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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2490 Dr Richard Simpson: SIGN Guideline on Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Surgery—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the updated SIGN guideline 104 on antibiotic prophylaxis in surgery as making a significant contribution to the containment of hospital-associated infections and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure the effective implementation of these guidelines as a matter of priority.

*S3M-2489 Dr Richard Simpson: Congratulations to Forth Valley Practitioners—That the Parliament congratulates general practitioners in Forth Valley on achieving an 86% take-up of the new General Medical Services contract, extending the hours during which appointments are available to patients, but notes that, while there is an average take-up of around 51% across Scotland, there is a huge variation between NHS boards, even between those boards with similar demographics and geography; therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to take all necessary steps, working with territorial NHS boards, to ensure equity of access for all patients in Scotland, and further calls on the Executive to monitor the way in which these extra hours are being utilised.

*S3M-2488 Dr Richard Simpson: International Brain Tumour Awareness Week—That the Parliament notes that 26 October to 1 November 2008 is International Brain Tumour Awareness week; congratulates the West of Scotland Neuro-oncology Group for holding a one-day symposium during that week entitled "Diagnosis and Management of Brain Tumours in the 21st Century", and recognises the excellent work being done by all those involved in neuro-oncology in Scotland to establish a Scotland-wide neuro-oncology managed clinical network in order to advance the diagnosis, treatment and management of brain tumours.

*S3M-2487 Murdo Fraser: Black Watch Heritage Appeal—That the Parliament supports the campaign launched by the Black Watch Heritage Appeal to raise £3.2 million to secure the future of Balhousie Castle in Perth, the historic headquarters and museum of the Black Watch; notes that the funds are required to purchase Balhousie Castle, which is owned by the Ministry of Defence, and to carry out improvements to the building such as new spaces for exhibitions and to host visiting school and tourist groups; believes that Balhousie Castle is central to the Black Watch and Scotland’s military heritage and that the headquarters must be preserved for the Black Watch, one of the most distinguished and finest fighting regiments in history, and wishes the campaign success.

*S3M-2486♦ Cathie Craigie: Muscle Disease Awareness Week—That the Parliament recognises Muscle Disease Awareness week, taking place from 20 to 27 September 2008, during which the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign will publish a new report, Building on the Foundations: Scotland; is concerned that the report reveals that families with rare and debilitating conditions are being denied treatments that could prolong and improve their lives, particularly home ventilation and physiotherapy, and are faced with major delays in the provision of essential equipment and barriers to independent living; notes that care from a multidisciplinary team, with a lead professional or key worker to coordinate care, improves patient outcomes; welcomes the work of the Scottish Muscle Network to improve patient care in terms of quality, access and appropriateness, and hopes to achieve improved standards of care for all patients with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions.

*S3M-2485 Margaret Smith: World Alzheimer’s Day 2008—That the Parliament expresses support for World Alzheimer’s Day, on Monday 22 September, when Alzheimer Scotland and Alzheimer’s charities around the world concentrate their efforts in raising awareness of dementia; notes that between 58,000 and 65,000 people in Scotland have dementia; commends all those people and organisations working to help people with dementia and their carers, and acknowledges that it is important to raise awareness of dementia as an illness and campaign to reduce the misunderstandings that exist about the condition and the stigma that surrounds it.

*S3M-2484 Kenneth Gibson: Options for Independence—That the Parliament applauds the work undertaken by the British Red Cross’s Options for Independence programme, which actively engages with physically-disabled adults to provide immediate skilled support and opportunities for young people to live more independently; is aware of the vital respite, short-stay, housing, transitional and residential support provided by this service; values the three high quality service Scottish locations in Highland, north and south Ayrshire, which make extensive use of volunteers to enhance the support to service users; congratulates the Irvine complex, which offers such a high standard of accommodation that the Care Commission in Scotland used it as the quality benchmark when setting national physical environment standards for disabled adult residential services, and appreciates that taking more control of their lives is vital to those living with physical disabilities and that, with support, such citizens are able to play a more active part in their communities.

*S3M-2483 Margaret Smith: Wear it Pink—That the Parliament recognises that over 4,000 people in Scotland will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008; endorses Breast Cancer Campaign’s organisation of wear it pink on Friday 31 October 2008; notes the importance of the event in promoting awareness of breast cancer among the general public; encourages MSPs to participate in the initiative to help raise funds for innovative world-class breast cancer research at centres of excellence throughout Scotland, and congratulates Breast Cancer Campaign and all of its supporters for having raised over £3.2 million in 2007 through wear it pink.

*S3M-2482♦ Trish Godman: Action on Thrombosis—That the Parliament notes with concern that, according to provisional figures from the Scottish Government, the total number of deaths from thrombosis in 2007 was 12,275, which represents 21% of all deaths in Scotland; further notes that in 2006 thrombosis killed more than fifty times the number of people who died from MRSA and Clostridium difficile combined, and therefore considers that action should be taken to increase awareness of thrombosis among the public and health professionals and establish an effective prevention strategy for thrombosis in Scottish hospitals, such as some sort of screening regime, to help save valuable NHS resources from treating a disease that can often be prevented if a patient knows they are at risk in the first place and to help avoid tragedies like that of Katie McPherson from Langbank, who died as a result of deep vein thrombosis.

*S3M-2481.1 Ross Finnie: Obesity Action Plan—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2481) in the name of Shona Robison, insert at end "and believes that progress in tackling obesity should be assessed and reported on a regular basis according to the 10 measurements set out in chapter two of the action plan."

*S3M-2481.2 Margaret Curran: Obesity Action Plan—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2481) in the name of Shona Robison, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward to the Parliament details on how it intends to meet its commitment to two hours per week PE tuition in schools by specialist teachers and guarantee five days’ outdoor education for every school pupil."

*S3M-2480.1 Rhona Brankin: Getting it Right for Every Child—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2480) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "and therefore voices its concern at the impact on vulnerable children of rising class sizes, cuts in the number of health visitors and cuts in the number of teachers of children with additional support needs, and calls on the Scottish Government to honour its pledge to pay kinship carers allowance to grandparents."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2479 Abolition of Hospital Parking Charges (lodged on 2 September 2008) Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Lamont*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Aitken*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Mary Scanlon*, Keith Brown*, Brian Adam*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*

S3M-2475 Hospital Car Parking Charges Abolished (lodged on 2 September 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*, Christine Grahame*, Christina McKelvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2474 Scots Language Centre and Scottish National Dictionaries (lodged on 2 September 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2473 East Dunbartonshire’s Elite Performers (lodged on 2 September 2008) Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-2472# Sailing and Boating Continues to Expand and Contribute to the Scottish Economy (lodged on 2 September 2008) Margaret Mitchell*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-2471 Dementia Research Network for Scotland (lodged on 1 September 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2470 UNFPA and the Health Crisis in Georgia (lodged on 1 September 2008) Bill Wilson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2467 Auchengeich Colliery Disaster (lodged on 1 September 2008) Hugh Henry*, Iain Gray*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*

S3M-2465 Class Sizes in West Dunbartonshire (lodged on 1 September 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Rhona Brankin*, David Whitton*, Sarah Boyack*, Bill Butler*, Michael McMahon*, Karen Whitefield*, David McLetchie*, George Foulkes*

S3M-2464 Zoom Airline Collapses (lodged on 1 September 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2462 Emergency Services at the Vale of Leven Hospital (lodged on 1 September 2008) Ross Finnie*, George Foulkes*

S3M-2461 Fuel Poverty and the SWIFT Warm Winter Challenge (lodged on 1 September 2008) Hugh Henry*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2460 Scottish Schools World Debating Team (lodged on 1 September 2008) Jack McConnell*, Mike Pringle*, John Lamont*, Liam McArthur*, Jim Tolson*, Sandra White*, Marlyn Glen*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh Henry*, Rob Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Wilson*, John Park*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Keith Brown*, David McLetchie*, Robin Harper*, Robert Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bashir Ahmad*, Elizabeth Smith*

S3M-2459 Douglas Parish Chimes Again (lodged on 1 September 2008) Christine Grahame*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2458 Save Scotland’s National Team (lodged on 29 August 2008) Christine Grahame*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Tom McCabe*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*

S3M-2457 Tackling Slum Housing in Govanhill (lodged on 29 August 2008) David Stewart*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2456 Condemnation of the Comments of Andrew Lansley and Defence of the NHS in Scotland (lodged on 29 August 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2456.1 Condemnation of the Comments of Andrew Lansley and Defence of the NHS in Scotland (lodged on 2 September 2008) Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mary Scanlon*, Brian Adam*, Bill Aitken*, Bill Kidd*, Murdo Fraser*

S3M-2455 Report on Data Handling Review (lodged on 28 August 2008) David Stewart*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-2454 End the Inhumane Long-Distance Transportation of Live Horses for Slaughter in Europe (lodged on 28 August 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2453 Congratulations to Team GB, Especially Scotland’s Athletes (lodged on 27 August 2008) David Stewart*, Tom McCabe*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2452 Rosewell Primary School’s Cycle Friendly Award (lodged on 27 August 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-2450 Unclaimed Pensioner Benefits at £4.6 Billion (lodged on 27 August 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2449# All Aboard to Alloa, Again (lodged on 27 August 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2444 Opening of the Renewed Old Tom Morris Golf Course (lodged on 27 August 2008) Jack McConnell*, Gil Paterson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2443 Insulin Pump Therapy (lodged on 27 August 2008) Tom McCabe*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2437# Farming’s Retreat from the Hills (lodged on 26 August 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2436 Relay for Life in Fife - 2008 (lodged on 26 August 2008) Tom McCabe*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2434 Grid Connection Charge Scandal (lodged on 25 August 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2433 Green Pig Project Begun (lodged on 25 August 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2432 Reduce VAT on Building Repairs (lodged on 25 August 2008) Tom McCabe*, John Wilson*

S3M-2431 Clostridium Difficile Public Inquiry (lodged on 25 August 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2430 Happy Birthday, Sir Sean Connery (lodged on 25 August 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2426 Impact of the Thatcher Government’s Economic Policies on Scotland (lodged on 25 August 2008) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2425 Save West Lothian Pensioners’ and Disabled People’s Concessionary Travel (lodged on 22 August 2008) Tom McCabe*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-2424 Award-Winning Scottish Social Enterprises (lodged on 22 August 2008) David Stewart*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2422 £42 Million of Cuts by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (lodged on 22 August 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2421 Pay Up for PCS Members (lodged on 21 August 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2420 Fair Play, Fair Pay (lodged on 21 August 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2418 Congratulations to Chris Hoy (lodged on 21 August 2008) Tom McCabe*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2417 Plight of the Roma Community (lodged on 21 August 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2414 Migrant Workers In Scotland (lodged on 20 August 2008) David Stewart*, Tom McCabe*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2413 British Airports Authority (lodged on 20 August 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2410 Glasgow - UNESCO City of Music (lodged on 20 August 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2408 Death of Dr Levy Mwanawasa, President of Zambia (lodged on 20 August 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2405.1 Closure of G41/G42 Local Newspapers (lodged on 25 August 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2401.1 Highlands and Islands-Friendly Quality Mark (lodged on 22 August 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2397 Helping Cambuslang Allotments Forum Grow (lodged on 14 August 2008) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-2390 Congratulations to David Florence (lodged on 12 August 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2381 Good Luck to Team GB and the Beijing Olympics (lodged on 8 August 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2374# Gaelic Language Development (lodged on 6 August 2008) Robin Harper*, Christine Grahame*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, John Wilson*, Andrew Welsh*

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

S3M-2313 Antonine Wall - A World Heritage Site (lodged on 8 July 2008) Liam McArthur*, Elaine Murray*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bob Doris*, Jamie McGrigor*, Hugh Henry*, Aileen Campbell*, Karen Whitefield*, George Foulkes*, Robin Harper*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*

S3M-2309 Proposal for a Glasgow Museum of Industry, Science and Technology (lodged on 7 July 2008) George Foulkes*

S3M-2073 Supporting Scottish Culture (lodged on 5 June 2008) Jack McConnell*, Mr Frank McAveety*, John Park*

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