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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1585 Kenneth Gibson: Going Live! Garnock Valley FM—That the Parliament is pleased to note that Garnock Valley FM (GVFM) community radio station will go live to the public on 17 March 2008; recognises that the original 2006 launch of GVFM was due to the success of similar community radio stations in Saltcoats, Stevenston, Ardrossan and Girvan; commends the project partners, including North Ayrshire Council Community Learning and Development, University of the West of Scotland, Careers Scotland, Garnock Academy, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the MATES community education project and Jobcentre Plus, as well as the many volunteers who will make the 28-day broadcast a success; recognises the value that the station will provide by broadcasting local news and featuring local bands and voluntary organisations, as well as focusing on health issues to increase awareness and access to health services within the community, and heartily encourages individuals who will be in the Beith, Kilbirnie, Dalry and Kilwinning areas to tune in to Garnock Valley FM on 87.9FM from 17 March to 13 April 2008.

*S3M-1584 Alasdair Allan: Barra Lifeboat—That the Parliament recognises the heroic work done by the Barra Severn class lifeboat, as immortalised on a new first-class stamp launched on the isle of Barra on Thursday 13 March 2008; recognises that this is part of a set of six commemorative stamps on the theme Mayday - Rescue at Sea; notes that since the Barra Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat station opened in 1931 there have been 505 launches and 412 lives saved; recognises that these stamps highlight the brave actions of the men and women of the RNLI who regularly risk their own lives attempting to save the lives of others, and commends not only the Barra lifeboat crew, but those crews from around the coast, on their courage and dedication.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, George Foulkes*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-1583 Kenneth Gibson: Water Charge Exemption for Churches and Charities—That the Parliament praises the work of local charities in promoting social justice in our communities; recognises that, in the words of Reverend Jock Stein of the Church of Scotland Dunfermline Presbytery, "Church premises are used by all kinds of community bodies, including groups like Mothers and Toddlers, Scouts, Guides, and Alcoholics Anonymous"; notes that these organisations, when they are able, try to make donations to the churches whose facilities they use but that such donations are barely enough to cover current operating costs; objects to any proposal to discontinue the water charge exemption that makes the work of these institutions feasible; notes the estimated average £1,000 annual water charges that these churches and charities might face, and that "depending on the size of their premises bills could be up to a third of the annual income of some small charities" which would force them to reduce their activities, resulting in a loss of valuable social services to the community; asserts that the estimated £2.4 million it would cost to maintain this exemption for all charitable organisations in Scotland is well worth paying in exchange for the variety of services that they provide, and urges the Scottish Government to sympathetically review the results of the recent consultation and support Scotland’s charities by allowing the exemption to stand.

*S3M-1582 Nicola Sturgeon: Housing and Regeneration Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions in the Housing and Regeneration Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 15 November 2007, relating to the executive competence of Scottish Ministers to enter into agreements for the provision of services with the Housing Corporation and/or Welsh Ministers, on such terms and for such payment which they consider appropriate, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*, Shona Robison*

*S3M-1581 Christine Grahame: Happy 60th Anniversary NHS Borders—That the Parliament notes that in July 2008 NHS Borders will celebrate the 60th anniversary of health services being available in the Scottish Borders; notes and commends the outstanding work of front-line health workers during this period who have cared for and treated the local community with compassion and commitment, and congratulates NHS Borders as it engages Borderers in the celebrations of what is a service vital to the needs of the community and a cornerstone of life in the region.

*S3M-1580 Willie Coffey: Fenwick Weavers’ Society and the Co-operative Model—That the Parliament notes that the Fenwick Weavers’ Society is increasingly being acknowledged as the world’s first formally incorporated co-operative society; recognises that having been founded on 14 March 1761 to promote and maintain high standards in the craft of weaving, it also became involved in the bulk purchase of oatmeal for resale to its members and in lending money to needy members and their families, setting examples followed in the development of both the retail co-operative sector and credit unions; notes that the deed of incorporation and the minute book of the society covering the period 1761 to 1783 are in the safe-keeping of the National Library of Scotland; welcomes the decision of the library to make the deed of incorporation and minute book available to the residents of Fenwick who, under the inspired leadership of John Smith and John McFadzean, have re-established the society to develop a heritage centre in Fenwick to value and build on the work of the society, and records its support for the co-operative model of working, which has the potential to make a significant contribution to the economic and social development of Scotland and the wider world.

*S3M-1579 Robin Harper: St John’s Hospital ISO 14001—That the Parliament congratulates St John’s Hospital in West Lothian for its successful retention of the ISO 14001 award, which recognises the continuing high environmental standards delivered by hospital staff since 2005; notes the substantial reductions in energy consumption achieved at St John’s and across NHS Lothian; believes that St John’s demonstrates how possible it is to move towards a sustainably managed health service, and therefore commends the work done at St John’s as a good example to NHS staff and adminstrators across Scotland.

*S3M-1578 George Foulkes: Heriot Watt University—That the Parliament supports the students and staff of Heriot Watt University, particularly with the threat of 50 redundancies hanging over the staff; supports the unions involved in protecting the jobs of all staff, and calls on Fiona Hyslop in her role as an SNP Lothians MSP and as Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning to step in to resolve funding problems in Scottish universities.

Supported by: Jim Hume*, Richard Baker*, David Stewart*, Iain Gray*, Karen Whitefield*, Elaine Smith*, Trish Godman*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-1577 Alasdair Morgan: Patsy Drysdale: Grandparent of the Year—That the Parliament notes that Stranraer carer Patsy Drysdale has been crowned Grandparent of the Year 2008 by Age Concern; recognises that this award is fitting commendation of her own personal courage and selflessness, and extends congratulations to Mrs Drysdale and her fellow kinship carers involved in YANA (You are not Alone) Wigtownshire.

S3M-1576 Nigel Don: Grampian Police—That the Parliament congratulates Grampian Police on the news that its officer numbers have passed 1,500 for the first time; believes that this will help boost the fight against crime across the north east, and looks forward to further progress across all police forces toward the Scottish Government’s target of 1,000 new police officers.

S3M-1575 Alasdair Allan: Lance Corporal Domhnall Phadruig Campbell—That the Parliament recognises the bravery of Lance Corporal Domhnall Phadruig Campbell from South Uist, of the 26th Regiment Royal Engineers, for "an incredible act of pre-meditated bravery" in Helmand province, Afghanistan, and congratulates him for being awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for driving his unarmoured tractor into a war zone under intense fire for a sustained period of time.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Murdo Fraser*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bashir Ahmad*, Nanette Milne*, Brian Adam*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh Henry*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Karen Gillon*, Alex Neil*, Ross Finnie*, Keith Brown*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1574 Iain Smith: Scott’s Porage Oats Green Energy—That the Parliament congratulates the decision of Quaker to invest £6 million pounds in a combined heat and power biomass boiler at Uthrogle Mills, Cupar, home of the world famous Scott’s Porage Oats; notes that the boiler will use oat husks, a waste product from processing oats at the mill, making it carbon neutral, reducing direct carbon emissions by 9,000 tonnes and reducing transport of waste oat husks by 170,000 miles a year, equivalent to a further 600 tonnes of carbon emissions, and urges other businesses throughout Scotland to follow the lead of Quaker by examining how to cut waste and carbon emissions in their processes.

S3M-1573 Marilyn Livingstone: Opportunities and Success for Young Women in YWCA Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates YWCA Scotland President, Kirsty Kelly, on her election to the YWCA World Board; notes that Kirsty, from Kinghorn in Fife, is still in her early twenties; recognises that this is a huge personal achievement and honour for Kirsty, as well as recognition for the work of YWCA Scotland in developing young women’s leadership; further notes that Kirsty’s election means that a member of YWCA Scotland has held a leadership place at world level for three consecutive terms, as her predecessor, Julie Dickson was from Kirkcaldy and served two terms at this level, and considers it particularly relevant, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, to recognise these young women who have been great ambassadors for Scotland and exemplars of the life changing opportunities available in the YWCA.

S3M-1572 Iain Smith: Dignity and Integrity for All—That the Parliament notes the lecture given by the Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, at St Aloysius’ College on Tuesday 11 March 2008; condemns his claim that homosexuals were not persecuted during the holocaust and his suggestion that the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde and other homosexuals was appropriate; observes that according to figures of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100,000 men were arrested as homosexuals by the Third Reich between 1933 and 1945 and that it is estimated that over 10,000 homosexuals died as a result of the Holocaust; further notes that in many countries homosexuality is today punishable by death or imprisonment, and urges all churches to defend the dignity and integrity of every individual regardless of sexual orientation. R

Supported by: Jim Hume*, Marlyn Glen*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, George Foulkes*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1571 Iain Smith: Roman Catholic Support for Mehdi Kazemi and Pegah Emambakhsh—That the Parliament notes Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, in which his late Holiness made clear that circumstances where the death penalty is acceptable are "very rare, if not practically nonexistent" and Pope Benedict’s statement when he was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that, in modern society, it is "practically impossible" to find any cases deserving of the death sentence; also notes that Mehdi Kazemi and Pegah Emambakhsh are at risk of being executed for their homosexuality if they are returned to Iran, and calls on the Roman Catholic Church to join the cross-party campaign for the Home Office to reverse its rejection of their asylum applications. R

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*, George Foulkes*, Robin Harper*, Margaret Smith*, Jim Hume*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1570 Cathy Jamieson: Local Heroes Exhibition—That the Parliament commends the Local Heroes exhibition at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock, which features portraits painted by young artists from Auchinleck Academy and Cumnock Academy and museum displays created by young curators from Netherthird Primary School and schools throughout East Ayrshire; recognises the exciting and innovative work done by cultural co-ordinator Elaine Scott in conjunction with renowned artist Andrew Ratcliffe in bringing about this exhibition which highlights some of the most famous figures in the heritage of East Ayrshire, and commends the work of primary and secondary school pupils from throughout East Ayrshire whose work is featured in the exhibition.

S3M-1569 Hugh Henry: Parliamentary Scrutiny of Local Income Tax—That the Parliament regrets the non-publication of the modelling used to calculate the Scottish Government’s local income tax plans; believes that such information is vital to allow the Parliament to hold ministers to account; further believes that this non-publication undermines the democratic process, and calls on Scottish Ministers as a matter of urgency to provide the information requested to be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1568 Gil Paterson: West Dunbartonshire Council for Voluntary Service—That the Parliament welcomes the range of volunteering and community development services available to the communities of West Dunbartonshire; congratulates West Dunbartonshire CVS on its recent successful Big Lottery grant of £229,274 to help it augment its services by specifically targeting new support on those with additional support needs to allow them to contribute fully to community and voluntary action in West Dunbartonshire, and recognises the valuable role of West Dunbartonshire CVS in ensuring a strong, vibrant and inclusive volunteering, community and voluntary sector in West Dunbartonshire.

S3M-1567 Hugh O’Donnell: A Call for Better Epilepsy Care—That the Parliament welcomes the forthcoming More specialist nurses, better epilepsy care campaign being run by Epilepsy Scotland for National Epilepsy Week 2008; commends the outstanding support that Epilepsy Scotland gives to the estimated 40,000 people in Scotland with this condition; acknowledges the valuable contribution specialist epilepsy nurses make to patient-centred treatment and epilepsy management; recognises the cost savings that these nurse posts make by reducing hospital stays, decreasing consultants’ workload and uncovering misdiagnosis and overtreatment; encourages NHS Scotland to address the shortfall in posts which means access to an epilepsy specialist nurse is a postcode lottery; notes that five NHS boards are without either paediatric, adult or learning disability nurses; believes that funding should be provided for additional epilepsy specialist nurses; advises that the recommendation of the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland for one specialist nurse for adult, paediatric and learning disability, per 100,000 of the population be followed in Scotland; acknowledges that resources for medical and administrative support must be available for specialist nurses to allow them to work effectively; suggests that increased specialist nurse provision will contribute towards related HEAT targets for an improved healthcare experience and rates of attendance at accident and emergency departments, and believes that the requests in this motion relate directly to plans contained in the Scottish Government’s Better Health, Better Care strategy for a healthier Scotland, launched on 12 December 2007.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

S3M-1566 Annabel Goldie: Scotch Whisky—That the Parliament condemns the decision of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon Alistair Darling MP, to raise the duty on scotch whisky by a staggering 59 pence; notes that Her Majesty’s Government’s own figures show that the increase in duty is likely to reduce revenue; considers that this move is extremely ill-timed and will threaten sales and jobs in the whisky and associated industries, and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to reverse this decision without delay.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Bashir Ahmad*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Aitken*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Scott*, Kenneth Gibson*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Wilson*, Robert Brown*, Tavish Scott*, Mike Pringle*, Jamie Stone*, John Farquhar Munro*, Nicol Stephen*, Iain Smith*

S3M-1565 George Foulkes: Un-Christian Remarks of Bishop Devine—That the Parliament expresses concern at the hurt which will be caused to gay people, and gay Catholics in particular, by the unfortunate, outdated and un-Christian remarks of Bishop Devine; believes that all enlightened Catholics reject all forms of prejudice including racism, sectarianism and homophobia, and acknowledges that we must all remember and learn from the past in order to equip ourselves with the tools to tackle prejudice in all its forms which includes acknowledging the rights of the LGBT community to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Margaret Smith, Patrick Harvie, Rhona Brankin, Iain Gray, Elaine Murray, Mr Frank McAveety, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Trish Godman*, Pauline McNeill*, Dr Richard Simpson*, John Park*, Richard Baker*, Patricia Ferguson*, Robert Brown*, Iain Smith*

S3M-1564 Robert Brown: Data Protection Investigation—That the Parliament notes with concern the results of BBC Scotland’s investigation into data protection breaches at public bodies; believes that rigorous data protection procedures must be in place at all public bodies across Scotland, and calls for an immediate Audit Scotland investigation into current data protection procedures at all public bodies in Scotland.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

S3M-1563 Patrick Harvie: Homophobia Has No Place in Scottish Society—That the Parliament notes with weary dismay the most recent remarks made by Bishop Joseph Devine which suggest that LGBT communities should not be present at Holocaust memorial events; recognises in particular that many thousands of gay men were arrested, imprisoned and killed by the Nazi regime and that many of these were later rounded up and re-imprisoned by the allies, being seen at the time as "legitimate" targets; welcomes the significant progress which has since been made across Europe toward recognising the equal dignity and worth of all people regardless of sexual orientation or transgender identity; is concerned at further remarks by the Bishop which appear to encourage parents not to tolerate their gay, lesbian or bisexual children; believes that such remarks are homophobic and deeply harmful to society and to young LGBT people who are contemplating coming out to their families, and commits itself to continuing to work toward a society in which prejudice and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and transgender identity are a thing of the past.

Supported by: Ian McKee, Marlyn Glen, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Elaine Smith, George Foulkes, Bashir Ahmad, John Park*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Jim Tolson*, Murdo Fraser*, Christopher Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christine Grahame*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Wilson*, Robert Brown*

S3M-1562 Jim Hume: Closure of Pets’ Corner in Ayr—That the Parliament notes with deep regret the decision of South Ayrshire Council to close Pets’ Corner at Belleisle Park in Ayr; further notes the potential animal welfare implications of this closure; considers that the savings made from removing the modest yearly running costs of £67,000 could be found elsewhere in the budget; commends the Ayr Advertiser and local residents on their campaign to save the much loved attraction, and strongly urges South Ayrshire Council to seriously reconsider its decision for the benefit of the local community and the welfare of the animals.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

S3M-1561 Charlie Gordon: Congratulations to Castlemilk Stables Project—That the Parliament congratulates the Castlemilk Stables Project on winning a Civic Trust Award 2008; notes that this creative restoration project delivered by Cassiltoun Trust and Glasgow Building Preservation Trust saved a derelict Category B Georgian building and created a new community resource; further notes that the project shows best practice in conservation and sustainability through design excellence, local job creation and the introduction of ground source heat energy to an historic building, and encourages support for investment in historic building projects in Scotland which contribute to local regeneration.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Sandra White, David Whitton, Hugh O’Donnell, Trish Godman, Des McNulty, Stuart McMillan, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Pauline McNeill, Bill Butler, James Kelly, Kenneth Gibson, George Foulkes, Robin Harper, Mr Frank McAveety, Robert Brown, John Park*, Bill Kidd*, Helen Eadie*, Jackie Baillie*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1560 Nicola Sturgeon: Public Health Etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Stewart Maxwell

S3M-1559 Marlyn Glen: Young Gypsy/Travellers Raising Awareness in the Scottish Parliament—That the Parliament welcomes young Gypsy/Travellers from across Scotland to the Parliament on 26 March 2008; acknowledges that Gypsy/Travellers remain one of the most isolated and excluded minority ethnic groups in Scotland; commends the young people, supported by Save the Children, for raising awareness of the issues faced by Gypsy/Travellers among their peers, professionals and parliamentarians and for bringing about a better understanding of Gypsy/Traveller culture, changing attitudes and challenging discrimination; considers the importance of this work, and urges the Scottish Executive to support, through providing both community leadership and funding, the young people to continue to promote equality by challenging prejudice and discrimination through sharing their experiences with their peers.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Claire Baker*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Butler*, Bill Wilson*, Robert Brown*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Karen Whitefield*, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*, Michael McMahon*, Sandra White*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Murray*, George Foulkes*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1558 Richard Baker: Glencraft—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision by the administration of Aberdeen City Council to withdraw funding from Glencraft which provides employment for the blind and other disabled employees; recognises that the organisation has transformed the lives of its employees and has received funding from successive councils for decades; condemns the lack of consultation with employees and the Board of Management over the withdrawal of funding; notes that Glencraft is already supported by the UK Government through Work Step funding from JobCentre Plus, an aspect which Aberdeen City Council does not seem to have taken into consideration in its decision and which will be lost if its decision stands, and calls on Aberdeen City Council to reverse its decision to withdraw funding from Glencraft.

Supported by: Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-1557 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Water Rates Relief Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the petition, introduced by the Reverend Jock Stein on behalf of Dunfermline Presbytery, on water rates relief for charities and churches; notes that many charitable and voluntary organisations benefit from water charges exemption; recognises that the current water rates relief scheme is due to expire in 2010, and is confident that the Scottish Government will take note of the campaign.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Andrew Welsh*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alex Neil*

S3M-1556 Des McNulty: Hugh Brown—That the Parliament notes with sorrow the death of Hugh Brown, who had a long and distinguished period of service in local government in Glasgow between 1954 and 1964 and thereafter as Labour Member of Parliament for Glasgow Provan, and expresses its condolences to members of his family.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1555 George Foulkes: Save the Royal Commonwealth Pool—That the Parliament rejects any attempts to remove listed building status from the Royal Commonwealth Pool; believes that it should remain an accessible and affordable pool of high quality to be enjoyed by all the people of Edinburgh; considers that planning to close the pool without a thought for how to replace it defies page 41 of the SNP’s 2007 manifesto, to "expand measures to increase physical activity among children and in the general population", and further believes that the pool is a building for Edinburgh and Scotland to be proud of.

Supported by: Trish Godman, David Stewart, John Park, James Kelly, Mr Frank McAveety, David Whitton, Michael McMahon, Helen Eadie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1554 Karen Whitefield: Diabetes Services in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent report from NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and Diabetes UK Scotland, Diabetes National Overview Follow-up Report, which shows that diabetes services have improved across Scotland over the last four years; congratulates NHS staff for their hard work and skills in delivering these improvements; recognises that there are significant areas for improvement, particularly in relation to information provision and emotional and psychological support; further recognises that the review of patient experience included in the report offers crucial insights into the reality of living with diabetes for many patients and, in particular, the need for better support to self-manage the condition; congratulates NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and Diabetes UK Scotland on their partnership in producing the report, and calls on the Scottish Government to address the issues arising from the report in order to ensure continued improvement in diabetes services across Scotland.

Supported by: David Stewart, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Jackson Carlaw, John Park, Iain Gray, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Smith, Ken Macintosh, Jack McConnell, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Des McNulty, Robert Brown, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, Marilyn Livingstone, Marlyn Glen*, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-1553 Karen Whitefield: Future Funding of Scottish Ballet—That the Parliament expresses great concern about the City of Edinburgh Council’s proposed £40,000 cut in revenue funding for Scottish Ballet; notes that Scottish Ballet has consistently presented world-class performance and education programmes in Edinburgh (including the Edinburgh International Festival) delivering 16 performances to 20,000 people during the past year alone, as well as a wide range of educational activities, amounting to 28 events benefiting 1,555 people; believes that the funding reductions will have serious implications for the level of activity that Scottish Ballet can provide in Edinburgh and are likely to have a significant impact on the city’s venues, such as the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, and on vital events in the city’s calendar, including the Edinburgh International Festival, and calls on the City of Edinburgh Council to reconsider this damaging proposal and to consult Scottish Ballet before future funding decisions are made.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Butler, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Sarah Boyack, Elizabeth Smith, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Ken Macintosh, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, Marilyn Livingstone, Des McNulty*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1552 Bill Kidd: Anti-Semitic Blogging in National Newspapers—That the Parliament abhors the publication in both The Scotsman and The Herald newspapers’ online blogs of blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric by individuals who hide their identities behind screen names; believes that any such racist statements have no place in national newspapers, in print or online, and calls on the editors of these two major newspapers to ensure that such foul-mouthed attacks on any section of society are removed from their blogs before publication.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Murdo Fraser, Alex Johnstone, Jackson Carlaw, George Foulkes*, Ken Macintosh*, Marlyn Glen*, Karen Gillon*, Helen Eadie*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-1551 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Rolls of Honour of Leith Servicepersons—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative arranged by the ex-members’ association of the 1st Leith Company of the Boys’ Brigade, in conjunction with the Leith Local History Society, to have the Rolls of Honour of the Leith servicepersons available for public viewing between 30 May and 8 June 2008 at Leith Library during the Leith Festival; notes that this is the first time that this information has been on public display; further notes that relatives of the Leith servicepersons will be able to obtain a copy of relevant pages, and hopes that those with an interest in the Rolls of Honour will take this opportunity to view them.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1547 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Iranian Asylum Seekers Mehdi Kazemi and Pegah Emambakhsh—That the Parliament condemns the UK Home Office decision to reject asylum applications from Mehdi Kazemi and Pegah Emambakhsh, both Iranian nationals who fear persecution and execution on return to Tehran on the basis of their sexual orientation; notes with deep concern reports that Mehdi Kazemi’s former boyfriend was arrested and executed for sodomy and that Ms Embambakhsh’s partner was arrested and may face being stoned to death; expresses concern over increasing reports of growing repression in Iran and figures from Iranian human rights campaigners which state that over 4,000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since 1979, and calls on the UK Government to urgently review these cases and the guidance issued to immigration officers and to consider following the example of the Netherlands and Germany by imposing a moratorium on the deportation of gay and lesbian asylum seekers who fear that they will be persecuted in Iran.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Iain Smith, Bill Wilson*, Christopher Harvie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1546 Gavin Brown: 100 Best Companies to Work for in the UK—That the Parliament sends its congratulations to WL Gore & Associates from Livingston, Marathon Oil from Aberdeen, Search Consultancy from Glasgow and PSN (Production Services Network) from Aberdeen on making the Sunday Times list of the "100 Best Companies to work for in the UK" and hopes that next year even more Scottish companies will feature in the top 100.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Mary Scanlon, Margaret Mitchell, Jackson Carlaw, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Stone, Bill Aitken, Derek Brownlee, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Nanette Milne, John Park*

S3M-1545 Richard Baker: Northfield Academy’s Respect and Leadership Conference—That the Parliament congratulates Northfield Academy on its Respect and Leadership Conference, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, which its pupils were responsible for organising; notes that the event brought together representatives of business, pupil councils and the Chief Executive of sportscotland to address the conference; recognises the success of the event in bringing pupils into contact with a number of important local organisations and enabling them to hear keynote speeches from leaders in their field, and congratulates pupils for their hard work and initiative in organising such a successful event.

Supported by: Jack McConnell

S3M-1544 Jamie Hepburn: Citizenship Oaths—That the Parliament notes with concern proposals to introduce citizenship ceremonies involving an oath of allegiance to Britain and the Crown for school leavers in the United Kingdom; believes that such a scheme would be unnecessary and unpopular in Scotland, and further believes that such a scheme could undermine the tradition in Scotland that sovereignty is vested in the people rather than any one individual or institution.

Supported by: Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Ian McKee, Bob Doris, Michael Matheson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1539# Tricia Marwick: Leven to Thornton Rail Link—That the Parliament notes that the South-East Scotland Transport Partnership commissioned a feasibility study into the reopening of the Leven to Thornton rail link; believes that the reopening of this line to passengers and freight is vital to the regeneration of the Levenmouth area; notes that the reopening of the Leven to Thornton rail link is one of Fife Council’s top transport priorities, and believes that those most interested in the regeneration of Levenmouth should contribute to the feasibility study now being carried out.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, John Park*, *Jim Tolson

S3M-1538 Joe FitzPatrick: Delivery of RA Services in Scotland: The View of Healthcare Professionals—That the Parliament notes the recent report for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry Scotland by the Scottish Inflammatory Diseases and Rheumatology Industry Group which shows that approximately 152,000 to 217,000 people in Scotland suffer either from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis; recognises the importance of early diagnosis which impacts on the long-term outcome for the patient; notes that regular auditing is needed in order to maintain an understanding of effective and non-effective patient treatment; recommends that the Scottish Government considers strategies to facilitate and improve the exchange of knowledge within hospitals in order to continue to improve RA patient care, and commends healthcare professionals for their hard work and dedication.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Jackson Carlaw, Sandra White, Nigel Don, Gil Paterson, Ken Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1537 Bill Wilson: European Alcohol and Health Forum’s Social Norms Forum 2009—That the Parliament welcomes the recent establishment of the European Alcohol and Health Forum and its announcement of a European social norms forum to be held in 2009; notes that this will be the first conference on social norms to be held in Europe; congratulates researchers John McMahon and John McAlaney on their invitations to speak at this event following their promising work in this field at the University of Paisley and elsewhere in the United Kingdom; further notes that the social norms approach is an evidence-based, data-driven and cost-effective method of achieving large-scale positive results in reducing high-risk drinking as well as other risky behaviours, and, accordingly, calls on the Scottish and UK governments to increase their engagement with and support for the social norms approach to public health and wellbeing issues.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper*

S3M-1536 Dr Richard Simpson: World Kidney Day—That the Parliament welcomes World Kidney Day on 13 March 2008; applauds the work of Kidney Research UK; commends the excellent work being done across Scotland in both kidney transplants and dialysis; calls on ministers to fully implement the recommendations of the Organ Donation Task Force’s report as soon as possible, and encourages members of the public to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register at

Supported by: Jack McConnell, Irene Oldfather

S3M-1535# Margaret Mitchell: Medtech—That the Parliament welcomes the contribution of the medical technology (medtech) sector to Scotland which is worth around £8.7 million and accounts for around 7,000 jobs; notes that the medical devices sector has been identified as one of the six key technology areas for the following five years by the Council for Science and Technology and that the market is worth $200 billion globally; welcomes the work of Lanarkshire-based Medical Devices in Scotland (MDIS) in providing advice and support for medtech businesses with issues such as regulation, procurement, trade shows and product development, as well as facilitating research and development projects worth over £8 million; further welcomes the fact that MDIS has generated an approximate nine-fold return on an investment of £949,064 provided by Scottish Enterprise since 2001; is therefore concerned that Scottish Enterprise’s funding for MDIS is due to cease as of 31 March 2008; considers that this may lead to a weakening of the sector’s position in Scotland at a time when other UK regions and the Republic of Ireland are aggressively targeting the sector, and therefore considers that all interested parties should work together to provide a solution guaranteeing the long-term financial support that the sector requires.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw, Murdo Fraser, Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, John Lamont, Ted Brocklebank, Hugh O’Donnell

S3M-1534 Joe FitzPatrick: Contribution of Pharma-Related Business Activity to the Scottish Economy—That the Parliament notes the recent report for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry Scotland by economics consultancy, EPA, which shows that pharma-related businesses contribute £860 million each year to the Scottish economy, are responsible for nearly £490 million in spending on goods and services, directly employ 8,000 people in Scotland and support 12,800 jobs; recognises that the sector plays a key role in the nation’s economy; commends the efforts of those who seek to win new investment for the sector in Scotland; recognises the need to attract talented individuals from home and abroad to pharma-related businesses, and considers that the Scottish Government should provide appropriate support for pharma-related businesses, their people and products.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Jackson Carlaw, Elaine Murray, Rob Gibson, Liam McArthur, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Gil Paterson

S3M-1533 Liam McArthur: Sanday Community School Wins Best Animation Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Sanday Community School on its success in winning the prize for Best Animation at the First Light Movies Awards 2008, with their production "Lights Out!", a short animated film following a group of seals’ quest to switch off the light of Start Point Lighthouse in Sanday; notes that the film was chosen by a panel of expert judges, including actors Kevin Spacey, Orlando Bloom, Alan Rickman and Stephen Fry, producer Nira Park and directors Sam Mendes, Gurinder Chadha and Michael Winterbottom, and believes that the school’s success is the result of the hard work of the school’s talented pupils and of the excellent leadership of its staff.

Supported by: Ross Finnie, Jamie McGrigor, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Stone, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Patricia Ferguson, Alison McInnes, Hugh O’Donnell, Mary Scanlon, Ken Macintosh, John Lamont, Robin Harper, Jim Hume, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson

S3M-1532 Brian Adam: Glencraft Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes with concern the continued financial difficulties of Aberdeen’s Glencraft and other Scottish workplaces specifically for blind and other disabled employees; calls on these five companies to consider amalgamation to form one viable, national company, as seen in a model English group called PLUSS; recognises the need for places of sheltered employment, and calls on the UK and Scottish governments and local authorities to work with the sheltered employment groups to find a viable solution.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1531 Alison McInnes: World Water Day—That the Parliament welcomes World Water Day on 22 March 2008; congratulates the excellent work carried out by WaterAid Scotland in helping the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education; commends WaterAid’s support for the End Water Poverty campaign urging the G8 to tackle the fundamental crisis in sanitation which is undermining development efforts; notes that currently 5,000 children die every day as a result of drinking dirty water, and therefore calls on the international community to take further action to ensure that access to safe water and sanitation is made available to all.

Supported by: Ross Finnie, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Patricia Ferguson, Nanette Milne, Elaine Murray, Robert Brown, Rob Gibson, Liam McArthur, Marlyn Glen, Bill Kidd, Jim Hume, Elizabeth Smith, Sarah Boyack, Sandra White, Jamie Stone, Patrick Harvie, Mike Rumbles, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Jim Tolson, Hugh O’Donnell, Trish Godman, Jamie Hepburn, Christine Grahame, Hugh Henry, Mike Pringle, Roseanna Cunningham, Des McNulty, Jack McConnell, Irene Oldfather, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1530 Patrick Harvie: NHS Occupational Health Services—That the Parliament notes with concern NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s decision to enter into negotiations with a private company with a view to contracting-out the provision of occupational health services for its own staff; further notes the anger of NHS occupational health therapists who would be forced to transfer their employment to the private sector, and questions whether such a move is the best way to achieving an effective and efficient service, given the risk of taking for granted the skills and dedication of health professionals and creating resentment among them.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Ross Finnie, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Karen Gillon, Christine Grahame, Des McNulty, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1529# Mary Scanlon: Elgin Bypass—That the Parliament supports the need for a bypass for the city of Elgin; recognises the efforts of Moray Council, Elgin Community Council, the Elgin Bypass Steering Group and many other individuals and groups who have campaigned for this bypass for many years; notes that 26,000 vehicles pass through Elgin on a daily basis; further notes that four successive ministers with responsibility for transport have visited Elgin since the formation of the Parliament, all of whom have been supportive of the proposal; notes that Moray is the base of many world-renowned companies that distribute their produce globally but feel restricted in Elgin where traffic slows considerably; also notes that the Moray 2020 strategy recognised that local transport links needed to be transformed in order to enhance the area and to attract inward investment, government dispersals and growing businesses, and notes the need for bypasses for other towns along the A96 corridor.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Margaret Mitchell, Bill Aitken, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart

S3M-1528 Jim Tolson: Fife Council’s Migrant Workers Survey—That the Parliament commends the decision of Fife Council to undertake the largest ever study into migrant workers in Scotland; acknowledges that almost 1,000 workers took part in the survey which was carried out to try to improve services for the growing migrant community; notes that half of migrants in Fife either had a degree or undergraduate qualification, but over 70% of them did not use these skills in their current jobs, and calls on the Scottish Government to conduct a national study to ensure that migrants across Scotland are using their skills to their full potential.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Claire Baker, Rob Gibson, Robert Brown, Iain Smith, Mike Pringle, Jamie Stone, Liam McArthur, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Hume

S3M-1527 Stuart McMillan: FIFA President’s Olympic Football Team Comments—That the Parliament acknowledges FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s comments in the Sunday Herald on 9 March 2008 where he stated "When it comes to the Olympics there should be one team from one of the countries playing, and not a combination from all four" and that the inclusion of a UK football team in the 2012 Olympics would harm the four British football associations; believes that such a team would threaten the status of Scotland as an independent football nation; recognises the respective supporters’ associations and federations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England are opposed to a UK team, and calls on the British Olympic Association to abandon its campaign to force the four UK football associations to amalgamate for the 2012 Olympics.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Christine Grahame, Keith Brown, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson, Gil Paterson

S3M-1526 Derek Brownlee: Queen of the South—That the Parliament congratulates Queen of the South Football Club on reaching the semi-final of the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1950; notes that the team became full-time only last year; praises the club management and the entire squad on the progress that the team has made in the competition, and wishes the club continued success in the future.

Supported by: Elaine Murray, Nanette Milne, James Kelly, Alasdair Allan, Murdo Fraser, Patricia Ferguson, John Lamont, Robin Harper, Karen Gillon, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Ted Brocklebank, Sandra White, Jim Hume, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson

S3M-1525 Gavin Brown: Scotland’s Rugby Team - Calcutta Cup Winners—That the Parliament sends its congratulations to the Scottish rugby team on winning the Calcutta Cup by 15 points to nine against England; believes that this result shows a remarkable team spirit against a side that was in the rugby world cup final, and wishes the team every success in its remaining fixture versus Italy.

Supported by: Derek Brownlee, James Kelly, Margaret Mitchell, Alasdair Allan, Nanette Milne, Patricia Ferguson, Murdo Fraser, John Lamont, Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Karen Gillon, Bob Doris, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Ted Brocklebank, Jackie Baillie, John Park, Sandra White, Tavish Scott, Jim Hume, Jamie Hepburn, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, Roseanna Cunningham, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson

S3M-1524.1 Iain Gray: Water and Sewerage Rates Relief for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1524) in the name of Jim Tolson, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "recognises that the previous Labour-led administration introduced this exemption because it was the right thing to do; supports the campaign by churches and voluntary organisations to continue this exemption; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure the continuation and simplification of this scheme, and hopes that the Scottish Government will extend this scheme to newly built properties and further ensure that an exemption is available to new and old village halls, churches, charities and local organisations."

Supported by: John Park, Cathy Peattie, Marlyn Glen, Karen Gillon, Elaine Murray, Pauline McNeill, Bill Butler, Malcolm Chisholm, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathie Craigie, George Foulkes, Charlie Gordon, Rhona Brankin, Dr Richard Simpson, David Whitton*, Patricia Ferguson*, Claire Baker*, Des McNulty*, Helen Eadie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Trish Godman*, Andy Kerr*, Sarah Boyack*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-1520.1 Murdo Fraser: Cuba—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1520) in the name of Elaine Smith, leave out from first "and wishes him" to end and insert "notes that, according to Human Rights Watch, Castro repressed nearly all forms of political dissent, enforced political conformity using criminal prosecutions, long and short-term detentions, mob harassment, police warnings, surveillance, house arrests, travel restrictions and politically-motivated dismissals from employment and that the end result is that Cubans are systematically denied basic rights to free expression, association, assembly, privacy, movement and due process of law; further notes that the Cuban Government forbids Cubans from leaving or returning to Cuba without first obtaining official permission and that it frequently bars citizens from taking their children with them overseas, essentially holding the children hostage to guarantee the parents’ return; recalls with sadness the events of 1994 when a tugboat packed with Cubans fleeing their homeland was intercepted by Cuban Navy patrol boats, resulting in the deaths of 41 men, women and children after being swept off the tug’s deck with high-pressure water hoses; further recalls with sadness the events of 2003 when the Cuban Government arrested dozens of journalists, librarians and human rights activists who were given very lengthy prison sentences following closed-door trials branded as hasty and manifestly unfair by Amnesty International; notes that in July 2005 the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a respected local human rights group, issued a list of 306 prisoners who it said were incarcerated for political reasons, and therefore, in light of Mr Castro’s appalling record of political repression, warmly welcomes his retirement from public office and looks forward to the day when the Cuban people can throw off the shackles of Marxist oppression and enjoy life in the free world."

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell, Elizabeth Smith, Patrick Harvie, Nanette Milne, Alex Johnstone, Jackson Carlaw, John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor

S3M-1501.1 Bob Doris: Olympic Games Training Camps—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1501) in the name of Dr Richard Simpson, leave out from "and calls on" to end and insert "supports the SNP government’s consultation document on the legacy from the Commonwealth Games which also explores how Scotland could benefit from the 2012 London Olympics; condemns the direct cash loss to Scottish grassroots sports and community groups of £150 million as a result UK parties reallocating money from the Big Lottery Fund to the London Olympics, and hopes that the £150 million can be retrieved from the Big Lottery Fund to help achieve a lasting legacy for both Glasgow and Scotland."

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Ian McKee, Brian Adam, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Gil Paterson

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, Margaret Mitchell, John Wilson, Karen Gillon, Bill Butler, Cathy Peattie, John Park, Hugh Henry, Sandra White*, Cathie Craigie*, Helen Eadie*, Marlyn Glen*, Rob Gibson*, Pauline McNeill*, Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Des McNulty*

*S3M-1446.1 Karen Whitefield: General Education Department at Coatbridge College—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1446) in the name of Elaine Smith, insert at end "and expresses its disappointment at the recent letter by the First Minister to Elaine Smith MSP, in which he states that he finds it hard to conclude that the board is not delivering for students and that he is unable to give a commitment to intervene to prevent the closure of the General Education Department."

Supported by: Elaine Smith*

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, Keith Brown, Angela Constance, John Park, Dave Thompson

S3M-1174# Patricia Ferguson: Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight—That the Parliament recognises the ongoing efforts of individuals and organisations working to promote and raise awareness of fair trade in Scotland, welcomes the steady increase in the number of schools, colleges, church groups, towns and cities across Scotland who now have Fairtrade status; acknowledges the important contribution made by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum in the work to help Scotland achieve Fairtrade nation status, notes that Fairtrade Fortnight will take place from 24 February to 9 March 2008, and looks forward to marking this at an event in the Parliament on the evening of Thursday 28 February.

Supported by: James Kelly, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, Marlyn Glen, Paul Martin, Bill Butler, Christine Grahame, Marilyn Livingstone, Bill Kidd, Karen Gillon, Pauline McNeill, Kenneth Gibson, David Stewart, Roseanna Cunningham, Joe FitzPatrick, Rhona Brankin, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Elaine Murray, Alasdair Allan, Malcolm Chisholm, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Karen Whitefield, Michael McMahon, Elaine Smith, Ross Finnie, Liam McArthur, Ken Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Cathy Jamieson, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Iain Gray, Tavish Scott, Jack McConnell, Brian Adam, Angela Constance, Hugh O’Donnell, Irene Oldfather, Robert Brown, Claire Baker, Des McNulty, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, Mr Frank McAveety, George Foulkes, John Park, Jamie Stone, Rhoda Grant, Hugh Henry, Peter Peacock, Gil Paterson, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1523 The Plight of Burma’s Children (lodged on 7 March 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1520 Cuba (lodged on 7 March 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1519 Children’s Right to Play (lodged on 7 March 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1516 Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (lodged on 7 March 2008) Elaine Smith*

S3M-1504 Scottish Society for Autism: 40 Years Serving Scotland (lodged on 6 March 2008) Bill Wilson*, Cathie Craigie*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1497.1 National Minimum Wage (lodged on 7 March 2008) Cathie Craigie*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1449 Removal of Wardens from Sheltered Housing Complexes (lodged on 28 February 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-1414 Think Differently About Autism - I Exist (lodged on 25 February 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1250 Scotland’s Community Councils (lodged on 29 January 2008) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

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