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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-7624 Ken Macintosh: Top Marks for Williamwood—That the Parliament congratulates Williamwood High School in East Renfrewshire on its recognition as the best performing secondary school in Scotland for the second year running; applauds the efforts of pupils, parents and staff in maintaining the highest standards at the school; pays particular tribute to the attainment levels of Williamwood pupils including what is considered the remarkable achievement of 46% achieving five or more Highers this year, and admires what it considers to be the hard work and enthusiasm, the quality of teaching, the good leadership, the support of the local authority and the involvement of parents and the wider community, all of which goes in to making Williamwood the success that it is.

*S3M-7623 Christine Grahame: Halt the Attack on WikiLeaks—That the Parliament condemns what it considers the assault on free speech by the US Government and other nation states in undermining the international new media website, WikiLeaks; understands that recent additional disclosures provide evidence that the US Government planned in February 2008 to "damage and destroy" WikiLeaks; deplores what it considers to be the overtly politically motivated efforts of the US and other governments in undermining WikiLeaks; believes that among the disclosures made by this groundbreaking website is evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses by the US and other governments, and urges all countries to resist any threats or diplomatic intimidation by the US and recognise that WikiLeaks has an important role in ensuring genuinely open, transparent and accountable government.

*S3M-7622 Christine Grahame: Remove the BBC Weather Tilt—That the Parliament renews calls on the BBC to remove the distorted tilt to the BBC television weather map; believes that this results in poorer detail for viewers in Scotland and gives a warped visual representation that implies that England is geographically bigger than it actually is; considers that, in the current adverse weather, it is vital for viewers in Scotland in particular to secure accurate and detailed weather forecast information and that the current tilt is reducing the amount of information that viewers in Scotland are getting, and therefore calls on the BBC to reinstate the vertical aerial map of the UK.

*S3M-7621 Tavish Scott: Lerwick and Stornoway Coastguard Stations—That the Parliament notes that, together, the Lerwick and Stornoway coastguard stations cover very large and complex areas of sea and coastline consisting of the Northern and Western Isles, the Pentland Firth, the Minch, the West Highland coast and lochs, and large areas of the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea including key deepwater oil fields; believes that the service that they offer to seafarers is greatly enhanced by the local knowledge that the coastguard officers in each station have of the seas, tides and coastlines in their area; fears that such knowledge would be dangerously diluted were one of the stations to close leaving the other to cover the combined area, and believes that members should resolutely oppose any plans to close the Lerwick and Stornoway coastguard stations.

Supported by: Liam McArthur*

*S3M-7620 Kenneth Gibson: Employment Codes—That the Parliament is opposed to the UK Government’s proposals to scrap the code of practice on workforce matters, which protects workers on outsourced public sector contracts from having different pay and conditions to colleagues working alongside them; believes that the abolition of this code of practice will create a two-tier workforce and will impact heavily on lower-paid workers, particularly in cleaning and catering services; considers that this is a regressive step that will signal to unscrupulous contractors that it is acceptable to pay employees the bare minimum and will, it believes, result in a so-called race to the bottom as some contractors competing for business cut employee wages, and believes that the UK Government should follow the lead of the Scottish Government, which has announced a living wage for employees over which it has responsibility.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, John Wilson*

*S3M-7619 Alasdair Allan: Coastguard Centre Cuts—That the Parliament notes with concern the public consultation document launched by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency that envisages what are believed to be drastic reductions in the number of maritime operations centres in the United Kingdom; notes that the proposed reductions would leave only two 24-hour centres operating, based in Aberdeen and in Southampton/Portsmouth; further notes that these would be supported by seven sub-centres and only one would be in Scotland at either Shetland or Stornoway; notes that this would result in the five operations centres in Scotland being reduced to two; believes that this raises serious questions about the future operation of the coastguard given that centres will now be covering what it considers to be such huge areas and that this has clear implications for many members of staff, and urges reconsideration of what it believes to be the UK Government’s unwise proposal.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stewart Maxwell*, John Wilson*, Tavish Scott*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-7618 Willie Coffey: Hey, I’m Alive, a True Story by Louise Hunter—That the Parliament, further to motion S2M-3334, commends the continuing efforts of the West of Scotland Branch of Ataxia UK in supporting people affected by Ataxia, including people with the condition, their families, carers and friends; recognises in particular the efforts of Louise Hunter of Kilmarnock, a copy of whose booklet, Hey, I’m Alive, has been made available to all MSPs; considers that the booklet describes very clearly and with much good humour the difficulties that Louise has faced as someone with Friedrich’s Ataxia, including in securing a proper diagnosis of her condition, which manifested itself from a very young age and was initially diagnosed as cerebral palsy; further considers that, despite experiencing considerable discrimination, Louise has made great personal efforts and received support from many organisations and individuals, including her former school, James Hamilton Academy, and Margaret Jamieson, former MSP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, who assisted in securing sponsorship for publication of the booklet, and is pleased to endorse the sentiment of Louise’s favourite saying, you are never fully dressed without a smile.

S3M-7609 Jackie Baillie: Coalition Attack on Disabled People—That the Parliament condemns the decision by the UK Government to withdraw the Independent Living Fund (ILF); understands that the UK Government plans to phase out the £359 million fund by 2015; notes that the Independent Living Fund supports more than 21,000 severely disabled people by providing, on average, £300 a week; regrets that the UK Government will now not accept any new applications to the ILF; welcomes the comments by Lord Morris, the first person to occupy the post of Minister for Disabled People, who stated that this move would not save money; regards the withdrawal of ILF as an attack on disabled people, and calls on the UK Government to change its mind and continue the ILF.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Wilson*, John Park*, Karen Gillon*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Butler*, Marlyn Glen*, Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*, Patrick Harvie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mary Mulligan*

*S3M-7609.1 Bill Kidd: Coalition Attack on Disabled People—As an amendment to motion (S3M-7609) in the name of Jackie Baillie, insert at end ", but considers with regret that the previous UK administration, led by Labour, tightened financial eligibility to new applications from 1 May 2010 to people in paid employment of 16 or more hours per week, effectively meaning that the ILF was closed to new applicants throughout the UK, apart from those few in paid employment".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-7617 Green Gym (lodged on 15 December 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, John Wilson*, Alasdair Allan*, John Lamont*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-7616 Disability Benefit Cuts (lodged on 15 December 2010) Jamie Hepburn*, Christine Grahame*, Joe FitzPatrick*, John Wilson*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-7615 Citizens Advice, Consumer Issues (lodged on 15 December 2010) Robert Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Wilson*, Ken Macintosh*, Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*, Nigel Don*, Bill Butler*

S3M-7614 National Day of Protest against Welfare and Housing Benefit Cuts (lodged on 15 December 2010) John Wilson*

S3M-7613 Perth City Status 2012 (lodged on 15 December 2010) Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-7612 Restrictions on Sport and Athletics in Gaza (lodged on 15 December 2010) Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-7610 Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions on Grounds of Sexual Orientation (lodged on 15 December 2010) Hugh O’Donnell*, Margaret Smith*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Butler*, Christopher Harvie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-7608 North Kelvin Meadow Award (lodged on 15 December 2010) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-7607 Royal Blind, National Braille Week 2011 (lodged on 15 December 2010) Gavin Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Aitken*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Lamont*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Trish Godman*, Alasdair Allan*, Marlyn Glen*, Margaret Mitchell*, Robert Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*, Maureen Watt*, Brian Adam*, Jackie Baillie*, Ted Brocklebank*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Murdo Fraser*, Mike Pringle*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jack McConnell*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-7599 Western Isles School Leavers’ Success (lodged on 14 December 2010) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-7596 Glencraft’s Royal Warrant (lodged on 14 December 2010) John Park*, Jackson Carlaw*, John Wilson*, Jackie Baillie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mike Pringle*, Ken Macintosh*, Brian Adam*, Jim Tolson*, Des McNulty*, Marlyn Glen*, Patricia Ferguson*, Karen Gillon*, Rhona Brankin*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-7595 Cut the VAT on Building Repairs (lodged on 14 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7590 Tobar an Dualchais (lodged on 13 December 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7588 Special Nativity Event in Carstairs and Carstairs Junction (lodged on 13 December 2010) Karen Gillon*

S3M-7585 Carers’ Missing Millions (lodged on 10 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7582 Frosty Relations in the Workplace (lodged on 10 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7581 Evanton Co-op Wins UK Customer Service Award (lodged on 10 December 2010) Willie Coffey*

S3M-7580 Unacceptable Gender Impact of Spending Cuts (lodged on 9 December 2010) George Foulkes*

S3M-7579 Dedicated School Staff (lodged on 9 December 2010) Hugh Henry*, George Foulkes*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7578# Minerva People Ltd, Modern Apprenticeship Learning Provider of 2010 (lodged on 9 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7576 Asthma UK Scotland Youth Ambassadors (lodged on 9 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7575 Scottish Green Energy Awards, Recognising Renewables Champions (lodged on 9 December 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7572 The Impact of the Cold Spell on Disabled Children and their Families (lodged on 8 December 2010) John Park*, Hugh Henry*, George Foulkes*, Karen Gillon*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7568# Removing the Barriers to Private Sector Investment in Superfast Broadband Infrastructure (lodged on 7 December 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-7558 North Glasgow Housing Association Has the X Factor (lodged on 7 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7557 Tell Organisation’s 21st Birthday Celebration (lodged on 7 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7554 Postman Pat On The Back (lodged on 7 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7552 Turning on the Sound (lodged on 7 December 2010) Ian McKee*, Bill Butler*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-7548 Going Snowhere (lodged on 7 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7544 Save Violence Against Women Services (lodged on 6 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7543 42% Better (lodged on 6 December 2010) George Foulkes*, Karen Gillon*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-7536 Scottish Cot Death Trust Research Makes its Mark on the World (lodged on 6 December 2010) Tom McCabe*

S3M-7535 Leuchie House (lodged on 6 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7529 Sentencing of Mohammed Sandia (lodged on 2 December 2010) Mike Pringle*, Mary Scanlon*, Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-7529.1 Sentencing of Mohammed Sandia (lodged on 14 December 2010) Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-7525 Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infection (lodged on 1 December 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7510# Brain Imaging Project from Scottish Universities Insight Institute (lodged on 30 November 2010) Alison McInnes*

S3M-7504# Getabout and liftshare (lodged on 29 November 2010) Jim Hume*

S3M-7497 Congratulations to RockNess Music Festival (lodged on 26 November 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-7492 Save RAF Leuchars (lodged on 25 November 2010) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-7491 Roots of Empathy (lodged on 25 November 2010) Jack McConnell*

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

S3M-7471 Support for ED’s Cycle Co-op (lodged on 23 November 2010) Alison McInnes*

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

S3M-7361# Epilepsy Awareness Training (lodged on 9 November 2010) Des McNulty*

S3M-7197.1 Pilot Island Fuel Discount Scheme (lodged on 1 December 2010) Peter Peacock*

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