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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-5120 Nigel Don: Leonard Cheshire Disability Review 2009—That the Parliament welcomes Leonard Cheshire Disability’s research report, Disability Review 2009; notes that this is the third in a series of annual UK-wide surveys that detail the experience of disabled people by examining areas such as education, employment, social care and citizenship; further recognises that the report highlights that 9% of respondents report that they have been the victim of disability hate crime, 63% of respondents are in fuel poverty and 50% of respondents who are living in poverty and need social care support are having to pay towards their social care, in some cases covering all the costs of their care; therefore commends the report and encourages all political parties and the wider community to help remove the many barriers that are put in place for disabled people by working together to remove these barriers, and hopes that Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Disability Review 2010 will show a positive change in the experiences of disabled people.

*S3M-5119 Richard Lochhead: Autumn Fisheries Negotiations—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to secure a fair deal at the forthcoming EU fisheries negotiations and to continue seeking radical and urgent changes to EU regulations to help cut discards and improve fisheries conservation and the industry’s profitability; calls for Scotland’s fishermen’s growing reputation for innovative fisheries conservation to be given due recognition, and notes the European Commission Green Paper on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, which recognises the failures of the Common Fisheries Policy.

*S3M-5118 Murdo Fraser: Minimum Pricing of Alcohol—That the Parliament recognises that alcohol misuse cost Scottish society an estimated £2.25 billion in 2006-07, with almost one in three men and one in five women exceeding the recommended maximum level of consumption per week; believes that Scotland needs to examine its complex relationship with alcohol; further believes that to address this problem Scotland needs to take action that is properly targeted, effective, evidence based, and legally competent, and, accordingly, rejects the Scottish Government policy of minimum pricing on the basis that it will penalise responsible drinkers and damage Scotland’s vital drinks industry.

*S3M-5117 Bill Wilson: Evidence-based Approach to Drugs Essential—That the Parliament deplores the Home Secretary’s sacking of Professor David Nutt from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs; considers that he was fired for having the integrity to criticise UK Government policy on the classification of drugs as unsupported by scientific evidence; believes that this development is but the latest example of gross mishandling of the drugs issue by the UK Government and that its refusal to base policies on scientific evidence has seen the number of addicts soar in the last few decades, with devastating consequences for many; contends that if the UK Government spent less time worrying about signals and more time worrying about the evidence there would be less drug addiction, lower crime rates and fewer deaths, and urges the Scottish Government to continue with an evidence-based approach to drug addiction.

*S3M-5116 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2009 be approved.

*S3M-5115 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Marine (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 December 2009.

*S3M-5114 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 November 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scotland’s Historic Environment – A Unique Resource for our Economy and our People

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 12 November 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Central Scotland Green Network

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 Debate: The Future of Community Fire Safety in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 November 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Arbitration (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 November 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 Stage 3 Proceedings: Schools Consultation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-5113 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 5 November 2009—

after

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Sex Offenders

*S3M-5112 Elizabeth Smith: Supporting Families—That the Parliament considers that the family is the natural building block of our society; notes the significant pressures facing families in Scotland today arising from relationship breakdown, poverty, unemployment and substance abuse; regrets that one in four Scottish children is growing up in a single-parent household and that 137,000 Scottish children have no parent in work, and believes that action is required to improve parenting support, to expand the role of health visitors, to fully harness the voluntary sector in this work and to recognise marriage in the tax and benefits system.

*S3M-5111 Stuart McMillan: Strathclyde Police Pipe Band Shortlisted—That the Parliament congratulates Strathclyde Police Pipe Band on being shortlisted for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2009 in the Scottish Pipe Band of the Year category; notes that the pipe band has achieved this fantastic success despite the recent upheaval and uncertainty surrounding its future; further notes that this displays the popularity and high level of attainment achieved by the band over the last year, and calls on Chief Constable Stephen House to consider this news when making decisions regarding the future of the pipe band.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Anne McLaughlin*, Ian McKee*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*

*S3M-5110.1 Sarah Boyack: Scotland’s National Parks—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5110) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from "to guide" to end and insert "and believes that it should explore the potential for establishing new national parks, including in marine and coastal areas."

Supported by: Elaine Murray*

*S3M-5110.2 John Scott: Scotland’s National Parks—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5110) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end "while also welcoming the reduction in the size of the boards of the National Park Authorities, thereby producing greater efficiencies by way of reducing running costs, and emphasising that the proposed National Parks Strategy group must have a clear timescale of operation and well defined sense of purpose in its objectives."

*S3M-5110.3 Liam McArthur: Scotland’s National Parks—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5110) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end "; celebrates the success of the boards of the National Parks in giving a voice to local people in managing their own environment, and calls for early consideration to be given to increasing the directly elected presence on boards."

S3M-5087 *#* Jim Tolson: Allotments, Community Gardens and Grow-your-own Projects—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society in its role supporting allotment holders and community gardens in Scotland, encouraging the development of new sites, enhancing biodiversity and preserving skills in gardening; acknowledges the valuable work carried out by other organisations in the promotion of community gardens and grow-your-own projects; recognises the links between green space, activity and good health and the social, financial, environmental and health benefits of gardening and growing one’s own food; highlights the need to protect and enhance green spaces, particularly in urban and deprived areas; notes that Crossford Community Council, in conjunction with Crossford Allotment Association and the Carnegie Trust, is investigating the provision of land for allotments, community gardens and social enterprise, and hopes that local authorities and other public bodies examine ways of transferring land to local communities to be used for such projects.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5109# Detention of Children at Dungavel (lodged on 2 November 2009) Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Linda Fabiani*, Angela Constance*, Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patrick Harvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Anne McLaughlin*, Alasdair Allan*, Christine Grahame*, Ian McKee*

S3M-5108 It’s Fun to Save (lodged on 2 November 2009) Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Elaine Murray*, James Kelly*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5107 Assurances Sought over Future of RBS Insurance Workers (lodged on 2 November 2009) Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Angela Constance*, Aileen Campbell*, Anne McLaughlin*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-5106 Teampull na Trionaid (lodged on 2 November 2009) Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Angela Constance*, Sandra White*

S3M-5105 Glasgow Caledonian University Leading the Way on Widening Access to Higher Education (lodged on 2 November 2009) Sandra White*

S3M-5104 Hidden Killer Campaign (lodged on 2 November 2009) John Park*, Elaine Smith*, Sandra White*

S3M-5103 Celebrating Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (lodged on 2 November 2009) John Park*, Des McNulty*, Sandra White*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-5101 Think Positive, Tackling Mental Ill Health among Students in Scotland (lodged on 2 November 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*, John Park*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Angela Constance*, Marlyn Glen*, Trish Godman*, Elaine Murray*, Liam McArthur*, David Whitton*, James Kelly*, Des McNulty*, Mr Frank McAveety*, George Foulkes*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathie Craigie*, Mary Mulligan*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-5097 Local Government Boundary Commission Decision to Keep Princes Gate in East Dunbartonshire (lodged on 30 October 2009) Ross Finnie*

S3M-5096 Black Community Development Project (lodged on 30 October 2009) Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Ian McKee*, Anne McLaughlin*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5095 Opening of Union Square, Aberdeen (lodged on 30 October 2009) John Park*, Des McNulty*, Maureen Watt*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-5088 Babies on Buses Campaign Award (lodged on 29 October 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5086 Impact on Fishermen of New Net-measuring Gauge (lodged on 29 October 2009) Trish Godman*

S3M-5082 International Brain Tumour Awareness Week and World Walk (lodged on 29 October 2009) Brian Adam*, Christine Grahame*, Ken Macintosh*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Mary Scanlon*, David Whitton*, Nanette Milne*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Helen Eadie*, Marlyn Glen*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Wilson*, Cathie Craigie*, Trish Godman*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ross Finnie*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5081# Citizens Advice Scotland Debt Findings (lodged on 29 October 2009) Trish Godman*, Elaine Smith*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathie Craigie*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-5079 Learning for Life (lodged on 28 October 2009) Claire Baker*

S3M-5074 Congratulations to the Pupils of Raigmore Primary, Inverness (lodged on 28 October 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5073 Real Ale Pub of the Year (lodged on 28 October 2009) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-5072 Congratulations to Thompsons Solicitors (lodged on 28 October 2009) Trish Godman*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-5062 Israel’s Detention of Mohammad Othman (lodged on 27 October 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5056 38th Anniversary of Partick Thistle’s Scottish League Cup Triumph (lodged on 26 October 2009) Bob Doris*

S3M-5055 Let’s Show Racists the Red Card (lodged on 26 October 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5054 Fireworks and Furry Friends (lodged on 26 October 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5046 Bad Science at the UK Border Agency (lodged on 22 October 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-5032 Charities Banking on Lloyds (lodged on 20 October 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5031 Thank You to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club (lodged on 19 October 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5029 Bookstart (lodged on 19 October 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-5026 CWU Action (lodged on 16 October 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5025 Opening of Cornhill Macmillan Centre in Perth (lodged on 16 October 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5019 WorldSkills 2009 Success (lodged on 14 October 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5015 Action for Children (lodged on 13 October 2009) Rob Gibson*

S3M-5010# Celebrating 15 Years of the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK (lodged on 12 October 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4986# Conduct of Inquiries into Fatalities at Level Crossings (lodged on 6 October 2009) Jamie Stone*

S3M-4738# Deafblind Scotland (lodged on 27 August 2009) Nicol Stephen*

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