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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 which members wish to be considered for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash 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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

* S2M-2423# Tommy Sheridan:Commiserations to Camilla—That the Parliament notes the forthcoming marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles; expresses its congratulations to the heir to the throne for finally making an honest man and woman of himself and his bidie-in, and expresses commiserations to the bride-to-be on marrying into a family which has been described as dysfunctional.

* S2M-2422# Tommy Sheridan:Tax the Rich—That the Parliament notes the Prime Minister’s recent rejection of a higher top-rate income tax level; believes that such protection of the rich and super-rich amounts to a “protection racket” which ensures that the obscene income inequality gap in Scotland and across Britain continues to grow and shame our society, and further believes that higher tax rates linked to a living minimum wage and legal maximum wage would radically assault the twin scourges of low pay and inequality of income.

* S2M-2421 Cathy Jamieson:Fire ( Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Fire ( Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

* S2M-2420 Tommy Sheridan:Congratulations to Franz Ferdinand—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow-based band, Franz Ferdinand, for doing Scotland proud in winning the Best Group and Best Rock Act at the Brits Music Awards ceremony in London on 9 February 2005; believes that Scotland has an abundance of artistic and creative talent that should be nourished, cherished and promoted, and further believes that successful Scots performers, writers and artists should be more involved in developing an all-inclusive strategy to harness our talents across the whole of Scotland.

* S2M-2419 Margaret Jamieson:Responsible Development of Onshore Wind Farms—That the Parliament notes with concern the continued scaremongering on the subject of onshore wind farms; regrets the tactics being used by some members of the Scottish Parliament to promote the view that all wind farm proposals are in very remote areas; recognises the proposal to build Whitelee wind farm, which crosses the boundaries of East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire local authority areas and which, if approved, would be the largest onshore development in Europe, providing almost half of the Scottish renewable target, and would be immediately adjacent to a major centre of power demand; welcomes the potential 300 construction jobs over a phased 30-month construction period, the £250 million of contracts that could be tendered for by Scottish companies and the provision of an easily-accessible visitor centre, and calls on all interested bodies involved in this exciting project to work towards a successful outcome to coincide with the G8 summit’s focus on climate change when the eyes of the world will be on Scotland.

* S2M-2418 Iain Smith:Final Review of Oral Questions and Minor Rule-changes—That the Parliament (a) notes the Procedures Committee’s 2nd Report, 2005 (Session 2), Final Review of Oral Questions (SP Paper 287) and agrees that the changes to standing orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from Friday 18 March 2005, but that the current Rules 13.6 and 13.7 continue to have effect for the purposes of any Question Time in the week beginning Monday 21 March 2005; and (b) notes the Committee’s 1st Report, 2005 (Session 2), Minor Rule-changes (SP Paper 271) and agrees that the changes to standing orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 21 March 2005.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie*

* S2M-2417 Brian Adam:Proposal for a Committee Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the proposal for a Committee Bill under Rule 9.15 contained in the 1 st Report 2005 (Session 2) of the Standards Committee, Replacing the Members’ Interests Order (SP Paper 266).

* S2M-2416 Irene Oldfather:British Heart Foundation - Real Valentine Appeal—That the Parliament recognises that heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer and that, every two minutes, someone in the United Kingdom has a heart attack; acknowledges that a healthy diet and regular exercise is the best way to avoid heart disease; agrees, however, that sufferers of heart disease should have access to the best levels of care possible; appreciates the work of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for more than 40 years in leading the fight against heart disease by funding research, education and care; supports the charity’s Real Valentine Appeal which aims to raise £1 million to fund 30 new British Heart Foundation nurses who provide specialist care, reassurance and advice to patients, and encourages as many Scottish people as possible to get involved and post a Valentine note, either online on the BHF website or in a BHF shop window, to their loved one for a small donation to the campaign.

* S2M-2415 Ms Rosemary Byrne:Scottish Suffragette Women—That the Parliament pays tribute to the life of Flora Drummond; recognises her contribution to the suffragette movement; acknowledges the personal sacrifice she made while on hunger strike and in prison at nine different times; regrets that the role of Scottish suffragette women is not taught widely in Scottish education, and calls on the Scottish Executive to commemorate the role of Scottish suffragette women by pressurising Her Majesty’s Government for a posthumous pardon for all concerned.

* S2M-2414 Donald Gorrie:Review of SPCB Posts and Tasks—That the Parliament considers that, as part of its contribution to the Scottish Executive’s drive to make all government in Scotland as effective and economical as possible, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) should appoint an outside consultant to examine and report on the numbers and remits of the staff employed at Grades 5 to 8 by the SPCB in order to ensure that they match as well as possible the tasks which need to be done.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2413 Historic Scotland Ranger Service, Holyrood Park (lodged on 9 February 2005) Chris Ballance*, Rob Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Eleanor Scott*, Robin Harper*, Mark Ballard*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Colin Fox*, Murray Tosh*

S2M-2411 #Co-operative Education (lodged on 9 February 2005) Sarah Boyack*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mike Watson*, Marlyn Glen*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Christine May*, Helen Eadie*, Cathie Craigie*, Bristow Muldoon*, Linda Fabiani*, Michael McMahon*, Elaine Smith*, Margaret Jamieson*, Jackie Baillie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Scott Barrie*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Janis Hughes*

S2M-2409 Justice and Apology for the Conlon and Maguire Families (lodged on 9 February 2005) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Colin Fox*

S2M-2398 Tory Comments (lodged on 8 February 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-2387 #Fairtrade Fortnight (lodged on 8 February 2005) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Marlyn Glen*, Helen Eadie*, Cathie Craigie*, Mike Rumbles*, Scott Barrie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Patrick Harvie*

S2M-2386 Ellen MacArthur (lodged on 8 February 2005) Dr Jean Turner*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-2385 Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2005, Aberdeen (lodged on 7 February 2005) Dr Jean Turner*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Nora Radcliffe*, Alex Johnstone*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-2383 #The Museum of Lead Mining at Wanlockhead (lodged on 8 February 2005) Alasdair Morgan*, Mark Ballard*, Alex Neil*, John Scott*, Mary Scanlon*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Alex Johnstone*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Tricia Marwick*, Dr Jean Turner*, Mr John Swinney*, Mr David Davidson*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Bruce Crawford*

S2M-2382 Carers’ Cottage, Kilmarnock (lodged on 7 February 2005) Dr Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Helen Eadie*

S2M-2380 The Conservation of Salmon (Esk Salmon Fishery District) Regulations 2005 (lodged on 4 February 2005) Brian Adam*

S2M-2377 Reduce the Risk of Cancer (lodged on 4 February 2005) Brian Adam*, Irene Oldfather*

S2M-2376 #Boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park (lodged on 4 February 2005) Dennis Canavan*, Mike Rumbles*, Dr Jean Turner*, Brian Adam*

S2M-2375 The Right to Protest (lodged on 4 February 2005) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-2372 #G8 Summit (lodged on 3 February 2005) Brian Adam*

S2M-2371 Firefighters’ Dispute at Glasgow Airport (lodged on 3 February 2005) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-2369 Recovery, Reuse and Recycling of Mobile Phones and Printer Cartridges (lodged on 3 February 2005) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-2366 #Norwegian Smoking Ban Not Bad for Business (lodged on 3 February 2005) Brian Adam*

S2M-2364 #Civilian Peace Service (lodged on 2 February 2005) Brian Adam*

S2M-2363 Help the Aged’s New Year’s Resolutions (lodged on 2 February 2005) Brian Adam*

S2M-2357 #Responses to Extreme Weather Conditions in the Western Isles (lodged on 1 February 2005) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-2347 Year of the Volunteer 2005 - Month of Youth and Children (lodged on 1 February 2005) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-2322 Beating Bowel Cancer - 6th Loud Tie Campaign (lodged on 25 January 2005) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-2295 LGBT National Gathering in Dumfries Friday 18 to Sunday 20 February 2005 (lodged on 21 January 2005) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-2282 Eating Disorders Awareness Week (lodged on 20 January 2005) Brian Adam*

S2M-2276 #The Future of Clydeside Shipyards (lodged on 19 January 2005) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-2263.1 #The Closure of Rural Primary Schools in Scotland (lodged on 17 January 2005) Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-2262 #Ban on Sale of Arms to China (lodged on 14 January 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-2259 Fairtrade and South Ayrshire Council (lodged on 14 January 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-2256 Release of Guantanamo Bay Detainees (lodged on 13 January 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-2232 #Audit of Services for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Statistical Report (2004) (lodged on 10 January 2005) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-2223 Stoddard International PLC (lodged on 7 January 2005) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-2180 Congratulations to Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 16 December 2004) Jim Mather*

S2M-2133 Road Safety for the Elderly (lodged on 8 December 2004) Dr Sylvia Jackson*