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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-6119 Bill Wilson: Biodiversity Coalition Opposes GM Contamination—That the Parliament notes reports that 40,000 tons of genetically modified (GM) maize from South Africa have been refused entry to Kenya as a result of protests led by the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition; further notes, with reference to motion S3M-05873 by Bill Wilson, Who Benefits from GM Crops and Large-scale Agribusiness?, that Monsanto, widely condemned for what are considered to be its unscrupulous practices, is reportedly responsible for three of the four varieties of maize in the shipment; agrees with the reported comments of Mariam Mayet of the African Centre for Biosafety that South Africa’s decision to permit the export was irresponsible and that it appears that South Africa is being used as a springboard to contaminate the rest of the African continent by allowing multinationals to export from South African soil; is troubled by the South African Government’s apparent flouting of the provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; disagrees strongly with the implication of a statement by the chairman of the South African parliamentary committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Mlungisi Johnson, that GM crops enhance food security, and calls on the Kenyan Government to refuse entry to the South African GM maize and for the South African Government to report on all economic links between its officials and Monsanto and to ban GM crops in the long-term best interests of the people of Africa, not least with respect to the security of their food.

*S3M-6118 Robert Brown: Crime Reduction in Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the success of Glasgow Central and West Division of Strathclyde Police in tackling and reducing crime; congratulates the division on reductions of 21.6% in Group 1 crimes of violence against the five-year average, 75% reduction in murders, 20.6% in serious assaults and 21.6% in robbery and assault with intent to rob; welcomes the finding that cases involving offensive weapons and knives have reduced by 28.4% and 20.2% respectively; considers that these positive findings indicate that proactive policing policies are succeeding in reducing crime figures in the major crime categories and generating confidence among victims to come forward to report crimes; further considers that such positive figures indicate the success of effective policing methods such as stop-and-search and proactive intelligence-gathering methods, and believes that effective policing is far more successful in deterring and reducing crime than populist calls for longer or mandatory prison sentences.

*S3M-6117 Robert Brown: Cambuslang and Rutherglen Alcohol Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Community Health Initiative on its successful Alcohol Prevention and Education Programme (APEP); notes the vital services that it provides to local communities by way of information distribution, presentations, workshops, training and other resource projects; considers that the APEP has made great inroads in addressing alcohol dependency by raising awareness and engaging with schools, community groups and other agencies; notes with concern its findings, particularly that 36% of residents believe that licensed premises in the community do not act responsibly in terms of the selling of alcohol, that 79% believe that underage drinking is not under control in their community, that 77% believe that drunken anti-social behaviour and/or damage are common in their community and that 47% are not aware of local community projects that tackle the issue of alcohol, and urges all public agencies and the alcohol industry to work together to tackle these concerns, to encourage responsible drinking and to minimise the adverse impact of alcohol on local communities.

*S3M-6116 Angela Constance: Congratulations to Paul de Resta of Force India on F1 Debut—That the Parliament offers its sincere congratulations to Force India driver Paul di Resta from Uphall for his stunning F1 debut at a grand prix weekend in Australia; applauds the 23-year old for driving in place of team-mate Adrian Sutil during first practice and setting the 11th fastest time of one minute and 28.537 seconds; appreciates the remarkable precedent that Mr di Resta has made for Scottish F1 racers, and wishes Mr di Resta and the Force India team continued success in future competitive endeavours.

*S3M-6115 Lewis Macdonald: Reopening of Glencraft—That the Parliament welcomes the reopening of the Glencraft factory in Aberdeen, which provides worthwhile employment opportunities to blind and disabled people; congratulates the community union and Glencraft staff in securing the future of the factory; acknowledges PSN’s financial support in developing a suitable business model, and believes that it is the responsibility of both the Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council to turn aspiration into reality by providing continued support

Supported by: Richard Baker*

*S3M-6114 Pauline McNeill: Glasgow Boys Exhibition Opens in Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the Glasgow Boys exhibition at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum on Friday 9 April 2010; notes that it runs in Glasgow until September; celebrates that over 100 works are on display by artists including Sir John Lavery, Sir James Guthrie and Edward Atkinson Hornel; notes the first art show held by the Glasgow Boys in 1885 and that this is the first major exhibition devoted to the Glasgow Boys since 1968, and recognises that this is the largest art exhibition held at Kelvingrove Museum since it was refurbished in 2006.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson*, Mary Mulligan*, Margaret Mitchell*, Des McNulty*, James Kelly*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Butler*, Patrick Harvie*, Liam McArthur*, Sandra White*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Elaine Smith*

*S3M-6113 Bill Kidd: A New Start for Nuclear Disarmament—That the Parliament welcomes the signing of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) by US President Obama and Russian President Medvedev, which, once ratified by lawmakers in the US and Russia, will see a reduction in the number of deployed nuclear warheads possessed by both powers to no more than 1,550; considers that this treaty provides a clear and practicable starting point for further reduction of nuclear stockpiles globally, with a view to achieving a world completely free of nuclear weapons, and believes that this agreement presents an opportunity for all political parties, ahead of the 2010 Westminster election, to state their positions on what it considers to be the immoral and wasteful renewal of Trident.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Anne McLaughlin*, Stewart Maxwell*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*, Patrick Harvie*, Sandra White*

*S3M-6112 Aileen Campbell: Youth Worker of the Year 2010—That the Parliament congratulates Dale Martin, a sixth year pupil at Larkhall Academy, for receiving the Peer Educator Award and the Overall Winner award in the Youth Worker of the Year Awards, an event hosted by YouthLink Scotland to honour the youth work sector; recognises Dale’s dedication to his family, education and community; commends all the finalists and winners and any pupil who actively engages in similar commitments, and notes the importance of acknowledging the value of youth work.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

*S3M-6111 Aileen Campbell: End Trident to End Poverty—That the Parliament welcomes the Easter publication of the open letter to voters in Scotland signed by Rt Rev Bill Hewitt, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, and the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, which condemns the UK Government’s plans to spend £100 billion to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system and encourages everyone in Scotland to choose life over death and the alleviation of poverty over the replacement of Trident; notes that, while the United States of America and Russia have signed a new strategic arms reduction treaty to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world, Gordon Brown has decided not to attend a nuclear security summit in Washington on 12-13 April 2010, and believes that scrapping the replacement Trident nuclear weapons system will help to promote world peace and security as well as releasing vital funds for investment in public services during the economic downturn.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

*S3M-6110 David Whitton: East Dunbartonshire Council for Voluntary Service—That the Parliament congratulates EastDunbartonshire Council for Voluntary Service for being the first in Scotland to gain the Committed to Excellence Award through the European Framework for Quality management CVS pathway/SVA programme and commends all those involved in reaching such a unique milestone for the voluntary sector.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, James Kelly*, Mary Mulligan*, George Foulkes*, Karen Whitefield*, Des McNulty*, Elaine Smith*, Gil Paterson*

*S3M-6109 Alasdair Allan: Bùth Tholastaidh—That the Parliament congratulates the community of Tolsta, Isle of Lewis, on taking over the Tolsta shop (Bùth Tholastaidh) for the community on Tuesday 6 April 2010 following a positive return on a postal ballot of the community and significant work to secure a funding package; notes that the community’s determination to take over the Tolsta shop will see this community resource retained for future years; recognises that this inspiring social enterprise will see Tolsta Community Development Ltd employing two staff to begin with in an attempt to grow the local economy, which also includes looking at the possibility of an income-generating renewable energy project; notes that the profits will be reinvested into the business for the good of the local area, and looks forward to a prosperous future for this innovative community-led initiative.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-6108 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Scotland’s Tug of War Champions—That the Parliament congratulates the Scotland team for its success at the World Indoor Tug Of War Championships recently held at Cesenatico, Italy; notes that, following some dramatic plays, Scotland remains the number one nation in the world at indoor tug of war, with two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal; further notes that, since its international breakthrough in 1999, Scotland has become the top nation in the world with the highest medal tally in the world championships of 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2008, and recognises the achievements of all those associated with the sport’s development, particularly eight times world title holder, Tom Nelson, of Stewarton, Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

*S3M-6107 Alasdair Allan: Chair of Gaelic, University of Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh on being named as the first ever established Chair of Gaelic in Scotland by the University of Glasgow;considersthat this recognises the work done by the University of Glasgow to establish itself as a centre of excellence for the study of Gaelic and of Professor Ó Maolalaigh over the years to further advance the cause of Gaelic both nationally and internationally; believes that this is a groundbreaking initiativethatemphasises the outstanding research taking place in Gaelic, and recognises that this move by the University of Glasgow is a clear sign of the value that is increasinglybeing placed on the Gaelic language.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Willie Coffey*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-6106 Patrick Harvie: Exhibition on Israeli Technology—That the Parliament notes the intended exhibition at Holyrood by the organisation, Scottish Friends of Israel, due to take place in the last week of April 2010, which will aim to promote Israel’s contribution to medicine, science and technology; recognises the deep feelings of anger that exist at the record of the Israeli Government’s treatment of Palestinians over decades and in particular the military action taken in recent years; is concerned that the planned exhibition could give the false impression that the Scottish Parliament as a body condones the record of the Israeli Government or wishes to promote the interests of that government; believes that the prolonged, brutal and unacceptable mistreatment of the Palestinians should be the central issue that the Parliament addresses in any events that relate to the Israel/Palestine situation, and invites those involved in organising the exhibition to reconsider their decision.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*

*S3M-6105 John Scott: Tercentenary of Ayr Faculty of Solicitors—That the Parliament notes that the Ayr Faculty of Solicitors will celebrate its tercentenary this year, having been founded on 6 June 1710 as the Fraternity of Procurators and, that, by petition of the sovereign in 1812, the fraternity became known as the Faculty of Solicitors in Ayr and was established and recognised in its current form under the Procurators (Scotland) Act 1865 and sends its congratulations to the current Dean, Peter Lockhart, and all members of the faculty on its historic anniversary.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Hume*, Bill Aitken*, Aileen Campbell*, Willie Coffey*, Nanette Milne*, Rob Gibson*, John Lamont*, Mary Scanlon*

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.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Murdo Fraser, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Ms Wendy Alexander, Dave Thompson, Brian Adam, Liam McArthur, Dr Richard Simpson, Robert Brown

S3M-5309# Hugh Henry: Usdaw Freedom from Fear Campaign—That the Parliament is shocked and horrified that there has been a 78% increase in violence and abuse against Scottish shopworkers over the last three years, according to Retailers Against Crime; believes that further measures need to be taken to deter violence against shopworkers and other workers delivering a service to the public; welcomes the Freedom from Fear campaign organised by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw), which seeks to make shops and shopping areas safer for staff and customers; recognises that the sale of age-restricted products, especially alcohol, is a frequent flashpoint for verbal abuse, threats and violence against shopworkers; further recognises the difficulties that shopworkers, including in Paisley South, have in policing age-restricted sales and how that can leave them vulnerable, isolated and under threat of prosecution when mistakes are made; considers that there would be benefit in high-profile campaigns that support the Think 25 policy and highlight to youngsters that it is an offence to attempt to buy alcohol under age, and would welcome a partnership approach to the development of strategies to prevent under-age sales rather than sting operations, which seek to prosecute shopworkers.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Mr Frank McAveety, Patrick Harvie, Karen Gillon, Pauline McNeill, Ms Wendy Alexander, Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie, Paul Martin, Johann Lamont, Mary Mulligan, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Des McNulty, James Kelly, John Park, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, George Foulkes, John Wilson, John Scott, Rhona Brankin, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Marilyn Livingstone, Marlyn Glen, Rhoda Grant, Irene Oldfather, David Stewart, Richard Baker, Cathie Craigie, Michael McMahon, Ken Macintosh, Lewis Macdonald*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6104 352nd Baillieston Brownies (lodged on 1 April 2010) Jackie Baillie*, Robert Brown*, Stewart Maxwell*, James Kelly*, Mary Mulligan*, Karen Whitefield*, Rhona Brankin*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Pauline McNeill*, Bob Doris*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Des McNulty*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-6099# Remembering John Wheatley MP 80 Years On (lodged on 31 March 2010) George Foulkes*, Patricia Ferguson*, David Whitton*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-6098 Opening of the Robert the Bruce Heritage Centre, Renton (lodged on 31 March 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6097 Care Services in Fife (lodged on 31 March 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6095 Lenzie Academy Represents Scotland at UK Final (lodged on 30 March 2010) Bob Doris*

S3M-6094 Green and Ethical Investment by Publicly-owned Banks (lodged on 30 March 2010) Christine Grahame*

S3M-6092 Extension to the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (lodged on 30 March 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6089 Time to Curb Excessive Interest Rates (lodged on 29 March 2010) Christine Grahame*

S3M-6088 Dundee College Wins Five Business to College Awards (lodged on 29 March 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6086# Bank on Owen (lodged on 29 March 2010) Aileen Campbell*, John Park*, Angela Constance*, Christine Grahame*, Des McNulty*

S3M-6083 Northern Ireland Committee Votes to Ban Snares (lodged on 29 March 2010) Christine Grahame*

S3M-6081 Mary Fairfax Somerville 1780-1872 (lodged on 26 March 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-6080 Committee Room Names (lodged on 26 March 2010) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-6077 Coatbridge College Wins Workforce Development Award 2010 (lodged on 26 March 2010) Angela Constance*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-6075 Congratulations to Madras College Pupils (lodged on 26 March 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-6073 Biggar Archaeology Group Members Become Mudlarks at Elsrickle (lodged on 25 March 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6071 Congratulations to Liberton High School and its Head Teacher, Donald Macdonald (lodged on 25 March 2010) Jim Tolson*

S3M-6070 Boroughmuir High’s Quiz Champions (lodged on 25 March 2010) Karen Whitefield*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-6069.1 Sudden End to Home Renewables Grant and Home Loans Schemes (lodged on 1 April 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6068 Obama Health Reforms Welcome (lodged on 25 March 2010) George Foulkes*, Marlyn Glen*, Robin Harper*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Ken Macintosh*, Brian Adam*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Bill Butler*, John Park*, Elaine Smith*, Angela Constance*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-6065 Rathbone Achievers Awards (lodged on 25 March 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6064 Able2Sail (lodged on 25 March 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6063 Making Children Participants, Not Pawns, in School Closure Consultations (lodged on 25 March 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6061 Welcoming the Fourth Anniversary of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (lodged on 25 March 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-6058 Purple Day, Raising Awareness of Epilepsy (lodged on 24 March 2010) Angela Constance*, Karen Whitefield*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-6057 Walk Around the Block Protest (lodged on 24 March 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6055 Young Consumers of the Year Scotland 2010 (lodged on 24 March 2010) Christine Grahame*

S3M-6054 BBC Alba Freeview Decision Delay (lodged on 24 March 2010) Christine Grahame*

S3M-6052.1 Fair Fares for Glaswegians (lodged on 26 March 2010) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-6049 Scottish Huntington’s Association (lodged on 23 March 2010) Christine Grahame*

S3M-6048 Help for West Dunbartonshire Council (lodged on 23 March 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-6047 Congratulations to Staff at Caithness General’s Baby Unit (lodged on 23 March 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-6039 Congratulations to the Good Life: Positive Attitudes Group (lodged on 23 March 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-6030 Congratulations to Keren Brynes MacLean (lodged on 22 March 2010) James Kelly*

S3M-6028 Autism Ventures Scotland Launches First Social Firm (lodged on 22 March 2010) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-6024# Veterans in the Criminal Justice System (lodged on 22 March 2010) Maureen Watt*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-6013# Grampian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association (lodged on 22 March 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6003 Jock, You’re Immortal Now (lodged on 19 March 2010) Liam McArthur*, David Whitton*

S3M-5981# Withdrawal of Cheques (lodged on 30 March 2010) Christine Grahame*, Helen Eadie*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-5932 BAFTA Nomination for Borders Actress Kelly Parish (lodged on 10 March 2010) Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Stewart Maxwell*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-5903 Quarriers Condemned Campaign (lodged on 8 March 2010) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-5742 Protocol for Managing Legal Cases Involving Epilepsy (lodged on 10 February 2010) Robin Harper*

S3M-5704 Congratulations to the Finola Education Trust (lodged on 9 February 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Murdo Fraser*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*

S3M-5695 WWF’s Earth Hour 2010 (lodged on 8 February 2010) Willie Coffey*

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