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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

* S2M-3030 Carolyn Leckie: No Reduction of Student Nurse Intakes—That the Parliament expresses concern at the announcement by the Minister for Health and Community Care of a 12% cut in the intake of student nurses; believes that, with workforce planning still embryonic in the NHS, sickness absence still high, the demography of the workforce ageing, major changes such as reorganisation, the Kerr report, nurses adopting more complex roles and responsibilities with, as yet, unquantified impact on staffing numbers, skill mix, training and backfilling requirements, the reductions are unsupported by credible rationale, and further believes that the Scottish Executive should reconsider this reduction and enter into meaningful discussions with all relevant parties, including trade unions and professional organisations, to reach agreement on the number of student nurses needed to sustain, secure and develop an NHS nursing workforce equipped for the 21st century.

* S2M-3029 Bruce Crawford: Battle of Bannockburn—That the Parliament recognises the heroic efforts and sacrifices made by the 13,000 Scottish freedom fighters who, inspired and led by King Robert the Bruce, defeated 40,000 soldiers under the command of King Edward II to safeguard Scotland’s right to remain an independent nation at the Battle of Bannockburn on 24 June 1314.

* S2M-3028 Richard Baker: Met Office, Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes with concern the Met Office’s proposals to close its Aberdeen Office and centralise forecasting services in Exeter; notes the vital contribution that the Aberdeen Office and its 37 staff make to the fishing, oil and gas industries in the north east; notes the concerns expressed by trade unions, the UK Offshore Operators Association and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation over the proposals; believes that the local knowledge and expertise that the Aberdeen Met Office staff have is invaluable; calls on the Met Office to use the consultation period to reconsider the proposal, and believes that all interested parties should work together to ensure that there is no reduction in the quality of localised weather forecasting in Scotland.

* S2M-3027 Robin Harper: Fuel Poverty Schemes in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive on the achievements of the Warm Deal and central heating programmes; acknowledges that 87.2% of households receiving measures from the central heating programme have been taken out of fuel poverty, the cost of achieving the satisfactory heating regime was reduced by 49.4% and the mean National Home Energy Rating (NHER) score increased from 3.31 to 6.87; considers that the Executive should continue both schemes but with a single point of access, increased funding, more measures and wider eligibility, particularly for disabled people, families with children under 16 with disabilities and people over 60, and believes that the Executive should consult Energy Action Scotland on the large number of other improvements that they recommend and should come to a decision as a matter of urgency, given that the schemes have only another nine months to run in their present form.

S2M-3026 Mike Pringle: All-Write - in South Edinburgh—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in production of the new book, All Write - in South Edinburgh; pays tribute to the Community Learning Groups at Burdiehouse/Southhouse, Gilmerton and Inch Community Centres, Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre, Henderson Resource Centre, Deanbank Centre, Gracemount Leisure Centre and Woodhall at the Inch, as well as many individual adult learners who contributed stories, poems and photographs to the project; thanks all the volunteers and staff who gave their time and effort; acknowledges the support of Learning Connections (Communities Scotland), Community Learning and Numeracy (CLAN) Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council, and wishes all the learners every success in the future.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Fiona Hyslop*, Robin Harper*, Mark Ballard*

S2M-3025 Eleanor Scott: Preventing Childhood Obesity—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Preventing childhood obesity by the British Medical Association (BMA); notes with concern that nearly one-in-three Scottish children are overweight by the age of 12, that around half of 13-year-olds drink sugary drinks and eat sweets every day, while less than one quarter eat vegetables every day and that less than one third of 13-year-old girls and less than half of boys meet the guidelines for moderate physical activity; further notes that recent research indicates that the treatment of ill health caused by poor diet costs the NHS over £170 million per year; further notes, while commending initiatives taken by the Scottish Executive to date to address the issue, the BMA’s recommendations, in particular those on mandatory standards for school meals, on banning the sale of unhealthy food and drink products in schools and on improving access to sport and recreation facilities within schools and communities, and calls on the Executive to go further and adopt these recommendations in its attempts to improve Scotland’s health.

S2M-3024 Bruce Crawford: Plea to BBC to Recognise the Contribution and Sacrifice Made by Scots at the Battle of Trafalgar—That the Parliament notes that the BBC website has an article recording the fact that it is 200 years since the British fleet defeated Napoleon’s combined French and Spanish forces at the Battle of Trafalgar; expresses its disappointment that the map of the battle, supporting the article, describes the British forces as being English, and exhorts the BBC to amend the map to reflect accurately the historical fact that it was a British fleet, therefore properly recognising the contribution and sacrifice made by the many Scots who helped secure the famous victory.

S2M-3023 Mr David Davidson: Obesity and Diabetes—That the Parliament recognises that obesity plays a significant part in the development of type 2 diabetes whose unchecked growth in numbers places considerable strain on NHS resources; acknowledges that early intervention after detection of impaired glucose tolerance can help to postpone or prevent the progression to type 2 diabetes and would be consistent with the recommendations in the Kerr report, and urges the Scottish Executive, in considering the new priorities for the Scottish Diabetes Framework, to include weight management for those patients where there is evidence of impaired glucose tolerance.

Supported by: Chris Ballance*, Phil Gallie*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Pauline McNeill*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mary Scanlon*, Eleanor Scott*, Murray Tosh*, Dr Jean Turner*, Christine Grahame*, Shona Robison*, Shiona Baird*, Mike Pringle*, Murdo Fraser*

S2M-3022 Roseanna Cunningham: Dunning Summit—That the Parliament welcomes the Dunning summit which will be held from 28 to 30 June 2005 in Dunning, Perthshire; notes that 22 delegates will be attending from nine African countries; commends the people of Dunning for organising this event; awaits with anticipation the final communiqu é from the event, which will be delivered to the G8 by bike by the local police officer, and urges the delegates to the G8 summit to give consideration to the outcome of this excellent example of positive engagement between the people of Strathearn and the issues involved in the G8 summit.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, Brian Adam, Mr John Swinney, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Mark Ruskell, Fiona Hyslop, Bruce Crawford, Karen Gillon, Jim Mather, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Rob Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Patrick Harvie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Chris Ballance, Robin Harper, Phil Gallie, Alex Neil, Shiona Baird

S2M-3021 Marilyn Livingstone: Adam Smith College—That the Parliament congratulates the Adam Smith College, Fife, following the successful merger announcement by the Scottish Executive which will allow the combined resources and expertise of Fife and Glenrothes colleges to be deployed for the benefit of learners throughout Kirkcaldy and mid-Fife and recognises the contribution both colleges have made to the local and national lifelong learning and economic development agendas.

S2M-3020 # Robin Harper: Invest in Local High Streets—That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should consult local traders and communities to discover how best to invest in the future of Scotland’s local high streets in cities and towns, to repair and improve buildings, to provide community facilities and better public transport, to address the negative effects of out-of-town malls and the ever-increasing number of inner city supermarkets, such as the proposed Tesco Metro in Edinburgh’s Morningside, and to ensure a vibrant future for our local high streets that are often the only accessible shops for the elderly, infirm and the 34% of the population with no access to a car.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Richard Lochhead, Rob Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Patrick Harvie, Robert Brown, Mark Ballard, Mrs Margaret Ewing, John Swinburne, Chris Ballance

S2M-3017 Donald Gorrie: Young People’s Fund for Scotland—That the Parliament notes the forthcoming launch of the Big Lottery Fund’s £20 million Young People’s Fund for Scotland, in which young people will have a major influence on the choice of the outcomes which the fund will achieve; welcomes all those attending the Young People’s Fund event on Friday 24 June 2005 in the Parliament building; congratulates the Big Lottery Fund for enabling young peoples’ views to be heard and acted upon, and thanks Young Scot for its assistance in the organisation of the event.

S2M-3016 Rosie Kane: The War on All Terror—That the Parliament supports the efforts of Fidel Castro and the Cuban people in their pursuit of justice in relation to Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, who have openly boasted about their involvement in terrorist attacks on Cuban citizens throughout the world, including the bombing of a Cuban Airline in 1976 which resulted in the deaths of all 73 people on board, including five students who were travelling to Cuba to train as doctors and the Cuban teenage fencing team who were described disgustingly on Miami TV by Orlando Bosch as “niggers”; considers that George W Bush, the President of the United States of America, cannot wage a “War on Terror” around the world warning countries that they must not hide terrorists when his own administration is doing exactly that in relation to Carriles and Bosch; furthermore congratulates Fidel Castro for his openness and honesty in gathering together 700 delegates from 67 different countries, including the United Kingdom, America, Australia, Spain and Russia, to hear evidence at a three-day forum in Havana from 2 to 4 June 2005 which was broadcast live and unedited throughout Cuba, the Caribbean, parts of America and on the internet to the rest of the world; thanks the Cuban Government for furnishing us with video footage of the entire event, and asks that the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, raises the issue with George W Bush when they meet at Gleneagles. R

S2M-3014 Mr Mark Ruskell: European Greenhouse Gas Emissions - No Cause for Celebration—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the new report by the European Environment Agency, Annual European Community greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2003 and inventory report 2005, which shows that European greenhouse gas emissions are rising; further notes that European countries which accept the need for urgent action on climate change but are failing to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions have little moral authority to negotiate emissions reductions with the United States of America (USA); believes that, in advance of the G8 summit, a commitment to more serious action by all nations in Europe is vital so that maximum pressure can be applied on the G8 countries, and especially the USA; acknowledges that it is the poorest countries which will be hit hardest by droughts, water shortages, crop losses, major storm events, flooding and disease, and strongly believes that Scotland should show a lead by committing itself to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as a matter of urgency.

S2M-3013 Rosie Kane: The Education Service—That the Parliament thanks the primary 6 pupils from Corpus Christi Primary School, Glasgow, who visited the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 21 June 2005 as guests of the Scottish Parliament Education Service, for their well-thought-out and challenging questions; recognises the excellent work carried out by the Education Service in the Parliament; notes the skill with which the education officers adapt their presentation to include the many age groups who visit, and looks forward to seeing many more young people enjoy and learn about the Scottish Parliament through the Education Service.

S2M-3011 Alex Johnstone: Congratulations to Arbroath High School—That the Parliament congratulates the four sixth-year pupils from Arbroath High School who won the annual “Shares4Schools” competition; notes that, despite the fact that none of the team had any prior experience of stocks and shares, their result soundly beat many professional market analysts, and furthermore recognises the benefits open to all of a free market, capitalist economy which allows individuals to reap the benefits of their hard work and talents.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser, Mary Scanlon, Mr David Davidson, Phil Gallie, Bill Aitken

S2M-2995 Mark Ballard: Royal Highland Show Reception—That the Parliament welcomes the Royal Highland Show reception in the garden lobby of the Scottish Parliament building at 5.30 pm on 21 June 2005 to celebrate the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston from 23 to 26 June; notes the importance of the show in attracting 150,000 visitors annually to see 2,000 exhibitors at Scotland’s largest showcase for food and drink; further notes that the Royal Highland Showground attracts 1.2 million visitors annually, and supports the future of this excellent event at Ingliston.

S2M-2994 Richard Baker: Free Swimming Lessons in Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes with concern that Aberdeen City Council is considering ending the provision of free swimming lessons for children in the city; notes Aberdeen City Council’s “Active City” programme which aims to encourage young people in Aberdeen to exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle; believes that free swimming lessons are an excellent way of introducing young people to exercise and healthy living; notes that the issue will be discussed at a full meeting of the council later this month, and believes that Aberdeen City Council should reconsider its plans to end the provision of free lessons.

Supported by: Rosie Kane, Chris Ballance, Eleanor Scott, Frances Curran, Mr Frank McAveety, Michael McMahon, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Maureen Macmillan, Shiona Baird, Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, Mike Watson, Robin Harper

S2M-2994.1 Brian Adam: Free Swimming Lessons in Aberdeen—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2994) in the name of Richard Baker, insert at end “further notes that the Aberdeen City Council Labour Group supported the Liberal/Tory administration at the council’s Resources Management Committee when it refused to secure the future of these lessons, and hopes that the Labour Group will see sense at the next full council meeting and vote to retain free swimming lessons.”

Supported by: Mr Stewart Maxwell, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White

S2M-2994.2 Mr Bruce McFee: Free Swimming Lessons in Aberdeen—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2994) in the name of Richard Baker, insert after “considering” “following the bad example of Labour-controlled Renfrewshire Council by”.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing

S2M-2993 Margaret Smith: Tackling Homophobic Bullying—That the Parliament recognises and deplores acts of homophobic bullying in schools throughout Scotland; endorses the work of the Scottish Executive, in conjunction with various partner organisations, towards making the school environment inclusive and supportive for staff and pupils of any sexual identity or orientation; calls on the Executive to address the current lack of specialist support for victims of homophobic bullying in Scottish schools, and welcomes the “Education for All” umbrella campaign, supported by LGBT Youth Scotland, Parents Enquiry Scotland and Stonewall Scotland, as a provider of information, research and encouragement for those schools that are seeking to develop strategies for confronting homophobic bullying.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Robin Harper, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford, Mike Pringle, Ms Sandra White, Eleanor Scott, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Shiona Baird, Mr Jamie Stone, Susan Deacon, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Iain Smith, Marlyn Glen

S2M-2992 Mrs Nanette Milne: Huntington’s Awareness Week - 20 to 27 June 2005—That the Parliament welcomes Huntington’s Awareness Week which runs from 20 to 27 June 2005; notes that this annual campaign by the Huntington’s Disease Association significantly helps to raise awareness of Huntington’s disease; notes that Huntington’s disease is caused by a single defective gene on chromosome 4 which leads to damage of the nerve cells in areas of the brain including the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex, and further notes that the theme of the 2005 campaign is the “grand calorie events” which aims to teach people that those with Huntington’s disease need extra calories.

Supported by: Rosie Kane, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Carolyn Leckie, Alex Johnstone, Alex Fergusson, Murray Tosh, Eleanor Scott, Mary Scanlon, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Roseanna Cunningham, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Shiona Baird, Murdo Fraser, Richard Lochhead, Mr John Swinney, Rob Gibson, Frances Curran, Brian Adam, Jackie Baillie, Michael Matheson, Colin Fox, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, John Scott, Bill Aitken, John Swinburne

S2M-2991 Mrs Nanette Milne: Colitis and Crohn’s Week - 18 to 26 June 2005—That the Parliament welcomes Colitis and Crohn’s Week which runs from 18 to 26 June 2005; notes that the awareness week is run by the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease and aims to improve understanding of these two conditions; further notes that both illnesses are lifelong inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, and recognises the hard work of the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease in campaigning for better nursing support for colitis and Crohn’s patients.

Supported by: Mr Bruce McFee, Eleanor Scott, Alex Fergusson, Mary Scanlon, David McLetchie, Alex Johnstone, Ms Sandra White, Rosie Kane, Fiona Hyslop, Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Shiona Baird, Murdo Fraser, Murray Tosh, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Richard Lochhead, Mr John Swinney, Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Jackie Baillie, Michael Matheson, Colin Fox, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, John Scott, Bill Aitken

S2M-2990 Mr Mark Ruskell:Africa: Up in Smoke?—That the Parliament congratulates the Working Group on Climate Change and Development on the publication of its second report, Africa: Up in Smoke?; notes that international efforts to combat poverty in Africa and other parts of the developing world can only be effective when combined with urgent global action on climate change; believes that a new approach to economic development is needed by the G8 based on an agreed framework for emissions cuts that goes far beyond the targets laid out by the Kyoto Protocol, and calls on all G8 governments to make immediate, effective action to tackle global climate change a top priority.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Rosie Kane, Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird, Chris Ballance, Mark Ballard, Robin Harper

S2M-2989 Mr Alasdair Morrison: A Smart Successful Highlands and Islands—That the Parliament notes the launch of the new strategy, “A Smart Successful Highlands and Islands”, by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE); recognises the contribution already made by HIE to the economy of the Highlands and Islands, reflected in low unemployment and growth in population; welcomes the commitment to a diverse, dynamic and sustainable economy made through investment in increasing skills, in attracting more people to live, work and study in the region, in improving transport links and in strengthening local communities, and looks forward to the implementation of the strategy.

S2M-2988 Chris Ballance: Small Towns Review—That the Parliament endorses the call by the Small Towns Task Force to set up a small towns review, in order to invest in the future of Scotland’s small market towns with populations between 1,000 and 20,000, to improve and repair buildings, to provide community facilities and better public transport and to give a future to the market towns where half of Scotland’s population live.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, Mr John Swinney, Shiona Baird, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Robin Harper, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Mark Ruskell, Ms Sandra White, John Swinburne, Patrick Harvie

S2M-2987 # Fiona Hyslop: Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent publication of an economic impact assessment of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland at Ingliston which indicates that £250 million is generated for the economy of which £100 million supports the local Lothian economy; notes that 1.2 million visitors pass through the site each year; is concerned that Her Majesty’s Government’s White Paper, The Future of Air Transport, seeks to secure all of the 300-acre site for future development of Edinburgh Airport which threatens the future successful operation of the society and its year-round events; recognises the important role that the showpiece event, the Royal Highland Show, has for the farming sector, and, noting that this is an ideal site and that there will be a considerable expenditure from the public purse on public transport provision in the area, expresses its view that all parties concerned with economic, rural and transport interests should make further and urgent efforts to examine options for future co-existence of the society and Edinburgh Airport at Ingliston and make representations to the Secretary of State for Transport to achieve this. 

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Mark Ballard, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Jean Turner, Ms Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Christine Grahame, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Alex Fergusson, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Chris Ballance, Alex Johnstone, Eleanor Scott, Richard Lochhead, Mr John Swinney, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Margaret Ewing

S2M-2987.1 # Mrs Mary Mulligan: Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2987) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, leave out from second “notes” to end and insert “suggests, however, that following the publication of Her Majesty’s Government’s White Paper, The Future of Air Transport, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland considers alternative sites such as the west of West Lothian, an area which has the advantage of strong transport links, having both the M8 and M9 nearby and the opportunity of a railway station on the reopened Airdrie to Bathgate line, and notes that such a site would also be more accessible for people coming from Lanarkshire, Glasgow and the west of Scotland, while still linking the more rural parts of Scotland in the Borders and the Highlands.”

Supported by: Bristow Muldoon

S2M-2986 Malcolm Chisholm: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-2985 Mr Andy Kerr: Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin

S2M-2833 # Paul Martin: Closure of Clydesdale Bank Branches—That the Parliament condemns the decision by National Australia Bank to close 60 Clydesdale Bank branches within Scotland over the next 18 months; notes that research has demonstrated that the closure of branches triggers an outflow of economic activity and threatens the long-term survival of communities, particularly when a bank is “the last bank in town”; believes that closures will have a devastating impact on local communities, particularly in poorer areas where alternative banking is not accessible, and will affect the most vulnerable and least able to travel, such as older people, the less able and parents with young children, and considers that the National Australia Bank should reconsider this massive programme, particularly where a closure will leave communities without any local bank.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Frank McAveety, Jackie Baillie, Janis Hughes, Cathy Peattie, Dr Elaine Murray, Brian Adam, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mike Pringle, Mike Watson, Shiona Baird, Mark Ballard, Margaret Mitchell, Patrick Harvie, Christine Grahame, Karen Gillon, Iain Smith, John Swinburne, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Dennis Canavan, Des McNulty, Sarah Boyack, Shona Robison, Maureen Macmillan, Marlyn Glen, Frances Curran, Dr Jean Turner, Nicola Sturgeon, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Eleanor Scott, Carolyn Leckie, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Michael McMahon, Mr Jamie Stone, Michael Matheson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Andrew Welsh

S2M-2617 Mr Tom McCabe: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Housing (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2982 #Scotland Supporting the Right to Die at Home (lodged on 16 June 2005) Cathie Craigie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Jeremy Purvis*

S2M-2911 #Affordable Rented Housing (lodged on 2 June 2005) Pauline McNeill*