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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3289 Bob Doris: Halting Wholesale School Closures in Glasgow—That the Parliament condemns Glasgow City Council for its sudden and savage proposal to close 25 primary and nursery schools across the city; notes that the manner in which parents were notified led to many of them learning of the proposed closures in the Glasgow Evening Times and believes this is a totally unacceptable and insensitive way to impart such devastating news; believes that the consultation period of only six weeks for those objecting to the closures is far too short; is worried that any consultation will be for cosmetic purposes only and that the ruling Labour group may be determined to push school closures through in the face of huge public opposition; is concerned that such proposals may be an attempt to undermine the Scottish Government’s efforts to reduce class sizes and threaten the capacity of some primary schools to deliver free school meals in primary school canteens to all primary one, two and three children; calls on Glasgow City Council to halt immediately the wholesale closure programme and enter into genuine and meaningful dialogue with parents, teachers, unions and communities before returning at a later date with a revised strategy to enhance primary education provision within the city, and insists that hard-pressed communities, such as those in Wyndford, Maryhill where two primary schools are set to close, are not left without educational provision in their community.

*S3M-3288 Bill Kidd: Aiming for a Nuclear-free World and a Nuclear-free Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes President Obama’s announcement of a strategic move towards a "nuclear-free world" through bilateral and multilateral disarmament; hopes to see the newly inaugurated president make good on this pledge in a constructive and practicable way, and believes that a fitting beginning to this new strategy necessitates the cessation of the shipment of vital bomb components by US weapons makers to the United Kingdom, historically sanctioned by US presidents, thus bringing about the end to the folly of Trident.

*S3M-3287 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to Scotswomen of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates all the finalists of the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year Awards; recognises the huge contribution that all these women have made to the lives of others, their communities and Scotland; in particular congratulates the winners of the Scotswoman of the Year award, Jean Donnachie and Noreen Real, and, in celebrating the achievement of all these women, reaffirms its determination to act to ensure that women achieve their full potential and to tackle the inequalities that women continue to face in their daily lives.

*S3M-3286 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to the International Scotswoman of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Mary Miller on winning the Evening Times International Scotswoman of the Year award; acknowledges her long and sustained commitment to the people of Glasgow and in particular Castlemilk; celebrates the compassion, sacrifice and courage she displays in working with local communities in Zimbabwe, in particular supporting families facing HIV/AIDS, and considers that this award acknowledges this remarkable woman whose energy, humility and deep humanity offer a remarkable example of a life well lived in the service of others and who is an inspiration to us all.

*S3M-3285 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to the Scots Sportswoman of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Aileen McGlynn on winning the Evening Times Scots Sportswoman of the Year award in recognition of her stunning success in winning two cycling gold medals at the Paralympics in Beijing; notes the pride of her community in Cardonald, Glasgow, and of all of Scotland in her success; salutes her as a fabulously talented role model for young women to encourage their involvement in sport, and celebrates the powerful message her victory represents to all those who face barriers through disability or disadvantage about what can be achieved with grit, determination and ambition.

*S3M-3284♦ Jamie Stone: Investment in Schools in North Highland—That the Parliament recognises the impact of the quality of a school’s environment on the effectiveness of the education of its pupils and believes that the dilapidated state of a number of school buildings in the north Highlands impedes the education of many pupils; recognises Highland Council’s lack of financial resources to renovate and build schools, and regrets the lack of a funding mechanism that would allow Highland Council to initiate a much-needed schools refurbishment and new-build programme.

*S3M-3283 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to Award Winning Fife Eateries—That the Parliament congratulates Sangster’s restaurant in Elie for achieving Michelin star status and the Anstruther Fish Bar for coming first in the final of the best fish and chip shop in Britain competition and notes that these successes highlight Fife’s international reputation for culinary excellence in all sectors of the market and underline the Kingdom’s claim to produce some of the best local produce in Scotland.

*S3M-3282 Angela Constance: Kind Hearts in Livingston’s Centre Support Marie Curie Cancer Care—That the Parliament recognises the generosity and true Christmas spirit of shoppers at The Centre in Livingston over the Christmas period in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care; congratulates all those concerned in raising £2,138 in a two-day fundraising event in early December, resulting in an overall total of £8,824.11 raised for the charity in 2008, and commends the work of the charity and the benefits that it brings to so many communities throughout Scotland.

*S3M-3281 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to Kirkintilloch High School—That the Parliament congratulates Kirkintilloch High School for its progress, having been praised in the excellent follow-up report from HM Inspectorate of Education for the exemplary leadership given by the acting head, significant improvements in the consistency of young people’s learning experience and greatly improved staff confidence and moral.

*S3M-3280 Aileen Campbell: Congratulations to Lanarkshire’s Calzeat and Co on Re-decorating the White House—That the Parliament congratulates Lanarkshire-based textile firm Calzeat and Co Ltd on providing fabrics for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s new-look White House; notes that this family-owned business started in 1971 and that in its 39-year history it has produced fabrics for a number of prestige clients, including the Bush Senior White House, Buckingham Palace, the Dorchester Hotel, London, and Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, and recognises the hard work and dedication of the company to produce high-quality textiles and the prestige that this brings not only to Calzeat but to Scotland.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-3279 Keith Brown: Volunteer Development Scotland, 25th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Volunteer Development Scotland, Scotland’s Centre for Excellence in volunteer development, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2009; notes that since 1984 Volunteer Development Scotland has played a key leadership role in creating a distinctly Scottish approach to volunteer development by responding to the needs of the people of Scotland; acknowledges that in partnership with many organisations, in particular Scotland’s volunteer centres, it has established internationally recognised ways of working that continuously enhance the quality of the volunteering experience, and looks forward to Volunteer Development Scotland continuing to work throughout its silver jubilee year and beyond to ensure that the importance of volunteering is recognised throughout Scotland.

*S3M-3278 Karen Whitefield: Scotland’s Creative and Cultural Industry Needs Certainty—That the Parliament recognises and shares the concern felt by the creative and cultural industry in Scotland at the Scottish Government’s latest decision concerning Creative Scotland; believes that the decision to include measures to establish Creative Scotland in the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill is wrong, and calls on the Scottish Government to reintroduce the Creative Scotland Bill so that there can be proper scrutiny of the Bill by the most appropriate committee with the most appropriate Minister leading the Bill and so that there can be a speedy end to the uncertainty that is currently being experienced by many groups and individuals within the creative and cultural industry in Scotland.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill*, Iain Smith*, Ted Brocklebank*, Patricia Ferguson*

*S3M-3277 Bill Wilson: Israel’s Shiministim—That the Parliament applauds the courage and self-sacrifice of the young Israeli conscientious objectors known as the Shiministim, jailed for refusing to join the Israeli army; notes that they have asked every person who strives for peace to support them, and endorses the actions of Jewish Voice for Peace,, in gathering support internationally.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-3276 David Whitton: Kirkintilloch High School—That the Parliament congratulates Kirkintilloch High School in East Dunbartonshire for its recent HM Inspectorate of Education follow-through report; notes that the report highlights the exemplary lead given by the acting head teacher, good practice in interdisciplinary Holocaust and anti-racism studies and high quality provision across the expressive and performing arts; 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.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, Jackson Carlaw*, Cathy Jamieson*, Paul Martin*, John Park*, Bob Doris*, Jim Tolson*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Rhona Brankin*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-3275 Alasdair Allan: Siadar Wave Power Scheme—That the Parliament welcomes the planning permission granted by the Scottish Government for the innovative and exciting Siadar wave power scheme on the Isle of Lewis; notes that this is set to become one of the first and largest wave power projects of its kind anywhere in the world and will be capable of generating up to four megawatts of energy, powering 1,800 homes and will provide up to 70 jobs on the Isle of Lewis; recognises that, at a time when more and more people are focussing on ways to help preserve the planet and produce energy for future generations, schemes like this are vitally important for meeting our future energy needs, and recognises that the approval for this ground-breaking proposal is testament to the hard work of all those who have been involved in getting this project off the ground.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Mike Pringle*, Brian Adam*, Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-3274 Bill Wilson: Labour Party’s Attitude Towards Inquiry into Iraq—That the Parliament endorses the need for an inquiry into the serious allegations that Lord Bingham brought up, in his British Institute of International and Comparative Law lecture on 18 November 2008, concerning the legitimacy of the invasion of Iraq; notes that the need for an inquiry is supported by the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives at Westminster; acknowledges that the alleged improprieties that led to the invasion of Iraq may have resulted in, according to a survey released in September 2007 by British polling organisation Opinion Research Business, a post-invasion excess mortality of over one million, and notes with incredulity the Labour Party’s enthusiasm for inquiries in the Scottish Parliament in light of its obstructionist attitude to an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Iraq war.

*S3M-3273 Sandra White: Scotswomen of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the joint winners of the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year award, Jean Donnachie and Noreen Real, who, after being left horrified at the treatment of asylum seekers and their families in a series of harrowing dawn raids, set up a community network aimed at ending this inhumane practice; considers that their efforts led to the Home Office abandoning the controversial use of dawn raids, and commends their values of compassion and acceptance.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*, Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Nigel Don*, Aileen Campbell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Patrick Harvie*, Jim Tolson*, Christopher Harvie*, Bob Doris*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-3272 Angela Constance: St John’s Hospital Tic Talk Day Nursery’s Welly Waddle Fundraiser—That the Parliament congratulates the children and organisers of the Tic Talk Day Nursery at St John’s Hospital in Livingston for its Welly Waddle fundraising event that raised £1050.50 in support of the Scottish Cot Death Trust and acknowledges the very worthwhile work of the Scottish Cot Death Trust in its research into the causes of cot death and the support that it gives to families who have lost a baby through cot death.

*S3M-3271 Stuart McMillan: Congratulations to Kirkintilloch High School—That the Parliament congratulates Kirkintilloch High School on its recent report from HM Inspectorate of Education; notes that the report highlights the great strides forward that the school has made since the last report and that real improvements have been seen in staff confidence and morale; further notes the exemplary lead given by the acting head teacher, Mr Muir, and acknowledges the hard work and dedication shown by all members of staff in improving the performance of the school.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, John Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jim Tolson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3270 Borrowing Powers for the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 21 January 2009) John Wilson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-3269 The Murison Burns Collection (lodged on 21 January 2009) Christina McKelvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Kidd*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jim Hume*, Cathy Peattie*, John Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*, John Park*

S3M-3268 Loss of Jobs at Vion, Cambuslang (lodged on 21 January 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Marlyn Glen*, Bill Butler*, Margaret Curran*, Charlie Gordon*, Rhona Brankin*, Michael McMahon*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Andy Kerr*, Cathy Jamieson*, Paul Martin*, Patricia Ferguson*, John Park*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, David Whitton*, Robert Brown*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-3266 Congratulations to St Michael’s Primary School (lodged on 21 January 2009) Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Jim Tolson*, Jim Hume*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3265 70th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Royal Oak (lodged on 21 January 2009) Mike Pringle*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-3264 Congratulations to Bridgeton Family Learning Centre (lodged on 21 January 2009) Rhona Brankin*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Michael McMahon*, Bill Kidd*, Karen Whitefield*, Bill Butler*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Charlie Gordon*, Mary Mulligan*, Trish Godman*, Jim Tolson*, Aileen Campbell*, George Foulkes*, James Kelly*, Bob Doris*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-3263 Recreational Fishing - Article 47 (lodged on 21 January 2009) Mike Pringle*

S3M-3262 Call to Suspend Military Trials at Guantánamo Bay (lodged on 21 January 2009) Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*

S3M-3259 Congratulations to Gryffe High School (lodged on 20 January 2009) Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, David Stewart*, Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Jim Tolson*, Jim Hume*, Bill Wilson*, Trish Godman*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3258 Congratulations to St Luke’s High School (lodged on 20 January 2009) Jackson Carlaw*, Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jim Tolson*, David Stewart*, Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Jim Hume*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3255 Sunday Post’s 90th Birthday (lodged on 20 January 2009) Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-3253 Operation Fleet (lodged on 20 January 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3252 Michelin Star for the Albannach in Lochinver (lodged on 20 January 2009) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-3251 Racism and the UK Borders Agency (lodged on 20 January 2009) Patrick Harvie*, Michael Matheson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3249 First Twenty Years of Success (lodged on 19 January 2009) Kenneth Gibson*, Derek Brownlee*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Rob Gibson*, Mike Rumbles*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alex Johnstone*

S3M-3248 Welcoming The New Possilpark Health Centre (lodged on 19 January 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3247 Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Commemorative Stamps (lodged on 19 January 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3246 Lothian Buses’ Passengers are Paying More for Less (lodged on 19 January 2009) Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Murray*, John Park*, Mary Mulligan*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3243 Falkirk Gaelic Forum (lodged on 19 January 2009) Brian Adam*, Mary Scanlon*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Alasdair Allan*, John Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Alex Neil*

S3M-3241 Value of Local Newspapers (lodged on 16 January 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3235.1 Appointment of Chair of the Board of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (lodged on 16 January 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3233 University of the West of Scotland Nursery Provision (lodged on 15 January 2009) Elaine Smith*

S3M-3232 Dwelly’s Gaelic Dictionary Online (lodged on 15 January 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3231 Glasgow Central Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 15 January 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3223 Taxes Galore (lodged on 14 January 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3220 Worldwide Toast to Robert Burns World Record Attempt (lodged on 14 January 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3191 Congratulations to Journey to Employment (lodged on 8 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3171 A Gold Star for St Ninian’s Primary School, Knightswood (lodged on 6 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3165 Situation in Gaza (lodged on 5 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3097# Opposition to People Trafficking (lodged on 11 December 2008) Iain Smith*

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