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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-6955 Murdo Fraser: Congratulations to the Alyth Voice—That the Parliament congratulates the Alyth Voice team on its 150th edition of the Alyth Voice newsletter, a free monthly newsletter distributed throughout Alyth and the immediate district that provides local information, articles, public notices and reports from the many voluntary organisations in Alyth for residents; thanks the team of volunteers who manage the newsletter and the ‘Voiceteers’ who deliver it to every home in Alyth and district; notes that to mark the milestone of its 150th edition, the Alyth Voice hopes to raise funds for cancer charities and applauds everyone involved with the Alyth Voice for this noble aim; considers that the newsletter has become an important part of the Alyth community, and wishes it every success in the coming years.

*S3M-6954 Jack McConnell: Congratulations to Catriona Morrison—That the Parliament congratulates Catriona Morrison of Scotland on her achievement in winning the women’s event in the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships on Sunday 5 September; notes that this is her fourth duathlon world title, and congratulates the event organisers and the public services in Edinburgh for their exemplary organisation of the three-day world championships programme.

*S3M-6953 Marilyn Livingstone: Congratulations to John McGlynn—That the Parliament congratulates the Raith Rovers Football Club manager, John McGlynn, on being named manager of the month in the First Division after leading Raith Rovers to the top of the table; acknowledges that John received the Irn-Bru Phenomenal award after the Kirkcaldy side ended August with a 100% record following its five league and cup games, and commends the fact that John has been in charge of the club since 2006 and led them to promotion and the Second Division championship in 2009.

*S3M-6952 Robin Harper: Edinburgh Sports Facilities Cuts—That the Parliament is appalled by the proposals to close sports facilities in Edinburgh; acknowledges that local authorities have tight budgets but is of the firm belief that further reductions in the provision of such facilities could have drastic effects on obesity rates and the general health and fitness of all people; highlights what it considers to be the strong correlation between sport and health; is of the view that, if these centres were to be closed, they would be gone for good; is of the view that, if such a decision is made in order to generate a short-term saving, it could result in long-term consequences for a generation of children in Edinburgh, and believes that this would put an additional strain on NHS resources, which it believes are already stretched through coping with obesity-related health issues.

*S3M-6951 Irene Oldfather: World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September 2010—That the Parliament expresses support for World Alzheimer’s Day, Tuesday 21 September 2010; notes that the theme for this year’s event is "Dementia. It’s time for action!", which seeks to focus on the need for governments and the general public to take any action that they can to raise awareness of dementia and improve service provision for people with dementia and their carers; recognises the efforts of charity groups to raise awareness of the need to support the estimated 30 million people who have dementia around the world; further notes that this year’s World Alzheimer’s Day lecture, held by Alzheimer Scotland, will focus on the challenges that hospitals represent for patients with dementiaandwill seek to identify a model of good practice for dementia care in the general hospital environment and considers that the National Dementia Strategy can play a vital role in improving general hospital care but requires to be appropriately resourced and monitored in order to be effective, and believes that a better understanding of dementia as an illness can reduce the misunderstandings and stigma that exist about the condition and work toward promoting the highest standards of health and community care, both in Scotland and elsewhere in the world.

*S3M-6950 Rob Gibson: Celebrate Blas Festival 2010—That the Parliament congratulates the Blas Festival 2010 for celebrating Scotland’s Gaelic-based musical heritage in more than 30 venues from Caithness to Lochaber and Skye to Strathspey; notes the essential engagement of the local community organisers in collaborating to deliver the Highland-wide programme; celebrates the quality of homegrown, traditional musicians of all ages who deliver such a varied programme and welcomes the inclusion of Irish and Cape Breton musicians in the mix; encourages the Blas Festival to build on the multiple-venue model and on the enthusiasm of musicians and audiences, and calls on non-governmental sponsors who value Scotland’s lively traditional culture to help ensure the life of the Blas Festival in future years, which are likely to see major cuts in central and local government funding.

*S3M-6949 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Highland Council’s New Youth Convener—That the Parliament congratulates Gemma Mackintosh of Ardersier on her appointment as the Highland Youth Convener; notes that Gemma is the fourth person to hold this position; welcomes the fact that this post assists Highland Council to co-ordinate and communicate with young people, offers a link for councillors and officers to seek the views of young people and ensures that the voice of young people is heard in the council’s Education, Culture and Sport Committee where the Youth Convener is a full member with voting rights, and wishes Gemma every success in her role over the next 12 months.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Alex Johnstone*, Maureen Watt*

*S3M-6948 John Lamont: Scottish Borders Floral Gateway—That the Parliament congratulates all entrants in the Scottish Borders Floral Gateway competition, which recognises the quality of the floral displays, the standard of cleanliness in the town or village and the community involvement from individuals, organisations and schools; commends the winners of the various categories, including Paxton in the Champion of Champions class, Newcastleton in the Small Village class and Morebattle in the Wee Village class,and also notes those commended or awarded runner-up prizes, including Coldstream, Yetholm, Kelso, Hawick, Chirnside, Jedburgh, Coldingham and Gavinton.

*S3M-6947 Alex Neil: The Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) (No.2) Order 2010—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office of Body as Specified Authority) (No.2) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon*

*S3M-6946 Roseanna Cunningham: The Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003 Modification Order 2010—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003 Modification Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead*

*S3M-6945 Roseanna Cunningham: The Cairngorms National Park Elections (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the Cairngorms National Park Elections (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead*

*S3M-6944 Roseanna Cunningham: The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2002 Modification Order 2010—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2002 Modification Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead*

*S3M-6943 Aileen Campbell: Investment in Jobs in North Ayrshire—That the Parliament welcomes the investment of £16 million, including almost £2 million in Regional Selective Assistance funding, in Ardagh Glass, Irvine; considers that this will safeguard the jobs of 248 workers at the company, which is one of the town’s largest employers, and that it will help to secure the long-term manufacture of glass in the town, and recognises the large investment that has been made by the Scottish Government in businesses in North Ayrshire since 2007 and its work in ensuring that this high-quality manufacturing base has the ability to grow and contribute to Scotland’s economic recovery.

*S3M-6942 Jackie Baillie: 40th Anniversary of Dumbarton and District Branch MS Society—That the Parliament congratulates the Dumbarton and District Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society on its 40th anniversary in September 2010; notes that Dumbarton and District Multiple Sclerosis Society was established to support people of all ages affected by and living with the disabling neurological condition; further notes that the branch organises a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, including raffles and ladies’ nights, which not only brings in cash but helps to raise awareness of the condition; understands that the group covers an area from Cove to Bowling, and commends the work of everyone involved in setting up and maintaining a group that offers real support and assistance to members with this debilitating illness.

*S3M-6941 Jackie Baillie: New Era At Bonhill School—That the Parliament congratulates Bonhill Primary School on the opening of its brand new school building; notes that the £5 million facility was planned and agreed by the former Labour-controlled West Dunbartonshire Council; understands that the new facility includes interactive whiteboards, a state-of-the-art multipurpose football pitch and an IT suite that provides every pupil with a netbook computer, and wishes all the pupils and the staff the greatest of success in an educational establishment that is fit for 21st century learning.

*S3M-6940 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Congratulations to the University of Edinburgh—That the Parliament notes the publication of the 2010 Quacquarelli Symonds International Academic Rankings of Universities in which the University of Edinburgh is ranked in 22nd place and congratulates the staff and students for this fine achievement that reflects the high regard in which the university is held internationally.

*S3M-6939 Anne McLaughlin: Congratulations to Castlemilk Stress Centre, A Phoenix Risen from the Ashes—That the Parliament recognises the tenacity, passion and sheer determination of the board, the staff, volunteers and service users of the Castlemilk Stress Centre in their fight to save the centre from permanent closure; congratulates them on winning that fight and on the centre’s reopening; acknowledges that the centre has, for 14 years, helped people in the south east of Glasgow deal with mental health and addiction problems; considers that a service like this cannot, as Glasgow City Council was planning to, simply be struck off without consulting local people; further considers that the original decision to close the centre was an entirely flawed decision, and wishes all those involved with the Castlemilk Stress Centre every success for the future.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*, Bill Aitken*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-6938 John Scott: Ayr OIR 25th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Ayr Opportunities in Retirement (OIR) on its 25th anniversary; notes that the Ayr OIR group has a membership of 1,500 drawn from Ayr and the surrounding district; further congratulates the group on the range of activities that it organises for retired people over the age of 50, and wishes Ayr OIR every success for the future.

*S3M-6937 Willie Coffey: Alcohol Commission Disregards Scotch Whisky and Scottish Jobs—That the Parliament recognises that all of the major political parties are considering the use of price mechanisms to manage the adverse impact of over-consumption of alcohol; considers that the most recent substantive contributions to this debate have come from the Scottish Government, which has proposed a flat-rate minimum price of 45p per unit of alcohol on all types of alcoholic products, and from the Labour Party-appointed Alcohol Commission, which has recommended the use of cost of production, duty and VAT to set a minimum price for each type or strength of alcoholic product; notes further that the Alcohol Commission’s report fails to mention or assess the impact of its proposals on the Scotch whisky industry or on jobs in Scotland’s high quality drinks sector, and considers that, unlike the Scottish Government’s proposal, which uses a flat-rate minimum price per unit of alcohol to deliver maximum health benefits, the Alcohol Commission’s proposals, if adopted across the United Kingdom, would see prices fall and risk an exodus of jobs from Scotland’s alcohol industry as manufacturers seek to lower the cost of production.

*S3M-6936 John Wilson: The House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band Celebrate Centenary—That the Parliament congratulates the House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band, which is celebrating its centenary year; commends what it considers to be the hard work put in by all those involved with the band to maintain the standard of excellence that has led it to achieve the numerous world and European championship titles and many champions of champions titles that have earned it much-deserved international acclaim; considers that the band has shown what outstanding talent there is in Scotland, and wishes it continued success throughout the centenary year and beyond.

*S3M-6935 Bob Doris: Local Authority Contracts and Organised Crime—That the Parliament encourages local authorities to be at the forefront of society’s fight against serious and organised crime; welcomes the introduction of the information-sharing protocol between Strathclyde Police and Glasgow City Council and similar protocols between Strathclyde Police and East Renfrewshire, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire councils, and calls on local authorities not to award transport contracts to companies that do not possess an appropriate operator’s licence and to urgently review any contracts currently awarded to such companies.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stewart Maxwell*, Bill Butler*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-6934 Bill Kidd: Growing International Consensus for Nuclear Disarmament—That the Parliament endorses the comments made by the foreign ministers of Japan and Germany, Katsuya Okada and Guido Westerwelle, in the Wall Street Journal Online concerning nuclear disarmament; notes that the United States of America and Russia have begun decreasing their nuclear weapons supplies; further recognises the main points of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2010; considers the need for disarmament of nuclear weapons, and believes that it is essential for the UK Government to begin disarmament in the United Kingdom immediately with the decommissioning of Trident.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Anne McLaughlin*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Stewart Maxwell*, Bill Butler*, Aileen Campbell*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6933 ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Virus Link Found in Children (lodged on 7 September 2010) Angela Constance*, Elaine Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-6932# Silence in George Square (lodged on 7 September 2010) Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-6931♦ Investing in the Future of Scotland’s Peatlands (lodged on 7 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6930 Congratulations to PSYBT West Lothian Business Awards Winners 2010 (lodged on 7 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Robin Harper*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jackie Baillie*, Rhona Brankin*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-6929# Dr Elsie Inglis and Her Scottish Angels (lodged on 7 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Hugh O’Donnell*, David McLetchie*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-6928 East Renfrewshire Food Festival (lodged on 7 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Elaine Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*, Maureen Watt*, Aileen Campbell*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-6926 Trackplot on Course for Success (lodged on 7 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-6925 Paisley Abbey Drain Excavation (lodged on 7 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh Henry*, Robin Harper*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-6924 Auchengeich Colliery Disaster (lodged on 7 September 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Aileen Campbell*, Cathy Jamieson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Marlyn Glen*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-6922 Congratulations to the Bullwood Project (lodged on 6 September 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-6920# The Importance of RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth (lodged on 6 September 2010) Jack McConnell*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-6919 Call for an Edwin Morgan Memorial (lodged on 6 September 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-6918 Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery Disaster (lodged on 6 September 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6917 Job Boost for Glasgow’s Financial Services (lodged on 6 September 2010) John Wilson*

S3M-6916 Congratulations to the Cramond Association on its 50th Anniversary (lodged on 6 September 2010) Jim Hume*, Mike Pringle*, Robin Harper*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-6915 Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival (lodged on 6 September 2010) Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Butler*

S3M-6914 Entrepreneurial Success (lodged on 6 September 2010) Robin Harper*

S3M-6913 Israeli and Palestinian Peace Talks (lodged on 6 September 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6912 Well Done Ricky (lodged on 6 September 2010) Bill Kidd*, Helen Eadie*, Jack McConnell*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-6910 Land O’ Burns Brass Band Competition (lodged on 3 September 2010) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-6909 Holyrood Secondary School Fair Trade Group (lodged on 3 September 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-6906# Glas-goals Aiming High (lodged on 3 September 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6897 Buchanan Galleries Expansion Plans (lodged on 2 September 2010) Elaine Smith*, Robin Harper*

S3M-6896 A Step Backwards for Asbestos-related Conditions (lodged on 1 September 2010) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-6895 Improved Mobile Phone Coverage in Rural Areas (lodged on 1 September 2010) John Lamont*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-6890 50 Years of Alcoholics Anonymous in Dumbarton and District (lodged on 1 September 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6886 Keeping the Heat on for Edinburgh’s Residents (lodged on 30 August 2010) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-6881# Drop-off Charges at Edinburgh Airport (lodged on 30 August 2010) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-6879.1 The UK June 2010 Budget and Equality Assessments (lodged on 6 September 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6875 NHS Lanarkshire is UK Pioneer for New Osteoporosis Service (lodged on 27 August 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6871 International Literacy Day 2010 (lodged on 25 August 2010) Bill Butler*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Helen Eadie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Hugh Henry*, Cathie Craigie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-6862 Jobs Boost at Vion (Cambuslang) (lodged on 24 August 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6859 Wear it Pink 2010 (lodged on 23 August 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-6858 Cancellation of Rosyth-Zeebrugge Passenger Service (lodged on 23 August 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6854 Congratulations to Motherwell College (lodged on 20 August 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6852 Footprints for Peace (lodged on 20 August 2010) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-6849 National Poet Edwin Morgan (lodged on 20 August 2010) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-6848 Scotland’s Commonwealth Games Hopefuls (lodged on 20 August 2010) Bill Kidd*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6837 Scotland’s Best Pipe Band (lodged on 19 August 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6808 Keep the Rosyth Aircraft Carrier Contracts (lodged on 11 August 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6804.1 International Youth Day (lodged on 19 August 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6796 Housing Benefit Changes (lodged on 6 August 2010) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-6773 Titian’s a Hit! (lodged on 29 July 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6757 Carers Strategy (lodged on 26 July 2010) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-6738 United Kingdom A Key Player in £250 Billion Tax Losses in the Developing World (lodged on 15 July 2010) Joe FitzPatrick*

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