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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-5486 Cathy Peattie: Congratulations to Graeme Cook—That the Parliament congratulates SPICe researcher Graeme Cook on his award of the President’s Medal and an honorary fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in recognition of his services to geography in Scotland and, in particular, his work on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill.

*S3M-5485 Anne McLaughlin: Pakistan International Airlines—That the Parliament celebrates the news that Pakistan International Airlines will maintain the regular route between Lahore, Pakistan, and Glasgow; recognises that this route is a crucial support to the many economic, cultural and familial links between Scotland and Pakistan, and further recognises that local authorities, the Pakistani community in Scotland and the Government of Pakistan will work together to raise the profile of Pakistan International Airlines in order to ensure the continued sustainability of the route.

*S3M-5484 Joe FitzPatrick: Malawi Anti-homosexual Arrest—That the Parliament condemns the arrest and treatment by the Malawian authorities of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, two men who were arrested on 28 December 2009 and charged with unnatural practices between males and gross public indecency; condemns the attempts of the Malawian authorities to subject the men to forced anal examinations; considers the arrest to be discriminatory, homophobic and illegal and to violate equality and non-discrimination clause 20 of the Malawian Constitution, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and international human rights documents, and calls on the Scottish Government to urge the Malawian authorities to release the two men immediately and unconditionally, to ensure their safety on release, to end the criminalisation of homosexuality in Malawi, to halt the reported police harassment of and the legal proceedings against HIV educators and human rights defenders from the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), three workers of which have been arrested following their public defence of the men and apparently as a result of their HIV education work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and to continue to support the rights of LGBT people at both domestic and international level.

*S3M-5483 Bill Kidd: Construction of National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Sports Arena—That the Parliament welcomes the commencement of the construction of the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; notes that these facilities, when complete in 2012, will serve as a national training centre for athletics, basketball, netball, track cycling and volleyball; offers its congratulations to the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and all other partners involved in the organisation of the 2014 Commonwealth Games for getting underway with construction work; believes that these world-class facilities will put Glasgow on the map as a centre for sporting excellence while building a lasting legacy for the city, and looks forward to the most successful Commonwealth games ever.

*S3M-5482 Bill Butler: Pleural Plaques Justice—That the Parliament welcomes Lord Emslie’s judgment on the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2009 that has dismissed an attempt by insurance companies to set aside an Act of the Scottish Parliament; salutes the campaigning efforts of victims’ groups across Scotland that continue to fight tirelessly on behalf of people with pleural plaques and their families, and believes that those who brought this action should accept that the Act is the settled will of the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Richard Baker*, Pauline McNeill*, Marlyn Glen*, Johann Lamont*, Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Rob Gibson*, James Kelly*, Patrick Harvie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, John Park*, Mary Mulligan*, Duncan McNeil*, Jackie Baillie*, Margaret Curran*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-5481 Stewart Maxwell: 49 out of 50 US States Agree to Fire-safe Cigarettes—That the Parliament congratulates the US states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee on the implementation on 1 January 2010 of legislation for fire-safe cigarettes, which have a reduced tendency to burn when left unattended, in a bid to drastically reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries; further notes that this now leaves only one state, Wyoming, still to pass such legislation; believes that the European Commission is shamefully lagging behind in the development of an agreed European standard, and calls on the UK Government to assist in speeding up the process.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Mike Pringle*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-5480 Robin Harper: UN International Year of Biodiversity—That the Parliament welcomes the beginning of the UN International Year of Biodiversity; recognises the good work already done, in hand, or planned by local authorities, especially Glasgow City Council and the City of Edinburgh Council, in preparing and putting into action their biodiversity action plans, by schools engaging in the hugely successful Eco-Schools programme and by colleges and universities that are co-operating in their own biodiversity plans; praises the contributions being made by allotment holders, the Commonwealth Orchard initiative, many farmers, the Soil Association, Plantlife, Buglife, the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, the RSPB, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Environment LINK, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and countless other environmental organisations as well as the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland; calls on the Scottish Government and the business community to play a full part in supporting a co-ordinated effort to make this UN International Year of Biodiversity a significant advance, and believes that climate change is the biggest present threat to biodiversity and that the two problems can only be addressed together. R

S3M-5479 Marlyn Glen: Parliamentarians’ Endorsement in Support of a Nuclear Weapons Convention—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of the UK Mayors for Peace Working Group and UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities to support the signing of a nuclear weapons convention; asks Scottish parliamentarians to sign the Parliamentary Endorsement of the Nuclear Weapons Convention issued by these groups; believes that a nuclear weapons convention would incorporate, reinforce, link and build on existing non-proliferation and disarmament instruments, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency; encourages UN members to make a stronger commitment to develop a nuclear weapons convention by 2015 and to take steps to see the eventual abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020; notes that the Governments of Malaysia and Costa Rica have tabled a model nuclear weapons convention for this year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, and further notes that a large number of mayors and councillors from around the United Kingdom and all over the world have signed the similar Cities Appeal in Support of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Elaine Smith

S3M-5478# Mary Scanlon: Highlands Dairy Industry—That the Parliament notes with serious concern the state of the Highlands dairy industry where the number of producers has fallen from 43 in 1998 to 11 today; further notes the management buyout that will result in 60 job losses at Claymore Dairies in Nairn but provide a future for the remaining dairy farmers in that there will be a local market for their produce; welcomes the fact that this may encourage the remaining producers to continue milk production rather than consider leaving the industry, which will ensure that milk is still produced and processed in the Highlands, and  would welcome support for Claymore Dairies from local businesses and major retailers to help secure the remaining 72 jobs at the plant and a market for dairy farmers in Moray and the Highlands.

Supported by: Bill Aitken*, Liam McArthur*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Jim Hume*, Jackson Carlaw*, John Scott*, Murdo Fraser*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Lamont*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-5477 George Foulkes: Inadequate Response to a National Emergency—That the Parliament notes that Scotland has experienced its longest period of cold weather for decades; congratulates all of the public service workers and volunteers for the work that they have done to help alleviate all kinds of problems; recognises that the Scottish Executive has an important role to co-ordinate and organise the overall response and regrets the delay in getting such effort mobilised over the Christmas period; further believes that the ability of councils to respond fully and effectively has been hampered by the cuts in expenditure imposed by the Scottish Executive through the concordat with local authorities, and believes that the approach of the Scottish Executive, exemplified by the ministerial statement on 7 January 2010 and answers to parliamentary questions, is both arrogant and complacent.

S3M-5476 Bill Butler: Terry’s Top of the Table.—That the Parliament congratulates Terry McLernon of Drumchapel Table Tennis Club (DTTC) on being awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list; acknowledges his unstinting efforts on behalf of both DTTC and the sport in Scotland over the last 20 years; recognises the remarkable impact that he has made on the community of Drumchapel and the manner in which he has turned DTTC into one of Scotland’s most successful sporting clubs, and wishes all involved with DTTC continued success in the years ahead.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*, John Park*, Hugh Henry*, Jackie Baillie*, Charlie Gordon*, Ken Macintosh*, Cathy Peattie*, Des McNulty*, Brian Adam*, Sarah Boyack*, James Kelly*, Helen Eadie*, Mary Mulligan*, David Whitton*, Andy Kerr*, Rhona Brankin*, Jamie McGrigor*, Patricia Ferguson*, Irene Oldfather*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Cathy Jamieson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5475 Stuart McMillan: Privatisation of British Waterways—That the Parliament notes reports that British Waterways is to be privatised by the UK Government; further notes that British Waterways is a cross-border organisation that through large-scale investment over the last decade has provided improved and increasing opportunities to access the canal infrastructure in Scotland, in particular at Kirkintilloch with the new Southbank Marina, and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, and calls on the UK Government not to sell British Waterways as well as ensuring that a different long-term solution is established for Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-5474 Margaret Curran: Youth Football in Glasgow Recognised in New Year’s Honours List—That the Parliament congratulates Jim Smith from Carntyne in Glasgow for being awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List; notes that the MBE is in recognition of Jim Smith’s 30 years’ voluntary service to youth football in Glasgow; further notes that Jim Smith has been the regional secretary of the Scottish Youth Football Association for the last five years, as well as the City Cup tournament director for Glasgow; acknowledges that Jim Smith was recently commended by the Sports Council for Glasgow as part of its anniversary celebrations for his volunteer work in youth football, and wishes him great success in the organisation of the largest youth tournament in Scotland, which is to be held at Glasgow Green later this year.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Johann Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety, James Kelly, Aileen Campbell, Ken Macintosh, George Foulkes, Pauline McNeill, Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, Mary Mulligan, Bob Doris, Bill Aitken, David Whitton*, Rhona Brankin*, Karen Gillon*, John Park*

S3M-5473 Joe FitzPatrick: Legal Action against Members of the Public Clearing Pavements—That the Parliament welcomes the calls by Dundee City Council for residents to help during the cold weather by gritting pavements; condemns the scaremongering from some quarters regarding the possibility of people clearing paths facing legal action; notes the comments of Ronald Conway, a senior partner with Bonnar & Co, personal injury solicitors, that he had never known of a case of someone being taken to court in Scotland accused of causing injury by failing to properly clear a frozen public path; further notes the comments of Gordon McBean, a partner at Thorntons in Dundee who specialises in personal injury law, who said that he believed that a court would be reluctant to convict anyone seen to be acting in the interests of public safety, and calls on residents in Dundee and across Scotland to help keep paths clear and to look out for neighbours, particularly older people, during the current spell of bad weather.

Supported by: Nigel Don*, Bob Doris*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mike Pringle*, Brian Adam*, Bill Kidd*, Margo MacDonald*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-5472 Margaret Mitchell: Awards for Heroes—That the Parliament welcomes the success of the second Sun Military Awards event held on 15 December 2009 at the Imperial War Museum in London at which various awards, known as The Millies, recognised the bravery and professionalism of armed forces personnel; further welcomes the ecumenical service of commemoration that took place in Motherwell Cathedral on 29 October 2009 at which the people of Lanarkshire and beyond were able to show their respect and gratitude to all the servicemen and women killed and wounded as well as those still serving in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and pays tribute to all the brave men and women from Lanarkshire and across Scotland presently engaged in active service overseas.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Nanette Milne*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-5471 Hugh O’Donnell: Successful Scots in Dictionary—That the Parliament notes with pleasure the inclusion of four notable Scots in the 2010 edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; recognises the valuable contribution made to Scottish sporting, cultural, environmental and gastronomic life by Jimmy "Jinky" Johnstone of Celtic and Scotland, the author, Muriel Spark, writer and broadcaster Tom Weir and haggis manufacturer John Macsween respectively, and believes that their inclusion in the dictionary is recognition of their international contribution in their respective fields of success.

S3M-5470 Christine Grahame: Well Done to the Workforce at NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council—That the Parliament congratulates both NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council for the efforts made by all of their respective workforces to maintain services so far as possible in these exceptional weather conditions and welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Government that offenders on community service orders will be deployed to clear paths in the coming days.

S3M-5469♦ Dr Richard Simpson: Celebrating Scotland’s First Ever General Practice Week in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that more than 21 million patient consultations take place in general practice in Scotland every year; is proud of the high quality service provided by GPs and their practice teams every day, and welcomes the first ever General Practice Week in Scotland, from 8 to 14 February 2010, hosted by the British Medical Association Scotland in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland, which aims to celebrate the very best of NHS general practice in Scotland.

S3M-5468 Stewart Stevenson: The Loch Ryan Port (Harbour Empowerment) Order 2009—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the Loch Ryan Port (Harbour Empowerment) Order 2009 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-5467 Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Health Board Elections (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Health Board Elections (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Shona Robison

S3M-5466 Adam Ingram: The Draft Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2010—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Michael Russell

S3M-5465 Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2010—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Shona Robison

S3M-5464 John Swinney: Financial Services Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Financial Services Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 19 November 2009, relating to the enhancement of understanding and knowledge of the public of financial matters and the ability of members of the public to manage their own financial affairs, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Jim Mather

S3M-5463 Sandra White: Scottish Development International Trade Mission to Israel—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed trade mission on 10 to 15 January 2010 organised by Scottish Development International (SDI) to Israel, a state that is currently in contravention of numerous United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions and stands accused of serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the Gaza conflict, amounting to war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity; notes that this trade mission was postponed in January 2009 after advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the wake of Israel’s December 2008 offensive, and, while welcoming the Scottish Government’s clear position on the situation in Gaza and the substantial package of humanitarian aid announced last year by the Deputy First Minister, urges SDI to reconsider its current stance while Israel continues to flout international law and stands accused of possible crimes against humanity.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Christine Grahame, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Aileen Campbell, Mike Pringle, Elaine Smith, Hugh Henry*, Angela Constance*

S3M-5462 Jim Tolson: Crossford Primary School and Nursery Class, Dunfermline—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the very good HM Inspectorate of Education report for Crossford Primary School and Nursery Class in Dunfermline; acknowledges the pupils’ high levels of attainment in English language and mathematics; notes the clear sense of direction and encouragement given by the head teacher and principal teachers to all staff; further notes the effective partnerships between the staff and a range of agencies to help the children’s learning, and further acknowledges the support given to the school by parents.

S3M-5461 Mary Scanlon: The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/1).

S3M-5460 Kenneth Gibson: Book it, Just Don’t Thomas Cook it!—That the Parliament notes the recently published report in Which? Holiday that pointed out that Thomas Cook had one of the lowest customer approval ratings of any holiday company, with complaints including poor-quality hotel rooms and unhelpful staff as well as accusations that the tour operator’s brochures exaggerated standards on offer; believes that, if the views of the 139 passengers who had the misfortune to be booked on flight TCX841L on 26 December 2009 had been included, the report would have been even more critical of Thomas Cook; understands that this flight from Las Palmas to Glasgow was cancelled without notice, that passengers were given no information for hours on end, that the flight eventually left more than 13 hours late and that passengers were told that booking conditions meant that Thomas Cook was obliged to take them only to the United Kingdom not to Glasgow and that if they did not board the flight provided to take them to East Midlands Airport they could find their own way home; recognises that the exhausted passengers included people who were ill, very young, very elderly and heavily pregnant who were apparently told untruths throughout their journey and arrived in Glasgow 20 hours late after having been bussed from East Midlands Airport to Glasgow Airport, and considers that treating customers in such a cavalier take-it-or-leave-it fashion without so much as an apology will do as much to damage the reputation of Thomas Cook as any report and that Thomas Cook needs to spend less on advertising and more on looking after its customers if it is to retain its reputation as a trustworthy company.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Maureen Watt, Hugh Henry, Rob Gibson, Angela Constance*

S3M-5459# Murdo Fraser: Perth 800—That the Parliament notes that 2010 marks the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Burgh Charter to Perth; welcomes the launch of Perth 800, Perth and Kinross Council’s year-long programme of events and activities to celebrate this monumental anniversary; believes that the celebrations will allow Perth to showcase to the rest of the United Kingdom that Perth is one of the best places to live, visit and do business; further welcomes Perth 800 being used to progress Perth’s bid to gain official city status; considers that official city status will reflect Perth as being one of Scotland’s leading places for business, education, art, culture and sport, and supports Perth’s bid to become a city during HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Aileen Campbell, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Jackson Carlaw, Ted Brocklebank, Bill Aitken, Robin Harper, Jamie McGrigor, Dr Richard Simpson*, Maureen Watt*, Christopher Harvie*, John Scott*, Mary Scanlon*

S3M-5458 Elaine Smith: Lifting the Spirit of Those in Need—That the Parliament commends the work of Spirit Aid, founded by David Hayman and friends in 2001; notes that the humanitarian relief organisation is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children and young people whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, genocide, ethnic cleansing and all forms of abuse; recognises that this is a voluntary organisation that relies solely on the goodwill and donations of its supporters, committing 100% of all donations to humanitarian aid; further recognises that Spirit Aid has successfully undertaken projects in places such as Kosovo, Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Scotland, and supports Spirit Aid’s aim to attempt to hand back a better, healthier, safer and more just world to the children of the Earth.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Hume, Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, George Foulkes, Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Peattie, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Mr Frank McAveety, Robin Harper, Rhona Brankin, Stuart McMillan, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Angela Constance*, Linda Fabiani*, Maureen Watt*, Trish Godman*, Marlyn Glen*, Elaine Murray*

S3M-5457 Pauline McNeill: Gaza Now Exhibition Marks the Anniversary of the War on Gaza—That the Parliament marks the first anniversary of the bombing of Gaza during the 22-day war that took place between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009 by exhibiting the Gaza Now exhibition, hosted by Edinburgh Direct Aid and the Cross-party Group on Palestine; notes with concern that the Gaza war resulted in 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis losing their lives, leaving in its wake a massive humanitarian disaster, with more than 400,000 Gazans left without running water while 4,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless; believes that all perpetrators of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead should be brought to justice; recognises the importance of the Goldstone report, which states that facts discovered during the mission led the team to conclude that Israel’s objective in the attack was to punish, humiliate and terrorise a civilian population; supports the recommendation in the Goldstone report that, to uphold respect for human rights and show no tolerance of state impunity from international law, there must be an independent and credible investigation of war crimes; reaffirms its support for calls for Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories, and supports the creation of a viable independent Palestinian state.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Cathy Jamieson, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Bob Doris, Malcolm Chisholm, Jim Tolson, Hugh O’Donnell, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Marlyn Glen, Rhona Brankin, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Ms Wendy Alexander, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5455 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the proposals contained in the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is currently being considered by the Parliament of Uganda; strongly condemns the oppressive legislation that could result in life imprisonment for homosexuality and also threatens imprisonment for anyone who does not inform the authorities of someone who is gay; recognises that the Bill is a gross violation of human rights, and calls for the international community to put continued pressure on the Ugandan Government to immediately withdraw the proposals.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Ken Macintosh, Alasdair Allan, Christopher Harvie, Bill Kidd, Anne McLaughlin, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Patrick Harvie, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, George Foulkes, Stewart Maxwell, Jack McConnell, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Marlyn Glen, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5454 Rob Gibson: Creamola Fizzes Again!—That the Parliament welcomes news of the launch of Creamola Fizz, the reincarnation of an old favourite fizzy soluble drink, known as Creamola Foam Crystals, that used to be a big treat for young and old alike; recalls that it was withdrawn by Nestlé in 1998; welcomes its imminent return under local Scottish ownership, and wishes the new producer, Alan McCandlish of Cardross, every success with the expected relaunch early this year to delight a whole new generation of Creamola Fizz lovers.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Jackie Baillie, Cathy Peattie, Bill Wilson, Jim Hume, Anne McLaughlin, Jackson Carlaw, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Aileen Campbell, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Christine Grahame, Iain Smith, Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5449 Kenneth Gibson: High-speed Rail Link—That the Parliament notes the failure of the UK Labour government to put forward any plans yet to proceed with a high-speed rail link north of the Midlands; acknowledges the economic benefits that such a rail link will have, and believes that not only should such a link include Scotland but that, for once, such a project should start in Scotland and extend south rather than the other way around with Scotland only being included decades later, as has happened notably in relation to motorway construction.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Stewart Maxwell, Brian Adam, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson

S3M-5448 Willie Coffey: International Year of Cooperatives—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the United Nations (UN) to recognise the major role that cooperatives play in economic and social development by designating 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives; notes recent research by the International Labour Organisation that demonstrates the role that cooperatives can play in responding to economic crises; endorses the UN’s call for government action to help build the capacity of cooperatives; recalls Scotland’s contribution to the early development of the cooperative model, including the establishment of the Fenwick Weavers’ Society in 1761 and developments at New Lanark, founded by David Dale of Stewarton and taken forward by his son-in-law, Robert Owen, and expresses its strong support for plans being brought forward by, among others, Scotland’s cooperative and mutual societies, Co-operative Development Scotland and the Scottish Government to mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Fenwick Weavers’ Society in 2011 and the International Year of Cooperatives in 2012.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Angela Constance, Bob Doris, Cathy Jamieson, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, John Wilson, Jim Hume, Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, John Scott, Hugh O’Donnell, Ken Macintosh, Jamie Hepburn, Mr Frank McAveety, Margaret Mitchell, Robin Harper, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Hugh Henry, James Kelly, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt, Bill Butler, Linda Fabiani*, Bill Wilson*

S3M-5428 Bruce Crawford: Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop

S3M-5419# David Whitton: Scotland’s Investment Management Industry—That the Parliament recognises the heritage, international standing and continuing success of Scotland’s investment management industry; is concerned by the serious risk that the industry’s capacity to serve its customers by providing a choice of investment opportunities to meet their needs will be impaired by the proposed Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, currently before the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, and hopes that the directive will be amended so that it is proportionate, practicable and sufficiently flexible and can support the continued provision by companies in Scotland, and in particular areas such as Strathkelvin and Bearsden, of a range of investment vehicles, including investment trusts.

Supported by: Andy Kerr, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Jack McConnell, Gavin Brown, Joe FitzPatrick*

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, Ian McKee, Anne McLaughlin, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5445 Bankrupt Britain Goes for Bombs (lodged on 23 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*, Sandra White*

S3M-5444 Brokenhagen (lodged on 22 December 2009) Michael Matheson*, Sandra White*

S3M-5436# 175 Years of the Airdrie Savings Bank (lodged on 17 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5435 Homecoming Scotland Wins at European Excellence Awards 2009 (lodged on 17 December 2009) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5399 Human Rights for the Saharawi (lodged on 11 December 2009) Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5356 Kurdish Language Rights in Turkey (lodged on 3 December 2009) Joe FitzPatrick*, Anne McLaughlin*

S3M-5124# Friends of the Earth Report, Wasting Away (lodged on 4 November 2009) Ross Finnie*

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