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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-286♦ John Scott: Christian Aid Cut the Carbon March—That the Parliament congratulates Christian Aid on its Cut the Carbon march, beginning on 14 July 2007 in Belfast and ending on 2 October 2007 in London, which aims to highlight the impact of global warming on poorer communities across the world and, in particular, the threat of increased drought, disease and food shortages as a result of climate change.

*S3M-285 Margaret Mitchell: Scottish Spina Bifida Association Centre, Cumbernauld—That the Parliament acknowledges the vital work carried out by the Scottish Spina Bifida Association by providing the only specialist family support service for spina bifida and hydrocephalus in Scotland; welcomes the new family support centre in Cumbernauld which has allowed the association to expand its support services to best meet users’ needs by providing a relaxing environment for families to visit and training, recreation and support services; congratulates the association on the creation of a specialist telemedicine suite which is the first to be located outwith a hospital setting and which enables those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus to receive medical advice from health professionals based across the United Kingdom; recognises that Scotland has more live births with spina bifida per head of population than anywhere else in the UK, resulting in one pregnancy per week in Scotland being affected by spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, and notes that taking folic acid supplements at the correct recommended dose could prevent over 75% of those pregnancies from being affected.

*S3M-284 Christine Grahame: The Wilson Doctrine—That the Parliament notes that the Wilson Doctrine, developed in the late 1960s, banned the tapping of MPs’ and peers’ telephones; further notes that in 2006, following representations to have the doctrine revoked, the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, rejected revocation after a backbench rebellion and that this remains the position to this day; notes with concern that the Wilson Doctrine does not apply to MSPs, and considers that duly elected members of the Scottish Parliament should be offered the same protection from intrusion as applies to duly elected members of the Westminster government in the interests of performing their public duty free from covert surveillance and in the interests of democracy.

*S3M-283 Mary Scanlon: Thomas Telford Celebrations—That the Parliament notes that 9 August 2007 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Telford, known as "pontifex maximus", the high priest of bridges; further notes that in the Highlands alone Thomas Telford was responsible for the building of over 1,200 miles of roads, many harbours and churches and over 1,000 bridges, one of which was the Craigellachie bridge in Moray which spans the River Spey; notes that, when completed in 1815, this 150ft bridge was regarded as one of the finest cast iron bridges in Britain as it still is; supports Moray Council in the celebrations it has organised to celebrate the life and works of an engineer whose structures are still much admired almost two centuries after their completion, and further supports the Institution of Civil Engineers for awarding the bridge International Landmark status, becoming one of only 200 buildings in the world to be awarded this prestigious status and joining the ranks of the Eiffel Tower and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Jackson Carlaw*, Murdo Fraser*, Elaine Murray*, Jamie Stone*, Jamie McGrigor*, Robin Harper*, Ted Brocklebank*, Nanette Milne*, John Lamont*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Margaret Mitchell*, Stuart McMillan*

*S3M-282 Stefan Tymkewycz: Third Green Flag for Portobello High School—That the Parliament congratulates Portobello High School for being the first secondary school in Scotland to achieve the prestigious Eco Schools Green Flag status for the third time; applauds the dedication and commitment of pupils and teachers in all departments at Portobello High School in working towards integrating sustainable development issues into its curriculum; notes that over 2,500 schools in Scotland are now registered for the Eco Schools programme, and commends the programme for its successful work in encouraging whole-school action for the environment.

Supported by: George Foulkes*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-281 Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Variation of Age Limit for Sale of Tobacco etc. and Consequential Modifications) Order 2007—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Variation of Age Limit for Sale of Tobacco etc. and Consequential Modifications) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Shona Robison*

*S3M-280 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2007—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-279 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Licensing (Mandatory Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Licensing (Mandatory Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-278 Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-277 Robin Harper: Local People Leading—That the Parliament congratulates Local People Leading on the publication of its manifesto; recognises the importance of putting power in the hands of local communities and, committing to the principle of decentralisation, calls on the Scottish Executive to review and extend the scope of land reform with a view to extending the right to buy so that all communities can benefit, and asks that consideration be given to extending discretion for public sector bodies to dispose of assets into community ownership without seeking ministerial approval, on the new English model.

*S3M-276 Sandra White: Welcome Freedom, Lasting Peace—That the Parliament expresses great relief and delight at the release of the BBC’s correspondent, Alan Johnston, who had been kidnapped and held captive for over three months in Gaza City, Palestine; notes the comments of Mr Johnston, who said that Hamas’s seizure of power in Gaza and its subsequent pledge to improve security in the territory had facilitated his release; welcomes the important role that the Hamas government played in securing his release, and believes that this act and the subsequent acknowledgment of Hamas’s crucial role by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, should serve as a springboard to facilitate discussion with the Hamas government over the crucial issues which need to be addressed in order to achieve lasting peace in the region.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christine Grahame*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Christopher Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-275 Aileen Campbell: Human Rights Education is Itself a Human Right—That the Parliament supports the development of A Curriculum for Excellence and the emphasis placed on responsible citizenship as one of the four purposes; further notes that human rights represents an internationally accepted framework for structuring discussion on values and respect for others and that the Convention on the Rights of the Child provides an ideal structure for teachers seeking to foster these crucial social skills; notes that many other countries make specific reference to learning about human rights, and therefore hopes that the final curriculum proposals will include specific reference to human rights.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Robert Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*

*S3M-274 Bashir Ahmad: Glasgow Airport Attacks—That the Parliament condemns and shows its disgust at the atrocious attack on Glasgow Airport on Saturday 30 June 2007; praises the emergency services and the people of Scotland for their excellent response in the face of adversity; notes that such acts are clearly the actions of evil individuals and in no way reflect the thoughts or will of the community they come from which has been quick to condemn Saturday’s attack, and further notes that communities across Scotland will be standing united against terror at 2.00 pm on Saturday 7 July in George Square, Glasgow.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Liam McArthur*, Bill Wilson*, Christine Grahame*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Stuart McMillan*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Bob Doris*, Jim Tolson*, Robin Harper*, Cathie Craigie*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Keith Brown*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Pauline McNeill*, Nigel Don*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Aitken*, Jackson Carlaw*, Margaret Smith*, Alasdair Allan*, Robert Brown*, Alex Neil*, Dave Thompson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*

*S3M-273# Brian Adam: MacMillan Cancer Support’s Recovered but not Covered Campaign—That the Parliament condemns the extortionate premiums charged by many travel insurance firms to cancer patients or persons with a history of cancer treatment, which often lead to their travel insurance prices being considerably higher than journey costs; acknowledges that this problem will worsen with growing numbers of people diagnosed with cancer and living longer who want or need to travel; recognises its impact on patients and their families in Aberdeen North and elsewhere in Scotland; furthermore supports MacMillan Cancer Support’s Recovered but not Covered campaign which seeks to make it easier for people affected by cancer to get fair travel insurance prices, and welcomes joint research between MacMillan and the Royal Bank of Scotland to investigate how cancer sufferers can obtain fairer travel insurance, but considers that these discriminatory and insensitive charges should be ended by other insurance companies.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Michael McMahon*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*, Ian McKee*, Christina McKelvie*, Elaine Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Sandra White*, Cathie Craigie*, Dave Thompson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-272 HMIE Report on Services for Children of Asylum Seekers (lodged on 29 June 2007) Mr Jamie Stone*, Bob Doris*, Ross Finnie*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Liam McArthur*, Bill Wilson*, Elaine Smith*, Alex Neil*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-271 SPL Call for Lifting of Alcohol Ban for Football Fans (lodged on 29 June 2007) Cathie Craigie*, George Foulkes*, Elaine Murray*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-270 Sing When You’re Winning (lodged on 29 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-268 Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline (lodged on 28 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-266 Ticket Prices for France v Scotland (lodged on 28 June 2007) Brian Adam*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Liam McArthur*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*, Bill Wilson*, Sandra White*, Keith Brown*

S3M-263 1st Methil Girls’ Brigade Success and Gift Aid (lodged on 28 June 2007) Mr Jamie Stone*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-262 Scottish Railway Preservation Society (lodged on 28 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-261 European Cheer (lodged on 27 June 2007) Mr Jamie Stone*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-260 Pingat Jasa Medal (lodged on 27 June 2007) Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Ian McKee*, Liam McArthur*, Patrick Harvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Jackson Carlaw*, Alex Neil*, John Lamont*

S3M-256.1 Scotland’s Representation in the European Parliament (lodged on 28 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-250♦ Positive Behaviour Orders (lodged on 26 June 2007) Bill Wilson*

S3M-245 Hospital Car Parking Charges (lodged on 26 June 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-236 Devolved Fuel Duty (lodged on 25 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-234 Social Aspect of Bingo Clubs and VAT (lodged on 25 June 2007) Christine Grahame*, Aileen Campbell*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*

S3M-230 Fife Schools’ Success in Scottish Education Awards (lodged on 22 June 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-191 Living Below The Radar (lodged on 18 June 2007) Mike Pringle*

S3M-185 Falkland Islands Liberation Day (lodged on 14 June 2007) John Scott*

S3M-182# Microgeneration in the Home (lodged on 14 June 2007) Nicol Stephen*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S3M-174♦ Asylum Seeker Policy (lodged on 12 June 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-168 What’s on your Plate? Campaign (lodged on 12 June 2007) Mr Jamie Stone*

S3M-160 Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Awards (lodged on 12 June 2007) John Scott*

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

S3M-157 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (lodged on 12 June 2007) Mr Jamie Stone*

S3M-103 Grampian Police Pipe Band Centenary (lodged on 30 May 2007) Nicol Stephen*

S3M-99 Darfur and Chad: Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal (lodged on 30 May 2007) Nicol Stephen*

S3M-91# Autism Parliamentary Network (lodged on 29 May 2007) Nicol Stephen*

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