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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 eligible for consideration 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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3291 Dr Jean Turner: Scotland Awarded First Geopark by UNESCO—That the Parliament welcomes the official recognition by UNESCO of Scotland’s first-ever geopark, which is located north of Ullapool and reaches to Cape Wrath and Loch Eriboll; notes that this area of historic, remarkable and outstanding beauty also is the location of the Old Man of Stoer and Smoo Cave and contains Lewis gneiss, which is 3,000 million years old and Europe’s oldest rock, and further notes that the North West Highlands Geopark is the first area in Scotland to win the European accolade.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*

*S2M-3290 Tommy Sheridan: Disingenuous Liberal Democrats—That the Parliament regrets the inability of the Liberal Democrat Group to provide a member to participate in the detailed scrutiny of the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill during either of the two Local Government and Transport Committee meetings at which the Bill was considered and believes that, in light of the Liberal Democrats’ widely trailed concern over the fairness of council tax, their failure to send a member or their substitute to the committee exposes the disingenuous nature of their concern and demonstrates that they have no intention of voting to abolish the council tax if it compromises their position in the coalition, which they will always prioritise over the interests of millions of pensioners and low-paid workers hammered by the unfair Tory tax.

*S2M-3289# Margaret Mitchell: Barnardo’s Freagarrach Project - 10th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates the Barnardo’s Freagarrach project in Falkirk on its 10th anniversary; commends the work it conducts which aims to reduce, and ultimately stop, the offending behaviour of young people aged 12 to 18 who are at risk of being removed from their communities due to the frequency or severity of their offending; applauds its outstanding record in 2003-04 which resulted in a reduction in re-offending by an average of 81% between the 12 to 16-year-old service and the 16 to 18-year-old service, and believes that the Scottish Executive should encourage more local authorities to support such projects.

*S2M-3288 Mr Brian Monteith: Stop the Pigeon—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) to deal with the ongoing problem of pigeon guano affecting the Holyrood complex; notes that the problem of pigeons extends to birds entering MSPs’ offices through the natural ventilation system resulting in some windows being closed and temperatures rising; considers that Billy Connolly’s description of the MSP office block as a "doo-cot" is becoming all too accurate; understands the need to take action to counter any potential health risks from pigeon waste; believes that traditional methods may be both cheaper, less visually distracting and more effective in dealing with the problems of pigeons than the netting proposed by the SPCB, and calls on the SPCB to investigate the use of a hawker to scare pigeons away from the buildings.

*S2M-3287 Mark Ballard: Possible Acquisition of More Polar Bears by Edinburgh Zoo—That the Parliament notes with concern that Edinburgh Zoo is giving serious consideration to acquiring more polar bears despite the Zoo’s assurance in 2003 that it would stop keeping this species when its current polar bear, Mercedes, dies; notes that Mercedes is the last polar bear kept in a UK zoo and that she displays signs of distress and abnormal behaviour such as repetitive pacing and swimming; further notes that it is widely accepted that polar bears’ needs can never be properly met in captivity; believes that captive breeding in zoos is not a realistic approach to the conservation of polar bears as it is considered to be extremely difficult to successfully re-introduce such creatures into the wild, and calls on the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland not to acquire any new polar bears for keeping at Edinburgh Zoo.

*S2M-3286 Brian Adam on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee: 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland—That the Parliament agrees that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland (SP Paper 410), together with the Official Report of the Parliament’s debate on the report, should form the Parliament’s response to the consultation by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3285 An Impartial Service? (lodged on 14 September 2005) Christine Grahame*, Tricia Marwick*, Jim Mather*, Stewart Stevenson*, Fergus Ewing*, Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*, Rob Gibson*, Bruce Crawford*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3283 Christine’s Wide Ball (lodged on 14 September 2005) Phil Gallie*, Derek Brownlee*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mary Scanlon*, Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-3282# Drumchapel High School Pupils’ Support for the Vucaj Family (lodged on 14 September 2005) Helen Eadie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Eleanor Scott*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3281 Scottish Medicines Consortium - Breast Cancer Drug, Arimidex, Approved Ahead of the Rest of the United Kingdom (lodged on 14 September 2005) Phil Gallie*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3280 Congratulations on a Great Summer for British Cricket (lodged on 14 September 2005) Alex Fergusson*, Phil Gallie*, Mary Scanlon*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

S2M-3279 NHS Greater Glasgow - Bed Review Consultation Time Should Be Longer (lodged on 14 September 2005) Phil Gallie*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3274.1 It’s Simply Not Cricket (lodged on 14 September 2005) Phil Gallie*, Bill Aitken*, Mr David Davidson*, Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-3274.2 It’s Simply Not Cricket (lodged on 14 September 2005) Michael McMahon*, Mr David Davidson*, Phil Gallie*, Mr Jim Wallace*

S2M-3254 Support for Unionlink Pilot Scheme (lodged on 13 September 2005) Mark Ballard*, Rob Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Cathy Peattie*, Alex Neil*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Christine May*, Margaret Jamieson*, Robin Harper*, Helen Eadie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Butler*, Trish Godman*, Karen Gillon*, Maureen Macmillan*, Eleanor Scott*, Susan Deacon*, Tommy Sheridan*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Chris Ballance*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S2M-3251 Free Use of MECS (lodged on 12 September 2005) Phil Gallie*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-3250 Implement the National Language Strategy (lodged on 9 September 2005) Michael Matheson*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3249 Protection of Australian Old Growth Forest and Sustainable Timber Certification Standards (lodged on 9 September 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3248 Congratulations to the University of Dundee (lodged on 9 September 2005) Michael Matheson*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3247# International Credit Union Day 2005 (lodged on 8 September 2005) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-3246 Amazon Ferry (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3245# Communication Impairment (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3243# Supporters Hope that SFA will Admit John Thomson to Hall of Fame (lodged on 7 September 2005) Dennis Canavan*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3242# Scottish Food Fortnight (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mr Brian Monteith*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3240# Looked-after Young People (lodged on 7 September 2005) Dr Elaine Murray*, Kate Maclean*, Scott Barrie*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Fiona Hyslop*, Tommy Sheridan*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Trish Godman*

S2M-3236 Software Freedom Day (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3232 Pregnant and Productive (lodged on 6 September 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3226# Summer Academy @ Strathclyde (lodged on 5 September 2005) Maureen Macmillan*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-3225 International Suicide Prevention Week: "Help a Friend Stay in the Game" (lodged on 5 September 2005) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-3204# Planning Applications for Wind Power Developments (lodged on 30 August 2005) Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-3188 Robin House (lodged on 24 August 2005) Margaret Smith*

S2M-3115 Funding of Scottish Civic Forum (lodged on 20 July 2005) Nicola Sturgeon*, Miss Annabel Goldie*

S2M-3074# Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (lodged on 30 June 2005) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-2919 Abolition of Prescription Charges for Chronic Conditions (lodged on 3 June 2005) Miss Annabel Goldie*