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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.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2848 Peter Peacock: Winning through Unity—That the Parliament warmly congratulates Barack Obama on his election as 44th President of the United States of America; believes that his election represents, in the words of the Prime Minister, "a moment that will live in history as long as history books are written" and is a watershed event in the history of the USA, parts of which experienced racial segregation within living memory; admires President-elect Obama’s campaign, which placed emphasis on unity over division, and believes that his election is testament not only to himself as an individual, his party and all those who have supported him in his campaign, but also to the achievements of a non-violent civil rights movement, which has inspired other struggles against injustice and helped to transcend divisions in countries around the globe; further believes that President-elect Obama shares the values of progressive politics in Scotland and the United Kingdom, and looks forward to engaging constructively with his administration for the betterment of our respective countries and the wider world.

*S3M-2847 Karen Whitefield: SMARTies—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of the SMARTies Airdrie Youth Forum, a group of young people from throughout Airdrie aged 12 to 15 years, set up to represent the views of young people in the area; recognises that the group has listened to the views of local young people through conducting a survey and plans to campaign on the issues that have emerged as a result, and wishes group members well in their efforts to improve the lives of young people in Airdrie.

*S3M-2846 Karen Whitefield: Airdrie Remembers—That the Parliament congratulates the staff and pupils of Caldervale High School on the success of their recent Airdrie Remembers event, an evening of music, songs, poems and memories involving the history, geography, music, French and English departments, that commemorated the lives of all those who fought and died for their country during the two world wars, and recognises the cross-curricular benefits of this approach to making history real and relevant to pupils, in which business studies pupils handled publicity and tickets for the event, school technicians produced a film of the pupils’ Flanders visit, home economics pupils provided a World War One purvey of tea, cakes and scones and art department pupils put on a display of paintings.

*S3M-2845 Jamie Hepburn: A Tax on Your Identity—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent comments by the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith MP, to the effect that most people cannot wait for the introduction of the Westminster Government’s proposed ID card scheme; believes that, in fact, there is large-scale opposition to the imposition of identity cards on the people of Scotland and that the cost of compulsory identity cards is nothing more than a tax on an individual’s identity, and expresses its concern about plans to use commercial retailers to roll out the card scheme, especially in light of the Home Office’s miserable track record of managing large data-handling and IT projects.

*S3M-2844 Ms Wendy Alexander: Renfrewshire Nursery School Cuts—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the plans by Renfrewshire Council to downgrade six nursery schools, four to nursery classes and two to pre-5 centres; considers the removal of all dedicated nursery head teachers to be wrong; deplores the forced redeployment of nursery teachers in these establishments; condemns the fact that, at the end of this exercise, there will be a maximum of 20 instead of 39 teachers dedicated to teaching pre-5s in Renfrewshire; congratulates Renfrewshire parents for their efforts to resist these changes, and, with this in mind, calls on the SNP/Liberal-controlled council to use the formal consultation period now underway to retract these unpopular proposals and retain teacher-led nursery schools in Renfrewshire.

S3M-2843 John Swinney: Energy Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the UK Energy Bill in Part 2 (Electricity from Renewable Sources – the Renewables Obligation), introduced in the House of Commons on 10 January 2008 and that the relevant amendments to Part 5 (Miscellaneous Provisions – Renewable Heat Incentives), tabled by Her Majesty’s Government on 29 October 2008, should, insofar as they relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Jim Mather

S3M-2842# Bill Butler: The Hospital Broadcasting Service—That the Parliament recognises the work of the Hospital Broadcasting Service (HBS), which broadcasts to a number of hospitals in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area; commends its commitment to providing a regular and varied selection of programmes to patients; praises the recent revamp of the service at Drumchapel Hospital through the relaunch of the request programme; salutes the efforts and hard work of HBS volunteers, who provide a vital link with and ongoing point of contact for patients through regular hospital visits; further recognises that HBS provides high quality training and encouragement to its members as well as the role that it has played in the development of the careers of several distinguished Scottish broadcasters, and wishes HBS continued success in the years ahead.

S3M-2841 Liam McArthur: Brian Pack - Well-Deserved Winner of Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award—That the Parliament notes that the Chief Executive of the ANM Group, Brian Pack, has received the prestigious Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award, which is presented annually to individuals in the farming, forestry, aquaculture or associated industries who have made an exceptional contribution within their specific fields; believes that this award is welcome recognition of the contribution that Brian Pack has made to Scottish agriculture as the driving force behind ANM Group’s development into one of the largest and most progressive farmer-owned businesses in the United Kingdom; recognises that, under his leadership, the ANM core business in auctioneering and abattoir sectors has grown while, at the same time, it has expanded into livestock procurement, meat processing, catering, hospitality, land and property sales and specialist auctions, and hopes that, although he will formally retire from the ANM Group in 2009, his pugnacious style, perceptive insight and pithy wit will still be enjoyed by and available to the industry.

S3M-2840 John Scott: Successor to the Post Office Card Account—That the Parliament notes that no decision has yet been announced by Her Majesty’s Government on which company will operate the replacement for the Post Office card account, known as the POCA2, from 2010; believes that the existing post office network is the most appropriate vehicle for the provision of the POCA2; further believes that retaining the successor to the Post Office card account within the Post Office is vital to the continued viability of Scotland’s post office network, particularly in rural and more remote areas and areas of high social deprivation, and therefore urges Her Majesty’s Government to award the POCA2 to the Post Office.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Jamie Hepburn*, Mary Scanlon*, Murdo Fraser*

S3M-2839 Sarah Boyack: Congratulations to Edinburgh University for Being Awarded the Carbon Trust Standard—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Edinburgh on becoming the first Scottish educational institution to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard; believes that the awards are a positive contribution to encourage reduction in carbon emissions; notes the current and future importance of technology such as energy efficiency measures, micro-renewables and combined heat and power systems in helping not only businesses, public authorities and educational institutions but also households to reduce their carbon emissions, and calls on the Scottish Government to look at all options, including local fiscal levers such as council tax, to develop better financial incentives encouraging the use of small-scale and householder renewables across Scotland.

S3M-2838 Stuart McMillan: 30 Years of Inverclyde Talking Newspaper—That the Parliament congratulates Inverclyde Talking Newspaper on its 30-year anniversary in April 2009; notes that the talking newspaper has helped hundreds of people in Inverclyde with reading difficulties due to visual impairments; also notes the dedication of the Inverclyde Talking Newspaper team, which includes volunteers, to their many customers, and further notes that the Association of Scottish Talking Newspapers provides development of new talking newspapers, offering training and guidance.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, John Lamont, Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Ross Finnie, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2837 John Swinney: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill, agrees to any expenditure charged on the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

S3M-2836 Christopher Harvie: Cardenden and Denend Primary Schools—That the Parliament congratulates the head teachers, school staff and pupils of Cardenden and Denend primary schools, the Cardenden community, Fife Council and its Education and Children’s Services Committee, chaired by Councillor Douglas Chapman, on their swift and successful response to the detection of serious structural deterioration at Cardenden Primary; notes that the pupils and staff rapidly moved to Denend Primary, one and a half miles away, which had available classrooms and where the school reopened on 3 November 2008, so ensuring pupil and staff safety with little interruption to teaching and learning while making it possible for full examination and repairs to get underway as quickly as possible, and expresses its hope that pupils and staff can return quickly to Cardenden Primary after repairs have been carried out.

S3M-2835 Margaret Mitchell: Carers’ Rights Day 2008—That the Parliament supports Carers’ Rights Day 2008, a campaign run by Carers Scotland; recognises that nearly three quarters of carers in Scotland are financially worse off as a result of caring and supporting family, friends or neighbours, with many falling into poverty and debt while they save the country an estimated £7.6 billion each year, and seeks to increase the uptake of benefits by carers, raise awareness of carers’ rights and the support for which they are eligible.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, David McLetchie, John Lamont, Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Michael McMahon, Liam McArthur, Jamie McGrigor, Mike Pringle, Hugh Henry, Murdo Fraser, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Nanette Milne, Jackson Carlaw, Elizabeth Smith, Dr Richard Simpson, Jamie Hepburn, Cathy Peattie, Jack McConnell, Ken Macintosh*, Marlyn Glen*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-2834 Robin Harper: Further Education Colleges’ Pay and Conditions of Service—That the Parliament considers that there is confusion and extensive disparity in pay and conditions of service for support, management and teaching staff in further education colleges in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to establish an independent commission to consider pay and conditions in those further education colleges.

S3M-2833 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) and the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) and the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Maureen Watt

S3M-2832 Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Maureen Watt

S3M-2831 Bob Doris: Protecting Worried Homeowners—That the Parliament notes the pressure placed on homeowners and the uncertainty created by the current economic crisis; acknowledges the content of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) market study report on the UK sale and rent back (SRB) sector where private firms buy and rent back, often at well below market value, the properties of homeowners, often where homeowners are struggling to keep up mortgage payments and facing repossession; condemns the bad practices of some SRB firms, such as giving a verbal commitment on a long-term lease, while in reality committing only to a short-term lease and subsequently charging inflated rental prices to former owners, resulting in their being forced out of their homes; agrees with the OFT report, which recommends regulation by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as well as ensuring that homeowners considering the SRB option are given independent financial advice and that the UK Government provide greater clarity on the rights of former homeowners in relation to the claiming of housing benefit, and strongly urges Jim Murphy, Secretary of State for Scotland, to join the Scottish Government in pressing the UK Government to act on and implement these recommendations, particularly regulation by the FSA, as quickly as possible.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Michael Matheson, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson*, Nigel Don*

S3M-2830 John Scott: Impact of BBC Local News Proposals on Local Newspapers—That the Parliament is concerned about proposals by the BBC to spend £68 million of licence payers’ money on incorporating extra local news coverage into its website; believes that this will simply duplicate news already provided by local newspapers and other local news media; considers that the proposal will stifle competition and damage the commercial viability of local newspapers, and calls on the BBC Trust to abandon these proposals.

S3M-2829 Rob Gibson: Scotland’s Congratulations to Barack Obama—That the Parliament welcomes the historic election of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America; applauds his accomplishment in breaking down lingering racial barriers and becoming the first African American to be elected to the office; congratulates the American public for turning out in record numbers to vote in the 2008 elections, breaking voting turnout records for young people as well as new voters that had never before cast a ballot; welcomes the revitalised partnership that America can offer to Scotland and the rest of the world through this unprecedented and uplifting election, and further offers congratulations from the whole of Scotland to the incoming leader of America.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Ken Macintosh, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jackie Baillie, Keith Brown, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-2828 Ted Brocklebank: Fife Leads on Being Green—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Council and Diageo Scotland Supply in Cameronbridge, Fife on being two of the seven Scottish organisations to receive Carbon Trust Standard certificates; notes that these are the first awards in the world to recognise organisations that have significantly cut their carbon dioxide outputs; applauds Fife Council for reducing its carbon emissions by 4% over the last three years with a commitment to further slash carbon output by 80% by 2050; further praises Diageo for cutting carbon emissions by 4% each year with an aim to cut output from fossil fuels by 50% by 2015, and encourages other Scottish organisations to cut their carbon emissions by setting similar targets and follow the example shown by the current seven recipients of these awards.

Supported by: John Lamont, Murdo Fraser, Bill Aitken, Kenneth Gibson, Elizabeth Smith, Stuart McMillan, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-2827 Jamie Hepburn: Congratulations to President-elect Obama—That the Parliament congratulates President-elect Barack Obama on his historic success in the US elections; notes the record-breaking turnout across the United States of America and the massive number of first-time voters inspired by Obama’s candidacy; believes that the result represents positive change for the USA and the world, especially in light of the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the difficulties facing the global economy, and encourages governments around the world to work with the incoming US administration to find solutions to these challenges.

Supported by: Andrew Welsh, Malcolm Chisholm, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, John Park, Mike Pringle, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Patrick Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Michael Matheson, Rob Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Dave Thompson*

S3M-2826 Patrick Harvie: Sharing the Audacity of Hope—That the Parliament offers sincere congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama and to all those who helped make his historic election possible; expresses the hope that President Obama will find an opportunity to visit Scotland during his term in office, and dares to share in the audacity of hope that a genuinely new direction in American politics at this important time in world affairs could offer the possibility for the spread of progressive values not at the point of a gun but through peace, co-operation and global justice.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Liam McArthur, Jim Tolson, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Cathy Peattie, Bill Kidd*

S3M-2825 Willie Coffey: Welcoming the Designation of the Chris Hoy Cycle Way—That the Parliament recognises the tremendous contribution of Chris Hoy, Scotland’s greatest Olympic athlete, to raising the profile of cycling in Scotland; notes that, from about 1869, Thomas McCall, a local joiner and cartwright, operated the world’s first bicycle factory in Kilmarnock, selling machines based on the design of Kirkpatrick MacMillan, inventor of the modern bicycle; further notes that examples of McCall’s products are held in museums in London and Dumfries, and records its support for the decision of East Ayrshire Council to underline Kilmarnock and Loudoun’s continued association with cycling by naming a local cycle route, from Hurlford to Galston, the Chris Hoy Cycle Way.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell

S3M-2824 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Pipe Major Gordon Walker - World Champion Solo Piper—That the Parliament congratulates Pipe Major Gordon Walker of Moscow, Ayrshire, for yet another successful year competing in the world’s top solo piping competitions; notes in particular his second consecutive victory in the prestigious Glenfiddich Piping Championship, in which he beat nine of the world’s top pipers, drawn from Canada and New Zealand as well as Scotland; further notes that Pipe Major Walker took up the pipes at the age of four and a half, became world junior solo champion at the age of 14, developed his skills during a career in the army, during which he also saw active service, and since leaving the army, in addition to his increasing success in solo competitions, has dedicated himself to passing on his skills through the College of Piping, the National Piping Centre, St. Columba’s School and Mauchline and District Pipe Band, and records its appreciation for Pipe Major Walker’s significant contribution to carrying forward Scotland’s piping tradition.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2823 Karen Whitefield: World Diabetes Day 2008—That the Parliament welcomes the United Nation’s declaration of November 14 as World Diabetes Day; further welcomes the arrival in the Scottish Parliament of Diabetes UK Scotland’s exhibition, which aims to raise awareness of the impact that the condition has on children and young adolescents in Scotland; recognises that Scotland has one of the highest rates in the world for Type 1 diabetes and that more than 90% of young people with diabetes in Scotland are at risk of serious health complications because they lack the information and support to manage their condition properly; congratulates Diabetes UK Scotland on the publication of the Making Connections toolkit, which aims to give young people an improved transition from paediatric to adult services in hospitals and gives them advice on living with diabetes as young adults, and calls on the Scottish Government to support fully children and young people with diabetes.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Charlie Gordon, Cathy Peattie, Michael McMahon, Andy Kerr, Nanette Milne, Hugh Henry, Cathie Craigie, David Stewart, Robin Harper, Malcolm Chisholm, Elaine Murray, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Liam McArthur, James Kelly, Mary Mulligan, Hugh O’Donnell, Ken Macintosh, Sarah Boyack, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Park, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Jack McConnell, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-2822 Elizabeth Smith: Perth FM—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Perth FM, a new radio station for the city of Perth and surrounding areas; notes that Perth FM will be launched with a bang on 5 November 2008, and wishes all involved in this exciting new radio station well in bringing radio to the Fair City.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2818 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Torrylinn Creamery—That the Parliament congratulates Torrylinn Creamery on the island of Arran for winning a silver award for its Isle of Arran Dunlop cheese at the World Cheese Awards in Dublin on 29 September 2008; notes that this international recognition follows a gold award at the Royal Welsh Show in July 2008 and is its 11th award won this year; recognises the particular contribution of cheese maker Paul Murray, who has been with the company for eight years; acknowledges that the Isle of Arran Dunlop is made entirely from milk supplied by three island farms; is aware that Torrylinn Creamery is run by First Milk, which is the largest dairy farmer co-operative in the United Kingdom and employs seven people; recognises that winning awards is important to both existing and potential customers and the continued prosperity of the company, and wishes Torrylinn Creamery even further success in the years to come.

Supported by: John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Jackson Carlaw, Jack McConnell, Bill Kidd*

S3M-2817# Marlyn Glen: World AIDS Day 2008—That the Parliament recognises the importance of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2008 and its aim of highlighting the challenges and consequences of the HIV epidemic around the world; acknowledges that there are 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide and that countries face a myriad challenges in halting the spread of the virus and improving the lives and experiences of people affected; recognises that HIV diagnoses in Scotland have been increasing in recent years with 2007 seeing the highest annual number on record; acknowledges that it is estimated that there are 5,500 people now living with HIV in Scotland; regrets that a recent poll found that people in Scotland had comparatively poorer rates of HIV knowledge than in other areas of the United Kingdom; considers that this lack of public understanding about the virus and how it is transmitted compounds and exacerbates the stigma and prejudice experienced by many people living with HIV in Scotland, and therefore supports this year’s theme of Respect and Protect, which highlights the responsibility of everyone to transform attitudes to HIV and encourage actions that stop its spread.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Ms Wendy Alexander, Ken Macintosh, John Park, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Sarah Boyack, Alasdair Allan, Hugh O’Donnell, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Liam McArthur, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, James Kelly, Rob Gibson, Karen Whitefield, Dr Richard Simpson, Claire Baker, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Butler, Rhona Brankin, Christina McKelvie, Hugh Henry, Nanette Milne, Jack McConnell, Cathy Peattie

S3M-2816 Jamie Hepburn: Free Public Tours of Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body on its decision to bring the contract for guided tours in-house and, consequently reintroduce free tours of the Parliament building for the general public; believes that this not only brings public tours into line with the range of free educational tours available in the Parliament, but also with many other parliament buildings across Europe that similarly offer free guided tours; further believes that this can only enhance public awareness and understanding of the Parliament and the Parliament’s status as a major attraction in Edinburgh, and encourages all users of the building to continue to extend a warm welcome to the many visitors who pass through each day.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson, Ian McKee, John Lamont, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patrick Harvie, Bashir Ahmad, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, John Park, Brian Adam, Jim Tolson, Christina McKelvie

S3M-2815 Aileen Campbell: Scottish Sports Hall of Fame—That the Parliament welcomes the decision posthumously to induct former World Rally Champion Colin McRae into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame following his untimely death in a helicopter crash near his home in Lanark in 2007; congratulates the other recent inductees, former Scotland and Lions rugby international David Sole, Olympic swimmer Catherine Brown and disability sportswoman Isabel Newstead, and supports the ongoing work of the hall of fame to acknowledge Scotland’s past sporting performers, promote excellence in sport and instil sport as a key part of the nation’s culture.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, John Lamont, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Mr Frank McAveety, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh O’Donnell, Keith Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Ken Macintosh, Christina McKelvie, Jack McConnell

S3M-2814 John Swinney: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

S3M-2813 Christine Grahame: Borders Pharmaceutical Company Expands into Lucrative US Market—That the Parliament recognises and congratulates Galashiels-based pharmaceutical company ProStrakan for the launch in the US market of Sancuso, a medical patch that helps prevent sickness in patients undergoing chemotherapy; notes that the projected annual sales in the United States of America from the release of this product to help cancer patients are expected to reach more than $100 million; considers that the launch of Sancuso demonstrates the cutting-edge medical developments of pharmaceutical companies like ProStrakan, and wishes the company and its employees well as it continues to grow.

S3M-2812 Shirley-Anne Somerville: From Bump to Breastfeeding—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the new From Bump to Breastfeeding DVD, providing practical and supportive information on breastfeeding to new and expectant mums; notes that the DVD was devised by a children’s charity, Best Beginnings, in collaboration with NHS Health Scotland and other health organisations throughout the United Kingdom; further notes that copies of the DVD have been distributed to every NHS board and will be provided free to every expectant mum by her midwife; welcomes the Scottish Government’s target for NHS boards to increase the proportion of newborn children exclusively breastfed at 6 to 8 weeks from 26.6% in 2006-07 to 33.3% in 2010-11; recognises the health benefits of breastfeeding but also the questions and challenges experienced by many new mothers, and welcomes the additional support that this DVD will provide.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-2811 Rob Gibson: Cyclone Nargis Aid Efforts—That the Parliament congratulates, in the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone Nargis, the impressive progress toward recovery made by citizens and aid workers in Burma over the past six months; commends the efforts made by the United Nation’s World Food Programme, which is still supplying some 770,000 Burmese with food aid; highlights the success of UK-based charity Save The Children in setting up 350 temporary schools and reinhabiting a further 200 schools, and recognising that, according to the International Crisis Group, there is still much work to be done, thus supports and encourages the future efforts of these and other international aid organisations.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, David Stewart, Alasdair Allan, Mike Pringle, Alex Neil, Patricia Ferguson, Nanette Milne, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Ken Macintosh, Jack McConnell, Christina McKelvie

S3M-2810 Kenneth Gibson: Lest We Forget—That the Parliament commemorates on 11 November 2008 the 90th anniversary of the 1918 armistice, which ended the First World War; acknowledges Scotland’s heavy sacrifice in that appalling conflict, which cost Scotland 147,609 fatalities and hundreds of thousands of wounded from the 557,000 Scots, most of them volunteers, who served in the British armed forces; notes that Scotland’s losses represent around 19% of the estimated 761,000 British war dead at a time when Scotland had less than 9.5% of Britain’s population; considers that tens of thousands of other Scots also perished while serving valiantly in the London Scottish, Liverpool Scottish, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, South African and other regiments raised throughout the British Empire; recognises that every community in Scotland and countless Scottish families suffered grievously; believes that few families endured as much as the Mochrie family of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, which had five brothers serving in the British Army three of whom, 19 year-old Private Robert Mochrie of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, 21-year-old Private Matthew Mochrie of the Cameronians, and 28 year-old Corporal James Mochrie of the Gordon Highlanders, were all tragically killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos on 25 September 1915, along with thousands of their compatriots; further notes that 36 year-old Private Andrew Mochrie, also of the Cameronians, was killed at the Battle of Arras on 9 June 1917; is aware that John Mochrie, of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, survived the conflict as did his sister, Euphemia, a nurse with Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps, whose son, William McKim, was killed serving on HMS Hood in the Second World War, and understands that many of us are the descendents both of those who bravely fought and died for their country and those lucky enough to return home, often maimed and traumatised, to an uncertain future and that it is our solemn duty both to remember them and to commemorate their sacrifices.

Supported by: John Lamont, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Bashir Ahmad, Nanette Milne, Ken Macintosh, Patrick Harvie, Jamie Hepburn, Keith Brown, Aileen Campbell, John Wilson, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Dave Thompson, John Scott, Jim Tolson*

S3M-2798.1 George Foulkes: Post Office Closures in Edinburgh—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2798) in the name of Mike Pringle, leave out from "is deeply disappointed" to end and insert "notes that Essex County Council has worked with the UK Government to preserve post offices in the Essex area; further notes that the Lib Dem/SNP administration of City of Edinburgh Council commissioned numerous reports on this subject, yet chose not to fund a similar scheme in the capital, and believes that such inaction seriously damages the credibility of the Edinburgh Liberal Democrat’s campaign to save post offices."

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Dr Richard Simpson

S3M-2684# Dave Thompson: Welcoming the Launch of Community Energy Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Community Energy Scotland, the new Highland-based Scottish charity that has taken over the work of the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company to support communities throughout Scotland to develop sustainable energy projects; commends the organisation’s aim to build confidence, resilience and wealth at community level in Scotland through sustainable energy development, and further commends its leadership role in the growing grass-roots movement dedicated to reinforcing local control and decision-making within the community sector through sustainable energy development and the contribution that this will make to achieving Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, John Wilson, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Jim Tolson, Joe FitzPatrick, Angela Constance, Keith Brown, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson, Nanette Milne, Michael Matheson, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Mary Scanlon

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.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Hugh O’Donnell, Karen Whitefield, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Ken Macintosh, Paul Martin, Mary Mulligan, Sarah Boyack, Helen Eadie, Jackson Carlaw, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Dr Richard Simpson, David Stewart, Annabel Goldie

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.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2805# Carers’ Rights Day (lodged on 31 October 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-2795 Support the PCS Pay Strike on 10 November 2008 (lodged on 30 October 2008) Karen Whitefield*

S3M-2772 Adoption of A70 as a Trunk Road (lodged on 28 October 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2653# Fare Deal (lodged on 2 October 2008) Jim Tolson*

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