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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5242 Frances Curran: Obscene Profiteering by Scottish Power Shareholders—That the Parliament notes that, as ordinary people across Scotland are struggling to meet increased gas and electricity prices, shareholders of Scottish Power, which increased gas and electricity prices by 15% and 8%, are being handsomely rewarded as a result of the £11.6 billion takeover bid from Spanish company Iberdrola, and that, with Scottish Power’s pre-tax profits soaring to £1875.8 million, its shareholders are laughing all the way to the bank, and believes that the only alternative to the greater and greater monopoly of world energy resources being concentrated into the hands of fewer and fewer global companies is to return gas and electricity companies to public ownership, giving the power to government to control energy prices for low-income families and ending the orgy of greed and obscene profiteering by shareholders which is now being witnessed.

*S2M-5241 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Launch of the White Ribbon Campaign—That the Parliament supports the setting-up of the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign; commends Amnesty International and the Men’s Health Forum Scotland for launching this campaign; urges men in Scotland to get involved in campaigning to end violence against women; sees violence against women as a human rights abuse and an issue for all of society to tackle, and believes that the terms of discourse need to be changed so that violence against women is no longer seen as a "women’s issue" but as an issue for all society.

*S2M-5240 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 19 January 2007.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5239 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 19 January 2007.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5238 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 December 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Civic Participation – Trade Union Engagement with Scotland’s Civic Society

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 7 December 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Fisheries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 13 December 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 14 December 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;

Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5237 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 30 November 2006—

after,

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

insert,

followed by Executive Motion: Membership of the Committee of the Regions

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5236 George Lyon: Membership of the Committee of the Regions—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s proposal to nominate as a representative of the Parliament Maureen Watt MSP as alternate member on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions for the session from 2006 to 2010.

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*

*S2M-5235<> Ms Sandra White: Scottish Power Takeover—That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should issue a statement setting out its position in response to Iberdrola’s proposed takeover of Scottish Power; expresses concern that Scotland’s fourth-largest company may pass into foreign ownership without real debate about the effect this will have on jobs at the Glasgow headquarters, energy prices and the Scottish economy, and therefore believes that a Parliamentary debate on the issue should take place at the earliest possible opportunity.

Supported by: Alex Neil*, Tommy Sheridan*, Jim Mather*, Christine Grahame*

*S2M-5234 Tommy Sheridan: NHS QIS - Clinical Standards for COPD Now - Don’t Delay Until 2008—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the recent statement by Dr David R Steel, Chief Executive of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) at its board meeting on 26 October 2006 that a commitment to clinical standards for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Scotland will not be forthcoming until after Audit Scotland reports back on its study of management of adults with long-term conditions including COPD, which is not due until May 2007 and also until the Department of Health’s National Service Framework for England is published in May 2008; notes that NHS QIS is a Scottish body, initially formed through the amalgamation of a number of organisations that worked on improving the quality of healthcare in Scotland: the Clinical Resource and Audit Group, the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland, the Health Technology Board for Scotland, the Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit and the Scottish Health Advisory Service; therefore calls on NHS QIS to develop clinical standards for COPD as soon as possible, thus ensuring its independent status and determining its own work programme which takes full account of NHS Scotland’s priorities; notes that one person dies of COPD every two hours, that it is the third most common reason for an acute hospital admission and that it costs NHS Scotland an estimated £138 million a year; notes that these are dreadful indicators that something must be done urgently to set clinical standards and should not wait until after 2008 as recommended by NHS QIS, and calls on NHS QIS to reconsider implementing a commitment to clinical standards for COPD at its next board meeting on 14 December 2006.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-5233 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5232 Shiona Baird: Heather Badges for St Andrew’s Day from SBO Enterprises at Torry Academy, Aberdeen—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of SBO Enterprises at Torry Academy in Aberdeen on their production of heather badges to celebrate St Andrew’s Day; applauds the entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated by pupils of the school’s Support Base One, who have often needed extra support in school but who have enthusiastically embraced a whole new range of skills in order to bring their enterprise project to fruition; commends the group for creating and producing such a unique and attractive emblem, both to celebrate St Andrew’s Day and to raise funds for Children 1st; believes that this entrepreneurial challenge will not only boost the confidence and self-esteem of the pupils involved but will also raise their awareness of the opportunities that exist for making a successful career in business in Scotland; congratulates the group on its successful sales and its marketing drive which has now reached the Parliament, and urges fellow MSPs to buy their own heather badge from SBO Enterprises and to wear it with pride on St Andrew’s Day.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Donald Gorrie*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Maureen Watt*

*S2M-5231 Mike Pringle: South Edinburgh Bottle Marking Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates Lothian and Borders Police for launching, on 30 November 2006, a bottle marking scheme in south Edinburgh to tackle underage consumption of alcohol; welcomes the success of the scheme in the Scottish Borders where coded markings are placed on bottles which can be read under ultraviolet light so that the police can trace which shops are selling to underage people or can identify adults who are purchasing drinks for those who are under age; is pleased that most shopkeepers in south Edinburgh have signed up to the scheme, and looks forward to it being rolled out across the city next year.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-5230 Shiona Baird: Launch of University of Dundee’s UNESCO Centre for Water, Law, Policy and Science—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Dundee on the formal launch in Brussels on 28 November 2006 of its pioneering UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, which is the first centre in the world dedicated to developing legal frameworks to help address the pressing problems related to the management of the world’s water resources; applauds the work to date of the Dundee centre, which is already engaged in developing frameworks for the effective management of water resources, training a new generation of water leaders and linking scientists, policymakers and lawyers in projects around the world in order to ensure that all the world’s people have fair and equitable access to water, and recognises the significant achievement of Dundee in securing the first UNESCO centre in the United Kingdom, which confirms its place at the cutting edge of policy development and its invaluable practical contribution to tackling what is likely to be one of the greatest challenges of the next century, namely the need to share equitably the most important resource - water.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Donald Gorrie*, Patrick Harvie*, Murray Tosh*, Eleanor Scott*, Tommy Sheridan*, Alex Neil*

S2M-5192*#* Ms Sandra White: Time for Real Debate—That the Parliament notes with concern that, while Scottish Power has increased profits by a staggering 77% to £483 million, customers have seen bills rise by an incredible 95% for gas and 50% for electricity over the last three years, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of people living in fuel-poor homes and adding further misery and hardship to many deprived areas, especially in Glasgow; contrasts this with Scottish Water’s recent accolade from the Water Industry Commission for Scotland whose cost and performance report states "Determined management is generating real benefits for customers. At the same time as it has lowered costs, it has improved service and achieved better quality and environmental standards", and believes that there should be a mature, modern and considered debate, without the usual dogmatic arguments, on the whole issue of private and state ownership.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5229 Stone of Destiny’s Return to Scone Palace (lodged on 24 November 2006) Derek Brownlee*, Mr John Swinney*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5228 Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Youth Development Plan (lodged on 24 November 2006) Nora Radcliffe*, Michael McMahon*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Cathy Peattie*, Christine Grahame*, Rosie Kane*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Maureen Macmillan*, Trish Godman*, Janis Hughes*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mr David Davidson*, Eleanor Scott*, Marlyn Glen*, Murray Tosh*, Donald Gorrie*, Robin Harper*, Ms Sandra White*, Alex Neil*

S2M-5227 St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism Event (lodged on 24 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5226 Congratulations to Furniture Plus (lodged on 23 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5225 World AIDS Day (lodged on 23 November 2006) Michael McMahon*, Cathie Craigie*, Murray Tosh*, Christine May*, Patrick Harvie*, Euan Robson*, Trish Godman*, Rob Gibson*, Derek Brownlee*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Dave Petrie*, Shiona Baird*, Margo MacDonald*, Margaret Smith*, Maureen Macmillan*, Nora Radcliffe*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Marlyn Glen*, Donald Gorrie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Scott Barrie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5221 New Deer Wins Calor Scottish Community of the Year 2006 (lodged on 23 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Robin Harper*

S2M-5220 Congratulations to New Deer Community Association (lodged on 23 November 2006) Mr Brian Monteith*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5218 Relief from Early Stages of Alzheimer’s (lodged on 22 November 2006) Carolyn Leckie*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5216 Mr Iain Spink - Local Food Hero (lodged on 22 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5212 World Cross Country Championships (lodged on 22 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5211 Congratulations to Highland Council Tenants on Voting Against Stock Transfer (lodged on 22 November 2006) Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-5207 The Carbon Trust (lodged on 21 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5204 Reduction in Youth Disorder Through the Streetfootball Project (lodged on 21 November 2006) Dave Petrie*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5199 Fair Trade in Our Schools (lodged on 21 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5198 Child Fuel Poverty (lodged on 20 November 2006) Dave Petrie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5197 Attack on Sikh Youth (lodged on 20 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5196 HMRC Rationalisation (lodged on 20 November 2006) Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5195 Scottish Football Association Hall of Fame (lodged on 20 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5194 Caring Christmas Trees Initiative (lodged on 20 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5191# BP Fails the People of Scotland (lodged on 20 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5190 Seasonal Cheer - End Child Poverty (lodged on 20 November 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5186 Commercial Whaling (lodged on 17 November 2006) Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-5177 Loss of 120 Jobs at Young’s Seafood, Annan (lodged on 16 November 2006) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-5172.1 Ending Child Poverty in Scotland (lodged on 27 November 2006) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5123 Fireworks (lodged on 8 November 2006) Bill Butler*

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