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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2458 Gil Paterson: Save Scotland’s National Team—That the Parliament notes the recent comments by the General Secretary of UEFA who has given the starkest warning so far that a British football team performing at the Olympic Games would jeopardise Scotland’s independent football status, stating that "It is the quickest way for Scotland to disappear off of the international stage", and calls on all members who wish to see Scotland continue to participate in international football to use their influence to defend Scotland’s footballing legacy and save Scotland’s national team status.

*S3M-2457 Mr Frank McAveety: Tackling Slum Housing in Govanhill—That the Parliament welcomes the £2 million additional funding to be provided by Glasgow City Council to tackle poor quality housing in Govanhill; wishes the new task force, headed by Environmental Services Director, Robert Booth, all the best in dealing with such an important problem; notes the desire of all residents in Govanhill to ensure that their area can be improved; calls on all agencies in the area to work with local residents to deal with persistent problems such as street litter, antisocial behaviour and poor housing; further notes the need to deal with slum landlords, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the city council to develop a coherent strategy on reducing the negative impact of such landlords and to find new money to invest in removing below tolerable standard housing once and for all in Govanhill.

*S3M-2456 Margaret Curran: Condemnation of the Comments of Andrew Lansley and Defence of the NHS in Scotland—That the Parliament calls on Conservative UK Shadow Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley MP, to withdraw his comments suggesting that health spending should be reduced in Glasgow and spent elsewhere in the United Kingdom; believes that Mr Lansley’s apparent conclusion that health spending is inverse to health outcomes and should therefore be reduced in areas of poor health is a perverse logic that risks denying people in most need the healthcare that they require and deserve and that this is an alarming indication of the Conservatives’ intention to cut NHS funding; notes with equal concern that Mr Lansley’s wish may already be being granted by the SNP government in light of the recently announced £42 million of cuts to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the fact that health spending in the Scottish Government’s budget fails to match the year-on-year increases of both the UK Government for England and those of the previous Scottish administration; further notes that, if this trend continues, Scotland’s historically higher health spending per head of population is at risk of being reversed within the next five years, and calls on members of all parties to defend the NHS in Scotland from further cuts and ensure that all people in Scotland of whatever financial means can access the healthcare that they deserve.

*S3M-2455 Patrick Harvie: Report on Data Handling Review—That the Parliament recalls that, in the context of high-profile government data losses, motion S3M-1017 was agreed on 13 December 2007 calling on the Scottish Government "to ensure that all data protection procedures comply with the principles of data protection"; welcomes the Data Handling in Government review report, published on June 25 2008, as a first step in fulfilling the terms of that motion and addressing concerns about government use of citizens’ data; considers, however that individuals’ right to privacy, and the control of data through the principle of consent, has not been fully explored in the report; recalls that motion S3M-1017 further calls on the Scottish Government "to review plans for Scottish Citizens Accounts on the basis of these principles"; notes that this has not been addressed at all in the report, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward a ministerial statement to give details of the intended next steps and to allow Parliament to raise questions on the content of the report.

*S3M-2454 John Scott: End the Inhumane Long-Distance Transportation of Live Horses for Slaughter in Europe—That the Parliament notes with concern the practice of the long-distance transportation of live horses for slaughter into and across the European Union involving an estimated 100,000 horses each year; believes that such a practice is indefensible in terms of animal welfare; also believes that existing legislation relating to such transportation and its enforcement are inadequate; supports an early review introducing short finite journey limits and space allowances that reflect the welfare needs of horses and, thereafter, rigorous enforcement by all EU member states of EU Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005, which governs the transport of live vertebrate animals within the European Union in connection with an economic activity, and supports the Make a Noise campaign by World Horse Welfare to end the inhumane transportation of horses within the European Union.

*S3M-2453 Mr Frank McAveety: Congratulations to Team GB, Especially Scotland’s Athletes—That the Parliament congratulates the athletes from Team GB who have performed incredibly well in the 2008 Beijing Olympics; recognises the commitment and togetherness of Team GB in its pursuit of sporting excellence; commends the achievement of 47 medals, including 19 gold medals; congratulates Chris Hoy on his achievement of three gold medals and on being the first British Olympian in 100 years to win three gold medals in a single games; considers that calls for a separate Scottish Olympics team from the First Minister are divisive and unnecessary, and calls on the First Minister to spend more of his time finding resources to invest in sport and facilities in Scotland rather than depending on the legacy of the previous Labour/Liberal Democrat administration and to listen to the Scottish Olympians, such as Chris Hoy and Allan Wells, on how best to support Scottish athletes in the future.

Supported by: Margaret Curran*, Bill Butler*, John Park*, Jim Hume*, Liam McArthur*, Elaine Smith*, Robert Brown*, George Foulkes*, Elaine Murray*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Dr Richard Simpson*, David Whitton*, Rhona Brankin*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathie Craigie*, Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Iain Gray*, James Kelly*, Mary Mulligan*, Jim Tolson*, Mike Pringle*, Patricia Ferguson*, Des McNulty*

*S3M-2452 Ian McKee: Rosewell Primary School’s Cycle Friendly Award—That the Parliament congratulates Rosewell Primary School, Midlothian, on its success and good example in being the first school in Scotland to be awarded the Cycle Friendly School Award.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Jim Tolson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie McGrigor*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-2451 Jamie Hepburn: St Enoch’s Clock, Cumbernauld—That the Parliament notes with concern the apparent disregard shown by London and Regional Properties, owners of the Antonine Centre in Cumbernauld, towards the iconic St Enoch’s Clock, which formerly hung in St Enoch’s train station, Glasgow, and was gifted to the New Town of Cumbernauld; believes that the clock is a local symbol deserving of a more prominent location within the shopping mall, and praises the efforts of the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth branch of the Young Scots for Independence in campaigning on this issue.

*S3M-2450 Keith Brown: Unclaimed Pensioner Benefits at £4.6 Billion—That the Parliament notes figures published by Age Concern Scotland estimating that there are £4.6 billion in pensioner benefits that go unclaimed across the United Kingdom each year; further notes that the estimates are that at least 1 in 3 of those eligible for the main Pension Credit do not claim, at least 1 in 5 do not claim the minimum income guarantee component, at least 1 in 7 do not claim Council Tax Benefit and at least 1 in 9 do not claim Housing Benefit; believes that these figures are unacceptably high, especially given the rising costs of domestic bills such as for food and energy and that the additional income can be genuinely life-changing; welcomes the campaign by Age Concern to address this widespread problem; urges government at all levels to do all it can to simplify access to these entitlements; welcomes steps towards this objective such as the recently launched Age Concern projects in partnership with the Scottish and UK governments, and further urges all other concerned bodies to step up efforts to raise awareness and uptake of these benefits so that all of Scotland’s pensioners receive the support they deserve.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*, Elaine Smith*, Christine Grahame*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-2449# Keith Brown: All Aboard to Alloa, Again—That the Parliament notes the first journey by a passenger train from Dunfermline to Alloa in 28 years, by Pathfinder Tours, that took place by special arrangement with the route’s owners on Monday 27 August 2008; recognises that the rail route between Alloa and the Fife Circle does not currently meet specifications for regular passenger travel, with problems including inadequate signalling; believes, however, that the possibility of resuming regular passenger services is made more practical by there already being usable track over the route; also notes the potential for such a route to bring a rail service to Clackmannan and the West Fife villages, as well as a new direct route between Stirling and Edinburgh; further notes the stated long-term aim of SESTRAN to resume passenger services between Alloa and Dunfermline, and is encouraged that relevant bodies are increasingly taking steps to make more journeys like this one a reality.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Jim Tolson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, John Park*, Christine Grahame*, Christopher Harvie*

*S3M-2448 Jackson Carlaw: North Ayrshire Councillors Back Hunterston C—That the Parliament congratulates North Ayrshire councillors on passing Councillor Robert Barr’s motion calling on the Scottish Government to give the UK Government and British Energy every support should they commit to build a Hunterston C nuclear power station; further notes that a cross-party alliance of North Ayrshire councillors recognised that such a move would benefit the local economy, provide secure energy, keep carbon emissions down and assist in the battle against fuel poverty, and calls on the Scottish Government to make clear that it will heed this call for common sense from North Ayrshire councillors at the first available opportunity.

*S3M-2447 Bill Wilson: Breaking Israel’s Blockade of Gaza—That the Parliament, further to motion S3M-2411 in the name of Bashir Ahmad, congratulates the passengers and crew of SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty on breaking the Israeli blockade of Gaza; notes that their effort has had the immediate benefit of enabling Palestinian fishermen to enter fishing waters barred to them by Israel and therefore to land the best catch that they have had in four years; urges Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza entirely and immediately, and believes that such a step, as well as alleviating the terrible suffering of the inhabitants of Gaza, would be in the long-term best interests of both Israelis and Palestinians.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-2446 Bill Kidd: Yorkhill Hospital Staff Off to Win in the 16th Eurospital Tournament—That the Parliament sends its best wishes and hopes for success to the Yorkhill Hospital staff team that will once again represent Scotland in the Eurospital football tournament to be held in Melsungen in Germany; recognises that this 16th Eurospital tournament will see representative teams from 14 nations across Europe compete in friendly rivalry while promoting international solidarity among health service staff from a variety of cultural backgrounds; praises the organisers of Eurospital for the continued success of the tournament, and believes that the hard work, dedication and skill of the Yorkhill staff gives hope for the trophy to be brought back to Scotland.

*S3M-2445 Christine Grahame: Douglas Crabbe - Maggie’s Munro Challenge—That the Parliament recognises the outstanding achievement of local Borders man, Douglas Crabbe, who climbed all of Scotland’s 284 Munros within a year and raised over £10,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres after learning that his best friend had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and acknowledges the significant support he has shown to Maggie’s over the past 18 months, helping to raise awareness of the centres through associated publicity and inspiring volunteers and the public by completing this remarkable challenge of endurance.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Morgan*

*S3M-2444 Peter Peacock: Opening of the Renewed Old Tom Morris Golf Course—That the Parliament welcomes the official opening of the renewed Old Tom Morris Golf Course, Askernish in South Uist; recognises the course as a true challenge of authentic golf; commends it as an experience every serious golfer and student of golf worldwide should seek out and enjoy; congratulates Askernish Golf Club, the community landowner, Stòras Uibhist, and the community volunteers of South Uist for all their efforts in restoring this golf course and creating an asset of real value to South Uist and to golf more generally; further congratulates all those others who have played a part in the project to restore the golf course; warmly congratulates Scottish football legend, Kenny Dalglish, on becoming Askernish Golf Club’s President, and wishes Kenny Dalglish and the community of South Uist well in marketing the golf course and islands as a place of beauty and quality to visit and as a means to help with the further economic, cultural, social and sporting development of South Uist.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie McGrigor*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Smith*, Mary Mulligan*, Ken Macintosh*, Tom McCabe*, John Lamont*, Sarah Boyack*, Iain Gray*, Karen Gillon*, David Whitton*

*S3M-2443 David Stewart: Insulin Pump Therapy—That the Parliament welcomes the recent decision by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland to approve the new NICE guidelines on insulin pumps for use in Scotland; notes that more people will now be eligible for continuous insulin infusion pump therapy thereby improving the quality of lives for those with insulin-dependant diabetes, and urges the Scottish Executive and local NHS boards to monitor closely the insulin pump programme availability throughout Scotland to ensure that people with type 1 diabetes who meet the criteria have access to these insulin pumps that deliver therapy.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, Jackie Baillie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, James Kelly*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Murray*, John Park*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Butler*, Ken Macintosh*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Sarah Boyack*, George Foulkes*, Iain Gray*, Mary Scanlon*, Mike Pringle*, Marlyn Glen*, Rob Gibson*, David Whitton*

*S3M-2442 Keith Brown on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: Breach of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006—That the Parliament notes the 6th Report, 2008 (Session 3) of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, Complaint against Wendy Alexander MSP, and agrees to impose the sanction recommended in the report that Wendy Alexander MSP be excluded from all proceedings of the Parliament for the first Wednesday that is a sitting day following agreement of this motion.

*S3M-2441 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that "09:00" be substituted for "09:15" in Rule 2.2.3 to allow the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 4 September to begin at 9.00 am.

*S3M-2440 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 September 2008

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by First Minister’s Statement: Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Programme

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 September 2008

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Motion on Breach of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Getting it Right for Every Child

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Obesity Action Plan

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 10 September 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 September 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth
2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-2439 Alasdair Allan: Barra and Vatersay Climate Change Challenge Funding—That the Parliament welcomes the recent steps taken by the communities of Barra and Vatersay to reduce their carbon footprints by successfully applying for £62,000 funding from the Climate Challenge Fund; welcomes the effect that this £18.8 million Scottish Government initiative will have in helping Scottish communities to make a real difference by significantly reducing their carbon emissions; congratulates Barra and Vatersay on their success in winning this funding to allow more local food to be produced, which will allow the amount of produce shipped over from Oban to be reduced; also believes that this funding will lead to more clean community renewable power, greater home energy efficiencies and a major improvement in the level of recycling on these islands; further welcomes the great scale of ambition shown by these communities to cut their carbon emissions along with improving quality of life and investing in the local economy, and notes that in the Western Isles the costs of relying on fossil fuels are high but the opportunities for various forms of community renewable energy are massive.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*

*S3M-2438 Pauline McNeill: An Ethical Census in 2011—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the awarding of a Scottish Census 2011 contract to CACI UK for census printing and data capture services; notes the criticisms that have been expressed by Scottish human rights campaigners and anti-war activists and, particularly, among members of the Muslim community in Scotland about the CACI parent company, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, United States of America, which has close links to the US Government and has been the subject of legal action in America over alleged involvement in the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq, and calls on Scottish ministers to publicly clarify their position and ensure that the Scottish people can have confidence in the ethical probity of the 2011 Census.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, Sarah Boyack*, Cathy Jamieson*, Jackie Baillie*, Patrick Harvie*, Elaine Smith*, Robert Brown*, Marlyn Glen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-2437# John Scott: Farming’s Retreat from the Hills—That the Parliament notes the publication of the Scottish Agricultural College report, Farming’s Retreat from the Hills, detailing the dramatic and ongoing decline in sheep and, to a lesser extent, cattle numbers on Scotland’s hills; notes in particular that between 1998 and 2007 the national sheep flock declined by around 2.3 million animals with the impact especially felt in less favoured areas such as the north west Highlands and Ayrshire; further notes the potentially negative implications of this decline on wider rural economies and biodiversity, and therefore considers that all relevant agencies should carefully examine the findings of the report and consider what measures might be taken to alleviate the problems it outlines. R

Supported by: Bill Aitken*, Bob Doris*, Mary Scanlon*, Bill Kidd*, David Whitton*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, John Lamont*, Murdo Fraser*, Alex Johnstone*, Jamie McGrigor*, Derek Brownlee*, Ian McKee*

*S3M-2436 John Park: Relay for Life in Fife - 2008—That the Parliament congratulates the amazing fundraising efforts of the Cancer Research UK 24-hour Relay for Life that took place on Saturday 23 August 2008 in Dalgety Bay; notes that this is the second event held at Dalgety Bay Sports Centre raising money towards cancer research involving the local community, businesses and entertainers; recognises that the unique overnight event lasting 24 hours raised over £76,000 for Cancer Research UK; congratulates the "D-Bay" team for raising the most of all the 38 teams participating in the relay; acknowledges the efforts of the committee members, team captains and everyone who took part, making this the largest event of its kind in mainland Scotland, and recognises the significance of 102 survivors of cancer completing the first lap, which is testament to the progress and success being made in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer across the United Kingdom.

*S3M-2435 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde FM—That the Parliament recognises the welcome return of Inverclyde FM for a special 16-day broadcast between 27 September and 12 October 2008; notes that the station will broadcast from alongside Clydeport’s container terminal in Greenock to coincide with the final visit of the QE2 to the area and will provide entertainment programmes as well as those discussing and promoting community groups in Inverclyde; also notes that Riverside Inverclyde and James Watt College have provided financial support for Inverclyde FM, and further recognises the importance of local radio in serving communities around Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Tolson*

*S3M-2434 Rob Gibson: Grid Connection Charge Scandal—That the Parliament condemns the announcement by the UK Government that it is to stop subsidies for renewable energy developments in Orkney and Shetland and its comment that there is only a marginal case for keeping them in the Western Isles; believes that this move will place a real question mark over Scotland realising its full renewable energy potential in tidal, wave and wind power; recognises that with this new policy the UK Government is making it less attractive to set up renewable schemes away from the south east of England, which will adversely affect Scotland’s remote and rural economies; further believes that this announcement will not lead to a reduction of carbon emissions, and therefore calls on the UK Government to rethink its decision.

*S3M-2433 Rob Gibson: Green Pig Project Begun—That the Parliament welcomes news of the trialling of animal feed made from home-grown protein; in particular, congratulates the Scottish Agricultural College for backing the international research collaboration on the Green Pig project, which plans to use appropriate home-grown legume varieties to reduce the importation of expensive soybean meal; recognises the need to drastically reduce both soya imports that impact adversely on the environmental and social needs of producer countries and the expensive long-distance transport costs of this high-protein animal feed for use by Scottish livestock producers; further notes the likely benefits of the lower input of nitrogen required by home-grown alternatives such as oilseed rape, and believes that the excellent pedigree earned by Scottish scientists in conventional plant breeding can best be deployed to develop high-protein animal feed on Scottish farms and crofts that will take a natural and essential place in national food policy.

Supported by: Gil Paterson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*, Nigel Don*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-2432 Jim Tolson: Reduce VAT on Building Repairs—That the Parliament supports calls from the Federation of Master Builders for a reduction in the rate of value added tax (VAT) from 17.5% to 5% on building repair and improvement work to existing buildings; believes that cowboy builders flourish by evading VAT, that reducing the rate of VAT on domestic building work will significantly reduce their commercial advantage and that the financial incentive to choose a rogue builder will diminish; believes that reducing VAT on repairs and maintenance will help bring thousands of empty homes back into use all across Scotland and help meet the 2012 obligation to abolish all unintentional homelessness; notes the increasing number of households across Scotland living in fuel poverty and believes that cutting VAT would also enable thousands of families to upgrade their homes to make them more energy efficient, and consequently calls on the UK Government to reduce VAT for building repairs and improvements.

*S3M-2431 Jackie Baillie: Clostridium Difficile Public Inquiry—That the Parliament believes that the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing should instruct a public inquiry into the deaths from Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital and at other hospitals in Scotland; notes that such an inquiry can be instructed by Scottish Ministers under the Inquiries Act 2005, where it appears that particular events have caused, or are capable of causing, public concern, or there is public concern that particular events may have occurred; further notes that the matter is not reserved within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998; recognises that there are wider lessons to be learned for all of the NHS in Scotland in preventing and tackling Clostridium difficile, the incidence of which is increasing; acknowledges and supports the families of those affected by Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital in their continuing call for a public inquiry, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, in the interests of openness and transparency, to instigate such an inquiry without further delay.

*S3M-2430 George Foulkes: Happy Birthday, Sir Sean Connery—That the Parliament wishes Sir Sean Connery well on his 78th birthday; recognises his contribution in the 1997 referendum campaign, which resulted in this proud Parliament’s ability to deliver for the people of Scotland, and, above all else, celebrates his ongoing lifelong contribution to the British film industry.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Murray*, John Park*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Ian McKee*

*S3M-2430.1 Alasdair Allan: Happy Birthday, Sir Sean Connery—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2430) in the name of George Foulkes, after "the people of Scotland," insert "and hopes he will play an equally positive role in the next referendum, on Scottish independence,".

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*

*S3M-2429 Stuart McMillan: GB’s Own Goal—That the Parliament notes the Prime Minister’s comments about a British football team competing in the 2012 Olympics and considers that Gordon Brown MP continues to prove his incompetence by ignoring the will of Scottish football supporters as well as of the Scottish Football Association, which states that it is opposed to such a team; further acknowledges the failure of Gordon Brown to listen to the majority of UK football associations, which are opposed to a British football team, and calls on Gordon Brown to finally take notice of people in Scotland and stop calling for a British football team for future Olympic Games, which would threaten the individual identity of each national team.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Keith Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Ian McKee*

*S3M-2428 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Crosshouse Hospital Volunteers—That the Parliament congratulates Crosshouse Hospital Volunteers on presenting NHS Ayrshire and Arran with a cheque for £250,000, raised through running Crosshouse Hospital’s shop, café and ward trolley service along with a small café/shop in Ayrshire Maternity Unit; notes that this impressive donation will help purchase important equipment such as hospital scanners, beds, chairs and occupational therapy equipment; is aware that since the volunteers succeeded the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service seven years ago they have donated an incredible £1.5 million in total, making a real difference to patients, staff and visitors, and believes that the continued hard work and dedication of the volunteers to NHS Ayrshire and Arran is an inspiration to all.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Angela Constance*, Aileen Campbell*, Gil Paterson*

*S3M-2427 Keith Brown: The SSPCA’s New National Wildlife Rescue Centre—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) that it intends to open a new national wildlife rescue centre at Castleton Farm, by Dollar, in Clackmannanshire; notes the massive expansion in capacity and amenity this site offers beyond the SSPCA’s current centre, which has nonetheless become an international centre of excellence in its field; recognises the confidence in Clackmannanshire shown by a high-profile national organisation choosing to locate there, and, above all, congratulates the SSPCA on its tireless commitment to working for ever higher standards of animal welfare in Scotland.

Supported by: Angela Constance*, Alasdair Allan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Patrick Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Elaine Smith*, Gil Paterson*

*S3M-2426 John Park: Impact of the Thatcher Government’s Economic Policies on Scotland—That the Parliament notes the comments by the First Minister suggesting that Scotland "didn’t mind" the Thatcher Conservative government’s economic policies; remembers with concern the misery experienced by the three million unemployed in the 1980s when the economic consequences of Thatcherism reached their nadir; understands the devastating impact that the Thatcher government’s policies had on mining, the steel industry, dockyards and communities across Scotland; further notes that the First Minister has also expressed support for Reaganomics; worries that supply-side economics, a largely discredited economic theory, could become a model for the Scottish economy, and hopes that the Scottish Government will not pursue a right-wing economic agenda at the expense of Scotland’s working people and their families.

Supported by: Michael McMahon*, Lewis Macdonald*, Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, David Stewart*, Helen Eadie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Murray*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, Karen Gillon*, George Foulkes*, Bill Butler*, Iain Gray*, Patricia Ferguson*, David Whitton*, Margaret Curran*, Sarah Boyack*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marlyn Glen*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-2405 Robert Brown: Closure of G41/G42 Local Newspapers—That the Parliament is saddened by the closure of G41/G42 local newspapers, run by Southside Media in Glasgow; feels that this comes at a time when the areas of G41/G42 need a community newspaper more than ever to build up and encourage community spirit and action and communicate grassroots and local news; expresses concern that local projects and community groups may now not gain the coverage and local profile they need to thrive, and congratulates David Eyre and all the team on the hard work and dedication they put in to produce these very informative newspapers, for both encouraging and supporting local activism and for bringing people on the Southside together on the very successful G41/G42 community forums.

Supported by: Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Ross Finnie, James Kelly, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Jim Tolson, Gil Paterson, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-2405.1 Malcolm Chisholm: Closure of G41/G42 Local Newspapers—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2405) in the name of Robert Brown, insert at end "and is further concerned at the closure of community newspapers in other parts of Scotland, such as Edinburgh, where the Liberal Democrat/SNP-run council has withdrawn all financial support from the Edinburgh Community Newspaper Trust with the resulting closure of two community newspapers and continuing uncertainty for the others."

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

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, John Park, Murdo Fraser

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

Supported by: Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Jim Tolson, Robert Brown, Alison McInnes, Jamie Stone, Ross Finnie, Angela Constance

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2425 Save West Lothian Pensioners’ and Disabled People’s Concessionary Travel (lodged on 22 August 2008) David Stewart*, Iain Gray*, John Park*, Charlie Gordon*, Karen Whitefield*, Des McNulty*, David Whitton*, Cathy Peattie*, Helen Eadie*, Sarah Boyack*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Elaine Smith*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2424 Award-Winning Scottish Social Enterprises (lodged on 22 August 2008) Robin Harper*, Gavin Brown*, Liam McArthur*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Robert Brown*, Bashir Ahmad*, Alasdair Allan*, Jim Tolson*, Des McNulty*, John Park*, Bill Kidd*, Karen Whitefield*, Angela Constance*, Gil Paterson*, Derek Brownlee*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-2423# Childhood and Sport-Related Injuries (lodged on 22 August 2008) Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, David Stewart*, Bill Wilson*, John Park*, Bill Kidd*, Mary Scanlon*, Gil Paterson*, Elaine Smith*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-2421 Pay Up for PCS Members (lodged on 21 August 2008) Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Murray*, Cathy Peattie*, David Stewart*, John Park*, Mary Mulligan*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2420 Fair Play, Fair Pay (lodged on 21 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Patricia Ferguson*, John Park*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2418 Congratulations to Chris Hoy (lodged on 21 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Mike Pringle*, Jamie McGrigor*, Michael Matheson*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2417 Plight of the Roma Community (lodged on 21 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Michael Matheson*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2416 Poetry in a Motion (lodged on 21 August 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2415# Glasgow: City of Music (lodged on 20 August 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2414 Migrant Workers In Scotland (lodged on 20 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Des McNulty*, Ian McKee*, Marlyn Glen*, Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2413 British Airports Authority (lodged on 20 August 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2412 Congratulations to Glasgow UNESCO City of Music (lodged on 20 August 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2411 Peace Voyage to Gaza (lodged on 20 August 2008) Jim Tolson*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Cathy Peattie*, Mike Pringle*, Gil Paterson*, Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2410 Glasgow - UNESCO City of Music (lodged on 20 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*, David Whitton*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2408 Death of Dr Levy Mwanawasa, President of Zambia (lodged on 20 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Des McNulty*, Bob Doris*

S3M-2407 Post Office Closures in Edinburgh, the Lothians and South of Scotland (lodged on 19 August 2008) Mike Pringle*, Margaret Smith*

S3M-2404 Summer Academy at Strathclyde 2008 (lodged on 18 August 2008) Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2401 Highlands and Islands-Friendly Quality Mark (lodged on 15 August 2008) Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-2398 National Allotments Week 2008 (lodged on 14 August 2008) Robin Harper*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2397 Helping Cambuslang Allotments Forum Grow (lodged on 14 August 2008) Robin Harper*

S3M-2396 Students Hit by Credit Crunch (lodged on 14 August 2008) Robin Harper*, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2393 Congratulating Pakistan and India on 61 Years of Independence (lodged on 14 August 2008) Ian McKee*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-2393.1 Congratulating Pakistan and India on 61 Years of Independence (lodged on 15 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2390 Congratulations to David Florence (lodged on 12 August 2008) Robin Harper*

S3M-2389 Baby Ban on Buses (lodged on 12 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2384 One Jumper or Two? (lodged on 11 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2383 Aberdeen Post Offices (lodged on 11 August 2008) Robin Harper*

S3M-2381 Good Luck to Team GB and the Beijing Olympics (lodged on 8 August 2008) Robin Harper*

S3M-2379 Congratulations to Third Force News (lodged on 8 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2377 RNIB Tackling Ethnic Minority Sight Loss (lodged on 7 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2376 Additional Investment in Scotland’s Dental Services (lodged on 6 August 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2375 Free Tibet (lodged on 6 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2374# Gaelic Language Development (lodged on 6 August 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2372 Fair in the Square (lodged on 6 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2369 Multiple Sclerosis: Scotland’s Hidden Epidemic (lodged on 5 August 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2367 Aids 2008 (lodged on 4 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2366 East Africa Food Crisis Appeal (lodged on 4 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2363 CHILDREN 1st and Health Visitor Provision (lodged on 1 August 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2354 Lost Without Words Campaign (lodged on 30 July 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2353 Clostridium Difficile (lodged on 30 July 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2352 In Memory of Graham Tran (lodged on 30 July 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2350 Medical Aid to Palestine (lodged on 28 July 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2343 Putting Network Rail Back Into Public Hands (lodged on 23 July 2008) Robin Harper*

S3M-2330 Beauly to Denny Power Line (lodged on 14 July 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2309 Proposal for a Glasgow Museum of Industry, Science and Technology (lodged on 7 July 2008) Willie Coffey*, Mary Scanlon*, Ken Macintosh*, Christopher Harvie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Wilson*, Elaine Smith*, Johann Lamont*, David Whitton*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2247 We’ve Got Big Plans for Deaf Children and Young People in Scotland (lodged on 23 June 2008) Trish Godman*

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