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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4511 Mary Mulligan: West Lothian Council Rent Increases—That the Parliament condemns the decision of SNP-led West Lothian Council to increase rents for new-build council houses in West Lothian by 10%, which is on top of an existing 20% increase over four years in council rents imposed by the SNP-led council in 2007; considers that this decision will create an unfair two-tier rent structure for council housing in West Lothian and means that a tenant renting a three bedroom house in one street will pay £51.35 per week whereas a tenant renting a similar sized new-build property in the next will pay £74.80, a difference of £23.45 each week; further considers this reprehensible decision to be grossly unfair; recognises that it will put hard-pressed families under greater economic pressure, and welcomes the statement from West Lothian Council Labour group opposing this disgraceful rent hike.

*S3M-4510 Ian McKee: Genius Bread—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh’s Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, the creator of Genius, the first ever fresh gluten and wheat-free bread available in stores, and United Central Bakeries Ltd of Bathgate for producing it; notes that the product has won several innovation awards, including Best Free From Award 2009; further notes that, according to medical research, one in 100 people has coeliac disease and an even greater number of people experience some degree of wheat or gluten intolerance; understands that Genius is an alternative to traditional wheat bread that is high in fibre and low in carbohydrates, protein and sugars in comparison to traditional breads; considers that this product will allow people who lead gluten-free lifestyles, either for medical reasons or dietary choices, the possibility to introduce fresh bread into their diets, and hopes that the product will soon become available in all supermarkets and local shops across Scotland.

*S3M-4509 Christopher Harvie: Job Losses at MGt, Kirkcaldy—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement by MGt, based in Kirkcaldy, the billing and software provider to the sports broadcaster Setanta, that it will lay off 10% of its workforce, resulting in the loss of 100 jobs, in order to cut costs in the wake of Setanta going into administration in the United Kingdom; deplores the fact that the economic recession is putting outsourced support and software centre employees in a highly vulnerable position; calls on the management of MGt to give full consideration, during the 30-day consultation period, to other means of cutting costs, such as management salaries, to reduce the planned number of redundancies; asks MGt to work with the Scottish Government and other public bodies to ensure that every assistance is offered to the workers and families affected, and also calls for management and workers’ representatives to consider an appeal to top-class premier league players, who might be well disposed and well placed to offer support to fans and workers, on the bottom rung of their industry, threatened with redundancy.

*S3M-4508 Jackie Baillie: Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Heatwave—That the Parliament congratulates the Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games Committee on its second successful games on 14 June 2009; commends the chairperson, Sephton MacQuire, and all the volunteers for their efforts; welcomes the contribution of £8,750 from the Lottery Awards for All programme; further welcomes the contribution of the Helensburgh and District Pipe Band, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Pipe Band and clan chieftain Iain MacAulay in opening proceedings; congratulates all those involved in the heavyweight events, highland dancing and youth trail race, and notes the high turnout of spectators both local and national to enjoy the Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games in a glorious heatwave.

*S3M-4507 Margo MacDonald: The Salvation Army Centenary—That the Parliament congratulates the Salvation Army on its work with homeless people over the last 100 years in the city of Edinburgh; notes that it has provided a continuous service from its direct access hostel, The Pleasance; highlights that it has delivered services in partnership with other charities and that it continues to develop and grow its social work, particularly in the area of alcohol addiction, and thanks the staff and volunteers for all the work that they do to help homeless and vulnerable people throughout Scotland.

*S3M-4506 Bill Wilson: Inclusion Scotland’s Report on Accessible Housing—That the Parliament congratulates Inclusion Scotland on the publication of its report, Freedom of Information Research into Accessible Housing for Disabled People in Scotland; acknowledges the work that has gone into researching and producing the report, which identifies new evidence of unmet housing need, and also acknowledges the role that Inclusion Scotland has played over the last year in raising awareness, with housing providers and policy and decision makers, of disabled people’s need for accessible housing.

*S3M-4505 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Andrew Welsh be appointed to replace Bill Kidd as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee.

*S3M-4504 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Kidd be appointed to replace Andrew Welsh on the Public Audit Committee.

*S3M-4503 Mary Scanlon: Get Active for Mental Health—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Association for Mental Health’s (SAMH) Get Active: Positive Steps for Mental Health five-year national programme; notes that Sir Chris Hoy supports this programme, which aims to promote the mental health benefits of physical activity and sport; recognises that it involves a number of complementary strands, such as a national awareness raising campaign, a community engagement programme and learning and education modules for coaches and instructors, and wishes SAMH well in raising the £400,000 required for stage one of the programme.

*S3M-4502 Jackie Baillie: Kibble Palace—That the Parliament acknowledges the Argyll and Bute origins of the Kibble Palace in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens; notes that the unique glasshouse was first built in Coulport on the shores of Loch Long by wealthy Glasgow merchant John Kibble; further notes that the glasshouse was dismantled in 1872 and floated up the Clyde on a barge before being reassembled and enlarged to become the Kibble Palace; considers that Coulport, a waterfront location for many wealthy Glaswegian businessmen in the 19th century, is an important part of the history of one of the most important and unique structures in Glasgow architecture, and encourages anyone who has not visited the Kibble Palace to go along to the Botanic Gardens this summer.

*S3M-4501 Cathy Jamieson: Congratulations to the STUC Youth Conference—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Youth Conference, which will be held in Dundee on 27 and 28 June 2009, and its theme, Unions Work for Young People’s Wellbeing; recognises that young people are at greater risk of being injured and made ill by their work and are far more likely to suffer mental health illness when either or both parents have a history of long-term unemployment, and believes that the STUC Youth Committee should be congratulated for highlighting the role that improved health and wellbeing in young workers can have in pulling the economy out of recession and for its efforts in engaging with organisations such as the Samaritans, Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health, see me, respectme and Working Health Service Lothian to promote the need for improved health and wellbeing in Scottish workplaces.

*S3M-4500 Anne McLaughlin: Govanhill Baths, Swimming to Success—That the Parliament congratulates the Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) on the successful outcome of its planning application for a Health and Wellbeing Centre, which will bring back into use Govanhill’s three historic pools; believes that the Health and Wellbeing Centre, much like the old Govanhill Baths, will provide a great meeting and social point for the diverse community of Govanhill; praises the tireless and consistent campaigning by the GBCT, Save our Pool campaigners, Friends of Govanhill Baths and the local Govanhill community to keep the baths building open since 2001, and encourages people to lend their support to the campaign by joining the Friends of Govanhill Baths, by visiting the trust’s charity shop in Calder Street in Govanhill and by participating in the bath’s sponsored swim, the Million Metre Swim.

*S3M-4499 Alex Johnstone: Mr Ronnie Watt—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen karate master Mr Ronnie Watt who is celebrating 45 years in karate; believes that Mr Watt was one of the earliest exponents of martial arts in Scotland and that he has represented both Scotland and Great Britain in karate; considers that Mr Watt has introduced more than 20,000 people to the sport, 3,000 of whom have gone on to earn the coveted black belt; notes that Mr Watt has consistently promoted good citizenship, self-discipline and a healthy lifestyle to his students; highlights that Mr Watt helped bring a world tournament to Aberdeen in 2001, which contributed almost £1.5 million to the local economy; finally notes that the many achievements of Mr Watt have been recognised in a biography written by well known martial arts author Dr Clive Layton and wishes Mr Watt continued success in the future.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw*, John Lamont*, Jackie Baillie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Nanette Milne*

*S3M-4498 Hugh O’Donnell: The Opening of the Acropolis Museum in Athens—That the Parliament congratulates the Greek people and Government on the opening of the eagerly awaited Acropolis Museum in Athens, which will house artefacts covering the Greek bronze age and Roman and Byzantine time periods; notes that part of the space is specifically designed to accommodate the Parthenon Marbles, and urges the British Museum to enter into negotiations with the Acropolis Museum with a view to returning the Parthenon Marbles to their original home.

*S3M-4497 Hugh O’Donnell: UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2009—That the Parliament believes that victims of torture resident in the United Kingdom require care and support, including all necessary medical services and urges the UK Government to reaffirm its commitment to this belief and to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the convention, 26 June 2009, which has been designated as UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

*S3M-4496 Nanette Milne: Northfield Academy Moonwalk—That the Parliament congratulates the 10 pupils aged 15 and 16 and eight staff from Northfield Academy in Aberdeen on successfully taking part in the Walk the Walk Moonwalk 2009; congratulates head teacher Sue Muncer and principal teacher of PE Ishbel Fulton on organising and encouraging the pupils to take part and raise funds for charity; notes that the children raised the registration money by holding a pink day at school and applying to YoungScot for funds to hire a bus, and considers that the pupils have set a tremendous example to their school peers as well as improving their physical fitness, learning about healthy living and learning teamwork and self-sufficiency by working to raise over £2,500 for the Breakthrough Cancer charity.

Supported by: Maureen Watt*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Aitken*, Jackson Carlaw*, Mary Scanlon*, Brian Adam*, Cathy Jamieson*, Hugh Henry*, John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Elizabeth Smith*

*S3M-4495 Dave Thompson: Interest Rate Cap Required—That the Parliament expresses dismay at the irresponsible lending practices in Scotland whereby legal credit lenders are able to charge borrowers extortionate interest rates, often affecting the most vulnerable members of society who become consumed in a debt spiral, forced to borrow further in order to repay previous debts; is concerned that, at a time when the UK base rate is 0.5%, mainstream lenders and store cards charge interest rates of 30% and higher, with over 45,000 people in Glasgow alone borrowing at a rate of 164%; notes that the UK is the only EU country not to have a legal cap on interest rates, and calls on the UK Government to introduce immediately a legal limit on interest rates to protect vulnerable consumers, strengthen the economy by stabilising lending practices and ensure that lenders as well as borrowers are required to act responsibly.

Supported by: John Wilson*

*S3M-4494 Karen Whitefield: Airdrie Academy Presents Les Miserables School Edition—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of Airdrie Academy on their outstanding 2009 school show, Les Miserables School Edition, based on the world famous musical Les Miserables, held from 15 to 18 June 2009; recognises the enormous amount of hard work, effort and dedication involved in embarking on such a challenging production; commends the professionalism of all those involved in making the show a success, including the performers, technicians and all those working behind the scenes; commends, in particular, the excellent performances of all those who had a principal role in the production; wishes the stars of the show every success in the future, and believes that Airdrie Academy’s success is a shining example of how to engage the talents and skills of Scotland’s young people, increasing young people’s confidence, generating shared community spirit and shaping Scotland’s creative future.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Helen Eadie*, Jackie Baillie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Cathy Jamieson*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*

*S3M-4493# Rhona Brankin: Breast Cancer Awareness Month—That the Parliament notes with concern the increasing incidence of breast cancer in the NHS Lothian area, with nearly 3,000 women diagnosed between 2002 and 2006; further notes that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in Scotland; recognises that women experiencing breast cancer deserve appropriate diagnosis, services, treatment and support; acknowledges the invaluable work of breast cancer organisations in Scotland in the funding of research, campaigning for service improvements and better treatments, promotion of breast awareness and provision of support services and literature, and welcomes the role of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October in raising awareness of the impact of breast cancer in Scotland.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Jackson Carlaw*, James Kelly*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Butler*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Michael McMahon*, Mike Pringle*, Christine Grahame*, Hugh Henry*, Margaret Curran*, Ross Finnie*, Brian Adam*, Karen Gillon*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

*S3M-4492 Karen Whitefield: Congratulations to Tollbrae and Calderbank Primary Schools—That the Parliament congratulates Tollbrae and Calderbank Primary Schools, in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, on their joint summer production, Grease; recognises the hard work, time and commitment invested by pupils, staff and all others involved in making the production such a success; recognises the huge benefits of engaging young people in drama from an early age; hopes that the pupils involved will continue their interest in drama throughout their school careers and beyond, and believes that drama has an invaluable role to play in increasing young people’s confidence, creativity and cultural awareness.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Stuart McMillan*, Cathy Jamieson*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-4490.1 Michael Russell: Calman Commission Report—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4490) in the name of Michael McMahon, leave out from after first "Parliament" to end and insert "welcomes the constitutional debate in Scotland; notes the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s report, Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the United Kingdom in the 21st Century, and puts forward a plan for implementation that (a) urges the UK Government to work with the Scottish Government to implement now those recommendations for additional powers that have attracted consensus by devolving electoral administration (5.1), airguns (5.13), licensing of controlled substances for treating addictions (5.14), drink-driving limits (5.15) and national speed limits (5.16), (b) calls on the Parliamentary Bureau to consider the recommendations that apply to the procedures of the Parliament, (c) further calls on the Scottish Government to work with other devolved administrations and the UK Government to take forward recommendations on the relationships between the respective governments, and (d) calls for continued debate towards a decision by the Scottish people on the merits of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s financial proposals in contrast to those that would offer real financial independence for Scotland."

Supported by: John Swinney*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4491 Vocational Qualifications Day (lodged on 23 June 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Mary Scanlon*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Hugh Henry*, John Park*, Brian Adam*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Wilson*, Jack McConnell*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-4490 Calman Commission Report (lodged on 23 June 2009) Iain Gray*

S3M-4489 National Library? (lodged on 23 June 2009) Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-4487 Congratulations to TSC Larbert (lodged on 23 June 2009) Rob Gibson*, John Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-4482 A New View for the Scottish Premier League (lodged on 23 June 2009) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-4481 Suspected Ongoing Genocide in Sri Lanka (lodged on 23 June 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-4480 Jobcentre Plus Failing Job Seekers (lodged on 23 June 2009) Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-4479 New Homes at Garelochhead (lodged on 23 June 2009) Sarah Boyack*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-4478 Girlguiding Scotland 100th Anniversary (lodged on 23 June 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4477 Congratulations to ACE IT’s Moose in the Hoose Project (lodged on 23 June 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4476 Child Safety Week, 22 to 28 June 2009 (lodged on 23 June 2009) Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4475 The Mary Leishman Foundation’s Dander for Mary (lodged on 23 June 2009) Stuart McMillan*, Trish Godman*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jack McConnell*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4473 Scotland Wins IRB Nations Cup (lodged on 22 June 2009) Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Tavish Scott*, Brian Adam*, Jackie Baillie*, Alasdair Allan*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4471 Bee All You Can Bee (lodged on 22 June 2009) Nanette Milne*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-4470# Glasgow Mela, One People One Nation (lodged on 22 June 2009) Christine Grahame*

S3M-4469 Learning Disability Week, Changing Places (lodged on 22 June 2009) Sarah Boyack*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4468 East Dunbartonshire Mini Water Polo (lodged on 19 June 2009) Trish Godman*

S3M-4463 Foreign Affairs Committee Calls for Trident Debate (lodged on 19 June 2009) Bob Doris*, Dave Thompson*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-4462 Sounding Good (lodged on 19 June 2009) Dave Thompson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-4461 Halt the Decline of Local Radio Services (lodged on 19 June 2009) Stuart McMillan*, Maureen Watt*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Wilson*, Hugh Henry*

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

S3M-4459 Shared Surfaces and Disabled People (lodged on 19 June 2009) Dave Thompson*, Mike Pringle*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4458 225th Anniversary of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and 169th Royal Highland Show (lodged on 19 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4457 Stand Up Now for Social Work (lodged on 19 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4456 The Most Improved Sea Cadet Unit in the United Kingdom (lodged on 18 June 2009) Trish Godman*

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

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

S3M-4451 ECHR Ruling on Domestic Abuse (lodged on 18 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4450 Praise the Progress of James Watt College (lodged on 18 June 2009) Stuart McMillan*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4449 Scottish Education Awards 2009 (lodged on 18 June 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4448 2009 Social Enterprise Schools Celebration Day (lodged on 18 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

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

S3M-4445 Ezra Nawi and Israel’s Continued Violation of Human Rights (lodged on 18 June 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4444 John Wheatley College Rakes in More Environmental Awards (lodged on 18 June 2009) Bob Doris*

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

S3M-4442 Congratulations to St Joseph’s Primary School, Milngavie (lodged on 18 June 2009) Trish Godman*

S3M-4441 A Gathering Storm (lodged on 18 June 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4440 Youthbuild Projects (lodged on 18 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4439 Congratulations to Perthshire’s Scottish Charity Champion 2009 (lodged on 17 June 2009) Gil Paterson*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4438 Dalry Civic Week (lodged on 17 June 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4437 Service Personnel Travelling Time (lodged on 17 June 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4436 New Home in the Highlands for Mercedes the Bear (lodged on 17 June 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4435 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (lodged on 17 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4433.1 Uist Defence Jobs Cuts (lodged on 18 June 2009) John Park*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4431# Iraq Inquiry Should be Public (lodged on 17 June 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4427 Vindication of Captain William Kidd (lodged on 17 June 2009) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-4426 Successes of the Scottish Forest Alliance Project (lodged on 17 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*, Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-4401 2009 National Samaritan Walk (lodged on 16 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4400 Scottish Calor Village of the Year Award Finalists (lodged on 16 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4394 Bethany Wins Scottish Charity of the Year 2009 (lodged on 16 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4385 RNIB Scotland Campaign of the Year (lodged on 15 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4384 Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, Visitor Payback Scheme (lodged on 15 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4382 Honorary Freemanship for Jackie Stewart (lodged on 15 June 2009) Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Karen Whitefield*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4379 NHS Lanarkshire Laundry Team (lodged on 15 June 2009) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-4367 Hampered by Hormones? Addressing the Needs of Men with Prostate Cancer (lodged on 11 June 2009) Karen Gillon*, Annabel Goldie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4362 10th Anniversary of ILO Convention Against Child Labour (lodged on 11 June 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4333 Citizens Advice Scotland Report on Debt Levels among CAB Clients (lodged on 9 June 2009) John Park*

S3M-4256 A Post Bank, A People’s Bank (lodged on 27 May 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4165 Scottish Renewables Festival 2009 (lodged on 18 May 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*

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