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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-577 Willie Coffey: Kilmarnock Football Club - Spot On for Best Food in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Kilmarnock Football Club on winning a top-four spot for best food in a recent survey of European football clubs noting that, in competition with Arsenal and Barcelona, the club’s Park Hotel and stadium caterers, Brownings, bakers of the famous Killie Pie, scored a notable victory over many larger and well-known clubs in Scotland and Europe.

*S3M-576 Hugh Henry: Scotland’s Law Officers—That the Parliament welcomes the comments of the First Minister confirming judicial independence in Scotland; supports his comments in relation to the Lord Advocate; congratulates the Lord Advocate on her decision to express her views to the Parliament on the collapse of the World’s End case, and reaffirms the need for Scotland’s law officers to respond to public concern and be subject to parliamentary scrutiny.

*S3M-575 John Lamont: Congratulations to Borderline—That the Parliament sends its congratulations to the charity, Borderline, for achieving the Best Annual Report in the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2007; recognises the excellent work that Borderline does in helping homeless Scots living in London; acknowledges the severe housing crisis that is forcing many people into homelessness; calls on the Scottish Executive to focus on the shortage and affordability of housing as well as the wider causes of homelessness; acknowledges the importance of the voluntary sector in tackling many of the social problems in our society and supports efforts to give the sector greater freedom and financial security to operate more effectively, and wishes Borderline every continued success into the future.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Ted Brocklebank*, David Stewart*

*S3M-574 Shirley-Anne Somerville: ProjectScotland and Boroughmuir Rugby Football Club Partnership—That the Parliament welcomes the new partnership between ProjectScotland and Boroughmuir Rugby Football Club aiming to involve more young people in sport; applauds this initiative which offers a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of volunteering to youngsters in Scotland; notes that this is an especially important programme, in light of the recent report by the Scottish Public Health Observatory which found that Scotland is the second most overweight nation in the world; believes that such a scheme will demonstrate to youngsters in Scotland the enjoyment and fulfilment of volunteering, and applauds the two parties for encouraging stronger links within the local community.

*S3M-573 Brian Adam: Taiwan—That the Parliament supports the application by Taiwan to join the United Nations.

*S3M-572 Bill Wilson: Trapping of Songbirds in Catalonia—That the Parliament supports Birdlife International, including RSPB and Spanish partner Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO), in its campaign to stop proposals by the Catalan government (Generalitat de Cataluña) to permit hunting of songbirds using limestick traps and net-traps; notes that this will pose a threat to hundreds of thousands of songbirds such as thrushes, warblers, flycatchers and fieldfares as they make their autumn migration through the Ebro region; further notes that the majority of redstarts from the United Kingdom will pass through Iberia en route to their African wintering grounds and that this species is declining in Europe; recognises that this is the type of indiscriminate and unsustainable hunting that the EU Birds Directive is designed to prevent, and calls on the Scottish Government to make representations to the Catalan government to reverse its decision on conservation grounds, both directly and via the UK and European Union.

S3M-571 Sarah Boyack: Calls for Restraint in Myanmar Crisis—That the Parliament notes the growing tension in Myanmar, previously known as Burma, with thousands of protestors facing an increasing threat of violence from the country’s military rulers; remembers that the peaceful democracy protests in 1998 were met with violent repression and many deaths; respects the basic human right of all people to freedom of expression and protection from oppression, and therefore hopes that the calls from the international community for restraint will be heeded by the generals who rule Myanmar.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Des McNulty*, David Whitton*, Ross Finnie*, David Stewart*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Alasdair Allan*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Butler*, Mary Mulligan*, Christine Grahame*, Liam McArthur*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-570 Jackie Baillie: Ditch the Discrimination—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of ScottishPower to write off the debt, accrued through no fault of their own, of those token prepayment meter customers outside its former monopoly area; expresses concern that 13,000 customers in southern Scotland and Liverpool, including Glasgow and Edinburgh, will continue to be exposed to debt that they have accrued because of ScottishPower’s failure to reset antiquated token meters in a timely fashion following price rises; notes that, along with Npower and Powergen, it is one of the *three* major suppliers who adopt a policy of backcharging low-income customers, and calls on ScottishPower to go even further than Npower and Powergen by writing off the debts of all of its token meter customers and effectively ending the policy of backcharging.

S3M-569 Sandra White: Sikh Rights in Ireland—That the Parliament expresses disappointment at the recent Irish Government backing for the An Guarda Siochana, the Irish police force, ruling stating that a trainee Sikh police officer would not be given permission to wear his turban on duty; acknowledges the fact that the turban is a mandatory article of the Sikh faith and that this ruling effectively excludes the whole Sikh community from joining the An Guarda Siochana; believes that this position is directly opposed to comments by the Minister for Integration in his inaugural speech in July 2007 that "I’m open to all of your ideas and all of your contributions, because when I look down through this room today I see the citizens for the future. I see the tax payers of the future. I see the people who are going to bring Ireland into a new and very much brighter century, a century that will be more affluent, more open, more tolerant than the one that I was born into here in Ireland" and Ireland’s own social blueprint for the future, Towards 2016, Ten-Year Framework Social Partnership Agreement 2006-2015, which states as one of its main aims for the future that "Every person, irrespective of background or gender, would enjoy equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination", and expresses the hope that through due process this decision will be overturned.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-568♦ Tavish Scott: Crown Estate Taxation on Harbour Developments—That the Parliament notes the vital importance to island and coastal communities of their ports and harbours which serve lifeline transport links and, by supporting such industries as fishing, aquaculture, offshore oil, tourism and renewable energy, provide major employment opportunities; further notes that ports and harbours in the Highlands and Islands are largely owned by local authorities, trusts or other public bodies that operate for the benefit of the communities they serve and reinvest any profits in these communities; views with concern the charges such ports and harbour owners have to pay to the Crown Estate for the rental of areas of seabed; further views with concern the royalty charges imposed by the Crown Estate when material dredged from the seabed to assist navigation is used productively by harbour owners for land reclamation rather than being wastefully dumped at sea, and believes that serious consideration should be given as to how the Parliament’s powers to legislate over the property rights of the Crown in Scotland, as outlined in the December 2006 report of the Crown Estate Review Working Group, could be used to lift this unjustifiable burden of Crown Estate taxation from ports and harbour operators.

Supported by: John Farquhar Munro, Liam McArthur, Jim Hume, Mike Rumbles, Iain Smith

S3M-567 Liam McArthur: Orkney Schools Lead Scotland on Standard Grades—That the Parliament notes that 90% of S4 pupils in Orkney attained five or more standard grades; further notes that this is a higher percentage than in any other Scottish local authority area and is well above the Scottish average of 75%, and congratulates the Orcadian pupils and their teachers for these excellent results which must be the result of both first-rate teaching and sustained hard work by the pupils.

S3M-566 Mary Scanlon: Congratulation to Forres in Bloom—That the Parliament congratulates Forres in Bloom following the award by the judges of Beautiful Scotland of the medium town trophy for the fourth year in succession; commends the efforts of the committee of Forres in Bloom, the people of Forres and Moray Council for the eye-catching floral displays that impressed the judges with stunning flowers in the Grant Park and the planting on the market green that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scout movement, and further commends the pupils of Pilmuir and Applegrove primary schools for their contribution and interest.

S3M-565 Jim Hume: Scottish Enterprise Restructure—That the Parliament notes with concern the Scottish Government’s changes to the Scottish Enterprise network and the potentially negative impact on the south of Scotland economy; considers that, by removing the current 21 local enterprise companies and local boards, each with local decision-making powers, and replacing them with only six regional operations, only one of which will be situated in the south of Scotland which is the second largest region in Scotland, the invaluable resource of having very localised advice, support and investment will be lost and regrets in particular that the local decision-making powers with the inclusion of private sector board members with real business experience and knowledge will be removed; further considers that the loss of the expertise and experience of their local economy gained by local enterprise companies’ staff will be detrimental to all local economies and Scotland as a whole, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses; further notes with concern that there is no clear indication of how the new set-up will be funded both in terms of the functions transferred to local authorities and the way in which funding will be made available to the new tourism structures; recognises the integral role played by local enterprise companies in nurturing their local areas, particularly in the Scottish Borders where the economy has grown at twice the rate of the national Scottish average; questions how the south of Scotland’s competitiveness strategy will now be delivered, and recognises with great sadness that the changes will result in job losses across the south of Scotland.

S3M-564 Ken Macintosh: Parents Have a Right to Care—That the Parliament is concerned that parents caring for a child with cancer often struggle to balance their commitment to work with caring for their sick child; acknowledges that 49% of parents end up using their own sick leave or holiday allowance to care for their children with cancer; notes that families experience financial stress when their child is diagnosed with cancer and that 43% of families suffer a higher level of debt as a result; highlights the benefits to employers of looking after employees with caring responsibilities; recognises that parents now have the right to request flexible working arrangements but agrees with the children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent, that parents have a right to care, and urges the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government in the development of a carers’ strategy that provides the paid leave and career breaks, as well as the support, advice and information, that parents caring for children with cancer desperately need.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Cathie Craigie, George Foulkes, Mike Pringle, Bill Butler, Hugh Henry, James Kelly, Patricia Ferguson, Robin Harper, Irene Oldfather, David Whitton, Robert Brown, Marlyn Glen, Des McNulty, Elaine Murray, Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam*, Trish Godman*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mary Mulligan*, Rob Gibson*, John Scott*

S3M-563 Bashir Ahmad: Congratulating Britain’s Best Park—That the Parliament congratulates Pollok Country Park for being named Britain’s Best Park; notes that the park has been pivotal in hosting many of Scotland’s flagship outdoor events, recently attracting 60,000 people to its family fun day, and believes that the people of Pollok, Glasgow and Scotland will continue to make the best use of such an excellent facility.

Supported by: Jamie Stone*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Robert Brown*, Bill Wilson*, Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*, Hugh Henry*, Sandra White*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*

S3M-562 Patricia Ferguson: Pipes and Partners—That the Parliament notes the third annual Pipes and Partners concert at Keppoch Campus in Possilpark; notes the contribution made to the event by the pupils of Abercorn Secondary School, Cleveden Secondary School, Saracen Primary School and St Teresa’s Primary School and also by the Strathclyde Police pipe band; acknowledges the enjoyment brought to the local community by the event and the sizeable charitable donations that have accrued over the past three years, and congratulates all those involved in making this annual event such a success.

S3M-561 Kenneth Gibson: Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Dangerous Cocktail—That the Parliament is aware of the dangerous impact of alcohol on pregnancy, with miscarriage, stillbirth and pre-term delivery among many possible effects; welcomes the recent publication of the British Medical Association (BMA) report, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, A Guide for Healthcare Professionals; notes that foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a severe condition which impairs brain functions and can lead to physical abnormalities among children; supports BMA recommendations for further research into FASD; believes that the Scottish Government should consider the implementation of guidance and training of healthcare professionals on the prevention, diagnosis and management of FASD at the earliest practical opportunity; is aware that six out of 10 mothers drink alcohol while pregnant, many of whom are unaware of the danger to their unborn child, and therefore asks the Scottish Government to raise public awareness of this issue and to provide clear health advice that alcohol should not be consumed during pregnancy, while ensuring that any revision of guidance on alcohol consumption should contain specific advice on the risk of FASD and other side effects in pregnancy.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Robin Harper*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-560 Marlyn Glen: Dispute at Edinburgh’s Telford College—That the Parliament notes with concern the current dispute resulting from Edinburgh’s Telford College enlisting a private agency to contract temporary and fixed-term lecturers, instructors and learning assistants at lower rates of pay than those of permanent staff and without pension rights; considers that introducing a two-tier system of pay and employment rights can only have a negative impact on staff morale and inevitably will affect the standards and quality of education available; believes that such a situation is unacceptable in Scotland, and urges the Scottish Executive to support the introduction of the EU agency workers directive and the introduction of legislation at UK level to establish the principle of pay and conditions for agency workers being equal to those of workers who are permanently employed.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, John Park, Elaine Murray, Trish Godman*, Cathy Peattie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-559 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2007—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt

S3M-558 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt

S3M-557 Cathy Jamieson: National Autistic Society in Scotland - Daldorch House School Senior Campus—That the Parliament appreciates the difficulties that many young people with autism face in making the transition from school to adulthood; congratulates the National Autistic Society Scotland and Principal, Shona Pinkerton, and all the staff at Daldorch House School, Catrine, East Ayrshire on the official opening of its new senior campus on Friday 21 September 2007; notes that this is the first facility of its kind in Scotland to provide continuing education opportunities and supported living arrangements for children and young people between 16 and 21 years old with autism; recognises the enormous difference that the intensive and specialised support provided for young people attending Daldorch House makes in preparing them for adult life; wishes the staff and pupils of Daldorch House well in the future, and urges the Scottish Executive to ensure that all young people with autism have access to early and effective support during the transition to adulthood to enable them to realise their potential.

S3M-556 Rob Gibson: Burmese Democracy Movement Must Succeed—That the Parliament commends the actions of the massive peaceful demonstrations to bring an end to the forty-year old military dictatorship in Burma and rescue the people of Burma from enforced poverty, oppression and economic stagnation; calls on the military junta to pave the way to democracy, liberate Aung San Suu Kyi and restore Burmese social, environmental and political freedoms, and calls on the United Nations and trading partners and neighbouring states to come to the aid of the Burmese people.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Liam McArthur, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Patrick Harvie, Mike Pringle, David Stewart, Bill Butler, Michael Matheson, Robert Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Ken Macintosh, Angela Constance, Keith Brown, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Christina McKelvie, Tavish Scott, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Hugh O’Donnell, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-555 Sarah Boyack: Animal Welfare Scheme to Address the Problems of Foot-and-Mouth Disease—That the Parliament notes the ongoing problems for the farming community in Scotland; recognises the particular issues faced by hill farmers in rural Scotland, and urges Scottish ministers, the UK Government and the European Union to work together to secure an appropriate animal welfare system, to address the *crisis* in relation to transport and to ensure the sustainability of the industry and protect animal welfare, consistent with expert veterinary advice to contain, control and eradicate foot-and-mouth disease.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Des McNulty, Peter Peacock, Elaine Murray, Marlyn Glen, John Scott*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-554 John Scott: Temporary Relaxation of Drivers’ Hours—That the Parliament notes with mounting concern the large number of animals confined to Scotland’s hill farms as a result of the foot-and-mouth crisis; also notes the UK Government’s refusal to permit a temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours regulations so as to allow the transport of livestock; further notes the Scottish Government’s efforts to persuade the UK Government to reverse this decision, and, in light of the escalating animal welfare and economic crisis that has arisen, calls on the UK Government to allow an immediate relaxation of the drivers’ hour regulations. R

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Alex Johnstone, Aileen Campbell, Tavish Scott, Alasdair Morgan, Dave Thompson, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey, Jamie McGrigor, Murdo Fraser, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Scanlon, John Lamont, Bill Kidd, Derek Brownlee, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Jim Hume, Bashir Ahmad, Liam McArthur, Bill Aitken, Hugh O’Donnell

S3M-553 Bill Kidd: Healthy Children, Healthy Communities—That the Parliament applauds the work done by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland in highlighting and working for the rights of children and young people in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which comes of age in November 2007 when it celebrates its 18th birthday; believes that listening to what young people want, highlighting positive contributions that they make to our local communities and supporting and extending initiatives such as Operation Phoenix in Glasgow, which brought together rival housing estates in Easterhouse through varied activities including football, dancing and go-karting and led to a large reduction in gang fighting and youth disorder in general, bring huge benefits to local communities and are highly effective means of addressing antisocial behaviour, and agrees to work together to further these worthy aims.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Wilson, Angela Constance, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie

S3M-552 Robin Harper: Launch of Youth Cancer Forum Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Youth Cancer Forum Scotland (YCFS) on its official launch on Friday 28 September 2007; recognises the important role of this youth-led forum in giving a collective voice to young people affected by cancer throughout Scotland; notes that the YCFS aims to ensure that every young person affected by cancer in Scotland has the chance to contribute to a national forum, be represented on this forum and access peer support; supports the forum’s aim to improve access to age-appropriate treatment, care, support and financial assistance, and calls on the Scottish Government to support the needs of young people with cancer.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, Patrick Harvie, David Stewart, Jackie Baillie, Ken Macintosh, Angela Constance, Ross Finnie, Christine Grahame, Elaine Smith, James Kelly, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, John Park*, Trish Godman*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Sandra White*

S3M-551 Dave Thompson: Congratulations to RBS and HBOS—That the Parliament congratulates both the Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS on ranking 35th and 85th respectively in Barron’s survey of the top 100 world’s most respected companies, also published by the prestigious Wall Street Journal; notes the emergence of these two Scottish companies as leading financial providers in the global market; recognises their consistency in cultivating an environment of excellence, strong business strategy and outstanding leadership, and finally acknowledges that both companies have earned their reputation as a result of their long-term contribution to building a sustainable and prosperous Scotland.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, Alasdair Allan, Keith Brown, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Murdo Fraser, John Lamont, Bob Doris, Mike Pringle, Joe FitzPatrick, Alex Neil, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad

S3M-550 Dave Thompson: Congratulations to Alness—That the Parliament congratulates Alness on winning the best small town trophy and a continuous community involvement award at the Beautiful Scotland awards ceremony and recognises the considerable effort by everyone in the community, with particular praise for Carolyn Wilson, Alness in Bloom co-ordinator, in achieving this award and the work of Alness in Bloom for which this award comes as a fitting tribute for its efforts to promote community involvement.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor, Keith Brown, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Peter Peacock*

S3M-549 Joe FitzPatrick: University of Abertay Awarded Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Abertay in Dundee which, along with Glasgow and Strathclyde universities, has been granted the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark; notes that the quality trust mark is awarded to higher education providers who go the extra mile to support care leavers, and welcomes the comments of Principal, Professor Bernard King, that Abertay is committed to opening its doors to anyone who could benefit from a university education, regardless of their background.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Nigel Don, Elaine Murray, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Murdo Fraser, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Andrew Welsh, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, John Park, Angela Constance, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-548 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007—That the Parliament affirms its commitment to ending violence against women by endorsing the Women’s Coalition Statement of Intent 2007; calls on the Scottish Government to adopt a broad definition of violence against women, which makes the link between domestic abuse, rape and commercial sexual exploitation, and to continue provision of funding to violence against women projects in order to ensure the continuation of essential services to women and children experiencing violence, and further calls on the Scottish Government to continue to develop strategic work on violence against women, guided by the multi-agency National Group to Address Violence Against Women and enabled by the Violence Against Women Team within the Equality Unit at the Scottish Government, and to commit to changing public attitudes and behaviours through education initiatives and public awareness campaigns, alongside ensuring effective legal protection for women and children experiencing violence.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Malcolm Chisholm, Christine Grahame, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Angela Constance, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Marlyn Glen, Hugh O’Donnell, Pauline McNeill, Roseanna Cunningham, Dave Thompson

S3M-547 Bill Wilson: The Industrial and Provident Societies Act, Need for Reform—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society’s response to HM Treasury’s Review of the GB Co-operative and Credit Union Legislation June 2007; recognises the valuable contribution that agricultural and rural co-operative enterprises make to the people and economy of Scotland; notes, however, that these co-ops are relatively underdeveloped in Scotland and that co-ops, registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act, are at a significant disadvantage compared with bodies registered under the Companies Act, not least in that they are forbidden to use electronic means, such as email, for business communication and are not included in online electronic registers, and accordingly calls for the UK Government to reform the relevant legislation to remove outdated and damaging restrictions on Scottish agricultural and rural co-operative enterprises.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Sandra White*

S3M-541 Bill Kidd: Tackling Aircraft Emissions—That the Parliament believes that in order to tackle the issue of aircraft emissions, rather than simply introducing further taxes for travellers, other measures must be developed and that, in a co-ordinated approach to air travel and climate change, such measures should be applied to private and cargo flights, should require airlines to replace aircraft with greener, more efficient, planes within a set timescale and should reform the air passenger duty tax to directly tax the level of aircraft emissions and encourage people by means of incentive to use aircraft that create fewer emissions.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris

S3M-540 Elaine Smith: Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau—That the Parliament commends the work of citizens advice bureaux throughout Scotland; congratulates Coatbridge and Clydesdale citizens advice bureaux for successfully piloting a new facility to tackle health service complaints which is now being rolled out across the country; applauds their staff and volunteers for their commitment to working with NHS boards to guide people with complaints about the NHS; expresses concern that loss of funding from the Big Lottery Fund means that Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau cannot keep apace with rising demands on the service; urges the Scottish Government to examine ways and means of assisting with lack of funding, and believes that extra funding and support should be made available as a priority to citizens advice bureaux throughout Scotland to allow them to cope with the extra demands being placed on the service.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Patrick Harvie, Ken Macintosh, Bill Butler, Hugh O’Donnell, Sarah Boyack, Robert Brown, Marlyn Glen, Des McNulty, Trish Godman*, Sandra White*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-538 Iain Smith: Congratulations to Falkland—That the Parliament congratulates the village of Falkland on winning a prestigious gold award in the 2007 Entente Florale Europe and recognises the considerable effort by everyone in the community in achieving this European award and, in particular, the work of Falkland in Bloom for which this award comes as a fitting tribute for its work in this its 20th anniversary year.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Ross Finnie, Jim Tolson, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Stuart McMillan, Patricia Ferguson, Karen Gillon

S3M-537 Patrick Harvie: Proposed Abortion Law Review—That the Parliament notes the First Minister’s view that a commission might examine the provision of abortion services in Scotland and the question of whether this should be devolved; welcomes the answer issued on 6 June 2007 to parliamentary question S3W-433, and endorses the view that, irrespective of the level of government which makes policy on this matter in future, it is essential that women in Scotland should be able to access safe abortion as well as a full range of sexual and reproductive health services.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Ian McKee, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-536 Margaret Smith: Tackling Business-related Crime in Edinburgh—That the Parliament commends the joint working of Lothian and Borders Police and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce to launch the Business Protection Policy Group; notes that the aim of this innovative partnership is to offer practical advice to businesses and tackle business-related crime in Edinburgh; further notes that this partnership has the potential to not only reduce crime and develop the local economy, but could act as a template of good practice to be rolled out across the country, and calls on the Scottish Government to monitor the further progress of the policy group.

Supported by: Mike Pringle

S3M-535 Patrick Harvie: Planning Aid for Scotland and Community Involvement—That the Parliament notes the unique work undertaken by Planning Aid for Scotland in providing free independent advice, information, support and training to people looking to participate in the planning system; recognises its innovative community engagement programmes that aim to ensure that the planning system is made more inclusive and accessible to everyone; notes that the role of organisations such as Planning Aid for Scotland has become vital since the passing of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 which requires greater community involvement in the planning process, and calls on the Scottish Government to recognise that the need for enhanced community involvement will require greater resourcing to ensure that this step change can be achieved.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Des McNulty, Johann Lamont, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackie Baillie, David McLetchie, Mike Pringle, Sarah Boyack, Marlyn Glen

S3M-534 Bill Wilson: Iraq - Genocide—That the Parliament notes that excess mortality in Iraq subsequent to the 2003 invasion was estimated, as detailed in The Lancet of 21 October 2006, to be of the order of 654,965 deaths (or within the range of 392,979 to 942,636, with a confidence interval of 95%); notes that a survey released earlier this month by British polling organisation, Opinion Research Business, now estimates post-invasion excess mortality at 1,220,580 (within the range of 733,158 to 1,446,063); further notes the half a million estimated excess deaths of children under five alone, between 1991 and 1998, that the executive director of Unicef suggested was attributable in some measure to sanctions; notes that it is possible that Iraq, a nation of some 27 million people, has lost a tenth of its population due to the combined effects of sanctions and the 2003 invasion, and further believes that, had mortality of this scale been attributable to the actions of governments hostile to the United Kingdom and United States of America, the term used to describe it would be genocide.

Supported by: Ian McKee, Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-533 Margaret Mitchell: Pass Plus—That the Parliament welcomes the combined initiative of South Lanarkshire Council Road Safety Team, South Lanarkshire Community Safety Partnership and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to offer new drivers a £75 grant towards the cost of the Pass Plus scheme; notes that this scheme could make a considerable contribution towards reducing accidents on our roads, and applauds the various bodies involved for making the scheme more accessible to young people throughout South Lanarkshire.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Des McNulty, Nanette Milne, Elaine Smith, Christina McKelvie, Elizabeth Smith, John Lamont, Karen Gillon, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-532 Kenneth Gibson: 3TFM—That the Parliament congratulates the volunteers and board of directors, chaired by Louis Ferguson, of 3TFM on securing a community radio licence for the next five years, enabling it to broadcast to the three towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; notes that 3TFM is one of only four radio stations in the United Kingdom to have been awarded such a licence by Ofcom and the only one in Scotland; recognises that 3TFM will focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the communities it serves; is aware that 3TFM began in 2004 when determined volunteers with no previous broadcasting experience created a professional, well-run radio station sending out entertaining programmes with a health message, providing 672 hours of music over 28 days and training 150 volunteers, 30 live presenters and studio crew; notes that it will be live on the air from 17 November 2007 for 28 days in preparation for the new licence, and believes that the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of everyone at 3TFM will take the new station from strength to strength.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Keith Brown, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-531 Kenneth Gibson: Save the Sumatran Rainforest—That the Parliament acknowledges and supports the campaign by the RSPB and Burung Indonesia, part of the BirdLife International partnership, to restore an area of Sumatra’s lowland rainforest, the Harapan (hope) Rainforest; recognises that Sumatra has lost 97% of its rainforest, 16 million hectares, in under a century to unsustainable, often illegal, development, particularly logging activity; is aware that some of Earth’s most critically endangered species live in the Sumatran rainforest, a fragile habitat vulnerable to the devastating impact of deforestation, including 600 species of bird, the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia arnoldii, the Asian elephant, Malaysian tapir and the Sumatran tiger, where numbers are now reduced in the wild to fewer than 300; believes that restoration of the Harapan Rainforest would ensure the survival of a rich and diverse wildlife habitat vital to the prosperity of its indigenous people, and acknowledges that this ambitious project will help the development of scientific research and provide sustainable employment in wildlife monitoring, replanting, managing and eco-tourism.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Christina McKelvie, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Ken Macintosh, Patrick Harvie, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-465# Cathie Craigie: NDCS Change Your World Consultation—That the Parliament congratulates the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) on its groundbreaking Change Your World consultation exercise, which represents the first ever discussion with young deaf and hearing-impaired people in Scotland and the United Kingdom about the issues and challenges which affect them; believes that deafness and other hearing impairments should not be a barrier for children in achieving their true potential; acknowledges the work of the NDCS in representing the interests of all deaf children and young people from birth until they reach independence; welcomes this opportunity to engage with young deaf Scots, and considers that as many young people as possible in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and across Scotland with a hearing impairment should be encouraged to get involved and make their voice heard.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Irene Oldfather, Michael McMahon, Christine Grahame, Liam McArthur, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Murray, Ken Macintosh, Patrick Harvie, John Park, Trish Godman, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Marilyn Livingstone, Joe FitzPatrick, Nigel Don, Hugh Henry

S3M-72# Bob Doris: Glasgow Milton and Chirnsyde Community Initiative—That the Parliament praises the continued courage and determination of the local community in the Glasgow Milton area in standing up against organised crime; thanks community activists who have worked tirelessly to ensure that community facilities provided in the area are safe for the local community to use, and looks forward to the speedy reopening of the Chirnsyde Community Initiative with a new management committee that will provide a range of much-needed local services for the people of Milton and Ashfield.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Keith Brown, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Roseanna Cunningham, Jamie Hepburn, Joe FitzPatrick, Aileen Campbell, Christina McKelvie

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-527 National Police Memorial Day 2007 (lodged on 20 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*, John Scott*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-526# Learn to Sign Week (lodged on 20 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-524# Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland (lodged on 19 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-496 Access to Scottish Executive Initiatives for Those with Low Incidence Disabilities (lodged on 18 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-495 Support for the College of Piping in Glasgow (lodged on 18 September 2007) Peter Peacock*

S3M-492 Action Against Human Trafficking (lodged on 18 September 2007) Sandra White*

S3M-491 Adam Smith College (lodged on 18 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-489 Valuable Assets - A Report into the Role and Status of Classroom Assistants in Scottish Schools (lodged on 18 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-486 Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Islands Accommodation (lodged on 17 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-485 Scotland Leads the Way on Green Business Scheme (lodged on 17 September 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-468 EU Climb-down on Imperial Measures (lodged on 13 September 2007) Bill Aitken*, David McLetchie*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-428 Electric Training Devices (lodged on 11 September 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-413 Scottish Commercial Shipbuilding Industry (lodged on 4 September 2007) Duncan McNeil*, Mary Mulligan*

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