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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 (<>).

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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(  A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-3482# Paul Martin: Excess Winter Deaths in Greater Glasgow—That the Parliament notes this year’s Scottish excess winter death figures, which show that the NHS Greater Glasgow area has the largest number of excess winter deaths in Scotland; expresses great concern that the number of excess winter deaths in Glasgow among older people has increased from 410 to 460; supports the Scottish Executive’s fuel poverty programmes; believes that the Executive should continue to commit to the programmes and its pledge to eradicate fuel poverty by 2017, and supports the work of the Scottish Gas Help the Aged Partnership and its call to the Executive for a holistic approach to address the problem of excess winter deaths, including looking at nutrition, regular exercise, flu jab uptake, appropriate clothing, maximising incomes, proper insulation and heating systems for homes, extending the gas main where it is economically viable and providing greater face-to-face support and practical help for older people.

*S2M-3481 Rosie Kane: They Hang Asylum Seekers in the Scottish Parliament—That the Parliament finds it ironic that photographs which adorn its walls include Nexhi Vucaj and that Nexhi, her husband and three children were subjected to a dawn raid at the hands of the Home Office and were removed to Albania, having lived in Glasgow for five years; welcomes the image of asylum seekers among our works of art; believes that, if we are to exhibit these images in the Parliament to emphasise our diversity here in Scotland, then at the very least we should do everything we can to ensure that people who come to this country for whatever reason are welcomed, supported and encouraged to stay, and further believes that the rich tapestry which makes up Scotland is something we should cherish, but not only on a wall and in a frame.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Ms Sandra White*, Eleanor Scott*

*S2M-3480 Fiona Hyslop: Erasmus Grants—That the Parliament recognises the benefits that studying abroad brings to students and to Scotland; welcomes the proposals put forward by the European Parliament to increase the student grant available to those undertaking Erasmus studies across Europe from €150 a month to €210 and to €300 a month by 2013; calls on the governments of all member states to support this proposal, and further calls on the Scottish Executive to look at additional support for Scottish students who wish to study abroad for part of their course.

*S2M-3479 Christine Grahame: Jedburgh and Coldstream Cottage Hospital Closures—That the Parliament notes the announcement by NHS Borders management that the cottage hospitals at Coldstream and Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders are to close; notes that the announcement comes on the day the Minister for Health and Community Care unveiled his “vision” for NHS services across Scotland, placing a particular emphasis on the virtue of the role of community hospitals; notes that it will be extremely difficult to meet local health needs in these two Borders towns if the primary health care facilities are closed down, and asks the Scottish Executive to consider reviewing the decision by NHS Borders management as it appears to run completely contrary to the vision outlined by the minister on 27 October 2005.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Ms Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*

*S2M-3478 Shiona Baird: UNESCO Status for the University of Dundee—That the Parliament congratulates the International Water Law Research Institute at the University of Dundee for achieving UNESCO status and notes that the institute will become the first UNESCO Centre in the United Kingdom; believes that this accreditation is a reflection on the very high standards of teaching and research at the University of Dundee; notes that access to water and sanitation is a millennium development goal, and agrees with the United Nations that safe access to clean water and sanitation is not only a fundamental human right but also a key factor in developing international security.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott*, Sarah Boyack*, Rob Gibson*, Margaret Smith*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Ms Sandra White*, Brian Adam*

*S2M-3477 Ms Sandra White: Game, Set and Match to Murray—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish tennis player, Andrew Murray, on his success in defeating UK number one-ranked player, Tim Henman, in the Davidoff Swiss Indoor tennis tournament; notes that Andrew Murray defeated Tim Henman in three sets; recognises that he is a credit to his country, and looks forward to his continued rise in the world tennis rankings.

Supported by: Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Brian Adam*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Adam Ingram*

*S2M-3476 Brian Adam: Dyce Academy Aberdeen Charitable Award—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of Dyce Academy, Aberdeen, on their recent success at the Giving Nation awards ceremony where for the second year running they won a national award for their tireless charity work.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3475 Parenting Across Scotland (lodged on 26 October 2005) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Jackie Baillie*, Susan Deacon*, Bruce Crawford*, Sarah Boyack*, Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*, Mike Rumbles*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Eleanor Scott*, Marlyn Glen*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr David Davidson*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Ms Sandra White*, Alex Johnstone*, Scott Barrie*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-3474 Scotland’s Coastline (lodged on 26 October 2005) Mike Rumbles*, Ms Sandra White*, Margaret Smith*, Euan Robson*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Sarah Boyack*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-3473# Outsourcing of Rail Call Centre Jobs from Vertex Call Centre, Dingwall (lodged on 26 October 2005) John Farquhar Munro*, Des McNulty*, Eleanor Scott*, Nora Radcliffe*, Sarah Boyack*, Brian Adam*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Butler*, Rob Gibson*, Bristow Muldoon*

S2M-3472 Treatment of Asylum Seekers (lodged on 26 October 2005) Brian Adam*, Colin Fox*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Rosie Kane*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Campbell Martin*, Ms Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, Mr John Swinney*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Bruce Crawford*, Tricia Marwick*, Dennis Canavan*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mark Ballard*, Fiona Hyslop*, Eleanor Scott*, Shona Robison*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-3471 Tribute to Rosa Parks, American Civil Rights Campaigner (lodged on 26 October 2005) Campbell Martin*, Scott Barrie*

S2M-3470 Return of William Wallace Letter, "The Safe Conduct", to Scotland (lodged on 26 October 2005) Campbell Martin*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr John Swinney*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Rob Gibson*, Linda Fabiani*, Fergus Ewing*, Bruce Crawford*, Brian Adam*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Christine Grahame*, Tricia Marwick*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Fiona Hyslop*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-3463 David McLetchie MSP: Allegations of Misuse of Parliamentary Taxis (lodged on 25 October 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-3461# Air Pollution in Glasgow (lodged on 25 October 2005) Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-3458 Pilton CAB Jubilee Anniversary (lodged on 25 October 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-3448<> Economic Opportunity of Biofuels (lodged on 24 October 2005) Richard Lochhead*

S2M-3446 Scotch Whisky (lodged on 24 October 2005) Bruce Crawford*

S2M-3439 A Real Community Fund (lodged on 21 October 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-3434 North Lanarkshire Carers Together (lodged on 21 October 2005) Chris Ballance*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-3433 Location of Slow Food UK Office (lodged on 20 October 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-3432 Stirling Award for Architecture (lodged on 19 October 2005) Scott Barrie*

S2M-3428 Occupation of Tibet (lodged on 19 October 2005) Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-3427 Comments by the Immigration Minister (lodged on 18 October 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-3426 Bert Mullen - Credit Union Pioneer (lodged on 17 October 2005) Pauline McNeill*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Scott Barrie*

S2M-3425 Aberdeen Tennis Cup (lodged on 17 October 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-3420 Energy Saving Week (lodged on 17 October 2005) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Cathie Craigie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*

S2M-3418 Use of Scottish Airports by CIA Rendition Flights (lodged on 17 October 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-3417 Muscular Dystrophy "My Life" Campaign (lodged on 14 October 2005) Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-3412 Burma (lodged on 12 October 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-3405 The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (lodged on 7 October 2005) Ms Wendy Alexander*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Fiona Hyslop*, Rob Gibson*, Michael McMahon*, Mike Pringle*, Bruce Crawford*, Richard Lochhead*, Christine Grahame*, Mr John Swinney*, Alex Fergusson*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-3398 Breast Cancer: An Environmental Disease (lodged on 5 October 2005) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-3388 Population Deficit and Glasgow School Closures (lodged on 4 October 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-3387 Treatment for Mild Depression (lodged on 4 October 2005) Mr David Davidson*

S2M-3383 Water Charges (lodged on 4 October 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-3382 Justice for Co-op Financial Advisers (lodged on 4 October 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-3378 Guide Dogs for the Blind Re-think Rehab (lodged on 3 October 2005) Chris Ballance*

S2M-3351 Lothian and Borders Fire Services (lodged on 27 September 2005) Mr John Swinney*

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