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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-1936 Bill Wilson: Challenging the European Investment Bank—That the Parliament welcomes the publication, with the financial assistance of the European Union, of the Citizens’ Guide to the European Investment Bank (EIB) by the coalition of development and environmental NGOs known as Counter Balance: Challenging the European Investment Bank; sympathises with the organisation’s desire that the EIB becomes a public interest-driven bank and a tool for achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals, that it should play a major role in the fight against climate change and that it should operate as a truly accountable institution and lend in a responsible manner rather than give public subsidies for private companies; concurs with the aim of increasing awareness among various civil groups of the environmental, social and human rights impacts of the EIB’s operations outwith the European Union, and believes that the EIB’s destructive activities to date, based on an outdated and counterproductive development model, would justify the name "Extractive Industries Bank" as referred to in the document.

*S3M-1935 Jamie Hepburn: UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities—That the Parliament notes that 26 countries have already ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and believes that the UK Government should ratify the convention at the earliest possible opportunity to signal that disabled citizens of the United Kingdom enjoy the same human rights afforded in all decent societies.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-1934 Nanette Milne: CLIC Sargent Food and Nutrition for Children and Young People with Cancer—That the Parliament is concerned that children and young people with cancer are not always offered food in hospital that is appetising and responsive to their needs; considers food and nutrition to be vital to these children and young people who need to keep up their immunity from infection, whose taste buds will change as a result of chemotherapy, and who are likely to be in hospital for some time; notes with concern that a survey of families by children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent, shows that 92% of families surveyed in Scotland have seen their food spending increase while their children were undergoing cancer treatment, and that all parents reported bringing food into the ward for their children; is concerned that food is being wasted in hospital due to its unappetising nature, and calls on the Scottish Government, through its Choosing the Right Ingredients discussion, to ensure that all children with cancer in Scotland are served good quality, appropriate food in hospital.

*S3M-1933 Brian Adam: Scrap the Fuel Duty Rise—That the Parliament notes the calls by both the Federation of Small Businesses and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to cancel the proposed 2p rise in fuel duty, due to be introduced in autumn 2008; notes figures from the Scottish Chambers of Commerce that indicate that the UK Government has received an additional £505 million of revenue due to rising fuel prices over the last six weeks; notes that, according to the Federation of Small Businesses, deferring the 2p rise by six months would cost £550 million, and therefore calls on the Chancellor, in light of this dramatic increase in revenues, to scrap the proposed rise in fuel duty and to introduce a fuel price regulator.

*S3M-1932 Bill Kidd: The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Parliament Project Team, based in the School of History at the University of St Andrews, in producing an online database, The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707, containing the proceedings of the Scottish Parliament from 1235 to 1707, including such entries as that of the 1318 King Robert Parliament "Concerning holding and observing common law and justice: The lord king wishes and commands that common law and common justice should be done as much to paupers as to wealthy people according to the ancient laws and liberties used rightly before these times".

*S3M-1931 Keith Brown: Re-linking Pensions to Average Earnings—That the Parliament supports the campaign by the Scottish Pensioners’ Forum on behalf of Scotland’s pensioners for a decent basic state pension; notes that 2008 is the 100th anniversary of the introduction of pensions in the United Kingdom; further notes that in the 2005 Westminster election, the manifestos of most parties called for the reintroduction of the link between annual increases in the basic state pension and annual increases in national average earnings; recognises that as of November 2006 this has also been the aim of the Labour government at Westminster; also recognises that decisions on matters relating to pensions are matters within the responsibility of the UK Government and Parliament, and therefore calls on the UK Government to effect the restoration of the link as soon as possible and substantially before 2012.

S3M-1930 Jim Tolson: Congratulations to the Midnight League Football Team, Woodmill Rovers of Dunfermline—That the Parliament congratulates Midnight League football team Woodmill Rovers, of Dunfermline, on winning the finals of the over-14s East of Scotland Midnight League at Tynecastle Stadium on 14 May 2008; welcomes the investment of the main sponsor, Bank of Scotland, in supporting the league; notes the success of the Midnight League 5-a-side community football programme throughout Scotland; commends everyone involved in supporting and organising the league, and wishes Woodmill Rovers every success in the future.

S3M-1929 Jim Tolson: Congratulations to Fife Council for Top Performance in National Assessment of Cycling Provision—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Council for coming top in performance for the second year in the National Assessment of Cycling Provision; notes that Fife retains the title for the best performing council in Scotland, scoring an impressive 71% against the required strategy; further notes that Fife Council was also commended for being highly prioritised in budgeting and strategy development and that the kingdom’s cycle network accommodates a wide variety of user needs, and acknowledges the high-quality work undertaken throughout Fife in promoting cycling as part of a comprehensive package of sustainable travel measures and as a healthy lifestyle activity.

S3M-1928 John Park: Train to Gain—That the Parliament notes the plans, announced by the Prime Minister on 14 May 2008, to give employees in England the legal right to request time to train from their employers; believes that such moves are necessary to increase the number of people who can gain more skills, become more productive and develop more fulfilling careers; further notes that consultation will be undertaken by the UK Government on how workers can be legally empowered to make such requests to undertake training and that the arrangements for employers would be modelled on the existing right to request flexible working; considers that such moves will increase employer and employee awareness of the training and funds available, including the Train to Gain service which helps businesses identify and address skills needs and is further supported by the UK Government funding rising to over £1 billion per year by 2010-11, and hopes that the Scottish Government will bring forward similarly progressive proposals that will benefit both employees and employers, help develop a skilled workforce for Scotland and provide a boost to the Scottish economy.

Supported by: Claire Baker*, Bill Butler*, Helen Eadie*, George Foulkes*, Des McNulty*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Hugh Henry*, Lewis Macdonald*, Elaine Smith*, Margaret Curran*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1927 Willie Coffey: Johnnie Walker Still Going Strong—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to Diageo and all those involved with Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky in Kilmarnock for the brand’s continuing success in the Power 100 ranking of the world’s wines and spirits for 2008; notes that Johnnie Walker Red Label is still going strong as the world’s number one whisky; recognises the importance of this brand to the economy of Kilmarnock and Loudoun, and acknowledges that Scotland’s position as the country with the most powerful brand identity in the drinks industry offers Scotland a sustainable competitive advantage that should be supported by all those concerned with Scotland’s economic performance.

S3M-1926# Elaine Murray: Success of First Year of Co-Operative Development Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the success of Co-operative Development Scotland in promoting and facilitating the development of co-operative enterprises across Scotland since it became fully operational in April 2007; notes that research carried out by Heriot-Watt University in 2006 estimated the combined annual turnover of co-operatives and mutuals in Scotland to be around £4 billion; believes that the contribution of this sector to the Scottish economy nationally and to local urban and rural economies, such as that of Dumfries and Galloway, could be increased, and believes that government funding for Co-operative Development Scotland should be extended beyond March 2009.

S3M-1925 John Wilson: Firpark School—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of Firpark special educational needs school in Motherwell for its success at the recent Carlisle Rock Challenge heat on Friday 2 May 2008, where the school took third place overall and also won the Cumbria Healthy Schools Award for the Best Set Design and the Staging and the Be your Best Foundation Award for Media Management and further notes the tremendous effort, dedication and commitment of the pupils and staff at the school in staging an energetic, fun and polished performance.

S3M-1924*#* Sandra White: Glasgow’s Rich Architectural Heritage—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that, after almost two decades of wrangling over ownership, the Egyptian Halls in Union Street, Glasgow, widely regarded as one of Alexander "Greek" Thomson’s greatest commercial masterpieces, will, after years of neglect, see restoration work begin early in 2009, which in turn will serve to support the ongoing rejuvenation of Union Street and to highlight Glasgow’s unrivalled eclectic architectural mix, and hopes that this positive outcome will serve as a catalyst to resolve other long-running disputes which threaten some of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings, such as the Lion Chambers, an A-listed building in Hope Street famed for its dramatic "Scottish Skyscraper" style which was once the hub for the artisan community in Glasgow and which to this day still attracts international acclaim and interest.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Patrick Harvie*, Rob Gibson*, Willie Coffey*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*, Des McNulty*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1923♦ Bill Butler: 60th Anniversary of the National Health Service—That the Parliament celebrates the 60th anniversary of the National Health Service, launched on 5 July 1948 by Labour Minister for Health, Aneurin Bevan; recognises the continuing relevance of its founding principles of a socialised health service, funded through general taxation, free to all at the point of need; salutes the huge contribution of all NHS staff down the years in providing vital, lifesaving care and treatment which has improved the quality of life for millions of people, leading to dramatic improvements in life expectancy; supports the central role of the state in providing healthcare free at the point of need; encourages communities throughout Scotland to become involved in events to mark this anniversary, including those organised by NHS Greater Glasgow, the Evening Times and Radio Clyde, which will tell the story of the first 60 years of the NHS and serve as a powerful reminder of the unacceptable state of healthcare available to the vast majority of the population prior to 1948, and considers that all citizens, trade unions, and politicians should remain true to the founding principles of the NHS.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Hugh Henry*, Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*, Rhoda Grant*, John Park*, Elaine Smith*, Patricia Ferguson*, Lewis Macdonald*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-1922 Willie Coffey: Tommy Burns and Kilmarnock FC—That the Parliament offers sympathies and prayers to the family of Tommy Burns; records that his service at Kilmarnock Football Club as a player and manager from 1989 to 1994 made a huge contribution to the revival in fortunes of that club, taking it into the Premier League and keeping it there; recognises his magnificent record at Celtic as a player and manager and as a Scotland player and coach, and further recognises his complete professionalism, which was complemented by his warm humanity and integrity.

S3M-1921 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of the Definition of Child Care Position) Order 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of the Definition of Child Care Position) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt

S3M-1920 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt

S3M-1919 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt

S3M-1918 Patricia Ferguson: Mondriaan and the Regeneration of Maryhill’s Canal—That the Parliament notes the achievement of Bellway Homes in securing a Homes for Scotland Quality Award for its Mondriaan Development in the Ruchill area of Glasgow; recognises that this development complements the regeneration of the Forth and Clyde Canal through Glasgow and notes that the award citation recognised how well the development related to the canal; welcomes the ongoing regeneration along this stretch of the canal, and looks forward to future high-quality developments at Speirs Locks and Maryhill Locks which will provide well-designed and sustainable communities through a mix of social rented and private housing.

S3M-1917 Tom McCabe: Earthquake in China—That the Parliament expresses its condolences and sympathy for the terrible loss of life and devastation following the earthquake which struck Sichuan province, and asks the Presiding Officer, on behalf of the Parliament, to send his condolences to the Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh.

S3M-1916 David Whitton: East Dunbartonshire CHP and National Breastfeeding Awareness Week—That the Parliament congratulates East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership for being the first in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area to be awarded the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Certificate of Commitment and notes the good work that health visitors, GPs and practice staff are doing in East Dunbartonshire to promote breastfeeding, especially during National Breastfeeding Awareness Week from 11 to 17 May 2008.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Bashir Ahmad, Marlyn Glen, Des McNulty, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, James Kelly, Trish Godman, Ken Macintosh, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Karen Gillon, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, John Scott, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan*, Helen Eadie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1915 Mr Frank McAveety: Tommy Burns Tribute—That the Parliament notes the sad passing of Celtic legend and first-team coach, Tommy Burns, at the age of 51; notes that he was born and bred in Glasgow’s Calton area where Celtic Football Club was itself born; recognises his vast achievements in Scottish football, including winning the Scottish Premier League title six times and the Scottish Cup four times as a player and once as manager with Celtic, the team he signed for in 1973 and for which he made 504 appearances, scored 52 goals and managed from 1994 to 1997, winning the club its first trophy in six years with a 1-0 victory over Airdrie in the 1995 Scottish Cup Final; recognises his record at Kilmarnock, the team he played for from 1989 to 1992 and managed from 1992 to 1994, which included achieving promotion to the Premier Division in the 1992-93 season; further recognises the impact he had on the English game with Newcastle United and Reading; notes the impact that Tommy had on the Scottish national team as coach from 2002 to 2007 and the enormous respect that he has generated from all corners of the football world; further notes that Tommy was the manager responsible for the world famous Celtic Huddle; expresses its sadness at his loss, and sends its condolences to his wife of 28 years, Rosemary, and their four children and grandchild.

Supported by: Michael McMahon, Margaret Curran, Sandra White, Jamie McGrigor, Johann Lamont, George Foulkes, Liam McArthur, Roseanna Cunningham, Elaine Murray, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Willie Coffey, Angela Constance, Nanette Milne, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Bill Butler, Marlyn Glen, Pauline McNeill, Paul Martin, John Wilson, Tavish Scott, Des McNulty, Patricia Ferguson, Iain Gray, Karen Whitefield, Karen Gillon, Elaine Smith, Cathy Jamieson, Ken Macintosh, Jim Hume, Murdo Fraser, Margaret Smith, John Park, Marilyn Livingstone, David Whitton, Christina McKelvie, James Kelly, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Ms Wendy Alexander, Richard Baker, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Keith Brown, John Scott, Mike Pringle, Mary Mulligan, Ted Brocklebank, Andy Kerr, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Irene Oldfather*, Alasdair Allan*, Jim Tolson*, Helen Eadie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Ross Finnie*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-1914 Bashir Ahmad: Passing of Tommy Burns—That the Parliament expresses its profound sadness at the death of Tommy Burns; further expresses its sympathy to his wife Rosemary, his family and friends; recognises Tommy Burns’ dedication, loyalty and passion for football and especially to the Scotland national team and Celtic Football Club, and believes that today we lost a true Scottish footballing great.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Willie Coffey, Stuart McMillan, Tavish Scott, Jim Hume, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Jamie McGrigor, Alex Neil, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Alex Johnstone, Murdo Fraser, Joe FitzPatrick, Jim Tolson, Christine Grahame, Bill Butler, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Liam McArthur, John Park, Jackson Carlaw, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, George Foulkes, Des McNulty, Andrew Welsh, Paul Martin, Bill Kidd, Trish Godman, Michael Matheson, Johann Lamont, Keith Brown, Robin Harper, Ted Brocklebank, John Scott, Dave Thompson*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-1913 Jamie Hepburn: Sistema Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the creation of Sistema Scotland, a charitable organisation that will work with young people in the Raploch area of Stirling, providing them with practical opportunities that they might not otherwise have had to learn how to play musical instruments; further welcomes that the children will all be provided with breakfast at Sistema Scotland’s first summer school; notes that the inspiration for the organisation comes from El Sistema in Venezuela, which has great experience in providing similar opportunities to some of that country’s poorest children; wishes the six professional musicians who will help run the programme in Raploch well as they learn more about how the sister programme has worked in Venezuela, and hopes that similar projects will be initiated across Scotland.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Mike Pringle, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Keith Brown, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1912 Bob Doris: Congratulations To Royston Corridor Homes LHO—That the Parliament congratulates the achievement of Royston Corridor Homes Local Housing Organisation (LHO) in attaining Investors In People accreditation, an accreditation which demonstrates both a commitment to employees and clear evidence of good business strategies; commends all at Royston Corridor Homes LHO on their hard work in meeting this rigorous standard, and agrees with the comments of the Investors in People Chief Executive, Mr Peter Russian, who said that "Royston Corridor Homes has demonstrated a fundamental belief and commitment to their employees. To attain the Investors in People Standard, companies have to follow our 10-point guide. In essence this is good practice, but in reality it’s one of the hardest things to get right".

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan

S3M-1911 David Whitton: Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Football Club on winning the Stagecoach Super League First Division and securing promotion to the West of Scotland Premier Division; notes that the club has won league titles and promotion for two years in a row; applauds the efforts of the players, coaches and management for the magnificent achievement, and looks forward to further success next season and to the construction of their new stadium.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Bashir Ahmad, John Wilson, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, Des McNulty, Iain Gray, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Karen Gillon, Elaine Smith, Hugh Henry, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Dave Thompson*, Alasdair Allan*, Helen Eadie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1910 Bill Wilson: National Staff Dismissal Register—That the Parliament deplores the establishment of a National Staff Dismissal Register by Action Against Business Crime; agrees with trade unions and civil liberties campaigners that the scheme has great potential for abuse as it allows unscrupulous employers to make unsubstantiated accusations that could devastate the lives of innocent people; further notes that victims of this scheme might be unaware that they had been blacklisted and would have no right of appeal, and therefore believes that in order to protect human rights the scheme should be scrapped immediately.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, John Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Robin Harper, John Park*, Dave Thompson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1909 Aileen Campbell: Cathy Wilkes Nominated for Turner Prize—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes on being shortlisted for the Turner Prize; believes this will serve as inspiration to other modern artists across Scotland, and wishes all contenders for the prize well in the final round of judging.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1908 Keith Brown: Stirling - Scotland’s Sporting Flagship—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the First Minister that the University of Stirling is to be recognised as Scotland’s flagship institution for the practice, study, and research of sport; believes that the symbolic recognition of this status is as important as the award of £600,000 through the Scottish Funding Council; recognises the excellent achievements already by the University of Stirling in developing world-class facilities for sports such as golf, tennis, swimming and football, as well as Scotland’s first professorial Chair of Sports Policy; notes that the campus already hosts bases of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland, the Scottish Institute of Sport, Scottish Swimming, Scottish Gymnastics, Tennis Scotland, Fitness Scotland, Triathlon Scotland and the Scottish Football Association; believes that developing a recognised specialism in this field to an elite level has the potential to propel the university and the city onto a world stage and further boost Scotland’s national reputation globally, and in particular looks forward to the University of Stirling making an extensive and praiseworthy contribution to Scottish success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christine Grahame, Bashir Ahmad, Aileen Campbell, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1908.1 Patricia Ferguson: Stirling - Scotland’s Sporting Flagship—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1908) in the name of Keith Brown, insert at end "and congratulates the First Minister on adopting this Labour manifesto commitment".

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Lewis Macdonald, Cathy Jamieson, Iain Gray, Claire Baker, Johann Lamont, Richard Baker, Bill Butler, Michael McMahon, Rhona Brankin, John Park, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Hugh Henry, Cathie Craigie, Paul Martin, Mr Frank McAveety, Des McNulty, Elaine Murray, David Whitton, Ms Wendy Alexander, Trish Godman, Karen Whitefield, Ken Macintosh*, Helen Eadie*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-1907 Pauline McNeill: Broomhill Sports Club—That the Parliament congratulates Broomhill Sports Club on its continued success as a provider of grass-roots sport to 649 school-age members in the West End of Glasgow; notes that the club is now providing drama opportunities for local young people as well as football, netball, athletics and a special needs programme; further notes the contribution made by each member, the coaches and especially head coach, Kenny Moyes, and the group of 75 parents who regularly volunteer their time to help out; welcomes the investment by Glasgow City Council of a £10,000 grant to assess how Broomhill’s success can be emulated in other areas of the city to ensure Glasgow’s sporting legacy as the proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and wishes Broomhill Sports Club every future success.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Bashir Ahmad, Iain Gray, Robert Brown, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, Des McNulty, Karen Whitefield, Patrick Harvie, Gil Paterson, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Bill Aitken, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-1906 Robin Harper: Better Policies for Giant Panda Conservation, Breeding and Welfare—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the proposal by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) to lease two giant pandas from a research centre in China for exhibition and captive breeding at Edinburgh Zoo; considers that there are serious animal welfare problems attached to the keeping of giant pandas in zoos; notes that captive breeding of giant pandas has resulted in no successful reintroduction to the wild; believes that the best way to conserve the giant panda population is to support in situ projects such as panda reserves and habitat conservation; urges the RZSS to reconsider this plan, and requests the Scottish and UK governments not to become involved in using live animals as currency in the course of diplomatic exchange.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Patrick Harvie, Elaine Smith, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1905 Gavin Brown: 10 Years of the South Edinburgh Echo—That the Parliament congratulates the South Edinburgh Echo on its 10th anniversary; applauds the hard work of the editor, Alex Schweitzer-Thompson, chairperson, Linda Wright, and all of the board as well as all the volunteers and previous staff whose dedication underpins the success of the paper; notes that the Echo is a focal point of the local community, playing an important role in promoting local events and highlighting achievements of local charities and organisations; believes that newspapers such as the Echo play a vital role across the south of Edinburgh, and further believes that the newspaper has a valuable role to play in the south of Edinburgh for many years to come.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Jamie McGrigor, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Bashir Ahmad, Murdo Fraser, John Lamont, Robin Harper, Mary Scanlon

S3M-1904 Alasdair Allan: Coca Cola Schools 7s Football Competition—That the Parliament welcomes the Coca Cola schools 7s football competition and congratulates all teams taking part; believes that sport in schools should be open to all, regardless of race or religion; is therefore deeply concerned that Sgoil a’ Bhac in Lewis, who are due to play in the national final of this competition later this month, are in a situation where they may have to withdraw from the game for religious reasons because the final is, unlike in previous years, being held on a Sunday and the organisers say they are unable to be flexible, and calls on the organisers of the tournament to avert a situation in which a team in the final would be disqualified simply because of the religious traditions of the families from which they come.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Mike Pringle, Alex Neil, Jamie McGrigor, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1903 Bob Doris: Jeff Torrington—That the Parliament takes aff its bunnet and bids farewell to Jeff Torrington; remembers with fondness his wonderful novel Swing Hammer Swing, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1992; recalls the clarity of style, wickedness of humour and sureness of pen which brought Glasgow to life in all its energetic complexity, and considers that the dark moving tale of Tam Clay placed him at the top table of Scottish contemporary writers and that this remarkable contribution to Scottish literature will be forever remembered.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Tavish Scott, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Roseanna Cunningham, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-1898 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Edinburgh Academy Junior School - Euroquiz Champions 2008—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh Academy Junior School for winning the prestigious nationwide Euroquiz contest for 2008, which was held in the Parliament for the first time this year; further congratulates all 100 pupils from 25 primary schools across Scotland who participated in the final, having their knowledge tested on history, geography, sport, culture, EU institutions and general knowledge; notes that the organiser, the Scottish European Educational Trust, estimates that the Euroquiz has increased awareness of Europe among 15,000 young people and their families since it began in 1993, and welcomes this successful event for helping to develop interest and knowledge of European affairs in Scotland’s schools.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1897 Keith Brown: All Aboard to Alloa—That the Parliament welcomes the long-awaited reopening of a rail passenger service running from Alloa to Stirling and Glasgow on 19 May 2008; believes that putting Clackmannanshire on the railway network will enhance its links with the rest of Scotland, thereby bringing economic benefits, and provide another alternative to car use, thereby bringing environmental benefits; recognises the contribution of all involved in bringing the project to fruition, including Clackmannanshire Council (for steering a private bill through the Parliament), successive Holyrood administrations and Transport Scotland, and encourages MSPs and the public to find time to take the train to visit the Wee County.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Christopher Harvie, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Murdo Fraser, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, John Park, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Jack McConnell, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1896 George Foulkes: NHS Lothian Performs Scotland’s 100th Pancreas Transplant—That the Parliament recognises that the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is the only centre in Scotland to offer pancreas transplant operations; notes that Stephen Proctor recently received a pancreas and kidney double transplant, becoming the 100th patient in Scotland to receive this ground-breaking operation; congratulates all the staff at the Transplant Unit for the terrific work that they do; acknowledges the wonderful gift of the donor who made this transplant possible yet remembers the hundreds of Scots who are yet to find their perfect match and are currently on the transplant register; encourages everyone to join the NHS Organ Donor Register by calling 0845 60 60 400, and calls on the Scottish and UK governments to introduce a system of opt-out organ donation at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Marlyn Glen, Sarah Boyack, Kenneth Gibson, John Park, Claire Baker, Trish Godman, David Whitton, Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Marilyn Livingstone, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick

*S3M-1895 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration—That the Parliament welcomes the publication on 13 May 2008 of the Energy Saving Trust’s report, Generating the Future: An analysis of policy interventions to achieve widespread microgeneration penetration in Scotland; notes the report’s finding that, with the right policy support, microgeneration has the potential to deliver Scottish savings of 9.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2050; agrees with the report’s authors that one of the barriers to wider microgeneration take-up at present is the requirement to apply for planning permission; notes that the Scottish Government’s consultation on removing the requirement for planning permission for certain microgeneration installations ended on 12 May; welcomes the Scottish Government’s ambition to remove the barriers to microgeneration in Scotland, and is confident that the Scottish Government will take careful note of the responses submitted to the consultation.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Keith Brown, Joe FitzPatrick, Dave Thompson*, Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1895.1 Sarah Boyack: Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1895) in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, insert at end "further believes one of the biggest steps which can be taken to encourage greater uptake of microgeneration technology would be for the Scottish Government to reverse its opposition to council tax discounts for households which implement certified energy efficiency or microgeneration measures as recommended by the Energy Savings Trust and for which similar measures are now available in every other constituent country of the United Kingdom; notes that these measures are among those put forward in the proposed Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration (Scotland) Bill, a member’s bill proposal supported by members from every party group in the Parliament, and therefore believes that this measure should now be supported in full by the Scottish Government." R

Supported by: James Kelly, Elaine Murray, Robin Harper, Marlyn Glen, George Foulkes, Claire Baker, David Stewart, Bill Butler, Ken Macintosh, Karen Gillon, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Rhoda Grant, Trish Godman, Peter Peacock, Jim Hume, Mary Mulligan, Lewis Macdonald, John Park*, Helen Eadie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Liam McArthur*, Patrick Harvie*, Jamie Stone*, Dr Richard Simpson*

*S3M-1895.2 Patrick Harvie: Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1895) in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, insert at end "considers that householders also need suitable methods of financing their investment in microrenewables and that in addition to grant-based investment there is also scope for government to support the development of new financial products which would allow homeowners to use the equity in their property to install microrenewable technology without upfront costs or regular loan repayments, the sum being repaid only when the property is sold; recognises the work being done by Kirklees Council in the north of England to develop the RE-Charge scheme which works in this way, and considers that the Scottish Government should learn from such innovative approaches and follow this example."

S3M-1894 Richard Lochhead: Draft Scotland Act 1998 Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2008—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Michael Russell

S3M-1893 Elaine Murray: Scottish Agricultural Wages Board—That the Parliament supports the efforts of Unite - the Union to retain the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board as a separate body and for its remit to be expanded to cover all workers in the agricultural sector, including those in private and ornamental gardens and all types of fish farming; believes that the board’s future is at risk as a result of the First Minister’s statement on more effective government; believes that the Orders set by the board covering 25,000 workers constitute a model of best practice in industrial relations, and supports the role performed by the board since 1949, in light of the unique nature of the work conducted by those in the agricultural sector, the notoriously high fatality and injury rates in agriculture and the prevalence of gangmasters in the sector, controlling thousands of migrant workers from the EU accession states who are at a greater degree of risk of exploitation.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie, Marlyn Glen, Iain Gray, Cathy Jamieson, James Kelly, Bill Butler, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Mr Frank McAveety, John Park, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Rhona Brankin, Richard Baker, Sarah Boyack, Cathy Peattie

S3M-1892 Karen Whitefield: Psychological Support for People with Diabetes—That the Parliament acknowledges the need for psychological support for people with diabetes in Scotland and welcomes the seminar taking place in Committee Room 3 of the Parliament on the morning of Thursday 15 May 2008 to look at ways to provide emotional and psychological support in Scotland’s diabetes communities; recognises that access to emotional and psychological support is a high priority for the near 200,000 people in Scotland who have diabetes; welcomes the acquisition of skills by some NHS staff in psychological interventions and motivational techniques, and urges everyone involved in the treatment of diabetes to consider the emotional and psychological elements of living with this condition.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Nanette Milne, Jim Hume, Bill Kidd, Elaine Murray, Bill Wilson, Helen Eadie, Marlyn Glen, Ken Macintosh, Trish Godman, James Kelly, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Butler, Cathie Craigie, Patricia Ferguson, Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone, Elaine Smith, Joe FitzPatrick, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1891 John Park: Scottish Union Learning—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Scottish Union Learning on 12 May 2008 in Glasgow City Chambers; notes that Scottish Union Learning will support trade unions, spreading the importance of lifelong learning to members, and will continue to help trade unions maximise the opportunities available through the Scottish Union Learning fund; further notes that it mirrors the development of the TUC’s unionlearn in England; applauds the principles behind Scottish Union Learning and it being run by unions for unions, and recognises the vital contribution that unions have made to improving the quality and quantity of learning available in the workplace and the knowledge and skills of Scotland’s workforce.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, Helen Eadie, Marlyn Glen, Margaret Curran, Iain Gray, James Kelly, Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie, Johann Lamont, Claire Baker, Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Murray, Bill Kidd, Cathy Peattie, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Cathie Craigie, Bill Butler, Gil Paterson, Patricia Ferguson, Marilyn Livingstone, Elaine Smith, David Whitton, Joe FitzPatrick, Jack McConnell, Ms Wendy Alexander, Pauline McNeill, Hugh Henry, George Foulkes*

S3M-1890 Bob Doris: The Path is Green—That the Parliament strongly welcomes the launch of The Path is Green, a Careers Scotland initiative to attract young people into jobs in the renewables sector; notes that there are at present 80,000 such jobs and that a further 50,000 are projected within the next 10 years; observes that traditional occupations will require a new set of skills to realise Scotland’s potential for producing 25% of the European Union’s total capacity for wind and tidal power; further notes that Green jobs extend beyond renewable energy and that there are an increasing number of opportunities in other areas, for example, in environmental careers such as town planning and landscape architecture, water waste management and sustainable constructions; applauds the cyber-friendly focus of the initiative, of which more information can be found at, and applauds the joined-up thinking that links important career opportunities with both the economic future of Scotland and the wellbeing of our planet.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, John Park, Bill Kidd, Liam McArthur, Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1889 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Nicola Benedetti—That the Parliament congratulates 21-year-old Ayrshire-born and West Kilbride resident, Nicola Benedetti, on winning the Best Young British Classical Performer award at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 8 May 2008; notes that Ms Benedetti began to learn the violin at the age of four and by the age of nine had passed the eight grades of musical examinations before going on to study in September 1997 at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School for young musicians; is aware that Ms Benedetti has trained under some of the most talented violinists in the world, her own gifts allowing her to perform as a solo artist even before her teens; acknowledges that Ms Benedetti has won numerous awards, including the United Kingdom’s Brilliant Prodigy Competition in 2002, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004 and an honorary Doctor of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University in November 2007; recognises the consistently excellent performances that have made Ms Benedetti a highly successful recording artist and performer throughout the world; appreciates that Ms Benedetti is an extremely talented musician whom Ayrshire and Scotland are justly proud of, and wishes her even greater accomplishments in what is already a magnificent career.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Christine Grahame, Jamie McGrigor, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Liam McArthur, John Lamont, Iain Gray, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Robert Brown, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ross Finnie, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Irene Oldfather*, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1888# David Stewart: Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps—That the Parliament notes the considerable benefits that insulin pumps have for diabetics to help them to manage their condition; notes with concern the current restrictive criteria for eligibility for the use of insulin pumps which have contributed to insulin pump usage in Scotland being among the lowest in western Europe, with only around 0.75% of people with Type 1 diabetes using pumps in Scotland, compared with 15% to 20% in the United States of America and Germany; is concerned at the extreme regional disparity in uptake of insulin pumps across NHS boards, with only two patients receiving insulin pump therapy in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, compared with 42 in NHS Tayside in the most recent figures, despite all NHS boards having received funding for access to insulin pumps; supports the campaign of Diabetes UK to increase access to insulin pumps and welcomes the review being undertaken currently by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) of the eligibility for use of pumps in the NHS, and believes that further steps should be taken to ensure that new NICE guidance that seeks to relax access criteria is adopted swiftly in Scotland, to support all NHS boards to increase access to insulin pumps for patients with diabetes and to enable more training for health practitioners to support patients in moving to the use of pumps where it is clearly of benefit in the management of their diabetes.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Richard Baker, Rhoda Grant, Peter Peacock, Claire Baker, Marlyn Glen, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Iain Gray, Jamie Hepburn, Ross Finnie, Mike Pringle, Mary Scanlon, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Jackson Carlaw, Christina McKelvie, Elaine Smith, Joe FitzPatrick, Marilyn Livingstone, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Brian Adam, Hugh Henry, Dave Thompson, Irene Oldfather*, George Foulkes*, John Park*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-1886 Stuart McMillan: Melissa Stribling’s Stamp Artwork—That the Parliament recognises the honour awarded posthumously to Gourock-born actress Melissa Stribling by becoming only the fourth Scot to be immortalised on Royal Mail postage stamps; notes that she was best known for her appearance in Dracula in 1958 and that she appears on the stamps with artwork from the film, and further notes that Melissa Stribling has been chosen over better-known Scottish actors to be immortalised in this way.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Willie Coffey, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Ross Finnie, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Joe FitzPatrick, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1885 Ken Macintosh: Widening Access to TV for Young Deaf People—That the Parliament congratulates the BBC on subtitling 100% of programmes on its main television channels in the United Kingdom, including BBC 1 Scotland and BBC 2 Scotland, and supports the National Deaf Children’s Society and the Royal National Institute for the Deaf in calling for other broadcasters to follow suit; notes that subtitling is an essential service for millions of deaf and hard of hearing adults and children who rely on it to access and enjoy television; further notes that many deaf adults and children who use sign language would also benefit from more signed programming, and calls on broadcasters to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing people and children are portrayed in a wide variety of roles on television.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Irene Oldfather*, John Park*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Marlyn Glen*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mary Scanlon*, Robin Harper*, Jackie Baillie*, Jim Tolson*, John Lamont*, Karen Gillon*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Margaret Curran*, Mike Pringle*, Helen Eadie*, Christine Grahame*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh Henry*, Ross Finnie*, Elaine Smith*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-1884 Gavin Brown: 2008 Edinburgh Marathon—That the Parliament notes that on 25 May a record number of competitors will take part in the 2008 Edinburgh Marathon; welcomes the tourism impact that the marathon will bring to Edinburgh, with more competitors than ever before coming from outwith Scotland; further notes that many charities will benefit from money raised by entrants, which last year totalled nearly £2 million; welcomes the economic boost to the city that the marathon will bring, with the total economic impact of last year’s event being estimated at £2,036,000; praises the inclusiveness of the Edinburgh marathon which attracts entrants of all abilities, particularly in the relay event, and wishes every entrant taking part the best of luck.

Supported by: James Kelly, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Derek Brownlee, Mary Scanlon, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Mr Frank McAveety, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Park, John Lamont, Sandra White, Murdo Fraser, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Ted Brocklebank, Mike Pringle, Alex Johnstone, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Keith Brown, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-1883.1 Robin Harper: No to Nestlé—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1883) in the name of Elaine Smith, insert at end "and believes that Scotland’s tapwater is good enough for every workplace in the country and that local authorities could save money by deciding not to award a contract for bottled water supplies at all, and calls on local authorities throughout Scotland to place a moratorium on renewing their contracts with bottled water suppliers."

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-1881.1 Jim Tolson: The National Game on Terrestrial Television—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1881) in the name of Keith Brown, leave out from "the new findings" to end and insert "that Scotland’s World Cup qualifying games for the competition in South Africa were awarded to both Sky and Setanta after they outbid their broadcasting rivals; regrets the call from some that Scotland’s qualifying games should be made a Group A listed sports event; recognises that such a move would undoubtedly have enormous detrimental financial implications for grassroots football as well as terrestrial broadcasters unable to equal the monies offered by Sky and Setanta; notes the enormous investment that Sky and Setanta have made in encouraging grassroots football across the country through their coverage of both the national team and the SPL; does however believe that the World Cup finals and the European Championship tournament should continue to be Group A listed sports events, and supports calls for Scotland’s World Cup and European Championship qualifying games to be Group B listed."

S3M-1878.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Universal Infant Pneumococcal Vaccination—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1878) in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, insert at end "further notes the increased uptake in this vaccine in those over 65 aligned to the flu vaccine programme, and urges its continued promotion in this group as part of both general prevention and pandemic planning".

*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, John Park, Dr Richard Simpson, Dave Thompson

*S3M-1852.1 Jack McConnell: Pingat Jasa Malaysia - Service to Malaysia Medal—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1852) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from "for the presentation" to "honoured" and insert "and Motherwell on Thursday 8 May 2008 for the presentation of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal by the Government of Malaysia; congratulates the 300 former service personnel honoured at each event"

S3M-1777 Patrick Harvie: Progress on HPV Vaccination but Screening Still Matters—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that a vaccination programme against strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which cause 70% of cervical cancers, will begin in Scottish schools this year; recognises the need for a communications campaign to inform girls and their parents of the benefits of the vaccination; believes, however, that a comprehensive cervical screening programme remains very necessary and that vaccination should not be seen to undermine this need; further notes the recent worrying fall in attendance at cervical screening, especially among younger women, and calls on the Scottish Government to take further action to encourage women to attend for screening when invited and continue to build on the success of the cervical cancer screening programme in Scotland.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Bill Wilson, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Nanette Milne, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Mary Scanlon, John Park, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Claire Baker, Tom McCabe, Ross Finnie

S3M-1777.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Progress on HPV Vaccination but Screening Still Matters—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1777) in the name of Patrick Harvie, leave out "believes, however" and insert "notes the reduction in deaths from cervical cancer but also the increase in cancer in situ cases and therefore believes"

S3M-1232# Ian McKee: National Association of Youth Orchestras—That the Parliament applauds the objectives of the National Association of Youth Orchestras in supporting, encouraging and facilitating young musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform orchestral works at the highest level; recognises the association’s vital contribution to the cultural life both of the capital city and all of Scotland, and would like to see it remain based in Edinburgh.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Elizabeth Smith, Rob Gibson, Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson, Patricia Ferguson

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1883 No to Nestlé (lodged on 9 May 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1882 Glasgow Prestwick International Airport - Best Cargo Airport (lodged on 9 May 2008) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1881 The National Game on Terrestrial Television (lodged on 9 May 2008) Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1879 Muslim Police Association (lodged on 9 May 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1877 Kelvingrove Art Gallery - Scotland’s Top Attraction (lodged on 9 May 2008) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1876 Congratulations to Park School (lodged on 9 May 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-1874 Aberdeen Forensics Laboratory (lodged on 9 May 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1872 Edinburgh Scots Music Group (lodged on 8 May 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1871 A School of Ambition - Kirkland High (lodged on 8 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1870 Baroness Michie of Gallanach (lodged on 8 May 2008) Irene Oldfather*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1869 Stroke Awareness Day (lodged on 8 May 2008) Irene Oldfather*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1868 International Nurses Day 2008 (lodged on 8 May 2008) Irene Oldfather*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1867 World Hepatitis Day (lodged on 8 May 2008) Irene Oldfather*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1866 Flying the Rainbow Flag at Holyrood on International Day Against Homophobia (lodged on 8 May 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1865# A Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme for Scotland (lodged on 8 May 2008) Irene Oldfather*, George Foulkes*, Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-1864 Keep INTO Out (lodged on 8 May 2008) Bill Butler*

S3M-1860 Getting it Right for Every Deaf Child (lodged on 7 May 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1858 National Epilepsy Week (lodged on 7 May 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1847 Cyclone in Burma (lodged on 6 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Willie Coffey*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1840 Vulnerable Paying the Price of SNP Populism (lodged on 2 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1831# 2014: A Year of Sport for Scotland (lodged on 1 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Jim Tolson*, Jamie Stone*, Lewis Macdonald*, Margaret Curran*

S3M-1830 Deaf Awareness Week - 5 to 11 May 2008 (lodged on 1 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-1798.1 Membership of Commission on Scottish Devolution (lodged on 29 April 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1742 Cool Seas (lodged on 21 April 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1691 Strategy for Play (lodged on 10 April 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1681.1 HITRANS Supports Equal Treatment for All Island Ferries (lodged on 14 April 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-1616 Specialist Doctors’ Contract (lodged on 20 March 2008) John Lamont*

S3M-1573 Opportunities and Success for Young Women in YWCA Scotland (lodged on 13 March 2008) Ted Brocklebank*

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