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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3003 Cathy Peattie: ScotRail Franchise Extension—That the Parliament notes the resignation of Guy Houston, the finance director of Transport Scotland, following the publication of an Audit Scotland report that criticised his participation in key meetings to discuss the extension of the ScotRail franchise without declaring his financial interests in First ScotRail’s parent company, FirstGroup; notes also that the report is critical of Transport Scotland for not consulting external bodies on the franchise review; further notes that the report highlights that the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson MSP, was not presented with a fully-documented business case, and believes that the Scottish Government should now call a halt to the franchise extension and instigate a full inquiry by the Scottish Parliament and that there should be an emergency statement from the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change.

*S3M-3002 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to Boghall Butchers - World Scotch Pie Champions 2009—That the Parliament congratulates Paul Boyle of Boghall Butchers on coming first out of 79 entrants to be named World Scotch Pie Champion for 2009, in this the 10th anniversary year of the competition; further notes that this is the second time that Mr Boyle has been World Scotch Pie Champion; congratulates his family and staff at Boghall Butchers for their contribution to this success and for growing the family business over the last few years; notes that Boghall Butchers also received a gold medal in the bridie product category, and welcomes this success as further confirmation of West Lothian’s growing reputation for fine cuisine and as a source of some of the best food in the world.

*S3M-3001 Irene Oldfather: Success for Springside Primary—That the Parliament congratulates Springside Primary School in Cunninghame South for attaining its first Eco-Schools Green Flag award, the highest award that can be given to a school; commends the hard work of staff and pupils working together to achieve this award; recognises that the aim of the Eco-Schools scheme is to encourage young people to be proactive in tackling environmental issues, and therefore agrees that raising awareness of environmental issues at an early age is vital in ensuring that future generations are equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges that global warming will bring.

*S3M-3000 Hugh Henry: Huntington’s Disease—That the Parliament recognises that Huntington’s disease is a devastating, high-risk, inherited, neurological condition that causes a profound form of dementia and mental ill health; notes that the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) was established in 1989 by families living with the disease because they could not get help with health and social care services; congratulates SHA in approaching its 20th anniversary in 2009 and on providing Huntington’s disease services staffed by skilled nurses that make a significant difference to the lives of those affected by the disease; expresses its concern that only nine out of the 15 NHS boards provide this service, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make sure that all people living with the condition have access to support that will maximise their quality of life.

*S3M-2999# Bill Butler: Glasgow Community Champion Awards—That the Parliament welcomes the Glasgow Community Champion Awards promoted by the Evening Times and supported by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue; congratulates all the nominees for the six award categories in the west area and wishes them all a memorable evening at the local award ceremony to be held at Drumchapel Community Centre on Tuesday 2 December 2008, and looks forward to future award ceremonies throughout Glasgow over the next few months, which will serve to recognise the selfless commitment, hard work and public-spiritedness of the many Glaswegians who seek to improve the quality of life of others living in their communities.

*S3M-2998 Jackie Baillie: Congratulations to Victoria Infirmary Health Worker—That the Parliament congratulates Craig McNally, a senior health promotion specialist at the Victoria Infirmary, on receiving the Healthy Lifestyle Award at the Scottish Health Awards 2008 and his dedication in raising awareness of issues surrounding drug and alcohol abuse, especially among young people, by taking an innovative approach to the subject and by using his experience in youth work in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and believes that this well-deserved award reinforces the importance of successful awareness campaigns and promotion of a healthier lifestyle for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse among children and adolescents.

*S3M-2997 Alasdair Allan: Iolaire Disaster—That the Parliament notes that 1 January 2009 is the 90th anniversary of the tragic sinking of HMY Iolaire, which sank after hitting the Beasts of Holm rock only a mile away from the safety of Stornoway harbour at 1.55 am on New Year’s Day 1919 and only a few dozen yards from the safety of the shore; notes that the official death toll was 205 of the 284 crew and naval ratings on board who were returning from serving in World War 1; realises that this represented a huge loss of life after the hundreds of islanders who had already been lost in WW1, and recognises that this is one of the most devastating ever losses of life in UK waters in peacetime and that around 40 of the men who survived owed that survival to the courage of John F MacLeod from the Ness area of Lewis who managed to swim ashore carrying a line, which enabled a number of men who might otherwise have perished to drag themselves ashore.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Hugh Henry*, Brian Adam*, Nanette Milne*, Christina McKelvie*, John Park*, Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-2996 Jamie Hepburn: Andrew Thomson of Wins Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to Andrew Thomson of on winning the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2008, run by charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, at the British Chambers of Commerce Chamber Awards 2008 ceremony in London on 27 November 2008; notes that this follows hard on the heels of winning the Best Company Website/E-Commerce Award at the Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2008, and further notes that Andrew Thomson has stated that he will use the £50,000 prize from the Stelios Award to expand and grow the business, to reach new clients and expand the company’s services to those who use its online BSL interpretation services, which will considerably enhance the communication possibilities for deaf people in Scotland.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*, Trish Godman*, Patrick Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-2995 Bill Kidd: International Day of Disabled People—That the Parliament welcomes International Day of Disabled People on 3 December 2008, themed dignity and justice for all of us; commends all those who have overcome their difficulties to become role models for others wishing to achieve the same, such as Julie McElroy, who, alongside 10 physically disabled teenagers, trekked through the Andes and over the highest active volcano in the world, as seen in the BBC documentary, Across the Andes: Beyond Boundaries, and notes that, to mark International Day of Disabled People, Julie will deliver a speech to Cardonald College on leadership, team-building and her motivation to succeed and, more importantly, give her audience the inspiration and self-belief to believe that nothing is impossible.

*S3M-2994 Robin Harper: Recovery Zones for Bee Populations—That the Parliament welcomes the European Parliament’s overwhelming vote in favour of providing recovery zones for bee populations; notes how reliant Scottish agriculture is on bees for pollination and food security; expresses its concern over the recent sharp decline in bee numbers, and calls on the Scottish Government to follow the European Parliament’s lead by identifying areas of pollen and nectar-rich land in Scotland that can subsequently attract subsidy or other supports to provide conditions that will allow our vital bee populations to begin to recover.

*S3M-2993 Bill Wilson: Renfrewshire Council’s Action on Credit Crunch—That the Parliament recognises the actions of Renfrewshire Council in introducing £214,000 extra funding to extend local advice services for those people facing financial hardship; notes that the council’s actions will extend out-of-hours debt advice, provide extra support for Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau as well as other community-based advice centres, and welcomes the proactive stance of the local authority in tackling the challenges of the credit crunch for those vulnerable individuals and families in Renfrewshire.

S3M-2991*#* Patrick Harvie: Communities Leading on Climate Change—That the Parliament congratulates the community groups around Scotland, such as the Toryglen Gardening Club in Glasgow, that have made successful applications to the Climate Challenge Fund; notes that the fund makes available £27.4 million over three years to support community-led efforts to make serious carbon reductions across Scotland; believes that Scotland’s diverse communities can play an important role in carbon innovation, and believes that projects supported by the fund can also help build community cohesion, tackle social exclusion and build sustainable local economies.

Supported by: James Kelly*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Elaine Murray*, Trish Godman*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mary Mulligan*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2992 Voluntary and Public Sector Awards (lodged on 27 November 2008) Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Hugh Henry*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-2989 Size Does Matter (lodged on 27 November 2008) Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2986 Bull Hire Scheme (lodged on 27 November 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Hugh Henry*, Andy Kerr*, Trish Godman*

S3M-2985# Young Roots Films of Woodland in Scotland (lodged on 27 November 2008) Patrick Harvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bashir Ahmad*, Paul Martin*, Bill Kidd*, Ken Macintosh*, Robin Harper*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Jamieson*, Elizabeth Smith*, Claire Baker*, Nanette Milne*, Jackson Carlaw*, Trish Godman*

S3M-2984 Congratulations to TD1 Radio - Community Radio for Galashiels (lodged on 27 November 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Hugh Henry*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2983 A St Andrew’s Day Belter for Kinross (lodged on 27 November 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-2981 British Government Invoke Anti-Terrorist Legislation on Iceland (lodged on 27 November 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-2980 The Union Deficit (lodged on 27 November 2008) Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2979 Congratulations to PASTA (lodged on 27 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*, Karen Whitefield*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2978 Zimbabwe’s Cholera Epidemic (lodged on 27 November 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-2977 Remembering the Holocaust (lodged on 27 November 2008) Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Keith Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackson Carlaw*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bashir Ahmad*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2974 Learning About the Holocaust (lodged on 26 November 2008) Willie Coffey*, Michael Matheson*, Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2973 Towards Independence for Greenland (lodged on 26 November 2008) Michael Matheson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2969 Caring Christmas Trees (lodged on 26 November 2008) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-2968 Peru Today, Scotland Tomorrow? (lodged on 26 November 2008) Willie Coffey*

S3M-2964 Women’s Welfare in the Democratic Republic of Congo (lodged on 25 November 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2957# Aberdeen Forensic Science Laboratory (lodged on 25 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*, Nigel Don*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-2956 Red Cross Report - What We Do in Scotland (lodged on 25 November 2008) Bob Doris*

S3M-2955.1 Scotland’s Forests (lodged on 27 November 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2952 DR Congo Conflict (lodged on 25 November 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2946 6 December 2008: A March for Effective Global Action on Climate Change (lodged on 24 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2944 The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2009 (lodged on 21 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2943 Molendinar Park/Moore Street Housing (lodged on 21 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2942 Emmaus (lodged on 21 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2941 Govanhill Law Centre (lodged on 21 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2940 Adam Smith College and Abertay University in Partnership (lodged on 21 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2939 Scottish Water Dispute (lodged on 21 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Andy Kerr*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-2938 BBC Trust Rejects £68 Million Plan (lodged on 21 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2931 Fair Tips (lodged on 20 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2930 Spine-chilling Local Income Tax (lodged on 20 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2926# Shelter Scotland 40 Years On (lodged on 19 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2925 2008 Homeless World Cup Sponsorship (lodged on 19 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Alex Neil*

S3M-2924 Froglife (lodged on 19 November 2008) Alex Neil*

S3M-2923 Clydeside Action on Asbestos (lodged on 19 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2907 Scotland’s Tribute to One of the Most Influential Scientists of All Time (lodged on 18 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2904♦ Alcohol Pricing (lodged on 17 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

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

S3M-2892 Improving Access (lodged on 14 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2891 Congratulations to JK Rowling and Children’s High Level Group (lodged on 14 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2890 Electric Shock Training - Disappointment at Decision (lodged on 14 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

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

S3M-2886 Minimise Medical Mistakes (lodged on 13 November 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2854 Mindroom (lodged on 11 November 2008) George Foulkes*

S3M-2845 A Tax on Your Identity (lodged on 7 November 2008) Willie Coffey*

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

S3M-2684# Welcoming the Launch of Community Energy Scotland (lodged on 7 October 2008) Willie Coffey*

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

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