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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1840 Sarah Boyack: Vulnerable Paying the Price of SNP Populism—That the Parliament notes with both concern and regret the cuts in frontline services across Scotland, including nurseries, crèches, services for the housebound and infirm and funding for voluntary sector organisations, including those caring for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable citizens, arising from the Scottish Government’s budget passed with Conservative support in Holyrood and its subsequent concordat with local government, including a freeze in Council Tax; notes the Evening News’ comment of 29 April 2008 that "since then the chickens have come home to roost and despite predictable crowing in council chambers the length and breadth of the country that frontline services would be protected from the cuts, predictably this has not proved possible for most administrations"; further notes that such predictions by opposition MSPs were dismissed at the time by SNP ministers as "scaremongering", but believes that the reality on the ground, particularly in areas such as Edinburgh, Aberdeen and East Lothian, has vindicated those who warned of the consequences; is aware that these cuts are being imposed despite the SNP government enjoying a funding settlement twice that available to Donald Dewar as First Minister, and regrets that local authorities which freeze their Council Tax without sufficient funding in place are passing on cuts in services to Scotland’s youngest, oldest, poorest and disabled who are paying the price of the SNP’s populism.

*S3M-1839♦ Nigel Don: Family Law Disputes—That the Parliament recognises that current arrangements for settling family law disputes could be improved and that current law still discriminates against parents who are not married; notes that parents can find it difficult or impossible to enforce contact orders where the other parent is unco-operative and that disputes where broken families live in more than one jurisdiction within the United Kingdom are unnecessarily difficult to resolve; further notes that these issues are particularly relevant due to recent cases in the north east; encourages current moves by Scotland’s legal profession towards collaborative dispute resolution, and notes with interest the new system of less adversarial trials being developed in Australia.

*S3M-1838 Linda Fabiani: International Framework—That the Parliament recognises the importance of ensuring that Scotland is competitive in an increasingly globalised society; agrees that creating the conditions for talented people to live, learn, visit, work and remain in Scotland is crucial to helping to deliver the goals of growing Scotland’s population and economy in a sustainable way, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s International Framework as a means to extend, focus and align the actions and policies of the government and public sector partners to these ends.

Supported by: Jim Mather*

*S3M-1837 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Amendment Order 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Maureen Watt*

*S3M-1836 Cathy Jamieson: Cumnock Juniors for the Cup—That the Parliament congratulates Cumnock Juniors FC on reaching the Citylink Scottish Junior Cup final on Sunday 1 June 2008; commends the hard work of manager, Campbell Money, and his squad of players; wishes the team good luck in emulating the achievement of its great rivals, Auchinleck Talbot, who in 2006 beat Bathgate Thistle FC in the final of the Scottish Junior Cup, and hopes that the Scottish Junior Cup will be coming back to Ayrshire in 2008.

*S3M-1835 Margaret Mitchell: Local Authorities - External Consultants—That the Parliament notes that local authorities spent £67 million on hiring external consultants in 2007, which represents an increase of 30% on 2006; is surprised that the information on these fees is not automatically publicly available and that so much appears to be contracted out instead of being done in-house, given that local government senior managers routinely earn in excess of £100,000, and believes that all councils have an obligation to ensure that they are transparent and fully accountable to the electorate for their spending decisions.

*S3M-1834 Dr Richard Simpson: Convener of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee—That the Parliament notes with concern Keith Brown MSP’s decision to accept a £15,000 payment after standing down as a member of Clackmannanshire Council despite stating during the election campaign that "it would not be morally right to take this money"; expresses concern that Keith Brown has not declared this payment in his register of interests; believes that Keith Brown as convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee has compromised his position and should resign as convener, and calls on Keith Brown to apologise to people in Ochil for his inconsistency on this matter.

Supported by: Helen Eadie*

S3M-1833 Jackson Carlaw: Vintage Tractor Run on Behalf of Prostate Cancer—That the Parliament congratulates the four builders, Michael Clancy, Geoff Lamb, Ian Snape and Ross King of the Federation of Master Builders for leaving their JCBs behind to take part in a 850-mile vintage tractor run from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for prostate cancer, a disease that 35,000 men in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with each year and the second most common form of cancer found in men in Scotland; congratulates them on raising £4,000 for The Prostate Cancer Charity; notes that the team will today finish the Scottish part of its journey, and thanks the many companies, organisations, public figures, local farmers and communities for their support and generosity.

S3M-1832 Robin Harper: Replacing GDP with Wellbeing Indicators—That the Parliament welcomes the recent research report, produced by Forward Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Council Foundation, entitled A wellbeing framework for Scotland: A better way of measuring society’s progress in the 21st Century; notes that the report proposes a range of subjective indicators which could be used as an alternative to GDP; believes that GDP, the current measure of economic growth, makes no distinction between beneficial and harmful economic activity, ignores many socially beneficial and highly desirable practices and treats the depletion of natural capital as income and is therefore a very poor indicator of economic development; further notes that Greens and others across Europe have been calling for alternative indicators to economic growth for many years that focus on wellbeing, and so measure the health, happiness and aspirations of people instead of merely the speed with which their money circulates around the economy, and calls on the Scottish Government to consider alternatives to GDP with a view to adopting more suitable measures of national progress.

S3M-1831♦ Patricia Ferguson: 2014: A Year of Sport for Scotland—That the Parliament recognises that 2014 will be a significant year for Scottish sport; notes that, in addition to the annual sporting events taking place that year, Scotland will host the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles; acknowledges that each event will bring international athletes to this country and will focus worldwide attention on Scotland; welcomes the variety of sporting opportunities that 2014 will present to Scotland, and believes that 2014 should be designated "Scotland’s Year of Sport" in order to highlight the benefits that sport and physical activity bring to the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Jack McConnell, Charlie Gordon*, David Stewart*, Marlyn Glen*, Iain Gray*, Elaine Smith*, Helen Eadie*, James Kelly*, George Foulkes*, David Whitton*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1830 Cathie Craigie: Deaf Awareness Week - 5 to 11 May 2008—That the Parliament notes Deaf Awareness Week which is taking place with events throughout Scotland to celebrate the diversity of the deaf community and to highlight the inequalities that deaf, deafblind and deafened people face on a day-to-day basis, and further notes that it will see the launch of the Scottish Council on Deafness’ research paper, Making the Case for Specialist Mental Health Services for Deaf People in Scotland: with Recommendations for Action that will take place on Thursday 8 May 2008, and highlights the need for equality in the diagnosis, care and treatment of deaf, deafblind, deafened and hard of hearing people with a mental illness in Scotland.

S3M-1829 Cathie Craigie: Congratulations to Bank of Scotland Senior Shield Winners—That the Parliament congratulates Our Lady’s High School, Cumbernauld, on its stunning football victory in the Bank of Scotland 105th Senior Shield Cup Final on Tuesday 29 April 2008; notes that this is the first time Our Lady’s High has won the century-old trophy; congratulates the S5 and S6 pupils for an enthralling game played in a competitive yet sporting manner at Hampden Park, and thanks pupils, staff and supporters of Our Lady’s High for their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to sport as well as to the local community.

S3M-1828 Sandra White: World Lupus Day—That the Parliament notes that World Lupus Day will take place on 10 May 2008 and that this year the annual Lupus UK conference is being held in Glasgow on 11 May 2008; recognises that around 50,000 people in the United Kingdom and over five million people worldwide, of whom around 90% are female, have lupus and that it is therefore likely that every MSP has a number of constituents who may be affected by this condition; further recognises that, while lupus can be mild, it can also be disabling and sometimes fatal, has no known cure and causes many different symptoms including joint and muscle pain, fatigue, depression and kidney, heart, lung and brain symptoms as well as recurrent miscarriages; acknowledges that there is an urgent need to increase awareness in Scotland, the United Kingdom and worldwide of the debilitating impact of lupus and the difficulty that can arise in gaining a diagnosis, given that it mimics a number of other diseases, and supports Lupus UK and other lupus organisations across the world in calling for increases in funding for medical research on lupus, targeted education programmes for health professionals and public and worldwide recognition of lupus as a significant health issue.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Stone*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Kidd*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Pringle*, Willie Coffey*, Brian Adam*, Elaine Smith*, Helen Eadie*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1827 Trish Godman: Inverclyde’s Educational Achievements—That the Parliament recognises and congratulates the first-class efforts and ongoing achievements of Inverclyde school pupils, teachers and parents and Inverclyde Council’s Education Department; notes that St Stephen’s High School in Port Glasgow has qualified for the final stage of the Schools Question Time Challenge for 2008 for the second year in a row; notes that Inverclyde recently received its best ever primary school HM Inspectorate of Education report for Overton Primary School and Nursery Class, and further notes that in Inverclyde pupil attainment levels regularly exceed the national average and that 50% of Inverclyde pupils go on to further or higher education after leaving school.

Supported by: Duncan McNeil*, Elaine Smith*, David Stewart*, Bill Kidd*, George Foulkes*, Roseanna Cunningham*, James Kelly*, Bill Butler*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1826 David McLetchie: A New War Memorial for Edinburgh—That the Parliament congratulates the City of Edinburgh Council on its unanimous decision to support the construction of a new memorial in Princes Street Gardens to commemorate all those from Edinburgh who have fallen in war; notes that the first dedicatee will be Corporal Mark Wright GC, who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2006; recognises the courage of our armed services in action today around the world, and believes in the importance of honouring those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

S3M-1825 Mike Pringle: National Trust Joins Fight against Plastic Waste—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the National Trust is set to join other national names, such as B&Q and Marks & Spencer, in deciding to charge 5p for disposable plastic bags in its 220 shops and plant centres; commends the fact that the money raised will go towards conservation work and research into tackling climate change; believes that charging for disposable plastic bags is an excellent way to reduce their use and the subsequent waste that they produce, and calls on other members of the business community to take action to reduce plastic waste.

S3M-1824 Gil Paterson: Coinage for All Peoples—That the Parliament calls on the Royal Mint to think again with regard to its plans to issue coins using heraldic coats of arms that are exclusively English and condemns it for not including all constituent parts of the UK: Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, on any new issue; draws the attention of the UK Government to the fact that, if these plans go ahead, all legal tender will represent only one nation in the United Kingdom for the first time in history, and therefore demands that the UK Government intervenes to stop this insensitive decision.

Supported by: Keith Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Ian McKee*, Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Willie Coffey*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Alex Neil*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1823# Cathy Peattie: Local Newspaper Week—That the Parliament notes that 5 to 11 May 2008 is Local Newspaper Week, which this year has the theme of Campaigning for Your Community, showcasing and exploring the campaigning work undertaken by local newspapers across the country; notes that 84% of adults read a local paper, and that local newspapers and their websites are a highly trusted source of news; believes that local newspapers such as the best-selling Falkirk Herald, the Grangemouth Advertiser and the Bo’ness Journal are important focal points for their communities, providing a forum for debate on local issues and information and feedback about local events; congratulates the Falkirk Herald on being named Weekly Newspaper of the Year at the 29th Press Awards, organised by the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society; notes that local newspapers, through their editorial content and advertising, play an important role in the local economy; believes that local newspapers are an essential component of local democracy, facilitating the dialogue between elected representatives and their constituents, and applauds the hard work of newspaper staff whose dedication underpins the success of the local newspaper industry.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Jackie Baillie, Cathie Craigie, Mary Mulligan, Gil Paterson, Nanette Milne, Trish Godman, Liam McArthur, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Bill Butler, Claire Baker, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ken Macintosh, Karen Gillon, John Park, James Kelly, Patrick Harvie, Marlyn Glen

S3M-1822 Cathy Jamieson: A Better Way to Work in Scotland - Unions into Schools Educational Pack—That the Parliament congratulates the STUC on the launch of A Better Way to Work in Scotland - Unions into Schools Educational Pack; recognises the contribution made by the trained trade union representatives who have been visiting schools to ensure that young people have an improved knowledge of both their rights and responsibilities in the workplace; believes that the pack complements Determined to Succeed which encourages young people to adopt an enterprising and responsible approach to the future world of work; welcomes the fact that the pack will be circulated to every secondary school, and encourages every local authority to support the use of this pack in its schools.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1819 Mary Mulligan: Blackridge Railway Station—That the Parliament notes that West Lothian Council has granted a planning consent, subject to approval from Scottish Ministers, for housing development in Blackridge which includes financial and support infrastructure contributions from the developer toward the building of a new railway station at Blackridge; considers that any further delay by the Scottish Government in confirming that it will provide the remaining funding required will lead to the Blackridge railway station project being excluded from the Network Rail timetable for work on that phase of the Bathgate to Airdrie rail project and would result in the loss of opportunity to provide a new rail station and other beneficial infrastructure projects for Blackridge village; congratulates the local people of Blackridge on their successful community campaign which has demonstrated beyond doubt the economic and social benefits which will accrue from a new railway station, and calls on the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change to confirm that, subject to Scottish Ministers confirming approval for the outstanding planning consent, the Scottish Government will provide the balance of funding required to deliver a new railway station for Blackridge village as part of the overall Bathgate to Airdrie project, and clarification of how much that will be.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1818 Aileen Campbell: Roads in the Clydesdale Area—That the Parliament congratulates Lesmahagow Community Council, Carluke Gazette and Lanarkshire-based businessman David Menzies on their campaign to improve the quality of roads in the Clydesdale area; believes that the number and size of potholes on key roads in the area is completely unacceptable, especially with a growing population and the importance of the road network for agricultural transport and tourist travel; welcomes South Lanarkshire Council’s long overdue decision to consider additional funds for road maintenance, and believes that such funds should be made available as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1817 Stuart McMillan: Paisley Beer Festival—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Paisley Beer Festival on reaching its 21st year; notes that the festival runs from 30 April until 3 May 2008 at Paisley Town Hall; further notes that the festival is an important opportunity for small brewers, including those from the West of Scotland region, such as the Kelburn Beer Company, the Houston Brewing Company and the Isle of Arran Brewery Company Ltd, to promote their products; recognises that responsible consumption of the products and all alcoholic drinks is vital to ensure a successful festival, and wishes the festival organisers every success with this event and also in the future.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, John Lamont, Elaine Smith, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Jamie Stone, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Alasdair Morgan

S3M-1816 Aileen Campbell: International Dance Day—That the Parliament recognises and supports International Dance Day held on 29 April 2008, which seeks to increase the awareness and importance of dance among the general public; praises the excellent work of Scotland’s very own National Centre for Dance and its outreach programme, Dance Base, that takes children from disadvantaged backgrounds and gives them the necessary tools to regain their self-esteem, confidence and a sense of achievement through dance, and takes this opportunity to commend the hardworking individuals at Scotland’s National Centre for Dance who, on a daily basis, inspire wellbeing and creativity and cultivate a future for dance in our local, national and international communities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1815 Jamie Hepburn: 2012 Olympic Games Contracts—That the Parliament notes with concern that only 3% of contracts for the 2012 London Olympic Games have been awarded outside England, despite claims by the UK Government that Scotland would benefit from London being awarded the Games; believes that Scotland is due to see millions of pounds worth of lottery funds displaced due to the way that these games are being financed; considers the news that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been awarded minute numbers of the contracts associated with the 2012 Olympics thus far is further evidence that Scotland will see little in the way of tangible benefits from the games, and calls on the authorities awarding the contracts to assess whether they are being awarded fairly across the United Kingdom.

S3M-1813 Christina McKelvie: Scottish Union Learning Academy—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Union Learning Academy which will provide a renewed focus on and a better platform for union-supported workers’ education; congratulates the initiative shown by the STUC in allocating the £1.4 million of resources it has received from the Scottish Government, £800,000 to the Scottish Union Learning Fund and £600,000 to the STUC’s Skills and Lifelong Learning Team, and looks forward to seeing workers taking advantage of the opportunities afforded them.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1811# Sandra White: Glasgow Passport Office—That the Parliament expresses deep concern at the plans to stop passport-processing services in Glasgow, resulting in the loss of over 100 jobs and leaving Scotland without a fully operational passport service; notes with further concern what appears to have been a deliberate run-down of the service in the lead-up to this announcement; believes that this streamlining process will see a further three or four passport offices throughout the United Kingdom affected, and further believes that concise information as to the effect of these changes should be issued immediately in order to remove the doubt and uncertainty surrounding the plans.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Ian McKee, Angela Constance, Elaine Smith, Bill Wilson, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Stone, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*, Robert Brown*

S3M-1810# Shirley-Anne Somerville: Community Radio—That the Parliament recognises the valuable and unique role of Scottish community radio in delivering small-scale, not-for-profit radio stations operated for the benefit of the general public and of particular communities; congratulates Leith FM, which celebrates its first year of broadcasting in May 2008 and which has epitomised the spirit of community radio by actively engaging with community groups and building relationships with other community stations, including Sunny Govan, Radio Awaz in Glasgow and Black Diamond Radio in Midlothian, and welcomes the continued expansion of the network of Scottish community radio stations across the country in providing a voice for Scotland’s culturally, linguistically and geographically diverse communities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Christine Grahame*, Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Michael Matheson*, Elaine Smith*, Brian Adam*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1809 George Foulkes: Stop Bickering and Start Building—That the Parliament acknowledges that there are currently 45 school building contracts under way across Scotland; notes that the Minister for Schools and Skills, Maureen Watt MSP, accepts that all 45 contracts were under negotiation prior to May 2007; condemns the fact that not a single new school has been initiated by the SNP government in the last 12 months and is very concerned about the lack of progress in Liberal Democrat/SNP-led City of Edinburgh Council; avers that Edinburgh’s Lib Dem councillors and SNP ministers consistently blame each other for the lack of progress while the city’s 12 SNP councillors remain silent; believes that the City of Edinburgh Council Education Convener’s plan to demand more money from the SNP government will be fruitless and worries that unless rapid progress is made soon, not a single new school initiated since May 2007 will open its doors before the next election; further believes that the Scottish Futures Trust is a white elephant and ill-thought through; hopes that ministers will see sense and put the needs of Scotland’s parents and pupils ahead of grandstanding, and calls on the SNP to start building schools again.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Andy Kerr, James Kelly, Mr Frank McAveety, Michael McMahon, Sarah Boyack, Iain Gray, Jackie Baillie, John Park, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Mulligan, Ken Macintosh, Trish Godman

S3M-1802 Kenneth Gibson: Isle of Arran Wildlife Festival—That the Parliament strongly supports the Isle of Arran Wildlife Festival, being held this year from 14 to 21 May; notes the hard work put in by the community of Arran, in association with VisitArran, RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage with 14 other partners ranging from CalMac and Stagecoach to Arran Natural History Society and the Community of Arran Seabed Trust; is aware that scores of interesting and exciting events will take place during the festival including walks, talks, boat explorations, minibus safaris, bird, squirrel, bat, reptile, butterfly, deer and seal watching, beach cleaning, kayaking, ceramic tile painting, art exhibitions, films, distillery tours, an optics demonstration, lino cutting and t-shirt printing; is aware that the vast majority of events are free, suitable for people of all ages and not too physically demanding; knows that a warm welcome awaits visitors to Arran and the festival in particular, and invites people to visit the beautiful island of Arran during the festival, enjoy themselves and return again soon.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Mike Pringle, Roseanna Cunningham, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Stuart McMillan, Jackson Carlaw, Robin Harper, Jamie Stone, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, John Wilson, Willie Coffey, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson

S3M-1801# Bill Kidd: Towards an Inclusive Community—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Lintel Trust, Glasgow, of A Resource Guide For Housing Associations In Promoting Black And Minority Ethnic Participation In Governance Structures building upon the findings of the previous report From Rhetoric to Reality which identified that, despite the existence of guidance regarding their involvement in governance arrangements, BME people were still excluded from or under-represented in such bodies, and believes that this excellent resource effectively brings together the many strands of guidance and good practice available and will serve to aid inclusive living leading to stronger local communities.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Des McNulty, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie

S3M-1800 Robin Harper: Dutch Organic Foods Public Procurement Standards—That the Parliament notes that, in addition to encouraging consumers to buy organic products, the Dutch Government will play its own part in boosting demand for organic products by ensuring that all government procurement must be sustainably sourced from 2010 onward with a minimum of 40% organic content and that the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture has agreed to source 75% of food at its canteens from organic suppliers; further notes that the previous administration agreed an organic farming action plan in 2003, and calls on the Scottish Government to set the same standards in public procurement across Scotland as are now being set in the Netherlands.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd

S3M-1799# Sandra White: Challenging Man’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report, Challenging Man’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland, a collaboration between the Women’s Support Project in Glasgow and US organisation, Prostitute Research and Education; notes with concern the evidence that men who use prostitutes regularly are more likely to regard other women as "objects" and the link between using prostitutes and sexual violence against women, and believes that the evidence presented in the report will serve to inform and shape the debate and future direction of prostitution in Scotland.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Angela Constance, Elaine Smith, Brian Adam, Johann Lamont, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Pauline McNeill

S3M-1799.1 Margo MacDonald: Challenging Man’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1799) in the name of Sandra White, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "deplores the publication of the report, Challenging Man’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland, as it lacks any academic merit, is based on material gathered after payments to respondents, is guilty of bias leading to foolish conclusions and presents the public with a simplistic view of a highly complex subject; notes the outrage expressed by 16 distinguished academics who have joined Dr Jane Scoular, Reader in Law at the University of Strathclyde, in utterly condemning the report, and notes that the academics believe that "this research violates fundamental principles of human research ethics in that there is no evidence of any benefit to the population studied…It seems highly unlikely that the participants were ever informed of the true nature of the research, which could well have influenced their response. This sort of research is dangerous"."

S3M-1798 Kenneth Gibson: Membership of Commission on Scottish Devolution—That the Parliament notes with disappointment the membership of the Commission on Scottish Devolution; is aware that the commission purports to comprise "the range of pro-Union opinion in Scotland", according to the Scotland Office; notes that of 15 members on the commission, five are members of the House of Lords and two are knights of the realm, hardly a cross-section of Scottish society, and believes that the National Conversation, which welcomes input from Scots of all opinions and from all walks of life, is a better vehicle for addressing Scotland’s constitutional future than the hand-picked unionist clique who form the commission.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Angela Constance, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1798.1 Robert Brown: Membership of Commission on Scottish Devolution—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1798) in the name of Kenneth Gibson, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "welcomes the historic first meeting of the Commission on Scottish Devolution, with its wide-ranging membership, representative both of political parties who support effective Home Rule for Scotland within the United Kingdom and of wider civic society; wishes the commission well in its important work of reviewing the powers of the Parliament against the background of the success of the Home Rule settlement, and believes that the commission is solidly based on a resolution of the Scottish Parliament and the support of a substantial majority of MSPs, unlike the National Conversation set up by the current Scottish Government which has no parliamentary or popular mandate."

Supported by: Jim Hume*, Ken Macintosh*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-1797 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Advice and Assistance (Limits, Conditions and Representation (Scotland) Regulations 2008)—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Limits, Conditions and Representation (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1796 Ian McKee: Independent Funding Review of Free Personal and Nursing Care—That the Parliament notes the work of the Independent Funding Review of Free Personal and Nursing Care led by Lord Sutherland; welcomes the continued support for the policy of free personal and nursing care; supports the recommendations of the review to improve the delivery of free personal care across Scotland; acknowledges the work of the Scottish Government and local authorities to deliver better free personal care services, and supports Lord Sutherland’s recommendation that the attendance allowance, valued at £30 million annually, be reinstated.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Angela Constance, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd

S3M-1795 Bob Doris: The Ben Nevis Beyond Boundaries Challenges—That the Parliament applauds the Ben Nevis: Beyond Boundaries Challenge taking place on 31 May 2008, which is designed to raise £100,000 for both Scope and Capability Scotland; praises the efforts of the Monarch’s of the Ben team from Glasgow and the other nine teams that will take part; notes that the project, led by TV presenter Ken Hames, will involve teams led by wheelchair users attempting to scale Ben Nevis; considers that such an initiative will not only raise much-needed funds but is also a worthy symbol of a barrier-free Scotland for all those with any form of disability, and wishes all 10 teams every success, that the climb is completed safely and that their fundraising targets are met.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Aileen Campbell, Mike Pringle, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Elizabeth Smith, Jamie McGrigor, Rob Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Hepburn, Nanette Milne, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1794 Patrick Harvie: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Should Protect All Children—That the Parliament welcomes the UK Government’s review of its general reservation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); recognises that the reservation prevents children seeking asylum and trafficked children in Scotland from realising their rights as children; acknowledges the support that members across the Parliament have given to ensuring that asylum-seeking children are treated with dignity and respect as children; notes that the United Kingdom will be assessed on its implementation of the UNCRC later this year, and calls on the Scottish Government to support the removal of the reservation.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Butler, Roseanna Cunningham, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd

S3M-1793# Bill Wilson: The Beijing Olympics and Chinese Human Rights Abuses—That the Parliament notes that the Fundamental Principles of Olympism include the preservation of human dignity and that, just before the Olympics were awarded to China in 2001, Wang Wei, Secretary-General of the official Beijing bid committee, stated, "We will give the media complete freedom to report when they come to China...We are confident that the Games coming to China not only promotes our economy but also enhances all social conditions, including education, health and human rights"; notes that various human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, are of the opinion that, with the detention and torture of journalists and human rights activists and China’s ongoing high but undisclosed number of executions, the human rights situation has deteriorated since 2001; further notes that, although China calls on people not to politicise the Olympics, it boycotted the games itself in 1956 and 1980 for overtly political reasons; agrees with Amnesty International that standing up for human rights is not playing politics and is, in fact, in accord with the spirit of the Olympics, and in that spirit wishes athletes from the West of Scotland and other regions the best of luck in their events in the Beijing Olympics.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Bill Kidd

S3M-1792 John Park: Viva Madiba Viva!—That the Parliament sends its best wishes to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 90th birthday on 18 July 2008; salutes his lifelong struggle against injustice, poverty and racism and for freedom, democracy and peace for all; welcomes the birthday card and appeal to fund projects in South Africa organised by ACTSA Scotland, the successor to the Scottish Anti-Apartheid Movement, on behalf of the people of Scotland to celebrate this landmark birthday, and hopes that as many civic organisations, voluntary groups, trade unions, elected representatives and individuals as possible take the time to add their names in a message of continuing solidarity with Nelson Mandela and the people of Southern Africa.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, David Whitton, Cathie Craigie, Pauline McNeill, Malcolm Chisholm, Margaret Curran, Claire Baker, Patricia Ferguson, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Butler, Ken Macintosh, Iain Gray, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, George Foulkes, Mr Frank McAveety, Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Robert Brown, Sarah Boyack, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Mary Mulligan, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Marilyn Livingstone, Stuart McMillan, Angela Constance, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Tricia Marwick, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1791 Pauline McNeill: The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama—That the Parliament recognises the value and contribution of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow to the arts in Scotland and further afield; notes that the RSAMD is Scotland’s only national conservatoire of music and drama and a recognised world-class institution producing famous alumni, including the current Dr Who, David Tennant, and acclaimed actors Alan Cumming, James McAvoy, Bill Paterson and Daniella Nardini, as well as renowned musicians, singers, composers and conductors; further notes that the academy has ensured that students have benefited from the high standard of one-on-one tuition which conservatoire teaching provides, despite the fact that drama courses have not been funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council to conservatoire level; is concerned that this historic underfunding has finally come to a head and is leading to a restructuring exercise among teaching staff which threatens the quality of teaching at the academy, including major changes to staff contracts and a failure to rule out compulsory redundancies, and calls on the Scottish Government to fund the current £600,000 gap and work with the funding council to ensure that drama and music courses are both funded to conservatoire level to ensure that Scotland remains at the centre of international arts provision.

Supported by: Claire Baker, David Whitton, Karen Gillon, Malcolm Chisholm, Jamie Stone, Margaret Curran, Karen Whitefield, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Butler, Iain Gray, Ken Macintosh, Tavish Scott, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, John Park, Elaine Murray, George Foulkes, Jim Hume, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Hugh O’Donnell, Des McNulty, Mike Pringle, Elaine Smith, Andy Kerr, Patricia Ferguson, Alison McInnes, Cathy Jamieson*, Rhona Brankin*, Robert Brown*

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.

Supported by: Andy Kerr, Brian Adam, Ted Brocklebank, Jamie McGrigor, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Kidd, John Lamont, Rob Gibson, Dr Richard Simpson, Kenneth Gibson, Ross Finnie, Bill Aitken, Roseanna Cunningham, Malcolm Chisholm, Jackson Carlaw, Robert Brown, Mary Scanlon, David McLetchie, Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Mitchell, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Ken Macintosh, Karen Gillon, Murdo Fraser, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Park, Cathy Peattie, Mary Mulligan, Sandra White, Annabel Goldie, Aileen Campbell, Trish Godman, Margaret Curran, Mike Pringle, Lewis Macdonald, Sarah Boyack*

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, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Karen Whitefield, Jack McConnell, Rhoda Grant

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1789 Closure of JVC Facility in East Kilbride (lodged on 25 April 2008) Elaine Smith* R

S3M-1787# Tackling Excess Packaging (lodged on 25 April 2008) John Park*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Liam McArthur*, Jamie Stone*, Elaine Smith*, Robert Brown*

S3M-1761 Tigerfest ‘08 (lodged on 22 April 2008) Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-1691 Strategy for Play (lodged on 10 April 2008) Sarah Boyack*, Iain Gray*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1657 European Maritime Day (lodged on 27 March 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Helen Eadie*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Tavish Scott*, Bill Kidd*, Keith Brown*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Elaine Smith*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Robin Harper*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*

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