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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2882 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that—

Jamie McGrigor be appointed to replace John Scott as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Public Petitions Committee.

*S3M-2881 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that—

Gil Paterson be appointed to replace Keith Brown as the Scottish National Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee;

Christina McKelvie be appointed to replace Bob Doris as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Public Petitions Committee.

*S3M-2880 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that—

Nanette Milne be appointed to replace Jamie McGrigor as a member of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

*S3M-2879 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that—

Keith Brown be appointed to replace Gil Paterson as a member of the European and External Relations Committee;

Gil Paterson be appointed to replace Keith Brown and Aileen Campbell be appointed to replace Christina McKelvie as members of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee;

Bob Doris be appointed to replace Gil Paterson as a member of the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

*S3M-2878 Pauline McNeill: Dignity for Palestinians—That the Parliament welcomes the passage of the boat, Dignity, which travelled from Cyprus to Gaza with 11 European parliamentarians including three members of the Scottish Parliament on board; recognises that this is the third boat to challenge the siege of Gaza, which has become a permanent blockade and which has affected every aspect of Palestinian life to the point where they are now in receipt of the largest food aid programme in the world; is concerned about the impact of the blockade on ordinary Palestinians, denying them basic health care rights as there is a shortage of medicine, proper medical equipment and severe restrictions on leaving Gaza for referral treatment, which has resulted in many deaths as recorded by the World Health Organisation; supports the efforts of Edinburgh Direct Aid to send aid to Gaza, and calls on the international community to act to lift the siege of Gaza, implement international law and to encourage long-term peace in the Middle East.

*S3M-2877 Aileen Campbell: Larkhall Academy Unite Scotland - Let’s Celebrate—That the Parliament congratulates the students of S6 in Larkhall Academy on their exciting Unite Scotland initiative, aimed at celebrating Scotland’s cultural diversity and raising at least £20,000 as part of the Prince’s Trust Scholar Challenge; welcomes the group’s ethos of "Unite Scotland – Let’s Celebrate!" and the range of activities planned as part of the initiative, including the selling of specially designed badges, and encourages everyone in the wider community to support these efforts.

*S3M-2876 Aileen Campbell: UK Government’s Ideas for the Future of the Post Office—That the Parliament notes comments by the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Lord Mandelson, that he believes in the future of the Post Office and that the financial services it offers could be developed in the light of global economic difficulties; considers that the Network Change Programme was foisted on the Post Office by the UK Government and has decimated the Post Office branch network in Scotland, devastated local communities and put increasing pressure on the remaining branches; believes that any decision to remove the card account from the Post Office will further weaken the network; further believes that these actions of the UK Government stand completely at odds with Lord Mandelson’s comments, and calls on the UK Government to halt and reverse the closure programme, retain the Post Office card account, and work to enhance the range of services available at all branches.

*S3M-2875 Jackie Baillie: Congratulations to Vale of Leven Nurse—That the Parliament congratulates Linda Harley, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse at the Vale of Leven Hospital, on receiving the Heart Disease Team Award at the Scottish Health Awards 2008 after being nominated by her colleagues; recognises her dedication to helping heart attack sufferers in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area over the last 30 years; further recognises the outstanding work she has done to aid patients in their recovery, such as visiting them at home and going out of her way to tailor programmes to the needs of individual sufferers, and further congratulates her on her achievement, which has benefited many local patients.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Nanette Milne*, Hugh Henry*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bill Butler*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Trish Godman*, Paul Martin*, Alasdair Allan*, David Stewart*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Karen Whitefield*, Mr Frank McAveety*

*S3M-2874 George Foulkes: SNP in a Spin over HBOS Takeover—That the Parliament notes with concern the moves by a small group of people within the Scottish financial sector to promote an unspecified alternative to the Lloyds TSB takeover of HBOS; considers that the Lloyds TSB deal is the only substantive option that will guarantee the future of HBOS; unites with all parliamentarians, across parliaments, on the common purpose of securing headquarter functions in Scotland, preserving the thousands of jobs reliant on a strong recapitalised bank, both in the Lothians and across Scotland; further considers that there is a lack of coherent and transparent Scottish Government policy towards the takeover and a fast and loose approach adopted by some sections of the media to reporting the credibility of alternative options; considers that the whole scheme is deeply irresponsible, and believes that Alex Neil MSP is acting as a proxy for the First Minister in promoting the scheme and that his actions are politically motivated to allow the SNP to look both ways on this issue.

*S3M-2873# Sandra White: Successful Mercy Mission to Gaza—That the Parliament congratulates the success of the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza and the Free Gaza Movement on their successful mission to break the blockade of Gaza and deliver much needed medical supplies and equipment to the people of Gaza; notes that alongside politicians from around Europe, such as Claire Short MP and Lord Nazir Ahmed, the successful delegation included Sandra White MSP, Pauline McNeill MSP and Hugh O’Donnell MSP; further notes that, after the refusal of the Egyptian authorities to provide safe passage, the group successfully sailed from Cyprus to Gaza despite the close attention of the Israeli navy; hopes that these actions will give hope to the many Palestinians throughout the world, including Glasgow, that the blockade will be ended, and believes that only by all parties working together can we resolve this issue, which is causing untold suffering to the ordinary people of Gaza.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Hugh Henry*, Robin Harper*, Marlyn Glen*, Christina McKelvie*

*S3M-2872 Alex Neil: Management Report—That the Parliament notes, from an article in the Sunday Herald on 27 September 2008, that the Chief Executive has commissioned a report from Turner and Townsend Management Solutions, a group of construction and management consultants, with the remit to produce proposals that will assist in laying the foundations for an optimal senior management structure in the Scottish Parliamentary Service; while welcoming the commissioning and completion of this report, regrets that MSPs were not informed about it and are being denied access to it; believes that the refusal to publish this report runs contrary to the founding principles of the Parliament with respect to openness, transparency and accessibility, and demands that the report be made available immediately.

Supported by: George Foulkes*, Margo MacDonald*

*S3M-2871 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Establishment of Committee—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows—

Name of Committee: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill Committee;

Remit: To consider the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill at Stage 2;

Duration: Until the Bill is passed, or falls or is otherwise no longer in progress;

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Labour Party;

Membership: Bill Aitken, Keith Brown, Nicol Stephen, David Stewart;

and

(b) that "4" be substituted for "5" in Rule 6.3.2 of Standing Orders for the purpose of the membership of the committee.

*S3M-2870 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Establishment of Committee—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows—

Name of Committee: Review of SPCB-supported Bodies;

Remit: To consider and report on whether alterations should be made to the terms and conditions of the office-holders and the structure of the bodies supported by the SPCB; to consider how any proposals for future arrangements should be taken forward, including by way of a Committee Bill, and to make recommendations accordingly;

Duration: Until the Parliament has concluded consideration of the committee’s report;

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party;

Membership: Jackson Carlaw, Ross Finnie, Joe FitzPatrick, Trish Godman, Jamie Hepburn, Johann Lamont.

*S3M-2869 Robert Brown: The Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/328).

*S3M-2868 Dr Richard Simpson: Back to a Life Stroke Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the Back to a Life survey of stroke survivors report; calls on the Scottish Government to listen to the views of the large number of people in Scotland with communication difficulties following a stroke and who responded to the survey; recognises the impact, following a stroke, of communication difficulties on people’s lives; supports the development of more, improved and better integrated communication support services in hospitals and in communities; further supports the development of accessible public communication services throughout communities and the establishment of accurate data collection processes to better evaluate and inform local communications service planning, and calls on the Scottish Government to make a firm commitment to act on these issues in Scotland’s refreshed Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Strategy.

*S3M-2867 Bill Wilson: Free Hospital Transport in Renfrewshire—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of a free hospital transport service for Renfrewshire residents, to be piloted until 31 March 2009; congratulates Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the WRVS and Community Transport Glasgow on the scheme, which will provide a no-cost means of accessing hospitals for elderly, disabled, and low-income individuals, and notes that the service is also a solution for those fearful of travelling unaccompanied at night that can only encourage relatives of patients to visit more frequently.

*S3M-2866 John Wilson: UK Opt-out on the European Working Time Directive—That the Parliament expresses its dismay that the UK Government is seeking to maintain the opt-out to the European working time directive, which aims to protect the rights of workers throughout the European Union, and endorses the stance adopted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the GMB trade union to scrap the UK opt-out clause.

*S3M-2865 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations to Dalziel High—That the Parliament congratulates Dalziel High School, one of the first schools to go through the new inspection process, on achieving an outstanding report with three excellent ratings for improvements in performance, meeting learning needs and improvement through self-evaluation, and two very good ratings for learners’ experiences and improvements through self-evaluation, and commends the school for the examples of good practice outlined in its tutor and buddy support system and its work with the community and with the Dalziel High School War Memorial Trust to develop and run sporting facilities as well as an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities.

*S3M-2864.1 Patrick Harvie: Energy Efficiency—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2864) in the name of Sarah Boyack, leave out from "improve" to end and insert "ensure that microgeneration technologies become widely available and used and to consider other energy efficiency measures for new and existing housing stock to tackle fuel poverty, climate change and security of energy supply; notes the evidence given by Friends of the Earth Scotland to the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee suggesting that an additional £100 million per annum would be a welcome change to the draft budget for 2009-10, and calls on the Scottish Government to consider a comprehensive and fully funded Scotland-wide scheme on this scale to provide energy audits, insulation provision and financial support for micro-renewables where appropriate."

Supported by: Robin Harper*

*S3M-2863.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Health Funding—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2863) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, leave out from "condemns" to end and insert "notes that the Scottish Government’s spending plans are set against the background of the 2007 spending review settlement from the UK Treasury that represents the lowest increase for Scotland since devolution; recognises that the NHS has received a fair share of the financial settlement and that the Scottish Government is increasing spending on health in Scotland; further recognises that in this context it is right that the NHS should strive to make sure that resources are spent as efficiently as possible; commends the NHS’s record in achieving efficiency savings linked to good quality care; welcomes the Scottish Government’s decision to continue the practice whereby all efficiency savings generated by the NHS will be retained by the NHS for local reinvestment in frontline services, and condemns the Labour Party, which instituted efficiency savings while in government but has irresponsibly attacked them in opposition."

Supported by: Shona Robison*

*S3M-2862.1 Derek Brownlee: Scottish Futures Trust—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2862) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "notes the steps" to "public interest".

*S3M-2862.2 Jeremy Purvis: Scottish Futures Trust—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2862) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "agrees" to end and insert "considers that the proposed Scottish Futures Trust is nothing more than a £22.95 million quango that will duplicate existing functions of government and therefore believes that the Scottish Government’s Scottish Futures Trust should not proceed."

*S3M-2862.3 Andy Kerr: Scottish Futures Trust—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2862) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "notes actions" to end and insert "believes that the Scottish Government has failed to deliver a workable method of funding for public infrastructure projects, a view supported by, among others, the building industry, the financial services community and the trades unions; considers that this damaging hiatus is costing jobs and harming the Scottish economy, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to bring an end to its Scottish Futures Trust proposals immediately."

S3M-2844 Ms Wendy Alexander: Renfrewshire Nursery School Cuts—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the plans by Renfrewshire Council to downgrade six nursery schools, four to nursery classes and two to pre-5 centres; considers the removal of all dedicated nursery head teachers to be wrong; deplores the forced redeployment of nursery teachers in these establishments; condemns the fact that, at the end of this exercise, there will be a maximum of 20 instead of 39 teachers dedicated to teaching pre-5s in Renfrewshire; congratulates Renfrewshire parents for their efforts to resist these changes, and, with this in mind, calls on the SNP/Liberal-controlled council to use the formal consultation period now underway to retract these unpopular proposals and retain teacher-led nursery schools in Renfrewshire.

Supported by: John Park*, David Stewart*, Trish Godman*, Pauline McNeill*

*S3M-2844.1 Bill Wilson: Renfrewshire Nursery School Cuts—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2844) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "welcomes the further development of nursery education within Renfrewshire, including more equitable allocation of teacher resources across local authority and partner pre-five provision, increasing teacher access from 82% to 100% for pre-five children, and also welcomes the increase of 25 nursery officers resulting in an overall increase in the provision of pre-five educators within Renfrewshire".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2861 On the Money (Leis an Airgead) (lodged on 11 November 2008) Robin Harper*, Keith Brown*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2859 New Homes for Maryhill (lodged on 11 November 2008) Karen Whitefield*, Jackie Baillie*, David Stewart*, James Kelly*, Bill Butler*, Trish Godman*, Jack McConnell*, Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2858 People’s Postcode Lottery (lodged on 11 November 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*, David Stewart*, Jamie Hepburn*, Ken Macintosh*, James Kelly*, Bill Butler*, Pauline McNeill*, Trish Godman*, Jack McConnell*, Mary Mulligan*, Claire Baker*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2857 A Right Belter (lodged on 11 November 2008) Mary Scanlon*, Sandra White*

S3M-2856 Good Luck Bankier Primary (lodged on 11 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2855 UK Nationality and Place of Birth - Gender-Discrimination (lodged on 11 November 2008) Patrick Harvie*, Keith Brown*, Sandra White*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-2854 Mindroom (lodged on 11 November 2008) Mary Mulligan*, John Park*, Ken Macintosh*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh Henry*, Helen Eadie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2852 2014 Communities Lottery Fund (lodged on 10 November 2008) Mary Mulligan*, John Park*, Ken Macintosh*, Robin Harper*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Marlyn Glen*, Rhona Brankin*, Elaine Murray*, Cathy Jamieson*, Stuart McMillan*, Sarah Boyack*, Hugh Henry*, David Stewart*, Cathie Craigie*, James Kelly*, Michael McMahon*, Pauline McNeill*, Jack McConnell*, Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-2848 Winning Through Unity (lodged on 7 November 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2847 SMARTies (lodged on 7 November 2008) David Stewart*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-2846 Airdrie Remembers (lodged on 7 November 2008) David Stewart*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-2845 A Tax on Your Identity (lodged on 7 November 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2842# The Hospital Broadcasting Service (lodged on 6 November 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*, Cathie Craigie*, Jack McConnell*, David Stewart*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-2841 Brian Pack - Well-Deserved Winner of Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award (lodged on 6 November 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2840 Successor to the Post Office Card Account (lodged on 6 November 2008) Alex Johnstone*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2839 Congratulations to Edinburgh University for Being Awarded the Carbon Trust Standard (lodged on 6 November 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Jack McConnell*, David Stewart*

S3M-2835 Carers’ Rights Day 2008 (lodged on 5 November 2008) Alex Johnstone*, David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2834 Further Education Colleges’ Pay and Conditions of Service (lodged on 5 November 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2831 Protecting Worried Homeowners (lodged on 5 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alex Neil*, Willie Coffey*, Andrew Welsh*, Aileen Campbell*, Christina McKelvie*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2829 Scotland’s Congratulations to Barack Obama (lodged on 5 November 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-2825 Welcoming the Designation of the Chris Hoy Cycle Way (lodged on 5 November 2008) Christine Grahame*

S3M-2823 World Diabetes Day 2008 (lodged on 4 November 2008) Rhoda Grant*, Jackson Carlaw*, Christina McKelvie*, Claire Baker*, Christine Grahame*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-2818 Congratulations to Torrylinn Creamery (lodged on 4 November 2008) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-2817# World AIDS Day 2008 (lodged on 4 November 2008) Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-2815 Scottish Sports Hall of Fame (lodged on 4 November 2008) David Stewart*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2813 Borders Pharmaceutical Company Expands into Lucrative US Market (lodged on 3 November 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2812 From Bump to Breastfeeding (lodged on 3 November 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2811 Cyclone Nargis Aid Efforts (lodged on 3 November 2008) Willie Coffey*

S3M-2808# 65 Years of Piping Excellence (lodged on 31 October 2008) Willie Coffey*

S3M-2807 South Primary, Paisley (lodged on 31 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2806 EU Council of Ministers Call for Action on Alzheimer’s Disease (lodged on 31 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2805# Carers’ Rights Day (lodged on 31 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2804 Congratulations to Renfrewshire’s Services to Protect Children and Young People (lodged on 31 October 2008) David Stewart*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2802 Helensburgh Heroes - Changing the World for the Better (lodged on 30 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2800 Fireworks Don’t Work for Animals (lodged on 30 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2798.1 Post Office Closures in Edinburgh (lodged on 4 November 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2795 Support the PCS Pay Strike on 10 November 2008 (lodged on 30 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2793 Scottish Safety Anomaly (lodged on 30 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2792 Fundraising for Uganda (lodged on 30 October 2008) David Stewart*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2791 Congratulations to the Bellshill Speaker on Remember our Heroes: Past and Present Campaign (lodged on 29 October 2008) David Stewart*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2788 Epilepsy Scotland (lodged on 29 October 2008) Rhoda Grant*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2787.1 The Costs of Child Poverty in the UK (lodged on 30 October 2008) Rhoda Grant*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2776 Mental Health in the Workplace (lodged on 28 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2775 Gael Power - BBC Alba, Publication of First Viewing Figures and Freeview (lodged on 28 October 2008) Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2774 International Robert W Service Verse Speaking Competition (lodged on 28 October 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2771 Neonatal Care in Scotland (lodged on 28 October 2008) Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-2770 Rotary International (lodged on 28 October 2008) David Stewart*

S3M-2762.1 All Citizens Equal (lodged on 29 October 2008) David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-2761 Congratulations to Scotland’s World Amateur Team Golf Champions (lodged on 27 October 2008) Peter Peacock*

S3M-2718 Class 5b Dunoon Primary Win (lodged on 15 October 2008) Willie Coffey*

S3M-2713 HBOS Takeover (lodged on 13 October 2008) Willie Coffey*

S3M-2708 Julie Fowlis - First Gaelic Ambassador (lodged on 13 October 2008) Willie Coffey*

S3M-2657# Paisley Festival Company/Voices in Paisley 2008 (lodged on 2 October 2008) Bill Wilson*

S3M-2653# Fare Deal (lodged on 2 October 2008) Margo MacDonald*

S3M-2529# Parkinson’s Disease Society - Get it on Time Campaign (lodged on 10 September 2008) Margo MacDonald*

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