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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.

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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1286 Jim Tolson: Rising Energy Prices—That the Parliament notes the move from energy providers Npower, EDF and British Gas to increase prices over recent months and condemns the decision of providers to increase energy tariffs by up to 15%; acknowledges that such moves make it inevitable that the remaining power companies will raise prices by several times the rate of inflation, leading to increased levels of fuel poverty for many of Scotland’s most vulnerable people; further notes Energywatch’s belief that there is no reasonable explanation for the recent sharp increases in wholesale costs, and calls on gas and electricity suppliers to reinvest more of their profits, lowering prices for the most vulnerable customers.

*S3M-1285 Sandra White: Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre—That the Parliament welcomes the official opening of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre at Gartnaval hospital in Glasgow; applauds the great work done by all the organisations involved in the project, including the Friends of the Beatson, Trades House of Glasgow, the Robertson Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Teenage Cancer Trust; notes that this state-of-the-art centre, which enjoys some of the shortest waiting times for radical treatment in the United Kingdom, incorporates a mix of innovative services, such as a cinema, hairdressers, chill-out rooms and therapy rooms, aimed at ensuring that patients’ experiences are as positive as possible, and commends all the staff for their great dedication and excellent work.

*S3M-1284 Claire Baker: An End to the Prospect of Ship-to-Ship Transfers in the Firth of Forth—That the Parliament warmly welcomes Forth Ports plc’s decision not to proceed with plans for ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Firth of Forth; congratulates the people, communities, and local groups in Fife and the Lothians who worked hard to secure this outcome; highlights the hard work of representatives across parties in both the Holyrood and Westminster parliaments on the issue of ship-to-ship oil transfers, and welcomes the protection that this decision will offer to the wildlife and environmentally sensitive sites throughout the Firth of Forth.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*, Iain Gray*, Rhona Brankin*, Nanette Milne*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Trish Godman*, Elaine Murray*, Jim Tolson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mary Mulligan*, George Foulkes*

*S3M-1283 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Buckie Community High School—That the Parliament congratulates the staff and pupils of Buckie Community High School on their efforts to become one of the greenest schools in the country; notes it is one of only 100 schools from across the whole country to be selected to install rooftop solar panels through the Co-operative Group’s £1 million Green Energy for Schools scheme; further notes that a monitor will be installed to display the amount of electricity generated and CO2 emissions being saved, and recognises that the panels will reduce the school’s reliance on fossil fuels at a time when costs are rising and will also support course work in subjects such as geography and science.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Ken Macintosh*

*S3M-1282 Bill Kidd: Morning Star Relaunch—That the Parliament welcomes and supports the relaunch, on 3 March 2008, of the Morning Star as a daily newspaper in Scotland and as a major contribution to the plurality and balance of the Scottish press.

Supported by: Bob Doris*

S3M-1281 Marlyn Glen: 50th Anniversary of Scottish CND—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; notes that the UK Government’s plan to renew and replace Trident would have an impact on matters devolved to the Scottish Parliament for the next 50 years; expresses concern that the UK Government is spending £2.7 billion at Aldermaston over the next three years; urges the majority of Scottish Westminster MPs of all parties who voted against Trident renewal on 14 March 2007 to continue their opposition to that policy at Westminster with a view to overturning it in due course, and supports the 50th anniversary rally which will be held at Aldermaston on 24 March 2008.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Bill Butler, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1280 Elaine Smith: Access to Work for Young Deaf People—That the Parliament believes that all young people should have equal access to employment on leaving school or further and higher education; agrees that a modern Scotland should embrace a diverse workforce; welcomes the presence of the STUC in the Scottish Parliament earlier this month, when a workshop was held to discuss issues relating to access to work for deaf people; recognises the good work that the STUC is undertaking in partnership with trade unions and employers in the Highlands to provide training sessions in deaf awareness and British Sign Language (BSL); is aware however that key voluntary organisations such as the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), the Scottish Council on Deafness and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People are still generally finding that there are significant barriers for young deaf people and adults to access employment or training opportunities, including work experience, due to communication barriers and lack of deaf awareness in the workplace; notes that the UK Government’s Access to Work scheme, while providing for access to appropriate communication during working hours, does not cover such access for training provision, which is crucial to an employee’s induction and professional development; is further concerned that there is an acute shortage of qualified BSL interpreters in Scotland, meaning that many deaf people in the workplace cannot access even the minimum level of communication support that they are entitled to; welcomes the work of the NDCS, who have been supporting deaf young people to make the transition from school into the world of work via its Moving On project, and, while welcoming the Scottish Government’s intention to increase the number of qualified BSL interpreters in Scotland, considers that the Scottish Government should liaise with the UK Government, where appropriate, to ensure better access to employment and training and increased promotion of deaf awareness in the workplace, for the benefit of deaf young people and adults alike.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Sarah Boyack, Trish Godman, Elaine Murray, Marlyn Glen, Bill Butler, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Michael McMahon, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Angela Constance*, Dave Thompson*, Patrick Harvie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Mulligan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1279 Margaret Smith: Congratulations to Dakota Bar and Grill, Restaurant of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the Dakota Bar and Grill in South Queensferry on being voted Best Hotel Restaurant and Restaurant of the Year in the first Scottish Restaurant Awards; acknowledges the importance of tourism and high-quality facilities to the local economy, and commends the Dakota for its use of locally sourced produce.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ian McKee*

S3M-1278 Robert Brown: Effective Energy Complaint Handling—That the Parliament notes that the changes in consumer representation and complaint handling that take effect from the end of September 2008 will require energy suppliers to take additional responsibility for resolving their own complaints; further notes that suppliers will have to adhere to a new statutory complaint-handling standard; recognises the need for Ofgem to ensure that a new standard gives a clear signal to suppliers that their complaint-handling functions must be accessible to all consumers and believes that company complaints data should be subject to independent verification, without which there are likely to be concerns about data quality, transparency and insufficient incentives on companies to invest in improving their customer service, and calls on the Scottish Government to make representations to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to ensure that, before the standard is approved, it contains provisions that companies must provide their complaints data to the new consumer advocacy body and Ofgem and that this data will be subject to independent audit to allow consumers to compare companies’ customer service performance.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1277 Bill Kidd: Glasgow Magazine Wins Award—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City Council’s bi-monthly publication, Glasgow, the magazine for residents and businesses, edited by John Keil, on being voted Customer Magazine of the Year at the prestigious Periodical Publishers Association’s Scottish Magazine Awards 2007 for the second year running.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Elaine Smith*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1276# Bill Kidd: Borderline Homelessness Charity—That the Parliament applauds the great work done by the Borderline charity in supporting homeless Scots in London, which despite having only five staff members has helped many homeless Scots in London to find accommodation, return to Scotland, begin work or training and support them in the many other difficulties facing those who find themselves on the streets, and hopes that as we approach Poverty Action Sunday, the culmination of Poverty Action and Homelessness Week 2008, everyone will take the opportunity to reflect on the plight of the poor and homeless in Scotland and help work towards a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Roseanna Cunningham, Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, John Lamont, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Jim Hume, Christine Grahame, Hugh Henry*, Bill Wilson*, Angela Constance*, Dave Thompson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1275 John Swinney: The Draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008—That the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee recommends that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Jim Mather

S3M-1274 Alex Neil: Keeping Accident and Emergency Services Local—That the Parliament welcomes the recent decision by NHS Lanarkshire to retain full accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital; further welcomes the NHS board’s commitment to move towards the delivery of the new Airdrie health centre, the Monklands mental health unit and the Lanarkshire cancer centre; notes that none of this would have been possible had an SNP Government not been returned at the elections in May; condemns the previous administration’s attempt to push through an ill-thought out proposal against the express wishes of the people who elected it; notes that majority medical opinion supports the retention of Monklands accident and emergency, and congratulates the residents of Lanarkshire for their long and hard-fought campaign to keep their accident and emergency services local.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1273 Christine Grahame: VAT for Warm Homes Campaign—That the Parliament endorses the campaign by Energy Action Scotland proposing that the extra VAT generated by recent and further domestic energy price rises, estimated to bring in an additional £175 million to the exchequer purse, should be redistributed across the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom for the exclusive purpose of tackling fuel poverty which would provide much-needed assistance to the 700,000 households in Scotland, one in three, living in fuel poverty.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Willie Coffey, Elaine Smith, Christina McKelvie, Bill Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan*, Dave Thompson*, Angela Constance*, Patrick Harvie*, Bashir Ahmad*, Keith Brown*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-1272 John Swinney: The Draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008—That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford

S3M-1271# Elaine Murray: Hunting of Wild Boar with Dogs—That the Parliament is very concerned by reports in the Sunday Times of 27 January 2008 that commercial hunting of wild boar with dogs is being organised on an estate in Dumfries and Galloway; is further concerned that such activity may cause suffering to both the boar and dogs concerned, and believes that the legality of such activity should be investigated and that, if the hunting of wild boar with dogs is permitted under current legislation, legislation should be introduced to ban such activity.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Trish Godman*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, David Stewart*

S3M-1270 Rob Gibson: Closure of Telephone Boxes—That the Parliament notes with concern the plans by BT to close telephone boxes in Scotland; notes with particular concern the impact that this might have in rural areas where populations are sparse and mobile phone reception is patchy; calls on Ofcom to make sure that no residents or travellers could be put in danger through lack of emergency phones; calls for a national plan to be drawn up by the regulator and BT before any further telephone box closures are proposed, including consideration of options such as cashless or emergency only boxes for those deemed essential, and urges Ofcom to consult all the affected communities to gain their support.

Supported by: Willie Coffey, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jim Hume, Roseanna Cunningham, Elaine Smith, Nigel Don, Ian McKee, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Christina McKelvie, Mary Scanlon*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*, Angela Constance*, Dave Thompson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1269 Elaine Smith: Scottish Winners of BBC 2 Young Folk Award 2008—That the Parliament, in addition to congratulating Ewan Robertson on winning the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008 Award (S3M-1234), also congratulates the multi-talented Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama students, Siobhan Miller from Midlothian and Jeana Leslie from Orkney, on winning the BBC 2 Young Folk Award 2008, against a strong UK-wide field; recognises that this achievement further emphasises the importance of the work of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in the continuance and development of traditional Scottish music through the nurturing of talented young musicians, and wishes Siobhan and Jeana, as well as Ewan, the greatest of success in their musical careers.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Elizabeth Smith, Karen Gillon, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Sarah Boyack, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, John Lamont, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Peattie, Jamie McGrigor, Iain Gray, Elaine Murray, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Malcolm Chisholm, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Ian McKee, John Park, Jackie Baillie, Angela Constance*, Dave Thompson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Liam McArthur*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1268 Karen Whitefield: Monklands Accident and Emergency Services—That the Parliament welcomes the recent decision by NHS Lanarkshire to retain full accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital; further welcomes the board’s commitment to move towards the delivery of the new Airdrie health centre, the Monklands mental health unit and the Lanarkshire cancer centre; accepts the concerns raised by NHS Lanarkshire that the delivery of these proposals requires sufficient funding, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that sufficient funding is made available to NHS Lanarkshire to deliver all of the primary and acute health care projects planned under the current health board proposals.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, David Stewart, Hugh O’Donnell, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1267 Jamie Stone: Caithness and Sutherland Welcome Lottery Awards—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the announcement by the Big Lottery Fund on 30 January 2008 of awards of £784,997 to the Assynt Foundation to turn Glencanisp Lodge into self-catering visitor accommodation, £227,666 to the Culag Community Woodland Trust Ltd which will extend an all-ability path already in place and will give greater access for all to the site of special scientific interest at Loch Beannach and £200,000 to the Pulteneytown People’s Project which will enable the commencement of the establishment of a community regeneration centre in Pulteneytown in Caithness.

S3M-1266 Joe FitzPatrick: Responsible Procurement Strategy—That the Parliament commends the launch of its responsible procurement strategy; notes that, rather than just being a collection of worthy policies, this is a systematic approach to responsible procurement which aims to transform culture across the Parliament; further commends the publication of the strategy to meet the Parliament’s needs without jeopardising the ability of others to meet their needs in the future; acknowledges that this is a contribution to the high standard of environmental management already adopted in the Parliament, which was the first public body to adopt ecological footprint as a corporate key performance indicator, and notes that, by seeking the highest standards in its operations, we can demonstrate that we should all aspire to be responsible global citizens.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Elaine Murray, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Nigel Don, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, John Park, Willie Coffey, Christina McKelvie, Mike Pringle, Stuart McMillan, Dave Thompson*, Bill Wilson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-1265 Keith Brown: Sub-standard Military Housing—That the Parliament condemns the sub-standard nature of military accommodation in Scotland; notes that some 50% of barracks fall into this category as defined by the UK Government; further notes as one example that 60% of units are sub-standard at the Scottish base of 45 Commando Royal Marines, who have served with distinction in conflicts from the Falklands to Iraq and Afghanistan; believes that service personnel deserve adequate accommodation; considers the UK Government’s scheduling of improvements over 20 years to be shameful, and calls for the improvement of these facilities to take place much more quickly so that no service personnel or their families are forced to live in housing that is substandard or inadequate.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1264 Peter Peacock: Scottish Book Trust—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Book Trust on the launch of its new programme of activities; recognises the importance of the work that the Scottish Book Trust carries out in encouraging both readers and writers in Scotland; commends the trust for its work in schools, prisons and also with looked-after children which helps to improve communication skills and encourages reading and literature; further congratulates the trust on its work to promote Scottish writers and writing through projects such as the New Writers awards and the Short Story campaign; commends in particular the Isle of Jura Writer Retreat programme which has established itself as one of the best creative opportunities available to writers of stature anywhere in the world; notes the new projects being introduced this year which include a new children’s festival, as well as a new Scotland-wide project to encourage Scots to share their stories, and wishes the Scottish Book Trust every success for these events and beyond.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Elizabeth Smith, Ross Finnie, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Christine Grahame, Mr Frank McAveety, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Jackson Carlaw, Des McNulty, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Stone, Bill Kidd, Karen Gillon, Sarah Boyack, John Park, Patrick Harvie, Hugh Henry, Iain Gray, Elaine Murray, George Foulkes, Malcolm Chisholm, Trish Godman, Liam McArthur, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Butler, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Dave Thompson*, Marlyn Glen*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1263 Jackson Carlaw: Proposed Closure of Morton and St Fergus Nurseries in Renfrewshire—That the Parliament condemns the decision of the Liberal Democrat/SNP-led Renfrewshire Council to close the HMIE-commended Morton Nursery in Linwood and St Fergus Nursery in Ferguslie; notes that these decisions fly in the face of overwhelming opposition of staff, parents and the local community as a whole in each case, and urges the council to reconsider these ill-thought-out plans thus ensuring that the people of Linwood and Ferguslie can continue to benefit from the excellent standard of education, care and supervision that each nursery delivers for many years to come.

S3M-1262 John Lamont: Voytek the Bear—That the Parliament endorses the campaign to give proper recognition to Voytek the "Soldier Bear", who served in the Polish army during the Second World War and was billeted near Hutton in Berwickshire before retiring to Edinburgh Zoo; recognises the affection with which he was held by his comrades, and urges MSPs to support efforts to secure a permanent memorial to an unlikely war hero.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Murdo Fraser, Bob Doris, Jim Hume, Brian Adam, Jackson Carlaw, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Allan, Margaret Mitchell, Elaine Smith, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1261 Christine Grahame: Ronald Rae’s Lion of Scotland—That the Parliament notes the popular success of the exhibition of Ronald Rae’s sculptures in Holyrood Park; notes that most of the exhibits will be removed in March to locations such as Iona and the Falkirk Wheel; further notes that Ronald Rae is prepared to leave the Lion of Scotland in the vicinity of the Parliament with no funding cost to the Parliament, including liability cover; further notes that the Arts Advisory Committee of this Parliament will meet in February to consider inter alia what exhibits to accept, and therefore urges MSPs to support the location of the lion outside the Parliament where it has already made its natural home.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, John Lamont, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Smith, Malcolm Chisholm, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Sarah Boyack, Dave Thompson*, Mary Scanlon*, Angela Constance*, Iain Gray*

S3M-1257 Bob Doris: Concern Over Glasgow Housing Association Rent Increase—That the Parliament notes with concern that Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) has agreed a 5.2% increase in rent; observes that this increase, the maximum allowable, was pushed through on the casting vote of the tenant chair against the wishes of 60% of tenants, while the rent on GHA properties remains significantly higher than that charged by other registered social landlords; recognises that many tenants remain in unmodernised properties with the threat of demolition hanging over their heads; further notes that this increase comes at a time when public sector pay increases are running at a low level and that the increase is likely to contribute further to financial hardship, and calls on the GHA board to consult further with tenants with a view to reconsidering its decision.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd

S3M-1256 John Swinney: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford

S3M-1255 Margaret Curran: Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates BEMIS for its excellent HMIE evaluation which classified it as a sector leader organisation; acknowledges its very positive contribution to the race equality agenda, the development of the ethnic minority voluntary sector and the communities that this sector represents in Scotland, and welcomes BEMIS’s very effective work with ethnic minority communities and in support of the equality agenda in Scotland.

S3M-1251 Bill Butler: Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Report on Glasgow Crossrail—That the Parliament notes the final report, Glasgow Crossrail Appraisal and Economic Case, endorsed by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) on 25 January 2008; recognises that the Glasgow Crossrail project is strategically one of the most significant rail projects in Scotland; acknowledges the wide-ranging and cross-party support for the proposed Crossrail project as highlighted on; supports the submission of SPT’s appraisal of the Crossrail project to Transport Scotland for inclusion in the Strategic Transport Projects Review and the National Planning Framework, and anticipates a positive decision from the Scottish Executive on the early implementation of Glasgow Crossrail.

Supported by: James Kelly, Ken Macintosh, Des McNulty, John Park, Helen Eadie, Robert Brown, Rhona Brankin, Hugh O’Donnell, Iain Gray, Patricia Ferguson, Patrick Harvie, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Bill Aitken, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Charlie Gordon

S3M-1250 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Community Councils—That the Parliament values the excellent work done by Scotland’s community councils in fostering participative democracy by getting communities active and involved in local decision-making and planning; recognises the vital role played by the Association of Scottish Community Councils in the provision of services and resources to Scotland’s 12,500 community councillors; notes with concern that annual funding awards for the association’s crucial work have fallen dramatically over recent years and that, as a result, the organisation now finds it extremely difficult to carry out its core duties, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with local authorities to develop a strategy to support and develop dynamic, responsive and effective work by community councils and the Association of Scottish Community Councils.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, John Lamont, Rob Gibson, Jim Hume, Mike Pringle, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith, Angela Constance*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1249 Nanette Milne: Pupils on Top in Oil Competition—That the Parliament congratulates Cults Academy pupils on winning the OilSim Scotland oil industry competition; notes that the competition offers the opportunity for more than 100 students from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Dundee to compete in the annual educational event organised by Simprentis; further notes that the purpose of events like these is to give students an opportunity to learn more about the oil and gas industry; notes that the event was sponsored by Chevron Upstream Europe and Maersk Oil in collaboration with Simprentis, Aberdeen City Council and the Robert Gordon University, and congratulates Cults Academy pupils, Katie Primavesi, Stewart Pether, Toby Smith and Hedien Ghodsi on their achievement.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Elizabeth Smith, Murdo Fraser, Sandra White, Jamie Stone, Angela Constance, Alison McInnes, Nigel Don, Stuart McMillan

S3M-1248 Iain Gray: Alex Marshall, World Champion—That the Parliament congratulates Tranent’s Alex Marshall MBE on winning the World Indoor Singles Bowls Championship in Norfolk; notes that his victory represents an unprecedented fifth triumph, putting him two titles ahead of his nearest rivals; recognises his tremendous achievement in having held world bowls titles every year since 1992, and considers him to be a fine ambassador for East Lothian and for Scottish sport.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Karen Gillon, Bill Kidd, Rhona Brankin, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Sarah Boyack, Bob Doris, Jamie Stone, John Lamont, Aileen Campbell, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Angela Constance, Jim Hume, Des McNulty, Mike Pringle, Kenneth Gibson, Helen Eadie, Ken Macintosh, John Park, Karen Whitefield, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie Hepburn, George Foulkes, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Richard Simpson, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1247 Bill Kidd: Independent Living Funds—That the Parliament expresses concern over the Independent Living Funds (ILF) increasing, from 1 April 2008, the threshold sum that local authorities are required to pay from £200 to £320 per week before recipients are eligible to receive ILF funding, recognising that this excessively disproportionate increase will result in many severely disabled persons missing out on payments from the fund to help them remain in the community.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1245 Claire Baker: Welcome for UK Government Legislation on Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the UK Government to take forward secondary legislation to introduce further controls on ship-to-ship oil transfers; congratulates Mark Lazarowicz MP and his colleagues in the Westminster Parliament for their work on the ship-to-ship issue; welcomes the prospect of a genuine solution on this issue delivered by the UK Government and MPs of all parties for the people of Fife, the Lothians and Scotland, and believes that it shows the strength of the devolved administrations in the United Kingdom working with the UK Government on issues like these that know no borders and affect communities across the whole of the United Kingdom.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin, Iain Gray, Karen Gillon, Des McNulty, Marlyn Glen, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Murray, John Park, Ken Macintosh, Patricia Ferguson, George Foulkes, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson, Elaine Smith, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1244 Rob Gibson: Civil and Political Unrest in Kenya—That the Parliament joins others in calling for an end to the savage civil and political unrest that has plagued Kenya since the controversial elections on 27 December 2007; encourages all parties in Kenya to engage in constructive diplomacy with a view to building consensus and a peaceful resolution to the violence; urges both President Mwai Kibaki and the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, to call a ceasefire in a bid to curtail the spiralling death toll which has cost the lives of around 800 Kenyans; commends the excellent work of UNICEF in providing temporary shelter and basic supplies for over 250,000 displaced Kenyans; calls for a new set of elections to be held that will be independently monitored by an international impartial body, such as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and implores both the European Union and United Nations to exert every influence at their disposal to ensure a peaceful outcome.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Hugh O’Donnell, Angela Constance, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1243 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to Falkirk Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Falkirk Football Club on its success in securing funding for the third stand at its Westfield Stadium; notes that the new stand will have seating capacity for 2,000; pays tribute to Falkirk Football Club and its partners for their hard work over the past few years to make this project a reality, and wishes the fans, board and staff of the football club every success for the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Peattie, Rob Gibson, Jamie Stone, John Wilson, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Karen Gillon, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Sandra White, John Park, Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1242 Iain Smith: Congratulations to John Loughton—That the Parliament congratulates John Loughton, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, on winning E4’s series, Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, and hopes that his example will encourage other young people to become politically active.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Margaret Smith, Robert Brown, Hugh O’Donnell, Ross Finnie, George Foulkes, Karen Whitefield, Jim Hume, Jamie Stone, Malcolm Chisholm, Liam McArthur, Alison McInnes, Robin Harper

S3M-1241 Ted Brocklebank: 100th Anniversary of Sir Jimmy Shand’s Birth—That the Parliament notes the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Jimmy Shand on 28 January 2008; further notes that Sir Jimmy’s career included composing more than 300 tunes and playing for Her Majesty The Queen and inspired a life-size statue in his home town of Auchtermuchty; recognises him as one of Scotland’s greatest ever accordionists; congratulates the 100 musicians who took part in a four-hour concert in Windygates on 20 January, and hopes that similar events planned to mark Sir Jimmy’s anniversary are equally successful.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Jamie McGrigor, Jamie Stone, Claire Baker, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, John Lamont, Cathy Peattie, Jackson Carlaw, Jim Tolson, Karen Gillon, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, David Whitton, Brian Adam, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, John Park, Patricia Ferguson, Margaret Mitchell, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Bill Aitken, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1239# Aileen Campbell: Penguin Publishers and the Future of Scottish Publishing—That the Parliament regrets the decision made by leading publishers, Penguin, to end its presence in Scotland and its reported comments that "it made more business sense" to commission Scottish writers from London; considers that this is an ironic decision, given that Penguin will be leaving Edinburgh, a UNESCO City of Literature, and at a time when Scotland celebrates its most famous writer and bard, Robert Burns; believes that the decision could have a significant impact on both publishing in Scotland and the effective nurturing of Scottish literary talent in the south of Scotland and throughout the country, and further believes that Penguin’s decision should be reconsidered.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Christine Grahame, Robert Brown, Joe FitzPatrick, Ian McKee, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Christopher Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Bill Wilson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1237 Dave Thompson: Welcome Decision on Aviemore Resort—That the Parliament welcomes the swift action taken by the Scottish Government in response to representations from a cross-party group of MSPs to address problems in the planning process between the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Cairngorms National Park Authority and developers of the Aviemore Highland Resort that allowed the Cairngorms National Park Authority to take a decision on the potential expansion of the resort prior to Christmas 2007; urges MSPs to allow the Scottish Government to release correspondence on this matter, and welcomes the decision of the Cairngorms National Park Authority to approve the development preserving 300 essential jobs in the community.

Supported by: Angela Constance, Brian Adam, Willie Coffey, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson

S3M-1236 Irene Oldfather: Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia—That the Parliament welcomes the findings of the report, Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia, by the House of Commons’ Committee of Public Accounts; accepts that while the report is focused on the provision of care services in England, many of its findings can be applied to Scotland; agrees with the report that early diagnosis is essential for planning the long-term care needs of dementia patients; expresses concern that only 31% of GPs consider themselves to have received basic training in the diagnosis and management of dementia; acknowledges that the number of dementia patients in Scotland is expected to rise to an estimated 108,000 by 2031; recognises that, in order to respond to this increase, substantial improvements must be made to meet the highest standards of community and health care; notes that the Scottish Government has made dementia a national priority; further notes that, unlike for cancer, there is no lead clinician with responsibility for dementia, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to create a dementia tsar with responsibility for improving dementia services in both the community and care homes and for creating a long-term dementia strategy to meet future challenges.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Rhona Brankin, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Mary Scanlon, Helen Eadie, Ken Macintosh, David Whitton, James Kelly, John Park, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Butler, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Angela Constance*

S3M-1235 Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Shona Robison

S3M-1234 Rob Gibson: Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008—That the Parliament congratulates Ewan Robertson from Carrbridge on winning the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008 award, decided during the Celtic Connections festival at the City Halls, Glasgow on Sunday 27 January 2008, the first singer-guitarist to do so; commends all those who took part in what was a fantastic showpiece of young Scottish talent; recognises the quality of contestants fielded which made this year’s decision one of the most difficult for a decade; acknowledges the contribution that institutions such as the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama can make in the development of young musicians, both of which Ewan Robertson attended as a student, and wishes Ewan the greatest of success in his musical career.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Jamie McGrigor, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Bashir Ahmad, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jim Tolson, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Scanlon, Alex Neil, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Peattie, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Stone, Roseanna Cunningham, Patricia Ferguson, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson

S3M-1233 Richard Baker: Speedy Progress Required On Haudagain Roundabout in Aberdeen—That the Parliament supports the Aberdeen Evening Express’ campaign, "Our Fight to Fix Jam", which aims to speed up action to tackle traffic congestion at the Haudagain roundabout; notes that the roundabout is among Scotland’s worst congestion hotspots, costing businesses every year and causing considerable delays to commuters; notes that it has been estimated that the Haudagain could now be costing the north-east economy upwards of £30 million a year in lost productivity, trade and extra fuel for the 20,000 vehicles that use it at peak times and can result in delays of up to 30 minutes; notes that consultation on making improvements to the roundabout has been delayed, and believes that consultation should be carried out and acted on expeditiously and should include the option of a flyover.

S3M-1232# Ian McKee: National Association of Youth Orchestras—That the Parliament applauds the objectives of the National Association of Youth Orchestras in supporting, encouraging and facilitating young musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform orchestral works at the highest level; recognises the association’s vital contribution to the cultural life both of the capital city and all of Scotland, and would like to see it remain based in Edinburgh.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Elizabeth Smith, Rob Gibson, Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1231 Karen Gillon: Clydesdale Befrienders—That the Parliament congratulates the Clydesdale Befriending Group on its success in securing £244,928 from the Big Lottery Fund; recognises the group as a fantastic resource for adults with learning difficulties in the area by providing support and social outings that will help these adults become more confident individuals, obtain new skills and make lasting friendships, and commends the Big Lottery Fund for the millions of pounds distributed to similar groups and good causes throughout the country each year.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, John Lamont, Karen Whitefield, Jim Hume, Nanette Milne, David Stewart, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Elizabeth Smith, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1231.1 Kenneth Gibson: Clydesdale Befrienders—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1231) in the name of Karen Gillon, insert at end "while noting with regret that the £2,175 million which will be transferred from lottery funding by the Westminster Government to fund the 2012 London Olympics will make it much more difficult in future for good causes such as Clydesdale Befrienders to obtain similar funding in future."

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1230 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 (Low Income, Low Asset Debtors etc.) Regulations 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 (Low Income, Low Asset Debtors etc.) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1229 Richard Baker: Beating Bowel Cancer - 2008 BE LOUD! Campaign—That the Parliament supports Beating Bowel Cancer’s BE LOUD! campaign, formally the Loud Tie campaign, which aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer; notes that bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Scotland, with around 1,600 people dying from the illness and over 3,500 new cases being diagnosed each year; recognises that early clinical detection and intervention can save lives; welcomes the continuation of the national screening programme, successfully piloted in Grampian, Tayside and Fife, which will see over 650,000 potentially vulnerable people being screened by 2009; urges people to take part in the national screening programme by returning their self-test kits; supports further improvements in bowel cancer services in Scotland which build on increased patient involvement and public awareness delivered through managed clinical networks, and encourages MSPs to support the BE LOUD! campaign between 28 January and 3 February 2008 on behalf of Beating Bowel Cancer.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Angela Constance, Jamie Hepburn, Dr Richard Simpson, Margaret Mitchell

S3M-1228 Kenneth Gibson: VAT on Sports and Leisure Trusts’ Membership Packages—That the Parliament disapproves of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) recent decision to charge VAT on sports and leisure trusts’ membership packages and to collect unpaid VAT retrospectively over the last three years; notes that PricewaterhouseCoopers and Tax Counsel advised the Sports and Recreation Trusts Association (SpoRTA) that the way in which HMRC is seeking to charge VAT is wrong in law; recognises the potentially serious financial and social consequences for leisure trusts and their customers including higher membership fees at leisure centres necessary to cover the VAT liability which would lead to lower participation, especially in more deprived communities; is concerned that HMRC’s decision to charge VAT retrospectively to some trusts may result in their liquidation, and further notes that HMRC’s decision contradicts the policies of both the Scottish and Westminster governments’ efforts to promote healthier lifestyles and the wider health benefits of sport and leisure as well as undermining the drive to tackle public health issues such as obesity.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Alasdair Allan, Angela Constance*

S3M-1227 Cathie Craigie: Scottish Sensory Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Sensory Centre on the launch of a pioneering British Sign Language (BSL) glossary of science terms used in the Scottish schools curriculum, encapsulating the essence and meaning of complex scientific concepts; commends the fact that the glossary was devised predominantly by a team of highly qualified scientists and science teachers who are themselves deaf, and welcomes this as the start of the process of ensuring that the Scottish Government invests in accessible education for all BSL users.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1224 Fiona Hyslop: Education and Skills Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Education and Skills Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 28 November 2007, to make provision within the legislative competence of the Parliament and to alter the executive competence of Scottish Ministers in respect of using and sharing information in relation to skills and training of people in Scotland, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Maureen Watt

S3M-1219.1 Gil Paterson: Dumbarton Academy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1219) in the name of Jackie Baillie, insert at end "further notes the hypocrisy of the Labour Party when all 10 Labour councillors, who are the majority party in West Dunbartonshire, voted to remove Dumbarton Academy from the schools project."

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Keith Brown, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Brian Adam, Alasdair Allan

S3M-1118# Margaret Smith: Edinburgh Park Railway Station—That the Parliament commends the continuing economic contribution made by Edinburgh Park not only to Edinburgh’s economy but to Scotland as whole; congratulates the park on its numerous green initiatives encouraging employees to choose public transport and ease the heavily congested road system surrounding the park; understands that a comprehensive public transport infrastructure is integral to the further growth of this area; considers that there should be clarification as to exactly why Edinburgh Park may not be included on the main Edinburgh to Glasgow line until 2016, forcing employees travelling from the west to travel on to Haymarket Station before doubling back on themselves; acknowledges that, in order to increase connectivity across Scotland, improve business links with Glasgow and aid environmental initiatives, Edinburgh Park must be included on this line as a matter of urgency, and believes that Edinburgh Park must be included as a stop on the Glasgow to Edinburgh mainline without further delay.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Helen Eadie, Hugh O’Donnell, Iain Gray, Jim Hume, Mary Mulligan, Alison McInnes, Ian McKee

S3M-956# Rob Gibson: Congratulations to the Fifth Annual Scots Trad Music Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Hands Up For Trad for organising the fifth annual Scots Trad Music Awards, Comharrachadh Duaisean Dual-cheòl na h-Alba 2007, held in the Nevis Centre, Fort William from 29 November to 1 December 2007; notes the attendance of 900 celebrants and 130 musicians who produced such a spectacular and enjoyable programme drawn from all aspects of our traditional music; congratulates the award winners whose performances have raised the excellence, rude health and growing recognition of Scotland’s contemporary indigenous music bringing it to wider public notice each year, which acts as a barometer of a confident and innovative musical culture in today’s Scotland but regrets that broadcasters have yet to televise this enjoyable event to take the live performance and celebration of our rich musical traditions onto our television screens, and considers that future awards ceremonies should be televised, starting with the sixth awards due to be held in Glasgow in 2008.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Nanette Milne, Karen Whitefield, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Dave Thompson, Mr Frank McAveety, Jamie McGrigor

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1221 Holocaust Memorial Day (lodged on 25 January 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1220 The Haven in Blantyre (lodged on 24 January 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1219 Dumbarton Academy (lodged on 24 January 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1218 Appointment of George Burley as the Scotland National Football Team Manager (lodged on 24 January 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1217 Commemoration by the Bank of England of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Dave Thompson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-1215 Commemoration by Royal Mail of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Dave Thompson*, Mike Pringle*, Angela Constance*

S3M-1214 Commemoration by the Scottish Clearing Banks of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Dave Thompson*, Bill Kidd*, Angela Constance*, Nigel Don*, Andrew Welsh*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Johnstone*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1213# Marketing and Communications Sector in Scotland (lodged on 24 January 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1205 UN International Year of Languages (lodged on 23 January 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1194 Domestic Abuse Play by Teenagers from Kilmardinny Arts Centre (lodged on 22 January 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1188 Gaza Strip Blackout (lodged on 21 January 2008) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1173 Campaign to Ban Snaring in Scotland (lodged on 17 January 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-1155 Sponsorship of Music Festivals and Events (lodged on 16 January 2008) Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1115 Disability Poverty in Scotland (lodged on 10 January 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1077 Invisible Heating Systems - Top Flight (lodged on 20 December 2007) Dave Thompson*, Stuart McMillan*, Willie Coffey*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Ian McKee*, Liam McArthur*, Bashir Ahmad*

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