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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-871♦ Cathy Peattie: Carers’ Respite and Short Breaks—That the Parliament notes that 7 December 2007 is Carers’ Rights Day; applauds the huge contribution made to society by more than 600,000 unpaid carers in Scotland; welcomes the work done by organisations such as Grangemouth Carers and the Falkirk Carers Centre; recognises the enormous benefit that the provision of respite and short break services can make to both the carer and the cared for; notes with concern the inequalities of access to respite provision recently highlighted by the Scottish Society for Autism; believes that regular updates should be made available, detailing progress towards the provision of an additional 10,000 weeks respite per year, as well as a guaranteed annual entitlement to breaks from caring by 2011; welcomes the Scottish Government’s consultation on its new respite care guidance; is concerned, however, that this guidance does not contain a duty on local authorities to develop specific respite strategies; believes that such a duty is vital to strengthen the development of respite services and to achieve equality of access across Scotland, and believes that, in the absence of a duty on local authorities, measures should be taken to ensure that the impact of any additional resources for respite services is not undermined by weaknesses in local respite planning.

*S3M-870 Rhona Brankin: Failure to Invest in Higher Education—That the Parliament recognises the vitally important contribution made by Scottish universities in equipping our people with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive world; expresses disappointment that as a result of the spending review statement universities will face a real-terms cut in their funding in the coming year; notes that this is the first such cut in the history of devolution; believes that this will place Scottish universities at a competitive disadvantage to other universities in the United Kingdom and abroad; supports a full review of the long-term future of the higher education sector and its contribution to Scotland; considers the proposed higher education budget to be inadequate, and pledges to work for a more equitable funding settlement to ensure that our university sector remains world class.

*S3M-869 Jamie Hepburn: Discrimination Against Women in Saudi Arabia—That the Parliament condemns the decision of an appeal court in Saudi Arabia to double the number of lashes and add a jail sentence as punishment for a woman who was gang-raped; expresses its serious concern at the ongoing legal discrimination against women in Saudi Arabia and believes this to be a violation of their fundamental human rights; further believes that it is inappropriate for heads of western democracies to associate themselves with the Saudi regime while such state-sanctioned discrimination and abuse exists, and calls on government at all levels in the United Kingdom to use its diplomatic influence to promote equal rights and democracy in Saudi Arabia.

*S3M-868♦ Bashir Ahmad: Standing United with Glasgow’s Pakistani Community—That the Parliament is united with members of the Glasgow Pakistani community who protested outside the Pakistan Vice-Consulate’s office in Glasgow in November 2007; shares their concerns over the emergency rule imposed by General Musharraf in Pakistan; joins in their calls demanding that the rule of law is adhered to, the judiciary is reinstated and free and fair elections are held as scheduled in January 2008, and considers that representations should be made to Westminster on their behalf and that appropriate pressure be applied to General Musharraf to comply with the democratic wishes of the Pakistani community.

Supported by: Bob Doris*

S3M-867 Michael Matheson: The HELIX Project—That the Parliament congratulates Falkirk Council, its partners and the "My Future’s In Falkirk" initiative on their recently successful bid for a £25 million grant for the HELIX project from the Big Lottery Fund to transform an industrial landscape between Falkirk and Grangemouth into an inspirational green space; notes that this is the first of such awards to be granted to Scotland through this programme, although hopefully not the last; further notes that the HELIX project will see over 750,000 trees planted, create five biodiversity parks, lay 34 kilometres of paths and cycle tracks, create a 1.85 kilometre canal link connecting Grangemouth on the River Forth into Scotland’s canal network and see two 30m "Kelpie" horse heads, based on Scottish mythology, that will function as a boat lift at the canal entrance, and considers that this project will transform the site and improve the area for residents and visitors alike, as well as fulfilling a "My Future’s In Falkirk" economic initiative by further putting Falkirk on the map for visitors and locals alike.

S3M-866 John Scott: Water and Sewerage Charge Exemption for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations—That the Parliament applauds the valuable work done in Ayrshire and communities across Scotland by charitable and voluntary sector organisations; recognises that many of these organisations work on very limited budgets; notes that the existing exemption from water and sewerage charges granted to smaller voluntary organisations is to end in 2010 and believes that the ending of this exemption may place a very considerable additional financial pressure on voluntary organisations and churches in Scotland, and therefore calls for the Scottish Government to consider introducing a mandatory 80% relief from water and sewerage charges for all Scottish charities below a £60,000 income threshold in relation to their premises, as recommended by the Scottish Charity Law Review Commission.

S3M-865 Elaine Smith: Children in Need—That the Parliament deplores the BBC’s intention to use the Spice Girls video, "Headlines", to front "Children in Need"; considers the video to be offensive and degrading to women, adding to the desensitisation of society to pornography and, in particular, considers it to be totally inappropriate for a programme for and about children, and calls on the BBC to reverse this decision.

Supported by: Michael McMahon, Margaret Curran, Johann Lamont, Marlyn Glen, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christine Grahame, Mary Mulligan, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-864 Claire Baker: Congratulations to NHS Fife for Eye Diagnosis Pilot—That the Parliament congratulates NHS Fife for winning second prize at the Scottish Clinical Information in Practice awards for its successful pilot, begun in 2005, using email and digital images to refer eye patients rather than using the postal service; notes that researchers concluded that this change in practice for optometrist services was "safe, speedy, efficient, clinically accurate and avoids unnecessary consultations"; recognises that the changes to practice resulted in a much more efficient use of hospital appointments which could save the NHS millions of pounds each year; further congratulates NHS Fife for developing the service by creating a central ophthalmic electronic referral unit, and calls on the Scottish Government to consider rolling out this innovative service across Scotland.

Supported by: John Park*, Elaine Murray*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-863 Christine Grahame: Penicuik CAB is the Tops—That the Parliament recognises the achievement of Penicuik Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) which is the first in Scotland to achieve 100% compliance in its quality of advice audit, a scheme introduced by its umbrella body, the Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux; notes that the 100% compliance attests to the hard and immensely conscientious work done by the staff and volunteers who are so ably supported by Assistant Manager, Russell Gray; further notes that Penicuik CAB is also one of the few CABx to offer representation at employment tribunals, providing a valuable service for individuals who otherwise would not have access to representation in this increasingly complex area of law, and congratulates all who have contributed to Penicuik CAB’s award.

S3M-862 Patricia Ferguson: Yeah Butt No Butts in Maryhill—That the Parliament notes that 18% of girls and 12% of boys in Maryhill report that they regularly smoke cigarettes and welcomes the launch in Maryhill of "Yeah Butt No Butts", a specialist project dedicated to helping young people to stop smoking; further notes that this initiative comes at the request of young people themselves and will provide intensive support to them as they try to give up smoking, and wishes the project and the young people it works with every success.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*, Elaine Murray*, Mary Mulligan*, George Foulkes*, Bill Butler*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-861# Aileen Campbell: 18 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child—That the Parliament notes the "coming of age" of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November 2007, which since its adoption in 1989 has been ratified more quickly and by more governments, all except Somalia and the United States of America, than any other human rights instrument; recognises that it is the most far-reaching and comprehensive of all human rights treaties and has transformed the status of children as rights holders; supports its basic premise that children are born with fundamental freedoms and the inherent rights of all human beings; recognises that much work still needs to be done to ensure that the convention is fully implemented; further notes that in 2008 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will examine a report by the UK Government on its implementation of the convention; welcomes the Scottish Government’s engagement in that reporting process and its commitment to improving the lives of young people, and continues to support the work of Kathleen Marshall, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People in promoting and safeguarding children’s rights in Scotland.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*, Nigel Don*, Jamie Hepburn*, Robert Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Keith Brown*, Liam McArthur*, Bob Doris*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-860 Aileen Campbell: Biggar Café is Fish and Chip Shop of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Townhead Café in Biggar on being named Scotland’s Fish and Chip Shop of the Year by the Sea Fish Industry Authority; recognises the importance of traditional fish suppers sustaining our seafood industry and forming part of a healthy, balanced diet in Scotland, and wishes Townhead Café managers, Sandra and Gordon Hillan, every success in the forthcoming UK finals of the competition.

S3M-859 Sarah Boyack: Welcoming Siphiwe Hlophe of SWAPOL to the Scottish Parliament—That the Parliament welcomes Siphiwe Hlophe, co-founder of Swaziland for Positive Living (SWAPOL), to the Parliament on the evening of 26 November 2007; pays tribute to her outstanding work in providing care and support for many of the thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS in the African state as well as vulnerable children including those orphaned by AIDS; notes that, although SWAPOL now offers a wide range of support to both male and female victims of HIV and AIDS, it was originally founded to support women who were disowned by their families and ostracised by society as "infidels" due to being diagnosed as HIV positive despite often having contracted the virus from their husbands, and congratulates the NUS Scotland Women’s Campaign for highlighting issues of gender discrimination related to HIV/AIDS and affording Members of the Parliament the opportunity to hear from Ms Hlophe in person by arranging her visit to Scotland.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, Robin Harper*, Richard Baker*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Ross Finnie*, John Park*, Elaine Murray*, Mary Mulligan*, Iain Gray*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-858♦ Keith Brown: Government Powers to Ensure Terrestrial Broadcast of Sport—That the Parliament expresses displeasure about the ongoing lack of access for viewers in Ochil and across Scotland to the fixtures of the Scotland men’s football team on terrestrial television, in particular the Scotland v Italy fixture scheduled for 17 November 2007; criticises the BBC for again scheduling in all parts of the United Kingdom the live England match on 21 November instead; notes that within the framework of the EU broadcasting directive (89/552/EC) the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport designates sporting events into three categories, corresponding to those which must be broadcast on terrestrial television (A), those for which highlights must be broadcast on terrestrial television (B) and the remainder for which no such requirements exist; further notes that the FIFA World Cup finals and UEFA European Championship finals come under category A while the qualifying matches for these tournaments do not even come under category B; observes that other countries such as Germany require that all national men’s football team matches be made available under corresponding regulations; believes that all competitive participation in international men’s football by Scotland should be made available to terrestrial broadcasters under these regulations, and considers that powers over broadcasting should be transferred to the Scottish Parliament so that the Scottish Government can take such action.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-857 John Wilson: Equal Rights for Agency Workers—That the Parliament supports the EU directive that offers temporary agency workers protection and benefits equivalent to those enjoyed by permanent staff; notes that, without the passage of this directive or similar domestic legislation, temporary workers, many of whom are women or older adults, are subject to lower hourly rates and worse terms and conditions of employment while performing the same work duties; upholds the recommendation of the Trades Union Congress that there should be no waiting period for equal workers’ rights, and notes that, if rights are delayed for as little as three months of employment, more than 25% of temporary workers would be vulnerable to exploitation by their employers.

S3M-856 John Wilson: Return of Darfuri Asylum Seekers to Sudan—That the Parliament expresses its disapproval of the recent decision by the House of Lords and its ruling to return Darfuri asylum seekers to Sudan, citing the research of Dr James Smith, Executive Director of the Aegis Trust, who confirmed that there are documented cases of torture, unlawful imprisonment and disappearances of those who are forcibly returned to Sudan and notes the hypocritical decision of the UK Government to condemn publicly the human rights abuses in Darfur by the Sudanese authorities and the Janjaweed militia, while forcing refugees, seeking the help of a supposedly supportive nation, to return to such a dangerous and volatile country.

S3M-855 Helen Eadie: Fife Council Social Work Cuts—That the Parliament welcomes the Minister for Public Health’s statement that the delays to discharges from hospital beds in Fife are at an unacceptably high level; notes that these delays follow the policy decision of the SNP/Liberal Democrat-controlled Fife Council to make cuts amounting to £600,000 to its social services budget; further welcomes the fact that the minister has arranged for additional non-recurring funding for the remainder of the financial year to address the situation confronting Fife Council’s social work services; deplores the fact that the new policy cuts introduced in June 2007 by council leaders did not properly evaluate the impact that their policy would have on the oldest, frailest and most vulnerable people in Fife; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that a policy-proofing process is put in place to protect against the recurrence ever again of the appalling situation that resulted in one Fife individual being denied a care package that would have enabled him to die at home in dignity surrounded by those who cared for him most; finally applauds the initiative of the former Labour-controlled Fife Council which first piloted work on benefits checks in November 2005, following which a report to committee highlighted that an additional £1,018,628 benefit income was generated on behalf of those most vulnerable in our community through the stalwart work of Labour councillors and officials in Fife prior to the elections in May 2007, and regrets that Jim Tolson MSP and other Liberal Democrat parliamentarians are trying to rewrite history.

S3M-854 Helen Eadie: Police Numbers in Scotland 2007—That the Parliament notes that the number of police officers in Scotland on 31 December 1976 was 12,179 and that by 31 December 2006 there were 16,234, an increase of 4,055 or 33%; further notes that on 31 March 2000 the number of police officers was 14,716 and that numbers reached an all-time high on 31 March 2006 when there were 16,368 officers, an increase of 1,551 during the time of the Labour-led coalition; particularly notes that recruitment of police officers in the year 2005-06 was 941 and that the highest recruitment year was 2004-05 when the number of officers recruited totalled 1,062; pays tribute to all ministers in office at that time who recognised the widespread concern of the public on the issues relating to crime and people’s aspirations to feel safe in their communities, and finally notes that per 100,000 of population Cyprus has over 500 police officers, the Czech Republic and Portugal over 450, Croatia and Northern Ireland over 400, Belgium, France, Slovenia and Lithuania over 350 and Scotland and Ireland have over 300.

S3M-853 Liam McArthur: Orkney Sports Awards—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of all those who have helped to make it a successful year for sport in Orkney; congratulates the winners of the 2007 Orkney Sports Awards: Oliver Laughton who won Photographer of the Year, John Cumming who won Coach of the Year, the Junior Inter-county Squad which won Team of the Year after its dramatic victory over Shetland in the Stuart Cup, Ian Gibson who received an award for his services to sport after years of support and encouragement for various sports in Orkney, Claire Wilson who won Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year, Karen Wood who won Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Paul Firth who won Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year, Nigel Thomson who won Veteran Sportsperson of the Year and Jon Tait who won Sportsperson of the Year, and particularly congratulates Catherine Symons who won both Sportswoman of the Year and the award of Senior Sportsperson of the Year.

S3M-852 Elaine Smith: Fellowship with Cuba—That the Parliament welcomes Mr Jaime Crombet Hernandez-Baquero MP, Mr Ramon Pez Ferro MP and Ms Gladys Maria Zuazaga Cabrera MP who are visiting the Parliament on 15 November 2007 courtesy of the Inter-Parliamentary Union; notes that extensive democratic participation is at the centre of the Cuban model of government and further notes that in the most recent Cuban elections this year over 95% of the voting population chose to cast their vote; congratulates Cuba on sharing its advances in medical science, education, sport and agriculture with poor and dispossessed people around the world; believes that Scotland could benefit from strengthening relations with Cuba, including shared information on education and health, and calls for an immediate end to the United States blockade of Cuba.

Supported by: Sandra White, Bill Butler, Cathy Peattie, Marlyn Glen, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Cathie Craigie

S3M-851 George Foulkes: Lothian Buses are the Best—That the Parliament congratulates Lothian Buses, Edinburgh and the Lothians’ wholly publicly owned bus operator, for being awarded the accolade of UK bus operator of the year; recognises that this most prestigious award is closely fought for by all bus companies around the United Kingdom; is delighted that our capital city’s publicly owned and operated Lothian Buses managed to beat off stiff privately owned and operated competition from London, Liverpool and Cambridge to be the outright winner; commends the ordinary bus users in Edinburgh and the Lothians who judged the competition for recognising the excellent job that Lothian Buses staff do and the high-quality service that they provide; welcomes the investment over the past few years on new buses; recognises the essential role that bus travel plays for people across the region, and encourages other bus operators throughout Scotland to strive to reach Lothian Buses’ high standards.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Malcolm Chisholm, Brian Adam, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Rhona Brankin, Karen Gillon

S3M-850 Peter Peacock: Scottish Centres of Excellence in Music—That the Parliament congratulates the young people, teachers and tutors of the Scottish centres of excellence in music: Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd at Plockton High School, Aberdeen City Music School at Dyce Academy, the City of Edinburgh Music School at Broughton High School and the Music School of Douglas Academy, on their outstanding performance at their third annual showcase at the Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion on Saturday 10 November 2007; further congratulates Lila Senior for her enchanting composition, "The Boat of Mananan", which was given its premier in Strathpeffer and also Garry Walker for conducting the orchestra of the students of traditional Scottish and traditional classical music at the performance; commends the music schools for the contribution that they are making to the development of musical talent among Scottish young people, and wishes them well for a continuing and successful future.

Supported by: Dave Thompson

S3M-849 Jamie Hepburn: Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation—That the Parliament notes with concern figures released in the House of Commons Library Economic Indicators Bulletin showing that an estimated 41,000 workers in Scotland are earning less than the minimum wage; notes that this represents some 1.8% of the Scottish workforce and is the highest rate of non-compliance of any part of the United Kingdom; believes that this shameful statistic demonstrates an unwillingness or inability on the part of HM Treasury to fully enforce minimum wage legislation; calls for those employers not complying with minimum wage legislation to be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law, and further believes that these cases can only be effectively dealt with by the Scottish Parliament assuming full legislative and enforcement powers over employment rights and duties, currently reserved by the Scotland Act 1998.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Christine Grahame, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, John Wilson, Bill Wilson, Sandra White

S3M-849.1 Sarah Boyack: Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation—As an amendment to motion (S3M-849) in the name of Jamie Hepburn, leave out from second "notes" to end and insert "condemns any employer that does not comply with the National Minimum Wage Act 1998; recognises the actions of the UK Government to help enforce this legislation including through the National Minimum Wage Helpline, an online complaints process, teams of HM Revenue & Customs’ national minimum wage compliance officers and the National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Act 2003; encourages anyone aware of illegal pay, whether directly affected or not, to report it; further notes the important role of the agricultural wages boards in protecting rural workers; believes that the National Minimum Wage Bill was one of the most seminal pieces of legislation in terms of social justice to be considered by the House of Commons in the 20th century, and regrets that when it was finally passed not a single SNP MP, including the current First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, voted for it."

Supported by: Trish Godman, David Whitton, Paul Martin, Bill Butler, Iain Gray, Mary Mulligan, Karen Gillon, Andy Kerr, James Kelly, Rhona Brankin, Duncan McNeil, George Foulkes, Patricia Ferguson, Karen Whitefield, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-849.1.1 Roseanna Cunningham: Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-849.1) in the name of Sarah Boyack, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "notes that in the final substantive vote in the House of Commons at third reading in March 1998, not only did the then Prime Minister not vote, but 35 Scottish Labour MPs were also absent, including the current Prime Minister, the first two First Ministers of the Scottish Executive and the current Chancellor of the Exchequer."

S3M-848 Shirley-Anne Somerville: CAB Service in Edinburgh—That the Parliament notes the vital work of the citizens advice bureau service in Edinburgh and across Scotland; recognises the essential role that bureaux play in their local communities by providing a quality service that meets local needs, boosting the local economy and providing valuable volunteering opportunities, vital support and value for money for the communities that they serve, and encourages politicians of all parties to take part in Advice in Action and witness first hand the valuable work carried out by volunteers and staff in their local citizens advice bureaux.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Claire Baker*, Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Patrick Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-846 Robert Brown: Congratulations to Mark Lynch—That the Parliament congratulates Mark Lynch from Glasgow on winning the Apprentice of the Year 2007 award by the Federation of Master Builders at its Master Builder of the Year awards ceremony; notes the substantial contribution made by City Building (Glasgow) LLP in taking on and training modern apprentices over the years and calls on all building and construction firms likewise to support young people through apprenticeships as fully as possible; notes the exceptional opportunities currently open to the industry in both private and public sector building projects, and applauds Mark’s efforts in beating competition from across the United Kingdom to win his award.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Johnstone, David Stewart, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Karen Gillon, Ken Macintosh, Jamie McGrigor, Ross Finnie, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-845 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to Marks & Spencer on Plastic Bag Ban—That the Parliament commends Marks & Spencer for its foresight in deciding to ban plastic bags; welcomes news that a recent survey conducted in London has revealed almost 60% of residents to be in favour of a ban, and believes that Scotland should follow this lead and look again at alternatives to plastic bags in the interest of preventing further damage to the environment.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Rumbles*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, John Park*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-844 Rhona Brankin: Wheels of Time—That the Parliament notes the success of Wheels of Time, a joint project between National Museums Scotland and the Rural and Urban Training Scheme, part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which saw 10 young people who had not been attending school for a variety of reasons restore a 1914 motorcycle; notes that participants developed a variety of skills and a personal sense of achievement by researching the motorcycle industry, learning about mechanics and conservation and seeing the final display at the National Museum of Scotland; notes that six participants obtained SQA modules and two are now in full-time further education as a result of the project; notes the potential of such projects to help disadvantaged or troubled young people; congratulates all participants, and urges MSPs to support this and similar projects across Scotland by raising awareness and working to ensure adequate funding and support.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-836# Sandra White: Apprentice of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow carpenter, Mark Lynch, on being crowned Apprentice of the Year at the Master Builder of the Year Awards 2007 after fighting off competition from hundreds of apprentices around the United Kingdom; echoes the sentiments of the judges who described Mark as having all the qualtities we want to see in all apprentices, including commitment to his trade and employer, along with the willingness and ability to continue to learn; considers that the construction industry’s future will be assured through the development of young people such as Mark Lynch; believes that Mark, who has shown an exceptional interest in his career from an early stage, taking part in Glasgow’s school vocational programme and spending half a day a week at Queenslie Training Centre learning a variety of construction trades before being accepted for an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery with City Building (Glasgow) LLP, serves as a great example to others and demonstrates the benefits that apprenticeships bring to young people and Scotland as a whole, and hopes that these schemes will be developed to ensure that they play a central role in the new employment opportunities brought about as a result of Glasgow’s successful bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Supported by: John Lamont, Ken Macintosh, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Aileen Campbell, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Keith Brown, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Robert Brown, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson

S3M-835 Jim Hume: Rural Fuel Prices—That the Parliament recognises the disproportionate cost of fuel in rural areas, in particular the south of Scotland, where in many towns and villages people are reliant on cars as an essential method of transport; notes with concern the proposed two pence per litre increase in fuel duty in spring 2008; considers that this will place unbearable pressure on individuals in the south of Scotland as well as hauliers and other businesses nationwide, and calls on the Scottish Government to press the Chancellor of the Exchequer to freeze any further increases in fuel duty and to redress the imbalance between rural and urban fuel prices.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, Mike Rumbles, Hugh O’Donnell, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson, Mike Pringle

S3M-833 Stuart McMillan: Gourock Primary School Choir: BBC Songs of Praise Junior Choir of the Year Competition—That the Parliament congratulates Gourock Primary School Choir in successfully reaching the last six of the prestigious BBC Songs of Praise Junior Choir of the Year competition; notes that, from a total of 173 entries from throughout the United Kingdom, Gourock Primary School Choir is Scotland’s sole representative which exemplifies the great talent and enthusiasm of the choir and recognises the hard work and dedication of the music staff; further notes that the school reached the last 20 of the BBC’s UK-wide Joseph Choir search and impressed Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and wishes the choir every success in reaching the Junior Choir of the Year finals being held in Manchester in February 2008.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Joe FitzPatrick, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Keith Brown, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson

S3M-832 Mike Rumbles: Free Central Heating Scheme—That the Parliament notes with concern the uncertain winter faced by many older people across Scotland who are currently waiting to have central heating installed under the Scottish Government’s free central heating scheme; considers the lengthy delays facing many old people, leading to the prospect of a winter without central heating or hot water, to be unacceptable; believes that the £3,500 cap on the scheme, which has led to older people in rural areas only being given the option of an electric system which is expensive to run, should be lifted, and further believes that the Scottish Government should take urgent action to ensure that older people in Scotland receive their new central heating systems as quickly as possible.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Hume, Ken Macintosh, Ross Finnie, Jim Tolson, Alison McInnes, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle

S3M-831 Derek Brownlee: The Wickerman Festival—That the Parliament notes the success of the Wickerman Festival in winning the Best Grass Roots Festival at the UK Festival Awards; notes the contribution that the festival makes to the cultural and economic life of Dumfries and Galloway, and congratulates all involved in the event since its inception in 2002.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie McGrigor, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Aitken, Elaine Murray, Keith Brown, Alex Johnstone, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Elizabeth Smith, Stuart McMillan, Murdo Fraser, John Lamont, John Scott, John Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Jim Hume, Ted Brocklebank, Alasdair Morgan, Mary Scanlon, Patricia Ferguson, Rob Gibson, Mr Frank McAveety, Karen Gillon, Kenneth Gibson

S3M-830 Karen Whitefield: Diabetes UK Scotland World Diabetes Day Report 2007—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Diabetes UK Scotland report, Getting our act together - supporting young people with diabetes in Scotland; recognises that Scotland has one of the highest rates in the world for Type 1 diabetes and that more than 90% of young people with diabetes in Scotland are at risk of serious health complications because they lack the information and support to manage their condition properly; acknowledges the report’s action points on sustaining paediatric services for children with Type 1 diabetes, providing structured education, psycho-social support and information about living with Type 1 diabetes and its consequences, informing patients about their treatment options, educating people working with young people in schools and elsewhere about Type 1 diabetes, improving transition from paediatric to adult services and improving communication among professionals; furthermore recognises that the report is part of a year-long worldwide campaign to raise awareness of the rising prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, and calls on the Scottish Government to make a response to the report and the campaign.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, Nanette Milne, Marlyn Glen, Jackson Carlaw, Hugh O’Donnell, Patricia Ferguson, Liam McArthur, David Whitton, David Stewart, Robert Brown, Bill Butler, John Lamont, Elaine Murray, Hugh Henry, Michael McMahon, John Park, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Ken Macintosh, Ross Finnie, Elaine Smith, Mary Scanlon, George Foulkes, Cathie Craigie, Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-829♦ Charlie Gordon: Changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme—That the Parliament believes that the national concessionary travel scheme should be urgently reviewed to extend eligibility to disabled people in receipt of the lower rate of disability living allowance, including those in Glasgow, and to older and disabled people using community transport in rural areas such as those in Clydesdale and that there should be consultation on other desirable changes to the scheme.

Supported by: Trish Godman

S3M-828 Aileen Campbell: 100th International Cap for Julie Fleeting—That the Parliament congratulates Kilwinning-born Julie Fleeting, of the Scotland international women’s football team, on scoring her 100th international goal and achieving 100 international caps for Scotland; welcomes this achievement as an example and inspiration to other female footballers, and wishes Scotland’s women’s team every success in its current UEFA cup campaign.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle

S3M-827 John Scott: Availability of Insulin Pumps—That the Parliament notes the concerns of Diabetes UK that it is estimated that less than 1% of people with Type 1 diabetes use insulin pumps in Scotland; further notes that this compares very unfavourably with rates of use in other European countries; notes that a greater use of insulin pumps would benefit the NHS through a reduction in primary care contacts, and calls on the Scottish Government to consider what steps might be taken to further increase access to insulin pumps for people with diabetes in Scotland.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Mike Pringle

S3M-826 Margaret Mitchell: Samaritans’ Winter Campaign - Dr Chad Varah—That the Parliament notes with great sadness the death of The Reverend Dr Chad Varah CH, CBE, who founded the Samaritans in 1953 "to befriend the suicidal and despairing" and dedicated his life to caring for other people; considers it a fitting tribute that, as a direct consequence of his work, the Samaritans now has 202 branches in the United Kingdom; welcomes the Samaritans’ winter campaign and specifically its new emotional health check card, sponsored by Stagecoach; recognises the importance of focusing on emotional health and suicide prevention in Scotland, and commends the work of the Samaritans in this area.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ted Brocklebank, Jamie Hepburn, David McLetchie, Ross Finnie, Liam McArthur, Dr Richard Simpson, Jackson Carlaw, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh O’Donnell, Alison McInnes, Alex Neil, Trish Godman, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, John Lamont, Ken Macintosh, Christine Grahame, Murdo Fraser, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, John Scott, Mary Scanlon, Bill Aitken, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Smith

S3M-825 Bill Kidd: Welfare Benefits Reform and Disabled People—That the Parliament expresses concern about UK Government welfare reform which targets people on incapacity benefits; considers that the artificial targets of welfare to work risk pushing genuinely disabled people into low-paid work, and believes that, instead, all measures taken to assist disabled people should be of a positive and supportive nature.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christine Grahame, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Patrick Harvie, Christina McKelvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Dave Thompson, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-824# Bill Butler: Sectarian Stories—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Sectarian Stories, an educational documentary produced by Nil by Mouth in conjunction with the Gallery of Modern Art’s Blind Faith programme, which will be premiered at the Parliament on 14 November 2007; notes that the documentary features 12 people from across Scotland sharing their personal experiences of sectarianism which reflect the impact that sectarian attitudes, language and behaviour have on individuals and their communities; applauds the courage of the participants for speaking out on the issue; views such first hand experiences as a valuable resource that will support work to challenge sectarianism across primary, secondary and community education programmes, and, while acknowledging the significant strides taken in recent years to challenge and legislate against sectarianism, realises that it still presents Scotland with a series of deep-seated, emotive and complex challenges that are best met by strong and visible leadership from the Scottish Government.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Ross Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Andy Kerr, Patrick Harvie, Jackie Baillie, Karen Gillon, Ken Macintosh, Rob Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, Rhona Brankin, Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, Gil Paterson, Cathie Craigie, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Patricia Ferguson, Robert Brown, Hugh Henry, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-823 James Kelly: Camglen Fairtrade Forum—That the Parliament recognises the work of the Camglen Fairtrade Forum in promoting fairtrade values in Rutherglen and Cambuslang; applauds the efforts of the forum in working to obtain fairtrade status for Rutherglen and Cambuslang; notes that the forum has played an important role in bringing together churches and community groups in seeking to promote fairtrade values, and wishes the group every success in its efforts to achieve fairtrade status for Rutherglen and Cambuslang.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Sarah Boyack, Patrick Harvie, Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Mr Frank McAveety, David Stewart, Sandra White, Robert Brown, Bob Doris, Ken Macintosh, Stuart McMillan, Bill Butler, Marilyn Livingstone, Paul Martin, Malcolm Chisholm, Elaine Murray, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-822 Bill Wilson: MP3 Players: Limitation of Noise Exposure—That the Parliament notes the disturbing facts and figures quoted in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage, relating to the damage that people do to their hearing through listening to excessively loud music on MP3 players and calls on government to pass legislation to ensure that such devices are appropriately labelled with information and warnings, that volume levels are displayed in decibels on such devices and that the feasibility of absolutely limiting the volume of such devices to a safe level be investigated.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Bashir Ahmad, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper*

S3M-821 Bill Wilson: The Role of Government in Informing People of the Risks of Noise Exposure—That the Parliament notes the results of a survey, quoted in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage, that 86% of people thought that government should provide information and advice to enable people to make healthy lifestyle choices and suggests that such information should include the fact that if one has to shout to make oneself understood to people two metres away then the noise level is such that it could be dangerous over time.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Smith, John Park*

S3M-820 Bill Wilson: Limitation of Noise Exposure in Places of Work Where Loud Music is Played—That the Parliament supports the recommendation made in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage that music venues, social clubs and gyms fully comply with the control of noise at work regulations that protect the hearing of staff.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper*

S3M-819 Bill Wilson: Limitation of Noise Exposure in Music Venues—That the Parliament supports the recommendation made in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage that the venues where loud music is played should provide open chill-out areas where noise levels do not exceed 85dB(A), that the venues should publish noise levels where they can be seen by staff and the public and that they provide suitable ear plugs and information about hearing protection.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper*

S3M-818 Bill Wilson: Music: Establishment of Recommended Noise Exposure Level—That the Parliament supports the recommendation made in RNID’s Like it Loud? campaign report on young people, loud music and hearing damage that government should establish a recommended noise exposure level for audiences attending music venues and events.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper*, John Park*

S3M-817 Alasdair Allan: Murdo and Norman Macleod—That the Parliament congratulates Murdo and Norman Macleod of Point in Lewis, who have recently retired after operating a mobile grocery shop and a shop in Point, Lewis, for the past 40 years, and recognises the recent honour bestowed on them by the community of Point for this exceptional level of service and kindness to the local community over the past four decades.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Hugh O’Donnell, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper

S3M-797.1 Bob Doris: Maryhill Housing Association—As an amendment to motion (S3M-797) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, after "notes that" insert "since the SNP government has been elected, significant progress has been made with second stage transfer in Glasgow as opposed to no progress at all under the previous Labour and Liberal Democrat Executive; nevertheless condemns Glasgow Housing Association’s position that the Gateway Process is now complete and that those housing associations not invited to submit a business plan for second stage transfer cannot appeal this decision; further notes that".

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Ian McKee, Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson

S3M-752# Bill Kidd: Recycling Waste Wood—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Wood Recycling Project, a Drumchapel-based social enterprise finding new ways to recycle and reuse wood through collecting waste wood from offcuts to skirting boards and roofing; welcomes the support that this project has received from Glasgow School of Art students, who are incorporating the waste wood into their work, and Edrington’s bottling plant in providing its old whisky barrels to be recycled into garden furniture amongst other things; believes that local initiatives such as these are of fundamental value in tackling the environmental problems facing local communities and Scotland as a whole, and hopes that as the Glasgow Wood Recycling Project grows more people will use and benefit from this service.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson

S3M-425# Mary Scanlon: Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale) Industry—That the Parliament recognises the potential for the bog myrtle (sweet gale) industry in the Highlands and Scotland; considers that support should be accelerated for the industry, which sees bog myrtle grow wild and be cultivated on plantations across the Highlands, and is soon to be expanded to other regions including Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Borders; notes that immediate support is necessary to establish development, planting and research study which will ensure that the industry develops quickly and that crofters, farmers and landowners involved in the production of bog myrtle see an immediate effect, and believes that support should be given to the commercial planting programme to help mitigate the risk undertaken by initial growers to establish crops in order to see the production of bog myrtle increase in the Highlands and establish the crop in other parts of Scotland in an effort to meet the anticipated global demand for this plant from the healthcare industry and drinks manufacturers and ensure that the subsequent planting by growers continues on a sustained basis.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Sarah Boyack, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Nanette Milne, Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, Richard Baker, Trish Godman, Charlie Gordon, Alex Neil, Margo MacDonald, Alex Johnstone, Ted Brocklebank, Murdo Fraser, Sandra White, Jackson Carlaw, Jeremy Purvis, George Foulkes, Iain Smith, Liam McArthur, Bill Kidd, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Patrick Harvie, Irene Oldfather

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-811 Scotland’s Successful Commonwealth Games Bid (lodged on 9 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-810 Aamer Anwar (lodged on 9 November 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-808 The Impact of HMRC Brief 50/07 on Sports Trusts in Scotland (lodged on 8 November 2007) Jamie Stone*

S3M-807 Skills Strategy (lodged on 8 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-805 1,000 Parliamentarian Signatures for Amnesty Petition (lodged on 8 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-804 No Time to Lose (lodged on 8 November 2007) John Park*

S3M-797 Maryhill Housing Association (lodged on 7 November 2007) James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-768# Science and the Parliament, Wednesday 28 November 2007 (lodged on 2 November 2007) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-765# Extra-curricular Outdoor Education for Every School Pupil (lodged on 2 November 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-692 Human Papilloma Virus (lodged on 25 October 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-611 Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 3 October 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-564 Parents Have a Right to Care (lodged on 27 September 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-541 Tackling Aircraft Emissions (lodged on 25 September 2007) Robin Harper*

S3M-418 Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 5 September 2007) Mary Mulligan*

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