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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-1003♦ Johann Lamont: Meeting the Needs of Disabled Children and their Families - £34 Million Could Go a Long Way—That the Parliament acknowledges the courage, persistence and commitment of parents with disabled children within the Pollok constituency, across Glasgow and throughout Scotland, in fighting for the rights of their families; notes the findings of the report, Aiming High for Disabled Children: Better Support for Families, drawn from the experience and priorities of families with disabled children across the United Kingdom and which seeks to address the needs of the disabled child and the impact of disability on the rest of the family; welcomes the £34 million funding secured by the dedicated campaigning of families with disabled children and provided to the Scottish Executive to deliver the package of improvements in short breaks, accessible childcare, support for young disabled people in transition to adulthood and help for parents to be involved in shaping local services, and considers that families of disabled children should benefit fully from the £34 million fruits of their campaigning endeavour.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Pauline McNeill*, Patricia Ferguson*, Sarah Boyack*, Elaine Murray*, Robin Harper*, David Whitton*, Des McNulty*

*S3M-1002♦ Jamie Hepburn: True Cost of PFI—That the Parliament notes with concern the article entitled "Lifting the Lid on PFI", published in issue 43 of Scottish Left Review, which concludes that many PFI/PPP projects in Scotland, including projects in the Central Scotland parliamentary region, are being paid for on a one-for-the-price-of-two basis due to the massive returns accruing to the contractors, that local businesses are regularly squeezed out of the tendering process and that there is still not enough transparency in PFI/PPP contracts; believes that much more needs to be done to improve the availability of information and monitoring of the true cost of PFI/PPP projects, and considers that there should be a full-scale inquiry into the reality of PFI/PPP contracts across Scotland.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-1001 Murdo Fraser: Reinstate our Christmas Carol Service—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision to hold a festive evening rather than a Christmas carol service in the Parliament this year; is concerned that this represents a further retreat from celebrating the traditional Christmas message; considers that, as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a long-established national festival, Christmas should be explicitly celebrated annually in the Parliament, and therefore believes that the festive evening should be scrapped and the traditional Christmas service reinstated.

*S3M-1000# Dave Thompson: Make Scotland’s Roads Safer - Reduce the Drink Driving Limit—That the Parliament welcomes the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Christmas card campaign calling for a reduction in the drink driving limit; notes that there is clear evidence that shows that drivers who exceed 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood are significantly impaired; further notes with regret that in the Highlands and Islands there are 27% more accidents caused by drunk drivers than the national average; joins the BMA in considering that more pressure should be exerted on the UK Government to lower the drink driving limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg; supports the implementation of random testing, which would undoubtedly act as a further deterrent to drink driving, and notes that these measures will make Scotland’s roads safer and could save as many as 65 lives a year on UK roads.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-999 Karen Gillon: Fit for the Future—That the Parliament welcomes the report published by the Scottish Consumer Council, Fit for the Future? Young People’s Participation in Physical Activity in Scottish Secondary Schools, which highlights that the vast majority of S1 to S4 pupils are receiving two periods of exercise a week and have a generally positive attitude towards sport; recognises that more has to be done to encourage S5 and S6 pupils as well as all female pupils to partake in optional school-based sport activities, and calls on the Scottish Government to investigate the potential to offer young people an entitlement of five hours per week of physical activity combining both in-class and out-of-class time.

S3M-998 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to Greater Pollok Integration Network—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Big Lottery Fund to grant significant funding to the Scottish Refugee Council to promote good news about asylum seekers and refugees and, in particular, congratulates the Greater Pollok Integration Network on the work that it has done bringing together local people with asylum seekers and refugees living in the area, especially through visits to primary and secondary schools to recount the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees.

S3M-997 Helen Eadie: Failure to Announce Decision on New Forth Crossing—That the Parliament notes that in a series of parliamentary questions and answers beginning on 21 June 2007 the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change promised an early decision on the important project of a new Forth crossing; further notes that on 17 July 2007, in response to Des McNulty MSP, the minister promised that a decision would be made on a new Forth crossing in the autumn but that this has now passed; further notes that the minister later stated that the Scottish Government has not made any investigation into the use of European structural funds, nor have there been any ministerial or official-led meetings or discussions with HM Treasury about any aspect of financing a new Forth crossing; finally notes that an announcement about a new crossing has not yet been made despite all of the above commitments from the minister, and, in the knowledge that only three weeks of 2007 remain, asks whether the minister will keep his promise to make an announcement by the end of this year in recognition of the fact that further delays by the Scottish Government will intensify risks for bridge users and expresses concern that yet another set of promises has not yet been kept.

S3M-996 Jamie Stone: Domestic Heating Oil—That the Parliament notes with concern the impact of the soaring price of domestic heating oil on Scotland’s pensioners and poorer families and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward proposals as to how people and families most affected can be assisted, both financially and by the introduction of further insulation and energy efficiency schemes.

S3M-995 Bill Wilson: UK Failure to Tackle Child Poverty—That the Parliament recognises the Prime Minister’s promise to "end child poverty" as incompatible with this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review and Pre-Budget Report, which throws a mere 50 pence a week each at the 250,000 children in Scotland living below the poverty line; believes that tackling child poverty, with reference to the Child Tax Credit, will require more than an additional £25 per family per year; calls on Westminster to investigate the capacity of citizens’ incomes to tackle the issue of rampant child poverty throughout the United Kingdom, and acknowledges that an independent Scotland would not fail to act in the interests of a quarter of a million children living below the poverty line.

S3M-994 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Cunninghame Housing Association—That the Parliament congratulates Cunninghame Housing Association’s (CHA) achievement in winning the Outstanding Achievement Award, Scotland, at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s UK Housing Awards 2007; appreciates that this is only the most recent of many awards won in recent years by CHA which manages 1,850 rented and 300 factored homes in North and East Ayrshire; acknowledges that the success of CHA owes much to the leadership of Chief Executive, Frank Sweeney, Regeneration Manager, Hugh McGhee, and the hard work of the association’s staff and voluntary management committee; recognises that the award exemplifies the sustainable social and economic programmes delivered by CHA in the wider community, and believes that with the submission of its ambitious four-year volume procurement bid proposal, which includes provision for the construction of 2,500 affordable homes for rent from April 2009 in North and East Ayrshire, Cunninghame Housing Association will continue to go from strength to strength as an innovative and exemplary housing provider.

S3M-993 John Park: STUC Memorandum of Understanding—That the Parliament welcomes the re-signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Scottish Government and the STUC; recognises the valuable role that the MoU has played in developing government and trade union relations since being signed in 2002 by then First Minister, Jack McConnell MSP, and STUC President, David Bleiman; recognises that the strategic dialogue undertaken through the MoU enabled achievements such as the two-tier workforce protocol, the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 and the extension of the Union Learning Fund, and welcomes the continued involvement of trade unions as social partners with government.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, George Foulkes, Marlyn Glen, Richard Baker, Karen Whitefield, John Wilson, Iain Gray, Sandra White, James Kelly, Marilyn Livingstone, David Stewart, Bill Butler, Elaine Murray, Elaine Smith, Ken Macintosh, David Whitton, Karen Gillon, Patrick Harvie, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-992 Stewart Stevenson: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: John Swinney, Jim Mather

S3M-991 Rob Gibson: Environmental Chemistry Conference in Highlands—That the Parliament congratulates the Thurso-based Environmental Research Institute, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute, on securing and hosting the 8th European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry which takes place from 5 to 8 December 2007 at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness; notes the high-profile speakers and issues that will be discussed during the event which will be key to environmental developments in Scotland and the wider world, and further notes that it is the first conference to be attracted to the revamped Eden Court Theatre which is of importance to Inverness and the wider Highland economy.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-990 Irene Oldfather: North Ayrshire Carers Centre—That the Parliament welcomes members of the Three Towns Support Group to the Parliament on 6 December 2007; commends the hard work and dedication of staff at North Ayrshire Carers Centre in Irvine to maintain high standards of support and advice for carers; recognises that 7 December is Carers Rights Day 2007; notes that an estimated one in five people give up employment in order to care; is aware that a proportion of these people may have been able to continue working if given the correct information about what help was in place; welcomes the introduction of national legislation in 2007 that gives carers the right to request flexible working hours from their employers; acknowledges that many people providing care continue to be unaware of the range of support that is available to them, including meals on wheels, telecare and carers’ allowance; congratulates Carers Scotland for its campaign to inform carers about what services are in place through a variety of methods, including CarersLine, the national advice helpline for carers, and however recognises that more needs to be done to ensure that carers are fully aware of their rights and are given the opportunity to continue working if they so wish.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, James Kelly, David Whitton, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Robin Harper, George Foulkes, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, Ken Macintosh*, Elaine Murray*, Elaine Smith*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-989 Derek Brownlee: Dumfries and Galloway Standard - Scottish Weekly Newspaper of the Year—That the Parliament recognises the importance of local newspapers not only in providing information to their communities but also in highlighting and campaigning on local concerns; notes the many successful local campaigns run by the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, including the Keep Glasgow University in Dumfries campaign, and congratulates the newspaper’s editor, news team and production staff on the recognition of their efforts at the Newspaper Society Awards where the Dumfries and Galloway Standard was named Scottish weekly newspaper of the year.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Jamie McGrigor, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser, Elaine Murray, Patrick Harvie, Ted Brocklebank, Stuart McMillan, Jim Hume, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Aitken, Rob Gibson, John Lamont, Margaret Mitchell, Robin Harper, Mary Scanlon, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Jackson Carlaw, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-988 Hugh O’Donnell: Our Vote Our Voice Launch—That the Parliament congratulates Outside the Box Development Support on the launch of its online election voting pack for adults with learning difficulties; recognises that people with such difficulties have as much right to accessible information on matters that affect their lives as other members of Scotland’s communities; welcomes the contribution that people with learning difficulties made to the production of the pack, and believes that the election pack should inform and influence the planning of elections by those who have responsibility for doing so, such as returning officers and the Electoral Commission, to ensure the maximum participation in elections by all eligible voters.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jim Hume, John Wilson, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Robert Brown, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Ken Macintosh, David Stewart, James Kelly, Bashir Ahmad, Elaine Smith, Jim Tolson, Karen Gillon, Patrick Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Ross Finnie, Bill Wilson*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-987 Jackie Baillie: Prepayment Penalties on the Poor—That the Parliament expresses concern that customers using prepayment meters to pay for their energy are currently paying an average of £214 per year more than those who have signed up for suppliers’ online tariffs and £137 more than those paying by direct debit; notes that one in three households have no home access to the internet while one in 11 do not have a bank account; expresses further concern that the number of prepayment meters installed for debt has risen in the last year, effectively barring those customers from switching to a cheaper supplier and payment method; further notes that smart meters have an important role in eradicating the inequalities associated with payment methods, and calls on the Scottish Government to make representations to Ofgem to undertake a comprehensive review of charges for prepayment meter customers as a first step to ensuring that large numbers of Scottish consumers no longer have to pay more for their energy simply because they have no access to a computer or bank account.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Marlyn Glen, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-986 Kenneth Gibson: Farepak—That the Parliament condemns the fact that Farepak savers have yet to receive any compensation; calls on the Westminster Government, which underwrote Northern Rock at a cost in excess of £24 billion, to assist victims of the Farepak collapse, which in total would cost the comparatively much smaller sum of £40 million; demands that small savers be given as much protection as big savers; acknowledges that, according to research carried out by the University of Birmingham, the majority of Farepak savers were low-paid women prudently saving for Christmas who were subsequently forced into a cycle of debt, and supports better and mandatory regulation of savings schemes and the publication of the Companies Investigations Branch report into the Farepak collapse in the interests of transparency.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Gil Paterson, Christopher Harvie, Tricia Marwick, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Michael Matheson*

S3M-985 Kenneth Gibson: A Youth Court for Ayrshire—That the Parliament supports the establishment of a youth court in Ayrshire following the success of two pilot youth courts in Hamilton and Airdrie; notes that in Hamilton and Airdrie youth offender recidivism is lower than in comparable sheriff courts, despite dealing with young people with a higher number of convictions; approves of the fast-track form of justice which ensures that young offenders are quickly brought before court, usually within 10 days of the date of the crime being committed, making them more aware of their wrongdoing; welcomes the fact that designated sheriffs, who share in the work of youth courts, provide consistent supervision of each young offender and continue to oversee the young offender’s rehabilitation, allowing for sentences to be amended as necessary; recognises that a convicted youth remains accountable to the court for his or her actions or behaviour; acknowledges that this ongoing relationship helps to ensure that young offenders receive the most appropriate treatment and are encouraged to address offending behaviour, and believes that the high level of persistent youth offending in Ayrshire, which has risen substantially in recent years, causing misery and distress for local communities and putting law enforcement agencies under tremendous pressure, makes Ayrshire a priority for establishing a youth court.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Bob Doris, Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Willie Coffey*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-984 Sandra White: Saint Mungo’s Academy—That the Parliament congratulates Saint Mungo’s Academy, Glasgow, on its upcoming 150th anniversary; further congratulates staff, pupils and parents, both past and present, for the excellent record of attainment and community involvement achieved by Saint Mungo’s; wishes all those involved well during their anniversary celebrations, and hopes that the caring ethos of St Mungo’s continues.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell

S3M-975# Stuart McMillan: Clyde Independent Health Scrutiny Panel Recommendations—That the Parliament welcomes the recommendations made by the independent Clyde Health Scrutiny Panel on proposals for health service changes in the Clyde area; notes that the panel believes that a longer and more reliable audit should be undertaken of why local mothers make the birthing choices that they are making, and agrees with the panel that community maternity units should continue to run for a further three-year period, accompanied by a positive community education programme informed by a survey of women’s attitudes.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson

S3M-974 Shirley-Anne Somerville: End the Spectre of Poll Tax—That the Parliament notes the publication of Citizens Advice Scotland’s latest briefing on the community charge; expresses concern that poll tax arrears can continue to be collected in Scotland up to 20 years after they are due; recognises that, due to the length of time involved, many people in Edinburgh and across Scotland find it impossible to prove that they have paid poll tax charges that councils insist are still due; further notes that the English and Welsh system for pursuing community charge debts resulted in a six-year time limit, and calls on the Scottish Government to review the prescriptive periods for the community charge.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, John Wilson, Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson*, John Park*

S3M-973 Iain Smith: Congratulations to the Dolphin Community Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Dolphin Community Centre in Tayport on successfully competing on STV’s North Tonight programme for £80,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund; notes the importance of the centre to the local community in and around Tayport; welcomes the funding which will be used to upgrade the building and carry out internal improvements to the layout of the centre, allowing it to be used for a greater range of activities, and wishes continued success to the centre and those who have worked so hard to secure its future.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Elizabeth Smith, Jim Hume

S3M-972 Peter Peacock: Scottish Land Girls—That the Parliament notes the recent report on BBC Scotland’s Landward programme highlighting the campaign by Scottish land girls to the war effort in both the first and second world wars; pays tribute to all those who volunteered to work on Scotland’s land to ensure that food production could continue in times of severe national shortage, and considers that the Scottish Executive should give full and proper recognition to the Scottish land girls for their contribution to the war effort.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Sarah Boyack, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Nanette Milne, Mike Pringle, Patricia Ferguson, John Lamont, Jamie Stone, Des McNulty, Jim Hume, Hugh O’Donnell, George Foulkes, Marilyn Livingstone, John Park, Elaine Murray, Jim Tolson, Trish Godman, David Whitton, Christine Grahame, Andy Kerr, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Ken Macintosh*, Elaine Smith*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-971 Lewis Macdonald: Golf Resort Development in Aberdeen City and Shire—That the Parliament deplores the decision on 29 November 2007 by the Infrastructure Committee of Aberdeenshire Council to reject Donald Trump’s application to develop a world-class golf resort in the north east; believes that decisions of such strategic importance ought to be taken by all members of a planning authority and determined on the basis of the interests of the wider community and Scotland as a whole; calls on Aberdeenshire Council to act urgently to review and if possible reverse its decision, and calls for any appeal by the developer to be dealt with as a matter of urgency by Scottish ministers.

Supported by: Elaine Murray, Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*

S3M-970# Sandra White: Labour Failure to Act Against Post Office Closures—That the Parliament shares the continuing concern of Glasgow MSPs Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris and Bashir Ahmad at the uncertainty and distress created by the proposed post office closures in Glasgow; further notes the recent consultation presented to the Post Office and the Scottish Government on behalf of the Glasgow SNP MSPs, which found that over 99% of respondents felt that their local post office was an essential service and that they would have difficulty accessing post office facilities if their local post office closed; condemns the behaviour of the Glasgow Labour MPs for their failure to even turn up for the debate on Post Office restructuring on 29 November 2007 in the House of Commons; considers that this further compounds their earlier disingenuous stance of informing Glasgow residents that they were against the closures when in fact Glasgow Labour MPs voted in favour of recommendations for closure, and believes that the people of Glasgow have been let down by their elected representatives and that actions such as these and others by the Labour Party serve to further erode public trust and confidence in politicians.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-969 Roseanna Cunningham: Defence Aviation and Repair Agency Almondbank - No To Privatisation—That the Parliament respects the important role played by the DARA rotary wing and components business at Almondbank near Perth which provides in-depth maintenance, repair and overhaul of components for the UK’s military helicopter fleet; applauds the management and workforce at DARA for creating what has become a world-class centre of excellence; recognises the important role played by helicopters at the front line of modern conflicts; notes that an announcement is expected in Westminster on 15 December 2007 on the future of DARA; regrets that, far from protecting the critical work that DARA does to keep its helicopters flying, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) seems set to sell the organisation to the private sector with the sole bidder being the small Canadian company, Vector Aerospace, in a decision which would mean the permanent loss of helicopter support to the MoD and would be effectively exporting the intellectual property and design skills required to maintain operational sovereignty; welcomes the proposals submitted by the joint trade unions which, through measures such as mobile repair teams, integrating service personnel into the business, funding for capability rather than fixed pricing and directing MoD work into the business, would ensure the long-term viability and success of the business inside the MoD, and urges Baroness Taylor of Bolton, the minister responsible for the decision, to give her support to the unions’ proposals which will protect jobs, technologies and armed forces personnel.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Keith Brown, Christina McKelvie, John Park*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-968 Jim Tolson: A New Forth Crossing—That the Parliament recognises the importance of the Forth Road Bridge to the economy of Fife and the rest of the country; notes that experts believe that the bridge could be closed to heavy goods vehicles in 2013 and all vehicles in 2019; welcomes the Scottish Government’s consultation exercise which explored all the possible route and build options; notes with concern the failure of the Scottish Government to announce the "early go-ahead for a replacement crossing" as promised in the SNP manifesto; regrets that the Scottish Government has not ruled out the possibility of tolling on the replacement crossing or has not committed to enhanced cross-Forth public transport provision, and calls on the Scottish Government to announce its plans for a replacement crossing without further delay.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Iain Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, John Park

S3M-968.1 Alex Johnstone: A New Forth Crossing—As an amendment to motion (S3M-968) in the name of Jim Tolson, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "further notes with concern the failure of the previous Labour-Liberal Democrat Scottish Executive and successive Liberal Democrat transport ministers to commission a new crossing which has resulted in valuable time being lost and may result in the existing bridge having to close before a new crossing is ready; further notes that it was former Minister for Transport, Nicol Stephen, who instructed the Forth Estuary Transport Authority to implement a variable tolls scheme on the existing bridge which could have resulted in tolls of up to £4 at peak times, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to repeal Part 3 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 so as to remove the possibility of such a scheme being revived."

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, John Lamont, Nanette Milne, Ted Brocklebank, Jamie McGrigor, David McLetchie, Murdo Fraser

S3M-967 Tavish Scott: Scots Trad Music Awards 2007—That the Parliament notes the importance to Scotland’s cultural and economic life of its rich variety of traditional music; welcomes the recognition that this is given by the annual Scots Trad Music Awards which highlight the depth of talent available from across Scotland; welcomes the news that the Cullivoe Dance Band from Yell is this year’s winner of the Scottish Dance Band of the Year award, recognising the contribution that they have made to Shetland and Scottish music over many years; further welcomes the individual award of Instrumentalist of the Year to Catriona McKay, whose contribution to Scottish music includes her membership of Shetland’s Fiddlers’ Bid, and believes that these awards show the particular strength of Shetland’s musical heritage which, thanks to the musical tuition available in Shetland’s schools, is being passed on to the young Shetlanders of today, many of whom will be leading competitors for future Scots Trad Music Awards.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Mary Scanlon

S3M-966 David McLetchie: Human Trafficking—That the Parliament commends the work of Amnesty International and Lothian and Borders Police who have joined forces to host the Slave Britain exhibition at Edinburgh Airport; hopes that this exhibition raises awareness among staff and passengers of the horrendous trade in human beings into Scotland; notes that the trafficking of human beings is hugely profitable for traffickers, is therefore rising globally and will likely continue to rise in Scotland; notes the necessity of victim support for those who have been trafficked to facilitate the prosecution of traffickers, and supports the ongoing work of the police forces throughout the United Kingdom in the detection, arrest and prosecution of traffickers who profit from this immoral and criminal trade.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Mary Scanlon

S3M-964 Fiona Hyslop: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt

S3M-963 Karen Whitefield: St Aloysius Primary School’s 150th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff at St Aloysius Primary on the school’s 150th anniversary; recognises the significant part that the school has played in enhancing the lives of the children of Chapelhall during that period; further recognises the important role played by the 20 head teachers that the school has had since its inception in providing leadership and guidance to the young people of Chapelhall, and wishes staff and pupils well during their celebrations.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Karen Gillon, Alasdair Allan, Hugh O’Donnell, Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie, Margaret Mitchell, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, James Kelly, Cathy Peattie, Roseanna Cunningham, Elaine Smith*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-962 Bashir Ahmad: National Deaf Children’s Society: Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Families of Deaf Children Project—That the Parliament believes that childhood deafness should not be a barrier to participating fully in the life of a modern Scotland; notes that there are approximately 2,922 deaf children living in Scotland today; acknowledges that the diverse and dynamic nature of Scotland’s demographic means that a proportion of these children will be from black and minority ethnic (BME) families; acknowledges research which suggests that there is a greater prevalence of deafness among certain BME communities, with one study indicating the incidence of deafness to be 3.5 times greater for Asian children compared with non-Asian children; accepts that, without the appropriate support, deafness can make it harder for children to communicate, especially if English is not their first language; is aware that language and cultural differences can often restrict parents from accessing vital information from health and education professionals, preventing them from making informed choices about important issues in their deaf children’s development; recognises the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Scotland as the only Scottish charity dedicated to the support of all deaf children and young people, their families and professionals working with them regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, culture, and religion, and therefore congratulates NDCS Scotland on its Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Families of Deaf Children project, which has initially been focused on families in Glasgow due to the high density volume of BME families in the city, on successfully establishing close links with organisations within BME communities and professionals working with deaf children, recruiting and training volunteer representatives from within BME communities who can further support families with deaf children and on ensuring that Scottish BME families have access to comprehensive information in order that they can make informed choices and get support with issues associated with childhood deafness.

Supported by: Ross Finnie, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Allan, Michael Matheson, Sandra White, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-961 Alasdair Allan: Congratulations to Sgoil Lionacleit—That the Parliament congratulates Sgoil Lionacleit from the Isle of Benbecula for its victory in the BT National Gaelic Debate, held in the Parliament on 29 November 2007; notes the achievement of the Nicolson Institute from Stornoway in getting to the semi-finals; congratulates schools from all over Scotland for the standard of their debate; welcomes the outstanding contribution of Innes MacSween from Ness in Lewis for winning the prize of Best Individual Speaker in the competition, and notes the contribution of competitions like this in encouraging young Gaels to use and keep alive their language.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Robin Harper, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Dave Thompson

S3M-960 Claire Baker: Fife Pies are the Best Pies!—That the Parliament congratulates WF Stark butchers in Buckhaven on winning the annual World Scotch Pie Championships; notes that, with last year’s winners Stuart’s of Buckhaven also based in Fife, the Kingdom now has two world champion pie makers; congratulates the organisers of the championships; notes that Fife’s butchers and bakers obviously have a clear aptitude for making a tasty pie, and suggests that Members visit the Kingdom of Fife to sample a pie, as part of a balanced diet, at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Richard Baker, Mary Mulligan, Robin Harper, John Park, Murdo Fraser, Sandra White, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman

S3M-959 Robert Brown: Prisoners with Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities—That the Parliament welcomes the report, No One Knows, produced by the Prison Reform Trust, based on interviews with prison staff in Scotland regarding the identification and support of prisoners with learning difficulties; notes the suggestion that up to 2,250 prisoners out of approximately 7,000 are likely to have a technical learning disability or require some additional support with learning; notes further that all public services, including criminal justice organisations, have a duty under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to eliminate discrimination and promote opportunity for disabled people, including those with learning difficulties; is concerned that few systematic procedures appear to be in place in prisons to identify prisoners with learning difficulties or disabilities and that information about this does not accompany most prisoners when they enter prison; is aware that short-term prison sentences militate against effective working with such prisoners; calls on the Scottish Executive to act on the recommendations of the report, and believes that there would be considerable value in a review of the care and treatment of prisoners with learning difficulties and disabilities by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and by the Scottish Commissioner for Equality and Human Rights, as recommended in the report.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Jim Tolson, Mike Pringle, Liam McArthur, Ross Finnie, Jim Hume, Patrick Harvie, Mike Rumbles, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Wilson, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Iain Gray, Alex Neil, Christina McKelvie, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith*

S3M-958 Brian Adam: Neurosurgergy Needs Assessment—That the Parliament recognises the public opposition to centralising neurosurgery services and expresses its support for keeping the existing four neurological specialist centres; congratulates the organisers of the 25,000 signature petition to the Parliament, and recognises the prime importance of patient care in this issue and the inadequacies in coverage that one centralised unit would bring, also noting the lack of particular financial benefit of such a scheme as confirmed in the draft report on the national needs assessment for neurosurgery services.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Michael Matheson*

S3M-957 Brian Adam: Big Screens for International Games—That the Parliament encourages local authorities, in collaboration with the Scottish Football Association and local organisations such as football clubs, to facilitate the broadcasting of Scotland’s international football matches on large video screens in central locations when terrestrial broadcast is not available, using ready-made stadia as possible venues, thus enabling a broader range of people to have the chance to show their support for the national side.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Michael Matheson*

S3M-956# Rob Gibson: Congratulations to the Fifth Annual Scots Trad Music Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Hands Up For Trad for organising the fifth annual Scots Trad Music Awards, Comharrachadh Duaisean Dual-cheòl na h-Alba 2007, held in the Nevis Centre, Fort William from 29 November to 1 December 2007; notes the attendance of 900 celebrants and 130 musicians who produced such a spectacular and enjoyable programme drawn from all aspects of our traditional music; congratulates the award winners whose performances have raised the excellence, rude health and growing recognition of Scotland’s contemporary indigenous music bringing it to wider public notice each year, which acts as a barometer of a confident and innovative musical culture in today’s Scotland but regrets that broadcasters have yet to televise this enjoyable event to take the live performance and celebration of our rich musical traditions onto our television screens, and considers that future awards ceremonies should be televised, starting with the sixth awards due to be held in Glasgow in 2008.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Nanette Milne, Karen Whitefield, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-955# Rob Gibson: Scotland’s Music - BBC Scotland Televises Contemporary Traditional Music—That the Parliament congratulates BBC Scotland for producing the six-part series Scotland’s Music, compiled and presented by Phil Cunningham; notes growing public acclaim for the Scotland’s Music series as an inspiring exploration of Scotland’s musical traditions and heritage as well as acting as a great advert for the hugely varied scenery of our country from the Borders to the Highlands and Islands, and considers that much more urgency should be shown in ensuring that the programme is screened throughout the United Kingdom and on worldwide channels and that the series should be available in CD and DVD formats before Christmas.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Bill Butler, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Christina McKelvie, Nigel Don, Roseanna Cunningham, Dave Thompson*

S3M-873.2 George Foulkes: Threatened Closure of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh—As an amendment to motion (S3M-873) in the name of Sarah Boyack, leave out from "following a decision" to end and insert "despite a promise by City of Edinburgh Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Dawe, in May 2007 to give "top priority" to reviving plans for a refurbishment of the King’s Theatre; notes the comments of the Chief Executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust which runs the venue on the council’s behalf that a delay threatens the King’s Theatre with closure on health and safety grounds within two years; recognises the important contribution that the Tollcross venue has made in its 101-year history to the cultural life of Edinburgh, the Lothians and the east of Scotland and which continues today, and calls on the current ruling Lib Dem/SNP council administration to honour the promise made to the people of Edinburgh only a matter of months ago."

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman

S3M-868# Bashir Ahmad: Standing United with Glasgow’s Pakistani Community—That the Parliament is united with members of the Glasgow Pakistani community who protested outside the Pakistan Vice-Consulate’s office in Glasgow in November 2007; shares their concerns over the emergency rule imposed by General Musharraf in Pakistan; joins in their calls demanding that the rule of law is adhered to, the judiciary is reinstated and free and fair elections are held as scheduled in January 2008, and considers that representations should be made to Westminster on their behalf and that appropriate pressure be applied to General Musharraf to comply with the democratic wishes of the Pakistani community.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Ross Finnie, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Jackson Carlaw, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Tavish Scott, Dave Thompson, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson

S3M-331# Liam McArthur: Air Ambulance Service in Orkney—That the Parliament notes the continuing concerns felt in Orkney about the provision of air ambulance cover in the islands, the validity of which were demonstrated by the recent failure of the Scottish Ambulance Service helicopter to evacuate a patient from Papa Westray because of the weather conditions, with the patient only being evacuated thanks to the co-operation of the pilot of a Loganair BN Islander who was able to use his local experience of the weather to make use of a short weather window to reach the island; further notes that this would not have been possible had the evacuation been needed outside Loganair’s operational hours; believes that an independent review of the provision of air ambulance cover in Orkney is urgently needed, and further believes that the outcome of such a review would be the recognition of the need to provide a Kirkwall-based BN Islander air ambulance to provide a back up to the main Scottish Ambulance Service aircraft.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Ross Finnie, Jim Hume, Mr Frank McAveety, Mike Pringle, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie Stone, David Stewart

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-953# Support Project Scotland (lodged on 29 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-952 Congratulations to Kevin Rudd and the Australian Labor Party (lodged on 29 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-951 Housing Supply Task Force (lodged on 29 November 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-950 Excellent HMIE Report into Workers’ Educational Association (lodged on 28 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-948 RSPB Scotland Volunteer and Farmer Alliance (lodged on 28 November 2007) Bill Wilson*

S3M-933 RNIB Report on Election Experiences of People with Sight Loss (lodged on 27 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-926 Police Pay (lodged on 26 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-918 Scotland’s Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialists (lodged on 22 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-917 Guidance on Handling of Medicines (lodged on 22 November 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-913 Social Enterprises: Saving Money, Saving the Planet (lodged on 22 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-911 People Need Physios Campaign (lodged on 22 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-910 Support the White Ribbon Campaign (lodged on 22 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-900 Tenth Anniversary of the Jubilee Scotland Campaign (lodged on 21 November 2007) Hugh Henry*

S3M-895 Golf Tourism in Aberdeen City and Shire (lodged on 21 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-885 Congratulations to CATS Shetland (lodged on 20 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-881 50th Anniversary of the Kames Colliery Disaster (lodged on 19 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-879 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 19 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-878 Anti-Bullying Week 2007 (lodged on 19 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-871# Carers’ Respite and Short Breaks (lodged on 16 November 2007) Dave Thompson*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-870 Failure to Invest in Higher Education (lodged on 16 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-859 Welcoming Siphiwe Hlophe of SWAPOL to the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 15 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-856 Return of Darfuri Asylum Seekers to Sudan (lodged on 15 November 2007) Bill Wilson*

S3M-854 Police Numbers in Scotland 2007 (lodged on 15 November 2007) John Park*, Rhoda Grant*

S3M-853 Orkney Sports Awards (lodged on 14 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-852 Fellowship with Cuba (lodged on 14 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-849.1 Non-Compliance with Minimum Wage Legislation (lodged on 15 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-844 Wheels of Time (lodged on 13 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-832 Free Central Heating Scheme (lodged on 13 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-830 Diabetes UK Scotland World Diabetes Day Report 2007 (lodged on 13 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-829# Changes to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme (lodged on 13 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-827 Availability of Insulin Pumps (lodged on 13 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-826 Samaritans’ Winter Campaign - Dr Chad Varah (lodged on 12 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-824# Sectarian Stories (lodged on 12 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-817 Murdo and Norman Macleod (lodged on 12 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-816 Barnardo’s and MPS Training (lodged on 9 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-811 Scotland’s Successful Commonwealth Games Bid (lodged on 9 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-807 Skills Strategy (lodged on 8 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-806 80th STUC Women’s Conference (lodged on 8 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-804 No Time to Lose (lodged on 8 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-802 John Lennon Northern Lights Festival (lodged on 8 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-800 Cross Party Report on Leukaemia (lodged on 7 November 2007) Murdo Fraser*

S3M-798# Improving the Central Heating Programme (lodged on 7 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-795 John Muir Award (lodged on 7 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-779 Tackling Homophobia (lodged on 5 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-776 RIAS Award for the Pier Arts Centre (lodged on 5 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-773 Why Shetland is Better than the Bahamas (lodged on 5 November 2007) Rhoda Grant*

S3M-631 Holodomor, the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 (lodged on 10 October 2007) Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*, Dave Thompson*, Ian McKee*

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