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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2928 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 November 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government’s Response to the Pre-budget Report

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 27 November 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: A Framework for Science in Scotland

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Sea Fisheries

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: St Andrew’s Day

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 3 December 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 4 December 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

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

(b) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for Question Times on 8 January 2009 ends at 12 noon on Tuesday 16 December 2008;

(c) that the deadline for lodging questions for Question Times on 8 January 2009 shall be 12 noon on Tuesday 23 December 2008;

(d) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for Question Times on 15 January 2009 ends at 12 noon on Thursday 18 December 2008.

*S3M-2927 John Scott: Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Souvenir Stamp—That the Parliament notes the intention of the Royal Mail to produce a Robert Burns 250th anniversary issue souvenir sheet of stamps; further notes that it is not intended that individual Burns 250th anniversary stamps be produced and that the only way in which the Burns anniversary stamp can therefore be purchased is as part of the souvenir sheet at a cost of £2.66; believes that this represents a huge missed opportunity to promote Burns in the year of Homecoming Scotland 2009, both at home and abroad, and calls on the Royal Mail to reconsider its position and to commission the issue of individual Burns 250th anniversary stamps, to be available for purchase at face value through post office branches.

*S3M-2926♦ Mary Mulligan: Shelter Scotland 40 Years On—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Shelter Scotland of the 40 Years On booklet, which marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Shelter Scotland on 3 October 1968; notes that throughout its existence Shelter Scotland has consistently spoken out on behalf of those who are homeless or in poor quality housing; further notes that Shelter Scotland has been at the cutting edge of developing services, including the opening of housing aid centres, the rural housing initiative, care and repair schemes for older people, the launch of the Housing Law Service, the returning home initiative and the Rough Sleepers Initiative, and was instrumental in the establishment of housing associations in Scotland such as Castle Rock Housing Association, now Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association; further notes that Shelter Scotland is today the largest provider of online housing advice in the country; recognises that Shelter played a key role in the development of the Homelessness Task Force, which for the first time led to the establishment of a legal commitment to give all homeless people the right to a home by 2012, and welcomes the ongoing contribution which Shelter Scotland makes in the challenge of providing good quality housing for all in Scotland.

*S3M-2925 Cathie Craigie: 2008 Homeless World Cup Sponsorship—That the Parliament recognises the generosity of Cumbernauld-based firms Moviecom.tv and Xltec in their financial support of Scotland’s homeless football team; notes that the Homeless World Cup is an annual international football tournament uniting homeless and excluded people from around the world; looks forward to watching the online TV channel produced by Moviecom.tv for the tournament kicking off in Melbourne, Australia, on 1 December 2008, and wishes Scotland a successful repeat of its 2007 victory in the final.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, George Foulkes*, Bill Kidd*, Malcolm Chisholm*, James Kelly*, Jamie Hepburn*, David Whitton*, John Park*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Jamieson*, Margaret Curran*, Kenneth Gibson*, David McLetchie*, Trish Godman*, Stuart McMillan*, Claire Baker*, Christina McKelvie*, Jim Tolson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marlyn Glen*

*S3M-2924 Liam McArthur: Froglife—That the Parliament congratulates the Froglife charity on its Scottish launch, which took place at Edinburgh Zoo on Friday 14 November 2008; recognises the importance of the charity’s achievements in England, where it has a strong record of conserving habitats for amphibians, reptiles and a wide range of other species; further congratulates the charity on its excellent record of achieving its conservation aims through a process of engaging and working with a diverse section of the population, including harder-to-reach groups such as young offenders and people with learning difficulties; wishes the charity every success in its continued work, and looks forward to seeing the benefits that this work can bring to Scotland.

*S3M-2923 Robert Brown: Clydeside Action on Asbestos—That the Parliament congratulates Clydeside Action on Asbestos on winning the Public Campaign of the Year at the Scottish Politician of the Year Awards 2008; notes that for 23 years the group has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of asbestos-related diseases and to fight for the rights of victims of asbestos exposure; further notes the group’s successful campaign to secure the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Act 2007, which means that victims no longer have to decide whether to claim damages for themselves or wait so that their relatives can claim after their death with the possibility of obtaining a greater level of compensation; welcomes also the campaign to secure the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill, which will restore the right to claim damages to those who suffer from pleural plaques as a result of exposure to asbestos, and looks forward to a time when the work of Clydeside Action on Asbestos and other asbestos campaign groups is no longer needed.

*S3M-2922.1 Rhona Brankin: Supporting Scotland’s Looked-after Children—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2922) in the name of Adam Ingram, insert at end "; in that spirit recognises that looked-after children are among those considered as most vulnerable and therefore believes that integral to their success is for the Scottish Government to ensure that local authority funding for the care and safety of children more generally is properly protected, particularly in light of the recent worrying HM Inspectorate of Education report into child protection services in Aberdeen, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to make a statement on that report and to revisit the Children’s Services Bill consulted on in the previous parliamentary session."

*S3M-2922.1.1 Margaret Smith: Supporting Scotland’s Looked-after Children—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-2922.1) in the name of Rhona Brankin, insert at end "and to work with local authorities and other partner agencies to ensure that appropriate early intervention and support is available across Scotland and that child protection practices are kept under immediate and continuous review."

*S3M-2921.1 John Scott: A Fresh Start for Scottish Aquaculture—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2921) in the name of Michael Russell, after "competitor nations" insert "further supports efforts to advance the enviable international reputation of Scotland’s wild salmon stocks and, in light of the potential damage to the health and integrity of wild stocks caused by escaped farmed fish, believes that a robust commitment to reducing escapes and improved traceability must be a central element of the new Strategic Framework; recognises the continued threat posed by Gyrodactylus salaris to farmed and wild salmon stocks alike and, in light of the economic and ecological damage that an outbreak could cause, considers that further serious consideration must be given to measures aimed at reducing the likelihood of the parasite entering Scotland."

*S3M-2921.2 Elaine Murray: A Fresh Start for Scottish Aquaculture—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2921) in the name of Michael Russell, insert at end "and believes that the renewed strategy for Scottish aquaculture must be consistent with the provisions of the forthcoming Marine Bill and the EU Water Framework Directive."

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*

*S3M-2921.3 Jim Hume: A Fresh Start for Scottish Aquaculture—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2921) in the name of Michael Russell, insert at end "believes that Scotland can learn valuable lessons from its competitor nations with thriving aquaculture industries; further believes that Scottish aquaculture can maximise the opportunities presented by the current rapid expansion of the international industry to achieve genuinely sustainable growth, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to take decisive action to streamline the regulatory burden, introduce a fair inspection regime, improve community and industry liaison, and encourage the development and retention of a skilled and qualified workforce in the aquaculture industry."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2920 Fishermen and International Observers Kidnapped by Israel (lodged on 18 November 2008) Pauline McNeill*, Jim Hume*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*

S3M-2911 UK Immigration Minister’s Comments on Asylum and Immigration (lodged on 18 November 2008) Sandra White*, Christopher Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Patrick Harvie*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2910 Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (lodged on 18 November 2008) John Park*, Alex Neil*, Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh Henry*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2909 Keep London Olympics’ Toxic Waste Out of Falkirk (lodged on 18 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2908 Model Alcohol Workplace Policy (lodged on 18 November 2008) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2907 Scotland’s Tribute to One of the Most Influential Scientists of All Time (lodged on 18 November 2008) Elaine Murray*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, David Stewart*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, David Whitton*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Alex Neil*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Rhona Brankin*, George Foulkes*, Murdo Fraser*, Hugh Henry*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Des McNulty*, David McLetchie*, Stuart McMillan*, Marlyn Glen*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-2903 Dundee Top City for Business Growth (lodged on 17 November 2008) Marlyn Glen*, Nigel Don*

S3M-2902 Billy Liddell Enters the SFA Hall of Fame (lodged on 17 November 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2901 Congratulations to Strathclyde Police and Lanarkshire’s Alcohol and Drug Action Team (lodged on 17 November 2008) Sandra White*, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-2898 Recognising the Role of a Healthy, Competitive Television Industry in the Cultural Life of Scotland (lodged on 14 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Hugh Henry*, Brian Adam*

S3M-2893 Show Racism the Red Card Activities in Rutherglen and Cambuslang (lodged on 14 November 2008) Hugh Henry*, Bill Aitken*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-2892 Improving Access (lodged on 14 November 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2891 Congratulations to JK Rowling and Children’s High Level Group (lodged on 14 November 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Dr Richard Simpson*, George Foulkes*, Hugh Henry*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-2890 Electric Shock Training - Disappointment at Decision (lodged on 14 November 2008) John Park*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Robert Brown*, Ken Macintosh*, Mike Pringle*, James Kelly*, Hugh Henry*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-2886 Minimise Medical Mistakes (lodged on 13 November 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-2872 Management Report (lodged on 12 November 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2868 Back to a Life Stroke Campaign (lodged on 12 November 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie McGrigor*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2865 Congratulations to Dalziel High (lodged on 12 November 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2855 UK Nationality and Place of Birth - Gender Discrimination (lodged on 11 November 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2854 Mindroom (lodged on 11 November 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2852 2014 Communities Lottery Fund (lodged on 10 November 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2842# The Hospital Broadcasting Service (lodged on 6 November 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2835 Carers’ Rights Day 2008 (lodged on 5 November 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2831 Protecting Worried Homeowners (lodged on 5 November 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-2830 Impact of BBC Local News Proposals on Local Newspapers (lodged on 5 November 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2825 Welcoming the Designation of the Chris Hoy Cycle Way (lodged on 5 November 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Jim Tolson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2824 Congratulations to Pipe Major Gordon Walker - World Champion Solo Piper (lodged on 4 November 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-2807 South Primary, Paisley (lodged on 31 October 2008) Annabel Goldie*

S3M-2472# Sailing and Boating Continues to Expand and Contribute to the Scottish Economy (lodged on 2 September 2008) Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-2391 Lt Col Blair Mayne - Posthumous Award of Victoria Cross (lodged on 13 August 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

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