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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5749 Alasdair Allan: Hebridean SciTech Festival—That the Parliament congratulates Engineering, Science, Technology, Employability, Enterprise, Mathematics (ESTEEM), the organiser of the first science festival in the Western Isles, taking place between 18 and 20 March 2010 in Stornoway; notes that, this week, it has received £5,000 in funding from the Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser; believes that events such as this help to stimulate the interest and expand the understanding of young people in science and technology and encourage them to study these subjects at school, and wishes ESTEEM well in organising a successful science festival in the Western Isles.

*S3M-5748 Karen Gillon: Fairtrade Fortnight 2010—That the Parliament welcomes the Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 campaign, the Big Swap, from 22 February to 7 March 2010, which encourages shoppers to use their consumer power to swap their usual purchases for the fair trade equivalent; acknowledges the growing range of fair trade goods now available online at http://www.fairtrade.org.uk, in local shops and in supermarkets, from bananas and body wash to wine and bed linen; considers that fair trade has a huge impact on making the world a fairer place by giving developing world producers a better deal for the work that they do; further considers that the Scottish Fair Trade Forum makes an important contribution in highlighting the positive impact that Scots buying fair trade can have on producer countries such as Malawi, and welcomes further efforts towards making Scotland a Fair Trade nation.

*S3M-5747 Trish Godman: Jobs Boost for Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow, the Clyde’s last independent shipyard, which has been awarded a £3.2 million contract for refit and refurbishment work on an accommodation support vessel; welcomes the much needed jobs boost that this will provide to the yard and hopes that this contract will lead to similar and bigger contracts; applauds the spirit and dedication of the highly skilled local workforce and the management, who have ensured that the yard maintains a first-class reputation during tough economic times; notes the commitment of all those involved in the long fight campaigning for contracts to help secure the future of the yard at more difficult times; wishes Ferguson Shipbuilders every success in the future, and believes that the Scottish Government must do more to support the local yard and Scottish shipbuilding.

*S3M-5746 Patrick Harvie: Robin Hood Tax—That the Parliament commends the campaigners behind the Robin Hood Tax, a proposal to levy an average 0.05% tax on speculative banking transactions and spend the many billions of pounds raised on protecting vital public services and on fighting poverty and climate change; notes that there is support for the Robin Hood Tax from organisations including Oxfam, the New Economics Foundation, People & Planet, Barnardo’s and a host of others; believes that, after the crisis in banking and the huge public bailout that followed, this proposal is not only necessary but also an entirely desirable way of moving toward a fairer and more sustainable economy, and urges the Scottish Government to lend its support to the campaign, which can be found at http://robinhoodtax.org.uk.

*S3M-5745 Anne McLaughlin: Scottish Charities, the Scottish People and Haiti—That the Parliament welcomes the outstanding work being performed by numerous Scotland-based non-governmental aid agencies in the Caribbean Republic of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake of 12 January 2010; considers that the high quality of their projects, commitment to working with local people and increased efforts to help Haiti in its time of need have all inspired the Scottish Government to allocate over double its original commitment, providing nearly £700,000 to support the organisations; congratulates the Scottish Government on its decision; views that this increase in aid reflects the concern of the Scottish people who have donated over £5.6 million for humanitarian aid; believes that the people of Scotland have shown themselves to be responsible global citizens, and hopes that such admirable efforts to aid Haiti and the greater global community continue to receive support in the future.

*S3M-5744 Anne McLaughlin: Glasgow the Caring City, Providing Help Wherever Need Presents Itself—That the Parliament congratulates the efforts of Glasgow the Caring City, an aid agency that works globally to provide disaster relief and facilitate local development; recognises the charity as one of the organisers of the recent Red Day 4 Haiti, in which Members of the Scottish Parliament participated and of which the co-organisers were World Emergency Relief; commends Glasgow the Caring City’s great efforts at home and throughout the global community, all of which fulfil its remit to provide help wherever need presents itself; believes that Glasgow the Caring City epitomises the caring humanitarian attitude for which Glaswegians are famed, and encourages its ongoing efforts to provide aid however possible.

*S3M-5742 Dr Richard Simpson: Protocol for Managing Legal Cases Involving Epilepsy—That the Parliament notes that the current test for determining fitness to plead dates from 1836 and the current rules for determining legal insanity date from 1842; therefore welcomes the Law Commission for England and Wales’s decision to examine this aspect of the law in 2010, and would welcome an examination of the current application of this aspect of the law in Scotland to people with epilepsy who, while in a seizure or post-seizure state, may contribute to behaviour that is considered an offence.

*S3M-5741 John Swinney: The Draft Local Government Investments (Scotland) Regulations 2010—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Local Government Investments (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-5740 Des McNulty: Retention of Continuing Care Beds at the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice—That the Parliament welcomes Labour health spokesperson Jackie Baillie’s commitment to the retention of continuing care beds at the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, to overrule the decision by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to withdraw funding from these beds by 2013.

*S3M-5739 Alex Neil: The Draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2010—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon*

*S3M-5738 Stewart Stevenson: The Draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-5737 Shona Robison: The Draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon*

*S3M-5736 John Swinney: The Draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2010—That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-5735 Kenny MacAskill: The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions and Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions and Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-5734 Stewart Stevenson: The A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-5733 Stewart Stevenson: The A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-5732 Stewart Stevenson: The A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) (Craibstone Junction) Special Road Scheme 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) (Craibstone Junction) Special Road Scheme 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-5731 Stewart Stevenson: The A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that The A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-5730 Stewart Stevenson: The A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-5729 Stewart Stevenson: The A96 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A96 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-5728 Shona Robison: The Draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2010—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon*

*S3M-5727 Robin Harper: Threat to Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend—That the Parliament notes with alarm the possibility that the Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend may have to be closed in three months’ time; further notes that 29 Olympians are among its alumni, that there are over 200 race trainees at any one time and that for competition training it is considered to be one of the best dry slopes in Britain; is concerned that Midlothian Council has failed to keep it to a reasonable standard since 1996, and calls on Midlothian Council to continue working with the Scottish Ski Club and sportscotland to find a solution, to investigate the possibility of private investment and to accept its responsibilities toward maintaining what is a major national sports facility.

*S3M-5726 Jim Hume: Improved Dumfries and Galloway Social Enterprise—That the Parliament welcomes the improved links between businesses and social enterprises in the Dumfries area; further welcomes the recent Community of Business Exhibition in Dumfries, which was organised by Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce, Dumfries and Galloway Social Enterprise Network and the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition; recognises that this was an opportunity for local businesses to find out more about social enterprise, which is now estimated to add around £2 billion to the Scottish economy every year, and commends all parties for looking to develop the social enterprise sector in the South of Scotland.

*S3M-5725 Stuart McMillan: Ferguson Shipbuilders Wins Contract—That the Parliament welcomes the news that Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow, has been awarded a £3.2 million contract for refit and refurbishment work on an accommodation support vessel; notes that Ferguson Shipbuilders will provide the steel structure and put in place accommodation modules for the vessel, which is due for completion by June 2010; acknowledges that this is an important contract for Ferguson Shipbuilders to win and will bring much needed jobs to the Port Glasgow yard, and wishes it every success with the project.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Stewart Maxwell*, Sandra White*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-5724 Aileen Campbell: UK Parties Support Referenda on Constitutional Change—That the Parliament welcomes the unanimous decision of the Welsh Assembly to begin the process of holding a referendum on the future powers of the Assembly before the end of its current term in 2011; also notes the vote in the UK Parliament in favour of holding a referendum on electoral reform before October 2011; notes that in each case the proposals were backed by the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties; believes that this represents a growing consensus in support of referenda as the best way to determine a country’s constitutional future, and hopes that this consensus extends to the Scottish Parliament when the Scottish Government brings forward its proposals for a referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Anne McLaughlin*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Christopher Harvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stewart Maxwell*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-5723 Rob Gibson: Indian BT Brinjal Moratorium Welcomed in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the robust action by the Government of India in deferring the commercial cultivation of what would have been its first genetically modified vegetable crop; considers there to have been widespread public outcry over the plans to grow Bt Brinjal, the variety of genetically modified aubergine targeted at India, and welcomes the indefinite moratorium on growing Bt Brinjal there until sufficient tests are carried out to independently establish the long-term impact of this GM crop on human health and the environment to the satisfaction of both the public and scientific community, and calls on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency to take a transparent and precautionary stance as exemplified by the Scottish Government regarding proposed GM crops that are being aimed at Scottish growing conditions.

*S3M-5722♦ Elaine Smith: First ScotRail Industrial Relations—That the Parliament understands that a provision exists in the First ScotRail franchise agreement that provides the Scottish Government with discretionary powers to reimburse the company for revenues lost due to industrial action; supports the position of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) that it is wholly wrong for public funds to be used to support private companies such as First ScotRail in disputes with trade unions; also agrees with the STUC that the provision and use of such powers is not conducive to good industrial relations as it weakens the incentive for private companies to reach agreement; further supports the view of the STUC that such powers should not be used in the event of industrial action in the current dispute between First ScotRail and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT); welcomes the fact that the Scottish Government has been in dialogue with the RMT over the issues involved in the dispute, and believes that the interests of constituents in Coatbridge and Chryston, passengers, rail workers and Scotland would be best served by an early and agreed negotiated settlement to end this dispute.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Butler*, Marlyn Glen*

*S3M-5721 Jamie Hepburn: UK Government Continues to Privatise the Skies—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement by the UK Government that the Soteria Consortium is the preferred bidder for the £6 billion privatisation of the UK search and rescue helicopter operations; further notes that, in addition to private companies Thales UK and CHC, another member of the consortium is the Royal Bank of Scotland, a company that is 84% owned by the taxpayer, which can be considered to represent further recycling of funds from the public purse to the private sector; believes there to be a certain irony in the announcement of the privatisation being made by Labour MP and Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, a former Conservative MP, as the decision represents the continuation of privatisation programmes begun under the Conservatives, as well as New Labour’s privatisation of the skies having previously sold off air traffic control services, and calls on the UK Government not to sign any deal for this privatisation before the UK general election and for full transparency about the decision-making process so far in order to ensure that commercial interests and the need to deliver profits for shareholders does not outweigh public safety and the reliability of the search and rescue helicopter service.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, John Wilson*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-5720.1 Ted Brocklebank: Access to BBC Alba—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5720) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, after "2008" insert "; believes that BBC Alba’s growing viewership, along with the direct employees and the independent broadcasters working for the channel, requires assurances about its long-term economic and cultural future".

*S3M-5720.2 Pauline McNeill: Access to BBC Alba—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5720) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, after "platforms" insert "and therefore calls on the BBC management and Virgin Media to resolve the ongoing dispute regarding carrying BBC channels on the cable network to ensure the widest possible access to BBC Alba".

*S3M-5720.3 Iain Smith: Access to BBC Alba—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5720) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "however the removal of existing BBC radio stations from the digital terrestrial TV platform in Scotland should not have to be a consideration in that decision; further believes that all Scottish residents should have access to the full range of broadcasting following digital switchover, and calls on the UK Government to require that all relay transmitters in Scotland are capable of transmitting the full range of Freeview channels by the 2010 and 2011 launch dates".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5716 Summit to Save St Margaret of Scotland Hospice (lodged on 9 February 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Robin Harper*, Ross Finnie*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5715 Pedestrian Crossing for A76 at Mauchline (lodged on 9 February 2010) Mr Frank McAveety*, James Kelly*, Marlyn Glen*, Jackie Baillie*, Karen Whitefield*, Hugh Henry*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-5707 People’s Postcode Lottery-funded Charities Showcased in Parliament (lodged on 9 February 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5706 Renewable Investment in Aberdeen (lodged on 9 February 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Nanette Milne*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Nigel Don*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5705 Freeze out Fuel Poverty for Cancer Patients (lodged on 9 February 2010) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5704 Congratulations to the Finola Education Trust (lodged on 9 February 2010) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5703 Congratulations to North Edinburgh Childcare Academy (lodged on 9 February 2010) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5702 Pioneering Anti-HIV Research in East Kilbride (lodged on 9 February 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5701 Congratulations to Demelza Hart and to Killermont Primary School, Bearsden (lodged on 8 February 2010) Robin Harper*, Mary Mulligan*, Karen Whitefield*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5699 Sir John Dankworth (lodged on 8 February 2010) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5698 Celebrating Global Non-genetically Modified Crop Successes (lodged on 8 February 2010) Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5697 Global Alert to Stop Monsantoizing Food, Seeds and Animals (lodged on 8 February 2010) Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5696 Love Maggie’s Day (lodged on 8 February 2010) Hugh Henry*, Elaine Smith*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Robin Harper*, Liam McArthur*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5695 WWF’s Earth Hour 2010 (lodged on 8 February 2010) Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Cathy Peattie*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5694 Strathclyde Taser Pilot (lodged on 8 February 2010) Elaine Smith*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-5693 Health Secretary Must End St Margaret’s Fiasco (lodged on 8 February 2010) Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5692 LGBT Centre Addressing Health Inequalities (lodged on 8 February 2010) Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-5689 Idling Engines (lodged on 8 February 2010) Bill Kidd*, Mike Pringle*, Pauline McNeill*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Anne McLaughlin*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Willie Coffey*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Wilson*, Aileen Campbell*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-5687 First Female Chief Constable in Tayside, Second in Scotland (lodged on 5 February 2010) Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Hugh Henry*, Karen Whitefield*, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-5685 Helpin’ Haiti, Congratulations to Caitlin Currie (lodged on 4 February 2010) Jackie Baillie*, Aileen Campbell*, Patricia Ferguson*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, James Kelly*, Elaine Smith*, Michael McMahon*, Rhona Brankin*, Robin Harper*, Anne McLaughlin*, Bill Butler*, Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5682 United Kingdom Supreme Court (lodged on 4 February 2010) Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-5680 Girl Guiding UK Stamps Issue (lodged on 4 February 2010) Liam McArthur*

S3M-5678 Scotland’s First Dedicated Cancer Research Centre Launched in Dundee (lodged on 4 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5677 Civil Service Compensation Scheme (lodged on 4 February 2010) Hugh Henry*, Elaine Smith*, Robin Harper*

S3M-5676 Dementia 2010, Better Funding for Alzheimer’s Research (lodged on 4 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5668♦ Community Service Assistance (lodged on 3 February 2010) Rob Gibson*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5666 The Future of Royal Mail (lodged on 2 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5660 Familial Arrhythmia Network for Scotland (lodged on 2 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5659 Port Glasgow Pupils Receive Diana Certificate of Excellence (lodged on 2 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5658 Daniel Thorpe, Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010 (lodged on 2 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5657 West Dunbartonshire Council Reserves (lodged on 2 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5656 Well Done to Rutherglen Rotary Club (lodged on 1 February 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5654 Glas-goals (lodged on 1 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5652 Scottish Government Blocking Public Right to Freedom of Information (lodged on 1 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5651 David Savage Jnr, Scottish Boxing Champion (lodged on 1 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5648 Free Prescriptions for Cancer Patients (lodged on 1 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5646 Alexandria Medical Centre (lodged on 1 February 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-5642 Israelis and Palestinians Working Together (lodged on 29 January 2010) Gavin Brown*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-5626 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month 2010 (lodged on 27 January 2010) Hugh O’Donnell*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-5625 Reductions in Teacher Training Staff (lodged on 27 January 2010) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-5621.1 Tennent’s Support for Minimum Price of Alcohol (lodged on 8 February 2010) Hugh Henry*, Mary Mulligan*, Rhona Brankin*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*

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