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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5315 Rosie Kane: Regulation of Local Bus Services—That the Parliament notes that the Westminster Government is currently examining proposals to grant local authorities greater regulatory powers over local bus companies; believes that traffic congestion will continue to grow until such time as local authorities have at least the same powers as the Mayor of London to regulate timetables and fares, and calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation to give local authorities the powers that they need to regulate public transport and ensure that services are based on need and not profit.

Supported by: Colin Fox*

*S2M-5314 Robin Harper: Balloon Ban—That the Parliament congratulates Shetland Islands Council on banning the release of balloons because of the severe environmental damage which they cause, particularly to marine life, but also to cattle, birds and land mammals when ingested, and calls on the Scottish Executive and the rest of Scotland’s local authorities to work together towards an outright ban on balloon releases throughout Scotland, other than for scientific purposes.

*S2M-5313 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 December 2006

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2006, Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: 7th Report 2006, Inquiry into Accountability and Governance

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by Justice 2 Committee Motion – Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 December 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Service and Communities

2.55 pm Procedures Committee Debate: 6th Report 2006, Public Bills and Substitution; 7th Report 2006, Members’ Interests (Parliamentary Determinations and Resolutions); 8th Report 2006, Consolidation Bill Procedure; 9th Report 2006, Rule 10.3.2 (the "20-day rule")

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Stage 2 of the 2007-08 Budget Process

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

Wednesday 10 January 2007

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

2.30 pm 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 11 January 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5312 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that—

(a) for the purposes of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on 14 December 2006 to continue beyond 5.30 pm, that the word "Wednesday" in Rules 2.2.4 and 2.2.5(c) be suspended and that the word "Thursday" be substituted for it in each place, and that Rule 2.2.5(a) be suspended; that under Rule 2.2.4 thus varied, the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 14 December 2006 may continue to 7.00 pm, and that Decision Time on Thursday 14 December 2006 shall begin at 6.00 pm; and

(b) that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 21 December 2006.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5311 Donald Gorrie on behalf of the Procedures Committee: Procedures Committee Reports—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 6th Report 2006 (Session 2), Public Bills and Substitution (SP Paper 652), 7th Report 2006 (Session 2), Members’ Interests (Parliamentary Determinations and Resolutions) (SP Paper 659), 8th Report 2006 (Session 2), Consolidation Bill Procedure (SP Paper 676) and 9th Report 2006 (Session 2), Rule 10.3.2 (the "20-day rule") (SP Paper 685) and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to each of these reports be made with effect from 22 December 2006.

Supported by: Karen Gillon*

*S2M-5310 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Bus User Complaints Tribunal Regulations Revocation Regulations 2006 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5309 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations 2006 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5308 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) (Scottish Legal Complaints Commission) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5307 John Scott: Support for Prescribing of Tysabri for MS Sufferers in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) that Tysabri should not be prescribed on the NHS; further notes that Scotland has the highest proportion of sufferers from multiple sclerosis in the world, that the SMC accepts that the clinical case for the use of Tysabri was sound and that the recommendation not to prescribe it on the NHS was taken on purely financial grounds, and therefore urges that this decision by the SMC be overturned and that Tysabri be made available on the NHS.

Supported by: Mrs Nanette Milne*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Dave Petrie*, Murray Tosh*, Rosie Kane*, Robin Harper*, Carolyn Leckie*, Phil Gallie*, Derek Brownlee*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Alex Johnstone*, Alex Neil*, Eleanor Scott*, John Swinburne*

*S2M-5306 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Quality of Life for MS sufferers—That the Parliament is concerned that the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has decided not to recommend the drug Tysabri as a treatment for multiple sclerosis, despite it being highly effective for certain patients, leading to a 60% to 70% reduction in relapses; notes that Tysabri is a licensed drug approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and SMC only provides advice to NHS boards and their area drug and therapeutics committees across Scotland; notes also that health professionals are expected to take due account of this recommendation when exercising their clinical judgement but that this recommendation does not, however, override the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate decisions in the circumstances of the individual patient, and calls on all NHS boards to acknowledge that clinicians must be able to prescribe this treatment where they believe there is a clinical need, regardless of SMC advice to them.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, John Scott*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Carolyn Leckie*, Murray Tosh*, Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*

*S2M-5305 Tricia Marwick: Tysabri for People with MS—That the Parliament deplores the decision by the Scottish Medicines Consortium not to recommend that Tysabri be prescribed to people with multiple sclerosis (MS); notes that, for a small number of those with the most aggressive from of relapsing-remitting MS for whom existing treatments do not work, Tysabri represents the only treatment available; notes that Tysabri is prescribed in Germany, Ireland and the United States of America but not in Scotland, which has the highest rate of MS in the world, and urges NHS boards in Scotland to allow the prescribing of Tysabri which had been described by Dr Gavin Giovannoni, of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, as the most significant advance in MS treatment for nearly a decade.

*S2M-5303.1 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Fisheries—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5303) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "an outcome" to end and insert "urges the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to resist all attempts to reduce nephrops and cod quotas and to press for increased haddock and monkfish quotas to secure a sustainable future for our remaining fishermen and particularly for the beleaguered processing sector and for the coastal communities dependent on fish, but ultimately believes that the only solution for Scottish fishing is to bring back control and management of the industry to Scotland."

*S2M-5303.2 Richard Lochhead: Fisheries—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5303) in the name of Ross Finnie, insert at end "calls for a deal that provides Scotland’s fishing communities with a sustainable share of fishing opportunities and adequate time at sea to allow the industry’s quota to be caught and demands that any deal to the contrary is rejected; notes with regret that the failed Common Fisheries Policy continues to deliver remote, inflexible and draconian fisheries management that results in ongoing instability and uncertainty for our catching and fish processing sectors, and believes that, since over two-thirds of UK fish landings are in Scotland, Scotland’s fisheries minister should be designated as the official lead minister for the United Kingdom in EU negotiations."

*S2M-5303.3 Mr Mark Ruskell: Fisheries—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5303) in the name of Ross Finnie, insert at end "and affirms that this outcome can best be achieved by shifting to long-term ecosystem-based management plans aimed towards achieving maximum sustainable yield, by making use of bycatch quotas and more technical measures in order to reduce discards and mortality in fisheries with high bycatch levels, by making innovative use of the European Fisheries Fund to support fishermen and associated communities and by supporting bottom-up approaches including the use of regional advisory councils, and urges the Executive to ensure that Scottish fishermen’s adaptability and sacrifices are not undermined by short-term pressures."

Supported by: Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5290*#* Murdo Fraser: 90th Anniversary of Passchendaele—That the Parliament notes that 31 July 2007 will mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele which was launched on 31 July 1917 and continued until the fall of Passchendaele village on 6 November 1917; notes that Passchendaele saw the biggest loss of life of any battle in the First World War with over half a million British, Commonwealth and German troops killed, wounded or missing; notes that the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is currently planning a number of events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle, including unveiling a Celtic cross as a memorial to commemorate Scottish soldiers who took part in the battle; thanks all governments, organisations and individuals that have contributed towards commemorations planned and towards the memorial; welcomes the memorial as it will commemorate the Scottish regiments that played a pivotal role in the battle, which saw the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Black Watch, the Cameronians, the Gordon Highlanders, the Highland Light Infantry, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, the Royal Scots, the Scots Guards and the Seaforth Highlanders in combat for the United Kingdom, fighting with dignity, skill and honour in treacherous conditions, and believes that the Scottish Executive should mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and contribute towards the commemorations.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*, John Swinburne*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Donald Gorrie*, John Scott*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5304 More Support Needed for Motor Neurone Disease Sufferers (lodged on 11 December 2006) Campbell Martin*, Colin Fox*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Carolyn Leckie*, Rosie Kane*, Murray Tosh*

S2M-5302 Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill - Removal of Part 3 (lodged on 11 December 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5301 Solidarity with the Victims of the Pinochet Dictatorship (lodged on 11 December 2006) Chris Ballance*, Rob Gibson*, Dr Elaine Murray*, John Swinburne*, Robin Harper*, Shiona Baird*, Pauline McNeill*, Colin Fox*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Scott Barrie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5300 Cancer Poverty (lodged on 11 December 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5299 Academic Freedom Must be Safeguarded (lodged on 8 December 2006) Brian Adam*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-5298 Call for Independent Inquiry into PFI Funding (lodged on 8 December 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5296 "Euro-trashed" Campaign (lodged on 8 December 2006) Shiona Baird*, Rosie Kane*, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5295 Nuclear Submarine Workers’ Health and Safety at HM Naval Base Faslane (lodged on 7 December 2006) John Swinburne*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-5292 Need for Integrated Free Public Transport in Scotland (lodged on 7 December 2006) Colin Fox*

S2M-5291 A Christmas Cheer for unFairpak Campaigners (lodged on 7 December 2006) Colin Fox*

S2M-5287 Trident Renewal Debate (lodged on 6 December 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5286 Peace Brigades International - 25th Anniversary (lodged on 6 December 2006) Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*, Robin Harper*, Bruce Crawford*, John Swinburne*, Patrick Harvie*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Rosie Kane*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-5284# Scotland’s Voice Must Be Heard (lodged on 6 December 2006) Michael Matheson*, Carolyn Leckie*, Rosie Kane*

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

S2M-5270 Meter Relief (lodged on 5 December 2006) Fiona Hyslop*, Shiona Baird*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Karen Gillon*, Rosie Kane*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Christine May*

S2M-5252 St Peter’s Primary Achieves Second Eco Schools Award (lodged on 29 November 2006) Rosie Kane*

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

S2M-5229# Stone of Destiny’s Return to Scone Palace (lodged on 24 November 2006) Phil Gallie*, Shiona Baird*, David McLetchie*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, John Swinburne*, Bruce Crawford*

S2M-5225 World AIDS Day (lodged on 23 November 2006) Alex Neil*

S2M-5064 Make School Make Sense (lodged on 31 October 2006) Stewart Stevenson*

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