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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5594 Jamie Hepburn: UK Government Bank Ownership and the Public Interest—That the Parliament notes reports that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is providing finance to Kraft Foods Inc in support of its bid to purchase Cadbury plc; believes that, given that the UK Government holds an 84% share in RBS, this essentially represents the use of public money to fund the foreign acquisition of a UK-based company; understands that the UK Government has previously refused to use its majority shareholding in banks to renegotiate payment terms of PFI contracts or end the cross-subsidisation of rail rolling stock that is owned by such banks, and calls on the UK Government to consider how best it can use its majority shareholding in banks to protect jobs and leverage better deals for the public purse in order to avoid it becoming the case that, despite being bailed out at public expense, the banks can ignore the public interest.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Anne McLaughlin*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, John Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-5593 Sarah Boyack: Conversion Needed for Scottish Rugby Coverage—That the Parliament considers that there are significant gaps in broadcast coverage in Scotland of rugby, particularly on terrestrial television and particularly around the community game and high performance professional teams; is disappointed that despite the strenuous efforts of Scottish Rugby there is little interest to broadcast the sport sufficiently on either terrestrial or satellite television, and, finally, considers that the broadcasting of rugby is essential to further increase participation in the sport thus increasing fitness levels, promoting Scotland to a wider audience and creating a platform for greater Scottish sporting achievements.

*S3M-5592 Robert Brown: Barnardo’s Scotland Fostering and Adoption Week—That the Parliament notes that the Fostering Network has calculated that Scotland needs an extra 1,700 carers; notes research from Barnardo’s indicating that people in Scotland are the least likely to consider fostering and that a perceived lack of training and support is the most common reason for this; recognises the dedication of Scotland’s foster carers; believes that fostering not only provides a loving home for some of the most vulnerable children in Scotland but can also be immensely rewarding to those who foster; welcomes the launch of Barnardo’s Scotland Fostering and Adoption Week on 18 January 2010 as one of a range of initiatives that will encourage more Scots to consider fostering, and congratulates Barnardo’s Scotland Fostering service in Glasgow for the work that it does in finding placements for children under the age of 13 with emotional and behavioural difficulties and for the training and support that it offers foster carers and potential foster carers.

*S3M-5591 Christina McKelvie: Stop the Traffik—That the Parliament supports the work of Stop the Traffik, the international campaign against people trafficking; notes that people trafficking is a growing concern, with up to an estimated four million men, women and children being trafficked across borders and within their own countries every year; joins Stop the Traffik’s 1,000 member organisations in 50 countries worldwide in condemning the outrage of this ongoing enslavement of human beings; further notes the reported success that Stop the Traffik has had in forcing Cadbury, Mars and Nestlé to reduce the amount of chocolate that they use from Côte d’Ivoire, where thousands of children whom have been trafficked are used to harvest the cocoa beans that make over a third of the world’s chocolate; endorses the campaigns at to encourage confectionary manufacturers to increase their use of certified fairly traded cocoa beans, to encourage business travellers to learn how to recognise and report incidences of trafficking and to raise awareness of the dangers of the 2012 Olympic Games being used as an opportunity by people traffickers, and congratulates the Rev John Carswell and his colleagues at Cadzow Parish Church in Hamilton on organising a fundraising and awareness-raising concert in aid of Stop the Traffik, which will take place on the evening of 20 February 2010.

*S3M-5590 David Whitton: Graduates for Business Scheme—That the Parliament deplores the decision by Scottish Enterprise to scrap the Graduates for Business scheme with the loss of seven jobs; considers that the decision to cut the graduate employment scheme was made by Scottish Enterprise purely on cost grounds despite the programme being viewed as a great success by employer organisations: notes that 250 flexible graduate internships were arranged annually with two thirds of participants offered permanent posts after being on the programme, and calls on Scottish Enterprise to act on the open letter from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills to invest in the future of Scotland’s young people and reinstate the graduate programme as a matter of urgency.

*S3M-5589 Robin Harper: Bee Research, Monoculture and Allotments—That the Parliament notes the publication of research by the French National Institute for Agronomic Research, based in Avignon, proving for the first time that a more diverse diet of different kinds of pollen can boost bee immunity; considers that this suggests that modern intensive monoculture farming is one of at least three major factors contributing to the alarming rates of decline in bee numbers across Europe, amounting in the United Kingdom to a 20% loss in the 2008-09 winter period, and calls on the Scottish Government to work, in this, the international year of biodiversity, to see what improvements in biodiversity can be made through assistance to large-scale farming and extra assistance to small-scale and organic farming and, in particular, encouragement to local authorities to persuade them to open up land for allotment development in order to address this serious problem and halt the decline in honey and bumblebees that afflicts the countryside at present.

S3M-5562 Hugh Henry: School Transport in Renfrewshire—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision by Renfrewshire Council to remove school transport from almost 1,000 secondary school pupils; believes that this will endanger many pupils and diminish their education; notes the decision of the council to reward top officials with an extra £321,000 in June 2008, and believes that the salaries of these officials should be cut back to help pay for the *£274,000 needed in the next financial year* to maintain school transport in Renfrewshire at existing levels.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson*, Mary Mulligan*, Ken Macintosh*

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.

*S3M-5536.1 Elaine Smith: Breaking the Circle of Violence: Scared to Go Home—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5536) in the name of John Wilson, leave out from "praises" to end and insert "understands, however, that this is overwhelmingly a crime of male violence against women and children with 88% of crimes and offences of domestic abuse and 95% of crimes of indecency, which are mostly crimes of sexual assault, being perpetrated by men against women, making it clearly a gender issue and an exploitation of power."

Supported by: Cathy Peattie*, Marlyn Glen*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5584 Architecture Students’ Vision for Cumbernauld’s Future (lodged on 20 January 2010) Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Linda Fabiani*, Stuart McMillan*, Stewart Maxwell*, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5583 Cadbury, Kraft and Fairtrade (lodged on 20 January 2010) Brian Adam*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Sarah Boyack*, Bill Butler*, Linda Fabiani*, Hugh Henry*, Ken Macintosh*, Pauline McNeill*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Murray*, Cathy Peattie*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5580 Fairness for Thalidomide Survivors in Scotland (lodged on 20 January 2010) Sarah Boyack*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5579 Orkney Today, Highlands and Islands Newspaper of the Year (lodged on 20 January 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie Stone*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Ross Finnie*, Willie Coffey*, Hugh Henry*, Des McNulty*

S3M-5578 Coeliac UK’s Gluten-free Chef of the Year Competition (lodged on 20 January 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Aileen Campbell*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Cathy Peattie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Gil Paterson*, Nanette Milne*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Stone*, Jim Hume*, Anne McLaughlin*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh Henry*, David Whitton*

S3M-5577 Congratulations to Gibshill Children’s Day Centre (lodged on 20 January 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5576 Hands off Parklands Special School (lodged on 20 January 2010) Bill Butler*, Trish Godman*, Ken Macintosh*, Karen Whitefield*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5575 Happy 20th Birthday, Radio Borders (lodged on 20 January 2010) Derek Brownlee*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5574 Renfrewshire’s Budget Priorities (lodged on 19 January 2010) Brian Adam*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5571 Taught by the Pen Book Festival (lodged on 19 January 2010) Sarah Boyack*, Robin Harper*, Aileen Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Willie Coffey*, Elaine Smith*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*, Anne McLaughlin*

S3M-5570 Scotland and Solway Tweed River Basin Management Plans (lodged on 19 January 2010) Hugh Henry*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5569 Bill McLaren (lodged on 19 January 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Sarah Boyack*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Butler*

S3M-5568 Moon-shot Mission, 10 New Drugs for 10 Neglected Diseases by 2020 (lodged on 19 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*

S3M-5564 Centre for Cities’ Report (lodged on 19 January 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5563 UK Government Consultation on Post Bank (lodged on 19 January 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Sarah Boyack*, Elaine Smith*, Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Butler*, Mary Mulligan*, Rhona Brankin*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-5561 Support for Haiti (lodged on 19 January 2010) Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Willie Coffey*, Gil Paterson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, John Wilson*, Linda Fabiani*, Bob Doris*, Des McNulty*, Sandra White*, Hugh Henry*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Ian McKee*

S3M-5558 Free Cook Schools in Inverclyde (lodged on 19 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5557 University of Glasgow Beatson Pebble Appeal (lodged on 19 January 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Sarah Boyack*, Cathy Peattie*, Trish Godman*, Margaret Mitchell*, Claire Baker*, Christina McKelvie*, Karen Whitefield*, Cathie Craigie*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh Henry*, Ian McKee*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Butler*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-5551 A New Campus for Motherwell College and a New Era for Ravenscraig (lodged on 18 January 2010) John Wilson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5550 Haiti Earthquake Disaster (lodged on 18 January 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5549 Congratulations to Calaiswood School and Nursery Class (lodged on 18 January 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-5548 Congratulations to Lloyds TSB Foundation Chief Executive Mary Craig OBE (lodged on 18 January 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5547# Supporting Scotland’s Supported Workplaces (lodged on 18 January 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Hugh Henry*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5546 Threat to Renfrew Ferry (lodged on 18 January 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-5546.1 Threat to Renfrew Ferry (lodged on 18 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5545 Celebrating the Opening of the New Glasgow Warriors’ Training Base (lodged on 15 January 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5544 Recognition of Council Workers’ Efforts during the Big Freeze (lodged on 15 January 2010) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-5544.1 Recognition of Council Workers’ Efforts during the Big Freeze (lodged on 19 January 2010) Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5543 Decision to Close the Beechwood House DP (lodged on 15 January 2010) Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*, Anne McLaughlin*, Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, John Wilson*, Bill Wilson*, Jamie Stone*, Ian McKee*

S3M-5542 Future Jobs Fund Employment in Fife (lodged on 15 January 2010) Hugh Henry*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5540 Unfair Nursery Charges (lodged on 15 January 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5539 Congratulations to Tillydrone Fundraising Group (lodged on 15 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5538 Postal Deliveries During the Big Freeze (lodged on 15 January 2010) Gil Paterson*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-5535 Tackling the Use of Legal Highs (lodged on 14 January 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5532 Greener Kirkcaldy (lodged on 14 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5530 Eglinton Watercolours (lodged on 14 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5529 Applauding an Era, Maintaining the Link (lodged on 14 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5525 The Illegality of the Invasion of Iraq and the Detention of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (lodged on 13 January 2010) Ian McKee*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S3M-5524 Reversal of Ministry of Defence Decision to Sell Kentigern House (lodged on 13 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5523 Big Green Winners (lodged on 13 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5519 University of Strathclyde and GSK Groundbreaking Postgraduate Chemistry MPhil Research Programme (lodged on 13 January 2010) Mr Frank McAveety*, Robert Brown*, Charlie Gordon*

S3M-5517.1 Grand Theft Childhood (lodged on 18 January 2010) Willie Coffey*

S3M-5498 Red Cross Supporting Scotland through the Snow (lodged on 12 January 2010) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-5496 Review of Consumer Protection for Holidays (lodged on 11 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5495 Third Annual Fife Jazz Festival (lodged on 11 January 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5493 We’re For Fife (lodged on 11 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-5489 Why Must Our Children Pay? (lodged on 11 January 2010) John Park*, Elaine Smith*, Des McNulty*, Michael McMahon*, Cathie Craigie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Butler*, Rhona Brankin*, Claire Baker*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh Henry*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Robin Harper*, Mary Mulligan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, David Whitton*

S3M-5488 Congratulations to Nethermains Primary School (lodged on 11 January 2010) Christina McKelvie*

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

S3M-5479.1 Parliamentarians’ Endorsement in Support of a Nuclear Weapons Convention (lodged on 14 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5475.1 Privatisation of British Waterways (lodged on 11 January 2010) Cathie Craigie*

S3M-5469# Celebrating Scotland’s First Ever General Practice Week in Scotland (lodged on 7 January 2010) Alison McInnes*

S3M-5463.1 Scottish Development International Trade Mission to Israel (lodged on 12 January 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5455 Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill (lodged on 5 January 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5384 EU Tax on Mobility Scooters is Tax on Disability (lodged on 9 December 2009) Aileen Campbell*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-5202 Safety First (lodged on 16 November 2009) Cathie Craigie*

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