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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2658 Patricia Ferguson: Boys’ Brigade 125th Anniversary—That the Parliament notes that the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Boys’ Brigade occurs on 4 October 2008 and that the first meeting of the brigade took place in North Woodside Mission Hall in Maryhill; notes the influence of this Scottish institution around the world, and wishes it a successful anniversary year and a bright future.

*S3M-2657 Ms Wendy Alexander: Paisley Festival Company/Voices in Paisley 2008—That the Parliament congratulates the continued success of the Paisley Festival Company and the Voices in Paisley 2008 choral programme between 24 October and 8 November 2008; notes that the Paisley Festival Company is a recognised Scottish charity committed to increasing the accessibility and impact on the local community through a wide variety of magnificent music and choral events from classical through to folk and jazz, and notes the company’s aims to establish Paisley and its environs as a nationally-recognised centre for all types of choral activity and deserving of the title Scotland’s Choir Town.

*S3M-2656 Jamie McGrigor: Scottish Register of Tartans Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill be passed.

Supported by: Jim Mather*

*S3M-2655♦ Kenneth Gibson: Become Lupus Aware—That the Parliament notes that October 2008 is Lupus Awareness Month, with members and supporters holding a Lunch4Lupus and other events across the country to raise awareness of this condition; recognises that around 5,000 people in Scotland and over five million people worldwide, of whom around 90% are women, have lupus; further recognises that, while lupus can be mild, it may also be disabling and sometimes fatal, has no known cure and causes many different symptoms, including joint and muscle pain, fatigue, depression and kidney, heart, lung and brain symptoms, as well as recurrent miscarriages; acknowledges that there is an urgent need to increase awareness in Scotland of the debilitating impact of lupus and the difficulty that can arise in gaining a diagnosis, given that it mimics a number of other diseases; supports Lupus UK and other organisations across the world in calling for increases in funding for medical research on lupus and targeted education programmes for health professionals; believes a review of the provision of specialist services in the NHS for those with the condition to be of pressing concern, and regrets the lack of a national clinical centre for excellence in Scotland like that of the St Thomas Lupus Trust in London.

*S3M-2654 Stuart McMillan: Concern Over Lord Coe’s Comments—That the Parliament notes with concern the comments of Lord Sebastian Coe in a London newspaper article in which he is reported to have stated that a British Olympic Football team for 2012 would go ahead no matter what the views of the governing football bodies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were; further notes that the governing football bodies and supporters associations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have repeatedly stated they do not favour a British Olympic Football team in 2012, and calls on Lord Coe to retract the reported comments as they only serve to show contempt for the football associations of the three nations.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*, Mike Pringle*, Gil Paterson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ian McKee*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-2653♦ Cathy Peattie: Fare Deal—That the Parliament congratulates the 12 charities which, on UK Older People’s Day, 1 October 2008, launched a Fare Deal campaign for the concessionary travel scheme to be extended to cover special transport schemes used by elderly and disabled people, such as Dial-a-Journey in Forth Valley; considers that thousands of people who have or are entitled to a free bus pass are missing out because they cannot use regular scheduled services, and believes that an extension to the national concessionary travel scheme to include demand-responsive community transport should be considered.

*S3M-2652♦ Bob Doris: Free School Meals to Fight Poverty and Obesity in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning that free school meals will be provided for all children in P1 to P3 from 2010; applauds the success of the pilot schemes, which have seen significant increases of up to 30% in uptake of school meals among target groups; acknowledges the increase in uptake among children already entitled to free school meals and children in P4 to P7; congratulates the Free School Meals Campaign for its ongoing work and welcomes its support for what its spokesperson, John Dickie of the Child Poverty Action Group, described as a boost to children’s health, education and wellbeing; believes that the 22% increase in uptake among children in Glasgow is a welcome step forward in bringing about the lifestyle change vital to turn around Glasgow’s poor record on health and poverty, and looks forward to all of Scotland’s local authorities working with the Scottish Government to implement this pro-health, anti-obesity and anti-poverty initiative in August 2010.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*, Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Ian McKee*, Sandra White*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*, Nigel Don*

*S3M-2651 Kenneth Gibson: Scottish Pensioners Parliament—That the Parliament notes the importance of considering the perspectives of older people through the establishment of a Scottish Pensioners’ Parliament, similar to the Scottish Youth Parliament; recognises that pensioners need to be able to express more fully their concerns about current issues and suggest solutions for their problems, and welcomes the effort of older people to come together to debate issues of importance to them, their families and Scotland.

*S3M-2650♦ Alison McInnes: Safe Drivers are Made, Not Born—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Young drivers - where and when they are unsafe report by the IAM motoring trust; notes with dismay the number of young people killed and seriously injured on Scotland’s roads in the last five years, including nearly 100 people aged 17 to 25 in the Grampian area alone; further notes the 10 key recommendations of the IAM report, and believes that schools, young people, road agencies and local and national authorities should work together in order to introduce these measures and improve road safety for all our young drivers.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2646 2008 Run for Relief in Burma (lodged on 1 October 2008) Bob Doris*, Jamie Stone*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh Henry*, Jim Tolson*, Aileen Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alex Neil*, Mike Pringle*, Jackie Baillie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Trish Godman*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Liam McArthur*, Elaine Smith*, Sandra White*

S3M-2645 Evening Times and the East End of Glasgow (lodged on 1 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Margaret Curran*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Jamieson*, David Whitton*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-2644 Due Recognition for the Gurkhas (lodged on 1 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2643 Wick Academy FC Advance (lodged on 1 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Jamie Stone*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Park*

S3M-2642 Glasgow Out of this World (lodged on 1 October 2008) Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Keith Brown*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-2641 Big Issue’s Make Heat Fair Campaign (lodged on 1 October 2008) Bill Wilson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-2639 Memory Matters Roadshow (lodged on 1 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2638 Exam Success for Inverclyde Pupils (lodged on 1 October 2008) Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Keith Brown*

S3M-2637 The Clackmannanshire Bridge (lodged on 1 October 2008) Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, John Park*

S3M-2636 Flagship or Flagging - the Uptake of Pension Credit (lodged on 1 October 2008) Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Keith Brown*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2632 Connage Crowdie Wins OK (lodged on 30 September 2008) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-2630# 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (lodged on 30 September 2008) Keith Brown*, Jim Hume*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-2624 Scottish Crime Levels Hit a 25-Year Low (lodged on 30 September 2008) Keith Brown*, Christina McKelvie*, Nigel Don*

S3M-2622 Independence is Bad News for Business (lodged on 30 September 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Trish Godman*

S3M-2621.1 Ending the Shame of Child Poverty (lodged on 1 October 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Hugh Henry*, David Whitton*, Margaret Curran*, Jackie Baillie*, David Stewart*, Trish Godman*

S3M-2620 Aleke Banda (lodged on 30 September 2008) Keith Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2619 Congratulations to the Scottish Women’s Football Team (lodged on 29 September 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-2618 Eid Mubarak (lodged on 29 September 2008) Jamie McGrigor*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, David Whitton*, Keith Brown*, Mike Pringle*, Nanette Milne*, Sandra White*, Murdo Fraser*, Bob Doris*, Mr Frank McAveety*, David Stewart*, Gil Paterson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-2617♦ Protection for Buyers of New-Build Homes (lodged on 26 September 2008) John Park*, Elaine Smith*, Margaret Curran*

S3M-2616 National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland’s Pick a Number Campaign (lodged on 26 September 2008) John Park*

S3M-2615 Congratulations to Alness for Fifth Britain in Bloom Gold Award (lodged on 26 September 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-2610 Congratulations to Action for Children (lodged on 26 September 2008) Margaret Smith*, Hugh Henry*, Elizabeth Smith*

S3M-2604 Lighthouse Caledonia (lodged on 25 September 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-2603 Appreciation of Renfrewshire’s Emergency Services (lodged on 25 September 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-2572.1 Return of the Rosyth-Zeebrugge Ferry (lodged on 30 September 2008) Trish Godman*

S3M-2500 Congratulations to WRVS Renfrewshire (lodged on 5 September 2008) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-2474 Scots Language Centre and Scottish National Dictionaries (lodged on 2 September 2008) Andy Kerr*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2454 End the Inhumane Long-Distance Transportation of Live Horses for Slaughter in Europe (lodged on 28 August 2008) George Foulkes*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-2417 Plight of the Roma Community (lodged on 21 August 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2391 Lt Col Blair Mayne - Posthumous Award of Victoria Cross (lodged on 13 August 2008) John Lamont*

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