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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-127 Des McNulty: Sustainable Public Transport Systems—That the Parliament believes that Scottish Executive ministers should respect decisions of this Parliament and, in keeping with that key principle, believes that ministers should not delay, substantially alter or cancel strategic transport projects, such as the Edinburgh Tram and Edinburgh Airport Rail Link schemes that have already been subject to parliamentary scrutiny and approval; further believes that any proposed departure from those agreed parliamentary consents should also be subject to parliamentary approval; notes the urgency given that considerable expenditure has already been committed on these schemes, and re-affirms that ministers bear the responsibility for the effective procurement and delivery of major infrastructure projects.

*S3M-126 Hugh Henry: Skills and Vocational Education—That the Parliament recognises the concerns in the business community about the shortage of school leavers proficient in science and technical subjects; believes that there is a role for academic institutions concentrating on vocational skills and science, and calls for the introduction of skills academies and science centres of excellence as a contribution to improving both the skills needed for 21st Century Scotland and the life opportunities for our young people.

*S3M-125 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 June 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement: Higher Education

followed by Executive Debate: Greener

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 Scottish Green Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Sustainable Growth
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Health

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 20 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 21 June 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Lifelong Learning
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-124 John Park: Council of Economic Advisers Representation—That the Parliament supports the important role that constructive industrial relations plays in improving workplace productivity and competitiveness; welcomes the central role that trade unions in partnership with employers can play in ensuring world-class employment standards; recognises the strategic input of trade unions in economic matters in countries such as Ireland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden; believes that trade unions bring expertise and balance to economic debate, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure there is a workplace perspective in the shape of trade union representation in the proposed council of economic advisers or any similar body advising government.

*S3M-123 Jackie Baillie: Peninsula 24 Seven—That the Parliament recognises the disruption caused to the people living on the Rosneath Peninsula due to illegal road blockades carried out by the Faslane 365 protestors; acknowledges that the local community supports the right to peaceful protest; notes however that local people are adversely affected by the road blockades; believes that the protests should not delay or prohibit pupils from getting to school or from sitting examinations and should not delay carers reaching their clients, doctors treating their patients, emergency vehicles accessing the peninsula and teachers getting to school; welcomes the formation of Peninsula 24 Seven, reflecting the voice of the local people in calling for peaceful protest and an end to the road blockades, and believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure that these protests are conducted legally and do not prevent local people going about their daily lives.

*S3M-122 Jackie Baillie: Cutty Sark—That the Parliament recognises the historical importance of the Cutty Sark and its maritime heritage with Scotland; notes that the ship was designed by Hercules Linton of the Dumbarton firm, Scott and Linton, and was completed by William Denny; further notes that it was launched on 22 November 1869 on the River Leven in Dumbarton; considers the Cutty Sark to be the most famous ship in the world as the sole surviving extreme clipper and the only tea clipper still in existence; acknowledges that the Cutty Sark is a memorial to the men of the merchant navy and, in particular, those who gave their lives during the world wars for their country; deeply regrets the fire which destroyed much of the ship, and supports the efforts of the Cutty Sark Trust so that the ship is restored to its former glory.

*S3M-121 Liam McArthur: Underfunding of Orkney Islands Council—That the Parliament notes the disparity of funding provided by the Scottish Executive to the three island councils, with Orkney Islands Council receiving significantly less funding per head of population than that received by the councils in Shetland and the Western Isles; further notes that the challenge Orkney Islands Council faces providing services across their 18 inhabited islands is no less a challenge than that faced in the other two island council areas so that the shortfall in funding is causing severe problems in Orkney; believes that the shared challenges faced by island councils justify all three island councils receiving the levels of funding currently provided to Shetland and the Western Isles, and calls on the Executive to reach agreement with COSLA at the earliest opportunity on a means of bringing Orkney’s funding levels into line with the other two island councils.

*S3M-120 Jamie McGrigor: Dario Franchitti—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s Dario Franchitti on winning the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in the United States of America, part of the IndyCar Series and one of the most famous motor races in the world; notes that, in doing so, he became the first Scot to win the race since Jim Clark in 1965, and wishes Dario Franchitti every success in continuing to fly the flag for Scotland in the USA.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Nanette Milne*, Murdo Fraser*, Elizabeth Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Hume*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, John Lamont*, Brian Adam*, Gavin Brown*, Ted Brocklebank*, Karen Gillon*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-119 John Lamont: Hawick Common Riding—That the Parliament congratulates the Hawick Common Riding for appearing in the Rough Guide’s World Party; recognises the long and significant histories of the common ridings throughout the Borders; notes that common ridings and other Border festivals have been supported by local communities for centuries and are an important part of Borders life, and wishes the organisers and participants every success and enjoyment during the festivities in 2007.

S3M-107 Cathie Craigie: Antonine Centre—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the Antonine Centre at Cumbernauld town centre; congratulates all those who worked so hard to see this development come to fruition; recognises the investment in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth which the Antonine Centre promises; welcomes the new jobs being created through this development; recognises the success of the partnership approach taken by developers, the local authority, Cumbernauld College and local employment agencies; celebrates the huge expansion of new retail opportunities in the Cumbernauld town centre and Wardpark areas, and recognises such developments as a renaissance for the entire Cumbernauld and Kilsyth community.

Supported by: Iain Gray*, Karen Gillon*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael McMahon*

*S3M-107.2 Jamie Hepburn: Antonine Centre—As an amendment to motion (S3M-107) in the name of Cathie Craigie, insert at end "but believes that the Antonine Centre in itself does not provide for a holistic solution to the problems at Cumbernauld town centre, and calls on all relevant stakeholders to formulate a plan for further improvements that will enhance the aesthetic appeal of the town centre and provide for further retail and leisure opportunities, as well as creating a town centre worthy of being the civic heart of the largest town in the North Lanarkshire local authority area."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-118 Linlithgow Rose FC (lodged on 4 June 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-117 Appointment of Gordon Smith as SFA Chief Executive (lodged on 4 June 2007) Karen Gillon*, David Whitton*, Bashir Ahmad*, John Park*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Liam McArthur*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jackie Baillie*, Brian Adam*, Mary Mulligan*, Des McNulty*, Tavish Scott*, Ian McKee*, Ken Macintosh*, Iain Gray*, Bill Butler*, Jamie Hepburn*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-115 Accurate Figures for the Scottish Electorate (lodged on 4 June 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-114 Independent Asylum Commission (lodged on 4 June 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Butler*, Liam McArthur*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-112.1 European Marine Energy Centre - Stromness (lodged on 4 June 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-111# Carers Week 11 to 17 June - Carers’ Rights Guide (lodged on 1 June 2007) Ken Macintosh*, John Scott*, Karen Gillon*, Nanette Milne*, Margaret Mitchell*, Elizabeth Smith*, Michael McMahon*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-110 Village Halls (lodged on 1 June 2007) Karen Gillon*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-109 Dementia Awareness Week 2007 - 4 to 8 June (lodged on 1 June 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-108 Tesco Distribution Depot Workers, Livingston (lodged on 31 May 2007) Iain Gray*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-106 Cumbernauld’s 50th Anniversary (lodged on 31 May 2007) Iain Gray*, Karen Gillon*, Margaret Mitchell*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-105 Nicolson Institute Under-15s Football Team (lodged on 31 May 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-104 Classroom Assistant Action Group (lodged on 31 May 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-103 Grampian Police Pipe Band Centenary (lodged on 30 May 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-102# 30th Anniversaries of Maryhill Housing Association and Queens Cross Housing Association (lodged on 30 May 2007) Michael McMahon*

S3M-100 Football in Dundee (lodged on 30 May 2007) Nigel Don*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-99 Darfur and Chad: Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal (lodged on 30 May 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Iain Gray*, Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Karen Gillon*, Tavish Scott*, Nanette Milne*, Liam McArthur*, Ross Finnie*, Jackie Baillie*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Sarah Boyack*, Ian McKee*, Murdo Fraser*, Brian Adam*, Elaine Murray*, Jim Hume*, Patrick Harvie*, Elaine Smith*, Alex Neil*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Butler*, Jamie Hepburn*, Keith Brown*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-96# Congratulations to Adi Roche (lodged on 30 May 2007) Christine Grahame*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-94 Scottish Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary (lodged on 30 May 2007) Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-91# Autism Parliamentary Network (lodged on 29 May 2007) Jackson Carlaw*, Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-85# Water Rates and Charitable Organisations (lodged on 29 May 2007) Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-82# Re-regulation of Scotland’s Buses (lodged on 24 May 2007) John Park*

S3M-81# Rescue from Moving Water (lodged on 24 May 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-76 Tourism in Inverclyde (lodged on 24 May 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-71 Support for Tesco Lorry Drivers Based at the Livingston Distribution Centre (lodged on 24 May 2007) Christopher Harvie*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*

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

S3M-50.1 The Single Transferable Vote (lodged on 29 May 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

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