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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-801 Bob Doris: Glasgow Day Care Workers and Learning Disabled Adults—That the Parliament shares the concern of Glasgow MSPs Bob Doris, Sandra White, Bill Kidd and Bashir Ahmad regarding the future staffing and service provision for learning disabled adults in Glasgow; notes the ongoing strike by Glasgow City Council day care workers who care for such adults in the city and sympathises with their concerns regarding their new contracts as a result of single status negotiations, and believes that the council must clearly show a pathway for each worker to be lifted out of pay detriment by March 2009, when salary conservation ends, and that the current proposals to reorganise learning disabled services must both meet the needs of the learning disabled clients, their families and at-home carers as well as acknowledging and supporting the ongoing professionalism of learning disabled staff who are currently suffering hardship as a result of industrial action that they have reluctantly taken.

*S3M-800 Keith Brown: Cross Party Report on Leukaemia—That the Parliament notes the report of the Westminster cross-party inquiry into childhood leukaemia and electric and magnetic fields (EMFs), which investigated the effects of EMFs, such as those caused by power lines, on the incidence of leukaemia in childhood; further notes the forthcoming Health Protection Agency report on the same topic; recognises that a debate is ongoing in the scientific community with rigorous, peer-reviewed epidemiological papers on both sides; expresses concern that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has therefore classified EMFs as "possibly carcinogenic"; observes with caution ongoing developments such as the Beauly to Denny power line that will place new EMFs in close proximity to existing settlements and would therefore not comply with the moratorium proposed in the cross-party report; expresses support for the precautionary principle in relation to what may plausibly be significant threats to life, and calls on the Minister for Public Health to work with relevant stakeholders to investigate this problem, to address and act on concerns and to adequately safeguard Scotland’s citizens from this risk.

*S3M-799 Margaret Curran: Lochview Nursery, Easterhouse—That the Parliament congratulates Lochview Nursery, Easterhouse, on its stunning success and achievement in gaining an outstanding HMIE inspection report and recognises that the first-class educational opportunities that exist within Easterhouse demonstrate the quality of local provision and the commitment and leadership of local staff and the local community.

*S3M-798# Karen Whitefield: Improving the Central Heating Programme—That the Parliament notes with concern that local pensioners in Airdrie and Shotts have been told by Scottish Gas that, although that are eligible now for new heating systems under the central heating programme, they cannot get the new systems fitted until April 2008, up to 6 months after their date of eligibility; believes that it is unacceptable that pensioners in Airdrie and Shotts are being forced to wait until after winter for a new central heating system; further believes that there needs to be greater flexibility within the programme to protect vulnerable people who have medical conditions or to allow boiler-only installations where this will facilitate a quicker and less intrusive installation, and considers that these problems should be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie*, Bob Doris*, Rhona Brankin*, Marlyn Glen*, James Kelly*, Elaine Murray*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Patricia Ferguson*

*S3M-797 Patricia Ferguson: Maryhill Housing Association—That the Parliament notes that Glasgow Housing Association has decided not to invite Maryhill Housing Association to submit a business plan to allow progress towards second stage transfer; acknowledges that the clear desire of the tenants of Maryhill and Ruchill is for their properties to be managed by Maryhill Housing Association, and urges Glasgow Housing Association to meet Maryhill Housing Association as a matter of urgency to resolve any outstanding issues that there may be.

*S3M-796 Pauline McNeill: Support for International Art at GoMA—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) on its award, in association with the Common Guild, of £1 million from the Art Fund, which will allow Glasgow to purchase between five and 10 international works of art in each of the next five years; recognises the substantial cultural contribution made to the rest of the country by Glasgow’s leading museums, libraries and galleries, and welcomes the further boost for home-grown art acquisitions of £75,000 a year which has been announced by Culture and Sport Glasgow.

Supported by: Helen Eadie*, Sandra White*, David Stewart*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bob Doris*, Patricia Ferguson*, David Whitton*, Paul Martin*, Hugh Henry*, Rhona Brankin*, Trish Godman*, Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-795 Robin Harper: John Muir Award—That the Parliament congratulates the John Muir Award on achieving its 10th year and the major milestone recently of the 50,000th award; recognises that the John Muir Award was launched by the John Muir Trust in 1997 as an environmental award scheme focused on wild places and encouraging awareness and responsibility for the natural environment in a spirit of fun and adventure, and calls on Scottish ministers to ensure continued support for an award scheme that promotes personal development through outdoor experiences and is open to all.

*S3M-794# Shirley-Anne Somerville: Domestic Abuse in Lothians—That the Parliament recognises the need to end violence against women; notes that the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign will run from 25 November (UN International Day of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women) until 10 December 2007 (International Human Rights Day); notes that domestic abuse remains both widespread and under-reported in Scotland and that research indicates that victims suffer episodes of abuse up to 35 times before they call the police; further notes that 60% of recorded domestic abuse incidents in Lothian and Borders are known to involve repeat victimisation; welcomes the pilot project being run by Lothian and Borders Police in East Lothian to improve the service provided to victims of domestic abuse with the aim of reducing repeat victimisation through working with partner agencies to provide help, support and prioritise the safety and protection of victims when reporting crimes, and looks forward to this pilot leading to a more effective response to domestic abuse throughout the force’s area.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Ian McKee*, Alex Neil*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-788.1 Derek Brownlee: Holding the SNP Government to Account—As an amendment to motion (S3M-788) in the name of Jackie Baillie, leave out from "there should be" to end and insert "an effective budget scrutiny process is critical in ensuring that public services are delivered in a way which provides optimal value for money; believes that the process should be sufficiently robust to cope with majority and minority government; believes that there is scope to review the operation of the current procedures as laid down in the Standing Orders and the agreement between the Finance Committee and the Scottish Government; believes that the appropriate vehicle for such a review would be the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, in consultation with the other committees of the Parliament, particularly the Finance Committee, and requests that the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee undertakes a review of the budget process for future years."

*S3M-788.2 Tavish Scott: Holding the SNP Government to Account—As an amendment to motion (S3M-788) in the name of Jackie Baillie, insert at end "further recognises that no one party has a majority in the Parliament and, therefore, requires that the Scottish Government commits to enhancing the existing arrangements to provide early access to the civil service to support the Finance Committee and opposition parties wishing to pursue recommendations for amendments to the budget to ensure that they are fully aware of the consequences of any change proposed to the budget."

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.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Jim Hume*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Keith Brown*, Liam McArthur*, Alex Neil*, Jamie Hepburn*, Aileen Campbell*, Brian Adam*

S3M-735 Stuart McMillan: Charlotte Louise McKechnie: Young Chorister of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Charlotte Louise McKechnie on winning the Young Chorister of the Year 2007 competition, sponsored by BBC Radio 2, which was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London; notes that Charlotte is 15 years of age and sings at Giffnock South Parish Church in East Renfrewshire, and further notes that the final will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday 4 November at 8 pm.

*S3M-735.1 Jackson Carlaw: Charlotte Louise McKechnie: Young Chorister of the Year—As an amendment to motion (S3M-735) in the name of Stuart McMillan, leave out from "on winning" and insert "on becoming the first Scot to be named British Broadcasting Corporation Young Chorister of the Year after out-singing three other finalists from across the United Kingdom at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on Saturday 27 October 2007; notes that 15-year-old Charlotte is a choir member at Giffnock South Parish church, a choral scholar at St Bride’s in Hyndland, a member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra junior choir and a pupil at Glasgow’s excellent Hutchesons’ Grammar School; further notes that Charlotte’s performance, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 8 pm on Sunday 4 November 2007, illustrated just how fully deserved her outstanding victory was, and wishes her all the very best for the future."

S3M-728# Marlyn Glen: World AIDS Day 2007—That the Parliament observes World Aids Day on 1 December 2007; acknowledges that there are an estimated 39.5 million people living with HIV worldwide; supports this year’s campaign theme, "HIV: Let’s Get Talking", aimed at encouraging wider discussion and understanding of HIV; recognises that, despite the decreasing visibility of HIV in Scotland in recent years, numbers of annual diagnoses have increased sharply since the 1990s with 2005 seeing the highest number of reported cases on record; considers that around a third of people living with HIV in Scotland remain undiagnosed; understands that late diagnoses account for at least *35%* of HIV-related deaths each year in the United Kingdom, many of which could be avoided through early testing and access to treatment; acknowledges that stigma impacts profoundly on the lives of people living with HIV and acts as a major barrier to testing; supports efforts to promote greater awareness and understanding of the realties of living with HIV, and welcomes the opportunity which World Aids Day presents to get people in Scotland talking about HIV.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-788 Holding the SNP Government to Account (lodged on 6 November 2007) Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-787 Cuba’s Sustainable Development (lodged on 6 November 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-785# Congratulations to the Showmen’s Guild Scottish Section on its 100th Anniversary (lodged on 6 November 2007) Ted Brocklebank*, Annabel Goldie*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-783 Paul Leonard-Morgan (lodged on 5 November 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-779 Tackling Homophobia (lodged on 5 November 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Trish Godman*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-778 CSA Discriminates Against Scottish Workforce (lodged on 5 November 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*, Bill Wilson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Ian McKee*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Brian Adam*

S3M-777 Muslim Prayer Rooms in SPL Clubs (lodged on 5 November 2007) Keith Brown*, Robin Harper*, Hugh Henry*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-775 The BBC’s Scots Language Policy (lodged on 5 November 2007) Keith Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Brian Adam*

S3M-771 Rocket Shot Syringe Sweet (lodged on 2 November 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Annabel Goldie*, Bob Doris*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-770 Stonewall (lodged on 2 November 2007) Dave Thompson*

S3M-765# Extra-curricular Outdoor Education for Every School Pupil (lodged on 2 November 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-764 Fife Volunteer of the Year Awards (lodged on 2 November 2007) Mary Mulligan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-762 Congratulations to the Drake Music Project Scotland (lodged on 1 November 2007) Hugh Henry*

S3M-762.1 Congratulations to the Drake Music Project Scotland (lodged on 5 November 2007) Keith Brown*

S3M-760 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Was (lodged on 1 November 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-757 Harris Tweed Hebrides (lodged on 1 November 2007) Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-757.1 Harris Tweed Hebrides (lodged on 2 November 2007) Keith Brown*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-755 National Youth Work Week - All Different All Equal (lodged on 1 November 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-750 Royal Society of Edinburgh and Links with Pakistan and India (lodged on 31 October 2007) Hugh Henry*

S3M-749 The Men of Lyon Street (lodged on 31 October 2007) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-747.1 Independence is the Only Solution to West Lothian Question (lodged on 5 November 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, John Park*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh Henry*, Patricia Ferguson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-718 British Heart Foundation Scotland’s Heart 2 Heart Appeal (lodged on 29 October 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Ken Macintosh*, Trish Godman*

S3M-714 Reverse Auctions on Social Care (lodged on 29 October 2007) Tavish Scott*

S3M-711# The St Margaret of Scotland Hospice (lodged on 29 October 2007) Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-692 Human Papilloma Virus (lodged on 25 October 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-685 Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration (lodged on 24 October 2007) Hugh Henry*

S3M-656 West Lothian Success at Special Olympics (lodged on 18 October 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-524# Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland (lodged on 19 September 2007) George Foulkes*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) John Farquhar Munro*, Keith Brown*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-309♦ Impact of the London Olympics on Lottery Funding (lodged on 23 July 2007) Aileen Campbell*, Bill Wilson

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