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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally only printed the day after the day on which they are lodged and then with the complete list of motions and amendments lodged the previous week which is published in this section of the Bulletin every Monday. That list also contains any motions lodged for debate in the forthcoming week.

Where the text of a motion or amendment is altered, the motion or amendment is re-printed with the changes marked by asterisks in the text.

Where a motion or amendment attracts additional support after it is first published, that additional support is shown separately at the end of this section.

Motions eligible for consideration for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#).

Motions submitted for members’ business in the Parliament but which have not yet received the requisite cross-party support are marked with a diamond symbol (♦).

Motions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-924 Patrick Harvie: Smart Metering—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Look Smart, a campaign by energywatch, the Energy Retail Association and Utility Week; recognises that smart metering has the potential to put an end to estimated energy bills, give consumers accurate, understandable and up-to-date information on the energy that they are using, remove the additional cost to service pre-payment meters and have a positive impact on fuel poverty and carbon emissions; notes that a national introduction of smart meters has broad support from the energy industry, consumer groups and environmental organisations, and calls on the Scottish Government to press the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to fulfil the expectation outlined in the Energy white paper that, within the next 10 years, all domestic energy customers will have smart meters.

Supported by: Robert Brown*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-923 Joe FitzPatrick: SNP Lochee By-election Victory—That the Parliament congratulates SNP Councillor Alan Ross on his decisive victory in the Lochee by-election; notes that the SNP received 49% of the first preference votes, and further notes that the result shows the support of the people of Dundee for the SNP in government and on Dundee City Council and demonstrates that the removal of tolls on the Tay Bridge and the historic council tax freeze have been warmly welcomed.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Christina McKelvie*, Willie Coffey*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-922 Alasdair Allan: BBC Trust Report into New BBC Gaelic Channel—That the Parliament recognises the concerns expressed by many regarding the BBC Trust’s report into a new Gaelic digital television channel; notes that the BBC Trust has stated that more information needs to be forthcoming before it can support the new channel; believes that all those with the interests of Gaelic at heart should write to the BBC Trust during the consultation period into the new channel, and urges them to support the new channel and inform the trust of the benefits that it would bring, not only to Gaelic speakers but to many others who are supporters of the language and culture.

*S3M-921 Jim Hume: Nitrate Vulnerable Zones—That the Parliament notes with concern the Scottish Government’s flawed proposals on nitrate vulnerable zones; further notes with regret Scottish Government advice that the already long-awaited Scottish Rural Development Programme cannot be approved until the NVZ Action Programme has been formally set out; recognises the potential cost to farmers of having to increase farm slurry storage capacity as a result; notes in particular that the proposals, if implemented, will increase the closed period from the current four weeks to up to 26 weeks which will place intolerable pressure on pig, poultry and cattle farmers, and calls on the Scottish Government to review the proposals urgently and take into account the views of those in the industry and the scientific evidence that indicates that the closed period should be significantly shorter than what is proposed.

*S3M-920 Kenneth Gibson: The Rights of Cohabitees—That the Parliament notes that the nature of relationships has changed over recent years and that many couples, for a variety of reasons, choose to cohabit rather than marry; is aware that many individuals have found themselves with no legal protection when their relationship breaks down after investing a great deal in it over many years; understands the need to articulate the law with regard to the rights of cohabitees clearly, given that many mistakenly believe that they have greater legal protection than they do in reality, and understands that, on the whole, it is women who find themselves disadvantaged by this lack of clarity.

*S3M-919 Bill Butler: Glasgow City Council’s Fire Cadet Partnership Programme—That the Parliament welcomes the ground-breaking Fire Cadet Partnership Programme pioneered by Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue; supports the aim of this programme to help young people, many of whom come from deprived areas and have no formal qualifications, to access employment with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue; applauds the programme as an innovative way of delivering training and learning and the opportunity to progress to full-time employment with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, and commends Glasgow City Council for driving forward this partnership in conjunction with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Scottish Enterprise and the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership.

S3M-918 Christine Grahame: Scotland’s Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialists—That the Parliament acknowledges the role of Scotland’s Parkinson’s disease nurse specialists (PDNSs) in providing care and support for people living with Parkinson’s disease; notes that Parkinson’s disease is a complicated condition that requires to be managed by specialist teams of health professionals; recognises that for many people with Parkinson’s disease and their families a PDNS is the most important health professional in their lives and that the evidence shows that access to a PDNS improves quality of life and symptom control and reduces unnecessary hospital admissions; is concerned that six NHS boards have no access to a PDNS and that in other boards PDNSs are heavily oversubscribed, and encourages boards to take the opportunity to work in partnership with the Parkinson’s Disease Society and with people with Parkinson’s disease to design higher quality services where everyone with Parkinson’s disease has access to a PDNS.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*, James Kelly*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackson Carlaw*, Alex Neil*, John Scott*, Bashir Ahmad*, Ross Finnie*, Robin Harper*

S3M-917 Mary Scanlon: Guidance on Handling of Medicines—That the Parliament notes the publication of The Handling of Medicines in Social Care by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the professional and regulatory body for pharmacists; recognises the vital importance of proper systems for managing medicines in social care environments and the serious risks if these systems are not robust enough; welcomes the contribution made by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to best practice in this area, in particular by publishing practical guidance which draws on the experience of front-line pharmacists who are working in the social care environment; believes that this publication will help ensure that staff and residents in social care can have the confidence they deserve in the management of medicines, and urges the Scottish Government to continue to work closely with the country’s pharmacists on projects like this to make best use of their experience in communities across Scotland.

S3M-916♦ Jamie Hepburn: Central Scotland Rail Improvements—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s plans to electrify the Glasgow to Edinburgh and Cumbernauld railway lines; believes that this will have a positive effect on the commuting experience for people across Scotland, particularly those in central Scotland; recognises the importance of providing alternatives to the private car to reduce congestion and pollution and of opening up social and economic opportunities to the 32% of Scottish households that do not have access to a car; notes the campaigns by various rail user groups calling for the introduction of a national railcard scheme which would provide discounted travel to all regular train users, and believes that such a scheme should be considered for introduction in Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Patrick Harvie*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-915 Murdo Fraser: Home Nations Football Championship 2008—That the Parliament recognises the outstanding achievements by the Scottish national football team in its qualifying campaign for Euro 2008; welcomes the massive national support that the country has given to the team throughout the campaign and believes that Scottish fans have proved themselves to be the best in the world; notes that unfortunately no team from the United Kingdom qualified for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland and therefore supports the creation of a home nations tournament to take place in summer 2008, consisting of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and believes that such a tournament would unite the home nations and allow fans to watch their nations compete on an international stage.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw*, Alex Johnstone*, John Park*, Mary Scanlon*, Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Nanette Milne*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Lamont*, David McLetchie*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-914 Jeremy Purvis: Vulnerable Child Witnesses—That the Parliament recognised the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse on Monday 19 November 2007; notes that young witnesses who may have experienced sexual or physical abuse are still required to undergo direct questioning and cross-examination in court; further notes that inappropriate questioning can be harmful both for young witnesses and for the quality of their evidence; recognises that special measures under the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004, while welcome, do not address the issue of inappropriate or intimidating questioning of children in court; welcomes the Scottish Government’s consultation on the use of intermediaries for vulnerable witnesses, and looks forward to a positive debate that may lead to the introduction of intermediaries into the Scottish court system in the near future.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-913 Bill Wilson: Social Enterprises: Saving Money, Saving the Planet—That the Parliament notes the recent report from the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition, Saving Money, Saving the Planet, which shows how social enterprises can profit from pursuing environmentally friendly business practice, recognises that 79.4% of social enterprises reduce CO2 emissions by using local suppliers to source their products and are 50% more likely to use recycling schemes than conventional businesses; acknowledges that the profitability of social enterprises, while not threatened by such environmental practice, is inhibited by limited numbers of local recycling facilities, and calls on the Scottish Government to evaluate schemes aimed toward improving recycling opportunities and providing forums for communication between social enterprises and the wider business sector.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson*, Patrick Harvie*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-912 Keith Brown: Employability of Disabled Graduates—That the Parliament commends the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in particular Article 27 on the right to work and employment on an equal basis; notes that disabled people are three times more likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people; agrees that disabled students and graduates face specific employment issues; further notes that, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, some 7.3% of first degree students in 2005-06 declared a disability and, according to the Scottish Funding Council, some 14% of further education students did so; recognises the efforts of the National Union of Students Scotland’s Disabled Students’ Campaign, including its Decent Work network event scheduled for International Day for Disabled Persons on 3 December 2007, and encourages colleges and universities to do more to include their disabled students and graduates in their career services and provide employability support that is suitable and accessible.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Christina McKelvie*, Christine Grahame*, David Stewart*, Mike Pringle*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Robert Brown*

S3M-911 Karen Whitefield: People Need Physios Campaign—That the Parliament notes that physiotherapy students from across Scotland will take to the streets of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow tomorrow to promote their People Need Physios campaign, raising awareness of the value of physiotherapy to Scotland’s health and the employment crisis facing physiotherapist graduates in Scotland; further notes figures from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy revealing that over 70% of 2007 graduates remain unemployed five months after graduation and that one third of 2006 graduates are still seeking their first NHS posts; expresses concern that over one third of recent physiotherapy graduates are seeking registration abroad and believes that, unless action is taken to tackle this problem, Scotland’s NHS will lose these skilled professionals at a time when there are 28,000 people on waiting lists for physiotherapy; recognises that this is a massive waste of potential, and calls on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to deliver on its manifesto commitment to increase the number of NHS physiotherapists and take the necessary steps to exploit the talent pool of physiotherapists in Scotland for the benefit of patient care.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman, Nanette Milne, Charlie Gordon, James Kelly, Mary Scanlon, Pauline McNeill, Karen Gillon, Bill Butler, Jim Hume, David Stewart, Jackie Baillie*, Claire Baker*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Irene Oldfather*, Iain Gray*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-910 Gil Paterson: Support the White Ribbon Campaign—That the Parliament applauds the White Ribbon campaign around the world for developing the role of men in tackling violence against women; applauds White Ribbon Scotland for taking forward the issue here; notes that the simplest action for men to take is to wear a white ribbon, symbolising the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, and encourages all male MSPs to do so during the 16 days of action opposing violence against women, which start on 25 November 2007, and all female MSPs to encourage the men around them to do so.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Liam McArthur, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, John Lamont, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Jim Hume, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Marlyn Glen*, Christina McKelvie*, John Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Park*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-909 Cathy Jamieson: Fundraising by Castle Primary School, New Cumnock—That the Parliament thanks the pupils, staff and parents of Castle Primary School, New Cumnock, for the hard work that they have done to raise funds to help Russian children who were victims of the Beslan siege in Russia in 2004; recognises the kind contribution made to this fundraising by Sir Tom Hunter who matched the money raised by the pupils through the sale of the books they had published containing their own drawings, and wishes all at Castle Primary well in their plan to sell Christmas placemats to raise even more funds to help the children of Beslan.

S3M-908 Elizabeth Smith: Lochgelly High School Scottish Young Engineers of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Lochgelly High School on winning the Scottish Young Engineers Club of the Year 2007 award and the Formula One Technology Challenge for schools; notes that the competition builds on the skills of the pupils by challenging them to build a miniature prototype racing car which must be then raced successfully; notes that this vocational opportunity provides the children with a positive opportunity to gain skills in marketing, research and fund-raising; further notes that Lochgelly High School will be competing as the UK representative in the World Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2008, and wishes it great success.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Murdo Fraser, Derek Brownlee, Ted Brocklebank, Ross Finnie, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Claire Baker, Bill Kidd, Margaret Mitchell*, John Park*

S3M-907 Cathie Craigie: BBC Scotland’s Commitment to Deaf Users of Sign Language—That the Parliament notes that BBC Scotland has published its Annual Review 2006-07 which contains priorities for delivering BBC public purposes for Scotland in 2007-08; notes that the BBC will scrutinise the level and quality of cultural representation of the UK’s nations and regions across the BBC networks and ensure that the objective for 2006-07, "Make significant progress towards the development and delivery, through innovative means, of local/regional news, politics and general programming", is achieved by BBC Scotland in 2007-08; congratulates the BBC on the fact that speakers of Gaelic, an indigenous language in Scotland, will have direct access to 35 hours of television in their first language and 3175 hours of radio; expresses its condemnation that Scotland’s 6,500 deaf users of sign language (BSL) are given no consideration by BBC Scotland for programmes in their first language, a language that is recognised as indigenous to the United Kingdom; further expresses its condemnation that BBC Scotland does not at least match the television hours given to the Gaelic language with programmes made in BSL, and believes that it should, in fact, give BSL users more television hours as BSL users do not have access to information and programmes on radio.

S3M-906 Bill Wilson: Cancelling Stamp Duty for Disabled People—That the Parliament notes the recent report from the Disability Rights Commission, The Disability Agenda; supports its proposal to remove stamp duty for disabled people purchasing property that will require substantial alteration to meet their needs; recognises the cancellation of stamp duty for disabled people to be a reserved matter that has been inadequately addressed by Westminster; acknowledges that the definition of "disabled person" is purposefully wide and that only those with needs likely to require substantial alteration to their houses should benefit, and calls for an inquiry to assess the development of a "passport" benefit to assist those entitled to either the higher rate care or mobility elements of the Disability Living Allowance plus those entitled to Attendance Allowance in order to offset the additional cost of adaptations.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance*

S3M-905 Bill Wilson: Renfrewshire St Andrew’s Ball—That the Parliament congratulates Renfrewshire Council for holding its first-ever charity ball, hosted by Provost Celia Lawson; notes the hard work by all those involved which contributed to it raising £12,000 for this year’s designated charity, Renfrewshire Young Carers, a charity that helps young people between the ages of eight and 18 who look after their parents or siblings; notes the strong support for the event by the local business community, and recognises the council’s renewed commitment to furthering charitable causes.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson*

S3M-904 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Scottish Police Services Authority (Police Support Services) (Modification) Order 2007—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Scottish Police Services Authority (Police Support Services) (Modification) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-903 Bob Doris: CSV Scotland’s Dare to Care Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of CSV Scotland’s Dare to Care campaign which asks people to make time to end child poverty; backs its aims of showing how volunteering can make a difference in the fight to end child poverty; encourages organisations to register for this scheme and take advantage of the £50 grant available; urges every MSP to identify a local group and support it to take part in the campaign; recognises not only the valuable contribution that volunteering makes to good causes but also to the personal development of volunteers; notes with deep regret that one in four children still live in poverty, and looks forward to achieving the historic 2020 target to end child poverty in Scotland.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Jim Tolson, Ian McKee, Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-902 Bob Doris: Additional Investment in Central Heating Programme—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, of an additional £7 million in funding for the government’s central heating programme to ensure central heating and hot water for all those pensioners most in need this winter; welcomes the corresponding increase in capacity to avoid lengthening waiting times for those already scheduled for upgrades or installations, and congratulates the Scottish Government on its effective and thorough response to concerns over the provision of central heating for pensioners this winter.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-901 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Caring Christmas Trees Programme—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of and congratulates Bethany Christian Trust on its Caring Christmas Tree programme; notes that this programme, through the assistance of over 500 volunteers, provides nearly 4,000 Christmas trees to Edinburgh and Fife residents while simultaneously raising money to provide food, shelter and advice to homeless individuals during the winter months, and urges all those planning to purchase a Christmas tree this December to support the goals of the Bethany Christian Trust programme to provide a hot meal, breakfast and a bed for individuals without homes during the 2007 festive period.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-900 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Tenth Anniversary of the Jubilee Scotland Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates Jubilee Scotland on the 10th anniversary of the global debt campaign in Scotland; notes that Jubilee Scotland’s campaigns were significant in keeping the debt issue in the public eye and so contributed to the significant write-off of debt agreed at the G8 Summit in 2005; recognises that Jubilee Scotland has recently set out a three-year vision for continuing to attack issues of global injustice from the perspective of debt, and wishes Jubilee Scotland well with its future campaigns.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-899 Sandra White: Say No to Racism—That the Parliament commends and supports the annual Scottish Trades Union Congress St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March and Rally taking place in Glasgow on Saturday 24 November 2007; welcomes the all-party support for the march and rally, sponsored by the Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance; congratulates those who stand together against racism and fascism, and notes the theme of this year’s march which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Nigel Don, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Bashir Ahmad, Des McNulty, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Butler, Marlyn Glen, Joe FitzPatrick, Jim Tolson, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Nicol Stephen, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, John Park*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-898 Alasdair Allan: Scottish History in Schools—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Scottish Qualifications Authority to make questions on Scottish history a mandatory part of the Higher history exam; notes that from school year 2010-11 the exam will contain a mandatory Scottish section; congratulates those teachers, academics and politicians who successfully campaigned for this decision, and believes that, after years of Scottish history being overlooked in secondary schools, Scottish pupils will finally have a chance to learn about and understand their own heritage and the part that it played in the creation of the modern world.

Supported by: Bob Doris, John Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Bashir Ahmad, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-897 Sandra White: Darling Must Resign—That the Parliament expresses serious concern over the privacy and security of thousands of Scottish families as a result of HM Treasury’s sheer incompetence in losing the child benefit details of 7 million families including parents’ and children’s names, addresses, dates of birth, child benefit and national insurance numbers and in some cases, bank or building society details; refuses to accept the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s apology for the extremely serious failure but insistence that people are not at risk from identity fraud; believes that such empty promises are an insult to families across the country who at this time are very worried that they may be at risk, especially in light of comments by the technology analysts, Gartner, who warn that, if the information is in the hands of criminals, they could try to take over peoples’ bank accounts to remove the money in them and information from Douglas Thomson of Glasgow who may have already suffered such a theft after having £2,800 removed from his bank account by someone who pretended to be his wife, but convinced his bank through the use of child benefit information to empty their account; believes that, as the person ultimately responsible, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling MP, should resign and that the millions of families suffering undue worry and the loss of their confidential information over this issue should be compensated by the UK Government.

Supported by: John Wilson, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Aileen Campbell, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-897.1 Patrick Harvie: Darling Must Resign—As an amendment to motion (S3M-897) in the name of Sandra White, insert at end "and considers that this appalling incident, by removing any shred of confidence in government data handling, should be the final nail in the coffin of the UK Government’s proposal for compulsory identity cards and a national identity register."

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-897.2 Jackie Baillie: Darling Must Resign—As an amendment to motion (S3M-897) in the name of Sandra White, leave out from "serious concern" to end and insert "its concern at hearing of the serious breach of procedure at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) leading to loss of personal data from the child benefit database; notes the immediate changes that have been put in place to the way in which such customer data is handled and welcomes the decision by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ask Kieran Poynter, the Chair of Price Waterhouse Coopers, to investigate HMRC’s security processes and procedures for handling data to ensure that every effort is made to ensure that such a loss can never happen again; further notes that a police investigation is under way and there is currently no evidence that the information is in anyone else’s possession; endorses the action taken by the UK Payments Association (APACS) to ensure that appropriate safeguards are put in place and that individual banks and other financial institutions, including building societies and post offices, are taking steps to monitor payments and notes that HMRC is writing to every customer affected to advise him or her on further precautionary steps that they can take personally, and believes that every lesson possible should be learned from the situation at HMRC to ensure that data handling procedures are as robust as possible at every tier of administration."

S3M-896 Bill Wilson: The Folly of a Database State—That the Parliament notes the loss by HM Revenue and Customs of the personal details of approximately 25 million UK citizens, more than 40% of the population; notes that the UK Cabinet wishes to further expand the database state by establishing a national identity register, and is of the opinion that not only would such a development infringe civil liberties and have little or no beneficial effect with respect to crime or terrorism but would, as the loss of 25 million personal details demonstrates, amount to an act of arrant folly and possibly increase the risks to which UK citizens are exposed.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Roseanna Cunningham, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-895 Lewis Macdonald: Golf Tourism in Aberdeen City and Shire—That the Parliament notes the decision on 20 November 2007 by the Formartine Area Committee of Aberdeenshire Council to support Donald Trump’s application to develop a world-class golf resort in the north east; recognises the opportunity, given the right public and private sector support, to promote Aberdeen city and shire as a world-class golfing and tourist destination; regrets the Scottish Government’s decision not to replace the highly successful Route Development Fund to support the development of new routes to Aberdeen and other Scottish airports, and calls on Scottish ministers to put in place a route marketing scheme to support such essential routes in future.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin, David Stewart, Iain Gray, Andy Kerr, Mary Mulligan, Charlie Gordon, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-892 Kenneth Gibson: Proposed Closure of Corrie Primary School, Isle of Arran—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of North Ayrshire Council to begin a formal consultation process in January 2008 with a view to closing Corrie Primary School and the adjacent nursery, the only purpose-built one on the island of Arran, in summer 2008; acknowledges that Corrie Primary School is a high performing school with 100% attendance levels and placing requests and which only this year had an excellent HM Inspectorate of Education report; is aware that Corrie Primary School has been at the heart of Corrie for over 120 years and is central to village life; appreciates the commitment of parents, staff and pupils who together raised over £11,000 to build and install an adventure playground, opened on 20 August 2007; is disappointed that the decision to open a consultation was based on erroneous information which grossly overstated the capacity of Corrie Primary School while underestimating actual pupil numbers; believes that the closure of Corrie School will have a devastating impact on the morale of pupils, parents and staff, some of whom will lose their employment, and have a severe impact on the viability of Corrie itself and the ability of the village to attract young families with children; realises that Arran Homes and the Housing Initiative for Arran Residents plan to build from 24 to 27 homes in Corrie over the next year or two, including family homes that will attract families and boost the roll of Corrie Primary School if it survives; recognises that transferring to the nearest school to Corrie, Brodick Primary, would mean children travelling 10 to 16 miles per day to and from school; appreciates that Corrie Primary School has received considerable investment from North Ayrshire Council in recent years, including this year, which will be wasted if the school closes; understands that there is genuine fear on Arran that, should Corrie Primary School close then others may follow in its wake, and is worried that the closure of such an excellent school as Corrie Primary would send out the wrong message to the rest of Scotland’s 431 primary schools with rolls of 50 or less, where one third of head teachers, according to the recent Scottish Government study "Leadership in Small Scottish Primary Schools", already fear for the future of their school.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Jackson Carlaw, Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Alasdair Allan, Roseanna Cunningham, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Andrew Welsh, Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, Keith Brown, Willie Coffey, Bob Doris, Christopher Harvie, Tricia Marwick, Michael Matheson, Ian McKee, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Morgan, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, John Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Dave Thompson, Aileen Campbell*, Nigel Don*, Alex Neil*, Angela Constance*

S3M-886♦ Bill Kidd: Tackling Health Inequalities—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the study of general practices in the west of Scotland which found that "the increased burden of ill health and multimorbidity in socioeconomically deprived areas results in high demands on primary care and is associated with poorer access to care, less time spent with the doctor, higher GP stress and lower patient enablement in encounters for psychosocial problems"; believes that projects such as the Community Health Shop in Barlanark, which provides a range of alternative therapies from massage and aromatherapy to yoga, reflexology, reiki and others alongside a number of other groups and facilities such as a parents group, a young persons counselling group, alcohol and drug counselling, money advice sessions and GP drop-ins among others is a wonderful example of how these problems can be dealt with at a local level; notes that the Community Health Shop in Barlanark provides services to many communities which otherwise would not normally have access to them or would have to be provided by the local health authority, and considers that, due to the huge benefits in terms of community wellbeing and cost savings to local health authorities, funding for these projects should be met in full and expanded throughout areas of deprivation.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Gil Paterson

S3M-885 Tavish Scott: Congratulations to CATS Shetland—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the CT scanner recently installed in the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick is now operational; notes that this will allow over 500 Shetland patients who need CT scans every year to receive their scans in Shetland, allowing patients with serious conditions to be diagnosed locally, speeding up proceedings and reducing the trauma caused by a 400-mile round trip to Aberdeen; further notes that this was only made possible by the sheer hard work of CATS Shetland (Community Action for Trauma Support) which raised the £1 million needed to purchase and install the scanner in the Gilbert Bain Hospital in under a year, and congratulates CATS chairman, Peter Malcolmson, and all of his team for the magnificient success of their massive fund-raising efforts covering far too wide a range of events to fit into a parliamentary motion.

S3M-884 Pauline McNeill on behalf of the Selection Panel: Appointment of the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights—That the Parliament nominates Professor Alan Miller to Her Majesty The Queen for appointment as Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights.

S3M-882 Hugh O’Donnell: North Lanarkshire Young People’s Panel—That the Parliament commends the work of the North Lanarkshire Young People’s Panel, whose 12 active members have met continually over the past 18 months to assess applications made to the Big Lottery Fund’s young people’s projects in Scotland and who have helped to gain approximately £736,000 in funding for youngsters across North Lanarkshire over that period; congratulates both the panel members and the Volunteer Centre North Lanarkshire, which organised and supported the panel for the North Lanarkshire area, on its achievement, and believes that such success should encourage the Big Lottery Fund to continue and develop the scheme after the end of January 2008 when it is currently due to end.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Robert Brown, Bashir Ahmad, Jim Tolson, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Trish Godman, Jim Hume, Stuart McMillan, Cathie Craigie, Gil Paterson*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-881 Cathy Jamieson: 50th Anniversary of the Kames Colliery Disaster—That the Parliament notes the 50th anniversary of the disaster at Kames Colliery, Muirkirk, which occurred on Tuesday 19 November 1957 when 17 men were killed and 12 injured; recognises the continuing significance of this event to the people of Muirkirk; commends the local community for the dignity and respect that they have shown to the memory of the victims and their families during the recent events to commemorate the disaster, and pays its respects to the men who lost their lives 50 years ago at Kames Colliery and those who have lost their lives in all Scotland’s coal mines.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, David Whitton, Duncan McNeil, Sarah Boyack, Karen Gillon, Des McNulty, Bill Butler, Andy Kerr, Malcolm Chisholm, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Murray, John Park, Iain Gray, Claire Baker, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Cathie Craigie, Patricia Ferguson, Alex Neil, Charlie Gordon, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-880 David Whitton: Nursery Education—That the Parliament welcomes the increase in funding entitlement to free nursery education for Scotland’s three and four-year-olds from 33 weeks to 38 weeks but is concerned that this funding, under the guidance from the Scottish Government, is available in many local authorities only from the start of the term following the third birthday of the child and leaves many parents in the position of not being able to provide a suitable nursery place for their three-year-old child until the start of the following term, and calls on the Scottish Government to review the guidance provided to local authorities to encourage funding to be available from the child’s third birthday and ensure that adequate funding is provided to all local authorities for early years education to be available from the day of a child’s third birthday.

Supported by: Charlie Gordon, Bill Butler, Elaine Murray, Paul Martin, James Kelly, David Stewart, Claire Baker, Jackie Baillie, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Iain Gray, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh O’Donnell, Karen Gillon, Andy Kerr, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-879 Robert Brown: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child—That the Parliament notes the 18th birthday of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which guarantees the rights of all children and young people in Scotland to fulfil their potential; believes that all children and young people in our society, but particularly children with a disability or additional support needs, face a number of barriers in realising these rights, for example to be included, to achieve their promise and to access leisure and recreational activities as well as other core services; supports the work done by the Cross Party Group on Children and Young People to raise awareness and consensus in the Parliament around this issue; urges the Scottish Government to listen to, and actively involve, children and young people in the development and delivery of educational, social, leisure and health services, and believes that it is the Scottish Government’s responsibility to research the extent and reasons for such barriers and that the voices of children and young people with additional support needs should form a central part of the inspection processes that these services undergo.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Patrick Harvie, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Ross Finnie, Marlyn Glen, Jim Tolson, Claire Baker, Cathy Peattie, Jim Hume, Trish Godman, Aileen Campbell, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather, Nicol Stephen

S3M-878 Bill Kidd: Anti-Bullying Week 2007—That the Parliament welcomes Anti-Bullying Week 2007, the theme of which is "Cyberbullying, schools and the community"; notes that Anti-Bullying Week has in the past few years had great success in raising awareness of this issue and looked at practical solutions under the themes of "Bystander" and "children and young people’s participation - involving children and young people in tackling bullying"; believes that these events are of great importance in helping to tackle a problem that affects a great number of people not only in schools but also in the wider community; hopes that as organisations such as Respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, become more widely known the vision set out by Respectme of a respecting, just, equal and inclusive Scotland in which all children and young people can live free from bullying and harassment and are encouraged to reach their full potential will be achieved, and wishes it every success in this endeavour.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christine Grahame, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Brian Adam, Liam McArthur, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Karen Gillon, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Ian McKee, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Nicol Stephen, Dave Thompson

S3M-877 Alex Neil: Liberal Democrat Plans for Scottish Water—That the Parliament notes with concern the suggestion by the leader of the Liberal Democrats that he intends to amend the Scottish budget to mutualise Scottish Water; considers that this proposal has not been thought through; notes that Scottish Water cannot be mutualised or privatised through the budget process and that any reduction by the Liberal Democrat or Labour party in the funding allocated by the Scottish Government to Scottish Water will lead to increased water charges for all Scottish taxpayers, including pensioners, and urges the Liberal Democrats and other opposition parties to state clearly which public services they intend to cut in any attack on the Scottish budget.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Michael Matheson, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Dave Thompson, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Nigel Don, Gil Paterson

S3M-876# Sandra White: Democratic Deficit—That the Parliament expresses serious concern for the rights of democratically elected members of Glasgow City Council and the residents they represent as a result of Glasgow City Council’s ruling Labour administration preventing open and democratic debate of important issues to Glasgow at the special Glasgow City Council meeting on 15 November 2007, called to discuss business that was curtailed at the previous meeting, by voting to end the meeting before the first motion had even been debated in the face of opposition from SNP, Green and Conservative councillors and before important issues concerning services for young people, the impact of the 2012 Olympics on lottery funding and housing for asylum seekers and refugees could be debated; notes that such actions do nothing to foster political co-operation to the detriment of both the council and, more importantly, the people of Glasgow, and believes that, as a means to creating an effective working environment in which the interests of the people of Glasgow are put first, such petty and juvenile actions should be seriously reviewed before more valuable time is used up without real debate being able to take place.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Ian McKee, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Keith Brown, Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil

S3M-875 Helen Eadie: Queen Margaret University Honorary Doctorates—That the Parliament congratulates all graduates of Queen Margaret University in 2007; particularly pays tribute to the conferring of honorary degree of Doctor of the University on Baron Kinnock of Bedwelty and the award of honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration to Dr Ken McCulloch FHCIMA, and notes that Principal, Professor Cohen, described Baron Kinnock as a towering political figure of our time and Dr McCulloch as personifying the values and skills that we seek to inculcate in the people of our nation and who is a role model of entrepreneurial flair and imagination.

S3M-874 Sarah Boyack: Moose in the Hoose—That the Parliament welcomes the "Moose In The Hoose" project aimed at introducing the benefits of computers and the internet to those living in care homes and sheltered housing in Edinburgh using retired and senior volunteers; congratulates the City of Edinburgh Council’s Department of Health and Social Care, Community Service Volunteer’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) and Age Concern’s Edinburgh Information Technology (ACE IT) based in the Gorgie and Dalry area on jointly bringing this project to fruition; believes that it is vital that no section of society is left behind by technological developments, and further believes that this important social inclusion project is an example of good practice to the rest of Scotland and beyond.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Stone, Karen Gillon, Mary Mulligan, Robin Harper, Marilyn Livingstone, James Kelly, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Iain Gray, Malcolm Chisholm, Trish Godman, Jim Tolson, Karen Whitefield, Peter Peacock, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson, George Foulkes

S3M-873 Sarah Boyack: Threatened Closure of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh—That the Parliament notes with concern that the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh faces closure following a decision by the City of Edinburgh Council not to fund a refurbishment plan until at least 2010; notes the comments of the Chief Executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust which runs the venue on the council’s behalf that such a delay threatens the King’s Theatre with closure on health and safety grounds within two years; recognises the important contribution that the Tollcross venue has made in its 101-year history to the cultural life of Edinburgh, the Lothians and the east of Scotland and which continues today, including its role in Edinburgh’s festivals; believes that funding for refurbishment should be prioritised accordingly, and calls on the City of Edinburgh Council to enter into funding negotiations with the Scottish Government and the Festival City Theatres Trust with a view to securing a viable future for the King’s Theatre.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Karen Gillon, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, Robin Harper, Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, John Park, Elaine Murray, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-873.1 Mike Pringle: Threatened Closure of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh—As an amendment to motion (S3M-873) in the name of Sarah Boyack, leave out from "following a decision" to end and insert "following the 23 years of neglect under the previous Labour council administration; recognises the important contribution that the Tollcross venue has made in its 101-year history to the cultural life of Edinburgh, the Lothians and the east of Scotland and which continues today, including its role in Edinburgh’s festivals, and believes that funding for refurbishment should be a priority."

Supported by: Jim Hume, Jim Tolson, Stuart McMillan, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-872 Kenneth Gibson: United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative—That the Parliament supports the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative on its work to ensure that by 2015 all girls worldwide complete primary school; acknowledges that educated girls have greater choice and more opportunities in life and are much less likely to suffer from poverty, ill-health and forced marriage, and believes that securing equality of access to education is a fundamental human right.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Jackson Carlaw, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Robert Brown, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Karen Gillon, Rob Gibson, Bill Butler, Christina McKelvie, Roseanna Cunningham, Ian McKee, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, John Scott*

S3M-768# Des McNulty: Science and the Parliament, Wednesday 28 November 2007—That the Parliament welcomes the Science and the Parliament event being held on 28 November 2007 in Our Dynamic Earth, organised once again by the Royal Society of Chemistry in association with Scotland’s leading science organisations; notes that this year’s theme is "The Science Behind the Energy Debate" in recognition of the important contribution that Scotland’s scientific community can make to the debate on this vital policy area; further notes that Scotland is a world leader in many scientific disciplines; recognises the need to foster an environment that enhances pupil and student participation in science, to invest in the science infrastructure and equipment of our educational establishments, to increase investment in research along with supporting greater industrial research and to assist in the practical application of our world-beating research, and hopes that this year’s Science and the Parliament event will play a positive part in contributing to the debate on how the Parliament and the Scottish Government address Scotland’s energy needs and obligations to tackle climate change in the years ahead.

Supported by: Elaine Murray, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Murdo Fraser, Sarah Boyack, Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame, Claire Baker, Nigel Don, Nanette Milne, Peter Peacock, Alex Neil, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Dr Richard Simpson, Robert Brown, Liam McArthur, Iain Gray, Tavish Scott, Mary Mulligan, Rhona Brankin, Michael McMahon, Hugh O’Donnell, John Park, Duncan McNeil, Trish Godman, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Marilyn Livingstone, Bill Butler, Ken Macintosh, Mr Frank McAveety, David Whitton, Jack McConnell, Jackie Baillie, Cathy Peattie, Margo MacDonald, Helen Eadie

S3M-524# Cathy Jamieson: Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland—That the Parliament commends the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland in supporting and helping to rebuild coalfield communities; notes the positive impact made by the trust throughout the former Scottish coalfields; welcomes the support that the trust has provided for community-based organisations in East Ayrshire, such as, the Muirkirk Enterprise Group and the Bellsbank Women’s Project, and for other projects in local authority areas throughout Scotland that provide opportunities and activities for local people, and hopes that support will continue for the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in helping to create healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities in Scotland’s coalfield areas.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Kenneth Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Claire Baker, Des McNulty, Paul Martin, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Murray, Lewis Macdonald, John Park, Johann Lamont, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Cathie Craigie, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Wilson, Malcolm Chisholm, Angela Constance, Rhona Brankin, Mr Frank McAveety, Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen, Hugh Henry, Rhoda Grant, Keith Brown, Michael McMahon, John Scott, Marilyn Livingstone, Jack McConnell, Cathy Peattie, Dr Richard Simpson, Jim Tolson, George Foulkes, Helen Eadie

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-871# Carers’ Respite and Short Breaks (lodged on 16 November 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-870 Failure to Invest in Higher Education (lodged on 16 November 2007) George Foulkes*, John Park*, Michael McMahon*, Sarah Boyack*, Charlie Gordon*, Elaine Murray*, Andy Kerr*, Mary Mulligan*, James Kelly*, Paul Martin*

S3M-866 Water and Sewerage Charge Exemption for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 15 November 2007) Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Robin Harper*, Murdo Fraser*

S3M-850 Scottish Centres of Excellence in Music (lodged on 14 November 2007) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-849.1 Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation (lodged on 15 November 2007) John Park*

S3M-849.1.1 Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation (lodged on 16 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

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