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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2265 Malcolm Chisholm: Closing the Opportunity Gap—That the Parliament acknowledges the progress made in reducing poverty and extending opportunities in Scotland but recognises there is much more to do; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to closing the opportunity gap for those most excluded in urban and rural communities, and supports the Executive’s plans to deliver objectives and targets for increasing the chances of sustained employment for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, improving the confidence and skills of the most disadvantaged children and young people, reducing the vulnerability of low income families to financial exclusion and multiple debts, regenerating the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, increasing the rate of improvement of the health status of people living in the most deprived communities and improving access to high quality services for the most disadvantaged groups and individuals.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-2264 Malcolm Chisholm: Disability Discrimination Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees the principles contained in the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Bill, including the power to impose duties on public authorities, so far as those provisions relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or confer functions on the Scottish Ministers, and agrees that they should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-2263.1# Christine Grahame: The Closure of Rural Primary Schools in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2263) in the name of Alex Johnstone, insert at end "notes, however, that in the Members’ Business debate on motion S2M-1003 from Christine Grahame on school closures in the Scottish Borders on 25 March 2004 (Official Report col 7180-7181), David Mundell stated "It would be helpful to make clear the position—which is also my position—of my Conservative colleagues on Scottish Borders Council. They clearly believe that no school should close unless closure has the support of parents and the community. On the consultation proposals that have been put forward by Scottish Borders Council, it is already clear in most cases that if the closure of a school does not attract the support of parents and their communities, Conservative councillors on Scottish Borders Council will not support it", and further notes that, despite this statement of intent, Conservative councillors have voted, inter alia, for the closure of the following primary schools against the express wishes of parents and larger community, Cranshaws, Oxnam, Teviothead, Hutton, Burnmouth and Glen Douglas."

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Fiona Hyslop*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2263# The Closure of Rural Primary Schools in Scotland (lodged on 14 January 2005) Margaret Mitchell*, Eleanor Scott*, John Scott*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Bill Aitken*, Murdo Fraser*, Chris Ballance*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-2262# Ban on Sale of Arms to China (lodged on 14 January 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-2261 Reinstatement of Central College of Commerce Lecturer, Jim O’Donovan (lodged on 14 January 2005) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-2260 Wheelchair Curling Championships (lodged on 14 January 2005) Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-2259 Fairtrade and South Ayrshire Council (lodged on 14 January 2005) Margaret Jamieson*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-2256 Release of Guantanamo Bay Detainees (lodged on 13 January 2005) Colin Fox*, Campbell Martin*, Rob Gibson*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-2254 War Crimes in Iraq (lodged on 13 January 2005) Colin Fox*, Campbell Martin*

S2M-2252 Reinstatement of Jim O’Donovan (lodged on 13 January 2005) Bristow Muldoon*

S2M-2251 Congratulations to President Abbas (lodged on 13 January 2005) Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-2250 National No School Uniform Day, Friday 21 January 2005 (lodged on 13 January 2005) Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-2248 Scottish Rugby (lodged on 12 January 2005) Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-2239 Scottish Polar Expedition (lodged on 11 January 2005) Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-2232# Audit of Services for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Statistical Report (2004) (lodged on 10 January 2005) Margaret Jamieson*, Cathie Craigie*

S2M-2230 Family Mediation (lodged on 10 January 2005) Stewart Stevenson*

S2M-2226 Flooding in Carlisle (lodged on 10 January 2005) Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-2222 Christmas Card Recycling Scheme (lodged on 7 January 2005) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-2180.1 Congratulations to Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 11 January 2005) Pauline McNeill*, Margaret Jamieson*, Karen Whitefield*, Des McNulty*

S2M-2141# Eco Schools Programme (lodged on 9 December 2004) Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-2114# Robert Burns National Heritage Park (lodged on 6 December 2004) Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-2076# Network Rail GSM-R Masts (lodged on 25 November 2004) Colin Fox*