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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3203 Margaret Mitchell: Lifeline Tubes Service—That the Parliament acknowledges the successful completion of the Lifeline Tubes service pilot in Cumbernauld, as part of the Living Well in North Lanarkshire project; congratulates NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council on the introduction of this innovative voluntary scheme, designed for anyone who feels vulnerable when living alone; notes that plastic tubes, containing vital details of any illness or allergy, medication taken and emergency contacts are distributed then stored in the individual’s refrigerator hence providing emergency services with potentially life-saving information in the event of the individual suffering a sudden illness or personal accident, and welcomes the extension of this service throughout North Lanarkshire.

*S3M-3202 Nigel Don: Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Office Closures—That the Parliament notes with concern the intention of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to close its Peterhead office and to reduce the number of staff in its Aberdeen office; considers that the closure of the Peterhead office and the reduction of service in Aberdeen can only be of detriment to the public; further considers that this will lead to job losses at a time of economic difficulty and will do nothing to assist the local economy of the north east; also considers that Scotland is disproportionately affected by these closures, and calls on the UK Government to reconsider its approach immediately.

*S3M-3201# Bill Kidd: Alderman Road Community Garden Highly Commended in the People Category of SURF Awards 2008—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to the Alderman Road Community Garden, which operates in the Knightswood area of Glasgow, for being highly commended in the People category of the 2008 Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum Awards; extols the work of the project in providing a purposeful working environment for those furthest from the job market, such as people suffering from mental health problems, people with drug or alcohol addiction, long-term unemployed people and asylum seekers, in a range of areas in horticulture, hard and soft landscaping, recycling and retail; recognises the outstanding enterprise of the lead organisation, the Coach House Trust, in the field of mental health and environmental and social justice, and celebrates the enhancement of wellbeing, pride and opportunity in the local community facilitated by the Alderman Road Community Garden and projects like it.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Jamie Hepburn*

*S3M-3200# Karen Whitefield: Diabetes UK 75th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Diabetes UK on its 75th anniversary, which it celebrates in 2009; notes, in this year of Homecoming, the particular contribution of Scotland and Scots to the work of Diabetes UK and to diabetes research, including RD Lawrence who founded the organisation with HG Wells in 1934, JR McLeod who shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of insulin and John Ireland who co-designed and developed the insulin pen; recognises that diabetes continues to be a major public health issue in Scotland, with 209,706 people registered with diabetes and a projected increase to 350,000 by 2025; commends the improvements in diabetes services over the past seven years arising from the Scottish Diabetes Framework and Action Plan; notes that the action plan concludes this year, and looks forward to renewed commitment to action on diabetes in Scotland to take us into 2010 and onwards.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Mary Scanlon*, Christine Grahame*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

*S3M-3199 Stuart McMillan: Housing Association Wins Gold Award for Safety at Work—That the Parliament congratulates Oak Tree Housing Association, Inverclyde, which has recently received a Healthy Working Lives Award for safety at work; acknowledges that the housing association is the first in Scotland to receive such an award on the basis that it submitted a portfolio that was assessed to be of gold standard, and notes that the national award scheme supports employers and employees to develop health promotion and safety themes in the workplace.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-3198 Willie Coffey: Scotland Urged to Open for Euro Business during Homecoming—That the Parliament considers that the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’s birth and the Homecoming celebrations will make Scotland the place to be for many thousands of visitors in 2009; urges Scotland’s retailers, restaurants, pubs and shops, with the support of the banks, to step up arrangements for accepting the euro for over-the-counter transactions during this year’s Homecoming celebrations, and considers that the message that Scotland is open for euro business will be warmly received by visitors from eurozone countries and those from elsewhere for whom Scotland is one stop in a wider European trip.

S3M-3197 Claire Baker: Congratulations to Scottish Universities on their Performance in the UK Research Assessment Exercise—That the Parliament commends the performance of Scottish universities in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE); notes Research Fortnight’s analysis of the results; congratulates the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow for appearing in the top 20 of UK institutions, at number five and number 14 respectively; further congratulates the University of Aberdeen, the University of Strathclyde, the University of St Andrews, the University of Dundee and Heriot-Watt University on securing places in the top 50 of UK institutions; believes that this success is down to the hard work of university staff, combined with the significant investment provided by government since the last RAE, in 2001; notes that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning previously pledged to provide "something for something" regarding funding for universities; believes that Scottish universities have clearly kept their end of the bargain, and strongly urges the Scottish Government to provide the significant resources that universities in Scotland need to maintain their research performance and to remain generally competitive within the United Kingdom and across the world.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh*, George Foulkes*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Robin Harper*, Sarah Boyack*, Rhona Brankin*, Des McNulty*, Hugh Henry*, Jack McConnell*, Marlyn Glen*, David Stewart*, Cathy Peattie*, Charlie Gordon*, Karen Whitefield*, John Park*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-3196 Jackson Carlaw: Hospital Parking Charges—That the Parliament notes the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing’s claim to have abolished hospital parking charges, in particular the assertion that they have "no place in a National Health Service" and that "abolishing charges eases the financial burden at a difficult time"; believes that, despite this claim, some NHS boards are already hatching plans to introduce an alternative car parking charge such as that to be implemented at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, where car park users are to be restricted to a four-hour stay and thereafter subject to a £40 fine and potential criminal conviction, with what seems a distressing and cumbersome procedure being the only means of redress; further believes that such a scheme is incompatible with the Scottish Government’s claim to have abolished hospital parking charges and is especially prejudicial to staff, and therefore calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to make clear to all NHS boards across Scotland that alternative plans to impose charges on those with legitimate reasons to be parked in publicly-owned NHS car parks must be abandoned.

S3M-3195 George Foulkes: Scottish Conservative and Unionist—That the Parliament notes with incredulity that the Scottish Conservatives have dropped the term unionist from their title just as the UK party has resumed its use following its electoral agreement with the Ulster Unionists and urges Annabel Goldie to end the confusion by reaffirming that the unionist credentials of the Scottish Tories remain intact.

Supported by: Des McNulty*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-3194 Ross Finnie: Abandon Plans to Name Prison HMP Bishopbriggs—That the Parliament backs the campaign against the new prison at Low Moss being named HMP Bishopbriggs after the East Dunbartonshire town and urges the Scottish Government and the Scottish Prison Service to retain the name of Low Moss Prison and stop ignoring the views of the people of Bishopbriggs.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*, Robin Harper*, Robert Brown*, Margaret Smith*

S3M-3193 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Has Become the Most Entrepreneurial Area in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the recent research released by the Committee of Scottish Clearing Banks showing that Inverclyde has become the most entrepreneurial area in Scotland; notes that the area has seen an increase of 40% in the number of new businesses launched in the third quarter of 2008, and acknowledges that the increase in businesses in Inverclyde will bring much-needed stimulus to the local economy and a welcome increase in job prospects, which is essential during these difficult economic times.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Keith Brown, Sandra White*

S3M-3192 Angela Constance: Safer Streets Pilot Project - a West Lothian Initiative to Support the Victims of Domestic Abuse—That the Parliament commends the launch of the innovative Safer Streets pilot project, which will offer early intervention and support to women following incidents of domestic abuse; applauds the constructive and positive partnership approach of the police, West Lothian Women’s Aid and West Lothian Council in seeking to tackle domestic abuse, and acknowledges and supports the commitment of all agencies in their endeavours to tackle domestic abuse in whatever form it takes, sending out a clear message that such abuse is unacceptable and ensuring that professional support is available to victims 24 hours a day.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Mary Mulligan, Sandra White, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-3191 Angela Constance: Congratulations to Journey to Employment—That the Parliament applauds the success of the Journey to Employment (J2E) initiative, aimed at boosting the number of young people continuing their education beyond school; recognises the multi-agency activity that has contributed to its success and created a partnership between West Lothian College, West Lothian Council, West Lothian Youth Action Project and two West Lothian secondary schools, including Deans Community High School; commends the work that has been undertaken in seeking to engage with young school pupils who risk falling out of education and becoming unemployed; recognises that one in 10 teenagers in West Lothian, aged 16 to 19, is not in education, training or employment and that this is the fourth highest rate in Scotland, and welcomes this initiative and its endeavours to support these young people.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Keith Brown, Aileen Campbell, Mary Mulligan, Sandra White

S3M-3190 Angela Constance: West Lothian Council Support for Special Olympians—That the Parliament recognises the long-standing support that West Lothian Council has given to the Lothian Special Olympics team and acknowledges the funding support provided by the West Lothian Trust for People with Disability that will go towards developing a variety of sports at local level to encourage people with a learning disability to achieve their goals and enable individuals to go on to participate in the Special Olympics to be held in Leicester in 2009.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Alasdair Allan, Jack McConnell, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Sandra White*

S3M-3189 Angela Constance: West Lothian Business Excellence Awards—That the Parliament extends its congratulations to Livingston constituency-based firms for their performances in the West Lothian Business Excellence Awards; commends the performance of Russell Europe, which won the Best Business Award, and Atos Origin, which was highly commended in this section; recognises the success of NAS Recruitment in securing the High Growth Business Award and Bloxx Ltd, which was highly commended; acknowledges the success of Encap Drug Delivery, which won the Innovation Award, and Advance Security UK Ltd, which was highly commended, and applauds the success of Country Lifestyle Homes for being highly commended under the Entrepreneur and Business Start-up Award category.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Sandra White*

S3M-3188 Angela Constance: Musically Active Dudes (Musac)—That the Parliament recognises the success of Musically Active Dudes (Musac) in securing £9,675 from the Lotto Awards for All and applauds its work with its members, who all have learning or physical disabilities, by providing them with opportunities for creative release through voice coaching, instrument playing and movement to music.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Trish Godman, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, Sandra White*

S3M-3187 Angela Constance: Congratulations to River Kids—That the Parliament acknowledges and applauds the innovative and imaginative approach displayed by the River Kids charity in its fundraising activities in West Lothian and the significant contribution and support that it gives to the young people of West Lothian in targeting better education, healthcare and other life-improving causes.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Jack McConnell, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Sandra White*

S3M-3186 Angela Constance: Congratulations to Broxburn Academy and Deans Community High School—That the Parliament recognises the achievement of Broxburn Academy and Deans Community High School pupils in reaching the finals of the Edinburgh and Lothians Schools’ Construction Challenge and wishes them every success in the final.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Keith Brown, Sandra White*

S3M-3185 Angela Constance: Riverside Primary School Attracts RBS Support—That the Parliament applauds the success of Riverside Primary School in attracting Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) support for the redevelopment of the school’s eco garden and the production of a striking mosaic incorporating the school logo and acknowledges the worthwhile contribution that RBS makes with its Supergrounds scheme.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Karen Whitefield, Keith Brown, Sandra White*

S3M-3184 Angela Constance: Remember Zoë Fund—That the Parliament recognises and applauds the fundraising efforts made by Mr Alan Biggar for the Remember Zoë Fund in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust that raised more than £160,000; pays tribute to the memory of Miss Zoë King of Uphall who died of cancer shortly before her 18th birthday and who was an inspiration to so many and an ardent campaigner for the Teenage Cancer Trust despite her illness, and acknowledges the significant contribution that the funds raised will deliver to the Teenage Cancer Trust’s units at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Western General Hospital as well as the Better Wigs campaign for teenagers treated in Edinburgh who lose their hair during chemotherapy.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Keith Brown, Sandra White*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-3183 Angela Constance: Congratulations to Criminal Law Firm of the Year - Adams Whyte, Livingston—That the Parliament recognises the achievement of the Adams Whyte law firm based in Livingston in securing the distinguished Criminal Law Firm of the Year award at the Law Awards of Scotland 2008 and commends the firm’s performance, which led to recommendation for the award by its peers and clients.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Keith Brown, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White

S3M-3182 Angela Constance: West Lothian Breast Friends - Infant Feeding Initiative—That the Parliament commends the efforts made by West Lothian mothers to provide trained support for breastfeeding mothers within their communities; recognises the commitment and contribution of the first group of mothers who have undertaken professional training to enable them to support and advise other mothers wishing to breastfeed their babies; acknowledges that this valuable initiative rolled out in West Lothian will make a positive contribution to raising the numbers of mothers who breastfeed in an area where the current level of breastfeeding mothers stands at 25%, and applauds the plan to roll out a full programme of breastfeeding support across West Lothian in which trained, volunteer, breastfeeding peer-support workers will provide one-to-one support to breastfeeding groups.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Robin Harper, Sandra White

S3M-3181 Stewart Stevenson: The Draft Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Developments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Developments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-3180 Stewart Stevenson: The Draft Town and Country Planning (Grounds for Declining to Follow Recommendations) (Scotland) Regulations 2009—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Town and Country Planning (Grounds for Declining to Follow Recommendations) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-3178 Stewart Stevenson: The Draft Town and Country Planning (Amount of Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2009—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Town and Country Planning (Amount of Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-3176 Dave Thompson: Festive Road Safety Campaign Successful—That the Parliament welcomes figures confirming that almost 200 fewer motorists were arrested for drink and drug-driving offences over the festive season compared to 2007 and hails the efforts of the Scottish Government, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and all eight police forces that led a successful Scotland-wide Festive Road Safety Campaign for 2008.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Keith Brown, Willie Coffey*

S3M-3175 Hugh O’Donnell: Treat the Dignity with Humanitarian Dignity—That the Parliament recognises the determination of the Free Gaza Movement to continue its humanitarian mission to deliver medical aid to the people of Gaza in spite of the fact that in the early hours of Tuesday, 30 December 2008, the Israeli navy attacked the motor vessel, Dignity, which was loaded with medical supplies and carried, among other civilians, doctors headed to Gaza to assist with the humanitarian crisis there, in an apparent attempt to disable the vessel and in a manner that jeopardized the lives of the 16 civilians on board; believes that neither the boat nor its passengers, doctors, journalists, members of parliament and human rights observers, trying to reach the people of Gaza to deliver much needed aid to the Palestinians there constituted any kind of danger to the Israeli naval forces; further believes that any future deliveries of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza by the Dignity, duly notified in advance to the Israeli navy, Ministry of Defence, and Foreign Ministry should not be impeded in any way by the Israeli defence forces, and considers that any such attack on the vessel will be premeditated and any harm inflicted on the civilians on board will be the result of a deliberate attack on unarmed civilians.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White*

S3M-3172 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to 2008 Scottish Modern Apprentice of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Mathew MacKay, 20, from Caithness, for winning the title of Overall Apprentice of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Modern Apprentice of the Year Awards; notes that Mathew also won Apprentice of the Year in the traditional sector 16-19 category at the recent ceremony in Edinburgh; further notes that Mathew joined the Vulcan Rolls-Royce Modern Apprenticeship scheme in Caithness in 2004 and that these awards recognise his dedication and enthusiasm, and congratulates all those undertaking modern apprenticeships, which offer over-16s paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Jack McConnell, James Kelly, Nanette Milne, Ken Macintosh, Bill Kidd, Margaret Mitchell, John Scott, Jackie Baillie, Murdo Fraser, Karen Whitefield, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, Jackson Carlaw, Rob Gibson, John Park, Keith Brown, Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-3171 Bill Butler: A Gold Star for St Ninian’s Primary School, Knightswood—That the Parliament congratulates St Ninian’s Primary School in Knightswood, Glasgow, for its recent HM Inspectorate of Education follow-through report; notes that the report highlights children’s successes in gaining national awards, the constructive impact of the leadership of the head teacher and school management team on children’s experiences, positive relationships between staff and children, the commitment of staff in respect of improving the work of the school and the school’s approach to meeting the needs of children who require additional support in their learning; commends the head teacher, school management team, staff, parents and pupils for their achievements detailed in the report, and wishes the school continued success in the years to come.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Bashir Ahmad, Cathy Jamieson, Stuart McMillan, James Kelly, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Jack McConnell, Jim Tolson, Robert Brown, Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Peattie, Des McNulty, Angela Constance, Trish Godman, Charlie Gordon, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-3168 Kenneth Gibson: Ending the Civil War in Sri Lanka—That the Parliament congratulates the Sri Lankan army and government on the capture of Kilinochchi from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) earlier this year after heavy fighting; considers that the LTTE is a terrorist organisation that has carried out indiscriminate attacks on the Sinhalese community, Indian Tamils, Tamil Muslims and moderate Sri Lankan Tamils during the 25 years of its insurgency, a conflict that has cost over 70,000 lives; is aware that in attempting to eradicate the LTTE, which has used suicide bombings, assassinations and intimidation to further its aims, Sri Lankan forces have, regrettably, inflicted civilian casualties; acknowledges that terrorist organisations frequently hide and launch attacks from among vulnerable civilian populations, callously believing, often rightly, that when women and children are unintentionally killed by counter insurgents it will increase sympathy and support for the terrorist cause; urges the LTTE to accept that there is no violent solution to its grievances, and calls on both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government to end the fighting and needless loss of life with the aim of negotiating a peaceful settlement, which will inevitably require a willingness to compromise on both sides.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-3167 Robin Harper: Protection for Seals—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to recognise the threat to the seal population in Scottish waters from disease, climate change and shooting; particularly notes the recent dramatic and unexplained reduction in the population of common seals; also notes that processes for reporting and recording seal deaths by shooting are not consistent or accurate, and therefore calls for an immediate ban on the shooting of common seals and a commitment from government to replace the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 with a much firmer commitment to seal protection in the forthcoming Marine Bill.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-3166 Cathy Peattie: The Future of the Arts in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the letter circulated on 5 January 2008, with 440 signatories, expressing apprehension about the formation of Creative Scotland and the effects on artists’ welfare and practice, including the view that the situation regarding Creative Scotland has now reached crisis point; notes that the letter highlights a perceived lack of concern for artists’ needs and UNESCO declarations on culture and freedom, a lack of meaningful consultation with the arts communities during the transition process, an inadequacy of funding and an impact on artistic independence of proposals that include an exploitation of intellectual property rights and an introduction of loans coupled with a cut in grant aid; recognises that this is the latest in a series of criticisms of the Creative Scotland proposals and believes that this lack of confidence in the formation of Creative Scotland is shared by many others; considers that the proposals for Creative Scotland have failed to convince many people that they offer any significant improvement on the current provision of support for artists and the development of, and entitlement to, culture in Scotland and moreover that many consider that they will have a negative impact on our arts and culture, and believes that the Scottish Government should take on board these criticisms and not proceed further without reviewing its plans, consulting widely and seeking consensus on a positive and constructive way forward for the funding and development of arts and culture in Scotland.

Supported by: David Whitton, Karen Whitefield, James Kelly, Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Andy Kerr, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh Henry

S3M-3165 Pauline McNeill: Situation in Gaza—That the Parliament is gravely concerned at the tragic events that began in the Gaza Strip on 27 December 2008 and the subsequent ground invasion of Gaza by Israeli troops; believes that this response is disproportionate and is extremely concerned at the huge loss of life and the many thousands injured in the air attacks; condemns all acts of violence and aggression against civilians; believes that there should be an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli troops as a first step in a process towards peace to bring about a lasting settlement for Palestinians and a secure Israel, and further believes that in the event of a ceasefire all crossings should be open to ensure the availability of humanitarian aid.

Supported by: Angela Constance, Jim Tolson, Keith Brown, Jackie Baillie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, John Park, Marlyn Glen, Patrick Harvie, Nigel Don, Bill Butler, Bob Doris, Des McNulty, Malcolm Chisholm, Alasdair Allan, Michael McMahon, Cathy Peattie, Charlie Gordon, Hugh O’Donnell, Liam McArthur, Bashir Ahmad, Margaret Curran, Sandra White, Mike Pringle, Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Karen Gillon, Marilyn Livingstone, Gil Paterson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Dr Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, Patricia Ferguson, Sarah Boyack, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Cathy Jamieson, James Kelly, Lewis Macdonald, Willie Coffey, Bill Wilson, Hugh Henry

S3M-3163 Richard Lochhead: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Michael Russell

S3M-3162 Nicola Sturgeon: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Shona Robison

S3M-3161 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill.

Supported by: Alex Salmond, Bruce Crawford

S3M-3160 Sandra White: Action Needed to Secure Ceasefire—That the Parliament calls on the international community to act with the utmost urgency in efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas before the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza leads to the death of thousands of innocent civilians; believes that the disproportionate nature of the Israeli offensive and its collective punishment of the civilian population via the blockade are illegal under international law, warranting investigation by the International Court of Justice, and notes that, despite Israel’s attempts to justify these acts, a growing number of people are highly critical of the Israeli actions and supportive of the Palestinian situation, as evidenced by the current demonstrations and supportive events throughout the world, such as the recent fundraising dinner held by Islamic Relief Scotland, which raised £160,000 for the people of Gaza to buy medical equipment, including incubators and medical kits.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Michael Matheson, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Keith Brown, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson

S3M-3159 Robert Brown: Helen Suzman—That the Parliament pays tribute to the life of Helen Suzman and her long fight against apartheid and for liberal values in South Africa during her parliamentary career from 1953 to 1989 and beyond, particularly as the only parliamentarian in the South African Parliament publicly and actively opposed to apartheid from 1961 to 1971 as representative of the Progressive Party and later as a leading member of the Progressive Reform Party and the Progressive Federal Party; remembers Helen Suzman’s work for the South African Institute of Race Relations, her opposition to the 90-day detention law in 1963 and to the arbitrary powers of the South African justice minister and her long support for Nelson Mandela despite threats against her from the National government; remembers also her work as a member of the Independent Electoral Commission that oversaw the first democratic election in 1994 and as a member of the South African Human Rights Commission; recalls that she was declared an enemy of the state by President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in 2001; notes that she was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and won the United Nations Human Rights award in 1978; mourns the death of this undaunted champion of freedom, but believes that her work will live on in the new South Africa and in the Helen Suzman Foundation, which bears her name and which continues to support liberal democratic ideas in that country.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Christine Grahame, Trish Godman, Sarah Boyack, Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Jamie Stone, David Whitton, Alasdair Allan, Marlyn Glen, Bashir Ahmad, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Rumbles, Andrew Welsh, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Hugh O’Donnell, Hugh Henry, Alex Neil, George Foulkes, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Butler, Mr Frank McAveety, Liam McArthur, Christina McKelvie, Patricia Ferguson, Charlie Gordon, Joe FitzPatrick, Cathy Peattie

S3M-3158 Christine Grahame: Last Train on the Waverley Line—That the Parliament notes that 40 years ago, on 5 January 1969, the 21.55 from Waverley station to St Pancras was the final journey of the last train on the Waverley line; also notes that its closure was not without a fight, with protesters blocking the line at Newcastleton causing the Night Midland sleeper to be several hours late; regrets that its closure left the Scottish Borders as the only region in mainland Britain without passenger railway stations; notes further that, in June 2000, the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to restore the line and that the Scottish Government has already provided £1 million to allow preparatory work to begin for construction, and, on this anniversary, reasserts its commitment to reinstatement of the line.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-3157 Kenneth Gibson: Cut Power Bills Now—That the Parliament notes that the forward price of gas for delivery in winter 2009 has plummeted from 109p per therm in July to 63.6p per therm in the last days of 2008, a decline of almost 42%; further notes that the forward price of electricity fell from £94.50 per MWhour to £56.65 over the same period, a decrease of over 40%; is concerned that power companies that were so keen to raise prices rapidly and in full during 2008 are much more reluctant to pass on full price cuts quickly, with consumers expected to wait until February or March for probable price cuts of only 5% or 10%, with 20% cuts at best; acknowledges that the wholesale cost of gas and electricity represents about two thirds of the total cost of supply borne by energy providers, and believes therefore that hard-pressed energy consumers, both domestic and business, should receive full price cuts and swiftly or that energy providers should be compelled by the UK Government to make the cuts.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Ian McKee, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson

S3M-3156 Iain Smith: Woodland Trust Scotland’s Christmas Card Recycling Scheme—That the Parliament supports the Woodland Trust Scotland’s Christmas card recycling scheme being operated in conjunction with Waste Aware Scotland from 2 to 31 January 2009; encourages people to recycle their Christmas cards by taking them to special recycling bins placed in participating WH Smith, Tesco and TK Maxx stores; encourages people who do not traditionally recycle their cards to participate in the scheme and help to make recycling part of their daily lives, and notes that funds raised from the scheme will help to plant new trees in Scotland.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Mike Rumbles, Mike Pringle, Robert Brown, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Bob Doris, Elaine Murray, Des McNulty, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Ms Wendy Alexander, Jim Tolson, John Park, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Ross Finnie, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh O’Donnell, Ian McKee, Christine Grahame, John Wilson, Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Sarah Boyack, Marlyn Glen, Alison McInnes, Jack McConnell, Nanette Milne, Jamie Hepburn, Angela Constance, Cathy Peattie

S3M-3155 Jim Tolson: HMS Scotia—That the Parliament congratulates Commander Nick Dorman and the officers and ratings of HMS Scotia, Rosyth, on winning the Richards Trophy, the first time that the trophy has been won by a Scottish unit, and notes that there are 14 Royal Naval Reserve units in the United Kingdom, HMS Scotia being one of the largest with a catchment area covering most of the east coast of Scotland drawing recruits from all backgrounds, including seven universities and many colleges.

Supported by: John Park, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Jim Hume, Ian McKee, Angela Constance, Jamie Stone, Sandra White*

S3M-2937 John Swinney: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

S3M-2932# Jamie McGrigor: Future of the Bull Hire Scheme—That the Parliament notes the proposals to abolish the current Bull Hire Scheme for crofters; is aware of genuinely felt concerns among crofters over this proposal and the potentially more costly and inconvenient options that might replace the scheme; believes that the current Bull Hire Scheme has widespread support within the crofting sector and has played an extremely important part in maintaining the quality of cattle stock in the crofting counties, and further believes that some form of bull hire scheme is in the best interests of crofters and stock quality in the crofting counties.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Mary Scanlon, Ted Brocklebank, John Scott, John Lamont, Margaret Mitchell, Bill Aitken, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Annabel Goldie, Christopher Harvie, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Peter Peacock, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart

S3M-2790.1 Robin Harper: GDP’s Inadequacy as a Measure of Sustainable Economic Growth—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2790) in the name of Bill Wilson, leave out from first "sustainable" to "growth and" and insert "environmentally-sustainable economic growth; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to a more successful country; further welcomes".

S3M-2753# Jim Hume: Post Office Closures—That the Parliament deplores the decision taken by Post Office Ltd to remain committed to its original post office branch closure programme across the South of Scotland despite the numerous strong objections made by individuals, businesses and community groups; further deplores the loss in particular of Greenlaw Post Office, which was shown to be a thriving and profitable business; notes with deep concern the detrimental impact that this loss of service provision in Greenlaw will have on the economy of the immediate local community and surrounding area, individuals and small to medium-sized businesses reliant upon a service that is very localised and customised to their specific needs and that provides face-to-face personal support and advice to elderly, disabled and vulnerable people, and considers that urgent action should be taken to retain effective and comprehensive postal services in Greenlaw and the rest of the South of Scotland.

Supported by: John Lamont, Jim Tolson, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3154 Life Should be Life (lodged on 19 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3142 UK Citizens Allegedly Tortured in Guantánamo Bay (lodged on 18 December 2008) Sandra White*

S3M-3139 Future of Electricity Generation (lodged on 18 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3110 20th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster (lodged on 15 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3108 Congratulations to Chris Hoy, BBC Sports Personality of the Year (lodged on 15 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3107 Keep Royal Mail in the Public Sector (lodged on 15 December 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-3092♦ Protection for Buyers of New-build Homes (lodged on 11 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3091 Pending Decision of the Office of Rail Regulation (lodged on 11 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3090 The Act of Settlement (lodged on 10 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3085 Save Our Forests (lodged on 10 December 2008) Margaret Smith*

S3M-3069 Time for Mugabe to Go (lodged on 9 December 2008) Tom McCabe*

S3M-2936 Ban Tobacco Vending Machines (lodged on 20 November 2008) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-2868 Back to a Life Stroke Campaign (lodged on 12 November 2008) Des McNulty*

S3M-2823 World Diabetes Day 2008 (lodged on 4 November 2008) Des McNulty*

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