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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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.

A full list of current motions is available on the Scottish Parliament web site at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsandamendments/motions.htm.

A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsandamendments/index.htm.

Any questions in relation to this section should be directed to the Chamber Desk, for which contact details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-6565 Mary Mulligan: Boghall Parish Church 50th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates the congregation and church officers of the Church of Scotland Boghall Parish Church on its 50th anniversary; notes that its first service of worship took place on 18 May 1960 in what is now the church hall; further notes the architectural importance of the church, which was designed by Wheeler and Sproson, constructed between 1960 and 1965 and includes a unique hyperbolic paraboloid roof finished internally with timber; acknowledges the many years of valuable service to the community by past Boghall Parish Church ministers Reverend Tom Milroy and Reverend John McLean; commends Boghall Parish Church for its enormous contribution to the social, cultural and spiritual life of the community of Boghall, and wishes Minister Reverend Dennis Rose, Session Clerk John Dunleavy and all of the church officers and congregation a joyous and memorable anniversary celebration event on Sunday 13 June 2010.

*S3M-6564 Robin Harper: Edinburgh Eco-Schools Successes—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh City Council Education Department on its support of Eco-Schools; notes that on Monday 7 June 2010 presentations were made to a number of schools for their successes, which included Portobello High School gaining its fourth Green Flag, having already been the first high school in Edinburgh to achieve a Green Flag nine years ago; notes that 98% of all schools in Edinburgh are registered as Eco-Schools, 35 local authority schools have achieved Green Flag awards and 273 local authority schools are presently at bronze and silver level; notes that Eco-Schools provides schools with a framework linking all nine topics and seven elements to the new Curriculum for Excellence at all levels, and urges Edinburgh City Council Education Department and the Scottish Government to continue to support Eco-Schools at the highest possible level.

*S3M-6563 Robin Harper: Curriculum for Excellence and Eco-schools—That the Parliament congratulates Eco-Schools Scotland on its recent successes and notes the huge contribution that it is already making to the roll-out of the new Curriculum for Excellence; further notes that 98% of all schools in Scotland are now registered as Eco-Schools and that this makes Scotland the leading country in the world among the 50 countries so far signed up to Eco-Schools International; notes also that Scotland will be hosting the International Eco-Schools conference in Edinburgh in November 2010; notes that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell MSP, recently attended the presentation of the 1,000th Green Flag to be awarded in Scotland, and urges the Scottish Government to ring-fence financial support for Keep Scotland Beautiful and Eco-Schools Scotland in view of their combined contribution to sustainability and education.

*S3M-6562 Robert Brown: Eye Health Week—That the Parliament welcomes National Eye Health Week running from 14 to 20 June 2010; notes the importance of ensuring a high level of awareness of eye health; believes that the early detection of conditions that could contribute to sight loss and impairment is essential not only for the wellbeing of the individual but because such intervention could reduce future costs to the public purse, in particular to the health and social care budgets; recognises that Scotland has exemplary eye health services that have been made possible through leading innovations such as free eye tests, and congratulates all those involved in the eye care sector for the professional and dedicated work they carry out.

*S3M-6561 Alasdair Allan: Crossroads (Harris)—That the Parliament congratulates Crossroads (Harris) on being named as Scottish Charity of Year at the Scottish Charity Awards 2010; notes that the scheme also recently received an excellent grading from the Care Commission for the second year in succession; recognises that this is a lifeline organisation working to deliver care at home to older, sick and disabled people and their carers on the isle of Harris; further notes that, now in its 25th year, Crossroads (Harris) provided 2,844 hours of care and support during the year to those who need it, and wishes all the staff, volunteers and members of the community involved in supporting Crossroads (Harris) well for the future of the organisation.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Michael Matheson*

*S3M-6560 Sandra White: The Dead Deserve Dignity—That the Parliament expresses concern over the practice of local authorities burying the dead in communal graves of up to five bodies because the families cannot afford their own funeral due to poverty and the recession; believes this to be a Victorian-era practice of paupers’ graves that has no place in today’s society, and calls on local authorities to reconsider their burial practices out of respect for the dead and their families.

*S3M-6559 Sarah Boyack: Scotland’s Pro-teams Go Live on BBC ALBA—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Rugby and Celtic Rugby Ltd on securing a deal with BBC ALBA to provide live coverage of Scotland’s two professional rugby teams, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby, throughout the 2010-11 season and for the next four years; considers that this coverage will help to grow the support for rugby both on and off the pitch by making it more accessible to a wider audience across the whole of Scotland; further considers that the broadcasting of rugby has an important role to play in increasing participation in the sport thereby increasing fitness levels, promoting Scotland to a wider audience and creating a platform for greater Scottish sporting achievements, and believes that the deal clearly demonstrates to the BBC and other broadcasters in Scotland the significant appetite for coverage of Scottish rugby, being of the view that it should be available on mainstream terrestrial channels.

*S3M-6558 Mr Frank McAveety: Start of the World Cup 2010—That the Parliament welcomes the start of the World Cup with South Africa playing Mexico; wishes South Africa well in hosting the most popular sporting event in the world; wishes all teams well in the tournament; looks forward to a fantastic exhibition of the best of international football; wishes any Scots travelling to South Africa a safe journey, and looks forward to cheering on Scotland in Brazil in four years time in another South American adventure similar to 1978 but with hopefully a better outcome.

*S3M-6557 Robert Brown: Support for Princess Royal Trust for Carers—That the Parliament acknowledges, during Carers Week 2010 and beyond, the practical and emotional support that the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the carers centres in Glasgow provide for unpaid carers and young carers on a daily basis; notes that the Princess Royal Trust is the largest dedicated resource supporting unpaid carers and young carers in the United Kingdom; recognises that, in Scotland, the trust currently helps some 50,000 carers cope by giving them information, support and advice through their work with the unique network of carers centres and young carers services; notes with concern the funding challenges that such centres are now facing across Scotland, and asks that the new carers and young carers strategies seek to tackle these challenges to help Scotland’s 657,000 unpaid carers and 100,000 young carers to have a life of their own and achieve their full potential.

*S3M-6556 Murdo Fraser: Duncan Bruce—That the Parliament commends what it considers the important and positive contribution made by author Duncan Bruce toward relations between Scotland and the United States of America; recognises his work, The Mark of the Scots: Their Astonishing Contributions to History, Science, Democracy, Literature and the Arts, which outlines the role played by Scots in American and world history; acknowledges that the book highlights the importance of Scottish ancestry to those living both in and outside Scotland and encourages people to be proud of and to trace their Scottish genealogy; notes that the USA has recognised his contribution to the Scottish-American community with the award of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and notes his long service on the board of several Scottish-American organisations, including the St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, the American-Scottish Foundation and Scottish Heritage USA, and believes that the strong Scottish-American bond will continue to grow thanks to individuals such as Duncan Bruce and their efforts to foster good relations between Scotland and the USA.

*S3M-6555 Dr Richard Simpson: Alcohol Campaign—That the Parliament notes the success in Finland of its public education campaign to encourage all social classes and age groups to examine their drinking patterns, and particularly to inform parents about the impact of their own drinking on their children, and supports the call from Childline for the Scottish Government to undertake a similar campaign in Scotland.

*S3M-6554 Cathy Peattie: Big Fit Walk—That the Parliament congratulates the Big Fit Walk project on the success of its seventh annual walk on 11 June 2010; notes that the first Big Fit Walk was held in June 2004 in Grangemouth and involved over 3,000 people and that the walks have attracted more walkers each year, with over 12,000 people registering this year, and believes that the Big Fit Walk and similar initiatives are a vital part of the strategy to encourage participation and to highlight the health, environmental and economic benefits of active travel.

*S3M-6553♦ John Scott: Ministry of Defence Hospital Units—That the Parliament applauds the work done by charitable organisations such as Erskine (Erskine Hospital Ltd) and the treatment centre provided at Hollybush in Ayrshire by Combat Stress; also notes, however, that, while there are six Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHU) located across England, none are located in Scotland; believes that, given the high proportion of Scots serving in the UK armed services, there is a strong case for the creation of an MDHU in Scotland, and hopes that discussion between the relevant authorities can progress the creation of such a medical facility for injured servicemen and servicewomen.

S3M-6552 Jim Tolson: Congratulations to Fife Council Parks Staff—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Council parks staff on creating the award-winning display at the Gardening Scotland show; notes that the team has won the gold medal and the Best New Floral Exhibitor and Sunday Post People’s Choice awards; recognises that the display promotes Fife’s outstanding parks and award-winning beaches as well as highlighting 150 years of the Open Golf Championship, which will be held in St Andrews in July this year; further recognises that the design and build of the display involved Fife Council apprentices, providing a valuable training experience that will benefit Fife in the future, and acknowledges that this display is a key event in Celebrating Fife 2010, showcasing Fife’s unique environment, cultural identity and lifestyle activities.

S3M-6551♦ Bill Kidd: What Cost Afghanistan—That the Parliament notes the call by the Chancellor of the Exchequer for a public debate on Westminster expenditure and believes that the withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan would provide a substantial saving, considering the war there wasteful both financially and in terms of lives lost and blighted, for example to military personnel and their families in Glasgow and other cities and towns throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

S3M-6550 Trish Godman: Success for Marcus Crawford Guy and the Dance School of Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Marcus Crawford Guy of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, and the Dance School of Scotland for Marcus’s fantastic achievement in gaining a scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School of performing arts in New York; notes that Marcus was one of only 18 students to make the final cut out of hundreds of applicants from all over America and the rest of the world; further notes that former pupils of the hugely successful school include Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams; recognises that Marcus is an example of the talent that passes through the Dance School of Scotland, which is a national centre of excellence providing students with specialist teaching to help them realise their ambitions, and wishes Marcus the best of luck as he attempts to raise the £20,000 needed to fund his scholarship and move to New York to attend the Juilliard School.

S3M-6549 Jamie Hepburn: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Campaign to Defend Public Sector Jobs and Services—That the Parliament commends the creation of the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Campaign to Defend Public Sector Jobs and Services by the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Trades Council; notes that the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government at Westminster has proposed significant cuts to UK expenditure, leading to concerns about the future of public sector workers in the employ of the UK Government and an expectation that these cuts will lead to a substantial reduction to the Scottish budget; supports the efforts of the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Campaign to Defend Public Sector Jobs and Services to raise awareness of these concerns; calls on the UK Government to follow the example of the Scottish Government and institute a policy of no compulsory redundancies; believes that, if the UK Government is so concerned about public finances, it should commit to not renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system, which, it is estimated, will cost the public purse up to £100 billion, and further believes that, the UK Government’s commitment to putting public finances in order would be better demonstrated by working to collect the billions of uncollected taxes estimated by the Public and Commercial Services Union.

S3M-6548 David Stewart: Fair Trade in the Highlands and Islands—That the Parliament welcomes the visit of Mr Raymond Kimaro of the Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union to Scotland to conduct a tour of the Highlands and Islands promoting fair trade; notes that Mr Kimaro is a world authority in the fair trade movement, having been Chairman of Café Direct and Africa Representative to the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation; welcomes his recent visit to address the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Fair Trade; looks forward to his visits to Oban, Iona, Skye, Wick, Thurso and Orkney before attending the first Scottish local authority fair trade conference and Scottish Fair Trade Forum AGM in Inverness; believes that fair trade products are a vital tool in eradicating global poverty and promoting a fair and just global trading system by ensuring that producers earn a fair wage, that production methods protect the environment, that child labour is not used and that female producers are treated equally; notes that in the United Kingdom sales of fair trade-branded goods in 2009 grew by 14% to £800 million, demonstrating the public support for this worthwhile movement, and calls on all public bodies in the Highlands and Islands and throughout Scotland to play their part by switching to fair trade products as soon as is practical.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, James Kelly*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*, Stuart McMillan*, Elaine Smith*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-6547 Jack McConnell: Diana Awards—That the Parliament congratulates all of the winners at the 2010 Diana Awards, which recognise and support young people who have made an outstanding and selfless contribution to their communities and have inspired the lives of others; welcomes in particular the awards to James Keane from Clyde Valley High School and the Peer Tutors from Coltness High School, both in North Lanarkshire, and notes the exceptional commitment and enthusiasm that they have shown in their schools.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-6546 Jack McConnell: St Brendan’s Primary School, Eco-schools Status—That the Parliament congratulates St Brendan’s Primary School, Motherwell, on the award of its fourth and final Eco-school’s flag and its achievement of permanent Eco-school status; notes that St Brendan’s has made a commitment to continually improve its environmental performance and has raised awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues through activities linked to curricular areas, and wishes the members of the school community well in these aims.

S3M-6545 Kenneth Gibson: Citizens Advice Scotland—That the Parliament commends the ongoing and vital work carried out by Citizens Advice Scotland, which has provided impartial and expert advice on a variety of subject matters for over 70 years; considers that the work of the Citizens Advice Bureau is perhaps more important than ever before as a large number of people seek information and help regarding financial matters including handling debts, tax returns, benefit claims and repossessions during this time of economic difficulty; acknowledges that approximately 80% of Citizens Advice staff are volunteers who would cost over £6 million every year if they were to receive a wage, and recognises that clients and members of the public view the Citizens Advice Bureau as an excellent service, with 98% saying that they trusted the service and 97% praising the service for helping people get fair treatment.

Supported by: John Wilson, Alasdair Allan, Willie Coffey, Hugh O’Donnell, Liam McArthur, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Mike Pringle, Anne McLaughlin, Jackie Baillie, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, Alison McInnes, Maureen Watt, Mary Scanlon, Robert Brown*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Stuart McMillan*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-6544 Liam McArthur: Scottish Hockey Threat to Island Teams—That the Parliament condemns the proposal to be put to the Scottish Hockey Union AGM scheduled for 12 June 2010 that would impose a rule on all National League matches requiring them to be played on the Scottish mainland unless both teams agree otherwise; believes that such a move would discriminate against island-based teams that already take on and accept the need to travel off their islands for 50% of their games; considers that such a rule would undermine the credibility of the Scottish Hockey Union as a national organisation in receipt of national funding, and urges the Scottish Hockey Union to reject the proposal and commit itself to being a genuine Scottish body, treating all players and teams the same, regardless of where in Scotland they are based.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Peter Peacock, Alasdair Allan, Mike Pringle, Tavish Scott, Hugh O’Donnell, Mr Frank McAveety, Ross Finnie, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6543 Bill Kidd: Lib Dems Nuclear Self-destruction—That the Parliament expresses disappointment at the decision by the Liberal Democrat Party to vote against an amendment to the strategic defence and security review, which would have seen the Trident nuclear weapons system included in it; notes that The Coalition: our programme for government published by the UK Government explicitly stated that "the renewal of Trident should be scrutinised to ensure value for money" and that "the Liberal Democrats will continue to make the case for alternatives"; further notes that the Scottish Parliament voted against a replacement for Trident, and believes that any meaningful debate on the future of defence needs and expenditure should include a review of the need for the Trident nuclear weapons system.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Bill Butler, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Willie Coffey, Bill Wilson, Anne McLaughlin, Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick*, Ian McKee*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-6542 Gil Paterson: 25th Anniversary of the Scottish Cot Death Trust—That the Parliament puts on record its thanks to the Scottish Cot Death Trust for the work that it has carried out over the past 25 years in supporting families in the west of Scotland and beyond who have lost babies to sudden infant death syndrome (cot death); notes that, despite the reduction in cot deaths in the 25 years since the trust’s formation, 1,510 babies have died in Scotland from cot death and that Scotland continues to lose one baby every nine days to it; wishes to pay tribute to the trust on its 25th anniversary, and acknowledges the reduction of cot deaths brought about by the trust’s effective work.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Brian Adam*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Stewart Maxwell*, Christine Grahame*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-6541 John Lamont: Borders Common Ridings—That the Parliament recognises the cultural and historic importance of the 11 common ridings and festivals across the Scottish Borders, including those at Hawick, Jedburgh, Selkirk, Yetholm, Kelso, Duns and Coldstream; notes both the rich traditions of these events, dating back to the 16th century and also their modern-day value in bringing communities together; further congratulates this year’s principals on their appointment, and wishes organisers and participants every success and enjoyment during the festivities of 2010.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh Henry*, Jackson Carlaw*, Murdo Fraser*, Derek Brownlee*, Bill Aitken*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Mary Scanlon*, Karen Gillon*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Hume*, Robin Harper*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Margaret Mitchell*, Elizabeth Smith*

S3M-6540 Kenneth Gibson: Achieving Smoke-free Mental Health Services in Scotland—That the Parliament believes that action should be taken to bring NHS mental health facilities into line with other NHS premises concerning smoking in the grounds; believes that the no smoking policy on NHS premises sends out a positive lifestyle message and helps protect patients, staff and visitors from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke; agrees that mental health facilities should also adopt such a policy, considering that they are currently exempt from doing so; notes with concern that smoking rates are higher among people with mental health issues in comparison with the general population; acknowledges that people with mental health issues are more likely to smoke heavily, and recognises that recent trials have proven that such policies have been introduced successfully with little or no negative impact and that fears over patient behaviour and increased aggression were not justified.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-6539 Bill Kidd: Welfare Reform and Means-testing of DLA—That the Parliament notes that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has stated in his speech, Welfare for the 21st Century, that "… for some people, the move from welfare into work means they face losing more than 95 pence for every additional £1 they earn. As a result, the poor are in effect being taxed at an effective rate that far exceeds the wealthy."; is of the firm opinion that, while welcoming any reduction in taxation or benefit withdrawal rate on poor people, it should not be funded by a reduction in other benefits; believes in particular that Disability Living Allowance (DLA) should not be made means-tested, as was suggested in the paper, Dynamic Benefits, in its proposal for a Universal Life Credit, which "would be a simple means-tested benefit that provides additional income to those on low or no earnings. It would replace Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Disability Living Allowance", and is of the view that DLA is a benefit that all people who meet the relevant disability criteria should be allowed to continue receiving.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, John Wilson*, Aileen Campbell*, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*, Brian Adam*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-6538 Angela Constance: Congratulations on the 40th Anniversary Exhibition of the Livingston Art Association, 1970 to 2010—That the Parliament extends its best wishes to the Livingston Art Association, which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year; wishes it well with its celebratory exhibition; commends the commitment of the association to bringing art in all its forms into the community, and congratulates Jess Rogerson who submitted the winning painting, Scottish WildCat.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-6537 Elaine Smith: Support Gary’s Challenge—That the Parliament congratulates Gary Wilson, a young man with autism, who is challenging himself to walk from Coatbridge to Aberdeen in order to raise funds to support Cornerstone’s services in the West of Scotland; notes that Gary and his two carers aim to walk 141 miles in just seven days in order to prove that he personally can achieve great things and to raise awareness of the work carried out by the charity; recognises the fantastic work undertaken by Cornerstone throughout Scotland in providing care and support to enable disabled people and people with other support needs to enjoy a valued life, and wishes Gary all the best for his forthcoming challenge.

Supported by: James Kelly, Bill Butler, Willie Coffey, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Bob Doris, Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Ian McKee, Patricia Ferguson, Robin Harper, David Whitton, Karen Whitefield, Hugh O’Donnell, Paul Martin, Jim Hume, George Foulkes, Nigel Don, Trish Godman, Christina McKelvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Cathie Craigie, Aileen Campbell, Anne McLaughlin, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-6536 Claire Baker: Glenrothes Teenagers Win St Andrews Awards for Exceptional Bravery—That the Parliament congratulates the Glenrothes teenagers, Riah Holland and Kirsten Elder, on winning a St Andrews Award for exceptional bravery at the first annual Brave@Heart Awards; commends their heroism in coming to the aid of a woman who was in severe distress and praises their quick thinking, bravery and awareness in a frightening situation; is delighted that their incredible courage at such a young age has been recognised in this way, and congratulates all the nominees and winners of the Brave@Heart Awards 2010.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, David Whitton, Christine Grahame, John Park, Elaine Smith, Christina McKelvie, Elizabeth Smith, James Kelly, Cathy Jamieson, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Anne McLaughlin, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson

S3M-6535 Bill Butler: Refugee Week 2010—That the Parliament notes that 14 to 20 June is Refugee Week 2010; congratulates the Scottish Refugee Council for co-ordinating a wonderfully diverse range of events across mainstream arts and cultural organisations along with a wide variety of community celebrations, and considers that, after fleeing persecution and making difficult and often dangerous journeys to Scotland, it is important that people seeking asylum are welcomed, treated fairly and feel safe from the day that they arrive and throughout their stay and that those recognised as refugees under the 1951 UN convention are helped to rebuild their lives and make a full contribution to Scotland’s future.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie*, Johann Lamont*, Cathy Peattie*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, James Kelly*, Ken Macintosh*, Christine Grahame*, Mike Pringle*, Brian Adam*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Karen Whitefield*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Rhona Brankin*, Elaine Smith*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-6534 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Funding Cuts by Department for International Development—That the Parliament expresses grave concern at the decision by the Department for International Development to withdraw funding from a number of awareness-raising projects, including Scotdec’s First Steps to Lasting Change project; notes that the decision to withdraw Scotdec’s funding was taken just two days after the new Secretary of State for International Development was appointed and just one year into a three-year project; condemns the making of important funding decisions without an evaluation of affected projects and in such a short time frame, and calls on the Secretary of State to reconsider his decision.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Sarah Boyack, Anne McLaughlin, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Willie Coffey*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6533 David Whitton: Kirkintilloch Walkers are Welcome—That the Parliament congratulates Penny Sinclair for single-handedly winning Kirkintilloch’s recognition as one of the 45Walkers are Welcome towns thus far in the United Kingdom; notes that Penny collected over 600 signatures of support from the community, got the backing of East Dunbartonshire Council and formed a steering group to drive the scheme forward, and considers that, with the canal, the railway walkway, the Campsies and Campsie Glen in and around Kirkintilloch, recognition as a Walkers are Welcome town will increase visitor numbers and encourage locals to take advantage of the scenery on their doorstep.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Helen Eadie, Des McNulty, John Wilson, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey, Trish Godman, Sarah Boyack, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-6532 Mary Scanlon: Carers and Young Carers in Remote and Rural Areas—That the Parliament acknowledges during Carers Week, from 14 to 20 June 2010, the specific needs of carers and young carers in rural and remote areas; acknowledges the work done by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Connecting Carers, the Moray Carers Project and other carers centres across rural Scotland in reducing isolation and enabling carers to have a life of their own and connect with other carers; further acknowledges the work that these centres do in helping young carers access the support that they need to achieve and move on successfully into adult life, and notes that it is believed that these services will face significant funding challenges now and in future, despite the invaluable contribution that carers make and the lifeline services that carers centres and projects provide to 50,000 carers and young carers across Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack

S3M-6530 Patricia Ferguson: 25 Years of Fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care—That the Parliament recognises the 25 years of fundraising undertaken by Robert Hetherington of Milton, Glasgow, on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care; congratulates Mr Hetherington on his part in raising many thousands of pounds for the charity and for his selfless volunteering efforts on its behalf; acknowledges the important contribution that the funds will have made in assisting the Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow to continue to provide expert care and a better quality of life for patients with cancer and other illnesses from its new facilities in the north of Glasgow, and wishes Mr Hetherington well in his future fundraising activity.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-6529 Anne McLaughlin: Congratulations Awaz FM—That the Parliament congratulates the 50 volunteers at Awaz FM, whose ages range from 11 to 65, on receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; notes that this award is recognised as the MBE for volunteer groups; further notes that Awaz was one of the first community radio stations in the United Kingdom to win a broadcasting licence; recognises that the station serves Glasgow’s Asian and African community in delivering entertainment, community information and news in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Swahili and English; commends the work that has been done to attract more than 200,000 listeners per week, and wishes all the staff and volunteers at Awaz FM every success for the future.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Willie Coffey, Bob Doris*

S3M-6522 Ross Finnie: Support Foster Parent Drive—That the Parliament supports the campaign by Renfrewshire Council to encourage more people to become foster carers and adoptive parents, and welcomes the council’s aim of finding new homes for as many as 200 children and young people, many of whom have had a difficult upbringing and are in need a safe, stable and loving environment to call home.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Ian McKee, David Whitton, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Jim Hume, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Stewart Maxwell, Jackie Baillie, Anne McLaughlin, Hugh Henry

S3M-6521 Aileen Campbell: Rural Priority Funding for the Clyde Valley and New Lanark—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of nearly £3 million of rural priority funding for the Clyde Valley area, supporting 26 individual projects; notes in particular the award of £655,000 to the New Lanark Trust to carry out urgent repairs to a 200-year-old retaining wall at the New Lanark World Heritage Site, and congratulates all those involved in preparing the bid for this funding, which will help safeguard the site as a major tourist destination, help protect its world heritage status and create 20 new jobs for the restoration in addition to protecting the 220 jobs already on site.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Jim Hume, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-6520 Brian Adam: Oldmachar Academy, Winners of Diana Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Jordan Taylor of Oldmachar Academy, Aberdeen, on receiving the Diana Award and the S6 Charities Group and S6 National Progression Award students, also of Oldmachar Academy, on receiving the Certificate of Excellence for helping to inspire the lives of others; notes that Jordan Taylor has been the manager of the school’s S1 football team that won the Green Final Trophy, in which position he provided a positive role model for other pupils; notes that the S6 Charities Group has raised over £3,000 for charities, engaging the whole school in fundraising efforts including a highly successful Oldmachar Does Strictly for Children in Need; further notes that the Progression Award students who, inspired by their early education and childcare studies, took part in a community involvement placement and worked in the Oldmachar After School Club.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Alasdair Allan, Nigel Don, Alex Johnstone, Bob Doris, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, Karen Whitefield, Maureen Watt, Angela Constance, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Alison McInnes

S3M-6519 Ms Wendy Alexander: Citizens Advice Scotland’s report, Fully Charged—That the Parliament notes Citizens Advice Scotland’s most recent report, Fully Charged, which raises concerns about the continuing effects of what is considered to be unfair and disproportionate overdraft charges on vulnerable and low-income people; notes evidence from Citizens Advice Bureaux across Scotland showing that charges impact disproportionately on those least able to cope with them; believes that many people in Scotland receive high bank charges arising from situations over which they have little control; further believes that banks are failing to help customers in financial difficulty despite receiving taxpayer support, and urges the Scottish and UK governments and the banks to work toward ending unfair charges that affect millions of customers.

Supported by: David Whitton, Helen Eadie, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, James Kelly, Patrick Harvie, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Dr Richard Simpson, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Cathy Jamieson, Bill Butler, Joe FitzPatrick, Rhona Brankin, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Robert Brown, Marilyn Livingstone, Willie Coffey*

S3M-6518 Elaine Smith: Additional Support for Breastfeeding—That the Parliament notes that National Breastfeeding Awareness Week takes place on a new date this year and is scheduled to run from 21 to 27 June 2010, with a number of events being held across Scotland and by NHS Lanarkshire; acknowledges the beneficial impact of breastfeeding on the health and wellbeing of mother and child; recognises that mothers who receive additional support are more likely to breastfeed for longer, bringing greater and more prolonged health benefits; believes that new mothers should be afforded the opportunity of a longer hospital stay to ensure that breastfeeding is established with nursing support; considers that the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 is an excellent tool for protecting the child’s right to be breastfed in public places free from harassment and has led to an empowermentof mothers to be confident in public feeding; notes with concern, however, that the latest statistics from NHS Scotland show that younger mothers who live in the most deprived areas are the least likely to breastfeed their babies; acknowledges, therefore, that this is a clear area of social exclusion, and believes that the Scottish Government should promote materials aimed specifically at supporting young mothers in areas of particular socio-economic disadvantage.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, David Whitton, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Helen Eadie, James Kelly, Hugh O’Donnell, Patrick Harvie, Mary Mulligan, Marlyn Glen, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone, Alison McInnes

S3M-6516 Stuart McMillan: East Dunbartonshire Council Sign up to the National Charter of Rights on Dementia—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement from East Dunbartonshire Council to sign up to the National Charter of Rights on Dementia; recognises that dementia affects one in 20 people over 65 years old, and one in three over the age of 90; also notes that it has been estimated that the number of people over 75 in East Dunbartonshire is expected to increase by 35% by 2014 and by 70% by 2024, heightening concern about dementia in the area; notes the severity of the impact of this illness, which costs an estimated £1.7 billion per year, and further notes with encouragement the Scottish Government’s dementia strategy launched on 1 June 2010, which is committed to improve support after diagnosis and hospital care for those with dementia.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Irene Oldfather, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey*

S3M-6515 Robin Harper: Young Carers in Scotland—That the Parliament, during Carers Week 2010, acknowledges the contribution made by Scotland’s 100,000 young carers in providing support to family members who are disabled, ill, frail or affected by drugs and alcohol misuse and commends the work of young carers projects across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scotland as they provide both the time and space to enable young carers to be children first and the support needed to help them achieve their full personal and academic potential in increasingly challenging economic circumstances.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Bill Butler, Michael McMahon, Ken Macintosh, Bob Doris, Trish Godman, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, David Whitton, Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Jim Hume, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Mary Scanlon, Joe FitzPatrick, Nanette Milne, Cathy Jamieson, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Aileen Campbell, Anne McLaughlin, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Peattie, Alison McInnes, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-6514 Margaret Curran: Congratulations to GESH—That the Parliament congratulates the Greater Easterhouse Supporting Hands (GESH) charity for winning first prize in the Communities category in the first-ever Scottish Community Service Awards ceremony in Glasgow on 24 May 2010; notes that the Scottish Community Service Awards have been designed to commemorate and showcase the best community service projects in place across Scotland and to recognise how these projects help to address the behaviour of repeat offenders; acknowledges that GESH has worked with the community services in Easterhouse for over 20 years and has been at the centre of community projects that have helped young offenders turn their lives around with involvement in community painting and cleaning projects throughout Easterhouse, and wishes GESH well as it plans to expand its programme to involve the wider community of Easterhouse, including older people and other local voluntary groups in the east end of Glasgow.

Supported by: Johann Lamont, Mr Frank McAveety, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Des McNulty, Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, Hugh Henry, Sarah Boyack, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-6513 Alex Neil: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon

S3M-6512 Adam Ingram: Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Michael Russell

S3M-6510 Hugh Henry: Bonus Payment to Outgoing Royal Mail Chief Adam Crozier—That the Parliament notes with concern the £2.5 million paid to the outgoing chief executive of Royal Mail in his final year; believes that such payments in the current financial climate are an insult to Royal Mail staff and customers; further believes that steps should be taken to avoid such excessive payments in future, and hopes that Adam Crozier will waive his right to a bonus payment.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Cathy Peattie, Patrick Harvie, John Park, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Mr Frank McAveety, Pauline McNeill, David Whitton, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Marlyn Glen, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Stuart McMillan, Anne McLaughlin, George Foulkes, Helen Eadie, Jamie Hepburn, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-6509 Elaine Smith: Increased Awareness of Duchenne Stems from Sunflower Day—That the Parliament congratulates St Patrick’s Primary School in Coatbridge on its promotion of the awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy; notes that, on Friday 18 June 2010, pupils in the infant department will wear yellow and participate in a sunflower competition in order to raise money for the charity, Action Duchenne; recognises that Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a debilitating condition that causes muscle weakness, mainly in young boys, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that people with the condition are afforded the highest standard of care throughout Scotland, regardless of their postcode.

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Hugh O’Donnell, Mary Mulligan, Marlyn Glen, Karen Gillon, Dr Richard Simpson, Patricia Ferguson, Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, Rhona Brankin, Jamie Hepburn, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-6488.1 Bill Butler: Shelter Scotland Tayside Housing and Money Advice Line—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6488) in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, insert at end "but regrets what it considers the shortsighted and contradictory decision by the Scottish Government to cut £2.5 million from its Achieving our Potential budget, the objective of which is to provide housing, legal, money and debt advice to some of the most vulnerable people across Scotland; considers that this cut will hamper that objective; notes that this budget reduction was revealed in a written parliamentary answer, and would welcome an explanation from the Minister for Housing and Communities with regard to this decision."

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Helen Eadie, Karen Whitefield, Karen Gillon, George Foulkes, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, Michael McMahon, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Smith, Dr Richard Simpson, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-6200# Margaret Mitchell: SAVI East Kilbride—That the Parliament congratulates the Sexual Assault Victims Initiative (SAVI), based in East Kilbride, on its official launch last month and the launch of its 2010 There for Them campaign, which aims to raise funds to help establish a 24-hour phone line and to cover the organisational costs of the charity; recognises the work of the charity, which aims to help victims of sexual assault by providing one-to-one support for victims and their families, acts as a source of legal, medical and psychological information to help victims and families through the prosecution process and offers relaxation and coping techniques to victims of sexual abuse; commends the efforts of the volunteers who work for the charity, and notes the particular effort of one volunteer, Dougie, who will have run over 1,287 miles by the end of this year as he runs three times a week through East Kilbride with his There for Them flag as part of the fund-raising efforts and to raise awareness of the campaign.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani

S3M-6195# Pauline McNeill: Securing the Future of Glasgow’s Subway—That the Parliament welcomes Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s decision to go ahead with its modernisation plan; recognises the important role that the subway plays in Glasgow’s transport infrastructure and its significance to Scotland, carrying an estimated 14 million passengers annually; notes that this will be the first major investment project for the service since the 1970s, and hopes that the proposals receive the support that they need to go ahead and that the modernisation keeps Glasgow moving into the future.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, James Kelly, Robin Harper, Margaret Curran, Charlie Gordon, Rhona Brankin, Karen Whitefield, Michael McMahon, Bill Butler, Robert Brown, Marlyn Glen, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Ms Wendy Alexander, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Sarah Boyack, Ken Macintosh, Gil Paterson

S3M-6161 John Swinney: Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Children’s Hearings (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.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6499 Armed Forces Day (lodged on 3 June 2010) Liam McArthur*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-6467 Welcoming the First-ever National Strategy to Tackle Dementia in Scotland (lodged on 1 June 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6445 Release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga (lodged on 1 June 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6429# Carers Week 2010, A Life of Their Own (lodged on 27 May 2010) Robert Brown*

S3M-6356 National Myeloma Awareness Week 2010 (lodged on 19 May 2010) Liam McArthur*

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