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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3414 Elaine Murray: Review of Legal Aid—That the Parliament is concerned that offenders convicted of serious crimes are able to receive significant sums in legal aid to undertake vexatious appeals against sentence and against the consequences of their crimes, for example in terms of lost pension entitlements; considers that the criteria for eligibility of legal aid should be reviewed to prevent the use of public funds for gratuitous serial appeals by persons convicted of serious crimes such as rape, and further considers that such actions compound the injury and distress cause to victims of these crimes and may deter rape victims from reporting offences.

*S3M-3413 Bill Kidd: No Place for Trident in Civilised Society—That the Parliament notes with concern, following the accidental publication of a top secret Ministry of Defence document, originally prepared in 1978, in the National Archives in London last year, the revelation that Trident was deployed to allow ground-bursts that could subject 55 to 60% of Moscow to a "radiation dose sufficient to cause rapid debilitation followed by death for most people in the area" and to cause "sufficient damage to bring about the breakdown of the city as a functioning community"; believes that the Dr Strangelove-esque logic that guided the strategic decisions of Margaret Thatcher during this period was profoundly misguided, and further believes that, in the absence of the desire to annihilate the civilian population of Moscow, the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown MP, and the Secretary of State for Defence, John Hutton MP, should put an end to this defunct reasoning and scrap Trident.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Christopher Harvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

*S3M-3412 Jackie Baillie: Keep Respite Care at Fyneview—That the Parliament notes the proposal under consideration by Argyll and Bute Council to cut funding to the Fyneview Respite House in Lochgilphead; considers that there has been a lack of consultation with all service users and carers in Argyll and Bute regarding the future of Fyneview; understands that there are no other respite facilities for 18 to 64-year-olds in the area, making Fyneview an invaluable resource for the community; believes that Argyll and Bute Council should not terminate respite care at Fyneview, particularly as the Scottish Government has made an extra £9 million available to enable local authorities to provide additional services for carers and an extra 10,000 respite weeks on top of existing service, and therefore calls on the council to reject the proposal.

*S3M-3411# Jamie McGrigor: Songbird Survival—That the Parliament is aware of the concerns of many bird lovers throughout the United Kingdom about the decline of the songbird population; notes research that suggests that over the last 40 years many species of songbird have seen a reduction in numbers of 50% or more with some species declining by over 90%; recognises that a number of factors have led to these declines and that these should be considered by policymakers, and commends individual birdwatchers and bird groups in the Highlands and Islands and elsewhere in Scotland for their role in recording species’ numbers and the work of organisations such as Songbird Survival that campaign to raise awareness of the threat to our songbird species and ensure the creation of a balanced biodiversity.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, David Stewart*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Murdo Fraser*

*S3M-3410 Rob Gibson: Wanderlust for West Highland Line—That the Parliament hails the vote by almost 3,000 readers of Wanderlust, an independent travel magazine, naming the West Highland line as the top rail journey in the world; notes that the West Highland line came ahead of the Trans-Siberian Express and the Cuzco to Machu Picchu line in Peru and beat 400 other nominated rail journeys from around the world, and congratulates ScotRail and all those involved in earning this prestigious recognition for Scotland.

*S3M-3409 Cathy Jamieson: Closure of Girvan Swimming Pool—That the Parliament recognises the significance of Girvan Swimming Pool as a key community facility; notes that public swimming pools provide crucial life-saving training and contribute a great deal to public health; expresses dismay at the decision by South Ayrshire Council to close the Girvan Swimming Pool, a decision that was made without public consultation, and calls on South Ayrshire Council to invest in swimming facilities in Girvan, explore all available options with regard to funding a new facility and renew its commitment to support leisure facilities in Girvan.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Murray*, James Kelly*, David Whitton*

*S3M-3408# John Wilson: Pressurised Area Status in North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Scottish Government to grant pressurised area status to the North Lanarkshire Council areas of Cumbernauld and Moodiesburn, which enables the council to suspend the right to buy to tenants who started their tenancy after 30 September 2002, and considers that the action by the government and council should stop the decline of housing stock lost through right to buy and ensure that the council can maintain control over existing housing stock.

S3M-3371*#* Robert Brown: Bicentenary of Louis Braille—That the Parliament celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the unique communication system for blind people that has been instrumental in unlocking knowledge and potential, creating opportunities and supporting independent action from the time of its invention to the present day; notes the importance of providing braille and other forms of accessible information to people with visual impairments across all sectors and in all areas of activity to create a fair and inclusive society; also notes the potential of modern technology to give full effect to Louise Braille’s vision of effective communication for blind and visually impaired people, and considers that the Scottish Government has an important role as an exemplar of best practice in relation to the accessibility to visually impaired people of public services and information provision across Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Neil*, Ken Macintosh*, Brian Adam*, Mary Mulligan*, Nicol Stephen*, Mike Pringle*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-3351 Liam McArthur: Retained Firefighters and the Working Time Directive Opt-out—That the Parliament notes with regret the vote by the European Parliament on 17 December 2008 in favour of removing Britain’s working time directive opt-out; also notes with serious concern the effect that the removal of the opt-out will have on retained firefighters across Scotland and the consequences that it may have for public health and safety; further notes that of 391 fire stations across Scotland 321 are staffed by 3,429 retained firefighters; notes the valuable service that these volunteer firefighters provide to their communities and that the Retained Firefighters Union opposes the removal of the opt-out; considers that, if the opt-out is removed and Retained Duty System (RDS) fire stations are proven unviable under the working time directive, 91% of the United Kingdom will lose valuable emergency fire cover, and notes the serious and potentially fatal consequences that the removal will have on communities across Scotland.

*S3M-3351.2 Peter Peacock: Retained Firefighters and the Working Time Directive Opt-out—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3351) in the name of Liam McArthur, leave out from "with regret" to end and insert "that the vote by the European Parliament on 17 December 2008 in favour of removing Britain’s working time directive opt-out was supported by Scotland’s Liberal Democrat MEP; also notes that the decision of the European Parliament represents a difference of view from that of the Council of Ministers and will now be sent for negotiation and conciliation before there is any question of its final approval or implementation; further notes that a failure to agree between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers will result in the proposal falling; notes the role played by Scotland’s retained firefighters and the vital service that these firefighters provide to their communities; considers that in any future potential change to the working time directive an appropriate provision to allow a continuation of fire services in the Highlands and Islands in particular will be required, and expresses confidence in those involved to ensure such an outcome."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3405 Welcoming OFT Steps in Sale and Rent Back (lodged on 6 February 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Mike Pringle*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-3403 Child Poverty and UK Benefits System (lodged on 6 February 2009) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Sandra White*, Patrick Harvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-3402 Israeli Disruption of International Aid Effort (lodged on 6 February 2009) Mike Pringle*, Christine Grahame*, Bob Doris*

S3M-3401 Positive Opportunities for Gordon Brown (lodged on 6 February 2009) Christina McKelvie*, Christine Grahame*, Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*

S3M-3400 Cumbernauld Village Secures £375,000 Heritage Grant (lodged on 6 February 2009) Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Margaret Mitchell*, Sandra White*

S3M-3399 Pressurised Area Status in North Lanarkshire (lodged on 6 February 2009) Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*

S3M-3396 The Importance of Robert Burns to Irvine (lodged on 5 February 2009) Cathy Jamieson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Karen Whitefield*, Mary Mulligan*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-3395 Report of Services to Protect Children and Young People in Inverclyde (lodged on 5 February 2009) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-3394 Renfrewshire Officially a Fairtrade Zone (lodged on 5 February 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-3393 Support for People with Coal Miners’ Knee (lodged on 5 February 2009) Alex Neil*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-3387 10th Anniversary of Chávez Presidency (lodged on 4 February 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-3370 Irvine Burns Club (lodged on 3 February 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3367 World Cancer Day 2009 (lodged on 3 February 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3366 Welcome to Conference on Trident and International Law (lodged on 2 February 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-3365 BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2009 (lodged on 2 February 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3361 Freedom of Dumbarton for Jackie Stewart (lodged on 2 February 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3360 Lighting Up the Inauguration (lodged on 2 February 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3357# Support for Unpaid Carers (lodged on 2 February 2009) George Foulkes*

S3M-3351.1 Retained Firefighters and the Working Time Directive Opt-out (lodged on 5 February 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-3348 Castlemilk and Easterhouse, Beautiful Names but not Scummy Estates (lodged on 30 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3345 Evening Times Community Champions (lodged on 30 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3344 Map of Gaps (lodged on 30 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3342 Scottish Rugby Showcased at the Parliament (lodged on 29 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3341 Congratulations to the Barnardo’s Charity Shop in Gorgie Road (lodged on 29 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3338 Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau Award (lodged on 29 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3333# Congratulating Project Linus UK (lodged on 29 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3331 Protecting the Independence of the Mental Welfare Commission (lodged on 28 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3328 Hospital Car Parking Charges (lodged on 28 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3327 Record Growth in Scottish Scouting (lodged on 28 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3326 National Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2009 (lodged on 28 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3323 Posthumous Honour for Jane Haining (lodged on 27 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3313 Monthly Bin Collections in Fife (lodged on 27 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3307 Victims of Historic Child Abuse (lodged on 26 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3303 BBC Refusal to Broadcast the Emergency Appeal for Gaza (lodged on 26 January 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-3244 School Shelters (lodged on 19 January 2009) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3215# People with Dementia in Accident and Emergency - Recognising Their Needs (lodged on 14 January 2009) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-3157 Cut Power Bills Now (lodged on 5 January 2009) Willie Coffey*

S3M-3095# Scottish Coastal Path (lodged on 18 December 2008) Ken Macintosh*

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