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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5570 Mr Brian Monteith: School Education—That the Parliament believes that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) plays a vital role in raising standards of attainment and enhancing the learning of pupils and students at all stages of school and college education and supports its strategic priorities of promoting public accountability through inspection and reporting, working with other organisations to build the capacity of high-quality education and informing education policy development through knowledge of the whole education system, while managing and developing HMIE as a best value public body.

Supported by: Margo MacDonald*

S2M-5569 Murray Tosh: Investment in Building Affordable Rented Homes—That the Parliament acknowledges the need for increased investment in building affordable rented homes; further acknowledges that the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review is the most significant opportunity to secure this funding, which is essential to achieve the Scottish Executive’s target that all unintentionally homeless people will have the right to a home by 2012, and recognises the case for committing the funding for 30,000 affordable homes for rent over the period 2008 to 2011.

S2M-5568 Dave Petrie: Western Isles Demographic Trends—That the Parliament notes Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s report on the demographic structure of the Western Isles; welcomes the recent increase in migration to the Western Isles which is a tribute to the high quality of life, beauty of landscape and openness of its people that the islands provide; is concerned to see a long-term decrease in the number of schoolchildren, people of working age and women of child-bearing age in the Western Isles; is further concerned that only 29% of current inward migrants to the islands are women; acknowledges the threat to the island way of life in the isles by a rising age structure and dependent population ratio, and calls on the Scottish Executive to work with the local authority and look at ways to encourage more women and families to the islands to protect their long-term future.

S2M-5567 Patrick Harvie: Biometric and Surveillance Systems in Schools—That the Parliament notes the recent decision by UK ministers to issue guidance to schools on the use of biometric systems; welcomes the acknowledgement that a completely unregulated approach to such technologies is inappropriate; notes that biometric systems are in place in some Scottish schools; is concerned that the Scottish Executive’s initial description of parental consent as an "essential pre-requisite" before children can be fingerprinted has now been rephrased as merely a matter of "good practice"; considers that there is a need for clear guidance from the Executive on the use of biometric and surveillance systems in schools before any increase in their use is contemplated; notes that section 8 of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill is expected to lead to increased use of such systems; urges the Executive to produce guidance for education authorities on the implementation of section 8 and, in so doing, to give clear preference to systems other than those involving biometric and data-gathering technology; further notes that recent calls have been made for schools to introduce ID cards, CCTV, airport-style security scanners and random drug testing, and considers that wider debate is required on the role, if any, of such measures, the impact they may have on school culture and the limits within which they should operate.

Supported by: Rosie Kane, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird, Alex Johnstone, Robin Harper, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Mark Ruskell, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5566♦ John Home Robertson: The Battle of Prestonpans, 1745—That the Parliament acknowledges the historic significance of battlefield sites from Scotland’s violent past and notes the success of the National Trust for Scotland in interpreting the site of the final defeat of the Jacobite army at Culloden Moor; recognises the powerful case for protection and appropriate management of hitherto neglected battlefield sites throughout Scotland; pays tribute to the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust for its proposals to preserve, enhance and interpret the site of the Jacobite victory of 21 September 1745 and welcomes the active support of the wider local community for this initiative, and hopes that the battlefield site at Prestonpans will be protected and made accessible for the benefit of local people and visitors.

Supported by: Susan Deacon

S2M-5565 Tommy Sheridan: Solidarity with Lieutenant Ehren Watada—That the Parliament applauds the courageous stance of First Lieutenant Ehren Watada who on 22 June 2006 became the US Army’s first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq; notes that Lieutenant Watada, who appeared before a court martial on 5 February 2007, faces up to six years imprisonment for refusing to deploy to Iraq and for speaking out against a war that he believes is illegal, stating on the day he announced his decision "As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as well, I must refuse that order"; further notes and applauds the following words spoken by Ehren Watada when he addressed the Veterans for Peace National Convention in America last year "I stand before you today, not as an expert, not as one who pretends to have all the answers. I am simply an American and a servant of the American people. My humble opinions today are just that. I realise that you may not agree with everything I have to say. However, I did not choose to be a leader for popularity. I did it to serve and make better the soldiers of this country. And I swore to carry out this charge honourably under the rule of law. To stop an illegal and unjust war, soldiers can choose to stop fighting it. It became instrumental in ending the Vietnam war, but it has been long since forgotten. Now it is not an easy task for the soldier. For they must be aware that they are being used for ill gain. They must hold themselves responsible for individual action. They must remember that duty to the constitution and the people supersedes the ideologies of their leadership. The soldier must be willing to face ostracism by their peers, worry over the survival of their families and, of course, the loss of personal freedom. They must know that resisting an authoritarian government at home is equally important to fighting a foreign aggressor on the battlefield. Finally, those wearing the uniform must know beyond any doubt that, by refusing immoral and illegal orders, they will be supported by the people not with mere words but by action. Awareness of the history of atrocities and destruction committed in the name of America – either through direct military intervention or by proxy war – is crucial. They must realise that this is a war not out of self defence but by choice for profit and imperialistic domination. They must know that neither Congress nor this administration has the authority to violate the prohibition against pre-emptive war – an American law that still stands today. Though the American soldier wants to do right, the illegitimacy of the occupation itself, the policies of the administration and rules of engagement of desperate field commanders will ultimately force them to be a party of war crimes. The Nuremberg Trials showed America and the world that citizenry as well as soldiers have the unrelinquishable obligation to refuse complicity in war crimes perpetrated by their government. Widespread torture and inhumane treatment of detainees is a war crime. A war of aggression born through an unofficial policy of prevention is a crime against the peace. An occupation violating the very essence of international humanitarian law and sovereignty is a crime against humanity. These crimes are funded by our tax dollars. Should citizens choose to remain silent through self-imposed ignorance or choice, it makes them as culpable as a soldier in these crimes. I have broken no law but the code of silence and unquestioning loyalty. If I am guilty of any crime, it is that I learned too much and cared too deeply for the meaningless loss of my fellow soldiers and my fellow human beings. If I am to be punished, it should be for following the rule of law over the immoral orders of one man. If I am to be punished it should be for not acting sooner. Martin Luther King Jr once said "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period was not the strident clamour of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." The time to fight back is now – the time to stand up and be counted is today"; notes that Watada ended with another quote from Martin Luther King, "One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is, in reality, expressing the highest respect for the law"; agrees to send a message of solidarity to Lieutenant Ehren Watada, and encourages Members and parliament staff to sign the on-line petition at:

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Campbell Martin

S2M-5564 Donald Gorrie: Increasing the Use of the Donald Dewar Room—That the Parliament is concerned about the little use made of the Donald Dewar Room, as evidenced by the figures recently produced by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre indicating that during 2006 it provided keys for an average of 11 visits per month and that the figures for the four months from September to December 2006 indicated an average of five people on each visit, and invites the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to put into effect changes in the arrangements for use of the Donald Dewar Room to enable more use to be made of it, either by visitors or by Members and staff.

S2M-5563♦ Alex Fergusson: ME Charities’ Response to DWP Guidance on ME/CFS—That the Parliament notes the statement by all the national ME representative organisations in response to version 9 of the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) guidance document on ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS); further notes the unanimity of the condemnation contained within the response and the disappointment that, following extensive consultation, the DWP has made only minor changes in version 9 of the guidance, despite many of the proposals contained in the draft guidance being unanimously rejected in July 2006 by all the ME organisations involved; further notes that the DWP fails to recognise that ME/CFS is classified by the World Heath Organisation as a neurological disease, and is accepted as such by the Department of Health; finally notes that the guidelines grossly understate the seriousness, chronicity and progressive nature of this organic condition, especially for the severely affected who make up 25% of the ME/CFS population, and considers that the Scottish Executive should use its influence to persuade the DWP to revise its final guidelines to ensure that ME/CFS sufferers receive the correct allocation of benefits to which they are entitled and that the views of sufferers’ representatives in Dumfries and Galloway and across Scotland are fully addressed within those guidelines.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson*

S2M-5562 Tommy Sheridan: Widespread Support for Airgun Ban—That the Parliament notes that the result of a recent System Three opinion poll indicated that 82% of Scottish citizens would support a ban on airguns and that only 8% are opposed to such a ban; further notes that the support for such a ban is highest, at 85%, among both the oldest and youngest sections of Scots; believes that this widespread support for an airgun ban should result in support for the member’s bill proposal to ban air guns in the name of Tommy Sheridan or in the Scottish Executive agreeing to take over the proposal and deliver such a ban, and also notes the recent comments of senior sheriff, Richard Davidson, who said in Dundee Sheriff Court in relation to a woman found guilty of misusing an airgun, "It is simply intolerable for anyone to be walking around the streets of this city, or indeed any city, with such a dangerous weapon and to be prepared to use it in the manner in which she did. What I don’t understand is what our legislators are thinking about in permitting such an item to be available over the counter without requiring a firearms certificate".

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-5560 Mr Andy Kerr: The Draft Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007—That the Health Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Lewis Macdonald

S2M-5559 Nicol Stephen: The Draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2007—That the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S2M-5558 Tommy Sheridan: Solidarity with Cuba against the Hilton Group—That the Parliament notes the recent decision of the Hilton hotel group to refuse a booking from a Cuban delegation in Oslo and condemns this as an act of blatant political victimisation driven by the United States of America which continues to impose an illegal trade embargo on the Cuban socialist republic and calls on the Parliament’s travel desk and the Scottish Executive to cancel existing bookings and refuse to engage in any further trade with the Hilton group anywhere in the world until it apologises to Cuba for insulting its people and publicly announces that there will be no more discrimination against Cuba at the behest of America or for any other reason.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne

S2M-5557 Maureen Macmillan: CAB Blended Learning—That the Parliament congratulates the CAB service on the launch of its innovative Blended Learning Project in the Highlands and Islands; notes that this three-year pilot will use interactive DVDs and e-mentoring to make training more accessible, more flexible and more enjoyable for volunteers, and considers that such projects are vital to ensure that people in rural areas, those with caring responsibilities and those with different patterns of work can still contribute their expertise and enthusiasm to important local voluntary services.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Peter Peacock, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Frances Curran, Mrs Nanette Milne, Trish Godman, Eleanor Scott, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Jean Turner, Robin Harper

S2M-5556 Jackie Baillie: If it is "Scotch" it must be Scottish—That the Parliament welcomes the recent vote by an influential group of Members of the European Parliament, on the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, to support proposals that will ensure stronger legal protection for Scotch whisky at a European Union level; applauds the Scotch Whisky Association’s efforts to improve this area of law; further welcomes the news that this will better protect traditional practices within the whisky industry and improve the international protection of "Scotch Whisky" as a geographical indication; believes that this is crucial to allowing the whisky industry to tackle unfair and misleading practices overseas, and encourages the Scottish Executive to play its part in making certain that to be "Scotch" it must be Scottish.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Margaret Jamieson, Roseanna Cunningham, Karen Whitefield, Bill Butler, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Cathie Craigie, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Phil Gallie, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, Karen Gillon, Christine Grahame, Mr Jim Wallace, Murdo Fraser, Murray Tosh, Bruce Crawford, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Jean Turner, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Charlie Gordon, Mr David Davidson, Richard Lochhead, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-5551 Mr Tom McCabe: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran, Mr Jack McConnell, George Lyon, Nicol Stephen

S2M-5550 Michael Matheson: Cork It Campaign - Worthy of Support—That the Parliament notes the increasing problem of underage drinking that affects many local communities across Scotland; recognises the serious health dangers to young people engaged in underage drinking and the associated social problems experienced in communities affected by it; believes that government requires an effective national strategy to reduce underage drinking and that greater inter-agency co-operation between health services, the police and local government should play an important part in tackling the problem at a local level; welcomes the Cork It! campaign, launched by the Falkirk Herald to help stop underage drinking, and recognises that such local campaigns have an important part to play in changing young people’s attitude towards alcohol.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-5548 Margaret Mitchell: Cork It—That the Parliament congratulates the Falkirk Herald on the launch of Cork It!, a campaign aimed at addressing the problems caused by underage drinking; acknowledges that the issues surrounding underage drinking are diverse and pervasive; recognises the misery that underage drinking can inflict on communities; welcomes the support of Central Scotland Police and NHS Forth Valley for this campaign; considers that everyone has a role to play in discouraging the binge-drinking culture that resulted in the death of Neil Forrester, aged 15 from Larbert, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver when he staggered into the middle of the road after consuming alcohol purchased for him by a 22-year-old adult, and encourages communities both in central Scotland and throughout Scotland to actively support similar campaigns seeking to tackle and eliminate underage drinking.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Alex Johnstone, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr David Davidson, Donald Gorrie, Murdo Fraser, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Dave Petrie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Bill Aitken, Mr Brian Monteith, Dr Jean Turner, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-5547 Margo MacDonald: Potential Closure of Scottish Mining Museum—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to offer support, including funding if necessary, to the Scottish Mining Museum at Newtongrange which is threatened with closure, in light of the debt of gratitude owed to mining communities throughout Scotland and the respect owed to the memory of the many mining families who sacrificed safety and comfort in the service of their country.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-5546 Tommy Sheridan: Justice for the Shrewsbury 24—That the Parliament notes the recent launch of a campaign to secure justice for the 24 construction workers charged with conspiracy during the 1972 building workers’ strike who many believe were viciously victimised; further notes that the Shrewsbury 24, as they become known, were taking part in a legal and legitimate official strike when they were arrested and charged, with six men receiving harsh gaol sentences and the 18 others being branded criminals for life and receiving two year suspended sentences; condemns the brutal treatment meted out by the establishment against these workers whose only "crime" was to oppose the exploitative use of "cash-in-hand" employment and the lack of health and safety practices afforded to workers in the construction industry; salutes the courage of the Shrewsbury 24 for standing up for workers’ rights despite the intimidation of the employers and the state and demands that the conviction of these men be immediately quashed and a terrible wrong be addressed 34 years after the convictions which relied upon an 1875 law on unlawful assembly; notes with concern the recent comments of Terry Renshaw, one of the Shrewsbury 24, when he said "despite our fight for proper protection for workers, which cost us so highly, the death rate on construction sites, the highest in any industry, remains the same today as it was 34 years ago"; supports the Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign, and demands greater safety conditions for all construction workers.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Colin Fox

S2M-5545# Mr Duncan McNeil: Happy 150th Birthday to the Greenock Telegraph—That the Parliament congratulates the Greenock Telegraph on its 150th birthday which it will celebrate on 18 March 2007; notes that over the past century and a half this daily evening paper has become a valued institution in Greenock and throughout Inverclyde; further notes that, despite the challenges posed by new media, it continues to enjoy a wide and dedicated readership; pays tribute to the past and present editors, journalists, photographers, advertising sales staff, administrators and everyone else whose hard work is essential in continuing to bring local news and sport to the people of Greenock and Inverclyde, and wishes the "Tele" all the very best for its next 150 years.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie

S2M-5544 Tommy Sheridan: Support for the Bolivarian Socialist Republic of Venezuela—That the Parliament notes the decision of the democratically elected National Assembly of Venezuela to approve a wide-ranging enabling law to allow the re-elected President, Hugo Chavez, to nationalise key sectors of the Venezuelan economy to facilitate the growth of socialist production and wealth redistribution across Venezuela; further notes that the power to nationalise will target important sectors like oil, telecommunications, electricity and natural gas and notes the comments of Hugo Chavez that "The nationalisations will always be limited to strategic areas of the economy…I call to national and international business owners to come. Let’s work together for the development of a mixed economic model", and believes that a mixed economic socialist model with ownership and control of the key sectors of the economy in public hands would well serve an independent Scotland in respect of both the quality and standard of the life of all its citizens.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Ms Rosemary Byrne

S2M-5543 Tommy Sheridan: Troops Out of Iraq: Don’t Attack Iran—That the Parliament notes the growing, bloody and brutal carnage in Iraq which claims thousands of innocent lives each week; believes that the continued presence of what many consider to be illegally occupying US and UK troops is a major factor in the bloody conflict engulfing Iraq and is not part of the solution; supports the worldwide calls, including from the overwhelming majority of Iraqi citizens according to several opinion polls, to withdraw UK and US troops immediately as a first serious step towards stability and genuine recovery within Iraq; welcomes the Stop the War conference to be held in Glasgow on Saturday 10 February 2007 and the Bin the Bomb rally to be held, also in Glasgow, two weeks later on 24 February; opposes any plans to attack Iran, and believes that the British Prime Minister and Gordon Brown, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer, should issue unequivocal statements now denouncing US neo-con plans to bomb Iran in recognition of the fact that such acts of state terrorism would cause untold misery, suffering and war across the Middle East and the globe.

S2M-5542 Frances Curran: Equal Treatment for Expatriate Pensioners—That the Parliament notes that the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/712), laid before the Westminster Parliament in March 2006, excluded expatriate pensioners living in countries not covered by reciprocal social security arrangements with the United Kingdom from having their state pensions up-rated in the same way as those living in the UK; further notes that the cost of including these pensioners in the annual up-rating order for 2005-06 would have been just £20 million; condemns this penny-pinching approach to pensioners who have paid many years of national insurance contributions before emigrating, and calls on the Westminster Government to restore these pensioners’ right to equal treatment with pensioners resident in the UK.

Supported by: John Swinburne, Robin Harper, Carolyn Leckie, Colin Fox, Rosie Kane, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-5541 Mr Brian Monteith: The Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/2).

S2M-5540 Mrs Nanette Milne: Kintore Station—That the Parliament welcomes the proposal to reopen Kintore station as a medium-term priority within the Nestrans Aberdeen Crossrail project; notes that there is strong local support for the reopening of the train station; further notes that Kintore’s population has grown over the last five years from around 1,600 to over 2,500 today; further notes that the reopening of Kintore station would provide an integrated transport service for the Garioch area and would also help to reduce traffic congestion on local roads as well as being more environmentally friendly, and calls on Transport Scotland, the Scottish Executive and Nestrans to work towards the reopening of the station at the earliest possible time as a strategic part of enhanced rail provision.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Dave Petrie, Mr David Davidson, Robin Harper, Murdo Fraser, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Brian Adam, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Bill Aitken, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-5539 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Recognition for the Work of the Holocaust Educational Trust—That the Parliament recognises and applauds the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust in teaching young people about the Holocaust; notes that the trust is committed to ensuring that our young people understand the horror of the Holocaust and how vital it is to fight hatred whenever and wherever it arises; further notes this year’s theme, "The Dignity of Difference", encouraging commemorations to reflect on the different groups that were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust, as well as in more recent incidents of prejudice, discrimination and genocide, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support all schools to allow them to take advantage of the trust’s outreach programme which sends educators and Holocaust survivors into schools to deliver innovative, interactive workshops that teach about the Holocaust and its lessons for future generations.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dr Jean Turner, Phil Gallie, Chris Ballance, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman

S2M-5538 John Swinburne: Maintenance Contracts for Senior Citizens’ Central Heating Systems—That the Parliament expresses concern that maintenance contracts for central heating systems installed under the Scottish Executive’s excellent central heating programme currently cost pensioner households in excess of £200 per annum; recognises that, while this provides peace of mind that their central heating systems are being maintained, it cancels out the benefit of their £200 winter heating allowance, and considers that a 50% reduction in the cost of these maintainance contracts would be of great benefit to hard-pressed senior citizens.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Colin Fox, Chris Ballance, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Donald Gorrie, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-5537 Maureen Macmillan: Fatal Accident at Delny Level Crossing, Ross-shire—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the fatal accident which occurred at the Delny level crossing in Ross-shire on 2 February 2007; notes also the long standing concerns about the safety of the barrier-less crossings on the Far North and Kyle railway lines, and urges the Scottish Executive to consider how safety at these crossings could be improved.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, Peter Peacock, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Charlie Gordon, Helen Eadie, Robin Harper, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Frank McAveety, Dave Petrie, Mr John Swinney, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Rosie Kane, Dr Jean Turner

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, Christine Grahame, Alex Fergusson

S2M-5385# Margo MacDonald: Awareness of Coeliac Disease—That the Parliament is concerned that the average general practitioner has little or no experience of coeliac disease, an extremely debilitating illness that affects one in 100 of the population, of which seven out of eight are undiagnosed; regrets that the lack of knowledge of this condition prevents many people with coeliac disease from receiving early diagnosis, leading to serious complications such as osteoporosis and bowel cancer if left undetected; welcomes the work done by Coeliac UK in providing literature, advice, a helpline and dietary information to address this need, and believes that the Scottish Executive should promote such measures as it sees fit to ensure that GPs in the Lothians and throughout Scotland receive more appropriate training and support to enable them to recognise and to diagnose the disease more accurately.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Dave Petrie, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Scott Barrie, Kate Maclean, Ms Rosemary Byrne, John Swinburne, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Jamie Stone, David McLetchie, Jim Mather, Shona Robison, Mr John Swinney, Iain Smith, Euan Robson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Alex Johnstone, Karen Gillon, Christine Grahame, Ms Maureen Watt, Jeremy Purvis, Roseanna Cunningham, Murdo Fraser, Michael McMahon, Tricia Marwick, Dr Jean Turner, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Shiona Baird, Mr Charlie Gordon*

S2M-5362 Mr Andy Kerr: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Lewis Macdonald

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5536 Impact of Pfizer’s Change of Wholesale Practice on Scottish Pharmacies (lodged on 2 February 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-5531 Save the Simclar Workers (lodged on 1 February 2007) Frances Curran*

S2M-5530 Congratulations to Friends of the Refugees Ayrshire (lodged on 1 February 2007) Chris Ballance*

S2M-5524 RNIB Scotland: Visual Impairment and Learning Disabilities (lodged on 1 February 2007) Chris Ballance*

S2M-5492# Rum’s Red Deer (lodged on 26 January 2007) Derek Brownlee*

S2M-5491 Scotland’s Window on Europe (lodged on 26 January 2007) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-5064 Make School Make Sense (lodged on 31 October 2006) John Farquhar Munro*

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