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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm).  A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-3592 Mike Pringle: Every Penny Counts for Mature Students—That the Parliament supports the Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s “Every Penny Counts” campaign; supports its call that tertiary education should be truly accessible to all students irrespective of age; notes that every penny does count when dealing with student debt and is disappointed that Lothian Buses discriminates against full-time students over the age of 25 by refusing to issue them with student ridacards, and calls on Lothian Buses to reverse this decision.

*S2M-3591 Scott Barrie: Investing in Our Children’s Future—That the Parliament notes the Scottish launch of the Fostering Network’s and British Association for Adoption and Fostering’s publication, The Cost of Foster Care; commends the work done by all of those involved in producing this report; notes the gap in funding that exists in Scotland regarding payments to approved foster carers, and considers that all foster carers in Scotland should receive a uniform fostering allowance that fully covers the cost of the care that they provide.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety*, Margaret Jamieson*, Elaine Smith*, Helen Eadie*, Janis Hughes*

*S2M-3590 Dr Jean Turner: Local Authority Environmental Services Fail to Clean Up Deprived Neighbourhoods—That the Parliament condemns local authorities who fail to clean up deprived neighbourhoods as indicated in a research study by the University of Glasgow, published recently by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; notes that the research, which was based on a survey of 49 local authorities and detailed work in four areas, highlighted that residents in deprived neighbourhoods are getting lower standards of street cleaning and refuse collection services than residents in more affluent areas and that deprived areas have a greater range and severity of problems, particularly regarding graffiti, litter, fly-tipping and poorly maintained public spaces; further notes that, despite the greater problems faced by such neighbourhoods, local authorities are not deploying levels of services and resources which are sufficient to meet their needs; notes that responsible residents living in deprived neighbourhoods, who might previously have been motivated to take good care of their surroundings, lose heart when environmental problems remain unresolved, and considers that the Scottish Executive has a key role in ensuring that the most intensely disadvantaged local authorities have the resources they need to tackle problem neighbourhoods without jeopardising service standards elsewhere.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-3589 Dr Jean Turner: Save the Alexander Elder War Memorial Chapel in the Glasgow Western Infirmary—That the Parliament welcomes any effort by NHS Greater Glasgow to save the Alexander Elder War Memorial chapel when the Western Infirmary closes in 2010-11; notes that the chapel, which was built by John James Burnet, commemorated its 80th year on 8 November 2005 and houses many beautiful stained glass windows and plaques dedicated to doctors and nurses of the Western Infirmary who gave their lives in two world wars, and therefore believes that the chapel should be retained completely, not only because of its historical importance and beauty, but because it is used daily by all faiths and has multi-faith pastors and nuns and because its very existence came about as an act of remembrance for those lost in war.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White*

*S2M-3588 Lewis Macdonald: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 16) (Scotland) Order 2005—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 16) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/579) be approved.

Supported by: Mr Andy Kerr*

*S2M-3587 Lewis Macdonald: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 15) (Scotland) Order 2005—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 15) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/575) be approved.

Supported by: Mr Andy Kerr*

*S2M-3586 John Swinburne: Scottish Fiscal Autonomy—That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should call on the UK Government to undertake a referendum to determine whether there is a majority of the Scottish electorate in favour of Scottish fiscal autonomy.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Donald Gorrie*, Jim Mather*, Brian Adam*

*S2M-3585.1 Richard Lochhead: Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3585) in the name of Ross Finnie, insert at end “notes that the key to a sustainable waste strategy is a greater emphasis on reducing the level of waste produced; recognises that to maintain public support and participation, waste collected for recycling should not go to landfill; notes that municipal waste accounts for only 25% of waste and that the other 75% comes from business and industry and accurate information on the amount of such waste recycled is required; notes concerns over the lack of accessible recycling infrastructure; calls for waste management support for the small business sector, and recognises that, for any waste strategy to be truly effective, Scottish ministers require the necessary political powers to ensure they have all options available to them, including measures relating to manufacturing, design and taxation.”

*S2M-3585.2 Alex Johnstone: Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3585) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from first “welcomes” to end and insert “believes that the Scottish Executive’s policy on waste is failing and that the amount of waste being sent to landfill is increasing, so that local authorities will have to double their recycling performance in one year to meet the 2006 targets, and further believes that after six years the Executive needs to take immediate steps to free up local authorities to enable them to deliver innovative and appropriate solutions to suit their local circumstances.”

*S2M-3585.3 Shiona Baird: Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3585) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from “implementing” to end and insert “improving Scottish recycling and composting rates but acknowledges that, in spite of these improvements, Scotland still lags behind many of our European partners and that the overall volume of waste being created continues to rise; notes that there is a wide variation in recycling rates across Scottish local authorities and strongly believes that access to comprehensive recycling facilities should not be a postcode lottery; commends the efforts of the public in rising to the challenge of recycling an increasing proportion of their waste in spite of often poor facilities and lack of clear information; expresses concern that many Scottish businesses and community groups engaged in recycling have found their efforts thwarted by inappropriate levels of regulation and heavy financial costs, and believes that a policy of zero waste, bringing environmental, economic and social benefits, is the only truly sustainable way to tackle Scotland’s throwaway culture.”

*S2M-3584.1 Mrs Nanette Milne: Dentistry—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3584) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, leave out from “endorses” to end and insert “is further concerned that the Scottish Executive’s initiatives will not entice dentists back to the NHS; recognises the increased support in dental education, employment of overseas dentists and financial packages enacted by the Executive but sees this as a stopgap solution which will do nothing to stem the tide of dentists leaving the NHS in the future; calls for more initiatives for dentists to undertake preventative work, a reduction in bureaucracy and for the Executive to create a more genuine and innovative debate on the future of dentistry, and further calls on the Executive to engage positively with the wider profession to ensure that reforms and initiatives enable every patient to have access to a dentist.”

*S2M-3584.2 Shona Robison: Dentistry—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3584) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert “acknowledges the vital contribution which NHS dental services make to health improvement and patient care; believes that to progress implementing Improving Oral Health and Modernising NHS Dental Services in Scotland requires the co-operation of the dental profession, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive and the British Dental Association urgently to reach agreement on the definition of “NHS commitment” in order to secure the future of NHS dentistry in Scotland.”

*S2M-3584.3 Carolyn Leckie: Dentistry—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3584) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert “regrets that inequalities in dental health status and access to dental services persist; believes that NHS dental provision is under serious threat; further believes that radical action in recruitment and widening of access to dentistry training is urgently required, and believes that the dentists whom the state educates and trains should be required to give a minimum commitment to NHS service of five years, within an agreed NHS salaried career structure.”

S2M-3553*#* Jackie Baillie: The Thistle Travel Card Scheme—That the Parliament congratulates Enable, together with a consortium of Scottish charities including Down’s Syndrome Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland, for its work to introduce the Thistle Travel Card; welcomes the support of the Scottish Executive and transport companies for the implementation of the scheme, including in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh; acknowledges that many people with learning or physical disabilities, as well as those with dementia and epilepsy, may experience some difficulty in using public transport; considers that the Thistle Travel Card provides them with additional assistance by alerting travel staff to their particular needs; notes that awareness of the scheme is limited, and considers that the Scottish Executive and transport companies should actively promote awareness and uptake of the Thistle Travel Card.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Sandra White*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, John Swinburne*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-3190*#* Jim Mather: Supply of Affordable Housing in Rural Areas—That the Parliament considers that new pension rules to be introduced in April 2006 allowing funds from self-invested personal pension plans to be invested in residential property, such as buy to let or holiday homes with up to 40% tax relief, and allowing residential property already owned to be moved into pensions schemes will reduce the availability of affordable housing, particularly in rural areas, such as the Highlands, where young people are already facing difficulties in finding housing to buy or rent, and considers that the Scottish Executive and UK Government should reconsider the proposals, taking into account the particular issues surrounding rural housing in Scotland, and should exempt housing in Scotland from these new pension provisions.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Sandra White*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3582 Right to Education (lodged on 15 November 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3576 Winter Festivals (lodged on 15 November 2005) Susan Deacon*, Robin Harper*, Ms Sandra White*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3575 Reality at Work in Scotland (lodged on 15 November 2005) Chris Ballance*, Robin Harper*, Carolyn Leckie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Tommy Sheridan*, Shiona Baird*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3574 Scottish Definitive Postage Stamps: Self-Adhesive and Book Format (lodged on 15 November 2005) Stewart Stevenson*, Ms Sandra White*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3573 Dawn Raid on Ahmed Family (lodged on 15 November 2005) Chris Ballance*, Linda Fabiani*, Robin Harper*, Nora Radcliffe*, Eleanor Scott*, Tommy Sheridan*, Rob Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Sandra White*, Bill Butler*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3572 Scottish Football Team (lodged on 15 November 2005) Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Alasdair Morgan*, Campbell Martin*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Donald Gorrie*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Fergus Ewing*, Brian Adam*, Alex Neil*, Mr John Swinney*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-3571 Support for Museum of Photography (lodged on 15 November 2005) Stewart Stevenson*, Alasdair Morgan*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Dr Jean Turner*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Richard Lochhead*, Fergus Ewing*, Brian Adam*, Jim Mather*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Tricia Marwick*, Alex Neil*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Mr John Swinney*

S2M-3568 Dundee Sun City (lodged on 14 November 2005) Robin Harper*, Richard Lochhead*, Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Sandra White*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3567 Pringle of Scotland and the Declaration of Arbroath (lodged on 14 November 2005) Fergus Ewing*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3566 Fourth World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet (lodged on 14 November 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3562 World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse (lodged on 14 November 2005) Linda Fabiani*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Ms Sandra White*, Karen Whitefield*, Shiona Baird*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3561 Comprehensive Protection for the Nation’s Emergency Workers (lodged on 14 November 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Donald Gorrie*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-3560 Stirling Students’ Support for Palestinian Right to Education Campaign (lodged on 11 November 2005) Robin Harper*, Patrick Harvie*, Ms Sandra White*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3559<> A Full Discussion on CFP Withdrawal (lodged on 11 November 2005) John Swinburne*, Murdo Fraser*

S2M-3558# The Tayside Project (lodged on 11 November 2005) John Swinburne*, Michael Matheson*, Shiona Baird*, Donald Gorrie*, Patrick Harvie*

S2M-3557 Congratulations to St Mirren Football Club (lodged on 10 November 2005) John Swinburne*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-3556# Deanburn Primary School (lodged on 10 November 2005) Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3555 Compensation for Hearing Loss for Ex-Servicemen and Women (lodged on 10 November 2005) Campbell Martin*, Tricia Marwick*, Mr John Swinney*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Dr Jean Turner*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Sandra White*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-3554 Congratulations to Remploy (lodged on 10 November 2005) Michael McMahon*, John Swinburne*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3551 T in the Park Success at UK Festival Awards 2005 (lodged on 9 November 2005) Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-3550 Boost to Gaelic Language (lodged on 9 November 2005) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-3549# Council Tax in Very Sheltered Housing (lodged on 9 November 2005) Ms Sandra White*, John Swinburne*

S2M-3548# Excess Winter Deaths (lodged on 9 November 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-3546 Carers’ Rights Day 2005 (lodged on 8 November 2005) Nora Radcliffe*, John Swinburne*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-3544 First Bus Puts Profits Before People (lodged on 8 November 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-3542 Teaching of Scottish History (lodged on 8 November 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-3537 World Radiography Day 2005 (lodged on 8 November 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-3531# David Livingstone: Explorer, Missionary, Anti-Slave Campaigner and Doctor (lodged on 7 November 2005) Michael McMahon*

S2M-3530 Holocaust Memorial Day (lodged on 7 November 2005) Michael McMahon*

S2M-3528 Supermarket Buying Power (lodged on 7 November 2005) Ms Sandra White*, John Swinburne*

S2M-3527 Condemnation of Attacks on Firefighters (lodged on 7 November 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-3526 Look at Me - Moving Forward at the Royal Blind School, Edinburgh (lodged on 7 November 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-3525 Amnesty for the Women of Cornton Vale (lodged on 7 November 2005) John Swinburne*

S2M-3524 British Heart Foundation’s Food4Thought Campaign 2005 (lodged on 7 November 2005) Jackie Baillie*, Dennis Canavan*

S2M-3522 Book of Remembrance for the Victims of the Lancastria (lodged on 4 November 2005) Elaine Smith*

S2M-3521 Protocol Regarding Removal of Children of Asylum Seekers (lodged on 4 November 2005) Elaine Smith*

S2M-3514 Further Congratulations to Edinburgh Junior Chamber of Commerce (lodged on 3 November 2005) Elaine Smith*

S2M-3509 Announcement of Clydesdale Bank Branch Closures (lodged on 2 November 2005) Elaine Smith*

S2M-3500 National Youth Work Week (lodged on 1 November 2005) Michael McMahon*

S2M-3496 Tayside Hospital Broadcasting Group (lodged on 1 November 2005) Elaine Smith*

S2M-3495 Trinity Mirror (lodged on 1 November 2005) Elaine Smith*

S2M-3494 Volunteering and Disability (lodged on 31 October 2005) Elaine Smith*

S2M-3491.1# The A82: The Case for Major Improvements and the Removal of the Temporary Traffic Lights at Loch Lomondside (lodged on 10 November 2005) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-3464 Public Holidays (lodged on 25 October 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-3418 Use of Scottish Airports by CIA Rendition Flights (lodged on 17 October 2005) Mr Bruce McFee*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Michael Matheson*

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

S2M-3245# Communication Impairment (lodged on 7 September 2005) Colin Fox*

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