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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.

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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-4014 Frances Curran: Scottish Gas Laughing All the Way to the Bank—That the Parliament acknowledges that Scottish Gas shareholders and directors will be laughing all the way to the bank after announcing an operating profit of £1.5 billion, up 11% on the previous year, yet they have increased gas prices by 22%, plunging another 120,000 people in Scotland into fuel poverty and believes that this type of exploitation of a natural resource and of ordinary gas users merely reinforces the view that utility companies, such as Scottish Gas, should not be run for the huge individual wealth of a few, but should be publicly owned to the benefit of the many and to ensure public accountability when it comes to how much we pay to turn our fires on.

*S2M-4013 Frances Curran: Transfer of National Savings Jobs to India—That the Parliament believes that we are now witnessing the consequences of government privatisation of civil service departments; notes that in 1999 the UK Government privatised the National Savings Agency complex in Glasgow when 4,000 civil servants were transferred to Siemens Business Services; further notes that in 2004 the UK Government allowed Siemens to offshore 240 jobs and that now the company intends to offshore to India another 240 National Savings jobs which would mean that almost one-third of National Savings work will be carried out in India; believes that the company will not guarantee replacement work for displaced staff, and calls on UK Treasury Minister, Ivan Lewis MP, who will make the final decision on whether the jobs are transferred to India, to refuse to give his consent.

*S2M-4012 Frances Curran: Care Home Residents Evicted—That the Parliament condemns the actions of West Dunbartonshire Council who intend to close Leven Cottage elderly care home with two remaining residents still inside; notes that the residents have been informed by the council’s Social Work Department that from Monday 27 February 2006 the building will be closed, care staff will be withdrawn and replaced with a 24-hour security guard, the top floor will be boarded up, all kitchen appliances, with the exception of a kettle and microwave, will be disconnected and there will be no heating when the current oil supply runs out; is appalled that a local authority could behave in such a way and defends the right of Robert and Annie to remain in Leven Cottage which has been their home for decades, and further believes that the council is completely reneging on its duty of care to Annie and Robert by attempting to bully them into leaving their home.

*S2M-4011# Marilyn Livingstone: Fairtrade Fortnight—That the Parliament recognises that Fairtrade Fortnight will take place between 6 and 19 March 2006; supports this important series of events which raises awareness of the need to provide support to workers and producers in Third World countries to get a fairer return for their produce; congratulates the growing number of towns and organisations which have succeeded in achieving the Fairtrade mark; acknowledges Burntisland’s new signage which greets visitors to "Fife’s First FairTrade Town"; notes that more fair trade products are being stocked in all major supermarkets; celebrates the increased purchasing of fair trade products by individuals and businesses, and considers that all MSPs and consumers should participate in these events which will help protect the livelihood of small farmers and producers who for too long have faced exploitation instead of reward for their labours.

*S2M-4010 Mrs Margaret Ewing: The Hidden Heroes of the NHS—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the British Medical Association’s recent report, The Hidden Heroes of the NHS, which highlights the significant contribution that the Staff and Associate Specialists (SAS) group of doctors play in providing patient care in NHS Scotland; notes that that 1,460 SAS doctors operate in Scotland but that their work remains unacknowledged and unrewarded, despite the fact that SAS doctors account for 39% of the medical workforce in accident and emergency departments; believes that recognition of, and investment in, this group is much-needed as they are an untapped resource and essential to the modernisation of NHS Scotland, and hopes that the Scottish Executive will recognise this fact.

S2M-4009 Ms Sandra White: British and American Nuclear Testing—That the Parliament utterly condemns the nuclear test, "Krakatau", carried out jointly by the British and American governments in Nevada on 23 February 2006; understands that the results could be used to develop further nuclear capabilities; recognises that other countries are coming under unwarranted pressure not to expand their nuclear capability, and suggests that this blatant hypocrisy in no way helps to develop a mature and sensible debate on weapons of mass destruction at this critical time.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-4008# John Scott: The Future Provision of Emergency and Unscheduled Care Services in Ayrshire and Arran—That the Parliament notes the public consultation on the future provision of emergency and unscheduled care in Ayrshire, which closed in December 2005; expresses concern that this consultation only included options to downgrade the existing accident and emergency unit at Ayr Hospital, and expects NHS Ayrshire and Arran to abide by the spirit of the report, Building a Health Service Fit for the Future, by Professor David Kerr by listening to the views of both the public and health professionals in Ayrshire and taking full account of these views before reaching a decision on the future of accident and emergency care provision in the county.

Supported by: Margo MacDonald, Rob Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Mr David Davidson, Bill Aitken, Phil Gallie, Murdo Fraser, David McLetchie, Miss Annabel Goldie

S2M-4007 Jeremy Purvis: Tartan for the Royal Regiment of Scotland: Robert Noble and Company—That the Parliament acknowledges the quality of product of the woollen cloth produced by Robert Noble and Company in Peebles who have supplied the British army for 150 years; believes that the Royal Regiment of Scotland should use the highest quality woollen cloth for its tartan; is concerned that the Ministry of Defence is refusing to stipulate that the tartan cloth should be of the highest standard; is alarmed that the tartan for the Regiment’s kilts and trews will be open to tender, resulting in the cheapest product being chosen, and calls on the Ministry of Defence to reconsider its position immediately.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Mr Jim Wallace, Brian Adam, Margaret Smith, Roseanna Cunningham, Cathy Peattie, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-4006 Michael Matheson: Callendar House, Falkirk—That the Parliament notes the importance of Callendar House to the Falkirk economy; commends Falkirk Council and its partners for their restoration of a magnificent A-listed building; believes that, as a museum, conference centre, music venue and tourist attraction, it has become one of Scotland’s premier cultural attractions, and commends all concerned, especially the staff who have brought this about.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam*, Fiona Hyslop*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*, Jim Mather*

S2M-4005 Mr Mark Ruskell: UN Global Moratorium on GM "Terminator" Seed Technology—That the Parliament notes with concern the actions of the pro-GM governments of Australia, New Zealand and Canada in seeking to undermine the current global moratorium on GM "terminator" technologies or Genetic Use and Restriction Technologies (GURTS) at the Brazil meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) of the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) from 20 to 31 March 2006; further notes and condemns the announcement by Monsanto that the company has reneged on its 1999 public commitment not to commercialise patents held on "terminator" technology; considers that no scientific data yet exist that can justify field testing or commercial use of GURTS; consequently believes that the precautionary principle must continue to be applied and should be extended to include consideration of socio-economic, biodiversity, and cultural concerns; calls on the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Secretary of State for International Development to defend robustly an EU policy which demands that no open-air growing of GM "terminator" crops should be permitted until research on socio-economic, biodiversity, and cultural impacts has been published and evaluated, and therefore rejects any move at the COP8 meeting of the UN CBD towards a "case by case" assessment of GURTS.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Shiona Baird*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-4004 Ross Finnie: The Draft Water Environment (Consequential and Savings Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Water Environment (Consequential and Savings Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin

S2M-4003 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Risk Assessment and Minimisation (Accreditation Scheme) (Scotland) Order 2006—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Risk Assessment and Minimisation (Accreditation Scheme) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S2M-4002 Mr Jamie Stone: Delivery of Central Heating Programme in the North—That the Parliament notes a deteriorating standard of delivery of EAGA’s free central heating programme in the north; is concerned about the increasing time it is taking to install central heating systems and at reports that often EAGA’s contractors fail to turn up at the specified time and date; is further concerned about reports that EAGA’s call centre staff have been rude to some applicants and believes that staff should be more sympathetic towards the needs of elderly people, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that the delivery of the free central heating programme is improved so that elderly and vulnerable people receive the heating system they need.

S2M-4001 Mr Adam Ingram: Dick McTaggart - The Most Successful Scottish Amateur Boxing Champion—That the Parliament recognises and commends the achievements of Dick McTaggart, the first and only Scottish Olympic gold-winning boxer, renowned worldwide for his peerless skills in the noble art; notes with satisfaction his inauguration into both the Boxing International Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2001; appreciates that his participation in boxing was motivated by his love of the sport rather than personal gain; commends his unstinting work as a coach and positive role model amongst local grassroots amateur boxing clubs, encouraging young people to take up the sport through youth work projects; thanks Dick McTaggart for his huge contribution to Scottish boxing and for being an exemplary international sporting ambassador, and recognises his lifetime achievements on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his winning gold at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.

S2M-3999 Donald Gorrie: The Scottish Parliament as a Showcase for Scottish Publishing—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to examine the possibilities for the Parliament to act as a showcase for Scottish publishing, either using the Scottish Parliament shop or through some other format, in order to play its part in promoting all the aspects of Scottish life covered by books, such as Scottish history, literature, art, photography and all kinds of heritage.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Colin Fox, Jackie Baillie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Bill Butler, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Frances Curran, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Alex Neil*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-3998 Frances Curran: Betty Heathfield—That the Parliament notes with sadness the death of Betty Heathfield, an inspirational figure during the onslaught unleashed by the Thatcher Government against the National Union of Mineworkers in 1984-85; recognises the vital role that she played in the creation and development of the support groups organised under the banner of Women Against Pit Closures which sustained the strike and mining communities as the Tory Government attempted to starve the mineworkers back to work in the winter of 1984; recognises the selfless courage and tenacity which she brought to the struggle, and salutes Betty Heathfield, born 30 March 1927 and died 16 February 2006, as a heroine of the working class.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Campbell Martin, Colin Fox, Tommy Sheridan, Bill Butler, Ms Sandra White, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-3997 Chris Ballance: Oscar Nomination—That the Parliament congratulates Sharon Colman on the nomination of her animation "Badgered" for an Oscar and wishes her success in achieving an award.

S2M-3996 Roseanna Cunningham: Silver Jubilee of Bishop Vincent Logan, Bishop of Dunkeld—That the Parliament congratulates Bishop Vincent Logan, the Bishop of Dunkeld, on the occasion of his silver jubilee on 26 February 2006 as bishop; notes that he was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh in 1964 after an education at Bathgate, Blairs and Drygrange; notes that he served as Episcopal Vicar for Education in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh and retains his interest in education and the formation of candidates for the priesthood; expresses gratitude to the bishop for his continuing hard work and guidance in the Diocese of Dunkeld and beyond; wishes him many more years of service, and hopes that he enjoys his jubilee celebrations.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, Mr Andrew Welsh, Michael Matheson, Shona Robison, Mr David Davidson

S2M-3993 Malcolm Chisholm: The Draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2006—That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-3992 Malcolm Chisholm: The Draft Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2006—That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-3991 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon

S2M-3989 Richard Baker: AUT Pay Campaign—That the Parliament supports the campaign by the Association of University Teachers (AUT) for better pay for academic and related staff; notes that the AUT is taking strike action on 7 March 2006, supported by NUS Scotland, and boycotting assessment activity from 8 March 2006 onwards; further notes that academic salaries have declined by 40% in real terms in the last 20 years; considers that fair pay in universities and colleges is essential for the recruitment of well-motivated academic staff on whom we rely to create a highly skilled economy in Scotland, believes that the Scottish Executive has acted to ensure that the investment in higher education will enable staff to be better paid and address problems of recruitment and retention of academic staff, and calls on university principals to increase staff salaries through the new funding, as promised in their spending review submission.

Supported by: Mr Charlie Gordon, Mr Jamie Stone, Trish Godman, Pauline McNeill, Nora Radcliffe, Bristow Muldoon, Jackie Baillie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Elaine Murray, Colin Fox, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Sandra White, Marlyn Glen, Mark Ballard, Marilyn Livingstone, Richard Lochhead, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Scott Barrie, Frances Curran, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3984 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to Andy Murray—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s Andy Murray on winning his first ATP Tour title in the SAP Open in San Jose; notes that, in doing so, he defeated Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt, and hopes that this tour title will be the first of many in the years ahead.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Nicola Sturgeon, Karen Gillon, Alex Johnstone, Brian Adam, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Linda Fabiani, Eleanor Scott, Mrs Nanette Milne, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Shiona Baird, Bruce Crawford, Mr John Swinney, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mary Scanlon, Stewart Stevenson, Christine Grahame, Jim Mather, Margaret Mitchell, Phil Gallie, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Bristow Muldoon, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Carolyn Leckie, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Iain Smith, Mr David Davidson

S2M-3983# Trish Godman: The Trafficking of Impoverished Women into Forced Prostitution in Scotland—That the Parliament is seriously concerned over reports that criminal gangs are engaged in the evil trafficking of impoverished women into Scotland, England and Wales who are then compelled, often by threats or use of physical violence and degradation, to work as prostitutes; notes that this is a problem throughout Scotland, but particularly in the west of Scotland; believes that Scotland cannot claim immunity from this unsavoury international sexual trading of poor women from European, Asian, African and South American countries; acknowledges the difficulties involved in tracking down these predatory traffickers in women, but believes that the Scottish Executive, in co-operation with the UK Government and our police service, should do all that is necessary to bring such wrongdoers to court where it is hoped that they will, upon conviction, receive condign punishment.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Campbell Martin, Alex Johnstone, Mr Jim Wallace, Bill Butler, Mr Charlie Gordon, Marilyn Livingstone, Michael McMahon, Dr Elaine Murray, Bruce Crawford, Sarah Boyack, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Margaret Jamieson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Patrick Harvie, Tommy Sheridan, Karen Whitefield, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Marlyn Glen, Mr Frank McAveety, Colin Fox, Jackie Baillie, Frances Curran, Richard Lochhead, Mr David Davidson, Eleanor Scott, Cathy Peattie, Scott Barrie, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3982# Des McNulty: Darfur—That the Parliament is gravely concerned about evidence of genocide and the continuing humanitarian emergency in Darfur, Sudan; notes that 9 March 2006 marks the 18-month anniversary of the United States’ declaration that the atrocities in Darfur are genocide; is alarmed that the peace process remains stalled while an estimated 10,000 people continue to die each month; further notes that the people of Darfur lack adequate protection, that physical and sexual violence continues unabated and that humanitarian workers are increasingly being targeted; shares the concerns expressed in a recent House of Commons committee report which described the international communities’ response to the crisis as "scandalously ineffective", and believes that the international community must now fulfil its responsibility to protect the people of Darfur.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mike Pringle, Alex Fergusson, Karen Gillon, Linda Fabiani, Mr Frank McAveety, Eleanor Scott, Michael Matheson, Shiona Baird, Mr John Swinney, Bill Butler, Murray Tosh, Michael McMahon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Trish Godman, Sarah Boyack, Margaret Jamieson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Jackie Baillie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Patrick Harvie, Tommy Sheridan, Cathie Craigie, Bruce Crawford, Maureen Macmillan, Frances Curran, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr David Davidson, Mr Jim Wallace, Cathy Peattie, Mr Adam Ingram, Scott Barrie, Susan Deacon*

S2M-3981# Margaret Mitchell: Scottish Family Business Association—That the Parliament welcomes and supports the Scottish Family Business Association, a non-profit solutions-focused organisation set up by and for family businesses, launched on 21 February 2006; notes that almost 70% of Scottish businesses describe themselves as family businesses; recognises the significant contribution indigenous family business in Lanarkshire, Falkirk, Ayrshire and the rest of Scotland makes to the Scottish economy, generating roughly half of the GDP created by private enterprise; acknowledges that 50% of the private sector workforce in Scotland is employed by family businesses; further notes that family-run businesses face many tough challenges, including succession, inheritance, non-family involvement and improving family communication, and believes that the Scottish Executive should work with the Scottish Family Business Association in an effort to ensure that all family businesses in Scotland achieve the same success and sustainability as Scotland’s best known family-run firms.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Brian Adam, Mrs Nanette Milne, Eleanor Scott, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Murray Tosh, Chris Ballance, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Murdo Fraser, Bill Aitken, Phil Gallie, Derek Brownlee, Mr David Davidson

S2M-3980 Shiona Baird: Scottish Family Business Association—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Family Business Association, a non-profit-making organisation run for and by business families; recognises the importance of family businesses to the Scottish economy in accounting for a staggering 85% of private enterprises in Scotland; recognises the challenges faced by family businesses which face a 67% risk of failing before reaching the second generation, and wishes the organisation well in its work to support family businesses in Scotland and key non-family employees in resolving the unique challenges that they face as well as maximising business and personal development opportunities.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Eleanor Scott, Ms Sandra White, Mr Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Brian Adam, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Chris Ballance, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Patrick Harvie

S2M-3975<> Ms Rosemary Byrne: Class Sizes—That the Parliament agrees that class sizes in Scottish schools should be set at a national maximum level of 20 for non-practical classes and 15 or less for practical classes; condemns the Scottish Executive for failing to reach targets for maximum classes in S1 and S2 mathematics and English classes; believes that the Executive should provide a strategy, including a timescale, to implement those commitments already made for S1 and S2 mathematics and English and the early stages of primary school and produce a longer-term strategy to reduce all class sizes to 20 for non-practical subjects in state schools, and considers that such a strategy should include teacher recruitment and retention in addition to a survey of school capacity to ensure equality of access to education for all children, especially those in deprived areas such as parts of Ayrshire.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Colin Fox, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3974# Mike Rumbles: Neurosurgery Services in North-East Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern proposals outlined by the Minister for Health and Community Care to concentrate neurosurgery services on "a single prime site"; considers that such a move would be detrimental to patients and their families who currently access neurosurgery services at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI); notes the consistently excellent treatment given at ARI, and believes that the Scottish Executive should reconsider its proposals and retain all neurosurgery services currently provided at ARI.

Supported by: Mrs Nanette Milne, Alex Johnstone, Mr David Davidson, Richard Lochhead, Tommy Sheridan, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3973 Tommy Sheridan: Condemnation of First Minister and Demand for Apology—That the Parliament notes the prominent article in The Herald on Saturday 18 February 2006 which carried several alleged quotes from the First Minister, Jack McConnell, concerning the tragic case of the 11-year-old child being admitted to hospital in Glasgow after misuse of heroin; believes that the comments attributed to the First Minister which refer to the "incompetence" of the professionals involved and that such incompetence was "either down to stupidity or a lack of caring or both" are entirely inappropriate and that, if the First Minister did indeed use such language, he should apologise to Glasgow’s Social Work Services staff and indeed to social work staff across Scotland for the damage inflicted on their profession and professionalism; condemns the derogatory and disrespectful language attributed to the First Minister, and believes it is not only unacceptable and inaccurate to describe Glasgow’s Social Work Services staff as stupid and uncaring or both but also highly irresponsible, given the complexity and seriousness of the case in question.

S2M-3972 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Anstruther’s Fence Collective—That the Parliament welcomes the success of St Andrews’ singer/songwriter, KT Tunstall, who was named Best Female Solo Artist at the 2006 Brit Awards; notes that KT Tunstall is a former member of Anstruther’s hugely successful Fence Collective, a group of about 30 mainly East Neuk of Fife-based musicians which includes HMS Ginafore, the Lone Pigeon, Unpoc, Pip Dylan and James Yorkston; congratulates the work of founder, Kenny Anderson, also known as King Creosote, in establishing such a thriving creative community in the East Neuk, and supports his belief that "if Fence is about anything, it’s that you don’t have to be a star to make music. And that you can do it yourself" and that Fence’s successes will be an inspiration to young musicians across Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Eleanor Scott, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Fiona Hyslop, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Mr Brian Monteith, Margaret Mitchell, Bill Aitken, Murdo Fraser, Iain Smith, Frances Curran*, Shiona Baird*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3971<> Mr Adam Ingram: Mental Health and Deaf and Deafblind People—That the Parliament acknowledges and supports the campaign by the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) for equal access to mainstream and specialist mental health services for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland; notes the widespread lack of provision for deaf and deafblind people who have specific language and communication needs and that presently their rights under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 and Disability Discrimination Act 2005 are not being met, leading to misdiagnosis and unsuitable treatments being applied; further notes with concern the complete lack of consultant psychiatrists in Scotland who are trained and experienced to work with deaf and deafblind people who have mental health problems and that the nearest available specialist mental health service for deaf and deafblind inpatients is Manchester whose outreach service, which is currently used by Scots deaf and deafblind people, is now under threat of closure; endorses the campaign for a specialist mental health service for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland, funded through the NHS, and SCoD’s aim of providing support for training and recruiting of deaf and deafblind people to enable them to work with deaf and deafblind patients; backs SCoD’s call for additional resourcing for mainstream psychiatric services in both hospital and community settings which would lead to greater accessibility for deaf and deafblind people with mental health problems, and recommends the establishment of a specialist Scottish centre for deaf and deafblind people with mental health problems in the south of Scotland or other suitable region.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S2M-3970 Chris Ballance: Guantanamo Bay—That the Parliament welcomes the call by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, for the US facility at Guantanamo Bay to be shut as soon as is possible; notes that as many as 500 individuals have been held without trial for up to four years; considers this to be entirely unacceptable, and calls on the US Government to put these men on trial or release them without further delay.

S2M-3890# Mr Kenneth Macintosh: The Importance of Play—That the Parliament welcomes calls from Play Scotland and Barnardo’s for a play strategy that recognises the right of all children in East Renfrewshire and across Scotland to a safe, challenging and accessible play environment; is aware of the public and political concerns over levels of obesity, mental health problems and anti-social behaviour amongst children and young people; notes that lack of opportunity to play is a contributing factor to these problems; is concerned that traffic growth, loss of open space and fears over safety are further restricting play opportunities, and therefore believes that play should be supported with a vigour that reflects its importance.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Nora Radcliffe, Shiona Baird, Dr Elaine Murray, Patrick Harvie, Mr Jamie Stone, Sarah Boyack, Bruce Crawford, Mr Jim Wallace, Christine May, Brian Adam, Murray Tosh, Murdo Fraser, Jackie Baillie, Karen Gillon, Marlyn Glen, Ms Sandra White, Susan Deacon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Des McNulty, Mrs Mary Mulligan, David McLetchie, Eleanor Scott, Richard Baker, Fiona Hyslop, Robin Harper, Alex Fergusson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Christine Grahame, Dr Jean Turner, Mr Brian Monteith, Frances Curran, Fergus Ewing, Karen Whitefield, Tommy Sheridan, Maureen Macmillan, Rosie Kane, Chris Ballance, Dennis Canavan, Donald Gorrie, Marilyn Livingstone, Janis Hughes, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Jim Mather, Scott Barrie, Pauline McNeill, Mr David Davidson, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Carolyn Leckie, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr Mark Ruskell, Colin Fox, Mike Pringle, Mary Scanlon, Mark Ballard, Mr Bruce McFee, Michael Matheson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Iain Smith, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3810# Campbell Martin: North Ayrshire Schools PPP Project—That the Parliament notes that North Ayrshire Council, through a PPP project, intends to amalgamate St Andrew’s Academy in Saltcoats with St Michael’s Academy in Kilwinning and to build a "superschool" to be erected on Laighdykes playing fields in Saltcoats, the only playing fields serving the towns of Saltcoats and Ardrossan; is concerned that the council’s plans will impact adversely on the educational attainment of pupils and on the provision of open space and sports pitches in Saltcoats and Ardrossan; is further concerned that questions remain over aspects of the bidding and procurement processes adopted by North Ayrshire Council in its PPP for Schools Project, and considers that public private partnerships do not represent best value for local taxpayers and local communities.

Supported by: Margo MacDonald, Alex Neil, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Fiona Hyslop, Robin Harper, Chris Ballance, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Jean Turner, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Adam Ingram, John Swinburne, Ms Sandra White, Dennis Canavan

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3967 Congratulations to KT Tunstall (lodged on 17 February 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-3966 Unfair Fine on St Mirren (lodged on 16 February 2006) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-3964 Kyoto Protocol - One Year On (lodged on 16 February 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-3962 Shetland Box (lodged on 15 February 2006) Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-3957 International Workers’ Memorial Day (lodged on 14 February 2006) Cathy Peattie*, Shiona Baird*, Frances Curran*

S2M-3955 Post Office Account Cards (lodged on 14 February 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-3942 Celebrating Part 1 of the Land Reform Act (lodged on 9 February 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3923# Longannet Power Station (lodged on 6 February 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3915 Newsquest Job Losses (lodged on 2 February 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3906# Sectarianism in Scotland (lodged on 31 January 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3897 UK Government Report - Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change (lodged on 31 January 2006) Mark Ballard*, Chris Ballance*, Robin Harper*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3887 Inclusion and Support of Young People with Learning Disabilities (lodged on 26 January 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3886 Encouraging Sport for Young People (lodged on 26 January 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3876# Alzheimer’s Treatment in Scotland (lodged on 25 January 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3873 Tinnitus Week (lodged on 25 January 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3872 Local Government Pension Scheme (lodged on 24 January 2006) Cathy Peattie*, Richard Baker*

S2M-3809 Scotland’s Ecological Footprint (lodged on 12 January 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3807 Labour Students, "Sex, Lives and Politics" Campaign (lodged on 11 January 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3749 Breaking the Sound Barrier (lodged on 19 December 2005) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3715# Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Hill of Brathens, Banchory (lodged on 12 December 2005) Des McNulty*

S2M-3713 Job Losses in Scottish Newspapers (lodged on 9 December 2005) Cathy Peattie*

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