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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-7107 Kenny MacAskill: The Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Membership of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission) Amendment Order 2010—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Membership of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission) Amendment Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-7106 Kenny MacAskill: The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (Supplemental and Consequential Provisions) Order 2010—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (Supplemental and Consequential Provisions) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-7105 Fergus Ewing: Legal Services (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill*

*S3M-7104 Dave Thompson: Scotland’s Level Crossings Need Barriers Now—That the Parliament acknowledges the report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch into the fatal accident in Halkirk in September 2009; notes that the report highlights the failure of Network Rail to learn safety lessons from four previous accidents at the crossing and that the company should have taken these previous accidents into account in its consideration of the installation of barriers; further notes that investigators found that safety measures that were identified during previous inspections had not been implemented by Network Rail at the time of the accident; urges Network Rail to upgrade the level crossing at Halkirk immediately and install barriers; further calls on Network Rail to seriously consider the upgrading of all 22 other open level crossings in Scotland and to produce a timetable for this and the installation of barriers; calls on the Scottish Government to assist Network Rail in the funding of these vital safety measures; considers that barriers can give the highest level of guarantee of public safety at level crossings, and further considers that the safety of level crossings across Scotland is of paramount importance to the safety of motorists, train drivers and their passengers alike.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-7103 Angela Constance: Congratulations to Livingston and District Horticultural Society for Re-establishing the Annual Flower Show—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance and value of local initiatives such as the Livingston and District Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show, many of which have disappeared over the years from local calendars; applauds the efforts and diligence of the members of Livingston and District Horticultural Society in re-establishing this event; congratulates the members for staging what it considers a highly successful 2010 show that showcased exhibits of a very high standard, and encourages other local communities to re-establish such a worthwhile venture.

*S3M-7102 Stuart McMillan: Friends of Wemyss Bay Station Wins Best Station Adoption Group—That the Parliament congratulates the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station for winning the Best Station Adoption Group at the recent ACoRP Community Rail Awards ceremony held at Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea; notes that the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station, which was formed in March 2009, was praised for taking over the empty accommodation at the station and creating a bookshop and gallery; further notes that the group now has 250 members and has published its first book alongside persuading Network Rail to renovate the station, and considers that all members of the group thoroughly deserve the recognition for adopting and renovating Wemyss Bay Station in light of all their hard work.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-7101 Stuart McMillan: Union 10—That the Parliament congratulates all who took part in the Union 10 event between 24 and 26 September 2010 along the Union Canal; notes that the event celebrated the 10 years since the canal route reopened for public use; acknowledges that over 60 vessels took part and considers that this proved to be a spectacular sight to see; further notes that events took place along the canal starting at Edinburgh, including a ceilidh, jazz night and a concluding festival at the Falkirk Wheel, and believes that the interest in the event will have boosted marine tourism in central Scotland and celebrated what it considers the rich cultural heritage that Scotland has in boating.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-7100 Stuart McMillan: Congratulations to Port Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates Port Glasgow Town Centre Tenants and Residents Association on winning a bronze medal at the Beautiful Scotland awards; notes that entrants were judged on the three criteria of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation; further notes the hard work that the community has put in to successfully transform the local environment, and hopes that Port Glasgow can continue to build on this success.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Anne McLaughlin*

*S3M-7099 Rob Gibson: First Young Highland Chef of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Fiona Murray of Helmsdale, the winner of Young Highland Chef of the Year 2010 at the inauguration of what it considers a prestigious competition held in the Burghfield House Hotel, Dornoch, organised by Taste of Tain; notes that the event attracted a panel of judges, led by Albert Roux, from what are considered some of the top restaurants in the country, including Glen Watson, Steven Docherty, Brian Maule, Andrew Fairlie, Martin Wishart and Derek Johnstone; welcomes the foresight of the organiser of the Taste of Tain team, Carole Herd, in collaborating with the Burghfield hotel school, which is part of the North Highland College of the UHI Millennium Institute, to inaugurate what can become an annual competition, thanks to the generosity and commitment of Albert Roux and the leading chefs whom he has trained, that will emphasise the talent among young Highland chefs and the fresh and nutritious produce available locally for their art to flourish; thanks all 14 contestants for what it considers was a culinary delight, and wishes them all good fortune in the cause of fine dining and the example set by chefs in hotels and restaurants far from the large cities.

*S3M-7098 Kenneth Gibson: A New Life for Portencross Castle—That the Parliament congratulates the Friends of Portencross Castle (FOPC) on its 12 years of hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to restoring what it considers this magnificent structure and opening it to the public for the first time in its 650 year history; celebrates the castle’s official opening by Nicola Benedetti on Sunday 26 September 2010 at a packed ceremony; acknowledges that FOPC was awarded grant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and the Architectural Heritage Fund and received support from many local charities, North Ayrshire Council and individuals totalling over £1 million to restore what is viewed as this iconic Clyde coast castle, and encourages the continued support of conservation work by becoming a Guardian of Portencross Castle at

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-7097 Congratulations to Uddingston Pride (lodged on 24 September 2010) John Lamont*, Bill Aitken*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-7096 Congratulations to Beautiful North Lanarkshire (lodged on 24 September 2010) Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-7095 Victoria and Albert Museum (lodged on 24 September 2010) Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Marlyn Glen*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-7094 Beautiful Scotland Awards (lodged on 24 September 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Marlyn Glen*, Bob Doris*, Tricia Marwick*

S3M-7092 Naming of the RV Actinia (lodged on 24 September 2010) Gil Paterson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-7091 Dundee Museum of Transport (lodged on 24 September 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Marlyn Glen*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-7090 Green Gym Comes to West Wemyss (lodged on 24 September 2010) Kenneth Gibson*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Claire Baker*

S3M-7083 Beautiful Glenrothes (lodged on 23 September 2010) Angela Constance*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-7081 University of Dundee World Rankings (lodged on 23 September 2010) Maureen Watt*, Gil Paterson*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-7078 Another Successful Year for Dumbarton Road Corridor Addiction Forum (lodged on 23 September 2010) Bill Aitken*

S3M-7075 Congratulations to Brian Hurcombe, the Best Bus Driver in Scotland (lodged on 23 September 2010) Robin Harper*

S3M-7073 Sensible Driving, Always Arriving (lodged on 23 September 2010) Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*

S3M-7072# Scotland’s Nuclear Weapons-free Zones (lodged on 23 September 2010) Angela Constance*, Robin Harper*

S3M-7065 Adult Education (lodged on 23 September 2010) Gil Paterson*, Trish Godman*, Maureen Watt*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-7063 Carluke Rotary Club’s Calls for Heroes Initiative (lodged on 23 September 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-7060 World Parkinson’s Congress (lodged on 22 September 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-7059 Edinburgh Chamber’s Business Rate Plea (lodged on 22 September 2010) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-7057 Congratulations to Caurnie Soap (lodged on 22 September 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-7055 Fossil Fuel Levy (lodged on 22 September 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-7054 A Reduction in Smoking Means Fewer Asthma Attacks (lodged on 22 September 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-7052 Business and Human Rights Conference, October 2010 (lodged on 22 September 2010) Robin Harper*

S3M-7048 Congratulations to Glenrothes Heritage Centre (lodged on 22 September 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-7038 Shine on Scotland International Summit (lodged on 21 September 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7034 Congratulations to SCDI Highlands and Islands 2010 Business Excellence Award Winners (lodged on 21 September 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7026 Suicide Prevention Week (lodged on 20 September 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7024 Supporting Epilepsy Specialist Nurses (lodged on 20 September 2010) Nicol Stephen*

S3M-7022 Benefit Cuts to Mortgage Interest Payments (lodged on 20 September 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7017# Self Management Week (lodged on 20 September 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7016 Imminent Trident Decision Still Pending (lodged on 17 September 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-7014 Solicitor of the Year (lodged on 17 September 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-6999# Armed Service Advice Project (ASAP) (lodged on 15 September 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-6997 Roma Rights and Free Movement of People (lodged on 15 September 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6993 Mental Health Awareness Week (lodged on 15 September 2010) Mary Mulligan*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6979 Tackling the Link Between Poverty and Educational Underachievement (lodged on 14 September 2010) Tom McCabe*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-6970 Bonsai in the Botanics (lodged on 13 September 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-6654# Increasing Access to Self-monitoring and Self-management of Anticoagulation Therapy (lodged on 24 June 2010) Angela Constance*, Mary Mulligan*

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