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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5433 Brian Adam: European Curling Championships Aberdeen—That the Parliament congratulates Curl Aberdeen on its recent successful hosting of the European Curling Championship; recognises the tremendous efforts gone into securing and running this competition by Aberdeen Curling Club, especially George Esson and his colleagues on the organising committee; also congratulates Aberdeen City Council on its commitment to and delivery of the Linx Ice Arena on time and up to standard, and further encourages the partners to be bold in bidding to bring more such events to the great facilities in the city of Aberdeen.

*S3M-5432 Patricia Ferguson: John Paul Academy, One Of the Most Improved Schools in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates John Paul Academy in Summerston, Glasgow, on being recognised as one of the most improved schools in Scotland over the last year; notes that this year the proportion of pupils passing three or more Highers in S5 rose from 5% to 7%, while the percentage of S4 pupils achieving five or more Standard Grades went up from 11% to 17%; further notes that, over the last 15 months, exclusions have reduced by 98%; congratulates the new head teacher, Vincent Docherty, and all the staff and pupils of the school for their achievements, and wishes them well for their continued improvement and future success.

*S3M-5431 Irene Oldfather: The 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion—That the Parliament notes that the European Union has declared that 2010 is the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion; recognises that almost 80 million European citizens live at risk of poverty; welcomes a commitment by the European Union to raise public awareness about these issues and to renew the political commitment of member states to combat poverty and social exclusion, and therefore encourages the Scottish Government to work alongside the UK Government to make 2010 a year when stereotypes and collective perceptions of poverty are challenged and ensure that everyone can play a full and active role in society.

*S3M-5430 Irene Oldfather: Can Gerry Robinson Fix Dementia Care Homes—That the Parliament commends the BBC-produced documentary series, Can Gerry Robinson Fix Dementia Care Homes?, for highlighting the poor living conditions that frail elderly people can face in the care home sector; recognises that, while the documentary is based in England, the problems experienced match up with those in Scotland as highlighted in the recent joint report by the Care Commission and Mental Welfare Commission, Remember, I’m Still Me; notes that the programme found examples of senior staff members with no training in dementia care and residents being kept inside during very good weather without access to the outside and garden and with no regular provision of mental or physical stimulation; further notes the concern expressed in the programme about residents’ bruising; believes that this programme demonstrates the need for a not-for-profit care home model to be piloted and that there is a need for improved staff training for all, with the possible introduction of a national qualification in dementia care, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that the forthcoming national dementia strategy recognises the fundamental problems facing frail elderly residents with dementia in care homes, brings forward policies to address these issues and enables significant culture change in the sector.

*S3M-5429 John Swinney: Public Service Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Service Reform (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*

*S3M-5428 Bruce Crawford: Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*

*S3M-5427 Sarah Boyack: NFU Scotland, Festive Fare Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates NFU Scotland on its festive food campaign, which highlights the contribution that Scotland’s farmers will make to Scotland’s food and drinks industry this Christmas; notes that the campaign features farmers striving to produce the best in a variety of foods, including meat, cereals, fruit, vegetables and dairy; further notes the fantastic variety of Scottish produce available, and encourages the public to keep up support of Scotland’s farmers by making sure that their Christmas fare is Scottish this year.

*S3M-5426# Liam McArthur: Car Parking Charges at HIAL Airports—That the Parliament notes the welcome, if belated, decision by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) to postpone the introduction of car parking charges at Kirkwall Airport; regrets that this decision was taken only after the board of HIAL initially rejected the unanimous recommendation of the statutory Kirkwall Airport Consultative Committee to put the introduction of the charges on hold until a proper consultation was undertaken; further notes that HIAL is considering imposing similar charges at its airports at Sumburgh and Stornoway; is concerned that the introduction of car parking charges at these island airports will add still further to the high cost for island residents of using their lifeline internal and external air services and of island life in general; expects the consultation to be thorough and to enable the detail of HIAL’s proposals, as well as the principle of charging, to be robustly challenged, and considers that the delay offers the opportunity for all Orcadians to make their views known and for islanders from Shetland and the Western Isles to add their voices to the campaign against the Kirkwall charges in order to avoid a precedent being set at Kirkwall, which HIAL could use to impose charges at Sumburgh and Stornoway.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Alasdair Allan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5425 Tony Blair Finally Reveals the Truth on Iraq (lodged on 15 December 2009) Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-5424 Save Our Steelworks (lodged on 15 December 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5419# Scotland’s Investment Management Industry (lodged on 15 December 2009) Andy Kerr*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-5417 Opening of Vattenfall’s Scottish Office, Boost to Renewable Sector (lodged on 14 December 2009) Kenneth Gibson*, Sarah Boyack*, Robin Harper*, Ken Macintosh*, David Whitton*, Gil Paterson*, Hugh Henry*, John Park*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-5416 Aberdeen ADP Alcohol Strategy (lodged on 14 December 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5414 Salar Smoked Salmon Launched in Tesco Stores (lodged on 14 December 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5413 40th Anniversary of the SJIB (lodged on 14 December 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Cathie Craigie*, Karen Whitefield*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5412 Commending Whitelees Primary School (lodged on 14 December 2009) Karen Whitefield*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5410 European Citizens’ Initiative (lodged on 14 December 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5409 Drinking Is Not a Crime But Rape Is (lodged on 11 December 2009) Robert Brown*, Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*, Rhoda Grant*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Robin Harper*, Bill Wilson*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Maureen Watt*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5408 The Network Change Programme in Argyll and Bute: A Case Study (lodged on 11 December 2009) Maureen Watt*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5407 Hawick Learning Community (lodged on 11 December 2009) Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*, Murdo Fraser*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5406 Cuts to Army Cadet Force (lodged on 11 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5403 Queens Cross Gets Gold (lodged on 11 December 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5402 Toni Walton’s Success at the ProjectScotland Voscars 2009 (lodged on 11 December 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5401# Bausch & Lomb (lodged on 11 December 2009) Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-5399 Human Rights for the Saharawi (lodged on 11 December 2009) Christine Grahame*

S3M-5398 People’s Postcode Lottery (lodged on 10 December 2009) Gil Paterson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5397 Inverclyde Council Provides Information in Sign Language (lodged on 10 December 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5396 Rethink Afghanistan (lodged on 10 December 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5395 Oesophageal Cancer in Scotland (lodged on 10 December 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5394 Rail Fares for Companions of Deafblind People (lodged on 10 December 2009) Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5392 Music for a Christmas Evening (lodged on 10 December 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5391# Scotland’s Role in National Research into Asbestos-related Diseases (lodged on 15 December 2009) Des McNulty*, Mary Scanlon*, Rhoda Grant*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5391.1# Scotland’s Role in National Research into Asbestos-related Diseases (lodged on 15 December 2009) Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Ian McKee*

S3M-5390 Security Industry Authority (lodged on 10 December 2009) Mary Mulligan*, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-5387 Viva la Revolution (lodged on 9 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-5386 Silver Band Success at Scottish Challenge Cup (lodged on 9 December 2009) Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-5385 Orkney Success in Scottish Green Energy Awards (lodged on 9 December 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5384 EU Tax on Mobility Scooters is Tax on Disability (lodged on 9 December 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5382 John Burnie (lodged on 9 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-5381 Domestic Abuse in SOAs (lodged on 9 December 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5377 Lloyds Pays Huge Bonuses to Senior Managers and Cuts Everything Else (lodged on 8 December 2009) Christine Grahame*

S3M-5372 Stop Demand, End Prostitution Now (lodged on 8 December 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5371 Congratulations to Lloyds Pharmacy for ALCulator Initiative (lodged on 8 December 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5369# Cuban Culture Comes to Coatbridge (lodged on 8 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5368 The Proposed Extradition of Gary McKinnon to America (lodged on 8 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-5367 CIEH Sets up Scotland as Region (lodged on 8 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*, Robin Harper*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5366 Congratulations to Artist Richard Wright (lodged on 8 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5363 Nuclear Waste at Dounreay, Now You See It, Now You Don’t (lodged on 7 December 2009) Christine Grahame*

S3M-5357 Young Carers (lodged on 4 December 2009) Maureen Watt*

S3M-5356 Kurdish Language Rights in Turkey (lodged on 3 December 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*, Christopher Harvie*, Michael Matheson*, Michael McMahon*, Willie Coffey*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5353 Success of Scottish Scouting (lodged on 3 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5352# The Need for Nuclear Power (lodged on 3 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5351♦ South Lanarkshire College Unveils Aurora House, a First in Scotland (lodged on 3 December 2009) Gil Paterson*, Nigel Don*

S3M-5330 Mohammad Othman and Israel’s Use of Administrative Detention as a Substitute for Prosecution (lodged on 1 December 2009) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-5329 Working towards a Shared Future (lodged on 1 December 2009) Richard Baker*

S3M-5315.1 Trading away Human Rights (lodged on 9 December 2009) Gil Paterson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5309# Usdaw Freedom from Fear Campaign (lodged on 30 November 2009) Richard Baker*, Cathie Craigie*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-5289 Community Hospitals in Dumfries and Galloway (lodged on 26 November 2009) Robin Harper*

S3M-5087# Allotments, Community Gardens and Grow-your-own Projects (lodged on 29 October 2009) Mary Scanlon*, Christine Grahame*, Patrick Harvie*, Nanette Milne*, Iain Smith*

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