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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3113 Richard Lochhead: The Draft Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 be approved.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

*S3M-3112 Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Private Landlord Registration (Modification) (Scotland) Order 2009—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Private Landlord Registration (Modification) (Scotland) Order 2009 be approved.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-3111 Angela Constance: The Guide Dog Week Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association on the Guide Dog Week campaign; recognises that a series of successful public education events were held across Scotland including at Almondvale Centre in Livingston; commends the purpose of these events, which was to demonstrate to the public the best and safest way to guide visually-impaired people, including guide dog owners, who might require assistance in complex circumstances such as at a busy road junction, in a railway station or in a busy shop; applauds the opportunities taken to highlight good practice in approaching and assisting a guide dog owner; notes the good advice offered to members of the public who should not distract or stroke a guide dog when it is wearing its harness and working, and commends the contribution made by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in helping to educate members of the public and retailers about blindness and access issues.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Robert Brown*, Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-3110 Elaine Murray: 20th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster—That the Parliament notes that Sunday 21 December 2008 will be the 20th anniversary of the Lockerbie air disaster; remembers with sadness the indiscriminate murder of 270 people from 21 countries and the consequences of this atrocity on their families, the community and the individuals involved in its aftermath, and recalls the courage and kindness of the people of Lockerbie at the time and over the past twenty years.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Cathy Jamieson*, Nanette Milne*, Mike Pringle*, Margaret Curran*, Jim Tolson*, Liam McArthur*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Park*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Kidd*, Ross Finnie*, Jim Hume*, Bob Doris*, Des McNulty*, John Lamont*, John Scott*, Keith Brown*, David Stewart*, Sandra White*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mary Mulligan*, Murdo Fraser*, Karen Whitefield*, Patrick Harvie*, Derek Brownlee*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Robert Brown*, Bill Butler*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

*S3M-3109 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Councillor Anthea Dickson—That the Parliament congratulates SNP councillor Anthea Dickson, elected on 11 December 2008 to serve the people of Kilbirnie and Beith Ward on North Ayrshire Council in Cunninghame North constituency; notes that Anthea more than doubled the SNP share of the vote from 23.4% in 2007 to 48.9% in 2008 with a swing of 15% from Labour; is aware that in 2007, even as the SNP won Cunninghame North by 48 votes, it polled 831 fewer votes than Labour in Kilbirnie and Beith but has now polled 424 more; recognises that Labour has two branches in the area, including Scotland’s biggest, two Labour clubs and that the MP, Katy Clark, has two offices in Kilbirnie and Beith, and believes that if the SNP can win in such traditionally strong Labour territory it can look forward with confidence to even greater success elsewhere in the months and years ahead.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-3108 Margaret Smith: Congratulations to Chris Hoy, BBC Sports Personality of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh cyclist Chris Hoy on being named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the fourth Scot to receive the award since it began in 1954, having beaten nine other top sportsmen and women, including Lewis Hamilton and Rebecca Adlington, to win the public vote; welcomes this recognition of his exceptional achievements and the inspiration that he provides to the British cycling team, aspiring cyclists and young Scots; calls on the UK Government to nominate him for a knighthood, and wishes him all the best for the future.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*, Liam McArthur*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*

*S3M-3107 Kenneth Gibson: Keep Royal Mail in the Public Sector—That the Parliament notes the imminent publication of the Hooper review on the future of the Royal Mail; is concerned that this may be used as an excuse by Lord Mandelson and the UK Labour government to break its manifesto pledge not to privatise Royal Mail; believes that Royal Mail should not be broken up or privatised either wholly or partially, and calls on the UK Government to confirm that privatisation will not be countenanced.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

*S3M-3106 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Craig Anderson—That the Parliament congratulates S4 pupil Craig Anderson of Garnock Academy Kilbirnie on becoming the 2008 winner of the Craig Taylor Memorial Trophy, open to all S1 to S4 pupils, for the most positive contribution to Garnock Academy; recognises that this is not just an award for academic achievement but recognises exemplary behaviour and commitment to the life of the school community; believes that Craig Anderson has a very bright future ahead, and wishes him all the best in the years to come.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Alasdair Allan*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie McGrigor*

*S3M-3105 Sarah Boyack: Further Delay in Publishing Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration Action Plan—That the Parliament condemns the further delay of up to a year in the publication of the Scottish Government’s energy efficiency and microgeneration action plan; notes that, as recently as 5 November 2008, the action plan was promised by the Scottish Government in 2008; notes the findings of the Stern review that energy efficiency could deliver up to 53% of the total greenhouse gas emission reductions required in the United Kingdom by 2050 and the conclusion of Audit Scotland’s report of 11 December 2008 on energy efficiency in the public sector that there is a need for the Scottish Government to give stronger leadership to deliver improvements in energy efficiency, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward an ambitious action plan on energy efficiency and microgeneration without delay.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3103 Keep Trade Local this Christmas (lodged on 12 December 2008) Rob Gibson*, Nanette Milne*, John Park*, Bob Doris*, Mike Pringle*, John Lamont*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3102 Congratulations to East Renfrewshire for Being the Best-performing Local Authority for Exam Performance (lodged on 12 December 2008) Mike Pringle*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3101 Edinburgh Tram Project (lodged on 12 December 2008) Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-3099 Congratulations to East Dunbartonshire for Being the Second-best Performing Local Authority for Exam Performance (lodged on 12 December 2008) Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3098 Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (lodged on 12 December 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Jackie Baillie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mary Mulligan*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-3097 Opposition to People Trafficking (lodged on 11 December 2008) Michael Matheson*, Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Robert Brown*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Angela Constance*

S3M-3095♦ Scottish Coastal Path (lodged on 11 December 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3094 Scotland at Ten (lodged on 11 December 2008) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3093 34 Labour Schools to SNP’s One (lodged on 11 December 2008) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3088 Bank Bailout Failing Small Businesses (lodged on 10 December 2008) Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-3087 UK Government’s White Paper’s Threat to Lone Parents of Very Young Children and Disabled People (lodged on 10 December 2008) Angela Constance*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3085 Save Our Forests (lodged on 10 December 2008) Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*, Liam McArthur*, Robert Brown*

S3M-3076 To Bling or Not to Bling (lodged on 9 December 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-3073# Knightswood Youth Theatre Announced as a Winner of Phillip Lawrence Awards (lodged on 9 December 2008) Angela Constance*

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

S3M-3052 Arrrest of British Missionaries in the Gambia (lodged on 5 December 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3037 Herald and Times Group Redundancies (lodged on 4 December 2008) Robert Brown*

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) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3027 16 Days of Activism to Challenge Violence Against Women (lodged on 3 December 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-3005 Supporting Kinship Carers - No to UK Clawback (lodged on 2 December 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-2665# Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme (lodged on 3 October 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Mike Pringle*

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