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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1524 Jim Tolson: Water and Sewerage Rates Relief for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations—That the Parliament notes with concern the financial pressures incurred by voluntary sector organisations and churches across Scotland; welcomes the previous administration’s extension of the water rates relief scheme to 2010; recognises that while in opposition the SNP was strongly supportive of introducing a water charges exemption scheme; welcomes the petition introduced by Reverend Jock Stein on behalf of Dunfermline Presbytery, on water rates relief for charities and churches, and calls on the Scottish Government to fund a replacement scheme to offer water and sewerage rates relief for charitable and voluntary organisations when the existing exemption scheme expires in 2010.

*S3M-1523 Michael Matheson: The Plight of Burma’s Children—That the Parliament notes with great concern a recent report in The Irrawaddy News on the poor treatment of Burmese detainees, many of them children, in Mae Sot, Thailand; recognises the plight of millions of Burmese children, who have long been subjected to starvation and maltreatment by the country’s cruel military dictatorship; laments the misfortune of those children who have attempted to escape this miserable life only to end up in situations like those described in the report, and in accord with the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms the right of every child to have his or her basic needs fulfilled.

*S3M-1522 Aileen Campbell: Biggar - Scotland’s Third Transition Town—That the Parliament congratulates Biggar on becoming Scotland’s third official "transition town", joining Portobello and Dunbar; notes that the "transition town" network of towns, cities and islands across the world have recognised the urgent need to prepare for and mitigate the impact of peak oil and climate change in the near future; welcomes the community-based nature of the movement; believes that transition towns provide an important model for the approach of wider society to climate change, and encourages as many towns and communities in Scotland as possible to consider adopting the transition town approach.

*S3M-1521 Mr Frank McAveety: Commonwealth Games Benefits the East End of Glasgow—That the Parliament recognises the commitment to developments in the east end of Glasgow and, in particular, the development of the M74 Motorway, proposals for the National Arena and Velodrome, the expansion of Tollcross International Aquatics Centre and investment in housing-led regeneration across the east end, including the development of the Athletes’ Village and, recognising the previous investment in schools across the east end, acknowledges the work of the community and the role of eastenders in shaping their future; welcomes the Evening Times’s positive portrayal of the changes for the east end, and calls on all agencies, especially the city council, the Scottish and UK governments and the voluntary sector to work together with the local community to continue the transformation of the east end of Glasgow.

*S3M-1520 Elaine Smith: Cuba—That the Parliament notes the recent decision by Fidel Castro not to seek re-election to the National Assembly of Cuba and wishes him all the best in his future role; sees this as another opportunity to embrace the ideas of positive engagement between the people of Scotland and Cuba; notes that Fidel remains an inspiration to the majority of Cuban people and to all those seeking to challenge injustice and inequality around the world; commends his heroic contribution to the fight against poverty and oppression; congratulates Cuba on an unrivalled legacy of internationalism and humanitarian aid throughout the developing world with one million poor patients treated with eye surgery under Operation Miracle; notes that Cuba is the only country with permanent emergency medical corps on standby to respond to natural emergencies and, further, has 30,000 free medical scholarships for doctors from developing countries, with plans for a further 200,000 in the next ten years; believes that Cuba’s sovereign institutions should be respected by the US Government; calls for an end to the illegal blockade of Cuba, and congratulates Raul Castro on his appointment as head of state and wishes him every success for the future of a socialist Cuba.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*

*S3M-1519 Robin Harper: Children’s Right to Play—That the Parliament warmly congratulates Theresa Casey on her recent election as President of the International Play Association (IPA); notes that this appointment recognises her longstanding membership of IPA, her years as chair of the Scotland branch and her high personal standing as a practitioner, consultant and writer on children’s play, with her special interest in inclusion, play environments and children’s rights and her breadth of knowledge and experience through her wide contacts and numerous publications; in congratulating her, affirms its conviction that opportunities for children to play in freedom and safety are essential for their wellbeing and development, and agrees to foster these opportunities.

*S3M-1518 Sandra White: Racial Harassment Toolkit—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Positive Action in Housing’s online Racial Harassment toolkit,, aimed at providing a straightforward framework for helping housing providers challenge racism in their communities; believes that this toolkit will complement previous work done on promoting awareness and reporting of such incidents and as such help to further bridge the gap between legislation and guidance, and encourages housing providers and other organisations to make full use of these excellent resources in order to promote a more inclusive society free from racially motivated crime and harassment.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Patrick Harvie*, Marlyn Glen*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Elaine Smith*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-1517 Bill Wilson: Scotland Against Criminalising Communities and CIA Watch—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC) of the establishment of a CIA Watch network to be used to circulate urgent alerts warning of the imminent arrival in Scotland of CIA aircraft implicated in extraordinary rendition; supports SACC’s call for people to sign up to this network, particularly those living within easy reach of Scotland’s main airports; notes that this new development is happening against the background of the events described in motions S3M-1491 and S3M-1119, and urges the relevant authorities to investigate, as a matter of urgency, any information passed to them by CIA Watch.

*S3M-1516 Jackson Carlaw: Prostate Cancer Awareness Week—That the Parliament welcomes Prostate Cancer Awareness Week which begins on 10 March 2008 and the accompanying campaign, Real Men Do; notes that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer found among men and the third most common form of cancer death, demonstrating the need to encourage men in particular to increase awareness of their personal health issues; calls for awareness of prostate and testicular cancer to be raised to the same level as, for example, breast cancer which has benefited from excellent awareness raising campaigns over recent years, and encourages people from all walks of life to support Prostate Cancer Awareness Week and Real Men Do to help improve research, information and support services for men and their families affected by this disease and to increase early diagnosis of the disease, thereby increasing survival rates.

*S3M-1515 Bob Doris: Queen’s Park Football Club: FIFA Order of Merit—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Football Association’s campaign to have Queen’s Park awarded the FIFA Order of Merit; notes that the recommendation will be made by SFA President George Peat when he attends an International FA board meeting at Gleneagles on Saturday 8 March 2008; recognises that the Order of Merit has only been awarded to two clubs, Real Madrid and Sheffield FC, the oldest club in the world; further notes that Queen’s Park is the world’s second-oldest club, having formed in 1867, and that it arranged the first international match when Scotland met England in 1872, and agrees that Queen’s Park fully deserves the honour "in recognition of their outstanding role in the development of the modern game and for 140 years of service to football".

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Karen Gillon*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-1514 Brian Adam: Scrap the Fuel Tax Rise—That the Parliament notes with great concern the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plans to increase fuel tax by two pence per litre; also notes the growing inflation on the price of groceries and other goods due to large shipping costs, and calls on the Chancellor to take measures on behalf of the haulage industry, Scottish business and the Scottish people to forego the tax increase and bring about measures to create more stability in the Scottish financial sector.

S3M-1513 Kenny MacAskill: Pensions Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the UK Pensions Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 5 December 2007, which legislate in devolved areas in respect of pension compensation on divorce or dissolution of a marriage or civil partnership, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1512 Christina McKelvie: Motor Neurone Disease Breakthrough—That the Parliament notes the work of Professor Chris Shaw and his team, funded by the Motor Neurone Disease Association; welcomes the news that their work may have uncovered a possible direction for future research into the operation of the TDP-43 protein in some sufferers, and hopes that this work and other efforts like it will lead towards treatments to address the effects of this devastating disease.

S3M-1511 Pauline McNeill: Maternity Services in West Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s decision that antenatal services will be retained in the west end of Glasgow, following the closure of the Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital in 2009, with a temporary service provided on the Western Infirmary campuses and calls on the NHS board to continue looking for a west end location to ensure local provision for mothers-to-be in the long term.

S3M-1510 Christine Grahame: Brain Awareness Week: 10 to 16 March 2008—That the Parliament recognises the importance of brain research in increasing understanding, improving treatment and changing lives; applauds the work of researchers working in Scotland and further afield to make a difference to the 1,000,000 people in Scotland who live with neurological conditions; takes pride in Scotland’s place as a centre of excellence in neurosciences; welcomes the voluntary sector’s role as important funders of this vital work, and the role of the Neurological Alliance of Scotland in building links between groups affected by different conditions, and believes that the Scottish Government and other funders should consider making support for brain research a priority.

Supported by: John Lamont, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Jackson Carlaw, Cathy Peattie, Joe FitzPatrick, Mary Scanlon, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*, Ken Macintosh*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-1509 Lewis Macdonald: Denis Law and Stop the Cuts Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the comments by Kittybrewster School former pupil, Denis Law, in support of the campaign against the closure of Kittybrewster School; further welcomes his support for the campaign to save Bon Accord baths in Aberdeen; agrees with Denis Law that the administration of Aberdeen City Council should listen to the views of local people; calls on Aberdeen City Council to abandon its closure plans for Kittybrewster School, Bon Accord baths and many other vital services and facilities in the city, and as a matter of urgency further calls on the council to reconsider its plans to reduce revenue expenditure by £27 million in the forthcoming financial year.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Richard Baker*, David Whitton*, Sarah Boyack*, Helen Eadie*, Iain Gray*, Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*

S3M-1508 Dr Richard Simpson: No Smoking Day—That the Parliament welcomes No Smoking Day on 12 March 2008; celebrates the reduction in heart attacks and other smoking-related diseases that is already becoming apparent in Scotland following the legislative ban on smoking in public places, and regrets that continued progress in this undoubted benefit for the health of the people of Scotland may be hindered by the funding cuts in real terms for smoking cessation programmes introduced by the Scottish Government.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, George Foulkes, Elaine Smith, Des McNulty, Irene Oldfather, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, David Whitton, Trish Godman, James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Murray*, Pauline McNeill*, Ken Macintosh*, Karen Gillon*, Hugh Henry*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-1507 Roseanna Cunningham: Clothing is Not an Invitation to Rape—That the Parliament condemns the comments made by defence lawyer and temporary sheriff, Iain Smith, in a recent sexual assault case in Perth Sheriff Court in which he used the clothing worn by the 15-year-old victim and reports that she may have been sexually active to claim that "she was not vulnerable" as part of a mitigation plea for his client; notes that the use of comments such as this by representatives of the legal profession is unacceptable and contributes to Scotland’s low rates of prosecution in cases of rape and sexual assault; recognises the Scottish Government’s campaign to change the attitudes toward rape and sexual assault, in particular to challenge the view that rape or sexual assault can be justified by the way a woman or girl behaves, her previous sexual activity or the clothing she is wearing, and urges the Scottish legal profession to take action to ensure that the use of such a defence or mitigation plea is no longer acceptable.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Irene Oldfather, Cathy Peattie, Bashir Ahmad*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Hugh Henry*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1506 Ian McKee: Edinburgh is the Best!—That the Parliament celebrates the recognition of Edinburgh as the best small city in Europe in a poll by Foreign Direct Investment; notes that this magazine also ranked Edinburgh sixth in a poll of all European cities; congratulates the City of Edinburgh Council for its hard work in making Edinburgh one of the best cities in Europe to live, work and visit, and hopes that, despite the current disruption to road systems around the city, Edinburgh will continue to be thought of highly and as one of the best cities in Europe.

S3M-1505 Nanette Milne: Congratulations to Kellands Primary School - Sheep School—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils from Kellands Primary School, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, in setting up a sheep-breeding business to provide pupils with a real learning experience about farming and agricultural markets; notes that the P5 pupils have been experiencing everything from caring for the animals to the auction process; further notes that the project aims to teach the pupils the financial disciplines involved in running a business as well as responsibility towards looking after animals, and encourages other schools across Scotland to look at similar projects to help to nurture Scotland’s future entrepreneurs.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*, Stuart McMillan*, Ted Brocklebank*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Lamont*, Alasdair Allan*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1504 Hugh O’Donnell: Scottish Society for Autism: 40 Years Serving Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Society for Autism on reaching, in 2008, its 40th year of providing services and support to children, adults and their families living with autism in Scotland; acknowledges its key role, as a parent-led organisation with long experience and 700 staff across the country, in delivering innovative services in local communities, and urges government, local authorities, health services and other voluntary sector organisations to maintain close co-operation with the society to further develop support and services appropriate to the complex needs of those with autism spectrum disorders and their families and to ensure that there will be equity of provision throughout the country.

S3M-1503 Stuart McMillan: Gourock Curling Club’s 150th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Gourock Curling Club in achieving the historic milestone of being around for 150 years; notes that the club is celebrating this occasion by having an international curling competition which is taking place on 13, 14, 15 and 16 March 2008 at the Waterfront Centre in Greenock where 30 teams will take part under the Schenkel system, and further notes that more information can be obtained from the club’s website at

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Ross Finnie, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1502 Patricia Ferguson: Evening Times Community Websites—That the Parliament notes the introduction of community websites by Glasgow’s Evening Times; recognises the important campaigning role played by this newspaper in supporting residents of Glasgow on issues such as improving local bus services and fighting for a fairer deal from factors, and welcomes the introduction of the community websites as a positive step forward in keeping people up to date on issues within their local communities.

Supported by: Bob Doris*

S3M-1501 Dr Richard Simpson: Olympic Games Training Camps—That the Parliament welcomes the selection of 28 Scottish sites, including the facilities at the University of Stirling, to be used for training camps for athletes in the London Olympic Games 2012 and calls on the Scottish Government to acknowledge the significant benefits that these camps will bring to sport in Scotland during the Olympic period.

Supported by: Trish Godman, George Foulkes, David Whitton, Claire Baker, Iain Gray, Murdo Fraser, Irene Oldfather, James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Patricia Ferguson*, Nanette Milne*, Pauline McNeill*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh Henry*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jack McConnell*, Karen Gillon*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1500 Rhoda Grant: Congratulations to Moray Council on Addiction and Children 1st—That the Parliament congratulates Moray Council on Addiction and Children 1st who have been awarded almost £800,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a counselling service for those affected by substance misuse and a project to support youngsters leaving care; notes that this investment means that Moray has become one of the most successful local authorities in Scotland in accessing the Big Lottery Fund which is a testament to the quality of projects in the area; further notes that with the £384,693 award, Moray Council on Addiction is expected to be able to reach 500 local young people who are affected either directly or by another’s substance misuse and, in addition, that the £401,412 awarded to Children 1st will help make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable young people in Moray, helping them to make the often difficult transition into adulthood, and wishes both organisations every success for the future.

Supported by: Peter Peacock, David Stewart, Karen Gillon*, Mary Mulligan*, Nanette Milne*, Robin Harper*, Jamie McGrigor*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-1499 Roseanna Cunningham: Scotland Hosts Meeting of European Fisheries Experts—That the Parliament welcomes fisheries experts from countries across the European Union to a joint meeting of the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) in the Scottish Parliament on 5 to 6 March, co-hosted by the North Sea RAC, North West Waters RAC and Pelagic RAC, to explore how best the fisheries sector and other stakeholders can engage with the designation and management of an emerging network of Marine Protected Areas and including keynote contributions from European Commission delegates and notes that this meeting takes place against a backdrop of an increasing interest in how we manage our seas and several new marine initiatives including forthcoming Scottish marine legislation and the development of a European Marine Strategy and new inshore fisheries groups in Scotland.

Supported by: Ian McKee, Bashir Ahmad, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Nigel Don, Rob Gibson, Jack McConnell, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1499.1 Liam McArthur: Scotland Hosts Meeting of European Fisheries Experts—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1499) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end  "and welcomes the U-turn in the SNP’s position on Regional Advisory Councils which the current Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead MSP, denounced as a "sop" and "little more than talking shops" when they were launched under the previous administration in 2004."

Supported by: John Park*, Tavish Scott*, Iain Smith*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Farquhar Munro*, Jamie Stone*, Ross Finnie*, Jim Hume*, Karen Gillon*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1498 Cathy Jamieson: Schools of Ambition—That the Parliament expresses disappointment over the short-sighted decision of the Scottish Government to end funding for the Schools of Ambition programme; commends the programme’s aim of supporting school transformation, allowing both staff and pupils to try out new ideas and undertake a creative and innovative approach to learning, stimulating ambition and opportunity for young people and working with the whole community; recognises the excellent work done by Doon Academy in East Ayrshire, Carrick Academy in South Ayrshire, and the 50 other schools throughout Scotland which are currently participating in the programme, and urges the Scottish Government to reconsider its decision and support the enduring benefits that the Schools of Ambition programme offers.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, Karen Whitefield, John Park, Lewis Macdonald, Elaine Murray, Andy Kerr, Richard Baker, Pauline McNeill, Paul Martin, Patricia Ferguson, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Michael McMahon, Ken Macintosh, Claire Baker, Trish Godman, Iain Gray, Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, David Whitton*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-1497 John Wilson: National Minimum Wage—That the Parliament expresses its disappointment at the announcement by the Prime Minister on 5 March 2008 regarding the decision to increase the National Minimum Wage (NMW) by only 21p per hour from October 2008; considers that the decision is even more disappointing given the recent reports which have highlighted the failure of the NMW to address the issue of in-work poverty, and calls on the Prime Minister and the UK Government to increase the NMW to £6.00 an hour from October 2008 in order to alleviate the effects of those working on poverty wages.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-1497.1 John Park: National Minimum Wage—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1497) in the name of John Wilson, leave out from "expresses" to end and insert "notes the increase of the National Minimum Wage to £5.73 per hour in October 2008; further notes this will be an increase of nearly 60% since its introduction on 1 April 1999; recognises that the introduction of the National Minimum Wage had a huge impact on thousands of low-paid workers, many of whom were women; applauds the introduction of such legislation for its focus on the rights of working people and not the profits of big business; further notes the failure of the SNP MPs to turn up to vote in the House of Commons for the National Minimum Wage in 1998, and expresses disappointment that the current First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth were among those who did not participate in the vote to introduce the National Minimum Wage."

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Karen Gillon*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1496 Mary Mulligan: Donaldson’s—That the Parliament congratulates Donaldson’s on a successful move to its new home in Linlithgow; acknowledges that Donaldson’s is a wonderful resource for deaf, speech and language impaired children and young people throughout Scotland, and encourages all local authorities to consider the range and quality of resources that Donaldson’s offers and how they could be used to benefit children and young people from their areas.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Johann Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Mike Pringle, Des McNulty, Claire Baker, Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie, Gil Paterson, David Stewart, Karen Whitefield, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Butler, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathie Craigie, John Park, Nanette Milne, Hugh O’Donnell, Elizabeth Smith, George Foulkes, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, Patrick Harvie, John Lamont, Trish Godman, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Pauline McNeill, Helen Eadie, Murdo Fraser, Hugh Henry, Iain Gray, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, Angela Constance*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Andy Kerr*, Sarah Boyack*, Ken Macintosh*, Alasdair Allan*, Jack McConnell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1495 Patricia Ferguson: Shadow Behind the Sun—That the Parliament welcomes the nomination of Shadow Behind the Sun, the first published work by Remzije Sherifi, for a Sundial Scottish Arts Council award; acknowledges the courage of the author who, as an Albanian Kosovar, lived through persecution and hardship before her flight to Scotland, and recognises the important support and assistance provided by Remzije Sherifi to her fellow refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Karen Whitefield, Bill Butler, Elaine Murray, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Malcolm Chisholm, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1494 Gil Paterson: Air Weapons—That the Parliament notes with concern the increasing misuse of air weapons nationally; further notes that this deterioration is highlighted by the figures issued for Clydebank and Milngavie by Strathclyde Police, which show the number of incidents recorded involving air weapons increasing by more than 60% from 2005-06 to 2006-07, and supports the Scottish Government in its aim to have air weapons banned in Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, John Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Nigel Don, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christine Grahame, Bill Wilson, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-1493 Alasdair Allan: Coastguard Industrial Action—That the Parliament recognises the vital work carried out by the dedicated staff of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), including those staff in Scotland, and notes the many lives that they save each year; notes the industrial action due to take place on Thursday 6 March 2008 following strike ballots by the Public and Commercial Services Union, and urges Her Majesty’s Government to take seriously the concerns of MCA staff, including the fact that many coastguard watch assistants earn just above the national minimum wage and that there are significant disparities in pay rates between the MCA staff and comparable jobs in other emergency services.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Christine Grahame, Liam McArthur, Gil Paterson, Andrew Welsh, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1492 Bill Butler: Mr Stevie Fullarton—That the Parliament notes with great sadness the passing of Stevie Fullarton, the last surviving Scot to have fought in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War; commends the heroic contribution of the estimated 500 Scots who fought valiantly on the side of the democratically elected government of Spain against the fascist forces during the course of the war, and sends its sincere condolences to Mr Fullarton’s family and friends.

Supported by: Iain Gray, Cathie Craigie, Jim Hume, David Stewart, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Michael McMahon, Elizabeth Smith, Marlyn Glen, Andy Kerr, Rob Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Alex Neil, David Whitton, Elaine Smith, Mike Pringle, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Karen Whitefield, Pauline McNeill, Brian Adam, John Park, Keith Brown, Christopher Harvie, Trish Godman, Mary Mulligan, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Mr Frank McAveety, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie*, Ken Macintosh*, Jack McConnell*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1491 Jamie Hepburn: Injunction against Ben Griffin—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision on 28 February 2008 by the High Court to prevent Ben Griffin, a former member of the UK Special Forces (UKSF) Special Air Services (SAS), from making any further disclosures relating to the work of the SAS; notes that prior to being served with an injunction, Ben Griffin had claimed individuals detained by SAS troops in a joint UK-US special forces taskforce had ended up in interrogation centres in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Guantánamo Bay and that he believed that non-combatants whom he personally detained were handed over to the United States of America and subsequently tortured; believes that such claims, combined with the UK Government’s announcement that flights of extraordinary rendition have occurred within British territory, means that there must now be full disclosure by the UK Government of all assurances and information it has received from the US Government about extraordinary rendition, and calls for Ben Griffin to be allowed to fully exercise his civil right to free speech.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Bill Wilson, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1488 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Home Detention Curfew Licence (Amendment of Specified Days) (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Home Detention Curfew Licence (Amendment of Specified Days) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1486 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Consideration of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that nothing further be done under the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/36).

S3M-1483 Kenneth Gibson: Suicide—That the Parliament notes with cautious optimism the decline in the rate of suicide, with the 2006 rates being 17.4 per 100,000 population for men and 5.3 per 100,000 population for women, the lowest over the period from 1991 to 2006; is nevertheless alarmed that Scotland still has the highest suicide rate in the United Kingdom, with 765 deaths due to confirmed or suspected suicide in 2006, an average of more than two each day; is aware that about three-quarters of suicides were of males, with one in four deaths among men under age 35 being as a result of taking their own lives and suicide continuing to be the leading cause of death for that demographic; notes that the risk of suicide in the most deprived areas of Scotland is nearly double the national average and that approximately 75% of suicides were completed by individuals who were not in contact with a health professional within the previous year; recognises the importance of providing help for these people and others affected by suicides and suicidal behaviour; lauds the work of Samaritans, Childline, Breathing Space - the suicide helpline for men aged 16 to 40, and Choose Life - the 10-year programme launched by the previous administration in 2002 aimed at preventing suicide and raising awareness of the issue; recognises the importance of immediate, accessible help for individuals who suffer from suicidal thoughts; acknowledges however that phone number hotlines are not widely known, and therefore seeks to increase public awareness of such programmes by developing a national suicide prevention helpline accessible via 999 to make it easily accessible in times of need.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Liam McArthur, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Angela Constance, Mary Scanlon, Ken Macintosh, Jamie Hepburn, Jackson Carlaw, Christina McKelvie, Bill Butler, Ross Finnie, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1482 John Wilson: Prison Numbers—That the Parliament supports stronger alternatives to prison when dealing with crime; furthermore notes the Pew Center on the States report which calls the USA the global leader in the rate at which it imprisons its citizenry, with more than one in 100 adults behind bars in that country, and in addition applauds the stance taken by the states of Texas and Kansas to slow their prison population growth, as more cash-strapped federal states are faced with soaring costs and thus recognise that prison does not impact on recidivism or overall crime rates according to the Pew Center research.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Christopher Harvie, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson

S3M-1481 Bill Wilson: Tax Havens and Relative Poverty—That the Parliament supports the recent call by Germany for an EU-wide debate on tax havens; notes that the super-rich use European tax havens, such as the Channel Islands, to avoid paying billions of Euros to members of the European Union; holds that tax avoidance and evasion is inimical to tackling relative poverty and that, in developed countries, relative poverty is at least as detrimental to health, happiness and longevity as is absolute poverty; notes that the funds released by eliminating tax avoidance and evasion could significantly reduce relative poverty and that relative poverty and child poverty, as noted by motion S3M-1474, is a major problem in Scotland; considers, however, that the abuse of tax havens is global; therefore welcomes Barack Obama’s proposed Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, and calls on governments worldwide to examine their relationships with businesses that expatriate profits through the use of tax havens.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Christopher Harvie, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper

S3M-1480 Duncan McNeil: Damian’s Law—That the Parliament is appalled that innocent individuals continue to be murdered in random unprovoked knife attacks in Scotland; shares the anger of the communities of Greenock and elsewhere that a number of these offences are committed by offenders with previous convictions for knife crime; regrets that, despite law reform and concerted efforts by the Scottish Executive, police and others, too many individuals still carry a weapon as a matter of course; agrees that knife-carriers need to be taught that their actions have consequences before they rob someone of their life, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to examine the imposition of mandatory custodial sentences for unlawful possession of knives and other bladed weapons as a matter of urgency.

S3M-1479 Stuart McMillan: Milton of Campsie Athlete to Carry Olympic Torch—That the Parliament congratulates Kirsty McWilliam of Milton of Campsie who has been given the honour of taking part in a prestigious Olympic ceremony; notes that Kirsty will be participating in the Olympic Torch Relay, which spans 22 cities and five continents, ahead of the Olympic Games in Beijing in August 2008; recognises that 17-year-old Kirsty is the under-19 British Triathlon Champion and won a bronze medal at last summer’s European championships, and notes that she is currently ranked third in Europe and seventh in the world.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, David Whitton, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris*, Jack McConnell*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1478 Jamie Hepburn: Venezuelan Oil Assets—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision on 7 February 2008 by a court in England to grant an injunction to US multinational oil company ExxonMobil, freezing the US $12 billion assets held by the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA in England and Wales; further notes that the action was in response to the policy of the Venezuelan Government to take back majority control of its own oil resources, that the Venezuelan Government was given no notice of the case and was not afforded any opportunity to be represented at the hearing; believes that the action by ExxonMobil contravenes the right of the democratically elected government of Venezuela to exercise sovereignty over its natural resources, a right that properly belongs to all countries of the world; supports Venezuela’s national sovereignty, including the right to determine its own policy in relation to its oil and natural resources, and calls on government at all levels in the United Kingdom to support efforts to have the dispute resolved by the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Christopher Harvie, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1477 Pauline McNeill: Islamic Relief Support for Gaza—That the Parliament congratulates Islamic Relief UK on raising £100,000 at a dinner in Glasgow Central Mosque to be sent as much-needed aid to assist the Palestinian people in Gaza; recognises the work of Islamic Relief which annually raises and spends £8 million on humanitarian assistance in the occupied territories, and commends the organisers of this latest Glasgow event, along with the Scottish people and business, for the generosity shown in an hour of such need in Palestine.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Jackie Baillie, Rob Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Bill Butler, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Hepburn, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith, Mr Frank McAveety, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1476 Karen Whitefield: Rail Services in Airdrie—That the Parliament welcomes Jamie Hepburn MSP’s call for rail improvements in Central Scotland, including a better rail service for Airdrie; notes that the Airdrie to Bathgate rail link was agreed by the previous administration and included the provision of a railway station at Plains; condemns the Scottish Government’s decision not to proceed with a station at Plains, despite the massive difference that it would make to the local community and local economy, and calls on the Scottish Government to reconsider this matter urgently to ensure that the people of Plains in Airdrie have a direct link to the new Airdrie to Bathgate rail link.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Michael McMahon, Dr Richard Simpson*, David Whitton*, Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1476.1 Jamie Hepburn: Rail Services in Airdrie—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1476) in the name of Karen Whitefield, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "welcomes the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to the link, reaffirmed by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change in the Parliament on 21 February 2008; notes that the Scottish Government is investing record levels in the rail network in Scotland, including progressing the Airdrie-Bathgate rail link, and has made the same commitment to new stations as the previous administration; notes that there have been cost overruns and delays in other transport infrastructure projects commissioned by the previous administration; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that options for additional stops and further improvement in the Airdrie to Bathgate line are left open for future development, and considers that the text of motion S3M-1476 is at best political opportunism and at worst an attempt at misrepresentation of the Scottish Government’s position on this issue."

Supported by: Alex Neil, John Wilson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Bashir Ahmad, Christina McKelvie, Ian McKee, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-1475 John Park: Solidarity with Shelter Workers—That the Parliament acknowledges the excellent record of the housing campaign organisation, Shelter, over its 41-year history in campaigning to highlight the issues of homelessness in Scotland and the United Kingdom; expresses its regret at the actions of Shelter’s management in seeking to impose cuts in pay, longer working hours and the undermining of conditions of employment on Shelter’s dedicated staff; expresses its solidarity with Shelter’s members of Unite the Union which are currently in dispute, and urges the board of directors to work co-operatively with the union to resolve this dispute amicably to enable Shelter to continue to play its invaluable role in our society.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Mike Pringle, Iain Gray, Bill Butler, Stuart McMillan, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Dr Richard Simpson, Malcolm Chisholm, Karen Gillon, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, George Foulkes, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Murray, Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1474 Bill Wilson: Scottish Affairs Committee: Report on Child Poverty in Scotland (HC 277)—That the Parliament welcomes the recent report on child poverty in Scotland by Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee which shows that Scotland is doing better than the United Kingdom as a whole at reducing child poverty; notes, however, that the rate of reduction in child poverty may be slowing and that recent reductions in child poverty rates may not have fully benefited children in the most severe poverty; notes the recommendation that the position of young single adults should be improved and, accordingly, that age-based discrimination in the tax and benefits system should end; notes that a significant proportion of children living in poverty come from households where at least one parent is working and the committee’s consequent recommendation that the problems of low pay, job retention and career advancement be tackled; further notes the committee’s emphasis on the importance of suitable and affordable childcare, especially with respect to disabled children, as well as its emphasis on the importance of the contribution to society made by full-time carers; also notes its criticism of the complexity of the tax credit system; supports its call for the UK and Scottish governments (where relevant) to do more to simplify the benefits system, to improve awareness of entitlements and to constantly review the effectiveness of programmes designed to tackle child poverty, and, especially, calls for poverty-reduction programmes to be focussed mainly on those in the deepest poverty and on families with disabled members.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson

S3M-1473 Gavin Brown: Feather Brooksbank—That the Parliament congratulates the Edinburgh media planning company, Feather Brooksbank, on its inclusion in the Sunday Times’s 100 best small companies to work for; congratulates the firm on climbing 51 places since last year; notes that 30% of the staff have been there for more than five years and that the firm has a staff turnover of just 10%, and hopes that next year even more Scottish companies will be in the top 100.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Bob Doris, Mary Scanlon, John Park, Ted Brocklebank, Bashir Ahmad, Ian McKee, Jamie McGrigor, Murdo Fraser, Mike Pringle, Alex Johnstone, Bill Aitken, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson

S3M-1472 Bashir Ahmad: Civilian Deaths in Gaza—That the Parliament recognises Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket fire; however condemns the disproportionate and excessive use of force which has injured and killed many innocent civilians, including 22 children and 12 women; joins with calls from the European Union, the United Nations and the Vatican in demanding an end to the collective punishment of Gazans, and urges the Scottish Government to express to the UK Foreign Secretary the Scottish people’s revulsion at the actions being carried out by the Israeli Government.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Keith Brown, Pauline McNeill, Hugh O’Donnell, Michael Matheson, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson, Bill Butler, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1471 Robin Harper: Oil and Gas Exploration in Scotland’s Seas—That the Parliament notes the commitments made by Scottish ministers to protecting Scotland’s marine environment; recognises the international significance of the bottlenose dolphin population that lives in and around the Moray Firth, given that they are a European protected species; further notes the decision by UK ministers to open up almost the whole of Scotland’s nearshore waters for oil and gas exploration and understands the concerns that marine conservation organisations have about this plan; further recognises the significant level of public support, as shown in the 7,000 letters already sent to UK ministers opposing plans for exploration in the protected habitat of the Moray Firth, and urges Scottish ministers, when in discussion with the UK Government, to make clear their opposition to the indiscriminate opening up of our seas to oil exploration and to work to protect some of Scotland’s most famous natural assets.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie

S3M-1470 Aileen Campbell: Congratulations to President-elect of NUS Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Gurjit Singh on his election as President of the National Union of Students Scotland; notes the contribution of the NUS and other student bodies to the successful campaign for abolition of the graduate endowment; believes that the NUS has an important role to play as a strong, independent voice for students in Scotland, and further believes that MSPs of all parties should continue to work closely with student representative bodies to ensure that the voice of students is heard in the Parliament.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Robert Brown, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson

S3M-1470.1 Richard Baker: Congratulations to President-elect of NUS Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1470) in the name of Aileen Campbell, insert at end "and welcomes the dramatic conversion of the SNP in supporting the work and existence of NUS Scotland as part of a successful UK-wide student union, following decades of campaigning by student nationalists to withdraw their institutions from its membership."

Supported by: Iain Gray, Michael McMahon, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Pauline McNeill, David Whitton, George Foulkes, Andy Kerr, Karen Gillon, Claire Baker, Sarah Boyack, John Park, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1469 Jackie Baillie: West Dunbartonshire Youth Services—That the Parliament welcomes the range of services available to young people in West Dunbartonshire including Y Sort-it and the Youth Trust; notes that both organisations are run by young people for young people; further notes that Y Sort-it provides health drop-ins, a mobile information centre with computers and chill-out rooms and advice to young people; further notes that the Youth Trust provides a variety of grants to promote initiatives for young people in West Dunbartonshire; believes that services like the Pulse, Youth 2 Youth, Unit 23 Skatepark, Aquadiscos and several youth action groups have a valuable role in making sure that young people are engaged in their local communities; recognises that the Scottish Government has given West Dunbartonshire Council one of the worst local government settlements in Scotland and cut funding by over £1 million from the Fairer Scotland Fund; understands that the council intends to review youth provision in order to reduce the services available, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to provide additional funds for West Dunbartonshire to prevent a loss of youth services.

S3M-1468 Stuart McMillan: Discover Inverclyde—That the Parliament congratulates the partners of Discover Inverclyde who have successfully launched a tourism strategy to increase the tourist trade in Inverclyde; notes that Discover Inverclyde has been established by Greenock Chamber of Commerce in association with VisitScotland and other local businesses; further notes that the website will be a valuable addition to informing potential tourists of the wealth of history and attractions that Inverclyde possesses, and recommends that every MSP spends some time visiting Inverclyde to fully appreciate the location, scenery, people, history, attractions and hospitality.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson

S3M-1467 Jim Hume: EU Sheep Identification Rules—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed new double tagging rules for sheep; recognises that this proposed system of double tagging every animal, given the large flock size of many farms in Scotland, will be unworkable, impractical and will put additional pressure on livestock producers at a time when strict traceability rules are already in place and proven to be effective, and calls on the Scottish Government to represent Scottish farmers’ interests in Europe and to strongly resist the implementation of double tagging proposals.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, John Lamont*, Tavish Scott*, Iain Smith*, Jim Tolson*, Ross Finnie*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1399.1 George Foulkes: Congratulations to City of Edinburgh Council on an Excellent Budget—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1399) in the name of Mike Pringle, leave out from "congratulates" to end and insert "notes with grave concern the recent budget of the SNP/Liberal Democrat City of Edinburgh Council which will have a negative impact on services for children and young people across the city; particularly deplores the 1.5% cut from devolved schools’ budgets resulting in at least a £10,000 reduction per average primary school, £10,000 reduction per average special school and £50,000 reduction per average secondary school; further deplores the council’s award-winning youth services being reduced by £357,000, Community Learning and Development being cut by the full-year equivalent of £850,000, and all school meals being increased by an inflation-busting 10p, and believes that the SNP/Liberal Democrat council budget will thus result in the loss of much-needed local services for young people in both schools and the wider community throughout Edinburgh."

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, Sarah Boyack, Dr Richard Simpson, David Whitton, Iain Gray, Rhona Brankin, Hugh Henry

S3M-1346# Aileen Campbell: No End in Sight to the War in Iraq—That the Parliament notes the continuing effort of Rose Gentle from Pollok, Glasgow, and Beverley Clarke from Stafford to have the legality of the Iraq War tested in court; further notes that the Stop the War Coalition has called demonstrations in Glasgow and elsewhere on 15 March 2008 to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the conflict; recalls the massive worldwide demonstrations against the war on 15 February 2003, in which many MSPs and people from the south of Scotland and across the country participated; believes that the legality of the war should be tested in the courts and continue to be discussed in the wider public arena; supports the demonstration taking place in Glasgow on 15 March, and believes that work in the international community should continue to speedily bring about peace and stability to Iraq.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Dave Thompson, Alex Neil, Christopher Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christine Grahame, Christina McKelvie, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Michael Matheson

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 *believes that further steps should be taken 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, Angela Constance, David Whitton, Andy Kerr, Mary Mulligan, Tom McCabe, Claire Baker, Christine Grahame, Ian McKee, Ross Finnie, Patrick Harvie, Michael McMahon*

S3M-1000# Dave Thompson: Make Scotland’s Roads Safer - Reduce the Drink Driving Limit—That the Parliament welcomes the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Christmas card campaign calling for a reduction in the drink driving limit; notes that there is clear evidence that shows that drivers who exceed 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood are significantly impaired; further notes with regret that in the Highlands and Islands there are 27% more accidents caused by drunk drivers than the national average; joins the BMA in considering that more pressure should be exerted on the UK Government to lower the drink driving limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg; supports the implementation of random testing, which would undoubtedly act as a further deterrent to drink driving, and notes that these measures will make Scotland’s roads safer and could save as many as 65 lives a year on UK roads.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance, John Wilson, Christopher Harvie, Nigel Don, Roseanna Cunningham, Willie Coffey, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Andrew Welsh

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1466 Marie Curie Daffodils (lodged on 29 February 2008) Michael McMahon*, Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Derek Brownlee*, David Whitton*, Jack McConnell*, Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1461 One Book - One Edinburgh (lodged on 28 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1458 Success of RBS and HBOS (lodged on 28 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1457 Language Diversity in Schools (lodged on 28 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1455 St Mary’s RC Primary School - 50th Birthday (lodged on 28 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1454 Creation of the Artist Rooms Collection (lodged on 28 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1450 North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Newsletter and Conference (lodged on 28 February 2008) Jack McConnell*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-1443 MSP of the Year (lodged on 27 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1442 Cuts in Highland Council Services (lodged on 27 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1441 West Dunbartonshire Citizen of the Year (lodged on 27 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1440 The Whole of the UK Should Celebrate the Bravery of Scots (lodged on 27 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1439 Handle With Care (lodged on 27 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1438 Derogatory Remarks about Lockerbie and Sir Tom Hunter (lodged on 27 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1437 Tackling Sectarianism (lodged on 27 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1436 Air Route Development (lodged on 26 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1423 Architecture and Design Scotland Schools Design Programme (lodged on 26 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-1419 Fair Trade is the Answer (lodged on 26 February 2008) Michael McMahon*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1418 Asthma and Physical Exercise (lodged on 25 February 2008) Michael McMahon*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, David Whitton*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1414 Think Differently About Autism - I Exist (lodged on 25 February 2008) Liam McArthur*, Marlyn Glen*, David Whitton*

S3M-1408 Welcome to Highland Wood Pellet Plant (lodged on 22 February 2008) Jack McConnell*

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

S3M-1388 Ashgill Community Facility (lodged on 20 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1376 Kibble (lodged on 19 February 2008) Michael McMahon*

S3M-1362 WWF Campaign for Strong Scottish Climate Change Bill (lodged on 18 February 2008) Jim Hume*

S3M-1359 Local Television (lodged on 15 February 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1202# Alternative and Augmentative Communication (lodged on 22 January 2008) John Park*

S3M-1019 Undermining Development: Copper Mining in Zambia (lodged on 11 December 2007) Nicol Stephen*

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