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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4766 Jamie Hepburn: Celebrating 40 Years of Cumbernauld Colts Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Cumbernauld Colts Football Club on reaching its 40th anniversary in 2009, having been formed as Cumbernauld new town’s first youth football club in 1969; notes that the club went into a period of decline with a reduction in the number of teams being run till the last remaining team was disbanded during the 1998-99 season before being reformed in 1999; further congratulates those involved over the 10-year period since the club was reformed for growing the club to 22 teams, including a number of boys’ teams, two girls’ teams, an under-21 team and an adult male amateur team; commends the club for becoming the first in the central region to be awarded the SFA Quality Mark Community Level award in August 2008, and wishes the various Cumbernauld Colts teams all the best for this football season and the club in general well for the future.

*S3M-4765 Stuart McMillan: Climate Challenge Fund—That the Parliament congratulates all those who received a share of the latest round of funding totalling £3.5 million from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund; acknowledges the awards given to St Matthew’s Primary School’s cycle club in Bishopbriggs and Twechar Community Action in Twechar for their contribution to tackling climate change and congratulates them both on being recognised in this round of funding awards and gaining over £150,000 between them for East Dunbartonshire; notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to this initiative for three years, and welcomes the action being taken by the Scottish Government to tackle climate change in Scotland.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ross Finnie*

*S3M-4764 Alasdair Morgan: Circumnavigation—That the Parliament congratulates Gil Campbell on completing his five-year walk round Scotland’s coast at Gretna on Saturday 29 August 2009, recognises the scale of Mr Campbell’s achievement; supports all the other individuals who are undertaking the same project; welcomes his commitment to the concept of a Scottish coastal path, and believes that the creation of such a long-distance route would be a valuable addition to all that the Scottish outdoors has to offer.

*S3M-4763 Sandra White: Scotland’s Growing Business Confidence—That the Parliament notes the publication of the UK Business Confidence Monitor Report, which shows that business confidence has risen to its highest level since the middle of 2007 and is now the second highest in the United Kingdom; further notes that Wales and Scotland are the two most confident areas of the UK, and believes that these results serve to highlight the success of both devolved administrations in tackling the current economic downturn.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-4762 Jamie Stone: Increasing Opportunities for Rural Athletes—That the Parliament notes that, as part of the Reaching Higher revised national sports strategy, launched on 8 March 2007, the Scottish Government committed itself to achieving increasing participation and to improving performance in sporting activities; commends the Scottish Government’s continuing commitment to delivering equal opportunities for all regardless of personal circumstances; is concerned, however, that such equality has not been achieved in the field of sport, in that the careers of promising young athletes from remote areas are being held back by the high financial costs incurred in travelling to and participating in national sporting events, and calls on the Scottish Government to make funding available to athletes from remote areas and their families to offset the considerable costs of pursuing their sporting goals.

*S3M-4761 Elaine Smith: A Charter for Change—That the Parliament expresses concern that the current economic crisis in Britain is resulting in mass unemployment, repossession of homes, public service cuts, a threat to equality and increasing national debt; considers that The People’s Charter for Change sets out what must be done to get out of this crisis and put people first, before the interests of bankers and speculators; notes that the aim is to get one million signatures for the charter; urges attendance at the public meetings being held on 10 October 2009 in Edinburgh and 11 October 2009 in Glasgow to raise awareness of the charter, and supports the six principles outlined in the charter to deliver change, hope and a fairer Britain.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Marlyn Glen*, John Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Marilyn Livingstone*

*S3M-4761.1 Sandra White: A Charter for Change—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4761) in the name of Elaine Smith, leave out from "urges" to end and insert ", and believes that this change can only be brought about through the establishment of a fully independent Scotland."

*S3M-4760 Maureen Watt: Congratulations to Milltimber School on Being Awarded Health Promoting School of Excellence Status—That the Parliament congratulates Milltimber School on being awarded Health Promoting Schools - Excellence status and notes that it has become only the second school in the north east to gain such status and comes after a great deal of hard work and dedication from the whole school and the wider Milltimber community.

*S3M-4759 Anne McLaughlin: The Third Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Something for Everyone—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and all of its many partners on the successful launch of its 2009 programme, which will run from 1 to 22 October; supports the key message from the festival that good mental health is fundamental not only to our own happiness and contentment but also to our success as a society; endorses its aim to transform social attitudes towards mental ill health, which will directly affect one in four people at some point in their lives; supports the view that creativity can make a significant contribution to recovery from mental illness, and encourages everyone to attend at least one of the 200 affordable events in 100 venues across Scotland and to visit the website,, for more details.

*S3M-4758 Ken Macintosh: The Children’s Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2009—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Children’s Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2009 (SSI 2009/211).

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4756 WeeW (lodged on 1 September 2009) Jamie McGrigor*, Jackie Baillie*, Peter Peacock*, Alasdair Allan*, Mary Scanlon*, Rhona Brankin*, David Whitton*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Des McNulty*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-4753 Celebrating 20 Years of Capital Credit Union in Scotland (lodged on 1 September 2009) Claire Baker*, Ken Macintosh*, Elaine Murray*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mary Mulligan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Rhona Brankin*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-4752 St Columba’s Hospice (lodged on 1 September 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4751 Dundee United FC Centenary (lodged on 1 September 2009) Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*, Nigel Don*, David Whitton*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Butler*, Stuart McMillan*, Andrew Welsh*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-4750 70th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Second World War (lodged on 1 September 2009) John Park*, Christina McKelvie*, Ken Macintosh*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Liam McArthur*, Patricia Ferguson*, Robert Brown*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4749 Caithness Summer Football Champs (lodged on 1 September 2009) Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-4747 150th Anniversary of Our Lady and St Mark’s (lodged on 31 August 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*, Karen Whitefield*, Bill Butler*, Pauline McNeill*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-4746 Helensburgh’s Auld Alliance (lodged on 31 August 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4745 Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme (lodged on 31 August 2009) Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Liam McArthur*, Karen Whitefield*, Dave Thompson*, Jack McConnell*, Robert Brown*

S3M-4744 Launch of Preventing Violence Against Women Website (lodged on 31 August 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4743 Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit 24/7 (lodged on 31 August 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-4742 The PATH (Scotland) Leadership Programme (lodged on 31 August 2009) Bob Doris*

S3M-4741 Arrochar and Tarbet, Scottish Calor Village of the Year 2009 (lodged on 31 August 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4738# Deafblind Scotland (lodged on 27 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*, Kenneth Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, Dave Thompson*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-4736 Lance Armstrong Cycles into Paisley (lodged on 27 August 2009) Mr Frank McAveety*, Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*

S3M-4731 Senator Edward Kennedy, 1932-2009 (lodged on 26 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*, Trish Godman*

S3M-4727 The Life of Ernest Levy (lodged on 25 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*, Alison McInnes*, Trish Godman*, Marlyn Glen*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-4723# Insulin Pump Therapy (lodged on 24 August 2009) Mary Scanlon*, Trish Godman*, John Scott*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-4720 Glendale Life (lodged on 21 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4716 The Need to Protect Attendance Allowance (lodged on 21 August 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4714 Lockerbie, In the Name of Justice (lodged on 20 August 2009) Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-4713 Arctic Convoys Memorial at Lyness (lodged on 20 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4710# Congratulations to Annie Lennox (lodged on 19 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4708 Congratulations to Thorfinn FC (lodged on 19 August 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-4707 Scotland Cares (lodged on 19 August 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4703 Piping Live 2009 (lodged on 17 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4702 Recognition of Andy Murray’s Achievements (lodged on 17 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4699 Hon. George Fowlds, from Fenwick to the New Zealand Parliament (lodged on 14 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4698 Britain’s Oldest Man (lodged on 14 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4695 Revive MS Support - 25 Years of Service (lodged on 14 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4692 European Men’s Health Forum’s Prostate Health Project (lodged on 14 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4690 30 Years of Headway (lodged on 13 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4682 Burma Court Finds Aung San Suu Kyi Guilty (lodged on 12 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4677 The Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research (lodged on 11 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4676 Waterwalks for Leonard Cheshire Disability (lodged on 11 August 2009) Annabel Goldie*

S3M-4672 Tattoo Hebrides (lodged on 10 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4668 Panorama: Britain’s Homecare Scandal, An Example of Investigative Journalism at its Best (lodged on 7 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4664 We Will Remember Them (lodged on 7 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4659 Gold Awards for Western Isles Food Producers (lodged on 5 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4658 Congratulations to Scotland’s Top Blood Donor (lodged on 5 August 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4651 Rag Tag ‘n’ Textile, Social Enterprise (lodged on 31 July 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4647# Campaign Against Diageo Closures (lodged on 30 July 2009) Patricia Ferguson*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Butler*

S3M-4644# Votes for Women (lodged on 30 July 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4641# Celebrating the Scottish-Polish Connection (lodged on 29 July 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4602 Scottish Education Awards 2009 (lodged on 15 July 2009) Rob Gibson*, Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*, Mary Scanlon*, Dave Thompson*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-4569# Diageo - No to Job Losses (lodged on 6 July 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-4508 Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Heatwave (lodged on 24 June 2009) Bill Kidd*, Pauline McNeill*, Ross Finnie*

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