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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 submitted for members’ business in the Parliament but which have not yet received the requisite cross-party support are marked with a diamond symbol (u ).

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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3440 Malcolm Chisholm: Equality Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees the principles contained in the provisions of the Equality Bill, including the power to impose duties on public authorities, so far as those provisions relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or confer functions on the Scottish Ministers, and agrees that those provisions should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-3439 Brian Adam: A Real Community Fund—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to consider creating a real Community Fund to allow community groups to directly receive funding for projects that will enhance community activities and facilities in neighbourhoods throughout Scotland.

*S2M-3438 Malcolm Chisholm: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Housing (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-3437 George Lyon: Licensing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Licensing (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*

*S2M-3436 Cathy Jamieson: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S2M-3435 Ross Finnie: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*

*S2M-3434 Margaret Mitchell: North Lanarkshire Carers Together—That the Parliament commends North Lanarkshire Carers Together for the work it conducts which aims to raise the profile of carers and improve awareness of carers’ issues and concerns; congratulates it for improving the lives of carers in North Lanarkshire and providing a voice for carers in the planning of future services; applauds its outstanding record at influencing change both at a local and national level, and encourages the Scottish Executive to continue funding North Lanarkshire Carers Together through carers development money allocated to North Lanarkshire when its funding is due for review in March 2006.

*S2M-3433 Mark Ballard: Location of Slow Food UK Office—That the Parliament notes that the UK Slow Food Association was founded at a congress held on Skye in August 2005; notes that the Slow Food Movement is an international organisation with a growing profile (the movement’s founder, Carlo Petrini, was on Time Magazine’s list of European heroes last year); notes that Fiona Richmond from Edinburgh has been appointed as Slow Food UK’s first director and believes that Edinburgh should bid to host the UK office of the Slow Food Movement as the enhancement of Edinburgh’s reputation as a destination serious about real food would be considerable; commends moves to provide office space and sponsorship for the Slow Food UK office, and believes that changing Scotland’s food culture is important in improving the lives of Scottish people and the Scottish environment.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Eleanor Scott*, Nora Radcliffe*

*S2M-3432 Robin Harper: Stirling Award for Architecture—That the Parliament, to mark the occasion of the Scottish Parliament building gaining the prestigious Stirling award for architecture, congratulates all those involved in the design and completion of the building, especially the late Enric Miralles, Benedetta Tagliabue, RMJM, Bovis, the subcontractors, the skilled workers who finished the building to such a high standard, and Ben Dawson for the furnishings, especially in the Chamber and committee rooms, and acknowledges, in light of the Stirling award and growing praise from around the world, that Scotland can be proud to have a building that is, and will remain, a construction of international renown and an icon of architectural and artistic genius and excellence.

*S2M-3431 Robin Harper: Fish Stocks in North Sea, ICES Report—That the Parliament notes the recent report from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) on fish stocks in the North Sea; commends the painstaking work that it and European marine scientists have done over recent years; notes that the threats to fish stocks in the North Sea are as serious as ever; recalls that the accord signed by European fisheries ministers last year committed to the possibility of instituting closed areas in the North Sea if the situation had not improved, and, in the interests of future fish stocks and of the fishermen themselves, calls upon the Scottish Executive to keep an open mind on the advisability of setting up no-take zones in order to allow stocks to regenerate, particularly in relation to the cod fishery, and to provide all consequent and sensible assistance to fishermen and their families to minimise the economic effects of any measures taken.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott*

*S2M-3430 Carolyn Leckie: Solidarity with British Columbian Teachers—That the Parliament sends solidarity greetings to all members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation who are currently pursuing industrial action against their employer, the British Columbian Provincial Government; is appalled that their employer legislated away their right to negotiate their due pay settlement and subsequently deemed their legitimate strike action illegal; recognises that over 90% of 40,000 teachers voted for strike action, knowing it was technically illegal; commends their courageous stand; welcomes the solidarity of other workers which saw over 100,000 out in support of the teachers and against the British Columbian Government’s cuts in education and other public services; believes that the actions of the British Columbian Government undermine the province’s international reputation which is regrettable in the run-up to its hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and hopes that the British Columbian Government agrees to negotiate and put forward a resolution to this dispute acceptable to the teachers.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-3429 Robin Harper: PPP Schools Projects and the Loss of Open Space in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the report from the Holmhills Wood Community Park Action Group on PPP school modernisation projects and the loss of open space in Scotland; expresses concern at the figures showing possibly over a hundred open community spaces in the process of being lost, or already lost; expresses alarm at the lack of reliable information available from local authorities, in particular that 29 out of 32 authorities hold no collated records of information on loss of open space and only five authorities were able to provide any information at all on open space loss over the last six years; notes the lack of auditing, failures of the planning system, failures of the statutory consultation system, failure of the Scottish Executive to effectively monitor PPP projects in relation to loss of open space and failure of the procurement document for PPP schools to make any mention of environmental sustainability, and calls on the Executive to institute a moratorium on all PPP schools projects still in the planning stage, or proposed, until such time as a proper audit of open space loss has taken place and strict new guidelines have been issued to all Scottish local authorities on future and present PPP schools projects, especially in relation to open spaces and environmental sustainability.

Supported by: Campbell Martin*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Eleanor Scott*

*S2M-3428 Chris Ballance: Occupation of Tibet—That the Parliament notes the forthcoming state visit of China’s President, Hu Jintao, in November 2005; urges the Prime Minister to encourage President Hu to meet the Dalai Lama in order to resolve China’s long-standing occupation of Tibet, and further calls on the Prime Minister publicly to state his concerns on Tibet during the course of the state visit.

*S2M-3427 Ms Sandra White: Comments by the Immigration Minister—That the Parliament notes the comments made by Tony McNulty MP, Minister of State for Immigration and Citizenship, on 16 October 2005 that "We are not knocking down doors at four in the morning… Most of the removals occur at about half five, half six or seven in the morning…in no sense at all can what the dedicated public servants of the immigration service do in very difficult circumstances like removal be described as inhuman or terrorising children"; notes that Kathleen Marshall, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, has already condemned the practice of dawn raids; further notes that Jack McConnell MSP, the First Minister, has already acknowledged the existence of so-called "dawn raids" and has condemned the practice, and considers Mr McNulty’s comments to show little understanding of the reality of the situation for families, such as the recently deported Vucaj family.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Campbell Martin*, Tommy Sheridan*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*

*S2M-3426 Bill Butler: Bert Mullen - Credit Union Pioneer—That the Parliament wishes to pay tribute to the work of Bert Mullen (1920-1986), who was instrumental in the establishment of Western Credit Union, based in the Drumchapel area and widely acknowledged as Scotland’s first credit union, which has now grown into Drumchapel Community Credit Union, with over 2,500 senior and 500 junior members; acknowledges the role which Mr Mullen played as the first Scottish Director of the Credit Union League of Great Britain in the development of the movement nationally; notes that Nobel Peace Prize Winner, John Hume, will give the inaugural Bert Mullen Lecture on 20 October 2005, International Credit Union Day, and salutes the dedication and effort of those who, like Mr Mullen, pioneered the use of the unique credit union model to provide a source of affordable credit and encourage regular savings in their local communities.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan*, Patrick Harvie*, Tricia Marwick*, Christine May*, Des McNulty*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Nora Radcliffe*, Shiona Baird*, Mark Ballard*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackie Baillie*, Christine Grahame*, Trish Godman*, Mike Pringle*, Helen Eadie*, Chris Ballance*, Paul Martin*, Eleanor Scott*, Cathie Craigie*, Janis Hughes*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

*S2M-3425 Brian Adam: Aberdeen Tennis Cup—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre is to host the inaugural Aberdeen Cup matches between Scotland and England on 26 and 27 November 2005 and furthermore wishes the Scottish team, which will include Andrew and Jamie Murray and Elena Baltacha, all the best in their quest to beat the "auld enemy".

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mike Pringle*, Tricia Marwick*, Bruce Crawford*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

*S2M-3424 Ms Sandra White: MRSA Swab Testing—That the Parliament notes the introduction of a swab test to detect MRSA which has been developed by Heartland Hospital in Birmingham; notes that the results take two hours to obtain; notes that other tests for MRSA can take up to 48 hours to give results and that in this time the infection could spread to other patients, and believes that the Minister for Health and Community Care has a duty of care to those in Scottish hospitals and that there should be a trial of the swab kit in Scotland, in parallel to that recently announced in England.

*S2M-3423 Ms Sandra White: Amnesty International’s Protect the Human Week—That the Parliament supports Amnesty International’s (AI) Protect the Human Week from 16 to 22 October 2005; welcomes the organisation’s recent report on the detention of people who have sought asylum in the United Kingdom and congratulates the many schools across Scotland which will be holding a Refugees’ Voices assembly; realises that the impetus behind this awareness-raising week is to highlight the fact that there has been an increase in the number of people seeking asylum who are being detained under immigration law and that a large number of them are asylum-seeking families with children; is concerned that AI’s report points out that there are no comprehensive statistics on the number of those who have sought asylum who are held in detention or the length of time they are detained; shares the concerns of AI that the risk of absconding is being used as the justification for detention without meaningful assessment; calls on the Scottish Executive to use its limited powers to influence the government at Westminster to take notice of AI’s report, to properly assess asylum claimants and to have consideration for these people as human beings with rights and feelings, and further asks the Executive to consider getting the full powers of immigration devolved to Scotland so that the Scottish governing bodies can implement Scottish solutions and have a specifically tailored Scottish approach to immigration and asylum.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Tommy Sheridan*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Brian Adam*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*

*S2M-3422u Carolyn Leckie: Treating Autism—That the Parliament congratulates Action Against Autism for organizing the pioneering conference, "Autism is Treatable", which took place on 15 October 2005; recognises the expertise demonstrated by the international scientists and medical professionals who led most sessions, especially since their work has been developed within a climate of hostility, and believes that the credible evidence of varying levels of recovery from the characteristics of autism in medically-treated US children should not be dismissed and that further efforts to explore the bio-medical model of autism in Scotland deserve the support of the Scottish Executive and the medical establishment.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Tommy Sheridan*, Murdo Fraser*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-3421 Richard Baker: SPRING Group—That the Parliament welcomes the regeneration of Springhill Park in Aberdeen following a £50,000 award from the Scottish Executive’s Greenspace Scotland fund; welcomes the renaming of the park as the Eric Hendrie Park, in tribute to Councillor Eric Hendrie who died last year, and congratulates the SPRING group which has successfully worked to secure these improvements to the park to create an invaluable asset for the local community.

*S2M-3420 Sarah Boyack: Energy Saving Week—That the Parliament congratulates the Energy Saving Trust for organising its ninth annual Energy Saving Week from 24 to 30 October 2005; recognises that energy efficiency is the cleanest, safest and cheapest way of reducing carbon dioxide emissions; supports personal energy efficiency targets as the best means of hitting the target of a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions below 1990 levels by 2010, and urges all members to show leadership by supporting the Energy Saving Trust’s "Save Your 20%" campaign which promotes individual responsibility and actions.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*

*S2M-3419# Christine Grahame: Ways 2 Work—That the Parliament notes the contribution of Ways 2 Work, based in Galashiels, and other similar projects assisting and supporting people into the workforce; expresses its concern at the vulnerability of its funding when currently Ways 2 Work supports some 50 clients in the community and a further 40 in social enterprises, including a print shop in Duns, a gardening team in Hawick and a catering team in Peebles; further notes that there are 90 clients currently registered with 20 on a waiting list but that it is estimated that in the Borders alone there will be some 4,000 people with disabilities who would benefit from this and similar programmes; further notes the concerns over its continued European funding and the prospect of the loss of Objective 3 status in the south of Scotland, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should undertake an audit of such programmes with a view to establishing a secure funding basis for them.

*S2M-3418 Chris Ballance: Use of Scottish Airports by CIA Rendition Flights—That the Parliament notes the information from the US Federal Aviation Administration concerning the use of Scottish airports by CIA rendition flights which states that such flights have stopped at Prestwick Airport on 75 occasions and Glasgow Airport 74 times; notes that these flights transport terror suspects for interrogation in countries where torture is accepted and even commonplace; notes that torture has been illegal since 1984 under the UN Convention Against Torture, and calls on the Scottish Executive urgently to investigate and report on all CIA rendition flights that have used Scottish airports and to make a statement regarding what measures are being taken to ensure that Scotland is not complicit in, nor guilty of, aiding and abetting torture.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Nora Radcliffe*, Campbell Martin*, Tommy Sheridan*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-3411 Mr Duncan McNeil on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Report on Prioritisation of the Non-Executive Bills Unit’s Workload—That the Parliament endorses the prioritisation criteria set out in paragraphs 7 to 9 of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s 2nd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Prioritisation of the Non-Executive Bills Unit’s Workload (SP Paper 434) and therefore agrees the recommendations in paragraph 19 of the report.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, John Scott

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, 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, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Euan Robson, Karen Gillon, Bristow Muldoon, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Sandra White, Shiona Baird, Pauline McNeill

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, Dr Jean Turner, Marilyn Livingstone, Maureen Macmillan, Karen Whitefield, Sarah Boyack, Scott Barrie

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3416 Protect the Human (lodged on 14 October 2005) Robin Harper*, Mark Ballard*, Shiona Baird*, Nora Radcliffe*, Rob Gibson*, Chris Ballance*, Bill Butler*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-3415u TV Licence and Digital Reception (lodged on 13 October 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Shiona Baird*, Brian Adam*, Stewart Stevenson*, Nora Radcliffe*, Jim Mather*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Rob Gibson*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr John Swinney*

S2M-3414 Trade Justice (lodged on 13 October 2005) Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*, Irene Oldfather*, Marlyn Glen*

S2M-3413 European Maritime Safety Agency - Glasgow Bid (lodged on 12 October 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3412 Burma (lodged on 12 October 2005) Murdo Fraser*, Euan Robson*, Robin Harper*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*, Nora Radcliffe*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-3407 Earthquake in Kashmir (lodged on 10 October 2005) Marilyn Livingstone*, Trish Godman*, Tricia Marwick*, Robin Harper*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Chris Ballance*, Dennis Canavan*, Richard Baker*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-3406 Glasgow Life Expectancy (lodged on 7 October 2005) Rob Gibson*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-3405 The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (lodged on 7 October 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-3404 HER-2 Testing: Herceptin Treatment for Breast Cancer (lodged on 7 October 2005) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-3402 The Use of Teachers and Social Workers in the Removal of Asylum Seekers (lodged on 6 October 2005) Patrick Harvie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-3400 Aboyne Maternity Unit (lodged on 6 October 2005) Mrs Nanette Milne*, Shona Robison*, Robin Harper*

S2M-3398 Breast Cancer: An Environmental Disease (lodged on 5 October 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3394 Improve Broiler Chicken Welfare (lodged on 5 October 2005) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-3393# Estonian Days in Scotland (lodged on 5 October 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-3387 Treatment for Mild Depression (lodged on 4 October 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-3378 Guide Dogs for the Blind Re-think Rehab (lodged on 3 October 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Iain Smith*

S2M-3368 Climate Change Emissions Figures (lodged on 29 September 2005) Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-3296 Children’s Hospice Week (lodged on 19 September 2005) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

S2M-3289# Barnardo’s Freagarrach Project - 10th Anniversary (lodged on 15 September 2005) Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-3287 Possible Acquisition of More Polar Bears by Edinburgh Zoo (lodged on 15 September 2005) Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Richard Baker*

S2M-3276 Support for North Action Group and the Retention of Full Maternity Services at Caithness General Hospital (lodged on 13 September 2005) Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-3245# Communication Impairment (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

S2M-3156 Memorial to Scottish Women’s Hospitals and the "Dames Ecossaises" (lodged on 15 August 2005) Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2982# Scotland Supporting the Right to Die at Home (lodged on 16 June 2005) Mr Stewart Maxwell*