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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-663 Cathie Craigie: Integration of Prison Health Services—That the Parliament notes the publication of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Social Justice’s paper, The Cost of Unnecessary Imprisonment; agrees with the proposal that the Scottish Prison Service needs to accelerate its integration of health services, including mental health and addictions services, with the NHS; believes that an approach of interventions integrated with the patients’ pathway determined by NHS practitioners and, where appropriate, followed up by provision in the community on release would result in reduced crime and reoffending, reduced costs to the taxpayer and fewer people in Scottish prisons, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support the Scottish Prison Service and the NHS in achieving this integration.

*S3M-662# Elaine Murray: Further Job Losses at Young’s Seafood, Annan—That the Parliament regrets the announcement on 11 October 2007 by Young’s Seafood of the loss of 89 jobs from its Annan plant; notes that 100 jobs had already been lost in February this year and at that time the company announced that it remained committed to a long-term future for its Annan site; notes also that only approximately 25 jobs are likely to remain at Young’s Seafood in Annan; believes that the workforce and the local community have been badly let down by the company, and considers that the consultation period for the current tranche of job losses should be extended from 30 to 90 days to enable workers facing redundancy to consider relocation options and that those workers wishing to take up employment opportunities at other sites should be offered appropriate financial support.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Des McNulty*, George Foulkes*, Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Morgan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jim Hume*, Bill Butler*

*S3M-661 Stuart McMillan: Greenock High School FP Football Team—That the Parliament congratulates Greenock High School FP football team as it celebrates its centenary year; notes that to mark this special occasion the club has played football matches against Greenock Morton FC and a Scottish Amateur Football League select team and has received a civic reception from Inverclyde Council; further notes that Greenock High School FP football team won the Scottish Amateur Football League Premier Division in the team’s centenary year and is currently leading this season’s premier league, and wishes the management and players every success for the future.

*S3M-660 Patricia Ferguson: NCH and Glasgow Perthshire Juniors Challenge Project—That the Parliament notes the valuable collaboration between NCH and Glasgow Perthshire junior football club in providing a meaningful renovation project for 10 young people; congratulates the young people involved who learned new skills and teamwork, and notes with satisfaction that all 10 have achieved employment or meaningful training opportunities as a result.

*S3M-659 Rob Gibson: Energy Saving Trust—That the Parliament congratulates the Energy Saving Trust for organising its 11th annual Energy Saving Week from 22 to 28 October 2007; recognises that energy efficiency is the cleanest, safest and cheapest way of reducing carbon dioxide emissions; applauds Café Direct, the Royal Mail and postal workers, Proctor & Gamble, DSG International, B&Q and faith groups for taking the lead in their communities in promoting energy efficiency; urges all Members also to show leadership in their constituencies by supporting the Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Week in promoting individual responsibility and actions by making a pledge to adopt at least one of 10 small measures to reduce the amount of energy they consume on a daily basis, and notes that since the Energy Saving Trust was established it has funded or influenced measures providing lifetime savings of around 20 million tonnes of carbon.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Jim Hume*, Nanette Milne*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Ken Macintosh*, Patrick Harvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Mary Scanlon*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Neil*, George Foulkes*

*S3M-658 Pauline McNeill: House of Lords Ruling on Pleural Plaques—That the Parliament notes with concern the judgement of the House of Lords in respect of pleural plaques which would in effect remove the right of asbestos victims to compensation and reaffirms its own commitment to compensation; supports the work already done by Clydeside Action on Asbestos and others on the matter, and calls for a reversal of this decision through prioritisation of the bill already drafted by Thompsons Solicitors.

Supported by: David Whitton*, Patrick Harvie*, Robert Brown*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Butler*, Karen Whitefield*, Duncan McNeil*, Des McNulty*, Ken Macintosh*, Charlie Gordon*, Ross Finnie*, Cathy Peattie*, George Foulkes*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marilyn Livingstone*

*S3M-657 Alasdair Morgan: Surcharges for Cheque Payments—That the Parliament notes that it is the practice of many telecommunications providers to charge a monthly surcharge for customers who wish to pay their bills by cheque; considers that this crosses the line between incentives for certain methods of payment and penalties for others, and considers it to be an unjustifiable penalty on those customers who, for whatever reason, do not wish to pay by direct debit and who may well live on low incomes.

*S3M-656 Angela Constance: West Lothian Success at Special Olympics—That the Parliament is proud to recognise the success of the West Lothian sportsmen and sportswomen at the Special Olympics recently held in China; congratulates Scott Bruce, Christopher Maxwell, Christina McSherry, Frances Skiftesvik, Richard Hendry and Stephen Brown who all won gold medals in their respective disciplines of powerlifting, football and cycling, and commends the support and dedication of those involved in the sports coaching and organisation of the West Lothian delegation to the games at Shanghai.

Supported by: Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, George Foulkes*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-655# Stuart McMillan: House of Lords Ruling on Pleural Plaques—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the House of Lords ruling against compensation claims for the people suffering from the pleural plaques condition which is a scarring of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos; notes that this rejection now closes the door to further compensation claims, despite the High Court ruling in February 2005 that anyone suffering from pleural plaques should receive compensation; recognises the work of Clydeside Action on Asbestos for the campaigning work it has undertaken, and notes that a draft bill seeking a Scottish solution will be sent to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Wilson*, Patrick Harvie*, Duncan McNeil*, Keith Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Ken Macintosh*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Tolson*

*S3M-654 Nigel Don: Alcohol Awareness Week—That the Parliament notes that Scotland’s first ever Alcohol Awareness Week runs from 21 to 27 October 2007; notes that each year in Scotland over 40,000 people are hospitalised due to alcohol-related conditions and that every four hours someone dies because of alcohol; further notes the huge cost to the NHS and emergency services of excessive alcohol consumption which is estimated at almost £400 million annually, and welcomes Scotland’s first Alcohol Awareness Week which will help to combat alcohol problems by promoting responsible drinking.

Supported by: Ian McKee*, Ken Macintosh*, Mary Scanlon*, Keith Brown*, Bill Butler*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Alasdair Allan*, Robert Brown*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Dave Thompson*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Park*, Jim Tolson*

*S3M-653 Peter Peacock: Congratulations to Home-Start Ross & Cromarty—That the Parliament congratulates Home-Start Ross & Cromarty for its contribution to supporting families in the area for the last 19 years; praises the effectiveness of its volunteers in supporting the welfare of families through early intervention and other strategies, and wishes Home-Start Ross & Cromarty every success for the future.

*S3M-652 Joe FitzPatrick: Sea’s the Future—That the Parliament recognises that, with its vast wave and tidal resource, outstanding technical expertise and strong political support, Scotland looks set to become a world leader in marine energy; welcomes delegates to Dundee on Friday 9 November 2007 for the third national seminar on marine energy, hosted by Scottish Renewables, and acknowledges the importance of the Scottish Parliament Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Group’s contribution to exploring the opportunities of and identifying the barriers to marine energy development.

Supported by: Ian McKee*, Patrick Harvie*, Rob Gibson*, Keith Brown*, Nanette Milne*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Wilson*, Angela Constance*, Brian Adam*, Robin Harper*, Liam McArthur*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-651 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Celebration of Hindu Dusshera Festival—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Indian Arts Forum for the successful celebration of Dusshera on Calton Hill on 14 October 2007; recognises that cultural events such as this, which marks an important Hindu festival, are crucial in bringing together people from Scotland’s many diverse communities, and further applauds the outstanding participation of over 25,000 individuals who helped make the event a great success.

*S3M-650 Bashir Ahmad: Show Racism the Red Card - A Fortnight of Action—That the Parliament looks forward to Show Racism the Red Card’s fortnight of action which commences on Tuesday 16 October 2007; congratulates Show Racism the Red Card Scotland for four years of hard work in trying to drive out racism, not just from football but also wider society; notes that one of the best ways to do this is to cultivate role models in our community to come forward with a strong anti-racism message, and continues to pledge its support to such a noble campaign.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Liam McArthur*, Bill Butler*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Christine Grahame*, Patrick Harvie*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Stuart McMillan*, Ken Macintosh*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Jackson Carlaw*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Keith Brown*, Bill Wilson*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Aileen Campbell*, Dave Thompson*, Robin Harper*, Des McNulty*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ross Finnie*

*S3M-649 Rhoda Grant: Protection of Scotch Whisky—That the Parliament recognises the continued growth of the Scotch whisky industry; welcomes the initiative announced by the UK Government on 8 October 2007 to enhance the protection of Scotch whisky, and calls on the Scottish Government to work closely with the UK Government to support this important Scottish industry.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Mr Frank McAveety*, David Whitton*, Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*, Bill Butler*, Ken Macintosh*, Karen Whitefield*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-648 Rhoda Grant: Congratulations to Kenny Simm—That the Parliament congratulates Kenny Simm from Brae, Shetland Islands, on his selection as part of the British Bobsleigh Team for the forthcoming Europa Cup competition and wishes him well in his quest to be selected for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Bashir Ahmad*, Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Tavish Scott*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-647 Hugh O’Donnell: Show Racism the Red Card Scotland, Fortnight of Action 16 to 30 October 2007—That the Parliament notes that Show Racism the Red Card’s (SRTRC) fourth annual Fortnight of Action takes place from 16 to 30 October 2007, involving concerted action that encourages participation from all sections of Scotland’s communities to celebrate diversity and tackle racism; is concerned that, despite a decrease in the number of racist incidents at football stadia since the SRTRC office opened in Scotland in 2003, racist and discriminatory incidents and excluding practices remain a problem in both professional and grassroots football; further notes alarming figures produced in March 2007 by the Scottish Executive that show an increase of 13% in racist incidents recorded by the police, from 4,536 in 2004-05 to 5,124 in 2005-06, in the wider community in Scotland, and commends SRTRC for providing this focal point for all those who are committed to challenging racism and discrimination in Scotland.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Bob Doris*, Nanette Milne*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jim Hume*, Bill Wilson*, Robert Brown*, Patrick Harvie*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Kidd*, Liam McArthur*, Ross Finnie*

*S3M-646 Patricia Ferguson: John Paul Academy 25th Anniversary—That the Parliament notes that 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of John Paul Academy in Maryhill; further notes the success that this school has achieved over the last 25 years, and congratulates the staff, pupils and parents on making the school such a valued part of the community.

*S3M-645 Rhoda Grant: Intensive Support and Monitoring Service—That the Parliament commends NCH Scotland, in partnership with Highland Council and NHS Highland, for reducing the number of persistent young offenders in Highland by 63% in the past two years; recognises that the Intensive Support and Monitoring Service is at the heart of this success; welcomes the extension of the Intensive Support and Monitoring Service pilot until March 2008, and urges the Scottish Executive to investigate what lessons can be learned from the Highland experience which can be applied to reducing persistent young offender numbers elsewhere.

Supported by: David Whitton*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*, Ken Macintosh*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mary Scanlon*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-644 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Young Architect of the Year Award—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh-based architects, Graeme Massie and Stuart Dickson of Graeme Massie Architects, for being finalists in the Young Architect of the Year Awards, the industry’s most prestigious award in recognition of the UK’s most promising architects; commends the philosophy of the architects that "architecture is a local act: it ought to be attentive to and representative of the unique physical, topographic and environmental constraints of the location", and wishes the company the best of luck in the competition.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Nanette Milne*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-643 Kenneth Gibson: Turkish Membership of the European Union—That the Parliament notes the work of the successors of Kemal Ataturk in attempting to build a modern, secular Turkish Republic that looks outwards and towards Europe; believes that Turkish membership of the European Union would undoubtedly bring significant benefits to the Turkish people, but is nevertheless of the view that Turkish membership of the EU should not be considered until Turkey (1) abandons its military occupation and colonisation of North Cyprus, (2) accepts that the genocide of more than one million Armenians took place during the First World War and was carried out by Turkish forces on Ottoman territory, (3) allows Kurdish citizens the right to speak their own language, celebrate their own culture and move towards self-determination if they so wish and (4) ensures that the democratic and human rights of all Turkish citizens are respected.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*

S3M-383# Michael McMahon: Public-Social Partnership Pilot in North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament welcomes the public-social partnership (PSP) pilot in North Lanarkshire as an innovative method of engaging communities in public service design and delivery; notes that PSPs allow public bodies to use the procurement process to create added social benefit in the community and to engage service users in the design of services; further notes that the PSP model is innovative in its approach to testing new methods of service delivery under local authorities’ duty to demonstrate best value, and recognises that, to reap the potential community benefits of PSPs, social enterprises must be fully supported in accessing long-term service level agreements and public contracts.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, David Stewart, Jamie Stone, Murdo Fraser, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Jack McConnell, Ken Macintosh

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: Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Ian McKee, Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Ken Macintosh, Robin Harper, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, John Lamont, Elaine Smith, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Dr Richard Simpson, Jamie Hepburn, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Angela Constance

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-642 Nobel Peace Prize (lodged on 12 October 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Ross Finnie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-641 Royal National Mod (lodged on 12 October 2007) Aileen Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Dave Thompson*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-640 Scots Translation of Dahl Classic at Number 1 (lodged on 11 October 2007) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-639# 100 Years of Scouting (lodged on 11 October 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Paul Martin*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Lamont*, David Whitton*, Jamie Hepburn*, Karen Whitefield*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Stone*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Wilson*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh Henry*, Robin Harper*

S3M-638 Thornhill Road Post Office (lodged on 11 October 2007) Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Angela Constance*, Jamie Hepburn*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-637 Closure of Falkirk Tourist Office (lodged on 11 October 2007) Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Alex Neil*, Christina McKelvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-636 Protection of Green Spaces in Glasgow (lodged on 11 October 2007) Bill Kidd*, Ross Finnie*, Jamie Stone*, Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-635 Changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme (lodged on 11 October 2007) David Whitton*, Sarah Boyack*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-633 North West Women’s Centre (lodged on 10 October 2007) Sarah Boyack*, Bill Butler*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-630 Optimism in Scotland (lodged on 10 October 2007) Brian Adam*

S3M-629 Young Runaways (lodged on 8 October 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh Henry*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-628 End Discrimination by Utilities (lodged on 5 October 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-627 European Shark Week (lodged on 5 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-626 Aberdeen Football Club (lodged on 5 October 2007) Jack McConnell*, Nanette Milne*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-624 Moray Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 4 October 2007) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*, Sarah Boyack*, Ken Macintosh*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-623 International Credit Union Day - Together We’re Better (lodged on 4 October 2007) Cathie Craigie*, Hugh Henry*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-622 Destitution of Refused Asylum Seekers (lodged on 4 October 2007) Michael Matheson*

S3M-621 Maggie’s Centre (lodged on 4 October 2007) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-616 Combating Sectarianism (lodged on 3 October 2007) Jack McConnell*, David Whitton*, Hugh Henry*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-614 Scottish Special Olympics Athletes (lodged on 3 October 2007) Jack McConnell*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-612# Car Parking Charges at Stobhill Hospital (lodged on 3 October 2007) Hugh Henry*

S3M-611 Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 3 October 2007) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-606 Agri-Environment Agreements (lodged on 2 October 2007) Peter Peacock*

S3M-605.1 South Nimmo GP Practice - Airdrie (lodged on 4 October 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Ian McKee*

S3M-596# Concessionary Travel (lodged on 2 October 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-593 Ronald Rae’s Lion of Scotland (lodged on 2 October 2007) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-588 Wear it Pink (lodged on 1 October 2007) Jack McConnell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-580 Visit by the Changing Diabetes Bus (lodged on 1 October 2007) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-576 Scotland’s Law Officers (lodged on 28 September 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*, Angela Constance*, Jamie Stone*, Ken Macintosh*, John Park*, David Whitton*

S3M-574 ProjectScotland and Boroughmuir Rugby Football Club Partnership (lodged on 28 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-571 Calls for Restraint in Myanmar Crisis (lodged on 27 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-564 Parents Have a Right to Care (lodged on 27 September 2007) Sarah Boyack*, Elizabeth Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-561.1 Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Dangerous Cocktail (lodged on 10 October 2007) David Whitton*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-560 Dispute at Edinburgh’s Telford College (lodged on 27 September 2007) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-557 National Autistic Society in Scotland - Daldorch House School Senior Campus (lodged on 27 September 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-552 Launch of Youth Cancer Forum Scotland (lodged on 26 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-551 Congratulations to RBS and HBOS (lodged on 26 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-550 Congratulations to Alness (lodged on 26 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-548 Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007 (lodged on 26 September 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-531 Save the Sumatran Rainforest (lodged on 24 September 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-527 National Police Memorial Day 2007 (lodged on 20 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-524# Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland (lodged on 19 September 2007) Jack McConnell*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-501 Colin McRae (lodged on 19 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-448 Anita Roddick (lodged on 11 September 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-446 Don’t Ignore the Plight of Scotland’s Seas (lodged on 11 September 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-441 Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health (lodged on 10 September 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-425# Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale) Industry (lodged on 6 September 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-317 Referendum on EU Treaty (lodged on 25 July 2007) Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*

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