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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2666 Cathy Jamieson: Maybole Bypass—That the Parliament recognises the importance of improved transport links between South Ayrshire and the rest of Scotland to the economic recovery of the area; agrees that the upgrading of the A77 and the construction of the Maybole bypass will play a vital role in improving transport links to the ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan and in attracting future private investment, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that South Ayrshire connectivity is made a priority when the outcome of the strategic transport projects review is announced.

*S3M-2665♦ Des McNulty: Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme—That the Parliament recognises the important role played by churches and other faith groups in Scotland in raising awareness of environmental issues and in particular climate change; congratulates the Eco-Congregation Scotland programme on achieving its 200th registration; notes the rapid growth of the programme across Scotland from its inception less than a decade ago to become the largest network of community environment groups in Scotland and its spread to include congregations from nine denominations, including the congregation of the Abbotsford Parish Church in Clydebank, and welcomes the new commitment that the programme is making to help congregations and communities understand the impact of climate change here and in the developing world, respond appropriately to the challenge climate change presents and take collective and personal responsibility for reducing their carbon emissions.

*S3M-2664 Des McNulty: A Fare Deal—That the Parliament notes the Fare Deal campaign, which is asking that demand-responsive community transport schemes, such as Dial-a-Bus or Ring ‘n’ Ride, where elderly and disabled people can book a place on a bus that will pick them up and take them to their destination, be included in the national concessionary travel scheme; commends Help the Aged in Scotland, Capability Scotland, Community Transport Association Scotland, Age Concern Scotland, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Guide Dogs, RNID Scotland, Scottish Disability Equality Forum, Glasgow Disability Alliance, Include Scotland, RNIB Scotland and the WRVS for their work in launching the campaign, and urges the Scottish Government to extend the national concessionary travel scheme to include demand-responsive community transport as an effective means of making transport more accessible to disabled people.

*S3M-2663 Aileen Campbell: Red Cross Civilians and Conflict Month—That the Parliament notes the British Red Cross initiative to mark October 2008 as Civilians and Conflict Month, aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the impact of conflicts around the world on civilian populations; further notes the results of a survey conducted by the Red Cross showing that over 60% of people in Scotland were aware of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but that fewer than 2% were aware of ongoing conflicts in Sudan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo; welcomes the initiative by the Red Cross, including the launch of an online alternate reality game, Traces of Hope, which brings to life the work of the Red Cross’s international tracing and message service through the case study of a young man separated from his mother by conflict in Uganda, and encourages people across Scotland to use this opportunity to learn more about the effect of conflict on civilian populations and to support in whatever way they can efforts to bring about an end to conflicts around the world.

*S3M-2662 Bob Doris: Big Man - A Celebration of Maryhill, its Canal and its People—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of Big Man, an event taking place on Saturday 4 October 2008 to celebrate Maryhill, its canal and its people; believes that such events are crucial in bringing longstanding traditional communities together to be active participants in the extensive regeneration plans for both the canal and the surrounding area; further believes that when such areas undergo dramatic change it is also crucial that the agencies involved ensure local community buy-in to any change; therefore welcomes the Big Man event and notes the extensive programme of activities and performers, and sends good wishes to the organisers for high attendance, a successful event and good weather.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-2661 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations to The Herald—That the Parliament congratulates The Herald newspaper on 225 years of continuous publication across Scotland; applauds the founding principles of its first editor who endeavoured to "engage in the task of informing and instructing his fellow citizens...and preserve his mind as free as possible from any prejudice which, without meaning to impose upon the public, might lead him to partial representation of the facts"; notes the growing collaboration between The Herald and The Mitchell Library, which is custodian of, and formally manages online, the extensive Herald archives and six million photographs, and wishes these two great Glasgow institutions continued success for the future.

*S3M-2660♦ Sandra White: Growing Old Together - Older People and Debt—That the Parliament notes the publication of Growing Old Together - Older People and Debt by Citizens Advice Scotland; is concerned that the average debt level for older people seeking advice from their local citizens advice bureau is £17,767, a 25% increase since 2003; further notes the finding that levels of debt increased as levels of income decreased, with clients in the survey who had a net income of less than £6,000 having debt levels on average 42% higher than those with an income higher than £10,000; recognises the excellent work of citizens advice bureaux in Glasgow and across Scotland in advising older debt clients; supports the need for early and effective benefits take up and debt advice to be available for all older people, and considers that measures to deal with debt, such as debt arrangement schemes and the low income low asset regulations, should be accessible and beneficial for older clients.

*S3M-2659 Bob Doris: Working Together on Child Poverty and the Minimum Wage—That the Parliament expresses its disappointment that Labour MSP Mary Mulligan should engage in party politics on the issue of child poverty by laying down her amendment, S3M-2621.1, to motion S3M-2621 (Ending the Shame of Child Poverty); condemns the amendment on the basis that it seeks to break the unity that exists across a broad spectrum of political parties on the important issue of the national minimum wage by implying that this important development in the fight against poverty was not supported by SNP MPs; notes that SNP MPs voted in favour of the national minimum wage more often than Tony Blair and as often as Gordon Brown MP but would not use this information to imply a lack of commitment to the national minimum wage from either of the aforementioned MPs; acknowledges that SNP MPs not only supported the Bill but took part in the committee that oversaw its progress; looks forward to the continuation of a cross-party approach to tackling child poverty, and hopes that Mary Mulligan MSP will once again be part of that cross-party approach.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick*, Angela Constance*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-2658 Patricia Ferguson: Boys’ Brigade 125th Anniversary—That the Parliament notes that the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Boys’ Brigade occurs on 4 October 2008 and that the first meeting of the brigade took place in North Woodside Mission Hall in Maryhill; notes the influence of this Scottish institution around the world, and wishes it a successful anniversary year and a bright future.

Supported by: Iain Gray*, Bill Butler*, Andy Kerr*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Des McNulty*, Elaine Murray*, James Kelly*, Mary Mulligan*, Johann Lamont*

S3M-2657 Ms Wendy Alexander: Paisley Festival Company/Voices in Paisley 2008—That the Parliament congratulates the continued success of the Paisley Festival Company and the Voices in Paisley 2008 choral programme between 24 October and 8 November 2008; notes that the Paisley Festival Company is a recognised Scottish charity committed to increasing the accessibility and impact on the local community through a wide variety of magnificent music and choral events from classical through to folk and jazz, and notes the company’s aims to establish Paisley and its environs as a nationally-recognised centre for all types of choral activity and deserving of the title Scotland’s Choir Town.

S3M-2656 Jamie McGrigor: Scottish Register of Tartans Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill be passed.

Supported by: Jim Mather

S3M-2655# Kenneth Gibson: Become Lupus Aware—That the Parliament notes that October 2008 is Lupus Awareness Month, with members and supporters holding a Lunch4Lupus and other events across the country to raise awareness of this condition; recognises that around 5,000 people in Scotland and over five million people worldwide, of whom around 90% are women, have lupus; further recognises that, while lupus can be mild, it may also be disabling and sometimes fatal, has no known cure and causes many different symptoms, including joint and muscle pain, fatigue, depression and kidney, heart, lung and brain symptoms, as well as recurrent miscarriages; acknowledges that there is an urgent need to increase awareness in Scotland of the debilitating impact of lupus and the difficulty that can arise in gaining a diagnosis, given that it mimics a number of other diseases; supports Lupus UK and other organisations across the world in calling for increases in funding for medical research on lupus and targeted education programmes for health professionals; believes a review of the provision of specialist services in the NHS for those with the condition to be of pressing concern, and regrets the lack of a national clinical centre for excellence in Scotland like that of the St Thomas Lupus Trust in London.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2654 Stuart McMillan: Concern Over Lord Coe’s Comments—That the Parliament notes with concern the comments of Lord Sebastian Coe in a London newspaper article in which he is reported to have stated that a British Olympic Football team for 2012 would go ahead no matter what the views of the governing football bodies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were; further notes that the governing football bodies and supporters associations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have repeatedly stated they do not favour a British Olympic Football team in 2012, and calls on Lord Coe to retract the reported comments as they only serve to show contempt for the football associations of the three nations.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, Bashir Ahmad

S3M-2653♦ Cathy Peattie: Fare Deal—That the Parliament congratulates the 12 charities which, on UK Older People’s Day, 1 October 2008, launched a Fare Deal campaign for the concessionary travel scheme to be extended to cover special transport schemes used by elderly and disabled people, such as Dial-a-Journey in Forth Valley; considers that thousands of people who have or are entitled to a free bus pass are missing out because they cannot use regular scheduled services, and believes that an extension to the national concessionary travel scheme to include demand-responsive community transport should be considered.

S3M-2652♦ Bob Doris: Free School Meals to Fight Poverty and Obesity in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning that free school meals will be provided for all children in P1 to P3 from 2010; applauds the success of the pilot schemes, which have seen significant increases of up to 30% in uptake of school meals among target groups; acknowledges the increase in uptake among children already entitled to free school meals and children in P4 to P7; congratulates the Free School Meals Campaign for its ongoing work and welcomes its support for what its spokesperson, John Dickie of the Child Poverty Action Group, described as a boost to children’s health, education and wellbeing; believes that the 22% increase in uptake among children in Glasgow is a welcome step forward in bringing about the lifestyle change vital to turn around Glasgow’s poor record on health and poverty, and looks forward to all of Scotland’s local authorities working with the Scottish Government to implement this pro-health, anti-obesity and anti-poverty initiative in August 2010.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Alasdair Allan, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Nigel Don, Angela Constance*, Bill Wilson*, Brian Adam*

S3M-2651 Kenneth Gibson: Scottish Pensioners’ Parliament—That the Parliament notes the importance of considering the perspectives of older people through the establishment of a Scottish Pensioners’ Parliament, similar to the Scottish Youth Parliament; recognises that pensioners need to be able to express more fully their concerns about current issues and suggest solutions for their problems, and welcomes the effort of older people to come together to debate issues of importance to them, their families and Scotland.

S3M-2650# Alison McInnes: Safe Drivers are Made, Not Born—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Young drivers - where and when they are unsafe report by the IAM motoring trust; notes with dismay the number of young people killed and seriously injured on Scotland’s roads in the last five years, including nearly 100 people aged 17 to 25 in the Grampian area alone; further notes the 10 key recommendations of the IAM report, and believes that schools, young people, road agencies and local and national authorities should work together in order to introduce these measures and improve road safety for all our young drivers.

Supported by: Liam McArthur*, Elaine Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Jim Tolson*, Elaine Murray*, Robert Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*, Angela Constance*, Mary Mulligan*, Mike Pringle*, Nicol Stephen*

S3M-2647 Kenny MacAskill: Draft International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-2646 Margaret Smith: 2008 Run for Relief in Burma—That the Parliament supports everyone who will be taking part in the Edinburgh Run for Relief in Burma in the Meadows on 4 October 2008; commends their efforts to raise money for humanitarian relief and increase awareness of the plight of the people of Burma, and hopes that the run will be well attended and build on the success of last year’s event, which raised £4,600 to help internally displaced people in Burma.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Jamie Stone, Bill Kidd, Hugh Henry, Jim Tolson, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Alex Neil, Mike Pringle, Jackie Baillie, Jamie Hepburn, Joe FitzPatrick, Trish Godman, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Jamie McGrigor, Liam McArthur, Elaine Smith, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Angela Constance*, Sarah Boyack*, Keith Brown*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-2645 Mr Frank McAveety: Evening Times and the East End of Glasgow—That the Parliament commends the coverage in Glasgow’s Evening Times of the community spirit and the commitment in the east end of Glasgow; congratulates the Evening Times on demonstrating the positive aspects of the east end and recognises the many individuals and community organisations who are working hard to overcome the challenges faced in terms of educational achievement, job opportunities and dealing with addictions; recommends that journalists and commentators continue to focus on how residents in the east end are working to make things better and to move beyond negative stereotypes of the area, and calls on all levels of government, local, Scottish and United Kingdom, to develop policies and investment to meet the aspirations of the people and communities in the east end of Glasgow.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Margaret Curran, Hugh Henry, Cathy Jamieson, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie*, Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Michael McMahon*, Des McNulty*, Hugh O’Donnell*, James Kelly*, Johann Lamont*

S3M-2644 Keith Brown: Due Recognition for the Gurkhas—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the High Court in London that Gurkhas should have the right to settle in the United Kingdom whether they retired before or after 1997; believes that this was the only fair and just solution possible to their claims, and expresses gratitude to the hundreds of thousands of Gurkhas who, in the past hundred years, have fought alongside UK service personnel in battle.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2643 Rob Gibson: Wick Academy FC Advance—That the Parliament congratulates Wick Academy FC for advancing to the second round of the Scottish Cup with a fantastic win against St Cuthberts FC on Saturday 27 September 2008; recognises the importance of this success to developing football in the Highlands; applauds the players for their commitment to the club and enduring one of the longest round trips for a single game in Scottish Cup history, and wishes Wick Academy and all the Highland League teams good luck for the replays on Saturday 4 October 2008 and the second round on Saturday 25 October 2008.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jamie Stone, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor, John Park, Robin Harper*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2642 Sandra White: Glasgow Out of this World—That the Parliament welcomes over 2,000 space science experts from around the globe to Glasgow for the 59th International Astronautical Congress, a truly prestigious world event described by one delegate as "the space industry’s equivalent of the Olympics"; congratulates Glasgow on securing this event in the face of stiff competition from cities around the world; considers it to be a glowing recommendation of the international attractiveness of Glasgow and Scotland as a world-class destination, and hopes that the conference will lead to further business and research opportunities in the space industry for the whole of Scotland.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Keith Brown, Bill Aitken, Michael Matheson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2641 Aileen Campbell: Big Issue’s Make Heat Fair Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Make Heat Fair campaign by the Big Issue magazine; notes that the campaign’s aims are to widen the qualifications for the winter fuel payment to criteria based on ability to pay rather than simply age and for utility companies to clarify social tariff discounts and make them available and visible to those most in need; further notes that the power to implement these aims is currently reserved to Westminster, and calls on government at all levels in the United Kingdom to work for an end to the blight of fuel poverty across the country.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Angela Constance*

S3M-2640 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Edinburgh Top UK City for Greenness and Quality of Life—That the Parliament welcomes the findings of the 2008 UK Cities Monitor study, which ranked Edinburgh first for both greenness and quality of life among 15 cities in the United Kingdom; notes that this influential survey of 200 senior executives also indicated that Scotland’s capital had improved its reputation as a business location in the last year, and welcomes the greater recognition from among the UK-wide business community that Scotland’s capital is an excellent place to live and work.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*

S3M-2639 Joe FitzPatrick: Memory Matters Roadshow—That the Parliament welcomes the Memory Matters roadshow, which will visit Dundee and Glasgow from 30 September to 3 October 2008 to offer educational information about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and practical advice on the local support services available to both patients and carers; notes that one in 14 people over the age of 65 will have some form of dementia, with over 56,000 sufferers in Scotland; further welcomes the availability of dementia-specialist nurses at the roadshows; further notes that early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia is vital, and applauds the work of Alzheimer Scotland in raising awareness of these diseases and providing a support network for patients, their relatives and carers.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2638 Stuart McMillan: Exam Success for Inverclyde Pupils—That the Parliament congratulates Inverclyde pupils for achieving some of the best exam results in Scotland; notes that 33% of pupils achieved five or more Standard Grade passes and 21% achieved three or more Higher passes, and further notes the hard work and dedication of the pupils in achieving their potential and receiving grades that will hopefully allow them to go on to further education or gain employment.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Keith Brown, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2637 Keith Brown: The Clackmannanshire Bridge—That the Parliament welcomes the decision that the new upper Forth crossing will be called the Clackmannanshire Bridge; recognises and applauds the huge efforts put in by the county’s residents, voluntary groups, elected representatives and local newspapers to campaign for this name to be chosen, and believes that the increased recognition of Clackmannanshire that this naming will bring will mean tangible benefits, putting the Wee County on the map in a big way.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh O’Donnell, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, John Park, Angela Constance*, Dave Thompson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-2636 Bill Kidd: Flagship or Flagging - the Uptake of Pension Credit—That the Parliament notes Age Concern’s report Flagship or flagging?, published on 26 September 2008, and, while welcoming present measures to increase uptake of Pension Credit, supports the charity’s recommendation that a system of automatic payments of Pension Credit and other benefits should be introduced by the UK Government at the earliest opportunity, in light of the fact that around a third of those eligible are still not receiving Pension Credit and given the charity’s key findings in Scotland that 68% of pensioners are cutting back on the amount of gas and electricity they are using and 53% are buying less or poorer quality food.

Supported by: Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Keith Brown, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-2634 Iain Smith: Fife Fares, Not Fair—That the Parliament notes with concern that the cost of travelling by train to and from Fife is often disproportionately greater than the cost of train journeys in other parts of Scotland; affirms its continued commitment to the promotion of environmentally friendly modes of transport, and supports the "Fife fares, not fair" campaign for cheaper train travel.

Supported by: Jim Tolson, Mike Rumbles, Ross Finnie, Jeremy Purvis, Liam McArthur, Tavish Scott, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Robert Brown, Jim Hume

S3M-2633 Bashir Ahmad: Support for Mordechai Vanunu—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s statement in support of Mordechai Vanunu, who was captured by the Israeli Government 22 years ago after exposing Israel’s nuclear weapons programme; notes that he has been imprisoned and subsequently kept under house arrest for those 22 years without access to any foreign media or right to overseas travel; further notes his powerful stance on non-proliferation and the right of the Palestinian people to their own state, and supports the Scottish Government’s actions in making representations to the Foreign Office urging it to lobby the Israeli Government to lift all restrictions on Vanunu.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2632 Rob Gibson: Connage Crowdie Wins OK—That the Parliament congratulates Connage Highland Dairy at Milton of Connage, Ardersier, on the achievement of its crowdie cheese winning the Best Cheese in Scotland category at the British Cheese Awards; recognises the scale of this achievement considering that the Clark family have only been making the hand-crafted organic cheeses for three years; wishes them the best of luck in the future, and recognises the quality and variety of food and drink that is produced in the Highlands and Islands.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2630# Jamie Hepburn: 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—That the Parliament notes that 10 December 2008 will be the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the General Assembly of the United Nations; believes that the UDHR is one of the outstanding statements of the dignity, integrity and rights belonging to every human being, and further believes that the principles of the UDHR should continue to serve as inspiration for the future development of Scotland.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Aileen Campbell, John Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Trish Godman, Robert Brown, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Sandra White, Mike Pringle, Joe FitzPatrick, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Christopher Harvie, Keith Brown, Jim Hume, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ken Macintosh*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-2625 Jamie Hepburn: Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament—That the Parliament notes the work of the organisation Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND); believes that work to achieve multilateral nuclear disarmament is of the utmost international importance; welcomes the cross-party, cross-ideological and international approach adopted by PNND to this issue; congratulates PNND for its work, and calls on all members of the Parliament with an interest in nuclear disarmament to consider endorsing the parliamentary statement supporting a nuclear weapons convention being circulated by PNND, which will be presented to the United Nations in October 2008 to support disarmament initiatives.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, John Wilson, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Mike Pringle, Dave Thompson, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Christopher Harvie

S3M-2624 Kenneth Gibson: Scottish Crime Levels Hit a 25-Year Low—That the Parliament congratulates the police, the Scottish Government, neighbourhood watch groups, community organisations and individuals who have contributed to Scotland having its lowest reported crime figures in more than a quarter of a century and believes that increased police numbers, tackling our booze and blade culture, the breaking up of organised crime gangs, additional prison places, the ending of automatic, unconditional early release and the move towards securing earlier guilty pleas will all go a long way to making our streets and communities safer while reducing the fear of crime that blights so many lives.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Willie Coffey, Keith Brown, Christina McKelvie, Nigel Don, Angela Constance*

S3M-2623 Stuart McMillan: Best High Performance Award for Ballyconnelly—That the Parliament congratulates Ballyconnelly Developments of Inverclyde on winning Best High Performance category at The Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2008; notes the hard work of this small Inverclyde-based development company, which has shown innovative design and construction in building its Enkelt Living eco-friendly affordable homes, and further notes the importance of affordable housing in today’s fluctuating property market.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White

S3M-2622 George Foulkes: Independence is Bad News for Business—That the Parliament notes the comments of Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, a former British ambassador to the United States of America and former head of the Diplomatic Service, regarding the negative impact that independence would have on Scotland; believes that inward investment from the United States could dry up if Scotland became independent; further believes that Scotland would have to leave the European Union with no guarantee that an application to rejoin would prove successful, putting in jeopardy rights to free movement of labour, a common market, joint action to tackle environmental hazards and other benefits of membership of the European Union; further notes with concern the news that the Republic of Ireland is now deemed to be a country in recession and that in Iceland interest rates have hit 15% and inflation 8%; also notes that these are both small independent countries that the SNP has long proclaimed form "an arc of prosperity"; believes that the SNP has never established whether it favours an Irish-style tax cutting economy or a higher tax Scandinavian-style social democracy because it cannot believe in both with any economic credibility, and concludes that the strength of the union of the United Kingdom has been the source of economic and political stability for Scotland for over 300 years and will see us through these difficult economic times.

Supported by: John Park, Helen Eadie, James Kelly, Elaine Murray, Sarah Boyack, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2621 Bob Doris: Ending the Shame of Child Poverty—That the Parliament notes with alarm statistics produced by the Campaign to End Child Poverty that show that Glasgow has the worst levels of child poverty in Scotland including large areas, such as Glasgow North East where 73% of children - 12,010 out of 16,435 - come from families that are either workless or in receipt of working tax credit, and smaller clusters, such as in north Barlanark and Easterhouse south where the proportion in workless families or in families on working tax credit is 98%; supports those involved in the United Kingdom’s biggest ever event to end child poverty, at Trafalgar Square on Saturday 4 October 2008; further supports the call of the organisers of the march for the UK Government to spend just £3 billion a year to reach its own target to halve child poverty by 2010 and stay on course to end child poverty altogether; believes that all governments and administrations in the UK should work positively together in order to address child poverty issues; acknowledges that this can mean different approaches and strategies within different areas of the UK, and further believes that an excellent example of this is the Scottish Government’s approach, including moves to abolish prescription charges, extend entitlement to free school meals and school clothing grants, the freezing of the council tax and the introduction of direct payments to kinship carers of looked-after children.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, John Wilson, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Roseanna Cunningham, Sandra White, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Christopher Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2621.1 Mary Mulligan: Ending the Shame of Child Poverty—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2621) in the name of Bob Doris, leave out from "the worst levels" to end and insert "some of the worst levels of child poverty in Scotland; therefore welcomes the findings of the most recent National Statistics publication of Scottish Households Below Average Income, which shows a marked decline between 1999 and 2007 in the number of Scottish households in both absolute and relative poverty, including a 28% decrease in relative child poverty and a 61% decrease in absolute child poverty, meaning that the previous administration’s target to halve absolute child poverty by 2010 was being met significantly ahead of schedule; believes that this progress would not have been possible without many of the initiatives by the previous administration and the UK Government, including the Sure Start programme, record increases in child benefit, the working families tax credit, child tax credit and the national minimum wage, the latter of which was finally passed in the House of Commons without the support of a single SNP MP; also believes that, despite SNP MSPs’ rhetoric, freezing council tax and abolishing prescription charges by 2011 does absolutely nothing to assist those on the lowest incomes given that they are already exempt; considers that after nearly 18 months in government, the SNP is yet to fulfil its pledge to introduce direct payments to kinship carers of looked-after children and that its budget, passed with the support of the Conservatives, is in fact precipitating cuts to a range of local services including school meals provision and to a host of voluntary organisations providing services affecting some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, and further believes that this threatens much of the progress made during the past decade in tackling child poverty as well as seriously undermining the SNP’s credibility on these matters."

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, David Whitton, Margaret Curran, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Trish Godman, Michael McMahon*, Marlyn Glen*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Sarah Boyack*, Ken Macintosh*, Helen Eadie*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-2620 Christina McKelvie: Aleke Banda—That the Parliament notes the decision of Aleke Banda to retire from frontline politics in Malawi at the next election; recognises the role that he played in the campaign for independence for Malawi, helping to build a new country, and his 55 years in active politics; congratulates him on his achievements during his career, and wishes him well in his retirement, hoping that he will, in his own words, "find the time to read some bedtime stories, to learn to kick a football or fly a kite".

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Aileen Campbell, Michael Matheson, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Alex Neil, Keith Brown, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Malcolm Chisholm, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-2619 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Congratulations to the Scottish Women’s Football Team—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish women’s football team on its emphatic 6-0 victory against Slovakia in the Euro qualifier on Sunday; notes that this historic win takes the team into the play-offs for the UEFA Women’s Euro finals for the first time, and wishes the team every success in its efforts to build on this fantastic achievement and progress to the finals in Finland in 2009.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, Bob Doris, John Park, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, George Foulkes, Jamie McGrigor, Jamie Hepburn, John Wilson, Mike Pringle, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, James Kelly, Joe FitzPatrick, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell, Sandra White, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2618 Hugh O’Donnell: Eid Mubarak—That the Parliament sends warm greetings to Muslims across Scotland and around the world for the festival of Eid al-Fitr; joins them in honouring the promise of harmony, peace, health and prosperity enshrined in Eid al-Fitr; looks forward to religious diversity and freedom in all countries, and recognises the contribution of Muslim Scots to Scottish life and culture.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Jamie McGrigor, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, David Whitton, Keith Brown, Mike Pringle, Nanette Milne, Sandra White, Murdo Fraser, Bob Doris, Mr Frank McAveety, David Stewart, Gil Paterson, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Jim Tolson, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Ross Finnie, Robin Harper*, Hugh Henry*, Rob Gibson*, Ken Macintosh*, Angela Constance*, Michael Matheson*, Elaine Smith*, Aileen Campbell*

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.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson

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, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson

*S3M-2581.1 Willie Coffey: Post Office Closure Programme—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2581) in the name of Jamie Hepburn, after "branches in" insert "Bonnyton,".

S3M-2572 Christopher Harvie: Return of the Rosyth-Zeebrugge Ferry—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Government and Forth Ports on securing a new operator for the Rosyth-Zeebrugge ferry service, which will resume in spring 2009; welcomes the decision of the new ferry operator, Norfolkline, to deploy a new vessel on the route and match the schedule previously provided and hopes that it will consider an extension to the previous schedule; further hopes that this resumption of a direct maritime contact with Europe, with its beneficial impact on freight transport and tourism, will lead to increased prosperity for Rosyth, Fife and Scotland in general, and encourages the governments of Scotland and Flanders to mark the occasion of the resumption of the Rosyth-Zeebrugge ferry with a celebration commemorating Scotland’s links with the Low Countries.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Keith Brown, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Angela Constance, Jim Tolson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, Roseanna Cunningham, Dave Thompson, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson

S3M-2572.1 John Park: Return of the Rosyth-Zeebrugge Ferry—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2572) in the name of Christopher Harvie, insert at end "recognises that the gap between the original service ending and the new service starting will lead to companies making alternative logistical arrangements in the interim months, and urges the Scottish Government to work with Forth Ports and other relevant organisations to establish measures that will encourage such businesses back to Rosyth next spring."

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Sarah Boyack, Helen Eadie, Claire Baker, Paul Martin, Rhona Brankin, Lewis Macdonald, Des McNulty, George Foulkes, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Murray, Hugh Henry, Jack McConnell, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson*

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

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Sarah Boyack, David McLetchie, Jackson Carlaw, Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, James Kelly, Malcolm Chisholm, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Smith, Cathie Craigie, Iain Gray, Elaine Murray, Karen Gillon, Patricia Ferguson, Andy Kerr, Ross Finnie, Bill Butler, Robin Harper, Mary Mulligan, Karen Whitefield, George Foulkes, Cathy Peattie, Dr Richard Simpson, Marilyn Livingstone, Tom McCabe, Roseanna Cunningham

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2617♦ Protection for Buyers of New-Build Homes (lodged on 26 September 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2616 National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland’s Pick a Number Campaign (lodged on 26 September 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2610 Congratulations to Action for Children (lodged on 26 September 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2607 European Day of Languages (lodged on 25 September 2008) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-2600 European Year of Innovation and Creativity (lodged on 24 September 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2599# Summerlee - The Scottish Museum of Industrial Life (lodged on 24 September 2008) Jack McConnell*

S3M-2574 Meningitis Research Foundation’s Awareness Week (lodged on 19 September 2008) Nigel Don*

S3M-2474 Scots Language Centre and Scottish National Dictionaries (lodged on 2 September 2008) Roseanna Cunningham*, Patricia Ferguson*, John Park*

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