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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5537 Mr Frank McAveety: Scottish Rugby Celebrated at Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Rugby on its recent event on 13 January 2010 in the Scottish Parliament to highlight ongoing extensive work both on and off the pitch; notes Scottish Rugby’s efforts to boost rugby in schools and communities; welcomes new national team coach Andy Robinson, Scottish internationals Nick De Luca and Kelly Brown and other senior Scottish Rugby officials to the Parliament; congratulates the Scottish national team on its excellent performance in the autumn tests, and wishes it the best of luck for its forthcoming Six Nations campaign that kicks off at Murrayfield on 7 February against France.

*S3M-5536 John Wilson: Breaking the Circle of Violence: Scared to Go Home—That the Parliament welcomes Strathclyde Police’s domestic abuse campaign, Breaking the Circle of Violence; congratulates this proactive campaign, which acknowledges the damage that domestic abuse can have on both female and male victims; notes that tackling domestic abuse remains an ongoing issue of concern, which is helped by campaigns such as this, and praises the non-gendered stance of Strathclyde Police in assisting victims of domestic abuse.

Supported by: Brian Adam*

*S3M-5535 Richard Baker: Tackling the Use of Legal Highs—That the Parliament congratulates Tayside Police and partner agencies for their work in tackling the misuse of substances purchased through internet sites purporting to sell legal highs; notes that there have been particular problems with increased use of the stimulants often know as bubbles and Mcat in recent months in areas including Angus and in particular by young people, which has resulted in serious harm with several people being hospitalised as a consequence; notes that the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is currently considering whether to outlaw the stimulant, Mephedrone, as a top priority and is due to report back early in 2010; congratulates Tayside Police and other forces on their work in seeking to prosecute those people who distribute such substances for their reckless conduct, and congratulates Tayside Police and its partner agencies for their education and awareness campaigns on the health risks posed by these substances.

*S3M-5534 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to Lothian and Borders Police—That the Parliament congratulates Lothian and Borders Police on seizing almost £1.5 million worth of cocaine in the last nine months; commends the Serious Organised Crime Unit that was launched in September 2009 for its role in the proactive approach that Lothian and Borders Police are taking to tackling drug crime; notes that, if seizure rates are maintained, Lothian and Borders Police are on course to beat both of its previous records of £1.9 million worth of cocaine and £2.4 million worth of class A drugs, consisting almost entirely of cocaine and heroin, seized in a calendar year, and wishes Lothian and Borders Police every success in its continuing efforts to tackle drug crime.

*S3M-5533 Bob Doris: SECC Success and Community Benefit—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved with the trading success of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), which has reported a 47% increase in trading profits to £627,812 for 2008-09; notes that SEC Ltd is 91% owned by Glasgow City Council and that such success can only be beneficial to both the city’s reputation as a first-class venue for events as well as to Glasgow’s finances; however, has concerns over the decision of SEC Ltd to charge £101.97 plus VAT to journalists for the use of an electric power point at the Glasgow North East by-election, which had a substantial effect on the finances of small community news providers; considers that with the 2010 UK election imminent there should be a review of charges by SEC Ltd that may prohibit local journalists being able to report on the democratic process, and believes that a more general review of the SEC Ltd pricing policy would be welcome to ensure that the SECC is accessible and affordable for use by local small businesses, charities and community organisations.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-5532 Marilyn Livingstone: Greener Kirkcaldy—That the Parliament welcomes Greener Kirkcaldy, a new environmental community group, and its project that aims to help people in the Kirkcaldy area to reduce their carbon footprints and fuel bills; notes that the group plans to open an information centre in Kirkcaldy town centre in April 2010 and to work with community groups and schools throughout the local area; commends the project for aiming to advise people on a range of environmental issues such as energy efficiency, greener transport options, waste reduction and sources of local food, and considers that the project and the additional jobs and volunteering options that it will bring will be a valuable addition to Kirkcaldy town centre.

*S3M-5531 Karen Whitefield: Active Literacy Success at St Brigid’s Primary, Newmains—That the Parliament congratulates St Brigid’s Primary in Newmains on its outstanding work in piloting North Lanarkshire’s Active Literacy programme; notes that St Brigid’s has piloted the latest programme targeted at pupils with additional support needs; further notes that the school was recently praised by HM Inspectorate of Education for its literacy work; recognises that the Active Literacy pilot has resulted in significant improvements in St Brigid’s national test results, with reading levels improved from 89% in 2006 to 93.4% in 2008, writing from 66% in 2006 to 85.8% in 2008 and maths results improving from 72% in 2006 to 91.5% in 2008; commends the hard work and commitment of all staff at St Brigid’s involved in delivering the Active Literacy Programme, and believes that North Lanarkshire’s Active Literacy pilot is a shining example of how to achieve high literacy levels for all.

Supported by: James Kelly*, Cathy Peattie*, Marlyn Glen*, Michael McMahon*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Butler*, Rhona Brankin*, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*, Des McNulty*, Cathie Craigie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Elaine Smith*

*S3M-5530 Willie Coffey: Eglinton Watercolours—That the Parliament congratulates East Ayrshire Council on taking delivery on 13 January 2010 of the Eglinton watercolours by James Henry Nixon, which were painted to commemorate the Eglinton Tournament that was held over three days in August 1839 and are considered to be of outstanding significance for the study of Scottish social history and of the 19th Century Gothic Revival; notes also that historic shields, used to furnish the knights’ tents at the tournament, have been purchased along with the watercolours; welcomes the support that the council received for this purchase from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Art Fund, the Barcapel Foundation and the National Fund for Acquisitions, and considers that the watercolours and shields, which are important parts of Ayrshire’s heritage, will significantly enhance the council’s already impressive art collection.

*S3M-5529 Bob Doris: Applauding an Era, Maintaining the Link—That the Parliament acknowledges the outstanding services provided by the Queen Mother’s Hospital in Glasgow over the last 46 years and the dedication and professionalism of its doctors, nurses and midwives; appreciates the suggestion by Professor Andrew Calder, who led plans to bring maternity, paediatric and adult hospital services together in Glasgow, that "Queen Mother’s" should be retained in some form in the title of the new maternity unit at the Southern General Hospital as a link to the proud record of this pioneering hospital; looks forward to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children currently at Yorkhill being co-located with the new Southern General unit in 2015 when it moves to that site; commends the Evening Times and all those involved in the campaign to have these new facilities co-located, and looks forward to the tradition of excellence and innovation established at the Queen Mother’s Hospital continuing at the new facility for many years to come.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh Henry*, Stuart McMillan*, Anne McLaughlin*, Jackson Carlaw*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*

*S3M-5528 Jackson Carlaw: A Medical Centre for Newton Mearns—That the Parliament notes that Newton Mearns is the largest centre of population in East Renfrewshire, with an age profile, unemployment level and disability rate all higher than the average for the area and that, despite having such a profile, it does not have its own medical facility; considers that this results in clinics having to be held in inappropriate council halls with no waiting rooms and poor parking or even in local supermarkets; further notes that, at its meeting on 11 January 2009, Newton Mearns Community Council unanimously voted for Newton Mearns to be given its own medical centre to bring such piecemeal and unsatisfactory arrangements to an end, and calls on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the Scottish Government and East Renfrewshire Council to take note of this development and work together to provide the residents of Newton Mearns with the medical facilities that they both require and thoroughly deserve, thereby putting them on an equal footing with other communities throughout East Renfrewshire.

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.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*

*S3M-5525.1 George Foulkes: The Illegality of the Invasion of Iraq and the Detention of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5525) in the name of Bill Wilson, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "recalls delegations of Kurds and Marsh Arabs who visited the United Kingdom in the 1980s and 1990s describing the torture, murder and genocide of their people by Saddam Hussein and their calls on British politicians to take action to help them; further recalls the feeling of impotence at Britain’s inability to help, and therefore believes that the action taken by the UK Government led by Tony Blair and supported by a vote in the House of Commons was not only justified by the UN resolution and convention on genocide but was morally right in ridding the world of one of its bloodiest dictators and giving the Iraqi people the opportunity to elect their own government and move towards peace and prosperity."

Supported by: David Whitton*

S3M-5491 Sarah Boyack: Scotland Needs Boiler Scrappage Scheme—That the Parliament notes the launch of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme by the UK Government, a scheme that will offer a £400 incentive to encourage households to update inefficient boilers; further notes that the scheme will benefit up to *125,000 households in England,* helping to reduce CO2 emissions while at the same time reducing fuel bills, and help to secure 250,000 jobs at small and medium companies that make, sell and install boilers; urges the Scottish Government to implement a similar scheme across Scotland, given the reported estimates of *£11 million* in Barnett consequentials being available, and considers that this decision would be of significant benefit to 12,000 homes in Scotland that would be eligible for such a scheme and would create jobs in the Scottish plumbing industry.

S3M-5483 Bill Kidd: Construction of National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Sports Arena—That the Parliament welcomes the commencement of the construction of the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; notes that these facilities, when complete in 2012, will serve as a national training centre for athletics, basketball, netball, track cycling and volleyball; offers its congratulations to the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and all other partners involved in the organisation of the 2014 Commonwealth Games for getting underway with construction work; believes that these world-class facilities will put Glasgow on the map as a centre for sporting excellence while building a lasting legacy for the city, and looks forward to the most successful Commonwealth games ever.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S3M-5483.1 Robin Harper: Construction of National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Sports Arena—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5483) in the name of Bill Kidd, insert at end "and considers that the velodrome in Edinburgh should remain open until a covered alternative is provided in the grassroots home of Scottish track cycling".

S3M-5479 Marlyn Glen: Parliamentarians’ Endorsement in Support of a Nuclear Weapons Convention—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of the UK Mayors for Peace Working Group and UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities to support the signing of a nuclear weapons convention; asks Scottish parliamentarians to sign the Parliamentary Endorsement of the Nuclear Weapons Convention issued by these groups; believes that a nuclear weapons convention would incorporate, reinforce, link and build on existing non-proliferation and disarmament instruments, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency; encourages UN members to make a stronger commitment to develop a nuclear weapons convention by 2015 and to take steps to see the eventual abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020; notes that the Governments of Malaysia and Costa Rica have tabled a model nuclear weapons convention for this year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, and further notes that a large number of mayors and councillors from around the United Kingdom and all over the world have signed the similar Cities Appeal in Support of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Malcolm Chisholm*

*S3M-5479.1 Alasdair Allan: Parliamentarians’ Endorsement in Support of a Nuclear Weapons Convention—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5479) in the name of Marlyn Glen, insert at end ", and further believes that these aims would best be served in Scotland and the United Kingdom by the Trident nuclear weapons system not being replaced."

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Christopher Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Robin Harper*, Stewart Maxwell*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Linda Fabiani*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5527 Congratulations to the Isle of Eigg, Winner of the Big Green Challenge (lodged on 13 January 2010) Mary Mulligan*, John Scott*, Jackie Baillie*, Sarah Boyack*, Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*, Rhona Brankin*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jamie McGrigor*, Hugh Henry*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Patricia Ferguson*, Cathy Jamieson*, Ian McKee*

S3M-5526 Closure of the Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital (lodged on 13 January 2010) Mr Frank McAveety*, Ken Macintosh*, James Kelly*, Cathy Jamieson*, Karen Gillon*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Margaret Curran*

S3M-5524 Reversal of Ministry of Defence Decision to Sell Kentigern House (lodged on 13 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5523 Big Green Winners (lodged on 13 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Patrick Harvie*, Brian Adam*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Jackie Baillie*, Stewart Maxwell*, Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ian McKee*, Linda Fabiani*, Maureen Watt*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-5522 Climate Change, the Road from Copenhagen (lodged on 13 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Marlyn Glen*, James Kelly*, David Whitton*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Butler*, Hugh Henry*, Des McNulty*

S3M-5521 Round One Win for Dalmuir Park (lodged on 13 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Anne McLaughlin*, Michael Matheson*, Stewart Maxwell*, Bill Kidd*, Jackson Carlaw*, Rob Gibson*, Des McNulty*, Sandra White*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5520 Dutch Inquiry Finds Iraq War Was Illegal (lodged on 13 January 2010) Ian McKee*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-5519 University of Strathclyde and GSK Groundbreaking Postgraduate Chemistry MPhil Research Programme (lodged on 13 January 2010) Liam McArthur*, Nanette Milne*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5518 Threat to Aberdeen Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit (lodged on 13 January 2010) Mike Pringle*, Hugh Henry*, Alex Johnstone*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-5517 Grand Theft Childhood (lodged on 13 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5514 First Female Officer to Lead Policing in Edinburgh (lodged on 12 January 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Hugh Henry*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5513# Local Newspapers (lodged on 12 January 2010) David Whitton*, Bill Aitken*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-5506 Severe Weather Conditions in Scotland (lodged on 12 January 2010) David Whitton*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-5501 Holocaust Memorial Day 2010/Gaza Now Exhibition (lodged on 12 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Murdo Fraser*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Elizabeth Smith*, Patrick Harvie*, John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Ted Brocklebank*, Bill Aitken*, George Foulkes*, Nanette Milne*, Ken Macintosh*, Stewart Maxwell*, Mary Scanlon*, Margaret Mitchell*, Liam McArthur*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5500 Victoria and Albert in Dundee (lodged on 12 January 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-5499 The Death of Miep Gies (lodged on 12 January 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5498 Red Cross Supporting Scotland through the Snow (lodged on 12 January 2010) Bill Kidd*, Maureen Watt*

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

S3M-5496 Review of Consumer Protection for Holidays (lodged on 11 January 2010) Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Anne McLaughlin*, Aileen Campbell*, Hugh Henry*, Maureen Watt*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-5493 We’re For Fife (lodged on 11 January 2010) Iain Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Hume*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-5492 Congratulations to Notre Dame (lodged on 11 January 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5490# Bo’ness Scottish Railway Museum (lodged on 11 January 2010) Hugh Henry*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Robin Harper*, Anne McLaughlin*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Cathy Peattie*, Michael Matheson*, John Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Mike Pringle*, Ian McKee*, Jackson Carlaw*, Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Murdo Fraser*

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

S3M-5488 Congratulations to Nethermains Primary School (lodged on 11 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Pauline McNeill*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5487# Hill Tracks in the Scottish Uplands (lodged on 11 January 2010) Hugh Henry*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-5486 Congratulations to Graeme Cook (lodged on 8 January 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5485 Pakistan International Airlines (lodged on 8 January 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5484 Malawi Anti-homosexual Arrest (lodged on 8 January 2010) Iain Smith*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5482 Pleural Plaques Justice (lodged on 8 January 2010) Hugh Henry*, David Whitton*

S3M-5477.1 Inadequate Response to a National Emergency (lodged on 11 January 2010) Willie Coffey*

S3M-5475.1 Privatisation of British Waterways (lodged on 11 January 2010) David Stewart*, Charlie Gordon*, Rhona Brankin*, Ken Macintosh*, Paul Martin*, James Kelly*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-5469# Celebrating Scotland’s First Ever General Practice Week in Scotland (lodged on 7 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Pauline McNeill*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5463.1 Scottish Development International Trade Mission to Israel (lodged on 12 January 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5367 CIEH Sets up Scotland as Region (lodged on 8 December 2009) Anne McLaughlin*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-5362 Toward a Royal Bank of Sustainability (lodged on 4 December 2009) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-5004 Vivendi Should Treat Scotch Whisky Pensioners Fairly (lodged on 9 October 2009) Anne McLaughlin*

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