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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5720 Margaret Jamieson: Myasthenia Gravis Association—That the Parliament recognises the work that the Myasthenia Gravis Association does to raise awareness of myasthenia gravis, an auto immune disease which is characterised by fluctuating, sometimes fatal, muscle weakness and which, it is estimated, affects one in every 10,000 people in Scotland, and the work it does to raise the funds needed to support sufferers and fund research.

*S2M-5719 Brian Adam on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee: Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament—That the Parliament notes the 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 763) and agrees to its conclusions.

*S2M-5718 Dr Jean Turner: Hospital Car Parking Charges - a Pay Cut for NHS Staff?—That the Parliament expresses great concern about the motives behind car parking charges for hospitals since they penalise NHS staff who have to use their cars to travel to work; notes that, for example, at the Southern General employees are charged double rates (£6 to £12) if they park for more than seven hours in a day; expresses concern that, because charges are only levied during the day, daytime employees will spend up to £2,700 per annum out of their salaries on parking, causing implications for recruitment, retention and morale of existing staff, and calls for the elimination of these charges, which equate to a pay cut for daytime staff only, and for a review of car parking charges for staff which are at present at variance throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Carolyn Leckie*, Colin Fox*, Phil Gallie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Robin Harper*, Campbell Martin*, Brian Adam*, Frances Curran*

*S2M-5717 Dr Jean Turner: Congratulations to St Mary’s Nursery School, Kirkintilloch—That the Parliament congratulates the children and staff of St Mary’s Nursery School in Kirkintilloch for their recent attainment of an Eco Schools bronze award; notes the enthusiasm with which the children have become involved in recycling and caring for their environment, and wishes them well in their efforts to gain a silver award and then the coveted Green Flag.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Alex Johnstone*, Eleanor Scott*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Carolyn Leckie*, Elaine Smith*, Robin Harper*, Frances Curran*

*S2M-5716 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: Promoting Race Equality through Education—That the Parliament acknowledges that the number of non-white ethnic minority pupils in Scotland’s schools has risen by 5% over the last year and that the number of white non-UK pupils has risen by 16%; recognises that ethnic diversity is a fact of Scottish life and that our schools, colleges and universities can play a unique role in creating an equal Scotland where every person can make their fullest contribution to our future economic and social life; notes the Commission for Racial Equality’s manifesto for the next Scottish Parliament, which identifies a range of actions that can help to ensure that our education system delivers for every young person in Scotland, regardless of their ethnicity; considers that, in particular, anti-bullying initiatives should be measured to ensure that they effectively curb racist bullying in schools, more training and ongoing support should be given to education staff at all stages in their careers to enable them to combat more effectively racist incidents in schools and promote race equality and specific equalities education should be built into the national curriculum for excellence to empower young people from all ethnic backgrounds to understand and deal with racial discrimination, and is committed to addressing the racial inequalities that persist in every area of Scottish life and to establishing a Scotland in which every individual feels that they have an equal share.

*S2M-5715# Mike Pringle: The Lack of Park-and-Ride in South Edinburgh—That the Parliament welcomes key public transport improvements being delivered by SEStran including bus priority measures, a bus tracker system and cycleway improvements, but is concerned that key schemes for three park-and-ride sites in south Edinburgh at Straiton, Sherrifhall and Lothianburn have yet to open and that the lack of park-and-ride sites in the south of the city is leading to increased commuter parking in residential streets, where residents’ parking is already made difficult by the extension of the controlled parking scheme.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-5714 Ms Maureen Watt: Mary Slessor Centenary—That the Parliament recognises that this year is the centenary of when the Scottish heroine, Mary Slessor, last set foot on Scottish soil; further recognises that Mary Slessor was born in Aberdeen and raised in poverty in Dundee, completed thirty years of missionary work in the Calabar region of Nigeria, including pioneering women’s rights, before returning to Dundee due to ill health in 1907, and returned to Calabar for a further eight years before her death in 1915 in Nigeria where she was accorded a state funeral, and also recognises the continuing work of the Mary Slessor Foundation which has already raised over £25,000 to continue humanitarian work in Okoyong, Nigeria.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White*, Murdo Fraser*, Christine Grahame*, Phil Gallie*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Murray Tosh*, Stewart Stevenson*, Chris Ballance*, Richard Baker*, Tricia Marwick*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Alex Neil*, Brian Adam*, Eleanor Scott*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr John Swinney*, Trish Godman*, Marlyn Glen*

S2M-5688*#* Richard Lochhead: A Review of Scotland’s Response to Flooding—That the Parliament notes the devastation experienced by communities in Moray and throughout Scotland as a result of flooding in recent years; recognises the increasing threat to the nation of flooding as a result of climate change; believes that it is time for a thorough review of flood management and policy to ensure that Scotland is equipped to respond effectively to flood risks in the 21st century, and notes that the review should include the modernisation of legislation, the roles of engineering and sustainable management approaches in managing flood risk, the relevant funding mechanisms given that small local authorities such as Moray Council must carry an enormous and disproportionate financial burden as a result of nature, and the role of local and national authorities in the delivery of flood management.

Supported by: Ms Maureen Watt*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5451 Withdrawn

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5713 Concerns over "Son of Star Wars" (lodged on 6 March 2007) Christine Grahame*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Chris Ballance*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*, Rob Gibson*, Campbell Martin*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5700 Recognition of Kinship Carers (lodged on 6 March 2007) Chris Ballance*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr David Davidson*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Eleanor Scott*, Derek Brownlee*, Phil Gallie*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Dave Petrie*, Donald Gorrie*, Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-5698 Ferguson’s Shipyard in Port Glasgow (lodged on 6 March 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Mr Charlie Gordon*, Murdo Fraser*, Scott Barrie*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Alex Neil*, Murray Tosh*, Bill Butler*, Christine May*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Duncan McNeil*, Jim Mather*, Chris Ballance*, Elaine Smith*, Donald Gorrie*, Phil Gallie*, Maureen Macmillan*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Peter Peacock*, Colin Fox*, Robin Harper*, Bill Aitken*, Jackie Baillie*, Karen Gillon*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Alex Johnstone*

S2M-5697 Living with Heart Failure (lodged on 6 March 2007) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5689 North Edinburgh Social Action Research Project on Employment (lodged on 5 March 2007) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5687 Congratulations to the Scottish Drugs Forum (lodged on 2 March 2007) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5686♦ Executive to Deliver on Hospital Car Parking Charges Pledge? (lodged on 5 March 2007) John Swinburne*

S2M-5682# Ending of Exemptions for Water and Sewerage Charges for Smaller Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 1 March 2007) Mrs Nanette Milne*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5681 Congratulations to Scottish Museum of Lead Mining (lodged on 1 March 2007) Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5680 Slavery Still Thriving 200 Years On (lodged on 1 March 2007) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-5679 Westminster Vote on Trident (lodged on 1 March 2007) Mr Mark Ruskell*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-5677 "Make a Fresh Start" on No Smoking Day (lodged on 1 March 2007) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Shona Robison*, Christine May*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Donald Gorrie*, Trish Godman*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5676 Reporting and Dealing with Intimidation (lodged on 1 March 2007) Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-5675 Congratulations to Scottish Filmmakers (lodged on 28 February 2007) Donald Gorrie*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-5673 £110 Billion Real Cost of Trident (lodged on 28 February 2007) Michael Matheson*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-5672 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (lodged on 28 February 2007) Mrs Nanette Milne*, John Swinburne*, Derek Brownlee*, Brian Adam*, Phil Gallie*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*, Ms Maureen Watt*

S2M-5670 Royal Highland Showground Relocation (lodged on 28 February 2007) Donald Gorrie*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-5668 Scotch Whisky - Matured to be Enjoyed Responsibly (lodged on 27 February 2007) Margaret Jamieson*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-5637# Changing Places (lodged on 22 February 2007) Mrs Nanette Milne*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Marlyn Glen*, Kate Maclean*

S2M-5618 Bus Connectivity in Scotland and the Competition Commission (lodged on 20 February 2007) Mr Andrew Welsh*, Margaret Jamieson*, Phil Gallie*, Bristow Muldoon*

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

S2M-5519.1 Time to Act (lodged on 5 March 2007) John Swinburne*

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