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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 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-1662 Bashir Ahmad: Welcome Return of Direct Flights Between Scotland and Pakistan—That the Parliament welcomes the resumption of twice weekly direct flights between Scotland and Pakistan; notes that the service will be incredibly valuable to thousands of Scots and Pakistanis who often travel between the two countries; congratulates Pakistan International Airlines and Glasgow Airport for working together to bring back this important service to Glasgow; believes that the resumption of flights is an indicator of the stabilising situation in Pakistan, and hopes that this exchange will enhance local businesses and economies in both countries.

*S3M-1661 Jamie Hepburn: Zimbabwe Vigil in Glasgow—That the Parliament sends its support to the organisers of a regular vigil in Glasgow to protest against human rights abuses in Zimbabwe; regrets the continuing food shortages, monetary crisis and political instability in Zimbabwe, ahead of national elections on 29 March 2008, and believes that people across Scotland should show support for the vigil as a means of showing solidarity with people in Zimbabwe and expressing desire for a peaceful and democratic end to the crisis.

*S3M-1660♦ Nanette Milne: Alternative and Augmentative Communication—That the Parliament expresses concern following the findings by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Capability Scotland and Augmentative Communication in Practice whose recent survey of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) equipment and speech and language therapy support provision in Scotland revealed that eight out of 15 NHS boards, including NHS Grampian, are providing a poor service; notes that only 16% of potential beneficiaries are accessing specialist AAC services in Scotland and that AAC provision is a postcode, age, advocacy and impairment lottery, and considers that an AAC strategy for Scotland should be developed and implemented to provide for a national standard of specialist speech and language therapy provision.

*S3M-1659 George Foulkes: Look OK...Feel Crap?—That the Parliament supports the Look OK…Feel Crap? campaign piloted across the Lothians in order to reverse the suicide rate among young adults in that region; recognises that the campaign’s website has helped thousands of young people to deal with depression which is often an underground and life-threatening illness by giving ongoing support and information provision, and believes that the 47% increase in inquiries from clients and carers is an illustration that this campaign is saving lives.

S3M-1658 Lewis Macdonald: Forensic Science Laboratory in Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes with concern that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice is currently considering plans to close the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen; recognises the vital role that forensic scientists and fingerprint staff play in working with police officers in Grampian in tackling crime; notes in particular that forensic scientists working exclusively on volume crime in partnership with officers in Grampian are increasing detection rates on offences such as housebreaking, car crime and vandalism; believes that such progress would be jeopardised by the proposed closure of the Aberdeen forensic science laboratory, and calls on Scottish Ministers to consult the public in Grampian and the Highlands and Islands on the future of the service before reaching any decision to close the Aberdeen forensic science laboratory.

S3M-1657 Rob Gibson: European Maritime Day—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of an annual European Maritime Day to be instituted on 20 May 2008 to celebrate Europe’s maritime heritage and marine-related issues; further recognises the vital role that the marine environment plays in the past, present and future of Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to help mark the day with events to highlights its importance.

S3M-1656 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to East Ayrshire Council—That the Parliament congratulates East Ayrshire Council for its achievements in the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning for 2007, including achieving the overall winner’s place for the Kilmarnock Conservation Area Maintenance Guide, described as an innovative regeneration and conservation project.

S3M-1655 Nanette Milne: Congratulations to Inverurie Teacher Juliet Robertson on her Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship Award—That the Parliament congratulates Inverurie teacher, Juliet Robertson, on being awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship; notes that, as part of the fellowship, Juliet will visit Chicago, Toronto and Seattle to find out how outdoor centres, schools and other organisations undertake outdoor technology projects with primary aged children; further notes that Juliet will explore the potential of forest schools and non-government organisations in relation to outdoor technology in order to create a free downloadable teaching pack to support primary teachers in undertaking a range of technology projects outdoors as part of the new Curriculum for Excellence guidelines, and further notes that the Winston Churchill Trust operates the fellowships as a living memorial to Sir Winston Churchill, with approximately 100 awards being made annually and an average duration abroad of four to eight weeks, and that it enables UK citizens from all walks of life to acquire knowledge overseas to benefit community and country.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Margaret Mitchell*, John Lamont*, Bashir Ahmad*, Mary Scanlon*, Murdo Fraser*, Ted Brocklebank*, Bill Aitken*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-1654 Kenny MacAskill: Statute Law (Repeals) Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Statute Law (Repeals) Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 27 February 2008, relating to Statute Law Repeal, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

*S3M-1653# Shirley-Anne Somerville: World Heritage Day—That the Parliament welcomes World Heritage Day on 18 April 2008 as a celebration of the 851 locations across the globe which have become World Heritage sites and as an opportunity to raise public awareness concerning the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it; notes that the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are one of four World Heritage sites in Scotland and have been one since 1995; celebrates the role that Edinburgh’s status as a World Heritage site has played in bringing tourism to the capital, and invites residents and tourists to celebrate World Heritage Day in Edinburgh by visiting sites of historic interest in the city.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1652# Bill Butler: Racism in Football—That the Parliament congratulates Show Racism the Red Card on the success both of its 2008 Schools’ Art Competition and its unique employment of football to convey messages of tolerance and citizenship in schools and communities throughout Scotland; welcomes its development of educational resources which contribute greatly towards helping young people to gain a greater understanding of different cultures in our society; notes that during the course of the current season there have been several cases of players being racially abused, at all levels of the game, and others being targeted for abuse owing to their decision to play international football for countries other than Scotland; acknowledges the contribution made down the years both to the national team and to club sides by players born outside Scotland and, whilst welcoming the increased efforts being made by governing bodies, players, clubs, supporters trusts and educational initiatives to tackle racism, accepts that there is still a great deal of work to be done to remove this ugly stain from "the beautiful game".

Supported by: John Park, Johann Lamont, David Whitton, David Stewart, Rob Gibson, Mr Frank McAveety, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Aileen Campbell, Richard Baker, Jackie Baillie, Sandra White, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Smith, Marlyn Glen, Ken Macintosh, Dave Thompson, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Mulligan, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Liam McArthur, Christine Grahame, Michael McMahon, Roseanna Cunningham, Sarah Boyack*, Jim Tolson*, Trish Godman*, Brian Adam*, Elaine Murray*, James Kelly*, Iain Gray*, Des McNulty*, Karen Gillon*, Bill Aitken*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1651# Alison McInnes: RNIB Scotland’s Right to Read Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the Right to Read campaign by RNIB Scotland for equal access to textbooks and other educational material for blind and visually impaired children; notes the excellent example of schools such as Craigiebarns Primary School in Dundee in ensuring that blind and visually impaired children are included in mainstream schooling; believes that a national transcription service should be established, building on the work done by RNIB, other organisations and local councils; acknowledges that such a service could also be of use to other children with additional support needs, and so believes that prompt action is needed to move forward with this agenda.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Cathy Peattie, David Stewart, Ken Macintosh, Hugh O’Donnell, Mary Mulligan, Gil Paterson, Mike Pringle, Mike Rumbles, Bashir Ahmad, Marlyn Glen, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Trish Godman, Liam McArthur, Elaine Smith, Jim Hume, Jim Tolson, Robert Brown, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Robin Harper, John Park*

S3M-1650# Jamie Hepburn: Cumbernauld Bus Station—That the Parliament believes safe and accessible public transport has a key role to play in achieving sustainable economic growth in Scotland; recognises the importance of a modern and appropriate infrastructure to complement the public transport network; notes the dilapidated or non-existent state of bus station facilities in many areas of central Scotland, including the lack of a proper bus station in Cumbernauld town centre, and acknowledges the important role of transport authorities and operators in working together to provide and expedite safe, modern bus station facilities in Cumbernauld and elsewhere.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Christopher Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Robin Harper

S3M-1649 Bill Kidd: St Timothy’s Primary School, A Class Act—That the Parliament congratulates St Timothy’s School, Carntyne, Glasgow, on achieving the city’s best-ever inspection report for a primary school after receiving six "excellent" ratings from HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE); notes that, despite Carntyne being one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, St Timothy’s School has now been recognised as being among the best schools in the country; commends the great work done by staff, pupils and the local community, and believes that St Timothy’s serves as an example to all schools throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Margaret Curran, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Dave Thompson, Robert Brown, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Bashir Ahmad

S3M-1648 Robert Brown: Children’s Commissioner Report on Age of Leaving Care—That the Parliament welcomes the Sweet 16?: Age of Leaving Care in Scotland report produced by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland which was laid before the Parliament on 25 March 2008; recognises that young people in care are probably the most disadvantaged group in Scotland today; supports in particular the Commissioner’s recommendations that proper care should normally continue until the age of 18 with appropriate support thereafter and the need for a culture change to make this a reality; is appalled at the continued use in some areas of bed and breakfast accommodation or homeless hostels for young care-leavers; recognises the importance of the corporate parent concept of the local authority and the community more generally, and calls on the Scottish Government to act to take forward the recommendations on an urgent basis to ensure that young people leaving care are properly and appropriately supported in accordance with their wishes, needs and maturity, and in a way which gives a stable foundation for their future lives.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Peattie, David Stewart, Ken Macintosh, Jim Hume, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, John Park, Hugh Henry, Liam McArthur, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Mike Pringle*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1647 Sandra White: Scottish Labour MPs Fail to Represent Constituents’ Concerns—That the Parliament condemns the actions of Scottish Labour MPs in voting against an inquiry into the war on Iraq by an independent committee, particularly Glasgow MPs John Robertson, Ann McKechin and Mohammad Sarwar who despite voting against the Iraq war in 2003, voted on 25 March 2008 against holding an independent inquiry into the UK Government’s conduct in the run up to and during the war itself; believes that these MPs’ views do not represent the views of the Scottish people and therefore could be seen to constitute a dereliction of their duties in representing the interests of their constituents, and further believes this to be another example of disingenuous representation of their views by Glasgow Labour MPs, given their public declarations against the post office closures while voting with the UK Government to close post offices and their subsequent failure to vote to stop the closures.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris

S3M-1645# Karen Whitefield: Sweet 16?: The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the Sweet 16? report by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland into the age of leaving care; expresses concern that while law and policy strongly advise that young people should be encouraged and supported to stay in care until 18 years of age where their welfare requires it, and that some local authorities such as North Lanarkshire are making welcome progress in achieving that objective, Scottish Government statistics show that eight times as many young people leave care at 16 as leave at 18; notes that as a result many young people encounter problems with paying bills, alcohol and drugs, continuing education and homelessness; believes that this is unacceptable, and recognises the merits of the report’s recommendations to change the culture that assumes 16 as the age for leaving care so ensuring that in the future no young person feels pressurised to leave care before they are ready, that proper care until 18 is a right for all, that support continues to be available during the transition to independence, that the destinations and outcomes for young people leaving care are properly monitored and that all young people in care, in Airdrie and Shotts and across Scotland, receive the support, advice and information about their rights and options for the future that they require.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, David Whitton, Cathy Peattie, Ken Macintosh, Claire Baker, Patrick Harvie, John Park, Hugh Henry, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Murray, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Angela Constance, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh O’Donnell, Rhona Brankin, Robert Brown*

S3M-1644 Jamie Hepburn: Scottish Action Against Council Tax—That the Parliament welcomes the support of the Scottish Action Against Council Tax campaign for the Scottish Government’s consultation on local income tax; notes that the campaign believes that a local income tax Bill "should not be turned into a political football" and that "obstructing the introduction of a local income tax shows contempt for the wishes of the Scottish people", and calls on members from all parties to respect the campaign’s appeal "to all fair minded political parties and MSPs not to let Scotland down in this respect".

Supported by: Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Dave Thompson, Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White

S3M-1643# Tricia Marwick: Bevin Boys—That the Parliament welcomes the long overdue recognition by Her Majesty’s Government of the Bevin Boys for their role during the Second World War; appreciates the vital contribution that they made to the war effort in the pits of Fife and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, and expresses profound regret that this recognition comes 62 years after the war ended and that many of the Bevin Boys have not lived to see their sacrifices acknowledged.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Dave Thompson, Elaine Smith, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Tolson*, Bill Wilson*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1642 Keith Brown: United Nations World Autism Awareness Day—That the Parliament recognises the first UN World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April 2008; encourages the UK Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; supports fully the Convention’s commitments to combating prejudice and raising awareness of the capabilities and contributions of disabled people, including those with autism; further recognises that there is a lack of widespread awareness that autism affects one in 100 people in the United Kingdom; believes that all public, private and voluntary sector organisations should strive to serve the needs of people with autism; calls for greater understanding so that people with autism can enjoy the same rights and freedoms as everyone in society, and signals its firm commitment to supporting those with this complex, lifelong and often very serious condition by supporting the ratification of the UN Convention.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Robert Brown, Hugh O’Donnell, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Bashir Ahmad, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Andrew Welsh, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Angela Constance, Mary Scanlon, Ross Finnie, Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser, Elizabeth Smith, Sandra White, Dr Richard Simpson, Tricia Marwick*, John Wilson*, Ian McKee*, Bob Doris*, Christopher Harvie*, Michael Matheson*, Brian Adam*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1641 Karen Whitefield: Swimming Gala Success—That the Parliament congratulates the 2nd Airdrie BB Company Section on its recent success in winning the overall competition at the Airdrie, Coatbridge and District Boys’ Brigade Swimming Gala which was held on 11 January 2008 and recognises the valuable role that organisations such as the uniformed youth organisations play in encouraging young people to be active and remain healthy.

Supported by: David Stewart, Bill Kidd, Mary Mulligan, Michael McMahon, Trish Godman, Des McNulty, Elaine Smith, David Whitton, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Hugh Henry*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1640 Sandra White: Scotstoun Primary Eco School—That the Parliament congratulates the work done by the pupils and staff of Scotstoun Primary School, Glasgow, in gaining their Eco Schools Bronze award, which has seen the establishment of an eco committee known as "The Eco Kidz" made up of pupils from primaries one to seven, parents, school staff and members of the local community who meet regularly to decide future action plans aimed at promoting a greater awareness of sustainability and ecology; notes that the current action plan is focused around the issue of recycling and has seen the school introduce a number of measures to encourage recycling, such as fruit bins in every class and composting in the garden, paper bins in every class and rag bag collections where parents and residents are asked to bring in unwanted clothes which are then reused or recycled; further notes the hugely successful Christmas tree recycling scheme initiated by the pupils in response to seeing many trees discarded in their local community; believes that the care and commitment shown by all those involved at Scotstoun Primary is invaluable in tackling and raising awareness of the many environmental challenges we face, and wishes the pupils continuing success as they work towards the Eco Schools Silver award.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson

S3M-1639 Jamie Hepburn: 4,000th American Military Death in Iraq—That the Parliament regretfully notes the death of the 4,000th American soldier in Iraq and expresses its condolences to all those who have lost loved ones in the conflict, be they military personnel or civilians; reiterates its support for a full, public and independent inquiry at the earliest possible opportunity into the decision to go to war, and calls on government at all levels in the United Kingdom to work for a speedy and peaceful end to the hostilities.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Roseanna Cunningham, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Aileen Campbell, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Keith Brown, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Ian McKee, Sandra White

S3M-1638.2 Margaret Smith: Fatal Accident Inquiries—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1638) in the name of Frank Mulholland, insert at end "considers that there is a pressing need for the Scottish Government to enable inquiries to be held in Scotland into the deaths of military personnel, normally domiciled in Scotland, who are killed in active service overseas, and believes that the Scottish Government should give consideration to all available options, including the holding of fatal accident inquiries on a mandatory basis, so that the families of Scottish military personnel no longer have to suffer from the additional burden of attending coroners’ inquests in England."

S3M-1630 Rhona Brankin: Scottish Mining Museum—That the Parliament notes with concern that a report has identified that the buildings of the Lady Victoria Colliery, Europe’s best preserved 19th century pit complex, denoted as being of international significance by Historic Scotland and recently nominated as Scotland’s most treasured place, are increasingly fragile and urgently require £2.5 million to preserve them and urges Scottish Ministers to ensure that the fabric of the colliery buildings is secured for the enjoyment and education of future generations; considers the colliery to be a hugely important part of Scotland’s industrial heritage, and believes that appropriate support for the future care of the buildings and operation of the Scottish Mining Museum must be made available.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1629 Bill Aitken on behalf of the Justice Committee: Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Justice Committee’s 4th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources (SP Paper 50).

S3M-1628 Stuart McMillan: Craigend Resource Centre Wins Prestigious Award from Government—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement that the Federation of Community Learning Centres in Inverclyde has won an award from Learndirect Scotland for helping people into training and jobs; notes that the award recognises the achievements that the centres have made in making learning easy and accessible for students with families or those who require extra needs, and further notes that this prestigious award is part of the Scottish Government’s skills strategy with the five centres to be honoured being Larkfield Youth Connections, Riverview Centre in Port Glasgow, Craigend Resource Centre, Branchton Community Centre and Greenock’s Second Chance Learning Project.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Bob Doris, Keith Brown, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson

S3M-1627# Tricia Marwick: MS Awareness Week 21-27 April 2008—That the Parliament welcomes the focus on the emotional, physical and financial costs of multiple sclerosis of this year’s MS Awareness Week which runs from 21 to 27 April 2008; recognises that Scotland has the highest rate of the condition in the world and that its costs can be significant for the approximately 10,500 people living with multiple sclerosis in Scotland as they deal with the impact that it can have on every aspect of their lives; supports the work that the MS Society Scotland does to provide advice, support and information to people affected by MS, and recognises that, while considerable progress has been made in the provision of MS specialists in NHS boards, the statutory services available to people affected by MS remain variable across the country and that social care services in particular need to improve so that high-quality support is available wherever people live in Scotland.

Supported by: Ted Brocklebank, Bill Wilson, Karen Gillon, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Marlyn Glen, Liam McArthur, John Scott, Ken Macintosh, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Alex Neil, John Lamont, Joe FitzPatrick, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Butler, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Robert Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Brian Adam, Hugh Henry, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Ross Finnie, Gil Paterson, Margaret Mitchell, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1626# Angela Constance: No Recourse No Safety—That the Parliament notes the publication of No Recourse No Safety: The Government’s Failure to Protect Women from Violence, a report by Amnesty International and the Southall Black Sisters; is disturbed by the evidence that not having recourse to public funds prevents women with insecure immigration status from accessing the benefits they need to claim refuge, effectively trapping women in violence or destitution; welcomes the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling violence against women, continuing the good work commenced by the previous Scottish administration; acknowledges the pivotal contribution of local services such as the West Lothian Council Domestic Abuse Service which provides a service to women from a minority population; notes that not having recourse to public funds affects women who have valid visas as spouses, students, visitors and workers and those who are classed as "overstayers" in addition to victims of trafficking; acknowledges that organisations such as West Lothian Women’s Aid are accommodating and assisting women with no recourse to public funds, and commends the recommendations of No Recourse No Safety, in particular the need for the Scottish Government to put in place emergency funding while a permanent solution from the UK Government is sought, namely exempting women fleeing violence from the no recourse to public funds requirement.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Ian McKee, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1625 Jamie Hepburn: International Committee of the Red Cross Report on State of Iraq—That the Parliament notes the publication of Iraq: No Let-up in the Humanitarian Crisis by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); expresses its serious concern at the findings of this paper which include that "millions of Iraqis have insufficient access to clean water, sanitation and health care", that "tens of thousands" of Iraqi civilians have disappeared since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, that there are only 30,000 hospital beds in public hospitals when 80,000 are required, that a "lack of midwives means that many women giving birth at night must do so without assistance", that even though the estimated average monthly salary in Iraq is now around US $150 that many Iraqi families must spend around US $50 per month on water as the production of drinking water has steadily worsened over the last year, which directly contributed to an outbreak of cholera in 2007; commends the ICRC for its humanitarian work in Iraq alongside the Iraqi Red Crescent which has included clarifying the status of many missing Iraqis, as well as providing assistance to tens of thousands of displaced persons and needy Iraqi residents with food and other essentials and supporting the delivery of medical services; believes that the findings of the ICRC are further evidence of the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the invasion of Iraq in 2003, rubbing further salt into the wounds of the Iraqi people following the disaster of a decade of sanctions, and calls on the international community to work positively with the ICRC and other non-governmental organisations trying to improve the lives of ordinary Iraqi citizens.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Butler, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Mike Pringle, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1624 Iain Smith: Learning for Life—That the Parliament welcomes the Learning for Life: From Inspiration to Aspiration exhibition that is taking place in the Parliament this week; is pleased to host this showcase of work by young people from across Scotland who have taken part in the Values Poster Award programme; recognises that this character education programme inspires young people and raises their aspirations; supports the work of Learning for Life, and wishes the charity well in its ambition to engage with many more young people across Scotland, both those who are in education, employment or training and those who are not, in order to help them realise their full potential.

Supported by: Ted Brocklebank, Liam McArthur, Jim Hume, Jamie Hepburn, Jamie Stone, Sandra White, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Mike Pringle, Robert Brown, Joe FitzPatrick, Karen Gillon, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Ken Macintosh, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, John Park, James Kelly, Angela Constance, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Ross Finnie

S3M-1623 Brian Adam: Scottish World Cup Qualifier Broadcasts—That the Parliament notes with utmost concern that the BBC failed to broadcast Scottish World Cup qualifiers although it is able to spend an excessive £200 million on screening Formula 1; believes this to be unacceptable as football is Scotland’s national sport and should be made a priority in terms of sports coverage in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to apply pressure on the BBC to immediately address this problem and to persuade the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport to add the home nations’ world cup qualifiers to its list of "crown jewels" of sporting events that must be available to terrestrial broadcasters.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Nigel Don, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Keith Brown, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Willie Coffey, Hugh O’Donnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Joe FitzPatrick, John Park, Sandra White

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 another £150 million can be sought 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, Dave Thompson, Aileen Campbell

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1620 Clydesdale Bank Selection of Help the Hospices as their New Charity Partner (lodged on 20 March 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1618 Nuclear Non-Proliferation (lodged on 20 March 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-1590 Save the Curry Industry (lodged on 17 March 2008) Aileen Campbell*, Christopher Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Patrick Harvie*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Andrew Welsh*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1250 Scotland’s Community Councils (lodged on 29 January 2008) Christopher Harvie*, Jim Tolson*

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