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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2516 Rob Gibson: Real Garlicky Win—That the Parliament congratulates the Really Garlicky Company in Nairn for its Best Farm Entrepreneur win at the Country Living and Waitrose Made in Britain Food Awards and recognises that during Scottish Food Fortnight local companies throughout the nation, and especially in the Highlands and Islands, are key to delivering good quality tasty food and will play a key factor in the development of the Scottish national food policy.

*S3M-2515# Richard Baker: Aberdeen Crossrail Project—That the Parliament supports the Aberdeen Crossrail project as an integral part of a future transport strategy for the north east; believes that a frequent rail service with new stations running between Stonehaven, Inverurie and Aberdeen is vital to tackling congestion in Aberdeen and to economic growth in the north east; believes that the project is essential for a sustainable transport strategy in the area and to provide much improved public transport options for residents and commuters; believes that supporting Aberdeen Crossrail will enable even more ambitious plans to be developed for new rail services in other parts of Aberdeenshire; is concerned at recent reports that the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland are no longer supporting the scheme, and hopes that the long-established consensus to support Aberdeen Crossrail will continue.

*S3M-2514♦ Margo MacDonald: Legacy from Lottery Funding for Community Sport—That the Parliament, in view of the reduction in lottery funding for the development of community sport in Scotland, supports calls for a substantial sum of National Lottery funding to be released now, thus ensuring both support for ongoing coaching programmes and a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow that benefit the population of Glasgow and all of Scotland, and believes that such funding is capable of enhancing the Glasgow games so that, in addition to supporting a spectacular event, the investment would lay the foundations for health and sporting improvements across the entire population of Scotland.

*S3M-2513 Jamie Hepburn: Rectors for All of Scotland’s Universities—That the Parliament notes with interest the call from Scotland’s five university rectors for the creation of similar positions at the other universities in Scotland and believes that the post of rector acts as an independent champion for students in these institutions and that students across Scotland would benefit from such a position being introduced in every university.

*S3M-2512♦ Sandra White: Glasgow 2014 Lottery Funding—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the Deputy First Minister to engage with all parties in the effort to secure lottery funding for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games and further welcomes the unity displayed by all parties of the Parliament in their public backing in support of this initiative, which will ensure that the legacy of 2014 is a great success both for Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.

*S3M-2511 Rob Gibson: BBC Alba - Speed Up Freeview Option—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the BBC Alba Gaelic television channel; wishes that all those involved will make the service a success; notes the potential that it has to boost the profile of the Gaelic language while informing and entertaining people throughout the country; however also notes, with disappointment, the fact that this service is not intended to be available through Freeview until after the digital switchover and that this will be subject to a review by the BBC Trust, and calls on the UK Government and BBC to speed up this process so that the channel has the chance to be watched by Gaels and non-Gaels throughout the nation who possess a Freeview box but do not have cable nor a satellite television.

*S3M-2510 Roseanna Cunningham: Perth Street Pastors—That the Parliament welcomes the work done by the multi-denominational voluntary Perth Street Pastors; notes that, while the only location in which street pastors currently operate in Scotland is Perth city centre, there are moves to extend the concept into Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Dunfermline, Stirling and Edinburgh; further notes that in England, where the street pastor movement is widespread, some studies indicate that street crime falls by around 84% for the period of time when street pastors are out on the streets, and commends the many volunteers who are prepared to give up time at night to help make city streets safer and therefore make a night out a more enjoyable experience.

*S3M-2509 Claire Baker: Good Luck to Andy Murray—That the Parliament congratulates Andy Murray on his victory in the US Open semi-final, over Rafael Nadal, to reach his first grand slam final; notes that he is the first Scottish, and only the second British, tennis player to reach a grand slam final in modern day tennis; wishes him all the best in the final against Roger Federer, and hopes that he becomes the first British tennis player to win a grand slam for 72 years, since Fred Perry won the 1936 US Open.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson*, Robin Harper*, Mary Mulligan*, Iain Gray*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Allan*, John Lamont*, Jamie Stone*, Jackie Baillie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bob Doris*, Elaine Murray*, David Whitton*, Des McNulty*, John Park*

*S3M-2508 Bill Kidd: Commissioner for Children and Young People, Professor Kathleen Marshall—That the Parliament acknowledges and applauds the great work done by Professor Kathleen Marshall, Scotland’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People, in promoting and safeguarding the rights of children and young people; proffers sincere thanks to Professor Marshall for the dedication, passion and high profile that she has brought to the role, and wishes the next commissioner equal success in building on the firm foundations laid by Professor Marshall.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robert Brown*, Alasdair Allan*, Cathy Peattie*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-2507 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to Marchmont and Sciennes Business Association—That the Parliament congratulates Marchmont and Sciennes Business Association in south Edinburgh on launching its own reusable cotton carrier bag as the first of several projects planned to raise awareness of the environment in the area; further congratulates James Gillespie’s High School pupil, Gwen Morris, on her winning design for the bag; recognises the fact that the new cotton bag will significantly reduce the number of plastic bags issued at participating stores; commends the City of Edinburgh Council for its role in funding the project through a £2,500 grant, and wishes Marchmont and Sciennes residents every success in their upcoming litter pick and future environmental projects.

*S3M-2506# Jack McConnell: 2014: A Year of Sport for Scotland—That the Parliament recognises that 2014 will be a significant year for Scottish sport; notes that, in addition to the annual sporting events taking place that year, Scotland will host the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles; acknowledges that each event will bring international athletes to this country and will focus worldwide attention on Scotland; welcomes the variety of sporting opportunities that 2014 will present to Scotland, and believes that 2014 should be designated "Scotland’s Year of Sport" in order to highlight the benefits that sport and physical activity bring to the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*, Claire Baker*, Elaine Murray*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Sandra White*, Jamie Stone*, Lewis Macdonald*, Robert Brown*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Butler*, Karen Whitefield*, Iain Gray*, Bill Kidd*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-2505 Sarah Boyack: Supporting Our Renewables Industry—That the Parliament applauds the Scottish renewable energy industry for its contribution to the national economy and to combating climate change; welcomes the publication of Scottish Hydropower Resource Study, commissioned by the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS) Hydro Group and carried out by Nick Forrest Associates, detailing opportunities for new sites to take advantage of Scotland’s untapped hydroelectric potential; congratulates the engineers on the successful completion of the Glendoe Hydro Scheme and commencement of filling, and calls on the Scottish Government to give serious consideration to amending the terms of its tender for electricity supply in such a way as to reinstate a requirement for 100% of the electricity to come from renewable sources, including hydroelectric power, thereby supporting our renewables industry as was the case in the last three contracts put in place by the previous administration.

*S3M-2504 Gil Paterson: The Fire and Rescue Service—That the Parliament notes the important service that the fire and rescue serviceprovides in our communities and thanks all those who dedicate themselves to delivering it; believes that the quicker fire crews respond to incidents the better chance they have of rescuing those who seek assistance, and supports the campaign to reintroduce incident response standards.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Mike Pringle*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Christine Grahame*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-2503 Patrick Harvie: Kathleen Marshall, Scotland’s First Commissioner for Children and Young People—That the Parliament offers its thanks to Professor Kathleen Marshall, Scotland’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People, for her outstanding service and commitment; understands but regrets her decision not to put herself forward for another term of office; believes that she will be a hard act to follow, and wishes her well for the future.

S3M-2502*#* Murdo Fraser: Bannockburn Battlefield—That the Parliament observes the importance of the Battle of Bannockburn in Scottish history, where Robert the Bruce led a significant Scottish victory against the English in the Wars of Scottish Independence in June 1314; believes that Scotland’s historic battlefields are important to Scottish history and that the sites must be protected as a memorial to the men who fought and died in the battles as well as allowing future generations to visit the sites and learn more about Scotland’s past; notes the concerns of the National Trust for Scotland that the Bannockburn battlefield may fail to qualify for Historic Scotland’s planned inventory of battlefields as too much housing has already been allowed on and around the historic site, and considers that the battlefield site has already been subject to enough development and that it now requires protection to stop any future development.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie*, Bill Aitken*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Lamont*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mary Scanlon*, Bashir Ahmad*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-2497*#* Cathy Peattie: Sex and Power—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Sex and Power 2008, the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s annual report looking at women in positions of power and influence across the public and private sector; notes the theme of the report, "missing women", and its statement that "if women hope to shatter the glass ceiling and achieve equal representation, we would need to find the women who are missing from top positions of power in Scotland"; is concerned that despite higher academic attainment, with 57% of university students being women, women constitute only 7.4% of senior police officers, 11.8% of judges of the Court of Session and 13.6% of Scottish MPs and that, while Falkirk Council has women as leader of the administration and Chief Executive and in many senior posts, this is rare elsewhere, with women constituting only 12.5% of local authority chief executives and only 18.8% of local authority leaders; is further concerned that the report shows a declining percentage of women among public appointments, senior police officers, judges of the Court of Session, Scottish MPs and MSPs and highlights that ethnic minority women experience greater barriers in the workplace and are almost completely absent from positions of power; considers that Scotland is failing to get talented women into these positions and consequently is losing out on their contribution to Scotland’s social and political life and our economy, and believes that much more should be done to find the 130 women missing from public appointments, the 85 missing women headteachers in secondary schools, the 21 missing women MSPs and many others, as identified by the report.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Patrick Harvie*, Elaine Murray*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Sarah Boyack*, Sandra White*, Bill Butler*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2501 Tragedy, Loss, Hope, Help, Rescue and Survival (lodged on 5 September 2008) Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Mike Pringle*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*

S3M-2499 World Suicide Prevention Day (lodged on 5 September 2008) Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mary Scanlon*, Ross Finnie*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Nanette Milne*, Liam McArthur*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2498 Barra, Scottish Calor Village of the Year Finalist (lodged on 5 September 2008) Angela Constance*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-2495 Great Britain Football Team (lodged on 4 September 2008) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-2486# Muscle Disease Awareness Week (lodged on 3 September 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2485 World Alzheimer’s Day 2008 (lodged on 3 September 2008) Sandra White*, Liam McArthur*, Pauline McNeill*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, Jamie Stone*, Des McNulty*, John Lamont*, Robin Harper*, Mary Scanlon*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Cathy Peattie*, Karen Whitefield*, Ross Finnie*, Jim Hume*, Mary Mulligan*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-2482# Action on Thrombosis (lodged on 3 September 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Peattie*, Mary Scanlon*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2474 Scots Language Centre and Scottish National Dictionaries (lodged on 2 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Margaret Smith*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-2471 Dementia Research Network for Scotland (lodged on 1 September 2008) Elaine Smith*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2470 UNFPA and the Health Crisis in Georgia (lodged on 1 September 2008) Elaine Smith*

S3M-2468 Action on Post Office Closures (lodged on 1 September 2008) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-2467 Auchengeich Colliery Disaster (lodged on 1 September 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2465 Class Sizes in West Dunbartonshire (lodged on 1 September 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2462 Emergency Services at the Vale of Leven Hospital (lodged on 1 September 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2461 Fuel Poverty and the SWIFT Warm Winter Challenge (lodged on 1 September 2008) Elaine Smith*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2454 End the Inhumane Long-Distance Transportation of Live Horses for Slaughter in Europe (lodged on 28 August 2008) Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Murray*, Jim Hume*, Robin Harper*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-2453 Congratulations to Team GB, Especially Scotland’s Athletes (lodged on 27 August 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2444 Opening of the Renewed Old Tom Morris Golf Course (lodged on 27 August 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2443 Insulin Pump Therapy (lodged on 27 August 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

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

S3M-2436 Relay for Life in Fife - 2008 (lodged on 26 August 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2431 Clostridium Difficile Public Inquiry (lodged on 25 August 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2429 GB’s Own Goal (lodged on 25 August 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-2426 Impact of the Thatcher Government’s Economic Policies on Scotland (lodged on 25 August 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2425 Save West Lothian Pensioners’ and Disabled People’s Concessionary Travel (lodged on 22 August 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2423# Childhood and Sport-Related Injuries (lodged on 22 August 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-2420 Fair Play, Fair Pay (lodged on 21 August 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2413 British Airports Authority (lodged on 20 August 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

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

S3M-2391 Lt Col Blair Mayne - Posthumous Award of Victoria Cross (lodged on 13 August 2008) Mike Pringle*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2367 Aids 2008 (lodged on 4 August 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Mary Scanlon*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-2313 Antonine Wall - A World Heritage Site (lodged on 8 July 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1839# Family Law Disputes (lodged on 2 May 2008) Robin Harper*

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