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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 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".

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1341 Des McNulty: Scottish Tourism Week—That the Parliament recognises the importance of tourism for the Scottish economy; welcomes Scottish Tourism Week from 4 to 11 March 2008 and endorses the efforts of the Scottish Tourism Forum; notes the importance of long-distance footpaths such as the West Highland Way which are attracting increasing numbers of walkers keen to enjoy the unique landscape between Milngavie and Fort William, and warmly welcomes the commitment of East Dunbartonshire Council to upgrading facilities and signage in Milngavie town centre, the starting point for most visitors embarking on the West Highland Way.

*S3M-1340 Nicol Stephen: Aberdeen Dental School—That the Parliament notes the widespread support among communities in the north east of Scotland for the establishment of a dental school in Aberdeen; endorses the call by the Aberdeen Evening Express for the facility to be a full dental school; believes that Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland require a full dental school as a matter of urgency; is concerned that Scottish-domiciled students applying to study dentistry at the new Aberdeen Dental School will be liable to pay their own tuition fees; recognises that this will cost Scottish-domiciled students approximately £7,000 in fees; notes that students wishing to study dentistry in Dundee and Glasgow do not pay tuition fees and believes that the decision to charge tuition fees to dental students in Aberdeen is unfair and will act as a block on the number of students wishing to pursue a career in dentistry in the north east; believes that students wishing to study dentistry in Aberdeen should not be penalised in this way, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that Scottish-domiciled students studying at the Aberdeen Dental School are not required to pay tuition fees and continue to have access to the bursary support available to students studying in Dundee and Glasgow.

*S3M-1339 Margaret Mitchell: Resettlement and Support Initiative, South Lanarkshire—That the Parliament notes and supports the renaming of South Lanarkshire’s Rough Sleepers Initiative as the Resettlement and Support Initiative (RSI) to reflect the changing nature of the service which celebrates its 10th anniversary in March 2008; notes that the RSI is a partnership involving Barnardo’s, YMCA Glasgow, South Lanarkshire Council and the Jubilee Key Scheme; recognises the range of person-centred services offered by the RSI for homeless, roofless and vulnerable individuals by adopting a flexible, holistic approach towards the issues affecting service-user groups, and welcomes the continued success of the RSI in developing a range of innovative services in partnership with service users and others including rent deposit schemes, Nightstop, the Tenancy Support Service and the Rural Outreach scheme in an aim to reduce and prevent rough sleeping.

*S3M-1338 Aileen Campbell: Reel Afghanistan Film Festival—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Reel Afghanistan, a festival of Afghan film and culture aiming to create an educational and artistic dialogue between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom, which will take place in Edinburgh from 21 to 28 February 2008; notes that the programme will celebrate Afghan culture and arts, supporting artists by exhibiting their work; further notes that a parliamentary reception on 20 February will be the opening event of the festival; believes that the festival will help to build awareness in Scotland and across the UK of issues surrounding Afghanistan and provide an outlet for Afghan cinema and cultural events, and encourages people across Scotland and the UK to support this initiative and show solidarity with the artistic and cultural community in Afghanistan.

*S3M-1337 Christine Grahame: There is No Such Creature as British Law—That the Parliament expresses its concern that, in the context of comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury anent adopting some aspects of Sharia law into English law, the media, both UK and Scottish, the Prime Minister and other London political figures have referred to "British" law, reflecting an appalling ignorance of the distinctiveness of Scots law both substantively and in its procedures; further notes that there is no such legal creature as British law as opposed to UK legislation and legal processes; affirms again the proud tradition of the independence of Scots Law, both civil and criminal, and considers that all parties concerned should apologise to the Scottish people for once again equating "English" with "British".

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-1336 Ian McKee: St Mary’s Music School—That the Parliament congratulates David Smith of St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh on his great achievement in reaching the woodwind finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2008; further congratulates St Mary’s Music School for its splendid record in nurturing the talent of young musicians while giving them a high standard of general education, and wishes David every success at the finals in Cardiff on 20 February.

*S3M-1335 Patrick Harvie: Minority Government and the Budget Process—That the Parliament notes the contents of Choices for a Purpose: Review of Scottish Executive Budgets, also known as the Howat report, published in 2007; notes that the review commented on the view that any coalition partnership agreement, regardless of the political parties involved, would be "a mixed bag of commitments, ranging from very general, strategic statements to some very specific policy commitments" and stated that this could be seen as "an inevitable consequence of conflating two political manifestos"; recognises that the dynamics of minority government were not explicitly covered by the Howat report; recognises that any minority government will need to engage in ongoing negotiations throughout its term to secure a majority for its spending plans; further notes that the Howat report suggested that "the current arrangements need to be reviewed to allow the parties forming an administration to develop clearer statements of desired outcomes that can lead to better costed programmes for the new administration"; considers that this analysis has further implications in a period of minority government and that new arrangements must be in place to take account of inter-party dynamics throughout a Parliamentary session rather than merely forming part of any post-election negotiation, and calls on the Scottish Government and all political parties in the Parliament to begin an open-minded discussion about changes that could be made to the budget process making it more appropriate for a Parliament composed of minority parties.

S3M-1334# Bill Butler: Happy Birthday Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association (GOPWA) on the occasion of its 60th anniversary; notes that since its foundation on 23 February 1948 it has grown into an organisation which currently has over 2,000 volunteers assisting with its activities; acknowledges its provision of an unparalleled level of support to an estimated 75% of Glasgow’s 120,000 senior citizens, support which includes entertainment, new skills training, advocacy and income maximisation services, letter writing facilities and residential care and which, over the last five years, has helped Glasgow’s senior citizens claim over £10 million in benefits; salutes the contribution made to society by Scotland’s senior citizens, and wishes both the director, Sheena Glass, and all those involved continued success in making GOPWA such a unique and significant organisation.

Supported by: George Foulkes*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jackie Baillie*, Charlie Gordon*, Christine Grahame*, Jamie McGrigor*, James Kelly*, Robert Brown*, Kenneth Gibson*, Des McNulty*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1333 Patrick Harvie: Wilson Doctrine—That the Parliament notes the public debate on surveillance which has been sparked by revelations of the bugging of Sadiq Khan MP; further notes the existence of the Wilson Doctrine which affords MPs some protection from surveillance while carrying out their duties; believes that there are inherent weaknesses in the doctrine and that its application has not been consistent; recognises that debate on these issues seems likely to lead to new rules defining the limits of surveillance in politics; believes that any such rules must include an absolute ban on the political use of information gained from surveillance activity and must also protect the right of members of the public to consult confidentially their elected representatives at all levels, in particular those who have responsibility for aspects of the justice system; further believes that the same restrictions should also apply to confidential access to legal advice, and calls on the Scottish Government to initiate discussions with the UK Government to ensure that the role of MSPs is recognised as equivalent to that of MPs for these purposes and respected in the rules governing the use of surveillance.

S3M-1332 Bill Kidd: No to Go Ape Development in Pollok Park—That the Parliament opposes the proposed Go Ape private adventure course proposals for Pollok Park in Glasgow; is concerned at the inevitable disruption which it considers will result from any such development to the beauty and tranquillity of this public resource which is used by both locals and visitors to the city; is aware that this parkland was gifted to the citizenry of Glasgow on the proviso that such developments should not be sanctioned, and is conscious of and supports the large and growing local opposition to this form of private development in Pollok Park on the basis that such costly private entertainment has no place in any public park in Glasgow.

S3M-1331 Kenneth Gibson: Anorexia and Bulimia—That the Parliament notes with unease that it is estimated that more than 80,000 people in Scotland suffer from anorexia, with 4,700 suffering from bulimia, and that the number of people diagnosed with eating disorders has increased by more than 15% since 1999, according to NHS Scotland; is aware that, despite guidelines issued by the health service watchdog in November 2006, Scotland still trails behind the rest of the western world in the treatment of eating disorders; is aware that the foremost expert on anorexia and bulimia in the United Kingdom, Bryan Lask, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of London, has voiced concern that the system for treating those with eating disorders in Scotland is "positively dangerous"; regrets that there is still no specific advice for GPs, despite every practice having patients suffering from eating disorders, and that only two private clinics in Edinburgh and Glasgow provide specialist care at a cost of around £3,000 per patient per week; asks the Scottish Government to examine why there is not one consultant specialising in eating disorders employed by the NHS in Scotland and to consider how best to tackle this problem which can prove fatal and is deeply distressing both for patients and their families, and understands the need for ongoing research into eating disorders and their treatment.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Sandra White, Irene Oldfather, Roseanna Cunningham, Patrick Harvie, Hugh Henry*, Ken Macintosh*, James Kelly*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1330 Jackson Carlaw: Proposed Go Ape High Wire Adventure Facility in Pollok Country Park—That the Parliament accepts the idea of a Go Ape high wire adventure facility in an appropriate location but, given that Pollok Country Park is environmentally, socially and culturally unique, is extremely concerned by Glasgow City Council’s decision in February 2007 to grant a 21-year lease of sites in the North Wood, a natural unspoilt forest within the park, to Adventure Forest Ltd without consulting Pollok Country Park users or the local councillor at the time; questions the validity of the public consultation subsequently carried out by the council’s Land and Environmental Services in the summer of 2007 in which local residents considered that they were denied their proper right to have a say on the proposal; believes with dismay that Glasgow City Council politicians and officials have shown a complete disregard for the overwhelming opposition to this proposal from the local community and residents across Greater Glasgow, and urges Glasgow City Council to reconsider these ill-thought-out plans by going back to the drawing board and conducting a fresh consultation which would allow a new site to be considered as more appropriate for Go Ape, thus ensuring that the people of Greater Glasgow and the many visitors from elsewhere across the country can continue to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the North Wood of Pollok Country Park, one of the greatest gifts given to the people of Glasgow, the west of Scotland and beyond.

S3M-1329 Aileen Campbell: Rights of Children of Prisoners—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland; notes that the report finds that an estimated 13,500 children in Scotland are affected at any one time by the imprisonment of a parent and that when sentencing options are being considered the impact on the child is rarely taken into account; believes that the rights of children must be taken into account when sentencing and offender policy is considered, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s moves to reduce the number of custodial sentences for minor offences, especially where mothers with children are concerned.

S3M-1328 Christine Grahame: Bring Berwick Back—That the Parliament notes the referendum campaign in Berwick-upon-Tweed, 990 years after the town was ceded to Scotland following the Battle of Carham, to gauge support for the town being returned to the fold of Scottish nationhood; notes that Berwickers are once again considering the benefits of being part of Scotland; recognises the strong levels of support in the town for such a move, which sees the benefits that Scotland has derived from slowly removing the barriers to progress and prosperity by becoming increasingly independent of London control; agrees that we would warmly welcome Berwick-upon-Tweed back into the nation of Scotland as we move to regaining our full independence, and urges Scottish ministers to begin negotiations with HM Government to secure Berwick-upon-Tweed’s restoration as part of the nation of Scotland.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie

S3M-1327 Ian McKee: Scottish Science Funding Crisis—That the Parliament notes with concern the funding crisis at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the effects of which, as well as reductions in new physics grants for Scotland’s universities, will see reductions in funding for the United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) by 50% over the next three years; recognises that this funding has been vital to the continued existence of these organisations which have been responsible for many world-leading instruments for the world’s astronomers, have pioneered the successful Dark Sky Scotland scheme and have provided support to hundreds of science teachers to encourage young people in Scotland into science; deplores the actions of the STFC in disproportionately reducing the funding in Scotland, and calls on MPs at Westminster to reassess the funding for science in Scotland.

S3M-1326 Patrick Harvie: Children of Prisoners: The Invisible Victims of Crime—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the findings of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland, published by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland; further notes that the report sets out serious concerns about the welfare of children in this situation, in particular highlighting the problems with the approach taken to prison visits and the failure of the justice system to recognise the rights of the child in these difficult circumstances, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that better facilities are provided for children to see their parents or carers in Scotland’s prisons.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Robert Brown, Mike Pringle, Cathy Peattie, Marlyn Glen, Robin Harper, John Park*, Hugh Henry*, Karen Whitefield*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1325 Bill Kidd: Averting Humanitarian Disaster in Afghanistan—That the Parliament welcomes Oxfam’s report of January 2008, Afghanistan: Development and Humanitarian Priorities, outlining the need for urgent action to address immediate challenges in Afghanistan and to avert humanitarian disaster, and particularly notes the recommendations, with respect to narcotics, that the Afghan government and donors should support a long-term, multi-sectoral approach which above all seeks to achieve sustainable rural development and, with regard to peace-building, that it be approached in a way that is participatory and bottom-up, that strengthens community capacities to resolve disputes and conflicts, developing trust and social cohesion within and between communities, and that promotes inter-ethnic and inter-group dialogue.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1324# Cathy Peattie: 2008: Women and the Vote—That the Parliament notes that 6 February 2008 is the 90th anniversary of women winning the right to vote and be elected to parliament under the 1918 Representation of the People Act; further notes that this year is also the 80th anniversary of women being granted equal voting rights; believes that much still remains to be done to achieve full equality for women, and therefore welcomes the formation of 2008: Women and the Vote, bringing together organisations to celebrate, assess the current situation, and ask all political parties and central and local government to put this issue at the top of their political agendas.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Marlyn Glen, Cathie Craigie, Mary Scanlon, Dr Richard Simpson, Jim Tolson, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, John Park, Claire Baker, George Foulkes, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Patrick Harvie, Alison McInnes, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Ross Finnie, Christine Grahame, Rhona Brankin, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Malcolm Chisholm, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Sandra White

S3M-1323 David Stewart: Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps—That the Parliament notes the considerable benefits that insulin pumps have for diabetics to help them to manage their condition; notes with concern the current restrictive criteria for eligibility for use of insulin pumps which have contributed to insulin pump usage in Scotland being among the lowest in Western Europe, with only around 0.75% of people with Type 1 diabetes using pumps in Scotland compared with 15 to 20% in the United States of America and Germany; is concerned at the extreme regional disparity in uptake of insulin pumps across NHS boards, with only two patients receiving insulin pump therapy in NHS Ayrshire and Arran compared with 42 in NHS Tayside in the most recent figures, despite all NHS boards having received funding for access to insulin pumps; supports the campaign of Diabetes UK to increase access to insulin pumps and welcomes the review being undertaken currently by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) of the eligibility for use of pumps in the NHS, and calls for immediate action to be taken by the Scottish Government to ensure that new NICE guidance that seeks to relax access criteria is adopted swiftly in Scotland, to support all NHS boards to increase access to insulin pumps for patients with diabetes and to enable more training for health practitioners to support patients in moving to the use of pumps where it is clearly of benefit in the management of their diabetes.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Rhoda Grant, Peter Peacock, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Sarah Boyack, Karen Whitefield, Hugh O’Donnell, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, George Foulkes, Jackson Carlaw, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Bill Butler, Elaine Murray, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Smith, James Kelly, Ken Macintosh, Cathy Peattie, Sandra White, Marlyn Glen*, John Park*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-1322 Keith Brown: Save Stirling University Post Office—That the Parliament notes the proposed closure of the post office at the University of Stirling; recognises that the branch provides a vital service to students, staff and other users; further notes that the particular needs of international students and disabled users are satisfied uniquely by the on-campus post office; supports wholeheartedly the campaign by the university, Stirling University Students’ Association, Stirling Council and Bridge of Allan Community Council to retain this branch, and urges all interested individuals to respond personally to the ongoing consultation regarding the future of this post office.

Supported by: John Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Murdo Fraser, Alasdair Allan, Roseanna Cunningham, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Christopher Harvie, Robin Harper, Alex Johnstone, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Dr Richard Simpson, Aileen Campbell, Claire Baker, Sandra White, Elizabeth Smith*

S3M-1321 Rob Gibson: Cyber-Impersonation—That the Parliament notes with particular concern the increasing level of cyber-impersonation taking place through social networking websites; further notes the occurrence of false profiles increasing steeply, often with the purpose of bullying or undermining the individual being targeted; calls for greater continuity in the implementation and enforcement of copyright laws and user agreements, so as to ensure the greatest level of security for legitimate social network users, and finally urges internet service providers and administrators to practise a more rigorous vetting procedure to verify the true identity of individuals applying to their service.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie

S3M-1320 Christine Grahame: The Wilson Doctrine—That the Parliament notes that the Wilson Doctrine, developed in the late 1960s, banned the tapping of MPs’ and peers’ telephones; further notes that in 2006, following representations to have the doctrine revoked, the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, rejected revocation after a backbench rebellion and that this remains the position to this day; notes with concern that the Wilson Doctrine does not apply to MSPs, and considers that duly elected members of the Scottish Parliament should be offered the same protection from intrusion as applies to duly elected members of the Westminster government in the interests of performing their public duty free from covert surveillance and in the interests of democracy.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*

S3M-1319 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Council Funding for Voluntary Groups—That the Parliament notes with dismay Inverclyde Council’s refusal to release further funding to voluntary organisations such as the Federation of Community Learning Centres in Inverclyde; further notes that this has resulted in redundancy notices being issued to valued members of staff and will have a detrimental effect on services provided to the most vulnerable in our society, and calls on the Labour-controlled Inverclyde Council to release funding from the £928,000 underspend from its General Fund Revenue Budget to safeguard jobs and enhance the quality of life of the most vulnerable in society.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White

S3M-1318 Stuart McMillan: American Super Bowl—That the Parliament congratulates Greenock-born Lawrence Tynes, kicker for the New York Giants, who made history by being the first Scottish-born player to win America’s National Football League Super Bowl and notes that Lawrence contributed with a 32-yard field goal and converted two touchdowns as his team triumphed 17-14 against the New England Patriots.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Roseanna Cunningham, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Sandra White

S3M-1317 Duncan McNeil: Congratulations to Lawrence Tynes of the New York Giants—That the Parliament congratulates Greenock-born Lawrence Tynes on kicking the New York Giants to victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII; notes that, in doing so, he has scored another first for Greenock by becoming the first Scot to win the Super Bowl, and invites him to pass on kicking tips to Scotland’s national rugby team when he visits Inverclyde later this year.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather

S3M-1316 Bill Wilson: Congratulating Scottish Science—That the Parliament notes the findings of the recently published Metrics for the Scottish Research Base report commissioned by the Scottish Government; notes that outcomes, in terms of research recognition, citations, training and research quality, are excellent at 2% of world highly-cited papers, 1% of world citations and 0.8% of publications; notes that Scottish scientists perform well in a variety of fields and are first in the world in terms of impact, in health and related sciences, and first in the world in terms of citations per GDP; further notes that, for the Scottish research base as a whole, the average impact has increased progressively over the last 10 years, placing Scotland second in the world behind only Switzerland, and congratulates Scottish-based scientists for the quality of their research.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Smith, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1316.1 Des McNulty: Congratulating Scottish Science—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1316) in the name of Bill Wilson, leave out from "placing" to end and insert "under a Labour government at Westminster and the Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition in Scotland; expresses concern that underfunding of universities by the SNP government poses a serious threat to the continued success of Scotland’s research scientists who were recently placed second in the world behind only Switzerland; recognises that the constitutional changes proposed by the SNP represent an even more serious threat to research excellence, which is why the overwhelming majority of Scotland’s scientists and scientific bodies want research in Scotland to remain part of the UK research funding framework within which Scottish-based scientists have been outstandingly successful, and congratulates our scientists for the quality of their research."

Supported by: Richard Baker, Sarah Boyack, Iain Gray, Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Richard Simpson, John Park, James Kelly, David Whitton, Hugh Henry, Cathy Peattie, Marlyn Glen*, Trish Godman*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1313 John Scott: Strengthening Services in the Community for Families Living with Huntington’s Disease—That the Parliament applauds the valuable work done by the Scottish Huntington’s Association in Ayrshire and across Scotland in providing support to families living with Huntington’s disease; welcomes the ongoing engagement between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Huntington’s Association when considering the health and social care needs of those with single gene complex disability disorders, and believes that further steps should be taken to strengthen the partnership between the NHS and the third sector to enhance the provision of services in the community to families living with Huntington’s disease.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Nanette Milne, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Aitken, David McLetchie, Kenneth Gibson, Irene Oldfather, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1311 Jamie Hepburn: Launch of the Automotrice Grande Vitesse—That the Parliament notes the launch of the Automotrice Grande Vitesse, a new generation high-speed train, which will be used on the rapidly developing European high-speed rail network; believes that such progress on mainland Europe leaves the UK rail network at risk of falling even further behind technological developments and consequently facing greater difficulty in achieving integration; welcomes new initiatives by the Scottish Government to improve Scotland’s rail infrastructure, and further believes that the people of Scotland will only achieve the 21st-century high speed rail network that they need and deserve once the Parliament has all the powers necessary to bring this about.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Morgan, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White

S3M-1310# Sandra White: Glasgow Task Force—That the Parliament notes with serious concern the report by the Centre of Social Justice, published on 5 February 2008, showing that Glasgow has 170 teenage gangs, the same as London, with a population one-sixth of the size; acknowledges the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland’s FSB Index of Success 2007 which showed that Glasgow had the poorest rating for education, health, employment and inequality of all the 32 local authority areas in Scotland and the policy recommendations of the report highlighting the need for cross-party support at national and local level in order to take forward crucial policies and address the serious problems facing Glasgow, and hopes that this new report will serve as a catalyst for all parties to support the establishment of a special task force for Glasgow to tackle such inequality.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-1309 Jim Tolson: Food Without Fear Campaign—That the Parliament recognises the importance of the proper handling by chefs and caterers of allergens in loose foods in hospitals, schools and eating establishments; notes the recent publication of guidance by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to increase the understanding of chefs and caterers and to protect consumers with a food intolerance; recognises that people with coeliac disease have an autoimmune disease and that the only treatment is a lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet; notes that for people with coeliac disease eating in hospital can be restrictive and potentially unsafe if proper guidelines are not followed; urges hospitals to improve the availability of gluten-free choices and chefs and caterers in all eating establishments to do the same; calls for the impact of the new FSA guidance on the handling of allergens in loose foods to be monitored to achieve greater understanding, awareness and gluten-free choices on menus, and supports Coeliac UK in its Food Without Fear campaign to raise chefs’ and caterers’ awareness and understanding of coeliac disease to ensure that eating out through pleasure or need for those who suffer from this condition is made less restrictive.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Jim Hume, Christine Grahame, Jamie Stone, Hugh O’Donnell, Ross Finnie, Bill Kidd, David Whitton, Mike Pringle, Hugh Henry, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Jamie Hepburn, John Park*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-1305 Christine Grahame: Lets Go With ".sco"—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Government to make representations to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority to introduce a standard ".sco" top level domain name for all official public bodies in Scotland; recognises that such a move would enhance Scotland’s international reputation both in terms of e-commerce and also international relations; notes that the "" suffix attached to existing public bodies has become seriously tarnished in recent years due to controversies over the mass loss of personal data from UK public bodies, and notes the growing confidence that Scotland is enjoying as the nation sets its own policy agenda free from dictat or interference from Westminster politicians.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Angela Constance, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Jamie Hepburn, John Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Willie Coffey, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White

S3M-1304 Bob Doris: God Bless the SNP Government—That the Parliament notes the statement by Glasgow City Council leader, Steven Purcell, confirming the Labour administration’s intention to freeze its council tax levels for a third year; recognises that this is in stark contrast to the 20%, 22% and 12% rises in its first three years as a unitary authority; welcomes the comments of one councillor who stated "The opposition Scottish Government is giving us money to do what we were planning to do anyway. God bless them"; applauds the fact that this will allow Glasgow City Council to apply for its share of the additional £70 million being made available by the Scottish Government to allow all local authorities to freeze council tax, and looks forward to other local authorities following suit.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Ian McKee, Bashir Ahmad, Christine Grahame, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie

S3M-1303 Karen Whitefield: Caldervale Success in Make Your Mark Challenge—That the Parliament congratulates the staff and pupils of Caldervale High School in Airdrie for their success in winning the Scottish regional heat of the enterprising Make Your Mark Challenge through the production of a "seasonal smoothie" which was packaged in recycled plastic bottles; commends staff and pupils for their efforts in representing Scottish schools in the UK final, and recognises the benefits of encouraging young people to become involved in enterprise endeavours, especially when the products developed are of a sustainable and health-promoting nature.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone, Patricia Ferguson, Sandra White, John Park, Aileen Campbell, Karen Gillon, Rhona Brankin, Patrick Harvie, Ken Macintosh, Hugh O’Donnell, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Dr Richard Simpson, Kenneth Gibson, Cathy Peattie

S3M-1302 Bill Wilson: Scams Awareness Month, February 2008—That the Parliament congratulates Consumer Direct and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on Scams Awareness Month; notes the misery that scams can cause, and encourages all residents of Scotland to familiarise themselves with the information on various scams provided by the OFT and Consumer Direct and to report any suspected scams to the relevant authorities.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Hugh O’Donnell, Christine Grahame, John Wilson, John Park, Christopher Harvie, Alex Neil, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White*

S3M-1301 Jamie McGrigor: Rights of the Indian Hindu Minority in Malaysia—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent arrest and detention without trial in Malaysia of five ethnic Indian human rights activists from the organisation Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) following a peaceful rally about human rights; notes that these men are being held under the Internal Security Act which allows detention without trial for an unspecified period; further notes that these arrests come on top of other actions taken by the Malaysian Government to curtail the human rights of the minority Indian Hindu community in Malaysia including the freedom of religion; calls on Her Majesty’s Government to make representations to the government of Malaysia about these matters and to press for the early release of the Hindraf activists, and, while noting the UK’s good relations with Malaysia and the welcome contributions that Malaysia makes to peacekeeping missions across the globe, calls on Malaysia to ensure that the internationally protected rights to peaceful assembly, expression and freedom of thought, conscience and religion are promoted at home among all the ethnic groups that make up Malaysian society, including the ethnic minority Indian community.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Nanette Milne, Mike Pringle, Murdo Fraser, John Lamont, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Margaret Mitchell, Sandra White*

S3M-1300 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Edinburgh University Students’ Association: Community Action Award—That the Parliament welcomes Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s new Student Community Action Award which is designed to recognise the charitable work that its societies undertake; notes the great contribution that these students have made to their local communities; congratulates the Fonelisco Orphanage Project society, which supports an orphanage for street children in Tanzania, on winning the inaugural award; praises the work of all societies that were applicants for the award, and wishes them all every success for the future.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1299 Ms Wendy Alexander: Braehead Shopping Centre—That the Parliament congratulates Braehead Shopping Centre for the quality of its facilities; notes that it is now one of the most popular shopping and leisure destinations in Scotland; further notes the contribution made by Xscape at Braehead to sport and leisure facilities and recognises that many people from beyond Scotland are visiting these facilities in Renfrewshire; congratulates Braehead for its community-led activities and support for many local organisations and charities, and looks forward to Braehead continuing to make a major contribution to the Renfrewshire and Scottish economies.

S3M-1298 Bill Butler: Formal Opening of Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre—That the Parliament welcomes the formal opening on 1 February 2008 of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, located at Gartnavel hospital in Glasgow Anniesland; commends the foresight of Malcolm Chisholm MSP, then Minister for Health and Community Care, who approved the plans for this £105 million, publicly funded, state-of-the-art healthcare facility, the second phase of the replacement of Glasgow’s Beatson Oncology Centre, on 29 January 2002; salutes the dedication and commitment of all of those involved in bringing the project to fruition, including all NHS staff, the Friends of the Beatson, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Robertson Trust, and the Trades House of Glasgow, and acknowledges that the Beatson will play a central part in the fight against cancer by ensuring that patients have access to cutting-edge equipment, treatments and surroundings to rival any similar top cancer hospital in Europe.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Mr Frank McAveety, Des McNulty, Marilyn Livingstone, Rhona Brankin, Patricia Ferguson, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, David Whitton, Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Mary Mulligan, Patrick Harvie, Ken Macintosh, James Kelly, Cathie Craigie, Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Roseanna Cunningham, Jamie Stone, Hugh O’Donnell, Irene Oldfather, Cathy Peattie

S3M-1297# John Park: Upper Forth Crossing—That the Parliament welcomes the progress being made in constructing the Upper Forth crossing; looks forward to its planned opening in 2008; recognises that when both crossings are operational this will greatly improve the road infrastructure and cut journey times around Kincardine; is concerned that increasingly the Forth Road Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles, placing a burden on the A985, A907 and A997; accepts that the existing Kincardine crossing is planned to close for a maintenance period following the opening of the Upper Forth crossing; is concerned that Kincardine will suffer severe traffic congestion as vehicles are diverted through and around the village to the new crossing, and is further concerned that the villages situated on the A907, such as Oakley, Blairhall, Carnock, Saline and Gowkhall will also be subjected to unprecedented levels of traffic congestion.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Rhona Brankin, Iain Gray, Paul Martin, Trish Godman, Claire Baker, Christopher Harvie, George Foulkes*

S3M-1295# Marilyn Livingstone: Supporters Direct in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the work of Supporters Direct in Scotland; recognises its contribution to Scottish football and believes that supporters’ trusts provide the best mechanism for involving communities in their football clubs and that the Raith Trust in the Kirkcaldy parliamentary constituency is an excellent example of where supporters’ trusts promote community empowerment and strengthen local football teams, and believes that they should continue to be supported.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin, Mike Pringle, Marlyn Glen, Jim Tolson, Bill Butler, Michael McMahon, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Lewis Macdonald, Ken Macintosh, Hugh O’Donnell, Andy Kerr, Claire Baker, Patricia Ferguson, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Malcolm Chisholm, Cathy Jamieson, Jamie Stone, Jamie McGrigor, Irene Oldfather, Johann Lamont, Karen Gillon, Jamie Hepburn, Cathy Peattie, George Foulkes*

S3M-1294 Aileen Campbell: Insolvency Rates in Scotland—That the Parliament notes figures released by the Insolvency Service, which show that the number of personal bankruptcies in Scotland in 2007 was 14.5% higher than in 2006; expresses concern that increasing numbers of people in Scotland are facing unmanageable debts; believes that, while bankruptcy can be a necessary last resort in some cases, more action must be taken to stop people ending up in financial difficulty in the first place, and further believes that people in Scotland would benefit from the Scottish Parliament having more power over the regulation of credit and financial services and the ability to act against irresponsible lending practices.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Angela Constance, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Christine Grahame, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Stone, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie

S3M-1293 Robin Harper: Nationally Important Marine Areas—That the Parliament congratulates the Marine Conservation Society and organisations associated with the Scottish Environment LINK Marine Task Force on the publication of Finding NIMAs: Making the Case for Nationally Important Marine Areas; notes that this report argues for NIMAs in order to protect nationally important species of fish, birds and marine plants, to meet international commitments, including an ecologically-coherent network of well-managed areas, and to help regenerate our seas; further notes the successful campaigning by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) for Lamlash Bay to become the first Community Marine Conservation Area in Scotland, and indeed the United Kingdom; welcomes the recent encouragement given by the Scottish Government to COAST, and expresses the hope that further progress will be made towards developing an all-encompassing Marine Bill for Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Smith, Claire Baker, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1292 Aileen Campbell: Congratulations to Friends of Burnbraes Park, Biggar—That the Parliament congratulates Friends of Burnbraes Park in Biggar on its successful application to the Community Environmental Renewal Scheme for a grant of £40,000 toward the installation of new equipment; recognises that local parks and green spaces remain vital community assets, and believes that this kind of development helps to promote healthy lifestyles and exercise among people of all ages.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1291 Gil Paterson: You’ve Had Enough of Our Money, Hands Off Our Notes—That the Parliament supports the campaign by the Scottish Daily Express to give Scottish bank notes equality status and notes with concern what is planned by the UK Government which will effectively mean the end of Scottish notes; calls on the UK Government not to abolish the circulation of Scottish notes; highlights the fact that Scottish banks are the among the most stable financial institutions in the world; considers that the UK Government has taken enough of Scotland’s wealth but that its appetite remains unabated, and therefore calls on the UK Government to keep its hands off Scottish notes as London has had enough of our money.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Willie Coffey, Ian McKee, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Angela Constance, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Nigel Don, Jamie Hepburn, Keith Brown, Christina McKelvie

S3M-1290 Pauline McNeill: Creative Glasgow: City of Music—That the Parliament notes and supports the launching of Glasgow’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Music which would see Glasgow follow Edinburgh in joining the international Creative Cities Network and recognition of Glasgow’s contribution to world music from classical concerts to dance halls and the vibrant contemporary music scene, in addition to Glasgow’s status as a pre-eminent centre for traditional and Gaelic music and piping, and congratulates all those involved including Glasgow City Council, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Rhona Brankin, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, David Whitton, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, Robert Brown, Bill Butler, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Malcolm Chisholm, Karen Whitefield, Marilyn Livingstone, Claire Baker, Patricia Ferguson, Trish Godman, Ian McKee, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Alex Neil, Bill Aitken, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1289 Kenneth Gibson: I Love My Smoke-Free Childhood—That the Parliament commends the International Union Against Cancer’s campaign, launched on World Cancer Day, 4 February 2008, to highlight the chronic health risks to children of passive smoking; notes that the year-long "I love my smoke-free childhood" campaign will also encourage mothers not to smoke while pregnant and warn their children of the dangers of passive smoking; is aware that passive smoking increases the risk of cot death, low birth weight in babies and childhood illness; is concerned that globally an estimated 700 million children regularly breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke, and therefore supports the efforts of the International Union Against Cancer, the World Health Organisation and all those involved in highlighting this issue, educating parents and ultimately reducing children’s exposure to tobacco smoke.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Robert Brown, Jim Tolson, Christina McKelvie, Bill Butler, Angela Constance, Bill Aitken, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Claire Baker, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1288 Kenneth Gibson: Why Do We Feel So Broke?—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the report, Why Do We Feel So Broke?, published on 4 February 2008, which shows that average UK disposable family income, after tax and housing costs, having declined from £16,544 in 2003 to £16,305 in 2006, plummeted to £15,231 in 2007; believes that this Gordon Brown-inspired squeeze is likely to worsen in coming months and years, placing ever-increasing burdens on already hard-pressed families; realises that the inability of the UK Government to prevent living standards from falling belies the myth of Labour’s economic competence; considers that such ineptitude at a time of strong growth in the world economy over recent years raises obvious worries about the impact of a global slowdown; acknowledges that both the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research are of the view that substantial tax rises may be necessary for the UK Government to balance the books; regrets the fact that the Scottish Government does not have the fiscal powers to mitigate the impact of Scotland being thirled to the United Kingdom and therefore welcomes the small measures that it can take to ease the burden on taxpayers by, for example, encouraging local authorities to freeze the council tax, and agrees that Scotland could best serve the economic interests of our people if it were an independent nation with all the fiscal powers that would entail.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Angela Constance, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1287 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Home Detention Curfew Licence (Amendment of Specified Days) (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Home Detention Curfew Licence (Amendment of Specified Days) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1281.1 Alasdair Allan: 50th Anniversary of Scottish CND—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1281) in the name of Marlyn Glen, insert at end "and further welcomes the expressed view of many respected anti-nuclear campaigners including Bruce Kent that the most effective means of abolishing Trident is the achievement of Scottish independence."

S3M-1266.1 Christine Grahame: Responsible Procurement Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1266) in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, after "key performance indicator" insert "; welcomes the commitment to incorporate animal welfare as an area for policy development, which is another example of the Scottish Parliament taking a lead on an issue of public concern".

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1282 Morning Star Relaunch (lodged on 1 February 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1274 Keeping Accident and Emergency Services Local (lodged on 31 January 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-1255 Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland (lodged on 29 January 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1250 Scotland’s Community Councils (lodged on 29 January 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1236 Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia (lodged on 28 January 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1229 Beating Bowel Cancer - 2008 BE LOUD! Campaign (lodged on 28 January 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1227 British Sign Language - Glossary of Science Terms (lodged on 28 January 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1215 Commemoration by Royal Mail of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns (lodged on 24 January 2008) Andrew Welsh*

S3M-1192 A Bypass for Maybole (lodged on 22 January 2008) George Foulkes*

S3M-1047 Fuel Poverty (lodged on 17 December 2007) Tavish Scott*

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