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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-12969 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Howard Wood and COAST—That the Parliament congratulates Howard Wood of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) on receiving what it considers the prestigious international Goldman Environmental Prize; believes that this represents the largest prize for grassroots environmentalists worldwide; understands that Howard Wood achieved this award through his and COAST’s commitment to campaigning for the sustainable management of the waters around Arran, and commends the determination of COAST volunteers to protect Scotland’s waters and promote environmental sustainability.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Hanzala Malik*, Jackie Baillie*, Joan McAlpine*

*S4M-12968♦ Patricia Ferguson: The Importance of Recognising the Condition, Barrett’s Oesophagus—That the Parliament understands that the incidence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma in Scotland has doubled in the last 10 years; further understands that Scotland has the unenviable distinction of being the country with the most cases; believes that early detection improves prognosis and survival rates; considers that it is vital that, in Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn and across Scotland, awareness of this type of cancer is raised in tandem with awareness of Barrett’s oesophagus, which is a treatable precancerous condition; believes that, if it is dealt with correctly, oesophageal cancer can then be prevented from developing; notes that the NHS in England records Barrett’s oesophagus as a quality performance indicator (QPI) to allow diagnostic progress to be monitored, and notes the view that a QPI should be established in Scotland.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Cara Hilton*, Jackie Baillie*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-12967 Patricia Ferguson: Marie Curie’s Glasgow Hospice Celebrates Fifth Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Marie Curie on the fifth anniversary of its Glasgow Hospice in Springburn; understands that the hospice was built in 2010 following a fundraising drive supported by a network of community fundraising groups, a development board and huge number of individuals in the local community; notes that the hospice employs a team of health and social care professionals and provides inpatient, outpatient, day therapy and community nursing services as well as bereavement support services for families and carers; further notes that, in 2014-15, the hospice saw 542 inpatients and its Community Nursing Service made nearly 4,000 visits to patients at home or in a home setting, treating people with a range of terminal illnesses including cancer, dementia, motor neurone disease, heart disease and renal failure; acknowledges that there has been a Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow for over 60 years; commends the work of all the staff and volunteers at the hospice and the role that it plays in supporting the communities of Glasgow, and wishes the hospice and charity continued success.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik*, Anne McTaggart*, Cara Hilton*, Michael McMahon*, Jackie Baillie*

*S4M-12966 Kezia Dugdale: Motion of Condolence, Tom McCabe—That the Parliament expresses its sadness at the untimely passing of Tom McCabe and sends its sincere condolences to his family and friends; acknowledges what it sees as Tom’s outstanding and distinguished public service at local and national level, which saw him stand up for colleagues as a shop steward at the Hoover factory in Cambuslang, modernise services in South Lanarkshire as council leader, become the first member elected to the Parliament in 1999 and serve the country as a reforming minister in the early years of devolution, working for Scotland’s first three First Ministers; acknowledges his major contribution to the improvement of Scotland’s public health now and for future generations as an advocate and architect of the smoking ban; believes that Tom will be sorely missed, and mourns the passing of a pivotal figure in the early years of the Parliament.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon*, Ruth Davidson*, Willie Rennie*, Patrick Harvie*

*S4M-12965 Gordon MacDonald: Sighthill Bowling Club’s Defibrillator Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates Sighthill Bowling Club on raising £1,300 to purchase a defibrillator; understands that all of the club’s committee members and its bar staff have been trained in how to operate the heart-start machine in order to help protect its 280 members and their guests; recognises that this is part of the Jamie Skinner Foundation’s campaign to install defibrillators in every sports club, and hopes that this move will inspire more clubs to purchase their own equipment.

Supported by: Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Hanzala Malik*, Mike MacKenzie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Joan McAlpine*, Kevin Stewart*

*S4M-12964 Christina McKelvie: Mediterranean Tragedies—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to urge the UK Government to provide help to the migrants who are trying to reach Europe on boats across the Mediterranean; notes with horror the recent deaths of more than 700 migrants; understands that Giuseppina Maria Nicolini, the Mayor of Lampedusa, has made several calls for help to be given, including at the Humanitarian Congress in Vienna in March 2015; urges the EU to reconsider its Triton programme, which was launched in November 2014 as a replacement to Mare Nostrum; understands that the programme is aimed at control and not about the rescue of migrants and that funding has dropped by £6 million to £3 million, and hopes that this call will be heard by the UK Government so that such tragedies will not happen again.

Supported by: Richard Lyle*, Hanzala Malik*, Michael Russell*, Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Gordon MacDonald*, Jean Urquhart*, Bill Kidd*, Kevin Stewart*, Joan McAlpine*, Stuart McMillan*

*S4M-12963# Christina McKelvie: Do the Human Right Thing: Keep the Human Rights Act—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Amnesty International campaign, Do the Human Right Thing: Keep the Human Rights Act; understands that this campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the threats that it faces from some politicians, who would like to scrap it; considers that the Human Rights Act is a fundamental safeguard to the freedom of every citizen, including those resident in the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse parliamentary constituency, as well as any visitor to this country; believes that it has given people the power to challenge decisions made by public authorities and has also led to positive policy changes, and hopes that this campaign will help to raise awareness of what it considers this important issue.

Supported by: Richard Lyle*, Jackie Baillie*, Hanzala Malik*, Mike MacKenzie*, Cara Hilton*, Rob Gibson*, Graeme Dey*, Gordon MacDonald*, Jean Urquhart*, John Finnie* R, Bill Kidd*, Joan McAlpine*, Kevin Stewart*

*S4M-12962 Elaine Smith: US Removes Cuba from Terrorism List—That the Parliament welcomes the Cuban Ambassador, Her Excellency Mrs Teresita Vicente Sotolongo, who will visit the Parliament for the first time on 21 April 2015; considers that the visit is taking place at a historic time for Cuba, given the recent decision by the US to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism; understands that the move by the US is seen as a key step to normalise relations between the US and Cuba; recognises that the announcement came days after President Obama and the Cuban President, Raul Castro, met on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking the first formal meeting between the leaders of their countries in a half-century; congratulates President Obama on his efforts to normalise relations with Cuba and his attempts to end the five-decade Cuban embargo, however considers that more work needs to be done to ensure that Cuba is supported and treated fairly by its neighbours.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Cara Hilton*, Bill Kidd*, Hanzala Malik*, Christina McKelvie*

*S4M-12961 Margaret McDougall: Howard Wood—That the Parliament congratulates Howard Wood, who is a diver from the Isle of Arran, on being set to receive what it considers the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony in San Francisco in recognition of his work over 20 years to protect the island’s marine environment and allow it to recover; understands that the prize is worth £117,000 and the winner is expected to spend it on pursuing “their vision of a renewed and protected environment"; notes that Howard is one of the founders of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST); believes that he played a key role in the campaign to set up the country’s first no-take zone; understands that he recently led the successful campaign to establish one of Scotland’s first marine protected areas and that, to ensure effective protection for that area, is now looking for the Scottish Government to implement tougher restrictions, and wishes Howard the best of luck with his environmental endeavours.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Hanzala Malik*, Jackie Baillie*

*S4M-12960 Alison Johnstone: Congratulations to Howard Wood and COAST—That the Parliament congratulates Howard Wood on winning the Goldman Environmental Prize; understands that this is the first time that this prize, which celebrates grassroots activism, has been awarded to anyone in Scotland; notes that Mr Wood set up the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) in 1995 with his friend, Don MacNeish, after witnessing the destructive capability of dredging on fragile marine habitats; congratulates COAST on successfully establishing a no-take zone in Lamlash Bay and notes that, in July 2014, a large marine protected area was designated south of Arran, and notes COAST’s belief that there is more work to be done at a community and ecosystem level to prevent degradation of some of Scotland’s most important marine habitats, such as an end to dredging and bottom trawling in marine protected areas.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McTaggart*, Gordon MacDonald*, Bill Kidd*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Jackie Baillie*

*S4M-12959 Graeme Dey: Andy Stewart—That the Parliament commends Andy Stewart from Kirriemuir on his recent retirement from service as a retained firefighter after 25 years; understands that Andy, who is an electrician to trade and is employed by Angus Council as a clerk of works, was presented with a long service certificate at his last Tuesday-evening drill by his station manager, Graeme Nicoll; notes that he served alongside his late brother Chic, who was the Kirriemuir station’s watch manager; understands that, as a retained firefighter, he was on call every day of the year, and commends people such as Andy, who risk their lives to help others.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Hanzala Malik*, Nigel Don*, Adam Ingram*, Joan McAlpine*, Kevin Stewart*, Bruce Crawford*, David Torrance*

*S4M-12958 Fiona Hyslop: Contribution of Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events to Scotland’s Economy and Society—That the Parliament acknowledges the great contribution that Scotland’s rich and diverse culture, events and visitor attractions make to Scotland’s society and economy; applauds the role that Culture 2014 and Festival 2014 played in the success of the Commonwealth Games; notes that Edinburgh’s festivals continued to achieve record attendances and box office figures during the Games; welcomes the 10% increase in visitor numbers to Scottish attractions in 2014, which outperformed the rest of the UK, and recognises the key role that Scotland’s festivals, cultural events and attractions play in making the country a great place to live, work, study and visit and in enhancing its international reputation.

Supported by: Humza Yousaf*

*S4M-12958.2 Claire Baker: Contribution of Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events to Scotland’s Economy and Society—As an amendment to motion S4M-12958 in the name of Fiona Hyslop (Contribution of Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events to Scotland’s Economy and Society), insert at end “; welcomes the Culture Counts campaign, which promotes the value of culture in Scotland, including culture’s contribution toward improving learning, health, wellbeing, confidence and quality of life; looks forward to Voluntary Arts Week in May 2015, which highlights the positive contribution to Scotland’s vibrant cultural sector made by voluntary arts, including encouraging people to engage with arts and culture in their community, and acknowledges the dedication and hard work of staff and volunteers throughout Scotland in ensuring that venues, creative hubs and organisations are accessible and welcoming to all”.

*S4M-12958.1 Liz Smith: Contribution of Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events to Scotland’s Economy and Society—As an amendment to motion S4M-12958 in the name of Fiona Hyslop (Contribution of Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events to Scotland’s Economy and Society), insert at end ", and believes that smaller cultural events and festivals have a crucial role to play in sustaining more fragile, remote rural communities”.

*S4M-12957 Nanette Milne: Marie Curie’s Changing the Conversation on Terminal Illness Report—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Marie Curie report, Changing the Conversation; further welcomes the publication of research commissioned by Marie Curie and carried out by the London School of Economics, which estimates that nearly 11,000 people in Scotland who need palliative care are not currently accessing such care; notes the finding that people with a terminal diagnosis other than cancer, over 85s, people living alone and people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups are less likely to be accessing palliative care; further notes that a palliative approach is often recommended for people living with a terminal illness and includes pain and symptom management as well as physical, emotional and spiritual support; considers that this approach is proven to benefit many different illnesses; believes that, with Scotland’s ageing population and with more and more people living longer with multiple conditions, this problem will get worse unless action is taken; understands that the Scottish Government has committed to developing a new strategic framework for action on palliative and end-of-life care by the end of 2015, and encourages it to consider these findings.

*S4M-12956 John Lamont: Congratulations to Hawick and St Boswells Rugby Teams—That the Parliament congratulates the Borders-based rugby teams, Hawick and St Boswells, on reaching the 2015 BT Cup and BT Shield finals at Murrayfield; considers that reaching the cup final was a fantastic achievement for Hawick, with the club going for its third title and applauds St Boswells on winning the shield final against GHK; understands that people in the Borders enthusiastically got behind their teams on finals’ day, and believes that, with two teams represented, rugby in the Borders remains as competitive as it has ever been.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik*, Cameron Buchanan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*

*S4M-12955♦ John Mason: Reducing Low Pay, Not Benefits—That the Parliament notes the recent report by the Industrial Communities Alliance, Whose Recovery?, which investigated the effect of economic growth on industrial communities such as Shettleston in Glasgow; agrees with the report’s assertion that reducing welfare benefits is detrimental to economic growth in post-industrial areas, and notes the views that reducing unemployment and low pay is the best way to reduce the claimant count and that more must be done to make sure that post-industrial communities benefit equally from any economic recovery.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Joan McAlpine*, David Torrance*, Alex Rowley*, Bill Kidd*, Adam Ingram*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-12954 Fair Pay for National Museum Staff ­(lodged on 17 April 2015) Sarah Boyack*, Richard Simpson*, Jackie Baillie*, John Pentland*, Iain Gray*

S4M-12953 Mesh Survivors’ Website Launched ­(lodged on 17 April 2015) Hugh Henry*, Sarah Boyack*

S4M-12952 Journalist of the Year Award for Marion Scott of the Sunday Mail (lodged on 17 April 2015) Margaret McDougall*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackie Baillie*, Michael McMahon*, Hanzala Malik*, John Pentland*

S4M-12950 Thousands of Migrants Dying Attempting to Reach Europe Each Year ­(lodged on 16 April 2015) Margaret McDougall*, Sarah Boyack*, David Torrance*, Bruce Crawford*, Michael Russell*, Clare Adamson*, Jackie Baillie*, Linda Fabiani*, Richard Simpson*, Dave Thompson*, Richard Lyle*, Hanzala Malik*

S4M-12949 Congratulations to Craig Walker of Summerston on Completing the Paris Marathon ­(lodged on 16 April 2015) Kevin Stewart*, Chic Brodie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-12948 East Kilbride is Gold Standard ­(lodged on 16 April 2015) Nigel Don*, Clare Adamson*, Kevin Stewart*, Jackie Baillie*

S4M-12947 Young Heroes, Young Scots, Ten Years of the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards ­(lodged on 16 April 2015) Nigel Don*, Bruce Crawford*, Clare Adamson*, Kevin Stewart*, Jackie Baillie*

S4M-12946 Supporting Scottish Sheep Farmers ­(lodged on 14 April 2015) Bruce Crawford*, Clare Adamson*

S4M-12945 A Scottish BAFTA for The Wee ‘hings ­(lodged on 14 April 2015) Sarah Boyack*, Bruce Crawford*, Clare Adamson*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-12943 Congratulations to FES Ltd ­(lodged on 14 April 2015) Clare Adamson*

S4M-12942 Congratulations to the Robertson Group (Scotland) Ltd ­(lodged on 14 April 2015) Clare Adamson*

S4M-12941 Action Needed to Deliver on Gaza Reconstruction Promises ­(lodged on 14 April 2015) Margaret McDougall*, Sarah Boyack*

S4M-12940 Plastic Bag Success ­(lodged on 14 April 2015) Sarah Boyack*, Claudia Beamish*, Clare Adamson*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-12939 Pakistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia ­(lodged on 14 April 2015) Dave Thompson*

S4M-12938.1 Expanding Coverage of the Living Wage ­(lodged on 15 April 2015) Linda Fabiani*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-12938 Expanding Coverage of the Living Wage ­(lodged on 14 April 2015) John Pentland*

S4M-12937 Increase in Participation in Watersports ­(lodged on 13 April 2015) Bruce Crawford*, Clare Adamson*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-12935 Glasgow Airport’s 25th Month of Consecutive Growth ­(lodged on 13 April 2015) Clare Adamson*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-12934 Growing Islamophobia in Scotland and Graffiti on the New Central Gurdwara Glasgow ­(lodged on 13 April 2015) Sarah Boyack*, Clare Adamson*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-12933 Supporting Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services ­(lodged on 13 April 2015) Sarah Boyack*

S4M-12932 International Workers’ Memorial Day 2015 ­(lodged on 13 April 2015) John Finnie*, Sarah Boyack*, Clare Adamson*, Linda Fabiani*, Dave Thompson*, John Pentland*

S4M-12931 Congratulations to The Voice Winner, Stevie McCrorie ­(lodged on 13 April 2015) Sarah Boyack*, Nigel Don*, Clare Adamson*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-12930 Linktown Community Action Centre Awarded £58,310 from the Climate Challenge Fund ­(lodged on 10 April 2015) Clare Adamson*

S4M-12929 Climate Challenge Fund Awards the St Bryce Kirk Centre £57,740 (lodged on 10 April 2015) Clare Adamson*

S4M-12928 Greener Kirkcaldy Awarded £75,337 from the Climate Challenge Fund ­(lodged on 10 April 2015) Clare Adamson*

S4M-12920 Steam Train Ban ­(lodged on 09 April 2015) Clare Adamson*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-12919 Celebrating the Life of Hilda Meers, 1924-2015 ­(lodged on 09 April 2015) Clare Adamson*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-12918 The Living Wage in Argyll ­(lodged on 09 April 2015) Bruce Crawford*, Clare Adamson*

S4M-12917 Corbie Inn Wins Heart of the Community Award ­(lodged on 08 April 2015) Clare Adamson*

S4M-12916 30th Anniversary of the Scottish Cot Death Trust ­(lodged on 08 April 2015) Jackie Baillie*, Bruce Crawford*, Clare Adamson*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-12915 Denis Law Streetsport Initiative Enters 10th Year ­(lodged on 08 April 2015) Bruce Crawford*, Clare Adamson*

S4M-12914 Inverness Jobs Boost by Gael Force Group ­(lodged on 07 April 2015) Dave Thompson*

S4M-12913 Garrisa University College, Kenya ­(lodged on 07 April 2015) Clare Adamson*, Linda Fabiani*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-12912 Renee Joss Receives Green Butterfly Award ­(lodged on 07 April 2015) Bruce Crawford*, Clare Adamson*

S4M-12909 Benefits for Survivors of Police Officers Killed on Duty ­(lodged on 07 April 2015) Linda Fabiani*

S4M-12908 smART CRAFT Exhibition ­(lodged on 07 April 2015) Bruce Crawford*

S4M-12907 Ruby Winter and Alex Denholm Receive Pushkin Prize ­(lodged on 02 April 2015) Clare Adamson*

S4M-12902 UK National Stalking Awareness Day ­(lodged on 02 April 2015) Clare Adamson*

S4M-12895 New Routes for Glasgow Airport ­(lodged on 01 April 2015) Linda Fabiani*

S4M-12865 RMT Day of Action, Bring the Railways back into Public Ownership ­(lodged on 31 March 2015) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-12864 Scottish Public Inquiry into Blacklisting ­(lodged on 31 March 2015) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-12630 Recognition of the Palestinian State ­(lodged on 12 March 2015) Alison McInnes*, James Dornan*

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