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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4491 Maureen Watt: Vocational Qualifications Day—That the Parliament welcomes the second annual Vocational Qualifications (VQ) Day on 24 June 2009 to celebrate vocational achievement and the many paths to success available to Scottish learners; congratulates Edge, the education foundation, and the wider vocational qualifications community on this initiative; recognises the value that vocational qualifications bring to Scotland’s businesses, particularly in the current economic climate, and the need for re-skilling to assist eventual recovery, and welcomes the fact that VQ Day acknowledges the efforts and hard work of millions of learners of all ages with the national recognition and celebration that they deserve.

*S3M-4490 Michael McMahon: Calman Commission Report—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s report, Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the United Kingdom in the 21st Century, which is based firmly on evidence and engagement with the people of Scotland; thanks the chair and members of the commission for their work on behalf of the Parliament and the UK Government; agrees that the commission’s report is a comprehensive response to the remit approved by the Parliament on 6 December 2007; welcomes the establishment of the steering group to take forward the report’s recommendations to strengthen devolution and enable the Parliament, through new powers and responsibilities, to serve the people of Scotland better in the United Kingdom; calls on the Scottish Government to make fully available the resources of the Scottish administration to cooperate in this respect, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to continue to allocate appropriate resources and funding to enable the Parliament to support the work of the steering group and consider the recommendations that apply to the Parliament.

*S3M-4489 Christine Grahame: National Library?—That the Parliament notes and deplores the decision of the National Library of Scotland to remove Saltires and items of tartan from workplaces across the organisation; notes further the implication in a string of internal emails by senior management that these items may be considered racist and may offend non-Scottish colleagues; considers that such attitudes and actions have not been evident in Scotland since the purging of tartan and other identifiable symbols of Scotland under the 1746 Disarming Act introduced by the Westminster Parliament, and calls on the National Library of Scotland to issue an unreserved apology over this apparent slur to the national flag of Scotland and other Scottish iconography.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, John Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-4488 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Climate Change (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage in the morning and afternoon being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2: 45 minutes
Groups 3 to 6:  1 hour 40 minutes
Groups 7 to 11: 2 hours 30 minutes
Groups 12 to 16:    3 hours 10 minutes
Groups 17 to 19:      4 hours
Groups 20 to 24:      4 hours 50 minutes
Groups 25 to 28: 5 hours 30 minutes.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-4487 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to TSC Larbert—That the Parliament congratulates the management and staff of TSC in Larbert on securing a new contract with Sky; believes that this news will be welcomed by the people of Larbert; acknowledges the support of the Scottish Government through Scottish Development International in assisting the company; wishes the staff and company well for the future, and looks forward to the company’s future development in Larbert.

*S3M-4486 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 be approved.

*S3M-4485 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 16 January 2010.

*S3M-4484 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 2 September 2009

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

2.30 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 3 September 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 9 September 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 10 September 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-4483 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 24 June 2009—


2.30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Climate Change (Scotland) Bill

and insert

1.45 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Climate Change (Scotland) Bill

and (b) the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 25 June 2009—


followed by Stage 1 Debate: Arbitration (Scotland) Bill


followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill – UK Legislation

*S3M-4482 Brian Adam: A New View for the Scottish Premier League—That the Parliament notes with regret the difficulties that the broadcaster, Setanta, has suffered; notes the decision of the Scottish Premier League (SPL) to take back from Setanta the rights to broadcast SPL games in the United Kingdom from the 2009-10 season onwards; further notes the decision of the SPL to seek a new television contract; believes that Scottish football fans and clubs would be best served by a free-to-air broadcaster winning the rights to these matches and urges free-to-air networks to make realistic attempts to secure the rights to more Scottish football television; further notes that the BBC has a firm form of funding through the licence payers’ money and a duty to the public in what it broadcasts; urges the BBC to recognise the cultural importance of such an opportunity to the Scottish viewing public, and asks it to make a competitive bid for the rights.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-4481 Bill Wilson: Suspected Ongoing Genocide in Sri Lanka—That the Parliament expresses grave concern about the conditions suffered by Tamil civilians detained in camps in Sri Lanka; notes reports of human rights abuses suffered by the detainees, such as murder, rape, torture and deliberate denial of access to food, water and medicine; condemns Sri Lanka’s refusal to allow independent observers and journalists to inspect the camps, noting its recent expulsion of Canadian MP Bob Rae and refusal of a visa to Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt, and believes that if the international community is denied access it should conclude that the government of Sri Lanka is perpetrating genocide and take appropriate action.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*

*S3M-4480 John Wilson: Jobcentre Plus Failing Job Seekers—That the Parliament calls on the UK Government to address the disturbing conclusions of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report, Now It’s Personal: Personal advisors and the new public sector workforce, which highlights significant inadequacies in the role of personal advisors and asserts that an upskilling of the advisor workforce is needed to increase service effectiveness; is concerned that soaring levels of unemployment have resulted in more people receiving back-to-work support from personal advisors at Jobcentre Plus than at any point since its creation in 2002; worries that major gaps exist in specialist training, including in relation to childcare, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse and mental health problems, and that the needs of the most vulnerable groups in society are not being adequately addressed by personal advisors, and is concerned that, despite a £1.7 billion allocation to the Department of Work and Pensions to increase the personal advisor network, evidence continues to suggest that low pay amongst Jobcentre Plus staff is resulting in a loss of skilled advisors and high levels of staff turnover, which means a lack of continuity in support for job seekers.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*

*S3M-4479 Jackie Baillie: New Homes at Garelochhead—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of Smiddy Court at Whistlefield, Garelochhead, the first ever housing development built by Argyll Community Housing Association; considers that these new-build houses are a welcome addition to the Helensburgh and Lomond area, which currently has almost 1,300 applicants on the housing waiting list; regards these four new completed homes and the further eight in development as a testament to the success of housing stock transfer in Argyll and Bute; believes that these new homes, built by local builder Callum Williamson, will assist in regenerating the community, creating jobs and building a sustainable future; congratulates all those who worked tirelessly to make this project happen, and calls on the Scottish Government to increase Housing Association Grant funding to ensure that developments such as this can be successfully delivered in the future.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*

*S3M-4478 Jeremy Purvis: Girlguiding Scotland 100th Anniversary—That the Parliament notes the 100th anniversary of Girlguiding Scotland (GGS) in 2009-10; recognises GGS, with 58,000 members, as the leading organisation for girls and young women in Scotland, with the first company in Scotland formed in Peebles in 1910; applauds the life-changing opportunities that GGS gives and has given to over a third of women all over Scotland, enabling them to unleash their potential and so serve their communities; acknowledges GGS as an inclusive, relevant organisation being open to any girls, regardless of creed, colour or class; notes that GGS embeds youth participation in planning and delivery and is committed to giving girls a voice, particularly through research reports, such as Girls Shout Out; praises GGS on its recent commitment, Change the World, by influencing its members to work with 18 charity partners and the £750,000 raised; looks forward in anticipation to the centenary celebrations in 2009-10, and wishes Girlguiding Scotland every success in the future.

*S3M-4477 Sarah Boyack: Congratulations to ACE IT’s Moose in the Hoose Project—That the Parliament congratulates Age Concern Edinburgh Information Technology (ACE IT) for its nomination for Best Development Project at the Nominet Best Practice Challenge Awards 2009; believes that its Moose in the Hoose project makes an important contribution by encouraging people living in care homes and attending day centres across Edinburgh to use computers and the internet; notes that the winning entries will be promoted as examples of best practice to a wide range of international audiences including industry, government and the media; applauds ACE IT for its work in giving people aged over 50 access to computer training, and considers that its efforts help older people develop the vital skills to access information, learning and social tools that provide them with considerable support and can improve their independence.

*S3M-4476 Patrick Harvie: Child Safety Week, 22 to 28 June 2009—That the Parliament notes the beginning of Child Safety Week from 22 to 28 June 2009; recognises that unintentional injury is the most common cause of emergency hospital admissions and second only to cancers as a cause of death for Scottish children; recognises that the recently published 2009 Child Safety Report Card gave Scotland only a fair grading for progress toward reducing child injuries and injury-related death; accepts that too many Scottish children are unnecessarily hurt or killed each year through unintentional injuries that are largely preventable, and calls on the Scottish Government to provide stronger leadership, improved effort and increased resources for child injury prevention and child safety initiatives.

*S3M-4475 John Park: The Mary Leishman Foundation’s Dander for Mary—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of the Mary Leishman Foundation, which is seeking to raise £100,000 to support people with debilitating illnesses and help young people to achieve their full potential; congratulates the foundation on organising the hugely successful Dander for Mary, a sponsored walk along 81 miles of the Fife Coastal Path between 17 and 21 June 2009; pays tribute to all those who took part in the walk and in particular to their sponsors; wishes the foundation the very best for future fundraising, and notes with appreciation the ongoing work of the foundation to improve the quality of life and life chances for people across Fife.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Murray*, David Whitton*, Bill Kidd*, Jackson Carlaw*, Mary Mulligan*, Ken Macintosh*

*S3M-4474 Christina McKelvie: The Easterhouse Project—That the Parliament welcomes the efforts of Blairtummock and Rogerfield Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (BARTARA) to regenerate its community and revitalise the Easterhouse Project; recognises that community-led initiatives start from a firm foundation and that ownership of initiatives by the community offers people the chance to shape their surroundings; congratulates BARTARA on what it has achieved so far; looks forward to seeing the efforts of BARTARA well rewarded, and welcomes the participation in the project by David Sye.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4473 Scotland Wins IRB Nations Cup (lodged on 22 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Mike Pringle*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Ross Finnie*, Aileen Campbell*, John Wilson*, Des McNulty*, Jackson Carlaw*, Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jim Hume*, Ian McKee*, Patricia Ferguson*, Liam McArthur*, Stuart McMillan*, Jack McConnell*, Robin Harper*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McLaughlin*, David Whitton*

S3M-4470# Glasgow Mela, One People One Nation (lodged on 22 June 2009) Bob Doris*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4469 Learning Disability Week, Changing Places (lodged on 22 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Mike Pringle*, Margaret Curran*, Rhona Brankin*, Johann Lamont*, Ross Finnie*, Jack McConnell*, Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathie Craigie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Wilson*, Bill Butler*, David Whitton*

S3M-4462 Sounding Good (lodged on 19 June 2009) Robert Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-4461 Halt the Decline of Local Radio Services (lodged on 19 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4460 Strength to Strength, Glasgow Credit Union 20 Years On (lodged on 19 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4459 Shared Surfaces and Disabled People (lodged on 19 June 2009) Bill Wilson*, Robert Brown*, Andrew Welsh*, Jamie Hepburn*, Jack McConnell*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4458 225th Anniversary of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and 169th Royal Highland Show (lodged on 19 June 2009) Jack McConnell*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4456 The Most Improved Sea Cadet Unit in the United Kingdom (lodged on 18 June 2009) Jim Tolson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Robin Harper*, Des McNulty*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathie Craigie*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-4455 The Development of Allotments in Wellhouse (lodged on 18 June 2009) Trish Godman*

S3M-4453# Bicentenary of the Scottish Bible Society (lodged on 18 June 2009) Andrew Welsh*

S3M-4452 Congratulations to Glasgow Credit Union on its 20th Anniversary (lodged on 18 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4451 ECHR Ruling on Domestic Abuse (lodged on 18 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4450 Praise the Progress of James Watt College (lodged on 18 June 2009) Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Trish Godman*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4449 Scottish Education Awards 2009 (lodged on 18 June 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4447 Calman Commission A Wasted Opportunity (lodged on 18 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4446 Universities Green League 2009 (lodged on 18 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4444 John Wheatley College Rakes in More Environmental Awards (lodged on 18 June 2009) Robin Harper*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathy Jamieson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-4443 Trident, Jobs and Scotland’s Economy (lodged on 18 June 2009) Mike Pringle*

S3M-4442 Congratulations to St Joseph’s Primary School, Milngavie (lodged on 18 June 2009) David Whitton*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-4433.1 Uist Defence Jobs Cuts (lodged on 18 June 2009) Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Patricia Ferguson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4425 Depression Alliance Scotland’s Getting On, Not Getting Down Campaign and National Depression Week (lodged on 17 June 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4423 Scottish Daily Record Headteacher of the Year (lodged on 17 June 2009) Jamie McGrigor*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4422 Tackling Identity Fraud (lodged on 17 June 2009) Mike Pringle*

S3M-4420 Clyde Bergemann Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade (lodged on 16 June 2009) Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-4402 Praising Knoxland Primary School (lodged on 16 June 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4385 RNIB Scotland Campaign of the Year (lodged on 15 June 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4376 Unelected Members of the UK Cabinet (lodged on 12 June 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4367 Hampered by Hormones? Addressing the Needs of Men with Prostate Cancer (lodged on 11 June 2009) Elaine Murray*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4256 A Post Bank, A People’s Bank (lodged on 27 May 2009) Liam McArthur*

S3M-4206 Imprisonment of Binayek Sen (lodged on 20 May 2009) Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-4113 European Resolution on Depleted Uranium Weapons (lodged on 12 May 2009) Anne McLaughlin*

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