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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5267 Nicola Sturgeon: Child Poverty Bill – UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Child Poverty Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 11 June 2009 to make provision within the legislative competence of the Parliament and to alter the executive competence of Scottish Ministers in respect of the duties to develop and lay a Scottish strategy to eradicate child poverty before the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Shona Robison*

*S3M-5266 Fiona Hyslop: Learning about Scotland and its History—That the Parliament recognises the contribution of Scotland’s children and young people in schools to a successful Year of Homecoming; acknowledges the importance of learning about Scotland’s heritage, history and culture and place in the world, and welcomes the recent launch of Scotland’s History online, a world-leading online resource from Learning and Teaching Scotland, which draws on resources from the National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and other sources.

Supported by: Keith Brown*

*S3M-5265 Hugh O’Donnell: Congratulations to Fundraisers for the Have a Heart Campaign in Bo’ness, Linlithgow and South Queensferry—That the Parliament congratulates residents of Bo’ness, Linlithgow and South Queensferry on raising a total of £12,000 for the Bo’ness Journal and Gazette Have a Heart campaign, which has provided essential medical equipment, such as defibrillator machines, backpacks, resuscitation dummies and training machines, for first responder volunteers who will be trained and supported by the Scottish Ambulance Service and the British Heart Foundation, will be capable of providing reassurance and assistance to members of the public in these three towns in the case of cardiac emergencies and, crucially, be able to administer life-saving resuscitation techniques; further congratulates the Scottish Ambulance Service and the British Heart Foundation for supporting this innovative way of narrowing the vital response time in cardiac emergencies, and acknowledges the worthy contribution and commitment of the first responder volunteers.

*S3M-5264 Margaret Curran: 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women—That the Parliament recognises that Wednesday 25 November 2009 will mark the beginning of the 16 days of Activism Against Violence Against Women; notes that the event runs from Wednesday 25 November until 10 December, International Human Rights Day; notes that this event is held over these dates to symbolically link violence against women with human rights and to underline that such violence is a direct violation of human rights; acknowledges that, since 1991, over 2,000 organisations in approximately 156 countries have participated in the 16 Days campaign, and calls on representatives, the local community and organisations across the country to continue to work together to raise awareness of violence against women as well as to tackle the underlying social, economic and cultural causes of gender-based violence.

*S3M-5263 Margaret Curran: Eco-Flag—That the Parliament recognises the exceptional efforts of the child-led eco-committees in St Bridget’s Primary and Mount Vernon Primary schools; congratulates the two schools on their second eco-award, which has seen each school win its second eco-flag; notes that this award reflects the decision by each school to place environmental issues at the centre of the school’s ethos; commends the eco-committees for encouraging greater consideration for waste management, which is a great reflection on the values and work ethic of both teachers and pupils alike, and hopes that the achievements of St Bridget’s Primary and Mount Vernon Primary will encourage other schools throughout the community to become more green.

*S3M-5262 Marilyn Livingstone: Kirkcaldy High School Praised in HMIE Follow-through Report, November 2009—That the Parliament notes the publication of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) follow-through report in November 2009, following an inspection visit to Kirkcaldy High School in September 2009; welcomes the progress that Kirkcaldy High School has made as an improving school in the process of transforming itself into an excellent educational community; recognises the strengths of the school that the HMIE report notes, including that its young people are developing skills for life, taking increasing responsibility for their own progress through personal learning planning and participating in a wide range of voluntary activities; congratulates the head teacher and staff of Kirkcaldy High School who were found to be working as a team to plan and lead improvements, and commends the school’s system for reviewing the quality of teaching and young people’s learning to ensure that it is of the highest possible standard and giving the school a clear sense of direction.

*S3M-5261 Robin Harper: Pilot Local Records of Deaf Children—That the Parliament commends the announcement by the Minister for Public Health and Sport on 17 November 2009 that the Scottish Government is piloting the creation of local records of deaf children, from which national data can be extracted, in two pathfinder sites in NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside; considers that this is a significant step forward in establishing the true number of deaf children living in Scotland today, as highlighted by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Scotland’s Pick a Number campaign, launched at the Scottish Parliament in September 2008; is encouraged by the minister’s longer-term aspiration for the pilot project, that it will result in the sharing of information between the agencies involved in supporting hearing-impaired children and those planning support services for them; believes that accurate local records also have the potential to assist local and national government to monitor the outcomes for deaf children and be sure that they are collectively getting it right for every deaf child; notes with pride that Scotland is now on course to be the first UK country to collect accurate data on the number of children with permanent confirmed hearing loss; commends NDCS Scotland for bringing this matter to the Parliament, and wishes all involved in the pilot process every success in developing this vital information tool to support multi-agency professionals in planning a world without barriers for every deaf child in Scotland.

*S3M-5260 Patricia Ferguson: Maryhill Activity Directory 2010—That the Parliament notes the publication of the Maryhill Activity Directory for 2010 and the associated website; recognises the importance of the directory as a source of information for the local community and for all those agencies working in Maryhill, and congratulates Jim Hamilton and his small team of volunteers for their hard work, which has culminated in such a comprehensive reference document.

Supported by: James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-5259 Dave Thompson: Northern Ireland Takes Lead in Reducing Drink-drive Limit—That the Parliament commends the decisions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to lower the legal drink-driving limit in 2010 from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood; notes the broad range of support for an equal reduction in Scotland by the police forces, EU institutions, World Health Organization, medical and safety organisations, as well as by the Scottish Parliament via a motion on the Road Safety Framework, as amended and agreed to with no votes against on 17 September 2009; highlights the example of Switzerland that saw 44% fewer alcohol-related road deaths in the first two years following a reduction in the limit to 50mg in 2005; further notes with concern that the UK 80mg limit was set over 40 years ago and, along with Malta and Luxembourg, maintains the highest allowable legal limit of all EU countries; further notes the lack of implementation of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution recommendation to transfer to the Scottish Ministers regulation-making powers relating to drink-driving limits, and finally calls on the UK Government to either lower the limit or allow the Scottish Ministers to do so.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-5258 Bob Doris: MAD for Maryhill—That the Parliament congratulates the producers of Maryhill Activity Directory (MAD) on the successful launch of its fourth edition at the Shakespeare Street Hall, an entertaining evening for all with a martial arts display from local youngsters, a musical performance from the Maryhill Integration Network and speakers including Ian McColl, Manager of Partick Thistle Football Club, who attended with Pee Tee the toucan, the club’s mascot; notes that MAD is a fantastic community directory for the year ahead, including information on fitness and sport, health services, religious events, community and volunteer groups, after-school activities and the many more activities that make Maryhill such a great place to work and live, and encourages the local community to get involved with all that Maryhill has to offer.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-5257 Bill Kidd: Partnership in Action—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the innovative and exciting Public Social Partnership projects to promote the design and delivery of public services through the third sector, which have at their heart the aim of supporting and improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our communities; particularly welcomes the Registers of Scotland and Haven project, which will explore ways of expanding current levels of employment for disabled people, given the high percentage of disabled people stuck in the poverty trap as a result of the low level of employment, and wishes these pilot projects every success in meeting their worthy aims and in serving as an example of best practice for future public social partnerships.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*

*S3M-5256 Christine Grahame: International Inquiry; Pan Am 103 and Flight 655—That the Parliament supports the establishment of an international inquiry into the circumstances that led to the blowing up of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie in December 1988 that murdered 270 passengers and urges all relevant Scottish authorities to co-operate with it; further supports that such an inquiry should also consider the relationship of that atrocity to the shooting down of Iranian flight 655 over the Straits of Hormuz five months before by a US warship, which claimed the lives of 290 passengers, and urges the international community to pursue, investigate and bring to justice all those ultimately responsible for these two terrorist attacks, which is considered to constitute crimes against humanity.

*S3M-5255 Aileen Campbell: New Label Is a Fine Blend of Whisky and Art—That the Parliament notes the launch of a new limited-edition blended whisky by Inverarity Vaults, based at Symington in Lanarkshire; further notes that the artist and writer, Alasdair Gray, was specially commissioned to produce the label for the bottling, which features a representation of Tinto Hill and the Upper Clyde with the rising sun and night sky above; welcomes this collaboration between a thriving Scottish company and one of the country’s most renowned artists, which recognises and promotes the beauty of the Clyde Valley, and wishes both Inverarity Vaults and Alasdair Gray every success in the future.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-5254 David Stewart: New Zurich to Inverness Air Service—That the Parliament welcomes the new Falcontravel/M-Travel Switzerland (MTCH AG) charter flight service linking the Highlands and Islands with Switzerland, which commences next year for the next three years; notes that Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd have provided funding for the Zurich to Inverness service, which, for 2010, will run between 15 May and 18 September; believes that this new service will bring up to 2,000 tourists to the Highlands and Islands area per year, which will assist with the ongoing economic growth of the region, and hopes that, by introducing this service, better links can be forged between Switzerland and the Highlands and Islands.

*S3M-5253 Karen Whitefield: Lighting up Centenary Park in Airdrie—That the Parliament notes that, on Thursday 12 November 2009, the viaduct illuminations at Centenary Park in Airdrie were switched on for the first time; notes that the Viaduct Illumination Project has been funded by the People’s Millions Fund, securing a £58,750 grant from the Big Lottery Fund after receiving the votes of thousands of STV viewers in a contest with other worthy causes for the public vote; recognises the hard work and commitment of local volunteers and the valuable support of North Lanarkshire Council in making this impressive project a reality; recognises that the lighting up of Centenary Park will ensure that the viaduct is an important landmark night and day, making the park more accessible and enjoyable for the local community and visitors; welcomes the involvement of local schoolchildren in designing images for the lights, and believes that the lighting up of Centenary Park is a positive and welcome development for Airdrie and the surrounding area.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Trish Godman*, Pauline McNeill*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-5252 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to Excellent Williamwood High School—That the Parliament congratulates Williamwood High School in East Renfrewshire on its excellent HM Inspectorate of Education report with five excellent ratings and the young people’s achievements, including very high levels of success in national examinations, the school’s lively welcoming and inclusive atmosphere and the outstanding leadership of the head teacher also being praised in the report.

*S3M-5251 Sandra White: Scotland Flying High—That the Parliament congratulates the Scotland rugby team on its breathtaking 9-8 victory over Australia, which ended a 27-year, 16-match wait to beat the wallabies; believes that Scotland’s awesome defence demonstrated true grit and determination to overcome the Aussies, and hopes that this historic victory will act as a perfect launch pad for Scotland to go from strength to strength.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, John Lamont*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*, Liam McArthur*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Elaine Smith*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5250# Epilepsy Scotland, 55th Anniversary (lodged on 20 November 2009) Jackie Baillie*, Sarah Boyack*, Karen Whitefield*, Trish Godman*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Butler*, Mike Pringle*, Margaret Curran*, Patricia Ferguson*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, James Kelly*, Angela Constance*, Robert Brown*

S3M-5249 Be a Hero and Help our Heroes, Shoebox Appeal (lodged on 20 November 2009) Maureen Watt*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Nigel Don*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-5247 Kleinwort Benson (lodged on 20 November 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5246 Announce Pentland Firth Leases Locally (lodged on 19 November 2009) Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*, Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Robin Harper*

S3M-5244 Big Lottery Boost for Newmains (lodged on 19 November 2009) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-5243 Aberdeen College Awarded Royal Prize (lodged on 19 November 2009) Maureen Watt*, Nicol Stephen*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5239 Harris Tweed Hebrides (lodged on 19 November 2009) Pauline McNeill*, Trish Godman*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*

S3M-5237 Orkney RFC Win Scottish Hydro Club of the Month (lodged on 18 November 2009) Sandra White*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, Nigel Don*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-5236 Climate For Success at Brucehill (lodged on 18 November 2009) Pauline McNeill*, Trish Godman*, Sarah Boyack*, Robin Harper*

S3M-5235 9 to 5 Is Not an Option for Vale Babies (lodged on 18 November 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5234 Glasgow Credit Union Strategy Conference (lodged on 18 November 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5233 Congratulations to Captain James Evans (lodged on 18 November 2009) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-5230 Homophobic Bullying (lodged on 18 November 2009) Sarah Boyack*, John Park*

S3M-5229 The Future of Beechwood House and Albyn House (lodged on 18 November 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5224 First Ever Social Enterprise Scotland Awards (lodged on 18 November 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5222 Dark Skies over the Galloway Forest (lodged on 18 November 2009) Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-5217 Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park (lodged on 17 November 2009) Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-5203 Prevention of Child Abuse (lodged on 16 November 2009) Robert Brown*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5194 It’s Scotland’s Attendance Allowance Too (lodged on 12 November 2009) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-5191 World Diabetes Day (lodged on 12 November 2009) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-5187 City of Edinburgh Council Care Package Tendering Process (lodged on 11 November 2009) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-5180# Future of Mid Argyll Community Swimming Pool (lodged on 11 November 2009) Peter Peacock*

S3M-5159# World Aids Day and Annie Lennox (lodged on 9 November 2009) Elaine Smith*

S3M-5087# Allotments, Community Gardens and Grow-your-own Projects (lodged on 29 October 2009) Christopher Harvie*

S3M-5042♦ Fair Treatment for All Investors in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander (lodged on 22 October 2009) Willie Coffey*

S3M-5035 Plugged in Safely? (lodged on 21 October 2009) Trish Godman*

S3M-5012 National Identity Fraud Prevention Week (lodged on 12 October 2009) Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-4644# Votes for Women (lodged on 30 July 2009) Malcolm Chisholm*, Karen Whitefield*

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