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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2784 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 November 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 6 November 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scrutiny Improvement Changes to Structures

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Patients’ Rights

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 12 November 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 13 November 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-2783 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (England and Wales Cross-border transfer: patients subject to requirements other than detention) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

*S3M-2782 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 6 March 2009.

*S3M-2781 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 30 October 2008—

after

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

delete

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Non-Native Invasive Species

and insert

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Teacher Employment Working Group Report

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Non-Native Invasive Species

*S3M-2780 Jeremy Purvis: A Helping Hand with the Rising Cost of Living—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the rise in the cost of living and the impact of the credit crunch on families, individuals and small businesses in Scotland; believes that the Scottish Government should use the substantial levers at its disposal to give practical help; disagrees with the policy stated in the Draft Budget 2009-10 that "the Scottish Government will not use the existing tax varying powers in 2009-10", and believes that all parties should work to secure a 2p reduction in the basic rate of Scottish income tax, which would deliver more than £300 per year into the pay packet of the average Scottish earner and a significant fiscal stimulus to the economy.

*S3M-2779 Tavish Scott: The Importance of HBOS to the Scottish Economy and Jobs—That the Parliament gives a general welcome to the measures taken by the UK and other governments to tackle the current banking crisis; considers, however, that the recapitalisation plans announced by HM Treasury in October 2008 have fundamentally changed the landscape under which competition rules were waived to enable a merger between Lloyds TSB and Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS); further considers that inconsistent statements have come from the UK Treasury about whether or not the banks would independently have access to the recapitalisation funds; believes that this ambiguity is not serving anyone’s interests in the present environment; further believes that losing HBOS corporate headquarters and jobs in Edinburgh would seriously jeopardise the city’s position as a financial centre; sees no reason why HBOS should not be able to access UK Treasury recapitalisation and, therefore, liquidity funding on the same independent basis as other major banks, and, with this in mind, considers it a very real possibility that an independent HBOS solution could be found that may well be in the best interests of shareholders, employees, customers and the Scottish economy at large.

*S3M-2778 Des McNulty: Closure of BA’s Glasgow Cabin Crew Base—That the Parliament expresses grave concern about British Airway’s decision to close its Glasgow cabin crew base, as a result of which staff are being required either to relocate to London or accept voluntary redundancy; expresses concern about the implications for services between London and Scottish airports, and urges members and the public to sign up to the e-petition at www.saveBAscotland.co.uk, which seeks the retention of both the base and the jobs of almost 140 Scottish cabin crew.

*S3M-2777 Richard Lochhead: Non-Native Invasive Species—That the Parliament welcomes the Invasive Non-Native Species Framework Strategy for Great Britain; notes that this is one of the first comprehensive strategies on invasive non-native species to be developed in Europe; further welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to work in partnership with governments and organisations across these islands to implement the strategy, and acknowledges that continued efforts are required by all partners to progress the key actions of the strategy.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-2776 Dr Richard Simpson: Mental Health in the Workplace—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health and the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives on establishing a pilot project to raise awareness of the overall benefits of healthy inclusive workplaces in relation to mental health and improving support for workers with mental health issues and hopes that the knowledge gained from this pilot will lead to a further reduction in stigma and contribute to a healthier working environment.

*S3M-2775 Pauline McNeill: Gael Power - BBC Alba, Publication of First Viewing Figures and Freeview—That the Parliament welcomes publication of the first viewing figures for BBC Alba of over 610,000, which is substantially larger than the audience of 250,000 that the BBC wanted to attract; believes that this is a good indication of the future success of the channel and congratulates BBC Alba for its variety and originality in programming, for example showing the Scotland versus Russia women’s football match; is concerned that BBC Alba is only available to those with subscriptions to Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media, but not on Freeview, the most popular digital system; further believes that the exclusion of BBC Alba from Freeview denies many Gaelic speakers, and those with an interest, a chance to view the channel and also to be included in the viewing figures, and calls on the BBC to address access to Freeview sooner than 2010 and to establish how many viewers are unable to view the channel but would if Freeview was available.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*

*S3M-2774 Irene Oldfather: International Robert W Service Verse Speaking Competition—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that the International Robert W Service Verse Speaking Competition is to be held in Beith on 28 February 2009; notes the connection between Robert Service and the people of Ayrshire and, in particular, the town of Kilwinning where he grew up; acknowledges that this contest represents an opportunity for his works to be promoted both in Scotland and on the world stage and could form part of the Homecoming Scotland 2009 programme; agrees that events such as this play a vital role in enhancing Scotland’s cultural heritage, and therefore thanks the Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club for organising the event.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson*

*S3M-2773 Murdo Fraser: Ian McColl—That the Parliament expresses its sadness at the death of John Miller "Ian" McColl on 25 October 2008, aged 81; recognises his contribution to Scottish football and considers that he will be missed by all fans of the game of football; notes that he played for Rangers FC for 15 years between 1945 and 1960, made a total of 526 appearances for the Glasgow club and won 14 caps for Scotland; recognises his success as manager of Scotland when appointed in 1961 and that he had one of the best records as Scotland manager, with successes including winning the British Home Championships in 1962 and 1963 and securing famous victories such as beating Spain 6-2 in Madrid, and believes that Ian McColl was one of the true greats of Scottish football.

*S3M-2772 John Scott: Adoption of A70 as a Trunk Road—That the Parliament believes that there is a need for major investment in Ayrshire’s strategic road network; welcomes the completed improvement works to the A77 over recent years and planned improvement works to this route still to be undertaken; further believes that if the economy of Ayrshire is to prosper then the A70, which links southern Ayrshire to the M74, must be upgraded, and calls on the Scottish Government to recognise the significance of this route to the economic development of Ayrshire by adopting the A70 as a trunk road.

*S3M-2771 Mary Scanlon: Neonatal Care in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the 2008 report into neonatal care in Scotland by Bliss, the charity for babies born too soon, too small or too sick; notes with concern that Scotland has a higher rate of premature births than England and Wales and that this rate has been steadily increasing for at least the last 25 years, and further welcomes the commitment of Bliss to Scotland with the opening of a Scottish office.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Ted Brocklebank*, Liam McArthur*, John Lamont*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*, Murdo Fraser*, Karen Whitefield*, Nanette Milne*, Robin Harper*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-2770 Kenneth Gibson: Rotary International—That the Parliament congratulates the work of Rotary International, a worldwide organisation of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders; notes that prospective members must actively hold or be retired from a professional, proprietary, executive or managerial position; is aware that members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, undertake charitable work, provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world; notes that there are 204 Rotary clubs with 6,748 members in Scotland, and acknowledges the work of Rotary International in its various worldwide campaigns and especially its polio campaign, where Rotarians work in collaboration with organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF to eradicate completely that terrible disease.

Supported by: David McLetchie*, John Scott*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jim Hume*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*, John Lamont*, Alasdair Allan*, Mary Scanlon*, Liam McArthur*, Alex Neil*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-2769 John Swinney: Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

*S3M-2767.1 Michael McMahon: British-Irish Council—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2767) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "Scottish ministers’" to end and insert "proposal for the Council to take forward a workstream on renewable energy; encourages Scottish ministers to work in co-operation with all the members of the British-Irish Council, and encourages them to continue to support the Council in addressing issues of real and common concern."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2768# Lloyds TSB Takeover of HBOS (lodged on 27 October 2008) Ian McKee*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, Bashir Ahmad*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Angela Constance*, Robin Harper*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2762 All Citizens Equal (lodged on 27 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2761 Congratulations to Scotland’s World Amateur Team Golf Champions (lodged on 27 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Willie Coffey*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*, Ian McKee*, Bob Doris*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2759# Digital Switchover (lodged on 27 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Jim Hume*, Liam McArthur*, John Lamont*, Mike Rumbles*, Robert Brown*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-2758 Employment Support Allowance and its Impact on Disabled People (lodged on 27 October 2008) Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Bashir Ahmad*, Aileen Campbell*, Patrick Harvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2756 Scottish Mental Health Art and Film Festival (lodged on 27 October 2008) Mary Scanlon*, Bill Aitken*, Ted Brocklebank*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jackson Carlaw*, Patrick Harvie*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Kidd*, John Lamont*, Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Nanette Milne*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2755 New Lanark World Heritage Site (lodged on 24 October 2008) Robin Harper*

S3M-2753 Post Office Closures (lodged on 24 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2752 Congratulations to Shawlands Academy (lodged on 24 October 2008) Sandra White*, Cathy Peattie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2751 Bank Bonuses (lodged on 23 October 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Christopher Harvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Kidd*, Michael Matheson*, Alex Neil*, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2750 Shetland Times Petition on Airline Charges (lodged on 23 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-2749 R (On The Application of Bancoult) v Secretary of State For Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (lodged on 23 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2748 United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (lodged on 23 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2747 Cowgate Under 5’s Centre (lodged on 22 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2746 Success as Edinburgh’s Nightclubs "Unight" to Tackle Violent Crime (lodged on 22 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2744 Pensioners Take Their Place at Holyrood (lodged on 21 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2743 Bishopbriggs Teacher Best in Britain (lodged on 21 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2742 Secondary School Teacher of the Year 2008 (lodged on 21 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2741 People Living with Epidermolysis Bullosa (lodged on 21 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-2740 Radiation Exposure at Faslane (lodged on 20 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2739 Glasgow Rangers and UNICEF (lodged on 20 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2737 A Budget for Peace not War (lodged on 20 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2736 Congratulations to Forres in Bloom (lodged on 20 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2734 Girlguiding UK - Girls Plus Action Equals Change (lodged on 17 October 2008) Ms Wendy Alexander*, Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2733 Proposed Increase in Charge to RNLI for Radio Channel Use (lodged on 17 October 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2732 Energy Saving Week Campaign 2008 (lodged on 17 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Irene Oldfather*, Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2731 Universal Service Obligation (lodged on 17 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2730 Ofcom Charges for the RNLI (lodged on 17 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2728 Mod 2011 in Western Isles (lodged on 16 October 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2727 No Place for BNP in Scotland (lodged on 16 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2726 Death of Eddie Thompson (lodged on 16 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2725 This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me (lodged on 16 October 2008) Irene Oldfather*, Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2724 Support the Lessons from Auschwitz Project (lodged on 15 October 2008) Irene Oldfather*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2723 Congratulations to Borland’s Delicatessen (lodged on 15 October 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-2722 Congratulations to Eddy Gemmell (lodged on 15 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2721 Falkirk Welcomes the Mod (lodged on 15 October 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2720 Glasgow in World’s Top 10 (lodged on 15 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2719 Unemployment and Work-for-Dole Proposals (lodged on 15 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2718 Class 5b Dunoon Primary Win (lodged on 15 October 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Karen Whitefield*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Jack McConnell*, Robin Harper*, Mary Scanlon*, Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*

S3M-2717 Dystonia Society’s Silver Jubilee (lodged on 15 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2716 Secrecy Over Real Nuclear Threat Revealed (lodged on 15 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2715 Renfrewshire School Visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp (lodged on 14 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2714 Who Cares? Scotland (lodged on 14 October 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2713 HBOS Takeover (lodged on 13 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2712# Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action (lodged on 13 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Irene Oldfather*, Tom McCabe*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2711 Oil Prices (lodged on 13 October 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2710♦ Homecoming of Mary Queen of Scots (lodged on 13 October 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2709 Alcohol Consumption and Infant Health (lodged on 13 October 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2708 Julie Fowlis - First Gaelic Ambassador (lodged on 13 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2704 Scottish Government Investment in Glasgow Housing (lodged on 10 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2702 Ending Mass Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (lodged on 10 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2700 Award a UK Medal to Arctic Convoy Crews (lodged on 10 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2699 Congratulations on Scottish University World Rankings (lodged on 9 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2699.1 Congratulations on Scottish University World Rankings (lodged on 20 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2696 Black Pudding Makers of Stornoway (lodged on 9 October 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2694 Tackling Wildlife Crime (lodged on 9 October 2008) Iain Smith*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2693# Community Service Volunteers (CSV) (lodged on 9 October 2008) Lewis Macdonald*, Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-2692 Straiton Park and Ride (lodged on 9 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2687# Save Scottish Sharks (lodged on 8 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2676 Alcohol Awareness Week (lodged on 7 October 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2673# Scottish Asian Action Committee’s 25th Anniversary (lodged on 7 October 2008) Gil Paterson*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2668♦ School Meals (lodged on 6 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2665# Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme (lodged on 3 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2663 Red Cross Civilians and Conflict Month (lodged on 3 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2661 Congratulations to The Herald (lodged on 3 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2660# Growing Old Together - Older People and Debt (lodged on 3 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2655# Become Lupus Aware (lodged on 2 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2650# Safe Drivers are Made, Not Born (lodged on 2 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2646 2008 Run for Relief in Burma (lodged on 1 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2630# 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (lodged on 30 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2621.1 Ending the Shame of Child Poverty (lodged on 1 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2618 Eid Mubarak (lodged on 29 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2617♦ Protection for Buyers of New-Build Homes (lodged on 26 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2610 Congratulations to Action for Children (lodged on 26 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2599# Summerlee - The Scottish Museum of Industrial Life (lodged on 24 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2574 Meningitis Research Foundation’s Awareness Week (lodged on 19 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2573 BBC Alba Launch (lodged on 19 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2544# Missed Out, Missing Out (lodged on 15 September 2008) Cathy Peattie*

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

S3M-2438 An Ethical Census in 2011 (lodged on 26 August 2008) Jim Hume*

S3M-1926# Success of First Year of Co-operative Development Scotland (lodged on 15 May 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

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