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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4748 Kenny MacAskill: Decision on Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi—That the Parliament notes the decisions by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to reject the application by the Libyan Government to transfer Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi under the prisoner transfer agreement between the United Kingdom and Libya and to release Mr Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds; notes that the decision on compassionate release is in accordance with the recommendations from the Scottish Prison Service and the Parole Board for Scotland, and endorses the decision as being consistent with the principles of Scottish justice.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon*

*S3M-4747 Jackie Baillie: 150th Anniversary of Our Lady and St Mark’s—That the Parliament congratulates Our Lady and St Mark’s on the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the parish in Alexandria; notes that the parish is a vital part of the community in Alexandria; welcomes the Mass of Thanksgiving held on 5 August 2009 to celebrate this milestone, and wishes the parish and the church another successful 150 years at the heart of the community in Alexandria.

*S3M-4746 Jackie Baillie: Helensburgh’s Auld Alliance—That the Parliament recognises the special relationship between Helensburgh and the medieval market town of Thouars, a Loire town in the Poitou region of France; notes that Thouars was chosen to twin with Helensburgh because Margaret of Scotland was buried there; notes that over the years there have been numerous visits, a number of work experience placements and lasting friendships that have cemented the connection between the towns, and congratulates all involved in maintaining such a strong bond, which has fostered both social and economic advantages for Helensburgh and Thouars for over 30 years.

*S3M-4745 Robin Harper: Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme—That the Parliament congratulates the thousands of Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award volunteers, leaders and staff across Scotland on the publication of the recent HM Inspectorate of Education report that rates the impact of the DofE scheme on young people as excellent (outstanding and sector-leading); welcomes the report’s conclusions that the DofE scheme provides a significant personal development programme that complements the core activities of a diverse range of providers, including schools, those who work with marginalised and disaffected young people, mental health units and young offenders institutions; applauds the impressive impact that the programme has on young people with additional support needs, and further notes that the DofE scheme has a valuable contribution to make to the values, purposes and capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence.

*S3M-4744 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Launch of Preventing Violence Against Women Website—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of a new tool for campaigners working to prevent violence against women and children in Scotland, a new website found at; notes that this was developed by the pioneering Edinburgh charity, Zero Tolerance; commends the new website and network for providing a place for individuals and organisations to share expertise, information and good practice on preventing violence, abuse and exploitation of women and children and thus avoid unnecessary duplication and missed opportunities for collaboration; welcomes the funding from the Scottish Government, and acknowledges the need for continued resourcing and support for preventative initiatives such as this, as recognised in the Scottish Government’s shared approach document, Safer Lives: Changed Lives, which notes that "developing an effective approach to prevention and reducing violence against women" is a key issue of concern that needs to be addressed.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Stewart Maxwell*, Nigel Don*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Ian McKee*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Anne McLaughlin*

*S3M-4743 Jackie Baillie: Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit 24/7—That the Parliament expresses its concern regarding the news that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is proposing the mothballing of the Community Maternity Unit at the Vale of Leven Hospital at night; understands that the maternity unit will run normally during the day but be replaced by an on-call service in the evening; considers that this decision effectively downgrades the service and is a blow to a vital resource that midwives have fought so hard to build up and that expectant mothers need available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; further notes that this decision may have an adverse effect on the choices of future expectant mothers who may decide to go to another hospital, and calls on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to abandon this daft proposal, which appears to be based on the premise that babies are born between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.

*S3M-4742 Bill Kidd: The PATH (Scotland) Leadership Programme—That the Parliament welcomes the PATH (Scotland) Leadership Programme, which has been developed by PATH (Scotland) with funding from the Race, Religion and Refugee Integration Fund as a positive action measure to address the under-representation of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in management roles; notes that this course is free to successful applicants and aims to examine power inequalities, the impact of racism on Scotland’s culture and the implications for people from BME communities while allowing participants to recognise and further develop their own skills and abilities as managers and leaders, and commends the work of PATH (Scotland) in tackling existing disadvantage because of colour, race, nationality or ethnic origin and in further promoting equality of opportunity for a fairer Scotland.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Aileen Campbell*, Christine Grahame*, Sandra White*

*S3M-4741 Jackie Baillie: Arrochar and Tarbet, Scottish Calor Village of the Year 2009—That the Parliament congratulates Arrochar and Tarbet on being crowned Scottish Calor Village of the Year 2009; notes that the village was selected for its vision for the future, which includes redevelopment plans for the community hall and village pier; understands that Arrochar and Tarbet was commended for its community spirit, fantastic atmosphere and its collective desire to regenerate the village; applauds everyone involved in making the bid successful; commends the other two finalists, Forth and Isle of Eigg, and wishes Arrochar and Tarbet every success with its plans to regenerate its community.

*S3M-4740 Johann Lamont: South West Glasgow Community Champions Rock!—That the Parliament welcomes the Evening Times Community Champion initiative, which gives the opportunity to value, recognise and celebrate all those who give of themselves to improve lives across Glasgow’s communities; applauds all those who made the awards nights such a success; in particular, salutes all those from Greater Pollok and Greater Govan, the WIN Project, Stevie Grant, Pollok Credit Union, Nancy Cooper, Donna Foote, St Paul’s High School community volunteers, the GalGael Trust, Connal Cochrane, Gary Maguire, Govan Youth Information Project, Wilma Monaghan and Enterprising Badgers, who won Community Champion awards and who represent many more who work on behalf of others across the south west of Glasgow; looks forward to their sweeping the board at the grand finale, and believes that strong individuals and strong communities enrich the lives and experience of every Glaswegian.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4738# Deafblind Scotland (lodged on 27 August 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4737 Winter is Looming so Time to Contact The Energy Saving Trust (lodged on 27 August 2009) Mike Pringle*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-4736 Lance Armstrong Cycles into Paisley (lodged on 27 August 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*, David Whitton*, James Kelly*, Des McNulty*, Sandra White*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4733 Auchengeich Colliery Disaster (lodged on 26 August 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4732 Campaign for Queen’s Gallantry Medal for Ewan Williamson (lodged on 26 August 2009) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-4731 Senator Edward Kennedy, 1932-2009 (lodged on 26 August 2009) Christopher Harvie*, Dave Thompson*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4729 Excellent Holy Family Primary School and Nursery Class HMIE Report (lodged on 25 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4727 The Life of Ernest Levy (lodged on 25 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Aitken*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-4726 On Your Bike (lodged on 25 August 2009) Christopher Harvie*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4723# Insulin Pump Therapy (lodged on 24 August 2009) Jackson Carlaw*, Kenneth Gibson*, Johann Lamont*, Pauline McNeill*, Bill Butler*, Des McNulty*

S3M-4722 Excessive Charges for Users of Prepayment Meters (lodged on 24 August 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4721 Nordic Studies Centre Expands (lodged on 21 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4720 Glendale Life (lodged on 21 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4719 Equality for All Armed Forces Veterans (lodged on 21 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4711 Special Olympics National Summer Games (lodged on 20 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4710# Congratulations to Annie Lennox (lodged on 19 August 2009) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-4707 Scotland Cares (lodged on 19 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4706# IBM Pensions Proposals (lodged on 26 August 2009) Ross Finnie*

S3M-4705 Glasgow Maryhill and the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities (lodged on 18 August 2009) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-4704 Congratulations to Clydebank Museum (lodged on 17 August 2009) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-4702 Recognition of Andy Murray’s Achievements (lodged on 17 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4701 World Pipe Band Championships (lodged on 17 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4700 Conservative Party Attacks on the NHS (lodged on 17 August 2009) Elaine Smith*

S3M-4699 Hon. George Fowlds, from Fenwick to the New Zealand Parliament (lodged on 14 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4691 Alloa Athletic Football Club (lodged on 14 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4690 30 Years of Headway (lodged on 13 August 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4689 The Arc of Recovery (lodged on 13 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4689.1 The Arc of Recovery (lodged on 18 August 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4688 Launch of Lifelong Carers Service (lodged on 13 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4687 Edinburgh Has Got What it Takes (lodged on 12 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4685 Bruce Festival 2009 (lodged on 12 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4683 Town Centre Regeneration Fund Investment for Falkirk, Denny and Stenhousemuir (lodged on 12 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4682 Burma Court Finds Aung San Suu Kyi Guilty (lodged on 12 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4680 Stanley Robertson, 1940-2009 (lodged on 11 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4679 Fair Deal for Dunbartonshire (lodged on 11 August 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4672 Tattoo Hebrides (lodged on 10 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4671.1 Surviving the Recession, A Lesson from Scandinavia (lodged on 18 August 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4670 Reviving Scotland’s Town Centres (lodged on 10 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4653 BBC Trust Support for Scottish Football on Terrestrial TV (lodged on 3 August 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4651 Rag Tag ‘n’ Textile, Social Enterprise (lodged on 31 July 2009) Aileen Campbell*

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