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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4103# Margaret Mitchell: Strathaven Academy—That the Parliament congratulates Strathaven Academy on its selection to represent central Scotland at the Youth Forum to be held at the Scottish Parliament on 7 and 8 May 2006; recognises the excellent extra-curricular activities currently offered at Strathaven Academy; expresses concern that these activities will be curtailed during the proposed decant of the school to Crosshouse Campus in East Kilbride whilst a new school is built on the existing Strathaven Academy site; expresses further concern at reports of asbestos being present on the Crosshouse Campus; notes that no consultation has been held regarding the possibility of locating Strathaven Academy on a new site, and considers that South Lanarkshire Council should enter into a consultation, which should include the option to consider locating the school on an alternative site which would enable the Scottish Executive’s target of two hours of physical education per pupil per week by 2008 to be met.

*S2M-4102 Euan Robson: Meet the Patients—That the Parliament congratulates the British Lung Foundation Scotland, Asthma UK Scotland, Chest Heart Stroke Scotland and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust on organising the "Meet the Patients" event on 1 March 2006; welcomes the opportunity to meet people living with respiratory disease from across the country and discuss issues of concern to them; regrets that one person in every five in Scotland is affected by lung disease; further regrets that people living in the most deprived areas are four times more likely to die of respiratory diseases such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and urges the Scottish Executive to improve treatment and care services for all people living with respiratory disease in Scotland.

*S2M-4101<> Richard Lochhead: Post Office Card Accounts—That the Parliament notes the recent announcement that Post Office Card Accounts are to be phased out by 2010; notes that this news has come as a shock to pension and benefits claimants in north-east Scotland, many of whom rely on the service especially where there are no local bank branches, as well as to Post Office staff who view the scheme as a vital service; believes that the phasing out of this service could put the future of some rural post offices in severe jeopardy and lead to many of these lifeline services being lost to communities already being stripped of other vital services; supports the National Federation of SubPostmasters’ campaign to have Post Office Card Accounts retained, and considers that the Scottish Government should make appropriate representations to the UK Government on behalf of Post Office Card Account users in Scotland.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Ms Sandra White*, Fiona Hyslop*, Brian Adam*, Shiona Baird*

*S2M-4100 Colin Fox: NHS Prescription Charges—That the Parliament opposes the decision to increase NHS prescription charges to £6.65 per item; believes that the increase will mean that even more patients will be forced to go without the medicines that they need because they simply cannot afford to buy them; notes that more than 200,000 Scots on Disability Living Allowance and 300,000 on Incapacity Benefit, for example, do not qualify for free prescriptions and have to pay in full; recognises that the charges are soon to be abolished altogether in Wales, and calls on the Scottish Executive to halt the rise here while its own consultation on prescription charges is ongoing and calls on all interested parties to reply to that consultation by the 30 April 2006 deadline.

*S2M-4099 Michael McMahon: Jimmy Johnstone: A True Legend—That the Parliament notes the untimely death of former Celtic FC player Jimmy "Jinky" Johnstone following his courageous fight against motor neurone disease; notes that he was a member of the famous "Lisbon Lions" team which brought the European Cup to Britain for the first time; acknowledges that Jimmy was voted the greatest Celtic player of all time by supporters of the club, and recognises that he was a true legend of both Celtic FC and Scottish football.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray*, Brian Adam*, Mr Charlie Gordon*, Kate Maclean*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr David Davidson*, Janis Hughes*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Bruce Crawford*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Butler*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Christine May*, Campbell Martin*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Des McNulty*, Scott Barrie*, Fiona Hyslop*

*S2M-4098 Mrs Margaret Ewing: Jimmy "Jinky" Johnstone—That the Parliament notes the sad passing of Celtic and Scotland legend, Jimmy Johnstone, whose footballing skill and trickery entertained and amazed thousands of football fans worldwide; further notes that Johnstone was a cornerstone of the first British team to win the European Cup and that Celtic fans bestowed on him the honour of being named Celtic’s greatest-ever player; notes that Johnstone also became a strong campaigner for raising awareness of motor neurone disease, and hopes that his campaign will continue to tackle this crippling disease.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*, Campbell Martin*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Des McNulty*, Rob Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Brian Adam*, Fiona Hyslop*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-4096 Brain Injury Awareness Week: 13 to 19 March 2006 (lodged on 10 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Mr David Davidson*, Patrick Harvie*, Bruce Crawford*, Murray Tosh*, Christine Grahame*, Chris Ballance*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Murdo Fraser*, Alex Fergusson*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Rob Gibson*, Fiona Hyslop*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-4094 Scottish Paramedic Relief Squad (lodged on 9 March 2006) Karen Gillon*, Murray Tosh*, Kate Maclean*, Patrick Harvie*, Bristow Muldoon*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Shiona Baird*, Trish Godman*, Chris Ballance*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Robin Harper*

S2M-4093 Prescription Charge Exemption for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers (lodged on 9 March 2006) Chris Ballance*, Donald Gorrie*, Patrick Harvie*

S2M-4092 Give Cyclists Room (lodged on 9 March 2006) Murray Tosh*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Bruce Crawford*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Kate Maclean*, Patrick Harvie*, Phil Gallie*, Eleanor Scott*, Bristow Muldoon*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Trish Godman*, Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*, Robin Harper*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S2M-4091# RIP Cigarettes (lodged on 9 March 2006) Brian Adam*, Dr Jean Turner*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4090 National Science Week 2006 (lodged on 9 March 2006) Dr Jean Turner*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4087 Congratulations to Sharon Colman on her Oscar Nomination (lodged on 8 March 2006) Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Paul Martin*, Alex Neil*, Eleanor Scott*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4086 Scotland’s Return to the EU Beef Market (lodged on 8 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4085 Compensation for Public Sector Housing Relocations (lodged on 8 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4084 Withdraw Troops from Iraq (lodged on 8 March 2006) Colin Fox*

S2M-4083 Support Aberdeen Strikers (lodged on 8 March 2006) Dr Jean Turner*, Colin Fox*

S2M-4082 The End of Ivor Cutler (lodged on 8 March 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4080# Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 8 March 2006) Chris Ballance*, Donald Gorrie*, Colin Fox*

S2M-4078 Solar Panels at Culduthel Farm (lodged on 7 March 2006) Chris Ballance*, Dr Jean Turner*, Robin Harper*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4072 "I am concerned for you to enjoy yourself within the limits of British decency" - Death of Ivor Cutler (lodged on 7 March 2006) Chris Ballance*, Dr Jean Turner*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4068 50th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (lodged on 7 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4064 Congratulations for Glasgow’s Fairtrade Status (lodged on 7 March 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4061 Nuclear Power in Scotland (lodged on 6 March 2006) Chris Ballance*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-4060# Commonwealth Day 2006 (lodged on 3 March 2006) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-4057# 20th Anniversary of Nuclear Accident at Chernobyl (lodged on 2 March 2006) Chris Ballance*

S2M-4056 Abbotsford House - Home of Sir Walter Scott (lodged on 2 March 2006) Chris Ballance*

S2M-4050 Renaming of Prestwick International Airport (lodged on 2 March 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4049 Removal of Tolls from the Erskine Bridge (lodged on 1 March 2006) Dr Jean Turner*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-4018 Labour Party’s New Policy on Nuclear Power (lodged on 28 February 2006) Shiona Baird*

S2M-4011# Fairtrade Fortnight (lodged on 24 February 2006) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3954# Abbeyview Junior Wardens (lodged on 14 February 2006) Robin Harper*

S2M-3882# Banffshire Partnership and Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus (lodged on 26 January 2006) Alex Fergusson*

S2M-3872 Local Government Pension Scheme (lodged on 24 January 2006) Pauline McNeill*, John Swinburne*

S2M-3847 Scottish Energy Advice Week (lodged on 19 January 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-3739 Home Education (lodged on 14 December 2005) Michael Matheson*

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