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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5675 Susan Deacon: Congratulations to Scottish Filmmakers—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Screen, the national screen agency, and Scotland’s filmmaking talent behind the three films that have been winning awards and making headlines around the world; notes that Red Road and Hallam Foe, both from Glasgow production company, Sigma Films, have won major awards in numerous categories at Cannes, the BAFTA Film Awards and the Berlin Film Festival; further notes that The Last King of Scotland, from Slate Films, won three awards at the recent BAFTA Film Awards and that its lead actor, Forest Whitaker, won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the dictator, Idi Amin, and congratulates all the talented people involved in these films which bring great credit to the film industry in Scotland.

*S2M-5674 Frances Curran: Condemnation of Israeli Occupation Forces’ Actions in Nablus—That the Parliament condemns the actions of the Israeli occupation forces in occupying the West Bank town of Nablus and subjecting it to a curfew over the last three days which has resulted in an estimated 50,000 people being confined to their homes as Israeli troops invade houses and harass civilians; notes that in addition An-Najah National University and all schools have been closed and students instructed to remain in their homes, while Israeli occupation forces have also stormed hospitals preventing employees, ambulances and paramedics from accessing the hospitals, thus compromising patient care; further notes that at least four Palestinians have been killed in these raids, bringing to 5,647 the number of people killed since the start of the second Palestinian uprising in September 2000, the vast majority of these being Palestinians; views Israel’s actions as an attempt to destroy any prospects for a peaceful resolution to the current conflict by sabotaging the formation of a Palestinian national unity government, and calls on Israel to respect the sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza and to halt all such raids.

*S2M-5673 Ms Sandra White: £110 Billion Real Cost of Trident—That the Parliament expresses concern at the findings of the House of Commons Defence Committee which heard that the price of a new Trident system would not be between £15 billion and £20 billion, as stated in the Government’s white paper, but that the total cost of maintaining and replacing Britain’s nuclear weapons would be between £90 billion and £110 billion; believes that, as a result, people have been misinformed as to the real cost of replacing Trident, further adding weight to the overwhelming arguments against replacement, and considers that this should serve to persuade those members in favour of replacement to reappraise their support and to help those members who have not expressed where they stand on this important issue to make a more informed decision.

*S2M-5672 Richard Lochhead: Royal National Lifeboat Institution—That the Parliament pays tribute to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) which in 2006 rescued over 1,000 people for the first time in its 184-year history; notes that 1,049 people were rescued by the brave crews in Buckie and across Scotland; further notes that, as a charity, the RNLI relies on donations of time and money to carry out its vital role, and commends RNLI staff and crew who protect seafarers and those using Scotland’s seas.

*S2M-5671 Cathy Jamieson: Serious Crime Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle that the offence of breaching a Serious Crime Prevention Order should be extended to Scotland and that amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 relating to the use of force in executing search warrants in Scotland under section 387 of that Act and the extension of production orders and search warrants to include cash seizures as set out in the Serious Crime Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 16 February 2007, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5670 Margaret Smith: Royal Highland Showground Relocation—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the feasibility study funded by Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian, the Scottish Executive and the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland on the relocation of the society’s Royal Highland Showground from Ingliston to Norton Park on the other side of the A8; notes that relocation has been found to be necessary because of the proposed expansion of Edinburgh Airport; recognises the considerable contribution that the showground makes to the economy of Edinburgh, and congratulates the society on its commitment to remaining in west Edinburgh.

*S2M-5669.1 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Dealing with Illegal Money Lenders—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5669) in the name of Des McNulty, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes the significant debt problem in Scotland, a problem that is more serious than in the rest of the United Kingdom; recognises that a main cause of Scotland’s debt crisis is the irresponsible actions of legal money lenders; believes that the causes as well as the consequences of unmanageable debt must be addressed; regrets that current consumer legislation at Westminster is inadequate in protecting vulnerable groups from predatory lending; calls for the Parliament to have appropriate powers to deal with Scotland’s distinct debt problem, and further calls for the removal of dwelling homes from the land attachment method of debt recovery, thereby ending the draconian situation of a person’s home being at risk over a small amount of debt."

*S2M-5669.2 Margaret Mitchell: Dealing with Illegal Money Lenders—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5669) in the name of Des McNulty, insert at end "recognises that an increase in the number of police walking our streets would encourage and give people more confidence to report the activities of illegal money lenders in local communities, and believes that tackling personal debt and financial exclusion is an issue of social responsibility."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5668 Scotch Whisky - Matured to be Enjoyed Responsibly (lodged on 27 February 2007) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5663 Save Meadowbank Stadium (lodged on 27 February 2007) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5662 Mediation Awareness Roadshow (lodged on 27 February 2007) Chris Ballance*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Frances Curran*, Donald Gorrie*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Tricia Marwick*, Marlyn Glen*

S2M-5656 Hilton Group Discrimination Against Cuba (lodged on 26 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5653# Fairtrade (lodged on 26 February 2007) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Linda Fabiani*, Donald Gorrie*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-5651 Living Streets (lodged on 23 February 2007) Nora Radcliffe*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5649 Condemnation of North Ayrshire Council (lodged on 23 February 2007) Frances Curran*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-5648 Shop Locally - Use it or Lose it Campaign (lodged on 23 February 2007) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Donald Gorrie*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-5645 Groupcall Message Alert System for Parents of School Children (lodged on 22 February 2007) Frances Curran*, Tommy Sheridan*, Donald Gorrie*

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

S2M-5643 Sale of Weir Pumps (lodged on 22 February 2007) Donald Gorrie*

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

S2M-5639 Fairtrade Fortnight 2007 (lodged on 22 February 2007) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5638 Lights Out for Incandescents Down Under (lodged on 22 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5637# Changing Places (lodged on 22 February 2007) Helen Eadie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Nora Radcliffe*, Chris Ballance*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Linda Fabiani*, Donald Gorrie*, Karen Gillon*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S2M-5636 False Birthday Card Scam (lodged on 21 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5635 Donaldson’s College (lodged on 21 February 2007) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5634 Congratulations to CRANES, Aberdeen (lodged on 21 February 2007) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5633 Switching to Energy-Saving Light Bulbs (lodged on 21 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5627 Dialogue on Tibet (lodged on 21 February 2007) Rosie Kane*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5618 Bus Connectivity in Scotland and the Competition Commission (lodged on 20 February 2007) Fergus Ewing*, Donald Gorrie*, Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-5615 They Suffered So That We Might Vote (lodged on 20 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5606 Junior Chamber International (lodged on 19 February 2007) Donald Gorrie*

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

S2M-5601# Future For Our Post Offices (lodged on 16 February 2007) Margaret Jamieson*, Richard Baker*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Christine May*, Rosie Kane*, Karen Gillon*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-5597 Diageo’s Proposal for New Malt Whisky Distillery in Moray (lodged on 15 February 2007) Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-5591 Scottish NHS Treatment and Care of Former Servicemen and Women (lodged on 14 February 2007) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Nora Radcliffe*, Pauline McNeill*, Richard Lochhead*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Mr Jim Wallace*

S2M-5563# ME Charities’ Response to DWP Guidance on ME/CFS (lodged on 7 February 2007) Frances Curran*, Mrs Nanette Milne*

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

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