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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2165 Nanette Milne: Robert Gordon’s Debaters Triumph in Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament—That the Parliament congratulates Jo Farmer and Michael Sim from Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen, who won the 10th National Final of The Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament; notes that this year’s tournament saw the entry of over 130 teams representing schools from across Scotland, and congratulates all the pupils who took part this year.

*S3M-2164 John Lamont: Irish Reject the Lisbon Treaty—That the Parliament recognises the democratic will of the Irish people in rejecting the Lisbon treaty; notes that it is the only country allowing its people a vote on the matter, and regrets that the government of Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, supported by the Liberal Democrats, denied the British people the right to vote on this important piece of legislation.

*S3M-2163 Johann Lamont: Learning Disability Week—That the Parliament welcomes Learning Disability Week from 16 to 22 June 2008; notes that the theme this year is "Forgotten Citizens", which has as its aim that everyone in Scotland should know about the experiences of their fellow citizens with learning disabilities, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that there is sufficient funding available to make "The Same as You" a reality for people with learning disabilities and their families.

*S3M-2162 Rhoda Grant: Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers Gobi Desert Challenge—That the Parliament congratulates Robert Holding who is preparing to run 140 miles across the Gobi Desert in order to raise funds for the Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers Project; notes that Robert Holding has overcome significant challenges in his own life and is now supporting young people in the Skye and Lochalsh area who are facing difficult challenges, including feelings of isolation, vulnerability, loss, stigma and underachievement in their education; further notes that these young people have significant caring responsibilities for family members who have a diagnosed disability, chronic illness or addiction issue and that the Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers Project increases the confidence and self-esteem of these children and young adults who are more used to putting the needs of others before their own, building on their existing strengths; encourages MSPs and others to sponsor this extremely worthwhile event by logging on to: www.sponsorformsonline.co.uk/skyeyoungcarers.asp, and wishes Robert Holding every success in this challenge.

Supported by: Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*

*S3M-2161 Kenneth Gibson: Repatriation of James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell—That the Parliament supports the repatriation from Denmark of the remains of James Hepburn, 1534-1578, Fourth Earl of Bothwell, husband and consort to Mary Queen of Scots, stepfather to King James VI and captain of the French King’s bodyguard, Le Garde Ecossais, for a Christian burial at his ancestral home, Crichton Castle, near Edinburgh, as was his dying wish; notes that Bothwell died a lonely, tragic death having been held hostage in a dungeon in Dragsholm Castle chained to a pillar for the last 10 years of his life; is disturbed that Bothwell’s mummified body was previously on view in a glass case as part of a ghoulish church display until, after protests from his descendants, it was moved to Faarvejle crypt; believes that this Scottish patriot, in his day, was regarded outside Scotland as being the only honest man among the Scottish nobility of the time; is concerned that there is growing support in France to have Bothwell honoured and his remains repatriated there and buried in Rheims Cathedral, a royal French resting place, due to his French connections, whilst his beloved native Scotland has so far made no effort to reclaim one of her last "kings"; understands that the Danish Embassy is willing to assist in directing an application to the competent authority, the Diocese of Roskilde, for the return of Bothwell’s remains to Scotland, and urges the Scottish Government, in partnership with Historic Scotland, to recognise Bothwell’s place in Scottish history and honour his dying wish.

*S3M-2160 Jack McConnell: Congratulations to St Bernadette’s Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates St Bernadette’s Primary School in Tullibody on raising £1,100 this year for Nankhwala Catholic Primary School in Monkey Bay in Malawi through activities such as a fundraising "Mile Marathon" and a café selling healthy food; recognises that this achievement is even more impressive as there are only 75 children at the school; further recognises that this encourages children to develop positive attitudes and values, and hopes that other schools in Scotland will follow this example to build strong links with schools in Malawi and elsewhere in the developing world.

*S3M-2159 Bill Kidd: Carer’s Allowance—That the Parliament is concerned that the UK Government’s strategy, Carers at the heart of 21st century families and communities: A caring system on your side. A life of your own, does nothing in the immediate term to address the issue of Carer’s Allowance, an earnings replacement benefit payable for care of at least 35 hours per week, being set at £50.55, whereas 35 hours at the minimum wage for an over-22-year-old is £193.20, and further notes that this is an issue that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

*S3M-2158 Christina McKelvie: Motor Neurone Awareness Week—That the Parliament welcomes Motor Neurone Awareness week, taking place from 16 to 24 June 2008, during which the Motor Neurone Disease Association will be promoting its "Life Goes On" message; notes that the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association provides essential care and support to individuals and families across Scotland affected by this progressive, fatal condition which has no known cure, and congratulates the Scottish MND Association for securing additional funding for 2007-08 from Grampian, Fife, Forth Valley and Tayside NHS boards, which amounts to 20% of the total funding required to provide six clinical specialists and care advisers to deliver an essential, direct service across Scotland.

*S3M-2157 Mary Scanlon: Colitis and Crohn’s Week—That the Parliament welcomes Colitis and Crohn’s Week, which runs from 14 to 22 June 2008; notes that Scotland has amongst the highest incidence of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease in Europe; further notes that half of those diagnosed are aged under 30 and that the most common age for diagnosis is in a person’s teenage years and twenties; recognises the impact of these inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) on the daily lives of the many patients with these diseases and their families; acknowledges the increasing support for families and the research being provided by the National Association of Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (NACC) in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the NACC to ensure that IBD patients have access to a full range of treatment and support services, including specialist IBD nurses, to help their condition.

*S3M-2156 Mary Scanlon: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day—That the Parliament supports World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2008; notes that an estimated 500,000 older people suffer from elder abuse; further notes that, through persistent campaigning and lobbying, the issue of elder abuse is now a more widely recognised issue and that 15 June will for the third year see co-ordinated events around the United Kingdom which aim to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts throughout the year, and congratulates Action on Elder Abuse on its work to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults.

S3M-2155 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Kilbirnie Ladeside FC—That the Parliament congratulates Kilbirnie Ladeside Football Club on its historic Whyte and Mackay West of Scotland Cup Final 5–1 triumph over Stagecoach Super League Premier Division champions, Pollok; recognises the importance of junior football in engaging young men in healthy and constructive activity; understands that local football teams play a vital role in maintaining local identity and community cohesion, and wishes Kilbirnie Ladeside manager, Tommy Bryce, success in his quest to build on this triumph as the team compete for promotion next season.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2154 Mary Mulligan: Torphichen Centenary Gala Day—That the Parliament notes that Torphichen Village will celebrate its Centenary Gala Day on Saturday 14 June 2008; also notes that current and past residents of Torphichen will gather in the village to mark this centenary year, including Mary McGlinchey, the Torphichen Gala Day Queen of 1935, and her "Champion" of 1935, Mr Jackie Prentice, who will be travelling from Houston, Texas, to join in the Centenary Gala Day; congratulates the Centenary Gala Day Queen, Caroline Perry, and wishes Caroline, the Torphichen Gala Day organising committee and all past and current residents of Torphichen Village a very happy and successful 100th Gala Day.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, Iain Gray, Stuart McMillan, George Foulkes, Jamie McGrigor, Aileen Campbell*, Hugh Henry*, Karen Whitefield*, Robin Harper*, Alasdair Allan*, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-2153 James Kelly: Parkinson’s Disease Society—That the Parliament notes the findings of a recent survey carried out by the Parkinson’s Disease Society, in which it was highlighted that 32% of people with Parkinson’s are not being diagnosed by specialists, that more than 3 in 10 disease sufferers have never seen a Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist, that more than one-third of sufferers have never been referred to a physiotherapist, that more than half have never been referred to an occupational or speech and language therapist; welcomes the views of many respondents that a Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist was found to provide a useful source of information about their condition; notes that some NHS boards continue to provide no access to nurse specialists and that the provision of specialist nurses in other areas is heavily oversubscribed, and calls on the Scottish Executive and NHS boards to examine this report in detail to ensure that Parkinson’s disease sufferers are able to access the appropriate range of support services in every area of Scotland.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson

S3M-2152 Aileen Campbell: HMRC Office Restructuring Proposals—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs that it will review its operations, with proposals to withdraw from 19 local offices that it currently operates across Scotland, threatening 700 jobs as a result; believes that this is another example of the centralising tendencies of the UK Government, and further believes that any loss of jobs from the UK Civil Service gives the lie to the notion that Scotland somehow benefits from a Union "dividend" as part of the United Kingdom.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2151 Keith Brown: Graham’s - The Family Dairy—That the Parliament recognises the successes of Graham’s Dairy in Bridge of Allan, which now enjoys the rare accolade of a second award at the Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards; notes the recent open day held by the dairy that was attended by both local MSPs and councillors and which proved to be an extremely successful event; welcomes the social and environmental benefits brought by the provision of high-quality, healthy and locally-produced food, and expresses its support for home-grown family-run businesses like Graham’s which contribute so much to Scotland’s employment and economy.

Supported by: Angela Constance*, Nanette Milne*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Patrick Harvie*, Elizabeth Smith*

S3M-2150 Sarah Boyack: Nature and Sustainable Growth—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Nature and Sustainable Growth by RSPB Scotland; welcomes the identification of the benefits of environmental restoration as an integral part of social and economic regeneration and the wider benefits to public health, nature conservation and biodiversity; notes that the potential locations cited such as the East Ayrshire Coalfield, the Clyde Valley, our firths and estuaries, and in particular the Firth of Forth, and, in light of the challenges of climate change, urges the Scottish Executive to examine the exciting proposals contained in Nature and Sustainable Growth as practical initiatives to be considered in the review of the National Planning Framework.

S3M-2149 Christina McKelvie: Protecting Asylum-Seeker Children—That the Parliament welcomes the comments of Children’s Commissioner Kathleen Marshall when she said "In Scotland we’re getting some things right … The Scottish Government has spoken out against unacceptable methods of forced removal of children and set a lead in allowing asylum seekers access to further or higher education"; acknowledges her warning that much remains to be done; commits itself to continuing to work to protect the rights of asylum-seeker children, and calls on the Scottish Government to do likewise.

S3M-2148# Ted Brocklebank: Upgrading of the A92—That the Parliament supports the campaign to dual the A92 from Glenrothes to the Melville Lodge roundabout in north east Fife and as a priority to upgrade the Parbroath junction, which is the only major intersection between Kirkcaldy and Dundee without a roundabout; commends the efforts of local people campaigning to upgrade the section between Preston roundabout and Balfarg junction, and notes that in terms of accidents the A92 is one of the most dangerous roads in Scotland with over 600 accidents in the last five years.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*

S3M-2147 Christopher Harvie: First Female Chief Constable in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Kingdom of Fife and Fife Constabulary on the appointment of the first female Chief Constable in Scotland; further congratulates Chief Constable Norma Graham, and expresses its hopes that this will mark a step towards the fair and equal representation of women in the higher positions of the public service in Scotland and beyond.

S3M-2146 Gil Paterson: No News is Bad News for the BBC—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the BBC Trust report which highlights the absence of coverage in UK news bulletins of items that are of concern to Scotland; further notes that bulletins labelled as national are in fact almost exclusively English, and calls on the BBC to act swiftly to bring about an equity of programming to reflect the true nature of issues that are pertinent both to constituent nations of the United Kingdom and to the UK as a whole.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2145 Duncan McNeil: Congratulations to Ardgowan Hospice—That the Parliament congratulates Ardgowan Hospice volunteers on receiving the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; extends grateful thanks to all those volunteers who give freely of their time to raise funds, provide transport, staff the hospice shop, and carry out reception and kitchen duties, and recognises that without such commitment there would be no hospice movement.

S3M-2144 Keith Brown: Approaches to Alcohol and Drugs in Scotland: A Question of Architecture—That the Parliament agrees with the recent report of Scotland’s Futures Forum that social and attitudinal change as is being sought with alcohol and tobacco also has a role to play in the problem of drug use; believes that implementing the recommendation of an improved method of informing the public, especially young people, of the dangers of substance abuse would increase the ability of people in that age group to make better choices; further agrees that the drinks industry has a part to play in reducing alcohol abuse and in changing public attitudes to drinking by seeking to end irresponsible drinks promotions; commends Diageo, which has a significant presence in Clackmannanshire, for the great deal of work it has already done in that field; supports the rigorous enforcement of legislation by local licensing boards that will encourage improvements in drinking culture, paving the way for a transformation in attitudes to all form of substance abuse, and, despite not supporting all its recommendations, welcomes the report as at the very least a valid contribution to the debate on substance misuse in Scotland.

S3M-2143# Stuart McMillan: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Proposed Changes to Maternity Services—That the Parliament recognises that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is currently undertaking a consultation on proposed changes to maternity services in Clyde; notes that the consultation is proposing to remove birthing services from the Community Maternity Units (CMUs) at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock and the Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria and centralise them both at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley; highlights that the CMUs have been in operation since 2003; further highlights that the Independent Scrutiny Panel initiated by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing recommended that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde maintain the CMUs for a further three years alongside a community education programme but this has been rejected by the board; further notes that in its consultation document the board states that it does "...not think there is anything to do to significantly improve this" in terms of promoting the usage of the CMU service, and invites the board to listen to the people of the Clyde area who wish the CMUs to remain open, an outcome which would also have the benefit of reducing the stress and strain on the staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Jackson Carlaw*, Jackie Baillie*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-2142 Des McNulty: Train Transport—That the Parliament notes with concern the withdrawal of all catering from services north of Edinburgh by Cross Country Trains, which means that passengers using these trains can get nothing to eat or drink; points out that passengers travelling north of Edinburgh and south of Plymouth into Cornwall are being discriminated against by this policy; urges the company to think again about the withdrawal of catering for passengers on these routes, and asks ministers to investigate whether this move represents a breach of the franchise agreement.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*, Sarah Boyack*

*S3M-2142.1 Joe FitzPatrick: Train Transport—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2142) in the name of Des McNulty, insert at end "while noting that the minister responsible for this franchise is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Tom Harris MP."

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2141 Kenneth Gibson: "Campus Cops"—That the Parliament recognises the excellent work being carried out in schools throughout Scotland by "campus cops"; supports the view of Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, Head of Strathclyde Police’s Violence Reduction Unit, that the role carried out by such officers is unique in its success in building stronger community relationships; is delighted that "campus cops" act as positive role models for some young people who may lack such figures in their lives; congratulates the work done by "campus cops" which, in some cases has resulted in as much as a 14% reduction in street crime such as vandalism, a reduction in pupil absence, truancy, staff absence, the number of young people getting into trouble with the police outside school hours and a reduction in bullying and an increase in attainment where they have been deployed; notes that "campus cops" interact with primary schools to carry out road traffic, anti-litter, anti-graffiti and stranger-danger work; understands that, where they have been deployed, "campus cops" can gather intelligence; and become an integral part of the school community in a way that is valued and respected by both staff and pupils, often assisting pupils with difficult home lives, and looks forward to the national evaluation which will undoubtedly echo preliminary evaluations and vindicate the vital role that "campus cops" play in Scottish schools in the 21st century.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Mr Frank McAveety, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris*

S3M-2140 Peter Peacock: Ullapool Primary School—That the Parliament notes the concerns being expressed by the Ullapool Primary School Parents Council over the adverse effects which the ongoing budget cuts being made by the Highland Council are having upon the educational quality at Ullapool Primary School; notes that due to lack of finances the school has no library service and, because of the budget cuts this year, no swimming classes and no specialist teachers for music or higher education, and therefore calls on the council to make the necessary resources available to ensure that children attending Ullapool Primary School receive the resources needed to provide for their education.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Robin Harper*, John Park*, Karen Gillon*, Elaine Smith*, Patricia Ferguson*, Iain Gray*, Hugh Henry*, Marlyn Glen*, Helen Eadie*

S3M-2139 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to Linda McDonald on Winning the William Y Darling Award—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh Midwife, Linda McDonald from charity Malawi Underprivileged Mothers (MUMS), on winning the William Y Darling award for Edinburgh Citizen of the Year through her work for underprivileged mothers and babies in Malawi; recognises her achievement in raising over £125,000 for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and the construction of a new maternity wing at Bwaili Hospital, Lilongwe; acknowledges the importance of aid projects of this kind to Malawi and other developing countries, and wishes Mrs McDonald all the best in her continued work.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Jim Tolson, Bob Doris, Murdo Fraser, Liam McArthur, Jim Hume, Patricia Ferguson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh Henry, Joe FitzPatrick, Mary Mulligan, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Elaine Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Bill Kidd*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2138 Bill Kidd: Sense or Census—That the Parliament expresses serious concern over the possible consequences of the 2011 Census contract being awarded to the US defence group, Lockheed Martin; notes that under the terms of the US Patriot Act which allows US law enforcement bodies to demand public information from private sector companies, detailed personal information on UK citizens could be handed over to US authorities and used for covert intelligence and surveillance work, and believes that assurances from the UK Government that provisions will be made to ensure that this does not happen, which have been dismissed by the Treasury Select Committee, could lead to many citizens boycotting the census or giving false evidence which in turn would render the census useless in terms of its objectives.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Elaine Smith*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-2137# Michael McMahon: Living and Dying with Advanced Heart Failure—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Living and dying with advanced heart failure: a palliative care approach, by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care with the support of British Heart Foundation Scotland and the Scottish Government; notes that people with heart failure have a worse prognosis and poorer quality of life than many cancer patients and that 50% of advanced heart failure patients die within a year of diagnosis, many of them suddenly and unexpectedly, particularly in the west of Scotland; believes that uncertainty around prognosis should not be a barrier to people with advanced heart failure, or those with any other condition, receiving appropriate palliative care; is concerned that, despite the recommendations of the CHD and Stroke Task Force in 2001 that provision needed to be made for palliative care for advanced heart failure, too many of these vulnerable patients are still not getting the care they need at the time that they need it most, and believes that account should be taken of the report’s recommendations and that the needs of patients with conditions other than cancer, like advanced heart failure, should be explicitly addressed in the forthcoming palliative care strategy and the refreshed CHD and Stroke Strategy.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2136 Hugh O’Donnell: Modern Studies Competition Winners - Brannock High School, Motherwell—That the Parliament congratulates Martyn Nicol and Christopher Harrold, S4 students from Brannock High School in Motherwell, prize winners in a Modern Studies Educational Trust national competition that attracted entries from schools across Scotland, with their PowerPoint presentation on How Supporters Can Help Candidates in Election Campaigns; commends them for their combination of knowledge of their subject with sophisticated ITC skills, and congratulates the trust on this imaginative and user-friendly way of fostering an interest in politics among young people.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael McMahon, Mike Pringle, John Park, Jim Hume, Jim Tolson, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-2135 Sandra White: Poverty Challenge—That the Parliament notes the failure of the UK Government’s flagship policy of halving child poverty by 2010 and eliminating it by 2020 as figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that almost 4,000,000 children and 2,500,000 pensioners are living in poverty and that the numbers have risen for the second year in a row; notes that one of the reasons identified as being a contributory factor to the rise is the burden of council tax on pensioners which would be removed under the Scottish Government’s proposals to replace the council tax with a fairer form of local taxation, and believes that, given the huge scale of the problem, the inability of the UK Government to tackle this problem, and the pledge by all political parties in the Parliament to do everything that they can to end poverty, support for the Scottish Government’s policies aimed at tackling poverty should be given mature consideration, including the policy for an independent Scotland empowered to tackle these problems head on.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey, Kenneth Gibson, Dave Thompson, Joe FitzPatrick, Angela Constance*

S3M-2134 Jamie Hepburn: Unacceptable Levels of Poverty in Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the Office for National Statistics publication, Scottish Households Below Average Income 2006-07, which shows some 17% of households in Scotland and 21% of children are living in relative poverty, with 12% of children living in absolute poverty; believes that these figures are morally unacceptable and represent a failure of successive UK governments to take poverty in Scotland seriously, and further believes that the Parliament and Scottish Government need the normal powers of independence, including powers over the welfare and taxation system, in order to tackle poverty in Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Roseanna Cunningham, Bashir Ahmad, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Willie Coffey, Dave Thompson, Sandra White, Angela Constance*

S3M-2133 Margaret Mitchell: Impact of Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005—That the Parliament notes with concern that the provisions of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 have resulted in increased costs of licences for small social and leisure clubs and organisations; recognises that a number of these small clubs and organisations are under threat due to the increases and may have to close their doors; is concerned about the detrimental impact that this will have on local community activity and life, and considers that this legislation is therefore having a negative impact in terms of encouraging positive pursuits and health lifestyles and should be reviewed at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw, John Lamont, Elizabeth Smith, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Bill Aitken

S3M-2132 Marilyn Livingstone: Rosslyn School—That the Parliament congratulates Rosslyn School on becoming the first additional support needs school in Fife to achieve the prestigious Green Flag Award for its eco work and involving its community throughout; commends the ongoing work by headteacher, Paul Meijer, staff and parents for the way they have taken the school forward, and recognises their achievements.

Supported by: Sandra White

S3M-2131 Nanette Milne: Arrythmia Alliance Awareness Week ‘08—That the Parliament welcomes Arrhythmia Alliance Awareness Week (AAAW) ‘08 which marks the fifth anniversary of the organisation’s annual awareness week; notes that AAAW ‘08 takes place from 9 to 15 June 2008, with World Heart Rhythm Awareness Day falling again on 13 June, and further notes that charitable organisations from across the world, patients, carers and patient groups are encouraged to hold awareness events on this day to raise global awareness and that this presents Arrhythmia Alliance with a unique opportunity to expand on its usual activities whilst celebrating five years of the successful coalition.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Ted Brocklebank, Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Murray, Elizabeth Smith, David Stewart, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Lamont, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Jim Tolson, Ken Macintosh, Joe FitzPatrick, Margaret Curran, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh Henry, Margaret Mitchell, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Angela Constance*

S3M-2130 Sandra White: Sporting United—That the Parliament congratulates Hillhead High School’s basketball team on winning the Scottish under-15s basketball competition in Edinburgh; notes that the team is made up of a diverse mix of nationalities from throughout the world brought together through their love for the sport, and believes that this success story is a great reflection of the ethos of Hillhead High School as an all inclusive environment for pupils from over 34 nationalities, which prides itself upon celebrating and capitalising upon its rich diversity of cultures to tackle racist attitudes and encourage understanding and shared values.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, Jim Tolson, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-2129 Christine Grahame: Lancastria Remembered—That the Parliament acknowledges the endurance of survivors and the ultimate loss of the 4,000 victims of Britain’s worst ever maritime disaster when the Clyde-built troopship, Lancastria, was attacked and sunk off the French coast on 17 June 1940; recognises that the presentation of commemorative medals to survivors and to relatives of victims and survivors of this incident in the Parliament on Thursday 12 June 2008 is official Scottish Government recognition of both those who died and those who survived sustained attack in the sea from enemy fire, and welcomes the fact that, finally, this tragedy is being properly commemorated and honoured after decades of official censorship and silence.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Ian McKee, Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Willie Coffey, Jamie Hepburn, Jim Hume, Gil Paterson, Christopher Harvie, Brian Adam, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Wilson, Elaine Murray, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Andrew Welsh, John Lamont, John Park, Nanette Milne, Angela Constance, Nigel Don, Kenneth Gibson, Dave Thompson, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Jamie Stone, Tricia Marwick

S3M-2128 Gil Paterson: Scottish Banknotes—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by HM Treasury to back down over its proposals for Scottish banks to lodge funds with the Bank of England to cover the value of their notes on seven days a week, which threatened the very existence of Scottish banknotes; congratulates HM Treasury for its common-sense, whilst belated, decision; congratulates all those voices in Scotland and further afield for lending support to the campaign for the right of Scots to have Scottish banknotes in their pockets, and calls on HM Treasury to do the right thing by taking the same considered approach and abandoning any plans to issue new coins of the realm with heraldic emblems and paraphernalia which are specific to England and therefore exclude the other nations of the United Kingdom, namely Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland *and looks forward to the issuing of non-legal tender Scottish Euro notes under the rules which permit continuation of existing practices whereby all notes circulating in Scotland, including Bank of England notes, are universally accepted without having legal tender status.*

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Christine Grahame, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper*

S3M-2128.1 Murdo Fraser: Scottish Banknotes—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2128) in the name of Gil Paterson, leave out from "calls on" to end and insert "bemoans the apparent SNP hypocrisy on this issue, given that SNP policy is to replace the pound with the Euro, which move would permanently eliminate Scottish banknotes as Euro notes can only be issued by the European Central Bank."

S3M-2127 Cathie Craigie: Welcome Scottish and Southern Energy to Cumbernauld—That the Parliament welcomes Scottish and Southern Energy’s agreement with Barclaycard to take over the Goldfish call centre in Cumbernauld; believes that the offer of 800 jobs following retraining is a excellent solution for Goldfish staff facing redundancy; hopes that any employees not offered positions will be given every assistance by the local authority and the Scottish Executive to find work; notes that the Goldfish call centre has been a major employer in Cumbernauld since Morgan Stanley originally opened in 1999 with 600 staff, and hopes members of the workforce in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and surrounding area will enjoy a successful partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Claire Baker, Patrick Harvie, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Murray, Mr Frank McAveety, David Whitton, Iain Gray, Michael McMahon, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Whitefield, George Foulkes, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry

S3M-2126 Margaret Smith: 168th Royal Highland Show—That the Parliament notes that the 168th Royal Highland Show will take place from 19 to 22 June 2008, and welcomes the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) to the Parliament on the evening of 17 June 2008; recognises the key role that the show plays in promoting Scottish agriculture and believes that it has an increasingly important role to play in showcasing Scottish food and drink produce; congratulates the RHASS for its success in developing the Royal Highland Show into a high-profile event with a world-wide reputation, and welcomes the RHASS’ plans for a new home at Norton Park which will benefit both the local and national economy and secure the future of the Royal Highland Show.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Elizabeth Smith*, John Lamont*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Angela Constance*, Kenneth Gibson*, Nanette Milne*, Elaine Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Alasdair Allan*, Karen Gillon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Liam McArthur*, Robin Harper*, Christine Grahame*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2125 Rob Gibson: GM Crops Do Not Prevent World Hunger—That the Parliament congratulates the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), the agricultural equivalent of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, for concluding that data on a range of genetically modified crops indicate highly variable yields, greater in some places and less in others; notes the reluctance of the IAASTD to rule out GM crops in future, but that it rightly concludes that if the multi-million pound investment by corporations in transgenic research and development had been applied to improving conventional methods of local food production and distribution then the current world food crisis would have been more successfully addressed; applauds the overwhelming conclusion of IAASTD that small-scale farming and ecological methods provide the way forward to avert the current world food crisis, and therefore welcomes the UK Government’s approval of the IAASTD reports without reservation as confirmed in a written Commons statement by Douglas Alexander MP and encourages the Scottish and UK governments to mainstream the thrust of the IAASTD report in agricultural policy development.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Dave Thompson, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Christina McKelvie, Brian Adam*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2124 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Children’s Climate Change Project—That the Parliament welcomes the successful launch of the groundbreaking Children’s Climate Change Project brought together by Children in Scotland, WWF Scotland and the Children’s Parliament, with support from the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland and the Scottish Government; applauds all the children from across Scotland who have already been enthusiastic participants in the project residential session as they go back to their communities in the Western Isles, North Edinburgh, Fife and South Ayrshire to discuss their views on climate change with other children and adults, and looks forward to hearing their opinions on what Scotland should do about climate change when they present them at the Festival of Politics on Saturday 23 August 2008 and to their further contributions to the debate on the Scottish Climate Change Bill as it goes through Parliament.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Nanette Milne, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Hugh Henry, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Sarah Boyack, Christina McKelvie, Mike Pringle, Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*, Patrick Harvie*, David Stewart*, Bob Doris*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2123 Helen Eadie: Here’s to More Cracks in the Glass Ceiling—That the Parliament congratulates Norma Graham, who is the first woman ever to be appointed to the position of a Chief Constable in Scotland; notes that Mrs Graham, who secured the appointment as Chief Constable of Fife on merit, joined the police service in 1981, serving in Lothian and Borders Police; further notes that her early career featured a number of uniform and CID roles in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including Head of the Drug Squad and Head of Policy and that on promotion to Superintendent, Mrs Graham became Deputy Divisional Commander in the north of the city and later moved to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary as Chief Superintendent, becoming Lead Staff Officer responsible for the inspection of all Scottish forces; notes that on return to Lothian and Borders Police she was appointed Head of Crime Management; further notes that Mrs Graham was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police in 2002, where she was responsible for operations until she came to Fife in 2005, taking up the post of Deputy Chief Constable until May 2008 when Mrs Graham was appointed to her current role in Fife Constabulary as Acting Chief Constable, and congratulates at the same time Chief Superintendent Valerie McHoull, who last month became the first female president of a leading police representative body, the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-2122 John Lamont: Congratulations to Berwickshire Wheels—That the Parliament congratulates Berwickshire Wheels on being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2008; recognises the work that it does in providing transport services to Berwickshire residents with a disability or mobility problems, allowing many people to adopt a more independent lifestyle and play a more active role in community affairs, and wishes the organisation continued success in the future.

Supported by: Derek Brownlee, Ted Brocklebank, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Murdo Fraser, Christine Grahame, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Jim Hume, Bill Aitken, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Margaret Mitchell, Angela Constance*

S3M-2118 Elaine Smith: Scottish Schools Magazine Awards 2008—That the Parliament congratulates Coatbridge High School for winning the Scottish School Magazine of the Year Award 2008 at a ceremony held in the Parliament on 6 June 2008; notes that 60 schools entered the competition, with 12 going through to the final; commends the schools and individuals who won the various categories; recognises that participating in the Scottish School Magazine Awards provides Scottish pupils with an opportunity to develop a number of important skills, such as teamwork, literacy, photography and design which are likely to build confidence and generate enthusiasm and creativity among those who take part; applauds the quality of entries across the board and sees this as a good indication of the abundance of skills and talent in Scottish schools, and recognises that this competition provides an excellent opportunity for school pupils from a range of socio-economic backgrounds to engage with the magazine industry and offers a unique platform to showcase the young, enthusiastic, industrious and creative magazine people of the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Liam McArthur

S3M-2117 Margaret Smith: Edinburgh MoonWalk 2008—That the Parliament commends the 12,000 women and men who will take part in the Edinburgh MoonWalk 2008 on 14-15 June for their hard work to raise money for vital breast cancer causes across Scotland; notes that last year’s event was a great success, raising over £2 million, and wishes every entrant the best of luck for the event.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Murray, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Liam McArthur, Nanette Milne, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Jim Tolson, John Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Alasdair Allan, Hugh O’Donnell, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Helen Eadie, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-2116 Stuart McMillan: Highest Award in Guiding for Inverclyde Trio—That the Parliament congratulates three Inverclyde guides who have recently achieved the highest award in Guiding; notes they are the first to receive such a prestigious award in Inverclyde for 17 years; acknowledges that the Queen’s Award for Guiding was presented to Kimberley Keogh of Greenock and sisters Ashley and Samantha McCall of Gourock, who are all members of the 27th Greenock Guide Company, and further notes the hard work and dedication of the three guides in achieving such an award which involves mastering a skill, taking part in an expedition, doing community work, service to guiding and personal development.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Alasdair Allan, Angela Constance, Bill Wilson, Ross Finnie, Nanette Milne, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Annabel Goldie, Bob Doris*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2115 Jamie Hepburn: Contact Centre in Cumbernauld Saved—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement from the First Minister and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) that SSE will take over the Cumbernauld Goldfish call centre from Barclaycard, with jobs for 800 customer service employees at the site, and that SSE expect to employ 1,000 people on site within the next two years and believes that the considerable effort put in by the Scottish Government in keeping the site going has clearly paid off and that the announcement is a huge vote of confidence in the skills and abilities of the Cumbernauld workforce.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Angela Constance, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2109 Marilyn Livingstone: Skills and Training Charter for Scotland—That the Parliament believes that the future of any country lies in the skills of its people; welcomes the development of the Skills and Training Charter for Scotland for the engineering construction industry, and wishes to record support for its continued success and development.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2108 Bashir Ahmad: Supporting Men’s Health Week 2008—That the Parliament supports National Men’s Health Week 2008 which runs from 9 to 15 June; congratulates Men’s Health Forum Scotland for raising the profile of men’s health; believes that closer attention should be paid to men’s health with emphasis on prostate and testicular cancer, alcohol and drug dependency, heart disease, sexual health and diabetes; notes that this year’s theme is Men at Work, and urges everyone to get involved in the many events being held up and down the country to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Cathy Peattie, Murdo Fraser, Jim Hume, Joe FitzPatrick, Elizabeth Smith, Elaine Murray, Nanette Milne, Alex Neil, John Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackson Carlaw, Jim Tolson, Jamie Hepburn, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Dr Richard Simpson, Christina McKelvie, Hugh Henry, Sandra White, Dave Thompson, Ross Finnie, Margaret Smith*, Bob Doris*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2107 Claire Baker: The Scottish Government’s Welcome U-Turn—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s u-turn on its final demand for over £5 million worth of debt from around 2,500 postgraduate students; believes that postgraduate students have been put through needless grief due to government incompetence; notes that the Scottish Government’s original position was that continuing to allow deferment was not possible due to "accounting procedures"; welcomes the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning’s response to political pressure and bad headlines; believes that this demonstrates that where there is political will the Scottish Government can seemingly find a way; further believes that the Scottish Government should therefore similarly u-turn on proposals for a local income tax that will hit over 55,000 full-time students, on changes to means testing for current students that will reduce government support for up to 17,000 students previously assessed as being from single parent families and on £12 million of efficiency savings from the student support budget over the next three years.

Supported by: Margaret Curran, Iain Gray, Elaine Smith, John Park, Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie, Michael McMahon, Dr Richard Simpson, Jackie Baillie, Pauline McNeill, Sarah Boyack, Ken Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Murray, David Whitton, Mr Frank McAveety, Marlyn Glen, Hugh Henry, George Foulkes

S3M-2107.1 Aileen Campbell: The Scottish Government’s Welcome U-Turn—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2107) in the name of Claire Baker, leave out from first "u-turn" to end and insert "decision to close the legislative loophole left by the previous administration which would have required immediate repayment of the graduate endowment by postgraduate students; believes that it was wrong of the previous administration to fail to legislate for the position of postgraduate students faced with the graduate endowment tuition fee; further believes that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning’s actions represent speedy and decisive action by a government committed to the principle of free education; recalls that it was the Labour Party that abolished free higher education in the first place, and urges all parties in the Parliament to support the principle of free education."

Supported by: Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Ian McKee, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Bob Doris*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2106 Christine Grahame: Newlands and People Power—That the Parliament congratulates unreservedly Newlands Community Development Trust on securing £1 million from the National Lottery to build a community centre attached to the existing school at Romano Bridge, thus helping secure the future of Newlands Primary School; applauds the community for its determination and inventiveness in its long struggle to resist closure of the local school by Scottish Borders Council; wishes the trust every success in the future, and commends it as a model of people power and an example to communities resisting rural school closure elsewhere.

Supported by: Angela Constance, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*

S3M-2105 Kenneth Gibson: The Post Office Closure Programme—That the Parliament expresses its opposition to the Post Office closure programme, an irrational, haphazardly executed plan to hastily scale back the Royal Mail Group even though it provides social cohesion for many of our communities; recognises that one-third of Prime Minister Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP’s cabinet have tried to save branches in their own constituencies, the same Labour ministers who, without foresight, voted in favour of the programme and considers this position to be hypocritical; insists that the UK Government ends this ongoing lack of direction by clarifying its long-term intentions for the postal network and allays the ongoing fear of additional closures yet to come; seeks protection for the universal service obligation, vital for Scotland’s large number of rural communities, and a speedy update of the Code of Practice on Post Office Closures; joins the Business and Enterprise Select Committee of the UK Parliament in calling for compulsory attempts at replacing sub-postmasters who retire; joins the committee in noting the lack of co-ordination between regulators and the UK Government with respect to the social impact of withdrawing payment systems from the network; urges the Department for Work and Pensions to award the card account contract, a service of fundamental importance to the whole economy, to Post Office Ltd (POL), as any other decision could devastate the network as the service is used by more than four million customers and represents a vital foothold for sub-postmasters and believes that POL is the best and most accessible provider of this service anyway; supports the Royal Mail, as it tries to regain confidence with the business community, local councils, who are making existing offices more sustainable and attempting to put work their way, and rural churches, who have not been included in the stakeholder information network but are able to contact and represent many of the more vulnerable and excluded members of the community; opposes the relatively short duration of public consultations, effectively making it difficult for many voluntary organisations to participate meaningfully in the decision process, which also falls below the eight-week minimum specified in the UK Cabinet Office best practice guidance; rejects observed proportionality in closures, which exacerbates existing levels of disadvantage, with outreach services often open for only two hours weekly, which is unacceptable for those who, due to inclement weather conditions, may have to wait weeks for an opportunity to collect their pensions, and considers that outreach services that are unable to accept postal packets weighing more than 2kg, which is a considerable inconvenience, has a negative impact on local business and defies the universal service obligation, which extends to packages up to 20kg in weight; appreciates the role played by Postwatch in the pre-consultation stage although seeks greater openness from POL in this stage to enable greater opportunity for changes to be made later on; seeks more limited confidentiality, given the substantial public investment in the network and keen public interest in the outcome; is concerned with POL’s execution of the closure programme, noting evidence of intimidation, claims of bad practice, and allegations from local councils that POL ignored information necessary to properly implement the access criteria and determine whether offices were Disability Discrimination compliant; regrets that POL has not been prompt nor definitive in responding to government reports and that POL did not engage properly with local MPs from the outset of the programme; questions the motives behind the closure programme when outlets could simply be developed, thereby creating a real and sustainable solution rather than closing them; further rejects recommendations by Postcomm for the partial privatisation of Royal Mail by reducing the universal service obligation and also rejects the closure of offices with an attached shop that together represent the last remaining outlet in a community, noting that several such closures have taken place; opposes the closure of financially profitable offices, which may have taken place but cannot be confirmed due to POL’s lack of financial transparency and low public confidence; agrees with independent reviewers who state that opening up the postal market to competition has led to no significant benefit for consumers while at the same time has hurt the elderly, the infirm, and those without transport, and hopes that UK ministers will appreciate the complex nature of, and wide-ranging benefits arising from, the postal network, which seemingly, as experienced so often under Labour, have been disregarded.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, John Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2104 Dr Richard Simpson: Nature of Farming Biodiversity Award—That the Parliament congratulates Patrick Bowden-Smith from the East Neuk of Fife on winning the inaugural Scotland Nature of Farming Award; notes that the RSPB has teamed up with BBC Countryfile Magazine and with Butterfly Conservation and Plantlife to create this new Nature of Farming award which celebrates the fantastic work that our farmers already do for wildlife; recognises that the award is made through a vote by the public on the BBC’s Countryfile website and is the largest biodiversity award in the United Kingdom, and notes that it seeks to reward farmers who are taking action for wildlife and to highlight to the general public the work that our farmers do for nature.

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Claire Baker, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2103 Christopher Harvie: Congratulations to Balwearie High School, Kirkcaldy—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils, staff and community of Balwearie High School, Kirkcaldy, on receiving an outstanding assessment from HM Inspectorate of Education; notes that awards in the sciences were much higher than the national average and across the school the population of pupils who entered higher and further education was significantly above national averages; further notes that, in particular, Balwearie High School is to be commended on the care taken to reach out to groups with learning difficulties, to develop links with Europe and to incorporate the wider civil society in its educational programme, and recognises that this echoes the ideas of a great educationalist in Fife of the 1950s and 1960s, R F Mackenzie of Templehall School, Kirkcaldy, and Braehead School, Buckhaven and assures the county of the adaptability of its educational system to meet environmental challenges and new technologies.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Jim Tolson, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris*

S3M-2101 Jim Mather: Energy Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the UK Energy Bill in Part 1, Chapter 3 (Storage of Carbon Dioxide), introduced to the House of Commons on 10 January 2008, should, insofar as they relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-2100 Sandra White: London Mayor’s Remarks—That the Parliament expresses disappointment at the comments made by London Mayor, Boris Johnson, that UK residents in London and the South East of England are "resentful" for "forking out for things in Scotland"; believes that such remarks are counter-productive to promoting a constructive working relationship between different parts of the United Kingdom; agrees with the Scottish Labour Party; the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party that these claims are untrue, given that London receives higher public funding per head than Scotland, and hopes that these views are not shared by the UK or Scottish wing of the Conservative Party.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Ken Macintosh, Angela Constance, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2099 Iain Gray: Cockenzie and Torness - 60 Years of Accomplishment—That the Parliament notes that Cockenzie Power Station and Torness Power Station have now been generating electricity for 40 and 20 years respectively; congratulates workers past and present at both plants for their contribution to meeting Scotland’s energy needs over the last four decades; welcomes the substantial contribution made to the Scottish economy by exports of electricity from both plants; notes the security of supply which their combined installed capacity of 2,450 megawatts provides, and believes it to be incumbent on the Scottish Executive to outline how it plans to ensure a secure supply of baseload electricity for Scotland as these plants reach the end of their operating lives.

Supported by: Derek Brownlee, Dr Richard Simpson, Claire Baker, John Park, Jackie Baillie, John Lamont, Michael McMahon, Elaine Murray, Ken Macintosh, James Kelly, David McLetchie, Lewis Macdonald, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, George Foulkes, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-2099.1 Gil Paterson: Cockenzie and Torness - 60 Years of Accomplishment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2099) in the name of Iain Gray, insert at end, "further notes that Scotland will soon be in the unique position of being able to generate enough energy from renewable sources for its own needs whilst at the same time exporting the spare capacity."

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Ian McKee

S3M-2098 Rob Gibson: New Book by Young Gaels Very Welcome—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Leabhar nan Gàidheal Òga which contains a wide range of new stories, poems and colourful illustrations chosen from children studying Gaelic in 21 schools across the Highland Council area; congratulates the young contributors from P3 to S6 whose imagination and wit expressed in their own language sends a positive signal from young Gaels today; thanks the part-time project co-ordinator, Johan A Byrne, and the team for their inspired choices of material which included 63 pieces chosen for publication accompanied by 57 pieces of original artwork; also thanks the funders, which included the Gaelic Books Council, Highland Council and Bord na Gaidhlig, GASD and LEADER+, and especially the six established Gaelic writers, Angus Peter Campbell, Catriona Lexy Campbell, Rody Gorman, Iain F MacLeod, Morag Stewart and Lisa Storey who encouraged such positive responses, and calls for a Gaelic Writers in Schools Scheme to be established to reach schools with Gaelic education across Scotland.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

A’ cur fàilte air foillseachadh Leabhar nan Gàidheal Òga anns a bheil raon farsaing de sgeulachdan ùra, bàrdachd agus dealbhan dathach a chaidh a thaghadh bho chloinn a tha a’ dèanamh Gàidhlig ann an 21 sgoil ann an Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd; a’ cur meal-a-naidheachd air na com-pàirtichean òga bho BS 3 gu AS6. Tha am mac-meanmna agus an eirmseachd nan cànan fhèin a’ cur a-mach teachdaireachd chinnteach bho Ghàidheil òga an latha an-diugh; a’ toirt taing do cho-òrdanaiche pàirt-ùine a’ phròiseict, Johan A Byrne, agus a sgioba airson nan taghadh brosnaichte de stuthan a rinn iad nam measg 63 pìosan airson am foillseachadh agus 57 pìosan de dh’obair-ealain; a’ toirt taing cuideachd don sgioba is don luchd-maoineachaidh aice, a bha a’ gabhail a-steach  Comhairle nan Leabhraichean, Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, GASD agus LEADER+ agus gu sònraichte na sia sgrìobhadairean stèidhte, Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul, Catriona Lexy Chaimbeul, Rody Gorman, Iain F MacLeòid, Mòrag Stiùbhart agus Lisa Storey a thug brosnachadh do na h-oidhirpean, agus ag iarraidh gun tèid Sgeama Sgrìobhadairean Gàidhlig sna Sgoiltean a stèidheachadh, gus sgoiltean le foghlam Gàidhlig air feadh na h-Alba a ruigsinn.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ted Brocklebank, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2097 Jamie Hepburn: Condorrat and Westfield Gala Day—That the Parliament welcomes the number of gala days and similar events taking place across Scotland this summer; notes that Condorrat and Westfield community councils in Cumbernauld were able to organise their first Gala Day since 2003 on Saturday 7 June 2008; welcomes the huge turnout of local people to this event, demonstrating the strong sense of civic pride that exists in the town of Cumbernauld, and looks forward to next year’s Condorrat and Westfield Gala Day being as great a success as this year’s event.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Jim Tolson, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2096# Jamie Hepburn: Gie’s the Nod—That the Parliament congratulates the Cumbernauld News and Strathclyde Police for working in conjunction with one another to run their "Gie’s the Nod" campaign which is designed to remind people of the need to inform the police of any criminal activity they may suspect is happening in their communities and welcomes the campaign as a means of highlighting the good work that has been undertaken to promote positive behaviour and good choices by young people, as well as that work which is being undertaken to bring to justice those responsible for criminal behaviour.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2095 Jamie Hepburn: Condorrat Health Promotion Day—That the Parliament congratulates the efforts of the staff and Parent Council of Condorrat Primary School in Cumbernauld for their recent health promotion day and evening which was designed to introduce pupils and parents to various sporting and health events to re-enforce the positive attributes of keeping fit; further congratulates organisations such as sportscotland, NHS Lanarkshire, Tryst Handball and others for taking part in the event, and believes that such events should be replicated across the country in an effort to encourage more active lifestyles among the population.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Margaret Mitchell, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Bob Doris*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2094 Margaret Mitchell: Choices for Life—That the Parliament congratulates Strathclyde Police on organising the annual Choices for Life event, now in its tenth year, which was held at the Clyde Auditorium on Wednesday 14 May 2008; notes that more than 24,000 P7 pupils from across Scotland attended the event to learn about the importance of life choices to be made when they move into secondary school; applauds the musical and theatrical performances which included a flawless performance by Motherwell’s Dalziel High School choir, and recognises that "Choices for Life" provides a very powerful message about drug and alcohol abuse in a manner which engages and identifies with young people.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Ross Finnie, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackson Carlaw, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, John Lamont, Bill Aitken, Elaine Smith, Dr Richard Simpson, Stuart McMillan, Jim Tolson, Elizabeth Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Ted Brocklebank, Bill Kidd, Ken Macintosh, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell

S3M-2093 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to COAST—That the Parliament congratulates the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) on winning the prestigious Conservation Project of the Year award and £1,000 at the Observer Ethical Awards, held in London on 5 June 2008; is aware that this coveted award, presented by Annie Lennox, was won for the hard work, commitment, dedication and vision shown by members of COAST over a decade to securing a No Take Zone and Marine Protected Area in Lamlash Bay, Arran, which will be unique in Scotland; pays tribute to the leadership shown by Dr Sally Campbell, Don McNeish, Tom Vella-Boyle and Howard Wood in inspiring this campaign; notes the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP’s, public support for COAST during his visit to Arran on 21 January 2008; is aware that a Scottish Government consultation on a proposed marine reserve in Lamlash Bay concluded on the day this award was won, and urges the Scottish Government to realise the ambition of COAST, its 1,800 members and thousands of supporters as soon as possible.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Nanette Milne, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Jim Tolson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2082.1 Jamie McGrigor: Stamp Duty—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2082) in the name of Christine Grahame, leave out from "on subsequent bands" and insert "welcomes the Conservative’s commitment to abolish stamp duty on homes up to £250,000 which will mean that nine-out-of-10 first-time buyers pay no stamp duty."

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, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Ken Macintosh, Ms Wendy Alexander, Marilyn Livingstone, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Smith, Jack McConnell

S3M-2077.1 Alasdair Allan: Centenary of the Vatersay Raiders—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2077) in the name of David Stewart, leave out from "notes that it was" to end and insert "therefore calls for a review of the land reform legislation passed by the Parliament in 2003 to ensure that it works as intended, that it has the full support of government policies to establish sustainable living conditions attractive to families and communities in the 21st century in all parts of Scotland and recognises the right of Scots to live in their own land whether on rented or owner-occupied family holdings."

Supported by: Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Dave Thompson, John Farquhar Munro, Bob Doris*

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

Supported by: Bruce Crawford

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

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Murray, James Kelly, Ken Macintosh, Helen Eadie, John Park, Iain Gray, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, Dr Richard Simpson, Des McNulty, Jim Tolson, Sarah Boyack, Robert Brown, Liam McArthur, Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan, Iain Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Elaine Smith, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Irene Oldfather, George Foulkes, Lewis Macdonald, Mr Frank McAveety, Patrick Harvie, Andy Kerr, Cathy Peattie, Margo MacDonald, Angela Constance, Alison McInnes, Robin Harper, David Whitton*

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

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

S3M-1776 John Swinney: Creative Scotland Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Creative Scotland Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2063 National Depression Week (lodged on 4 June 2008) John Scott*

S3M-2020 HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War (lodged on 29 May 2008) John Scott*, Jackson Carlaw*, Margaret Mitchell*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ted Brocklebank*, Hugh Henry*, Bob Doris*, Jamie McGrigor*, Elizabeth Smith*, Derek Brownlee*, John Park*, Mike Pringle*, Nanette Milne*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Aitken*, John Lamont*, Alex Johnstone*, Alasdair Allan*, Annabel Goldie*, Angela Constance*

S3M-1990 Post Office Card Account and Further Post Office Closures (lodged on 27 May 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-1981 Arrest of Bahá’ís in Iran (lodged on 22 May 2008) Jim Hume*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-1792 Viva Madiba Viva! (lodged on 28 April 2008) Hugh Henry*

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