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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-01336 Alex Neil: Regeneration Strategy—That the Parliament acknowledges that in the current challenging financial climate it is imperative that there is a strategic vision for the regeneration of the most disadvantaged communities across Scotland; acknowledges the importance of regeneration to The Government Economic Strategy and the Scottish Government’s ambition to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, and recognises that successful regeneration relies on a wide variety of organisations and agencies working together and an increased role for communities themselves to help them improve their circumstances.

Supported by: Keith Brown*

*S4M-01335 Liam McArthur: CAS Campaign for Fair Delivery Charges—That the Parliament encourages people across rural Scotland to join the Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) campaign for fairer postal delivery charges in rural areas; considers the additional delivery charges currently levied on consumers in remote areas to be frequently unfair and discriminatory; understands that people in the countryside can often depend more on postal delivery than their urban counterparts, and notes CAS’s online survey at and suggests that people respond to this.

*S4M-01333 Maureen Watt: Parkinson’s UK Research—That the Parliament welcomes the £1.1 million investment by Parkinson’s UK to support eight research projects into Parkinson’s disease taking place in Scottish universities, including work conducted by Dr Carl Counsell at the University of Aberdeen, which is looking at the changes that happen over time for people with Parkinson’s and their carers; applauds the fact that the charity spends over £4.5 million every year on groundbreaking research with the aim of finding a cure and improving life for people with Parkinson’s and their families; recognises that research funded by Parkinson’s UK has identified two of the most important genes that have been linked to the condition and has pioneered work into more effective medications to manage Parkinson’s symptoms; notes the potential for Parkinson’s research to inform work on other neurodegenerative conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, progressive supranuclear palsy and motor neurone disease, and looks forward to more exciting developments in Parkinson’s UK research so that people can live free of the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

*S4M-01332 Helen Eadie: Standing Orders, Minor Rule Changes—That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 1st Report 2011 (Session 4), Minor Standing Orders Rule Changes (SP Paper 25), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report that relate to committee substitutes and the Conveners Group quorum be made with effect from 17 November 2011.

*S4M-01331 Margaret Mitchell: Roots of Empathy Scheme—That the Parliament welcomes the rolling out of the Roots of Empathy scheme to 16 local authorities across Scotland, including South Lanarkshire; understands that this follows a successful pilot at New Stevenston Primary School, Motherwell; acknowledges that Roots of Empathy is a classroom-based intervention programme that aims to reduce bullying and aggression in schools in the short term and seeks to encourage, in the longer term, future generations to be compassionate citizens and good parents; understands that the programme has a proven track record of success internationally, including in Canada, New Zealand and the USA; believes that the programme runs at no additional cost to the schools involved, and hopes that the scheme continues to grow and that it will soon be delivered in even more schools across Scotland.

*S4M-01330 Drew Smith: Foreign Language Assistants in Scotland—That the Parliament considers worrying the decline in the number of Foreign Language Assistants (FLAs) in Scottish schools and notes the British Council Scotland’s campaign to highlight the many benefits that FLAs bring to schools; understands that there were nearly 300 FLAs in 2005-06 yet in 2011 there are just 59 and that Scotland now employs only 3% of the UK’s FLAs; further understands that FLAs allow pupils studying languages to learn contemporary speech in their chosen language directly from a native speaker and that pupils also gain exposure to the culture of the assistant’s home country; acknowledges that only seven of Scotland’s 32 local authorities currently employ FLAs; notes that the Scottish Government has stated its ambition for every young person in Scotland to learn two languages in addition to their mother tongue, and calls on the Scottish Government to recognise the value of FLAs in Scotland’s schools and their importance in ensuring that Scotland remains an outward-looking, culturally aware nation.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, John Pentland*, Hanzala Malik*, Liam McArthur*, Neil Findlay*

*S4M-01329 Derek Mackay: Congratulations on Centenary Grand Charity Concert—That the Parliament congratulates Renfrew Burgh Band on its centenary grand charity concert, which is due to take place in Renfrew Old Parish Church on 19 November 2011; understands that this year’s concert will feature guest appearances from the Manchester Trumpet Collegium and former band member Andrew Mallon; notes that the concert aims to raise funds for charities that are supported by Soroptimist International Paisley; considers that everyone involved has worked and practised hard, and sends best wishes for a very successful event.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Chic Brodie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Humza Yousaf*, Joan McAlpine*, Jim Eadie*, Mark McDonald*, Kevin Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*

*S4M-01328 Maureen Watt: Aberdeen College and Banff and Buchan College Federation Agreement—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen College and Banff and Buchan College on signing a federation agreement to maximise access to effective learning opportunities in the north east of Scotland; notes that, while both institutions will remain entirely independent, they will work to coordinate the education that they offer and share resources to avoid unnecessary duplication; believes that it is more important than ever that Scotland’s further and higher education sectors work together to maximise the opportunities that they are able to offer students, and applauds the wider collaborative work of both colleges with Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen, along with local schools, to improve and maximise the learning experience and career prospects of students in North East Scotland.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Chic Brodie*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Humza Yousaf*, Kevin Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*

*S4M-01327 Kevin Stewart: Aberdeen Schools’ Rowing Association—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen Schools’ Rowing Association Charitable Trust on its grant of £2,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme to fund learn to row taster sessions during the October and Easter school holidays and considers that this will promote greater access to the sport and help develop rowing in Aberdeen.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Chic Brodie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Bob Doris*, Humza Yousaf*, Joan McAlpine*, Margaret Burgess*

*S4M-01326 Joe FitzPatrick: Homophobic Bullying—That the Parliament welcomes Stonewall’s ‘Stop and think – words can hurt’ campaign, which aims to tackle homophobic bullying in schools and has been launched to coincide with the 2011 National Anti-Bullying Week, which runs from 14 to 18 November; notes with concern research findings that 9 in 10 secondary school teachers and more than two in five primary school teachers report that their pupils currently experience homophobic bullying, name-calling or harassment; further notes that homophobic bullying can result in lower educational achievement and increase the rate of self-harm and suicide among young lesbian, gay and bisexual people; encourages participation in Stonewall’s ‘say capucci-NO to bullying!’ campaign, which aims to get people to give up their daily coffee for the week and donate the money that they save to fund campaigns against homophobic bullying; welcomes the steps taken by the Scottish Government to combat homophobic bullying, including the toolkit resource for teachers, which includes recently updated lesson plans and guidance on dealing with homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools, and looks forward to a time when all young people can enjoy the full benefits of learning in a safe and inclusive environment.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Chic Brodie*, Roderick Campbell*, Dave Thompson*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Bob Doris*, Liam McArthur*, Humza Yousaf*, John Finnie*, Joan McAlpine*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Mark McDonald*, Neil Findlay*, Drew Smith*, Kevin Stewart*

*S4M-01325 David Torrance: St Peter’s Episcopal Church Bicentennial—That the Parliament congratulates St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kirkcaldy on the occasion of its bicentennial celebration; welcomes the enduring record of the diocese in providing a place of worship and spiritual support for the community and commends its work with the Aberlour Children’s Trust and its championing of the cause of persecuted minorities abroad, most notably in Burma, and wishes the congregation success not only for what it considers its historic 200th year but for its future work in the community.

*S4M-01324 Willie Coffey: Stewarton Bowling Club—That the Parliament congratulates Stewarton Bowling Club on its 150th anniversary celebrations in 2011; notes that the present green still stands on the site of the original green from 1861; notes that the inaugural match between Stewarton and Kilmarnock bowlers was halted by a deluge of rain leading to a hasty retreat to the Railway Inn; recognises the important role that bowling has played in fostering good community relations in the Bonnet Toun and elsewhere over many years, and wishes the club continued success for the next 150 years.

*S4M-01319 Colin Keir: Tomorrow’s People Arrive in Edinburgh—That the Parliament welcomes the national employment charity, Tomorrow’s People and its Working It Out Programme to Edinburgh; understands that, since its inception in Scotland in 1984, it has been operating in deprived communities across central Scotland, helping over 10,500 long-term unemployed people on their journey back to work; understands that Tomorrow’s People has been focused on the plight of socially excluded and marginalised young people, running successful programmes nationally for 16 to 24-year-olds since 1999; recognises that the Working It Out Programme focuses on disadvantaged young people who have left school with no formal qualifications or have been involved in drugs, gangs or alcohol-related crime and gives them the opportunity to learn new skills through working on employment-focused projects in their local communities, and congratulates Tomorrow’s People on helping to give these young people the confidence and self-belief to help them change their lives forever and get out of the dangerous cycle of unemployment and crime that many find themselves in today.

*S4M-01318 Colin Keir: Greenferry Solar Challenge Project—That the Parliament congratulates Greenferry, an environmentally friendly community-based organisation in South Queensferry for its commitment to improving the local environment and for its Solar Challenge Project, an initiative that aims to reduce annual carbon emissions in the area by 60 tonnes by increasing the number of solar panels installed in the town’s homes; welcomes the organisation’s campaign to encourage local residents to benefit from solar power as a clean, renewable energy resource, particularly during a time of rocketing energy costs; notes that the project received funding from the Green Grants Initiative in 2010 to help bulk-buy equipment and supply it to homes at competitive rates and to educate on the benefits of using solar energy, and encourages local community groups to apply for Green Grant Initiative funding, which it understands will be awarding £40,000 to environmentally friendly projects across Scotland and the UK over the coming year.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Chic Brodie*, Roderick Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Humza Yousaf*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Kevin Stewart*, Graeme Dey*

*S4M-01316 Alex Fergusson: Protection of War Memorials against Metal Theft—That the Parliament notes with sadness reports of an increase in the number of metal thefts from war memorials; further notes the work of the In Memoriam 2014 project, a partnership between the War Memorials Trust and the SmartWater Foundation, which will offer SmartWater crime prevention liquid to all war memorial custodians free of charge in order to deter thieves from targeting the memorials; understands that, when investigating or handling possible stolen property, police forces and scrap metal merchants are increasingly checking for traces of SmartWater; recommends that all war memorial custodians take up what it considers to be this generous offer, and views the initiative as a highly effective means of ensuring that Scotland’s war memorials continue to be preserved and respected in a manner befitting those whose names are engraved on them.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Scott*, John Wilson*, Roderick Campbell*, Stewart Maxwell*, Margaret Mitchell*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Bob Doris*, Margaret McDougall*, Liam McArthur*, John Lamont*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Neil Findlay*, Drew Smith*, Kevin Stewart*, Graeme Dey*, Margaret Burgess*, John Mason*

*S4M-01252♦ Humza Yousaf: Continuation of Reshaping Care Change Fund—That the Parliament welcomes the three-year continuation of the Reshaping Care Change Fund announced in the Scottish Government’s draft budget; believes that it has the potential to catalyse the shift to preventative public services *in Glasgow and across Scotland* and recognises the key contribution that the third sector will make to the agenda; *further recognises the importance of* the third sector in all local change partnerships, and *believes* that spending on prevention and early intervention are the highest priorities.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Jean Urquhart, Maureen Watt, Sandra White, Adam Ingram, Chic Brodie, Gil Paterson, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen McLeod, George Adam, Roderick Campbell, Rob Gibson, James Dornan, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Richard Lyle, Clare Adamson, John Finnie, Mike MacKenzie, Joan McAlpine, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Mary Fee*, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Graeme Dey, Margaret Burgess, John Mason

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-01323 Congratulations on Citty Finlayson Nomination for Shona Donaldson ­(lodged on 11 November 2011) Maureen Watt*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Humza Yousaf*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jim Eadie*, David Torrance*

S4M-01322 60th Anniversary of the Edinburgh People’s Festival Ceilidh ­(lodged on 11 November 2011) Linda Fabiani*, Mary Scanlon*, Maureen Watt*, Patricia Ferguson*, Angus MacDonald*, Humza Yousaf*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jim Eadie*, David Torrance*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01321 Congratulations to Ellon Fire Station ­(lodged on 11 November 2011) Adam Ingram*, Chic Brodie*, Jamie McGrigor*, George Adam*, Roderick Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jim Eadie*, Gordon MacDonald*, David Torrance*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01320 The Introduction of RIP Cigarettes in Scotland ­(lodged on 11 November 2011) Patricia Ferguson*, Adam Ingram*, Richard Simpson*, Dave Thompson*, Dennis Robertson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jim Eadie*, David Torrance*, Marco Biagi*, John Mason*

S4M-01317 Portrait Triptychs Exhibition ­(lodged on 11 November 2011) Elaine Murray*, Maureen Watt*, Patricia Ferguson*, Richard Simpson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jim Eadie*, David Torrance*

S4M-01311 Award-winning Young’s Seafood ­(lodged on 10 November 2011) Bob Doris*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jim Eadie*

S4M-01310 Cluster Munitions ­(lodged on 10 November 2011) Malcolm Chisholm*, Aileen McLeod*, Dennis Robertson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01309 Celebrating Recovery in West Dunbartonshire ­(lodged on 10 November 2011) Bob Doris*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01308 Future of Slavonic and Other Modern Languages in Scotland ­(lodged on 10 November 2011) Patricia Ferguson*

S4M-01307 Bonuses at the RBS ­(lodged on 10 November 2011) Margaret McDougall*, Kevin Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*

S4M-01306 Saints Groundsman a Cut above the Rest ­(lodged on 10 November 2011) Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01305 Caving Jubilee Celebration ­(lodged on 10 November 2011) Maureen Watt*, Bill Kidd*, Mike MacKenzie*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01302 Tackling Financial Exclusion ­(lodged on 10 November 2011) Jackie Baillie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Duncan McNeil*, James Kelly*, John Pentland*, Hanzala Malik*, David Stewart*, Kezia Dugdale*, John Park*, Jim Eadie*, Jenny Marra*, Mark Griffin*, Anne McTaggart*, Neil Findlay*, Drew Smith*, Margaret McCulloch*

S4M-01300 North Ayrshire Council Urges Refusal of the Hunterston Coal-fired Power Station Proposal ­(lodged on 10 November 2011) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01297 World Diabetes Day ­(lodged on 09 November 2011) Maureen Watt*, Richard Simpson*, Dennis Robertson*, Margaret McDougall*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jim Eadie*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01294 Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust Memorial Service ­(lodged on 09 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01291.1 All Babies Count ­(lodged on 11 November 2011) Maureen Watt*, Adam Ingram*, Chic Brodie*, Aileen McLeod*, George Adam*, Dave Thompson*, Dennis Robertson*, Bob Doris*, Mike MacKenzie*, Mark McDonald*, David Torrance*, Bill Walker*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01291 All Babies Count ­(lodged on 09 November 2011) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01286 Save the Universal Service Obligation ­(lodged on 09 November 2011) Maureen Watt*, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01283 Congratulations to the Fine Peace Café ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01273 Congratulations to Aberdeen Cyrenians ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01272.1 Research Claims that Untold Distress Will Occur as a Result of Incapacity Benefit Reform ­(lodged on 09 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01272 Research Claims that Untold Distress Will Occur as a Result of Incapacity Benefit Reform ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01270 Congratulations to the Moderator Designate, the Reverend Albert Bogle ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01268 Violence Against Women ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Maureen Watt*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01267 Congratulations to Craft Town Scotland ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01266 Auchmithie Welcomes Scarlett Johannson ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01265 Disability History Month ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Maureen Watt*, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01264 Dementia Community Roadshow ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01255.1 30,000 People Celebrate in Paisley ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01255 30,000 People Celebrate in Paisley ­(lodged on 07 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01250 SCIAF Support for East Africa Drought Victims ­(lodged on 04 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01249 East Kilbride Scout Leader Ronnie Claudin, Day after Day, Making a Difference ­(lodged on 04 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01246 Scotmid, in the Heart of Scotland’s Communities ­(lodged on 04 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01244 Fife Council TIF Business Case ­(lodged on 03 November 2011) Maureen Watt*, Dennis Robertson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jim Eadie*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01229 Church of Scotland’s Chance to Thrive Initiative ­(lodged on 02 November 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01188 Loanhead Community Learning Association Campus Café Awarded ­(lodged on 31 October 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01156.1 Scotland’s No’ Full Up Yet ­(lodged on 03 November 2011) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01143 Opt for Life ­(lodged on 26 October 2011) John Park*

S4M-01124 Edinburgh Flying Club, 50 Years at Scotland’s Capital’s Airport ­(lodged on 25 October 2011) Bill Kidd*

S4M-00618 Abused Men in Scotland ­(lodged on 08 August 2011) Duncan McNeil*

S4M-00450 Barnardo’s Scotland, Cut Them Free, Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland ­(lodged on 29 June 2011) Mary Fee*