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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-01568 Colin Keir: Rachel Appolinari Memorial Fund—That the Parliament congratulates the family of Rachel Appolinari for their noteworthy fundraising campaign in memory of their beloved daughter and sister who sadly died from a brain tumour; commends the family for their dedication in raising awareness about the need for further research to cure the deadly disease; notes that the family’s initial target of £20,000 for the Rachel Appolinari Memorial Fund has been exceeded to achieve a sum that currently stands at over £40,000; understands that the funds raised are in aid of the Edinburgh Centre for Neuro–Oncology at the Western General Hospital, and supports the family and all those involved in the next stages of the fundraising campaign.

*S4M-01567 Aileen McLeod: Scottish Women’s European Curling Champions—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish women’s curling team on becoming European champions following its 8-2 victory over Sweden after eight ends in the final in Moscow; notes that South Scotland was well represented on the team, with Vicki Adams from Stranraer and Anna Sloan from Lockerbie both playing in the final with Stranraer’s Kay Adams acting as alternate; recognises also the other team members, Claire Hamilton and skip Eve Muirhead; congratulates Eve Muirhead on her successful stint leading her team through what it believes was a challenging competition; acknowledges that this is the first time that the Scottish women’s team have won a European championship since 1975; wishes the team and all players the best of success in the future, and congratulates the players on what it considers their role in reinvigorating women’s curling in Scotland.

Supported by: Clare Adamson*, James Dornan*, Jamie McGrigor*

*S4M-01566 Humza Yousaf: ScotRail Modern Apprenticeship Award—That the Parliament congratulates ScotRail on its modern apprenticeship scheme winning what it considers to be the prestigious Best Business Newcomer title from Skills Development Scotland at the 2011 Scottish Modern Apprenticeships Awards; notes that this follows ScotRail launching, in 2011, the UK rail industry’s first modern apprenticeship in customer service; believes that it is important that ScotRail continues to invest in training, developing and remunerating modern apprentices aged between 17 and 21; understands that the initiative is designed to boost business and that it aims to provide opportunities for young people to enter what it believes to be the challenging jobs market; notes that, during their 18-month apprenticeships, the young adults are each given six-month placements with hands-on roles in ScotRail’s station, on-train and hospitality departments; further notes that, during their apprenticeship, the trainees can gain recognition of their efforts by working toward a Scottish vocational qualification in customer service and also a Duke of Edinburgh’s gold award; believes that youth unemployment is an issue that the entire parliament is committed to tackling, and considers that modern apprenticeships, such as ScotRail’s award-winning scheme, will play a part in helping guide young people toward gainful employment.

*S4M-01565 Maureen Watt: European Commission Chief Scientific Adviser—That the Parliament congratulates Professor Anne Glover on her appointment as Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission; thanks Professor Glover for her service as the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland since being appointed in 2006; considers that this builds on a successful academic career at the University of Aberdeen where Professor Glover continues to be the Chair in Molecular and Cell Biology; applauds Professor Glover’s work on promoting a greater uptake of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects among Scotland’s young people; believes that she has played a key part in efforts to encourage more women into scientific careers; considers that Europe’s gain is Scotland’s loss as a result of this appointment, and wishes Professor Glover the best of luck in her new role.

Supported by: Paul Wheelhouse*, Liam McArthur*, Dennis Robertson*, David Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*, Aileen McLeod*, Stewart Maxwell*, Annabelle Ewing*, Christina McKelvie*, Adam Ingram*

*S4M-01564 Bob Doris: Citizens Advice Service and Welfare Reform—That the Parliament notes the contents of the Citizen Advice Scotland’s publication, Advice in Scotland 2010/11; congratulates bureaux advisers across Scotland for dealing with a reported record number of 560,303 new issues in 2010-11; welcomes the valuable time given by bureaux volunteers in providing 18,000 hours of their time every week; notes that new benefit issues increased by 8% to 203,000 and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) issues increased by 33%; further notes that representation at ESA tribunals increased by 82% and that bureaux advisers now spend approximately 1,100 working days a year on tribunals alone and win 69% of cases; considers that independent advice services are a vital preventative service in Scotland and will be essential when UK welfare reform is introduced; notes the concern of bureaux regarding future funding and acknowledges the call of the Health and Sport Committee for the UK Government to provide additional resources for advice and advocacy services, and calls on all MSPs to support their local and national citizens advice service.

Supported by: Margaret Burgess*, Annabelle Ewing*, Dennis Robertson*, Aileen McLeod*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Paul Wheelhouse*

*S4M-01563 Murdo Fraser: Social Enterprise Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition on its successful transformation to Social Enterprise Scotland, following a unanimous vote by social enterprise member organisations; understands that the purpose of the name change is to bring a new sense of clarity and purpose in fulfilling the mission of the umbrella body, which it considers is the voice of social enterprise; further understands that it is hoped that this will bring a new focus for policy makers, stakeholders, the public and media; notes that Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent Scottish organisation that is built and controlled by grassroots social enterprises across the country; believes that Social Enterprise Scotland raises the profile of social enterprises as a dynamic business model and that it champions the values and benefits of social enterprise to a broad range of stakeholders and represents the needs and views of social enterprise to decision-makers in Scotland, and thanks Social Enterprise Scotland and all social enterprises for what it considers to be their invaluable work and important contributions.

Supported by: Paul Wheelhouse*, Jamie McGrigor*, Anne McTaggart*, Jackie Baillie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Alex Johnstone*, Margaret Burgess*, Alex Fergusson*, John Lamont*, Liam McArthur*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh Henry*

*S4M-01561 Kenneth Gibson on behalf of the Finance Committee: 3rd Report 2011 (Session 4) of the Finance Committee on the Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report 2011 (Session 4) of the Finance Committee on the Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13 (SP Paper 48) including its recommendations to the Scottish Government.

*S4M-01560 Alex Fergusson: Jennefer Tobin, Dumfries and Galloway’s Person of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine on organising the Dumfries and Galloway People of the Year 2011 awards; considers it important to recognise the outstanding achievements and efforts shown by all nominees in the Community, Enterprise, Arts and Leisure and Food and Drink categories; wishes all those involved continued success in what it considers their excellent work and congratulates the individual category winners; especially congratulates Jennefer Tobin on winning both the Volunteer of the Year and the Dumfries and Galloway Person of the Year awards, and understands that these awards are in recognition of what it considers to be the selfless and outstanding work that she has given to the establishment and running of the charity, South West Scotland R and R, an organisation that offers a week’s organised rest and recreation for armed forces personnel returning from frontline duties to facilitate their return to non-active duties.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Murdo Fraser*, Jim Hume*, Nanette Milne*, Liz Smith*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jackie Baillie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Annabelle Ewing*, Aileen McLeod*, Joan McAlpine*, Hugh Henry*, Bill Kidd*, Margaret Burgess*

*S4M-01559 Roderick Campbell: North East Fife Recycling—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of volunteers at Falkland Centre for Stewardship in North East Fife in promoting recycling; considers that an important motto for everyone in Scotland with regard to waste is reduce, reuse, recycle; believes that conserving resources is a powerful means of protecting the environment that enables more resources to be invested in useful economic pursuits, and considers that the target of a zero waste Scotland is an admirable goal that sets an excellent example that, hopefully, other nations will take note of.

*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: Gordon MacDonald*, Adam Ingram*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Paul Wheelhouse*, John Finnie*, Neil Findlay*, Anne McTaggart*, Mark McDonald*, Alison Johnstone*, Bill Walker*, Colin Keir*, Annabelle Ewing*

S4M-01524 Roseanna Cunningham: Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill

*S4M-01524.1 Patrick Harvie: Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion S4M-01524 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham (Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill), insert at end "but, in so doing, recognises the need for consolidation of the wider law on hate crime in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward proposals to this effect before the end of 2013."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-01557 Scotland Shows Resilience in the Storm ­(lodged on 09 December 2011) Joe FitzPatrick*, Mike MacKenzie*, David Torrance*, Gil Paterson*, John Mason*, Willie Coffey*, Rob Gibson*, Adam Ingram*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-01556 The Work of Citizens Advice Scotland ­(lodged on 09 December 2011) Roderick Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mike MacKenzie*, David Torrance*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*, John Mason*, Jackie Baillie*, James Dornan*, Rob Gibson*, Adam Ingram*, Sarah Boyack*, Dennis Robertson*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Annabelle Ewing*

S4M-01554 Oil and Gas, Rising Fortunes ­(lodged on 09 December 2011) Joe FitzPatrick*, Mike MacKenzie*, David Torrance*, Gordon MacDonald*, Gil Paterson*, Adam Ingram*, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01553 National Dental Inspection Programme ­(lodged on 09 December 2011) Roderick Campbell*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mike MacKenzie*, David Torrance*, Gil Paterson*, John Mason*, James Dornan*, Adam Ingram*, Dennis Robertson*, Annabelle Ewing*

S4M-01551 Tackling the Problem of Empty Homes in Scotland ­(lodged on 08 December 2011) Dennis Robertson*

S4M-01547 Scotland Sevens Rugby Champions ­(lodged on 08 December 2011) Roderick Campbell*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-01544 Letter to Santa Highlights Impact of Domestic Violence on Children ­(lodged on 08 December 2011) John Mason*, Elaine Murray*

S4M-01543 Welfare Reform Bill ­(lodged on 08 December 2011) Malcolm Chisholm*, Elaine Murray*

S4M-01542 Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire ­(lodged on 08 December 2011) Margaret Burgess*, Nanette Milne*

S4M-01515 Alny Graham Retiring after 40 Years of Service ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Annabelle Ewing*, Dennis Robertson*, Drew Smith*, Margaret Burgess*

S4M-01509 Supporting Healthy Choices (lodged on 06 December 2011) John Mason*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S4M-01508 Turner Prize 2011 ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) John Mason*

S4M-01507 No Place for Hate, LGBT Hate Crime in Education ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Elaine Murray*

S4M-01506 Selfless Effort Ensuring Scotland Stays Open for Business ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01504 Scottish Success at 2011 Turner Prize ­(lodged on 06 December 2011) Paul Wheelhouse*, Elaine Murray*

S4M-01489 British Sign Language ­(lodged on 05 December 2011) Malcolm Chisholm*

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

S4M-01470 ABCUL Scottish Conference, Sharing the Secret ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Elaine Murray*

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

S4M-01435.1 Ferries Report ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Elaine Murray*

S4M-01435 Ferries Report ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Lewis Macdonald*

S4M-01430 BSW Investment ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Graeme Pearson*