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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 which members wish to be considered for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#).

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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

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

New and altered motions and amendments

* S2M-2987# Fiona Hyslop: Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent publication of an economic impact assessment of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland at Ingliston which indicates that £250 million is generated for the economy of which £100 million supports the local Lothian economy; notes that 1.2 million visitors pass through the site each year; is concerned that Her Majesty’s Government’s White Paper, The Future of Air Transport, seeks to secure all of the 300-acre site for future development of Edinburgh Airport which threatens the future successful operation of the society and its year-round events; recognises the important role that the showpiece event, the Royal Highland Show, has for the farming sector, and, noting that this is an ideal site and that there will be a considerable expenditure from the public purse on public transport provision in the area, expresses its view that all parties concerned with economic, rural and transport interests should make further and urgent efforts to examine options for future co-existence of the society and Edinburgh Airport at Ingliston and make representations to the Secretary of State for Transport to achieve this. 

Supported by: Margaret Smith*, Mark Ballard*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*

* S2M-2986 Malcolm Chisholm: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

* S2M-2985 Mr Andy Kerr: Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*

S2M-2984 Patrick Harvie: United Kingdom’s First Legal Humanist Marriage—That the Parliament welcomes the fact that on Saturday 18 June 2005 Scotland will see the first legal marriage to be conducted in the United Kingdom by a humanist celebrant; commends the decision by the Registrar General for Scotland to authorise 12 such celebrants to conduct civil marriages in Scotland; congratulates the Humanist Society of Scotland for its work in campaigning over many years for this change; considers that non-religious people wishing to mark their commitment to one another through marriage should enjoy the right to do so in keeping with their philosophical beliefs, and wishes the couple, Karen Watts and Martin Reins, every possible joy on this happy occasion.

Supported by: Chris Ballance*, Marlyn Glen*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-2983 Margaret Jamieson: Ayrshire and Arran Alcohol and Drug Action Team Drug Death Review Group—That the Parliament congratulates the Ayrshire and Arran Alcohol and Drug Action Team (ADAT) Drug Death Review Group, led by Detective Superintendent Stephen Heath, on receiving the Best Team Award at the COSLA excellence awards; recognises the success of ADAT in reducing the number of drug deaths in Ayrshire and Arran, and welcomes the collaborative working of the partners to achieve this recognition.

S2M-2982* #* Michael McMahon: Scotland Supporting the Right to Die at Home—That the Parliament believes that every patient who chooses to die at home should be given the opportunity to do so; congratulates Marie Curie Cancer Care on its campaign, “Scotland Supporting the Choice to Die at Home”; notes the survey by YouGov, commissioned by the charity, which found that 75 per cent of Scots would choose to die at home and the Scottish parliamentary survey, carried out by Marie Curie Cancer Care, which found that 73 per cent of Scottish parliamentarians would also like to die at home; recognises that at present only 24 per cent of terminally ill cancer patients are able to die at home; further notes the economic paper commissioned by the charity which shows that caring for more patients at home would release funds which could be used elsewhere in the NHS, and *considers that* the Scottish Executive *should* publicly support patients’ rights to choose where they die by ensuring that this choice is available and achievable across Scotland’s NHS boards.

S2M-2981 Patrick Harvie: London Assembly Rejects ID Cards—That the Parliament congratulates the London Assembly for passing a motion proposed by the Green Party group condemning ID cards; notes that this motion was tabled during a formal meeting with Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, who admitted that questions remain unanswered over the effectiveness of ID card technology, and calls on the UK Government to scrap its proposals for an identity card scheme.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Chris Ballance*, Rosie Kane*, Campbell Martin*, Rob Gibson*

S2M-2980 Mr Mark Ruskell: Upholding Rights at G8—That the Parliament recognises the democratic right of people to express their opinion peacefully during the G8 summit at Gleneagles and the rights of local people in the area to go about their everyday lives; believes that protestors will inevitably come to voice their concerns close to the G8 summit; believes, therefore, that facilities should be provided for those coming to the area, including the provision of an authorised march as close to Gleneagles Hotel as is safely possible; further believes that neither the rights of local people in the Auchterarder area nor peaceful protesters are being well served by the proposals for a static rally in Auchterarder park or the refusal to allow a march past Gleneagles Hotel grounds, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to enter into urgent dialogue with all relevant bodies to achieve a resolution that upholds these rights.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Eleanor Scott, Dr Jean Turner, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Chris Ballance*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2979 Shiona Baird: Renewable Opportunities in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Camcal for securing the contract to build sections of the Pelamis wave power device at the Arnish manufacturing yard, thereby securing 65 jobs including 40 new positions; commends Ocean Power Delivery for sourcing these components for Pelamis in Scotland; believes that the renewable energy sector has the potential to create many more such jobs and opportunities in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to do everything in its power to support and develop the offshore renewables industry.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Mike Pringle, Eleanor Scott, Dr Jean Turner, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2978 Rosie Kane: Gleneagles Plan of Action—That the Parliament condemns the new Gleneagles Plan of Action on climate change, due to be submitted to next month’s G8 summit at Gleneagles; calls for the immediate withdrawal of this draft plan which removes proposals to fund research and calls into question top scientists’ warnings that global warming is already under way, has no specific targets or timetables for action and explicitly endorses the use of “zero-carbon” nuclear power, and further calls on the leaders of the G8 to accept unequivocally that global warming exists and to act immediately to address this issue.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Carolyn Leckie, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2977 # Dr Elaine Murray: 50 Years of Chapelcross—That the Parliament notes that it is 50 years since the plans for the construction of Chapelcross power station in Annan were lodged; notes also that over its 45 years of power generation it produced enough electricity to power all homes in Dumfries and Galloway for 200 years and contributed an estimated £18 million per annum to the local economy; congratulates the workforce, past and present, for the safe operation of the power station, and looks forward to future developments on the Chapelcross site.

S2M-2976 Shiona Baird: Berries on the Menu—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish fruit promotion group, Berry Scotland, based at Dundee University, who will be delivering 7,000 punnets of locally grown strawberries to schools throughout Scotland as part of the Berries on the Menu programme; commends all the major berry-growing areas of Scotland for taking part and providing this tangible link between fruit grown in local fields and meals offered to the pupils; notes with interest that the popularity of the scheme with schoolchildren has seen a reported increase in school meal uptake of 10 to 15 per cent over the last two years; believes that all children should have access to healthy, locally sourced school meals, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that such meals are available to all Scottish schoolchildren as part of its Hungry for Success programme.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Ms Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Chris Ballance, Mr Mark Ruskell, Marlyn Glen, Robin Harper, Rosie Kane, Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison

S2M-2975 Donald Gorrie: Stage 3 of Major Bills—That the Parliament recognises the problems caused by not enough time being allocated to Stage 3 debates on major bills, resulting in important amendments not being properly debated, members not being called, or believing they will not be called and not seeking to speak, and ministers and members not being able to clarify controversial issues as promised at Stage 2, and urges the parliamentary authorities to provide enough time for full democratic scrutiny of bills at Stage 3.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ms Sandra White, Bill Butler, George Lyon, Alex Neil, Mike Pringle, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Dr Jean Turner, Carolyn Leckie, Mike Rumbles, Christine Grahame, Karen Whitefield, Phil Gallie*, Margaret Smith*, Bill Aitken*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, David McLetchie*, Mike Watson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Robert Brown*

S2M-2974 Colin Fox: Welcome End to Slopping Out at HM Prison Edinburgh—That the Parliament welcomes the end of slopping out at HM Prison Edinburgh; further welcomes the opening of the Ingliston Houseblock on 1 June 2005 which means that 80 years of this filthy and degrading practice at Saughton, which has long been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights, is now at an end, and calls on the Scottish Executive to eradicate slopping out at the remaining facilities in the Scottish prisons estate at Polmont, Perth and Peterhead as soon as possible.

Supported by: Shiona Baird, Eleanor Scott, Patrick Harvie, Mike Pringle, Dr Jean Turner, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*, Campbell Martin*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-2973 Donald Gorrie: Statues of Justice and Mercy—That the Parliament strongly dissents from the decision to refuse to site in Holyrood the two statues, titled Justice and Mercy, from the former Scottish Parliament building and urges the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, which apparently was not consulted about the decision, to assert its authority and agree to house the statues appropriately in Holyrood.

S2M-2972 Patrick Harvie: Violation of Human Rights Prevented in China—That the Parliament congratulates the Council of Grand Justices in China for its recent decision to freeze a new ID card law requiring fingerprinting because it might constitute a violation of human rights and calls on the UK Government to reconsider its position on identity cards.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Rob Gibson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Mark Ruskell, Frances Curran, Eleanor Scott, Robin Harper

S2M-2971 Mr Adam Ingram: Tartan Army Supporting the Children of Belarus—That the Parliament congratulates the Tartan Army on its generosity in supporting child cancer victims of the Chernobyl disaster on the occasion of Scotland’s recent World Cup tie against Belarus; notes that an appeal by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity to the 1,500 travelling fans produced a response on a scale never before seen by the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Minsk, providing every child in the hospital with gifts of toiletries, toys, drawing books, jotters and pencils and sweets with much stock for future use; thanks the fans, especially those who participated in an organised visit to the hospital, for being such outstanding ambassadors for their country, drawing widespread praise from the Belarussian media; regrets the lack of coverage in the Scottish media for the goodwill and charitable endeavours of the Tartan Army, and condemns those sections of the media that seek to belittle or scorn its friendly participation on the international stage.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Campbell Martin, Mr Bruce McFee, Brian Adam, Jim Mather, Richard Lochhead, John Swinburne, Eleanor Scott, Linda Fabiani, Mr Frank McAveety, Rob Gibson, Chris Ballance, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mike Pringle, Phil Gallie, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Shiona Baird, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison

S2M-2970 Rosie Kane: The President of the United States of America’s Gas Bill—That the Parliament is sceptical that any potential terror attack can be averted by the production of utility bills, which all visitors must present before they will be allowed near the Parliament building at the time of the G8 visit to Scotland; believes that this is an intimidating practice which serves no useful purpose, and demands that George W Bush should produce the bills that the United States of America (USA) sent to Saddam Hussein for the purchase of gas bought from the USA by the Iraqi regime and which was subsequently used in the slaughter of Kurdish people in Northern Iraq.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Rosemary Byrne

S2M-2969 Patrick Harvie: Falling Public Support for ID Cards—That the Parliament welcomes the fact that public support for identity cards is falling, as a recent poll by ICM showed that 43% of the population now consider ID cards to be a bad, or very bad, idea; reiterates that a majority of MSPs backed parliamentary motion S2M-2463, which stated that proposals for an identity card and database scheme are flawed on political, technical and financial grounds, that the scheme offers an ineffective response to problems of security and fraud and poses an unacceptable threat to civil liberties; further notes its concern that individuals could pay up to £300 for an ID card; believes that the cost of an ID card amounts to little more than a new poll tax for the people of Scotland, and calls on the UK Government to drop the current proposals for ID cards and a national identity database.

Supported by: Mr Bruce McFee, Ms Sandra White, Mark Ballard, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Mark Ruskell, Carolyn Leckie, Campbell Martin, Eleanor Scott, Robin Harper, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2968 Chris Ballance: Green Transport Week and Bike Week, 11 to 19 June 2005—That the Parliament supports the aims of Green Transport Week which are “to raise awareness of the impact of excessive car use and help individuals and organisations to make positive changes in their travel habits”; further supports Bike Week and commends the dedication of participants, many voluntary, contributing to over 160 events taking place across Scotland throughout the week; notes that Scotland has had a strong cycling heritage throughout the industrial age and supports a return to widespread cycle use for transport as well as for leisure; notes that, currently, around 2% of journeys are made by bike in Scotland, compared with over 20% in other European countries; further notes that, even though there was a 24% reduction in road deaths in Scotland between 2003 and 2004, there were still an unacceptable 307 deaths in 2004; congratulates local authorities and police on achieving the target of a 50% reduction of the 1994 to 1998 average level in the number of children killed or seriously injured; notes, however, that this figure still represents more than one child being seriously injured or killed on our roads every single day of the year, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to promote and support measures to limit excessive car use, including considering imposing interim targets towards its stated goal of a stabilisation of road traffic levels at 2001 levels by 2021.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Rob Gibson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Shiona Baird, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie

S2M-2967 # Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Supporting School Science—That the Parliament notes with concern the comments of Scotland’s only living Nobel Prize winner, Sir James Black, reported in The Scotsman on 14 March 2005, regarding the need to attract more people to study science; further notes the findings of the Save British Science Society survey on Scottish secondary school science which found that more than half of Scotland’s schools are cancelling practical lessons in science subjects; notes that a recent Royal Society of Chemistry survey found that over one in five Scottish local authority schools have turned away pupils from chemistry courses due to a lack of chemistry teachers; notes that funding schools directly from the centre would reduce bureaucracy and free up funds for schools to use for investing in subjects in high demand; supports the Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre, which is working with science teachers to support excellence in science teaching throughout Scotland with the aim of reversing the decline in the popularity of science at schools, colleges and universities, and considers that the Scottish Executive should support and encourage further collaboration with, and sponsorship from, research institutes and the science industry sector to maximise the incentives for young people to study science and to secure the future of science in Scotland.

S2M-2966 # Maureen Macmillan: Arjo Wiggins’ Corpach Paper Mill—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the announcement of the 90-day consultation period on the future of the Arjo Wiggins’ Corpach paper mill; believes that management should do all that it can to diversify into another paper product; further believes that it is essential to keep this industrial capacity in Lochaber, both in terms of the site and the skilled and hard-working workforce, and considers that the Scottish Executive should do all it can to attract another operator for the mill should Arjo Wiggins cease production.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Ms Sandra White, Mr Frank McAveety, Eleanor Scott, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Dr Jean Turner, Michael McMahon, Mrs Mary Mulligan, John Home Robertson, Shiona Baird*

S2M-2965 Shiona Baird: Fantastic It’s Not Plastic—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeenshire Council on its “Fantastic It’s Not Plastic” campaign, which encourages people to carry their shopping in reusable bags as opposed to disposable plastic bags from the supermarket; notes that there are eight billion plastic carrier bags used every year in the United Kingdom, which greatly exacerbate our litter problems, present a particular hazard to animals, birds and marine life and, for the most part, end up in landfill sites where they take up to 100 years to break down; commends the work of Aberdeenshire Council’s Waste Aware Team, whose members are this week piloting the “Fantastic It’s Not Plastic” initiative in Insch, Culter and through Buchan’s Dial-a-Bus community scheme by handing out cotton bags to shoppers in exchange for their disposable plastic bags, and recognises the valuable contribution that such a campaign makes in raising awareness among members of the public and the business community of this important environmental issue and the practical steps individuals can take to help halt the proliferation of plastic bags.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Richard Lochhead, Mr Bruce McFee, Bruce Crawford, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Patrick Harvie, Mr Mark Ruskell, Eleanor Scott, Frances Curran, Robin Harper, Dr Jean Turner, Mr Jamie Stone, Mark Ballard, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Mrs Nanette Milne, Rosie Kane*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2965.1 Mike Pringle: Fantastic It’s Not Plastic—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2965) in the name of Shiona Baird, insert at end “notes Aberdeen City Council’s support for a levy on plastic bags to encourage the reuse of bags and reduce waste; recognises the huge success of the scheme in Ireland in reducing plastic bag consumption by 90%, and supports Mike Pringle MSP’s Member’s Bill proposal to implement such a levy.”

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-2964 Shiona Baird: Inside Deep Throat—That the Parliament deplores the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council to allow the screening at the Cameo Cinema of Inside Deep Throat, a documentary about the notorious 1972 pornographic film in which the late Linda Marchiano later claimed she was forced to perform against her will; considers that the documentary of a film, which is widely held to have no cultural or artistic merit, is no more than an attempt to legitimise pornography and condone the abuse and degradation of women, and believes that, in failing to address the issue of Ms Marchiano’s lack of consent, this documentary serves to undermine the role of women in society and runs contrary to the Parliament’s and Scottish local authorities’ clearly stated commitment to equality for women and the elimination of all forms of abuse against women.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, Ms Sandra White, Rosie Kane, Brian Adam, Mark Ballard, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2963 Rosie Kane: Keep Coca-Cola out of LIVE 8—That the Parliament would deeply regret any involvement by soft drinks giant, Coca-Cola, in the forthcoming LIVE 8 concerts; is concerned by reports that concert organisers have approached the multi-national company; reminds the organisers that Coca-Cola has refused to take action or show concern for the fact that eight trade unionists were murdered at its bottling plant in Colombia and that towns in India have both lost their water supply and had it polluted due to Coca-Cola’s activities there; notes that the international boycott of Coca-Cola has been in place since 22 July 2003 and congratulates the community-led campaign against Coca-Cola; welcomes Juan Carlos Galvis, trade union leader from SINALTRAINAL, the Colombian Food and Drink Workers Union, who will be addressing G8 Alternatives meetings and will give testimony to the exploitation and dangers in Colombia from Coca-Cola and others, and finally believes that multi-nationals like Coca-Cola are better seated with their feet under the table with G8 leaders who plan to exploit and carve up the planet and should not be allowed to advertise their product on stages or in arenas where good people are protesting against the activities of capitalism.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Carolyn Leckie

S2M-2960 Chris Ballance: Commemoration of Spanish Civil War Veteran, George Dickie—That the Parliament supports the calls of Whithorn and District Business Association to commemorate the Spanish Civil War veteran, George Dickie; applauds the bravery and commitment of all those volunteers who fought to halt the rise of fascism in Spain, and believes that, but for the crippling injuries he sustained fighting Franco’s forces, George Dickie would have shown the same bravery and commitment in resisting Hitler’s attempt to subjugate Europe in 1939 and that he is worthy of being commemorated.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Robin Harper, Colin Fox, Bill Butler, Eleanor Scott, Mark Ballard, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Michael Matheson, Mr Frank McAveety, Mr Mark Ruskell, Rosie Kane, Ms Sandra White, Dr Jean Turner, Shiona Baird, Cathy Peattie

S2M-2959 Ms Sandra White: Knife Crime in Strathclyde—That the Parliament notes the recent publication of Strathclyde Police’s PublicPerformance Report 2004-05; welcomes the signs that trends in housebreaking and car crime are down; notes concern at the growing murder rate and increase in firearms and arson in the Strathclyde area; urges Strathclyde Police to break down the statistics on violent crime in its next annual report to ensure that the scale of knife and blade crime can be accurately monitored and measured; notes with concern that Glasgow has the highest recorded number of violent attacks involving knives in the western world, and calls on the Scottish Executive to place greater focus on tackling what has become a culture of knife carrying and knife attacks in Strathclyde.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie

S2M-2957 Brian Adam: Oldmachar Academy, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen—That the Parliament congratulates Oldmachar Academy on reaching the UK final of this year’s Cars – Maths in Motion Challenge and wishes it all the best for the competition, which will take place in Birmingham on 29 June 2005.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Rosie Kane, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Johnstone, Eleanor Scott, Mrs Nanette Milne, Robin Harper

S2M-2956 Mrs Nanette Milne: Diabetes Week, 12 to 18 June 2005—That the Parliament welcomes Diabetes Week 2005 which takes place from 12 to 18 June; notes that this annual campaign by Diabetes UK is important in increasing the public’s knowledge of the 1.4 million people in the United Kingdom who have been diagnosed with the condition; recognises the hard work of Diabetes UK in providing help and care for people with diabetes and their families, and congratulates Diabetes UK for its provision of support services and the positive impact which these have had on the lives of diabetes sufferers and their families.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Frances Curran, John Scott, Eleanor Scott, Robert Brown, Rosie Kane, Mr John Swinney, Alex Johnstone, Dr Jean Turner, Shiona Baird, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Margaret Mitchell, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Aitken, Elaine Smith, Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie, Brian Adam, Stewart Stevenson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Murdo Fraser, Murray Tosh, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Carolyn Leckie, Cathy Peattie, Donald Gorrie, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2955 Mrs Nanette Milne: Men’s Health Week, 13 to 19 June 2005—That the Parliament welcomes Men’s Health Week which runs from 13 to 19 June 2005; notes that the campaign is being run by the Men’s Health Forum which aims to make men more aware of possible symptoms and encourages them to seek advice from a doctor as soon as possible, and further notes that the 2005 campaign aims to increase men’s awareness of weight issues and obesity which, it is estimated, will affect over 75% of the male UK population by 2010.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Donald Gorrie

S2M-2954 Mrs Nanette Milne: World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2005—That the Parliament welcomes World Blood Donor Day taking place on 14 June 2005; notes that the theme for 2005 is “Celebrating the Gift of Blood”; further notes that the day aims to raise awareness of the importance of voluntary blood donation as well as thanking those who currently donate their blood, and reflects that the majority of the world’s population do not have access to safe blood supplies and only 38% of blood is collected in developing countries where 82% of the world’s population live.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Alex Fergusson, Christine Grahame, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Mr John Swinney, Eleanor Scott, John Scott, Mike Pringle, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Murdo Fraser, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Michael McMahon, Patrick Harvie, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Rosie Kane, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Pauline McNeill, Dr Jean Turner, Bill Aitken, Murray Tosh, Bruce Crawford, Cathy Peattie, Shiona Baird, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2953 # Dennis Canavan: Proposed Closure of Carrongrove Paper Mill—That the Parliament condemns the announcement by Inveresk PLC of the proposed closure of Carrongrove paper mill in Denny, where 150 workers are employed; recognises the high quality of the products and workforce at Carrongrove, which last year generated sales revenue of £26.2 million and operating profits of £1.62 million; recalls that a significant amount of public money has been invested in the Carrongrove mill, and believes that the Scottish Executive should contact the company and trade union representatives of the workforce to explore every possible alternative to closure and to offer the workforce all possible assistance and advice.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Cathy Peattie, Donald Gorrie

S2M-2951 # Christine Grahame: W8 Summit—That the Parliament welcomes the W8 Conference taking place in Edinburgh on 23 June 2005, where eight African women will address the conference; believes that these eight women could change the face of Africa if given some of the support and decision-making power of the G8 leaders meeting at Gleneagles, and notes that these woman have all made significant contributions across Africa and that their voices need to be heard so that practical solutions at grass roots level are not overlooked among welcome, but often remote, international diplomacy.

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Trish Godman, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Patrick Harvie, Shiona Baird, Ms Sandra White, Mary Scanlon, Chris Ballance, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan, Rob Gibson, Frances Curran, Mr Mark Ruskell, Mr John Swinney, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mrs Nanette Milne, Robin Harper, Karen Gillon, Tricia Marwick, Rosie Kane, Eleanor Scott, Mike Pringle, Carolyn Leckie, Colin Fox, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Jean Turner, Mark Ballard, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Marlyn Glen, Donald Gorrie

S2M-2776 Mr Tom McCabe: Licensing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Tavish Scott

S2M-2703 # Karen Whitefield: Just Youth Intergenerational DVD—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the production of the Just Youth Intergenerational DVD, a project designed to challenge intergenerational stereotypes; congratulates, in particular, the young people and staff of the Just Youth Project in Airdrie, the community learning and development staff of North Lanarkshire Council and also the residents of Gartlea Gardens sheltered housing complex who participated in the DVD; commends North Lanarkshire Council for this innovative attempt to build st ronger and more positive relationships between young and old, and further commends the Scottish Executive for funding this initiative through the youth justice fund.

Supported by: Paul Martin, Karen Gillon, Bill Butler, Patrick Harvie, Michael McMahon, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Mr Frank McAveety, Pauline McNeill, Linda Fabiani, Cathie Craigie, Ms Sandra White, Maureen Macmillan, Donald Gorrie, Mike Watson, Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Shiona Baird, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Cathy Peattie

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2935 National Youth Parliament Competition (lodged on 8 June 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-2919 Abolition of Prescription Charges for Chronic Conditions (lodged on 3 June 2005) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Phil Gallie*

S2M-2918 Introduction of Scottish Bravery Award (lodged on 3 June 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-2912 British Heart Foundation Scotland’s Help a Heart Week: 4 to 12 June 2005 (lodged on 3 June 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-2911 #Affordable Rented Housing (lodged on 2 June 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-2887 Arrest of Paul Foreman in Sudan (lodged on 31 May 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-2885 Haudagain Roundabout, Aberdeen (lodged on 31 May 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-2833 #Closure of Clydesdale Bank Branches (lodged on 18 May 2005) Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*



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