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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4341 Carolyn Leckie: Cuts to Compensation for Mesothelioma Sufferers—That the Parliament expresses concern that sufferers of mesothelioma and their families face massive cuts in their compensation following a ruling by the House of Lords which, at the same time as depriving vulnerable and low income families of much needed monies, will reward insurance companies with billions of pounds; believes that this decision means that workers injured by their employers will continue to be denied justice, and further believes that, if the law has been applied accurately, then the law is inadequate and that legislation should be urgently introduced to ensure full settlement for sufferers and families and that natural justice prevails.

*S2M-4340 Frances Curran: James Watt College, Greenock—That the Parliament is both shocked and appalled that the Principal and the Board of James Watt College in Greenock have breached the terms of collective agreements with the teaching trade union, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), have issued 90-day redundancy notices to the entire academic staff and have announced the intention to make one-in-five of all academic staff redundant, whereby only those who sign new contracts with much worse terms and conditions will be re-employed; congratulates EIS members at the college who have voted by 94% in favour of industrial action; calls for solidarity in support of their strike action; believes that the college board has taken this unilateral action not to deal with a financial deficit but to make a profit of £2 million next year; further believes that this is irresponsible management of public money, and calls for the immediate withdrawal of the redundancy notices and the resumption of negotiations with the EIS representatives.

*S2M-4339 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Richard Lochhead be appointed as the Scottish National Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-4338 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Richard Lochhead be appointed to the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-4337<> Alex Fergusson: Birth of James Clerk Maxwell—That the Parliament acknowledges the 175th anniversary of the birth of James Clerk Maxwell on 13 June 2006; recognises his great achievement in discovering the nature of electromagnetic waves which opened the way to the invention of television, radio, radar and the mobile phone; applauds his work on colour perception which enabled the successful development of colour television and colour photography, and believes that he is worthy of greater recognition throughout Scotland, given the acknowledgement of Albert Einstein, who said that "the special theory of relativity owes its origins to Maxwell’s equations of the electromagnetic field", and of Ivan Tolstoy, who wrote "Maxwell’s importance in the history of scientific thought is comparable to Einstein’s (whom he inspired) and to Newton’s (whose influence he curtailed)".

*S2M-4336 Mr Jamie McGrigor: J K Galbraith—That the Parliament notes with sadness the death of the great Scots-Canadian economist, Professor J K Galbraith, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Harvard, United States of America, former ambassador to India in John F Kennedy’s administration, prolific writer of varied texts, including The Non-Potable Scotch, a recollection of boyhood in a Scottish community in Ontario, and hails the full and interesting life of this great man whose roots and ancestry lay in Crinan in Argyll.

*S2M-4335 Christine Grahame: Release of Ministerial Briefing Note on "Fiscal autonomy - full fiscal powers - financial independence"—That the Parliament notes the decision by coalition ministers to withhold from public scrutiny the Executive briefing note entitled "Fiscal Autonomy – full fiscal powers – financial independence" which was requested under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and suggests that the reason that ministers are so coy over its release is that such a document will be likely to support the case for a free and sovereign Scottish nation; believes that its release is fundamentally in the public interest to inform the debate over Scotland’s destiny, and acknowledges that only through independence can Scotland flourish.

*S2M-4334 Mr John Swinney: John Muir Trust - Journey for the Wild 2006—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative of the John Muir Trust in arranging the 2006 Journey for the Wild, an epic adventure through some of the wildest places in the country; recognises that the aim of the initiative is to raise awareness of wild places for people and nature; notes that the journey will cover 2,500 miles during five months of the summer of 2006, with routes from the north, south, east and west culminating in a celebration at Ben Nevis, and welcomes the fact that its final route will deliver a message about the value of wild places to the Parliament at Holyrood on 4 October 2006.

*S2M-4333 Linda Fabiani: EU Fisheries and the Western Sahara—That the Parliament notes with concern the recently concluded fisheries agreement between the European Union and Morocco; regrets that the agreement does not exclude from its scope the waters off the occupied territory of Western Sahara; considers that this is potentially in violation of international law, and calls on the Scottish Executive to urge Her Majesty’s Government to reject in the Council of Ministers any such agreement which does not exclude the waters off Western Sahara.

*S2M-4332 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: Scottish Local Government Investment in the Tobacco Industry—That the Parliament acknowledges the success of the ban on smoking in public places, introduced as a result of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act in March 2006; notes with concern that local authorities can still invest public funds in the tobacco industry; believes that, in the absence of a clear ruling, local fund managers will continue this practice, and calls on the Scottish Executive to introduce legislation in support of administering authorities fully considering ethical issues in future investments.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Eleanor Scott*

*S2M-4331 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: Scottish Beef Exports—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive on the resumption of exports of Scottish beef and further congratulates Scotbeef in Bridge of Allan for spearheading this re-opening of the European markets, thus fulfilling a welcome boost to the Scottish agricultural economy and, after a ten-year period of abstinence from eating this delicacy, allowing Europeans to once again savour the delights of beef reared in environmentally friendly conditions and according to the highest standards of animal welfare.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson*, Bruce Crawford*

*S2M-4329.1 Alex Johnstone: Pledge Against New Nuclear Power Stations in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4329) in the name of Shiona Baird, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "believes that Scotland needs a balanced energy policy to meet the energy needs of the nation, including a mixture of generation from a range of technologies, including coal, oil, gas, renewables and nuclear; further believes that our energy policy must support sustainable economic growth while simultaneously fighting against fuel poverty, and believes that the decisions on the future make-up of our energy provision, which should include a nuclear component, need to be made now."

*S2M-4329.2 Richard Lochhead: Pledge Against New Nuclear Power Stations in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4329) in the name of Shiona Baird, insert at end "and therefore agrees that no nuclear power stations should be built in Scotland."

*S2M-4329.3 Ross Finnie: Pledge Against New Nuclear Power Stations in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4329) in the name of Shiona Baird, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "appreciates the work of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management; welcomes the position statement on its draft recommendations published by the committee on 27 April 2006; agrees that the review of options for the long-term management of radioactive waste, currently being undertaken by the committee, is the correct means of engaging Scotland on the crucial issue of finding a long-term management option for higher activity radioactive waste, and notes the Executive’s position, as outlined in the Partnership Agreement, that it will not support the further development of nuclear power stations while waste management issues remain unresolved."

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*

*S2M-4317.1 Mr David Davidson on behalf of the Justice 2 Committee: Police and Justice Bill - UK Legislation—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4317) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, insert at end "but, in doing so, expresses serious concerns over the ambiguity of the status of an extradition request in respect of a person domiciled in Scotland against whom the Lord Advocate has decided not to proceed; notes that the United States of America has not, over a period of some three years, ratified the bilateral extradition treaty with the United Kingdom, and accordingly, in the interest of equality between nations and recognising the distinctive nature of the Scottish legal system and the need to protect the civil liberties and human rights of those living in Scotland, urges the Minister for Justice to make representations to the UK Government based upon these concerns."

S2M-4306*#* Christine May: Scotland’s First Social Enterprise Trade Fair—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in organising Scotland’s first social enterprise trade fair; notes that the event was oversubscribed by exhibitors wishing to participate and that over 600 delegates registered for the event; further notes that, in Scotland, there are already 1,100 social enterprises which collectively deliver around £1.25 billion to the economy and employ some 30,000 people; believes that the social enterprise sector has the capacity to grow much more and become an established part of the business mix; acknowledges the wide support for social enterprises from the Parliament and the Scottish Executive, particularly through the creation of the Co-operative Development Agency; recognises that social enterprises have a significant role to play in reducing poverty, promoting sustainable communities and delivering key social and environmental benefits in Central Fife and across Scotland, and wishes all those working in the sector continued and increasing success.

Supported by: Dr Jean Turner*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S2M-4297 Ms Maureen Watt: Promoting Doric—That the Parliament notes that the Doric language plays a vital communication role in the north east, which adds greatly to Scotland’s national heritage and further advances the cultural diversity of Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to actively promote Doric and Lallan Scots as living languages.

*The member has provided the following Doric translation:

That the Pairliament merks hou the Doric leid plays a feckfu pairt in the corrieneuchins o the Nor-Aist, eikin muckle tae Scotland’s national heirship an forderin the diversitie o Scottish culture, an cries on the Scottish Executif eidently tae upbigg the Doric an Lawland forms o the Scots tung as leivin leids.*

Supported by: Dr Jean Turner*

*S2M-3866.1 Bruce Crawford: Replacement of Trident—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3866) in the name of Chris Ballance, insert at end "and believes that the best way to ensure that nuclear weapons are removed from Scotland is for Scotland to become an independent nation."

*S2M-3866.2 Phil Gallie: Replacement of Trident—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3866) in the name of Chris Ballance, leave out from "that the United Kingdom" to end and insert "it essential that the United Kingdom should continue to play a full and effective role in the world and in NATO and that to do that requires the continuation of an effective defence capacity; notes that as long as other countries have nuclear weapons it is essential that Britain has the capacity to address that threat; supports the principle of replacing or updating the current Trident system with a successor generation nuclear deterrent when necessary; believes that there should be an objective of multilateral global nuclear disarmament, and further believes that, however, that objective can only safely be achieved by ensuring that no rogue dictatorships have the capacity to use nuclear weaponry unchallenged."

*S2M-3866.3 Euan Robson: Replacement of Trident—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3866) in the name of Chris Ballance, leave out from "believes" to end and insert "wishes to see the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons; notes the UK Government’s commitment, made in June 2005, to reach a decision on the replacement of the Trident system by the end of the current Westminster Parliament; further notes that the Secretary of State for Defence stated in June 2005 that "no decision on any replacement for Trident has been taken, either in principle or otherwise"; calls on the UK Government to publish a White Paper on the issue in order to stimulate a full public debate; further calls on the UK Government to press for a new round of multilateral arms reduction talks, and believes that the UK’s current minimum nuclear deterrent should be retained for the foreseeable future until sufficient progress has been made towards the global elimination of nuclear weapons."

*S2M-3866.4 Jackie Baillie: Replacement of Trident—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3866) in the name of Chris Ballance, leave out from "believes" to end and insert "notes that in 2005 the UK Government reaffirmed its commitment to all its obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 1967; notes the commitment of all three major UK parties to retain an independent nuclear deterrent; notes the comments of the UK Government that no decisions on replacing Trident have yet been taken; believes there should be the fullest possible public debate on any decision to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system, considering all possible options including non-replacement; notes the significant reductions in the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons arsenal; is committed to the goal of the global elimination of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and wishes to see the United Kingdom continue to work both bilaterally and through the United Nations to urge states not yet party to non-proliferation instruments to become so, to remain committed to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and to make further progress toward significant reductions in the nuclear arsenals of the major nuclear powers."

Supported by: Scott Barrie*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-4328 Solidarity with PCS Department of Work and Pensions Strikers (lodged on 2 May 2006) Colin Fox*

S2M-4325 Condemnation of Attacks by Egyptian Police on Pro-Justice Reform Protesters (lodged on 2 May 2006) Colin Fox*

S2M-4324 Replacement Theme Tune for BBC World Cup Football Coverage (lodged on 2 May 2006) Brian Adam*, Michael Matheson*, Ms Sandra White*, Jim Mather*, Eleanor Scott*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*

S2M-4323 Fairtrade Falkirk (lodged on 2 May 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*

S2M-4322 Word 06 Festival - Aberdeen 12 to 14 May 2006 (lodged on 2 May 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Alex Johnstone*, Murdo Fraser*, Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Rob Gibson*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S2M-4321 World Asthma Day (lodged on 2 May 2006) Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*

S2M-4316 Falkirk Fairtrade Town (lodged on 2 May 2006) Scott Barrie*, Bill Butler*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Nora Radcliffe*, Donald Gorrie*, Dr Jean Turner*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S2M-4315 World Asthma Day and Asthma Control (lodged on 2 May 2006) Scott Barrie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Nora Radcliffe*, Donald Gorrie*, Dr Jean Turner*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Kate Maclean*, Alex Neil*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Cathie Craigie*

S2M-4314# Madras College (lodged on 28 April 2006) Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4313 Lack of Front-line Police Officers (lodged on 28 April 2006) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*, Alex Neil*

S2M-4312<> Welcome to the CIVICUS World Assembly (lodged on 28 April 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4309 Take Your Child to Work Day (lodged on 27 April 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4308 Text Independence Referendum (lodged on 27 April 2006) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-4307 The Venue (lodged on 27 April 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4304 Scotland’s Support for the Paralympic Movement (lodged on 26 April 2006) Scott Barrie*, Robin Harper*, Tommy Sheridan*, Stewart Stevenson*, Dr Jean Turner*, Karen Gillon*, Kate Maclean*

S2M-4303 Payment of Public Money to Lobbying Organisations (lodged on 26 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4302 North East Footballing Success (lodged on 26 April 2006) Mr David Davidson*

S2M-4301 OKtoAsk Gateway Helpline (lodged on 26 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-4294 Deaf Awareness Week (lodged on 25 April 2006) Margaret Mitchell*, Dr Jean Turner*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-4292 Maternity Leave for Nursing and Midwifery Students (lodged on 25 April 2006) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Eleanor Scott*, Stewart Stevenson*, Dr Jean Turner*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Carolyn Leckie*, Colin Fox*

S2M-4290# Backpack for Malawi Appeal (lodged on 25 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4286 Welcome Gomel State University Choir to Scotland (lodged on 25 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4279# Aberdeen Crossrail (lodged on 24 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-4278 Payment Cuts for Miscarriage of Justice (lodged on 24 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4276 Rock the Kelvin! Restore the Kelvingrove Park Bandstand and Amphitheatre (lodged on 21 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4275 The Panchen Lama (lodged on 20 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4273 Scottish Monument in Flanders (lodged on 20 April 2006) Ms Maureen Watt*

S2M-4257 Privatisation of Search and Rescue Services (lodged on 19 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*, Ms Maureen Watt*

S2M-4237 Animal Defenders International (lodged on 13 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*, Mike Rumbles*

S2M-4234 West Dunbartonshire Literacy Initiative (lodged on 12 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4232 A Globally Responsible Energy Policy (lodged on 11 April 2006) Nora Radcliffe*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4231 Friends of Refugees Ayrshire (lodged on 10 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4230 "We’re Trashin’ It" (lodged on 10 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4228# Muscular Dystrophy "My Life" Campaign (lodged on 5 April 2006) Shiona Baird*, Scott Barrie*, Robin Harper*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Kate Maclean*

S2M-4227 Below the Radar: Secret Flights to Torture and ‘Disappearance’ (lodged on 5 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4225 Real Nappy Week Tenth Anniversary 24 to 30 April 2006 (lodged on 4 April 2006) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-4224 Launch of "Come off it" on 4 April 2006 (lodged on 4 April 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4214 Caledonia Youth (lodged on 29 March 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-4122 Artists’ Rates of Pay (lodged on 15 March 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-3906# Sectarianism in Scotland (lodged on 31 January 2006) John Home Robertson*, Pauline McNeill*, Dr Jean Turner*, Mr Frank McAveety*

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