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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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.

Any questions in relation to this section should be directed to the Chamber Desk

New and altered motions and amendments

*S4M-01197 Angela Constance: Reducing the Time Needed to Find a Permanent Home for Looked-after Children—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Government placing the importance of permanence and stability at the heart of its approach to improving the life chances of looked-after children; acknowledges that there is still some delay in the processes as indicated in the Scottish Children’s Reporter’s Administration report, Care and Permanence Planning for Looked After Children in Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Government’s response to the report, which builds on the work of the Looked After Children Strategic Implementation Group, and agrees that a collaborative multi-agency approach to improving the quality of decisions affecting looked-after children finding permanent placements is required.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

S4M-01196 Paul Wheelhouse: Scottish Borders Textiles Firms Invest in Apprenticeships—That the Parliament welcomes the creation of the Scottish Borders Knitwear Group Training Association (SBKGTA), an alliance of Scottish Borders-based knitwear companies working together to save their industry and the potential extinction of their traditionally skilled workforce; considers that the co-operation between these commercial rivals as well as Scottish Enterprise, Skillset, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government, through modern apprenticeships, will ensure a supply of skills to meet the future needs of the textile sector in the Scottish Borders; further notes that the companies that comprise the SBKGTA are Hawick Knitwear, Hawick Cashmere, Peter Scott, Johnston’s of Elgin, Barrie, William Lockie and Co, House of Cheviot, Scott and Charters, Eribe, Caerlee Mills, Kearse and Boys and Lochcarron; considers that the association has developed a unique and innovative way to combat the biggest challenge facing the industry, that of a diminished workforce due to retirement with no established training programmes in place to recruit new staff; acknowledges the commitment by the Scottish Government to ensure that every 16 to 19-year-old has a place at school, college or in training through the Opportunities for All scheme, which is supported by this new association; wishes the 20 trainers and 10 assessors currently being trained the best of success, and looks forward to the first 50 apprentices, who are currently being recruited, becoming fully trained in order to help the Scottish Borders textile industry to thrive.

S4M-01195 John Wilson: Coatbridge College Receives Big Lottery Funding—That the Parliament welcomes the £7,726 awarded to Coatbridge College by the Big Lottery Fund; understands that this funding will go toward meeting the costs of research and consultation in building a business case to establish a resource centre for people with medical-related hair loss; recognises the hard work of all those involved in seeking to establish this idea as a social enterprise, and applauds Coatbridge College for its continued commitment to delivering innovative initiatives.

S4M-01194 Roderick Campbell: Pioneering Whisky Research from University of St Andrews—That the Parliament congratulates the team of the University of St Andrews researchers for its pioneering work using optical fibres to help tackle the counterfeiting of Scotch Whisky; understands that the work is innovative and groundbreaking and could save industry vast sums of money; welcomes the work coming out of the University of St Andrews that was once again recently announced as one of the top 100 universities in the world, and welcomes what is considered the consistently excellent research coming from the institution.

*S4M-01191♦ Jim Eadie: Act of Settlement—That the Parliament welcomes the proposed reforms to the laws on succession for the monarchy announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, which will remove discrimination on the grounds of gender and also ensure that in future the monarch will be free to marry a person of the Catholic religion; views with deep disappointment and incredulity the fact that these reforms stop short of ending the bar on a Catholic becoming monarch; believes that the discrimination contained in the Act of Settlement 1701 has no place in modern society; welcomes the work of all groups and organisations tackling discrimination in Edinburgh and across Scotland, and affirms its view that participation in any aspect of national life should not be disbarred on the grounds of religion.

S4M-01190 Kezia Dugdale: Carbon Monoxide, Be Alarmed—That the Parliament understands that, since 2008, 17 people in Scotland have died from carbon monoxide poisoning and that a further 28 have been treated in hospital; supports the Carbon Monoxide, Be Alarmed campaign, which aims to ensure that all homes in Scotland are fitted with audible carbon monoxide alarms; welcomes the visit to the Parliament on 2 November of leading US campaigners Ken and Kim Hanson who, following the tragic death of their daughter from carbon monoxide poisoning, successfully campaigned in New York State for what is known as Amanda’s Law, which makes the fitting of carbon monoxide alarms in all homes compulsory; asks the Scottish Government to consider changes to legislation to ensure that carbon monoxide alarms are fitted in all new homes and rented properties across Scotland, and encourages householders to fit alarms in existing properties.

S4M-01189 Colin Beattie: Poltonhall Pensioners Awarded—That the Parliament congratulates Poltonhall Pensioners on its recent £1,975 award from the Big Lottery Fund; recognises that it will use the money to fund a range of activities and outings for group members; notes that this will include a Christmas dinner dance and a summer lunch outing to Ayr, with transportation and entertainment costs covered; applauds Poltonhall Pensioners for promoting healthy living for members of the community, and wishes it the best of success in all its future activities.

*S4M-01188 Colin Beattie: Loanhead Community Learning Association Campus Café Awarded—That the Parliament congratulates Loanhead Community Learning Association’s Campus Café on its recent £10,000 award from the Big Lottery Fund; notes that it will offer cooking classes on Friday afternoons for children aged 9 to 12 and four-weekly cookery classes for people with additional support needs; further notes that it will create two work experience opportunities in the café and fund three sessional tutors, new equipment and food supplies; appreciates the Campus Café’s promotion of healthier eating habits in the community, and wishes it success in its future endeavours.

*S4M-01187 Colin Beattie: Funds for New Basketball Academy—That the Parliament congratulates Mark Stevenson on his recent award of £2,350 from the Firstport Social Entrepreneurs Fund; notes that this was awarded as a result of Mark setting up the Swish Basketball Academy; applauds his goals of encouraging young people to become physically active through basketball and creating a pathway to playing the sport at a professional level; appreciates his dedication to encouraging physical activity in the community, and wishes Mark and his budding organisation the best of luck.

*S4M-01186 Jim Eadie: Mrs Ruth Griffin and the West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club—That the Parliament applauds Mrs Ruth Griffin of the Edinburgh Southern constituency for her contribution to the success of the West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club in Livingston; congratulates the club on its receipt of a £6,500 Awards for All grant from sportscotland; recognises its part in a development programme for young people who are aiming to progress to the highest level in gymnastic competitions, and welcomes the support provided to clubs by Creative Scotland, sportscotland and the Big Lottery Fund for projects that play a vital role in building healthier communities and provide club members with a range of new coaching opportunities, training and skills workshops and competitions.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*

*S4M-01185 Paul Wheelhouse: 60 New Homes for Duns—That the Parliament welcomes the proposals from Berwickshire Housing Association to build, subject to the approval of Scottish Borders Council, 60 new houses at Earlsmeadow, outside Duns; notes the plans for 15 of these houses to be designated as affordable homes; considers that the development will address a pressing need for affordable housing in Duns and sustain skilled construction jobs in the area; believes that this would further enhance the economic recovery in the Borders; considers that the construction of 45 of the houses for sale at market prices will contribute significantly to the funding of the affordable homes, and, following the investment in 2010-11 of £471 million through the Affordable Housing Investment Programme, commends the project as a local contribution to the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to build 30,000 affordable homes during this session of this parliamentary session.

*S4M-01184 Tavish Scott: Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship—That the Parliament congratulates Maggie Adamson, Fladdabister, Shetland on winning the 2011 Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship at Blair Castle and recognises the achievements of all those who participated in the event, illustrating the depth of talent in fiddle music from across Scotland.

*S4M-01182 Clare Adamson: Success for Under-16 British Judo Champion—That the Parliament congratulates Michelle Boyle of Dynamic Judo in Newmains on her triumphant achievement in gaining the title of under-16 British Judo Champion; considers Michelle a truly remarkable young lady for achieving this great success in her first competitive season, in addition to her gold medal win at what it considers the highly successful International Children’s Games; attributes this success in no small part to what it sees as the excellent training and coaching of Dynamic Judo, and wishes them all the best in future competitions.

Supported by: Maureen Watt*, David Torrance*, Annabelle Ewing*, Kenneth Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jim Eadie*, Sandra White*, Adam Ingram*, Bill Kidd*, Humza Yousaf*

*S4M-01181 David Stewart: Road Safety Week—That the Parliament notes that 21 to 27 November 2011 will be National Road Safety Week; welcomes this initiative and considers it to be an opportunity to educate, promote and encourage road safety by all road users in Scotland; further notes the work and effort of the national road safety charity, BRAKE, and other similar campaign groups, in striving to make Scotland’s roads safer, and applauds the work of all of the communities, individuals, schools, fire services, police and road safety officers who participate every year in raising awareness of road safety.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick*, Neil Bibby*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Sandra White*, Jamie McGrigor*, Roderick Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Angus MacDonald*, Patricia Ferguson*, Neil Findlay*, Mary Scanlon*, Hanzala Malik*, Rob Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, Rhoda Grant*

*S4M-01180 Mark McDonald: Safe Drive, Stay Alive—That the Parliament notes that the seventh annual Safe Drive, Stay Alive event is taking place from 31 October until 3 November 2011 in Aberdeen; notes that, of the 37 people who died on roads in Grampian in 2010, eight were aged between 17 and 25; recognises the vital work that it considers the event does in enforcing the importance of safe driving on senior pupils in the North East through a stage show and a hard-hitting film demonstrating the devastating impact of dangerous and careless driving; notes the particular emphasis this year on how wearing a seatbelt can greatly improve the chances of surviving a road accident, and hopes that the event will encourage still more young drivers to take more care on the roads.

*S4M-01179 Jamie Hepburn: All in this Together, Some Less than Others—That the Parliament notes with concern figures released by the UK Government showing that, in the last five years, it has cost taxpayers £1.7 million to support former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair in the form of public duties allowances, which is made available to ex-Prime Ministers to, according to a House of Commons briefing, “assist with additional office costs they are liable to incur because of their special position in public life”; notes with further concern the publication of the earnings of directors of FTSE 100 companies, which have increased by 49% since last year, markedly outstripping pay claims for non-executive workers; believes such largesse to be wholly unjustifiable, especially in the current economic climate, and considers it an egregious injustice that, while the majority live in an age of austerity, others are afforded the opportunity to opt-out, flying in the face of the claim by the UK Government that we are all “in this together” in tackling the economic downturn, demonstrating that some are less “in this" than others.

Supported by: David Torrance*, Adam Ingram*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mark McDonald*, Sandra White*, Mary Fee*, Bill Kidd*, John Mason*, Derek Mackay*, Joe FitzPatrick*

*S4M-01178 Drew Smith: Congratulations to Michael D Higgins—That the Parliament sends its warm congratulations to Michael D Higgins on his decisive victory in becoming the ninth President of Ireland; notes what it considers to be Mr Higgins’ distinguished service to the people of Ireland in his roles as President of the Labour Party of Ireland and previously as Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, TD and Senator as well as his award-winning work in international human rights, peace and justice and as a poet, author, broadcaster and academic; looks forward to welcoming President Higgins to Scotland and the United Kingdom in his new role at an early opportunity; further pays tribute to outgoing President Mary McAleese, particularly in light of her positive role in the Northern Ireland peace process during her 14 years in office, and wishes both her and her successor the very best in the years ahead.

Supported by: Margaret McCulloch*, Rob Gibson*, John Pentland*, Joan McAlpine*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael McMahon*, Mary Fee*, Sarah Boyack*, Patricia Ferguson*, Roderick Campbell*, Neil Findlay*, Richard Lyle*, David Torrance*

*S4M-01175 Lewis Macdonald: Congratulations to the Reading Bus—That the Parliament congratulates the Aberdeen-based group, the Reading Bus, on the publication of its fifth book, Apardion – A Leopard’s Quest; welcomes the book, which it considers will act as a springboard to encourage schools across Aberdeen to research the heritage of the Granite City; congratulates the Reading Bus on its success at the Arts and Business Awards Scotland, where it won the Young People award for its work in harnessing the power of the arts to engage young people, and understands that the group has been recognised for successfully promoting reading as a source of lifelong pleasure and raising attainment and achievement for children who might otherwise be at risk of early failure.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Drew Smith*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, David Torrance*, Richard Lyle*, Bill Kidd*, Mark McDonald*, Maureen Watt*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-01177 End the 50-year Blockade ­(lodged on 28 October 2011) Drew Smith*, Kevin Stewart*, Angus MacDonald*, Patrick Harvie*, Mary Fee*, Elaine Smith*, Sandra White*, David Torrance*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Richard Lyle*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*

S4M-01174 Congratulations to PRYDE ­(lodged on 28 October 2011) Richard Lyle*, David Torrance*, Drew Smith*, Mike MacKenzie*, Mary Fee*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-01173 Condolences on the Passing of Campbell Christie ­(lodged on 28 October 2011) Christine Grahame*

S4M-01172 1st Alliance (Ayrshire) Credit Union, Alleviating Fuel Poverty ­(lodged on 28 October 2011) Helen Eadie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Margaret Burgess*, Sandra White*

S4M-01171 Tribute to Campbell Christie ­(lodged on 28 October 2011) Lewis Macdonald*, Richard Lyle*, Mark Griffin*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Derek Mackay*, Mike MacKenzie*, Tavish Scott*, Humza Yousaf*, Kevin Stewart*, Jim Eadie*, Rob Gibson*, John Mason*, David Torrance*, Maureen Watt*, Malcolm Chisholm*, David Stewart*, Liam McArthur*, Alex Fergusson*, Helen Eadie*, David McLetchie*, Graeme Dey*, Roderick Campbell*, Mary Fee*, Adam Ingram*, Elaine Smith*, Linda Fabiani*, James Dornan*, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-01167 Scottish Mentoring Network ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Christine Grahame*

S4M-01163 1,000 Days until the 2014 Commonwealth Games ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Annabelle Ewing*, Jim Eadie*, Christine Grahame*, James Dornan*

S4M-01161 Promising Results for Malaria Vaccine Trial ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Roderick Campbell*, Jim Eadie*, Christine Grahame*, James Dornan*

S4M-01159 Waterloo Road Relocates to Greenock ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Maureen Watt*, Jim Eadie*

S4M-01158 Raising Awareness of Lupus in Scotland ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Elaine Murray*

S4M-01157 Damaging Impact of Air Discount Scheme Changes ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Rhoda Grant*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Sandra White*

S4M-01156 Scotland’s No’ Full Up Yet ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Jim Eadie*, Christine Grahame*, James Dornan*

S4M-01155 Adam Beecroft’s Report to the UK Government ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Jim Eadie*, Sandra White*, James Dornan*

S4M-01152 Barnardo’s New Adoption Service ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Roderick Campbell*, Annabelle Ewing*, Kevin Stewart*, David Torrance*, Liam McArthur*, Helen Eadie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Christine Grahame*, Richard Lyle*, Bill Kidd*, James Dornan*

S4M-01150 PSALV and World Psoriasis Day ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Jim Eadie*, Alison Johnstone*, Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S4M-01148 Unacceptable Remarks by Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Fiona McLeod*

S4M-01147 Windmills Café ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Sandra White*

S4M-01146 Garnock Valley Community Safety Forum ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Sandra White*

S4M-01145 Shetland Youth Volunteering Awards 2011 ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Sandra White*

S4M-01143 Opt for Life ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Sandra White*, James Dornan*

S4M-01142 Congratulating Cupar Arts Festival 2011 ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Sandra White*, Tavish Scott*

S4M-01141 Cashback for Communities Helps Fund Next Generation of Scottish Rugby Stars ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Sandra White*, Tavish Scott*, James Dornan*

S4M-01140 Scotland Backs the Robin Hood Tax ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Claudia Beamish*, Christine Grahame*

S4M-01139 Edwin Morgan, Still Helping Scotland to Move Forward ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Jim Eadie*

S4M-01138 International Boats on Show in Eyemouth ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Claudia Beamish*, Sandra White*, Tavish Scott*

S4M-01137 Dyslexia Scotland Borders Established ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S4M-01136 Eric Liddell Centre ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) Maureen Watt*, Sandra White*

S4M-01135 Support for the Computer Games Industry in Scotland ­(lodged on 27 October 2011) Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S4M-01127 Scotland’s Ancient Cities ­(lodged on 25 October 2011) Christine Grahame*, Tavish Scott*

S4M-01126 National Schools Film Week in Glasgow ­(lodged on 25 October 2011) Roderick Campbell*

S4M-01124 Edinburgh Flying Club, 50 Years at Scotland’s Capital’s Airport ­(lodged on 25 October 2011) Derek Mackay*, David Torrance*, Helen Eadie*, Sandra White*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-01120 Bridges Project Awarded £478,180 ­(lodged on 24 October 2011) Christine Grahame*

S4M-01119 Bright Sparks Playgroup Awarded ­(lodged on 24 October 2011) Christine Grahame*

S4M-01118 The Financial Impact of Cancer ­(lodged on 24 October 2011) Roderick Campbell*, Christine Grahame*

S4M-01116 Landscape Photographer of the Year Winner ­(lodged on 24 October 2011) Clare Adamson*

S4M-01113 Machars and Rhins of Galloway 2012 Visitors Guide ­(lodged on 25 October 2011) Annabel Goldie*

S4M-01107 MS, Better Care ­(lodged on 21 October 2011) Sandra White*

S4M-01104 Scottish Youth Parliament’s Call for Cheaper Public Transport ­(lodged on 21 October 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01099 Communication Saves ­(lodged on 20 October 2011) Jim Hume*

S4M-01096 Coalfields Regeneration Trust Funding for Kirkcaldy ­(lodged on 19 October 2011) Annabelle Ewing*, Sandra White*

S4M-01091 Disparities in Asylum Appeal Success Rates ­(lodged on 18 October 2011) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01086 Lives Less Restricted ­(lodged on 17 October 2011) Ken Macintosh*

S4M-01049 40th Anniversary of St Joseph’s ­(lodged on 10 October 2011) Margaret Mitchell*, Bob Doris*

S4M-00961 The Energy Saving Trust ­(lodged on 27 September 2011) Aileen McLeod*, James Dornan*

S4M-00789 Mordechai Vanunu, Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower ­(lodged on 06 September 2011) Christine Grahame*

S4M-00695 Nail the Rogues Campaign ­(lodged on 18 August 2011) Christine Grahame*

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