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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-4261 Trish Godman: Credit Unions Versus Loan Sharks—That the Parliament is aware of the infamous activity of loan sharks in today’s difficult economic circumstances; deplores their squalid and parasitical focusing on those without work and other citizens on low incomes; believes that measures must be taken to defeat these parasites; is convinced that an expanding credit-union movement, with the appropriate local and national support, is the most effective antidote to this obnoxious practice, especially in communities characterised by deprivation and disadvantage; praises the fine work performed in such areas by members of the credit-union movement, and calls on all of those organisations and agencies that have the wherewithal to support constructively our credit unions.

*S3M-4260 Stuart McMillan: Piping Live!—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Piping Live!, Glasgow’s International Piping Festival; notes that the Festival, which runs between 10 and 16 August 2009, is expected to attract more than 50,000 people to the city and features the World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green on 15 August; further notes that Piping Live! is this year part of the Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations and will feature some of the best names in traditional music, with everything from pipes to fiddles and rock ‘n’ roll as well as traditional Scottish dancing, and wishes the festival well in 2009 and years to come.

*S3M-4259 Pauline McNeill: 4,000 Mile Cycle Journey from Glasgow to Gaza—That the Parliament commends the four Glasgow-based students who set off on their incredible 4,000 mile journey from Glasgow’s George Square to Gaza on 27 May 2009 in order to raise funds for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP); notes that the journey will take 40 days, passing through at least 14 countries; further notes that the cyclists’ Pathways to Palestine (P2P) idea stemmed from the continuing blockade of Gaza; congratulates the P2P team members on their innovative use of phlogging, which will allow their sponsors and supporters to follow their progress via their website and by email, and commends MAP’s continued work, which, following the recent conflict, is concentrated on providing support to young mothers and victims with burn injuries.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Butler*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-4258 Iain Smith: Keep Largo and Lundin Links in North East Fife—That the Parliament notes that, despite overwhelming opposition, the Boundary Commission for Scotland’s revised recommendations for Scottish Parliament constituencies retains the provisional proposal to move the communities of Lundin Links, Lower Largo and Upper Largo from the North East Fife constituency to the proposed new constituency of Mid Fife and Glenrothes; recognises that residents of Largo and Lundin Links consider that they have strong local ties to the East Neuk and north east Fife and that this was confirmed by Sheriff Principal Mr R A Dunlop QC in his report on the local inquiry into the provisional proposals last September, which stated "in my judgement this inquiry has thrown up as strong an example of such local ties as one is likely to find"; believes that the Boundary Commission for Scotland has failed to give due weight to public opinion and to exercise its discretion, under constituency rule 4, to take account of local ties that may be broken, and urges the commission to reconsider its recommendation for the North East Fife constituency and keep Largo and Lundin Links in North East Fife.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-4257 Kenneth Gibson: A Citizen’s Right to Privacy—That the Parliament condemns the reported £1 billion allotted to the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) for developing its monitoring technology, while disapproving of the estimated £2 billion cost of the UK Government’s plan to maintain a vast network of corporate databases containing the public’s communications data; remembers the UK Government’s poor track record for safeguarding sensitive information and recognises that the who, when and where of communication is highly intrusive and personally sensitive; questions this use of resources at a time when the Scottish Government is being asked to make cuts in vital public services, and hopes that UK ministers will appreciate a citizen’s rights to privacy, freedom and trust, which, seemingly, as experienced so often under Labour, have been disregarded.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Michael Matheson*

*S3M-4256 Hugh Henry: A Post Bank, A People’s Bank—That the Parliament acknowledges and welcomes the campaign for a post bank led by the Communication Workers Union and Unite the Union; notes the confidence and trust that the public has in the Post Office compared with the banks, and believes that a post bank, a people’s bank, built on the post office network could make a significant contribution to social inclusion and financial stability as well as consolidate the future of publicly funded post offices in our communities.

*S3M-4255 Stuart McMillan: Barony Chambers, Kirkintilloch Receives Historic Scotland Building Repairs Grant—That the Parliament welcomes the news that East Dunbartonshire Council is to receive £5,500 for essential repairs to Barony Chambers, Kirkintilloch; notes that the Heritage Project is to benefit from a Historic Scotland building repairs grant, which will see essential repairs carried out and will improve the appearance of this landmark building; further notes that Kirkintilloch Steeple was designed in 1811 by Andrew Galloway, a local builder, and built in 1813-1814 and that it contains a court house, a council chamber, prison cells and a parish school on the top floor; acknowledges that this is a worthy project to receive the funding boost, and looks forward to seeing the Barony Chambers in all its splendour.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-4254 Marilyn Livingstone: Housing Investment in Fife—That the Parliament notes with concern the acute shortage of affordable housing investment in Fife; expresses concern that Fife has received the same funding allocation for housing investment in 2009-10 as in 2007-08, with no increase; recognises the importance of this funding for Fife as a means to tackle the recession, create and sustain jobs and to deliver affordable housing, and urges the Scottish Government to ensure that Fife obtains a fair share of the estimated £53.8 million in increased funding in housing investment that will be channelled to Scotland from the UK Budget.

*S3M-4253 Jackson Carlaw: Carolside Primary School Parent Council AGM—That the Parliament notes that section 7 of the constitution of East Renfrewshire’s Carolside Primary School’s Parent Council states that all meetings of the Parent Council are open to all members of the Parent Forum and to the public; further notes that, at the AGM of Carolside Primary School Parent Council on 20 May 2009, the Director of Education of Labour-controlled East Renfrewshire Council, with support from the Labour education convener, ejected from the meeting a member of the public and a reporter from local newspaper The Extra at the point where the council proposed to outline its plans to increase dramatically class sizes at the school; condemns this breach of both the constitution of the Carolside Primary School Parent Council and the basic principles of local democracy, and calls on the chief executive of East Renfrewshire Council to offer an official apology to those ejected from the meeting, along with an assurance that the council will act with more care in the future.

*S3M-4252 Stewart Maxwell: Heineken Cup Final Boosts Economy—That the Parliament congratulates Leinster on winning the Heineken Cup Final at Murrayfield against worthy opponents Leicester; praises Scottish Rugby for its hard work to create a tremendous spectacle that gave an estimated £15 million pound boost to the local economy, and welcomes Scottish Rugby’s pledge to work in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, VisitScotland and EventScotland to attract major events to Murrayfield Stadium and Scotland as a whole.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Mike Pringle*, John Scott*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Lamont*

*S3M-4251 Bill Butler: World MS Day—That the Parliament notes that the first World MS Day, established by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation and its member MS societies, will be held on Wednesday 27 May 2009; welcomes the contribution that the day can make to raising awareness of MS, national MS societies and the global MS movement; commends the MS Society Scotland for the work that it does to raise awareness and provide support for people affected by the condition, and looks forward to welcoming Ryan McLaughlin, a 14-year-old young man from Glasgow, on 16 June 2009 when he will present a petition calling for increased public awareness of the benefits of vitamin D in relation to MS, with particular regard to young children and pregnant women, as part of his Shine on Scotland campaign.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Karen Whitefield*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Margaret Curran*, David Stewart*, Tricia Marwick*, Elaine Smith*, Trish Godman*, Cathy Peattie*, Mike Pringle*, Pauline McNeill*, John Scott*, James Kelly*, Cathie Craigie*, Jim Tolson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-4250 Alex Johnstone on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Reappointment of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland—That the Parliament nominates Karen Carlton to Her Majesty The Queen for reappointment for a second term as the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland from 1 June 2009.

*S3M-4249 Stuart McMillan: River Clyde Homes, Real Community Heroes—That the Parliament recognises the six Real Community Heroes in Inverclyde nominated by members of the local community for representing the spirit of Inverclyde and for having a positive effect on their community; notes that the Real Community Heroes have been selected as part of River Clyde Homes’s Up Close campaign, supported by the Greenock Telegraph, in a search for people of all ages who have made a positive impact on the lives of others in Inverclyde; congratulates Ina Miller, Dominic Boag, Mary McEwan, William Lang, Mairi Wright, Mary Devlin and Nancy Melley for winning this praise from their communities, and further notes that Real Community Heroes is the precursor to River Clyde Homes’s Up Close exhibition, which will open on 28 May in Oak Mall, to celebrate Inverclyde’s heritage and promote the area’s bright future.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie McGrigor*

*S3M-4248 Sandra White: Pathways to Palestine—That the Parliament applauds the students from Glasgow Caledonian University who will set off from George Square in Glasgow on 27 May 2009 on their first leg of an epic journey that will see them cycle through 14 countries and travel over 4,000 miles on route to Gaza to raise funds for Medical Aid for Palestinians, and notes that, as they travel over the foothills of the Alps, the Syrian desert and the lowest point on the planet, the cyclists will be phlogging directly to their website,, where their progress can be followed and miles can be bought in order to help ensure that Medical Aid for Palestine can provide the necessary life-saving equipment that ordinary citizens of Gaza still desperately need.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Michael Matheson*, Jim Tolson*, Pauline McNeill*

*S3M-4247 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to Madras College—That the Parliament congratulates Madras College, St Andrews, on making it to the final of the 2009 Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament on Thursday 11 June 2009 in the Parliament; notes that Madras College has a strong history in debating skills and that previous members of the school’s literary and debating society have included prominent academics, writers, actors and politicians; further congratulates the team members, Michael Weir and Alice Minnick, and also congratulates the other three secondary schools in the final, George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, The Glasgow Academy and Mearns Castle High School, Renfrewshire.

*S3M-4246.1 John Park: Supporting Scottish Business—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4246) in the name of Jeremy Purvis, insert at end "and to provide detailed information about the Scottish Investment Bank proposal announced by the First Minister at the STUC conference on 21 April 2009."

*S3M-4246.2 Jim Mather: Supporting Scottish Business—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4246) in the name of Jeremy Purvis, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "further notes that the Scottish Investment Bank, announced by the First Minister on 21 April 2009, will initially bring together approximately £150 million in public sector resource to support company growth in Scotland; also notes that, following this first step, the Scottish Government will look to enhance the scale and impact of such financial support to growing Scottish businesses including the potential to secure significant additional funds from the European Investment Bank through the establishment of a Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises (JEREMIE) fund for Scotland, and considers that, among other measures that the Scottish Government has introduced, its small business bonus scheme has helped the tens of thousands of Scottish firms now exempt from paying local business rates."

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-4245.1 Richard Baker: A Missing Children Alert System—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4245) in the name of Robert Brown, after "UK Government" insert "and to encourage Scottish police forces to collaborate with their UK and European counterparts".

Supported by: Paul Martin*

*S3M-4244.1 Richard Baker: Cashback for Communities: Investing the Proceeds of Crime Back Into Our Communities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4244) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, insert at end "; believes that every effort should be made to ensure further progress in recovering assets from those who profit from crime, and believes that funds obtained through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 should continue to be focussed on projects in communities affected by crime and in activities that provide diversion from offending."

*S3M-4244.2 Robert Brown: Cashback for Communities: Investing the Proceeds of Crime Back Into Our Communities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4244) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, insert at end ", and calls on the Scottish Government to promote closer working and engagement between safer neighbourhood and community police teams and young people in efforts to prevent and tackle crime and antisocial behaviour and to ensure that the CashBack money is distributed fairly so that the whole of Scotland can reap the benefits of the scheme".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4242 International-class Redevelopment of Glasgow School of Art Garnethill Site (lodged on 26 May 2009) Des McNulty*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-4241 Captain’s Galley in Scrabster Crowned UK’s Best (lodged on 26 May 2009) Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Stone*, Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Patrick Harvie*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*, Jamie McGrigor*, Iain Smith*, Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-4236 Congratulations to MacMillan and CAB Partnership in Lanarkshire (lodged on 26 May 2009) Des McNulty*, Jamie Hepburn*, David Whitton*, Michael McMahon*, Cathy Jamieson*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Butler*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-4235 Honour for Professor Donald Meek (lodged on 26 May 2009) Bob Doris*, Ted Brocklebank*, Ken Macintosh*, Christina McKelvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Christopher Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Wilson*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-4234 Congratulations to The Junction (lodged on 26 May 2009) Des McNulty*, Stuart McMillan*, Karen Whitefield*, Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, James Kelly*, Cathy Jamieson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jackie Baillie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-4233 Borders Common Ridings (lodged on 26 May 2009) Robin Harper*, Aileen Campbell*, Jackson Carlaw*, Karen Whitefield*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4232 Stronger Apart (lodged on 26 May 2009) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patrick Harvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4230 West Lothian Half Marathon (lodged on 26 May 2009) Robin Harper*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-4229 Congratulations to His Excellency President Dr Bingu wa Mutharika and Hon Joyce Banda (lodged on 26 May 2009) Des McNulty*, Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Robert Brown*, Robin Harper*, Christopher Harvie*, Ross Finnie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Gil Paterson*, David Whitton*, Trish Godman*

S3M-4228 Remember Cunninghame Graham (lodged on 26 May 2009) Sandra White*, Maureen Watt*, Robin Harper*, Andrew Welsh*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4227 Congratulations to Beith Juniors FC (lodged on 26 May 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Ross Finnie*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4226 Good Luck to Boroughmuir Pupils in their Pursuit of Success (lodged on 26 May 2009) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Cathy Jamieson*, Sarah Boyack*, Stuart McMillan*, Karen Whitefield*, John Park*, Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jamie McGrigor*, Pauline McNeill*, Mike Pringle*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-4225 2009 Scottish School Magazine Competition, Boclair Academy, East Dunbartonshire (lodged on 26 May 2009) Margaret Mitchell*, Des McNulty*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mary Mulligan*, Karen Whitefield*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Park*, Stuart McMillan*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-4224 Congratulations to Stenhousemuir Football Club (lodged on 26 May 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Cathy Peattie*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Stewart Maxwell*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-4223 St Bridget’s Primary, Horgan Champions (lodged on 26 May 2009) Anne McLaughlin*, David Stewart*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, James Kelly*, Karen Whitefield*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Park*, Stewart Maxwell*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bob Doris*, Trish Godman*

S3M-4222 Celebrate Renfrewshire’s First World Fair Trade Day as a Fairtrade Zone (lodged on 26 May 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Rumbles*, Karen Whitefield*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Jackie Baillie*, Stewart Maxwell*, Trish Godman*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-4221 Congratulations to MS Argyll on Winning a 2009 GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award (lodged on 21 May 2009) Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4219 Scottish Curry Awards 2009 (lodged on 21 May 2009) Karen Gillon*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-4215 Helensburgh and Lomond Real Ale Festival (lodged on 21 May 2009) Ross Finnie*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Trish Godman*

S3M-4214 Historic Re-establishment of WILPF in Scotland (lodged on 21 May 2009) Sandra White*, Brian Adam*, John Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4211# Shine on Scotland (lodged on 26 May 2009) Sandra White*, Robert Brown*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4210 Scottish Government Should Capitalise on 2012 London Olympics (lodged on 21 May 2009) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-4209 Festival of Island Cultures (lodged on 21 May 2009) Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4206 Imprisonment of Binayek Sen (lodged on 20 May 2009) John Park*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4205 Midwives Win Gold Standard (lodged on 20 May 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-4177 Congratulations to Airyhall Primary on Fairtrade Status (lodged on 19 May 2009) Nanette Milne*

S3M-4175 2009 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships (lodged on 19 May 2009) Des McNulty*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-4171 New Stobhill Hospital (lodged on 18 May 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-4170 Robert Burns Monument Centre, Kilmarnock (lodged on 18 May 2009) Bob Doris*, Jim Hume*, Christina McKelvie*, Brian Adam*, Cathy Jamieson*, Rob Gibson*, Nigel Don*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Gil Paterson*, Andrew Welsh*, Sandra White*, Cathy Peattie*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4168 HMP Low Moss (lodged on 18 May 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-4165 Scottish Renewables Festival 2009 (lodged on 18 May 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4162 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2009 (lodged on 18 May 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4160 75th Anniversary of the British Council (lodged on 15 May 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4157 Darvel Homecoming Music Festival, a Resounding Success (lodged on 15 May 2009) Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4150# Electronic Identification of Sheep (lodged on 14 May 2009) Jim Hume*, Nanette Milne*, David Whitton*

S3M-4148 Congratulations to the Dementia Services Development Centre in Stirling (lodged on 14 May 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4145 DEAFinitely Greener Gains Support of Climate Challenge Fund (lodged on 14 May 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-4142 Rosyth to Zeebrugge Ferry Service (lodged on 13 May 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4132 Smart Metering Fuel Poverty (lodged on 13 May 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4115 Build the Beauly to Inverness Cycle Path (lodged on 12 May 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-4114 Raise a Dram to Success (lodged on 12 May 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4106# Overnight Freight Trains to Longannet (lodged on 11 May 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-4099 Lifetime Homes Standard (lodged on 8 May 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4063# Supporting the Living Wage for Scotland (lodged on 21 May 2009) Des McNulty*

S3M-4053 From Barlanark to Africa, Local Organisations Contribute to Poverty Alleviation (lodged on 5 May 2009) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Anne McLaughlin*, Robin Harper*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, James Kelly*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie McGrigor*, David Stewart*, John Park*, Rhona Brankin*, Paul Martin*, Michael McMahon*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bob Doris*, Trish Godman*

S3M-3867.1 The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (lodged on 7 April 2009) Willie Coffey*

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