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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2992 Margaret Mitchell: Voluntary and Public Sector Awards—That the Parliament welcomes the inaugural Herald Society Awards, presented in conjunction with the Big Lottery Fund; congratulates all the winners of the 2008 awards; acknowledges that these awards recognise inspirational work and achievement in a wide range of categories by individuals and teams from the public and voluntary sectors, and believes that it is appropriate that success stories are celebrated and shared.

*S3M-2991♦ Patrick Harvie: Communities Leading on Climate Change—That the Parliament congratulates the community groups around Scotland, such as the Toryglen Gardening Club in Glasgow, that have made successful applications to the Climate Challenge Fund; notes that the fund makes available £27.4 million over three years to support community-led efforts to make serious carbon reductions across Scotland; believes that Scotland’s diverse communities can play an important role in carbon innovation, and believes that projects supported by the fund can also help build community cohesion, tackle social exclusion and build sustainable local economies.

*S3M-2989 Sandra White: Size Does Matter—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the EIS report, The Case for Reducing Class Sizes in Scotland’s Schools, supporting the case for a reduction in class sizes; notes that studies have shown that smaller class sizes result in higher attainment levels, particularly among those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and an improvement in pupil behaviour, motivation and self-image, and urges all parties involved in the delivery of smaller class sizes to work together to give all children in Scotland the opportunity to realise their full potential.

*S3M-2988 Gil Paterson on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: Audit Committee - Title and Remit—That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3), Audit Committee - Title and Remit (SP Paper 151), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 11 December 2008.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone*

*S3M-2987 Gil Paterson on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body—That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 1st Report, 2008 (Session 3), Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SP Paper 47), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 11 December 2008.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone*

*S3M-2986 Peter Peacock: Bull Hire Scheme—That the Parliament recognises the enormous benefits brought to cattle quality and cattle health throughout the Highlands and Islands as a result of the Bull Hire Scheme operated by the Crofters Commission over many years; welcomes the potential for improved markets and prices obtained from good-quality, health-certified stock; notes the practical arrangements that the scheme offers to allow good over-wintering provisions and health checks for the bulls, which might otherwise be beyond the reach of many crofters; regards the scheme as a sensible and practical way that government can support small-scale and remotely-located crofting enterprise; notes the widespread concern of cattle-breeding crofters about the proposal to end the scheme, and urges the Scottish Government to reconsider its decision to end the Bull Hire Scheme and commit to retaining a scheme as a sound and practical way of supporting crofters and quality cattle production in some of our most remote Highlands and Islands areas.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*, Sarah Boyack*, Elaine Murray*

*S3M-2985# Mary Mulligan: Young Roots Films of Woodland in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Woodland Trust Scotland and pupils of Bathgate Academy, Deans Community High, Inveralmond Community High, Linlithgow Academy and Whitburn Academy for producing the Young Roots videos, representing various views of local woodlands; recognises that this has helped the young people to understand the contribution of woodland to their environment and to gain skills on film-making, and hopes that the videos can be made available to school and community groups across Scotland to raise awareness of the many woodlands throughout Scotland.

*S3M-2984 Jim Hume: Congratulations to TD1 Radio - Community Radio for Galashiels—That the Parliament congratulates the team at TD1 Radio on its successful efforts to launch TD1 Community Radio for Galashiels on 1 December 2008; recognises the significance that this community-owned and led radio project will play in reflecting local views, and wishes all at TD1 Radio well in their future work.

*S3M-2983 Keith Brown: A St Andrew’s Day Belter for Kinross—That the Parliament congratulates the residents of Kinross postcode KY13 8?? on winning the biggest ever prize of £1 million in the People’s Postcode Lottery draw and wishes them a very happy St Andrew’s Day.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Christina McKelvie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Stuart McMillan*

*S3M-2982 Willie Coffey: Cadet Heather Stupart of Newmilns—That the Parliament joins Flight Lieutenant Downie and the officers and members of 327 (Kilmarnock) Squadron of the Air Cadets in acknowledging the passing of Cadet Heather Stupart of Newmilns, who died on 20 October 2008, aged 15; notes that Heather was a valued member of the squadron and was a member of the drill team that won the Glasgow and West Scotland Wing competition in 2007; further notes that, having been diagnosed in July 2007 with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer of the bone and soft tissue that affects mainly teenagers, and despite her gruelling treatment, Heather always had a smile on her face and continued to attend the squadron as often as was possible, and expresses its condolences to Heather’s parents, Nadine and John, her sisters, Emma and Rachel, and her brother, Sean, who, it is noted, has followed Heather into 327 (Kilmarnock) Squadron of the Air Cadets.

*S3M-2981 Stuart McMillan: British Government Invoke Anti-Terrorist Legislation on Iceland—That the Parliament notes with concern the news that the British Government has invoked anti-terrorist legislation, which many people believe is perceived to be aimed at Iceland through freezing the funds owned, held or controlled by the Icelandic bank, Landsbanki, and acknowledges that people in Iceland, through the petition website, which has over 80,000 signatures, believe that the British Government is acting indiscriminately and affecting the interests of Iceland, its actions serving only to exacerbate the problems for Iceland during the current difficult economic climate.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-2980 Christina McKelvie: The Union Deficit—That the Parliament notes with concern the warning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that the United Kingdom is heading towards a "severe" economic downturn in 2009 and the forecast by the International Monetary Fund that foresees a 1.3% fall in output in 2009; is further concerned that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has failed to address the justifiable concerns about the economy and the deleterious effects on Scotland of the policies of Her Majesty’s Government; reflects that the supposed "union dividend" has been proven to be the "union deficit", and considers that Scotland would be better off independent.

*S3M-2979 Angela Constance: Congratulations to PASTA—That the Parliament congratulates the Parents and Staff Teachers Association (PASTA) of Pinewood School in West Lothian on successfully raising in excess of £100,000 to build a new playground; celebrates PASTA’s success in ITV’s Big Lottery Fund competition – People’s Millions, securing £50,000 as a result of a public vote; notes that this ambitious project will build a new playground that meets the needs of children with a range of additional learning needs, including learning and physical disabilities; commends the West Lothian Courier and the people of West Lothian for their support, and praises the individual endeavours of Angela Bruty, Lynsey Findlay and other parents who have campaigned tirelessly to ensure that their children get access to the play provision that they need and deserve.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

*S3M-2978 Bashir Ahmad: Zimbabwe’s Cholera Epidemic—That the Parliament notes with concern the rising cholera-related death toll in Zimbabwe; expresses its worry that the actual figure may be as high as 3,000, as reported on 27 November 2007 by a senior official in Zimbabwe’s Health Ministry, and, as Oxfam has reported, a further one million Zimbabweans are at risk; expresses further concern that Robert Mugabe’s regime is reportedly silencing health workers and restricting access to the huge number of death certificates that give the cause of death as cholera-related; believes that, with Harare’s Central Hospital officially closed, the situation is dire, and calls on the international community to step up pressure on Zimbabwe’s president to allow international aid and medicine to enter the country.

*S3M-2977 Christina McKelvie: Remembering the Holocaust—That the Parliament welcomes the funding from the Scottish Government for school pupils to travel to Auschwitz and the agreement between the Scottish Government, the Holocaust Educational Trust and COSLA to organise that travel; notes that this is the first time that a Scottish administration has provided funding directly to this project, and hopes that each new generation in Scotland renews the collective memory of the World War II Holocaust and commits to ensuring that it can never be repeated.

S3M-2976 Robert Brown: Age of Criminal Responsibility in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the comments made by the Lord Advocate to the Justice Committee, at its meeting on 25 November 2008, on the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland; believes that prosecuting children as young as eight in the adult courts is highly inappropriate and that such cases should always be dealt with by the children’s hearing system, which can put in place appropriate arrangements to tackle the root causes of offending and criminality in children, including detention in secure accommodation in the most serious cases where such a decision is in the public interest; notes that the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called for the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to be raised; notes that this age is 15 in Scandinavian countries and ranges from 13 to 18 in most other European countries, and urges the Scottish Government to consult as soon as possible on the implications of raising the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland and otherwise complying with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2975 Brian Adam: Congratulations to Aberdeen City Council on Reducing the City’s Carbon Footprint—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen City Council for winning the Guardian Newspaper Public Services Innovation and Progress Sustainability Award for its work in reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2974 Kenneth Gibson: Learning About the Holocaust—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Government that funding is to be made available for the Holocaust Educational Trust to offer pupils representing all secondary schools the opportunity to participate in visits to Auschwitz to learn about the Holocaust and encourages the Scottish Government, local government and the Holocaust Educational Trust to work together to ensure participation across as wide a range of schools as possible.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ken Macintosh*, Christina McKelvie*, Robin Harper*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2973 Jamie Hepburn: Towards Independence for Greenland—That the Parliament congratulates the people of Greenland on their historic vote for increased autonomy from Denmark; notes that some 75% of voters favoured the proposals to transfer a range of powers including those over police, courts and coastguard as well as a share of oil revenues to the island; welcomes this peaceful and democratic transfer of powers, and believes that this demonstrates that even in times of global economic uncertainty nations can move forward constitutionally.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Alex Neil*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Christina McKelvie*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-2972 Jack McConnell: The Star Award for SQA Champion to Janet Allardice—That the Parliament congratulates Janet Allardice of Dalziel High School on being the recent recipient of the Star Award for SQA Champion for her dedication to championing SQA qualifications during her 33-year career and recognises that her inspirational guidance and commitment have touched thousands, allowing her to, amongst other things, lead her co-workers to develop higher standards in business education and prepare her students to achieve their standard grades.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-2971 Stuart McMillan: Right of Suffrage—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent reports about convicted prisoners having the right to vote and agrees that with rights come responsibilities but considers that when a person is convicted some rights should be removed, including the right of suffrage.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Brian Adam*

*S3M-2971.1 Patrick Harvie: Right of Suffrage—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2971) in the name of Stuart McMillan, leave out from "agrees" to end and insert "considers that the increasing use of non-custodial sentences raises a question as to why only prisoners, and not other convicted offenders, should be prevented from voting, and further considers that, even if the bar on prisoners voting remains, a distinction must be made between prisoners serving long sentences who cannot expect to be at liberty during the electoral term in question and those serving a very short sentence that simply happens to coincide with a particular election."

S3M-2970 Karen Whitefield: Harthill Footbridge—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new Harthill M8 footbridge; congratulates the previous Labour/Liberal Democrat administration on the work that it carried out to ensure that the new footbridge would be completed; congratulates the previous Minister for Transport, Tavish Scott MSP, for having the ambition to ensure that the bridge was built to such high design standards, and believes that it will become an iconic feature in Lanarkshire.

S3M-2969 Gavin Brown: Caring Christmas Trees—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of Bethany Christian Trust and congratulates it on its Caring Christmas Trees programme; notes that, through the assistance of 500 volunteers, the programme provides nearly 4,000 Christmas trees to Edinburgh and Fife residents while simultaneously raising money to provide food, shelter and advice to homeless individuals during the winter months; welcomes the fact that the programme has been franchised to Gowrie Care in Dundee, Impact Arts in Glasgow and Kibble in Paisley, and urges all those planning to purchase a Christmas tree this December to consider supporting the goals of the Caring Christmas Trees initiative to provide much-needed support to vulnerable individuals in these communities.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, Mr Frank McAveety, Murdo Fraser, Ian McKee, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Bill Aitken, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson*, Bill Kidd*, David McLetchie*, Jackie Baillie*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ken Macintosh*, John Park*, Jamie Hepburn*, Mary Mulligan*, Sandra White*

S3M-2968 Keith Brown: Peru Today, Scotland Tomorrow?—That the Parliament notes the decision of FIFA, the international football governing body, to suspend the Peruvian national football association as of 25 November 2008, removing its right to participate in international tournaments; notes with alarm that this was triggered by excessive political intervention by the Peruvian Government, including pressure to elect a national association president of the government’s choice; believes that there are disturbing parallels between this intervention and the pressure being exerted by the UK Government on the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish associations to accept a combined Great Britain Olympic football team, and calls on the UK Government to abandon this stance and allow all football associations on these islands to act without politically-motivated coercion.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Roseanna Cunningham, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Ian McKee*, Alex Neil*, Aileen Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2967 Patrick Harvie: International Students and ID Cards—That the Parliament notes that all non-EU nationals renewing their visas after this week will be required by the UK Government to buy an ID card and that this particularly affects international students studying in Scotland; shares the previous Scottish Executive’s view, supported by the Parliament in 2005, that ID cards must not be required for the use of devolved services; notes that, while immigration is currently reserved, universities and education are devolved services; believes that international students contribute substantially to Scottish society and the Scottish economy, and urges the Scottish Government to provide whatever advice and support it can for such students studying in Scottish universities and colleges if they refuse to comply with the ID card scheme.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil

S3M-2964 Rob Gibson: Women’s Welfare in the Democratic Republic of Congo—That the Parliament condemns the state of women’s welfare in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the widespread systematic rape and sexual violence against women and young girls; notes the indiscriminate nature of the crime with rape victims as young as infants or as old as 80-year-old grandmothers, with many being raped by groups of soldiers and others held as sex slaves; highlights the reported 40,000 victims of sexual violence that were treated in UN and partnered medical centres in 2007 and notes that experts believe this to be only a fraction of the actual number of victims; applauds campaigns such as the Enough Project, which aims to empower Congolese women and girls to put an end to assaults of sexual violence; calls for an end to rape being used as a weapon of war by all armed groups, and finally hails the courageous women of the DRC who are making their voices heard by the international community and demonstrating against this ongoing campaign of physical, psychological and social assault.

Supported by: Jack McConnell, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Christopher Harvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Ken Macintosh*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christina McKelvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Patrick Harvie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-2963 Robin Harper: Redevelopment of School Playing Fields—That the Parliament notes with concern the redevelopment of school playing fields across Scotland and the consequent loss of facilities for schools and communities; considers that the omission of Fields in Trust (FIT) Scotland, previously known as the National Playing Fields Association, as a mandatory consultee on all playing field development proposals is a bizarre anomaly, and believes that FIT Scotland should be accorded mandatory consultee status by the Scottish Government without delay.

S3M-2962 Brian Adam: AFS Alcohol Support Online—That the Parliament congratulates Alcohol Focus Scotland and Alcohol Support Ltd, Aberdeen, on launching a new pilot online support service for the people of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, AFS Alcohol Support Online, which can be found at, and believes that this interactive website will form a valuable tool in the range of services that are provided to help those who wish to talk to someone about their or another person’s drinking and will reduce barriers to gaining free and confidential advice from trained counsellors for those who live in rural areas, young people and disabled people.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil

S3M-2957# Lewis Macdonald: Aberdeen Forensic Science Laboratory—That the Parliament notes the proposals made by the Scottish Police Services Authority for the closure of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen; welcomes the direction issued by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to the authority in May 2008 that it should engage in fresh consultation with interested parties; considers, with regret, that the authority’s consultation document published in November 2008 amounts to no more than a further case for closure; believes that the authority has thereby appeared to suggest that the conclusion of its consultation has already been determined in favour of closure, and further believes that the continued provision of forensic services to Grampian Police and Northern Constabulary by the forensic laboratory in Aberdeen is one of a number of options worthy of proper consideration in a meaningful consultation process.

Supported by: Richard Baker, Nanette Milne, George Foulkes, Michael McMahon, Mike Rumbles, Elaine Murray, Helen Eadie, Trish Godman, Robin Harper*, Alison McInnes*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-2956 Jamie Hepburn: Red Cross Report - What We Do in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Red Cross for its What we do in Scotland report; notes that the activities of the Red Cross are provided by a local network of more than 4,000 volunteers, supported by more than 400 members of staff, helping around 100,000 people in crisis in Scotland every year; welcomes the cooperation of the Red Cross with the Scottish Ambulance Service in the operation of four Community First Responder schemes in Kyle of Lochalsh, Aberdeen, Forth Valley and Grangemouth, a model of cooperation replicated in its work with HM Coastguard in providing support to those rescued in emergency situations; supports the Red Cross programmes of first aid instruction, including working with Deafblind Scotland for a specific course for deafblind adults, and looks forward to the continued work of the Red Cross in future years.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Mike Pringle, Pauline McNeill, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Keith Brown, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, John Park, Trish Godman, Jack McConnell, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2955 Robin Harper: Scotland’s Forests—That the Parliament considers that the Forestry Commission Scotland has a central role with regard to sustainable development and to combating climate change; recognises the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase forest cover from 17% to 25% by 2020; expresses its dismay at the proposal to lease Scottish woodland to commercial companies for up to 75 years, a decision that could, in the long term, threaten productivity, employment, sustainable use of woodland and environmental policy making, and calls on the Scottish Government to withdraw forthwith from any negotiations that may have been started and to renew its commitment to continue to support the Forestry Commission Scotland’s important work on both climate change and sustainable development.

Supported by: Elaine Murray*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Jim Hume*

*S3M-2955.1 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Scotland’s Forests—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2955) in the name of Robin Harper, leave out from "expresses its dismay" to end and insert "welcomes the ongoing consultation provisions for forestry in the Scottish Climate Change Bill and the Scottish Government’s continued engagement with key forestry stakeholders; notes that the proposal to lease some woodlands would apply only to the most commercial of forests and would have no impact on the vast majority of publicly-used woodlands and none on key leisure woodlands; further notes that any proposed leases would have to include unbreakable guarantees concerning the highest standards of biodiversity, access and training and that absolutely none of Scotland’s publicly-owned forest estate would be sold as a result of these proposals, and recognises that the leasing proposal has the potential to release much-needed capital for investment in climate-change activity and could result in the creation of additional jobs in the sector as considerable new sums would be available for tree planting and other related activity."

S3M-2954 Bob Doris: Steven Taylor, Professional of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Steven Taylor, an employee of Capita Life and Pensions, Glasgow, who was awarded the prestigious United Kingdom-wide titles of Professional of the Year - Agent and Overall Professional of the Year at the 2008 Customer Contact Association awards in Edinburgh; believes that such awards demonstrate Steven’s hard work, commitment, ability and professionalism, and further believes that such an accolade going to an employee of a Scottish-based firm sends out a strong signal as to the quality, skill and dedication of a Scottish-based workforce, which is vital not only in terms of maintaining Scottish jobs but also in expanding Scotland’s jobs base.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie McGrigor, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2953 Alex Neil: Dependent Britain—That the Parliament notes that, as a result of the pre-Budget report announced on 24 November 2008 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the estimated budget deficit for the UK Government will rise to over 8% of GDP in 2010 and the national debt will rise to nearly 60% of GDP, with both these figures excluding the billions required to pay off the debts arising from PPP/PFI commitments and the bail out of the banks; notes that the United Kindgom’s credit rating has now been downgraded to being, apart from Italy, the lowest in the developed world; deduces that, based on previous statements made by the unionist Labour, Liberal and Tory parties about the economic viability of an independent Scotland, the United Kingdom can no longer survive as a politically-independent state, and therefore invites those parties to advise which other nation should now assume responsibility for running Britain.

Supported by: Margo MacDonald, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2952 Rob Gibson: DR Congo Conflict—That the Parliament expresses its dismay that an estimated 250,000 civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have had to flee their homes and are living in desperate conditions following the latest outbreak of violence in eastern DRC; notes that these refugees are joining more than one million civilians already displaced in the region; commends the aim of the world’s largest UN peacekeeping force of 17,000, which is attempting to secure an end to the DRC’s lengthy civil war and ultimately disarm and re-integrate rebel forces into a joint defence force for the region; further notes that the civil war has already caused more than three million deaths, mainly due to starvation and disease, with around 1,200 people dying each day as a direct or indirect result of the conflict; applauds the Disasters Emergency Committee Democratic Republic of Congo appeal, which brings together a unique alliance of the international aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors to rally funds and ensure that they go to delivering life-saving food, water, shelter and emergency medical supplies to those affected, and, finally, highlights the critical scale of the crisis, signalling that much more is needed from the international community in order to end the conflict and rebuild the DRC.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Des McNulty, Brian Adam, Keith Brown, Christopher Harvie, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Jack McConnell, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2951 Aileen Campbell: UK Fails in Duties Under the Ottawa Convention—That the Parliament notes the publication of the Landmine Monitor 2008 by the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which confirms that the UK Government has failed in its duty, under the Ottawa Convention on landmines, to clear the Falkland Islands of such munitions; further notes that the UK Government has already applied for an additional 10 years in which to complete this process; shares the ICBL’s belief that this lack of progress is disappointing, and calls on the UK Government to set a firm deadline for clearing the Falkland Islands of landmines.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-2949 Karen Whitefield: SQA Star Awards and North Lanarkshire School Bands—That the Parliament congratulates the members of the North Lanarkshire jazz band and the duo of Marina Kelmann and Emma Gilchrist for their outstanding performances during the recent SQA Awards; recognises the very high standard of the music performed by them on the night, and further congratulates North Lanarkshire Council’s Department of Learning and Leisure for all the support that it has provided to enable such a high standard of performance.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith

S3M-2948 Karen Whitefield: SQA Star Award for Partnership of the Year to Coatbridge College—That the Parliament congratulates Coatbridge College on its recent success in winning the SQA Star Award for Partnership of the Year for the work that it has carried out to help the Polish community in Airdrie and Coatbridge to learn English; recognises that this work is carried out on a collaborative basis with SQA, local employers, educational professionals and members of the polish community, and wishes all those involved in the initiative every success for the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith

S3M-2947 Jamie Stone: National House Building Council’s Pride in the Job Award—That the Parliament congratulates the 30 site managers across Scotland who have recently been awarded the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Pride in the Job Quality Awards for site management; recognises that more than 18,000 site managers compete in the awards, which are widely recognised as the most coveted and respected awards in the housebuilding industry; supports the aim of the awards in encouraging best practice and driving up standards in the industry, and wishes the winners luck as they proceed through further rounds of the NHBC Pride in the Job competition.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil

S3M-2946 Sarah Boyack: 6 December 2008: A March for Effective Global Action on Climate Change—That the Parliament welcomes the march to be held in Glasgow on 6 December 2008 to coincide with the UN climate change talks in Poznań, Poland, to call for just solutions to the problem of climate change to be achieved through the UN talks and the Scottish Climate Change Bill; supports the call for urgent and resolute action to prevent the catastrophic effects of a significant increase in global temperature; calls on world leaders to adopt a common approach to tackling climate change including a strong emissions reductions treaty that is both equitable and effective in significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and welcomes the wide range of Scottish organisations giving support to the march.

Supported by: Bob Doris, John Park, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, Dr Richard Simpson, Malcolm Chisholm, Mike Pringle, Mary Mulligan, Jamie Hepburn, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, James Kelly*, Cathie Craigie*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-2941.1 Bashir Ahmad: Govanhill Law Centre—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2941) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, after first "thanks" insert "the Scottish Government for its considerable support for Govanhill Law Centre, shown by recently awarding it almost a quarter of a million pounds in funding and".

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, John Wilson, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*

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, Jamie Stone, Dave Thompson, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh O’Donnell, Stuart McMillan, Tom McCabe, Cathy Jamieson, Gil Paterson, Nanette Milne, Ken Macintosh, Cathy Peattie

S3M-1975# Gavin Brown: South Edinburgh Suburban Railway—That the Parliament notes the wide public and cross-party political support that the campaign for the reopening of the South Sub railway has gathered; acknowledges the importance of the work carried out by groups such as Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG), E-Rail and TRANSform Scotland; observes that the most recent report on the reopening of the South Sub did not contain a benefit-cost ratio, which was positive in previous reports; believes that the reopening of the South Sub would ease the impact of traffic on the main routes into the city as well as playing an important role in the reduction of fuel emissions in the south of Edinburgh, and believes that there is a case for the reopening of passenger services on the South Edinburgh Suburban Railway.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Mike Pringle, Jackson Carlaw, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Murdo Fraser, David McLetchie, Robin Harper, Nanette Milne, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, Sarah Boyack

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2945 Call for Parliamentary Scrutiny of Aid Effectiveness (lodged on 21 November 2008) Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Des McNulty*, Trish Godman*, Ian McKee*

S3M-2941 Govanhill Law Centre (lodged on 21 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2940 Adam Smith College and Abertay University in Partnership (lodged on 21 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Tricia Marwick*

S3M-2938 BBC Trust Rejects £68 Million Plan (lodged on 21 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2936 Ban Tobacco Vending Machines (lodged on 20 November 2008) Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2935♦ Cuiken Primary and its School Playing Field (lodged on 21 November 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-2934 For £12 Billion Big Brother Bugs You (lodged on 20 November 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-2932# Future of the Bull Hire Scheme (lodged on 20 November 2008) Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*, David Stewart*

S3M-2931 Fair Tips (lodged on 20 November 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-2927 Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Souvenir Stamp (lodged on 19 November 2008) Dave Thompson*, Andrew Welsh*

S3M-2926# Shelter Scotland 40 Years On (lodged on 19 November 2008) Dave Thompson*, Keith Brown*

S3M-2925 2008 Homeless World Cup Sponsorship (lodged on 19 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2924 Froglife (lodged on 19 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2911 UK Immigration Minister’s Comments on Asylum and Immigration (lodged on 18 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2907 Scotland’s Tribute to One of the Most Influential Scientists of All Time (lodged on 18 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2903 Dundee Top City for Business Growth (lodged on 17 November 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2902 Billy Liddell Enters the SFA Hall of Fame (lodged on 17 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2901 Congratulations to Strathclyde Police and Lanarkshire’s Alcohol and Drug Action Team (lodged on 17 November 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2900 Biggar Museum Archaeology Group Wins Top Award (lodged on 17 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2898# Recognising the Role of a Healthy, Competitive Television Industry in the Cultural Life of Scotland (lodged on 14 November 2008) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-2896 Aberdeen Bus Fare Reductions (lodged on 14 November 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2895 Cumbernauld: A Love Song (lodged on 14 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2893 Show Racism the Red Card Activities in Rutherglen and Cambuslang (lodged on 14 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2892 Improving Access (lodged on 14 November 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2891 Congratulations to JK Rowling and Children’s High Level Group (lodged on 14 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-2867 Free Hospital Transport in Renfrewshire (lodged on 12 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2866 UK Opt-out on the European Working Time Directive (lodged on 12 November 2008) Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2857 A Right Belter (lodged on 11 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2773 Ian McColl (lodged on 28 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2711 Oil Prices (lodged on 13 October 2008) Gil Paterson*

S3M-2665# Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme (lodged on 3 October 2008) Mike Rumbles*

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