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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4605<> Tommy Sheridan: Return of Bus Services in Scotland to the Public Sector—That the Parliament notes the increasing fiasco surrounding the provision of bus services in Glasgow and across Scotland; demands that those companies threatening to withdraw important services in Glasgow face financial penalties and political condemnation; believes that bus services in Glasgow and throughout Scotland, except for the Lothians, will continue to decline while those services are provided on the basis of private companies seeking maximum profit instead of public providers delivering maximum quality and accessible services, and accordingly believes that the Scottish Executive should move quickly to introduce a Bill to return bus services to the public sector so that services can improve and public subsidies are used properly to enhance bus provision instead of disappearing into private bus companies’ bank accounts.

*S2M-4604 Tommy Sheridan: Election of Cuba to UN Human Rights Council—That the Parliament welcomes the recently established UN Human Rights Council and the election of Cuba from among United Nations members to sit on the council; recognises that Cuba’s election to this human rights body is a ringing endorsement of Cuba’s unparalleled record in providing overseas aid and human resources in the fields of health and education to poor and needy nations across the world and its delivery of free health, education and housing to all its citizens, and further notes that the United States of America failed to stand for election to the new human rights body to save the USA from embarrassment in the event of failing to be elected.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

*S2M-4603 Tommy Sheridan: Support for GMB Strike Vote at Asda—That the Parliament notes the overwhelming vote by GMB trade union members in Asda superstore distribution depots to strike in support of a wages and conditions package; further notes the belligerent stance and anti-trade union record of Asda’s American owners, Wal-Mart; records its solidarity with those GMB trade union members, and calls on Wal-Mart to dip into its obscene profits to settle the current dispute and drop its anti-democratic opposition to trade union recognition and rights.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Campbell Martin*, Frances Curran*

*S2M-4602 Chris Ballance: Retention and Replacement of Trident—That the Parliament notes the remarks made by Gordon Brown during the Mansion House speech on 21 June 2006; condemns totally Gordon Brown’s stated intention to replace the Trident weapons system with more weapons of mass destruction; agrees with Mr Brown’s earlier comments that Trident is "unacceptably expensive, economically wasteful and militarily unsound", and acknowledges that the retention and replacement of Trident is incompatible with the United Kingdom’s treaty obligations.

Supported by: Campbell Martin*, Mark Ballard*, Tommy Sheridan*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Eleanor Scott*, Colin Fox*, Richard Lochhead*, John Swinburne*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Sandra White*, Shiona Baird*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

*S2M-4601 Malcolm Chisholm: Race Equality—That the Parliament supports the development of a national strategy and action plan on race equality and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the strategy; welcomes the significant funding provided to local projects through the Race Equality, Integration and Community Support Fund and Scottish Refugee Integration Fund and national projects like Show Racism the Red Card and Heartstone; supports Scottish Executive priorities to increase ethnic minorities’ participation in the labour market, build more inclusive rural communities, provide better services to Scotland’s Gypsies/Travellers, support refugee integration and continue to raise awareness of the issues through the One Scotland Many Cultures campaign, and supports the Executive’s other work to help tackle racism and promote race equality in Scotland.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-4600 Ms Sandra White: Trident Replacement—That the Parliament notes with great concern Labour Chancellor Gordon Brown’s decision that he will keep and renew Trident nuclear weapons at a cost of up to £25 billion and believes that the Scottish Parliament should hold a referendum of the Scottish people regarding Trident and nuclear weapons in Scotland.

Supported by: Campbell Martin*, Jim Mather*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Tommy Sheridan*, Brian Adam*, Chris Ballance*, Alex Neil*, Carolyn Leckie*

*S2M-4599 Carolyn Leckie: Cetacean Protection from Sonar—That the Parliament notes with concern the increasing use of military sonar which is detrimental to the health and well-being of cetaceans; believes that urgent action to combat this must be initiated; calls on the Scottish Executive to participate in the drafting of international law to regulate marine noise pollution and the establishment of an international body to initiate, promote, monitor and fund marine noise research, and further calls on the Executive to introduce or promote legislation that requires all major developments in the Scottish marine environment, including those of an industrial and military nature, to be subject to a strategic environmental assessment in terms of their impact on noise pollution and ensures that these developments are only permitted where the companies involved mitigate their effects relating to noise, including the development of alternative technologies, that all navies using Scottish waters are compelled to mitigate their noise-producing activities effectively and further that Scotland establishes a marine national park in which sonar is not deployed and that its propagation beyond the park boundaries is mitigated with the use of buffer zones.

Supported by: Frances Curran*

*S2M-4598 Carolyn Leckie: Trade in Dog and Cat Fur—That the Parliament welcomes Switzerland’s ban on the importation of products made with dog and cat fur; expresses concern that the import of dog and cat fur remains legal in the United Kingdom, with trade in dog and cat fur last year worth over £40 million in this country; notes with concern the position taken by the Department of Trade and Industry that, in the absence of clear evidence of a trade in dog and cat fur in this country, a UK ban on the trade will not be considered; supports the work of all bodies and organisations, including the Scottish SPCA, pressing for a change in the law, and urges the UK Government to bring in a ban on the import, export and domestic trade in dog and cat fur and of products made with dog and cat fur as soon as possible.

Supported by: Frances Curran*

*S2M-4597 Linda Fabiani: Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia—That the Parliament commiserates with the Catalan people that the original Catalan Parliament proposal, passed by 90% of its members, was diluted by the Spanish Parliament which, amongst other things, resulted in Catalonia not being officially and directly recognised as a nation but nevertheless congratulates Catalans on the recent reform that gives them greater autonomy; recognises that the process was initiated by the political parties in the Catalan Parliament and had the agreement of the people of Catalonia expressed through a referendum; further recognises that the new statute formally establishes that the powers of the Generalitat, the institution in which the self-government of Catalonia is politically organised, rest with the people of Catalonia, that Catalonia will have an improved fiscal system with full powers over Catalan and devolved Spanish taxes and that the Spanish State, when dealing with the EU on issues that are devolved to Catalonia, will from this point on allow the Catalan Government’s position to be determinant, and believes that Scotland should follow Catalonia’s lead by taking control of the devolution process and moving forward to independence.

S2M-4593 Richard Lochhead: Genetic Testing Waiting Times—That the Parliament welcomes the report by Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Testing Times - Waiting for Genetic Test Results; recognises that there are 3,600 diagnosed cases of breast cancer every year in Scotland, with 180 women developing breast cancer as a result of an inherited DNA defect; *regrets the wholly unacceptable* current situation where women are forced to wait for up to three years for genetic test results; *further regrets that* current procedures mean that those waiting for life-altering test results are not kept up to date with progress; supports the aims of the report to reduce waiting times for test results to between two and eight weeks, and calls on NHS boards to meet the targets set out in the report.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-4596 Misleading Birds Eye Advertisements (lodged on 21 June 2006) Christine Grahame*

S2M-4595 Timebanks (lodged on 21 June 2006) Dave Petrie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Donald Gorrie*, Maureen Macmillan*, Janis Hughes*, Elaine Smith*, Helen Eadie*

S2M-4594 United Nations Universal Declaration for Animal Welfare (lodged on 21 June 2006) Christine Grahame*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mike Pringle*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-4592# Regeneration of Inverclyde (lodged on 20 June 2006) Mrs Nanette Milne*, Derek Brownlee*, Donald Gorrie*, Murdo Fraser*, Murray Tosh*, Margaret Mitchell*, Dave Petrie*, Bill Aitken*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-4591 Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums School Success (lodged on 20 June 2006) Dave Petrie*

S2M-4590# Farmers Weekly’s Local Food is Miles Better Campaign (lodged on 20 June 2006) Richard Lochhead*, Brian Adam*, Shiona Baird*, Phil Gallie*, Fiona Hyslop*, Karen Gillon*, Christine May*, Ms Sandra White*, Murray Tosh*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*, Alex Fergusson*, Mike Pringle*, Alex Neil*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Derek Brownlee*, Miss Annabel Goldie*, Donald Gorrie*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Eleanor Scott*, Bill Aitken*, Dave Petrie*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-4586 1986 International Whaling Commission Moratorium on Commercial Whaling (lodged on 20 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Scott Barrie*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-4585 PURE Hydrogen (lodged on 20 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-4584 Homeopathy Awareness Week (lodged on 20 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Scott Barrie*, Janis Hughes*, Dave Petrie*, Helen Eadie*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-4582 UNICEF Award for Raigmore Midwives (lodged on 20 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4577 Passengers Before Profits - Greater Accountability in Public Transport (lodged on 20 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Janis Hughes*, Shiona Baird*, Helen Eadie*

S2M-4576# Justice for Mesothelioma Sufferers (lodged on 19 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Karen Whitefield*, Christine Grahame*, Cathie Craigie*

S2M-4575 Abbeyfield Society Celebrating 50 Years (lodged on 19 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-4573 Refugee Week 2006 (lodged on 19 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4572 National Parks’ Week - 21 to 28 July 2006 (lodged on 19 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Karen Whitefield*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-4571 The Importance of Modern Studies in Education (lodged on 16 June 2006) Dave Petrie*, Rosie Kane*, Frances Curran*, Donald Gorrie*, Elaine Smith*, Mr David Davidson*, Christine Grahame*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-4570 Growing Community Assets (lodged on 16 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-4566 Barnardo’s and Support for Children Abused Through Prostitution (lodged on 15 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4565 Members’ Dining Room - Scottish Fortnight (lodged on 15 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4563 Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston (lodged on 15 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4559 Knightswood Secondary School Under-18 Football Scottish Shield Victory (lodged on 15 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4558 Tickets for the 2012 London Olympics (lodged on 15 June 2006) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-4557 Sakchai Makao (lodged on 14 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4556 Sakchai Makao (lodged on 14 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4555 Congratulations to St Andrew’s Secondary, Glasgow (lodged on 14 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Pauline McNeill*

S2M-4554 Congratulations to St Andrew’s Secondary School, Carntyne (lodged on 14 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4551 Demutualisation of Standard Life - A Benefit for Charities (lodged on 14 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4540 Deportation of Immigrants (lodged on 13 June 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4539 National Cycle Week - 17 to 25 June 2006 (lodged on 13 June 2006) Scott Barrie*

S2M-4537# Learning Disability Week 2006 (lodged on 13 June 2006) Scott Barrie*, Cathie Craigie*

S2M-4535 Diabetes and Diet (lodged on 13 June 2006) Scott Barrie*

S2M-4528 NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Facilities Management Contract (lodged on 9 June 2006) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-4521 Ofcom Consultation on Junk Food Advertising (lodged on 8 June 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-4513 Launch of Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (lodged on 7 June 2006) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Tricia Marwick*, Karen Whitefield*, Scott Barrie*, Richard Lochhead*, Helen Eadie*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-4484 Maid of the Loch (lodged on 1 June 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-4337# Birth of James Clerk Maxwell (lodged on 3 May 2006) Maureen Macmillan*

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