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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-7508 Cathy Peattie: Carers Rights Day—That the Parliament notes that Friday 3 December 2010 is Carers Rights Day; acknowledges and values what it considers the substantial contribution made by over 700,000 unpaid carers and young carers across Scotland; welcomes the practical and emotional support provided by the network of Princess Royal Trust for Carers Centres across Scotland; recognises what is seen as the critical work of Falkirk Carers Centre in identifying and supporting over 53,000 carers and young carers; understands that, despite what it considers their valuable work and social impact and the inclusion of £5 million of Carer Information Strategy funding for NHS boards in the draft budget, carers organisations across Scotland continue to face significant funding challenges as a result of local government cuts, and believes that all parties should demonstrate their support for unpaid carers in the Parliament and in local constituencies and regions across the country as carers centres wait to hear about local core funding over the coming weeks.

*S3M-7507 Robert Brown: Silently Stressed, NUS Scotland’s Research on Student Stress—That the Parliament is concerned by the recent report from NUS Scotland on student stress, Silently Stressed: a survey into student mental wellbeing, which reported that student stress is on the rise, with over 90% of students feeling very stressed by examinations, 70% feeling very stressed by financial hardship and 50% feeling stressed while working in a paid job; is particularly alarmed that 40% of student counselling services surveyed were unable to meet demand from the student community and calls on Universities Scotland to ensure that student welfare and support services are adequately resourced to meet the reported increase in student stress; notes that over 80% of students surveyed felt that stigma around mental illness prevented them from seeking help, and calls for more work to be carried out on how the barrier of stigma can be overcome in encouraging students to come forward early to seek support for stress.

*S3M-7506♦ Des McNulty: St Margaret of Scotland Hospice—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the continuing uncertainty faced by Scotland’s largest hospice as a result of proposals to remove places for the care of older people with complex needs; considers with regret that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has failed to enter into positive and constructive discussions with the board of the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice aimed at securing the future of the hospice and the retention of what is considered its outstanding provision; believes that insufficient progress is being made toward finding a solution, and would welcome the continuation of what is considered this much-valued provision.

*S3M-7505♦ Nanette Milne: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation—That the Parliament supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in its campaign to increase awareness and understanding of type 1 diabetes; notes that Scotland has the third highest incidence of type 1 diabetes in Europe; understands that only 2% of people in Scotland with type 1 diabetes have access to an insulin pump in comparison with an average of 20% in the rest of Europe; acknowledges that insulin pumps can reduce the incidence of disabling hypoglycaemia and the risk of developing diabetic complications; would welcome progress on increasing access to insulin pumps for all people with type 1 diabetes who would benefit from using one, and recognises the importance of research funded by JDRF, such as recent work at the University of Aberdeen on the role that stem cell technology might play in finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, John Lamont*, Elizabeth Smith*, Murdo Fraser*, Mary Scanlon*

*S3M-7504♦ Alison McInnes: Getabout and liftshare—That the Parliament notes that, following the first ever liftshare week, membership of the UK-wide car-sharing network has now exceeded 400,000; further notes that car sharing, as well as bringing environmental benefits, can save participants money through shared travelling costs; congratulates liftshare on its recent success in the Contribution to the Community category at the Nectar Small Business Awards; considers outstanding the work of Getabout, a partnership between Nestrans, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils, local universities and other organisations, in promoting better transport choices, including car sharing, in the north east, and believes that encouraging car sharing and other more sustainable transport options can play a key part in helping the transport sector to meet its share of Scotland’s climate change reduction targets.

*S3M-7503 Patrick Harvie: Shawlands Town Centre—That the Parliament notes the longstanding efforts of Shawlands and Strathbungo Community Council as well as residents, businesses and community groups on Glasgow’s south side to push for the improvement of Shawlands town centre; recognises the work of the Shawlands Town Centre Steering Group, which published the results of a consultation exercise in April 2010 and which is working toward an action plan for the area; notes that the priorities identified in the consultation included the regeneration of Shawlands Arcade and better use of public space, including more greenery and facilities for a market; looks forward to the publication of the action plan and a commitment from Glasgow City Council to addressing these and other priorities; values the character of Shawlands and the diversity of local independent businesses, and hopes to see the great potential for improvement turned into a reality.

*S3M-7502 Alasdair Allan: Outer Hebrides to Mexico—That the Parliament congratulates the former crofter, Seumas MacDonald from South Uist, for representing the interests of threatened coastal communities around the world when he travelled to Mexico on 26 November 2010 in advance of the global UN climate change talks due to take place over the next fortnight; notes that Mr MacDonald, together with Oxfam Scotland, has raised awareness of the dangers faced by communities in Uist from coastal inundation and the wider lessons that these provide for coastal communities around the world at a time of rising sea levels; considers that, in Uist, there is a powerful example of the human as well as environmental impact of shifting coastlines and climate change, and welcomes the attention that Mr MacDonald is bringing to this issue.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-7501 Willie Coffey: Morag Ferguson, Science Teacher of the Year 2010—That the Parliament notes the importance of inspirational teachers who stimulate and motivate pupils to take an interest in the world around them and to pursue a better understanding of the world through the application of scientific enquiry; recognises that many teachers are dedicated to achieving this goal but considers that few are more dedicated than Morag Ferguson of Annanhill Primary School in Kilmarnock, winner of the Science Teacher of the Year Award 2010; welcomes the judges’ findings that Morag’s many different experiments and practical activities, explaining what is happening and why, had led to parents reporting that their children feeling excited on days when they are studying science, and considers Morag to be a valued member of the teaching profession and someone who inspires innovation, expression and creative thinking in the young people when she teaches.

*S3M-7500 Alasdair Allan: BT Alba Gaelic Debate 2010—That the Parliament congratulates Iain Murdo MacMillan and Christina Louise MacLeod of the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, on winning the final of the BT Alba Gaelic Debate 2010, held in the Scottish Parliament on 24 November; notes that Christina Louise MacLeod was also named as best debater of the competition; congratulates runner-up Millburn Academy, Inverness, on progressing so far in the competition and semi-finalists Castlebay school and Inverness Royal Academy and all other teams taking part in the competition; considers that a high standard of debate was shown throughout this year’s competition and final, and believes that this is an excellent showcase of the skills of Scotland’s young Gaelic speakers.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McLaughlin*, Rob Gibson*, John Wilson*, Sandra White*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-7499 People’s Postcode Lottery Welcomes the Woodland Trust Scotland as New Charity Partner (lodged on 26 November 2010) Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, John Wilson*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-7497 Congratulations to RockNess Music Festival (lodged on 26 November 2010) John Lamont*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jim Hume*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Aitken*, Kenneth Gibson*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-7495 Red Hat Events (lodged on 25 November 2010) Elaine Murray*, John Park*, Karen Whitefield*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-7494 Scotland’s Oldest Citizen (lodged on 25 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Sarah Boyack*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*

S3M-7492 Save RAF Leuchars (lodged on 25 November 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-7491 Roots of Empathy (lodged on 25 November 2010) Robin Harper*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-7490# UKBA’s Contempt Agenda for Scotland (lodged on 25 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7489# Lothian Homeopathy Clinic (lodged on 25 November 2010) Bill Butler*, Christine Grahame*, John Lamont*

S3M-7485 Condolences to All Affected by the New Zealand Mine Tragedy (lodged on 24 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7483 Out of the Blue is Scotland’s Social Vision (lodged on 24 November 2010) Joe FitzPatrick*, Anne McLaughlin*

S3M-7478 Christians Against Poverty (lodged on 24 November 2010) Elaine Murray*, Maureen Watt*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-7475 BAA Domestic Charges (lodged on 23 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7463 Moray Firth’s Spectacular Coastline (lodged on 23 November 2010) Elaine Murray*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-7461# Keep the Post Public (lodged on 23 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7457 Tax Avoidance (lodged on 22 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7452 Lothian Supported Carers Scheme (lodged on 22 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7450 Praise for Sustrans Cycle Network (lodged on 19 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-7448 Wick Marina Success (lodged on 19 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7447 St Patrick’s Opera Group (lodged on 19 November 2010) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-7446 Friends of Centenary Park (lodged on 19 November 2010) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-7444# Publication of the SIGN Guideline on Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (lodged on 19 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7440# Renewable Energy Skills Training (lodged on 18 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7435 Donor Milk Bank (lodged on 18 November 2010) Elaine Murray*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-7432 Congratulations to Voice of Carers Across Lothian (lodged on 17 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7430 UKBA Contract Impact on Supported Employment (lodged on 17 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7429 Growing Success (lodged on 16 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7428 World COPD Day (lodged on 16 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7416# Energy Best Deal Scotland Campaign (lodged on 16 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7414 Human Rights Abuses in Gambia (lodged on 16 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7412 Mushtaq Ahmad (lodged on 15 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7410 Aung San Suu Kyi, an International Inspiration (lodged on 15 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7406 Aung San Suu Kyi (lodged on 15 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7403 Congratulations to Rag Tag ‘n’ Textile (lodged on 12 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7393# Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS) (lodged on 11 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7390 Operation Christmas Child (lodged on 11 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7382 Kirkwall the UK’s Best Port in Cruise Awards (lodged on 10 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7373 Café Kisimul (lodged on 9 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7371 Westray Wins EAS EnergySavers Award 2010 (lodged on 9 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7370 Hepatitis C Action Plan for Scotland (lodged on 9 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Elaine Smith*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7369 China To Protect Scotch Whisky (lodged on 9 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7365 Kilts for Kids Day (lodged on 8 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7364 Westray Community Association Shortlisted for a People’s Millions Award (lodged on 8 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7359 Ray Jones Receives Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award (lodged on 5 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7350 Canada and Scotland (lodged on 4 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7348 Argyll and Bute School Closures (lodged on 4 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7325 Orkney Athletics Club, Joint Track and Field Club of the Year (lodged on 2 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7324 The Orkney Traditional Music Project (lodged on 2 November 2010) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-7310 Edinburgh University Settlement Declares Bankruptcy (lodged on 1 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

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