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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3241 Cathie Craigie: Value of Local Newspapers—That the Parliament recognises the value of local newspapers, the important role that they play in the community in delivering local news and the benefits that they bring to the local economy; is extremely concerned about the proposal of Johnston Press to close the long-established office of the Kilsyth Chronicle, and believes that this will severely restrict the ability of people living in Kilsyth and the surrounding villages to engage with the paper and will cause a significant reduction in advertising revenue from the Kilsyth area, placing the future viability of the Kilsyth Chronicle as an independent publication, a paper that has been published since 1890, at risk.

*S3M-3240 Bill Kidd: Generals Say Trident Completely Useless—That the Parliament expresses concern at the UK Government’s continued commitment to renewing the aging Trident system at a cost of £20 billion and notes that the former head of the armed forces, Field Marshal Lord Bramall, argued in a letter to The Times on 16 January 2009, also signed by General Lord Ramsbotham and General Sir Hugh Beach, that nuclear weapons have shown themselves to be completely useless as a deterrent to the threats and scale of violence we currently face, or are likely to face, particularly international terrorism.

*S3M-3239 Patricia Ferguson: Partick Thistle Celebrates 100 Years in Maryhill—That the Parliament congratulates Partick Thistle on its 100 years’ residence at Firhill Stadium, Maryhill; notes that the team’s first game at Firhill was played on 18 September 1909 when Thistle defeated Dumbarton Harp by three goals to one; remembers the club’s major triumphs in the Scottish Cup Final of 1921 against Glasgow Rangers and the Scottish League Cup Final of 1971 against Glasgow Celtic; acknowledges the esteem in which the club is held by the people of Maryhill and beyond, and wishes the Maryhill Magyars every possible success during the next 100 years.

Supported by: George Foulkes*, James Kelly*, Bill Butler*

*S3M-3238 Jamie Hepburn: Bush Administration Admits Torture in Guantánamo Bay—That the Parliament notes the admission for the first time by an official of the Bush administration in the United States of America, as reported in The Guardian on 15 January 2009, that interrogation techniques used in Guantánamo Bay amounted to torture in the case of Mohammed al-Qahtani, who was accused of involvement in planning the attacks of 11 September 2001; expresses disappointment that the fears and accusations of many other governments and human rights organisation about abuses in the detention centre have been proved correct; calls on the Bush administration to publish full details of the interrogation techniques used on all detainees at the centre; believes it would be wrong for President Bush to grant pardons to anyone associated with authorising or conducting torture in the centre, and looks forward to President-elect Obama making good his pledge to close the centre.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike Pringle*, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Butler*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-3237 Ian McKee: Democracy in Belarus—That the Parliament welcomes the European Parliament’s resolution on the EU strategy towards Belarus, aimed at achieving greater democratisation in the country often branded Europe’s last dictatorship and which sets out the conditions that Belarus is required to meet in order to end the country’s self-imposed isolation from the rest of Europe, urging the Belarusian Government to respect human rights, including guaranteeing freedom for political prisoners, freedom of expression for the media and political parties, and the legal establishment of non-governmental organisations (NGOs); condemns the Belarusian Government for continuing to deny its people the basic right of freedom of speech, and urges the European Union not to renew the period of six months during which travel restrictions imposed on certain Belarusian Government officials have been lifted, unless positive steps towards greater democratisation are clearly visible.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3236 Bob Doris: GHA Tenants Back Queens Cross Housing Association—That the Parliament congratulates Queens Cross Housing Association on the results of a tenant survey conducted by IBP Strategy and Research showing that almost 70% of tenants surveyed in the Dundasvale, South Maryhill and Hamiltonhill areas are in support of transferring ownership of their homes from Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) to Queens Cross Housing Association (QCHA); welcomes the series of local meetings organised by QCHA to consult further with tenants and hopes that all tenants will engage in this process; notes that this important part of the process of second-stage transfer (SST) comes in the wake of the five successful SST ballots in Parkhead, Cassiltoun, Ardglen, Glasgow West and Shettleston, and welcomes this as further evidence that tenants continue to see GHA as a temporary organisation for the delivery of community ownership through second-stage stock transfer to community-based housing associations.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-3235 Jack McConnell: Appointment of Chair of the Board of the Scottish Qualifications Authority—That the Parliament notes the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on Monday 12 January 2009 of the appointment of Councillor Graham Houston as chair of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA); also notes that Councillor Houston also holds a high profile political position in a local authority and that in this role he will be called on to participate in national and local meetings where matters relating to national qualifications will be discussed; further notes that as chair of the SQA he will be called on to make decisions relating to individual schools and local authorities, including on charging policies and performance-related issues; expresses concern about the direct conflict of interest that occurs should one individual hold these two positions, this conflict arising regardless of the abilities, experience and party affiliation of the individual and which would be particularly inappropriate in the context of the management and delivery of examinations and qualifications, which should be independent of party politics, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning to recognise this direct conflict of interest and to review the appointment as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Patricia Ferguson, Ross Finnie, Mike Rumbles, Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, David Whitton*, Nicol Stephen*, Richard Baker*, David McLetchie*, Margaret Curran*, Andy Kerr*, Mike Pringle*, Margaret Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Park*, Mary Scanlon*, Murdo Fraser*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jim Tolson*, Mary Mulligan*

*S3M-3235.1 Jamie Hepburn: Appointment of Chair of the Board of the Scottish Qualifications Authority—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3235) in the name of Jack McConnell, leave out from "also notes" to end and insert "believes that this appointment has been conducted in accordance with the robust standards required by the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland’s code of practice; further believes that the system of public appointments in Scotland compares favourably with that of other countries, and also believes that accusations of cronyism and conflicts of interest rarely stand in the way of UK Government ministers making public appointments, for example in the appointment of political figures to traditionally neutral diplomatic overseas postings such as the British High Commission in Malawi."

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Brian Adam*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-3234 Bill Kidd: Glasgow Hears All About It—That the Parliament offers its commendations to The Talking Glaswegian, an excellent project that has been running for almost 18 years, whereby articles are selected from The Glaswegian newspaper, recorded and subsequently compiled as a tape and mailed on a weekly basis to over 300 visually-impaired people across the city and recognises and extols the hard work of the organiser of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme, Clare Morgan, and volunteers who make this service available, ensuring that local news is made accessible to those who are visually impaired.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Willie Coffey*, Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Jim Tolson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-3233 Hugh Henry: University of the West of Scotland Nursery Provision—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) to close its on-site nursery at Paisley; notes that out of 10 other Scottish universities surveyed only two do not currently provide on-site nursery places; regrets that up to 30 jobs are threatened across the Paisley and Hamilton campuses; also notes that student parents fear being unable to complete their courses; calls on UWS to appreciate that substitute financial assistance may not necessarily be an answer, given that many external nurseries have constraints that do not align with the university’s course timetables, and, in consequence, urges the UWS to review the closure proposal, re-examine the existing costs and fee structure and explore other means of generating income before any decision is taken.

Supported by: Trish Godman*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-3232 Alasdair Allan: Dwelly’s Gaelic Dictionary Online—That the Parliament congratulates Mr William Robertson and Mr Michael Bauer on making Dwelly’s Gaelic Dictionary available online for the first time at with both English to Gaelic and Gaelic to English search facilities and expresses its support for their continuing work to create Am Faclair Beag, a modern, comprehensive online English-Gaelic dictionary including sound clips, examples of word usage and strong involvement from the Gaelic community.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ cur meal-a-naidheachd air Uilleam MacDhonnchaidh agus Mìcheal Bauer airson Faclair Dwelly a chur air-loidhne airson a’ chiad turais aig le cothrom rannsachaidh a dhèanamh bhon Bheurla chun na Gàidhlig is bhon Ghàidhlig chun na Beurla agus gu bheil i a’ cur taic ris an dithis airson an cuid obrach gus Am Faclair Beag a chruthachadh, faclair Gàidhlig is Beurla air-loidhne, ùr-nòsach is iomlan le fuaimean, eisimpleirean de chleachdadh nam facal is tòrr obair com-pàirteachaidh leis a’ choimhearsnachd Ghàidhlig.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*, Willie Coffey*, Jamie Hepburn*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Aileen Campbell*, Sandra White*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Christina McKelvie*, John Wilson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3231 Pauline McNeill: Glasgow Central Citizens Advice Bureau—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Central Citizens Advice Bureau on its 70th anniversary; notes that this service, which was officially opened on 15 January 1939, was the first Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland, and recognises that its highly trained volunteers and salaried staff continue to offer advice and guidance on a wide variety of subjects.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, John Park, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, James Kelly, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Mr Frank McAveety, Paul Martin, Dr Richard Simpson, Kenneth Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Jamie Hepburn, Robert Brown*, Stuart McMillan*, Trish Godman*, Patrick Harvie*, Andy Kerr*, Robin Harper*, Bill Butler*, Jim Tolson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3230 Jamie Hepburn: War of Terror is Mistaken and Misleading—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of an article in The Guardian on 15 January 2009 by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Miliband MP, in which he argues that the notion of a war on terror is mistaken and misleading; believes, however, that the millions of people across the world who marched against the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 could have told Mr Miliband this at the time; agrees that the use of rhetoric about a war on terror has in fact helped to fuel the extremism and terrorism that it was supposed to combat, and calls on Mr Miliband to take steps to introduce the ethical foreign policy first promised by his New Labour predecessor, Robin Cook, in 1997.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Mike Pringle, Ian McKee, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson*, Margaret Smith*, Brian Adam*, Patrick Harvie*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-3229 Willie Coffey: New Clydesdale Year of Homecoming Banknotes—That the Parliament notes the terms of motion S3M-01214 (Commemoration by the Scottish Clearing Banks of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns), lodged by Willie Coffey MSP on 24 January 2008; welcomes the announcement by the Clydesdale Bank, which has been producing banknotes since 1838 and is currently Scotland’s largest supplier of banknotes, that it is to issue a new family of banknotes celebrating the best of Scotland’s heritage, people and culture to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and the Year of Homecoming; welcomes the continued recognition of Robert Burns on the £10 note and of other prominent Scots, including King Robert the Bruce, suffragette and surgeon Elsie Inglis, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and scientist Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, on other notes, and further welcomes the fact that the commemorative notes will remain in issue for years after as a continuing reminder of the Year of Homecoming.

S3M-3228 Stuart McMillan: Naming of New Prison—That the Parliament notes the ongoing debate within the community of Bishopbriggs regarding the naming of the new prison; acknowledges the fact that the prison is to be built using public money and not the discredited PPP/PFI scheme, saving the taxpayer millions of pounds; also notes that the title, HMP Bishopbriggs, is described as a working title being used by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and that a final name has not yet been decided, and calls on the SPS to consider as a matter of urgency the working title of the prison and recommend that the new establishment be called HMP Low Moss, both as a working title and once it is complete.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Bob Doris, John Wilson, Ian McKee, Angela Constance, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3228.1 David Whitton: Naming of New Prison—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3228) in the name of Stuart McMillan, leave out from "the fact" to end and insert "that the delay caused to the start of construction is due to the Scottish Government’s failure to introduce the Scottish Futures Trust as a funding mechanism, and recommends that the Scottish Prison Service changes the working title to HMP Low Moss and that this should remain the name of the new prison when it is finally built."

Supported by: Johann Lamont, Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker, Hugh Henry, James Kelly, Andy Kerr*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3227 Alison McInnes: Reverse Vending Recycling Project—That the Parliament congratulates Stagecoach Bluebird and Aberdeenshire Council for the roll-out of Scotland’s first reverse vending recycling project; notes that, as well as providing an easy recycling point, the scheme actively encourages recycling by giving green points for each item deposited in the machine; welcomes that these green points can then be used to claim eco vouchers, giving recyclers money off their bus travel, and therefore hopes that more transport companies and local authorities will follow this example and commit to encouraging recycling while promoting the use of public transport.

S3M-3226 Mike Rumbles: First Minister Must Set the Record Straight—That the Parliament notes the answers given by the First Minister to Tavish Scott MSP on Thursday 8 January 2009 in the Chamber (Official Report, c. 13822) regarding funding for the Scottish Inter Faith Council (SIFC); notes that the First Minister stated that funding was "resolved"; notes that the convenor of the SIFC has indicated that the matter was not resolved at the time of the First Minister’s statements; believes that the First Minister therefore misled the Parliament and that he should make a statement clarifying and apologising for this position; believes that the precedent has been set in previous sessions of the Parliament that the correct action for a minister who has, even inadvertently, misled the Parliament is to return to the Parliament as soon as possible to correct the inaccuracy and apologise, and that the Presiding Officer should play a constructive and appropriate role in ensuring that this happens.

Supported by: Margo MacDonald, Robert Brown, Ross Finnie, Jim Hume, Liam McArthur, Alison McInnes, John Farquhar Munro, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Jeremy Purvis, Tavish Scott, Iain Smith, Margaret Smith, Nicol Stephen, Jamie Stone, Jim Tolson, Ken Macintosh, Andy Kerr, Pauline McNeill, Rhona Brankin, Elaine Murray, Ms Wendy Alexander, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, Margaret Curran, Sarah Boyack, Lewis Macdonald, Rhoda Grant, George Foulkes, James Kelly, Michael McMahon, Helen Eadie, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Whitefield, Patricia Ferguson, Charlie Gordon, Richard Baker, Peter Peacock, David Stewart, Claire Baker, Marlyn Glen, Irene Oldfather, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, David McLetchie, John Lamont, Ted Brocklebank, Johann Lamont, Karen Gillon, David Whitton, Bill Butler, Cathy Peattie

S3M-3225 Liam McArthur: Less Favoured Area Support Scheme Payments—That the Parliament regrets the failure of the SNP government to ensure that Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) payments were made before the end of 2008, which the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment undertook to work flat out to do in a parliamentary debate on 18 September 2008 (Official Report c. 10921); believes that the early payment of LFASS and the single farm payment in a single calendar year would ease cash-flow problems and allow Scotland’s hard-pressed farmers and crofters to be able to plan ahead with confidence; further believes that if the correct verification measures are put in place there is no reason why payments of both LFASS and the single farm payment cannot be achieved in a single calendar year, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary to make an early announcement on how he plans to resolve this issue and what steps he is taking, in discussion with the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS), to ensure that the next round of single farm payments and LFASS payments can be made in 2009.

S3M-3224 Rhoda Grant: Congratulations to the Highland Press—That the Parliament congratulates The Inverness Courier on being chosen as the Newspaper of the Year and the West Word, Arisaig, which has been awarded the Community Newspaper of the Year by the Highlands and Islands Media Awards judging panel; further congratulates the journalists and photographers at The Inverness Courier, the West Highland Free Press, The Orcadian, The Shetland Times, The Oban Times and the Stornoway Gazette who will be awarded prizes at the Highlands and Islands press ball being held at the Newton Hotel, Nairn, on Friday 6 February 2009, and wishes all of the winners every success for the future.

Supported by: Peter Peacock, David Stewart, Sandra White*, Sarah Boyack*, James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Patricia Ferguson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3223 Bill Kidd: Taxes Galore—That the Parliament expresses concern over the announcement by the UK Government that whisky prices will rise again when VAT returns to 17.5% rather than alcohol duty being reduced, as had been expected, in order to create price and market stability; considers that whisky companies that are major local employers, such as Edringtons in Glasgow, will be adversely affected by these rises, and believes that Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy MP should make representations to the UK Government to protect this vital industry, which contributes so much to the local and national economy.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, John Wilson, Rob Gibson, Angela Constance, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Willie Coffey*

S3M-3222 Liam McArthur: Highlands and Islands Media Awards—That the Parliament notes the announcement of the winners of the Highlands and Islands Media Awards, which rewards journalists and photographers working in the print, broadcast and internet media across the region; believes that the strong competition each year is a reflection of the strength and importance of the local media in the Highlands and Islands, which covers news that the central belt-dominated national press tends to overlook and so plays a vital role in the community; congratulates all the winners and those whose work was highly commended, and particularly congratulates the winners who represent Orkney’s two local papers, Lorraine Shearer of The Orcadian, who won the Jim Love Memorial Trophy for Reporter of the Year, and Ken Amer of Orkney Photographic and Orkney Today, who won the Local Newspaper Photographer of the Year category.

S3M-3221 Michael Matheson: Worldwide Toast to Robert Burns—That the Parliament recognises that the 250th anniversary of the birth of the bard, Robert Burns, is a unique opportunity to bring people from around the world together with a common purpose to toast the bard; recognises in particular the efforts being made by Scottish Gemini to bring people from all over the globe together on 25 January 2009 in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest worldwide toast to Robert Burns, and notes that those interested in participating in the record attempt should register at

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-3220 Aileen Campbell: Worldwide Toast to Robert Burns World Record Attempt—That the Parliament welcomes the efforts of Scottish Gemini to honour Robert Burns through breaking the world record for the largest simultaneous toast on Burns Night; recognises this event’s place in the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Burns and for Homecoming Scotland 2009, and encourages the people of Scotland to join in this world record attempt by raising a glass to the immortal memory of Robert Burns and to help make this Burns anniversary a record-breaking one.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson*, John Lamont*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Wilson*, Mike Pringle*, Alasdair Allan*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Bob Doris*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Kidd*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3219 Bill Kidd: Clydesdale Commemorative Homecoming Banknotes—That the Parliament welcomes the unveiling of a new family of banknotes, to be introduced later this year, celebrating the best of Scotland’s heritage, people and culture, and coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and Homecoming 2009; commends the fact that the notes will feature both the faces of some of Scotland’s greatest minds and images of world heritage sites in Scotland, and further welcomes the excellent contribution of the commemorative notes to Scotland’s biggest celebration, the Year of Homecoming.

Supported by: Keith Brown, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Liam McArthur, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson

S3M-3219.1 Ted Brocklebank: Clydesdale Commemorative Homecoming Banknotes—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3219) in the name of Bill Kidd, insert at end "notes with concern the comments of Alex Salmond MSP on Spanish television, as reported in the Daily Telegraph of 6 January 2009, that " … I think the argument for having strong fiscal powers, powers over revenue, powers to expand the economy within a monetary context, within a European Euro context, will prove to be a very strong one for the people of Scotland", and regrets that the Scottish National Party’s wish to see the pound replaced by the euro would signal the end of Scottish banknotes."

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Bill Aitken, Mary Scanlon, Alex Johnstone, Murdo Fraser, Nanette Milne, Jackson Carlaw, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-3218 Bill Kidd: Glasgow’s Dear Green Place—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Wood Recycling Project, a Drumchapel-based enterprise, on securing a £30,000 community grant awarded by Barclays Wealth through the Scottish Community Foundation to develop its Dear Green Place initiative, which will see a derelict green space transformed into a thriving urban eco-hub intended to encourage and increase awareness of environmentally friendly practices in the local community and believes that this excellent initiative should be promoted as a template to other urban communities.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bill Butler, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Keith Brown, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Angela Constance

S3M-3217 Alex Neil: Pensioner Benefits—That the Parliament calls on all pensioners to make sure that they claim all the benefits and forms of assistance due to them, in line with a recent campaign by Age Concern Scotland; notes that the winter fuel payment, cold weather payment, pension credit, free television licence, council tax benefit, housing benefit, Christmas bonus, insulation grants and personal tax allowances are all available to eligible pensioners; further notes with concern that some pensioners do not claim what is due to them, instead relying on savings, and therefore urges all pensioners to check that they are receiving all the benefits and forms of assistance to which they are entitled.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, John Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Angela Constance, Roseanna Cunningham, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Brian Adam*, Willie Coffey*, Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-3216 Patricia Ferguson: Tackling Under-age Drinking in Maryhill and Saracen—That the Parliament welcomes the poster campaign aimed at tackling under-age drinking that has been launched at the Saracen Co-op in Glasgow and the posters that will be displayed in off-sales in Maryhill and Saracen; supports this initiative by Strathclyde Police and Glasgow Community and Safety Services, which aims to cut down on antisocial behaviour by reducing alcohol sales to under-18s; encourages all off-licences in these communities to participate in the campaign by being vigilant and making good use of the guidelines and resources provided to them as part of the initiative, and particularly welcomes the fact that, as part of the campaign, diversionary activity programmes will be available for young people in these areas.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Jamieson, Karen Whitefield, George Foulkes, Trish Godman, James Kelly, Richard Baker, Mary Mulligan, Des McNulty, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Paul Martin, Marilyn Livingstone, Pauline McNeill, Rhona Brankin, Cathy Peattie, Hugh Henry

S3M-3215*#* Irene Oldfather: People with Dementia in Accident and Emergency - Recognising Their Needs—That the Parliament notes the launch of the report, People with Dementia in NHS Accident and Emergency- Recognising Their Needs, by the Cross Party Group on Alzheimer’s; is concerned that evidence suggests that while an estimated 70% of elderly people attending accident and emergency will show some sign of having mental health problems including dementia, less than 10% of problems are identified by admitting doctors; notes evidence which suggests that the average length of stay for an older person with dementia in accident and emergency is between three and seven hours and that readmission for this vulnerable group is likely to result in high levels of functional decline; further notes that mortality rates for patients with dementia admitted to hospital are higher than for other elderly people with some studies suggesting that as many as 30% of such patients die within six months and more than 10% are readmitted and may be placed in institutional care as a consequence; recognises the report’s recommendation that where clinically possible there should be a presumption against admission for patients with dementia and that specialist community-based care, including consultant support and diagnostic testing, is desirable; welcomes as a starting point the decision by NHS Ayrshire and Arran to appoint a mental health liaison nurse to lead the development of protocols, policies and guidelines relevant to patients with dementia, and believes that it is important that people with dementia are given appropriate and timely treatment that respects their dignity and independence.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, David Stewart, James Kelly, Claire Baker, Hugh O’Donnell, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, David Whitton, Angela Constance, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Johann Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathie Craigie*, Stuart McMillan*, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3213 Ken Macintosh: Upholding Good Inter-faith Relations at Times of Tension—That the Parliament recognises that events elsewhere in the world often have repercussions for communities in Scotland; emphasises that it is particularly important at times of tension to uphold and deepen good inter-faith relations, and therefore endorses the recent statement from the Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom calling for communities to talk together in ways that increase understanding rather than lead to suspicion and distrust, and, while praying for peace and working for justice at the present time of crisis in Gaza, also holds firmly to the principle of maintaining bonds of trust between our communities.

Supported by: Nigel Don, Michael McMahon, Kenneth Gibson, David Whitton, Mike Rumbles, Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, Johann Lamont, Patricia Ferguson, Des McNulty, Jim Hume, Lewis Macdonald, Ms Wendy Alexander, Bob Doris, Elaine Murray*, Trish Godman*, Margaret Curran*, Robin Harper*, Jim Tolson*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Jack McConnell*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3211 George Foulkes: Academic Freedom Threatened—That the Parliament opposes the SNP government’s proposals to make universities tailor courses more closely to the needs of the economy; notes that this move has provoked an angry backlash from institutions; congratulates the University of Edinburgh for its place as 23rd best university in the world in the Times Higher Education QS World University Rankings; considers that all the staff who have made Edinburgh such a world-class seat of learning and innovation should be left alone to judge what should and should not be taught, and believes that the future of the economy lies in the innovation and skills of the students currently studying and that such talent should be nurtured by professionals in our university sector, not curtailed by the short-term goals of politicians.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Helen Eadie, Cathy Peattie

S3M-3211.1 Christina McKelvie: Academic Freedom Threatened—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3211) in the name of George Foulkes, leave out from "opposes" to end and insert "congratulates the University of Edinburgh for its place as 23rd best university in the world in the Times Higher Education QS World University Rankings; notes the SNP government’s proposals to make universities tailor courses more closely to the needs of the economy; acknowledges that directions of such a nature have always been part of the funding arrangements between governments and learning institutions; recalls that the previous administration issued such direction in 2005 in a letter from the then Deputy First Minster and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, a copy of which is available on the Funding Council’s website, which stated "The Council should take account of the range of priorities of the Scottish government in securing provision" and "I also expect continued close working between my officials ... and your officials so that we can strengthen relationships and better deliver ministerial priorities"; further notes that such directions are as envisaged by section 9 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005 and that similar provisions were in section 40 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992, and congratulates the Scottish Government on providing less intrusive ministerial direction than its predecessors and on ensuring that further and higher education will be geared towards economic recovery."

Supported by: Bob Doris, Ian McKee, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Rob Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Welsh, Keith Brown, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance

S3M-3209 Claire Baker: A Scottish Tenancy Deposit Scheme—That the Parliament notes that the next meeting of the Working Group on Safeguarding Tenancy Deposits is at the start of February 2009; further notes the completion of research looking at the issue of unfair deductions and withholding of tenancy deposits in Scotland; looks forward to the findings of the research being the basis for development of a tenancy deposit scheme in Scotland; acknowledges the successful working of schemes in the rest of the United Kingdom, and calls on the Scottish Government to use powers in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 to create a Scottish tenancy deposit scheme that offers the same protection to tenants and responsible landlords in Scotland as is afforded to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Malcolm Chisholm, George Foulkes, Robert Brown, Mike Pringle, Pauline McNeill, Trish Godman, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Sarah Boyack, John Park, Johann Lamont, Hugh Henry, Cathy Jamieson, Robin Harper, Marilyn Livingstone, Helen Eadie, Marlyn Glen, Cathy Peattie, Ken Macintosh, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-3208 Aileen Campbell: Carl MacDougall, New Holder of the Brownsbank Fellowship—That the Parliament congratulates Carl MacDougall on his appointment to the Brownsbank Fellowship at Candy Mill, near Biggar; notes that the fellowship has been in existence since 1993 and that it is based in Brownsbank Cottage, the farm labourer’s cottage at Candy Mill in South Lanarkshire that was the home of Hugh MacDiarmid from 1951 to 1978; further notes that a key role of the fellowship is to engage with members of the local community and encourage them to write, and looks forward to Carl MacDougall’s contributions in this role in the coming years.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, David Stewart, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3207 Jamie Hepburn: US President-elect’s Pledge to Close Guantánamo Bay—That the Parliament welcomes reports that US President-elect Barack Obama intends to issue an order for the closure of the detention centre at Guantánamo Bay during his first week in office; notes that closure of the centre was a key promise in Mr Obama’s election platform and is widely supported by governments, human rights organisations and members of the public around the world; looks forward to the day when the centre is finally closed, and believes that this will be a sign of a new era in the United States of America’s international relations and an important step towards the re-establishment of respect for fundamental human rights around the world.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bashir Ahmad, Mike Pringle, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Trish Godman, Robert Brown, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Patrick Harvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Butler, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-3206 Pauline McNeill: Celtic Connections—That the Parliament welcomes the Celtic Connections music festival to Glasgow for a 16th year; notes that Celtic Connections features artists from around the globe alongside the very best Scottish talent, with approximately 1,500 artists performing in over 300 events held over 18 days at 14 venues across Glasgow; further notes that last year’s festival, with ticket sales of approximately 120,000, increased its economic impact by £1 million and that Celtic Connections is now firmly established as Scotland’s premier winter music festival, and also welcomes the Celtic Connections Education Programme, which enters its 11th year in 2009, where over 15,000 children will enjoy free school concerts with a further 2,000 children benefiting from free in-school workshops.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gun cuir a’ Phàrlamaid fàilte gu Glaschu air fèis ciùil Ceanglaichean Ceilteach airson na 16mh bliadhna, agus gun toir i fainear gu bheil luchd-ealain bho air feadh an t-saoghail cho math ris an tàlant as fheàrr an Alba a’ gabhail pàirt ann an Ceanglaichean Ceilteach le timcheall air 1500 neach-ealain a’ cluich ann am barrachd is 300 tachartas a bhios gan cumail thar 18 làithean aig 14 àiteachan ann an Glaschu; a bharrachd air sin gun toir i fainear gun deach buaidh eaconamach na fèise am meud le £1 millean an-uiridh le timcheall air 120,000 tiocaid air an reic agus gu bheil Ceanglaichean Ceilteach a-nis air cliù a chosnadh mar phrìomh fhèis ciùil geamhraidh na h-Alba; agus cuideachd gun cuir i fàilte air Prògram Foghlaim Ceanglaichean Ceilteach a bhios a’ tighinn d’a 11mh bliadhna ann an 2009, far am faigh 15,000 clann cuirmean-ciùil sgoile an-asgaidh agus a bharrachd air sin gum faigh 2000 clann bùithtean-obrach sgoile an-asgaidh.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Patrick Harvie, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Johann Lamont, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Elizabeth Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Trish Godman, Liam McArthur, Bashir Ahmad, Karen Whitefield, Malcolm Chisholm, Angela Constance, Robin Harper, Mr Frank McAveety, Stuart McMillan, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, Tavish Scott, Jamie Hepburn, Margaret Curran, Marilyn Livingstone, Helen Eadie, Sandra White, Cathy Peattie, Hugh Henry, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson, Rob Gibson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3205♦ Rob Gibson: Supporting Conventional Plant Breeding—That the Parliament welcomes a growing body of evidence that Scottish farmers, crofters and growers can benefit from the results of successful experiments to produce home-grown food for both animals and humans that does not rely on transgenic modification of plant material; also welcomes the recent work of the Scottish Crop Research Institute in producing highly nutritious purple-pigmented potatoes; applauds the Sárvári Research Trust based at Bangor University that confirms that blight-resistant Sárpo potatoes, which were successfully trialed in the Black Isle, are suitable for Scottish conditions; recalls that the Scottish Agricultural College has backed an international research collaboration on the Green Pig project, which plans to use home-grown legume varieties to reduce reliance on imported and expensive soya bean meal and so reduce costs for Scottish livestock producers; notes the scientific analysis of Dr John Fagan of Global ID Group, which shows that although non-GM pig feed costs a bit more than GM feed because of feed-to-meat conversion efficiency when using non-GM feed the actual cost per animal is lower, and therefore believes that a conventional plant breeding policy is an essential basis for the Scottish national food and drink policy, which itself dovetails with the conclusions of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development that small-scale farming and ecological methods provide the way forward to avert the current world food crisis.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-3204 Kenneth Gibson: Interest Rate Cuts—That the Parliament is concerned at the failure of the financial sector to adequately pass on to borrowers successive interest rate cuts made by the Bank of England; is aware that mortgage interest rates are now commonly three to four times the base rate and commercial rates often 3% or more above base rate; recognises that banks in which the UK taxpayer has a significant stake have among the highest rates of all; is aware that standard credit card interest rates now average more than 10 times the base rate and that interest on overdrafts remains at around 1.1% per month; acknowledges that savers face declining returns while borrowers continue to struggle, and urges the UK Government to exert pressure on the banking sector to reduce the burden on business and individual borrowers alike.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Angela Constance, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn

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-3122.1 Alex Neil: Sun Microsystems—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3122) in the name of Mary Mulligan, insert at end "notes that Rolls Royce made 150 people redundant at its East Kilbride plant at the end of last year; also notes that Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls Royce, sits on Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s International Business Advisory Council, and considers that both Gordon Brown and Andy Kerr, the local Labour MSP, should be embarrassed that at this time of rising unemployment Sir John is adding to the dole queue."

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Ian McKee, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-3029 Alasdair Morgan: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill be passed.

S3M-2935# Christine Grahame: Cuiken Primary and its School Playing Field—That the Parliament notes with alarm that yet another primary school playing field, at Cuiken Primary in Penicuik, is under threat of development despite Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 11 and the presumption against building on school playing fields; notes the objection of the Penicuik and District Community Council to this proposal, and believes that there should be centralised data on the current provision of school playing fields, including location and acreage, and that sportscotland would add benefit as a mandatory consultee in any development plans that impinge on school playing fields and public open spaces.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, John Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Angela Constance, Bashir Ahmad, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson, Margo MacDonald, John Lamont

S3M-2926# Mary Mulligan: Shelter Scotland 40 Years On—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Shelter Scotland of the 40 Years On booklet, which marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Shelter Scotland on 3 October 1968; notes that throughout its existence Shelter Scotland has consistently spoken out on behalf of those who are homeless or in poor-quality housing; further notes that Shelter Scotland has been at the cutting edge of developing services, including the opening of housing aid centres, the rural housing initiative, care and repair schemes for older people, the launch of the Housing Law Service, the returning home initiative and the Rough Sleepers Initiative, and was instrumental in the establishment of housing associations in Scotland such as Castle Rock Housing Association, now Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association; further notes that Shelter Scotland is today the largest provider of online housing advice in the country; recognises that Shelter played a key role in the development of the Homelessness Task Force, which for the first time led to the establishment of a legal commitment to give all homeless people the right to a home by 2012, and welcomes the ongoing contribution which Shelter Scotland makes in the challenge of providing good-quality housing for all in Scotland.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Jim Tolson, Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Curran, Liam McArthur, Cathy Jamieson, Marlyn Glen, John Park, David Whitton, Patricia Ferguson, Alex Neil, Nanette Milne, George Foulkes, Malcolm Chisholm, Ross Finnie, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Claire Baker, Sarah Boyack, Alison McInnes, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Frank McAveety, Angela Constance, Dr Richard Simpson, Christine Grahame, Cathie Craigie, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Margo MacDonald, Cathy Peattie, Jack McConnell, Karen Whitefield, Dave Thompson, Keith Brown, Marilyn Livingstone, Peter Peacock, Jamie McGrigor

S3M-2814 John Swinney: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Flood Risk Management (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.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3203 Lifeline Tubes Service (lodged on 9 January 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3200# Diabetes UK 75th Anniversary (lodged on 9 January 2009) Tom McCabe*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3197 Congratulations to Scottish Universities on their Performance in the UK Research Assessment Exercise (lodged on 8 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3195 Scottish Conservative and Unionist (lodged on 8 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3192 Safer Streets Pilot Project - a West Lothian Initiative to Support the Victims of Domestic Abuse (lodged on 8 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3190 West Lothian Council Support for Special Olympians (lodged on 7 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3188 Musically Active Dudes (Musac) (lodged on 7 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3185 Riverside Primary School Attracts RBS Support (lodged on 7 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3184 Remember Zoë Fund (lodged on 7 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3182 West Lothian Breast Friends - Infant Feeding Initiative (lodged on 7 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3172 Congratulations to 2008 Scottish Modern Apprentice of the Year (lodged on 6 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3171 A Gold Star for St Ninian’s Primary School, Knightswood (lodged on 6 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3159 Helen Suzman (lodged on 5 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3157 Cut Power Bills Now (lodged on 5 January 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-3151 AC/DC - We Salute You (lodged on 19 December 2008) Murdo Fraser*, David Stewart*, Rob Gibson*, John Lamont*, Robin Harper*

S3M-2953 Dependent Britain (lodged on 25 November 2008) Willie Coffey*

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