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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-5194 Willie Coffey: It’s Scotland’s Attendance Allowance Too—That the Parliament is concerned at the proposal to scrap attendance allowance, as outlined in the consultation paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together; records its particular concern that this proposal, which will affect older and disabled people across the United Kingdom, has been put forward by the UK Government in a consultation limited to England; calls on the UK Government to maintain attendance allowance in its present form, allowing disabled people to exercise a greater degree of control over their own lives; further calls on the UK Government to commit to equal consultation with those affected across the UK about any proposals to change the UK-wide benefit system, and notes that, in response to concerns expressed by constituents, a petition has been launched on these matters, which is available to be signed online at

*S3M-5193 Jim Hume: Humanitarian Work in No Man’s Land—That the Parliament commends Syria for its humanitarian work in accepting an estimated 500,000 refugees into its community since 1948; recognises the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for its work in providing protection and new homes for refugees; further recognises the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees for its work with some 4.7 million registered Palestinian refugees; notes the predicament of an estimated 5,000 Palestinian refugees, some of whom have been forced to leave Iraq and are stranded in no man’s land at the border between Iraq and Syria while others are in camps in Syria, and calls on the international community to do all it can to end the plight of these refugees by finding safe homes for them while keeping their extended families together.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*

*S3M-5192 Dr Richard Simpson: StAnza’s Virtual Poetry Festival, the Fife Poetry Festival Online—That the Parliament welcomes StAnza’s first virtual poetry festival, a free event that, on Saturday 14 November 2009, will be linking up poets and poetry from 12 cities and towns across the world from Mumbai to Sacramento and streaming them live into the Byre Theatre, St Andrews and also via webcasts worldwide, making St Andrews, Fife and Scotland the hub of this international focus, online at, and wishes this innovative festival every success.

*S3M-5191 David Stewart: World Diabetes Day—That the Parliament acknowledges that 14 November 2009 is World Diabetes Day, an official United Nations Day, which marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea that led to the discovery of insulin in 1922; notes that the campaign for 2009 is Understand Diabetes and Take Control, which aims to raise awareness of the disease and the lifelong demands imposed on the 285 million people living with diabetes; further notes with concern that the International Diabetes Federation estimates that over 344 million people worldwide are at risk of type 2 diabetes and believes that this can be easily prevented in many cases by helping and encouraging those at risk to maintain a healthy body weight and take moderate physical activity; further notes that the most recent Scottish Diabetes Survey shows that there were 219,963 people with a diagnosis in Scotland at the end of 2008 and believes that many cases of diabetes remain undiagnosed; urges the Scottish Executive to raise awareness of the symptoms of diabetes to ensure early diagnosis and treatment, and looks forward to the publication of the updated Diabetes Action Plan, which will provide strategic priorities for diabetic services in 2010 and beyond.

*S3M-5190 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Musicians through to National Finals—That the Parliament congratulates Inverclyde Schools Concert Band for making it through to the national finals after competing at the Scottish regional heats of the National Concert Band Festival at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; notes that the band received a Platinum Award in its class, which is the highest accolade a band can achieve; further notes that it was the only band in its class to receive such an award, and congratulates all the young people for their hard work and dedication, which has paid off, and wishes them every success at the national finals, which take place in Birmingham in 2010.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*, Bill Wilson*, Gil Paterson*, Ian McKee*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-5189 Karen Gillon: NHS Lanarkshire Investing in Volunteers—That the Parliament congratulates NHS Lanarkshire on being awarded the Investing in Volunteers UK award, which recognises excellence in volunteering; notes that NHS Lanarkshire has more than 400 volunteers carrying out a range of roles of benefit to patients; further notes that NHS Lanarkshire was visited by Volunteer Development Scotland over an eight-day assessment period during which volunteers reported positive experiences of the support and training that they had received, and wishes everyone involved in volunteering at NHS Lanarkshire continued success into the future.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*, James Kelly*, Andy Kerr*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jim Hume*, Jackie Baillie*, Sarah Boyack*

*S3M-5188 Margaret Curran: Garrowhill Garden Estate Community Group—That the Parliament congratulates Barry Linning on winning the Front Garden Competition in 2008; notes that Mr Linning donated the prize money to the community of Garrowhill through the establishment of the Garrowhill Garden Estate Community Group; further notes that this community group has successfully secured a lease with Glasgow City Council on a piece of wasteland that it has since tidied up and replanted; recognises that this land is now regarded as a showpiece in the local community; congratulates the group on winning the Certificate of Improvement at the Beautiful Scotland Neighbourhood Awards 2009, and wishes it all the luck in the future with its plans to expand to other areas throughout the community in 2010.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5187 City of Edinburgh Council Care Package Tendering Process (lodged on 11 November 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Andy Kerr*, George Foulkes*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Karen Gillon*, Helen Eadie*, Margo MacDonald*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Pauline McNeill*, Jackie Baillie*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-5186 Living Wage Outrage (lodged on 11 November 2009) Sarah Boyack*, John Park*, David Whitton*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-5185 Cruising to Victory (lodged on 11 November 2009) Stuart McMillan*, George Foulkes*, Sarah Boyack*, Elaine Smith*, Stewart Maxwell*, Gil Paterson*, Ross Finnie*, Robin Harper*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-5184 Scottish Coastal Rowing Project (lodged on 11 November 2009) George Foulkes*, Helen Eadie*, Stuart McMillan*, Mary Mulligan*, Brian Adam*, Jackie Baillie*, Gil Paterson*, Sarah Boyack*, John Park*

S3M-5183 Borders Curling Development Group (lodged on 11 November 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5182 Scottish Borders Council and Bookdonors (lodged on 11 November 2009) Margaret Mitchell*, Mary Scanlon*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-5181 National Youth Orchestras of Scotland at 30 (lodged on 11 November 2009) Stuart McMillan*, Iain Smith*, Mary Scanlon*, Mike Rumbles*, Stewart Maxwell*, Jim Hume*, Jim Tolson*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Christine Grahame*, Ted Brocklebank*, Ken Macintosh*, Helen Eadie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*, Liam McArthur*, Robert Brown*, Jackie Baillie*, Nanette Milne*, Jack McConnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-5180# Future of Mid Argyll Community Swimming Pool (lodged on 11 November 2009) Margaret Mitchell*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-5179 The Isle of Islay (lodged on 11 November 2009) Jim Tolson*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Hume*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-5171 Apprentices (lodged on 10 November 2009) Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*

S3M-5170 On-call status of Community Maternity Units Undermines Their Futures (lodged on 10 November 2009) Bill Wilson*

S3M-5168# The Future of East Coast Rail Services (lodged on 10 November 2009) Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Dave Thompson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-5167 Congratulations to Fife Constabulary on Policing the G20 Summit at St Andrews (lodged on 10 November 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5166 Congratulations to Rufflets Hotel, St Andrews (lodged on 10 November 2009) Iain Smith*

S3M-5162 SkillBuild 2009 Success (lodged on 10 November 2009) Gil Paterson*, Mary Mulligan*, John Park*

S3M-5159# World Aids Day and Annie Lennox (lodged on 9 November 2009) David McLetchie*, Christina McKelvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, George Foulkes*, Jim Hume*, Andy Kerr*, Bob Doris*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Helen Eadie*, Linda Fabiani*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Rhoda Grant*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*, David Stewart*, Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Ted Brocklebank*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, John Park*

S3M-5157 Safe Drive Stay Alive (lodged on 9 November 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5155 Congratulations to Medics Against Violence (lodged on 9 November 2009) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-5154 Bring Down Those Walls (lodged on 9 November 2009) Robert Brown*

S3M-5153 Tackling Domestic Abuse (lodged on 9 November 2009) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5152 Congratulations to Calum Macintyre (lodged on 6 November 2009) Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-5148 Concern over the Future of Glencraft (lodged on 6 November 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5147 Glenfiddich Piping Champion (lodged on 5 November 2009) Dave Thompson*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5146 Glespin Gardeners Group Shortlisted for Big Lottery Fund’s The People’s Millions Programme (lodged on 5 November 2009) Robin Harper*

S3M-5145 World Drumming Championships (lodged on 5 November 2009) Gil Paterson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-5143 Hate and Discrimination Have No Place in Scottish Society (lodged on 5 November 2009) Dave Thompson*, George Foulkes*, Ian McKee*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-5142 Congratulations to St Kenneth’s Primary School (lodged on 5 November 2009) Gil Paterson*, Robert Brown*

S3M-5141 Guide Dog Puppies in the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 5 November 2009) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*, Robert Brown*

S3M-5140 Memorial to Blantyre’s International Brigaders (lodged on 5 November 2009) Robin Harper*

S3M-5109# Detention of Children at Dungavel (lodged on 2 November 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5101 Think Positive, Tackling Mental Ill Health among Students in Scotland (lodged on 2 November 2009) Dave Thompson*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-5099# Congratulations to the West Highland Free Press (lodged on 30 October 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5092 Ethical Procurement in the NHS (lodged on 29 October 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5087# Allotments, Community Gardens and Grow-your-own Projects (lodged on 29 October 2009) Kenneth Gibson*, James Kelly*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-5086 Impact on Fishermen of New Net-measuring Gauge (lodged on 29 October 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5055 Let’s Show Racists the Red Card (lodged on 26 October 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-5035 Plugged in Safely? (lodged on 21 October 2009) George Foulkes*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-5008 Scotland Invented Rugby Sevens and Must Be Allowed to Compete (lodged on 12 October 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-4840# National Eligibility Criteria for Adult Social Care (lodged on 11 September 2009) Elaine Smith*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4738# Deafblind Scotland (lodged on 27 August 2009) Annabel Goldie*, George Foulkes*

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