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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5527 David Stewart: Congratulations to the Isle of Eigg, Winner of the Big Green Challenge—That the Parliament congratulates the Isle of Eigg community on being named a winner of the Big Green Challenge and awarded £300,000 from the £1 million prize fund that encourages community-led carbon emission reductions; notes that the Isle of Eigg team slashed CO2 emissions by an impressive 32% in the last year alone, making a significant impact on the United Kingdom’s 2020 emissions reduction target of 34%; further notes that the Isle of Eigg project fought off competition from over 350 community groups across the UK as a result of its achievements over the course of a year in four areas: CO2 reductions achieved, the innovative nature of its initiatives, the longevity and scalability of the project and the level of community engagement, and commends the ambitions of the Eigg community to go even further and use the prize money to fulfil its ambitions to reduce Eigg’s carbon footprint to ensure a low-carbon future for the island.

*S3M-5526 Pauline McNeill: Closure of the Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital—That the Parliament notes with sadness the closure of the Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital in Glasgow; commemorates its work over the years; recognises the pioneering ultrasound techniques developed at the facility that brought the hospital world-wide recognition; notes the view of Professor Andrew Calder who called for the name to be retained at the new site and for it to be named the Queen Mother’s Maternity Unit of the Southern General Hospital, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to consider this proposal.

*S3M-5525 Bill Wilson: The Illegality of the Invasion of Iraq and the Detention of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair—That the Parliament welcomes the finding of an independent Dutch commission that UN Security Council Resolution 1441 "cannot reasonably be interpreted as authorising individual member states to use military force to compel Iraq to comply with the Security Council’s resolutions, without authorization from the Security Council"; notes that data gathered by Opinion Research Business indicated that, in September 2007, approximately one million Iraqi citizens had died as a result of the invasion of that country; further notes that, according to media reports, Hans Blix considers that the invasion was illegal and believes that the former UK Prime Minister and former US President misled the public; acknowledges that, according to the High Court of Justiciary in Lord Advocate’s Reference No.1 of 2000, "a rule of customary international law is a rule of Scots law" and considers that, this being the case, the appropriate Scottish law enforcement agencies have the power to investigate the conclusions of the Dutch commission and the role of the former UK Prime Minister, Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, in waging a war of aggression, and looks forward to his detention and indictment.

*S3M-5524 Bill Kidd: Reversal of Ministry of Defence Decision to Sell Kentigern House—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Ministry of Defence to abandon its plans to sell off Kentigern House in Glasgow for £47.7 million and lease the building back on a 20-year contract at an annual rental of almost £3.6 million; congratulates the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and the Ministry of Defence civil servants and Hewlett Packard staff working at the site on their successful campaign to reverse the decision, and considers that the sale-and-leaseback proposal would have been gravely shortsighted, at a cost of £150 million to the taxpayer in the long run, and that common sense has prevailed over such myopic decision making.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, John Wilson*

*S3M-5523 Rob Gibson: Big Green Winners—That the Parliament congratulates the community group on the Isle of Eigg as one of the three winners of the Big Green Challenge, a lucrative competition created to encourage community-led carbon emission reductions; praises the Isle of Eigg team for slashing its CO2 emissions by an impressive 32% in the last year alone, making a significant impact on Scotland’s 2020 emissions reduction target of 42%; notes that the team will receive £300,000 from NESTA to continue these efforts to reduce carbon emissions, and wishes members of the team all the best in also helping other communities to learn from their experience.

Supported by: Dave Thompson*

*S3M-5522 Cathy Peattie: Climate Change, the Road from Copenhagen—That the Parliament recognises that, while the outcome of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) was disappointing to many, particularly those countries most vulnerable to sea level rises or desertification, the conference was never going to be more than a step on the road to building comprehensive and effective global action on climate change; considers that Scotland has a sound basis for future action in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and that this Act has been widely applauded internationally as a yardstick for progressive climate change legislation, and believes that the Scottish Government should proceed, with the least possible delay, to implement and build on the commitments and initiatives of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Elaine Murray*, Sarah Boyack*, Patricia Ferguson*

*S3M-5521 Gil Paterson: Round One Win for Dalmuir Park—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to award Dalmuir Park a first-round pass in an application for funding to help regenerate this important piece of green space in Clydebank; believes that the park is an important asset to the health and wellbeing of the people of Clydebank; encourages West Dunbartonshire Council in its endeavours, while welcoming its success in being awarded £11,700 by the HLF, and looks forward to a successful second-round application.

*S3M-5520 Aileen Campbell: Dutch Inquiry Finds Iraq War Was Illegal—That the Parliament notes the findings of the Dutch Committee of Inquiry on Iraq, which,, at the request of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands investigated the political support given by the Netherlands for the invasion of Iraq in the period from the summer of 2002 to the summer of 2003; notes the committee’s conclusion that "the military action had no sound mandate under international law", and believes that this finding gives further weight to the argument that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was illegal, that such findings should be taken into account by the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry currently under way in London, and that those responsible for such illegal actions should be held to account under the terms of international law.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christopher Harvie*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*, Patrick Harvie*, Brian Adam*, Anne McLaughlin*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Angela Constance*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*

*S3M-5519 Joe FitzPatrick: University of Strathclyde and GSK Groundbreaking Postgraduate Chemistry MPhil Research Programme—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Strathclyde and world-leading pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on the first ever initiative in the United Kingdom to deliver a bespoke postgraduate MPhil chemistry degree programme; pays tribute to the expertise and professionalism of the university staff in achieving this outcome; recognises that this unique research programme will be geared towards identifying and developing novel treatments for a range of diseases, including respiratory, inflammatory, neurological and psychiatric diseases; acknowledges the potential that this will have to deliver considerable benefits for patients and public health; commends this innovative initiative as a tangible demonstration of the benefits of collaboration, in particular the knowledge exchange between academia and industry, and notes that the programme is designed to allow GSK employees to develop novel research approaches towards new treatments and, in so doing, aims to benefit society as a whole.

*S3M-5518 Mike Rumbles: Threat to Aberdeen Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit—That the Parliament notes with concern the plans of NHS Grampian to downgrade and downsize the Aberdeen Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, the unit that looked after many of the survivors of the Piper Alpha disaster; further notes that the plans are proceeding in the face of grave reservations from the unit’s consultants; recognises the important work carried out by the unit, which undertakes complex reconstruction of cancer cases, trauma cases and burns as well as work in areas such as hand surgery, breast reconstruction and head and neck surgery; believes that the unit, which serves the needs of over half a million people from the Northern Isles to Aberdeen, cannot continue to offer the full range of services if its beds are reduced by 40% as currently planned; considers that the contraction of the plastic surgery provision in Aberdeen, while it is expanded in the central belt, would lead to unacceptable inequalities of service levels across Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government and NHS Grampian to work constructively with the consultants and staff in the unit to revise the plans to allow the unit to maintain and build on the work that it currently carries out.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Liam McArthur*, Jamie Stone*

*S3M-5517 Elaine Smith: Grand Theft Childhood—That the Parliament notes with concern recent research that indicates that video games featuring high levels of violence can be detrimental to those playing them; acknowledges that these games can have a particularly negative effect on children and young people; recognises that violent video games are successfully marketed to and easily obtained by children and young people; notes with concern evidence to suggest that parents are purchasing video games for children younger than the certified age range; believes that parents should be made aware of the possible risk to children’s emotional and psychological development as a result of prolonged use of violent video games; further believes that the Scottish Government should engage in a productive debate among parents, legislators and video games producers to highlight the potential dangers of high rates of exposure to virtual violence, and encourages the Scottish Government to define the public policy options that are likely to be most effective in addressing the negative effects of these games.

*S3M-5515.1 Johann Lamont: Attendance Allowance for People with Disabilities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5515) in the name of Alex Neil, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "welcomes the opportunity afforded by the UK Government’s Green Paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together, to contribute to the debate on issues concerning the future provision of care services; welcomes moves to address the postcode lottery of care and recognises the need for a similar debate to take place in Scotland, taking into account specific challenges and opportunities arising from a growing population of older people; notes that the consultation on the Green Paper closed in November 2009, and looks forward to ongoing dialogue with the UK Government to achieve shared objectives of ensuring that older and disabled people have fair access to good quality services and support."

*S3M-5513# Hugh Henry: Local Newspapers—That the Parliament notes the contribution made by local papers in Renfrewshire and throughout Scotland; believes that local daily papers such as the Paisley Daily Express, weekly papers such as the Gazette and free papers such as the Extra all add to healthy local discussion; is concerned that the removal of local authority and Scottish Government advertising will weaken the financial viability of local newspapers; notes that many people, particularly older people and those on a low income, do not have access to the internet; believes that public agency advertising in local newspapers is important for a healthy democracy, and *would welcome a review of* the decision to end advertising public notices in local newspapers.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety*, Elaine Murray*, Cathy Jamieson*, John Scott*, Des McNulty*, James Kelly*, Cathy Peattie*, Robin Harper*, Ted Brocklebank*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Butler*, Patricia Ferguson*, Duncan McNeil*, Jackson Carlaw*, Karen Whitefield*, John Park*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mary Mulligan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Trish Godman*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

*S3M-5512.1 Elizabeth Smith: Report of the Literacy Commission—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5512) in the name of Des McNulty, insert at end ", and, in particular, recognises the need to ensure that pupils in Scotland are properly schooled and tested in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy by the end of primary seven and also to ensure that the qualifications structure better reflects the specific needs of all pupils, whether they wish to pursue courses that are more academically focused or more vocationally focused."

*S3M-5512.2 Michael Russell: Report of the Literacy Commission—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5512) in the name of Des McNulty, after "literacy action plan" insert "within the context of the Curriculum for Excellence, which has the aim of raising standards of literacy at every level".

*S3M-5512.3 Margaret Smith: Report of the Literacy Commission—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5512) in the name of Des McNulty, insert at end "and make sure that these efforts produce benefits for children from low-income families wherever they live in Scotland."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5516 St Mungo Festival (lodged on 12 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5514 First Female Officer to Lead Policing in Edinburgh (lodged on 12 January 2010) Mary Mulligan*, Rhona Brankin*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, David McLetchie*, Margaret Mitchell*, Ken Macintosh*, Johann Lamont*, Pauline McNeill*, Cathy Jamieson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Marlyn Glen*, David Stewart*, Robin Harper*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, George Foulkes*, John Park*, Karen Gillon*, Mike Pringle*, Trish Godman*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5506 Severe Weather Conditions in Scotland (lodged on 12 January 2010) Mr Frank McAveety*, Elaine Murray*, Rhona Brankin*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Smith*, Jim Tolson*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-5502 David Robertson Ross, a Giant of a Man (lodged on 12 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Maureen Watt*, Anne McLaughlin*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5501 Holocaust Memorial Day 2010/Gaza Now Exhibition (lodged on 12 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5500 Victoria and Albert in Dundee (lodged on 12 January 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Nanette Milne*, Jamie Hepburn*, David Whitton*, Robin Harper*, Marlyn Glen*, Ian McKee*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5499 The Death of Miep Gies (lodged on 12 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Maureen Watt*, Pauline McNeill*, Elaine Smith*, Christina McKelvie*, Marlyn Glen*, Gil Paterson*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5498 Red Cross Supporting Scotland through the Snow (lodged on 12 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Nanette Milne*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Elizabeth Smith*, John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Scott*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Aitken*, Bill Wilson*, Jackie Baillie*, Cathie Craigie*, Jackson Carlaw*, Mike Pringle*, Mary Scanlon*, Murdo Fraser*, Liam McArthur*, Kenneth Gibson*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5497 Thanks to Salt Miners during Big Freeze (lodged on 11 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5496 Review of Consumer Protection for Holidays (lodged on 11 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Ian McKee*, Stewart Maxwell*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-5494 £34 Million Boost to Scottish Economy (lodged on 11 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5492 Congratulations to Notre Dame (lodged on 11 January 2010) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-5490# Bo’ness Scottish Railway Museum (lodged on 11 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5489 Why Must Our Children Pay? (lodged on 11 January 2010) Elaine Murray*

S3M-5488 Congratulations to Nethermains Primary School (lodged on 11 January 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5487# Hill Tracks in the Scottish Uplands (lodged on 11 January 2010) Rhona Brankin*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5486 Congratulations to Graeme Cook (lodged on 8 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5485 Pakistan International Airlines (lodged on 8 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5484 Malawi Anti-homosexual Arrest (lodged on 8 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Patrick Harvie*, Christopher Harvie*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Marlyn Glen*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*, Anne McLaughlin*, Rhona Brankin*, Jackie Baillie*, Jim Hume*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mike Pringle*, George Foulkes*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5483 Construction of National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Sports Arena (lodged on 8 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-5482 Pleural Plaques Justice (lodged on 8 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Wilson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5481 49 out of 50 US States Agree to Fire-safe Cigarettes (lodged on 8 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5480 UN International Year of Biodiversity (lodged on 8 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5479 Parliamentarians’ Endorsement in Support of a Nuclear Weapons Convention (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5475 Privatisation of British Waterways (lodged on 7 January 2010) Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5473 Legal Action against Members of the Public Clearing Pavements (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5472# Awards for Heroes (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-5471 Successful Scots in Dictionary (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5470 Well Done to the Workforce at NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5469# Celebrating Scotland’s First Ever General Practice Week in Scotland (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Sarah Boyack*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Elaine Murray*, Mary Scanlon*, Rhona Brankin*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ian McKee*, James Kelly*, Marlyn Glen*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*, Patrick Harvie*, Elaine Smith*, Mike Pringle*, John Park*, Bob Doris*, Mary Mulligan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5466 The Draft Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2010 (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jackie Baillie*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-5463 Scottish Development International Trade Mission to Israel (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-5463.1 Scottish Development International Trade Mission to Israel (lodged on 12 January 2010) Mr Frank McAveety*, Jim Hume*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Marlyn Glen*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Michael McMahon*, Jim Tolson*, Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-5462 Crossford Primary School and Nursery Class, Dunfermline (lodged on 6 January 2010) Jim Hume*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5459# Perth 800 (lodged on 6 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5458 Lifting the Spirit of Those in Need (lodged on 6 January 2010) Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5455 Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill (lodged on 5 January 2010) Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-5445 Bankrupt Britain Goes for Bombs (lodged on 23 December 2009) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-5230 Homophobic Bullying (lodged on 18 November 2009) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-5202 Safety First (lodged on 16 November 2009) Rhona Brankin*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-5098# Save Lesmahagow’s Jubilee Hall (lodged on 30 October 2009) Jim Hume*

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