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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2887 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Schools Concert Band—That the Parliament congratulates Inverclyde Schools Concert Band, which recently achieved a Gold Award in the Scottish heat of the National Concert Band Festival, held at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow; notes that the band’s performance was judged to be vibrant, enthusiastic and generally excellent by adjudicators Bryan Allen and Stephen West; also notes that the band was praised for its quality of sound and maturity of performance; further notes that the band has now made the UK finals for the seventh time in the last 10 years, and wishes it every success at the next final, which is to take place in Cardiff in April 2009.

*S3M-2886 Marlyn Glen: Minimise Medical Mistakes—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of a degree course in patient safety at the University of Aberdeen; notes that there is currently no formal training for clinicians in the human and system causes of error and adverse events; recognises research by academics at the University of Aberdeen that suggests errors by medical professionals affect up to 50,000 patients in Scotland each year, contributing to about 5,000 deaths; congratulates the University of Aberdeen for identifying the obvious need for such a course, and supports efforts to minimise risk to patients by providing sufficient training for health professionals to diminish the risk of medical errors and to improve the quality of Scotland’s health care as a whole.

*S3M-2885 George Foulkes: UK Government’s Welcome Decision on Post Office Cards—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the UK Labour government to keep the Post Office card account with the post office until at least 2015; believes that comments by the SNP candidate in the Glenrothes by-election and the Deputy First Minister, both of whom suggested that the Labour government was set to strip this vital service from post offices, were misleading and deeply irresponsible, causing fear and alarm to the many pensioners across Scotland who use and value the Post Office account service, and further believes motion S3M-2876 by Aileen Campbell to be hollow and politically motivated.

*S3M-2884 Bill Butler: 25th Anniversary of the Dance School of Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Dance School of Scotland, located within Knightswood Secondary School, on its silver anniversary; notes that the dance school of Scotland, conceived in 1983 as a result of discussions between the then Strathclyde Regional Council and Scottish Ballet, has developed an excellent reputation over that period as Scotland’s only fully-funded centre of excellence for dance and is a school that, unlike many other establishments, charges no fees; celebrates the 10th anniversary of the musical theatre course at Knightswood, which complements the work of the dance school and has harnessed the talent of young people in Scotland, many of whom are now acclaimed professionals in the world of dance and musical theatre; commends the extraordinary skills and dedication of the staff at the dance school and, in particular, Elaine Holland, artistic director of dance, and Graham Dickie, artistic director of the musical theatre course; wishes all those taking part in a special celebratory showcase, to be held at the Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 16 November 2008, a night to remember, and extends its best wishes to all students and teachers who have created this Scottish success story.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Sandra White*, Paul Martin*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathy Peattie*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Murray*, Bashir Ahmad*, Mary Mulligan*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Patricia Ferguson*, Helen Eadie*

*S3M-2883 Christine Grahame: British Government Red Card over GB Football Team Proposal—That the Parliament notes the comments of the Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy MP, in relation to the proposal to have Scots players take part in a GB football team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, following his discussions with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke on 11 November 2008; also notes that similar assurances on the continued independence of the Scotland international side were previously sought from Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, by the British Prime Minister, only for it to be later revealed that any such assurances could not be made binding on successor members of FIFA; notes further the dangerous precedent that Scottish participation in a GB team would set in eroding the longstanding independence of the Scotland national squad, and urges HM Government to desist from undermining Scotland’s national squad in this manner.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Ian McKee*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2878 Dignity for Palestinians (lodged on 12 November 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Sarah Boyack*, Bob Doris*, Jackie Baillie*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Butler*, Bill Wilson*, Marlyn Glen*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Sandra White*, Cathy Jamieson*, Liam McArthur*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patrick Harvie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, John Park*, Mary Mulligan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alex Neil*, Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh Henry*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathy Peattie*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-2877 Larkhall Academy Unite Scotland - Let’s Celebrate (lodged on 12 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alasdair Allan*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*

S3M-2876 UK Government’s Ideas for the Future of the Post Office (lodged on 12 November 2008) Christopher Harvie*, Brian Adam*, John Scott*, Ian McKee*, Christine Grahame*, Christina McKelvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Willie Coffey*, Sandra White*

S3M-2875 Congratulations to Vale of Leven Nurse (lodged on 12 November 2008) Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Helen Eadie*, Ken Macintosh*, John Park*, Claire Baker*, Bill Wilson*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2873# Successful Mercy Mission to Gaza (lodged on 12 November 2008) Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*, Pauline McNeill*, Keith Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-2872 Management Report (lodged on 12 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh Henry*, Stuart McMillan*, Christine Grahame*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, John Wilson*, Bill Wilson*, Michael Matheson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2868 Back to a Life Stroke Campaign (lodged on 12 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*, Jim Hume*, Claire Baker*, Helen Eadie*, George Foulkes*, Duncan McNeil*, Bill Wilson*, Liam McArthur*, Andy Kerr*, David Whitton*, Patrick Harvie*, Ken Macintosh*, Jim Tolson*, Hugh Henry*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Marlyn Glen*, James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*, Margaret Curran*, Nanette Milne*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Malcolm Chisholm*, John Park*, Cathy Peattie*, Sandra White*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-2867 Free Hospital Transport in Renfrewshire (lodged on 12 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-2866 UK Opt-out on the European Working Time Directive (lodged on 12 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-2865 Congratulations to Dalziel High (lodged on 12 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Jack McConnell*, John Lamont*, Bill Aitken*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Alex Neil*, Robin Harper*, Ted Brocklebank*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Murdo Fraser*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*

S3M-2861 On the Money (Leis an Airgead) (lodged on 11 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2859 New Homes for Maryhill (lodged on 11 November 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*

S3M-2858 People’s Postcode Lottery (lodged on 11 November 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*

S3M-2857 A Right Belter (lodged on 11 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2856 Good Luck Bankier Primary (lodged on 11 November 2008) Alex Neil*, Sandra White*

S3M-2855 UK Nationality and Place of Birth - Gender-Discrimination (lodged on 11 November 2008) Alex Neil*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2854 Mindroom (lodged on 11 November 2008) Pauline McNeill*, Sandra White*

S3M-2852 2014 Communities Lottery Fund (lodged on 10 November 2008) Bob Doris*, Margaret Curran*, Sandra White*

S3M-2851 (lodged on 10 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2849 Treating Lone Parents as Unemployed - Planned Changes to Benefits (lodged on 10 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2848 Winning Through Unity (lodged on 7 November 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2845 A Tax on Your Identity (lodged on 7 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2844 Renfrewshire Nursery School Cuts (lodged on 7 November 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2844.1 Renfrewshire Nursery School Cuts (lodged on 12 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-2842# The Hospital Broadcasting Service (lodged on 6 November 2008) Pauline McNeill*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2840 Successor to the Post Office Card Account (lodged on 6 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2838 30 Years of Inverclyde Talking Newspaper (lodged on 6 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2835 Carers’ Rights Day 2008 (lodged on 5 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2831 Protecting Worried Homeowners (lodged on 5 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-2830 Impact of BBC Local News Proposals on Local Newspapers (lodged on 5 November 2008) Ted Brocklebank*, Elizabeth Smith*, Stuart McMillan*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, David McLetchie*, John Lamont*, Margaret Mitchell*, Robin Harper*, Nanette Milne*, Murdo Fraser*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ian McKee*

S3M-2829 Scotland’s Congratulations to Barack Obama (lodged on 5 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2828 Fife Leads on Being Green (lodged on 5 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2827 Congratulations to President-elect Obama (lodged on 5 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2826 Sharing the Audacity of Hope (lodged on 5 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2823 World Diabetes Day 2008 (lodged on 4 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2818 Congratulations to Torrylinn Creamery (lodged on 4 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2817# World AIDS Day 2008 (lodged on 4 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2816 Free Public Tours of Parliament (lodged on 4 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2811 Cyclone Nargis Aid Efforts (lodged on 3 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2807 South Primary, Paisley (lodged on 31 October 2008) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-2799 Welcome New Rights for Disabled and Elderly People (lodged on 30 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2798 Post Office Closures in Edinburgh (lodged on 30 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

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

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