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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2911# John Home Robertson: Affordable Rented Housing—That the Parliament is concerned about the shortage of affordable rented housing in many communities and the fact that some applicants in overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation can be stuck on waiting lists for years, while others may be compelled to buy or rent housing that they cannot afford; suggests that there is a need for a clearer definition of affordability for the purposes of housing policy; welcomes initiatives by the Scottish Executive to help councils and registered social landlords to increase the supply of affordable housing, including prudential borrowing to fund new building; recognises that the high cost of development land is hindering that policy, and believes that there is a case for further measures to help local authorities to acquire and secure land for affordable housing in the Executive’s proposed Planning Bill.

Supported by: Murray Tosh*, Linda Fabiani*, Nora Radcliffe*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Alex Fergusson*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Rob Gibson*, John Scott*

* S2M-2910 Margo MacDonald: Future of the European Union—That the Parliament congratulates and thanks the voters in France and the Netherlands who, by their refusal to endorse the constitution proposed for the European Union (EU), have given all citizens and their elected representatives the opportunity to devise a clear, realistic strategy for the future development of the EU and, to this end, urges Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, to prioritise, during the UK’s Presidency of the EU, the EU’s reconnection with the people of Europe.

* S2M-2909# Phil Gallie: Congratulations on Wise European Decisions—That the Parliament congratulates the citizens of France and Holland on expressing their views on the European Constitution so clearly; believes that, in doing so, they have demonstrated that the move towards European federalism has been a dream of politicians out of touch with the wishes of those they represent; notes that the support that has been signified through ratification of the constitution has come, with the exception of Spain, from governments which did not have the courage to give their citizens a voice on the matter, and considers that, should the forthcoming Council of Ministers not accept that the constitution is now dead, the UK Government should either make an unequivocal commitment not to ratify or alternatively put the issue to the British people in an immediate referendum.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson*, Murdo Fraser*, Miss Annabel Goldie*, Alex Johnstone*, John Scott*, Alex Fergusson*, Murray Tosh*, David McLetchie*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mary Scanlon*, Margaret Mitchell*, Bill Aitken*, Mr Brian Monteith*

* S2M-2908 Shiona Baird: Forward Not Back for the Cromarty Firth—That the Parliament totally rejects any proposal by Able UK to transfer toxic American “ghost ships” from Hartlepool to the Nigg fabrication yard on the Cromarty Firth; believes that such a move would be a retrograde step for the local area and would seriously harm the prospects of building a sustainable local economy; considers that the Highland economy would be much better served by the development of a strong and vibrant Scottish marine renewables industry creating sustainable jobs and opportunities, and welcomes and supports the bid submitted by the Cromarty Firth Port Authority for the Nigg Bay site to be developed as a multi-user facility for the production of components for the renewables industry.

* S2M-2907 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations to Bellshill Academy on the Success of its Mock Election—That the Parliament congratulates Bellshill Academy, Bellshill, Lanarkshire on the success of its mock election which has encouraged pupils to understand and to take an active interest in the democratic process; notes the enthusiasm and hard work of those children involved in the election, and hopes that politics will continue to be debated in a lively manner in schools throughout Scotland.

* S2M-2906 Mrs Nanette Milne: Venezuelan Trade Mission to Aberdeen—That the Parliament welcomes the Venezuelan Trade Mission to Scotland, with a seminar taking place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 9 June 2005; notes that the seminar is an ideal opportunity for north-east companies looking to develop business in Venezuela to find out more about the market and how to do business in Venezuela and to meet companies from the region to discuss possible working relationships, and further notes that the event is organised by the Venezuelan embassy and UK Trade & Investment and is supported by a number of UK organisations, including Shell UK, John Wood Group plc, the Energy Industries Council, Aberdeen City Council, Robert Gordon University and Scottish Development International.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, John Scott*

* S2M-2905# Susan Deacon: Postnatal Depression—That the Parliament recognises the prevalence of postnatal depression amongst women in Scotland, affecting at least 12,000 women each year; congratulates all who work to raise awareness of the impact that postnatal depression can have on women and their families; understands that dedicated support and resources are often needed, and welcomes the initiative taken by the Church of Scotland’s Postnatal Depression Project in launching a national awareness day, Bluebell Day, on 6 June 2005.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson*, Christine May*, Brian Adam*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackie Baillie*, Bruce Crawford*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Michael McMahon*, Campbell Martin*, Murray Tosh*, Richard Lochhead*, Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*, Christine Grahame*

* S2M-2904 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Munitions Dumping at Beaufort’s Dyke—That the Parliament notes with alarm the extensive munitions dumping that has been carried out since the 1920s in the area of the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland known as Beaufort’s Dyke; notes that these munitions include 29” spigot mortar bombs, Generators Smoke Nos 5, 8 & 14, Mines shrapnel, Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) .303 (incendiary), Ammunition .50 (incendiary), 3” mortar bombs smoke, 2” mortar smoke, 40mm Light Anti-Aircraft (LAA) gun shells (Bofors), 20mm LAA shells, Fuzes percussion No 101E, Grenades hand No 79 smoke, Fuzes Instantaneous Detonation Mk3, Rockets ‘U’ 3” Type ‘K’ (Anti-Aircraft with parachute and wire), Rockets ‘U’ 5” Type ‘G1’ (Phosgene), USAF 500lb HE bombs, RAF bombs 9lb and RAF Clusters No 17 500lb; further notes that complete records for all munitions dumped do not exist, but that from existing records it is noted that over 1 million tonnes of munitions were dumped into the dyke, including munitions charged with phosphorus, as well as some 14,500 tonnes of 5 inch artillery rockets filled with phosgene, and calls on the UK Government to initiate an immediate clean-up of the area in and around Beaufort’s Dyke.

* S2M-2903 Dr Jean Turner: TB Testing in Scotland—That the Parliament notes with great concern that NFU Scotland is disappointed with the DEFRA working group recommendations on tackling the threat of bovine tuberculosis by only testing cattle over 15 months of age from high risk areas in England and Wales; urges the Scottish Executive to legislate to introduce pre- and post-movement testing of all cattle coming into Scotland from all high risk areas, irrespective of age, thus preventing a loophole in the legislation, and recognises the need to protect and strengthen the health of Scotland’s cattle and wildlife populations, as well as protecting low risk areas throughout the United Kingdom from losing their low risk status.

Supported by: Shiona Baird*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

* S2M-2902 Mr Mark Ruskell: Green Futures - Community Co-ownership of Renewable Energy Developments—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the GreenFutures initiative in Perthshire by the renewable energy company, GreenPower, which is designed to enable local communities to take co-ownership of renewable energy developments that are supportable; believes that renewable energy offers substantial investment opportunities for communities, but that so far these have not been fully realised in Scotland, and calls on renewable energy companies, local authorities and the Scottish Executive to redouble efforts to ensure that local communities get the best deal from the growth in renewable energy.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2899# Refugee Week (lodged on 1 June 2005) Tommy Sheridan*, Mike Pringle*, Cathie Craigie*, Michael McMahon*, Patrick Harvie*, Robert Brown*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Des McNulty*, Margaret Jamieson*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mike Watson*, Christine May*, Jackie Baillie*, Susan Deacon*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2898 Independent Supermarket Regulator (lodged on 1 June 2005) Chris Ballance*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Eleanor Scott*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Lochhead*, Dr Jean Turner*, Fiona Hyslop*, Patrick Harvie*, Rosie Kane*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-2897 Don’t Stop at Edinburgh (lodged on 1 June 2005) Tommy Sheridan*, Carolyn Leckie*, Rosie Kane*, Colin Fox*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2891 Healthcare Migration from Developing Countries (lodged on 31 May 2005) John Swinburne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Fiona Hyslop*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2885 Haudagain Roundabout, Aberdeen (lodged on 31 May 2005) Mr David Davidson*

S2M-2884 Cycling in Edinburgh (lodged on 26 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2883# The Future of BBC Highland (lodged on 26 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2882 Circus Ban (lodged on 26 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2881 Support for the London Olympic 2012 Bid (lodged on 26 May 2005) Karen Gillon*, Michael McMahon*, Mike Pringle*, David McLetchie*, Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-2879 Welsh Decision on Tuition Fees (lodged on 26 May 2005) John Swinburne*, Frances Curran*

S2M-2878 Tax Credits and Debts (lodged on 26 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2877 Environmental Injustice in Scotland (lodged on 25 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2873 School Pupils’ Evidence to the Public Petitions Committee (lodged on 25 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2872 Haste Ye Back (lodged on 25 May 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2870 Low Pay Continues to Blight Scotland (lodged on 25 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2869# Learning Disability Week, 19 to 26 June 2005 (lodged on 25 May 2005) John Swinburne*, Bill Aitken*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2868 Obscene Profits, Obscene Pay Offer (lodged on 24 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2867 Brazilian Government (lodged on 24 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2865 Scottish Power’s Obscene Profits (lodged on 24 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2860 2011 Census - Additional Question on Closure of Records (lodged on 24 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2856 World No Tobacco Day (lodged on 23 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2855 All Energy Conference - Aberdeen, 25 and 26 May 2005 (lodged on 23 May 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-2848 3rd Anniversary of Timor-Leste’s Independence (lodged on 20 May 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2847 Developing Marine Energy Technology (lodged on 19 May 2005) Trish Godman*

S2M-2818 YWCA 150th Anniversary (lodged on 17 May 2005) Murdo Fraser*, Ms Sandra White*, Helen Eadie*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Fergus Ewing*, Michael McMahon*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S2M-2809 Aberdeen Airport Noise Mitigation (lodged on 13 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*, Patrick Harvie*

S2M-2791 Jack Nicklaus - St Andrews Community Council Snub (lodged on 10 May 2005) Miss Annabel Goldie*