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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2091 Alison McInnes: National Liftshare Day—That the Parliament regrets that there are approximately 38 million empty car seats on the United Kingdom’s roads every weekday; welcomes National Liftshare Day on 9 June 2008, which aims to raise the profile of car sharing and to encourage and enable more people to give it a try; believes that car sharing is a simple and effective way of increasing individual mobility, helping motorists keep down their travel costs, reducing congestion on the roads and helping the environment by cutting harmful exhaust emissions; notes that, as fuel prices escalate, car sharing offers the opportunity for individuals to save money as well as do their bit towards saving the planet, and encourages individuals, communities, organisations and businesses to make 9 June the day that they give car sharing a try.

*S3M-2090 Keith Brown: Veterans Day—That the Parliament welcomes the two weeks of activities being held nationwide for Veterans Day 2008, and in particular those in Stirling running from 29 June to 13 July, to commemorate and raise awareness of the issues facing ex-service personnel; looks forward to the bagpipe procession through the city as part of the pipers’ trail on 12 July; believes in addition that there is particular poignancy to the inclusion of a screening of an Argentinean film about the Falklands War as part of the film festival; recognises the inputs of the wide range of charities doing excellent work to support this large, important and often extremely vulnerable section of Scottish society, and wishes both the organisations and the local authority the very best for the events.

*S3M-2089 Margaret Smith: Scottish Crime Survey—That the Parliament notes the moves by the Home Office to extend the British Crime Survey to include under 16-year-olds; further notes that young people across the United Kingdom are more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators; recognises that young people are less likely to share details of minor incidents with their parents or the police; acknowledges the spate of serious and violent attacks in recent months across the UK; believes that extending the British Crime Survey will offer a greater understanding of how crime affects young people in England and Wales, allowing the gathering of more information which will better shape messages on encouraging young people not to carry knifes or engage in antisocial behaviour, and calls on the Scottish Government to extend the Scottish Crime Survey to cover under 16s.

*S3M-2088 John Lamont: Hawick Wins Enterprise Award—That the Parliament congratulates Hawick on being named Scotland’s most enterprising town in the Scottish finals of Enterprising Britain 2008; recognises the significant economic impact that the Heart of Hawick regeneration project has had on the town and wider local community; further notes the boost that this will give the town during Common Riding week, and wishes the group well as it represents Scotland in the UK enterprise competition.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Ted Brocklebank*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-2087 Mary Mulligan: Bathgate Procession and John Newland Festival—That the Parliament notes that Saturday 7 June 2008 will mark the 150th celebration of the Bathgate Procession; further notes that the procession features a historical pageant commemorating the marriage of Princess Marjory to Walter, Lord High Steward of Scotland, which recalls the historical links with King Robert the Bruce and Bathgate Castle and also features on the night before the procession the annual Newland Oration which, by tradition, is given by a "Bathgate Bairn"; recognises the valuable role played by the Bathgate Procession and John Newland Festival in the civic life of Bathgate and the importance of the day to "Bathgate Bairns" the world over; congratulates Katy Latta and Paul O’Connor on being chosen to play the roles of Princess Marjory and Walter High Steward and Mr Joe Welsh for being chosen as the 2008 Newland Orator and wishes them a very memorable and enjoyable day; further acknowledges the immense hard work of the Procession Committee under Chairperson, Mr Brian Stebbing, and congratulates Mr Stebbing and all of his fellow committee members on the occasion of the 150th Bathgate Procession; commends all that they achieve on behalf of the community of Bathgate and the many thousands of people who visit the town to join in the festivities, and wishes them every success in the future.

*S3M-2086 Jim Hume: Hawick Common Riding—That the Parliament warmly congratulates the organisers of this year’s Hawick Common Riding, the first of the Borders’ festivals; notes the historical importance of such an event which celebrates the ancient custom of riding the boundaries of the parish and the capture of an English flag in 1514; recognises that common ridings festivals allow Borderers to pay their respects to those who risked their lives protecting the townspeople, and wishes all participants well.

*S3M-2085 Jim Hume: ESU’s Juniors’ Tournament—That the Parliament warmly congratulates the English Speaking Union (ESU), the 82 schools and 128 teams in the ESU’s juniors’ debating tournament, including the winners, Kit Mercer and Jamie Robson of Newcastle upon Tyne’s Royal Grammar School; recognises that the ESU is at the forefront of promoting speech and debating activities in Scottish schools; further recognises that the ESU’s juniors’ debating tournament is now the biggest debating tournament for S1 to S3 pupils in the United Kingdom and Ireland; notes the importance of the ESU’s goal of promoting international understanding and friendship through the use of the English language, and further notes that debating allows young people to experience the creativity of the English language, builds confidence and engenders a feeling of personal development and achievement.

*S3M-2084 Christina McKelvie: Scotland Welcomes the Baccalaureates—That the Parliament welcomes the plans of the Scottish Government to introduce new qualifications in the shape of a science baccalaureate and a languages baccalaureate as announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; notes that the moves towards the new qualifications are being welcomed by experts across the spectrum of education and training, and believes that these challenging qualifications will give pupils in Scottish schools the chance to show their ability.

S3M-2083 Dr Richard Simpson: Graham’s: The Family Dairy—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s largest independent dairy, Graham’s, for its fine achievement in winning another award at the Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards in 2008; recognises that the Bridge of Allan-based family business plays a vital role in both the national and local economy and employs around 270 members of staff, and further notes the health benefits of milk in improving eyesight and building stronger bones and teeth.

S3M-2082 Christine Grahame: Stamp Duty—That the Parliament, in light of increased household and fuel costs and the so-called "credit crunch" with its increasingly devastating effects on house sales in Scotland, itself impacting on small businesses such as removal firms, building trades and many others and blocking the movement of house sales so that first time buyers are effectively barred from the property ladder, considers that a review of Stamp Duty, which has remained constant since 2006, is imperative and that such a review should consider increasing the threshold for the 0% band and, on subsequent bands, making duty payable only incrementally and not on the entire purchase price and that this is one small method of easing the burden on first-time buyers and freeing up the housing market.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Keith Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-2081 Margaret Mitchell: Violence is Preventable Booklet, See Us - Hear Us!—That the Parliament supports the recent launch of the Violence is Preventable (VIP) booklet, See Us – Hear Us!; acknowledges and encourages the work that VIP carries out with young people who have been victims of sexual abuse; welcomes the fact that the booklet is targeted at staff and others working in schools and youth organisations to increase their awareness and understanding of this complex issue and to make disclosure easier by providing, when possible, a safe and unthreatening environment in schools where fears and apprehensions can be discussed before appropriate action is taken; commends the content of the booklet drawn from the research of Sarah Nelson, one of Scotland’s leading writers and campaigners against child sexual abuse (CSA), and recognises the tremendous value of this research in that it catalogues the educational experiences of survivors of CSA from Eighteen And Under in Dundee, Pathway in Edinburgh with input from Barnardo’s Skylight project in Edinburgh and the Nationwide Foundation, and hopes that See Us – Hear Us!, currently available in schools in Dundee and Edinburgh, will also be available in schools in Lanarkshire, Falkirk, Ayrshire and throughout Scotland in an effort to increase the confidence of pupils and staff in dealing with this harrowing issue and in order to make significant progress in attempting to break down "the wall of silence" on the subject, which is the perpetrator’s best friend.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Jamie McGrigor*, David McLetchie*, Bill Aitken*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ted Brocklebank*, Marlyn Glen*, Ken Macintosh*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-2080 Jamie Hepburn: Amnesty International Scottish Media Awards 2008—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the 2008 Amnesty International Scottish Media Awards, especially the winner, Fiona Walker of BBC Scotland, for her "Refugees from Congo to Motherwell" report and runner-up Billy Briggs for his "In the Line of Fire" Scotland on Sunday Spectrum magazine report; notes that the awards have become an established part of the media calendar, and believes that the awards have an important role to play in encouraging journalists in Scotland to raise the profile of human rights issues in their work. R

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Patrick Harvie*, Ken Macintosh*, Elaine Smith*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Liam McArthur*, Christine Grahame*, Marlyn Glen*, Mike Pringle*, Ian McKee*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2079 Bill Kidd: Accessible Housing—That the Parliament congratulates Inclusion Scotland on organising and holding its Homes for Life conference in Glasgow on 17 June 2008; recognises that the availability of accessible housing is of vital concern to disabled people and welcomes its efforts to bring this issue to the attention of housing associations, planners, home designers, house builders and local and national decision makers, and looks forward to a future when the adoption of best practice in planning, design and house building means that all people will be able to acquire houses suitable to their needs and to continue to live in their own homes if they acquire an impairment.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Aileen Campbell*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2078 Bob Doris: Learning the Lessons of Manchester—That the Parliament believes that the overwhelming majority of football supporters who visited Manchester for the UEFA Cup Final between Glasgow Rangers and Zenit St Petersburg were impeccably behaved, that any issues in relation to the planning and management of the cup final provided no excuse for a mindless minority of individuals who do not represent Glasgow Rangers Football Club and that the deeply regrettable events in Manchester should be used as an opportunity to reduce the likelihood of such scenes ever happening again; calls on the Scottish Government to take the lead in helping to co-ordinate efforts to ensure that lessons are learned and that all stakeholders, including the Scottish and UK governments, local authorities, football clubs and the police, work closely together on such matters, and further believes that where legislative changes may be necessary, such as in the case of ensuring that football banning orders handed out in England can be enforced in Scotland, such changes are implemented as soon as possible.

S3M-2077 David Stewart: Centenary of the Vatersay Raiders—That the Parliament acknowledges that it is 100 years since the 10 fishermen from Barra and Mingulay, who sought to establish crofts as a way of life on Vatersay, appeared at the Court of Session in Edinburgh accused of breaching an interdict imposed upon them by the absentee landlord, Lady Gordon Cathcart; notes that their two month imprisonment caused an outcry across Scotland, leading the Government to buy Vatersay for crofting; further notes that today the descendants of the raiders still live on Vatersay with a causeway now linking them to the larger island of Barra, built in order to avoid abandonment by the population of Vatersay as befell Mingulay, and notes that it was the Labour-led Scottish Executive that led the way in introducing land reform measures to give communities such as Gigha and South Uist greater control of their land and how it is managed and giving them greater power to shape their own futures, following the example of the Assynt crofters and the people of Eigg and Knoydart.

Supported by: Peter Peacock, Rhoda Grant, Johann Lamont*, Karen Gillon*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2076 Jamie Hepburn: 40th Anniversary of Death of Robert F Kennedy—That the Parliament notes that 5 June 2008 is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Senator Robert Francis Kennedy, shot shortly after winning the California primary contest for the Democratic Presidential nomination for the 1968 election; regrets that this act of violence robbed the world of a politician of genuine humanity and conviction, and conveys its condolences to the Kennedy family and its best wishes to his last surviving brother, Senator Edward Kennedy, for a speedy recovery from his recent illness.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Keith Brown, Bob Doris, Aileen Campbell, Jim Tolson, Ted Brocklebank, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Robert Brown, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Alasdair Allan*, John Park*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2075 Keith Brown: Netting Youth Disorder—That the Parliament congratulates Central Scotland Police on its recent crackdown on antisocial behaviour through investigation of the social networking site Bebo; notes that the success of the operation included interviewing 182 young people aged between 12 and 18 about issues such as underage drinking, drug-related activities and weapon possession; recognises that this casts doubts on the effectiveness of social networking sites’ content control, and expresses unease that the readiness displayed by these young people to put photographs of their actions online, given current concerns over child protection and safeguarding vulnerable persons, undermines an otherwise excellent and extremely popular facility for young people to communicate with each other.

S3M-2074 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to Sporting Edinburgh Pupils—That the Parliament congratulates the 44 talented pupils from 16 schools including Gracemount High School, Liberton High School and James Gillespie’s High School in South Edinburgh involved in the City of Edinburgh Schools Sports Academy; notes that 36 pupils have progressed to regional and national squad level from just two in that position at the outset of the academy; welcomes the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council to expand the academy by an expected further 30 pupils next year, and praises the academy’s already excellent contribution to Scottish grass-roots sport in just its first year of operation.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Elizabeth Smith, Keith Brown, Jim Hume, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Sandra White, Jim Tolson, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Ian McKee, Alasdair Allan*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Stone*

S3M-2073 Cathy Peattie: Supporting Scottish Culture—That the Parliament recognises the valuable work of Scottish cultural organisations, including the Traditional Music and Song Association, the Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust, the Scots Music Group, Voluntary Arts Scotland, the Scots Language Centre, and Scots Language Dictionaries, which promote and support extensive voluntary participation in Scottish traditional arts and culture; notes the extreme difficulties these organisations now face as a result of their loss of funding from the Scottish Arts Council; further notes that while existing funding runs to March 2009, the reality of redundancies and the termination of accommodation and office facilities means that their activity will be severely curtailed later this year; recognises that the audit of Scots language provision, even if completed in time, is unlikely to provide more than a partial solution to the problem; believes that the Scottish Arts Council cannot be trusted to support and promote the Scots language and Scottish traditional arts and sees no reason to suspect that Creative Scotland will be any different, and therefore believes that a separately constituted and funded body should be set up for this purpose and interim measures put in place to safeguard existing provision until this is done.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-2072 Jamie McGrigor: Scottish Register of Tartans Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill.

S3M-2071 Helen Eadie: Good News for Ankylosing Spondylitis Sufferers—That the Parliament welcomes the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland’s endorsement of the multiple technology appraisal by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to approve anti-TNF treatments for patients with severe active ankylosing spondylitis (AS); believes that such treatments add to the quality of life of people affected by AS and will allow many people to take control of their treatment at home; commends the Scottish Medicines Consortium for its approval of anti-TNF for AS in October 2006, and calls on NHS Scotland to ensure people who are eligible have access to treatment as soon as possible to improve their welfare and quality of life.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Murray*, Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Sarah Boyack*, Elaine Smith*, Ian McKee*

S3M-2070 John Park: Fundraising for Malawi—That the Parliament welcomes the work of the ASPIRE Centre at Carnegie College in Dunfermline in providing supported work-focused training for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties and disabilities, which provide the opportunities for students to gain practical skills; believes that the centre is invaluable for personal development, community integration and independence; applauds the Community Link Class of the ASPIRE Centre and Inverkeithing Parish Church for raising £1,022 for Chikwawa in Malawi; welcomes that the money raised will go towards young mothers’ projects in Malawi, will help to build Scotland’s links with Malawi and is a great example of the wider community integration and personal development that the ASPIRE Centre promotes; recognises the efforts of all involved in the fundraising, and congratulates the hard work and effort of the students at the centre on their achievement.

Supported by: Jack McConnell, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Sandra White, Karen Gillon, Bill Kidd, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Karen Whitefield, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, George Foulkes, Stuart McMillan, Roseanna Cunningham, Ted Brocklebank, Murdo Fraser, Bill Butler, Christina McKelvie, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie McGrigor, Hugh O’Donnell, Dr Richard Simpson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Gil Paterson*, Des McNulty*, Liam McArthur*, Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2069 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to the Lothian Cycle Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the Lothian Cycle Campaign organisation on reaching the milestone of the 100th edition of its SPOKES bulletin, promoting the benefits of cycling for the environment and developing cycling as a healthy leisure pursuit; further notes that the first SPOKES bulletin was issued in April 1978 and that it is estimated that, in the time since the first edition, approximately 500,000 words have been written for the bulletins and that each print run is in excess of 10,000 copies, many of which are delivered by bike; congratulates the Lothian Cycle Campaign on the success of its local campaigning, including working with the previous administration to gain additional funding for Sustrans, amounting to £8 million over two years, and its more recent success in securing a car parking ban on the Mound in Scotland’s capital city; welcomes the establishment of Linlithgow Cycle Action Group, formed by local cyclists to promote cyclists’ issues in West Lothian and hopes that they will build on the successes of the Lothian Cycle Campaign; further welcomes the Bulletin 100 Exhibition that is being hosted by Edinburgh’s Central Library throughout June 2008, and wishes the Lothian Cycle Campaign every success in its future efforts to promote the values and benefits of cycling.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Jamie McGrigor, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Murray, Patricia Ferguson, Marlyn Glen, Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Alasdair Allan*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-2068 Alasdair Morgan on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee: Proposal for a Committee Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the proposal for a Committee Bill under Rule 9.15 contained in the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee’s 1st Report, 2008 Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme (SP Paper 103).

S3M-2067 Richard Lochhead: The Licensing of Animal Dealers (Young Cats and Dogs) (Scotland) Regulations 2008—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the Licensing of Animal Dealers (Young Cats and Dogs) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Michael Russell

S3M-2066 Aileen Campbell: 2008 G8 Summit in Japan—That the Parliament notes that this year’s G8 summit will take place in Hokkaido, Japan from 7 to 9 July 2008; further notes reports from various NGOs that progress toward meeting aid and development goals set at the 2005 Gleneagles summit has been painfully slow and that world economic circumstances and budget pressures may see reduction in rich countries’ overseas assistance budgets; believes that there is both an economic and moral imperative on rich countries to work for poverty eradication and global economic justice; further believes that G8 decisions must be adhered to by member countries or else the forum risks losing international credibility, and calls on voters in the G8 nations, and the world community through the United Nations, to hold G8 governments accountable for pledges made at their summit meetings.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2065 Hugh O’Donnell: Counter-Terrorism Bill—That the Parliament expresses its concern over measures contained in the UK Government’s new Counter-Terrorism Bill; agrees with the Law Society of Scotland that proposals that will allow terrorism offences committed in Scotland to be tried in any court in the United Kingdom will undermine the primacy of Scottish courts and the office of the Lord Advocate; opposes plans to extend the pre-charge detention limit beyond 28 days, and agrees with human rights groups such as Liberty, Amnesty International, JUSTICE and the Scottish-Islamic Foundation that such measures are unnecessary and erode the very civil liberties that we wish to safeguard.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Bashir Ahmad, Mike Pringle, Iain Smith, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Jim Tolson, Robert Brown, Jim Hume, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Christopher Harvie*, Angela Constance*, Alasdair Allan*, Robin Harper*, Ross Finnie*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2064 Hugh O’Donnell: Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the new Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Mr Anthony Finn, on his appointment; recognises the substantial contribution to education and teaching in Scotland made by the retiring Chief Executive, Matthew MacIver CBE, who is retiring in September, and welcomes the continuity of expertise that will be sustained as a result of this appointment.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Bob Doris, Jim Tolson, Mike Pringle, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Jim Hume, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith* R, Marlyn Glen*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2063 Mary Scanlon: National Depression Week—That the Parliament notes that 18 to 25 June is National Depression Week; commends the continuing work of Depression Alliance Scotland (DAS) in providing sufferers, their families and friends with advice and self-help groups across Scotland; acknowledges the specific work that DAS has been doing in Lothian to support young adults, a group in which depression is a high contributory factor in suicide, with low mood and depression, and the launch of the related new website, www.lookokfeelcrap.org, and urges the Scottish Government to provide adequate funding for this important work to be rolled out across Scotland as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, John Lamont, Bill Aitken, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Ted Brocklebank, Patricia Ferguson, Cathie Craigie, Johann Lamont, Jackson Carlaw, Murdo Fraser, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Murray*, Elaine Smith*, Margaret Mitchell*, Hugh Henry*, Liam McArthur*, James Kelly*, Robin Harper*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2062 Roseanna Cunningham: Congratulations to the Youngest Ever Curtis Cup Team Member—That the Parliament recognises the achievement of Carly Booth from Comrie in becoming the youngest ever player, at 15 years and 11 months, to be selected for the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team; notes that her team mates, including three other Scots, form the most youthful Curtis Cup side ever to represent Great Britian and Ireland; believes that, regardless of the result, this side shows the strength of our young sportswomen, and wishes all eight every success in their future golf careers.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2061 Peter Peacock: Brora Primary School—That the Parliament notes the concern of parents at Brora Primary School over proposals to reduce the number of teachers at the school and, as a result, raise class sizes; calls on Highland Council to exercise its discretion to retain the current number of teachers and to prevent disruption to the school by recognising development currently taking place in Brora which may positively affect pupil numbers over coming months, and calls on the Scottish Executive to clarify whether increasing class sizes in Brora is consistent with its policy to reduce class sizes, its concordat with local government and its outcome agreement with Highland Council.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Jamie Stone, Sarah Boyack, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Karen Whitefield, Helen Eadie, John Park, Jamie McGrigor, Patricia Ferguson, Dr Richard Simpson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Hugh Henry*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2060 Shirley-Anne Somerville: No to New Nuclear Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement by the UK Government of its intention to expand its nuclear programme; further notes that no nuclear power stations have ever been developed and maintained without substantial public subsidy which inevitably comes at the cost of investment in other areas such as developing clean renewable technologies; recognises the soaring costs of dealing with the existing legacy of radioactive waste from ageing nuclear facilities, with the decommissioning bill set to rise above £73 billion; notes that in 2006 Scotland could have supplied 92.5% of its electricity needs from non-nuclear sources, with electricity generated by non-hydro renewables having increased by 46% over the previous year; believes that further investment in nuclear energy would be a wasteful, dangerous and unnecessary distraction from developing Scotland’s renewable industry, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s reaffirmation that there will be no new nuclear stations in Scotland.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Patrick Harvie, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2060.1 Elaine Murray: No to New Nuclear Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2060) in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "is concerned at the ideological folly of the Scottish Government in proposing closing down Scotland’s main source of carbon-free electricity, the nuclear power industry; regrets the loss of highly-skilled, well-paid jobs that this will entail; applauds the excellent work being done in Scottish universities in support of the nuclear power industry and wonders if the SNP administration intends to close it down also, and believes that the short-sighted hostility to civil nuclear power is likely to turn Scotland into an importer of electricity within a relatively short space of time, probably relying for baseload on nuclear imports from England and beyond."

S3M-2059 Pauline McNeill: World Council of Churches Week of Action for Middle East Peace—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of a Week of Action for Middle East Peace by the World Council of Churches at a special service in Jerusalem; notes the ecumenical gathering which took place in the Parliament last night including representation from the Cross Party Group on Palestine, International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel, the Church of Scotland, the Episcopal Church in Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, the Iona Community, the United Free Church of Scotland, Scottish Jews for Justice and the Scottish Islamic Foundation, and further notes that the churches’ action follows comments made by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in which he has described the continued blockade of the Gaza Strip and the ensuing humanitarian crisis as an abomination and condemned the international community for our complicity and silence.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, Bashir Ahmad, Mr Frank McAveety, Christine Grahame, Hugh O’Donnell, Cathy Peattie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Elaine Smith, Iain Gray, Karen Gillon, Malcolm Chisholm, Mike Pringle, Mary Mulligan, Stuart McMillan, Liam McArthur, Karen Whitefield, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Dr Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Jackie Baillie, Des McNulty, Angela Constance*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2058 Aileen Campbell: Australian Troop Withdrawal from Iraq—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Australian Government to withdraw its remaining troops from Iraq; welcomes the comments by the Australian Prime Minister that his Government "does not believe that our alliance with the United States mandates automatic compliance with every element of the United States’ foreign policy"; believes that other governments which supported the US invasion of Iraq would do well to learn from Australia’s decision and new attitude; reiterates its belief that the war in Iraq is illegal under international law, and calls on the global community to continue working for a speedy and peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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

S3M-2055 Aileen Campbell: Great British Weekend is Not a Great Idea—That the Parliament notes proposals from UK Government Immigration Minister, Liam Byrne MP, to designate the August Bank Holiday weekend as a "Great British weekend"; notes that the August bank holiday is observed on different days in Scotland and in England and Wales; further notes that the United Kingdom has fewer statutory public holidays than many other European countries and none at all between summer and Christmas, save for the St Andrew’s Day bank holiday in Scotland; believes that forcing people to celebrate a weekend of "Britishness", which may not be part of their identity, is not a good use of a bank holiday weekend, and further believes that the St Andrew’s Day bank holiday already serves as a celebration of culture in Scotland and that employers across the country should respect the Parliament’s decision to observe the day as a bank holiday.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Keith Brown, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie

S3M-2054 Murdo Fraser: Veterans Day—That the Parliament marks Veterans Day on Friday 27 June 2008; notes that Veterans Day honours Scotland’s veterans past and present and acknowledges their heroic service to protect Scotland; welcomes the role of Stirling as Scotland’s focus for this year’s annual commemorations, with highlights including a pipers’ trail procession from Stirling Castle through the city centre, a Gala Day with an RAF Tornado flypast as well as music, displays and exhibitions and the UK’s first veterans-themed film festival; notes Stirling’s proud military history and believes that the city will show great gratitude to the present veterans; recognises that there are currently about 500,000 veterans living in Scotland, and believes that ex-servicemen and women should be given the level of care that reflects the service and commitment that they gave to protect our country.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2053 John Farquhar Munro: Reporter Excludes Evidence at Substation Expansion Hearing—That the Parliament condemns the decision by the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit to deny objectors to the expansion of the electricity substation at Wester Balblair the right to submit evidence about the damaging heath effects of electromagnetic radiation emitted from electricity substations; believes that this not only calls into question the validity of the inquiry but also undermines the Wester Balblair community which has a right to have its point of view heard; considers that dismissing the community’s view out of hand reinforces the public scepticism about the whole project, and calls on the Scottish Executive to review the decision of the Reporter with a view to giving the community a fair hearing.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor

S3M-2049 Ted Brocklebank: Appointment of Dr Louise Richardson as Principal of the University of St Andrews—That the Parliament welcomes the appointment of Dr Louise Richardson as the first female Principal of Scotland’s oldest university, St Andrews, as well as being the first female Principal of any of Scotland’s ancient universities; recognises her international reputation both as an academic and as an administrator; notes that she is one of the world’s experts on international terrorism which will enhance St Andrews University’s reputation as one of the most prominent institutions for the study of this subject, and pays tribute to retiring Principal, Dr Brian Lang, who has done an outstanding job in promoting St Andrews as one of Scotland’s foremost universities.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw, Margaret Mitchell, Claire Baker, Murdo Fraser, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Bill Aitken, Alex Johnstone, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Murray, Robin Harper, John Park, Alasdair Allan, Gil Paterson

S3M-2048 Patricia Ferguson: John Paul Academy’s Campus Policeman, Peter Glancey—That the Parliament applauds the actions of Constable Peter Glancey, Campus Officer at Glasgow’s John Paul Academy, for his action in dealing with teenagers who admitted acts of vandalism at a new play park in the Summerston area and for trying to instil in those responsible a sense of community spirit by ensuring that they were required to clean up the damage they caused; hopes that such quick intervention will have the desired effect, and further hopes and that in future the play park can be safely used by the children of the area.

S3M-2047 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Lionacleit School—That the Parliament congratulates Morag Wells and Nadine Froughi of Lionacleit School, Uist on their victory in the European Educational Trust Schools Speaking Competition; notes that they faced stiff competition from 10 other schools in the final held in Glasgow on Friday 30 May 2008; also notes that the subject chosen by the girls, "The Roma People in Romania", involved a large amount of research and generated a lot of interest within the school; further notes that the school has set up a link with a school in Romania and has also invited the Romanian Ambassador to visit the school, and wishes them well on their trip to the European Parliament and the European School, Brussels, which was their prize for winning the competition.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, John Lamont, Bashir Ahmad, Angela Constance, Bill Kidd, Murdo Fraser, Nanette Milne, Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Jim Tolson, Margaret Mitchell, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Alasdair Allan

S3M-2046 Alasdair Allan: Sgoil Lionacleit—That the Parliament recognises the success of Morag Wells and Nadine Froughi, both in S3, of Sgoil Lionacleit in the Uists for winning the speaking competition run by the Scottish European Educational Trust and sponsored by the European Parliament; notes that they have won a trophy and will go to Brussels in October 2008 as their prize, and congratulates the pupils for their victory and for the way in which, after speaking about Romania, they have set up a link with a school there and have invited the Romanian Ambassador to visit Sgoil Lionacleit.

Supported by: Angela Constance, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Stone, Gil Paterson, Elizabeth Smith, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Christine Grahame, Roseanna Cunningham, Willie Coffey*

S3M-2045 Tavish Scott: Shetland Relay for Life—That the Parliament congratulates the massive community involvement in the Relay for Life at Lerwick’s Clickimin Centre on Saturday 31 May 2008 where over 2,000 people took part in a fundraiser towards cancer relief; notes that this has already raised a staggering £72,000, with further donations to be received; considers that this enormous contribution from an island community with a population of under 22,000 is a reflection of the impact that cancer has had on so many Shetland families; believes that particular congratulations are due to the organisers, especially the irrepressible Belle Spence and Elizabeth Johnson from Unst, and recognises that monies raised by communities such as Shetland are desperately needed for the work to find ways to overcome cancer.

S3M-2044 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to Scottish Junior Cup Winners 2008, Bathgate Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Bathgate Thistle for winning football’s Scottish Junior Cup and Cumnock Juniors for making it an enthralling game; further congratulates both sets of players for the way they conducted themselves; recognises the warm welcome that Bathgate Thistle will receive from the people of Bathgate when they parade the cup at their Gala Day, and hopes this will be the first of many cup wins to come.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Robin Harper, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jim Tolson, Michael McMahon, Trish Godman, Ian McKee, Claire Baker, Iain Gray, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler

S3M-2043 Christina McKelvie: Dungavel Detention Centre—That the Parliament expresses its concern over newspaper reports that children are still being detained in Dungavel, despite long-running concerns over the suitability of Dungavel for the detention of children, and calls on the Scottish Government along with the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, children’s, human rights and religious organisations and all interested parties to continue to campaign for an end to the detention of children in Dungavel and for families under detention or investigation by the Border and Immigration Agency to be kept out of Dungavel and placed in alternative accommodation, including in their own homes, while their cases are resolved.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame, Jim Hume, Roseanna Cunningham, Cathy Peattie, Keith Brown, Elaine Smith, Aileen Campbell, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Bill Butler

S3M-2042 Murdo Fraser: Angus Post Office Closures—That the Parliament notes the recent publication of Post Office Ltd’s Area Plan Proposal for North East, Tayside and Fife; further notes with concern that there are a number of proposed post office closures in Angus, including proposed branch closures in Forfar and Southmuir, as well as reduced services in Glamis; believes that these post office branches perform an important role in the local communities that they serve; hopes that the branches will not be closed or have a reduced service as this will have a detrimental impact on the affected communities, and believes that the views of the postmasters and the communities affected by the proposed closures must be fully considered before any decisions are made on the future of the post office network in Angus.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S3M-2041 Helen Eadie: European Maritime Day—That the Parliament notes that European Maritime Day is to be celebrated annually on 20 May, the aim being to highlight the whole web of relationships that bind together all maritime and marine-related issues and activities in Europe, in line with the joined-up and cross-cutting approach of the new Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union proposed by the Commission in October 2007; welcomes the fact that, during the consultation process on this new policy, numerous stakeholders voiced the opinion that celebrating Europe’s maritime heritage and future as well as highlighting its maritime activities would help to raise citizens’ awareness, not only of the importance of the maritime sectors, but also of the key roles of the marine environment and Europe’s coastal regions, islands and outermost regions; further welcomes this initiative by the European Commission which is also planning an annual Open Ports Day in the context of a maritime week that encourages all the European regions, ports, cities and other maritime stakeholders to join in the celebrations and to work together so that the European Maritime Day can serve in the future as the focal date for launching a maritime week of conferences, festivities, networking, best practice exchange and benchmarking activities throughout the EU, and hopes that the Scottish Government will engage robustly with the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions with a determination to ensure that such full resolve will result in new passenger and freight ferry operators to Zeebrugge and other ports across the EU.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Bill Kidd, Sarah Boyack, Ted Brocklebank, Jackie Baillie, Jackson Carlaw, Elaine Murray*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Hugh Henry*, John Park*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2040 Patricia Ferguson: Congratulations to St Joan of Arc School, Glasgow—That the Parliament notes with pleasure the first prize award made to St Joan of Arc school, Glasgow, in this year’s Scotland’s Finest Woods Schools’ Awards; applauds the establishment of the school’s own garden and willow nursery and the contribution made to the community garden at Lambhill Stables; further notes that the awards are designed to encourage and reward schools that help young people to understand and appreciate the benefits of woodlands, and congratulates the Forest Education Initiative, the Royal Scottish Forestry Society and Forestry Commission Scotland on their support.

S3M-2039 Charlie Gordon: Congratulations to Castlemilk Timebank—That the Parliament congratulates Castlemilk Timebank for winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2008, the equivalent of an MBE, and salutes the outstanding work of the many volunteers in Castlemilk whose efforts have been deservedly recognised.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw, Stuart McMillan, Dr Richard Simpson, Jackie Baillie, Robert Brown, Pauline McNeill, Keith Brown, Kenneth Gibson, Helen Eadie, James Kelly, Patrick Harvie, Margaret Curran, Cathy Peattie, Alasdair Allan, Bill Butler, Robin Harper, Johann Lamont, Des McNulty, Patricia Ferguson, Gil Paterson, Iain Gray, Hugh O’Donnell, David Whitton, Cathie Craigie, Bashir Ahmad, Ken Macintosh, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman

S3M-2037 Alasdair Allan: Carers Week 2008 - Carers Scotland’s Carers Health Resource Guide—That the Parliament notes the publication by Carers Scotland, as part of Carers Week from 9 to 15 June 2008, of A Carers Resource Guide to Health and Wellbeing: Finding the Balance, Promoting Positive Health; further notes that this year’s Carers Week, with its theme of "Carers can’t afford to be ill", is a week of awareness raising and activities to reach hidden carers and highlight the negative impact of caring on carers’ health and wellbeing; recognises the vital role that Scotland’s 660,000 and Eilean Siar’s 2,800 unpaid carers play in caring for ill, frail and disabled people in local and often isolated communities; promotes the recognition of carers as equal and expert partners in the provision of health and social care; welcomes the investment in NHS carer information strategies to provide training for carers and healthcare staff to reduce the negative impacts of caring on health, and recognises the endeavours of Carers Scotland in producing this guide to ensure that carers have effective information to maintain and improve their own health and wellbeing.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cathy Peattie, Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, Elaine Smith, Keith Brown, Robin Harper, John Lamont, Kenneth Gibson, Angela Constance, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Hugh O’Donnell, Ken Macintosh, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Johann Lamont, Marlyn Glen*, John Park*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2037.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Carers Week 2008 - Carers Scotland’s Carers Health Resource Guide—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2037) in the name of Alasdair Allan, after "social care" insert "; notes the importance of respite care and national and local support and advice to carers".

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2036 Jamie Hepburn: Fun in the Park—That the Parliament congratulates Friends of Cumbernauld Community Park and all those involved in organising the Fun in the Park day on 1 June 2008, which allowed hundreds of local families and residents to take part in a number of fun activities in the Craighalbert Quarry section of the 225-acre site designated for the future Cumbernauld Community Park, and wishes those campaigning for the creation of a proper park on this site all the best for the future.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Bashir Ahmad, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Keith Brown, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Angela Constance, John Wilson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2035 Robin Harper: Congratulations to Bathgate Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Bathgate Thistle for winning the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time in their history; believes that the cup has a significant place in Scotland’s football calendar; congratulates all those involved in organising it, and wishes Bathgate Thistle all the very best in celebrating this famous victory.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Jamie McGrigor, Jim Tolson, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Patrick Harvie, Dr Richard Simpson

S3M-2035.1 Cathy Jamieson: Congratulations to Bathgate Thistle—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2035) in the name of Robin Harper, insert at end "; commends Cumnock Juniors on reaching the final of the competition, and recognises the history of Ayrshire football clubs who have won the Scottish Junior Cup."

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2034 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Water Rates Relief—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change that small charities, churches and voluntary organisations will continue to be exempt from paying water charges until 2014; recognises the work of the Reverend Jock Stein of Dunfermline presbytery in the campaign to maintain the water rates exemption; recognises too the important work done by charitable and voluntary organisations, and hopes that the exemption from water rates will continue to have a favourable impact on their work.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Angela Constance, Gil Paterson, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Jim Tolson, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Willie Coffey, Roseanna Cunningham, Ian McKee, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Nanette Milne, Nigel Don, Christine Grahame, John Wilson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2033 Jackie Baillie: Proposed Change to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme—That the Parliament welcomes the petition by Sally Ann Elfverson on behalf of the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland on the National Concessionary Travel Scheme; notes that the Cross-Party Group on Learning Disability supports this petition; believes that the National Concessionary Travel Scheme should be urgently reviewed to extend eligibility to disabled people in receipt of the lower rate of disability living allowance, and calls on the Scottish Executive to implement this and other desirable changes to the scheme in consultation with people with learning disabilities.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Irene Oldfather, Patricia Ferguson, David Whitton, Iain Gray, Helen Eadie, Johann Lamont, Elaine Smith, Marlyn Glen, Bill Butler, James Kelly, John Park, Mike Pringle, Charlie Gordon, Karen Gillon, Hugh O’Donnell, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Murray, Marilyn Livingstone, Claire Baker, Michael McMahon, Mary Mulligan, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Andy Kerr, Ken Macintosh, Cathy Jamieson, Paul Martin, Hugh Henry, Ms Wendy Alexander, Cathy Peattie, Margaret Curran, Cathie Craigie, Angela Constance*

S3M-2033.1 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Proposed Change to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2033) in the name of Jackie Baillie, leave out from "believes" to end and insert "recognises that the existing eligibility criterion, which excludes disabled people in receipt of the lower rate of disability allowance, was set by the former administration and that the future of the National Concessionary Travel Scheme will be determined by the Scottish Government in due course, following the review of the scheme later this year."

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, Marilyn Livingstone, Sarah Boyack, Karen Gillon, Claire Baker, Elaine Murray, Michael McMahon, Johann Lamont, Des McNulty, Patricia Ferguson, Dr Richard Simpson, Charlie Gordon, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry

S3M-2021.1 Nanette Milne: Best Value Audit of Aberdeen City Council—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2021) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, leave out from "and to secure" to end and insert "and considers that everyone should work together to remedy the situation in the interests of the people of Aberdeen."

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Murdo Fraser, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, John Lamont, Brian Adam, Margaret Mitchell, Nigel Don

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-1976.1 Ken Macintosh: Review Hospital Parking Charges for Critically Ill and High Dependency Patients—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1976) in the name of Mike Pringle, insert at end "further notes with concern that, according to Macmillan Cancer Support, over 90% of cancer patients suffer financially as a result of their diagnosis and that cancer patients in Scotland pay more in travel costs than anywhere else in the United Kingdom; welcomes moves by the Scottish Government and the previous administration to strengthen guidance for hospitals on free parking for cancer patients, but urges Scottish ministers to move quickly to introduce mandatory free parking for people attending hospital for cancer treatment throughout Scotland."

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Dr Richard Simpson, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, David Whitton, John Park, Angela Constance, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman

S3M-1787# Jim Hume: Tackling Excess Packaging—That the Parliament welcomes the innovation and success of the state-of-the-art Eco Deco waste treatment plant near Dumfries which is the first facility of its kind in Scotland; notes that by using advanced technology the plant can process up to 65,000 tonnes of waste a year, recovering resources from waste and eliminating the need for several kerbside boxes and bags as well as wheeled bins; regrets that the UK’s levels of waste production are increasing exponentially, with approximately one million tonnes of packaging waste produced in Scotland each year; notes that, although packaging regulations are largely reserved to Westminster, waste management including waste minimisation and recycling are devolved to Scotland, and therefore believes that tackling excess packaging should be a central objective of the forthcoming supermarket summit and that decisive action should be taken to reduce excess packaging through all available levers, including working with product designers and manufacturers in Scotland to encourage sustainable design and sustainable products, developing improved packaging guidelines for adoption by retailers and their suppliers, introducing further Producer Responsibility initiatives and installing ambitious recovery obligations in the producer responsibility regulations for packaging, developing improved systems for consumers to complain to retailers and Trading Standards officers about excess packaging, and that waste points should be provided in supermarkets where customers can deposit unwanted packaging.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Tom McCabe, Roseanna Cunningham, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Alison McInnes, John Park, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Liam McArthur, Jamie Stone, Elaine Smith, Robert Brown, Elaine Murray, Ross Finnie, Jim Tolson, Gil Paterson

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2031 21st Anniversary of the Riding for the Disabled Association Glasgow Group (lodged on 30 May 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2030 Common Ridings and Borders Processions (lodged on 30 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2029 Launch of the Alba Endeavour (lodged on 30 May 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2025 Teacher Presidents (lodged on 30 May 2008) Michael Matheson*, Keith Brown*

S3M-2024 The Labour Party’s Cash Crisis (lodged on 29 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2019 Open University and Part-Time Students (lodged on 29 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2017 London-Venezuela Oil Agreement (lodged on 30 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2016 Postcode Lottery for Sufferers of DMD (lodged on 29 May 2008) Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-2013 UNISON Survey of Members at Leverndale Hospital (lodged on 29 May 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-2012 Effect of Fuel Prices on Mileage Rates for NHS Staff (lodged on 29 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2009 Good Example Sent Through Tough Licensing Enforcement (lodged on 28 May 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-2008# Refugee Week Scotland 2008 (lodged on 28 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2006 Pan Africa Chemistry Network (lodged on 28 May 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2004 Routes Out of Prison Scheme (lodged on 28 May 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1990 Post Office Card Account and Further Post Office Closures (lodged on 27 May 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Keith Brown*

S3M-1988 Marie Curie Cancer Care Partnership with NHS Lanarkshire (lodged on 27 May 2008) Alasdair Allan*, Ted Brocklebank*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Hugh Henry*, Des McNulty*, James Kelly*, Michael McMahon*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-1983.1 Scotland’s Oil Wealth (lodged on 27 May 2008) Hugh Henry*

S3M-1981 Arrest of Bahá’ís in Iran (lodged on 22 May 2008) Murdo Fraser*, Robin Harper*

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

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