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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 (u ).

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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5682u John Scott: Ending of Exemptions for Water and Sewerage Charges for Smaller Voluntary Organisations—That the Parliament notes the position of the Scottish Executive, as detailed in its Consultation Analysis of the Non-Household Water Charges - Changes to The Current Charging Arrangement, that it has no plans to extend beyond 2010 the exemption from water and sewerage charges granted to smaller voluntary organisations, or to establish a replacement for it when it expires; further believes that the ending of the exemption will place very considerable financial pressure on smaller voluntary organisations and churches in Ayrshire and across Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should extend the present exemption arrangements beyond 2010.

*S2M-5681 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Congratulations to Scottish Museum of Lead Mining—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Scottish Executive to agree funding of up to £30,000 to enable the Scottish Museum of Lead Mining in Dumfries and Galloway to reopen its doors to the public on 31 March 2007; notes the work of the museum, which opened in 1974 and attracts around 12,000 visitors every year, in preserving around 300 years’ worth of mining heritage; acknowledges that the Wanlockhead Miners’ Library is the second oldest subscription library in Scotland and indeed Europe, was established on 1 November 1756 by 32 men and houses a stock of ancient books that will continue to be made available to the public, and recognises that this museum provides a unique understanding of one of Scotland’s oldest industries for current and future generations.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, Campbell Martin*

*S2M-5680 Tommy Sheridan: Slavery Still Thriving 200 Years On—That the Parliament notes with dismay the latest findings of a report by the University of Hull and Anti-Slavery International for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that, 200 years after a Parliamentary Bill was passed on 25 March 1807 to abolish the slave trade in the former British Empire, modern day slavery is still thriving today in Britain and throughout the world; notes that 2.4 million people, half of them children, are being sold into slavery every year according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and that an estimated 12 million people may be working as slaves; notes that the researchers found that trafficking into the United Kingdom for sexual or domestic labour involves hundreds or even thousands of women and children and that some children, in particular those from African countries, are trafficked through the UK to other countries; notes that the ILO and UNICEF suggest that in 2004 some 218 million children were trapped in child labour worldwide and, of these, by 2006 some 171 million were engaged in hazardous work including in factories, mines and agriculture; notes also that in 2003 an estimated 3 to 4.5 million people were living in the European Union without legal papers, with an estimated 400,000 people a year being trafficked into member states; supports the report’s recommendations for national action to be complemented by international law and collaborative action, policy and service responses which regard those in slavery as victims first and foremost, a more robust stance against the exploiters and proper resources for enforcement agencies, and notes that, since the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004, there has yet to be a single prosecution brought for trafficking for labour exploitation.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Roseanna Cunningham*

*S2M-5679 Chris Ballance: Westminster Vote on Trident—That the Parliament urges Members of the Westminster Parliament to vote "No" on 14 March 2007 to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair’s, proposal to replace Trident submarines.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, Colin Fox*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Sandra White*, Campbell Martin*, Mark Ballard*

*S2M-5678 Brian Adam on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee: Breach of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Complaint against Brian Monteith MSP (SP Paper 758) and agrees to impose the sanction recommended in the report that Brian Monteith MSP be excluded from all meetings of the Parliament and all meetings of its committees for the first five sitting days immediately after this motion is agreed.

*S2M-5677 Mr Stewart Maxwell: "Make a Fresh Start" on No Smoking Day—That the Parliament notes that 14 March 2007 is No Smoking Day; applauds the efforts of the No Smoking Day charity in its mission to support smokers who want to stop; commends the "Make a Fresh Start" theme of this year’s event; notes that after a person stops smoking they have improved skin, fresher breath, cleaner teeth, an improved sense of taste and smell, improved circulation and reduced blood pressure, and notes with interest that smoking can create hormonal imbalances which decrease libido.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Scott Barrie*, Robin Harper*, John Swinburne*, Richard Lochhead*, Eleanor Scott*, Carolyn Leckie*, Jim Mather*, Nora Radcliffe*

*S2M-5676 Donald Gorrie: Reporting and Dealing with Intimidation—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive, local authorities, health authorities, the fire and ambulance authorities, all organisations and firms in the retail industry, all the trade unions involved in all these areas of work and the police first to combine in a major campaign to ensure that all incidents of violence towards, or intimidation or harassment of, staff are reported and catalogued and then, based on this more accurate information, to launch a sustained nationwide campaign to stamp out the unacceptable abuse, threats and violence towards people who are trying to fulfil their task of serving the public, and calls for a simultaneous campaign to work with young people, families, schools, youth and community organisations and the police to report bullying, intimidation or harassment of young people by gangs or individuals and to co-operate in supporting people who have been bullied, responding more quickly to incidents, getting the bullies to behave better and providing all young people with more positive recreational opportunities.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5675 Congratulations to Scottish Filmmakers (lodged on 28 February 2007) Fergus Ewing*, Tommy Sheridan*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Pauline McNeill*, Karen Gillon*, Campbell Martin*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mike Rumbles*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Colin Fox*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Butler*, Alex Fergusson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Tricia Marwick*, Scott Barrie*, John Swinburne*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Christine Grahame*, Richard Lochhead*, Elaine Smith*, Bruce Crawford*, Bristow Muldoon*, Jackie Baillie*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5674 Condemnation of Israeli Occupation Forces’ Actions in Nablus (lodged on 28 February 2007) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5673 £110 Billion Real Cost of Trident (lodged on 28 February 2007) Tommy Sheridan*, Alex Neil*, Bruce Crawford*, Chris Ballance*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Eleanor Scott*, Rob Gibson*, Fergus Ewing*, Robin Harper*, Colin Fox*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Tricia Marwick*, John Swinburne*, Richard Lochhead*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-5672 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (lodged on 28 February 2007) Stewart Stevenson*, Mr David Davidson*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5670 Royal Highland Showground Relocation (lodged on 28 February 2007) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Mike Rumbles*, Alex Johnstone*, Mike Pringle*, Alex Fergusson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*

S2M-5662 Mediation Awareness Roadshow (lodged on 27 February 2007) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-5657 Condolences to all at Pennyvenie (lodged on 27 February 2007) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Fiona Hyslop*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5653# Fairtrade (lodged on 26 February 2007) Elaine Smith*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5651 Living Streets (lodged on 23 February 2007) Mr Mark Ruskell*, Bruce Crawford*

S2M-5648 Shop Locally - Use it or Lose it Campaign (lodged on 23 February 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-5645 Groupcall Message Alert System for Parents of School Children (lodged on 22 February 2007) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-5643 Sale of Weir Pumps (lodged on 22 February 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-5637# Changing Places (lodged on 22 February 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-5627 Dialogue on Tibet (lodged on 21 February 2007) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-5618 Bus Connectivity in Scotland and the Competition Commission (lodged on 20 February 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

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

S2M-5614# Lochgelly Welcomes Fife Women’s Technology Centre (lodged on 20 February 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-5609# Unfair Annual Railway Season Ticket Charging Policy (lodged on 20 February 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-5601# Future For Our Post Offices (lodged on 16 February 2007) John Swinburne*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Eleanor Scott*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-5591 Scottish NHS Treatment and Care of Former Servicemen and Women (lodged on 14 February 2007) Eleanor Scott*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-5569 Investment in Building Affordable Rented Homes (lodged on 8 February 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-5413 Electric Shock Training Collars for Dogs (lodged on 15 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5401 Hospitals Need More Capacity (lodged on 10 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5400 Covenanters’ Field, Bothwell (lodged on 10 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5373 Concern Over New Glasgow Children’s Hospital (lodged on 21 December 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5370 Involving Young People in Community Councils (lodged on 21 December 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5366# Nominated Neighbour Scheme (lodged on 20 December 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5357 Recognition and Support for Carers (lodged on 20 December 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5345 Climate Change and Planning (lodged on 18 December 2006) Dr Jean Turner*

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