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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5764 Jackie Baillie: Cairndow Community Childcare Facility—That the Parliament is concerned about the proposal by Argyll and Bute Council to withdraw funding from the Cairndow Community Childcare facility; understands that the centre, which is in a rural area, is one of the few local childcare facilities that provides both pre-school and wrap-around care; considers that the withdrawal of funding may result in higher care charges being introduced that will negatively impact on families in the area, and calls on Argyll and Bute Council to reconsider this proposal.

*S3M-5763 Christina McKelvie: Support Freedom Week—That the Parliament expresses its support for Freedom Week, the global campaign for schools and young people to raise awareness of human trafficking, which will take place from 8 to 14 March 2010; commends Freedom Week’s aims of raising awareness among young people of what human trafficking is, how it affects their lives and what they can do to help fight it, and encourages schools and young people across Scotland to sign up to the campaign at and join the fight to stop human trafficking.

*S3M-5762 Jackie Baillie: New Chapter for Vale of Leven Academy—That the Parliament congratulates the Vale of Leven Academy on the official opening of its new school on 9 November 2009; welcomes the fact that old boy and former Bishop of Edinburgh, the Rev Richard Holloway, performed the opening ceremony; notes that 2009 was the 100th anniversary of the school’s name; recognises that the new Vale of Leven Academy has modern classrooms with interactive technology and the very latest sports facilities; further notes that the new school was commissioned by the previous Labour administration in West Dunbartonshire Council with funding allocated by the former Labour-led Scottish Executive, and looks forward to many generations to come being educated in a new, modern, 21st century school.

*S3M-5761 Jackie Baillie: Lomond Gateway to Investment—That the Parliament notes the positive economic impact that the Lomondgate has had in Dumbarton; understands that £91 million has been generated for Dumbarton’s economy since its development; further understands that Lomondgate is expected to deliver a total of £450 million into the area’s economy and 1,400 extra jobs by 2019; acknowledges that the Strathleven Regeneration Company, in partnership with the developer, the Walker Group, plans to provide 300 new homes, leisure and retail facilities and a business park, and congratulates all involved in the success of Lomondgate, which already houses the production facility for BBC Scotland’s River City and will soon house the new plant for power giant Aggreko.

*S3M-5760 Ken Macintosh: Quarriers and the Young People’s Charter—That the Parliament congratulates the charity, Quarriers, on the launch of its Young People’s Charter; notes that the charter aims to ensure that all young homeless and vulnerable people are helped to achieve their full potential and that they have a successful transition into adulthood; recognises the plight of the thousands of homeless young people in Scotland; congratulates Quarriers on its hard work and its ongoing efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable people, and asks that all MSPs fully support the campaign to improve life for the homeless and vulnerable young people in Scotland.

*S3M-5759 Nigel Don: 450th Anniversary of the Reformation—That the Parliament welcomes the World Reformed Fellowship conference in Edinburgh; notes that 2010 marks the 450th anniversary of the reformation in Scotland; considers that the reformers’ passion for opening up the scriptures to all Scots led to a drive towards improved literacy and that within one hundred years schools were established in parishes across Scotland; further considers that the reformers’ emphasis on free thinking and an individual’s relationship with God arguably helped pave the way for the enquiry, investigation and freedom of conscience associated with the Scottish enlightenment, and therefore pays tribute to the men and women of the reformation for their contribution in laying the foundations of modern Scottish society.

*S3M-5758 Kenneth Gibson: Alcohol Pricing—That the Parliament believes that the implementation of policy establishing minimum pricing requirements for a unit of alcohol would correlate with the alleviation of alcohol-related problems and the promotion of a healthier nation; considers that overwhelming evidence from academic and first-hand sources, most recently from Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, confirms that there is a strong linkage between the price of alcohol and consumption; further considers that controls on the price and availability of alcohol are recognised as two of the most effective methods for limiting alcohol-related problems, and further believes that failure to execute changes, by, for example, kicking the issue into touch by way of an alcohol commission, signifies a refusal to acknowledge that alcohol is one of Scotland’s big three killers and that an estimated £2.25 billion is lost annually from the Scottish economy due to alcohol.

*S3M-5757 Mr Frank McAveety: Possibilities for East End Kids—That the Parliament welcomes the continuing success of Possibilities for East End Kids (PEEK), which provides a range of activities to children and young people in the inner east end of Glasgow; welcomes the award of a grant of £202,000 from Go Play Scotland to expand play provision for children aged five to 13, and looks forward to the development of further strategies to enable PEEK to enhance its range of activities that have been so beneficial to the wider community.

*S3M-5756 Cathy Peattie: Dick Gaughan—That the Parliament congratulates Dick Gaughan on his Lifetime Achievement Award presented at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; notes that this follows his recent induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame; believes that, as songwriter, performer and social commentator, Dick Gaughan exemplifies the best of Scottish culture, and hopes that these awards will lead to further success and recognition of his talents and also will help to promote and encourage support for the living tradition of Scotland’s folk music and arts.

*S3M-5754 Mr Frank McAveety: Haggeye in the Parliament—That the Parliament was pleased to welcome the presence in the Parliament last week of Haggeye, the forum for blind and partially sighted young people in Scotland, as part of the Community Partnerships Project, which also involved Multi Ethnic Aberdeen Ltd and Action For Children; congratulates Haggeye on its enthusiastic engagement with the project through an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of important issues for blind and partially sighted young people in Scotland, most recently by promoting RNIB Scotland’s What Would You Lose campaign in the Parliament, and calls on parliamentarians to continue to show support for initiatives such as Haggeye.

*S3M-5753 Bob Doris: Partick Thistle and Phoenix Futures Graduation—That the Parliament applauds the participants of the Handyperson Project, a partnership between Phoenix Futures drug rehabilitation and Partick Thistle Football Club (PTFC) community initiative programme; notes that the scheme benefits PTFC by helping with a variety of manual jobs at Firhill stadium while the participants gain valuable skills and work experience; welcomes the first graduation from the programme on Tuesday 9 February 2010; recognises the great courage and commitment from participants as they recover from past addiction, and wishes them the best of health and happiness as they look forward to a future free from drugs.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Jim Tolson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael Matheson*, Anne McLaughlin*, Jackie Baillie*, Aileen Campbell*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*

*S3M-5752 Robert Brown: End the Tax on Breathing—That the Parliament welcomes the End the Tax on Breathing campaign initiated by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK; supports the campaign’s objective to end the discrimination facing 90,000 people in Scotland and across the United Kingdom who live with conditions such as pulmonary hypertension (PH) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are fit to fly yet require supplemental oxygen when flying around or out of the UK; notes with concern that a recent report by the organisation found that, of the 71 airlines surveyed, (a) less than a quarter supply free supplementary oxygen, (b) a quarter do not supply supplementary oxygen at all, (3) two thirds of the airlines would not allow disabled air travellers with lung conditions to bring their own oxygen for use in-flight and (4) of the airlines that provide supplemental oxygen but charge for it, each levies a different fee ranging from £50 to £500 per trip; finds it disappointing that parliamentary motion S3M-4527, lodged on 25 June 2009, has not been embraced by external stakeholders to the desired degree and that only Thomson Holidays has followed the example of British Airways, Emirates Airlines and Cathay Pacific by dropping charges for in-flight oxygen provision for those who need it, and urges all airlines to take measures to axe supplemental oxygen surcharges and to allow patients, as in the United States of America, to bring their own oxygen supply free of charge.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Ian McKee*, Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-5750 Anne McLaughlin: Florence and Precious Mhango Belong to Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates asylum seekers Florence and Precious Mhango on winning their renewal application in the High Court in London; appeals to the Home Secretary not to put the mother and daughter through the additional stress of a full hearing; believes that, after living in the United Kingdom for almost seven years, they should be granted indefinite leave to remain and that the Home Secretary has it within his powers to do that, and applauds the passion and tenacity of the campaigners in Cranhill in the east end of Glasgow for their campaign to keep Florence and Precious Mhango in Glasgow where they belong.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Ian McKee*, Bob Doris*, Bill Wilson*, Maureen Watt*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*

*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 who 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.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5749 Hebridean SciTech Festival (lodged on 10 February 2010) Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-5748 Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 (lodged on 10 February 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5747 Jobs Boost for Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow (lodged on 10 February 2010) Jackie Baillie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Cathy Peattie*, George Foulkes*, Jackson Carlaw*, David Whitton*, Michael McMahon*, David Stewart*, John Park*, Bill Butler*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Hugh Henry*, Kenneth Gibson*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, James Kelly*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Ken Macintosh*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5746 Robin Hood Tax (lodged on 10 February 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-5745 Scottish Charities, the Scottish People and Haiti (lodged on 10 February 2010) Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alasdair Allan*, Hugh Henry*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Cathy Peattie*, Sandra White*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Butler*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Linda Fabiani*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5744 Glasgow the Caring City, Providing Help Wherever Need Presents Itself (lodged on 10 February 2010) Bill Butler*, Elaine Smith*, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Hugh Henry*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Sandra White*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5740 Retention of Continuing Care Beds at the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice (lodged on 10 February 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Trish Godman*, David Whitton*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Butler*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5730 The A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010 (lodged on 10 February 2010) John Scott*

S3M-5727 Threat to Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend (lodged on 10 February 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ian McKee*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-5726 Improved Dumfries and Galloway Social Enterprise (lodged on 10 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5725 Ferguson Shipbuilders Wins Contract (lodged on 10 February 2010) Robin Harper*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-5724 UK Parties Support Referenda on Constitutional Change (lodged on 10 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5723 Indian BT Brinjal Moratorium Welcomed in Scotland (lodged on 10 February 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5722♦ First ScotRail Industrial Relations (lodged on 10 February 2010) Cathy Peattie*, Hugh Henry*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-5721 UK Government Continues to Privatise the Skies (lodged on 10 February 2010) Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5715 Pedestrian Crossing for A76 at Mauchline (lodged on 9 February 2010) Mary Mulligan*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-5707 People’s Postcode Lottery-funded Charities Showcased in Parliament (lodged on 9 February 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5706 Renewable Investment in Aberdeen (lodged on 9 February 2010) Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5705 Freeze out Fuel Poverty for Cancer Patients (lodged on 9 February 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Butler*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Robin Harper*, David Whitton*

S3M-5703 Congratulations to North Edinburgh Childcare Academy (lodged on 9 February 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-5701 Congratulations to Demelza Hart and to Killermont Primary School, Bearsden (lodged on 8 February 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5700 Community Ownership at Ledgowan and Cadder (lodged on 8 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5699 Sir John Dankworth (lodged on 8 February 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5698 Celebrating Global Non-genetically Modified Crop Successes (lodged on 8 February 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5697 Global Alert to Stop Monsantoizing Food, Seeds and Animals (lodged on 8 February 2010) Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5696 Love Maggie’s Day (lodged on 8 February 2010) Jack McConnell*, David Whitton*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5695 WWF’s Earth Hour 2010 (lodged on 8 February 2010) Jackie Baillie*, Jack McConnell*, Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5694 Strathclyde Taser Pilot (lodged on 8 February 2010) Jim Tolson*, Nicol Stephen*, Iain Smith*

S3M-5693 Health Secretary Must End St Margaret’s Fiasco (lodged on 8 February 2010) Robert Brown*

S3M-5692 LGBT Centre Addressing Health Inequalities (lodged on 8 February 2010) Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5690 Diana and Actaeon Come to the Newly Restored McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum (lodged on 8 February 2010) Bill Butler*, Karen Whitefield*, Sandra White*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mary Mulligan*, Helen Eadie*, Trish Godman*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5689 Idling Engines (lodged on 8 February 2010) Robin Harper*

S3M-5688 Second Annual Grangemouth Music Festival (lodged on 8 February 2010) Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5687 First Female Chief Constable in Tayside, Second in Scotland (lodged on 5 February 2010) Bill Butler*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5686 Glasgow from Strength to Strength (lodged on 5 February 2010) Jack McConnell*, Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5685 Helpin’ Haiti, Congratulations to Caitlin Currie (lodged on 4 February 2010) Mary Mulligan*, Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5684 Alleged Discrimination Against Asylum Seekers at UKBA (lodged on 4 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5683 Gaelic Promotion, Not Proscription (lodged on 4 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5682 United Kingdom Supreme Court (lodged on 4 February 2010) Jim Tolson*, Ross Finnie*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-5680 Girl Guiding UK Stamps Issue (lodged on 4 February 2010) Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5678 Scotland’s First Dedicated Cancer Research Centre Launched in Dundee (lodged on 4 February 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*, Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-5675 Congratulations to St Mirren FC (lodged on 3 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5674 His Excellency Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika and the African Union (lodged on 3 February 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5670 Congratulations to Brisbane Primary School, Largs (lodged on 3 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5669 Disasters Emergency Committee (lodged on 3 February 2010) Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5668♦ Community Service Assistance (lodged on 3 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-5661# Hands up for Young Trad Ambassadors (lodged on 2 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

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

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

S3M-5655 Hepatitis C Trust Opens Office in Scotland (lodged on 1 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5653 Getgo and Wyndford (lodged on 1 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-5648.1 Free Prescriptions for Cancer Patients (lodged on 2 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5647 First Woman in Fife Confirmed as a FIFA Assistant Referee (lodged on 1 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5646 Alexandria Medical Centre (lodged on 1 February 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-5645 Congratulations to Outstanding St Columba’s High School (lodged on 1 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

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

S3M-5634 UK Tax and Benefits Poverty Trap (lodged on 28 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5633# 150 Years of Armed Forces’ Cadet Movement (lodged on 28 January 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5632 Save the Children Report Measuring Severe Child Poverty in the UK (lodged on 28 January 2010) Liam McArthur*

S3M-5630# Threat to Glasgow Jobs (lodged on 27 January 2010) Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5621 Tennent’s Support for Minimum Price of Alcohol (lodged on 27 January 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5621.1 Tennent’s Support for Minimum Price of Alcohol (lodged on 8 February 2010) Andy Kerr*, David Whitton*

S3M-5597 RSAMD’s New Dance School at Spiers Lock, Glasgow (lodged on 22 January 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-5563 UK Government Consultation on Post Bank (lodged on 19 January 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-5562 School Transport in Renfrewshire (lodged on 19 January 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-5540 Unfair Nursery Charges (lodged on 15 January 2010) Helen Eadie*

S3M-5356 Kurdish Language Rights in Turkey (lodged on 3 December 2009) John Park*

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