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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally only printed the day after the day on which they are lodged and then with the complete list of motions and amendments lodged the previous week which is published in this section of the Bulletin every Monday. That list also contains any motions lodged for debate in the forthcoming week.

Where the text of a motion or amendment is altered, the motion or amendment is re-printed with the changes marked by asterisks in the text.

Where a motion or amendment attracts additional support after it is first published, that additional support is shown separately at the end of this section.

Motions eligible for consideration for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#).

Motions submitted for members’ business in the Parliament but which have not yet received the requisite cross-party support are marked with a diamond symbol (♦).

Motions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site at Current Motions

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2945 Robin Harper: Call for Parliamentary Scrutiny of Aid Effectiveness—That the Parliament congratulates and commends the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK branch on its timely International Parliamentary Conference which was held between 17 and 21 November 2008 in the Palace of Westminster for 92 colleagues from across the Commonwealth and beyond on the scrutiny of the effectiveness of international aid; notes that, following the Accra High-Level Forum in September 2008, the conference debated the vital role of parliamentarians in donor and partner legislatures in holding their executives to account on international aid effectiveness and commitments made under the Paris Declaration in 2005; further notes that the conference discussed the need to enhance the capacity of partner parliaments to undertake more effective scrutiny; recognises an outreach responsibility in this Parliament to assist in strengthening the capacity of partner parliaments, and calls on the Scottish Government to seek a meeting between representatives of the Scottish Parliament and the Malawi Parliament’s International Relations Committee with a view to mutually improving parliamentary scrutiny of the bilateral aid agreements between Scotland and Malawi.

*S3M-2944 Irene Oldfather: The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2009—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award on the eighth anniversary of the event; recognises the work of the award in giving an international platform to organisations and individuals who may not have been previously recognised for their humanitarian work; notes that 2009 represents the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, and therefore welcomes the award, both as a representation of the universal ideals espoused by Robert Burns in his works of universal brotherhood and self-sacrifice and the hard work carried out by people across the world.

*S3M-2943 Mr Frank McAveety: Molendinar Park/Moore Street Housing—That the Parliament commends the opening of the Moore Street housing development in the Gallowgate in the east end of Glasgow; compliments Molendinar Housing Association in producing a high-quality, mixed-tenure housing project that brought together four architectural practices to create a fantastic, new residential quarter in the east end; further commends the engagement with local residents in regenerating a former derelict site, and calls on the Scottish Government to learn from the experiences of organisations such as Molendinar Housing Association in how best to utilise resources for maximum benefit in the housing sector.

*S3M-2942 Mr Frank McAveety: Emmaus—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of a new Emmaus furniture store in the east end of Glasgow; recognises the tremendous value of Emmaus in working with some of our most disadvantaged individuals and of the work done by volunteers in bringing the values of social justice exemplified by Emmaus to a wider public; appreciates the work being done by Terry Waite, the national president of Emmaus, in promoting the contribution that Emmaus can make in tackling inequality; wishes the new Bridgeton furniture superstore a positive future, and hopes that it can provide a quality service to all its customers and assist Emmaus to raise funds to assist its companion programme in Glasgow.

*S3M-2941 Mr Frank McAveety: Govanhill Law Centre—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the Govanhill Law Centre, a new law centre offering free legal advice to residents of Govanhill, which will work with the local community to root out slum landlords, gangmasters and organised criminals; congratulates principal solicitor Mike Dailly for his commitment to the centre; thanks Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell and Govanhill Housing Association chairperson Janice McEwan for their work on behalf of the centre; further thanks Louise Carlin of Oxfam Scotland’s Poverty Programme for the charity organisation’s ongoing support, and hopes that the Govanhill Law Centre will help empower the community to solve the problems that it faces and provide further confidence to residents in their campaign for a better Govanhill.

*S3M-2940 Marilyn Livingstone: Adam Smith College and Abertay University in Partnership—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the joint announcement by Adam Smith College, Fife, and University of Abertay Dundee of their intention to deliver enhanced degree education for learners in Kirkcaldy and Central Fife; congratulates both principals, Dr Craig Thomson of Adam Smith College and Professor Bernard King of University of Abertay Dundee for their vision on the future direction of further and higher education in Fife; believes that this partnership will offer students a greater range of degree choices and advanced study options than ever before, and believes that this unique collaboration between further and higher education establishments will enable students in Fife from less well-off backgrounds to access higher education that would otherwise be out of their reach and will in the longer term help Fife as a whole to face the challenges of an ever-changing economy and to grasp the opportunities that come from having a highly-motivated, well-educated and trained local population.

*S3M-2939 Bill Butler: Scottish Water Dispute—That the Parliament expresses its concern that Scottish Water has breached six years of constructive partnership with staff by imposing a 15-month pay rise of 3%, which equates to an annual offer of 2.4%, far short of the current rate of inflation, and as a result of this imposition staff have voted in favour of industrial action; notes that, by stark contrast, the remuneration of Scottish Water’s executive directors has risen from an average of £108,000 in 2002-03 to £172,000 in 2007-08; commends the hard work and commitment of Scottish Water staff and the world-class public service that they provide and fully understands that their decision to strike has not been taken lightly; recognises that Scottish Water is publicly owned and accountable to Scottish ministers who are also responsible for setting the pay remit and approving any pay deal, and believes that the Scottish Government should engage directly and as quickly as possible with both trade unions and Scottish Water to resolve this dispute and ensure that public servants are awarded a fair and negotiated pay settlement.

Supported by: Helen Eadie*, Marlyn Glen*

*S3M-2938 Pauline McNeill: BBC Trust Rejects £68 Million Plan—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the BBC Trust to reject plans to spend £68 million on introducing a web-based local video service and believes that this will give an opportunity to local newspapers and online services to invest, in the knowledge that the BBC does not intend to enter this market.

Supported by: Claire Baker*, Charlie Gordon*, Paul Martin*, Sarah Boyack*, Ted Brocklebank*, John Scott*

*S3M-2937 John Swinney: Health Boards and Elections (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

S3M-2936 Kenneth Gibson: Ban Tobacco Vending Machines—That the Parliament welcomes the British Heart Foundation’s campaign for a ban on tobacco sold from vending machines across the United Kingdom; notes that one in 10 under-age smokers in Scotland regularly buys tobacco illegally from vending machines and that this proportion could increase following the rise in the minimum legal age for purchase of tobacco; warmly welcomes the developments on tobacco control in recent years in Scotland, including the particular focus on young people in the Smoking Prevention Action Plan, and urges the Scottish Government to continue to lead the way in the United Kingdom on tobacco control by legislating for an outright ban on the sale of tobacco from vending machines in the forthcoming Health Bill.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-2935♦ Christine Grahame: Cuiken Primary and its School Playing Field—That the Parliament notes with alarm that yet another primary school playing field, at Cuiken Primary in Penicuik, is under threat of development despite Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 11 and the presumption against building on school playing fields; notes the objection of the Penicuik and District Community Council to this proposal, and believes that there should be centralised data on the current provision of school playing fields, including location and acreage, and that sportscotland would add benefit as a mandatory consultee in any development plans that impinge on school playing fields and public open spaces.

S3M-2934 Christine Grahame: For £12 Billion Big Brother Bugs You—That the Parliament condemns the British Government’s estimated £12 billion Interception Modernisation Programme currently being developed at Government Communications Headquarters, GCHQ, in Cheltenham that would intercept every telephone call, every email and retain a log of every website visited by every person in the United Kingdom; believes that this unnecessary project seriously undermines our democracy and represents a complete affront to our rights to privacy and freedom and hands the terrorists the victory that they seek by substantially changing our way of life by imposing a system that would spy and snoop on a population whom the British Government clearly no longer trusts, and urges the British Government to halt the programme and instead invest the relevant resources in vital public services and the fight against fuel, pensioner and child poverty.

Supported by: Gil Paterson*, Christopher Harvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, John Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2933 David Whitton: On Their Bikes in St Matthew’s Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates, and recognises the achievements of, St Matthew’s Primary School in Bishopbriggs for being one of the first schools in Scotland to set up a cycle train where children on bikes are escorted by volunteer rangers along a safe route to and from school; notes that the trains run every day and take the children to and from school, picking up and dropping off at their homes, and recognises the backing of East Dunbartonshire Council, Sustrans, Cycling Scotland, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and local firms Solid Rock Cycles and Viewfield Galleries.

S3M-2932♦ Jamie McGrigor: Future of the Bull Hire Scheme—That the Parliament notes the proposals to abolish the current Bull Hire Scheme for crofters; is aware of genuinely felt concerns among crofters over this proposal and the potentially more costly and inconvenient options that might replace the scheme; believes that the current Bull Hire Scheme has widespread support within the crofting sector and has played an extremely important part in maintaining the quality of cattle stock in the crofting counties, and further believes that some form of bull hire scheme is in the best interests of crofters and stock quality in the crofting counties.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Mary Scanlon, Ted Brocklebank, John Scott, John Lamont, Margaret Mitchell, Bill Aitken, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-2931 John Park: Fair Tips—That the Parliament expresses concern that many employers still use tips to count towards payment of the national minimum wage; notes the recent Fair Tips campaign by Unite the Union and welcomes its calls for fair-minded employers, who treat their staff fairly, to sign up in support of the campaign; supports the Fair Tips Charter that calls on businesses to pay all employees at least the minimum wage with 100% of tips added on top as a bonus with no hidden charges, reach agreement on how tips are shared with those staff directly affected, make no deductions from tips to cover breakages, till shortages or customer walk-outs, and make all rules for the distribution of tips and service charges available in writing for staff and customers on request; further welcomes the announcement that the UK Government plans to ban employers from using tips or service charges towards payment of the national minimum wage; looks forward to the consultation on proposals to make tips fairer for staff, and congratulates Unite the Union for the success of its Fair Tips campaign.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, Angela Constance*, Andy Kerr*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*, Helen Eadie*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh Henry*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Wilson*, Claire Baker*, Cathy Jamieson*, Bill Kidd*, Paul Martin*, Des McNulty*, Rhona Brankin*, James Kelly*, Patrick Harvie*, Michael McMahon*, Mike Pringle*, Elaine Murray*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Jim Tolson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mary Mulligan*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2930 David Whitton: Spine-chilling Local Income Tax—That the Parliament notes the words of the chairman of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce that the Scottish Government’s proposed local income tax is "positively spine chilling" in the risk that it presents to Scottish competitiveness and calls on the Scottish Government "to listen to the overwhelming view of the Scottish business community", as well as the serious concerns voiced by the trades unions, carers, and hard-working families, by ditching its local income tax now.

Supported by: Andy Kerr, James Kelly, Elaine Murray, Derek Brownlee, Des McNulty, Helen Eadie, Claire Baker, Margaret Curran, Paul Martin, Rhona Brankin, Ken Macintosh, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh Henry, Ms Wendy Alexander, Jackie Baillie*, John Park*

S3M-2929 Patrick Harvie: The Arches - Best Bar None—That the Parliament congratulates the staff and management of the Arches arts venue and nightclub in Glasgow on their gold award in the nightclub category at Glasgow’s Best Bar None Awards 2008; recognises the hard work and commitment that the Arches staff have shown in achieving an excellent standard in protection of children from harm, prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public nuisance and promotion of public health and public safety, standards that many Glasgow venues would do well to emulate; believes that this well-deserved award reinforces the position of the Arches as a vital part of Glasgow’s arts and social scene; believes that Glasgow, and in particular Glasgow City Council, should be proud of a venue that not only adds to the vibrancy of the city’s social life but also takes its responsibilities as a licensed venue so seriously, and offers the very best wishes to all at the Arches in the coming months as they look forward to festive celebrations.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan

S3M-2927 John Scott: Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Souvenir Stamp—That the Parliament notes the intention of the Royal Mail to produce a Robert Burns 250th anniversary issue souvenir sheet of stamps; further notes that it is not intended that individual Burns 250th anniversary stamps be produced and that the only way in which the Burns anniversary stamp can therefore be purchased is as part of the souvenir sheet at a cost of £2.66; believes that this represents a huge missed opportunity to promote Burns in the year of Homecoming Scotland 2009, both at home and abroad, and calls on the Royal Mail to reconsider its position and to commission the issue of individual Burns 250th anniversary stamps, to be available for purchase at face value through post office branches.

Supported by: John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, Gavin Brown, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Bill Aitken, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Scanlon, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh O’Donnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, David McLetchie, Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Ted Brocklebank, Margaret Mitchell, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Annabel Goldie*, Angela Constance*, Bob Doris*, Dr Richard Simpson*, John Wilson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2926# Mary Mulligan: Shelter Scotland 40 Years On—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Shelter Scotland of the 40 Years On booklet, which marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Shelter Scotland on 3 October 1968; notes that throughout its existence Shelter Scotland has consistently spoken out on behalf of those who are homeless or in poor-quality housing; further notes that Shelter Scotland has been at the cutting edge of developing services, including the opening of housing aid centres, the rural housing initiative, care and repair schemes for older people, the launch of the Housing Law Service, the returning home initiative and the Rough Sleepers Initiative, and was instrumental in the establishment of housing associations in Scotland such as Castle Rock Housing Association, now Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association; further notes that Shelter Scotland is today the largest provider of online housing advice in the country; recognises that Shelter played a key role in the development of the Homelessness Task Force, which for the first time led to the establishment of a legal commitment to give all homeless people the right to a home by 2012, and welcomes the ongoing contribution which Shelter Scotland makes in the challenge of providing good-quality housing for all in Scotland.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Jim Tolson, Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Curran, Liam McArthur, Cathy Jamieson, Marlyn Glen, John Park, David Whitton, Patricia Ferguson, Alex Neil, Nanette Milne, George Foulkes, Malcolm Chisholm, Ross Finnie, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Claire Baker, Sarah Boyack, Alison McInnes, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Frank McAveety, Angela Constance*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2925 Cathie Craigie: 2008 Homeless World Cup Sponsorship—That the Parliament recognises the generosity of Cumbernauld-based firms Moviecom.tv and Xltec in their financial support of Scotland’s homeless football team; notes that the Homeless World Cup is an annual international football tournament uniting homeless and excluded people from around the world; looks forward to watching the online TV channel produced by Moviecom.tv for the tournament kicking off in Melbourne, Australia, on 1 December 2008, and wishes Scotland a successful repeat of its 2007 victory in the final.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, George Foulkes, Bill Kidd, Malcolm Chisholm, James Kelly, Jamie Hepburn, David Whitton, John Park, Hugh Henry, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Curran, Kenneth Gibson, David McLetchie, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Claire Baker, Christina McKelvie, Jim Tolson, Mr Frank McAveety, Marlyn Glen, Andy Kerr, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackie Baillie, Bashir Ahmad, Mary Mulligan, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Ken Macintosh*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2924 Liam McArthur: Froglife—That the Parliament congratulates the Froglife charity on its Scottish launch, which took place at Edinburgh Zoo on Friday 14 November 2008; recognises the importance of the charity’s achievements in England, where it has a strong record of conserving habitats for amphibians, reptiles and a wide range of other species; further congratulates the charity on its excellent record of achieving its conservation aims through a process of engaging and working with a diverse section of the population, including harder-to-reach groups such as young offenders and people with learning difficulties; wishes the charity every success in its continued work, and looks forward to seeing the benefits that this work can bring to Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2923 Robert Brown: Clydeside Action on Asbestos—That the Parliament congratulates Clydeside Action on Asbestos on winning the Public Campaign of the Year at the Scottish Politician of the Year Awards 2008; notes that for 23 years the group has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of asbestos-related diseases and to fight for the rights of victims of asbestos exposure; further notes the group’s successful campaign to secure the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Act 2007, which means that victims no longer have to decide whether to claim damages for themselves or wait so that their relatives can claim after their death with the possibility of obtaining a greater level of compensation; welcomes also the campaign to secure the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill, which will restore the right to claim damages to those who suffer from pleural plaques as a result of exposure to asbestos, and looks forward to a time when the work of Clydeside Action on Asbestos and other asbestos campaign groups is no longer needed.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, John Wilson, Mr Frank McAveety, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Ross Finnie, Roseanna Cunningham, James Kelly, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, John Park, Mike Pringle, Alison McInnes, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Nigel Don, Dr Richard Simpson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh Henry, Bill Wilson, Jackie Baillie*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Angela Constance*, Andrew Welsh*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Charlie Gordon*, Bill Butler*, Christina McKelvie*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2920 Bill Wilson: Fishermen and International Observers Kidnapped by Israel—That the Parliament condemns the reported illegal kidnapping of 14 Gazan fishermen and three international observers, including Andrew Muncie of Scotland; calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all the observers and fishermen, and further calls on the Israeli Government to apologise for its actions in this matter.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Jim Hume, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson

S3M-2913 John Farquhar Munro: National School for Crofting—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Government to conduct a feasibility study into the establishment of a national school for crofting to teach traditional and modern crofting techniques and to provide a centre of excellence in research and development into agricultural methods in marginal rural areas; suggests that the money from the sales of Beechwood, Knocknagael and Balrobert farms, if they are sold, could be ring-fenced to purchase a new property in the west to be used as the campus for the project; believes that a new farm could be the basis for a renewed bull hire stud, and further believes that the establishment of a national school for crofting would play a major role in the future of crofting and help secure the economic and social future of the crofting counties.

S3M-2911 Aileen Campbell: UK Immigration Minister’s Comments on Asylum and Immigration—That the Parliament notes with serious concern comments by the UK immigration minister, Phil Woolas MP, that migration lawyers and non-governmental organisations supporting asylum seekers are "playing the system" and give "false hope" to immigrants and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom; believes that Scotland and the United Kingdom have a moral duty to provide asylum for people escaping human rights abuses and a sound case for accepting migrants with a positive contribution to make to our economy; deplores the use of provocative or prejudiced language in any debate about immigration policy, and further believes that if Phil Woolas’s statement is reflective of UK Government policy it serves only to emphasise the need for power over immigration and asylum policy in Scotland to be devolved to the Parliament.

Supported by: Sandra White, Christopher Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Patrick Harvie, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2910 Gavin Brown: Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition for its excellent work in delivering on its core objective of raising the profile of Scottish social enterprises in Scotland; congratulates it on the successful launch, on 1 November 2008, of its ambitious new Christmas web page venture, www.s2stradefair.com, produced in partnership with award-winning social enterprise Forth Sector, which advertises a range of Christmas presents available from social enterprises across Scotland, and wishes the coalition every success with this venture as it explores the further potential of developing this concept into an online trading directory of social enterprises for Scotland.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Bob Doris, Jamie McGrigor, Keith Brown, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Aitken, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, John Lamont, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackson Carlaw, Sandra White, John Park, Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Mr Frank McAveety, Annabel Goldie*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-2909 Michael Matheson: Keep London Olympics’ Toxic Waste Out of Falkirk—That the Parliament notes the reports of a proposal to dump contaminated soil from the London Olympics site in the Falkirk area; recognises the widespread local opposition to the proposal; calls on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to ensure that no such disposal takes place in the Falkirk area or elsewhere in Scotland, and believes that such contaminated soil would be more appropriately disposed of at a site closer to its origin.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Keith Brown, John Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-2908 Dr Richard Simpson: Model Alcohol Workplace Policy—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of a model alcohol policy for the workplace developed by the Scottish Government and Alcohol Industry Partnership in conjunction with the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives and hopes that all employers will adopt this or similar policies to help in changing the culture and attitudes towards alcohol in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2907 Sarah Boyack: Scotland’s Tribute to One of the Most Influential Scientists of All Time—That the Parliament welcomes the James Clerk Maxwell statue, produced by Alexander Stoddart and to be unveiled on 25 November 2008 in George Street, Edinburgh, by the Presiding Officer of the Parliament; recognises that Clerk Maxwell is one of the most influential scientists of all time with his work laying the foundations for the modern technological society that we live in today; congratulates the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the many donors who made the monument possible; believes that it is right that there should be public recognition of the achievements of Clerk Maxwell in the city of his birth, and hopes that wider appreciation of the works of great Scottish scientists and engineers will inspire new generations to seek to follow in their footsteps.

Supported by: Elaine Murray, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, David Stewart, Shirley-Anne Somerville, David Whitton, Roseanna Cunningham, Malcolm Chisholm, Alex Neil, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Rhona Brankin, George Foulkes, Murdo Fraser, Hugh Henry, Ms Wendy Alexander, Kenneth Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Des McNulty, David McLetchie, Stuart McMillan, Marlyn Glen, Liam McArthur, Jackie Baillie, John Park, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Mary Mulligan, Gil Paterson, Ken Macintosh*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-2905 Margo MacDonald: The Chronicle of the Kings of Alba—That the Parliament congratulates Neil Oliver for his work on the Chronicle of the Kings of Alba, held since the 17th century in the national library of France, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and resolves to request the return, on loan, of this unique document for Homecoming Scotland 2009 in view of its relevance to the history and identity of Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2904♦ Hugh Henry: Alcohol Pricing—That the Parliament recognises the health and social consequences for residents of Paisley South of cheap alcohol; believes that a pricing strategy that applies only to Scotland would have significant consequences for those living in Paisley South; considers that there is potential for increased criminality arising from a Scotland-only pricing strategy and notes the opportunities to avoid such a strategy; also believes that cultural and social attitudes to alcohol consumption need to be addressed through education and awareness, and further believes that any pricing strategy to tackle alcohol abuse is best delivered on a UK basis through taxation, with increased revenues invested in NHS and police services.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-2903 Joe FitzPatrick: Dundee Top City for Business Growth—That the Parliament congratulates Dundee on being named as the top city for business growth in Scotland in a Royal Mail business survey; notes that between March and August 2008 Dundee achieved a growth rate of 1.89%, placing it third overall in the United Kingdom and up 23 places from last year; welcomes the 118 new businesses that started in Dundee over the six-month period of the survey, and recognises the support that the Scottish Government has provided to businesses in Dundee with the abolition of tolls on the Tay Bridge and the introduction of the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Keith Brown, Bob Doris, Michael Matheson, Aileen Campbell, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Marlyn Glen, Nigel Don, Gil Paterson

S3M-2902 John Park: Billy Liddell Enters the SFA Hall of Fame—That the Parliament welcomes the recent move by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to enter Liverpool FC legend Billy Liddell and to the SFA Hall of Fame; praises the hard work of those campaigning for the memory of Billy Liddell to be fully recognised and welcomes the support of Dunfermline Press in the campaign; congratulates the SFA on this announcement; acknowledges Billy Liddell’s position as a role model to thousands of young football players; is delighted that this native of Townhill, near Dunfermline, is receiving recognition for his contribution to Scottish sport, and looks forward to the boost that this will give the Billy Liddell memorial campaign in its efforts to ensure that Billy is remembered appropriately in his home town.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Claire Baker, Bill Kidd, George Foulkes, Murdo Fraser, Richard Baker, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Des McNulty, Jim Tolson, Trish Godman, James Kelly, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Ken Macintosh, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Mr Frank McAveety, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2901 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations to Strathclyde Police and Lanarkshire’s Alcohol and Drug Action Team—That the Parliament congratulates Strathclyde Police and Lanarkshire’s Alcohol and Drug Action Team on their joint launch of the Safer Lanarkshire campaign, which aims to combat violence, disorder, antisocial behaviour, drug and alcohol-related crime and vandalism, and notes the success of last year’s campaign in north and south Lanarkshire.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jamie McGrigor, David Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Aitken, Bob Doris, Ken Macintosh, Alex Neil, John Lamont, Jackson Carlaw, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Annabel Goldie, Gil Paterson

S3M-2900 Aileen Campbell: Biggar Museum Archaeology Group Wins Top Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Biggar Museum Archaeology Group, on its latest triumph as winner of the Pitt Rivers Award for the Best Amateur or Independent Archaeological Project during the 2008 British Archaeology Awards ceremony; notes the extensive work done by the Biggar Museum Archaeology Group, which surveyed over 400 square kilometres of Upper Tweeddale in a project deemed "first class" by judges; further notes that this whole exercise was carried out entirely by volunteers; commends the Biggar Museum Archaeology Group for the quality and standard of its research, which is showcased on the group’s excellent website, and wishes the group similar success at next year’s awards.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, John Lamont, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2817# Marlyn Glen: World AIDS Day 2008—That the Parliament recognises the importance of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2008 and its aim of highlighting the challenges and consequences of the HIV epidemic around the world; acknowledges that there are 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide and that countries face a myriad challenges in halting the spread of the virus and improving the lives and experiences of people affected; recognises that HIV diagnoses in Scotland have been increasing in recent years with 2007 seeing the highest annual number on record; acknowledges that it is estimated that there are 5,500 people now living with HIV in Scotland; regrets that a recent poll found that people in Scotland had comparatively poorer rates of HIV knowledge than in other areas of the United Kingdom; considers that this lack of public understanding about the virus and how it is transmitted compounds and exacerbates the stigma and prejudice experienced by many people living with HIV in Scotland, and therefore supports this year’s theme of Respect and Protect, which highlights the responsibility of everyone to transform attitudes to HIV and encourage actions that stop its spread.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Ms Wendy Alexander, Ken Macintosh, John Park, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Sarah Boyack, Alasdair Allan, Hugh O’Donnell, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Liam McArthur, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, James Kelly, Rob Gibson, Karen Whitefield, Dr Richard Simpson, Claire Baker, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Butler, Rhona Brankin, Christina McKelvie, Hugh Henry, Nanette Milne, Jack McConnell, Cathy Peattie, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Marilyn Livingstone, Rhoda Grant, Peter Peacock, Gil Paterson, Keith Brown, Irene Oldfather, George Foulkes

S3M-2691 Jackie Baillie: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill.

S3M-2472# Stuart McMillan: Sailing and Boating Continues to Expand and Contribute to the Scottish Economy—That the Parliament acknowledges that sailing and boating continues to expand as an industry bringing substantial benefits to the economy and offering people jobs; notes that there are some 250,000 yachts in the United Kingdom, of which 15,000 are currently berthed in Scotland and that, of these, approximately 5,000 are based on the River Clyde, with 3,000 in marinas and 2,000 on moorings in the Clyde; further notes that the leisure marine industry turnover in Scotland is £98.9 million per annum, that the industry employs 1,816 full-time equivalents in Scotland and supports 7,900 jobs and that the economic benefit of recreational boating in Scotland is estimated to be in excess of £250 million; acknowledges that further marina development is scheduled throughout Scotland with proposals for marinas in Greenock that would further enhance the reputation of sailing on the west coast; congratulates everyone connected with recreational sailing and boating for this economic success, and looks forward to even more economic delivery in the future.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Margaret Mitchell, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Jackie Baillie, Ross Finnie, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2898# Recognising the Role of a Healthy, Competitive Television Industry in the Cultural Life of Scotland (lodged on 14 November 2008) Margo MacDonald*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-2896 Aberdeen Bus Fare Reductions (lodged on 14 November 2008) Angela Constance*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Brian Adam*

S3M-2894 Congratulations Glenrothes Gazette (lodged on 14 November 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2893 Show Racism the Red Card Activities in Rutherglen and Cambuslang (lodged on 14 November 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2892 Improving Access (lodged on 14 November 2008) Angela Constance*, Charlie Gordon*

S3M-2891 Congratulations to JK Rowling and Children’s High Level Group (lodged on 14 November 2008) James Kelly*

S3M-2886 Minimise Medical Mistakes (lodged on 13 November 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-2872 Management Report (lodged on 12 November 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2851 Sign-tube.com (lodged on 10 November 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2845 A Tax on Your Identity (lodged on 7 November 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2803 National Stress Awareness Day (lodged on 30 October 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2775 Gael Power - BBC Alba, Publication of First Viewing Figures and Freeview (lodged on 28 October 2008) Robert Brown*

S3M-2773 Ian McColl (lodged on 28 October 2008) Andy Kerr*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh Henry*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christine Grahame*, Nanette Milne*, John Park*, Elizabeth Smith*, Brian Adam*, Margaret Mitchell*, Kenneth Gibson*, David Whitton*, John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Aitken*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-2717 Dystonia Society’s Silver Jubilee (lodged on 15 October 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2665# Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme (lodged on 3 October 2008) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-2653# Fare Deal (lodged on 2 October 2008) Jim Hume*

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