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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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 http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsandamendments/motions.htm.

A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsandamendments/index.htm.

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-7274 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 27 October 2010—

delete

followed by SPCB Question Time

followed by Ministerial Statement: Literacy Action Plan

followed by Health and Sport Committee Debate: Report on out-of-hours healthcare provision in rural areas

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and insert

followed by Debate on a Government Motion to treat the proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention, and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill as an Emergency Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

3.20 pmSPCB Question Time

followed by Ministerial Statement: Literacy Action Plan

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Proceedings: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

(b) the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 28 October 2010—

delete

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

and insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Economic and Social Impact of the Strategic Defence and Security Review

*S3M-7273 Jeremy Purvis: Support for Business—That the Parliament notes that there has been a stark increase in appeals to valuation boards over non-domestic rates following the 2010 revaluation, with approximately 30% of businesses appealing the new rates; believes that the increase in appeals reflects the fact that a lack of transitional relief has caused serious cash-flow problems for businesses and concerns that jobs will be lost; shares the view of the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce that small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) support is not a substitute for transitional relief for the hardest hit; notes that the Scottish Government’s net income from non-domestic rates has increased by £150 million following the revaluation, despite Scottish ministers’ claims that the revaluation is revenue neutral, and calls on the Scottish Government to work constructively with Scotland’s business community to agree and deliver a transitional rates relief scheme and to identify ways in which to improve the revaluation process for the future.

*S3M-7272 Shona Robison: Carers and Young Carers Strategy—That the Parliament welcomes the publication, in July 2010, of the carers and young carers strategy for Scotland for 2010 to 2015, Caring Together and Getting It Right For Young Carers; notes that this strategy has been produced jointly with COSLA and informed by a wide range of stakeholders; recognises the importance of providing effective and timely support to Scotland’s estimated 657,000 unpaid carers in order to sustain them in their vital role in caring for relatives or friends affected by disability, illness or substance misuse, a role that benefits their families, local communities, Scottish society and the economy, and agrees that young carers should be relieved of inappropriate caring roles and supported to be children and young people first and foremost.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*

*S3M-7271 Des McNulty: Congratulations to The Banter Magazine, West Dunbartonshire—That the Parliament celebrates what it considers the tremendous achievement by West Dunbartonshire Communityand Volunteering Services (WDCVS) in having The Banter Magazine shortlisted for Best Small Publishing Company Magazine and Best Consumer Design Magazine in the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) Scottish Magazine Awards 2010, in which it will compete against established publications such as The Big Issue and The List; applauds what it sees as the tremendous contribution of enthusiasmand commitmentfrom both staff and volunteers that have led to this nomination, and hopes that this publication will continue to raise awareness of volunteering and active citizenship in a highly relevant way.

*S3M-7270 Jamie Stone: Banning Bisphenol A—That the Parliament is concerned that numerous studies and evaluations published in peer-reviewed medical journals have raised consistent and compelling concerns about the potential health risks of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA); understands that BPA has been found to leak from the plastic used in many baby feeding bottles, especially when the bottles are heated or are scratched through continual usage; notes that baby bottles containing the chemical can still be sold in the United Kingdom despite being withdrawn in Canada, Denmark and some American states; further notes Japan’s canning and bottling industry’s successful voluntary use-reduction of BPA and Canada’s recent decision to classify BPA as a toxic substance; expresses support for the No More BPA campaign led by Breast Cancer UK, and urges the Scottish Government to introduce regulations to end the use of BPA, particularly in baby bottles.

*S3M-7269 Liam McArthur: Renewable Energy—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the UK Government to allow the Fossil Fuel Levy surplus to be deployed for its purpose of supporting renewables in Scotland by delivering £250 million of additional funding for Scotland through the green investment bank; recognises that this offer will provide substantial additional resources for Scotland, in excess of the accumulated £180 million Fossil Fuel Levy surplus, and represents significant progress in releasing these funds to Scotland; supports the early establishment of the Green Investment Bank, and calls on the Scottish Government to signal its agreement in principle to this offer and agree to draw down the existing and future surpluses to fund spending on renewables.

*S3M-7268 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-7267 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-7266 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-7265 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

*S3M-7264 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

*S3M-7263 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Revised Code of Conduct for Councillors for the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 be approved.

*S3M-7262 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the deadline for consideration of the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 26 November 2010.

*S3M-7261 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the deadline for consideration of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be extended to 5 November 2010.

*S3M-7260 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 November 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 November 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 10 November 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 November 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-7259♦ Johann Lamont: Support for Children in Family and Friends Care—That the Parliament notes that there is estimated to be a minimum of 13,400 children in kinship (family and friends) care in Glasgow and throughout Scotland; understands that three out of four of these families are living in poverty and that kinship care is frequently the best form of early intervention as well as a longer-term option for children requiring non-parental care, particularly for those who have experienced multiple traumas; notes that kinship care is estimated to save the Scottish Government and local authorities £536 million per year in reduced care costs; considers with regret that the Scottish Government, the UK Government and Scottish local authorities have not yet been able to ensure provision of adequate financial, educational and other supports for children looked after by kinship carers; considers that there is currently insufficient joint working across all levels of government, and believes that kinship care provision is best developed with the involvement of kinship carers themselves as part of the decision-making process and that this would ensure that all policies are based on the needs of the child and that there is no discrimination of kinship carers based on their legal status or postcode.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Rhona Brankin*, Marlyn Glen*, David Stewart*, Duncan McNeil*, Michael McMahon*, George Foulkes*

*S3M-7258 Pauline McNeill: Tennents Bar Glasgow—That the Parliament notes the recent sale of Tennents Bar on Byres Road in Glasgow’s west end; notes the strength of feeling against potential changes and is aware of petitions against the move; considers that Tennents Bar has become a landmark on Byres Road and a Glasgow institution, and recognises that it has become a much-loved establishment.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*

*S3M-7257 George Foulkes: Congratulations to the SPSA Staff at Howdenhall, Edinburgh—That the Parliament notes that the staff at the Edinburgh Forensic Laboratory at Howdenhall are to receive an award at the Scottish Policing Awards on 1 November 2010 in recognition of their response to a firebomb attack on the facility in February 2010; further notes that the staff were recipients of a Scottish Policing Award last year in relation to the conviction of Peter Tobin for the murder of Vicki Hamilton; believes that this is further evidence of the top quality service that the staff at Howdenhall provide; urges the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to give equal consideration to option 2 in the Scottish Police Service Authority’s (SPSA) Forensic Services Modernisation Options Paper; asks the cabinet secretary to publish the option recommended by SPSA as soon as possible in order to allow what it considers proper scrutiny to be made before a decision is reached; considers that the SPSA consultation process was a sham, and is of the view that a withdrawal in key services at the forensics lab at Howdenhall would succeed where a firebomb failed.

Supported by: James Kelly*, Helen Eadie*, David McLetchie*

*S3M-7256 Bill Aitken on behalf of the Justice Committee: Criminal Sentencing (Equity Fines) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament, under Rule 9.14.18(b), does not agree to the general principles of the Criminal Sentencing (Equity Fines) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Bill Butler*

*S3M-7255♦ Elaine Murray: Launch of A76 Five Point Action Plan—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock trunk road five point action plan on 19 November 2010; considers the improvement of the A76 to be essential for the economic regeneration of the corridor from Dumfries to Kilmarnock as it will enhance job opportunities and economic growth in the former coalfield regeneration area; notes that the accident rate on rural sections of the A76 is nearly 50% above the national rate for this type of road and believes that improvements to the road are necessary to improve road safety and regrets therefore the decision not to proceed with the Ellisland improvement scheme, and congratulates Dumfries and Galloway Council, East Ayrshire Council, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, Strathclyde Police and the South West and Strathclyde Regional Transport Partnerships for working in partnership to produce the five point plan and to promote its implementation.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson*

*S3M-7254 Christine Grahame: Saluting 40 Years of Central Borders CAB—That the Parliament notes the 40th anniversary of the Central Borders Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), which was launched with an annual budget of just £50 in 1970; considers that the Central Borders CAB has played a vital role in supporting individuals and families, and pays tribute to the work of staff and volunteers who provide high-quality professional advice while continuing to raise funds to maintain what it considers this crucial local service.

*S3M-7253 Margaret Mitchell: East Kilbride Engineering Services—That the Parliament acknowledges the work of East Kilbride Engineering Services (EKES), based in East Kilbride, which was established in 1996 and employs over 250engineers in sites throughout Scotland, the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe; notes the company’s expertise in the aerospace, automotive, marine and oil and gas industries; further notes the company’s origins in the aerospace industry and its continuing work as the only majorcompany in Scotland providing design and analysis on various aerospace projects, including the joint strike fighter and the A380, and welcomes EKES’s involvement with the Advanced Forming Research Centre, considered a world-class research facility and which supports fundamental and applied research in forming and forging of materials, based at the University of Strathclyde.

*S3M-7252 Margaret Mitchell: Dyslexia Awareness Week 2010—That the Parliament notes that Dyslexia Awareness Week, now in its 20th year, is scheduled to take place from 1 to 7 November 2010 and that this year’s theme is hidden dyslexia; understands that one in 10 people are thought to be dyslexic in some manner and that this equates to half a million people in Scotland; acknowledges the importance of the early recognition of dyslexia and believes that this should be followed up by appropriate teaching and support at school, in the workplace and at home to ensure that people with dyslexia are not isolated; believes that there is a link between those with unidentified or unsupported dyslexia and offending, mental health issues and unemployment, and hopes that Dyslexia Awareness Week will highlight the issue and help more people recognise and understand dyslexia.

S3M-07212 Gil Paterson (West of Scotland) (Scottish National Party): Report on Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland— That the Parliament agrees that the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 6th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland (SP Paper 491), together with the Official Report of the Parliament’s debate on the report, should form the Parliament’s response to the consultation by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-7251# Megrahi Petition (lodged on 25 October 2010) Ted Brocklebank*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Wilson*, Sandra White*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-7250 Congratulations to Councillor Eddie Phillips, Best Green Campaigner/Activist 2010 (lodged on 25 October 2010) Elaine Smith*, John Park*, Jackie Baillie*, Des McNulty*, Karen Whitefield*, George Foulkes*, Patrick Harvie*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-7249 People’s Postcode Lottery Launches Dream Fund (lodged on 25 October 2010) Jackie Baillie*, Rhona Brankin*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-7246 John Paul Academy, 6,000 Hours of Volunteering (lodged on 25 October 2010) Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, Des McNulty*, Karen Whitefield*, Paul Martin*

S3M-7245 Caldercuilt Puppeteers (lodged on 25 October 2010) Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, Pauline McNeill*, Karen Whitefield*, Paul Martin*

S3M-7244 1st Birthday of Caldercuilt Primary School Bank (lodged on 25 October 2010) Jackie Baillie*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-7243 Jessie Griffin, an HiQ Hero (lodged on 25 October 2010) Jim Hume*, Angela Constance*

S3M-7242 South Lanarkshire Eats Well (lodged on 25 October 2010) Elaine Smith*, Jim Hume*

S3M-7241 Nuclear Submarine Runs Aground off Skye (lodged on 22 October 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-7239 Fireworks and Furry Fings (lodged on 22 October 2010) Rhoda Grant*, Brian Adam*

S3M-7236# Citizens Advice Scotland and Employment and Support Allowance Constituency Profiles (lodged on 21 October 2010) Brian Adam*

S3M-7235# Addressing Young Offenders’ Communication Support Needs (lodged on 21 October 2010) Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-7233 Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane (lodged on 20 October 2010) Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*

S3M-7231♦ Scrapping of the Security Industry Authority (lodged on 19 October 2010) Maureen Watt*, Brian Adam*

S3M-7227 There Is a Better Way (lodged on 18 October 2010) Cathy Peattie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Brian Adam*

S3M-7224 Women’s National Commission (lodged on 18 October 2010) Elaine Murray*

S3M-7207 Kirkintilloch Walkers are Welcome (lodged on 13 October 2010) Annabel Goldie*

S3M-7198 Good Luck to Sean Newall for the Commonwealth Challenge (lodged on 11 October 2010) Jim Hume*

S3M-7192# We Would Make 500 Fairtrade Towns (lodged on 8 October 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7169# World Arthritis Day, 12 October 2010 (lodged on 6 October 2010) Jackie Baillie*, Karen Gillon*, George Foulkes*, Rhona Brankin*, Stewart Maxwell*, Marlyn Glen*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-7150 The Burden of Pneumococcal Disease (lodged on 5 October 2010) Elaine Smith*, Margaret Mitchell*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-7086 Continuously Caring Carers, The Older Families Charter (lodged on 24 September 2010) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-7072# Scotland’s Nuclear Weapons-free Zones (lodged on 23 September 2010) Stewart Maxwell*, Patrick Harvie*

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