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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2802# Alex Fergusson:ME Awareness Week—That the Parliament recognises ME Awareness Week and acknowledges the recent announcement by the Scottish Executive that it will carry out a strategic needs assessment programme for ME sufferers in Scotland; further believes that a national approach is required for the treatment of sufferers of this disease and that a centre of excellence would be essential in order to best utilise professional expertise in the field, and believes that more balanced research is necessary to explore the neurological aspects of ME rather than the psychological ones which have already been explored in depth with no positive outcome.

* S2M-2801 Robert Brown:Right to Buy—That the Parliament notes the need for provision for pressured area status in respect of right to buy under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001; notes, however, the lack of take-up of the status by local authorities and the extent of the requirements made of local authorities by the Scottish Executive on the matter; believes that a balanced use of right to buy requires an effective pressured area status, and takes the view that the Executive should simplify the criteria required to obtain pressured area status.

* S2M-2800 Jackie Baillie:Credit Union Funding—That the Parliament welcomes the recent European Commission ruling that will effectively remove the cap on government funding for credit unions, currently set at £68,000 over three years; notes that credit unions are eligible to apply for Service of the General Economic Interest status, allowing for government funding to provide simple financial products targeted at the financially excluded; welcomes the considerable efforts by the Scottish Executive to obtain this outcome, and acknowledges that, in the context of one in 10 Scottish households lacking basic financial products and the problems of over-indebtedness, credit unions have a critically important role to play in our communities.

* S2M-2799 Eleanor Scott:Congratulations to Scottish Natural Heritage for Gaelic Website—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on the production of its new Gaelic website and urges all other public bodies to follow SNH’s example and use the Gaelic language routinely in their communications and materials.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ toirt meal-a-naidheachd do Dhualchas Nàdair na h-Alba ann a bhith a’ cruthachadh làrach-lìn ùr anns a’ Ghàidhlig agus gu bheil i a’ brosnachadh bhuidhnean poblach eile a bhith a’ leantail eiseimpleir SNH agus a’ cleachdadh na Gàidhlig gu cunbhalach anns na brathan naidheachd agus foillseachaidhean aca.

* S2M-2798 Colin Fox:Remembering Those Who Fought and Died in World War II—That the Parliament acknowledges the 60th anniversary of VE Day and pays tribute to those all over the world who fought against the evil of Nazism and fascism in World War II; recognises that, alongside the 57,000 Scots who gave their lives, many millions across the world also died in the conflict; believes that Scotland owes a huge debt to all those who fought on its behalf and that it is right to remember their sacrifice, and further believes that the best tribute that can be made in remembering them at this time is to build a peaceful world, one where the resources of the world are shared out equally between all the peoples of the world.

* S2M-2797 Eleanor Scott:Reintroduction of the Beaver—That the Parliament commends Scottish Natural Heritage for its commitment to ecological restoration and, in line with the European Habitats Directive, the reintroduction of species that are locally extinct in Scotland; supports its proposal for a trial reintroduction of European beavers to Scotland, and urges the Scottish Executive to give permission for the trial to go ahead in time for release of beavers into the wild in the spring of 2006.

* S2M-2796 Alex Neil on behalf of the Enterprise and Culture Committee:3rd Report 2005 (Session 2) of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, Report on Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2): Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards (SP Paper 305).

* S2M-2795# Mrs Nanette Milne:Dyce Transport Management Organisation—That the Parliament welcomes the formation of Dyce Transportation Management Organisation as a means of addressing traffic congestion and other transport problems in Dyce; notes that the first members of the new organisation include Aker Kvaerner, BP, Schlumberger, Dril-Quip and BAA Aberdeen Airport, and further notes that the aim of the organisation is to identify and implement measures such as car sharing, shuttle buses and car clubs in order to offer solutions to Dyce’s particular traffic problems.

* S2M-2793.1 Fiona Hyslop:Schools/Colleges Review—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2793) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end “but, in doing so, recognises that the success of the strategy will depend in particular on the effectiveness of measures that address college capacity, pupil accreditation and training of lecturers.”

* S2M-2793.2 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton:Schools/Colleges Review—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2793) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end “but notes, however, the need for the Executive to monitor issues of funding, college capacity and delivery of the strategy, particularly in rural areas.”

* S2M-2788# Rosie Kane:The Planning Process and the M74 Northern Extension—That the Parliament *considers that* any proposal by the Scottish Executive to restrict public input into the planning process *should be rejected*; recognises that the planning process requires change but notes that any change should be in the interests of democracy and inclusion; believes that local knowledge is imperative when planning decisions are being made; notes the recommendation of the public inquiry reporter that the M74 project should not proceed, and thanks residents along the route and beyond for their continued interest and input on this issue.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2794 Commemorating Scotland’s Veterans (lodged on 10 May 2005) Christine Grahame*, Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-2792 The Lancastria (lodged on 10 May 2005) Fiona Hyslop*, Rosie Kane*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Chris Ballance*, Eleanor Scott*, Dr Jean Turner*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-2791 Jack Nicklaus - St Andrews Community Council Snub (lodged on 10 May 2005) Phil Gallie*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Alex Johnstone*, Tricia Marwick*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Aitken*, Mike Pringle*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2784 #Stop Violence Against Women (lodged on 10 May 2005) Chris Ballance*, Colin Fox*, Trish Godman*

S2M-2782 Monaghan Mushrooms (lodged on 10 May 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-2778 Aberdeen University Word Festival (lodged on 9 May 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*, Robin Harper*

S2M-2777 Battle of the Atlantic (lodged on 9 May 2005) Chris Ballance*, Phil Gallie*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-2770 #Proposed Closure of Rural and Special Needs Schools in Aberdeenshire (lodged on 6 May 2005) Robin Harper*

S2M-2769 National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2005 (lodged on 5 May 2005) Cathie Craigie*, Alex Neil*

S2M-2768 #Royal College of Nursing’s “Wipe it Out” Campaign (lodged on 5 May 2005) John Swinburne*, Alex Neil*

S2M-2767 Falkirk Council’s Scroll Awards (lodged on 5 May 2005) John Swinburne*, Alex Neil*

S2M-2763 60th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (lodged on 4 May 2005) Alex Johnstone*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Richard Lochhead*, Robert Brown*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Phil Gallie*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, John Scott*, John Swinburne*, Tricia Marwick*, Alex Fergusson*, Murdo Fraser*, Mark Ballard*, Bill Aitken*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Mary Scanlon*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-2761 #Scotland’s Energy Future (lodged on 4 May 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*, John Swinburne*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-2760 Outstanding Legacy of Bob Hunter, Co-Founder of Greenpeace (lodged on 3 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2758 #A 21st Century Bridge for 21st Century Fife (lodged on 3 May 2005) Michael McMahon*

S2M-2756 Life Expectancy Gap for Glasgow Remains the Same After 100 Years of Labour Rule (lodged on 3 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2755 #Investigation into Gulf War Syndrome (lodged on 3 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2754 Exclusion of Communities from the Planning Process (lodged on 3 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2752 Foster Care Fortnight, 9 to 22 May 2005 (lodged on 3 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2751 International Nurses’ Day 2005: Patient Safety and Targeting Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines (lodged on 3 May 2005) John Swinburne*, Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-2746 International Nurses’ Day (lodged on 29 April 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*, John Swinburne*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-2741 #Merchant Ships, Maritime Skills and Shipyards (lodged on 28 April 2005) Mike Pringle*, Sarah Boyack*, Robert Brown*, Mike Watson*, Helen Eadie*, Paul Martin*

S2M-2732 #Europe Day - 9 May 2005 (lodged on 26 April 2005) Karen Whitefield*

S2M-2714 World Lupus Day 2005 (lodged on 19 April 2005) Mr Brian Monteith*, Bristow Muldoon*, Mark Ballard*

S2M-2712 #Autistic Spectrum Disorder (lodged on 19 April 2005) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-2485 Human Cloning (lodged on 25 February 2005) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-2367 #Call for Action on the A90 (lodged on 3 February 2005) John Swinburne*