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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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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.

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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-6778 Marilyn Livingstone: Congratulations to Kirkcaldy Lifeguards—That the Parliament congratulates lifeguards Steven Thomson and Craig Early from Kirkcaldy whose fast actions and quick thinking saved a young boy from drowning; commends the professionalism of the seasonal Fife Council employees, both 20, who saw three boys in difficulty in the Firth of Forth from their lifeguard hut and sprang into action; notes that they contacted the RNLI coastguard who arrived quickly on the scene and went out on the rescue boat, found the remaining boy in danger and pulled him to safety and waiting paramedics; praises the lifeguards and RNLI coastguards for their efforts, and recognises the importance of volunteer lifeguard crews across Scotland.

*S3M-6777 Jim Tolson: Fife Outdoor Access Festival—That the Parliament welcomes the third annual Fife Outdoor Access Festival on 31 July to 8 August 2010, run jointly by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and Fife Access Forum, with more than 2,000 participants expected to take part in Scotland’s only dedicated outdoor access festival and notes that over 100 events, including walks, horse riding, archery, water sports, cycling and land yachting, will be run by over 30 voluntary, commercial and public sector organisations at venues across Fife.

*S3M-6776 Helen Eadie: World Deaf Golf Championships 2010—That the Parliament welcomes the 8th annual World Deaf Golf Championships, a major event in the deaf sporting calendar, which will be held this year in Fife at the Fairmont, St Andrews, between 9 and 13 August; congratulates the Scottish Deaf Golf Association, the President of which, David Wilson, hails from nearby Kelty in Fife, for the hard work that has gone into organising the event; notes the support that has been provided by the World Deaf Golf Association, the R&A, Event Scotland and Fife Council, as well as the further support that will be received from Fife Constabulary and other local organisations during the championships; welcomes the huge benefits that it considers hosting this competition will bring to Fife’s businesses due to the number of UK and overseas visitors that will be attending; believes that hosting this event will strengthen Fife’s golfing reputation and help showcase both its golfing heritage and the inclusive nature of its hospitality and facilities, and wishes the competition every success both in St Andrews and for future championships.

*S3M-6775 Marilyn Livingstone: Congratulations to Special Constable Gregor Low—That the Parliament commends Special Constable (SC) Gregor Low for his commitment to community safety in Fife; recognises that, following an eight hour tour of duty, SC Low selflessly volunteered to help officers trace a missing elderly gentleman suffering from dementia in the Kirkcaldy area before finding the gentleman in a distressed state and comforting him until the ambulance arrived; notes that SC Low was praised by communities policing division head Chief Superintendant Tom Ewing for his actions, and believes that officers of the special constabulary play a vital role in providing operational policing in Fife and maintain high standards while on duty.

*S3M-6774 Hugh O’Donnell: Scotland’s Best Breakfast Club—That the Parliament Congratulates St Brigid’s Primary School, Newmains, on receiving the 2010 National Breakfast Club Award as Scotland’s Best Breakfast Club; also congratulates North Lanarkshire Council on receiving a National Breakfast Club Award that recognises the support, dedication and commitment of local authorities in helping to create breakfast clubs at schools, and considers that school breakfast clubs make an important contribution to the social and academic lives of the pupils who attend them.

*S3M-6773 Bill Butler: Titian’s a Hit!—That the Parliament welcomes what is considered the outstanding success of the exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum of Titian’s Diana and Actaeon during the month of July 2010; celebrates the fact that over 140,000 people visited Kelvingrove during July to view the masterpiece and that it will also be on display in Dundee and Aberdeen during the summer; considers that displaying such masterpieces in venues across Scotland is an effective and imaginative way of widening access to the arts and ensuring that Scotland’s artistic treasures are enjoyed by as many people as possible, and encourages the National Galleries of Scotland to give serious consideration to participating in similar schemes involving other works in its collection.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, James Kelly*, Patricia Ferguson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-6772 Pauline McNeill: Best Cup of Tea—That the Parliament congratulates Tchai-Ovna House of Tea on its recent nomination in the Best Cup of Tea category in the first Love Glasgow and the West awards and believes that this further demonstrates the uniqueness and quality of the businesses of Glasgow’s Otago Lane.

*S3M-6771 Jeremy Purvis: Response to the Report of the Independent Budget Review Panel—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to publish its detailed policy intentions in response to each recommendation in the report of the Independent Budget Review Panel at the earliest opportunity and no later than the first week of the parliamentary term after the current summer recess.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie Stone*, Mike Pringle*, Robert Brown*, Mike Rumbles*, Liam McArthur*, Ross Finnie*, Margaret Smith*

*S3M-6770u Jamie Hepburn: Campaign for CCTV in Haugh Road, Kilsyth—That the Parliament notes the campaign by residents of Kilsyth for the installation of CCTV and improved security measures in the Haugh Road area of the Central Scotland town; congratulates the campaigners, led by Cheryl Anderson, on collecting over 1,500 signatures on a petition in support of the demands; notes that the campaign began after a series of incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour in the area, which is a main route to school for pupils at Kilsyth Academy and users of the Garell Vale Community Education Centre; considers the campaign to be an excellent example of community activism, and hopes that the campaign is successful.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

*S3M-6769 Kenneth Gibson: Date of 2015 Scottish Parliament Election—That the Parliament is opposed to the UK Government’s plans to hold the 2015 Westminster election on the same day as the already planned Scottish Parliament election; believes that the date of 7 May 2015 was chosen by the UK Government without the Scottish Parliament or other devolved administrations being given a second thought; considers this issue a blatant disregard of the supposed respect agenda that goes against the Scottish Parliament’s own view that two distinct elections should not be held on the same day; believes that Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore MP’s offer to bring the 2015 election forward six months to dark, cold and probably rain-swept November is patronising at best, and believes that the 2015 Scottish Parliament election date should stand and that the UK Government should pick another date for its election.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S3M-6768 Kenneth Gibson: Scottish Parliament Election and the Proposed Alternative Vote Referendum—That the Parliament notes its concern at what it considers the contempt that the UK Government has shown to the Scottish Parliament with its proposal to hold a referendum on the alternative vote system on the same day as the 2011 Scottish Parliament election; believes that, in choosing the date, UK ministers did not give Scotland a thought and simply forgot that the election was being held here; considers that, while the Scottish public could cope with two elections on the same day, the UK-wide publicity generated about the referendum could overshadow the Scottish election campaign; acknowledges that voter turnout across the United Kingdom could vary considerably between areas where elections are and are not being held, potentially impacting on the legitimacy of the referendum result; considers that all parties in the Scottish Parliament have long accepted that no other ballot should be held on the same day as the Holyrood election, and urges both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats in the Scottish Parliament to restate that this remains their position.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*, Dave Thompson*

*S3M-6767 George Foulkes: Jail Guitar Doors—That the Parliament welcomes Jail Guitar Doors to HMP Saughton; recognises that the initiative established and promoted by Billy Bragg aims to provide guitars to prisons that are using music as a means of rehabilitating prison inmates; considers that this is an innovative idea that has a legitimate and valid place in the rehabilitation process; believes that the initiative has helped prisoners elsewhere in the United Kingdom process problems in a non-confrontational way; further believes that new approaches to the rehabilitation of prisoners should be welcomed, and encourages other Scottish prisons to consider adopting the Jail Guitar Doors initiative.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

*S3M-6766 Sandra White: Concern over Pole-dancing Classes for Six-year-olds—That the Parliament expresses concern over the offer of pole dancing classes to children as young as six by a Lanarkshire-based company, Up Your Pole; believes that the practice of pole dancing is closely linked to the adult entertainment industry and as such is wholly inappropriate for minors; echoes the sentiments of children’s charity Kidscape that these classes will sexualise youngsters, may encourage paedophiliac behaviour and should be stopped, and hopes that the promoters of these classes will consider why such classes may cause concern and review their current stance with regard to their provision.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Dave Thompson*

*S3M-6765 Helen Eadie: Celebrating Golf in Fife—That the Parliament celebrates the 49 golf courses in Fife, which range from local and very special courses, like those of Ballingry, Lochgelly, Cowdenbeath and Aberdour, to internationally renowned courses, like those at St Andrews; considers the importance of golf for Fife residents not only as a health and leisure benefit but also in terms of building communities; furthermore notes the wider significance of golf in Fife historically, culturally and economically; welcomes competitions such as the Open Championship, which is now in its 150th year, that bring thousands of people to Fife each year, providing business to Fife’s hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, bars and cafés, tourist destinations and shops; congratulates organisations such as Fife Constabulary and Stagecoach on helping to co-ordinate and support these competitions and whose sterling work ensures that they run smoothly and are successful, and wishes the golfing tradition in Fife every success for the future.

*S3M-6764 Kenneth Gibson: Arran Aromatics Going from Strength to Strength—That the Parliament congratulates Arran Aromatics, Scotland’s largest manufacturer of luxury toiletries, lifestyle products and gifts, delivered in a range of exclusive fragrances, on the opening of its new store at 46A George Street, Edinburgh; notes that this expansion is in addition to its existing retail outlets at Gretna Gateway Village, Princes Square, Glasgow, and in Brodick, where Arran Aromatics is a major employer and manufacturer; commends the company on its ambition and determination to grow Arran Aromatics’ reputation and income both at home and abroad, and wishes every future success to this forward-thinking Scottish company.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*, Jackson Carlaw*, Maureen Watt*

*S3M-6763 Mary Scanlon: Aberdeen Forensic Service—That the Parliament notes publication of the Scottish Police Services Authority’s Forensic Service Modernisation Options Paper, which includes options proposing the closure of the Aberdeen Forensic Service; recognises the importance of this service to policing and crime detection in the Highlands and Islands and Grampian, which benefits from the resources and expertise situated in the current laboratory in Aberdeen; expresses concern that this facility could be closed and the service centralised under modernisation plans; acknowledges the concerns raised about the loss of specialised jobs in Aberdeen and future service delivery across Northern and Grampian constabularies should the Aberdeen Forensic Service close, and supports the campaign to retain this service in Aberdeen to ensure that communities in the Highlands and Islands, Grampian and across Scotland can continue to benefit from what it considers the excellent service provided by the Aberdeen Forensic Service.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, Margaret Mitchell*, Rhoda Grant*, Liam McArthur*

*S3M-6762 Margaret Mitchell: HeadStrong East Kilbride—That the Parliament welcomes the new HeadStrong support service provided by Breast Cancer Care Scotland that opened at the Kilbryde Hospice in East Kilbride in July 2010; considers the free once-a-week drop-in session delivered by trained volunteers who have themselves been affected by cancer to be an innovative service; acknowledges that the service will offer practical and emotional support and advice to people with any type of cancer; further notes that the Kilbryde Hospice is the fifth location in Scotland to offer the hair-loss service, with other services in Blantyre, Glasgow and Motherwell, and that last year more than 180 people used the service in Scotland; understands that, for cancer patients, losing their hair can be a traumatic experience, affecting both their self-confidence and wellbeing, and considers that the HeadStrong support programme is an excellent way to help boost patients’ confidence.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Angela Constance*, Jackson Carlaw*, Aileen Campbell*, Johann Lamont*

*S3M-6761 Shirley-Anne Somerville: More Tourists for Edinburgh—That the Parliament welcomes the Office of National Statistics estimate that an extra 133,000 overseas visitors were attracted to Edinburgh last year; recognises that Edinburgh is the United Kingdom’s most popular tourist destination after London; considers that this is excellent news for the local economy, which has benefited from a 28.6% rise in tourist spending in the last year, and believes that, with its amazing history, culture and iconic views, Edinburgh is a must-see destination for international tourists.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Angela Constance*, Maureen Watt*

*S3M-6760 Kenneth Gibson: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999—That the Parliament believes that, as part of the alleged respect agenda, the UK Government should rescind the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999; considers that, under this regulation, 15,000 square kilometres of Scottish waters, as agreed in the Continental Shelf (Jurisdiction) Order 1968, were transferred unilaterally from Scottish to UK jurisdiction; understands that this was carried out on 13 April 1999, just weeks before the Scottish Parliament came into being, without being debated in the House of Commons; further understands that this annexation of Scottish waters and seabed gives the UK Government control over oil, gas and other minerals in that sector, which includes the Angus, Auk, Clyde, Fife, Fulmar and Janice wells, and regrets the acquiescence of unionist parties north of the border in meekly accepting this state of affairs.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, John Wilson*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Anne McLaughlin*, Aileen Campbell*, Dave Thompson*

*S3M-6759# Margaret Smith: £1 Drop-off Fee at Edinburgh Airport—That the Parliament notes the proposal by BAA to introduce a £1 drop-off charge at Edinburgh Airport; believes that this proposal has not been properly thought out; agrees with many people across the capital that this is an unnecessary and unfair charge; considers that the fee will have a disproportionately negative effect on older or disabled people; notes concerns that the fee may actually be more than £1, and believes that the fee, scheduled to start in October 2010, should not be introduced.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, David McLetchie*, Helen Eadie*, Gil Paterson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Iain Smith*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ian McKee*, Gavin Brown*, Jeremy Purvis*, Margo MacDonald*, Jim Tolson*, Angela Constance*

*S3M-6758 Dr Richard Simpson: Scotland Becomes European Touch Rugby Champion—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish team for becoming the 2010 European Touch Champion in the Open Men’s Division; considers that there is increasing interest in this form of rugby from men and women of all ages; welcomes the support for touch rugby from the Scottish Rugby Union; looks forward to the Touch World Cup in Edinburgh in May 2011, and hopes that this event will provide the stimulus to further growth in this activity.

*S3M-6757 Bill Kidd: Carers Strategy—That the Parliament welcomes the £5 million commitment from the Scottish Government for a 10-point carers strategy to support a new deal for the voluntary sector in supporting respite for carers of all ages; notes that there will be an adult strategy, Caring Together, and a separate strategy for young carers, Getting it Right for Young Carers; considers that carers make a huge contribution to their families and society, and believes that this extra commitment, through a strategy compiled with the help of carers themselves, will therefore be a valuable contribution to help with the everyday lives of carers and cared-for people across Scotland.

*S3M-6756 Aileen Campbell: Powering to the Future with Friends of Volunteering Clydesdale—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative of Friends of Volunteering Clydesdale to break the world record for generating electricity from bicycles; notes that the event will take place between 5pm on Friday 27 August and 5pm on Saturday 28 August 2010 at the Coalburn One Stop Shop, with participants invited to spend at least one minute pedalling a bicycle to generate electricity; understands that the effort requires at least 1,000 participants to stand a chance of beating the existing record of 12,953 watts and that the event forms part of a Sustainable Saturday family day that will promote a range of eco-friendly and sustainable activities and demonstrations, and encourages any individual, group, club or society with an interest to consider taking part in this event.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*, Willie Coffey*, Anne McLaughlin*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6755 Nil by Mouth Marks Ten Years in Campaign Against Sectarianism (lodged on 23 July 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Bill Butler*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Liam McArthur*, Patricia Ferguson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Mary Mulligan*, Rhona Brankin*, Jackie Baillie*, Sarah Boyack*, Johann Lamont*, Marlyn Glen*, Claire Baker*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Wilson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Richard Baker*, Gavin Brown*, Helen Eadie*, Trish Godman*, Christine Grahame*, George Foulkes*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie Hepburn*, Robert Brown*, James Kelly*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6754 30th Aberdeen International Football Festival (lodged on 23 July 2010) Patricia Ferguson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6753# Keep Leuchie House (lodged on 23 July 2010) Patricia Ferguson*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Karen Gillon*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Sarah Boyack*, Johann Lamont*, Rhona Brankin*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Elaine Murray*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mary Mulligan*, George Foulkes*, Derek Brownlee*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, David Stewart*, Jamie McGrigor*, Murdo Fraser*, Trish Godman*, Rhoda Grant*, Andy Kerr*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Irene Oldfather*, Margo MacDonald*, Bill Butler*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6752 Voices in Paisley 2010 (lodged on 23 July 2010) Ross Finnie*, Stewart Maxwell*, Willie Coffey*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6751 Inveraray and District Pipe Band Success (lodged on 22 July 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Willie Coffey*, Mary Scanlon*, Maureen Watt*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6750 The Open Boosts Tourism and Charities Benefit (lodged on 22 July 2010) Maureen Watt*, Jamie Hepburn*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6749 Paisley Community Champions (lodged on 21 July 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6748 Congratulations to Orkney Junior Golf Club (lodged on 19 July 2010) Margaret Mitchell*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6747 The Westray Wife (lodged on 19 July 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6746 Campaign to Save Newhouse from Closure (lodged on 19 July 2010) Patricia Ferguson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6745 Congratulations to Inverness Gaelic Choir (lodged on 19 July 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Mary Scanlon*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Kidd*, Anne McLaughlin*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6744 Paisley Pipe Band Championship 2010 (lodged on 16 July 2010) Willie Coffey*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-6743 No to EU intervention in North Sea Oil and Gas Industry (lodged on 16 July 2010) Maureen Watt*, Willie Coffey*

S3M-6741 Supporting National Allotments Week (lodged on 15 July 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-6734 Councillor Pat McPhee, Provost of North Ayrshire Council (lodged on 14 July 2010) Margaret Mitchell*, Murdo Fraser*

S3M-6732# Richard Demarco, 80 Years Young (lodged on 14 July 2010) Jack McConnell*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-6731 Scotland v Catalonia (lodged on 14 July 2010) Willie Coffey*

S3M-6730 Self-Determination for Catalonia (lodged on 13 July 2010) Willie Coffey*

S3M-6729 Team Lanarkshire Success in International Children’s Games 2010 (lodged on 13 July 2010) Jack McConnell*, Willie Coffey*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-6726 Highland Games on Arran (lodged on 13 July 2010) Jack McConnell*, Willie Coffey*

S3M-6722 Congratulations to Cranhill Community Project (lodged on 9 July 2010) Patricia Ferguson*, Paul Martin*

S3M-6719# British Veterans National Defence Medal (lodged on 8 July 2010) Willie Coffey*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-6708# West Fife Enterprise, Making a Difference (lodged on 2 July 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6707 Brucehill Nursery Wins Scottish Learning Award (lodged on 2 July 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6706 Congratulations to Mrs Larking (lodged on 2 July 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6705# See Me Campaign (lodged on 2 July 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6704 Drop-Off Rip-Off at Edinburgh Airport (lodged on 2 July 2010) David McLetchie*, Margaret Smith*

S3M-6662 Ship-to-Ship Transfer (lodged on 25 June 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6657 Preventing Domestic Abuse in Scotland’s Muslim Communities (lodged on 24 June 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6654# Increasing Access to Self-monitoring and Self-management of Anticoagulation Therapy (lodged on 24 June 2010) Lewis Macdonald*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-6596.1# Caring for Carers (lodged on 30 June 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6554 Big Fit Walk (lodged on 11 June 2010) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-6535 Refugee Week 2010 (lodged on 9 June 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6444 RMT Industrial Dispute (lodged on 1 June 2010) Andy Kerr*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Johann Lamont*

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