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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4229 Shona Robison: World Health Day—That the Parliament is pleased to celebrate World Health Day, which is this year devoted to health workers and to highlighting the global health worker shortage; believes that we should celebrate the work of health workers in Scotland and across the world for all the hard work that they do; recognises that the World Health Organisation blames the current chronic shortage on under-investment in education, training, salaries, working environment and management which leads to career switching and national and international migration; understands that Africa is badly affected by this shortage when combined with having to deal with the HIV/AIDS pandemic; recognises that the Parliament unfortunately cannot deal with international issues and, until it can, believes that the Scottish Executive should exert pressure at Westminster to do all it can to cancel third world debt as a way to allow countries to have disposable money to invest in health care.

*S2M-4228<> Cathie Craigie: Muscular Dystrophy "My Life"Campaign—That the Parliament notes that there are 3,000 people in Scotland with inherited neuromuscular disorders and muscular dystrophy; is concerned that in Cumbernauld & Kilsyth, whilst some constituents tell of good provision of electric wheelchairs and praise the staff delivering social services care, some have never received a full needs assessment of their home environment and can only experience care services delivered via an inflexible system weighted towards older people that does not accommodate the lifestyle that other young people are able to enjoy; notes that this is an example of the variation in standards and availability of care, service and equipment provision across Scotland; supports the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in pioneering the search for treatments and cures for over 40 years, whilst also providing practical, professional and emotional support for people affected by neuromuscular conditions; in particular, supports the Muscular Dystrophy "My Life" campaign and its work in Scotland to encourage a co-ordinated approach by local authorities and NHS boards when assessing individuals’ needs and requirements, and considers the findings of the "My Life" expert group to be a model for future delivery of services to people affected by neuromuscular conditions.

*S2M-4227 Ms Sandra White: Below the Radar: Secret Flights to Torture and ‘Disappearance’—That the Parliament recognises the report, Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and ‘disappearance’, by Amnesty International; agrees that "the programme of rendition and secret detention is eroding the human security and rule of law it claims to protect", and supports Amnesty International’s call for a full public inquiry.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Brian Adam*, Colin Fox*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-4226 Stewart Stevenson: Thomas Blake Glover—That the Parliament recognises the esteem in which Scotsman Thomas Blake Glover is held in Japan; notes that Glover introduced the first railway locomotive to Japan, was responsible for that country’s first mechanised coal mine, and that his shipbuilding company later grew into what is today known worldwide as the Mitsubishi Corporation; wishes success to the forthcoming photographic exhibition on the life of Glover at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in his native Fraserburgh, and welcomes this initiative as an opportunity to build links between north-east Scotland and Japan, where Glover’s house annually attracts around two million visitors.

*S2M-4225 Mark Ballard: Real Nappy Week Tenth Anniversary 24 to 30 April 2006—That the Parliament welcomes and sends a message of encouragement on its tenth anniversary to Real Nappy Week which runs from 24 to 30 April 2006; notes that three billion nappies per year, or eight million nappies per day, are thrown away in the United Kingdom with 90% ending up in landfill sites; further notes that 90% of local authorities have already signed up to Real Nappy Week and that parents could save £500 on the cost of nappies for one baby if they used washable rather than disposable nappies, and commends the Scottish Waste Awareness Group and the Waste and Resources Action Programme for their work in jointly delivering the Real Nappy Campaign.

Supported by: Shiona Baird*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Dr Jean Turner*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-4224 Murdo Fraser: Launch of "Come off it" on 4 April 2006—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of "Come off it" on 4 April 2006, and the message promoted on its website,, that everybody can make a difference in reducing the amount of energy that is wasted every day by taking simple actions, such as switching off all appliances that are on standby and replacing regular light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs; encourages everyone to take such simple actions today and the Scottish Parliament to set a lead example in energy efficiency, with all MSPs and their staff ensuring that their computers and office lights are switched off at the end of the day, and welcomes the ethos behind "Come off it" which realises that we must reduce pollution in order to stop climate chaos which will damage and change our planet.

Supported by: Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Eleanor Scott*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mr David Davidson*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, John Scott*

*S2M-4205.1# Euan Robson: Closure of Borders CABx—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4205) in the name of Christine Grahame, leave out from "and therefore" to end and insert "; believes that Scottish Borders Council should change its decision not to meet the CABx’ request fully to fund its staff, and further believes that the council should meet with MSPs and the CABx’ steering group with a view to delivering resources commensurate with the needs of Borderers."

Supported by: Jeremy Purvis*

S2M-3971*#* Mr Adam Ingram: Mental Health and Deaf and Deafblind People—That the Parliament acknowledges and supports the campaign by the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) for equal access to mainstream and specialist mental health services for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland; notes the widespread lack of provision for deaf and deafblind people who have specific language and communication needs and that presently their rights under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 and Disability Discrimination Act 2005 are not being met, leading to misdiagnosis and unsuitable treatments being applied; further notes with concern the complete lack of consultant psychiatrists in Scotland who are trained and experienced to work with deaf and deafblind people who have mental health problems and that the nearest available specialist mental health service for deaf and deafblind inpatients is Manchester whose outreach service, which is currently used by Scots deaf and deafblind people, is now under threat of closure; endorses the campaign for a specialist mental health service for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland, funded through the NHS, and SCoD’s aim of providing support for training and recruiting of deaf and deafblind people to enable them to work with deaf and deafblind patients; backs SCoD’s call for additional resourcing for mainstream psychiatric services in both hospital and community settings which would lead to greater accessibility for deaf and deafblind people with mental health problems, and recommends the establishment of a specialist Scottish centre for deaf and deafblind people with mental health problems in the south of Scotland or other suitable region.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie, John Swinburne, Frances Curran, Linda Fabiani, Rob Gibson, Jim Mather, Nora Radcliffe, John Scott, Murray Tosh, Mr Andrew Welsh, Carolyn Leckie, Christine Grahame, Chris Ballance, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Ms Sandra White*, Eleanor Scott*, Tommy Sheridan*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-4223 Takeover of Ottakar’s by Waterstone’s (lodged on 31 March 2006) Alex Neil*, Frances Curran*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mark Ballard*, Pauline McNeill*, Eleanor Scott*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-4220 Caledonia Youth Funding Cuts (lodged on 30 March 2006) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-4216 The Spiralling Cost of the Nuclear Clean-Up (lodged on 30 March 2006) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-4214 Caledonia Youth (lodged on 29 March 2006) Mike Pringle*, Colin Fox*, Tommy Sheridan*, Patrick Harvie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-4211 Publication of a Consultation Paper on the Proposed UK Marine Bill (lodged on 29 March 2006) Nora Radcliffe*, John Farquhar Munro*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S2M-4207 The Meteoric Rise of Gretna Football Club (lodged on 29 March 2006) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-4206 Congratulations to Ross Gazey and Cameron Fraser (lodged on 29 March 2006) Stewart Stevenson*, Nora Radcliffe*, Fiona Hyslop*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-4205# Closure of Borders CABx (lodged on 28 March 2006) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-4198 Palestinian Children’s Images Exhibition - Life Under Occupation (lodged on 28 March 2006) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-4195# Global Stop TB Campaign: World TB Day and Sir John Crofton (lodged on 28 March 2006) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-4173 Whisky Duty on Ice (lodged on 23 March 2006) Bristow Muldoon*

S2M-4147 Decentralising UK Energy (lodged on 20 March 2006) Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-4136 Anniversary of Halabja Massacre (lodged on 17 March 2006) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-4132 E85 Biofuel (lodged on 16 March 2006) Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-4123 Excessive Paperwork (lodged on 15 March 2006) Mike Pringle*

S2M-4122 Artists’ Rates of Pay (lodged on 15 March 2006) Dennis Canavan*, Mike Pringle*, Colin Fox*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Alex Neil*

S2M-4103# Strathaven Academy (lodged on 13 March 2006) Alex Neil*

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

S2M-4050 Renaming of Prestwick International Airport (lodged on 2 March 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-4019 Ingrid Betancourt and Other International Hostages (lodged on 27 February 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-3982# Darfur (lodged on 21 February 2006) Jeremy Purvis*

S2M-3876# Alzheimer’s Treatment in Scotland (lodged on 25 January 2006) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-3866 Replacement of Trident (lodged on 24 January 2006) Marlyn Glen*

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