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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-02407 Keith Brown: Housing Benefit Reform—That the Parliament notes the UK Government’s plan for housing benefit reforms that will have a devastating impact on tenants, especially in some of Scotland’s poorest communities, and, as a result, on social and private landlords, local authorities and support agencies; regrets that, despite significant, well-evidenced and considered lobbying by Scottish stakeholders against the reforms, the UK Government pushed through the Welfare Reform Bill largely unchanged; notes that the UK Government’s housing benefit reforms cut across devolved responsibilities, compromising the Scottish Government’s capacity to deliver on its housing ambitions for Scotland, and acknowledges that, now that the Welfare Reform Bill has gained Royal Assent, the Scottish Government, local authorities, landlords and others must work together to minimise as far as possible adverse impacts on some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people and to develop thinking on the Scottish delivery of housing support costs under any changed future constitutional arrangements.

Supported by: Alex Neil*

*S4M-02406 Sarah Boyack: Lothians Success at NUS Scotland Awards—That the Parliament congratulates staff and students at Heriot Watt University on being awarded University Students’ Union of the Year at the NUS Scotland Awards 2012; notes that the award recognises the union’s commitment to quality, participation and improving the lives of its members; also congratulates Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) on being awarded the Community Relations Award, Lizzie Brough of EUSA on being named Students’ Union Staff Member of the Year and Mike Baron, formerly of Heriot Watt Students’ Association, on his Lifetime Achievement Award; believes that these awards highlight the quality of the student experience in the Lothians, and welcomes the work of student unions at further and higher education institutions across the region and Scotland.

*S4M-02405♦ John Mason: Local Road Closures—That the Parliament is disappointed with Glasgow City Council’s response to major road closures, especially in what it considers the council’s lack of information and communication with members of the public, local businesses and elected members; understands that, previously, Sauchiehall Street was closed for a considerable period and now London Road, a strategically important route through Glasgow Shettleston, has been closed since 13 January 2012 due to a dangerous building; notes the frustration of local people in Bridgeton who have been made homeless and had their businesses closed; further notes the disruption to transport, and considers that there is confusion over revised bus routes and for drivers from outwith the area.

*S4M-02404 Gordon MacDonald: Dads Rock, Scotland’s only Playgroup for Dads and their Children—That the Parliament congratulates Dads Rock, a new initiative based in Sighthill, Edinburgh, which is part of Fathers Network Scotland; understands that Dads Rock is Scotland’s only playgroup for dads and their children and aims to be a fun and relaxed place where children under five are encouraged to learn through play and music; believes that it offers an environment where dads can take an active part in the playgroup sessions and where a sense of community and social support can be developed, and, in recognising what it considers to be the unique nature of the group, wishes Dads Rock continued success as it evolves.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*, George Adam*, Kevin Stewart*

*S4M-02403 Dennis Robertson: Congratulations to Malcolm Webb—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Offshore Europe Partnership that Malcolm Webb, the chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, has accepted the role of chairman of SPE Offshore Europe 2013; notes Mr Webb’s comments that "challenges drive innovation" and that the oil and gas industry is "dynamic, diverse and dedicated to maintaining a long-term sustainable future," and congratulates Mr Webb on what it believes to be his passionate vision for the future of the oil and gas industry, which will also encourage many young people, who are just embarking in this sector, to take advantage of the opportunities available.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Walker*, Joan McAlpine*

*S4M-02402 Malcolm Chisholm: Congratulations to Pilmeny and Citadel—That the Parliament congratulates Leith-based Pilmeny Development Project and Citadel Youth Centre on what it considers their outstanding achievements at the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards in Glasgow, winning in the new intergenerational category for their joint project, New Spin, and becoming Overall Winner in the 14 categories of the competition; commends their innovative approaches to bringing young and older people together thereby fostering community cohesion; recognises the mental and physical benefits of creating cross-generational community initiatives, and hopes that others will be inspired by the outstanding example set by Pilmeny Development Project and Citadel Youth Centre.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing*, Anne McTaggart*, Jackie Baillie*, Kevin Stewart*, David Stewart*, John Pentland*, Dennis Robertson*

*S4M-02401 Lewis Macdonald: University of Aberdeen Success at NUS Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Aberdeen Students Association on its recent success in winning the Equality and Diversity Award at the NUS Scotland Awards 2012; further congratulates the university’s LGBT society, Ab-Fab, on winning the award for Club or Society of the Year; understands that these awards encourage students to take part in extracurricular activities, and wishes all of the University of Aberdeen’s societies continued success.

Supported by: David Torrance*, John Pentland*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jackie Baillie*, Anne McTaggart*, Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*, Drew Smith*, David Stewart*, Annabelle Ewing*, Dennis Robertson*

*S4M-02400 Michael Russell: Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Order 2012 - UK Legislation—That the Parliament consents to the making of the Public Bodies (Abolition of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Order 2012, a draft of which was laid before the UK Parliament on 19 January 2012 and which makes provision that would be within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament if it were contained in an Act of that Parliament.

*S4M-02399♦ Elaine Murray: Improvements to the A75—That the Parliament notes with great concern the spate of recent accidents on the A75 Stranraer to Gretna trunk road, including two fatalities, and believes that urgent action is required to improve the safety of this road.

*S4M-02398 Rob Gibson: Alness Girl Scientists Win UK Title—That the Parliament offers its warmest congratulations to the Young Engineers Club of Alness Academy on winning Best Young Engineers Club in Great Britain for 2012 at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham; recognises that the S3 girls won the right to represent Scotland in the science group category at the Big Bang Fair, which took place in Birmingham from 15 to 17 March 2012, and considers that this success shows how the principles of the Curriculum for Excellence employed by the Alness Academy Young Engineers Club feed into an expanding scientific sector that is vital to the future prosperity of the nation.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Humza Yousaf*, Bill Kidd*, Margaret Burgess*, Joan McAlpine*, Gordon MacDonald*, Bill Walker*, Dennis Robertson*, Kevin Stewart*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Maureen Watt*, David Torrance*, Annabelle Ewing*, Chic Brodie*, Jackie Baillie*

*S4M-02397 Jackie Baillie: West Dunbartonshire Gala Days Facing Axe—That the Parliament is concerned that West Dunbartonshire Council is considering cutting the budget for community gala days and family events across the area, including the Clydebank Canal Festival, Old Kilpatrick Gala, Dalmuir Park Illuminations, the annual fireworks display in Levengrove Park and Dumbarton and Alexandria’s Christmas lights switch-ons; believes that these events provide welcome opportunities to bring families and communities together; is concerned that the cancellation of these events will have a negative effect on the community, and urges the council to seek alternative funding to enable the community to come together.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik*, John Pentland*, Anne McTaggart*, David Torrance*, Neil Bibby*

*S4M-02396 John Pentland: Natalie Moore-Williams—That the Parliament congratulates the stage performer, Natalie Moore-Williams, from Wishaw on securing a role as understudy to Connie Fisher in the lead role of Wonderful Town, which starts at the end of March; notes that Connie Fisher was the winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s televised search for Maria for The Sound of Music; further notes that, in winning this important role, Natalie will have the opportunity to work alongside some prominent figures in the entertainment industry; applauds Natalie’s effort and talent, which allowed her to stand out from 500 other young women to secure the role in the musical production, which will show in major cities across the UK including Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham and Glasgow, and wishes Natalie well in her acting career.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Anne McTaggart*, James Kelly*, Mike MacKenzie*, Neil Bibby*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Richard Lyle*, Kevin Stewart*, Maureen Watt*, Jackie Baillie*, David Torrance*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02395 Richard Baker: Congratulations to Aberdeen College and ASET—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen College on the official opening of the Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training (ASET) oil and gas training academy on 7 March 2012; understands that ASET is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aberdeen College that has provided training for the oil and gas industry, marine, electrical, transport and other sectors since 1993 on a for-profit basis without receiving any funding from the Scottish Funding Council and has consistently generated profits that are paid over on an annual basis to supplement the Scottish Funding Council grant and other income streams; further understands that this financial contribution from ASET to Aberdeen College is one factor that has enabled Aberdeen College to undertake what is considered an ambitious £10 million refurbishment programme, which is currently underway, and looks forward to increased opportunities for the business and college to share resources and assets and work together on more projects.

*S4M-02392 John Mason: Action to Tackle Offensive Behaviour at Football—That the Parliament notes the enactment of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, which came into force on 1 March 2012; notes the significant amount of political debate that surrounded the passing of this legislation; further notes that two men were recently arrested by British Transport Police for “chanting and singing songs of a racially derogative nature” following the Ayr United versus Hibernian Scottish Cup match; understands that the fans involved were not connected to the Old Firm; considers that this legislation was introduced to tackle offensive behaviour throughout all of Scottish football, and believes that these recent convictions show that the legislation is robust and is allowing the police more power to tackle offensive behaviour at football.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Bill Walker*, Richard Lyle*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02369 Joan McAlpine: 300th Anniversary of Sanquhar Post Office—That the Parliament notes that Scotland has what is believed to be the oldest post office in the world, at Sanquhar in Dumfriesshire, with its origins being traced back to 1712; considers this to be a world-famous landmark and notes the local pride and desire to better celebrate what it considers to be this unique international treasure, and supports local attempts to set up an exhibition for locals and for visitors, commemorating its importance and role in the long social history of Sanquhar.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Stewart Maxwell, Roderick Campbell, Margaret Burgess, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, George Adam, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Angus MacDonald, Humza Yousaf, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, James Dornan, Jean Urquhart, Richard Lyle, Aileen McLeod, Fiona McLeod, Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Chic Brodie*, Gil Paterson*

*S4M-02369.1 Elaine Murray: 300th Anniversary of Sanquhar Post Office—As an amendment to motion S4M-02369 in the name of Joan McAlpine (300th Anniversary of Sanquhar Post Office), insert at end “; notes efforts to persuade Royal Mail to issue a stamp commemorating the post office’s 300th anniversary; expresses disappointment that this has not been possible, but urges Royal Mail to identify a further opportunity to issue a stamp commemorating this historic building.”

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-02394 Breast is Best ­(lodged on 16 March 2012) Iain Gray*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jackie Baillie*, Clare Adamson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Walker*, Jean Urquhart*, Drew Smith*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Claudia Beamish*, Patrick Harvie*, Dennis Robertson*, Kevin Stewart*, Neil Findlay*

S4M-02393 Abbeyview Project Supports Unemployed People in Dunfermline (lodged on 16 March 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-02391 The Dangers of Shisha Smoking ­(lodged on 16 March 2012) Clare Adamson*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-02386 Motherwell College ­(lodged on 16 March 2012) Hugh Henry*, Mary Scanlon*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jackie Baillie*, Neil Bibby*, Clare Adamson*, Anne McTaggart*, Jamie McGrigor*, Christina McKelvie*, Claudia Beamish*, David Torrance*, Richard Lyle*, Dennis Robertson*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-02384 Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassadors ­(lodged on 16 March 2012) Hanzala Malik*, Elaine Smith*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jackie Baillie*, Neil Bibby*, Clare Adamson*, Anne McTaggart*, James Kelly*, Jamie McGrigor*, Claudia Beamish*, Richard Lyle*, Dennis Robertson*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-02383 MSPs Should Feel Free to Comment on International Issues ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Bill Kidd*, James Dornan*, Gil Paterson*

S4M-02382 Shovel-ready Infrastructure Projects ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Clare Adamson*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02378 Purple Day ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Clare Adamson*

S4M-02377 Rights of Afghan Women ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Clare Adamson*, Gil Paterson*, James Dornan*

S4M-02375 South Lanarkshire College’s Decorative Arts Weekend ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Bill Kidd*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jean Urquhart*, Annabelle Ewing*

S4M-02374 Congratulating Inverclyde Academy’s Press Team ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Chic Brodie*

S4M-02373 Congratulations to Scots Professor on Election to President-Elect (lodged on 15 March 2012) Clare Adamson*, Chic Brodie*, Gil Paterson*

S4M-02368 Dumbarton Academy Young Enterprise Group Is Scent-Sational (lodged on 15 March 2012) John Pentland*, Gil Paterson*

S4M-02361 Welcome to Dylan Thomson School ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Gil Paterson*

S4M-02360 Alternatives and the Lloyds TSB Foundation Tackling Youth Addiction ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Gil Paterson*

S4M-02359 Ricky Burns, World Champion ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Kevin Stewart*

S4M-02357 Comrie Development Trust New Carbon Challenge ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Claudia Beamish*, Bill Walker*, Gordon MacDonald*, Dennis Robertson*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*

S4M-02356 Scottish Cricket Team ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Gil Paterson*

S4M-02355 Welcome a Pet in Rehoming Week ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Clare Adamson*

S4M-02354 Fair City Regains Official Status ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Kevin Stewart*, Gil Paterson*

S4M-02349 The City of Perth ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Margaret Mitchell*

S4M-02330 Scottish Natural Heritage Windfarm Guidance ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Roderick Campbell*

S4M-02323 Congratulations to Agata Jodinska ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) John Pentland*

S4M-02298 Employers’ Guide to Mental Health in the Workplace ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Clare Adamson*

S4M-02289 Sae Come aa Ye at Hame wi Freedom ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Hanzala Malik*

S4M-02287 High Drinking Rates in Over 45s ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Hanzala Malik*

S4M-02282 Remploy Workers Deserve Better ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Gordon MacDonald*

S4M-02280 Remploy Netherton ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Gordon MacDonald*

S4M-02269 Green Investment Bank to be Headquartered in Edinburgh ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Hanzala Malik*

S4M-02267 Congratulating Haemophilia Scotland on its Parliamentary Reception ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Elaine Smith*

S4M-02254 University of St Andrews Anniversary Prize ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Hanzala Malik*

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