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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-6034 Fiona Hyslop: Scottish Ministers’ Nominations to the European Economic and Social Committee—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s proposal to nominate MrGeorge Traill Lyon, nominated by CBI Scotland and the Institute of Directors Scotland, Mr Sandy Boyle, nominated by the STUC, and Ms Maureen O’Neill, nominated by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Poverty Alliance, to the UK delegation on the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union for the forthcoming mandate from September 2010 to September 2015.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-6033 Kenny MacAskill: Double Jeopardy—That the Parliament agrees that, although double jeopardy must continue to provide an important safeguard, it needs to be reformed to fit with a fair and modern criminal justice system; agrees that persons who confess after an acquittal or who undermine trials by threats or corruption should be retried; supports reform to allow a second trial in very serious cases where important new evidence emerges and for this to apply retrospectively, and welcomes the Scottish Government’sconsultation on this issue.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-6032♦ Charlie Gordon: Celebrating the Scottish Football Museum—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Football Museum, Hampden Park, Glasgow, on achieving recognised status for its collection, awarded by Museum Galleries Scotland; further notes that Scotland was the first country in the world to establish a national football museum; considers that the Scottish Football Museum reflects many of the pioneering influences that Scotland has brought to the modern game of association football; wishes the Scottish museum a successful future, and would welcome admission to the Scottish Football Museum being free to maximise the number of visitors to the best football museum in the world. R

*S3M-6031 Murdo Fraser: Afterwards—That the Parliament appreciates the contribution of Mark Frankland, author of the book, Afterwards, and the Scottish veterans who told their stories of battling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); notes that the three veterans talk of their experiences in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and Iraq as well as their experiences when they attempted to reintegrate themselves into civilian life; recognises that Scotland’s veterans have given everything for their country and that it is important to understand the stories that they bring back from these conflicts; considers that veterans are courageous and dignified individuals who have served their country with pride, and believes that greater support is required for veterans with PTSD and that ex-servicemen and women should be given the level of care that reflects the service and commitment that they gave to protect their country.

*S3M-6030 Marilyn Livingstone: Congratulations to Keren Brynes MacLean—That the Parliament congratulates Keren Brynes MacLean MNIMH on being awarded a national retail award for her herbal clinic and dispensary, Health Food and More, in Kirkcaldy; recognises the importance of herbal traditions in Scotland and the role that they play in Scotland’s rich cultural heritage; welcomes the contribution that qualified herbal medicine practitioners make to the health of the people of Scotland; supports herbal medicine practitioners in gaining the recognition and statutory regulation that they need to allow the people of Scotland choice in their health care and continued access to their indigenous medicines, and recognises the need for regulation to prevent the access to herbal medicines through unqualified traders.

*S3M-6029 Brian Adam: Congratulations to Aberdeen Forensic Laboratory—That the Parliament congratulates all of the staff at Aberdeen Forensic Services for winning the SPSA Excellence and Innovation Award 2010 for Working with Partners; notes that this was awarded for the exceptional work done in connection with the Super Puma Helicopter tragedy of 1 April 2009 where members of staff from the Forensic Services, Fingerprint Services and scenes of crime officers, along with colleagues from Grampian Police, the pathologist and the Air Accident Investigation Board, worked long hours in difficult and distressing circumstances, and recognises that this was done while maintaining a high level of service to the courts and police in connection with other incidents ongoing at the same time, including a murder and fatal fire.

*S3M-6028 Hugh O’Donnell: Autism Ventures Scotland Launches First Social Firm—That the Parliament congratulates Autism Ventures Scotland on the opening of its first social firm, the gallery on the corner, which will offer six apprenticeships to young people with autism; notes that all the art and crafts on sale at the gallery will be created by artists who have experienced some form of disadvantage in their lives; recognises that the launch of the social firm is part of an overall strategy to support individuals with autism to lead the most productive and fulfilling lifestyles possible, and hopes that the gallery in the corner is the first of many social firms launched by Autism Ventures Scotland.

*S3M-6027 Tom McCabe: Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme—That the Parliament recognises that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body ("the SPCB") commissioned and received a report from Sir Neil McIntosh on the Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme and in implementation of those recommendations therefore agrees to:

(a) Amend the Resolution of 12 June 2008 ("the Resolution") agreeing to the Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme ("the Scheme") annexed as Annex 1 to the Resolution by—

(i) adding after "appropriate" at the end of paragraph (iv) "and in particular, and without prejudice to the generality—

(a) entering into arrangements with those members who, in relation to Edinburgh accommodation, are claiming and have claimed reimbursement of mortgage interest allowance in accordance with paragraph 4(5)(b) of Part B of the Previous Scheme and paragraph (v) of the Resolution. In respect of paragraph 2.1.6 of the Scheme as amended by this Resolution, the entitlement to the costs in paragraph 2.1.3 (b), (c), (d) and (e) of the Scheme will not apply to those members who have not entered into such an arrangement with the SPCB; and

(b) making provision for termination payments to members’ staff who are close family members of the member (as defined in paragraph 9.1.1 of the Scheme), where the costs of employing such close family members is reimbursed in accordance with Section 3 of the Scheme and termination of the employment of such close family members on or before the 31 July 2015 is due to the effect of paragraph 3.1.8 of the Scheme as inserted by this Resolution, and paragraph (a)(ii) of this Resolution. Such termination payments shall be calculated in accordance with the principles for determining redundancy payments provided for in Section 3.6 of the Scheme";

(ii) adding after "31 March 2011" at the end of paragraph (v) "except that (i) the entitlement to reimbursement of staff costs under Section 3 of the Scheme in respect of close family members (as defined in paragraph 9.1.1 of the Scheme) whose employment by a member commenced before 1 April 2010, and (ii) the requirement to declare such relationships to the SPCB in accordance with paragraph 3.7 of the Scheme as it read prior to the amendment made by this Resolution, shall end not later than 31 July 2015";

(b) Amend the Scheme with effect from 1 April 2010 by—

(i) substituting for existing paragraph 1.6.2—
"On no more than two occasions in any financial year, a member may transfer in total an amount which does not exceed in aggregate one half of the limit on that member’s entitlement to reimbursement of office costs to that member’s entitlement to reimbursement of staff salary costs. A member making such a transfer shall notify the SPCB in advance of incurring any costs in respect of the sum transferred";

(ii) deleting from paragraph 2.1.4 the words "and 2.1.6";

(iii) substituting for existing paragraph 2.1.6(b)—
"(b) the member also owns another residence in Edinburgh which the member uses in connection with the performance of Parliamentary duties, the member is entitled to claim reimbursement of the actual costs specified in paragraph 2.1.3 (b), (c), (d) and (e) in respect of that other residence.";

(iv) inserting as new paragraph 2.3—


2.3.1 Section 2.3 shall only apply to a member with a main residence in a constituency listed in Group Three of Annex A.

2.3.2 Subject to paragraph 2.3.3, where more than one member leases the same residential property in Edinburgh together with another member or members, those members are entitled between or amongst them to reimbursement of the costs of leasing the residential property in accordance with paragraph 2.1.3.

2.3.3 The limit on the entitlement of each member to reimbursement of costs reimbursed under paragraph 2.3.2 is the limit in each financial year specified in the Schedule of Rates plus one third of that amount in respect of each additional member, apportioned equally between the members.

2.3.4 A member who submits a claim in respect of the cost of shared residential leased accommodation shall declare that arrangement to the SPCB. The declaration shall be in writing, include the name(s) of the other member or members with whom tenancy is shared, a copy of the letting agreement and/or lease, and such other information as the SPCB shall determine.";

(v) inserting new paragraph 3.1.8—

"Section 3 does not apply in relation to the employment of a close family member by a member, whether individually or through a pool;

(vi) substituting for existing paragraphs 3.7 and 3.7.1—


3.7.1 A member who submits a claim in respect of the costs of employing a close family member of another member, whether individually or through a pool shall declare that relationship to the SPCB. The declaration shall be in writing and shall include the name of the close family member, the name of the other member, the relationship to that other member and such other information as the SPCB may determine" ;

(vii) substituting for existing paragraph 8.4—


8.4.1 A former member is entitled to reimbursement of the costs reasonably incurred—

(a) in the closing down of a parliamentary office;

(b) in connection with the termination of any agreement pertaining to leasing residential property within Edinburgh under paragraph 2.1.2(b);

(c) in connection with any ancillary obligations arising from paragraph 8.4.1(b);

(d) for the purpose of travel within Scotland undertaken in connection with (a) (b) or (c);

8.4.2 The reimbursements in paragraph 8.4.1 are subject to a limit equivalent to one third of the office cost provisions set out in section 4";

8.4.3 Any costs reimbursed under paragraph 8.4.1 may include the costs of travel of the former member’s staff provided that such costs are incurred for the purpose of paragraphs 8.4.1(a), (b) or (c).".

Supported by: Tricia Marwick*, Alex Johnstone*, Mike Pringle*

*S3M-6026 Patricia Ferguson: Breaking New Ground at Lambhill Stables—That the Parliament notes the ground-breaking event at Lambhill Stables on 22 March 2010 to celebrate the securing of the funding required for the project and the start of on-site work to restore and enhance the Lambhill Stables as an important historical landmark and environmental amenity; recognises that the Lambhill project will ultimately deliver occupational, educational training and employment opportunities from a new community-based facility in the Maryhill, Kelvin and Canal areas of Glasgow, and congratulates all those involved in the project for the hard work and commitment that has made this possible.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Bill Butler*, Charlie Gordon*, Elaine Smith*, James Kelly*, Helen Eadie*, Des McNulty*, Trish Godman*, Karen Whitefield*, Paul Martin*

*S3M-6025 Robin Harper: Success of UK Model United Nations Conference—That the Parliament notes the recent Model United Nations Conference for Schools held at George Watson’s School, Edinburgh; congratulates George Watson’s on the efforts that it has put in over the years, culminating this year in a UK-wide Model United Nations Conference with 600 participants; appreciates the huge amount of work that teachers, pupils and parents have put into this conference to make it a success; in particular, appreciates the quality of discussion at the model Security Council meeting held in the Scottish Parliament on 20 March 2010, attended by representatives from James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh, Balerno High School, Edinburgh, Concord College, Shropshire, George Watson’s College, George Heriot’s School, St. Georges School for Girls, Stewart Melvilles College, all in Edinburgh, St Margaret’s School, Aberdeen, Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen, Shawlands Academy, Glasgow, Wesley College, Dublin, Methodist College, Belfast, and Hampstead School, London, and urges educationists, schools and education departments across the United Kingdom to support this and all similar strategies to promote discussion and understanding of international affairs and participation in activities that encourage empathy, self confidence, ability to listen and communicate and friendship.

*S3M-6024# Angela Constance: Veterans in the Criminal Justice System—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent survey and anecdotal evidence that suggests that a large number of veterans become involved in the criminal justice system; recognises that trauma, mental health problems and substance abuse related to combat can often be a root cause of veterans offending; believes that, while no person is above the law and some veteran crimes cannot be linked to their experiences in the forces, prison is not the best place to deal with such deep-seated personal issues; considers that the men and women from across Scotland, including Livingston, who serve in the armed services make great sacrifices on Scotland’s behalf and that more assistance should be available for veterans who are at risk of offending or who become involved in the criminal justice system, and believes that, as a first step, a thorough study should be carried out to gain an accurate estimate of the number of veterans in prison, on probation or serving community sentences in Scotland.

Supported by: Christopher Harvie*, Michael Matheson*, Trish Godman*, Bill Wilson*, Sandra White*

*S3M-6023 John Swinney: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*

*S3M-6022 Patricia Ferguson: Caldercuilt Primary School’s Third Eco-Schools Green Flag—That the Parliament congratulates Caldercuilt Primary School, Summerston, on achieving its third Eco-Schools Green Flag award; acknowledges that the Green Flag award is the top level of award given to schools that have met the seven elements in the Eco-Schools process; recognises the importance of the Eco-Schools programme in encouraging whole-school action for the environment, and commends everyone in the Caldercuilt Primary School community for their commitment to environmental issues that has helped achieve this award.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, Jackie Baillie*, James Kelly*, Helen Eadie*, Des McNulty*, Trish Godman*, David Whitton*, Paul Martin*, Karen Whitefield*

*S3M-6021 Jim Tolson: Operation Safe Night—That the Parliament congratulates the Dunfermline Business Improvement District company, Dunfermline Delivers, on successfully establishing Scotland’s first ever Operation Safe Night initiative to promote a safe, welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere in Dunfermline’s city centre; considers that there is valuable partnership working between Fife Constabulary, Taxi Marshals, Street Pastors, Neighbourhood Watch, the Fife Alcohol Partnership Project, Pub Watch and St Andrews Ambulance, and believes that the project is now well established, helping to attract visitors from other locations and is an important way to boost Dunfermline’s night time economy.

*S3M-6020 George Foulkes: Time for School Takeover—That the Parliament notes that the UK Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Michael Gove, in a speech to the Association for School and College Leaders on 7 March 2010, said that the Conservatives were now in favour of incorporating some private schools into the state system; recalls that Lothian Regional Council in 1979 was on the point of taking over George Heriot’s School and purchasing the Mary Erskine School from the Edinburgh Merchant Company until it was overtaken by the general election, and calls on the Scottish Government to enter into discussions with the governors of private schools in Edinburgh to discuss possible incorporation into a joint arrangement with the local authority.

*S3M-6019 Pauline McNeill: 50th Anniversary of Cheapside Street Fire—That the Parliament recalls with sadness the Cheapside Street fire in Anderston, Glasgow, which began on 28 March 1960 following a warehouse explosion; notes that 14 Glasgow Fire Service and five Glasgow Salvage Corps personnel perished under debris from the blast; recognises that this has been the biggest loss of life for the fire service during peacetime, and notes the events taking place prior to the anniversary to remember those who died.

Supported by: James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Smith*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Bill Aitken*, Helen Eadie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Stewart Maxwell*, Des McNulty*, Trish Godman*, Sandra White*, David Whitton*, Karen Whitefield*

*S3M-6018 Linda Fabiani: Tribute to Billy Wolfe, Scotland Lives—That the Parliament expresses its sadness at the death of Billy Wolfe, former leader of the SNP and lifelong peace campaigner; considers that he transformed the SNP into a modern and vibrant political party and was pivotal in making it a force in Scottish politics; applauds his dedication to conservation including his work on Eilean Mor MacCormick and his formidable opposition to the presence of nuclear weapons in Scotland; further applauds the universality, love and friendship that he espoused, and offers its sympathy and condolences to his family and many friends.

*S3M-6017 James Kelly: Congratulations to the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Community Health Initiative—That the Parliament notes the announcement that the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Community Health Initiative has been successful in securing a funding grant of £51,354 from the Big Lottery Recession Response Fund that will enable the group to provide a stress management service, an intergenerational pass-it-on programme, stigma and self-awareness training, mental health first aid training and a diverse range of volunteering opportunities and congratulates all members of the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Community Health Initiative for their excellent contribution to the local community.

*S3M-6016 Margaret Mitchell: Lanarkshire’s Silver Seniors Living Life to the Full—That the Parliament congratulates the Coatbridge Silver Seniors’ Activity Club on its first birthday this month; welcomes the fact that the weekly club for older adults provides meaningful indoor leisure activities such as swimming, table tennis, badminton, art, bingo and chair aerobics, enhancing the personal health and mental wellbeing of Lanarkshire’s older population; considers that the success of the club relies on the close partnership between the participants, carers and the multi-agency partners, including NHS Lanarkshire, care home staff, social workers, leisure centre staff, local voluntary agencies and also a local taxi company, and wishes the club all the best for the forthcoming year.

*S3M-6015♦ Helen Eadie: Royal National Lifeboat Institution—That the Parliament recalls that the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck was first founded in 1824, leading 30 years later to the formation of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), and has been responsible for the saving of over 200,000 lives; remembers that the service is dependent on the volunteers who both support and run the service, ensuring that the financial resources are there, with little or no cost to the public purse, to maintain the boats and equipment needed when disasters strike on the coast; believes that the RNLI provides the country with a first-class emergency service that is the envy of the world; wishes all supporters and volunteers of the RNLI every success, and commends and highlights the support given by Dalgety Bay Sailing Club and, in particular, the late Alastair Burnside who, with his wife, made a very special contribution locally to the work of the RNLI.

*S3M-6014 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Microgeneration Feed-in Tariffs—That the Parliament welcomes the pioneering contribution made by households and businesses that have installed microgeneration capacity; expresses concern that, under the UK Government’s Clean Energy Cashback scheme, those who installed their technology before 15 July 2009 will effectively be penalised for their forward thinking by receiving only nine pence per kilowatt hour for selling to the national grid compared with new feed-in tariff payment rates of up to 41.3 pence per kilowatt hour that apply to new generators who installed their technology after that date, and calls on the UK Government to recognise the innovation of those who broke new ground in this area and reward them at the same level as those installing microgeneration capacity for the first time after 1 April 2010.

*S3M-6013♦ Nanette Milne: Grampian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association—That the Parliament congratulates Grampian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association (GCRA) for the support that it gives to patients recovering from a heart attack, cardiac surgery or any other cardiac condition in Grampian; notes that GCRA provides cardiac rehab exercise classes led by instructors in 16 communities across Grampian, and understands that GCRA is now the largest provider of cardiac rehab exercise in the voluntary sector in Scotland and has established successful partnership links with NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Petroleum Club, BP Exel Club in Dyce, Meadows Sports Centre in Ellon and Garioch Sports Centre in Inverurie to provide facilities for exercise care in the community.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6011 Renfrew Ferry Saved (lodged on 19 March 2010) Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-6009 Travis Trek 6 (lodged on 19 March 2010) David Whitton*, Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, James Kelly*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Jamie Stone*, Rhona Brankin*, Marlyn Glen*, Patricia Ferguson*, Michael McMahon*, Jim Hume*, Bill Kidd*, Liam McArthur*, Margaret Mitchell*, Trish Godman*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-6006 UK Government’s Response to the ICL Inquiry Report (lodged on 19 March 2010) John Park*, Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Marlyn Glen*, Elaine Smith*, Cathie Craigie*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Butler*, Pauline McNeill*, Margaret Curran*, Paul Martin*, James Kelly*, Trish Godman*

S3M-6002 Backtrack by Prime Minister on Defence Spending (lodged on 19 March 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-6001 Fertility Postcode Lottery (lodged on 18 March 2010) Ms Wendy Alexander*, Cathie Craigie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, James Kelly*, Elaine Murray*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5998 Congratulations to the Oakwood Nursery Council in Securing an Awards for All Scotland Grant (lodged on 18 March 2010) Paul Martin*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5997 Congratulations to the Toryglen Community Council in Securing an Awards for All Scotland Grant (lodged on 18 March 2010) Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5995.1 Continuing Loss of Life at Railway Level Crossings (lodged on 19 March 2010) Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-5994 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (lodged on 18 March 2010) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-5993 Hayley Stobo, First Scot to Win a Place at the Bolshoi (lodged on 18 March 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5988 Victory for Local Newspapers (lodged on 17 March 2010) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-5987 Congratulations to Holyrood Secondary School (lodged on 17 March 2010) Karen Whitefield*, Trish Godman*, Sandra White*

S3M-5986 Sonnets from Scotland (lodged on 17 March 2010) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5983 Congratulations to St Mary’s Primary, Duntocher, and Milngavie Primary on reaching the Euroquiz Final (lodged on 17 March 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5947.1 Housing Budget Cuts (lodged on 19 March 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-5946 Bank of Scotland’s Commitment to Scottish Athletics (lodged on 11 March 2010) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-5898# The Future of Library Services (lodged on 5 March 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-5878 Commemoration Statue for Tom Johnston (lodged on 3 March 2010) Rob Gibson*

S3M-5876 Plugged in to Ultra-low-carbon Vehicles (lodged on 3 March 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5856 Stop the Illegal Killing of Birds of Prey (lodged on 2 March 2010) Rob Gibson*

S3M-5770# Gilmerton Core Store (lodged on 15 February 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-5633# 150 Years of Armed Forces’ Cadet Movement (lodged on 28 January 2010) Des McNulty*

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