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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1466 Christine Grahame: Marie Curie Daffodils—That the Parliament congratulates Marie Curie Cancer Care on the 60th year of both the foundation of the NHS and Marie Curie Cancer Care; notes that the majority of people would choose to stay at home if terminally ill but that while 86% are aware that end of life care at home is available only 29% think this is free; recognises the invaluable contribution of Marie Curie nurses who already care for half of all cancer patients, and welcomes the campaign to double the number of terminally ill people who are supported to die at home and therefore wishes the annual Great Daffodil appeal every success, particularly in this anniversary year.

*S3M-1465 Murdo Fraser: Stop T in the Park Ticket Touting—That the Parliament congratulates T in the Park music festival on its continued success and for being the annual highlight for many Scots music fans; recognises the importance of T in the Park to Scotland’s international image as well as the festival’s importance to tourism, culture and the economy; acknowledges the massive demand for T in the Park tickets and that this year’s festival sold out in record time; notes that unfortunately yet again ticket touts are buying T in the Park tickets and then selling them online the same day for massively inflated prices, with hundreds of fans that missed out on tickets now being made to pay up to several times the face value for a ticket; welcomes the action being taken by the T in the Park promoters in trying to stop the practice of ticket touts by setting up a ticket exchange programme where fans can swap or buy tickets from each other at face value in a secure fashion; furthermore calls for action to stop internet touts re-selling T in the Park tickets at massively inflated prices, and backs a voluntary code of conduct to be put in place to end the practice.

*S3M-1464 Keith Brown on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: 2nd Report, 2008 (Session 3) of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, Draft Public Appointments Equalities Strategy - Diversity Delivers—That the Parliament agrees that the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 2nd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Draft Public Appointments Strategy – Diversity Delivers (SP Paper 65), together with the Official Report of the Parliament’s debate on the report, should form the Parliament’s response to the consultation by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie*

*S3M-1463 Liam McArthur: Orkney Postwoman’s Bravery Award—That the Parliament congratulates life-saving Orkney postwoman, Caroline Delday, for winning the Scottish section of Royal Mail’s 2008 1st Class People Awards for her bravery; believes that the award is well deserved recognition for her actions when, after spotting smoke from a house, she shouted to wake up the elderly householder and then entered the burning house to help him escape; notes that she will now travel to London for the UK finals of the prestigious awards, which aim to celebrate postmen and women who are unsung heroes in their communities, and wishes her every success in the finals.

*S3M-1462 Michael Matheson: Scotland’s Support for Nuclear Security Project—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of the Nuclear Security Project in bringing together international security leaders and nuclear experts from 29 countries in Oslo, Norway, this week in order to advance the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons; welcomes such a project, which has won the wholehearted backing of former US officials with extensive experience as secretaries of state and defence and national security advisors; acknowledges the inherent value of reducing nuclear dangers with the ultimate aim of universal nuclear disarmament; believes that Scotland should find its own voice in seeking to forestall the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the spread of nuclear enrichment and reprocessing, and notes the potential for Scotland to assume a leading role in the international effort to promote a world free of nuclear weapons.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1461 George Foulkes: One Book - One Edinburgh—That the Parliament congratulates the One Book - One Edinburgh campaign for all the work that it has done to celebrate Scottish literature and promote reading across the city of Edinburgh; notes that 10,000 copies of the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were distributed on Friday 22 February 2008 in cafes, bars, offices, high schools, hotels and other venues throughout the city; believes that the campaign promotes both the value of education and the joy of reading; recognises that in 2007 a similar number of copies of Kidnapped were distributed across Edinburgh thanks to the fantastic Bookcrossing scheme; notes that some copies have found their way as far afield as Sweden, Barcelona and Hong Kong; remembers that Edinburgh became the very first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004, and wishes the city of Kolkata all the very best in its endeavours to be the next UNESCO City of Literature.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, John Park*, Ken Macintosh*, Iain Gray*, Patricia Ferguson*, Stuart McMillan*, David McLetchie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Ian McKee*, Alasdair Allan*, Sarah Boyack*, Mike Pringle*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Rob Gibson*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1460 Jamie Stone: VAT Relief on the Renovation of Listed Buildings—That the Parliament asks the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to end VAT on the renovation of listed buildings and recognises that VAT on the renovation of historic buildings is a disincentive to properly maintain our cultural and architectural history.

S3M-1459 Bill Aitken: The Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/36).

S3M-1458 Murdo Fraser: Success of RBS and HBOS—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) and HBOS plc for achieving year-end pre-tax profits of £9.9 billion and £5.47 billion respectively in 2007; welcomes the strong profit margins, which have come during an unstable time for the banking sector across the world, thus underlining the strength and success of these two major Scottish-headquartered companies; recognises the importance and contribution that both banks make to the Scottish economy and applauds their continued positions among the world leaders in the banking and financial sectors; also notes the various foundations and charities that RBS and HBOS donate to and work with, as well as the importance that they give to corporate social responsibility; and believes that all Scotland should celebrate the continued success of RBS and HBOS.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Derek Brownlee*, Alex Johnstone*, John Lamont*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, John Scott*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1457 Pauline McNeill: Language Diversity in Schools—That the Parliament affirms its commitment to supporting children in school whose first language is not English and believes that language diversity is a positive benefit in Scotland’s schools and across Scottish society; recognises the challenges faced by teachers, pupils and parents in multi-lingual classrooms, particularly in areas such as Glasgow where 8,853 city children speak one of 102 languages other than English at home, including Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Mandarin, Polish, Cantonese, Swahili, Kurdish, Thai, French, German, Spanish and Italian, alongside Gaelic, Scots, Doric and British Sign Language; congratulates Glasgow City Council and other local authorities for the work that they are already doing in response to language diversity, and calls for the Scottish Government to do more to support local authorities such as Glasgow and to respond to the calls that have been made for special funding to be made available in order that language never becomes a barrier in Scottish education.

Supported by: George Foulkes*

S3M-1456 John Wilson: Part-time Pay Penalty for Mothers—That the Parliament notes with concern the article Part-time pay penalty for mothers which appeared in the Economic Journal which found that women who return to work after having a child are often faced with drastic pay cuts when they return for part-time employment; notes that six million women in the United Kingdom are currently working part time and that those part-time hourly earnings are 26% lower than full-time earnings, and believes that more can be done to ensure that mothers returning to work are entitled to equal pay in comparison to their full-time associates.

S3M-1455 Mary Mulligan: St Mary’s RC Primary School - 50th Birthday—That the Parliament congratulates St Mary’s RC Primary School in Bathgate, West Lothian, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary on 27 February 2008; notes that generations of Bathgate children and the Bathgate community have benefited from the work of the school in the last 50 years, and wishes the Headteacher, Mrs Claase, her team at St Mary’s, parents, carers and all the pupils a very happy anniversary.

S3M-1454 Iain Smith: Creation of the Artist Rooms Collection—That the Parliament welcomes the acquisition of the Artist Rooms collection by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the nation; acknowledges that the acquisition will allow this internationally significant collection to be seen by audiences throughout Scotland and the United Kingdom; expresses its gratitude to Anthony d’Offay for allowing the collection to be purchased at a fraction of its market value and agreeing to act as voluntary curator of the collection for five years, and acknowledges that this acquisition is an excellent example of what can be achieved through the co-operation of Scottish and UK institutions.

Supported by: Ross Finnie, Ted Brocklebank, Hugh Henry, Mike Pringle, Jim Hume, Jamie Stone, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-1453# Bill Kidd: European Park of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Pollok Country Park on being named European Park of the Year 2008; notes that this land was gifted to the people of Glasgow by the Maxwell family to be used freely by all for their recreation, and enjoyment and hopes that this jewel in the crown of Glasgow parks will continue to flourish unspoiled for future generations.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Robert Brown*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Gil Paterson*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1452 Jeremy Purvis: Choices for People Coming to the End of Terminal Illness—That the Parliament recognises and commends the committed work of all health professionals and carers who support patients with terminal illness; welcomes the advances in the palliative care movement over recent years that have benefited patients who are coming towards the end of terminal illness; further welcomes national campaigns to allow patients to be aware of choices that they can make about their treatment and facilitate more patients to make the choice of dying at home, but believes, however, that there remain patients who wish to have greater control of their treatment and that it is right to debate allowing greater legal support for the choices that some patients may make to ask for assistance to die as they come towards the end of their terminal illnesses.

S3M-1451# Pauline McNeill: Scotland’s Aerospace, Defence and Naval Sector - World Class—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Scottish Aerospace, Defence and Naval Industry - A Vision for the Future by SBAC Scotland; recognises the value of the industry to Scotland; notes that there are 170 companies involved in the aerospace, defence and naval sector in Scotland, employing over 16,000 people and generating orders of £2.31 billion in 2006; further recognises the success of shipbuilding on the Clyde, the thousands of jobs associated with the Scotstoun and Govan yards within BAE Systems and the establishment of one of the largest apprenticeship schemes in Scotland; supports SBAC Scotland’s aim of doubling the Scottish sector’s annual sales over the next 15 years and further developing an already world-class industry, and considers that there should be positive engagement by government with SBAC Scotland and its member firms.

Supported by: Iain Gray, Sandra White, Murdo Fraser, Elaine Murray, Trish Godman, Bill Butler, Karen Gillon, Kenneth Gibson, Marilyn Livingstone, Des McNulty, Cathy Peattie, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Andy Kerr, Brian Adam, Rhona Brankin, Jackie Baillie, Mary Mulligan*, Helen Eadie*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1450 Hugh O’Donnell: North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Newsletter and Conference—That the Parliament congratulates the Volunteer Centre North Lanarkshire and CVS North Lanarkshire on their collaboration in producing the excellent North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Newsletter, which provides valuable information on a wide range of community and voluntary projects across North Lanarkshire and on training and development opportunities for those who are, or who would like to be, involved in them, and which focuses on the positive aspects of participating in community activities; notes the North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Conference on 28 February 2008 which offered a valuable networking and learning opportunity, and wishes all those involved in the voluntary sector in North Lanarkshire success and continuing fruitful collaboration in the future.

S3M-1449 Kenneth Gibson: Removal of Wardens from Sheltered Housing Complexes—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the decision by North Ayrshire’s Labour, Liberal Democrat and two Independent councillors to axe all of the wardens in its local authority sheltered housing complexes; is alarmed by the total lack of consultation with those reliant on the service and the wider public prior to this move; is aware that plans to remove the service are causing deep distress and anxiety to those vulnerable people who rely on this valuable resource such as elderly, blind and disabled people to make a saving of only £285,000 despite the fact that it has millions of pounds in reserve and received an above inflation settlement for 2008 to 2011 inclusive; regrets that some of those councillors who took this decision, notably the Liberal Democrats, have attempted to evade responsibility for their actions by blaming the council tax freeze, and calls on North Ayrshire Council to suspend this decision until proper consultation can take place following on from which a further vote on this issue should be taken by the council as soon as possible.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd

S3M-1447 Hugh Henry: Renfrewshire Recycling—That the Parliament notes the valuable contribution made by Renfrewshire Recycling to environmental improvement, helping poorer families and assisting the unemployed into work; notes that Renfrewshire Council commended the project for its work and that the council spent over £20 million last year on recycling initiatives; further notes that £500,000 per year would keep the project alive, and calls on the Scottish Executive and Renfrewshire Council to provide funds to enable the Wise Group to sustain this valuable project.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone, Patrick Harvie, Sarah Boyack, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1446 Elaine Smith: General Education Department at Coatbridge College—That the Parliament notes the proposal to close the General Education Department at Coatbridge College; believes that this would be a retrograde step in the provision of further education to the communities served by the college, many of whom suffer from high levels of deprivation; further notes that redundancy packages have been offered to the staff despite assurances that a consultation period was underway, and believes that the whole proposal should be shelved immediately to allow proper consultation and debate, reflecting on the long-term impact of removing these crucial learning opportunities from the communities that the college serves.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Alex Neil, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Hume, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1445 Keith Brown: A Berry Good Solution for Scottish Public Health—That the Parliament recognises the parallels between diet-related public health problems in Scotland and those formerly prevalent in Finland; notes the practical and successful health initiatives put forward by the Finnish Government to support and encourage dietary changes, in particular the consumption of locally grown soft fruits; expresses support and encouragement for small businesses in this sector, such as Ella Drinks Ltd in Alloa; applauds the work of Berry Scotland in advocating these policies in Scotland but notes concerns existing at grassroots in the berry sector at other bodies in the industry having an excessively UK-wide focus that impairs the ability to promote their sector in the particular Scottish health context and that does not compare favourably with well-supported representative bodies in related sectors such as Quality Meat Scotland; acknowledges that the scale of enterprises in this sector means that solutions to this imbalance such as a levy-based trade organisation would almost certainly require central co-ordination and support; welcomes existing support for soft fruit businesses delivered through the Scottish Government’s enterprise arms, and encourages the Scottish Government to build on this by entering a dialogue with the sector to establish how further critical support could also be delivered from a health standpoint so that the sector can be recognised for and release its potential to help address many of Scotland’s underlying health problems.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1444# Gil Paterson: Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings—That the Parliament recognises that 23 March 2008 marks the first anniversary of the United Kingdom’s signing of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings; notes that this convention is yet to be ratified in order to enshrine the rights of victims of trafficking in domestic law; further notes that there are substantial responsibilities for the Scottish Government under this convention, including the identification of trafficking victims in line with services to victims of trafficking, the investigation and prosecution of trafficking and the non-prosecution of crimes that trafficking victims have been coerced into; believes that a lead should be taken in the UK on the implementation of the parts of the convention for which it has responsibility, and considers that all measures should be taken to stop this modern-day form of slavery.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Trish Godman, Alasdair Allan, John Wilson, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Robert Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Elaine Smith, Brian Adam, Ian McKee, Joe FitzPatrick*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-1443 Margaret Curran: MSP of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Malcolm Chisholm MSP on being named MSP of the Year, following a ballot of its member organisations by the Scottish Association on Mental Health, and continues to support voluntary sector organisations who do so much to promote the issues of mental health, particularly in areas of disadvantage, such as the Positive Mental Attitudes Group which has contributed significantly to the development of local services in the east end of Glasgow.

S3M-1442 Peter Peacock: Cuts in Highland Council Services—That the Parliament deplores the planned cuts in vital council and voluntary sector services being made by Highland Council as a result of the SNP government’s priorities for spending; notes that these cuts are taking place at a time when the Scottish Government has the largest budget for public services since devolution and twice that which Donald Dewar had only a few short years ago; further notes in particular that Highland Council plans to build up financial reserves while cutting services and shedding jobs; questions whether the single outcome agreement with Highland Council to deliver SNP manifesto commitments will now do so, in particular with regard to class-size reductions, and urges the SNP government and SNP/Independent-led Highland Council to reverse the planned cuts.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Marilyn Livingstone, Karen Whitefield, Ken Macintosh, Sarah Boyack, Cathy Peattie, Karen Gillon, Iain Gray, Des McNulty, George Foulkes, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh O’Donnell, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Rhona Brankin, Andy Kerr, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Charlie Gordon, Mary Mulligan*, Helen Eadie*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1441 Jackie Baillie: West Dunbartonshire Citizen of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Anna Hemphill and Thomas Nimmo for their awards as citizens of the year 2008 for Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven; applauds their tireless work for communities and organisations in the area; notes that Mr Nimmo has been a key member of the West Dunbartonshire Care Forum and a founding member of both the Levenvale Older People’s Welfare Association and the Vale of Leven Remembrance Day Association; further notes that Ms Hemphill has been a volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureau for 30 years and in a professional capacity has helped hundreds of unemployed people get back into employment through ONTO Work in Alexandria, and celebrates the efforts of all our local heroes who work instinctually on behalf of our communities.

Supported by: Iain Gray, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Jamie McGrigor, Cathy Peattie, Karen Gillon, Sarah Boyack, Gil Paterson, Helen Eadie, Trish Godman, John Park, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Bill Kidd, Dr Richard Simpson*, Rhona Brankin*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1440 George Foulkes: The Whole of the UK Should Celebrate the Bravery of Scots—That the Parliament recognises that the George Medal and George Cross were both introduced in 1940 by King George VI to recognise the bravery of civilians during the Second World War; also acknowledges that the George Medal carries the head of King George IV on one side and the name of the awardee on the other; urges SNP MSPs to acknowledge that there are three medals for civilian bravery and gallantry and encourages these MSPs to note the difference between them; believes that attempts by nationalist MSPs to introduce a St Andrew’s Medal are an insult to a whole generation of Scots who fought and died to protect the United Kingdom; believes that the sole intention of Christine Grahame’s motion, S3M-1420, is to peddle narrow nationalism; remembers that one of the most recent medals for gallantry awarded to a Scot was to John Smeaton, and believes the whole of the United Kingdom is grateful to him for the unflinching bravery and selflessness that he demonstrated during the attacks on Glasgow Airport.

Supported by: David Whitton, Rhona Brankin, Jackie Baillie, Marilyn Livingstone, Andy Kerr, Mike Rumbles, Hugh O’Donnell, Iain Gray, Elaine Murray, Dr Richard Simpson, Margaret Curran, Helen Eadie*

S3M-1439 Mary Mulligan: Handle With Care—That the Parliament welcomes Handle With Care: A report on the moving and handling of children and young people with disabilities, laid before the Parliament by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People; recognises that moving and handling issues can cause significant disruption to the lives of children and young people and their families; notes that poor practice may result in breaches of children’s rights, be detrimental to their welfare and limit their enjoyment of life, while good practice contributes to children’s physical and emotional welfare, helping to maximise their mobility and independence; congratulates the young people who worked with the commissioner on the report for their courage in helping to bring this important issue to the attention of the Parliament, and urges central and local government and all service providers to note the findings of the report and explore how they can contribute to the wellbeing of children and young people with disabilities by considering how they can take forward the recommendations set out in the report.

Supported by: David Whitton, Rhona Brankin, Trish Godman, Mary Scanlon, Elizabeth Smith, Mike Pringle, Des McNulty, Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Bashir Ahmad, Karen Gillon, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Wilson, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Kidd, Karen Whitefield, Hugh Henry, Iain Gray, James Kelly, Gil Paterson, Bill Butler, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie*, Robin Harper*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1438 Elaine Murray: Derogatory Remarks about Lockerbie and Sir Tom Hunter—That the Parliament condemns remarks made by Christopher Harvie MSP at the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on 20 February 2008 regarding the town of Lockerbie (Official Report, c. 460-461); condemns also his comments about young people and about one of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs, Sir Tom Hunter; believes that Sir Tom is a good role model for young people and applauds his initiatives to address the effects of disadvantage on young people; notes that the problems of empty properties in Lockerbie long precede the presence of Tesco in the town; believes that further investment by both the public and private sector is required to regenerate town centres such as Lockerbie, and believes that the Scottish Government should consider introducing specific government funding directed towards addressing the problems of Scotland’s town centres.

Supported by: Margaret Curran, Cathy Jamieson, Helen Eadie, Iain Gray, Jackie Baillie, Marilyn Livingstone, James Kelly, Karen Whitefield, Jim Hume

S3M-1437 Charlie Gordon: Tackling Sectarianism—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of Croftfoot Primary School and St Mirin’s Primary School, Glasgow, on their inspirational joint work to combat sectarianism, which has been ongoing for three years and which has been recognised by the devolved governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland and by the government of the Irish Republic.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Rhona Brankin, Iain Gray, Helen Eadie, Des McNulty, Marilyn Livingstone, Robert Brown, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Bashir Ahmad, Karen Gillon, Kenneth Gibson, John Park, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Hume, Andy Kerr, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Kidd, Hugh Henry, Karen Whitefield, David Whitton, Gil Paterson, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, James Kelly, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Smith, Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1436 Lewis Macdonald: Air Route Development—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen airport on being named by the Airports Council International as the world’s most improved airport; recognises the potential importance of such an award in attracting new business and increased tourism to Aberdeen and the north east, and calls on ministers to help Aberdeen and other airports to continue to grow business by putting in place a scheme to support the marketing of Scotland as a destination, in association with the establishment of new direct air routes to Scotland, to build on the successes of the Route Development Fund.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, Christopher Harvie, Andy Kerr, John Park, Iain Gray, Mary Mulligan, Ken Macintosh, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Charlie Gordon, David Whitton, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson, Helen Eadie*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1425 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Declaration of South Queensferry as Fairtrade Royal Burgh—That the Parliament congratulates South Queensferry on achieving the status of a Fairtrade Royal Burgh; praises the longstanding commitment and dedication of the Queensferry Fair Trade Group and the local community in raising awareness and promoting fairtrade which has led to this well-deserved recognition, and wishes them well for the official "Declaration Day" celebrations on 1 March 2008.

S3M-1424 Gil Paterson: Salvation Army Family Tracing Service—That the Parliament congratulates the Salvation Army on its Family Tracing Service; highlights the invaluable work carried out in putting long-lost individuals and families in touch with each other; fully supports this vital service, and thanks all those involved in carrying it out.

Supported by: Trish Godman, John Lamont, Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Robert Brown, Des McNulty, Sandra White, Jamie Stone, Andrew Welsh, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Jim Hume, Mike Pringle, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Hugh O’Donnell, Angela Constance, Bill Kidd, Karen Whitefield, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Mary Scanlon, Nanette Milne, Joe FitzPatrick, Ross Finnie, Elaine Smith, John Park, Elizabeth Smith, Helen Eadie*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1423 Robin Harper: Architecture and Design Scotland Schools Design Programme—That the Parliament welcomes the creation of Architecture and Design Scotland’s (A+DS) schools design programme and the ambition to raise both awareness and ambition in the design of schools; notes A+DS’s recent briefing that successful schools have flexible and adaptable designs which are at the heart of their communities and in which environmental sustainability informed all aspects as part of an integrated concept, and congratulates Scottish architect Paul Stallan on becoming A+DS’s education design champion.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh Henry, Liam McArthur, Bill Butler, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Sarah Boyack, Hugh O’Donnell, Angela Constance, Cathie Craigie, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Ted Brocklebank, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Mr Frank McAveety, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1422 Dave Thompson: Congratulations to Hamish MacInnes on Scottish Award for Excellence—That the Parliament congratulates Glencoe resident Hamish MacInnes on his well-deserved Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture in recognition of his pioneer spirit and service to the mountaineering community; notes that Mr MacInnes has made considerable contributions as an inventor, author, climber and search and rescue specialist, and welcomes the presentation of his award at the Fort William Mountain Festival on Saturday 23 February 2008.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1421 Dave Thompson: Highland Council Budget—That the Parliament congratulates the Independent/Scottish National Party-led Highland Council administration on delivering both a freeze in council tax and growth in key frontline services; welcomes the additional funding put in place for home care provision and voluntary sector support, the £8.3 million additional investment in the new community schools programme and a record £65 million investment in Transport, Environment and Community Services, and finally commends Highland Council on presenting an excellent budget while working within the constraints of a tight settlement.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1420 Christine Grahame: St Andrew’s Medal—That the Parliament believes that a special award should be commissioned to reward acts of civilian bravery and recognise exemplary acts of gallantry by individuals in, or meriting recognition by, Scotland; notes that the UK Government presently issues its own gallantry medal to its subjects in the form of the George Medal, depicting St George of England slaying a lion, but that the Scottish Government currently has no formal method to recognise acts of bravery and heroism by its own citizens, and therefore urges Scottish ministers to consider instituting an award for bravery, entitled the St Andrew’s Medal, as a way to recognise and acknowledge acts of great bravery by individuals in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1419 Cathie Craigie: Fair Trade is the Answer—That the Parliament congratulates Whitelees Primary School, in Abronhill, Cumbernauld, for its commitment and enthusiasm in promoting fair trade in its community and bringing Cumbernauld closer to being established as a Fairtrade Town; applauds the work of Whitelees Enterprise Team in identifying the need to widen awareness of fair trade products with the objective of "promoting and supporting the work of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and Fair Trade by raising awareness of the exploitation of poor people globally, promoting and embracing global citizenship, valuing diversity and engendering a real sense of community which stretches across the world"; recognises the importance and opportunity from the release of "Fair Trade is the Answer", a CD with music and lyrics written and performed by the pupils of Whitelees School of Rock and Primary 7; shows appreciation to the staff and students at Cumbernauld College for their support and technical expertise in producing the CD; welcomes the partnership approach adopted by the school and its ability to engage with outside organisations to benefit and enhance pupils’ educational experience; welcomes the team’s commitment to spreading its message across the United Kingdom and, through links with Cumbernauld’s twin town, Bron in France, taking the message beyond our shores; acknowledges that all money raised from the sale of the CD will go to support fair trade and encourages every school in Scotland to purchase a CD in support of fair trade and the message of global citizenship that it contains, and looks forward to Scotland earning fairtrade status.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, James Kelly, Rhona Brankin, Elaine Murray, Claire Baker, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, David Whitton, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Joe FitzPatrick, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Irene Oldfather, Gil Paterson, Helen Eadie*, Iain Gray*

S3M-1418 Cathy Peattie: Asthma and Physical Exercise—That the Parliament supports Asthma UK Scotland’s attempts to encourage all children to take part in exercise; acknowledges that well-controlled asthma is no barrier to playing sport and keeping fit, and believes that every school should have an asthma policy to ensure that children with asthma are given every opportunity to take part in normal school life.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jack McConnell

S3M-1417 Claire Baker: Scottish Slimmer of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Mandy Martin from Guardbridge, Fife, on winning the Scottish Slimmer of the Year award; recognises the hard work that Mandy, as a mother of two and a chip shop worker, put in to reach her target weight after spending two years on the diet; notes the challenges faced by working parents to ensure that they find time to eat a balanced, healthy diet, and fully supports the healthy example that Mandy is setting as a role model to her children and countless others across Scotland.

Supported by: Elaine Murray, Alasdair Allan, Marilyn Livingstone, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Bill Kidd, Iain Smith, Elaine Smith, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Gillon, Helen Eadie*

S3M-1416 John Park: Billy Liddell for the SFA’s Hall of Fame—That the Parliament celebrates the achievements of Dunfermline-born footballer Billy Liddell; recognises that his achievements have been inspirational to generations of young Scottish footballers; further recognises that, after playing for Kingseat Juniors and Lochgelly Violet, he went on to spend over 20 years with Liverpool Football Club, where he was instrumental in its success for much of this time, earning the club the nickname "Liddellpool", and was honoured by the club with a commemorative plaque at Anfield in 2004; is surprised that despite this success and his 28 caps for Scotland, Billy Liddell’s contribution to football has not yet earned him a place in the Scottish Football Association’s Hall of Fame, and calls for fans from across the country to support a campaign to ensure that Billy Liddell enters the Hall of Fame this year to join his 51 fellow countrymen who are already honoured in this way and for a fitting memorial to these achievements to be established in Townhill, Dunfermline.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone, Michael McMahon, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, George Foulkes, Elizabeth Smith, Ted Brocklebank, Dr Richard Simpson, Helen Eadie*

S3M-1415 Pauline McNeill: 28 February 2008 - European Day of Action on Prison Overcrowding—That the Parliament notes the Federation of European Public Sector Unions’ (EPSU) day of action on 28 February 2008 to raise awareness of prison overcrowding across Europe; is concerned at the increasing prison population across Europe over the last decade, which stands at over 600,000; recognises that most prisons across Europe are now overcrowded, with more prisoners than establishments can accommodate healthily and humanely; believes that overcrowding negates many aspects of prisoner rehabilitation and consequently impacts on efforts to reduce reoffending and leads to further increases in prisoner numbers, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with trade unions and others within the justice system to improve prison conditions by further investment in the prison estate alongside robust alternatives to imprisonment where appropriate.

Supported by: John Park, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Iain Gray, Marlyn Glen, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathie Craigie, Hugh O’Donnell, Dr Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, Sandra White, Andy Kerr, Sarah Boyack, David Whitton, Elaine Smith, Irene Oldfather, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie*

S3M-1414 Christine Grahame: Think Differently About Autism - I Exist—That the Parliament agrees that all adults with autism should be supported to achieve their potential, including those with Asperger syndrome; recognises that too many adults with autism are isolated and ignored, struggle to access the support that they need and are heavily dependent on their families; congratulates the National Autistic Society - Scotland for highlighting these issues in its campaign, "Think Differently About Autism - I Exist"; believes that recording the number of adults with autism nationally and locally would help to improve the planning and delivery of appropriate services; further believes that the barriers which prevent adults with autism from accessing services can be overcome; asserts that social support and person-centred services for adults with autism are required, and urges the Scottish Government to expand its expertise and leadership on autism and work with local authorities and NHS boards to put in place changes that will transform the lives of adults with autism.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Hugh O’Donnell, Angela Constance, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Michael Matheson, Joe FitzPatrick, Annabel Goldie, Elaine Smith, Jamie Stone, Robert Brown, Irene Oldfather, Elizabeth Smith, Charlie Gordon*

S3M-1413 Richard Baker: The Royal Society of Edinburgh @ Arbroath—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the launch of the RSE @ Arbroath initiative and all those involved locally in enabling an exciting programme of events to go ahead; notes the success of the Arbroath project in developing activities with and for young people and the wider public, which includes the arts and humanities as well as science and technology-based subjects; notes that the Royal Society of Edinburgh is keen to further extend its events and education programme, and hopes that the Arbroath project will inspire similar regional ventures in communities throughout Scotland in the future.

S3M-1412 John Farquhar Munro: The Glennie Report—That the Parliament is concerned about the potential impact of the implementation of the Glennie Report on dental practices throughout Scotland as it will require dental surgeries to have a separate sterilisation room, new equipment and more staff to meet its requirements; notes that many dental surgeries cannot physically be altered to accommodate these changes and acknowledges that, if enforced, these changes will hit NHS dental surgeries, particularly rural dental surgeries, hardest; is further aware of the existing acute lack of dentists in the Highlands and Islands and believes that, if the Glennie Report’s recommendations are implemented, it will mean the closure of some of the few remaining surgeries, leaving people to travel even further for treatment or being forced to go private, and calls on the Scottish Government not to enact the Glennie Report.

Supported by: Jamie Stone, Mike Pringle, Jim Tolson, Jim Hume, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Hugh Henry

S3M-1411 Jamie Hepburn: Whitelees Primary: "Fairtrade is the Answer"—That the Parliament notes Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 25 February to 9 March 2008; congratulates the pupils and staff of Whitelees Primary School, from Abronhill in Cumbernauld, for writing and recording their song "Fairtrade is the Answer" which is being sold to raise funds for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund’s work in the area of fair trade; also congratulates Cumbernauld College for assisting with the recording of this song, and wishes Whitelees Primary School every success in its endeavours at promoting awareness of fair trade in its home town and beyond.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Angela Constance, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-1410 John Park: Strengthening of Offshore Workers’ Rights—That the Parliament welcomes the recent tribunal decision that ruled that offshore workers are entitled to four weeks paid leave which on a pro rata basis equates to 14 days annual paid leave under the European Working Time Directive; notes that previously offshore workers have been unable to claim such a right when working a "two weeks on, two weeks off" shift pattern; recognises that this victory is due to the hard work and campaigning of the trade unions representing offshore workers, Unite, RMT and OILC, and looks forward to this decision being the starting point for the further strengthening of workers’ rights in the offshore industries.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Mulligan, Marilyn Livingstone, Michael McMahon, Stuart McMillan, James Kelly, Iain Gray, Bill Kidd, Karen Gillon, Richard Baker, Christopher Harvie, Bill Butler, Ken Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety, Jamie Hepburn, Patricia Ferguson, Andy Kerr, David Whitton, Elaine Smith, Malcolm Chisholm, Joe FitzPatrick, Dr Richard Simpson, Irene Oldfather, Helen Eadie*

S3M-1388.1 Bob Doris: Ashgill Community Facility—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1388) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, leave out from "congratulates" to end and insert "commends the local community for its fortitude in coping with criminal activity in the locality; congratulates community activists for championing safe community facilities within the area; welcomes Glasgow Community and Safety Services taking over this vital community facility as a successful conclusion to their campaign; further commends the investment to be made, and, following a number of delays, finally looks forward to the refurbished centre providing a range of services and activities for people of all ages in the Milton community."

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Christine Grahame, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan*

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; further notes that Eating Disorders Awareness Week takes place from 25 February to 1 March 2008; 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; believes there should be examination of why there is not one consultant specialising in eating disorders employed by the NHS in Scotland and that consideration should be given to 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, Angela Constance, Jamie Hepburn, Tom McCabe, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Trish Godman, Jackson Carlaw, Christine Grahame

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

Supported by: Mike Pringle, David Whitton, Patrick Harvie, Elaine Smith, James Kelly, Christine Grahame, Sarah Boyack, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Ross Finnie, Jamie Stone, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, John Park, Cathie Craigie, Hugh O’Donnell, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Peattie, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh Henry, Karen Gillon, Margo MacDonald, Sandra White, Johann Lamont, Karen Whitefield, Bill Wilson, Dave Thompson, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh, Charlie Gordon, Alex Neil, Rhoda Grant, Michael McMahon, George Foulkes, Jamie Hepburn, Claire Baker, Patricia Ferguson, Helen Eadie, Iain Gray, Margaret Curran, Bill Kidd

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1408 Welcome to Highland Wood Pellet Plant (lodged on 22 February 2008) Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1403 Ofgem Investigates Energy Companies’ Profits (lodged on 22 February 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-1402 Funding of Supporters Direct (lodged on 22 February 2008) Tom McCabe*, Helen Eadie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1397 The Annexe Healthy Living Centre, Partick, Glasgow (lodged on 21 February 2008) Helen Eadie*

S3M-1394 Glasgow to Host 2009 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships (lodged on 21 February 2008) Helen Eadie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1376 Kibble (lodged on 19 February 2008) Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1362 WWF Campaign for Strong Scottish Climate Change Bill (lodged on 18 February 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1359 Local Television (lodged on 15 February 2008) Helen Eadie*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-1323 Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps (lodged on 6 February 2008) Patrick Harvie*

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

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