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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3125 Kenny MacAskill: Drink Driving—That the Parliament expresses concern that one in nine road deaths in Scotland is related to drink driving; calls on the UK Government to reduce the 80 mg limit, which was set over 40 years ago, to a 50 mg limit in line with much of Europe; wishes Scotland’s police forces success with their campaign over the festive season, and sincerely hopes that no one has their Christmas and New Year destroyed by those who choose to ignore the anti-drink-driving message.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*

*S3M-3124 Nicola Sturgeon: Organ Donation—That the Parliament accepts the recommendations in the second report from the UK Organ Donation Taskforce and notes in particular that the move to a system of opt out should be reviewed again in five years’ time in light of the progress with implementation of the recommendations in the taskforce’s first report, which are designed to remove existing barriers to donation, and that, in light of the growing shortage of organs for transplantation, Scotland should, within the existing legislative framework, take all possible steps to almost double its number of organ donors, as our contribution to the challenge of increasing organ donation rates across the United Kingdom from the present level of 13 donors per million population to 24 donors per million population by 2013.

Supported by: Shona Robison*

*S3M-3123 Bill Wilson: Sustainable Development Commission Report and GDP—That the Parliament, further to motion S3M-2790, welcomes the Sustainable Development Commission Scotland’s report on the Scottish Government’s progress with regard to sustainable development; supports its call for greater clarity over the way that sustainable economic growth is to be pursued; is aware of the tension between GDP growth and sustainability; considers that GDP is an extremely poor measure of economic success in that it makes no distinction between good and bad spending; is concerned about the global trend of ever-increasing consumption associated with measuring growth in terms of GDP without paying sufficient attention to the fair distribution of resources; notes the existence of alternatives to GDP, such as the United Nations human development index and the social return on investment tool, which measure the success of businesses by taking into account their overall contribution to society, and urges the Scottish Government to continue its work towards non-GDP related sustainability and to broaden its methods of measuring economic progress.

*S3M-3122 Mary Mulligan: Sun Microsystems—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the decision of Sun Microsystems to relocate around 140 jobs from its base in Linlithgow to Oregon in the United States of America; notes that one of the company’s executive vice presidents is Crawford Beveridge, a prominent SNP donor and member of the Council of Economic Advisers; understands that the Council of Economic Advisers exists to bring jobs and economic growth to Scotland, not take them away, and believes that this is both extremely embarrassing for Alex Salmond MSP and extremely worrying for families across Linlithgow and West Lothian going into the New Year facing redundancy.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, George Foulkes*, Elaine Murray*, Hugh Henry*

*S3M-3121 Stuart McMillan: Will of the Scottish People Ignored over Team GB—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement that FIFA is set to formally approve a Great Britain football team for the London 2012 Olympics; believes that taking the decision to have a Team GB completely goes against overwhelming public opinion in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; further considers that this decision may harm the independence of Scotland’s national team, and hopes that, with former Scotland coach Craig Brown fronting the "No to Team GB" campaign, those making the decisions will listen to the will of the people and not sanction such a team.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Alasdair Allan*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Brian Adam*

*S3M-3120 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Communities Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Government National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 (Proposed Framework).

*S3M-3119 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: National Qualifications

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 Debate: Protecting Scotland’s Communities – the Scottish Government’s Offender Management Plan

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 Debate: Homecoming and its Potential to Support Sustainable Economic Growth

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 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

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-3118 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 18 December 2008—

after

5.00 pm Decision Time

delete

followed by Members’ Business

and after

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

insert

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-3117 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 18 December 2008.

*S3M-3116 Bill Wilson: Israel’s Detention of UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights—That the Parliament notes reports of the detention of Professor Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, thereby denying him access to the Palestinian territories and Israel; further notes that reportedly this is partly in response to his claim that Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian coastal territory of Gaza was a "Holocaust in the making", that Israel has previously denied access to Archbishop Desmond Tutu while he was on a UN fact-finding mission in Gaza and that it has deported human rights observers accompanying Gazan fishermen, and considers that if Israel were not guilty of human rights abuses in Palestine then it would welcome human rights observers and that denying them access only lends credence to warnings about the direction of its policies.

*S3M-3115 Mike Pringle: Thank You to the Forestry Commission—That the Parliament thanks the Forestry Commission for its generosity in providing a free Christmas tree to every constituency MSP for donation to a local charity or organisation of their choice; notes the hard work of all the staff at Drum Court sheltered housing complex in south Edinburgh; congratulates them and all the cheerful residents on their successful 30th anniversary year, and trusts that they are enjoying their donated tree.

*S3M-3114 Keith Brown: UK Pensions Blunder—That the Parliament expresses the gravest concern that pensioners retired from the armed forces, the NHS and other public service occupations have been overpaid by the UK Government’s private contractor and will now face a cut in their annual incomes; considers that this comes at the worst possible time, with the UK economy facing difficult times and low interest rates affecting pensioner savings; also considers unacceptable, if true, the unconfirmed reports of repayment notices having been sent to those who have been overpaid, and calls on the UK Government to make a categorical commitment that no repayment of these mistakenly overpaid sums will be demanded from hard-pressed pensioners for whom a UK-wide total of up to £100 million would right now be a bill too far.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-3097*#* Christina McKelvie: Opposition to People Trafficking—That the Parliament condemns the practice of people trafficking; welcomes the Scottish Government’s support for the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance and the commitment from civic Scotland, including justice and peace groups in Cupar and Motherwell, which is supporting victims of trafficking, and supports all measures and groups that seek to end the practice.

Supported by: Dave Thompson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Keith Brown*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Alex Neil*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christine Grahame*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3111 The Guide Dog Week Campaign (lodged on 15 December 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Dave Thompson*, James Kelly*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Aileen Campbell*, Mary Scanlon*, John Lamont*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Karen Whitefield*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*, Alex Neil*, Hugh Henry*, Sandra White*

S3M-3110 20th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster (lodged on 15 December 2008) James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*, Christina McKelvie*, Dave Thompson*, Mary Scanlon*, Andy Kerr*, Angela Constance*, David Whitton*, Claire Baker*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackson Carlaw*, Alex Neil*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christine Grahame*, Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh Henry*, Brian Adam*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-3109 Congratulations to Councillor Anthea Dickson (lodged on 15 December 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Angela Constance*, Christina McKelvie*, Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*

S3M-3108 Congratulations to Chris Hoy, BBC Sports Personality of the Year (lodged on 15 December 2008) Angela Constance*, Alex Neil*, Iain Smith*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-3107 Keep Royal Mail in the Public Sector (lodged on 15 December 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Dave Thompson*, Alex Neil*, Jamie Hepburn*, Brian Adam*

S3M-3106 Congratulations to Craig Anderson (lodged on 15 December 2008) Alex Neil*

S3M-3104 Walk Don’t Run (lodged on 12 December 2008) Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Michael Matheson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Sandra White*

S3M-3103 Keep Trade Local this Christmas (lodged on 12 December 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Alex Neil*, Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3101 Edinburgh Tram Project (lodged on 12 December 2008) Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3099 Congratulations to East Dunbartonshire for Being the Second-best Performing Local Authority for Exam Performance (lodged on 12 December 2008) David Whitton*

S3M-3098 Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (lodged on 12 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-3090.1 The Act of Settlement (lodged on 11 December 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-3088 Bank Bailout Failing Small Businesses (lodged on 10 December 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3085 Save Our Forests (lodged on 10 December 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Iain Smith*, Mike Rumbles*

S3M-3082 Protecting Those Who Take a Stand Against Organised Crime (lodged on 10 December 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-3080 Withdrawal of UK Troops from Iraq (lodged on 10 December 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Mike Pringle*, Brian Adam*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-3079 Financial Inclusion Champions (lodged on 10 December 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3068 Congratulations to Blythswood Care’s Highland Food Bank Project (lodged on 9 December 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3067 Ethical Purchasing within the NHS (lodged on 9 December 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-3063 Scottish Sporting Achievements 2008 (lodged on 8 December 2008) Angela Constance*

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

S3M-3054 Scottish Water’s Warm Pipes Campaign 2008 (lodged on 5 December 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-3053 UK Government Plans to Treat Lone Parents as Repeat Offenders (lodged on 5 December 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-3052 Arrrest of British Missionaries in the Gambia (lodged on 5 December 2008) Angela Constance*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-3051 Active Scotland Website (lodged on 5 December 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-3050 SURF Place Award Winner, Animating the Canal (lodged on 5 December 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-3045 Daily Mail - Action on Alzheimer’s Christmas Campaign (lodged on 4 December 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-3042 Wasps Artists’ Studios - Allowing Art to Flourish (lodged on 4 December 2008) Angela Constance*, Ian McKee*

S3M-3030 Congratulations Glenrothes - Britain in Bloom (lodged on 3 December 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-3020 shmuTRAIN (lodged on 3 December 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-3015 Congratulations to the University of St Andrews Debating Team (lodged on 2 December 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-3000 Huntington’s Disease (lodged on 1 December 2008) Ian McKee*

S3M-2986 Bull Hire Scheme (lodged on 27 November 2008) Richard Baker*, Liam McArthur*, Margaret Curran*, Tavish Scott*

S3M-2984 Congratulations to TD1 Radio - Community Radio for Galashiels (lodged on 27 November 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2957# Aberdeen Forensic Science Laboratory (lodged on 25 November 2008) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-2955 Scotland’s Forests (lodged on 25 November 2008) Lewis Macdonald*

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

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