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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5687 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Congratulations to the Scottish Drugs Forum—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Drugs Forum for its very successful conference on 28 February 2007 on drug use and hepatitis C in Scotland; calls on the Scottish Executive to make itself fully aware of the key issues raised at the conference and, in particular, the increased incidence of hepatitis C among people under 40, and further calls on the Executive to ensure that advice on harm reduction and treatment for hepatitis C is easily accessible through a variety of media, taking into consideration all levels of literacy and understanding in any risk group.

Supported by: Campbell Martin*, Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-5685 Scott Barrie on behalf of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill be passed.

*S2M-5684 Scott Barrie on behalf of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee: 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill and European Protected Species—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report, 2007 of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill and European Protected Species (SP Paper 737), and agrees that the construction of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project should not impact on the favourable conservation status of otters.

*S2M-5683 Scott Barrie on behalf of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee: 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment Report on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area—That the Parliament notes the 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment Report on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area (SP Paper 736), and agrees that the construction of the project proposed in the Bill will not adversely affect the integrity of the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area.

S2M-5682*#* 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.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone*, Tommy Sheridan*, Campbell Martin*, David McLetchie*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Dave Petrie*

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, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Murray Tosh*, Eleanor Scott*, Christine Grahame*, Colin Fox*, Bruce Crawford*, Chris Ballance*, John Swinburne*, Ms Maureen Watt*

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, Bruce Crawford*, Ms Sandra White*, John Swinburne*

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, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Shiona Baird*, Bill Butler*, Robin Harper*, Bruce Crawford*, John Swinburne*

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, Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*, Mr Jamie Stone*

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.

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.

Supported by: 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, Mr Jim Wallace*, Chris Ballance*, Helen Eadie*, Shiona Baird*, Trish Godman*, Mr Jamie Stone*

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.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White

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.

Supported by: 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, Shiona Baird*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

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.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White

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.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Jim Wallace, Mike Rumbles, Alex Johnstone, Mike Pringle, Alex Fergusson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-5668 Jackie Baillie: Scotch Whisky - Matured to be Enjoyed Responsibly—That the Parliament congratulates the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) for its work with Alcohol Focus Scotland in addressing the problem of alcohol misuse; welcomes the SWA’s Code of Practice for the Responsible Marketing and Promotion of Scotch Whisky, and applauds the partnership of Scotch Whisky distillers, producers and retailers in their commitment to the development of responsible drinking messages, the promotion of improved alcohol education in the home, school and workplace, the implementation of a zero-tolerance approach to the illegal purchase of alcohol, the creation of a national awareness week, and the piloting by individual companies of low-alcohol alternatives, in order to foster a culture which recognises the benefits of responsible consumption.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Cathie Craigie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Karen Gillon*, Helen Eadie*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Murray Tosh*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Butler*, Fergus Ewing*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Trish Godman*

S2M-5663 Mark Ballard: Save Meadowbank Stadium—That the Parliament expresses concern at the proposed demolition of Meadowbank Stadium, home to the Commonwealth Games of 1970 and 1986; notes that stadia in Berlin, Helsinki, Stockholm and Los Angeles have all been successfully refurbished and all are older than Meadowbank Stadium; notes that the proposed transfer of the stadium to Sighthill would mean that two running tracks, the other at nearby Saughton, would sit on the west of the city, while stadium users from eastern and central Edinburgh would be expected to make a round journey of up to 12 miles and users from East Lothian would largely be excluded on the grounds of travel time and travel expense; rejects the loss of Scotland’s sporting heritage, Meadowbank having been home to Liz McColgan’s first Commonwealth title in 1986 and Lachie Stewart’s Commonwealth 10,000 metres victory over Ron Clarke in 1970 to name but two iconic performances, as well as being the training ground of Yvonne Murray, former European 3,000 metres Champion; notes that Meadowbank Stadium is home to Edinburgh Southern Harriers, currently the best women’s athletics club in the United Kingdom, having won last season’s UK League, a most notable feat for a Scottish club; notes the concerns of football clubs that use Sighthill Park for training; notes the objections of thousands of users, who have signed an ongoing petition, as well as coaches and their athletes who fear loss of facilities at a vital time in their preparations for 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games; notes that the current public consultation does not extend to whether or not local people want the stadium demolished but only consults on ideas for the site when demolition is complete; rejects the logic that new facilities can only be funded by the sell-off of existing facilities; notes that this proposal is at odds with need to tackle Scotland’s appalling health record and growing obesity problem, and calls on the City of Edinburgh Council to work with the Scottish Executive to restore the neglected stadium as it is part of our national sporting heritage.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-5662 Patrick Harvie: Mediation Awareness Roadshow—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Mediation Network on the launch of its mediation awareness roadshow and acknowledges the huge contribution mediation can make in problem solving in a wide range of public arenas, such as the health service, the planning system and neighbour and community disputes, and in family conflict, workplace differences, business and commercial disagreements, disputes about additional support needs and conflicts in schools; appreciates that mediation should always be considered before using the last resort of litigation and calls for independent, impartial and external mediation to be available for everyone working in the Parliament as a model for other workplaces, and calls on the Scottish Executive to recognise the contribution that mediation can make to civic society in every way possible.

Supported by: Rosie Kane, Eleanor Scott, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Shiona Baird, Christine Grahame, Stewart Stevenson, 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, Mr Mark Ruskell

S2M-5657 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Condolences to all at Pennyvenie—That the Parliament notes the tragedy that occurred on Monday 26 February 2007 at Pennyvenie Opencast Coal Mine at Dalmellington which resulted in the deaths of two workers and unites in sending its condolences to their families, friends and workmates and all those involved in the tragedy.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell, Murray Tosh, Campbell Martin, Phil Gallie, Colin Fox, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Rosie Kane, Mr David Davidson, Frances Curran, Chris Ballance, Eleanor Scott, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Fiona Hyslop, John Swinburne, Trish Godman*

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.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie

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, Helen Eadie, Tricia Marwick, Shiona Baird, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, John Scott, Jim Mather, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Charlie Gordon, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop, Marlyn Glen, Carolyn Leckie, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Patrick Harvie, Trish Godman, Dennis Canavan, Frances Curran, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Maureen Watt, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Richard Lochhead, Elaine Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Eleanor Scott

S2M-5631 Hugh Henry: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Robert Brown

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.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan McNeil, Scott Barrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jim Wallace, John Home Robertson, Mr Jamie Stone, David McLetchie, Dennis Canavan, Mr Charlie Gordon, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Jamieson, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Karen Gillon, Bristow Muldoon, John Swinburne, Ms Wendy Alexander, Eleanor Scott, Paul Martin, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Dr Jean Turner, Cathy Peattie, Michael McMahon, Chris Ballance

S2M-5436 Karen Whitefield: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Michael McMahon

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5627 Dialogue on Tibet (lodged on 21 February 2007) Elaine Smith*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

S2M-5504 One Step Beyond Campaign (lodged on 29 January 2007) Dave Petrie*, Margaret Mitchell*

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