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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5285 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended, other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage in the morning and afternoon being called, or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 5: 1 hour 5 minutes
Group 6: 1 hour 50 minutes
Groups 7 to 10: 2 hours 20 minutes
Groups 11 to 17: 3 hours 5 minutes
Groups 18 to 20: 3 hours 25 minutes.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5283 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Decision Time—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 20 December 2006 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5282 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 December 2006

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Local Government Finance Settlement 2007-08

followed by Executive Debate: Fisheries

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 14 December 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;

Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 20 December 2006

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2006, Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: 7th Report 2006, Inquiry into Accountability and Governance

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by Justice 2 Committee Motion – Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 December 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Service and Communities

2.55 pm Finance Committee Debate: Stage 2 of the 2007-08 Budget Process

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 6th Report 2006, Public Bills and Substitution; 7th Report 2006, Members’ Interests (Parliamentary Determinations and Resolutions); 8th Report 2006, Consolidation Bill Procedure; 9th Report 2006, Rule 10.3.2 (the "20-day rule")

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5281 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 7 December 2006—

after,

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

delete,

followed by Executive Debate: Fisheries

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5280# Maureen Macmillan: Rise in Alcohol-Related Crime Figures in the Highlands and Islands—That the Parliament notes with concern the serious rise in alcohol-related crime figures, released by Northern Constabulary, which show a year-on-year increase in drunkenness, drink-driving, serious assaults and alcohol-related deaths; notes in particular the increase in the number of people being arrested for drunkenness, including the charge of being drunk and incapable; commends the work of CrossReach in Inverness, which provides a purpose-built residential service designed to care for people who have difficulty in managing their alcohol and/or drug abuse and which also provides a "designated place", thereby offering an alternative to custody for those who have been arrested for public drunkenness offences; welcomes the campaign being launched by Northern Constabulary alongside the Highland Drug and Alcohol Action Team’s festive drinking campaign which it is hoped will prevent drinkers ending up in police cells and hospital wards over Christmas and New Year, and endorses the "Don’t push it" campaign being run by the Scottish Executive asking Scots to take responsibility for themselves and to think first before they encourage others to have "just another drink".

*S2M-5279 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Marilyn Livingstone be appointed to replace Ms Wendy Alexander as the Labour Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5278 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Alasdair Morrison be appointed to replace Janis Hughes as the Labour Party substitute on the Finance Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5277 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Registration Services (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5276 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Amendment Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5275 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 22 December 2006.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5274 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 19 January 2007.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5273 Shiona Baird: Parliament Crèche in Danger—That the Parliament regretfully notes the recent liquidation of KidCare, the Parliament’s crèche provider, and the current closure of the service; acknowledges the very difficult situation in which this development places the Parliament’s crèche facility and its team of dedicated staff; strongly supports the family-friendly founding principles of the Parliament and believes that the continuing provision of suitable childcare facilities is essential if these principles are to be upheld, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to do everything in its power to ensure the continuity of the crèche facility and retention of its staff in the immediate short term and the continued provision of childcare facilities in the long term.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Mark Ballard*, Karen Gillon*, Shona Robison*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Eleanor Scott*, Donald Gorrie*, Carolyn Leckie*, Chris Ballance*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Susan Deacon*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Tommy Sheridan*, Robin Harper*

*S2M-5272 Rosie Kane: Victory for Militant Trade Union Action at Glasgow City Council—That the Parliament congratulates UNISON members in Glasgow City Council for the substantial victory they have achieved after the council caved in on the eve of a planned three-day strike which would have been the biggest conflict it faced with trade unionists in several years; notes that the negotiated agreement means that the union has won a settlement that amounts to indefinite or lifetime protection of current salaries, that is that either people will be retrained or their jobs will be redesigned to guarantee them their current pay by March 2009 or that deadline will be extended indefinitely until such time as these devices kick in; recognises that the Culture and Leisure Services Department is still threatened by a proposal that it will be hived off to a charitable trust which would mean only one year’s protection under TUPE rules, and further notes that women underpaid for decades have still not achieved full compensation to the value of potential equal pay claims but, in so doing, recognises that this victory strengthens the trade union and its members and will enable them to organise and achieve fair and equal terms and conditions in the future.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Colin Fox*

*S2M-5271 Maureen Macmillan: Focus Environment 2006—That the Parliament congratulates all the children throughout Scotland who participated in this year’s Focus Environment competition; notes that Focus Environment, sponsored by Chevron Upstream Europe in partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and British Trust for Conservation Volunteers Scotland, is an environmental photography competition open to secondary school pupils throughout Scotland which aims to encourage young people to demonstrate their awareness of the natural world around them by applying imagination, a creative eye and photographic skills; further notes the efforts and high standard of the work from all of the competition participants, and urges all who can to view the work of the competition winners while on display in the Scottish Parliament in the first week of December.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-5270 Jackie Baillie: Meter Relief—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Scottish Gas to end the practice of back charging token prepayment meter customers; notes that only three of the six main suppliers, Scottish Power, npower and Powergen, continue a practice which forces low income consumers into debt as a result of these suppliers’ failure to reset meters after a price rise, and calls on these companies to follow Scottish Gas by announcing an immediate end to back charging.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-5269.1 Bill Aitken: Civic Participation - Trade Union Engagement with Scotland’s Civic Society—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5269) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "its" to end and insert "a partnership with civic Scotland, but stresses that such a partnership should be on as wide a basis as possible including the private sector and business and enterprise groups in order that a more balanced approach be taken towards the governance of Scotland and the achievement of social justice."

*S2M-5269.2 Tommy Sheridan: Civic Participation - Trade Union Engagement with Scotland’s Civic Society—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5269) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end "and, towards the aim of real and meaningful engagement with the trade union movement in Scotland, resolves to publicly encourage employees to consider trade union membership in all areas of employment and to implement trade union recognition audits of all companies and bodies which seek public contracts, grants or employment aid to ensure that only the best employers who recognise trade unions are entitled to benefit from public money in whatever form."

*S2M-5269.3 Colin Fox: Civic Participation - Trade Union Engagement with Scotland’s Civic Society—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5269) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "strength" to end and insert "important part that free independent trade unions play in civic Scotland today; welcomes the Scottish Trades Union Congress’s (STUC) role over many years in promoting trade union values and the interests of working people in Scotland on a wide variety of matters such as job protection, pay and conditions, health and safety and equal opportunities; welcomes the STUC’s information week at the Parliament, and recognises the just cause of the workers at McKinnon Mills in Coatbridge and public sector workers across Scotland seeking to secure their right to equal pay for work of equal value."

S2M-5261*#* Rob Gibson: Success of Scots Trad Music Awards 2006—That the Parliament congratulates Hands Up For Trad, its founder Simon Thoumire of Footstompin’ Records and the sponsors and supporters who made the 2006 awards ceremony and weekend entertainment in Fort William such a happy and successful gathering; draws particular attention to the staff of the Nevis Centre whose hard work allowed the annual event to move from its Edinburgh base and offer a top-class venue, a friendly Highland welcome and a tremendous warm-up for the major events to be staged there in 2007 during the Scottish Year of Highland Culture; offers congratulations to winners of a wide range of awards, voted on by thousands across the globe, that give significant recognition to the excellence within Scotland’s thriving contemporary traditional music scene; encourages the funding bodies to invest in this success which promotes, through composition, performance and enthusiastic audience response, such a positive message about Scottish cultural confidence, and believes that Scotland’s television media should build on BBC Radio Scotland’s role as the sole consistent champion of our Scottish music and traditions by broadcasting the images and sounds round the world.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Karen Gillon*, Stewart Stevenson*, Eleanor Scott*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Colin Fox*, Fergus Ewing*, Michael Matheson*, Jim Mather*, Brian Adam*, Ms Maureen Watt*

*S2M-5258.1 Mr John Swinney: Council Tax—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5258) in the name of Miss Annabel Goldie, leave out from "a 50% discount" to end and insert "the council tax to be abolished and replaced by a local income tax based on the ability to pay."

*S2M-5258.2 Tommy Sheridan: Council Tax—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5258) in the name of Miss Annabel Goldie, leave out from "a 50% discount" to end and insert "the unfair Tory council tax to be scrapped and replaced with a progressive and fair income-based alternative in order to tax the well-paid and wealthy more and the low-paid and pensioners less and effect a significant redistribution of income from those with most towards those with least, thereby improving social justice and economic activity across Scotland, and condemns those political parties such as the SNP and Liberal Democrats who promote opposition to the council tax publicly but who refused to support scrapping it on 1 February 2006 when they failed to vote for the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill."

*S2M-5258.3 George Lyon: Council Tax—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5258) in the name of Miss Annabel Goldie, leave out from "the recommendations" to end and insert "that the Scottish Executive established the independent inquiry into local government finance consistent with the Partnership Agreement of May 2003; notes that individuals and political parties made representations to this inquiry which published its findings in November 2006, and notes that the Executive will consider the report in its entirety and will respond to the committee’s findings in due course."

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*

S2M-5235*#* Ms Sandra White: Scottish Power Takeover—That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should issue a statement setting out its position in response to Iberdrola’s proposed takeover of Scottish Power; expresses concern that Scotland’s fourth-largest company may pass into foreign ownership without real debate about the effect this will have on jobs at the Glasgow headquarters, energy prices and the Scottish economy, and therefore believes that a Parliamentary debate on the issue should take place at the earliest possible opportunity.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5268 The Renewal of Trident (lodged on 4 December 2006) Campbell Martin*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*

S2M-5266 Congratulations to Hugo Chavez (lodged on 4 December 2006) Campbell Martin*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-5265 North East Scotland Credit Union Farepak Offer (lodged on 4 December 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5263♦ Towards a Litter-Free Scotland (lodged on 4 December 2006) Christine May*

S2M-5262 Congratulations to President Chavez on his Re-Election (lodged on 4 December 2006) Colin Fox*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5260 Congratulations to Fife’s World Scotch Pie Champions (lodged on 4 December 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5259 End of Term Report on Multiple Sclerosis (lodged on 4 December 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5255 BT Gaelic Schools Debate (lodged on 30 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5254 Values Into Action (VIA) Scotland Launch (lodged on 30 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-5252 St Peter’s Primary Achieves Second Eco Schools Award (lodged on 29 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-5250 Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers (lodged on 29 November 2006) Shiona Baird*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5249 Strategic Approach to Race Equality (lodged on 29 November 2006) Ms Maureen Watt*, Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-5247 Carers’ Rights Day (lodged on 29 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Dave Petrie*, Derek Brownlee*

S2M-5245 Rendition Flights Inquiry (lodged on 29 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5241 Launch of the White Ribbon Campaign (lodged on 28 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5234 NHS QIS - Clinical Standards for COPD Now - Don’t Delay Until 2008 (lodged on 28 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Trish Godman*

S2M-5230 Launch of University of Dundee’s UNESCO Centre for Water, Law, Policy and Science (lodged on 28 November 2006) Trish Godman*

S2M-5218 Relief from Early Stages of Alzheimer’s (lodged on 22 November 2006) Mr Adam Ingram*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Andrew Welsh*

S2M-5199 Fair Trade in Our Schools (lodged on 21 November 2006) Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-5112 World COPD Day 2006 (lodged on 8 November 2006) Trish Godman*

S2M-5064 Make School Make Sense (lodged on 31 October 2006) Mr Bruce McFee*

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