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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5545 Pauline McNeill: Celebrating the Opening of the New Glasgow Warriors’ Training Base—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the Glasgow Warriors’ new training base at Scotstoun stadium; acknowledges the £18 million redevelopment on the site, which will play a key part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; notes the Princess Royal’s attendance at the opening ceremony and hopes that all of Scottish rugby will be able to benefit from the facility, and welcomes the partnership of Scottish Rugby, Glasgow City Council and Culture and Sport Glasgow to ensure that the facility becomes a centre of excellence for rugby.

*S3M-5544 Cathy Jamieson: Recognition of Council Workers’ Efforts during the Big Freeze—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of council workers in East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire who made tremendous efforts to keep services going and respond to the public during the recent severe weather; notes that, while priority was given to gritting and clearing snow from major routes, many roads and pavements in housing schemes and outlying areas were not treated, causing difficulty for local residents; urges the councils, in light of the recent experience, to consult local communities while reviewing the effectiveness of their winter plans, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire councils have adequate resources to deal with the aftermath of the freeze and subsequent thaw.

*S3M-5543 Dave Thompson: Decision to Close the Beechwood House DP—That the Parliament notes with dismay the decision to close the designated place (DP) at Beechwood House in Inverness, which, for 19 years, has been open to over 900 referrals annually by the police, the NHS and other agencies for people struggling with the impact of alcohol; notes that the Beechwood House DP provides, as an alternative to police custody, a safe place for recovery and rehabilitation for those deemed drunk and incapable and is one of only two in the whole of Scotland, of which the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland thematic inspection report of October 2008, Medical Services for people in police custody, noted "Throughout the Scottish police service both are considered to be examples of good practice that could usefully be extended across Scotland."; considers that the decision by the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership to remove support from the Beechwood House DP without identifying any alternative options will have a dramatic knock-on effect on the NHS and on the police service, which will be forced to use police cells and other resources to manage drunk and incapable people who need only a safe place to recover, and, finally, calls on the board of NHS Highland, which received a 45% increase in funding in 2009-10 (to £2,267,711) to deal with alcohol misuse, to now urgently consider taking responsibility for the DP as recommended in the 2009 Scottish Government report, Managing the Needs of Drunk and Incapable People in Scotland: a Literature Review and Needs Assessment.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Michael Matheson*, Stuart McMillan*

*S3M-5542 Marilyn Livingstone: Future Jobs Fund Employment in Fife—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that 238 jobs are to be created in Fife through funding provided by the UK Government’s Future Jobs Fund, following a successful partnership bid for funding led by Fife Council; recognises that the posts will be focused on improving the local community and will be available across the region over the next year; commends the Future Jobs Fund, which was set up to support the creation of around 150,000 jobs for people aged 18 to 24 who are long-term unemployed or who face significant disadvantages in the labour market; acknowledges that two thirds of the jobs in Fife are expected to be filled by this age bracket, with one third to be allocated to long-term unemployed people aged 25 or over, and commends the fact that the jobs are designed to give people who have been out of work for a significant period of time the experience and confidence that will help them to find long-term employment and that will be essential to help Scotland’s economic recovery.

*S3M-5541 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill.

Supported by: Alex Salmond*, Bruce Crawford*

*S3M-5540 Jackie Baillie: Unfair Nursery Charges—That the Parliament regrets that SNP-controlled West Dunbartonshire Council has imposed additional charges for nursery care; notes that the hourly rate is to increase by almost 30%; further notes that the proposed charging structure, which block charges at a flat rate for up to five hours and up to 10 hours, does not even reflect the hours of some nurseries that are open for only up to eight hours; considers that the abolition of the 50% discount for additional children will have huge financial implications for many families; further understands that these charges have been imposed without consultation with those affected and without an equality impact assessment; recognises that the council has to look at ways to increase its revenue; however, strongly believes that an average increase in revenue of 70% is completely unfair on families at a time of economic instability, and therefore calls on West Dunbartonshire Council to abandon these deeply punishing charges.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson*, James Kelly*

*S3M-5539 Nigel Don: Congratulations to Tillydrone Fundraising Group—That the Parliament congratulates the members of the fundraising group in Aberdeen’s Tillydrone area who have raised £5,000 for Bezallel Primary School in the Ugandan town of Kumali; notes that the money will be used to buy a tractor to cultivate land owned by the school; further notes that this donation follows a donation of clothes and stationery to Kumali from the residents of Tillydrone in 2008; welcomes the link between Tillydrone and Kumali, and wishes the volunteers well for their trip to Uganda in February 2010 and their future fundraising efforts.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Nanette Milne*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Alasdair Allan*, Stuart McMillan*, Aileen Campbell*, Brian Adam*, Michael Matheson*

*S3M-5538 Cathy Jamieson: Postal Deliveries During the Big Freeze—That the Parliament recognises the efforts made by postal workers to ensure that deliveries continued to be made during the recent severe weather including to rural homes in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley and notes that this is appreciated by constituents.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, Jackson Carlaw*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-5537 Mr Frank McAveety: Scottish Rugby Celebrated at Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Rugby on its recent event on 13 January 2010 in the Scottish Parliament to highlight ongoing extensive work both on and off the pitch; notes Scottish Rugby’s efforts to boost rugby in schools and communities; welcomes new national team coach Andy Robinson, Scottish internationals Nick De Luca and Kelly Brown and other senior Scottish Rugby officials to the Parliament; congratulates the Scottish national team on its excellent performance in the autumn tests, and wishes it the best of luck for its forthcoming Six Nations campaign that kicks off at Murrayfield on 7 February against France.

S3M-5536 John Wilson: Breaking the Circle of Violence: Scared to Go Home—That the Parliament welcomes Strathclyde Police’s domestic abuse campaign, Breaking the Circle of Violence; congratulates this proactive campaign, which acknowledges the damage that domestic abuse can have on both female and male victims; notes that tackling domestic abuse remains an ongoing issue of concern, which is helped by campaigns such as this, and praises the non-gendered stance of Strathclyde Police in assisting victims of domestic abuse.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*, Maureen Watt*, Bob Doris*, Margaret Mitchell*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh Henry*, Gil Paterson*, Mary Scanlon*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-5535 Richard Baker: Tackling the Use of Legal Highs—That the Parliament congratulates Tayside Police and partner agencies for their work in tackling the misuse of substances purchased through internet sites purporting to sell legal highs; notes that there have been particular problems with increased use of the stimulants often know as bubbles and Mcat in recent months in areas including Angus and in particular by young people, which has resulted in serious harm with several people being hospitalised as a consequence; notes that the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is currently considering whether to outlaw the stimulant, Mephedrone, as a top priority and is due to report back early in 2010; congratulates Tayside Police and other forces on their work in seeking to prosecute those people who distribute such substances for their reckless conduct, and congratulates Tayside Police and its partner agencies for their education and awareness campaigns on the health risks posed by these substances.

Supported by: Gil Paterson*, Jackie Baillie*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, James Kelly*

S3M-5534 Mike Pringle: Congratulations to Lothian and Borders Police—That the Parliament congratulates Lothian and Borders Police on seizing almost £1.5 million worth of cocaine in the last nine months; commends the Serious Organised Crime Unit that was launched in September 2009 for its role in the proactive approach that Lothian and Borders Police are taking to tackling drug crime; notes that, if seizure rates are maintained, Lothian and Borders Police are on course to beat both of its previous records of £1.9 million worth of cocaine and £2.4 million worth of class A drugs, consisting almost entirely of cocaine and heroin, seized in a calendar year, and wishes Lothian and Borders Police every success in its continuing efforts to tackle drug crime.

S3M-5533 Bob Doris: SECC Success and Community Benefit—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved with the trading success of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), which has reported a 47% increase in trading profits to £627,812 for 2008-09; notes that SEC Ltd is 91% owned by Glasgow City Council and that such success can only be beneficial to both the city’s reputation as a first-class venue for events as well as to Glasgow’s finances; however, has concerns over the decision of SEC Ltd to charge £101.97 plus VAT to journalists for the use of an electric power point at the Glasgow North East by-election, which had a substantial effect on the finances of small community news providers; considers that with the 2010 UK election imminent there should be a review of charges by SEC Ltd that may prohibit local journalists being able to report on the democratic process, and believes that a more general review of the SEC Ltd pricing policy would be welcome to ensure that the SECC is accessible and affordable for use by local small businesses, charities and community organisations.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5532 Marilyn Livingstone: Greener Kirkcaldy—That the Parliament welcomes Greener Kirkcaldy, a new environmental community group, and its project that aims to help people in the Kirkcaldy area to reduce their carbon footprints and fuel bills; notes that the group plans to open an information centre in Kirkcaldy town centre in April 2010 and to work with community groups and schools throughout the local area; commends the project for aiming to advise people on a range of environmental issues such as energy efficiency, greener transport options, waste reduction and sources of local food, and considers that the project and the additional jobs and volunteering options that it will bring will be a valuable addition to Kirkcaldy town centre.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Bill Kidd*, Cathy Jamieson*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-5531 Karen Whitefield: Active Literacy Success at St Brigid’s Primary, Newmains—That the Parliament congratulates St Brigid’s Primary in Newmains on its outstanding work in piloting North Lanarkshire’s Active Literacy Programme; notes that St Brigid’s has piloted the latest programme targeted at pupils with additional support needs; further notes that the school was recently praised by HM Inspectorate of Education for its literacy work; recognises that the Active Literacy pilot has resulted in significant improvements in St Brigid’s national test results, with reading levels improved from 89% in 2006 to 93.4% in 2008, writing from 66% in 2006 to 85.8% in 2008 and maths results improving from 72% in 2006 to 91.5% in 2008; commends the hard work and commitment of all staff at St Brigid’s involved in delivering the Active Literacy Programme, and believes that North Lanarkshire’s Active Literacy pilot is a shining example of how to achieve high literacy levels for all.

Supported by: James Kelly, Cathy Peattie, Marlyn Glen, Michael McMahon, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Butler, Rhona Brankin, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, Des McNulty, Cathie Craigie, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-5530 Willie Coffey: Eglinton Watercolours—That the Parliament congratulates East Ayrshire Council on taking delivery on 13 January 2010 of the Eglinton watercolours by James Henry Nixon, which were painted to commemorate the Eglinton Tournament that was held over three days in August 1839 and are considered to be of outstanding significance for the study of Scottish social history and of the 19th century Gothic Revival; notes also that historic shields, used to furnish the knights’ tents at the tournament, have been purchased along with the watercolours; welcomes the support that the council received for this purchase from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Art Fund, the Barcapel Foundation and the National Fund for Acquisitions, and considers that the watercolours and shields, which are important parts of Ayrshire’s heritage, will significantly enhance the council’s already impressive art collection.

S3M-5529 Bob Doris: Applauding an Era, Maintaining the Link—That the Parliament acknowledges the outstanding services provided by the Queen Mother’s Hospital in Glasgow over the last 46 years and the dedication and professionalism of its doctors, nurses and midwives; appreciates the suggestion by Professor Andrew Calder, who led plans to bring maternity, paediatric and adult hospital services together in Glasgow, that "Queen Mother’s" should be retained in some form in the title of the new maternity unit at the Southern General Hospital as a link to the proud record of this pioneering hospital; looks forward to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children currently at Yorkhill being co-located with the new Southern General unit in 2015 when it moves to that site; commends the Evening Times and all those involved in the campaign to have these new facilities co-located, and looks forward to the tradition of excellence and innovation established at the Queen Mother’s Hospital continuing at the new facility for many years to come.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Anne McLaughlin, Jackson Carlaw, Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5528 Jackson Carlaw: A Medical Centre for Newton Mearns—That the Parliament notes that Newton Mearns is the largest centre of population in East Renfrewshire, with an age profile, unemployment level and disability rate all higher than the average for the area and that, despite having such a profile, it does not have its own medical facility; considers that this results in clinics having to be held in inappropriate council halls with no waiting rooms and poor parking or even in local supermarkets; further notes that, at its meeting on 11 January 2009, Newton Mearns Community Council unanimously voted for Newton Mearns to be given its own medical centre to bring such piecemeal and unsatisfactory arrangements to an end, and calls on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the Scottish Government and East Renfrewshire Council to take note of this development and work together to provide the residents of Newton Mearns with the medical facilities that they both require and thoroughly deserve, thereby putting them on an equal footing with other communities throughout East Renfrewshire.

S3M-5527 David Stewart: Congratulations to the Isle of Eigg, Winner of the Big Green Challenge—That the Parliament congratulates the Isle of Eigg community on being named a winner of the Big Green Challenge and awarded £300,000 from the £1 million prize fund that encourages community-led carbon emission reductions; notes that the Isle of Eigg team slashed CO2 emissions by an impressive 32% in the last year alone, making a significant impact on the United Kingdom’s 2020 emissions reduction target of 34%; further notes that the Isle of Eigg project fought off competition from over 350 community groups across the UK as a result of its achievements over the course of a year in four areas: CO2 reductions achieved, the innovative nature of its initiatives, the longevity and scalability of the project and the level of community engagement, and commends the ambitions of the Eigg community to go even further and use the prize money to fulfil its ambitions to reduce Eigg’s carbon footprint to ensure a low-carbon future for the island.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, John Scott, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Rhoda Grant, Peter Peacock, Rhona Brankin, Bill Kidd, Mr Frank McAveety, Jamie McGrigor, Hugh Henry, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Jamieson, Ian McKee, Trish Godman*

S3M-5526 Pauline McNeill: Closure of the Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital—That the Parliament notes with sadness the closure of the Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital in Glasgow; commemorates its work over the years; recognises the pioneering ultrasound techniques developed at the facility that brought the hospital world-wide recognition; notes the view of Professor Andrew Calder who called for the name to be retained at the new site and for it to be named the Queen Mother’s Maternity Unit of the Southern General Hospital, and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to consider this proposal.


Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, James Kelly, Cathy Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Malcolm Chisholm, Margaret Curran, Jack McConnell*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Smith*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Mulligan*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-5525 Bill Wilson: The Illegality of the Invasion of Iraq and the Detention of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair—That the Parliament welcomes the finding of an independent Dutch commission that UN Security Council Resolution 1441 "cannot reasonably be interpreted as authorising individual member states to use military force to compel Iraq to comply with the Security Council’s resolutions, without authorization from the Security Council"; notes that data gathered by Opinion Research Business indicated that, in September 2007, approximately one million Iraqi citizens had died as a result of the invasion of that country; further notes that, according to media reports, Hans Blix considers that the invasion was illegal and believes that the former UK Prime Minister and former US President misled the public; acknowledges that, according to the High Court of Justiciary in Lord Advocate’s Reference No.1 of 2000, "a rule of customary international law is a rule of Scots law" and considers that, this being the case, the appropriate Scottish law enforcement agencies have the power to investigate the conclusions of the Dutch commission and the role of the former UK Prime Minister, Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, in waging a war of aggression, and looks forward to his detention and indictment.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell

S3M-5525.1 George Foulkes: The Illegality of the Invasion of Iraq and the Detention of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5525) in the name of Bill Wilson, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "recalls delegations of Kurds and Marsh Arabs who visited the United Kingdom in the 1980s and 1990s describing the torture, murder and genocide of their people by Saddam Hussein and their calls on British politicians to take action to help them; further recalls the feeling of impotence at Britain’s inability to help, and therefore believes that the action taken by the UK Government led by Tony Blair and supported by a vote in the House of Commons was not only justified by the UN resolution and convention on genocide but was morally right in ridding the world of one of its bloodiest dictators and giving the Iraqi people the opportunity to elect their own government and move towards peace and prosperity."

Supported by: David Whitton

S3M-5524 Bill Kidd: Reversal of Ministry of Defence Decision to Sell Kentigern House—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Ministry of Defence to abandon its plans to sell off Kentigern House in Glasgow for £47.7 million and lease the building back on a 20-year contract at an annual rental of almost £3.6 million; congratulates the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and the Ministry of Defence civil servants and Hewlett Packard staff working at the site on their successful campaign to reverse the decision, and considers that the sale-and-leaseback proposal would have been gravely shortsighted, at a cost of £150 million to the taxpayer in the long run, and that common sense has prevailed over such myopic decision making.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Alasdair Allan, John Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell

S3M-5523 Rob Gibson: Big Green Winners—That the Parliament congratulates the community group on the Isle of Eigg as one of the three winners of the Big Green Challenge, a lucrative competition created to encourage community-led carbon emission reductions; praises the Isle of Eigg team for slashing its CO2 emissions by an impressive 32% in the last year alone, making a significant impact on Scotland’s 2020 emissions reduction target of 42%; notes that the team will receive £300,000 from NESTA to continue these efforts to reduce carbon emissions, and wishes members of the team all the best in also helping other communities to learn from their experience.

Supported by: Dave Thompson, Jamie Hepburn, Patrick Harvie, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Stewart Maxwell, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, Linda Fabiani, Maureen Watt, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-5522 Cathy Peattie: Climate Change, the Road from Copenhagen—That the Parliament recognises that, while the outcome of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) was disappointing to many, particularly those countries most vulnerable to sea level rises or desertification, the conference was never going to be more than a step on the road to building comprehensive and effective global action on climate change; considers that Scotland has a sound basis for future action in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and that this Act has been widely applauded internationally as a yardstick for progressive climate change legislation, and believes that the Scottish Government should proceed, with the least possible delay, to implement and build on the commitments and initiatives of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Elaine Murray, Sarah Boyack, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen, James Kelly, David Whitton, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, Hugh Henry, Des McNulty

S3M-5521 Gil Paterson: Round One Win for Dalmuir Park—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to award Dalmuir Park a first-round pass in an application for funding to help regenerate this important piece of green space in Clydebank; believes that the park is an important asset to the health and wellbeing of the people of Clydebank; encourages West Dunbartonshire Council in its endeavours, while welcoming its success in being awarded £11,700 by the HLF, and looks forward to a successful second-round application.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Anne McLaughlin, Michael Matheson, Stewart Maxwell, Bill Kidd, Jackson Carlaw, Rob Gibson, Des McNulty, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell

S3M-5520 Aileen Campbell: Dutch Inquiry Finds Iraq War Was Illegal—That the Parliament notes the findings of the Dutch Committee of Inquiry on Iraq, which, at the request of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, investigated the political support given by the Netherlands for the invasion of Iraq in the period from the summer of 2002 to the summer of 2003; notes the committee’s conclusion that "the military action had no sound mandate under international law", and believes that this finding gives further weight to the argument that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was illegal, that such findings should be taken into account by the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry currently under way in London and that those responsible for such illegal actions should be held to account under the terms of international law.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christopher Harvie, Sandra White, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Patrick Harvie, Brian Adam, Anne McLaughlin, Joe FitzPatrick, Angela Constance, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle

S3M-5519 Joe FitzPatrick: University of Strathclyde and GSK Groundbreaking Postgraduate Chemistry MPhil Research Programme—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Strathclyde and world-leading pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on the first ever initiative in the United Kingdom to deliver a bespoke postgraduate MPhil chemistry degree programme; pays tribute to the expertise and professionalism of the university staff in achieving this outcome; recognises that this unique research programme will be geared towards identifying and developing novel treatments for a range of diseases, including respiratory, inflammatory, neurological and psychiatric diseases; acknowledges the potential that this will have to deliver considerable benefits for patients and public health; commends this innovative initiative as a tangible demonstration of the benefits of collaboration, in particular the knowledge exchange between academia and industry, and notes that the programme is designed to allow GSK employees to develop novel research approaches towards new treatments and, in so doing, aims to benefit society as a whole.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, Nanette Milne, Ms Wendy Alexander, Linda Fabiani, Dr Richard Simpson*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Elaine Murray*, Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*

S3M-5518 Mike Rumbles: Threat to Aberdeen Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit—That the Parliament notes with concern the plans of NHS Grampian to downgrade and downsize the Aberdeen Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, the unit that looked after many of the survivors of the Piper Alpha disaster; further notes that the plans are proceeding in the face of grave reservations from the unit’s consultants; recognises the important work carried out by the unit, which undertakes complex reconstruction of cancer cases, trauma cases and burns as well as work in areas such as hand surgery, breast reconstruction and head and neck surgery; believes that the unit, which serves the needs of over half a million people from the Northern Isles to Aberdeen, cannot continue to offer the full range of services if its beds are reduced by 40% as currently planned; considers that the contraction of the plastic surgery provision in Aberdeen, while it is expanded in the central belt, would lead to unacceptable inequalities of service levels across Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government and NHS Grampian to work constructively with the consultants and staff in the unit to revise the plans to allow the unit to maintain and build on the work that it currently carries out.

Supported by: Tavish Scott, Liam McArthur, Jamie Stone, Mike Pringle, Hugh Henry, Alex Johnstone, Hugh O’Donnell

S3M-5517 Elaine Smith: Grand Theft Childhood—That the Parliament notes with concern recent research that indicates that video games featuring high levels of violence can be detrimental to those playing them; acknowledges that these games can have a particularly negative effect on children and young people; recognises that violent video games are successfully marketed to and easily obtained by children and young people; notes with concern evidence to suggest that parents are purchasing video games for children younger than the certified age range; believes that parents should be made aware of the possible risk to children’s emotional and psychological development as a result of prolonged use of violent video games; further believes that the Scottish Government should engage in a productive debate among parents, legislators and video games producers to highlight the potential dangers of high rates of exposure to virtual violence, and encourages the Scottish Government to define the public policy options that are likely to be most effective in addressing the negative effects of these games.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen

S3M-5516 Bill Kidd: St Mungo Festival—That the Parliament marks the launch this week of the first St Mungo festival, which honours the life of Glasgow’s patron saint; welcomes this opportunity to celebrate and share the medieval history of Scotland’s largest city with locals and visitors alike; notes the wide range of free events on offer during the festival’s run from 9 to 16 January 2009, including tours, exhibitions, religious ceremonies and the Ballet of St Thenew, and encourages as many people as possible to find out more about the origins of the city that St Mungo christened the dear green place by visiting the website

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-5514 Sarah Boyack: First Female Officer to Lead Policing in Edinburgh—That the Parliament congratulates Chief Superintendent Gill Imery on her appointment as the new territorial commander for A Division in Lothian and Borders Police; notes that Chief Superintendent Gill Imery is the first female officer to lead policing in Scotland’s capital city and will be in charge of 1,300 staff in Edinburgh; hopes that this appointment will further inspire women to reach high-level positions in Scotland, and wishes Ms Imery well in her post.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Rhona Brankin, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, David McLetchie, Margaret Mitchell, Ken Macintosh, Johann Lamont, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Jamieson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Marlyn Glen, David Stewart, Robin Harper, Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, George Foulkes, John Park, Karen Gillon, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Hugh Henry, Linda Fabiani

S3M-5513# Hugh Henry: Local Newspapers—That the Parliament notes the contribution made by local papers in Renfrewshire and throughout Scotland; believes that local daily papers such as the Paisley Daily Express, weekly papers such as the Gazette and free papers such as the Extra all add to healthy local discussion; is concerned that the removal of local authority and Scottish Government advertising will weaken the financial viability of local newspapers; notes that many people, particularly older people and those on a low income, do not have access to the internet; believes that public agency advertising in local newspapers is important for a healthy democracy, and would welcome a review of the decision to end advertising public notices in local newspapers.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, John Scott, Des McNulty, James Kelly, Cathy Peattie, Robin Harper, Ted Brocklebank, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Duncan McNeil, Jackson Carlaw, Karen Whitefield, John Park, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Mulligan, Jamie McGrigor, Trish Godman, Ms Wendy Alexander, David Whitton, Bill Aitken, Rhona Brankin

S3M-5506 Marilyn Livingstone: Severe Weather Conditions in Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the difficulties experienced by a number of local authorities during the recent severe weather conditions in Scotland; acknowledges that the extreme and prolonged adverse weather, thought to be the worst conditions for 20 years, has led to an increase in demand for all of Scotland’s salt suppliers, meaning that Fife Council and other local authorities have received less salt than expected; expresses concern that many local authorities were reported to have run out of supplies to treat residential routes and footways, endangering public safety, and urges the Scottish Government to have in place an effective support system for local authorities experiencing difficulties in responding to severe weather conditions for the safety of all.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Murray, Rhona Brankin, Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Jim Tolson, Mary Mulligan, David Whitton, Pauline McNeill

S3M-5505 Richard Lochhead: The Draft Crofting (Designation of Areas) (Scotland) Order 2010—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Crofting (Designation of Areas) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-5504 Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs be approved.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-5503 Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats be approved.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-5502 Sandra White: David Robertson Ross, a Giant of a Man—That the Parliament notes with great sadness the passing away of the historian, David Robertson Ross, at the age of 51, who became widely known as the Biker Historian as he toured around Scotland from the age of 17 in his quest for a better understanding of the places and events that helped shape our nation; further notes that, through his numerous works on William Wallace and Robert the Bruce among others, he is credited with bringing Scotland’s vibrant history to a new generation of ordinary people in Scotland and beyond; feels that David’s dream to see Wallace "brought home" for a symbolic funeral was realised in 2005 when, to mark the 700th anniversary of Wallace’s execution, David and supporters carried a coffin containing Wallace’s "spirit" from London to Scotland, and believes that, as he journeys to join his kindred spirits, the words by fellow Scottish patriot and author Linda MacDonald-Lewis - Mourn now, weep on my countrymen/For the man that stood/Steadfast to passioned principles/When few if any would./Call him giant, call him mad/Or Sir if you will/The Wallace and his Mighty Sword/Stirs the young hearts still - originally penned to mark the Walk for Wallace ring true for this giant of a man.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Ian McKee, Michael Matheson, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt, Anne McLaughlin, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani

S3M-5501 Jackson Carlaw: Holocaust Memorial Day 2010/Gaza Now Exhibition—That the Parliament reflects with sadness on the Holocaust Memorial Trust’s (HMT) statement that "the evils of prejudice, discrimination and intolerance continue to exist in Britain today. We categorise, stereotype, discriminate, exclude, bully, persecute, attack - because of race, religion, disability and sexuality. We damage, and are damaged, as a result of our refusal to accept our common humanity"; welcomes the HMT’s work in organising Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 on 27 January 2010 as part of ongoing efforts to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and subsequent atrocities such as those perpetrated in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur; further notes the HMT’s observation that "Genocide does not just happen. It starts when we no longer celebrate and respect the differences between us"; unreservedly condemns the message displayed in the comments book at the Gaza Now exhibition in the Scottish Parliament during the week commencing 4 January 2010 calling on the international community to "wipe Israel off the face of the map", and calls on as many Scots as possible to participate in Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 events (, to learn the lessons of previous genocides and to strive to live by these lessons all year round.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Elizabeth Smith, Patrick Harvie, John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Ted Brocklebank, Bill Aitken, George Foulkes, Nanette Milne, Ken Macintosh, Stewart Maxwell, Mary Scanlon, Margaret Mitchell, Liam McArthur, Linda Fabiani, Annabel Goldie*

S3M-5500 Joe FitzPatrick: Victoria and Albert in Dundee—That the Parliament welcomes the next step in the development of the Victoria and Albert in Dundee, which will see architects from across the world compete in a competition to design the new museum to be sited on the water at the iconic Discovery Quay site; notes that the project, which is expected to begin construction in 2012 and be completed in 2014, will create 900 jobs and bring an estimated 130,000 visitors to Dundee every year; further notes that the museum will provide access to high quality exhibitions for residents in Dundee and across Scotland, and welcomes the support given to the project by the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee City Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Nanette Milne, Jamie Hepburn, David Whitton, Robin Harper, Marlyn Glen, Ian McKee, Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Jack McConnell*

S3M-5499 Stewart Maxwell: The Death of Miep Gies—That the Parliament acknowledges the death of Miep Gies, aged 100, the last surviving member of the group that helped Anne Frank and her family hide from the Nazis for more than two years; admires her courage and compassion, which provided a shining example of humanitarianism in one of mankind’s bleakest times; further acknowledges that the incredible tale of Anne Frank could not have been told were it not for the brave defiance of Nazi occupation laws, and applauds her continued work in causes of tolerance long after Anne Frank’s death.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Andrew Welsh, Rob Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Sandra White, Christopher Harvie, Liam McArthur, Des McNulty, Jackson Carlaw, Shirley-Anne Somerville, David Whitton, Dr Richard Simpson, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Bill Wilson, Anne McLaughlin, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith, Christina McKelvie, Marlyn Glen, Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Hugh Henry, Jack McConnell*

S3M-5498 Margaret Mitchell: Red Cross Supporting Scotland through the Snow—That the Parliament commends the vital emergency relief and support that Red Cross teams are providing to snowbound communities across Scotland and notes that specially adapted Red Cross four-wheel-drive vehicles have been transporting people in Falkirk and Grangemouth to and from hospital and that, across Scotland, dedicated volunteers and staff continue to provide essential health and care services and to support Scotland’s statutory authorities, while in Bellshill, Cumbernauld and Glasgow Red Cross wheelchairs have been allocated to people who have injured themselves as a result of the weather, thus reducing pressures on NHS stocks.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Nanette Milne, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Elizabeth Smith, John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, John Scott, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Patrick Harvie, Bill Aitken, Bill Wilson, Jackie Baillie, Cathie Craigie, Jackson Carlaw, Mike Pringle, Mary Scanlon, Murdo Fraser, Liam McArthur, Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt

S3M-5497 Cathy Jamieson: Thanks to Salt Miners during Big Freeze—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of the salt miners at Cleveland Potash in North Yorkshire, members of Unite the Union, who are battling to get to work in icy conditions above ground while working in Saharan temperatures below ground to produce salt to help keep roads clear during the big freeze; notes that Cleveland Potash is Britain’s biggest mine and the deepest in the western hemisphere, with miners working nine-and-a-half-hour shifts over one mile underground, keeping operations going for 24 hours per day to produce an average of 10,000 tonnes of salt per day; further notes that many of the miners sacrificed much of their Christmas break, when the mine is usually closed, to step up salt supplies, and thanks them for their efforts in working flat out on our behalf.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5496 Brian Adam: Review of Consumer Protection for Holidays—That the Parliament notes with regret the collapse of Flyglobespan, which left thousands of passengers out of pocket due to their flights and holidays not being covered by the ATOL scheme or eligible for a refund under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974; welcomes the call by the President of the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association, Brian Potter, for a review of the consumer financial protection system in the United Kingdom, and believes that a new protection scheme is needed that takes into account the move toward online and direct booking of flights and holidays to protect all air passengers and holidaymakers from the potential failure of their travel agent or operator.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Stewart Maxwell, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Anne McLaughlin, Aileen Campbell, Hugh Henry, Maureen Watt, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dave Thompson*, Christopher Harvie*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5495 Jim Tolson: Third Annual Fife Jazz Festival—That the Parliament welcomes the third annual Fife Jazz Festival, from 4 to 7 February 2010, celebrating both jazz and Fife with music from internationally acclaimed musicians as well as Fife jazz musicians at venues across the Kingdom, including Dunfermline, St Andrews, Cowdenbeath, Buckhaven, Glenrothes and Freuchie; further welcomes the Fife Jazz Education programme in schools and Fife Jazz Weekend School, encouraging young people to play jazz; notes that the festival will host the Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra, which will perform with the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra, and acknowledges the positive effect that this festival will have on the cultural wellbeing of people across Fife and visitors to the area.

S3M-5494 Sandra White: £34 Million Boost to Scottish Economy—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the First Minister, at the National Jobs Summit in Glasgow, of over £34 million of new investment to support and prepare people for employment from the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund; notes that this investment will support the creation of 193 jobs and help 28,000 people gain or sustain employment opportunities through skills development, and believes that in these tough economic times the country must work together to ensure the strongest possible economic recovery for the whole of Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Anne McLaughlin, Aileen Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5493 Jim Tolson: We’re For Fife—That the Parliament welcomes the new We’re For Fife promotion launched on 7 January 2010 to promote the reasons why Fife is a great place to live, work and visit; welcomes the We’re For Fife song and television advertising, and wishes all the public and private sector partners involved in the launch every success with the initiative.

Supported by: Iain Smith, Bill Kidd, Jim Hume, Hugh O’Donnell

S3M-5492 Pauline McNeill: Congratulations to Notre Dame—That the Parliament recognises the excellent report given to Scotland’s only all-girl state school; commends Notre Dame High School in Hillhead, Glasgow, for achieving one excellent and four very good grades; also recognises head teacher Philomena McFadden’s work leading the school, and notes HM Inspectorate of Education’s belief that the school managed to form a central part of the community.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Trish Godman, Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan, Bill Kidd, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry

S3M-5491 Sarah Boyack: Scotland Needs Boiler Scrappage Scheme—That the Parliament notes the launch of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme by the UK Government, a scheme that will offer a £400 incentive to encourage households to update inefficient boilers; further notes that the scheme will benefit up to 125,000 households in England, helping to reduce CO2 emissions while at the same time reducing fuel bills, and help to secure 250,000 jobs at small and medium companies that make, sell and install boilers; urges the Scottish Government to implement a similar scheme across Scotland, given the reported estimates of £11 million in Barnett consequentials being available, and considers that this decision would be of significant benefit to 12,000 homes in Scotland that would be eligible for such a scheme and would create jobs in the Scottish plumbing industry.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Claire Baker, Karen Gillon, Duncan McNeil, John Park, Johann Lamont, Elaine Murray, Ken Macintosh, Mike Pringle, Patricia Ferguson, David Whitton, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Mary Mulligan, Rhona Brankin, Cathy Jamieson, Ms Wendy Alexander, James Kelly, Margaret Curran, Pauline McNeill, Dr Richard Simpson, Jackie Baillie, Lewis Macdonald, Marlyn Glen, Trish Godman, Richard Baker

S3M-5490# Christopher Harvie: Bo’ness Scottish Railway Museum—That the Parliament pays tribute to the Scottish Railway Museum at Bo’ness, one of Europe’s major transport collections and a leading Scottish tourist attraction, and to its founder, the late John Burnie, and also commends John Burnie’s ambition to see the Scottish Railway Museum play its part in inspiring and training the new generation of engineers needed for infrastructure and manufacturing in the entire Forth basin.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Patrick Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Ms Wendy Alexander, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Robin Harper, Anne McLaughlin, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Cathy Peattie, Michael Matheson, John Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Mike Pringle, Ian McKee, Jackson Carlaw, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Murdo Fraser

S3M-5489 Ken Macintosh: Why Must Our Children Pay?—That the Parliament supports the Educational Institute of Scotland in its campaign, why must our children pay?, to promote Scottish education and to protect the funding of schools and colleges; considers that Scotland’s pupils and students should not be forced to pay for the mistakes of others by having their education damaged due to budget reductions; deplores the loss of almost 2,500 teachers over the last two years and the similar decline in numbers of support staff; expresses alarm at the cuts made in education budgets and classroom resources across the country at a time of vital curricular reform; agrees that in times of economic difficulty it is even more important that young people are encouraged to stay longer in education and training; recognises that it is the countries that invest in education and training that reap the rewards in terms of jobs and economic prosperity, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that our education system is properly supported and adequately resourced, allowing all our young people to reach their potential.

Supported by: Elaine Murray, Marlyn Glen, Jack McConnell*

S3M-5488 Michael Matheson: Congratulations to Nethermains Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates Nethermains Primary School in Denny on producing a CD; notes that the pupils have written a song about healthy living; recognises that the healthy living message will spread even wider through such initiatives, and considers that the CD is a valuable contribution to making 2010 a more healthy and active year.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Hugh Henry

S3M-5487# Peter Peacock: Hill Tracks in the Scottish Uplands—That the Parliament notes with concern the number of engineered hill tracks appearing in the Scottish uplands, particularly in the Highlands; notes that such tracks can be constructed without planning consent when justified as being for agricultural, forestry or repair purposes; further notes the growing number of concerns from hill walkers, ramblers and mountaineers and members of the wider public about the intrusion of these tracks into the natural landscape and the impact on otherwise wild land; considers that, given the importance of the Scottish uplands for current and future generations, this warrants greater scrutiny of proposals for such tracks within the planning system; recognises the legitimate rights of farmers and crofters to continue to construct tracks for their purposes on what will generally be lower-lying land than considered to be a problem in this context; notes that Heriot-Watt University reported on these issues in March 2007, and would welcome the urgent mapping of tracks by reviewing current knowledge of track location and control provisions and consideration of future possibilities for greater control of developing hill tracks and the criteria under which any greater controls might operate.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Des McNulty, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Karen Gillon, David Whitton, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Ian McKee, Mary Mulligan, Elaine Murray, Rhona Brankin, Mr Frank McAveety, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Bill Wilson

S3M-5483.1 Robin Harper: Construction of National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Sports Arena—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5483) in the name of Bill Kidd, insert at end "and considers that the velodrome in Edinburgh should remain open until a covered alternative is provided in the grassroots home of Scottish track cycling".

S3M-5479.1 Alasdair Allan: Parliamentarians’ Endorsement in Support of a Nuclear Weapons Convention—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5479) in the name of Marlyn Glen, insert at end ", and further believes that these aims would best be served in Scotland and the United Kingdom by the Trident nuclear weapons system not being replaced."

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Christopher Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Robin Harper, Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Bill Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-5477.1 Kenneth Gibson: Inadequate Response to a National Emergency—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5477) in the name of George Foulkes, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "commends the Scottish Government for its speedy response over the Christmas/New Year holiday period and strong commitment to dealing with the severe weather and for co-ordinating the efforts of agencies and local government partners, and considers that the impact of the cold weather would have been much more severe had the Scottish Government not rejected Labour Party proposals to cut £10 million from the winter road maintenance budget in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11."

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Stewart Maxwell, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Linda Fabiani, Willie Coffey, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5475.1 David Whitton: Privatisation of British Waterways—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5475) in the name of Stuart McMillan, leave out from first "British Waterways" to end and insert "the British Waterways board is in discussion with HM Treasury and the shareholder executive about creating a new business model for the business that could involve structures such as mutual or third sector but is not privatisation, which is opposed by the board; further notes that, whatever the final outcome, the continued maintenance and protection of the waterways and access to facilities such as the Southbank marina in Kirkintilloch will continue to be an important objective; also notes that the UK Government has stated that it will consult the Scottish Government should the preferred model chosen require changes to the governance of British Waterways’ activities in Scotland, and considers that attempts to suggest that British Waterways is being privatised are mistaken."

Supported by: David Stewart, Charlie Gordon, Rhona Brankin, Ken Macintosh, Paul Martin, James Kelly, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*, Lewis Macdonald*

S3M-5463.1 Pauline McNeill: Scottish Development International Trade Mission to Israel—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5463) in the name of Sandra White, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Government to actively discourage this and any future trips until Israel complies with international law".

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Jim Hume, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Michael McMahon, Jim Tolson, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry

S3M-5289# Jim Hume: Community Hospitals in Dumfries and Galloway—That the Parliament notes the contents of NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s consultation document, Your NHS - Your Future Care; believes that the preferred option, which would result in the closure of Moffat, Langholm, Kirkcudbright, Lochmaben and Thornhill community hospitals, is widely unpopular with the respective local communities and fundamentally disregards the rural remoteness of parts of the region and the invaluable and high quality of care provided by these facilities; would welcome the involvement of other statutory bodies, private providers and voluntary organisations where necessary in the redevelopment of these hospitals, and hopes that NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s preferred option for closures does not go ahead and, instead, that these vital, locally delivered community NHS services are redeveloped.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Murray, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Ross Finnie, Jim Tolson, Derek Brownlee, Nicol Stephen

S3M-3441# Nanette Milne: Childhood Cancer - More Than My Illness—That the Parliament highlights a survey by children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent that found that 97% of children and young people with cancer say that it is important for them to be able to return home during their treatment but that many parents in Scotland say that they do not get the support that they need when their child is at home; notes that children and young people say that living with cancer is about more than their illness; expresses concern at findings that about half of parents who want support with the education of their child with cancer, such as access to home tutoring, are not getting it or are finding that it is insufficient; recognises the need to help children and young people and their families in rural and urban areas across Scotland to keep up with their ordinary lives; welcomes CLIC Sargent’s report, More Than My Illness, published on 13 February 2009, proposing innovative ways of reaching families of sick children across Scotland; notes the success of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and the CLIC Sargent nurse in helping to coordinate and plan aspects of care and support for children in Aberdeenshire; further welcomes the commitment to both specialist and local support made by the National Delivery Plan for Children and Young People’s Specialist Services in Scotland, and highlights the need for key workers to better coordinate and plan all aspects of care and support for every child and young person with cancer.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Mike Pringle, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Rob Gibson, Jim Tolson, Mary Scanlon, Murdo Fraser, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Malcolm Chisholm, Margaret Mitchell, John Lamont, Jackson Carlaw, Brian Adam, Bill Butler, Annabel Goldie, Jamie Hepburn, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh Henry, Ted Brocklebank, Cathy Peattie, Hugh O’Donnell, Gil Paterson, David Stewart, Alison McInnes, Tom McCabe, Irene Oldfather, Rhoda Grant, Jack McConnell, Liam McArthur, Ken Macintosh, Karen Whitefield

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5484 Malawi Anti-homosexual Arrest (lodged on 8 January 2010) Dave Thompson*, Margo MacDonald*

S3M-5483 Construction of National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Sports Arena (lodged on 8 January 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5482 Pleural Plaques Justice (lodged on 8 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5481 49 out of 50 US States Agree to Fire-safe Cigarettes (lodged on 8 January 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5480 UN International Year of Biodiversity (lodged on 8 January 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5479 Parliamentarians’ Endorsement in Support of a Nuclear Weapons Convention (lodged on 7 January 2010) Trish Godman*

S3M-5478# Highlands Dairy Industry (lodged on 7 January 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5476 Terry’s Top of the Table. (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5475 Privatisation of British Waterways (lodged on 7 January 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5474 Youth Football in Glasgow Recognised in New Year’s Honours List (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5472# Awards for Heroes (lodged on 7 January 2010) Jack McConnell*

S3M-5457 Gaza Now Exhibition Marks the Anniversary of the War on Gaza (lodged on 6 January 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5455 Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill (lodged on 5 January 2010) Iain Smith*, Margo MacDonald*

S3M-5449 High-speed Rail Link (lodged on 5 January 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5448 International Year of Cooperatives (lodged on 5 January 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5445 Bankrupt Britain Goes for Bombs (lodged on 23 December 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5433 European Curling Championships Aberdeen (lodged on 16 December 2009) Nigel Don*

S3M-5418 Black Watch Parades (lodged on 14 December 2009) Nigel Don*

S3M-5356 Kurdish Language Rights in Turkey (lodged on 3 December 2009) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5241 Dance School of Scotland (lodged on 19 November 2009) Iain Smith*

S3M-5202 Safety First (lodged on 16 November 2009) John Park*

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