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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".

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-4944 Michael Matheson: Stop the Park Gallery Closing—That the Parliament notes the decision by the Labour, Conservative and Independent-led administration of Falkirk Council to close the Park Gallery in Falkirk; believes that Falkirk Council’s decision to close the Park Gallery is lamentable, given that it is one of only two outlets for contemporary art in the Forth Valley area; notes the lack of public consultation by Falkirk Council prior to taking this decision, and therefore calls on Falkirk Council to recognise the widespread opposition within the community to this plan and that a full public consultation exercise should be undertaken to ensure that the views of the local community are taken into account on the future of this important community asset.

*S3M-4943 Anne McLaughlin: Glasgow Design Team the Best in the World—That the Parliament congratulates the technical and production arts staff and students of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), Hazel Blue, Martin Mallorie, Simon Cadell, Kelli Des Jalais, Katrina Kelly and Pouleng Mabuya, who have just been given the award of World’s Best Design Team at the World Stage Design Exhibition 2009, held in Seoul, South Korea; notes that the RSAMD won in a field of literally thousands of applications and beat two professional production crews for the top prize; recognises that the RSAMD team is made up of members from across the world, reflecting the international make-up of the academy, and looks forward to the further contribution of RSAMD students and graduates to the cultural life of Scotland and the world.

*S3M-4942 Ross Finnie: Inverclyde Community Maternity Unit Must Remain 24/7—That the Parliament notes that, despite NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde agreeing, in August 2008, to retain a community maternity unit (CMU) at Inverclyde Royal Hospital for a further three years while a community education programme was run to promote the benefits of the CMU, the board has now decided to change the operations of the CMU from 24/7 to an on-call service at nights and weekends, which clearly reduces the attractiveness of the CMU as no-one can predict the hour of a baby’s arrival; condemns the board’s petulant response to the recommendations of the Independent Scrutiny Panel, and calls on the board to deliver the undertakings that it gave in August 2008 in full and drop its proposals to convert the CMU at Inverclyde Royal Hospital to a 9 am to 5 pm service.

*S3M-4941 Pauline McNeill: Doors Open Day Proves a Hit—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of Glasgow’s Doors Open Day, now in its 20th year, which ran from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 September 2009, with thousands of people taking the opportunity to look inside some of the city’s most historic and interesting buildings, including theatres, churches and galleries; notes that entry was completely free, and applauds new arts hub Trongate 103, which welcomed 2,250 visitors through its doors, as well as venues such as Glasgow’s Police Museum, which welcomed 1,200 people, the Glasgow Steiner School, which welcomed 400 people, and the Glasgow Art Club on Bath Street, which had around 300 visitors.

*S3M-4940 Duncan McNeil on behalf of the Local Government and Communities Committee: Report on Equal Pay in Local Government—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Local Government and Communities Committee’s 12th Report 2009 (Session 3): Equal Pay in Local Government (SP Paper 292).

*S3M-4939 Ian McKee: 25 Years of Victim Support Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Victim Support Scotland in its 25th anniversary year for the valuable and essential services that it provides to victims of crime across Scotland; notes that the charity provides emotional and practical support to people who have been victims of all types of crime, from housebreaking to rape, sexual assault and murder; further notes that during 2007-08 the organisation’s victim services and witness services supported around 175,000 people affected by crime; believes that the work of over 900 volunteers across the country contributes hugely to the success and achievements of the organisation; supports the charity’s work programme, No More Victims, and its vision to support individuals and communities, to help rebuild lives and keep people affected by crime at the heart of justice in Scotland; recognises the extensive projects that it is undertaking to address youth crime, and welcomes the First Minister’s announcement during the national charity’s AGM that an information service for victims of youth crime will be rolled out across Scotland by the end of September 2009 to ensure that victims of youth crime receive the best help and advice available in a consistent, easy and accessible way.

Supported by: John Wilson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*, Anne McLaughlin*, Robin Harper*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Wilson*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

*S3M-4938 Iain Smith: Congratulations to Falkland and St Andrews—That the Parliament congratulates Falkland for being named Champion of Champions in the 2009 Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Awards, an accolade received in recognition of Falkland’s outstanding record of success over the years and its high-achieving approach to environmental issues; further congratulates St Andrews for achieving a silver award in the large coastal town category and an RHS Britain in Bloom Environmental Quality Award, and recognises that these successes have been achieved through the hard work of many committed volunteers in these communities.

Supported by: Des McNulty*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jim Tolson*, Robin Harper*, Bob Doris*, Ross Finnie*

S3M-4937 Ms Wendy Alexander: The Power of Scotland Renewed Report Publication—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report, The Power of Scotland Renewed, commissioned by Friends of the Earth Scotland, WWF, RSPB Scotland and the World Development Movement; believes that rapid decarbonisation of the energy supply is central to the challenge of meeting the emissions reduction target of at least 42% set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009; further believes that achieving this decarbonisation will require an economic environment that drives investment in energy conservation, deferrable demand and low-carbon technology; considers new unabated coal plants, such as that proposed in the National Planning Framework for Hunterston, to be incompatible with this environment; understands that, as a developed nation, Scotland should be demonstrating to the southern countries that we are prepared to introduce policies that encourage investment in clean green energy; recognises that our investment in developing these new clean technologies can result in expertise being shared and exported, thereby encouraging clean energy development in the southern countries and increasing inward investment, and calls on the Scottish Government to introduce policy for consenting to new thermal power plants under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, which supersedes the National Planning Framework, to prevent any new coal power stations from being granted planning consent unless they incorporate carbon capture and storage technology from the start.

S3M-4936 Karen Whitefield: New Fast Train Service Between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Via Shotts—That the Parliament welcomes the launch by First ScotRail of its new winter railway timetable, including details of the new fast train service between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Shotts; notes that the new hourly service more than doubles the number of services available on this line; further notes that the new service will significantly reduce journey times from Shotts to Edinburgh to just over 30 minutes; believes that this new service will bring huge benefits to Shotts and surrounding villages, and looks forward to the launch in December of the new service.

S3M-4935 John Wilson: Agricultural Wages Order—That the Parliament welcomes the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Order (No 56) 2008 that came into effect on 1 October 2008, setting the minimum rates of pay and conditions to which workers in the agricultural sector are entitled by law, and notes that the order offers vital protection from gang masters, especially to workers who work long hours, often on low pay and conditions.

S3M-4934 Jamie Hepburn: Cumbernauld Restaurant Digs Deep for Malawi—That the Parliament congratulates Anwar Miah and Ibrar Ali, owners of the Bombay Dreams Restaurant in Cumbernauld, and their staff on raising the magnificent sum of £2,300 for Islamic Relief; notes that these funds will be used to build a water well in Malawi; further notes the ambition of the restaurant staff to expand their fundraising efforts into the wider community, and believes that this helps to build the strong partnership between Scotland and Malawi and serves as an inspiring example of how local communities can provide practical assistance to those most in need in developing countries.

S3M-4933 Marilyn Livingstone: The Scotland-Malawi College Partnership—That the Parliament supports the Scotland-Malawi Partnership project; commends Adam Smith College for taking the lead in the Scotland’s Colleges International consortium in hosting the recent study tour of 12 Malawian college principals to Scotland as part of the partnership between the vocational colleges in the two countries; recognises that the aim of the study tour was to provide the Malawian principals with a greater insight into the Scottish approach to vocational educational training development and delivery; acknowledges that experienced practitioners from Scotland’s Colleges have actively engaged in sharing their experience and expertise with Malawian staff while undertaking essential learning for their own professional development; congratulates Adam Smith College for hosting events throughout the study tour to raise funds to assist young people in Malawi to attend their local vocational college, to gain skills that will equip them for employment and to help support themselves, their families and their local communities, and looks forward to further supportive links with Malawi such as through the Kofi Annan Adam Smith Scholarship Fund.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, David Whitton*, John Park*, Elaine Murray*, Liam McArthur*, Robin Harper*, Marlyn Glen*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-4932 Jackie Baillie: Congratulations to West Dunbartonshire Kayak Team—That the Parliament warmly congratulates the West Dunbartonshire Kayak Team of Jamie O’Malley, Arran Smith and Craig Parlane who swept the board with gold, silver and bronze medals in the 200 metres and 500 metres kayaking events at the Special Olympics 2009 in Leicester; recognises all their hard work and effort, with training every week at Loch Lomond; commends their coaches for their dedication and inspiration to the team, and looks forward to the team’s success at the next Special Olympics.

S3M-4931 John Park: Scottish Banknotes Hit the Jackpot—That the Parliament welcomes the recent charity auction held by the Clydesdale Bank at its head office in Glasgow that raised a total of £112,830; notes that, as part of the auction, a single £1 note from 1836 raised £9,000, beating the previous record of £7,000 that was set in 2001; further notes that the auction, which included new World Heritage notes featuring famous Scots and the nation’s UNESCO sites and attracted bidders from around the world, will benefit over 70 charities, and wishes the second auction of historic banknotes, being held in London later this month for the charity Help the Hospices, every success.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Claire Baker, Mike Pringle, Hugh O’Donnell, George Foulkes, Charlie Gordon, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Liam McArthur, Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie, Ken Macintosh, Mary Mulligan, Des McNulty, Jackson Carlaw*, Trish Godman*, Kenneth Gibson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Pauline McNeill*, Aileen Campbell*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-4930 Shirley-Anne Somerville: UN Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen—That the Parliament notes with concern the UK Government’s refusal to allow Scottish Ministers to form part of the official delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009; reaffirms its support for the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, which includes many world-leading pledges; considers it important to have the opportunity to use this legislation as an example to other countries at the conference, and calls on the UK Government to put aside political differences in order that both governments can play their part in ensuring a successful outcome to the Copenhagen negotiations.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Maureen Watt, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, John Wilson, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McLaughlin*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4929♦ Christine Grahame: Call for UN Public Inquiry into the Conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi—That the Parliament notes and endorses the letter sent by a number of prominent individuals, such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ian Hislop, Professor Robert Black QC and Professor Noam Chomsky, calling on the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) to establish a full public inquiry, under the provisions of Article 22 of its charter, into the investigation of the destruction of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988, the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the event conducted in 1991, the subsequent trial of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and Lamin Khalifa Fhimah at Camp van Zeist, both of Mr Al Megrahi’s appeals and the circumstances surrounding the dropping of his second appeal; notes that the signatories have urged any UN public inquiry to have the powers to call witnesses who have been both directly and indirectly involved to give testimony and account for their actions, decisions and opinions relating to the events that resulted in PA103 being bombed, and would welcome the cooperation of all relevant Scottish agencies and bodies with such an inquiry once it has been established.

Supported by: Christopher Harvie, Bill Wilson, Patrick Harvie, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-4928 Karen Gillon: Beautiful Scotland Award Success for Clydesdale—That the Parliament congratulates the communities of Lanark and Forth on their success in the Beautiful Scotland Award 2009; notes that Lanark was awarded a silver medal while Forth won the Jim Murdie Trophy for Sustainability, an award presented to the community entrant that demonstrates the highest commitment to sustainable development action, and commends these communities and all other entrants to the Beautiful Scotland Awards for their effort and dedication to improving the local environment and bringing local people together.

S3M-4927 Tricia Marwick: Congratulations Glenrothes—That the Parliament congratulates Glenrothes on its success at the Britain in Bloom Awards 2009; notes that the town received a silver gilt award for being rated very good in the Best Large Town/Small City category; recognises that this award follows on from Glenrothes receiving the coveted Rosebowl Trophy at the Beautiful Scotland Awards last year after being judged to be the cleanest, most sustainable and beautiful community in Scotland; congratulates everybody involved in the Glenrothes in Bloom team for their hard work and efforts in securing this award, and believes that the award shows that Glenrothes is a fantastic place in which to live and work.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Ted Brocklebank, John Park, Jamie McGrigor, Christina McKelvie*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-4926 Jamie Hepburn: David Matthews Diabetes Centre—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the David Matthews Diabetes Centre at Monklands Hospital, attended by the family, friends and colleagues of the late Dr David Matthews, after whom the unit is named, including his wife, Dr Allyson Matthews; pays tribute to the vital work for people with diabetes carried out by Dr David Matthews; expresses support for the highly skilled team of specialists, nurses and support staff in place who will provide state-of-the-art care for people with diabetes at the centre, and welcomes the huge difference that the new facility will make in helping improve the lives of people with diabetes in the NHS Lanarkshire area.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Mitchell*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4925 Aileen Campbell: BBC Four’s This Is Scotland Season—That the Parliament welcomes the BBC Four This Is Scotland season of programmes; notes that the season aims to celebrate and examine aspects of Scottish culture, art, film-making, heritage, landscape and psyche; notes the range of factual programmes broadcast during the season, as well as the opportunity to reshow old favourites such as Rab C Nesbitt and Gregory’s Girl; believes that this wide and imaginative selection reflects Scotland’s diverse and vibrant cultural heritage, and hopes that other broadcasters and media outlets will follow the positive example of BBC Four in its approach to coverage of Scotland.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Maureen Watt, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McLaughlin*

S3M-4924 Elaine Smith: Ya Beauty—That the Parliament congratulates Coatbridge on being named the nation’s Best Small City at the Beautiful Scotland Awards 2009; notes the judges’ positive view of the town following a wide-ranging tour taking in Drumpellier Country Park, Dunbeth park and Sikeside; further notes the judges’ praise of tourist attractions Sumerlee and the Time Capsule; believes that the people of Coatbridge have much to be proud of, not only in their industrial heritage but also in the ongoing commitment of local residents to improve the town’s natural and urban heritage; believes that the whole community played a part in winning the award, and commends North Lanarkshire Council for the continuing investment to enhance the town and its facilities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, John Park, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Hugh O’Donnell, Mr Frank McAveety, Pauline McNeill, Sandra White, Marlyn Glen, Karen Whitefield, Bill Kidd, Mary Mulligan, Marilyn Livingstone, Sarah Boyack*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4923 Cathie Craigie: Congratulations to Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Cumbernauld Village, Banton, Croy and Condorrat—That the Parliament congratulates Kilsyth on being named best new entry in the Community Entrant Category of the Beautiful Scotland Awards; recognises the great work carried out by the people of Kilsyth in achieving this success; further notes the wonderful achievement of Cumbernauld and Banton in gaining silver medals in the Small City and Small Village categories respectively; also praises Cumbernauld Village, Croy and Condorrat for their equally impressive success in winning Bronze Medal Certificates in the Urban Community category; hopes that this will be a catalyst to continual improvement and investment in the area; thanks all community volunteers and employees of North Lanarkshire Council who worked in partnership in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area to achieve this success, and finally thanks the judges who travelled throughout many communities in Scotland and who recognised both the potential and the hard work carried out in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Karen Gillon, Bill Butler, Hugh O’Donnell, Hugh Henry, Mr Frank McAveety, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Mary Mulligan

S3M-4922 Bill Wilson: Suicide Attempts by Female Asylum Seekers—That the Parliament notes the recent report on female asylum seekers by the Scottish Refugee Council and the Gender Violence Unit of the London School of Tropical Medicine that revealed that 70% had suffered physical or sexual violence, some of which they had experienced in the United Kingdom, 57% had suffered post traumatic stress disorder, a condition making it difficult to remember the details of their experiences necessary for their asylum claims to be accepted, and that 22% had attempted suicide; endorses the recommendation by the organisations that produced the report that the UK Border Agency staff and immigration judges undergo training in women’s issues and that the Scottish Government reviews all current health and domestic violence services to ensure that they are meeting the needs of female asylum seekers, and calls on the media to report asylum issues in a balanced and responsible way.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christine Grahame, Hugh Henry, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4921 Jamie Stone: Marine Renewables Opportunity for Caithness—That the Parliament notes the recent release of The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan: National strategy for climate and energy; regrets that this paper makes no mention of the Pentland Firth, a prime site for the development of marine energy in the United Kingdom; further notes the recent award of £9.5 million, £8 million and up to £10 million to marine energy development centres in Cornwall, Orkney and north-east England respectively; is concerned at this failure to recognise the important role that Caithness has in the development of renewable energy sources, and expects the Scottish Government to urge the UK Government to give the very strongest consideration to Caithness when it comes to spending the £50 million Marine Renewables Deployment Fund and the £22 million Marine Renewables Proving Fund.

S3M-4920 Aileen Campbell: Congratulations to Forth and Lanark on Beautiful Scotland Awards Success—That the Parliament congratulates the village of Forth on winning the Jim Murdie Trophy for Sustainability and Lanark on gaining a silver medal in the 2009 Beautiful Scotland Awards; welcomes the efforts of the local communities and believes that these awards are just recognition of their hard work to improve the local environment, and notes that Beautiful Scotland is an environmental campaign in Scotland for communities that are working to improve and enhance their local area and that these awards help to encourage and celebrate the efforts of communities throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Anne McLaughlin, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4919 Sarah Boyack: Congratulations to David Rintoul, Winner of the Sir William Y Darling Award for Good Citizenship—That the Parliament congratulates David Rintoul on winning the Sir William Y Darling Award for Good Citizenship and thanks him for his good work helping the community in Tollcross through the Tollcross Traders Association and Tollcross Community Council and running various local websites such as Tollcross Online.

S3M-4918 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to the Forth Valley Disability Sport Team—That the Parliament congratulates the athletes of the Forth Valley Disability Sport Team, from across Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling, for their outstanding achievements at this summer’s Special Olympics GB National Games for people with learning disabilities; notes that the 54 athletes, aged from 9 to 62 years, returned with a medal haul of 36 gold, 23 silver and 19 bronze; thanks the coaches, parents and volunteers who contributed to the success of the team, and wishes them continued success for the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Keith Brown, Jackie Baillie, Hugh O’Donnell, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Cathy Peattie*, Ken Macintosh*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4917 Bill Kidd: Gordon Brown’s Gesture to Cut Trident Fleet—That the Parliament, while welcoming any and all cuts in the levels of nuclear weapons, believes that Gordon Brown’s unilateral gesture to cut the United Kingdom’s fleet of Trident missile-carrying submarines is entirely to do with cost-cutting and not with a solid commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament; notes that, according to Professor Ron Smith, a defence economist at Birkbeck College, the scaling down of the number of Trident nuclear submarines from four to three is unlikely to have much effect on the UK’s nuclear capability; believes that this move to reduce the so-called deterrent amounts to a bare minimum, especially when compared with the fresh impetus that President Obama has recently given to the international disarmament movement, and calls on the UK Government to take real and practicable steps towards full disarmament.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Stewart Maxwell, Linda Fabiani, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Wilson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4916 Jack McConnell: Bill Speirs—That the Parliament notes with regret the sad death of Bill Speirs, former General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress and one of the architects of devolution; celebrates his distinguished career throughout which Mr Speirs always put the interests of Scotland before narrow party or sectoral interests; acknowledges that his role in the campaign for a Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Constitutional Convention was invaluable; believes that he was a committed internationalist and a successful campaigner through connecting culture and politics; salutes his leadership and vision as an inspiration to a generation of Scots while he made a significant personal contribution to Scotland’s national life, including representing trade union members in difficult years, and sends condolences to his family at this sad time.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, Karen Whitefield, Mr Frank McAveety, Claire Baker, Ken Macintosh, Irene Oldfather, Charlie Gordon, Michael McMahon, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Jim Hume, Karen Gillon, Elaine Murray, Lewis Macdonald, Cathy Jamieson, David Whitton, Bob Doris, Ms Wendy Alexander, James Kelly, Richard Baker, John Scott, John Wilson, Patricia Ferguson, Christopher Harvie, Mary Mulligan, Malcolm Chisholm, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Johann Lamont, Brian Adam, David Stewart, Margaret Curran, Linda Fabiani, George Foulkes, Robert Brown, Jamie Hepburn, Duncan McNeil, Patrick Harvie, Elaine Smith, Tricia Marwick, Helen Eadie, Rhona Brankin, Jackie Baillie, David McLetchie, Cathy Peattie, Hugh Henry, Sandra White, Marilyn Livingstone, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Ross Finnie, Pauline McNeill, Anne McLaughlin, Sarah Boyack, Cathie Craigie, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Willie Coffey, John Park, Nicol Stephen, Gil Paterson, Paul Martin, Alison McInnes, Marlyn Glen, Christina McKelvie*, Maureen Watt*, Dave Thompson*, Nigel Don*

S3M-4915 Pauline McNeill: Industrial Action at Capita—That the Parliament notes the industrial action being taken on 23 and 24 September 2009 by Unite members working for Capita Hartshead in Glasgow; considers that Unite members were previously forced into a one-day strike on 19 July 2009; is concerned that some of the lowest paid workers in the finance sector are compelled to take this action at a company that saw an 18% increase in operating profit in 2008 to £320 million and whose chief executive is the 9th highest paid chief executive in the United Kingdom, with earnings of £9.9 million according to The Guardian’s executive pay survey 2009, and calls on Capita to resolve this dispute with its workforce as soon as possible.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Trish Godman, Mr Frank McAveety, James Kelly, Bill Butler, David Whitton, Malcolm Chisholm, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Marilyn Livingstone, John Park, Hugh Henry, Jamie Hepburn, Duncan McNeil, Robin Harper

S3M-4914 Ken Macintosh: St Ninian’s Silver Jubilee—That the Parliament congratulates St Ninian’s High School in East Renfrewshire on celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009; recognises the consistently outstanding level of academic and social achievement that the school has realised; thanks all the pupils, parents, alumni and staff on their contributions to these achievements over the past quarter century; commends the strong community spirit and caring Catholic ethos that the school fosters; applauds the five staff members who have taught in the school since its inception, including Mr Bill Clark, who has just published a history of the school; in particular notes the exceptional leadership that Mr James McVittie and Mr John Docherty have given to the school, and is sure that St Ninian’s will continue to flourish for many years to come.

S3M-4913 John Wilson: Beautiful North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament congratulates Coatbridge on being named the Best Small City in the 2009 Beautiful Scotland competition and Kilsyth for taking the silver gilt medal for its exceptionally high standards; also recognises the achievements of Motherwell and Coatbridge, which are celebrating silver medal wins; welcomes that these communities competed against 71 other entrants from throughout Scotland to identify the cleanest, most sustainable and most beautiful communities in Scotland, and commends the continuous work of local people in these areas to achieve such outstanding awards that promote their local communities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4912 Jamie Hepburn: Congratulations to Beautiful Scotland Awards Winners 2009—That the Parliament congratulates Cumbernauld and Banton on receiving silver medals at this year’s Beautiful Scotland Awards; further congratulates Cumbernauld Village, Condorrat, Caldercruix, Croy and Glenboig on their bronze medal awards and Kilsyth on its award for the best new entry in the Urban Community category; further congratulates the other recipients of awards in North Lanarkshire and across Scotland; notes the hard work and dedication on the part of community bodies and representatives who have applied for the awards and helped decorate and maintain their areas to such an award-winning standard, and encourages local communities to continue developing their sense of civic pride and to keep Scotland and their local areas beautiful for years to come.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4909 Nigel Don: Aberdeen City Beautiful Scotland Awards Success—That the Parliament notes the result of the Beautiful Scotland Awards 2009, which saw Aberdeen win the City Award and Aberdeen City Council collect the Institute for Sport, Parks and Leisure (ISPAL) Scotland Trophy; congratulates the council and its officials for their hard work and effort in securing these prestigious awards, and wishes Aberdeen every success in the 2010 Britain in Bloom Awards in which it will represent Scotland.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Nanette Milne, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt, Jamie Stone, Alison McInnes, Nicol Stephen*

S3M-4908 Liam McArthur: 2009 Greenspace Survey—That the Parliament notes the results of the 2009 survey undertaken by Greenspace Scotland that shows that 63% of Scots use their local greenspaces every week, up from 49% five years ago, and that 86% agree that it is important to have a greenspace in their local area; further notes that the most popular uses of greenspaces are for walking, relaxation, exercise and play, all of which contribute to an individual’s health and wellbeing; believes that this amply demonstrates the importance of greenspaces and the need to maintain and improve them so that everyone has easy access to well-managed greenspaces, and urges government at all levels to ensure that the provision of well-managed greenspaces is given a high priority along with work to encourage people from all backgrounds and ages to make full use of their local greenspaces.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-4907 Karen Whitefield: Beautiful North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament congratulates all of the communities that contributed to North Lanarkshire Council’s doing so well in the recent Beautiful Scotland awards; in particular congratulates those involved with the Craigneuk allotments on gaining a silver medal, the village of Caldercruix, which gained a bronze award for the work carried out by the Caldercruix Youth and Community Development Project, and Plains, which gained a bronze medal for work carried out by the Plains Women’s Health Group and Plains Community Futures, and also congratulates the town of Shotts, which also gained a bronze award for work done on the Torbothie walk and the community garden in the grounds of the Shotts EU Congregational Church, and North Lanarkshire Council on gaining the Wright Sustainable Development Award for efforts to deliver sustainable development through Local Agenda 21 and also on gaining a special endeavour award for promoting the campaign to local communities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-4905 Aileen Campbell: Time for Scottish Six News—That the Parliament welcomes STV’s proposals for a Scottish Six, an hour-long news programme and the extension of local bulletins for Edinburgh, Glasgow, *Dundee* and Aberdeen plus extra bulletins for Inverness, the Highlands and the Borders; believes that Scotland’s news broadcasting would benefit from a dedicated news programme combining international news from a Scottish perspective with local stories, and welcomes the commitment and positive comments of STV chief executive Rob Woodward in The Scotsman to offer Scottish viewers a news programme that is new and exciting and relevant for a 21st century Scotland.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Anne McLaughlin, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-4903 Stewart Maxwell: Smoking Bans Cut Heart Attacks—That the Parliament is pleased to note that studies suggest that heart attacks are cut by almost one third by smoking bans; also notes the findings that this "heart gain" is much greater than earlier studies have suggested and that heart attack rates drop for three years following smoking bans, going from a 17% drop in the first year to 36% after three years; is pleased that Scottish figures bear this study out, with a 17% drop in heart attacks in the 12 months after the smoking ban was implemented, and is delighted that the cumulative effects of the 2006 smoking ban are still being felt.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Ken Macintosh, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Robert Brown, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christine Grahame, Anne McLaughlin, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Ian McKee, Mike Pringle, Elaine Smith, Maureen Watt, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Christina McKelvie*, Dave Thompson*, Irene Oldfather*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-4902 Alasdair Allan: Barra Whisky Galore Festival—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the first ever Whisky Galore festival, which took place on the Isle of Barra over the weekend of 18 to 20 September 2009; notes that this festival occurred 60 years after the great Ealing comedy film, based on the book of the same name by Compton Mackenzie, was filmed on the island, and recognises the unique chance given by the festival to experience this exceptional blend of island hospitality and history.

Supported by: John Wilson, Bob Doris, Jamie McGrigor, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Anne McLaughlin, Maureen Watt, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-4901 Karen Whitefield: 150th Anniversary of St Aloysius Parish in Chapelhall—That the Parliament congratulates St Aloysius Parish in Chapelhall on the occasion of its 150th anniversary; recognises that the parish has played an important part in the life of the community of Chapelhall over this period of time; pays tribute to the commitment shown to the community by all of the parish priests, from the first, Father James Milne, to the present, Father Michael Walsh; recognises in particular the important part that the parish has played in the education of young people in the community, and wishes the parish well in its year of celebrations.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry*

S3M-4900 Bill Kidd: No to Savage Cut to Child Benefit—That the Parliament notes with concern the suggestion by Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg that, as part of a package of savage cuts, child benefit, a universal benefit with a high uptake and paid directly to mothers, be made subject to means-testing and considers that such a savage cut would fall on mothers and children, adding to child poverty and inequality for mothers and that, by such a measure, children and mothers would effectively be made victims of a banking financial crisis for which they were not responsible.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Anne McLaughlin, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Willie Coffey, Christina McKelvie*, Dave Thompson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-4899 Margaret Smith: Scotland’s Students are Overstretched and Overdrawn—That the Parliament notes the report by NUS Scotland, Overstretched and Overdrawn, showing that the majority of students are in some form of debt, with over half suffering from commercial debt; notes the finding that students from lower socio-economic backgrounds (NS-SEC classes 4-7) are more likely to be concerned about commercial debt; further notes the finding that 70% of students are being forced to work more than the 10 hours a week limit recommended in the Cubie report while studying full time; expresses concern at evidence showing clear failings in current childcare support, and calls on the Scottish Government to use the £30 million considered in the Supporting a Smarter Scotland consultation to increase student loans, bursaries and improve childcare support system for students in Scotland, as called for by NUS Scotland, student associations across Scotland and the main opposition parties.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh, Robert Brown, Murdo Fraser, Claire Baker, Sarah Boyack, Karen Gillon, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Iain Smith, Alison McInnes

S3M-4898 Sarah Boyack: Macmillan Cancer Support, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning—That the Parliament welcomes Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event, which will be held at venues across the United Kingdom on and around 25 September 2009; notes that Macmillan is expecting over 4,000 coffee mornings to be held across Scotland, raising around £880,000, with every penny going towards helping people affected by cancer; further notes that every day 822 people in the United Kingdom are told that they have cancer and that charities such as Macmillan provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support while pushing for better cancer care, and urges people to visit to find the nearest coffee morning that they can attend.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Malcolm Chisholm, Hugh Henry*, Irene Oldfather*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-4896 Helen Eadie: Patients in Scotland being Required to Pay £900 Prescription Charges for Drugs for Infertility Services—That the Parliament expresses profound concern that NHS patients are being asked if they will pay £900 for drugs to assist with their infertility treatment and that patients in Fife are being told not even to ask to go on the waiting list because by the time they reach the top of the list they will no longer be eligible under the criteria for treatment and regrets that many young couples are to be left with a childless future owing to the lack of action and disregard by the Scottish Government.

S3M-4895 Dr Richard Simpson: Stirling University Named Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Stirling on being named by The Sunday Times as Scottish University of the Year 2009-10 and notes that this accolade comes on top of being ranked first in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 for sports research and for nursing and midwifery research, best in the United Kingdom for a "good place to be" in the International Student Barometer for 2007 and 2008 and first in Scotland for sports facilities and services in The Times Good University Guide 2008.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, David Whitton, Kenneth Gibson, John Park, Alex Johnstone, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Elizabeth Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Trish Godman, Jackson Carlaw, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Bill Butler, Murdo Fraser, Claire Baker, Mary Mulligan, Maureen Watt, Elaine Smith, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Cathie Craigie

S3M-4894 Nanette Milne: World Ostomy Day—That the Parliament welcomes World Ostomy Day, to be held on 3 October 2009, and the activity of patients’ groups throughout Scotland; notes that every year over 3,000 Scots with serious illnesses such as cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, undergo stoma surgery to tackle their condition or to ease discomfort and so improve their quality of life, and recognises that events like World Ostomy Day raise awareness and help promote public discussion of the issues.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-4893 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to Earnhill Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates Earnhill Primary School in Renfrewshire for its excellent HM Inspectorate of Education report; notes that Earnhill Primary received one excellent rating and four very good ratings, and further notes that the children’s attainment in English language, mathematics and their wider achievements, the teamwork of staff and their high expectations of the children were also praised in the report.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Hume, Jim Tolson, Bill Wilson, Jamie McGrigor, Gil Paterson

S3M-4892 Bill Kidd: Congratulations to Glasgow Schools’ Symphony Orchestra—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Schools’ Symphony Orchestra (GSSO) on three very successful concerts in Glasgow this summer, at the Royal Concert Hall on 25 June 2009, at the Academy Concert Hall of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on 6 September and at City Halls on 7 September; notes that the GSSO performed beautiful renditions of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Georges Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suites and Hamish MacCunn’s strongly nationalistic overture, The Land of the Mountain and the Flood, and commends all the hard work put in by all GSSO performers in the months leading up to these concerts, which celebrated and showcased the talent of Glasgow’s young musicians.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Nanette Milne, Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Robin Harper, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-4891 David Whitton: Enterprising Student Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the winners of the first Enterprising Student Awards; notes that the awards, a collaboration with the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland and Scotland’s Colleges, are designed to recognise how important the college sector is to the economy and that colleges are a major partner in the economic development of Scotland, and further congratulates Walter Law, named Enterprising Student of the Year, who, after spending years as a glazier before completing computer qualifications at Cumbernauld College, now provides technical support to clients, including John Lewis, from his business in Kirkintilloch.

Supported by: James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Des McNulty, Ken Macintosh, John Park, Stuart McMillan, Mary Mulligan, Jim Tolson, Dr Richard Simpson, Claire Baker, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Marilyn Livingstone, Gil Paterson

S3M-4890 Kenneth Gibson: Gathering Dust?—That the Parliament notes the report of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution and wonders whether the UK Government intends to implement any of the recommendations and, if so, when.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Maureen Watt, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-4814.1# George Foulkes: Bausch and Lomb Job losses in Livingston—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4814) in the name of Angela Constance, leave out from "is concerned" to "2006" and insert " urges it to reconsider this decision; meanwhile, ".

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, David Whitton, Hugh Henry, John Park, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Mary Mulligan, Des McNulty, Rhona Brankin*, James Kelly*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-4701# Stuart McMillan: World Pipe Band Championships—That the Parliament congratulates Simon Fraser University of Vancouver, Canada on winning the World Pipe Band Championships; notes the success of the event, held at Glasgow Green, which attracted over 40,000 spectators and bands from 16 countries; further notes that Strathclyde Police Pipe Band was the highest-placed Scottish band, finishing an excellent fourth overall out of over 200 bands, and considers that its future success will be jeopardised if planned cuts to Strathclyde Police Pipe Band are implemented.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Jackson Carlaw, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, Jamie McGrigor, Angela Constance, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Nanette Milne, Dave Thompson, Aileen Campbell, Linda Fabiani

S3M-4618# George Foulkes: Barred Campaign Goes Nationwide—That the Parliament congratulates the Barred campaign, led by Mark Cooper, which seeks to improve the accessibility of licensed premises for disabled people across Edinburgh and now Scotland; recognises that the campaign has been adopted by Capability Scotland; looks forward to the campaign’s development and future successes, and believes that no one should be barred from accessing a pub or club or receive a poorer standard of service because of a perceived disability.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jackie Baillie, Michael McMahon, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Mary Mulligan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Marlyn Glen, John Park, Ken Macintosh, Helen Eadie, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, James Kelly, Robin Harper, David Whitton, Jack McConnell, Mike Pringle, Sarah Boyack, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Peattie

S3M-4493# Rhona Brankin: Breast Cancer Awareness Month—That the Parliament notes with concern the increasing incidence of breast cancer in the NHS Lothian area, with nearly 3,000 women diagnosed between 2002 and 2006; further notes that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in Scotland; recognises that women experiencing breast cancer deserve appropriate diagnosis, services, treatment and support; acknowledges the invaluable work of breast cancer organisations in Scotland in the funding of research, campaigning for service improvements and better treatments, promotion of breast awareness and provision of support services and literature, and welcomes the role of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October in raising awareness of the impact of breast cancer in Scotland.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Kenneth Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Jackson Carlaw, James Kelly, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, Hugh O’Donnell, Michael McMahon, Mike Pringle, Christine Grahame, Hugh Henry, Margaret Curran, Ross Finnie, Brian Adam, Karen Gillon, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Scanlon, Sarah Boyack, John Park, Ms Wendy Alexander, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Malcolm Chisholm, David Whitton, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith, Elaine Murray, Karen Whitefield, Bill Kidd, Marilyn Livingstone, Lewis Macdonald, Jack McConnell, Patricia Ferguson, Des McNulty*, David Stewart*, Peter Peacock*, Rhoda Grant*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-4886 Congratulating a Bighearted Fundraising Champion (lodged on 18 September 2009) Christina McKelvie*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4882# Don’t Derail GARL (lodged on 18 September 2009) Tom McCabe*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-4881 Retrospective Adjustments to the Terms and Conditions of Employees of the Scottish Government and Agencies of the Scottish Government (lodged on 18 September 2009) Irene Oldfather*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-4878 Pilot of a National Emergency SMS Text Service (lodged on 17 September 2009) Tom McCabe*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-4876 Seal the Deal During Global Climate Week (lodged on 17 September 2009) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-4875 Ruchill Golf Course (lodged on 17 September 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4873 Wester Hailes Education Centre PE Success (lodged on 17 September 2009) Maureen Watt*

S3M-4872 Best Partnership Working (Public/Voluntary) Award (lodged on 17 September 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4869 Nova Scotia Day (lodged on 16 September 2009) Tom McCabe*, Christina McKelvie*, Maureen Watt*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-4868 Hamilton Speakers Club (lodged on 16 September 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4858 Tomorrow’s People, 25th Anniversary in Scotland (lodged on 15 September 2009) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-4852# Charter of Rights for People with Dementia in Scotland (lodged on 15 September 2009) Claire Baker*, Richard Baker*, Elaine Smith*, Tom McCabe*, Cathy Jamieson*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-4849 Imprisonment of Peaceful Protestor Min Ko Naing (lodged on 15 September 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-4847 Offshore Europe Exhibition Good for Aberdeen and for Scotland (lodged on 14 September 2009) Nicol Stephen*

S3M-4846 People’s Postcode Lottery Raises Over £3.2 Million for Good Causes (lodged on 14 September 2009) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-4843 International Democracy Day (lodged on 14 September 2009) Ken Macintosh*, Tom McCabe*

S3M-4841 Opening of the Small Animal Hospital (lodged on 14 September 2009) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-4760 Congratulations to Milltimber School on Being Awarded Health Promoting School of Excellence Status (lodged on 2 September 2009) Nicol Stephen*

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