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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1638 Frank Mulholland: Fatal Accident Inquiries—That the Parliament welcomes the review of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976, to be led by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk, which will ensure that Scotland has an effective and practical system of public inquiry into deaths which is fit for the 21st century.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill*

*S3M-1637 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1636 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1635 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

*S3M-1634 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Creative Scotland Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 20 June 2008.

*S3M-1633 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 April 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scotland Week

followed by Justice Committee Debate: 4th Report 2008 - Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 17 April 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 23 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 24 April 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-1632 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 26 March 2008—

after

Wednesday 26 March 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Prison Service Report on Robert Foye

*S3M-1631 John Swinney: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-1630 Rhona Brankin: Scottish Mining Museum—That the Parliament notes with concern that a report has identified that the buildings of the Lady Victoria Colliery, Europe’s best preserved 19th century pit complex, denoted as being of international significance by Historic Scotland and recently nominated as Scotland’s most treasured place, are increasingly fragile and urgently require £2.5 million to preserve them and urges Scottish Ministers to ensure that the fabric of the colliery buildings is secured for the enjoyment and education of future generations; considers the colliery to be a hugely important part of Scotland’s industrial heritage, and believes that appropriate support for the future care of the buildings and operation of the Scottish Mining Museum must be made available.

*S3M-1629 Bill Aitken on behalf of the Justice Committee: Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Justice Committee’s 4th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources (SP Paper 50).

*S3M-1628 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Learning Centres Win Prestigious Award from Government—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement that the Federation of Community Learning Centres in Inverclyde has won an award from Learndirect Scotland for helping people into training and jobs; notes that the award recognises the achievements that the centres have made in making learning easy and accessible for students with families or those who require extra needs, and further notes that this prestigious award is part of the Scottish Government’s skills strategy with the five centres to be honoured being Larkfield Youth Connections, Riverview Centre in Port Glasgow, Craigend Resource Centre, Branchton Community Centre and Greenock’s Second Chance Learning Project.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-1627♦ Tricia Marwick: MS Awareness Week 21-27 April 2008—That the Parliament welcomes the focus on the emotional, physical and financial costs of multiple sclerosis of this year’s MS Awareness Week which runs from 21 to 27 April 2008; recognises that Scotland has the highest rate of the condition in the world and that its costs can be significant for the approximately 10,500 people living with multiple sclerosis in Scotland as they deal with the impact that it can have on every aspect of their lives; supports the work that the MS Society Scotland does to provide advice, support and information to people affected by MS, and recognises that, while considerable progress has been made in the provision of MS specialists in NHS boards, the statutory services available to people affected by MS remain variable across the country and that social care services in particular need to improve so that high-quality support is available wherever people live in Scotland.

*S3M-1626# Angela Constance: No Recourse No Safety—That the Parliament notes the publication of No Recourse No Safety: The Government’s Failure to Protect Women from Violence, a report by Amnesty International and the Southall Black Sisters; is disturbed by the evidence that not having recourse to public funds prevents women with insecure immigration status from accessing the benefits they need to claim refuge, effectively trapping women in violence or destitution; welcomes the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling violence against women, continuing the good work commenced by the previous Scottish administration; acknowledges the pivotal contribution of local services such as the West Lothian Council Domestic Abuse Service which provides a service to women from a minority population; notes that not having recourse to public funds affects women who have valid visas as spouses, students, visitors and workers and those who are classed as "overstayers" in addition to victims of trafficking; acknowledges that organisations such as West Lothian Women’s Aid are accommodating and assisting women with no recourse to public funds, and commends the recommendations of No Recourse No Safety, in particular the need for the Scottish Government to put in place emergency funding while a permanent solution from the UK Government is sought, namely exempting women fleeing violence from the no recourse to public funds requirement.

Supported by: Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Ian McKee*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*

*S3M-1625 Jamie Hepburn: International Committee of the Red Cross Report on State of Iraq—That the Parliament notes the publication of Iraq: No Let-up in the Humanitarian Crisis by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); expresses its serious concern at the findings of this paper which include that "millions of Iraqis have insufficient access to clean water, sanitation and health care", that "tens of thousands" of Iraqi civilians have disappeared since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, that there are only 30,000 hospital beds in public hospitals when 80,000 are required, that a "lack of midwives means that many women giving birth at night must do so without assistance", that even though the estimated average monthly salary in Iraq is now around US $150 that many Iraqi families must spend around US $50 per month on water as the production of drinking water has steadily worsened over the last year, which directly contributed to an outbreak of cholera in 2007; commends the ICRC for its humanitarian work in Iraq alongside the Iraqi Red Crescent which has included clarifying the status of many missing Iraqis, as well as providing assistance to tens of thousands of displaced persons and needy Iraqi residents with food and other essentials and supporting the delivery of medical services; believes that the findings of the ICRC are further evidence of the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the invasion of Iraq in 2003, rubbing further salt into the wounds of the Iraqi people following the disaster of a decade of sanctions, and calls on the international community to work positively with the ICRC and other non-governmental organisations trying to improve the lives of ordinary Iraqi citizens.

*S3M-1624 Iain Smith: Learning for Life—That the Parliament welcomes the Learning for Life: From Inspiration to Aspiration book launch and exhibition that is taking place in the Parliament this week; is pleased to host this showcase of work by young people from across Scotland who have taken part in the Values Poster Award programme; recognises that this character education programme inspires young people and raises their aspirations; supports the work of Learning for Life, and wishes the charity well in its ambition to engage with many more young people across Scotland, both those who are in education, employment or training and those who are not, in order to help them realise their full potential.

*S3M-1623 Brian Adam: Scottish World Cup Qualifier Broadcasts—That the Parliament notes with utmost concern that the BBC failed to broadcast Scottish World Cup qualifiers although it is able to spend an excessive £200 million on screening Formula 1; believes this to be unacceptable as football is Scotland’s national sport and should be made a priority in terms of sports coverage in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to apply pressure on the BBC to immediately address this problem and to persuade the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport to add the home nations’ world cup qualifiers to its list of "crown jewels" of sporting events that must be available to terrestrial broadcasters.

*S3M-1621 Nicola Sturgeon: Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to bring infection rates down by investing £54 million to support a far more intensive and targeted three-year programme of healthcare associated infection (HAI) work from 1 April 2008; believes that the Scottish Government is right to introduce a one-year pilot MRSA screening programme to shape a planned, structured and deliverable national screening programme from 2009-10; welcomes the links that will be established between the Patient Safety and Patient Experience programmes and the HAI agenda to bring about a coherency of approach in the way that NHSScotland delivers its service to patients; welcomes the Scottish Government’s continuation of the multi-agency HAI Task Force, and agrees with the challenging target that the Scottish Government has set for all staff of NHS boards to achieve at least 90% hand hygiene compliance by November 2008.

*S3M-1621.1 Margaret Curran: Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1621) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert at end "commends the progress made by the previous Labour-led government in establishing the HAI Task Force and ensuring that Scotland was a model for tackling healthcare associated infections and should continue to be so; asks the Scottish Government to commit to tackling all healthcare associated infections, not just MRSA; notes the importance of combating infections in care homes, and calls for a specific plan of action to do so."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1622 Home-Start East Lothian (lodged on 20 March 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1620 Clydesdale Bank Selection of Help the Hospices as their New Charity Partner (lodged on 20 March 2008) Jack McConnell*, Bill Aitken*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bob Doris*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alasdair Allan*, Mary Scanlon*, Murdo Fraser*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Stuart McMillan*, John Lamont*, Michael McMahon*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-1619 Gurkhas’ First-Class Service, MOD’s Second-Class Treatment (lodged on 20 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Robin Harper*, Keith Brown*, Ian McKee*

S3M-1618 Nuclear Non-Proliferation (lodged on 20 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1617 Help the Hospices (lodged on 20 March 2008) Elaine Murray*, Keith Brown*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, Jackson Carlaw*, Karen Whitefield*, Christine Grahame*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1616 Specialist Doctors’ Contract (lodged on 20 March 2008) Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, James Kelly*, Helen Eadie*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1615 Royal Scottish Academy Schools Art Competition (lodged on 20 March 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Ken Macintosh*, Karen Gillon*, Alasdair Allan*, Tavish Scott*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Patricia Ferguson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Butler*, Bashir Ahmad*, Claire Baker*, Jim Hume*, Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1614 Fifth Anniversary of the Start of the Iraq War (lodged on 19 March 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Angela Constance*, Patrick Harvie*, Christopher Harvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Ian McKee*

S3M-1613 Parliamentary Launch of Designing Lighting for People with Dementia (lodged on 19 March 2008) Christine Grahame*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1612 Scottish Campaign for Cardiac Rehabilitation (lodged on 19 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Angela Constance*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1611# Congratulations to the Bullwood Project (lodged on 19 March 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Des McNulty*, Helen Eadie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jackson Carlaw*, Karen Gillon*, Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1610# Young Drivers - Reducing the Death Toll (lodged on 19 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Alasdair Allan*, Angela Constance*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1609 Reducing Smoking in Young People: The Social Norms Approach (lodged on 19 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Aileen Campbell*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1608 New Sponsorship Deal for Scotland’s Under-21 Footballers (lodged on 19 March 2008) Dave Thompson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1607 Congratulations to Conor McKay (lodged on 19 March 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-1606 Sparrowhawk Relocation (lodged on 19 March 2008) Patrick Harvie*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*, Ted Brocklebank*, Iain Gray*

S3M-1605 GM Crops (lodged on 19 March 2008) Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Christopher Harvie*, Patrick Harvie*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1604 ExxonMobil and Venezuelan Oil Assets (lodged on 19 March 2008) Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1596# Yes to Bathgate Business Improvement District (lodged on 18 March 2008) Elaine Murray*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, Karen Whitefield*, Karen Gillon*, George Foulkes*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1595 The Prime Minister, Tibet and China (lodged on 18 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1594 Congratulations to Towerlands Primary School (lodged on 18 March 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1593 Support for an Armed Forces Day (lodged on 18 March 2008) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1592 Standing Up for Edinburgh’s Youngest and Poorest (lodged on 17 March 2008) Robin Harper*

S3M-1591 Congratulations to East Fife FC (lodged on 17 March 2008) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1590 Save the Curry Industry (lodged on 17 March 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1589 Asylum Application of Jojo Jako Yakob (lodged on 17 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Nigel Don*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1588 Lions Clubs International in Scotland (lodged on 17 March 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1587 Parliament Deplores the Chinese Government’s Suppression of Tibet (lodged on 17 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1586 East Fife FC - Congratulations (lodged on 17 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1583 Water Charge Exemption for Churches and Charities (lodged on 14 March 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1580# Fenwick Weavers’ Society and the Co-operative Model (lodged on 14 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Angela Constance*

S3M-1572 Dignity and Integrity for All (lodged on 13 March 2008) Alasdair Morgan*

S3M-1569 Parliamentary Scrutiny of Local Income Tax (lodged on 13 March 2008) Mary Mulligan*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-1568 West Dunbartonshire Council for Voluntary Service (lodged on 13 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1567# A Call for Better Epilepsy Care (lodged on 13 March 2008) Bill Wilson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1563 Homophobia Has No Place in Scottish Society (lodged on 13 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1559 Young Gypsy/Travellers Raising Awareness in the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 13 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1557 Water Rates Relief Campaign (lodged on 13 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-1556 Hugh Brown (lodged on 12 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Jackie Baillie*, James Kelly*, Helen Eadie*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-1553 Future Funding of Scottish Ballet (lodged on 12 March 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1539# Leven to Thornton Rail Link (lodged on 11 March 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1538 Delivery of RA Services in Scotland: The View of Healthcare Professionals (lodged on 11 March 2008) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1526 Queen of the South (lodged on 10 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1524 Water and Sewerage Rates Relief for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 7 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1524.1 Water and Sewerage Rates Relief for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 13 March 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1523 The Plight of Burma’s Children (lodged on 7 March 2008) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1520 Cuba (lodged on 7 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1519 Children’s Right to Play (lodged on 7 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1516 Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (lodged on 7 March 2008) Tom McCabe*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1509 Denis Law and Stop the Cuts Campaign (lodged on 6 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1508 No Smoking Day (lodged on 6 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-1507 Clothing is Not an Invitation to Rape (lodged on 6 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1505 Congratulations to Kellands Primary School - Sheep School (lodged on 6 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1504 Scottish Society for Autism: 40 Years Serving Scotland (lodged on 6 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*, Dr Richard Simpson*, James Kelly*

S3M-1501 Olympic Games Training Camps (lodged on 6 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1501.1 Olympic Games Training Camps (lodged on 10 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1499.1 Scotland Hosts Meeting of European Fisheries Experts (lodged on 6 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1498 Schools of Ambition (lodged on 6 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1497.1 National Minimum Wage (lodged on 7 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1496 Donaldson’s (lodged on 5 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1495 Shadow Behind the Sun (lodged on 5 March 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1494 Air Weapons (lodged on 5 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1492 Mr Stevie Fullarton (lodged on 5 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1480 Damian’s Law (lodged on 4 March 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1476.1 Rail Services in Airdrie (lodged on 6 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1469 West Dunbartonshire Youth Services (lodged on 3 March 2008) David Whitton*

S3M-1466 Marie Curie Daffodils (lodged on 29 February 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1463 Orkney Postwoman’s Bravery Award (lodged on 29 February 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1462 Scotland’s Support for Nuclear Security Project (lodged on 29 February 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1446.1 General Education Department at Coatbridge College (lodged on 14 March 2008) Elaine Murray*

S3M-1445 A Berry Good Solution for Scottish Public Health (lodged on 27 February 2008) Dave Thompson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Robin Harper*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Brian Adam*, Ian McKee*, Sandra White*

S3M-1413 The Royal Society of Edinburgh @ Arbroath (lodged on 25 February 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1410 Strengthening of Offshore Workers’ Rights (lodged on 25 February 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1394 Glasgow to Host 2009 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships (lodged on 21 February 2008) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-1359 Local Television (lodged on 15 February 2008) Aileen Campbell*

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