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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(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-2760 Robin Harper: Outstanding Legacy of Bob Hunter, Co-Founder of Greenpeace—That the Parliament expresses its sadness at the relatively early death of Bob Hunter, co-founder of Greenpeace, from prostate cancer; recognises the outstanding contribution he made in drawing global attention to wide-ranging ecological issues, and recognises that there could be no better way of honouring Bob Hunter’s notable legacy than for the Scottish Executive to honour its own commitments to environmental conservation and combating climate change.

Supported by: Shiona Baird*

*S2M-2759 Rosie Kane: The First Minister, Friends of the Earth and the Mole—That the Parliament welcomes the fact that the First Minister is a member and supporter of Friends Of The Earth Scotland; congratulates the organisation for the work that it does to ensure that there is a better environment, both locally and globally; trusts that the First Minister will continue to support Friends Of The Earth in the future and will listen to Friends Of The Earth’s concerns regarding the document headed "Restricted" and entitled Modernising the Scottish Planning System, and congratulates whoever the "mole" was who ensured that this important information was put into the public domain.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*

*S2M-2758 Scott Barrie: A 21st Century Bridge for 21st Century Fife—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Forth Estuary Transport Authority to support the construction of a further bridge across the Forth at Queensferry; accepts that, even with improvements in public transport, the existing Forth Road Bridge is incapable of coping with the current level of traffic; believes that the limitations on the existing bridges into, and out of, Fife are seriously affecting the economic regeneration of the Kingdom; notes that improvements to rail services to Edinburgh are essential but that these alone will not resolve the transport difficulties across the Forth, and hopes that the new bridge will be multi-modal, allowing for future light rail developments from Fife.

Supported by: Christine May*

*S2M-2757 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 4th Report 2005, Report on Private Legislation

followed by Justice 1 Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2005, Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 12 May 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Schools/Colleges Review

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Veterans

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Enterprise and Culture Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2005, Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 1st Report 2005, An Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: The Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 May 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that Stage 2 of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill be completed by 15 June 2005.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-2756 Ms Sandra White: Life Expectancy Gap for Glasgow Remains the Same After 100 Years of Labour Rule—That the Parliament notes the report published in the British Medical Journal in April 2005, "Health Inequalities and New Labour: how the promises compare with real progress", which highlighted that the life-expectancy gap remains the same as it was 100 years ago, that Glasgow still has the poorest life expectancy in the United Kingdom, with the average length of time you can expect to live in some parts of the city being just 63 years and that the city continues to have among the worst levels of heart disease, stroke and cancer rates in Europe; notes the report’s conclusion that New Labour "have yet to effectively tackle the wider issue of inequality"; notes that almost 100 years of Labour domination in Glasgow have not improved the lives of the city’s poorest and most vulnerable inhabitants, and calls on the Labour-led Scottish Executive to apply a higher dosage of redistributive policies to end poverty and its associated social problems in Scotland once and for all.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

*S2M-2755# Ms Rosemary Byrne: Investigation into Gulf War Syndrome—That the Parliament congratulates those individuals involved in presenting petition PE709 on Gulf War Syndrome to the Public Petitions Committee; considers that it is disappointing that the committee felt unable to take this matter forward; believes that an investigation into the health aspects of gulf war syndrome should be initiated, and considers that MSPs should meet a delegation of the petitioners.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Campbell Martin*, Rosie Kane*

*S2M-2754 Rosie Kane: Exclusion of Communities from the Planning Process—That the Parliament rejects any proposal by the Scottish Executive to restrict public input into the planning process; recognises that the planning process requires change but notes that any change should be in the interest of democracy and inclusion; believes that local knowledge is imperative when planning decisions are being made and is concerned that the Executive is reacting negatively and undemocratically to increased interest by communities in its activities and is openly attempting to curb that access, and demands that the First Minister explain to the public whether, and, if so, why, the Executive has decided to preclude citizens from the decision making process.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*

*S2M-2753 Mr Stewart Maxwell: Support for Publicly-Appointed Ferry Service Users’ Representation—That the Parliament supports the Caledonian MacBrayne Users’ Committee, whose members are appointed by public selection and are committed to the Nolan principles; notes with dismay that, when this body is abolished as a result of the Railways Act 2005, the Scottish Executive wishes to replace this publicly-accountable committee with the existing shipping services advisory committees, which have been set up by Caledonian MacBrayne and meet in private, and with a Scottish ferry committee which will be made up of representatives of local authorities, members of the shipping services advisory committees, national bodies, Scottish ministers and representatives of other users, and urges the Executive to ensure that passengers, and in particular foot passengers, are properly represented by publicly-appointed members of a body that will protect their interests in the provision of these lifeline services.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

*S2M-2752 Mr Adam Ingram: Foster Care Fortnight, 9 to 22 May 2005—That the Parliament supports Foster Care Fortnight, organised by the Fostering Network Scotland; notes that there are currently 3,500 children and young people being looked after by 2,500 foster families who are now the primary resource for children in the care system, and seeks support from the Scottish Executive to increase foster carer numbers by bringing forward a clear national strategy with key objectives to increase the numbers of carers, improve the match between children and foster families, provide accredited training for foster parents, provide support services for foster carers and establish national standards and an inspection regime.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

*S2M-2751 Dr Jean Turner: International Nurses’ Day 2005: Patient Safety and Targeting Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines—That the Parliament pledges its support for International Nurses’ Day, which is celebrated around the world every 12 May on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth; notes that the theme for 2005, "Nurses for Patient Safety: Targeting Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines", is to increase awareness of the existence and consequences of counterfeit medicines which the World Health Organisation estimates make up more than 10% of the global medicines available in the market and are found in both developed and developing countries; further notes that the World Health Organisation also estimates that up to 25% of the medicines used in developing countries are counterfeit or substandard; recognises that nurses are on the front line of health, administering or prescribing medicines and are well positioned to monitor drug effects and side effects; believes that, by choosing this theme for International Nurses’ Day, the International Council of Nurses highlights the serious threat to patient safety that counterfeit medicines have become, and urges that every effort is made to provide tools to identify counterfeit drugs and to report any suspicious medicines, especially these with improper packaging and labelling.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Shiona Baird*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*

*S2M-2742.1 Phil Gallie: M77 Extension—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2742) in the name of Margaret Jamieson, insert at end "but albeit regrets the four lost years of inactivity that delayed the start of the extension and which followed the election of the Labour Government in 1997."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2750 Holyrood Project: Freedom of Information Request (lodged on 29 April 2005) Christine Grahame*

S2M-2746 International Nurses’ Day (lodged on 29 April 2005) Jackie Baillie*, Michael McMahon*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-2745 Careers Scotland Dispute (lodged on 29 April 2005) Jackie Baillie*, Brian Adam*

S2M-2744# Anglo Beef Processing Plant at Bathgate (lodged on 28 April 2005) Phil Gallie*

S2M-2742 M77 Extension (lodged on 28 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2741# Merchant Ships, Maritime Skills and Shipyards (lodged on 28 April 2005) Phil Gallie*, Linda Fabiani*, Jackie Baillie*, Brian Adam*, Michael McMahon*

S2M-2740 Alleged Breaches of Traffic Law by Ministry of Defence (lodged on 28 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2739 Interdepartmental Working Group on Freedom of Information (lodged on 28 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2738# International Workers’ Memorial Day (lodged on 27 April 2005) Patrick Harvie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Bristow Muldoon*, Cathie Craigie*, Frances Curran*, Shiona Baird*, Christine Grahame*, Elaine Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Linda Fabiani*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Carolyn Leckie*, Eleanor Scott*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-2734 Chernobyl Anniversary (lodged on 26 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Brian Adam*

S2M-2732# Europe Day - 9 May 2005 (lodged on 26 April 2005) Dr Elaine Murray*, Margaret Jamieson*, Jackie Baillie*, Michael McMahon*, Cathie Craigie*, Mike Pringle*, Sarah Boyack*, Christine May*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2730 No Confidence in HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (lodged on 26 April 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-2728 Closure Threat to Longhaven School, Aberdeenshire (lodged on 25 April 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Brian Adam*

S2M-2727 Canadian Seal Cull: Inhumane and Unnecessary (lodged on 22 April 2005) Tommy Sheridan*, Shiona Baird*, Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-2726# Supporting Local Producers (lodged on 21 April 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Brian Adam*

S2M-2725 Glasgow to Host the 2007 UEFA Cup Final (lodged on 21 April 2005) Dennis Canavan*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2724 The Cost of Doing Nothing (lodged on 21 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2718 Diversions from Prosecution (lodged on 20 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2714 World Lupus Day 2005 (lodged on 19 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2709 Lothian and Borders Progress 2 Work Project (lodged on 15 April 2005) Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*, Shiona Baird*, Colin Fox*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-2707# Support for Inclusion Scotland Manifesto (lodged on 15 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2706# Gulf War Veterans (lodged on 15 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2705 Morgan Jamieson, National Clinical Lead for Children and Young People’s Health (lodged on 15 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2699 Homeless World Cup (lodged on 14 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2695 Tesco’s Profits (lodged on 13 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2683# Trade Justice Week (lodged on 11 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2678 Solar One (lodged on 5 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2676 World Health Organisation World Health Day (lodged on 4 April 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2672# Save Stobhill Hospital and Scottish Inpatient Beds (lodged on 1 April 2005) Miss Annabel Goldie*

S2M-2408# Suicides by Older People in Scotland (lodged on 9 February 2005) Dennis Canavan*



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