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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3078 Rhona Brankin: Kinship Care—That the Parliament notes the commitment given by the First Minister on 27 September 2007 to provide allowances for kinship carers and ensure that funding would be brought forward to ensure that all kinship carers of looked-after children in Scotland were paid the recommended allowance for foster carers; further notes the commitment contained in the Scottish Government’s strategy, Getting it right for every child in kinship and foster care, to introduce a minimum national allowance of between £119 and £198 per week for kinship carers and the comments of the Minister for Children and Early Years in the subsequent debate on 5 December 2007 that he anticipated that payment of this allowance would begin in April 2008; is concerned that this has not materialised and that the vast majority of kinship carers are not in receipt of an allowance consistent with the promises made by both the Minister for Children and Early Years and the First Minister, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to honour in full its pledge to Scotland’s kinship carers and to properly recognise the vital role that kinship carers play in looking after some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children.

*S3M-3077 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Debate: Drink Driving

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 Debate: Organ Donation Taskforce

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 January 2009

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

Europe, External Affairs and the Environment;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-3076 Christine Grahame: To Bling or Not to Bling—That the Parliament notes the warnings of the Electrical Safety Council regarding the use of Christmas lights over the festive period both inside and outside the home, in particular that some lighting is left on for extensive periods when the house is unattended and even overnight and, while appreciating that, in moderation, festive lighting cheers up Scottish winter days and nights, welcomes the council’s safety campaign for safe usage to ensure that the only thing that lights up is the glaur.

*S3M-3075 Des McNulty: ScotRail Franchise—That the Parliament notes the Audit Scotland report on the extension of First ScotRail’s contract to 2014; expresses serious concern regarding the lack of consultation over the extension of this franchise and the failure of ministers to require a fully documented business case; notes the resignation of the former finance director of Transport Scotland; calls on the Scottish Government to cooperate with any Audit Committee investigation, and urges the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change to issue a statement to the Parliament should any investigation into the probity or governance within Transport Scotland make that necessary.

*S3M-3074 Bob Doris: Welcoming Second-Stage Transfer in Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the positive outcome of the five second-stage transfer ballots where the tenants of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) have voted to move to community ownership with Ardenglen, Cassiltoun, Glasgow West, Parkhead and Shettleston housing associations as opposed to the GHA; congratulates the 2,100 tenants involved in the transfer and the five successful housing associations; believes that the massive turnout and clear yes vote by tenants in each case show the desire of tenants for community ownership and endorses current moves for a further 21,000 tenants to be transferred into community ownership; hopes for a speedy ratification of these ballots by Scottish ministers to allow the process to be finalised; notes that the Scottish Government is committed to second-stage transfer and community ownership and, unlike the previous administration, which achieved no second-stage transfers, has managed to push forward community ownership in Glasgow, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that there is no let-up on pushing the GHA, which is supposed to be a transitional organisation, towards ensuring as many tenants as possible have the option to vote for full community ownership in their area.

*S3M-3073# Bill Kidd: Knightswood Youth Theatre Announced as a Winner of Phillip Lawrence Awards—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to Knightswood Youth Theatre, which was announced a winner in the Phillip Lawrence Awards, a prestigious national awards scheme that celebrates outstanding contributions made by young people to their community; commends the Knightswood Youth Theatre for bringing together young asylum seekers and refugees with young people from the local area to talk and share feelings, and commends its use of drama as a medium to increase mutual understanding and help the wider community gain a better understanding of young people’s views and aspirations, on a wide range of controversial issues, including dawn raids, racism, alcoholism, divorce, bullying, teen suicide, friendship and romance.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-3072 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

*S3M-3071 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee be designated as the lead committee, and that the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee be designated as secondary committee, in consideration of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

*S3M-3070 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) and the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

*S3M-3069 Patricia Ferguson: Time for Mugabe to Go—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the growing humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe; considers the situation to be so severe that only a change in leadership and the restoration of democracy can begin to tackle the problems faced by Zimbabwe’s people, and calls on the international community to apply pressure to the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, to stand aside and make way for the democratic forces in Zimbabwe to begin the process of rebuilding their nation.

*S3M-3068 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Blythswood Care’s Highland Food Bank Project—That the Parliament congratulates the Inverness Food Bank Centre, part of Blythswood Care’s Highland Food Bank project, which has now been running for over three years, providing emergency three-day supplies of food to individuals and families who are in financial crisis; notes that in 2007, 1,700 people were fed by the project, an increase of 70% from 2006, and that in the first nine months of this year 1,674 people were fed by the project; also notes that the project covers mainly Inverness and Easter Ross, but also Nairn, Aviemore, Gairloch, Skye, Sutherland and Caithness with the demand for the project in Easter Ross being such that a new Food Bank Centre has now been opened in Invergordon, and wishes the Highland Food Bank continued success and support in the future.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*, Nigel Don*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Alex Johnstone*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Alasdair Allan*, John Lamont*

*S3M-3067 Bashir Ahmad: Ethical Purchasing within the NHS—That the Parliament expresses its dismay that some British hospitals are buying surgical instruments produced in sweatshop-style conditions in Pakistan by children as young as eight who are being paid as little as £1.40 per day; believes that the NHS should always aim for the best value-for-money contracts during the procurement process but not at the cost of ethical standards, and further believes that non-compulsory NHS guidelines on ethical purchasing are a poor attempt to address the problem and that only the introduction of compulsory guidelines will help to tackle the problem.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Rob Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-3066 Gavin Brown: Success of Cowgate Under 5’s Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Cowgate Under 5’s Centre on its victory at the Nursery of the Year Awards, organised by Nursery World; believes that part of the success can be attributed to the excellent performance by the centre in the most recent HM Inspectorate of Education report; congratulates all the staff and children on this achievement, and wishes everyone at the centre every success in the future.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3065 Bishopbriggs Drummer Success (lodged on 8 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-3064 10 Years of Crannog Services (lodged on 8 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Ken Macintosh*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3063 Scottish Sporting Achievements 2008 (lodged on 8 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Jamie McGrigor*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, James Kelly*, Nanette Milne*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3062 Glasgow Lighthouse Arts Centre Saved from Closure (lodged on 8 December 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Marlyn Glen*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackie Baillie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Patricia Ferguson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3061 Perth Concert Hall - Scots Trad Music Awards Venue of the Year (lodged on 8 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-3060 Lenzie Moss Primary (lodged on 8 December 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Jim Tolson*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jackie Baillie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Ken Macintosh*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3059 Hands Up for Trad, Na Trad (lodged on 8 December 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alex Neil*, Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Nanette Milne*, John Wilson*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Kidd*, Patricia Ferguson*, Liam McArthur*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3058 Launch of Breakthrough Breast Cancer in Scotland (lodged on 8 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-3057 Scots Trad Music Awards (lodged on 8 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Jamie McGrigor*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Mary Scanlon*, Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christine Grahame*, Ross Finnie*, Karen Whitefield*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3054 Scottish Water’s Warm Pipes Campaign 2008 (lodged on 5 December 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3052 Arrrest of British Missionaries in the Gambia (lodged on 5 December 2008) Jim Tolson*, Alasdair Allan*, Patrick Harvie*, Murdo Fraser*, John Lamont*, Margaret Mitchell*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3051 Active Scotland Website (lodged on 5 December 2008) Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Bill Wilson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-3049 Scottish Youth Parliament Website (lodged on 4 December 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3048 North Lanarkshire Council Funding for Free School Meals (lodged on 4 December 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3047 Support the Merger Action Group’s Appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (lodged on 4 December 2008) Angela Constance*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3046 Relaunch of Scottish Youth Parliament Website (lodged on 4 December 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3045 Daily Mail - Action on Alzheimer’s Christmas Campaign (lodged on 4 December 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-3043 Ireland Raises VAT (lodged on 4 December 2008) Helen Eadie*

S3M-3040 NFUS and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum Join Forces (lodged on 4 December 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3039 Call for Review of UK Employment Law (lodged on 4 December 2008) Michael Matheson*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-3038# Devastating Cuts At The Herald and Evening Times (lodged on 4 December 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3035 European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee’s Recognition of Right to be Educated in and Speak Scots and Gaelic (lodged on 4 December 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3034 Possible Joint Bid for Euro 2016 (lodged on 4 December 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3033 Agenda for Change Pay System (lodged on 3 December 2008) Helen Eadie*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-3027 16 Days of Activism to Challenge Violence Against Women (lodged on 3 December 2008) Rob Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-3020 shmuTRAIN (lodged on 3 December 2008) Rob Gibson*

S3M-3005 Supporting Kinship Carers - No to UK Clawback (lodged on 2 December 2008) Rob Gibson*, Nigel Don*, Tricia Marwick*

S3M-3000 Huntington’s Disease (lodged on 1 December 2008) Paul Martin*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Patricia Ferguson*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-2997 Iolaire Disaster (lodged on 1 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2995 International Day of Disabled People (lodged on 1 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2975 Congratulations to Aberdeen City Council on Reducing the City’s Carbon Footprint (lodged on 26 November 2008) Alex Johnstone*

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