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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5656 Elaine Smith: Hilton Group Discrimination Against Cuba—That the Parliament regrets the decision of the Hilton hotel group to ban Cuban delegations from its global chain; expresses concern about remarks from a UK spokesperson for the Hilton group that Cubans may be banned from its London hotels; recognises that any such developments would violate domestic UK anti-discrimination laws and EU safeguards against the use of extra-territorial legislation and would be tantamount to a breach of UK sovereignty and an act of racial discrimination; believes that the Scottish Executive should liaise with the UK Government to request that it issues a public statement of opposition to any attempts by the Hilton group or any other US-owned multinational companies to enforce elements of the illegal US embargo of Cuba in the territory of the United Kingdom, and further expects that in the meantime the Executive and its agencies will not use any premises owned and operated by the Hilton group in Scotland for conferences, meetings and other such official functions until it is clarified that the group will not racially discriminate against Cuban nationals.

*S2M-5655 Sarah Boyack: The Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming—That the Parliament acknowledges the progress made to date in implementing the Organic Action Plan; welcomes the increasing consumer demand for Scottish organic produce, the contribution of organic producers in improving the availability of good quality local food at local markets and the contribution of organic producers to sustainable development, and commits to continue to support the organic sector in the future.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*

*S2M-5654 Allan Wilson: The Draft Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007—That the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Nicol Stephen*

*S2M-5653# Christine May: Fairtrade—That the Parliament recognises the focus which Fairtrade Fortnight gives to the local, national and global effects of fair trade; notes that this year’s event is taking place from 26 February to 11 March 2007; welcomes the growing support in Scotland for fair trade, with 27 areas of Scotland having achieved Fairtrade status, including all of Scotland’s cities; notes that all local authority areas have groups working to achieve Fairtrade status; further notes that 40% of people in Scotland regularly buy Fairtrade products and 75% buy a Fairtrade product every year; congratulates the Co-operative Group on providing the first Fairtrade cotton shopping bag; believes that Scotland should continue to campaign to achieve Fairtrade country status, and further believes that such campaigning not only empowers people in the developing world but also empowers the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell*, Margaret Jamieson*, Robin Harper*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Scott Barrie*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Tommy Sheridan*, Christine Grahame*, Michael McMahon*, Karen Whitefield*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5652 Congratulations to Greenpeace (lodged on 23 February 2007) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-5649 Condemnation of North Ayrshire Council (lodged on 23 February 2007) Tommy Sheridan*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5648 Shop Locally - Use it or Lose it Campaign (lodged on 23 February 2007) Shiona Baird*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Mark Ballard*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Robin Harper*, Jim Mather*, Christine Grahame*, Fergus Ewing*

S2M-5646 The Independent Republic of Kelso High School (lodged on 22 February 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5645 Groupcall Message Alert System for Parents of School Children (lodged on 22 February 2007) John Swinburne*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5644 Orange and Vodafone Working Together (lodged on 22 February 2007) Chris Ballance*

S2M-5643 Sale of Weir Pumps (lodged on 22 February 2007) Cathie Craigie*, Scott Barrie*

S2M-5642 A Call for True Transparency (lodged on 22 February 2007) Chris Ballance*

S2M-5640 Recognition of RMT Strike - Recognition of Workplace Agreements (lodged on 22 February 2007) Elaine Smith*

S2M-5637♦ Changing Places (lodged on 22 February 2007) Michael McMahon*

S2M-5636 False Birthday Card Scam (lodged on 21 February 2007) Shiona Baird*

S2M-5618 Bus Connectivity in Scotland and the Competition Commission (lodged on 20 February 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael McMahon*

S2M-5615 They Suffered So That We Might Vote (lodged on 20 February 2007) Michael McMahon*

S2M-5604# International Workers’ Memorial Day (lodged on 19 February 2007) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-5601# Future For Our Post Offices (lodged on 16 February 2007) Dennis Canavan*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5600 Government’s Decision to Pursue a Programme of New Nuclear Power Stations - "Unlawful" (lodged on 16 February 2007) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-5597 Diageo’s Proposal for New Malt Whisky Distillery in Moray (lodged on 15 February 2007) Mr Jamie Stone*, Derek Brownlee*

S2M-5596# Celebrating Success (lodged on 14 February 2007) Michael McMahon*

S2M-5563# ME Charities’ Response to DWP Guidance on ME/CFS (lodged on 7 February 2007) John Swinburne*, Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-5536 Impact of Pfizer’s Change of Wholesale Practice on Scottish Pharmacies (lodged on 2 February 2007) Colin Fox*

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

S2M-5305# Tysabri for People with MS (lodged on 12 December 2006) Elaine Smith*

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