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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-93 Stewart Stevenson: Abolition of Bridge Tolls—That the Parliament recognises the concerns of residents and businesses who have been unfairly treated by the retention of tolls on the Forth and Tay road bridges when similar tolls were removed elsewhere; and that in the interests of fairness supports the removal of the tolls from the Forth and Tay road bridges as soon as is practicable and notes the government’s intention to engage in dialogue to pursue this objective with the Forth Estuary Transport Authority and the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-92♦ Claire Baker: Recognising Success in the Voluntary Sector—That the Parliament congratulates CVS Fife and Adam Smith College on being awarded the Partnership Award at the inaugural annual Third Force News (TFN) Charity Awards; recognises their huge contribution to the voluntary sector in Fife through the promotion of a programme of free training; notes their successful partnership with local public and private sector organisations to achieve this and believes that they should be supported in building on this excellent work in the future; further recognises that the awards highlight the significant contribution that the voluntary sector makes to Scottish society, and believes that the sector should receive continued support and investment.

*S3M-91♦ Nanette Milne: Autism Parliamentary Network—That the Parliament affirms its commitment to work during the new Parliamentary session to improve the lives of people with autistic spectrum disorder; is concerned that, while progress has been made, individuals with autistic spectrum disorder still experience difficulties in accessing the appropriate services and support necessary for them to fulfil their potential, both in Aberdeenshire and across Scotland, and welcomes the development of an Autism Parliamentary Network, co-ordinated by the National Autistic Society Scotland, which will serve as an information channel to support Members of the Scottish Parliament in their endeavours to create a society where autism is fully understood and where people with autistic spectrum disorder are fully respected and supported and receive timely, quality services that are appropriate to their individual needs.

*S3M-90 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Rule 2.3.1—That the Parliament agrees the following dates under Rule 2.3.1: 30 June - 2 September 2007 (inclusive), 6 - 21 October 2007 (inclusive), 22 December 2007 - 4 January 2008 (inclusive), 9 - 17 February 2008 (inclusive), 29 March - 13 April 2008 (inclusive) and 28 June - 31 August 2008 (inclusive).

*S3M-89 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Office of the Clerk—That the Parliament agrees that between 1 June 2007 and 31 August 2008, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 30 November 2007, 24 December (pm), 25 and 26 December 2007, 1 and 2 January 2008, 21 and 24 March 2008, 5 May, 23 and 26 May 2008.

*S3M-88 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 June 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement: Future of Accident and Emergency Units at Ayr and Monklands Hospitals

followed by Executive Debate: Safer and Stronger

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 7 June 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Wellbeing;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

followed by Establishment of Committees

followed by Executive Debate: Sex Offenders

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 13 June 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 14 June 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Sustainable Growth;
Justice and Law Officers

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-87 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 31 May 2007—


9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions


followed by Executive Business


followed by Executive Debate: Rural Development Programme

*S3M-86# Michael Matheson: Johnston Newspapers Decision to Stop Printing in Falkirk—That the Parliament condemns the decision by Johnston Newspapers to cease operations in printing the Falkirk Herald in Falkirk from August 2007; notes that Johnston Newspapers was founded in Falkirk and for over 200 years has continuously printed the Falkirk Herald in Falkirk, making it the largest-selling local newspaper in Scotland, and believes that the decision should be re-evaluated and that the same loyalty should be shown to the workforce and town of Falkirk as has been shown to Johnston Newspapers by the people of Falkirk district.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-85♦ Hugh O’Donnell: Water Rates and Charitable Organisations—That the Parliament notes the likely impact of water rates on charitable organisations across central Scotland, such as Kildrum Parish Church and the British Heart Foundation in Cumbernauld, once the present rate exemption scheme ends in 2010; acknowledges that a wide range of voluntary and church-based organisations in central Scotland and nationwide have enjoyed rate relief on water and sewerage charges for activities on their premises, and considers that the excellent work done by charities in communities all across Scotland should be recognised and that the long-term future of the many organisations that would be burdened with water and sewerage rates should be supported and safeguarded by the exemption period being extended beyond 2010.

*S3M-84 Margo MacDonald: Parliamentary Development—That the Parliament believes that under its auspices a non-policy-making research, development and monitoring unit should be established to report on the effectiveness of the Parliament’s present powers and relationships as defined in the Scotland Act 1998 and to probe whether these need amendment in the light of changes to EU powers, to investigate areas which may benefit from changes to or extension of the powers conferred by the Scotland Act because of technological or other reasons, to report on the Memorandum of Understanding and Co-operation and the relationships with the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly, on an issue-by-issue basis, without prescription or proscription, to examine how different levels of autonomy, including sovereignty, might affect public services and, using the Parliament’s resources, to publicise the outcome of such investigation.

S3M-80*#* Christine Grahame: Can’t Afford to Foster—That the Parliament recognises the valuable contribution made by Scotland’s foster carers; notes with concern that there is a shortage of 1,700 fostering households in Scotland, including in the Scottish Borders; further notes that, at a time when more children, many of whom display challenging behaviour, are living with foster carers than at any other time, 37% of foster carers receive no payment at all while two-thirds of those who are paid receive less than the minimum wage, and accordingly considers that the fostering network should be supported as a matter of priority.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Ian McKee*, Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alex Neil*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Ken Macintosh*, Robin Harper*, Patrick Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-72*#* Bob Doris: Glasgow Milton and Chirnsyde Community Initiative—That the Parliament praises the continued courage and determination of the local community in the Glasgow Milton area in standing up against organised crime; thanks community activists who have worked tirelessly to ensure that community facilities provided in the area are safe for the local community to use, and looks forward to the speedy reopening of the Chirnsyde Community Initiative with a new management committee that will provide a range of much-needed local services for the people of Milton and Ashfield.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-59*#* Andrew Welsh: Tartan Day Celebrations—That the Parliament compliments the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, the Scottish Executive, Angus Council and other Scottish local authorities for their work in developing the concept of Tartan Day, which marks an annual celebration of the historical enactment of the Arbroath Declaration made on 6 April 1320 and seeks to renew the close historical, cultural, trading and other links between Scotland and the rest of the world, with particular attention being paid to countries where the Scottish diaspora is greatest and encourages the development of individual and international friendship and goodwill through Tartan Day celebrations.

Supported by: David McLetchie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jeremy Purvis*

S3M-50 Kenneth Gibson: The Single Transferable Vote—That the Parliament considers that the single transferable vote deeply disadvantages candidates with surnames towards the end of the alphabet when two or more candidates from a single party stand in the same council ward; is aware that in Cunninghame North, in the eight instances that two or more candidates from either the Conservative, Labour or Scottish National party stood, in every case the candidate whose surname came first in the alphabet obtained a much higher number of votes for that ward than colleagues whose surnames were further on in the alphabet; notes that the bigger the alphabetic gap the bigger the gulf in votes; is aware that this took place even on the two occasions where surnames were grouped by party and that the pattern was repeated elsewhere in Scotland, and therefore resolves, in the interests of fairness, that where more than one candidate from a party stands, their position on the ballot paper should be decided by lottery.

*S3M-50.1 Bill Wilson: The Single Transferable Vote—As an amendment to motion (S3M-50) in the name of Kenneth Gibson, leave out "lottery" and insert "the party submitting their names."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-83 Scottish Rural Development Plan (lodged on 24 May 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-82♦ Re-regulation of Scotland’s Buses (lodged on 24 May 2007) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-81# Rescue from Moving Water (lodged on 24 May 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Mary Scanlon*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Alasdair Allan*, Ian McKee*, Patrick Harvie*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Gil Paterson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-79# Read All About It (lodged on 24 May 2007) Christine Grahame*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Patrick Harvie*, Robert Brown*, Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-78# Glasgow Chinese School 35th Anniversary (lodged on 24 May 2007) Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Jackie Baillie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robert Brown*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-77 Congratulations to Queen’s Park FC on Promotion to the 2nd Division (lodged on 24 May 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Brian Adam*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Butler*, Des McNulty*, Michael McMahon*, Bob Doris*, Bill Aitken*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-75# Road Safety on the A90 at Laurencekirk (lodged on 24 May 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Jim Hume*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-73# Motor Neurone Disease (lodged on 24 May 2007) David McLetchie*, Robin Harper*

S3M-71 Support for Tesco Lorry Drivers Based at the Livingston Distribution Centre (lodged on 24 May 2007) Christina McKelvie*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Ian McKee*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Brian Adam*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-63# Implementation of the Glasgow Crossrail Scheme (lodged on 22 May 2007) Robin Harper*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S3M-60 Barnardo’s Child Poverty Briefing (lodged on 22 May 2007) Robert Brown*

S3M-58 Dumfries House (lodged on 22 May 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-56 National Epilepsy Week (lodged on 22 May 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-53 Nuclear Power (lodged on 22 May 2007) Bill Kidd*

S3M-51 Israeli-Palestinian Relations (lodged on 22 May 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*, Robin Harper*

S3M-47# Threatened Post Office Closures (lodged on 22 May 2007) Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-46 Roman Antonine Guard (lodged on 22 May 2007) Robin Harper*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-44 A Secure Future for Crichton Campus (lodged on 22 May 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-42 Congratulations to Dundee’s Grove Academy (lodged on 22 May 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-40 Education is a Human Right (lodged on 22 May 2007) Robert Brown*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Robin Harper*

S3M-39# Expanding Higher Education Provision at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries (lodged on 22 May 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-37# Success of Community Warden Scheme in North West Dumfries (lodged on 22 May 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-30 UK Credit Options Conference (lodged on 17 May 2007) Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-29# Alimta for Mesothelioma Sufferers (lodged on 17 May 2007) Sarah Boyack*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mary Scanlon*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-25 Support for Edinburgh Trams Project (lodged on 16 May 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-11 Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 13 to 19 May 2007 (lodged on 15 May 2007) Mr Jamie Stone*

S3M-7 Trams for Edinburgh (lodged on 14 May 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-5# Galashiels Crown Post Office (lodged on 10 May 2007) Bashir Ahmad*

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