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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5100 Patricia Ferguson: Ripped-off Glasgow—That the Parliament notes that the decision to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link is estimated to have cost 1,300 jobs in the city and has been criticised by CBI Scotland, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and local community leaders who have described it as a dagger in the heart of Glasgow; notes that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde this year received its worst funding settlement since devolution; notes that Glasgow does not receive a specific additional supplement to reflect the large number of non-residents who use its services; notes that, despite an increase in the Scottish Government’s overall budget, it is cutting the housing and regeneration budget; believes that this decision, coupled with recent cuts to the Housing Association Grant, will disproportionately affect Glasgow; believes that local families and businesses in Glasgow deserve better, and urges the Scottish Government to give Glasgow a fair deal, not rip it off.

*S3M-5099# Johann Lamont: Congratulations to the West Highland Free Press—That the Parliament congratulates the West Highland Free Press (WHFP) on becoming Britain’s first employee-owned newspaper; applauds the founders of the WHFP in practising what they preach both in their radical stewardship of the paper for the last 37 years and in their present support for this new form of ownership for the paper; recognises the significance of the WHFP since 1972 in informing and shaping political, cultural, social and community debate on issues close to the hearts of the people of the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland and in sustaining its commitment to its motto, An Tir, An Canan, sna’ Daoine - The Land, The Language, The People; wishes its new owners every success, and trusts that it will serve as an example to other businesses to develop employee ownership initiatives where possible.

*S3M-5098# Aileen Campbell: Save Lesmahagow’s Jubilee Hall—That the Parliament notes with concern plans by South Lanarkshire Council to close and sell the Jubilee Hall in Lesmahagow; notes that this concern is shared by many members of the local community, the Community Council and various groups and users of the hall; believes that the Support the Jubilee Hall fun day, held by hall users on 31 October 2009, will further demonstrate the concern and opposition to the decision that exists locally, and considers that the hall continues to play an important function in Lesmahagow and is an important part of the town’s heritage that should be preserved.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Alasdair Allan*, Gil Paterson*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*

*S3M-5097 David Whitton: Local Government Boundary Commission Decision to Keep Princes Gate in East Dunbartonshire—That the Parliament welcomes the revised recommendations published by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland, proposing that Princes Gate housing estate in Bishopbriggs remain within East Dunbartonshire; notes that the revised recommendations will also retain the site to the rear of the Aldi supermarket designated for affordable housing, the loss of which would have had a detrimental effect on East Dunbartonshire Council’s being able to make provision for affordable housing, allow children from Princes Gate the opportunity to continue their education with siblings and friends in East Dunbartonshire Council schools and allow children living in Princes Gate in receipt of special needs provision to continue to receive this from East Dunbartonshire Council social work services; congratulates the residents of Princes Gate for conducting a disciplined and determined campaign to get to this point, and hopes that all residents and elected representatives of Princes Gate residents in East Dunbartonshire Council, the Scottish Parliament and the UK Parliament make representation to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland prior to the close of consultation on 28 January 2010.

Supported by: Karen Gillon*, Des McNulty*

*S3M-5096 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Black Community Development Project—That the Parliament welcomes the relaunch of the Black Community Development Project (BCDP) as the Community Organisation for Race Equality (CORE); notes that the new name and constitution will be formally introduced at an event on Friday 27 November 2009; further notes that the BCDP was established to combat racism and discrimination in the Muirhouse area of Edinburgh; highlights the great work and contributions made by the BCDP over the last 15 years, and looks forward to the project’s continued success with a new identity and vision for the future.

*S3M-5095 Lewis Macdonald: Opening of Union Square, Aberdeen—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the Union Square shopping centre in Aberdeen; notes the multi-million investment in both the rail and bus stations at Guild Street; believes that city centre regeneration is key to the future prosperity of Scotland’s cities and regions, and looks forward to the tourism and economic benefits that the development will bring.

S3M-5094 Christina McKelvie: Better Value for Public Purse—That the Parliament congratulates Royal Mail on securing a £17 million contract with the Scottish Government for postal services; notes that this is a contract across 89 Scottish public sector organisations, thus guaranteeing Royal Mail the custom from this wide range of bodies for the first time; considers that the delivery of this contract by Procurement Scotland will save the public purse nearly £3 million per year, and further considers that the contract may help to protect the Royal Mail in the face of the hostility shown to it by the UK Government, including the deregulation of postal services nearly four years ago and epitomised by the comments of Pat McFadden MP in the House of Commons on 20 October 2009 that "Competition exists in the postal service, and it will not go away and cannot be wished away. I want a Royal Mail that is fit to win in that market, rather than one that simply wishes competition to go away. The most fundamental challenge to Royal Mail is not competition from other mail companies but competition from other communications technologies. That must lie at the heart of the response to the threatened dispute."

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-5093♦ Brian Adam: Tax Incentives Needed for Oil and Gas Industry—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by TAQA Bratani that it has started production on its first new North Sea oil well in the Cormorant field and also welcomes the announcement of a discovery of light oil in the West of Shetland by Hurricane Exploration PLC, the first time that a basement reservoir has been planned and drilled in the UK continental shelf as an exploration target; believes that these excellent examples show that further investment in the UK continental shelf can produce rewards; however notes with concern recent comments from Oil and Gas UK that 50,000 jobs could be put at risk if tax incentives are not created to increase investment and that offshore platforms, pipelines and infrastructure would fall into disrepair, and would therefore welcome further tax incentives for the oil and gas industry to protect investment and jobs in the north east and help drive the economy out of this recession.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-5092 Bill Wilson: Ethical Procurement in the NHS—That the Parliament welcomes the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency publication, Ethical Procurement for Health: Guidance, a document for use by the NHS in England to promote stronger, fairer and more ethical trade in the health sector; considers that the need for such a publication was underlined by the findings of a recent delegation of the British Medical Association’s Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group to Pakistan, which found, amongst other things, that, in a single street in Sialkot, 10 children were at work making surgical instruments, including some as young as seven, and calls on NHS Scotland to use Ethical Procurement for Health: Guidance as the basis for developing similar guidance in Scotland.

S3M-5091 Johann Lamont: Living Wage—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City Council on the success of the Glasgow Living Wage campaign; notes that already more than 100 companies have followed the lead of Scotland’s largest local authority and signed up to a policy guaranteeing all employees a wage of at least £7 per hour, and urges all local authorities to consider launching living wage campaigns.

S3M-5090 Bill Wilson: Support for the UN Goldstone Report—That the Parliament welcomes reports that the UN General Assembly will debate, from 4 November 2009, the UN report, Human Rights In Palestine And Other Occupied Arab Territories, Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, which found both Israeli and Palestinian forces guilty of human rights violations; deplores the fact that the Government of Israel refused to cooperate with the UN mission; notes that Israeli violations listed in the report include the destruction of industrial infrastructure, food production, water installations, sewage treatment plants and housing, the use of white phosphorus, the use of civilians as human shields, reprisals against civilians, the collective punishment of civilians in Gaza for the detention of Gilad Shalit, the repression of dissent in Israel, including the restriction of access to information and the ill-treatment of human rights defenders, and also notes that the mission was "of the view that the Israeli system overall presents inherently discriminatory features that make the pursuit of justice for Palestinian victims very difficult" and that "the current constitutional structure and legislation in Israel leaves very little room, if any, for Palestinians to seek compensation"; further notes that Palestinian violations listed include not according Gilad Shalit his rights as a prisoner of war, internal violence and targeting of Fatah affiliates by security services under the control of the Gaza authorities and reprisals against civilians in the form of rocket attacks that have, among other things, adversely affected the right to education of children and adults living in southern Israel; calls on all member governments to support this comprehensive report, produced by a team headed by internationally respected Justice Richard Goldstone, and hopes that the Uniting for Peace Resolution (UNGA 377A) will be invoked, thus giving the General Assembly the same enforcement powers as those normally exercised by the Security Council where it can be said that US vetoes have consistently shielded Israel, and calls on all parties to cease human rights violations and make reparations for their past actions.

Supported by: Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5089 Iain Smith: Warm Homes, Green Jobs—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Warm Homes, Green Jobs: The economic impacts of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act in the residential sector, a report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy and commissioned by eaga Scotland, which concludes that achieving a 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland’s homes by 2020 could create or safeguard over 10,000 jobs, deliver an additional value to the Scottish economy of over £4 billion and contribute to lifting many Scots out of fuel poverty; notes however the report’s conclusion that these benefits will not be realised unless investment in sustainable energy rises sharply, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that Scotland does not miss out on the benefits that achieving a 42% cut in climate change pollution from our homes can deliver.

S3M-5088 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Babies on Buses Campaign Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Babies on Buses campaigning mums on winning the Campaign of the Year Award at the 2009 Herald Society Awards in association with the Big Lottery Fund; recalls that the Babies on Buses campaign group was established when Lothian Buses refused access to anyone attempting to travel with an unfoldable pram or travel system; considers that the campaign has wide public, political, organisational and charity support and notes that it has been considered by the Public Petitions Committee; welcomes the move by Lothian Buses to trial pink-top buses that have a dedicated wheelchair space as well as a dedicated buggy or pram space, and calls on Lothian Buses to extend the pink-top pram-accessible buses to all services as soon as practicable, thus ensuring that it offers equal access for all.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5087 Jim Tolson: Allotments, Community Gardens and Grow-your-own Projects—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society in its role supporting allotment holders and community gardens in Scotland, encouraging the development of new sites, enhancing biodiversity and preserving skills in gardening; acknowledges the valuable work carried out by other organisations in the promotion of community gardens and grow-your-own projects; recognises the links between green space, activity and good health and the social, financial, environmental and health benefits of gardening and growing one’s own food; highlights the need to protect and enhance green spaces, particularly in urban and deprived areas; notes that Crossford Community Council, in conjunction with Crossford Allotment Association and the Carnegie Trust, is investigating the provision of land for allotments, community gardens and social enterprise, and hopes that local authorities and other public bodies examine ways of transferring land to local communities to be used for such projects.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Robert Brown, Mr Frank McAveety, Jim Hume, John Wilson, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Cathy Peattie, Maureen Watt*, Sandra White*, Trish Godman*

S3M-5086 Liam McArthur: Impact on Fishermen of New Net-measuring Gauge—That the Parliament notes with concern the problems that fishermen are encountering when the mesh sizes of their nets are found to be undersized when measured with the new electronic net-measuring gauge despite being measured as legal with the hand-held wedge-shaped device previously used by fisheries officers and that were in use when the nets were purchased; is further concerned that this can lead to expensive nets having to be discarded or to boats being arrested, resulting in a loss of valuable fishing time; believes that this is an unnecessary addition to the economic pressure on Scotland’s fishermen who are already severely handicapped by the tight restrictions on their fishing opportunities; further believes that it is unacceptable for a formerly legal net to be deemed to be illegal because of a change in measuring device, and calls on the Scottish Government to introduce a transition period, during which fishermen can choose to have their old nets measured with the device in use when they were purchased, that will be long enough to allow fishermen to get the full use out of their old nets before discarding them.

Supported by: Tavish Scott, Ross Finnie

S3M-5085 Bill Kidd: Most Vulnerable at Risk—That the Parliament calls on the UK Government to reconsider the proposed reform of attendance allowance and is concerned that the consequences of the changes to the allowance, which helps severely disabled pensioners pay for the additional costs of disability, would adversely effect the most vulnerable disabled recipients of the benefit, resulting in a loss of over £70 per week, something that will potentially push thousands of pensioners into poverty or worse.

Supported by: John Wilson, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick*, Anne McLaughlin*, Bill Wilson*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-5084 Stuart McMillan: Recommendation for Princes Gate, Bishopbriggs to Remain with East Dunbartonshire Local Authority—That the Parliament welcomes the revised recommendations published for public consultation on 29 October 2009 by the Local Government Boundary Commission, proposing that the Princes Gate area of Bishopbriggs remain part of the East Dunbartonshire local authority area; considers that the residents of Princes Gate specifically chose to live in this area and have maintained and developed their community links with the rest of Bishopbriggs over the years, links that would have been dislocated under the commission’s provisional proposals, with significant financial loss for existing residents; welcomes also the proposed retention of a much-needed affordable housing site in East Dunbartonshire, and congratulates the local residents who have worked tirelessly with the local council to overturn the commission’s provisional proposals.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Alasdair Allan, Jackson Carlaw, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5083 Christopher Harvie: Imprisonment of Baha’i Leaders in Iran—That the Parliament condemns the continued imprisonment in Iran of Baha’i leaders Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naemi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm, six of whom were arrested on 14 May 2008 and one detained since 5 March 2008, reportedly because of their Baha’i faith, and later charged with insulting religious sanctities, propaganda against the Islamic Republic, spying for Israel and spreading corruption on earth, the latter two charges carrying the death penalty; deplores that their trial has been postponed three times since their arrest, most recently on 18 October 2009 without a new date being set, and that internationally recognised protocols with regard to proper legal representation do not appear to have been followed nor any evidence brought forward to support the allegations, and urges the government in Tehran to facilitate the immediate release of the imprisoned Baha’i leaders and all co-religionists currently detained solely on the grounds of their religious beliefs and to end its active persecution and discrimination of adherents to the Baha’i faith, in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which it ratified in 1975.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*

S3M-5082 Dr Richard Simpson: International Brain Tumour Awareness Week and World Walk—That the Parliament notes that 1 to 7 November 2009 is International Brain Tumour Awareness Week; recognises the work in Scotland in developing the managed care network; congratulates the record number of 176 brain tumour and cancer-related organisations that have supported the International Brain Tumour Alliance’s week and walk this year, and also notes that, with dozens of events planned and a combined total of 150,598 walking kilometres achieved to date, they are in sight of the World Walk target of 200,000 kilometres, equivalent to going round the world at the equator five times.

S3M-5081♦ Jackie Baillie: Citizens Advice Scotland Debt Findings—That the Parliament welcomes the new research findings by Citizens Advice Scotland that set out the barriers and problems faced by vulnerable groups such as lone parents, older people, young people and sick and disabled people in Scotland in relation to debt as well as creditor behaviour; notes that the findings show that four in 10 clients have gone without essentials in order to try to cope with their debt, while one in four clients has borrowed further credit to pay existing debt; notes that two fifths of debt clients reported being pressurised or harassed by their creditors; further notes that two thirds of debt clients said that they would consider going bankrupt in order to manage their debt; believes that schemes such as the Low Income Low Asset (LILA) scheme and the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) should be made fully accessible to debtors who are stuck in a cycle of debt and that the £100 fee for accessing the LILA route into bankruptcy should be abolished as only one in five clients said they could unconditionally afford it; further believes that more affordable mainstream credit should be made available to low-income groups; commends the work of the Citizens Advice Bureau in Dumbarton and bureaux across Scotland in providing free, impartial and confidential frontline advice to all who need it, and would welcome the provision of sustained funding for agencies such as Citizens Advice in order to address the growing demand for such advice.

S3M-5080 Maureen Watt: Opening of Cults and Bucksburn Academies—That the Parliament notes the opening of the new Cults Academy and Bucksburn Academy in Aberdeen; congratulates Aberdeen City Council on delivering two fantastic brand-new purpose-built facilities in the most recent phase of the £120 million 3Rs project to rebuild or renovate eight primary and two secondary schools; considers that this is an indicator of Aberdeen City Council’s ambition to deliver a school estate that is fit for the 21st century, and wishes pupils and teachers at Cults and Bucksburn academies the best possible start to life in their new schools.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Nanette Milne, Stewart Maxwell, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-5079 Bill Kidd: Learning for Life—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Caledonian University for winning the UK Award for Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation Initiative for the work of their Caledonian Club, which works with local children and families to introduce them to higher education, raising aspiration and building life skills; notes that it was the only Scottish university to win a prestigious Times Higher Education Award, and commends students and staff at Glasgow Caledonian University, and within the Caledonian Club, for their passionate commitment to lifelong learning and community development throughout Glasgow.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Jim Tolson, Aileen Campbell, Des McNulty, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Maureen Watt*, Sandra White*, Angela Constance*

S3M-5078 Patrick Harvie: Draconian Action against Filesharing—That the Parliament welcomes the poll findings published by YouGov that show that 70% of the UK public opposes plans to force internet service providers to disconnect customers suspected of filesharing; deeply regrets the enthusiasm being shown for these plans by the Secretary of State for Business, Lord Mandelson; considers that the proposal would lead to an increase in routine encryption, hijacking of internet protocol addresses and wi-fi networks, the unjustified disconnection of many individuals and a wider impact on other members of disconnected households; agrees with the UK All Party Parliamentary Communications Group that "much of the problem with illegal sharing of copyrighted material has been caused by the rightsholders, and the music industry in particular, being far too slow in getting their act together and making popular legal alternatives available"; recognises the growing importance, especially in rural areas, of reliable internet connections for access to public services, financial inclusion, education, democratic debate and other purposes, and urges the UK Government to abandon the current proposal and develop alternative approaches that properly balance creative artists’ right to fair recompense with the wider interests of the public.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson, John Wilson, Elaine Smith, Bill Kidd

S3M-5077 Bob Doris: Glasgow Labour Silences Those Who Speak out against Organised Crime—That the Parliament expresses concern that the Labour-controlled Glasgow City Council appears to be gagging opposition councillors to prevent them from speaking out within the council against organised crime by refusing to allow a motion to be put forward in the names of Councillor McAllister and Councillor Greene; considers that the motion in question was to have been debated on Thursday 29 October 2009 at a full meeting of Glasgow City Council and would have allowed debate in relation to safety concerns at the Applerow Motors MOT testing centre in Lambhill in Glasgow, which was the scene of a gangland-style shooting in 2006; further considers that the motion would have exposed the lack of action by the Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis, on this matter and the inability of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to deal with such matters; is disappointed that Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Bob Winters, has called the motion not competent or relevant, and believes that this is an example of the Labour Party attempting to talk tough on crime but in reality attempting to silence those who are trying to take a stand and effect real action against organised criminals.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Anne McLaughlin, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Angela Constance*

S3M-5076 Helen Eadie: Interfaith Organisation, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, Presents World Statesman Award to Gordon Brown—That the Parliament considers that there are times in any government’s term of office when elected members of the party of government would do well to engage in a period of self-denying ordinance; further considers that the current Scottish administration might consider urging its backbenchers to refrain from engaging in the expression of what could be construed as anti-American sentiment so soon after the offence caused to both American and Scottish people by the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi; notes that the organisation on whose behalf Henry Kissinger presented the World Statesman of the Year Award to Gordon Brown, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, is an interfaith organisation that campaigns for religious freedom and human rights, and does not consider that the criticism of Henry Kissinger expressed by Jamie Hepburn MSP in his amendment, S3M-4990.1, reflects in any way on the foundation and its work.

S3M-5075 Ian McKee: Loanhead Town Hall—That the Parliament notes with disappointment the decision of Midlothian Council to demolish Loanhead town hall; believes that this decision was taken in the face of strong local opposition and with no public consultation; commends the efforts of the community in Loanhead in trying to save its town hall, and encourages Midlothian Council to reconsider its decision in order to allow the community time to come forward with plans to take over the running of the town hall.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Robin Harper, Rhona Brankin*, Angela Constance*

S3M-5074 David Stewart: Congratulations to the Pupils of Raigmore Primary, Inverness—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of Raigmore Primary School in Inverness, Scotland’s winner at the annual Make IT Happy technology awards, which took place at the Houses of Parliament on 19 October 2009; notes that the pupils’ entry showed how they used technology to keep in touch with their fathers fighting in Afghanistan with the Black Watch 3 Scots; further notes that more than 230 primary schools across the United Kingdom registered for the 2009 competition, which challenged 9 to 11-year-olds to demonstrate how technology can be used creatively to make people in their communities happy, and hopes that the £1,200 prize money will assist the Raigmore pupils to improve creative technologies in the future.

S3M-5073 Jackie Baillie: Real Ale Pub of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the Kilcreggan Hotel on being crowned Real Ale Pub of the Year for the second consecutive year; notes that the popular village hostelry topped a poll of members of the Glasgow and West of Scotland branch of the Campaign for Real Ale; understands that the pub was selected on the basis of serving consistently good ale and providing an excellent atmosphere for its customers, and would like to commend the Kilcreggan Hotel on sourcing high-quality beer from across Great Britain, giving the customer the best possible choice in value and quality.

S3M-5072 Jackie Baillie: Congratulations to Thompsons Solicitors—That the Parliament congratulates Thompsons Solicitors on its recognition as Scotland’s top legal firm in 2009; notes that the law firm earned this prestigious accolade last month in the Law Awards of Scotland 2009, organised by The Firm magazine; understands that the personal injury specialists have represented hundreds of families who have lost family members to asbestos and related illnesses, and appreciates the hard work that Thompsons is currently undertaking with the C.diff Justice Group, representing many of the families of the people who were affected by the Clostridium difficile outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, James Kelly*

S3M-5070 Bill Wilson: Detention without Trial Is an Assault on Human Rights and Civil Liberties—That the Parliament recognises the right to due process for all detainees and therefore is disturbed that there are people in the United Kingdom who have been held in custody and without trial for an extended period; believes that due process entails all detainees knowing the charges against them, having access to legal advice and receiving a fair trial within a reasonable time, and believes that, when the basic human rights and civil liberties of some are breached, the rights and liberties of all are threatened and that disregarding rights and liberties does nothing to make the United Kingdom a safer country or combat terrorism.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Patrick Harvie, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson

S3M-5063 Pauline McNeill: The Scottish Parliament Welcomes Fire Fighters from Nablus—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the firefighters from Nablus who are in Scotland for three weeks to receive fire service training at the Scottish Fire Services College in Gullane, East Lothian; congratulates the Fire Brigades Union, the Scottish Government and the college for organising and supporting the project that exemplifies the fire service as a fraternity that exists across international boundaries, and believes that this type of collaboration with Palestinian public service workers is important in keeping skills up to date and will benefit ordinary citizens living in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Marlyn Glen, Bill Wilson, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Trish Godman

S3M-5062 Bill Wilson: Israel’s Detention of Mohammad Othman—That the Parliament endorses calls by Jewish Voice for Peace for the release by Israel of human rights activist Mohammad Othman, arrested and detained by Israeli soldiers at the Jordan/Palestine border on his return from Norway where he was campaigning in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israeli human rights abuses; notes that this non-violent campaign has the support of students, cultural workers, unionists, churches, progressive governments and sports fans throughout the world, and believes that the most effective way in which the Government of Israel could remove the threat of boycott, divestment and sanctions would be by respecting human rights, accepting the findings of the report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict to the United Nations Human Rights Council and prosecuting those guilty of war crimes, releasing illegally held detainees, dismantling illegal Jewish settlements while ceasing the destruction of Palestinian homes and compensating those whose homes have been destroyed, withdrawing from the occupied territories and ending the blockade of Gaza, the continued enforcement of which has seen many civilians killed, including unarmed children reportedly shot by the Israeli Defence Force when it was not threatened.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Gil Paterson

S3M-5061 John Swinney: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(i) or (iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

S3M-5060 Linda Fabiani: Skillbuild 2009, Congratulations to National Construction College Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the National Construction College Scotland for its success at the recent Skillbuild 2009 competition held at South Lanarkshire College, with particular congratulations to Mark Doris, winner of the gold medal for reinforced bitumen membrane roofing and Stephen Ferguson and Graeme Highlands, winners of the gold and silver medals respectively for roof sheeting and cladding.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*

S3M-5059 Gavin Brown: "Unighting" to Tackle Crime—That the Parliament congratulates the Unight scheme on picking up the Outstanding Achievement accolade at the inaugural Scottish Police Awards; notes that the scheme, which links up 45 nightclubs and other venues with late licences across Edinburgh, resulted in reducing serious assaults by 50% and drug offences by 55%; commends clubs across the city on playing such a vital role in tackling antisocial behaviour, and wishes the scheme continued success in the future.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Mary Scanlon, John Lamont, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jackson Carlaw, Margaret Mitchell, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-5058 Jamie Stone: Caithness Bakery Wins Highland Food Award—That the Parliament congratulates Reids of Caithness in Thurso on winning an award in the new products category of the 2009 Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards for its range of cakes and biscuits; further notes that this family bakery also achieved success in 2008 when it won two gold Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Foods for its production of biscuits for Mey Selections and one gold star in 2009 for its Caithness Treacle Toffee biscuits; welcomes the fact that this win reinforces the far north’s reputation for quality food, and wishes everyone at Reids continued success in the future.

S3M-5057 Michael Matheson: Halifax Bank of Scotland Charges—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision by Halifax Bank of Scotland to change its charges for overdrafts, whereby customers will pay £1 per day for an authorised overdraft while those with an unauthorised overdraft will pay £5 per day; considers that anyone with an overdraft below £1,872 is likely to be worse off as a result of these charges; believes that these charges will impact on many customers, particularly those on lower incomes, and calls on Halifax Bank of Scotland to reconsider these charges.

Supported by: Willie Coffey, Bill Wilson, Ken Macintosh, Tricia Marwick, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Alasdair Allan, Liam McArthur, Christine Grahame, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Dave Thompson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Linda Fabiani, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson

S3M-5056 Patricia Ferguson: 38th Anniversary of Partick Thistle’s Scottish League Cup Triumph—That the Parliament notes the induction to the Partick Thistle Hall of Fame of Thistle manager Davy McParland and the 22 players who contributed to the team’s Scottish League Cup triumph of 23 October 1971; acknowledges the contribution made to Thistle’s success by Andy Anderson, Jimmy Bone, Jackie Campbell, Nobby Clark, Frank Coulston, Ian Dick, Alex Forsyth, Johnny Gibson, Ronnie Glavin, Robert Gray, John Hansen, Bobby Lawrie, Jim Logan, Donnie McKinnon, Denis McQuade, Jimmy Mullin, Alex Rae, Tommy Rae, Alan Rough, Ian Reid, Charlie Smith and Hugh Strachan; notes that their induction took place on the 38th anniversary of their victory over Glasgow Celtic and in Partick Thistle’s centenary year, and wishes the Jags well in the years ahead.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5055 Bill Butler: Let’s Show Racists the Red Card—That the Parliament notes that 16 to 31 October 2009 marks Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action; welcomes the fact that all 42 clubs playing at the professional level in Scotland were involved in a weekend of action on 24 and 25 October through on-pitch activities and that £10,000 in grants has been distributed to help 22 community-based initiatives organise a variety of events to promote tolerance; believes that Scottish football, both at club and international level, has benefited hugely from the participation of players born outside of Scotland; abhors the treatment of players who have been racially abused at grounds across Scotland, and unequivocally affirms that racism has no place in Scottish society.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Johann Lamont, Malcolm Chisholm, Mike Pringle, Jackson Carlaw, Claire Baker, Andy Kerr, Brian Adam, Karen Whitefield, Joe FitzPatrick, James Kelly, Jim Tolson, Jamie McGrigor, Des McNulty, Bob Doris, Cathy Peattie, Marlyn Glen, Mary Mulligan, Bill Kidd, Cathy Jamieson, David Whitton, Pauline McNeill, Christine Grahame, Elaine Murray, Michael McMahon, Mr Frank McAveety, John Park, Ms Wendy Alexander, Margaret Curran, Liam McArthur, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Dave Thompson, Jamie Hepburn, Cathie Craigie, Gil Paterson, Dr Richard Simpson*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5054 George Foulkes: Fireworks and Furry Friends—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s (SSPCA) campaign to change the law on the use of fireworks; notes that the law currently allows people to use fireworks any day of the week between the hours of 7 am and 11 pm with no regard to the impact on domestic and wild animals; notes that a dog’s hearing is twice as sensitive as a human’s and a cat’s is three times as sensitive; believes that the use of fireworks should be restricted to festivals and special events, such as 5 November, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and the Hindu festival of Diwali; considers that this would ensure that pet owners could plan to keep pets indoors, and calls on the general public to ensure that fireworks are used carefully and responsibly, recognising the obvious dangers to both people and animals.

Supported by: David Whitton, Des McNulty, Christine Grahame, Elaine Murray, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Joe FitzPatrick, Pauline McNeill, Claire Baker, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Jackie Baillie, Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5053 Aileen Campbell: Biggar Little Festival 2009—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the seventh Biggar Little Festival, which took place between 15 and 25 October 2009; notes the success of the wide range of cultural, musical and artistic events that made up the festival, including an appearance by Fred MacAulay, a lively concert by Koda, performances by Polish women’s choir Canzona-Absolwent and a sold-out event with author Ian Rankin; further notes that, in the Year of Homecoming and the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, the bard himself featured prominently in the programme, with Donald Kay from Ayr appearing as Burns to recite poetry and interact with visitors during the Biggar Day Out on Sunday 18 October, and looks forward to the festival continuing to go from strength to strength in the coming years.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Anne McLaughlin, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Karen Gillon

S3M-5052 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Chambers Harrap Publishers—That the Parliament expresses concern at the proposal by Hachette UK to close the Edinburgh headquarters of Chambers Harrap and transfer production of its profitable titles, such as The Chambers Dictionary, to London and Paris; is concerned that the closure would result in the loss of 27 jobs and end 200 years of publishing history in the city; believes that the iconic Chambers brand is closely connected to Edinburgh and that its loss will have serious consequences for the publishing industry in Scotland, and urges Hachette UK to reconsider its decision and explore all alternative avenues to retain the Chambers office in Edinburgh.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Christopher Harvie, Bill Wilson, Ken Macintosh, Brian Adam, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Ian McKee, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5051 Michael Matheson: Unite for Workers of Falkirk Sign Factory—That the Parliament approves of the inter-party support of Falkirk Council in opposing the UK Government’s implementation of the Work Choice programme; considers that the Work Choice programme would revoke funding for important businesses such as Falkirk’s Sign Factory, which employs sustainable jobs for disabled people; notes that, if the Work Choice programme is implemented, over 40 disabled employees could be affected, and agrees with Falkirk Council in opposing such reprehensible governmental actions that stifle, instead of promoting, employment for the most vulnerable members of society.

Supported by: John Wilson, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson

S3M-4986# Willie Coffey: Conduct of Inquiries into Fatalities at Level Crossings—That the Parliament regrets the continuing loss of life at railway level crossings, most recently at Halkirk in Caithness and, in January 2009, at Gatehead in Kilmarnock and Loudoun; notes the large number of organisations involved in the investigation of rail accidents and incidents in Scotland, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the British Transport Police, Scotland’s eight police forces and the Office of Rail Regulation, and considers that, following the Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation being conducted by Lord Cullen, a modernised system of fatal accident inquiries can contribute to greater coordination and scrutiny of any inquiries, including the implementation of any recommendations, by whichever agency, following such tragic incidents.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani

S3M-4882# Bill Butler: Don’t Derail GARL—That the Parliament regrets the proposal in the SNP government’s draft budget, published on 17 September 2009, to drop the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL) project; considers that the proposed cut is short-sighted, given that a new airport rail link would provide Glasgow with a direct connection to three international airports and would contribute in a positive fashion to the economic development of Glasgow and west central Scotland, especially at this difficult time; believes that the rail link is an indispensable component of a modern 21st century transport infrastructure for the whole of Scotland; considers that GARL will boost public transport and reduce the number of car journeys to the airport; further considers that the promise to have GARL in place was a vital consideration in the awarding of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow, and hopes that, in the course of the budget process, wiser counsel prevails.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Paul Martin, Duncan McNeil, Sarah Boyack, Michael McMahon, Elaine Smith, Marlyn Glen, Karen Whitefield, James Kelly, Ken Macintosh, Charlie Gordon, Pauline McNeill, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Robert Brown, John Park, Ms Wendy Alexander, Margaret Curran, Dr Richard Simpson, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Cathie Craigie, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Frank McAveety, Tom McCabe, Irene Oldfather, Jack McConnell, Lewis Macdonald, George Foulkes

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5046 Bad Science at the UK Border Agency (lodged on 22 October 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-5045 Save the Wyndford Wall (lodged on 22 October 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-5042♦ Fair Treatment for All Investors in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander (lodged on 22 October 2009) Michael Matheson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-5041 Charity Ball Raises £3,392 for Parkinson’s Research (lodged on 22 October 2009) Michael Matheson*

S3M-5036 Skillbuild 2009, Congratulations to South Lanarkshire College, East Kilbride (lodged on 21 October 2009) Aileen Campbell*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Bob Doris*

S3M-5035 Plugged in Safely? (lodged on 21 October 2009) Jackie Baillie*

S3M-5034 Lloyds TSB Foundation (lodged on 21 October 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-5032 Charities Banking on Lloyds (lodged on 20 October 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-5031 Thank You to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club (lodged on 19 October 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-5029 Bookstart (lodged on 19 October 2009) Tom McCabe*

S3M-5023 Water Flows in Memorial Fountain (lodged on 15 October 2009) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5022 Paisley Festival 2009 (lodged on 15 October 2009) Hugh Henry*, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-5015 Action for Children (lodged on 13 October 2009) Willie Coffey*

S3M-5004 Vivendi Should Treat Scotch Whisky Pensioners Fairly (lodged on 9 October 2009) Dr Richard Simpson*

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