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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1883 Elaine Smith: No to Nestlé—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision to award the contract for Scotland’s local authorities’ bottled water to Nestlé; considers this decision to be, at the very least, misguided given Nestlé’s previous involvement in a number of aggressive marketing campaigns to promote formula milk; notes that Nestlé utilises marketing practices which appear to be in direct violation of the WHO/UNICEF International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes; further notes Nestlé’s powerful influence over market trends, governments and other companies, culminating in the adoption of questionable marketing practices which could weaken legislation designed to protect infant health; views with interest report findings published by International Baby Food Action Network which shows Nestlé to be the largest single source of violation of the marketing code worldwide, and calls for an obligation to be placed on local authorities to thoroughly research companies to ensure that a positive ethical choice is made when spending taxpayers’ money.

*S3M-1882 John Scott: Glasgow Prestwick International Airport - Best Cargo Airport—That the Parliament applauds Glasgow Prestwick International Airport on being named Best Cargo Airport at the 25th Air Cargo News Awards; notes that the airport handles on average 20 Boeing 747 freighters each week and continues to improve its freight development month on month, and commends the management and workforce of Glasgow Prestwick International Airport for their efforts which have resulted in this award.

*S3M-1881 Keith Brown: The National Game on Terrestrial Television—That the Parliament notes the new findings of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission that there is an overwhelming 96% public support for Scotland’s international football matches being shown on free-to-air terrestrial television from among those interested in football and even 70% support from those who would not watch it; recognises that only one-third of households have access to subscription TV services; supports the right of the entire Scottish public to see the national team playing the national sport, and reiterates calls for this to take place, either through successful and wholehearted bidding by terrestrial broadcasters or through the exercise of government powers to reserve Scotland matches exclusively for terrestrial television.

*S3M-1880 Bill Wilson: The BBC’s Attack on Venezuela—That the Parliament deplores the clear implication of the BBC’s words on page 28 of the May/June issue of its magazine, World Agenda, that, with regard to human rights and democracy, Venezuela is comparable to Burma and Iran; notes that Venezuela continues to improve the welfare of its people, particularly in terms of combating poverty and illiteracy, raising pensions and improving healthcare; considers that Venezuela, since Hugo Chávez’s election in 1998 and with the exception of the short-lived US-backed coup, has an excellent track record with regard to democracy as evidenced by the fact that Chávez not only won 11 national votes in nine years and that all elections have been described by international monitors as free and fair, but also by the fact that he respected the electorate’s recent narrow rejection of a proposed new constitution; believes that the independent Latinobarómetro report on Latin American countries demonstrates that Venezuelans have an overwhelmingly positive view of their democracy and great confidence in their government and president, and accordingly calls on the BBC to justify its categorisation of Venezuela alongside Burma and Iran and, if it is unable to do so, to retract its words and offer an unequivocal apology to the government and people of Venezuela whose integrity it has called into question.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

*S3M-1879 Bashir Ahmad: Muslim Police Association—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s first Muslim Police Association (MPA); believes that the MPA will play an important dual role in both tackling the ever-increasing problem of Islamophobia and confronting any institutional fears that may exist within the force, and welcomes the move to recruit more people from diverse backgrounds into the police force.

*S3M-1878 Joe FitzPatrick: Universal Infant Pneumococcal Vaccination—That the Parliament welcomes the news that, between October and December 2007, 96.4% of children in Scotland received primary vaccination against invasive pneumococcal disease, compared with 89.1% in England; notes that in the 18 months since the vaccine was introduced there has been a marked fall in the number of invasive pneumococcal infections in paediatric practice and in the associated morbidity and mortality; encourages healthcare professionals and parents to address the issue of 1-in-10 children not currently receiving a booster, thus making them vulnerable, and agrees with the Minister for Public Health that this high uptake of the vaccine "is a reflection of the commitment of health professionals, voluntary bodies and most importantly the commitment of parents" to the protection of Scotland’s children against this killer disease.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*, Alasdair Allan*, Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*, Nigel Don*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Wilson*, Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-1877 Bashir Ahmad: Kelvingrove Art Gallery - Scotland’s Top Attraction—That the Parliament wishes to congratulate Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for being Scotland’s top tourist attraction in 2007; notes that, with over 2.2 million visitors last year, the gallery has raised the bar for other such tourist sites; further notes the hard work and dedication of staff and volunteers at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in making it a world-class attraction, and wishes it continued success in the coming years.

*S3M-1876 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Park School—That the Parliament congratulates Park School, Kilmarnock, on its victory in the 2008 Camanachd National First Shinty indoor 5-a-side tournament in Aviemore; notes the team’s fantastic record of winning four out of its five games in the tournament, with the loss of just one goal for 11 scored, and congratulates all of the players on their tremendous achievement.

*S3M-1875 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Pupils from East Ayrshire Schools—That the Parliament congratulates pupils from across East Ayrshire, including Fenwick, St Columba’s and St Matthew’s primary schools, who combined their artistic and creative talents to produce the innovative Local Heroes exhibition based on personal heroes chosen and researched by the pupils; commends Elaine Scott of East Ayrshire Council, the teachers and many others who supported the pupils to deliver this fantastic exhibition; notes that the exhibition will continue at the Dick Institute until 26 May 2008, and welcomes the prospect of further exhibitions on Burns and Ayrshire innovators during the year of Homecoming 2009.

*S3M-1874 Lewis Macdonald: Aberdeen Forensics Laboratory—That the Parliament notes the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, in answer to question S3O-3214 on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447) , that there will be "a full, frank and transparent" consultation on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen; calls on Scottish ministers to consult all interested parties at the earliest possible opportunity, including the general public in the areas affected by these proposals, and looks forward to publication of the consultation document, and of responses to the consultation from public bodies, in order to ensure the fullest possible transparency in the decision-making process.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Richard Baker*, Jackie Baillie*

*S3M-1873 Jamie Hepburn: Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day—That the Parliament notes the third Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), taking place on 15 June 2008, as a way to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward throughout the whole year; notes with concern estimates by Action on Elder Abuse that at least 500,000 older people in the United Kingdom and at least 20,000 in Ireland suffer such abuse; believes that persistent campaigning by older people’s groups has helped to raise awareness and to begin to tackle this issue, and calls on people across Scotland to support Elder Abuse Awareness Day and all efforts to end abuse of older people.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Aileen Campbell*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Mike Pringle*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Elaine Smith*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1872 Cathy Peattie: Edinburgh Scots Music Group—That the Parliament is extremely disappointed that the Scottish Arts Council has withdrawn funding from the award-winning Edinburgh Scots Music Group (SMG); notes that the group was formed in 1990 out of Edinburgh Adult Learning Project’s education and community development process and that the SMG has taught traditional music song and dance to literally thousands of adults over almost two decades, making a vital contribution to bringing the tradition back into the heart of community and cultural life in Scotland; further notes that SMG was voted Community Project of the Year at the BBC Radio Scotland Traditional Music Awards in November 2007; believes that the Scottish Arts Council should fund the maintenance of traditional forms, continuing successful and popular initiatives and voluntary organisations that are delivering all this and creating and maintaining participative traditional arts in communities, and further believes that the Scottish Government should ensure that Scottish cultural policy explicitly states the importance of such funding.

S3M-1871 Claire Baker: A School of Ambition - Kirkland High—That the Parliament congratulates Kirkland High School in Methil, Fife, for making good progress in its latest HM Inspectorate of Education report; welcomes Kirkland High pupils to the Parliament for the Europe Day Conference; congratulates the headteacher, Ronnie Ross, and his team of staff for bringing improvements in pupil attainment; notes that the report highlights areas where improvements could be made and that the school is continuing to work hard to bring about the required improvements; highlights that Kirkland High was part of the schools of ambition programme which allowed the school to invest heavily including in its drama facilities; notes that the report highlights that pupil attainment was strongest in art, music and computing, and strongly condemns the Scottish Government’s decision to axe the schools of ambition programme and its failure to provide any replacement funding programme and fears that future opportunities for similar investment by Kirkland High and other schools of ambition will not be possible, reducing opportunities for many pupils from deprived areas across Scotland to fulfil their true potential.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1870 Nicol Stephen: Baroness Michie of Gallanach—That the Parliament notes with sorrow the death of Ray Michie, who had a long and distinguished career in Scottish politics, serving as the Liberal Democrat MP for Argyll and Bute from 1987 to 2001 and then as Baroness Michie of Gallanach in the House of Lords until her passing, and pays tribute to her lifelong commitment to the Gaelic language, Highland culture and, most of all, her unswerving campaigning for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Geàrr thiotal: Bana-Mhorair Michie na Gallanaich

S3M-01870 Nicol Stephen (Obar Dheathain a Deas) (LD): Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid ag aithneachadh le mòr-bhròn bàs Ray Michie, a chuir seachad mòran bhliadhnaichean ann an saoghal Poileataigs na h-Alba, mar Bhall-Pàrlamaid Liberalach Democrataigeach Earra-Ghàidheal is Bhòid bho 1987 gu 2001 agus an uair sin mar Bhana-Mhorair na Gallanaich ann an Taigh nam Morairean gus an do chaochail i; agus a’ moladh na rinn i fad a beatha son cor na Gàidhlig, cultur na Gàidhealtachd agus, thar a h-uile nì eile, a treibhdhireachd is seasmhachd ann a bhith a’ coiteachadh son stèidheachadh Pàrlamaid na h-Alba.

Supported by: Ross Finnie, Liam McArthur, Jim Tolson, Jim Hume, Alison McInnes, John Farquhar Munro, Tavish Scott, Robert Brown, Jeremy Purvis, Iain Smith, Mike Rumbles, Mike Pringle, Jamie Stone, Mr Frank McAveety, Roseanna Cunningham, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Murdo Fraser, Nanette Milne, Patrick Harvie, Ken Macintosh, Ted Brocklebank, David Whitton, Bob Doris, Alasdair Morgan, Sandra White, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Joe FitzPatrick*, Cathie Craigie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Rob Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, George Foulkes*, Elaine Smith*, Christopher Harvie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1869 Dr Richard Simpson: Stroke Awareness Day—That the Parliament welcomes Stroke Awareness Day on Tuesday 13 May 2008, which is an annual health campaign that aims to increase public knowledge of strokes and the need for urgent diagnosis because of its devastating effects; recognises that a stroke is one of the top three causes of death in the United Kingdom and the leading cause of severe disability; commends the hard work of the Stroke Association in campaigning for improved health and social care for stroke survivors and their families; further recognises that each year 150,000 people suffer a stroke in the UK; acknowledges the role of frontline staff in delivering and developing services for the thousands of people affected each year; welcomes the significant improvements in prevention and rehabilitation over the last nine years; supports health improvement initiatives to reduce the incidence of stroke, and looks forward to the development of more integrated services that are backed up by significant and dedicated resources.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*

S3M-1868 Dr Richard Simpson: International Nurses Day 2008—That the Parliament celebrates International Nurses Day on 12 May, which marks Florence Nightingale’s birthday; recognises the invaluable role that nurses have played throughout the 60-year history of the NHS in Scotland, one that has changed beyond recognition since the days of Florence Nightingale and is now even more important, and believes that it is more important than ever that the Scottish Government undertakes effective workforce planning to meet probable future shortages, especially in mental health nursing.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*

S3M-1867 Dr Richard Simpson: World Hepatitis Day—That the Parliament supports World Hepatitis Day on 19 May 2008 as a means of increasing awareness of hepatitis worldwide; recognises the significance of the World Health Organisation’s estimates that there could be as many as 500 million people chronically infected with Hepatitis B and C; welcomes the completion of phase one of the previous Scottish Administration’s Hepatitis C action plan and the impending launch of phase two of the plan, and further recognises that with early diagnosis and dramatic improvements in treatment hepatitis is, in the majority of cases, now curable.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*

S3M-1866 Patrick Harvie: Flying the Rainbow Flag at Holyrood on International Day Against Homophobia—That the Parliament notes that International Day Against Homophobia takes place on 17 May; expresses dismay that there are still 77 countries in the world today where it is a criminal offence to be gay and that these countries punish women, men and children because of their sexuality and that in seven countries the punishment is death; supports actions being taken by the Scottish Government as well as local authorities, the voluntary sector and others to combat homophobic prejudice, discrimination and violence, and considers that it would also be highly appropriate for the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to arrange for the flying of a rainbow flag from one of the flagpoles at the main entrance to Holyrood on 17 May 2008 and on International Day Against Homophobia each year thereafter.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Cathy Peattie*, Robin Harper*, Aileen Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, George Foulkes*, Bill Wilson*, Jim Tolson*, Ken Macintosh*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Marlyn Glen*, Bill Butler*, Bob Doris*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-1865♦ Claire Baker: A Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme for Scotland—That the Parliament is concerned that the withholding of deposits unreasonably continues to be a problem for tenants in the private rented sector; notes that the private rented sector provides over 230,000 homes to households in Scotland, some 8% of all households, including families, students, migrant workers and young professionals; further notes that many tenants, on leaving a tenancy, rely on the return of their deposit to pay the upfront deposit and rent for their new property and that withholding a deposit unfairly can lead to hardship, debt and ultimately homelessness; highlights recent research by St Andrew’s University Student Union that found that 24% of students there have had unjustified deductions made from their deposits and 28% have faced unreasonable delays of more than 28 days in returning their deposits; acknowledges the successful introduction of the tenancy deposit protection scheme in operation in England and Wales which ensures protection for both landlords and tenants, and believes that powers already on statute in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 could be used to further a deposit protection scheme for Scotland, building on landlord registration and accreditation initiatives already in place.

S3M-1864 Elaine Smith: Keep INTO Out—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed introduction of private company, INTO, to deliver core education provision at Glasgow Caledonian University; considers that privatisation of this provision would undoubtedly be detrimental to the quality of service delivery as it is unlikely to be of the same quality as mainstream provision; acknowledges the impact on terms and conditions of staff employed by private companies like INTO which is likely to reduce their morale and ultimately impact on the quality of the learning experience of students; notes that Glasgow Caledonian University is a publicly funded institution and is therefore accountable for how it uses its public funds; recognises the obligation of Scottish universities to remain active in the recruitment of international students unable to access appropriate education in their native countries and therefore accepts the need to provide a consistently superior service that is not subject to market demands; notes that education is far too important to be trusted to market forces, and believes that the introduction of the private sector in such a sensitive area of educational provision is clearly dangerous and must be resisted.

Supported by: Helen Eadie, John Wilson, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1863 Iain Gray: Congratulations to Preston Lodge Rugby Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Preston Lodge RFC on winning the Scottish Hydro Electric National Bowl final held at Murrayfield Stadium on 3 May 2008 by 18 points to 10; commends its performance and that of its opponents, Dalziel RFC; applauds both sets of fans for their vociferous and passionate support of their teams; regrets that the future of the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield competitions are in doubt, and hopes that these competitions will be retained in the Scottish rugby calendar for the benefit of rugby clubs, their players and supporters around the country.

S3M-1862 Richard Baker: Congratulations to Cove Rangers, Champions of the Scottish Highland Football League—That the Parliament congratulates Cove Rangers FC for winning this season’s Scottish Highland Football League; notes that the club can achieve the league and cup double when it competes in the Scottish Highland League Cup final on 10 May 2008, and hopes that Scottish football will make progress in developing a pyramid system to allow Cove Rangers FC and other clubs the opportunity to compete in the Scottish Football League.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Jim Tolson*, Mary Mulligan*, Lewis Macdonald*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-1861# Keith Brown: Support for Veterans in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises that ex-service personnel in Ochil and throughout Scotland often suffer particular problems in areas such as health, employment, housing and pensions; welcomes the recent Scottish Government announcements of support for the Houses for Heroes Campaign, run by the Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association, and the Scottish Veterans’ Fund, run in association with Veterans Scotland; believes that the commitment to assistance from a Scottish perspective is particularly important; further believes that the Parliament should be at the centre of the developing debate about how best to provide appropriate support to ex-service personnel, and welcomes any initiatives by the Scottish Government to continue to engage with the range of organisations involved in supporting ex-service personnel and addressing the challenges that they face.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Christine Grahame, Angela Constance, John Wilson, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Roseanna Cunningham, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Robin Harper*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1860 Mary Mulligan: Getting it Right for Every Deaf Child—That the Parliament celebrates Deaf Awareness Week from 5 to 11 May 2008; shares the vision of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) of a world without barriers for every deaf child; acknowledges that the NDCS estimates that there are almost 3,000 deaf children in Scotland today; agrees that the family is the most important influence on a deaf child’s development in the early years; acknowledges, however, that 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little or no previous experience of deafness; is aware that Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, introduced in Scotland in 2005, means that more deaf children are being identified earlier; agrees that this should be an opportunity for parents to access co-ordinated support from professionals to help them to unlock their deaf child’s potential from the moment of diagnosis; recognises the crucial role that qualified professionals working within the health, education, social care and voluntary sector play in providing support to parents in providing emotional support and developing language and communication skills with their child in the early years; is aware of the fact that in 2003 the Department for Education and Skills published detailed guidance, Developing Early Intervention/Support Services for Deaf Children and their Families, for professionals working with deaf children and their families in the early years setting in England; is concerned that there is currently no such national guidance for professionals working with deaf children and their families in Scotland, meaning that services vary throughout the country, and therefore endorses NDCS’s call for the Scottish Government’s forthcoming early years strategy to acknowledge and consider the specific support needs of deaf children and their families in the early years and commit to producing detailed guidance for professionals working with deaf children and their families in the early years setting.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Patricia Ferguson, Mike Pringle, Charlie Gordon, David Stewart, Dr Richard Simpson, John Park, Ken Macintosh, Christina McKelvie, Trish Godman, Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Smith, Jim Hume, Liam McArthur, Iain Gray, Bill Kidd, Mary Scanlon, Claire Baker, Johann Lamont, Christine Grahame, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Murray, Marilyn Livingstone, Nanette Milne, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathie Craigie, Irene Oldfather, Robert Brown*, Margaret Curran*

S3M-1859 Elaine Smith: National Breastfeeding Awareness Week—That the Parliament welcomes National Breastfeeding Awareness Week which takes place from 11 to 17 May 2008; acknowledges the importance of the week in raising awareness of, and support for, breastfeeding; further acknowledges the extent of the challenges faced in Scotland in facilitating a cultural shift in favour of breastfeeding and securing improvements in rates of uptake and duration; notes the findings of recent research in Belarus which suggests that breastfed babies tend to have higher IQ; further notes with interest the views of health visiting experts in Leeds which indicate that a woman’s choice to start and sustain breastfeeding is highly influenced by the support of her partner; considers that more work must be done at a national level to promote support for breastfeeding among men and to challenge negative attitudes where required; believes that more general information and assistance is required to promote breastfeeding as an important public health priority, and calls on the Scottish Executive to promote material aimed specifically at men to act as a mechanism for discussion to ensure that men are made aware of the advantages of breastfeeding and encouraged to offer support to partners.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Patrick Harvie, John Wilson, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Sarah Boyack, Claire Baker, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Iain Gray, Gil Paterson, Jim Tolson, John Park, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Butler, Alasdair Allan, Ken Macintosh, Angela Constance, Elaine Murray, Jamie Hepburn, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Marlyn Glen, David Whitton, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Dr Richard Simpson, Alison McInnes, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Mary Mulligan, Marilyn Livingstone, Irene Oldfather, James Kelly*

S3M-1858 Mary Mulligan: National Epilepsy Week—That the Parliament recognises the contribution made by Epilepsy Scotland and fellow Scottish members of the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland (JEC) to raise awareness and combat the stigma associated with epilepsy; supports these organisations in marking National Epilepsy Week; acknowledges that just 50 years ago some people with uncontrollable seizures were hidden away in asylums or sent to live in epilepsy "colonies"; congratulates JEC organisations in challenging this kind of segregation and informing public attitudes; applauds initiatives by the Cross-Party Group on Epilepsy and Scottish JEC members to educate school staff and pupils about epilepsy; values the Scottish Government’s ongoing support for Epilepsy Scotland’s Employer of the Year award which recognises epilepsy best practice, and praises the awareness training provided for the Parliament’s own staff so that epilepsy is no longer hidden and misunderstood.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Wilson, Mike Pringle, Alasdair Allan, Roseanna Cunningham, Ken Macintosh, Christina McKelvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Trish Godman, Kenneth Gibson, Malcolm Chisholm, Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Smith, Jim Hume, Iain Gray, Liam McArthur, Bill Kidd, Claire Baker, Karen Whitefield, John Lamont, Alison McInnes, Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Johann Lamont, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Bashir Ahmad, Marilyn Livingstone, Mary Scanlon, Brian Adam, Mr Frank McAveety, Nanette Milne, Cathie Craigie, Des McNulty, Irene Oldfather, Robert Brown*, Margaret Curran*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-1857 Bill Wilson: Woolf Review Highlights UK Hypocrisy on Bribery—That the Parliament welcomes Lord Woolf’s review of BAE Systems plc, which calls for tougher anti-bribery measures, and BAE’s commitment to implement these recommendations in full; notes that in so doing the company would be an example to the UK Government in terms of fighting corruption; deplores the fact that the United Kingdom has, to date, not prosecuted a single company for foreign bribery offences, as required under the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery in International Business Transactions; further notes the highly critical assessments of the OECD regarding the failure of the UK to enact effective anti-corruption legislation for foreign bribery offences and to otherwise adequately enforce the convention, and considers that the UK stance in persuading developing countries to implement governance reforms whilst failing to act to curb corruption at home is hypocritical, thereby damaging the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, which depends on the global north and the global south pulling together to fight international corruption.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1856 Bill Wilson: Possible Replacement of Disability Living Allowance—That the Parliament believes that the present system of payment of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which provides money to disabled people based on the severity of their impairment rather than on the level of their income, should continue; deprecates UK Government proposals to remove this money from disabled people in order to support the implementation of "individualised budgets" as this would lead to uncertainty with regard to the level of individual budgets provided, to a loss of portability of the benefit and to the introduction of stigmatising means-testing, and accordingly asks for immediate discussions to take place between Scottish and UK ministers on this proposal, which has significant implications for issues of devolved responsibility, and for the outcome of these discussions to be brought before the Parliament and into the public arena.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Joe FitzPatrick, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd

S3M-1855 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Garnock Valley Rugby Club—That the Parliament congratulates Garnock Valley Rugby Club on winning the Scottish Hydro Electric Shield on Saturday 3 May 2008 at Murrayfield; notes that Garnock Valley defeated Kirkcaldy, a team from the division above, after an enthralling match, won 31-24 by Garnock Valley in the dying minutes; recognises that the victory was all the more remarkable as Garnock had to play without captain, Graeme Reid, and lock, Willie Clark, who were involved elsewhere as best man and groom that day, with Paul McCrorie, the stand-in skipper, delivering victory with his third try three minutes from time; is aware that hundreds of supporters travelled from North Ayrshire to cheer on their team and that the wedding guests were able to join the team at their post-match celebrations in Beith; salutes the hard work of everyone connected with Garnock Valley RC over many years culminating in this historic victory after near misses in the past and notes the comments by club president, Billy Walker, that it was "definitely the best day in the club’s history"; acknowledges that Garnock Valley RC are a real family club with all but two of the final 22 players being home-grown, and hopes and believes that Garnock Valley RC will now go from strength to strength, ensuring the continued growth and popularity of rugby in the Garnock Valley and across North Ayrshire.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Jim Tolson, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Bill Kidd

S3M-1854 Murdo Fraser: Rangers in the UEFA Cup Final—That the Parliament congratulates Rangers FC on its success in the UEFA Cup this season and for reaching the UEFA Cup Final against Zenit St Petersburg at the City of Manchester Stadium on the 14 May 2008; notes that over 10,000 Rangers fans travelled to Florence for its semi-final victory over Fiorentina, where the local authority organised fan zones and a large screen to show the match, with Rangers fans being congratulated on their excellent behaviour; recognises that over 100,000 Rangers fans intend to travel to Manchester to enjoy and experience the UEFA Cup Final atmosphere, with only 13,000 tickets allocated to Rangers fans; welcomes Manchester City Council’s decision to establish fan zones in the city but is disappointed that there are no plans to set up large screens to show the match in the fan zones and hopes that, in the interests of fans, Manchester City Council will set up large screens to show the match, and wishes Rangers FC success in the UEFA Cup Final.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Brian Adam, John Lamont, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Bill Butler, George Foulkes, John Park, Mike Pringle, Jamie McGrigor, Keith Brown, Mr Frank McAveety, Bashir Ahmad, Cathie Craigie

S3M-1853 Robin Harper: The Fife Diet—That the Parliament congratulates the ongoing committment of the volunteers who created, and are living on, the Fife Diet; recognises their commitment to local food and eating a diet based on produce from Fife, as opposed to imported into Scotland from around the world; further recognises that eating locally grown high-quality food can help to reduce carbon emissions, as well as improving Scotland’s diet and building local economies, and believes that the Scottish Government should follow the example of community projects like the Fife Diet in order to support and promote healthy, low-carbon, local, fresh food as part of its national food policy.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie

S3M-1852 Roseanna Cunningham: Pingat Jasa Malaysia - Service to Malaysia Medal—That the Parliament welcomes the ceremonies held in Perth on Wednesday 7 May 2008 for the presentation of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal by the Government of Malaysia; congratulates the 300 former service personnel honoured, including Douglas Czeschel of the Parliament’s security team; notes the citation accompanying the medal which reads "In appreciation of the meritorious acts and supreme sacrifices made by the security forces and civilian staff from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Nepal to Malaysia for one decade, the Supreme Head of the Federation of Malaysia wishes to award medals to all those who distinguished themselves in chivalry, gallantry and loyalty while performing their services", and welcomes the support now being given to the campaign for unrestricted wearing of the PJM by Lord Healey, Defence Minister at the time of the veterans’ service, and the Rt Hon Don Touhig MP, former Veterans Minister, and the Rt Hon Ian Pearson MP, former Foreign Office Minister, who were both involved in decisions regarding the PJM.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Brian Adam, Sandra White, David Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Andrew Welsh, Mike Pringle, Angela Constance, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Gil Paterson, Bashir Ahmad, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Christina McKelvie, Elaine Murray

S3M-1851 Jamie Hepburn: Presidency of Europe—That the Parliament notes recent reports that heads of government across Europe are increasingly opposed to Tony Blair being nominated for the position of President of the European Union; believes that whoever takes up this position should be capable of uniting the people of Europe behind shared values of peace and justice, and further believes that under no circumstances could the former Prime Minister fulfil such a role, given his responsibility for taking the United Kingdom into an illegal war in Iraq against the wishes of a majority of people in the UK and the European Union.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Willie Coffey, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, Angela Constance, Ian McKee, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-1850 Stuart McMillan: In It To Bin It—That the Parliament congratulates the Greenock Telegraph on its We’re In It To Bin It campaign supported by Inverclyde Council; acknowledges the drive to encourage Inverclyde businesses and community groups to organise a litter pick-up; also recognises the efforts of the pupils at Ravenscraig, Inverkip, St Ninians, Earnhill, Sacred Heart, St Laurence’s, St Patrick’s, Lady Alice, King’s Oak, St Kenneth’s, St Gabriel’s, St Michael’s and Overton primary schools in their bid to tackle litter around their school, and encourages the clean-up throughout Scotland to continue after the newspaper campaign is finished.

Supported by: Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Willie Coffey, Jim Tolson, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith

S3M-1847 Aileen Campbell: Cyclone in Burma—That the Parliament expresses its shock and concern at the massive loss of life in Burma following the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis passing through the country; sends its support to the humanitarian agencies and personnel working to alleviate the damage and save lives, and believes that the military regime in Burma should co-operate fully with the international community in order to ensure that relief and recovery efforts reach all those affected by the disaster as quickly as possible.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Christine Grahame, Ian McKee, Mike Pringle, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Liam McArthur, John Park, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Malcolm Chisholm, Jamie Hepburn, Des McNulty, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Jamie Stone, Bill Butler, Tavish Scott, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, Ross Finnie, Sandra White, Jack McConnell, Paul Martin, Angela Constance, Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Christina McKelvie, Irene Oldfather, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1844 Jeremy Purvis: Melrose Rugby Football Club—That the Parliament recognises the impressive achievement by Melrose RFC in winning the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup final on Saturday 3 May 2008; notes the historical significance of the club in introducing seven-aside rugby in 1883; recognises that the club has produced 22 international players, including Craig Chalmers, Keith Robertson and Jim Telfer, and congratulates the club on its 125 years of success.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1843 Robert Brown: Glasgow Housing Association and Second Stage Transfers—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Stock Valuation Study on Secondary Stock Transfer by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), produced by Mazars LLP; notes that second stage transfers have been publicly stated to be a priority for GHA and the Scottish Government; notes that the Mazars report confirms criticisms of the valuation methodology used by GHA, particularly the failure to disaggregate entire cost categories, contingency costs, management costs or central overhead costs and the failure to account for the reduced and delayed call on GHA’s private finance facility; notes that these valuation issues appear to compromise the principle of financial neutrality and to render individual stock transfers less viable, and calls on the Scottish Government to facilitate discussion and mediation between GHA and the relevant local housing organisations to ensure that second stage transfers proceed speedily and equitably in the interests of all tenants.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell

S3M-1843.1 Bob Doris: Glasgow Housing Association and Second Stage Transfers—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1843) in the name of Robert Brown, after "less viable" insert "believes that concerns in relation to the over-valuation of stock should mean that no housing association currently involved in the Secondary Stock Transfer Gateway process should be excluded on the basis of those valuations pending meaningful consideration of the issues raised in the Mazars study; further believes that any secondary stock transfer concluded using current valuations should receive a future financial adjustment if it is later found that said valuations were too high".

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White

S3M-1842 Robert Brown: Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman Centenary—That the Parliament notes that Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, the first Glasgow-born Prime Minister and the first to be officially known by the title "Prime Minister", died 100 years ago this year; recalls that Sir Henry’s father had been Lord Provost of Glasgow; applauds the achievements of Sir Henry as Leader of the great Liberal Government of 1905 to 1915, his landslide election victory of 1906 and the introduction of the foundations of much modern welfare provision, notably the first old age pensions; recalls his criticisms of Britain’s involvement in the Boer War which he memorably described as being waged by "methods of barbarism"; recalls his service as MP for Stirling Burghs from 1868 to 1908, and calls for the life and achievements of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman to be appropriately commemorated in his native city.

Supported by: Jamie Stone, Jim Tolson, Hugh O’Donnell, Liam McArthur, Jim Hume, Mike Pringle, Jack McConnell, Ross Finnie, Bill Kidd, Tavish Scott, Alison McInnes, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-1841 Alasdair Allan: Saving the Environment Energy and Money Project in Barra and Vatersay—That the Parliament congratulates the Saving the Environment Energy and Money (SEEM) project in Barra and Vatersay which has qualified for the penultimate round of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts Big Green Challenge; commends its initiative to link the aim of reducing Barra and Vatersay’s carbon footprint with tangible financial benefits for the community, and wishes those involved in the project well in their attempt to qualify for the last 10 in the competition.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Willie Coffey, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Mike Pringle, Joe FitzPatrick, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson

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-1679# Christopher Harvie: Supermarket Dominance in Scottish Retailing—That the Parliament notes with concern the dominance of large-scale supermarkets in Scottish retailing, as is evident in many of the burghs of Mid-Scotland and Fife, and considers that there should be an impartial study of their economic and social impact on communities and demand for local produce, taking into account other retail modes like smaller specialist shops, street markets or market halls and co-operatives.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Christine Grahame, Dave Thompson, John Wilson, Gil Paterson, Aileen Campbell

S3M-1297# John Park: Upper Forth Crossing—That the Parliament welcomes the progress being made in constructing the Upper Forth crossing; looks forward to its planned opening in 2008; recognises that when both crossings are operational this will greatly improve the road infrastructure and cut journey times around Kincardine; is concerned that increasingly the Forth Road Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles, placing a burden on the A985, A907 and A997; accepts that the existing Kincardine crossing is planned to close for a maintenance period following the opening of the Upper Forth crossing; is concerned that Kincardine will suffer severe traffic congestion as vehicles are diverted through and around the village to the new crossing, and is further concerned that the villages situated on the A907, such as Oakley, Blairhall, Carnock, Saline and Gowkhall will also be subjected to unprecedented levels of traffic congestion.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Rhona Brankin, Iain Gray, Paul Martin, Trish Godman, Claire Baker, Christopher Harvie, George Foulkes, Keith Brown, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1839# Family Law Disputes (lodged on 2 May 2008) Liam McArthur*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1836 Cumnock Juniors for the Cup (lodged on 2 May 2008) Willie Coffey*

S3M-1826 A New War Memorial for Edinburgh (lodged on 1 May 2008) Annabel Goldie*

S3M-1819 Blackridge Railway Station (lodged on 30 April 2008) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1815 2012 Olympic Games Contracts (lodged on 30 April 2008) Bill Wilson*, Ian McKee*

S3M-1796 Independent Funding Review of Free Personal and Nursing Care (lodged on 28 April 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-1738 Teachers Right to Anonymity (lodged on 18 April 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*

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