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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally only printed the day after the day on which they are lodged and then with the complete list of motions and amendments lodged the previous week which is published in this section of the Bulletin every Monday. That list also contains any motions lodged for debate in the forthcoming week.

Where the text of a motion or amendment is altered, the motion or amendment is re-printed with the changes marked by asterisks in the text.

Where a motion or amendment attracts additional support after it is first published, that additional support is shown separately at the end of this section.

Motions eligible for consideration for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#).

Motions submitted for members’ business in the Parliament but which have not yet received the requisite cross-party support are marked with a diamond symbol (♦).

Motions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site at Current Motions

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2032 Robert Brown: Supported and Semi-independent Accommodation for Young Care Leavers—That the Parliament is greatly concerned at the challenges facing young care leavers, particularly the high number of care leavers who are not in touch with aftercare services and who become homeless; notes the concerns about the shortage of semi-independent living units for young care leavers identified by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland in her report, Sweet 16? The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland; is concerned that the Scottish Government has not made any assessment of the extent of the shortfall of supported and semi-independent living units for young care leavers, and urges the Scottish Government to carry out a full survey of need in this area and put in place arrangements to increase the supply of appropriate supported accommodation for young care leavers.

*S3M-2031 Patricia Ferguson: 21st Anniversary of the Riding for the Disabled Association Glasgow Group—That the Parliament congratulates the Riding for the Disabled Association Glasgow Group on the 21st anniversary of its establishment at Sandyflats, Summerston; notes the important contribution that Riding for the Disabled Association has made, providing almost 4,000 hours of riding and driving lessons for disabled people, and recognises the contribution of the six staff members and 160 volunteers who make this provision possible.

*S3M-2030 Christine Grahame: Common Ridings and Borders Processions—That the Parliament recognises the historic and cultural importance of the common ridings across the Scottish Borders, such as those in Selkirk, Hawick, Lauder, the Braw Lads’ Gathering in Galashiels and Penicuik’s Hunter & Lass Week; considers that, since the enactment of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006, these local celebrations have had to meet quite onerous requirements that are not suitable for well-established and uncontroversial public processions, and would invite the Scottish Government to review the operation of the Act as it applies to such ridings and processions.

*S3M-2029 Stuart McMillan: Launch of the Alba Endeavour—That the Parliament welcomes the recent launch of Ocean Youth Trust Scotland’s new boat, Alba Endeavour, by the Minister for Children and Early Years in Greenock; acknowledges this exciting launch of a 72-foot yacht which is to be used to inspire young people; notes that the Ocean Youth Trust hopes to welcome 1,300 youngsters on board its fleet, alongside Alba Ventura and Alba Explorer, and further notes that these voyages are aimed at inspiring young people through the challenge of adventure under sail by introducing them to sailing, seamanship, cooking and cleaning.

Supported by: Keith Brown*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie Hepburn*

*S3M-2028 Linda Fabiani: Creative Scotland Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Creative Scotland Bill.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-2027 Irene Oldfather: North Ayrshire Carers Centre - 10th Anniversary—That the Parliament welcomes members of the North Ayrshire Carers Centre to the Parliament on 5 June 2008; recognises that it has been 10 years since the centre opened and began to deliver high-quality support and advice for carers throughout North Ayrshire; notes that an estimated one-in-five people give up employment in order to care for a loved one and that Carers Scotland estimates that carers save the country £5 billion a year, yet three-out-of-four carers say that their health has worsened since becoming a carer; therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to guarantee that that the health of carers in Scotland is made a priority and to ensure that carers are fully aware of their rights and are given the opportunity to continue working if they so wish; commends the hard work and dedication of staff at North Ayrshire Carers Centre, and looks forward to another successful 10 years.

*S3M-2026 Robert Brown: World No Tobacco Day 2008—That the Parliament welcomes the tobacco-free youth theme of World No Tobacco Day 2008 on Saturday 31 May; notes that smoking is the highest in Scotland in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area; congratulates South West Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership for organising a nursery-based event for parents in Govan and a school-based event for parents in Pollok to raise awareness of the smoking-related health risks and the support services available in the area; notes that six months ago the legal age for buying cigarettes was raised to 18 but that most young people who smoke start before the age of 18, and calls on the Scottish Government to take action to raise awareness among teenagers and young adults of the dangers of smoking.

*S3M-2025 Christina McKelvie: Teacher Presidents—That the Parliament recognises that for the first time three of the teachers’ unions in Scotland all have female presidents; congratulates Linda Gray, NASUWT Scottish President, Kirsty Devaney, EIS President, and Ann Ballinger, SSTA President on achieving such prestigious positions within the trade union movement, and commends the trade union movement in promoting the rights of all female workers in Scotland and leading by example.

S3M-2024 Bill Kidd: The Labour Party’s Cash Crisis—That the Parliament notes the serious financial difficulties facing the Labour Party, which has five weeks to find over £7 million pounds to pay off outstanding loans or face the possibility of the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP and other senior officials becoming personally liable and subsequently facing possible bankruptcy; believes that the scale of continuing financial mismanagement within the Labour Party raises serious concerns over its ability to control the finances of the United Kingdom, and further believes, that given that according to Labour sources "the party’s constitution is like a five-a-side football club", it is of little wonder that so few voters now trust the UK Government.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*

S3M-2023 Cathy Peattie: The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland Revocation Regulations 2008—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland Revocation Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/187).

S3M-2022 Cathy Peattie: The Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland Amendment Order 2008—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/186).

S3M-2021# Lewis Macdonald: Best Value Audit of Aberdeen City Council—That the Parliament welcomes the findings and recommendations of the Accounts Commission for Scotland following its Best Value audit of Aberdeen City Council and looks forward to concerted and urgent action to implement those recommendations and to secure the future of schools and of public and voluntary sector services in the city.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, Trish Godman*, David Whitton*, Richard Baker*, Marlyn Glen*, Andy Kerr*, David Stewart*, Iain Gray*, Cathy Peattie*, John Park*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2020 Murdo Fraser: HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War—That the Parliament notes that the fourth annual HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition will take place on Wednesday 18 June 2008 in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh; recognises that last year’s event helped raise over £4,500 for Barnardo’s to use for its excellent charity work, and calls on all challengers to take their chances against the reigning three-time champions, the Scottish Conservatives.

S3M-2019 Jeremy Purvis: Open University and Part-Time Students—That the Parliament congratulates the 1,000 people from across Scotland who will receive Open University degrees and professional qualifications this year; notes that they come from all educational backgrounds, from the widest age range, and that most have had to fund their studies themselves; recognises that studying part-time has given them the flexibility they needed to be able to engage with higher education in a way that fits around their work and domestic commitments, without compromising their income and job security, and further notes the important contribution that part-time students make to improving Scotland’s skills base and economic development.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2018 Nicola Sturgeon: Public Health Etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Stewart Maxwell

S3M-2017 Jamie Hepburn: London-Venezuela Oil Agreement—That the Parliament notes the decision of the newly-elected Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to scrap the city’s deal with Venezuela which has provided oil at a price that benefited people living in poverty in both Venezuela and London; notes the success of other bilateral schemes between Venezuela and Boston and New York, and believes that Venezuela’s sensible and innovative management of its oil resources is a positive example for other countries endowed with such natural resources.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Marlyn Glen, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-2017.1 Murdo Fraser: London-Venezuela Oil Agreement—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2017) in the name of Jamie Hepburn, leave out from "has" to end and insert "was undoubtedly the correct decision for both Londoners and Venezuela alike; believes that the deal was an example of undisguised political posturing and an abuse of office on the part of former mayor, Ken Livingstone, and one which Londoners voiced their disapproval off in record numbers at the recent elections; notes that, according to Human Rights Watch, "President Chávez and his supporters have sought to consolidate power by undermining the independence of the judiciary and the press, institutions essential for the protection and promotion of human rights", that "State interference in trade union elections has weakened the right to free association", that "the government has failed to tackle widespread police abuse" and that "prison conditions remain among the worst on the continent", and therefore believes that UK institutions should consider carefully their dealings with the Chávez regime.

S3M-2016 Elaine Smith: Postcode Lottery for Sufferers of DMD—That the Parliament expresses concern that people who suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a severe and progressive genetic muscle-wasting disease predominantly affecting boys and for which there is currently no cure, are dying in Scotland years earlier then their counterparts in England; believes that an improvement in the life expectancy and experiences of these young people must be a priority for the Scottish Government; considers that currently the care and management of the disease in Scotland is very much a postcode lottery as are the grants available for housing adaptations; notes that in the rest of the United Kingdom families with disabled children get £30,000 grants to adapt their homes, which are not means tested; calls for similar measures to be introduced in Scotland alongside enhanced medical research and better support services and equipment; recognises that the implementation of such measures can make a massive difference to the quality of life of people with DMD and can contribute to extending their life expectancy; welcomes the calls from Action Duchenne for a centre of excellence to be set up in Glasgow that will bring standards of care and treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy up to those seen in centres of excellence in Newcastle and London, and calls for funding and support from the Scottish Government to deliver this centre of neuromuscular excellence to provide services across Scotland, thus ensuring best practice and dispersing standards of care into local clinics throughout Scotland.

Supported by: David Stewart*, Michael McMahon*, David Whitton*, Elaine Murray*, Jamie Hepburn*, Marlyn Glen*, Bill Butler*, Pauline McNeill*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2015 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Sandwick Junior High School—That the Parliament congratulates Sandwick Junior High School on winning the inaugural Althing Trophy in recognition of its pupils’ speaking skills; notes that 24 S2 pupils from seven schools competed to an extremely high standard for the award; further notes that this competition encourages pupils to increase their confidence and effectiveness in communication; also congratulates Shetland and Orkney for being the first local authorities in Scotland to participate in the programme which was developed in England, and supports Shetland Isles Council in its efforts to make this an annual event.

Supported by: John Lamont, Derek Brownlee, Stuart McMillan, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, Tavish Scott, Ted Brocklebank

S3M-2014# John Park: Rosyth to Zeebrugge Ferry Service—That the Parliament is deeply disappointed to learn of Superfast Ferries’ decision to end sailings from Rosyth to Zeebrugge from September 2008; recognises that the ferry link to Europe is vital to the Fife and Scottish economies; notes that the service has been a commercial success regularly operating at full capacity; is disappointed that Superfast does not plan to continue with sailings until an alternative operator is found, and hopes that an alternative operator can be found for this crucial ferry route.

Supported by: James Kelly, Lewis Macdonald, Sandra White, Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patricia Ferguson, Jim Tolson, Jamie Stone, Ted Brocklebank, Claire Baker, Helen Eadie, Elaine Murray, Iain Gray, Sarah Boyack, Rhona Brankin, George Foulkes, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Marlyn Glen, Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Butler, Andy Kerr, Elaine Smith, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Paul Martin, Mary Mulligan, Alison McInnes, Liam McArthur, Jackie Baillie, Ken Macintosh*, Trish Godman*, Brian Adam*, Christopher Harvie*, Robert Brown*, Dr Richard Simpson*, David Whitton*, Jamie Hepburn*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-2013 Dr Richard Simpson: UNISON Survey of Members at Leverndale Hospital—That the Parliament notes the UNISON survey of members at Leverndale Hospital; express concern that amongst other results, 35% of staff who responded advised that they had been referred to or sought advice from occupational services or other services as a result of being bullied or stress at work; welcomes the agreement of the management and UNISON to address these issues through partnership working, and invites the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to monitor progress with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

S3M-2012 Jamie Hepburn: Effect of Fuel Prices on Mileage Rates for NHS Staff—That the Parliament notes with concern the effect that rising fuel prices are having on low-income groups dependent on driving for work; in particular, notes that NHS district nurses are often required to travel for work purposes and yet NHS mileage rates, which are set at a UK level, have not changed since 2002; believes that fair reimbursement of work-related expenses is a necessity especially for low-income groups, and supports the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in its negotiations with NHS employers across the United Kingdom to find a suitable solution that realistically reflects the nature of changing fuel prices and their impact on RCN members.

Supported by: John Wilson, Jamie Stone, Mike Pringle, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Willie Coffey, Hugh O’Donnell, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Elaine Smith, Jackson Carlaw

S3M-2011♦ Iain Smith: Enforcement of Planning Legislation—That the Parliament notes with concern the difficulties faced by planning authorities, such as Fife Council, in attempting to deal with breaches of planning legislation through enforcement and stop notices; considers that development without the appropriate planning approval undermines the rule of law and the planning process and that the present planning legislation does not provide a sufficient safeguard against unlawful development; believes that appeals against enforcement or stop notices should not be permitted on the grounds that planning permission for the development would have been granted or that a planning application for the development has been submitted; further believes that there should be a presumption against approval for any development that has been carried out without the appropriate planning approvals, and desires further debate on these proposals.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Jim Tolson, Robert Brown, Alison McInnes

S3M-2009 Mike Pringle: Good Example Sent Through Tough Licensing Enforcement—That the Parliament welcomes the tough action taken by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Licensing Committee in suspending the licence of an Edinburgh shopkeeper who was found to be selling alcohol to minors; recognises the importance of licensing law to public safety, particularly in the case of young people as a control on restricted substances; acknowledges that the vast majority of licence holders use their licences responsibly and are let down by a minority of offenders, and calls on other councils to look to Edinburgh’s example and take a tough stance on the minority who flaunt licensing law.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Stuart McMillan, Jim Tolson, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh O’Donnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Elaine Smith

S3M-2008# Bill Butler: Refugee Week Scotland 2008—That the Parliament notes that 16 to 22 June is Refugee Week Scotland 2008; recognises the indomitable spirit and courage of the world’s 14 million refugees who endure enormous suffering without losing hope, finding the strength to overcome despair and start a new life against seemingly overwhelming odds; views Refugee Week as an important platform to promote and celebrate Scotland’s proud traditions of providing sanctuary and support which help rebuild shattered lives; further notes that over 70 arts, cultural, sports and educational events will take place across Scotland, including a reception to be held in the Parliament on Wednesday 18 June 2008, which will encourage positive encounters between around 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and their new communities, and values the cultural, social and economic contributions that refugees make to Scottish society.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Jackie Baillie, Hugh O’Donnell, Karen Whitefield, Jim Tolson, Elaine Murray, Michael McMahon, Jamie McGrigor, Mike Pringle, Liam McArthur, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad, Christine Grahame, Patricia Ferguson, Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Cathy Peattie, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, George Foulkes, Joe FitzPatrick, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Marlyn Glen, Johann Lamont, Bob Doris, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Helen Eadie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Malcolm Chisholm*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Robert Brown*, Trish Godman*, Pauline McNeill*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-2007 Keith Brown: Sort it out - Securing the Future of the Postal Service—That the Parliament expresses its support for the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in its campaign to protect the future of Royal Mail Group plc and its workers; agrees that the introduction of competition has had seriously negative effects, as outlined by both CWU and the independent review of the process; believes that this is highly relevant after further post office closures have been announced across a swathe of Scotland from Alloa to Aberdeenshire; supports CWU’s call for a wholesale examination of the funding package received by Royal Mail Group, and hopes for a conclusion to the current disagreement over employees’ pensions between the Royal Mail Group and CWU that is rapid, constructive and successful.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2006 Liam McArthur: Pan Africa Chemistry Network—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Syngenta in launching the Pan Africa Chemistry Network which, with the first regional hub in Kenya, will eventually span the entire continent; recognises that the chemical sciences are vitally important in developing the economies of African countries, as well as tackling issues such as food security and sustainability, clean water and disease prevention, and believes that this network will enable better technology transfer and skills development as well as encouraging young people to study chemistry and other sciences.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Iain Gray, Mike Pringle, Jamie McGrigor, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Stone, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Iain Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Des McNulty, Robin Harper, Jim Hume, Ross Finnie*

S3M-2005 Robert Brown: Dog Rental Companies—That the Parliament notes the intention of dog rental company, FlexPetz, to expand to various cities across the United Kingdom, including Glasgow, in 2008; acknowledges that the UK dog rental business is currently very small but recognises the potential for its growth due to the increase in fashion accessory dogs; disapproves of causing distress to dogs as a result of being rented out to numerous people; believes that this encourages irresponsible attitudes to dog ownership; further believes that dog renting is, or should be, a breach of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 in that it is highly likely to inhibit dogs from having the ability to exhibit normal behaviour patterns; disapproves of renting dogs for profit, and calls on the Scottish Government to take action to ensure compliance with the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and to consider the banning of dog rental companies in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper*, John Park*, Jim Hume*, Elaine Smith*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Murray*, Jim Tolson*, Ross Finnie*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2004 Margaret Smith: Routes Out of Prison Scheme—That the Parliament welcomes the £2 million National Lottery grant for the Routes Out of Prison scheme in which ex-offenders work with short-term offenders to prepare them for integration into the community before their release from prison; hopes that the national rollout of the scheme will make a real difference to Scotland’s reoffending statistics, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to ensure that cutting reoffending is a key priority for the Scottish Government.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Iain Smith, Jim Hume, Liam McArthur, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Des McNulty, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Mike Pringle, Mike Rumbles, Elaine Smith, Ross Finnie*

S3M-2003 Stuart McMillan: Dr Janet Picket, Mount Everest Climb—That the Parliament wishes to congratulate Dr Janet Picket, a native of Inverclyde and student at Greenock Academy and Glasgow University, on her successful climb of Mount Everest; recognises the dangers and risks involved in Dr Picket’s climb; lauds her bravery in the ascent despite the risks, and commends Dr Picket for using the climb as a vehicle to raise £30,000 for a maternity ward to be built at her hospital in Cambridge.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2000 Patrick Harvie: Inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route—That the Parliament notes the recent announcement by the Scottish Government to restrict the scope of what can be discussed at the forthcoming public local inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), allowing only discussion on technical aspects of the road and disallowing any wider discussion on the AWPR project in principle or context; notes that the Scottish Government’s decision to restrict the scope of the public local inquiry into the AWPR means that a large number of the more than 10,000 objectors to the project will be disallowed from giving evidence to the public local inquiry, as their objections and arguments now lie outwith its scope; is concerned that the public local inquiry into the AWPR will not, therefore, consider the project’s spiralling and uncapped cost, its impact on local communities and the local environment, its context within wider transport policy, its impact on traffic levels and pollution, its proposed funding method through both and national and local government, and its relevance in the context of climate change and the spiralling cost of private motoring; considers the Scottish Government’s decision to restrict the scope of the public local inquiry into the AWPR to be a serious blow to public participation and local democracy, which undermines the aim of the Scottish Parliament to engage and involve the people of Scotland in planning and development issues, and calls on the Scottish Government to broaden the scope of the public local inquiry into the AWPR to include discussion and examination of all of the evidence available and relevant to it, including consideration of the principles underlying the proposal.

Supported by: Robin Harper

S3M-1999 Fiona Hyslop: The Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt

S3M-1995 Ken Macintosh: The Bahá’i Community—That the Parliament shares the concern of the Scottish Bahá’i community at the persecution of followers of the faith in Iran; notes that any formal Bahá’i organisation is outlawed in Iran but that activities have been coordinated by seven prominent members known as the Friends; expresses alarm that six of these seven Friends have been arrested and held in Tehran’s Evin prison; notes that an estimated 200 Bahá’is have been executed in Iran since 1978, that hundreds have been imprisoned and tortured and thousands more deprived of jobs, pensions, businesses and educational opportunities, and calls on the Iranian authorities to show tolerance towards this non-violent faith community.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Patricia Ferguson

S3M-1994 Hugh O’Donnell: Paralympic Pre-Games Training Camps—That the Parliament congratulates Grangemouth Stadium and National Indoor Athletics Academy and Wishaw Sports Centre on their selection as pre-competition training centres for the Paralympic Games and their inclusion in the guide which will be presented to national paralympic committees (NPCs) in Beijing; recognises that the facilities were selected after a rigorous evaluation against selection criteria in close co-operation with sporting bodies including the British Paralympic Association, and encourages both Falkirk and North Lanarkshire councils to use their best efforts to promote the facilities to competing athletes.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Patricia Ferguson, Bob Doris*, Elaine Smith*, David Stewart*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mike Pringle*, Robin Harper*, John Park*

S3M-1993 Rob Gibson: Scotland’s First Tidal Device on National Grid—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the creation and development of the OpenHydro tidal device situated in the waters off Eday, Orkney, which is the first such tidal device to produce energy for the National Grid in Scotland; recognises this achievement as a major milestone in the development of marine renewable energy in Scotland and considers it to be a triumph for Irish company OpenHydro and the European Marine Energy Centre; looks forward to an era of greater development of tidal devices which will make a huge contribution of clean, green energy to the nation, and further anticipates the economic spin-offs which will accrue to communities on both sides of the Pentland Firth as well as further afield.

Supported by: Jamie Stone, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, David Stewart, Jamie McGrigor, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, John Wilson, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Willie Coffey, Andrew Welsh, Keith Brown, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Morgan, Mary Scanlon, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Jim Tolson, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Brian Adam, Aileen Campbell, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1993.1 Liam McArthur: Scotland’s First Tidal Device on National Grid—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1993) in the name of Rob Gibson, insert at end "and believes, however, that, in order for the centre to maintain its world lead in the provision of testing facilities for wave and tidal power renewable energy devices, the Scottish Government must match the record of the previous administration by providing adequate funding for capital investments which will allow the centre both to increase testing capacity and to keep facilities up to date with rapidly changing technological developments."

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, Jamie Stone, Jim Hume, Robert Brown*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1992 John Lamont: Free Personal Care—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Scottish Government to provide an additional £40 million to fund free personal care in Scotland; calls on all local authorities to heed the decision of the Parliament that they should cease to charge for assisting with food preparation forthwith and refund all persons wrongly charged for this service in the past, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that local authorities are provided with sufficient funding to fully comply with the resolution of the Parliament in this respect.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Patrick Harvie, Jackson Carlaw, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, David McLetchie, Mary Scanlon, Murdo Fraser, Christine Grahame, Angela Constance, Robin Harper, Margaret Mitchell, Annabel Goldie, Ted Brocklebank, Cathy Jamieson

S3M-1991# Margo MacDonald: Scanner Donation to NHS Lothian—That the Parliament believes that the Royal Bank of Scotland’s donation of a scanner to NHS Lothian, while generous and of undoubted value to the bank’s employees, the general public and medical researchers, nevertheless, if replicated by other companies or interests, represents possible external direction of NHS boards’ policies, priorities and resource management, and therefore calls for further debate on how donations are made to the NHS before precedents are established.

S3M-1990 Nigel Don: Post Office Card Account and Further Post Office Closures—That the Parliament notes that over 4 million people choose to use the Post Office card account across the United Kingdom, including many in Scotland, and that these transactions earn the Post Office £200 million in income each year; notes that the UK Government will soon announce its decision on which company should operate the successor product to the Post Office card account from 2010; recognises that the Post Office is best placed to provide this service through its unrivalled geographical reach, its status as a trusted brand and its ability to offer customers a seamless transition; believes that the continuation of the Post Office card account as a Post Office product is essential to the future viability of the post office network following the Network Change Programme; understands that a further 350 post offices will be forced to close in an unplanned manner across Scotland if the UK Government does not award the successor product to the Post Office, and urges the UK Government to award the contract to the Post Office.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*

S3M-1989 Kenneth Gibson: The Export Credits Guarantee Department—That the Parliament disapproves of the behaviour of the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD), the official export credit agency of the UK Government; considers that the primary purpose of this surreptitious department should be to honourably broaden the UK economy but recognises that it privately banks for the aerospace and oil industry, naively ignoring requirements to facilitate exports; is deeply concerned that the ECGD may be breaking international law, paying little or no regard to known environmental standards; believes that the work of the ECGD illustrates that the UK Government is only paying lip service to issues relating to climate change and environmental pollution as long as it continues to subsidise and endorse an organisation actively working against the government’s own stated policies; sustains calls for transparent and open reporting, effective public participation and alignment with international treaties, all of which have generally been accepted worldwide; considers it to be totally unacceptable that a department such as the ECGD is able to operate almost autonomously from UK ministerial control and questions if this is deliberate; deplores the unsubstantiated rhetoric with which the ECGD cedes responsibility for lowering the cost of carbon emissions, and the inconsequential business principles, which time and again have delivered up the submissive ECGD to foreign political pressure; believes that the UK Government should suspend the ECGD until a full investigation into its working practices and controls has been completed, and welcomes the gradual phase-out of the ECGD’s support for carbon intensive projects.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1988 Karen Whitefield: Marie Curie Cancer Care Partnership with NHS Lanarkshire—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Marie Curie Cancer Care and NHS Lanarkshire have agreed to the largest ever nursing contract in the charity’s history, a contract which almost doubles the number of patients being cared for at home compared to last year; endorses the strong partnership working that exists between Marie Curie Cancer Care and NHS Lanarkshire, and congratulates Marie Curie Cancer Care on the excellent care that it provides to people who are terminally ill and their families.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1987 Robert Brown: Recycling Provisions—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent survey by Glasgow’s Evening Times which showed great variation among local councils as to their recycling provision; notes that in Glasgow only 31% of households have a recycling bin of any colour while some neighbouring authorities have collection arrangements for cardboard, food waste and plastic as well as tins, glass and paper; welcomes the work done by the previous administration to dramatically increase recycling, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with local authorities to further improve and increase recycling services and to create a minimum national standard for service provision.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Cathy Peattie, Mike Pringle, Hugh O’Donnell, Iain Smith, Jim Tolson, Jim Hume, Marlyn Glen, Ross Finnie*

S3M-1986 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Council Win at COSLA’s "Oscars"—That the Parliament congratulates Inverclyde Council on receiving bronze awards for three projects at the COSLA Excellence Awards 2008; notes that the winning projects were The Recruit, a personal development programme for senior school pupils based on The Apprentice, The Materials Recycling Facility which provides a local facility to sort material from recycling schemes, and Eat, Skip and Smile which promotes healthy eating awareness and cooking skills to pre-school children with the help of parents and students from St. Stephen’s High School, and further notes that the awards recognise council-run projects that provide an outstanding service to the public.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Keith Brown, Sandra White

S3M-1985 Dr Richard Simpson: Foundation Year One Doctors—That the Parliament notes the repeal of sections sections 10 to 13 of the Medical Act 1983 which removes the statutory requirement for foundation year one doctors to be contractually resident in hospital unless they live close by; recognises that, as a consequence, those newly qualified doctors can now be faced with substantial charges for accommodation that was previously free; further recognises the particular needs of doctors rotating through different hospitals and those whose shift and travel requirements may make travel at the end of a shift unsafe, and calls on the Scottish Government to enter into discussions with the British Medical Association in Scotland to resolve this issue.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Trish Godman, Iain Gray, David Whitton, Ross Finnie, Mike Pringle, Elaine Murray, Marlyn Glen, David Stewart, Robin Harper, Claire Baker, George Foulkes, Karen Whitefield, Hugh O’Donnell, Marilyn Livingstone, Des McNulty, Helen Eadie, John Park, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1984 Elaine Murray: Scottish Cup—That the Parliament congratulates Queen of the South and Rangers football clubs for an exciting Scottish Cup Final on 24 May 2008 and congratulates Rangers on its victory and Queens on its spirited performance, especially in the second half.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, David Stewart, Karen Gillon, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Bill Butler, Murdo Fraser, Andy Kerr, George Foulkes, John Lamont, Nanette Milne, Keith Brown, Bashir Ahmad, Derek Brownlee, Patricia Ferguson, Dr Richard Simpson, Gil Paterson, Helen Eadie, Malcolm Chisholm, Bob Doris, Mary Mulligan

S3M-1983 Kenneth Gibson: Scotland’s Oil Wealth—That the Parliament recognises the recent study, performed by Grant Thornton, validating the immense oil wealth potentially available to Scotland; notes conservative estimates giving an independent Scotland a £4.4 billion annual surplus, even if Scotland had access to only 82.5% of North Sea oil revenue; is aware that, with oil prices now at $135 a barrel and heading towards $200, this is an huge underestimate of the wealth that could accrue to Scotland; acknowledges that Oil & Gas UK has stated that reserves could last for at least 30 years, during which time a fund for future generations could be initiated and established; regrets that Scotland’s unionist parties, in thrall to their bosses in London and with no faith in the Scottish people, still try to argue that Scotland is a parasitic burden on the United Kingdom, with Labour being particularly guilty, claiming in the spring of 2007 that an independent Scotland would be in deficit to the tune of £12.9 billion a year; looks forward to a time when Scotland and its people will, through independence, be allowed to realise its full economic potential, and calls on the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to transfer Scottish oil and gas wealth into the hands of the Scottish people.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson, Keith Brown, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1983.1 George Foulkes: Scotland’s Oil Wealth—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1983) in the name of Kenneth Gibson, leave out from "the recent study" to end and insert "the current high International price of oil at around $135 per barrel but also notes that in the last decade alone the price has fluctuated significantly from the current high to as low as as $9; believes that, notwithstanding the current high price of crude oil, basing an economy and the funding of public services on such an erratic commodity whose supply is determined principally by a Middle Eastern cartel would be economically illiterate; regrets the typically obtuse characterisation by Scottish nationalists of fellow Scots who do not favour splitting the United Kingdom into separate states but who rather believe the interests of Scottish people are best served by retaining their influence in one of the world’s largest economies as "in thrall to their bosses in London", and considers that the Barnett Formula guarantees Scotland a higher proportion of revenue per head of population than south of the border and that far from having "no faith in the Scottish people" the pro-Union parties have every confidence that they will make the correct decision with regards to Scotland’s constitutional future in clear and stark contrast to the SNP."

Supported by: Elaine Murray, John Park, Iain Gray, Andy Kerr, Rhona Brankin, David Stewart, Marlyn Glen, Cathy Peattie, Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1960# Jackson Carlaw: Holocaust Education in Scotland—That the Parliament accepts the crucial importance of ensuring that the genocide of the Jewish and other peoples and minority groups inflicted during the Holocaust is never allowed to slip from public consciousness; welcomes the commitment of successive Scottish governments to developing a permanent National Holocaust Museum based in East Renfrewshire and looks forward to the fulfilment of that commitment; applauds the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust, among other organisations, for the role it plays in educating young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons that can still be learned from it today, and considers that sufficient resources should be made available to allow schools across the west of Scotland and beyond to provide ongoing Holocaust education, with visits to the Auschwitz concentration camp being considered as part of that educational mix.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell, Murdo Fraser, Bill Aitken, John Lamont, John Park, Cathy Jamieson, Ted Brocklebank, Bill Kidd, David McLetchie, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen, Charlie Gordon, Jack McConnell, Stuart McMillan, Cathy Peattie, Annabel Goldie, Irene Oldfather*, John Scott*

*S3M-1960.1 Ken Macintosh: Holocaust Education in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1960) in the name of Jackson Carlaw, insert at end ", and while admiring the chutzpah of calling for a Member’s Business debate on this subject which does not commit ministers to take action, wonders why some MSPs did not feel able to support substantive amendment S3M-1768.2 on Holocaust Education on 24 April 2008, which might have resulted in funding being made available and stated that the Parliament "believes that Holocaust education, including visits to the Auschwitz concentration camp, is an important part of lessons on citizenship and international education; agrees that the Scottish Government should ensure that the Barnett consequentials of the £4.65 million in funding announced by the UK Government for visits to Auschwitz are used specifically to support Scottish pupils for this same purpose"."

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, Andy Kerr, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Elaine Murray, James Kelly, Iain Gray, Cathie Craigie, Sarah Boyack, Pauline McNeill, Jack McConnell, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Margaret Curran, Des McNulty, Robin Harper, Rhona Brankin, Paul Martin, Cathy Jamieson, Mary Mulligan, Hugh O’Donnell, Cathy Peattie, Johann Lamont, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, George Foulkes, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Karen Gillon, Marilyn Livingstone, Irene Oldfather

S3M-1893.1 Jim Hume: Scottish Agricultural Wages Board—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1893) in the name of Elaine Murray, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "recognises the valuable work performed by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) in protecting minimum pay and conditions arrangements for agricultural workers; welcomes the Government’s review of the SAWB as an opportunity to give careful consideration to future arrangements for determining the pay and conditions of service of agricultural workers in Scotland; agrees that work is needed to review the functions and processes of the SAWB in the context of national minimum wage structures and other employment legislation; believes that protection for all agricultural workers’ pay and conditions must be maintained, and recognises the importance of consulting widely with stakeholders on achieving the most effective processes."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1981 Arrest of Bahá’ís in Iran (lodged on 22 May 2008) David McLetchie*

S3M-1977 Congratulations to St Maurice’s High School, Cumbernauld (lodged on 22 May 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*

S3M-1973 Diversity in Europe Speaking Competition 2008 (lodged on 22 May 2008) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1972# Cancer Poverty (lodged on 22 May 2008) Irene Oldfather*, John Park*

S3M-1970 Closure of Cyrenians’ Homes (lodged on 22 May 2008) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1963 New Rights for Agency Workers (lodged on 21 May 2008) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1939 Angus Soft Fruits (lodged on 19 May 2008) John Scott*

S3M-1347 Violence Against Betting Shop Workers (lodged on 13 February 2008) Lewis Macdonald*

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