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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5726# Alasdair Morgan: Crichton Campus and the University of Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the work to develop an academic strategy for higher and further education in Dumfries and Galloway but, conscious that the failure of the University of Glasgow to recruit an intake of new undergraduates at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries this year may prejudge the outcome of that strategy, considers that the Scottish Executive should take all necessary steps to ensure that recruitment is resumed for the current year.

*S2M-5725# Karen Gillon: Malawi—That the Parliament welcomes the partnership that has been established between Scotland and Malawi and, in particular, the historic co-operation agreement signed by the Scottish Executive and the Government of Malawi; congratulates the wide range of schools, churches and civic organisations in Clydesdale that are involved in joint work with similar groups in Malawi, and believes that MSPs should sign up to the Scotland Malawi Partnership’s pledge in advance of the election to ensure that this mutually beneficial partnership continues.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Michael McMahon*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Cathy Jamieson*

S2M-5724 Shiona Baird: Real Nappy Week—That the Parliament welcomes the launch on Sunday 11 March 2007 of Real Nappy Week, an annual event to encourage the use of real nappies, to engage with parents and to enable them to make informed choices about the nappies that their babies use; congratulates, in addition to the coordinators of Real Nappy Week, the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), and the sponsors, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the many parents across Scotland who have chosen to use real washable nappies instead of disposables; notes that across the United Kingdom some eight million disposable nappies go to landfill each day, where they will remain for years, and that this represents a serious environmental issue as well as a waste of the resources used in the manufacture of the nappies; further notes therefore that, in addition to the financial savings of around £500 per child, there are also very significant environmental benefits to be gained through the use of real nappies instead of disposables, and calls on the Scottish Executive to increase the resources available to local authority-run real nappy voucher schemes and to encourage across Scotland the use of real nappies in the interests of parents and children now and in the future.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Elaine Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5723 Chris Ballance: Creative Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates this year’s winners of the Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Awards: Peter Arnott (Glasgow), Henry Coombes (Glasgow), Linda Cracknell (Aberfeldy, Perthshire), Jonathan Falla (Cupar, Fife), Kenny Hunter (Glasgow), John Maxwell Geddes (Glasgow), May Miles Thomas (Edinburgh), Tom Pow (Dumfries), Ross Sinclair (Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire) and Simon Yuill (Glasgow); recognises that Scotland’s artists were at the vanguard of the campaign for a Scottish Parliament, and celebrates the breadth and diversity of creative talent in Scotland today.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Rob Gibson*, Eleanor Scott*, Patrick Harvie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Dr Elaine Murray*

S2M-5722♦ Helen Eadie: Bid to Increase Financial Limits for Small Claims—That the Parliament welcomes the work of colleagues at Westminster who have ensured that there is pressure on the banking sector and commends the decision by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) last year to limit customer charges by credit card providers; notes recent developments taking place across the United Kingdom with regard to penalty charges being reclaimed by thousands of bank customers who continue to make successful claims; regrets that in very many cases constituents in Dunfermline and across Scotland are being compelled to take out claims in the sheriff courts to conclude their cases against their banks; expresses serious concern that the claims are adding considerable pressures to the workload of the sheriff courts; hopes that the Scottish Executive will urgently examine the pressure on Scotland’s sheriff courts and deliberate carefully on the fact that many constituents are being seriously disadvantaged by the fact that the court system, with the limits of £750 for small claims actions and £1,500 for summary cause actions, has prevented thousands of them legitimately reclaiming significant sums of money from the banks across Scotland which have made record profits in the last year; considers that the Executive should urgently revisit the decision to limit small claims to £750 and summary cause claims to £1,500, recognising that these limits have not changed for more than 10 years; believes that the Executive should reflect on the fact that, if it does not act without delay, it will actively prevent many claimants across Scotland from reclaiming money illegally taken from their accounts; hopes that the Executive will seek meetings with the OFT as a matter of urgency to ensure that in the preparation of the report on which the OFT is currently working it will address the concerns of constituents and the situation in respect of Scotland’s banks, and finally congratulates the Penalty Charges Forum, which has worked voluntarily, professionally and tirelessly to ensure that single parents, nurses, youth leaders, students and many others have returned to them some of the illegal charges which have been withdrawn from their bank accounts without their authorisation in the pursuit by banks to ruthlessly maximise their profits.

Supported by: Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*, John Home Robertson*

S2M-5721 Cathy Peattie: Future of the Digital Spectrum—That the Parliament notes the proposals for the disposal of the digital spectrum, largely by sale to the highest bidder, when it is released as a result of the cessation of analogue television; is concerned about the inadequacy of proposed safeguards regarding its future use; notes that, among the potential uses of this digital dividend, there are many which have significant implications for devolved issues, particularly for the cultural content of programming, for news coverage of Scottish current affairs, for Scottish creative industries and for other aspects of the Scottish economy; further notes that there is great potential for use of the digital spectrum at a more localised level, and believes that the digital dividend should be used to strengthen and extend the public service use of the spectrum by ensuring that capacity is reserved on digital multiplexes throughout Scotland to enable the growth of local and new Scottish television channels.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Trish Godman*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5720 Margaret Jamieson: Myasthenia Gravis Association—That the Parliament recognises the work that the Myasthenia Gravis Association does to raise awareness of myasthenia gravis, an auto immune disease which is characterised by fluctuating, sometimes fatal, muscle weakness and which, it is estimated, affects one in every 10,000 people in Scotland, and the work it does to raise the funds needed to support sufferers and fund research.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Alex Neil

S2M-5719 Brian Adam on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee: Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament—That the Parliament notes the 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 763) and agrees to its conclusions.

S2M-5718 Dr Jean Turner: Hospital Car Parking Charges - a Pay Cut for NHS Staff?—That the Parliament expresses great concern about the motives behind car parking charges for hospitals since they penalise NHS staff who have to use their cars to travel to work; notes that, for example, at the Southern General employees are charged double rates (£6 to £12) if they park for more than seven hours in a day; expresses concern that, because charges are only levied during the day, daytime employees will spend up to £2,700 per annum out of their salaries on parking, causing implications for recruitment, retention and morale of existing staff, and calls for the elimination of these charges, which equate to a pay cut for daytime staff only, and for a review of car parking charges for staff which are at present at variance throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Carolyn Leckie, Colin Fox, Phil Gallie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Campbell Martin, Brian Adam, Frances Curran, Ms Sandra White, Ms Maureen Watt, John Swinburne, Mr David Davidson, Alex Neil

S2M-5717 Dr Jean Turner: Congratulations to St Mary’s Nursery School, Kirkintilloch—That the Parliament congratulates the children and staff of St Mary’s Nursery School in Kirkintilloch for their recent attainment of an Eco Schools bronze award; notes the enthusiasm with which the children have become involved in recycling and caring for their environment, and wishes them well in their efforts to gain a silver award and then the coveted Green Flag.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Ms Maureen Watt, Alex Johnstone, Eleanor Scott, Murray Tosh, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Carolyn Leckie, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Chris Ballance

S2M-5716 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: Promoting Race Equality through Education—That the Parliament acknowledges that the number of non-white ethnic minority pupils in Scotland’s schools has risen by 5% over the last year and that the number of white non-UK pupils has risen by 16%; recognises that ethnic diversity is a fact of Scottish life and that our schools, colleges and universities can play a unique role in creating an equal Scotland where every person can make their fullest contribution to our future economic and social life; notes the Commission for Racial Equality’s manifesto for the next Scottish Parliament, which identifies a range of actions that can help to ensure that our education system delivers for every young person in Scotland, regardless of their ethnicity; considers that, in particular, anti-bullying initiatives should be measured to ensure that they effectively curb racist bullying in schools, more training and ongoing support should be given to education staff at all stages in their careers to enable them to combat more effectively racist incidents in schools and promote race equality and specific equalities education should be built into the national curriculum for excellence to empower young people from all ethnic backgrounds to understand and deal with racial discrimination, and is committed to addressing the racial inequalities that persist in every area of Scottish life and to establishing a Scotland in which every individual feels that they have an equal share.

S2M-5715# Mike Pringle: The Lack of Park-and-Ride in South Edinburgh—That the Parliament welcomes key public transport improvements being delivered by SEStran including bus priority measures, a bus tracker system and cycleway improvements, but is concerned that key schemes for three park-and-ride sites in south Edinburgh at Straiton, Sherrifhall and Lothianburn have yet to open and that the lack of park-and-ride sites in the south of the city is leading to increased commuter parking in residential streets, where residents’ parking is already made difficult by the extension of the controlled parking scheme.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-5714 Ms Maureen Watt: Mary Slessor Centenary—That the Parliament recognises that this year is the centenary of when the Scottish heroine, Mary Slessor, last set foot on Scottish soil; further recognises that Mary Slessor was born in Aberdeen and raised in poverty in Dundee, completed thirty years of missionary work in the Calabar region of Nigeria, including pioneering women’s rights, before returning to Dundee due to ill health in 1907, and returned to Calabar for a further eight years before her death in 1915 in Nigeria where she was accorded a state funeral, and also recognises the continuing work of the Mary Slessor Foundation which has already raised over £25,000 to continue humanitarian work in Okoyong, Nigeria.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Murdo Fraser, Christine Grahame, Phil Gallie, Rob Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Murray Tosh, Stewart Stevenson, Chris Ballance, Richard Baker, Tricia Marwick, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Eleanor Scott, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mr John Swinney, Trish Godman, Marlyn Glen, Mr Andrew Welsh, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dr Jean Turner, Shiona Baird, Mr David Davidson, Michael Matheson

S2M-5713 Ms Sandra White: Concerns over "Son of Star Wars"—That the Parliament expresses in the strongest possible terms its grave concern and condemnation of recently reported secret lobbying by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to have the US missile defence system known as "son of Star Wars" based in Britain, in light of the wide opposition in Scotland to the replacement of Trident and the intransigent position of the UK Government on this issue; believes that, as a peaceful nation, Scotland wishes to send a clear message to the rest of the world that it is fiercely opposed to these talks and the wider implications that any future "son of Star Wars" would have on world security, and urges the Scottish Executive to state its opposition to the "son of Star Wars" and allay any fears that people may have that this missile system could be based in Scotland by issuing an assurance that it will do everything in its power to ensure that this system will never be based in Scotland.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Chris Ballance, Mr Adam Ingram, Brian Adam, Richard Lochhead, Rob Gibson, Campbell Martin, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dr Jean Turner, Shiona Baird, Ms Maureen Watt*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5700 Alex Fergusson: Recognition of Kinship Carers—That the Parliament acknowledges the Scottish Executive’s recognition of the invaluable role of kinship carers by granting £47,893 to Dumfries and Galloway Council, which will be distributed by the allocation of a set sum for each child who is dependent on kinship care, and further recognises the work of the voluntary group, You Are Not Alone (YANA), which has done so much work in the past to highlight the problems faced by these carers and which will now continue its excellent work in identifying and supporting kinship carers across the region.

Supported by: John Swinburne, Dr Elaine Murray, Alex Johnstone, Ms Sandra White, Murdo Fraser, Mr Adam Ingram, Murray Tosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Chris Ballance, Bruce Crawford, Mr David Davidson, Mrs Nanette Milne, Eleanor Scott, Derek Brownlee, Phil Gallie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Dave Petrie, Donald Gorrie, Margaret Mitchell, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Bill Aitken, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-5699 Tommy Sheridan: RMT Signallers’ Dignity in Face of Management Intransigence—That the Parliament notes the decision of RMT union signal workers to go ahead with their 48-hour strike; acknowledges that this action has been forced on the signallers due to the intransigence of Network Rail management in Scotland and its failure to honour the spirit and intention of the signallers’ 35-hour week agreement, its abuse of rostering agreements and the carrying out of rule-book testing in signal boxes, despite a commitment not to; congratulates the RMT workers for the dignified way in which they have conducted themselves throughout this dispute, and calls on Network Rail management to resolve this dispute by honouring the spirit and intention of the signallers’ work agreements.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Campbell Martin, Colin Fox, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-5698 Trish Godman: Ferguson’s Shipyard in Port Glasgow—That the Parliament gives its support to the management and workforce at this difficult moment in Ferguson’s shipyard’s fortunes; acknowledges that Ferguson’s is not only the one remaining yard on the lower Clyde, but that it is and always has been an integral part of the community of Port Glasgow and that it is an important local employer of skilled men and women, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive and other key decision-makers to exercise all their skills and power to ensure that the yard stays in business, despite temporary difficulties, and in doing so to demonstrate their commitment to the retention of the important, locally based skills of a truly first-class workforce.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, Mr Charlie Gordon, Murdo Fraser, Scott Barrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Alex Neil, Murray Tosh, Bill Butler, Christine May, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Duncan McNeil, Jim Mather, Chris Ballance, Elaine Smith, Donald Gorrie, Phil Gallie, Maureen Macmillan, Malcolm Chisholm, Peter Peacock, Colin Fox, Robin Harper, Bill Aitken, Jackie Baillie, Karen Gillon, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Alex Johnstone, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Helen Eadie, Tommy Sheridan, Cathie Craigie, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Shiona Baird, Dr Jean Turner, Mr Frank McAveety, John Swinburne, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Marilyn Livingstone, Dave Petrie, Mr David Davidson

S2M-5697 Mr Jamie Stone: Living with Heart Failure—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the visit to the Parliament of people living with heart failure and their supporters and carers from across Scotland as part of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland and Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) organised reception in the Garden Lobby on 7 March 2007; notes that heart failure is a serious and debilitating condition for which there is no cure and which affects around 100,000 people in Scotland; acknowledges that specialist heart failure services can reduce unnecessary hospital visits, massively improve quality of life for sufferers and carers and, most importantly, prevent premature deaths, and supports the call from BHF Scotland and CHSS that the Scottish Executive should conduct a national review of the provision of specialist heart failure services across Scotland and give a commitment that every person living with heart failure has access to specialist care in their local community.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-5696# Ms Sandra White: Congratulations to Glasgow Save Our Homes Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Save Our Homes (GSOH) campaign on its ongoing support for those owner-occupiers of houses factored by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) who have been under the burden of imposed one-year time limits for the payment of bills of £6,000 to £8,000 and who through their own unity and the considerable support of GSOH have won recent court victories that have allowed the extension of payment times to between two and four years, and believes that for these ordinary families, pensioners and low-paid Glasgow citizens this has been a rightful and well-deserved movement on the road to sanity in the dealings of GHA with these owner-occupiers.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-5695 Hugh Henry: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Robert Brown

S2M-5694 Frances Curran: Save Ferguson’s Shipyard—That the Parliament notes that 99 workers at Ferguson’s in Port Glasgow face imminent redundancy unless a new order for work is found and urges the Scottish Executive to meet the workers’ trade unions in order to reach agreement that an order for a fisheries protection vessel be urgently placed with the yard, thus safeguarding these vital skilled jobs.

Supported by: Rosie Kane, Colin Fox, Tommy Sheridan, Carolyn Leckie, John Swinburne, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-5693 Donald Gorrie: Disability Payments by Glasgow City Council—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision of Glasgow City Council to withdraw the £4.00 per month payments to adults with learning disabilities who attend the council’s day centres; believes that this small payment represented a wage and added much-needed self-esteem to some of the most disadvantaged people in our society and was a means of providing a small degree of independence for users of the service; calls on the council to reconsider its decision, and notes that the financial savings of approximately £42,000 to the council will not even cover the cost of the retirement party which the city is hosting for its departing councillors.

S2M-5691 Fergus Ewing: Rural Postcodes—That the Parliament notes that Parcelforce imposes a separate regime of charges for the Highlands and Islands which it classifies as Zone 2, while England, Wales and other parts of Scotland are in Zone 1; further notes that these charges are considerably higher in Zone 2 than in Zone 1; notes with concern that, in response to Aviemore and Vicinity Community Council pursuing this issue, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Postal Services at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has indicated that he approves of these extra charges; considers that the UK Government therefore acquiesces in the higher charges imposed for one area of the United Kingdom, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make representations to Parcelforce and to the DTI to end this discriminatory treatment.

S2M-5689 Margaret Smith: North Edinburgh Social Action Research Project on Employment—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the successful North Edinburgh Social Action Research Project on Employment; notes the project’s conclusion that people in north Edinburgh want opportunities to gain the skills, training and experience they need to get jobs that have genuine career prospects, decent pay and better reflect their interests and goals, and supports the project’s recommendations, particularly those calling for new approaches to local employment strategies and apprenticeship schemes.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Donald Gorrie

S2M-5688# Richard Lochhead: A Review of Scotland’s Response to Flooding—That the Parliament notes the devastation experienced by communities in Moray and throughout Scotland as a result of flooding in recent years; recognises the increasing threat to the nation of flooding as a result of climate change; believes that it is time for a thorough review of flood management and policy to ensure that Scotland is equipped to respond effectively to flood risks in the 21st century, and notes that the review should include the modernisation of legislation, the roles of engineering and sustainable management approaches in managing flood risk, the relevant funding mechanisms given that small local authorities such as Moray Council must carry an enormous and disproportionate financial burden as a result of nature, and the role of local and national authorities in the delivery of flood management.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Jim Mather, Murray Tosh, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr John Swinney, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Adam Ingram, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Rosie Kane, Ms Maureen Watt, Donald Gorrie, Dr Jean Turner, Michael Matheson

S2M-5686♦ Ms Sandra White: Executive to Deliver on Hospital Car Parking Charges Pledge?—That the Parliament, while welcoming the comments regarding hospital car park charges made by the First Minister at his latest "Ask Jack" event in Glasgow where he recognised the problem and stated that "If the health boards don’t sort it out, we will intervene", holds serious reservations as to whether this statement is a firm pledge of action rather than of electioneering; believes that the Scottish Executive has had ample time to address this situation which is of great concern to users and staff alike in hospitals such as at Yorkhill in Glasgow as, when questioned in September 2006 as to whether or not the Executive would consider legislating on this issue rather than simply issuing non-enforceable guidelines or, at the very least, admit that a problem existed, the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care offered a rather curt "No", and further believes that the Executive should allay the fears of many NHS users and staff that the First Minister’s comments are little more than electioneering by informing the Parliament what measures it intends taking and when.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, John Swinburne, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-5685 Scott Barrie on behalf of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill be passed.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor

S2M-5684 Scott Barrie on behalf of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee: 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill and European Protected Species—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report, 2007 of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill and European Protected Species (SP Paper 737), and agrees that the construction of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project should not impact on the favourable conservation status of otters.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor

S2M-5683 Scott Barrie on behalf of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee: 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment Report on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area—That the Parliament notes the 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment Report on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area (SP Paper 736), and agrees that the construction of the project proposed in the Bill will not adversely affect the integrity of the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor

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-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-5519.1 Jackie Baillie: Time to Act—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5519) in the name of Ms Sandra White, after "buddy systems" insert ", workplace mentoring, natural supports and other initiatives that help people sustain employment,"

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Christine May, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, John Swinburne, Cathie Craigie*

S2M-5492# Mr Jamie McGrigor: Rum’s Red Deer—That the Parliament notes that the red deer is an iconic part of the image of Scotland; further notes that, because of its isolation, the red deer herd on Rum has arguably the purest bloodline in the country and has been the subject of scientific research, and considers that Scottish Natural Heritage’s plans to cull Rum’s red deer solely to protect the trees that it has decided to plant on the island without any protective fencing is to be condemned.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Dave Petrie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, John Swinburne, Mrs Nanette Milne, Margaret Mitchell, Mr David Davidson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Bill Aitken, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, David McLetchie, John Scott, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Colin Fox, John Farquhar Munro, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Jean Turner, Derek Brownlee

S2M-5261# Rob Gibson: Success of Scots Trad Music Awards 2006—That the Parliament congratulates Hands Up For Trad, its founder Simon Thoumire of Footstompin’ Records and the sponsors and supporters who made the 2006 awards ceremony and weekend entertainment in Fort William such a happy and successful gathering; draws particular attention to the staff of the Nevis Centre whose hard work allowed the annual event to move from its Edinburgh base and offer a top-class venue, a friendly Highland welcome and a tremendous warm-up for the major events to be staged there in 2007 during the Scottish Year of Highland Culture; offers congratulations to winners of a wide range of awards, voted on by thousands across the globe, that give significant recognition to the excellence within Scotland’s thriving contemporary traditional music scene; encourages the funding bodies to invest in this success which promotes, through composition, performance and enthusiastic audience response, such a positive message about Scottish cultural confidence, and believes that Scotland’s television media should build on BBC Radio Scotland’s role as the sole consistent champion of our Scottish music and traditions by broadcasting the images and sounds round the world.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Donald Gorrie, Mr Andrew Welsh, Karen Gillon, Stewart Stevenson, Eleanor Scott, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Colin Fox, Fergus Ewing, Michael Matheson, Jim Mather, Brian Adam, Ms Maureen Watt, Robin Harper, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dave Petrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Richard Lochhead, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Peattie*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5679 Westminster Vote on Trident (lodged on 1 March 2007) Alasdair Morgan*, Mike Pringle*, Kate Maclean*

S2M-5673 £110 Billion Real Cost of Trident (lodged on 28 February 2007) Ms Maureen Watt*

S2M-5637# Changing Places (lodged on 22 February 2007) Elaine Smith*

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