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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2572# Mark Ballard: Supermarkets Causing the Demise of Family Grocer Businesses—That the Parliament notes with concern the results of a survey published in The Grocer this week revealing alarming predictions of the ongoing demise of small local shops, where nearly 60% of shopkeepers said they would dissuade their children from following them into business; notes that the New Economics Foundation’s report, Ghost Town Britain, states that "the decline of both small shops and wholesalers is closely linked to the ever-tightening stranglehold exercised by a handful of supermarket chains over the country’s food retailing"; regrets the detrimental effect on local economies, producers and communities of the big four supermarkets’ control of 75% of food retail in the UK, and urges the Scottish Executive to take all and any steps within its powers to stop the loss of local butchers, bakers, grocers and other small-scale retailers vital to the life of our communities.

*S2M-2571 Michael McMahon: Hamilton Fairtrade Town—That the Parliament congratulates the town of Hamilton for achieving Fairtrade Town status; recognises that this was the result of the hard work and dedication of ordinary members of the community, South Lanarkshire Council officials, staff and pupils in the town’s schools and the local co-operative movement, and notes that this recognition indicates the increasing awareness of the need to promote fair trade across Scotland.

*S2M-2570 Shiona Baird: Declaration of the UN Commission on the Status of Women—That the Parliament recognises that the 49th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is currently meeting in New York to review the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; is concerned that the United States of America has tabled amendments to the draft Declaration that substantially weaken it; opposes any amendments to the draft Declaration, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support urgently the statement from the ECE NGO Regional Caucus, which calls for the full and complete implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women and the outcome of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly.

*S2M-2569 Iain Smith on behalf of the Procedures Committee: Procedures in Relation to the Commissioner for Public Appointments—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2), Procedures in relation to the Commissioner for Public Appointments (SP Paper 304), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 18 March 2005.

Supported by: Karen Gillon*

*S2M-2568 Nicola Sturgeon: Software Patents—That the Parliament notes with concern the common position reached on 7 March 2005 by the EU Competitiveness Council relating to software patents; considers that the EU proposals mark a serious threat to many software developers and the open source community, including many innovative people based in Scotland; further notes that there was apparently no Scottish minister present at the Council to represent Scottish interests, the UK instead being represented by an unelected member of the House of Lords; believes that, given the importance of issues of this nature to the Scottish economy, intellectual property matters should fall within the control of the Scottish Parliament, and calls on the European institutions to reject the plans allowing for the patenting of software.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*

*S2M-2567 Carolyn Leckie: Congratulations to the Principled Trident Protestors—That the Parliament congratulates the Trident Ploughshares protestors, including Rosie Kane MSP, for their principled and direct stand against Britain’s weapons of mass destruction including Trident, which is capable of destruction 2,000 times that of Hiroshima at a cost of £1 billion per year, money that would be better spent investing in society’s future, not its destruction; believes that the protestors should be rewarded for their community service; understands that, in the absence of a parliament with the power or political will to dismantle these weapons, extra-parliamentary direct action is legitimate, and hopes that such protest is successful in its aims.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Frances Curran*, Campbell Martin*, Tommy Sheridan*, Rosie Kane*

*S2M-2566 Alex Neil: Mismanagement at Kilmarnock Prison—That the Parliament notes the BBC’s revealing investigation into the management practices of Premier Custodial Group Ltd at Kilmarnock Prison which indicates that there is a problem with low staff morale, understaffing, numerous instances of drug abuse by prisoners and significant concerns about the lack of proper procedures in relation to suicide watches; believes this to be as a result of mismanagement and notes that the Prison Officers’ Association has grave concerns about the way in which Kilmarnock Prison is run; contends that the experiment with the privatisation of prisons, where profit is put before prisoner punishment and rehabilitation, has been a dismal failure, and calls on the Scottish Executive to immediately cancel the contract with Premier Custodial Group Ltd for running Kilmarnock Prison and bring it under the direct control of the Scottish Prison Service.

*S2M-2565 Fergus Ewing: Scottish Rail Passenger Committee—That the Parliament believes that the abolition of Regional Rail Passenger Committees, formerly Rail Users Consultative Committees, to be replaced by a national Rail Passengers Council, as provided for in the UK Railways Bill, is a retrograde step; calls on the Scottish Executive to secure the establishment of a Scottish Rail Passenger Committee that would be equipped with identical powers, enshrined in statute, to the new Rail Passengers Council that would require the provision of information to it by Network Rail and the Executive; applauds the work of the Rail Passenger Committees, and believes that the new UK body will fail to fulfil the role of a customer watchdog.

*S2M-2564 Mr Bruce McFee: Scottish Standard—That the Parliament welcomes the newly-launched Scottish Standard, Scotland’s only pro-independence newspaper, as a valuable addition to Scotland’s otherwise unionist press.

*S2M-2550.1 Bruce Crawford: Stirling Council’s Neglect of Stirling’s Roads—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2550) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, leave out from "and calls on" to end and insert "recognises that the problems with the conditions of Stirling’s roads started with the reduction in public expenditure introduced by the last Conservative UK government, and calls on the Scottish Executive and Stirling Council to agree and implement a joint action plan to address the neglect of Stirling’s roads as a matter of urgency."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2563 Helensburgh Blossom Festival, 23 and 24 April 2005 (lodged on 9 March 2005) Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-2562 Scottish Standard (lodged on 9 March 2005) Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-2559 Clearances Denial (lodged on 9 March 2005) Brian Adam*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Stewart Stevenson*, Richard Lochhead*, Shiona Baird*, Eleanor Scott*, Alex Neil*, Robin Harper*, Tommy Sheridan*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Campbell Martin*, Michael Matheson*, Carolyn Leckie*, Jim Mather*, Mr Bruce McFee*, George Lyon*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Dr Jean Turner*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr John Swinney*

S2M-2558 Commemoration of the Scottish Women’s Suffrage Movement (lodged on 9 March 2005) Karen Gillon*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Bill Butler*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Susan Deacon*, Mike Watson*, Ms Sandra White*, Tricia Marwick*, Cathy Peattie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Alex Neil*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Mr John Swinney*, Nora Radcliffe*, Carolyn Leckie*, Michael McMahon*, Jackie Baillie*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Sarah Boyack*, Cathie Craigie*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Bruce Crawford*, Brian Adam*

S2M-2557 Save School Boards (lodged on 9 March 2005) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-2556 Proposed Closure of BPB Papermill at Mugiemoss, Aberdeen (lodged on 9 March 2005) Michael Matheson*, Fergus Ewing*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Jim Mather*, Alex Johnstone*, Alex Neil*, Nora Radcliffe*, Richard Lochhead*, Christine Grahame*, Bruce Crawford*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2555 Congratulations to Peterhead FC (lodged on 9 March 2005) Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2553# Action on Skin Disease (lodged on 8 March 2005) Sarah Boyack*, Stewart Stevenson*

S2M-2552# Stamp Duty Rebate Scheme (lodged on 8 March 2005) Robin Harper*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2550 Stirling Council’s Neglect of Stirling’s Roads (lodged on 8 March 2005) John Scott*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Dr Jean Turner*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-2548# McCowan’s of Stenhousemuir in Receivership (lodged on 8 March 2005) Mr Bruce McFee*, John Swinburne*, Dr Jean Turner*, Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-2546 More Funding for Smoking Cessation Services (lodged on 8 March 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2544# Hannah Research Institute - Loss of Home Based Scientists (lodged on 8 March 2005) John Scott*, Mr David Davidson*, Murray Tosh*, Alex Fergusson*

S2M-2542 21 April 2005 - Anniversary of Mordechai Vanunu’s Release from Prison (lodged on 8 March 2005) Robin Harper*, Susan Deacon*, Karen Gillon*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Elaine Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2534 Stop Elder Abuse (lodged on 7 March 2005) John Swinburne*, Frances Curran*

S2M-2533 International Women’s Day - Women, Low Pay and Nursery Nurses (lodged on 7 March 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2532 Gretna Football Club - Promotion to the Second Division (lodged on 7 March 2005) Karen Gillon*, Mike Watson*

S2M-2531 Promotion of Gretna Football Club (lodged on 7 March 2005) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mike Watson*

S2M-2524# International Women’s Day, 8 March 2005 (lodged on 3 March 2005) Mike Watson*

S2M-2522# Wipe Out Debt (lodged on 3 March 2005) Des McNulty*

S2M-2521 First-time House Purchasers (lodged on 3 March 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2520# Outsourcing of Rail Call Centre Work from Dingwall and Edinburgh (lodged on 3 March 2005) Trish Godman*

S2M-2517 SCIAF 40th Anniversary (lodged on 2 March 2005) Sarah Boyack*

S2M-2513# No Smoking Day 2005 (lodged on 2 March 2005) Trish Godman*

S2M-2504# Centenary of Barnardo’s (lodged on 1 March 2005) Mary Scanlon*, Sarah Boyack*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Karen Gillon*

S2M-2502# Trial Reintroduction of the European Beaver (lodged on 1 March 2005) Iain Smith*

S2M-2497# TETRA Masts (lodged on 1 March 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2496 Glasgow City Council’s Gaelic Education Provision (lodged on 1 March 2005) Frances Curran*

S2M-2486 Support for Geography Teachers (lodged on 25 February 2005) Phil Gallie*

S2M-2484 Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (lodged on 25 February 2005) Mike Watson*, John Scott*, Mr Andrew Welsh*

S2M-2483# Commonwealth Week, 14 to 20 March 2005: Year of Africa (lodged on 25 February 2005) Des McNulty*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Andrew Welsh*

S2M-2480# Asthma: Out of Sight, Out of Mind (lodged on 25 February 2005) Janis Hughes*, Karen Gillon*

S2M-2471 Debt Relief (lodged on 24 February 2005) John Scott*

S2M-2467 Rotary International 100th Anniversary (lodged on 23 February 2005) Phil Gallie*

S2M-2427# Congratulations to Home Aid, Bathgate (lodged on 11 February 2005) Karen Gillon*, Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2411# Co-operative Education (lodged on 9 February 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2263# The Closure of Rural Primary Schools in Scotland (lodged on 14 January 2005) Patrick Harvie*