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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-4377 Pauline McNeill: MOBO’s Boost for Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the projection that the prestigious Music of Black Origin (MOBO) urban music awards ceremony will deliver a boost of around £3.6 million to the Glasgow economy; notes that this figure takes into account the success of the MTV Europe Music Awards in Edinburgh in 2003; further notes that this is the first time that this major awards ceremony, which will be held at the SECC on 30 September 2009, has been staged outside London in its 13-year history, and recognises Glasgow’s renowned status as a UNESCO City of Music.

*S3M-4376 Jamie Hepburn: Unelected Members of the UK Cabinet—That the Parliament notes that as a result of the Prime Minister’s recent reshuffle no fewer than seven members of the House of Lords are now entitled to attend meetings of the UK Cabinet; considers that this is the highest number since Winston Churchill was Prime Minister in 1951 and is more than the total number of Cabinet Secretaries in the Scottish Government; believes that this development reduces the democratic accountability of the UK Cabinet as well as reflecting the increasingly isolated position of the Prime Minister in his parliamentary party, and further believes that as the UK Government looks at reform of the Westminster Parliament it would do well to learn from the system by which Scottish Government ministers are subject to approval by the Parliament.

*S3M-4375 Kenneth Gibson: Labour’s Cut Exposed by Channel 4’s FactCheck—That the Parliament deplores the most recent distinction of the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, having been awarded one of the worst possible scores by Channel 4’s FactCheck for factual accuracy in responses during Prime Minister’s Questions on 10 June 2009; is of the view that such a marked achievement was accomplished through misrepresentation, exaggeration and massaging of statistics; believes that the Prime Minister could not resist attempting to hide the fact that his budget mimics Tory plans for future cuts in public services though billions have flowed to city bankers; questions the Prime Minister’s resolve to undertake parliamentary reform when it appears that he is unable to control a seemingly never-ending need for fabrication; sees this exhibition of illusion as a befitting embodiment of Labour’s UK leadership whereby results are massaged to show gain but, in real terms, we have lost; wishes to remind the Prime Minister that no amount of spin can hide that £500 million will be cut from vital Scottish services in financial year 2010-11; looks forward to a time when Westminster can have grown-up discussions on how to protect frontline services, and hopes that the Prime Minister will emulate the SNP government’s example of transparency, honesty and delivery, which seemingly, as experienced so often under Labour, has been disregarded.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-4374 Sarah Boyack: Dig for Victory in Edinburgh—That the Parliament welcomes the Edinburgh Community Backgreen Association’s Dig for Victory in Edinburgh campaign to encourage people to come together and convert their tenement backgreens into allotments; congratulates the association on its exemplary work in providing people with tools and support to convert their backgreens into vibrant and working green spaces; sees the association’s activities as a positive step towards encouraging people to source their food locally and engage with environmental issues in Edinburgh, and supports its "backgreen blitz" efforts to recruit 100 people in each community to revive local backgreens in the city.

*S3M-4373 Kenneth Gibson: St Inan’s Festival, Beith—That the Parliament notes that the St Inan’s Festival, Beith will have its gala day on 13 June 2009; recognises that this is the fifth year of this important event for the people of Beith; recognises the hard work of all the organisers, stall holders, parade participants, those who will dress floats, windows and streets with bunting and everyone contributing to creating a real carnival atmosphere at this year’s event; recognises that the theme for this year’s gala day is the Homecoming, and congratulates 12-year-old Eilidh Campbell on being crowned festival queen, 10-year-old Fiona Marshall on being her attendant, 6-year-old flower girl Antonia MacRae and 9-year-old page boy William Ferguson.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-4372 Ian McKee: Currie High School win Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2009—That the Parliament congratulates Currie Community High School for coming joint first at the UK Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2009 and for being the only Scottish school to be shortlisted for the final stage of the competition in the schools award category; notes that the school has taken strides in reducing energy use over the past 10 years and that it was the first school in Edinburgh to install a wind turbine and a solar thermal system with financial support from the City of Edinburgh Council; further notes that the school’s commitment to sustainable energy is shown by the school building having low-energy lighting, sealed windows and replacement doors to reduce heat loss, solar thermal panels to heat the school swimming pool and by the school switching off the boiler for several months of the year; further congratulates the school for making green issues a priority in the curriculum through the Education for Sustainable Development course and by teaching the advantages and disadvantages of various sources of energy, and believes that the school’s achievements are an inspiration to schools throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

*S3M-4371 Malcolm Chisholm: Cuts at Telford College—That the Parliament is deeply concerned by the plans of the management of Telford College to axe 64 posts at a time when there are increased applications for places; is astonished that the majority of the teaching posts targeted are in business, IT and tourism, which are so central to the Edinburgh economy and provide local training for local jobs; supports a thorough review of the management arrangements at the college, including the massive pay increase recently awarded to senior managers, and calls upon the management and board of Telford College to look urgently at other options for savings that rule out any threat of compulsory redundancies.

*S3M-4370 Alasdair Allan: Non-EEA Fishermen in Scotland—That the Parliament urges the UK Government to seek a reasonable and sustainable solution to address the current concerns of fishermen from outwith the European Economic Area working within the 12-mile limit in Scottish waters; recognises the contribution that these fishermen make to the wider fishing industry, particularly on the west coast, and calls on the UK Government to take a more measured approach that takes more account of their circumstances while protecting the rights of all fishermen.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Liam McArthur*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*

S3M-4369 Bill Wilson: Volunteer Centre Renfrewshire—That the Parliament congratulates the Volunteer Centre Renfrewshire on organising the Let’s Talk About Volunteering event at St Mirren Park in Renfrewshire; recognises the work that the organisation does in promoting, supporting and developing volunteering throughout Renfrewshire, and acknowledges that the awards presented at the event highlighted the best aspects of volunteering across Renfrewshire.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Stewart Maxwell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*

S3M-4368 Bill Wilson: Congratulations to Home-Start Renfrewshire—That the Parliament congratulates Home-Start Renfrewshire on winning the Investing in Volunteers competition organised by the Volunteer Centre Renfrewshire; recognises the work carried out by volunteers at the charity in helping families with children who face day-to-day and extraordinary challenges by offering practical support and friendship, and wishes Home-Start continued success in providing vital help to hard-pressed families throughout Renfrewshire.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Rob Gibson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Stewart Maxwell*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*

S3M-4367 Jackson Carlaw: Hampered by Hormones? Addressing the Needs of Men with Prostate Cancer—That the Parliament supports the Prostate Cancer Charity in launching the Hampered by Hormones?campaign, which aims to address the needs of men with prostate cancer who are receiving hormone therapy treatment; notes that the side effects of hormone therapy can have a significant impact on men’s lives; expresses concern that research undertaken by the charity shows that over half of these men are receiving too little information and support to help them manage the side effects of hormone therapy and are not receiving the standard of care and support that they are entitled to; calls on the Scottish Government and the Scottish Cancer Taskforce to review the charity’s research findings and campaign recommendations and take action to improve the care of men living on hormone therapy, and further calls on the Scottish Cancer Taskforce to ensure that, through the National Cancer Quality Steering Group, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland takes into consideration the findings of the campaign report during the development of the planned standard for the management of urological cancer services.

S3M-4366 Alasdair Allan: Hebridean Celtic Festival Tweed—That the Parliament welcomes the creation, by the Harris Tweed Artisans Cooperative, of a special Harris Tweed for the Hebridean Celtic Festival, due to take place in Stornoway from 15 to 18 July 2009, that will be used by individual artisans to make a variety of unique products for sale over the festival period; recognises that this represents a new development in the production of this internationally renowned tweed; notes that the Harris Tweed Artisans Cooperative was formed in February 2009 when 10 businesses involved in creating Harris Tweed products joined together with the aim of working collectively to promote and market their unique and diverse Harris Tweed products; believes that this is a timely boost to the Harris Tweed industry and forms a perfect example of the Hebridean Celtic Festival’s aims to work with other island businesses and the community to display the many attributes of the islands; believes that Harris Tweed is a product of enormous versatility and reputation on a world-wide platform, and wishes the Harris Tweed Artisans Cooperative every success in future ventures.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Mary Scanlon*, Pauline McNeill*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4365 Stuart McMillan: Wemyss Bay Gala Weekend—That the Parliament wishes the Wemyss Bay Gala Weekend, which will be held from 12 to 14 June 2009, every success; notes that it kicks off with a Homecoming disco on Friday evening followed by a day of events on Saturday, including dancing displays and the gala king and queen crowning, and culminates on Sunday with the Ardgowan Football Development Gala Day; further notes that entertainment on Saturday includes laser quest, magic teacups, a bouncy castle, beat the keeper, a coconut shy, temporary tattoos, face-painting, a portable ceramics studio, nail bar and more; wishes everyone taking part in Wemyss Bay’s Got Talent all the best; congratulates the organisers of the gala weekend for all their hard work, and recognises that similar events are beginning to take place around Scotland and that they provide a boost to the local economy as well as a great atmosphere and demonstration of community spirit.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-4364 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Edinburgh’s Got Talent—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of Tesco Personal Finance’s new headquarters at Haymarket in Edinburgh and plans to increase the workforce from 250 to 450 employees over the next 12 months; believes that the decision to base its financial headquarters in Edinburgh is testament to the resilience of the city’s financial services industry; recognises the diversity of the sector in Edinburgh, with insurance, pensions providers, banks, fund managers and asset service companies all based in the city; notes that three of Edinburgh’s universities have internationally recognised expertise in finance; believes that Edinburgh’s highly educated and skilled workforce will help maintain the city’s reputation as a leading centre for international finance; recognises that Edinburgh’s expertise in other industries, including the city’s growing life sciences industry, provides further cause for optimism, and is confident that Edinburgh’s got what it takes to weather the current economic storm.

S3M-4363 Tricia Marwick: Armed Forces Day—That the Parliament notes that 27 June 2009 has been designated Armed Forces Day, giving people across Scotland the opportunity to recognise the brave service of servicemen and women past and present; further notes that events will be taking place across Scotland, beginning in Fife on 13 June and with celebrations in Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh on 27 June; welcomes the decision of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to fly the commemorative flag at the Parliament on Armed Forces Day and the efforts of councils and communities across the country to mark Armed Forces Day, and, in recognising their sterling work, urges people across the country to show their support for serving personnel and veterans.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*, John Lamont*, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jackson Carlaw*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Hugh Henry*, Nigel Don*, Stewart Maxwell*, Stuart McMillan*, Murdo Fraser*, Michael Matheson*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Joe FitzPatrick*, John Scott*, Elaine Murray*, Liam McArthur*, John Park*, Margaret Mitchell*, Pauline McNeill*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-4362 Willie Coffey: 10th Anniversary of ILO Convention Against Child Labour—That the Parliament notes that the 2009 World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of International Labour Organization Convention 182, which addresses the need for action to tackle the worst forms of child labour; further notes that, while celebrating progress made during the last 10 years, the 2009 world day will highlight in particular the exploitation of girls; calls on Scottish consumers and businesses to use their purchasing power to influence and press for action to address the causes of child labour, paying particular attention to the situation of girls, and looks forward to a world day that is widely supported by all those concerned with tackling child labour.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Anne McLaughlin*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Christopher Harvie*, Jamie Hepburn*, Robert Brown*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-4361 Kenneth Gibson: Arran Folk Festival—That the Parliament strongly supports the Arran Folk Festival, held from 7 to 14 June 2009; acknowledges the hard work and determination of the festival organisers, many of whom are volunteers; applauds Terry Stevens and Donal Boyle for restoring this key cultural event by implementing a sustainable festival structure; commends the festival for raising Arran’s profile on a local, national and international platform; further acknowledges that tourist revenue to the island will increase as people are encouraged to holiday at home and discover what Scotland has to offer; recognises that the organisers run the festival in a responsible way, ensuring that the unique environment of the island can be enjoyed for years to come, and looks forward to the festival’s continued success.

Supported by: Jim Tolson, Sandra White, Ross Finnie, John Lamont, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Jamie McGrigor, Stewart Maxwell, Pauline McNeill, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper*, Willie Coffey*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4360 Patricia Ferguson: Maryhill Juniors Boys Club—That the Parliament congratulates Maryhill Juniors Boys Club on its recent victory in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League Under-14 League 1, the SPL of youth football; recognises that this is a remarkable achievement for the team, which is in its first year of existence, against many well established teams; welcomes the opportunities that team membership offers the boys, most of whom are from Maryhill and Summerston, and wishes everyone involved with the team all the very best for future successes that will see Maryhill Juniors Boys Club go from strength to strength.

Supported by: James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Pauline McNeill, Sarah Boyack, Cathy Jamieson, Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Mr Frank McAveety, David Whitton, Des McNulty, George Foulkes

S3M-4359 Sandra White: Quality Housing and Associated Services for Scotland’s Older People—That the Parliament recognises the growing need of Scotland’s older population for quality housing and associated services; acknowledges that as people are living longer Scotland’s population of older people continues to grow; recognises the importance that independent housing plays in helping older people to maintain independent and fulfilling lives in an environment of respect, security and dignity, and believes that a wider debate on the future direction of and investment in specialist housing and support services for older people is required.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson*, Ian McKee*

S3M-4358 Jamie Hepburn: Remploy’s Contract with Thistle Systems Group—That the Parliament congratulates Remploy, Scotland’s leading provider of employment opportunities for disabled people, on the recent signing of an exclusive UK-wide distribution deal with Thistle Systems Group, based in Cumbernauld, for the distribution of the eMotion Wall; considers that the eMotion Wall is a highly innovative electronic storage device that can be moved merely by pressing a button to increase or decrease classroom sizes, and believes that this is an impressive product and achievement that will continue to be a success and will benefit the community and boost employment prospects for many disabled people.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, John Wilson, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Jack McConnell*, Gil Paterson*, Ken Macintosh*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4357 Jack McConnell: Good Luck to Edinburgh Global Partnerships Students—That the Parliament wishes all of the students of Edinburgh Global Partnerships (EGP) well with their volunteering projects over the summer; notes that the aim of EGP is not to conduct large-scale aid projects but rather to get involved with local people in communities in the developing world, helping them financially and physically to realise projects that they believe are of most importance to their communities; notes that projects will take place in Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, India and Mongolia, and hopes that all of the volunteers enjoy taking part in the projects that will not only be beneficial to them but to the many people whom they are helping.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Murray*, Nanette Milne*, Stuart McMillan*, John Park*, Karen Gillon*, James Kelly*, Michael Matheson*, Mary Scanlon*, Pauline McNeill*, Rob Gibson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Kidd*, Cathy Jamieson*, Bill Butler*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4356 Willie Coffey: Bicentenary of Galston Parish Church—That the Parliament notes that Galston Parish Church, erected in 1808 and opened in 1809, will be celebrating its bicentenary on Thursday 18 June 2009; recognises that worship has taken place on this site for over 750 years, with the original church dedicated to St Peter and granted to the Red Friars in 1252; acknowledges the church’s place in Scotland’s history with its ministers including Dr George Smith, great-grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson and who was mentioned by Robert Burns in his poem, The Holy Fair, and Robert Stirling, 19th century inventor of the Stirling Engine, which re-emerged in use as an alternative to the steam engine, and its covenanting links commemorated in the grave of Andrew Richmond, who was shot by Graham of Claverhouse in 1679, and by a Covenanters’ memorial; further recognises that the present church, occupying a prominent site over the village, was designed by John Brash of Glasgow to a plan described as most simple, convenient and elegant, was renovated in 1879 and 1999, had a chancel added in 1912 and contains stained glass windows by Oscar Paterson, a contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh; notes also that the Right Reverend Bill Hewitt, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who was born and raised in nearby Kilmarnock, will preach at the bicentenary event, and wishes the parish minister, the Reverend Graeme Wilson, and his parishioners all the best for this important event and for the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-4355 Willie Coffey: Amateur Football Hat Trick for Kilmarnock and Loudoun—That the Parliament congratulates Knockentiber Amateur Football Cub (AFC) on winning the Lindsay Fencing Ayrshire Premier League for a record sixth time and for winning the British Energy Ayrshire Amateur Challenge Cup and recognises that it is the most successful amateur football club in Ayrshire; further congratulates Hurlford Thistle AFC on reaching the finals of the British Energy Ayrshire Amateur Challenge Cup and the Foster’s Centenary Scottish Amateur Cup, and also congratulates Galston United AFC on achieving third spot in the Lindsay Fencing Ayrshire Premier League, making it a hat trick of team successes for amateur football in Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-4353 Mr Frank McAveety: Quarriers Condemned Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the young people associated with the Quarriers charity on the launch of the Condemned campaign on 10 June 2009; supports the campaign’s aim to raise awareness of the multiple challenges faced by young homeless people; congratulates Quarriers on its work to support and encourage young people to start their adult lives in as positive and constructive a manner as possible and in particular welcomes the work of Quarriers in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that all of Scotland’s young people have access to adequate housing and the appropriate support.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Irene Oldfather

S3M-4352 Jackie Baillie: Gordon Lennon—That the Parliament expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Dumbarton FC captain, Gordon Lennon, whose life was tragically cut short this week; notes that Gordon, or Guido to the fans, was a much loved and respected member of Dumbarton Football Club who captained the side to its title success this season; understands that Gordon had a successful career that saw him play football at Albion Rovers, Partick Thistle and Stenhousemuir before eventually settling in Dumbarton; recognises the tremendous level of respect and sympathy that has been expressed in the last couple of days as the mark of a man who had made a significant impact in such a short time, and extends its thoughts and prayers to his family, colleagues and supporters at this difficult time.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, John Park, Alasdair Allan, Karen Gillon, Jamie Hepburn, Anne McLaughlin, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Stuart McMillan, Des McNulty, Trish Godman, Ken Macintosh, Gil Paterson, Pauline McNeill, Andy Kerr, Michael McMahon, Liam McArthur, James Kelly, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson

S3M-4351 Jackie Baillie: All Rise for Dumbarton Sheriff Court—That the Parliament welcomes the reopening of Dumbarton Sheriff Court by the Rt Hon Lord Hamilton, Lord President of the Court of Session, on Friday 5 June 2009; understands that £12 million was invested in the refurbishment of Dumbarton Sheriff Court; notes that the upgraded court complex will provide five modern courtrooms as well as vastly improved facilities for witnesses, juries, staff, sheriffs and court visitors; recognises that the refurbishment has preserved the original architectural identity of the B–listed building and also improved its energy efficiency, with high levels of insulation and motion-activated lighting among the many new features, and congratulates all those involved in the successful reopening of the court, which has contributed towards the regeneration of Dumbarton town centre.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-4350 Rob Gibson: Wick Academy FC Success—That the Parliament congratulates Wick Academy Football Club on its record-breaking season that saw it finish in its highest ever position in the Highland League, score its highest number of points ever and go on an unprecedented run of 10 winning games; further congratulates joint managers Ian Munro and Richard Hughes on their success in winning Highland League Manager of the Year and Richard Macadie on winning Highland League Player of the Year; recognises the importance of Wick Academy FC to football in the far north, and wishes everyone involved with the club all the best for the upcoming season.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Jamie Stone, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Jamie McGrigor, Stewart Maxwell, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4349 Jackson Carlaw: Men’s Health Week, 15 to -21 June 2009—That the Parliament congratulates Men’s Health Forum Scotland on establishing Men’s Health Week as part of its ongoing efforts to raise the profile of men’s health issues; notes that Men’s Health Week 2009 will take place from 15 to 21 June and will seek to increase the willingness of men to access health care, reduce the risks that they take with their health and promote awareness of the impact of wider lifestyle issues on their wellbeing, and encourages as many members of the public as possible to participate in the various events being held throughout the week, including the 10k for Men run taking place on Fathers’ Day, 21 June, further details of which can be viewed at:

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Alasdair Allan, Elizabeth Smith, Stuart McMillan, Nanette Milne, John Park, Rob Gibson, Liam McArthur, Anne McLaughlin, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Des McNulty, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Gil Paterson, Jim Tolson, Mary Scanlon, Bill Wilson, Ross Finnie, Bill Butler, John Lamont, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, James Kelly, Patrick Harvie, Margaret Mitchell, Patricia Ferguson, Trish Godman

S3M-4347 Margo MacDonald: BNP Does Not Speak for Scotland—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to put measures in place to ensure that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and any other relevant organisations outwith Scotland are made aware that British National Party MEPs do not speak for Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4346 Ian McKee: European Parliament Elections in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s elected Members of the European Parliament who will serve a term of five years representing Scotland in Europe; considers that, while in parts of the United Kingdom the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and the British National Party (BNP) won numerous seats, in Scotland they completely failed to make ground with their campaigns, widely considered to be eurosceptic and racist, and were humiliated by coming at the bottom end of the list, with UKIP’s share of the vote falling since the 2004 European elections; considers that this poll demonstrates a clear diversity of political attitude and culture, and believes that Scotland, unlike other parts of the UK, remains predominantly a pro-European nation that rejects extremist views and agendas and recognises the importance of EU membership.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Anne McLaughlin, Ken Macintosh, Maureen Watt, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4345 Pauline McNeill: No Platform for the BNP, Working Together to Combat Racism—That the Parliament notes with extreme concern the election of two members of the British National Party (BNP) to the European Parliament; welcomes the Not in my Name petition at:, which will be presented to the two BNP MEPs when they take their seats, and believes that all of the forces of anti-racism in Scotland, including political parties, trades unions and civil society, should combine their efforts to expose the policies of the BNP and to ensure that it makes no further progress in the United Kingdom or in Scotland and that in the long run it is not afforded any platforms nor means to promote racist polices or to incite racism.

Supported by: Margaret Curran, Mr Frank McAveety, John Park, Trish Godman, Bill Butler, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Ken Macintosh, Marlyn Glen, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Murray, Ms Wendy Alexander, Cathy Jamieson, Liam McArthur, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Des McNulty, Patrick Harvie, Malcolm Chisholm, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Joe FitzPatrick, Alison McInnes, Cathie Craigie, Sandra White, Irene Oldfather

S3M-4337 Patricia Ferguson: Maryhill Housing Association’s Campbell Street Development—That the Parliament notes the official opening of Maryhill Housing Association’s new-build development in Campbell Street on 18 June 2009; welcomes this latest phase of the association’s regeneration programme in Maryhill, which previously included the completion of the 1,000th home built under a programme to provide homes across the city of Glasgow; congratulates Maryhill Housing Association and its partners on their achievements to date, and recognises their ongoing commitment to play a key role in the regeneration of Maryhill and Ruchill by providing quality affordable homes for local people.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, David Whitton, Karen Whitefield, Des McNulty, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-4336 Christine Grahame: No to Wild Animals in Circuses—That the Parliament regrets the plight of Anne, a 56-year-old elephant currently touring Scotland with a travelling circus despite being unable to perform tricks due to her advancing age and infirmity after decades in captivity; notes the recent publication of research in the scientific journal, Animal Welfare, that describes the unsuitability of wild animals such as elephants for circus life, which involves constant travelling and long spells in inadequate temporary housing; urges the Scottish Government to use its powers under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 to ban wild animal circuses in Scotland, as has already been done by Austria, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Israel and Singapore, with similar bans pending in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, and, until such legislation is passed, calls on landlords such as local authorities and other landowners to refuse to let sites to circuses using wild animals for an outdated form of entertainment.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather

S3M-4335 Jackie Baillie: Sustainable Apprenticeships—That the Parliament congratulates the National Park Business/Apprentice Support Project for providing places for 13 apprentices in construction businesses in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park; believes that this contributes to the aim of the park to promote the sustainable economic and social development of the area’s communities; further believes that the project provides a welcome opportunity for young people from rural areas to learn skills and gain employment in local businesses, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that there is continuing support for the project.

Supported by: David Whitton, Trish Godman, John Park, Dr Richard Simpson, Ross Finnie, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Jim Tolson, Des McNulty, Hugh Henry, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4334 Stuart McMillan: European Pipe Band Championships Come to Greenock—That the Parliament welcomes the European Pipe Band Championships back to Battery Park in Greenock on 25 July 2009; recognises that Greenock was the place from where many people emigrated from Scotland for a new life abroad so it is therefore fitting that this major event should be held in Inverclyde during the Year of Homecoming; notes that it is hoped that over 130 pipe bands from around the world will be coming to Greenock for the championships; further notes that the event will see a spectacular display by the Golden Lion Parachute Display Team as well as other family activities during the day, and wishes all taking part in the dancing, drum and piping competitions on the day well and the event great success.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Watt, Jamie McGrigor, Sandra White, Stewart Maxwell, Brian Adam, John Wilson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4333 John Wilson: Citizens Advice Scotland Report on Debt Levels among CAB Clients—That the Parliament notes the publication of Drowning in Debt - Scottish CAB Clients and Debt by Citizens Advice Scotland; is concerned that the average debt levels for Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) debt clients seeking advice from their local CAB is £20,193, a 50% rise since 2003; further notes that the report highlights the bleak reality for low-income households in debt, including the finding that debt has had a negative impact on health for nine out of 10 debt clients; is also concerned at the increasingly ruthless behaviour adopted by creditors in seeking debt repayment, which at times has been unlawful; applauds Citizens Advice Bureaux in Scotland for the free, confidential and impartial frontline advice that they have provided to the people of Scotland for the last 70 years; recognizes their successes in advocating for improvements in public policy, and urges the UK and Scottish governments to assist indebted households throughout Scotland by pursuing the report’s recommendations to curb unreasonable creditor behaviour, increase access to affordable credit, increase the number of debt solutions for those on low income and ensure that advice services are appropriately resourced.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Wilson, Patrick Harvie, Jackie Baillie, Robert Brown, Stuart McMillan, Elaine Smith, Brian Adam, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Ms Wendy Alexander, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Liam McArthur, Michael Matheson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4332 Bill Butler: Refugee Week—That the Parliament notes that 15 to 21 June is Refugee Week 2009; congratulates the Scottish Refugee Council, which has organised this important week of events, and the many communities and organisations that have worked tirelessly to deliver over 100 events across Scotland to mark the valuable contribution that asylum seekers and refugees make; deplores the human rights abuses around the world that compel people to seek sanctuary; recognises that it is our humanitarian duty to grant asylum to those fleeing persecution and that Scotland should continue to be a haven for people seeking protection; condemns those who would poison our democracy by spreading hatred, and affirms the role of the Parliament in making Scotland a place of safety where people can rebuild their lives.

Supported by: Ms Wendy Alexander, Jamie Hepburn, Jamie McGrigor, David McLetchie, Malcolm Chisholm, Nanette Milne, Des McNulty, Patrick Harvie, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith, Cathy Jamieson, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Murray, Gil Paterson, Mike Pringle, John Park, Christina McKelvie, Marlyn Glen, Ken Macintosh, Margaret Curran, Hugh Henry, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Jackie Baillie, Liam McArthur, Trish Godman, Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Anne McLaughlin, Robert Brown, Jim Tolson, Karen Whitefield, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson, Lewis Macdonald, Mary Mulligan, Stuart McMillan, Jack McConnell*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Margo MacDonald*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-4331 Jackie Baillie: Amber Nectar Goes Green—That the Parliament congratulates the Scotch whisky industry on its ambitious new environmental strategy, the first industry strategy of its kind in Scotland; understands that the targets include cutting the use of fossil fuels by 80% by 2050, saving over 750,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of taking 235,000 cars off Scotland’s roads; believes that the new strategy builds on more than £100 million of investment across the industry in environment-related improvements over the last 18 months, and praises the industry for understanding that a clean and healthy environment is a crucial ingredient in the production of Scotland’s national drink.

Supported by: John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Trish Godman, Mike Pringle, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Butler, Maureen Watt, Dr Richard Simpson, Nanette Milne, Elaine Murray, Liam McArthur, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Jamie Hepburn, Des McNulty, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Cathie Craigie, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville

S3M-4329 Jackie Baillie: Temp of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates John Harland who was recently awarded Temp of the Year by the Workforce Staff and Business Agency; recognises the important contribution that temporary workers make to the UK economy; notes that National Temporary Workers Week, which, this year, ran from 1 to 5 June 2009, acknowledges the significant contribution of temporary employees; values the contribution that the Workforce Staff and Business Agency makes to the local economy as the second-largest employer in Helensburgh and Lomond; applauds Margaret McDonach, the owner of the company, on her vision, which has seen a small business started in her spare room in 1977 grow into a thriving organisation with quality staff, and wishes John Harland and the Workforce Staff and Business Agency every success in the future.

Supported by: Ross Finnie, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Mulligan, David Whitton, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-4328 Stuart McMillan: Veterans Win the Right to Compensation—That the Parliament welcomes the news that veterans of atomic testing, who took part in the British Government nuclear deterrent tests in the 1950s, have won the right at the High Court to seek compensation from the Ministry of Defence; notes that around 1,000 servicemen claim that they were used as guinea pigs by the government to study the effects of radiation during tests in the Pacific Ocean; further notes that the veterans and their families have suffered from serious ill health, including cancer, bone degeneration and blood disorders, and acknowledges that veterans, such as Ken McGinley from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, have campaigned for decades to receive recognition and compensation and that the recent High Court ruling will finally allow them to receive justice.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Jack McConnell

S3M-4327 Shirley-Anne Somerville: No Place for the BNP—That the Parliament notes with dismay the election of two members of the British National Party (BNP) to the European Parliament; strongly reasserts its belief that there is no place for racism in our society, and agrees to work together, regardless of all other political differences, to ensure that parties widely considered to be racist, such as the BNP, do not succeed in gaining a foothold in Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, Malcolm Chisholm, Stewart Maxwell, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Joe FitzPatrick, Patrick Harvie, Bill Butler, George Foulkes, Angela Constance, John Lamont, Anne McLaughlin, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Liam McArthur, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, Willie Coffey, Mike Pringle, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Pauline McNeill, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Dave Thompson

S3M-4326 Kenneth Gibson: Escape to Arran—That the Parliament notes the recent YouGov survey of 2,276 adults from across Britain, which showed 14% choosing the islands of Scotland’s west coast, including Arran, as their first choice holiday destination; is aware that the Lonely Planet Guide to Great Britain recognises islands such as Arran as being first-class destinations in terms of breathtaking scenery, wildlife, sports, activities for people of all ages and excellent food and accomodation, and concurs with VisitScotland’s chief executive that, to enjoy something unique, there has never been a better time to explore islands such as Arran.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Ross Finnie, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Jackson Carlaw, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Stewart Maxwell, Maureen Watt, Anne McLaughlin, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4325# Elaine Murray: Shark Tagging in the Solway—That the Parliament is concerned about the depletion of shark, ray and skate species in Scottish waters; welcomes the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme, organised by the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network; notes that tagging, which is a non-destructive method of gathering data, will assist understanding of species migration, growth rates and populations, and welcomes the shark tagging event in the Solway between 12 and 14 June 2009, which is expected to involve the participation of 400 rods and to generate around £60,000 to the local economy.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Karen Whitefield, Helen Eadie, Kenneth Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, David Whitton, Trish Godman, Christine Grahame, Joe FitzPatrick, Marlyn Glen, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Irene Oldfather

S3M-4324 David Whitton: Bishopbriggs Victory—That the Parliament congratulates the players and coaches of the under-15 and under-18 football teams of Bishopbriggs Academy in East Dunbartonshire on "doing the double" by achieving the rare feat of winning both Scottish Schools Shield finals in the same season; particularly congratulates the under-18 team on winning the Senior Shield by four goals to two against St Mungo’s High School, Falkirk, after a thrilling final at Hampden Park, and acknowledges the role of the Bank of Scotland, the main sponsor of the Scottish Schools Football Association (SSFA), whose backing has meant that over 140,000 young people have benefited from one of the three football programmes, Soccer One, Midnight League and Shield Competitions, run in partnership with the SSFA and the Scottish Football Association, in addition to the Bank of Scotland’s support for the international squads run by the SSFA.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Bill Kidd, Des McNulty, Ross Finnie, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Sandra White

S3M-4323 Bob Doris: C in The Park—That the Parliament congratulates everyone involved with C in the Park, an annual community festival that was held by the Barmulloch Community Development Company on 6 June 2009 in Robroyston Park; notes that the event was held jointly with the Glasgow City Council Land and Environmental Services Department; welcomes this year’s focus on volunteering as a theme and recognises that many local organisations rely on such volunteering; commends everyone who helped organise and participated in a variety of games, pipe band and dancing displays, which led to everyone having an excellent day out, and looks forward to the growing success of this central community event for years to come.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Anne McLaughlin, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White

S3M-4322 Dr Richard Simpson: National Men’s Health Week, Access to Services—That the Parliament welcomes National Men’s Health Week, from 15 to 21 June 2009; commends the work of the Men’s Health Forum, which seeks to raise the profile of men’s health by raising awareness of men’s health issues among people working with men and men themselves with the aim of making a difference to the quality of life of men everywhere; notes that the current life expectancy for men in Scotland, at 74.2 years, is five years fewer than for women and that men’s life expectancy varies enormously across Scotland, with 66 years in the 10% most deprived areas and 79 years in the 10% least deprived; notes that the number of men in Scotland dying from alcohol-related diseases is double that in England; further notes that, over a 10-year period from 1995, the incidence of prostate cancer rose by 14.3%, with 2,500 men in Scotland diagnosed with prostate cancer; also notes that the poor health outcomes and reduced life expectancy experienced by a large proportion of men can be improved by simple lifestyle changes, and considers that it is generally accepted that men access health services differently from women although this is not always factored into the design of NHS services.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Irene Oldfather

S3M-4321 Kenneth Gibson: Mebyon Kernow, the Party for Cornwall—That the Parliament congratulates Mebyon Kernow (MK), the Party for Cornwall, on winning three seats in the 4 June 2009 local authority elections, three more than the Labour party; considers Cornwall to be a unique and historic nation with its own culture, traditions and Celtic language, Kernowek, now undergoing a revival; considers that MK is a progressive party campaigning for greater Cornish self-government and a just, fair, sustainable, prosperous, more confident, inclusive and outward-looking Cornwall; supports MK’s call for the establishment of a Cornish assembly, and wishes it every success in fighting for a better deal for all the people of Cornwall.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Willie Coffey, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Anne McLaughlin, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4313 Pauline McNeill: Argyll Arcade—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision to allow the historic term Argyll Arcade to be registered as a trademark and welcomes the Early Day Motion, EDM 1605, lodged in the House of Commons on the issue; believes that the people of Glasgow and its visitors have an affection for the Argyll Arcade, which is world renowned for its concentration of jewellers and has become a landmark in the city; objects to the notion that one owner can register the term Argyll Arcade in order to charge other proprietors for the use of the name; further believes that the landmark of the Argyll Arcade belongs to the people of Glasgow and the many visitors that the arcade continually welcomes, and calls on the Intellectual Property Office to review and reverse this decision.

Supported by: James Kelly, Karen Gillon, Bob Doris, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Mr Frank McAveety, Paul Martin, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt

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

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Margaret Mitchell, Annabel Goldie, Liam McArthur, Ted Brocklebank, James Kelly, Mary Scanlon, Derek Brownlee, Jim Hume, David Stewart, Rhoda Grant, Peter Peacock, John Farquhar Munro

S3M-4047.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Dispensing GP Practices in Rural Communities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4047) in the name of John Lamont, leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert "recognises the integral role that dispensing plays in the structure and function of many dispensing practices; notes the stated intention of the Scottish Government to review the provision of the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Regulations 1995 in respect of public consultation, and more generally calls for the whole process to be reviewed to include requirements to (a) notify any dispensing practice that may be affected, (b) ensure that the patients served by such practices and the communities are fully consulted, (c) include an independent evaluation on the effects upon the stability and service provisions by that practice, (d) ensure that any determination by the appropriate committee on any application should take into account the effects upon practices affected and (e) ensure that the practice itself, not just the area medical committee, is able to make representations to the board committee determining applications for pharmacy services."

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

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Mike Pringle, Nanette Milne, Mike Rumbles, Ross Finnie, Bill Kidd, Robert Brown, Liam McArthur, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Alison McInnes

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4320 The Magnificent Sevens (lodged on 5 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4319 RIP Cigarettes Cut Fire Deaths (lodged on 5 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4316 UN World Ocean Day (lodged on 5 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4314 Support the Beatson Pebble Centre (lodged on 4 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4312 Tribute to Lawrence Daly 1924-2009 (lodged on 4 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4311 World Oceans Day (lodged on 4 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4309 Abseil for Enable (lodged on 3 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4307 Congratulations to the University of St Andrews (lodged on 3 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4296 Inspiring Volunteers of the Year 2009 (lodged on 2 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4292 Scottish Government Fails Fife’s Children at Risk (lodged on 2 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4282# Giving Blood, Giving the Gift of Life (lodged on 1 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4282.1# Giving Blood, Giving the Gift of Life (lodged on 3 June 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4272 Remember, I’m Still Me (lodged on 28 May 2009) Cathie Craigie*

S3M-4165 Scottish Renewables Festival 2009 (lodged on 18 May 2009) Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Murray*, Des McNulty*, Rob Gibson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mike Rumbles*, Robert Brown*, John Park*, Ross Finnie*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Hume*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*

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