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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-642 Patrick Harvie: Nobel Peace Prize—That the Parliament congratulates the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore for the work they have done to increase global understanding of climate change and to promote an urgent political response; welcomes the decision by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize jointly to the IPCC and Mr Gore; recognises that climate change poses an immediate and urgent threat to billions of human beings, to the earth’s biodiversity and to the world economy; commits to redoubling the effort in Scotland on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and recognises that this will not happen by targets alone but by fundamental and lasting change in the values of our society, the operation of our economy and the nature of our politics.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Liam McArthur*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-641 Alasdair Allan: Royal National Mod—That the Parliament notes that Friday 12 October 2007 is the start of the 104th Royal National Mod in Fort William; recognises that this nine-day-long event is a showcase for Gaelic language, culture and heritage; believes that events like this are important to the strengthening of the distinct cultural and social identities of the Scottish Gaidhealtachd; welcomes the official opening of the Mod by Len Goucher, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Heritage in Nova Scotia, to help further reinforce the links between the Gaels of Nova Scotia and of Scotland, and wishes success to the many competitors from all areas of Scotland and to those from outwith Scotland.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Nanette Milne*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-640 Aileen Campbell: Scots Translation of Dahl Classic at Number 1—That the Parliament congratulates Clydesdale author, Matthew Fitt, on his book Geordie’s Mingin Medicine reaching the top of the Waterstone’s Children’s Best Sellers’ list ahead of Harry Potter and Walt Disney’s High School Musical; further acknowledges the increasing importance of the Scots language to children in Scotland as evidenced by the popularity of this book, and encourages all children to keep the Scots language alive.

*S3M-639 Robert Brown: 100 Years of Scouting—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Council of the Scout Association on the centenary of the Scout Movement being celebrated throughout 2007, on the level and commitment of volunteers to the delivery of the scouting programme in all 32 local authority areas and on the contribution made by scouting to the lives of young people in Scotland and worldwide; recognises the contribution of scouting to non-formal and outdoor education and applauds the commitment to engaging young people in decision-making through its Voice for Young People initiative and the participation of 120 young people in its recent annual conference; notes that the 1st Glasgow Scout Troop was the first officially recognised Scout group in the world; notes also the achievement of Carrie Gibson, a Scout leader from Greenock, on being the first person ever to have scaled Mount Everest through scouting as part of the Scottish Scouts 7 Summits Expedition; welcomes the work put into the £2 million centenary 7 on Appeal to help put scouting on a solid footing for the next centenary; is concerned at the difficulties that the major youth organisations have in accessing capital development funding; applauds the increase in membership across all sections of the Scouts in Scotland, and believes that scouting continues to make a major contribution to the development of citizenship and leadership and to life-enhancing opportunities for young people in Scotland and across the world.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Iain Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Mike Pringle*, Nanette Milne*

*S3M-638 Michael Matheson: Thornhill Road Post Office—That the Parliament is concerned by the proposal to close Thornhill Road Post Office in Falkirk; notes that the decision to close the post office network in many of our communities is as a direct result of the policy pursued by the Labour government at Westminster; acknowledges that Thornhill Road Post Office is a vital community asset for the people of Middlefield, and calls on the UK Government to recognise that these continual cuts in the post office network have the greatest impact on the most vulnerable people in our community.

*S3M-637 Michael Matheson: Closure of Falkirk Tourist Office—That the Parliament notes the decision of VisitScotland and Falkirk Council to close the tourist office in the centre of the town and move it to the Falkirk Wheel; believes that this decision is wrong as visitors to Falkirk will now have to travel several miles in order to access the local tourist office; recognises that tourist numbers to the Falkirk area have grown significantly over the last few years, and believes that the existing tourist information centre should be retained with an additional information centre at the Falkirk Wheel.

*S3M-636 Robert Brown: Protection of Green Spaces in Glasgow—That the Parliament is concerned at the action by Glasgow City Council in including in the planning brief for the sale of Anniesland College’s Balshagray Annexe a small piece of green space owned by it at Broomhill Avenue, Glasgow, without consulting local residents or councillors and without regard to the need to protect and enhance green space in the city; supports the campaign by Broomhill Avenue Conservation Group to retain the green area for the local community, and urges the council to give higher priority to supporting recreational and green spaces in the city.

*S3M-635 Charlie Gordon: Changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government urgently to review the national concessionary travel scheme to extend eligibility to disabled people in receipt of the lower rate of disability living allowance and to older and disabled people using community transport in rural areas, and to consult on other desirable changes to the scheme.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill*, Andy Kerr*, Elaine Smith*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Butler*, Iain Gray*, Paul Martin*, Michael McMahon*

*S3M-634 Alasdair Allan: Gratias Agemus—That the Parliament notes the significant contribution made by Mr David Shanks to promoting the teaching of Latin, Greek and classical studies in Scottish schools; marks his three decades teaching at Selkirk High School; congratulates him on his retirement and wishes him well for the future, and notes with affection the influence he has had, for good or ill, on at least three current members of this Parliament.

Supported by: Jim Hume*, Derek Brownlee*

*S3M-633 Patricia Ferguson: North West Women’s Centre—That the Parliament notes the vital contribution made by the North West Women’s Centre to the lives of women in the city of Glasgow; notes the work done by the centre to support and encourage women, often when they are at their most vulnerable, and expresses concern that the centre is once again facing an uncertain future due to a shortfall in core funding.

*S3M-632 Jackson Carlaw: Vale of Leven Hospital—That the Parliament rejects current proposals to downgrade Vale of Leven Hospital; commends the excellent work done by local campaigners who organised and participated in a highly successfully march attended by some 20,000 concerned local residents expressing their understandable opposition to the running-down of their community’s hospital; acknowledges that the campaign to maintain Vale of Leven Hospital’s current service levels continues unabated following the success of the march; congratulates Ms Vivien Dance of Hospital Watch on co-ordinating a petition, signed by 13,000 members of the local community, calling on the proposal to remove services from Vale of Leven Hospital to be rejected, and urges the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to use the powers she has to ensure that these proposals are indeed rejected as a matter of urgency.

*S3M-631 Jamie Hepburn: Holodomor, the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33—That the Parliament notes that it has been over 70 years since the events of the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, known as the Holodomor; also notes that there are various estimates of how many died as a result of this famine but that even conservative estimates place this number in the millions; further notes that there is a strong body of opinion that considers the events of the Holodomor were in fact a deliberate policy of the Stalin regime of the time and that these constitute an act of genocide; acknowledges that a number of countries now recognise the events as genocide; commends the work of those campaigners working to raise awareness of the events of the Holodomor, including the Holodomor Memorial website and holodomor.org.uk, and passes its condolences to the relatives of victims of the Holodomor, which is marked by an official day of remembrance on 26 November in Ukraine.

*S3M-630 Alasdair Allan: Optimism in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent YouGov Scottish opinion poll, which finds that the First Minister Alex Salmond is more popular among Labour voters in Scotland than the Labour leader in the Scottish Parliament, Wendy Alexander MSP, by 25% to 20%, and more popular among Liberal Democrat voters than Scottish Lib Dem leader, Nicol Stephen MSP, by 26% to 14%; further notes that 63% of Scots in the same poll believe that the First Minister is doing a good job compared to just 25% who disagree, and believes that the hugely positive attitudes of people in Scotland to the Scottish Government is explained by a further poll finding that more people believe that the Scottish National Party is optimistic about Scotland’s future than all of the other parties added together.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christine Grahame*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*

*S3M-629 Kenneth Gibson: Young Runaways—That the Parliament recognises that each year thousands of children under 16 years from all parts of Scotland and every social background, for a multitude of different reasons, run away from home; is concerned that young, vulnerable runaways are at high risk of being physically or sexually abused; welcomes the report A Scoping Study of Services for Young Runaways, funded by the Scottish Government and published by 1 in 9 - The Scottish Coalition for Young Runaways, and notes the findings of the report and the need for (a) a nationally consistent method for the collection of basic data around young runaways, (b) the establishment of inter-agency protocols throughout Scotland which describe how each agency responds to young runaways, in particular those who run away from home, as recommended by Scottish Executive Guidance, "Young Runaways" in 2003, (c) return home welfare interviews for young people who, having run away, return home, to assess need and help access support and advice if required, (d) services that provide preventative and continued support for young runaways and (e) a network of safe emergency accommodation, including refuge, to ensure the safety of young runaways and providing them and their families with ongoing support.

Supported by: Angela Constance*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-596*#* Angela Constance: Concessionary Travel—That the Parliament notes with concern that disabled people in receipt of the low rate mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA) are not eligible for concessionary travel; is deeply alarmed about the detrimental impact on disabled people who this year have had to re-apply for concessionary travel and who have subsequently lost eligibility; recognises that the national concessionary travel scheme replaced local schemes such as those operated in West Lothian and the Strathclyde area that included those in receipt of DLA low rate mobility component; acknowledges that DLA low rate mobility component is a benefit for people who, due to the nature of their disability, require support or supervision to travel; notes that many people with mental health problems or learning disabilities will not qualify for concessionary travel under the mental health legislation due to high thresholds and bureaucracy and, furthermore, that this exclusion contravenes recommendations and the spirit of the Same as You guidance, and therefore *considers that* the national concessionary travel scheme *should be reviewed and that* Capability Scotland and Enable Scotland *should be supported* in their campaign to extend eligibility for concessionary travel to those in receipt of DLA low rate mobility component and free travel for their companions, and to make it easier for disabled people to qualify where they are not in receipt of DLA or eligible under mental health legislation.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Keith Brown, Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-561 Kenneth Gibson: Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Dangerous Cocktail—That the Parliament is aware of the dangerous impact of alcohol on pregnancy, with miscarriage, stillbirth and pre-term delivery among many possible effects; welcomes the recent publication of the British Medical Association (BMA) report, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, A Guide for Healthcare Professionals; notes that foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a severe condition which impairs brain functions and can lead to physical abnormalities among children; supports BMA recommendations for further research into FASD; believes that the Scottish Government should consider the implementation of guidance and training of healthcare professionals on the prevention, diagnosis and management of FASD at the earliest practical opportunity; is aware that six out of 10 mothers drink alcohol while pregnant, many of whom are unaware of the danger to their unborn child, and therefore asks the Scottish Government to raise public awareness of this issue and to provide clear health advice that alcohol should not be consumed during pregnancy, while ensuring that any revision of guidance on alcohol consumption should contain specific advice on the risk of FASD and other side effects in pregnancy.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Mary Scanlon, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Trish Godman, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn

*S3M-561.1 Claire Baker: Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Dangerous Cocktail—As an amendment to motion (S3M-561) in the name of Kenneth Gibson, leave out from first "pregnancy" to end and insert "some pregnancies, with miscarriage, stillbirth and pre-term delivery among many possible effects; welcomes the recent publication of the British Medical Association (BMA) report, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, A Guide for Healthcare Professionals; notes that foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a severe condition that permanently impairs brain and nervous system functions and can lead to physical abnormalities among children; supports BMA recommendations for further research into FASD; believes that the Scottish Government should consider the implementation of guidance and further training of healthcare professionals on the prevention, diagnosis and management of FASD at the earliest practical opportunity; is aware that six out of 10 mothers drink alcohol while pregnant, many of whom are unaware of the danger to their unborn child; asks the Scottish Government to raise public awareness of this issue and to promote the Chief Medical Officer’s health advice that alcohol should not be consumed during pregnancy, while ensuring that any revision of guidance on alcohol consumption should contain specific advice on the risk of FASD and other side effects during pregnancy, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with Scottish-based alcohol producers to encourage them to provide information to consumers about the associated risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy following the example set by alcohol producers in both France and America."

Supported by: Elaine Murray*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Butler*, Jackie Baillie*, Robert Brown*, Pauline McNeill*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-628 End Discrimination by Utilities (lodged on 5 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*, Liam McArthur*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, John Park*, Keith Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Angela Constance*, Elaine Smith*, Sandra White*, Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-627 European Shark Week (lodged on 5 October 2007) Bob Doris*, Patrick Harvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Robin Harper*

S3M-626 Aberdeen Football Club (lodged on 5 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-623 International Credit Union Day - Together We’re Better (lodged on 4 October 2007) Dave Thompson*, John Scott*, Helen Eadie*, Pauline McNeill*, Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Aileen Campbell*, Iain Gray*, Elaine Smith*, George Foulkes*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-622 Destitution of Refused Asylum Seekers (lodged on 4 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-621 Maggie’s Centre (lodged on 4 October 2007) Helen Eadie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Karen Gillon*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-620 Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers (lodged on 4 October 2007) Bill Wilson*

S3M-619 The Needs of the Scottish Film Industry and BAFTA (lodged on 3 October 2007) Christine Grahame*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-617 Early Payments for Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme and the Beef Calf Support Scheme (lodged on 3 October 2007) Jamie Stone*

S3M-616 Combating Sectarianism (lodged on 3 October 2007) Helen Eadie*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-615 Still Human, Still Here (lodged on 3 October 2007) Bill Wilson*, David Whitton*

S3M-614 Scottish Special Olympics Athletes (lodged on 3 October 2007) Dave Thompson*, Christine Grahame*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-612# Car Parking Charges at Stobhill Hospital (lodged on 3 October 2007) Helen Eadie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-611 Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 3 October 2007) Helen Eadie*, George Foulkes*, Duncan McNeil*

S3M-606 Agri-Environment Agreements (lodged on 2 October 2007) Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-605.1 South Nimmo GP Practice - Airdrie (lodged on 4 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-594 Highland Diabetes Institute (lodged on 2 October 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-592 Flu Jab - Nothing to Sneeze At (lodged on 2 October 2007) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-591 The Big Blockade (lodged on 2 October 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Marlyn Glen*, Patrick Harvie*, Elaine Smith*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Keith Brown*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christina McKelvie*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-590 Living Food Festival Success (lodged on 1 October 2007) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-588 Wear it Pink (lodged on 1 October 2007) Ted Brocklebank*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-584 David Cairns’ Comments on New Nuclear Power Stations (lodged on 1 October 2007) Christine Grahame*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-582 The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival (lodged on 1 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-581 Police Cameras (lodged on 1 October 2007) Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-577 Kilmarnock Football Club - Spot On for Best Food in Scotland (lodged on 28 September 2007) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-574 ProjectScotland and Boroughmuir Rugby Football Club Partnership (lodged on 28 September 2007) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-571 Calls for Restraint in Myanmar Crisis (lodged on 27 September 2007) Aileen Campbell*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-560 Dispute at Edinburgh’s Telford College (lodged on 27 September 2007) Margaret Smith*

S3M-557 National Autistic Society in Scotland - Daldorch House School Senior Campus (lodged on 27 September 2007) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-553 Healthy Children, Healthy Communities (lodged on 26 September 2007) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-551 Congratulations to RBS and HBOS (lodged on 26 September 2007) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-548 Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007 (lodged on 26 September 2007) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-534 Iraq - Genocide (lodged on 24 September 2007) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-524# Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland (lodged on 19 September 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-501 Colin McRae (lodged on 19 September 2007) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-492 Action Against Human Trafficking (lodged on 18 September 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Margaret Smith*

S3M-478# Congratulations to Julia Cross, Taekwon-do World Champion (lodged on 14 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-467 Scottish Football Success (lodged on 13 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-466 Vive L’Ecosse! (lodged on 13 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-456 Congratulations to Ruaridh Cunningham, Mountain Biking Champion (lodged on 11 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-446 Don’t Ignore the Plight of Scotland’s Seas (lodged on 11 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Christine Grahame*, Aileen Campbell*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-309♦ Impact of the London Olympics on Lottery Funding (lodged on 23 July 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Angela Constance*, Christina McKelvie*

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