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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3300 Mary Scanlon:City of Inverness Recognised in RBS £50 Banknote—That the Parliament notes the historic decision by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), one of the world’s largest banks, to issue its first £50 banknote in almost 300 years; welcomes its recognition of the growing significance of the Highland capital through its portrait of Inverness Castle on this banknote, and believes that this image is a symbolic and worthy gesture in respect of Inverness’s award of Scottish city status in 2000 and its ongoing expansion.

Supported by: Derek Brownlee*, Fergus Ewing*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Margaret Mitchell*

* S2M-3299# Helen Eadie:Coalfields Communities in Fife—That the Parliament commends the work of the Coalfields Communities Campaign and, in particular, its publication, Deprivation in Scottish Coalfields Communities, which is based on an analysis of the Scottish Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2004; further notes that coalfields communities continue to struggle some twenty years since the pits closed, the extent of which deprivation has not always been noticed because of the concentration of deprivation in Glasgow; recognises that Fife includes the former coalfield with the largest population in Scotland and that this coalfield remains disproportionately deprived in relation to the Scottish national average with some of the most deprived data zones in Scotland being in Fife, the poorest of which areas are contained in the wards of Ballingry, Lochore, Methil, Smeaton and Overton and that, across the central Fife coalfield area, one in three people are on state benefit or unemployed or are in the lowest grade of workers; finally notes that health indicators are particularly concerning with Lochore, for example, where the rate of people unable to work due to illness of disability is 89% above the Scottish average and the rate of claimants with disability living allowance is 103% above the Scottish average, and hopes that the Scottish Executive will urgently consider establishing a taskforce to develop a matrix of targeted support from all agencies involving the public and private sector.

* S2M-3298 Campbell Martin:National Rally for Independence—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of the second National Rally for Independence, to be held on Saturday 1 October 2005, at the designated “protest” area outside the main entrance of the Parliament and immediately opposite Holyrood Palace; considers this to be a most appropriate venue for a national rally calling for the establishment of an independent Scottish republic; looks forward to a repeat of the very successful inaugural National Rally for Independence held last year at Edinburgh’s Calton Hill on the day the Queen officially opened the Scottish Parliament, and looks forward to welcoming to Edinburgh on 1 October all those who consider themselves to be “citizens not subjects” and who support the broad-based movement for the establishment of an independent Scottish republic.

* S2M-3297 Mr Jamie McGrigor:The Glenmorangie Camanachd Cup Final 2005—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the 2005 Camanachd Association Challenge Cup Final and its sponsors, Glenmorangie; further congratulates Lochaber’s Kilmallie and Fort William teams for providing an excellent final with such a nail-biting end at An Aird, and Fort William for winning the cup for only the second time and for the first time since 1992; welcomes the BBC’s live coverage of the game and hopes that it will stimulate interest in the sport across Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support the new board of directors of the Camanachd Association to ensure that shinty, so much a part of Scotland’s heritage and an important focus for so many Highland communities, continues to develop with a secure long-term future.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott*, Mary Scanlon*, John Scott*, Alex Johnstone*, Bruce Crawford*, Phil Gallie*, Murdo Fraser*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Margaret Mitchell*

* S2M-3296 Mrs Nanette Milne:Children’s Hospice Week—That the Parliament welcomes Children’s Hospice Week, which runs from 17 to 24 September 2005; notes that Children’s Hospice Week was launched in 1998 to raise public and professional awareness of children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and their families, and recognises the hard work of CHAS, the Scottish charity committed to the provision of children’s hospice services in Scotland.

Supported by: Derek Brownlee*, Brian Adam*, Alex Johnstone*, Murdo Fraser*, Stewart Stevenson*, Bill Butler*, Michael McMahon*, Mary Scanlon*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Christine Grahame*, Des McNulty*, Patrick Harvie*, Mike Pringle*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Shiona Baird*, Margaret Mitchell*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3295 Beachwatch Survey 17 to 18 September 2005 (lodged on 16 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3294 Camanachd Cup Final (lodged on 16 September 2005) Rob Gibson*

S2M-3291 Scotland Awarded First Geopark by UNESCO (lodged on 15 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3288 Stop the Pigeon (lodged on 15 September 2005) Murdo Fraser*

S2M-3287 Possible Acquisition of More Polar Bears by Edinburgh Zoo (lodged on 15 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3285 An Impartial Service? (lodged on 14 September 2005) Mr John Swinney*

S2M-3281 Scottish Medicines Consortium - Breast Cancer Drug, Arimidex, Approved Ahead of the Rest of the United Kingdom (lodged on 14 September 2005) Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-3254 Support for Unionlink Pilot Scheme (lodged on 13 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3252 Trams Come Early to Edinburgh (lodged on 12 September 2005) Mark Ballard*

S2M-3251 Free Use of MECS (lodged on 12 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3247 #International Credit Union Day 2005 (lodged on 8 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3246 Amazon Ferry (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-3245 #Communication Impairment (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3243 #Supporters Hope that SFA will Admit John Thomson to Hall of Fame (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3240 #Looked-after Young People (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mr Jamie Stone*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-3232 Pregnant and Productive (lodged on 6 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3230 EU Sugar Reform (lodged on 6 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3224 Don’t Shop at Supermarkets Day (lodged on 2 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3221 Removal of Asylum Seekers’ Children (lodged on 1 September 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3217 Folding Bicycles (lodged on 31 August 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3216 Condolences to the People of Baghdad (lodged on 31 August 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3214 Sustainable Timber Certification Standards (lodged on 31 August 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3193 Drug and Alcohol Project (Levenmouth) (lodged on 29 August 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3150 Justice and Mercy? (lodged on 11 August 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

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