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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5496 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Condemn the Cuts, Save the Jobs—That the Parliament condemns the decision of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education and Community Services Committee to cut the teacher allocation to secondary schools; notes that this is a cut in a front-line service which the present administration is pledged to avoid; recognises that the main effects will be a reduction in the choice of courses available to pupils and increased class sizes; acknowledges that this cut effectively cancels out the extra teachers promised by the Scottish Executive to secure the reduction in class sizes in English and Maths to 20 from August 2007, and calls on Dumfries and Galloway Council to reconsider this decision and reinstate the 15 teaching posts affected.

*S2M-5495 Richard Baker: Beating Bowel Cancer - 8th Loud Tie Campaign—That the Parliament supports Beating Bowel Cancer’s "Loud Tie Campaign" which aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer; notes that bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Scotland, with around 1,600 people dying from the illness, and over 3,500 new cases being diagnosed, each year; recognises that early clinical detection and intervention can save lives; welcomes the roll-out, from March 2007, of the national screening programme, already piloted in Grampian, Tayside and Fife, which will see over 650,000 potentially vulnerable people being screened by 2009; urges people to take part in the national screening programme by returning their self-test kits; supports further improvements in bowel cancer services in Scotland which build on increased patient involvement and public awareness, delivered though managed clinical networks, and encourages MSPs to support national Loud Tie Week between 29 January and 4 February 2007 and to wear a loud tie or scarf on 6 February to show their support for the Beating Bowel Cancer campaign.

*S2M-5494 Patrick Harvie: Green Procurement—That the Parliament notes the transposition into Scots Law of the European public procurement directive (2004/18/EEC) in January 2006 and, in particular, notes the directive’s clarification that public bodies may legitimately specify social and environmental criteria in their procurement contracts; welcomes the publication by the European Commission of Buying Green!: A Handbook on Environmental Public Procurement but regrets that Scottish-specific guidance on the matter is not currently available, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make social and environmental criteria mandatory in all public contracts and to issue guidance to all local authorities and public bodies to enable them to meet these requirements.

*S2M-5493 Tavish Scott: The Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran*

*S2M-5492# Mr Jamie McGrigor: Rum’s Red Deer—That the Parliament notes that the red deer is an iconic part of the image of Scotland; further notes that, because of its isolation, the red deer herd on Rum has arguably the purest bloodline in the country and has been the subject of scientific research, and considers that Scottish Natural Heritage’s plans to cull Rum’s red deer solely to protect the trees that it has decided to plant on the island without any protective fencing is to be condemned.

Supported by: Phil Gallie*, Dave Petrie*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, John Swinburne*, Mrs Nanette Milne*

*S2M-5491 Helen Eadie: Scotland’s Window on Europe—That the Parliament welcomes the fact that Cardinal Keith O’Brien and Councillor Eric Milligan have been the first two speakers at meetings to launch Friends of Europe which it is hoped will promote exploration across Scotland of ways to strengthen relationships with the people of mainland Europe; supports Friends of Europe’s aims of examining the history, culture, politics and institutions that shape European lives and of considering what initiatives the people of Scotland can take to underpin existing work in this area; recognises the importance of the aspirations of those involved to work in a manner that avoids polarising debates about euros and constitutions, but rather enables us to make real and lasting friendships; appreciates the benefits of striving to incorporate and maintain a high quality and range of language instruction in all Scottish schools at all levels and, in particular, calls on Scotland’s universities to celebrate the entry of Romania and Bulgaria into the European Union by offering language courses in Romanian and Bulgarian and other Slavic languages; supports the suggestion of Councillor Milligan, when he spoke at the second in our series of meetings, that the people of Scotland should work towards achieving an annual event in Scotland that would provide a "Window on Europe", celebrating all that is best about Europe, and plan for the reinforcement of links, especially between ourselves and eastern Europeans who are on the periphery of the EU, and hopes that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will consider initiating this annual "Window on Europe" in the same way that we now celebrate its initiative on the annual Festival of Politics held in the Parliament.

*S2M-5490 Alex Neil: Celtic Partnership of Autism Organisations—That the Parliament reaffirms its commitment to improving the lives of people with autistic spectrum disorder; is concerned that, while good progress has been made in Scotland, some individuals with autistic spectrum disorder still experience difficulties in accessing the appropriate services and support necessary for them to fulfil their potential; welcomes the development of the Celtic Partnership between Autism Cymru, Autism Northern Ireland and the Scottish Society for Autism which will be launched on 30 January 2007 in the Welsh Assembly; believes that this partnership will serve as an information channel to support elected Members of each of the devolved decision-making structures in their endeavours to create a society where autism is fully understood and where people with autistic spectrum disorder are fully respected and supported and receive timely, quality services which are appropriate to their individual needs, and offers its congratulations to those involved in this endeavour on their efforts to develop partnership between the respective devolved decision-making structures to share policy and learning.

*S2M-5489 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Bell Baxter High School—That the Parliament congratulates Cupar’s Bell Baxter High School on winning the Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup after a hard-fought match against Dollar Academy at Murrayfield; notes that Bell Baxter is the first state school to reach the final for 10 years, and wishes the players of both teams every success in the rest of their rugby careers and in their efforts to play the sport at the highest possible level.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Alex Johnstone*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Dave Petrie*, David McLetchie*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Phil Gallie*, John Swinburne*, Mr David Davidson*

*S2M-5488 Iain Smith: Congratulations and Best Wishes to Bell Baxter High School Rugby Team—That the Parliament congratulates Bell Baxter High School rugby team on being the first state school to win the Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup for 10 years, beating Dollar Academy 20-8 in an excellent final at Murrayfield and, in particular, congratulates captain Chris Mason, man of the match Peter Horne, coaching staff John Lathangie and Garry Horne, and rector Douglas Campbell; also congratulates runners-up, Dollar Academy, for the quality of their rugby and sportsmanship in the final, and wishes both sets of players every success in their future rugby careers.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*, David McLetchie*, Euan Robson*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Christine May*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Mike Rumbles*

*S2M-5487 Chris Ballance: Closure of the Parliament to the Public—That the Parliament notes with concern the use of the Parliament building as a conference venue by the Microsoft Corporation and further notes with concern that this has led to the public being barred from this public building for two days and to the disruption of parliamentary committee business.

S2M-5486 Tommy Sheridan: Congratulations to Labour Councillor on Airgun Initiative—That the Parliament applauds Aberdeen Labour Councillor, Norman Collie, on his initiative to bring forward a motion to use bye-law powers to ban the sale and use of air guns in Aberdeen and believes that this initiative should be supported and replicated by Scotland’s other local authorities as it accords with the wishes of the Scottish population, 82% of whom support an air gun ban according to the recent System 3 opinion poll commissioned by Tommy Sheridan in support of his Bill proposal to ban air guns.

S2M-5485 Carolyn Leckie: Keep the Sercos Out, Amend the PMS Act—That the Parliament notes the terms of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (PMS Act) which enable a company limited by shares to be contracted to provide general medical services only on condition that one share is owned by a medical practitioner; but recognises that this has led to GP services being prey to companies like Serco, recognises that the legislation only states that NHS boards may enter into a contract with such a company, that open tendering to non-GPs is not a requirement and that NHS Lanarkshire could have fulfilled primary medical provision in Harthill by contracting directly with a GP or a partnership; believes that NHS Lanarkshire, which has revealed that one current and one former medical director work for Serco, has deliberately created an opportunity for expansion for Serco, but in any case considers that the current legislation places companies limited by shares in a more advantageous and less regulated position than single GPs or partnerships, and calls on the Scottish Executive to state clearly to NHS boards that they need not openly tender in the manner of NHS Lanarkshire and to amend the PMS Act to ensure that no such situation is allowed to occur in the future.

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

S2M-5484 Irene Oldfather: James Watt College—That the Parliament is aware of the present financial difficulties being experienced by James Watt College; notes with concern that the college is projecting a deficit of over £5 million, in comparison with the end-of-year accounts for 2001-02 which recorded a surplus of £452,000; is aware that the Further Education Development Directorate (FEDD) at the Scottish Funding Council has investigated the situation and produced a report on the matter; recognises that the college’s board of management met to discuss the FEDD report on 13 January 2007 and subsequently published a financial recovery plan for the college, which has now been issued to staff for consultation; believes that the board of management and the FEDD should ensure that the trade unions are fully consulted and kept informed of proposals to restore the college to financial solvency in order that disruption to staff and students is kept to a minimum; notes the contribution that the college makes to the local community in terms of boosting the economy and expanding the skills base; is aware that the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning is meeting the Chairman of the Scottish Funding Council and the trade unions on 29 January 2007, and therefore welcomes all efforts to get the appropriate parties round the table and reach a solution which ensures the continuity of educational provision at James Watt College.

Supported by: Phil Gallie*

S2M-5483 Chris Ballance: Depleted Uranium Weapons—That the Parliament congratulates the Belgian Government on its announcement that it will use its membership of the UN Security Council to work for a ban on the use of depleted uranium weapons; notes that supporters of the Campaign Against Depleted Uranium Weapons will lobby members of the Westminster Parliament on Wednesday 7 February 2007, and requests that the UK Government responds positively to this lobby and to the initiative of the Belgian Government.

Supported by: Mr Stewart Maxwell*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5482 Peter Peacock: Congratulations to Ross-shire Women’s Aid—That the Parliament congratulates Ross-shire Women’s Aid on attaining 25 years’ service to women and children; notes that two Members of the Scottish Parliament, Maureen Macmillan and Rhona Brankin, were founder members of Ross-shire Women’s Aid; welcomes the support that hundreds of women and children in Ross and Cromarty and the wider Highlands have received over those 25 years; wishes Ross-shire Women’s Aid well in providing its services in the future, and welcomes the progress made in policy terms in respect of women’s aid since the advent of the Parliament, allowing more women and children across Scotland to receive the help they need and deserve.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Margaret Jamieson*, Eleanor Scott*, Bill Butler*, Cathy Peattie*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5481# Phil Gallie: Clyde Fishermen Ahead of the Game on Conservation!—That the Parliament applauds the intention of the Clyde Fishermen’s Association to stop, voluntarily, trawling in areas of Upper Loch Fyne and Loch Shira in the interests of biodiversity and conservation and notes that such action provides a further example of the fishing industry’s commitment to a sustainable environment by adding to the association’s weekend ban on fishing in the Clyde estuary, self-imposed some 20 years ago when its awareness of the need for conservation preceded the anxieties now expressed by politicians at European, UK and Scottish government levels.

Supported by: Murray Tosh*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-5480 Mr Jamie Stone: SEERAD Animal Gatherings Order—That the Parliament notes that, if the Animal Gathering Order is introduced as proposed, it will introduce a licensing system under which event organisers would have to ensure a livestock standstill of 27 days before and 27 days after any show; further notes that it would require disinfectant facilities to be installed at every showground to clean and disinfect clothing and footwear that comes into contact with animal waste or mud and that it would also mean that all vehicles would need to be disinfected when entering and exiting show fields; believes that this will threaten the continuation of a great many livestock events across Scotland, events which are vital in maintaining the link between farmers, local communities and the general public; further notes that livestock bio-security problems rarely come from members of the public, but are instead almost always imported from other countries with poor bio-security and traceability systems, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to withdraw the order.

S2M-5479 Mr Stewart Maxwell: The John Murray Archive—That the Parliament congratulates the National Library of Scotland on its acquisition of the John Murray Archive, one of the most important literary collections in the world, containing original letters, journals and manuscripts by many important scientists, politicians and artists, for example Lord Byron, Charles Darwin, David Livingstone and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; further congratulates the National Library of Scotland for making the archive accessible to all researchers and for its work in providing an online catalogue of the archive, and looks forward to the opening of the John Murray Reading Room.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Stewart Stevenson, Murray Tosh, Eleanor Scott, Mr John Swinney, Tricia Marwick, Mr Jim Wallace, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Jim Mather, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Bruce Crawford, Fergus Ewing, Phil Gallie, Mr Brian Monteith, Christine Grahame, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Chris Ballance*, Robin Harper*

S2M-5478 Bill Butler: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill.

S2M-5477 Mr Stewart Maxwell: "Black Watch" Wins South Bank Show Award for Theatre—That the Parliament congratulates the National Theatre of Scotland on its production "Black Watch" winning the South Bank Show Award for Theatre; acknowledges that this is the latest in a long line of awards that John Tiffany’s production has won; wishes "Black Watch" every success on its Scottish tour this spring, and believes that the production should be taken on tour to the rest of the United Kingdom and abroad in order to showcase Scotland’s talent.

Supported by: Jim Mather, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Linda Fabiani, Mr John Swinney, Bruce Crawford, Chris Ballance, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Tricia Marwick, Richard Lochhead, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Brian Monteith, Brian Adam, Ms Sandra White, Mr Jamie Stone

S2M-5476♦ Alex Neil: London Olympics Funding Shortfall—That the Parliament notes with concern press reports that indicate that an additional £51 million of Scottish lottery funding may be siphoned off to help fund the 2012 London Olympics, which are now grossly over budget with an additional £900 million having been identified as necessary thus far; heeds the concerns of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland that the demand for Scotland’s lottery cash will grow further as well as those of Sir Clive Booth, director of the Big Lottery Fund in England who has claimed that "dark forces in Whitehall" are going to use lottery monies to plug the Olympics black hole; believes that Scotland has already paid more than its fair share towards the 2012 London Olympics, and believes that the Scottish Executive should make clear the level of opposition that exists in Scotland to having Scottish lottery funds plundered to pay for the 2012 Olympic Games at the expense of grassroots sport in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and across Scotland and of other good causes.

Supported by: Jim Mather, Brian Adam, Richard Lochhead, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Bruce Crawford, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Christine Grahame, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Ms Sandra White, Carolyn Leckie, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop*, Chris Ballance*, Rob Gibson*

S2M-5475# Margaret Mitchell: Motor Neurone Disease—That the Parliament acknowledges that motor neurone disease (MND) is a serious, progressively disabling and fatal condition, which can affect any adult and for which medical science currently has no known cause or cure; understands that there are currently 64 people in central Scotland and 280 people throughout Scotland with MND and that this figure is rising; congratulates the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association for its commitment to improve the lives of suffers of MND and to help people living with MND; notes that in the financial year 2005-06 the association incurred costs of £63,836 in relation to the services provided by the MND care teams within central Scotland; further notes that there was no financial contribution towards the cost of providing these services from NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Forth Valley or NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the three NHS boards covering the central Scotland area; believes that there is a compelling case for NHS boards to meet some of the costs of providing these care teams which would make a huge difference in terms of the care received by those with MND, and considers that NHS boards should consider the provision of this funding as soon as possible.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, David McLetchie, Dave Petrie, Mrs Nanette Milne, Phil Gallie, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Murray Tosh, Alex Neil, Eleanor Scott, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Patrick Harvie, Murdo Fraser, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Carolyn Leckie, Mr David Davidson*, Robin Harper*, Bill Aitken*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5474 Cathy Peattie: New Museum and Visitor Attraction Dedicated to Robert Burns—That the Parliament welcomes the Heritage Lottery Fund announcement of a Stage One Pass for a grant of £5,827,000 to create a new museum and visitor attraction dedicated to Robert Burns and believes that this is an essential step towards the celebration in 2009 of the 250th anniversary of the birth of our national bard.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Fox, Margaret Jamieson, Bill Butler, Mr Jim Wallace, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Mr Frank McAveety, Tommy Sheridan, Murray Tosh, Alex Johnstone, Helen Eadie, Eleanor Scott, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Christine May, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Chris Ballance*, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5473 Colin Fox: Welsh Assembly Abolishes Prescription Charges—That the Parliament congratulates the National Assembly for Wales for taking the decision this week to abolish completely NHS prescription charges for every patient in Wales from April 2007; agrees with the Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services, Dr Brian Gibbons AM, that the measure will reduce patient inequality and particularly benefit those patients with chronic illnesses or on low incomes and "enable those people who need medication to get it to improve their health and ultimately their quality of life", and believes that Scotland should follow the terrific example set in Wales and also abolish the charges.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Campbell Martin, Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Eleanor Scott, Chris Ballance*, John Swinburne*

S2M-5472 Colin Fox: Prescription Charges Review—That the Parliament notes that it is now exactly one year since the Stage 1 debate on the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill and since when the Scottish Executive promised to come forward with proposals to increase the list of long-term conditions exempt from payment; further notes that Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, Lewis Macdonald MSP, has stated that he acknowledged that "the current charge and exemption arrangements are no longer fit for purpose and that changes are necessary" and that "we will review the exemption arrangements for people with chronic conditions" but that no changes have been brought forward by the Executive in a year despite giving repeated assurances in parliamentary answers that a decision was imminent; believes that no promised proposal has emerged because all medical experts have warned the Executive not to try to list the many different chronic conditions in an order of those that are more "deserving" or "painful"; considers that this is precisely what would be needed in order to distinguish between those conditions which are to be exempt from charges and which are not; notes that in 40 years medical opinion has veered away from such an approach because it was simply not possible on medical grounds to make such a judgement; believes that the Executive has failed to keep a promise it made to the Parliament and has dashed the hopes of thousands of chronically ill patients, and reiterates its belief that the fairest and most sensible way forward is to follow the example of the Welsh Assembly and abolish the £6.75 prescription charge for every patient.

S2M-5470 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Recognise and Support One Plus—That the Parliament recognises the importance of early years childcare and education; recognises the vital role played by One Plus in providing training, employment and care services across the west of Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to live up to its commitment to childcare and support to parents by providing the £2 million funding required to retain the service to communities and save the jobs of over 600 people.

Supported by: John Swinburne, Rosie Kane, Tommy Sheridan, Carolyn Leckie, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5469 Carolyn Leckie: Victory to the PCS—That the Parliament welcomes the resounding and determined vote of Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members for strike action; considers that they have been dignified in the face of immense provocation by a government that is systematically dismantling public services, jobs, terms and conditions and decimating communities through the withdrawal of vital services to the most vulnerable groups in society; believes that PCS members should not be forced to resort to such action and that even at this late hour the government and employers should enter into meaningful negotiations concerning all of the many issues at the heart of this dispute and seek to reach agreement with the PCS on securing the future of jobs, public services and the communities that rely on them, and calls on all elected members to exert the strongest pressure on the Westminster Government and the Scottish Executive to deliver that end and stands in solidarity shoulder to shoulder with PCS members in their struggle.

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

S2M-5468 Frances Curran: Free School Meals Work Wonders—That the Parliament welcomes the research from the University of Hull which praises the pioneering initiative of Hull City Council three years ago when it introduced free healthy school meals to all primary schools and notes that the research confirms that children are better behaved in class and are eating a higher quality of food at home as a result, the researchers say it has "worked wonders" and the city has the highest uptake of school meals in England yet, incredibly, the new Liberal Democrat council administration is considering scrapping the scheme which has the backing of the Westminster education secretary, Alan Johnson MP, who said, "For the council to be considering scrapping the free school meals just as its success is being proved by this study is perverse".

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Carolyn Leckie, Robin Harper, Colin Fox, Rosie Kane, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5467 Mr Tom McCabe: Statistics and Registration Service Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 21 November 2006, which relate to statistics in Scotland and which are within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or which confer functions on the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: George Lyon

S2M-5466 Dave Petrie: Support for FSB Report on the Effect of Supermarkets on Town Centres—That the Parliament acknowledges the recent Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) report on the effect of supermarkets on existing town centre retailers; notes the report’s findings that up to 80% of shoppers now do their food shopping in out-of-town supermarkets and up to 93% of retailers in some towns have experienced negative effects following supermarket development; expresses strong concerns over the significant decline in the level of business activities undertaken by existing retailers and its effect on the local economy; calls on the Scottish Executive to support small and local businesses, which are the backbone of the Scottish economy; believes that the movement away from town centres only increases urban decline and does nothing to tackle the core issue of inner city regeneration; considers that issues concerning town centre planning, parking facilities and traffic congestion need to be addressed to encourage shoppers back into these areas; supports the FSB proposals, including the establishment of a town centre action group and strategy plan to help promote and co-ordinate the delivery of retail and local services in town centres and provide assistance through funding packages; supports locally produced goods and their environmental benefits in terms of food miles and commends supermarkets who pursue a policy based on local production, and considers that supermarkets should be monitored strenuously to ensure that they are competing fairly.

S2M-5465 Carolyn Leckie: Bloody Sunday—That the Parliament remembers the 28 unarmed civil rights marchers who were slaughtered or wounded by forces of the British state in Derry on Sunday 30 January 1972 and who it considers were slandered by the UK Government and media which falsely claimed that they were armed, including in the official, now discredited, Widgery Report; pays tribute to the survivors and relatives of the dead who have battled courageously for 35 years to establish the truth and are still waiting for the report and conclusions of the Saville Bloody Sunday Inquiry; believes that they have been unfairly scape-goated for the greed of lawyers, causing the inquiry to cost hundreds of millions of pounds, and finally notes that the military personnel who took part in the events of Bloody Sunday were honoured by the Queen which further brings into disrepute the whole honours system.

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

S2M-5460 Tommy Sheridan: Solidarity with PCS Workers—That the Parliament notes the overwhelming vote in favour of strike action by members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS); offers support to these vital workers in their fight against cuts and compulsory redundancies; condemns the government’s lack of assurances on job security, below inflation pay offers, dogmatic privatisation agenda and failure to progress national pay issues, and calls for a moratorium on all civil service redundancies.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mark Ballard, Campbell Martin

S2M-5459 Margaret Smith: Queen Margaret University—That the Parliament congratulates Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, on attaining full university title; acknowledges that Queen Margaret University has become the first new university in Scotland in the 21st century; recognises that Queen Margaret specialises in professional education, development and research that informs policy and practice in health, drama and the creative arts, media and social science, and business and enterprise, and wishes the university all the best in continuing to enrich people’s everyday lives.

Supported by: Susan Deacon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mark Ballard, Margaret Jamieson, David McLetchie, Robin Harper, Murdo Fraser, Mr Jamie Stone, Mike Rumbles, John Home Robertson, Mike Pringle, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Eleanor Scott, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Mr Jim Wallace, Shiona Baird

S2M-5458# Mrs Nanette Milne: Autism Parliamentary Network—That the Parliament affirms its commitment to improving the lives of people with autistic spectrum disorder; is concerned that, while progress has been made, individuals with autistic spectrum disorder still experience difficulties in accessing the appropriate services and support necessary for them to fulfil their potential, in Aberdeenshire and across Scotland, and welcomes the development of an Autism Parliamentary Network, co-ordinated by the National Autistic Society Scotland, which will serve as an information channel to support Members of the Scottish Parliament in their endeavours to create a society where autism is fully understood and where people with autistic spectrum disorder are fully respected and supported and receive timely, quality services, which are appropriate to their individual needs.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Robin Harper, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Dave Petrie, Derek Brownlee, Rob Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Murdo Fraser, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Ms Maureen Watt, Murray Tosh, Eleanor Scott, Phil Gallie, John Scott, Mr David Davidson, Shona Robison, Bill Aitken, Shiona Baird, Chris Ballance, John Swinburne, Margaret Mitchell, Mr Adam Ingram

S2M-5457 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Keep Annan Jobs in Annan—That the Parliament regrets the decision of Young’s of Annan to move part of its processing from Dumfries and Galloway to Thailand, at the cost of 120 jobs; considers that the additional food miles involved in sending produce to Thailand and back are environmentally unsustainable, and calls on the Scottish Executive to explore all options to safeguard the future for these workers and the remaining workforce at Young’s, by engaging with both the trade unions and management and by ensuring that Scottish Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway is resourced to assist with retraining individuals and developing alternative opportunities in the Annan area.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Murray Tosh, Eleanor Scott, Chris Ballance, Mr Mark Ruskell, Shiona Baird, Mr Adam Ingram

S2M-5456 Rosie Kane: Rescue Package for One Plus—That the Parliament recognises the vital contribution that the lone-parent organisation, One Plus, makes in working in partnership in over 100 projects, employing over 600 people, offering advice and support, mainly to women and their children, providing training, employment and care-based services to 1,000 families and individuals every week, while contributing to the regeneration of local communities; notes that the Scottish Executive has rejected a request by One Plus for £2 million to bridge the funding gap which has plunged the organisation into a financial crisis, forcing it into liquidation and meaning the loss of those 600 jobs, childcare services, training and employment facilities; considers that, if the Executive is prepared to give millions of pounds for retraining support to the same number of NCR workers, which may not create a single new job, what is good enough for NCR must be good enough for One Plus and could actually save 600 desperately needed jobs; believes that a rescue package for One Plus makes better economic sense than liquidation, which is estimated to cost up to £10 million in terms of the liquidator’s costs, redundancy and severance payments for employees losing their jobs and knock-on impacts, and calls on the Executive to reconsider urgently its decision not to help One Plus out of its financial crisis and to reconvene negotiations with the financial management and the board of One Plus, One Plus’ main client Glasgow City Council and independent auditors with a view to saving One Plus, a vital service to ten thousand lone parents and their children in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

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

S2M-5451 Donald Gorrie on behalf of the Procedures Committee: Parliamentary Time and Scottish Commission for Public Audit—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 11th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Review of Parliamentary Time (SP Paper 699) and its 10th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Scottish Commission for Public Audit (SP Paper 689), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to each report be made with effect from the day after the Parliament is dissolved at the end of the current session.

Supported by: Karen Gillon

S2M-5450# Karen Whitefield: Disabled Access to Shotts Railway Station—That the Parliament believes that all railway stations in Scotland should be fully accessible to people who have a disability; in particular, notes that the east-bound platform at Shotts railway station has no disabled access, which means that wheelchair users currently must use an alternative railway station, and considers that Transport Scotland should provide suitable disabled access to this station as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr David Davidson

S2M-5449 Dr Jean Turner: Baldernock Community Council Takes Climate Change Seriously—That the Parliament commends the work done by Al Gore’s lecture tour and his film "An Inconvenient Truth", which can now be seen on DVD and should be viewed by as many people as possible to bring home the horror of the consequences to communities if they ignore the message of the urgency to halt climate change; praises the Baldernock Community Council for its serious approach to this subject by engaging with a post-graduate student of Salford University who has volunteered his services to analyse the situation within the Baldernock Community Council area over an eight-month period, with a team of local helpers, to find out what energy is used and then to find a way forward to reduce carbon emissions to their lowest; acknowledges that Baldernock is lucky to have the free services of this post-graduate student, and urges the Scottish Executive to encourage all communities to participate in similar exercises, and in so doing join with communities such as Aston Hayes in Cheshire, with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs support, and Riverside in Stirling, by giving some financial support to all community councils for this purpose.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Mark Ruskell, Robin Harper, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Donald Gorrie, Patrick Harvie, Eleanor Scott, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Chris Ballance, John Swinburne

S2M-5448 Mr Jamie Stone: Cleaner Toilets on Trains—That the Parliament supports all moves to encourage more people to travel by train; believes that, to be successful, rail travel must be attractive and reliable; notes, however, that on far too many trains in Scotland toilet facilities fall short of the standards required, and urges the train operating companies to improve the maintenance and regular cleaning of toilets on their trains.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-5447 Mr Jamie Stone: Controlled Emission Toilets on 158 Trains—That the Parliament notes with disappointment that the planned refurbishment of the Class 158 trains used on the Far North Line will not include the fitting of controlled emission toilets; further notes that this will mean the continuation of the discharge of raw sewage on to the track, with resulting heath and safety implications; believes that in 2007 rail passengers should not be welcomed to the station by the sight and smell of raw sewage, and therefore calls on Scottish Ministers and First ScotRail to use the opportunity of the planned refurbishment of the Far North Line trains to fit controlled emission toilets.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Brian Monteith

S2M-5446 Dr Elaine Murray: Recommendations of Joint Administrators of Farepak Food and Gifts Limited—That the Parliament notes the publication on 18 January 2007 of BDO Stoy Hayward’s statement to creditors of Farepak Food and Gifts Limited; notes that unsecured creditor claims are estimated at £46 million and that the dividend payment to these creditors is estimated at 5p in the pound; notes the recommendation of the joint administrators that Farepak should move to creditors’ voluntary liquidation and that a liquidator has wider powers of investigation than an administrator to take legal action against third parties, which could lead to further funds being released to creditors; notes also the proposal that a creditors’ committee be created, and hopes that the recommendations of the joint administrators will be supported by customers of Farepak in pursuance of their demands to know what happened to their money.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Murray Tosh, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Ms Wendy Alexander, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Jackie Baillie, Peter Peacock, Maureen Macmillan, Mike Pringle, Mr Frank McAveety, Phil Gallie, Marilyn Livingstone, Colin Fox, Margaret Jamieson, Michael McMahon, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie Stone, Roseanna Cunningham, Trish Godman, Shiona Baird

S2M-5445 Campbell Martin: James Watt College—That the Parliament is very concerned about the current situation at James Watt College, where debts are reported to be around £6 million and the threat of redundancy hangs over many valuable members of staff; considers that the current situation is a result of decisions taken by the former college principal, Mr Bill Wardle, and the board of management; believes, therefore, that a payment of around £130,000 to Mr Wardle is inappropriate and can only be seen as a reward for failure; further considers that current proposals to address the problems at the college, including reducing teaching staff costs, would equate to staff being punished for the failure of management; recognises that such proposals would ultimately lead to redundancies, an increased workload for the staff that remain and a diminution of the quality of education provided to students, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that sufficient funding and support is provided to James Watt College to ensure that there are no compulsory redundancies among staff and that students are not adversely affected by the failures visited on the college by the former principal and the board of management.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Colin Fox, Ms Rosemary Byrne, John Scott, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Bruce McFee, John Swinburne, Mark Ballard, Alex Neil

S2M-5444# Dr Elaine Murray: Threat to Crichton Campus in Dumfries—That the Parliament recognises and applauds the success of the Crichton university campus in Dumfries over the past seven years and the contribution made by all stakeholders involved in this unique partnership; is therefore concerned that the University of Glasgow is considering reducing its presence on the campus and possibly withdrawing from the site; notes that the University of Glasgow is considering this action because of an £800,000 annual shortfall in running its campus at the Crichton, and considers that the Scottish Funding Council should assist the University of Glasgow to maintain its presence at its Dumfries site and that the University of Glasgow should defer making any decision to reduce its presence or to withdraw from the site until after this year’s spending review and the forthcoming review of higher education funding.

Supported by: Murray Tosh, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Chris Ballance, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Bill Butler, Peter Peacock, Maureen Macmillan, Eleanor Scott, Rosie Kane, Mr Frank McAveety, Derek Brownlee, Fiona Hyslop, Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Jamie Stone, Trish Godman, Mr David Davidson, Shiona Baird, Mr Adam Ingram

S2M-5443 Colin Fox: British Airways Cabin Crew Strike Vote—That the Parliament notes with concern the threatened strike action by British Airways (BA) cabin crew over new company demands on sickness leave that they believe force them to work despite being ill; believes that the strength of feeling in the workforce was amply demonstrated by a union ballot last week which saw 96% vote in favour of strike action on the issue; regrets that the latest talks between the Transport and General Workers’ Union and the company have broken down, but calls on BA to take up the union’s offer of further talks aimed at avoiding a damaging dispute and reaching an agreement on changes to the current sickness leave arrangements.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Campbell Martin, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-5427 Cathy Jamieson: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 16 November 2006, (a) relating to the establishment of a new Tribunals Service and an Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and (b) providing immunity from seizure for international works of art on loan to exhibitions in this country, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5426 Withdrawn

S2M-5415 Withdrawn

S2M-5360 Cathy Jamieson: Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5359# Mr Kenneth Macintosh: Cervical Cancer and the HPV Vaccine—That the Parliament welcomes the licensing of the first vaccine against strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) responsible for around 70% of cases of cervical cancer; expresses its concern that, despite a 40-year history of cervical screening in the United Kingdom, almost 3,000 women are diagnosed and 1,000 women still die of cervical cancer each year in the UK; recognises that the vaccine will not prevent all cases of cervical cancer and that it is not known whether it will prevent cancer in women already infected with HPV; therefore believes that the cervical cancer screening programme should be continued and that further action should be taken to increase the take-up of screening in more deprived areas, among ethnic minority groups and among women with learning difficulties; further believes that this will improve early detection and allow earlier treatment of this disease; recognises the role of charities such as Jo’s Trust, Cancerbackup and Cancer Research UK, amongst others, in supporting patients with cervical cancer and their families and in counselling the thousands more women who worry about their health following an abnormal smear result; recognises the huge potential benefits to be had through vaccination in East Renfrewshire and throughout Scotland from reducing the incidence of cervical cancer, reducing the number of colposcopies, reducing the number of abnormal smears and reducing the number of people requiring treatment for genital warts; further recognises the success of the Scottish Executive in its public health campaigns and cancer prevention strategies, and considers that ministers should put in place measures to raise awareness and to prepare for a vaccination programme.

Supported by: Michael McMahon, Brian Adam, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Jackie Baillie, Karen Gillon, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Margaret Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Shiona Baird, Karen Whitefield, Ms Sandra White, Murray Tosh, Dr Elaine Murray, Trish Godman, Mr Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, John Swinburne, Scott Barrie, Eleanor Scott, Mr David Davidson, Margaret Jamieson, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Frank McAveety, Robin Harper, Bristow Muldoon, Bill Butler, Frances Curran, Susan Deacon, Dennis Canavan, Alex Fergusson, Mike Pringle, Mr Jamie Stone, Rosie Kane, Maureen Macmillan, Marlyn Glen, Carolyn Leckie, Mrs Nanette Milne, John Home Robertson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Janis Hughes, Malcolm Chisholm, Cathie Craigie, Dave Petrie, Dr Sylvia Jackson

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, Dave Petrie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Johnstone, Phil Gallie, Mr David Davidson, Fiona Hyslop, John Swinburne, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Donald Gorrie, John Scott, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Nanette Milne, Christine Grahame, Nora Radcliffe, Bill Aitken, Michael Matheson, Eleanor Scott, Linda Fabiani, Ms Maureen Watt

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5429 ScottishPower Climate Change Initiative (lodged on 18 January 2007) Bristow Muldoon*, Cathie Craigie*

S2M-5419 Visit to Scotland by Al Gore (lodged on 16 January 2007) Bristow Muldoon*

S2M-5416 300th Anniversary of the Act of Union (lodged on 15 January 2007) Alex Fergusson*

S2M-5413 Electric Shock Training Collars for Dogs (lodged on 15 January 2007) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5295 Nuclear Submarine Workers’ Health and Safety at HM Naval Base Faslane (lodged on 7 December 2006) Tricia Marwick*

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