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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.

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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-3829 Jeremy Purvis: Abbotsford—That the Parliament congratulates the Abbotsford Trust on its success in securing first round approval for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £4.4 million; recognises the trust’s hard work and dedication in putting together a successful bid to restore the former home of Sir Walter Scott; further recognises Abbotsford as a jewel in the Borders’ crown and its significance to Scotland’s cultural and literary history; acknowledges the unique nature of Abbotsford due to Scott’s involvement in its creation, design and contents, which are representative of Scott’s intellectual and historical legacy; appreciates the significance of the successful Heritage Lottery Fund phase one application and the project’s aim of preserving such a rich centre of Scottish history, and wishes the trust every success in the next stages of the bid process.

*S3M-3828 Michael McMahon: 10th Anniversary of Alex Salmond’s Unpardonable Folly—That the Parliament notes that 29 March 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the election broadcast in which Alex Salmond condemned NATO’s air strikes against Yugoslavia as an unpardonable folly; considers that Alex Salmond’s remarks followed a decade of wars provoked by Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic; recognises that NATO, in its first military action since being created in 1949, was attempting to compel Slobodan Milosevic to end his oppression of the Kosovar Albanians and to agree to a solution that would restore their autonomy and work towards full independence; also notes that Alex Salmond compared the NATO raids on Yugoslav military targets with those of the Luftwaffe’s wartime London blitz and the bombings of Clydebank; believes that Slobodan Milosevic was relying on voices like Alex Salmond’s to undermine international political unity opposed to the genocide in Kosovo, and further considers that the SNP continues to ignore Kosovo when it is looking for independence movements to compare itself to and that this shows that the SNP is never genuinely interested in the rights and wrongs of a foreign conflict but in its own narrow nationalist electoral agenda.

*S3M-3827 Tavish Scott: Freedom of Information and the Banking Sector—That the Parliament reaffirms its commitment to the principles of openness and transparency that underpin freedom of information legislation; believes that the public has a right to expect transparency from public organisations and from private organisations that perform public functions; regrets that, with the taxpayer holding a majority stake in two major Scottish banks, the UK Government does not allow freedom of information legislation to cover banks that have been bailed out with public funds, and therefore calls on the UK Government to amend freedom of information legislation to include nationalised banks and banks where the taxpayer holds a majority stake.

*S3M-3826 Robert Brown: Social Networking Websites and Government Surveillance—That the Parliament notes with concern the consideration by the Home Office of a government database to monitor the activity of law-abiding citizens on social network websites such as Facebook, Bebo and MySpace; highlights that these sites contain sensitive data on individuals that the government has no right to know; further notes recent failures by government departments in keeping confidential data secure; also notes that the police can already obtain a warrant to monitor the social networking accounts of people suspected of criminality, and believes that the UK Government should drop any plans for the blanket monitoring of all users of social networking websites.

*S3M-3825 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Edinburgh Polish Festival—That the Parliament welcomes the Polish Cultural Festival that will take place from 20 to 26 April 2009 in Edinburgh; notes that this week-long celebration aims to present the best of Polish culture in Scotland and is a chance to show Edinburgh residents a culture that is a vibrant part of today’s Scotland; applauds the commitment of the hard-working team of volunteers from the Polish community who put together the varied programme of events, which ranges from traditional music and dance to film and visual arts; notes that the festival website and full programme details can be found at, and wishes the organisers every success in their aim to bring Edinburgh’s diverse cultural communities together.

*S3M-3824 Bill Kidd: Life Expectancy Gap Grows Under Labour—That the Parliament expresses its concern at new figures released by the General Register Office for Scotland showing that the life expectancy gap between rich and poor people in Scotland has grown vastly since Labour came to office in 1997, with the difference for women having increased from 5.8 years between 1996 and 1998 to 6.3 years between 2007 and 2009 and the difference for men having increased from 8.6 years to 8.7 years; believes that the policies of the UK Labour Party have driven a wedge between Scotland’s richest and poorest people, while the Scottish Government has aimed to bridge this gap with policies that make a real difference, such as freezing council tax and slashing prescription charges, and further believes that these recent figures call into question the credibility of the Labour Party’s renewed commitment to fairness and equality.

Supported by: Anne McLaughlin*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-3823 Bill Butler: "¡No pasarán!" - the Legacy of the International Brigades—That the Parliament notes that 1 April 2009 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War; salutes the heroic contribution of the hundreds of Scots who joined the international brigades to defend the democratically elected Government of the Spanish Republic against fascism; acknowledges that the remains of several Scots who died during the war are still unaccounted for; encourages people to take part in the series of events being held across Scotland to honour the memory of those who gave their lives in the defence of democracy, and vows to uphold the brigaders’ legacy by continuing to oppose fascism in all its forms.

Supported by: Michael McMahon*, Stewart Maxwell*, Jamie Hepburn*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Brian Adam*, Elaine Murray*, Patricia Ferguson*

*S3M-3822 Andrew Welsh on behalf of the Finance Committee: Inquiry into Methods of Funding Capital Investment Projects—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Finance Committee’s 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Inquiry into methods of funding capital investment projects (SP Paper 182).

Supported by: David Whitton*

*S3M-3821 Bill Wilson: Increased GDP, Reduced Satisfaction—That the Parliament notes the recent remark at the Sustainable Third Sector conference by Lucy McTernan, acting chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, that growth in UK GDP over the last 30 years has coincided with a reduction in life satisfaction; agrees with her that the global recession could be a good time for a shift to alternative ways of measuring welfare and that investment should be not only in physical infrastructure but in social infrastructure as well; further notes that the Child Poverty Action Group has called for more to be done to eliminate child poverty if targets for this are to be met; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Government has increased funding for the third sector by 37%, and calls on the Scottish and UK governments and other governments of developed nations when developing their policies to give more weight to measures of economic progress that elevate the wellbeing of people and therefore prioritise the reduction of inequality rather than GDP.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Jamie Hepburn*

*S3M-3820 Alison McInnes: Interconnect, Women in Science, Engineering and Technology—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Interconnect, a scheme designed to develop a Scottish support network for women students in science, engineering and technology; notes that the initiative, developed by the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology based at Edinburgh Napier University, is unique in the United Kingdom; supports the scheme’s stated aims of providing contact with professional women, providing role models of successful career development and work-life balance and to raise the visibility of women in science, engineering and technology, and hopes that Interconnect will encourage more women to pursue an education and career in science, engineering and technology.

*S3M-3819 Stuart McMillan: Boundary Proposals—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed boundary change that would relocate the Princes Gate development in Bishopbriggs from the local authority area of East Dunbartonshire to the city of Glasgow; understands that residents were not aware of any such proposal when purchasing their homes; recognises the anxiety and anger of some residents who specifically chose to purchase homes in Bishopbriggs and for whom the proposal would mean the severing of community links, jeopardising their access to amenities and potentially considerable financial loss; notes also that the proposal would see the loss of a much-needed affordable housing site from East Dunbartonshire to the city of Glasgow; wishes the residents every success in working with East Dunbartonshire Council to resist the proposal, and calls on the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland to reconsider and to acknowledge the right of local residents to stay within the area and to maintain their community links.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*

S3M-3818 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations on the Opening of the New Burns Memorial Centre—That the Parliament congratulates East Ayrshire Council on the opening of the new Burns Monument Centre at the Kay Park, Kilmarnock; congratulates East Ayrshire Council architects, 3D8, for the interior design and Hunter and Clark for the restoration and new building work; recognises that this is an exciting development for East Ayrshire and Scotland as a whole, bringing together first-class facilities to provide a research room and PC room that will now house previously scattered local history archives and records from each of the East Ayrshire burghs; notes that the centre will provide access to family history, census and burial records and will act as a complete guide to family and local history in the area; commends the fact that the centre will also house a collection of 1,500 volumes of Burns poetry, songs and letters as well as providing new registration services for the area, a new conference centre and a new venue for weddings and ceremonies, and hopes that the new centre will revitalise Kay Park and that it will be a source of pride for local residents, attracting many visitors to the area and resulting in a massive boost to tourism in the Year of Homecoming 2009.

S3M-3817 Shirley-Anne Somerville: End the Burden of Housing Debt—That the Parliament recognises the urgent need to increase the provision of affordable housing for rent in Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Government’s action to reverse decades of decline in council house building and the record investment of £644 million in its affordable housing programme for 2009-10; regrets that 45 pence in every pound of rent paid by council tenants in Edinburgh currently goes towards servicing the city’s £280 million historic housing debt; considers that resources would have been made available to write off this debt if tenants had not exercised their democratic right to reject stock transfer, and urges the UK Government to take action during this time of economic crisis to enable local authorities to invest in affordable housing by writing off the almost £2 billion of housing debt across the country.

S3M-3816 Ted Brocklebank: Inn at Lathones—That the Parliament congratulates the Inn at Lathones in Fife on winning the title of Music Pub of the Year at the Publican Awards 2009; notes that, despite being one of the country’s smallest live competition venues, it beat stiff competition from pubs in Croydon, London and St Albans; further congratulates the Largoward pub on hosting the Fifestock Festival, and looks forward to further successes.

Supported by: Bill Aitken*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-3815 Cathy Peattie: Extension of Concessionary Accompanied Travel—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Blind Persons’ Travel Card scheme, which gives free travel on all bus, coach, rail and ferry services throughout Scotland, and the fact that the card can cover a companion for those people who can use public transport only with assistance; notes that there are others who similarly can travel only if accompanied but that their provision for a companion is limited to bus travel, and considers that all those who need to be accompanied should be covered by the travel scheme, on all bus, coach, rail and ferry services throughout Scotland.

S3M-3814 Rob Gibson: Praise for Scottish Productions in the Edinburgh International Festival 2009—That the Parliament welcomes the unveiling of the Edinburgh International Festival programme for 2009 with its wide-ranging and exciting mix of events; particularly notes its inclusion of Scottish material in a programme ranging from classical music, through the Age of Enlightenment theme, to St Kilda, Island of the Birdmen and The Last Witch; notes with satisfaction the inclusion of the Caledonia Sessions, which feature Concerto Caledonia, including an evening dedicated to Robert Burns’s Worldly Friends, and encourages audiences to attend these top-flight shows and particularly seeks to welcome visitors from furth of Scotland to join our celebrations in this Year of Homecoming.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-3813 Patricia Ferguson: North Glasgow Housing Association’s £10.5 Million Investment in Local Communities—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by North Glasgow Housing Association that it will invest £10.5 million in local housing in the coming year; notes that this investment will help build new affordable homes as well as improving existing stock, and believes that this will be of great benefit to local residents and will play an important part in the continuing regeneration of the communities of North Glasgow, such as Possilpark.

S3M-3812 John Lamont: Knighthood for Bill McLaren—That the Parliament supports the campaign calling for Bill McLaren, whom most fans would consider to be the voice of rugby, to be knighted; notes that, during a radio and television broadcasting career that stretched over four decades, he came to be regarded as one of the great sports commentators by rugby fans from across the globe; fondly remembers his particular brand of colourful commentating, which included phrases such as describing a player as being like a demented ferret up a drainpipe; further notes his immense contribution to Scottish rugby as a teacher and rugby coach in his native Hawick, and suspects that there will be dancing in the streets of Hawick and indeed many other communities around the world should this campaign prove successful.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw, Stewart Maxwell, Mike Pringle, Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, Jim Hume, Tavish Scott, Mary Scanlon, Ted Brocklebank, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser, Alasdair Allan, Liam McArthur*

S3M-3811 Jim Tolson: Dunfermline Building Society—That the Parliament notes reports about the future of the Dunfermline Building Society, possible losses and its exposure to the commercial property market; further notes that the Dunfermline has for 130 years been a solid and trusted mutual and is now Scotland’s largest building society; expresses concern that building societies are being penalised by the increased capital requirement and funding formula for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and calls on the Scottish and UK governments to do everything in their power to keep the Dunfermline as a strong independent Scottish mutual.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Charlie Gordon*, Jim Hume*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-3810 Rob Gibson: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Knoydart’s Land Buy-out—That the Parliament congratulates the Knoydart Foundation on the 10th anniversary of the successful buy-out; notes that the community buy-out model adopted for Knoydart provided expert outside support incorporated into the membership structure; recalls that Knoydart, along with Assynt and Eigg, applied community models that were not adopted in the land reform legislation subsequently passed by the Parliament; celebrates the progress in developing sustainable services such as the hydro scheme to serve the peninsula’s population; recognises the significant and well-deserved application of public support to aid the development of a severely disadvantaged community, which had suffered severe decline under the whims of private landlords, and offers fulsome praise for the recovery of one of the most deprived rural communities in Scotland.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Brian Adam*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-3809 Christopher Harvie: Sunday Express Apology over Dunblane Article—That the Parliament notes the apology by the Sunday Express for its wholly unacceptable front page article on 8 March 2009 about the young survivors of the Dunblane massacre upon their entry into adulthood, a dismaying intrusion into the lives of young people who suffered traumatic experiences and have done their best to come to terms with them; deplores the level of journalism in this article, now subject to a Press Complaints Commission adjudication, and expresses hope that the newspaper’s contrite response marks a move towards more responsible journalism at a time of economic hardship where high quality information-driven reporting is one way to counter the financial troubles of the Scottish newspaper industry.

S3M-3807 Aileen Campbell: A Lasting Legacy for Lanarkshire—That the Parliament notes that, from 3 to 7 August 2011, 1,500 young athletes aged 12 to 15 and 500 officials and coaches from over 70 countries will head to Lanarkshire for the 45th International Children’s Games; welcomes the fantastic opportunity that this presents for the area to showcase to the world its wide range of world-class sporting facilities and the rich historical, cultural and natural heritage it has to offer; believes that the Games will deliver massive benefits for Lanarkshire and leave a lasting legacy that communities throughout the region will be able to enjoy for years to come, and commends the work undertaken by North and South Lanarkshire councils to encourage schools throughout Lanarkshire to use the Games as an opportunity for project-based learning and their efforts to ensure that it will be the most eco-friendly International Children’s Games to date.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Rob Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3806 John Park: Greater Transparency in Global Financial Transactions—That the Parliament recognises the opportunity that the Group of Twenty (G20) summit presents to reform the global financial system; notes the current lack of transparency, which Christian Aid estimates deprives developing countries of $160 billion per year due to two forms of corporate tax evasion; believes that Christian Aid is correct in calling for an accounting standard requiring country-by-country reporting, which would equip developed and developing countries with the information that they need to identify quickly where tax is being evaded; believes that the G20 should implement a global agreement that requires all jurisdictions to share tax information automatically, with strong sanctions for non-cooperative jurisdictions, and considers that this would equip developed and developing countries with information on companies and individuals shifting profits offshore.

Supported by: David Stewart, Ken Macintosh, George Foulkes, Elaine Murray, Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, David Whitton, Malcolm Chisholm, Helen Eadie, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman*

S3M-3805 Karen Whitefield: Sweet 16? One Year On - Is Life Any Sweeter?—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland (SCCYP) of Sweet 16? One Year On - Is life any sweeter?, a follow-up report to the SCCYP’s 2008 report, Sweet 16? The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland; recognises the Scottish Government’s interest and willingness to consider the issues raised in the Sweet 16 report but expresses concern that significant further action is still required by central and local government to implement fully the original report’s 23 recommendations; fully supports the establishment of a system of care that ensures that young people can successfully make the difficult transition from care to independent living; supports the report’s recommendations that the Scottish Government should set a timetable for prohibiting the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for care leavers, consider adding registered social landlords to the list of those required to cooperate with local authorities in discharging their responsibilities towards children and young people, introduce a system of classification for hostels for the homeless that indicates their suitability for care leavers, consider seeking a power to order local authorities to fulfil their statutory duties and continue to monitor implementation and provide appropriate challenge to local authorities; shares the SCCYP’s belief that, in times of financial distress, we need to make sure that children and young people are the first to receive support and that this issue must remain high on the political agenda, and therefore urges the Scottish Government and local authorities to continue to ensure that the original Sweet 16 recommendations are fully implemented as quickly as possible to ensure that all young people in care in Scotland receive the best possible information, guidance, advice and support.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie, Hugh O’Donnell, Rhona Brankin, Sarah Boyack, David Whitton, Claire Baker, Patricia Ferguson, Pauline McNeill, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, James Kelly, Elaine Murray, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Jamieson, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3804 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to Boroughmuir High School on Winning the Scottish Final of Young Consumer of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Boroughmuir High School from Edinburgh on winning the Scottish final of the Young Consumer of the Year competition 2009; notes the school’s proud record in the competition, having won the UK final in 2006 and finished as runner-up in 2008; further notes the excellent contributions of the other Scottish finalists, Dingwall Academy from Highland, Linlithgow Academy from West Lothian and Kyle Academy from South Ayrshire, and wishes the Boroughmuir team all the best as it represents Scotland at this year’s UK final.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3803 Bob Doris: Ofgem Proposals and Prepayment Meters—That the Parliament welcomes proposals by Ofgem to limit the scope of energy companies to charge unjustified prices; notes that the poorest and most vulnerable groups continue to pay higher prices for electricity and gas, particularly those with prepayment meters where charges amount to an average differential of £118 compared to customers paying by direct debit, and that a significant percentage of some groups at risk of fuel poverty use prepayment meters, including 22% of households with an income of less than £10,000; calls for tighter regulatory laws in the future, including windfall taxes or fines as a tool of regulation for utility companies that fail to comply, and believes that Ofgem could go further by insisting that energy companies absorb the comparatively small operational costs for prepayment meters and standard credit payment methods in order to achieve a more level and fairer system of pricing.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Angela Constance, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Christina McKelvie, Christine Grahame, Ian McKee, Anne McLaughlin*

S3M-3802 Bill Kidd: Congratulations to the Dumbarton Road Corridor Addiction Forum Peer Education Programme—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved with the Dumbarton Road Corridor Addiction Forum Peer Education Programme on the publication of the first edition of its magazine, United, which is the exclusive creation of peer educators from Knightswood and St Thomas Aquinas secondary schools; recognises the forum’s peer education programme and the efforts of the peer educators themselves in teaching 11 to 16-year-old pupils about transition, peer pressure and substance misuse, and believes that this programme provides an inspirational example for other organisations in raising awareness of substance abuse and the issues with which it is related.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Anne McLaughlin, Robert Brown, Bob Doris, Bill Butler, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White

S3M-3801 Karen Whitefield: Congratulations to Shotts Nursery Centre—That the Parliament congratulates Shotts Nursery Centre in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, for the excellent HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) report that it received; notes that Shotts Nursery Centre received three excellent and two very good ratings; further notes the particular strengths of the centre identified, including enthusiastic and highly motivated children, the high standard of the curriculum across the nursery, the quality of children’s achievements, the work of the staff in effectively meeting children’s learning needs, opportunities for parents to become involved in the work of the centre and the high quality of leadership at all levels; further notes that the centre was identified by HMIE as an example of good practice in its work engaging with children from birth to three and that the staff were praised for their shared and ambitious vision for the centre, and wishes Shotts Nursery Centre every future success in providing first class nursery provision for the local community and an example of good practice for other early years providers to follow.

Supported by: Margaret Curran, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Hugh O’Donnell, Trish Godman, Elizabeth Smith, Des McNulty, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, Mary Mulligan, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-3800 Stuart McMillan: Mesothelioma - A Guide for Junior Doctors—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Mesothelioma - A Guide for Junior Doctors, which has been produced by Clydeside Action on Asbestos; notes that the document has been created for recently qualified junior medical staff with an interest in malignant pleural mesothelioma; further notes that the document aims to support the sharing of medical knowledge in the management of mesothelioma; acknowledges the hard work and dedication of Clydeside Action on Asbestos in producing this document, and further acknowledges its influence in helping the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill to be passed in the Parliament on 11 March 2009.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Stewart Maxwell, Alasdair Allan, Bill Butler, Christina McKelvie, Brian Adam, Robert Brown, Bill Wilson, Hugh Henry, Ken Macintosh, Bob Doris, Dr Richard Simpson, Ian McKee

S3M-3799 Elaine Smith: EHRC Helpline Advice Service Cuts—That the Parliament is concerned at the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) proposal to cut 50 posts from its helpline advice service, including the restructuring of its Scotland office resulting in the loss of four full-time equivalent posts; believes that this decision is ill timed with the number of calls to the EHRC helpline increasing due to the recession; is further concerned that women, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people and carers will be particularly disadvantaged by this decision, and calls on the EHRC to review its plans and to do more to promote this service so that those people already at a disadvantage are not further disadvantaged by these inopportune cutbacks.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Dave Thompson, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Bill Wilson

S3M-3798 Bill Wilson: Possible Suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth—That the Parliament condemns the continuing violence of the Sri Lankan military towards the Tamils and calls for a peaceful solution; welcomes the fact that Westminster is holding a House of Commons debate on Sri Lanka, and supports Labour MP Joan Ryan’s calls for Sri Lanka to be suspended from the Commonwealth if the Sri Lankan Government does not respond to calls for a ceasefire.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Bill Kidd

S3M-3797 Bill Wilson: Curbing Pay Excesses While Sustaining Tax Revenues—That the Parliament notes the remarks by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, that the UK Government is keen to take action on excessive remuneration in the financial sector but is concerned that a strict ceiling would leave a black hole in tax revenues; believes that this concern could be addressed if more was done by the UK Government to eradicate tax havens and close tax loopholes, its actions potentially including the lobbying of global institutions and other governments; suggests that the UK Government should impose on financial institutions, and potentially on others, a maximum ratio of earnings, including bonuses and share options, of their best-paid employees to the earnings of their worst-paid employees, and believes that this would make for a more stable economy and a more equal society, with considerable benefits for UK society as a whole.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper

S3M-3795 Brian Adam: Danestone Primary School Considerate Cars Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates primary five of Danestone Primary School in Aberdeen on the launch of its Considerate Cars Campaign, on the 25 March 2009, which is designed to alleviate the problems caused by inappropriate and inconsiderate car parking close to the school gates and, through encouraging the practice of sharing lifts and safe parking as well as promoting walking or cycling to school, to reduce the danger to pupils and make the roads around the school a safe place for children.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Christine Grahame, Nigel Don, Robin Harper, Alison McInnes, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3777 Claire Baker: Protecting Tenancy Deposits in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the research, Review of the Private Rented Sector; notes that the size of the private rented sector includes approximately 233,000 households with 74% of these households paying a tenancy deposit of, on average, £433; further notes that tenancy deposits therefore amount to over £70 million and that the research found that 13% of these deposits are withheld; highlights that the research estimates that up to 19,000 tenants in Scotland believe that they have had a deposit withheld unfairly, with these withheld deposits totalling up to £6 million; believes that tenancy deposits in Scotland are currently inadequately regulated; considers that there is a successful tenancy deposit protection scheme operating in England and Wales; recognises that there are powers provided by statute as part of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 to introduce a tenancy deposit protection scheme; considers that there is support among the National Union of Students, Shelter and many other organisations for such a tenancy deposit protection scheme, and calls on the Scottish Government to introduce at the earliest opportunity a tenancy deposit protection scheme to protect tenants and good landlords alike from rogue private landlords.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Elaine Murray, Malcolm Chisholm, George Foulkes, Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Mike Pringle, David Whitton, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman, John Park, Johann Lamont, Patrick Harvie, Robert Brown, Jim Tolson, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Irene Oldfather, Helen Eadie*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3776 Lewis Macdonald: Congratulations to Kittybrewster Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates all the staff and pupils at Kittybrewster Primary School following the publication of the HM Inspectorate of Education report; welcomes the progress that has been made by the school, the leadership of the headteacher in taking forward improvements and the strong commitment of staff to improving children’s learning; recognises the importance of confidence in the future of the school on the part of pupils, families and staff, and believes that the achievements of Kittybrewster School would best be recognised by an undertaking from Aberdeen City Council that the threat of closure faced by the school twice in the last two years will not be repeated.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, David Stewart, Robin Harper, David Whitton, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-3775 Bill Aitken: Combating Graffiti—That the Parliament agrees that graffiti not only reduces the appearance of many communities in Scotland but also has a definite adverse effect on the morale of people seeing it in their areas and congratulates the work carried out by Glasgow Community and Safety Services to clear graffiti from walls and street furniture, greatly improving the quality of life for Glasgow citizens.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Elaine Smith, Jamie McGrigor, John Lamont, Charlie Gordon, Robert Brown, Jackson Carlaw, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Ian McKee, Robin Harper, Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, Bill Kidd, Patricia Ferguson, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Gavin Brown, Gil Paterson, Des McNulty, Jamie Hepburn, Margaret Mitchell*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3774 Angela Constance: Congratulations to the Broxburn Family and Community Development Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Broxburn Family and Community Development Centre on its 21st anniversary; acknowledges that this project has been successful in enhancing people’s lives through its wide array of services, including adult programmes, out-of-school care, a wee nursery, outreach and development work, English lessons and workforce development, and wishes the project continued success.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-3773 Ian McKee: Capital Punishment and the EU—That the Parliament expresses deep concern over the alarming figures published by Amnesty International showing that in 2008 at least 2,390 people were executed by states across the globe, including China, the United States of America and Japan, compared to 1,252 in 2007; believes that capital punishment, which includes beheadings, electrocutions, hangings, lethal injections, shootings and stonings, is the most inhumane form of punishment and has no place in the 21st century; notes that Belarus is the only country in Europe where executions still take place; further notes that the European Union (EU) is the only major global economic and political power where capital punishment is illegal and condemned, and calls on the EU as a major promoter of peace in the world to stand by its principles of respect for human dignity and strongly condemn all forms of capital punishment in Belarus and across the globe.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Hugh O’Donnell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patrick Harvie, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Robert Brown, Elaine Smith, Ross Finnie, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Hugh Henry, Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Christopher Harvie, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Irene Oldfather, Dave Thompson

S3M-3772 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to Clydebank Re-built on Awards for the Titan Crane—That the Parliament congratulates Clydebank Re-built for winning the Civic Trust Award as well as the first Scotland Placemaking Civic Trust Award for the successful restoration of the A-listed Titan Crane, which towers over the old John Brown shipyard and has now been praised for its successful regeneration as a visitor attraction.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Hugh O’Donnell, Stewart Maxwell, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Alison McInnes, Des McNulty, Jack McConnell*

S3M-3771 Angela Constance: Envirowise and Caltek Aluminium Systems Deliver Environmental Savings—That the Parliament congratulates Envirowise for assisting Scottish businesses to achieve more than £29 million in savings in 2007 by reducing waste; acknowledges the very valuable contribution that this advice service has delivered to the Scottish economy and business community, and commends Caltek Aluminium Systems Ltd in Livingston for actively enlisting the support of Envirowise and joining the Small Business Support Programme to secure a significant reduction in its energy costs and for implementing a recycling service that will successfully divert 18 tonnes of waste from landfill sites leading to a considerable reduction in its annual waste bills.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, John Park, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Sarah Boyack, Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Elaine Murray, Sandra White, Robin Harper

S3M-3770 Sandra White: Congratulations to St Peter’s—That the Parliament applauds the continuing commitment and dedication of staff, pupils and parents that has resulted in St Peter’s Primary School in Partick, Glasgow, achieving its third Green Flag award; commends the Eco-Schools programme’s worthy aims of making environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the school for both pupils and staff alongside engaging the wider community; notes the enormous success of the programme both internationally and in Scotland, and believes that the active involvement of children and young people in understanding the importance of our environment and communities can only lead to a brighter future for all.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Anne McLaughlin, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3769 Marilyn Livingstone: Town Centre Development—That the Parliament recognises the importance of town centres as a site of local economic and social activity and the key role that they play in Scotland’s economic future; believes that town centres must be supported during the current economic downturn; notes with concern the closure of many establishments key to town centre economic activity in Kirkcaldy and the need for town centre regeneration in Burntisland and Kinghorn, and recognises the need to work with public and private stakeholders to improve town centres across Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Karen Whitefield, Irene Oldfather, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3768 Maureen Watt: UK Government Cuts—That the Parliament calls on all local authorities to back the Scottish Government’s fight to put a halt to HM Government’s proposals to slash £500 million from the Scottish Budget in each of the next two financial years as, if implemented, this £1 billion cut would have a hugely detrimental effect on the provision of public services to the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Stewart Maxwell, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Anne McLaughlin, Willie Coffey, Sandra White, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-3767 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Protect our Urban Villages—That the Parliament supports the campaigns established against the opening of a Sainsbury’s in Stockbridge and a Tesco in Broughton; is concerned about the impact that the opening of these stores would have on local retailers in the area; notes that both areas are already well served by larger supermarkets as well as a variety of quality local food retailers, and adds its backing to the local residents and businesses in these areas who are fighting to protect the future of their urban villages.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson, Patrick Harvie, Angela Constance, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Jim Hume, Margaret Smith

S3M-3761.1 George Foulkes: 40th Anniversary of the Open University—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3761) in the name of Margaret Mitchell, insert at end ", the jewel in the crown of Harold Wilson’s Labour government, driven to fruition by the tenacity of Scots-born Labour MP Jennie Lee."

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Andy Kerr, Claire Baker, John Park, David Whitton, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Murray, Hugh Henry, Pauline McNeill, Des McNulty, Malcolm Chisholm, Charlie Gordon, Cathie Craigie, Rhona Brankin, Bill Butler, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, Jack McConnell*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3753 Fiona Hyslop: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 4 February 2008, relating to the management of Career Development Loans and the Managing Information Across Partners programme, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Keith Brown

S3M-3744.1 Alasdair Allan: Post Bank—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3744) in the name of Cathy Peattie, insert at end "and further believes that the interests of the post office network would best be served by the abandonment of the UK Government’s present plans to part-privatise the Royal Mail."

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

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

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Aileen Campbell, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh Henry, Dave Thompson, Stuart McMillan

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-3763 The Glasgow School of Art Launches International Competition (lodged on 20 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3762# St Bridget’s Chapel and the Mary’s Meals Backpack Project (lodged on 20 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3752 Eating Out with Coeliac Disease (lodged on 19 March 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Bill Kidd*, Dave Thompson*, Alasdair Allan*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mike Pringle*, Robin Harper*, Rob Gibson*, Trish Godman*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh Henry*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Nigel Don*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jim Hume*, Anne McLaughlin*, Maureen Watt*, Ross Finnie*, Bill Butler*

S3M-3750 Big Lottery Fund Helps Housing Project for Disabled People (lodged on 19 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3746 Acknowledging that No One is Immune to Mental Health Problems (lodged on 19 March 2009) Maureen Watt*

S3M-3741# Inadequate Infertility Treatment in Scotland (lodged on 18 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3740 North Glasgow Housing Association Completes 900th New-build Home (lodged on 18 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3736 Dr Rabinder Buttar, Founder of ClinTech International (lodged on 18 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3735 Caulders Garden Centre, Best Garden Centre in Scotland (lodged on 18 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3732 Bike Belles (lodged on 18 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3731 Fairtrade Inverurie (lodged on 18 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3716 40th Anniversary of the Loss of the Longhope Lifeboat (lodged on 17 March 2009) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-3699# Retained Firefighters and the Working Time Directive (lodged on 13 March 2009) Maureen Watt*

S3M-3643 Greengairs Primary School Permanent Eco-School Status (lodged on 9 March 2009) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3617 Snaring in Scotland (lodged on 4 March 2009) Johann Lamont*

S3M-3606 Cruelty of Snaring Exposed (lodged on 3 March 2009) Johann Lamont*

S3M-3474 Karly Burns, Glasgow School of Art Student (lodged on 18 February 2009) Ken Macintosh*

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