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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.
Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-01605 Alison Johnstone: Support for Occupy—That the Parliament welcomes many of the sentiments expressed by those involved in the Occupy protests across the world; agrees that there is a continuing need to reduce inequalities in society between rich and poor people; agrees that further reforms are needed to the UK and international banking and financial systems; understands that Occupy is an attempt to redirect economic decisions and systems toward more sustainable and equitable outcomes; considers that there is legitimate frustration with financial structures and governance systems that concentrate wealth in the hands of the few, and agrees that protest is a legitimate form of political activity.
*S4M-01604 Annabelle Ewing: Royal Yachting Association Annual Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Loch Tummel Sailing Club member Jim Hartshorne of Bankfoot on his recent success at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) annual awards, at which he won the Community Lifetime Commitment award; recognises the hard work and commitment of all involved in sailing in Scotland, and congratulates RYA Scotland on what it considers the great work that it does in promoting the sport in Scotland.
*S4M-01603 Gordon MacDonald: SEStran Thistle Assistance Card—That the Parliament congratulates the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership in launching the SEStran Thistle Assistance Card for use on public transport, which, it understands, will make it easier for customers who are disabled to highlight their requirements to drivers and is expected to be more efficient to administer than the scheme that it replaces.
*S4M-01602 John Pentland: Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell—That the Parliament congratulates the Very Rev Thomas Millar VG, parish priest for Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell, and Rev Joseph Clements of St Aidan’s, Wishaw, on being made canons of the cathedral at a service conducted by Bishop Joseph Devine and considers that the cathedral and the Diocese of Motherwell play an important role in the communities that they serve.
Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Annabelle Ewing*, Michael McMahon*, Jamie McGrigor*, David Stewart*, Kevin Stewart*
*S4M-01601 Patricia Ferguson: RSBi in Springburn Wins Gold—That the Parliament congratulates Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) on being awarded what it considers to be the prestigious gold certification from the Furniture Industry Research Association; understands that this award has been presented in recognition of the high quality products and professional craftsmanship provided by the factory in Springburn, Glasgow; congratulates all those involved with RSBi, which employs over 240 workers; notes that more than 50% of its workforce are disabled, including veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; believes that this award is just recognition for the hard work and dedication of all those working in RSBi, and wishes it well for the future in its aim to provide employment opportunities for local people and quality furniture for its customers.
Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Drew Smith*, Hugh Henry*
*S4M-01600 Kezia Dugdale: 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child—That the Parliament notes that 16 December 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the UK’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; considers it important to ensure that children’s rights underpin all legislation, policy and practice affecting children and young people to ensure that every child is able to develop to his or her full potential; notes the progress that has been made over the last 20 years to bring children’s rights into the mainstream in Scotland, but also the significant challenges that remain; acknowledges the proposals from the Scottish Government to give statutory force to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Scots law, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that it does its utmost to fulfil its human rights obligations to children and that every child in Scotland, regardless of background or circumstances, is able to access and enjoy all the rights set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Supported by: Liam McArthur*, Christina McKelvie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Neil Bibby*, Anne McTaggart*, Drew Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Hanzala Malik*, John Park*, Patrick Harvie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Fiona McLeod*, Neil Findlay*, Roderick Campbell*, Alison Johnstone*, Hugh Henry*, Alison McInnes*
*S4M-01599 Jackie Baillie: Morlaggan—That the Parliament congratulates the award-winning Morlaggan Rural Settlement Group after what is considered another year of successful excavation of ceramics, glass and household artefacts in High Morlaggan, Arrochar; acknowledges the hard work and dedication of group members who have stimulated public interest in the excavation locally as well as delivering education sessions on the history of the area, and wishes them great success for the exhibition of findings and book launch due to take place in January 2012.
Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd*, Anne McTaggart*, Jim Hume*, Sarah Boyack*, Annabelle Ewing*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Gil Paterson*, Hugh Henry*, Kevin Stewart*, Jackson Carlaw*
*S4M-01598 Jackie Baillie: Need for Advice—That the Parliament commends staff and volunteers of Citizens Advice Scotland after recent figures showed that 560,303 issues were dealt with in Scotland in 2010-11; notes that this equates to one case for every minute of the day; considers that the West Dunbartonshire Bureau plays an important role in assisting vulnerable people in Dumbarton and Alexandria; expresses concern that what is considered the independent, important and preventative work of Citizens Advice Scotland is being carried out with diminishing resources at a time when changes to the welfare system will have a major impact on Scotland’s people, their services and the demand for advice, and calls on the Scottish Government to increase funding to ensure that independent support and advice is available to people at a time when they need it most.
Supported by: David Stewart*, Margaret McCulloch*, Sarah Boyack*, Anne McTaggart*, Patrick Harvie*, Drew Smith*, Johann Lamont*, Jenny Marra*, Hugh Henry*, Helen Eadie*
*S4M-01596♦ Elaine Murray: Independence Referendum, Let Wallace Vote—That the Parliament notes that for generations Scots have taken up opportunities to work in other parts of the UK and beyond and that many have subsequently returned to Scotland to use the skills and experiences that they have gained elsewhere; understands that Scots working outwith Scotland at the time of the independence referendum will not be eligible to vote on Scotland’s constitutional future whereas anyone eligible to be on the electoral register in Scotland will be entitled to vote; believes that Scots living outwith Scotland should be able to register to vote in the independence referendum on the same basis as expatriate UK citizens can vote in UK elections, and congratulates Dumfries-born James Wallace on his online campaign, letwallacevote, to bring this issue to the attention of the public.
Supported by: John Pentland*, Margaret McCulloch*, Neil Findlay*, Anne McTaggart*, Hanzala Malik*
S4M-01583 Colin Keir: UK Veto is Damaging for Scotland—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern at the outcome of the European Union summit of 9 December 2011 in Brussels where the Prime Minister used the UK veto, a move that both Margaret Thatcher and John Major successfully avoided, for the first time in the country’s history; considers that David Cameron not only failed to negotiate a suitable deal with colleagues across the other 26 member states, but that he refrained from consulting the devolved administrations as well as his coalition partners before effectively deciding to isolate Britain from the rest of the EU; understands that, as a result of alliance-building with other member states, the UK has rarely been outvoted on issues relating to financial services; questions therefore what it considers to be an impulsive decision, which was justified by the Prime Minister as a defence of the national interest; believes that this will potentially hinder Scotland’s ability to influence key policy areas such as the EU budget, agriculture and fisheries; considers that Cameron failed to initiate any concrete proposal on how to stabilise the single currency and that his actions have hindered the stabilisation and recovery of the eurozone and have therefore jeopardised the recovery of the UK and Scottish economies; further believes that the UK and Scotland will be shut off from the EU decision-making process and that the other 26 member states could shape EU policy without the UK’s involvement; notes with interest the comments of French President Nicolas Sarkozy that two Europes have been created; believes that Cameron’s aim was to protect the bankers from the kind of regulation that would have prevented the financial crisis but understands that many leading businesses believe that the veto will damage London’s position as a financial centre, evidenced by the fact that European banks based in London would be subject to any new rules created by the 26-member bloc; observes a recent poll published by The Times suggesting that 53% of Scots believe that Cameron’s veto will reduce the influence of the UK in the EU; calls on the Prime Minister to urgently convene a joint ministerial committee meeting to discuss the full implications of what it considers the damaging decision, and believes that the unionist argument that Scotland is better represented in Europe by London is emphatically dead.
Supported by: Richard Lyle, Christina McKelvie, Margaret Burgess, Mike MacKenzie, Stuart McMillan, John Mason, Chic Brodie, Annabelle Ewing, Angus MacDonald, Hanzala Malik, Graeme Dey, Humza Yousaf, Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn*, Dennis Robertson*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kevin Stewart*
*S4M-01583.1 Jackson Carlaw: UK Veto is Damaging for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-01583 in the name of Colin Keir (UK Veto is Damaging for Scotland), leave out from “deep” to end and insert “support for the Prime Minister’s use of the British veto; considers that David Cameron’s actions are in the interests of the UK and especially Scotland as 150,000 Scottish jobs are either directly or indirectly dependent on the financial services industry; further considers that the UK economy and the jobs in all sectors, especially small business, that are intrinsic to growth are dependent on a strong economy of which the financial services industry is a vital part; understands that Scots back the Prime Minister’s use of the veto by a proportion of 2:1; notes that EU relations are a reserved matter and believes that the coalition government has always been sensitive to Scottish requirements as seen with its Respect Agenda; expresses concern that the SNP is among the biggest cheerleaders of the failed eurozone, with the man who speaks for the SNP in Europe, Alyn Smith MEP, confirming that it is still SNP policy to join the euro; further believes that Scotland’s sovereignty would have been eroded in complying with eurozone plans, which entail governments referring their proposed budgets to the European Commission before national government scrutiny; welcomes the fact that Scotland is not independent or part of the eurozone, and therefore pays tribute to the Prime Minister for fighting for British interests rather than the SNP, which it considers would have an independent Scotland while surrendering Scotland’s financial services industry to Brussels dictat.”
Supported by: David McLetchie*, Murdo Fraser*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, John Lamont*, Mary Scanlon*
Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support
S4M-01595 The Invisible College (lodged on 14 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Gil Paterson*, Hugh Henry*, Drew Smith*, Anne McTaggart*, Kenneth Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Kevin Stewart*
S4M-01594 Gartocharn Green Flag (lodged on 14 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Annabelle Ewing*, Jamie Hepburn*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Anne McTaggart*, Gil Paterson*, Hugh Henry*, Fiona McLeod*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Richard Lyle*, Kevin Stewart*
S4M-01593 Congratulation to Jamie Calder from Balerno, Scottish Young Sailor of the Year (lodged on 14 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Gordon MacDonald*
S4M-01592 Public Health Leaders Call to Introduce Minimum Pricing (lodged on 14 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Mark McDonald*, Mike MacKenzie*, Roderick Campbell*, Annabelle Ewing*, Richard Lyle*, George Adam*, Kevin Stewart*
S4M-01591 Glasgow Subway Celebrates its 115th Anniversary (lodged on 14 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Graeme Pearson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Roderick Campbell*, Richard Lyle*, Kevin Stewart*
S4M-01590 The New Crown Jewels of Maryhill (lodged on 14 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Mike MacKenzie*, George Adam*, Kevin Stewart*
S4M-01589 Roots of Ruchill Community Garden (lodged on 14 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Mark McDonald*, Bill Kidd*
S4M-01588 Funding of Glasgow’s North Area Transport Association (lodged on 14 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Chic Brodie*
S4M-01586 Changing the January Pay Date (lodged on 14 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn*, Hugh Henry*, John Mason*, Angus MacDonald*, Mike MacKenzie*, Adam Ingram*, Liam McArthur*, Richard Lyle*, Margaret Burgess*, Graeme Dey*, Chic Brodie*, Maureen Watt*, Kevin Stewart*, Bill Kidd*
S4M-01577 Edinburgh Domestic Abuse Court Pilot (lodged on 13 December 2011) Mark McDonald*, Kevin Stewart*
S4M-01576 Tina Wood Bears Olympic Torch for Orkney (lodged on 13 December 2011) Kevin Stewart*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jim Hume*, David Stewart*
S4M-01574 Proposed DVLA Closures (lodged on 13 December 2011) Annabelle Ewing*, Rob Gibson*, Margaret Burgess*, Dennis Robertson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Richard Lyle*, Christina McKelvie*, John Mason*, Paul Wheelhouse*, John Finnie*, Stuart McMillan*, Mark McDonald*, Humza Yousaf*, Graeme Dey*, Adam Ingram*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Neil Findlay*, Gil Paterson*
S4M-01573 Ciara Ennis as Olympic Torch-bearer for North East Scotland (lodged on 13 December 2011) Bill Kidd*
S4M-01572 Keenan Recycling Success at VIBES Awards (lodged on 13 December 2011) Bill Kidd*, Alison McInnes*
S4M-01570 Remember Cunninghame Graham (lodged on 13 December 2011) George Adam*, Mark McDonald*, Bill Kidd*
S4M-01569 Outstanding Achievement of Pelamis Pioneer (lodged on 13 December 2011) Tavish Scott*, Rob Gibson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Roderick Campbell*, Jim Hume*, Bill Walker*, Alison McInnes*, Kevin Stewart*
S4M-01568 Rachel Appolinari Memorial Fund (lodged on 12 December 2011) Mark McDonald*, Bill Kidd*, Kevin Stewart*
S4M-01567 Scottish Women’s European Curling Champions (lodged on 12 December 2011) David Stewart*, Hugh Henry*
S4M-01566 ScotRail Modern Apprenticeship Award (lodged on 12 December 2011) Mark McDonald*, Chic Brodie*, Bill Kidd*, Marco Biagi*, Roderick Campbell*, Fiona McLeod*, George Adam*
S4M-01565 European Commission Chief Scientific Adviser (lodged on 12 December 2011) Alison McInnes*
S4M-01563 Social Enterprise Scotland (lodged on 12 December 2011) Tavish Scott*, David Stewart*
S4M-01560 Jennefer Tobin, Dumfries and Galloway’s Person of the Year (lodged on 12 December 2011) Annabel Goldie*
S4M-01558 High-interest Payday Loans (lodged on 12 December 2011) David Torrance*, George Adam*
S4M-01556 The Work of Citizens Advice Scotland (lodged on 09 December 2011) David Stewart*
S4M-01543 Welfare Reform Bill (lodged on 08 December 2011) Annabelle Ewing*
S4M-01541 Comments Made on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff (lodged on 08 December 2011) David Stewart*
S4M-01529 Fire Brigades Union Equipment from Dundee Arrives in Nablus (lodged on 07 December 2011) David Stewart*
S4M-01528 Motherwell FC Helps to Promote Internet Safety (lodged on 07 December 2011) David Stewart*
S4M-01527 George Osborne’s Attack on Wildlife (lodged on 07 December 2011) David Stewart*
S4M-01525 Strathclyde New Opportunities Fund (lodged on 06 December 2011) David Stewart*
S4M-01509 Supporting Healthy Choices (lodged on 06 December 2011) David Stewart*
S4M-01505 A Democratic Future for Gaza (lodged on 06 December 2011) Colin Beattie*, Kevin Stewart*, Patricia Ferguson*, Joan McAlpine*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Marco Biagi*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Chic Brodie*, Humza Yousaf*, Richard Lyle*, Drew Smith*
S4M-01504 Scottish Success at 2011 Turner Prize (lodged on 06 December 2011) David Stewart*
S4M-01499 World Pipe Band Championships (lodged on 05 December 2011) Fiona McLeod*
S4M-01476 Congratulating By Storm on VOWS Award (lodged on 01 December 2011) Fiona McLeod*
S4M-01474 Carers Rights Day (lodged on 01 December 2011) Fiona McLeod*
S4M-01470 ABCUL Scottish Conference, Sharing the Secret (lodged on 01 December 2011) Fiona McLeod*
S4M-01467 Gairloch Wins Gaelic Debate (lodged on 01 December 2011) Mark McDonald*
S4M-01457 Haven Recycle (lodged on 01 December 2011) Fiona McLeod*
S4M-01435.1 Ferries Report (lodged on 07 December 2011) David Stewart*
S4M-01267 Congratulations to Craft Town Scotland (lodged on 08 November 2011) Fiona McLeod*
S4M-01264 Dementia Community Roadshow (lodged on 08 November 2011) Fiona McLeod*
S4M-01246 Scotmid, in the Heart of Scotland’s Communities (lodged on 04 November 2011) Fiona McLeod*
S4M-01223 University of Glasgow Ranked First in the UK (lodged on 02 November 2011) Drew Smith*
S4M-01065 Save Introducing in Scotland (lodged on 12 October 2011) Kenneth Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Kidd*, Chic Brodie*, Clare Adamson*, Mary Fee*, Christina McKelvie*, Angus MacDonald*, Sandra White*, Margaret Burgess*, Kevin Stewart*, Mark McDonald*