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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site at Current Motions

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-3055 Sarah Boyack: Edinburgh Waverley is a Secure Station—That the Parliament congratulates those at Edinburgh Waverley station who have helped in its re-accreditation under the Secure Station Scheme; notes the nationwide role that the scheme plays in promoting good practice and fostering partnerships between the British Transport Police and local stakeholders in the implementation of security measures, and recognises the importance of safe public transport in encouraging everyone to make greater use of more sustainable methods of travel and in reducing the country’s carbon emissions.

*S3M-3054 Gil Paterson: Scottish Water’s Warm Pipes Campaign 2008—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Scottish Water’s Warm Pipes Campaign 2008 and believes that this initiative will provide people with important information as the weather gradually worsens over the winter, highlighting ways in which to combat the adverse weather conditions and alerting people to be proactive in beating the cold.

*S3M-3053 Bill Kidd: UK Government Plans to Treat Lone Parents as Repeat Offenders—That the Parliament expresses concern at proposals in the UK Government commissioned report, Realising potential: A vision for personalised conditionality and support, by Professor Paul Gregg from Bristol University, to further extend sanctions-based conditionality for groups of persons on incapacity benefit and lone parents; notes that, under the proposals for lone parents, only those with a child under the age of one would be excluded from conditions to take actions to prepare for work; considers that any sanctions imposed on them, where they are described by the Department of Work and Pensions as "repeat offenders", will further impoverish children, and further considers that lone parents deserve positive measures to support them in seeking suitable work rather than punitive ones.

*S3M-3052 John Scott: Arrrest of British Missionaries in the Gambia—That the Parliament notes with concern the arrest in the Gambia of Christian missionaries David Fulton, formerly of Troon, and his wife, Fiona, and the fact that they have been charged with sedition; also notes with concern that Mr Fulton is being held at a high security jail outside the capital, Banjul, and that his wife is being held with their two-year-old adopted daughter at a police station in the capital; further notes the criticisms made of the human rights and civil liberties record of the Gambian Government by international rights organisations, and calls on the UK Government to exercise all possible influence to have Mr and Mrs Fulton released.

*S3M-3051 Joe FitzPatrick: Active Scotland Website—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Active Scotland website, www.activescotland.org.uk, which has been developed by NHS Health Scotland as a tool to support the physical activity workforce when working with patients, clients or pupils to answer the question "where do I go to be active?"; notes that the site captures a range of local physical activity opportunities in the form of spaces, places, services and contacts that can help the people of Scotland become more active; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to a healthy Scotland as promoted in Healthy Eating, Active Living: An action plan to improve diet, increase physical activity and tackle obesity (2008-2011), and calls for continued progress to ensure that the people of Scotland enjoy the benefits of an active life.

*S3M-3050 Gil Paterson: SURF Place Award Winner, Animating the Canal—That the Parliament congratulates West Dunbartonshire Council and its partners on winning the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) award in the Place category for its Animating the Canal project at Clydebank Town Centre; notes that the judges believe that "the creation of an iconic bridge canopy has given back to Clydebank a strong sense of identity and civic pride in its canal front", and further congratulates the project for creating a space that can be enjoyed by the whole community.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-3049 Bill Kidd: Scottish Youth Parliament Website—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Youth Parliament on the establishment of the new website, www.syp.org.uk, which now includes a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) finder feature, making it easier for young people to communicate the issues that are important to them to their MSYPs and recognises the valuable contribution that MSYPs make to their local communities and youth politics across Scotland.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Nanette Milne*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-3048 Alex Neil: North Lanarkshire Council Funding for Free School Meals—That the Parliament notes the overwhelming support in the Parliament for the provision of free school meals for children in primaries one, two and three; notes the success of such a policy in other countries such as Finland; notes that the administration spokespeople in North Lanarkshire Council have claimed that it has not been provided with the necessary funds by the Scottish Government to implement this policy; considers that this claim is without foundation as the Scottish Government is making the necessary funds available through the implementation of its historic concordat with local authorities, a position which has been confirmed by the leader of COSLA; believes that, in any case, North Lanarkshire has sufficient revenues to fund this policy as a result of its gross underestimation of its council tax receipts resulting from its underestimate of the number of houses in its catchment area, and calls on the administration of North Lanarkshire Council to stop its complaints and get on with the policy of implementing the Scottish Government’s progressive policy on school meals.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*

S3M-3047 Alex Neil: Support the Merger Action Group’s Appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal—That the Parliament expresses its support for the initiative of the Merger Action Group in lodging an appeal with the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the decision by Lord Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, not to accept the recommendation of the Office of Fair Trading to refer the proposed takeover of Halifax Bank of Scotland by Lloyds TSB to the Competition Commission; applauds the tribunal’s decision to hear the appeal under the auspices of Scots Law; criticises the bullying behaviour of HM Treasury and the UK Government in trying to undermine the initiative taken by the Merger Action Group, which further underlines the fact that, contrary to the promises made by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK Government has made every effort to ensure that there is not a level playing field between the proposed takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB and alternative options; believes that if this takeover goes ahead up to 40,000 people will needlessly lose their jobs, and calls on the UK Government to reinstate the competition laws that it has suspended and ignored in this case by referring the proposed takeover to the Competition Commission in any case.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Nigel Don*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Tricia Marwick*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Bill Wilson*, Christine Grahame*, Sandra White*

S3M-3046 Jamie Hepburn: Relaunch of Scottish Youth Parliament Website—That the Parliament welcomes the relaunch of the Scottish Youth Parliament’s website; notes that improved features include a redesign and a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) finder facility aimed at improving links between young people, MSPs and MSYPs; believes that the Youth Parliament continues to play an important role in representing the views of young people in Scotland, and encourages all MSPs, and the wider public, to make use of the new website.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Nigel Don*, David Stewart*, Gil Paterson*, Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Jamie McGrigor*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-3045 Irene Oldfather: Daily Mail - Action on Alzheimer’s Christmas Campaign—That the Parliament commends The Daily Mail for its Action on Alzheimer’s Christmas Campaign; recognises that dementia is no respecter of social class, intelligence or ability; notes that Scotland will see the number of people with dementia increase from 65,000 to an estimated 108,000 in 2031; acknowledges the commitment made by President Sarkozy of France to make dementia a priority during his six-month presidency of the European Union; therefore recognises the importance that campaigns such as these can play in removing the stigma and social isolation that people with Alzheimer’s and dementia can face, and agrees that more work needs to be done to support research into the disease and improve the quality of care for people with dementia and their carers.

Supported by: David Stewart*, Christina McKelvie*, Mary Scanlon*, Marlyn Glen*, Mary Mulligan*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Tricia Marwick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*, Bob Doris*, Michael McMahon*, Sarah Boyack*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Butler*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3044 Michael McMahon: SQA School Candidate of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Holli Coleman from Bellshill Academy in winning the SQA Star Award for School Candidate of the Year at the recent SQA award ceremony; recognises the outstanding achievement of Holli in securing eight Standard Grades at level 1, then five A passes at Higher and three A passes at Advanced Higher; also recognises her efforts in developing a charities week linked to Children in Need, which involved other senior pupils developing a committed team for an unprecedented week of activity and fundraising involving the whole school, and further congratulates North Lanarkshire Council’s Department of Learning and Leisure Services for the outstanding work that it does to ensure that all pupils can achieve their full potential.

S3M-3043 George Foulkes: Ireland Raises VAT—That the Parliament welcomes the UK Labour government’s decision to cut VAT, helping Scottish businesses and Scottish families; acknowledges the cut in VAT from 17.5% to 15% and notes that this contrasts favourably with the Republic of Ireland, which has just raised VAT to 21.5%; notes the comments of Torlach Denihan, Director of Retail Ireland, who said "The increase in VAT makes Ireland less competitive by comparison with our nearest neighbour, Britain", and believes that this is another blow to the much-cited "arc of prosperity".

Supported by: David Stewart, Michael McMahon, Jackie Baillie, Andy Kerr, Elaine Murray, James Kelly*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-3042 Bashir Ahmad: Wasps Artists’ Studios - Allowing Art to Flourish—That the Parliament congratulates Wasps Artists’ Studios for the tremendous work it has been doing over the last 30 years in Scotland’s creative arts field; recognises its contribution to the arts, which is personified in some of Scotland’s finest artists, such as Donald Urquhart, who have been using Wasps’ studios to harness their talent; applauds Wasps’ efforts to be fully self-sustainable by 2012; believes that government on all levels should continue to support this important sector, which undoubtedly enriches Scotland; wishes Wasps Artists’ Studios well in the future, and looks forward to its next generation of budding artists.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3041 Cathy Peattie: Forced Redundancies at Herald and Times Group—That the Parliament is extremely concerned about the action of Newsquest’s new editor-in-chief of the Herald and Times Group, Donald Martin, who has announced that all editorial staff on The Herald, Sunday Herald and The Evening Times will be made redundant; notes that, while some staff may be rehired on a new contract, it is feared that this will lead to the loss of 30 to 40 jobs, and that, in most cases, this will mean reduced pay and conditions, including loss of holiday entitlement and the introduction of new enforced shift patterns; further notes the comments of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Scottish organiser Paul Holleran that "this is a brutal attempt at forcing changes" and, with regard to the adoption of new production technology, "every other media employer in Scotland is working with the union to try to handle these changes in a civilised manner"; also notes the existing concerns of staff about stress and other health and safety issues; believes that the actions of the group are unwarranted and unacceptable and can only harm the newspaper industry in Scotland, and further believes that the actions should be rescinded and that the group should seek to work with the NUJ to ensure that the introduction of technological change is subject to a properly negotiated agreement with the workforce.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Mary Mulligan*, James Kelly*, Hugh O’Donnell*, John Park*, Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, Stuart McMillan*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh Henry*, Des McNulty*, Marlyn Glen*, Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-3040 Aileen Campbell: NFUS and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum Join Forces—That the Parliament welcomes the link-up between the National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum (SFTF) to promote a fair deal for producers in Scotland and in the developing world; notes the two organisations’ common goal of ensuring that producers are paid a fair price for their goods, which will allow farmers to operate sustainably regardless of where they farm in the world, and encourages people to actively support and buy local produce and Fairtrade products.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*, Kenneth Gibson*, Ken Macintosh*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Dave Thompson*, John Scott*, Ian McKee*, Keith Brown*, Bill Wilson*, Nanette Milne*, Gil Paterson*, Nigel Don*, Bob Doris*

S3M-3039 Willie Coffey: Call for Review of UK Employment Law—That the Parliament notes with concern recent actions by Euro Car Parts, which sacked over 600 staff just a week after acquiring long-established firm LSUK Ltd, better known as Lucas, including its depots at Kilmarnock, Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland, by the posting of notices on depot doors; expresses its sympathies for the workers and their families, and calls on the UK Government to undertake an urgent examination of UK employment law, with a view to bringing forward to the UK Parliament any changes necessary to create an employment framework fit for the 21st century, to prevent Scottish workers facing such Dickensian employment practices and to reinforce the responsibility of company directors to ensure proper consultation with and treatment of a company’s workforce.

S3M-3038# Sandra White: Devastating Cuts At The Herald and Evening Times—That the Parliament condemns the announcement that all staff at The Herald and Evening Times in Glasgow will be made redundant and have to re-apply for their jobs under new terms and conditions, which it believes will inevitably leave them worse off, and further believes that this reorganisation will have a damaging effect on editorial independence among the titles and should be re-evaluated.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Hugh O’Donnell, Stuart McMillan, Andrew Welsh, Pauline McNeill, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Christine Grahame, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Christina McKelvie, Bill Wilson, Cathy Peattie, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Ken Macintosh*, Willie Coffey*, Ian McKee*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-3037 Pauline McNeill: Herald and Times Group Redundancies—That the Parliament views as extremely serious the announcement that the Herald and Times Group will make redundant all of its 250 journalists and invite them to re-apply for their jobs; believes that this is a draconian employment practice, especially in light of significant profits recorded last year; acknowledges the importance of the Herald and Times Group to the newspaper industry and that The Herald, being one of the oldest newspapers in the United Kingdom, and The Evening Times have played a significant role in reporting on the daily life of Glasgow and Scotland, and calls on the Herald and Times Group’s management to meet with the National Union of Journalists with a view to withdrawing this plan.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Marlyn Glen, Patrick Harvie, Peter Peacock, Paul Martin, John Park, Lewis Macdonald, Margaret Curran, Bob Doris, Jackie Baillie, Cathie Craigie, Bill Kidd, Bill Butler, Mr Frank McAveety, James Kelly, Christine Grahame, Des McNulty, Sarah Boyack, Andy Kerr, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan, Patricia Ferguson, Ken Macintosh, Cathy Peattie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Ross Finnie, Hugh Henry, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Marilyn Livingstone, Malcolm Chisholm, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*, Dave Thompson*, George Foulkes*

S3M-3036 Pauline McNeill: Climate Challenge CLEAR Project—That the Parliament congratulates the Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust on its successful application to the Climate Challenge Fund for the Climate Challenge CLEAR Project; notes that the project has the express intention to engage the most disadvantaged members of the community in order to form a sustainable core of community volunteers for ongoing awareness raising and behaviour change regarding choices to address climate change, and further notes that the community volunteers will learn valuable skills in community engagement, consultation and surveying, personal organisation and time management, as well as gaining a greater knowledge and awareness of climate change issues.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Mr Frank McAveety, Robin Harper, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Trish Godman*, John Park*, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-3035 Bill Wilson: European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee’s Recognition of Right to be Educated in and Speak Scots and Gaelic—That the Parliament, further to motion S3M-3022 in the name of Jamie Hepburn (European Parliament Committee’s Concern at Human Rights Abuses), welcomes the desire of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to promote regional or minority languages, and specifically the statement that it believes that "the right to speak and to be educated in one’s mother tongue is one of the most basic fundamental rights", and accordingly expresses the opinion that failure to provide education in Scots and Gaelic to the children of native speakers of these languages should be considered a breach of human rights.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Willie Coffey*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-3034 Stuart McMillan: Possible Joint Bid for Euro 2016—That the Parliament welcomes the possibility of a joint bid by Scotland and Wales for hosting the 2016 European Football Championships; notes that this would be an ideal opportunity to showcase the warm hospitality and diverse culture that both Scotland and Wales have to offer; further notes that members of the Tartan Army have throughout the years been worthy ambassadors for Scotland, and believes that hosting the championships would be an ideal opportunity to bring the football world to these shores.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, John Park, Alasdair Allan, Keith Brown, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Dave Thompson, Brian Adam, David McLetchie, Sandra White, Willie Coffey*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3033 Dr Richard Simpson: Agenda for Change Pay System—That the Parliament notes that at the end of October 2008 there were 1,991 substantive staff still to be assimilated to the Agenda for Change pay system and 12,598 bank staff in the same position; believes that reaching a conclusion on the banding of these staff is important in maintaining staff morale in the NHS, and calls on the Scottish Government to do all in its power to require NHS boards to tackle this issue with the greatest priority and to have completed the process for both substantive and bank staff by February 2009.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, John Scott, Irene Oldfather*, Hugh Henry*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, David Stewart*, Karen Whitefield*, Mary Mulligan*, Trish Godman*, Des McNulty*, Angela Constance*, Michael McMahon*, Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, James Kelly*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-3032 Ian McKee: European Parliament’s Climate Change Committee Recommendations—That the Parliament welcomes the final recommendations of the European Parliament’s Committee on Climate Change for a future EU integrated policy on climate change, with the central goal of keeping the global average temperature increase below 2 degrees celsius as well as meeting the long-term reduction target of at least 80% by 2050; further welcomes the recommendation that, in the next EU financial framework, the highest priority must be given to climate change and measures to combat it; notes that Scotland is a leading nation in Europe in setting ambitious national climate change targets, and welcomes the steps that the Scottish Government is taking to make Scotland the green capital of Europe.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Willie Coffey*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-3031 Jamie Hepburn: Universal Declaration o Human Richts—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Amnesty International of a Scots language version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in poster format, in time for its 60th Anniversary on 10 December 2008; believes this will help to promote awareness and understanding of both the human rights agenda and the importance of the Scots language; reaffirms its belief in the declaration’s opening statement that "All human beings born free and equal in dignity and rights", which translates as "Aw human sowels is born free and equal in dignity and richts"; notes that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one of the most translated documents in history and welcomes the Scots and Gaelic translations of it, and further reaffirms its commitment to and respect for fundamental human rights, irrespective of language or any other distinction. R

Supported by: Dave Thompson, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson, Bashir Ahmad, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Willie Coffey*

S3M-3030 Claire Baker: Congratulations Glenrothes - Britain in Bloom—That the Parliament congratulates Glenrothes on being nominated to represent Scotland in the large town category at the 2009 Britain in Bloom awards; wishes the town well for the finals of the competition, competing against rival towns from across the United Kingdom; notes that this follows Glenrothes being voted the most clean, sustainable and beautiful town in Scotland in the 2008 Beautiful Scotland campaign; congratulates members of the community who have worked hard for this award and particularly parks staff at Fife Council, and believes that the award is a great honour for Glenrothes as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Pauline McNeill, Elizabeth Smith, Helen Eadie, John Park, Gil Paterson, Bashir Ahmad, Karen Whitefield, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-3029 Alasdair Morgan: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill be passed.

S3M-3028 Robin Harper: The May Day Network—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Business in the Community for the part that it is playing in the setting up of the May Day Network and the Climate Change Business Delivery Group; recognises that the May Day Network is designed to encourage companies to make a pledge to monitor, report and cut their carbon emissions and help companies progress towards a low-carbon model; further recognises that the May Day Network now has over 1,300 members across the United Kingdom, with all members having committed to tackling climate change by pledging to take one or more of the following six actions - calculating their carbon footprint, reporting their carbon footprint publicly, setting an absolute emissions reduction target and taking action to meet it, encouraging employees to reduce their carbon footprint at home and work, mobilising customers to take action and working in partnership with suppliers to reduce emissions in the supply chain, and calls on the Scottish Government to demonstrate its environmental leadership by requiring all public sector organisations also to commit to taking all six of these same actions.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Patrick Harvie, Bob Doris, Jackie Baillie, John Scott

S3M-3027 Angela Constance: 16 Days of Activism to Challenge Violence Against Women—That the Parliament endorses the global 16 days of activism to tackle violence against women; welcomes the demonstration organised outside the Parliament by Amnesty International and Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) on 4 December 2008; recognises that gender-based violence is a fundamental abuse of human rights; supports the calls by Amnesty International UK (AIUK) and SWA for women with "no recourse to public funds" (NRPF) to have the same rights to access refuge and services as domiciled Scots women and children when fleeing violence; notes that the NRPF rule applies to women with insecure immigration status; recognises that this includes women with spouse visas, work visas, student visas and other temporary visas, and women who have been illegally trafficked, as well as women who have overstayed their visa; accepts the research undertaken by AIUK and SWA that found that women subject to the NRPF rule find it almost impossible to secure places of safety because they usually leave a violent situation with nothing and find that they cannot claim the required benefits that fund accommodation and support; notes that only 24% of women seeking refuge between 2007 and 2008 who are subject to the NRPF rule were accommodated; is concerned that some local authorities will provide support to children only, which would separate children from their mothers; calls on the short-life working group on this issue to report back to the Parliament; supports the calls by SWA and AIUK for the Scottish Government to make available immediate emergency funding to help women in Scotland until a permanent solution is in place and to ensure that the needs of women subject to the NRPF rule are addressed in the strategic framework on violence against women, and urges the Home Office to exempt women fleeing violence from the NRPF rule.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Alasdair Allan, Dave Thompson, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Malcolm Chisholm, Marlyn Glen*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-3026 Keith Brown: Calman Threat to Students in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the views expressed on university and student funding in the first report of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution that "further devolution would almost certainly affect the functioning of the UK as a single social unit" and its invitation of further views on the policy context of higher education; is concerned by the clear implication that differing systems in this area are damaging and should be avoided; welcomes the positive dialogue existing between the Scottish Government and Scottish university principals; notes, by contrast, the introduction by the UK Government of £3,000 per year top-up fees and much higher levels of state-sanctioned student indebtedness to fund higher education; considers the Calman position to pose a direct threat to students at Scottish universities, and believes firmly that the Parliament should continue to have responsibility for the funding of universities and student support.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-3025 Cathy Jamieson: Increased Vulnerability of Homeowners to Reposession—That the Parliament notes the increased vulnerability of homeowners to repossession, particularly those with mortgages from sub-prime lenders; notes with deep concern that Scottish households currently have less protection from repossession than people elsewhere in the United Kingdom, and calls on ministers to act on the recommendations of organisations involved in debt management, and the joint statement by spokespeople from the Scottish Labour Party, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Scottish Green Party and Margo Macdonald MSP, by facilitating the introduction of a Scottish equivalent to the pre-court protocol introduced in England to place an enforceable duty on both lenders and courts to ensure that repossession is genuinely a last resort, to introduce licensing of sale and lease-back schemes and to provide vulnerable families facing repossession with an automatic right to legal aid.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ross Finnie, Margo MacDonald, John Park, Pauline McNeill, David Stewart, Sarah Boyack, Rhoda Grant, George Foulkes, Elaine Murray, Charlie Gordon, James Kelly, Duncan McNeil*, Ken Macintosh*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*, Andy Kerr*

S3M-3024 Aileen Campbell: Commemorating Servicemen and Women Killed in Iraq—That the Parliament notes the launch of an exhibition in the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, featuring Queen and Country, Steve McQueen’s artwork commemorating 136 UK servicemen and women killed in Iraq; further notes that the central feature of the work is the face of each individual reproduced on a facsimile postage stamp; also notes that Steve McQueen considers his work incomplete until the stamps are issued by the Royal Mail and that many of the families of those featured on the stamps have echoed this call; expresses its condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to the war, and calls on the Royal Mail to consider carefully the request to issue stamps in accordance with the families’ requests.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Christine Grahame, Bashir Ahmad, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Keith Brown, Rob Gibson, John Park, Dave Thompson, Dr Richard Simpson, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Nigel Don, Bill Wilson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3023 Alasdair Allan: Isle of Barra, Scottish and UK Calor Village of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the Barra community on winning both the Scottish Calor Village of the Year title and also the inaugural UK Calor Village of the Year award; commends the work of those campaigners who have brought welcome and deserved plaudits for the island, and recognises the efforts of the community in the initiatives that secured these achievements and will benefit the wider community socially, economically and environmentally for years to come.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Alex Neil, Jamie McGrigor, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Keith Brown, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Mike Pringle, Jackson Carlaw, Dave Thompson, Bob Doris

S3M-3022 Jamie Hepburn: European Parliament Committee’s Concern at Human Rights Abuses—That the Parliament shares the concern expressed by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee that there has been a high number of fundamental rights violations in the European Union in recent years, including instances of serious discrimination against minorities and threats to privacy; notes the committee’s concern that its previous recommendations on CIA activities in the EU have not been implemented, and calls on EU institutions and member states to redouble their efforts to ensure that the fundamental human rights of people living in the EU are respected and upheld at all times.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Trish Godman, Keith Brown, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Bill Wilson, Dave Thompson, Hugh O’Donnell, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Willie Coffey*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-3021 Jamie Hepburn: One Third of People in Scotland Defined as Breadline Poor—That the Parliament notes with concern findings by a BBC investigation that almost a third of people in Scotland can be classified as "breadline poor", defined as a poverty line so low that people are excluded from participating in the norms of society; believes that the existence of such poverty, at any level, in modern Scotland, is a scandal; further notes that the powers over welfare and taxation, which could tackle the root causes of poverty, remain reserved to Westminster, and that the interim report of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution has ruled out devolving such fiscal powers to the Scottish Parliament, and further believes that only independence will therefore equip the Scottish Government with the powers it needs to finally end extreme poverty and deprivation in Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Roseanna Cunningham, Christine Grahame, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Dave Thompson, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Willie Coffey*, Ian McKee*

S3M-3020 Nigel Don: shmuTRAIN—That the Parliament notes that Inspiring Scotland has awarded just over £1 million over 10 years to Aberdeen’s Station House Media Unit, which will provide stable funding for the shmuTRAIN initiative, an innovative project that will support and encourage vulnerable young people from the regeneration areas of the city to participate and train in community media production, including radio, video and music production, design and online publications; also notes that the shmuTRAIN initiative will support young people aged between 16 and 19 who are not in education, employment or training to move on to positive destinations, including establishing their own apprenticeship scheme, and also put in place a range of vocational training opportunities for young people between the ages of 14 and 16 to encourage them to re-engage positively in education and learning; congratulates Inspiring Scotland for its vision in supporting this type of project, and warmly congratulates Station House Media Unit on its success.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*

S3M-3019 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to the Children of St John’s Primary—That the Parliament congratulates the children of St John’s Primary School in Saltcoats, on their preparation of an exhibition of Scots poetry, which they have written and illustrated to be displayed at Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine; notes the support that the group has had from Scots language author Matthew Fitt and illustrator Alison Thomas, and encourages schools and community centres across Scotland to work together to promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Scots language.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Nanette Milne, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Elizabeth Smith, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Gil Paterson, Ross Finnie, Alex Neil, John Scott, Willie Coffey*

S3M-3018 Stuart McMillan: Scottish Government Continues to Deliver on Police Numbers—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice that at the end of September 2008 there were over 16,500 police officers in Scotland, a rise of 188 full-time equivalent officers in the previous three months and a rise of 292 offices from March 2007; also welcomes the announcement from the Scottish Government that 440 of the 450 new centrally-funded police recruits to be trained in 2008-09 have already been recruited; acknowledges the continued delivery by the Scottish Government of one of its key pledges, and congratulates police officers across Scotland for the work they do in making our communities safer.

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

S3M-3018.1 Bill Aitken: Scottish Government Continues to Deliver on Police Numbers—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3018) in the name of Stuart McMillan, leave out from "acknowledges" to "pledges" and insert "notes that the increase in police numbers was made possible only through the pressure applied by the Scottish Conservatives during last year’s budget process."

S3M-3017 Aileen Campbell: Congratulations to Andrew Nicoll for Debut Novel Success—That the Parliament congratulates Andrew Nicoll on his success at the Saltire Society’s Scottish Literary Awards, winning the Saltire Society/Royal Mail Scottish First Book of the Year for his debut novel, The Good Mayor; notes that The Good Mayor is to be published around the world, from Australia to Turkey, and that people around the world will soon be enjoying this magical tale from the town of Dot, and looks forward to continued success for Mr Nicoll and other first-time novelists in the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, John Scott, Jack McConnell*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-3016 Alasdair Morgan: Herald Society Awards 2008 Inspector8—That the Parliament notes that Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Youth Strategy Executive Group won the award for Service Provider of the Year, working with under-24s, for the Inspector8 project, in the Herald Society Awards; recognises that this is a ground-breaking initiative in using the views of young people to influence and improve services, and warmly congratulates the young people and local authority staff involved in this project.

S3M-3015 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to the University of St Andrews Debating Team—That the Parliament congratulates Rachel Whitbread and Chris Hawkins from the University of St Andrews on winning the annual St Andrew’s Day debating championship, hosted jointly by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government and chaired by the Presiding Officer; further congratulates Rachel on also winning Best Speaker of the Day, and notes that St Andrews once again has shown why it is one of the top universities in Britain.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Jackson Carlaw, Patrick Harvie, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Bob Doris, Alex Johnstone, James Kelly, Patricia Ferguson, John Lamont, Margaret Mitchell, Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mary Scanlon, Marlyn Glen, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Bill Aitken, Murdo Fraser, John Park, Bashir Ahmad, John Scott, Stuart McMillan, David McLetchie, Trish Godman

S3M-3012 David Stewart: Alexander Stoddart—That the Parliament congratulates the sculptor Alexander Stoddart on his statue of James Clerk Maxwell, regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever scientific figures; notes that the statue was made at the Black Isle Bronze Ltd foundry in Nairn, and further notes that James Clerk Maxwell’s discovery of the nature of electromagnetic waves led the way to the invention of everyday means of communication such as radio and television and the mobile phone.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-3007 Bashir Ahmad: Congratulations to Herald Society Award 2008 Winners—That the Parliament congratulates all the winners and nominees of the Herald Society Awards 2008;believes that the hard work of those organisations and individuals dedicated to public service should rightly be recognised; gives a special note of congratulations to Assist, winners of the Outstanding Public Service Team of the Year award, which works tirelessly for people who have been victims of domestic abuse; notes the considerable range of services and invaluable support that Assist offers to victims of abuse, including referral for refuge and emergency housing, step-by-step advice and support throughout the court process and problem solving suited to each individual case, and wishes the team well and continued success for many years to come.

Supported by: Sandra White, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Nanette Milne, Ken Macintosh, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Pauline McNeill, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Angela Constance*

S3M-3006 Stuart McMillan: St Kenneth’s Primary Named Herald Society Champion for 2008—That the Parliament congratulates St Kenneth’s Primary School in Greenock, which was recently named Herald Society Champion for 2008 at the inaugural Herald Society Awards 2008, presented in association with the Big Lottery Fund; notes that St Kenneth’s was acclaimed by the judges for the remarkable breadth of its approach to healthy living for pupils, which includes a weekly running programme, a junior chef academy and even meditation sessions, and further notes that the school had earlier been declared winner of the Health Provider of the Year.

Supported by: Sandra White, Nanette Milne, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Jackson Carlaw, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Ross Finnie, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris

S3M-3005 Bob Doris: Supporting Kinship Carers - No to UK Clawback—That the Parliament calls on the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to update rules regarding kinship carers of looked-after children to ensure that no kinship carer loses out on the new allowances agreed in the historic concordat between Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Government; acknowledges that some kinship carers are currently in receipt of state benefits that may be clawed back by the DWP, if the rules are not amended, rendering the kinship care allowance pointless for some families and potentially resulting in Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Government effectively subsidising the UK treasury, and believes that any clawback would not only be an unacceptable way to treat our kinship carers but would also hamper the clear policy objectives of the democratically-elected Scottish Government and local authorities in Scotland.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Keith Brown, Christina McKelvie, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-3004 Bob Doris: Well Done The Glaswegian, Here’s to 1,000 More—That the Parliament congratulates The Glaswegian newspaper on publishing its 1,000th edition; applauds the newspaper for its detailed knowledge of Glasgow’s communities and for having developed into a fine campaigning publication; in particular commends The Glaswegian’s kinship care campaign; believes the fact that Glasgow City Council has decided, at the time of the 1,000th edition of The Glaswegian, to start making kinship care payments as agreed in the concordat with the Scottish Government to be fitting tribute to the campaigning effectiveness of the The Glaswegian, and wishes the newspaper well for the future, hoping to see another 1,000 editions.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, Christina McKelvie, Willie Coffey*

S3M-3003 Cathy Peattie: ScotRail Franchise Extension—That the Parliament notes the resignation of Guy Houston, the finance director of Transport Scotland, following the publication of an Audit Scotland report that criticised his participation in key meetings to discuss the extension of the ScotRail franchise without declaring his financial interests in First ScotRail’s parent company, FirstGroup; notes also that the report is critical of Transport Scotland for not consulting external bodies on the franchise review; further notes that the report highlights that the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson MSP, was not presented with a fully-documented business case, and believes that the Scottish Government should now call a halt to the franchise extension and instigate a full inquiry by the Scottish Parliament and that there should be an emergency statement from the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change.

Supported by: John Park, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie, Andy Kerr, Cathie Craigie, Bill Butler, James Kelly, Patricia Ferguson, Karen Whitefield, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-3002 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to Boghall Butchers - World Scotch Pie Champions 2009—That the Parliament congratulates Paul Boyle of Boghall Butchers on coming first out of 79 entrants to be named World Scotch Pie Champion for 2009, in this the 10th anniversary year of the competition; further notes that this is the second time that Mr Boyle has been World Scotch Pie Champion; congratulates his family and staff at Boghall Butchers for their contribution to this success and for growing the family business over the last few years; notes that Boghall Butchers also received a gold medal in the bridie product category, and welcomes this success as further confirmation of West Lothian’s growing reputation for fine cuisine and as a source of some of the best food in the world.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Ian McKee, Roseanna Cunningham, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Alex Johnstone, James Kelly, Angela Constance

S3M-3001 Irene Oldfather: Success for Springside Primary—That the Parliament congratulates Springside Primary School in Cunninghame South for attaining its first Eco-Schools Green Flag award, the highest award that can be given to a school; commends the hard work of staff and pupils working together to achieve this award; recognises that the aim of the Eco-Schools scheme is to encourage young people to be proactive in tackling environmental issues, and therefore agrees that raising awareness of environmental issues at an early age is vital in ensuring that future generations are equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges that global warming will bring.

S3M-3000 Hugh Henry: Huntington’s Disease—That the Parliament recognises that Huntington’s disease is a devastating, high-risk, inherited, neurological condition that causes a profound form of dementia and mental ill health; notes that the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) was established in 1989 by families living with the disease because they could not get help with health and social care services; congratulates SHA in approaching its 20th anniversary in 2009 and on providing Huntington’s disease services staffed by skilled nurses that make a significant difference to the lives of those affected by the disease; expresses its concern that only nine out of the 15 NHS boards provide this service, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make sure that all people living with the condition have access to support that will maximise their quality of life.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather*, Angela Constance*, Mary Mulligan*, James Kelly*, Brian Adam*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Butler*

S3M-2999# Bill Butler: Glasgow Community Champion Awards—That the Parliament welcomes the Glasgow Community Champion Awards promoted by the Evening Times and supported by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue; congratulates all the nominees for the six award categories in the west area and wishes them all a memorable evening at the local award ceremony to be held at Drumchapel Community Centre on Tuesday 2 December 2008, and looks forward to future award ceremonies throughout Glasgow over the next few months, which will serve to recognise the selfless commitment, hard work and public-spiritedness of the many Glaswegians who seek to improve the quality of life of others living in their communities.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Jackson Carlaw, Mr Frank McAveety, Jamie McGrigor, Alasdair Allan, Dr Richard Simpson, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Jackie Baillie, Des McNulty, Pauline McNeill, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Angela Constance*

S3M-2998 Jackie Baillie: Congratulations to Victoria Infirmary Health Worker—That the Parliament congratulates Craig McNally, a senior health promotion specialist at the Victoria Infirmary, on receiving the Healthy Lifestyle Award at the Scottish Health Awards 2008 and his dedication in raising awareness of issues surrounding drug and alcohol abuse, especially among young people, by taking an innovative approach to the subject and by using his experience in youth work in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and believes that this well-deserved award reinforces the importance of successful awareness campaigns and promotion of a healthier lifestyle for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse among children and adolescents.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Jim Tolson, Des McNulty, Patricia Ferguson, Stuart McMillan, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Trish Godman, Charlie Gordon, Gil Paterson, Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Ken Macintosh, James Kelly, Pauline McNeill, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Andy Kerr

S3M-2997 Alasdair Allan: Iolaire Disaster—That the Parliament notes that 1 January 2009 is the 90th anniversary of the tragic sinking of HMY Iolaire, which sank after hitting the Beasts of Holm rock only a mile away from the safety of Stornoway harbour at 1.55 am on New Year’s Day 1919 and only a few dozen yards from the safety of the shore; notes that the official death toll was 205 of the 284 crew and naval ratings on board who were returning from serving in World War 1; realises that this represented a huge loss of life after the hundreds of islanders who had already been lost in WW1, and recognises that this is one of the most devastating ever losses of life in UK waters in peacetime and that around 40 of the men who survived owed that survival to the courage of John F MacLeod from the Ness area of Lewis who managed to swim ashore carrying a line, which enabled a number of men who might otherwise have perished to drag themselves ashore.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh Henry, Brian Adam, Nanette Milne, Christina McKelvie, John Park, Patrick Harvie, Mary Scanlon, Keith Brown, Mr Frank McAveety, Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Patricia Ferguson, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson, Murdo Fraser, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2996 Jamie Hepburn: Andrew Thomson of Sign-now.com Wins Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to Andrew Thomson of Sign-now.com on winning the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2008, run by charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, at the British Chambers of Commerce Chamber Awards 2008 ceremony in London on 27 November 2008; notes that this follows hard on the heels of Sign-now.com winning the Best Company Website/E-Commerce Award at the Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2008, and further notes that Andrew Thomson has stated that he will use the £50,000 prize from the Stelios Award to expand Sign-now.com and grow the business, to reach new clients and expand the company’s services to those who use its online BSL interpretation services, which will considerably enhance the communication possibilities for deaf people in Scotland.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Christina McKelvie, Trish Godman, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Aileen Campbell, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Willie Coffey*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-2995 Bill Kidd: International Day of Disabled People—That the Parliament welcomes International Day of Disabled People on 3 December 2008, themed dignity and justice for all of us; commends all those who have overcome their difficulties to become role models for others wishing to achieve the same, such as Julie McElroy, who, alongside 10 physically disabled teenagers, trekked through the Andes and over the highest active volcano in the world, as seen in the BBC documentary, Across the Andes: Beyond Boundaries, and notes that, to mark International Day of Disabled People, Julie will deliver a speech to Cardonald College on leadership, team-building and her motivation to succeed and, more importantly, give her audience the inspiration and self-belief to believe that nothing is impossible.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Patricia Ferguson, Alasdair Allan, Jackson Carlaw, Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Mike Pringle, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Liam McArthur, Patrick Harvie, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Keith Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Pauline McNeill, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Joe FitzPatrick, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-2994 Robin Harper: Recovery Zones for Bee Populations—That the Parliament welcomes the European Parliament’s overwhelming vote in favour of providing recovery zones for bee populations; notes how reliant Scottish agriculture is on bees for pollination and food security; expresses its concern over the recent sharp decline in bee numbers, and calls on the Scottish Government to follow the European Parliament’s lead by identifying areas of pollen and nectar-rich land in Scotland that can subsequently attract subsidy or other supports to provide conditions that will allow our vital bee populations to begin to recover.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Jackie Baillie*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-2993 Bill Wilson: Renfrewshire Council’s Action on Credit Crunch—That the Parliament recognises the actions of Renfrewshire Council in introducing £214,000 extra funding to extend local advice services for those people facing financial hardship; notes that the council’s actions will extend out-of-hours debt advice, provide extra support for Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau as well as other community-based advice centres, and welcomes the proactive stance of the local authority in tackling the challenges of the credit crunch for those vulnerable individuals and families in Renfrewshire.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson*

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.

Supported by: James Kelly, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Malcolm Chisholm, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Elaine Murray, Trish Godman, Joe FitzPatrick, Mary Mulligan, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, John Scott, Angela Constance*

S3M-2989.1 Margaret Smith: Size Does Matter—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2989) in the name of Sandra White, leave out from "urges" to end and insert "also notes that the previous Scottish Executive increased teacher numbers significantly; considers that, under current Scottish Government funding arrangements, many probationer teachers are unable to obtain employment; further notes that Glasgow City Council is reducing its teacher workforce by 78; expresses concern at the findings of a recent EIS survey that primary teachers in Aberdeen are paying for school supplies like pens and paper from their own pockets and that one secondary school in Renfrewshire has a social studies budget of just £60 for classroom supplies; believes that unemployed teachers represent an enormous waste of talent and public resources, and urges the Scottish Government to ensure that Scotland’s schools are properly resourced and to fulfil its commitment to maintain teacher numbers at a level of 53,000 so that smaller class sizes may be achieved."

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Hugh Henry

S3M-2981.1 Tom McCabe: British Government Invoke Anti-Terrorist Legislation on Iceland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2981) in the name of Stuart McMillan, leave out from "with concern" to end and insert "that thousands of British citizens have been fully compensated following the collapse of Icelandic banks due to the decisive action of the British Government, which successfully dissuaded the Icelandic Government from reneging on its legal obligations."

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*, David Stewart*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Michael McMahon*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*

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, Sarah Boyack, Nicol Stephen, Dr Richard Simpson, Alison McInnes, Cathy Jamieson, Malcolm Chisholm, Patrick Harvie, Cathy Peattie

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2992 Voluntary and Public Sector Awards (lodged on 27 November 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-2989 Size Does Matter (lodged on 27 November 2008) Michael Matheson*

S3M-2980 The Union Deficit (lodged on 27 November 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2978 Zimbabwe’s Cholera Epidemic (lodged on 27 November 2008) Willie Coffey*, Angela Constance*

S3M-2975 Congratulations to Aberdeen City Council on Reducing the City’s Carbon Footprint (lodged on 26 November 2008) Stuart McMillan*, Willie Coffey*

S3M-2973 Towards Independence for Greenland (lodged on 26 November 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2964 Women’s Welfare in the Democratic Republic of Congo (lodged on 25 November 2008) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-2962 AFS Alcohol Support Online (lodged on 25 November 2008) Willie Coffey*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-2938 BBC Trust Rejects £68 Million Plan (lodged on 21 November 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2936 Ban Tobacco Vending Machines (lodged on 20 November 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2931 Fair Tips (lodged on 20 November 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2927 Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Souvenir Stamp (lodged on 19 November 2008) Derek Brownlee*

S3M-2908 Model Alcohol Workplace Policy (lodged on 18 November 2008) Angela Constance*

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

S3M-2884 25th Anniversary of the Dance School of Scotland (lodged on 13 November 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2826 Sharing the Audacity of Hope (lodged on 5 November 2008) Angela Constance*

S3M-2711 Oil Prices (lodged on 13 October 2008) Angela Constance*

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

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