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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-5199 Sarah Boyack: Launch of a New Alcohol Charter in Edinburgh—That the Parliament congratulates the volunteers and staff at Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL) and the Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership on the launch of the new alcohol charter in Edinburgh, which outlines the services that carers should expect when supporting someone with an alcohol addiction; notes that the alcohol charter recognises that carers looking after those with an alcohol dependency have a right to expect their views to be valued, to receive appropriate support, to inform practitioners of the ongoing situation and to inform the development of policy and services, and pays tribute to the important work carried out by carers supporting family members and friends with an alcohol dependency.

*S3M-5198 Marilyn Livingstone: Kirkcaldy North Primary School Praised in HMIE Report—That the Parliament notes the HM Inspectorate of Education inspection of Kirkcaldy North Primary School in September 2009; commends the strengths of the school, including that staff provide a welcoming environment for children, that the children are proud of their school and are enthusiastic learners, that parents contribute to their children’s learning in the nursery and early years classes and that there is a support structure in place for vulnerable children and their families; praises the examples of good practice found in the school, such as friendship days to promote health and wellbeing, the opportunity for outside learning in the school’s discovery den and the development of a school library with the children and their parents, and congratulates the contribution of Kirkcaldy North Primary School to educational services in the community.

*S3M-5197 David Whitton: Congratulations to Turnbull High School, Bishopbriggs—That the Parliament congratulates Clare Reilly and Paul Lyons of Turnbull High School, Bishopbriggs, on winning the junior and senior sections of the 21st annual Schools Speech Contest organised by Kirkintilloch Speakers Club and notes the excellent contributions from the other contestants from Bishopbriggs Academy, Lenzie Academy, St Ninian’s High School and Kilsyth Academy, which provided the two runners-up.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Ross Finnie*, James Kelly*, Mary Mulligan*, Des McNulty*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-5196 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to City Nightclub, Falkirk, Nightclub of the Year 2009—That the Parliament congratulates the City Nightclub in Falkirk on being named Nightclub of the Year at the recent Scottish Licensed Trade News awards; notes the judges comments that "City Falkirk dazzles with its sports bar and nightclub combination, complete with technology that takes clubbing to the next level"; acknowledges the hard work of the management and staff in making this venue such a success, and wishes them well for the future.

*S3M-5195 Robin Harper: Congratulations on the Launch of CIC Start Online—That the Parliament congratulates Napier University together with project partners Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Strathclyde University, Glasgow School of Art, the Robert Gordon University, the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University on the launch of CIC (Construction Improvement Club) Start Online; notes that at the launch event, to be held on 16 November 2009, John Currie, Director of the Scottish Energy Centre, will introduce the programme; supports the main aim of this three-year project, which is to embed innovations on sustainable building design and refurbishment in practice; acknowledges that, without faster adoption of innovations, it will be difficult to achieve the Scottish Government targets for reduction of CO2 emissions through more sustainable buildings; notes that CIC Start Online will deliver a range of feasibility studies and consultancies and produce guidelines for application of innovative building design solutions, products and processes in practice and the partners’ laboratories will be used to test innovations, and further notes that through this project the partners will build capacities and establish long-term relationships with the industry to jointly develop and test innovations for more sustainable building design and refurbishment beyond the end of the project.

S3M-5194 Willie Coffey: It’s Scotland’s Attendance Allowance Too—That the Parliament is concerned at the proposal to scrap attendance allowance, as outlined in the consultation paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together; records its particular concern that this proposal, which will affect older and disabled people across the United Kingdom, has been put forward by the UK Government in a consultation limited to England; calls on the UK Government to maintain attendance allowance in its present form, allowing disabled people to exercise a greater degree of control over their own lives; further calls on the UK Government to commit to equal consultation with those affected across the UK about any proposals to change the UK-wide benefit system, and notes that, in response to concerns expressed by constituents, a petition has been launched on these matters, which is available to be signed online at

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-5193 Jim Hume: Humanitarian Work in No Man’s Land—That the Parliament commends Syria for its humanitarian work in accepting an estimated 500,000 refugees into its community since 1948; recognises the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for its work in providing protection and new homes for refugees; further recognises the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees for its work with some 4.7 million registered Palestinian refugees; notes the predicament of an estimated 5,000 Palestinian refugees, some of whom have been forced to leave Iraq and are stranded in no man’s land at the border between Iraq and Syria while others are in camps in Syria, and calls on the international community to do all it can to end the plight of these refugees by finding safe homes for them while keeping their extended families together.

Supported by: Jim Tolson

S3M-5192 Dr Richard Simpson: StAnza’s Virtual Poetry Festival, the Fife Poetry Festival Online—That the Parliament welcomes StAnza’s first virtual poetry festival, a free event that, on Saturday 14 November 2009, will be linking up poets and poetry from 12 cities and towns across the world from Mumbai to Sacramento and streaming them live into the Byre Theatre, St Andrews and also via webcasts worldwide, making St Andrews, Fife and Scotland the hub of this international focus, online at, and wishes this innovative festival every success.

S3M-5191 David Stewart: World Diabetes Day—That the Parliament acknowledges that 14 November 2009 is World Diabetes Day, an official United Nations Day, which marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea that led to the discovery of insulin in 1922; notes that the campaign for 2009 is Understand Diabetes and Take Control, which aims to raise awareness of the disease and the lifelong demands imposed on the 285 million people living with diabetes; further notes with concern that the International Diabetes Federation estimates that over 344 million people worldwide are at risk of type 2 diabetes and believes that this can be easily prevented in many cases by helping and encouraging those at risk to maintain a healthy body weight and take moderate physical activity; further notes that the most recent Scottish Diabetes Survey shows that there were 219,963 people with a diagnosis in Scotland at the end of 2008 and believes that many cases of diabetes remain undiagnosed; urges the Scottish Executive to raise awareness of the symptoms of diabetes to ensure early diagnosis and treatment, and looks forward to the publication of the updated Diabetes Action Plan, which will provide strategic priorities for diabetic services in 2010 and beyond.

Supported by: Charlie Gordon*, James Kelly*, Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Elaine Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Butler*, John Park*

S3M-5190 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Musicians through to National Finals—That the Parliament congratulates Inverclyde Schools Concert Band for making it through to the national finals after competing at the Scottish regional heats of the National Concert Band Festival at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; notes that the band received a Platinum Award in its class, which is the highest accolade a band can achieve; further notes that it was the only band in its class to receive such an award, and congratulates all the young people for their hard work and dedication, which has paid off, and wishes them every success at the national finals, which take place in Birmingham in 2010.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson, Ian McKee, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5189 Karen Gillon: NHS Lanarkshire Investing in Volunteers—That the Parliament congratulates NHS Lanarkshire on being awarded the Investing in Volunteers UK award, which recognises excellence in volunteering; notes that NHS Lanarkshire has more than 400 volunteers carrying out a range of roles of benefit to patients; further notes that NHS Lanarkshire was visited by Volunteer Development Scotland over an eight-day assessment period during which volunteers reported positive experiences of the support and training that they had received, and wishes everyone involved in volunteering at NHS Lanarkshire continued success into the future.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh O’Donnell, Gil Paterson, James Kelly, Andy Kerr, Mr Frank McAveety, Jim Hume, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Bill Kidd*, Elaine Smith*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-5188 Margaret Curran: Garrowhill Garden Estate Community Group—That the Parliament congratulates Barry Linning on winning the Front Garden Competition in 2008; notes that Mr Linning donated the prize money to the community of Garrowhill through the establishment of the Garrowhill Garden Estate Community Group; further notes that this community group has successfully secured a lease with Glasgow City Council on a piece of wasteland that it has since tidied up and replanted; recognises that this land is now regarded as a showpiece in the local community; congratulates the group on winning the Certificate of Improvement at the Beautiful Scotland Neighbourhood Awards 2009, and wishes it all the luck in the future with its plans to expand to other areas throughout the community in 2010.

S3M-5187 Sarah Boyack: City of Edinburgh Council Care Package Tendering Process—That the Parliament notes the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to change the care packages of 800 vulnerable people across the city; expresses its concerns at reports that some of the successful bidders for the provision of care packages lack the specialist skills and experience of their predecessors; further expresses concern at the council’s decision to suspend until March 2010 direct payments to individuals who wish to arrange their own care despite issuing letters to those in receipt of care informing them that staff would be on hand to deal with increased applications before the contract changes took effect; further expresses concern at proposals in the council’s report into the tendering process that recommend that direct payments be cut by 20%, a move that impacts on all service users and limits choice, particularly for those who require a substantial amount of support; recognises that the relationship between a carer and cared-for individual is built on trust that is gained over time and that a change in care provider can cause significant disruption and anxiety, and urges the council to fully consider the implications of the report at its meeting on 19 November 2009.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, Andy Kerr, George Foulkes, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Gillon, Helen Eadie, Margo MacDonald, Marilyn Livingstone, Pauline McNeill, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, Robin Harper*, Des McNulty*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-5186 Jackie Baillie: Living Wage Outrage—That the Parliament condemns SNP-controlled West Dunbartonshire Council for voting down a motion that would have introduced a living wage of £7 an hour for its poorest workers; understands that the motion proposed by Labour councillors called on West Dunbartonshire Council to follow the example of Glasgow City Council and implement a living wage of £7 an hour for the 200 staff who earn less than this amount; notes that the cost of implementing this policy would be approximately £140,000 per year, less than half of the cost that the council was reported to be considering paying its outgoing chief executive earlier this year, and calls on Scottish ministers to support the Scottish Living Wage campaign, unlike their SNP colleagues in West Dunbartonshire.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, John Park, David Whitton, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Frank McAveety, George Foulkes*, Des McNulty*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-5185 Jackie Baillie: Cruising to Victory—That the Parliament congratulates Cruise Loch Lomond, which picked up a 2009 Scottish Thistle Award in the Innovation, Celebrating Scottish Tourism Excellence category; understands that the business was recognised for its West Highland Way Rambler Cruise, which combines a cruise on Loch Lomond with a walk along the most scenic parts of the West Highland Way; notes that the company has been operating cruises on the bonnie banks for 23 years, and considers it to be an excellent example of how a local business can use the natural beauty of Loch Lomond to create new tourism opportunities.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, George Foulkes, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Smith, Stewart Maxwell, Gil Paterson, Ross Finnie, Robin Harper, Jackson Carlaw, Jim Tolson*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-5184 Marilyn Livingstone: Scottish Coastal Rowing Project—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, launched on 31 October 2009; notes that the aim of the project is to restart local regattas in Fife and throughout Scotland and to promote friendly intercommunal competition through racing; recognises that the project connects with the histories of coastal communities such as Dysart and East Wemyss and provides an opportunity to encourage craft skills by using a team of apprentices from Adam Smith College; commends the guiding principle that boats should be available at a low cost, consistent with safety, for use by community groups, including youth groups, as a means of constructive competition, and acknowledges the benefits that this project will bring to Fife and Scotland as a place to live and an important tourist destination.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan, Mary Mulligan, Brian Adam, Jackie Baillie, Gil Paterson, Sarah Boyack, John Park, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*

S3M-5183 John Lamont: Borders Curling Development Group—That the Parliament congratulates the Borders Curling Development Group on being shortlisted for the Big Lottery Fund’s The People’s Millions programme; notes that the group is bidding for £47,686 to help deliver the Eight to Eighty Plus project, an inclusive project that aims to introduce local people to the sport of curling regardless of age, gender, ability or experience; further notes that the project seeks to deliver significant health and social benefits to participants as well as teaching valuable team-building skills; commends the members of the group for their hard work thus far, and wishes them good luck in the vote on 24 November 2009.

Supported by: Ted Brocklebank, Jamie McGrigor, Jim Hume, Christine Grahame, Bill Aitken, Stewart Maxwell, Mary Scanlon, Jackson Carlaw, Gil Paterson

S3M-5182 John Lamont: Scottish Borders Council and Bookdonors—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Borders Council and Selkirk-based social enterprise, Bookdonors, on scooping an award from the Local Authority Advisory Committee in recognition of their combined efforts towards increasing recycling; notes that, from its headquarters in Selkirk, Bookdonors sells unwanted books, donates books to community groups to support literacy development and ensures that any books that are not wanted are recycled; further notes that Bookdonors is on target to process 600 tonnes of books this year and has raised over £140,000 for local and national charities since 2005; commends Bookdonors for its inclusive employment practices, and wishes it a successful future as it seeks to continue its work in the Borders.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Ted Brocklebank, Jamie McGrigor, Jim Hume, Christine Grahame, Bill Aitken, Derek Brownlee, Jackson Carlaw, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Scanlon, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper

S3M-5181# Alison McInnes: National Youth Orchestras of Scotland at 30—That the Parliament congratulates the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) as it celebrates its 30th anniversary; recognises the outstanding work that NYOS does in encouraging young musicians, not only those who play in one of its eight orchestras, but also through organising workshops in schools around Scotland; notes that in this year alone the orchestras have performed to over 10,000 people in 14 cities across six countries, and sends its very best wishes that NYOS continues to go from strength to strength over the next 30 years and more.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Iain Smith, Mary Scanlon, Mike Rumbles, Stewart Maxwell, Jim Hume, Jim Tolson, Mike Pringle, Ms Wendy Alexander, Christine Grahame, Ted Brocklebank, Ken Macintosh, Helen Eadie, Hugh O’Donnell, Gil Paterson, Liam McArthur, Robert Brown, Jackie Baillie, Nanette Milne, Jack McConnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd*, Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Bill Butler*, Maureen Watt*, Nicol Stephen*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-5180# Jamie McGrigor: Future of Mid Argyll Community Swimming Pool—That the Parliament notes with concern the threat of closure facing the Mid Argyll Swimming Pool in Lochgilphead due to a financial shortfall; believes that this community-owned social enterprise, owned and operated by Mid Argyll Community Enterprise Ltd, plays a vital role in providing the communities of Lochgilphead and Mid Argyll with a first-class public swimming pool and all the associated benefits to mental and physical health that come from the activity of swimming; considers that the pool is well used by pupils from many local primary schools and by local recreation clubs and many of the tourists and visitors who come to Mid Argyll; notes further that the new Lochgilphead High School does not have a swimming pool and that closure of this pool would mean that the nearest public swimming pools were many miles away in Oban, Rothesay, Dunoon or Campbeltown; is aware that the funding shortfall facing the pool amounts to around £10,000 in this financial year and £30,000 in subsequent years, and believes that all available funding options should be explored in order to secure the future of this well-used and much-loved community asset.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Jackson Carlaw, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Ted Brocklebank, Mr Frank McAveety, Margaret Mitchell, Dave Thompson, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5179 Alison McInnes: The Isle of Islay—That the Parliament, while welcoming the decision by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) to hold a ballot on the name of the new ferry that is currently being built to serve Islay, notes the wishes of many islanders that, in line with the longstanding Caledonian MacBrayne tradition of naming a ferry after the island that it was built to serve, the ferry should be named the Isle of Islay in English and Eilean Ile in Gaelic and calls on CMAL to add this option to its ballot.

Supported by: Jim Tolson, Mike Pringle, Jim Hume, Liam McArthur, Nicol Stephen*

S3M-5178 Christina McKelvie: Architecture and Outreach—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that the three directly government-funded architecture and outreach programmes, ACCESS to Architecture, SUST and Senses of Place, carried out to date by the Lighthouse Trust will be retained; welcomes that these programmes will now be carried out by the Scottish design champion, Architecture and Design Scotland, and further welcomes that the staff currently operating these programmes will be retained in Glasgow.

S3M-5177 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-5176 Jim Mather: Arbitration (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-5175 Fiona Hyslop: Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Schools Consultation (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Keith Brown

S3M-5171 Christina McKelvie: Apprentices—That the Parliament notes the reported plans of the UK Government to implement savage cuts in funding for apprenticeships and training places; further notes the comments of Andy Kerr MSP in the chamber on 28th January 2009 that "At this time in the economic cycle, it is vital that we invest in apprenticeships", and congratulates the Scottish Government on its foresightedness in realigning the modern apprenticeship framework, increasing the number of places available and implementing the ScotAction package to protect the apprenticeship programme in difficult economic times.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd*, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*, Maureen Watt*

*S3M-5171.1 David Whitton: Apprentices—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5171) in the name of Christina McKelvie, leave out from "plans" to end and insert "ambition of the UK Government to ensure that three quarters of people participate in higher education or complete an advanced apprenticeship or equivalent technician-level course by the age of 30; welcomes the publication of Skills for Growth – A national strategy for economic growth and individual prosperity on 11 November 2009; further welcomes the passing of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill and looks forward to the Bill receiving Royal Assent; understands that this Bill provides for a statutory framework for apprenticeships and creates a right to an apprenticeship for suitably qualified 16 to 18-year-olds; further understands that, thanks to this Bill, Scottish workers will benefit from the right to request time off for training; understands that SNP MPs failed to support this Bill in the final stage of its passage through the Houses of Parliament despite this right to request time off for training being supported by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; considers that, far from implementing savage cuts for apprenticeships and training places, the Skills for Growth strategy will create 35,000 new advanced apprenticeships over the next two years; considers that the 7,800 extra apprenticeship places, the apprenticeship guarantee and the modern apprenticeship summit were agreed by the Scottish Government only following pressure during budget negotiations earlier this year, and welcomes Labour’s continued commitment to skills and training for the people of Scotland."

S3M-5170 Ross Finnie: On-call status of Community Maternity Units Undermines Their Futures—That the Parliament notes NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s decision to change the operation of the community maternity units (CMU) at the Vale of Leven Hospital and Inverclyde Royal Hospital to an on-call service at nights and weekends; believes that this will undermine the confidence of mothers-to-be in the use of the CMUs, and further believes that such a change in the operation of the CMUs is incompatible with the undertaking given by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to keep them open for a trial period of three years while concurrently running a public awareness campaign to promote and increase usage of the CMUs.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Mike Rumbles, Mike Pringle, Stuart McMillan, Trish Godman, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Wilson

S3M-5169 Cathy Jamieson: The Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) etc. Order 2009—That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) etc. Order 2009 (SSI2009/332).

S3M-5168# Anne McLaughlin: The Future of East Coast Rail Services—That the Parliament expresses concern over reports that the east coast rail link between Glasgow Central and London King’s Cross is to be axed, resulting in a loss of 40% of capacity, or 22,000 seats a week, to direct services between London and Glasgow; notes that such a move will also affect travel between Glasgow and the north of England; further notes that the west coast main line is prone to engineering works and delays and that, with no east coast main line, Glasgow business and tourism will be put at a disadvantage; considers that these proposals by the UK Government are a mistake, and believes that the nationalised east coast main line should continue to offer regular direct services to Glasgow from London King’s Cross.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Stewart Maxwell, Christopher Harvie, Gil Paterson, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5167 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to Fife Constabulary on Policing the G20 Summit at St Andrews—That the Parliament commends Fife Constabulary for its successful policing of the G20 summit of finance ministers held in St Andrews on 6 and 7 November 2009 and considers that the summit went ahead with minimum disruption and orderly demonstrations, showing that St Andrews is an ideal location for international meetings and conferences.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, John Park, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Jackson Carlaw, Margaret Mitchell, Gil Paterson, Jack McConnell*

S3M-5166 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to Rufflets Hotel, St Andrews—That the Parliament congratulates Rufflets Country House Hotel in St Andrews on being named Country House Hotel of the Year in the Golf Tourism Scotland Gold Standard Awards; further congratulates the hotel’s assistant front manager, Sam Adam, on winning the title of Young Industry Person of the Year, and considers that this demonstrates once again that St Andrews has many hotels to be proud of and that it is a major contributor to Scotland’s tourist industry.

Supported by: John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Gil Paterson, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, George Foulkes, Hugh Henry, Mary Scanlon, Margaret Mitchell, Stuart McMillan, Iain Smith

S3M-5162 Marilyn Livingstone: SkillBuild 2009 Success—That the Parliament notes that the final of SkillBuild, the United Kingdom’s largest skill-based competition, was held on Tuesday 6 October 2009 at South Lanarkshire College and welcomed over 100 apprentices and young tradespeople from across the United Kingdom; congratulates the participants from Scotland, who were awarded four gold medals in such disciplines as joinery and roof sheeting and cladding; acknowledges the contribution of ConstructionSkills, the sector skills council for construction, which organised the competition, and recognises that competitions such as SkillBuild provide an opportunity to promote excellence among those undertaking apprenticeships, which are of vital importance in ensuring Scotland’s future economic success.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Jamieson, George Foulkes, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Mary Mulligan, John Park, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5159# Jack McConnell: World Aids Day and Annie Lennox—That the Parliament recognises the importance of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2009 and its aim of highlighting the challenges and consequences of the HIV epidemic around the world, particularly the impact on development in sub-Saharan Africa; acknowledges that UNAIDS estimates that there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children; notes that around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and die before they are 35; congratulates all those individuals and organisations in Scotland that campaign to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and provide practical support to HIV/AIDS victims, wherever they live; congratulates, in particular, Annie Lennox on the continued success of her SING campaign, which will be two years old on 1 December, and believes that positive consideration should be given to her recent offer to support the Scottish Parliament in its international development work, with an ambassadorial role.

Supported by: Peter Peacock, Sarah Boyack, David McLetchie, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, George Foulkes, Jim Hume, Andy Kerr, Bob Doris, Mr Frank McAveety, Helen Eadie, Linda Fabiani, Ms Wendy Alexander, Rhoda Grant, Mike Pringle, Liam McArthur, David Stewart, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Marilyn Livingstone, Ted Brocklebank, Dr Richard Simpson, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Park, Bill Kidd*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Robin Harper*, Bill Butler*, Des McNulty*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-5158 Patricia Ferguson: North Glasgow Housing Association and Young Possil Futures—That the Parliament notes the coaching in the community session organised by North Glasgow Housing Association for Young Possil Futures at the recent Falkirk v St Mirren SPL game; further notes that as well as a coaching session for the 40 young people who attended the event, the programme involved a full match-day experience including a tour of the stadium, visit to the dressing rooms and access to the park side, players and officials; congratulates everyone involved in organising this event, and welcomes the fact that this is part of a wider programme of engagement being developed by North Glasgow Housing Association to benefit the local community.

S3M-5157 Marilyn Livingstone: Safe Drive Stay Alive—That the Parliament commends the Fife Community Safety Partnership and its commitment to reducing casualties on Fife roads through its educational Safe Drive Stay Alive initiative; recognises that the campaign delivers a theatre-style performance that focuses on the emotional impact that a road traffic collision has on emergency service personnel, accident victims and their families; welcomes the fact that, in an attempt to reach young people before they begin to drive, the initiative is aimed at all fifth year pupils and those likely to leave after fourth year; notes that last year over 5,000 young people saw the road show, and wishes the initiative every success as it is replicated around Scotland to educate young people.

Supported by: Iain Smith, James Kelly, Bill Butler, Elaine Murray, Bill Kidd, Mary Mulligan, Hugh O’Donnell, Trish Godman, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, John Park, Mr Frank McAveety, Jackie Baillie, Des McNulty, Tricia Marwick, Margaret Mitchell, George Foulkes, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson

S3M-5156 David Whitton: Saving 109 Jobs at MacGavigan—That the Parliament notes the saving of 109 jobs at John MacGavigan Ltd in Bishopbriggs, a maker of dashboards and other car-interior products, as a result of a management buy-out by two members of its management team; further notes the help provided by Scottish Enterprise and East Dunbartonshire Council to take MacGavigan out of administration, and wishes the new management and workforce the best of luck in the future.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Pauline McNeill, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, Joe FitzPatrick, Des McNulty, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Ken Macintosh, John Park, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Bill Kidd, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry

S3M-5155 Stewart Maxwell: Congratulations to Medics Against Violence—That the Parliament congratulates Medics Against Violence (MAV) for its recent recognition at the Scottish Policing Awards for an outstanding contribution to tackling violent knife crime; notes that the educational programme created by MAV was established to teach young people about the dangers of violence and weapon carrying and has been running in schools across the west of Scotland for the last year; recognises that the experience of MAV’s founding members, Dr Christine Goodall, an academic oral surgeon, and Mark Devlin and David Koppel, both maxillofacial surgeons, is invaluable in showing young people the consequences of violent knife crime; notes the contribution of the Violence Reduction Unit, the World Health Organization and, in particular, Campus Police Officer PC Geoff Smith in making the programme a success; applauds the commitment shown by the programme’s many dedicated volunteers, and supports any future initiatives that aim to raise awareness of the impact of violence-related injuries, particularly those caused by knife crime.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Jackie Baillie, Patrick Harvie, Aileen Campbell, Anne McLaughlin, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Ken Macintosh, Dave Thompson, Bill Kidd, Hugh Henry, Richard Baker, Christina McKelvie, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5154 Ian McKee: Bring Down Those Walls—That the Parliament celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, widely considered to be the most significant event in history since the end of World War II, which changed Europe and the rest of the world; considers that the fall of the wall in 1989 marked the end of communism in Europe, leading to the end of the Cold War, the disappearance of the Iron Curtain and the reunification of Germany; notes the subsequent accession of eastern European countries into the European Union; considers that the Berlin Wall was a shameful object of the Cold War that divided Europe, and the rest of the world, into opposing ideologies; firmly believes that freedom and liberty are values that must always be upheld; condemns the use of physical separation to divide peoples and societies, and hopes that this 20th anniversary will act as an example and bring hope to those peoples across the globe whose beliefs and differences are still divided by walls and other physical barriers.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Anne McLaughlin, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Hugh O’Donnell, Dave Thompson, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Robert Brown, Michael Matheson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-5153 Sandra White: Tackling Domestic Abuse—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Government for providing £2.4 million to fund the Caledonian System, a new comprehensive system to address domestic abuse; believes that 50,000 cases of domestic abuse recorded in Scotland in 2007-08 is too many; further believes that this new comprehensive programme will better protect women and children through intervention programmes for perpetrators of domestic violence to reduce the likelihood of reoffending, additional services for victims of domestic abuse and new protocols for the sharing of information between agencies involved with the families concerned, and calls on local authorities to apply for a share of the £2.4 million funding to help reduce the devastating effects of domestic abuse and to make progress in reducing the cyclical nature of violence.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Nigel Don, Joe FitzPatrick, Anne McLaughlin, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Aileen Campbell, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-4762# Jamie Stone: Increasing Opportunities for Rural Athletes—That the Parliament notes that, as part of the Reaching Higher revised national sports strategy, launched on 8 March 2007, the Scottish Government committed itself to achieving increasing participation and to improving performance in sporting activities; commends the Scottish Government’s continuing commitment to delivering equal opportunities for all regardless of personal circumstances; is concerned, however, that such equality has not been achieved in the field of sport, in that the careers of promising young athletes from remote areas, such as Caithness, are being held back by the high financial costs incurred in travelling to and participating in national sporting events, and would welcome the availability of funding for athletes from remote areas and their families to offset the considerable costs of pursuing their sporting goals.

Supported by: David Stewart, Ross Finnie, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Peter Peacock

S3M-4738# Margaret Mitchell: Deafblind Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the work of Deafblind Scotland, based in Lenzie, which seeks to enable Scots who are both deaf and blind to receive the support and recognition that they require to be equal citizens; notes with concern the difficulties faced by deafblind people in freely accessing public transport due to the varying restrictions placed by local authorities on concessionary travel for guide communicators who provide professional communication and guiding support, and believes that cooperation among all relevant bodies will ensure that deafblind citizens can enjoy full access to public transport.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Jackson Carlaw, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, John Scott, Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Bill Aitken, Karen Gillon, Bill Kidd, Ken Macintosh, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Christine Grahame, Elaine Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Mary Scanlon, Bill Butler, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Rhoda Grant, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Dave Thompson, Ross Finnie, Tom McCabe, Karen Whitefield, Michael Matheson, Jack McConnell, Stuart McMillan, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, James Kelly, Patricia Ferguson, Brian Adam, Elaine Murray, Duncan McNeil, Mr Frank McAveety, Ms Wendy Alexander, Nicol Stephen, Nigel Don, Mary Mulligan, Angela Constance, Dr Richard Simpson, Annabel Goldie, George Foulkes, Jim Tolson*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5147 Glenfiddich Piping Champion (lodged on 5 November 2009) Maureen Watt*

S3M-5145 World Drumming Championships (lodged on 5 November 2009) Maureen Watt*

S3M-5143 Hate and Discrimination Have No Place in Scottish Society (lodged on 5 November 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5141 Guide Dog Puppies in the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 5 November 2009) Jack McConnell*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5135 Sir John Crofton (lodged on 4 November 2009) Elaine Murray*

S3M-5124# Friends of the Earth Report, Wasting Away (lodged on 4 November 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5108 It’s Fun to Save (lodged on 2 November 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5106 Teampull na Trionaid (lodged on 2 November 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5101 Think Positive, Tackling Mental Ill Health among Students in Scotland (lodged on 2 November 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5091 Living Wage (lodged on 29 October 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5082 International Brain Tumour Awareness Week and World Walk (lodged on 29 October 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5058 Caithness Bakery Wins Highland Food Award (lodged on 26 October 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5055 Let’s Show Racists the Red Card (lodged on 26 October 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5054 Fireworks and Furry Friends (lodged on 26 October 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5050 Give All Racism in Scottish Football the Boot (lodged on 23 October 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5047 Pulteneytown Academy, 50 Years Young (lodged on 22 October 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5044 Mail Delivery Service (lodged on 22 October 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-5032 Charities Banking on Lloyds (lodged on 20 October 2009) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-4629 Concern at UCU Report on Education Cuts (lodged on 24 July 2009) Elaine Murray*

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