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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1043 Iain Gray: Knowes Farm Shop - Scotland’s Best Local Food Retailer—That the Parliament congratulates Knowes Farm Shop, near East Linton, on being awarded the title of Best Local Food Retailer at Scotland’s Best Rural Retailer Awards 2007 held on 11 December in the Parliament; commends its business model of growing and producng a wide range of eggs, vegetables and herbs which are then sold direct to customers fresh from the field, and wishes Knowes Farm Shop the very best of luck in the UK finals of the Best Rural Retailer competition.

*S3M-1042 Joe FitzPatrick: Fur Farms—That the Parliament notes that 85% of the fur industry’s skins come from animals that have lived captive on fur factory farms where conditions are often overcrowded and inhumane practices are regularly documented; considers the slaughter of animals for their fur to cause unnecessary cruelty and calls for an end to this abhorrent trade, and congratulates animal rights agencies who are campaigning this Christmas to urge the public to boycott all real fur products.

*S3M-1041 Ian McKee: Possible Breach of the Councillors’ Code of Conduct—That the Parliament welcomes the investigation by the Standards Commission for Scotland into the conduct of two Midlothian Councillors who voted to reinstate a senior official of their party after he had previously been dismissed from his council position; understands that the councillors failed to register their interest in the situation, and notes with concern that this incident is the latest in a series of alleged breaches of the code of conduct by members of this party.

*S3M-1040 Pauline McNeill: Teenage Kicks - Improving Musical Opportunities for Young People—That the Parliament notes the recent visit of Feargal Sharkey, chair of the UK Live Music Forum and former lead singer of The Undertones, to meet members of the Cross-Party Group on the Scottish Contemporary Music Industry; congratulates the forum for the work done with the UK Government to utilise assets from dormant bank accounts to fund rehearsal spaces and instrument lending for young people in disadvantaged communities and for securing an advance payment from the Department for Children, Schools and Families to take forward plans modelled on a studio in Wrexham and proposals which have been suggested for Ferguslie Park in Paisley, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the cross-party group to ensure that Scotland receives its share of any funds released and also to examine whether proceeds of crime revenue can be used to widen access to the music industry for young people in Scotland.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack*, Andy Kerr*, Patrick Harvie*, Nanette Milne*, Elaine Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Mary Mulligan*, Malcolm Chisholm*, David Whitton*, Claire Baker*, Jamie Stone*

*S3M-1039 Dave Thompson: Highland Businesses Named Among Scotland’s Best—That the Parliament recognises the success of Highland businesses in being shortlisted in Scotland’s Best Rural Retailer 2007 awards; commends Boat of Garten Post Office on being named as the Best Village Shop or Post Office; notes other Highland businesses commended, including The Storehouse of Foulis, Murchies Costcutter and the village shop in Glendale; applauds these businesses for providing a fantastic service for locals across the Highlands, and finally recognises the value of small village shops, post offices and producers as a genuine asset to rural communities across Scotland.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1038 Rhona Brankin: Newbattle Abbey College - 70 Years of Success for Scotland’s National Adult Education College—That the Parliament congratulates Newbattle Abbey College on its 70th anniversary as Scotland’s national adult education college and recognises the commitment of the college staff and partners throughout the years which have helped many students to transform their lives and to open new opportunities which truly make Newbattle Abbey College Scotland’s life-changing college.

S3M-1037 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Scottish SPCA—That the Parliament applauds the determination and commitment of the Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) in its difficult work to reduce animal suffering and encourage responsible pet ownership; notes the vastly increased pressure on SSPCA resources over the festive period due to the rise in the number of unwanted and abandoned animals; notes that between November 2006 and February 2007 the SSPCA received 802 calls from people wanting them to take their pets; regrets that the staff themselves are often subjected to abusive phone calls for implementing their policy of restricting the re-homing of puppies and kittens from animal welfare centres until after the Christmas period, and supports its seasonal campaign to end the impulsive buying of pets for Christmas presents which often results in unwanted, abused and neglected animals in the New Year.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Mike Pringle*, Christine Grahame*, Nanette Milne*, Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patrick Harvie*, Ian McKee*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*, David Stewart*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1036 Jamie Stone: Support for Scottish Pig Industry—That the Parliament recognises the importance of the Scottish pig industry; notes the impact of the August and September 2007 outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease on the industry, leading to a backlog of pigs on farms due to the movement restrictions, an export ban and increased imports; further notes the additional burden of increased costs to the industry associated with pre-movement veterinary inspections, haulage costs resulting from a ban on multiple pick-ups and feed costs due to the retention of stock, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to investigate urgently putting together a support package to help to alleviate the detrimental financial effect of the foot-and-mouth outbreak.

S3M-1035 Stuart McMillan: Jonathan Ross’s Comments—That the Parliament notes with concern the crass remarks by Jonathan Ross claiming that he is "worth 1,000 BBC journalists" at a time when the BBC is to make swingeing cuts to staff across the United Kingdom; notes that the quality of BBC reporting is a significant factor in the BBC’s worldwide reputation, and expresses its support for hard-working BBC journalists as opposed to overpaid allegedly hard-working presenters.

S3M-1034 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (Modification) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (Modification) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1033# Alison McInnes: Regional Transport Strategies—That the Parliament notes the early successes of regional transport partnerships (RTPs) in planning and delivering effective transport infrastructure and services to meet the needs of people and business across Scotland, such as the bus improvement initiatives delivered in the north east under Nestrans; recognises that RTPs can play a unique role in delivering cohesive transport strategies across local authority boundaries by working in partnership with local authorities, the Scottish Government and the wider transport industry; welcomes the view of the SNP in opposition that RTPs must be given "the maximum possible powers" and secure funding; notes that seven regional transport strategies were submitted to the government by 31 March 2007, due to be approved or returned within the three month period stated in Scotland’s Transport Future: Guidance on Regional Transport Strategies; regrets that the Scottish Government has failed to approve or return any of the strategies; further regrets that the Scottish Government’s budget shows that the levels of capital and revenue that have either been allocated to transport or rolled up in the local authority settlement from previous transport budgets falls far short of that required to make significant improvements to transport, and therefore considers that the uncertainty over the future of regional transport in Scotland can be ended by approval or return of the regional transport strategies, with adequate explanation being given if strategies are returned, and provision to RTPs of sufficient capital and revenue funding to deliver transport improvements effectively.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Liam McArthur, Hugh O’Donnell, Iain Smith, Mike Rumbles, Cathy Peattie, Ross Finnie, Robert Brown, Jim Hume*

S3M-1032 Alex Johnstone: Wi-Fi on Public Transport—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by National Express that free wi-fi connection will be available to all passengers on the east coast rail passenger service; further welcomes the earlier announcement by Scottish Citylink regarding free wi-fi on its route between Edinburgh and Glasgow; recognises that such initiatives have a vital role to play in enabling flexible working, increased productivity and in reducing traffic congestion by encouraging modal shift, and, in light of these benefits, calls on the Scottish Executive to examine ways of encouraging other transport operators to consider the introduction of wi-fi on their services.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Joe FitzPatrick, John Park, Liam McArthur, Jackson Carlaw, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Iain Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Tavish Scott, Murdo Fraser, Patrick Harvie, Mary Scanlon, Karen Gillon, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1031 Tricia Marwick: MS Society’s Putting the Pieces Together Campaign—That the Parliament commends Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland’s "Putting the Pieces Together" campaign to raise awareness of the impact of multiple sclerosis on people’s lives; notes that it is estimated that around 10,500 people in Scotland have MS, the highest incidence anywhere in the world, and that women between the ages of 20 and 40 are most likely to be diagnosed with the condition; further notes that, despite being the most commonly diagnosed neurological condition among young adults in Scotland, MS remains a largely unknown or misunderstood condition, and calls on the Scottish Government to develop its support for people with MS and, in particular, to ensure that the MS Register is established as soon as possible in order to provide a fuller picture of the condition in Scotland.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Alison McInnes*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1030 Roseanna Cunningham: The Big Lottery Giveaway - Victory for Connect2—That the Parliament welcomes the outcome of the vote for the People’s £50 million Lottery Giveaway from the Big Lottery Fund which has been won by the Connect2 project proposed by Sustrans to revitalise walking and cycling in 79 communities across the United Kingdom by creating new routes for everyday journeys, with crossings and bridges to be created over busy roads, railway lines and rivers, linking into new networks of local paths to get people where they want to go; notes that the project will benefit 79 different communities across the UK, including a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Tay linking Muirton in Perth with Quarrymill Woodland Park in Scone, the Bridge to Nowhere in Glasgow, cycle links between Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse and connecting two railway paths in Dumfries via the Nith Viaduct; believes that, as a result of Connect2’s victory, millions will be able to travel in a healthy and environmentally friendly way to shops, school, work and leisure, bringing people closer together, making journeys quicker, more convenient and better for the environment, and congratulates everyone involved in developing these great projects and securing the funding needed to bring them into being.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Ken Macintosh, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Murray, Nanette Milne, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Des McNulty*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1029 Patrick Harvie: Councillors’ Freedom to Vote without Reprisals—That the Parliament recognises the differing views over the proposed development of a golf resort by the Trump Organisation; regardless of opinions on the development itself, considers that local councillors who exercise a role in the planning system must be free to vote as they see fit in the circumstances; therefore considers that the removal of Councillor Martin Ford from his role on Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee represents a dangerous precedent for the planning system as a whole, and calls on the Scottish Government to consider what steps can be taken to ensure that local councillors are able in future to exercise their planning functions with independence and without fear of reprisals.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*

S3M-1028# Trish Godman: Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights—That the Parliament commends The Herald for alerting the public to the ofttimes severe distress and denial of human rights inflicted upon Scottish wheelchair users by the insensitive, penny-pinching and uncaring approach by those in authority to their legitimate expectations and requirements anent the design of wheelchairs and their manufacture, adaptability to individual needs and maintenance programmes; notes that the charity, Quarriers, in West Renfrewshire, has stated that, of 105 wheelchair users recently interviewed, over 50 said that their wheelchairs were unfit for purpose and is firmly of the view that this state of affairs is unacceptable in modern Scotland; believes that our wheelchair users should be provided with wheelchairs that equal the best provided elsewhere in Europe; considers that the recommendations contained in the document Moving Forward: Review of NHS Wheelchair and Seating Services in Scotland should be implemented forthwith, and reminds all such strategic decision-makers involved in these matters that the goal should be to offer the best services attainable so that Scottish wheelchair users can lead tolerable lives in their communities.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, David Whitton*, Patrick Harvie*, Elaine Smith*, James Kelly*, Christine Grahame*, Sarah Boyack*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, Ross Finnie*, Jamie Stone*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1027# Sandra White: Tackling Homelessness—That the Parliament commends the Glasgow Rent Deposit and Support Scheme (GRDSS), which enables homeless people to gain access to quality private rented accommodation by acting as an independent third party providing landlords with a bond guarantee on tenants’ behalf and providing support for clients to enable them to remain in their tenancies; welcomes the GRDSS befriending service aimed at supporting previously homeless people to integrate into the community by way of providing access to social activities and regular contact with volunteers, and acknowledges that these services are essential if we are to eradicate homelessness and offer those taken off the streets hope for the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Robert Brown, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Stone, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Nigel Don*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1026# Rhona Brankin: Lady Victoria Colliery - Our Most Treasured Place—That the Parliament notes the public poll organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland to find Scotland’s most treasured place from its archive of images as a prelude to its centenary celebrations in 2008; welcomes the funding support for the initiative from the Heritage Lottery Fund; commends the engagement with the public which this competition represents; congratulates the former Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange, now the home of the Scottish Mining Museum, on coming first in the public vote; notes that the colliery is Europe’s best preserved 19th century pit complex, has been awarded VisitScotland’s Five Star Excellence Award for four consecutive years and is denoted as being of national or international significance by Historic Scotland; considers the colliery to be a hugely important part of Scotland’s industrial heritage; notes that a report from a structural engineer has identified that the buildings are increasingly fragile and require £2.5 million to preserve them, and believes that the necessary steps should be taken to ensure that the fabric of the colliery buildings is secured for the enjoyment and education of future generations.

Supported by: Mike Pringle

S3M-1025 Robin Harper: Healthy and Sustainable Food for the 2014 Commonwealth Games—That the Parliament notes the new report, Feeding the Olympics, jointly published by the Soil Association, Sustain and the New Economics Foundation, which calls on London to deliver the promise to be the greenest and healthiest games in terms of the food that it provides and sets out how this can be done; recognises that food plays a vital role in climate change, since a sizeable contribution to Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions is made by unsustainable systems of food production and distribution; believes that these emissions can be significantly reduced if we shift towards eating organic, local, fresh, and seasonal food and less meat and dairy products, moves which would also help to ensure a healthy future for the young people across Scotland who grow up inspired by the games; further believes that the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland provide an excellent opportunity to promote healthy and sustainable food, and calls on the Scottish Government, therefore, to ensure that the Soil Association’s food for life targets of 75% unprocessed, 50% local and 30% organic food should be set as a minimum standard for catering contracts at the games, alongside the promotion of sustainable fish consumption and a guarantee that any imported food at the games meets fairtrade standards.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson

S3M-1024 Pauline McNeill: Archway Glasgow—That the Parliament notes the official opening of Archway Glasgow, Scotland’s first sexual assault referral centre providing support for victims of rape and sexual assaults; congratulates all involved, including NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Strathclyde Police and particularly Glasgow City Council’s former equalities spokesperson, Irene Graham; welcomes the centre’s approach of offering counselling and advice alongside health checks and forensic examinations whose results can be stored while the victim decides whether to approach the police; supports the comments of the Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini, about the bravery of victims in reporting sexual offences, and encourages the Scottish Government to do more to challenge attitudes towards sexual offences and to support victims in reporting such crimes.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Andy Kerr, Jamie Hepburn, Paul Martin, Marlyn Glen, Iain Gray, Claire Baker, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Elaine Murray, Patrick Harvie, George Foulkes, Sandra White, Rhona Brankin, Marilyn Livingstone, David Whitton, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh, Bill Butler, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Aitken, Cathie Craigie, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Bill Wilson, Karen Gillon

S3M-1023 Stewart Stevenson: Climate Change Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of introducing for the United Kingdom as a whole statutory targets and a related framework for action to mitigate climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions as set out in the Climate Change Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 14 November 2007, and agrees that the provisions in the Bill which fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-1022# Jamie Hepburn: Save the Children Report, "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul"—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Save the Children of Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, an assessment of how limited access to affordable credit hurts families and children living in poverty, many of whom live in Central Scotland; notes the findings of this assessment that amongst those in poverty 42% have been seriously behind with repaying bills or credit commitments in the past year, compared with just 4% of those not in poverty, while 36% of low-income credit card users have been exposed to penalty charges; further notes that nearly 60% of low-income families have no savings and that many of those in poverty are using doorstep lenders who charge a typical 183% interest each year; notes that the assessment finds that the impact on families unable to source affordable credit is severe, with large numbers reporting an inability to make even modest savings or replace worn-out furniture or send children on school trips; further notes that the findings also conclude that the social impact of this poverty is severe, with significant numbers reporting ill effects on physical and mental health and relationships between partners and with children; commends Save the Children for its work in this area; commits itself to the eradication of poverty and improving access to affordable credit for all of Scotland’s citizens, and believes that serious active consideration should be given to the recommendations made by Save the Children for tackling these problems, as set out in Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Cathie Craigie, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Ian McKee, Aileen Campbell

S3M-1021 Christina McKelvie: University of the West of Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Principal Seamus McDaid, the staff and students of the University of the West of Scotland on the university’s successful launch which will build on the work of Bell College and Paisley University and looks forward to seeing the University continue to develop in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1020 Bill Wilson: Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation—That the Parliament welcomes the recent Greenpeace report, Cooking the Climate; condemns the rapid destruction of Indonesia’s tropical forests for the sake of palm oil; understands that the rate of Indonesia’s deforestation, 2% a year, is the highest in the world; notes that using biofuels such as palm oil, whose production is associated with peatland destruction, will be worse for the climate than continuing to rely on fossil fuels; demands reconsideration of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) which stipulates that a proportion of fuel sales must come from biofuels by April 2008, without requiring any guarantee of sustainability; believes, therefore, that the RTFO does nothing to prevent the kind of environmental devastation taking place in Indonesia; calls on the Scottish Government and the UK Government to postpone the implementation of the RTFO until sustainability standards are in place, and believes that the fact that there is currently no internationally agreed definition of a sustainable biofuel is no justification for ongoing deforestation.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1019 David Stewart: Undermining Development: Copper Mining in Zambia—That the Parliament congratulates SCIAF, Christian Aid and Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) on the publication of Undermining Development: Copper Mining in Zambia which focuses on Zambia’s largest copper mining company, KCM, which is majority-owned by UK-based Vedanta Resources; notes with concern the report’s key finding that Zambian society is deriving few of the advantages of copper mining while suffering many of the disadvantages and regrets the way in which particular companies’ operations compound this problem, and therefore calls for action to ensure that those UK corporations, particularly those which claim to be socially responsible investors, take their responsibilities seriously in ensuring that the companies in which they invest uphold best practice in terms of social and environmental responsibilities.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Peter Peacock, Elaine Murray, James Kelly, Bill Kidd, Des McNulty, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Jackie Baillie, Marilyn Livingstone, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Mike Pringle, Bill Butler, Patrick Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Stone, Bill Wilson, Trish Godman, Mary Mulligan, Joe FitzPatrick, Willie Coffey, Ken Macintosh, Karen Gillon, Hugh Henry*, John Park*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Claire Baker*

S3M-1016 Murdo Fraser: Black Watch Memorial—That the Parliament praises the campaign being undertaken by the Black Watch Association, in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage, to raise £15,000 to restore the Black Watch Memorial on Edinburgh’s Mound; notes that the impressive memorial is of a kilted Black Watch soldier and commemorates the men of the Black Watch regiment who fell in the Boer War from 1899 to 1902; thanks the Bank of Scotland for donating £5,000 towards the restoration of the monument, underlining the bank’s dedication to preserving memorials to Scotland’s fallen soldiers, and recognises the importance of protecting and restoring memorials to Scottish soldiers who have served and died in all wars.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, John Park, John Lamont, Elizabeth Smith, Alasdair Allan, Roseanna Cunningham, Derek Brownlee, Alex Johnstone, David McLetchie, Nanette Milne, Kenneth Gibson, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Stone, Jackson Carlaw, Nigel Don, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Mike Pringle, Ken Macintosh, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Mary Scanlon, Bill Aitken, Alex Neil, David Whitton*

S3M-1013 Christine Grahame: Unsavoury Stain? Unsavoury Language—That the Parliament notes the intemperate language used by the British Conservative leader, David Cameron MP, during his recent visit to Scotland; condemns the tone of his comments which do not reflect the democratic political realities in Scotland today; welcomes the seismic shift that the Scottish Conservatives have undergone towards supporting increased powers for the Scottish Parliament and away from this increasingly untenable union, and recognises that David Cameron’s comments are aimed more at securing the right-wing vote in the south of England rather than winning converts in Scotland.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1012 Bob Doris: Commemorative Stamps for the Commonwealth Games—That the Parliament recommends to Royal Mail that a commemorative set of stamps featuring past and present Scottish sporting heroes would be a fitting tribute to Glasgow winning the race to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games; notes that the lead-in process for stamps can be up to three years, but calls on Royal Mail to fast-track this process as it did when issuing commemorative stamps for the successful London bid for the 2012 Olympics and the successful English Ashes victory in 2005.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Jim Tolson, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1011 Christine Grahame: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul—That the Parliament notes the publication of Save the Children’s latest report, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul; expresses concern at the findings that nearly 60% of low-income families have no savings, 42% are seriously behind with bill and credit repayments and 36% have suffered penalty charges; agrees that this represents a poverty premium paid by the most vulnerable in society for access to credit and in servicing debt; expresses further concern at the conclusion that lack of access to affordable credit adversely affects children living in poverty, and urges the Scottish Government to take steps to improve access to affordable credit, such as credit unions, for those on the lowest incomes.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1010 Kenneth Gibson: British Stammering Association (Scotland)—That the Parliament commends the work of the British Stammering Association (Scotland) (BSAS), which seeks to promote early intervention for pre-school children to prevent lifelong stammering; notes that BSAS delivered an intensive course during the 2007 summer holidays for children and young people aged 10 to 14 from across Scotland who stammer; notes its work with TAG Theatre Company on a drama project to promote confidence and self-esteem among young adults who stammer; further notes the support BSAS gives to self-help groups for people who stammer; recognises that children, young people and adults who stammer can experience teasing and bullying in education and discrimination in the workplace, and supports the continued good work of the association in campaigning on behalf of and supporting people of all ages who stammer.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Stuart McMillan, James Kelly, John Lamont, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Jim Hume, Christine Grahame, Claire Baker, Jamie Hepburn, Jackson Carlaw, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, George Foulkes, Murdo Fraser, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Jamie Stone, Nanette Milne, Margaret Mitchell, Cathy Peattie, Mike Pringle, Aileen Campbell, Charlie Gordon, Mary Scanlon, Bill Wilson, Michael Matheson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1009 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Napier University - Best Widening Participation Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh’s Napier University for winning the Widening Participation Initiative of the Year award at the Times Higher Awards 2007 for its innovative NUstART programme; notes that NUstART runs drop-in workshops for people of all ages, allowing students from disadvantaged areas to work in a variety of painting and drawing media at their own pace, with flexible attendance to suit people’s commitments, health and abilities; further notes that the workshops regularly attract about 80 aspiring artists who between them sold more than 50 paintings with a total value of £4,000 at this year’s summer exhibition, raising £1,250 for charity; commends the NUstART organisers for their groundbreaking initiative which has a powerful impact on the self-esteem and life chances of participants, and supports them in their plans to set up more groups throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians and establish spin-off ventures such as a permanent gallery.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Ian McKee, Christina McKelvie, Tavish Scott, Gil Paterson

S3M-1007 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to New Balaka Restaurant, St Andrews—That the Parliament congratulates the New Balaka restaurant in St Andrews on being named the best Bangladeshi restaurant in Scotland and Northern Ireland by the Bangladesh Caterers’ Association; further notes that the Balaka has previously won the Good Curry Guide’s Best in Scotland award in 1995 and Best in the United Kingdom in 1998, and commends Abdul and Michael Rouf and all the team for their work and the outstanding contribution that they have made to furthering Bangladeshi-Scottish relations.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Alex Johnstone, Jamie McGrigor, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Murdo Fraser, Jackson Carlaw, Iain Smith, Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Aitken, Margaret Mitchell, Dr Richard Simpson, John Park, Karen Gillon

S3M-1006 Mary Mulligan: Support for Leon Jackson in The X Factor Final—That the Parliament congratulates Leon Jackson on his outstanding achievement in reaching the final of The X Factor; acknowledges that Leon is an excellent ambassador for his home town of Whitburn and a leading role model for Scotland’s young people, and encourages everyone in Scotland to vote for Leon in The X Factor final on Saturday 15 December 2007.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, John Lamont, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Murray, John Park, George Foulkes, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Jamie Stone, Pauline McNeill, Jackie Baillie, Aileen Campbell, Karen Gillon

S3M-1005 Kenneth Gibson: Widening the Gap Between Rich and Poor—That the Parliament notes with concern that the gap between rich and poor has reached levels not seen for more than 40 years with the level of social mobility in the United Kingdom among the lowest of any developed country; believes that this inequality can only be exacerbated by the abolition of the 10% tax rate, announced by the Prime Minister in his last Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer, to be implemented from April 2008; strongly disapproves of this fiscal measure which hits those earning less than £17,000 per annum, effectively increasing the amount of income tax that they must pay; understands that those on low pay lose the benefit of the 10% lower rate and do not have enough income chargeable at the 22% rate to benefit from the cut to 20%; acknowledges that, according to analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, around one-fifth of families in the United Kingdom will be worse off as a direct result of this measure and that three out of four women will pay more tax; is aware that, because the wage gap between Scotland and England is over £2,000, there are more lower-paid workers in Scotland, therefore hard-working Scots will be heavily penalised by this measure; is alarmed that, according to figures published by Deloitte, in 22 Scottish Westminster parliamentary constituencies more than 50% of workers will be worse off, including North Ayrshire and Arran, and therefore condemns what the abolition of the 10% tax rate means in practice, which is that the poor are subsidising the better off and urges the Scottish Government to lobby the UK Government to reconsider this measure.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson

S3M-1004 Bashir Ahmad: Congratulating Azeem Ibrahim - Britain’s Top 100 Most Influential Asians—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow-born Azeem Ibrahim for being the youngest member of the Bank of Scotland’s top 100 most influential British Asians; believes that Azeem’s success encapsulates Scotland’s entrepreneurial spirit, proving that Scotland is more than capable of producing fresh young talent, and further believes that such prominent members of our community can act as role models for all of Scotland’s youth.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Nanette Milne, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Andrew Welsh, Bill Kidd, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Willie Coffey

S3M-1001.1 Patrick Harvie: Reinstate our Christmas Carol Service—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1001) in the name of Murdo Fraser, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "recognises that Christmas, with its roots in pre-Christian religion and belief systems, has been reinterpreted and adapted by society through the ages as our main winter festival and retains relevance and excitement for most people even in today’s increasingly secular culture; welcomes the fact that it will be marking Christmas with an event designed to appeal to believers and non-believers alike, and above all, regardless of differing views about religion, wishes everyone a very happy Christmas."

Supported by: Ian McKee, Bill Wilson

S3M-992 Stewart Stevenson: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: John Swinney, Jim Mather

S3M-987.1 Bob Doris: Prepayment Penalties on the Poor—As an amendment to motion (S3M-987) in the name of Jackie Baillie, insert at end "further notes that the UK Labour Government refused to support SNP MP Mike Weir’s attempts to put safeguards in place for customers during the passage of the Energy Act 2004; calls on the UK Government to legislate immediately to prevent energy companies from being able to levy such unfair additional charges; notes that all parties in the Scottish Parliament now support the transfer of additional powers to Holyrood, and encourages all converts to the cause of additional powers for the Scottish Parliament to join SNP calls for all powers over energy held at a UK level to be transferred to the Scottish Parliament as a matter of urgency."

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-964 Fiona Hyslop: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt

S3M-953# Bill Butler: Support Project Scotland—That the Parliament expresses its dismay at the decision of the Scottish Government to withdraw funding from Project Scotland, the ground-breaking volunteering project, which since its inception has secured well over 1,000 placements for young people throughout Scotland; recognises the very real and tangible benefits both to local communities and organisations, such as the Temple Shafton Youth Project in Glasgow, which have participated in the scheme and wholeheartedly applauds the effort and commitment of the volunteers involved; acknowledges that participants have been able to discover and develop new skills during their time with Project Scotland; notes the cross-party support for motion S3M-695 in the name of Sandra White, which acknowledged the positive role played by Project Scotland in helping "those previously excluded from participating in society to realise their true potential and aspirations", and believes that the decision should be reversed and support given to a project which, through the sterling efforts of volunteers, has made a significant contribution to a more inclusive and co-operative Scotland.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Hugh O’Donnell, Andy Kerr, Marlyn Glen, Claire Baker, Iain Gray, Elaine Murray, Jack McConnell, Robert Brown, John Park, Robin Harper, James Kelly, Marilyn Livingstone, Irene Oldfather, Elaine Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Malcolm Chisholm, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Tom McCabe, Rhoda Grant, Tavish Scott, Cathy Peattie, Hugh Henry, David Stewart, Cathy Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Mr Frank McAveety, Ms Wendy Alexander, Jamie Stone, David Whitton*, Pauline McNeill*, Johann Lamont*, Jim Tolson*, Michael McMahon*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-944 Brian Adam: Road Hauliers and a Fuel Price Regulator—That the Parliament supports the Road Haulage Association’s campaign to introduce a fuel price regulator; notes the burdensome cost of fuel for motorists and the road haulage industry which affects Scotland; notes that Scotland is one of the world’s largest oil producers with oil at record prices; further highlights the negative effect of soaring fuel prices on competitiveness; urges the UK Government to close the gap between fuel duties charged in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe; considers that the revenues from fuel duties and VAT, accounting for 60% of the price of petrol and diesel, pose an unfair burden on industry and consumers, and calls on the UK Government to introduce a fuel price regulator which would ensure the smooth modulation of VAT on fuel to reflect changes in the price of oil thus protecting hauliers and consumers.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Nigel Don, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Alasdair Allan, Dave Thompson, Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, Angela Constance, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Andrew Welsh, Gil Paterson, Willie Coffey, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Keith Brown

*S3M-944.1 Tavish Scott: Road Hauliers and a Fuel Price Regulator—As an amendment to motion (S3M-944) in the name of Brian Adam, insert at end "and to ensure that the fuel price regulator mechanism allows for regional variations in tax rates set so that it can be used to remove regional variation in the price paid for fuel at the pumps in order that motorists in the islands and remote rural areas, who need their cars as public transport alternatives are limited, no longer pay around 10 pence per litre more for fuel than motorists in Scotland’s cities, where motorists have many public transport alternatives."

Supported by: Liam McArthur*

S3M-464# John Lamont: Support for Border News—That the Parliament considers that moves by ITV to merge some of its smaller regional news services should be opposed; believes that these proposals pose a significant threat to the future of Border television and would be damaging to regional news in the region; considers that a merger of Border television news with STV news services would also be a bad move for television in Scotland and would provide a downgraded service for the customer, and believes that local and regional television services provide a valuable role in an increasingly centralised market.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Elaine Murray, David Stewart, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Cathy Peattie, Jamie Stone, Margaret Mitchell, Robin Harper, Murdo Fraser, Derek Brownlee, Mary Scanlon, Gil Paterson, Helen Eadie, Christine Grahame, Ted Brocklebank, Peter Peacock, Rhoda Grant, Annabel Goldie

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1003# Meeting the Needs of Disabled Children and their Families - £34 Million Could Go a Long Way (lodged on 7 December 2007) Karen Gillon*

S3M-1002♦ True Cost of PFI (lodged on 7 December 2007) Bill Wilson*

S3M-958 Neurosurgergy Needs Assessment (lodged on 3 December 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Mike Rumbles*

S3M-957 Big Screens for International Games (lodged on 3 December 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-900 Tenth Anniversary of the Jubilee Scotland Campaign (lodged on 21 November 2007) Jeremy Purvis*

S3M-800 Cross Party Report on Leukaemia (lodged on 7 November 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, John Scott*

S3M-611 Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 3 October 2007) Cathy Jamieson*

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