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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3754 Bill Kidd: Scotland’s Winning Ticket—That the Parliament welcomes calls by the Scottish Government for the UK Government to endorse a National Lottery scratchcard to help establish a £150 million fund for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; considers that such a move would provide much-needed funds after £150 million was diverted from the community and voluntary sector in Scotland to pay for the Olympic Games in London, and believes that a significant sum of money has been raised for the Olympic Games through dedicated National Lottery scratchcards and that the same level of support should be afforded by the UK Government to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to encourage and inspire people in Glasgow and across Scotland to live healthier and more active lives.

*S3M-3753 Fiona Hyslop: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 4 February 2008, relating to the management of Career Development Loans and the Managing Information Across Partners programme, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Keith Brown*

*S3M-3752 Jim Tolson: Eating Out with Coeliac Disease—That the Parliament recognises that people with coeliac disease have an autoimmune disease for which the only treatment is a lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet; considers that 58% of people diagnosed with coeliac disease are most concerned about the lack of safe gluten-free options offered in restaurants and similar places; urges chefs and caterers to improve the availability of gluten-free choices, and commends and supports Coeliac UK for its eating out campaign to make eating out possible for people with the condition, which will significantly improve their quality of life and create more business for the hospitality sector.

*S3M-3751 Margaret Smith: 100th Birthday of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland—That the Parliament notes that March 2009 marks the 100th birthday of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), the charity that owns Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park; recognises the key contribution that the zoo and wildlife park make to the economy of Scotland as key tourist attractions as well as the hugely valuable conservation, education and research work that the RZSS does across the two locations and beyond; applauds the hard work and dedication of all of the society’s staff and volunteers over the years and the dynamism that has allowed it to change with the times, and wishes the RZSS well for its centenary celebrations and for the years to come.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, John Park*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, David Stewart*, John Lamont*, Jim Hume*, John Wilson*

*S3M-3750 Mr Frank McAveety: Big Lottery Fund Helps Housing Project for Disabled People—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living, based in Glasgow Shettleston, which has been awarded a grant of £323,282 from the Big Lottery Fund Life Transitions investment area; welcomes the intention to use the money to support the Accessible Housing Solutions project, which will help disabled people make the transition from unsuitable housing situations to places where they are able to live full, independent lives and enjoy the increased confidence that this will bring, and is delighted that, over three years, this project will use the existing online housing allocation service to match as many as 600 disabled people to suitable accommodation.

*S3M-3749 Brian Adam: Scrap the 2p per Litre Fuel Tax Rise—That the Parliament notes the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s planned rise in fuel duty of 2p from 1 April 2009; further notes the comments of the Automobile Association president, Edmund King, that drivers face the threat of severe financial hardship from the credit crunch; believes that any rise in fuel duty during this economic recession will have an adverse effect on Scottish businesses, the road haulage industry and hard-pressed families; finds it perverse that billions have been spent by the UK Exchequer bailing out other businesses while it intends to increase business costs with a rise in fuel duty, and calls on the UK Government to scrap the rise in fuel duty.

*S3M-3748 Dave Thompson: Highland Heroes—That the Parliament congratulates John Clark and Andrew Kellock of Millburn Academy on their nomination for an Unsung Hero accolade in the Young Scot Awards 2009 for preventing their class minibus from crashing after their teacher collapsed at the wheel; notes that John, aged 13, managed to grab the wheel and steer the bus to safety while Andrew, aged 12, brought the bus to a stop by pulling on the handbrake; commends John and Andrew for their composure and bravery in preventing what could have been a devastating accident, and wishes them both the best of luck at the awards ceremony on 9 April 2009.

Supported by: Nigel Don*, Alasdair Allan*, Mary Scanlon*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Patricia Ferguson*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Christine Grahame*, Jim Tolson*

*S3M-3747 Bill Wilson: Renfrewshire Council and Scotland’s First Money Week—That the Parliament congratulates Renfrewshire Council on the launch of Renfrewshire Money Week, which runs from 23 to 27 March 2009; notes that this is Scotland’s first ever Money Week and that it is designed to help Renfrewshire residents make the most of their money at a time of economic hardship, and further notes that the event involves numerous advice sessions, training events and workshop activities across Renfrewshire run by a range of partners, including Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, the Financial Services Authority, Reid Kerr College, the University of the West of Scotland and local credit unions, and that this event follows the release of additional funding by Renfrewshire Council to boost the provision of financial and debt advice in light of the economic recession.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Stewart Maxwell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh Henry*

*S3M-3746 Anne McLaughlin: Acknowledging that No One is Immune to Mental Health Problems—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Crown Office has begun offering support to those of its staff at risk of suffering mental trauma; notes that this will be beneficial not only to the individuals involved and the Crown Office but also to wider society by reducing the stigma attached to mental health problems; notes that these staff have to deal with the consequences of the most disturbing and barbaric acts on a regular basis; recognises the importance of their work to the justice system and to wider society; applauds them for their continued dedication, and hopes that this will encourage other professions to address the risk of second-hand shock among those who deal with the victims and aftermath of traumatic and disturbing incidents.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christine Grahame*, Elaine Smith*, Aileen Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*, John Wilson*

*S3M-3743 Elaine Smith: Cuban Women on Tour—That the Parliament welcomes Carolina Amador Perez, international relations officer of the federation of Cuban women, the FMC, and Gilda Chacón Bravo, the international department of Cuba’s trade union congress, the CTC, who are visiting Scotland from 12 March to 4 April 2009 as part of a tour of the United Kingdom; is pleased that, as Cuba celebrates 50 years of its revolution, this tour offers the opportunity to discuss what this has meant for women in that country; notes that the FMC is one of the largest women’s organisations in the world, with more than three million members aged 14 and above; congratulates the FMC on its work, which has contributed to the fact that women now make up 42% of elected parliamentary positions in Cuba, the third largest representation of women in any parliament in the world, and congratulates women of the CTC who have leading roles in Cuba’s trade union movement.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*, Sandra White*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3745 Renfrewshire Education Cuts (lodged on 18 March 2009) Ms Wendy Alexander*, Hugh Henry*, Karen Whitefield*, Sarah Boyack*, Cathy Peattie*, Bill Butler*, Ken Macintosh*, David Whitton*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-3744 Post Bank (lodged on 18 March 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Des McNulty*, Sandra White*

S3M-3742 Congratulations to Maryhill Housing Association and the Lintel Trust (lodged on 18 March 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-3741♦ Inadequate Infertility Treatment in Scotland (lodged on 18 March 2009) Des McNulty*, Irene Oldfather*, Trish Godman*, Cathie Craigie*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh Henry*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-3740 North Glasgow Housing Association Completes 900th New Build Home (lodged on 18 March 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Butler*, Helen Eadie*, Des McNulty*, Hugh Henry*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Johann Lamont*, Sandra White*

S3M-3738 Infobase North Lanarkshire (lodged on 18 March 2009) Elaine Smith*, Jamie Hepburn*, Sarah Boyack*, Trish Godman*, Hugh O’Donnell*, James Kelly*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathie Craigie*, David Whitton*, Michael McMahon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Kidd*, Cathy Jamieson*, David Stewart*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*, Sandra White*

S3M-3737 Congratulations to Calderhead High School (lodged on 18 March 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Ken Macintosh*, Angela Constance*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Pauline McNeill*, Trish Godman*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Helen Eadie*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Sandra White*

S3M-3736 Dr Rabinder Buttar, Founder of Clin Tech International (lodged on 18 March 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Cathie Craigie*, Sandra White*

S3M-3735 Caulders Garden Centre, Best Garden Centre in Scotland (lodged on 18 March 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Cathie Craigie*, Sandra White*

S3M-3734 Lenzie Academy Wins IET Faraday Engineering Challenge (lodged on 18 March 2009) Elaine Smith*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Cathy Peattie*, Pauline McNeill*, Sandra White*

S3M-3733 Clydesdale Riding for the Disabled Association (lodged on 18 March 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Elaine Smith*, Sandra White*

S3M-3732 Bike Belles (lodged on 18 March 2009) Elaine Smith*, Jamie Hepburn*, Aileen Campbell*, Cathy Peattie*, Sandra White*

S3M-3731 Fairtrade Inverurie (lodged on 18 March 2009) Elaine Smith*, Ken Macintosh*, Aileen Campbell*, Cathy Peattie*, Sandra White*

S3M-3730 University Rector’s Torture Evidence (lodged on 18 March 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S3M-3729 Allow Expatriates Scottish Voting Rights (lodged on 17 March 2009) Sandra White*

S3M-3716 40th Anniversary of the Loss of the Longhope Lifeboat (lodged on 17 March 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Pauline McNeill*, Des McNulty*, Cathy Peattie*, Sandra White*

S3M-3714 Retained Ambulance Service Trial in Braemar (lodged on 16 March 2009) Jim Tolson*

S3M-3713 Designing Living Streets for All (lodged on 16 March 2009) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-3710 Scottish Fishermen’s Trust Bursary Awards (lodged on 16 March 2009) Helen Eadie*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-3705 Sale of Stonehaven Radio Station (lodged on 13 March 2009) Alex Johnstone*

S3M-3699# Retained Firefighters and the Working Time Directive (lodged on 13 March 2009) Sandra White*

S3M-3698# Anne Frank Day (lodged on 13 March 2009) Sandra White*

S3M-3697 Return of the William Wallace Safe Conduct Letter (lodged on 13 March 2009) Sandra White*

S3M-3695 Cycling and Walking to Work (lodged on 13 March 2009) Trish Godman*, Hugh O’Donnell*, George Foulkes*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-3692# International Midwives’ Day, 5 May 2009 (lodged on 12 March 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-3679 Glasgow City Council Announces £7 Minimum Wage (lodged on 11 March 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-3670 Congratulations to Glasgow Credit Union (lodged on 10 March 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-3662 Congratulations to Margaret Manson on Election as Captain of the Binny Golf Club (lodged on 10 March 2009) Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*, Claire Baker*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Maureen Watt*, Elaine Smith*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-3656 Congratulations to Aggreko (lodged on 10 March 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-3643 Greengairs Primary School Permanent Eco-School Status (lodged on 9 March 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-3640 Congratulations to FARE in the East End of Glasgow (lodged on 6 March 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-3620 25th Anniversary of the Miners’ Strike (lodged on 5 March 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-3617 Snaring in Scotland (lodged on 4 March 2009) Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-3592 Eco-driving Challenge (lodged on 3 March 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-3590 Firefighter Safety and Data Collection (lodged on 3 March 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-3548 Community Service Volunteers (lodged on 26 February 2009) Jackson Carlaw*, Robert Brown*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Cathie Craigie*, Margaret Curran*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-3538 Cultural and Social Enterprise (lodged on 25 February 2009) Elaine Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3500 Fairtrade Fortnight (lodged on 23 February 2009) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-3493 ParentLine Scotland (lodged on 23 February 2009) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-3411# Songbird Survival (lodged on 9 February 2009) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-3364 End the Inhumane Long-distance Transportation of Live Horses for Slaughter in Europe (lodged on 2 February 2009) Cathy Peattie*

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