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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5295 Colin Fox: Nuclear Submarine Workers’ Health and Safety at HM Naval Base Faslane—That the Parliament shares the concern of the former Faslane and Rosyth radiation controller, Mr John Connor, that no mandatory secondary monitoring (MSM) takes place on radiation workers leaving nuclear submarines at the naval base; notes that Mr Connor has approached the Health and Safety Executive, the Ministry of Defence and the Westminster Parliamentary Ombudsman regarding his concerns that MSM is implemented in all other nuclear establishments in Britain, but not those at Faslane and Rosyth, and the need to protect all those working on nuclear submarines from radiation sicknesses, and calls on the Defence Select Committee at Westminster to investigate the substance of Mr Connor’s concerns at the earliest possible opportunity and allay the fears of many former employees and their families as well as those currently working at Faslane regarding nuclear safety.

*S2M-5294 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Assistance for Annan Workforce—That the Parliament condemns the decision by Young’s Seafood Limited to send Scottish seafood 12,000 miles to Thailand to be processed; notes that this decision will result in the loss of 120 jobs in Young’s processing plant in Annan and that this is due to the company’s belief that the local workforce earns prohibitive wages, despite local wages being no higher than the national average; notes that Young’s is currently undertaking the statutory 90-day consultation period to try and find suitable alternative employment for its workers in the local area and that this period is due to expire at the beginning of February; sympathises with the workforce which is currently suffering the uncertainty over potential job losses, and calls on the Scottish Executive, in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry, to explore programmes such as regional assistance to aid the retention of jobs in Annan.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-5293 Cathy Peattie on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee: Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Equal Opportunities Committee’s 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities (SP Paper 677).

*S2M-5292 Rosie Kane: Need for Integrated Free Public Transport in Scotland—That the Parliament believes that global warming is currently the greatest threat posed to the future of humanity and the planet; considers that grave threats need radical solutions, yet Scotland is unlikely to achieve the ambitious targets set by the Scottish Executive while it continues to pursue car-friendly road-building policies, and therefore agrees to support the phasing-in of an integrated free public transport system throughout Scotland which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, putting Scotland at the forefront of efforts to save the planet, reduce congestion, thus saving hundreds of millions of pounds for Scottish businesses, and provide a huge boost to the Scottish economy through increasing the disposable income of low-paid households who are the most likely to use public transport.

Supported by: Frances Curran*

*S2M-5291 Ms Rosemary Byrne: A Christmas Cheer for unFairpak Campaigners—That the Parliament congratulates the unFairpak campaigners on their continuing campaign against European Home Retail and HBOS; recognises the hard work and determination of the campaigners in their fight to gain justice for the thousands of low-paid families facing a desperate Christmas after the collapse of Farepak which cost some 300,000 customers estimated savings of more than £100 million; acknowledges that those customers saved in good faith, did not borrow money or use credit cards and, in short, acted in a prudent and financially responsible manner and believes that they have been effectively robbed as a result; notes that on Monday 11 December 2006 HBOS is holding a champagne reception for shareholders at its headquarters at the Mound, Edinburgh; further notes that the unFairpak campaigners intend to hold a dignified demonstration at the Mound to demand recompense from HBOS; calls on the directors of HBOS and European Home Retail to honour their moral obligations to their customers and to reimburse them in full; further recognises that the UK Government has failed to legislate to prevent this disgraceful situation from arising, and calls on the Scottish Executive to demand that the UK Government legislates now to prevent future families from facing the bleak Christmas that confronts the Farepak customers.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5284*#* Ms Sandra White: Scotland’s Voice Must Be Heard—That the Parliament notes, with due concern in respect of the legitimacy of open and free democratic debate, that the outcome of the much-publicised debate on a replacement to Trident has already been reached through the Conservative Party’s committed support to the Government’s stated position; expresses disappointment that a real debate cannot be secured in either the House of Commons or the Scottish Parliament; considers that this issue is of great importance to the people of Scotland, especially considering the very real danger to Glasgow and much of the west through contamination in the event of a nuclear accident, and therefore believes that the people of Scotland should be given the chance to debate this tough issue and to decide by means of a referendum on Trident, echoing the sentiments of the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament when, as reported in The Scotsman, he stated that referenda "provide citizens with tangible power over what they see as the crucial issues of the day, even if these have been ignored by the Executive and the Parliament".

Supported by: Shiona Baird*, Christine Grahame*, Chris Ballance*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Bruce Crawford*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5290♦ 90th Anniversary of Passchendaele (lodged on 6 December 2006) Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-5287 Trident Renewal Debate (lodged on 6 December 2006) Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*, Colin Fox*, Brian Adam*, Chris Ballance*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5280# Rise in Alcohol-Related Crime Figures in the Highlands and Islands (lodged on 5 December 2006) Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S2M-5273 Parliament Crèche in Danger (lodged on 5 December 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-5272 Victory for Militant Trade Union Action at Glasgow City Council (lodged on 5 December 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-5271 Focus Environment 2006 (lodged on 5 December 2006) Robin Harper*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5265 North East Scotland Credit Union Farepak Offer (lodged on 4 December 2006) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-5261# Success of Scots Trad Music Awards 2006 (lodged on 4 December 2006) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Rosie Kane*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-5260 Congratulations to Fife’s World Scotch Pie Champions (lodged on 4 December 2006) Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-5255 BT Gaelic Schools Debate (lodged on 30 November 2006) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-5254 Values Into Action (VIA) Scotland Launch (lodged on 30 November 2006) Ms Maureen Watt*

S2M-5250 Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers (lodged on 29 November 2006) Ms Maureen Watt*

S2M-5249 Strategic Approach to Race Equality (lodged on 29 November 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-5247 Carers’ Rights Day (lodged on 29 November 2006) Karen Gillon*

S2M-5232 Heather Badges for St Andrew’s Day from SBO Enterprises at Torry Academy, Aberdeen (lodged on 28 November 2006) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-5206# School Inspections (lodged on 21 November 2006) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

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