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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-01663 Jamie McGrigor: 2012, Year of Scotland’s Islands—That the Parliament notes that the year of Scotland’s Islands runs until April 2012; understands that, by then, more than 500 events, exhibitions and activities will have taken place on Scotland’s numerous inhabited islands; welcomes the partnership working on this initiative between Argyll and Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney Islands, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Shetland Islands Councils; encourages those living in Scotland and visitors from further afield to visit Scotland’s islands in 2012 and take part in the varied events planned there, details of which can be found at; believes that all visitors will find a very warm welcome from Scotland’s islanders amongst what it considers some of the world’s most stunning scenery, and considers that Scotland’s islands are an intrinsically important part of Scotland’s economy, environment, history and culture.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*, Margaret Burgess*, Liam McArthur*, Liz Smith*

*S4M-01662 John Pentland: Big Energy Week—That the Parliament supports Big Energy Week, which runs from 16 to 21 January 2012 and is designed to help consumers to save money on their energy bills; believes that recent rises in energy prices are a serious worry for constituents who are looking for ways to cut their household bills; congratulates Citizens Advice Scotland on coordinating the week; recognises the contribution of the many other consumer organisations, energy suppliers, switching sites and government agencies who are working together to organise events around the country and to make information, advice and assistance available to energy consumers on all aspects of saving money on fuel bills; trusts that all Members will want to get involved in locally planned activities, thereby directly helping their struggling constituents and, in what it considers these difficult times, calls on the Scottish Government and other bodies to do all they can to help people save money on their energy bills.

*S4M-01661 Liam McArthur: Westray’s Well in the Warm Heart of Africa—That the Parliament commends the efforts of Westray Community School in Orkney in raising the necessary funds to build a new well at its partner school, Chitengu, in the village of Njeresa, southern Malawi; recognises that the £6,000 raised has paid for a 45-metre borehole capped with a manual pump to be sunk in the grounds of Chitengu School; welcomes the provision of clean, fresh water for the school and local community; understands that, prior to the sinking of the well, the nearest source of water for the school was over a kilometre away; congratulates the pupils, staff, parents and wider community in Westray, an island of around 600 people, on what it considers their formidable efforts in raising such a total; acknowledges in particular Helen Lumsden, principal teacher at the Westray school, and Ruben Mlongoti, partnership link teacher in Chitengu, on their work in both schools to maintain a strong link between the two communities, and considers the school-led effort by the Westray community to be a wonderful example of the good that comes from these partnerships.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Alex Fergusson*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Claudia Beamish*, Mary Scanlon*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jean Urquhart*, Margaret Burgess*, Fiona McLeod*, David Torrance*

*S4M-01660 Elaine Smith: Lanarkshire Breastfeeding Initiative’s 2012 Calendar—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Lanarkshire Breastfeeding Initiative’s 2012 Calendar; notes that this is the first time that it has produced a calendar, which features a different mother breastfeeding her child every month; recognises that breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby and that breast-fed babies have less likelihood of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life; is concerned that there has been little difference in Lanarkshire in the number of women who continue to breastfeed until their baby is six to eight weeks; believes that the calendar is an excellent way of spreading the positive message about the benefits of breastfeeding; hopes that the calendar will help remove some of the stigma that is still associated with breastfeeding, and wishes the Lanarkshire Breastfeeding Initiative every success.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Gil Paterson*, David Torrance*, Hanzala Malik*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Michael McMahon*, Richard Simpson*, Claudia Beamish*, Margaret Burgess*, Fiona McLeod*

*S4M-01659 Richard Simpson: Independent Scottish Accountancy Firm Wins Award—That the Parliament congratulates Macfarlane Grey, based in Stirling, on winning what it considers the major British Accountancy Award of Independent Firm of the Year, Scotland for practice excellence in 2011 and notes the judging panel’s comments that "Macfarlane has achieved success driven by constant innovation and won with the development of client-focused programmes, which allows it to provide bespoke and targeted service. It is clear that its success over many years has been based on its motto, "growth through quality.""

*S4M-01658 Hanzala Malik: US Military Action in Pakistan—That the Parliament notes the admission by the US Department of Defense that it bears significant responsibility for the airstrike in Mohmand in Pakistan on 26 November 2011, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers; welcomes its expression of deep regret; however, considers that the government of Pakistan and the families of those who lost their lives deserve a full apology, and believes that such incursions into an ally’s sovereign territory without prior notice or cooperation is counter-productive and that such incidents only serve to undermine the fight being waged against militants in the region.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*, Bill Kidd*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Christina McKelvie*, Kevin Stewart*, Humza Yousaf*, Marco Biagi*

*S4M-01655 Linda Fabiani: Assistance Dogs are Working Dogs Too—That the Parliament notes that, under current VAT legislation, food for assistance dogs is not VAT exempt but that food for other working dogs, such as sheepdogs and greyhounds, is; notes that working dogs’ food is exempt as they require a high-protein diet but that such a diet is not appropriate for assistance dogs as they work in a different manner; considers that, where a charitable organisation was to supply food for assistance dogs from donations, an exemption from VAT would result in significant savings, which could be used to assist their client group, and believes that this issue could be easily resolved to the benefit of relevant charitable organisations and individual owners who feed their own assistance dogs.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Humza Yousaf*, David Torrance*, Margaret Burgess*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Mark McDonald*, Kenneth Gibson*, James Dornan*, Joan McAlpine*, Claudia Beamish*, Jean Urquhart*, Christine Grahame*

S4M-01558 Margaret Burgess: High-interest Payday Loans—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent report from R3, the trade body for insolvency professionals, regarding high-interest payday loans; understands that the report suggests that there is a likelihood that many people have turned to such loans as a last resort in the run-up to the Christmas period; highlights that the report also claims that the interest rates on such loans can be up to 5,000% per year and that the payday loan sector is worth £2 billion; notes that the UK Government could introduce stronger crisis loan regulation to protect consumers, especially vulnerable people, and that it could tackle the issue of dishonest and irresponsible lending; further notes that that those in need of assistance can seek advice from National Debt Line Scotland or their local citizens advice bureau or money advice centre before taking out such loans, and welcomes the development of credit unions such as the Kilwinning-based 1st Alliance, which, it understands, offers affordable credit and encourages saving.

Supported by: Maureen Watt*, Joe FitzPatrick*

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.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-01657 Perth City Status 2012 ­(lodged on 22 December 2011) Jamie McGrigor*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*

S4M-01656 Dunfermline, Ancient Capital of Scotland ­(lodged on 22 December 2011) Bill Walker*

S4M-01654 Protecting Access to Justice across Scotland ­(lodged on 22 December 2011) Richard Simpson*, Sarah Boyack*, Michael McMahon*, Elaine Smith*, Claudia Beamish*, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-01651 Closure of the Christie Ward ­(lodged on 22 December 2011) Richard Simpson*

S4M-01650 Sensational Play ­(lodged on 22 December 2011) Gil Paterson*, Roderick Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01649 National Youth Brass Band of Scotland ­(lodged on 22 December 2011) Linda Fabiani*

S4M-01648 Mid Deeside Limited ­(lodged on 22 December 2011) James Dornan*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01645 Grid Charges Fairness ­(lodged on 21 December 2011) Linda Fabiani*

S4M-01644 Drum Brae Library and Community Hub Project ­(lodged on 21 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01642 BBC Responsibility to Provide In-depth Analysis of News and Current Affairs ­(lodged on 21 December 2011) Linda Fabiani*, Gil Paterson*, Dave Thompson*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01641 Aberdeen, the UK’s Fastest Growing Airport ­(lodged on 21 December 2011) Roderick Campbell*

S4M-01640 Australian Government’s Legislation on Plain Tobacco Packaging ­(lodged on 21 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*, Gil Paterson*

S4M-01637 Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust ­(lodged on 20 December 2011) Elaine Smith*, Roderick Campbell*, Anne McTaggart*, Hugh Henry*

S4M-01634 Official Opening of Maryhill Housing Association’s Maryhill Primary School Development ­(lodged on 20 December 2011) Hugh Henry*

S4M-01633 Scottish Premier League Decision to Allow Terracing ­(lodged on 21 December 2011) Dave Thompson*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01624 Young Entrepreneur of the Year ­(lodged on 20 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01623 Death of Václav Havel ­(lodged on 20 December 2011) Maureen Watt*, Linda Fabiani*, Margaret Mitchell*, Hugh Henry*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01622 Honour Bestowed on Flight Lieutenant Duncan McCuaig DFC ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Bill Kidd*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01621 Quality Scotland’s 20th Anniversary ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Bill Kidd*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01619 Citizens Advice Scotland Highlights Unfair Delivery Charges ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Bill Kidd*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01618 Lightburn Hospital to Remain Open ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Bill Kidd*

S4M-01617 Spirit of Unity ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Bill Kidd*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01616 East Kilbride Men Trek for Charity ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-01615 East Kilbride Residents Take the Cheap Way Round ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Bill Kidd*

S4M-01614 St Vincent’s Primary School, Flying the Eco-flag in East Kilbride ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Bill Kidd*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01613 Congratulations to St Ninian’s High School ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Bill Kidd*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01612 Specimen Dissection at Crosshouse Hospital ­(lodged on 19 December 2011) Bill Kidd*

S4M-01611 Wing Commander Alison Moodie ­(lodged on 16 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01609 Congratulations to Ben and Rosemary Scrimgeour ­(lodged on 16 December 2011) Maureen Watt*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01608 Congratulations to Lucy Tuck ­(lodged on 16 December 2011) Maureen Watt*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01606 Access to an Employment Tribunal ­(lodged on 16 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01605 Support for Occupy ­(lodged on 15 December 2011) Humza Yousaf*

S4M-01604 Royal Yachting Association Annual Awards ­(lodged on 15 December 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01603 SEStran Thistle Assistance Card ­(lodged on 15 December 2011) Gordon MacDonald*

S4M-01601 RSBi in Springburn Wins Gold ­(lodged on 15 December 2011) Richard Simpson*

S4M-01600 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child ­(lodged on 15 December 2011) Richard Simpson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Claudia Beamish*

S4M-01594 Gartocharn Green Flag ­(lodged on 14 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01592 Public Health Leaders Call to Introduce Minimum Pricing ­(lodged on 14 December 2011) Fiona McLeod*

S4M-01591 Glasgow Subway Celebrates its 115th Anniversary ­(lodged on 14 December 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01586 Changing the January Pay Date ­(lodged on 14 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01583 UK Veto is Damaging for Scotland ­(lodged on 14 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01577 Edinburgh Domestic Abuse Court Pilot ­(lodged on 13 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*, Claudia Beamish*

S4M-01572 Keenan Recycling Success at VIBES Awards ­(lodged on 13 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01570 Remember Cunninghame Graham ­(lodged on 13 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01569 Outstanding Achievement of Pelamis Pioneer ­(lodged on 13 December 2011) Maureen Watt*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01568 Rachel Appolinari Memorial Fund ­(lodged on 12 December 2011) Maureen Watt*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01567 Scottish Women’s European Curling Champions ­(lodged on 12 December 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01566 ScotRail Modern Apprenticeship Award ­(lodged on 12 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01563 Social Enterprise Scotland ­(lodged on 12 December 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01560 Jennefer Tobin, Dumfries and Galloway’s Person of the Year ­(lodged on 12 December 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01557 Scotland Shows Resilience in the Storm ­(lodged on 09 December 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01556 The Work of Citizens Advice Scotland ­(lodged on 09 December 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01535 Women’s Aid Awarded for Art Activities ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

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

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

S4M-01507 No Place for Hate, LGBT Hate Crime in Education ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Richard Simpson*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Claudia Beamish*

S4M-01505 A Democratic Future for Gaza ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Elaine Smith*

S4M-01499 World Pipe Band Championships ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

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

S4M-01490 Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of Alexander Dennis Receives Entrepreneur of the Year Award ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Maureen Watt*

S4M-01489 British Sign Language ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Richard Simpson*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Claudia Beamish*

S4M-01487 Environmental Research Award ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01484 Green Energy Award for Udny ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01481 Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

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

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

S4M-01474 Carers Rights Day ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01473 Falkirk Environment Trust ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01472 27th Anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Disaster ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01471 23rd Annual World AIDS Day ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01470 ABCUL Scottish Conference, Sharing the Secret ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Richard Simpson*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01465 Centenary of Whithorn Library ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01463 Launch of PNH Scotland ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Joe FitzPatrick*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01460 Fear Rules in Gambia ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01457 Haven Recycle ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

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

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

S4M-01444 Increasing Understanding of Radiotherapy ­(lodged on 29 November 2011) Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01441 NHS Fife Launches a New Smoking Prevention Initiative ­(lodged on 29 November 2011) Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-01413 Dyslexia and Us ­(lodged on 23 November 2011) Claudia Beamish*

S4M-01401 Excessive Top Pay is Deeply Damaging to the UK ­(lodged on 22 November 2011) Claudia Beamish*

S4M-01394 Human Trafficking in Scotland ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Claudia Beamish*

S4M-01370 New Chair for Scottish CND ­(lodged on 18 November 2011) Elaine Smith*, Claudia Beamish*

S4M-01354 Harry Benson, New York New York ­(lodged on 16 November 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01291 All Babies Count ­(lodged on 09 November 2011) Richard Simpson*

S4M-01065 Save Introducing in Scotland ­(lodged on 21 December 2011) Linda Fabiani*, John Mason*

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