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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5652 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Congratulations to Greenpeace—That the Parliament congratulates Greenpeace on its recent blockade of a Trident nuclear submarine at its base at Faslane; considers that Tony Blair is pushing through the replacement of Trident, an immoral, illegal and unnecessary weapon, against the wishes of the majority of the British people; acknowledges that its replacement will pose a threat to the security of the world, both by the possibility of it being used and by encouraging other countries to maintain or develop their own nuclear weapons, and calls on the Scottish Executive to stand up for the people of Scotland and the world and put pressure on Tony Blair to scrap the Trident replacement.

*S2M-5651 Patrick Harvie: Living Streets—That the Parliament welcomes the Manifesto for Scottish Streets 2007, produced by Living Streets, a charity which campaigns for better streets and public spaces for people on foot; recognises that getting more people walking will help address climate change through reduced car use, tackle obesity, reduce congestion and air and noise pollution, reduce deaths and injuries on the road and involve communities in their local area, thereby improving social cohesion, and urges the Scottish Executive and local authorities to address concerns that people have with their streets which are preventing them from feeling safe walking in their communities.

*S2M-5650 Tommy Sheridan: Equal Prize Money for Women at Wimbledon—That the Parliament congratulates the All England Club for deciding to offer equal prize money across the board to both men and women players in the Wimbledon Championships with effect from the 2007 championships; applauds male and female tennis players for the positive role models that they offer to young people in terms of health and fitness; appreciates that the major contribution made by the women players at Wimbledon is at last being recognised, and calls on all other tennis championships to follow suit.

*S2M-5649 Campbell Martin: Condemnation of North Ayrshire Council—That the Parliament condemns the actions of New Labour-controlled North Ayrshire Council in seeking to introduce a new pay and grading system that will result in around 14% of the workforce facing a three-year wage freeze followed by a pay cut; notes that the council cites meeting equal pay obligations in an attempt to justify its actions but considers that local authorities, as employers, have known of their equal rights obligations for a number of years and should not have been paying women less than their male counterparts in the first place; believes that many North Ayrshire Council workers are being made to pay for the incompetence of the New Labour administration of the council, and calls on North Ayrshire Council to seek an alternative option that does not result in workers being made poorer as a result of the actions of incompetent New Labour councillors.

*S2M-5648 Bruce Crawford: Shop Locally - Use it or Lose it Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the "Shop Locally - use it or lose it" campaign, launched in Alloa by the Forth Valley branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which aims to encourage the use of local shops, protect existing jobs and safeguard the vitality of the community; notes with concern the FSB Scotland report, Effect of Supermarkets on Existing Retailers, which found that as many as 80% of shoppers now do most of their food shopping in a new supermarket and revealed that between 2002 and 2004 Alloa dropped from 550th to 829th place in the Management Horizons Europe (MHE) shopping index, and calls on the Scottish Executive and Scottish local authorities to do more to help Alloa High Street and dozens of similarly affected town centres across Scotland.

*S2M-5647 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Allowances and Expenses) Regulations 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Allowances and Expenses) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

S2M-5646 Christine Grahame: The Independent Republic of Kelso High School—That the Parliament notes the declaration of independence from Britain by Kelso High School in the Scottish Borders; endorses the new-found freedoms which independent republican Kelsonian pupils have discovered, and further recognises the right of people in Kelso and the rest of Scotland to independence in order that the voices of our nation are heard directly, reflecting our distinctive interests and contributions to the international community.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5645 Dennis Canavan: Groupcall Message Alert System for Parents of School Children—That the Parliament congratulates Falkirk Council on being the first local authority in the United Kingdom to introduce the Groupcall alert system in all its schools and urges other local authorities to follow Falkirk’s excellent example by introducing such a system which sends a message by text, phone or e-mail to parents if their children do not attend school.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Phil Gallie*, Cathy Peattie*, Robin Harper*, Michael Matheson*, Fiona Hyslop*, Brian Adam*, Stewart Stevenson*

S2M-5644 Murdo Fraser: Orange and Vodafone Working Together—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Orange and Vodafone intend to share their respective mobile phone radio access networks, which include their antennae and phone masts; believes that such a move will mean better service for customers of Orange and Vodafone; notes that the mutual working together of Orange and Vodafone will reduce the number of new phone masts required and allow for the possible removal of existing phone masts where there is unnecessary duplication between Orange’s and Vodafone’s coverage, and welcomes this joined up way of doing business as it benefits customers and the environment and reduces the pressure on Scotland’s landscape to accommodate phone masts.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Fergus Ewing, Phil Gallie*, Helen Eadie*, Robin Harper*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Mr David Davidson*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Murray Tosh*, Bill Aitken*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Dave Petrie*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-5643 Mr Charlie Gordon: Sale of Weir Pumps—That the Parliament deplores the surprise announcement by Weir Group plc to end over 130 years of world-class engineering by selling its pumps division to Sulzer AG, despite the division’s profitability and full order book, with the ultimate loss of 450 jobs but with no consultation with unions, Scottish Enterprise or local parliamentarians; notes that Weir Group plc has now reversed its previous commitment to relocate its pumps division to a new factory in the Glasgow area, thus rejecting assistance from Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise; further notes Weir Group plc’s rejection in 2004 of an offer of £2.5 million of Regional Selective Assistance to modernise its Cathcart plant; notes that Scottish Development International and Glasgow City Council have assisted Weir Group plc to access new markets in Russia; further notes that Weir Group plc’s secretiveness in this matter meant that other options with the potential to retain jobs, such as Clyde Blowers Ltd’s expressed interest in acquiring Weir Pumps, were not properly considered, and believes that Weir Group plc’s conduct in this matter falls well short of acceptable standards of corporate social responsibility.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie*, Karen Gillon*, Bill Butler*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Michael McMahon*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Janis Hughes*

S2M-5642 Ms Rosemary Byrne: A Call for True Transparency—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of information on the parliamentary pay and allowances for MSPs as an example of the open and democratic transparency essential in today’s modern Parliament; regrets however the way in which these figures are presented as they do not allow for different staffing arrangements such as "pooling"; recognises that this lack of clarity can mislead the public as to the amount of the expenditure incurred by individual MSPs, rather than monies spent on essential staffing costs, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to separate staffing costs from MSPs’ allowances and thus to present these figures in a truly open and transparent manner that identifies MSPs’ spending.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane

S2M-5641 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2007—That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5640 Tommy Sheridan: Recognition of RMT Strike - Recognition of Workplace Agreements—That the Parliament welcomes the 70% vote in favour of strike action by signaller members of the RMT union; considers that the breakdown in industrial relations centres on the failure of Network Rail to honour the spirit and intention of the signallers’ 35 hour week agreement and that management have abused the rostering agreements and have continued carrying out Cognisco testing in signal boxes, despite a commitment not to do so; recognises that throughout this situation the union and its members have been, and continue to be, available to talk to the management to resolve these issues; believes that RMT members should not be forced to resort to such action and that Network Rail should enter into meaningful negotiations concerning all the many issues at the heart of this dispute and seek to reach agreement with the RMT, and calls on all elected members to exert the strongest pressure on Network Rail to talk to the RMT and to resolve this dispute by honouring the spirit and intention of all workplace agreements with the signallers.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Colin Fox

S2M-5639 Mark Ballard: Fairtrade Fortnight 2007—That the Parliament recognises Fairtrade Fortnight 2007, which will run from 26 February to 11 March 2007; considers that the fair trade movement has already made a huge and positive difference to the lives of many thousands of workers in poorer countries; welcomes the progress made by members of the fair trade movement towards establishing Scotland as a fair trade nation, including organising the Fair Trade Scotland Conference in Perth on 27 January 2007; agrees with delegates at the conference that a fair trade Scotland must be committed to fairer global trade rules and to the fair treatment of Scottish producers, as well as to the Fairtrade standard; congratulates Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) and the university itself on their contributions to building fair trade in Scotland; notes that one million cups of Fairtrade coffee alone are drunk in EUSA venues each year; calls on MSPs and the public to support Fairtrade Fortnight and its events, including the University of Edinburgh’s Fairtrade Open Day, which is to be held in the university’s Appleton Tower on 8 March 2007 from 10 am to 4 pm, and further congratulates Uphall on its award of Fairtrade Town status, joining Edinburgh, Linlithgow and Livingston in the Lothian region in having Fairtrade accreditation.

S2M-5638 Shiona Baird: Lights Out for Incandescents Down Under—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement by the Australian Government that incandescent light bulbs will not meet mandatory energy efficiency standards after 2010 and notes that this measure will result in a reduction in Australian greenhouse gas emissions of four million tonnes per year by 2015; notes that not only do compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use roughly one-fifth of the energy of a traditional incandescent bulb for a similar light output but that they also last several times longer, leading to significant cost savings from the use of CFLs; believes that the phasing out of inefficient light bulbs is just one step along a path towards maximum energy efficiency in all sectors within Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to do everything in its power to ensure that all energy consumed in Scotland is used as efficiently as possible.

S2M-5637♦ Jackie Baillie: Changing Places—That the Parliament recognises that around 3,500 people in Scotland with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as many thousands of other disabled people, cannot use standard accessible toilets and require public toilets with enough space for disabled people and their carers along with the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist; notes the positive examples of facilities in the Meadow Centre in Dumbarton and in the Vale of Leven leisure centre; supports the Changing Places Campaign, launched by the Changing Places Consortium of MENCAP, PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society), Dumfries and Galloway Council, Nottingham City Council, the Valuing People Support Team and the Scottish Executive’s "Same As You" team, which is calling for more of these toilets to be installed in public places to enable disabled people and their carers to be active citizens, and notes that the Cross Party Group on Learning Disability welcomes all efforts, including those of the Parliament, to ensure that provision is made for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

S2M-5636 Donald Gorrie: False Birthday Card Scam—That the Parliament is concerned that the methods used by the promoters of schemes to induce the public to apply for alleged free gifts, usually involving expensive phone calls, have reached a new low of sending individuals convincing-looking birthday cards with around eight to 10 apparently hand-written good wishes and signatures on one inside page and a promotion for the alleged free gifts, linked to repeated birthday wishes, on the other; urges promoters to give up such a deceitful way of securing more customers, and asks relevant regulatory bodies to press the promoters to give it up.

Supported by: Rosie Kane, Helen Eadie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Eleanor Scott

S2M-5635 Irene Oldfather: Donaldson’s College—That the Parliament welcomes the presence of Donaldson’s College in Holyrood on Thursday 22 February 2007; recognises the work of Donaldson’s College in providing specialist education and support to children and young people who are either deaf or who have communication difficulties, and wishes the college well with its move to new bespoke premises in Linlithgow, allowing it to continue to provide such services to a wider catchment of students and to enhance its reputation as a leader in bilingual education.

S2M-5634 Mrs Nanette Milne: Congratulations to CRANES, Aberdeen—That the Parliament congratulates the CRANES (Cancer Research Aberdeen and North East Scotland) charity on raising over £100,000 towards a two-year study into the benefits of eating berries, dried fruit and fish to fight cancer; notes that the north east has the highest level of bowel cancer in the United Kingdom, and further notes that the study will allow the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with researchers from the Rowett Research Institute, to carry out an in-depth study.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Brian Adam, Mr David Davidson, Shiona Baird, Tommy Sheridan, Mike Rumbles, Eleanor Scott, Helen Eadie, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ms Maureen Watt, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Bill Aitken

S2M-5633 Iain Smith: Switching to Energy-Saving Light Bulbs—That the Parliament notes that the Australian government has announced plans to phase out the sale of incandescent light bulbs in favour of fluorescent energy-saving bulbs; further notes that it is estimated that this measure will reduce household lighting bills by 66% and reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by four million tonnes by 2015; notes the provision of free energy-efficient light bulbs for some low-income groups as part of the Scottish Executive’s Warm Deal programme and the availability of reduced-cost energy-saving bulbs from many utility companies; encourages all those who use incandescent light bulbs to switch to fluorescent energy-saving bulbs as part of the fight against climate change, and calls on the Executive to consider further ways to accelerate the full uptake of energy-saving light bulbs in Scotland.

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Mr Jim Wallace, Mike Pringle, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Mr Jamie Stone, Nora Radcliffe

S2M-5632 Cathy Jamieson: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5631 Hugh Henry: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Robert Brown

S2M-5630 Ross Finnie: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack

S2M-5629 Mr Tom McCabe: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: George Lyon

S2M-5628 Cathy Jamieson: Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5627 Chris Ballance: Dialogue on Tibet—That the Parliament urges the government of the People’s Republic of China and the representatives of Tibet’s government in exile, notwithstanding their differences on Tibet’s historical relationship with China, to continue their dialogue in a forward-looking manner that will lead to pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional framework and the territorial integrity of China and fulfil the aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous Tibet.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mike Pringle, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Rob Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Ms Maureen Watt, Brian Adam, Eleanor Scott, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Shiona Baird, Trish Godman, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Mark Ruskell

S2M-5626 Donald Gorrie on behalf of the Procedures Committee: Scottish Commission for Public Audit—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 10th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Scottish Commission for Public Audit and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from the day after the Parliament is dissolved at the end of the current session.

S2M-5625 Withdrawn

S2M-5624 Nicol Stephen: The Draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2007—That the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S2M-5623 Rhona Brankin: The Draft Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007—That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Des McNulty

S2M-5622 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5621 Ross Finnie: The Draft National Waste Management Plan for Scotland Regulations 2007—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft National Waste Management Plan for Scotland Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack

S2M-5620 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5619 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5618 Helen Eadie: Bus Connectivity in Scotland and the Competition Commission—That the Parliament congratulates all those organisations and individuals across Scotland involved in the efforts to ensure that the bus services grow into a co-ordinated, responsive service meeting the demands of an integrated public transport service; expresses profound concern that the Competition Commission has made a determination requiring divestment of the Megabus or Stagecoach services currently operated as a joint venture, created on 12 September 2005, to operate the Scottish services of Stagecoach’s and Motorvator and Braddell plc’s Scottish Citylink; observes that Stagecoach acquired 35% of the share capital of Scottish Citylink Limited in return for transferring certain rights to the Motorvator and operations in Scotland; notes that Braddell plc owns the remaining 65% of Citylink’s share capital with the joint venture operating services under the and Scottish Citylink brands, and is the leading provider of express coach services in Scotland; welcomes the fact that passenger numbers have risen year on year by 41% and notes that, after stripping out the impact of the concession scheme, growth is in the region of 25%; is disturbed that the commission’s plans may dismantle a high-quality, value-for-money and integrated network and replace it with a disintegrated collection of routes to the detriment of customers who rely on lifeline inter-city coach services; is concerned at the cost to the taxpayer of further inquiry and regrets that the issue is now presenting serious conflict in Scottish Executive transport policy; hopes that the Executive will make representations to the Competition Commission to seek a reversal of its decision that will seriously impact on the major efforts that are being made by relevant people and organisations in Scotland to produce bus services fit for the 21st century, and finally hopes that for all sectors where monopoly power is subject of Competition Commission rulings there will be equitable and fair treatment across all sectors.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Christine May, Murdo Fraser, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr John Swinney, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Maureen Watt

S2M-5616 Helen Eadie: Congratulations to the National Westminster Bank, Powergen, the AA, Esure and SAGA—That the Parliament congratulates and commends the National Westminster Bank which now guarantees that its customers will speak to call centre staff in Barnsley or Cardiff rather than to an overseas call point; further notes that in recent months a number of big British organisations have announced that they are bringing call centres back to the United Kingdom, including Powergen and the AA, with the Executive Chairman of Esure, Peter Wood, reportedly suggesting that the trend for outsourcing is doomed as companies in the UK are recognising that the front-line agents of their companies need to provide quality, not quantity, of calls answered; particularly congratulates companies such as Saga, an insurance and over-50s holiday company, that have stuck to a policy of keeping their business operations in the UK, and finally, on behalf of the people of Scotland, hopes that all businesses and public agencies in Scotland will review their call centre operations and address another area of serious customer frustration, namely that they make a clear commitment that every customer or caller has the option of being able to speak to a company representative live in the event of press button options failing to address the concern of the caller.

Supported by: Christine May, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Phil Gallie, Mr Jamie Stone, Nora Radcliffe

S2M-5615 Helen Eadie: They Suffered So That We Might Vote—That the Parliament commemorates and celebrates the struggles of 14 February 1907, a century ago, when a record number of 57 suffragettes, plus two men, appeared in court following bitter clashes that lasted for more than five hours between the suffragettes and police officers, many on horseback; notes that the battle marked the then most ferocious battle in the women’s war for the right to vote; remembers, in particular, Christabel Pankhurst and all the other key personalities who fought for this vital democratic right; pays tribute to our friends in Finland, which became the first European country to give women the right to vote, and notes that, while campaigns waged in Britain and America, Finland saw women from all social classes sworn in as members of the Finnish Parliament; further remembers that Labour’s Keir Hardie’s Women’s Enfranchisement Bill was defeated on 8 March 1907; commends to every women today in Scotland, young and old, the memory that must not be forgotten of the grim, determined, ferocious struggle that it took for women to have the right to vote; hopes that women across Scotland will celebrate this precious right by making sure that they use their vote in the forthcoming elections, and notes that they also can now apply for a postal vote which enables them to vote easily, minimising any external pressures that might otherwise present barriers to their trip to the polling station.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Christine May, Christine Grahame, Eleanor Scott, Jackie Baillie, Mark Ballard, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Trish Godman, Bristow Muldoon, Rob Gibson, Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Elaine Smith*

S2M-5614# Helen Eadie: Lochgelly Welcomes Fife Women’s Technology Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Fife Women’s Technology Centre (FWTC) on winning the Scottish Adult Learning Partnership Community Participation Award for Sustainability in Edinburgh on 11 February 2007; further notes that the FWTC learned on 20 February that it has won the Scottish Health at Work Gold Award; warmly welcomes the announcement that Fife Council is enabling the relocation of the FWTC to Lochgelly from the end of 2007, and hopes that the FWTC will continue to go from strength to strength, enabling more young women to graduate to responsible positions in the world of information technology.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Mr Jamie Stone, Nora Radcliffe, Elaine Smith*

S2M-5611 Mrs Nanette Milne: Keith Bypass—That the Parliament supports the need for a Keith bypass; notes that the last Conservative UK Government had made provisions for a bypass for Keith but that these were shamefully dropped by the Lib-Lab pact in 1999; further notes that there are many positive benefits for the local people, the local economy and the environment of a Keith bypass, and calls on the Scottish Executive to include a bypass for Keith in any future investment priorities for the whole transport network in Scotland.

Supported by: Dave Petrie, Alex Johnstone, Mr David Davidson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Murdo Fraser, Ms Maureen Watt, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dr Jean Turner, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-5610 Helen Eadie: Dancing in the Dark by the Villagers of Steelend—That the Parliament expresses serious concerns that Scottish Power is continuing to fail the people of Steelend and nearby villages by failing to address their constant power cuts; is particularly concerned that the outages in Steelend last longer than the power cuts in other nearby villages; further notes that villagers in Steelend were left at Hogmanay to dance in the dark; is explicit in requiring public utilities to provide timely communications, advice and guidance to the public when challenged by emergency situations when vulnerable and frail individuals can be put at risk, and, while appreciating that Bruce Springsteen may have extolled the virtues of dancing in blackness, recognises and supports the folks of Steelend and other villagers across Scotland who resent their welfare being ignored.

S2M-5609# Helen Eadie: Unfair Annual Railway Season Ticket Charging Policy—That the Parliament deplores the incredible differential of £304 for an annual season ticket, representing the additional cost to rail passengers travelling from North Queensferry station to South Gyle station who pay £780 per annum, in contrast to annual season ticket holders from Dalmeny to South Gyle who pay £476 per annum; is concerned that this difference may relate to the Forth Bridge crossing between North Queensferry and Dalmeny stations and demands an urgent investigation by Scotrail into this apparent penalty on commuters from North Queensferry; hopes, however, for a much wider review of train fares from Fife to other parts of Scotland in the knowledge that Fifers still pay the highest rail fare per kilometre of any part of Scotland, and hopes that such a review will result in a lowering of rail fares in a bid to ensure that more commuters travel by rail.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-5606 Margaret Smith: Junior Chamber International—That the Parliament commends Junior Chamber International Edinburgh on its new enterprise programme for young entrepreneurs; supports the programme’s aim of helping to create more confident and successful new businesses in Edinburgh and the Lothians; recognises that our future is vested in our young people, and applauds this example of role models and leadership emerging from the peer group of our young achievers.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona Hyslop, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Jean Turner, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S2M-5605 Colin Fox: Congratulations to Craig Murray, New Rector of the University of Dundee—That the Parliament congratulates the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, on his election as the new rector of the University of Dundee; believes that Craig Murray’s election further shames Tony Blair, the British government and, in particular, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and that Craig was dismissed for refusing to cover up British complicity in horrific human rights abuses carried out by the Karimov regime in Tashkent; congratulates the students and staff at Dundee on having elected a man who has been at the forefront of exposing Britain’s double standards on the so-called "war on terror" and "war on drugs", and wishes Craig Murray every success in his new post.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-5604# Dennis Canavan: International Workers’ Memorial Day—That the Parliament recognises International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April and believes that there should be widespread recognition of it throughout Scotland to commemorate all the workers who have lost their lives in the course of their employment and to highlight the need to improve standards of health and safety at work.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Campbell Martin, Mr Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Dr Elaine Murray, Mark Ballard, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Shona Robison, Bill Butler, Phil Gallie, Rob Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Karen Gillon, Bristow Muldoon, John Swinburne, Malcolm Chisholm, Scott Barrie, Eleanor Scott, Colin Fox, Michael Matheson, Dr Jean Turner, Michael McMahon, Trish Godman, Carolyn Leckie

S2M-5525# Scott Barrie: Switch Off Energy Debt—That the Parliament expresses concern at the high level of energy debt in Scotland; notes from the most recent figures published by Ofgem that 343,617 customers in Dunfermline and elsewhere owe their energy supplier an average of £181; further notes that energy prices remain high, with Scottish consumers typically paying more than £1,000 per year for their gas and electricity; is concerned that, according to Ofgem, the number of disconnections from energy supply has risen by 285% between September 2005 and September 2006, and believes that all energy suppliers should take urgent action to address the burden of debt on Scotland’s most vulnerable households.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Margaret Jamieson, Christine May, Karen Gillon, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Peter Peacock, Maureen Macmillan, Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan, Patrick Harvie, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Pauline McNeill, Chris Ballance, Tricia Marwick, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Murray Tosh, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Trish Godman, Colin Fox, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Wendy Alexander, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Peattie, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jim Wallace, Dr Jean Turner, John Swinburne, Mr Jamie Stone, Karen Whitefield, Linda Fabiani, Michael McMahon

S2M-5305# Tricia Marwick: Tysabri for People with MS—That the Parliament deplores the decision by the Scottish Medicines Consortium not to recommend that Tysabri be prescribed to people with multiple sclerosis (MS); notes that, for a small number of those with the most aggressive form of relapsing-remitting MS for whom existing treatments do not work, Tysabri represents the only treatment available; believes that Tysabri has the potential to alleviate suffering for MS patients in Fife and across Scotland; notes that Tysabri is prescribed in Germany, Ireland and the United States of America but not in Scotland, which has the highest rate of MS in the world, and considers that NHS boards in Scotland should prescribe Tysabri which had been described by Dr Gavin Giovannoni, of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, as the most significant advance in MS treatment for nearly a decade.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, John Scott, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Richard Lochhead, Murray Tosh, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mr Adam Ingram, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Mr John Swinney, Eleanor Scott, John Swinburne, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Roseanna Cunningham

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5597 Diageo’s Proposal for New Malt Whisky Distillery in Moray (lodged on 15 February 2007) Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Jim Mather*, Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-5596# Celebrating Success (lodged on 14 February 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-5569 Investment in Building Affordable Rented Homes (lodged on 8 February 2007) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S2M-5563# ME Charities’ Response to DWP Guidance on ME/CFS (lodged on 7 February 2007) Mr John Swinney*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Bill Butler*, Mr Jamie Stone*, David McLetchie*, Eleanor Scott*, Robin Harper*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Murray Tosh*, Bill Aitken*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-5536 Impact of Pfizer’s Change of Wholesale Practice on Scottish Pharmacies (lodged on 2 February 2007) Mr Bruce McFee*

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