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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3455 Peter Peacock: Titian’s Diana and Actaeon—That the Parliament welcomes the continuing availability of Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for viewing in Scotland into the future; regrets the manner in which this issue arose and the threat to a Scottish future for this painting brought about by the approach of the Duke of Sutherland; calls on the Duke of Sutherland to remove any similar threat now or into the future to any other painting currently housed in Scotland by donating those paintings to the national galleries of London and Scotland; further urges the Duke of Sutherland to donate the £50 million received for Titian’s Diana and Actaeon to the people of Sutherland, the Highlands and Scotland more widely as one small step toward redeeming a tarnished reputation.

*S3M-3454 Angela Constance: World Community Arts Day—That the Parliament supports the World Community Arts Day 2009, which aims to encourage people worldwide to create and showcase various forms of art, such as song, dance, theatre, drawing, painting, writing, poetry, photography, lectures, tours, talk, art classes and many other forms of expression, to promote a theme of caring and sharing; commends the celebration that will take place on 17 February 2009 in Livingston; considers art an important catalyst for bringing communities and the world together, and encourages everyone to attend their local Community Arts Day celebrations and to enjoy the diverse range of creativity.

*S3M-3453 Aileen Campbell: Families Outside’s Support to Children of Prisoners—That the Parliament commends the work of Families Outside to support and provide information for the estimated 16,500 children in Scotland who are affected by a parent’s imprisonment; recognises the devastating effect that a parent’s imprisonment can have on children and the need to ensure adequate support and information is provided, and welcomes the publication of Families Outside’s booklets, Honest? Emma’s story and What’s the story? Jenny’s Journey, which are tailored to specific age groups in a way that gives children a greater understanding of what is happening when a family member is sent to prison.

*S3M-3452 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to the City of Edinburgh Council on its Progressive 2009-10 Budget—That the Parliament congratulates the City of Edinburgh Council on its latest budget; notes that the 2009-10 budget will provide an additional £1.2 million for older people’s care, £2 million to support adults and children with physical or learning disabilities and £1.4 million for the care of vulnerable children; further notes that £1 million will be provided to reduce energy consumption and the council’s carbon footprint as well as £130,000 to promote and support cycling as a sustainable method of transport; further notes that £1.3 million will be provided for economic development, including £500,000 for securing business investment and £50,000 to help bring 3000 people into sustainable employment; further notes that the budget will provide £6 million towards replacing Portobello High School, £1.5 million for the initial design phase for James Gillespie’s High School and £4.1 million towards the refurbishment of Towerbank and Corstorphine primary schools, and considers this budget to be a green, sustainable and well considered response to the current financial difficulties facing Scotland and Edinburgh, as well as an excellent financial framework to support Edinburgh moving forward.

*S3M-3451 Rob Gibson: Democratic Republic of Congo’s Financial Turmoil—That the Parliament notes the current financial turmoil of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with particular concern for the $9 billion minerals-for-infrastructure contract with the Chinese Government, which is in limbo due to objections from western donors led by the Paris Club of creditors and the International Monetary Fund (IMF); further notes that the DRC is still being torn apart by a civil war, that has claimed an estimated 3 million lives, and at present endures the highest debt levels in its history; acknowledges the concerns of western donors, the IMF and the Chinese Government as well as the DRC regarding the future of this lucrative investment plan, and finally calls urgently for an amicable agreement to be struck between all the parties involved so that the DRC can move forward and make the desperately needed infrastructure investments that are required to help lift this potentially rich country out of a cycle of despair.

*S3M-3450 Aileen Campbell: Launch of Anti-homophobia Toolkit for Teachers—That the Parliament welcomes the publication during Anti-Bullying Week of the new toolkit resource for teachers, Dealing with Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying in Scottish Schools; notes that the toolkit was developed in partnership by LBGT Youth Scotland and Learning and Teaching Scotland and aims to help build teachers’ confidence and skills in dealing with homophobia in schools; notes the contribution that it will make in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and helping to challenge homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools, and recognises the work that LGBT Youth Scotland has undertaken to tackle the issues of prejudice, inequality and homophobia to ensure all young people can enjoy the full benefits of learning in a safe and an inclusive environment.

*S3M-3449♦ Karen Gillon: The Commonwealth @ 60—That the Parliament commends the theme of Commonwealth Day 2009, the Commonwealth @ 60 serving a new generation, which highlights the importance to every nation of the understanding of and contribution to making improvements to lives, particularly those of young people, across the Commonwealth; notes that this also marks the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth and recognises the valuable role of the Commonwealth in strengthening relationships between nations across the world; welcomes the continued contribution of Scotland and its people to those relationships; reaffirms its support for the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and commends the CPA for its work to raise awareness on energy and climate change, human trafficking and all initiatives targeted at improving parliamentary democracy; also notes that, during the third session of the Parliament, the CPA Scotland branch continues to develop relationships with Malawi and other CPA branches; commends the Scottish Government for its continuing commitment to Malawi and other Commonwealth countries, and further notes Scotland’s longstanding work throughout the Commonwealth.

*S3M-3448 Brian Adam: Support for Oil and Gas Sector—That the Parliament supports the findings of the recent Oil and Gas UK report, The Oil & Gas UK 2008 Activity Survey, which reveals that a reduction of available credit and a low oil price will have a marked effect on exploration and development activity over the next 12 to 18 months; notes the value of the oil and gas industry to Scotland, with 150,000 jobs and estimated revenues of over £13 billion going to HM Treasury this year; further notes that jobs losses in the energy industry are already being experienced in and around Aberdeen, and calls on the UK Government to bring forward measures in its 2009-10 budget to encourage new investment, to ensure that oil and gas fields are fully utilised and to ensure that the exploration of new fields continues despite current economic difficulties.

S3M-3447 Mr Frank McAveety: Big Lottery Fund Lends Support to HOPE Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates HOPE Scotland, based in Glasgow Shettleston, which has been awarded a grant of £322,583 from the Investing in Communities programme of the Big Lottery Fund; welcomes the intention to use the money to support the Family and Relationships project, which aims to support disadvantaged families in addressing the challenges posed by parenting and to assist in building and maintaining relationships between generations in order to strengthen family units across a diverse range of family structures; is pleased that, while the organisation is based in the east end of Glasgow, it works to serve the entire city of Glasgow, and considers it to be of great benefit to the local communities that the Families and Relationships project will be carried out by 25 volunteers and benefit 320 vulnerable and isolated families over four years.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson*, Bob Doris*, Trish Godman*, Jackie Baillie*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, Mary Mulligan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Robert Brown*, Des McNulty*, Karen Whitefield*, Cathy Peattie*, David Whitton*, Sandra White*

S3M-3446 Stewart Maxwell: 200th Anniversary of Darwin—That the Parliament welcomes the unveiling by the Royal Mail of stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin; recognises the tremendous leap forward that took place in our understanding of the origins of all life on earth with the publication of On the Origin of Species and Darwin’s theory of evolution, and welcomes the fact that, in the intervening 150 years since the theory was published, evidence has continued to accumulate to support evolution as the only credible explanation of the origin of our species.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Jim Tolson, Christina McKelvie, Jackson Carlaw, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Liam McArthur, Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-3445 Sarah Boyack: Edinburgh’s The Soap Co—That the Parliament commends Edinburgh-based social enterprise The Soap Co for its policy of incorporating a diverse and socially inclusive workforce into its business; praises the use of traditional and environmentally conscientious methods in the production of its goods; applauds The Soap Co’s use of the social enterprise not-for-profit model, which provides a financially stable, social and sustainable business model that many Scottish businesses could adopt and benefit from in the midst of the current recession; recognises the need to promote the development of social enterprises like The Soap Co across Scotland, and welcomes the contribution of Social Firms UK in helping to facilitate this.

S3M-3444 Hugh Henry: St Mirren Football Club—That the Parliament notes that St Mirren Football Club was established in 1877 and is one of the oldest football clubs in Scotland; further notes that St Mirren Football Club was a founder member of the Scottish League in 1890 and moved to Love Street in 1894; acknowledges the club’s success in winning the Scottish Cup in 1926, 1959 and 1987; notes that the move from Love Street to the new St Mirren Park stadium provides a tremendous new stadium that will benefit both the club and the wider community, and wishes St Mirren Football Club success both on and off the field in this new chapter in its long history.

S3M-3443♦ Cathy Peattie: Advanced Driving—That the Parliament notes that most road accidents are caused by driver error and therefore are potentially avoidable; further notes that significant improvements in driver safety can be achieved through advanced driving courses, especially in respect of observation and hazard awareness skills; recognises that a better driving technique can reduce fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance and insurance costs, benefiting both the driver and the environment; commends the work of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and in particular the Forth Valley (Stirling) Group that, with sponsorship from Ineos, are offering an advanced driving course targeted at young drivers, which is more comprehensive and considerably cheaper than the Pass Plus course, and believes that there is enormous potential in advanced driving courses with benefits that far outweigh the costs, that the extension and wider availability of such schemes should be supported and that young and inexperienced drivers should be encouraged to participate.

S3M-3442 Christina McKelvie: Rape as a Weapon—That the Parliament condemns the use of rape as a weapon; notes that the rape capital of the world is the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where in some areas three-quarters of women have been raped; further notes that in Darfur raped women are scarred or branded or have their ears cut off and that this is often done by police officers or soldiers, in uniform, as part of a coordinated government policy, and calls on HM Government to condemn violence against women, to work to highlight this abhorrent use of force in conflicts around the world and do everything that it can to prevent the systematic use of rape as a weapon.

S3M-3441 Nanette Milne: Childhood Cancer - More Than My Illness—That the Parliament highlights a survey by children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent that found that 97% of children and young people with cancer say that it is important for them to be able to return home during their treatment but that many parents in Scotland say that they do not get the support that they need when their child is at home; notes that children and young people say that living with cancer is about more than their illness; expresses concern at findings that about half of parents who want support with the education of their child with cancer, such as access to home tutoring, are not getting it or are finding that it is insufficient; recognises the need to help children and young people and their families in rural and urban areas across Scotland to keep up with their ordinary lives; welcomes CLIC Sargent’s report, More Than My Illness, published on 13 February 2009, proposing innovative ways of reaching families of sick children across Scotland; notes the success of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and the CLIC Sargent nurse in helping to coordinate and plan aspects of care and support for children in Aberdeenshire; further welcomes the commitment to both specialist and local support made by the National Delivery Plan for Children and Young People’s Specialist Services in Scotland, and highlights the need for key workers to better coordinate and plan all aspects of care and support for every child and young person with cancer.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Rob Gibson*, Jim Tolson*, Mary Scanlon*, Murdo Fraser*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jackie Baillie*, Bob Doris*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Margaret Mitchell*, John Lamont*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-3440 Aileen Campbell: 50th Edition of the Scottish Left Review—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Left Review on the publication of its 50th edition; notes that the review was established in 2000 and seeks to provide a focal point for thought and discussion for the Scottish left; believes that the magazine plays an important non-party role in promoting a positive and progressive perspective on Scotland’s current affairs, and looks forward to many more successful editions in the months and years to come.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christopher Harvie, Sandra White

S3M-3439 Bill Aitken on behalf of the Justice Committee: Report on Inquiry into Community Policing—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Justice Committee’s 18th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Inquiry into Community Policing (SP Paper 155).

S3M-3437 Jackie Baillie: Build Dumbarton Academy Now—That the Parliament urges West Dunbartonshire Council to commit to funding a new-build Dumbarton Academy at its budget-setting meeting on 12 February 2009; considers that the building is in an appalling state with substantial repairs required to bring the school up to minimum standards; understands that this is of concern to pupils, parents and teachers alike; believes that the pupils are restricted in their learning opportunities due to the condition of the learning environment; further believes that West Dunbartonshire Council has the resources to fund the project, and therefore strongly urges the council to build a new Dumbarton Academy without further delay.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack

S3M-3436 Bill Wilson: Venezuela’s Progress Towards Eliminating Poverty—That the Parliament notes the recent report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research that records a significant decline in poverty in Venezuela over the last 10 years as measured by multiple criteria, one aspect of which is a decline in extreme poverty of 72%; also notes that most of Venezuela’s economic growth has been in the non-oil sector of the economy, that the private sector has grown faster than the public sector, that employment and access to healthcare and education have substantially improved, that total public debt has fallen from 30.7 to 14.3% of GDP and foreign public debt from 25.6 to 9.8% of GDP; further notes that Venezuela holds foreign exchange reserves equivalent to 25% of its GDP and considers that it is therefore well placed to weather a period of low oil prices and the global economic downturn; congratulates Venezuela on these successes, and calls on western governments to learn from the approach of Venezuela under the leadership of Hugo Chávez Frías and for the western media to acknowledge these facts and present a fair and balanced picture of that country and its government.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd

S3M-3435 Stuart McMillan: Loss of Jobs at the RAC Call Centre in Bishopbriggs—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement that the RAC is to axe around 100 jobs at a call centre in Bishopbriggs; further notes that the workers affected by the job losses answer telephone calls from motorists who have broken down; acknowledges that during these difficult economic times it is disappointing to see further job losses, and asks that the RAC does everything in its power to listen to the views of the workers during the 90-day consultation period and keep job losses to a minimum.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Angela Constance, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3434 Shirley-Anne Somerville: RBS Job Losses—That the Parliament notes with concern the latest announcement from the Royal Bank of Scotland that it is cutting its workforce by 2%, which will result in 2,300 job losses across the United Kingdom; notes that the announcement affects 40 sites in Scotland and that more than half of the bank’s 16,500 jobs in Scotland are based in Edinburgh; considers it deeply regrettable that skilled hardworking staff will pay the price for the financial mismanagement of the senior bankers; believes that it is utterly unacceptable for bonuses to be awarded to senior staff at this time, particularly in a company that is now 70% in public ownership, and hopes that as many jobs as possible can be safeguarded.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, John Park, Mike Pringle, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Bob Doris, Angela Constance, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Aileen Campbell, Willie Coffey, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3434.1 John Park: RBS Job Losses—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3434) in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, insert at end "and calls on the Royal Bank of Scotland to work with the trade unions, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) and other employment agencies to maximise redeployment opportunities."

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Margaret Curran*, Claire Baker*, Malcolm Chisholm*, James Kelly*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Murray*, Rhona Brankin*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-3433 Bill Kidd: Carer’s Allowance—That the Parliament notes that, at £50.55 per week, Carer’s Allowance is lower than most earnings-replacement benefits, lower, for example, than the category A State Pension of £90.70, than long-term Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance (with work-related activity component) of £84.50, than Statutory Sick Pay of £75.40 and than contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance for over-25s of £60.50, with the contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance for under-25s being an exception at only £47.95; considers that unpaid carers make a vast contribution to society as a whole, both in terms of social wellbeing and public finance, and calls for an urgent and substantial increase in Carer’s Allowance to support more fittingly those who unselfishly sacrifice their time to look after others.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Bill Wilson, Christine Grahame, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, Robin Harper*

S3M-3432# Bill Kidd: Action Mesothelioma Day—That the Parliament supports national Action Mesothelioma Day, which takes place on 27 February 2009, in recognition of people who have died and those who continue to suffer from mesothelioma; commends the work of Clydeside Action on Asbestos in providing an invaluable service to sufferers of mesothelioma, providing support for more than 80% of people affected in Scotland with representation in health, legal and financial matters, while contributing to public policy; notes the need to increase awareness and understanding of the illness and to identify the needs of people diagnosed and of their families and friends; recognises that many people who have developed mesothelioma have done so from going to work and contributing to the growth of the Scottish economy in a range of professions, including not only people employed in heavy industry and construction but also people employed in hospitals, teachers and lab technicians, and therefore recognises the continued need for research into the management and treatment of this condition.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Des McNulty, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Robert Brown, Aileen Campbell, Christina McKelvie, Jackson Carlaw, Stuart McMillan, Bill Butler, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Angela Constance, Gil Paterson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Willie Coffey, Bill Aitken, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-3430 Sandra White: Glasgow’s Hidden Treasure—That the Parliament notes the ongoing success of the Hidden Gardens, a former derelict industrial site in Glasgow’s south side that has been transformed into a tranquil and inspirational haven; commends the Hidden Gardens’ worthy aim to increase understanding and integration between cultures alongside improving the health and wellbeing of the local community, and believes that the Hidden Gardens offers a glimpse of how the urban landscape can be used to put the needs of the local community at its heart.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Bob Doris, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Angela Constance, Gil Paterson

S3M-3429 Jamie Hepburn: Petition to Save Royal Mail from Privatisation—That the Parliament welcomes the petition on the 10 Downing Street website, launched by the Communication Workers Union, which calls on "the Prime Minister to reject any part privatisation or minority stake sale of Royal Mail which could lead to loss of service, price hikes and would erode a much loved public service"; endorses the sentiment of this petition, and encourages people across Scotland to sign the petition at and show their support for a publicly-owned postal service in Scotland.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, John Wilson, Aileen Campbell, Christina McKelvie, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-3426 Margaret Mitchell: Elizabeth Montgomerie Building—That the Parliament welcomes the proposed Elizabeth Montgomerie Building at Monklands Hospital, the first cancer centre to be funded by a foundation established by Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie; considers that the benefits for the hospital will be enormous and the vital service provided by the NHS can only be complimented by this kind of initiative, and therefore wishes Colin Montgomerie and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres the very best of luck in getting the project off the ground.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont*, Jackson Carlaw*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Aitken*, David McLetchie*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, John Wilson*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Tolson*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3425 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks—That the Parliament congratulates the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks for raising £390,000 across the United Kingdom for the charity, Help the Hospices; notes the fundraising efforts of staff, from running marathons and quiz nights to lock up your boss events and Santa dashes at Christmas, and further notes that at a time when other banks have contributed towards the current economic situation it is good to see the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks contribute to such an invaluable sector as hospices.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, John Park, Jackson Carlaw, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh Henry*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3418 Jamie Hepburn: Older People’s Food Summit—That the Parliament notes the UK-wide Older People’s Food Summit that takes place at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, on 18 March 2009; supports the aims of the summit to contribute to a UK-wide dialogue about nutrition and the wider issue of social exclusion in a rapidly ageing population and to directly encourage older people to take part in grass root initiatives that promote healthy eating; welcomes the summit’s focus on all levels of government across the United Kingdom, and encourages the Scottish Government to take account of the nutritional requirements of an ageing population in its forthcoming food strategy.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Angela Constance, Gil Paterson, Irene Oldfather

S3M-3416 Alasdair Allan: FilmG—That the Parliament congratulates Jessica Ferguson, Amy MacNeil and Kenny MacDonald, from Castlebay High School, Isle of Barra, on winning MG Alba’s FilmG competition; notes that their film, An Dùsgadh (Waking), won the top award of best film in the young people category in this innovative Gaelic online digital short film competition; recognises the level of creative talent uncovered by this competition and the number of new Gaelic short films now available online at, and believes that the future of Gaelic media looks very exciting and that competitions like this are crucial to the continued survival of the Gaelic language.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Jamie McGrigor, David Stewart, Ian McKee, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ken Macintosh, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Ted Brocklebank

S3M-3415 Ian McKee: European Parliament Elections 2009—That the Parliament expresses concern that a recent Eurobarometer poll commissioned by the European Parliament, which surveyed 27,000 people across the 27 EU Member States, found that only 26% of respondents were aware that European Parliament elections are taking place in June 2009; notes that Scotland has a poor record of voter turnout at European Parliament elections, often reaching just above 30%; further notes that the European Parliament has direct and indirect legislative competence in a substantial range of policy areas, including chemical safety, the environment and food and agriculture, which have a major impact on Scottish citizens; urges the Electoral Commission to intensify its 2009 campaign to ensure that Scotland’s citizens are aware of the upcoming elections and are given sufficient information on voting methods, and encourages all candidates for the European Parliament, including currently elected MEPs, to raise the profile of the elections and encourage voter participation.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Dave Thompson*

S3M-3414 Elaine Murray: Review of Legal Aid—That the Parliament is concerned that offenders convicted of serious crimes are able to receive significant sums in legal aid to undertake vexatious appeals against sentence and against the consequences of their crimes, for example in terms of lost pension entitlements; considers that the criteria for eligibility of legal aid should be reviewed to prevent the use of public funds for gratuitous serial appeals by persons convicted of serious crimes such as rape, and further considers that such actions compound the injury and distress cause to victims of these crimes and may deter rape victims from reporting offences.

Supported by: Michael McMahon, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Trish Godman, Sandra White, Richard Baker, Robin Harper, Rhoda Grant, Bill Butler, Stuart McMillan, David Whitton, Sarah Boyack, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Karen Gillon

S3M-3413 Bill Kidd: No Place for Trident in Civilised Society—That the Parliament notes with concern, following the accidental publication of a top secret Ministry of Defence document, originally prepared in 1978, in the National Archives in London last year, the revelation that Trident was deployed to allow ground-bursts that could subject 55 to 60% of Moscow to a "radiation dose sufficient to cause rapid debilitation followed by death for most people in the area" and to cause "sufficient damage to bring about the breakdown of the city as a functioning community"; believes that the Dr Strangelove-esque logic that guided the strategic decisions of Margaret Thatcher during this period was profoundly misguided, and further believes that, in the absence of the desire to annihilate the civilian population of Moscow, the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown MP, and the Secretary of State for Defence, John Hutton MP, should put an end to this defunct reasoning and scrap Trident.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Aileen Campbell, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Christopher Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dave Thompson, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3412 Jackie Baillie: Keep Respite Care at Fyneview—That the Parliament notes the proposal under consideration by Argyll and Bute Council to cut funding to the Fyneview Respite House in Lochgilphead; considers that there has been a lack of consultation with all service users and carers in Argyll and Bute regarding the future of Fyneview; understands that there are no other respite facilities for 18 to 64-year-olds in the area, making Fyneview an invaluable resource for the community; believes that Argyll and Bute Council should not terminate respite care at Fyneview, particularly as the Scottish Government has made an extra £9 million available to enable local authorities to provide additional services for carers and an extra 10,000 respite weeks on top of existing service, and therefore calls on the council to reject the proposal.

Supported by: Peter Peacock, Sarah Boyack, Karen Whitefield, David Stewart, Trish Godman, Jamie McGrigor, Pauline McNeill, Ken Macintosh, John Park, David Whitton, Robin Harper, Hugh Henry, Rhoda Grant, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-3411# Jamie McGrigor: Songbird Survival—That the Parliament is aware of the concerns of many bird lovers throughout the United Kingdom about the decline of the songbird population; notes research that suggests that over the last 40 years many species of songbird have seen a reduction in numbers of 50% or more with some species declining by over 90%; recognises that a number of factors have led to these declines and that these should be considered by policymakers, and commends individual birdwatchers and bird groups in the Highlands and Islands and elsewhere in Scotland for their role in recording species’ numbers and the work of organisations such as Songbird Survival that campaign to raise awareness of the threat to our songbird species and ensure the creation of a balanced biodiversity.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Ms Wendy Alexander, David Stewart, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Ken Macintosh, Mary Scanlon, Ted Brocklebank, Margaret Mitchell, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Peter Peacock, Sarah Boyack, Gil Paterson, Elaine Murray, Irene Oldfather, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-3410 Rob Gibson: Wanderlust for West Highland Line—That the Parliament hails the vote by almost 3,000 readers of Wanderlust, an independent travel magazine, naming the West Highland line as the top rail journey in the world; notes that the West Highland line came ahead of the Trans-Siberian Express and the Cuzco to Machu Picchu line in Peru and beat 400 other nominated rail journeys from around the world, and congratulates ScotRail and all those involved in earning this prestigious recognition for Scotland.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Ms Wendy Alexander, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Charlie Gordon, Michael Matheson, Jamie McGrigor, Cathy Peattie, Mary Scanlon, Mike Pringle, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Kidd, Jim Tolson, Alasdair Morgan, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson

S3M-3409 Cathy Jamieson: Closure of Girvan Swimming Pool—That the Parliament recognises the significance of Girvan Swimming Pool as a key community facility; notes that public swimming pools provide crucial life-saving training and contribute a great deal to public health; expresses dismay at the decision by South Ayrshire Council to close the Girvan Swimming Pool, a decision that was made without public consultation, and calls on South Ayrshire Council to invest in swimming facilities in Girvan, explore all available options with regard to funding a new facility and renew its commitment to support leisure facilities in Girvan.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Murray, James Kelly, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, George Foulkes, Mr Frank McAveety, Irene Oldfather

S3M-3398 Margaret Smith: Edinburgh Council Safeguarding School Budgets—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement from the City of Edinburgh Council that money for schools will be protected in its forthcoming budget and, recognising that budget decisions are always tough and all options, including education cuts, had to be considered, understands the hard work that must have gone into making this happen, including discussions with local parents and schools, and appreciates the continuing high priority that the council has placed on properly funded education.

Supported by: Mike Pringle

*S3M-3398.1 Sarah Boyack: Edinburgh Council Safeguarding School Budgets—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3398) in the name of Margaret Smith, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes that the City of Edinburgh Council failed to safeguard schools by rejecting Labour proposals to reverse last year’s 1.5% cut and invest an extra £2.7 million in frontline school services; considers that schools across the city will remain under acute pressure due to the under funding of schools from last year, and further considers that the Scottish Government has failed to support the development of new and refurbished schools to enable buildings past their sell by date to be replaced or substantially refurbished in an acceptable timescale."

S3M-3351.2 Peter Peacock: Retained Firefighters and the Working Time Directive Opt-out—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3351) in the name of Liam McArthur, leave out from "with regret" to end and insert "that the vote by the European Parliament on 17 December 2008 in favour of removing Britain’s working time directive opt-out was supported by Scotland’s Liberal Democrat MEP; also notes that the decision of the European Parliament represents a difference of view from that of the Council of Ministers and will now be sent for negotiation and conciliation before there is any question of its final approval or implementation; further notes that a failure to agree between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers will result in the proposal falling; notes the role played by Scotland’s retained firefighters and the vital service that these firefighters provide to their communities; considers that in any future potential change to the working time directive an appropriate provision to allow a continuation of fire services in the Highlands and Islands in particular will be required, and expresses confidence in those involved to ensure such an outcome."

S3M-3061 – Withdrawn

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-3406 No Place for Chauvinism in 21st Century Scotland (lodged on 6 February 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*, Hugh Henry*, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*, Patrick Harvie*, Jackie Baillie*, Jim Tolson*, Mary Mulligan*, Des McNulty*, John Park*, Ken Macintosh*, George Foulkes*, Pauline McNeill*, Margaret Curran*, James Kelly*, David Whitton*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-3404 Professor Sir Philip Cohen (lodged on 6 February 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3399# Pressurised Area Status in North Lanarkshire (lodged on 6 February 2009) Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-3397 Celebration of Dundee Astronomer (lodged on 5 February 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3396 The Importance of Robert Burns to Irvine (lodged on 5 February 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3394 Renfrewshire Officially a Fairtrade Zone (lodged on 5 February 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-3371# Bicentenary of Louis Braille (lodged on 3 February 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-3363 Catholic Education Week 2009 (lodged on 2 February 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-3349# Earth Hour 2009 (lodged on 30 January 2009) Rob Gibson*

S3M-3338 Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau Award (lodged on 29 January 2009) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-3307 Victims of Historic Child Abuse (lodged on 26 January 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

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