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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2770# Richard Lochhead: Proposed Closure of Rural and Special Needs Schools in Aberdeenshire—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposals by Aberdeenshire Council to close or amalgamate a number of local schools; recognises the strength of feeling amongst parents and the wider community over the implications of closing those schools, as illustrated by the formation of the Garioch Schools Action Group and other local campaigns; notes in particular the proposal to close St Andrew’s school in Inverurie, a school that is widely recognised as providing an excellent educational environment for children with special needs; recognises the opposition to the current proposals by local parents at St Andrew’s who are genuinely concerned by the impact some of the options proposed by Aberdeenshire Council will have on their children; notes the ongoing confusion over the exact nature of the local authority’s proposals which is causing considerable distress amongst parents; believes that Aberdeenshire Council must make available to parents all the necessary information in relation to all those schools proposed for closure as part of the current consultation process; considers that Aberdeenshire Council should recognise the strength of the arguments put forward by parents and the wider community for the retention of their local schools, and further considers that the Scottish Executive should play what role it can to ensure that Aberdeenshire Council’s proposals do not damage the educational welfare of the children and wider interests of the community.

S2M-2769 Elaine Smith: National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2005—That the Parliament notes that National Breastfeeding Awareness Week takes place between 8 and 14 May 2005; acknowledges the importance of the week in raising awareness of, and support for, breastfeeding; considers that Scotland has made considerable advances in recent years, including ensuring that 54% of Scottish babies are now born in a UNICEF "Baby Friendly" accredited maternity unit; congratulates health sector professionals who have worked tirelessly to achieve these improvements; considers that the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 provides a strong message of support for health professionals, breastfeeding mothers and their babies; recognises, however, that Scotland has failed to reach its target of having 50% of mothers still breastfeeding their babies at six weeks of life by 2005, and considers that this target should be reassessed with a view towards strengthening, and providing greater support for, the national breastfeeding strategy.

Supported by: Dr Jean Turner, Shiona Baird, Frances Curran, Eleanor Scott*, Nora Radcliffe*, Patrick Harvie*, Sarah Boyack*, Margaret Jamieson*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Susan Deacon*, Michael McMahon*, Christine Grahame*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Bill Butler*

S2M-2768# Dr Jean Turner: Royal College of Nursing’s "Wipe it Out" Campaign—That the Parliament commends the Royal College of Nursing’s "Wipe it Out" campaign on MRSA which highlights the need for a range of practical improvements to help reduce rates of healthcare-associated infections; believes that the minimum standards for infection prevention and control outlined in the campaign, including ensuring the supply of sufficient clean uniforms for staff, the universal provision of staff changing and laundry facilities and the availability of 24-hour cleaning teams in all acute hospitals, should be supported in order to help make further progress in dealing with MRSA and other healthcare-associated infections, and recognises the huge amount of work already being carried out across Scotland by the whole healthcare team and that staff need the support of politicians and public to maintain and enhance this vital work.

Supported by: Shiona Baird, Brian Adam, Frances Curran*, Eleanor Scott*, Nora Radcliffe*, Patrick Harvie*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Christine Grahame*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*

S2M-2767 Dennis Canavan: Falkirk Council’s Scroll Awards—That the Parliament commends Falkirk Council on its Scroll Awards scheme which recognises individuals, groups, clubs and teams who have brought merit and distinction to the Falkirk Council area through their achievements in, or service to, sport, the arts, the community and other activities and congratulates all those who have won awards.

S2M-2766 Mark Ballard: Animal Testing by Inveresk Research—That the Parliament notes the report by Animal Defenders International condemning animal cruelty at Inveresk Research; regrets any unnecessary cruelty in animal research and urges all organisations and institutions engaged in research involving animal testing to make stringent efforts to find replacement techniques; believes that animal tests should only be used if human trials are impossible and that no experimental procedure should be utilised that causes animals unnecessary suffering; further believes that no animal should ever be choked to death with paint, as is alleged to have happened at Inveresk Research, and that drugs for human inhalation should never be injected into monkeys, and calls for an inquiry by the Home Office Inspectorate of Her Majesty’s Government to ascertain what has happened at the Inveresk Research site and for the findings to be made public. R

S2M-2765 Roseanna Cunningham: Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill - Order of Consideration at Stage 2—That the Health Committee considers the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 in the following order: sections 9 to 36, schedules 2 and 3, sections 1 to 5, schedule 1, sections 6 to 8, section 37 and the long title.

S2M-2764 Iain Smith on behalf of the Procedures Committee: 4th Report 2005 (Session 2) of the Procedures Committee, Report on Private Legislation—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 4th Report 2005 (Session 2), Private Legislation (SP Paper 334); agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 12 May 2005, but agrees that new Rule 9A.1.4A shall not apply to any Bill introduced before 5 September 2005.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie

S2M-2763 Mr Ted Brocklebank: 60th Anniversary of Victory in Europe—That the Parliament commemorates the 60th anniversary on 8 May 2005 of the victory in Europe; pays particular tribute to the wartime role of RAF Leuchars in Fife; recognises the enormous human sacrifices made by British and Commonwealth forces and civilians as well as our allies abroad in the fight against fascism, and commends all those who have kept alive the memories of the Second World War as a means of preventing further conflict on this scale.

S2M-2762 Pauline McNeill on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee: 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2) of the Justice 1 Committee, Report on Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Justice 1 Committee’s 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2), Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons (SP Paper 291).

S2M-2761# Richard Lochhead: Scotland’s Energy Future—That the Parliament notes with alarm rising energy prices and recognises the subsequent threat to the Scottish economy and the quality of life for our citizens; further notes that there is an urgent need for governments and societies throughout the world to focus their attention on the issues of energy security and affordability, as well as the environmental impact of current energy use; believes that the need for greater energy self-sufficiency will become increasingly important; further believes that Scotland is well placed to meet these challenges; recognises the urgent requirement for the Scottish Executive to turn its attention to this issue to ensure that meeting Scotland’s energy needs is a greater political priority in the future, and considers that ministers should accelerate the development of a mix of renewable energy technologies.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Jim Mather, Shiona Baird*, Patrick Harvie*

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, Donald Gorrie

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, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Frances Curran

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-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, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-2755# Ms Rosemary Byrne: Investigation into Gulf War Syndrome—That the Parliament congratulates those individuals involved in presenting petition PE 709 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, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Frances Curran

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, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne

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, Richard Lochhead, Jim Mather, Campbell Martin, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Frances Curran*

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, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie

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, Mr John Swinney, Mike Pringle, Donald Gorrie, Ms Rosemary Byrne

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."

S2M-2367# Mrs Nanette Milne: Call for Action on the A90—That the Parliament notes with concern the number of road accidents on the A90 north of Aberdeen between Tipperty and Balmedie; further notes the significant number of new houses in and around the Ellon area which have added to the high volumes of traffic on this already congested road, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take action to upgrade this stretch of road as a matter of extreme urgency.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Alex Johnstone, David Mundell, Mr David Davidson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Margaret Mitchell, Murdo Fraser, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Jean Turner

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2746 International Nurses’ Day (lodged on 29 April 2005) Patrick Harvie*