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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2835 Margaret Mitchell: Carers’ Rights Day 2008—That the Parliament supports Carers’ Rights Day 2008, a campaign run by Carers Scotland; recognises that nearly three quarters of carers in Scotland are financially worse off as a result of caring and supporting family, friends or neighbours, with many falling into poverty and debt while they save the country an estimated £7.6 billion each year, and seeks to increase the uptake of benefits by carers, raise awareness of carers’ rights and the support for which they are eligible.

*S3M-2834 Robin Harper: Further Education Colleges’ Pay and Conditions of Service—That the Parliament considers that there is confusion and extensive disparity in pay and conditions of service for support, management and teaching staff in further education colleges in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to establish an independent commission to consider pay and conditions in those further education colleges.

*S3M-2833 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) and the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) and the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Maureen Watt*

*S3M-2832 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Maureen Watt*

*S3M-2831 Bob Doris: Protecting Worried Homeowners—That the Parliament notes the pressure placed on homeowners and the uncertainty created by the current economic crisis; acknowledges the content of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) market study report on the UK sale and rent back sector (SRB) where private firms buy and rent back, often at well below market value, the properties of homeowners, often where homeowners are struggling to keep up mortgage payments and facing repossession; condemns the bad practices of some SRB firms, such as giving a verbal commitment on a long-term lease, while in reality committing only to a short-term lease and subsequently charging inflated rental prices to former owners, resulting in their being forced out of their homes; agrees with the OFT report, which recommends regulation by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as well as ensuring that homeowners considering the SRB option are given independent financial advice and that the UK Government provide greater clarity on the rights of former homeowners in relation to the claiming of housing benefit, and strongly urges Jim Murphy, Secretary of State for Scotland, to join the Scottish Government in pressing the UK Government to act on and implement these recommendations, particularly regulation by the FSA, as quickly as possible.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-2830 John Scott: Impact of BBC Local News Proposals on Local Newspapers—That the Parliament is concerned about proposals by the BBC to spend £68 million of licence payers’ money on incorporating extra local news coverage into its website; believes that this will simply duplicate news already provided by local newspapers and other local news media; considers that the proposal will stifle competition and damage the commercial viability of local newspapers, and calls on the BBC Trust to abandon these proposals.

*S3M-2829 Rob Gibson: Scotland’s Congratulations to Barack Obama—That the Parliament welcomes the historic election of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America; applauds his accomplishment in breaking down lingering racial barriers and becoming the first African American to be elected to the office; congratulates the American public for turning out in record numbers to vote in the 2008 elections, breaking voting turnout records for young people as well as new voters that had never before cast a ballot; welcomes the revitalised partnership that America can offer to Scotland and the rest of the world through this unprecedented and uplifting election, and further offers congratulations from the whole of Scotland to the incoming leader of America.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-2828 Ted Brocklebank: Fife Leads on Being Green—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Council and Diageo Scotland Supply in Cameronbridge, Fife on being two of the seven Scottish organisations to receive Carbon Trust Standard certificates; notes that these are the first awards in the world to recognise organisations that have significantly cut their carbon dioxide outputs; applauds Fife Council for reducing its carbon emissions by 4% over the last three years with a commitment to further slash carbon output by 80% by 2050; further praises Diageo for cutting carbon emissions by 4% each year with an aim to cut output from fossil fuels by 50% by 2015, and encourages other Scottish organisations to cut their carbon emissions by setting similar targets and follow the example shown by the current seven recipients of these awards.

*S3M-2827 Jamie Hepburn: Congratulations to President-elect Obama—That the Parliament congratulates President-elect Barack Obama on his historic success in the US elections; notes the record-breaking turnout across the United States of America and the massive number of first-time voters inspired by Obama’s candidacy; believes that the result represents positive change for the USA and the world, especially in light of the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the difficulties facing the global economy, and encourages governments around the world to work with the incoming US administration to find solutions to these challenges.

Supported by: Andrew Welsh*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, John Park*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*, Michael Matheson*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-2826 Patrick Harvie: Sharing the Audacity of Hope—That the Parliament offers sincere congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama and to all those who helped make his historic election possible; expresses the hope that President Obama will find an opportunity to visit Scotland during his term in office, and dares to share in the audacity of hope that a genuinely new direction in American politics at this important time in world affairs could offer the possibility for the spread of progressive values not at the point of a gun but through peace, co-operation and global justice.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Liam McArthur*, Jim Tolson*

*S3M-2825 Willie Coffey: Welcoming the Designation of the Chris Hoy Cycle Way—That the Parliament recognises the tremendous contribution of Chris Hoy, Scotland’s greatest Olympic athlete, to raising the profile of cycling in Scotland; notes that, from about 1869, Thomas McCall, a local joiner and cartwright, operated the world’s first bicycle factory in Kilmarnock, selling machines based on the design of Kirkpatrick MacMillan, inventor of the modern bicycle; further notes that examples of McCall’s products are held in museums in London and Dumfries, and records its support for the decision of East Ayrshire Council to underline Kilmarnock and Loudoun’s continued association with cycling by naming a local cycle route, from Hurlford to Galston, the Chris Hoy Cycle Way.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2824 Congratulations to Pipe Major Gordon Walker - World Champion Solo Piper (lodged on 4 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2823 World Diabetes Day 2008 (lodged on 4 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Charlie Gordon*, Cathy Peattie*, Michael McMahon*, Andy Kerr*, Nanette Milne*, Hugh Henry*, Cathie Craigie*, David Stewart*, Robin Harper*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Elaine Murray*, Trish Godman*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Liam McArthur*, James Kelly*, Mary Mulligan*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2822 Perth FM (lodged on 4 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2818 Congratulations to Torrylinn Creamery (lodged on 4 November 2008) John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2817# World AIDS Day 2008 (lodged on 4 November 2008) Mary Mulligan*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Ken Macintosh*, John Park*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Stuart McMillan*, Sarah Boyack*, Alasdair Allan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, David Stewart*, Elaine Murray*, Liam McArthur*, Jamie Hepburn*, Trish Godman*, Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, James Kelly*, Rob Gibson*, Karen Whitefield*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Claire Baker*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2816 Free Public Tours of Parliament (lodged on 4 November 2008) Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patrick Harvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, John Park*, Brian Adam*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-2815 Scottish Sports Hall of Fame (lodged on 4 November 2008) Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Keith Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*, Brian Adam*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-2811 Cyclone Nargis Aid Efforts (lodged on 3 November 2008) Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2808# 65 Years of Piping Excellence (lodged on 31 October 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-2807 South Primary, Paisley (lodged on 31 October 2008) Patricia Ferguson*, John Park*

S3M-2804 Congratulations to Renfrewshire’s Services to Protect Children and Young People (lodged on 31 October 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-2803 National Stress Awareness Day (lodged on 30 October 2008) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2801 Time to Enshrine Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Law (lodged on 30 October 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-2799 Welcome New Rights for Disabled and Elderly People (lodged on 30 October 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, Alasdair Allan*, David Stewart*, Keith Brown*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Sandra White*, Bashir Ahmad*, Ian McKee*, Christine Grahame*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-2798 Post Office Closures in Edinburgh (lodged on 30 October 2008) Bill Kidd*, Margaret Smith*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robert Brown*, Jim Tolson*, Ian McKee*

S3M-2798.1 Post Office Closures in Edinburgh (lodged on 4 November 2008) Mary Mulligan*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2795 Support the PCS Pay Strike on 10 November 2008 (lodged on 30 October 2008) Hugh Henry*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-2793 Scottish Safety Anomaly (lodged on 30 October 2008) James Kelly*, Cathie Craigie*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2789 Inverurie Paper Mill (lodged on 29 October 2008) Brian Adam*

S3M-2788 Epilepsy Scotland (lodged on 29 October 2008) Alison McInnes*

S3M-2772 Adoption of A70 as a Trunk Road (lodged on 28 October 2008) Jamie McGrigor*, John Lamont*, Bill Aitken*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mary Scanlon*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-2741 People Living with Epidermolysis Bullosa (lodged on 21 October 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2734 Girlguiding UK - Girls Plus Action Equals Change (lodged on 17 October 2008) Alison McInnes*

S3M-2725 This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me (lodged on 16 October 2008) Alison McInnes*

S3M-2653# Fare Deal (lodged on 2 October 2008) Alison McInnes*

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

S3M-2361 New Homes for Edinburgh (lodged on 1 August 2008) Margaret Smith*

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