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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-4049 John Park: Betfred, Stop the Cuts—That the Parliament notes Betfred’s staff notification to remove overtime premium pay for Sundays, bank holidays and general overtime; considers that the poor compensation package will leave staff out of pocket in year one and all remaining years; also notes that in the year to March 2008 Betfred’s operating profits for the group improved by 22.7% to £13.2 million, its recent acquisition of a further 23 betting shops and its recent multi-million sponsorship of the World Snooker Championship; believes that wider economic challenges should not be a pretext or excuse to cut terms and conditions, especially in industries where profit continues to be made; understands that Betfred is issuing termination of contracts notification to those not accepting the compensation package; commends the work of Community: The Union for Life in its work to stand up for betting shop workers, and calls on Betfred to rethink its proposals, engage in meaningful consultation with its staff and their union representatives and refrain from cuts to terms and conditions.

*S3M-4048 Tricia Marwick: 70th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Leven—That the Parliament congratulates the Rotary Club of Leven on its 70th anniversary; notes that since 1939 the organisation has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the local community and to raise funds for a number of worthwhile causes, and wishes the Rotary Club of Leven a long and prosperous future.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*

*S3M-4047 John Lamont: Dispensing GP Practices in Rural Communities—That the Parliament recognises the important role of dispensing GP practices in remote and rural communities across Scotland; acknowledges the high level of patient satisfaction with these practices; is concerned about the process of the community pharmacy application in Chirnside, which has failed to involve properly the affected GPs or take account of the views of the local population; is aware of the current inquiry on dispensing under consideration by the Public Petitions Committee; therefore supports the British Medical Association’s calls for the pharmacy regulations to be reviewed, and agrees that all decisions regarding pharmacy applications should be suspended until this process is concluded.

*S3M-4046 Aileen Campbell: Withdrawal of UK Troops from Iraq—That the Parliament welcomes the withdrawal of UK troops from Iraq on 30 April 2009, six years after the start of the UK and US invasion of the country in 2003; recognises the bravery of members of the armed forces who served and gave their lives in Iraq; notes that no weapons of mass destruction have ever been found since the invasion; regrets the massive loss of life among both military personnel and civilians in the country; reiterates its call for an immediate public inquiry into the UK Government’s decision to take military action in Iraq in 2003; believes that hostile military action of this nature, in the face of massive international opposition, should never again be perpetrated, and calls on all levels of government in the United Kingdom and across the world to continue to work for peace and stability in Iraq and across the Middle East.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Jamie Hepburn*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-4045 Rob Gibson: Salute Eigg—That the Parliament congratulates the people of Eigg on holding the first Eigg Giant’s Footstep Family Festival on 2 and 3 May 2009, which will focus on the island’s renewable electricity scheme that powers most of the island’s homes and businesses; notes that the festival will include talks, workshops, music and theatre as well as a host of experts to provide advice and answer questions on what individuals and communities can do to tackle climate change; recognises the gigantic strides that the islanders of Eigg have made and are continuing to make since taking control of their island in 1997, and wishes every success to the island’s bid, as Scotland’s only finalist, to win the UK-wide NESTA Big Green Challenge competition.

*S3M-4044# Michael Matheson: Larbert Rail Damage—That the Parliament recognises the serious problems being experienced by residents in the Larbert area as a result of heavy coal freight being introduced to the line; understands that this is having a damaging effect on their quality of life as well as their properties; regrets that to date Network Rail has refused to introduce a speed restriction for freight trains on the line, and believes that the problems being experienced by residents in Larbert are unacceptable.

S3M-4043 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Hibs Under-19s SFA Youth Cup Win—That the Parliament congratulates Hibernian Football Club under-19s on their SFA Youth Cup win; notes that the final against Rangers was won by two goals to one; further notes the exciting game that went to extra time as both teams were drawn one each, and also congratulates Kurtus Byrne whose goal in the last minute of extra time gave Hibs its first taste of Youth Cup glory for 17 years.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm*, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Jamie McGrigor*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4042 Mary Mulligan: National Epilepsy Week 2009—That the Parliament recognises the contribution made by Epilepsy Scotland and fellow Scottish members of the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland to raise awareness and combat the social stigma associated with epilepsy; supports these organisations in marking National Epilepsy Week, 17 to 23 May 2009, and in challenging discrimination and informing public attitudes; acknowledges that epilepsy should be higher on the Scottish Government’s and NHS boards’ agendas so that more epilepsy specialist nurses and doctors can be trained and patient care can be improved; acknowledges Epilepsy Scotland’s campaign for more nurses and a corresponding increase in specialist posts; calls on the Scottish Government and the NHS to ensure that sufficient epilepsy nurses work in each NHS board and to help them provide local transition arrangements for young people with epilepsy moving to adult epilepsy services; welcomes the Cross Party Group on Epilepsy’s current review of social work section 23 assessments of need for families with epilepsy; congratulates the Scottish Parliament for winning Epilepsy Scotland’s Employer of the Year Award, which recognises epilepsy best practice, and praises the ongoing awareness training provided for the Scottish Parliament’s own staff so that epilepsy is no longer hidden and misunderstood.

S3M-4041 *#* Anne McLaughlin: Time to End Sri Lankan War, Time for Humanitarian Concerns to Take a Priority—That the Parliament welcomes the fact that the United Nations, European Union and other international institutions are calling for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Tamil Tigers; considers it vital that humanitarian assistance is able to reach the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians who are suffering as a result of the conflict without adequate shelter, food and medicine; recognises that the Tamil community in Scotland, the vast majority of whom live in Glasgow, are desperately worried about relatives in the conflict zone with whom contact is restricted if existent at all; supports the international community in doing more to put pressure on both sides in the conflict to lay down arms and create humanitarian corridors for safe passage of aid; also considers that the vast majority of people of Sri Lanka do not want this war, and believes that, after 26 years of brutal conflict and more than 70,000 deaths, it is now time for the voices of those people to be heard and for them to be able to live in peace.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Bob Doris*, Christopher Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Mike Pringle*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4040 Des McNulty: Congratulations to Clydebank FC on Reaching the Scottish Junior Cup Final—That the Parliament applauds the renaissance of Clydebank FC, which sees the team reaching the Citilink Scottish Junior Cup final for the first time since its reinvention six years ago; acknowledges the tremendous work of the United Clydebank Supporters Trust in its tireless support of the team that started out with no funds and still has no home; thanks everyone associated with the club for their contribution to the local community, and hopes that Bankie fans will have every reason to celebrate on 31 May 2009.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Sarah Boyack*, Jackie Baillie*, John Park*, Hugh Henry*, Bob Doris*, Jamie McGrigor*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, James Kelly*

S3M-4039 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Shannon Bryson and Woodstock School, Kilmarnock—That the Parliament congratulates Shannon Bryson from Woodstock School in Kilmarnock on receiving a Diana Award for her work in helping others; notes that Shannon regularly visits Argyll House nursing home in Kilmarnock; considers her an inspiration to the other pupils at her school, which caters for children with additional support needs, and applauds the school’s senior class for promoting Woodstock as a healthy eco-school and for supporting Kilmarnock Can Cycle, a charity that repairs old bicycles for sale at low cost and for distribution to developing countries.

S3M-4038 Patricia Ferguson: SPT and Allied Vehicles—That the Parliament notes that Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has taken delivery of the first of 20 new vehicles to provide special services for the elderly, infirm and geographically isolated passengers who might not otherwise be able to use public transport; welcomes the fact that these buses, modified by Possilpark-based Allied Vehicles, are more fuel efficient than normal buses, are smaller for easier access to housing schemes and country lanes and more adaptable to accommodate wheelchairs; commends SPT for the ingenuity shown by the introduction of these vehicles; congratulates Allied Vehicles on securing this contract, and hopes that it can secure the full production of these vehicles in order to secure existing jobs and create new jobs for local people in Possilpark.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Mr Frank McAveety, Bob Doris, Ken Macintosh, Kenneth Gibson, Cathy Jamieson, Robert Brown, Karen Whitefield, Pauline McNeill*, Sarah Boyack*, Helen Eadie*, Paul Martin*, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*, John Park*, Elaine Smith*, Jim Tolson*, Margaret Curran*, Robin Harper*, Sandra White*, James Kelly*

S3M-4037 John Swinney: The Draft Local Government and Housing Act 1989 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2009—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Local Government and Housing Act 1989 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2009 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford

S3M-4036 Roseanna Cunningham: The Draft Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2009—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the the draft Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2009 be approved.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead

S3M-4035 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2009—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2009 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-4034 Sandra White: Glasgow Community Service Workers—That the Parliament notes with concern the ongoing strike by community service workers in Glasgow, which remains unresolved after almost five months and which has led to Glasgow City Council failing in its statutory duty to implement community service orders; criticises Glasgow City Council for its refusal to seek independent arbitration to end the dispute and for the hardship and anxiety being suffered by the community service workers and their families; believes that Glasgow City Council’s thinly veiled threat to outsource the work will only serve to further inflame the situation, and urges Glasgow City Council to enter into meaningful discussion with the workers through independent arbitration.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie*, Bob Doris*

S3M-4033 Alex Johnstone: Promoting Sustainable Angling—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust on securing a further three years of investment for the Scottish National Angling Programme (SNAP), which seeks to develop sustainability in Scottish angling and promote the sport; notes that SNAP brings together many groups involved in the three main types of angling to develop jointly one plan for the future of the sport; further notes that angling is the largest participation sport in the United Kingdom and contributes £113 million to the Scottish economy, and wishes the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust every success in promoting a sustainable future for angling in Scotland.

S3M-4032 *#* Jim Tolson: Rights of Former Gurkha Soldiers—That the Parliament welcomes the victory for the rights of Gurkha soldiers achieved in the Commons defeat on 29 April 2009 when MPs voted by 267 to 246 for a Liberal Democrat motion offering all Gurkhas equal right of residence in Britain; believes that this is a historic victory for the Gurkhas who have served the United Kingdom so bravely; notes the widespread opposition to the UK Government’s proposed guidelines, which are considered to permit only a small minority of Gurkhas and their families to settle while preventing the vast majority to do so; believes that the UK Government’s decision fails to recognise the long history of dedicated service by Gurkha soldiers; welcomes the support for justice for the Gurkha soldiers by former Gurkha officer, Major Bill MacKay of Dunfermline; commends the 70 years of continuous service given by Sergeant Sunar Gurung, who served with Major MacKay, and Sergeant Gurung’s six sons who all served with the Gurkha regiment, and believes that such service should be recognised.

Supported by: Margaret Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Nanette Milne*, Mike Rumbles*, Ross Finnie*, Bill Kidd*, Robert Brown*

S3M-4031 Willie Coffey: Kilmarnock FC, Scotland’s Oldest Professional Football Club at 140 Years Old—That the Parliament congratulates Kilmarnock Football Club on its 140th anniversary; recognises that the club is the oldest professional football club in Scotland and has played a significant role in the development of professional football in Scotland, and looks forward to the club’s continuing contribution to a strong and successful future for Scottish football.

S3M-4030 Margaret Curran: From Sponsorship to Decoration, the City of Glasgow Swim Team—That the Parliament congratulates the City of Glasgow Swim Team for an excellent performance at the Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships 2009, particularly the three champions from the east end of Glasgow, 14-year-old Edward Gray and 13-year-old Stacey Henderson from Eastbank Academy and 15-year-old Rachel Tedeschi from the Glasgow School of Sport; commends the Tigers organisation, based in the east end of Glasgow, for providing £500 to fund the entry and support for the three local children, who left the competition with three medals between them and personal best qualifying times, and encourages other community groups across Scotland to demonstrate such generosity by providing sponsorship, without which achievements such as this may not be possible.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone, Mary Mulligan, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Mr Frank McAveety, Claire Baker, Paul Martin, Johann Lamont, Karen Gillon, Cathy Jamieson, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*, Stuart McMillan*, Des McNulty*, Dr Richard Simpson*, James Kelly*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-4029 Bill Wilson: The Gurkhas, Prepared to Die for the UK but not Fit to Live Here?—That the Parliament agrees with the sentiments expressed in the Westminster Early Day Motion, EDM 1362, that states that new Home Office guidelines relating to the settlement of former Gurkha soldiers in the country for which they served is unnecessarily restrictive, morally wrong and offensive; notes that approximately 1,500 Gurkhas, including Falklands veterans, currently awaiting the outcome of their appeals would face deportation under the new guidelines; accordingly welcomes the UK Government’s defeat in the House of Commons on this issue, and calls on the UK Government to take note of the majority opinion of MPs that it believes reflects the opinion of UK citizens and therefore to welcome those who are considered good enough to die for the United Kingdom as also fit to live here.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan*, Brian Adam*, Christina McKelvie*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-4028 Cathie Craigie: £2 Million for Scottish Charities—That the Parliament congratulates the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL) on having raised over £2 million for Scottish charities, which was marked by a visit to the new Glen Mile Mountain Bike Trail in Cumbernauld, which is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust; believes that this sum has made a real difference to PPL’s charity partners, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, Missing People, Children 1st and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, which have benefited from unrestricted financial support for their good causes, and welcomes the creation of the People’s Postcode Trust, which will create new opportunities for organisations to apply for smaller sums that can make a real difference to their communities.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Mike Pringle, Karen Gillon, Mr Frank McAveety, Karen Whitefield, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Elaine Murray, Hugh O’Donnell, Cathy Jamieson, Stuart McMillan*, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4027 Kenneth Gibson: Pro-anorexia Websites—That the Parliament is deeply concerned about the proliferation of pro-anorexia websites, which portray anorexia as a glamorous lifestyle choice rather than a potentially fatal psychiatric illness; acknowledges that such sites have been condemned by Beating Eating Disorders, the leading eating disorder charity in the United Kingdom; is aware that these sites share tips on how to accelerate weight loss and disguise fasting from concerned friends and family and advise on how best to induce vomiting and using laxatives; recognises that the appearance of pro-anorexia websites on social networking sites has allowed them to reach a much wider audience, aimed particularly at young women, and that they often pose as a means of support or claim that their intentions are neutral and support recovery while advocating an illness that can lead to infertility, heart disease and even death; understands that many people with anorexia go undiagnosed and up to 20% of those who become seriously ill die prematurely and are at particularly high risk of suicide, and calls on the UK Government to follow the example of the French Government in taking robust action against UK-based websites that actively promote harm and discourage vulnerable people with anorexia from seeking treatment by validating their behaviour, given that not all web portals are prepared to regulate these sites.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh, Bill Kidd, John Wilson, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-4026 James Kelly: Lightburn Elderly Association’s Hands On Project—That the Parliament notes the successful application made by the Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) to the Climate Challenge Fund; supports the direct action of this project in promoting energy efficiency, recycling waste and reducing carbon emissions among older people in the Cambuslang and Rutherglen area; further notes that the project has received funds to continue with the work that it has championed on an issue that affects all ages; commends it in its endeavours to be part of the move to achieve Scotland’s hopes of reducing emissions by 80% in 2050, and wishes all those involved the very best as they take this project forward.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Murray*, Robert Brown*, Claire Baker*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Ken Macintosh*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-4025 Iain Smith: Howe of Fife RFC—That the Parliament congratulates Howe of Fife Rugby Football Club for winning the 2008-09 National League Division One Championship undefeated; recognises the significant contribution that the club is making to develop youth rugby, and wishes Howe of Fife RFC every success next season following its promotion to the premiership.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Hugh Henry, Ross Finnie, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Claire Baker, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Ted Brocklebank, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-4024 Jackie Baillie: Helensburgh Crime Prevention Panel—That the Parliament welcomes the considerable efforts of the Helensburgh Crime Prevention Panel, established in 1987, in seeking to improve safety in its local community; notes that the group has recently purchased 225 personal alarms, which will be available to vulnerable women in the Helensburgh area; further notes that the panel has been at the forefront of numerous initiatives, alongside the police, to tackle crime, including improving lighting in the local supermarket car park, enhancing door security and holding seminars for shop owners on shoplifting; understands that the panel is made up of volunteers from all walks of life who are concerned with safety in their local community; congratulates them for all their work, and hopes that they go from strength to strength.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Helen Eadie, James Kelly, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Claire Baker, Trish Godman, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Jim Tolson, Sandra White, Marilyn Livingstone, Bob Doris, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-4021 Cathie Craigie: European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee’s Recognition of the Right to be Educated in and Communicate in BSL—That the Parliament 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 British Sign Language (BSL) to deaf children and to provide targeted funding and specific programmes for the promotion of BSL is considered a breach of human rights.

S3M-4020 Irene Oldfather: Congratulations to the Scottish Maritime Museum—That the Parliament notes the significance of exhibits held at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine; welcomes the news that the Imperial War Museum has requested two items from its collection to form part of an exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of the start of the second world war; notes that the pieces come from the liner SS Athenia, the first British ship sunk in the second world war, having been torpedoed approximately 200 miles out in the Atlantic on Sunday 3 September 1939, within a few hours of war being declared; acknowledges that collections such as this are invaluable to the nation’s cultural heritage, further enhancing the role of Scottish museums around the world; commends the ongoing work of the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, along with Scotland’s other industrial museums, and therefore agrees that it is in the nation’s interest that these museums are protected and assured of a secure future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jim Hume, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4019 Stuart McMillan: Congratulations to Kelly Street Children’s Centre, Greenock—That the Parliament congratulates Kelly Street Children’s Centre, Greenock, for the excellent HM Inspectorate of Education report that it received; notes that Kelly Street Children’s Centre received two excellent and three very good evaluation ratings; further notes that the centre was praised for having highly motivated confident learners throughout and a high quality curriculum; acknowledges this excellent report; wishes all those involved in the centre the very best for the future, and hopes that they keep up the good work.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Anne McLaughlin, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Ross Finnie, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4018 Elaine Smith: Breastfeeding: Every Day Makes a Difference to Your Baby—That the Parliament notes that National Breastfeeding Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 May 2009, with this year’s theme being "Breastfeeding: every day makes a difference to your baby"; recognises the positive impact of breastfeeding on the health of both mother and child; understands that mums who receive help and support, whether it be from a friend or family member, a healthcare professional or volunteer breastfeeding supporter, are likely to breastfeed for longer, giving them and their child important health benefits; believes that the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 is an excellent method of protecting the child’s right to be breastfed in public places, free from harassment, and thus acts as a positive incentive for choosing breastfeeding; is concerned, however, that anecdotal evidence suggests that attempts are still being made to stop mothers and babies from breastfeeding in public places despite this being a criminal offence; regrets the apparent lack of knowledge of the law on breastfeeding in society as a whole but specifically within the police forces of Scotland; considers that knowledge within the Scottish Police Service could be improved if the Act were to feature as part of the syllabus taught to probationer constables; expects that, where evidence exists to show that the law has been broken, such cases will be referred to the procurator fiscal, and believes that the Scottish Government should take urgent action to ensure that this law is understood by employers, law enforcers and the general public as part of an awareness raising campaign to assist in meeting its target of 37.5% of babies being exclusively breastfed by 2010-11.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Jackie Baillie, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, John Park, Robin Harper, Helen Eadie, Jamie Hepburn, Patrick Harvie, Sarah Boyack, James Kelly, Ken Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Mary Mulligan, Ms Wendy Alexander, Trish Godman, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Dr Richard Simpson, Marilyn Livingstone, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4016 Patrick Harvie: Sustrans School Travel Survey—That the Parliament welcomes the launch by Sustrans of the results of the first ever Scottish national survey into school travel; welcomes the fact that more children now travel to school by active travel methods such as walking, cycling and scooter than those who travel by car, bus or taxi; further welcomes the fact that the number of children cycling and walking to school has been found to be higher than previously expected; recognises the importance of active travel to school in combating traffic congestion, air pollution and childhood obesity; congratulates Sustrans on the success of its Tackling the School Run programme of projects with 103 schools across Scotland, which has doubled on average the use of cycling and walking routes around project schools, enabled 135,690 more cycling and walking trips to school and has ensured that 30,929 young Scots now have access to safer walking and cycling routes to school, and calls on the Scottish Government to commit additional resources to support and promote active and sustainable travel to school for those many young people who do not yet have access to safe routes.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh, Helen Eadie, Christopher Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry

S3M-4015 Jim Tolson: Improving Household Waste Recycling in Fife—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Council on its approach to improving household waste recycling; acknowledges the need for further improvements in Fife’s landfill diversion performance, and notes that Fife Council’s Environment, Enterprise and Transportation Committee received all-party support for the recommendations from the Member Officer Group to test a number of collection options to find the best solution to the household waste issue.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Iain Smith, Elaine Smith, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson

S3M-4014 Sandra White: Turner Prize Nominations—That the Parliament congratulates Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright on being shortlisted for the prestigious contemporary art award, the Turner Prize; believes that the nomination of both artists, who studied at Glasgow School of Art, demonstrates the continuing high standard of Scotland’s artistic education alongside world-class appeal for Scotland’s

art community, and wishes both artists every success in the competition.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Jamie Hepburn, Jim Tolson, Patricia Ferguson, Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4013# Cathy Peattie: The Falkirk Herald—That the Parliament congratulates the management, staff and readers of The Falkirk Herald, Scotland’s biggest selling weekly, on the paper being crowned at the 30th Scottish Press Awards as the best weekly newspaper in Scotland for the second year in a row.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*, Jackie Baillie*, Margaret Mitchell*, Bill Butler*, Patrick Harvie*, Patricia Ferguson*, James Kelly*

S3M-4012 Pauline McNeill: Whiteinch Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Whiteinch Centre in its successful application to the Big Lottery Fund’s Growing Community Asset programme; notes that the Whiteinch Centre, which opened in 2006 and lies at the heart of the local community, offers learning, health and employability services to 850 people each year, allowing 1,550 local people to attend events annually to the benefit of 80 organisations, and further notes that this award will enable the centre to develop further its relationships with key partners, including Anniesland College and Culture and Sport Glasgow, as well as making a contribution to marketing, training and external evaluation costs.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, James Kelly, Bill Butler, Des McNulty, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Helen Eadie, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Jackie Baillie, John Park, Paul Martin, Mary Mulligan, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Patricia Ferguson, Dr Richard Simpson, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4011 Cathy Jamieson: Auchinleck Talbot FC Citilink Scottish Junior Cup Final—That the Parliament congratulates Auchinleck Talbot FC in reaching the final of the Citilink Scottish Junior Cup; notes that the club has won the Scottish Junior Cup on seven previous occasions; wishes the team well for the final against Clydebank FC at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, on 31 May 2009; also notes that the club is currently celebrating its centenary year, and thanks everyone associated with the club for their continued work in the local community.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, George Foulkes, Hugh Henry, Jamie McGrigor, Claire Baker, Helen Eadie, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Aileen Campbell, John Scott, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Frank McAveety, John Park*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-4010 Cathy Jamieson: Kilmarnock FC 140th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Kilmarnock Football Club on marking its 140th anniversary; notes that Kilmarnock FC is the oldest professional football club in Scotland; recognises that the club has been a great ambassador for Ayrshire and Scotland, and looks forward to further success on the pitch and as part of the local community.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Mike Pringle, John Lamont, James Kelly, Bill Butler, Ross Finnie, George Foulkes, Jamie McGrigor, Helen Eadie, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh O’Donnell, Margaret Mitchell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Hugh Henry, Ken Macintosh, Mr Frank McAveety, Pauline McNeill*, Stuart McMillan*, Malcolm Chisholm*, John Park*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4009 Alasdair Allan: Crossroads Lewis—That the Parliament welcomes the recent inspection report by the Care Commission of the Crossroads Lewis Care Attendant Scheme; recognises that the quality of care and support was found to be very good, the quality of staffing excellent and the quality of management and leadership excellent; wishes the service well for the future in its aim to provide relief for family carers and in supporting people with disabilities who live alone; believes that the effectiveness of the service depends on the skills and qualities of its care attendants, and congratulates the organisation on providing a first-rate caring service in Lewis.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Des McNulty, Gil Paterson, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan*, Dave Thompson*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4008 Alison McInnes: Epilepsy Scotland’s Employer of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the winners of Epilepsy Scotland’s employer of the year awards, Russell Hamilton Business Systems Limited and the Scottish Parliament itself; notes the excellent example that these and the other short-listed employers have shown in catering for staff with epilepsy, and encourages more businesses and organisations across Scotland to support both current and potential employees and work towards achieving a Best Practice Certificate from Epilepsy Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jim Hume, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4005 Duncan McNeil: Tenth Anniversary of the National Minimum Wage—That the Parliament notes that April 2009 marks the tenth anniversary of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 coming into force; further notes that the introduction of the Act resulted in an immediate wage increase for some two million people; believes that the Act represents one of the most important pieces of social justice legislation of the 20th century, which complimented the policies pursued by the new Scottish Executive following its election later the same year; considers that the experience of the national minimum wage confounded predictions by the Conservative Party, including several members of the current UK shadow cabinet, that it would cost jobs, and regrets the fact that, despite their rhetoric before and since, not one Scottish National Party member voted for the legislation when it was finally passed in the House of Commons.

Supported by: Jack McConnell*

S3M-4003# Dave Thompson: Supporting Our Local Newspaper Industry—That the Parliament notes Local Newspaper Week, 11 to 17 May 2009, and recognises the crucial role played by Scotland’s local newspapers in providing a news service to their local communities; particularly notes the work of northern papers, including The Inverness Courier, Highland News, North Star, The Northern Scot, Ross-shire Journal and West Highland Free Press, which serve, at times, a scattered and remote population; further notes the benefits to community engagement and the democratic process of the traditional local newspaper industry; acknowledges the increased pressures faced by the local newspaper industry due to falling circulation, loss of advertising revenue and increased competition from internet-based services, and considers that printed newspapers have served for centuries as a source of information on community affairs.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Pauline McNeill, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Maureen Watt, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson, Ted Brocklebank, Christina McKelvie

S3M-4002 Karen Whitefield: Adult Learners’ Week 2009—That the Parliament welcomes Adult Learners’ Week 2009, running from 9 to 15 May, and notes that National Learning at Work Day, the biggest annual celebration of workplace learning, will take place on Thursday 14 May; believes that lifelong learning should be available and accessible to all; endorses the work of trade unions in making lifelong learning a reality for workers; notes the importance of partnership in delivering successful workplace learning projects and, in particular, the excellent work of the Lowlands and Uplands Scotland trade union education projects in providing flexible shift-friendly courses to union members in a familiar and relaxed environment; commends all those involved in delivering the projects for their hard work and commitment in making adult learning accessible in companies across Scotland; notes that from April 2008 to March 2009 there were Lowlands and Uplands Scotland courses involving 566 students in a diverse range of workplaces across Scotland, including Rolls Royce plants at Inchinnan, Dalgety Bay and East Kilbride, Remploy plants at Clydebank, Stirling and Cowdenbeath, NHS Tayside, Dounreay Power Station and Yoker and Ayr railway stations; further notes that, in the last quarter alone, the projects have provided personal advice and guidance on learning to 926 individuals; celebrates the learning achievements of all those involved, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that workplace learning receives the sustainable funding it needs to ensure that lifelong learning is accessible to every Scottish worker.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker, Bill Butler, John Park, Rhona Brankin, Ken Macintosh, Helen Eadie, Cathy Jamieson, Marlyn Glen, James Kelly, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathie Craigie, Patricia Ferguson, Marilyn Livingstone, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4001 Claire Baker: Wake-up Call for the Scottish Government—That the Parliament notes the open letter on student hardship sent to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and signed by Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MSPs, further and higher education spokespeople, Gurjit Singh, NUS president, and 25 other student leaders at colleges and universities across Scotland; highlights that the letter criticises the Scottish Government for its focus on reducing graduate debt to date and ignoring the growing student hardship crisis in Scottish colleges and universities; further highlights that the letter calls for the Scottish Government to take a new direction by focussing the existing resources for student support on reducing student hardship; considers that student support levels in Scotland have fallen far behind the rest of the United Kingdom, with a maximum of £4,510 for most Scottish students compared with a maximum of £6,200 for students from England; believes that the Scottish Government should use the open letter as a wake-up call to come forward with new priorities for the £30 million allocated to the student support budget next year to tackle student hardship, based on the principles of reaching a minimum income of £7,000 for the poorest students, increasing student loans and bursaries to address students’ continuing reliance on commercial credit and providing additional funds for hardship and childcare funds, and calls on the SNP to rethink its priorities, to begin finally to listen to students and to work with opposition parties and NUS and student leaders to bring forward new policies, using existing resources, to begin to tackle student hardship in Scotland.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Margaret Smith, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Scanlon, Hugh O’Donnell, Liam McArthur, Robin Harper, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Mulligan, Jamie McGrigor, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Murray, Michael McMahon, Jackie Baillie, Ross Finnie, Des McNulty, John Park, Karen Whitefield, Robert Brown, Mike Rumbles, John Scott, Jim Tolson, Mike Pringle, Jackson Carlaw, Rhona Brankin, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Alex Johnstone, Ken Macintosh, John Lamont, Marlyn Glen, Richard Baker, David Whitton, Hugh Henry, Bill Aitken, Ted Brocklebank, Trish Godman, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathie Craigie, George Foulkes, Marilyn Livingstone, Annabel Goldie*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3997 Jackie Baillie: Helensburgh and Lomond Community Spirit Awards 2009—That the Parliament congratulates Joan Mulroy on winning Citizen of the Year at the Helensburgh and Lomond Community Spirit Awards 2009; notes that Joan has worked tirelessly to further the cause of people with learning disabilities in the community since 1988; acknowledges that Joan led the development of the Changed Days Advocacy Project and the Good Life Positive Attitudes Group as well as being vice-chair of the local branch of Enable; applauds all her efforts and the hard work and determination of all the other winners in their individual categories, and thanks the Helensburgh Advertiser and the Rotary Club of Helensburgh Garelochside for organising a fantastic event, which deservedly recognised the achievements of the many talented individuals and groups in Helensburgh and Lomond.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Dr Richard Simpson, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety, Rhona Brankin, Helen Eadie, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Stewart Maxwell, Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-3996 Bill Wilson: Israel’s Militarised Society—That the Parliament commends Jewish Voice for Peace for drawing attention to what it considers to be the Israeli Government’s harassment of Israeli peace activists belonging to New Profile, involving the confiscation of their computers, their being called for interrogation and their subsequent release on condition of promising not to contact their political friends for 30 days; agrees with New Profile that Israel need not be a militarised society and that the recent acts of the Israeli Government confirm that the militarism of society in Israel harms the sacred principles of democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of political association, and calls on the Israeli Government to cease the harassment of peace activists immediately, to recognise the right of conscientious objection and to release all those imprisoned for refusing to serve in a military capacity in support of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory and in support of the continued violation of the human rights of both Palestinians and many Israelis.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3995 Ian McKee: The Human Cost of Alcohol Misuse—That the Parliament acknowledges BMA Scotland’s recent report, The human cost of alcohol misuse: Doctors speak out, which highlights the local and national statistics on alcohol and its impact on people’s health, showing that between 2007 and 2008 42,430 acute general discharges from hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis were registered in Scotland and that 1,687 alcohol-related deaths were registered in 2007 alone; considers that these are worrying figures that demonstrate that Scotland’s relationship with alcohol is in need of radical change, and welcomes BMA Scotland’s recommendations, which very much reflect the Scottish Government’s proposals for tackling alcohol misuse, including the introduction of minimum retail pricing, improved product labelling and the regulation of irresponsible promotions.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Nigel Don, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Dave Thompson, Jamie Hepburn, Anne McLaughlin, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3993 Patricia Ferguson: 4th North Glasgow 5K—That the Parliament notes the success of the 4th annual North Glasgow 5k and praises the organisers for all their hard work and effort; congratulates the 2,600 men, women and children who ran, walked and pushed buggies and wheelchairs around the course; notes the substantial amounts raised for a wide range of charities by the participants, and applauds the focus on health and fitness that the event generates.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Jim Tolson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Cathy Jamieson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Johann Lamont, Andy Kerr, Mary Scanlon, Mary Mulligan, Pauline McNeill, Bob Doris, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh

S3M-3992 Patricia Ferguson: Maryhill Burgh Halls—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the announcement of the award of £980,910 of Big Lottery funding to the Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust, which will see a refurbishment and new-build extension of the Maryhill Burgh Halls; congratulates the local management committee for taking this project forward; further notes the significant policy change that sees Glasgow City Council transferring the asset at no cost to the local community; recognises that the success of projects like this through Growing Community Assets will advance the asset-based community development agenda in urban Scotland; further congratulates the leadership role played by Glasgow City Council in helping to achieve this, and urges other public bodies to follow its lead thereby creating even more opportunities for communities to benefit from the surge in community ownership.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Helen Eadie, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Robert Brown, Ken Macintosh, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-3991 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Ashbrook Homeless Project—That the Parliament congratulates Ashbrook Homeless Project for winning the Community Award and coming highly commended in the Housing Award at the Hostel Plus ceremony held during the Annual Salvation Army Social Services Conference 2009; notes that the Leith-based project offers residence for single homeless people as well as advice and support; further notes the strong community links that the project has with the local community, regularly informing Leith residents through leaflets of recent news, successes and events, and acknowledges that the Salvation Army’s Hostel Plus scheme, now in its second year, offers opportunities for people to move on with their lives by learning new skills, getting work and having fun.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Malcolm Chisholm, Stuart McMillan

S3M-3990 Paul Martin: Milnbank Sustainable Community Nursery Project—That the Parliament welcomes the funding of £892,124 from the Big Lottery Fund to Milnbank Housing Association as part of the Milnbank Sustainable Community Nursery project, which will meet local need for affordable childcare provision by creating a sustainable new-build nursery facility in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow; notes that the nursery will offer 75 childcare places, including 19 subsidised places to lone parents and low-income families, and that this five-year project will directly benefit 500 people and 10 organisations and partially fund 16 new full-time and six new part-time nursery worker posts plus 17 HNC-level training opportunities in childcare for people from low-income families; further notes that a total of 28 jobs will be created by this project, including full-time posts for a nursery manager, depute manager, cook and part-time posts for a driver and two cleaners, and congratulates all those involved the work done locally to help bring the project to this stage.

S3M-3989 *#* Margo MacDonald: HBOS, Lloyds TSB Merger—That the Parliament considers that there would be merit in a public inquiry to look into the information that persuaded the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to set aside the usual procedures that apply to company mergers and takeovers when HBOS and Lloyds TSB were given government support to do so, with a subsequent significant impact on the finance sector and employment in Edinburgh and in spite of the likelihood of the proposed merged bank being in breach of competition law and the cost to the taxpayer, before the shareholders and employees of both banks had been made aware of the full facts of the financial situation of both and before any alternatives had been explored.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Robin Harper*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Mike Pringle*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3988 Jim Hume: A New Vision for the Devil’s Beef Tub—That the Parliament commends the Borders Forest Trust’s plans to purchase the iconic landscape feature, the Devil’s Beef Tub, and the surrounding land at Corehead in the spectacular Southern upland hills near Moffat; notes that once the land is purchased the trust plans to manage the area ecologically, integrating the restoration of natural habitats with traditional low intensity farming and local community-based food production; recognises that the project will see significant increases in biodiversity and the return of many native species to the hills and valleys of Corehead; congratulates the trust on raising £462,000 in private and charitable donations, and wishes the trust well in raising a further £238,000 to complete this special purchase.

Supported by: John Lamont, Ross Finnie, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Hugh Henry

S3M-3987 Marilyn Livingstone: Burntisland Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates the efforts of the headteacher, staff and pupils of primary 5/6 and primary 6 at Burntisland Primary School in their recent project work on environmental sustainability, China and Malawi; commends their hard work in producing an animated DVD that explores Chinese traditions; encourages the learning-by-doing approach demonstrated by the pupils and its use in other primary schools to teach children about Scotland’s links with other countries; recognises the importance of teaching pupils about other countries and cultures to promote international citizenship, and recognises the urgent need for the promised £3 million investment in Burntisland Primary School to create a learning environment fit for purpose.

Supported by: John Park, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Dr Richard Simpson, Patricia Ferguson, Helen Eadie, Claire Baker, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Pauline McNeill, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan, Christopher Harvie

S3M-3986# Angela Constance: Forgotten in Life and Forgotten in Death—That the Parliament expresses it deepest sympathy and its support for the memorial to those former patients of Bangour Village Hospital who were buried in unmarked graves in the Livingston parliamentary constituency; commends and applauds the dedication shown by Mrs Catherine Ferguson in discovering and researching this tragedy in the constituency thereby producing a significant piece of social and historical research; endorses and supports the sympathetic response by West Lothian Council in assisting Mrs Ferguson with her research and in erecting memorial stones at Ecclesmachen Cemetery, Uphall Old Cemetery and Loaninghill Cemetery in Uphall, and acknowledges the memory of all patients buried in unmarked graves across Scotland.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Ross Finnie, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Christina McKelvie, Ian McKee, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Hugh Henry, Mary Scanlon*, Margo MacDonald*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3985 Jack McConnell: North Lanarkshire Schools’ Music Groups—That the Parliament congratulates all those taking part in the North Lanarkshire Schools’ Spring Concert on Monday 27 April 2009 in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow; notes that this is the 9th such concert and will feature nine groups and 640 pupils; recognises the importance of school music tuition and performance for personal development and team building; welcomes North Lanarkshire Council’s commitment to music in schools; thanks all the staff and parents for their support, and wishes all pupils taking part the best of luck for this sell-out concert.

Supported by: Michael McMahon, Elaine Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Cathie Craigie, Karen Whitefield, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Butler, Des McNulty, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Helen Eadie, Cathy Jamieson, Bill Kidd, David Whitton, Hugh O’Donnell, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Margaret Mitchell, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Dr Richard Simpson

S3M-3984 Kenneth Gibson: Isle of Arran Wildlife Festival—That the Parliament strongly supports the showcase of Scotland’s fantastic natural wildlife that is the Isle of Arran Wildlife Festival, being held from 13 to 20 May 2009; acknowledges the hard work and determination of the Arran Natural History Society and local volunteers as well as agencies including RSPB Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust, the Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage; recognises the value of a sustainable approach to enhancing Scotland’s natural heritage; commends the festival for raising Arran’s profile on a local, national and international platform; further recognises that enabling visitors to experience wildlife first-hand is important in encouraging everyone to think about the need to protect the natural environment; acknowledges that tourist revenue to the island will increase as people are encouraged to holiday at home and discover what Scotland has to offer; knows that the organisers will run the festival in a responsible way ensuring that the unique environment of the island can be enjoyed for years to come, and recognises that Scotland’s coastal and marine environment must be protected if it is to be enjoyed in this way in the future.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Ross Finnie, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stewart Maxwell, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Smith, Sandra White, Jim Hume, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-3983 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to Falkirk Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Falkirk Football Club on reaching the final of the Homecoming Scottish Cup and pays tribute to John Hughes and his players on a magnificent result against Dunfermline Athletic, which not only takes them to the final against Rangers but also takes Falkirk Football Club into European football for the first time in its history.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Butler, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Maxwell, Des McNulty, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Aileen Campbell, Ian McKee, Jamie McGrigor, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Kenneth Gibson, Cathy Peattie, Bill Kidd, Margaret Mitchell, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie

S3M-3982 Sandra White: Scottish Parliament Banking Investigation—That the Parliament believes that an inquiry into the situation surrounding the recent banking crisis in Scotland, which is having particularly serious consequences for Scotland’s traditional banking centre in Edinburgh, should be established as a matter of urgency through the mechanisms available to the Scottish Parliament, such as the creation of a special parliamentary committee, to look into the demise of RBS, HBOS and the Dunfermline Building Society in order to take evidence from the relevant bodies involved, restore confidence in the Scottish banking sector and ensure that lessons are learned.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Christopher Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Angela Constance, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Maureen Watt, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3981 Mike Pringle: Family Fund—That the Parliament commends the work of the Family Fund, the United Kingdom’s largest provider of charitable grants to disabled children; notes that last year the Family Fund gave over £29 million in grants to 48,000 families across the United Kingdom for goods and services to improve the quality of their lives; further notes the recent launch of Family Fund extra, the Family Fund’s new online shopping service, which allows any family with a disabled child a discount of up to 25% from several major retailers; also notes that anyone shopping online can help disabled children, at no extra cost to themselves, by buying through Family Fund extra from nearly 100 different retailers, and encourages people to use this excellent new service to support the Family Fund’s valuable contribution in helping disabled children and their families.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Jim Tolson, Mary Scanlon, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith, Bob Doris, Ross Finnie, Robert Brown, Sandra White, Hugh Henry, Ken Macintosh, Nicol Stephen*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-3692# Mary Scanlon: International Midwives’ Day, 5 May 2009—That the Parliament notes that 5 May is International Midwives’ Day 2009; welcomes the contribution that midwives make to the health and wellbeing of women and their babies in Scotland and around the world; recognises that levels of maternal and infant mortality, especially in the developing world, are unacceptable; believes that achieving UN Millennium Development Goal 4 (Reduce child mortality) and Goal 5 (Improve maternal health) would amount to a giant leap for better maternal and infant health globally; acknowledges that more can always be done in Scotland to reduce our own levels of maternal and infant mortality, especially in remote and rural areas; supports greater international action to reduce maternal and infant deaths globally, and strives to provide ever-safer care for Scotland’s own women and children.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Rob Gibson, Nanette Milne, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Brian Adam, John Lamont, John Scott, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, Bill Butler, Patrick Harvie, David McLetchie, Elizabeth Smith, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Dr Richard Simpson, Jackson Carlaw, Elaine Smith, Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie, Jamie Hepburn, Angela Constance, Alison McInnes, Ken Macintosh, Margaret Mitchell, David Stewart, Trish Godman, Irene Oldfather, Des McNulty, Tom McCabe, Annabel Goldie, Rhoda Grant, Joe FitzPatrick, Jack McConnell, Karen Whitefield, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan

S3M-3691# Jamie Hepburn: Proposed Part-privatisation of Royal Mail—That the Parliament notes the continuing debate at Westminster about the possible part-privatisation of the Royal Mail; further notes that over 170 MPs, including over 140 Labour members, have signed the Early Day Motion in the name of Geraldine Smith MP opposing the plans; welcomes the leading role played by the Communication Workers Union in the campaign against the proposals, and believes that any privatisation of the Royal Mail will have a detrimental effect on postal services in central Scotland and across the country.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Mike Pringle, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, John Wilson, Patrick Harvie, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3979# Local Newspaper Week 2009 (lodged on 24 April 2009) David Whitton*

S3M-3977 Welcome to Age Concern and Help the Aged in Scotland (lodged on 24 April 2009) Stuart McMillan*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Brian Adam*, Jackie Baillie*, Margaret Curran*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-3975 Project Stedfast (lodged on 24 April 2009) Annabel Goldie*

S3M-3955 Viewforth High School, Kirkcaldy (lodged on 22 April 2009) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3935 Congratulations to Gordon and MacPhail (lodged on 21 April 2009) Mary Scanlon*

S3M-3918 Lambhill Stables (lodged on 16 April 2009) Bob Doris*

S3M-3906 Congratulations to Dallas Primary School (lodged on 14 April 2009) Maureen Watt*

S3M-3903 Mental Health Action Week 2009 (lodged on 14 April 2009) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3893# Supporting Social Work (lodged on 8 April 2009) Nigel Don*

S3M-3889 MS Awareness Week (lodged on 7 April 2009) Maureen Watt*

S3M-3861.1 Worrying Rise in Racist Incidents in Glasgow (lodged on 8 April 2009) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3585 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 2009 (lodged on 2 March 2009) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3492 European Resolution on Depleted Uranium Weapons (lodged on 23 February 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-3444 St Mirren Football Club (lodged on 12 February 2009) Johann Lamont*, Pauline McNeill*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Jackie Baillie*, Stewart Maxwell*, Jamie McGrigor*, Helen Eadie*, Ken Macintosh*, James Kelly*

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