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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally printed the day after they are lodged. If an amendment is lodged to a motion then the original motion will appear alongside the amendment, along with any support lodged that day, in this section.

Each Monday, this section also contains all motions and amendments lodged the previous week that are still live and any motions and amendments that have been lodged for debate in the coming week. A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn. Support for motions and amendments received after they are lodged is shown at the end of this section the day after such support is received.

Motions and amendments can be published with various symbols:

  • Asterisks before the motion or amendment number indicate a motion or amendment published for the first time;

  • Asterisks also identify alterations to the text of a motion or amendment made since it was first published;

  • A hash symbol identifies motions eligible for debate at Members’ Business;

  • A diamond symbol identifies motions lodged for Members’ Business that have not yet attracted the required cross-party support;

  • An "R", identifies motions or amendments in which the Member who lodged it has a registrable interest.

The Parliamentary Bureau periodically deletes motions or amendments not scheduled for debate and which are over six weeks old.

A full list of current motions is available on the Scottish Parliament web site at

A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at

Any questions in relation to this section should be directed to the Chamber Desk, for which contact details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-6299♦ Hugh O’Donnell: Employment and Support Allowance, Unfit for Purpose—That the Parliament is concerned about the workings of the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); notes evidence from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Service in Scotland that uncovers serious hardship experienced by ESA claimants across Scotland; considers that sickness benefits should support people in finding employment if they are able to work, but must also provide help for those who are not; considers that ESA is failing to find this balance and is putting pressure on sick and disabled people in Scotland; notes in particular, claims that the work capability assessment of ESA is making unsuitable decisions on claimants’ fitness for work and that 70% of CAB appeals against these decisions are being upheld, and resolves that ESA be urgently reviewed so that it can be made to work in the interests of the genuinely sick and disabled people of Central Scotland and the rest of the country.

*S3M-6298 Marilyn Livingstone: Changes to the Provision and Delivery of Care for Children with Cystic Fibrosis in Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the closure of Ward 6B of Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow, which accommodated young people with cystic fibrosis; acknowledges that the nursing staff of the ward have been dispersed across other wards in the hospital, which will result in patients with cystic fibrosis being admitted to alternative accommodation and possibly being nursed by staff with little or no knowledge of cystic fibrosis; understands that it is vital for those providing care for people with cystic fibrosis to have an in-depth understanding of the condition and to comprehend the importance of segregation of this group of patients and the necessary steps to take to avoid cross-infection; is further concerned at changes to the role of cystic fibrosis specialist nurses who are reportedly being directed to spend 20% of their time undertaking ward duties in Yorkhill Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh; considers that, as a result of this directive, the ability of specialist nurses to provide a comprehensive package of care will be compromised and that the current situation falls below the UK and European standards of care for those with cystic fibrosis.

*S3M-6297 Kenneth Gibson: Faroe Islands Shame—That the Parliament condemns what it considers the barbaric, cruel and wholly unnecessary behaviour of certain communities in the Faroe Islands that annually take part in the brutal culling of Calderon dolphins and believes that the bloody and inhumane slaying of these intelligent animals is completely unnecessary on the grounds of food production; understands that the Faroe Islands are prosperous and that islanders have a more stable source of food than in previous generations and considers that there is no possible justification for this behaviour in the 21st century; acknowledges that the meat from these animals is potentially harmful to islanders due to the presence of toxins; further recognises that this practice has been roundly condemned internationally by many organisations, including Greenpeace, and believes that the Faroese Parliament, the Løgting, should act to prevent this dreadful tradition from happening in future.

*S3M-6296 Mary Scanlon: BMA, Standing up for Doctors, Speaking out for Patients—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the BMA Scotland report on whistleblowing in the NHS, Standing up for doctors, speaking out for patients; is concerned about the lack of awareness of whistleblowing policies among NHSScotland staff identified in the report and that, of those surveyed who had expressed their concerns, one in 10 stated that they felt their employment could be negatively affected by speaking up on sensitive issues, and calls on the Scottish Government and NHS employers to involve the medical profession in a review of current local and national guidelines and to develop a culture of openness whereby doctors feel that they are able to speak out for their patients.

*S3M-6295.1 Mary Scanlon: NHS Quality Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6295) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Government to report back to the Parliament by the end of summer recess on how it intends to respond to the needs highlighted in the report, The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland, in order to protect NHS frontline services."

*S3M-6295.2 Ross Finnie: NHS Quality Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6295) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert at end "but further notes that NHS boards, while accepting that there is scope for further efficiency savings, are concerned that the proposed efficiencies of 2%, 4% and 6% over the next three years will impact adversely on frontline services."

*S3M-6295.3 Jackie Baillie: NHS Quality Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6295) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert at end "; therefore notes with concern submissions by NHS boards to the Health and Sport Committee identifying cuts to frontline services, and believes that these risk undermining the NHS Quality Strategy."

*S3M-6266.1 Sarah Boyack: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6266) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end "but, in so doing, notes the opposition of the Scottish Crofting Federation to the Bill’s proposed new crofting register to be kept by the Keeper of Registers; notes that no additional resources are being proposed to the Crofting Commission to administer its new duties; further notes that new charges proposed to be levied on crofters are not supported by crofters, and urges the Scottish Government to consider proposing changes to the Bill and to its policy proposals to address these issues and others raised by the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6294 Congratulations to Lasswade Rugby Football Club, Scottish Hydro Shield Champions and Club of the Month (lodged on 11 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Pauline McNeill*, Mary Mulligan*, Sarah Boyack*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-6290 Congratulations to Forres Mechanics FC (lodged on 11 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6281 Congratulations to Gerry Hastings, Winner of the 5th STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning (lodged on 11 May 2010) Pauline McNeill*, Trish Godman*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-6280 Orkney Victory in Scottish District Ladies Hockey Final (lodged on 11 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6279 HMIE Report, The Royal Blind School, Edinburgh (lodged on 11 May 2010) Rob Gibson*, Sarah Boyack*, Mary Scanlon*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh Henry*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mary Mulligan*, Jim Hume*, Robin Harper*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6278 Moray Firth Radio, Station of the Year (lodged on 11 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6277 Frequent Passenger and Vehicle Ferry Service between Gourock and Dunoon Town Centres (lodged on 11 May 2010) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-6276 Smoking in Films for Under-18s (lodged on 11 May 2010) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-6274 Innis and Gunn Brew up Success (lodged on 10 May 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*

S3M-6273 Congratulations to St Mary’s Primary School, Duntocher, on Winning the Euroquiz Final (lodged on 10 May 2010) Trish Godman*

S3M-6271 Save the Foundation, Charities Unite against Lloyds Banking Group (lodged on 10 May 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Trish Godman*, Sarah Boyack*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6270 Ayr United Football Club Centenary (lodged on 10 May 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6269 Cup Victory for St Peter the Apostle High (lodged on 10 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6268 Combating Hate Crime in North Ayrshire (lodged on 7 May 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6267 Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland Honours the Reverend Henry Duncan (lodged on 7 May 2010) Elaine Murray*, Jamie Hepburn*, Liam McArthur*, Brian Adam*, Dave Thompson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Jamie Stone*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6260 Congratulations to Turner Prize Nominee Susan Philipsz (lodged on 5 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6259 British Science Festival at Aberdeen (lodged on 5 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6257 Stirling Sporting Success (lodged on 5 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*, Trish Godman*

S3M-6252 Edinburgh Best Tourist Destination in Britain (lodged on 4 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6251 Congratulations to GESH (lodged on 4 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6250 Edinburgh Sevens Festival (lodged on 4 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-6249 Communication Workers Union Ballot (lodged on 4 May 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6248 Beardmore Hotel Strikes Gold at Scottish Hotel Oscars (lodged on 4 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6247 Buckie Thistle, 2010 Highland League Champions (lodged on 4 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6246 Restrictions on Access to Books for Schools (lodged on 4 May 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, Margo MacDonald*

S3M-6245 Govanhill Streetland Festival (lodged on 4 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6244 Welcoming the Retention of the Inverclyde League of Hospital Friends (lodged on 4 May 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-6243 Congratulations to Pamela Pretswell and Sally Watson on being selected for the Curtis Cup Team (lodged on 30 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6241 International Firefighters’ Day (lodged on 30 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6240 Communication Workers’ Union Ballot (lodged on 30 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6239 Levenmouth Street Pastors (lodged on 30 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6238 More NI Tax, Less Scottish Jobs (lodged on 29 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6237 Hybrid Motor Conversion of Glasgow Launches Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cell (lodged on 29 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6235 Platinum for East Kilbride (lodged on 29 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6234 Nurses’ Day 2010 (lodged on 29 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Malcolm Chisholm*, James Kelly*, Annabel Goldie*, Margo MacDonald*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6233# Bluelight Initiative (lodged on 29 April 2010) Elizabeth Smith*

S3M-6232 Glasgow’s Lone Dancer Embodies the Spirit of UNESCO International Dance Day (lodged on 29 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6231 North Pole Haircut for Teenage Cancer Trust (lodged on 29 April 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6224 Gregor Keachie, Overall Winner, Ayrshire Achievement, Courage and Endeavour Awards (lodged on 28 April 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6164 Eating Out with Coeliac Disease (lodged on 19 April 2010) Jim Hume*

S3M-5959# Pushed off the EDGE (lodged on 15 March 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

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