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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2803 Michael Matheson: National Stress Awareness Day—That the Parliament marks National Stress Awareness Day on 5 November 2008; notes that an estimated one in four workers will experience depression, anxiety or stress-related problems during their lifetime; further notes that excessive stress can often lead to long-term mental health problems; recognises that sickness absence due to mental health problems costs Scotland’s employers around £360 million each year; welcomes the launch of Work Positive, a free online resource to help employers tackle stress in Scotland’s workplaces, and encourages businesses to take advantage of the range of free services offered by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives to help them create healthier and more productive workplaces.

*S3M-2802 Jackie Baillie: Helensburgh Heroes - Changing the World for the Better—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Helensburgh Heroes; notes that this non-profit-making organisation will be run and managed by people who share a passion for the Helensburgh area and actively want to contribute to its regeneration; considers that some of the finest scientific, creative and business people that have ever lived have very strong links with the Helensburgh and Lomond area, including the inventors of television and the board game Cranium, Hollywood stars and directors, steam ship pioneers, mathematicians, novelists, the leading lights of the Glasgow Arts and Crafts Movement, gold winning Olympians, war heroes, opera singers, recording stars and even a UK Prime Minister; believes that Helensburgh Heroes will be the catalyst that blends the area’s rich cultural heritage with a range of arts, leisure and tourist facilities that will educate, entertain and inspire future generations to become tomorrow’s heroes, and congratulates all those involved with the launch on Saturday 1 November 2008.

*S3M-2801 Bill Kidd: Time to Enshrine Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Law—That the Parliament expresses its disappointment and frustration at the failure of the UK Government to begin ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, designed as the first treaty in history to give the millions of disabled people across the globe comprehensive human rights, despite having signed the convention in March 2007; acknowledges the petition available at calling on the Prime Minister to ratify the convention in full by December 2008, and urges the UK Government to do so.

*S3M-2800 Christine Grahame: Fireworks Don’t Work for Animals—That the Parliament notes the concerns of the SSPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, regarding the danger to domestic and wild animals as a result of the widespread use of fireworks well in advance of 5 November and in the days and sometimes weeks after; further notes that while powers in relation to the sale of fireworks remain reserved to Westminster, powers in relation to their use are devolved, and therefore considers that the Scottish Government should embark on a national consultation with a view to bringing forward legislation to regulate further the use and discharge of fireworks, whether for public or personal displays, in order that the welfare of animals is more greatly safeguarded.

*S3M-2799 Bill Kidd: Welcome New Rights for Disabled and Elderly People—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006, which came into force throughout Europe in the summer of 2008 and is designed specifically to give disabled and elderly people access to air transport comparable to that enjoyed by all other passengers flying to or from, or passing in transit through, airports in the European Union, with no discrimination and at no additional cost; believes that, as a result, no traveller with reduced mobility should experience any form of discrimination, and urges anyone who does to inform the national enforcement body, which in Scotland is the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

*S3M-2798 Mike Pringle: Post Office Closures in Edinburgh—That the Parliament is deeply disappointed at Post Office Ltd’s decision to close 11 Post Office branches in Edinburgh as part of the UK Government’s Post Office Network Change Programme, which is set to close 2,500 post offices across the United Kingdom; is concerned at the damage that the closures will do to communities in Edinburgh that rely on their local post office; recognises the problems that the closures will cause for elderly residents and those with mobility problems, who could now face a daunting journey to their nearest post office; regrets that once Post Office Ltd has decided on closing a post office branch only Postwatch, now part of Consumer Focus, can review the decision before it is announced, following which there is no appeal process, and notes the questions that this raises as to the credibility of the branch closure consultation process.

*S3M-2797 John Swinney: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

*S3M-2796 Fergus Ewing: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill (SP Bill 12)—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill*

*S3M-2795 Marlyn Glen: Support the PCS Pay Strike on 10 November 2008—That the Parliament expresses its solidarity with the members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in Scottish and UK government departments in their national industrial action over a 2% pay cap; notes that, amid spiralling food, fuel and transport prices, financial insecurity and Retail Price Index and Consumer Price Index inflation rates at 5% and 5.2% respectively, low-paid public sector workers should not be condemned to below-inflation effective pay cuts; commends Scotland’s civil servants for the sterling work that they do in providing vital services to the public, and urges Scottish and UK ministers to review pay policies that are penalising their own workforces at this time of unprecedented significant developments in the economic climate.

*S3M-2794# Nanette Milne: Seabirds—That the Parliament notes with concern recent data from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland highlighting another terrible season for Scotland’s breeding seabirds, notably Arctic skuas, Arctic terns and kittiwakes; is alarmed that many of our internationally important species have now suffered successive poor breeding seasons over a period of years, with evidence suggesting that the Scottish populations of these species are experiencing substantial declines; notes that Scotland is an internationally important breeding ground for seabirds, with spectacular coastal seabird colonies in areas such as north-east Scotland and the Northern Isles containing 45% of the European Union’s breeding populations; further notes that seabird populations are a key health indicator for the marine environment as a whole, and considers that the forthcoming Scottish marine bill offers an opportunity to examine what can be done to address the catastrophic decline of our seabird populations.

Supported by: John Scott*, Jackson Carlaw*, Elizabeth Smith*, Roseanna Cunningham*, John Lamont*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Aitken*, Elaine Murray*, Jamie McGrigor*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Murdo Fraser*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Liam McArthur*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Johnstone*, John Wilson*, Ken Macintosh*

*S3M-2793 Cathy Peattie: Scottish Safety Anomaly—That the Parliament notes with concern that Health and Safety Executive statistics published on 29 October 2008 show that in 2007-08 there were 32 fatal injuries and 2,721 major injuries to workers in Scotland, compared to 229 and 27,976 in the United Kingdom as a whole, and that the rate of fatal and major injuries in Scottish was 115.1 per hundred thousand, compared to 105.8 for the UK as a whole; further notes that only 52% of related prosecutions were successful in Scotland, compared to 89% in the rest of the UK; believes that, despite improvements across the UK, there is a persistent anomaly in the figures for Scotland that needs to be addressed, and further believes that serious consideration should be given to steps that can be taken within devolved powers to address this anomaly.

*S3M-2792 Lewis Macdonald: Fundraising for Uganda—That the Parliament congratulates St George’s Church, together with the wider community of Tillydrone in Aberdeen, for their fundraising efforts and active support for the community in Bezallel in Uganda during the last five years; applauds the community spirit shown by local people in Tillydrone and the solidarity that has grown between the two communities as a result; welcomes the shipment from St George’s Church on 31 October 2008 providing much needed equipment, toys, clothes and basic supplies for schools and community facilities in Bezallel, and looks forward to other such milestones in the years ahead.

Supported by: Nigel Don*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Jack McConnell*, Jackie Baillie*, Sandra White*, Nanette Milne*, Richard Baker*, Sarah Boyack*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Christina McKelvie*, Ken Macintosh*, Brian Adam*

S3M-2787 Bill Wilson: The Costs of Child Poverty in the UK—That the Parliament notes the report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on 23 October 2008 that estimated that child poverty costs the United Kingdom at least £25 billion a year; notes the unacceptable costs of poverty, both to the UK Exchequer and to the victims of poverty; asserts that poverty, especially child poverty, is a pressing and pertinent issue in the UK and Scotland; considers that the only way to tackle poverty is to redistribute wealth; commends the Scottish Government for attempting to modernise local taxation and relate said taxation to an individual’s ability to pay; calls on the UK Government to investigate methods of redistributing wealth, and notes that these methods could include a citizens’ income and should include the raising of extra funds to fight poverty by ending loopholes that allow the very wealthy to evade taxation.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

*S3M-2787.1 George Foulkes: The Costs of Child Poverty in the UK—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2787) in the name of Bill Wilson, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "considers that the SNP government has decided to reward those who are better-off by offering them tax cuts and penalise the less well-off by cutting local services that many children, disabled and older people depend on; believes that a lack of government funding to local authorities is responsible for cuts to nursery places and a reduction in hours, school kitchen closures, reduced support for one-parent families and funding cuts to respite care services for disabled people as well as cuts to Sure Start funding for vulnerable children and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to use the budget process as an opportunity to revise its settlement with local government; notes, in addition, that the SNP government has delivered a schools settlement described as awful by EIS General Secretary Ronnie Smith, and further believes that these cuts have plunged more people into poverty rather than lifted them out, highlighting a stark contradiction to its claim to redistribute wealth."

Supported by: David Stewart*, Jackie Baillie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh Henry*, David Whitton*, Sarah Boyack*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2791 Congratulations to the Bellshill Speaker on Remember our Heroes: Past and Present Campaign (lodged on 29 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2790 GDP’s Inadequacy as a Measure of Sustainable Economic Growth (lodged on 29 October 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-2789 Inverurie Paper Mill (lodged on 29 October 2008) Liam McArthur*, Mike Rumbles*

S3M-2788 Epilepsy Scotland (lodged on 29 October 2008) Alex Neil*, Ken Macintosh*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Cathy Peattie*, Keith Brown*, Jack McConnell*, John Scott*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-2786 New Moderator Appointed by Kirk (lodged on 29 October 2008) Alex Neil*, Ken Macintosh*, Jamie Hepburn*, Ross Finnie*, Keith Brown*, Jack McConnell*, John Scott*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2785 Inverclyde Council on Disability Celebrates 21st Birthday (lodged on 29 October 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Alex Neil*, Keith Brown*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2778 Closure of BA’s Glasgow Cabin Crew Base (lodged on 28 October 2008) Pauline McNeill*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Bill Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Andy Kerr*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2776 Mental Health in the Workplace (lodged on 28 October 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2775 Gael Power - BBC Alba, Publication of First Viewing Figures and Freeview (lodged on 28 October 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2774 International Robert W Service Verse Speaking Competition (lodged on 28 October 2008) Hugh Henry*, John Lamont*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Kenneth Gibson*, David Stewart*, Richard Baker*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Rob Gibson*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2773 Ian McColl (lodged on 28 October 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2771 Neonatal Care in Scotland (lodged on 28 October 2008) Jack McConnell*, Hugh Henry*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2770 Rotary International (lodged on 28 October 2008) Margaret Mitchell*, Jack McConnell*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2768# Lloyds TSB Takeover of HBOS (lodged on 27 October 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-2761 Congratulations to Scotland’s World Amateur Team Golf Champions (lodged on 27 October 2008) Hugh Henry*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2760 Scottish Retail Excellence Awards (lodged on 27 October 2008) Alex Neil*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2758 Employment Support Allowance and its Impact on Disabled People (lodged on 27 October 2008) Christina McKelvie*

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

S3M-2754 Save Sheuchan Street Postal Services (lodged on 24 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2752 Congratulations to Shawlands Academy (lodged on 24 October 2008) Margaret Curran*, Keith Brown*

S3M-2751 Bank Bonuses (lodged on 23 October 2008) Keith Brown*, Hugh Henry*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-2750 Shetland Times Petition on Airline Charges (lodged on 23 October 2008) Keith Brown*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2748 United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (lodged on 23 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2747 Cowgate Under 5’s Centre (lodged on 22 October 2008) Keith Brown*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2746 Success as Edinburgh’s Nightclubs "Unight" to Tackle Violent Crime (lodged on 22 October 2008) David Stewart*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2745 Lerwick Port Authority Achieves Highest Environmental Certification (lodged on 22 October 2008) David Stewart*, Keith Brown*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2744 Pensioners Take Their Place at Holyrood (lodged on 21 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2742 Secondary School Teacher of the Year 2008 (lodged on 21 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2741 People Living with Epidermolysis Bullosa (lodged on 21 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2740 Radiation Exposure at Faslane (lodged on 20 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2739 Glasgow Rangers and UNICEF (lodged on 20 October 2008) David Stewart*, Keith Brown*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2738 Congratulations to Cinnamon Aberdeen (lodged on 20 October 2008) Keith Brown*, Hugh Henry*

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

S3M-2736 Congratulations to Forres in Bloom (lodged on 20 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2735 World Osteoporosis Day (lodged on 20 October 2008) David Stewart*, Elaine Murray*, John Lamont*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2734 Girlguiding UK - Girls Plus Action Equals Change (lodged on 17 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2732 Energy Saving Week Campaign 2008 (lodged on 17 October 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2730 Ofcom Charges for the RNLI (lodged on 17 October 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

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

S3M-2727 No Place for BNP in Scotland (lodged on 16 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2726 Death of Eddie Thompson (lodged on 16 October 2008) George Foulkes*

S3M-2725 This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me (lodged on 16 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2724 Support the Lessons from Auschwitz Project (lodged on 15 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2718 Class 5b Dunoon Primary Win (lodged on 15 October 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2717 Dystonia Society’s Silver Jubilee (lodged on 15 October 2008) Nigel Don*

S3M-2714 Who Cares? Scotland (lodged on 14 October 2008) David Stewart*, George Foulkes*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2712# Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action (lodged on 13 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2711 Oil Prices (lodged on 13 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2708 Julie Fowlis - First Gaelic Ambassador (lodged on 13 October 2008) Dave Thompson*, David Stewart*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2707 Funding for Gaelic Medium Schools (lodged on 10 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2706 Sprinklers Save Lives (lodged on 10 October 2008) David Stewart*, Hugh Henry*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2705 When Do Three Cs Make a B? (lodged on 10 October 2008) Hugh Henry*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2703 British Medical Association Get Scotland Moving (lodged on 10 October 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2701 Science and the Parliament 2008, Educating our Scientists of Tomorrow (lodged on 10 October 2008) Rhoda Grant*

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

S3M-2698 University of Stirling (lodged on 9 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2697 Regret for Continuing Complacency on Reducing Clostridium Difficile Hospital Infections (lodged on 9 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2694 Tackling Wildlife Crime (lodged on 9 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2693# Community Service Volunteers (CSV) (lodged on 9 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2692.1 Straiton Park and Ride (lodged on 29 October 2008) Claire Baker*, Andy Kerr*, David Whitton*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2688 Homage to Caledonia and the International Brigade Memorial Trust (lodged on 8 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2686 Neighbourhood Action Units in Edinburgh (lodged on 8 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2685 A Taste of Orkney (lodged on 8 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2670 Glasgow Leading on Nurseries and Childcare (lodged on 6 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-2669 Captain’s Galley Lands Another Success (lodged on 6 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2668♦ School Meals (lodged on 6 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2665# Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme (lodged on 3 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2664 A Fare Deal (lodged on 3 October 2008) David Stewart*

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

S3M-2661 Congratulations to The Herald (lodged on 3 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2658 Boys’ Brigade 125th Anniversary (lodged on 2 October 2008) David Stewart*, Robert Brown*

S3M-2657# Paisley Festival Company/Voices in Paisley 2008 (lodged on 2 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2653# Fare Deal (lodged on 2 October 2008) Sarah Boyack*, David Stewart*

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

S3M-2645 Evening Times and the East End of Glasgow (lodged on 1 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2632 Connage Crowdie Wins OK (lodged on 30 September 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2625 Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (lodged on 30 September 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2620 Aleke Banda (lodged on 30 September 2008) David Stewart*

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

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

S3M-2607 European Day of Languages (lodged on 25 September 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2601 Edinburgh’s Citizens Advice Bureaux (lodged on 24 September 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2597 Win Tin Freed After 19 Years in Burmese Jail (lodged on 24 September 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2593 Celebration of John Thomson’s Induction into Scottish Football’s Hall of Fame (lodged on 24 September 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2590 We are Proud of Lochgelly’s Little Jack Thomson (lodged on 23 September 2008) David Stewart*

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