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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site at Current Motions

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1622 Iain Gray: Home-Start East Lothian—That the Parliament congratulates Home-Start East Lothian for its successful bid for a £303,600 Supporting 21st Century Life grant from the Big Lottery Fund; notes that the expansion of the family support project funded by the grant will work to increase the confidence, self-esteem and life skills of vulnerable parents with at least one child under five; welcomes the expansion of the project which will provide families with suitably matched volunteer befrienders who will make weekly visits offering appropriate encouragement, life coping skills and parenting strategies, and wishes the project every success for the future.

*S3M-1621 Nicola Sturgeon: Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to bring infection rates down by investing £54 million to support a far more intensive and targeted three-year programme of healthcare associated infection (HAI) work from 1 April 2008; believes that the Scottish Government is right to introduce a one-year pilot MRSA screening programme to shape a planned, structured and deliverable national screening programme from 2009-10; welcomes the links that will be established between the Patient Safety and Patient Experience programmes and the HAI agenda to bring about a coherency of approach in the way that NHSScotland delivers its service to patients; welcomes the Scottish Government’s continuation of the multi-agency HAI Task Force, and agrees with the challenging target that the Scottish Government has set for all staff of NHS boards to achieve at least 90% hand hygiene compliance by November 2008.

Supported by: Shona Robison*

*S3M-1620 Margaret Mitchell: Clydesdale Bank Selection of Help the Hospices as their New Charity Partner—That the Parliament welcomes the decision made by Clydesdale Bank to select Help the Hospices, the hospice movement’s national charity, as its new charity partner; notes that Help the Hospices supports over 240 local hospices in their important frontline work in caring for people who are faced with terminal illness and death; recognises that the majority of hospice care is provided by local independent charities that work and are based in local communities; notes that around 100,000 volunteers work in UK hospices, recognises the hard work and commitment of all people who are involved in the work of hospices; congratulates the Clydesdale Bank on its decision to encourage its employees to participate in local volunteering and fundraising activities, and highlights the superb service, support and care provided for patients and their families by St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, Strathcarron Hospice in Denny and all other hospices across Scotland.

*S3M-1619 Christine Grahame: Gurkhas’ First-Class Service, MOD’s Second-Class Treatment—That the Parliament notes the campaign by the former Gurkhas to seek parity in pension and residency rights for those troops from the Brigade who served and fought as part of the British Army before 1997; recognises the bravery and distinction which the Gurkhas have demonstrated throughout their service, often in the frontline of many of the bloodiest conflicts in the world, and condemns the attitude of the Ministry of Defence and the UK Government in failing to honour these brave fighters by treating them as second-class troops, despite the first-class service that they have given over a period of 200 years.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Andrew Welsh*, Brian Adam*, Mike Pringle*, Christina McKelvie*, Alex Neil*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*

*S3M-1618 Alasdair Allan: Nuclear Non-Proliferation—That the Parliament notes the statement on a National Security Strategy by the Prime Minister to the House of Commons on 19 March 2008 in which he stated his desire to achieve "after 2010 a more robust implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with the aim of accelerating disarmament among possessor states, preventing proliferation and ultimately freeing the world from nuclear weapons"; condemns the contradictory nature of this statement while the UK Government is continuing to press ahead with its plans to replace the trident nuclear missile system, and calls on the UK Government to send a major signal to the review talks of 2010 by abandoning this plan as an encouragement to all nuclear states to disarm.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Sandra White*, Christina McKelvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*, Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Gil Paterson*

*S3M-1617 Dr Richard Simpson: Help the Hospices—That the Parliament congratulates Clydesdale Bank, its staff and customers on raising over £500,000 in three years for the British Heart Foundation and welcomes its selection of its new charity partner, Help the Hospices, the hospice movement’s national charity which helps local hospices rooted in the communities that they serve.

Supported by: David McLetchie*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Alasdair Allan*, Derek Brownlee*, Hugh Henry*, Liam McArthur*, Jamie McGrigor*, David Whitton*, John Park*, Andy Kerr*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mary Mulligan*, Stuart McMillan*, Trish Godman*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Cathy Peattie*, Bob Doris*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*, Mary Scanlon*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-1616 Dr Richard Simpson: Specialist Doctors’ Contract—That the Parliament recognises the substantial contribution of specialist staff and associate specialist (SAS) doctors to the NHS in Scotland, making up 6% of all hospital medical specialties, including 39% of the medical workforce in accident and emergency departments, 12% in anaesthetics, 15% of all surgical specialties and 25% of psychiatric specialties; notes that 55% of SAS doctors are women, and welcomes the agreement for a new UK contract and specific Scottish implementation arrangements voted for by 79% of Scottish SAS doctors.

Supported by: Richard Baker*, Jackson Carlaw*, Des McNulty*, Iain Gray*, David Whitton*, Trish Godman*, Brian Adam*, Mary Mulligan*, Cathy Peattie*

*S3M-1615 Robin Harper: Royal Scottish Academy Schools Art Competition—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Scottish Academy, its Friends and sponsors for the inspiration provided by their work organising competitions, providing scholarships and producing teachers packs drawing on their own permanent collection as a resource; acknowledges the huge contribution that this work makes to encouraging the careers and development of Scotland’s aspiring young artists, and praises all of the young students whose work has been on display in the lobby of the Parliament and the art departments in the schools that have nurtured their talents.

S3M-1614 Nicol Stephen: Fifth Anniversary of the Start of the Iraq War—That the Parliament observes that Thursday 20 March 2008 is the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war; expresses its sympathy for the families and friends of the 174 British troops, over 4,000 troops from other countries and over 80,000 civilians who have been killed in the war so far; regrets that the war has involved the expenditure of £6.5 billion of taxpayers’ money; notes that the war was entered into on the basis of poor intelligence and insufficient planning and that the reasoning of Her Majesty’s Government in deciding to enter the war is still not known, and therefore calls for a full public inquiry to help to ensure that British forces are not involved in such ill-conceived campaigns in the future.

Supported by: Iain Smith, Liam McArthur, Mike Rumbles, Ross Finnie, Robert Brown, Alison McInnes, Margaret Smith, Jim Tolson, Mike Pringle, Jim Hume, Hugh O’Donnell, Jeremy Purvis, Jamie Stone, John Farquhar Munro, Tavish Scott, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bashir Ahmad*, Stuart McMillan*, Elaine Smith*, Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Christina McKelvie*, Dave Thompson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Nigel Don*, Sandra White*

S3M-1613 Irene Oldfather: Parliamentary Launch of Designing Lighting for People with Dementia—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Designing Lighting for People with Dementia, a new pamphlet which demonstrates how appropriate use of lighting can significantly help people with dementia to understand their environment; acknowledges the importance of research into dementia which can provide improved levels of support and treatment for suffers and allow carers to better manage the condition; congratulates those involved, including the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, the Institute of Lighting Engineers and Vision Call, on the collaborative work which allowed the launch to take place in the Parliament on 20 March 2008, and agrees that studies such as this will help to ensure that Scotland is prepared for the estimated increase in the number of people with dementia over the course of the next 30 years.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1612 Roseanna Cunningham: Scottish Campaign for Cardiac Rehabilitation—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Campaign for Cardiac Rehabilitation, led by British Heart Foundation Scotland and Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland; supports the campaign’s aim for all patients to have access to a high-quality cardiac rehabilitation programme; notes that cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to reduce the chances of dying of heart disease by up to a third and is very cost effective in comparison to other treatments; is aware that, although cardiac rehabilitation is provided for up to 60% of people who have had heart attacks or heart bypass operations, access is still limited amongst many groups, including women and people in deprived or remote and rural communities; is concerned that for certain other heart conditions, such as chronic angina and heart failure, the level of provision of cardiac rehabilitation for patients is very low; believes that, with at least 190,000 people in Scotland already living with significant heart disease, a robust and well-resourced national approach to cardiac rehabilitation is essential to allow our health service to cope with increasing numbers of people living with heart conditions in the future, and urges the Scottish Government and NHSScotland to ensure that the campaign’s policy calls are implemented in full.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Hugh Henry*, Willie Coffey*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ken Macintosh*, Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Jack McConnell*, Mike Pringle*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ross Finnie*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1611# Johann Lamont: Congratulations to the Bullwood Project—That the Parliament applauds the ambition, energy, tenacity and vision of the Bullwood Project, a self-help group based in the Pollok parliamentary constituency; notes the creativity and environmental benefits of its work and that it is working towards being a self-sustaining social enterprise; supports social enterprises which make a real difference in our communities; applauds particularly the Bullwood Project’s contribution to Scotland Week in New York in producing the largest caber in the world; congratulates the project on being invited by the Tartan Day Parade Committee to march in the parade on 5 April 2008, and believes that this caber is an imaginative way of communicating Scotland’s message of friendship and humanity to all those who will participate in the Scotland Week celebration and will see the caber as it is exhibited in the USA.

Supported by: Alex Neil*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*, Cathy Peattie*, Mary Mulligan*, Patricia Ferguson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Elaine Smith*, Iain Gray*, Gil Paterson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jack McConnell*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1610# Alison McInnes: Young Drivers - Reducing the Death Toll—That the Parliament notes with concern that one in three fatal road accidents in Scotland last year involved young people under the age of 25 and that three quarters of those crashes happened on rural roads; notes that this is particularly true in the Grampian region where 40% of fatalities were young drivers and so welcomes The Press and Journal’s Young Driver of the Year competition; further welcomes the competition entrants’ innovative recommendations on how the death toll on the roads could be reduced, and considers that all these recommendations should be examined in detail to see which proposals could be taken forward to improve the safety of young drivers in Scotland.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Mike Pringle, Jim Tolson, Kenneth Gibson, Elizabeth Smith, Mike Rumbles, Sandra White, Jim Hume, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn*, Des McNulty*, Elaine Smith*, Cathy Peattie*, Gil Paterson*, Marlyn Glen*, Bob Doris*, Trish Godman*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Claire Baker*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1609 Bill Wilson: Reducing Smoking in Young People: The Social Norms Approach—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement of an additional £3 million a year to support a new action plan on smoking; notes the continued development of a network of smoking cessation services across Scotland and the NHS Lothian project offering confidential guidance for 12 to 15-year-olds in schools, and urges the NHS and the Scottish Government not to overlook the highly effective social norms approach in their efforts to reduce smoking in youngsters.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Robin Harper*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*, Alex Neil*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1608 Stuart McMillan: New Sponsorship Deal for Scotland’s Under-21 Footballers—That the Parliament welcomes the recent news that the Scottish under-21 football team will be sponsored by the Scottish Government through the CashBack for Communities scheme; notes that the current sponsor, Tennent’s, has agreed to donate its sponsorship rights for the under-21 team to the scheme, which uses the proceeds of crime to make a positive difference to the lives of young people throughout Scotland; believes that the new sponsorship deal will help drive awareness of the scheme among young people; also notes that the deal will see the CashBack for Communities scheme promoted on the training kit of the Scotland men’s under-21 team as well as through trackside advertising at all home games, editorial and advertising in match programmes and access to the players for CashBack-related media opportunities, and further notes that the deal will also include 300 free tickets for each under-21 home game, to be used for competitions.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn*, John Park*, Christina McKelvie*, Alex Neil*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1607 Alison McInnes: Congratulations to Conor McKay—That the Parliament commends members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) for their ongoing work; endorses the SYP’s belief that "young people in Scotland have the right to have their views listened to and acted upon"; notes the hard work and enthusiasm of Conor McKay, MSYP for Gordon, and congratulates him on winning the Member of the Year award.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Joe FitzPatrick, Jim Tolson, Hugh O’Donnell, Stuart McMillan, Claire Baker, Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Nigel Don, Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Nicol Stephen, Mike Pringle, Robert Brown, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1606 Robin Harper: Sparrowhawk Relocation—That the Parliament is aware that the Scottish Government is in the process of considering whether to issue a licence to the Scottish Homing Union for a trial project to translocate sparrowhawks at 15 racing pigeon lofts in central Scotland, ostensibly to test whether this measure protects racing pigeons from predation; expresses concern that the trial itself may not be lawful and that, regardless of this, any resulting licensed removal or killing of sparrowhawks may not be legal under Scottish legislation, including under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004; notes recent research which shows that sparrowhawks take less than 1% of released racing pigeons annually and considers that, although this predation may be very distressing when witnessed, it is a negligible threat to the interests of pigeon fanciers; further notes research which shows that most racing pigeons that go missing are not killed by sparrowhawks and other birds of prey but stray off course or are lost to bad weather; believes, therefore, that there is no scientific justification for suggesting that the killing or removal of sparrowhawks is an appropriate or proportionate response to this issue and, while sympathising with those whose pigeons may have been affected by sparrowhawks, calls on the Scottish Government to recognise that this interest should be safeguarded by loft-based protective measures only and should not be given priority ahead of the United Kingdom’s international responsibility to protect its raptor populations.

*S3M-1606.1 Alex Neil: Sparrowhawk Relocation—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1606) in the name of Robin Harper, leave out from "ostensibly" to end and insert "welcomes this long overdue initiative aimed at dealing humanely with the problem of the predation of homing pigeons by sparrow hawks at their lofts; recognises that relocation will only proceed on the basis of appropriate licences being issued by the relevant authorities; totally condemns the scaremongering and misinformation being visited on this project, and calls on the Scottish Government to proceed with their balanced approach to this problem without fear or favour."

S3M-1605 Robin Harper: GM Crops—That the Parliament welcomes the proposals by the Welsh Assembly Government to make producers of genetically modified (GM) crops fully liable for any damage that these crops cause; believes that this policy will in effect amount to a complete ban on the planting of GM crops because of the significant scientific uncertainty about the associated risks; notes the support that this move has received from the Farmers Union of Wales as well as from RSPB and other environmental organisations; further notes the decision by Scottish Ministers to continue with a moratorium on the planting of GM crops, and calls on Scottish Ministers to go further and adopt the same type of full liability approach proposed in Wales.

S3M-1604 Jamie Hepburn: ExxonMobil and Venezuelan Oil Assets—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the High Court in London to suspend an earlier court order that froze US $12 billion (£6 billion) of the assets of Venezuela’s state oil firm, PDVSA; notes the comments of the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Kingdom, who said that ExxonMobil had been using courts outside Venezuela to conduct a "campaign of harassment against PDVSA around the world", and calls on all multi-national companies to respect the sovereign rights of countries to manage their natural resources as they see fit.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Dave Thompson, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1599 Bill Aitken: The Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2008—That the Parliament recommends that nothing further be done under the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standards Conditions) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/125).

S3M-1598 Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Mental Health (Cross-border Visits) (Scotland) Regulations 2008—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (Cross-border Visits) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Stewart Maxwell

S3M-1597 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Victim Notification Scheme (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Victim Notification Scheme (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1596# Mary Mulligan: Yes to Bathgate Business Improvement District—That the Parliament notes the hugely successful outcome of the ballot to establish the first Business Improvement District (BID) in Scotland in Bathgate, West Lothian; further notes that out of 205 votes cast by local businesses, 190 were in support of the BID proposals and congratulates the BID steering group chairperson, Sam Crawford, his implementation group colleagues, Amanda Finlayson and Pat Kerr, and all others involved in developing the Bathgate BID on their amazing success; acknowledges that the ballot result is an overwhelming endorsement by the business community of the BID concept, and hopes other Scottish towns may follow in Bathgate’s footsteps.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Patricia Ferguson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Tolson*, Cathy Peattie*, Iain Gray*, Hugh Henry*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1595 Bill Wilson: The Prime Minister, Tibet and China—That the Parliament believes that the Prime Minister should meet the Dalai Lama before the Beijing Olympics.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Dave Thompson, Christopher Harvie, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Mike Pringle

S3M-1594 Irene Oldfather: Congratulations to Towerlands Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates Towerlands Primary School in Cunninghame South for achieving a First Eco Schools Green Flag award which recognises schools that are committed to the highest standards of environmental education and management; commends the hard work and dedication of staff and pupils in working towards making their school fully sustainable; notes that global warming is the single biggest threat facing the planet, and therefore agrees that if raising awareness of environmental issues is undertaken at an early age, children will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet future challenges.

S3M-1593 John Scott: Support for an Armed Forces Day—That the Parliament welcomes the campaign for the UK Government to establish an official day to honour British soldiers, sailors, airmen and women on active service; believes that such an official day would offer an opportunity to recognise the bravery and dedication of our armed forces; notes the result of a recent opinion poll recording 77% public approval for the creation of an official day of recognition for the armed services, and calls on the UK Government to establish an annual armed forces day.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Jamie Stone, John Lamont, Kenneth Gibson, Jim Tolson, Bill Aitken, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Mike Pringle, Margaret Mitchell*, Murdo Fraser*, Gavin Brown*, Jackson Carlaw*, John Park*

S3M-1592 George Foulkes: Standing Up for Edinburgh’s Youngest and Poorest—That the Parliament expresses considerable concern at the decision of the SNP/Liberal Democrat-led City of Edinburgh Council to cut £300,000 from the Edinburgh Leisure budget, resulting in all but two crèches at city leisure facilities closing; believes that the provision of crèches is vital for some families with more than one child to enjoy council leisure facilities; considers that crèches provide a vital role in improving and promoting the health of young parents and are particularly important to mothers suffering from post-natal depression, and further believes that these cuts to crèche facilities, combined with earlier cuts to full-time nursery places, cuts in hours of care in part-time nursery places, cuts to Sure Start funding in Edinburgh totalling £966,000, cuts of £850,000 to Community Learning and Development funds and substantial cuts to grants for local voluntary groups and organisations, including £357,000 being removed from the council’s previously acclaimed Youth Services, demonstrates that the youngest and poorest people across the city of Edinburgh are suffering at the hands of the SNP in power.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Karen Whitefield, Dr Richard Simpson, Marlyn Glen, Sarah Boyack, Andy Kerr, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, John Park, Iain Gray, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1591 Claire Baker: Congratulations to East Fife FC—That the Parliament congratulates East Fife Football Club for winning the Scottish Football League Championship Third Division; notes that it is the first senior football club in the whole of Britain to secure a league title this season; believes that this is great news for East Fife FC but also the wider Methil and Levenmouth community, and wishes the team every success in the Second Division next season.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, James Kelly, Ted Brocklebank, Sarah Boyack, Jamie McGrigor, Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, John Park, Jack McConnell, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-1590 Bashir Ahmad: Save the Curry Industry—That the Parliament notes the benefits of a points-based immigration system; however, recognises the difficulty placed on curry restaurants and takeaways, with the new scheme making it extremely difficult to recruit specialised, experienced curry chefs from the sub-continent; further recognises that the curry industry contributes £3.2 billion to the UK economy and this could be in serious danger if the current system is not modified, and urges the Scottish Government to make representations to the Home Office regarding this matter.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1589 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Asylum Application of Jojo Jako Yakob—That the Parliament welcomes the Scotland on Sunday campaign highlighting the case of Jojo Jako Yakob who fears persecution in his home country of Syria because of his sexual orientation; notes with grave concern the comments by a spokesperson at the Syrian Embassy in London in which homosexuality is described as a disease which Syria sought to treat, and calls on the UK Government to impose a moratorium on the deportation of gay and lesbian asylum seekers, who fear that they will be persecuted in their home countries, until government policy on this matter can be fully reviewed.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Bashir Ahmad, Robert Brown, Elaine Smith, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Iain Smith, Robin Harper, Christopher Harvie, Dave Thompson, Alison McInnes, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-1588 Margaret Smith: Lions Clubs International in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the 90th anniversary of Lions Clubs International and the 40th anniversary of the City of Edinburgh Lions Club; notes that it is a part of one of the world’s largest service organisations, active in community service locally, nationally and internationally in 200 countries across the globe, and recognises the part that Lions Clubs International plays within the United Nations and UNICEF, including its Sightfirst II project to help those with sight problems throughout the world and also incorporating its Recycle for Sight project which aims to eradicate river blindness through redistributing used spectacles in Africa and Asia.

Supported by: Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh O’Donnell, Ross Finnie, Mike Rumbles, Jim Hume, Alison McInnes, Jackie Baillie, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson

S3M-1587 Mike Pringle: Parliament Deplores the Chinese Government’s Suppression of Tibet—That the Parliament deplores the Chinese Government’s violent suppression of recent democratic protests by the people of Tibet, which has been controlled by the Chinese Government since a military assault in 1950; commends calls by the Dalai Lama for an international fact-finding mission to be sent to Tibet to investigate the causes of the protests and the actual situation in Tibet under Chinese rule, and reminds China, as host of the 2008 Olympic Games, that it should look to improve human rights and religious freedom in Tibet.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Tavish Scott, Robert Brown, Elaine Smith, Ross Finnie, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Jim Hume, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Trish Godman, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Alasdair Allan, Dave Thompson, Alex Neil, Margaret Mitchell, Hugh Henry, Richard Baker, Robin Harper, Margaret Smith, Stuart McMillan, Christopher Harvie, Nigel Don, Rob Gibson, Margo MacDonald, Iain Smith, Alison McInnes, Mike Rumbles, Nicol Stephen, Jim Tolson, Jamie Stone, John Farquhar Munro, Liam McArthur, Malcolm Chisholm*, Cathy Peattie*, Jeremy Purvis*, Iain Gray*

S3M-1586 Tricia Marwick: East Fife FC - Congratulations—That the Parliament congratulates East Fife Football Club for winning promotion to the Second Division; notes that it is the first team in Britain to achieve promotion in season 2007-08, and applauds the efforts of the players, management and coaches for this magnificent achievement which has brought such joy to the people of the Methil area who look forward to further success next season.

Supported by: Ted Brocklebank, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie McGrigor, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, David McLetchie, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Keith Brown, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson

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-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, Dave Thompson, Peter Peacock, Alison McInnes

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

Supported by: Ian McKee

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

Supported by: James Kelly, Ken Macintosh, Des McNulty, John Park, Helen Eadie, Robert Brown, Rhona Brankin, Hugh O’Donnell, Iain Gray, Patricia Ferguson, Patrick Harvie, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Bill Aitken, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Charlie Gordon, Cathie Craigie, David Whitton, Tom McCabe, Johann Lamont, Jack McConnell, Robin Harper

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1580 Fenwick Weavers’ Society and the Co-operative Model (lodged on 14 March 2008) Brian Adam*, Margaret Mitchell*, Elaine Smith*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1578 Heriot-Watt University (lodged on 14 March 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1572 Dignity and Integrity for All (lodged on 13 March 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1569 Parliamentary Scrutiny of Local Income Tax (lodged on 13 March 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1568 West Dunbartonshire Council for Voluntary Service (lodged on 13 March 2008) Elaine Smith*

S3M-1567# A Call for Better Epilepsy Care (lodged on 13 March 2008) George Foulkes*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1566 Scotch Whisky (lodged on 13 March 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1565 Un-Christian Remarks of Bishop Devine (lodged on 13 March 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-1563 Homophobia Has No Place in Scottish Society (lodged on 13 March 2008) Bill Aitken*

S3M-1561 Congratulations to Castlemilk Stables Project (lodged on 13 March 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-1559 Young Gypsy/Travellers Raising Awareness in the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 13 March 2008) Richard Baker*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1557 Water Rates Relief Campaign (lodged on 13 March 2008) Tricia Marwick*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1556 Hugh Brown (lodged on 12 March 2008) Margaret Curran*, Ross Finnie*, Bill Butler*, George Foulkes*, Sarah Boyack*, Iain Gray*, Elaine Smith*, Claire Baker*, Cathy Jamieson*, David Whitton*, John Park*, Andy Kerr*, Cathie Craigie*, Trish Godman*, Cathy Peattie*, Mary Mulligan*, Gil Paterson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Patrick Harvie*, Sandra White*

S3M-1554 Diabetes Services in Scotland (lodged on 12 March 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1553 Future Funding of Scottish Ballet (lodged on 12 March 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1552 Anti-Semitic Blogging in National Newspapers (lodged on 12 March 2008) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1533 Sanday Community School Wins Best Animation Award (lodged on 10 March 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1531 World Water Day (lodged on 10 March 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1524 Water and Sewerage Rates Relief for Charitable and Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 7 March 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1500 Congratulations to Moray Council on Addiction and Children 1st (lodged on 6 March 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1475 Solidarity with Shelter Workers (lodged on 4 March 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-1469 West Dunbartonshire Youth Services (lodged on 3 March 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1466 Marie Curie Daffodils (lodged on 29 February 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1446.1 General Education Department at Coatbridge College (lodged on 14 March 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Karen Gillon*, Cathy Peattie*, Bill Butler*

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

S3M-1437 Tackling Sectarianism (lodged on 27 February 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1376 Kibble (lodged on 19 February 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1303 Caldervale Success in Make Your Mark Challenge (lodged on 5 February 2008) Hugh Henry*, Claire Baker*, Alex Neil*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*

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