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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2239 Stuart McMillan: Scottish Education Awards 2008—That the Parliament congratulates East Dunbartonshire schools for their four awards in the Scottish Education Awards 2008; notes that awards were given to St Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch (International Schools National Award and Teacher of the Year National Award), Milngavie Primary School (Most Enterprising Primary School National Award), and Merkland School, Kirkintilloch (Most Enterprising Special School National Award); recognises the fantastic achievement in winning such awards and that East Dunbartonshire won the most awards of any local authority in Scotland at the ceremony on Friday 13 June 2008, and acknowledges that East Dunbartonshire schools were shortlisted for seven national awards.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*

*S3M-2238 Michael Matheson: Woodburn Day Nursery—That the Parliament notes the proposal by the Labour/Tory/Independent Falkirk Council to close the Woodburn Day Nursery in Falkirk; notes that the nursery is a well-established community facility whose staff play an active part in the wider community; recognises that to close the facility would be contrary to the council’s stated policies of community participation and that Woodburn Nursery should remain in the community which it serves, and calls on the council to abandon its centralisation agenda.

*S3M-2237 Bill Kidd: Register Protest against Lloyds TSB—That the Parliament condemns the actions of Lloyds TSB which has written to its customers who have business dealings with Cuba informing them to cut all ties with Cuba or move their accounts; believes that such actions will undoubtedly cause more hardship and unnecessary suffering for the ordinary people of Cuba; encourages Lloyds TSB’s account holders and business clients to consider withdrawing their custom in protest, and urges others to register their protest in order to reverse this decision.

*S3M-2236 Jack McConnell: Congratulations to Stonehouse Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates the children and staff of Stonehouse Primary School, together with the wider community of Stonehouse, for the links that they have developed with Mulanje Mission, Malawi; in particular applauds their efforts to raise over £2,000 to help with educational facilities in that area; notes the provision of teacher housing and a small chicken farm, also funded through their fundraising, and wishes them every success in their efforts to provide further support next year.

*S3M-2235 Murdo Fraser: HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition—That the Parliament congratulates all competitors who took part in the fourth Holyrood tug of war competition on Wednesday 18 June 2008, organised by HBOS plc and Barnardo’s Scotland, which raised £5,000 for the charity; congratulates The Scotsman newspaper team on its victory and ending the Scottish Conservatives reign as champions; recognises the participation of all the other competing teams and welcomes Holyrood Communications post-match support for competitors, and thanks HBOS plc, Barnardo’s Scotland and the Scottish Tug of War Association for providing an entertaining and worthwhile event where charity is the real winner.

*S3M-2234 Nigel Don: Banff Academy - Young Engineers Club of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Banff Academy on its award of Young Engineers Club of the Year at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI)’s Celebration of Engineering; notes the club members’ hard work throughout the year and club co-ordinator David Pirie’s dedication and enthusiasm, and acknowledges the contribution of teachers and Scottish companies that have contributed to the success of SCDI’s network of 260 young engineers clubs that saw a record 600 young engineers, teachers and companies attending this year’s celebration.

*S3M-2233 Claire Baker: The Future of Scotland’s Universities—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s universities for their good showing in The Times Good University Guide; commends the University of St Andrews for its top-five place; notes that Scotland had St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow universities in the top 20 and Aberdeen, Strathclyde, Stirling, Dundee and Heriot-Watt universities in the top 50 universities in the United Kingdom; further notes that the Scottish Government’s Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities will report imminently; believes that the Scottish Government must ensure that universities have sustainable funding that at least matches funding in the rest of the UK to maintain and enhance Scottish universities’ UK and international standing, and further believes that, unless funding for Scottish universities and student support in Scotland keeps pace with the rest of the UK, the Scottish Government risks squandering the legacy of good performance in the higher education sector left to it by previous administrations.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Murray*, Patricia Ferguson*, Iain Gray*

*S3M-2232♦ Brian Adam: Shortage of Indian Chefs in Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes that there is a shortage of Indian chefs in Aberdeen and elsewhere in Scotland and that the popularity of Indian food remains high, reflecting well on the appreciation of cultural diversity in our country; further notes the success of the Fresh Talent initiative in retaining overseas graduates, and commends consideration of a similar pilot scheme for Indian chefs in Scotland.

*S3M-2231 Bill Wilson: The Samson Chivatsi African Children’s Appeal and Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Councils—That the Parliament congratulates Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire councils for supporting the Scottish tour of the Samson Chivatsi African Children’s Appeal youth choir of 25 children from the Kenyan village of Utange, a tour aimed at raising funds for their school and orphanage; notes that for many of these children this was their first experience of foreign travel and foreign climate, but that the level of performance was not compromised, despite the relative cold of Scotland, and further notes that the choir is generally recognised to have put on an excellent show and that the children comported themselves well as ambassadors for their village and country.

Supported by: Keith Brown*, Bob Doris*, Patricia Ferguson*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh Henry*

*S3M-2230 Christina McKelvie: The Work of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the 2007-08 annual report of the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland; is encouraged by the effort and imagination put in by the commissioner and her staff; congratulates the commissioner on the production of her report in a format specially tailored to reading and understanding by children; thanks her and her staff for the work that they are doing, and looks forward to them continuing to undertake those tasks without fear or favour and in the best interests of children and young people in Scotland.

*S3M-2229 Marlyn Glen: Listening to Migrant Workers—That the Parliament congratulates UNISON Scotland on its successful Listening to Migrant Workers event, held at Holyrood on Wednesday 18 June 2008, at which it launched its Voluntary Code of Practice on Employing Migrant and European Workers; notes that, while many migrant workers in Scotland and the United Kingdom have a positive experience in this country, others do not; further notes that migrant workers are often the victims of exploitation, including poor accommodation and bad employment practices; welcomes the economic and cultural contributions that migrant workers bring to Scotland; recognises the need for employers to be better informed about migrant workers arriving in Scotland; applauds employers who take responsibility to support the safety and integration of migrant workers into the community, and encourages local authorities and public bodies to sign up to the code of practice to help to make Scotland a welcome place for migrant workers.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2228 Angela Constance: Congratulations to the Award Winning "Touch Bionics"—That the Parliament congratulates "Touch Bionics", based in Mid Calder, Livingston, for winning the UK’s top engineering prize, the MacRoberts prize awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineers; applauds Touch Bionics for producing the world’s most advanced commercially available bionic hand, the "i-limb"; notes that the i-limb is a prosthetic state-of-the-art device with five individually powered digits; welcomes this ground-breaking design which is cost effective and more anatomically correct with increased functionality combined with improved cosmesis; recognises that "Touch Bionics" has a proven track record in innovation as it owns a number of patents that enabled the design and manufactured the world’s first complete endoskeletal modular arm, the world’s first powered shoulder fitted for both adults and children and the world’s first partial hand fitted for children, and continues to support, enable and reward ground-breaking innovation in Scotland.

S3M-2227 Alison McInnes: Banff Academy Young Engineers Club—That the Parliament congratulates the Banff Academy Young Engineers Club on being named Club of the Year at the recent annual Celebration of Engineering event in Glasgow; recognises the outstanding achievements of all the award winners at the event; is encouraged at the record number of entries from clubs across Scotland which showcased their engineering activities at the event; notes the excellent work that is done by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s young engineer clubs in promoting engineering, science and technology to primary and secondary school pupils, and hopes that the young engineers clubs go from strength to strength and continue to help Scotland to produce the next generation of outstanding scientists and engineers.

S3M-2226 Mr Frank McAveety: Holyrood Secondary School - Malawi Link-up—That the Parliament congratulates Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow, on raising an incredible £71,000 for Malawi to build classroom units for pupils with special educational needs and hopes that the links forged with pupils in Malawi’s Zingwangwa Primary School, The Catholic Institute primary and the Stella Maris Senior School will be long lasting; wishes the Head Teacher, Deputy Head and 23 pupils of Holyrood Secondary all the best on their visit to Malawi from 13 to 29 June 2008 when they will work in partnership with local tradesmen to build the classrooms for special educational needs pupils; applauds Holyrood’s initiative in putting charity and international development at its heart, and hopes that this reinforces the historic ties between Scotland and Malawi and that the school builds support among Scottish pupils for a fairer and just world.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson*, Sarah Boyack*, Charlie Gordon*, Robert Brown*

S3M-2225 Jim Hume: HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War—That the Parliament notes the fourth annual HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition which took place on Wednesday 18 June 2008 in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, and congratulates the winners and all participating teams; further congratulates the achievement of the Liberal Democrat team in beating the Labour team in a play-off to reach the finals; hopes that the Liberal Democrats will be drawn against a Conservative team next year, and above all warmly congratulates the organisers and sponsors in raising £5,000 for Barnardo’s 16Plus service in Glasgow which works to support vulnerable young people aged 16 and over who are moving on to independent living after being in care.

S3M-2224 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to the University of St Andrews—That the Parliament congratulates the University of St Andrews on maintaining its position as the best university in Scotland, as shown in The Times Good University Guide; notes that St Andrews is ranked the fifth best university in the whole of the United Kingdom and the only Scottish university in the top 10; pays tribute to the academic staff at St Andrews for the high quality of their teaching, and in particular pays tribute to retiring Principal Dr Brian Lang for his outstanding contribution to making St Andrews Scotland’s foremost university, a legacy of achievement that will shortly be handed over to Dr Louise Richardson.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell, David Stewart, Elizabeth Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Alasdair Allan, Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Murdo Fraser, Mary Scanlon*, Stuart McMillan*, John Park*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-2223 Cathy Jamieson: Borderline Theatre’s Success with the Wall—That the Parliament congratulates Borderline Theatre on winning the Best Ensemble award and being nominated in two other categories for their recent production of The Wall at the 2008 Critic’s Award for Theatre in Scotland awards; applauds the work of the cast, the writer, DC Jackson, and the artistic team at Borderline Theatre in achieving this success; recognises that the play, which toured Scotland, attracted an audience of over 4,500 at over 30 performances throughout the country, from Castle Douglas to Inverness; welcomes the indications that The Wall was successful in attracting a very high proportion of under 25-year-olds and first-time attendees and notes that a number of schools have bought copies of the script to use in their contemporary Scottish theatre studies, and wishes Borderline Theatre well for future productions that entertain and engage with audiences and communities throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Sandra White, Cathy Peattie, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, John Lamont, Alex Neil, Jamie McGrigor, Paul Martin, Mr Frank McAveety, Karen Gillon, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, John Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, John Park, Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, Margaret Curran, Mary Mulligan, Robin Harper*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-2222 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to Madras College—That the Parliament congratulates the fifth year team of Madras College, St Andrews, on winning the first prize in the Scottish section of the Mathematiques sans Frontiers contest, a prestigious competition involving tens of thousands of students from across the continent; further congratulates Madras’ fourth year team on coming third in its section, and pays tribute to the principal teacher of mathematics, Ken Nisbet, on coaching the teams to such success.

S3M-2221 Cathy Jamieson: Holyrood National Youth Parliament Competition 2007-08—That the Parliament congratulates Belmont Academy, Ayr, on winning the National Team award at the Holyrood National Youth Parliament Competition 2007-08, organised by the Citizenship Foundation; notes the success of Belmont Academy in this competition over recent years and acknowledges the excellent work of staff at the school in supporting the pupils with their entries; recognises the role played by the competition in helping to raise awareness and interest in the political process, and commends all of the young people from schools across Scotland who took part in the competition.

Supported by: John Lamont, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Sarah Boyack, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Charlie Gordon, Elaine Murray, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, John Park, Hugh Henry, Alex Neil, Paul Martin, Rhona Brankin, Derek Brownlee, Elaine Smith, Bob Doris, Jim Tolson, Marlyn Glen*, George Foulkes*, Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Jackie Baillie*, Claire Baker*

S3M-2220 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitional, Savings and Consequential Provisions) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitional, Savings and Consequential Provisions) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-2219 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Mental Health (Absconding Patients from Other Jurisdictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (Absconding Patients from Other Jurisdictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-2218 Sarah Boyack: "Shrink Paper" in the Parliament—That the Parliament welcomes the news that it has recorded a 28% reduction in paper use in the building in the last financial year, significantly exceeding the Parliament’s Environmental Steering Group’s target of 7.5%; congratulates all those involved in all parts of the building on achieving this success, particularly the Environmental Performance Manager; notes, however, with concern, and notwithstanding the development of recycling, that world consumption of paper has quadrupled since the 1960s and the use of printing paper has increased six-fold despite the development of electronic alternatives; is further concerned that just 10% of the world’s population in western Europe and north America consumes more than 50% of the world’s paper, six times above the world average, and therefore welcomes the "shrink paper" initiative by the European Environmental Paper Network, supported by its website www.shrinkpaper.org/index.shtml, as a means to encourage other organisations and individuals to follow the example set by staff in the Scottish Parliament and significantly reduce paper consumption where possible.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Cathy Jamieson, John Park, Iain Gray, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh O’Donnell, David Stewart, Cathie Craigie, Sandra White, Robert Brown, Mike Pringle, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, Patrick Harvie, Gil Paterson, Mary Mulligan, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Smith, George Foulkes, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-2217 Joe FitzPatrick: Josie Pasane—That the Parliament condemns the Home Office’s decision to separate Josie Pasane from her family, with whom she has been living for seven years in Broughty Ferry, and to deport her to South Africa; expresses concern over reports that Josie received incorrect advice from the Home Office over her status which has led to the order for deportation; notes that Josie, a graduate of the University of Abertay, is in employment and is a valued member of the local community, and calls on the UK Government to urgently review her case.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Rob Gibson, Jim Tolson, Bill Wilson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2216 David Whitton: Scottish Young Social Enterprise Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Lenzie Academy on being presented with an award for social enterprise; notes that Lenzie Academy is working with, and has assisted in, setting up a school in Malawi, and notes the achievements of Kate Priester from Lenzie Academy who was the winner of the Young Scottish Social Entrepreneur of the Year prize.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Claire Baker, John Park, Mr Frank McAveety, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Peattie, Iain Gray, Cathy Jamieson, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, Stuart McMillan, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Jim Tolson, Patrick Harvie, Jack McConnell*, Angela Constance*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mary Mulligan*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Dave Thompson*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-2215 Bill Aitken: The Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/239).

S3M-2214 Bill Aitken: The Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/238).

S3M-2213 Bill Aitken: The High Court of Justiciary Fees Amendment Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the High Court of Justiciary Fees Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/237).

S3M-2212 Bill Aitken: The Court of Session etc: Fees Amendment Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Court of Session etc. Fees Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/236).

S3M-2211 Dr Richard Simpson: Handcuffing of Pregnant Women—That the Parliament notes with regret that despite the statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on 1 May 2008 that handcuffing pregnant women is "absolutely unacceptable" (Official Report c. 8177), the Scottish Prison Service and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice remain adamant that this procedure can continue in exceptional circumstances, namely potential self-harm, harm to a baby or possible danger to others; regards these as medical or psychiatric conditions, and agrees that pregnant or newly delivered offenders attending hospital from custody should be treated in the same way as other non-offenders with similar risks and should be the responsibility of obstetric, paediatric or psychiatric staff and not of the Scottish Prison Service or Reliance.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2210 Dr Richard Simpson: Photodynamic Therapy—That the Parliament notes with sadness the death of Alf Stewart; recognises his support for the Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Unit in Dundee without which that unit would not have remained open; recognises the help which can be derived from PDT in a number of conditions at a modest cost; notes that this unit and the PDT work in Glasgow requires funding in order to continue, and calls on the Scottish Government to develop this service as a national managed clinical network.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2209# Roseanna Cunningham: Community First Responders—That the Parliament recognises and welcomes the service provided to rural communities, such as Comrie in Perthshire, by the First Response scheme; notes that Community First Responders are local volunteers who undertake training in order to be able to provide lifesaving treatment, in the first few minutes prior to the arrival of an ambulance, to those people in the community who are critically injured or ill, and looks forward to the scheme being developed in communities across Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Elizabeth Smith, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Nanette Milne, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, John Lamont, Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Jim Tolson, Christina McKelvie*, Angela Constance*, Rob Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-2208 Roseanna Cunningham on behalf of the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee: Report on Flooding and Flood Management—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee’s 2nd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Flooding and Flood Management (SP Paper 96).

S3M-2207 Jamie Hepburn: US Senate Armed Services Committee on Guantanamo Bay—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the Armed Services Committee of the United States Senate on US interrogation techniques in Guantanamo Bay, in particular the comments of Chairman Senator Carl Levin that "The truth is that senior officials in the United States Government sought information on aggressive techniques, twisted the law to create the appearance of their legality and authorised their use against detainees"; believes that the use of torture is an abhorrent abuse of human rights in any circumstances, and calls for the closure of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay as soon as possible.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Sandra White, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2206 Charlie Gordon: Battlefield Primary School: Champions Again—That the Parliament congratulates Battlefield Primary School, Glasgow, on winning the Bank Of Scotland Primary Sportshall Challenge in badminton for the second successive year; notes that the finals in Perth were the culmination of heats involving 1400 school children, and further notes that Battlefield Primary School’s continuing success may be attributed to the fact that the school has its own, dedicated PE teacher and that each pupil accesses at least two hours of physical education per week.

Supported by: John Park, Jamie McGrigor, Patrick Harvie, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan, Des McNulty, Alex Neil, David Stewart, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Mary Mulligan, Johann Lamont, Patricia Ferguson, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2205 George Foulkes: Protect our Nurseries—That the Parliament is aware of the City of Edinburgh Council’s plans to reorganise nursery care provision in the Craigmillar area; notes the overwhelming opposition from parents and staff affected by the plans; agrees that the reorganisation of nursery care in the Craigmillar area will have a devastating effect on local provision and mean a huge reduction in the number of nursery places available as well as the loss of dedicated nursery facilities, resources and staff; further agrees that the lack of consultation and information given to parents and staff is totally unacceptable; is aware that an emergency public meeting will be taking place on Thursday 19 June at 7pm at Craigmillar Settlement, 63 Niddrie Mains Terrace, Edinburgh; urges all members concerned to attend and join local parents in opposing the changes being introduced and demand a full and open discussion on these proposals, and views this latest cut as yet another consequence of a flawed SNP government budget and Concordat with local government.

Supported by: Andy Kerr, John Park, Helen Eadie, Cathy Jamieson, David Stewart, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Smith, Mary Mulligan

S3M-2203 Bill Kidd: Banknote Equality—That the Parliament supports efforts to end the anomalous practice whereby Scottish and Northern Irish banknotes are refused in other constituent parts of the United Kingdom or refused exchange abroad; notes the current petition, http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/banknotequality/ to the Prime Minister, which states that: "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to make it against the Law to discriminate against Scottish and Northern Irish Banknotes. As a tax paying citizen of Scotland, the United Kingdom and Europe I should not be discriminated against or offered a lower rate of exchange or charged commission or refused sale for using Scottish money in England, Europe or any foreign country or have to convert it into English notes first. I no longer find it acceptable that my elected members cannot find parliamentary time to sort out the mess of the UK currency, or deal with the discrimination that people using Scottish and Northern Irish banknotes often face. Either sort it or give us all the same currency as I fear the resentment and embarrassment felt when Scots and Northern Irish face refusal or are discriminated against with lower rates of exchange will not help with European or British unity", and urges all those opposed to this discrimination to register their support by signing up to the petition.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Willie Coffey, Alasdair Allan, Angela Constance, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2202 Bill Kidd: Nuclear Weapons Planning Application—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to apply for planning permission for a new warhead component manufacturing facility at AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) Burghfield, brother site to AWE Aldermaston, where nuclear warheads for the current Trident submarine fleet are assembled and refurbished; believes that this proposal should also be rejected on the grounds that in July and again in autumn 2007 the MoD took the decision to tell AWE plc to suspend all live nuclear work, including all refurbishment of the current warhead system, after the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) insisted on receiving a new licence application from AWE plc for every operation of live work on nuclear warheads and its failure by September 2007 to remedy some 400 of 1,000 health and safety defects identified in 2006; further notes that the new planning application cannot be effectively scrutinised, given the fact that the plans have a Defence Exempt Direction, which excludes consideration of key elements of the proposals, and calls on all those opposed to the further development of the Trident Nuclear Missile Programme to register their objections and call for a public inquiry in the terms referred to above at planapps@westberks.gov.uk.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Willie Coffey, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2201 Robin Harper: BMA Report on Climate Change—That the Parliament congratulates the British Medical Association on the report on climate change that it published in June 2008; recognises the contribution that many health professionals, hospitals and healthcare centres are making to reduce our impacts on the environment; calls on the Scottish Government and NHS boards to make every effort to continue this good work, aiming for all NHS boards to achieve the highest possible standards of excellence in sustainability, and further congratulates all those hospitals that are working towards the standards being set by St John’s Hospital in Livingston, the Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen and others.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2200 Richard Baker: Congratulations to Dr Andrew Morrisson—That the Parliament congratulates Dr Andrew Morrisson on his contribution to church music in Aberdeen and the Scottish Episcopal Church over 25 years as Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen; recognises that over this time hundreds of young people have been encouraged to take part in music and develop their talents as choristers as a result of Dr Morrisson’s enthusiasm and skills as a choirmaster and many have developed a lifelong passion for singing; recognises that Scotland has a long and proud tradition of church music and is grateful for the efforts of Dr Morrisson and all those who work to ensure a vibrant future for church music in Scotland, and wishes the choir of St Andrew’s Cathedral well as it travels to St Paul’s Cathedral in London to sing at the Eucharist and Choral Evensong on Sunday 22 June 2008 to celebrate Dr Morrisson’s 25 years as Organist and Master of the Choristers.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Lewis Macdonald, Claire Baker, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Robin Harper, Nicol Stephen, Brian Adam, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Jim Tolson, George Foulkes, Elaine Smith

S3M-2199 Rob Gibson: Green Flag for Alness Academy—That the Parliament congratulates Alness Academy for being the first secondary school in the Highlands to receive the prestigious Green Flag award from Eco Schools Scotland, an international initiative accrediting schools that make a commitment to continuously improving their environmental performance; commends Alness Academy for improving its school environment and reducing litter and waste, as well as energy and water use, devising more efficient ways for students to travel to and from school, promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging active citizenship of not only its students but also its larger community area, and notes finally that raising environmental awareness at the earliest ages in life is key to developing a large-scale change in citizens’ attitudes toward environmental management and their impact on the planet and, particularly, Alness Academy’s home area of Easter Ross.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, David Stewart, Jim Tolson, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Jack McConnell*, Angela Constance*, Michael Matheson*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-2191 Patricia Ferguson: Eco Flags for Local Schools in Glasgow—That the Parliament notes the achievements of St Charles’ Primary School, Maryhill, and St Joan of Arc Secondary School, Lambhill, both of which were recently awarded Green Flags by Eco Schools Scotland; congratulates the pupils, staff and communities of both schools on this achievement which recognises their care for, and knowledge of, our environment; further notes that this is the third such flag awarded to St Joan of Arc Secondary School, and congratulates all involved in this particular achievement.

Supported by: Jack McConnell*

S3M-2190 Bashir Ahmad: Glasgow: The Ideal Place to Study—That the Parliament applauds Glasgow for being named as one of Britain’s urban gems by the Lonely Planet guidebook; congratulates the University of Glasgow for linking up with Lonely Planet to produce Study Glasgow; congratulates the university for being praised as the ideal place to study; notes that this is the first time in its history that Lonely Planet has linked up with a university, and believes that with its high-calibre educational institutes, vibrant night life, world-class museums and variety of leisure activities Glasgow will continue to attract students from all over the world.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Jackie Baillie, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson

S3M-2189 Bashir Ahmad: Glasgow Mela and the Scottish Academy of Asian Arts—That the Parliament welcomes the return of one of the biggest events in Glasgow’s cultural calendar, the Glasgow Mela; congratulates the organisers of the Glasgow Mela on its 18th annual celebration; further congratulates the Scottish Academy of Asian Arts for once again providing a great festival full of dancing, music, entertainment and arts; notes that the Mela has become a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar, and believes that there is no better way of celebrating multicultural Glasgow.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Jamie Stone, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Alex Neil, Hugh O’Donnell, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Keith Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Des McNulty, Bill Butler, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Johann Lamont, Mr Frank McAveety, Patricia Ferguson, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2188 Mr Frank McAveety: GreenCity Wholefoods’ 30th Anniversary—That the Parliament notes the contribution that GreenCity Wholefoods has made to the Scottish economy on its 30th anniversary; acknowledges that, as a workers co-operative, GreenCity has been a positive example for others in the independent food industry; further notes that as well as allowing all members access to the decision-making process and viewing all contributions as equal within the pay structure, GreenCity has helped to engender healthy eating habits for the Scottish population by pioneering positive schemes, such as Food for Life and Hungry for Success, with schools which encourage buying organic and local where possible; recognises the success with which GreenCity has combined international trade justice with business acumen by pioneering fair trade products; records its support for the worker co-operative model, and offers GreenCity Wholefoods best wishes for the future as it continues to provide a healthy, co-operative and sustainable option for Scottish food consumers.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, John Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, John Park, Stuart McMillan, Hugh Henry, Cathy Jamieson, Brian Adam, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Murray, Sarah Boyack, Robin Harper, Johann Lamont, Robert Brown, David Whitton, Gil Paterson, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Tolson, Roseanna Cunningham, Paul Martin, Bill Wilson, Karen Whitefield, George Foulkes, Patrick Harvie, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2187 Bashir Ahmad: Congratulating Castlemilk High—That the Parliament congratulates Castlemilk High School in Glasgow for being rated as one of the best schools in the country; applauds the hard-working pupils and staff on received six ratings of "excellent" in their recent HM Inspectorate of Education report; believes that under the stewardship of its Headteacher, Brian McAlinden, Castlemilk High School will continue to go from strength to strength, and wishes the school continued success.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Keith Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2186 Jamie McGrigor: Additional Air Routes for Islands in Argyll—That the Parliament notes the introduction of new scheduled flights between Oban and the Argyll islands of Coll, Colonsay and Tiree; welcomes these additional lifeline services to fragile communities as benefiting both islanders, including school pupils from Coll and Colonsay, and tourists; notes that the services have been launched following significant investment in airstrips; commends the co-operation between Highland Airways and Argyll and Bute Council which has led to the new services, and wishes the services every success in the years to come.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Alasdair Allan, Bill Aitken, Christine Grahame, John Lamont, Sandra White, Elizabeth Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Bill Kidd, Jackson Carlaw, John Scott, Johann Lamont, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-2185 Des McNulty: Wise Group 25th Anniversary and 25,000th Client Into Work—That the Parliament notes that 2008 is the 25th anniversary of the Wise Group, one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises which provides valuable support to local unemployed people and to communities; further notes that the Wise Group has worked tirelessly over the last 25 years to increase job opportunities for local people, to regenerate local communities and to create a fairer and greener society, and commends the Wise Group on its recent achievement of helping its 25,000th client to find a job. R

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Butler, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Park, Sandra White, Hugh Henry, Iain Gray, Kenneth Gibson, Malcolm Chisholm, Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Smith, Elaine Murray, Bob Doris, Christine Grahame, Mary Mulligan, Margaret Curran, Robin Harper, Johann Lamont, Patricia Ferguson, Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2184 Charlie Gordon: Congratulations to Castlemilk High School—That the Parliament congratulates the staff, pupils and parents of Castlemilk High School, Glasgow, for the school’s receipt of six "excellent" ratings in a recently published report by HM Inspectorate of Education; notes that Castlemilk High School’s excellent ratings are the best ever achieved by a school in Glasgow and are the second highest ever recorded, and considers Castlemilk High School to be an example of excellence in Scottish education.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Robert Brown, Elaine Smith, John Wilson, Rhona Brankin, Iain Gray, Bashir Ahmad, Karen Whitefield, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Johann Lamont, Jackie Baillie, Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Cathy Jamieson, Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, John Park, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Mulligan, Des McNulty, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2183 Mike Rumbles: Aberdeenshire Schools—That the Parliament commends Aberdeenshire Council for agreeing to provide funding for new primary schools at Kinellar, Drumoak, Dunnottar, Portlethen, Inverurie, Turriff, Newmachar and Rathen and a new academy and primary school at Alford; recognises the urgent need to extend this programme to cover other secondary schools in Aberdeenshire, including new schools for Laurencekirk, Kemnay, and Ellon; notes that the previous administration provided £63 million for schools in Aberdeenshire in the last Session of the Parliament alone; further notes the scepticism that has been voiced by Scotland’s business community on the SNP’s proposed Scottish Futures Trust, and calls on the Scottish Government to provide funding for new secondary schools in Aberdeenshire as a matter of urgency to ensure that pupils receive the best possible education.

S3M-2182 Christina McKelvie: Fixing the Graduate Endowment Problems—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of measures by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning to bring the operation of the deferment of graduate endowment payments by continuing students within the law and appreciates the swift action taken by the Scottish Government to address this issue; notes with concern that the previous administration had been allowing this system to operate outwith the scope of the law, and urges the Scottish Government to remain vigilant in order to find and address any other areas in which the previous administration’s competence fell short of what should be expected.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Christine Grahame, Ian McKee, Joe FitzPatrick, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2181 Kenneth Gibson: Smoking Prevention—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement of the Smoking Prevention Action Plan which proposes a range of measures to discourage young people from taking up smoking; recognises that these measures, among others, include (a) restricting the display of tobacco at points of sale, (b) introducing licensing and sanctions on those who illegally sell tobacco to those under age, (c) the possible banning of sales of cigarettes in packs of 10 and (d) reducing underage sales from vending machines; acknowledges research which shows that the younger someone begins smoking, the less likely they are to give up; notes with concern that over 13,000 people per year die from tobacco use in Scotland, and believes that time should be allocated after the summer recess to debate smoking prevention, with particular reference to young people, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2180 David Whitton: Scottish Education Awards 2008—That the Parliament congratulates all the winners of the Scottish Education Awards, including the achievements of David Miller from St Ninian’s High School in Bishopbriggs, who was named Teacher of the Year; notes the achievements of St Ninian’s High in collecting the International Schools Award, having established links with schools and projects around the globe, and further notes that Merkland School in East Dunbartonshire won the Most Enterprising Special School Award.

Supported by: Iain Gray, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper, Jim Tolson, Bill Kidd, Jamie McGrigor, Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, Des McNulty, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Alasdair Allan, Rhona Brankin, John Park, Bashir Ahmad, Karen Whitefield, Gil Paterson, Cathy Jamieson, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2179 Roseanna Cunningham: Breathe Easy Week 2008—That the Parliament notes that 16 to 22 June 2008 is Breathe Easy Week, during which groups around the country will be staging events to promote the importance of good lung health; thanks the many volunteers who will be involved; supports the British Lung Foundation (BLF) in its Big Breaths campaign, and welcomes the publication of the BLF’s Airway Code, a 10 point plan to promote good lung health and ensure that we can all take big breaths.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Des McNulty, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Hume, Liam McArthur, Karen Gillon, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Wilson, Elizabeth Smith, Murdo Fraser, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Elaine Smith, Sandra White, John Park, Michael McMahon, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh Henry, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Elaine Murray, John Scott, Robin Harper, Keith Brown, Johann Lamont, Mary Scanlon, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance*

S3M-2178 Joe FitzPatrick: Fourth Annual HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition—That the Parliament notes that the fourth annual HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition takes place on Wednesday 18 June 2008; congratulates HBOS and Barnardo’s on raising over £4,500 for charity at last year’s event; notes that the Scottish Conservatives are the reigning champions, and further notes that all teams welcome the challenge to relieve them of their title.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Stone, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, John Park, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Jim Hume, Mike Pringle, Murdo Fraser, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, John Lamont, Bill Aitken, Sandra White, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Jackson Carlaw, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2177 Gil Paterson: The Breast Cancer Campaign at National and Local Level—That the Parliament commends the efforts of the staff of the Milngavie Branch of M & Co for the work being carried out during the Milngavie Book and Arts Festival 2008 in raising awareness and money for the Breast Cancer Campaign; congratulates M & Co and its staff for the continuing support in Milngavie and throughout Scotland and the United Kingdom, recognising the contribution it has made through adding to the £180,693 previously collected for the fight against breast cancer; encourages all those women who are eligible to be screened to participate in screening as early detection leads to significant successes in treatment, and thanks those involved at every level in their goal to secure an end to breast cancer.

Supported by: Jim Tolson, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Wilson, Ross Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Helen Eadie, Elaine Smith, Roseanna Cunningham, Des McNulty, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Jamie McGrigor, Hugh Henry, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2176 Jamie Hepburn: 2008 Scottish Education Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the winners of the various 2008 Scottish Education Awards; in particular congratulates Condorrat, St Helen’s and Baird Memorial primary schools for winning the Active Citizenship Award and Whitelees Primary School for winning the Best Enterprise Award; notes that Cumbernauld was the only town in Scotland with schools winning awards in two different categories, representing the strength of creativity and endeavour among schools in Cumbernauld; supports these schools continuing to adopt creative approaches to learning and boosting civic mindedness amongst their pupils, and looks forward to the 2009 Scottish Education Awards.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Elizabeth Smith, Alex Neil, Jamie McGrigor, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell*, Angela Constance*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2175 Christine Grahame: Stepping Out—That the Parliament welcomes the theme of Stepping Out on  National Falls Awareness Day UK, being launched by Help the Aged in Scotland on 24 June 2008; acknowledges the important work being done at national and local levels to prevent falls; notes the serious physical and psychological impact that falls can have, especially on older people, and that falls represent the most frequent and serious type of accident for adults aged over 65 years, as well as a high cost to the NHS with hospital stays related to hip fractures costing around £5,000 per fracture; expresses concern that following a fall an older person has a 50% probability of having their mobility seriously impaired and a 10% probability of dying within a year, and urges all local authorities as a priority to identify and repair dangerous pavements to reduce the risk of falls.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, David Stewart, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, John Lamont, Stuart McMillan, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Bill Wilson, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Margaret Mitchell*, Angela Constance*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-2174 Margaret Mitchell: Kirsty McWilliam—That the Parliament congratulates Kirsty McWilliam, a 17-year-old from Kilsyth, who won the Under 20’s Women’s category in the Triathlon World Championships recently held in Vancouver; acknowledges this great achievement and the hard work and training that Kirsty and the rest of the Great British team put in; applauds the dedication and talent that Kirsty has shown and hopes that she will inspire other young people to take up the sport and engage in healthy lifestyles, and wishes Kirsty all the success for the future and looks forward to following her career with interest.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Jamie Stone, Jamie McGrigor, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Ted Brocklebank, Bill Kidd, Bill Aitken, Mary Scanlon, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, Keith Brown, Stuart McMillan, John Lamont, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2173 Margaret Mitchell: North Lanarkshire Children’s Games—That the Parliament notes and supports the North Lanarkshire Children’s Games, which took place on 12 and 13 June 2008 in Wishaw Sports Centre and involved over 3,000 school pupils from across the whole of North Lanarkshire; congratulates North Lanarkshire Council for providing opportunities for young people to participate in an Olympic-style sporting event involving a range of sports including athletics, badminton, basketball, football, rugby and netball and hopes that this will encourage active lifestyles, increase interest in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and inspire young people to take up sporting activities and perhaps become Scotland’s future athletes.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Keith Brown, Ted Brocklebank, Patricia Ferguson, Karen Whitefield, Jim Tolson, Bill Aitken, Robin Harper, Jamie McGrigor, John Wilson, John Lamont, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2172 Robert Brown: Funding Cuts by Scottish Government to Glasgow Science Centre—That the Parliament is appalled at the decision of the Scottish Government to cut the funding of the Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) from £1.7 million in 2007-08 to £1.4 million in 2008-09 and to £1.08 million in 2009-10; notes the international standing of GSC which is one of only three science centres in the United Kingdom to be a full member of the Association of Science-Technology Centres (ASTC) and that GSC has been awarded five star status by VisitScotland; notes further that GSC serves schools and communities through inreach and outreach in every local authority area in Scotland; is concerned that the Scottish Government’s new funding method takes no account of the breadth or quality of the experience offered at GSC; contrasts the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning’s bold statement that the Scottish Government will tackle poor levels of science achievement in Scotland with the reality of SNP Government cuts in the funding of Scotland’s only international standard science centre; is concerned at the lengthy lack of engagement with GSC over the proposals, and calls on Scottish Ministers to reinstate the previous levels of funding to GSC to enable it to continue to bring a rich experience and interest in science to young people across Scotland.

Supported by: Johann Lamont, David Stewart, Jim Tolson, Mike Rumbles, Liam McArthur, Robin Harper, Alison McInnes, Ross Finnie, Elaine Murray, Mike Pringle, Cathy Jamieson, Jackie Baillie, Hugh O’Donnell, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2172.1 Joe FitzPatrick: Funding Cuts by Scottish Government to Glasgow Science Centre—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2172) in the name of Robert Brown, leave out from "is appalled" to end and insert "welcomes the new funding package for Scottish science centres which ensured that Scotland’s four centres received support beyond March 2008; notes that the new funding package was welcomed by all centres, including the Chairman and Chief Executive of Glasgow Science Centre; further notes that since government funding of the Scottish science centres began in 2004-05, Glasgow Science Centre has received £5.4 million compared with £2.5 million to the other centres combined and, although it has received 72% of government funding in recent years, Glasgow Science Centre has only attracted 45% of visitors across the Scottish Science Centres Network, and acknowledges that the new funding package is a fairer and more equitable basis for dividing available funding between all the Scottish centres and demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to the future of all the centres."

S3M-2171 Kenneth Gibson: Age of Alcohol Purchase—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the 2006 Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey that 84% of 15-year-olds reported ever having drunk alcohol, while 36% had had a drink in the previous week, that in 2006-07 there were 41,651 discharges from general hospitals with an alcohol-related diagnosis, or 762 per 100,000 population, an increase of 7% from 710 per 100,000 population in 2002-03, that the number of alcohol-related deaths went from less than one-in-100 in 1980 to one-in-30 in 2005, including contributing to one-in-three adult pedestrian fatalities and 50% of deaths caused by fire; notes that, in the Scottish Health Survey 2003, 27% of Scottish men and approximately 13% of Scottish women reported usual alcohol consumption in excess of the recommended weekly limit; notes that alcohol misuse costs Scottish society at least £1,071 million per year; commends the Scottish Government’s Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems and its recognition of the fact that "in Scotland we face a substantial challenge in readjusting our attitudes and behaviours in relation to alcohol, and in particular, educating our young people to adopt a sensible approach to alcohol consumption"; notes that many studies show that in the United States of America raising the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) from 18 to 21 years showed significant decreases in traffic crashes and traffic fatalities as well as a decrease in the proportion of 17 to 18-year-old students reported drinking in the last month from 72% in 1980 to 51% in 1999, the period immediately following widespread adoption of the rise in MLDA; recognises the dangers of alcohol misuse by those of all age groups and the pressing need to create a culture of responsible, rather than binge, drinking, and believes that the Scottish Government should limit the sale of alcohol in off-sales and supermarkets to people aged 21 and over, not only to help reduce accidents and encourage a more sensible approach to drinking but also to reduce the incidence of alcohol-fuelled youth disorder.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2170 Stuart McMillan: Thank You!—That the Parliament wishes to thank the staff who have kept the first year of Session 3 running, including catering, cleaning, SPICe, Chamber Office, Committee Office, Visitor Services, Post Office, mail room, Allowances, BIT, Events, Facilities Management, Personnel and Security; notes the hard work and dedication of the Parliament’s staff as we come to summer recess, and hopes that the working relationships continue to be successful between MSPs, their staff and the Parliament’s staff.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Stone, Patrick Harvie, Keith Brown, Elaine Murray, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Ian McKee, Jackie Baillie, Aileen Campbell, Jamie McGrigor, John Park, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Murdo Fraser, Andrew Welsh, Bill Kidd, Mr Frank McAveety, Rob Gibson, John Lamont, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Wilson, Nanette Milne, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2169 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations—That the Parliament congratulates Christine Fulton on being nominated for an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List; notes the work that Christine has carried out in campaigning for protective vests/jackets to prevent knife wounds for police officers as well as the setting up of Care of Police Survivors, a charity which helps survivors come to terms with their loss, and recognises that out of her own personal tragedy she has achieved so much to help others.

Supported by: Jack McConnell*

S3M-2168 Stuart McMillan: Parliament Celebrates Independence...Day—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Sodexho to celebrate independence by producing a menu in the Parliament for American Independence Day on 4 July; notes that the occasion is marked in the United States with a national holiday; hopes when Scotland becomes independent that similar celebrations and festivities will take place on an annual basis, and also notes that this year America celebrates 232 years of independence.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Keith Brown, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2167 Margo MacDonald: UK Referendum on Alternative Provisions to Treaty of Lisbon—That the Parliament congratulates the citizens of the Republic of Ireland for its principled and determined opposition to the Treaty of Lisbon; agrees with the "NO" campaign’s rejection of a centralised bureaucracy in Brussels, and, so that this may be shown to be a pan-European objection to the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon, and not a rejection of the EU itself, calls on Her Majesty’s Government to allow UK citizens the same opportunity to take part in the democratic development of the EU by holding a referendum on any future alternative proposals to provisions in the Treaty of Lisbon.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Angela Constance, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2166 Margo MacDonald: Avoidance of Illegal Action on Lisbon Treaty—That the Parliament notes that the Lisbon Treaty requires ratification by all EU member states before any of its provisions can be enacted legally, including the appointment of a President and Foreign Minister, and calls on the Scottish Government to make clear to Her Majesty’s Government its opposition to any action or agreement to act with ministers of other EU states on the part of UK ministers, to illegally bring into being any of the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty and to give notice that Scottish Ministers will abstain from any such illegal action, while continuing to observe their legal obligations under existing EU treaties.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Angela Constance, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2138.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Sense or Census—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2138) in the name of Bill Kidd, leave out from "possible consequences" to end and insert "scaremongering on issues concerning the 2011 Census contract and has every confidence in the General Register Office for Scotland in delivering a contract for the Census that will ensure the protection of the data in the same way as every previous census and retains the full confidence of every citizen participating in the Census."

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, Gil Paterson

S3M-2134.1 Sarah Boyack: Unacceptable Levels of Poverty in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2134) in the name of Jamie Hepburn, leave out from "the Office" to end and insert "and encouragement the findings of the National Statistics publication Scottish Households Below Average Income 2006-07 which shows a marked decline since 1999-2000 in the number of households in both absolute and relative poverty, including a 28% decrease in relative child poverty and a 61% decrease in absolute child poverty meaning that the previous administration’s target to halve absolute child poverty by 2010 has been met significantly ahead of schedule; believes that, while government at all levels should continue to strive to eliminate poverty completely, this progress would not have been possible without many of the initiatives by the previous administration and the UK Government, including the Sure Start programme, record increases in child benefit, the winter fuel allowance, the working families tax credit and the national minimum wage, the latter of which was finally passed in the House of Commons without the support of a single SNP MP, and is concerned that the SNP government’s budget, passed with the Conservatives in this Session of the Parliament, and its single outcome agreements with local authorities are precipitating cuts to a range of local services including homecare services for the elderly, school classes and school meals provision as well as a host of voluntary organisations providing services for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable citizens, that this threatens to undo much of the progress on poverty which the report outlines and that this seriously undermines the SNP’s case to be trusted with more powers."

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Helen Eadie, Claire Baker, Marlyn Glen, Hugh Henry, Iain Gray, David Stewart, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Michael McMahon, George Foulkes, Elaine Murray, Mary Mulligan, Ken Macintosh

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

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

S3M-1645# Karen Whitefield: Sweet 16?: The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the Sweet 16? report by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland into the age of leaving care; expresses concern that while law and policy strongly advise that young people should be encouraged and supported to stay in care until 18 years of age where their welfare requires it, and that some local authorities such as North Lanarkshire are making welcome progress in achieving that objective, Scottish Government statistics show that eight times as many young people leave care at 16 as leave at 18; notes that as a result many young people encounter problems with paying bills, alcohol and drugs, continuing education and homelessness; believes that this is unacceptable, and recognises the merits of the report’s recommendations to change the culture that assumes 16 as the age for leaving care so ensuring that in the future no young person feels pressurised to leave care before they are ready, that proper care until 18 is a right for all, that support continues to be available during the transition to independence, that the destinations and outcomes for young people leaving care are properly monitored and that all young people in care, in Airdrie and Shotts and across Scotland, receive the support, advice and information about their rights and options for the future that they require.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, David Whitton, Cathy Peattie, Ken Macintosh, Claire Baker, Patrick Harvie, John Park, Hugh Henry, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Murray, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Angela Constance, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh O’Donnell, Rhona Brankin, Robert Brown, Ross Finnie, Sarah Boyack, Johann Lamont, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2165 Robert Gordon’s Debaters Triumph in Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament (lodged on 13 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2162 Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers Gobi Desert Challenge (lodged on 13 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2159 Carer’s Allowance (lodged on 13 June 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2158 Motor Neurone Awareness Week (lodged on 13 June 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2157 Colitis and Crohn’s Week (lodged on 13 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2143# NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Proposed Changes to Maternity Services (lodged on 12 June 2008) Duncan McNeil*

S3M-2105 The Post Office Closure Programme (lodged on 10 June 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2104 Nature of Farming Biodiversity Award (lodged on 10 June 2008) Jackie Baillie*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2063 National Depression Week (lodged on 4 June 2008) Alison McInnes*

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

S3M-1947 Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples (lodged on 20 May 2008) Marlyn Glen*

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