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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1334# Bill Butler: Happy Birthday Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association (GOPWA) on the occasion of its 60th anniversary; notes that since its foundation on 23 February 1948 it has grown into an organisation which currently has over 2,000 volunteers assisting with its activities; acknowledges its provision of an unparalleled level of support to an estimated 75% of Glasgow’s 120,000 senior citizens, support which includes entertainment, new skills training, advocacy and income maximisation services, letter writing facilities and residential care and which, over the last five years, has helped Glasgow’s senior citizens claim over £10 million in benefits; salutes the contribution made to society by Scotland’s senior citizens, and wishes both the director, Sheena Glass, and all those involved continued success in making GOPWA such a unique and significant organisation.

*S3M-1333 Patrick Harvie: Wilson Doctrine—That the Parliament notes the public debate on surveillance which has been sparked by revelations of the bugging of Sadiq Khan MP; further notes the existence of the Wilson Doctrine which affords MPs some protection from surveillance while carrying out their duties; believes that there are inherent weaknesses in the doctrine and that its application has not been consistent; recognises that debate on these issues seems likely to lead to new rules defining the limits of surveillance in politics; believes that any such rules must include an absolute ban on the political use of information gained from surveillance activity and must also protect the right of members of the public to consult confidentially their elected representatives at all levels, in particular those who have responsibility for aspects of the justice system; further believes that the same restrictions should also apply to confidential access to legal advice, and calls on the Scottish Government to initiate discussions with the UK Government to ensure that the role of MSPs is recognised as equivalent to that of MPs for these purposes and respected in the rules governing the use of surveillance.

*S3M-1332 Bill Kidd: No to Go Ape Development in Pollok Park—That the Parliament opposes the proposed Go Ape private adventure course proposals for Pollok Park in Glasgow; is concerned at the inevitable disruption which it considers will result from any such development to the beauty and tranquillity of this public resource which is used by both locals and visitors to the city; is aware that this parkland was gifted to the citizenry of Glasgow on the proviso that such developments should not be sanctioned, and is conscious of and supports the large and growing local opposition to this form of private development in Pollok Park on the basis that such costly private entertainment has no place in any public park in Glasgow.

*S3M-1331 Kenneth Gibson: Anorexia and Bulimia—That the Parliament notes with unease that it is estimated that more than 80,000 people in Scotland suffer from anorexia, with 4,700 suffering from bulimia, and that the number of people diagnosed with eating disorders has increased by more than 15% since 1999, according to NHS Scotland; is aware that, despite guidelines issued by the health service watchdog in November 2006, Scotland still trails behind the rest of the western world in the treatment of eating disorders; is aware that the foremost expert on anorexia and bulimia in the United Kingdom, Bryan Lask, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of London, has voiced concern that the system for treating those with eating disorders in Scotland is "positively dangerous"; regrets that there is still no specific advice for GPs, despite every practice having patients suffering from eating disorders, and that only two centres in Edinburgh and Glasgow provide specialist care at a cost of around £3,000 per patient per week; asks the Scottish Government to examine why there is not one consultant specialising in eating disorders employed by the NHS in Scotland and to consider how best to tackle this problem which can prove fatal and is deeply distressing both for patients and their families, and understands the need for ongoing research into eating disorders and their treatment.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon*, Sandra White*, Irene Oldfather*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-1330 Jackson Carlaw: Proposed Go Ape High Wire Adventure Facility in Pollok Country Park—That the Parliament accepts the idea of a Go Ape high wire adventure facility in an appropriate location but, given that Pollok Country Park is environmentally, socially and culturally unique, is extremely concerned by Glasgow City Council’s decision in February 2007 to grant a 21-year lease of sites in the North Wood, a natural unspoilt forest within the park, to Adventure Forest Ltd without consulting Pollok Country Park users or the local councillor at the time; questions the validity of the public consultation subsequently carried out by the council’s Land and Environmental Services in the summer of 2007 in which local residents considered that they were denied their proper right to have a say on the proposal; believes with dismay that Glasgow City Council politicians and officials have shown a complete disregard for the overwhelming opposition to this proposal from the local community and residents across Greater Glasgow, and urges Glasgow City Council to reconsider these ill-thought-out plans by going back to the drawing board and conducting a fresh consultation which would allow a new site to be considered as more appropriate for Go Ape, thus ensuring that the people of Greater Glasgow and the many visitors from elsewhere across the country can continue to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the North Wood of Pollok Country Park, one of the greatest gifts given to the people of Glasgow, the west of Scotland and beyond.

*S3M-1329 Aileen Campbell: Rights of Children of Prisoners—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland; notes that the report finds that an estimated 13,500 children in Scotland are affected at any one time by the imprisonment of a parent and that when sentencing options are being considered the impact on the child is rarely taken into account; believes that the rights of children must be taken into account when sentencing and offender policy is considered, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s moves to reduce the number of custodial sentences for minor offences, especially where mothers with children are concerned.

*S3M-1328 Christine Grahame: Bring Berwick Back—That the Parliament notes the referendum campaign in Berwick-upon-Tweed, 990 years after the town was ceded to Scotland following the Battle of Carham, to gauge support for the town being returned to the fold of Scottish nationhood; notes that Berwickers are once again considering the benefits of being part of Scotland; recognises the strong levels of support in the town for such a move, which sees the benefits that Scotland has derived from slowly removing the barriers to progress and prosperity by becoming increasingly independent of London control; agrees that we would warmly welcome Berwick-upon-Tweed back into the nation of Scotland as we move to regaining our full independence, and urges Scottish ministers to begin negotiations with HM Government to secure Berwick-upon-Tweed’s restoration as part of the nation of Scotland.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-1327 Ian McKee: Scottish Science Funding Crisis—That the Parliament notes with concern the funding crisis at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the effects of which, as well as reductions in new physics grants for Scotland’s universities, will see reductions in funding for the United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) by 50% over the next three years; recognises that this funding has been vital to the continued existence of these organisations which have been responsible for many world-leading instruments for the world’s astronomers, have pioneered the successful Dark Sky Scotland scheme and have provided support to hundreds of science teachers to encourage young people in Scotland into science; deplores the actions of the STFC in disproportionately reducing the funding in Scotland, and calls on MPs at Westminster to reassess the funding for science in Scotland.

*S3M-1326 Patrick Harvie: Children of Prisoners: The Invisible Victims of Crime—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the findings of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland, published by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland; further notes that the report sets out serious concerns about the welfare of children in this situation, in particular highlighting the problems with the approach taken to prison visits and the failure of the justice system to recognise the rights of the child in these difficult circumstances, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that better facilities are provided for children to see their parents or carers in Scotland’s prisons.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Robert Brown*, Mike Pringle*, Cathy Peattie*, Marlyn Glen*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1324*#* Cathy Peattie: 2008: Women and the Vote—That the Parliament notes that 6 February 2008 is the 90th anniversary of women winning the right to vote and be elected to parliament under the 1918 Representation of the People Act; further notes that this year is also the 80th anniversary of women being granted equal voting rights; believes that much still remains to be done to achieve full equality for women, and therefore welcomes the formation of 2008: Women and the Vote, bringing together organisations to celebrate, assess the current situation, and ask all political parties and central and local government to put this issue at the top of their political agendas.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie*, Mary Scanlon*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jim Tolson*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*, John Park*, Claire Baker*, George Foulkes*, Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Patrick Harvie*, Alison McInnes*, Karen Whitefield*, Elaine Smith*, Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Ross Finnie*, Christine Grahame*, Rhona Brankin*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*

S3M-1281 Marlyn Glen: 50th Anniversary of Scottish CND—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; notes that the UK Government’s plan to renew and replace Trident would have an impact on matters devolved to the Scottish Parliament for the next 50 years; expresses concern that the UK Government is spending £2.7 billion at Aldermaston over the next three years; urges the majority of Scottish Westminster MPs of all parties who voted against Trident renewal on 14 March 2007 to continue their opposition to that policy at Westminster with a view to overturning it in due course, and supports the 50th anniversary rally which will be held at Aldermaston on 24 March 2008.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Elaine Smith*, Christopher Harvie*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*

*S3M-1281.1 Alasdair Allan: 50th Anniversary of Scottish CND—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1281) in the name of Marlyn Glen, insert at end "and further welcomes the expressed view of many respected anti-nuclear campaigners including Bruce Kent that the most effective means of abolishing Trident is the achievement of Scottish independence."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1325 Averting Humanitarian Disaster in Afghanistan (lodged on 6 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1323 Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps (lodged on 6 February 2008) Mary Scanlon*, Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Cathy Jamieson*, Sarah Boyack*, Karen Whitefield*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Hugh Henry*, Jackie Baillie*, George Foulkes*, Jackson Carlaw*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Elaine Murray*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Smith*, James Kelly*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathy Peattie*, Sandra White*

S3M-1322 Save Stirling University Post Office (lodged on 6 February 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christopher Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Alex Johnstone*, Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Aileen Campbell*, Claire Baker*, Sandra White*

S3M-1321 Cyber-Impersonation (lodged on 6 February 2008) Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bashir Ahmad*, Gil Paterson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1319 Inverclyde Council Funding for Voluntary Groups (lodged on 6 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*, Sandra White*

S3M-1318 American Super Bowl (lodged on 6 February 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bashir Ahmad*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-1316 Congratulating Scottish Science (lodged on 5 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Elaine Smith*, Sandra White*

S3M-1316.1 Congratulating Scottish Science (lodged on 6 February 2008) Richard Baker*, Sarah Boyack*, Iain Gray*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*, James Kelly*, David Whitton*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1313 Strengthening Services in the Community for Families Living with Huntington’s Disease (lodged on 5 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1311 Launch of the Automotrice Grande Vitesse (lodged on 5 February 2008) Alex Neil*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Morgan*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Sandra White*

S3M-1310# Glasgow Task Force (lodged on 5 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1309 Food Without Fear Campaign (lodged on 5 February 2008) Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1305 Lets Go With ".sco" (lodged on 5 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, John Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Willie Coffey*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Sandra White*

S3M-1304 God Bless the SNP Government (lodged on 5 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1303 Caldervale Success in Make Your Mark Challenge (lodged on 5 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1302 Scams Awareness Month, February 2008 (lodged on 5 February 2008) Robin Harper*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1301 Rights of the Indian Hindu Minority in Malaysia (lodged on 5 February 2008) Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1300 Edinburgh University Students’ Association: Community Action Award (lodged on 5 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1298 Formal Opening of Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (lodged on 5 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1297# Upper Forth Crossing (lodged on 5 February 2008) Trish Godman*, Claire Baker*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-1295# Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 4 February 2008) Karen Gillon*, Jamie Hepburn*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1294 Insolvency Rates in Scotland (lodged on 4 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1293 Nationally Important Marine Areas (lodged on 4 February 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Elaine Smith*, Claire Baker*

S3M-1292 Congratulations to Friends of Burnbraes Park, Biggar (lodged on 4 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1291 You’ve Had Enough of Our Money, Hands Off Our Notes (lodged on 4 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Keith Brown*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1290 Creative Glasgow: City of Music (lodged on 4 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1289 I Love My Smoke-Free Childhood (lodged on 4 February 2008) Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1288 Why Do We Feel So Broke? (lodged on 4 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1286 Rising Energy Prices (lodged on 1 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1285 Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (lodged on 1 February 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1284 An End to the Prospect of Ship-to-Ship Transfers in the Firth of Forth (lodged on 1 February 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1283 Congratulations to Buckie Community High School (lodged on 1 February 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1279 Congratulations to Dakota Bar and Grill, Restaurant of the Year (lodged on 31 January 2008) Jim Hume*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1278 Effective Energy Complaint Handling (lodged on 31 January 2008) Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Claire Baker*

S3M-1276# Borderline Homelessness Charity (lodged on 31 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1274 Keeping Accident and Emergency Services Local (lodged on 31 January 2008) Gil Paterson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1273 VAT for Warm Homes Campaign (lodged on 31 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1271# Hunting of Wild Boar with Dogs (lodged on 31 January 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1270 Closure of Telephone Boxes (lodged on 31 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1269 Scottish Winners of BBC 2 Young Folk Award 2008 (lodged on 31 January 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1265 Sub-standard Military Housing (lodged on 30 January 2008) Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1264 Scottish Book Trust (lodged on 30 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1247 Independent Living Funds (lodged on 29 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1228 VAT on Sports and Leisure Trusts’ Membership Packages (lodged on 28 January 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1227 British Sign Language - Glossary of Science Terms (lodged on 28 January 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1219 Dumbarton Academy (lodged on 24 January 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1214 Commemoration by the Scottish Clearing Banks of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1203 Reid Kerr (lodged on 22 January 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1173 Campaign to Ban Snaring in Scotland (lodged on 17 January 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1149 Friends of Remploy (lodged on 15 January 2008) Karen Whitefield*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Claire Baker*

S3M-1144 Midnight Footie (lodged on 15 January 2008) John Park*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-1077 Invisible Heating Systems - Top Flight (lodged on 20 December 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1047 Fuel Poverty (lodged on 17 December 2007) Christine Grahame*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Robert Brown*

S3M-1028# Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights (lodged on 12 December 2007) Iain Gray*

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