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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5507# Dr Elaine Murray: Downgrading of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Scottish Centre in Caerlaverock—That the Parliament regrets the decision by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to downgrade its only centre in Scotland, at Caerlaverock in Dumfriesshire, to that of lowest priority and to make its centre manager of over 20 years, Mr John Doherty, Director for Scotland, redundant; recognises the contribution made by Mr Doherty to the National Goose Management Review Group and the Goose Science Advisory Group; believes that Scotland is uniquely placed in terms of migratory geese and wildfowl and that this should be recognised in the priority given to the Scottish centre, and considers that the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust should reverse this decision to manage its Scottish operations from Lancashire.

*S2M-5506 Mark Ballard: Fair TV Licensing Rules for Students—That the Parliament notes that hotels are required to pay for one television licence for their first 15 rooms and one for each additional five rooms, but that students in halls are required to pay for one per room and that a family home is required to pay for one licence while many student flats have to pay for one per television; further notes that the Edinburgh students’ Advice Place calculates that the average student at Edinburgh accrues £100 of debt per week; notes that the Edinburgh University Students Association has launched a campaign for fair TV licensing rules for students, and calls on the Westminster Parliament to review this policy at the next possible opportunity.

*S2M-5505 John Home Robertson: Congratulations to Scotland’s Latest World Champion—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s Alex Marshall on winning the World Indoor Singles Bowls Championship in Norfolk; notes that this is the fourth time he has won this championship, a feat unprecedented in the history of the sport; recognises and supports his recent MBE awarded in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List, and considers him to be a credit to East Lothian and to Scottish sport.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Helen Eadie*, Karen Gillon*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Bristow Muldoon*, Michael McMahon*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Trish Godman*

*S2M-5504 Alex Johnstone: One Step Beyond Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates Kay Gilmour of Angus College for instigating the One Step Beyond Campaign which seeks to collect 80,000 pairs of second hand shoes for distribution in Africa and Asia; notes that the campaign also seeks to raise £160,000 to be split between four charities: Cancer Research UK, No More Landmines Trust, Children in Need and Angus College Charitable Trust; wishes the campaign every success, and hopes that its bid succeeds to set a new world record to have the longest line of pairs of shoes ever laid out.

*S2M-5503 Mr Tom McCabe: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5502 Mr Andy Kerr: The Draft Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2007—That the Health Committee recommends that the draft Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Lewis Macdonald*

*S2M-5501 Shona Robison: Awareness of Long-Term Conditions—That the Parliament welcomes the role of the Long-Term Conditions Alliance Scotland, set up to give an independent voice to the concerns of the estimated two million people in Scotland who live with a long-term medical condition; further welcomes the success of the alliance in bringing together 150 voluntary and community organisations covering a wide range of conditions; understands that, according to the 2003 Scottish Health Survey, it is estimated that 39% of people in the Tayside NHS board area have a long-term medical condition; whilst recognising the Scottish Executive’s role in supporting the establishment of the Long-Term Conditions Alliance Scotland, notes with concern that in most industrialised nations and in many developing countries long-term conditions are now the most common cause of death and that social deprivation is strongly associated with the prevalence of long-term conditions; further recognises that long-term conditions affect all age groups in different ways and at different times throughout their lives, including the lives of friends, relatives and carers, and urges policy-makers to consider the impact of their policies on people with long-term conditions.

*S2M-5500 Elaine Smith: Action on Positional Plagiocephaly—That the Parliament notes the growth in the number of reported cases of positional plagiocephaly in babies in Scotland since 1995; acknowledges that this cranial disorder, which makes the back or side of a baby’s head appear flattened, is mainly caused by outside pressure placed on the skull and is generally associated with the prolonged periods of time that babies can spend with their heads resting in one position; accepts that the increasing incidence of the disorder has been linked to the success of parental guidance on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), urging parents to place babies on their backs to sleep; recognises that early interventions are possible to prevent or correct plagiocephaly which, most importantly, do not negate the significance of the SIDS advice; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s action to develop, with NHS Health Scotland, a leaflet to advise new parents of these interventions, and believes, however, that this action should be supplemented with properly constituted research into the treatment of this condition, including the potential use of cranial remoulding orthoses, and more detailed guidance for NHS staff, particularly at primary care level, to allow for more timely diagnosis and treatment of positional plagiocephaly.

Supported by: Trish Godman*

*S2M-5499 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Anstruther Fish Bar—That the Parliament congratulates the Anstruther Fish Bar in Fife on being UK runner-up, and the top Scottish chippie, in the national Fish & Chip Shop of the Year competition; notes that the shop itself has become a tourist attraction, bringing people to Anstruther, and wishes owners, Robert and Alison Smith, every success in going one better and winning the Fish & Chip Shop of the Year crown in 2008.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott*, Murdo Fraser*, Robin Harper*, Dave Petrie*, Alex Johnstone*, Karen Gillon*, Bill Aitken*, Mr David Davidson*

*S2M-5498 Jackie Baillie: Animal Welfare and Transportation—That the Parliament regrets any incidence of animal cruelty and recognises that in many cases this arises from simple neglect; welcomes the positive work of organisations like the SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in providing a safe haven for animals; notes the concerns that continue to be expressed about the transportation of livestock, in particular that the capacity of containers is inappropriate for the health and welfare of the animals, and considers that the Scottish Executive should review the minimum standards that apply to the transportation of livestock.

Supported by: Trish Godman*

*S2M-5497 Jackie Baillie: WRVS—That the Parliament congratulates the WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service) on over 60 years of hard work helping people throughout the United Kingdom; notes that it first began its work in the Second World War to help evacuate, feed and look after people and that it is still helping people to enable choice, independence and dignity so that older people can enjoy their life to the full; welcomes the evident commitment of its 60,000 volunteers of all ages, and warmly congratulates Mr Hugh McCaughey from Luss on receiving a silver medal for 25 years voluntary work with the WRVS.

Supported by: Trish Godman*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5495 Beating Bowel Cancer - 8th Loud Tie Campaign (lodged on 26 January 2007) Trish Godman*

S2M-5492# Rum’s Red Deer (lodged on 26 January 2007) Margaret Mitchell*, Mr David Davidson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-5490 Celtic Partnership of Autism Organisations (lodged on 26 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5489 Bell Baxter High School (lodged on 26 January 2007) Bill Aitken*

S2M-5488 Congratulations and Best Wishes to Bell Baxter High School Rugby Team (lodged on 26 January 2007) Nora Radcliffe*, Tricia Marwick*, Mr Jim Wallace*

S2M-5487 Closure of the Parliament to the Public (lodged on 26 January 2007) Tommy Sheridan*, Christine Grahame*, Eleanor Scott*, Campbell Martin*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-5486 Congratulations to Labour Councillor on Airgun Initiative (lodged on 25 January 2007) Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-5484 James Watt College (lodged on 25 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5483 Depleted Uranium Weapons (lodged on 25 January 2007) Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*

S2M-5482 Congratulations to Ross-shire Women’s Aid (lodged on 25 January 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, John Farquhar Munro*, Rob Gibson*, Scott Barrie*, Robin Harper*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Trish Godman*

S2M-5481# Clyde Fishermen Ahead of the Game on Conservation! (lodged on 25 January 2007) Mr David Davidson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Alex Johnstone*, Dave Petrie*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Aitken*, Trish Godman*

S2M-5479 The John Murray Archive (lodged on 25 January 2007) Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5477 "Black Watch" Wins South Bank Show Award for Theatre (lodged on 25 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*, Robin Harper*

S2M-5476♦ London Olympics Funding Shortfall (lodged on 25 January 2007) Ms Maureen Watt*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5475# Motor Neurone Disease (lodged on 25 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5474 New Museum and Visitor Attraction Dedicated to Robert Burns (lodged on 25 January 2007) Cathie Craigie*, Trish Godman*

S2M-5459 Queen Margaret University (lodged on 23 January 2007) Trish Godman*

S2M-5458# Autism Parliamentary Network (lodged on 23 January 2007) Elaine Smith*, Patrick Harvie*, Trish Godman*

S2M-5446 Recommendations of Joint Administrators of Farepak Food and Gifts Limited (lodged on 22 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*, Scott Barrie*

S2M-5440 Harthill Medical Practice (lodged on 19 January 2007) Colin Fox*

S2M-5290# 90th Anniversary of Passchendaele (lodged on 6 December 2006) Mr Adam Ingram*

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