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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-7310 Sarah Boyack: Edinburgh University Settlement Declares Bankruptcy—That the Parliament notes that Edinburgh University Settlement has ceased operations after running up debts of more than £300,000; is concerned that this will result in 40 members of staff being made redundant and over 200 learners having their courses withdrawn; notes that the majority of these learners are from disadvantaged backgrounds, are disabled or have English as a second language; further notes that Edinburgh University Settlement provided these groups with a range of services including adult and community education, employment and vocational training projects and support for people coping with mental health issues, and urges support from all stakeholders involved in Edinburgh University Settlement to work to ensure that the services provided by the projects are continued to the benefit of users.

*S3M-7309 Patricia Ferguson: Fireworks in Maryhill—That the Parliament notes the success of the Maryhill Winter Festival and congratulates Maryhill Community Council for what it considers its hard work and creativity in making this event such a success; recognises the contribution of all those who took part in the Halloween Costume competition; congratulates the winners in the various age categories, and considers that the excellent fireworks display provided an appropriate climax to the day.

*S3M-7308 Christina McKelvie: The Return of The Street—That the Parliament notes that Regen:fx Youth Trust in Hamilton’s immersive drama project, The Street, is scheduled to return for a month-long run from 15 November 2010; understands that The Street combines hard-hitting theatre performance with youth work and education to explore topics including vandalism, bullying and intimidation, substance abuse, sexual health, knife crime, personal safety and domestic violence; further notes that the project not only works with targeted groups of young people who have been identified as being at particular risk of becoming involved in crime but also that the drama is performed by young people who have themselves previously participated in the project; believes that this model of peer-to-peer discussion, backed up by strong professional support, which challenges harmful behaviour by young people, highlighting the consequences of their actions and encourages them to question their life choices, is an effective way of communicating with at-risk young people; further believes that this model has the potential to reduce offending by young people in communities across Scotland, and commends the work of Hamilton’s Regen:fx Youth Trust and all those involved in this innovative project.

*S3M-7307 Linda Fabiani: East Kilbride Folk Festival—That the Parliament sends good wishes for the success of the first ever East Kilbride Folk Festival, which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 November 2010; notes that the festival line-up includes a wealth of musical talent from the town of East Kilbride itself as well as traditional and folk singers and musicians from across Scotland; is delighted at the involvement of children from St Vincent’s and Crosshouse primary schools in East Kilbride, who have written songs to be performed during the festival; notes that ticket prices have been kept at what it considers to be a very affordable level and that entry to many sessions will be free; believes that this will enable the widest possible range of people to enjoy the festival, and looks forward to the East Kilbride Folk festival becoming a permanent fixture in Scotland’s traditional arts calendar in years to come.

*S3M-7306 Irene Oldfather: Alzheimer Scotland Helpline Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Helpline on celebrating its 21st year in operation; notes that the helpline is a 24-hour confidential service staffed by trained volunteers and provides information and emotional support to people with the illness as well as their carers, loved ones and health professionals; acknowledges the hard work undertaken by volunteers and considers that, with the anticipated increase in the number of people with dementia in Scotland, the helpline will continue to play a key role in helping people manage the condition; therefore thanks the volunteers and staff at Alzheimer Scotland for what it considers their invaluable work, and looks forward to another successful 21 years.

*S3M-7305 Elaine Smith: Scotland’s Oldest College—That the Parliament congratulates Coatbridge College on celebrating its 145th anniversary; notes that a graduation ceremony took place in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 27 October 2010, with the graduates hearing from Fraser Doherty, the Chief Executive of SuperJam, who shared what it considers to be his inspiring story of how he has gone from starting his own small jam-making business as a teenager to supplying major retailers across the country and eventually becoming the first person outwith North America to win the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year award; recognises what it considers to be the excellent work undertaken by the Principal, the Board of Management and all the staff involved at Scotland’s oldest college; congratulates the class of 2010 on their graduation, and wishes them continued success in the future.

Supported by: David Whitton*, Bill Butler*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, Maureen Watt*, Mary Mulligan*, Claire Baker*, Mr Frank McAveety*

*S3M-7304 Stuart McMillan: Glenfiddich Piping Championship—That the Parliament congratulates Angus MacColl of Benderloch, Oban, on winning the 2010 Glenfiddich Piping Championship; further congratulates the youngest finalist, 18-year-old Faye Henderson from Kirriemuir, on becoming the first woman to reach the final in more than 20 years; understands that the event is seen as piping’s ultimate accolade and is only open to pipers who have been successful in that year’s other prestigious competitions; further notes that this is Mr MacColl’s third victory at this event, having previously won the trophy in 1995 and 2006, and wishes Mr MacColl and Ms Henderson the best of luck for the future.

*S3M-7303 Stuart McMillan: Ocean Youth Trust Scotland Shortlisted for The People’s Millions—That the Parliament congratulates Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYTS) on being shortlisted to go forward to the People’s Millions public vote scheduled to take place on 22 November 2010; understands that this project, Sea Change in Young People, aims to inspire positive change in 84 disadvantaged young people through the challenge of adventure under sail; believes that it will enable them to connect with what it considers to be the spectacular Scottish coastline for what might be the first time, and wishes the project every success in the vote. R

*S3M-7302 Richard Baker: Scottish Police Muslim Association—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA) on hosting the Crime Affects All Communities event on 3 November 2010; notes that the event is aimed at the Asian community and seeks to raise awareness of the risk posed by organised criminals and to identify ways of reporting in confidence; recognises that, delivered along with the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, the event will bring together experts from law enforcement to examine a range of issues, including the role of Crimestoppers and how serious organised crime impacts on Scotland; congratulates the SPMA on all its work, and, recognising that this will be the first time that such an event has taken place in engaging with the Asian communities in this particular manner, hopes that it will lead to similar events in the future.

*S3M-7301 Christina McKelvie: Equal Pay Day, 2 November—That the Parliament notes that 2 November 2010 is Equal Pay Day in the United Kingdom; further considers that this date is significant because the full-time pay gap between women and men is equivalent to men being paid all the year round while women work for free after 2 November; further notes that 40 years after the Equal Pay Act women working full-time in the UK are still paid on average 16.4% less per hour than men; believes that equal pay is a fundamental right; calls on the UK Government, in the 40th anniversary year of the Equal Pay Act, to step up action to close the gender pay gap once and for all, and fully supports the national day of action on 2 November to fight for equal pay for women.

*S3M-7300 Joe FitzPatrick: Dundee Science Festival—That the Parliament welcomes Dundee’s first science festival, organised by Dundee Science Centre and under the patronage of Professor Sir Philip Cohen, which celebrates Dundee as a city of science and will see, over the fortnight, what it considers an exciting programme of activities in diverse venues across Dundee, appealing to all in the community from the early years to adults, aiming to provide inspiring lifelong learning, and wishes the centre and festival every success in this exciting venture.

*S3M-7299 Malcolm Chisholm: Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2010—That the Parliament welcomes the designation of November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month; notes that lung cancer remains Scotland’s leading cause of cancer death with just over 4,000 deaths each year; considers that, in order to decrease lung cancer mortality, increased investment in lung cancer research is needed, including research into improving early detection; commends the work of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in raising awareness and researching earlier diagnosis, and calls on the Scottish Government to continue to support work raising awareness about the early detection and prevention of Scotland’s biggest killer cancer.

*S3M-7298 Karen Gillon: NHS Lanarkshire’s Public Health Annual Report—That the Parliament notes the publication by NHS Lanarkshire of its Annual Report of the Director of Public Health 2009-10; welcomes the reported improvements in the health of the people of South Lanarkshire in terms of life expectancy, coronary heart disease mortality and cancer mortality while noting concern at continued health inequalities that exist between the richest and poorest in communities; further notes the report’s warning regarding dangers to health of the current economic downturn; commends the ongoing work of NHS Lanarkshire, along with partner organisations including South Lanarkshire Council, to tackle health inequalities through initiatives aimed at improving the lives of young people, helping people back into employment, tackling the problems associated with alcohol, drugs and violence, understanding of mental ill-health, tackling big killer diseases and understanding of links between physical environment and health, and urges the Scottish Government to support NHS Lanarkshire and other NHS boards across Scotland to tackle health inequalities.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-7297 Loudoun Academy, Passionate about Pudsey (lodged on 29 October 2010) Jim Hume*, Sandra White*, Angela Constance*, Kenneth Gibson*, Cathy Jamieson*, Maureen Watt*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-7293 Scottish Success at World Karate Confederation Championships (lodged on 29 October 2010) Jamie McGrigor*, Sandra White*, Stewart Maxwell*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Angela Constance*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Hume*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-7290 Biggar Little Festival (lodged on 29 October 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*

S3M-7289 NAe Bother (lodged on 28 October 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7288 Congratulations to the Barred! Campaign (lodged on 28 October 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7281 First Cardinal for Zambia (lodged on 27 October 2010) Michael Matheson*

S3M-7280 Alasdair Gray Rejects Lib Dem Cuts (lodged on 27 October 2010) Michael Matheson*

S3M-7270 Banning Bisphenol A (lodged on 26 October 2010) Nicol Stephen*

S3M-7259.1♦ Support for Children in Family and Friends Care (lodged on 29 October 2010) Sandra White*

S3M-7252 Dyslexia Awareness Week 2010 (lodged on 26 October 2010) Liam McArthur*

S3M-7250 Congratulations to Councillor Eddie Phillips, Best Green Campaigner/Activist 2010 (lodged on 25 October 2010) Bill Butler*

S3M-7249 People’s Postcode Lottery Launches Dream Fund (lodged on 25 October 2010) Bill Butler*

S3M-7246 John Paul Academy, 6,000 Hours of Volunteering (lodged on 25 October 2010) Bill Butler*

S3M-7245 Caldercuilt Puppeteers (lodged on 25 October 2010) Bill Butler*

S3M-7244 1st Birthday of Caldercuilt Primary School Bank (lodged on 25 October 2010) Bill Butler*

S3M-7242 South Lanarkshire Eats Well (lodged on 25 October 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7240 Scotland’s Engagement with Malawi (lodged on 22 October 2010) Michael Matheson*

S3M-7239 Fireworks and Furry Fings (lodged on 22 October 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

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

S3M-7233 Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane (lodged on 20 October 2010) Michael Matheson*

S3M-7232 Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action 2010 (lodged on 19 October 2010) Michael Matheson*

S3M-7231# Scrapping of the Security Industry Authority (lodged on 19 October 2010) Michael Matheson*

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

S3M-7169# World Arthritis Day, 12 October 2010 (lodged on 6 October 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-7150 The Burden of Pneumococcal Disease (lodged on 5 October 2010) Annabel Goldie*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-7053 Scottish Quad Champion (lodged on 22 September 2010) Angela Constance*

S3M-6874 80th Anniversary of St Kilda Evacuation (lodged on 26 August 2010) Angela Constance*

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