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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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

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

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1409 Kenneth Gibson: Abducted and Missing Children—That the Parliament notes with concern that no figures for abducted and missing children in Scotland are collected by either governmental or charitable agencies; is deeply disturbed that, according to the Police National Missing Persons Bureau and Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT), over 100,000 children go missing every year in the United Kingdom, approximately one child every five minutes; is alarmed that up to one-third of these children are under the age of 13; is distressed that child abduction offences in the UK have more than doubled in a decade; understands that the America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert System introduced in the USA more than 10 years ago has, according to research carried out in the field, saved the lives of more than 200 children; approves of this system whereby when a child is reported missing to the police, in a matter of minutes all the country’s police forces are alerted, TV and radio programmes are interrupted and a picture of the missing child is flashed onto the screen, alerts appear on motorway electronic notice boards, text messages are sent out to all mobile phone subscribers and border posts and airports are notified along with Interpol, Europol and foreign police forces; understands that speed is critical in locating missing and abducted children; is disappointed that in a Europe which boasts of ever closer union, there are no European protocols, no common policies and there is no electronic infrastructure to ensure a co-ordinated European response when children are abducted or go missing, and calls on the Scottish Government to press upon the UK Government the importance of working in close partnership with other EU member states to create the necessary infrastructure to enable a rapid response from the police and public alike.

*S3M-1408 Rob Gibson: Welcome to Highland Wood Pellet Plant—That the Parliament notes the imminent commencement of work on the £25 million Balcas wood processing plant in Invergordon; welcomes the estimated 38 full-time jobs it will bring to the Easter Ross area, the extra 207 it will generate in the Highland area and the 307 in Scotland; notes that on completion it will be the largest biomass renewable energy project in the United Kingdom, producing 8 megawatts of power, over half of which will be fed into the national grid, thus displacing 170,000 tonnes of carbon per year as well as creating 100,000 wood pellets per year for renewable heat fuel, and contends that this green enterprise which uses local sustainable resources is a model for the future of sustainable businesses in Scotland.

*S3M-1407 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-1406 Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Civil Legal (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Civil Legal (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S3M-1405 Robin Harper: Cultural Co-ordinators—That the Parliament views with alarm the decision of the Scottish Government to withdraw support from the cultural co-ordinators programme and pass responsibility to the Scottish Arts Council for a programme that is in an early stage of development but which has, with limited resources, already delivered critically important links between the worlds of art, culture and education, transforming cultural initiatives in education and enhancing children’s educational development, and agrees that it would be better to continue to develop and extend the cultural co-ordinators initiative, rather than to discontinue a scheme that will be sorely missed in many parts of Scotland.

*S3M-1404 Nigel Don: Reopening of the Lemon Tree—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Performing Arts for coming to an agreement that will ensure the reopening of the Lemon Tree; furthermore wishes the venue all the best for the future, and hopes that the artistic and entertainment programme will continue to provide the people of Aberdeen and the surrounding areas with access to both mainstream and up-and-coming artists.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-1403 Joe FitzPatrick: Ofgem Investigates Energy Companies’ Profits—That the Parliament welcomes the move by the electricity and gas market regulator, Ofgem, to investigate the profits of energy companies; is concerned by reports of anti-competitive practices in the gas and electricity markets; notes that, at a time when energy companies are posting record profits, customers in Scotland are facing increases to their bills; recognises that for every 5% increase in fuel prices an extra 30,000 Scottish households will end up in fuel poverty, and looks forward to the outcome of Ofgem’s investigation.

Supported by: Liam McArthur*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christina McKelvie*, Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, John Park*, Robert Brown*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-1402 James Kelly: Funding of Supporters Direct—That the Parliament notes the comments of the late Scotland football manager, Jock Stein, that "football without fans is nothing"; believes that this sentiment epitomises the work of Supporters Direct; applauds the work of Supporters Direct in saving six clubs, facilitating £2 million cash input to clubs and establishing 35 supporters’ trusts with 15,000 members; recognises the cross-party support for the work of Supporters Direct but notes that its funding is due to run out in March 2008; expresses disappointment that the SNP administration has failed at this point to provide any new funding to Supporters Direct, and calls on the Minister for Communities and Sport to make funding available from April 2008 to allow Supporters Direct to continue its excellent work on behalf of Scotland’s communities.

*S3M-1401 Ian McKee: No to "Civil National Flag"—That the Parliament notes with disappointment the Private Member’s Bill introduced at Westminster in the name of Andrew Rosindell MP aimed at establishing the Union Flag as the "civil national flag" of the United Kingdom instead of its present status as a government flag or royal banner; recognises the cultural and political differences that exist in each of the constituent parts of the UK, including in the devolved governments at Cardiff Bay, Holyrood and Stormont, and believes that the decision as to which flag to use at civil events within their remit should be at the discretion of those devolved governments.

*S3M-1400 Bill Wilson: Independent People’s Tribunal on the World Bank Group in India—That the Parliament notes the Independent People’s Tribunal on the World Bank Group in India, which involves retired justices of the supreme and high courts, leading writers, religious leaders, activists and academics; agrees with its condemnation of the World Bank for approving loans that "have caused extensive social and environmental harm", unduly influenced the Indian policy-making process and promoted the establishment of common effluent treatment plants that failed to meet environmental norms, and further notes that Indian Government and World Bank officials failed to represent themselves at the tribunal despite two weeks’ notification.

*S3M-1399 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to City of Edinburgh Council on an Excellent Budget—That the Parliament notes the importance of a vibrant and successful capital city to Scotland and congratulates the Liberal Democrat/Scottish National Party-led City of Edinburgh Council in delivering an excellent budget in challenging circumstances to ensure that Edinburgh continues to thrive; welcomes the news that there is now money in place for a major overhaul of the Royal Commonwealth Pool, the refurbishment of the King’s Theatre, a record £60 million investment in roads and pavements and a £33 million investment in the city’s school system, and looks forward to a promising future for Edinburgh.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Margaret Smith*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1398 Bill Wilson: Death of Last Eyak Speaker and the Importance of Linguistic Heritage—That the Parliament notes the extinction of the Eyak language with the death of 89-year-old Marie Smith Jones, peace campaigner and campaigner for indigenous languages, who was believed to be the last full-blooded member of the Eyak tribe of Alaska and the last fluent speaker of the language; notes that it is reported that none of her nine children learned Eyak because "they grew up a time when it was considered wrong to speak anything but English"; notes the similarities between the history of Eyak and other languages, notably Scots, and is of the opinion that the best way of honouring the life and work of Smith Jones is to promote a positive attitude to our own indigenous languages and culture.

S3M-1397 Pauline McNeill: The Annexe Healthy Living Centre, Partick, Glasgow—That the Parliament expresses its concern about the continued threat to community health services in west and north Glasgow which are delivered by the Annexe Healthy Living Centre in Partick, which received a very positive evaluation by NHS Scotland last year; notes that healthy living centres across Scotland are still facing possible closure, redundancies or service reductions as a result of continuing funding difficulties and uncertainty despite the last minute announcement of limited transitional funding by the Scottish Government; notes the contribution that healthy living centres have made across Scotland to improving community health and quality of life, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that adequate long-term funding is made available to ensure expansion rather than cuts at the Annexe and the survival of all other centres like it which are doing so much to reduce health inequality in Scotland.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Patrick Harvie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Robert Brown*, Iain Gray*, Ken Macintosh*, Rhona Brankin*, Elaine Smith*, Patricia Ferguson*, Dr Richard Simpson*

*S3M-1397.1 Sandra White: The Annexe Healthy Living Centre, Partick, Glasgow—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1397) in the name of Pauline McNeill, leave out from "expresses" to end and insert "welcomes the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to provide a £2.5 million funding package for healthy living centres, which will stop the threat of closures and redundancies in Glasgow and throughout Scotland; further welcomes the ringing endorsement by the Healthy Living Centre Alliance which thanked the Scottish Government and stated that funding "will provide time for local partners including the NHS and local authorities to come together with us and the Scottish Government to ensure that the HLCs are integral to local and national health improvement for the foreseeable future" and that it "looks forward to working with the administration and HLC local partners to improve the health of Scotland’s disadvantaged communities.", and believes that the alarmist tone of the motion, S3M-1397, is misguided at best and political opportunism in the extreme, causing undue stress and uncertainty to the excellent staff and grateful users of these services."

S3M-1396 Keith Brown: Muireann McLaughlin—That the Parliament expresses its most profound condolences to the family of Muireann McLaughlin of Menstrie in Clackmannanshire following their recent loss; notes that the fatal accident took place due to choking on a loop of a blind cord; recognises that blinds manufactured in this way have been banned from sale in the USA since 1995; further notes that health and safety and consumer protection are matters reserved to Westminster; supports the calls by the McLaughlin family to bring this aspect of health and safety here into line with the higher US standard, and calls on the UK Government to take this action as soon as possible.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christine Grahame*, Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, John Park*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1395 Dr Richard Simpson: Medical Research in Scotland—That the Parliament, recognising the importance of current medical research into biomedical markers, translational research, which can predict the development of illness, welcomes the £15.5 million of new funding given by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. to the Translational Medicine Research Collaboration of Scottish University Medical Schools as further evidence of the outstanding quality of medical research in Scotland.

S3M-1394 Bill Butler: Glasgow to Host 2009 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow on securing the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships to be held at Scotstoun Stadium in May 2009; hopes that Scotland’s involvement will boost its medal chances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and echoes the words of Terry McLernon, founder of Drumchapel Table Tennis Club, that "Hosting the Championships in 2009 is a real boost for the sport in both Glasgow and Scotland and gives the young people in Drumchapel a real shot at going for gold in 2014".

S3M-1393 Jim Hume: Independent Ombudsman for Fair Trade—That the Parliament welcomes the Competition Commission’s work during its investigation into the grocery market; further welcomes the recommendations contained therein; notes in particular its recommendation for a code of practice and an independent ombudsman in order to ensure fair and open trade between supermarkets, large retailers and producers, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government to implement a code of practice and an independent ombudsman as soon as possible for the benefit of the Scottish food supply chain, from producer to consumer.

S3M-1392 Jamie Stone: BMI Cutting Inverness to Heathrow Airlink—That the Parliament recognises the significance in the past of direct links between Inverness Airport and Heathrow Airport to the economic and social wellbeing of the Highlands and Islands, particularly in relation to tourism, exports, the business economy and employment; is deeply concerned by BMI’s decision to discontinue its flights to and from Inverness and Heathrow, believing this to be undermining tourism and the economy of the Highlands by dramatically downgrading access to London, the south and international flights, and believes that the Scottish Executive should pursue this matter vigorously with BMI and appropriate UK ministers with a view to restoring the Inverness to Heathrow link.

S3M-1391 Jim Mather: Draft Companies Act 2006 (Scottish Public Sector Companies to be Audited by the Auditor General for Scotland) Order 2008—That the Audit Committee recommends that the draft Companies Act 2006 (Scottish public sector companies to be audited by the Auditor General for Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-1390 Pauline McNeill: It’s Official: Glasgow is the Best Host in the UK—That the Parliament congratulates the staff and management of the SECC on being awarded the title of the UK’s best conference venue and also Glasgow City Marketing Board’s convention bureau which for the second year in a row has been named as the country’s top conference bureau; notes the contribution made to the economy by the Glasgow events and conferences sector which in the case of the SECC alone generated £346.9 million in 2007, and looks forward to further expansion of the SECC as part of Glasgow’s rebirth and renewal in recent years.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Bob Doris, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, George Foulkes, Bill Kidd, Bill Butler, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan, Jackie Baillie, John Park, David Whitton, Bashir Ahmad, Jackson Carlaw, Mary Mulligan, Jamie Hepburn, Charlie Gordon, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson

S3M-1388 Patricia Ferguson: Ashgill Community Facility—That the Parliament notes the imminent decision by Glasgow City Council to reopen the former Chirnsyde Community Initiative premises under a new name and new management; congratulates Glasgow Community and Safety Services for its willingness to take over this vital community facility; commends the investment to be made, and looks forward to the refurbished centre providing a range of services and activities for people of all ages in the Milton community.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Mr Frank McAveety, Iain Gray, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Peattie, Des McNulty, Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton

S3M-1387 Patrick Harvie: Opposition to Heathrow Expansion—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to take into consideration its own commitments to reducing carbon emissions and to promoting sustainable transport when formulating its response to the Department for Transport consultation, Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport, and, given such commitments, urges ministers through this consultation to oppose the proposals for the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson

S3M-1384 Gil Paterson: Put Pornographic Materials Out of Reach and Out of Sight of Children—That the Parliament congratulates Margaret Forbes for bringing the Morrisons supermarket chain to the table and persuading it to put pornographic materials out of reach and out of sight of children and supports her in her campaign to encourage other supermarket chains and vendors to follow the example set by Morrisons and take action to put inappropriate materials out of sight and reach of children in order that they can effectively remain children.

Supported by: John Park, Angela Constance, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Christopher Harvie, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Cathy Peattie, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1383 Ian McKee: Action for War Veterans—That the Parliament notes the publication of the House of Commons Defence Committee’s seventh report of 2007-08 which draws attention to shortcomings inherited from the previous Labour/Liberal Democrat administration by the Scottish Government with regard to NHS treatment for veterans in Scotland; congratulates the SNP government on the action that it has taken to reverse this trend; welcomes the guidance issued to NHS boards on how priority treatment should be extended to all armed forces veterans, not just those who receive war pensions, and commends the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing for ensuring that all our servicemen and women receive the highest quality of healthcare.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, John Wilson, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*, Keith Brown*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1382 Derek Brownlee: Reopening of Thornhill Station—That the Parliament notes the campaign by South West of Scotland Transport Partnership to reopen Thornhill station on the Dumfries to Kilmarnock line; notes the positive impact that reopening could play in improving transport links in the south west of Scotland, plugging the current 26-mile gap in train service provision between Sanquhar and Dumfries, one of the longest in the Scottish rail network, and calls on the Scottish Government to give the fullest consideration to the case to reopen the station.

Supported by: John Lamont, Jim Hume, Margaret Mitchell, Nanette Milne, Rob Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Jamie McGrigor, Elizabeth Smith, Jackson Carlaw, Ted Brocklebank, Alex Johnstone, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-1376 Hugh Henry: Kibble—That the Parliament notes that Kibble was founded in 1857 by a charitable bequest from Miss Elizabeth Kibble; acknowledges that the Kibble Centre in Paisley has transformed itself from a traditional, grant-dependent charity to the largest multi-service organisation in the United Kingdom specialising in work with young people with a complex mix of social, emotional, educational and behavioural problems; commends its expertise and reputation for providing excellent community outreach, residential care, secondary education, intensive fostering, secure care and employment training; notes that Kibble operates as a social enterprise, and congratulates Kibble on now being in its 150th year and hopes that it will go from strength to strength in changing, developing, maturing, and teaching young people to prepare them for a constructive, happy and fulfilled adult life.

S3M-1375 John Swinney: Draft Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee recommends that the draft Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Jim Mather

S3M-1374 Tavish Scott: 20th Anniversary of Da Voar Redd Up—That the Parliament notes that Da Voar Redd Up, Shetland’s groundbreaking community-based environmental clean-up project, continues, after 20 years of operation, to provide Shetland’s environment with an annual spring clean; further notes that, while 20 tonnes of rubbish were collected from Shetland’s beaches, roadsides and other public spaces in 1988, 50 tonnes were collected last year by some 4,000 volunteers; believes that Da Voar Redd Up is an excellent example of a well-supported community project, involving a wide range of individuals, families, youth groups, sports clubs, hall committees, schools, church groups, boating clubs and many other community groups, and sends its congratulations to all those involved in the event over the last 20 years, who have collected more than 1,000 tonnes of rubbish, and its best wishes to all those who plan to take part in the 21st Voar Redd Up later this spring.

S3M-1373 George Foulkes: Kosovo—That the Parliament believes that Kosovo is now safe and stable because of the NATO-led campaign in 1999 after aggressions there resulted in the death of around 10,000 ethnic Albanians and 3,000 ethnic Serbians; remembers that Alex Salmond described this action as "misguided policy" and "unpardonable folly"; believes that the conclusive action of the Labour-led UK Government helped to prevent a larger-scale conflict in the Balkans, further loss of life and a humanitarian crisis; considers that it is in part because of this decisive action in stark contrast to the SNP’s defeatist approach at the time that we see Kosovans celebrating independence in the streets of Pristina waving Union Jacks and American flags; further believes that the international intervention took place because of the atrocities against an ethnic minority within Serbia, not in order to free an oppressed nation from occupation; accepts that unilateral independence for Kosovo was not the ideal solution, and considers that the celebratory tone of Aileen Campbell’s motion, S3M-1363, is misguided at best and political opportunism in the extreme.

Supported by: Iain Gray, Michael McMahon, Mary Mulligan, Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Richard Simpson, Andy Kerr, Trish Godman

S3M-1372 Jamie Hepburn: Pension Rights for Injured Firefighters—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Scottish Government to issue new guidance on protecting the pension rights of firefighters disabled in the line of duty; believes that the previous system whereby seriously injured firefighters assessed as fit to carry out desk duties could lose their pension rights even if no alternative post could be found for them was inherently unfair, and congratulates the Fire Brigades Union for its success in campaigning for this new guidance.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mike Pringle, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Elaine Smith, Ian McKee, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, John Park, Angela Constance, Sandra White, Mike Rumbles, Christina McKelvie, Cathy Peattie, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1371 Iain Gray: Cockenzie House Nursing Home—That the Parliament notes the imminent closure of Cockenzie House Nursing Home; expresses concern that this will result in the enforced moving of 42 frail and vulnerable residents, and urges East Lothian Council, the Care Commission and the home’s owner to engage in meaningful discussions at this late stage to ensure that care continues in the facility for the benefit of the residents, their families and the local community.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Rhona Brankin, Pauline McNeill, Helen Eadie, Ken Macintosh, John Park, Jackie Baillie, Mary Mulligan, Marilyn Livingstone, Des McNulty, Trish Godman, Margo MacDonald, Dr Richard Simpson, George Foulkes, Claire Baker*

S3M-1370 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Put Edinburgh on the Global Monopoly Board—That the Parliament notes that Hasbro, the maker of Monopoly, is making a global edition of the popular board game; backs the campaign by Edinburgh residents to see Scotland’s capital city included on the board; further notes that, on account of its popularity with residents, tourists and travel writers, Edinburgh is one of the 68 worldwide cities being considered for the global board, and encourages all those who want to see Edinburgh included to vote for the city on the monopoly website before voting closes on 29 February 2008.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Christine Grahame, George Foulkes, Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson

S3M-1369 Pauline McNeill: The Continuing Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip—That the Parliament expresses its continuing concern about the ongoing blockade of Gaza and the Israeli Government’s decision to begin reducing the electricity supply to 1.5 million Palestinians, including children and innocent civilians, many of whom already live in poverty, 80% of whom are dependent on food aid and 55% of whom are without employment; notes that the situation continues despite warnings from the United States and others against a worsening of the humanitarian situation of the civilian population in Gaza; further notes that human rights groups working in the region argue that the cut in power supplies along with the virtual closure of much of Gaza’s perimeter by Israel violates international law and believes that this amounts to collective punishment of the Palestinian peoples, and therefore calls on the international community to respond urgently to this humanitarian crisis at the same time as working for a peaceful, just and lasting solution for all Palestinians and Israelis.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Marlyn Glen, Marilyn Livingstone, Iain Gray, Bill Butler, Bill Wilson, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Alex Neil, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Peattie, Gil Paterson

S3M-1368 Nicol Stephen: TV Call Over Dons’ European Match—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen Football Club on its outstanding UEFA Cup performance against Bayern Munich at Pittodrie; wishes it success in its return fixture on Thursday, 21 February 2008, and calls on BBC Scotland to broadcast the game live for home-based fans.

Supported by: John Park, Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Mike Rumbles, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Jim Hume, Ross Finnie, George Foulkes, Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh O’Donnell, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Alison McInnes, Gil Paterson

S3M-1367 Fiona Hyslop: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt

S3M-1366 Nicola Sturgeon: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Shona Robison

S3M-1365 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1364 Nicola Sturgeon: Draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell

S3M-1363 Aileen Campbell: Kosovan Independence—That the Parliament congratulates Kosova on achieving her independence; notes that the will of the people of Kosova has prevailed; fully recognises Kosova as a member of the international community; believes that independence in Europe is the normal state for European nations, and further believes that there should to be a future for both Kosova and Serbia within the European Union.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Dave Thompson, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-1363.1 Murdo Fraser: Kosovan Independence—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1363) in the name of Aileen Campbell, leave out from "believes that independence" to end and insert "and welcomes the sudden interest being taken by SNP politicians in the welfare of the people of Kosova which stands in stark contrast to the First Minister who, as SNP Leader in 1999, condemned as "unpardonable folly" the NATO intervention to protect the Kosovan people against Serbian aggression."

Supported by: David McLetchie, John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Andy Kerr, Jackson Carlaw, Margaret Mitchell, Ted Brocklebank

S3M-1362 David Stewart: WWF Campaign for Strong Scottish Climate Change Bill—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of WWF Scotland’s campaign for a strong Scottish Climate Change Bill, which will engage with communities across the country through 25 public events over the course of the public consultation on the Bill proposals; believes that, in tackling climate change, Scotland as a nation can lead the way and, alongside those backing this campaign, supports calls for the Bill to establish the legal framework to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a statutory annual target of at least 3% emission reductions year on year and to include reductions in emissions from aviation and shipping, and further notes that these calls are supported across the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition, a broad coalition of environment, development, community and faith groups and UNISON Scotland.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Rhoda Grant, Peter Peacock, Pauline McNeill, Trish Godman, Iain Gray, George Foulkes, James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Mike Pringle, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, Rhona Brankin, Cathy Peattie, Karen Whitefield, Claire Baker*

S3M-1361 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to Mark Beaumont—That the Parliament congratulates Mark Beaumont of Newburgh, Fife, on becoming the fastest person to cycle around the world in a record of 195 days and six hours and hopes that the Guinness World Records will very soon acknowledge this achievement.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Dr Richard Simpson, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, John Park, Derek Brownlee, John Lamont, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Tricia Marwick, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Aitken, Murdo Fraser, Alasdair Allan, Margaret Mitchell, Kenneth Gibson, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Trish Godman, Mary Scanlon, Angela Constance, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson

S3M-1360 Michael McMahon: The Sports Development Foundation Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the creation of the Sports Development Foundation Scotland (SDF), a new charity based in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, which has been formed with the aim of increasing funding for local sports facilities by allowing individuals and companies to donate directly to a specific sports project either by location or type of sport that they enjoy; notes that the sports projects will then be showcased on the SDF website which will be developed by the end of April 2008; recognises that this is a cost-effective way of providing capital for grassroots sports facilities which will be available to all local sports clubs throughout Scotland, and believes that the charity should be considered by the Scottish Executive for any future sports projects where an alternative method of financing could be appropriate.

S3M-1353*#* Margaret Curran: British Heart Foundation—That the Parliament congratulates British Heart Foundation Scotland for the third phase of its Food 4Thought campaign encouraging children to eat more healthily; notes that 34% of Scottish Primary 7s are overweight or obese, and that radical action is required to tackle the rising tide of obesity; welcomes the campaign’s focus on the marketing tricks that manufacturers of foods high in fat, sugar and salt use to target children; is concerned that current regulations on broadcast advertising are insufficient as they do not offer a complete pre watershed ban on advertising unhealthy food, meaning that some of the most popular shows with children, such as The X Factor, are not covered; notes that non broadcast marketing of unhealthy food on the internet, via text messages, on cinema advertisements and on packaging remains unregulated; believes that young people deserve to be protected from advertising of this kind, which undermines the fight against obesity in Scotland, *and considers that decisive action, involving the Scottish Government working with the UK Government, should be taken to protect children from insidious junk food marketing in all settings as ill health due to heart problems is a huge issue in the East End of Glasgow.*

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-1096# John Scott: Recreational Sea Angling—That the Parliament notes the economic and social importance of recreational sea angling to communities along the west coast and across Scotland; further notes that around 225,000 people participate in the sport annually with an average spend of £1,375 for boat anglers and £861 for shore anglers; recognises that most species of interest to sea anglers have limited commercial value and are returned alive to the sea, representing an excellent financial return for "Scotland plc"; affirms the extremely low environmental cost of recreational sea angling which is at the forefront of sustainable fishing and especially welcomes the Give Fish a Chance initiative from the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network, encouraging anglers to keep only those fish which have reached breeding size; regrets the substantial decline of the sport and supporting industries, notably on the Firth of Clyde, due to a loss of stocks with a number of species becoming extinct locally or reduced to the point where only juvenile specimens are now being caught; notes with concern the critically endangered status of key species, such as common skate, porbeagle and spurdog, which bring sea anglers to Scotland, and considers that work between the Scottish Government, sea angling bodies and other relevant agencies should continue to ensure the conservation of key species and the continued growth of sea angling in Scotland.

Supported by: John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Mike Rumbles, Bill Aitken, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Mitchell, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Jim Hume, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Elizabeth Smith, Patrick Harvie, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Nanette Milne, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Ted Brocklebank, Ms Wendy Alexander, Nigel Don, Dave Thompson, Hugh Henry, Ross Finnie, Hugh O’Donnell, Paul Martin, Elaine Murray, Robert Brown, Peter Peacock, Sarah Boyack, Aileen Campbell, Jackson Carlaw

S3M-1065# Cathy Jamieson: Proposed Closure of Rural Schools—That the Parliament believes that small rural schools can provide a learning environment that promotes confidence, responsible citizenship and the opportunity to contribute effectively, as well as a positive educational and social experience for children; believes that small rural schools can effectively deliver the Curriculum for Excellence; recognises the wider role that local primary schools play within rural communities; notes that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning intends to legislate to introduce a presumption against the closure of rural schools, and commends the local parents, pupils, teachers and members of the community who are making a positive case to keep open Sorn, Littlemill, St Xavier’s and Crossroads primary schools following the publication of SNP-led East Ayrshire Council’s closure proposals.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Hugh Henry, Karen Whitefield, David Whitton, Ken Macintosh, John Park, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Marilyn Livingstone, Mary Mulligan, Sarah Boyack, Rhoda Grant, Paul Martin, Patrick Harvie, George Foulkes, Karen Gillon, Robin Harper, Rhona Brankin, Des McNulty, John Scott, Ross Finnie, Murdo Fraser, Dr Richard Simpson, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Pauline McNeill, Margaret Mitchell, Cathy Peattie, Derek Brownlee, Jackson Carlaw

S3M-1062 John Swinney: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill, agrees to any expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund for a new purpose in consequence of the Act.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1359 Local Television (lodged on 15 February 2008) Mary Mulligan*

S3M-1356 Nursery Cuts Must Stop (lodged on 14 February 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1349# Evening Times Campaign - Fighting for a Fairer Deal from Property Managers (lodged on 13 February 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1326 Children of Prisoners: The Invisible Victims of Crime (lodged on 7 February 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1323 Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps (lodged on 6 February 2008) Claire Baker*, Christine Grahame*, Ian McKee*

S3M-1310# Glasgow Task Force (lodged on 5 February 2008) Dave Thompson*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-1309 Food Without Fear Campaign (lodged on 5 February 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1298 Formal Opening of Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (lodged on 5 February 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1280 Access to Work for Young Deaf People (lodged on 31 January 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1264 Scottish Book Trust (lodged on 30 January 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1236 Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia (lodged on 28 January 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1227 British Sign Language - Glossary of Science Terms (lodged on 28 January 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1203 Reid Kerr (lodged on 22 January 2008) Claire Baker*

S3M-1168# Voices for Change (lodged on 17 January 2008) Claire Baker*

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