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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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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5229 Murdo Fraser: Stone of Destiny’s Return to Scone Palace—That the Parliament celebrates the 700th anniversary of the inauguration of King Robert the Bruce to the Scottish throne, which took place at Scone Palace in 1306; congratulates Scone Palace for holding a series of events throughout 2006 to commemorate the 700th anniversary; notes that 30 November 2006, St Andrew’s Day, is the 10th anniversary of the Stone of Destiny being returned to Scotland, and believes that it is now time for the Stone of Destiny to be brought back to Scone Palace, its rightful home.

*S2M-5228 Jackie Baillie: Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Youth Development Plan—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish fire and rescue services’ youth development plan; recognises that the plan represents a blueprint for the improvement of communication and engagement between the Scottish fire and rescue services and Scotland’s young people; welcomes the plan’s recognition of the positive contribution made by young people in our society and the determination to work with communities, services, agencies and youth organisations to ensure the health, safety and welfare of young people; notes the plan’s positive and practical approach to reducing antisocial behaviour directed against the fire services, and applauds the collaborative efforts of the Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People, YouthLink Scotland, the Scottish Youth Parliament, the Prince’s Trust, Young Scot and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in inputting to the plan.

*S2M-5227 Carolyn Leckie: St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism Event—That the Parliament expresses its full support for the STUC’s St Andrew’s Day anti-racism event taking place on Saturday 25 November 2006 in Glasgow; encourages all MSPs and workers to support, publicise and attend the anti-racism march, which will set off from Blythswood Square at 11 am and culminate in a celebration of equality and diversity at the ABC in Sauchiehall Street, and believes that, in the present climate of violent attacks on members of minority ethnic communities and dawn raids on the families of those fleeing repression and torture, it is more important than ever to give a clear demonstration that Scotland stands together against racism.

S2M-5226 Mr Mark Ruskell: Congratulations to Furniture Plus—That the Parliament congratulates Furniture Plus, a social enterprise based in Dysart, Kirkcaldy and Lochgelly which collects and refurbishes unwanted furniture, for winning both the environment and business categories of the Calor Scottish Community of the Year Awards and recognises the considerable achievements that the organisation has made over the years in generating employment and training opportunities across Fife, while increasing access to reconditioned furniture for low-income households and diverting many tonnes of waste away from landfill.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*, Eleanor Scott*, Chris Ballance*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Rosie Kane*, Nora Radcliffe*, Stewart Stevenson*, Rob Gibson*, Shiona Baird*, Bruce Crawford*, Fergus Ewing*, Robin Harper*

S2M-5225 Sarah Boyack: World AIDS Day—That the Parliament recognises World AIDS Day on 1 December 2006; welcomes the World AIDS Day campaign theme of accountability which calls on all governmental leaders to honour the promises they have made to set the targets necessary to achieve universal access to care, treatment and support and to provide sufficient resources to tackle the AIDS pandemic; notes the ongoing problem of the lack of availability of antiretroviral drugs, in particular to the people of developing nations; recognises that the United Nations recently announced that an estimated 39.5 million people worldwide are infected with HIV, with 4.3 million of those people having been infected this year, and that 2.9 million lives have been claimed by AIDS this year; recognises that, despite the declining HIV infection rates being observed in some countries, many countries are seeing a resurgence in new HIV infection rates which were previously stable or declining, and welcomes the commitment of Scottish charities, in particular Waverley Care and its two main projects, SOLAS and Milestone House, which have recently celebrated 15 years of support for people living with HIV and AIDS.

S2M-5224 Ross Finnie: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin

S2M-5223 Cathy Jamieson: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5222 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Solidarity with Simclar Workers—That the Parliament condemns the decision of the Simclar Group, based in Irvine, to withdraw from hard-tooling manufacturing, resulting in the effective sacking of 200 permanent and 40 temporary workers; recognises that the Simclar Group is one of Scotland’s largest family-owned manufacturing concerns and has operations in Dunfermline in Fife and Kilwinning in North Ayrshire, as well as in Mexico, China and the United States of America, with a worldwide workforce of about 2,200; believes that the decision to sack 240 Scottish workers has been taken, as stated by a Simclar spokesperson, due to the "rising cost of production and relentless market pressure" and that this is the inevitable result of market capitalism, and calls on the Scottish Executive to demand top-level talks with the Simclar Group to convince it to reverse its unacceptable decision, to lobby New Labour in Westminster to bring redundancy payments and other legislation designed to protect workers’ rights up to at least European-wide standards, to ensure that Simclar uses the statutory 90-day consultation period to try to find suitable alternative employment for its workers in the local area and to do everything in its power to minimise compulsory redundancies, to signal its support for the Trade Union Freedom Bill at Westminster and to support the Simclar workers in whatever action they decide to take in defence of their jobs, factory and living conditions.

S2M-5221 Stewart Stevenson: New Deer Wins Calor Scottish Community of the Year 2006—That the Parliament congratulates community activists in New Deer on their winning the Calor Scottish Community of the Year 2006 award; in particular commends their success in persuading the Royal Bank of Scotland to take over their local bank after the Clydesdale Bank withdrew from the village; notes that, with Whitehill’s previous victory, this is twice in five years that Banff and Buchan communities have won this prestigeous award, and commends communities across Scotland which are taking power into their own hands.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Nanette Milne, Brian Adam, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Maureen Watt, John Swinburne*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-5220 Mrs Nanette Milne: Congratulations to New Deer Community Association—That the Parliament congratulates New Deer Community Association on being named Calor Scottish Community of the Year 2006; notes that the New Deer Community Association showed fighting spirit when faced with the closure of their local bank by successfully purchasing the threatened building and selling it on to a competitor bank; further notes that the association secured the overall title through its continued efforts to improve the area for others and that, by undertaking a strategic planning exercise, it has developed a local play park and path network and other facilities to meet the needs of young and old in this rural community; recognises that, in addition to winning the overall title of Calor Scottish Community of the Year, New Deer Community Association was also commended in the business category; notes that the Calor Scottish Community Award is now in its ninth year and that the award encompass every aspect of Scottish community life, providing community groups with the opportunity to gain recognition and reward for their efforts, and further notes that the aim of the award is to stimulate local people of all ages to take responsibility for their community and enhance it to everyone’s benefit.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Murdo Fraser, Phil Gallie, Eleanor Scott, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Fergusson, Nora Radcliffe, John Scott, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, Shiona Baird*

S2M-5219 Tommy Sheridan: Solidarity with Solectron Workers—That the Parliament condemns the decision of Solectron Corporation, based in California, to announce the closure of the Solectron manufacturing plant in Dunfermline and the effective sacking of 440 workers; recognises that Solectron, Dunfermline, has grown in terms of sales and profits for seven consecutive quarters and is one of the most profitable sites in Europe, its quality of work is second to none and it has successfully made the transition to an unleaded manufacturing process more than four months before required by legislation; further condemns the fact that employees at Solectron were told in a webcast by bosses in California that their jobs were safe only to be told the next day that they would be affected by the announcement that Solectron is to shed 1,400 workers in Europe and North America but to employ 800 employees in Romania in order to pursue greater profits for the company; believes that the decision to sack 440 Scottish workers was taken primarily because under current legislation governing employment law in Scotland it is easier and cheaper to close a Scottish factory than one in France or Germany, not least because in the rest of Europe, where employment legislation is fairer, a worker can expect four weeks’ wages in redundancy payments for every year they have worked for a company compared with only one week’s wages for every year in Scotland; calls on the Scottish Executive to demand top-level talks with Solectron Corporation to convince it to reverse its unacceptable decision and to lobby New Labour in Westminster to bring redundancy payments and other legislation designed to protect worker’s rights up to at least European-wide standards and to support the Trade Union Freedom Bill at Westminster, and supports the Solectron workers in whatever action they decide to take in defence of their jobs, factory and living conditions.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Colin Fox, John Swinburne*

S2M-5218 Michael Matheson: Relief from Early Stages of Alzheimer’s—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence not to recommend that drugs such as Aricept, used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, are made available for wider use, and calls on the Scottish Executive and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland not to subscribe to this decision which would restrict access to drugs that have been shown to slow the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, Mike Pringle, John Scott, Bruce Crawford, Campbell Martin, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Mr John Swinney, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Frances Curran, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Ms Maureen Watt, John Swinburne*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5217 Tommy Sheridan: Stop the Sell-Off, Start Investing in Council Housing—That the Parliament notes the latest comprehensive rejection of the Scottish Executive’s anti-council housing, stock transfer policy by council tenants in the Highlands, as expressed by their 60% vote against transfer on a 60% turnout of tenants; demands a radical u-turn in Executive housing policy to provide the required resources to allow local authorities to invest in upgrading, repairing and rebuilding their council house stock; notes the Highlands Housing Association’s attack on Solidarity during the campaign and believes that such attacks are unhelpful and misguided, and demands real investment in council houses and an end to the damaging right-to-buy policy and its replacement with a right-to-rent discount to reward and promote the council house rented sector.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne

S2M-5216 Alex Johnstone: Mr Iain Spink - Local Food Hero—That the Parliament congratulates Mr Iain Spink of Angus on being crowned Local Food Hero for Scotland for his production of the Arbroath delicacy, the Arbroath Smokie; notes that Mr Spink is a fifth generation Smokie producer and that the Arbroath Smokie is a traditional food that is healthy, full of flavour, inexpensive and nutritious; further notes that Mr Spink uses the same production methods as the ones handed down since the late 1800s, and further congratulates Mr Spink for demonstrating to many thousands of people the benefits of traditional, high quality Scottish food.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson

S2M-5212 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: World Cross Country Championships—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland on winning the bid to host the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships in 2008, which will be staged at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh and aim not only to emulate the success of the European cross country event hosted at the same venue in 2003 but also to reaffirm Scotland’s ability to host world events in the build-up to Glasgow’s bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Supported by: Mike Pringle

S2M-5211 Frances Curran: Congratulations to Highland Council Tenants on Voting Against Stock Transfer—That the Parliament congratulates Highland Council tenants for voting conclusively by three to two against mass stock transfer of their homes, thus joining the tenants of Renfrewshire, Stirling and Edinburgh councils; notes that, despite the blackmail of tenants to either acquiesce to stock transfer or lose investment in their housing stock and the millions spent promoting transfer, the policy has again been rejected by council tenants, and calls on the Executive to abandon a policy that has no democratic mandate among the communities of Scotland and to instead invest in building and maintaining council stock to ensure that council rents remain affordable.

Supported by: Rosie Kane, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Campbell Martin, Colin Fox

S2M-5210 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) (Scottish Legal Complaints Commission) Order 2006—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) (Scottish Legal Complaints Commission) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5209 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations 2006—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5208 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5207 Nora Radcliffe: The Carbon Trust—That the Parliament notes the recent successful parliamentary reception held by the Carbon Trust; values the role the trust plays in Scotland in helping organisations to reduce carbon emissions, develop low-carbon technologies and respond to climate change; notes the positive views about the Carbon Trust in Scotland expressed by representatives of RHI Refractories in Clydebank and Ocean Power Delivery, two of the many Scottish companies that have received support from the Carbon Trust; notes with interest that organisations that take steps to reduce carbon emissions not only help the environment but can also benefit financially from more efficient use of energy, and encourages everyone concerned with reducing carbon emissions and improving business efficiency to spread the good word about what the Carbon Trust can do to help organisations, both large and small, across all sectors in Scotland to ensure that our nation’s carbon footprint on the world is as small as possible.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Euan Robson, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Maureen Macmillan, Bruce Crawford, Christine Grahame, Shiona Baird, Sarah Boyack, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Jim Wallace, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Mrs Nanette Milne, Kate Maclean, Margaret Smith, Mr Andrew Arbuckle

S2M-5206# Mr Brian Monteith: School Inspections—That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Executive’s policy, announced in 2002, that every Scottish school should have a full inspection by HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) within the lifetime journey of a pupil at a school, namely every seven years for a primary school and every six years for a secondary school, is the minimum standard which parents, pupils and teaching staff should expect for the maintenance of high quality national standards of teaching and learning and is, therefore, extremely disappointed and concerned that, following research by the Scottish Parent Teacher Council and the Times Educational Supplement Scotland, it has been established that there are 32 Scottish schools that have not had a full inspection by HMIE for at least 17 years and that, while nearly 300 schools are still waiting for their first full inspection report since 1995 or before, some schools have already had two, and believes that the Executive and HMIE should give urgent priority to inspections of those schools that have not yet had full inspection reports since as far back as the 1980s, namely, since 1983: Merkland Special School, East Dunbartonshire, Hillhead Primary School, Highland and Pinewood Special School, West Lothian, since 1984: Kelbourne Special School, Glasgow, since 1985: Mountfleurie Primary School, Fife, Stoneybridge Primary School, Western Isles and Hyndland Primary School, Glasgow, since 1986: Murrayfield Primary School, West Lothian and Tarbat Old Primary School, Highland, since 1987: St Teresa’s Primary School, Dumfries, since 1988: Lismore Primary School, Edinburgh, Canisbay Primary School, Highland, Victoria Park Special School, South Lanarkshire, Crown Primary School, Highland, Coulhill Primary School, Highland, Balloch Primary School, Highland, Roybridge Primary School, Highland, Greenhill Primary School, North Lanarkshire, St Timothy’s Primary School, Glasgow, Hilton Primary School, Highland, Carinish Primary School, Western Isles and St Margaret’s Primary School, Dundee, since 1989: Sciennes Primary School, Edinburgh, Crombie Primary School, Fife, Battlefield Primary School, Glasgow, Cluny Primary School, Moray, Rosehall High School, North Lanarkshire, Barmulloch Primary School, Glasgow, Rosslyn Special School, Fife, Fordbank Primary School, Renfrewshire, Drumoyne Primary School, Glasgow and Carloway Primary School, Western Isles, that following completion of these inspections priority should then be given to the 270 schools that have not had inspections since between 1990 and 1995, by oldest inspection first, that no school that has been inspected since 1995 should, without exceptional circumstances agreed between the Executive and HMIE, be inspected again until this backlog has been cleared, an organised rota that reflects the Executive’s policy is established and a full list of all Scottish schools and the date of their most recent full inspection, and any subsequent follow-up inspection, is posted on the HMIE website.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Murdo Fraser

S2M-5205 Carolyn Leckie: No to Privatisation of Patient Information—That the Parliament condemns the Minister for Health and Community Care for agreeing and signing the £300 million private contract for transferring NHS patients’ records to a computer database; is appalled that, despite the experience and failure of a similar privatisation exercise in England, several high-profile government IT contract disasters and little detail in the public domain of how the contract will be managed or be subject to consultation, the minister saw fit to sign NHS patients up to an 11-year contract to store their personal information on one central and one back-up database; believes that the storing of such sensitive data should be subject to public accountability and recognises that this will not be possible under the terms of a commercial contract with a consortium consisting of various multinational companies, such as Atos Origin, BT and IBM; encourages all patients to resist their health information being placed in private hands; supports all those campaigning to fight the increasing privatisation of the NHS and other public services, and looks forward to the day when the Scottish people have a government prepared to stand against the right wing global assault on public services.

Supported by: Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Campbell Martin

S2M-5204 Brian Adam: Reduction in Youth Disorder Through the Streetfootball Project—That the Parliament recognises the steps taken by Grampian Police to deal with the issue of youth disorder in the Dyce area of Aberdeen; commends the creative method for distracting young people; notes the reduction of 67% in complaints of nuisance and youth disorder made to police, and encourages the Scottish Executive to support the wider use of the Streetfootball Project across Scotland.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Roseanna Cunningham, Fergus Ewing, Jim Mather, Alex Johnstone, Mike Pringle, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Mr Jamie Stone, Stewart Stevenson, Christine Grahame, Richard Baker, Robin Harper, Mr Andrew Welsh, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Maureen Watt, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Frances Curran, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

S2M-5199 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: Fair Trade in Our Schools—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to put fair trade at the centre of our national effort to make poverty history; further welcomes the Executive’s aim of seeking to develop pro-fair trade public sector procurement guidance and to promote fair trade public sector procurement wherever possible, and urges the Executive to use the opportunity presented by the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill to further strengthen and promote pro-fair trade public sector procurement in Scottish schools.

Supported by: Bristow Muldoon, Dr Elaine Murray, Richard Baker, John Swinburne, Mr Mark Ruskell, Cathy Peattie, Michael McMahon, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Frank McAveety, Patrick Harvie, Bill Butler, Mark Ballard, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jim Wallace, Mr Jamie Stone, Margaret Jamieson, Christine May, Rosie Kane, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone, Marlyn Glen, Sarah Boyack, Helen Eadie, Cathie Craigie, Maureen Macmillan, Jackie Baillie, Eleanor Scott, Karen Gillon, Dave Petrie, Robin Harper, Frances Curran, Susan Deacon

S2M-5198 Karen Whitefield: Child Fuel Poverty—That the Parliament notes the calculation by Barnardo’s, Capability Scotland, the Child Poverty Action Group, Children in Scotland and Save the Children that there are now 100,000 Scottish children living in fuel poverty; understands that this is a result of massive and sustained increases in energy prices which have overwhelmed the benefits from increases in income and Scottish Executive and local authority programmes on energy efficiency; believes that the recent advice from npower that parents should send their children to bed wearing socks and a hat represents an entirely inadequate response to the worsening situation for vulnerable families, and looks forward to the energy companies accepting the case for discounted tariffs for vulnerable households.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, Jackie Baillie, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Maureen Macmillan, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Bill Butler, Cathie Craigie, Mr Frank McAveety, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Michael McMahon, Janis Hughes, Christine May, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Bristow Muldoon, Irene Oldfather, Colin Fox, Karen Gillon, Kate Maclean, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Alex Neil, Alex Fergusson, Mr Jamie Stone, Elaine Smith, Chris Ballance, John Swinburne*, Helen Eadie*, Mark Ballard*, Sarah Boyack*

S2M-5197 Colin Fox: Attack on Sikh Youth—That the Parliament notes the unprovoked attack on a Sikh youth in Pilrig Park last week; expresses its solidarity with those who took part in a prayer vigil to express the community’s support for the victim and to condemn the thuggery involved in the attack; condemns the racist thugs who carried out the attack, and, given the attacks on the cars of members of the Leith Sikh community earlier this year, calls on Lothian and Borders Police to thoroughly investigate whether organised racists are active in the Leith area.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Campbell Martin, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Bill Butler, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Carolyn Leckie, Mr Jamie Stone, Mark Ballard, Trish Godman, Rosie Kane, Mr Brian Monteith, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Sarah Boyack, Chris Ballance, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Frances Curran*

S2M-5196 Shona Robison: HMRC Rationalisation—That the Parliament is disappointed by the recent announcement from Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs (HMRC) concerning the rationalisation of work which will result in up to 90 civil service jobs leaving Dundee; is disappointed by the way in which the announcement was communicated to workers and their union representatives; calls on the Scottish Executive to make representations to Westminster to urge the reversal of the decision to centralise work and cut jobs, and agrees with the PCS union that if further job losses occur they will render the HMRC unfit for purpose.

S2M-5195 Dennis Canavan: Scottish Football Association Hall of Fame—That the Parliament welcomes the inclusion to the Scottish Football Association (SFA) Hall of Fame of players from other countries who have made an outstanding contribution to Scottish football but regrets the exclusion of some outstanding Scottish players such as Eric Caldow, who captained both Scotland and Rangers, and who, while captaining Scotland for his 40th cap at Wembley, tragically suffered a leg fracture which effectively ended his Scotland career; recognises that Eric Caldow also won 12 Scottish League caps, 5 Scottish League Championship Medals, 2 Scottish Cup Medals and 3 Scottish League Cup Medals; notes his exemplary record of fair play by being one of the few long-serving players who played in the tough atmosphere of Scottish football at that time but was never booked by a referee, and believes, therefore, that Eric Caldow should be included in the SFA Hall of Fame.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Robin Harper, Michael McMahon, Mr Jim Wallace, John Swinburne, Mr Frank McAveety, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Brian Monteith, Karen Gillon, Dave Petrie

S2M-5194 Murdo Fraser: Caring Christmas Trees Initiative—That the Parliament supports the work and aims of Bethany Christian Trust’s "Caring Christmas Trees" initiative, which raises money for Bethany’s Care Shelter through selling Christmas trees; notes that the funds provide food, shelter and advice to hundreds of people who would otherwise be sleeping rough during the winter and congratulates all the workers and volunteers who make the initiative possible; notes that the initiative is reliant on volunteers, and calls on MSPs to lead by example by purchasing a tree from Caring Christmas Trees and volunteering four hours of their time to help run one of the Caring Christmas Trees depots in Edinburgh or Fife.

Supported by: Dave Petrie, Robin Harper, John Scott, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mike Pringle, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Margaret Mitchell, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Sarah Boyack, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, David McLetchie*

S2M-5193 Murdo Fraser: Milton Friedman—That the Parliament expresses its sadness at the death of Professor Milton Friedman on 16 November 2006, aged 94; recognises that he was the most influential economist of his generation, was a Nobel Prize winner and left a legacy of influential works; celebrates him for creating monetarism, which formed the foundation for the governments of Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom and Ronald Reagan in the United States of America, resulting in stronger economies and greater prosperity, and thanks him for being the founder of modern monetary policy and a strong activist for capitalism and individual freedom.

Supported by: Dave Petrie, Phil Gallie, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Mr David Davidson, Alex Johnstone, Mrs Nanette Milne, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Margaret Mitchell, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Derek Brownlee, Mr Brian Monteith

S2M-5192<> Ms Sandra White: Time for Real Debate—That the Parliament notes with concern that, while Scottish Power has increased profits by a staggering 77% to £483 million, customers have seen bills rise by an incredible 95% for gas and 50% for electricity over the last three years, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of people living in fuel-poor homes and adding further misery and hardship to many deprived areas, especially in Glasgow; contrasts this with Scottish Water’s recent accolade from the Water Industry Commission for Scotland whose cost and performance report states "Determined management is generating real benefits for customers. At the same time as it has lowered costs, it has improved service and achieved better quality and environmental standards", and believes that there should be a mature, modern and considered debate, without the usual dogmatic arguments, on the whole issue of private and state ownership.

Supported by: John Swinburne, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson

S2M-5192.1 Tommy Sheridan: Time for Real Debate—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5192) in the name of Ms Sandra White, leave out from "without the usual" to end and insert "on the whole issue of private and state ownership, including returning the electricity, gas and coal industries to public ownership and democratic administration and the promotion of affordability, quality of service and the best possible employment conditions in place of the current worship of profit and obscene enrichment of private dividend holders and chief executives."

S2M-5191# Helen Eadie: BP Fails the People of Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Constabulary for its test purchasing of alcohol initiative at the BP garage in Dalgety Bay; applauds the efforts of Fife Police in undertaking this work in its efforts to identify retailers who sell to under-age drinkers; recognises the distress of local families who have been seriously affected by the impact of under-age drinkers in the town; further recognises that there is rising public and political alarm at increased alcohol consumption, especially in respect of under-age drinkers, binge drinking and public disorder and violence; notes that alcohol has recently been designated by the World Health Organization as a major global determinant of ill-health, with alcohol-related problems representing about 9% of the disease burden in Europe; further notes that the societal cost of alcohol abuse is colossal, exceeding £20 billion annually in the United Kingdom, to say nothing of the cost of family and social disruption, criminality and ill health; notes with dismay and condemns the actions of BP in failing to train and support its local outlet staff appropriately and further failing to support Fife Constabulary in this groundbreaking initiative, and hopes that all car users in the country will note the actions of BP when deciding which supplier of petrol to use.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Michael McMahon, Robin Harper, Phil Gallie, John Swinburne, Trish Godman, Eleanor Scott

S2M-5190 Ms Sandra White: Seasonal Cheer - End Child Poverty—That the Parliament extends its full support to the "End Child Poverty" campaign being launched by Save the Children in which they highlight the fact that thousands of Scottish children are missing out on the basics of a healthy, happy childhood, especially at this expensive time of the year, and fully endorses Save the Children’s call for the Scottish Executive to prioritise the needs of the poorest children and to work with the UK Government to implement a child seasonal grant for the benefit of the poorest families at the most expensive times of year, especially during the winter.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Campbell Martin, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, John Swinburne, Alex Neil, Rosie Kane, Ms Maureen Watt, Chris Ballance, Michael Matheson, Roseanna Cunningham, Frances Curran

S2M-5172# Jackie Baillie: Ending Child Poverty in Scotland—That the Parliament agrees that it is unacceptable that children living in severe poverty in Scotland are missing out on basic necessities such as fresh, nutritious food, new clothes and shoes and having a warm home in the winter; welcomes Save the Children’s campaign to end child poverty, which highlights the effects for children and their families of living in severe and persistent poverty; acknowledges the progress made by the Scottish Executive in lifting 100,000 children in Scotland out of poverty and helping children in the Dumbarton constituency and across Scotland to improve their life chances, and believes that more needs to be done and that the Executive should prioritise the needs of the very poorest children and continue to work with the UK Government in implementing solutions, such as child seasonal grants, proposed as part of the Save the Children campaign.

Supported by: Ms Wendy Alexander, Sarah Boyack, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Butler, Dennis Canavan, Michael McMahon, Pauline McNeill, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Eleanor Scott, Maureen Macmillan, Marlyn Glen, John Swinburne, Chris Ballance, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Jamieson, Frances Curran

S2M-5161 Margaret Jamieson on behalf of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee: Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill be passed.

S2M-5146# Jeremy Purvis: Pioneering Co-location of Borders College and Heriot Watt University Borders Campus—That the Parliament welcomes the signing of the ground-breaking co-location agreement, on Friday 17 November 2006, between Borders College and Heriot Watt University to bring about a combined further and higher education campus in the Borders at Netherdale in Galashiels; recalls the concerns about the proposed relocation of the School of Textiles and Design by the university from the Borders campus to Edinburgh in 2004 but congratulates the group established to work with the university in successfully retaining the internationally renowned school at the Borders campus, and welcomes the extensive funding package from the Scottish Executive and EU structural funds, totalling £27.7 million for the redevelopment of the campus and a further £3.7 million being granted to fund a new community college in Hawick, to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for the Borders and establish a "university college" model and creative, world-class learning facilities.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Margaret Smith, Nora Radcliffe

S2M-5113 Dennis Canavan: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill be passed.

S2M-5044 Allan Wilson: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Hugh Henry

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5189 Maggie’s Highland Cancer Caring Centre (lodged on 17 November 2006) Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-5186 Commercial Whaling (lodged on 17 November 2006) Robin Harper*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, John Farquhar Munro*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Frances Curran*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Phil Gallie*, Chris Ballance*, Mr Jamie Stone*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5185 Parkinson’s Disease (lodged on 17 November 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-5123 Fireworks (lodged on 8 November 2006) Mr Charlie Gordon*

S2M-5112 World COPD Day 2006 (lodged on 8 November 2006) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-5067 Homeless International Appeal (lodged on 31 October 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-4763 Meter Madness (lodged on 7 September 2006) Irene Oldfather*

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