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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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

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

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5299 Ms Sandra White: Academic Freedom Must be Safeguarded—That the Parliament is concerned that there has been an erosion of faith that the Scottish Executive will report accurately the findings of commissioned research, such as the recent report on youth crime whose authors have since faced disciplinary action which they claim was instigated following pressure from the Executive after they wrote an article for a criminal studies journal highlighting findings including, among others, concerns that the youth courts are in breach of human rights legislation, which were omitted from the final report; further notes with increasing concern the comments made by Mr Walters, the report’s co-author, who told Holyrood magazine that the Executive had created an environment where "universities are terrified about losing contracts and academics are looking over their shoulders, being careful not to say anything critical of the Executive" adding that "one of the hallmarks of a democratic society is the free and open flow of information and a state that prevents, disrupts or misrepresents that flow is acting in a way that is, I would argue, corrupt"; resolutely condemns the manipulation of independent research in order to claim political success, and believes that the Executive should initiate an internal investigation to get to the bottom of this matter.

*S2M-5298 Tommy Sheridan: Call for Independent Inquiry into PFI Funding—That the Parliament congratulates the Centre for International Public Health at the University of Edinburgh for its report on the private financing of our health service; notes the disturbing rise in the cost to Scotland’s health care budget from £107 million now to £510 million in five years; considers that this is a major threat to patient care, and calls for a major independent inquiry into the costs and impacts of PFI in Scotland.

*S2M-5297 Christine Grahame: Breathalyser Pilot Scheme—That the Parliament notes that the introduction of the ignition interlock system for breathalysing people in Canada has resulted in a reduction of 75% in the number of persistent drink drivers getting behind the wheel; notes that curbing such offending behaviour brings benefits by reducing the resource pressure on hospitals and emergency staff and ultimately on the courts; acknowledges that the ignition interlock system does not offer a panacea in terms of ending the scourge of drink driving but would be a significant tool in preventing and helping to prevent some of the 50 deaths and 270 injuries per year directly attributed to drink driving behaviour, and therefore calls on the Scottish government to introduce an extensive pilot scheme using the ignition interlock system, which would be fitted to the vehicles of those convicted of drink driving offences as a way of significantly reducing the number of deaths and injuries on Scotland’s roads as a result of drink driving offending and further acting as a deterrent.

*S2M-5296 Chris Ballance: "Euro-trashed" Campaign—That the Parliament supports the Communications Workers Union’s "Euro-trashed" campaign to give agency workers equal employment rights and to rectify the current situation where the United Kingdom has the worst employment law in Europe in relation to the rights of agency workers.

Supported by: John Swinburne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-5295 Colin Fox: Nuclear Submarine Workers’ Health and Safety at HM Naval Base Faslane—That the Parliament shares the concern of the former Faslane and Rosyth radiation controller, Mr John Connor, that no mandatory secondary monitoring (MSM) takes place on radiation workers leaving nuclear submarines at the naval base; notes that Mr Connor has approached the Health and Safety Executive, the Ministry of Defence and the Westminster Parliamentary Ombudsman regarding his concerns that MSM is implemented in all other nuclear establishments in Britain, but not those at Faslane and Rosyth, and the need to protect all those working on nuclear submarines from radiation sicknesses, and calls on the Defence Select Committee at Westminster to investigate the substance of Mr Connor’s concerns at the earliest possible opportunity and allay the fears of many former employees and their families as well as those currently working at Faslane regarding nuclear safety.

S2M-5294 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Assistance for Annan Workforce—That the Parliament condemns the decision by Young’s Seafood Limited to send Scottish seafood 12,000 miles to Thailand to be processed; notes that this decision will result in the loss of 120 jobs in Young’s processing plant in Annan and that this is due to the company’s belief that the local workforce earns prohibitive wages, despite local wages being no higher than the national average; notes that Young’s is currently undertaking the statutory 90-day consultation period to try and find suitable alternative employment for its workers in the local area and that this period is due to expire at the beginning of February; sympathises with the workforce which is currently suffering the uncertainty over potential job losses, and calls on the Scottish Executive, in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry, to explore programmes such as regional assistance to aid the retention of jobs in Annan.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S2M-5293 Cathy Peattie on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee: Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Equal Opportunities Committee’s 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities (SP Paper 677).

S2M-5292 Rosie Kane: Need for Integrated Free Public Transport in Scotland—That the Parliament believes that global warming is currently the greatest threat posed to the future of humanity and the planet; considers that grave threats need radical solutions, yet Scotland is unlikely to achieve the ambitious targets set by the Scottish Executive while it continues to pursue car-friendly road-building policies, and therefore agrees to support the phasing-in of an integrated free public transport system throughout Scotland which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, putting Scotland at the forefront of efforts to save the planet, reduce congestion, thus saving hundreds of millions of pounds for Scottish businesses, and provide a huge boost to the Scottish economy through increasing the disposable income of low-paid households who are the most likely to use public transport.

Supported by: Frances Curran

S2M-5291 Ms Rosemary Byrne: A Christmas Cheer for unFairpak Campaigners—That the Parliament congratulates the unFairpak campaigners on their continuing campaign against European Home Retail and HBOS; recognises the hard work and determination of the campaigners in their fight to gain justice for the thousands of low-paid families facing a desperate Christmas after the collapse of Farepak which cost some 300,000 customers estimated savings of more than £100 million; acknowledges that those customers saved in good faith, did not borrow money or use credit cards and, in short, acted in a prudent and financially responsible manner and believes that they have been effectively robbed as a result; notes that on Monday 11 December 2006 HBOS is holding a champagne reception for shareholders at its headquarters at the Mound, Edinburgh; further notes that the unFairpak campaigners intend to hold a dignified demonstration at the Mound to demand recompense from HBOS; calls on the directors of HBOS and European Home Retail to honour their moral obligations to their customers and to reimburse them in full; further recognises that the UK Government has failed to legislate to prevent this disgraceful situation from arising, and calls on the Scottish Executive to demand that the UK Government legislates now to prevent future families from facing the bleak Christmas that confronts the Farepak customers.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, John Swinburne

S2M-5290♦ Murdo Fraser: 90th Anniversary of Passchendaele—That the Parliament notes that 31 July 2007 will mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele which was launched on 31 July 1917 and continued until the fall of Passchendaele village on 6 November 1917; notes that Passchendaele saw the biggest loss of life of any battle in the First World War with over half a million British, Commonwealth and German troops killed, wounded or missing; notes that the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is currently planning a number of events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle, including unveiling a Celtic cross as a memorial to commemorate Scottish soldiers who took part in the battle; thanks all governments, organisations and individuals that have contributed towards commemorations planned and towards the memorial; welcomes the memorial as it will commemorate the Scottish regiments that played a pivotal role in the battle, which saw the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Black Watch, the Cameronians, the Gordon Highlanders, the Highland Light Infantry, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, the Royal Scots, the Scots Guards and the Seaforth Highlanders in combat for the United Kingdom, fighting with dignity, skill and honour in treacherous conditions, and believes that the Scottish Executive should mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and contribute towards the commemorations.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith

S2M-5289 Trish Godman: Congratulations to Inverclyde Council Tenants on Voting for a Housing Stock Transfer—That the Parliament congratulates Inverclyde Council tenants for voting overwhelmingly for the transfer of the ownership of their houses from Inverclyde Council to the housing association, River Clyde Homes; believes that this shows both good sense and trust in those who advocated such a radical change; welcomes River Clyde Homes’ commitment to install 3,500 new kitchens and 2,600 new bathrooms and to construct 1,000 new houses; recognises that tenants, by way of democratically-elected tenant representatives, will play a direct, central and effective managerial role in the management of this housing association, thereby guaranteeing that the association becomes a genuine, community-based housing association, based on participation and equality, and calls on the Scottish Executive and River Clyde Homes to guarantee such an outcome that is entirely satisfactory to the tenants’ interests and needs and is based on the principles of tenant participation.

Supported by: Mr Duncan McNeil

S2M-5288 Christine Grahame: Award for Penicuik Teenagers—That the Parliament recognises the quick thinking and actions of Liam Dugan, Daniel Sturrock and Aaron Moore of Penicuik in rushing to the aid of a seriously injured man, when their army cadet first-aid training may very well have saved his life and calls on the Scottish Executive to present an award to three admirable young men who are an example to us all and remind us that, despite young people so often being portrayed as antisocial, the majority are decent, thoughtful people who are an asset to their communities.

S2M-5287 Bill Butler: Trident Renewal Debate—That the Parliament notes the publication by the UK Government of its White Paper on the future of the Trident nuclear missile system on Monday 4 December 2006; acknowledges the Prime Minister’s call for "a very full process of debate" on this profoundly serious area of policy; recognises the need for the debate fully to explore the military, economic and political consequences of Trident renewal; believes that a convincing case can be made, in military, economic and political terms, for the non-renewal of Trident, and therefore advises electors to lobby their Westminster representatives to urge them to vote against the renewal of Trident in any debate held on that subject in the House of Commons.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Trish Godman, Michael McMahon, John Swinburne, Stewart Stevenson, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Patrick Harvie, Mike Rumbles, Elaine Smith, Kate Maclean, Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, Colin Fox, Brian Adam, Chris Ballance, Frances Curran, Shiona Baird*, Bruce Crawford*, Cathy Peattie*

S2M-5286 Linda Fabiani: Peace Brigades International - 25th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Peace Brigades International (PBI) on its 25th anniversary and commends the work that has been done to date in providing protective accompaniment to non-violent human rights defenders around the world; supports and applauds both the courageous human rights defenders that PBI protects and the commitment of its volunteers in their efforts to promote respect for human rights, justice and international humanitarian law; recognises the value of non-violent resolution in many conflict situations, and looks forward to the continuation of Peace Brigades International’s life-saving and vital work.

S2M-5284# Ms Sandra White: Scotland’s Voice Must Be Heard—That the Parliament notes, with due concern in respect of the legitimacy of open and free democratic debate, that the outcome of the much-publicised debate on a replacement to Trident has already been reached through the Conservative Party’s committed support to the Government’s stated position; expresses disappointment that a real debate cannot be secured in either the House of Commons or the Scottish Parliament; considers that this issue is of great importance to the people of Scotland, especially considering the very real danger to Glasgow and much of the west through contamination in the event of a nuclear accident, and therefore believes that the people of Scotland should be given the chance to debate this tough issue and to decide by means of a referendum on Trident, echoing the sentiments of the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament when, as reported in The Scotsman, he stated that referenda "provide citizens with tangible power over what they see as the crucial issues of the day, even if these have been ignored by the Executive and the Parliament".

Supported by: John Swinburne, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Roseanna Cunningham, Shiona Baird, Christine Grahame, Chris Ballance, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Maureen Watt, Bruce Crawford

S2M-5280# Maureen Macmillan: Rise in Alcohol-Related Crime Figures in the Highlands and Islands—That the Parliament notes with concern the serious rise in alcohol-related crime figures, released by Northern Constabulary, which show a year-on-year increase in drunkenness, drink-driving, serious assaults and alcohol-related deaths; notes in particular the increase in the number of people being arrested for drunkenness, including the charge of being drunk and incapable; commends the work of CrossReach in Inverness, which provides a purpose-built residential service designed to care for people who have difficulty in managing their alcohol and/or drug abuse and which also provides a "designated place", thereby offering an alternative to custody for those who have been arrested for public drunkenness offences; welcomes the campaign being launched by Northern Constabulary alongside the Highland Drug and Alcohol Action Team’s festive drinking campaign which it is hoped will prevent drinkers ending up in police cells and hospital wards over Christmas and New Year, and endorses the "Don’t push it" campaign being run by the Scottish Executive asking Scots to take responsibility for themselves and to think first before they encourage others to have "just another drink".

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Butler, Mr Jamie Stone, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Trish Godman, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Sarah Boyack, Dave Petrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan

S2M-5273 Shiona Baird: Parliament Crèche in Danger—That the Parliament regretfully notes the recent liquidation of KidCare, the Parliament’s crèche provider, and the current closure of the service; acknowledges the very difficult situation in which this development places the Parliament’s crèche facility and its team of dedicated staff; strongly supports the family-friendly founding principles of the Parliament and believes that the continuing provision of suitable childcare facilities is essential if these principles are to be upheld, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to do everything in its power to ensure the continuity of the crèche facility and retention of its staff in the immediate short term and the continued provision of childcare facilities in the long term.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Ms Maureen Watt, Mark Ballard, Karen Gillon, Shona Robison, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Donald Gorrie, Carolyn Leckie, Chris Ballance, Ms Wendy Alexander, Susan Deacon, Mr Mark Ruskell, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, John Swinburne, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane

S2M-5272 Rosie Kane: Victory for Militant Trade Union Action at Glasgow City Council—That the Parliament congratulates UNISON members in Glasgow City Council for the substantial victory they have achieved after the council caved in on the eve of a planned three-day strike which would have been the biggest conflict it faced with trade unionists in several years; notes that the negotiated agreement means that the union has won a settlement that amounts to indefinite or lifetime protection of current salaries, that is that either people will be retrained or their jobs will be redesigned to guarantee them their current pay by March 2009 or that deadline will be extended indefinitely until such time as these devices kick in; recognises that the Culture and Leisure Services Department is still threatened by a proposal that it will be hived off to a charitable trust which would mean only one year’s protection under TUPE rules, and further notes that women underpaid for decades have still not achieved full compensation to the value of potential equal pay claims but, in so doing, recognises that this victory strengthens the trade union and its members and will enable them to organise and achieve fair and equal terms and conditions in the future.

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

S2M-5271 Maureen Macmillan: Focus Environment 2006—That the Parliament congratulates all the children throughout Scotland who participated in this year’s Focus Environment competition; notes that Focus Environment, sponsored by Chevron Upstream Europe in partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and British Trust for Conservation Volunteers Scotland, is an environmental photography competition open to secondary school pupils throughout Scotland which aims to encourage young people to demonstrate their awareness of the natural world around them by applying imagination, a creative eye and photographic skills; further notes the efforts and high standard of the work from all of the competition participants, and urges all who can to view the work of the competition winners while on display in the Scottish Parliament in the first week of December.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Nanette Milne, Margaret Jamieson, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Trish Godman, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr David Davidson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Sarah Boyack, Dave Petrie, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Marilyn Livingstone, Frances Curran

S2M-5270 Jackie Baillie: Meter Relief—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Scottish Gas to end the practice of back charging token prepayment meter customers; notes that only three of the six main suppliers, Scottish Power, npower and Powergen, continue a practice which forces low income consumers into debt as a result of these suppliers’ failure to reset meters after a price rise, and calls on these companies to follow Scottish Gas by announcing an immediate end to back charging.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-5268 Tommy Sheridan: The Renewal of Trident—That the Parliament condemns the decision to renew Trident at a cost of up to £76 billion; recognises that this is an obscene waste of money and will not make Scotland any safer; condemns the First Minister and the Labour Party in Scotland for their failure to stand up for the interests of the people of Scotland, the majority of whom oppose these weapons of mass destruction, and recognises that only an independent nuclear-free Scotland can make us safe.

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

S2M-5267 Donald Gorrie: Scottish Funders’ Forum—That the Parliament welcomes the first Scotland Funders’ Forum conference; congratulates its members, which include lottery distributors, independent grant-making trusts, Scottish Executive departments and COSLA, on the development of a common evaluation framework, to be unveiled at the conference, which aims to improve consistency and provide an effective approach to evaluation and learning by funders; recognises the importance of collaboration among funders to reduce bureaucracy by lessening the burden on voluntary organisations of repeated and differing requests from each of their funders for information, in different forms and on different dates, by replacing these with a more coherent, focussed and uniform system of scrutiny and reporting, agreed by funding and recipient organisations, to work towards continuous improvement and to increase the capacity of funders and applicants to achieve measurable progress; supports the Scotland Funders’ Forum in its efforts to improve the appetite for taking managed risks to meet unmet need and to look ahead to opportunities to broker new and different approaches to providing services for communities, and commends the forum for its commitment to achieving improved outcomes for communities in Scotland.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Robin Harper, Dave Petrie, Mr Jamie Stone, John Swinburne

S2M-5266 Tommy Sheridan: Congratulations to Hugo Chavez—That the Parliament congratulates Hugo Chavez on his magnificent victory in the presidential elections in Venezuela; believes that this is an endorsement of his Bolivarian road to socialism and a rejection of the neoliberal approach of Bush and Blair, and further recognises that this is part of a movement to the left throughout Latin America.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Ms Rosemary Byrne

S2M-5265 Richard Baker: North East Scotland Credit Union Farepak Offer—That the Parliament congratulates North East Scotland Credit Union (NESCU) on its announcement that is willing to provide low-cost loans to everyone in Grampian who has lost money with Farepak; notes that, as with every loan it issues, NESCU will provide free life insurance to cover the loan and that it will waive its usual joining fee, required of all credit union customers, in the case of Farepak families; believes that this is a generous gesture which demonstrates the important role that credit unions can play in helping families affected by events like the Farepak collapse; urges families throughout Grampian and Scotland which have lost money with Farepak to use credit unions rather than alternative forms of moneylending, and hopes that credit unions throughout Scotland will follow NESCU’s lead and offer assistance to families affected by Farepak’s collapse.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe

S2M-5264 Mr Tom McCabe: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure or increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(ii) or (iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

S2M-5263♦ Mr Andrew Arbuckle: Towards a Litter-Free Scotland—That the Parliament supports the work carried out by various agencies involved in the collection of litter from our roads, railway verges, streets, shores and parks; supports initiatives that will reduce the unnecessary expense of employing people to collect litter, and accepts that, despite the incredible efforts of volunteers in removing litter, more than £3 million is spent annually on this non-productive exercise but congratulates the voluntary groups in Fife, Perth, Stirling and Clackmannan for the work they have already carried out.

Supported by: Christine May, Helen Eadie

S2M-5262 Frances Curran: Congratulations to President Chavez on his Re-Election—That the Parliament congratulates Hugo Chavez on his re-election as President of Venezuela with a majority, over 60%, of votes on a high turnout; believes that this is a massive vote of confidence by the Venezuelan electors in President Chavez and his "Bolivarian revolution" which consists of a wide-ranging programme of social reforms in health, education and community welfare projects, financed by the revenues from the country’s state-owned oil resources; believes that this result demonstrates the empowerment of communities, women and indigenous populations through the political course steered by President Chavez and vindicates the strategy of building a bulwark of popular regimes, such as Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, on the Latin American continent which now have socialist or left-leaning governments, and hopes that these regimes will build a powerful force for revolutionary change there and send a signal to the US administration that its interference is not welcome in Latin America.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Rosie Kane, Carolyn Leckie, Colin Fox, Chris Ballance

S2M-5261# Rob Gibson: Success of Scots Trad Music Awards 2006—That the Parliament congratulates Hands Up For Trad, its founder Simon Thoumire of Footstompin’ Records and the sponsors and supporters who made the 2006 awards ceremony and weekend entertainment in Fort William such a happy and successful gathering; draws particular attention to the staff of the Nevis Centre whose hard work allowed the annual event to move from its Edinburgh base and offer a top-class venue, a friendly Highland welcome and a tremendous warm-up for the major events to be staged there in 2007 during the Scottish Year of Highland Culture; offers congratulations to winners of a wide range of awards, voted on by thousands across the globe, that give significant recognition to the excellence within Scotland’s thriving contemporary traditional music scene; encourages the funding bodies to invest in this success which promotes, through composition, performance and enthusiastic audience response, such a positive message about Scottish cultural confidence, and believes that Scotland’s television media should build on BBC Radio Scotland’s role as the sole consistent champion of our Scottish music and traditions by broadcasting the images and sounds round the world.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Donald Gorrie, Mr Andrew Welsh, Karen Gillon, Stewart Stevenson, Eleanor Scott, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Colin Fox, Fergus Ewing, Michael Matheson, Jim Mather, Brian Adam, Ms Maureen Watt, Robin Harper, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dave Petrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Richard Lochhead, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Mr Brian Monteith

S2M-5260 Christine May: Congratulations to Fife’s World Scotch Pie Champions—That the Parliament congratulates Keith Stuart of Stuart’s the Bakers in Buckhaven on being crowned world champion at the recent World Scotch Pie Championships 2007; notes that this family business will celebrate its 150th anniversary in October 2007; further notes that the company is now part of the flagship redevelopment and regeneration of Methil docks area from which its state-of-the-art bakery building serves its network of local shops; recognises that this award will be beneficial to the future prospects of the company, giving greater security to the 170 local people employed in the bakery and shops; commends the company and its staff for the work they do to raise funds for the Scottish Society for Autism; welcomes the first ever National Scotch Pie Week in which 250 shops all over Scotland have participated, and believes that the tradition of good food, prepared using the best Scottish ingredients, is the secret of the success of Stuart’s, the family bakers and butchers of Buckhaven, and of many other Scottish food businesses.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Brian Monteith

S2M-5259 Carolyn Leckie: End of Term Report on Multiple Sclerosis—That the Parliament welcomes the End of Term Report on Multiple Sclerosis, published by the Multiple Sclerosis Society; notes with concern that, with around 10,400 people diagnosed, Scotland has the highest prevalence of MS in the world; appreciates that, while some improvements have been made to the care and treatment of MS with drugs such as beta interferon and glatiramer now being generally available on the NHS, much more still needs to be done; is concerned at the slow progress of the development and implementation of standards of care for people affected by neurological conditions, a proposal for which was approved on 2 February 2006; is further concerned that, although there are now 23 MS nurses in Scotland, they have required to be jointly funded by charitable donations rather than through central funding and that there is still considerable inequality of access to such nurses with Lanarkshire, for example, having only one nurse for 1,100 patients; is deeply concerned that the social care framework for people with MS is severely limited due to local authority budget constraints, with services such as respite care not being adequately and appropriately delivered in some areas and the Multiple Sclerosis Society being required to pick up the shortfall to the tune of £700,000 annually, and home adaptations not being available free of charge to patients in all local authority areas, and calls on the Scottish Executive to provide adequate resources to the NHS and local authorities to ensure equal access to care and services to all MS patients, regardless of where they live.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-5257 Jim Mather: Congratulations to Clydesdale - Best Bank for Business—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to Clydesdale Bank on being named the best bank in Scotland for business customers by the Forum of Private Business and trusts that the other banks in Scotland will continue, with the Clydesdale, to develop strong banking and support networks for Scottish businesses and continue to bolster Scotland’s international reputation for financial services that reward clients, no matter where they are based.

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.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Margaret Mitchell, Derek Brownlee, Mr John Swinney, Mr Mark Ruskell, Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie, Mr David Davidson, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram

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-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 that Aberdeen City Council pioneered the Local Authority Carbon Management Programme which Aberdeenshire Council is also using; 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 believes that everyone concerned with reducing carbon emissions and improving business efficiency should be encouraged 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, David McLetchie, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Murray Tosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Linda Fabiani*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5255 BT Gaelic Schools Debate (lodged on 30 November 2006) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5250 Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers (lodged on 29 November 2006) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5247 Carers’ Rights Day (lodged on 29 November 2006) Frances Curran*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5241 Launch of the White Ribbon Campaign (lodged on 28 November 2006) Frances Curran*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5230 Launch of University of Dundee’s UNESCO Centre for Water, Law, Policy and Science (lodged on 28 November 2006) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5228 Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Youth Development Plan (lodged on 24 November 2006) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5225 World AIDS Day (lodged on 23 November 2006) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5218 Relief from Early Stages of Alzheimer’s (lodged on 22 November 2006) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5199 Fair Trade in Our Schools (lodged on 21 November 2006) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5198 Child Fuel Poverty (lodged on 20 November 2006) Linda Fabiani*

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