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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-808 Dave Thompson: The Impact of HMRC Brief 50/07 on Sports Trusts in Scotland—That the Parliament calls on Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to rethink its proposals that would allow it to reclaim VAT on membership fees to leisure trusts before 31 March 2007; notes the financial impact that this could have on sports trusts and councils across Scotland and the United Kingdom which in many cases may have to be passed on to leisure facility users or see services reduced; further notes that this goes against current policy which seeks to encourage more people to take part in sporting activities as part of a healthier lifestyle, and supports the Sport and Recreational Trust Association (SPORTA) in its next meeting with HMRC to discuss this issue.

*S3M-807 Hugh Henry: Skills Strategy—That the Parliament notes that the skills strategy brought forward by the Scottish Executive was overwhelmingly rejected by the Parliament; notes that in reply to question S3W-5589 Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, said "The Scottish Government does not intend to revise its skills strategy"; regrets that the clearly stated view of the Parliament is being ignored; recognises that there is no parliamentary support for the present strategy, and calls for the Cabinet Secretary to bring to the Parliament a revised strategy or, failing this, to report urgently to the Parliament on why the views of the Parliament are being ignored.

Supported by: Michael McMahon*, Marilyn Livingstone*

*S3M-806 Elaine Smith: 80th STUC Women’s Conference—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Trades Union Congress on the occasion of its 80th Women’s Conference; notes the priority given at the forthcoming STUC Women’s Conference, in Glasgow on 13 and 14 November 2007, to tackling the gender pay gap, campaigning against violence against women, building a broad-based campaign against the trafficking of women and children and improving the conditions for women in work in every sector, and welcomes the opportunity to place on record the value of the contribution made by women in the trade union movement and in the workplace.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Sarah Boyack*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, Claire Baker*, David Whitton*, Karen Whitefield*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Hugh Henry*, Johann Lamont*, Cathie Craigie*, Dave Thompson*, Patrick Harvie*, Patricia Ferguson*, David Stewart*

*S3M-805 Gil Paterson: 1,000 Parliamentarian Signatures for Amnesty Petition—That the Parliament congratulates Amnesty International on its initiative to collect 1,000 signatures from parliamentarians across the world calling for an end to illegal detention in the fight against terrorism; supports its main aim in calling for the closure of Guantanamo Bay, and encourages MSPs to sign the petition which reflects the great concern of the people of Scotland.

*S3M-804 Karen Whitefield: No Time to Lose—That the Parliament notes that over 80 organisations have signed up to support the No Time to Lose manifesto, developed by the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care in partnership with Aberlour Child Care Trust, the Fostering Network, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, Who Cares? Scotland and the Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum, which highlights the challenges confronting service providers and problems experienced by children and their families; further notes that around 5,000 children and young people are currently looked after away from home in residential or foster care at any one time and that services are currently stretched to the limit, and calls on the Scottish Government to develop a national strategy, based on the recommendations contained in No Time To Lose, to ensure that children in care have an everyday childhood and the opportunity to fulfil their potential, reducing the gap in outcomes that currently exists with their peers.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robert Brown*, Bill Butler*, Robin Harper*, Cathy Peattie*, David Whitton*, Claire Baker*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Murray*, David Stewart*, Jackie Baillie*, Cathie Craigie*

*S3M-803 Aileen Campbell: Which?’s 50th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Which?, the consumers’ champion, on its 50th anniversary; notes that it has grown from 7 October 1957 to become a household name and the second largest national consumer organisation in the world with over one million customers; further notes that it is entirely independent of government and industry and exists only to make individuals as powerful as the organisations they have to deal with in their daily lives, and wishes Which? well in its next 50 years.

*S3M-802 Rob Gibson: John Lennon Northern Lights Festival—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of, and participants in, the John Lennon Northern Lights Festival on winning the best new event category at the UK Festival Awards; recognises the hard work that went into making the festival in Durness, which took place between 28 and 30 September 2007, such a triumph, and wishes the festival continued success for the future.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-801 Glasgow Day Care Workers and Learning Disabled Adults (lodged on 7 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, Bill Wilson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-800 Cross Party Report on Leukaemia (lodged on 7 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-799 Lochview Nursery, Easterhouse (lodged on 7 November 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-798# Improving the Central Heating Programme (lodged on 7 November 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Des McNulty*, David Stewart*, Jamie Hepburn*, Trish Godman*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Park*, Cathy Peattie*, David Whitton*

S3M-797 Maryhill Housing Association (lodged on 7 November 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-796 Support for International Art at GoMA (lodged on 7 November 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Karen Whitefield*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-795 John Muir Award (lodged on 7 November 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Rob Gibson*, John Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Park*, Claire Baker*, Jim Hume*, Bill Kidd*, Des McNulty*, Ken Macintosh*, Ross Finnie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Hugh Henry*, David Stewart*, Gil Paterson*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-794# Domestic Abuse in Lothians (lodged on 7 November 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Alasdair Allan*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-787 Cuba’s Sustainable Development (lodged on 6 November 2007) Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-786# Lancastria (lodged on 6 November 2007) Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Nigel Don*, Robin Harper*, Alasdair Allan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-785# Congratulations to the Showmen’s Guild Scottish Section on its 100th Anniversary (lodged on 6 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-783 Paul Leonard-Morgan (lodged on 5 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-779 Tackling Homophobia (lodged on 5 November 2007) Margaret Smith*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-778 CSA Discriminates Against Scottish Workforce (lodged on 5 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-777 Muslim Prayer Rooms in SPL Clubs (lodged on 5 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-775 The BBC’s Scots Language Policy (lodged on 5 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-771 Rocket Shot Syringe Sweet (lodged on 2 November 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-769 Dundee Music (lodged on 2 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-768# Science and the Parliament, Wednesday 28 November 2007 (lodged on 2 November 2007) Claire Baker*, Nigel Don*

S3M-765# Extra-curricular Outdoor Education for Every School Pupil (lodged on 2 November 2007) Annabel Goldie*, Robert Brown*, John Scott*

S3M-764 Fife Volunteer of the Year Awards (lodged on 2 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-763 Junior Golf in Shetland (lodged on 2 November 2007) Tom McCabe*

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

S3M-761 Police (lodged on 1 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-757 Harris Tweed Hebrides (lodged on 1 November 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-757.1 Harris Tweed Hebrides (lodged on 2 November 2007) Aileen Campbell*

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

S3M-754 Scotto Lotto (lodged on 1 November 2007) Willie Coffey*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-753 100 Years Since Scotland’s First Woman Councillor (lodged on 1 November 2007) Gil Paterson*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-752# Recycling Waste Wood (lodged on 1 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-750 Royal Society of Edinburgh and Links with Pakistan and India (lodged on 31 October 2007) Trish Godman*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-749 The Men of Lyon Street (lodged on 31 October 2007) Tom McCabe*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-747.1 Independence is the Only Solution to West Lothian Question (lodged on 5 November 2007) Cathie Craigie*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-741 Congratulations to Ross and Cromarty Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 31 October 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-740 Fort William Post Office (lodged on 31 October 2007) Gil Paterson*, Cathy Peattie*

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

S3M-735 Charlotte Louise McKechnie: Young Chorister of the Year (lodged on 30 October 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-729 2012 Olympic Football Team (lodged on 30 October 2007) Willie Coffey*

S3M-728# World AIDS Day 2007 (lodged on 30 October 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-725 Employment Legislation and the Council of Economic Advisers (lodged on 30 October 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-723 Alcohol Awareness Week (lodged on 30 October 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-718 British Heart Foundation Scotland’s Heart 2 Heart Appeal (lodged on 29 October 2007) Annabel Goldie*, Tom McCabe*, Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-716 Organic Food (lodged on 29 October 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-713 Freedom of the City of Glasgow for Aung San Suu Kyi (lodged on 29 October 2007) Cathy Peattie*

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

S3M-712.1 Disappointment at Labour Group Voting Against Rescue Package for Scotland’s Farmers and Crofters (lodged on 2 November 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-706 Independence Referendums in the Basque Country (lodged on 26 October 2007) Willie Coffey*

S3M-704 Accessible Public Transport For All (lodged on 26 October 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-697 Support for Democracy and Freedom in Burma (lodged on 25 October 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-696 Chemistry Week 2007: 3 to 11 November (lodged on 25 October 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-695 Changing Lives (lodged on 25 October 2007) Jack McConnell*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-690 East Fife Male Voice Choir (lodged on 25 October 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-689 Scotland’s Highest Ever FIFA Ranking (lodged on 25 October 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-687 Not for Sale (lodged on 25 October 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-685 Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration (lodged on 24 October 2007) Jack McConnell*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-684 Dundee Success at Video Game BAFTAs (lodged on 24 October 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-678 One Workplace Equal Rights (lodged on 23 October 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-666 Fruit Trees For Malawi (lodged on 22 October 2007) Jack McConnell*

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

S3M-492 Action Against Human Trafficking (lodged on 18 September 2007) Jack McConnell*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Willie Coffey*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Nigel Don*

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