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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-190 Pauline McNeill: Violence in Gaza—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern about the state of emergency which has been declared on the Gaza Strip and the impact on Palestinians caught up in a nightmare of violence that has already resulted in more than 100 deaths; supports the call of the UK Foreign Secretary for all parties to the violence to agree an immediate ceasefire; acknowledges that the root of the problem is the poverty, isolation and hopelessness felt by the Palestinians living under 40 years of occupation and the failure of the international community to do more to bring about the creation of a Palestinian homeland, and calls on the international community to take the necessary steps to rebuild the peace process, bring an end to the occupation and work for a viable Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel.

*S3M-189 Bashir Ahmad: Glasgow Mela and the Scottish Academy of Asian Arts—That the Parliament welcomes the return of one of the biggest events in Glasgow’s cultural calendar, the Glasgow Mela; congratulates the organisers of the Glasgow Mela on its 17th annual celebration; notes the excellent work done by the Scottish Academy of Asian Arts in promoting the diverse culture and arts of the Asian continent; further notes the important role that the academy plays in bringing communities together, and wishes it well for future projects.

S3M-188 Richard Baker: Case for Aberdeen Crossrail—That the Parliament notes the ongoing work being undertaken to evaluate the case for an Aberdeen Crossrail network providing enhanced train services between Aberdeen railway station, Aberdeen airport and communities north and south of the city; notes the inclusion of Aberdeen Crossrail in both the National Transport Strategy produced last year and the regional transport strategy published by NESTRANS; believes that Aberdeen Crossrail would bring significant economic and environmental benefits to the north-east region, and believes that the Scottish Executive should work with Transport Scotland to make a commitment to completing Aberdeen Crossrail within a defined timetable as soon as possible.

S3M-187♦ Sarah Boyack: Save the Land Reform Act and Restore the Will of Parliament—That the Parliament is concerned about the decision by Perth Sheriff Court to grant a declarator to Ann Gloag, owner of the Kinfauns Castle estate, which has the effect of denying the statutory right to roam over parts of the estate that was previously allowed under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003; notes that Perth and Kinross Council and the Ramblers Association opposed the declarator and gave evidence to the court that such a declarator would be contrary to the intention of the Act; believes that this decision undermines the clear will of the Parliament which legislated for the widest possible access to the countryside and that the court judgement ignores the significance of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code approved by MSPs to accompany and inform the operation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and considers that the judgement should be examined and appropriate action taken to give proper effect to the land reform legislation and, if necessary, to issue guidance to the courts on the status of the access code.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, Pauline McNeill*, Rhona Brankin*, Mary Mulligan*, Hugh Henry*, Elaine Murray*, David Whitton*, John Park*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Marlyn Glen*, Bill Butler*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Robin Harper*

S3M-186 Christine Grahame: Peebles CAB—That the Parliament commends the work of Peebles CAB, and indeed CABx across Scotland, for the invaluable free service they provide; notes that Peebles CAB, established in 1976, has in the last year dealt with 3,250 enquiries and won an estimated £537,000 for clients and all with very limited resources but increasing demand on its services, and congratulates all staff and volunteers for this service.

S3M-185 Murdo Fraser: Falkland Islands Liberation Day—That the Parliament notes that 14 June is Falkland Islands Liberation Day; recalls the enormous courage and determination of Her Majesty’s armed forces in liberating the islands; pays tribute to the inspirational leadership of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who, with the support of the UK Parliament, helped restore the islanders’ democratic way of life; remains resolutely dedicated to strengthening the historic ties between Scotland and the Falkland Islands; reaffirms Britain’s sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and her commitment to defend their right to choose their own future, and acknowledges with deep gratitude the sacrifice of 255 men who gave their lives for this cause, which saw the Scots Guards heavily involved in the war.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Ted Brocklebank, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Gavin Brown, Alex Johnstone, Derek Brownlee, John Lamont, Jackson Carlaw, Margaret Mitchell*, Annabel Goldie*, David McLetchie*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-184 Cathy Jamieson: Girvan Gateway Project—That the Parliament commends the ambitious and innovative proposal for the Girvan Gateway Project, developed by Girvan Community Developments Ltd with assistance and support from the RSPB, which is currently in contention for a Living Landmarks Lottery funding award; recognises that this exciting project would have a significant impact on the regeneration of Girvan, Carrick and south-west Scotland; notes the potential boost that this project would give to the local economy, creating jobs and bringing considerable numbers of new visitors into the area; acknowledges that the Girvan Gateway Project is a truly community-based project, developed and driven forward by local people; welcomes the frequent, thorough and meaningful consultation with the local community undertaken in the development of the project; congratulates Girvan Community Developments Ltd and all those who have worked to develop the Girvan Gateway project to this advanced stage, and wishes the project well in its application for funding.

Supported by: John Lamont, Hugh Henry, George Foulkes, Patricia Ferguson, David Stewart, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Peter Peacock, Jackie Baillie*, John Scott*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-183 Karen Whitefield: Retinopathy Screening—That the Parliament welcomes the "Think of what you might miss" campaign, being launched during Diabetes Week 2007 and organised jointly by Diabetes UK Scotland and RNIB Scotland to encourage people with diabetes in Scotland to access screening for diabetic retinopathy; recognises that diabetic retinopathy is the main cause of sight loss in people of working age in Scotland; understands that, while many people do have their eyes screened for retinopathy on a regular basis, many others do not and are therefore at risk of losing their sight and that, according to the new report by Diabetes UK and RNIB Scotland, Don’t Turn a Blind Eye, non take-up of screening is at its highest among people from particularly vulnerable groups, including people from south Asian communities; welcomes the support for the campaign from the Scottish Executive through funding from the Scottish Diabetes Group, and looks forward to the campaign roadshow going to every NHS board area in Scotland over the next six months, encouraging people with diabetes in those areas to attend their screening appointments.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

S3M-182*#* Jim Hume: Microgeneration in the Home—That the Parliament notes the opportunity through building regulations to put Scotland at the forefront of micropower generation; further notes that even one small micropower device in every household would generate 17% of our electricity needs from renewable sources; notes that from 2010 all new buildings, private and public, should have on-site micropower facilities; notes that the example set by Berwickshire Housing Association in developing microgeneration in part of its housing stock demonstrates that the technology is workable in the home; recognises not only the environmental benefits but also the resultant reduction in energy bills for consumers, and considers that the introduction of a new energy efficiency and microgeneration strategy with targets must be taken forward.

Supported by: Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*, Robert Brown*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-181 Stefan Tymkewycz: Alzheimer Scotland’s Polish and Ukrainian Support Service—That the Parliament praises Alzheimer Scotland for the work done by its Polish and Ukrainian Support Service in providing information, advice and support to people with dementia and their carers from within the eastern European communities of Scotland; notes with concern the language and cultural barriers faced by many carers and sufferers from Scotland’s ethnic minority communities when attempting to access appropriate advice and support, and calls for resources to be made available to ensure that support services are available to meet the specific needs of carers from other ethnic minority communities.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan*, Elaine Smith*, Angela Constance*, Mary Scanlon*, Christine Grahame*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Wilson*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Irene Oldfather*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-180 Cathy Jamieson: Congratulations to Belmont Academy—That the Parliament congratulates Belmont Academy, Ayr, on winning the 2007 Holyrood National Youth Parliament Competition; commends the competition organised by the Citizenship Foundation which aims to encourage young people to develop citizenship skills and a wide knowledge of society and democracy, and urges Scottish secondary schools to participate in the competition as a key part of developing citizenship skills and a knowledge of the Scottish Parliament.

S3M-178 George Foulkes: Right to Roam—That the Parliament notes the recent court ruling in favour of Ann Gloag, making her the first private individual in Scotland to exempt her land from right-to-roam legislation; considers this to be a regrettable decision that undermines the intention of The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, which was meant to enshrine right-to-roam laws and was one of the first flagship policies of the first term of the Parliament; notes that the legislation establishes a statutory right of responsible access to almost all land and water along with guidance on responsible behaviour for recreational users and land managers under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code; recognises the desire for people to enjoy and experience our beautiful countryside and landscape responsibly and respectfully, and calls on the Scottish Executive to honour this desire and undertake an immediate review of the legislation in light of this judgement in order to pre-empt similar challenges which would undermine the intention of the Parliament.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, Pauline McNeill, Bill Butler, David Stewart, John Park, Helen Eadie, Hugh Henry, Elaine Murray, Trish Godman, Andy Kerr, Alex Neil, Mary Mulligan, Patricia Ferguson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Cathie Craigie, Marilyn Livingstone, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-177 Bob Doris: Glasgow Housing Association Pilot Schemes On Second Stage Transfer—That the Parliament acknowledges that second stage transfer of Glasgow Housing Association’s (GHA) housing stock to responsive and accountable local housing organisations (LHOs) was a core part of the GHA stock transfer agreement; hopes that, despite regrettable delays in this process, the five pilot schemes currently being progressed within the city will be successful; further notes that the time constraint for LHOs to submit their revised business plans to the GHA is unrealistically short, and therefore urges the GHA to afford the LHOs involved in the pilot projects appropriate time to present their revised business plans.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Nigel Don, Joe FitzPatrick, Michael Matheson, Bill Wilson*

S3M-176 Stuart McMillan: Car Parking Charges Review—That the Parliament notes the outcome of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s review of car parking charges and that one of the reasons for the introduction of charges is to ensure that commuters no longer take advantage of free hospital spaces; expresses concern that the NHS board has not considered the geographical location of the Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH); notes that the IRH it not a convenient site to be used by commuters, and urges the board not to implement the car parking charges at the IRH.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Bill Wilson*

S3M-175 Joe FitzPatrick: Barnardo’s Work in Dundee—That the Parliament congratulates Fight Against Child Exploitation (FACE) for winning an award for "Involvement of people who use services in any aspect of the organisation’s work" at the Care Accolades award ceremony on Friday 8 June 2007; notes that FACE was also awarded a special commendation in the category for "Innovative and/or imaginative training programme", and commends the work done by Barnardo’s and young people involved in raising awareness of the dangers of sexual exploitation, including production of the film, Nae Danger, which was piloted in schools in Dundee and Fife and which received "excellent" evaluations.

Supported by: Nigel Don, Marlyn Glen, Michael Matheson

S3M-174♦ Sandra White: Asylum Seeker Policy—That the Parliament, while recognising and praising the invaluable role played by projects designed to help asylum seekers take their first steps towards integration, employment and education, such as the Prince’s Trust ShaRed Road project which has received over £150,000 to strengthen the existing youth club in North Glasgow and set up a new youth club in South Glasgow, strongly condemns the continuing use of dawn raids, despite the expectation that the March 2006 agreement between the Home Office and the Scottish Executive would put an end to this traumatic practice and would ensure that the rights, needs and interests of children in asylum seeker families are given earlier and ongoing consideration; notes that many families like the Hazizi family, whose daughter is presently studying maths and physics at university and whose son is studying at the local secondary school where teachers have praised his positive contribution, still face an uncertain future with the threat of forced removal hanging over them; believes that the recent hunger strike by asylum seekers detained at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in South Lanarkshire over allegations of staff brutality and the way cases are handled is a result of the way in which the issue of asylum is dealt with, and recognises the importance of addressing this situation as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson

S3M-172 Jamie Hepburn: Choices For Life—That the Parliament notes the Choices For Life event held at the SECC in Glasgow, the ethos and aims of which are to give primary seven school children information and practical advice about drugs, alcohol, smoking, peer pressure and health as they prepare to enter secondary education; commends this programme, and congratulates the organisers for their efforts.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Aileen Campbell, Roseanna Cunningham, Liam McArthur, Bashir Ahmad, Michael Matheson, Robert Brown, John Park, Jackson Carlaw, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Hugh Henry, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-171 Bill Wilson: African Aid by Strathclyde Police and Glasgow the Caring City—That the Parliament notes Strathclyde Police’s donation of equipment seized from cannabis growers, under the aegis of Operation League, to the charity, Glasgow the Caring City; additionally notes the support given to poor farmers and others in central Africa by Glasgow the Caring City, and commends these bodies for their exemplary humanitarian actions and for the service they have done to the international reputations of Strathclyde and Scotland.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S3M-170 Helen Eadie: Breathe Easy Week 2007—That the Parliament welcomes British Lung Foundation Scotland’s Breathe Easy Week from 11 to 17 June 2007 which aims to "Blow the Whistle" on Scotland’s poor record on lung disease; regrets that one person in five in Scotland is affected by lung disease; further regrets that death rates from lung disease in the United Kingdom are twice the European average; expresses real concern at the impact on health, and lung disease in particular, from the use of cannabis across Scotland and recognises that earlier diagnosis and improved treatment and care for all lung disease sufferers will reduce the burden on NHS Scotland and help those affected to live longer and healthier lives; welcomes the British Lung Foundation Charter which highlights 12 priorities for improving lung health; calls on MSPs to "Blow the Whistle" on lung disease in their constituencies, and urges the Scottish Executive to work with NHS QIS to develop clinical standards for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and managed clinical networks for respiratory conditions in every NHS board area of the country.

S3M-168 Jim Hume: What’s on your Plate? Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates NFU Scotland on the launch of its What’s on your Plate? campaign; further recognises the importance of collaboration with MSPs on such an initiative, and encourages MSPs to sign up to the online pledge supporting Scottish farming and Scottish produce.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Jeremy Purvis, Jackson Carlaw, David McLetchie, Ross Finnie, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Jamie Hepburn, John Lamont, Bob Doris, Mary Scanlon, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, Margaret Smith, Karen Gillon, Alasdair Allan, Nanette Milne

S3M-167 Jamie Hepburn: Extraordinary Rendition—That the Parliament notes that the Association of Chief Police Officers has declared that its investigation has found no evidence to suggest that extraordinary rendition flights have landed in the United Kingdom; further notes the recent media coverage that provides contrary evidence, as well as expressing the ongoing concern of organisations such as Amnesty International and Liberty, that such flights have been facilitated through UK airports; believes that there are significant grounds for a fuller investigation, and welcomes the approach of the Scottish Government which has invited human rights organisations, such as Amnesty International and Liberty, to engage in dialogue with it and present their concerns.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Aileen Campbell, Roseanna Cunningham, Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Michael Matheson, Elaine Smith, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-164 Christine Grahame: Dynamic Teleswitched Tariff—That the Parliament notes with concern that some 200,000 consumers in Scotland are affected by Scottish Power’s dynamic teleswitched tariff which, because of its complexities of metering and billing, effectively deprives them of choice as the difficulty and cost of operating these switches deters alternative suppliers from competing for customers; further notes that some of these consumers are on fixed and low incomes and that the lack of a realistic alternative also deprives consumers of choices such as online accounts, green tariffs or capped rates, and urges Ofgem to amend condition 32 of the standard licence conditions to stipulate the range and specific type of tariffs to be made available to consumers.

S3M-163 Christine Grahame: EIS Call for Ban on Armed Forces Recruitment—That the Parliament endorses the recent vote by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Scotland’s largest teaching union, in passing a motion calling for a ban on Army recruitment campaigns in all schools.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-162# Bill Kidd: Car Parking Charges Review—That the Parliament broadly welcomes the outcome of the review of car parking charges by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; expresses concern, however, that this review was only undertaken after concerted pressure from patient groups, staff and MSPs and that the review fails to recognise and admit that the previous regime was indeed unfair; shares the concern of nurses that they will still have to pay £300 per year in charges, and considers that, following discussion with nursing organisations, guidelines should be issued to cap the amount that can be charged to staff.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Keith Brown, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson

S3M-161 Nanette Milne: What’s On Your Plate? Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes NFU Scotland’s What’s On Your Plate? campaign which aims to highlight all the positive things delivered by Scottish farming and farmers and to persuade people to support Scottish farming by buying local food and drink; notes that the campaign asks consumers to read labels carefully and look out for Scottish produce when they are shopping; supports the call for all Scotland’s schools to organise farm visits and backs the use of a seasonal chart to target Scottish foods when they are in season, and encourages all MSPs to visit the campaign website to sign the pledge of support for Scottish food and farming.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, John Scott, Patrick Harvie, Elizabeth Smith, Jamie McGrigor, Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, John Lamont, Mary Scanlon, Alex Johnstone, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, Jim Hume, Gavin Brown, Karen Gillon, Alasdair Allan, Margaret Mitchell, Bill Aitken, Annabel Goldie

S3M-160 Iain Gray: Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Awards—That the Parliament notes the announcement of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Seaside Awards for beaches that are clean and well-managed; welcomes the fact that a record 51 Scottish beaches have won awards this year, including seven in East Lothian; recognises, in particular, the achievements of Gullane Bents in East Lothian and St Andrews West Sands in Fife in consistently meeting the required standards since the inception of the awards in 1992; commends local authorities, residents and visitors for their contribution to raising standards over the last 15 years, and applauds the valuable role which Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Seaside Awards programme plays in highlighting and promoting these special locations.

S3M-159 Sarah Boyack: The Continued Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi—That the Parliament condemns the recent move on the part of the Burmese authorities to extend for a further 12 months the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and one of only two foreign nationals to be awarded the freedom of the City of Edinburgh, who has been under house arrest for most of the last 20 years; sends Aung San Suu Kyi best wishes on her 62nd birthday on Tuesday 19 June 2007, and commends the work of Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters across Scotland, including the Burma Subgroup of Amnesty International based at St Mark’s Unitarian Church in Edinburgh, in campaigning for her immediate release and the release of others like her who have sought to secure democracy and human rights in Burma by non-violent means.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Rhona Brankin, Rhoda Grant, George Foulkes, Hugh O’Donnell, Christine Grahame, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Bashir Ahmad, Keith Brown, Rob Gibson, Elaine Smith, Murdo Fraser, Liam McArthur, Robin Harper, Jackson Carlaw, David Whitton, Patricia Ferguson, Michael McMahon, Malcolm Chisholm, David Stewart, Peter Peacock, Brian Adam, Helen Eadie, Ian McKee, Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Murray, Ken Macintosh, Bill Butler, Karen Gillon, Tavish Scott, Patrick Harvie, Bill Wilson, Iain Gray, Ms Wendy Alexander, Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, Marilyn Livingstone, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-158 Keith Brown: Scotland’s Representation in the European Parliament—That the Parliament notes the current proposal from the Electoral Commission to reduce the number of Members of the European Parliament to be elected to represent Scotland at the 2009 European elections from seven to six; considers this to be a significant cut in Scotland’s representation in Europe’s legislative body, and considers that, as well as taking into account the size of the electorate, the Electoral Commission should also consider the devolution of responsibility for implementing EU legislation to Scotland’s institutions and should therefore recommend to the UK Government that Scotland continues to elect seven Members of the European Parliament.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Stefan Tymkewycz, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Ian McKee, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Andrew Welsh, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Christine Grahame, Mr Jamie Stone, Stuart McMillan, Jim Hume, Mike Rumbles, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Robert Brown, Christina McKelvie, Ted Brocklebank, Liam McArthur*

S3M-157 Patricia Ferguson: Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent presentation of the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland; congratulates all those artists and theatre groups who won awards, and particularly recognises the achievement of the National Theatre of Scotland in winning four out of 10 awards presented for its much acclaimed production, "Black Watch".

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bill Butler, Hugh O’Donnell, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, David Whitton, Ken Macintosh, Trish Godman, Alasdair Allan, John Lamont, Robin Harper, Claire Baker, Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Murray, Karen Gillon, Karen Whitefield, Cathie Craigie, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-156 Jim Hume: Congratulations to English-Speaking Union of Scotland’s Junior Debating Finalists—That the Parliament congratulates Dumfries Academy, George Heriot’s School, Morrison’s Academy and St Thomas Aquinas School for reaching the finals of the English-Speaking Union of Scotland’s Junior Debating Competition, supported by ASDA; in particular offers congratulations to George Heriot’s which won the competition, and commends the English-Speaking Union for its outreach programme which takes debating into many new areas of Scotland.

S3M-155 Bashir Ahmad: Importance of Translated Material—That the Parliament recognises the great benefits gained from producing necessary information in a bilingual format; further recognises that providing translations can facilitate integration; notes that translated material helps communities to make use of services and provides information about what is happening in society, and therefore expresses grave concern over recent comments made by the Communities Secretary, Ruth Kelly MP, in relation to this matter.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Ian McKee, Bob Doris, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-154 Margo MacDonald: Opposition to the European Constitution—That the Parliament believes that the Prime Minister must ascertain the views of the devolved legislatures in the United Kingdom on the treaty currently under preparation by the German presidency that has its origin in the EU Constitution rejected by the French and Dutch electorate in referenda and that the UK should not be a signatory to this treaty until it is endorsed by the UK electorate.

S3M-153 Murdo Fraser: Congratulations to National Theatre of Scotland’s "Black Watch"—That the Parliament congratulates the National Theatre of Scotland’s "Black Watch", written by Gregory Burke, for winning four awards at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, including the top award for best production; recognises the achievements of "Black Watch", a drama based on the experiences of Black Watch soldiers serving in Iraq, in winning these awards and congratulates all the winners at the awards ceremony which took place at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre; notes that "Black Watch" will be one of two National Theatre of Scotland shows to tour America for the first time ever; believes that "Black Watch" will showcase Scotland’s world-class talent to an international audience, and further believes that the tour will boost Scotland’s international image.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Robin Harper, Nanette Milne, David McLetchie, Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Mary Scanlon, Elizabeth Smith, Jackson Carlaw, Bashir Ahmad, Ian McKee, Ted Brocklebank, Mr Jamie Stone, Keith Brown, Hugh Henry, Des McNulty, Stefan Tymkewycz, Bill Aitken, Karen Gillon, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Gavin Brown, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Smith, Annabel Goldie, John Scott*

S3M-152# Bill Butler: World Refugee Day 2007—That the Parliament notes that Wednesday 20 June 2007 is the United Nations designated World Refugee Day when thousands of organisations in dozens of countries will come together to focus global attention, not only on the plight of refugees and the causes of their exile, but also on their determination, their will to survive and the contribution that they make to their host communities; acknowledges that Scotland has long offered support, understanding and sanctuary to those fleeing persecution; applauds the lead taken by Glasgow City Council in welcoming refugees and asylum seekers to Scotland and hopes that other local authorities will follow this positive example, and welcomes the programme of over 100 Refugee Week events across Scotland which aim to challenge ignorance, fear and negative stereotypes and highlight the benefits that refugees bring to their new communities in Scotland.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Michael McMahon, Jackie Baillie, Patrick Harvie, Brian Adam, Marlyn Glen, Liam McArthur, Bill Wilson, Christine Grahame, Robert Brown, Ken Macintosh, Iain Gray, Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Murray, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Ross Finnie, George Foulkes, Jamie Hepburn, David Whitton

S3M-151# Sandra White: Action Plan for Glasgow Required—That the Parliament notes the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland’s FSB Index of Success 2007 which shows that Glasgow has the poorest rating for education, health, employment and inequality of all the 32 local authority areas in Scotland; agrees with the policy recommendations of the report highlighting the need for cross-party support at national and local level in order to take forward crucial policies and address the serious problems facing Glasgow; acknowledges that many initiatives and organisations have been set up to tackle these problems, but believes that, as the report illustrates, many of these have failed to achieve their intended aims and as a result new ideas and approaches must be put forward as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie

S3M-150 Brian Adam: Dental School for Aberdeen—That the Parliament applauds the Scottish Government’s decision to open a new dental school in Aberdeen next year and congratulates the new Minister for Public Health on taking prompt action to try to resolve the dental crisis that exists in the Grampian area.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Alasdair Allan, Nigel Don

S3M-73# Margaret Mitchell: Motor Neurone Disease—That the Parliament acknowledges that motor neurone disease (MND) is a serious, progressively disabling and fatal condition, which can affect any adult and for which medical science currently has no known cause or cure; understands that there are currently 64 people in central Scotland and 280 people throughout Scotland with MND and that this figure is rising; congratulates the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association for its commitment to improve the lives of sufferers of MND and to help people living with MND; notes that in the financial year 2005-06 the association incurred costs of £63,836 in relation to the services provided by the MND care teams within central Scotland; further notes that there was no financial contribution towards the cost of providing these services from NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Forth Valley or NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the three NHS boards covering the central Scotland area; believes that there is a compelling case for NHS boards to meet some of the costs of providing these care teams which would make a huge difference in terms of the care received by those with MND, and therefore considers that the provision of this funding should be addressed as soon as possible.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Elaine Smith, Ian McKee, Elizabeth Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Ted Brocklebank, Alex Neil, Hugh O’Donnell, Christine Grahame, Nanette Milne, John Scott, John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, David McLetchie, Robin Harper, Mary Scanlon, Jackson Carlaw, Dr Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, Ross Finnie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Michael McMahon*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-28# Jim Hume: Local Food—That the Parliament recognises the benefit to our health, the environment and Scotland’s farmers, fishermen and rural areas of choosing more local, fresh, seasonal produce; believes that by specifying requirements for freshness, delivery frequency, specific varieties and production standards the public sector can take a lead in the promotion of local food; notes the success of the East Ayrshire school meals pilot in showing how procurement rules can promote locally grown food and support Scotland’s local suppliers; *considers that the school meals pilot should be rolled-out across Scotland, and recognises the importance of* action across the public sector to encourage the procurement of more locally grown produce.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Robert Brown, Hugh O’Donnell, Ross Finnie, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Mike Rumbles, Mike Pringle, Jim Tolson, Tavish Scott, Karen Gillon, John Lamont, Elaine Smith, Jeremy Purvis, Margo MacDonald, Iain Smith, Mr Jamie Stone, Liam McArthur

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-149# Food in the Parliament (lodged on 8 June 2007) John Scott*

S3M-148 Cumbernauld Farmers’ Market (lodged on 8 June 2007) John Scott*

S3M-128 National Transplant Week (lodged on 6 June 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-123 Peninsula 24 Seven (lodged on 5 June 2007) John Park*

S3M-122 Cutty Sark (lodged on 5 June 2007) John Park*

S3M-117 Appointment of Gordon Smith as SFA Chief Executive (lodged on 4 June 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-114 Independent Asylum Commission (lodged on 4 June 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-102# 30th Anniversaries of Maryhill Housing Association and Queens Cross Housing Association (lodged on 30 May 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-78# Glasgow Chinese School 35th Anniversary (lodged on 24 May 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-70 European Mobile Phone Charges (lodged on 23 May 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-69 Early Years Education (lodged on 23 May 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-63# Implementation of the Glasgow Crossrail Scheme (lodged on 22 May 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-51 Israeli-Palestinian Relations (lodged on 22 May 2007) Pauline McNeill*

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