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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-261 Jackie Baillie: European Cheer—That the Parliament welcomes improvements to EU spirit drinks legislation approved by the European Parliament that will provide a clearer definition of whisky, assisting whisky distillers to tackle unfair and misleading practices overseas; recognises that under the new law traditional practices will be reflected, so that whisky cannot be flavoured or sweetened, and congratulates the Scotch Whisky Association for its effective campaign to ensure the highest level of protection for Scotch whisky.

*S3M-260 Sandra White: Pingat Jasa Medal—That the Parliament extends its fullest support to the veterans and families of veterans involved in the continuing struggle to gain the right to wear the Pingat Jasa Medal, the Malaysian service medal, awarded to Commonwealth forces who served Malaysia in its fight to preserve its newly won independence against terror and aggression between 1957 and 1966 for distinguished chivalry, gallantry, sacrifice or loyalty in upholding Peninsula of Malaya or Malaysian sovereignty during the period of emergency and confrontation; believes that the refusal to grant permission to wear the medal is an insult to all the British servicemen and women who defended Malaysia in its hour of need and to the Malaysian government which issued the medal; notes that Australian and New Zealand veterans have received royal assent to accept and wear the medal, and calls on the British Honours and Decorations Committee to overturn its decision.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Angela Constance*

*S3M-259 Aileen Campbell: Scottish Maritime Museum—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Maritime Museum whose entire collection in Irvine has been recognised as being of national significance under the new Recognition Scheme for museums; understands that the museum holds important collections of documents, books, plans and photographs relating to Scotland’s maritime heritage, including the Linthouse Engine Shed; understands the significance of collections like these for the continued preservation of our Scottish maritime culture and heritage, and congratulates all who work in the museum for their dedication and hard work to make this museum such a success.

*S3M-258 Malcolm Chisholm: Industrial Action, NCP Edinburgh—That the Parliament notes that parking attendants in City of Edinburgh Council, contracted by NCP and members of the T&G section of Unite, have democratically voted to take industrial action to highlight their fight for a living wage; acknowledges that these workers currently earn below £12,000 per annum and have rejected a paltry increase of roughly 30 pence per hour; supports the workers’ demand for £14,000 per annum rising to £18,000 over five years, reflecting a living wage for many members and their families struggling to manage the cost of living in Scotland’s most expensive city; recognises that parking attendants in Glasgow City Council earn £18,000 per annum; deplores the actions of NCP which is drafting in non-union labour from England to break the strike, and calls on NCP to renegotiate with the T&G section of Unite and grant the workers’ modest pay demands.

*S3M-257 Bill Wilson: A726 - Scotland’s Most Dangerous Road—That the Parliament notes that the A726 has been described as Scotland’s most dangerous road according to the Road Safety Foundation’s European Road Assessment Programme; notes the 37 serious incidents on that road, which is only four miles long, between 2000 and 2005; further notes, with deep regret, the loss of life associated with these occurrences, and believes that the Scottish Executive should examine all available measures to reduce the risk of such accidents.

*S3M-256 Patricia Ferguson: Scotland’s Representation in the European Parliament—That the Parliament notes that, following the enlargement of the European Union and the reduction in the overall number of UK Members of the European Parliament, the Electoral Commission has proposed a cut in the number of Scottish MEPs; while welcoming the new EU member states, believes that the proposed cut from seven to six MEPs would be detrimental to Scotland’s interests, and further believes that Scotland’s particular geographical circumstances and its devolved system of government suggest that Scottish representation should not be reduced as suggested and that the Electoral Commission should take these factors into account when making its recommendation to the UK Government.

*S3M-255 Bill Kidd: Analogue to Digital Television Switchover—That the Parliament expresses concern that, with less than one year to go, 24% of Scotland’s population is not prepared for the switchover from analogue to digital television; expresses further concern that Scotland is behind Wales in its take-up of digital television; urges Ofcom to better inform Scotland’s population about the switchover, and calls on the UK Government to make funding available to those who cannot afford to switch over.

*S3M-252.1 David McLetchie: The Draft Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—As an amendment to motion (S3M-252) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "and, in so doing, requests the Scottish Government to invite Her Majesty’s Government to consider complementary legislative measures to protect environmentally sensitive sites such as the Firth of Forth."

Supported by: John Scott*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-253 Importance of Democracy in Palestine (lodged on 26 June 2007) Keith Brown*, Brian Adam*, Dave Thompson*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-250♦ Positive Behaviour Orders (lodged on 26 June 2007) Keith Brown*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-245 Hospital Car Parking Charges (lodged on 26 June 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Keith Brown*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-242 Freedom of Information (lodged on 25 June 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*

S3M-235 RNID Report, Here to be Heard, on Information for Hearing Aid Users (lodged on 25 June 2007) John Park*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*

S3M-234 Social Aspect of Bingo Clubs and VAT (lodged on 25 June 2007) Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-231 Congratulations to West Lothian Council (lodged on 22 June 2007) Patricia Ferguson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-230 Fife Schools’ Success in Scottish Education Awards (lodged on 22 June 2007) Jack McConnell*, Trish Godman*

S3M-228 Women and Human Trafficking (lodged on 21 June 2007) Patricia Ferguson*, Jack McConnell*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-226 Success of Nicolson Institute Debating Team (lodged on 21 June 2007) Hugh Henry*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-225 Glasgow Sleepout (lodged on 21 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-224 Blair, Middle East Envoy (lodged on 21 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-223 Congratulations to Scottish Under-20 Football Team (lodged on 21 June 2007) Jack McConnell*, David Whitton*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-222 Welcome for the Cervical Cancer Vaccine (lodged on 21 June 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-216 Melrose Book Festival (lodged on 21 June 2007) Jim Hume*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Aitken*, Trish Godman*

S3M-214 EU Ban on Cat and Dog Fur (lodged on 20 June 2007) Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-200 Congratulations to Lawside Academy (lodged on 19 June 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-193 St Patrick’s Primary School, Shotts - First Forest School in North Lanarkshire (lodged on 18 June 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-191 Living Below The Radar (lodged on 18 June 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-180 Congratulations to Belmont Academy (lodged on 13 June 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-175 Barnardo’s Work in Dundee (lodged on 13 June 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-162.1 Car Parking Charges Review (lodged on 20 June 2007) Hugh Henry*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-159 The Continued Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi (lodged on 12 June 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-157 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (lodged on 12 June 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-147# National Diabetes Week, 10 to 16 June 2007 (lodged on 8 June 2007) Jack McConnell*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-117 Appointment of Gordon Smith as SFA Chief Executive (lodged on 4 June 2007) Jack McConnell*

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