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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3174 Kenny MacAskill: Protecting Scotland’s Communities - The Scottish Government Offender Management Plan—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Government’s plan for delivering a coherent offender management strategy built on a robust regime of community penalties and payback and a strong and proportionate management for offenders sentenced to prison and welcomes the publication, on 17 December 2008, of Protecting Scotland’s Communities: Fair, Fast and Flexible Justice, which sets out the Scottish Government’s strategy to tackle reoffending and enhance public safety through a system that will deliver immediate, visible, effective, high quality, flexible and relevant justice.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-3173 Jim Mather: Homecoming and its Potential to Support Sustainable Economic Growth—That the Parliament supports Scotland’s first ever homecoming celebration; recognises that the spectacular calendar of events and activities taking place this year from the weekend around Burns Night to St Andrew’s Day will make for a unique year for all those joining the celebrations, including the people living in Scotland, the diaspora Scots and those with an affinity for Scotland who visit in 2009, and further recognises the potential for Homecoming Scotland 2009 to boost international and domestic tourism in support of the Scottish economy at this time.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-3172 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to 2008 Scottish Modern Apprentice of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Mathew MacKay, 20, from Caithness, for winning the title of Overall Apprentice of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Modern Apprentice of the Year Awards; notes that Mathew also won Apprentice of the Year in the traditional sector 16-19 category at the recent ceremony in Edinburgh; further notes that Mathew joined the Vulcan Rolls-Royce Modern Apprenticeship scheme in Caithness in 2004 and that these awards recognise his dedication and enthusiasm, and congratulates all those undertaking modern apprenticeships, which offer over-16s paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level.

*S3M-3171 Bill Butler: A Gold Star for St Ninian’s Primary School, Knightswood—That the Parliament congratulates St Ninian’s Primary School in Knightswood, Glasgow, for its recent HM Inspectorate of Education follow-through report; notes that the report highlights children’s successes in gaining national awards, the constructive impact of the leadership of the head teacher and school management team on children’s experiences, positive relationships between staff and children, the commitment of staff in respect of improving the work of the school and the school’s approach to meeting the needs of children who require additional support in their learning; commends the head teacher, school management team, staff, parents and pupils for their achievements detailed in the report, and wishes the school continued success in the years to come.

*S3M-3170 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 13 February 2009.

*S3M-3169 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 January 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill

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 Debate: Forth Crossing

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 January 2009

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 22 January 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-3168 Kenneth Gibson: Ending the Civil War in Sri Lanka—That the Parliament congratulates the Sri Lankan army and government on the capture of Kilinochchi from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) earlier this year after heavy fighting; considers that the LTTE is a terrorist organisation that has carried out indiscriminate attacks on the Sinhalese community, Indian Tamils, Tamil Muslims and moderate Sri Lankan Tamils during the 25 years of its insurgency, a conflict that has cost over 70,000 lives; is aware that in attempting to eradicate the LTTE, which has used suicide bombings, assassinations and intimidation to further its aims, Sri Lankan forces have, regrettably, inflicted civilian casualties; acknowledges that terrorist organisations frequently hide and launch attacks from among vulnerable civilian populations, callously believing, often rightly, that when women and children are unintentionally killed by counter insurgents it will increase sympathy and support for the terrorist cause; urges the LTTE to accept that there is no violent solution to its grievances, and calls on both it and the Sri Lankan Government to end the fighting and needless loss of life with the aim of negotiating a peaceful settlement, which will inevitably require a willingness to compromise on both sides.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-3167 Robin Harper: Protection for Seals—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to recognise the threat to the seal population in Scottish waters from disease, climate change and shooting; particularly notes the recent dramatic and unexplained reduction in the population of common seals; also notes that processes for reporting and recording of seal deaths by shooting are not consistent or accurate, and therefore calls for an immediate ban on the shooting of common seals and a commitment from government to replace the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 with a much firmer commitment to seal protection in the forthcoming Marine Bill.

*S3M-3164.1 Elizabeth Smith: National Qualifications—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3164) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "and, in particular, recognises the need to ensure that pupils in Scotland are properly schooled and tested in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy by the end of primary 7 and also to ensure that the qualifications structure better reflects the specific needs of all pupils, whether they wish to pursue courses that are more academically focused or more vocationally focused."

*S3M-3164.2 Margaret Smith: National Qualifications—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3164) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, after "contributors" insert "; further recognises the funding, resourcing and training implications of such a move,"

*S3M-3164.3 Rhona Brankin: National Qualifications—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3164) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "; is therefore concerned at the continued lack of clarity over the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) within the new examinable framework; highlights the need for parents, teachers and other stakeholders to be involved to a far greater extent in developing the CfE and for teaching staff in particular to be given the time and investment needed to develop materials for it; believes that literacy and numeracy are central to the development of the CfE; believes that it is unacceptable that fewer than half of P7 pupils are well established in reading; calls on the Scottish Government to establish an assessment regime for basic literacy in primary schools, linked to individual programmes for pupils who have failed to attain adequate literacy skills, with the expectation that all pupils should leave primary school functionally literate, and calls for a greater show of leadership and direction from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning."

S3M-2935*#* Christine Grahame: Cuiken Primary and its School Playing Field—That the Parliament notes with alarm that yet another primary school playing field, at Cuiken Primary in Penicuik, is under threat of development despite Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 11 and the presumption against building on school playing fields; notes the objection of the Penicuik and District Community Council to this proposal, and believes that there should be centralised data on the current provision of school playing fields, including location and acreage, and that sportscotland would add benefit as a mandatory consultee in any development plans that impinge on school playing fields and public open spaces.

S3M-2790 Bill Wilson: GDP’s Inadequacy as a Measure of Sustainable Economic Growth—That the Parliament notes and welcomes the Beyond Growth supplement in the 18 October 2008 edition of New Scientist magazine, which highlights the potential problems, both statistical and ecological, associated with using gross domestic product (GDP) as the major means of measuring sustainable economic growth; welcomes the Scottish Government’s overall purpose to focus government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth and its adoption of various national outcomes, indicators of progress and targets, of which the great majority do not relate to GDP; acknowledges that the previous administration was committed to reviewing the options for additional and improved ways of measuring progress, as set out in Choosing our future, Scotland’s sustainable development strategy, and urges the Scottish Government to continue this work and broaden its methods of measuring economic progress.

*S3M-2790.1 Robin Harper: GDP’s Inadequacy as a Measure of Sustainable Economic Growth—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2790) in the name of Bill Wilson, leave out from first "sustainable" to "growth and" and insert "environmentally-sustainable economic growth; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to a more successful country; further welcomes".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3166 The Future of the Arts in Scotland (lodged on 5 January 2009) David Whitton*, Karen Whitefield*, James Kelly*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3165 Situation in Gaza (lodged on 5 January 2009) Angela Constance*, Jim Tolson*, Keith Brown*, Jackie Baillie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, John Park*, Marlyn Glen*, Patrick Harvie*, Nigel Don*, Bill Butler*, Bob Doris*, Des McNulty*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Alasdair Allan*, Michael McMahon*, Cathy Peattie*, Charlie Gordon*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Liam McArthur*, Bashir Ahmad*, Margaret Curran*, Sandra White*, Mike Pringle*, Elaine Murray*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Karen Gillon*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Gil Paterson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-3160 Action Needed to Secure Ceasefire (lodged on 5 January 2009) Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*, Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Keith Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*, Alex Neil*

S3M-3159 Helen Suzman (lodged on 5 January 2009) Mike Pringle*, Christine Grahame*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3158 Last Train on the Waverley Line (lodged on 5 January 2009) Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-3157 Cut Power Bills Now (lodged on 5 January 2009) Ian McKee*, Christine Grahame*, Gil Paterson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-3156 Woodland Trust Scotland’s Christmas Card Recycling Scheme (lodged on 5 January 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*, Ian McKee*, Christine Grahame*, John Wilson*, Gil Paterson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3154 Life Should be Life (lodged on 19 December 2008) Rob Gibson*

S3M-3153 The Late Sir Bernard Crick (lodged on 19 December 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3150 Making the Parliament More Scottish (lodged on 19 December 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-3144 SNP/Lib Dem U-turn on School Meals (lodged on 18 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3143 Evictions by Social Landlords in Scotland (lodged on 18 December 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3139 Future of Electricity Generation (lodged on 18 December 2008) Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3136 The 2008 Homeless World Cup (lodged on 17 December 2008) Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3135 Support Nil by Mouth (lodged on 17 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3134 Congratulations to Oxgang Primary School (lodged on 17 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3131 Congratulations to Youth for Old Bike Scheme (lodged on 17 December 2008) Trish Godman*

S3M-3128 Disabled Person’s Parking Places (Scotland) Bill (lodged on 17 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3126 Postal Workers’ Walk-speed Pressure (lodged on 17 December 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-3122 Sun Microsystems (lodged on 16 December 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-3111 The Guide Dog Week Campaign (lodged on 15 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3110 20th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster (lodged on 15 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3108 Congratulations to Chris Hoy, BBC Sports Personality of the Year (lodged on 15 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3105 Further Delay in Publishing Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration Action Plan (lodged on 15 December 2008) Karen Gillon*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3102 Congratulations to East Renfrewshire for Being the Best-performing Local Authority for Exam Performance (lodged on 12 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3097# Opposition to People Trafficking (lodged on 11 December 2008) John Park*, Mike Pringle*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-3093 34 Labour Schools to SNP’s One (lodged on 11 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3085 Save Our Forests (lodged on 10 December 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-3069 Time for Mugabe to Go (lodged on 9 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3030 Congratulations Glenrothes - Britain in Bloom (lodged on 3 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-3015 Congratulations to the University of St Andrews Debating Team (lodged on 2 December 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-2986 Bull Hire Scheme (lodged on 27 November 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-2957# Aberdeen Forensic Science Laboratory (lodged on 25 November 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2956 Red Cross Report - What We Do in Scotland (lodged on 25 November 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-2955 Scotland’s Forests (lodged on 25 November 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2936 Ban Tobacco Vending Machines (lodged on 20 November 2008) Patrick Harvie*, Trish Godman*

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