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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1101 Kenny MacAskill: Serious Organised Crime—That the Parliament recognises that serious organised crime is a major problem that has a devastating impact on communities and businesses in Scotland; believes that tackling this menace should be a key priority for a safer and stronger Scotland; supports the Scottish police service and UK and European law enforcement agencies in ramping up their efforts to disrupt and destroy the criminal networks which inflict misery on law-abiding citizens; commends the agencies responsible for recovering over £17 million worth of assets using the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; supports the view that serious organised crime cannot be seen to pay and supports further measures to ensure that criminals are stripped of the profits made from the misery they cause in order to reinvest in the youth of Scotland and communities, and supports the role of the newly established Serious Organised Crime Taskforce in spearheading a renewed drive and commitment to address this type of crime.

Supported by: Elish Angiolini*

*S3M-1100♦ Patrick Harvie: Scottish Campuses Can Go Greener—That the Parliament recognises the huge potential of educational institutions to provide organisational leadership in environmental performance, reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful impacts on the world and inspire individuals to take action on environmental issues; congratulates the student campaign group, People & Planet, for its Go Green programme which aims to promote a systematic approach to monitoring and improving environmental performance by schools, colleges and universities; recognises that most Scottish institutions appear at the lower end of the People & Planet environmental league table for 2007, showing that there is significant room for improvement; notes that People & Planet groups in Scotland, including at the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde, will be campaigning for greater progress during Go Green Week from 16 to 24 February 2008, and wishes the students every success in their campaign.

*S3M-1099 Shirley-Anne Somerville: No Need for Nuclear Energy—That the Parliament notes the release of new energy generation figures for 2005 and 2006 by National Statistics and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform showing that the amount of energy generated by nuclear power in Scotland fell by 24% while energy generated by non-hydro renewable sources increased by 46%; recognises that installed capacity of renewables in Scotland already exceeds installed capacity of nuclear power and that these figures show that the Scottish Government is on course to meet the target of 50% of energy generation from renewable sources by 2020, and confirms that Scotland does not need a new generation of nuclear power stations to meet energy generation or climate change targets.

*S3M-1098 Shirley-Anne Somerville: British Curry Award Winner—That the Parliament congratulates the Britannia Spice restaurant in Leith on winning the Best in Scotland award at the British Curry Awards 2007; recognises the consistency shown by Britannia Spice in winning the award in each of the three years since the awards’ inauguration in 2005, and wishes the restaurant every success in the future.

*S3M-1097 Peter Peacock: Direct Ferry Service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig—That the Parliament recognises the benefits that would accrue to the residents of Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist and Berneray from a direct ferry service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig; urges Caledonian MacBrayne and the Scottish Government to support the introduction of this additional ferry service to the islands as soon as possible, and commends people, businesses and the community landowner, Storas Uibhist, for their vigilance and ongoing campaign for this much-needed ferry service.

*S3M-1096# John Scott: Recreational Sea Angling—That the Parliament notes the economic and social importance of recreational sea angling to communities along the west coast and across Scotland; further notes that around 225,000 people participate in the sport annually with an average spend of £1,375 for boat anglers and £861 for shore anglers; recognises that most species of interest to sea anglers have limited commercial value and are returned alive to the sea, representing an excellent financial return for "Scotland plc"; affirms the extremely low environmental cost of recreational sea angling which is at the forefront of sustainable fishing and especially welcomes the Give Fish a Chance initiative from the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network, encouraging anglers to keep only those fish which have reached breeding size; regrets the substantial decline of the sport and supporting industries, notably on the Firth of Clyde, due to a loss of stocks with a number of species becoming extinct locally or reduced to the point where only juvenile specimens are now being caught; notes with concern the critically endangered status of key species, such as common skate, porbeagle and spurdog, which bring sea anglers to Scotland, and considers that work between the Scottish Government, sea angling bodies and other relevant agencies should continue to ensure the conservation of key species and the continued growth of sea angling in Scotland.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Murdo Fraser*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Mike Rumbles*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-969*#* Roseanna Cunningham: Defence Aviation and Repair Agency Almondbank - No To Privatisation—That the Parliament respects the important role played by the DARA rotary wing and components business at Almondbank near Perth which provides in-depth maintenance, repair and overhaul of components for the UK’s military helicopter fleet; applauds the management and workforce at DARA for creating what has become a world-class centre of excellence; recognises the important role played by helicopters at the front line of modern conflicts; notes that an announcement is expected in Westminster on 15 December 2007 on the future of DARA; regrets that, far from protecting the critical work that DARA does to keep its helicopters flying, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) seems set to sell the organisation to the private sector with the sole bidder being the small Canadian company, Vector Aerospace, in a decision which would mean the permanent loss of helicopter support to the MoD and would be effectively exporting the intellectual property and design skills required to maintain operational sovereignty; welcomes the proposals submitted by the joint trade unions which, through measures such as mobile repair teams, integrating service personnel into the business, funding for capability rather than fixed pricing and directing MoD work into the business, would ensure the long-term viability and success of the business inside the MoD; *notes that Baroness Taylor of Bolton is the minister responsible for the decision, and believes that support should be given to the unions’ proposals which will protect jobs, technologies and armed forces personnel.*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1095 Portencross Castle (lodged on 4 January 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, John Lamont*, Sandra White*, Margaret Mitchell*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1093 Energy Sector Social Tariffs (lodged on 3 January 2008) Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jim Tolson*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-1092 US Congress Scottish Literature Classification (lodged on 3 January 2008) Sandra White*, Brian Adam*, Mike Pringle*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christine Grahame*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1090 Scottish Parliament Nominated as "Arms Control Person of the Year" (lodged on 3 January 2008) Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patrick Harvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1088 Phil O’Donnell (lodged on 3 January 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alex Neil*, John Park*, Joe FitzPatrick*, John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, David McLetchie*, Margaret Mitchell*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Elaine Murray*, Bashir Ahmad*, Karen Gillon*, Tavish Scott*, Pauline McNeill*, Hugh Henry*, Karen Whitefield*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Butler*, Gavin Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Murdo Fraser*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Baker*, David Stewart*, Aileen Campbell*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, Bill Aitken*, Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Margo MacDonald*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*, Ross Finnie*, Robin Harper*, David Whitton*, James Kelly*, George Foulkes*, Elaine Smith*, Margaret Curran*

S3M-1085 MUMS Knows Best (lodged on 21 December 2007) Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jim Tolson*, Patrick Harvie*, Sandra White*, Elaine Smith*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1083 Brick by Brick: A Tenancy Deposit Scheme for Scotland (lodged on 21 December 2007) Mary Mulligan*, Karen Gillon*, Marlyn Glen*, David Stewart*, Robin Harper*, David Whitton*, Claire Baker*, George Foulkes*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*, Andy Kerr*, Elaine Murray*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Butler*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1081 Dons Eat Danish (lodged on 21 December 2007) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Lewis Macdonald*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, David Stewart*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Butler*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1079 Pressure for Change (lodged on 20 December 2007) Karen Gillon*, Claire Baker*

S3M-1078 Masonhill Crematorium (lodged on 20 December 2007) John Scott*

S3M-1075 Erwin Ureel (lodged on 20 December 2007) Jamie McGrigor*, Margaret Mitchell*, Bill Kidd*, Karen Gillon*, Alex Johnstone*, Jackson Carlaw*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Aitken*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1074# Young People in the Workplace (lodged on 20 December 2007) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1072 National Energy Efficiency Awards (lodged on 20 December 2007) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1070 Tackling Discrimination (lodged on 20 December 2007) Patrick Harvie*, Mike Pringle*, Ross Finnie*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1069 Pitreavie Athletics Centre (lodged on 20 December 2007) Mike Pringle*, John Park*

S3M-1032 Wi-Fi on Public Transport (lodged on 12 December 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1028# Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights (lodged on 12 December 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Charlie Gordon*

S3M-1016 Black Watch Memorial (lodged on 11 December 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1009 Napier University - Best Widening Participation Initiative (lodged on 10 December 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1003# Meeting the Needs of Disabled Children and their Families - £34 Million Could Go a Long Way (lodged on 7 December 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-972 Scottish Land Girls (lodged on 4 December 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-971 Golf Resort Development in Aberdeen City and Shire (lodged on 4 December 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-966 Human Trafficking (lodged on 4 December 2007) Tom McCabe*

S3M-803 Which?’s 50th Anniversary (lodged on 8 November 2007) Jamie McGrigor*

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