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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1009 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Napier University - Best Widening Participation Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh’s Napier University for winning the Widening Participation Initiative of the Year award at the Times Higher Awards 2007 for its innovative NUstART programme; notes that NUstART runs drop-in workshops for people of all ages, allowing students from disadvantaged areas to work in a variety of painting and drawing media at their own pace, with flexible attendance to suit people’s commitments, health and abilities; further notes that the workshops regularly attract about 80 aspiring artists who between them sold more than 50 paintings with a total value of £4,000 at this year’s summer exhibition, raising £1,250 for charity; commends the NUstART organisers for their groundbreaking initiative which has a powerful impact on the self-esteem and life chances of participants, and supports them in their plans to set up more groups throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians and establish spin-off ventures such as a permanent gallery.

*S3M-1008 Michael Russell: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—That the Parliament recognises the value of the physical environment in promoting health and wellbeing; recognises the role that woodland and other greenspace plays in this through increased opportunities for physical activity, relaxation and social interaction in people’s everyday lives, and calls on the environmental and health sectors to work together to further develop the contribution of woodland and other greenspace to Scotland’s health.

Supported by: Shona Robison*

*S3M-1007 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to New Balaka Restaurant, St Andrews—That the Parliament congratulates the New Balaka restaurant in St Andrews on being named the best Bangladeshi restaurant in Scotland and Northern Ireland by the Bangladesh Caterers’ Association; further notes that the Balaka has previously won the Good Curry Guide’s Best in Scotland award in 1995 and Best in the United Kingdom in 1998, and commends Abdul and Michael Rouf and all the team for their work and the outstanding contribution that they have made to furthering Bangladeshi-Scottish relations.

*S3M-1006 Mary Mulligan: Support for Leon Jackson in The X Factor Final—That the Parliament congratulates Leon Jackson on his outstanding achievement in reaching the final of The X Factor; acknowledges that Leon is an excellent ambassador for his home town of Whitburn and a leading role model for Scotland’s young people, and encourages everyone in Scotland to vote for Leon in The X Factor final on Saturday 15 December 2007.

*S3M-1005 Kenneth Gibson: Widening the Gap Between Rich and Poor—That the Parliament notes with concern that the gap between rich and poor has reached levels not seen for more than 40 years with the level of social mobility in the United Kingdom among the lowest of any developed country; believes that this inequality can only be exacerbated by the abolition of the 10% tax rate, announced by the Prime Minister in his last Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer, to be implemented from April 2008; strongly disapproves of this fiscal measure which hits those earning less than £17,000 per annum, effectively increasing the amount of income tax that they must pay; understands that those on low pay lose the benefit of the 10% lower rate and do not have enough income chargeable at the 22% rate to benefit from the cut to 20%; acknowledges that, according to analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, around one-fifth of families in the United Kingdom will be worse off as a direct result of this measure and that three out of four women will pay more tax; is aware that, because the wage gap between Scotland and England is over £2,000, there are more lower-paid workers in Scotland, therefore hard-working Scots will be heavily penalised by this measure; is alarmed that, according to figures published by Deloitte, in 22 Scottish Westminster parliamentary constituencies more than 50% of workers will be worse off, including North Ayrshire and Arran, and therefore condemns what the abolition of the 10% tax rate means in practice, which is that the poor are subsidising the better off and urges the Scottish Government to lobby the UK Government to reconsider this measure.

*S3M-1004 Bashir Ahmad: Congratulating Azeem Ibrahim - Britain’s Top 100 Most Influential Asians—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow-born Azeem Ibrahim for being the youngest member of the Bank of Scotland’s top 100 most influential British Asians; believes that Azeem’s success encapsulates Scotland’s entrepreneurial spirit, proving that Scotland is more than capable of producing fresh young talent, and further believes that such prominent members of our community can act as role models for all of Scotland’s youth.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1003♦ Meeting the Needs of Disabled Children and their Families - £34 Million Could Go a Long Way (lodged on 7 December 2007) John Park*, James Kelly*, Cathie Craigie*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, Claire Baker*, Bill Butler*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Elaine Smith*, Cathy Peattie*, Iain Gray*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1002♦ True Cost of PFI (lodged on 7 December 2007) Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1001 Reinstate our Christmas Carol Service (lodged on 7 December 2007) Ross Finnie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Lamont*, Michael Matheson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-1000# Make Scotland’s Roads Safer - Reduce the Drink Driving Limit (lodged on 7 December 2007) Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*, Brian Adam*

S3M-999 Fit for the Future (lodged on 6 December 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-995 UK Failure to Tackle Child Poverty (lodged on 6 December 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-994 Congratulations to Cunninghame Housing Association (lodged on 6 December 2007) Michael Matheson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Willie Coffey*, Bob Doris*

S3M-993 STUC Memorandum of Understanding (lodged on 6 December 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-990 North Ayrshire Carers Centre (lodged on 5 December 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-988 Our Vote Our Voice Launch (lodged on 5 December 2007) Christine Grahame*, Cathy Peattie*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-987 Prepayment Penalties on the Poor (lodged on 5 December 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-986 Farepak (lodged on 4 December 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-974 End the Spectre of Poll Tax (lodged on 4 December 2007) Christine Grahame*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-972 Scottish Land Girls (lodged on 4 December 2007) Margaret Mitchell*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-966 Human Trafficking (lodged on 4 December 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-963 St Aloysius Primary School’s 150th Anniversary (lodged on 3 December 2007) Cathie Craigie*

S3M-962 National Deaf Children’s Society: Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Families of Deaf Children Project (lodged on 3 December 2007) Cathie Craigie*

S3M-959 Prisoners with Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities (lodged on 3 December 2007) Alison McInnes*, Cathie Craigie*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-958 Neurosurgergy Needs Assessment (lodged on 3 December 2007) Christine Grahame*

S3M-953# Support Project Scotland (lodged on 29 November 2007) Tavish Scott*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-950 Excellent HMIE Report into Workers’ Educational Association (lodged on 28 November 2007) Cathie Craigie*

S3M-948 RSPB Scotland Volunteer and Farmer Alliance (lodged on 28 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-933 RNIB Report on Election Experiences of People with Sight Loss (lodged on 27 November 2007) Alison McInnes*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-930 Healthy Living Centres (lodged on 27 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-924 Smart Metering (lodged on 23 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-916.1 Central Scotland Rail Improvements (lodged on 29 November 2007) Cathie Craigie*

S3M-912 Employability of Disabled Graduates (lodged on 22 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-900 Tenth Anniversary of the Jubilee Scotland Campaign (lodged on 21 November 2007) Patrick Harvie*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-899 Say No to Racism (lodged on 21 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-880 Nursery Education (lodged on 19 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-878 Anti-Bullying Week 2007 (lodged on 19 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-870 Failure to Invest in Higher Education (lodged on 16 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-861# 18 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 15 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

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