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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4080 Peter Peacock: Declining Bee Numbers—That the Parliament notes with concern reports of the continuing decline in bee numbers and in the number of other key pollinators; notes the importance of bees for the production of honey and, along with other species, their vital importance in food production and in support of biodiversity; supports measures to research and understand better what may be causing the reported declines as a basis for appropriate further actions; further notes that in some areas, such as Colonsay, the varroa mite, which is known to be responsible for some of the decline in bee numbers, is not present, and considers that the Scottish Government should make every effort to maintain that position and sustain bee and other key pollination numbers.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*, John Scott*, Elaine Murray*, Sarah Boyack*, Margaret Mitchell*, Karen Gillon*

*S3M-4079 Jeremy Purvis: JEREMIE Support Fund—That the Parliament notes the announcement of the Welsh Assembly Government on 24 April 2009 of a new £150 million fund through Finance Wales that will support the expansion of more than 800 businesses and create up to 15,000 jobs across Wales, using £75 million funding from the European Investment Bank under the European Union’s Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises (JEREMIE) initiative and a further £60 million from the Welsh Assembly Government via European Regional Development Fund resources; recognises that the funding, the first JEREMIE fund to be launched in the United Kingdom, will enable Finance Wales plc, a commercial funding provider to small and medium-sized businesses in Wales owned by the Welsh Assembly Government, to make debt and equity investments in growing businesses throughout Wales; further notes that the recently announced Scottish Investment Bank combines existing equity finance support in Scotland to high growth businesses but regrets that it does not provide debt lending and support for small businesses, and further regrets that the Scottish Government has so far not acted on requests made by the Liberal Democrats in October 2008 for a JEREMIE support fund to be delivered in Scotland to help businesses secure debt lending during the recession and that, while the Welsh Assembly Government has acted to deliver a debt lending product to small and medium-sized businesses, so far the Scottish Government is merely considering it.

*S3M-4078 Mike Pringle: Landlord Registration in Scotland, Three Years On—That the Parliament welcomes the report from Shelter Scotland, Landlord registration in Scotland: three years on, which examines the progress councils have made towards implementation of the landlord registration scheme to register all private landlords and agents; notes the concerns highlighted in the report that landlord registration is not yet fulfilling the expectations placed on it, and calls on the Scottish Government to review immediately the effectiveness of the landlord registration scheme in order to overcome the barriers preventing the system from working effectively, to clarify the aims of landlord registration to ensure that local authorities have the means and resources not only to administer the process of registering landlords but also to address worst practice and protect tenants, to ensure that tenants and landlords are fully aware of their renting rights and responsibilities and take action to get rid of the worst landlords and to introduce a mandatory tenant deposit scheme to protect tenants from rogue landlords.

*S3M-4077 David Whitton: Auchinairn Primary, Breathe—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of the asthma committee from Auchinairn Primary School in Bishopbriggs on creating a compelling short film called Breathe, with the assistance of deputy head teacher Kirsty Rawley and film makers Jimmy Watson and Andy Lenihan, and notes that the film highlights how life for children with asthma can be improved by a greater understanding of the condition among their friends and teachers.

*S3M-4076 Jack McConnell: Congratulations to John Higgins—That the Parliament congratulates John Higgins on his achievement of winning the 2009 World Snooker Championship; notes that the Wishaw Wizard has now joined the elite club of snooker players who have won three world titles; notes that a significant number of Scots made an impact in the World Championships, and wishes all those involved in snooker in Scotland every success for the rest of the year.

*S3M-4075 John Wilson: Wishaw’s Wizard—That the Parliament congratulates Lanarkshire’s John Higgins on winning his third World Snooker Championship at the Crucible and joining an exclusive band of players who have won a hat trick of titles; notes that his sporting success will be an inspiration to the children of Lanarkshire, and wishes the wizard of Wishaw continued success.

*S3M-4074 Aileen Campbell: Restoration of Falls of Clyde Mural—That the Parliament congratulates artist and writer Alasdair Gray on completing the restoration of his Falls of Clyde mural in the Riverside Bar near New Lanark; notes that the mural, over 25ft in length, was originally painted over 40 years ago when the bar was known as the Kirkfieldbank Tavern; further congratulates bar owner Andy Boyle on his decision to commission Alasdair Gray to undertake the restoration, and hopes that the mural will encourage many more people from across Scotland to visit rural South Lanarkshire, including the Falls of Clyde, the New Lanark World Heritage Site and local establishments such as the Riverside Bar.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Marlyn Glen*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Elaine Smith*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Christina McKelvie*, Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-4073 Jackie Baillie: From the Vaults, Whisky and the Scots—That the Parliament congratulates the National Archives of Scotland, the Scotch Whisky Association, John Dewar and Sons Ltd and Diageo plc on bringing together a landmark exhibition, taking place in May and June 2009, that tells the story of Scotch Whisky from its creation, over 500 years ago, through archive treasures held in the vaults of both the National Archives of Scotland and other private industry collections; notes that this includes the famous 515-year-old Exchequer Roll, considered to be the founding document of the industry; further notes that this exhibition gives the public a chance to learn how, over the last five centuries, whisky has become inextricably linked to Scotland’s culture, history and economy, and encourages people from across Scotland to attend the free exhibition at the National Archives of Scotland, West Register House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

*S3M-4072 Pauline McNeill: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Art Prize—That the Parliament congratulates the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which last week welcomed its six millionth visitor since it reopened less than three years ago, for being shortlisted for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize, the United Kingdom’s largest art prize; notes that it is the second time in three years that the museum has been in the running for the prize, this time for its educational work through its Centre of New Enlightenment, which uses new technology to help young people navigate the museum; further notes that the judges stated that the programme of educational tasks and challenges was original and infectious and commended the way that it gave young people the independence to explore the building in an active way, and wishes the Kelvingrove, as Scotland’s sole representative on the shortlist, its best wishes ahead of the winner being announced on 18 June 2009 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

Supported by: Robert Brown*, Des McNulty*, Karen Whitefield*, David Whitton*, Rhona Brankin*, Margaret Curran*, Marlyn Glen*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Stewart Maxwell*

*S3M-4071 Jim Tolson: Dunfermline High School Diabetes Support Group—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of Dunfermline High School on forming a diabetes support group; believes that this is the first group to be set up in a school environment; acknowledges the work of the group to raise the awareness of fellow pupils and teachers to ensure that they are fully aware of symptoms and effects of diabetes and raising awareness in the wider community, and further congratulates the group for taking part in fundraising activities for Diabetes UK.

*S3M-4070 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Encore Presents Brigadoon—That the Parliament congratulates Encore drama group on its 15th anniversary; notes that it has been 15 years since its debut musical performance of Brigadoon; also notes that, in keeping with this anniversary and the Year of Homecoming, Encore will present Brigadoon at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, from 13 to 16 May 2009; wishes Encore success with this and future productions, and further notes that information about the group and its sister group for young people, Musical Youth, can be found at

*S3M-4067.1 Ken Macintosh: School Discipline—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4067) in the name of Elizabeth Smith, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "supports all appropriate measures to uphold the rights of teachers to teach and pupils to learn in a disciplined environment; notes the significant steps made by the previous administration to achieve this including the setting up of the Discipline Task Group, the removal of restrictions on head teachers to exclude pupils if necessary, the use of special units, support for teacher training, reduced class sizes and more classroom assistants, and calls on the Scottish Government to address the recent decline in teacher numbers and support staff, including behaviour support staff, and to work in partnership with key stakeholders to put in place a framework for a discipline code in every school incorporating rights and responsibilities for head teachers, teachers, parents and pupils."

*S3M-4067.2 Margaret Smith: School Discipline—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4067) in the name of Elizabeth Smith, insert at end "and further believes that the Scottish Government should engage closely with pupils, staff, the voluntary sector and other partner organisations to improve formal and non-formal learning opportunities for young people to ensure that they are not excluded from education."

*S3M-4067.3 Keith Brown: School Discipline—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4067) in the name of Elizabeth Smith, leave out from "as called" to end and insert "welcomes the 11% reduction in exclusions from Scottish schools from 2006-07 to 2007-08; acknowledges that appropriate support should be provided to the small number of children and young people who persistently misbehave; further acknowledges that head teachers already have considerable power over school discipline through their responsibility for school discipline policies and their devolved responsibility for excluding pupils; agrees that the future policy on behaviour in schools should be informed by the survey currently being conducted by the University of Edinburgh on behalf of the Scottish Government, which will provide in-depth information on this area, and further welcomes the comments in the HM Inspectorate of Education report, Improving Scottish Education 2005-2008, in relation to secondary schools, which states "In almost all schools, climate and relationships are constructive and encouraging. While many schools have small numbers of young people with particularly challenging behaviour, any issues arising are usually handled effectively. Most schools have clear and concerted strategies for promoting positive behaviour"."

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*

*S3M-4065.1 Richard Baker: Community Courts—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4065) in the name of Bill Aitken, insert at end "and further believes that the Scottish Government should reverse its decision and seek to progress plans for a community court in Glasgow."

*S3M-4065.2 Robert Brown: Community Courts—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4065) in the name of Bill Aitken, leave out from "and believes" to "custody" and insert "notes that the independent business plan in March 2009 anticipated numerous benefits from a community court project, including improved community safety, greater offender accountability and reduced rates of reoffending; believes that the cancellation of the community court project also undermines the Scottish Government’s own stated commitment to replace short-term prison sentences with tough and effective community sentences, and calls on the Scottish Government to continue to work with the Community Justice Project Board."

*S3M-4065.3 Fergus Ewing: Community Courts—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4065) in the name of Bill Aitken, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "recognises that community courts based on the New York City model in Midtown can help to address patterns of offending behaviour by providing for swift and effective summary justice coupled with a range of rehabilitation services to break the cycle of reoffending; notes the decision by the project board for the Glasgow Community Justice Centre that in the current economic circumstances they should not proceed with the development of a new court building, and supports the joint work underway between Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to identify how best offenders can pay back for their crimes to the communities most in need of reinvestment and local services can be directed to support offenders out of a life of crime."

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4069 World No Tobacco Day 2009 (lodged on 5 May 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4068 Big in Falkirk, Another Big Success (lodged on 5 May 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*, Anne McLaughlin*, Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4066 Congratulations to St Johnstone FC (lodged on 5 May 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4064 The Stockline Tragedy, Five Years On (lodged on 5 May 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Smith*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Butler*, Trish Godman*, Cathie Craigie*, Paul Martin*, Jackie Baillie*, John Park*, Michael McMahon*, Margaret Curran*, Cathy Jamieson*, David Stewart*, Pauline McNeill*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4056 Congratulations to Alloa RFC (lodged on 5 May 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4055 First Division Champions (lodged on 5 May 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Jamie McGrigor*, Iain Smith*, Elizabeth Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-4054 Malawi Kitchen (lodged on 5 May 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Robin Harper*

S3M-4052 Congratulating Carol Ann Duffy (lodged on 5 May 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Liam McArthur*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Hugh Henry*, Stuart McMillan*, Michael Matheson*, Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4051 First Woman Poet Laureate in 341 Years (lodged on 5 May 2009) Liam McArthur*, Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh Henry*, Alison McInnes*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Smith*, Margaret Curran*, Patrick Harvie*, Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Ken Macintosh*, Des McNulty*

S3M-4049 Betfred, Stop the Cuts (lodged on 1 May 2009) Hugh Henry*, Bill Butler*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Elaine Smith*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-4047♦ Dispensing GP Practices in Rural Communities (lodged on 1 May 2009) Nanette Milne*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-4046 Withdrawal of UK Troops from Iraq (lodged on 1 May 2009) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-4045 Salute Eigg (lodged on 1 May 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*, Patrick Harvie*, Ken Macintosh*, Des McNulty*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4043 Hibs Under-19s SFA Youth Cup Win (lodged on 30 April 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-4040 Congratulations to Clydebank FC on Reaching the Scottish Junior Cup Final (lodged on 30 April 2009) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-4038 SPT and Allied Vehicles (lodged on 30 April 2009) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-4032# Rights of Former Gurkha Soldiers (lodged on 30 April 2009) Alison McInnes*

S3M-4031 Kilmarnock FC, Scotland’s Oldest Professional Football Club at 140 Years Old (lodged on 30 April 2009) Stewart Maxwell*, John Lamont*, Ross Finnie*, Alasdair Allan*, Nigel Don*, Jamie McGrigor*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh Henry*, Jim Tolson*, Sandra White*, John Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4027 Pro-anorexia Websites (lodged on 30 April 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-4026 Lightburn Elderly Association’s Hands On Project (lodged on 30 April 2009) Marilyn Livingstone*, Hugh Henry*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-4024 Helensburgh Crime Prevention Panel (lodged on 30 April 2009) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-4018 Breastfeeding: Every Day Makes a Difference to Your Baby (lodged on 29 April 2009) Elaine Murray*

S3M-4013# The Falkirk Herald (lodged on 29 April 2009) Marilyn Livingstone*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-3977 Welcome to Age Concern and Help the Aged in Scotland (lodged on 24 April 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-3976 Glasgow City Council School Closure Decision (lodged on 24 April 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-3958 Scottish Government and STUC (lodged on 22 April 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-3955 Viewforth High School, Kirkcaldy (lodged on 22 April 2009) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3953 Dalmilling Golf Course (lodged on 22 April 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-3952 Jack Jones (1913-2009), Socialist and Trade Unionist (lodged on 22 April 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-3939 Miners’ Knee (lodged on 21 April 2009) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3893# Supporting Social Work (lodged on 8 April 2009) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-3444 St Mirren Football Club (lodged on 12 February 2009) Marilyn Livingstone*

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