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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2292 Sarah Boyack: Congratulations to Edinburgh Cyrenians—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh Cyrenians on 40 years of helping to inspire and shape Scotland’s world leading approach to tackle homelessness; welcomes the recognition of the report from the charity New Philanthropy Capital which described the Cyrenians as standing out in its sector with a professional and committed management team; acknowledges the contribution of over 100 supported volunteers, themselves with backgrounds of homelessness, and supports the work of the Cyrenians in tackling social exclusion through better housing, employment, improved health and wellbeing, re-engagement with family and friends and community involvement and by helping to bring people back from the margins of society into a better quality of life.

*S3M-2291 Elaine Smith: Sense Over Sectarianism—That the Parliament welcomes the summer holiday project for Primary 7 pupils from Coatbridge and Airdrie, to be delivered by Albion Rovers Football Club, Strathclyde Police, beCogent and Sense Over Sectarianism; recognises the benefits of providing children with a chance to develop skills in a number of activities including sports, arts, drama, comedy and film making; considers that the project offers a unique opportunity for all local children who are departing primary school to tackle anti-sectarian attitudes and behaviour in a fun and interactive way, and acknowledges the importance of engaging with our young people to ensure that they enter secondary school with a better understanding of the issue of sectarianism in Scotland.

*S3M-2290 Bob Doris: Back on the Buses—That the Parliament welcomes the U-turn by Labour-controlled Glasgow City Council by reversing its previous ill-considered and dangerous move to withdraw school buses from children who live between two and three miles from their secondary school and praises the part played by Glasgow’s Evening Times newspaper in this U-turn by bringing the issue to the public’s attention, by the 10 SNP MSPs who have so far supported motion S3M-2245 demanding that Labour’s plans be halted, by every Glasgow SNP councillor who voted against these plans in February and opposed them again at full council on 26 June 2008 and of course, most importantly, by the parents of Glasgow, including the parents in the Glasgow Milton area, who were not prepared to be dictated to by the Labour council and have their children’s safety and education put at risk.

*S3M-2289 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Schools Win Place in Prestigious Choir of the Year Competition—That the Parliament congratulates a talented group of around 60 youngsters from schools across Inverclyde who have reached the finals of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition; notes that it will be the only Scottish choir in the children’s category final, which takes place on 8 and 9 November 2008 at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool; acknowledges the hard work that the pupils have put into achieving the goal of reaching the final, and wishes them every success.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-2288 Kenneth Gibson: Humiliation in Henley—That the Parliament understands that Labour came fifth in the Henley by-election; considers that this catastrophic result for the Prime Minister on the eve of his first anniversary in power is a clear signal that he has lost any confidence that the public may once have had in him and the UK Labour government; is aware that Labour’s moral authority to govern is diminishing by the day with even the pro-Labour media, party apparatchiks and nomenklatura losing faith; contrasts the dynamic, visionary "can do" attitude of Scotland’s minority SNP government in Edinburgh with the stagnation, dithering and ineptitude of Labour at Westminster; wishes to see former First Minister, Rt hon Jack McConnell, appointed High Commissioner to Malawi as soon as possible, in order for him to work for the betterment of that country, while allowing a by-election in Scotland that will allow for the election of an SNP MSP who will work for the benefit of ours.

*S3M-2287 Jamie Stone: Dounreay—That the Parliament notes the importance of the nuclear and renewable energy sectors to the current and future economy of the north highlands; recognises that the decommissioning at Dounreay nuclear facility has created a valuable source of transferable skills; notes also the potential for developing a strategic reserve of renewable energy from the Pentland Firth, and encourages future investment in the generation of energy of all forms, that in future could help underpin the economy of the far north.

*S3M-2286 Michael Matheson: Larbert Welcomes Network Rail—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the Network Rail Training Centre in Larbert; notes that this is a state-of-the-art purpose-built training centre to provide Network Rail employees with the skills needed to maintain the railway, and recognises that this £5 million investment by Network Rail is a welcome boost to the Falkirk economy.

*S3M-2285 Kenneth Gibson: Labour’s U-turn—That the Parliament notes the U-turn of Glasgow City Council’s Labour Executive which has now reversed an earlier decision and decided to maintain all free bus services for children who live between two and three miles from their school; understands that this climbdown was brought about by pressure from SNP councillors in Glasgow, school staff and affected parents and children, and believes that this demonstrates that the only way to protect frontline services at local level in Glasgow and ensure that resources remain within the Education budget is for the SNP opposition to keep the complacent Labour Executive under scrutiny and hold it to account.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-2284 Bill Kidd: Nuclear "Popcorning"—That the Parliament notes with concern the risk of nuclear weapon "popcorning" whereby there can be a significant nuclear yield if a series of nuclear warheads exploded by accident; further notes the potential of this risk with respect to Trident submarines, each of which carries around 14 missiles containing high explosive as well as 48 nuclear warheads, and calls on the UK Government to eliminate this risk by the removal and decommissioning of all Trident submarines and its weapons of mass destruction.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-2283 Tricia Marwick: Happy 60th Birthday Glenrothes—That the Parliament congratulates Glenrothes on its 60th birthday; notes that it has become a thriving town which has developed a sense of community and established a settled population, and congratulates the organising committee in Glenrothes for all its efforts to celebrate its town through the very full programme of events that has been arranged.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, John Park*, Alasdair Allan*, Christine Grahame*, Bob Doris*, Jim Hume*, Keith Brown*, Sandra White*, Brian Adam*, Elizabeth Smith*

*S3M-2282 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Heather Gibson—That the Parliament congratulates 11-year-old Heather Kirsty Fiona Gibson on winning this year’s Scott Trophy for meritorious effort at Crookfur Primary School, Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire; recognises that this prestigious award is presented to the outstanding Primary 7 pupil who has achieved excellence in school work, engaged successfully with peers and staff, behaved in an exemplary fashion during his/her time at the school and contributed significantly to school life consistently over seven years; believes that Heather has a bright future ahead, and wishes her continued success at Eastwood High School.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-2281 Dr Richard Simpson: Dental Charges—That the Parliament recognises the importance of dental care in an individual’s overall health and wellbeing; notes that the current maximum charge in Scotland is 80% of up to £348 (£278.40), whereas England and Wales introduced new scales for dental charges on April 1 2008 whereby an individual pays a standard fee of £16.20, £44.60 or £198 for three levels of treatment, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring Scotland’s dental charges to the standards set by England and Wales.

S3M-2280 Bashir Ahmad: Congratulating the Scottish-Islamic Foundation—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish-Islamic Foundation on its launch on 26 June 2008; believes in its message that being a practising Muslim equates to being an active citizen; further believes that social cohesion is best fostered by positive dialogue between communities; supports its call for further investment to help empower Muslim youth in Scotland; wishes it every success in future projects, and endeavours to work with it to achieve its aim of bridging the gap between the Muslim and non-Muslim community on a local, national and international level.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Jamie McGrigor*, Christine Grahame*, Keith Brown*, John Lamont*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Butler*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Brian Adam*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-2279 Sarah Boyack: Friends of the Earth Scotland Launches Big Ask Scotland Campaign with Radiohead—That the Parliament welcomes the launch at Radiohead’s Glasgow Green gig on 27 June 2008 of Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Big Ask Scotland campaign for a strong Scottish Climate Change Bill; notes that the gig is part of Radiohead’s carbon-conscious European tour which has aimed to reduce its environmental impact as much as possible; notes that Radiohead is also supporting the Big Ask Europe which aims for continent-wide action on climate change; further notes that the Big Ask Scotland demands that (a) the Scottish Bill must cover all greenhouse gas emissions, including those from international aviation and shipping, and include the basket of greenhouse gases, not merely carbon dioxide, (b) there must be a scientifically-based limit placed on total emissions every year between now and 2050, not merely an end-point 80% reduction target, and (c) the Scottish Government should establish a Climate Super Fund, which will reward public bodies that reduce their emissions in line with targets and fine bodies that fail to do so, and wishes Friends of the Earth Scotland every success in its campaign.

Supported by: Claire Baker*, John Park*, Patrick Harvie*, Mary Mulligan*, Marlyn Glen*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2278 Jamie Hepburn: Oxfam’s Wish for an End to Poverty—That the Parliament welcomes the Oxfam campaign calling on leaders of G8 countries to live up to their commitments on international aid, health care and climate change; notes the success of the Oxfam lobby outside the Parliament on 26 June 2008, encouraging MSPs and members of the public to sign a Japanese-style "Tanabata" (star festival) wish card on the issue, and calls on as many people as possible to support the campaign in this way and increase political and moral pressure on G8 leaders to take serious action that will make poverty history.

S3M-2277 Margaret Smith: 80th Anniversary of Universal Suffrage and Votes at 16—That the Parliament notes that 2 July 2008 will be the 80th anniversary of universal suffrage, the passing of the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928, which gave women in the United Kingdom equal voting rights to men; welcomes the further extensions to the franchise since 1928 and their contribution to democracy, and considers that equal voting rights should be afforded to 16 and 17-year-olds as valued members of our society.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Hume*, Rob Gibson*, Marlyn Glen*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Robert Brown*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2276 Dr Richard Simpson: Congratulating Fife Drug and Alcohol Services—That the Parliament congratulates all those working in statutory and voluntary sector drug and alcohol services in Fife on the massive improvements achieved in reducing waiting times for access to services; further congratulates them for developing an increased range of services, particularly the introduction of triage assessment in April 2008 via easy access/drop-in clinics, which are likely to help more substance misusers to achieve progress in tackling their problems more quickly, and looks forward to the application of the new funding for alcohol problem identification, brief intervention, treatment and support, helping to consolidate and develop these services in a fully integrated way.

S3M-2275 Sandra White: Working Creatively for Scotland: Glasgow Science Centre—That the Parliament recognises the important contribution that Scotland’s science centres, particularly Glasgow Science Centre, make to Scotland; notes the ongoing talks between the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and science centre managers, and urges the Scottish Government to ensure adequate funding to enable Glasgow Science Centre and others to work creatively for science in Scotland.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-2274 Aileen Campbell: International Pressure on Zimbabwe—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of Her Majesty the Queen to withdraw Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, from his honorary position as Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Bath; believes that as long as the UK Honours system exists, it should not be seen to reward anyone who disrespects basic human rights and fundamental freedoms; further welcomes the intervention by former South African President, Nelson Mandela, referring to "the tragic failure of leadership" in Zimbabwe, and calls on the international community to redouble efforts to achieve lasting peace, freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Mike Pringle, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Willie Coffey, Bob Doris, Roseanna Cunningham, Jim Tolson, Ian McKee, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie*, Robin Harper*, Helen Eadie*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2274.1 Iain Smith: International Pressure on Zimbabwe—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2274) in the name of Aileen Campbell, insert at end "considers that the First Minister’s letter to Robert Mugabe asking for support for Scotland to be given observer status at the United Nations was deeply inappropriate; further considers that, as the whole world is moving to cast out President Mugabe, this ill-advised correspondence with the despotic and vilified regime in Zimbabwe is indicative of the First Minister’s preference for global grandstanding rather than fixing the SNP’s broken manifesto promises, and calls for the First Minister to apologise to the people of Scotland."

S3M-2273 Bill Wilson: Banning Shock Collars: The Welsh Government’s Precedent—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Welsh Assembly Government Rural Affairs Minister to move forward with a ban on electric shock collars in Wales and calls on the Scottish Government to issue the responses to the first consultation on this issue and ban the sale and use of shock collars in Scotland.

S3M-2271 Lewis Macdonald: Twentieth Anniversary of the Piper Alpha Disaster—That the Parliament notes the twentieth anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster which claimed the lives of 167 offshore workers on 6 July 1988; celebrates the contribution of members of the Piper Alpha Families’ and Survivors’ Association, whose tireless campaigning in the aftermath of the disaster helped to raise the standards of offshore safety to the benefit of many thousands of other offshore workers over the last 20 years; believes that the regulation of offshore safety by the Health and Safety Executive, the provision for offshore safety representatives, support for safety initiatives, such as Step Change in the context of the government/oil and gas industry PILOT taskforce, and the recognition of trade unions offshore have supported a more positive safety culture, and looks forward to continuing active engagement in promoting that safety culture by all concerned in the North Sea and other oil provinces around the world.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Cathie Craigie, Michael McMahon, John Park, Margaret Curran, Richard Baker, Ken Macintosh, Iain Gray, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Marlyn Glen, Christine Grahame, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, David Whitton, Mike Pringle, Stuart McMillan, James Kelly, Elaine Murray, Rob Gibson, Bill Butler, Sandra White, Marilyn Livingstone, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robin Harper*, Helen Eadie*, Charlie Gordon*, Jack McConnell*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2270 Stuart McMillan: Air Weapon Ban—That the Parliament recognises the motion supported unanimously by East Dunbartonshire Council in its decision to support the Scottish Government’s call to ban air weapon ownership, other than for recognised and legitimate occupational and sporting interests; further notes the council’s concerns at the ease with which air weapons can be purchased legally throughout Scotland, and commends East Dunbartonshire Council’s action of writing to all other councils in Scotland urging them to support the call to ban ownership and use of air weapons.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2269 Aileen Campbell: Scotland’s Youth Say "Hear Our Voice"—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Hear Our Voice report by NCH Scotland, which publishes the results of its survey among young people of their priorities for public policy in Scotland; notes that the top priority was reducing poverty, the second was tackling homelessness and the third was providing better access to leisure and recreational opportunities; believes that these chime well with the Scottish Government’s ambition for a fairer, healthier Scotland and represent an encouraging commitment to social justice on the part of Scotland’s young people, and calls on all MSPs, government and civil society in Scotland to continue listening to and learning from young people.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Willie Coffey, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Sandra White, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2268 Brian Adam: Cove Rangers FC SFL Bid—That the Parliament congratulates Cove Rangers FC on winning the Highland League last season; notes Cove Rangers’ excellent work in the community, especially in its youth development programmes; also congratulates it on an ambitious business plan for the future, and wishes it success in its application to join the Scottish Football League.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Richard Baker, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Alex Johnstone, Jamie McGrigor, Sandra White, Keith Brown*

S3M-2267 John Swinney: Approval of SSI—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford

S3M-2264 Bob Doris: North Glasgow Local Integration Network Cuts—That the Parliament notes with serious concern the decision taken by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership to slash funding for local integration services across North Glasgow for the next three years; believes that these cuts, which see funding fall from £305,796 in 2007-08 to £221,695 this year and reduced further to £95,550 in 2009-10, are swingeing, ill conceived and unnecessary and in a part of the city with the highest asylum-seeking and refugee population in the city; further believes that the partnership, chaired by Labour Councillor Jim Coleman, was wrong not to consult the Local Community Planning Partnership Boards for Maryhill/Kelvin and Canal, and Springburn and North East Glasgow on the impact of the loss of such funding, and shares the concern of local councillors Grant Thoms and Phil Greene that those projects that were funded by the local integration network are now at serious risk, that north Glasgow’s diverse local communities may suffer as a result, and that the Partnership should reconsider this decision as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2263 Pauline McNeill: 25 Years On and Glasgow’s Still Miles Better—That the Parliament commemorates the 25th anniversary of the launch in 1983 of the Glasgow’s Miles Better campaign which combined a Mr Men cartoon character and a piece of grammar known as a null comparative to transform the image of Scotland’s biggest and friendliest city and symbolised the beginning of Glasgow’s revival as a leading world city, and particularly notes the contributions of the late John Struthers, creator of the campaign, Harry Diamond, then head of PR at City of Glasgow Council and former Lord Provost Michael Kelly who led promotion of the slogan around the world and who famously arranged for Her Majesty the Queen to be pictured with the Miles Better banner on the balcony of Glasgow City Chambers.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, James Kelly, Bill Aitken, Jamie Hepburn, George Foulkes, Mr Frank McAveety, Robin Harper, Helen Eadie, Mary Mulligan

S3M-2262 Peter Peacock: Honey Bees in Scotland—That the Parliament notes with growing concern the decline in honey bees in Scotland and more widely, and urges the Scottish Executive to use its best endeavours to support more research, and thereafter to take whatever actions are necessary to support a healthy population of honey bees which are so vital to the health of our natural environment.

Supported by: Jamie Stone, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2255 Derek Brownlee: Moffat Classic Car Rally—That the Parliament welcomes the return to Moffat of the Classic Car Rally; congratulates those involved, including chairman Gordon Bisset, on the 11th annual celebration; notes that over 900 entrants have already signed up to take part; further notes that money raised from the event goes to a range of cancer charities, and wishes the Moffat Classic Car Rally every success for the future.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Bill Aitken, Alasdair Allan, Jim Tolson, Ted Brocklebank, Hugh Henry, Alex Johnstone, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Elizabeth Smith, John Lamont, Margaret Mitchell, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame, Elaine Murray, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Jackson Carlaw, Annabel Goldie, Gil Paterson, Jim Hume, John Scott*

S3M-2254 Sandra White: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture—That the Parliament supports the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June 2008, a day dedicated to remembering and supporting the many survivors of torture around the world; acknowledges that torture and all forms of cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment are universally and absolutely prohibited; regrets that torture is practised in at least 123 countries, and supports the work of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in Scotland which works within a human rights framework with men, women and children whose lives have been horrifically affected by torture with the aim of providing the best possible clinical and practical services for survivors.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Willie Coffey, Elaine Smith, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Hugh O’Donnell, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Bill Butler, Christina McKelvie*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-2253 Bill Wilson: Sistema Scotland’s Official Launch and the Benefits of Closer Ties with Venezuela—That the Parliament, following on from motion S3M-1913, congratulates all involved with Sistema Scotland on its official launch on 27 June 2008; is of the opinion that this musical approach to tackling the problems associated with deprivation is but one example of how Scotland could benefit from Venezuela’s experience in this area; welcomes the recent visit of the First Secretary of the Venezuelan Embassy to the Parliament, and encourages the Scottish Government to build links with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Ian McKee

S3M-2252 Karen Whitefield: Airdrie Academy Will Rock You—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils, staff and parents of Airdrie Academy on their outstanding performance of "Schools Will Rock You", a musical extravaganza; recognises the hard work and commitment shown by all those involved, from the actors and musicians to the technicians and those working behind the scenes; commends Airdrie Academy for setting such a high standard in this year’s show; recognises the benefits that engaging young people in drama can bring in respect of increased confidence and working as part of a team, and concludes that in this year’s show Airdrie Academy can truthfully say that "We Are the Champions".

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2251 Jeremy Purvis: Congratulations to the Borders Book Festival and Edwin Morgan - Winner of the Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award—That the Parliament congratulates Edwin Morgan on winning the Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year 2008 award and the £25,000 prize for his latest collection of poems, A Book of Lives, at a ceremony held at the Borders Book Festival, Melrose, on Friday 20 June 2008; notes that this was the first year that the awards were held outwith Edinburgh and that the ceremony, hosted by writer and comedian Rory Bremner, was a triumphant success and testament to the growing popularity of the Borders Book Festival; congratulates Alistair Moffat, Paula Ogilvie and team in developing the festival; recognises that the Sundial awards are indicative of the current strength of Scottish literature, and further congratulates the category winners: Ali Smith (fiction), Robert Macfarlane (non fiction) and Jane McKie (first book) and all those involved in making this event such a success.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, John Lamont

S3M-2250 Bill Kidd: Glasgow Caledonian University Unions against INTO—That the Parliament notes the continuing campaign by Glasgow Caledonian Universityunions against the privatisation of a core service at theuniversity after management signed a deal with private company INTO; believes that private companies should not have access to publicly fundededucation facilities; supports the lobby by a delegation from theunions to take place at the Parliament on Thursday 26 June 2008 intended to explain and highlight theunion’s opposition, and hopes that many MSPs will take the opportunity to meet the delegation.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Charlie Gordon, Gil Paterson

S3M-2249 Kenneth Gibson: Withdrawal of School Transport in Glasgow—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of Glasgow City Council’s ruling Labour executive to withdraw free transport from 1,500 pupils from August 2008; believes that this decision is completely unnecessary, given that the council had a £15.2 million underspend in 2007-08 while retaining this vital service would cost only £640,000; is concerned that the council spends a smaller share of its total budget on education than any of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, despite having Scotland’s lowest level of educational attainment; is disappointed that this decision was carried out without any consultation whatsoever with parents, staff or pupils who use the service and was announced to them only at the end of the school year, leaving parents, pupils and staff with little time to react; is perturbed that the ruling Labour group in the council is using this important issue as a political pawn to give the impression that it does not receive adequate funding from the Scottish Government when it is failing to spend resources already allocated, and believes that the council’s ruling Labour group should rescind this decision at the earliest possible opportunity and invest some of its underspend on improving services to Glaswegians, particularly in education, and not least by making progress towards reducing class sizes.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2248 Sandra White: Aircraft Carrier Delay Could Cost Jobs—That the Parliament expresses concern over the delay in signing the contract for two new aircraft carriers, which could lead to the loss of jobs at the Clyde shipyards in Glasgow; condemns the reported comments made by Glasgow MPs Mohammad Sarwar and Ian Davidson that if Scotland were to become an independent state it would risk losing up to 50,000 jobs in the defence sector; believes that, by putting political self-interest ahead of the vital Scottish shipbuilding industry and engaging in needless scaremongering, these comments will only serve to cause uncertainty and worry for many workers and their families, and calls on all Scottish MPs to work constructively to safeguard the future of the shipbuilding industry in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2248.1 Pauline McNeill: Aircraft Carrier Delay Could Cost Jobs—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2248) in the name of Sandra White, leave out from "concern" to end and insert "continued support for the announcement of the joint venture to construct two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, and calls on the Ministry of Defence to move quickly to formally sign the contracts confirming the construction arrangements for the carriers which will provide certainty for workers at the Scotstoun and Govan Shipyards on the Clyde and Rosyth Dockyard as well as at Portsmouth and Barrow; notes that a recent report published by the Scottish Affairs Select Committee of the House Commons warned that the sustainability of up to 50,000 highly-skilled jobs in the Scottish defence industry which are reliant on UK Government contracts would be put under threat by constitutional change and welcomes the robust defence of the sector by Glasgow’s local MPs and MSPs, and further notes that the survival and significant revival of the heavy shipbuilding industry on the River Clyde has been made possible only as a result of the UK Government’s strong commitment to Scottish defence industry jobs since 1997."

Supported by: Bill Butler, James Kelly, Rhona Brankin, Karen Gillon, Des McNulty, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Mr Frank McAveety, Jackie Baillie, Marilyn Livingstone, Mary Mulligan, John Park, David Whitton

S3M-2247 Cathie Craigie: We’ve Got Big Plans for Deaf Children and Young People in Scotland—That the Parliament commends all deaf young people in Scotland who got involved in the National Deaf Children’s Society’s (NDCS) largest ever consultation with deaf children in the UK, Change Your World; acknowledges that the results of this national conversation present a unique insight into the opinions of young deaf people on issues that affect them; supports the NDCS as it develops its Big Plans for Scotland’s deaf children and young people as a result of the Change Your World consultation; congratulates all those who attended the NDCS event in the Parliament on Wednesday 18 June 2008 to launch the results of the consultation, particularly the pupils from Dingwall Academy and Dalziel High School who led the event with such confidence and maturity and told us how they wanted the world to change, and commits to listening to what these results tell us about being a deaf young person in Scotland today.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Jackie Baillie, Iain Gray, Ross Finnie, James Kelly, Claire Baker, Alasdair Allan, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Liam McArthur, Nanette Milne, Mike Pringle, Ken Macintosh, Elizabeth Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Mulligan, David Whitton, Jim Tolson, Karen Whitefield, Sandra White, John Park, Cathy Peattie, Christine Grahame, John Lamont, George Foulkes, Mr Frank McAveety, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Irene Oldfather, Marilyn Livingstone, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2246 Bill Kidd: Edinburgh Plan to Ban Mosquitoes—That the Parliament welcomes the decision to be taken by City of Edinburgh Council to ban the Mosquito ultrasonic youth deterrent system; believes that other local authorities should follow Edinburgh’s lead in also banning the use of the Mosquito device; expresses concern over the makers of the device Compound Security Systems’ comments that the council will be unable to stop independent traders from using the device without the co-operation of Lothian and Borders Police, and calls on the police and councilto work together to address this concern.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Christopher Harvie, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Aileen Campbell, Ian McKee, Mike Pringle, Robert Brown, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2245 Bob Doris: Save Glasgow’s School Buses—That the Parliament condemns the decision of Labour-led Glasgow City Council to alter the distance for which free school bus travel is provided from two miles to three miles, which will affect around 1,500 school children; notes that this move was voted through in February 2008 in the face of fierce objections from SNP opposition on the council and that the move will save £670,000, which is totally unnecessary as the council estimates a growth in its reserves from around £10.7 million under the previous administration to around £30 million under the current SNP government; condemns the decision of the council only to publicise this decision in the run-up to the summer holidays in what appears to be a deliberate ploy to prevent opposition campaigns by local parents against this ill-considered move; believes that the comments of Labour Councillor, Gordon Matheson, gives the game away when he stated that the council is falling into line with "national guidelines" but fails to point out that these are non-statutory and were drawn up under the previous administration in 2003; is concerned that these moves may put at risk child safety and school attendance; demands that the council stops using the city’s school children as a political football; believes that the proposals should be halted and that the council should use next year to fully consult parents across all Glasgow’s schools to ensure that children can get to school safely and easily, and, in the meantime, wishes local parents who are campaigning against the council’s plans, such as those in Glasgow Milton, every success in their campaign.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2244 Bill Kidd: Congratulations to Glasgow City Council—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City Council on its findings that 72% of Glaswegians would be better off under local income tax as opposed to the unfair council tax, and believes that, given the persistent high levels of multiple deprivation in Glasgow under successive UK Governments, the introduction of a local income tax would contribute substantially to combating poverty in Glasgow and consequently would also combat poverty in all other areas of Scotland, both urban and rural, experiencing high levels of poverty. R

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2243 Alasdair Allan: Sealladh na Beinne Moire—That the Parliament congratulates the community company, Sealladh na Beinne Moire, on being named as Scottish finalist in the nationwide search for start-up company of the year in the HSBC Start-up Stars Awards; notes that Sealladh na Beinne Moire trades as Stòras Uibhist and was set up in 2006 on behalf of local residents to purchase the 93,000 acre South Uist Estate for £4.5 million; recognises that the company manages over 850 crofts which are home to 3,000 people and many businesses, and wishes this vibrant and forward-looking company well as it seeks to carry forward a number of major projects to improve the social and economic wellbeing of the estate areas, which cover much of the islands of Eriskay, South Uist and Benbecula.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-2242 Michael Matheson: Dunipace Clean Up—That the Parliament congratulates the Dunipace 1st Brownies Group and the Carronvale Tenants and Residents Association in producing "The Day We Cleaned up our Park", a film of the day where the children of Dunipace took action and cleaned up the Gala Park in Dunipace; thanks the Brownies, Carronvale Tenants and Residents Association, Falkirk Environmental Trust, Denny Community Council, Denny and Dunipace Heritage Society, the schoolchildren of Denny and Dunipace and Community Green Initiative in supporting this initiative, and believes that small communities such as Dunipace can play an important part in making the world a greener place.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Nanette Milne, John Wilson, Jamie McGrigor, Keith Brown, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Aileen Campbell, Des McNulty, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2241 Patricia Ferguson: Maryhill Gala Day—That the Parliament congratulates Maryhill Community Council, Maryhill Housing Association and Culture and Sport Glasgow on a successful Maryhill Gala Day; notes that this is the first gala day to take place in the area in recent times; applauds the initiative of the organisers and the community, and recognises the contribution of the young performers who took part in the Maryhill’s Got Musical Talent competition and, in particular, the worthy winner, Laura Divers.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2240 Rob Gibson: Slàinte Nòs Ùr—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers, participants and audience of Nòs Ùr (new style) which took place in Eden Court Theatre, Inverness on 21 June 2008; recognises it is the first Celtic and Scots minority languages song competition of its kind which featured 12 finalists from Wales, Brittany, Ireland and Scotland whose entries were in Gaelic and Scots; applauds the UHI Millennium Institute for organising Voices of the West, a conference on minority languages which ran in conjunction with Nòs Ùr; welcomes the importance of vibrant Gaelic and Scots languages and heritage that underpin the self-confidence of Scottish culture and believes that friendly competitions like this help to foster a greater togetherness and understanding of similar cultures; congratulates Yr Annioddefol from north Wales and Gwennyn from Brittany on their victory, and wishes them the best of luck when they represent Western Europe in the pan-European final due to take place in Luleå, Sweden on 18 October 2008.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Aileen Campbell, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-2233.1 Christina McKelvie: The Future of Scotland’s Universities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2233) in the name of Claire Baker, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "notes that six of the 13 Scottish universities listed who were listed last year have improved their placings while two have retained the place that they held last year; acknowledges the excellent work of the universities and their staff; notes that this improvement has come about over a period of renewed confidence in Scotland and improved co-operation between the universities and the Scottish Government, and calls on the SNP government to continue its excellent work with Scotland’s universities."

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2164.1 George Foulkes: Irish Reject the Lisbon Treaty—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2164) in the name of John Lamont, leave out from "it is" to end and insert ", unlike the United Kingdom, the Irish constitution requires that the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty is put to a referendum and that every party represented in the Dáil Éireann except Sinn Féin officially campaigned in favour of a "Yes" vote; further notes the comments of the Taoiseach, other political leaders and commentators in the Republic of Ireland, that the "No" vote was heavily influenced by domestic matters rather than just the Lisbon Treaty itself, and believes that the comments of Conservative MPs and MSPs, in criticising the UK for being among the 26 out of 27 EU member states not holding a referendum on the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, highlight hypocrisy and opportunism by David Cameron and his party, given that while in power the Conservative Party never once held a referendum on the ratification of any of the treaties of the European Union or its predecessors including the Treaty of Rome itself, the Single European Act and the Maastricht Treaty, all of which were much more significant in terms of increasing the powers and scope of European institutions."

Supported by: David Whitton, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, John Park, Mr Frank McAveety, Sarah Boyack, Helen Eadie, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-1953.1 Sandra White: HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1953) in the name of Pauline McNeill, insert at end "notes however that the Scottish Affairs Committee’s Employment and Skills for the Defence Industry in Scotland report expressed concern that the UK Government’s delay in signing the contract may lead to job losses, and calls on the UK Government to act now to resolve this situation."

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Ian McKee*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2238 Woodburn Day Nursery (lodged on 20 June 2008) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2233 The Future of Scotland’s Universities (lodged on 20 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2224 Congratulations to the University of St Andrews (lodged on 19 June 2008) John Scott*

S3M-2223 Borderline Theatre’s Success with the Wall (lodged on 19 June 2008) John Scott*

S3M-2221 Holyrood National Youth Parliament Competition 2007-08 (lodged on 19 June 2008) John Scott*

S3M-2211 Handcuffing of Pregnant Women (lodged on 18 June 2008) Ross Finnie*, Jackie Baillie*, Claire Baker*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2174 Kirsty McWilliam (lodged on 16 June 2008) John Scott*

S3M-2173 North Lanarkshire Children’s Games (lodged on 16 June 2008) John Scott*

S3M-2151 Graham’s - The Family Dairy (lodged on 12 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2141 "Campus Cops" (lodged on 12 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2139 Congratulations to Linda McDonald on Winning the William Y Darling Award (lodged on 11 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2136 Modern Studies Competition Winners - Brannock High School, Motherwell (lodged on 11 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2132 Rosslyn School (lodged on 11 June 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2127 Welcome Scottish and Southern Energy to Cumbernauld (lodged on 11 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2126 168th Royal Highland Show (lodged on 11 June 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2122 Congratulations to Berwickshire Wheels (lodged on 11 June 2008) John Scott*

S3M-2109 Skills and Training Charter for Scotland (lodged on 10 June 2008) Cathy Peattie*

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

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