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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3771 Ms Sandra White: Justice for Local Government Pension Scheme Members—That the Parliament notes with concern proposals that the Scottish Public Pensions Agency should follow the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) negotiations which are taking place in England and Wales; further notes that this would result in the removal of the 85 Rule from 1 April 2006 and would end protection for existing scheme members, as well as resulting in a 1% increase in employee contributions and an increase in the age at which benefits can be taken from 50 to 55, and urges the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform to state unequivocally that Scottish LGPS members will be treated in the same way as other public sector workers.

*S2M-3770 Ms Sandra White: Police Action on Rendition Flights—That the Parliament notes the decision by the Association of Chief Police Officers in England to begin a formal investigation into allegations that CIA rendition flights are transporting suspects via Scottish and UK airports to prisons where they are being allegedly subjected to torture and, in some cases, death and considers that Scottish police chief constables should act immediately and launch a parallel investigation to ensure that Scotland is not complicit in suspected US torture and death flights.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

*S2M-3769 Eleanor Scott: Unsung Sports Hero—That the Parliament congratulates 16-year-old Ruaridh Hughes, from Ullapool, on winning BBC Radio Scotland’s Sports Weekly Unsung Hero award for his achievements in running, coaching and fundraising for Lochbroom Shinty Club and offers support and appreciation to sports coaches throughout the country who turn out, unpaid and at their own expense, to coach young and old, elite and beginner, in good weather and bad, providing motivation, enjoyment, health and purpose to thousands of Scots in hundreds of sports.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Rob Gibson*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Bruce Crawford*, Murdo Fraser*, Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Ms Sandra White*, Trish Godman*, Chris Ballance*, Richard Lochhead*, Colin Fox*, Carolyn Leckie*

*S2M-3768 Helen Eadie: First ScotRail Lets Down Christmas Shoppers in Fife Yet Again—That the Parliament notes there are people living outside Edinburgh who regularly use the train as their preferred mode of transport to the capital city instead of taking their cars; is concerned to learn that on 10 December 2005, in the run-up to the busy Christmas period, dozens of Christmas shoppers in the west Fife area faced misery at Inverkeithing train station as a lack of train capacity left them standing on the platform fuming when a tannoy announcement suddenly told them, without any prior warning, that the train was full and that they would not be allowed on the train; notes that there has been more than a 30% growth in passengers using trains in the last five years, and believes that, if this mode of transport is to attract people from their cars, then First ScotRail requires to ensure that, above all, reliable and adequate train capacity will be put in place, otherwise travellers will resort to the use of their cars instead.

*S2M-3767.1 Mrs Nanette Milne: Blood Products—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3767) in the name of Carolyn Leckie, leave out from "accepts" to end and insert "extends its sympathy to those infected with Hepatitis C through contaminated blood products; welcomes the move to place information in the public domain, and believes at this moment in time that the best way to get clear decisive answers would be for those campaigners to bring forward a test case to the courts."

*S2M-3767.2 Lewis Macdonald: Blood Products—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3767) in the name of Carolyn Leckie, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "expresses its profound sympathy for those patients who have been infected with Hepatitis C through NHS treatment with blood or blood products; welcomes the payments which are being made by the Scottish Executive to help with the suffering and hardship involved; notes that there have been significant improvements in knowledge and in the safety of blood products since these events took place; believes that there is now more information in the public domain and that the debate has moved on, and believes that the focus should now be on practical action which would benefit the future delivery of services or patient care."

Supported by: Mr Andy Kerr*

*S2M-3766.1 Phil Gallie: "Torture Flights" on Scottish Soil—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3766) in the name of Frances Curran, leave out from "considers" to end and insert "supports the UN Convention Against Torture, of which the United Kingdom is a signatory; believes that there is never any justification for torture; welcomes the judgement by the Law Lords that evidence obtained under torture was inadmissible in court and was also inadmissible in a Special Immigration Appeals Commission case; notes the allegations in the press that CIA rendition flights have refuelled in Scotland; trusts that the Foreign Secretary’s assurances that such flights have not landed in Scotland are true, and calls for the Scottish Executive to detail what communications it has had with the Foreign Office over this matter."

*S2M-3766.2 Mr Jim Wallace: "Torture Flights" on Scottish Soil—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3766) in the name of Frances Curran, leave out from "considers" to end and insert "deplores all forms of torture; notes that torture, an attempt to commit torture or conspiracy to commit torture are crimes punishable under Scots Law at common law and through the UN Convention against Torture as incorporated into UK law by the Criminal Justice Act 1988; welcomes the inquiry by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to verify if the European Convention on Human Rights has been contravened and that member states have complied with their international obligations; further welcomes the First Minister’s commitment that the Scottish Executive would respond to the inquiry; in light of the public admissions by the US Government of the existence of rendition flights and the interim findings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on this issue, calls on the UK Government to hold an immediate and independent inquiry into rendition flights using British airspace and airports and to make clear to the US Government that extraordinary rendition flights are unacceptable in British airspace and in Britain, and further calls on the UK Government to work with the international community to review the adequacy of the Chicago Convention, in light of international security and human rights concerns."

Supported by: Jeremy Purvis*, Margaret Smith*, Mike Pringle*

*S2M-3766.3 Chris Ballance: "Torture Flights" on Scottish Soil—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3766) in the name of Frances Curran, insert at end "notes that there is growing and significant evidence of people being tortured following abduction and kidnap by the CIA; further notes that Amnesty International has published a list of dates when Gulfstream V, registration N379P, used by the CIA for rendition to countries where torture is alleged to have taken place, has refuelled at Prestwick Airport, and considers that the police may be in dereliction of their duty if they do not investigate these very serious Amnesty International reports."

*S2M-3766.4 Scott Barrie: "Torture Flights" on Scottish Soil—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3766) in the name of Frances Curran, leave out from "considers" to end, and insert "notes the allegations that have been made about the possible use of Scottish airports by CIA rendition flights; shares the public concern; condemns the use of torture wherever and whenever it may occur; notes that torture constitutes a crime under Scots and international law; reasserts its commitment to Article 4 of the UN Convention Against Torture and notes that this refers not only to acts of torture but to "an attempt to commit torture and to an act by any person which constitutes complicity or participation in torture"; welcomes the assurances from the Lord Advocate that, if offences are committed in the jurisdiction of Scotland and he is made aware of supporting evidence, these allegations will be investigated; further welcomes the commitment of the First Minister to co-operate with any reasonable request from the Council of Europe or any other international organisation; calls on the Scottish Executive to co-operate with any inquiry into rendition flights in British airspace and calls for a commitment that on any issue for which it has responsibility it will take action if presented with credible and reliable information; reasserts that the investigation of crime is a matter for the police and that decisions on whether to investigate in particular cases are for the police to take without political interference, and calls for anyone having evidence of torture or any other crime taking place in Scotland to take that evidence to the police."

Supported by: Pauline McNeill*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3764 Glasgow’s Gaelic School (lodged on 20 December 2005) Michael Matheson*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-3760 Buy Local for the Best Food (lodged on 20 December 2005) Brian Adam*, Shiona Baird*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Robin Harper*, Richard Lochhead*, Jim Mather*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Tommy Sheridan*, Stewart Stevenson*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Michael Matheson*, Shona Robison*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-3753 Civil Partnership in the Western Isles (lodged on 20 December 2005) Chris Ballance*, Nora Radcliffe*, Eleanor Scott*, Frances Curran*

S2M-3750 Argyll and Bute Housing Stock Transfer (lodged on 19 December 2005) Robin Harper*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Trish Godman*

S2M-3749 Breaking the Sound Barrier (lodged on 19 December 2005) Bill Butler*

S2M-3748 North Sea Tax Hikes (lodged on 19 December 2005) Bruce Crawford*, Stewart Stevenson*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-3747 HMV/Waterstone’s Acquisition of Ottakar’s plc Referred to the Competition Commission (lodged on 16 December 2005) Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Stewart Stevenson*

S2M-3745 ChildLine Scotland (lodged on 15 December 2005) Tommy Sheridan*, Bill Butler*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Richard Baker*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-3744# Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (lodged on 15 December 2005) Cathie Craigie*

S2M-3742 Congratulations to Northfield Girls (lodged on 15 December 2005) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-3739 Home Education (lodged on 14 December 2005) Murdo Fraser*, Alex Johnstone*

S2M-3735# Closure of Six Post Offices (lodged on 14 December 2005) Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-3734 Central Heating (lodged on 14 December 2005) Frances Curran*, Murdo Fraser*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-3733 Support Mehmet Tarhan (lodged on 13 December 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-3728# Loss of Teaching Posts in Glasgow Nursery Schools (lodged on 13 December 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Christine Grahame*, Patrick Harvie*, Eleanor Scott*, Fiona Hyslop*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*

S2M-3688.1 Save Leven Cottage Care Home (lodged on 19 December 2005) Des McNulty*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Trish Godman*, Sarah Boyack*

S2M-3623 Scottish Executive Failing Women on Equal Pay (lodged on 23 November 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3487 Autism-Specific Medical Treatment Centre (lodged on 28 October 2005) Robin Harper*

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