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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2816 Christine Grahame: Borders Railway Commitment—That the Parliament, which voted unanimously for the reinstatement of the Waverley Line from Edinburgh to Carlisle, expresses its concern at yet further damaging leaks from the Scottish Executive regarding the Borders railway project and associated costs; believes that the highly conditional commitment made by ministers earlier this year set the bar too high for the people of the Borders and placed all of the risk onto the promoters; notes that this situation has been compounded by the poor presentation of the business case by Scottish Borders Council which has, through its own actions, given ammunition to those opposed to reinstating the line; emphasises the extremely damaging impact to the future economic prospects of the Scottish Borders should the project collapse, and therefore calls on the Executive to make a clear commitment to funding the line, as far as Tweedbank, now.

*S2M-2815 Richard Baker: Adult Learners’ Week—That the Parliament notes that Adult Learners’ Week takes place from 21 to 27 May 2005; further notes that this week forms a vital part of attracting adult learners who are under-represented in this field into education and training; welcomes publicity of the national freephone helpline, 0800 100 900, which offers impartial advice and guidance to adults on education, training and employment opportunities; congratulates the hundreds of organisations which open their doors and provide opportunities for new and existing adult learners to develop their skills, and praises the United Kingdom’s biggest festival of learning for celebrating the positive role that learning can play in changing people’s lives and for stimulating participation amongst those who do not think that learning is for them.

*S2M-2814 Brian Adam: Congratulations to Dyce Boys Club Under-17 Team on Winning the Scottish Youth FA Cup—That the Parliament congratulates Dyce Boys Club’s under-17 team on winning the Scottish Youth FA Cup on Sunday 15 May 2005; notes that this was the club’s third Scottish Cup success since its formation in 1980; further notes the recent prominence of Aberdeen-based teams in the competition, and hopes that youth football will continue to thrive in the north east and throughout Scotland as a whole.

*S2M-2813 Maureen Macmillan: Christian Aid Week - 15 to 21 May 2005—That the Parliament commends the work undertaken by Christian Aid which works in partnership with local organisations in more than 50 countries worldwide helping people to improve their own lives and tackle the causes of poverty and injustice; notes that Christian Aid Week takes place from 15 to 21 May 2005 when fundraising events will be taking place across the United Kingdom and Ireland to raise awareness and help those in the world’s poorest countries; further notes that Christian Aid will be participating in the forthcoming G8 gathering in Edinburgh on 2 July 2005 to call on Her Majesty’s Government and other G8 countries to take urgent action to make poverty history, and urges people to support the Make Poverty History campaign to improve the lives of millions of poor people around the world who live on less than 60 pence a day.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather*

*S2M-2813.1 Donald Gorrie: Christian Aid Week - 15 to 21 May 2005—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2813) in the name of Maureen Macmillan, insert at end “and also encourages members and the public to visit the Christian Aid book sale at St. Andrew’s and St. George’s Church in George Street, Edinburgh, the largest Christian Aid fundraising event, which continues until Friday 28 May 2005.”

*S2M-2812 Michael McMahon: Keir Hardie Memorial Primary School Eco School Award—That the Parliament congratulates Keir Hardie Memorial Primary School, Newarthill, Lanarkshire as it celebrates obtaining permanent Eco School status; notes that it is the only school in Scotland to have both permanent Eco School status and the Charter Mark; notes that it is the only school south of Perth so far to receive permanent Eco School status; recognises the efforts of staff, pupils and parents over a number of years in securing this achievement, and hopes that the school’s success will encourage others to reach the same level of success in making both schools and the wider community aware of the importance of protecting the environment.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2808 NUJ Freelance Day of Action 7 June 2005 (lodged on 12 May 2005) Chris Ballance*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Stewart Stevenson*, Robin Harper*, Christine Grahame* R, Shiona Baird*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2807 Buy Your Own White Stick! (lodged on 12 May 2005) Christine Grahame*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2805 Manor Avenue Pedestrian Crossing (lodged on 12 May 2005) Chris Ballance*, Robin Harper*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-2803 Co-Housing (lodged on 12 May 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2802 #ME Awareness Week (lodged on 11 May 2005) Christine Grahame*, Stewart Stevenson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2801 Right to Buy (lodged on 11 May 2005) Donald Gorrie*, Brian Adam*

S2M-2800 Credit Union Funding (lodged on 11 May 2005) Shiona Baird*, Chris Ballance*, Stewart Stevenson*, Karen Whitefield*, Susan Deacon*, Donald Gorrie*, Robin Harper*, Christine Grahame*, Mike Watson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2799 Congratulations to Scottish Natural Heritage for Gaelic Website (lodged on 11 May 2005) Chris Ballance*, Christine Grahame*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2798 Remembering Those Who Fought and Died in World War II (lodged on 11 May 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2797 Reintroduction of the Beaver (lodged on 11 May 2005) Chris Ballance*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2785 #Birth Rate and Poverty (lodged on 10 May 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2784 #Stop Violence Against Women (lodged on 10 May 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2778 Aberdeen University Word Festival (lodged on 9 May 2005) Stewart Stevenson*, Donald Gorrie*

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

S2M-2769 National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2005 (lodged on 5 May 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2768 #Royal College of Nursing’s "Wipe it Out" Campaign (lodged on 5 May 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2763 60th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (lodged on 4 May 2005) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-2761 #Scotland’s Energy Future (lodged on 4 May 2005) Ms Sandra White*

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

S2M-2755 #Investigation into Gulf War Syndrome (lodged on 3 May 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2753 Support for Publicly-Appointed Ferry Service Users’ Representation (lodged on 3 May 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2752 Foster Care Fortnight, 9 to 22 May 2005 (lodged on 3 May 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2751 International Nurses’ Day 2005: Patient Safety and Targeting Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines (lodged on 3 May 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2750 Holyrood Project: Freedom of Information Request (lodged on 29 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2746 International Nurses’ Day (lodged on 29 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2745 Careers Scotland Dispute (lodged on 29 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2741 #Merchant Ships, Maritime Skills and Shipyards (lodged on 28 April 2005) Shiona Baird*, Chris Ballance*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2740 Alleged Breaches of Traffic Law by Ministry of Defence (lodged on 28 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2739 Interdepartmental Working Group on Freedom of Information (lodged on 28 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2738 #International Workers’ Memorial Day (lodged on 27 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2734 Chernobyl Anniversary (lodged on 26 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2730 No Confidence in HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (lodged on 26 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2724 The Cost of Doing Nothing (lodged on 21 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2715 Racism Ban’d (lodged on 19 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2714 World Lupus Day 2005 (lodged on 19 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Stewart Stevenson*

S2M-2712 #Autistic Spectrum Disorder (lodged on 19 April 2005) Ms Sandra White*