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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5814 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to The Peat Inn—That the Parliament congratulates The Peat Inn, St Andrews, on being named the restaurant of the year at the prestigious Scottish Restaurant Awards; further commends its owner, Geoffrey Smeddle, on being named chef of the year, and considers that, yet again, North East Fife has demonstrated its culinary and hospitality excellence.

*S3M-5813 Jamie Hepburn: 30 Years of Gregory’s Girl—That the Parliament notes that a special event will be held in the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday 28 February 2010 to mark the 30th anniversary of the renowned Gregory’s Girl, filmed in Cumbernauld and one of the most popular Scottish films of all time; congratulates those involved with the film, including director Bill Forsyth and lead actors John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn and Clare Grogan, in making such a well-loved classic; believes that the film has played an important role over the years in promoting Cumbernauld as a desirable place to live, and looks forward to many future generations enjoying the film in the years to come.

*S3M-5812 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Congratulations to Edinburgh Central Mosque—That the Parliament welcomes the shortlisting of the Edinburgh Central Mosque’s kitchen in the 2010 Scottish Restaurant Awards Best Indian Restaurant category; considers that, while ultimately missing out on the award, this shortlisting represents a marvellous achievement for a charitable venture selling high quality cuisine for £4 per plate; recalls that the kitchen was launched to make the mosque more accessible and to counter negative feelings towards the Muslim community after the 9/11 attacks; congratulates the 50 volunteers who run the kitchen on this tremendous success and wishes them well for the future, and also congratulates the staff of Mother India’s Café, Edinburgh, for winning the Best Indian Restaurant award.

*S3M-5811 Brian Adam: Federation of Small Businesses Annual Conference, Aberdeen 2010—That the Parliament welcomes the Annual Conference of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to Aberdeen on 18 to 20 March 2010; recognises the vital role that Scotland’s 280,000 small businesses make to the economy; considers that the FSB makes an important contribution to political and economic debate in Scotland, and looks forward to the conference highlighting a range of topical small business issues.

*S3M-5810 Bill Kidd: Japan’s Support for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons—That the Parliament welcomes that Hideo Hiraoka, a member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and of the House of Representatives in the National Diet of Japan, and 203 other Japanese legislators have sent a letter to President Obama encouraging the United States of America to conclude negotiations with Russia on stockpile reductions, supporting the call for the US to adopt a sole purpose policy and avowing that Japan will not seek the possession of nuclear weapons if the US enacts such a policy; considers that signatories of the letter include leading members of all political parties, including Yoriko Kawaguchi of the Liberal Democratic Party, Co-chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and a former foreign minister, Taro Kono of the Liberal Democratic Party, former chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Tadashi Inuzuka of the Democratic Party of Japan, Mizuho Fukushima of the Social Democratic Party and Masao Akamatsu of the New Komeito Party, and commends this cross-party consensus and the capacity of Japanese legislators, irrespective of political allegiances, to speak with one voice in affirming their commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Hugh Henry*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-5809.1 Elizabeth Smith: Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5809) in the name of Margaret Smith, insert at end ", and further seeks an assurance from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning that the reform of the exam system accompanying the Curriculum for Excellence will provide sufficient academic rigour and skills-based testing so as to ensure the highest possible standards of attainment in Scottish schools."

*S3M-5809.2 Ken Macintosh: Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5809) in the name of Margaret Smith, leave out from "and that teachers" to end and insert "believes that the professional development of teachers and the updating of their skills is vital to successful implementation; asks the Scottish Government, in conjunction with local authorities, to ensure that the continuing professional development needed to underpin the Curriculum for Excellence is put in place; considers that greater clarity is urgently needed for teachers and parents regarding the impact on subject choice in secondary schools and the standards that will be set for the new levels of qualification, together with reassurance that the necessary resources will be made available, and asks that consideration is given to greater consultation with parents and the involvement of parent representatives in the management and co-ordination of the implementation process."

Supported by: Des McNulty*

*S3M-5809.3 Michael Russell: Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5809) in the name of Margaret Smith, leave out "by Easter" and insert "within a reasonable timeframe over the next few months".

*S3M-5808.1 Richard Baker: Justice—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5808) in the name of Robert Brown, leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert "notes the decision of the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police to issue Taser guns to 30 specially selected frontline police officers after being trained over a three-day period on their proper use; recognises that this is a three-month pilot with the aim of reducing the number of assaults on officers and notes that an average of 4,000 Strathclyde Police officers have been assaulted in each of the last four years; recognises that a full evaluation of the pilot will take place at its conclusion and only then will a decision be made about rolling it out force-wide; believes that there must be a careful evaluation of the results of the pilot, including assessment of any risks, and transparency regarding those results before any decision is made on whether to extend the use of Tasers; further believes that there should be discussion not only between ministers and Strathclyde Police before a final decision is reached, but also with the Parliament and the Strathclyde Police Authority."

*S3M-5808.2 Kenny MacAskill: Justice—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5808) in the name of Robert Brown, leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert"recognises that firearms legislation is reserved and that Strathclyde Policeis entitled to exercise operational discretion over the use of Tasers under this reserved legislation and notes the role of local police authorities and joint boards in scrutinising Scottish police forces."

*S3M-5808.2.1 Bill Aitken: Justice—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-5808.2) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, insert at end "; further notes that in 2006-07 there were 12,974 recorded assaults on police officers across Scotland, which was an increase of 58% between 2000-01 and 2006-07; believes that Tasers provide a less lethal option than firearms where police officers are facing violent or armed suspects and need to incapacitate them, and awaits the results of the pilot being run in Strathclyde, which sees 30 police officers being armed with Tasers after appropriate training."

*S3M-5807.1 Robin Harper: Brian Pack Inquiry - Single Farm Payment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5807) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "; acknowledges the many environmental benefits that sustainable agriculture can deliver, including tackling climate change and increasing biodiversity, and considers that future support should take account of such wider public benefits."

*S3M-5807.2 John Scott: Brian Pack Inquiry - Single Farm Payment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5807) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end ", while noting that as Scotland moves to an area-based payment scheme there will be redistribution of existing support, and therefore encourages the Scottish Government to ensure that the process of redistribution is as equitable as possible and takes particular account of the Less Favoured Areas."

*S3M-5807.3 Liam McArthur: Brian Pack Inquiry - Single Farm Payment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5807) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "; notes concerns over the possible removal of funding from active farmers and crofters; recognises, however, that the report makes a strong case for the ongoing direct support of agriculture and food production and therefore believes that the overall level of Single Farm Payment funding should be maintained, and opposes any reduction in agricultural spending through the CAP."

*S3M-5807.4 Sarah Boyack: Brian Pack Inquiry - Single Farm Payment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5807) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "; recognises the need for any future framework to ensure a sustainable farming sector within vibrant rural communities; acknowledges the challenges posed by climate change and food security, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that there is a clear focus on the supply of healthy, affordable food produced as locally as possible with good environmental stewardship."

S3M-5489 Ken Macintosh: Why Must Our Children Pay?—That the Parliament supports the Educational Institute of Scotland in its campaign, why must our children pay?, to promote Scottish education and to protect the funding of schools and colleges; considers that Scotland’s pupils and students should not be forced to pay for the mistakes of others by having their education damaged due to budget reductions; deplores the loss of almost 2,500 teachers over the last two years and the similar decline in numbers of support staff; expresses alarm at the cuts made in education budgets and classroom resources across the country at a time of vital curricular reform; agrees that in times of economic difficulty it is even more important that young people are encouraged to stay longer in education and training; recognises that it is the countries that invest in education and training that reap the rewards in terms of jobs and economic prosperity, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that our education system is properly supported and adequately resourced, allowing all our young people to reach their potential.

*S3M-5489.1 Marlyn Glen: Why Must Our Children Pay?—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5489) in the name of Ken Macintosh, insert at end "; further calls for support for the EIS march and rally, Against Budget Cuts in Education, on 6 March 2010 in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, and commends the EIS on its campaign activities on behalf of young people and schools".

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5805 Scottish Academy of Literature (lodged on 23 February 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ted Brocklebank*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Aileen Campbell*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Hugh Henry*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-5804 Edinburgh Named Europe’s Best Small City of the Future (lodged on 23 February 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, David McLetchie*, Mike Pringle*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh Henry*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-5803 Future of Core Store at Gilmerton (lodged on 23 February 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Stewart Maxwell*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Ian McKee*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-5802 High Street Mile of Coins in Aid of End Polio Now (lodged on 23 February 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Mike Pringle*, Alasdair Allan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Peattie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*

S3M-5799 Gold for Glasgow (lodged on 23 February 2010) Rob Gibson*, Charlie Gordon*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5797 Paisley to Host the Mod (lodged on 22 February 2010) Brian Adam*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5796 Free Health Check-ups in Kirkcaldy Store (lodged on 22 February 2010) Elaine Smith*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-5795 Condemning the Phrase, Someone Has Been Glasgowed (lodged on 22 February 2010) Rob Gibson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5794# Glasgow City of Science (lodged on 22 February 2010) Alison McInnes*

S3M-5793 Glasgow Film Festival (lodged on 22 February 2010) Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5792 Leven Community Cinema Group (lodged on 22 February 2010) Brian Adam*, Ted Brocklebank*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5791 Community Champions (lodged on 19 February 2010) Trish Godman*

S3M-5789 Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service (lodged on 19 February 2010) Trish Godman*

S3M-5788 Glasgow to Host 2010 Cerebral Palsy European Football Championships (lodged on 19 February 2010) Brian Adam*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5786 Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland (lodged on 18 February 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-5785 The Re-Opening of Blackford Railway Station (lodged on 18 February 2010) Rhona Brankin*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Des McNulty*, John Park*, Marlyn Glen*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Hugh Henry*, Murdo Fraser*, Claire Baker*

S3M-5784 International Rare Disease Day (lodged on 17 February 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*, George Foulkes*, Brian Adam*, Patricia Ferguson*, Marlyn Glen*, Ken Macintosh*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-5783 MacNeil of Barra (lodged on 17 February 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-5781# Scrap and Build for Better Buses Made in Scotland (lodged on 17 February 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Marlyn Glen*, Claire Baker*, Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-5778 Time to End EU Tobacco Subsidies (lodged on 16 February 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-5777 The Restoration of the Comet in Port Glasgow (lodged on 15 February 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5776 The Privatisation of the United Kingdom’s Search and Rescue Operations (lodged on 15 February 2010) Brian Adam*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5775 Kirkcaldy Street Pastors (lodged on 15 February 2010) Trish Godman*

S3M-5772 Hands off Lothian Buses (lodged on 15 February 2010) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5768# Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 (lodged on 12 February 2010) Andy Kerr*, Alison McInnes*, Claire Baker*, David Whitton*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5766 Rutherglen and Cambuslang Schools Success in Bridgeton Burns Club Competition (lodged on 12 February 2010) Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5763 Support Freedom Week (lodged on 11 February 2010) Trish Godman*

S3M-5762 New Chapter for Vale of Leven Academy (lodged on 11 February 2010) Trish Godman*

S3M-5761 Lomond Gateway to Investment (lodged on 11 February 2010) Trish Godman*

S3M-5759# 450th Anniversary of the Reformation (lodged on 11 February 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-5758 Alcohol Pricing (lodged on 11 February 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-5758.1 Alcohol Pricing (lodged on 16 February 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5756 Dick Gaughan (lodged on 11 February 2010) Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5752 End the Tax on Breathing (lodged on 11 February 2010) Alison McInnes*

S3M-5724.1 UK Parties Support Referenda on Constitutional Change (lodged on 17 February 2010) Alison McInnes*, Iain Smith*

S3M-5722.1 First ScotRail Industrial Relations (lodged on 16 February 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-5695 WWF’s Earth Hour 2010 (lodged on 8 February 2010) David Whitton*, George Foulkes*

S3M-5694 Strathclyde Taser Pilot (lodged on 8 February 2010) Alison McInnes*

S3M-5692 LGBT Centre Addressing Health Inequalities (lodged on 8 February 2010) Joe FitzPatrick*

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

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

S3M-5678 Scotland’s First Dedicated Cancer Research Centre Launched in Dundee (lodged on 4 February 2010) Alison McInnes*

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

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

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

S3M-5351 South Lanarkshire College Unveils Aurora House, a First in Scotland (lodged on 3 December 2009) Hugh O’Donnell*, Des McNulty*, Jamie McGrigor*, Ian McKee*, Sandra White*, Christopher Harvie*

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