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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-12060 Michael Matheson: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—That the Parliament applauds the excellent work undertaken by all of the brave and dedicated men and women of Scotland’s emergency services, both blue light and voluntary, who meet significant challenges on a daily basis to help keep communities safe and respond where and whenever there is need; acknowledges that Scotland has been reminded of this again through the events over the festive period, and commits to support all of the emergency services in the years ahead.

Supported by: Maureen Watt*, Jamie Hepburn*, Paul Wheelhouse*

*S4M-12059 Lewis Macdonald: Devolution of Mineral Access Rights and Fracking—That the Parliament welcomes what it considers the belated decision by the UK Government to accept Labour proposals to amend the Infrastructure Bill to devolve to the Scottish Parliament mineral access rights in relation to shale gas; recognises that the Labour amendments to the Infrastructure Bill, which have been accepted by the UK Government, mean that powers on licensing onshore oil and gas exploration included in the Smith Agreement will now be devolved earlier than expected; commends Labour’s initiative in ensuring that these powers will be devolved prior to the general election in May 2015, and looks forward to an early statement from the Scottish Government on how it intends to use these new powers.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*, Cara Hilton*, Jayne Baxter*, Neil Findlay*, Patricia Ferguson*, Margaret McCulloch*, Jackie Baillie*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-12058 Anne McTaggart: Congratulating SSE Hydro—That the Parliament congratulates the SSE Hydro venue on ranking as the world’s second busiest live entertainment venue; believes that the 13,000 capacity building ranked higher than Madison Square Garden in New York and was only beaten by the O2 arena in London; notes that the list is compiled quarterly by the leading entertainment industry publication, Pollstar, based on arena attendance for concerts and special events; understands that, since opening in September 2013, the SSE Hydro has hosted many concerts, including the MTV awards, and was one of the major venues during the Commonwealth Games, with more than 1,000,000 guests in the last year alone; recognises what is considers to be an outstanding achievement just 15 months after the opening of the venue, and wishes the SSE Hydro every success to continue attracting many more performances to Scotland’s home of live entertainment in the future.

Supported by: David Torrance*, Bill Kidd*, Drew Smith*, John Lamont*, Joan McAlpine*, Hanzala Malik*, Richard Lyle*, John Pentland*, Hugh Henry*, Roderick Campbell*, Margaret McCulloch*

*S4M-12057 Alison Johnstone: Global Divestment Day, February 2015—That the Parliament supports Global Divestment Day on 13-14 February 2015 and its aims of encouraging institutional investors to divest from fossil fuels; notes that the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is the largest funded public pension scheme in Scotland; believes that the scheme’s new governance arrangements, starting in April 2015, provide an important opportunity to increase investment transparency, increase scheme member and trade union representation and allow the pension funds to divest from fossil fuels, and encourages the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board to follow international examples of pensions funds that have assessed carbon risk in their portfolios and divested from fossil fuels in order to protect their long-term financial viability.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*

*S4M-12056 Rhoda Grant: National STI Day—That the Parliament recognises that 14 January every year is National STI Day, an awareness campaign to encourage people to think about and take measures to guard their sexual health; acknowledges that, just as this day is celebrated two weeks after New Year, this is also the length of time after which common STIs such as chlamydia can be detected with a simple STI test kit; recognises that this is as an issue that can affect anyone who has had any form of unprotected sexual contact and encourages every person who has done so to regularly monitor their sexual health for their own safety and their partner’s; understands that one in 12 test positive with at least one STI and that it is common for an STI to present few or no symptoms; understands that untreated infections can often lead to an increased risk of serious complications that are difficult to treat, and encourages regular visits to local sexual health clinics, which can provide a full range of testing services.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, John Wilson*, Jim Hume*, David Torrance*, Cara Hilton*, Joan McAlpine*, Richard Lyle*

*S4M-12055 Bill Kidd: Let’s Make Glasgow Scotland’s First Urban National Park—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) that it is campaigning to make Glasgow Scotland’s first urban national park; understands that, with such status, the city’s grey concrete areas might be transformed into places where flora and fauna can thrive; believes that the campaign will stimulate a positive debate about how nature and wild places are valued in the city; welcomes what it sees as the SWT giving everyone the opportunity to share their views on making Glasgow a greener city, including giving them ownership over green spaces; considers that the campaign sends an ambitious message as part of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015, and wishes the SWT every success with it.

Supported by: John Wilson* R, David Torrance*, Rob Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, Richard Lyle*, Graeme Dey*, Anne McTaggart*, Chic Brodie*

*S4M-12054 Bruce Crawford: Investment in Carers—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the considerable investment of £442,614 in the Stirling Carers Centre by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Investment in Communities programme to allow it to provide the Young Carers’ Futures Project; notes that the project is aimed at ensuring that young people who look after seriously ill or disabled relatives are not socially or educationally disadvantaged as a result of their caring role; understands that the project will support an estimated 100 young carers over the five years covered by this funding; commends what it considers the excellent work of the Stirling Carers Centre over many years, and looks forward to the success of this admirable project.

*S4M-12053 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Surveillance and Property Interference - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2015 [draft] be approved.

*S4M-12052 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Modification of Authorisation Provisions: Legal Consultations) (Scotland) Order 2015 [draft] be approved.

*S4M-12051 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Human Intelligence Sources - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2015 [draft] be approved.

*S4M-12050 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 [draft] be approved.

*S4M-12049 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Tuesday 20 January 2015

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Topical Questions (if selected)

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Tackling Inequalities

followed by Public Bodies Consent Motion: Public Bodies (Abolition of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee) Order 2015 – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 January 2015

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Infrastructure, Investment and Cities;
Culture, Europe and External Affairs

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) Bill 2015-16

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 January 2015

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

followed by Members’ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

Tuesday 27 January 2015

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Topical Questions (if selected)

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 28 January 2015

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Education and Lifelong Learning

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 January 2015

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

followed by Members’ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

*S4M-12048 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees to the following revisions to the programme of business for Thursday 15 January 2015—

delete

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies

and insert

followed by Election to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Debate: Re-appointment of a Member of the Standards Commission for Scotland

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Modern Slavery Bill – UK Legislation

*S4M-12047 Anne McTaggart: Congratulations to Rowena Nursery School—That the Parliament congratulates Rowena Nursery School on what it considers its fantastic results from an inspection carried out by Education Scotland; understands that the purpose of the inspection was to establish how well children were learning and achieving and how well the early learning and childcare setting supported children to do their best; notes that the inspection found that, across the nursery, children learn and achieve very well through a wide range of highly motivating and stimulating learning experiences; believes that the inspection found many key strengths including an ethos of inclusion created by the nursery staff, nurture and high quality learning and a great effort and commitment by the staff to creating activities and resources that help children learn Gaelic; hopes that the work and leadership of the headteacher and her commitment to partnership continue to secure the very best outcomes for children and families, and wishes the nursery every success in the future.

Supported by: Drew Smith*, Hanzala Malik*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, David Stewart*, Richard Lyle*, Patricia Ferguson*, Neil Findlay*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-12045 Richard Simpson: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament believes that the NHS in Scotland is under extreme pressure, with waiting times rising at accident and emergency (A&E) departments across the country, people waiting on trolleys for hours and waiting time targets missed in many hospitals; pays tribute to the hard working staff of the NHS; notes that the NHS staff survey reported that 75% of Scotland’s nurses think that there are not enough of them to do the work; welcomes Scottish Labour’s commitment to fund 1,000 extra nurses in the NHS from a UK-wide mansion tax that will pool and share the resources of the UK for the benefit of Scotland’s health service; notes the impact that these nurses will have on pressure points for the NHS services in mental health, A&E and community nursing; further notes that delayed discharge targets are not being met across Scotland; deplores the Scottish Government’s record in breaking its own law guaranteeing treatment in 12 weeks over 12,500 times across the country, and notes the situation of those patients who have had their legal rights breached by the Scottish Government.

Supported by: Jenny Marra

*S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Richard Simpson (Scotland’s Future), leave out from “under extreme pressure” to end and insert "an institution greatly valued by the people of Scotland; recognises that even with additional funding of £28 million for winter pressures being made available, there have been challenges in meeting the increasing demands in A&E departments; pays tribute to the health services’ dedicated and hardworking staff who ensured across the festive period that nine out of 10 patients were seen within four hours; acknowledges that further steps are required to reduce delays in discharge, improve patient flow and ensure that A&E targets are sustainably met in the future; notes that health resources are at a record £12 billion in 2015-16, an increase of £2.7 billion since 2006; further notes that NHS Scotland staffing is at a record high, with over 1,700 more qualified nurses and midwives than 2006, and welcomes that treatment times have improved significantly in recent years, with 98% patients of patients, over 600,000 people, having received treatment within the 12 week treatment time guarantee."

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Maureen Watt*

*S4M-12045.2 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Richard Simpson (Scotland’s Future), leave out from first "is" to end and insert ", as elsewhere and throughout the UK, is under considerable seasonal pressure, particularly at A&E departments, and acknowledges the resulting and unacceptable inconvenience to thousands of patients; notes the additional funding resource being committed to the NHS in England, which has resulted in consequential funding for the NHS in Scotland in excess of £1.4 billion between 2010 and 2016; notes that the total health budget for England has been protected in real terms while similar protections have not been put in place by the Scottish Government; acknowledges that, for the NHS in Scotland to achieve a sustainable future in the face of the many well documented challenges with which it is now confronted, it requires all political parties to agree and unite in support of a long-term strategic plan, and calls on the Scottish Government, without further delay, to lead the development and implementation of such a plan within the current parliamentary session."

*S4M-12045.1 Jim Hume: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Richard Simpson (Scotland’s Future), leave out from “welcomes” to “across Scotland” and insert “notes with concern reports that the Royal College of Nursing Scotland recently received an increased number of calls from members wanting to raise concerns that there were neither sufficient staff nor sufficient equipment to give patients the care that they required; is concerned by the recent crisis in A&E units across Scotland, with only 88% of patients seen within the target time of four hours compared with 93.5% in December 2013; notes that the current 95% interim target has been decreased from 98% last year; is further concerned at the missed targets in cancer treatment times, psychological therapies, delayed discharges and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS); notes that there has been a 12% increase in the number of children and young people waiting upwards of six months for CAMHS treatment; further notes the calls of SAMH, the Mental Welfare Commission and the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition for improvements to be made to struggling mental health services; understands that the lack of any specialist secure healthcare services for young people in Scotland means that children and young people with need of such services are treated in England, miles from the support of family and friends; is concerned that, since 2009, there are 883 fewer staffed mental health beds and 64 specialist mental health nurses have been lost; believes that the newly appointed minister with responsibility for mental health issues should make a statement of intent on mental health services by backing the Liberal Democrats’ call for a new law to place the treatment of mental and physical ill-health on an equal footing;"

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-12044 Congratulations Home Start Orkney ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Patricia Ferguson*, Graeme Dey*, Richard Simpson*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Kevin Stewart*, Hanzala Malik*, David Torrance*, Colin Beattie*

S4M-12043 Recognising the Efforts of Scottish Hydro and SSE Staff ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Mike MacKenzie*, Hanzala Malik*, Hugh Henry*, Nigel Don*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*, Bill Kidd*, John Wilson*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-12042 Congratulating David Martin ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Jamie McGrigor*, George Adam*, Joan McAlpine*, Jim Hume*, Richard Lyle*, David Torrance*, Chic Brodie*, Nigel Don*, Bill Kidd*, Roderick Campbell*, Alex Johnstone*, Kevin Stewart*, Margaret McCulloch*

S4M-12041 Power Restoration in the Highlands and Islands ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Claudia Beamish*, Hanzala Malik*, Hugh Henry*, David Torrance*, John Wilson*, Duncan McNeil*

S4M-12040 Awareness of Group B Streptococcus ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Elaine Smith*

S4M-12039 Funding Success for Rape Crisis Centre ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Patricia Ferguson*, Cara Hilton*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Kevin Stewart*, Hanzala Malik*, Drew Smith*, Stewart Maxwell*, Hugh Henry*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*, Bill Kidd*, John Wilson*, Adam Ingram*

S4M-12038 The National Autistic Society Secures Major Investment ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Patricia Ferguson*, Cara Hilton*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Kevin Stewart*, Hanzala Malik*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*, Bill Kidd*, John Wilson*, Adam Ingram*

S4M-12037 Congratulations to Glasgow Airport ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Mike MacKenzie*, Drew Smith*, Stewart Maxwell*, Nigel Don*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*

S4M-12036 Metal Theft is not Victimless ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Mike MacKenzie*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-12033 Congratulations to the First Step Group ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*

S4M-12032 2014 Arms Control Person of the Year ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) David Torrance*, Colin Beattie*, Graeme Dey*, Nigel Don*, Kevin Stewart*, Christina McKelvie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Adam Ingram*, Rob Gibson*

S4M-12031 Congratulations to Sandy Firth on his BEM ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*

S4M-12030 Congratulations to Bryce Wilson MBE ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*

S4M-12028 Funding for Media Project at HMP and YOI Grampian in Peterhead (lodged on 09 January 2015) Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*

S4M-12026 An Electrifying Performance ­(lodged on 09 January 2015) Cara Hilton*, David Torrance*

S4M-12025 Barnardo’s Scotland partners with the Big Burns Supper ­(lodged on 09 January 2015) Nigel Don*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*, John Wilson*

S4M-12024 Duthie Park Welcomes Record Visitor Numbers ­(lodged on 09 January 2015) Nigel Don*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*, John Wilson*

S4M-12020 Freedom of Speech ­(lodged on 08 January 2015) John Wilson*

S4M-12019 MoD Secretly Lifts Ban on Nuclear Submarines in Scotland’s Lochs ­(lodged on 08 January 2015) John Wilson* R

S4M-12015 Horrific Attacks in Paris ­(lodged on 08 January 2015) John Wilson*

S4M-12010 ICSEI Conference Comes to Scotland in 2016 ­(lodged on 08 January 2015) Dennis Robertson*

S4M-12008 Redundancy of Skytrac Staff in Edinburgh ­(lodged on 08 January 2015) David Torrance*

S4M-12006 Je suis Charlie ­(lodged on 08 January 2015) Cara Hilton*, John Wilson*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-12005 East Kilbride’s Calderglen High School, Working for its Community ­(lodged on 08 January 2015) Siobhan McMahon*

S4M-12004 Voluntary Action Scotland, Supporting a Stronger Third Sector (lodged on 07 January 2015) John Wilson*

S4M-12003.1 Supporting PCS’s Campaign against UK Government Meddling (lodged on 08 January 2015) Elaine Smith*

S4M-12001 Investors in Young People Accreditation for Axis Well Technology (lodged on 07 January 2015) Richard Lyle*

S4M-12000 Levenmouth Community Energy Project ­(lodged on 07 January 2015) Richard Lyle*

S4M-11995 Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 ­(lodged on 07 January 2015) Siobhan McMahon*, Jim Hume*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-11989 Disabled Access Day ­(lodged on 06 January 2015) Siobhan McMahon*

S4M-11841 The Dangers of Counterfeit Online Electrical Goods ­(lodged on 09 December 2014) David Torrance*, Margaret Mitchell*, Graeme Dey*, Colin Beattie*, Joan McAlpine*, Hugh Henry*, Roderick Campbell*, Gordon MacDonald*, Nigel Don*, Dave Thompson*, Christina McKelvie*, Jayne Baxter*, Adam Ingram*, Rob Gibson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-11392 The Need for a Direct Ferry Service Between Scotland and Scandinavia ­(lodged on 03 November 2014) Jean Urquhart*

S4M-11343 Stop Fracking in Scotland ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) John Wilson*

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