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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-628 Michael Matheson: End Discrimination by Utilities—That the Parliament notes the continuation of the practice by utility companies of surcharging those who do not pay by direct debit; believes that this surcharge is a tax on older people and those with low incomes, and calls on these companies to introduce a system that does not discriminate against those who choose to pay by cash.

*S3M-627 Joe FitzPatrick: European Shark Week—That the Parliament notes that European Shark Week runs from 8 to 14 October 2007; condemns the practice of shark finning which sees sharks hauled on board ships to have their fins removed before being thrown back into the water, often still alive; notes that, although this practice has been illegal for European fishermen since 2003, the current legislation contains many loopholes and is not being properly enforced or monitored in all EU countries; further notes that many species, such as the hammerhead shark, are now on the endangered list as a result of finning; recognises the vital role that sharks play in the marine ecology, and calls on the European Union to put a stop to this cruel, unnecessary and wasteful practice.

*S3M-626 Lewis Macdonald: Aberdeen Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen Football Club on qualifying for the group stages of the UEFA Cup; looks forward to the economic and sporting benefits that will follow, and calls on the Scottish Ministers and sportscotland to ensure continued support for sports development in Aberdeen and the north east to the benefit of Scotland as a whole.

Supported by: George Foulkes*, John Park*, Charlie Gordon*, Patricia Ferguson*, Richard Baker*, Bill Butler*, Robin Harper*, Mary Mulligan*

*S3M-625 Kenneth Gibson: Class Sizes—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Government for its commitment to reducing class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3; notes that there are cost implications in delivering this policy not only in terms of additional staff but, in circumstances where popular schools are full to capacity, also in the need for building modifications; is aware that, while teachers strive for smaller classes, ensuring that one’s children access the school of their choice is often a parent’s first consideration; recognises that in some open-plan classrooms up to 66 children are in a class served by two teachers; believes that building constraints can be overcome and children’s educational experience greatly enhanced by considering the employment of two teachers in a class of 33 (36 if there is space), rather than a teacher and an occasional classroom assistant, and is also of the view that raising the starting age for primary school, in line with standard practice in Germany, Scandinavia and elsewhere, would not only be sound education policy, but would also allow for smaller class sizes and should be explored by the Scottish Government.

S3M-624 Peter Peacock: Moray Citizens Advice Bureau—That the Parliament congratulates Moray Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) on its successful year of service to the people of Moray; praises the 17 volunteer advisers, paid staff and management committee, who make an extremely valuable contribution to the work of Moray CAB which provides a comprehensive advice and information service to the Moray community, and wishes Moray CAB every success for the next 12 months and beyond.

S3M-623 Jackie Baillie: International Credit Union Day - Together We’re Better—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish credit union movement on its continued growth, both in total membership and assets; acknowledges its positive support for financial inclusion in communities across the country; notes that on International Credit Union Day, Thursday 18 October 2007, 200 million credit union members around the world will join in celebration under the theme, Together We’re Better, and congratulates the Scottish League of Credit Unions on honouring the memory of the late Bert Mullen, founder of Scotland’s first credit union in Drumchapel in 1970, at the Biennial Bert Mullen Lecture, "Building Confidence - the Role of Credit Unions", to be delivered at the University of Glasgow by Dr Carol Craig.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Mary Scanlon*, Patrick Harvie*, Marlyn Glen*, Des McNulty*, Elaine Murray*, Robin Harper*, Robert Brown*, Sarah Boyack*, Ken Macintosh*, Alex Neil*, Michael McMahon*, David Whitton*, James Kelly*, Charlie Gordon*, Bill Kidd*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Angela Constance*, Patricia Ferguson*, John Park*, Bill Butler*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-622 Bill Kidd: Destitution of Refused Asylum Seekers—That the Parliament welcomes the Still Human, Still Here campaign, supported by organisations including Amnesty International and the Scottish Refugee Council, which is dedicated to highlighting the plight of "refused asylum seekers who are being forced into abject poverty in an attempt to drive them out of the country"; believes that the denial of any means of subsistence to refused asylum seekers is inhumane, degrading and ineffective; recognises that many refused asylum seekers cannot return to their country of origin for reasons beyond their control and believes that the threat and use of destitution should not be used as a tool against refused asylum seekers, and further believes that refused asylum seekers should be granted permission to work until such time as they have left the United Kingdom or continue to receive financial support, that they should also continue to have access to accommodation, healthcare and education, that they should be granted some form of legal status until they can return to their country of origin and that humane solutions can and should be found to work with people at the end of the asylum process.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, Christina McKelvie, Dave Thompson, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*

S3M-621 Marilyn Livingstone: Maggie’s Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Maggie’s Centre in Kirkcaldy, designed by Zaha Hadid, on being shortlisted for the title of Scotland’s best building; commends the level of care and support given by staff and volunteers to those suffering from cancer and their families, and thanks all involved within the centre, the local community and Fife Free Press for their outstanding fundraising campaign which has allowed Fife’s Maggie’s Centre to be built and to go from strength to strength.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Smith, Nanette Milne, Robin Harper, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, David McLetchie, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Mary Mulligan, Jim Tolson, Claire Baker, Michael McMahon, Iain Gray, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-620 Robin Harper: Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers—That the Parliament welcomes the ministerial powers it approved under the amended Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2007; calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment to use these powers at the first available opportunity to defend wildlife from ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Forth, and further calls on the Westminster Government to complement the initiative taken by the Scottish Parliament by immediately bringing forward new regulations under section 130 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to give Westminster ministers new powers to directly prohibit or restrict ship-to-ship oil transfers on grounds of safety or unacceptable risk to the environment.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*

S3M-619 Alasdair Allan: The Needs of the Scottish Film Industry and BAFTA—That the Parliament regrets the failure of BAFTA to nominate any film for the foreign language category in the Oscars; notes that, despite this, an acclaimed Gaelic film, Seachd, was submitted to BAFTA and is now going on general release; asks that BAFTA fully explains the criteria involved behind its decisions to nominate no film for this category; believes that this film is an outstanding showcase for Gaelic and for the Scottish film industry, and recognises the wider implications surrounding this issue regarding BAFTA’s responsiveness or otherwise to the needs of the Scottish film industry.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Na feumalachdan gnìomhachas fiolm na h-Alba agus BAFTA—Gu bheil e na adhbhar duilichinne don Phàrlamaid nach do chuir BAFTA fiolm sam bith air adhart do roinn nan cànan cèin anns na h-Oscaran; gu bheil i a’ toirt fa-near, a dh’aindeoin seo, gun deach am fiolm Gàidhlig cliùiteach Seachd a chur a-steach do BhAFTA agus gu bheil e a-nis air a sgaoileadh gu coitcheann air feadh Alba is Bhreatainn; gu bheil i ag iarraidh air BAFTA mìneachadh a thoirt seachad air carson nach do chuir iad fiolm sam bith a-steach don roinn seo; gu bheil i a’ creidsinn gu bheil am fiolm seo na fhìor dheagh shanas airson na Gàidhlig agus airson gnìomhachas fiolm na h-Alba; agus gu bheil i ag aithneachadh gu bheil seo a’ togail cheistean nas motha a thaobh cho mothachail ‘s a tha BAFTA air feumalachdan gnìomhachas fiolm na h-Alba.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Christopher Harvie*, Keith Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Dave Thompson*, Angela Constance*, Alex Neil*

S3M-618 Jim Hume: A Fair Deal for our Primary Producers—That the Parliament recognises the continuing plight of our primary producers in achieving a fair price at the farm gate; further notes the imbalance of power in the supply chain between primary producers and large processors and retailers, and considers that the Scottish Government, in line with its 2007 manifesto pledge, must do everything to ensure that those higher up the supply chain do not exploit primary producers.

Supported by: John Lamont, John Farquhar Munro, Christine Grahame, Bill Wilson, Ross Finnie, Mike Pringle, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Rumbles, Jim Tolson, Liam McArthur, Tavish Scott, Patrick Harvie, Karen Gillon, Gil Paterson

S3M-617 Jim Hume: Early Payments for Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme and the Beef Calf Support Scheme—That the Parliament recognises the significant benefit to those in the agriculture sector in having access to the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) and Beef Calf Support Scheme (BCSS); further recognises the recent difficulties experienced by the sector, and considers that the Scottish Government, in supporting a viable and sustainable agriculture industry, should bring forward LFASS and BCSS payments to relieve the unprecedented pressure on the sector created by the damaging effects of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak and the recent dramatic hike in feed prices.

Supported by: John Lamont, John Farquhar Munro, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Tolson, Tavish Scott, Liam McArthur

S3M-616 Bill Butler: Combating Sectarianism—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the launch of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education’s Count Us In - Promoting Understanding and Combating Sectarianism good practice guide which outlines positive examples of promoting religious tolerance and challenging sectarian attitudes in Scotland’s schools and communities; embraces the fact that Scotland is a multicultural, diverse society; acknowledges the significant strides made in recent years in tackling sectarianism; recognises the vital work being done with young people through educational initiatives such as the twinning of denominational and non-denominational schools and the efforts of organisations such as Nil by Mouth, and hopes that all sections of Scottish society and government will continue to support the campaign to free Scotland from sectarianism.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, George Foulkes, Ms Wendy Alexander, Paul Martin, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, Alex Neil, David Stewart, Karen Gillon, Marlyn Glen, Liam McArthur, Karen Whitefield, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Des McNulty, Trish Godman, Kenneth Gibson, Mr Frank McAveety, James Kelly, Hugh O’Donnell, John Park, Elaine Murray, Robert Brown, Bill Wilson, Mary Mulligan, Gil Paterson, Ian McKee, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-615 Elaine Smith: Still Human, Still Here—That the Parliament congratulates Amnesty International on the launch of its campaign, Still Human, Still Here, which seeks to highlight the plight of asylum seekers who, having reached the end of the asylum process, have no support and are living in destitution; is concerned that many such asylum seekers are unable to return home for various reasons; believes that cutting off support can be counter-productive as it can drive people underground and into the illegal labour market, and therefore believes that a better way must be found to allow asylum seekers in this situation the ability to access healthcare, housing and financial support until such time as they can return home safely or are granted leave to remain in Britain.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Butler*, Keith Brown*, Sandra White*, Robert Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Christine Grahame*, Patrick Harvie*, Marlyn Glen*, Alex Neil*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-614 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Scottish Special Olympics Athletes—That the Parliament wishes every success to the Scottish participants at the 12th Special Olympics World Summer Games being held in Shanghai from 2 to 11 October 2007; notes that the games are described as the largest sporting event of the year with almost 7,500 Special Olympics athletes participating from 196 nations; commends the work of the Special Olympics in providing an opportunity for its athletes to demonstrate their abilities and talents on a world stage, and congratulates the Scottish contingent of 93 athletes and coaches for their success in being selected to compete in this great sporting occasion.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jamie McGrigor*, Alasdair Allan*, Keith Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*, Patrick Harvie*, Michael Matheson*, Mike Pringle*, John Lamont*, Aileen Campbell*, Andrew Welsh*, Angela Constance*, Bashir Ahmad*, Karen Gillon*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-613 Tavish Scott: Lerwick - 2007 Fishing Port of the Year—That the Parliament notes that Lerwick Port Authority has won the 2007 Fishing Port of the Year award in the face of competition from the other finalists, Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners, Peterhead Port Authority and Plymouth Sutton Harbour Fisheries; further notes that Lerwick’s success is well-deserved, given the excellent facilities it provides for both the white fish and the pelagic fishing fleets, in recent years leading the way in the introduction of a modern temperature-controlled fish market, an electronic fish auction and deep water berths to match the growing needs of the fishing fleet; believes that the success is the result of the hard work and vision, over many years, of the port authority’s staff and board members and of the many Lerwick businesses that support the fishing industry, and congratulates them on their well-deserved success.

S3M-612# Paul Martin: Car Parking Charges at Stobhill Hospital—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to introduce car parking charges at Stobhill Hospital later this year; recognises the impact that this proposal will have on the local community through inconsiderate parking by car commuters in residential areas surrounding the hospital; is concerned that current provision of public transport to and from Stobhill Hospital is insufficient, and considers that a new car parking policy that would remove car parking charges at Stobhill Hospital should be developed.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Alex Neil, Karen Gillon, Cathie Craigie, Michael McMahon, David Whitton, David Stewart, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Smith, Des McNulty, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Gil Paterson, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-611 Marilyn Livingstone: Supporters Direct in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the work of Supporters Direct in Scotland; recognises its contribution to Scottish football and believes that supporters’ trusts provide the best mechanism for involving communities in their football clubs, enabling the Parliament to meet its wider commitment to improving participation in sport and health in communities, and believes that the Scottish Government should continue to support the valuable work carried out by the trusts.

Supported by: James Kelly, Kenneth Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, Hugh Henry, Robert Brown, John Park, Claire Baker, Elaine Murray, Michael McMahon, Iain Gray, Karen Whitefield, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-610 Ross Finnie: Quality Meat Scotland—That the Parliament notes the conclusion of the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Research and Development Strategy 2004-2007; notes that it has funded 52 practical projects to ensure a sustainable and profitable future for Scotland’s farmers and has been a touchstone for generating more than £1.5 million additional funding for research in the agricultural sector; congratulates the more than 500 Scottish farmers who have so far taken part in the successful Monitor Farm project, and notes the upcoming launch of the QMS Research and Development Strategy for 2007-2010.

S3M-606 John Scott: Agri-Environment Agreements—That the Parliament notes that the agri-environment agreements of over 1,000 farmers and crofters have ended or will end this year; notes that the earliest that the new rural development contracts could be open to applicants is the end of the year and that they could be significantly delayed beyond that; further notes that these land managers do not have the option of receiving payments to continue beneficial environmental work this year despite the fact that their single farm payments are modulated; recognises the damage that this may cause to habitats established by these farmers and crofters over the last five to 10 years or longer; acknowledges that this could result in the decline of key species and in reduction of water quality and could create problems in reaching Scotland’s biodiversity and water framework directive commitments; believes that this could affect land managers’ confidence in the new scheme; notes that elsewhere in Europe governments are making payments at their own risk to "tide over" farmers until rural development programmes are approved, and asks the Scottish Government to do all that is legally possible within the EU and UK payment structure to make interim payments to farmers or to open rural development contracts early. R

Supported by: Jim Hume, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Liam McArthur, Jackson Carlaw, Elizabeth Smith, John Lamont, Murdo Fraser, Tavish Scott, Bill Aitken, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-605 Karen Whitefield: South Nimmo GP Practice - Airdrie—That the Parliament recognises the strength of feeling among patients of the South Nimmo GP practice in Airdrie who feel that they have not been properly involved in the process of finding a new GP manager for the practice; expresses concern about the ability of any practice based within the Airdrie Health Centre, which is already badly overcrowded, to take an additional 1,800 patients, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to instruct NHS Lanarkshire to rerun the process of selecting a GP manager.

Supported by: Michael McMahon, Hugh Henry, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-605.1 Alex Neil: South Nimmo GP Practice - Airdrie—As an amendment to motion (S3M-605) in the name of Karen Whitefield, leave out from "calls on" to end and insert "regrets that the law neither provides for the right of appeal by patients nor for the decision to be overturned by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, and welcomes the SNP Government’s plans for a Patients’ Rights Bill."

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Angela Constance*

S3M-596 Angela Constance: Concessionary Travel—That the Parliament notes with concern that disabled people in receipt of the low rate mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA) are not eligible for concessionary travel; is deeply alarmed about the detrimental impact on disabled people who this year have had to re-apply for concessionary travel and who have subsequently lost eligibility; recognises that the National Concessionary Travel Scheme replaced local schemes such as those operated in West Lothian and the Strathclyde area that included those in receipt of DLA low rate mobility component; acknowledges that DLA low rate mobility component is a benefit for people who, due to the nature of their disability, require support or supervision to travel; notes that many people with mental health problems or learning disabilities will not qualify for concessionary travel under the mental health legislation due to high thresholds and bureaucracy and, furthermore, that this exclusion contravenes recommendations and the spirit of the Same as You guidance, and therefore calls for a review of the National Concessionary Travel Scheme and supports Capability Scotland and Enable Scotland in their campaign to extend eligibility for concessionary travel to those in receipt of DLA low rate mobility component and free travel for their companions, and to make it easier for disabled people to qualify where they are not in receipt of DLA or eligible under mental health legislation.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Keith Brown, Gil Paterson

S3M-595 Jack McConnell: Motherwell Train Station—That the Parliament recognises Motherwell train station as an important transport interchange for residents in Motherwell and Wishaw and in other communities in central Scotland; welcomes the initiative by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and North Lanarkshire Council to improve the station and nearby road system; recognises the unique position that Motherwell holds on the Scottish rail network as the only access point in the central belt to First Scotrail and east and west coast mainline services outside Glasgow and Edinburgh city centres; further notes the close proximity of Motherwell to three of Scotland’s main motorways, the M8, the M74 and the M73; welcomes the support of private stakeholders keen to see Motherwell station’s further development as a hub, and urges the Scottish Executive to work constructively with North Lanarkshire Council and SPT to bring these proposals to fruition.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-594 David Stewart: Highland Diabetes Institute—That the Parliament congratulates representatives of NHS Highland, UHI Millenium Institute and LifeScan Scotland on signing a partnership agreement to develop the Highland Diabetes Institute, a purpose-built facility to bring together researchers to develop ideas for the treatment of diabetes, and welcomes the commitment of these organisations to develop both better treatments for sufferers of diabetes and the provision of better treatment facilities at Raigmore Hospital.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon

S3M-593 Christine Grahame: Ronald Rae’s Lion of Scotland—That the Parliament notes the popular success of the exhibition of Ronald Rae’s sculptures in Holyrood Park; notes that most of the exhibits will be removed in November to locations such as Iona and the Falkirk Wheel; further notes that Ronald Rae is prepared to leave the Lion of Scotland in the vicinity of the Parliament with no funding cost to the Parliament, including liability cover, and therefore urges MSPs to support the relocation of the lion within the environs of the Parliament where it has already made its natural home.

Supported by: Jim Tolson, Margaret Smith, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, John Lamont, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson

S3M-592 Christine Grahame: Flu Jab - Nothing to Sneeze At—That the Parliament notes the campaign by Asthma UK Scotland to raise awareness about the greater risk from flu for people with asthma and encourage increased take-up of the flu jab by sufferers; notes that around 400,000 people in Scotland have the condition and that for 90% of them colds and flu will trigger their asthma symptoms, and urges people with asthma to speak with their GPs and discuss the possibility of having the inoculation against flu.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Stone, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Angela Constance, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Karen Gillon, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Nanette Milne, Dr Richard Simpson, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-591 Jamie Hepburn: The Big Blockade—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Faslane 365 campaign on their year of activity at the Faslane nuclear submarine base, particularly for their efforts on 1 October 2007 with their Big Blockade; reiterates its position against renewal of the UK nuclear deterrent expressed in motion S3M-169, as passed on 14 June 2007; notes the strength of opinion against nuclear weapons across Scotland, and believes that no nuclear weapons should be stored, harboured or transported on Scottish soil or waters.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-590 Rob Gibson: Living Food Festival Success—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the second Living Food Festival held in the grounds of Cawdor Castle on Saturday 29 September 2007 as part of Highland Feast; notes the rising demand for local and organic produce that is providing an increased income for a growing cluster of dedicated farmers and growers in the inner Moray Firth area, many of whom were stallholders at the event, and praises the collaboration between Cawdor Estate and the Soil Association and Slow Food Highlands and Moray convivium for whetting the public’s appetite for healthy, tasty local food and drink every week in the year.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Nanette Milne, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Stuart McMillan, Karen Gillon, John Scott, Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Dave Thompson, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-588 Margaret Smith: Wear it Pink—That the Parliament recognises that over 3,500 women in Scotland will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007; endorses Breast Cancer Campaign’s organisation of Wear it Pink on Friday 26 October 2007; notes the importance of the event in promoting awareness of breast cancer among the general public; encourages MSPs to participate in the initiative to help raise funds for independent breast cancer research at centres of excellence throughout the United Kingdom, and congratulates Breast Cancer Campaign and all of its supporters for having raised over £3 million in 2006 through Wear it Pink.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Liam McArthur, Alison McInnes, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, David McLetchie, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Claire Baker, Angela Constance, Mary Mulligan, Jim Tolson, Ross Finnie, Jamie Stone, Johann Lamont, David Whitton, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Butler, Jim Hume, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Murray, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Dave Thompson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Michael Matheson, Mike Pringle, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Ken Macintosh, Pauline McNeill, Marlyn Glen, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Gillon, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Karen Whitefield, Christina McKelvie, Annabel Goldie*, Irene Oldfather*, John Scott*

S3M-586 Tavish Scott: Most Enterprising Student Competition—That the Parliament congratulates Emily Garrick, a student from Shetland, for her deserved success in winning a commendation in the Scotland and Northern Ireland Most Enterprising Student final for her work on a Shell Step placement with Shetland Seafood Auctions Ltd where she undertook a marketing and web development project, and wishes her and Shona McElroy and Iain Whiteside, the two other Scottish students who are joining Emily in the UK’s Most Enterprising Student 2007 final in London on 10 October 2007, every success in the final.

S3M-585 Alison McInnes: Congratulations to Aberdeenshire Council—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeenshire Council for winning the renewable energy category at the recent Northern Star Business Awards; notes that it is the first council to win at the awards since they began five years ago; recognises the progress that the council has made towards the target of becoming carbon neutral by 2020 through renewable energy projects such as the installation of ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers to serve school and community facilities, and encourages other local councils to follow Aberdeenshire’s example and take action to become more energy efficient.

S3M-584 Joe FitzPatrick: David Cairns’ Comments on New Nuclear Power Stations—That the Parliament notes with concern the comments made by David Cairns MP, Minister of State at the Scotland Office, in support of new nuclear power stations in Scotland; believes that, rather than opting for new nuclear power stations and a dangerous, dirty and expensive technology, Scotland should instead be doing everything possible to promote our nation as a centre of excellence for genuinely clean and safe energy technologies, and further believes that support for nuclear power can only undermine efforts by the Scottish Government to make Scotland nuclear-free and a global leader in clean renewable energy.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Angela Constance, Brian Adam, Patrick Harvie, Jim Tolson, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Nigel Don, Dave Thompson, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson*

S3M-583 Bob Doris: John Reid - Chairman of Celtic Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates John Reid on becoming the next chairman of Celtic Football Club; wishes him all the best in his new job, and hopes that all Scotland’s clubs and our national side continue to do our nation proud.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Karen Gillon, Michael Matheson*

S3M-582 Rob Gibson: The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival—That the Parliament welcomes the successful inauguration of the first John Lennon Northern Lights Festival held in Durness, the most north-westerly community on the Scottish mainland, over the last weekend in September 2007; recalls the inspiration of the festival being the late John Lennon whose youthful holidays in Durness infused his life, music and work with the Beatles and as a solo artist thereafter; notes the support of John’s close family at the event; congratulates the festival organisers for transforming the theme with international artistic exhibits and performances in venues around this scattered crofting community, and commends the festival as a highly appropriate annual tribute to the inspiration of John Lennon’s art and music to take place in one of his favourite places on the planet, putting Durness on the map for the best possible reasons.

Supported by: Jamie Stone, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Patricia Ferguson, Bob Doris, Dave Thompson, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Mary Scanlon*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-581 Margaret Mitchell: Police Cameras—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Strathclyde Police to equip officers with digital cameras for a six month trial in Hamilton, Rutherglen and Cambuslang; believes that the initiative could help reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in the areas covered by the scheme; notes calls from East Kilbride and District Crime Prevention Panel for a similar scheme in East Kilbride, and therefore calls on Strathclyde Police to consider extending the scheme throughout South Lanarkshire should the pilot prove to be successful.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Nanette Milne, John Lamont

S3M-580 Karen Whitefield: Visit by the Changing Diabetes Bus—That the Parliament welcomes the visit to the Parliament of the Novo NordiskChanging Diabetes Bus on Wednesday 3 October 2007; applauds its contribution to raising awareness of diabetes and a United Nations resolution on diabetes; recognises that the growing incidence of diabetes and the deadly complications of this disease impose significant burdens on the health service and those who suffer from diabetes; welcomes the action being taken to tackle diabetes in Scotland, and urges MSPs, their staff and parliamentary staff to visit the bus and take advantage of the free testing facilities offered by the medically qualified exhibition staff.

S3M-579♦ Mary Mulligan: UK Best Butcher’s Shop Award—That the Parliament congratulates David Stein Butchers Ltd of North Bridge Street, Bathgate, on its fantastic achievement in reaching the final shortlist in the Butcher Plus category of the UK Best Butcher’s Shop of the Year awards for 2007; notes that David Stein is Scotland’s only representative in this category and that its success demonstrates the ability of a traditional town centre shop to compete on the basis of quality, customer service and choice, and wishes David every success at the final award ceremony in Claridges, London, on 20 November 2007.

S3M-578♦ Mary Mulligan: Scottish Retail Excellence Awards—That the Parliament congratulates David Stein Butchers Ltd of North Bridge Street, Bathgate, on being shortlisted for two categories in the Scottish Retail Excellence Awards 2007, including the prestigious Retailer of the Year award; notes that David Stein is a family-run butcher business of long standing, with an emphasis on high-quality Scottish produce and a distinguished record of service provision for the people of Bathgate; further notes that, in being shortlisted for the Retailer of the Year Award, David Stein Butchers is joined by B&Q, the John Lewis Partnership and Schuh; welcomes this outstanding achievement as confirmation of the ability of a traditional town centre business to compete with the retail giants, and wishes David every success in the Retail Innovation of the Year and Retailer of the Year categories when the Scottish Retail Excellence Awards are decided in Glasgow on 31 October 2007.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-575 Congratulations to Borderline (lodged on 28 September 2007) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-570 Ditch the Discrimination (lodged on 27 September 2007) David Whitton*

S3M-557 National Autistic Society in Scotland - Daldorch House School Senior Campus (lodged on 27 September 2007) David Whitton*, Charlie Gordon*, John Scott*

S3M-540 Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 25 September 2007) David Whitton*

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

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