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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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

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

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5536 Bruce Crawford: Impact of Pfizer’s Change of Wholesale Practice on Scottish Pharmacies—That the Parliament expresses concern at Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals’ (PGP) proposal to distribute its medicines through a single distribution channel in the United Kingdom; believes that this will damage the pharmaceutical wholesale network in Scotland and will have cost implications for the NHS in Scotland; further believes that this will reduce service levels and be detrimental to patient care in Scotland; is concerned that, if other pharmaceutical manufacturers follow suit, this will further compound the problem by reducing service levels and increasing administrative burdens which will adversely affect the ability of community pharmacists to deliver pharmaceutical care to the people of Scotland, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should seek to persuade PGP to review its decision.

*S2M-5534 Iain Smith: Congratulations to Howe of Fife Under-18s—That the Parliament congratulates Howe of Fife under-18s on winning the Scottish Rugby Union Youth League Cup, beating Musselburgh 27-14 at Murrayfield; notes that, taken together with the Royal Navy Scottish Schools Sevens in September and the success of Bell Baxter High School in the Scottish Schools Cup, this squad of players has achieved a triple crown in Scottish under-18s rugby; recognises the tremendous achievement of the players, and believes that the contribution to under-18s rugby of the coaching staff of Garry Horne and John Lathangie deserves recognition at the highest level.

Supported by: Christine May*, Bruce Crawford*, Tricia Marwick*

*S2M-5533 Mr Mark Ruskell: IPCC - Fourth Assessment Report—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the first part of the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); congratulates the IPCC on its most careful and painstaking examination of the scientific evidence available on climate change; notes the findings of AR4 that by the end of this century average global temperatures are likely to be 1.8°C to 4°C higher than today, with possible rises of up to almost 6°C, leading to rising sea levels and more, and more severe, extreme weather events, including heatwaves, floods, storms and droughts; is reminded that the consensual working practices of the IPCC mean that its reports are extremely conservative and that a more realistic prognosis for the earth’s climate is likely to be worse than that set out in the IPCC reports; believes that the publication of the report categorically removes any remaining doubt that climate change is the greatest and most pressing threat facing our planet; echoes the sentiments of Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, in hoping that "this report will shock people, governments into taking more serious action, as you really can’t get a more authentic and a more credible piece of scientific work", and calls, therefore, for the Scottish Executive to ensure that each and every one of its policies is "climate proofed", to introduce binding annual greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of at least 3% per annum and to abandon without delay schemes such as the M74 Northern Extension, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the Air Route Development Fund which can only contribute to man-made climate change.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott*, Shiona Baird*, Robin Harper*

*S2M-5532 Donald Gorrie: Shadow Round for European Funding—That the Parliament expresses concern that over 50 small voluntary sector organisations are being excluded from applying to the recently announced shadow round for European funding in the current year because an arbitrary £200,000 minimum project size has been introduced by ministers; believes that this decision is contrary to the stated policies of the Scottish Executive to encourage and develop the voluntary sector, and asks the Executive to reconsider the decision.

S2M-5531 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Save the Simclar Workers—That the Parliament condemns the decision of the Simclar Group, based in Irvine, to withdraw from hard-tooling manufacturing, resulting in the effective sacking of 200 permanent and 40 temporary workers; recognises that the Simclar Group is one of Scotland’s largest family-owned manufacturing concerns and has operations in Dunfermline in Fife and Kilwinning in North Ayrshire, as well as in Mexico, China and the United States of America, with a worldwide workforce of about 2,200; believes that the decision to sack 240 Scottish workers has been taken, as stated by a Simclar spokesperson, due to the "rising cost of production and relentless market pressure" and is a direct result of the failure of New Labour’s economic policies; notes that unemployment in this part of Ayrshire is the highest in Scotland, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to demand top-level talks with the Simclar Group to convince it to reverse its unacceptable decision, to lobby New Labour in Westminster to bring redundancy payments and other legislation designed to protect workers’ rights up to at least European-wide standards, to ensure that Simclar uses the statutory 90-day consultation period to try to find suitable alternative employment for its workers in the local area and to do everything in its power to minimise compulsory redundancies and to establish a task force in the local area to support the Simclar workers and regenerate the Ayrshire economy with sustainable long-term manufacturing jobs.

Supported by: Campbell Martin*, Carolyn Leckie*, Tommy Sheridan*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5530 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Congratulations to Friends of the Refugees Ayrshire—That the Parliament congratulates Friends of the Refugees Ayrshire on its continued work at Dungavel detention centre; notes that Friends of the Refugees Ayrshire has continued to hold vigil and maintain a dignified protest at Dungavel in all conditions to raise awareness of, and bring comfort to, those detained in Dungavel; recognises its work with Positive Action in Housing in helping refugees in this country; acknowledges that the continued presence of Dungavel in Scotland is a source of shame to this country, which has rightly been condemned by organisations such as Amnesty International, and calls on the Scottish Executive to put pressure on the Westminster Government to close Dungavel at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram*, Carolyn Leckie*, Campbell Martin*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, Robin Harper*

S2M-5529 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Congratulation to Jay Saunderson and SCOPE—That the Parliament congratulates Jay Saunderson, a Transport and General Workers’ Union shop steward from Cumnock who works for Scottish Coal, on his forthcoming fund-raising skiing trip to Colorado to raise money for SCOPE; notes that the trip involves skiing 150,000 vertical feet in five days, which equates to 10 hours of non-stop skiing per day; notes that Jay is one of only three Scots on the trip; wishes Jay all success in his trip to raise money and acknowledges that he is an example of the sort of volunteer that Scotland is proud to produce, and recognises and applauds the vast amount of work that SCOPE undertakes to support individuals with cerebral palsy and their families, as well as raising awareness of the condition.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Phil Gallie, Mr Adam Ingram*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5528 Mr Tom McCabe: The Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2007—That the Finance Committee recommends that the Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon

S2M-5527 Tavish Scott: The Draft Transfer of Functions, Property, Rights and Liabilities from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority Order 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the Draft Transfer of Functions, Property, Rights and Liabilities from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran

S2M-5526 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Re-engage the Kids, Reduce Class Sizes—That the Parliament deplores the recent figures from the Scottish Executive that show school exclusions to have risen by 18% in four years to an average of 226 per day in 2005-06; notes that there are too many children and young people disengaged from the school system; believes that, in order to begin the process of returning these children and young people to engagement with school, it is essential that there is a national standard for class sizes of no more than 20 and, for composite and practical classes, no more than 15, and further believes that alongside this reduction in class sizes it is essential that all school staff have appropriate training and support to meet the additional support needs of all pupils.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, John Swinburne*

S2M-5525♦ Scott Barrie: Switch Off Energy Debt—That the Parliament expresses concern at the high level of energy debt in Scotland; notes from the most recent figures published by Ofgem that 343,617 customers in Dunfermline and elsewhere owe their energy supplier an average of £181; further notes that energy prices remain high, with Scottish consumers typically paying more than £1,000 per year for their gas and electricity; is concerned that, according to Ofgem, the number of disconnections from energy supply has risen by 285% between September 2005 and September 2006, and believes that all energy suppliers should take urgent action to address the burden of debt on Scotland’s most vulnerable households.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-5524 Dr Jean Turner: RNIB Scotland: Visual Impairment and Learning Disabilities—That the Parliament recognises the work done by RNIB Scotland whose research suggests that one in three people with a learning disability will also have a visual impairment; notes that this often goes unrecognised because of individuals’ inability to communicate their vision deficit, thereby meaning that such individuals are at risk of not being diagnosed and treated; congratulates NHS Ayrshire and Arran on its pilot project which trains and works with 23 optometry practices with support from an RNIB Scotland development worker using RNIB Scotland’s vision assessment tool to identify, diagnose and treat such individuals and therefore enhance their quality of life, and believes that similar models should be promoted throughout Scotland to diagnose and treat this vulnerable section of society.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Phil Gallie, Frances Curran, Mark Ballard, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Frank McAveety, Eleanor Scott, Shona Robison, Mrs Nanette Milne, Carolyn Leckie, Mr Jim Wallace, Rosie Kane, John Swinburne, Euan Robson, Murray Tosh, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Sandra White, Christine May, Donald Gorrie, Ms Maureen Watt, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, Tricia Marwick, Bruce Crawford, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Nora Radcliffe*, Christine Grahame*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-5523# Nora Radcliffe: Making our Transport Fit for Purpose—That the Parliament, recognising that transport is integral to the economic, environmental and social well-being of communities, commends the joint initiative of the Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum and the City of Aberdeen Environmental Forum in organising a public meeting on "Making our Transport System Fit for Purpose" on 1 February 2007 in Aberdeen, to inform and facilitate the debate on the future of transport in the north east; notes that the meeting is being held during the current Nestrans consultation on its proposed regional transport strategy, and, in light of the Stern and Eddington reports, believes it is important that the people of the north east think carefully about making the transport system that serves them fit for purpose in a world in which the threat of climate change has become a factor.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5522 Irene Oldfather: Simclar (Ayrshire) Ltd—That the Parliament views with dismay the announcement of the closure of the Simclar factories in Irvine and Kilwinning, with the loss of 420 jobs; extends its sympathies to the workers affected and their families; calls on the adminstrators to ensure that the appropriate redundancy packages are issued as a matter of urgency; acknowledges that the number of job losses could increase when the impact on supplier industries is also confirmed; calls for the speedy implementation of the Partnership Action for Continued Employment initiative to help workers retrain and find new employment; recognises that, while this is a blow to the North Ayrshire economy, nonetheless the Irvine Bay area remains a good place to live and work, with quality schools and a motivated, highly skilled workforce; acknowledges the contribution that the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company could make to the recovery of the local infrastructure by working with partner agencies to attract private investors to North Ayrshire, and asks the Scottish Executive to consider urgently how it can further support local economic development in the area.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5521# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy—That the Parliament expresses concern that people who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a severe and progressive genetic muscle wasting disease predominantly affecting boys and for which there is currently no cure, are dying in Scotland on average 10 years earlier then their counterparts in England; believes that an improvement in the life expectancy and experiences of these young people must be a priority for the Scottish Executive; considers that, in addition to enhanced medical research, better support services, equipment and adapted housing can make a massive difference to the quality of life of people with DMD and can contribute to extending their life expectancy; welcomes the development in 2003 of the Scottish Muscle Network, based at Yorkhill, as a national managed clinical network benefiting patients in Stirling and across Scotland, but believes that more must be done to improve both life quality and life expectancy for people with DMD in Scotland.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-5520 Tommy Sheridan: Cash for Honours: The Scottish Dimension—That the Parliament calls on the First Minister to make a full disclosure of any knowledge he has concerning the current cash for honours investigation and, in particular, asks him to disclose any knowledge of peerages being offered to MSPs as an inducement to them to retire and whether he is aware of any attempt to cover up correspondence on such subjects.

S2M-5519# Ms Sandra White: Time to Act—That the Parliament expresses concern that, despite the many advances made in ending discrimination, removing barriers and creating opportunities for people with disabilities and learning difficulties, the recent tragic accident in Glasgow, where a girl with learning difficulties threw herself in front of a train after reportedly being bullied and treated without due regard to her condition by staff and management at her work, highlights the need to initiate a parliamentary debate into the need for support systems, such as buddy systems which have been highly effective elsewhere, to be introduced in the workplace and for companies to be required to implement specific policies and training to ensure that tragic accidents like this are avoided.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Ms Maureen Watt, Christine Grahame, Eleanor Scott, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Shiona Baird*, Alex Neil*

S2M-5518 Christine Grahame: National Status for Scots Charities—That the Parliament notes the anomaly of registered UK charities, based and operating solely in England, that are given "national" status which enables them to raise funds in Scotland but with no requirement to provide support or benefit to nations outside England; notes that this places Scottish-registered charities at a disadvantage through not being able to raise funds in England, and urges ministers to enter into negotiations with their English counterparts to resolve this unequal situation and allow registered Scottish charities to raise funds on an even playing field with those based and operating solely in England.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White*, Tommy Sheridan*, Rob Gibson*, Campbell Martin*, Robin Harper*, Jim Mather*, John Swinburne*, Brian Adam*, Alex Neil*

S2M-5517 Ms Sandra White: NUS Scotland Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the campaign and website, www.scotlandsfuture.com, launched by NUS Scotland to promote increased participation by students in the upcoming elections, believing that awareness campaigns and public debates like the one set up by NUS Scotland serve to reignite interest in politics and stimulate debate on the issues concerning voters, which in turn leads to higher voter turnout at elections and thus increased democratic legitimacy.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Patrick Harvie, Tommy Sheridan, Bruce Crawford, Ms Maureen Watt, Chris Ballance, Nora Radcliffe, Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, Donald Gorrie, John Swinburne, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Shiona Baird, Mark Ballard*

S2M-5513 Richard Lochhead: Scottish Environment Week—That the Parliament welcomes the forthcoming Scottish Environment Week which takes place from 5 to 11 February 2007; notes that the event will highlight the importance of our environment and its value to Scotland’s society and economy; further notes the importance of combating climate change which is threatening our planet, and recognises that Scotland, which is rich in clean-energy technology and renewable resources, should be at the forefront of tackling climate change to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same benefits from the environment.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Mr John Swinney, Jim Mather, Mark Ballard, Robin Harper, Bruce Crawford, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Dave Petrie, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Fiona Hyslop, Eleanor Scott, Patrick Harvie, Ms Maureen Watt, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Roseanna Cunningham*, Ms Sandra White*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-5512 Elaine Smith: Positive Lives: Positive Response to HIV—That the Parliament welcomes Positive Lives to Scotland, acknowledging this unique international project that photographs and documents the social and emotional impact of the global HIV/Aids pandemic and challenges the stigma and prejudice surrounding the disease; recognises the success of the initiative in depicting the courage of people living with HIV/Aids and those who care for them in communities around the world; congratulates Positive Lives on its success in attracting over four million people to exhibitions globally, including one at Holyrood this year; acknowledges the role that Scotland played in the early years of the project through the photographs of John Sturrock and the work of Dr Roy Robertson in Muirhouse, Edinburgh; considers that 2005 saw the largest annual increase in HIV diagnoses on record in Scotland; appreciates the potential of Positive Lives to serve as a focus for debate, education and raising public awareness, and expresses support for the exhibition’s return to Scotland, where it will tour for the next year, and its aim of highlighting the shared global problem of HIV/Aids.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Susan Deacon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Elaine Murray, Carolyn Leckie, Robin Harper, Rosie Kane, Trish Godman, Frances Curran, Malcolm Chisholm, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Donald Gorrie, John Farquhar Munro, Ms Sandra White, Jackie Baillie, Cathy Peattie*

S2M-5509 Patrick Harvie: Microsoft Government Leaders’ Forum—That the Parliament notes the Microsoft Government Leaders’ Forum, taking place in the Parliament with the purpose of discussing the impact of ICT on governments, parliaments and citizens; considers that ICT has the potential to play a liberating role in developing a sustainable and just society; regrets that this event is taking place under the banner of Microsoft, whose products and business practices it considers undermine that liberating role; further regrets the widespread public sector reliance on closed-source and proprietary systems, which can threaten democratic accountability; welcomes the fact that the "KDE aKademy 2007" will be held in Scotland, bringing free software developers together to discuss their work; considers that the free software movement offers a more co-operative and democratic philosophy for the role of ICT and its impact on society, as well as bringing high-quality products to the consumer, and considers that government should endorse the principles of the free software movement and that the Scottish Executive and public sector should begin using non-proprietary document formats and free and open source software wherever possible.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Mr Mark Ruskell, Shiona Baird, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Chris Ballance, Eleanor Scott

S2M-5508 Frances Curran: James Watt College—That the Parliament notes the Further Education Development Directorate’s confidential report which reportedly uncovered financial mismanagement, poor governance, a "blame culture" and "overspending" by senior managers at James Watt College; regrets that this report has remained confidential and calls for it to be made public so that the staff and students of the college can have an insight into the origins of the college’s current problems, and considers that, in the interests of transparency at our further education institutions and accountability of their managers, a public inquiry into the situation at James Watt College should be held.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Campbell Martin, Rosie Kane, Ms Sandra White

S2M-5507# Dr Elaine Murray: Downgrading of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Scottish Centre in Caerlaverock—That the Parliament regrets the decision by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to downgrade its only centre in Scotland, at Caerlaverock in Dumfriesshire, to that of lowest priority and to make its centre manager of over 20 years, Mr John Doherty, Director for Scotland, redundant; recognises the contribution made by Mr Doherty to the National Goose Management Review Group and the Goose Science Advisory Group; believes that Scotland is uniquely placed in terms of migratory geese and wildfowl and that this should be recognised in the priority given to the Scottish centre, and considers that the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust should reverse this decision to manage its Scottish operations from Lancashire.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Murray Tosh, Tommy Sheridan, Chris Ballance, Nora Radcliffe, Peter Peacock, Ms Maureen Watt, Alasdair Morgan, Phil Gallie, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Ms Rosemary Byrne

S2M-5506 Mark Ballard: Fair TV Licensing Rules for Students—That the Parliament notes that hotels are required to pay for one television licence for their first 15 rooms and one for each additional five rooms, but that students in halls are required to pay for one per room and that a family home is required to pay for one licence while many student flats have to pay for one per television; further notes that the Edinburgh students’ Advice Place calculates that the average student at Edinburgh accrues £100 of debt per week; notes that the Edinburgh University Students Association has launched a campaign for fair TV licensing rules for students, and calls on the Westminster Parliament to review this policy at the next possible opportunity.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5505 John Home Robertson: Congratulations to Scotland’s Latest World Champion—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s Alex Marshall on winning the World Indoor Singles Bowls Championship in Norfolk; notes that this is the fourth time he has won this championship, a feat unprecedented in the history of the sport; recognises and supports his recent MBE awarded in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List, and considers him to be a credit to East Lothian and to Scottish sport.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Helen Eadie, Karen Gillon, Dr Elaine Murray, Bristow Muldoon, Michael McMahon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Nora Radcliffe, Christine May, Alex Neil, Bill Butler, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Margaret Mitchell, Phil Gallie, Mr Jamie Stone, Dave Petrie, Murdo Fraser, Marilyn Livingstone, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Maureen Macmillan, Fiona Hyslop, John Swinburne, Mr Frank McAveety, Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie

S2M-5504 Alex Johnstone: One Step Beyond Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates Kay Gilmour of Angus College for instigating the One Step Beyond Campaign which seeks to collect 80,000 pairs of second hand shoes for distribution in Africa and Asia; notes that the campaign also seeks to raise £160,000 to be split between four charities: Cancer Research UK, No More Landmines Trust, Children in Need and Angus College Charitable Trust; wishes the campaign every success, and hopes that its bid succeeds to set a new world record to have the longest line of pairs of shoes ever laid out.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie

S2M-5503 Mr Tom McCabe: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon

S2M-5502 Mr Andy Kerr: The Draft Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2007—That the Health Committee recommends that the draft Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Lewis Macdonald

S2M-5501# Shona Robison: Awareness of Long-Term Conditions—That the Parliament welcomes the role of the Long-Term Conditions Alliance Scotland, set up to give an independent voice to the concerns of the estimated two million people in Scotland who live with a long-term medical condition; further welcomes the success of the alliance in bringing together 150 voluntary and community organisations covering a wide range of conditions; understands that, according to the 2003 Scottish Health Survey, it is estimated that 39% of people in the Tayside NHS board area have a long-term medical condition; whilst recognising the Scottish Executive’s role in supporting the establishment of the Long-Term Conditions Alliance Scotland, notes with concern that in most industrialised nations and in many developing countries long-term conditions are now the most common cause of death and that social deprivation is strongly associated with the prevalence of long-term conditions; further recognises that long-term conditions affect all age groups in different ways and at different times throughout their lives, including the lives of friends, relatives and carers, and considers that policy-makers should take account of the impact of their policies on people with long-term conditions.

Supported by: Mr Stewart Maxwell, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Nanette Milne, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Patrick Harvie, Christine Grahame, Mr Andrew Welsh, Bruce Crawford, Ms Maureen Watt, Mr John Swinney, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Robin Harper, Stewart Stevenson, Colin Fox, Donald Gorrie, John Swinburne, Shiona Baird, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5500 Elaine Smith: Action on Positional Plagiocephaly—That the Parliament notes the growth in the number of reported cases of positional plagiocephaly in babies in Scotland since 1995; acknowledges that this cranial disorder, which makes the back or side of a baby’s head appear flattened, is mainly caused by outside pressure placed on the skull and is generally associated with the prolonged periods of time that babies can spend with their heads resting in one position; accepts that the increasing incidence of the disorder has been linked to the success of parental guidance on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), urging parents to place babies on their backs to sleep; recognises that early interventions are possible to prevent or correct plagiocephaly which, most importantly, do not negate the significance of the SIDS advice; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s action to develop, with NHS Health Scotland, a leaflet to advise new parents of these interventions, and believes, however, that this action should be supplemented with properly constituted research into the treatment of this condition, including the potential use of cranial remoulding orthoses, and more detailed guidance for NHS staff, particularly at primary care level, to allow for more timely diagnosis and treatment of positional plagiocephaly.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Mr Jamie Stone, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Phil Gallie, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Robin Harper, Rosie Kane, Campbell Martin, Shona Robison, Frances Curran, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Peattie*

S2M-5499 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Anstruther Fish Bar—That the Parliament congratulates the Anstruther Fish Bar in Fife on being UK runner-up, and the top Scottish chippie, in the national Fish & Chip Shop of the Year competition; notes that the shop itself has become a tourist attraction, bringing people to Anstruther, and wishes owners, Robert and Alison Smith, every success in going one better and winning the Fish & Chip Shop of the Year crown in 2008.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, Murdo Fraser, Robin Harper, Dave Petrie, Alex Johnstone, Karen Gillon, Bill Aitken, Mr David Davidson, Alex Neil, Margaret Mitchell, Dr Jean Turner, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith

S2M-5498 Jackie Baillie: Animal Welfare and Transportation—That the Parliament regrets any incidence of animal cruelty and recognises that in many cases this arises from simple neglect; welcomes the positive work of organisations like the SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in providing a safe haven for animals; notes the concerns that continue to be expressed about the transportation of livestock, in particular that the capacity of containers is inappropriate for the health and welfare of the animals, and considers that the Scottish Executive should review the minimum standards that apply to the transportation of livestock.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5497 Jackie Baillie: WRVS—That the Parliament congratulates the WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service) on over 60 years of hard work helping people throughout the United Kingdom; notes that it first began its work in the Second World War to help evacuate, feed and look after people and that it is still helping people to enable choice, independence and dignity so that older people can enjoy their life to the full; welcomes the evident commitment of its 60,000 volunteers of all ages, and warmly congratulates Mr Hugh McCaughey from Luss on receiving a silver medal for 25 years voluntary work with the WRVS.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5450# Karen Whitefield: Disabled Access to Shotts Railway Station—That the Parliament believes that all railway stations in Scotland should be fully accessible to people who have a disability; in particular, notes that the east-bound platform at Shotts railway station has no disabled access, which means that wheelchair users currently must use an alternative railway station, and considers that Transport Scotland should provide suitable disabled access to this station as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr David Davidson, Christine Grahame

S2M-5425# Ms Maureen Watt: School Transport Safety—That the Parliament notes that current legislation regarding the provision of seatbelts on school transport does not require all school buses to be fitted with seatbelt facilities; further notes that the mandatory fitting of seatbelts on school buses only applies to those vehicles first used on or after 1 October 2001 or those manufactured six months before that date; recognises that this loophole can result in children’s safety being jeopardised, as was experienced at a recent accident in Aberdeenshire, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make representations to the Department for Transport in order to have legislation amended so that all school buses, regardless of age and size, are fitted with adequate seatbelt facilities.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper, Stewart Stevenson, Bruce Crawford, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Mike Rumbles, Trish Godman, Jim Mather, Rob Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Shiona Baird, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr David Davidson, Brian Adam, Dave Petrie, Dennis Canavan, Frances Curran

S2M-5361 Tavish Scott: Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5495 Beating Bowel Cancer - 8th Loud Tie Campaign (lodged on 26 January 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-5491 Scotland’s Window on Europe (lodged on 26 January 2007) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-5490 Celtic Partnership of Autism Organisations (lodged on 26 January 2007) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5483 Depleted Uranium Weapons (lodged on 25 January 2007) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5474 New Museum and Visitor Attraction Dedicated to Robert Burns (lodged on 25 January 2007) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-5458# Autism Parliamentary Network (lodged on 23 January 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-5446 Recommendations of Joint Administrators of Farepak Food and Gifts Limited (lodged on 22 January 2007) Alex Fergusson*, Irene Oldfather*

S2M-5445 James Watt College (lodged on 22 January 2007) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5444# Threat to Crichton Campus in Dumfries (lodged on 22 January 2007) Alex Fergusson*

S2M-5429 ScottishPower Climate Change Initiative (lodged on 18 January 2007) Susan Deacon*

S2M-5428 Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show (lodged on 18 January 2007) Susan Deacon*

S2M-5419 Visit to Scotland by Al Gore (lodged on 16 January 2007) Susan Deacon*

S2M-5409 Scots Language Dictionaries (lodged on 12 January 2007) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Murray Tosh*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Brian Adam*, Robin Harper*, Jackie Baillie*, Carolyn Leckie*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5405 Scotland Sends Congratulations to Bulgaria and Romania on Joining the European Union (lodged on 10 January 2007) Susan Deacon*

S2M-5385# Awareness of Coeliac Disease (lodged on 9 January 2007) Murdo Fraser*

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