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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2539# Des McNulty: Aircraft Noise—That the Parliament believes that increased protection is needed for communities directly under airport flight paths, such as Whitecrook, Linnvale and Drumry in Clydebank, which are affected by aircraft noise, a problem which also affects adjacent areas such as Drumchapel, Bearsden and Milngavie, and considers that there should be an examination of what fresh legislative or administrative steps might be taken to prevent any forced sale of Glasgow Airport leading to a worsening of noise pollution experienced by local residents.

*S3M-2538 Aileen Campbell: Biggar Little Festival—That the Parliament notes that the sixth Biggar Little Festival will take place between 16 and 22 October 2008 in and around Biggar, South Lanarkshire; believes that the festival is a wonderful celebration of arts and culture, bringing a range of live performances to communities outside of the major urban centres, and wishes everyone involved all the best for a successful festival this year and in years to come.

*S3M-2537 Cathy Peattie: Mind the Gap - The Next Step—That the Parliament welcomes the report on disabled people’s experiences of Scottish public transport, Mind the Gap: The Next Step, by Leonard Cheshire Disability; notes the findings that problems with transport create barriers to education, work and leisure, and that problems arise not only from physical inaccessibility but also from attitudes; further notes that these and other conclusions were also reached in Session 2 by the Equal Opportunities Committee in its report on its disability inquiry, Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities; supports Leonard Cheshire Disability’s call for a public awareness campaign and robust disability equality training for staff, and believes that the other recommendations made in Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities should be built on and developed in this parliamentary session.

*S3M-2536 Liam McArthur: Congratulations to EMEC and OpenHydro on Deployment of Seabed Tidal Machine in Orkney Waters—That the Parliament recognises the critical importance of tackling climate change and the role that maritime renewables can play in helping achieve this goal; welcomes the contribution that the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney has played in the testing and development of wave and tidal energy devices; congratulates EMEC and OpenHydro on the successful deployment of a tidal turbine on the seabed at the Falls of Warness; acknowledges that this deployment was made possible by the development of a unique twin-hulled barge, OpenHydro Installer, which is registered in Kirkwall; believes that this latest success at EMEC enhances the prospects of tidal energy technology making a contribution to meeting our energy needs in the near future, and calls on the Scottish Government to take all steps necessary to ensure that EMEC is able to meet the changing needs of the marine renewables industry and maintain its competitive advantage.

*S3M-2535 Liam McArthur: Importance of Science and the 18th Orkney International Science Festival—That the Parliament notes that science and education will be the theme of this year’s Science in the Parliament event in November 2008; recognises the importance of science and the need to ensure that young people, in particular, are enthused and inspired to take an interest in science; acknowledges the personal commitment to this goal shown by the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, Professor Anne Glover; further recognises the role that the Orkney Science Festival, opened by Professor Glover and celebrating its 18th anniversary, plays in stimulating an interest in science among people of all ages; congratulates the festival’s driving force, Howie Firth, on another successful event, and looks forward to future festivals continuing to foster debate on a wide range of scientific issues.

*S3M-2534 Roseanna Cunningham: Perth Street Pastors—That the Parliament welcomes the work done by the multi-denominational voluntary Perth Street Pastors; notes that street pastors currently operate in Perth, Inverness and Aberdeen city centres and that there are moves to extend the concept to Glasgow, Dunfermline, Stirling and Edinburgh; further notes that in England, where the street pastor movement is widespread, some studies indicate that street crime falls by around 84% for the period of time when street pastors are out on the streets, and commends the many volunteers who are prepared to give up time at night to help make city streets safer and therefore make a night out a more enjoyable experience.

*S3M-2533 Stuart McMillan: Opportunity Walks—That the Parliament welcomes the recent launch by the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture of the Opportunity Walks event in Greenock; notes that the event was set up for local schoolchildren to raise sponsorship and awareness of the new Greenock Arts Centre project; congratulates the 949 schoolchildren who took part so enthusiastically from every primary school within Inverclyde in raising funds and awareness, and wishes the Greenock Arts Guild the best of luck in raising the remaining funds to complete its new theatre and arts centre, due to be finished in 2010.

*S3M-2532 Jim Hume: Flooding in the Borders—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the devastation caused to communities in the Bowmont Valley, south of Kelso, as a result of the recent flooding; further notes that the level of unprecedented rainfall caused isolation for many households, severe damage to telephone lines, electricity supplies, homes, roads and bridges and other local infrastructure; recognises the dependency of rural communities on agriculture for livelihoods and the serious implications for farming activity on the ground where animals are now unable to be transported, and calls on the Scottish Government to put in place, through Bellwin funding, the financial means to restore crucial infrastructure to allow this rural community to function properly.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie Stone*

*S3M-2531 Rob Gibson: Fishing for Litter—That the Parliament congratulates KIMO International and all the fisherman involved in the Fishing for Litter initiative; commends their work in reducing North Sea marine littering by bringing ashore litter gathered in their nets while fishing; applauds the goal of the initiative to encourage 100 boats to take part, with the aim of collecting 500 tonnes of marine litter from the waters around Scotland over the next three years; notes that 400 tonnes of litter have already been collected by the 54 boats involved in the initiative, which is run in the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden, and finally notes its benefit for all those using the North Sea and UK beaches as well as the positive financial impact on the UK fishing industry due to a reduction in the amount of marine litter.

Supported by: John Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*, Jamie Stone*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Bill Wilson*, Elaine Smith*

*S3M-2529*#* James Kelly: Parkinson’s Disease Society - Get it on Time Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the Parkinson’s Disease Society on its award-winning Get it on Time campaign highlighting the problems faced by people with Parkinson’s in hospital, with materials aimed at patients, health professionals and NHS managers; notes that there are about 10,000 people with Parkinson’s in Scotland, including in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, and that more than a quarter of them will be admitted to hospital at least once each year; is concerned that many people with Parkinson’s are unable to follow their medication regime in hospital; recognises that if people with Parkinson’s do not get their medication on time they can suffer serious and distressing problems, including being unable to move, speak or swallow and that extended hospital stays are needed to restore effective symptom control; believes that many of the barriers to receiving medication on time can be addressed through straightforward measures, including policies enabling people who wish to self-medicate to do so, involvement from a Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist or pharmacist on admission, education for hospital staff, listening to people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families and wider availability of anti-Parkinsonian drugs in hospital pharmacies, and believes that measures should be taken to ensure that people with Parkinson’s get their medication on time, every time.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw*, Marlyn Glen*, Hugh Henry*, Michael McMahon*, Jackie Baillie*, Stuart McMillan*, Robert Brown*, Paul Martin*, David Whitton*, Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*, Andy Kerr*, Elaine Smith*, Liam McArthur*, David Stewart*, Margaret Curran*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie McGrigor*, Iain Gray*, Elaine Murray*, Christine Grahame*, Jamie Hepburn*, Mary Scanlon*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Butler*, Karen Whitefield*

*S3M-2519*#* John Scott: Introduction of Sellers’ Single Survey—That the Parliament notes with concern the fragile state of the housing market in Ayrshire and Scotland; believes that adding to the cost of moving house will further damage Scotland’s housing market; notes the intention of the Scottish Government to introduce from December of this year a sellers’ single survey, which, it is forecast, could add between £500 and £700 to the cost of moving home, and considers therefore that it would be unhelpful to introduce a sellers’ single survey at this time.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*

*S3M-2510 Withdrawn

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2530 The Economic Impact of Rugby Matches at Murrayfield (lodged on 10 September 2008) Jamie Hepburn*, Jamie McGrigor*, Elaine Murray*, Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Robin Harper*, Stuart McMillan*, Elaine Smith*, David Whitton*, Marlyn Glen*, Karen Gillon*, Ken Macintosh*, James Kelly*, Ian McKee*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Scott*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-2528 Police and Firefighters’ Pensions (lodged on 10 September 2008) Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-2527 Asthma UK Scotland (lodged on 10 September 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2526♦ Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Inquiry into the Future of Scotland’s Hills and Islands (lodged on 10 September 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-2523 Get Fair - A Citizen’s Wage and the ALBA Model for a Fairer Society (lodged on 9 September 2008) Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2518 Mountain Rescue Service - Happy Anniversary (lodged on 9 September 2008) Hugh Henry*, Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2517 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Damaged (lodged on 9 September 2008) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2516 Real Garlicky Win (lodged on 8 September 2008) Michael Matheson*, Robin Harper*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alasdair Allan*, Nanette Milne*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*, Aileen Campbell*, Mary Scanlon*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2515# Aberdeen Crossrail Project (lodged on 8 September 2008) Alison McInnes*

S3M-2513 Rectors for All of Scotland’s Universities (lodged on 8 September 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2512♦ Glasgow 2014 Lottery Funding (lodged on 8 September 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2511 BBC Alba - Speed Up Freeview Option (lodged on 8 September 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Mary Scanlon*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-2509 Good Luck to Andy Murray (lodged on 8 September 2008) Marlyn Glen*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2508 Commissioner for Children and Young People, Professor Kathleen Marshall (lodged on 8 September 2008) Elaine Smith*, Ian McKee*, Dave Thompson*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-2507 Congratulations to Marchmont and Sciennes Business Association (lodged on 8 September 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2506# 2014: A Year of Sport for Scotland (lodged on 8 September 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, David Stewart*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2505 Supporting Our Renewables Industry (lodged on 8 September 2008) Andy Kerr*, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-2502# Bannockburn Battlefield (lodged on 5 September 2008) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2501 Tragedy, Loss, Hope, Help, Rescue and Survival (lodged on 5 September 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2499 World Suicide Prevention Day (lodged on 5 September 2008) Dave Thompson*, John Wilson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2499.1 World Suicide Prevention Day (lodged on 9 September 2008) Des McNulty*, Ken Macintosh*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2498 Barra, Scottish Calor Village of the Year Finalist (lodged on 5 September 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2497# Sex and Power (lodged on 4 September 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathie Craigie*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-2487 Black Watch Heritage Appeal (lodged on 3 September 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2486# Muscle Disease Awareness Week (lodged on 3 September 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2485 World Alzheimer’s Day 2008 (lodged on 3 September 2008) Dave Thompson*, Elaine Smith*, Alison McInnes*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2485.1 World Alzheimer’s Day 2008 (lodged on 9 September 2008) Alasdair Morgan*, Robin Harper*, James Kelly*, Karen Gillon*, Liam McArthur*, Hugh Henry*, John Park*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Ken Macintosh*, David Stewart*, Andy Kerr*, Elaine Smith*, Jackson Carlaw*, Des McNulty*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Iain Gray*, Marlyn Glen*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rhona Brankin*, Gil Paterson*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-2484 Options for Independence (lodged on 3 September 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2483 Wear it Pink (lodged on 3 September 2008) Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-2474 Scots Language Centre and Scottish National Dictionaries (lodged on 2 September 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2471 Dementia Research Network for Scotland (lodged on 1 September 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2464 Zoom Airline Collapses (lodged on 1 September 2008) Brian Adam*

S3M-2454 End the Inhumane Long-Distance Transportation of Live Horses for Slaughter in Europe (lodged on 28 August 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2449# All Aboard to Alloa, Again (lodged on 27 August 2008) Brian Adam*

S3M-2430.1 Happy Birthday, Sir Sean Connery (lodged on 26 August 2008) Brian Adam*

S3M-2429 GB’s Own Goal (lodged on 25 August 2008) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2419# Alloa to Fife and Edinburgh Rail Link (lodged on 21 August 2008) Christopher Harvie*

S3M-2418 Congratulations to Chris Hoy (lodged on 21 August 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2391 Lt Col Blair Mayne - Posthumous Award of Victoria Cross (lodged on 13 August 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2367 Aids 2008 (lodged on 4 August 2008) Gil Paterson*

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