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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-2899 Cathie Craigie: Cumbernauld: A Love Song—That the Parliament congratulates Carolyn McGoldrick, who recently wrote, produced and released her debut single and music video entitled Cumbernauld: A Love Song, supported by a £2,000 cultural grant from North Lanarkshire Council; notes that the song portrays the positive experiences of growing up in the new town, and also notes that all proceeds from sales of the single will be donated to the charity CLIC Sargent, a charity that cares for children and young people with cancer, and that the single can be purchased via the following link:

*S3M-2898♦ Ian McKee: Recognising the Role of a Healthy, Competitive Television Industry in the Cultural Life of Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the contribution made to the cultural and social life of Scotland and, in particular, in Glasgow and Edinburgh, by a vibrant and competitive home-based television programme-making sector; recognises the role of STV as Scotland’s only commercial public sector broadcasting (PSB) provider, a function that it has provided for 50 years; supports Ofcom’s enhanced evolution option, with STV continuing to provide PSB for Scotland as part of a wider UK network; rejects ITV plc’s call for a single UK-wide brand, which would not be in the interests of Scotland; supports STV’s bid to continue to be a PSB licence holder for Scotland, and, recognising that the company is outside the ITV commissioning process, supports STV’s request to be awarded independent producer status, making it easier for other channels to commission programme production from Scotland.

*S3M-2897 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Reverend William Hewitt and to Kilmarnock Academy—That the Parliament congratulates Reverend William Hewitt on his election as Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; welcomes the intention of Reverend Hewitt to focus on cooperation between churches during his time in the role of moderator; further notes that Reverend Hewitt was educated at Kilmarnock Academy, and records its congratulations to Kilmarnock Academy on its remarkable record of former pupils of the school filling this important post three times in the last decade, with former moderators, Andrew McLellan and John Miller, postholders in 2000 and 2001 respectively, also being former pupils of the academy.

*S3M-2896 Nigel Don: Aberdeen Bus Fare Reductions—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by First that it intends to reduce a number of bus fares in Aberdeen; considers that this is a positive step in the right direction in the city of First’s birth, which has seen the highest fares in Scotland for a number of years; hopes that there will be an ongoing review of the fare levels in Aberdeen to ensure that bus fares are pegged at a level that is both affordable and attractive to customers in order to encourage them to leave their cars at home; congratulates the administration of Aberdeen City Council for raising the issue with First, and calls for a continued dialogue between the council and First to ensure that the needs of the public are given full consideration in future.

*S3M-2895 Jamie Hepburn: Cumbernauld: A Love Song—That the Parliament congratulates singer-songwriter Carolyn McGoldrick on the release of her single, Cumbernauld: A Love Song; notes that money raised from sales of the song will be donated to young persons’ cancer charity CLIC Sargent; believes that the song reflects the positive outlook that residents of Cumbernauld have for the future of their town, and encourages people across Scotland to buy a copy of the single in support of both Cumbernauld and CLIC Sargent.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-2894 Tricia Marwick: Congratulations Glenrothes Gazette—That the Parliament congratulates the Glenrothes Gazette for being shortlisted in the Scottish Paid-for Weekly Newspaper of the Year category at this year’s Newspaper Society awards; believes that the nomination is a tribute to the editor and staff for the consistent high quality of local news, and wishes the Glenrothes Gazette the best of luck in the final.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, John Park*, Elizabeth Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-2893 James Kelly: Show Racism the Red Card Activities in Rutherglen and Cambuslang—That the Parliament congratulates the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Sports Council, Unison, Strathclyde Police Community Safety Team and the Active Schools coordinators on the recent Show Racism the Red Card football tournament held at the South Lanarkshire Lifestyle centre in Cambuslang and the Burnhill Sports Centre in Rutherglen; welcomes the ongoing efforts to tackle racism and to help children and young people recognise the diversity of cultures that makes up today’s society, and wishes the organisers well in any future events to deliver the anti-racism message.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Robin Harper*, Michael McMahon*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Butler*, Pauline McNeill*, Paul Martin*, David Stewart*, David Whitton*, Alex Neil*

*S3M-2892 Jackie Baillie: Improving Access—That the Parliament believes that no person should be left stranded or isolated as a consequence of an inability to board a bus; calls on bus operators in West Dunbartonshire and across Scotland to accelerate their programmes for replacing old vehicles, particularly on principle routes, to ensure that more low-floor accessible buses are available; notes that many disabled people, elderly people and parents with prams are unable to access transport to vital services, and recognises the efforts made to date by some bus operators but strongly believes that the current stock of low-floor buses is insufficient to meet need and that bus operators should introduce accessible buses on key routes.

*S3M-2891 Jack McConnell: Congratulations to JK Rowling and Children’s High Level Group—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling on 4 December 2008; notes that the net proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to support the work of the Children’s High Level Group (CHLG); congratulates CHLG on its work so far in helping around 250,000 children in eastern Europe who are growing up in unacceptable conditions, and hopes that fans around the world will enjoy The Tales of Beedle the Bard while helping to benefit institutionalised children in desperate need of a voice.

*S3M-2890 Elaine Murray: Electric Shock Training - Disappointment at Decision—That the Parliament expresses disappointment at the Scottish Government’s decision not to push ahead with a ban on electric shock training devices until the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs research is completed in 2010; notes that the Welsh Assembly has already announced a ban on their use in Wales and is currently drafting legislation; further notes that a wide range of organisations, including the Kennel Club, veterinary surgeons, respected dog trainers and behaviour experts, call for the sale and use of electric shock collars to be prohibited in Scotland, and urges the Scottish Government to review its decision.

*S3M-2889 Patrick Harvie: Isle of Eigg’s Big Green Challenge—That the Parliament congratulates the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust on being the only finalist from Scotland in NESTA’s £1 million Big Green Challenge; commends the community of Eigg for leading the way towards becoming a zero-carbon-energy community; believes that the project will also allow other communities to reduce their impact by learning from Eigg’s experience through the Build Your Own Green Island scheme when it is launched in early 2009, and congratulates NESTA for running the Big Green Challenge, which will help us all to learn lessons about how to reduce our environmental impact.

*S3M-2888 George Foulkes: Livingston’s Touch Bionics Grabbed 14th Place in TIME Magazine’s Top Inventions 2008—That the Parliament congratulates Touch Bionics, based in Livingston, on achieving 14th place out of 50 top inventions this year in TIME Magazine for producing the i-LIMB Hand, the first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits; appreciates the technology and skill involved in producing an artificial hand with subtle capabilities, such as a credit card grip for grasping narrow objects, that looks just like a real human hand; notes that research on the device began in the United Kingdom’s national health system back in the 1960s; commends all those involved in inventing such a life-changing product, which now benefits more than 400 patients worldwide; welcomes Touch Bionics’ recently announced improvements, such as a lycra lining for easier and more comfortable wear with thicker silicone at the fingertips for greater durability; wishes Touch Bionics well with its agenda to develop technology for providing patients with upper-limb deficiencies with prosthetic fingers, wrists and a full bionic arm, and further congratulates TIME Magazine for giving Touch Bionics and other innovation companies the recognition and inspiration to expand and develop in a global market.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, David Stewart*, David Whitton*, James Kelly*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2887 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Schools Concert Band—That the Parliament congratulates Inverclyde Schools Concert Band, which recently achieved a Gold Award in the Scottish heat of the National Concert Band Festival, held at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow; notes that the band’s performance was judged to be vibrant, enthusiastic and generally excellent by adjudicators Bryan Allen and Stephen West; also notes that the band was praised for its quality of sound and maturity of performance; further notes that the band has now made the UK finals for the seventh time in the last 10 years, and wishes it every success at the next final, which is to take place in Cardiff in April 2009.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elizabeth Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Trish Godman*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Jamie McGrigor*, Alex Neil*

S3M-2886 Marlyn Glen: Minimise Medical Mistakes—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of a degree course in patient safety at the University of Aberdeen; notes that there is currently no formal training for clinicians in the human and system causes of error and adverse events; recognises research by academics at the University of Aberdeen that suggests that errors by medical professionals affect up to 50,000 patients in Scotland each year, contributing to about 5,000 deaths; congratulates the University of Aberdeen for identifying the obvious need for such a course, and supports efforts to minimise risk to patients by providing sufficient training for health professionals to diminish the risk of medical errors and to improve the quality of Scotland’s health care as a whole.

S3M-2885 George Foulkes: UK Government’s Welcome Decision on Post Office Cards—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the UK Labour government to keep the Post Office card account with the Post Office until at least 2015; believes that comments by the SNP candidate in the Glenrothes by-election and the Deputy First Minister, both of whom suggested that the Labour government was set to strip this vital service from post offices, were misleading and deeply irresponsible, causing fear and alarm to the many pensioners across Scotland who use and value the Post Office account service, and further believes motion S3M-2876 by Aileen Campbell to be hollow and politically motivated.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*, Dr Richard Simpson*, David Whitton*, David Stewart*, Elaine Murray*, Mary Mulligan*, Andy Kerr*, Claire Baker*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-2884 Bill Butler: 25th Anniversary of the Dance School of Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Dance School of Scotland, located within Knightswood Secondary School, on its silver anniversary; notes that the Dance School of Scotland, conceived in 1983 as a result of discussions between the then Strathclyde Regional Council and Scottish Ballet, has developed an excellent reputation over that period as Scotland’s only fully-funded centre of excellence for dance and is a school that, unlike many other establishments, charges no fees; celebrates the 10th anniversary of the musical theatre course at Knightswood, which complements the work of the dance school and has harnessed the talent of young people in Scotland, many of whom are now acclaimed professionals in the world of dance and musical theatre; commends the extraordinary skills and dedication of the staff at the dance school and, in particular, Elaine Holland, artistic director of dance, and Graham Dickie, artistic director of the musical theatre course; wishes all those taking part in a special celebratory showcase, to be held at the Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 16 November 2008, a night to remember, and extends its best wishes to all students and teachers who have created this Scottish success story.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Alasdair Allan, Jamie McGrigor, Sandra White, Paul Martin, Ken Macintosh, Cathy Peattie, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Murray, Bashir Ahmad, Mary Mulligan, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Mr Frank McAveety, Patricia Ferguson, Helen Eadie, Hugh Henry*, Charlie Gordon*, Andy Kerr*, Pauline McNeill*, Ross Finnie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Trish Godman*, Jackie Baillie*, Claire Baker*, Des McNulty*

S3M-2883 Christine Grahame: British Government Red Card over GB Football Team Proposal—That the Parliament notes the comments of the Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy MP, in relation to the proposal to have Scots players take part in a GB football team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, following his discussions with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke on 11 November 2008; also notes that similar assurances on the continued independence of the Scotland international side were previously sought from Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, by the British Prime Minister, only for it to be later revealed that any such assurances could not be made binding on successor members of FIFA; notes further the dangerous precedent that Scottish participation in a GB team would set in eroding the longstanding independence of the Scotland national squad, and urges HM Government to desist from undermining Scotland’s national squad in this manner.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Ian McKee, Bob Doris*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2878 Pauline McNeill: Dignity for Palestinians—That the Parliament welcomes the passage of the boat, Dignity, which travelled from Cyprus to Gaza with 11 European parliamentarians including three members of the Scottish Parliament on board; recognises that this is the third boat to challenge the siege of Gaza, which has become a permanent blockade and which has affected every aspect of Palestinian life to the point where they are now in receipt of the largest food aid programme in the world; is concerned about the impact of the blockade on ordinary Palestinians, denying them basic health care rights as there is a shortage of medicine, proper medical equipment and severe restrictions on leaving Gaza for referral treatment, which has resulted in many deaths as recorded by the World Health Organisation; supports the efforts of Edinburgh Direct Aid to send aid to Gaza, and calls on the international community to act to lift the siege of Gaza, implement international law and to encourage long-term peace in the Middle East.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Sarah Boyack, Bob Doris, Jackie Baillie, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Bill Butler, Bill Wilson, Marlyn Glen, Roseanna Cunningham, Sandra White, Cathy Jamieson, Liam McArthur, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Joe FitzPatrick, Patrick Harvie, Ms Wendy Alexander, John Park, Mary Mulligan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Peattie, Bashir Ahmad

S3M-2877 Aileen Campbell: Larkhall Academy Unite Scotland - Let’s Celebrate—That the Parliament congratulates the students of S6 in Larkhall Academy on their exciting Unite Scotland initiative, aimed at celebrating Scotland’s cultural diversity and raising at least £20,000 as part of the Prince’s Trust Scholar Challenge; welcomes the group’s ethos of "Unite Scotland – Let’s Celebrate!" and the range of activities planned as part of the initiative, including the selling of specially designed badges, and encourages everyone in the wider community to support these efforts.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White

S3M-2876 Aileen Campbell: UK Government’s Ideas for the Future of the Post Office—That the Parliament notes comments by the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Lord Mandelson, that he believes in the future of the Post Office and that the financial services it offers could be developed in the light of global economic difficulties; considers that the Network Change Programme was foisted on the Post Office by the UK Government and has decimated the Post Office branch network in Scotland, devastated local communities and put increasing pressure on the remaining branches; believes that any decision to remove the card account from the Post Office will further weaken the network; further believes that these actions of the UK Government stand completely at odds with Lord Mandelson’s comments, and calls on the UK Government to halt and reverse the closure programme, retain the Post Office card account, and work to enhance the range of services available at all branches.

Supported by: Christopher Harvie, Brian Adam, John Scott, Ian McKee, Christine Grahame, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Roseanna Cunningham, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Willie Coffey, Sandra White

S3M-2875 Jackie Baillie: Congratulations to Vale of Leven Nurse—That the Parliament congratulates Linda Harley, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse at the Vale of Leven Hospital, on receiving the Heart Disease Team Award at the Scottish Health Awards 2008 after being nominated by her colleagues; recognises her dedication to helping heart attack sufferers in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area over the last 30 years; further recognises the outstanding work that she has done to aid patients in their recovery, such as visiting them at home and going out of her way to tailor programmes to the needs of individual sufferers, and further congratulates her on her achievement, which has benefited many local patients.

Supported by: Jim Tolson, Jackson Carlaw, Nanette Milne, Hugh Henry, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Butler, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Trish Godman, Paul Martin, Alasdair Allan, David Stewart, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Karen Whitefield, Mr Frank McAveety, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Helen Eadie, Ken Macintosh, John Park, Claire Baker, Bill Wilson, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson*, Ross Finnie*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-2874 George Foulkes: SNP in a Spin over HBOS Takeover—That the Parliament notes with concern the moves by a small group of people within the Scottish financial sector to promote an unspecified alternative to the Lloyds TSB takeover of HBOS; considers that the Lloyds TSB deal is the only substantive option that will guarantee the future of HBOS; unites with all parliamentarians, across parliaments, on the common purpose of securing headquarter functions in Scotland, preserving the thousands of jobs reliant on a strong recapitalised bank, both in the Lothians and across Scotland; further considers that there is a lack of coherent and transparent Scottish Government policy towards the takeover and a fast and loose approach adopted by some sections of the media to reporting the credibility of alternative options; considers that the whole scheme is deeply irresponsible, and believes that Alex Neil MSP is acting as a proxy for the First Minister in promoting the scheme and that his actions are politically motivated to allow the SNP to look both ways on this issue.

S3M-2873# Sandra White: Successful Mercy Mission to Gaza—That the Parliament congratulates the success of the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza and the Free Gaza Movement on their successful mission to break the blockade of Gaza and deliver much needed medical supplies and equipment to the people of Gaza; notes that alongside politicians from around Europe, such as Claire Short MP and Lord Nazir Ahmed, the successful delegation included Sandra White MSP, Pauline McNeill MSP and Hugh O’Donnell MSP; further notes that, after the refusal of the Egyptian authorities to provide safe passage, the group successfully sailed from Cyprus to Gaza despite the close attention of the Israeli navy; hopes that these actions will give hope to the many Palestinians throughout the world, including Glasgow, that the blockade will be ended, and believes that only by all parties working together can we resolve this issue, which is causing untold suffering to the ordinary people of Gaza.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Marlyn Glen, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Aileen Campbell, Pauline McNeill, Keith Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad

S3M-2872 Alex Neil: Management Report—That the Parliament notes, from an article in the Sunday Herald on 27 September 2008, that the Chief Executive has commissioned a report from Turner and Townsend Management Solutions, a group of construction and management consultants, with the remit to produce proposals that will assist in laying the foundations for an optimal senior management structure in the Scottish Parliamentary Service; while welcoming the commissioning and completion of this report, regrets that MSPs were not informed about it and are being denied access to it; believes that the refusal to publish this report runs contrary to the founding principles of the Parliament with respect to openness, transparency and accessibility, and demands that the report be made available immediately.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Margo MacDonald, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, John Wilson, Bill Wilson, Michael Matheson, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Robin Harper

S3M-2869 Robert Brown: The Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008—That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/328).

S3M-2868 Dr Richard Simpson: Back to a Life Stroke Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the Back to a Life survey of stroke survivors report; calls on the Scottish Government to listen to the views of the large number of people in Scotland with communication difficulties following a stroke and who responded to the survey; recognises the impact, following a stroke, of communication difficulties on people’s lives; supports the development of more, improved and better integrated communication support services in hospitals and in communities; further supports the development of accessible public communication services throughout communities and the establishment of accurate data collection processes to better evaluate and inform local communications service planning, and calls on the Scottish Government to make a firm commitment to act on these issues in Scotland’s refreshed Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Strategy.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Jim Hume, Claire Baker, Helen Eadie, George Foulkes, Duncan McNeil, Bill Wilson, Liam McArthur, Andy Kerr, David Whitton, Patrick Harvie, Ken Macintosh, Jim Tolson, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Marlyn Glen, James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Margaret Curran, Nanette Milne, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Frank McAveety, Malcolm Chisholm, John Park, Cathy Peattie, Sandra White, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Murray*

S3M-2867 Bill Wilson: Free Hospital Transport in Renfrewshire—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of a free hospital transport service for Renfrewshire residents, to be piloted until 31 March 2009; congratulates Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the WRVS and Community Transport Glasgow on the scheme, which will provide a no-cost means of accessing hospitals for elderly, disabled, and low-income individuals; and further notes that the service is also a solution for those fearful of travelling unaccompanied at night that can only encourage relatives of patients to visit more frequently.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White

S3M-2866 John Wilson: UK Opt-out on the European Working Time Directive—That the Parliament expresses its dismay that the UK Government is seeking to maintain the opt-out to the European working time directive, which aims to protect the rights of workers throughout the European Union, and endorses the stance adopted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the GMB trade union to scrap the UK opt-out clause.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White

S3M-2865 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations to Dalziel High—That the Parliament congratulates Dalziel High School, one of the first schools to go through the new inspection process, on achieving an outstanding report with three excellent ratings for improvements in performance, meeting learning needs and improvement through self-evaluation and two very good ratings for learners’ experiences and improvements through self-evaluation, and commends the school for the examples of good practice outlined in its tutor and buddy support system and its work with the community and with the Dalziel High School War Memorial Trust to develop and run sporting facilities as well as an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, John Lamont, Bill Aitken, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Ted Brocklebank, Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White

S3M-2861 Jamie Hepburn: On the Money (Leis an Airgead)—That the Parliament congratulates the authors of On the Money, Theresa Breslin, Jonathan Meres, Nicola Morgan and Alison Prince, on the successful translation of their book from English into Gaelic; recognises the importance of this book, which teaches children the importance of being financially aware; further recognises the involvement of Standard Life, the Scottish Book Trust and Learning and Teaching Scotland in the project, and congratulates Condorrat Primary School in Cumbernauld on its successful hosting of the launch of the Gaelic translation of On the Money in Scotland.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Keith Brown, Ken Macintosh, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson

S3M-2859 Patricia Ferguson: New Homes for Maryhill—That the Parliament recognises that the 1,000th home built under a programme to provide homes across the city of Glasgow was recently unveiled in Maryhill; welcomes the fact that this forms part of a new £5 million development of 49 flats and houses provided by Maryhill Housing Association, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Housing Association, and further recognises that this is the latest phase of Maryhill Housing Association’s ongoing development programme of building homes in Maryhill and Ruchill to provide local homes for local people.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, James Kelly, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Jack McConnell, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Richard Simpson, John Park, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2858 Patricia Ferguson: People’s Postcode Lottery—That the Parliament congratulates the People’s Postcode Lottery in raising over £1 million for charities in Scotland in its first year in existence; welcomes the fact that funding is unrestricted so that its charity partners, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Children 1st and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres, can spend the money with complete independence; notes that the money raised so far equates to funding a Maggie’s Centre for one year, supporting the Children 1st Parent Line service for 12 months and maintaining the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s network of over 120 reserves across Scotland; further welcomes the fact that all funds raised in Scotland stay in Scotland, and supports the future growth of the lottery so that other charities can benefit from this invaluable source of funding.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, David Stewart, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, James Kelly, Bill Butler, Pauline McNeill, Trish Godman, Jack McConnell, Mary Mulligan, Claire Baker, Marlyn Glen, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Richard Simpson, John Park, Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2857 Bill Kidd: A Right Belter—That the Parliament congratulates the People’s Postcode Lottery, a lottery for charities in Scotland that was launched in November 2007 and has since raised over £1 million for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres, Children 1st and the Scottish Wildlife Trust; further notes that on St Andrew’s day the Postcode Belter will see the biggest prize pot so far with a cool £1 million going to the lucky winners, and wishes all Scots the best of luck on the day.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, John Park, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie

S3M-2856 Michael Matheson: Good Luck Bankier Primary—That the Parliament wishes Bankier Primary School in Banknock the best of luck as it competes in the final of STV’s People’s Millions competition; notes that its entry, an Eco Attack project, will transform part of the grounds of the school into a multi-use area for the local community, which will include work on a garden, installing a climbing wall, building shelters and providing benches made from plastic bottles, and hopes that it is successful on 27 November 2008 in making this project a reality.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2855 Bill Wilson: UK Nationality and Place of Birth - Gender Discrimination—That the Parliament notes that children born before 1983 outwith the United Kingdom to British mothers, unlike those born outwith the United Kingdom to British fathers, cannot automatically obtain British citizenship through their parents’ nationality and believes that such discrimination by the UK Government is not only unwarranted but unjust.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Keith Brown, Sandra White, Christopher Harvie, Alex Neil, Christina McKelvie

S3M-2854 Jackie Baillie: Mindroom—That the Parliament notes that Scottish learning difficulties charity Mindroom has launched a major campaign aimed at securing more integrated support for children and adults with learning difficulties; notes the research indicating that more than one-in-six children has a recognised learning difficulty and calls for greater medical and statistical research in this area; strongly supports Mindroom’s focus on integrating support for people with learning difficulties under three pillars, namely, assessment and diagnosis, research and development, and education and training; believes that the creation of centres combining these facilities under one roof represents a potentially revolutionary way of supporting people with learning difficulties and their families, and would welcome creation of the world’s first such Mindroom in Scotland, allowing Scotland to take a global lead in promoting integrated support for those with learning difficulties.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Ross Finnie, Des McNulty, David Whitton, Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Mary Mulligan, John Park, Ken Macintosh, Dr Richard Simpson, Patrick Harvie, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Kenneth Gibson, Trish Godman, Patricia Ferguson, Christina McKelvie, Pauline McNeill, Sandra White, Claire Baker*

S3M-2852 Mr Frank McAveety: 2014 Communities Lottery Fund—That the Parliament congratulates the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland and warmly welcomes the launch of 2014 Communities, a new and dedicated fund aimed at securing a legacy from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games; notes that this is the first such fund in Scotland or the United Kingdom to provide dedicated funding to help create and support a legacy for communities across Scotland arising from the 2014 Games; further notes that through 2014 Communities the Big Lottery Fund will offer small grants to fund and support grassroots involvement in sport and physical activity, focusing on increasing the number of people participating in or volunteering for such activity, and believes that, by opening this new fund now, to run right up to the 2014 games, people across Scotland will have an early opportunity to benefit.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mary Mulligan, John Park, Ken Macintosh, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Marlyn Glen, Rhona Brankin, Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Stuart McMillan, Sarah Boyack, Hugh Henry, David Stewart, Cathie Craigie, James Kelly, Michael McMahon, Pauline McNeill, Jack McConnell, Trish Godman, Patricia Ferguson, Bob Doris, Margaret Curran, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson*, Robert Brown*

S3M-2851 Jamie Hepburn:—That the Parliament congratulates Grangemouth-based on winning the Best Company Website/E-Commerce Award at the Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2008, held recently in Polmont, and considers innovative methods, such as making use of the internet to give a wider outlet for members of the deaf community to express themselves by use of British Sign Language, to be highly positive steps in the right direction and worthy of commendation.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Patrick Harvie, Jim Tolson, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, John Park, Cathy Peattie, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie

S3M-2850 Robin Harper: Hen Harrier Survival in Lothian and Borders Region—That the Parliament notes the latest figures for hen harrier survival in the Lothian and Borders region, showing that, although the region should be supporting at least 50 breeding pairs, only two pairs were observed this year, producing probably only two or three fledglings; expresses concern that this shows that current policy is not being translated into action, and calls on the Scottish Government to investigate urgently why the breeding population of hen harriers has collapsed in this area and to ensure that sufficient wildlife crime detection and enforcement resources are available throughout Scotland to adequately protect our rural wildlife.

Supported by: Elaine Murray

S3M-2849 Bill Kidd: Treating Lone Parents as Unemployed - Planned Changes to Benefits—That the Parliament expresses concern at the UK Government’s plans to require lone parents, from 24 November 2008 for those with a youngest child of 12 years old, from 26 October 2009 for those with a youngest child of 10 years old and from 25 October 2010 for those with a youngest child of seven years old, to be available for work, claim jobseekers allowance and be subject to consequential benefit sanctions and considers that these measures seriously undervalue the unpaid work of raising children, treating the raising of children as the equivalent of being unemployed.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan

S3M-2844.1 Bill Wilson: Renfrewshire Nursery School Cuts—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2844) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "welcomes the further development of nursery education within Renfrewshire, including more equitable allocation of teacher resources across local authority and partner pre-five provision, increasing teacher access from 82% to 100% for pre-five children, and also welcomes the increase of 25 nursery officers resulting in an overall increase in the provision of pre-five educators within Renfrewshire".

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White

S3M-2529# James Kelly: Parkinson’s Disease Society - Get it on Time Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the Parkinson’s Disease Society on its award-winning Get it on Time campaign highlighting the problems faced by people with Parkinson’s in hospital, with materials aimed at patients, health professionals and NHS managers; notes that there are about 10,000 people with Parkinson’s in Scotland, including in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, and that more than a quarter of them will be admitted to hospital at least once each year; is concerned that many people with Parkinson’s are unable to follow their medication regime in hospital; recognises that if people with Parkinson’s do not get their medication on time they can suffer serious and distressing problems, including being unable to move, speak or swallow and that extended hospital stays are needed to restore effective symptom control; believes that many of the barriers to receiving medication on time can be addressed through straightforward measures, including policies enabling people who wish to self-medicate to do so, involvement from a Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist or pharmacist on admission, education for hospital staff, listening to people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families and wider availability of anti-Parkinsonian drugs in hospital pharmacies, and believes that measures should be taken to ensure that people with Parkinson’s get their medication on time, every time.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw, Marlyn Glen, Hugh Henry, Michael McMahon, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Robert Brown, Paul Martin, David Whitton, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Andy Kerr, Elaine Smith, Liam McArthur, David Stewart, Margaret Curran, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie McGrigor, Iain Gray, Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Bill Butler, Karen Whitefield, Ken Macintosh, Dr Richard Simpson, Roseanna Cunningham, John Lamont, Jack McConnell, Mike Pringle, John Scott, Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Christopher Harvie, Cathy Peattie, Richard Baker, Jamie Stone, George Foulkes, John Park, Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Patrick Harvie, Helen Eadie, Keith Brown, Lewis Macdonald, Margo MacDonald

S3M-2374# Alasdair Allan: Gaelic Language Development—That the Parliament commends Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, along with other local authorities and public bodies, for the recent publication of their Gaelic language plans; likewise commends the Gaelic plan of the Scottish Parliament and the soon to be published Gaelic language plan of the Scottish Government; notes the important work done by the community and by many agencies and bodies in Scotland to maintain and develop the Gaelic language; recognises that in the coming few years it will become clear whether or not Gaelic is to survive as a community language, and therefore recognises that a sense of urgency in this area of policy is essential, particularly in respect of the expansion of Gaelic medium education, if we are to ensure that the number of speakers has, by the 2021 census, been stabilised at 2001 levels as the prerequisite for long term growth.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ moladh Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, cho math ri ùghdarrasan ionadail agus buidheannan phoblach eile, airson na planaichean Gàidhlig aca fhoillseachadh o chionn ghoirid; gu bheil i cuideachd a’ moladh nam planaichean Gàidhlig aig Pàrlamaid na h-Alba agus a’ phlana a tha Riaghaltas na h-Alba gu bhith a’ foillseachadh a dh’aithghearr; gu bheil i a’ toirt fa-near an obair chudromach a tha a’ choimhearsnachd agus tòrr bhuidheannan ann an Alba air dèanamh airson Gàidhlig a leasachadh agus a ghlèidheadh; gu bheil i ag aithneachadh gum fàs e soilleir anns na beagan bhliadhnaichean a tha romhainn am mair a’ Ghàidhlig mar chànan coimhearsnachd agus mar sin gu bheil i ag aithnicheadh gu bheil cùis-èiginn anns an roinn phoileasaidh seo, gu h-àraidh a thaobh leudachadh foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig ma tha sinn a’ dol a dhèanamh cinnteach gu bheil àireamhan an luchd-labhairt aig àm cunntas-sluaigh 2021, air an glèidheadh aig ìrean 2001 mar riatanas airson fàs san fhad-ùine.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Keith Brown, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Wilson, Andrew Welsh, Ken Macintosh, Ted Brocklebank

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-2845 A Tax on Your Identity (lodged on 7 November 2008) Dave Thompson*

S3M-2844 Renfrewshire Nursery School Cuts (lodged on 7 November 2008) Des McNulty*

S3M-2840 Successor to the Post Office Card Account (lodged on 6 November 2008) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-2838 30 Years of Inverclyde Talking Newspaper (lodged on 6 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2836 Cardenden and Denend Primary Schools (lodged on 6 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2835 Carers’ Rights Day 2008 (lodged on 5 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2827 Congratulations to President-elect Obama (lodged on 5 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2826 Sharing the Audacity of Hope (lodged on 5 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2825 Welcoming the Designation of the Chris Hoy Cycle Way (lodged on 5 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2824 Congratulations to Pipe Major Gordon Walker - World Champion Solo Piper (lodged on 4 November 2008) Sandra White*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Nanette Milne*, Aileen Campbell*, Jackson Carlaw*, Alex Neil*

S3M-2818 Congratulations to Torrylinn Creamery (lodged on 4 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2817# World AIDS Day 2008 (lodged on 4 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2816 Free Public Tours of Parliament (lodged on 4 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2813 Borders Pharmaceutical Company Expands into Lucrative US Market (lodged on 3 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2812 From Bump to Breastfeeding (lodged on 3 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2811 Cyclone Nargis Aid Efforts (lodged on 3 November 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2808# 65 Years of Piping Excellence (lodged on 31 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2804 Congratulations to Renfrewshire’s Services to Protect Children and Young People (lodged on 31 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2801 Time to Enshrine Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Law (lodged on 30 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2798 Post Office Closures in Edinburgh (lodged on 30 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2794# Seabirds (lodged on 30 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2792 Fundraising for Uganda (lodged on 30 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2790 GDP’s Inadequacy as a Measure of Sustainable Economic Growth (lodged on 29 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2789 Inverurie Paper Mill (lodged on 29 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2787 The Costs of Child Poverty in the UK (lodged on 29 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2775 Gael Power - BBC Alba, Publication of First Viewing Figures and Freeview (lodged on 28 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2773 Ian McColl (lodged on 28 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2771 Neonatal Care in Scotland (lodged on 28 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2770 Rotary International (lodged on 28 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2768# Lloyds TSB Takeover of HBOS (lodged on 27 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2762 All Citizens Equal (lodged on 27 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2761 Congratulations to Scotland’s World Amateur Team Golf Champions (lodged on 27 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2760 Scottish Retail Excellence Awards (lodged on 27 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2758 Employment Support Allowance and its Impact on Disabled People (lodged on 27 October 2008) Keith Brown*

S3M-2668♦ School Meals (lodged on 6 October 2008) Robin Harper*

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