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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-11972 Drew Smith: Glasgow City Council and Unite the Union Local Government Pledge—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Glasgow City Council’s leader, Gordon Matheson, has become the first Scottish council leader to sign Unite the Union’s local government pledge; understands that the pledge demonstrates Glasgow City Council’s continuing commitment to engage and work in partnership with its trades unions to protect jobs and public services and welcomes the efforts of both council and unions to avoid compulsory redundancies in the face of budgetary cuts and financial pressures; considers Glasgow City Council to already have a strong reputation of working with trades unions to safeguard high quality public services, promote secure and stable jobs and fair employment; recognises that Glasgow City Council was the first local authority to guarantee the living wage for its employees and to promote payment of the Glasgow living wage as well as showing opposition to blacklisting and to exploitative zero-hours contracts when awarding contracts; congratulates Glasgow City Council and Unite the Union on the agreement of the pledge, and encourages Scottish local government to work in partnership with the trade union movement to protect the local and vital public services on which so many Scots rely.

*S4M-11971 John Mason: The Puppy Smuggling Scandal—That the Parliament expresses concern at the findings of a recent report by the Dogs Trust entitled The Puppy Smuggling Scandal, which highlighted the rising number of young dogs that are smuggled into the UK annually; expresses dismay at the poor conditions that smuggled puppies are reported to experience; notes the potential risks to both public health and animal welfare that may be brought about due to the reported increase in falsified immunisation documents; understands that this has led to fears that ailments such as rabies may appear in the UK; further understands that there has been a dramatic rise in cases of puppy smuggling since the implementation of the Pet Travel Scheme, and calls for a review of the current regulations.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Hanzala Malik*, Roderick Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Kevin Stewart*, Kenneth Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Jean Urquhart*, Chic Brodie*, Christine Grahame*, Mike MacKenzie*, Christina McKelvie*

*S4M-11970 Hanzala Malik: Another Glasgow Tragedy—That the Parliament notes that an incident involving a bin lorry took place in George Square in Glasgow on 22 December 2014, which resulted in six people losing their lives and a further eight sustaining injuries; is aware that a major investigation is now being conducted to establish what happened; expresses its condolences and deep sorrow to the families of the victims; further notes that this incident occurred barely a year after the city’s Clutha Vaults helicopter crash, which claimed the lives of 10 people, and recognises the devastation that such a tragic incident has caused during yet another festive period.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Graeme Pearson*, Christine Grahame*, Roderick Campbell*, Jim Eadie*, John Mason*, Liam McArthur*, Richard Simpson*, John Finnie*, Stuart McMillan*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Nigel Don*, Drew Smith*, Kevin Stewart*, Kenneth Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Margaret McDougall*

*S4M-11969 Mike MacKenzie: Bank of Scotland Foundation Awards—That the Parliament welcomes the award of £35,671 to three charities in the Highlands and Islands by the Bank of Scotland Foundation Awards; understands that Befrienders Highland Limited will receive £12,500, which will make up a shortfall in funding to expand services in the Highland area, that Cantraybridge will receive £10,671 to cover the costs of delivering a local food drop service to older people, and the Shirlie Project will receive £12,500 to deliver a Bigger Picture programme of self-development for young people with an autistic spectrum disorder; notes that the Bank of Scotland Foundation is an independent charity dedicated to supporting people and their communities throughout the breadth of Scotland; recognises that, since the foundation’s launch in November 2010, the total sum distributed has been £5.7 million, and hopes that the awards continue to make a tangible difference to lives and communities across Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Roderick Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*, Dennis Robertson*, Graeme Dey*, Richard Lyle*, Jean Urquhart*, John Finnie*, Kevin Stewart*

*S4M-11967 Colin Beattie: Awards for Whitecraig Community Centre—That the Parliament congratulates Whitecraig Community Centre on being awarded £3,000 from the Lloyd TSB Foundation for Scotland’s Henry Duncan Awards and £8,276 from the Communities and Family Fund; understands that the centre provides a supportive environment for the community and recreational and educational opportunities for local residents; notes that it facilitates group meetings for people of all ages, promotes bowling and brownies and offers a low-cost playgroup and Parent Early Education Partnership sessions; considers that the centre delivers valued services; notes that it aims to engage families at an early stage; considers that Whitecraig Community Centre has created an inclusive space for the community, and wishes it well in the future.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Roderick Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Adam Ingram*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Bill Kidd*, Chic Brodie*, Kevin Stewart*, Nigel Don*

*S4M-11966 Hanzala Malik: Rise in House Prices—That the Parliament notes the rise in house prices across the country, with recent reports suggesting that the cost of rent has also risen; understands that house repossessions have dropped to 20,000; further understands that the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors expects a 4% rise in house prices in 2015, and hopes that these figures continue to rise steadily.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart*

*S4M-11965 Hanzala Malik: Scottish Economy’s Positive Figures of Growth—That the Parliament acknowledges figures showing positive growth in the Scottish economy; understands that it is a slow growth but that the latest reports suggest that wages are rising; notes that, while demand for staff remained strong and the figures for permanent employment vacancies increased, the figures are growing at a slower rate than at the start of 2014, and notes that the Bank of Scotland Labour Market Barometer figures show a decrease from 65.0 in October to 60.1 in November, which, it considers, suggests an overall improvement across Scotland in labour market conditions.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart*

S4M-11849# Alex Johnstone: New Psychoactive Substances Needs Assessment for Tayside, 2014 Report—That the Parliament notes the report, New Psychoactive Substances Needs Assessment for Tayside, 2014, by NHS Tayside, which states that there are now over 350 substances that the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction is aware of and over 650 websites in Europe that market new psychoactive substances (NPS) to consumers; understands that, in 2013, NPS were found to be a potential contributor to 60 drug deaths in Scotland; acknowledges the concerns of community groups in places such as Aberdeen, Arbroath and Montrose about the potential impact of NPS and the retail premises that sell them; commends the work of these community groups and agencies in raising awareness of the potential dangers of using NPS, and notes the hopes of many that this work will be taken forward locally and nationally to reduce the availability and consumption of NPS.

S4M-11495# Malcolm Chisholm: Nursing Against Health Inequalities—That the Parliament believes that there are growing inequalities in health between the best-off and the worst-off people in the Edinburgh Northern and Leith constituency and across Scotland; notes the view that these need to be tackled as a matter of urgency; welcomes RCN Scotland’s initiative, Nursing at the Edge, which was launched on 12 November 2014 and aims to combat health inequalities; acknowledges what it sees as the diversity and depth of the roles that nurses play in reducing such inequalities; notes the calls for shadow health and social care integration boards to support services that reduce inequalities and for them to invest in nursing roles that allow such services to be successful, and further notes the calls for the Scottish Government, NHS boards, local authorities and shadow integration boards to put in place long-term secure funding for services that are designed to reduce health inequalities.

S4M-11431# Christine Grahame: A Shocking Way to Treat a Dog—That the Parliament commends the Welsh Assembly for passing in 2010 a ban on the use of electronic collars on cats and dogs and setting a penalty of a fine of up to £20,000 or six months in prison; notes that there are bans in, inter alia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany; understands that, when the Scottish Government consulted on their use in 2007, most animal welfare organisations including the Scottish SPCA, the Scottish Kennel Club and the Dogs Trust supported a ban, as did ACPOS; considers that the Scottish Government’s reliance on guidance on usage and manufacturing standards is insufficient given that a range of devices is readily available online, that many users dispense with the guidance and that, in any event, research by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs demonstrates that there are long-term negative impacts on dog welfare, and notes the view that the Scottish Government should reconsider its position and follow Wales’s lead and ban the use in Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale and throughout Scotland.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-11964 Congratulations to Hazlehead Diamonds Trampoline Club ­(lodged on 19 December 2014) Joan McAlpine*, Rob Gibson*, Adam Ingram*, Bill Kidd*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Kevin Stewart*, Nanette Milne*

S4M-11963 Naomi Mitchison, IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year ­(lodged on 19 December 2014) Elaine Murray*, Hanzala Malik*, Nigel Don*, Graeme Dey*, Adam Ingram*, Jayne Baxter*, Christina McKelvie*, Anne McTaggart*, Jean Urquhart*, Nanette Milne*, Liz Smith*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-11962 NHS Lanarkshire Homeopathy Service ­(lodged on 19 December 2014) Hanzala Malik*, Anne McTaggart*, Cara Hilton*, Chic Brodie*

S4M-11961 New Medical Facility in Glasgow Set to Open in 2015 ­(lodged on 19 December 2014) Hugh Henry*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Simpson*, Nanette Milne*

S4M-11960 Solidarity with the PCS National Museums Workers ­(lodged on 19 December 2014) Hanzala Malik*, Patricia Ferguson*, Cara Hilton*

S4M-11959 Clan Colquhoun Heritage and Visitor Centre ­(lodged on 19 December 2014) Nanette Milne*, Liz Smith*

S4M-11958 14th Midlothian (Bonnyrigg) Scout Group Awarded £2,623 ­(lodged on 19 December 2014) Adam Ingram*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11957 Artmap Argyll Appoints Creative Consultant ­(lodged on 18 December 2014) John Finnie*

S4M-11954 Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust Reaches Fundraising Target ­(lodged on 18 December 2014) John Finnie*

S4M-11953 Sofa-surfing and Homelessness Services ­(lodged on 18 December 2014) Neil Findlay*, Adam Ingram*, Gordon MacDonald*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Simpson*, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-11952 Community Groups Receive Funding from Bank of Scotland Community Fund Scheme ­(lodged on 18 December 2014) Claire Baker*

S4M-11951 Congratulations to Andrea McDonald School of Highland Dance (lodged on 18 December 2014) Claire Baker*

S4M-11948 Scottish Council on Deafness Given Awards for All Funding ­(lodged on 18 December 2014) Patricia Ferguson*, Adam Ingram*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11947 Glasgow University SRC Awarded Funding ­(lodged on 18 December 2014) Adam Ingram*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11946 Glasgow Kelvin Schools Awarded Big Lottery Funding ­(lodged on 18 December 2014) Adam Ingram*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11939 Congratulations to Scotland’s Island Councils ­(lodged on 18 December 2014) John Finnie*

S4M-11934 Raibeart MacCaluim ­(lodged on 18 December 2014) John Finnie*

S4M-11905 Congratulations to the Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative(lodged on 16 December 2014) Claire Baker*

S4M-11891 Belladrum Tartan Heart Boost for the Scottish Economy ­(lodged on 15 December 2014) Mary Scanlon*

S4M-11841 The Dangers of Counterfeit Online Electrical Goods ­(lodged on 09 December 2014) Dennis Robertson*

S4M-11655 Second Anniversary of the Fire at the Tazreen Fashions Factory (lodged on 21 November 2014) Drew Smith*

S4M-11592 Wishes for Scotland’s Children, Children 1st ­(lodged on 18 November 2014) John Mason*

S4M-11548 An NHS Fit for Fife ­(lodged on 13 November 2014) Claire Baker*

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