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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4358 Jamie Hepburn: Remploy’s Contract with Thistle Systems Group—That the Parliament congratulates Remploy, Scotland’s leading provider of employment opportunities for disabled people, on the recent signing of an exclusive UK-wide distribution deal with Thistle Systems Group, based in Cumbernauld, for the distribution of the eMotion Wall; considers that the eMotion Wall is a highly innovative electronic storage device that can be moved merely by pressing a button to increase or decrease classroom sizes, and believes that this is an impressive product and achievement that will continue to be a success and will benefit the community and boost employment prospects for many disabled people.

*S3M-4357 Jack McConnell: Good Luck to Edinburgh Global Partnerships Students—That the Parliament wishes all of the students of Edinburgh Global Partnerships (EGP) well with their volunteering projects over the summer; notes that the aim of EGP is not to conduct large-scale aid projects but rather to get involved with local people in communities in the developing world, helping them financially and physically to realise projects that they believe are of most importance to their communities; notes that projects will take place in Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, India and Mongolia, and hopes that all of the volunteers enjoy taking part in the projects that will not only be beneficial to them but to the many people whom they are helping.

*S3M-4356 Willie Coffey: Bicentenary of Galston Parish Church—That the Parliament notes that Galston Parish Church, erected in 1808 and opened in 1809, will be celebrating its bicentenary on Thursday 18 June 2009; recognises that worship has taken place on this site for over 750 years, with the original church, which was dedicated to St Peter and granted to the Red Friars in 1252; acknowledges the church’s place in Scotland’s history with its ministers including Dr George Smith, great-grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson and who was mentioned by Robert Burns in his poem, The Holy Fair, and Robert Stirling, 19th century inventor of the Stirling Engine, which re-emerged in use as an alternative to the steam engine, and its covenanting links commemorated in the grave of Andrew Richmond, who was shot by Graham of Claverhouse in 1679, and by a Covenanters’ memorial; further recognises that the present church, occupying a prominent site over the village, was designed by John Brash of Glasgow to a plan described as most simple, convenient and elegant, was renovated in 1879 and 1999, had a chancel added in 1912 and contains stained glass windows by Oscar Paterson, a contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh; notes also that the Right Reverend Bill Hewitt, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who was born and raised in nearby Kilmarnock, will preach at the bicentenary event, and wishes the parish minister, the Reverend Graeme Wilson, and his parishioners all the best for this important event and for the future.

*S3M-4355 Willie Coffey: Amateur Football Hat Trick for Kilmarnock and Loudoun—That the Parliament congratulates Knockentiber Amateur Football Cub (AFC) on winning the Lindsay Fencing Ayrshire Premier League for a record sixth time and for winning the British Energy Ayrshire Amateur Challenge Cup and recognises that it is the most successful amateur football club in Ayrshire; further congratulates Hurlford Thistle AFC on reaching the finals of the British Energy Ayrshire Amateur Challenge Cup and the Foster’s Centenary Scottish Amateur Cup, and also congratulates Galston United AFC on achieving third spot in the Lindsay Fencing Ayrshire Premier League, making it a hat trick of team successes for amateur football in Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

*S3M-4353 Mr Frank McAveety: Quarriers Condemned Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the young people associated with Quarriers charity on the launch of the Condemned campaign on 10 June 2009; supports the campaign’s aim to raise awareness of the multiple challenges faced by young homeless people; congratulates Quarriers on its work to support and encourage young people to start their adult lives in as positive and constructive a manner as possible and in particular welcomes the work of Quarriers in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that all of Scotland’s young people have access to adequate housing and the appropriate support.

*S3M-4352 Jackie Baillie: Gordon Lennon—That the Parliament expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Dumbarton FC captain, Gordon Lennon, whose life was tragically cut short this week; notes that Gordon, or Guido to the fans, was a much loved and respected member of Dumbarton Football Club who captained the side to its title success this season; understands that Gordon had a successful career that saw him play football at Albion Rovers, Partick Thistle and Stenhousemuir before eventually settling in Dumbarton; recognises the tremendous level of respect and sympathy that has been expressed in the last couple of days as the mark of a man who had made a significant impact in such a short time, and extends our thoughts and prayers to his family, colleagues and supporters at this difficult time.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, John Park*, Alasdair Allan*, Karen Gillon*, Jamie Hepburn*, Anne McLaughlin*, Hugh Henry*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Stuart McMillan*, Des McNulty*, Trish Godman*

*S3M-4351 Jackie Baillie: All Rise for Dumbarton Sheriff Court—That the Parliament welcomes the reopening of Dumbarton Sheriff Court by the Rt Hon Lord Hamilton, Lord President of the Court of Session, on Friday 5 June 2009; understands that £12 million was invested in the refurbishment of Dumbarton Sheriff Court; notes that the upgraded court complex will provide five modern courtrooms as well as vastly improved facilities for witnesses, juries, staff, sheriffs and court visitors; recognises that the refurbishment has preserved the original architectural identity of the B–listed building and also improved its energy efficiency, with high levels of insulation and motion-activated lighting among the many new features, and congratulates all those involved in the successful reopening of the court, which has contributed towards the regeneration of Dumbarton town centre.

*S3M-4350 Rob Gibson: Wick Academy FC Success—That the Parliament congratulates Wick Academy Football Club on its record-breaking season that saw it finish in its highest ever position in the Highland League, score its highest number of points ever and go on an unprecedented run of 10 winning games; further congratulates joint managers Ian Munro and Richard Hughes on their success in winning Highland League Manager of the Year and Richard Macadie on winning Highland League Player of the Year; recognises the importance of Wick Academy FC to football in the far north, and wishes everyone involved with the club all the best for the upcoming season.

*S3M-4349 Jackson Carlaw: Men’s Health Week, 15-21 June 2009—That the Parliament congratulates Men’s Health Forum Scotland on establishing Men’s Health Week as part of its ongoing efforts to raise the profile of men’s health issues; notes that Men’s Health Week 2009 will take place from 15 to 21 June and will seek to increase the willingness of men to access health care, reduce the risks that they take with their health and promote awareness of the impact of wider lifestyle issues on their wellbeing, and encourages as many members of the public as possible to participate in the various events being held throughout the week, including the 10k for Men run taking place on Fathers’ Day, 21 June, further details of which can be viewed at:

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Alasdair Allan*, Elizabeth Smith*, Stuart McMillan*, Nanette Milne*, John Park*, Rob Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, Anne McLaughlin*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Des McNulty*, Murdo Fraser*

*S3M-4348.1 Robin Harper: National Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4348) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end ", and believes that, given the good progress being made so far, there should be no necessity for any large-scale waste-to-energy plants to be built in Scotland and that reuse, reducing waste creation and recycling are the best way forward."

*S3M-4348.2 John Scott: National Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4348) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end ", and notes that, in order to meet medium and long-term targets, the issue of developing further waste infrastructure must be tackled as a priority to better address the management, reduction, recycling and disposal of commercial and industrial waste in Scotland."

*S3M-4348.3 Elaine Murray: National Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4348) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from ", and looks forward" to end and insert "; recognises however that the provisions of the EU-revised Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) are required to be transposed into Scots law by 12 December 2010; notes the forthcoming consultation on the new National Waste Management Plan, and believes that the new plan must fully address the waste hierarchy of prevention, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal, as described in the National Waste Plan 2003 and the revised EU framework directive."

Supported by: Sarah Boyack*

*S3M-4348.4 Liam McArthur: National Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4348) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, after "early" insert ", made possible by the success of the first National Waste Plan; recognises that meeting each subsequent target will become progressively more challenging and that Audit Scotland has raised serious concerns over the ability of local authorities to meet their obligations under the 2013 landfill directive; notes with concern the decision to cut the budget for recycling and the removal of incentives for local authorities to collaborate over waste management plans".

*S3M-4344.1 Margo MacDonald: Scotland Needs a General Election—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4344) in the name of Annabel Goldie, insert at end ", and calls on the Scottish Government to work with other parties in the Scottish Parliament to agree an education and information campaign as to the constitutional options open to Scottish voters that might, depending on the outcome of the general election, form the basis for negotiations with the Westminster government to transfer sovereignty to the Scottish Parliament."

S3M-4325 *#* Elaine Murray: Shark Tagging in the Solway—That the Parliament is concerned about the depletion of shark, ray and skate species in Scottish waters; welcomes the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme, organised by the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network; notes that tagging, which is a non-destructive method of gathering data, will assist understanding of species migration, growth rates and populations, and welcomes the shark tagging event in the Solway between 12 and 14 June 2009, which is expected to involve the participation of 400 rods and to generate around £60,000 to the local economy.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*, Hugh Henry*, Robin Harper*

S3M-4047# John Lamont: Dispensing GP Practices in Rural Communities—That the Parliament recognises the important role of dispensing GP practices in remote and rural communities across Scotland; acknowledges the high level of patient satisfaction with these practices; is concerned about the process of the community pharmacy application in Chirnside, which has failed to properly involve the affected GPs or take account of the views of the local population; is aware of the current inquiry on dispensing under consideration by the Public Petitions Committee, and therefore welcomes the British Medical Association’s calls for the pharmacy regulations to be reviewed.

*S3M-4047.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Dispensing GP Practices in Rural Communities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4047) in the name of John Lamont, leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert "recognises the integral role that dispensing plays in the structure and function of many dispensing practices; notes the stated intention of the Scottish Government to review the provision of the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Regulations (1995) in respect of public consultation, and more generally calls for the whole process to be reviewed to include requirements to (a) notify any dispensing practice that may be affected, (b) ensure that the patients served by such practices and the communities are fully consulted, (c) include an independent evaluation on the effects upon the stability and service provisions by that practice, (d) ensure that any determination by the appropriate committee on any application should take into account the effects upon practices affected and (e) ensure that the practice itself, not just the area medical committee, is able to make representations to the board committee determining applications for pharmacy services."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4347 BNP Does Not Speak for Scotland (lodged on 9 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4346 European Parliament Elections in Scotland (lodged on 9 June 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Maureen Watt*, Brian Adam*

S3M-4345 No Platform for the BNP, Working Together to Combat Racism (lodged on 9 June 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*, Ken Macintosh*, Marlyn Glen*, Sarah Boyack*, Elaine Murray*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Cathy Jamieson*, Liam McArthur*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Des McNulty*, Patrick Harvie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4337 Maryhill Housing Association’s Campbell Street Development (lodged on 9 June 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Bill Butler*, David Whitton*, Karen Whitefield*, Des McNulty*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4335 Sustainable Apprenticeships (lodged on 9 June 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*, Ross Finnie*, Mary Mulligan*, James Kelly*, Jim Tolson*, Des McNulty*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4333 Citizens Advice Scotland Report on Debt Levels among CAB Clients (lodged on 9 June 2009) Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Wilson*, Patrick Harvie*, Jackie Baillie*, Robert Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Elaine Smith*, Brian Adam*, Hugh Henry*, Robin Harper*

S3M-4332 Refugee Week (lodged on 9 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Jamie McGrigor*, David McLetchie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Nanette Milne*, Des McNulty*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-4331 Amber Nectar Goes Green (lodged on 9 June 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*, Nanette Milne*, Elaine Murray*, Liam McArthur*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Des McNulty*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4328 Veterans Win the Right to Compensation (lodged on 8 June 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4327 No Place for the BNP (lodged on 8 June 2009) Pauline McNeill*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4326 Escape to Arran (lodged on 8 June 2009) Anne McLaughlin*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4324 Bishopbriggs Victory (lodged on 8 June 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-4322 National Men’s Health Week, Access to Services (lodged on 8 June 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4321 Mebyon Kernow, The Party for Cornwall (lodged on 8 June 2009) Anne McLaughlin*

S3M-4320 The Magnificent Sevens (lodged on 5 June 2009) Jack McConnell*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4316 UN World Ocean Day (lodged on 5 June 2009) Jack McConnell*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4314 Support the Beatson Pebble Centre (lodged on 4 June 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-4313 Argyll Arcade (lodged on 9 June 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-4312 Tribute to Lawrence Daly 1924-2009 (lodged on 4 June 2009) Lewis Macdonald*, Karen Whitefield*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4311 World Oceans Day (lodged on 4 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4310 The Wright Stuff (lodged on 3 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4307 Congratulations to the University of St Andrews (lodged on 3 June 2009) Robin Harper*

S3M-4306 Bra Nicht Moonlight Walk (lodged on 3 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4304 Congratulations to Alan Dunlop (lodged on 3 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4303 Congratulations to Kilbirnie Ladeside FC (lodged on 2 June 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4302.1 Cross-party Opposition to UK Government Budget Cuts (lodged on 3 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4296 Inspiring Volunteers of the Year 2009 (lodged on 2 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4294 64 for Aung San Suu Kyi (lodged on 2 June 2009) Marlyn Glen*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4291 Peacock Visual Arts’s 35th Anniversary (lodged on 2 June 2009) Nanette Milne*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4290 RNIB Work Focus Success (lodged on 2 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4288 The Edinburgh Diversity Cup 2009 (lodged on 1 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4285 Away the Bot, Congratulations to Auchinleck Talbot FC (lodged on 1 June 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-4282# Giving Blood, Giving the Gift of Life (lodged on 1 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4273 Renfrewshire Council and respectme’s Anti-bullying Service (lodged on 29 May 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-4260 Piping Live! (lodged on 27 May 2009) Pauline McNeill*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-4174 Congratulations to Dalry Thistle (lodged on 19 May 2009) Ross Finnie*, Aileen Campbell*, Stewart Maxwell*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-3698# Anne Frank Day (lodged on 13 March 2009) Angela Constance*

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