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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5596♦ Mr Alasdair Morrison: Celebrating Success—That the Parliament welcomes the substantive progress being made in tackling sectarianism in Scotland; commends the initiatives undertaken by Scotland’s largest football clubs, Rangers FC and Celtic FC, to counter sectarian attitudes; congratulates the football clubs on their initiatives, Pride over Prejudice and Bhoys Against Bigotry; notes the success of their highly commendable joint educational programme, the Old Firm Alliance, within Glasgow schools; recognises that the significant progress achieved in tackling sectarianism represents a continuing determination by both clubs to help eradicate the problem, and also commends the informal arrangements between old firm supporters in the Western Isles as an example for the rest of the country.

*S2M-5595 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities (SE 2007/9) be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5594 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5593 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (Modification of Agency’s Powers and Incidental Provision) Order 2007—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (Modification of Agency’s Powers and Incidental Provision) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5592 Colin Fox: Unicef Report on Child Poverty Shames UK—That the Parliament is ashamed to find that, according to UNICEF’s Report Card 7, Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-being in Rich Countries, the United Kingdom has come last in a comparative examination of children’s well-being in 21 countries; believes that this report on child poverty, deprivation, quality of life, safety, health and behaviour is a terrible indictment of the failure of government policy in Britain; notes that, while other countries have made real progress on many fronts, the British government has fared particularly badly; notes that the countries of Scandinavia have fared far better and generally occupy the top places in the study because of their policies to redistribute wealth and the higher political priority given by their governments to children’s needs, and concludes that, if Britain is to be rid of this particular badge of shame, then improving children’s well-being in Britain must now become an urgent priority.

*S2M-5591 Trish Godman: Scottish NHS Treatment and Care of Former Servicemen and Women—That the Parliament is of the view that the very best NHS treatment must be given to the young Scottish men and women who have been discharged from the British armed services as a result of the physical and mental wounds that they have suffered in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere; notes that the absence of military hospitals anywhere in the United Kingdom places additional burdens on these courageous young ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen and also those involved in their treatment, care and rehabilitation; is confident that the NHS personnel are more than equal to this challenge; wishes to remind the nation that our servicemen and servicewomen are rightly acknowledged as among the finest of the United Nations’ peacekeepers, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive, working in tandem with the Ministry of Defence, to ensure that sufficient means are given to those concerned with the NHS treatment and care of these young military veterans so that they can return to their communities as soon as possible and in the knowledge that the NHS has shown to them the compassionate care they so eminently deserve.

*S2M-5590 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Representation of the People (Postal Voting for Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Representation of the People (Postal Voting for Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5589 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Representation of the People (Post-Local Government Elections Supply and Inspection of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Representation of the People (Post-Local Government Elections Supply and Inspection of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5588 Rhona Brankin: The Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007—That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Des McNulty*

*S2M-5587 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5586 Rhona Brankin: The Draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2007—That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Des McNulty*

*S2M-5585 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Business Improvement Districts (Ballot Arrangements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Business Improvement Districts (Ballot Arrangements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5584 Murdo Fraser: Against Bullying in the Workplace—That the Parliament notes the recent case where Jonah Ditton, who was bullied and sacked while working at Glasgow-based firm CP Publishing Ltd, was awarded nearly £120,000 as a result of unfair dismissal and bullying due to his sexual orientation; believes that there is no place for bullying of any kind in the workplace or in our society, including bullying based on sexuality, age, gender, disability, ethnicity, race or religion, and urges all employers in Scotland to take note of this case and work to ensure that workplaces are free of such bullying.

Supported by: Dave Petrie*, Patrick Harvie*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr David Davidson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Brian Adam*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Alex Fergusson*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Trish Godman*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Sandra White*, Nora Radcliffe*, Robin Harper*

*S2M-5583 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Disband the SBCCU—That the Parliament notes with concern the establishment of the Special Branch Community Contact Unit (SBCCU) by Tayside Police in that its actions appear focussed on monitoring anti-war, Palestinian rights and Muslim groups within Dundee’s further education institutions; also notes that members of the SBCCU attended the University of Dundee Freshers’ Fair, did not identify themselves as police officers and proceeded to question students staffing the Stop the War stall about their plans for future activities and views on the situation in the Middle East; further notes with concern the SBCCU’s practice of sitting in on meetings of the Islamic Society within the University of Dundee; expresses concern that information collected by Tayside SBCCU may also be passed overseas, including to countries with poor human rights records, a particular concern as a university like Dundee attracts a large number of overseas students; believes that such actions put Muslim groups under suspicion and are extremely unhelpful in the current Islamophobic climate and that such action by the police engenders fear in students, discourages them from participating in political activities, stifles debate and undermines the very principle of academic freedom within universities and colleges; further believes that it should not be the role of Special Branch officers to monitor the political activities of student groups on university and college campuses; congratulates the representatives of the University and College Union who have joined students in publicly voicing their concerns about the unit in Dundee; calls on Tayside Police to radically rethink its strategy for community bridge-building and the role of Special Branch in it, and calls for the disbandment of the SBCCU.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, Carolyn Leckie*

*S2M-5582 Margo MacDonald: Location of Creative Scotland—That the Parliament, while supporting the general principal of dispersal of Scottish Executive departments and agencies throughout Scotland, nevertheless believes that Creative Scotland must remain in Scotland’s capital city, which plays host to the world’s biggest international festival of the arts; notes that its remaining in Edinburgh would result in meetings and conferences concerning the arts in Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland being held every week of the year; expresses concern that moving Creative Scotland out of Edinburgh may jeopardise the contribution made to Scotland’s income from tourism and culture during the period of the Edinburgh Festival, and urges the Executive to support the City of Edinburgh Council in its plans to locate Creative Scotland in a new and completely sympathetic environment in one of the developments that will further advance the attractiveness of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland.

*S2M-5581.1 Phil Gallie: Workers’ Rights—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5581) in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne, leave out from "and factory" to end and insert "or factory gate notices and denied real and proper consultation and appropriate redundancy payments, as illustrated by the recent example of Simclar Ayrshire."

*S2M-5581.2 Jim Mather: Workers’ Rights—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5581) in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne, leave out from "existence of" to end and insert "need to create a new era of social cohesion where employers, employees and the state work together to ensure that Scotland achieves new higher levels of competitiveness and co-operation in the workplace so that we achieve increased economic vibrancy, better terms and conditions in the workplace and an improved safety net for redundant employees."

*S2M-5581.3 Frances Curran: Workers’ Rights—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5581) in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne, after "Annan;" insert "believes that the status quo favours employers that abscond and supports the introduction of a legal framework which will ensure that employers are prohibited from absconding by ensuring adequate redress, accountability and reparations;"

*S2M-5581.4 Allan Wilson: Workers’ Rights—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5581) in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "believes that the right to work is a fundamental human right; supports the objective of full employment and welcomes the 150,000 new jobs created in Scotland since devolution in 1999; further supports the Simclar workers and calls for an appropriate redundancy package for them; supports the Scottish Executive’s call for a DTI investigation into the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Ayrshire plants; condemns poor employment practices that result in workers being sacked via text messages and factory gate notices and denied real and proper consultation and appropriate redundancy payments, illustrated by the recent example at Simclar Ayrshire; recognises the need to further improve workers’ rights and entitlements and agrees that the Parliament supports the enhancement of employee rights on consultation in a redundancy situation; reaffirms its commitment to providing appropriate resources to meet the costs of retraining and upskilling workers affected, and recognises the role that the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company will have in creating new job opportunities for the workforce."

Supported by: Nicol Stephen*

S2M-5570.1 Ms Rosemary Byrne: School Education—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5570) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, leave out from "plays" to end and insert "has a vital role to play in ensuring that all Scotland’s children receive an equal and quality education; believes that there is a need to ensure that all aspects of additional support needs are scrutinised by HMIE and that all children with additional support needs and their parents are invited to contribute by interview or questionnaire regarding the quality of education received, including assessments, educational plans, input into regular reviews and SQA concessions, and further believes that during every school inspection there should be at least one member of the HMIE team with a qualification and experience in teaching children with additional support needs."

S2M-5566*#* John Home Robertson: The Battle of Prestonpans, 1745—That the Parliament acknowledges the historic significance of battlefield sites from Scotland’s violent past and notes the success of the National Trust for Scotland in interpreting the site of the final defeat of the Jacobite army at Culloden Moor; recognises the powerful case for protection and appropriate management of hitherto neglected battlefield sites throughout Scotland; pays tribute to the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust for its proposals to preserve, enhance and interpret the site of the Jacobite victory of 21 September 1745 and welcomes the active support of the wider local community for this initiative, and hopes that the battlefield site at Prestonpans will be protected and made accessible for the benefit of local people and visitors.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Jackie Baillie*, Mike Pringle*, Murray Tosh*, Alex Johnstone*, Brian Adam*, Paul Martin*, Dr Elaine Murray*, David McLetchie*, Trish Godman*, Scott Barrie*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Eleanor Scott*, Maureen Macmillan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Bruce Crawford*, Tricia Marwick*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Christine May*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Robin Harper*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5578 Recognition for Kashmiri Workers (lodged on 13 February 2007) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-5576 Congratulations to the Highland Mountain Culture Association (lodged on 13 February 2007) Stewart Stevenson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Maureen Macmillan*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Brian Adam*, Jim Mather*, Michael Matheson*, Rob Gibson*, Tricia Marwick*, Mr John Swinney*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Ms Sandra White*, Peter Peacock*

S2M-5575 Growing Up with Loch Leven (lodged on 13 February 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Cathie Craigie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Maureen Macmillan*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Eleanor Scott*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Peter Peacock*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*

S2M-5573 Scottish Power Meter Madness (lodged on 13 February 2007) Trish Godman*, Campbell Martin*, Linda Fabiani*, Cathie Craigie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Bill Butler*, Paul Martin*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Ms Sandra White*, Margaret Jamieson*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Marlyn Glen*, Maureen Macmillan*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Kate Maclean*, Christine Grahame*, Pauline McNeill*, Robin Harper*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5569 Investment in Building Affordable Rented Homes (lodged on 8 February 2007) Rob Gibson*, Alex Fergusson*, Patrick Harvie*, Dave Petrie*, Mr David Davidson*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Mike Rumbles*, John Home Robertson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Brian Adam*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Trish Godman*, Eleanor Scott*, Frances Curran*, Robin Harper*

S2M-5567 Biometric and Surveillance Systems in Schools (lodged on 8 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5563♦ ME Charities’ Response to DWP Guidance on ME/CFS (lodged on 7 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5562 Widespread Support for Airgun Ban (lodged on 7 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5556 If it is "Scotch" it must be Scottish (lodged on 6 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5550 Cork It Campaign - Worthy of Support (lodged on 6 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5547 Potential Closure of Scottish Mining Museum (lodged on 6 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5539 Recognition for the Work of the Holocaust Educational Trust (lodged on 5 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5538 Maintenance Contracts for Senior Citizens’ Central Heating Systems (lodged on 5 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5537 Fatal Accident at Delny Level Crossing, Ross-shire (lodged on 5 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5536 Impact of Pfizer’s Change of Wholesale Practice on Scottish Pharmacies (lodged on 2 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*, Dennis Canavan*

S2M-5531 Save the Simclar Workers (lodged on 1 February 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*, Linda Fabiani*, Bruce Crawford*, Rob Gibson*, Fiona Hyslop*, Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5530 Congratulations to Friends of the Refugees Ayrshire (lodged on 1 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5525# Switch Off Energy Debt (lodged on 1 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5524 RNIB Scotland: Visual Impairment and Learning Disabilities (lodged on 1 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5522 Simclar (Ayrshire) Ltd (lodged on 31 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*, Linda Fabiani*, Bruce Crawford*, Rob Gibson*, Jim Mather*, Fiona Hyslop*, Tricia Marwick*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-5518 National Status for Scots Charities (lodged on 31 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5513 Scottish Environment Week (lodged on 30 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5512 Positive Lives: Positive Response to HIV (lodged on 30 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5501# Awareness of Long-Term Conditions (lodged on 30 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5500 Action on Positional Plagiocephaly (lodged on 29 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5490 Celtic Partnership of Autism Organisations (lodged on 26 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5483 Depleted Uranium Weapons (lodged on 25 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5475# Motor Neurone Disease (lodged on 25 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5474 New Museum and Visitor Attraction Dedicated to Robert Burns (lodged on 25 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5459 Queen Margaret University (lodged on 23 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5458# Autism Parliamentary Network (lodged on 23 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-5448 Cleaner Toilets on Trains (lodged on 23 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5418 Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slave Trade (lodged on 16 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5413 Electric Shock Training Collars for Dogs (lodged on 15 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5411 4th Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (lodged on 12 January 2007) Mike Pringle*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Alex Neil*, Tommy Sheridan*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Ms Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Nora Radcliffe*, Robin Harper*

S2M-5409 Scots Language Dictionaries (lodged on 12 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5405 Scotland Sends Congratulations to Bulgaria and Romania on Joining the European Union (lodged on 10 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5380 VAT on Fresh Fruit Juice (lodged on 9 January 2007) Linda Fabiani*

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