their cultural identity.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-2344 Christine Grahame: Extending the Winter Fuel Payment—That the Parliament is concerned that, with the increasing cost of fuel, more and more elderly, disabled and low income families will be unable to heat their homes this winter and, therefore, calls on the UK Government to extend the Winter Fuel Payment to those on high-level disability benefits and those receiving Child Benefit while at the same time increasing the amount payable to reflect increased heating costs by using the additional revenues of £6 billion from fuel duty to fund the programme.

*S3M-2343 George Foulkes: Putting Network Rail Back Into Public Hands—That the Parliament welcomes the Co-operative Party’s campaign to make Network Rail the people’s rail; supports the premise of the campaign to make Network Rail more democratic and accountable to the taxpayer and passengers and not just those appointed by the board; acknowledges that since it was created as a not-for-profit replacement for Railtrack, Network Rail has reduced delays and improved safety but is still a long way from the service that customers deserve; notes the findings of the House of Commons Transport Committee that the current governance structure of Network Rail is inadequate; believes that by introducing a mutually-owned and publicly-run rail network passengers will have more say in how the service is run and should be improved; further believes that it is obscene that Network Rail executives receive excessive bonuses while misery and inconvenience is regularly suffered by passengers, and calls on all MSPs to add their support to the Co-operative Party’s campaign to give passengers back their rail service.

*S3M-2342 Kenny MacAskill: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-2341 Bill Kidd: Private Profit and the Poverty Industry—That the Parliament expresses concern at the plans under the UK Government’s Green Paper, No One Written Off: Reforming Welfare to Reward Responsibility, for private firms to receive payments to farm people onto welfare-to-work schemes; considers that this amounts to private profit being made out of the poverty industry, and further considers that the long-term jobless deserve high quality public services to support them in finding available work.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2340 Time to End Discrimination Against All Unpaid Carers (lodged on 17 July 2008) Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Hugh Henry*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2339 Salmond’s Government Has No Compassion for Disabled People (lodged on 17 July 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2336 400th Stonewall Diversity Champion (lodged on 16 July 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2335 Lanarkshire Success in Hosting the 2011 International Children’s Games (lodged on 16 July 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2333 Central Scotland Police Annual Report (lodged on 16 July 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2330 Beauly to Denny Power Line (lodged on 14 July 2008) Murdo Fraser*

S3M-2328 Brussels to Allow USA Access to Private Data (lodged on 14 July 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-2327 Selling Tobacco Products to Developing Countries (lodged on 14 July 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-2326 Federation of Master Builders and Climate Change (lodged on 14 July 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Marlyn Glen*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2323 World Heritage Status for the Antonine Wall (lodged on 10 July 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2316 Scottish Enterprise (lodged on 8 July 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2315 Antonine Wall (lodged on 8 July 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2313 Antonine Wall - A World Heritage Site (lodged on 8 July 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Jack McConnell*

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

S3M-2294 Social Energy Tariffs (lodged on 30 June 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2291 Sense Over Sectarianism (lodged on 27 June 2008) John Wilson*

S3M-2279 Friends of the Earth Scotland Launches Big Ask Scotland Campaign with Radiohead (lodged on 26 June 2008) Richard Baker*

S3M-2277 80th Anniversary of Universal Suffrage and Votes at 16 (lodged on 26 June 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2270 Air Weapon Ban (lodged on 25 June 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-2247 We’ve Got Big Plans for Deaf Children and Young People in Scotland (lodged on 23 June 2008) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-2244.1 Congratulations to Glasgow City Council (lodged on 15 July 2008) Hugh Henry*

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

S3M-2016 Postcode Lottery for Sufferers of DMD (lodged on 29 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

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