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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5343 Robin Harper: Inappropriate Proposals to Regulate Psychology Profession—That the Parliament notes the deep concerns of psychologists about proposals by the Department of Health to use the Health Professions Council as a single regulatory body for all psychologists; contends that the proposals are entirely inappropriate when 60% of psychologists do not work in the health service and that many will not be regulated, particularly in Scotland; further contends that the proposals will not deliver the stronger public protection and the high professional standards required for the practice of psychology; recognises the work of the nine organisations representing psychology in seeking an agreement on alternative proposals in discussions with Her Majesty’s Government and the Scottish Executive, and strongly urges the UK Government and the Executive not to introduce any legislative instruments on this issue until such agreement is reached.

*S2M-5342 Mr Charlie Gordon: ScottishPower Learning—That the Parliament notes the 10th anniversary of ScottishPower’s ambitious initiative, ScottishPower Learning, designed to deliver training and learning opportunities for people living in our local communities; also notes that, since its launch in 1996, ScottishPower Learning has developed a successful range of programmes to increase young people’s skills and employability, and congratulates the 12,000 young people who have benefited from these training and education programmes.

*S2M-5341 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5340 Ross Finnie: The Draft Farm Woodland Premium Schemes and SFGS Farmland Premium Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Scheme 2007—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Farm Woodland Premium Schemes and SFGS Farmland Premium Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Scheme 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*

*S2M-5339 Hugh Henry: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Robert Brown*

*S2M-5338 Hugh Henry: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Robert Brown*

*S2M-5337 Cathy Jamieson: Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5336 Cathy Jamieson: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5335 Ross Finnie: Crofting Reform etc. Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Crofting Reform etc. Bill be passed.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*

*S2M-5334 Mr Tom McCabe: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5333 Mike Rumbles: Aboyne Maternity Unit—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Minister for Health and Community Care to reject proposals from NHS Grampian to close rural maternity units at Aboyne, Fraserburgh and Banff; congratulates members of the Save Aboyne Maternity (SAM) campaign and other campaigners on the positive way that they have resisted NHS Grampian’s proposals, and calls on NHS Grampian to work with local people to develop alternative options for birth units at Aboyne, Fraserburgh and Banff.

*S2M-5332# Margaret Jamieson: Neighbourhood Services—That the Parliament congratulates East Ayrshire Council and NHS Ayrshire and Arran on the establishment of the North West Kilmarnock Primary Care Neighbourhood Services Centre, an ambitious multi-agency partnership project delivering world-class public services for local communities through the co-location of interconnected public bodies at a single site where those who need them most can access them, exemplifying the practice of building public services around the people who use them.

S2M-5331 Eleanor Scott: EU REACH Legislation on Toxic Chemicals in Manufacturing and Products—That the Parliament notes that the European Parliament has approved the EU Council’s Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) legislation on the regulation of toxic chemicals in the environment; is concerned at reports of intense lobbying at EU level by chemicals industries and the watering down of initial proposals, including those for the substitution of the most hazardous chemicals; is concerned that chemicals that cause cancer, reproductive disorders, birth defects and hormonal disturbances will continue be used in manufacturing and in consumer goods, despite the availability of safer alternatives; is concerned that there will be an increase in testing chemicals on animals; is concerned that, since the chemicals industry can continue to invoke commercial confidentiality, consumers will continue to have "no right to know" which chemicals are contained in products; recognises that legal loopholes and provisions for self-regulation contained in the new measures leave REACH open to the possibility of manipulation by chemicals industries; believes that the development and work of a new EU chemicals agency in Helsinki must be completely independent of the chemicals industry and closely monitored during implementation of REACH to ensure that the presence of toxic chemicals in the environment is reduced to minimise contamination of people and wildlife, and calls on the Scottish Executive to use its influence at UK and EU level to ensure that this is achieved.

S2M-5330 Shona Robison: Discrimination Doesn’t Work—That the Parliament notes the findings of disability charity, Leonard Cheshire, which recently conducted research into discrimination in recruitment in Scotland; further notes that the report shows that many disabled people still face discrimination in the labour market and that employers were twice as likely to discriminate in favour of a non-disabled applicant; agrees with Leonard Cheshire that there needs to be further research conducted into this issue to develop new ways of engaging with employers to find positive and pro-active ways to reverse the findings of this report, and urges all MSPs to raise awareness of the issues raised by Leonard Cheshire among their constituents, especially local employers, to ensure that equality prevails in Scotland’s employment markets.

S2M-5329 Rob Gibson: Label Scotch in Gaelic—That the Parliament notes that EU institutions are currently dealing with a legislative proposal aimed at updating European rules relating to the labelling of spirit drinks; further notes that under the proposal legal recognition is given to the terms "Irish Whiskey" and "Uisce Beatha Eireannach/Irish Whiskey"; considers that it would be appropriate for the Scottish Gaelic term "Uisge-beatha Albannach" to be given similar protection as is already afforded to its Irish equivalent, particularly given the recent legislation giving Gaelic official status in Scots law, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to work alongside the whisky industry, Gaelic language bodies and Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that full EU legal status is given to Scotland’s national drink in our national languages.

S2M-5328 Sarah Boyack: Betting Shop Staff Safety—That the Parliament notes that betting shops are among the few high street establishments in which cash handling is growing; further notes that, as a result, staff in Scottish betting shops are subject to risk of robbery and assault on a daily basis; believes that this risk is significantly increased due to longer opening hours and single-staffing of betting shops; notes that, in a survey of betting shop staff by Community, the union representing UK betting shop staff, 78% reported that they were concerned that they would become a victim of crime at work, and therefore welcomes the campaign recently launched by Community to end single-staffing and improve security in betting shops.

S2M-5327 Colin Fox: Bring Back Our Buses Campaign—That the Parliament notes that several vital community bus services in the Edinburgh area have been cut or made virtually unaffordable through fare increases over the last year; applauds the efforts of the South Queensferry Bus Users’ Group in campaigning for affordable fares and of the "Bring Back our Buses" campaign in calling for the retention of frequent services on the 13, 18, 38 routes and the reinstatement of full services on the 67, 20 and 60 routes, which are much used by OAPs and other vulnerable members of excluded communities in Blackhall, Ratho, Dumbiedykes, Wester Hailes and Pilton, and believes that local authorities should be allowed to regulate bus routes and timetables to ensure that marginalised communities are able to access services and amenities.

S2M-5326 Tommy Sheridan: Shelter - Homeless Children at Christmas—That the Parliament notes with concern Shelter Scotland’s estimate that almost 5,000 children will be in temporary accommodation this Christmas and that, despite a three-year-old Scottish Executive pledge, reported in the Daily Record, that there would be no homeless children in bed and breakfast hotels at Christmas, there are still councils using unsuitable accommodation for children at this time of year.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Roseanna Cunningham, Campbell Martin, Tricia Marwick*, Murray Tosh*

S2M-5325♦ Carolyn Leckie: Demonstrate in Falkirk: Not a Minute on the Day, Not a Penny off the Pay—That the Parliament expresses support for all trade unionists and supporters attending the national demonstration in Falkirk on Saturday 16 December 2006 for equal pay and against cuts in pay, terms and conditions and services and draconian imposition of contracts through implementation of single status in local authorities without reaching negotiated agreement with trade unions; affirms commitment to the achievement of equal pay through levelling up, not down; reiterates its belief that the Scottish Executive should make sufficient funding available to meet the full value of women’s equal pay claims and to implement single status fairly; notes that the Executive is prepared to give handouts to business totalling at least £280 million over two years in business rate cuts; considers that this is insulting to all local authority workers and those reliant on their services; considers it unacceptable that workers should have to demonstrate on the streets, take industrial action and resort to the courts to obtain what is rightfully and lawfully theirs while business needs only to hold out its hand, and believes that the Executive and local authorities must now do much more to settle the issues around single status and equal pay if they are to avoid further unrest and disruption in the run-up to the May 2007 election.

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

S2M-5324 Mark Ballard: Bethany Christian Trust’s "Passing the Baton" Project—That the Parliament recognises Bethany Christian Trust’s pioneering work to relieve the suffering, and meet the needs, of homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland; congratulates Bethany on its "Passing the Baton" pilot in Niddrie in south-east Edinburgh which has successfully resettled 16 homeless people by rebuilding community relationships that tackle the loneliness and isolation which often leads to repeated homelessness; notes that the £10,000 cost of the pilot will result in a significant saving to society and the public purse, and encourages the Scottish Executive to support similar pilots elsewhere to test options for wider application of similar schemes.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Susan Deacon, Murdo Fraser, Donald Gorrie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Gordon Jackson, Ms Sandra White, Dr Elaine Murray, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David McLetchie, Alex Fergusson, Tommy Sheridan, Tricia Marwick, Michael McMahon, Stewart Stevenson

S2M-5323 Christine Grahame: A Dog is for Life—That the Parliament recognises the sterling work of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA); notes that from January to November this year a record number of 4,956 dogs were abandoned and taken into SSPCA kennels, with 324 currently in care; further notes that the SSPCA currently has no kennel space available; notes that the society is even receiving abusive calls from dog owners who, in the run-up to Christmas, seek to abandon their dogs, and therefore urges the Scottish government to support the SSPCA in its call to the public not to buy pets for Christmas presents, many of which are abandoned once the tree and the tinsel are down.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S2M-5322 Campbell Martin: Peace Process in the Basque Country—That the Parliament welcomes the current initiative to bring a democratic conclusion to the political conflict in the Basque country and urges all participants to overcome the current impasse and move forward to direct talks at the earliest opportunity, for the sake of peace, progress and democracy.

Supported by: Colin Fox, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Chris Ballance, Tommy Sheridan*, Robin Harper*, Christine Grahame*, Bruce Crawford*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5321 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Congratulation to Nuclear Free Local Authorities on Vote to Abolish Nuclear Weapons—That the Parliament congratulates Nuclear Free Local Authorities on its annual general meeting vote to call for the abolition of UK nuclear weapons and the redirection of resources to support the development of public services and tackle climate change that was passed unanimously on 7 December 2006; notes that the resolution agreed with the report of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, Weapons of Terror, which stated that "Nuclear, biological and chemical arms are the most inhumane of all weapons. Designed to terrify as well as destroy, they can, in the hands of either states or non-state actors, cause destruction on a vastly greater scale than any conventional weapons, and their impact is far more indiscriminate and long-lasting. So long as any state has such weapons - especially nuclear arms - others will want them. So long as any such weapons remain in any state’s arsenal, there is a high risk that they will one day be used, by design or accident. Any such use would be catastrophic"; agrees with the report’s statement that "Governments and relevant intergovernmental organizations and non government actors should commence preparations for a World Summit on disarmament, non-proliferation and terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction to generate new momentum for concerted international action", and therefore supports Nuclear Free Local Authorities’ call for the Westminster Government to (a) give support to a world summit, (b) signal its resolve to strengthen the international nuclear non-proliferation regime by terminating any further work on a replacement for Trident and (c) announce an early date to withdraw the Trident fleet from active service and shares its support for all lawful campaign action in the United Kingdom to secure support for no Trident replacement and its support for the work of international Mayors for Peace and endorses its 2020 Vision campaign that calls for international agreement by 2010 on a nuclear weapons convention to dismantle nuclear weapons by 2020.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Campbell Martin, Chris Ballance, Ms Sandra White, John Swinburne, Eleanor Scott

S2M-5320 Ms Wendy Alexander on behalf of the Finance Committee: Report on Inquiry into Accountability and Governance—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations of the 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Inquiry into Accountability and Governance (SP Paper 631).

S2M-5319 Ms Wendy Alexander on behalf of the Finance Committee: Report on Stage 2 of the 2007-08 Budget Process—That the Parliament notes the 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Stage 2 of the 2007-08 Budget Process (SP Paper 695) and refers the report and its recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

S2M-5317 Carolyn Leckie: Make Women Safe - Stop Male Violence—That the Parliament is deeply concerned by the discovery of five women’s bodies in the Ipswich area and offers its condolences to the friends and families of the murdered women, Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams and Anneli Alderton and of Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls who are currently missing, noting that all are, first and foremost, women, daughters, sisters, mothers and friends who may have been murdered by a predator who has preyed on their vulnerability as women abused through prostitution; is appalled that violence against women is endemic in our society and manifested most brutally in such murders; recognises that in Scotland many murders of women remain unsolved and believes that society and all agencies must take responsibility for bringing the perpetrators to justice and making women safe from male violence against them; believes that society, government and all agencies must work towards the eradication of abuse of women through prostitution and the harm it causes; believes that protection for women must be increased in the short term and that vulnerable women, many of whom are addicted to drugs, must be given the support and services needed within the NHS including, importantly, prescribed medications such as the Diamorphine substitute for heroin, in order to remove their need to raise money through prostitution and to ensure their safety; expresses concern about some public and media statements that place the responsibility on women to avoid being murdered rather than on those men who perpetrate the violence; believes that telling women to be safe when they have little control over poverty, drug and alcohol addictions and mental health issues is an abdication of responsibility; further believes that there should be an amnesty for all women involved in prostitution so that they can seek and access services free from fear and that there should be a zero tolerance approach to the men who buy the use of women’s orifices and who are violent to women and that the emphasis of the discourse on these issues must switch to the swift identification of men who present a risk to women rather than on the lifestyles of women; calls on women and men throughout the country to unite against men’s violence against women, and calls on government to ensure that all agencies and services have adequate resources to make and keep women safe, believing that women should have the right to go about their lives free from fear.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, John Swinburne, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-5316 Sarah Boyack: Information and Support for Polish Non-UK Nationals in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes Lloyds TSB Scotland’s work to improve accessibility to bank accounts for Polish-speaking non-UK nationals in Scotland; notes that information on Lloyds TSB Scotland’s current accounts is now available in a Polish-English bilingual format; further welcomes Lloyds TSB Scotland’s decision to provide the Polish version of the Scottish Executive’s Welcome to Scotland for Migrant Workers in its branches; believes that Polish nationals are making a positive contribution to Scotland’s economy and communities and that this initiative demonstrates an innovative and socially responsible approach to banking in Scotland, and welcomes similar initiatives by public sector agencies and trade unions, such as the Transport and General Workers’ Union, in giving new migrant workers access to advice to ensure that they understand their rights and are able to play a full part in Scottish economic life.

Supported by: Jim Mather, Maureen Macmillan, Colin Fox, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Marlyn Glen, Murray Tosh, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Brian Adam, Richard Lochhead, Nora Radcliffe, Rob Gibson, Mike Pringle, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Frank McAveety, Chris Ballance, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, Scott Barrie*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Euan Robson*

S2M-5315 Rosie Kane: Regulation of Local Bus Services—That the Parliament notes that the Westminster Government is currently examining proposals to grant local authorities greater regulatory powers over local bus companies; believes that traffic congestion will continue to grow until such time as local authorities have at least the same powers as the Mayor of London to regulate timetables and fares, and calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation to give local authorities the powers that they need to regulate public transport and ensure that services are based on need and not profit.

Supported by: Colin Fox, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Rosemary Byrne

S2M-5314 Withdrawn

S2M-5311 Donald Gorrie on behalf of the Procedures Committee: Procedures Committee Reports—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Public Bills and Substitution (SP Paper 652), 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Members’ Interests (Parliamentary Determinations and Resolutions) (SP Paper 659), 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Consolidation Bill Procedure (SP Paper 676) and 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Rule 10.3.2 (the "20-day rule") (SP Paper 685) and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to each of these reports be made with effect from 22 December 2006.

Supported by: Karen Gillon

S2M-5307 John Scott: Support for Prescribing of Tysabri for MS Sufferers in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) that Tysabri should not be prescribed on the NHS; further notes that Scotland has the highest proportion of sufferers from multiple sclerosis in the world, that the SMC accepts that the clinical case for the use of Tysabri was sound and that the recommendation not to prescribe it on the NHS was taken on purely financial grounds, and therefore urges that this decision by the SMC be overturned and that Tysabri be made available on the NHS.

Supported by: Mrs Nanette Milne, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Dave Petrie, Murray Tosh, Rosie Kane, Robin Harper, Carolyn Leckie, Phil Gallie, Derek Brownlee, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Alex Neil, Eleanor Scott, John Swinburne, Margaret Mitchell, Mr David Davidson, Bruce Crawford, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Bill Aitken, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Patrick Harvie, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Michael Matheson

S2M-5306 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Quality of Life for MS sufferers—That the Parliament is concerned that the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has decided not to recommend the drug Tysabri as a treatment for multiple sclerosis, despite it being highly effective for certain patients, leading to a 60% to 70% reduction in relapses; notes that Tysabri is a licensed drug approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and SMC only provides advice to NHS boards and their area drug and therapeutics committees across Scotland; notes also that health professionals are expected to take due account of this recommendation when exercising their clinical judgement but that this recommendation does not, however, override the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate decisions in the circumstances of the individual patient, and calls on all NHS boards to acknowledge that clinicians must be able to prescribe this treatment where they believe there is a clinical need, regardless of SMC advice to them.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, John Scott, Mr Adam Ingram, Carolyn Leckie, Murray Tosh, Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, John Swinburne, Mr David Davidson, Christine Grahame, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Michael Matheson

S2M-5305 Tricia Marwick: Tysabri for People with MS—That the Parliament deplores the decision by the Scottish Medicines Consortium not to recommend that Tysabri be prescribed to people with multiple sclerosis (MS); notes that, for a small number of those with the most aggressive from of relapsing-remitting MS for whom existing treatments do not work, Tysabri represents the only treatment available; notes that Tysabri is prescribed in Germany, Ireland and the United States of America but not in Scotland, which has the highest rate of MS in the world, and urges NHS boards in Scotland to allow the prescribing of Tysabri which had been described by Dr Gavin Giovannoni, of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, as the most significant advance in MS treatment for nearly a decade.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, John Scott, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Richard Lochhead, Murray Tosh, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mr Adam Ingram, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Mr John Swinney, Eleanor Scott, John Swinburne, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Michael Matheson

S2M-5304 Frances Curran: More Support Needed for Motor Neurone Disease Sufferers—That the Parliament believes that the work done by the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association has greatly improved the lives of the 280 sufferers from motor neurone disease (MND) in Scotland; in particular believes that the funding that the association provides for MND care teams is crucial in allowing MND sufferers to live as normal a life as possible; further believes that NHS boards are not currently meeting their responsibilities to patients with MND as they are failing to fund MND care teams, thus making sufferers reliant on charity for their care, and calls on NHS boards to shoulder their fair share of caring responsibilities to patients by meeting 50% of the costs of providing MND care teams.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Colin Fox, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Murray Tosh, John Swinburne, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson

S2M-5302 Robin Harper: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill - Removal of Part 3—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to remove Part 3 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill to allow for full consultation; agrees that there are likely unintended consequences of a statutory duty to share child protection information, including reluctance to access services, information overload and unnecessary invasion of privacy; acknowledges the problems that could be caused by the wide definition of harm, lack of scope for professional discretion and lack of provision for informed consent; agrees that there is no significant reason for rushing through this legislative duty and that a legal duty without training to recognise and act on relevant information will not be effective in protecting children, and recommends that Part 3, "Sharing Child Protection Information", be removed from the Bill and that the Executive should be encouraged to research, consult and consider in more depth the best way to ensure that agencies share appropriate information.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mark Ballard, Patrick Harvie, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Shiona Baird, Chris Ballance, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Mark Ruskell, Eleanor Scott

S2M-5301 Elaine Smith: Solidarity with the Victims of the Pinochet Dictatorship—That the Parliament recalls with pride the warm welcome and secure refuge that Scotland provided to the many Chilean families who fled persecution in the 1970s; supports the efforts of all those, in Chile and internationally, who continue to seek justice for the many victims of the Pinochet dictatorship; notes that during General Pinochet’s 17-year rule over 2,000 people were murdered, in excess of 1,000 "disappeared" and many thousands more were tortured and forced into exile; observes that, before he died, Pinochet had been indicted both on human rights and fraud charges; applauds the efforts of the victims’ relatives and of advocates and judges in the Chilean justice system to bring to account before the courts not only Pinochet but also his collaborators; believes that efforts to secure truth and justice should continue irrespective of General Pinochet’s death; congratulates President Michelle Bachelet, herself a victim of the regime, on the progress of Chilean democracy, and renews Scotland’s commitment to upholding the cause of human rights both at home and throughout the world.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Tommy Sheridan, Campbell Martin, Fiona Hyslop, Chris Ballance, Rob Gibson, Dr Elaine Murray, John Swinburne, Robin Harper, Shiona Baird, Pauline McNeill, Colin Fox, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Scott Barrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Adam Ingram, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Donald Gorrie, Sarah Boyack, Christine Grahame, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Michael Matheson, Cathie Craigie*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5300 Karen Whitefield: Cancer Poverty—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Macmillan Cancer Support’s "Hitting Home" campaign on 13 December 2006; recognises that cancer-related poverty is causing ill people to lose their homes; welcomes the services that Macmillan provides to support people who face financial difficulties after being diagnosed with cancer, and supports moves to end cancer poverty.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Stewart Stevenson, Margaret Jamieson, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Murray Tosh, Richard Lochhead, Marlyn Glen, Marilyn Livingstone, Scott Barrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Michael McMahon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Brian Adam, Bruce Crawford, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Trish Godman, Mr David Davidson, Shiona Baird, Nora Radcliffe, Eleanor Scott, Tommy Sheridan, John Swinburne, Rosie Kane, Dr Elaine Murray, Colin Fox, Michael Matheson, Cathie Craigie

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-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, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, John Farquhar Munro, Eleanor Scott*

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-5246 Mr David Davidson on behalf of the Justice 2 Committee: Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament does not agree to the general principles of the Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill.

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-5117# Mr Andrew Welsh: Respect Your Life, Not a Knife—That the Parliament notes that 27 November 2006 is the sixth anniversary of the tragic death of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor, a young immigrant from Nigeria who moved to the United Kingdom with his sister and his mother, while his father stayed behind, in order to make better lives for themselves, and who three months later was murdered in London, England, on his way home from his local library; conveys its deepest sympathies to his surviving family and congratulates them on ensuring that this young man’s legacy lives on in the Damilola Taylor Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that has launched a campaign to reduce knife violence by getting secondary schools to encourage students to sign a pledge wall stating that they will not carry weapons; agrees that the goals of the campaign, namely to commit young people not to carry weapons and to demonstrate to those who do that the majority of young people do not want to carry weapons, are both laudable and practical; congratulates local organisations in Scotland, such as the Community Alcohol Free Environment (CAFE Project) initiative in Angus and other local organisations that are trying to bring the campaign to Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should offer its full assistance and support to encouraging the spread of this community-led initiative to schools throughout Scotland to spread the "Respect your Life, Not a Knife" message.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Des McNulty, Carolyn Leckie, Patrick Harvie, Bill Aitken, Dennis Canavan, Mr Bruce McFee, Richard Lochhead, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Ms Maureen Watt, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Stewart Stevenson, Nicola Sturgeon, Alasdair Morgan, Mr John Swinney, Ms Rosemary Byrne, John Swinburne, Mr Adam Ingram, Bruce Crawford, Mr Jamie Stone, Margaret Jamieson, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Alex Johnstone, Jim Mather, Tommy Sheridan, Eleanor Scott, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Jackie Baillie, Phil Gallie, Rosie Kane, Shiona Baird, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Donald Gorrie, Mr David Davidson, Michael Matheson

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5290# 90th Anniversary of Passchendaele (lodged on 6 December 2006) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5289 Congratulations to Inverclyde Council Tenants on Voting for a Housing Stock Transfer (lodged on 6 December 2006) Maureen Macmillan*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-5287 Trident Renewal Debate (lodged on 6 December 2006) Jim Mather*

S2M-5286 Peace Brigades International - 25th Anniversary (lodged on 6 December 2006) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5284# Scotland’s Voice Must Be Heard (lodged on 6 December 2006) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5270 Meter Relief (lodged on 5 December 2006) Mr Duncan McNeil*, Eleanor Scott*

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