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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-793 Linda Fabiani: Scottish Government’s EU Priorities—That the Parliament notes the importance of EU policies and legislation to the Parliament, its Committees and to Scotland and notes the priorities identified by the Scottish Government for particular attention.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-792 Stewart Stevenson: The Draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consents Under Enactments) Regulations 2007—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consents Under Enactments) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*, Jim Mather*

*S3M-791 Stewart Stevenson: The Draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Applications and Objections Procedure) Rules 2007—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Applications and Objections Procedure) Rules 2007 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*, Jim Mather*

*S3M-790 Stewart Stevenson: The Draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Inquiries and Hearings Procedure) Rules 2007—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Inquiries and Hearings Procedure) Rules 2007 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*, Jim Mather*

*S3M-789 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 November 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Strategic Spending Review

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Strategic Spending Review

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 November 2007

9.15 am Scottish Government Debate: Competition, Regulation and Business Structures in the Scottish Legal Services Market

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 November 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 November 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am Genreral 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 Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-788 Jackie Baillie: Holding the SNP Government to Account—That the Parliament recognises the critical importance of the forthcoming three-year spending review to meeting the hopes and aspirations of the people of Scotland; welcomes the detailed scrutiny of the SNP Government’s spending plans by parliamentary committees as a central part of the budget process; believes that there should be the widest possible debate about the spending priorities for the next three years, and therefore resolves to set aside chamber time for individual debates on the budget priorities for each Cabinet Secretary’s portfolio: Finance and Sustainable Growth, Health and Wellbeing, Education and Lifelong Learning, Justice and Rural Affairs and the Environment not later than the conclusion of Stage 2 of the budget process.

*S3M-787 Bill Wilson: Cuba’s Sustainable Development—That the Parliament, while encouraging Cuba to become a more democratic and open society, nonetheless congratulates that country on achieving, as reported in the WWF’s Living Planet Report 2006, both a global ecological footprint of less than 1.8 hectares per person and a rating of over 0.8 on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index, thus being the only country in the world to meet minimum criteria for sustainability; further notes that this has been achieved despite an ongoing boycott by the United States of America, a country with a global ecological footprint of over 9 hectares per person; expresses its condemnation of this boycott and of the USA’s continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and flouting of the Geneva conventions, and calls on all the governments of the world to learn from Cuba how to improve standards of health, welfare and education for their citizens with minimal environmental impact.

*S3M-786♦ Christine Grahame: Lancastria—That the Parliament notes the forthcoming armistice commemorations and takes time to reflect on the remarkable sacrifice made by veterans of many countries during numerous conflicts since the First World War; notes, in particular, the loss of the troopship, Lancastria, which was sunk on 17 June 1940 with the loss of 4,000 lives, an estimated 400 of them Scots, including individuals from the South of Scotland; notes the decades of official silence surrounding this loss, the worst for British forces in the whole of the Second World War, and supports the calls from the remaining survivors and relatives of victims for official recognition of this tragedy.

*S3M-785# Jamie McGrigor: Congratulations to the Showmen’s Guild Scottish Section on its 100th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish section of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain on its 100th anniversary this year; notes the enjoyment that generations of Scots have gained through fairs and shows across Scotland during this time and their importance to Scotland’s tourism, culture and economy; further notes the concerns of the Showmen’s Guild Scottish section in relation to the fact that Planning Circular 22/91 is not applicable in Scotland and about a possible lack of sites for shows and fairs and storage in Scotland, and hopes that local authorities and the Scottish Executive will engage positively with the travelling show sector to ensure that fairs and shows can continue to be enjoyed for many decades to come.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon*, Alex Johnstone*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Murdo Fraser*, Elizabeth Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Lamont*, Margaret Mitchell*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Aitken*

*S3M-784.1 John Scott: A National Food Policy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-784) in the name of Richard Lochhead, after "factors" insert "; believes that a national policy must include more assistance for public procurement of home-grown Scottish food to be achieved by improved co-operation between Scotland’s local food producers and government,". R

*S3M-784.2 Mike Rumbles: A National Food Policy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-784) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "believes that educating children about where their food comes from must be central to any national food policy; resolves that early action is required to amend public procurement policy to ensure greater use of freshly produced healthy food in the public sector, including in our schools, hospitals and other public bodies; calls on the Scottish Government to assist in the development of farmers’ co-operatives and farmers’ markets, and further calls on the Scottish Government to work with retailers to encourage more use of local Scottish produce in stores."

*S3M-784.3 Sarah Boyack: A National Food Policy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-784) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "that takes into account" to end and insert ", building on work done by the previous administrations, and believes that policy priorities should include local procurement, affordability, sustainability and reducing Scotland’s climate footprint, taking into account the views of the Parliament, industry and wider society."

Supported by: Margaret Curran*

*S3M-784.4 Robin Harper: A National Food Policy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-784) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "commends the positive work of Soil Association Scotland’s Food for Life (FFL) programme in promoting food education and school meals that are 75% fresh and unprocessed, 50% locally produced and have 30% organic ingredients; urges the Scottish Government to consider how a national food policy could drive the implementation of FFL standards across the public sector in Scotland; further believes that sourcing ingredients locally is crucial for the future viability of Scottish producers and independent shops, supporting strong and cohesive local economies as well as reducing food miles and climate change emissions; is seriously concerned, however, that supermarket domination has undermined local economies, and calls on the Scottish Government to consult on replacing the Supermarket Code of Conduct with independent regulation without delay in order to protect consumer choice and the environmental, social and economic benefits of local food."

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*

S3M-765*#* Elizabeth Smith: Extra-curricular Outdoor Education for Every School Pupil—That the Parliament notes the vital contribution that taking part in extra-curricular activities makes in developing our young people; notes that extra-curricular programmes help our young people to learn new skills, to enjoy new responsibility, to appreciate the work of other people and to learn about leadership; notes the success of projects such as Crieff High School’s Community Awareness Project, and considers that, in an age when too many of our young people are in the headlines for the wrong reasons and when there are increasing concerns about school discipline and the numbers of youngsters involved in incidents of antisocial behaviour, extra-curricular activities in schools and five days outdoor education for every school pupil in Scotland should be supported.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Mary Scanlon*, Nanette Milne*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jamie McGrigor*, Gavin Brown*, John Lamont*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-721 Helen Eadie: Social Work Cuts Force Frail Fife Pensioners to Stay in Hospital—That the Parliament expresses profound concern that frail and vulnerable patients in Fife who have been clinically assessed as being suitable for return to their own homes or to a residential home are being denied the right to do so as a consequence of the policy change of the SNP and Liberal Democrat-led Fife Council, where a package of £600,000 cuts has been made to the social work budget; further notes that these cuts have resulted in at least one patient dying while in hospital against his will and that despite clinicians saying that he could go home he died before he could do so because of the policy decisions of the council; observes that there has been a dramatic increase since July 2007 in the number of beds being blocked for patients waiting for vital surgery, with the outcome that savings made by Fife Council are being transferred to NHS Fife, resulting in no overall saving for taxpayers who instead now have to cope with the personal tragedies that are impacting on patients, with the additional possibility that the beds being blocked will reduce capacity as clinicians seek to prepare plans for winter when increases in flu and chest infections can rise to very high levels, depending on a variety of circumstances, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to intervene in the outrageous situation where the savings by the SNP and Liberal Democrat-controlled council has not resulted in net savings to the taxpayer but has instead caused unnecessary misery and anxiety to the patients and relatives concerned.

*S3M-721.1 Jim Tolson: Social Work Cuts Force Frail Fife Pensioners to Stay in Hospital—As an amendment to motion (S3M-721) in the name of Helen Eadie, leave out from "expresses" to end and insert "notes that the Labour party, in control of Fife Council since its inception in 1996 until May 2007, did not face up to the financial crisis that it created within the authority; welcomes the fact that the new administration, in charge for less than six months, is taking steps to tackle the funding shortfall in many sectors; notes that this includes instigating a benefits check for elderly Fife residents which has thus far resulted in them receiving an additional £1 million to which they did not know they were entitled, and wishes the new administration well in providing for all the people of Fife."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-783 Paul Leonard-Morgan (lodged on 5 November 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Brian Adam*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-779 Tackling Homophobia (lodged on 5 November 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Bill Butler*, Sarah Boyack*, Patrick Harvie*, Rhona Brankin*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie Hepburn*, Iain Smith* R, Ross Finnie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-778 CSA Discriminates Against Scottish Workforce (lodged on 5 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-777 Muslim Prayer Rooms in SPL Clubs (lodged on 5 November 2007) Alex Neil*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Murdo Fraser*, Nanette Milne*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-776 RIAS Award for the Pier Arts Centre (lodged on 5 November 2007) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-775 The BBC’s Scots Language Policy (lodged on 5 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-773 Why Shetland is Better than the Bahamas (lodged on 5 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-771 Rocket Shot Syringe Sweet (lodged on 2 November 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Angela Constance*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Trish Godman*, John Lamont*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-770 Stonewall (lodged on 2 November 2007) Alex Johnstone*, John Lamont*

S3M-769 Dundee Music (lodged on 2 November 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-768# Science and the Parliament, Wednesday 28 November 2007 (lodged on 2 November 2007) Sarah Boyack*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-767 Changes to Housing Benefits (lodged on 2 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-766 Benefits Attack on Lone Parents (lodged on 2 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-764 Fife Volunteer of the Year Awards (lodged on 2 November 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*

S3M-762 Congratulations to the Drake Music Project Scotland (lodged on 1 November 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-762.1 Congratulations to the Drake Music Project Scotland (lodged on 5 November 2007) Jim Tolson*, Jim Hume*, Bashir Ahmad*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Liam McArthur*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-761 Police (lodged on 1 November 2007) Michael Matheson*

S3M-759 Ian Watt, Aberdeen Music School (lodged on 1 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-758 State Visit of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (lodged on 1 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-757 Harris Tweed Hebrides (lodged on 1 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-757.1 Harris Tweed Hebrides (lodged on 2 November 2007) Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-756 Saudi Arabian Visit (lodged on 1 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-755 National Youth Work Week - All Different All Equal (lodged on 1 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-754 Scotto Lotto (lodged on 1 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-753 100 Years Since Scotland’s First Woman Councillor (lodged on 1 November 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-752# Recycling Waste Wood (lodged on 1 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-751 Arms Sales and Culpability (lodged on 1 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-750 Royal Society of Edinburgh and Links with Pakistan and India (lodged on 31 October 2007) Elaine Murray*, Christine Grahame*, Paul Martin*

S3M-747 Independence is the Only Solution to West Lothian Question (lodged on 31 October 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-747.1 Independence is the Only Solution to West Lothian Question (lodged on 5 November 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*, Elaine Murray*, James Kelly*, Iain Gray*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-743 Alexander Todd (lodged on 31 October 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-742.1 UK Referendum on the European Reform Treaty (lodged on 1 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-737 Global Lung Cancer Awareness Month (lodged on 30 October 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-729 2012 Olympic Football Team (lodged on 30 October 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-728# World AIDS Day 2007 (lodged on 30 October 2007) Sarah Boyack*, Jamie Hepburn*, Des McNulty*, Mary Scanlon*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-726 Showmens Guild, Scottish Section (lodged on 30 October 2007) Christine Grahame*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-723 Alcohol Awareness Week (lodged on 30 October 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-719.1 Date for Removal of Forth Road Bridge Tolls (lodged on 1 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-718 British Heart Foundation Scotland’s Heart 2 Heart Appeal (lodged on 29 October 2007) Christine Grahame*, Liam McArthur*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Murdo Fraser*, Bashir Ahmad*, Ted Brocklebank*, John Lamont*, Margaret Mitchell*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-717 Libraries (lodged on 29 October 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-715 School Placements (lodged on 29 October 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-712 Disappointment at Labour Group Voting Against Rescue Package for Scotland’s Farmers and Crofters (lodged on 29 October 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-712.1 Disappointment at Labour Group Voting Against Rescue Package for Scotland’s Farmers and Crofters (lodged on 2 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-710 Peace in the Middle East (lodged on 29 October 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-655# House of Lords Ruling on Pleural Plaques (lodged on 18 October 2007) Christine Grahame*, Des McNulty*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-631 Holodomor, the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 (lodged on 10 October 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-611 Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 3 October 2007) Des McNulty*

S3M-483# Time for a Fresh Debate on Organ Donation (lodged on 14 September 2007) John Farquhar Munro*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*, Christopher Harvie*

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