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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a declarable interest are marked with an "R".An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3250 Ms Sandra White: Implement the National Language Strategy—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to accelerate the timetable for introducing a national language strategy in Scotland as a means to improving access to services for Scotland’s ethnic minority population; recognises that many people from an ethnic minority background have unequal access to a range of public services because of inadequate provision and the lack of a national language framework; notes that despite being part of the Executive’s Partnership Agreement, signed in 2003, no apparent work on this strategy appears to have taken place, and finally further notes that the subsequent lack of strategy is leading to greater social exclusion, isolation and inequality among Scotland’s ethnic minorities.

*S2M-3249 Mr Mark Ruskell: Protection of Australian Old Growth Forest and Sustainable Timber Certification Standards—That the Parliament condemns the ongoing unsustainable and socially repressive practices of Gunns Ltd in respect of their forest operations in Tasmania; further condemns Gunns’ persistence in pursuing legal action against environmentalists and environmental groups; questions the legitimacy of the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) as a reliable and credible certification of sustainability on the grounds that it permits the conversion of native forests for monoculture plantation, permits the use of 1080 poison (sodium monofluoroacetate) to kill native Australian wildlife, permits the use of high intensity burns of logged areas as standard practice, permits the destruction of old growth and high conservation value forests and permits habitat destruction that directly threatens biodiversity and the survival of listed endangered species; notes calls for a boycott of AFS products and Tamar Ridge Wines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gunns Ltd, and calls on the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to pursue World Heritage listing for recognised World Heritage value forests and to protect old growth and high conservation value areas for current and future generations and to note that the Forest Stewardship Council provides an internationally-recognised standard for timber certification upon which its own AFS could be based.

*S2M-3248 Shona Robison: Congratulations to the University of Dundee—That the Parliament recognises the pre-eminent role played by the University of Dundee in conducting biomedical research; notes the growing global reputation that the university enjoys as a consequence, particularly in the field of cancer research; congratulates University Principal, Alan Langlands, and his team on the award of a further £11 million from Cancer Research UK to the University’s Molecular Pharmacology Unit, and expresses its hope that the university will continue to cement its growing world reputation for cancer research by securing similar awards in the future.

S2M-3247# Helen Eadie: International Credit Union Day 2005—That the Parliament notes that International Credit Union Day will take place on 20 October 2005; recognises that 2005 has been another continued year of growth for the credit union movement in Scotland; further notes that credit unions are now eligible to apply for services of general economic interest status, allowing for government funding to provide simple financial products targeted at the financially excluded; applauds the work being done by credit unions to encourage savings and provide low cost loans to their members, and believes that credit unions have a valuable and unique role to play in tackling financial exclusion in Scotland.Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3246 Cathy Peattie: Amazon Ferry—That the Parliament congratulates the Vine Trust of Bo’ness on the commissioning of its second medical ship, the MV Amazon Hope II, which is currently touring Scotland before its departure for Peru where it will join its sister ship in providing health and hope to many communities along the banks of the Amazon and its tributaries; applauds the valuable work of Scottish volunteers involved in these and other projects in Peru, and urges the Scottish Executive and Scottish companies and public bodies to support the further extension of this and other Latin American links and aid projects.Supported by: Ms Wendy Alexander, Shiona Baird, Chris Ballance, Bill Butler, Alex Fergusson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Cathie Craigie, Helen Eadie, Linda Fabiani, Rob Gibson, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Patrick Harvie, John Home Robertson, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Christine May, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Mr Mark Ruskell, Mr Frank McAveety, Eleanor Scott, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jim Wallace, Karen Whitefield, Susan Deacon, Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie, Mr John Swinney, Christine Grahame, Sarah Boyack, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe

S2M-3245# Mrs Nanette Milne: Communication Impairment—That the Parliament notes that there are an estimated 250,000 people in Scotland who have communication impairment; recognises that communication impairment can affect every waking moment of a person’s life and that those affected by communication impairment, by definition, are not easily able to speak up about their needs, and believes that the Scottish Executive should take immediate steps to support quality social action research in order to develop a comprehensive and coherent framework for action on communication impairment in Scotland.Supported by: Brian Adam, Chris Ballance, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Murdo Fraser, Robin Harper, Margaret Mitchell, Eleanor Scott, Alex Neil, John Scott, Murray Tosh, Shiona Baird, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Mary Scanlon, Bill Aitken

S2M-3243# Helen Eadie: Supporters Hope that SFA will Admit John Thomson to Hall of Fame—That the Parliament notes that football supporters across Scotland continue to honour the memory of John Thomson, the young Celtic football player who so tragically lost his life in 1931; further notes that the people of Cardenden, in particular, and Scotland, generally, have continued annually since his death to honour and pay tribute to this legendary international football player who continues to serve as a role model for Scotland’s children as a person who was so decent, so upstanding and so honoured for setting standards for behaviour in football of all that is best, and hopes that the Scottish Football Association will admit John Thomson to Scotland’s Hall of Fame.Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Mr Frank McAveety, Rob Gibson, Marlyn Glen, Tommy Sheridan, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Alex Johnstone, Michael McMahon, Michael Matheson, Cathy Peattie, John Swinburne, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-3242# Alex Johnstone: Scottish Food Fortnight—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of Scottish Food Fortnight which seeks to reconnect the people of Scotland with their countryside through the continuing promotion of high quality local produce to local people; recognises the importance of food production to the rural economy and supports efforts to promote rural enterprise and diversification of small businesses; notes the nutritional value of quality local fresh produce and the environmental benefits of reducing transport costs as promoted by Scottish Food Fortnight, and believes that the Scottish Executive should take measures to increase the use of local, regional and Scottish produce by organisations such as schools and hospitals.Supported by: Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, Mary Scanlon, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Mark Ballard, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Sandra White, Eleanor Scott, Murray Tosh, John Scott, Robin Harper, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Mark Ruskell, Margaret Mitchell, Chris Ballance, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Mr John Swinney, Murdo Fraser, Karen Gillon, Nora Radcliffe, Shiona Baird, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-3241 Stewart Stevenson: Oban Airport—That the Parliament congratulates the operators of Oban airport on winning the Flyer "UK Airport of the Year" award for the second time, the first time any airfield has repeated previous success and looks to the owners, Argyll and Bute Council, to ensure that any future development of the airfield builds on success by listening to the management who through dedication and hard work, coupled with very modest investment, have turned an all-but-derelict facility with one-fortieth of today’s aircraft movements into a winner.Supported by: Jim Mather, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Fergus Ewing, Mr Bruce McFee, Mr David Davidson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame

S2M-3240# Mrs Mary Mulligan: Looked-after Young People—That the Parliament congratulates the looked-after young people of West Lothian who presented "Having Your Say" to MSPs; recognises the work of the young people in producing such a thought-provoking presentation and acknowledges the challenges they face, particularly in relation to education, and believes that MSPs should communicate further with the West Lothian young people, and other looked-after young people, to address the educational needs which they identified.Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-3239 Hugh Henry: The Draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Scotland) Order 2005—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.Supported by: Cathy Jamieson

S2M-3238 Lewis Macdonald: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 10) (Scotland) Order 2005—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 10) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/431) be approved.Supported by: Mr Andy Kerr

S2M-3237 Lewis Macdonald: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 9) (Scotland) Order 2005—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 9) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/421) be approved.Supported by: Mr Andy Kerr

S2M-3236 Patrick Harvie: Software Freedom Day—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of Software Freedom Day for working to highlight the Free and Open Source Software movement; notes that a Software Freedom Day event will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday 10 September 2005 at which members of the public will be able to try free and open source software such as Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox for themselves; recognises the benefits which could exist for the public sector in making greater use of such products, including those produced by Scottish software developers; further recognises that free and open source software is founded on principles with important political concepts which have the potential for application to other areas of society and the economy, and urges the Scottish Executive to examine the scope for free and open source software throughout the public sector.Supported by: Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Mark Ballard, Ms Sandra White, Mr Bruce McFee, Eleanor Scott, Mr Mark Ruskell, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Rob Gibson, Chris Ballance, Shiona Baird, Donald Gorrie

S2M-3235 Des McNulty on behalf of the Finance Committee: Budget Process (Written Agreements)—That the Parliament notes the three written agreements on the budgeting process between the Finance Committee and the Scottish Executive on the budgeting process (SP Paper 398) and agrees their terms.

S2M-3234 Des McNulty on behalf of the Finance Committee: Budget Process (Written Agreements)—That the Parliament notes the two written agreements on the budgeting process between the Finance Committee and (a) the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and (b) the Scottish Commission for Public Audit (SP Papers 399 and 400 respectively) and agrees their terms.

S2M-3233 Cathy Jamieson: Family Law (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill.Supported by: Hugh Henry

S2M-3232 John Swinburne: Pregnant and Productive—That the Parliament welcomes the great benefit to equality brought about by the Sex Discrimination Act which became law 30 years ago in November 1975 but is concerned that total equality has yet to be achieved in many areas, especially in equal pay for equal work, equal pensions for the spouse in a partnership and equal protection for pregnant women within the workplace; notes the Pregnant and Productive campaign by the Equal Opportunities Commission highlighting the plight of the 30,000 women in the United Kingdom who are forced out of employment due to pregnancy which costs these women £12 million a year in lost maternity pay and employers £126 million a year to replace the lost members of staff, and calls on the Scottish Executive to add its support to the campaign for improvements in employment practice to end this shameful discrimination and to work with Scottish employers to improve the situation for the estimated seven out of 10 pregnant women who experience unfair treatment due to their condition and who currently suffer in silence.Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ms Sandra White, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Chris Ballance, Eleanor Scott, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Shiona Baird, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame

S2M-3231# Irene Oldfather: World Alzheimer’s Day - 21 September 2005—That the Parliament is aware that 21 September 2005 is World Alzheimer’s Day; recognises that, on this date each year, Alzheimer’s organisations across the globe concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about dementia; acknowledges that there are 18 million people worldwide who suffer from dementia and that there are an estimated 62,000 people in Scotland alone who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; notes with concern Alzheimer’s Disease International’s prediction that the number of people with dementia is set to double over the next 20 years; further notes that the theme for this year’s campaign is "We Can Make a Difference" and that organisers are encouraging as many people as possible affected by the disease throughout the world to come forward to demonstrate solidarity, share experiences and tackle the stigma that surrounds dementia for the benefit of sufferers and their carers; considers that measures to improve existing services, such as the recent introduction of a specialist Alzheimer’s nurse to the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley to provide support and advocacy for people with Alzheimer’s disease who are admitted to hospital with other complaints, are an important part of breaking down barriers and should be developed further, and believes that as many people and health care organisations as possible should be encouraged to participate in World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September.Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Patrick Harvie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Jamieson, Murray Tosh, Brian Adam, Eleanor Scott, Michael McMahon, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Nora Radcliffe, Mike Pringle, Janis Hughes, Phil Gallie, Helen Eadie, Margaret Mitchell, Mrs Nanette Milne, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Ms Sandra White, Bill Butler, Karen Whitefield, Robin Harper, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Sarah Boyack, Chris Ballance, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Wendy Alexander, Jackie Baillie, Mr John Swinney, Cathie Craigie, Karen Gillon, Christine May, Trish Godman, Alex Neil, John Scott, Shiona Baird, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, John Swinburne

S2M-3230 Eleanor Scott: EU Sugar Reform—That the Parliament notes that the European Union’s (EU) system of sugar subsidies and trade barriers is having a devastating impact on wildlife and efforts to end poverty; further notes that many of the world’s poorest countries could grow sugar in ways that do not damage the environment and that contribute to much-needed poverty reduction but that they have been prevented from doing so by the EU sugar regime; further notes that, while the EU is proposing reforms to the regime, the changes suggested are not the best solution and will actually hurt some of the world’s most vulnerable people; supports calls by WWF, Oxfam and BirdLife International for the EU to implement a reform package that will ensure that developing countries have a sustainable future in sugar and in which they receive enough aid to adjust to the reforms to help themselves and the environment, and shares calls made by these organisations and at for Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs and Chair of the European Council of Agriculture Ministers, to take advantage of being in the unique position of being able to ensure that European sugar reform will allow the world’s poorest farmers and the environment in Europe and abroad to benefit from both fairer trade and better aid.Supported by: Ms Sandra White

S2M-3229 Mr David Davidson: Congratulations to Offshore Europe—That the Parliament sends its congratulations to those involved in the organisation of the Offshore Europe conference and exhibition running from 6 to 9 September 2005 in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and wishes all involved a successful event; recognises the importance of the oil and gas sector to the Scottish economy and its core position at the centre of the north east of Scotland’s economy; further recognises the number of jobs associated with the industry in all parts of Scotland; notes the future healthy prospects of the industry, and recognises the importance of a stable fiscal and political environment in order to continue this success.Supported by: Derek Brownlee

S2M-3227 Margo MacDonald: Exclusion of MSPs—That the Parliament believes that, after the opportunity for reflection afforded by the summer recess and in the interests of establishing consistent and appropriate precedents in terms of its decisions following behaviour by MSPs which is deemed unsuitable and/or unacceptable, it is essential that it should revisit its decision to exclude for one month Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Carolyn Leckie and Colin Fox, as the timing of the incident leading to this decision did not allow for either a thorough investigation or a considered response on the nature and duration of the disciplinary measure imposed on all four MSPs.Supported by: Campbell Martin, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Mike Rumbles

S2M-3226# Bill Butler: Summer Academy @ Strathclyde—That the Parliament congratulates Strathclyde University on its innovative Summer Academy, now in its seventh year; recognises the role which it plays in the promotion of the benefits available to young people who wish to continue their studies into further and higher education; notes that the academy now attracts up to 900 school students annually from upwards of 130 secondary schools in west central Scotland, as well as welcoming students from Spain and Sweden; celebrates the scheme as a significant way both to widen access to further and higher education and to promote social inclusion; hopes that it may provide a model for other academic institutions both in Scotland and Europe, and commends the university staff and student mentors for the part they have played in the creation of a Scottish success story as over 6,000 young people have to date graduated from the Summer Academy @ Strathclyde.Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Cathie Craigie, Ms Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Linda Fabiani, Ms Wendy Alexander, Jackie Baillie, Eleanor Scott, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Janis Hughes, Christine May, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Trish Godman, Chris Ballance, Paul Martin, Michael McMahon, Robin Harper, Karen Gillon, Alex Neil, John Scott, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Peattie

S2M-3225 Mary Scanlon: International Suicide Prevention Week: "Help a Friend Stay in the Game"—That the Parliament acknowledges the role Scotland will be playing in International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week; welcomes the range of national and local events which will be taking place all over Scotland from 5 to 10 September 2005 to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention; acknowledges the "Help a friend stay in the game" cards developed in association with the Scottish Football Association to raise awareness of suicide prevention, particularly among young men; welcomes the wearing of "Choose Life" wristbands by Scottish Premier League players, and acknowledges the leadership of ChooseLife in co-ordinating Scotland’s role in International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.Supported by: Bill Butler, Alex Johnstone, Christine Grahame, Bruce Crawford, Patrick Harvie, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Murdo Fraser, Margaret Jamieson, Phil Gallie, Rob Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Margaret Mitchell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Brian Adam, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mrs Nanette Milne, Derek Brownlee, Marlyn Glen, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Bill Aitken, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Karen Gillon, John Scott, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-3219# John Farquhar Munro: Future of Crofting—That the Parliament recognises the importance of crofting to the social and economic life of the Highlands and Islands and wishes to see the continuation of sustainable crofting communities; shares the concerns of crofting communities, such as those in Skye and Lochalsh and throughout the crofting counties, regarding the threat to crofting communities from the lack of action by the Crofters Commission over the decrofting of land and sale of crofts, and from absentee crofters and dereliction; believes that crofting tenancies should not be sold on the open market which is currently allowing local people to be outbid by those with no understanding of, or long-term commitment to, crofting and the crofting community, and further believes that if this continues it will, in a generation, lead to the end of crofting in everything but name.Supported by: Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Christine Grahame, Jim Mather, Margaret Smith, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Rob Gibson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Richard Lochhead, Mike Pringle, Eleanor Scott, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Ted Brocklebank

S2M-3171# Margaret Jamieson: Victims’ Rights—That the Parliament notes recent court decisions which put the human rights of prisoners before those of their victims by ignoring the rights of victims to pursue their assailant for damages when compensation is awarded and believes that the Scottish Executive should pursue all avenues to ensure that no convicted criminal has the opportunity to gain financially from their crimes or imprisonment and that victims should be advised of awards of compensation, inheritance or other financial gain.Supported by: John Home Robertson, Bill Butler, Dr Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Mr Alasdair Morrison, John Swinburne, Cathie Craigie, Mr Duncan McNeil, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Karen Gillon, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Richard Baker, Mr David Davidson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Phil Gallie, Mr Brian Monteith, Janis Hughes, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie, Cathy Peattie

S2M-2737 Mr Tom McCabe: Family Law (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Family Law (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase, in consequence of the Act, in expenditure charged on, or payable out of, the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3215 Goats, A Pair of Oxen and a Plough (lodged on 31 August 2005) Mary Scanlon*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-3194 Single Status Agreement (lodged on 29 August 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3174 Scottish Regimental Cap Badges (lodged on 22 August 2005) Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-3166 A Commonwealth Games Lottery (lodged on 17 August 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*