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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3428 Cathy Jamieson: Healthcare Associated Infections—That the Parliament welcomes the 15-point plan for tackling healthcare associated infections drawn up with the assistance of Professor Hugh Pennington and Professor Brian Toft and endorsed by the C.diff Justice Group, which represents the latest group of families to be affected by this problem; notes that the plan proposes a range of measures, including a revised target to reduce Clostridium difficile in hospitals by 50% by March 2011 compared with the current target of 30%; believes that comprehensive strategic action is required to tackle healthcare associated infections, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to implement this plan alongside other measures to combat healthcare associated infections and report regularly to the Parliament on the Scottish Government’s progress in tackling this issue.

*S3M-3427 Mary Mulligan: Housing—That the Parliament notes the growing crisis in Scottish housing with rising numbers of repossessions, the continuing challenge of homelessness and the falling number of houses being built; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure the urgent and effective implementation of the accelerated spending programme, introduce a realistic housing association grant formula and negotiate with the housing association movement a range of flexible models of procurement, and further calls on the Scottish Government to examine, as a matter of urgency, alternative means of expediting the provision of land and infrastructure and the regeneration of communities.

*S3M-3426 Margaret Mitchell: Elizabeth Montgomerie Building—That the Parliament welcomes the proposed Elizabeth Montgomerie Building at Monklands Hospital, the first cancer centre to be funded by a foundation established by Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie; considers that the benefits for the hospital will be enormous and the vital service provided by the NHS can only be complimented by this kind of initiative, and therefore wishes Colin Montgomerie and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres the very best of luck in getting the project off the ground.

*S3M-3425 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks—That the Parliament congratulates the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks for raising £390,000 across the United Kingdom for the charity, Help the Hospices; notes the fundraising efforts of staff, from running marathons and quiz nights to lock up your boss events and Santa dashes at Christmas, and further notes that at a time when other banks have contributed towards the current economic situation it is good to see the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks contribute to such an invaluable sector as hospices.

*S3M-3424 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2009 be approved.

*S3M-3423 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 8 May 2009.

*S3M-3422 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that "9:10" be substituted for "9:15" in Rule 2.2.3 to allow the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 12 February 2009 to begin at 9.10 am; and

(b) that "9:00" be substituted for "9:15" in Rule 2.2.3 to allow the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 26 February 2009 to begin at 9.00 am.

*S3M-3421 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 February 2009

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: Unpaid Carers

followed by Justice Committee Debate: Community Policing Report

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 February 2009

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Financial Services Advisory Board (FiSAB)

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htmThemed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

followed by Ministerial Statement: Skills Strategy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Marine Bill Consultation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 4 March 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 5 March 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-3420 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 12 February 2009—

(a) delete

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

and insert

9.10 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Member’s Oath/Affirmation - Anne McLaughlin

and (b) after

followed by Financial Resolution: Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

insert

followed by Appointment of Ministers

*S3M-3419 Alex Salmond: Motion of Condolence—That the Parliament expresses its deep regret and sadness at the death of Bashir Ahmad MSP; offers its sympathy and condolences to Bashir’s family and friends, and believes that as the first Scots-Asian Member of the Scottish Parliament, and a man of faith and dignity, his contribution to Scotland’s democratic process and community relations over many years leaves a hugely positive legacy for all of Scotland.

Supported by: Iain Gray*, Annabel Goldie*, Tavish Scott*, Patrick Harvie*, Margo MacDonald*

*S3M-3418 Jamie Hepburn: Older People’s Food Summit—That the Parliament notes the UK-wide Older People’s Food Summit that takes place at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, on 18 March 2009; supports the aims of the summit to contribute to a UK-wide dialogue about nutrition and the wider issue of social exclusion in a rapidly ageing population and to directly encourage older people to take part in grass root initiatives that promote healthy eating; welcomes the summit’s focus on all levels of government across the United Kingdom, and encourages the Scottish Government to take account of the nutritional requirements of an ageing population in its forthcoming food strategy.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-3417 John Swinney: Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

*S3M-3416 Alasdair Allan: FilmG—That the Parliament congratulates Jessica Ferguson, Amy MacNeil and Kenny MacDonald, from Castlebay High School, Isle of Barra, on winning MG Alba’s FilmG competition; notes that their film, An Dùsgadh (Waking), won the top award of best film in the young people category in this innovative Gaelic online digital short film competition; recognises the level of creative talent uncovered by this competition and the number of new Gaelic short films now available online at http://filmg.mgalba.com/en/viewfilms.php?1, and believes that the future of Gaelic media looks very exciting and that competitions like this are crucial to the continued survival of the Gaelic language.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie McGrigor*, David Stewart*, Ian McKee*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*

*S3M-3415 Ian McKee: European Parliament Elections 2009—That the Parliament expresses concern that a recent Eurobarometer poll commissioned by the European Parliament that surveyed 27,000 people across the 27 EU Member States, found that only 26% of respondents were aware that European Parliament elections are taking place in June 2009; notes that Scotland has a poor record of voter turnout at European Parliament elections, often reaching just above 30%; further notes that the European Parliament has direct and indirect legislative competence in a substantial range of policy areas, including chemical safety, the environment and food and agriculture, which have a major impact on Scottish citizens; urges the Electoral Commission to intensify its 2009 campaign to ensure that Scotland’s citizens are aware of the upcoming elections and are given sufficient information on voting methods, and encourages all candidates to the European Parliament, including currently elected MEPs, to raise the profile of the elections and encourage voter participation.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3414 Review of Legal Aid (lodged on 9 February 2009) Michael McMahon*, David Stewart*, Patricia Ferguson*, Trish Godman*, Sandra White*, Richard Baker*

S3M-3413 No Place for Trident in Civilised Society (lodged on 9 February 2009) Dave Thompson*, Stuart McMillan*, Christine Grahame*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*

S3M-3411# Songbird Survival (lodged on 9 February 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Mary Scanlon*, Ted Brocklebank*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-3410 Wanderlust for West Highland Line (lodged on 9 February 2009) Brian Adam*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Charlie Gordon*, Michael Matheson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Cathy Peattie*, Mary Scanlon*, Mike Pringle*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3409 Closure of Girvan Swimming Pool (lodged on 9 February 2009) Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3404 Professor Sir Philip Cohen (lodged on 6 February 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3403 Child Poverty and UK Benefits System (lodged on 6 February 2009) Stuart McMillan*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3402 Israeli Disruption of International Aid Effort (lodged on 6 February 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3401 Positive Opportunities for Gordon Brown (lodged on 6 February 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3400 Cumbernauld Village Secures £375,000 Heritage Grant (lodged on 6 February 2009) Aileen Campbell*, Michael Matheson*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-3399# Pressurised Area Status in North Lanarkshire (lodged on 6 February 2009) Aileen Campbell*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3394 Renfrewshire Officially a Fairtrade Zone (lodged on 5 February 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-3390 Energy Efficient Housing (lodged on 4 February 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3388 Praise for Inverclyde’s Services to Protect Children and Young People (lodged on 4 February 2009) Trish Godman*

S3M-3387 10th Anniversary of Chávez Presidency (lodged on 4 February 2009) Trish Godman*

S3M-3382 Better Representation of Easterhouse and Castlemilk (lodged on 3 February 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-3371# Bicentenary of Louis Braille (lodged on 3 February 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-3367 World Cancer Day 2009 (lodged on 3 February 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3366 Welcome to Conference on Trident and International Law (lodged on 2 February 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3364 End the Inhumane Long-distance Transportation of Live Horses for Slaughter in Europe (lodged on 2 February 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3351 Retained Firefighters and the Working Time Directive Opt-out (lodged on 30 January 2009) Margaret Smith*, Jeremy Purvis*

S3M-3344 Map of Gaps (lodged on 30 January 2009) Johann Lamont*, Trish Godman*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-3182 West Lothian Breast Friends - Infant Feeding Initiative (lodged on 7 January 2009) Elaine Smith*

S3M-3095# Scottish Coastal Path (lodged on 18 December 2008) Elaine Murray*

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