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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2936 Kenneth Gibson: Ban Tobacco Vending Machines—That the Parliament welcomes the British Heart Foundation’s campaign for a ban on tobacco sold from vending machines across the United Kingdom; notes that one in 10 under-age smokers in Scotland regularly buys tobacco illegally from vending machines and that this proportion could increase following the rise in the minimum legal age for purchase of tobacco; warmly welcomes the developments on tobacco control in recent years in Scotland, including the particular focus on young people in the Smoking Prevention Action Plan, and urges the Scottish Government to continue to lead the way in the United Kingdom on tobacco control by legislating for an outright ban on the sale of tobacco from vending machines in the forthcoming Health Bill.

*S3M-2934 Christine Grahame: For £12 Billion Big Brother Bugs You—That the Parliament condemns the British Government’s estimated £12 billion Interception Modernisation Programme currently being developed at Government Communications Headquarters, GCHQ, in Cheltenham that would intercept every telephone call, every email and retain a log of every website visited by every person in the United Kingdom; believes that this unnecessary project seriously undermines our democracy and represents a complete affront to our rights to privacy and freedom and hands the terrorists the victory that they seek by substantially changing our way of life by imposing a system that would spy and snoop on a population whom the British Government clearly no longer trusts, and urges the British Government to halt the programme and instead invest the relevant resources in vital public services and the fight against fuel, pensioner and child poverty.

*S3M-2933 David Whitton: On Their Bikes in St Matthew’s Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates, and recognises the achievements of, St Matthew’s Primary School in Bishopbriggs for being one of the first schools in Scotland to set up a cycle train where children on bikes are escorted by volunteer rangers along a safe route to and from school; notes that the trains run every day and take the children to and from school, picking up and dropping off at their homes, and recognises the backing of East Dunbartonshire Council, Sustrans, Cycling Scotland, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and local firms Solid Rock Cycles and Viewfield Galleries.

*S3M-2932♦ Jamie McGrigor: Future of the Bull Hire Scheme—That the Parliament notes the proposals to abolish the current Bull Hire Scheme for crofters; is aware of genuinely felt concerns among crofters over this proposal and the potentially more costly and inconvenient options that might replace the scheme; believes that the current Bull Hire Scheme has widespread support within the crofting sector and has played an extremely important part in maintaining the quality of cattle stock in the crofting counties, and further believes that some form of bull hire scheme is in the best interests of crofters and stock quality in the crofting counties.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*, Mary Scanlon*, Ted Brocklebank*, John Scott*, John Lamont*, Margaret Mitchell*, Bill Aitken*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*

*S3M-2931 John Park: Fair Tips—That the Parliament expresses concern that many employers still use tips to count towards payment of the national minimum wage; notes the recent Fair Tips campaign by Unite the Union and welcomes its calls for fair-minded employers, who treat their staff fairly, to sign up in support of the campaign; supports the Fair Tips Charter that calls on businesses to pay all employees at least the minimum wage with 100% of tips added on top as a bonus with no hidden charges, reach agreement on how tips are shared with those staff directly affected, make no deductions from tips to cover breakages, till shortages or customer walk-outs, and make all rules for the distribution of tips and service charges available in writing for staff and customers on request; further welcomes the announcement that the UK Government plans to ban employers from using tips or service charges towards payment of the national minimum wage; looks forward to the consultation on proposals to make tips fairer for staff, and congratulates Unite the Union for the success of its fair tips campaign.

Supported by: George Foulkes*

*S3M-2930 David Whitton: Spine-Chilling Local Income Tax—That the Parliament notes the words of the chairman of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce that the Scottish Government’s proposed local income tax is "positively spine chilling" in the risk that it presents to Scottish competitiveness and calls on the Scottish Government "to listen to the overwhelming view of the Scottish business community", as well as the serious concerns voiced by the trades unions, carers, and hard working families, by ditching its local income tax now.

Supported by: Andy Kerr*, James Kelly*, Elaine Murray*, Derek Brownlee*, Des McNulty*, Helen Eadie*, Claire Baker*, Margaret Curran*, Paul Martin*, Rhona Brankin*, Ken Macintosh*, Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh Henry*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

*S3M-2929 Patrick Harvie: The Arches - Best Bar None—That the Parliament congratulates the staff and management of the Arches arts venue and nightclub in Glasgow on their gold award in the nightclub category at Glasgow’s Best Bar None Awards 2008; recognises the hard work and commitment that the Arches staff have shown in achieving an excellent standard in protection of children from harm, prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public nuisance and promotion of public health and public safety, standards that many Glasgow venues would do well to emulate; believes that this well deserved award reinforces the position of the Arches as a vital part of Glasgow’s arts and social scene; believes that Glasgow, and in particular Glasgow City Council, should be proud of a venue that not only adds to the vibrancy of the city’s social life but also takes its responsibilities as a licensed venue so seriously, and offers the very best wishes to all at the Arches in the coming months as they look forward to festive celebrations.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2926*#* Mary Mulligan: Shelter Scotland 40 Years On—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Shelter Scotland of the 40 Years On booklet, which marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Shelter Scotland on 3 October 1968; notes that throughout its existence Shelter Scotland has consistently spoken out on behalf of those who are homeless or in poor quality housing; further notes that Shelter Scotland has been at the cutting edge of developing services, including the opening of housing aid centres, the rural housing initiative, care and repair schemes for older people, the launch of the Housing Law Service, the returning home initiative and the Rough Sleepers Initiative, and was instrumental in the establishment of housing associations in Scotland such as Castle Rock Housing Association, now Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association; further notes that Shelter Scotland is today the largest provider of online housing advice in the country; recognises that Shelter played a key role in the development of the Homelessness Task Force, which for the first time led to the establishment of a legal commitment to give all homeless people the right to a home by 2012, and welcomes the ongoing contribution which Shelter Scotland makes in the challenge of providing good quality housing for all in Scotland.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Jim Tolson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Margaret Curran*, Liam McArthur*, Cathy Jamieson*, Marlyn Glen*, John Park*, David Whitton*, Patricia Ferguson*, Alex Neil*, Nanette Milne*, George Foulkes*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Ross Finnie*, Bill Butler*, Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Robert Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*, Claire Baker*, Sarah Boyack*, Alison McInnes*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2898*#* Ian McKee: Recognising the Role of a Healthy, Competitive Television Industry in the Cultural Life of Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the contribution made to the cultural and social life of Scotland and, in particular, in Glasgow and Edinburgh, by a vibrant and competitive home-based television programme-making sector; recognises the role of STV as Scotland’s only commercial public sector broadcasting (PSB) provider, a function that it has provided for 50 years; supports Ofcom’s enhanced evolution option, with STV continuing to provide PSB for Scotland as part of a wider UK network; rejects ITV plc’s call for a single UK-wide brand, which would not be in the interests of Scotland; supports STV’s bid to continue to be a PSB licence holder for Scotland, and, recognising that the company is outside the ITV commissioning process, supports STV’s request to be awarded independent producer status, making it easier for other channels to commission programme production from Scotland.

Supported by: Gil Paterson*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2927 Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Souvenir Stamp (lodged on 19 November 2008) John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gavin Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Bill Aitken*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, David McLetchie*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*, Ted Brocklebank*, Margaret Mitchell*, Hugh Henry*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2925 2008 Homeless World Cup Sponsorship (lodged on 19 November 2008) Andy Kerr*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jackie Baillie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Mary Mulligan*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-2924 Froglife (lodged on 19 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2923 Clydeside Action on Asbestos (lodged on 19 November 2008) Des McNulty*, Jamie Hepburn*, Ken Macintosh*, John Wilson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Ross Finnie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, James Kelly*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Park*, Mike Pringle*, Alison McInnes*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Nigel Don*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Hugh Henry*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2920 Fishermen and International Observers Kidnapped by Israel (lodged on 18 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2911 UK Immigration Minister’s Comments on Asylum and Immigration (lodged on 18 November 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2910 Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (lodged on 18 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2909 Keep London Olympics’ Toxic Waste Out of Falkirk (lodged on 18 November 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Christina McKelvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Alex Neil*, Keith Brown*, John Wilson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2907 Scotland’s Tribute to One of the Most Influential Scientists of All Time (lodged on 18 November 2008) Jackie Baillie*, John Park*, Brian Adam*, Mike Pringle*, Mary Mulligan*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2903 Dundee Top City for Business Growth (lodged on 17 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2902 Billy Liddell Enters the SFA Hall of Fame (lodged on 17 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2901 Congratulations to Strathclyde Police and Lanarkshire’s Alcohol and Drug Action Team (lodged on 17 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2900 Biggar Museum Archaeology Group Wins Top Award (lodged on 17 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2899 Cumbernauld: A Love Song (lodged on 14 November 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2896 Aberdeen Bus Fare Reductions (lodged on 14 November 2008) Christopher Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Tolson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2895 Cumbernauld: A Love Song (lodged on 14 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2894 Congratulations Glenrothes Gazette (lodged on 14 November 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2893 Show Racism the Red Card Activities in Rutherglen and Cambuslang (lodged on 14 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2892 Improving Access (lodged on 14 November 2008) Mike Pringle*, Andy Kerr*, Irene Oldfather*, Sandra White*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2891 Congratulations to JK Rowling and Children’s High Level Group (lodged on 14 November 2008) Mike Pringle*, David Stewart*, Irene Oldfather*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2890 Electric Shock Training - Disappointment at Decision (lodged on 14 November 2008) Irene Oldfather*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2889 Isle of Eigg’s Big Green Challenge (lodged on 14 November 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2888 Livingston’s Touch Bionics Grabbed 14th Place in TIME Magazine’s Top Inventions 2008 (lodged on 14 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2887 Inverclyde Schools Concert Band (lodged on 13 November 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2886 Minimise Medical Mistakes (lodged on 13 November 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Mulligan*, James Kelly*

S3M-2884 25th Anniversary of the Dance School of Scotland (lodged on 13 November 2008) David Stewart*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2883 British Government Red Card over GB Football Team Proposal (lodged on 13 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2878# Dignity for Palestinians (lodged on 12 November 2008) Mike Pringle*, David Stewart*

S3M-2877 Larkhall Academy Unite Scotland - Let’s Celebrate (lodged on 12 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2876 UK Government’s Ideas for the Future of the Post Office (lodged on 12 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2873# Successful Mercy Mission to Gaza (lodged on 12 November 2008) Mike Pringle*

S3M-2872 Management Report (lodged on 12 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2868 Back to a Life Stroke Campaign (lodged on 12 November 2008) David Stewart*, Alison McInnes*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2866 UK Opt-out on the European Working Time Directive (lodged on 12 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2865 Congratulations to Dalziel High (lodged on 12 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2856 Good Luck Bankier Primary (lodged on 11 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2854 Mindroom (lodged on 11 November 2008) Mike Pringle*, David Stewart*

S3M-2850 Hen Harrier Survival in Lothian and Borders Region (lodged on 10 November 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2845 A Tax on Your Identity (lodged on 7 November 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2835 Carers’ Rights Day 2008 (lodged on 5 November 2008) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-2831 Protecting Worried Homeowners (lodged on 5 November 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2830 Impact of BBC Local News Proposals on Local Newspapers (lodged on 5 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2825 Welcoming the Designation of the Chris Hoy Cycle Way (lodged on 5 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2824 Congratulations to Pipe Major Gordon Walker - World Champion Solo Piper (lodged on 4 November 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2817# World AIDS Day 2008 (lodged on 4 November 2008) Irene Oldfather*, George Foulkes*

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

S3M-2807 South Primary, Paisley (lodged on 31 October 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*

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