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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1741♦ Roseanna Cunningham: Canine Partners—That the Parliament welcomes the arrival in Scotland of Canine Partners, the Assistance Dog charity that opens doors to independence, based in Milnathort; notes that a trained dog can free a disabled person from total dependence on carers; recognises that this provides much-needed respite and support for family carers, including children; notes the potential for an assistance dog to reduce by a third the number of hours per week required by a disabled person of an approved carer; welcomes the saving that this represents of up to £65,000 over the working life of a dog, and believes that some of this saving could be put towards the Direct Payments scheme.

*S3M-1740♦ Cathy Peattie: World Asthma Day—That the Parliament notes World Asthma Day on 6 May 2008, which will see the launch by Asthma UK of its "Wish you were here?" campaign to highlight the significant variation in asthma services throughout the United Kingdom; recognises that asthma is a major public health issue, with 400,000 people in Scotland having asthma, resulting in over a quarter of a million GP consultations and thousands of hospital admissions each year; believes that every school should have an asthma policy to ensure that children with asthma are given every opportunity to take part in normal school life, and further believes that more effective diagnosis, treatment and management to put more people in control of their asthma should be prioritised as part of a national respiratory strategy, similar to strategies being adopted in Wales and Northern Ireland, that ensures sharing of best practice and a joined-up approach to respiratory conditions across Scotland.

*S3M-1739 Tavish Scott: Shetland Museum Leads for Scotland in Art Fund Prize 2008—That the Parliament congratulates the Shetland Museum and Archives for winning through to the final shortlist of four museums competing for the Art Fund Prize 2008; notes that this is the result of the hard work of the staff involved in running the museum; further notes that this news will not surprise the many visitors who have visited the exciting new museum and archives since it was opened last year and who have enjoyed its well-presented displays set in the impressive complex of new and restored buildings at Hays Dock in Lerwick, and calls on all Scots to get behind the Shetland Museum and Archives as it competes against three museums in the south of England before the winner of the Art Fund Prize 2008 is announced on 22 May.

Supported by: Liam McArthur*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Mary Scanlon*, Ross Finnie*, Elizabeth Smith*

*S3M-1738 George Foulkes: Teachers Right to Anonymity—That the Parliament supports the Educational Institute of Scotland and Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People in their call for teacher anonymity to be protected until the point that they are convicted by a court and encourages the Scottish Government to establish a review of current practices involving all stakeholders, including unions, the commissioner, teachers, lawyers and representatives of the media, to consider what is an extremely sensitive but also very important issue of fairness and justice.

*S3M-1737 Stuart McMillan: River Clyde Pilots Strike Action—That the Parliament notes with concern the strike action taking place by the River Clyde Marine Pilots Association; further notes that the pilots do a vital job in the safe navigating and manoeuvring of vessels of all sizes as such operations demand high nautical skills; acknowledges that the pilots have various concerns with the competent harbour authority, Clydeport Operations Ltd, including maritime safety, and hopes for a speedy and unanimous resolution to this dispute to ensure that safety matters are always considered and the economic performance of the River Clyde is not undermined.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-1736 Stuart McMillan: Gourock Outdoor Swimming Pool in Centenary Celebrations—That the Parliament warmly congratulates everyone concerned with Gourock Outdoor Swimming Pool, one of the few outdoor saltwater swimming pools left in Scotland, which is to celebrate its centenary with a host of planned events; notes that Gourock Outdoor Swimming Pool has splashed out on fun equipment which will be in use during the celebrations, starting with a gala opening taking place on Saturday 26 April 2008; notes that Gourock boasts one of Scotland’s last remaining outdoor public swimming pools, with panoramic views across the River Clyde, and acknowledges the hard work and dedication that has gone into maintaining such a leisure facility for a century.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ross Finnie*, Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-1735 Kenneth Gibson: 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the State of Israel—That the Parliament sends its congratulations on the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, being celebrated on 8 May 2008, to all of its citizens; is aware that, in Scotland, Israeli independence celebrations will culminate in an exhibition and gala variety show in the Eastwood Park Theatre and Carmichael Hall complex; notes Israel’s diverse, dynamic, democratic and vibrant multi-ethnic and multi-religious culture; recognises Israel’s remarkable contribution to medicine, science and technology; acknowledges Israel’s substantial aid contribution over decades to the social and economic development of many nations, particularly in Africa, and conveys to the people of Israel and its neighbours sincere wishes for a future of peace, security, prosperity and mutual respect.

S3M-1734 Mr Frank McAveety: The Importance of Record Shops—That the Parliament recognises the role that local record stores and shops have played in providing music and entertainment to music lovers in Scotland; further recognises that stores and shops provide character and interest throughout our towns and cities and provide an invaluable resource to music lovers, young and old, to explore their passion for music; also recognises the importance of record stores and shops in encouraging new musicians in developing their talent and appreciates the comments of Sir Paul McCartney who "hopes that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come"; endorses National Record Store Day on Saturday 19 April 2008, and hopes that such stores and shops will have a future that the next generation of music lovers appreciate.

Supported by: Angela Constance*, Nanette Milne*, Elaine Murray*, Tavish Scott*, Helen Eadie*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Michael McMahon*, David McLetchie*, Murdo Fraser*, Cathie Craigie*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*, Paul Martin*, John Park*, Rob Gibson*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1733 Peter Peacock: Michael Gray—That the Parliament notes with regret the sad and premature death of Michael Gray; records its appreciation of his life’s work in support of others and particularly his effort and that of his wife, Tina McGeever, over recent months in raising important issues with the Parliament about cancer care and the need for more equitable treatment of patients across Scotland; commends Mr Gray for his humility, dignity and courage, and for his commitment to advance the cause of his fellow Scots in the face of his own terminal illness; commits to examining thoroughly the issues raised by Mr Gray with a view to improving care of all those whom he sought to support through his own determined efforts, and offers condolences to Mr Gray’s family and friends.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Bill Butler, Margaret Curran, Claire Baker, Nanette Milne, Mr Frank McAveety, Nigel Don, John Farquhar Munro, Jamie Stone, Dave Thompson, Rob Gibson, Angela Constance, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Johann Lamont*, Elizabeth Smith*, Charlie Gordon*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Des McNulty*, Mary Scanlon*, Richard Baker*, Mary Mulligan*, Ian McKee*, Jackson Carlaw*, Sandra White*, Andy Kerr*, Lewis Macdonald*, Patricia Ferguson*, Brian Adam*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Wilson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-1732 Pauline McNeill: The Workers Beer Company in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the contribution of the Workers Beer Company to the success of the Scottish live music and events sector and notes the significant fundraising that is provided for various trades-union, labour movement, campaigning, voluntary and charity organisations and its particular success in involving young people in causes and campaigns; commends this remarkable company, which was originally set up by the Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council, for the success of its 2007-08 programme of activities which have included providing bars at the Indian Summer Festival in Glasgow and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, and wishes the Workers Beer Company every continued success in future years.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Patrick Harvie, Trish Godman, Patricia Ferguson, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Peattie, Marlyn Glen*, Mary Mulligan*, Des McNulty*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Kenneth Gibson*, Andy Kerr*, Helen Eadie*, Bill Kidd*, John Park*, Cathie Craigie*, Hugh Henry*, Bill Butler*, Jack McConnell*, Claire Baker*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1731 John Swinney: The Draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Access to Land by the Scottish Ministers) Order 2008—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Access to Land by the Scottish Ministers) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Jim Mather

S3M-1730 John Swinney: The Draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Access to Land on Application) Order 2008—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Access to Land on Application) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Jim Mather

S3M-1729 Aileen Campbell: The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme—That the Parliament notes with concern the effect of changes to the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme that have effectively cut the labour supply for Scotland’s fruit farms, which usually employ up to 10,000 people a year; supports the call by the National Farmers Union to allow at least a further 5,000 workers to enter the UK for seasonal agricultural work, and believes that such situations can best be remedied by powers over immigration and asylum being returned to the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Patrick Harvie, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1728 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Approach to Biofuel—That the Parliament recognises the urgency of the climate change issue and understands that this urgency has driven international moves to back biofuels; however, notes the Losing Ground report published by Friends of the Earth and LifeMosaic which sets out the social and environmental costs often associated with biofuel plantations in the developing world; acknowledges the concerns of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and others that wholesale moves to biofuel crops can jeopardise biodiversity both overseas through loss of rainforest and in Scotland through economic pressures leading to loss of field margins and reduced set-aside land; further notes the comments from the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser that the current approach to biofuels is insufficiently sustainable; recognises that Scottish-grown biofuel crops are often transported significant distances for processing, leading to increased carbon emissions; notes the risk to food prices at home and abroad associated with increased use of agricultural land for fuel crops, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that Scottish measures to comply with the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation are consistent with real cuts in carbon emissions and with both social justice and economic sustainability in Scotland and across the developing world.

S3M-1727 Christine Grahame: And Finally... Radio Scotland Newsreading Changes—That the Parliament notes the recent change in format made to BBC Radio Scotland that has resulted in presenters of programming output being required to read the hourly and half hourly news bulletins; notes that this change, introduced by BBC management to reduce costs, is undermining the quality and authoritativeness of news and current affairs output on BBC Radio Scotland, such as Good Morning Scotland and more recently its evening radio output, and urges the BBC to reconsider the change in format which has been motivated by the need to make efficiency savings and reinstate the established format so that the quality of output from Scotland’s national radio service is not further eroded.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Ian McKee*

S3M-1726 Jim Tolson: The Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/84).

S3M-1725 Sarah Boyack: Right to Rent—That the Parliament believes that there is a serious lack of affordable housing in the city of Edinburgh; notes the City of Edinburgh Council’s view that 1,200 new affordable houses are needed in each of the next 10 years; understands that students, graduates, young professionals and families all find it increasingly difficult to get their feet on the property ladder and choose to rent instead; believes that houses in multiple occupation (HMO) legislation was a landmark achievement in terms of improving basic standards of health and safety in the private rented sector but is concerned that HMO legislation must be properly regulated and enforced to be successful, including ensuring that landlords manage their properties in line with the legislation; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that local authorities have adequate resources to enforce HMO legislation and to use the powers they have to tackle antisocial behaviour so that blanket use of HMO quotas is not seen as the simple solution to ensuring decent housing choices and securing sustainable communities; welcomes the Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s Right to Rent campaign and believes that local authorities should work with student organisations, universities and colleges to ensure that sufficient, new and affordable student accommodation is identified in local authority development plans, and supports students’ associations across Scotland in their efforts to ensure a mixed tenure of properties in their local communities.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Malcolm Chisholm, Karen Whitefield, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Richard Baker, Mike Pringle, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith, Hugh Henry, John Park, Claire Baker*, Helen Eadie*, Mary Mulligan*, David Whitton*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1724 Sarah Boyack: Offensive Anti-Scottish Campaign by the English Democrats—That the Parliament condemns the offensive publicity campaign by English Democrats candidate for the London Mayoral elections, Matt O’Connor; believes the use of slogans such as "Chop Jock, Vote English", "Tartan Terror", "Repatriate the Prime Minster" and "Save London from Labour’s tartan taxes" as well as pictures including a robber wearing a tartan balaclava are inflammatory, border on the racist and ignore the important contribution which Scots make to the whole of the United Kingdom, including London; is particularly concerned that such billboard posters have appeared in Scotland despite being for the elections for the Mayor of London, and believes that such narrow-minded nationalism will rightly appal people from and across all parts of the United Kingdom.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Marlyn Glen, David Stewart, Lewis Macdonald, Liam McArthur, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Murray, Bill Butler, Elaine Smith, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, David Whitton, Helen Eadie*, Claire Baker*, Mary Mulligan*, Patrick Harvie*, Pauline McNeill*, Angela Constance*, Michael Matheson*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-1723 Jamie Hepburn: Pension Parity—That the Parliament notes with concern the status of 525,000 pensioners from Britain who have contributed taxation and national insurance payments to HM Treasury but now live abroad and consequently receive a pension from the UK Government at a rate which differs depending on the country in which they reside; believes that this amounts to discrimination against these pensioners; notes that the UK Government has stated that there is no legal reason for this situation, and further believes that the UK Government should cease its practice of freezing certain overseas pensions and provide the 525,000 affected pensioners with parity to the UK level.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1722 Sarah Boyack: Concern at Edinburgh Community Mediation Service Budget Cut—That the Parliament notes with concern a 29% cut in the City of Edinburgh Council’s grant to the Edinburgh Community Mediation Service for this financial year; further notes that, since inception of the service in 1995, the council’s support of mediation as a cost-effective resource to combat antisocial behaviour and promote community safety has served as a model for local authorities elsewhere in Scotland; believes that this cut will make it extremely difficult to effectively deal with referrals, especially at a time when mediation is embedded in the council’s procedures for all complaints concerning neighbour conflicts and that the now required strategy of prioritising casework would be contrary to the lessons learnt in the service’s history that even seemingly small disputes can escalate to antisocial behaviour and criminal charges, and consequently urges the council to reconsider this cut and the Scottish Government to revisit its settlement with the council given that it is clearly precipitating unprecedented cuts in services, particularly those affecting vulnerable groups and of which the Community Mediation Service is sadly just one example.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, George Foulkes, Karen Whitefield

S3M-1721 Dr Richard Simpson: Banning of Looped Blind Cords—That the Parliament acknowledges that, in the last 10 years, up to 20 children are reported to have lost their lives in the United Kingdom as a result of incidents involving looped blind cords; recognises that the United States banned the use of looped blind cords in the 1990s and that Australia followed suit in 2004, and supports the efforts of Gordon Banks MP in pressing the UK Government to begin immediate discussions with the British Standards Institute to introduce a new British Standard banning the use of looped blind cords to prevent further avoidable deaths.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Marlyn Glen, Patricia Ferguson, David Whitton, Bill Butler, John Scott, Cathie Craigie, Jamie Stone, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Murray, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, John Park, George Foulkes, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Karen Whitefield, Claire Baker*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1720 Robin Harper: Congratulations on the Launch of Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd—That the Parliament congratulates Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd on its formation through the merger of 33 organisations, comprising the Abbeyfield Society for Scotland, 31 very sheltered residences and one care home; recognises the important social and charitable contributions that Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd will make throughout Scotland as a registered social landlord and charitable provider of support and care services for older people, and calls for appropriate funding and support to ensure greater provision of high quality care for Scotland’s older people in recognition of their valuable contribution to society.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd*, Mary Scanlon*, Des McNulty*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ross Finnie*, Sandra White*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Butler*

S3M-1719 Gil Paterson: Arthritis Care Awareness Week—That the Parliament recognises Arthritis Care Awareness Week and acknowledges the valuable contribution of Arthritis Care in Scotland in promoting the self-management agenda across Scotland; commends its approach in aiming to support the 900,000 people in Scotland currently living with the condition and in giving them the coping skills and techniques to effectively manage its impact on their everyday life; values the positive involvement of people with arthritis who volunteer to develop their own skills and share their learning with others through high-quality self-management programmes such as Challenging Arthritis, Challenge Your Condition and Challenging Pain, and believes that the third sector has a key role to play in the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Better Health, Better Care strategy.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Iain Gray, Bashir Ahmad, John Wilson, Liam McArthur, Jackson Carlaw, Joe FitzPatrick, Nanette Milne, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Des McNulty, Roseanna Cunningham, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Ian McKee, Bill Wilson, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Dr Richard Simpson, Jackie Baillie, Angela Constance*, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1717 Kenny MacAskill: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1716 Nicola Sturgeon: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Commonwealth Games Bill be passed.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Shona Robison

S3M-1712 Duncan McNeil on behalf of the Local Government and Communities Committee: Report on Planning Application Processes (Menie Estate)—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Local Government and Communities Committee’s 5th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Planning Application Processes (Menie Estate) (SP Paper 73).

S3M-1711 Jamie Hepburn: Emotional Health at Work—That the Parliament congratulates the Samaritans and the STUC on their continuing campaign for a right to enjoy emotional health at work; notes the findings of their survey which showed that over 20% of workers questioned had taken time off work due to stress and that over 50% found their work more stressful than it was five years ago, and believes that employers across Scotland should work with unions and the Samaritans to make sure that their workers have the necessary support to maintain a good level of emotional health and wellbeing.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alex Neil, Marlyn Glen, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1710# Elaine Smith: Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living—That the Parliament recognises the importance of International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) held on 28 April each year; considers that the official slogan "remember the dead, fight for the living" is particularly apposite and helps to ensure that all those who have died as a result of work are not forgotten whilst at the same time encourages renewed efforts to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated; welcomes events around Scotland to commemorate this important day and, in particular, the unveiling of the North Lanarkshire Workers Memorial at Summerlee Heritage Park in Coatbridge; encourages relevant authorities to fly official flags on public buildings at half mast; hopes that all workplaces will observe a one-minute silence at 12 noon on 28 April 2008; commends the STUC and the trade unions for their work in building trade union organisation and campaigning for stricter enforcement with higher penalties for breaches of health and safety laws to help in the struggle for safer workplaces, and supports the call for recognition of IWMD as a national day of remembrance for those who have been killed, injured, or made ill by their work.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, John Wilson, Bill Wilson, Elaine Murray, David Stewart, Robin Harper, Des McNulty, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Butler, John Park, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Mary Mulligan, Jamie Hepburn, Michael McMahon, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Cathy Jamieson, Marilyn Livingstone, Marlyn Glen, Sandra White, Cathy Peattie, David Whitton, Pauline McNeill, Sarah Boyack, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Karen Whitefield, Johann Lamont*, Margaret Curran*

S3M-1709 Bashir Ahmad: Glasgow Caledonian University’s Crystal Celebrations—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Caledonian University on its crystal celebrations marking its 15th anniversary; notes that Glasgow Caledonian University has been a vital institution in Glasgow’s education since 1875 when it was first known as Glasgow School of Cookery; further notes that Glasgow Caledonian University has played an integral part in the field of education since its formation in 1993; further congratulates the university for offering a range of innovative and modern courses for pupils from all over Scotland and overseas, and wishes it many more years of continued success.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Des McNulty, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Stone, Keith Brown, Christina McKelvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Aitken, Gil Paterson, Karen Whitefield

S3M-1708 David Stewart: Centenary of the 2nd Inverness Company of Boys’ Brigade, Ness Bank Church—That the Parliament congratulates the centenary of the 2nd Inverness Company of the Boys’ Brigade, attached to Ness Bank Church, Inverness; notes that the occasion will be marked during the weekend of 18 to 20 April 2008 along with other events, and wishes all those involved well in celebrating this landmark occasion.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Stuart McMillan, Murdo Fraser, Peter Peacock, Rhoda Grant, Sarah Boyack, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Mary Mulligan, Nanette Milne, Des McNulty, Rhona Brankin, James Kelly, Jamie Stone, Iain Gray, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1707# Tavish Scott: Equal Access to Rural Priorities Funding—That the Parliament notes that applicants in Shetland and elsewhere across Scotland seeking full information on the Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities programme can only obtain the information online and that applications for funding from the programme also have to be made online; further notes that many potential applicants do not have ready access to the internet or familiarity with its use and that, in addition, the application system for the programme is reported to be incompatible with web browsers on Apple Mac computers; is concerned that this will at best make it difficult for many potential applicants both to investigate the options open to them under the programme and to make applications and in some cases will make it impossible; strongly believes that all potential applicants for agricultural support should have equal access to information and that the application process should allow all applicants to submit their application by a means that is easily accessible to them, and considers that paper copies of the programme details should be made available to all who request them, that applications to the programme made on paper should be accepted and that such applications should be treated equally to those made online.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, John Farquhar Munro, Jamie Stone, Hugh O’Donnell, Ross Finnie, Alison McInnes, Mike Rumbles, Mike Pringle, Jim Hume, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson

S3M-1705# Alasdair Allan: Fuel Costs—That the Parliament notes that the price of diesel is now over £1.30 in the Western Isles and across Scotland’s island and remote communities, making it probably the most expensive diesel in the western world; further notes that fuel costs now represent an ever increasing burden in the Western and Northern Isles, not least for businesses and fishermen, some of whom report 80% increases in diesel costs in the last two years; notes that the main company delivering fuel to the islands deposits fuel at differing costs at different ports on the west coast despite the fact that the same vessel is used; notes the irony of an oil-producing nation putting its motorists, businesses, fishermen and rural businesses in this impossible position, and finally notes the various measures that exist in parts of France, which make cuts in fuel duty in the remotest areas.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Tavish Scott, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Stone, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1704 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to Falkirk Rugby Club—That the Parliament congratulates Falkirk Rugby Club on winning the national first division championship; notes that the club have made rugby history by winning five consecutive championships in a row; wishes them well in the premiership next season, and pays tribute to the players, staff and support who have contributed to this magnificent achievement.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Jamie McGrigor, John Wilson, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith, Bashir Ahmad, Ross Finnie, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Stone, Gil Paterson

S3M-1703♦ Liam McArthur: The Unforeseeable Outcome of SNH Management Agreements—That the Parliament notes that some 150 farmers in Orkney and across Scotland, who entered into management agreements with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) under which they reduced the livestock numbers on their land during the single farm payment scheme reference period, suffer a loss of income after their SNH management agreement and the associated compensation ends as their single farm payment is based on their reduced livestock numbers rather than on the numbers they would have had if they had not entered into an SNH management agreement; further notes that, in September 2007, SNH made a proposal to ministers for payments to the farmers who suffered the loss on income, a proposal which required ministerial agreement before any payment could be made; believes that the SNH proposal offered a practical way of reducing the losses which the farmers suffered and which they could not have foreseen when they entered into the SNH management agreements; expresses its grave concern that ministers have withheld their agreement to the SNH proposal so that the farmers receive no compensation for their losses, and is concerned that this is not only an attack on natural justice but that it will also make farmers wary of entering into further agreements with SNH if they risk suffering unforeseeable losses in the future.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Ross Finnie, Mike Pringle, Jamie Stone

S3M-1702 Joe FitzPatrick: Cluster Bombs—That the Parliament joins humanitarian organisations across the world in calling for a full ban on cluster bombs; recognises that cluster bombs cause indiscriminate injury to civilians, often in the months and years after conflicts have ended; notes that at least 10,000 civilian casualties have resulted from the use of cluster bombs, with 60% of those killed and injured being children, and calls for the UK Government to sign up to a full ban on cluster bombs at next month’s international summit in Dublin.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad, Ian McKee, Elaine Smith, Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Keith Brown, Bill Wilson, Patrick Harvie, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1701 Margaret Mitchell: Celebrating 100 Years of the Territorial Army—That the Parliament notes with pride the 100th year anniversary of the Territorial Army and pays tribute to all Territorials past and present for their service to their country.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie, John Scott, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Jim Tolson, Ted Brocklebank, Derek Brownlee, Bashir Ahmad, David McLetchie, Murdo Fraser, Tavish Scott, Keith Brown, Ian McKee, Jackson Carlaw, Mike Pringle, John Park, John Lamont, Jamie Stone, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson

S3M-1700 Elaine Murray: Congratulations to Queen of the South—That the Parliament congratulates Queen of the South and Aberdeen football clubs for a thrilling game of football in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup on 12 April 2008 and further congratulates Queen of the South on reaching the final for the first time in the club’s history.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Des McNulty, Bill Butler, Karen Gillon, George Foulkes, Kenneth Gibson, Charlie Gordon, Jamie McGrigor, Liam McArthur, Derek Brownlee, Bashir Ahmad, Michael McMahon, David Whitton, Mr Frank McAveety, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, John Park, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Malcolm Chisholm, Mary Mulligan, Christine Grahame, Rhona Brankin, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-1699 Jim Hume: When All Else Fails Use Radio—That the Parliament welcomes the forthcoming World Amateur Radio Day on 18 April 2008; recognises the hobby as an important communication tool in bringing together people of all nationalities worldwide; acknowledges that amateur radio operatives, also known as "Hams", have been the leaders in developing many of today’s modern electronic and communications marvels; further acknowledges the emergency role amateur radio has played during disasters such as the Lockerbie bombing, Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami; recognises the comradeship that such a shared hobby develops among people of all ages in local clubs, and warmly congratulates, in particular, the Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club on so far raising over £13,500 for the British Heart Foundation.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1691.1 Mary Mulligan: Strategy for Play—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1691) in the name of Robert Brown, leave out from "and urges" to end and insert "including a plan for Scotland’s playgrounds which should be developed in conjunction with organisations such as the Forestry Commission and Greenspace Scotland to create and open up more green space to give children new and exciting places to play, and urges the Scottish Government to fulfil its manifesto pledge to develop a play strategy for Scotland’s children and young people."

S3M-1681.1 Alasdair Allan: HITRANS Supports Equal Treatment for All Island Ferries—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1681) in the name of Liam McArthur, leave out from "further notes" to end and insert "welcomes the first step towards this wider progress represented by the Scottish Government’s decision to implement its manifesto promise for an RET pilot in the Western Isles, not only for residents but also for freight and tourist traffic; recognises that all Scotland’s island communities need to develop their transport infrastructure if they are to grow economically; acknowledges that this issue is nowhere more urgent than in the Western Isles, which has GDP per head well below that of many other parts of Scotland, and which has seen its population fall by 18% in the last 20 years, at a time when the Highlands and Islands as a whole has seen relative stability in its overall population, and recalls that when in government the Liberal Democrats declined to introduce RET anywhere, as the answer to parliamentary question S2W-15038 by the then Minister for Transport, Nicol Stephen, on 29 March 2005 makes clear."

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson*

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-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: Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Jim Tolson, Cathy Peattie, Iain Gray, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Murray, Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie, Karen Whitefield, Karen Gillon, George Foulkes, Sarah Boyack, Rhona Brankin, Angela Constance

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, Ted Brocklebank, Claire Baker, Christopher Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1691 Strategy for Play (lodged on 10 April 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1687 St John’s Hospital: Healthy Working Lives Gold Award (lodged on 9 April 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1684 Scotrail Franchise Renewal (lodged on 8 April 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1672 Church of Scotland Housing and Loan Fund (lodged on 3 April 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1659 Look OK...Feel Crap? (lodged on 28 March 2008) Mike Pringle*

S3M-1557 Water Rates Relief Campaign (lodged on 13 March 2008) Willie Coffey*

S3M-1409 Abducted and Missing Children (lodged on 22 February 2008) Margaret Mitchell*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1396 Muireann McLaughlin (lodged on 21 February 2008) Dave Thompson*, Bill Wilson*

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