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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2565# Joe FitzPatrick: Friendly Football—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to withdraw its referees from the Dundee Saturday Morning Friendly League due to its lack of affiliation; recognises that this decision has ramifications for friendly leagues across Scotland, which now face an uncertain future; notes with further concern that this decision has threatened the viability of a league which has for 15 years proved to be a resounding success based on the principles of fair and friendly play; recognises the value of this league not only in raising money for local charities but also as income for Dundee City Council in pitch and facilities fees; believes that the approach taken by the SFA whereby registered referees can participate in any other non-affiliated league except this one is inconsistent and simply unfair, and applauds the organisers of the Dundee Saturday Morning Friendly League for their drive and determination to make sure the league continues in spite of the SFA’s position.

*S3M-2564# Sandra White: Cambuslang and Rutherglen for Fairtrade—That the Parliament welcomes the Camglen Fair Trade Forum’s "Big Sign Up" events to be held in Cambuslang and Rutherglen on 25 October and 1 November 2008 respectively; notes that the events are aimed at supporting and highlighting the campaign for Fairtrade Town status for Rutherglen; commends the Forum for the great work it has done in campaigning for Fairtrade status for these towns, and hopes that in the near future Cambuslang and Rutherglen will become the 47th and 48th Fairtrade Towns in Scotland.

*S3M-2563 Nicola Sturgeon: Approval of SSI—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (England and Wales Cross-border transfer: patients subject to requirements other than detention) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Shona Robison*

*S3M-2562 Kenny MacAskill: Approval of SSI—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Scottish Commission for Human Rights (Specification) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-2561 Kenny MacAskill: Approval of SSI—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Adults with Incapacity (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-2560 Kenny MacAskill: Approval of SSI—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Freedom of Information (Relaxation of Statutory Prohibitions on Disclosure of Information) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-2559 George Foulkes: HBOS and Lloyds—That the Parliament recognises the personal intervention of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown MP, in negotiations between HBOS and Lloyds to save Halifax Bank of Scotland; believes that the Prime Minister’s strength of leadership and decisive action will preserve the jobs of thousands of people not only in Scotland but across the United Kingdom and overseas while also securing the finances of tens of thousands more, and further believes that there is no one better equipped to steer the United Kingdom through these difficult economic times than Gordon Brown.

*S3M-2558 Trish Godman: Help for Heroes Rugby Match—That the Parliament warmly congratulates Gordon Bulloch, Dave Hilton and Kenny Logan who have accepted invitations to play in the Help For Heroes Challenge Match at Twickenham on Saturday 20 September 2008; notes that this rugby match will place a Help For Heroes XV against an International Select XV; further notes that the charity Help For Heroes, which gives help to servicemen and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, is seeking to improve facilities and services at the Defence Medical and Rehabilitation Centre at Headly Court and the NHS Selly Oak Hospital, both of which provide medical treatment and care for wounded service personnel, including numerous Scots; believes that Help For Heroes is a notable addition to that estimable group of military charities, such as the Erskine Home in West Renfrewshire, the Royal British Legion, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Families Association (SSAFA) and the Army Benevolent Fund, all of which perform an important role in caring for our military veterans and have, of course, done for so many decades; acknowledges the admirable work of the members of these charities, but is of the firm view that the state itself, assisted where appropriate by the Scottish Government, other devolved legislatures, local authorities and relevant agencies, must always shoulder the financial and administrative responsibilities involved in the medical treatment, care and comprehensive rehabilitation of our wounded veterans.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, David Whitton*, Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*

*S3M-2557 Bill Kidd: The Late Dr Alan F Phillips—That the Parliament notes with sadness the passing away of Dr Alan F Phillips, who dedicated much of his life work to the elimination of nuclear weapons as a result of his involvement in the early development of radar during World War Two, leading to him becoming a leader in the field of radiation therapy and clinical radiotherapy, which in turn allowed him to gain an intimate understanding of the secrets of the atom that imbued him with a unique moral imperative to work for nuclear weapons elimination, and hopes that his passion and dedication to nuclear disarmament will serve as a shining example to all those seeking the same.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*

*S3M-2556 Pauline McNeill: Conflict Children—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Conflict Children campaign by the children’s newspaper First News in partnership with the UK Department for International Development and Save the Children, which aims to educate schoolchildren across the United Kingdom about the spread of conflict in our world, about conflict prevention, resolution and recovery and about the hundreds of thousands of children and young people who are affected by violence across the world and to encourage them to lobby their leaders and the United Nations for stronger international protections for children who are caught up in violence as a result of becoming child soldiers or due to threats to their personal safety or that of their families or difficulties in accessing education or healthcare; notes that the campaign has already received support from the Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander MP, and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Milliband MP; congratulates those schools that have already signed up to supporting the campaign, and calls on all schools, local education authorities and the Scottish Government to do all that they can to encourage support for the campaign across Scotland.

Supported by: Richard Baker*, Patrick Harvie*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Iain Gray*, John Park*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Sandra White*, Mike Pringle*, David Whitton*, Cathy Peattie*, Karen Gillon*, Ken Macintosh*, Marlyn Glen*, Trish Godman*

*S3M-2553.1 John Scott: Hill Farms and Less Favoured Areas—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2553) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "notes the burden of increased costs for hill farmers and crofters, notably fertilisers, fuel and transport, coupled with the ongoing challenges of farming on some of the most disadvantaged land in Europe, and therefore agrees with the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s report in condemning the UK Government’s policy of ending direct support for Scottish producers after 2013."

*S3M-2553.2 Sarah Boyack: Hill Farms and Less Favoured Areas—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2553) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "and welcomes" to end and insert "notes the publication on 18 September 2008 of the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme; calls on the Scottish Government to simplify and streamline the Rural Development Programme (RDP) application process and to clarify the decision-making process to ensure transparency, effectiveness and fairness in the distribution of RDP allocations; further calls on the Scottish Government to set targets for public sector food procurement that would deliver a significant percentage of locally sourced and fairly traded produce, and encourages stakeholders to work in partnership to consider the range of relevant economic, social and environmental issues with the aim of securing a sustainable future for agriculture on our hills and in our remote communities."

Supported by: Elaine Murray*

*S3M-2553.3 Liam McArthur: Hill Farms and Less Favoured Areas—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2553) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "notes with concern that the decline in livestock farming activity undermines food security efforts and is likely to impact negatively on the delivery of environmental benefits, and calls on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to alleviate the short-term cash flow problems faced by many Scottish farmers by ensuring that the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payments for 2008 are issued before the end of October, without compromising the delivery of single farm payments, and taking steps to ensure that future payments are issued within the same calendar year."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2555 Clarification of Acceptability of Scottish Qualifications for UK Citizenship Applications (lodged on 16 September 2008) Jim Hume*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Elaine Smith*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Stone*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-2550 MSP Visits to GP Practices (lodged on 16 September 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2548 Loss of Arctic Ice - Global Climate Concern (lodged on 16 September 2008) Jim Hume*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Des McNulty*, Elaine Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie Stone*, Ken Macintosh*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*, Robert Brown*, Jim Tolson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-2546 New Lanark Annual Victorian Fair (lodged on 15 September 2008) Jim Hume*

S3M-2542 Clydebank Women’s Aid Jog Group Complete the Great Scottish Run (lodged on 12 September 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Sandra White*, Marlyn Glen*, Elaine Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Cathy Peattie*, James Kelly*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Stone*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Trish Godman*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-2541 Carlyle Conference (lodged on 12 September 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2540 Forth Valley College Boost (lodged on 12 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2539# Aircraft Noise (lodged on 11 September 2008) David Whitton*, Jamie Stone*, Bill Butler*, Trish Godman*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2538 Biggar Little Festival (lodged on 11 September 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jim Tolson*, Sandra White*

S3M-2537 Mind the Gap - The Next Step (lodged on 11 September 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Rhoda Grant*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2529# Parkinson’s Disease Society - Get it on Time Campaign (lodged on 10 September 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-2527 Asthma UK Scotland (lodged on 10 September 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Rhoda Grant*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Hugh Henry*, Bill Butler*

S3M-2518 Mountain Rescue Service - Happy Anniversary (lodged on 9 September 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2514# Legacy from Lottery Funding for Community Sport (lodged on 12 September 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-2505 Supporting Our Renewables Industry (lodged on 8 September 2008) Robin Harper*

S3M-2497# Sex and Power (lodged on 4 September 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2490 SIGN Guideline on Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Surgery (lodged on 3 September 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2488 International Brain Tumour Awareness Week (lodged on 3 September 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2486# Muscle Disease Awareness Week (lodged on 3 September 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2485.1 World Alzheimer’s Day 2008 (lodged on 9 September 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2474 Scots Language Centre and Scottish National Dictionaries (lodged on 2 September 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Wilson*, Liam McArthur*

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

S3M-2421 Pay Up for PCS Members (lodged on 21 August 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-2418 Congratulations to Chris Hoy (lodged on 21 August 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

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

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