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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-01551 Joan McAlpine: Tackling the Problem of Empty Homes in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the Channel 4 series, The Great British Property Scandal, which, it believes, highlights the problem of long-term empty homes; understands that there are 25,000 long-term empty homes in Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Government’s funding for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, which is hosted by Shelter Scotland, and further welcomes the Scottish Government’s ongoing consultation on extending council tax charges for such homes, with the intention that additional revenue raised is re-invested in affordable homes, including the re-use of empty homes.

*S4M-01549 Bill Kidd: Advice in Scotland 2010-11—That the Parliament congratulates Citizens Advice Scotland on its state of the nation report Advice in Scotland 2010-11 and in particular on the findings that bureaux advisors helped clients with a record 203,000 new benefit issues and that bureaux achieved a financial gain of almost £126 million for clients, based on funding of £16.3 million, meaning that clients were almost £8 better off for each £1 of funding provided to bureaux.

*S4M-01548 Annabelle Ewing: Radioactive Particles at Dalgety Bay—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern at the long-standing hazard of radioactive contamination of an area of foreshore at Dalgety Bay, which it understands is a consequence of the closure of Donibristle Airfield in 1959 and the subsequent dumping and burning of aircraft dials and other materials containing radium; is further concerned that finds of radioactive material have accelerated in recent months; welcomes SEPA’s increased levels of investigation and monitoring, its handling of the current situation and the information it has given to the wider community, but is concerned that no positive course of action to remedy this unacceptable position appears to have been suggested or implemented by the UK Government, with whom it considers responsibility lies.

Supported by: James Dornan*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Humza Yousaf*, Sandra White*, Adam Ingram*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roderick Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Jean Urquhart*, Bill Walker*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, David Torrance*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Margaret Burgess*, Gil Paterson*, Richard Lyle*, Stuart McMillan*, Kevin Stewart*

*S4M-01547 Bill Kidd: Scotland Sevens Rugby Champions—That the Parliament congratulates the Scotland Sevens Rugby Team on picking up its first piece of silverware, the Bowl, in the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai on 3 December 2011; notes that the team won this by putting 26 points past the United States; commends the players on what it sees as their dedication and hard work, and wishes the team the very best of luck on 9 December in South Africa when it will take on Morocco, New Zealand and France.

Supported by: Bill Walker*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Sandra White*, Patricia Ferguson*, Adam Ingram*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Kevin Stewart*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Neil Bibby*, Humza Yousaf*, David Torrance*

*S4M-01546 Dennis Robertson: NUS Zero Tolerance Campaign—That the Parliament notes that Heriot Watt University, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Stirling have all been accredited by NUS Scotland as Zero Tolerance organisations in relation to sexual harassment; acknowledges the work being done by the NUS on this issue and its publication last year of Hidden Marks, which covered perceptions of safety and experiences of harassment, stalking, financial abuse, violence and sexual assault; further notes that the scheme is being rolled out to a number of other student associations, including Aberdeen University Students’ Association, Aberdeen College Students’ Association, Reid Kerr College Students’ Association and Edinburgh University Students’ Association, which are all working toward accreditation as Zero Tolerance organisations; commends the NUS for highlighting and seeking to tackle this important issue at an early stage, and hopes that all of Scotland’s universities and colleges attain the Zero Tolerance accreditation.

*S4M-01545 Clare Adamson: This is Our Faith—That the Parliament congratulates Bishop Devine and the staff, pupils and clergy of the Diocese of Motherwell on the celebration launch of This is Our Faith at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell on 7 December 2011; recognises the contribution of Bishop Devine, as President of the Commission for Catholic Education and Scottish Catholic Education Service, to the publication of This is Our Faith as a guide to teachers on the religious education curriculum, which has been developed for children and young people in Catholic schools in Scotland: acknowledges what it considers the thoughtful and innovative contribution at the service of the senior pupils undertaking the Caritas Award and the wonderful singing of the choir of St Mary’s Primary School in Hamilton, and believes that this was an successful and inspiring celebration for the Catholic education community in the Diocese of Motherwell.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Adam Ingram*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Richard Lyle*, Roderick Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*, John Pentland*

*S4M-01544 Christina McKelvie: Letter to Santa Highlights Impact of Domestic Violence on Children—That the Parliament welcomes the new Letter to Santa joint campaign by the Violence Reduction Unit and Children 1st, which highlights the impact of domestic abuse on the whole family at Christmas; notes that the campaign was inspired by Children 1st service-users who shared their experiences of Christmas growing up in a home where domestic violence was present; further notes that, according to the Violence Reduction Unit, the Christmas period is a peak time for domestic abuse incidents; believes that children who witness domestic violence are also victims of it and can experience lifelong effects as a result; commends the work of Children 1st in supporting children who are victims of domestic violence, and supports the aim of the Letter to Santa campaign of encouraging anyone concerned about a child experiencing violence in the home this Christmas to contact ParentLine Scotland on 0800 028 2233.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Malcolm Chisholm*, David Torrance*, John Finnie*, Roderick Campbell*, Kevin Stewart*, Annabelle Ewing*, Jackie Baillie*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Gil Paterson*, Margaret Burgess*, Adam Ingram*, Rob Gibson*, Humza Yousaf*, Bob Doris*, Mike MacKenzie*, Fiona McLeod*, Colin Beattie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Dave Thompson*, Sandra White*

*S4M-01543 Siobhan McMahon: Welfare Reform Bill—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement on 1 December 2011 by the UK Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, that the proposals by the UK Government to remove disability benefits from those living in residential care will now not be implemented in 2013-14 as planned; understands that this proposal, if implemented, would have seen 80,000 disabled people lose between £20 and £50 in benefit a week; welcomes the findings of the Low Review, which it considers made some important recommendations that will help ensure that disabled people are able to exercise their right to mobility in the same manner as non-disabled people, and notes the contributions made by disabled charities in Scotland along with over 5,000 campaigners who attended the Hardest Hit events across the country on 22 October 2011, which it believes sent a clear message to the UK Government to stop what it considers these unnecessary cuts to the benefits and services of disabled people.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Hanzala Malik*, David Stewart*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Michael McMahon*, Mark Griffin*, Jackie Baillie*, Christina McKelvie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Sarah Boyack*, Drew Smith*, Patricia Ferguson*, Richard Lyle*, Hugh Henry*

*S4M-01542# Annabel Goldie: Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire—That the Parliament congratulates the Kirkintilloch-based Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire; understands that the centre provides a central point for volunteering throughout East Dunbartonshire and that it aims to encourage and support local people who wish to offer their services to help others in their community; recognises the Volunteer Champions Project, a school-based initiative that promotes volunteering to teenagers; believes that, by volunteering, local young people are showing dedication and clearly have a social conscience; applauds the befriending service, which pairs a volunteer with an isolated adult, providing what it considers to be a vital source of friendship, assistance and company that reflects an admirable model of being a good neighbour, and commends what it sees as the excellent contribution that this organisation and the voluntary sector make to the community.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Jim Hume*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Margaret Mitchell*, Sarah Boyack*, Ruth Davidson*, Fiona McLeod*, Colin Beattie*, Jackie Baillie*, David Torrance*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

*S4M-01541 Angus MacDonald: Comments Made on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff—That the Parliament notes with disappointment and regret the actions and comments broadcast during the Channel 5 programme, The Wright Stuff, on 6 December 2011, in which it considers that insensitive comments were made regarding an ongoing murder investigation on the Isle of Lewis; considers half-hearted the apology made by the host of the programme the following day; believes that the people of the Western Isles have made known their displeasure and disgust at this in a dignified manner, and calls on Channel 5 and Ofcom to take appropriate action against the programme.

Supported by: David Torrance*, Annabelle Ewing*, Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, John Mason*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Hanzala Malik*, Kevin Stewart*, Dennis Robertson*, Maureen Watt*, Richard Lyle*, Mark McDonald*, Gordon MacDonald*, Bill Kidd*, Adam Ingram*, Gil Paterson*, Christine Grahame*, Colin Beattie*, Hugh Henry*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-01539 Gold Star For Education in Fife ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Dennis Robertson*, Margaret Burgess*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roderick Campbell*, Adam Ingram*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Simpson*, Humza Yousaf*, Bill Walker*, Colin Beattie*, Bill Kidd*, David Torrance*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

S4M-01538 Community Award for Paisley on the Web ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Mark McDonald*, Colin Beattie*, Maureen Watt*, Hugh Henry*, David Torrance*, Mike MacKenzie*, Sandra White*, James Dornan*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-01537 Parent Council Awarded for Outdoor Classroom ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*

S4M-01535 Women’s Aid Awarded for Art Activities ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Sandra White*

S4M-01534 Arctic Convoy Veterans Deserve UK Medals ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Kevin Stewart*, Angus MacDonald*, Graeme Dey*, Bill Walker*, Bill Kidd*, Mike MacKenzie*, David Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*, Christina McKelvie*, George Adam*, Maureen Watt*, Mark McDonald*, Annabelle Ewing*, Christine Grahame*, Humza Yousaf*, Richard Lyle*, Adam Ingram*, Roderick Campbell*, Dave Thompson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01533 Pittenweem Pharmacy Charity Single ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*, George Adam*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jean Urquhart*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01532 Designation of Special Areas of Conservation ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Mary Scanlon*

S4M-01531 Braemar Community and St Margaret’s Episcopal Church ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*, Clare Adamson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Adam Ingram*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01530 Grampian Housing Association SMART Financial Inclusion and Early Intervention ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*

S4M-01529 Fire Brigades Union Equipment from Dundee Arrives in Nablus ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Angus MacDonald*, Colin Beattie*, Maureen Watt*, Hugh Henry*, David Torrance*, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-01528 Motherwell FC Helps to Promote Internet Safety ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Jackie Baillie*, Colin Beattie*, Hugh Henry*, David Torrance*, Mike MacKenzie*, Neil Bibby*

S4M-01527 George Osborne’s Attack on Wildlife ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Anne McTaggart*

S4M-01525 Strathclyde New Opportunities Fund ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Hugh Henry*, Marco Biagi*, Jamie Hepburn*

S4M-01521 Renfrewshire Women’s Association, Wear Your White Ribbon ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Annabel Goldie*, Hugh Henry*, Colin Beattie*, Jamie Hepburn*, John Finnie*

S4M-01513 100 Years of Arbroath’s Edwardian Railway Station ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Humza Yousaf*, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-01512 Finnish Independence Day ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S4M-01511 Cupar, Best Adopted Station 2011 ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01508 Turner Prize 2011 ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01507 No Place for Hate, LGBT Hate Crime in Education ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Jim Eadie*, Marco Biagi*, Jenny Marra*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01506 Selfless Effort Ensuring Scotland Stays Open for Business ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Stuart McMillan*, Stewart Maxwell*, Gordon MacDonald*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Hugh Henry*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01502 Congratulations to Martin Boyce, Winner of the Turner Prize ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Jim Eadie*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-01499 World Pipe Band Championships ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01495 Golden Twits for Orkney Library and Archive ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) David Torrance*

S4M-01493 70th Anniversary of the Day that will Live in Infamy ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01492 Scotch Whisky’s Record Export Value ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Ruth Davidson*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-01491 Congratulations to Mr Ronnie McIntosh ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-01490 Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of Alexander Dennis Receives Entrepreneur of the Year Award ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-01489 British Sign Language ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01487 Environmental Research Award ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-01486 Moorpark Parent Support Group Big Lottery Funding ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, David Torrance*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-01484 Green Energy Award for Udny ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01483 North East Success at Scottish Financial Services Awards ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-01482 Giant Pandas Arrive in Scotland ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Dave Thompson*

S4M-01481 Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Dave Thompson*

S4M-01478 Happy 40th Anniversary to NUS Scotland ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01477 Social Justice for Disability Campaigners ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01474 Carers Rights Day ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01473 Falkirk Environment Trust ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01468 Waterfront Gym UK Local Authority Gym of the Year ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01466 Lottery Funding for West Scotland ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01465 Centenary of Whithorn Library ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01463 Launch of PNH Scotland ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01462 North Lanarkshire Muslim Women and Family Alliance ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) David Torrance*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01458 Voscars Volunteer of the Year Award ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01457 Haven Recycle ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01456 Paired Reading Scheme is Project of the Year ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01454 Glasgow’s International Financial District ­(lodged on 30 November 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01452 Loch Arthur Community – BBC Food Producer of the Year ­(lodged on 30 November 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01451 Supporting Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Campaign ­(lodged on 30 November 2011) Colin Beattie*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01448 Vote, Vote, Vote for Strathpeffer, Portobello and Leith ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Colin Beattie*

S4M-01435.1 Ferries Report ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Margaret McCulloch*, Hugh Henry*, Jackie Baillie*, Anne McTaggart*, Neil Findlay*

S4M-01430 BSW Investment ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01422 Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards ­(lodged on 24 November 2011) Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01354 Harry Benson, New York New York ­(lodged on 16 November 2011) Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*

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