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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3300 Hugh Henry: Glenburn Post Office, Paisley—That the Parliament notes the concern in Glenburn, Paisley, following the closure of the local post office; notes that the community, particularly elderly and disabled people, will be inconvenienced by having to travel a considerable distance to find an alternative, and calls for a local post office to be re-established in Glenburn as a matter of urgency.

*S3M-3299 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Alex Salmond*, Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-3298 John Wilson: Congratulations to Katie Dorman—That the Parliament congratulates Katie Dorman, age 10, a pupil of St Aidan’s Primary School in Wishaw, on securing a role alongside the star-studded Scottish cast of No Holds Bard, which will be shown on BBC1 as part of the Homecoming celebrations; notes that talented Katie, who attends the UK Theatre Group in Glasgow, plays the part of Hailey Braid, the daughter of the character played by Extras and Ugly Betty star Ashley Jensen, and further notes that this programme gives P6 pupil Katie the opportunity to showcase her talents as she sings and recites poetry in her role, which was filmed last summer at various locations in Glasgow.

*S3M-3297 David McLetchie: Scottish Banknotes (Acceptability in the United kingdom) Bill—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that David Mundell MP is to introduce a Private Member’s Bill in the UK Parliament to make provision for the acceptability of Scottish banknotes throughout the United Kingdom.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Murdo Fraser*, Ted Brocklebank*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Aitken*, Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Robin Harper*, Margaret Mitchell*, John Scott*

*S3M-3296 Jackie Baillie: Slashing Services in West Dunbartonshire—That the Parliament expresses dismay at the recent budget savings options issued by West Dunbartonshire Council, totalling a possible £8.5 million of cuts in services; notes that the proposed cuts disproportionately affect children and young people and older and vulnerable people; further notes that for older people the proposals include increasing the cost of community alarms, charging for meals on wheels and closing day care centres and care homes, that for people with a learning disability or mental health problem who are receiving a housing support service the council is considering charging £20 a week for services that are currently free and that for children and young people the proposals include options such as closing Garshake Nursery and St Martin’s Primary School, the removal of all breakfast clubs and free milk for children in primary one to primary three, the closure of all out-of-school care provision and the removal of all music, PE, drama and art teachers from primary schools, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government urgently to intervene to protect the interests of West Dunbartonshire residents.

*S3M-3295 Ross Finnie: Support Renfrewshire Faitrade Zone Campaign—That the Parliament supports the campaign to gain Fairtrade zone status for Renfrewshire, following its application, and notes that Renfrewshire’s campaign won the Fairtrade Foundations Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2008 Fairtrade Fortnight Awards.

*S3M-3294 Dr Richard Simpson: The Threat of Polio—That the Parliament notes that polio is still endemic in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, where 1,600 cases were reported last year, and welcomes the investment of £100 million by the UK Government as part of a new fund of £435 million in partnership with the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, Rotary International and the German Government to be used to help eradicate polio through a range of initiatives including immunisation and additional supplemental vaccination of children in high risk areas.

*S3M-3293 # Murdo Fraser: Combating Human Trafficking—That the Parliament recognises the need to develop appropriate strategies to combat the evil practice of trafficking people into Scotland; commends the important and continuing work of the International Justice Mission (IJM) to combat sex trafficking; notes that, in the 12 years since the organisation’s founding, the IJM’s investigations have resulted in freedom for hundreds of girls and women held by force in the commercial sex trade; also recognises that the IJM’s founding principle is the defence and protection of individual human rights for all people by bringing the law to bear on their behalf and by prosecuting perpetrators who violate local and international laws; also notes the important contribution of local groups such as Cupar Justice and Peace Group on this issue, and further recognises the international and interdependent characteristics of human trafficking and the need for an internationally coordinated approach to bring about the end of such crimes here in Scotland and across the world.

Supported by: David McLetchie*, David Stewart*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Lamont*, Brian Adam*, Jackson Carlaw*, Elizabeth Smith*, Bill Aitken*, Nanette Milne*, Sandra White*, Robin Harper*, Margaret Mitchell*

*S3M-3291 Iain Smith: Anstruther Fish Bar, UK Fish and Chip Shop of 2008—That the Parliament congratulates the Anstruther Fish Bar for being named UK Fish and Chip Shop of the Year and for also winning the title for the contribution to the local community; recognises that its success is down to the consistent high quality of the fish and chips as well as using ethically sourced North Sea haddock, local Pittenweem prawns and Shetland organic cod from the world’s first sustainable solution to wild-cod fisheries; further recognises the contribution that the Anstruther Fish Bar makes to local tourism, and wishes owners Robert and Alison Smith continued success.

*S3M-3290 Cathy Jamieson: Supporting the Gaiety Theatre—That the Parliament congratulates the Gaiety Theatre for its incredible contribution to Scottish theatre throughout its 106-year history; recognises the significant contribution it would make in 2009 as the culture and heritage of Scotland is celebrated on the world stage in the Year of Homecoming; expresses its dismay at the proposal by South Ayrshire Council to close the venue, a decision that would spell the end of one of Scotland’s cultural treasures, and calls on South Ayrshire Council to withdraw this proposal, explore all available options to secure its future and to renew its commitment to continue to support the Gaiety Theatre as it showcases the best in performing arts.

Supported by: Elaine Murray*, Patricia Ferguson*, David Stewart*, Cathy Peattie*, John Park*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3289 Bob Doris: Halting Wholesale School Closures in Glasgow—That the Parliament condemns Glasgow City Council for its sudden and savage proposal to close 25 primary and nursery schools across the city; notes that the manner in which parents were notified led to many of them learning of the proposed closures in the Glasgow Evening Times and believes that this is a totally unacceptable and insensitive way to impart such devastating news; believes that the consultation period of only six weeks for those objecting to the closures is far too short; is worried that any consultation will be for cosmetic purposes only and that the ruling Labour group may be determined to push school closures through in the face of huge public opposition; is concerned that such proposals may be an attempt to undermine the Scottish Government’s efforts to reduce class sizes and threaten the capacity of some primary schools to deliver free school meals in primary school canteens to all primary one, two and three children; calls on Glasgow City Council to halt immediately the wholesale closure programme and enter into genuine and meaningful dialogue with parents, teachers, unions and communities before returning at a later date with a revised strategy to enhance primary education provision within the city, and insists that hard-pressed communities, such as those in Wyndford, Maryhill, where two primary schools are set to close, are not left without educational provision in their community.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Jamie Hepburn*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Aileen Campbell*, Sandra White*

S3M-3288 Bill Kidd: Aiming for a Nuclear-free World and a Nuclear-free Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes President Obama’s announcement of a strategic move towards a "nuclear-free world" through bilateral and multilateral disarmament; hopes to see the newly inaugurated president make good on this pledge in a constructive and practicable way, and believes that a fitting beginning to this new strategy necessitates the cessation of the shipment of vital bomb components by US weapons makers to the United Kingdom, historically sanctioned by US presidents, thus bringing about the end to the folly of Trident.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Wilson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Christopher Harvie*, Brian Adam*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-3287 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to Scotswomen of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates all the finalists of the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year Awards; recognises the huge contribution that all these women have made to the lives of others, their communities and Scotland; in particular congratulates the winners of the Scotswoman of the Year award, Jean Donnachie and Noreen Real, and, in celebrating the achievement of all these women, reaffirms its determination to act to ensure that women achieve their full potential and to tackle the inequalities that women continue to face in their daily lives.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, James Kelly*, Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Sandra White*, Cathy Peattie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-3286 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to the International Scotswoman of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Mary Miller on winning the Evening Times International Scotswoman of the Year award; acknowledges her long and sustained commitment to the people of Glasgow and in particular Castlemilk; celebrates the compassion, sacrifice and courage she displays in working with local communities in Zimbabwe, in particular supporting families facing HIV/AIDS, and considers that this award acknowledges this remarkable woman whose energy, humility and deep humanity offer a remarkable example of a life well lived in the service of others and who is an inspiration to us all.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, James Kelly*, Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Jackson Carlaw*, Patricia Ferguson*, Cathy Peattie*, Sandra White*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-3285 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to the Scots Sportswoman of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Aileen McGlynn on winning the Evening Times Scots Sportswoman of the Year award in recognition of her stunning success in winning two cycling gold medals at the Paralympics in Beijing; notes the pride of her community in Cardonald, Glasgow, and of all of Scotland in her success; salutes her as a fabulously talented role model for young women to encourage their involvement in sport, and celebrates the powerful message her victory represents to all those who face barriers through disability or disadvantage about what can be achieved with grit, determination and ambition.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, James Kelly*, Ken Macintosh*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Des McNulty*, Bashir Ahmad*, Jackie Baillie*, Jackson Carlaw*, Cathy Peattie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Sandra White*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3284♦ Jamie Stone: Investment in Schools in North Highland—That the Parliament recognises the impact of the quality of a school’s environment on the effectiveness of the education of its pupils and believes that the dilapidated state of a number of school buildings in the north Highlands impedes the education of many pupils; recognises Highland Council’s lack of financial resources to renovate and build schools, and regrets the lack of a funding mechanism that would allow Highland Council to initiate a much-needed schools refurbishment and new-build programme.

S3M-3283 Ted Brocklebank: Congratulations to Award Winning Fife Eateries—That the Parliament congratulates Sangster’s restaurant in Elie for achieving Michelin star status and the Anstruther Fish Bar for coming first in the final of the best fish and chip shop in Britain competition and notes that these successes highlight Fife’s international reputation for culinary excellence in all sectors of the market and underline the Kingdom’s claim to produce some of the best local produce in Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Aitken*, Murdo Fraser*, John Park*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, John Lamont*, Nanette Milne*, Margaret Mitchell*, Elizabeth Smith*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-3282 Angela Constance: Kind Hearts in Livingston’s Centre Support Marie Curie Cancer Care—That the Parliament recognises the generosity and true Christmas spirit of shoppers at The Centre in Livingston over the Christmas period in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care; congratulates all those concerned in raising £2,138 in a two-day fundraising event in early December, resulting in an overall total of £8,824.11 raised for the charity in 2008, and commends the work of the charity and the benefits that it brings to so many communities throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Aileen Campbell*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Jim Tolson*, Michael Matheson*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3281 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to Kirkintilloch High School—That the Parliament congratulates Kirkintilloch High School for its progress, having been praised in the excellent follow-up report from HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) for the exemplary leadership given by the acting head, significant improvements in the consistency of young people’s learning experience and greatly improved staff confidence and moral.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-3280 Aileen Campbell: Congratulations to Lanarkshire’s Calzeat and Co on Re-decorating the White House—That the Parliament congratulates Lanarkshire-based textile firm Calzeat and Co Ltd on providing fabrics for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s new-look White House; notes that this family-owned business started in 1971 and that in its 39-year history it has produced fabrics for a number of prestige clients, including the Bush Senior White House, Buckingham Palace, the Dorchester Hotel, London, and Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, and recognises the hard work and dedication of the company to produce high-quality textiles and the prestige that this brings not only to Calzeat but to Scotland.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Michael Matheson, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Angela Constance*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-3279 Keith Brown: Volunteer Development Scotland, 25th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Volunteer Development Scotland, Scotland’s Centre for Excellence in volunteer development, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2009; notes that since 1984 Volunteer Development Scotland has played a key leadership role in creating a distinctly Scottish approach to volunteer development by responding to the needs of the people of Scotland; acknowledges that in partnership with many organisations, in particular Scotland’s volunteer centres, it has established internationally recognised ways of working that continuously enhance the quality of the volunteering experience, and looks forward to Volunteer Development Scotland continuing to work throughout its silver jubilee year and beyond to ensure that the importance of volunteering is recognised throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Robin Harper*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, David Stewart*, Sandra White*, Patrick Harvie*, Aileen Campbell*, Brian Adam*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-3278 Karen Whitefield: Scotland’s Creative and Cultural Industry Needs Certainty—That the Parliament recognises and shares the concern felt by the creative and cultural industry in Scotland at the Scottish Government’s latest decision concerning Creative Scotland; believes that the decision to include measures to establish Creative Scotland in the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill is wrong, and calls on the Scottish Government to reintroduce the Creative Scotland Bill so that there can be proper scrutiny of the Bill by the most appropriate committee with the most appropriate minister leading the Bill and so that there can be a speedy end to the uncertainty that is currently being experienced by many groups and individuals within the creative and cultural industry in Scotland.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Iain Smith, Ted Brocklebank, Patricia Ferguson

S3M-3277 Bill Wilson: Israel’s Shiministim—That the Parliament applauds the courage and self-sacrifice of the young Israeli conscientious objectors known as the Shiministim, jailed for refusing to join the Israeli army; notes that they have asked every person who strives for peace to support them, and endorses the actions of Jewish Voice for Peace,, in gathering support internationally.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*, Christopher Harvie*, Pauline McNeill*, Bashir Ahmad*, Robin Harper*

S3M-3276 David Whitton: Kirkintilloch High School—That the Parliament congratulates Kirkintilloch High School in East Dunbartonshire for its recent HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) follow-through report; notes that the report highlights the exemplary lead given by the acting head teacher, good practice in interdisciplinary Holocaust and anti-racism studies and high quality provision across the expressive and performing arts; 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: Bill Butler, Jackson Carlaw, Cathy Jamieson, Paul Martin, John Park, Bob Doris, Jim Tolson, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Rhona Brankin, Bill Kidd, Ken Macintosh*, Sarah Boyack*, Angela Constance*, Gil Paterson*, Trish Godman*, James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3275 Alasdair Allan: Siadar Wave Power Scheme—That the Parliament welcomes the planning permission granted by the Scottish Government for the innovative and exciting Siadar wave power scheme on the Isle of Lewis; notes that this is set to become one of the first and largest wave power projects of its kind anywhere in the world and will be capable of generating up to four megawatts of energy, powering 1,800 homes and will provide up to 70 jobs on the Isle of Lewis; recognises that, at a time when more and more people are focussing on ways to help preserve the planet and produce energy for future generations, schemes like this are vitally important for meeting our future energy needs, and recognises that the approval for this ground-breaking proposal is testament to the hard work of all those who have been involved in getting this project off the ground.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Mike Pringle, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Bob Doris, Alex Neil, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Angela Constance*, Gil Paterson*, Nigel Don*, John Wilson*

S3M-3274 Bill Wilson: Labour Party’s Attitude Towards Inquiry into Iraq—That the Parliament endorses the need for an inquiry into the serious allegations that Lord Bingham brought up in his British Institute of International and Comparative Law lecture, on 18 November 2008, concerning the legitimacy of the invasion of Iraq; notes that the need for an inquiry is supported by the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives at Westminster; acknowledges that the alleged improprieties that led to the invasion of Iraq may have resulted in, according to a survey released in September 2007 by British polling organisation Opinion Research Business, a post-invasion excess mortality of over one million, and notes with incredulity the Labour Party’s enthusiasm for inquiries in the Scottish Parliament in light of its obstructionist attitude to an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Iraq war.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-3273 Sandra White: Scotswomen of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the joint winners of the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year award, Jean Donnachie and Noreen Real, who, after being left horrified at the treatment of asylum seekers and their families in a series of harrowing dawn raids, set up a community network aimed at ending this inhumane practice; considers that their efforts led to the Home Office abandoning the controversial use of dawn raids, and commends their values of compassion and acceptance.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Nigel Don, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Jim Tolson, Christopher Harvie, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance*, Gil Paterson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-3272 Angela Constance: St John’s Hospital Tic Talk Day Nursery’s Welly Waddle Fundraiser—That the Parliament congratulates the children and organisers of the Tic Talk Day Nursery at St John’s Hospital in Livingston for its Welly Waddle fundraising event that raised £1,050.50 in support of the Scottish Cot Death Trust and acknowledges the very worthwhile work of the Scottish Cot Death Trust in its research into the causes of cot death and the support that it gives to families who have lost a baby through cot death.

S3M-3271 Stuart McMillan: Congratulations to Kirkintilloch High School—That the Parliament congratulates Kirkintilloch High School on its recent report from HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE); notes that the report highlights the great strides forward that the school has made since the last report and that real improvements have been seen in staff confidence and morale; further notes the exemplary lead given by the acting head teacher, Mr Muir, and acknowledges the hard work and dedication shown by all members of staff in improving the performance of the school.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, John Wilson, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Jim Tolson, Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-3270 Keith Brown: Borrowing Powers for the Scottish Parliament—That the Parliament recognises that one of the major aims of any government is to facilitate sustainable economic growth; acknowledges that the current lack of fiscal powers limits the Scottish Government’s ability to react to changing conditions in a way that is attuned to Scotland’s distinct circumstances; notes that the Northern Ireland Assembly can borrow up to £2 billion, and calls on the UK Government to listen and respond to the growing demands from both inside the Scottish Parliament and beyond for borrowing powers and to take any action necessary to put those powers in place so that Scotland can emerge from the current economic downturn in a strong, competitive position.

Supported by: John Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Bob Doris, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Angela Constance*, Gil Paterson*, Sandra White*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3269 Jim Tolson: The Murison Burns Collection—That the Parliament congratulates Dunfermline Carnegie Library on its promotion of the Murison Burns Collection in the year of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns; acknowledges the importance of the collection of 1,500 books and many items of memorabilia connected with Burns’s life and work that was presented to Dunfermline in 1921, and further acknowledges that the collection continues to be of interest and benefit to the people of Dunfermline and to the worldwide community of Burns enthusiasts and scholars.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Kenneth Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, Jim Hume, Cathy Peattie, John Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, John Park, Angela Constance*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-3268 James Kelly: Loss of Jobs at Vion, Cambuslang—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement by the Vion Food Group that 150 people are to be made redundant at the Grampian Country Foods factory in Cambuslang; recognises that this announcement has resulted from a reduction in orders from Marks and Spencer, and calls on the Scottish Executive and all other public agencies to work together to ensure that every assistance is being offered to the company, trade unions and the workforce at this difficult time.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen, Bill Butler, Margaret Curran, Charlie Gordon, Rhona Brankin, Michael McMahon, Malcolm Chisholm, Andy Kerr, Cathy Jamieson, Paul Martin, Patricia Ferguson, John Park, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, David Whitton, Robert Brown, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh*, Sandra White*, Sarah Boyack*, Angela Constance*, Pauline McNeill*, Trish Godman*, Elaine Murray*, Hugh Henry*, Jackie Baillie*, Karen Whitefield*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3267 Elaine Murray: NESTA and UKERC Carbon Crucible—That the Parliament notes that the second of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Carbon Crucible programme workshops will be held in Edinburgh from 2 to 4 February 2009; also notes that the programme, which is run in partnership with the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), brings together 30 academics hoping to spark new and innovative solutions to tackle the big issues in energy research, such as demand reduction and environmental sustainability; hopes that the group has a series of productive sessions; congratulates NESTA and UKERC on running the Carbon Crucible programme, and hopes that it will stimulate and foster interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers working in diverse fields within science, technology and the social sciences.

S3M-3266 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to St Michael’s Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates St Michael’s Primary School in West Dunbartonshire for the excellent HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) report that it received; notes that in the report St Michael’s received five very good ratings, and further notes that the support for children with additional support needs, efforts made by staff to get it right for every child and the visionary leadership of the head teacher were also praised in the report.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Ian McKee, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Jim Tolson, Jim Hume, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-3265 Liam McArthur: 70th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Royal Oak—That the Parliament notes that 14 October 2009 will be the 70th anniversary of the loss of HMS Royal Oak when the German U-boat, U-47, penetrated the defences protecting Scapa Flow and torpedoed the battleship, sinking her with the loss of 833 lives; notes that many boy sailors aged between 15 and 17 were drowned that night and that, as a result, Churchill ordered that boy sailors were no longer to serve on ships on active service, a point drawn out vividly in the recently published book on the sinking, Last Dawn; further notes that the sinking is remembered every year at a service held over the site of the wreck when Royal Navy divers replace the white ensign that still flies on the submerged wreck, and remembers the sacrifice of those who lost their lives that night in the defence of Britain.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-3264 Mr Frank McAveety: Congratulations to Bridgeton Family Learning Centre—That the Parliament congratulates Bridgeton Family Learning Centre in Glasgow on its report from HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) and the Care Commission; notes that children who attend the pre-school centre are making very good progress in their development and learning; extols the centre on receiving commendable evaluations of its strengths, which include programmes for numeracy and literacy, and considers that the centre can act as an example to other pre-school educational centres in Scotland for its excellent staff and very good quality of education.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin, Hugh O’Donnell, Michael McMahon, Bill Kidd, Karen Whitefield, Bill Butler, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Charlie Gordon, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Jim Tolson, Aileen Campbell, George Foulkes, James Kelly, Bob Doris, Malcolm Chisholm, Ken Macintosh*, Sandra White*, Jackie Baillie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-3263 John Scott: Recreational Fishing - Article 47—That the Parliament notes with concern Article 47 of draft EU regulation SEC(2008) 2760/61, which would bring recreational sea fishermen under the direct control of the Common Fisheries Policy; understands that it would require recreational fishermen to register their boats, that their catches would be counted against the fisheries quota for that country and that each country would be required to allocate the share of its quota for each fish species that would be available for commercial and recreational fisheries use; believes that these proposals would create enormous administrative problems and would be effectively unworkable in a Scottish context; further believes that they will contribute little to the conservation of fishing stocks, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to make representations to the European Commission opposing the provisions of Article 47 of the draft EU regulation.

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

S3M-3262 Gil Paterson: Call to Suspend Military Trials at Guantánamo Bay—That the Parliament recognises the significance of the President of the United States of America calling for a 120-day suspension of military court proceedings for inmates at Guantánamo Bay; welcomes his intervention so early in his presidency, and calls for all detainees who are held at Guantánamo Bay to be brought into the mainstream of the USA justice system in order that the rest of the world can be confident as to the methods used to obtain a confession and that justice is not only done but is seen to be done.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Robert Brown, Christine Grahame, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Ian McKee, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3261 Margaret Mitchell on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee: Unpaid Carers—That the Parliament notes evidence gathered by the Equal Opportunities Committee on unpaid carers at its meetings on 25 March and 7 October 2008, which highlighted that there were around 660,000 unpaid carers in Scotland, a figure that represented one in eight of the population; recognises the valuable contribution that unpaid carers make in saving the Scottish economy £7.6 billion a year; further notes that around 40% of unpaid carers surveyed reported that their access to services was poor or that available services did not meet their needs, and calls on the Scottish Government to take into consideration the evidence gathered when developing the forthcoming Scottish Government/COSLA carers strategy.

S3M-3260 Alasdair Allan: Lewis Congratulates Island Connection for New President—That the Parliament welcomes the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States of America; notes the welcome tradition of new American Presidents identifying their ancestors around the world, and further notes the particular pride in Ness on the Isle of Lewis that President Obama has ancestors from the township of South Dell.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*

S3M-3259 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to Gryffe High School—That the Parliament congratulates Gryffe High School in Renfrewshire for its excellent HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) report, having received four very good ratings, one good rating and praise for its strong curriculum, in and out of the classroom, and the outstanding level of SQA awards gained.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Ms Wendy Alexander, David Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Jim Tolson, Jim Hume, Bill Wilson, Trish Godman, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson*

S3M-3258 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to St Luke’s High School—That the Parliament congratulates St Luke’s High School in East Renfrewshire for its excellent HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) report, having received four excellent ratings and one very good rating as well as recognition for the school’s consistently high level of pupil success in examinations and for its highly effective leadership at all levels, which was praised in the report and which motivates staff to continue to improve.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Tolson, David Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Jim Hume, Bill Kidd, Ken Macintosh*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-3256 John Swinney: The Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2009—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2009 be approved.

Supported by: Jim Mather

S3M-3255 Joe FitzPatrick: Sunday Post’s 90th Birthday—That the Parliament congratulates publisher DC Thomson and Co on the 90th birthday of The Sunday Post; notes that The Sunday Post was created in 1919 from The Post Sunday Special, a newspaper that was originally produced to ensure that lists of World War One casualties, which were released on a Saturday evening, could be available as soon as possible; further recognises that The Sunday Post is a Scottish institution enjoying an impressive readership of 950,000 and is home to Scottish icons The Broons and Oor Wullie; looks forward to its continued longevity and success in future years, and wishes everyone connected with The Sunday Post, both past and present, all the best.

Supported by: Nigel Don, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Liam McArthur, Bashir Ahmad, Jackson Carlaw, Christopher Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, John Lamont, Mary Scanlon, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, David McLetchie, David Whitton, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Mr Frank McAveety, Ross Finnie, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Jamie McGrigor, Derek Brownlee, Christine Grahame, Murdo Fraser, Keith Brown, Ted Brocklebank, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Margaret Smith, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance*

S3M-3253 Margaret Mitchell: Operation Fleet—That the Parliament notes the success of Operation Fleet, which was targeted at tackling and reducing levels of violence, drugs, disorder and antisocial behaviour through high-profile policing and enforcement in South Lanarkshire; acknowledges that the operation resulted in 62 people being charged with a variety of offences; recognises that this success was achieved through the coordination of over 340 officers and high-visibility policing, which the Scottish Conservatives have consistently advocated, and welcomes the emphasis on public safety as one of the main objectives of the initiative.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Bill Aitken, Mary Scanlon, John Lamont, Jackson Carlaw, Christina McKelvie, Murdo Fraser, Jamie McGrigor, Gil Paterson

S3M-3252 Jamie Stone: Michelin Star for the Albannach in Lochinver—That the Parliament congratulates Lesley Crosfield and Colin Craig of the Albannach Hotel in Lochinver for being awarded a Michelin star; further congratulates Lesley for being the only female holder of a Michelin star in Scotland, and hopes that this will encourage good business for the Albannach Hotel and tourism in north west Sutherland and help to establish the Highlands as a destination for good food.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon

S3M-3251 Christopher Harvie: Racism and the UK Borders Agency—That the Parliament notes with concern reports that members of the British National Party have been found working as immigration staff for the UK Border Agency and its private security contractors; hopes that the official inquiry will prevent such occurrences in the future; also notes the Home Office Complaints Audit Committee Annual Report 2007-08, which depicts serious problems in the handling of allegations of racism against Border Agency officials and in particular against detention centre contractors’ staff, evidence that raises concerns about the Dungavel Detention Centre, and stresses the desirability of immigration being devolved to the Scottish Parliament to enable policies that respect the dignity of refused asylum seekers to be implemented, a stance long given up by the UK Government, and to enable the Scottish Government to attract the skills needed by the Scottish economy, as acknowledged in the first report of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Patrick Harvie, Michael Matheson, Roseanna Cunningham, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Sandra White*, Christina McKelvie*, Angela Constance*, Bill Wilson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3249 Brian Adam: First Twenty Years of Success—That the Parliament notes that 20 January 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the employee buy-out of Grampian Regional Transport; further notes that from this First Bus and subsequently First Group was formed, which is now a global transport company employing 135,000 people and with over 2.5 billion passengers a year; also notes the building of a new global headquarters in Aberdeen, which is due to be finished this year; believes that this is a success story of Scottish business, and wishes First Group all the best for the next 20 years.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Derek Brownlee, Roseanna Cunningham, Rob Gibson, Mike Rumbles, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Johnstone, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3248 Bob Doris: Welcoming The New Possilpark Health Centre—That the Parliament welcomes the £82 million announced by the Scottish Government for community health facilities; notes that £21.5 million of this will be spent in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area; congratulates all those involved in all successful bids, including the bid to secure £9 million of funding towards rebuilding Possilpark Health Centre, which will now be located on a purpose-built campus beside a range of other community services; also notes that this will enhance the working environment for staff and the facilities and services available to patients; believes that this can drive much-needed local regeneration within the area; welcomes the partnership working of a number of agencies to secure this funding, and pays particular tribute to Dr Mandeville, a GP at Keppochill Practice within the current Possilpark Health Centre, who has dedicated much of his career to helping the local community and campaigning for a new purpose-built health centre in Possilpark.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Patricia Ferguson, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance*

S3M-3247 Willie Coffey: Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Commemorative Stamps—That the Parliament notes the terms of motion S3M-01215 (Commemoration by Royal Mail of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns), lodged by Willie Coffey MSP on 24 January 2008; welcomes the announcement by the Royal Mail that it is to produce two first class stamps to commemorate this important anniversary; notes that the beautifully designed stamps depict the famous Alexander Naismith portrait of Burns and the bard’s most famous and enduring line "A man’s a man for a’ that"; further notes that in recognition of his significance, not just in Scotland but around the world, Burns is the only person outside the Royal Family to feature in three special stamp issues, in 1966, 1996 and now in 2009, and welcomes the announcement by the Royal Mail as a contribution to the growing momentum behind the Year of Homecoming 2009.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Hugh O’Donnell, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Aileen Campbell, John Wilson, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance*

S3M-3246 Sarah Boyack: Lothian Buses’ Passengers are Paying More for Less—That the Parliament expresses dismay at the increase in all fares offered by Lothian Buses that took effect on Sunday 18 January 2009, particularly the increase to £1.20 for an adult single ticket and £3.00 for an adult day ticket; also voices disappointment at the accompanying reduction in the frequency of the bus service to routes across the capital; believes that the measures will contribute to discouraging the use of public transport across Edinburgh and fails to help promote buses as a cheaper, more convenient and cleaner alternative to car use; notes the difficulties faced by bus companies across Scotland due to the fluctuations in the price of oil last year and believes that the Scottish Government’s failure to increase the Bus Service Operator’s Grant (BSOG) in line with fuel duty further exacerbated these difficulties, and calls on the Scottish Government to act to avoid bus fare increases and reduced services across Scotland, particularly given the economic pressures on bus passengers due to the current economic downturn.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, George Foulkes, Claire Baker, Rhona Brankin, Des McNulty, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, John Park, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-3245♦ Aileen Campbell: Road Haulage Industry in the South of Scotland—That the Parliament notes with disappointment the decision by Stobart Group to close its chilled haulage operation based in Larkhall in the South of Scotland region; further notes that this is the latest of several closures and bankruptcies to affect the haulage industry in the region; considers that the industry has been hit particularly hard by the high cost of fuel, and further considers that road hauliers should be supported during the economic downturn.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Ian McKee, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3244 Jackie Baillie: School Shelters—That the Parliament recognises the importance of outdoor facilities for young people at school; believes that, while it is important that newly built or refurbished schools have state-of-the-art facilities internally, more attention should be paid to the landscaping of the grounds within the overall school campus; notes that Scotland enjoys more than its fair share of inclement weather and that pupils are often unable to take breaks outside in the fresh air, causing congestion in the school building, such as occurs at Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh; accordingly believes that shelters should be an integral part of the outdoor facilities in school campuses so that pupils can enjoy the outdoor area, and calls on the Scottish Government to include this in any guidance issued to local authorities about the design of the school estate.

S3M-3243 Michael Matheson: Falkirk Gaelic Forum—That the Parliament acknowledges the success of the Royal National Mod 2008 in Falkirk; notes that following this successful event the Falkirk and District Gaelic Forum has been established, and welcomes that the forum will work in conjunction with local and national agencies in promoting all aspects of Gaelic and Highland culture in the Falkirk area.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Mary Scanlon, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, John Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Aileen Campbell, Alex Neil, Sandra White*, Angela Constance*, Gil Paterson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-3242 Robert Brown: West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative—That the Parliament congratulates West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative on the near perfect results obtained in its recent tenant satisfaction survey, with over 90% approval ratings in all categories; recognises the contribution made by the office-bearers, committee, staff and members of the co-operative in transforming the quality of housing and environment in the local community and supporting the build-up of innovative local services and projects; notes the positive contribution made by the co-operative model, and looks forward to continuing success in the years to come.

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 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, Marlyn Glen, Kenneth Gibson, Rhona Brankin, Jackson Carlaw, Liam McArthur, Keith Brown, Nanette Milne, David Stewart, Des McNulty, David Whitton, Malcolm Chisholm, Charlie Gordon, Robert Brown, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Murray, Margaret Curran, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Roseanna Cunningham, Ross Finnie, Patrick Harvie, Andy Kerr, Patricia Ferguson, Trish Godman, Angela Constance, Christina McKelvie, Jackie Baillie, Cathie Craigie, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie McGrigor, Michael Matheson, Cathy Peattie, Jamie Hepburn, Cathy Jamieson, Bill Butler, Robin Harper, Hugh Henry, Marilyn Livingstone, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Tom McCabe, Jack McConnell

S3M-3073# Bill Kidd: Knightswood Youth Theatre Announced as a Winner of Phillip Lawrence Awards—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to Knightswood Youth Theatre, which was announced a winner in the Phillip Lawrence Awards, a prestigious national awards scheme that celebrates outstanding contributions made by young people to their community; commends the Knightswood Youth Theatre for bringing together young asylum seekers and refugees with young people from the local area to talk and share feelings, and commends its use of drama as a medium to increase mutual understanding and help the wider community gain a better understanding of young people’s views and aspirations on a wide range of controversial issues, including dawn raids, racism, alcoholism, divorce, bullying, teen suicide, friendship and romance.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Hugh Henry, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance, Sandra White

S3M-3000*#* Hugh Henry: Huntington’s Disease—That the Parliament recognises that Huntington’s disease is a devastating, high-risk, inherited, neurological condition that causes a profound form of dementia and mental ill health; notes that the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA), *based in Paisley*, was established in 1989 by families living with the disease because they could not get help with health and social care services; congratulates SHA in approaching its 20th anniversary in 2009 and on providing Huntington’s disease services staffed by skilled nurses that make a significant difference to the lives of those affected by the disease; expresses its concern that only nine out of the 15 NHS boards provide this service, and *considers that* all people living with the condition *would benefit from* access to the type of *support provided by* SHA.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather, Angela Constance, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Brian Adam, Nanette Milne, Bill Butler, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Pauline McNeill, Dr Richard Simpson, David Whitton, Robin Harper, Marlyn Glen, Mike Pringle, Paul Martin, Hugh O’Donnell, Patricia Ferguson, Tom McCabe, Duncan McNeil, Jackson Carlaw, Roseanna Cunningham, Rhoda Grant, Karen Whitefield, Gil Paterson, Ian McKee, Cathy Peattie

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3241 Value of Local Newspapers (lodged on 16 January 2009) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-3240 Generals Say Trident Completely Useless (lodged on 16 January 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3239 Partick Thistle Celebrates 100 Years in Maryhill (lodged on 16 January 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3238 Bush Administration Admits Torture in Guantánamo Bay (lodged on 16 January 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-3233 University of the West of Scotland Nursery Provision (lodged on 15 January 2009) John Park*

S3M-3230 War of Terror is Mistaken and Misleading (lodged on 15 January 2009) Christopher Harvie*

S3M-3205♦ Supporting Conventional Plant Breeding (lodged on 12 January 2009) Aileen Campbell*, Bashir Ahmad*

S3M-3203 Lifeline Tubes Service (lodged on 9 January 2009) David Stewart*

S3M-3195 Scottish Conservative and Unionist (lodged on 8 January 2009) David Stewart*

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

S3M-3165 Situation in Gaza (lodged on 5 January 2009) David Stewart*

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