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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-5250♦ Mary Mulligan: Epilepsy Scotland, 55th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates the leading charity, Epilepsy Scotland, on its 55th anniversary; notes that, since its inception in 1954, the organisation has been working with people living with epilepsy to ensure that their voices are heard, providing vital services, support and information through the decades for the nearly 40,000 Scots with this serious neurological condition, their families, carers and related professionals; acknowledges the contribution that Epilepsy Scotland has made to the development of managed clinical networks that aim to maximise scarce NHS resources and encourage best practice to address a 20% to 30% misdiagnosis rate; applauds the successful lobbying to make free travel cards more accessible to people with epilepsy and recent campaigns to increase the number of epilepsy specialist nurses in Scotland and ensure consistent prescribing of epilepsy medication rather than generic substitution by pharmacists in 2010; recognises the impact of awareness-raising activities to tackle social stigma and discrimination associated with epilepsy through the organisation’s provision of a teachers’ guide to epilepsy, new later-life and epilepsy guidelines for GPs and employer of the year and journalist of the year awards; further congratulates Epilepsy Scotland for attracting the largest MSP support for the Cross-Party Group on Epilepsy and on keeping epilepsy high on the political agenda, and wishes the charity well with plans to offer new services that will develop the full potential of children and young adults who have difficult-to-control epilepsy.

*S3M-5249 Bob Doris: Be a Hero and Help our Heroes, Shoebox Appeal—That the Parliament applauds Glasgow-based High Access Rescue Team ahead of the launch of its Shoebox Appeal in association with the charity Help for Heroes, which will collect boxes filled with much-needed practical items to send to the troops serving in Afghanistan over the Christmas period, and calls on MSPs and all who work in the Scottish Parliament to lead the appeal with enthusiasm and to send an early Christmas message from Holyrood to the men and women who so bravely serve in the forces overseas that they are foremost in the nation’s minds and are not forgotten over the festive period.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-5248 Sandra White: Pensioners Action Group (East) Celebrates Silver Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates Pensioners Action Group (East) on its 25th anniversary celebrations, which will take place on 28 November 2009 at Whiterose Hall, Parkhead; commends the group on its fantastic work in championing pensioners’ rights and providing advice and information to older people in the east end, and wishes it every success for the next 25 years.

*S3M-5247 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Kleinwort Benson—That the Parliament notes the announcement by Kleinwort Benson of the company’s intention to establish a permanent presence in Edinburgh; welcomes the decision to open new offices and invest in additional staff, and believes that the decision represents a vote of confidence in Scotland’s financial services sector, its personnel and infrastructure.

S3M-5246 Rob Gibson: Announce Pentland Firth Leases Locally—That the Parliament notes that the Crown Estate Commission is due to announce in March 2010 the proposed leases of sites in the Pentland Firth for marine power development; argues that this announcement should be made in either Caithness or Orkney to show commitment to the area that will ultimately deliver on the renewable potential for Scotland and the rest of Europe, and believes that the decision to make such an important announcement elsewhere is inappropriate.

S3M-5245 Willie Coffey: Social Workers - Taking Back Our Profession—That the Parliament supports the campaign, Social Workers - Taking Back Our Profession, and calls on those responsible for developing training in social work in Scotland, including the Association of Directors of Social Work, the Scottish Government and Scotland’s universities and colleges, to ensure that, in developing training for social work in Scotland, measures are led by a registered social worker and that any Scottish participation in UK-wide training arrangements has clear governance and accountability in Scotland and is in accordance with the legislative framework governing social work in Scotland.

S3M-5244 Karen Whitefield: Big Lottery Boost for Newmains—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Newmains in North Lanarkshire has been selected as one of five areas to benefit from a share of £9 million pounds of Big Lottery funding; notes that the new multi-million funding programme, Our Place, is aimed at regenerating five communities in Scotland that have not seen the expected level of lottery grants over the last three years; welcomes the emphasis in the Our Place programme of ensuring that the needs and aspirations of local people are reflected in the lottery funding that they receive, and believes that this announcement is excellent news for the people of Newmains and that it will make a real and significant difference to the local community.

Supported by: Johann Lamont, Gil Paterson, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, Pauline McNeill, Des McNulty, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Helen Eadie*, James Kelly*, Cathy Jamieson*, Mary Mulligan*, David Whitton*

S3M-5243 Lewis Macdonald: Aberdeen College Awarded Royal Prize—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen College, Scotland’s largest college of further and higher education, on being awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of its high achievement and excellence in the oil and gas sector; notes that this is the second time that Aberdeen College has been awarded this prestigious prize, following its previous success in 1994; welcomes Aberdeen College’s cutting-edge training and facilities provided through Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary company of Aberdeen College accredited worldwide as a specialist training provider in the oil, gas, marine, electrical, transportation and health and safety industries, and looks forward to the continued success of the college in meeting the skills needs of these and other sectors of the economy and in improving employment opportunities for thousands of students every year.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Nanette Milne*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-5242 Alasdair Allan: BP Fuel Cards—That the Parliament condemns BP for its recent decision to stop accepting BP Plus and BP Plus Bunker Fuel Cards at 13 non-BP-branded sites on the islands of Lewis, Shetland, Arran and Skye as of 18 December 2009; notes that these cards presently allow island-based businesses and organisations 7.5 pence per litre off the cost of fuel; regrets that, by this decision, BP is imposing additional costs on rural businesses on islands, many of which already have some of the highest fuel costs in the world, and calls on BP to reconsider this damaging decision.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, John Wilson, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-5241 Robert Brown: Dance School of Scotland—That the Parliament is greatly concerned at the proposal to close Dalrymple Hall, the residential accommodation of the Glasgow-based Dance School of Scotland, the country’s only fully funded centre of excellence for vocational dance and musical theatre, threatening both the viability of the school and the futures of up to 90 promising dancers and performers a year in Scotland who, without accommodation, would be unable to attend the school; calls on the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to work together with the University of Glasgow to ensure that the future of this valuable asset to Scotland is secured, and believes that, in the year of Homecoming, which aims to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Scotland, everything possible should be done to maintain the school’s national and international reputation.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Bill Butler, Hugh O’Donnell*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*, Robin Harper*, Ross Finnie*, Duncan McNeil*

S3M-5240 Rob Gibson: Moray Waste Busters, Reusing, Reducing—That the Parliament recognises the innovation of Moray Waste Busters (MWB) and congratulates it on being nominated as the Best Social Enterprise (turnover of less than £1 million) at the first ever Scottish Social Enterprise Awards, run by the Social Enterprise Coalition and presented in the Scottish Parliament on 17 November 2009 and considers that MWB’s original reuse-reclaim facility, the Waste Busters, offers quality used furniture and goods for the home and garden, is helping to continue Scotland’s proud tradition of conservation and ecological foresight and is a leading example in the continued effort to reduce waste.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Watt, Mary Scanlon, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5239 Rhoda Grant: Harris Tweed Hebrides—That the Parliament congratulates Harris Tweed Hebrides on receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Style award at the Scottish Style Awards 2009, held in Glasgow on 31 October 2009; further congratulates the company’s success earlier in the year at the Scottish Fashion Awards, at which it won the Textile Brand of the Year award; considers that Harris Tweed Hebrides, which was formed in 2007 to ensure that Harris Tweed would continue to be available to its many devotees around the world, has revived the industry by forging connections with designers and companies such as Deryck Walker, Sara Berman, Judy Clarke, Vivienne Westwood, Nike and Glasgow design firm Graven Images, which used Harris Tweed in designing the city’s first five-star hotel, and commends the board of directors and staff at Harris Tweed Hebrides for their outstanding work to produce the finest tweed at the Shawbost mill.

Supported by: Peter Peacock*, David Stewart*, Jackie Baillie*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Mary Mulligan*, Johann Lamont*, Lewis Macdonald*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5238 Sandra White: Time to Make a Wave—That the Parliament notes the decision of Glasgow City Council to ban from the centre of Glasgow The Wave, billed as Scotland’s biggest ever climate change demonstration; believes that, given the importance of highlighting the need to stop climate change and save the planet, this march should be given the full support of Glasgow City Council rather than being confined to the outskirts of the city centre, and calls on Glasgow City Council to reconsider its decision.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Christopher Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5237 Liam McArthur: Orkney RFC Win Scottish Hydro Club of the Month—That the Parliament congratulates Orkney RFC for becoming the first island-based rugby club in two years to be recognised with the Scottish Hydro Club of the Month award and the £1,000 prize; notes that the club has enjoyed an extraordinary start to its Scottish Hydro Caledonia Division One campaign, winning 10 out of 10 games by an average of 39 points per match, which is an impressive feat for a side that begins all but one away fixture with a seven-hour ferry journey; understands that the award also recognises the club’s excellent disciplinary record and its extensive rugby development work in partnership with Scottish Rugby and Orkney Islands Council, which led to the appointment of Scotland’s first island-based jointly funded development officer, Bruce Ruthven, and offers best wishes to all the club’s players, coaches and the many volunteers who support it for continued success for the rest of the season.

S3M-5236 Jackie Baillie: Climate For Success at Brucehill—That the Parliament congratulates Brucehill Early Education and Childcare Centre in Dumbarton on becoming the 900th school in Scotland to be awarded the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag; notes that the Eco-Schools programme is an international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action on the environment; further notes that there are over 3,000 schools registered with the Eco-Schools programme in Scotland; understands that the Green Flag is the highest award level in the programme, and commends all the pupils and staff at Brucehill Early Education and Childcare Centre on their hard work and effort in improving the environment and attaining this recognition.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Stuart McMillan*, Des McNulty*

S3M-5235 Jackie Baillie: 9 to 5 Is Not an Option for Vale Babies—That the Parliament regrets the decision by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to reduce the community maternity unit (CMU) of the Vale of Leven Hospital from a 24/7 service to a 9 to 5 service; notes information that shows that the majority of babies born at the CMU are actually born at night; further notes that, of the 97 babies born at the CMU in 2008, 74 were born at night and only 23 were born during the daytime; believes that switching to an on-call service with minimal evening cover will affect the majority of expectant mothers in the area who have chosen the CMU to deliver their babies, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to intervene and strongly encourage NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to reverse this decision.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, James Kelly, Helen Eadie, Dr Richard Simpson, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman*

S3M-5234 Mr Frank McAveety: Glasgow Credit Union Strategy Conference—That the Parliament welcomes the Glasgow Credit Union Strategy Conference that took place on 19 November 2009; congratulates the organisers on the launch of a new promotional credit union DVD; further recognises the discussion on the role that credit unions in Scotland play in promoting the credit union movement internationally, and calls on all levels of government to support the continued development of credit unions.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Cathy Jamieson, James Kelly, Karen Whitefield, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Johann Lamont, Elaine Smith, David Whitton, Hugh Henry, Andy Kerr, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Ken Macintosh, Margaret Curran, Bill Butler, Sandra White, Trish Godman*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-5233 John Lamont: Congratulations to Captain James Evans—That the Parliament congratulates Captain James Evans of Eyemouth on being awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for his many years of service to the fishing fleet in Berwickshire; notes his vast experience as a captain and his tireless campaigning on fishing and maritime issues as well as his involvement in many other local organisations; considers Captain Evans to be a credit to the community he worked so hard to represent, and wishes him and his family well in their future endeavours.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Karen Gillon, Mary Scanlon, Alex Johnstone, Bill Aitken, David McLetchie, Jamie McGrigor, Jim Hume, Aileen Campbell, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, John Scott, Jackson Carlaw, Gil Paterson

S3M-5232 Bill Wilson: State of Scotland’s Greenspace 2009 and SROI—That the Parliament congratulates Greenspace Scotland on the publication of State of Scotland’s Greenspace 2009, the first comprehensive report on the extent of urban green space in Scotland, which amounts to 23 square metres per person; notes that the report contains information on the work of Renfrewshire Council and 19 other local authorities with regard to green space; further notes that the first social return on investment (SROI) analysis of a green-space-related project, the Greenlink project run by Greenspace Scotland and the Central Scotland Forest Trust, which examined the impact of a new cycle path on antisocial behaviour, health and activities for children, concluded that it produced a sevenfold return on investment; believes that this level of return is likely to apply to other green space projects in view of the beneficial effects of green space on health and wellbeing acknowledged by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Harry Burns, and others; calls for SROI methodology to be adopted widely by local authorities, the Scottish Government and other public bodies when assessing projects and making investment decisions, and believes that such methodology and the State of Scotland’s Greenspace 2009 report will both prove invaluable for improving the wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Hugh Henry, Sandra White, Mike Pringle, Alison McInnes, John Wilson, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5230 Joe FitzPatrick: Homophobic Bullying—That the Parliament welcomes Stonewall’s Education for All campaign, which aims to tackle homophobic bullying in schools; notes with concern research that shows that 9 in 10 secondary school teachers and more than two in five primary school teachers report that their pupils currently experience homophobic bullying, name-calling or harassment; further notes that homophobic bullying can result in lower educational achievement and also increase the rate of self-harm and suicide among young lesbian, gay and bisexual people; welcomes Stonewall’s Some people are gay. Get over it! poster campaign, which was created by young people and will be used to directly target young people travelling to and from school on buses during National Anti-Bullying Week from 16 to 20 November 2009; further notes the steps taken by the Scottish Government to combat homophobic bullying with the toolkit resource for teachers, Dealing with Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying in Scottish Schools, and hopes that the forthcoming national anti-bullying strategy will further address the issue of homophobic bullying in order that all young people can enjoy the full benefits of learning in a safe and an inclusive environment.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Christopher Harvie, Bill Wilson, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Bob Doris, Aileen Campbell, Patricia Ferguson, Maureen Watt, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Butler, Sandra White, Brian Adam, George Foulkes, Hugh O’Donnell, Liam McArthur, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Ken Macintosh*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-5229 Dr Richard Simpson: The Future of Beechwood House and Albyn House—That the Parliament welcomes the report, Managing the Needs of Drunk and Incapable People in Scotland: a Literature Review and Needs Assessment; notes that the only existing designated places under the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 where drunk people can sober up safely are Beechwood House in Inverness and Albyn House in Aberdeen; understands that these institutions are under significant financial pressure, and calls on the Scottish Government, local authorities and NHS boards in Highland and Grampian to ensure that, at least until the Scottish Government considers its response nationally to this important review, Beechwood and Albyn houses are kept open.

Supported by: Jack McConnell*

S3M-5227 Patrick Harvie: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Buchanan Bus Station—That the Parliament notes that over a year has passed since Glasgow City Council granted outline planning permission for construction of a multistorey car park on top of Buchanan Bus Station, to expand the retail space at Buchanan Galleries by up to two thirds and to demolish the popular Royal Concert Hall steps and replace them with a shopping centre entrance; further notes the objections made to the planning application relating to the bus station by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Transport Scotland and the concerns expressed by the city’s major bus operators; shares their concerns that building on top of the bus station would diminish the attractiveness of the space and limit future flexibility and the development of bus services; acknowledges that improvements in accessibility to the Royal Concert Hall and better maintenance of the steps are desirable but rejects the idea that this requires the removal of the open, communal space of the steps and their replacement with another commercial facade; agrees that it is vital that public awareness of these plans is greatly increased, and calls on Glasgow City Council to assume responsibility for encouraging widespread public debate and engagement with the ongoing planning process for these major and contentious projects for Glasgow city centre.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris*

S3M-5226 Aileen Campbell: All Wales Convention Report—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the final report of the All Wales Convention; notes that the report calls for full legislative powers to be transferred from Westminster to the National Assembly for Wales in areas where the Welsh Assembly Government already has executive responsibility; further notes that implementation of these recommendations would be subject to endorsement by the people of Wales in a referendum, recommended to be held before the next National Assembly for Wales elections in 2011, and believes that a consensus exists in Wales both in favour of the convention’s proposals and in favour of a referendum as the correct and democratic method to bring about important constitutional change.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Anne McLaughlin, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Maureen Watt, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson

S3M-5225 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Chosen for Lottery Funding Boost—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Inverclyde has been chosen as one of five areas to receive a share of £9 million of National Lottery money; notes that Greenock Central and East has been selected for a new Big Lottery Fund programme aimed at helping to revive communities; further notes that the Our Place initiative has been developed in order to make increased investment in areas that have not seen the expected level of grants over the last three years, and looks forward to seeing the development of this community and the others selected to receive this funding boost.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Anne McLaughlin, Gil Paterson

S3M-5224 David Whitton: First Ever Social Enterprise Scotland Awards—That the Parliament notes the first ever Social Enterprise Scotland Awards, which took place on 17 November 2009; congratulates all organisations shortlisted for awards, Alloa Community Enterprises Ltd, Haven Products, the Wise Group, Instant Neighbour, Moray Waste Busters, Social Enterprise Clydebank, the bread maker, Sleat Community Trading and With People; in particular congratulates Alloa Community Enterprises Ltd, Social Enterprise Clydebank and the bread maker for winning their respective categories; further notes that these awards take place as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, during which schools and individual social enterprises across Scotland celebrate this dynamic and fast-growing small business movement, and congratulates the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition for its tireless pursuit and advocacy of social enterprise in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh O’Donnell, Karen Gillon, Nanette Milne, Dr Richard Simpson, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, Cathy Jamieson, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, John Park, Bill Wilson, Liam McArthur, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Trish Godman, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Karen Whitefield, Stuart McMillan, Claire Baker, Gil Paterson, Des McNulty, Alison McInnes, Mary Scanlon, Marilyn Livingstone*, Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-5222 Alasdair Morgan: Dark Skies over the Galloway Forest—That the Parliament notes the award of Dark Sky Park status to the Galloway Forest Park; recognises that this is the first such site outside the United States of America to be awarded Dark Sky status, which will clearly have a positive impact in attracting a new tourism sector to Galloway, and congratulates Forestry Commission Scotland on its successful bid.

S3M-5220 Sandra White: Banks to Force Customers Further into Debt—That the Parliament expresses concern that, as a result of HBOS proposed changes to overdraft fees, many people could be forced into further debt and poverty; considers the actions of Lloyds Banking Group to be motivated by recent court rulings on overdraft charges and boosting profit rather than a simplification of operations at HBOS, and believes that, as majority shareholders, the UK Government should, as a matter of urgency, initiate an investigation into the effects of these proposed changes and take appropriate action to ensure that ordinary people are not forced into further debt to boost the profits of these banks.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Angela Constance, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5218 Sarah Boyack: Changeworks Wins EAS EnergySavers Award—That the Parliament congratulates Changeworks Resources for Life and Lister Housing Co-operative on winning the Energy Action Scotland EnergySavers Award 2009 for their Renewable Heritage project; notes that the project helped Lister’s tenants, who were living in extremely hard-to-heat stone tenements, by fitting solar heat collectors that will reduce their fuel bills, CO2 emissions and the risk of fuel poverty; recognises the work that Changeworks and Lister have undertaken in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage in order to overcome the difficulties encountered in delivering improvements to buildings in a very sensitive conservation area; welcomes the publication of two best practice guides, Renewable Heritage and Energy Heritage, funded by the eaga Charitable Trust, that will help to inform similar projects involving traditional and historic homes, and wishes Changeworks and its partners success in developing further energy efficiency improvement projects to sensitive traditional and historic buildings.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Trish Godman, Liam McArthur, Cathy Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Whitefield, John Park, Joe FitzPatrick, Patrick Harvie, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-5217 Derek Brownlee: Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park—That the Parliament congratulates Galloway Forest Park on being designated as a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association; notes that Galloway Forest Park is the only Dark Sky Park outside the United States of America; considers that the unique daylight quality of Galloway has attracted artists to live and work in the area for many generations, and further considers this a significant achievement and a significant boost for tourism in Dumfries and Galloway.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, John Wilson, John Lamont, Margaret Mitchell, Elaine Murray, Mary Scanlon, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, David Stewart, Bill Aitken, Cathy Jamieson, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Jim Hume, Aileen Campbell, Jamie McGrigor, Liam McArthur, Joe FitzPatrick, John Scott, Alex Johnstone, Hugh Henry, Jackson Carlaw, Gil Paterson

S3M-5214 Gil Paterson: West Dunbartonshire Success in Regeneration Funding Bid—That the Parliament congratulates West Dunbartonshire Council on its successful bid to receive funding from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund and believes that the schemes in Clydebank South Bank and Dumbarton town centre will be of great benefit, not only to the local economies as these communities attempt to get through the economic downturn, but also to the people of Dumbarton and Clydebank themselves.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Michael Matheson, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Des McNulty

S3M-5213 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Caring Christmas Trees—That the Parliament congratulates the social enterprise, Caring Christmas Trees, for becoming the largest online retailer of Christmas trees in the country; notes that Christmas trees from sustainable tree farms are sold in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife, Glasgow, Paisley and Perth to raise funds for various charities and projects; highlights that, in Edinburgh, the Bethany Christian Trust is selling trees to raise funds for its winter care shelter, which was used last year by 685 people; recognises that one tree can provide a bed, hot food and support for a homeless person this Christmas, and further notes that you can purchase a tree, volunteer and find out more information at

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Ken Macintosh, Mike Pringle, Hugh Henry, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Trish Godman, Anne McLaughlin, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Rob Gibson

S3M-5212 Murdo Fraser: The Enchanted Forest and the Pitlochry Autumn Festival—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers, Perthshire Big Tree Country and the Pitlochry Partnership, for the success of The Enchanted Forest and the Pitlochry Autumn Festival, which ran from 16 to 31 October 2009; notes that The Enchanted Forest, a sound and light show in the Faskally Wood near Pitlochry that allows visitors to roam around the forest to some spectacular effects and displays, saw record numbers of visitors, and believes that everyone involved in the events can be proud that Highland Perthshire now has one of the best annual tourist events in Scotland.

S3M-5211 Elizabeth Smith: Congratulations to Kinross Cricket Club—That the Parliament congratulates Kinross Cricket Club on winning the prestigious Wisden Award as the Gray-Nicolls Club of the Year 2009 for its outstanding success in developing the sport across Kinross-shire.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Bill Aitken, Aileen Campbell, Jackson Carlaw, Ted Brocklebank, John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Mary Scanlon, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Stewart Maxwell, Alex Johnstone, Gil Paterson

S3M-5210# Bill Kidd: World March for Peace and Nonviolence—That the Parliament endorses the ideals of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, which set off from New Zealand on UN International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October 2009 and ends in the Andes mountains on the 2 January 2010, that call for an end to war, the dismantling of nuclear weapons and an end to all forms of violence including physical, economic, racial, religious, cultural, sexual and psychological; notes that the Peace Torch, which has passed across continents and been greeted by thousands of supporters including Pope Benedict XVI, who offered his blessings to the delegation, will visit the Scottish Parliament on 17 November 2009, and would welcome support for this important endeavour from all those who share these ideals.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Bill Butler, Bob Doris, Christine Grahame, Marlyn Glen, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Anne McLaughlin, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-5209 Bill Kidd: Global Financial Technology Leader Investment in Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes that one of the world’s leading wealth and asset management software solutions and services companies, Odyssey Financial Technologies, is to open a Centre of Excellence for Software Development in Glasgow; notes that the company is to recruit 20 software developers for the project in January 2010, with scope for increasing this number to 200 staff in the medium term, and further welcomes the support that the Scottish Government provided to Odyssey to locate in the city, with a Regional Selective Assistance grant of £2.25 million, which will bolster Glasgow’s position as a centre for financial services excellence and attract investment and jobs to Glasgow and Scotland.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Gil Paterson

S3M-5208 Bill Kidd: Boost for Glasgow 2014—That the Parliament welcomes the additional funding for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which will see an extra £81 million being made available for the success of the Games, with £59 million coming from the Scottish Government, £9 million from Glasgow City Council and £13 million from the Organising Committee’s commercial activities, and believes that the constructive negotiations that have led to this announcement are a clear demonstration of the determination of the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to work together in ensuring the successful delivery of Glasgow 2014 and its legacy project to the benefit of Glasgow and Scotland as a whole.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Anne McLaughlin, Gil Paterson

S3M-5207 Jamie Hepburn: Closure of Guantánamo Bay—That the Parliament welcomes the efforts being made by President Obama to close Guantánamo Bay; notes the long legal heritage regarding the writ of habeas corpus that links Scotland, England and the United States of America, and, with the issue of Guantánamo before the US Supreme Court for a fourth time, supports an effective remedy for those prisoners determined to be held there illegally.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Ian McKee, Mike Pringle, Elaine Smith, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Anne McLaughlin, Gil Paterson

S3M-5206 Karen Gillon: Machan Trust, Larkhall—That the Parliament congratulates the Machan Trust, Larkhall on its 10th anniversary; recognises the important work that this joint churches youth initiative undertakes with young people in Larkhall, Ashgill, Netherburn and Stonehouse, and wishes it every success in the years to come.

Supported by: James Kelly, Ken Macintosh, Des McNulty, Aileen Campbell, Cathy Jamieson, Mary Mulligan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Frank McAveety, Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman, Helen Eadie, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Sarah Boyack

S3M-5205 Karen Whitefield: 20th Anniversary of North Lanarkshire Parkinson’s Self Help Group—That the Parliament congratulates North Lanarkshire Parkinson’s Self Help Group on its recent 20th anniversary; notes that the group provides a one-stop shop in North Lanarkshire for people with Parkinson’s disease and their carers, offering drop-in facilities five days a week, respite for both sufferers and carers and access to therapies, support and an extensive programme of social activities; recognises that the group provides an invaluable opportunity for all people affected by Parkinson’s and similar neurological conditions to make contact and obtain support and advice from people who understand their situation, and wishes North Lanarkshire Parkinson’s Self Help Group continued success in the future.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker, James Kelly, Michael McMahon, Mary Mulligan, Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Linda Fabiani, Elaine Smith, Marlyn Glen, Ken Macintosh, Angela Constance, Dr Richard Simpson, Gil Paterson, Cathie Craigie, Hugh O’Donnell, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Christina McKelvie, Sarah Boyack

S3M-5204 Rhona Brankin: Scottish Mining Museum, Best Visitor Experience 2009—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Mining Museum at the former Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange on winning the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions’ (ASVA) Best Visitor Experience Award 2009, which recognises excellence in visitor experience among over 500 ASVA member visitor attractions; notes that entries were assessed on all aspects of the layout and content of the attraction and on the experience offered, including the quality of interaction between staff and visitors; recognises that the museum was commended for its commitment to providing a great day out for all ages and for the passion of its staff for preserving and presenting Scotland’s industrial heritage in an informative and enjoyable way; applauds the hard work and dedication of the staff at the museum in securing this award; encourages members of the public to pay a visit to this hugely important living reminder of Scotland’s industrial heritage, and welcomes the key role played by the ASVA in the drive to increase tourism revenues by 50% by 2015.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Cathy Jamieson, Ken Macintosh, Pauline McNeill, Angela Constance, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Robin Harper, John Park, Ian McKee, Margaret Curran, Jim Tolson, Linda Fabiani, Aileen Campbell, Charlie Gordon, Karen Whitefield, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Gil Paterson, Sarah Boyack

S3M-5203 Malcolm Chisholm: Prevention of Child Abuse—That the Parliament recognises the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse on Thursday, 19 November 2009; notes Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that requires States Parties to take all appropriate legislative, administrative, educational and social measures to protect children from any form of abuse and neglect; supports CHILDREN 1st’s ongoing campaign for more abuse recovery services, and urges the Scottish Government to ensure that services are available in all areas for children who have been abused.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Frank McAveety, Liam McArthur, Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Mike Pringle, Claire Baker, John Park, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, Cathie Craigie, Margaret Curran, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Wilson, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Jim Hume, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Angela Constance, Sandra White, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson, Sarah Boyack, Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-5202 Elaine Smith: Safety First—That the Parliament welcomes the new rail service between Glasgow and Edinburgh via the Airdrie to Bathgate route and the continued electrification of the railway in Scotland; is alarmed, however, that proposals to remove the guards from this service and introduce driver only operation (DOO) are coupled with the reopening of this route; is deeply concerned that this will increase safety risks because passengers will not benefit from the protection of having a guard responsible for the safe running of the train, including controlling the doors and emergencies such as driver incapacity, failure of train safety systems and derailments; further shares the view of the STUC Women’s Conference that the proposed introduction of DOO on the service demonstrates that the safety concerns of women passengers have not been adequately addressed; is further concerned that this decision breaches previous assurances to the trade unions that there would be no extension of DOO in Scotland and believes that this could be the thin end of the wedge leading to the removal of guards on other routes; considers that retaining the guards would cost less than the salary of First ScotRail’s highest-paid director and less than 5% of the company’s most recent post-tax profits, and therefore urges the Scottish Government and First ScotRail to put safety and passengers before profit and keep guards on these services.

Supported by: Jack McConnell, Sarah Boyack

S3M-5201 Aileen Campbell: 2009 Trad Music Awards—That the Parliament notes that the 2009 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards ceremony will take place on 28 November 2009 at the DG One venue in Dumfries; recognises that the awards aim to showcase Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and create a high-profile opportunity to raise media and public awareness of the music and music industry; further notes that the event has completely sold out, with an expected audience of 900 people, and wishes the wide range of talented artists and musicians shortlisted for awards the very best of luck.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Cathy Peattie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Patricia Ferguson, Linda Fabiani, Christina McKelvie, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-5200 Karen Whitefield: Caldervale Remembers—That the Parliament congratulates the staff and pupils of Caldervale High School in Airdrie on their Caldervale Remembers service; recognises the benefits of a cross-curricular approach to the commemoration of those who have died in conflicts, whereby their lives and sacrifices are celebrated in poetry, music, drama and visual arts, and believes that it is important that today’s young people recognise and commemorate the sacrifices of previous generations.

Supported by: James Kelly, Aileen Campbell, Ken Macintosh, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh O’Donnell, Karen Gillon, Elaine Smith, Cathy Jamieson, Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie, Patricia Ferguson, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Mulligan, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Des McNulty, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-5177 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-5159# Jack McConnell: World Aids Day and Annie Lennox—That the Parliament recognises the importance of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2009 and its aim of highlighting the challenges and consequences of the HIV epidemic around the world, particularly the impact on development in sub-Saharan Africa; acknowledges that UNAIDS estimates that there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children; notes that around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and die before they are 35; congratulates all those individuals and organisations in Scotland that campaign to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and provide practical support to HIV/AIDS victims, wherever they live; congratulates, in particular, Annie Lennox on the continued success of her SING campaign, which will be two years old on 1 December, and believes that positive consideration should be given to her recent offer to support the Scottish Parliament in its international development work, with an ambassadorial role.

Supported by: Peter Peacock, Sarah Boyack, David McLetchie, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, George Foulkes, Jim Hume, Andy Kerr, Bob Doris, Mr Frank McAveety, Helen Eadie, Linda Fabiani, Ms Wendy Alexander, Rhoda Grant, Mike Pringle, Liam McArthur, David Stewart, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Marilyn Livingstone, Ted Brocklebank, Dr Richard Simpson, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Park, Bill Kidd, Malcolm Chisholm, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Des McNulty, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Sandra White, John Wilson, Nanette Milne, Rhona Brankin, Karen Whitefield

S3M-5148.1 Brian Adam: Concern over the Future of Glencraft—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5148) in the name of Richard Baker, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "regrets the closure of the Glencraft factory in Aberdeen; recognises, however, the seriousness of the situation that Glencraft was facing, with losses of £70,000 a month despite investment from Aberdeen City Council of £7 million since 2001, and welcomes the steps taken by the First Minister in meeting the management and workers of Glencraft as well as council officials and supports the efforts of the Scottish Government, in conjunction with its partners, to assist the workforce in finding new employment."

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Michael Matheson, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Maureen Watt, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Nigel Don, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd

S3M-4644# Shirley-Anne Somerville: Votes for Women—That the Parliament welcomes the new exhibition, Votes for Women: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Edinburgh, at the Museum of Edinburgh from 31 July 2009 to 9 January 2010; notes that the exhibition uses photos and artefacts to chart the long struggle to win the vote, which was eventually granted to all women in 1928; further notes that at the height of the campaign in October 1909 a grand pageant was held in Edinburgh and to honour its 100 year anniversary and history of women’s activism a re-enactment march will take place on 10 October 2009; encourages all women to join in the parade in honour of all suffragettes who fought hard for all sisters to have a free vote; congratulates the Gude Cause, based at the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, for organising the march and complementary events, and further notes that more information can be found at

Supported by: Anne McLaughlin, Rob Gibson, Marlyn Glen, Jackie Baillie, Jim Tolson, Bill Kidd, Christopher Harvie, Sandra White, Maureen Watt, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Ken Macintosh, Alasdair Allan, Mike Pringle, Aileen Campbell, Michael Matheson, Elaine Smith, Jack McConnell, Angela Constance, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Tom McCabe, Sarah Boyack, Joe FitzPatrick, Cathy Peattie, Christine Grahame, Rhoda Grant, Trish Godman

S3M-4544 John Swinney: Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(i), (ii) or (iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5195 Congratulations on the Launch of CIC Start Online (lodged on 13 November 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5143 Hate and Discrimination Have No Place in Scottish Society (lodged on 5 November 2009) Bill Wilson*

S3M-5087# Allotments, Community Gardens and Grow-your-own Projects (lodged on 29 October 2009) Alison McInnes*

S3M-5035 Plugged in Safely? (lodged on 21 October 2009) John Park*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-5034 Lloyds TSB Foundation (lodged on 21 October 2009) Jack McConnell*

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