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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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

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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-3407 Robin Harper: Supporting Scotland’s Future, Research from Scotland’s Colleges—That the Parliament notes the recent research report produced by Scotland’s Colleges, Supporting Scotland’s Future, available at http://www.ascol.org.uk/docs/research_report_web.pdf; further notes Scotland’s Colleges’ proposal in the Scottish Government’s review of student support to move all of Scotland’s HNC and HND students from loans funded through the Students Awards Agency for Scotland to means-tested bursaries funded in the same way as other college bursaries in order to create a simplified system where students studying higher education courses in colleges receive the support that they need to complete their courses without being obstructed by the burden of debt, which, according to research, college students find to be the biggest barrier to accessing higher education, and calls on the Scottish Government to pay close consideration to the research by Scotland’s Colleges and its proposals with a view to supporting students in colleges to be able to access higher education without the burden of huge student debt.

*S3M-3406 Claire Baker: No Place for Chauvinism in 21st Century Scotland—That the Parliament calls for Dr Louise Richardson, the new principal of St Andrews University, to be offered honorary membership of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews as were her male predecessors; believes that discrimination on the basis of gender has no place in 21st century Scotland; considers that the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is the home of golf and sets an example for the game to millions of players across the world and millions of visitors to Scotland; believes that the Year of Homecoming 2009 provides an opportunity for the club to drop such an outdated and discriminatory policy, and calls on politicians from across the political spectrum, starting with the First Minister, to support calls for the principal to be offered membership regardless of gender and for the club to drop its policy against allowing women members.

*S3M-3405 Bob Doris: Welcoming OFT Steps in Sale and Rent Back—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has written to a number of sale and rent back companies asking them to substantiate their advertising claims; believes that the OFT is acting correctly to protect the rights of the most vulnerable homeowners from some unscrupulous companies who buy properties from people struggling to make mortgage repayments, often at well below the market value, and rent back, often at well above the market value and contrary to the original agreements; calls on the UK Government to implement the OFT’s recommendations on sale and rent back schemes, in particular the recommendation that such companies should be regulated by the Financial Services Authority, and welcomes all measures by both the Scottish and UK governments to support homeowners experiencing hardship during this recession.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-3404 Joe FitzPatrick: Professor Sir Philip Cohen—That the Parliament congratulates Professor Sir Philip Cohen of the University of Dundee for his recent recognition in the award of Leading Individual Contribution to Life Sciences in the Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Awards 2009; recognises his vast contribution to the field as the most cited bioscientist in Europe; welcomes the Scottish Government’s investment of £10 million in the new Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling under his direction, and acknowledges the importance of the life sciences sector to the economy of both Dundee and Scotland as a whole.

*S3M-3403 Bill Kidd: Child Poverty and UK Benefits System—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of Child Poverty, a report to the Local Government and Communities Committee, and in particular the finding that "for single parents, with young children in particular, in the current labour market and benefits system, moving into the labour market is unlikely to result in people being financially much better off. Even if child care can be provided at an affordable cost (which is very debatable) the way the benefits system works seems likely to mean that, even with tax credits, most will not be much better off"; additionally notes that housing benefit is withdrawn at a rate of 65% and for council tax benefit that the figure is 20%, giving a net claw-back of 85p in the pound for income over the benefit threshold, and considers that the UK Government’s plans to impose progression-to-work conditionality and sanctions on parents of young children are therefore misplaced.

*S3M-3402 Bill Wilson: Israeli Disruption of International Aid Effort—That the Parliament notes a recent Al Jazeera report that the Israeli navy intercepted and boarded the ship, Al-Ikhwa, en route from Cyprus to Gaza with medical equipment, food supplies, books and toys and milk for children; is of the opinion that, if true, the alleged beating and detention of the passengers, among whom were Scottish human rights observer Theresa McDermott and nine human rights observers from Lebanon, the vandalism of the ship’s equipment, the destruction of plasma and the diversion of the ship to Ashdod allegedly for it to be searched, despite searches already having been carried out by Lebanese and Cypriot authorities, amounts to further criminal action by a government that has demonstrated time and again that it has little regard for human rights or life; also considers that such actions are likely to embitter and entrench opposition rather than further the cause of peace, and calls on Israel to release the ship, appropriately compensate all concerned and recognise that oppression damages the oppressor as well as the victim.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-3401 Bill Kidd: Positive Opportunities for Gordon Brown—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of Des Browne MP, former Secretary of State for Defence and for Scotland, that positive opportunities have presented themselves to move forward on nuclear disarmament following Barack Obama’s accession to the White House; agrees that, in the midst of the current global economic downturn, money spent on Trident could be far better spent elsewhere; believes that the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown MP, and the Secretary of State for Defence, John Hutton MP, should heed Mr Browne’s u-turn and follow suit, and further agrees that quite unlike the emperor and his new clothes it would seem that President Obama has a coat and that its tails are worth riding.

Supported by: Robin Harper*

*S3M-3400 Jamie Hepburn: Cumbernauld Village Secures £375,000 Heritage Grant—That the Parliament congratulates Cumbernauld Village Community Council and North Lanarkshire Council on the award of £375,000 from Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme for investment in the Cumbernauld Village Conservation Area; notes that this grant will fund a wide range of projects in the area, and believes that this will make a huge difference in preserving and enhancing local heritage for future generations.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Tolson*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*

*S3M-3399 John Wilson: Pressurised Area Status in North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Scottish Government to grant pressurised area status to the North Lanarkshire Council areas of Cumbernauld and Moodiesburn, which enables the council to suspend the right to buy to tenants who started their tenancies after 30 September 2002, and considers that the action by the government and council could stop the decline of housing stock lost through right to buy and ensure that the council can maintain control over existing housing stock.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Tolson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Stuart McMillan*

*S3M-3398 Margaret Smith: Edinburgh Council Safeguarding School Budgets—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement from the City of Edinburgh Council that money for schools will be protected in its forthcoming budget and, recognising that budget decisions are always tough and all options, including education cuts, had to be considered, understands the hard work that must have gone into making this happen, including discussions with local parents and schools, and appreciates the continuing high priority that the council has placed on properly funded education.

S3M-3397 Marlyn Glen: Celebration of Dundee Astronomer—That the Parliament celebrates, in this, the International Year of Astronomy, the outstanding contribution made to the study of astronomy by Williamina Fleming, born in Dundee in 1857; notes her remarkable work in cataloguing over 10,000 stars and discovering 59 gaseous nebulae, over 310 variable stars and 10 novae, and further notes with great pleasure that the Fleming crater on the Moon was named jointly after her and Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, in recognition of their respective achievements.

S3M-3396 Irene Oldfather: The Importance of Robert Burns to Irvine—That the Parliament notes the strong connection between Irvine and Robert Burns; agrees that the continued strengthening of these ties is vital to the local area in the coming years; recognises Homecoming Scotland 2009 as a way of highlighting Ayrshire to the wider global community; congratulates the Irvine Burns Club for having the highest number of consecutive Burns suppers in the world; acknowledges the wide-ranging membership of the club, including all former First Ministers, and applauds the issue of an invitation by the club to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama; notes the commitment of the club to making the works of Robert Burns appeal today; welcomes the fact that this year saw the celebrated local writer and presenter of the BBC Four documentary, Robert Burns: The People’s Poet, Andrew O’Hagan, attend the supper as well as Welsh singer Cerys Matthews, and therefore applauds the members of Irvine Burns Club for another successful year and hopes that through their various endeavours a permanent legacy can be put in place that will assist the club to continue its traditions into the next century.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, David Stewart*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Butler*

S3M-3395 Stuart McMillan: Report of Services to Protect Children and Young People in Inverclyde—That the Parliament welcomes the HM Inspectorate of Education report on services to protect children and young people in the Inverclyde Council area; notes that the report indicates that there is joint working within and across services, including the voluntary sector, and involvement of children and families in reviewing and developing services; further notes that, of the 18 quality indicators, the Inverclyde Council area achieved 15 very good and two excellent evaluations and one good evaluation, and acknowledges the hard work and dedication of all the staff who have helped achieve such a positive report.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Jackie Baillie*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-3394 Ross Finnie: Renfrewshire Officially a Fairtrade Zone—That the Parliament congratulates Renfrewshire on officially becoming a Fairtrade Zone; notes that it achieved Fairtrade Zone status in just over one year of campaigning, and further congratulates Renfrewshire on winning the Fairtrade Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2008 Fairtrade Fortnight Awards during its campaign.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Keith Brown*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Bill Wilson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Angela Constance*, Jim Tolson*, Robin Harper*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-3393 Stuart McMillan: Support for People with Coal Miners’ Knee—That the Parliament calls on the UK Government to provide support for those unable to work due to contracting osteoarthritis in the knee, also known as coal miners’ knee, while working in mines; notes that mining provided a livelihood for many in Scotland who have previously supported Labour, and considers that the UK Labour Party is failing to support those with coal miners’ knee in their time of need.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Ian McKee, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Keith Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-3392 Patrick Harvie: Aviation and Scotland’s Climate Change Bill—That the Parliament acknowledges the recent report from the World Development Movement, which found that airport expansion in Scotland could create 20,000 climate refugees worldwide by 2050 due to the damage caused by increased climate change emissions; welcomes the plea from some 21,000 people that Scotland’s share of international aviation emissions should be counted in a Climate Change (Scotland) Bill from the start; notes that campaigners will bring this message to the Parliament on Thursday 5 February 2009 in order to highlight the case for the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill to explicitly commit to action on international aviation emissions from the outset; further notes the views of those campaigners that MSPs must not allow the second National Planning Framework for Scotland to support aviation expansion without full and proper public and environmental scrutiny, and believes that aviation expansion remains economically unjustified, especially given that the majority of businesses in the United Kingdom plan to reduce their flying in the next 10 years.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-3391 Robin Harper: Public Supports Pollution-linked Parking Charges in Edinburgh—That the Parliament notes that a scheme proposed by Green councillors in Edinburgh to link parking permit charges to car pollution has won overwhelming, three to one, public support after a three-month consultation; also notes that the initiative is designed to encourage the use of more climate-friendly vehicles and discourage gas guzzlers by creating a sliding scale of permit charges according to vehicle carbon dioxide emission ratings in place of the current fixed charge; further notes that the City of Edinburgh Council will not raise any extra revenue from the proposed scheme; notes that, under the proposal, charges for 80% of vehicles will be reduced or remain the same, including family-sized vehicles, with only the most polluting, or luxury, vehicles in band G paying more; considers that the result of the consultation sends an important message that public appetite for action on climate change needs a response from politicians to achieve cuts in carbon emissions, and hopes that the groundbreaking initiative is introduced in Edinburgh and other areas of Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*

S3M-3390 Sandra White: Energy Efficient Housing—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment in the Scottish budget for the provision of £30 million to provide almost 100,000 homes with energy efficiency advice and assistance with insulation and believes that this scheme will benefit some of the most vulnerable members of society and will contribute to a welcome reduction in fuel poverty.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Wilson, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Ian McKee, Alasdair Allan, Christine Grahame, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Bob Doris*, Keith Brown*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-3389 Malcolm Chisholm: North Edinburgh Fuel Poverty Action Group—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the campaign by North Edinburgh Fuel Poverty Action Group (NEFPAG), supported by North Edinburgh Trust, calling for an end to the unjust practice by energy suppliers of charging customers using prepayment meters (PPM) more for their gas and electricity than customers paying by direct debit or online; notes that in north Edinburgh a PPM user can pay up to £340 more each year than a customer using other payment methods, and calls on all suppliers to take notice of the NEFPAG campaign and reduce the prices paid by PPM customers to those paid by direct debit customers or lower.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-3388 Ross Finnie: Praise for Inverclyde’s Services to Protect Children and Young People—That the Parliament praises Inverclyde’s services to protect children and young people for their results in the report published by HM Inspectorate of Education in which they received two excellent ratings, 15 very good ratings and one good rating and notes that Inverclyde’s innovative schemes such as Mellow Parenting and the Special Needs in Pregnancy Service were also highlighted as examples of good practice.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Jim Hume, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackie Baillie, Gil Paterson, Jim Tolson, Sandra White*

S3M-3387 Jamie Hepburn: 10th Anniversary of Chávez Presidency—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to Hugo Chávez, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on a decade of his presidency and notes the wide-ranging and sweeping social reforms that have been implemented in Venezuela in this period and which have widened access to health and education, reduced the proportion of those living in poverty, and markedly so in relation to extreme poverty, which is reported to have been reduced from 42% to 9.5%, and propelled Venezuela up the United Nation’s Human Development Index.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, Bob Doris, Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-3386 John Swinney: The Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford

S3M-3382 Margaret Curran: Better Representation of Easterhouse and Castlemilk—That the Parliament condemns the unfavourable and inaccurate description of Easterhouse and Castlemilk as "beautiful names, scummy estates" by Spectator journalist Fraser Nelson on Coffee House, the Spectator blog, on 30 January 2009; regrets that areas in the east end of Glasgow rarely feature positively in the national press; calls for journalists to address the exemplary voluntary service and commitment of local residents and the hard work of teachers and community organisations that contribute to the development and regeneration of this part of Glasgow, and acknowledges that, while there are many problems to be overcome, the area would benefit from a less dismissive response from high-profile journalists and greater accolades for its achievements.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, James Kelly, Michael McMahon, David Whitton, Johann Lamont, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Roseanna Cunningham, Kenneth Gibson, Charlie Gordon, Ian McKee, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Bob Doris, Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper*

S3M-3373 Christine Grahame: SSPCA v RSPCA—That the Parliament notes the concerns of and campaign raised by the Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) about the fundraising activity of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), which has fundraised in Scotland with all the monies it has raised going exclusively to animal welfare in England and Wales; urges the Scottish Government, in consultation with Her Majesty’s Government, to undertake a review of the regulations governing cross-border charity fundraising to ensure that individual donors know explicitly in which country their money will be spent, and calls on the RSPCA to transfer the monies that it has raised in Scotland over the past 10 years, or for such reasonable period as the SSPCA and RSPCA see fit, to the SSPCA to ensure that this body continues in its vital role of upholding and maintaining welfare standards for animals across Scotland and that the intentions of those who have mistakenly donated to the RSPCA in the belief that such monies were being applied to the welfare of animals in Scotland are respected. R

Supported by: Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Margaret Smith, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Wilson, Gil Paterson, Ian McKee

S3M-3371 Robert Brown: Bicentenary of Louis Braille—That the Parliament celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the unique communication system for blind people that has been instrumental in unlocking knowledge and potential, creating opportunities and supporting independent action from the time of its invention to the present day; notes the importance of providing braille and other forms of accessible information to people with visual impairments across all sectors and in all areas of activity to create a fair and inclusive society; also notes the potential of modern technology to give full effect to Louise Braille’s vision of effective communication for blind and visually impaired people, and considers that the Scottish Government has an important role as an exemplar of best practice in relation to the accessibility to visually impaired people of public services and information provision across Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Ross Finnie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike Rumbles*, Marlyn Glen*, Angela Constance*, Jim Tolson*, Robin Harper*, Patricia Ferguson*, James Kelly*

S3M-3370 Alex Neil: Irvine Burns Club—That the Parliament congratulates Irvine Burns Club on its work in promoting the works and philosophy of Robert Burns since its establishment in 1826, in particular its holding of annual wits’ dinners to raise funds for capital projects, and congratulates the club on the unveiling of a magnificent bronze of Burns and Wallace on 25 January 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3369 Bill Wilson: Guantánamo Bay and Diego Garcia—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by President Obama to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility; considers that, while this goes some way to restoring the reputation of the United States of America for upholding justice and human rights, the US Government should also close Camp Justice on Diego Garcia and, together with the UK Government, assist the repatriation of those who were forcibly displaced by the latter, should they wish to return, and further calls on both governments to offer the former inhabitants of Diego Garcia and their descendants meaningful compensation for their suffering.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christopher Harvie, Bashir Ahmad, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Elaine Smith, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham*, Michael Matheson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3368 Bashir Ahmad: Supporting Young People in Art—That the Parliament congratulates Tramway for the Street Art Project in Pollokshields, the Village Storytelling Centre for the Sharing Stories project in Pollok and Clydebank Housing Association for securing funding for art projects that aim to encourage vulnerable young people to participate in a variety of art forms; notes that the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities scheme matched private sector funding for these projects pound for pound, and believes that such a diverse range of projects will engage disadvantaged young people from across Glasgow and help them find a voice and express difficult emotions through a variety of different art forms.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Mr Frank McAveety, Gil Paterson

S3M-3367 Kenneth Gibson: World Cancer Day 2009—That the Parliament notes that Wednesday 4 February is World Cancer Day 2009; acknowledges that the World Health Organisation predicts that 84 million people will die from cancer worldwide between 2005 and 2015; is aware that one of the deadliest cancers is lung cancer; recognises that the overwhelming majority of lung cancer deaths are smoking related; believes that the best way to reduce lung cancer mortality over the long term is to reduce the number of young people who become addicted to tobacco, and congratulates the work of ASH Scotland, a leading Scottish charity campaigning for effective tobacco control, and the work of many other charities and organisations working to prevent, treat and research cancer and those that provide palliative care and support both for sufferers and their families.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Bashir Ahmad, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Trish Godman, Pauline McNeill, Ian McKee, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh Henry, Ken Macintosh, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie*, Michael Matheson*, Irene Oldfather*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-3366 Marlyn Glen: Welcome to Conference on Trident and International Law—That the Parliament welcomes Christopher Weeramantry, former vice-president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to Scotland for his address on the legality of nuclear weapons at the conference, Trident and International Law: Scotland’s Obligations, which expands on the United Kingdom’s and Scotland’s responsibilities arising from the 8 July 1996 ICJ advisory opinion that "the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of international law", and welcomes the conference’s review of the application of international law with regard to the renewal of Trident by the UK Government.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Cathy Peattie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, Christina McKelvie, Trish Godman, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper*

S3M-3365 Peter Peacock: BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2009—That the Parliament congratulates Nairn-based fiddler Ruairidh Macmillan on winning BBC Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year for 2009; praises all six finalists on their skill and talent, and wishes them all every success in keeping the traditional musical heritage of Scotland alive and vibrant.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-3364 John Scott: End the Inhumane Long-distance Transportation of Live Horses for Slaughter in Europe—That the Parliament notes with concern the practice of the long-distance transportation of live horses for slaughter into and across the European Union (EU) involving an estimated 100,000 horses each year; believes that such a practice is indefensible in terms of animal welfare; also believes that existing legislation relating to such transportation and its enforcement are inadequate; supports an early review introducing short finite journey limits and space allowances that reflect the welfare needs of horses and, thereafter, rigorous enforcement by all EU member states of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005, which governs the transport of live vertebrate animals within the EU in connection with an economic activity, and supports the Make a Noise campaign by World Horse Welfare to end the inhumane transportation of horses within the EU.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Mike Pringle, Jamie McGrigor, Brian Adam, John Lamont, Ken Macintosh, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Aitken, Ian McKee, Kenneth Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patrick Harvie, Karen Whitefield, Alasdair Morgan, Elaine Murray, Andrew Welsh, Jackson Carlaw, Christine Grahame, Jim Hume, Mary Scanlon, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Annabel Goldie, Gil Paterson, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-3363 Margaret Curran: Catholic Education Week 2009—That the Parliament celebrates Catholic Education Week, intended to highlight the significance of education for young people and society as a whole; notes that Catholic Education Week may present an invaluable time for reflection on the importance of education; recognises the contribution of Catholic education in promoting values-based education in schools and setting high standards of academic excellence; considers that the achievements of Catholic education can be recognised throughout the east end of Glasgow, where the standard of education has risen as a result of the influence of Catholic education, and hopes that standards of education in the east end of Glasgow will remain a priority and continue to improve.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, Angela Constance, Alasdair Allan, Michael McMahon, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Mary Mulligan, Des McNulty, Murdo Fraser, Paul Martin, Mr Frank McAveety, Gil Paterson

S3M-3361 Jackie Baillie: Freedom of Dumbarton for Jackie Stewart—That the Parliament welcomes the proposal that West Dunbartonshire Council should award Dumbarton-born racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart the Freedom of Dumbarton; recognises the immense contribution that the three times world motor racing champion has made to Scottish sport, and believes that this would be a fitting tribute to a "son of the rock" and one of the world’s most famous Scots as he approaches his 70th birthday.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jackson Carlaw, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Ian McKee, Karen Whitefield, Ken Macintosh, Elaine Murray, Brian Adam, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Mr Frank McAveety, Patricia Ferguson, Dr Richard Simpson, Jamie McGrigor, Ross Finnie, Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, Jim Tolson, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Bob Doris, Jim Hume, Gil Paterson, Karen Gillon

S3M-3360 Jackie Baillie: Lighting Up the Inauguration—That the Parliament congratulates Aggreko plc, the Dumbarton-based generator company that had the honour of providing the power services for the inauguration of the new President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, in Washington DC; recognises that Aggreko plc is a global leader in the rental of power generation equipment and that this is the third time it has performed such a service at a presidential inauguration; welcomes Aggreko’s decision to expand its operation in Dumbarton, and wishes it every future success.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Trish Godman, Karen Whitefield, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Helen Eadie, Dr Richard Simpson, Des McNulty, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Ross Finnie, Jim Tolson, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Gil Paterson, Karen Gillon

S3M-3359 Jackie Baillie: Sustaining Emergency Services at the Vale of Leven Hospital—That the Parliament notes the development of the GP-led model of emergency care at the Vale of Leven Hospital; commends local GPs for their efforts in trying to retain as many services as possible locally; further notes, however, that more people will have to travel to Paisley for services including coronary care and treatment for strokes, gastrointestinal bleeds and epileptic seizures; acknowledges that for the model to work effectively and be sustainable in the long term it requires the active support of consultant physicians from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley; understands that concerns have been expressed by all of these physicians in response to the publication of Vision for the Vale of Leven Hospital to the extent that they do not support the model and believe that "the vision is flawed", "it provides a two tier service for patients" and they "would not wish any of their relatives cared for under these circumstances"; consequently believes that even if NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde managed to convince these consultant physicians to support the GP-led emergency service at the Vale of Leven Hospital that, given their underlying attitude, there are very serious questions about its sustainability, and therefore calls on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to consider retaining anaesthetics at the Vale of Leven Hospital and, failing that, to deliver a north of the river solution using the Golden Jubilee Hospital together with the Vale of Leven Hospital to provide services for an enhanced catchment area.

Supported by: David Stewart, Helen Eadie, John Park, Ross Finnie, Mary Mulligan

S3M-3358 Rob Gibson: Nairn Fiddler Wins Young Trad Musician Title—That the Parliament congratulates Ruaridh MacMillan of Nairn who has won the title of BBC Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year for 2009 in the final at Celtic Connections on 1 February 2009; recalls that he has shown determination from a young age to excel as a fiddler; welcomes the continuing strength of traditional music throughout Scotland as exhibited by the keen competition, and notes the continuing strength of the entrants to the competition from the Highlands and Islands.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3357# Sarah Boyack: Support for Unpaid Carers—That the Parliament recognises the vital role played by unpaid carers across Scotland in providing essential care and support to people whose lives are seriously affected by illness or disability and the work done to support carers by the Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL) in Edinburgh and the Coalition of Carers in Scotland; notes that the estimated replacement cost for unpaid carers in Edinburgh has increased by £98.3 million to £554.5 million; is concerned that one in five carers has given up work to provide care, the same proportion suffer poor health, only 40% have had a break from their responsibilities of more than two days and 73% live in fuel poverty, and therefore considers that the contribution made by unpaid carers to the Scottish economy should be recognised by improving the sharing of best practice in the provision of support with other European countries and local authorities across the United Kingdom and by improving the quality of support available for respite care, training, support services and young carers in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Des McNulty, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, Helen Eadie, Elaine Murray, Mary Scanlon, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Karen Whitefield, Paul Martin, Trish Godman, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, John Park, Joe FitzPatrick, James Kelly, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, Gil Paterson, Karen Gillon, Irene Oldfather*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-3355 Ross Finnie: Support Barony Chambers Restoration—That the Parliament supports East Dunbartonshire Council’s grant funding application to Historic Scotland to help with the restoration of Barony Chambers in Kirkintilloch, built in 1814-15 and which has served as a town hall, council chambers, courthouse, school and jail, being a grade B building of special architectural and historic interest and arguably one of the most important historic monuments in Kirkintilloch.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw, Jamie Stone, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Des McNulty, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Jim Tolson, Hugh O’Donnell, Gil Paterson

S3M-3354 Cathy Jamieson: Congratulations to Alloway Primary School—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new Alloway Primary School; believes that this will provide a modern and positive learning environment for pupils and much improved teaching environment for staff; congratulates the pupils who provided superb entertainment at the opening ceremony, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that South Ayrshire Council has the necessary funding to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to be educated in a facility that is of similar quality.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, David Whitton, George Foulkes, Patricia Ferguson, Paul Martin, Ken Macintosh, Marilyn Livingstone, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman, Pauline McNeill, Helen Eadie, Margaret Curran, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, Jim Hume

S3M-3353 Tavish Scott: Sandwick Junior High School Big Energy Challenge—That the Parliament notes that the final of the Big Green Challenge debating competition was held in the Parliament on 30 January 2009, when Sandwick Junior High School, Gairloch High School, Portree High School and Arran High School debated important renewable energy motions; recognises that the hard work all the teams will have put into the competition in researching renewable energy reflects the importance of renewable energy to the Highlands and Islands; congratulates all the teams on their success in reaching the final of this prestigious competition; particularly congratulates Sandwick Junior High School and its team of Joe Christie, Ceidiog Saxelby and Saibh Finlayson for winning the competition, and hopes that they will enjoy their prize, a trip to Iceland, which will include a visit to the Blue Lagoon and to the geothermal area of Geysir.

S3M-3351.1 Rob Gibson: Retained Firefighters and the Working Time Directive Opt-out—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3351) in the name of Liam McArthur, insert at end "notes with surprise that the sole Scottish Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament voted to end the UK opt-out as opposed to the SNP, Conservative and, indeed, English Liberal Democrat MEPs who voted to support the Scottish and UK governments’ shared position for retention of an opt-out; nonetheless welcomes the change of heart on the part of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, which may help to clarify their position to the retained firefighters of Scotland; commends the mature and responsible joint efforts by the Scottish and UK governments to resolve this potentially confused legal situation in a calm and rational manner as opposed to resorting to scaremongering with hypothetical situations; looks forward to a sensible resolution of this dispute, and considers that the actions of the Scottish Liberal Democrats have confused the issue and have been ultimately unhelpful."

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Ian McKee, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Michael Matheson, Bashir Ahmad, Dave Thompson, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan*, Gil Paterson*, Keith Brown*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-3215# Irene Oldfather: People with Dementia in Accident and Emergency - Recognising Their Needs—That the Parliament notes the launch of the report, People with Dementia in NHS Accident and Emergency - Recognising Their Needs, by the Cross Party Group on Alzheimer’s; is concerned that evidence suggests that, while an estimated 70% of elderly people attending accident and emergency will show some sign of having mental health problems including dementia, less than 10% of problems are identified by admitting doctors; notes evidence that suggests that the average length of stay for an older person with dementia in accident and emergency is between three and seven hours and that readmission for this vulnerable group is likely to result in high levels of functional decline; further notes that mortality rates for patients with dementia admitted to hospital are higher than for other elderly people with some studies suggesting that as many as 30% of such patients die within six months and more than 10% are readmitted and may be placed in institutional care as a consequence; recognises the report’s recommendation that where clinically possible there should be a presumption against admission for patients with dementia and that specialist community-based care, including consultant support and diagnostic testing, is desirable; welcomes as a starting point the decision by NHS Ayrshire and Arran to appoint a mental health liaison nurse to lead the development of protocols, policies and guidelines relevant to patients with dementia, and believes that it is important that people with dementia are given appropriate and timely treatment that respects their dignity and independence.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, David Stewart, James Kelly, Claire Baker, Hugh O’Donnell, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, David Whitton, Angela Constance, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Johann Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathie Craigie, Stuart McMillan, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Marilyn Livingstone, Mary Mulligan, Nanette Milne, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Scanlon, Marlyn Glen

S3M-3095# Alasdair Morgan: Scottish Coastal Path—That the Parliament welcomes the development of core path networks, which it believes can make a major contribution to both encouraging healthy exercise and attracting tourists to Scotland, and particularly welcomes those in the South of Scotland; considers that coastal paths have a particular attractiveness because of the beauty of Scotland’s coastline; further considers that long-distance paths have a particular role to play in attracting walkers to undertake at least part of the journey along such paths; congratulates those councils that have already created and marked paths along all or part of their coastlines, and believes that the creation of a Scottish coastal path, marked and marketed as such, would be a worthwhile long-term objective and would provide a national asset.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, John Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh Henry, Alex Neil, Dave Thompson, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Aileen Campbell, Jackson Carlaw, Des McNulty, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Jack McConnell, Jamie Hepburn, Cathy Jamieson*, Elizabeth Smith*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3352# Good Morning Glasgow Doing a Great Job for Glaswegians (lodged on 30 January 2009) Christina McKelvie*

S3M-3349# Earth Hour 2009 (lodged on 30 January 2009) Dave Thompson*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-3347 UK Closer to Scrapping Nuclear Weapons (lodged on 30 January 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3342 Scottish Rugby Showcased at the Parliament (lodged on 29 January 2009) Margaret Smith*

S3M-3340 Get in the Spirit - Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival (lodged on 29 January 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3334 Cockburns’ Haggis in Parliament (lodged on 29 January 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3307 Victims of Historic Child Abuse (lodged on 26 January 2009) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-3294 The Threat of Polio (lodged on 23 January 2009) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-3268 Loss of Jobs at Vion, Cambuslang (lodged on 21 January 2009) Irene Oldfather*

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