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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-5666 Hugh Henry: The Future of Royal Mail—That the Parliament believes that the public service ethos of Royal Mail and its staff should be reflected in the new leadership of Royal Mail; further notes that the Hooper review on the future of Royal Mail agreed that the pension fund deficit had to be addressed if the company was to have a future; further understands that the deficit can be addressed under existing legislation; welcomes the recognition by Lord Mandelson that the UK Government has a moral obligation to fund the deficit, and believes that this should be resolved as a matter of urgency.

*S3M-5665 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Loch Ryan Port (Harbour Empowerment) Order 2009 be approved.

*S3M-5664 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 February 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by SPCB Question Time

2.20 pm Preliminary Stage Debate: Ure Elder Fund Transfer and Dissolution Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2010

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 February 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2009: Female offenders in the criminal justice system

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 24 February 2010

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 25 February 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-5663 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that "09.00" be substituted for "09:15" in Rule 2.2.3 for the purpose of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 4 February 2010 to begin at 9.00 am.

*S3M-5662 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 4 February 2010—

delete

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Marine (Scotland) Bill

and insert

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Marine (Scotland) Bill

*S3M-5661 Linda Fabiani: Hands up for Young Trad Ambassadors—That the Parliament recognises the worth of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition’s finalists for musical excellence, as ambassadors for their nation’s culture and heritage and contributors to the wellbeing, both economic and social, of Scotland; notes that the competition is celebrating its tenth anniversary and congratulates the 2010 winner, Daniel Thorpe, along with previous winners, Gillian Frame, Emily Smith, Anna Massie, James Graham, Stuart Cassells, Shona Mooney, Catriona Watt, Ewan Robertson and Ruaridh Macmillan, and thanks the BBC, Simon Thoumire and the TMSA for the work carried out in organising both the competition and the resultant Young Trad Tours.

*S3M-5660 Helen Eadie: Familial Arrhythmia Network for Scotland—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the launch of the Familial Arrhythmia Network for Scotland (FANS), a national managed clinical network designed to assist with the management of people with primary electrical diseases at risk of sudden cardiac death and their families; notes that around 50 young people are killed suddenly by familial arrhythmias annually and that this has a devastating impact on families right across Scotland; notes that, for those living with the associated risk of sudden cardiac death, a diagnosis of this nature is extremely worrying for the patient and relatives; believes that services for these patients in the past has been, at best, patchy; considers that the network will provide a mechanism to assist these patients and their families at the time that they need it most by defining and agreeing referral protocols, developing national guidelines for clinical and genetic testing and establishing a national register of people with these conditions, and urges all MSPs to be aware that, with good management, many of these sudden deaths are preventable and to direct constituents who are affected by these conditions to FANS services, which are based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S3M-5659 Stuart McMillan: Port Glasgow Pupils Receive Diana Certificate of Excellence—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of Port Glasgow High School and St Stephen’s High School who have received the prestigious Diana Certificate of Excellence award; notes that six pupils from each school received the award for setting up a Connect Leadership Group in May 2009 to teach 20 S1 pupils the core values of respect, integrity, inspiration and perseverance; considers that all of those who received the award are role models for future generations, and hopes that many more pupils can follow in their footsteps.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Jackson Carlaw*, Alasdair Allan*, Stewart Maxwell*, Ross Finnie*, Aileen Campbell*

*S3M-5658 Alison McInnes: Daniel Thorpe, Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010—That the Parliament congratulates Daniel Thorpe, originally from Inverurie, on winning the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010 award; notes that the prize will see him take part in a tour organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland as well as recording an album, and wishes him the best of luck for his future career in music.

*S3M-5657 Des McNulty: West Dunbartonshire Council Reserves—That the Parliament considers that the level of reserves now being held by West Dunbartonshire Council is irresponsibly low, following the budget set by the SNP administration, is not in line with Accounts Commission for Scotland guidance and leaves the council ill-equipped to meet future financial challenges or protect frontline services and jobs.

S3M-5648 Jackie Baillie: Free Prescriptions for Cancer Patients—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish National Party’s Angus MacNeil MP for originally supporting Early Day Motion (EDM) 641 on prescription charges; notes that the motion suggests that the Scottish Government should follow the lead of the UK Government in exempting cancer patients from prescription charges; further notes that cancer patients in England have enjoyed free prescriptions since April 2009, whereas in Scotland they will be required to pay £3 per prescription until 1 April 2010; shares the disappointment of those who supported EDM 641 that the Scottish Government has not acted on this quickly; regrets that the SNP has broken promises from its 2005 and 2007 election manifestos when it stated that it would end prescription charges for cancer patients immediately, and calls on SNP members to pay heed to the sensible view of their colleague at Westminster.

*S3M-5648.1 Alasdair Allan: Free Prescriptions for Cancer Patients—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5648) in the name of Jackie Baillie, leave out from "originally supporting" to end and insert "his unambiguous support for the SNP government’s plans to abolish prescription charges for all in Scotland; deprecates the risible efforts of Jackie Baillie MSP to deflect the well justified criticism of her own party’s opposition to free prescriptions for all in Scotland by citing a name that appeared beside a motion in Westminster as a result of a clerical error that has long since been corrected, and calls on Gordon Brown to belatedly keep the promise that he made in his speech to the Labour Party conference in 2008 to abolish prescription charges for all people with long-term conditions in England."

*S3M-5637.1 Andy Kerr: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5637) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "but, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to reinstate the funding for the Glasgow Airport Rail Link."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5655 Hepatitis C Trust Opens Office in Scotland (lodged on 1 February 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Maureen Watt*, Bill Wilson*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5653 Getgo and Wyndford (lodged on 1 February 2010) Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5652 Scottish Government Blocking Public Right to Freedom of Information (lodged on 1 February 2010) Jim Tolson*, Iain Smith*, Mike Rumbles*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Liam McArthur*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-5651 David Savage Jnr, Scottish Boxing Champion (lodged on 1 February 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Pauline McNeill*, James Kelly*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-5647 Fife’s First Woman Confirmed as a FIFA Assistant Referee (lodged on 1 February 2010) John Park*, Robin Harper*, Stewart Maxwell*, Aileen Campbell*, Des McNulty*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jim Tolson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mary Mulligan*, Tricia Marwick*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Trish Godman*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5645 Congratulations to Outstanding St Columba’s High School (lodged on 1 February 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jackson Carlaw*, Mike Pringle*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5643 Benefits of Milk at an Early Age (lodged on 29 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-5642 Israelis and Palestinians Working Together (lodged on 29 January 2010) Ken Macintosh*, John Lamont*, David McLetchie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-5641 NUS Scotland’s Parent Trap Campaign (lodged on 29 January 2010) Ken Macintosh*, Des McNulty*, Pauline McNeill*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5640 We Want Our Missing Millions (lodged on 28 January 2010) Pauline McNeill*, John Park*, Trish Godman*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-5639 Food Collection Trial a Waste (lodged on 28 January 2010) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-5636# Family Nurse Partnership Programme in Lothian (lodged on 28 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5635 Barrachnie Inn Fundraising (lodged on 28 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5634 UK Tax and Benefits Poverty Trap (lodged on 28 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5629 Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 (lodged on 27 January 2010) Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-5607 Going the Extra Mile (lodged on 26 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5606# The Registration and Transfer of Youth Football Players (lodged on 26 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5593 Conversion Needed for Scottish Rugby Coverage (lodged on 21 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5591 Stop the Traffik (lodged on 21 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5578 Coeliac UK’s Gluten-free Chef of the Year Competition (lodged on 20 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5557 University of Glasgow Beatson Pebble Appeal (lodged on 19 January 2010) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-5554 Calum Brown, Young Burnsian of the Year (lodged on 18 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5519 University of Strathclyde and GSK Groundbreaking Postgraduate Chemistry MPhil Research Programme (lodged on 13 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5517.1 Grand Theft Childhood (lodged on 18 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5492 Congratulations to Notre Dame (lodged on 11 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5486 Congratulations to Graeme Cook (lodged on 8 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5485 Pakistan International Airlines (lodged on 8 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5473 Legal Action against Members of the Public Clearing Pavements (lodged on 7 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5472# Awards for Heroes (lodged on 7 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5444 Brokenhagen (lodged on 22 December 2009) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5441 Thank You to the Forestry Commission (lodged on 18 December 2009) Stuart McMillan*

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

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

S3M-5417 Opening of Vattenfall’s Scottish Office, Boost to Renewable Sector (lodged on 14 December 2009) Stuart McMillan*

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