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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally only printed the day after the day on which they are lodged and then with the complete list of motions and amendments lodged the previous week which is published in this section of the Bulletin every Monday. That list also contains any motions lodged for debate in the forthcoming week.

Where the text of a motion or amendment is altered, the motion or amendment is re-printed with the changes marked by asterisks in the text.

Where a motion or amendment attracts additional support after it is first published, that additional support is shown separately at the end of this section.

Motions eligible for consideration for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#).

Motions submitted for members’ business in the Parliament but which have not yet received the requisite cross-party support are marked with a diamond symbol (♦).

Motions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site at Current Motions

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-4104 Maureen Watt: Foster Care in Aberdeen City—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable service that foster carers play in providing children with safe and caring homes while they are unable to live with their own families; congratulates Aberdeen City Council for its recent efforts to recruit additional foster carers, which has resulted in an increase in the number of carers from 111 in January 2008 to 129 in January 2009; notes that the Foster Care Fortnight campaign will run across the United Kingdom from 11 to 24 May 2009, and hopes that this campaign and other initiatives will help further boost the numbers of foster carers in Aberdeen city and across Scotland.

*S3M-4103 Robin Harper: Appalling Asset Management in Local Government—That the Parliament notes with extreme concern the contents of the Audit Scotland report, Asset management in local government; recognises the report as a devastating record of poor organisation and lack of coordination; notes that fewer than half of councils have approved corporate asset management strategies, only half have complete property strategies and only half provide regular information to elected members on property performance; further notes, in the context of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill in particular, that paragraph 21 of Audit Scotland’s associated key message document indicates that "environmental sustainability is not a key factor in building design. Most councils are missing opportunities for incorporating environmentally friendly features into the design of new buildings", and calls on the Scottish Government, as a matter of urgency, to consult with COSLA on the way forward to address these problems through the outcome agreements associated with their concordat.

*S3M-4102 Robin Harper: The Sullivan Report on Low Carbon Building Standards—That the Parliament notes the work of the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) over the last two decades; congratulates SEDA on its recent conference on Brettstaple Massive Wood Construction; in particular congratulates Howard Liddell and Gaia Architects on the opening of Acharacle Primary School in the Highland region, built using Brettstaple technology and certain to be the most energy-efficient primary school in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to respond formally to the recommendations set out in the Sullivan report, A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland, and to publish a roadmap to zero carbon new buildings in Scotland at the earliest opportunity.

*S3M-4101 Robert Brown: Scottish Government Must Accept the Will of Parliament on Glasgow Community Court—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Scottish Government not to proceed with the establishment of a community court in Glasgow; further notes the Parliament’s resolution on the matter on motion S3M-4065 on Thursday 7 May 2009; calls on the Scottish Government to accept the will of the Parliament on the matter, to reverse its decision and to progress plans for a community court in Glasgow, and also calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to make an urgent statement to the Parliament on the matter.

*S3M-4100 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Brush Barclay—That the Parliament congratulates the management and workers at railway rolling stock company Brush Barclay on the successful completion of the first stage of a £3.5 million contract, which saw five of a planned 16 refurbished rail units handed over to operators First Great Western; recognises that this was the first major contract that the company secured after its predecessor, Hunslet-Barclay, was placed in administration; applauds the efforts made by the management and workforce to rescue the company, and wishes them well in carrying forward an enterprise that has had a presence in Kilmarnock since Andrew Barclay and Sons entered the railway engineering business 150 years ago.

*S3M-4099 Kenneth Gibson: Lifetime Homes Standard—That the Parliament supports the Lifetime Homes Standard, a set of 16 design criteria intended to make homes more accessible and functional for all; recognises the social responsibility to promote equality and inclusion and believes that this can be accomplished through assisting an ever-increasing number of Scots in maintaining independent living; seeks a future housing supply that is responsive to everyone’s potential needs and economic sustainability by empowering the more vulnerable and excluded members of our communities to remain economically active; acknowledges the need for sufficient lead time so that industry and government can make adjustments in the most economic way; welcomes the work of the British Standards Institution, which has been clarifying standards to ensure future consistency, and also seeks consultation and cooperation from key builders and encourages them to implement these standards and help meet the housing challenges of an aging society.

*S3M-4098 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Stewarton Academy Senior Band—That the Parliament congratulates Stewarton Academy Senior Band for achieving a gold award at the United Kingdom National Concert Band Festival held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on 18 and 19 April 2009 and recognises the excellence of music teaching carried out at Stewarton Academy and the commitment shown by pupils, parents and teachers in achieving this success.

*S3M-4097 Ian McKee: Europe Day—That the Parliament is proud to mark Europe Day on 9 May 2009, the celebration of the founding of the European Community; observes that on 9 May 1950 Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations, and that this proposal, known as the Schuman Declaration, is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union; welcomes the EU’s success in achieving and maintaining peace in the European continent as well as becoming a promoter of peace in the world; considers that Scotland has benefited greatly from EU membership on economic, social and cultural grounds; believes that Scotland’s place is at the heart of Europe; encourages the people of Scotland to join the other peoples of Europe in celebrating our common future and common values and to engage in the European democratic process by using their votes in the European Parliament elections on 4 June 2009, and calls on public institutions across Scotland to fly the flag of the European Union to mark this day.

Supported by: Anne McLaughlin*, Ken Macintosh*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4096 Kenneth Gibson: Stop the Failed ID Card Scheme—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing roll-out of the ID card scheme, which it considers to be a baseless unproven policy, which is estimated to cost in excess of £5 billion; denounces unchecked executive powers whereby individuals would be managed by executive order and could be added to the national identity register by the Home Secretary without their consent; condemns excessive accumulation of personal data, which will lead to lifelong surveillance in a database state; joins with David Blunkett MP, the former Home Secretary who introduced the ID card scheme, in insisting that the UK Government scrap this unnecessary scheme, described by some as an ineffective plastic poll tax; questions this use of resources at a time when the Scottish Government is being asked to make cuts in vital public services, and hopes that UK ministers will appreciate a citizen’s right to privacy, freedom and trust, which seemingly has again been disregarded under Labour.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4095 Aileen Campbell: Biggar Spring Music Festival—That the Parliament notes that the Biggar Spring Music Festival will take place on 24 May 2009 at Persilands Farm, Biggar; believes that the festival is an excellent prelude to the Biggar Little Festival in October and welcomes the excellent array of local food, drink and music that the spring festival has to offer; further believes that these festivals are a wonderful celebration of arts and culture, bringing a range of live performances to communities outside of the major urban centres; congratulates the festival organisers on gaining such a diverse line-up, which includes internationally renowned Scottish author Ian Rankin, and wishes everyone involved all the best for a successful festival this year.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, John Lamont*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4094 Liam McArthur: Geographical Confusion at Museums Galleries Scotland—That the Parliament notes with surprise that the spring 2009 edition of Scotland’s Museums and Galleries Quarterly, published by Museums Galleries Scotland, which rightly celebrates the opening of the Caithness Horizons museum, describes the museum as being in the "most northerly town in the UK"; is concerned that an organisation that describes itself as the "lead body for the advocacy, funding and development of over 340 museums and galleries in Scotland" should have such a flawed knowledge of the United Kingdom’s geography, and considers that, if this is indeed the geographical view of Scotland’s museums, then the ownership of the great wealth of antiquities from Orkney and Shetland currently held by the National Museum of Scotland should be transferred to the museums in Orkney and Shetland with those museums deciding which artefacts to lend to Edinburgh, rather than the other way round, as at present.

Supported by: Tavish Scott

S3M-4093 Ian McKee: Scottish Pupils Studying Modern Languages—That the Parliament welcomes the rising number of pupils studying modern languages at both higher and advanced higher levels in Scotland with advanced higher pupils increasing by 20% from 655 in 2007 to 820 in 2008; observes that, while numbers of pupils studying German have fallen, those studying higher Spanish increased to 1,327 in 2008, compared with only 874 10 years ago, and that, although Latin has dropped in popularity, Gaelic has increased by over one third over the last 10 years; believes that these trends of popularity not only demonstrate more choice available to students but also that pupils have the capacity to learn a language that they believe suits them best; further notes that local authorities are using different ways to increase access to higher and advanced higher courses, including promoting collaborative arrangements between schools and the use of new technology that provides access to a range of higher and advanced higher courses, and that these approaches are enabling more pupils to study a wider range of subjects than ever before; firmly believes that modern languages are key to creating a more successful Scotland with opportunities for all to flourish through increasing sustainable growth and giving young people the opportunity to study and work in any EU Member State, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s proposals through the Curriculum for Excellence to reinforce the expectation that schools will offer a modern language by no later than primary six and deliver exciting, engaging and relevant language learning.

Supported by: Dave Thompson*, Rob Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Maureen Watt*, Alasdair Allan*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4092 Stuart McMillan: Scottish Government Investment in Eco-friendly Trains—That the Parliament welcomes the unveiling of a new fleet of eco-friendly trains at a cost of £200 million; notes that the funding provided by the Scottish Government will pay for 38 Class 380 electric trains, which will go into service in September 2010; further notes that the trains will service Ayrshire, Glasgow Central, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and also serve the Glasgow Airport Rail Link, and acknowledges the continued investment by the Scottish Government to deliver greener methods of public transport.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4091 Jamie Hepburn: Planned Industrial Action in Grangemouth, Alloa, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath Royal Mail Delivery Offices—That the Parliament notes the decision by postal workers based in the Grangemouth delivery office in central Scotland, as well as delivery offices in Alloa, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath, to call for strike action over the weekend of 9 and 10 May 2009; further notes that the decision to strike is in response to the modernisation of delivery and sorting jobs, which the Communication Workers Union feels has been implemented without proper consideration; regrets that the workers feel forced into industrial action, which will affect mail services to businesses and households across the areas served by these offices; notes that the action coincides with protests across Scotland against the UK Government’s plans to part-privatise the Royal Mail, and believes that modernisation of the Royal Mail must take place in the context of continued public ownership, with the priority placed on public service and full consultation of workers as any changes are introduced.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Bill Wilson*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Sandra White*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-4090 Mike Pringle: S2S, Scotland’s Fourth Annual Social Enterprise Trade Fair—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in organising Scotland’s fourth annual Social Enterprise Trade Fair, S2S 2009; notes that almost 500 delegates and over 80 exhibitors attended the event at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange; further notes that in a time of recession social enterprises are well placed to provide high quality goods and service to both public and private sector suppliers while also delivering on their social purpose; recognises that Scotland’s 3,000 social enterprises provide between £2 billion and £2.5 billion of its annual GDP, and welcomes the contribution that these social enterprises make towards social, environmental and economic sustainability throughout Scotland.

S3M-4089 Jackie Baillie: Subs and Jobs at HMNB Clyde—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the decision of the UK Government to have Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde as the main operating base for all classes of submarines across the United Kingdom; considers that this decision will sustain the existing jobs at Faslane and bring hundreds of new jobs to the area thereby providing a welcome boost to the local economy and the wider Scottish economy; believes that this is a tremendous vote of confidence in the workforce at Faslane and underlines the strategic importance of the base in the maritime defence of the UK; further believes that this is a positive dividend from being part of the UK, and congratulates the UK Government for this decision.

Supported by: John Park, James Kelly, Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-4088 Jamie Hepburn: Scrap ID Card Scheme in the Face of £500m Cuts in Scottish Public Services—That the Parliament believes that the UK Government’s ID card scheme is an enormous waste of money, especially in the face of cuts of £500 million in Scottish public services that are being imposed by that same government; considers that the £5.75 billion cost of the scheme could be far better spent on frontline public services than on a scheme that poses an unprecedented and unnecessary infringement to the civil liberties of the general public, and believes that the UK Government should take heed of the advice of David Blunkett MP, previously a proponent of ID cards as Home Secretary eight years ago, and scrap the ID card scheme.

Supported by: Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Joe FitzPatrick, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Anne McLaughlin, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Willie Coffey, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Christine Grahame, Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4087 Jackie Baillie: Good Luck to Dumbarton Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Dumbarton Football Club on winning 6-0 against Elgin City Football Club and pays tribute to the team manager, Jim Chapman, and his players on a magnificent result; acknowledges the work of the Sons Supporters Trust in its tireless support of the team, which is now one step closer to securing first place in Division Three of the Scottish Football League, and hopes that Dumbarton fans, including club mascot Pellie the Elephant, will have every reason to celebrate on 9 May 2009.

Supported by: Bill Butler, David Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Cathy Jamieson, Jamie Hepburn, James Kelly, Mr Frank McAveety, Jamie McGrigor, Patricia Ferguson, Des McNulty*, Bob Doris*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4086 Pauline McNeill: Newspaper Public Notices—That the Parliament notes with concern the Scottish Government’s intention to put an end to advertising public notices in newspapers; believes that this will adversely affect many local newspapers as it will amount to a loss of approximately £10 million in advertising revenue at a time when the industry is at its most vulnerable and crucially that this will mean that public notices are less accessible to the general public; also notes that not everyone has access to the internet, with only 44% of people in Glasgow having access to the internet compared with the national Scottish average of 64%, that this proposed change will reduce the access that people have to key announcements that affect their community and that it is therefore a backward step for the democratic process, and calls on the Scottish Government to review this decision and ensure that there is no diminution in the accessibility of public notices.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Rhona Brankin, Ms Wendy Alexander, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Patricia Ferguson, Andy Kerr, Mr Frank McAveety, James Kelly, Cathy Jamieson, Robin Harper, Elaine Murray, Dr Richard Simpson, John Park, Cathie Craigie, Hugh O’Donnell, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie, Ken Macintosh*, Des McNulty*

S3M-4085 Stuart McMillan: Multi-million Pound Plan to Build New Homes in Inverclyde—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by Inverclyde Council giving River Clyde Homes permission to build 636 new homes at a cost of £23.5 million; notes that the funding has been made available from the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Investment Programme; acknowledges and welcomes the comments by Councillor Moran, convener of Inverclyde Council’s Safe Sustainable Communities Committee that "This funding is more than we had expected to be announced and will have an extremely positive impact on the area"; further notes that this is the biggest social housing development in Inverclyde for some 40 years, and congratulates the Scottish Government for its continued investment to local authorities to help deliver affordable housing.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Ross Finnie, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Stewart Maxwell, Bill Wilson, Anne McLaughlin, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4084 Mr Frank McAveety: Evening Times’ Community Awards Reflect Community Commitment in Glasgow’s East End—That the Parliament congratulates the community heroes of the east end of Glasgow, whose hard work was rewarded at the Evening Times’ Community Champion Awards held in Glasgow on Tuesday 27 April 2009; acknowledges the winners, especially Kenneth Faulds, winner of the Individual Award, and Alan Kennedy, winner of the Young Community Award, for their outstanding work in the east end communities; further commends all those nominated as finalists at the awards, including FAB (For All Bridgeton) for its relentless commitment to the local community and also Betty Redmond for her community work in the east end of Glasgow, and encourages community groups across Scotland to follow the example of the east end where the hard work and voluntary commitment of individuals and teams contributes massively to the regeneration and development of the area and demonstrates that the east end of Glasgow is on the way up.

S3M-4083# Mary Mulligan: Operation Focus—That the Parliament congratulates the commander, officers and staff of F Division of Lothian and Borders Police, the wider Lothian and Borders force and its community partners for the outstanding success of Operation Focus, which targeted drug dealers in West Lothian; notes that the outcomes to date of Operation Focus include 63 arrests as a consequence of police raids, the seizure of dangerous drugs and police officers addressing over 10,000 secondary school pupils in the affected communities with anti-drugs messages that resulted in spontaneous applause from the students; joins with the people of West Lothian in commending Chief Superintendent Ronnie Liddle and all his team in West Lothian for the strong action that they have taken against those who seek to profit from the misery of drug dealing in our communities, and restates the belief that there is no place for drugs or drug dealers on Scotland’s streets.

S3M-4082 Christina McKelvie: Woman to Woman - An Oral History of Rape Crisis in Scotland 1976-1991—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Woman to Woman: An Oral History of Rape Crisis in Scotland, 1976-1991, which chronicles the experiences of women involved in the first 15 years of the rape crisis movement in Scotland; notes that Rape Crisis Scotland has evolved from a single telephone in a back room to a thriving national network providing free support, advice and solidarity to survivors of rape and sexual assault; applauds the dedication and commitment of the many Rape Crisis Scotland volunteers and staff who have been at the forefront of the campaign against violence against women and girls for 33 years; congratulates Rape Crisis Scotland on its role in raising awareness of and changing attitudes towards rape and sexual abuse, and further notes that, through campaigns such as This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me, the struggle to eradicate sexual violence against women and to secure justice for survivors is far from over and continues today.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4081 Ross Finnie: Welcome to Lifting of Eviction Notice on League of Friends Tea Bar—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the spring eviction notice for the Hospital League of Friends tea bar at Inverclyde Royal Hospital has been lifted; continues to urge NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to guarantee its long-term future, and notes that the retention of the tea bar has been supported by over 18,000 signatures in a local petition.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-4080# Peter Peacock: Declining Bee Numbers—That the Parliament notes with concern reports of the continuing decline in bee numbers and in the number of other key pollinators; notes the importance of bees for the production of honey and, along with other species, their vital importance in food production and in support of biodiversity; supports measures to research and understand better what may be causing the reported declines as a basis for appropriate further actions; further notes that in some areas, such as Colonsay, the varroa mite, which is known to be responsible for some of the decline in bee numbers, is not present, and considers that every effort should be made to maintain that position and sustain bee and other key pollinator numbers.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, John Scott, Elaine Murray, Sarah Boyack, Margaret Mitchell, Karen Gillon, Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Mary Scanlon, Ross Finnie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathy Jamieson*, Gil Paterson*, Des McNulty*

S3M-4079 Jeremy Purvis: JEREMIE Support Fund—That the Parliament notes the announcement of the Welsh Assembly Government on 24 April 2009 of a new £150 million fund through Finance Wales that will support the expansion of more than 800 businesses and create up to 15,000 jobs across Wales, using £75 million of funding from the European Investment Bank under the European Union’s Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises (JEREMIE) initiative and a further £60 million from the Welsh Assembly Government via European Regional Development Fund resources; recognises that the funding, the first JEREMIE fund to be launched in the United Kingdom, will enable Finance Wales plc, a commercial funding provider to small and medium-sized businesses in Wales, owned by the Welsh Assembly Government, to make debt and equity investments in growing businesses throughout Wales; further notes that the recently announced Scottish Investment Bank combines existing equity finance support in Scotland to high growth businesses but regrets that it does not provide debt lending and support for small businesses, and further regrets that the Scottish Government has so far not acted on requests made by the Liberal Democrats in October 2008 for a JEREMIE support fund to be delivered in Scotland to help businesses secure debt lending during the recession and that, while the Welsh Assembly Government has acted to deliver a debt lending product to small and medium-sized businesses, so far the Scottish Government is merely considering it.

Supported by: Mike Pringle

S3M-4078 Mike Pringle: Landlord Registration in Scotland, Three Years On—That the Parliament welcomes the report from Shelter Scotland, Landlord registration in Scotland: three years on, which examines the progress that councils have made towards implementation of the landlord registration scheme to register all private landlords and agents; notes the concerns highlighted in the report that landlord registration is not yet fulfilling the expectations placed on it, and calls on the Scottish Government to review immediately the effectiveness of the landlord registration scheme in order to overcome the barriers preventing the system from working effectively, to clarify the aims of landlord registration to ensure that local authorities have the means and resources not only to administer the process of registering landlords but also to address worst practice and protect tenants, to ensure that tenants and landlords are fully aware of their renting rights and responsibilities and to take action to get rid of the worst landlords and to introduce a mandatory tenant deposit scheme to protect tenants from rogue landlords.

S3M-4077 David Whitton: Auchinairn Primary, Breathe—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of the asthma committee from Auchinairn Primary School in Bishopbriggs on creating a compelling short film called Breathe, with the assistance of deputy head teacher Kirsty Rawley and film makers Jimmy Watson and Andy Lenihan, and notes that the film highlights how life for children with asthma can be improved by a greater understanding of the condition among their friends and teachers.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, Pauline McNeill, Sarah Boyack, Helen Eadie, Patricia Ferguson, Jim Hume, Jamie McGrigor, Jackie Baillie, Alasdair Allan, Mary Mulligan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jim Tolson, Elaine Smith, Sandra White, Claire Baker, Ross Finnie, Cathie Craigie, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Frank McAveety, Stuart McMillan, Bill Butler, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper*, Des McNulty*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4076 Jack McConnell: Congratulations to John Higgins—That the Parliament congratulates John Higgins on his achievement of winning the 2009 World Snooker Championship; notes that the Wishaw Wizard has now joined the elite club of snooker players who have won three world titles; notes that a significant number of Scots made an impact in the World Championships, and wishes all those involved in snooker in Scotland every success for the rest of the year.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Elizabeth Smith, Helen Eadie, Nanette Milne, James Kelly, David Stewart, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie McGrigor, Karen Whitefield, Mary Scanlon, Karen Gillon, Rhona Brankin, Elaine Smith, David Whitton, Ross Finnie, Claire Baker, Liam McArthur, Patricia Ferguson, Andy Kerr, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Jamieson, Stewart Maxwell, Elaine Murray, Bill Butler, Sandra White, George Foulkes, John Park, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Ken Macintosh*, Robin Harper*, Des McNulty*, Sarah Boyack*, Pauline McNeill*, Gil Paterson*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-4075 John Wilson: Wishaw’s Wizard—That the Parliament congratulates Lanarkshire’s John Higgins on winning his third World Snooker Championship at the Crucible and joining an exclusive band of players who have won a hat trick of titles; notes that his sporting success will be an inspiration to the children of Lanarkshire, and wishes the wizard of Wishaw continued success.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, David Whitton, Stuart McMillan, Jamie McGrigor, Michael Matheson, Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Elaine Smith, Willie Coffey, Murdo Fraser, Liam McArthur, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4074 Aileen Campbell: Restoration of Falls of Clyde Mural—That the Parliament congratulates artist and writer Alasdair Gray on completing the restoration of his Falls of Clyde mural in the Riverside Bar near New Lanark; notes that the mural, over 25ft in length, was originally painted over 40 years ago when the bar was known as the Kirkfieldbank Tavern; further congratulates bar owner Andy Boyle on his decision to commission Alasdair Gray to undertake the restoration, and hopes that the mural will encourage many more people from across Scotland to visit rural South Lanarkshire, including the Falls of Clyde, the New Lanark World Heritage Site and local establishments such as the Riverside Bar.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Marlyn Glen, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Stewart Maxwell, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Anne McLaughlin, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4073 Jackie Baillie: From the Vaults, Whisky and the Scots—That the Parliament congratulates the National Archives of Scotland, the Scotch Whisky Association, John Dewar and Sons Ltd and Diageo plc on bringing together a landmark exhibition, taking place in May and June 2009, that tells the story of Scotch Whisky from its creation, over 500 years ago, through archive treasures held in the vaults of both the National Archives of Scotland and other private industry collections; notes that this includes the famous 515-year-old Exchequer Roll, considered to be the founding document of the industry; further notes that this exhibition gives the public a chance to learn how, over the last five centuries, whisky has become inextricably linked to Scotland’s culture, history and economy, and encourages people from across Scotland to attend the free exhibition at the National Archives of Scotland, West Register House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Dr Richard Simpson

S3M-4072 Pauline McNeill: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Art Prize—That the Parliament congratulates the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which last week welcomed its six millionth visitor since it reopened less than three years ago, for being shortlisted for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize, the United Kingdom’s largest art prize; notes that it is the second time in three years that the museum has been in the running for the prize, this time for its educational work through its Centre of New Enlightenment, which uses new technology to help young people navigate the museum; further notes that the judges stated that the programme of educational tasks and challenges was original and infectious and commended the way that it gave young people the independence to explore the building in an active way, and offers the Kelvingrove, as Scotland’s sole representative on the shortlist, its best wishes ahead of the winner being announced on 18 June 2009 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Des McNulty, Karen Whitefield, David Whitton, Rhona Brankin, Margaret Curran, Marlyn Glen, Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Bill Kidd, Mr Frank McAveety, Stewart Maxwell, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Jamieson, Sarah Boyack, Claire Baker, Liam McArthur, Elaine Murray, Patricia Ferguson, Ken Macintosh*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4071 Jim Tolson: Dunfermline High School Diabetes Support Group—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of Dunfermline High School on forming a diabetes support group; believes that this is the first group to be set up in a school environment; acknowledges the work of the group to raise the awareness of fellow pupils and teachers to ensure that they are fully aware of symptoms and effects of diabetes and raising awareness in the wider community, and further congratulates the group for taking part in fundraising activities for Diabetes UK.

Supported by: Mike Pringle

S3M-4070 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Encore Presents Brigadoon—That the Parliament congratulates Encore drama group on its 15th anniversary; notes that it has been 15 years since its debut musical performance of Brigadoon; also notes that, in keeping with this anniversary and the Year of Homecoming, Encore will present Brigadoon at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, from 13 to 16 May 2009; wishes Encore success with this and future productions, and further notes that information about the group and its sister group for young people, Musical Youth, can be found at www.musicalyouth.co.uk.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Anne McLaughlin, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4069 Dr Richard Simpson: World No Tobacco Day 2009—That the Parliament supports World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2009; notes that Scotland has made a significant step to support smokers stopping through its ban on smoking in public places but recognises that more will need to be done to reduce further this public health challenge, and congratulates Dr Judith Longstaff Mackay, an Edinburgh graduate and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, on receiving the British Medical Journal Group’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her work in reducing smoking worldwide but especially across Asia in her role as  senior  policy  advisor to the World Health Organization and World Lung Foundation.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4068 Michael Matheson: Big in Falkirk, Another Big Success—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved with Big in Falkirk, Scotland’s national street arts festival, held on 2 and 3 May 2009 and headlined by Stereo MCs and Capercaillie; notes that this event celebrated its 10th anniversary with street theatre, music, dance, the secret garden, an under-5s fun tent, a fringe tent and a major fireworks display, all in the beautiful surroundings of Callendar House, and looks forward to Big in Falkirk 2010.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Anne McLaughlin, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4066 Dr Richard Simpson: Congratulations to St Johnstone FC—That the Parliament congratulates St Johnstone Football Club in capturing the First Division championship and wishes the club well on its deserved return to the Scottish Premier League next season.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell*

S3M-4064 Patricia Ferguson: The Stockline Tragedy, Five Years On—That the Parliament notes the fifth anniversary of the tragedy that occurred at the Stockline factory in Maryhill; offers its continued support to those injured or bereaved in the explosion and remembers the bravery and dedication of the emergency services and the contribution of the staff of the community central halls, and hopes that the outcome of Lord Gill’s report into the circumstances of this incident will be that workplaces in Scotland become safer.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Karen Gillon, Elaine Smith, Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Cathie Craigie, Paul Martin, Jackie Baillie, John Park, Michael McMahon, Margaret Curran, Cathy Jamieson, David Stewart, Pauline McNeill, Karen Whitefield, Kenneth Gibson, Dr Richard Simpson, Malcolm Chisholm, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Claire Baker, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patrick Harvie, Bob Doris, Nanette Milne, Bill Wilson, Ross Finnie, Elaine Murray, Sandra White, Ken Macintosh*, Robin Harper*, Jack McConnell*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4063♦ Mr Frank McAveety: Supporting the Living Wage for Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Living Wage Employer Awards being held in Dalmarnock; regrets the fact that there are around 700,000 workers in Scotland, the majority of them women, earning less than the Scottish living wage of £7.00 per hour; is aware that low pay can lock people into poverty and can be damaging for individuals, families, businesses, communities and the wider economy, and recognises the importance of encouraging employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors to ensure that all low-paid workers are paid no less than the Scottish living wage of £7.00 per hour.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S3M-4059 Adam Ingram: Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop

S3M-4058 Richard Lochhead: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-4057 Kenny MacAskill: Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-4056 Dr Richard Simpson: Congratulations to Alloa RFC—That the Parliament congratulates Alloa Rugby Football Club, its players, coaches, committee and supporters on winning the hard-fought Caledonia league championship and expresses the hope that all the development work being done in Clackmannanshire for sport, including rugby, will lead to further successes in the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-4055 Aileen Campbell: First Division Champions—That the Parliament congratulates St Johnstone FC on its promotion to the Scottish Premier League; notes the hard work of the team, manager and backroom staff and the dedicated support of the fans, and wishes the team all the very best for a successful season in the next year.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jamie McGrigor, Iain Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4054 Kenneth Gibson: Malawi Kitchen—That the Parliament congratulates Just Trading Scotland (JTS) on the launch of Malawi Kitchen, which over the next two years will develop and import a range of fairly traded, innovative and ethically sourced products from Malawi for sale in Scotland, including Kilombero long grain aromatic rice, piri-piri sauces, dried fruit and vegetables, pulses and craft products, and notes that JTS is looking for potential sales outlets, is keen to offer speakers to help promote and develop new markets for Malawian products and in doing so will ensure a secure income and future for families in Malawi.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Karen Gillon, Brian Adam, David Whitton, Anne McLaughlin, Michael Matheson, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Patricia Ferguson, Ian McKee, Patrick Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Ross Finnie, Liam McArthur, Elaine Smith, Christina McKelvie, Ken Macintosh*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Wilson*, Jack McConnell*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4053 Margaret Curran: From Barlanark to Africa, Local Organisations Contribute to Poverty Alleviation—That the Parliament commends the efforts of the St Jude and St John Ogilvie Justice and Peace Group, which initiated a project to send 310 school backpacks to Africa as part of the Mary’s Meals project; extends its congratulations to all those involved at Sandaig Primary School and Our Lady of Peace Primary School for their excellent accomplishments in helping the project to be realised, and recognises the outstanding example set by the institutions, based in Barlanark, Glasgow, for their contribution in alleviating poverty across the world.

S3M-4052 Anne McLaughlin: Congratulating Carol Ann Duffy—That the Parliament congratulates Carol Ann Duffy for being appointed as poet laureate; recognises that this is an especially significant appointment as Carol Ann Duffy is the first female poet laureate and the first poet laureate to come from Scotland; recognises Carol Ann Duffy’s incredible contribution to the world of literature, and has no doubt that the Gorbals and Glasgow will continue to follow Carol Ann Duffy’s example and produce world-class poets in the future.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Liam McArthur, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Michael Matheson, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Aileen Campbell, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4051 Pauline McNeill: First Woman Poet Laureate in 341 Years—That the Parliament warmly welcomes Glasgow-born Carol Ann Duffy as the first woman to hold the post of poet laureate in 341 years; recognises her contribution to poetry, and commends her decision to donate her salary as laureate to the Poetry Society.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Bob Doris, Patricia Ferguson, Christine Grahame, Lewis Macdonald, Cathie Craigie, Ross Finnie, Marlyn Glen, Robin Harper, Maureen Watt, Trish Godman, Elaine Murray, Aileen Campbell, Malcolm Chisholm, Sandra White, Liam McArthur, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Alison McInnes, Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Margaret Curran, Patrick Harvie, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Des McNulty, Dr Richard Simpson, Sarah Boyack, Jack McConnell*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4050 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to St Kessog’s Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates St Kessog’s Primary School for the excellent HM Inspectorate of Education report that it received; notes that in the report St Kessog’s received three excellent and two very good ratings, and also notes that the children’s behaviour, active participation in learning and their contributions to improving the school and the visionary leadership of the head teacher were praised in the report.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Stuart McMillan, Jamie McGrigor, Jackie Baillie, Bob Doris, Jim Tolson, Sandra White

S3M-4015 Jim Tolson: Improving Household Waste Recycling in Fife—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Council on its approach to improving household waste recycling; acknowledges the need for further improvements in Fife’s landfill diversion performance, and notes that Fife Council’s Environment, Enterprise and Transportation Committee received all-party support for the recommendations from the Member Officer Group to test a number of collection options to find the best solution to the household waste issue.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Iain Smith, Elaine Smith, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson

*S3M-4015.1 John Park: Improving Household Waste Recycling in Fife—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4015) in the name of Jim Tolson, after "performance" insert "; notes and welcomes Fife Council’s altered approach, which seeks to test different landfill diversion measures, and hopes that the council will now recognise the importance of working together with the people of Fife as a community to tackle sustainable waste management through public consultation and responsible council action without placing the burden of reducing landfill waste unevenly on Fife householders".

S3M-4003.1 Robin Harper: Supporting Our Local Newspaper Industry—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4003) in the name of Dave Thompson, insert at end ", and opposes any move to abolish the duty on local authorities to print public notices in the local press and national newspapers where appropriate on the basis that this would undermine local democracy and would be a breach of equalities legislation in that people not on the internet would be denied access to important information".

S3M-3989# Margo MacDonald: HBOS, Lloyds TSB Merger—That the Parliament considers that there would be merit in a public inquiry to look into the information that persuaded the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to set aside the usual procedures that apply to company mergers and takeovers when HBOS and Lloyds TSB were given government support to do so, with a subsequent significant impact on the finance sector and employment in Edinburgh and in spite of the likelihood of the proposed merged bank being in breach of competition law and the cost to the taxpayer, before the shareholders and employees of both banks had been made aware of the full facts of the financial situation of both and before any alternatives had been explored.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Mike Pringle, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson

S3M-3964 Bruce Crawford: Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-3894# Cathy Jamieson: RNID Hearing Matters Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes RNID Scotland’s campaign, Hearing Matters; notes that there are 758,000 deaf and hard of hearing people in Scotland, the majority of whom are aged over 55; further notes that it takes people on average 10 to 15 years to address hearing loss and that there are around 350,000 people in Scotland who could benefit from a hearing aid but are not currently using one; considers that some GPs in the NHS Ayrshire and Arran area are screening adults for their hearing in the community rather than making a straight referral to audiology or ENT, and believes that hearing loss should be identified and treated at the earliest opportunity and the introduction of hearing screening on the NHS for those aged 55 and over considered.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Malcolm Chisholm, Johann Lamont, Jackie Baillie, Nanette Milne, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Des McNulty, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, Mary Mulligan, Robin Harper, Elaine Murray, Dr Richard Simpson, Margaret Curran, Hugh O’Donnell, Christine Grahame, John Park, Patrick Harvie, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, George Foulkes, Hugh Henry, Irene Oldfather, Cathy Peattie, Bill Wilson, Sarah Boyack, Alison McInnes, Ken Macintosh, Andy Kerr, Jamie Stone, Stuart McMillan, Rhoda Grant

S3M-3629 John Swinney: Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4049 Betfred, Stop the Cuts (lodged on 1 May 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4048 70th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Leven (lodged on 1 May 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4046 Withdrawal of UK Troops from Iraq (lodged on 1 May 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4045 Salute Eigg (lodged on 1 May 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4044# Larbert Rail Damage (lodged on 1 May 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4042 National Epilepsy Week 2009 (lodged on 30 April 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Johann Lamont*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jack McConnell*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-4040 Congratulations to Clydebank FC on Reaching the Scottish Junior Cup Final (lodged on 30 April 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4039 Congratulations to Shannon Bryson and Woodstock School, Kilmarnock (lodged on 30 April 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-4031 Kilmarnock FC, Scotland’s Oldest Professional Football Club at 140 Years Old (lodged on 30 April 2009) Jack McConnell*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-4030 From Sponsorship to Decoration, the City of Glasgow Swim Team (lodged on 30 April 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4028 £2 Million for Scottish Charities (lodged on 30 April 2009) Jack McConnell*

S3M-4026 Lightburn Elderly Association’s Hands On Project (lodged on 30 April 2009) Gil Paterson*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-4008 Epilepsy Scotland’s Employer of the Year (lodged on 29 April 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Johann Lamont*, Alasdair Allan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-3984 Isle of Arran Wildlife Festival (lodged on 27 April 2009) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3983 Congratulations to Falkirk Football Club (lodged on 27 April 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-3970 Major Benson-Blair (lodged on 23 April 2009) Gil Paterson*

S3M-3910 National Osteoporosis Society Manifesto for Scotland (lodged on 14 April 2009) Ken Macintosh*

S3M-3893# Supporting Social Work (lodged on 8 April 2009) Jeremy Purvis*

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