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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-3016 Alasdair Morgan: Herald Society Awards 2008 Inspector8—That the Parliament notes that Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Youth Strategy Executive Group won the award for Service Provider of the Year, working with under-24s, for the Inspector8 project, in the Herald Society Awards; recognises that this is a ground-breaking initiative in using the views of young people to influence and improve services, and warmly congratulates the young people and local authority staff involved in this project.

*S3M-3015 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to the University of St Andrews Debating Team—That the Parliament congratulates Rachel Whitbread and Chris Hawkins from the University of St Andrews on winning the annual St Andrew’s Day debating championship, hosted jointly by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government and chaired by the Presiding Officer; further congratulates Rachel on also winning Best Speaker of the Day, and notes that St Andrews once again has shown why it is one of the top universities in Britain.

*S3M-3014 Derek Brownlee: Local Government Finance—That the Parliament notes the intention of the Scottish Government to introduce legislation to reform the system of local government taxation and calls on it to ensure that the scope of the Bill when introduced is sufficiently wide as to enable members to debate and vote on all options, including reform of the council tax, a land value tax, a local income tax with variable rates determined locally and the Scottish Government’s own proposals.

*S3M-3013 Ted Brocklebank: Broadcasting—That the Parliament notes that 4 December 2008 is the final date for submissions to Ofcom’s Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) Review, Preparing for the Digital Future; recognises that, while broadcasting is reserved, there is a need for a healthy, competitive Scottish-based television programme-making sector outwith the BBC, notwithstanding that organisation’s historic, respected and pivotal role in Scottish broadcasting; recognises the role of STV as the only remaining Scottish-based commercial PSB provider; prefers Ofcom’s enhanced evolution option with a commercial TV channel continuing to provide PSB for Scotland as part of a wider UK network; recognises that STV’s survival as a PSB provider is at risk in the current economic climate, particularly since ITV is now advocating a single UK-wide brand, and calls on Ofcom to explore all options to ensure that there is PSB competition for BBC Scotland in the nation’s rapidly changing broadcasting landscape.

*S3M-3012 David Stewart: Alexander Stoddart—That the Parliament congratulates the sculptor Alexander Stoddart on his statue of James Clerk Maxwell, regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever scientific figures; notes that the statue was made at the Black Isle Bronze Ltd foundry in Nairn, and further notes that James Clerk Maxwell’s discovery of the nature of electromagnetic waves led the way to the invention of everyday means of communication such as radio and television and the mobile phone.

*S3M-3011 Stewart Maxwell: Forced Marriages—That the Parliament recognises the right of every person to choose whom to marry without fear of physical, emotional or psychological abuse; recognises that forced marriage is a violation of internationally recognised human rights and a form of violence against women and has no place in Scotland; makes a clear distinction between arranged marriages to which both parties have freely consented, and which are an established and accepted practice, and forced marriage; welcomes the Scottish Government’s consultation that asks whether forced marriage civil legislation is required and provides an opportunity to consider what more can be done to help those affected in Scotland and to ensure our communities are safer, stronger and fairer places for all; acknowledges the work of the Forced Marriage Network in tackling this issue, and supports continued efforts to assist those affected, raise awareness of the impact of forced marriage and to end this terrible practice.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-3010 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2008 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

*S3M-3009 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 19 December 2008.

*S3M-3008 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 December 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 1st Report 2008: Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 8th Report 2008: Audit Committee - Title and Remit

followed by Ministerial Statement: Strategic Transport Projects Review

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Strategic Transport Projects Review

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 December 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Local Government Finance Settlement 2009-10

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Local Government Finance Settlement 2009-10

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 17 December 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Budget Process 2009-10

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 18 December 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business.

*S3M-3007 Bashir Ahmad: Congratulations to Herald Society Award 2008 Winners—That the Parliament congratulates all the winners and nominees of the Herald Society Awards 2008; believes that the hard work of those organisations and individuals dedicated to public service should rightly be recognised; gives a special note of congratulations to Assist, winners of the Outstanding Public Service Team of the Year award, which works tirelessly for people who have been victims of domestic abuse; notes the considerable range of services and invaluable support that Assist offers to victims of abuse, including referral for refuge and emergency housing, step-by-step advice and support throughout the court process and problem solving suited to each individual case, and wishes the team well and continued success for many years to come.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Nanette Milne*, Ken Macintosh*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-3006 Stuart McMillan: St Kenneth’s Primary Named Herald Society Champion for 2008—That the Parliament congratulates St Kenneth’s Primary School in Greenock, which was recently named Herald Society Champion for 2008 at the inaugural Herald Society Awards 2008, presented in association with the Big Lottery Fund; notes that St Kenneth’s was acclaimed by the judges for the remarkable breadth of its approach to healthy living for pupils, which includes a weekly running programme, a junior chef academy and even meditation sessions, and further notes that the school had earlier been declared winner of the Health Provider of the Year.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Nanette Milne*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Jackson Carlaw*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-3005 Bob Doris: Supporting Kinship Carers - No to UK Clawback—That the Parliament calls on the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to update rules regarding kinship carers of looked-after children to ensure that no kinship carer loses out on the new allowances agreed in the historic concordat between Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Government; acknowledges that some kinship carers are currently in receipt of state benefits that may be clawed back by the DWP, if the rules are not amended, rendering the kinship care allowance pointless for some families and potentially resulting in Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Government effectively subsidising the UK treasury, and believes that any clawback would not only be an unacceptable way to treat our kinship carers but would also hamper the clear policy objectives of the democratically-elected Scottish Government and local authorities in Scotland.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Keith Brown*

*S3M-3004 Bob Doris: Well Done The Glaswegian, Here’s to 1,000 More—That the Parliament congratulates The Glaswegian newspaper on publishing its 1,000th edition; applauds the newspaper for its detailed knowledge of Glasgow’s communities and for having developed into a fine campaigning publication; in particular commends The Glaswegian’s kinship care campaign; believes the fact that Glasgow City Council has decided, at the time of the 1,000th edition of The Glaswegian, to start making kinship care payments as agreed in the concordat with the Scottish Government to be fitting tribute to the campaigning effectiveness of the The Glaswegian, and wishes the newspaper well for the future, hoping to see another 1,000 editions.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3002 Congratulations to Boghall Butchers - World Scotch Pie Champions 2009 (lodged on 1 December 2008) Bill Kidd*, Ian McKee*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Alex Johnstone*

S3M-3000 Huntington’s Disease (lodged on 1 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2999# Glasgow Community Champion Awards (lodged on 1 December 2008) Mary Mulligan*, James Kelly*, Jackson Carlaw*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alasdair Allan*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Helen Eadie*, Stuart McMillan*, Trish Godman*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2998 Congratulations to Victoria Infirmary Health Worker (lodged on 1 December 2008) Bashir Ahmad*, Jim Tolson*, Des McNulty*, Patricia Ferguson*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Trish Godman*, Charlie Gordon*, Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2997 Iolaire Disaster (lodged on 1 December 2008) Mary Scanlon*, Keith Brown*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Patricia Ferguson*, Alex Neil*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2996 Andrew Thomson of Sign-now.com Wins Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs (lodged on 1 December 2008) Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Aileen Campbell*, Alex Neil*, Gil Paterson*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2995 International Day of Disabled People (lodged on 1 December 2008) Nanette Milne*, Patricia Ferguson*, Alasdair Allan*, Jackson Carlaw*, Christina McKelvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Liam McArthur*, Patrick Harvie*, Gil Paterson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Keith Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2994 Recovery Zones for Bee Populations (lodged on 1 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2993 Renfrewshire Council’s Action on Credit Crunch (lodged on 1 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2992 Voluntary and Public Sector Awards (lodged on 27 November 2008) Rob Gibson*, Mary Scanlon*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2991# Communities Leading on Climate Change (lodged on 27 November 2008) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2989 Size Does Matter (lodged on 27 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2986 Bull Hire Scheme (lodged on 27 November 2008) James Kelly*, Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2985# Young Roots Films of Woodland in Scotland (lodged on 27 November 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Patricia Ferguson*, Angela Constance*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2984 Congratulations to TD1 Radio - Community Radio for Galashiels (lodged on 27 November 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*, Aileen Campbell*

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

S3M-2982 Cadet Heather Stupart of Newmilns (lodged on 27 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2981 British Government Invoke Anti-Terrorist Legislation on Iceland (lodged on 27 November 2008) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2980 The Union Deficit (lodged on 27 November 2008) Alex Neil*

S3M-2979 Congratulations to PASTA (lodged on 27 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Willie Coffey*

S3M-2978 Zimbabwe’s Cholera Epidemic (lodged on 27 November 2008) Jackson Carlaw*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Helen Eadie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Patricia Ferguson*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Liam McArthur*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Trish Godman*, Jack McConnell*, Bill Kidd*, Keith Brown*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2977 Remembering the Holocaust (lodged on 27 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2974 Learning About the Holocaust (lodged on 26 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2973 Towards Independence for Greenland (lodged on 26 November 2008) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2971 Right of Suffrage (lodged on 26 November 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-2969 Caring Christmas Trees (lodged on 26 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-2957# Aberdeen Forensic Science Laboratory (lodged on 25 November 2008) Brian Adam*

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

S3M-2955.1 Scotland’s Forests (lodged on 27 November 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-2953 Dependent Britain (lodged on 25 November 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-2951 UK Fails in Duties Under the Ottawa Convention (lodged on 24 November 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

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

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

S3M-2939 Scottish Water Dispute (lodged on 21 November 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-2936 Ban Tobacco Vending Machines (lodged on 20 November 2008) Hugh Henry*

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

S3M-2907 Scotland’s Tribute to One of the Most Influential Scientists of All Time (lodged on 18 November 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2892 Improving Access (lodged on 14 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-2665# Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme (lodged on 3 October 2008) Bob Doris*, Robert Brown*, Liam McArthur*

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