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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally printed the day after they are lodged. If an amendment is lodged to a motion then the original motion will appear alongside the amendment, along with any support lodged that day, in this section.

Each Monday, this section also contains all motions and amendments lodged the previous week that are still live and any motions and amendments that have been lodged for debate in the coming week. A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn. Support for motions and amendments received after they are lodged is shown at the end of this section the day after such support is received.

Motions and amendments can be published with various symbols:

  • Asterisks before the motion or amendment number indicate a motion or amendment published for the first time;
  • Asterisks also identify alterations to the text of a motion or amendment made since it was first published;
  • A hash symbol identifies motions eligible for debate at Members’ Business;
  • A diamond symbol identifies motions lodged for Members’ Business that have not yet attracted the required cross-party support;
  • An "R", identifies motions or amendments in which the Member who lodged it has a registrable interest.

The Parliamentary Bureau periodically deletes motions or amendments not scheduled for debate and which are over six weeks old.

A full list of current motions is available on the Scottish Parliament web site at

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

Any questions in relation to this section should be directed to the Chamber Desk, for which contact details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-6965 Robin Harper: Creative Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the full board of Creative Scotland has yet to meet and believes that this has led to a remarkable degree of uncertainty about that organisation’s function; further believes that this uncertainty has not been allayed by the reported statement made by Creative Scotland’s chief executive, Andrew Dixon, that the organisation is not a funding body in the sense of the former Scottish Arts Council; is concerned that Creative Scotland spent £35,000 on a logo without being certain of what the badging represented; further notes the opinion of Kenneth Roy that the arts, considered a central part of Scotland’s national life, are being surrendered to inexcusable chaos, and urges the Scottish Government to meet representatives of Creative Scotland as soon as possible and demand sight of its strategic plan and mission statement within a reasonable timescale and for Creative Scotland to undertake minimum expenditure on offices, staff and equipment until such time as its function can be fully defined.

*S3M-6964 Irene Oldfather: 2010 Business Rates Revaluation, Ayrshire—That the Parliament acknowledges the concerns of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry regarding the latest revaluation of business rates; notes that these rates were set based on information as at 1 April 2008 and did not take into account the current economic climate; further notes the decision by the Scottish Executive to remove the relief, which could have supported businesses now facing rate increases of up to 200%; further notes that a transitional relief has been retained in England, limiting annual increases to a maximum of 12.5%, and that Northern Ireland has withdrawn its 2010 revaluation due to the substantial changes in the economic climate; acknowledges the views of the chamber of commerce that the reintroduction of transitional relief to support businesses and an urgent review of the rating appeals process are considered vital in order to help companies in Ayrshire return to a period of growth, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support businesses in Ayrshire and help those businesses hardest hit by the revaluation.

*S3M-6963 Bill Kidd: Construction of Aircraft Carriers and the Strategic Defence Review—That the Parliament is deeply concerned by the statement from the chief executive of BAE systems that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has asked him to look at options ranging from constructing no aircraft carriers to completing two aircraft carriers as part of the Strategic Defence Review; notes that work on the first carrier is well underway; agrees with trade union representatives from both the Clyde and Rosyth yards that two carriers should be built, and supports the Scottish Government and cross-party efforts to ensure that the MOD does not jeopardise thousands of jobs in what is considered Scotland’s world-leading shipbuilding industry.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Christina McKelvie*, Jim Tolson*, Stuart McMillan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Brian Adam*

*S3M-6962 George Foulkes: Edinburgh Forensics Laboratory—That the Parliament notes that the official consultation process regarding the Scottish Police Services Authority’s (SPSA) Forensic Services Modernisation Options Paper has closed; further notes that it includes an option that proposes the withdrawal of what are considered key services at the Edinburgh forensic services laboratory; considers that the Edinburgh forensic services laboratory is essential to solving both low and high-level crime; acknowledges the concerns of the forensic staff, who, it considers, provide an excellent service; is concerned that the proposed cutbacks would result in a hugely reduced service for Lothians and Borders Police; believes that this would significantly hinder its ability to fight crime; further believes that the SPSA seems to be more interested in saving money and maximising the use of Gartcosh than protecting forensic services, and is of the view that, when a decision is reached, it should be presented to the Parliament for thorough scrutiny.

*S3M-6961 Pauline McNeill: Congratulations to Matthew Newsome on the St Ninian’s Day Tartan—That the Parliament congratulates Matthew Newsome, designer of the St Ninian’s Day Tartan, which has been created in honour of the Pope’s visit to Scotland; recognises the importance of the Pope’s visit, and further recognises the importance of the tartan industry to Scotland’s economy and culture.

*S3M-6960 Hugh O’Donnell: Gathering of Education Statistics—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s proposals to cease the collation and publication of key education statistics, including those regarding school exclusions, the uptake of free school meals and teacher vacancies; considers that the regular collection and publication of these statistics is vital for the tracking of Scotland’s educational performance, not least by parents and carers, and believes that the Scottish Government should reverse this move and continue to collect and publish all those education statistics that it currently makes publicly available.

*S3M-6959 Bob Doris: The Nation Remembers Scottish Football Legend Jock Stein—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Football Association for deciding to hold a minute’s applause before the Scotland versus Lichtenstein match at Hampden Park on Tuesday 7 September 2010 in honour of the Scottish football legend Jock Stein; notes that Jock Stein died suddenly in Cardiff 25 years ago on 10 September 1985, shortly after a Scotland versus Wales World Cup qualifying match that saw the team win its group; acknowledges the fantastic response from the Tartan Army during the minute’s applause; recognises this as a tribute both to big Jock’s memory and to the thousands of fans who joined together irrespective of club loyalties to support their country and remember a true Scottish football legend, and further welcomes plans for a similar tribute at Celtic Park on Saturday 11 September 2010.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Stuart McMillan*, Stewart Maxwell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jim Hume*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Robin Harper*, Bill Butler*, Liam McArthur*, Brian Adam*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*, Cathy Jamieson*, Elaine Smith*, Trish Godman*

*S3M-6958 Robin Harper: Crossing Guards Cuts Proposals—That the Parliament notes the proposal by Edinburgh City Council to remove 76 lollipop people in order to save £300,000; believes that it is grossly unfair to target low-paid workers and that the savings could be made more fairly elsewhere; is concerned that the proposal contradicts the recently welcomed efforts to make the roads safer for pupils, parents and drivers alike, and is of the view that the withdrawal of the extra security provided by lollipop crossing guards might also discourage children and their parents from walking to school, and that this would be would be a regrettable development.

*S3M-6957 Aileen Campbell: Award for the International Historical, Cultural and Geographical Agency—That the Parliament congratulates the Stevenston-based International Historical, Cultural and Geographical Agency on being awarded first place for the best community-supporting organisation in its council district and believes that this award is in recognition of the important role that the organisation plays in highlighting the excellent cultural and historical points of Ayrshire.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Jim Tolson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

*S3M-6956 John Lamont: Border Bows—That the Parliament notes the results of the 2010 World Flight Championships in the United States of America, where British couple Mike and Janice Willrich claimed 11 gold medals and set eight new world records using archery equipment manufactured by the Borders firm, Border Bows; considers this a tremendous achievement and congratulates the staff at Border Bows for their part in it; further considers that this is a great example of a small Scottish firm earning major plaudits on the world stage, and wishes Mike, Janice and Borders Bows continued success in the future.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, John Wilson*, Aileen Campbell*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6955 Congratulations to the Alyth Voice (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6954 Congratulations to Catriona Morrison (lodged on 8 September 2010) Ross Finnie*, Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Kidd*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mary Mulligan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Butler*, Cathy Peattie*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Cathy Jamieson*, Jim Hume*, Jamie Hepburn*, Ken Macintosh*, Helen Eadie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-6953 Congratulations to John McGlynn (lodged on 8 September 2010) Rob Gibson*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Butler*

S3M-6952 Edinburgh Sports Facilities Cuts (lodged on 8 September 2010) Patrick Harvie*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-6951 World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September 2010 (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Hugh Henry*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Robert Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Claire Baker*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Gil Paterson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jack McConnell*, Bill Butler*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathy Jamieson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-6950 Celebrate Blas Festival 2010 (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Mary Scanlon*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Kidd*, Cathy Peattie*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*

S3M-6949 Congratulations to Highland Council’s New Youth Convener (lodged on 8 September 2010) Robin Harper*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-6948 Scottish Borders Floral Gateway (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6943 Investment in Jobs in North Ayrshire (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Hume*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-6942 40th Anniversary of Dumbarton and District Branch MS Society (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6940 Congratulations to the University of Edinburgh (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Jim Hume*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Aileen Campbell*, Gil Paterson*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-6939 Congratulations to Castlemilk Stress Centre, A Phoenix Risen from the Ashes (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-6938 Ayr OIR 25th Anniversary (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6937 Alcohol Commission Disregards Scotch Whisky and Scottish Jobs (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6936 The House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band Celebrate Centenary (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh Henry*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*

S3M-6935 Local Authority Contracts and Organised Crime (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Anne McLaughlin*, Hugh Henry*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-6934 Growing International Consensus for Nuclear Disarmament (lodged on 8 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-6933 ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Virus Link Found in Children (lodged on 7 September 2010) Andy Kerr*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6930 Congratulations to PSYBT West Lothian Business Awards Winners 2010 (lodged on 7 September 2010) Cathy Peattie*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6929# Dr Elsie Inglis and Her Scottish Angels (lodged on 7 September 2010) Ken Macintosh*, Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Cathy Peattie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Hugh Henry*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-6928 East Renfrewshire Food Festival (lodged on 7 September 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-6925 Paisley Abbey Drain Excavation (lodged on 7 September 2010) Annabel Goldie*

S3M-6924 Auchengeich Colliery Disaster (lodged on 7 September 2010) Mary Mulligan*, Cathie Craigie*, Cathy Peattie*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6922 Congratulations to the Bullwood Project (lodged on 6 September 2010) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-6920# The Importance of RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth (lodged on 6 September 2010) Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6919 Call for an Edwin Morgan Memorial (lodged on 6 September 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-6918 Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery Disaster (lodged on 6 September 2010) Mary Mulligan*, Jim Tolson*, Helen Eadie*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6917 Job Boost for Glasgow’s Financial Services (lodged on 6 September 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6915 Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival (lodged on 6 September 2010) Mary Mulligan*, Jim Tolson*, Hugh Henry*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-6914 Entrepreneurial Success (lodged on 6 September 2010) Trish Godman*, Mary Mulligan*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6912 Well Done Ricky (lodged on 6 September 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-6890 50 Years of Alcoholics Anonymous in Dumbarton and District (lodged on 1 September 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6879 The UK June 2010 Budget and Equality Assessments (lodged on 27 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6879.1 The UK June 2010 Budget and Equality Assessments (lodged on 6 September 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-6873 Congratulations to Pamela Pretswell (lodged on 26 August 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-6872 UK Government Hits Poorest Hardest, New IFS Research (lodged on 25 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6871 International Literacy Day 2010 (lodged on 25 August 2010) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-6866 Importance of FCO Human Rights Report (lodged on 24 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6862 Jobs Boost at Vion (Cambuslang) (lodged on 24 August 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6861 You Take The High Road And I’ll Take The New Road (lodged on 24 August 2010) Annabel Goldie*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-6860 Glasgow’s First Poet Laureate and Scotland’s Own Makar (lodged on 23 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6859 Wear it Pink 2010 (lodged on 23 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Tom McCabe*, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-6858 Cancellation of Rosyth-Zeebrugge Passenger Service (lodged on 23 August 2010) Jim Tolson*

S3M-6854 Congratulations to Motherwell College (lodged on 20 August 2010) Tom McCabe*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-6853 Edwin Morgan, Scotland’s National Poet (lodged on 20 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6844 Kirkcaldy Referees Make the Grade (lodged on 19 August 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6842 2010 Scottish Pan-Disability Open Golf Championship (lodged on 19 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-6830 Withdrawal of Funding from the Sustainable Development Commission (lodged on 17 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6825 Keep Inverness to London Rail Services (lodged on 17 August 2010) Willie Coffey*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, John Wilson*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-6814 Scottish Water (lodged on 12 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6813 Jimmy Reid, A Man of Principle (lodged on 11 August 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6810 Condolences for Jimmy Reid (lodged on 11 August 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6809 New Investment in Dalzell Steel Works, Motherwell (lodged on 11 August 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-6808 Keep the Rosyth Aircraft Carrier Contracts (lodged on 11 August 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6789 Congratulations to Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 4 August 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6783 Pan-Disability Open Golf Championship (lodged on 3 August 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6765 Celebrating Golf in Fife (lodged on 28 July 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-6762 HeadStrong East Kilbride (lodged on 27 July 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-6758 Scotland Becomes European Touch Rugby Champion (lodged on 26 July 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6753# Keep Leuchie House (lodged on 23 July 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6746 Campaign to Save Newhouse from Closure (lodged on 19 July 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-6741 Supporting National Allotments Week (lodged on 15 July 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6710 Older Veterans (lodged on 2 July 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-6696 Make Poverty History, Keep the Promises Made in 2005 (lodged on 1 July 2010) Helen Eadie*

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