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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-3752 Mark Ballard: Use of Dogs as Shark Bait—That the Parliament expresses its horror at the recent reports of the use of dogs as shark bait on the French-controlled island of Réunion; notes that this practice has sparked outrage across the globe; further notes that the inhumane methods used in this barbaric and illegal practice include the rounding up of stray dogs and the placing of hooks through their noses whilst still alive, and calls on members of the public and the Scottish Executive to convey their unease to the French Embassy to assist in bringing this cruel practice to a stop.

*S2M-3751 Donald Gorrie: Scottish Civic Forum—That the Parliament greatly regrets the winding-up of the Scottish Civic Forum because of the lack of financial support from the Scottish Executive and the Parliament; congratulates the Scottish Civic Forum on the good work it has done to involve more Scottish people in the democratic decision-making process; believes that this work must be continued, and calls on the Executive, the Parliament and those who have been involved in the Scottish Civic Forum, or other organisations working in the same field, to get together to evolve a new mechanism to produce better democratic structures outwith the parliamentary process.

*S2M-3750 Jackie Baillie: Argyll and Bute Housing Stock Transfer—That the Parliament welcomes the outstanding result in the tenants’ ballot held in Argyll and Bute; recognises that 90% of those who voted said "yes" to the transfer of their housing to community ownership; notes that this is the highest percentage "yes" vote recorded in any such large-scale housing ballot in the United Kingdom; welcomes the massive investment of £260 million that will be unlocked and the debt that will be wiped out; looks forward to the improvement of existing homes, the development of neighbourhoods and the involvement of tenants in shaping a new future for the area; congratulates all those in Argyll Community Housing Association for their tremendously hard work in achieving this spectacular result, and encourages the Scottish Executive to continue to promote community ownership across Scotland.

*S2M-3749 Cathie Craigie: Breaking the Sound Barrier—That the Parliament supports RNID’s "Breaking the Sound Barrier" campaign; notes with concern figures quoted in the campaign which highlight that one-in-seven people in Scotland currently have some form of hearing loss; welcomes the aims and objectives of the campaign of challenging myths that loss of hearing is only associated with infirmity and age and of encouraging more people to have their hearing tested; supports the campaign’s efforts to tackle denial of hearing loss by creating opportunities for simple self-assessment, such as the hearing test line, and welcomes television adverts persuading family, friends, employers and colleagues to encourage and support those who could benefit.

*S2M-3748 Brian Adam: North Sea Tax Hikes—That the Parliament notes with concern Shell’s announcement that it is to cut its plans for North Sea exploration; notes that Shell is blaming the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s latest North Sea tax hikes for this decision; further notes that the decision will have a knock-on effect throughout the North Sea supply chain, which will cost jobs and threaten future investment, and calls on the Scottish Executive to lobby the Chancellor in an attempt to get him to review his position and find alternative means of filling the black hole in his budget.

*S2M-3688.1 Jackie Baillie: Save Leven Cottage Care Home—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3688) in the name of Frances Curran, leave out from "condemns" to end and insert "notes that West Dunbartonshire Council is committed to improving the standard of accommodation available for older people in line with National Care Standards; recognises that Leven Cottage Care Home does not meet those standards and cannot be adapted to care for those with increasingly complex needs; welcomes the council’s clear commitment to develop appropriate accommodation of the required standard in the area; further notes that Leven Cottage Care Home will not close until suitable alternative accommodation is provided for all residents, and encourages West Dunbartonshire Council to build on its significant success in working with older people’s organisations and to provide the highest quality standard of care possible."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3747 HMV/Waterstone’s Acquisition of Ottakar’s plc Referred to the Competition Commission (lodged on 16 December 2005) Mark Ballard*, Chris Ballance*, Margaret Smith*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3745 ChildLine Scotland (lodged on 15 December 2005) Alex Fergusson*, Mike Pringle*, Christine May*, Alex Neil*, Chris Ballance*, Mr David Davidson*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Eleanor Scott*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Shiona Baird*, Margaret Smith*, Patrick Harvie*, Rob Gibson*, Mark Ballard*, Bruce Crawford*

S2M-3744# Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (lodged on 15 December 2005) Jackie Baillie*, Mike Pringle*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-3742 Congratulations to Northfield Girls (lodged on 15 December 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Des McNulty*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*, Stewart Stevenson*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3740 Climate Change College (lodged on 14 December 2005) Mike Pringle*

S2M-3735# Closure of Six Post Offices (lodged on 14 December 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3734 Central Heating (lodged on 14 December 2005) Margaret Mitchell*, Shiona Baird*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-3733 Support Mehmet Tarhan (lodged on 13 December 2005) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*

S2M-3732# Childhood Obesity in Scotland (lodged on 13 December 2005) Shiona Baird*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Karen Whitefield*, Dennis Canavan*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

S2M-3715# Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Hill of Brathens, Banchory (lodged on 12 December 2005) Shiona Baird*, Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-3713 Job Losses in Scottish Newspapers (lodged on 9 December 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3710 Social and Environmental Accountability and Investment (lodged on 8 December 2005) Karen Whitefield*

S2M-3709 Stop the "Torture Flights" (lodged on 8 December 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3698# Gas Work Notification Scheme (lodged on 7 December 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3694# Scotland for Sanitation (lodged on 7 December 2005) Shiona Baird*, Mr John Swinney*

S2M-3685 50th Anniversary of NCH Scotland (lodged on 6 December 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-3550 Boost to Gaelic Language (lodged on 9 November 2005) Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-3530 Holocaust Memorial Day (lodged on 7 November 2005) Rosie Kane*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-3245# Communication Impairment (lodged on 7 September 2005) Ms Wendy Alexander*

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