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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-149♦ Jim Hume: Food in the Parliament—That the Parliament notes the high quality of food grown and produced in Scotland; notes the nutritional value of quality, local fresh produce and the environmental benefits of reducing transport costs; recognises the huge importance of food production to the rural economy in the south of Scotland and across Scotland; notes that it is vital for small producers to be encouraged to bid for public sector contracts; recognises the importance of effective marketing and branding in ensuring a sustainable future for Scottish producers; notes the success of Bord Bia, Ireland’s food board; considers that Scotland should have its own similar Scottish food and drink promotion and marketing board, and believes that a Scottish Food in the Parliament event, similar to the annual Business in the Parliament event, should be held in the Parliament to showcase Scottish produce and to improve the dialogue between all sections of the food industry and the Parliament.

*S3M-148 Jamie Hepburn: Cumbernauld Farmers’ Market—That the Parliament notes that the Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market held its first market in Cumbernauld on 8 June 2007; further notes the great success of this event; congratulates the organisers of the market and those who worked to bring it to Cumbernauld; looks forward to the market’s return to the town in future; wishes those participating traders all the best, and hopes that the market will go from success to success with Cumbernauld becoming a permanent fixture on its calendar.

*S3M-147♦ David Stewart: National Diabetes Week, 10 to 16 June 2007—That the Parliament welcomes the Small Change, Big Difference campaign being run by Diabetes UK Scotland for National Diabetes Week 2007; commends the tremendous support that Diabetes UK Scotland gives to the estimated 173,000 people in Scotland who are living with diabetes; notes that, in the Highlands alone, the number of people living with diabetes stands at 11,111 and this figure is predicted to rise to at least 13,000 by 2017, and therefore considers that the Scottish Diabetes Framework Action Plan should be delivered by 2009, as set out in the Diabetes UK Scotland Manifesto 2007.

*S3M-146 Sandra White: 2010 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty—That the Parliament entreats all Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty signatories to make every endeavour to ensure that the preparatory committee for the 2010 review conference is afforded full support in its principal aims of facilitating and making recommendations in respect of the treaty, which is regarded as the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and is designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to further the goal of nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament and to promote co-operation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy; considers it appropriate for Scotland to be accorded observer status to the committee in view of the precedent set by Palestine and the fact that Britain’s nuclear deterrent, the Trident missile system, is stationed in Scotland, and encourages the Scottish Executive to consider what course of action could be taken to achieve this end.

*S3M-145 Margo MacDonald: Memorandum of Understanding—That the Parliament deprecates the action taken by the Prime Minister in signing an agreement of understanding with Libya regarding the transfer of prisoners without prior consultation with the Scottish government, as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding and Supplementary Agreements between the UK Government and the Scottish Ministers.

*S3M-144 Liam McArthur: Orkney and Shetland Junior Inter-County—That the Parliament congratulates the junior inter-county associations from both Orkney and Shetland on the occasion of their 60th anniversary; recognises the very positive impact that the inter-county competition has had in developing sporting achievement among young people in the islands; welcomes the opportunities that it has provided for building ties and friendships between the communities in both Orkney and Shetland, and applauds the tremendous efforts of the many volunteers over the years who have done so much to make the Stuart Cup not only possible but a continuing success.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S3M-143 Margo MacDonald: Writing Off Housing Debt—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to demand from HM Treasury equality of treatment in respect of writing off historic housing debt for local authorities whose tenants voted against stock transfer, for example the City of Edinburgh, and those whose tenants voted in favour.

*S3M-142 Irene Oldfather: Euroquiz Competition—That the Parliament congratulates all the pupils taking part in the final of the primary school Euroquiz 2007, which takes place at the City Chambers in Edinburgh on 15 June 2007; acknowledges the high standard of knowledge displayed by pupils in the previous heats, including the North Ayrshire round, which took place in the Greenwood Teachers’ Centre in Irvine in March 2007; notes that teams from 15 local authorities, including North Ayrshire Council’s West Kilbride Primary School, will compete for the Standard Life Trophy in the final, and commends the Scottish European Educational Trust for promoting education about Europe and the European Union in Scottish schools.

S3M-141 Michael Matheson: Healthy Meal Uptake in Falkirk Schools—That the Parliament congratulates Falkirk Council on its initiatives to encourage more pupils to take up school meals; notes that 97% of all eligible pupils attending schools have received free meals and that 62.9% of primary school pupils have taken school meals, the highest figures in mainland Scotland; recognises that the policies of the previous SNP-led administration have led to this improvement, and notes that there is a correlation between the price and uptake of school meals with Falkirk Council’s school meals being the cheapest in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame*, Alasdair Allan*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-140 Patricia Ferguson: Govan Old Parish Church—That the Parliament notes that the Church of Scotland has indicated that it has no further use for Govan Parish Church as a place of worship; recognises that this church is home to some of the most ancient Christian sculptures in Scotland and that the site itself has been a place of worship since the 6th century; further notes the central place that this building occupies in the life of the community of Govan, and calls on the Scottish Executive to work with the Church of Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Historic Scotland, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and all stakeholders to ensure that an appropriate alternative use is found for this important site, should the Church of Scotland decide to implement its decision.

S3M-139 Patricia Ferguson: Evening Times - Get Glasgow Moving Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the Evening Times on its Get Glasgow Moving campaign; recognises that as part of that campaign it has launched an online poll to gauge public support for bus re-regulation, and encourages all Glaswegians to vote for re-regulation as the means of delivering regular, reliable bus services to all parts of Glasgow.

S3M-138 Bill Wilson: The UK, BAE, Saudi Arabia, Civil Liberties and Terrorism—That the Parliament notes with concern the BBC’s allegation that BAE Systems paid hundreds of millions of pounds to the ex-Saudi ambassador to the United States of America, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, as part of a £40 billion arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia; notes the links between Saudi Arabia and the perpetrators of the 9/11 atrocities and that country’s poor record on civil liberties; notes with alarm the UK Government’s proposal to extend the period of detention without trial of terrorist suspects, and expresses the fear that the UK Government’s actions and example may serve to further the aims of those seeking to destroy civil liberties and promote terrorism and conflict rather than further peace and justice.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Keith Brown, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell

S3M-136 Mr Jamie Stone: Royal National Mod in Thurso in 2010—That the Parliament supports the efforts of members of An Comunn Gaidhealach in Caithness in its efforts to hold the Royal National Mod in Thurso in 2010: recognises that this event would be a showcase for the Gaelic language and culture in the far north; notes that the event will act as a focus for local businesses, art and culture in the years running up to the event and will also be a draw for many tourists who may otherwise not travel to Caithness, and further notes its potential valuable boost to the local economy and its ability to generate interest in Gaelic language and culture among all age groups.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ cur a taic ri oidhirpean buill a’ Chomuinn Ghaidhealaich ann an Gallaibh agus iad a’ feuchainn ris a’ Mhòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail a chumail ann an Inbhir Theòrsa ann an 2010: gu bheilear ag aithneachadh gun cuireadh an leithid de thachartas cànain is cultar na Gàidhlig an cèill ann am fìor cheann a tuath na h-Alba: gu bheilear mothachail gum biodh am Mòd na bhrosnachadh do ghnìomhachasan ionadail, do na h-ealain agus do chultar anns an sgìre anns an ùine ron fhèill: gun tarraingeadh an tachartas luchd-turais nach tigeadh gu Gallaibh às aonais: gum biodh e na chuideachadh don eaconomaidh agus gun togadh e ùidh ann an cànain agus cultar na Gàidhlig am measg gach aois.

S3M-135 Ross Finnie: 30 a Day—That the Parliament welcomes the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) 30 a Day campaign, which aims to encourage people aged over 50 to invest in their health and well-being by getting active; notes that inactivity is a key risk factor for coronary heart disease, the most common cause of premature death in Scotland, as well as raising the risk of other life-threatening diseases; recognises that just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times a week can halve the risk of heart disease; notes with concern that less than half of men and a third of women in Scotland are meeting this recommendation and that these numbers decline with age; supports the view that, while personal action is key to raising physical activity levels among this age group, there are a number of policy measures that can support older adults in becoming more active, and joins the BHF in calling on the Scottish Executive and local authorities to ensure that helping people aged over 50 to get active becomes a higher priority.

Supported by: Jim Hume, John Lamont, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Alison McInnes, Robert Brown, Sarah Boyack, Hugh Henry, Mike Rumbles, Liam McArthur, Jackson Carlaw, Trish Godman, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Ms Wendy Alexander, Joe FitzPatrick, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Jim Tolson*, Margaret Smith*, Pauline McNeill*, Ken Macintosh*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*

S3M-134# Sandra White: Green Initiatives—That the Parliament welcomes the actions taken by BAE Systems in Glasgow which have changed the method for painting warships, leading to reductions in the use of over 12,000 litres of paint and in the production of 10 tonnes of volatile compound emissions, a cut in landfill by over 300 tonnes and cost savings of tens of thousands of pounds; believes that, by developing innovative approaches to tackling environmental issues, institutions, businesses and individuals play a vital role in developing environmental policy, and recognises the importance of looking at ways of achieving these ends.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Nigel Don, Nanette Milne, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie Stone, Rob Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Christina McKelvie, John Scott, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-133 Alasdair Allan: National Society for Epilepsy—That the Parliament congratulates the 10 cyclists currently making the 430-mile trip from London to Edinburgh to raise money for the National Society for Epilepsy; notes that the team is a mixture of able-bodied cyclists and cyclists with disabilities and includes Paul Seager, who has severe epilepsy as well as being physically disabled, who is making the trip on a specially adapted bike; looks forward to the team’s arrival at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 9 June 2007, and commends the cyclists both for their own sporting achievement and for the attention which they have drawn to the issues of epilepsy and epilepsy research.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame*, Bill Butler*, Liam McArthur*, John Lamont*, Robin Harper*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-132 Tavish Scott: Bells Brae Primary School Golden Jubilee—That the Parliament congratulates Bells Brae Primary School in Lerwick on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee celebrations on Thursday 7 June 2007; notes the commitment of Mrs Margaret Rorie, Head Teacher, the staff, pupils and all who are involved in the school’s success; commends the school for its active role in the local community, and looks forward to Bells Brae Primary School being an essential component of Shetland’s commitment to educational achievement in the future.

S3M-131 Bill Wilson: Lancet Publisher Withdraws from Defence Exhibitions—That the Parliament notes the valuable contribution to society made by The Lancet and that it was the aptly named Lancet that cut through the fog of war to reveal the true extent of casualties in Iraq during the present conflict; notes the very considerable support that the staff of The Lancet gained in their recent campaign to encourage its publishers, Reed Elsevier, to withdraw from the defence exhibitions industry, and wishes to congratulate both The Lancet staff and Reed Elsevier for the decision by the latter to withdraw from the defence exhibitions industry.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd

S3M-130 Marlyn Glen: Congratulations on Montrose’s Blue Flag Award—That the Parliament congratulates Montrose on winning the coveted international Blue Flag for the condition of its beach, water quality and cleanliness; acknowledges the work of the community and Angus Council towards achieving this distinction, and notes with great satisfaction that the latest awards represent the best-ever results for Scotland in the scheme.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-129 Marlyn Glen: Congratulations on Broughty Ferry’s Blue Flag Award—That the Parliament congratulates Broughty Ferry on securing the coveted international Blue Flag for the condition of its beach, water quality and cleanliness for the third consecutive year; acknowledges the combined efforts of the community and Dundee City Council in this achievement, and notes with great satisfaction that the latest awards represent the best-ever results for Scotland in the scheme.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-128 George Foulkes: National Transplant Week—That the Parliament notes that National Transplant Week runs from 7 to 14 July 2007; recognises that there is a need to raise awareness of organ donation and the number of potential transplant recipients on waiting lists across Scotland and that many patients not only make a full recovery on receipt of a transplant but excel in their chosen sporting field; further notes that the 2007 British Transplant Games are taking place in Edinburgh from 26 to 29 July, and encourages politicians, community and business leaders and the public at large not only to support these games but also to sign themselves up to the organ donation register.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, David Stewart, Mr Jamie Stone, Patrick Harvie, Derek Brownlee, Patricia Ferguson, David Whitton, James Kelly, Nanette Milne, Jackie Baillie, Iain Gray, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, Rob Gibson, Mike Rumbles, Elaine Murray, Mary Scanlon, Mary Mulligan, Sandra White, Murdo Fraser, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Helen Eadie, Michael McMahon, Sarah Boyack, John Park, Cathie Craigie, Bill Butler, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Hugh Henry, Johann Lamont, Ken Macintosh, Andy Kerr

S3M-124 John Park: Council of Economic Advisers Representation—That the Parliament supports the important role that constructive industrial relations plays in improving workplace productivity and competitiveness; welcomes the central role that trade unions in partnership with employers can play in ensuring world-class employment standards; recognises the strategic input of trade unions in economic matters in countries such as Ireland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden; believes that trade unions bring expertise and balance to economic debate, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure there is a workplace perspective in the shape of trade union representation in the proposed council of economic advisers or any similar body advising government.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Margo MacDonald, Duncan McNeil, Elaine Murray*, Trish Godman*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Smith*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, David Whitton*, Jackie Baillie*, George Foulkes*, Bill Wilson*, Hugh Henry*, Paul Martin*, Bill Butler*, Cathie Craigie*, Pauline McNeill*, Marlyn Glen*, Charlie Gordon*, Des McNulty*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-123 Jackie Baillie: Peninsula 24 Seven—That the Parliament recognises the disruption caused to the people living on the Rosneath Peninsula due to illegal road blockades carried out by the Faslane 365 protestors; acknowledges that the local community supports the right to peaceful protest; notes however that local people are adversely affected by the road blockades; believes that the protests should not delay or prohibit pupils from getting to school or from sitting examinations and should not delay carers reaching their clients, doctors treating their patients, emergency vehicles accessing the peninsula and teachers getting to school; welcomes the formation of Peninsula 24 Seven, reflecting the voice of the local people in calling for peaceful protest and an end to the road blockades, and believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure that these protests are conducted legally and do not prevent local people going about their daily lives.

S3M-122 Jackie Baillie: Cutty Sark—That the Parliament recognises the historical importance of the Cutty Sark and its maritime heritage with Scotland; notes that the ship was designed by Hercules Linton of the Dumbarton firm, Scott and Linton, and was completed by William Denny; further notes that it was launched on 22 November 1869 on the River Leven in Dumbarton; considers the Cutty Sark to be the most famous ship in the world as the sole surviving extreme clipper and the only tea clipper still in existence; acknowledges that the Cutty Sark is a memorial to the men of the merchant navy and, in particular, those who gave their lives during the world wars for their country; deeply regrets the fire which destroyed much of the ship, and supports the efforts of the Cutty Sark Trust so that the ship is restored to its former glory.

S3M-121 Liam McArthur: Underfunding of Orkney Islands Council—That the Parliament notes the disparity of funding provided by the Scottish Executive to the three island councils, with Orkney Islands Council receiving significantly less funding per head of population than that received by the councils in Shetland and the Western Isles; further notes that the challenge Orkney Islands Council faces providing services across their 18 inhabited islands is no less a challenge than that faced in the other two island council areas so that the shortfall in funding is causing severe problems in Orkney; believes that the shared challenges faced by island councils justify all three island councils receiving the levels of funding currently provided to Shetland and the Western Isles, and calls on the Executive to reach agreement with COSLA at the earliest opportunity on a means of bringing Orkney’s funding levels into line with the other two island councils.

S3M-120 Jamie McGrigor: Dario Franchitti—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s Dario Franchitti on winning the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in the United States of America, part of the IndyCar Series and one of the most famous motor races in the world; notes that, in doing so, he became the first Scot to win the race since Jim Clark in 1965, and wishes Dario Franchitti every success in continuing to fly the flag for Scotland in the USA.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser, Elizabeth Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Jim Hume, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, John Lamont, Brian Adam, Gavin Brown, Ted Brocklebank, Karen Gillon, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Tavish Scott, Stuart McMillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Joe FitzPatrick, John Scott

S3M-119 John Lamont: Hawick Common Riding—That the Parliament congratulates the Hawick Common Riding for appearing in the Rough Guide’s World Party; recognises the long and significant histories of the common ridings throughout the Borders; notes that common ridings and other Border festivals have been supported by local communities for centuries and are an important part of Borders life, and wishes the organisers and participants every success and enjoyment during the festivities in 2007.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Christine Grahame, Jackson Carlaw, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Kenneth Gibson, John Scott, Murdo Fraser, Derek Brownlee, Ted Brocklebank, Peter Peacock, Jeremy Purvis, Mary Scanlon, Margaret Mitchell, Bill Aitken, Annabel Goldie

S3M-118 Mary Mulligan: Linlithgow Rose FC—That the Parliament congratulates Linlithgow Rose FC for winning the Scottish Junior Cup final; recognises that the game was played in good spirit with great support from the fans of both Linlithgow Rose and Kelty Hearts, but regrets that none of the Scottish television stations saw fit to show the game live so that other football fans could share in this traditional Scottish spectacle.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-117 Richard Baker: Appointment of Gordon Smith as SFA Chief Executive—That the Parliament congratulates Gordon Smith on his appointment as Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association; wishes Mr Smith and the SFA well in their efforts to improve football in Scotland; hopes that his tenure will see continued improvement in the national team’s results, and further hopes that one of the issues he will pursue will be continuing the reform of football’s governing structures so that they are best placed to support national and local strategies to improve access to football and sports facilities and participation in sport.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, David Whitton, Bashir Ahmad, John Park, Malcolm Chisholm, Liam McArthur, Joe FitzPatrick, Jackie Baillie, Brian Adam, Mary Mulligan, Des McNulty, Tavish Scott, Ian McKee, Ken Macintosh, Iain Gray, Bill Butler, Jamie Hepburn, Patricia Ferguson, Stuart McMillan, Trish Godman, George Foulkes, Mr Jamie Stone, Cathie Craigie, Johann Lamont

S3M-116 Tavish Scott: Return of the St Ninian’s Isle Treasure to Shetland—That the Parliament congratulates Shetland Amenity Trust and its partner organisations on the occasion of the opening of the magnificent new Shetland Museum and Archives by Her Majesty the Queen of Norway and their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Lerwick on 31 May 2007; recognises that the fine, modern and environmentally secure building would make an ideal and appropriate home for the St Ninian’s Isle treasure currently residing in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, and calls on the Scottish Executive to assist in the widespread community campaign for the return of the St Ninian’s Isle treasure to Shetland, so that a highly significant part of Shetland’s heritage can be enjoyed and understood in the context of the Shetland story by local people and visitors alike.

S3M-115 Bill Wilson: Accurate Figures for the Scottish Electorate—That the Parliament notes that, during the 2007 Scottish parliamentary elections, the Scottish electorate was inundated with widely varying estimates of the present state of the Scottish economy; further notes that the differences in the estimates of the Scottish economic balance varied from a positive balance to an incredible £11 billion overdraft; considers that during that election campaign a series of discrepancies in the Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland (GERS) report, coupled with wide margins of error, resulted in an uncertainty as to the precise figures; further considers that, for democracy to function effectively, the electorate must be accurately informed and that the present failure of statistical reporting has a negative impact on Scottish democracy, and believes that, in the interests of democracy, it is therefore vital that the Scottish government should place itself in the position of being able to provide accurate figures to the Scottish electorate, that these figures should inform the Scottish electorate both as to Scotland’s contribution to the UK exchequer and to Scotland’s share of UK expenditure, and that these figures should account for invisible expenditure within Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam

S3M-114 Patrick Harvie: Independent Asylum Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the Independent Asylum Commission (IAC) as its roadshow comes to Glasgow; notes that asylum seekers continue to be removed in distressing and unnecessary dawn raids; applauds the IAC’s intention to listen to the testimonies of asylum seekers and refugees, which are often left out of the debate on asylum; agrees that the asylum process regularly leaves individuals facing unfair treatment, destitution and a loss of dignity, and encourages those with experience of the asylum process to contribute to the work of the IAC by submitting oral, written or recorded testimony.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Butler, Liam McArthur, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Christine Grahame, Robert Brown, Ian McKee, Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Wilson, Mr Jamie Stone, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-112.1 Rob Gibson: European Marine Energy Centre - Stromness—As an amendment to motion (S3M-112) in the name of Liam McArthur, insert at end "and additionally welcomes the announcement of a £1 million funding package from the Scottish Funding Council to create a world-leading centre of excellence in marine renewables for Heriot-Watt University’s Orkney Campus and the UHI Millennium Institute’s Environmental Research Institute in Thurso, underlining the need for co-operation across the Pentland Firth to make a united contribution that will underpin the road map to commercialisation of our abundant Scottish marine renewables."

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Mr Jamie Stone, Andrew Welsh, Ian McKee, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-107.1 Hugh O’Donnell: Antonine Centre—As an amendment to motion (S3M-107) in the name of Cathie Craigie, insert at end "but regrets that the prevarication and delays caused by North Lanarkshire Council, contrary to its promises given over a period of 10 years, prevented the community of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth from having fitting retail facilities until now."

S3M-107.2 Jamie Hepburn: Antonine Centre—As an amendment to motion (S3M-107) in the name of Cathie Craigie, insert at end "but believes that the Antonine Centre in itself does not provide for a holistic solution to the problems at Cumbernauld town centre, and calls on all relevant stakeholders to formulate a plan for further improvements that will enhance the aesthetic appeal of the town centre and provide for further retail and leisure opportunities, as well as creating a town centre worthy of being the civic heart of the largest town in the North Lanarkshire local authority area."

Supported by: Alex Neil, Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Robin Harper*

S3M-40# Karen Whitefield: Education is a Human Right—That the Parliament welcomes the Global Campaign for Education event at Moray House on 30 May 2007 with young people from Clarkston, Lawmuir, Echline and Dunnikier primary schools and Kirkcaldy High School, from Malawi who are visiting Kirkcaldy High as part of a school exchange programme and from Save the Children’s YES project in Glasgow and young gypsy/travellers attending to highlight the campaign; acknowledges that education is a basic human right; notes that 80 million children around the world, most of whom are girls, are still being denied the opportunity of going to school and almost one billion adults are illiterate; supports the goal to ensure free and compulsory primary education of good quality for all by 2015; considers that this important agenda should continue to be driven forward in order to deliver for children around the world, and supports the efforts of the members of the Global Campaign for Education, including Save the Children and Oxfam in Scotland, in raising awareness of the campaign.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Ken Macintosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Trish Godman, Karen Gillon, Claire Baker, Liam McArthur, Jamie Hepburn, Robert Brown, Malcolm Chisholm, Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Sandra White

S3M-12# Rob Gibson: Scottish Norwegian Commercial Co-operation—That the Parliament notes that Norway celebrates the 102nd anniversary of its independence on 17 May 2007; welcomes growing economic co-operation between Scotland and Norway to make the most of our sustainable marine hydrocarbon and renewable energy resources, our proximity across the North Sea and ongoing civic and cultural collaborations; in particular welcomes the announcement of a new partnership between Statoil and Scottish Power which aims to produce a commercially viable tidal energy device for a full-scale trial to be run within two years; considers that the Scottish Executive should work with the Norwegian government to create a North Sea electricity supergrid to serve continental markets with secure supplies of clean power, and also believes that the prospects for creating a direct sea route for freight and passengers to link our two nations should be pursued with vigour.

Supported by: Jim Mather, Kenny MacAskill, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Richard Lochhead, Mr Andrew Welsh, Stewart Stevenson, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Maxwell, Joe FitzPatrick, Nigel Don, Ian McKee, Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Tavish Scott, Liam McArthur, Dave Thompson, Bill Kidd

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-111# Carers Week 11 to 17 June - Carers’ Rights Guide (lodged on 1 June 2007) Cathie Craigie*

S3M-109 Dementia Awareness Week 2007 - 4 to 8 June (lodged on 1 June 2007) Rhona Brankin*

S3M-84 Parliamentary Development (lodged on 29 May 2007) Robin Harper*

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