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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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

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

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-1982 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United—That the Parliament congratulates Manchester United FC on winning the UEFA Champions League after a final which was an excellent advert for the quality of British football; sends the warmest of congratulations to the manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, a son of Govan, who has by his talent and endeavour become the most successful manager Britain has ever had; acknowledges the significance of his contribution to professional football across the globe, and, in particular, commends him for remaining true to his roots in giving unstinting support to Harmony Row football club in his home city, allowing some of the most disadvantaged young people in Scotland to experience the joy and the benefits of participating in sport.

*S3M-1981 Jamie Hepburn: Arrest of Bahá’ís in Iran—That the Parliament notes with concern the news of the arrest of six prominent Bahá’ís in Iran on 14 May 2008; notes that Mrs Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr Jamaloddin Khanjai, Mr Afif Naeimi, Mr Saeid Rezaie, Mr Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr Vahid Tizfah are members of the informal group known as the Friends in Iran that co-ordinates the activities of the Bahá’í community in Iran; further notes that another member of the Friends in Iran, Mrs Mahvash Sabet, has been held in custody since 5 March 2008; registers deepest concern at the mounting threats and persecution of the Iranian Bahá’í community; believes that all countries should practice religious tolerance and freedom; further believes that the international community should seek from the Iranian Government guarantees for the safety of these individuals, and calls for their immediate unconditional release.

*S3M-1980 Dr Richard Simpson: Fife Constabulary Annual Report 2007-08—That the Parliament notes the 2007-8 Annual Report from Fife Constabulary which will be the last report from Chief Constable, Peter Wilson; recognises the achievement of Mr Wilson and his force in further reducing crimes (reported incidents) for the fourth successive year; recognises reductions in road traffic incidents in Fife from 1,000 to 800, and further notes the successful Juvenile Warning Scheme which is reducing the number of persistent youth offenders from 109 in 2006-07 to 60 in 2007-08 and the Policing Our Festive Fife campaign which saw incidents of violent crime fall by 27% during the festive period.

*S3M-1979 Margaret Smith: Edinburgh Zoo Bid for Giant Pandas—That the Parliament recognises the work of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland in securing a pair of breeding giant pandas, which will be located at Edinburgh Zoo; notes that the zoo already has an impressive track record on worldwide conservation and habitat management; appreciates that these pandas will be an important part of the extended captive breeding, research and educational programme operated in China; acknowledges the contribution that captive breeding makes to our understanding of the species, to its gene pool and to a diverse and sustainable panda population, and calls on the zoo to work together with the City of Edinburgh Council and other key partners to discuss and address any local or city-wide impacts and any animal welfare issues involved in bringing pandas to the zoo.

*S3M-1978 Elaine Smith: Playboy Protest—That the Parliament notes the decision by a vicar in York to speak out against the sale and marketing of Playboy goods to children and commends the BBC for its excellent coverage of this issue; believes that the promotion of these items in everyday high street stores, alongside popular children’s goods such as Disney merchandise, suggests morally questionable marketing practices and placement of goods policies which must be rethought; expresses concern at the growing normalisation of inappropriate material, messages and logos on children’s goods and clothing; believes that it is manipulative, dangerous and exploitative to target sexualised merchandise at children, and further believes that such morally corrupt marketing practices contribute to the desensitisation of society to pornography and the continuing inequality and exploitation of women.

*S3M-1977 Hugh O’Donnell: Congratulations to St Maurice’s High School, Cumbernauld—That the Parliament congratulates St Maurice’s High School, Cumbernauld, on reaching the finals of the Scottish European Educational Trust’s Diversity in Europe speaking competition, aimed at raising awareness of life as a member of the European Union, in Glasgow City Chambers on Friday 30 May 2008, and wishes all 10 regional finalists the best of luck on the day.

*S3M-1976 Mike Pringle: Review Hospital Parking Charges for Critically Ill and High Dependency Patients—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Northern Ireland Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, to scrap hospital parking charges for critically ill and high dependency patients and their next of kin in Northern Ireland; notes that parking charges will no longer apply to patients with cancer requiring chemotherapy, radiotherapy or renal dialysis; further notes the hardship that Scotland’s unfair hospital parking charges can cause to critically ill and high dependency patients who require regular or sustained hospital treatment and to their families, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to immediately review parking charges for critically ill and high dependency patients across Scotland’s hospitals to relieve the financial burden on them.

Supported by: Jim Hume*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Ken Macintosh*, Ross Finnie*

*S3M-1975# Gavin Brown: South Edinburgh Suburban Railway—That the Parliament notes the wide public and cross-party political support that the campaign for the reopening of the South Sub railway has gathered; acknowledges the importance of the work carried out by groups such as Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG), E-Rail and TRANSform Scotland; observes that the most recent report on the reopening of the South Sub did not contain a benefit-cost ratio, which was positive in previous reports; believes that the reopening of the South Sub would ease the impact of traffic on the main routes into the city as well as playing an important role in the reduction of fuel emissions in the south of Edinburgh, and believes that there is a case for the reopening of passenger services on the South Edinburgh Suburban Railway.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Murdo Fraser*

*S3M-1974 Nigel Don: North East Youth Football—That the Parliament congratulates the under-13 boys team from Hazlehead Academy in Aberdeen on its fantastic victory in the Bank of Scotland Shield, the national schools football competition; notes that this success comes in the same year as Albion Boys Club under-15s won the Scottish Youth Football Association Cup and Albion Boys Club under-14s and Dyce Boys Club under-16s finished runners up in their respective competitions; considers that such high levels of achievement from north east youth football teams is testament to the high standard of coaching and footballing ability in the region, and looks forward to seeing many more successes of this nature in the future.

*S3M-1973 Cathie Craigie: Diversity in Europe Speaking Competition 2008—That the Parliament congratulates St Maurice’s High School, Cumbernauld, on reaching the national final of the Scottish European Educational Trust’s Diversity in Europe speaking competition; welcomes the competition’s focus on minorities within European states; notes that competing teams will be encouraged to speak the first two sentences of their introduction in the official language of one of the 2004 entrant European Union member states; believes that the competition will help promote the importance of communication between diverse communities; calls on the Scottish Government to do more to ensure that language is never a barrier in Scottish education, and wishes all 11 teams from across Scotland the best of luck at the final on Friday 30 May 2008 in Glasgow City Chambers.

*S3M-1972# Michael Matheson: Cancer Poverty—That the Parliament recognises the wider social impact of dealing and living with a cancer diagnosis, including the significant financial consequences of the disease; is concerned that 90% of people affected by cancer in the United Kingdom experience a significant drop in income and an increase in daily living expenses as a direct result of their diagnosis; welcomes the work of Macmillan Cancer Support, in partnership with the regional cancer advisory groups and local government, in developing a network of cancer-aware benefits advisors in Falkirk and across Scotland; supports the embedding of referral to benefits and financial advice within routine NHS clinical practice, and recognises the need to address cancer poverty in the Better Cancer Care strategy and ensure that financial advice becomes an integral part of every Scot’s cancer journey.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Keith Brown*, Alex Neil*, Ken Macintosh*, Jamie Hepburn*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ross Finnie*, Des McNulty*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-1971 Des McNulty: Victory in the Champions League Final—That the Parliament notes the victory of Manchester United in the 2008 Champions League final, on the 50th anniversary of the Munich disaster; notes the outstanding success of Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of trophies won at the highest level, and congratulates him and his team for their most recent achievement.

*S3M-1970 Johann Lamont: Closure of Cyrenians’ Homes—That the Parliament deplores the closure of three residential homes in Aberdeen run by the Cyrenians, a decision forced on the organisation by a huge cut in funding by Aberdeen City Council; notes that this will affect 50 homeless people a year, with a further 100 affected by the closure of the Cygnet Project’s improving employability service, and calls on the Scottish Government to take immediate action to close this funding gap.

*S3M-1969 John Farquhar Munro: Housing and Homelessness Legislation Displacing Local Highlanders—That the Parliament notes the plight of an increasing number of local highlanders who are finding it difficult to secure social housing in their own areas; recognises the wider benefits of family support systems that lessen the burden on state-run care services, and believes that the Scottish Government should urgently revisit housing and homelessness legislation so that the Highland Council and housing associations can give proper recognition and priority to the housing requirements of locals in need.

*S3M-1968 Sandra White: Partick’s Fashionistas—That the Parliament notes the great success of The Studio, run by Partick Community Association and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Young People’s Fund in Scotland, for its work in facilitating 300 young people taking part in arts and design classes and being involved in local community events; notes that The Studio inspires youngsters to develop their artistic talents and realise their full potential as well as developing their confidence and leadership skills; congratulates Emma Halliday and Rowan Gui, Studio members, who recently modelled their own creations in front of a crowd of 500 people at a fashion show held in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and believes that The Studio provides a magnificent example for budding community projects across Scotland.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Christina McKelvie*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Gil Paterson*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Willie Coffey*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*

*S3M-1967 Sandra White: Congratulations to Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates Holyrood Secondary School on reaching the finals of the Scottish European Educational Trust’s Diversity in Europe speaking competition, aimed at raising awareness of life as a member of the European Union, in Glasgow City Chambers on Friday 30 May 2008 and wishes all 10 regional finalists the best of luck on the day.

Supported by: Gil Paterson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bob Doris*, Patrick Harvie*, Michael Matheson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh Henry*, Stuart McMillan*, Keith Brown*

S3M-1966 George Foulkes: Boiling Point for School Kitchens—That the Parliament opposes any move by the SNP-led City of Edinburgh council to close 14 of the 18 state nursery kitchens and several primary school kitchens across the city of Edinburgh; rejects plans to replace hot nutritious school meals made onsite with transported meals and cold sandwiches made centrally; recognises the value of hot nutritious school meals being served at school, particularly to children in deprived areas; acknowledges the January 2008 HM Inspectorate of Education report, Further Food for Thought, that highlights the adverse effects to the quality and nutritional value of food when transported; believes that serving mass-produced school dinners from silver foil trays is an insult to the skills of local school cooks; further believes that this move contradicts the SNP’s commitment to investing in and promoting healthy school meals; rejects the 10p increase on the price of school meals combined with budget cuts of £10,000 for every primary and £50,000 for every secondary school across the city of Edinburgh; believes that this contradicts all ministerial statements about the nutritional value of school meals; believes that a controversial decision of this nature should be made in consultation with pupils, parents and education officials rather than a back-door costcutting exercise by officials, and ultimately believes that the SNP, whether in the Parliament or in local government, will always put pounds signs before people and, in this case, Edinburgh’s youngest and poorest children.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Iain Gray*, Richard Baker*, Margaret Curran*, James Kelly*, Ken Macintosh*, David Stewart*, Patricia Ferguson*, Marlyn Glen*, Rhona Brankin*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-1965 Rob Gibson: Safeguarding Scotland’s Fishing Rights—That the Parliament welcomes the launch by the Scottish Government of the consultation, Safeguarding Scotland’s Fishing Rights, which will review the management of Scotland’s fish quota in order to ensure that Scotland’s fisheries have a sustainable future, prevent the introduction of individual transferable quotas which would effectively privatise Scotland’s fishing quota, open up opportunities for new entrants to fisheries and ensure that fishing quotas are held by active fishermen, not so-called "slipper skippers" who do not use their quotas or who speculate in fishing quotas; urges Scotland’s fishing community to engage with the consultation to deliver the best possible future management of Scotland’s fisheries, and welcomes this new and innovative approach.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*, John Wilson*, Alex Neil*, Gil Paterson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bob Doris*

S3M-1964# Ted Brocklebank: Fife Energy Park—That the Parliament recognises the importance of renewables in Scotland’s energy equation; notes the endorsement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth of the importance of the energy park, based at Methil, Fife; further notes that there is an active campaign to restore the rail link between Levenmouth and Thornton junction; recognises that the Levenmouth area which includes Methil is among the most deprived parts of Fife and that there is growing local concern about the apparent lack of progress in developing the energy park, and considers that the momentum must be maintained in putting Methil and Levenmouth firmly at the heart of Scotland’s renewable energy industry.

Supported by: John Scott*, David McLetchie*, Mary Scanlon*, Sandra White*, Murdo Fraser*, Robin Harper*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Tricia Marwick*, Claire Baker*, Bill Aitken*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1963 John Park: New Rights for Agency Workers—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement that will see agency workers gain the same workplace rights as permanent workers after 12 weeks in employment; believes that this will provide fairness for workers, while retaining flexibility for employers; notes that this equal treatment means the same working and employment conditions, including pay, holidays, overtime, breaks, rest periods, night work and duration of working time; further notes that these rights will be in addition to the existing rights that all workers currently enjoy, including the national minimum wage, 24 days holiday, statutory maternity pay, protection under anti-discrimination law and health and safety rules for adequate rest breaks at work; considers that this will be a positive step towards preventing bad employers from exploiting temporary workers and using agency workers to undercut the wages of permanent employees, and looks forward to the UK Government introducing this legislation in the autumn of 2008 and the benefits that it will bring for the 140,000 agency workers in Scotland.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, David Stewart*, Karen Whitefield*, Elaine Murray*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathy Jamieson*, Claire Baker*, Elaine Smith*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Butler*, George Foulkes*, Des McNulty*, Michael McMahon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Robin Harper*, David Whitton*, Karen Gillon*, Cathie Craigie*, Pauline McNeill*, Jamie Hepburn*, Trish Godman*, Gil Paterson*, Marlyn Glen*, Patricia Ferguson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Bill Kidd*, Jack McConnell*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-1962 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Pilrig Park School End-of-Year Performance—That the Parliament congratulates Pilrig Park School on the forthcoming public performance of its theatre arts course end-of-year show, which takes place for the third successive year at Edinburgh Festival Theatre on Friday 13 June 2008; notes that in addition to creating an entertaining show the event provides excellent training opportunities for the pupils who are involved in all aspects of the production from costume, set and programme design to ushering duties; congratulates the school for its success at teaching curriculum material through the arts, and wishes it every success for the big night.

S3M-1961 Ted Brocklebank: 100th Anniversary of the Death of Old Tom Morris—That the Parliament notes that 24 May 2008 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Old Tom Morris, a native St Andrean and a pioneer of professional golf; recognises that Old Tom won the Open four times, including in 1867 at the age of 46, and that he still holds the record as the oldest Open winner as well as being part of the only father/son duo to be winner and runner-up; further notes that Old Tom was also a clubmaker, "keeper of the greens" at St Andrews Old Course and the designer responsible for remodelling some 75 courses from Muirfield to Prestwick and from Carnoustie to Askernish, South Uist, and considers that Old Tom more than anyone was responsible for establishing Scotland as the World Home of Golf.

Supported by: James Kelly, Stuart McMillan, George Foulkes, Rob Gibson, Elizabeth Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Mike Pringle, Nanette Milne, Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, Christina McKelvie, John Lamont, Joe FitzPatrick, Murdo Fraser, Alex Johnstone, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Jim Hume, John Scott*, Brian Adam*, David McLetchie*, Jackson Carlaw*, Mary Scanlon*, Tavish Scott*, Alasdair Allan*, Sandra White*, Tricia Marwick*, Jamie Hepburn*, Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1960# Jackson Carlaw: Holocaust Education in Scotland—That the Parliament accepts the crucial importance of ensuring that the genocide of the Jewish and other peoples and minority groups inflicted during the Holocaust is never allowed to slip from public consciousness; welcomes the commitment of successive Scottish governments to developing a permanent National Holocaust Museum based in East Renfrewshire and looks forward to the fulfilment of that commitment; applauds the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust, among other organisations, for the role it plays in educating young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons that can still be learned from it today, and considers that sufficient resources should be made available to allow schools across the west of Scotland and beyond to provide ongoing Holocaust education, with visits to the Auschwitz concentration camp being considered as part of that educational mix.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell, Murdo Fraser, Bill Aitken, John Lamont, John Park, Cathy Jamieson, Ted Brocklebank, Bill Kidd, David McLetchie, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn*, Marlyn Glen*, Charlie Gordon*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1959 Patrick Harvie: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill—That the Parliament notes the series of amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which sought to reduce the time limit for abortion and were considered by the House of Commons on 20 May 2008; recognises that, while legislation in this area is currently reserved to Westminster, the delivery of clinical services, health promotion and sex education are all devolved responsibilities; further notes that the outcome of the Commons votes makes it likely that the time limit for abortion will remain unchanged; understands the strength of feeling on both sides of the debate but believes that both supporters and critics of abortion are concerned to reduce the number of unnecessary abortions; recognises the clear evidence base from Europe and around the world showing that good quality sex education and the free availability of contraception and sexual health services are key factors in achieving reduced abortion rates as well as other improvements in sexual and reproductive health and rights, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring renewed focus to its work on sexual and reproductive health, including a greater emphasis on comprehensive sex education for all, and a continued commitment to individual empowerment and women’s reproductive rights.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-1958# Stuart McMillan: East Dunbartonshire Council Support For Attendance Allowance—That the Parliament welcomes the unanimous decision by East Dunbartonshire Council on 15 May 2008 to back Scottish Parliament calls to the Westminster Parliament to re-instate attendance allowance to Scotland; notes that the council has instructed its chief executive to write to the relevant Westminster minister to urge adherence to Lord Sutherland’s free personal care review, and welcomes the Labour councillors’ support for re-introducing the attendance allowance as compared with their parliamentary colleagues.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Keith Brown*, Willie Coffey*, Alex Neil*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1957 James Kelly: Proposed Closure of Rutherglen District Court—That the Parliament regrets the proposed closure of Rutherglen District Court announced by the Scottish Court Service; notes that local people in Rutherglen prefer justice to be administered and delivered locally; further notes that a consultation has now begun in which local people will strongly resist the closure of the court, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to look sympathetically on consultation responses opposing the closure of Rutherglen District Court.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie, Michael McMahon, Mary Mulligan, Karen Whitefield, George Foulkes, Bill Kidd, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Patrick Harvie, Bill Butler, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, David Whitton*, Robert Brown*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1953 Pauline McNeill: HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of the UK Government to proceed with the construction of two new aircraft carriers, to be named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, and notes that the new carriers, which are to be built by a consortium of BAE Systems and the VT Group, will sustain the long-term future of shipbuilding on the Clyde, creating or sustaining 3,500 jobs at Scotstoun and Govan Shipyards along with a major expansion of the Rosyth Naval Dockyard on the Forth, and involving a total of more than 10,000 jobs across the UK including work at Portsmouth and Barrow.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Murdo Fraser, Karen Whitefield, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Karen Gillon, Des McNulty, Andy Kerr, John Park, Jackie Baillie, Iain Gray, Cathy Jamieson, Michael McMahon, Rhona Brankin, James Kelly, Patricia Ferguson, Cathie Craigie, John Scott*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mary Mulligan*, Robert Brown*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jack McConnell*, David Whitton*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-1952♦ Aileen Campbell: Home Fuel Oil Prices—That the Parliament notes the very substantial rises in the price of home fuel oil which many people, particularly in rural areas such as the South of Scotland, rely on for heating; believes that urgent action is needed to tackle fuel poverty among those relying on such oil as well as those who use gas and electricity; believes that the soaring price of fuel oil should be investigated, and further believes that this industry should be subject to the same regulation as gas and electricity suppliers.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Angela Constance, Joe FitzPatrick, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Roseanna Cunningham, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Gil Paterson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1950# Murdo Fraser: Action to Protect the Red Squirrel—That the Parliament is concerned at the continuing encroachment of the non-native grey squirrel in Scotland on native red squirrel territory, including parts of Mid-Scotland and Fife; notes that Scotland is the last stronghold in the United Kingdom for red squirrels and is home to approximately 120,000 reds, which accounts for 75% of the UK red squirrel population; observes that red and grey squirrels are unable to co-exist together in the same territory and that red squirrels eventually disappear due to competition for food and the carrying of the squirrel pox virus by grey squirrels which is harmless to them but fatal to reds; is alarmed to learn that the first grey squirrel was officially reported in the Highlands near Inverness in April 2008 and that the first red squirrel in Scotland contracted squirrel pox in the South of Scotland in May 2007, underlining the growing threat to red squirrels in Scotland, and believes that urgent action is required to protect the red squirrel, including research into immunocontraception for grey squirrels.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Bill Aitken, John Lamont, Bill Kidd, Jim Hume, Jamie McGrigor, Jackson Carlaw, Bashir Ahmad, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Christine Grahame, John Scott, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Murray, Alex Johnstone, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Marlyn Glen, Roseanna Cunningham, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson*, Irene Oldfather*, Jack McConnell*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1949 Ken Macintosh: Walk to School Week—That the Parliament applauds pupils and parents in East Renfrewshire and across Scotland in supporting Walk to School Week from 19 to 23 May 2008; congratulates the walk to school campaign in this its 13th year but notes that over 50% of children still don’t walk to school regularly; notes that cars consume most fuel and pollute more at the start of their journeys and that therefore walking for short journeys will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by a disproportionate amount; further notes that nearly 30% of children aged two to 15 are classed as overweight or obese, and commends the efforts that have been made by schools and local authorities across the UK in not only supporting the walk to school campaign but in working to establish safe routes to school for all pupils all year round.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris

S3M-1948 Bob Doris: First Glasgow Fare Increases—That the Parliament believes that the recent bus fare increases of up to 25% by First Glasgow are unacceptable; notes that this includes raising the price of a child all-day ticket to £2, that this will be too much for some families and that with the summer holidays just around the corner this comes at the worst possible time for them; further notes that the fare cap has been lifted by the Competition Commission partly due to rising fuel costs despite UK First Bus seeing an increase in its operating profits of 11% to £122 million, a bigger jump than last year and far higher than FirstGroup as a whole which had a 7.6% increase in operating profits; believes that, with FirstGroup declaring preliminary profits of almost £152 million, there is no need to put fares up in this way and that if it has a problem with the level of rising fuel prices it should make representations to the UK Exchequer and not pick on hard-pressed commuters, and calls on UK First Bus to rethink its pricing strategy or at the very least guarantee a future price freeze over a number of years.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Gil Paterson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1948.1 Des McNulty: First Glasgow Fare Increases—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1948) in the name of Bob Doris, leave out from "rising fuel costs" to end and insert "the refusal of the Scottish Government to provide rebates to bus operators in line with rebates provided by the UK Government to operators in England and Wales, leaving operators in Scotland with the highest fuel costs in the UK; highlights the inconsistency of the SNP government which claims to support modal shift from cars to public transport but whose policies in practice have led to the biggest increase in bus fares for a generation and the highest increase in train fares for a decade; expresses concern that Scottish Government ministers appear to be more worried about the interests of the shareholders of FirstGroup, which announced a record increase in its operating profits of 11% to £122 million, than with passengers; believes that, with FirstGroup declaring preliminary profits of almost £152 million, there is no need to put fares up in this way and calls on FirstGroup to withdraw these unacceptable fare increases and make further representations to the Scottish Government to increase the Bus Service Operators Grant in line with the treatment of bus operators in England and Wales rather than inflict these inflation-busting fare increases on hard-pressed commuters.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*, Hugh Henry*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Karen Gillon*, Iain Gray*, Michael McMahon*, George Foulkes*, Elaine Murray*, Cathy Jamieson*, David Stewart*, Rhona Brankin*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jackie Baillie*, Margaret Curran*, Cathie Craigie*, Marlyn Glen*, James Kelly*, Bill Butler*, Patricia Ferguson*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1948.2 Alison McInnes: First Glasgow Fare Increases—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1948) in the name of Bob Doris, leave out from "fare cap has been lifted" to end and insert "Competition Commission has blamed the removal of its fare cap on the SNP government’s decision not to increase the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) to compensate for rises in fuel duty; regrets the Scottish Government’s refusal to pass on to Scottish bus operators the fuel duty rebate which the UK Government has provided for bus operators in England, thereby putting bus operators north of the border at a competitive disadvantage; further regrets that the Scottish Government’s budget indicates that no further fuel duty will be rebated in the next three years; recognises that the SNP government’s lack of support will have serious implications for bus services in Scotland, particularly for rural service operators that are already at full stretch financially; deplores the fact that bus passengers across Scotland will have to pay for the SNP Government’s poor judgment, and calls on the Scottish government to give a detailed explanation as to why it will not increase the BSOG to compensate for rising fuel duty and what Scottish Ministers intend to do to minimise the impact on bus passengers in Scotland.

Supported by: Jim Hume*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Liam McArthur*, Robert Brown*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-1947 Patricia Ferguson: Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples—That the Parliament notes the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted in September 2007 and acknowledges that indigenous people have suffered many historic injustices and continue to be among the poorest and most marginalised peoples of the world; believes that these injustices will be brought to an end and their poverty alleviated only if the land rights of indigenous people are recognised and respected, and further believes that a major step forward in achieving this is the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 169 concerning tribal and indigenous peoples, which puts these rights on a firm legal footing.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris

S3M-1946 Alasdair Allan: Innes Smith—That the Parliament notes the achievement of Innes Smith, aged 21, who landed on Rockall on Wednesday 14 May 2008 with Charles Veley, the world’s most travelled man; congratulates Innes for swimming out to Rockall before climbing to the top of the rock with a Saltire and a flag made of Harris Tweed; notes that Innes is most probably the youngest person to land on Rockall and is the only person to circumnavigate the rock by kayak; acknowledges this very rare feat, and congratulates Innes for his achievements.

Supported by: Willie Coffey, Keith Brown, Stuart McMillan, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1945 Claire Baker: Adult Learners’ Week—That the Parliament notes the importance of lifelong learning; believes that lifelong learning should be a right not a privilege; welcomes the 17th Adult Learners’ Week running from 17 to 23 May 2008; further notes that, as part of the UK’s largest celebration of adult learning, learning providers are highlighting the opportunities available to adult learners through a range of activities, including introductory chats with learning advisers and taster sessions; recognises the achievements of Scotland’s Learning Partnership that are ensuring that over 7,500 organisations and 95,000 adults and children participate in the week-long events, and looks forward to congratulating the winners of the 2008 Adult Learners’ Week Awards.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Elaine Murray, Ken Macintosh, Johann Lamont, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Liam McArthur, David Whitton, Iain Gray, Christine Grahame, Margaret Curran, Mary Mulligan, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Rhona Brankin, John Park, Angela Constance, Cathie Craigie, Jamie Hepburn, Richard Baker, Bob Doris, Karen Whitefield*, Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Gil Paterson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Kenneth Gibson*, Irene Oldfather*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1944 Cathie Craigie: Volunteers’ Week 2008—That the Parliament notes that Volunteers’ Week in Scotland is taking place from 1 to 7 June 2008; thanks volunteers across Scotland for their hard work and contribution to local communities like Cumbernauld and Kilsyth; welcomes new volunteers who will be joining committed people helping others in all walks of life, and praises the important contribution that volunteers make to Scottish life and communities every day of the year.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Butler, Malcolm Chisholm, Stuart McMillan, Marlyn Glen, Sandra White, John Park, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Karen Whitefield, Hugh O’Donnell, John Wilson, Elaine Murray, Claire Baker, Christine Grahame, Cathy Peattie, Alex Neil, Paul Martin, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, George Foulkes, John Lamont, James Kelly, Kenneth Gibson, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Johann Lamont, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Dr Richard Simpson*, Brian Adam*, Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mary Mulligan*, Gil Paterson*, Aileen Campbell*, Tricia Marwick*, Irene Oldfather*, Jack McConnell*, David Whitton*

S3M-1942 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1941 Kenny MacAskill: Draft Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2008 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-1940 Irene Oldfather: Dementia Awareness Week—That the Parliament acknowledges that Dementia Awareness Week takes place from 1 to 7 June 2008; welcomes dementia as a national clinical priority and encourages further action to ensure that people receive the services that they need and to plan for the future; appreciates that the national dementia strategy should progressively evolve to guide the development of dementia services in line with demographic change; is aware that in 2008 there are approximately 62,500 people with dementia in Scotland and that 1,500 of these people are under 65; recognises that the number of people with dementia will rise to approximately 108,000 by 2031; notes with concern that only 50% of people with dementia know that they have the illness; acknowledges the need to raise awareness of improving standards in the care home sector; recognises the importance of early diagnosis to enable people to be given information and support to come to terms with the illness; welcomes the publication of Alzheimer Scotland’s research study, Meeting our needs? – the quality and level of dementia support services in Scotland, that combines the views and experiences of people with dementia, carers and social work care managers to reveal a picture of community care services under pressure, in which people with dementia cannot rely on their needs being met, and calls on policy makers and community care planners to improve the level and quality of community support for people with dementia at a time when the number of people with dementia is growing and will continue to grow.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Butler, Malcolm Chisholm, Liam McArthur, Marlyn Glen, Sandra White, John Park, Rhona Brankin, Iain Gray, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh O’Donnell, Des McNulty, Johann Lamont, Robin Harper, Michael McMahon, Elaine Murray, Bill Kidd, Jackson Carlaw, Claire Baker, John Lamont, Alex Neil, James Kelly, Patricia Ferguson, Cathie Craigie, Nanette Milne, Dr Richard Simpson*, John Scott*, Brian Adam*, Trish Godman*, Bob Doris*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mary Mulligan*, Ross Finnie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Tricia Marwick*, Helen Eadie*, David Whitton*

S3M-1939 Alex Johnstone: Angus Soft Fruits—That the Parliament congratulates Angus Soft Fruits on winning the Supreme prize in the 2008 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards; notes that the company also won the Retail - Fruit or Vegetable Category Award; further notes that the company achieved this with fruit grown without the use of pesticides, focusing instead on traditional farming practices and new technology to deliver a high quality, affordable product, and encourages other food producers to investigate similar means of pesticide-free food production.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Bill Aitken, Ted Brocklebank, Roseanna Cunningham, David Stewart, Patrick Harvie, John Lamont, Murdo Fraser, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie McGrigor, Margaret Mitchell, Elizabeth Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Mary Scanlon, Keith Brown, Joe FitzPatrick, Robin Harper, Karen Gillon, Aileen Campbell, Dr Richard Simpson*, Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Gil Paterson*, Tricia Marwick*

S3M-1938 Patricia Ferguson: Milton Kids DASH Club Premiere of It’s a Wrap!—That the Parliament congratulates the Milton Kids DASH Club on the world premiere of It’s a Wrap!, its first movie; notes the hard work by the staff of the project and the Fablevision film artists who made the project possible, and particularly applauds the young people whose enthusiasm and hard work shone through.

S3M-1937 John Park: National Day for Girls’ and Women’s Football—That the Parliament welcomes the eighth National Day for Girls’ and Women’s Football that took place on Saturday 17 May 2008 at McDiarmid Park, Perth; believes that this day provides a welcome opportunity to showcase the female footballing talent in Scotland; is pleased to note that there has been a year-on-year growth in the popularity of the event since its launch and that over 47,000 girls are involved in football programmes at primary and secondary level; congratulates all those who took part in the event and the exciting culmination of the day with the Unite Scottish Women’s Cup final between Hibernian Ladies Football Club (LFC) and Celtic LFC; extends further congratulations to Hibernian LFC which won the Cup; celebrates the progress that has been made in the popularity of girls’ and women’s football, and hopes that it may long continue.

Supported by: Jim Tolson, Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, Ken Macintosh, Pauline McNeill, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Iain Gray, Kenneth Gibson, Dr Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Keith Brown, Des McNulty, Bill Butler, Margaret Curran, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patricia Ferguson, Angela Constance, Aileen Campbell, Claire Baker, Jamie McGrigor, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Mary Mulligan, David Whitton, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Margo MacDonald, Jamie Hepburn, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Gil Paterson*, Karen Gillon*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Tricia Marwick*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1935.1 Johann Lamont: UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1935) in the name of Jamie Hepburn, insert at end "; in pursuit of these rights, deplores the decision of the Scottish Government not to use the £34 million secured by the campaigning of parents of disabled children to transform services for the families of disabled children, including providing respite care, and calls on the Scottish Government to direct these resources to that end."

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Jamieson, Hugh O’Donnell, Richard Baker, Cathie Craigie, Iain Gray, Michael McMahon, Cathy Peattie, Bill Butler, Karen Gillon, Des McNulty, Elaine Murray, Pauline McNeill, Mary Mulligan, Margaret Curran*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marlyn Glen*, Marilyn Livingstone*, David Whitton*

S3M-1923.1 Jamie Hepburn: 60th Anniversary of the National Health Service—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1923) in the name of Bill Butler, insert at end "recalls that Aneurin Bevan resigned from the Labour Government in 1951 in protest at the introduction of prescription charges; considers that access to free medicines is a crucial part of the compact with the people in the creation of the National Health Service, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s efforts to reintroduce free prescriptions, beginning with the reduction in costs introduced on 1 April 2008, as keeping with the spirit of the NHS that Aneurin Bevan helped found."

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, John Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Keith Brown, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Michael Matheson*, Gil Paterson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1705# Alasdair Allan: Fuel Costs—That the Parliament notes that the price of diesel is now over £1.30 in the Western Isles and across Scotland’s island and remote communities, making it probably the most expensive diesel in the western world; further notes that fuel costs now represent an ever increasing burden in the Western and Northern Isles, not least for businesses and fishermen, some of whom report 80% increases in diesel costs in the last two years; notes that the main company delivering fuel to the islands deposits fuel at differing costs at different ports on the west coast despite the fact that the same vessel is used; notes the irony of an oil-producing nation putting its motorists, businesses, fishermen and rural businesses in this impossible position, and finally notes the various measures that exist in parts of France, which make cuts in fuel duty in the remotest areas.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Tavish Scott, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Stone, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Willie Coffey, Angela Constance, John Farquhar Munro, Bill Wilson

S3M-1626# Angela Constance: No Recourse No Safety—That the Parliament notes the publication of No Recourse No Safety: The Government’s Failure to Protect Women from Violence, a report by Amnesty International and the Southall Black Sisters; is disturbed by the evidence that not having recourse to public funds prevents women with insecure immigration status from accessing the benefits they need to claim refuge, effectively trapping women in violence or destitution; welcomes the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling violence against women, continuing the good work commenced by the previous Scottish administration; acknowledges the pivotal contribution of local services such as the West Lothian Council Domestic Abuse Service which provides a service to women from a minority population; notes that not having recourse to public funds affects women who have valid visas as spouses, students, visitors and workers and those who are classed as "overstayers" in addition to victims of trafficking; acknowledges that organisations such as West Lothian Women’s Aid are accommodating and assisting women with no recourse to public funds, and commends the recommendations of No Recourse No Safety, in particular the need for the Scottish Government to put in place emergency funding while a permanent solution from the UK Government is sought, namely exempting women fleeing violence from the no recourse to public funds requirement.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Ian McKee, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Michael Matheson, Cathy Peattie, Joe FitzPatrick

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-1934 CLIC Sargent Food and Nutrition for Children and Young People with Cancer (lodged on 16 May 2008) John Scott*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Karen Gillon*, Ken Macintosh*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1932 The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 (lodged on 16 May 2008) Bob Doris*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1930 Congratulations to the Midnight League Football Team, Woodmill Rovers of Dunfermline (lodged on 15 May 2008) John Park*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Hume*, Mike Pringle*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1929 Congratulations to Fife Council for Top Performance in National Assessment of Cycling Provision (lodged on 15 May 2008) Bob Doris*, Tricia Marwick*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-1928 Train to Gain (lodged on 15 May 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1926# Success of First Year of Co-Operative Development Scotland (lodged on 15 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Karen Whitefield*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1923# 60th Anniversary of the National Health Service (lodged on 15 May 2008) Gil Paterson*, Karen Gillon*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1922 Tommy Burns and Kilmarnock FC (lodged on 15 May 2008) Mr Frank McAveety*, Tricia Marwick*

S3M-1915 Tommy Burns Tribute (lodged on 15 May 2008) Tricia Marwick*

S3M-1914 Passing of Tommy Burns (lodged on 15 May 2008) Tricia Marwick*

S3M-1911 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Football Club (lodged on 15 May 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1908.1 Stirling - Scotland’s Sporting Flagship (lodged on 14 May 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1904 Coca Cola Schools 7s Football Competition (lodged on 14 May 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1895 Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration (lodged on 13 May 2008) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-1895.1 Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration (lodged on 14 May 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1895.2 Removing the Barriers to Microgeneration (lodged on 16 May 2008) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-1889 Congratulations to Nicola Benedetti (lodged on 12 May 2008) Tricia Marwick*

S3M-1885 Widening Access to TV for Young Deaf People (lodged on 12 May 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1873 Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (lodged on 9 May 2008) Margaret Smith*

S3M-1864 Keep INTO Out (lodged on 8 May 2008) Sandra White*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-1858 National Epilepsy Week (lodged on 7 May 2008) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-1831# 2014: A Year of Sport for Scotland (lodged on 1 May 2008) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1733 Michael Gray (lodged on 17 April 2008) Margaret Smith*

S3M-1694 The SNP’s Broken Promises on Stobhill (lodged on 11 April 2008) Alex Johnstone*, John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Ted Brocklebank*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Aitken*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1347 Violence Against Betting Shop Workers (lodged on 13 February 2008) David McLetchie*

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