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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2617♦ Helen Eadie: Protection for Buyers of New-Build Homes—That the Parliament notes that in 2007 Helen Eadie MSP submitted a proposal for a Member’s Bill, which would require a builder and a developer of a new-build home in Scotland to specify an entry date in the missives for the sale of that property and, if that entry date were missed, to enable buyers of that property to withdraw from the contract without penalty and to have returned to them any deposit or fees paid in advance together with interest and provide for compensation for delays should the purchaser wish still to continue with the contract; recognises that such delays were experienced by an individual in Kingseat who was forced to pay over £4,000 in additional costs for living expenses, shelter and storage pending completion of his home and that similar experiences of high costs have been documented throughout Scotland; regrets that the Minister for Communities and Sport has yet to agree a date for a meeting on this issue or respond to the substantive issues around housing strategy raised during Health and Wellbeing question time on 26 June 2008 (Official Report, c. 10290); hopes that the Scottish Government will clarify whether it will support a proposed legislative change and examine the Court of Appeal decision of R (Khatun) v Newham LBC [2004] EWCA Civ 55, [2005] QB 37, which held that contracts relating to land are not within the scope of Council Directive 93/13/EEC and regulations; acknowledges that while C7 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998 reserves those matters specified in that section (consumer protection) to Westminster, in this instance the Court of Appeal decision held that contracts or missives relating to land were not within the scope of the Directive or the Regulations, and considers that legislative changes proposed by Helen Eadie MSP, which will offer protection to home purchasers who currently have, according to the Scottish Consumer Council, more protection buying a video than buying a house, should be supported.

*S3M-2616 Robin Harper: National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland’s Pick a Number Campaign—That the Parliament commends the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Scotland’s campaign report, Pick a Number, which highlights gaps in data collection on deaf children in Scotland; notes with concern that the number of deaf children in Scotland is currently unknown; acknowledges that this information, broken down by local authority area, would make it easier for partners in health, education and social care to plan effective interventions in a deaf child’s life; is further concerned that, in the absence of this data, it is also difficult for the Scottish Government to monitor accurately the progress of deaf pupils in Scotland’s schools; is disappointed that no national information has been collected on the number of children in Scotland diagnosed with a hearing loss at birth since the introduction of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening tests in 2005; further notes that the annual Scottish pupil census, Pupils in Scotland, collects data only on those deaf children who have a statutory support plan in place, where hearing impairment has been stated as a reason for additional support; acknowledges the NDCS’s concern that parents of deaf children in Scotland are having difficulties in accessing such statutory support plans for their deaf children; notes that while Pupils in Scotland, 2007 records 905 deaf pupils in Scottish schools, the NDCS estimates that there are at least 1,800 school-aged children in Scotland with a severe to profound hearing loss, with many more who have mild to moderate losses, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to improve data collection mechanisms on deaf children from NHS and education sources to form the basis of a nationally agreed register of deaf children in Scotland.

*S3M-2615 Dave Thompson: Congratulations to Alness for Fifth Britain in Bloom Gold Award—That the Parliament congratulates the volunteers and businesses whose efforts and contributions have resulted in Alness winning a gold award in the 2008 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom competition and notes that this latest success is the town’s fifth gold award in Britain in Bloom and its 39th award in different competitions, putting Alness once again firmly on Britain’s floral map.

*S3M-2614 Bill Wilson: Congratulations to Aileen McGlynn—That the Parliament congratulates cyclist Aileen McGlynn and her tandem pilot, Ellen Hunter, on securing two cycling gold medals in the 2008 Paralympic Games; notes that Paisley-born Aileen McGlynn broke her own world record to secure the 1km tandem time trial as well as capturing gold in the 3km pursuit tandem and recognises that the efforts of the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club member will provide inspiration to all young athletes.

*S3M-2613 Alison McInnes: Impact of Rising Fuel Costs on Community Transport Organisations—That the Parliament recognises the vitally important work that many thousands of volunteer drivers undertake in taking patients to and from hospitals, GP surgeries and day centres; notes that the increasing cost of fuel is putting many of these services at risk as the fuel allowance for volunteer drivers remains at 40p per mile while the cost of fuel has escalated; is concerned about the impact on local health services if volunteer drivers can no longer afford to help their communities; welcomes the cross-party support at Westminster for the petition to ask HM Revenue and Customs to raise the rate at which it permits charities to reimburse volunteer drivers from 40p to 50p per mile for their fuel costs, and urges the Scottish Government to work constructively with the UK Government to ensure that Scottish interests are fully represented.

*S3M-2612 Jamie Stone: Supermarkets in the Highlands—That the Parliament notes that Highland consumers have a limited choice of supermarkets to shop at; regrets the impact that the dominance of a few supermarkets has on consumers, both in terms of choice and value for money, and believes that local authorities and government, when considering applications for new supermarkets, should take into consideration consumer choice as well as the negative impact they may have on the sustainability of small and independent outlets before granting applications.

*S3M-2611 Gavin Brown: The Picture House, Edinburgh—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the Picture House music venue on Lothian Road; believes that this will give a vital boost to the live music scene in Edinburgh; notes the importance of music venues in providing a platform for bands to establish themselves; further notes the wide variety of music venues across the city, and believes that the Scottish Government should do all it can to support live music through support for new and existing venues across Edinburgh and Scotland.

*S3M-2610 Jack McConnell: Congratulations to Action for Children—That the Parliament notes the launch of Action for Children and Action for Children in Scotland, formerly NCH and NCH Scotland; notes the publication of As long as it takes: a new politics for children to coincide with the launch; congratulates NCH and its predecessor organisations for all their work on behalf of children since 1869; welcomes Action for Children’s commitment to building on all of that work, and wishes it well as it continues its work for children and young people for as long as it takes.

S3M-2609# Christopher Harvie: The Kingdom of Fife and Fife in the World - A Platform of Partnership—That the Parliament greets the Year of Homecoming and envisages the pioneering of a "platform of partnership" using the Kingdom of Fife as a trial project involving the creation of worldwide internet links between places with Fife names, affected by Fifers or twinned with Fife communities and involving schools, churches, community groups and associations, and hopes that the resumption of the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry can make this virtual bond a real one.

S3M-2608 Bob Doris: Scottish Community Councils and Community Empowerment—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in organising the recent regional meeting of the Association of Scottish Community Councils in Glasgow City Chambers, which included a question time session with parliamentarians chaired by broadcaster John Mackay; notes that this gave community councillors the opportunity to question politicians on a number of matters of concern, including their views on devolving greater responsibilities, for example financial responsibilities, to community councils; welcomes the fact that 82 of the 129 MSPs elected to the Scottish Parliament were elected on a platform that promised to empower community councils; considers that the Labour Party was the only party not to do so and hopes that it will join the political consensus and support the devolving of further responsibilities to communities, including community councils, and looks forward to cross-party support for any Scottish Government pilot for empowering local communities.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2607 Aileen Campbell: European Day of Languages—That the Parliament notes that 26 September 2008 is the European Day of Languages, promoted by the Council of Europe each year to celebrate language and cultural diversity; believes that the Scots and Gaelic languages both make distinctive contributions to the cultural and linguistic life of Europe, and encourages people across Scotland and Europe to take part in the wide range of events and competitions being held to mark the day.

The member has provided the following Gaelic and Scots translations:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid ag aithneachadh gur e 26mh an t-Sultain Latha Eòrpach nan Cànain, a tha air a’ bhrosnachadh gach bliadhna leis an Comhairle Eòrpach airson fàilte a’ cur air iomadachd ann an cànan agus cultur; a chreidsinn gu bheil pàirtean chudthromach aig na chànanan Albais agus Gàidhlig ann am beatha culturail agus cànanach na Roinn Eòrpa; a toirt misneachd gu daoine air feadh Alba agus an Roinn Eòrpa pàirt a ghabhail anns na tachartasan agus co-fharpaisean a bhios air a’ chumail an latha sin.

That the Pairlament taks tent that 26t September is the European Day o Leids, forderit by the Cooncil o Europe ilka year for tae celebrate langage and cultural diversity; doots that the Scots and Gaelic leids baith maks kenspeckle inpits tae the cultural and linguistic life o Europe; and steers fowk ootowre Scotlan and Europe tae tak pairt in the braid reenge o events and competeitions hauden for tae merk thon day.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham*, Bob Doris*, John Wilson*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2606 Liam McArthur: Westray Junior High School Wins Young Engineer Club of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the enthusiastic young scientists and their teachers from Westray Junior High School in Orkney on winning the Young Engineers Club of the Year award at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Highlands and Islands Annual Dinner and Business Experience Awards in Nairn on Friday 19 September 2008; notes that the island of Westray has one of the longest established clubs in SCDI’s Young Engineers Club network, and urges other schools and local authorities to follow the example of Westray in supporting the engagement of young people with science and engineering through young engineers clubs.

S3M-2605 Cathy Peattie: Pay Matters - Support Local Government Workers—That the Parliament congratulates all involved in the All Scotland March and Rally, which took place in Edinburgh on Wednesday 24 September 2008, the second day of action and strike for fair pay by public sector workers, involving members of the GMB, UNISON and Unite the Union; notes that some local government staff are paid little more than the minimum wage, below the level that poverty experts say is the minimum needed to provide our lowest paid workers with a living wage; further notes that the action is hitting council services across Scotland, disrupting schools, nurseries and community education, social care services, cleansing and environmental health, housing, planning, roads and transport – including closing ferry services in Argyll and the Highlands – registry services, parks, leisure and recreation, libraries and museums, halls and theatres and many other services, and believes that the Scottish Government has a duty to intervene, facilitate renewed negotiations and provide adequate funding for an improved offer to staff.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, David Whitton, Cathy Jamieson, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, Des McNulty, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, John Park*, Robin Harper*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2604 Alasdair Allan: Lighthouse Caledonia—That the Parliament expresses its serious concern at the news that Lighthouse Caledonia, one of the biggest private employers in the Western Isles, is to consider the future of its fish processing and related business within the Isles, potentially with an impact on over 100 jobs, and believes it is now imperative for the Parliament, the Scottish Government and its agencies, the local authority, the workforce and the company itself to work tirelessly together to ensure that this essential business stays in the Western Isles.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, John Wilson, Jamie Stone, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Jamie McGrigor, Robin Harper, Ian McKee, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Brian Adam*, John Park*, Angela Constance*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2603 Bill Wilson: Appreciation of Renfrewshire’s Emergency Services—That the Parliament congratulates the staff of Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and the police in Renfrewshire on their combined efforts to ensure that the Maich dam near Lochwinnoch was made safe after subsidence following heavy rain last month and notes that the dam holds more than 20,000 tonnes of water and that, due to the quick actions of these local services, the safety of the local residents was maintained.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd*, Trish Godman*

S3M-2602 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations to Hamilton College on Reaching its 25-Year Anniversary—That the Parliament is pleased to congratulate and recognise the achievements of Hamilton College in South Lanarkshire on reaching its 25-year anniversary; further recognises that the private co-educational Christian school, which was opened by the late Charles Oxley in 1983, has achieved major academic success; also congratulates Hamilton College on being the first independent school in Scotland to achieve the Health Promoting Schools gold award status in 2008, and hopes that the success and achievements of the school will continue in the future.

Supported by: Ted Brocklebank, John Scott, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Bill Aitken, Alex Johnstone, Jackson Carlaw, Jim Tolson, Kenneth Gibson, Michael McMahon, Elizabeth Smith, David McLetchie, Mary Scanlon, Sandra White, Robin Harper*

S3M-2601 Sarah Boyack: Edinburgh’s Citizens Advice Bureaux—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the decision of Citizens Advice Edinburgh (CAE) to close four CAB offices across the city, specifically in Pilton, Leith, Fountainbridge and Portobello; appreciates that CAE both regrets this decision and considers it to be a direct consequence of inadequate funding from the City of Edinburgh Council; understands that the funding settlement has always been tight and believes that relevant constituency and regional MSPs have always supported CAE and the invaluable services that it offers to communities across Edinburgh; is deeply concerned about the impact of centralising these services for individuals who have mobility or financial difficulties believing that an expansion of online facilities automatically excludes a significant proportion of users who are neither computer literate nor have ready access to computer facilities; further believes that this development is an unacceptable alternative to frontline advice services, and resolves to work together to reverse this shocking cut to vital local services.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, Karen Whitefield, John Park, Malcolm Chisholm, Cathy Peattie, George Foulkes, Richard Baker, Elaine Smith, Mary Mulligan, David Whitton, Marlyn Glen, Andy Kerr, Ken Macintosh, Robin Harper*

S3M-2600 Irene Oldfather: European Year of Innovation and Creativity—That the Parliament notes that 2009 has been designated as European Year of Innovation and Creativity by the European Commission and European Parliament; acknowledges the importance that innovation and creativity play in a nation’s cultural and economic success; notes the reputation of Scotland as a centre of innovation; further notes the success of Scottish Enterprise’s Proof of Concept Programme, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government to ensure that work is undertaken to use the year of innovation and culture as a platform to boost innovation and creativity in Scotland and also to promote and consolidate Scotland’s place in Europe.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

S3M-2599# Elaine Smith: Summerlee - The Scottish Museum of Industrial Life—That the Parliament welcomes the re-opening in Coatbridge of Summerlee, the Scottish Museum of Industrial Life, on Friday 26 September 2008 following a major £10 million redevelopment; congratulates North Lanarkshire Council, its employees and the Friends of Summerlee Redevelopment Appeal, who have worked tirelessly to ensure the project’s completion; welcomes the £5 million contribution made by the Heritage Lottery Fund alongside the contributions from North Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Museums Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the redevelopment appeal; encourages further donations to that appeal, which can be made up until 31 October 2008; notes that Summerlee was formerly one of Scotland’s most important ironworks; recognises the importance of keeping our industrial heritage alive through the preservation of the history of local iron, steel, coal and engineering industries; considers that Summerlee offers an invaluable educational resource providing an opportunity to reflect on the hard work and sacrifice of the working class of Scotland’s industrial heartland and to remember the difficult circumstances in which they worked and lived; further considers it appropriate that North Lanarkshire Workers Memorial is situated at the gates of Summerlee, commemorating International Workers Memorial Day, and encourages visitors to come and see first-hand the excellent facilities, which include interactive displays, a kids’ discovery zone, children’s outdoor play area, shop, café and exhibition area, ensuring that Summerlee takes its place as a leading visitor attraction and a landmark heritage facility for the 21st century.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Karen Whitefield, Cathie Craigie, Jamie Hepburn, David Whitton, Marlyn Glen, John Wilson, Dr Richard Simpson, David Stewart, Hugh O’Donnell, James Kelly, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Charlie Gordon, Jim Hume, Michael McMahon, Christina McKelvie, Hugh Henry, Cathy Jamieson, Kenneth Gibson, Sarah Boyack, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Ken Macintosh, John Park*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2598 Mr Frank McAveety on behalf of the Public Petitions Committee: Report on Availability on the NHS of Cancer Treatment Drugs—That the Parliament notes the conclusions contained in the Public Petitions Committee’s 3rd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Availability on the NHS of cancer treatment drugs (SP Paper 133).

Supported by: John Farquhar Munro

S3M-2597 Aileen Campbell: Win Tin Freed After 19 Years in Burmese Jail—That the Parliament welcomes the release of Win Tin, one of Burma’s most prominent political detainees, who was incarcerated for 19 years in Rangoon’s Insein prison; commends Win Tin for announcing soon after his release that he will continue to campaign for democracy in Burma; notes that the release of Win Tin is in conjunction with the release of seven other leading political figures as part of a wider amnesty for 9,002 prisoners, and calls on the United Nations to use the forthcoming UN summit in New York to continue its pressure on Burma’s military junta to take further steps to improve basic human rights in Burma.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Hugh Henry, Mike Pringle, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Malcolm Chisholm, Elaine Smith, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Keith Brown, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patrick Harvie, Bill Wilson, Sarah Boyack*, Ian McKee*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2596 Jamie Stone: Treating Patients who have ME—That the Parliament notes the serious impact on the lives of those who suffer from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome and the impact on their families and carers; notes that there is a serious shortage of nurses who specialise in treating patients with ME and encourages NHS boards across Scotland to recruit nurses and doctors who are better versed in treating ME to actively combat the disease, and further urges the Scottish Government to dedicate resources to the research and treatment of this debilitating illness.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, David Stewart, Elaine Smith, Hugh Henry, James Kelly, Charlie Gordon, Mike Pringle, Ross Finnie, Patrick Harvie, Ken Macintosh, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd*, Trish Godman*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-2595 Derek Brownlee: 10th Anniversary of Wigtown Book Festival—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Wigtown Book Festival on its 10th anniversary; notes the impressive line-up of over 150 authors from different fields of literature; welcomes the boost that the festival brings to the local economy and community; believes that the scenic setting adds a great deal to the festival; further notes the important role that the festival plays in the Scottish literary calendar, and looks forward to the festival having a long and bright future ahead of it.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jackson Carlaw, Hugh Henry, Murdo Fraser, Margaret Mitchell, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Smith, Roseanna Cunningham, Des McNulty, Bashir Ahmad, John Lamont, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Mary Scanlon, Christine Grahame, Elizabeth Smith, John Scott, Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Bill Aitken, Aileen Campbell, Nanette Milne, Patrick Harvie, Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2594 Alasdair Morgan on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill.

S3M-2593 Helen Eadie: Celebration of John Thomson’s Induction into Scottish Football’s Hall of Fame—That the Parliament celebrates the well-deserved upcoming induction of Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper, John Thomson, into Scottish Football’s Hall of Fame; notes that John Thomson, who tragically passed away from injuries during an Old Firm derby in 1931, grew up in the mining community of Cardenden and is recognised by annual tributes from residents of Fife as well as from the whole of Scotland and abroad; recognises and thanks, in particular, members of the John Thomson Memorial Committee, such as Alex Burns, for tireless efforts in promoting the remembrance of the legendary player through community events such as the annual children’s football tournament, which, in its 26th year, this summer marked one of its most successful celebrations ever and was attended by Lindsay Roy and Cathy Jamieson MSP; considers that this induction is made even more special by the fact that January 2009 marks the centenary of John Thomson’s birth and praises the efforts of local Fife schools that will be celebrating this anniversary with a play about John Thomson’s life and career in the Bowhill Centre that month; acknowledges with thanks the MSPs who supported the debate on motion S2M-3243 on this subject last session, including Bruce Crawford, Jamie McGrigor, Trish Godman, Michael McMahon and Patricia Ferguson, and finally considers that John Thomson’s induction will cement his legacy in Scotland’s football history and continue to inspire Scotland’s youth in both community and sport.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Marlyn Glen, Richard Baker, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, John Park, Elaine Smith, James Kelly, Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan, Cathy Jamieson, David Whitton, Andy Kerr, Sarah Boyack, Hugh Henry*

S3M-2592 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to NHS Lothian—That the Parliament congratulates NHS Lothian on its pioneering work to ensure that people with diabetes in police custody receive suitable care; notes the success of the joint initiative between NHS Lothian and Lothian and Borders Police in establishing a new approach that has helped custody officers to identify and treat swiftly problems related to diabetes, which are often difficult to distinguish from the effects of alcohol or drugs; further notes that this has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of emergency referrals of prisoners to hospital, and wishes NHS Lothian every success with the upcoming conference organised to enable healthcare professionals working in a custody environment and police from Scotland and northern England to learn from the Lothian experience.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, Jim Tolson, Elaine Smith, Ken Macintosh, Nanette Milne, Keith Brown, George Foulkes, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2590 Helen Eadie: We are Proud of Lochgelly’s Little Jack Thomson—That the Parliament congratulates three-year-old little Jack Thomson of Lochgelly who saved his mum’s life by phoning 999 not just once but a second time after the first mobile failed; congratulates and commends all of the emergency service staff who took Jack’s call for help so seriously and tracked the call to the address to which the ambulance services attended; is thankful for the collective effort in saving Jack’s mum Leanne’s life, and hopes that leaders of all our political parties will join in welcoming little Jack, his family and all the emergency services teams from Fife who played their part in securing such a phenomenal achievement, to the Parliament where we shall celebrate him.

Supported by: Jack McConnell

S3M-2583 Alison McInnes: Aberdeenshire - Best Large Council to Work For—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeenshire Council on being named Best Large Council to Work For in the United Kingdom; notes that it was the only Scottish local authority to finish in the top 25 overall; believes that this recognition is in large part due to the local authority’s commitment to decentralisation and staff empowerment, and urges more local authorities to follow Aberdeenshire’s example that employee job satisfaction helps contribute to good service delivery.

Supported by: Mike Rumbles, Hugh O’Donnell, Robert Brown, Liam McArthur, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Jamie Stone, Jim Tolson, Mike Pringle

S3M-2582 Irene Oldfather: The Importance of Transport Links in North Ayrshire—That the Parliament recognises the importance of ensuring improved transport links between North Ayrshire and the rest of Scotland to the economic recovery of the area; agrees that the upgrading of the A737 and the construction of the Dalry bypass will play a vital role in attracting future private investment; notes the success of the previous administration in constructing the Three Towns Bypass on time and under budget, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that connectivity within North Ayrshire is made a priority when the outcome of the strategic transport projects review is announced.

S3M-2581 Jamie Hepburn: Post Office Closure Programme—That the Parliament notes with disappointment the decision by Post Office Ltd to close all but one of the branches identified for closure in its Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire area plan, including those branches in Kildrum, Queenzieburn, Banton and Plains; further notes that these closures come in the face of massive public opposition and criticism of Post Office Ltd’s case for the closure of these outlets; believes that post office branches are community assets that provide more than simple commercial operations, and encourages all interested parties to work together to explore what options may exist to ensure affected communities can still access the vital services provided by their local post office.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Keith Brown, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Christopher Harvie, Michael Matheson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2580 Bob Doris: Congratulations to Macom Technologies—That the Parliament welcomes the fact that Glasgow-based Scottish company Macom has entered into an agreement to provide hundreds of hi-tech components for wind turbines in the United States of America; acknowledges that Macom will supply TechAlert 10 sensors to Clipper Windpower, a fast-growing wind turbine manufacturer; understands that the TechAlert 10 sensors will monitor performance of wind turbines that will be deployed in the USA over the coming two years; views this as a demonstration of confidence in a Scottish company at the cutting edge of developing technology to tackle climate change; congratulates all involved in the development of this technology, which originated from the University of Edinburgh and shows that Scotland not only has vast amounts of renewable energy potential but also the expertise to tap into such renewable energy potential, and agrees with Jim Dehlsen of Clipper Windpower who said that "Scotland’s leadership in driving forward technologies in support of wind energy’s global expansion offers the potential of increased Scottish economic development, including new supply opportunities and associated jobs".

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Jim Tolson, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-2579 Aileen Campbell: Campaign to End Child Poverty—That the Parliament commends the efforts of the Campaign to End Child Poverty on its work to raise awareness and meet the challenge of the unacceptable situation of one-in-four children living in poverty in Scotland; notes that to halve this number by 2010, a further 60,000 children need to be lifted out of poverty; further notes that the campaign, whose members include Barnardo’s Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, One Parent Families Scotland, The Poverty Alliance and Save the Children, will be recognised at a reception in the Parliament on 24 September 2008, and believes that government and people across Scotland should unite in increased action to end child poverty in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, John Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Duncan McNeil, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Sandra White, Hugh O’Donnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, Jack McConnell, Jim Tolson, Michael Matheson*, Hugh Henry*, Ross Finnie*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2578 Bill Kidd: Celebrating 30 Years of the Lintel Trust—That the Parliament celebrates the achievements of nearly 30 years’ work of the Lintel Trust as Scotland’s only charitable trust supporting housing and community projects for older and disabled people and also for black and ethnic minority communities who find themselves disadvantaged in housing; notes that, in conjunction with partners, including local housing associations and voluntary organisations, the trust is seeking to establish a legacy project, Lintel 2014, that will support projects in the east end of Glasgow addressing issues of unemployment, crime and antisocial behaviour through the mediums of further education, sport and skills training, and endorses this innovative proposal for a legacy project for the east end of Glasgow.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Keith Brown, Nigel Don, Des McNulty, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2577 Liam McArthur: Save the Skull Splitter Name—That the Parliament notes with amazement that the Portman Group is considering a complaint against the name of the Orkney Brewery’s Skull Splitter beer, a complaint that claims that the name could imply violence and the impact that the beer will have on the drinker; recognises that the name would be inappropriate if it were applied to a low price high alcohol content drink aimed at young drinkers seeking cheap alcoholic oblivion; considers that Skull Splitter is not such a drink, but is instead a high quality premium beer, a past Champion Winter Ale of Britain, which is targeted at, and bought by, discerning drinkers who appreciate its quality and who drink it responsibly; believes that the name is an entirely appropriate name for a beer brewed in Orkney with its Viking heritage, helping the brewery to maintain its hard-won distinct island identity; further believes that to lose the use of the name would be a serious setback to the brewery, undoing years of good work building a market share for Skull Splitter among connoisseurs of good beer, and calls on the Portman Group to reject the complaint.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Alasdair Allan, Ross Finnie, Jamie Stone, Jim Hume, Jamie McGrigor, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Hugh Henry, Hugh O’Donnell, Angela Constance*

S3M-2544# Kenneth Gibson: Missed Out, Missing Out—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Quarriers of Missed Out, Missing Out and shares Quarriers’ concern that service provision for adults with learning disabilities is inconsistent in Ayrshire and across Scotland, especially for those 12,500 adults with learning disabilities who live at home, and considers that there should be a review of data collection, planning services and the current eligibility criteria used to determine service provision for these vulnerable individuals and that all disabled adults should be provided with the proactive support required to achieve their lifestyle aspirations, including appropriate housing options, advocacy and short breaks.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson, Liam McArthur, Michael Matheson, Bill Wilson, Sarah Boyack, Marlyn Glen, Jackie Baillie, Charlie Gordon, Trish Godman, James Kelly, Ken Macintosh, Karen Gillon, Irene Oldfather, Johann Lamont, Hugh Henry, Dave Thompson*

S3M-2544.1 Johann Lamont: Missed Out, Missing Out—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2544) in the name of Kenneth Gibson, insert at end "and further considers that this review should include single outcome agreements and the extent to which they make provision for adults with learning disability a priority."

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

S3M-2539# Des McNulty: Aircraft Noise—That the Parliament believes that increased protection is needed for communities directly under airport flight paths, such as Whitecrook, Linnvale and Drumry in Clydebank, which are affected by aircraft noise, a problem which also affects adjacent areas such as Drumchapel, Bearsden and Milngavie, and considers that there should be an examination of what fresh legislative or administrative steps might be taken to prevent any forced sale of Glasgow Airport leading to a worsening of noise pollution experienced by local residents.

Supported by: David Whitton, Jamie Stone, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper

*S3M-2539.1 Hugh Henry: Aircraft Noise—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2539) in the name of Des McNulty, after "Milngavie," insert "Johnstone, Elderslie and other parts of Renfrewshire,".

S3M-2482# Trish Godman: Action on Thrombosis—That the Parliament notes with concern that, according to provisional figures from the Scottish Government, the total number of deaths from thrombosis in 2007 was 12,275, which represents 21% of all deaths in Scotland; further notes that in 2006 thrombosis killed more than fifty times the number of people who died from MRSA and Clostridium difficile combined, and therefore considers that action should be taken to increase awareness of thrombosis among the public and health professionals and establish an effective prevention strategy for thrombosis in Scottish hospitals, such as some sort of screening regime, to help save valuable NHS resources from treating a disease that can often be prevented if a patient knows they are at risk in the first place and to help avoid tragedies like that of Katie McPherson from Langbank, who died as a result of deep vein thrombosis.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Margaret Curran, David Whitton, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, George Foulkes, Elaine Smith, Jackson Carlaw, Iain Gray, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Bill Butler, Hugh O’Donnell, Ms Wendy Alexander, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Murray, Sandra White, Sarah Boyack, Bill Kidd, Helen Eadie, Mary Mulligan, Ken Macintosh, Angela Constance, Dr Richard Simpson, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Peattie, Mary Scanlon, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson

S3M-2419# Jim Tolson: Alloa to Fife and Edinburgh Rail Link—That the Parliament notes that the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership has proposed that a feasibility study into a rail passenger service between Alloa or Stirling and Edinburgh via Fife should be sought; believes that the upgrading of the Charlestown Junction would allow a direct rail service between Alloa and Edinburgh and improve direct freight operations from the west coast via Stirling-Alloa and into Rosyth; notes that the usage of the newly reopened Stirling-Alloa rail service has greatly exceeded the forecast passenger numbers, and believes that there is a strong case for early work to explore the opportunities to increase the sustainable transport options available to people in the Stirling, Fife and Edinburgh areas.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, John Park, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Ted Brocklebank, Christopher Harvie

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2576 Dungavel and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 19 September 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2575 FSA Ban on Short Selling (lodged on 19 September 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2574 Meningitis Research Foundation’s Awareness Week (lodged on 19 September 2008) Ross Finnie*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-2573 BBC Alba Launch (lodged on 19 September 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2572 Return of the Rosyth-Zeebrugge Ferry (lodged on 18 September 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-2554# Scottish Qualifications Authority (lodged on 16 September 2008) Hugh Henry*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2500 Congratulations to WRVS Renfrewshire (lodged on 5 September 2008) Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2479 Abolition of Hospital Parking Charges (lodged on 2 September 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2474 Scots Language Centre and Scottish National Dictionaries (lodged on 2 September 2008) Pauline McNeill*, Aileen Campbell*, Ian McKee*

S3M-2459 Douglas Parish Chimes Again (lodged on 1 September 2008) Karen Gillon*

S3M-2432 Reduce VAT on Building Repairs (lodged on 25 August 2008) Bill Wilson*

S3M-2421 Pay Up for PCS Members (lodged on 21 August 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2287 Dounreay (lodged on 27 June 2008) John Park*

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