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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-5462 Jim Tolson: Crossford Primary School and Nursery Class, Dunfermline—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the very good HM Inspectorate of Education report for Crossford Primary School and Nursery Class in Dunfermline; acknowledges the pupils’ high levels of attainment in English language and mathematics; notes the clear sense of direction and encouragement given by the head teacher and principal teachers to all staff; further notes the effective partnerships between the staff and a range of agencies to help the children’s learning, and further acknowledges the support given to the school by parents.

*S3M-5461 Mary Scanlon: The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/1).

*S3M-5460 Kenneth Gibson: Book it, Just Don’t Thomas Cook it!—That the Parliament notes the recently published report in Which? Holiday that pointed out that Thomas Cook had one of the lowest customer approval ratings of any holiday company, with complaints including poor-quality hotel rooms and unhelpful staff as well as accusations that the tour operator’s brochures exaggerated standards on offer; believes that, if the views of the 139 passengers who had the misfortune to be booked on flight TCX841L on 26 December 2009 had been included, the report would have been even more critical of Thomas Cook; understands that this flight from Las Palmas to Glasgow was cancelled without notice, that passengers were given no information for hours on end and that the flight eventually left more than 13 hours late, that passengers were told that booking conditions meant that Thomas Cook was obliged to take them only to the United Kingdom not to Glasgow and that if they did not board the flight provided to take them to East Midlands Airport they could find their own way home; recognises that the exhausted passengers included people who were ill, very young, very elderly and heavily pregnant who were apparently told untruths throughout their journey and arrived in Glasgow 20 hours late after having been bussed from East Midlands Airport to Glasgow Airport, and considers that treating customers in such a cavalier take-it-or-leave-it fashion without so much as an apology will do as much to damage the reputation of Thomas Cook as any report and that Thomas Cook needs to spend less on advertising and more on looking after its customers if it is to retain its reputation as a trustworthy company.

*S3M-5459# Murdo Fraser: Perth 800—That the Parliament notes that 2010 marks the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Burgh Charter to Perth; welcomes the launch of Perth 800, Perth and Kinross Council’s year-long programme of events and activities to celebrate this monumental anniversary; believes that the celebrations will allow Perth to showcase to the rest of the United Kingdom that Perth is one of the best places to live, visit and do business; further welcomes Perth 800 being used to progress Perth’s bid to gain official city status; considers that official city status will reflect Perth as being one of Scotland’s leading places for business, education, art, culture and sport, and supports Perth’s bid to become a city during HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

*S3M-5458 Elaine Smith: Lifting the Spirit of Those in Need—That the Parliament commends the work of Spirit Aid, founded by David Hayman and friends in 2001; notes that the humanitarian relief organisation is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children and young people whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, genocide, ethnic cleansing and all forms of abuse; recognises that this is a voluntary organisation that relies solely on the goodwill and donations of its supporters, committing 100% of all donations to humanitarian aid; further recognises that Spirit Aid has successfully undertaken projects in places such as Kosovo, Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Scotland, and supports Spirit Aid’s aim to attempt to hand back a better, healthier, safer and more just world to the children of the Earth.

*S3M-5457 Pauline McNeill: Gaza Now Exhibition Marks the Anniversary of the War on Gaza—That the Parliament marks the first anniversary of the bombing of Gaza during the 22-day war that took place between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009 by exhibiting the Gaza Now exhibition, hosted by Edinburgh Direct Aid and the Cross-party Group on Palestine; notes with concern that the Gaza war resulted in 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis losing their lives, leaving in its wake a massive humanitarian disaster, with more than 400,000 Gazans left without running water while 4,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless; believes that all perpetrators of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead should be brought to justice; recognises the importance of the Goldstone report, which states that facts discovered during the mission led the team to conclude that Israel’s objective in the attack was to punish, humiliate and terrorise a civilian population; supports the recommendation in the Goldstone report that, to uphold respect for human rights and show no tolerance of state impunity from international law, there must be an independent and credible investigation of war crimes; reaffirms its support for Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories, and supports the creation of a viable independent Palestinian state.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Cathy Jamieson*, Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Butler*, David Stewart*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bob Doris*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Jim Tolson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, Marlyn Glen*

*S3M-5429.1 Jeremy Purvis: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5429) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "but, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to remove Part 2 of the Bill at Stage 2."

Supported by: Ross Finnie*

S3M-5289 *#* Jim Hume: Community Hospitals in Dumfries and Galloway—That the Parliament notes the contents of NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s consultation document, Your NHS - Your Future Care; believes that the preferred option, which would result in the closure of Moffat, Langholm, Kirkcudbright, Lochmaben and Thornhill community hospitals, is widely unpopular with the respective local communities and fundamentally disregards the rural remoteness of parts of the region and the invaluable and high quality of care provided by these facilities; *would welcome the involvement of other statutory bodies, private providers and voluntary organisations where necessary in the redevelopment of these hospitals, and hopes that NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s preferred option for closures does not go ahead and, instead, that these vital, locally delivered community NHS services are redeveloped*.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5455 Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill (lodged on 5 January 2010) Bill Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Ken Macintosh*, Alasdair Allan*, Christopher Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, Anne McLaughlin*, Bill Butler*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patrick Harvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*, George Foulkes*, Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-5454 Creamola Fizzes Again! (lodged on 5 January 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Jackie Baillie*, Cathy Peattie*, Bill Wilson*, Jim Hume*, Anne McLaughlin*, Jackson Carlaw*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Patrick Harvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Brian Adam*

S3M-5449 High-speed Rail Link (lodged on 5 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, Stewart Maxwell*, Brian Adam*, Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-5448 International Year of Cooperatives (lodged on 5 January 2010) Elaine Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Angela Constance*, Bob Doris*, Cathy Jamieson*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, John Wilson*, Jim Hume*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robert Brown*, John Scott*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Ken Macintosh*, Jamie Hepburn*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Margaret Mitchell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-5447 Support for Carer’s Organisations (lodged on 23 December 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Butler*

S3M-5445 Bankrupt Britain Goes for Bombs (lodged on 23 December 2009) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Patrick Harvie*, Michael Matheson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McLaughlin*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-5444 Brokenhagen (lodged on 22 December 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5443# Post Office Development and Diversification (lodged on 22 December 2009) Angela Constance*

S3M-5441 Thank You to the Forestry Commission (lodged on 18 December 2009) Sarah Boyack*, Jamie Hepburn*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5439 TASK Childcare Services (lodged on 17 December 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5437 Eastfield Primary School’s SEET Success (lodged on 17 December 2009) Sarah Boyack*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5434 Israel War Crime Court Action (lodged on 17 December 2009) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5432 John Paul Academy, One Of the Most Improved Schools in Scotland (lodged on 16 December 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5431 The 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (lodged on 16 December 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5430 Can Gerry Robinson Fix Dementia Care Homes (lodged on 16 December 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5419# Scotland’s Investment Management Industry (lodged on 15 December 2009) Gavin Brown*

S3M-5413 40th Anniversary of the SJIB (lodged on 14 December 2009) Sarah Boyack*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5412 Commending Whitelees Primary School (lodged on 14 December 2009) Sarah Boyack*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5410 European Citizens’ Initiative (lodged on 14 December 2009) Jamie Hepburn*

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

S3M-5356 Kurdish Language Rights in Turkey (lodged on 3 December 2009) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-5143 Hate and Discrimination Have No Place in Scottish Society (lodged on 5 November 2009) Alison McInnes*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-5124# Friends of the Earth Report, Wasting Away (lodged on 4 November 2009) Robert Brown*

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