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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

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

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

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

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site at Current Motions

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-5644 Linda Fabiani: Research and Innovation with the RSE—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s (RSE) Business Research and Development Forum, which has been set up to identify and propose mechanisms to encourage innovation that will enable businesses in Scotland to make better use of the research base in order to stimulate economic growth and congratulates the RSE on its recognition of the importance of appropriate support to outstanding individuals and companies in the areas of research and development and knowledge transfer.

*S3M-5643 Gil Paterson: Benefits of Milk at an Early Age—That the Parliament is aware that health specialists the world over promote the drinking of milk during early years, emphasising the long-term health benefits for children, particularly girls, brought about by the consumption of calcium and vitamin-rich milk; condemns the Labour Party group on West Dunbartonshire Council for proposing to remove free school milk for primary school children, and encourages politicians, at all levels, to consider the long-term consequences for the most vulnerable in society when removing vital and nutritious food.

*S3M-5642 Jackson Carlaw: Israelis and Palestinians Working Together—That the Parliament considers that there is an unfortunate record of one-sided motions on Israel/Palestine that tend to promote a perception that Israel’s influence in the region is entirely negative; observes, in the interests of balance, that Qalqilya was able to harvest its first ever strawberry crop in December 2009 thanks to training, irrigation equipment and pesticides provided by Israel, that Ruwabi, a new Palestinian city, is to be built north of Ramallah with the Israelis helping to plan public parks and other civic amenities and the Israeli charity, Jewish National Fund, helping to plant 3,000 seedlings for a forested area planned for the outskirts of this new city, that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that "in the West Bank we have a good reality ... the people are living a normal life"; welcomes the recent Scottish Development International mission to Israel and believes that this afforded Scottish companies opportunities to explore potential partnerships with Israeli companies and attract direct foreign investment, and calls on politicians of all parties to make more of an effort to portray a balanced and more responsible view of what is going on in the region, placing an equal emphasis on the positive achievements made over recent times as a result of Israelis and Palestinians working together for a better and more peaceful future.

*S3M-5641 Claire Baker: NUS Scotland’s Parent Trap Campaign—That the Parliament supports efforts to encourage student parents to access college and university education in Scotland; congratulates the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland Parent Trap campaign on its work in making the case for greater levels of support for childcare for student parents; believes there to have been significant problems with childcare funding over the last two years, including a number of institutions running out of funds entirely; welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement of £2 million additional funding for childcare and a review of the current system and considers that pressure from opposition parties and the NUS played an important role in making the case for such a decision, and calls on the Scottish Government to look at ways to end the postcode lottery in the provision of help with childcare across further and higher education.

S3M-5640 Karen Whitefield: We Want Our Missing Millions—That the Parliament welcomes the We want our missing millions campaign by the organisation, for Scotland’s Disabled Children; notes that the campaign seeks to secure £11.3 million from the Scottish Government for Scotland’s disabled children, representing the final third of £34 million intended to support disabled children and young people, and believes that the Scottish Government should take steps to ensure that local authorities spend their share of the £11.3 million on support for disabled children and young people in their areas.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-5639 Ross Finnie: Food Collection Trial a Waste—That the Parliament questions the logic of running a food waste collection trial for a year in seven local authorities across Scotland, only to end financial support for the trial after a year without any evaluation, and believes it to have been a waste of public money to have allowed the participating local authorities to invest in the necessary capital equipment, only to abandon the equipment after a year.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Jim Hume*, Jamie Stone*, Mike Pringle*

S3M-5638 Richard Lochhead: Flood and Water Management Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Flood and Water Management Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 19 November 2009, relating to reservoirs that sit on the border between Scotland and England, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham

S3M-5637 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Alex Salmond, Bruce Crawford

S3M-5636# Ian McKee: Family Nurse Partnership Programme in Lothian—That the Parliament congratulates NHS Lothian on being selected by the Scottish Government as a test site, fully funded for three years, for a Family Nurse Partnership programme, an intensive preventive programme for vulnerable first-time young parents that has a 30-year evidence base showing the potential for improvements in women’s ante-natal health, reductions in children’s injuries, greater intervals between births, increases in fathers’ involvement, increases in employment and earnings, reductions in the need for benefits, improvements in school readiness, reduced arrests and criminal behaviour in 15-year-olds and mothers and that eventually produces savings five times the amount of an initial investment; realises that one measure alone is not the entire answer to challenges in this field but a welcome start, and wishes the project every success.

Supported by: Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Elaine Smith, Malcolm Chisholm, Dave Thompson*

S3M-5635 Margaret Curran: Barrachnie Inn Fundraising—That the Parliament congratulates the local residents who go to Barrachnie Inn in Garrowhill, Baillieston, for their dedicated fundraising for the Scottish charity, Mary’s Meals, since November 2009; notes that, on Saturday 30 January 2010, Barrachnie Inn will host a special race night to raise funds for Mary’s Meals that will go towards assisting the aid effort in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean island earlier this month, and applauds the continued altruistic fundraising efforts of the manager, Miriam Anwar, and her staff at Barrachnie Inn who have worked closely with the local community to raise great amounts of money for Mary’s Meals and other worthy causes.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Pauline McNeill, David Stewart, Cathy Peattie, Mary Mulligan, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Mr Frank McAveety, Aileen Campbell, Cathy Jamieson, Des McNulty, James Kelly*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-5634 Bill Kidd: UK Tax and Benefits Poverty Trap—That the Parliament considers that, in light of two recent reports, An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK and Measuring Severe Child Poverty in the UK, the UK Government has failed to lift people out of poverty and improve the lot of poorer members of society relative to wealthy members, giving rise to the impression that Conservative governments maintain the tax and benefit system to keep rich people rich and that Labour governments maintain the current tax and benefit system to keep poor people poor.

Supported by: John Wilson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-5633♦ Elizabeth Smith: 150 Years of Armed Forces’ Cadet Movement—That the Parliament congratulates the armed forces’ cadet movement on its 150th anniversary; considers that the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force have given great opportunities to young people to develop self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and responsibility through a wide range of activities, including sport, adventure training, first aid, military skills training, community activities and military music groups, including the Black Watch Battalion Army Cadet Force, which covers Perth and Kinross and Fife, and further notes that, through Cadet150, the 131,000 current cadets will be taking part in events across the United Kingdom, with a notable programme of events in Scotland and events overseas.

S3M-5632 Robert Brown: Save the Children Report Measuring Severe Child Poverty in the UK—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Save the Children of its report, Measuring Severe Child Poverty in the UK; notes with concern that the report found that 95,000 children across Scotland continue to live in severe poverty, equating to 9% of all Scottish children; considers that progress in eradicating child poverty in Scotland has stalled as the number of children living in severe poverty remained constant at between 8% and 9% from 2004-05 to 2007-08; urges the Scottish Government and the UK Government to deliver more focused action to achieve the overdue eradication of child poverty in Scotland by 2020; agrees that concerted policy action must be undertaken to (a) remove barriers to parental employment, (b) ensure that the poorest do not pay the price for the economic crisis, (c) make the tax and benefit system work for the poorest families, (d) support families to reduce their expenditure and (e) break the link between poverty and educational achievement; recognises the importance of the proposals put forward by the Liberal Democrats to address poverty, notably measures to realign the tax system to ensure fairness to those at the lower end of the income spectrum by setting the annual tax threshold at £10,000, thereby cutting the average tax bill by £700 and taking four million people out of the income tax net altogether, and to introduce a mansion tax on homes valued at over £2 million, and believes that all children are born equal and none should be left behind.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Pringle, Marlyn Glen, Cathy Peattie, Ross Finnie*

S3M-5631 David McLetchie: Merchiston Castle School Wins Construction and Built Environment Challenge—That the Parliament congratulates Merchiston Castle School on winning the 2010 Construction and Built Environment Challenge; notes that a team of 10 pupils aged 13-14 won after completing a series of challenges, including building a garden shed, plumbing and taking part in a property development exercise; applauds the efforts of the 29 other school teams in Edinburgh and the Lothians that took part in the regional heats, and acknowledges the support for the event from ConstructionSkills, SummitSkills, BEST, SECTT, Capital Skills, Edinburgh’s Telford College, Edinburgh Napier University, Oatridge College, Heriot-Watt University and West Lothian College.

S3M-5630# Sandra White: Threat to Glasgow Jobs—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the announcement by the Student Loans Company to cut 150 jobs in Glasgow and Hillington alongside the transfer of a further 45 jobs to its base in Darlington; believes that, at this time of economic uncertainty, everything that can be done to retain these jobs should be done; fully supports the Public and Commercial Services Union campaign against these cuts, and hopes that in the course of the consultation process wiser counsel will prevail.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Elaine Smith, Pauline McNeill, Michael Matheson, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*

S3M-5629 Ken Macintosh: Holocaust Memorial Day 2010—That the Parliament notes 27 January 2010 as Holocaust Memorial Day and urges all Scots to unite in remembering the victims and survivors of the Holocaust; recognises that the lessons learned from the tragedy of the Holocaust are of fundamental importance for successive generations; believes that continued vigilance and opposition to discrimination, persecution and racism is vital if such terrible events are to be prevented from ever happening again; also wishes, however, to celebrate the legacy of hope provided by those who survived and those who helped others survive; particularly wishes to remember the Rev Ernest Levy from Giffnock, a survivor of Auschwitz Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen who died last year; notes that, despite enduring appalling suffering during the Holocaust, the Rev Levy never lost his warmth or humanity and devoted himself to educating others, and believes that the best way to remember and pay tribute to Holocaust survivors like Ernest Levy is to ensure that their inspiring stories continue to be told to future generations.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Irene Oldfather, Jackson Carlaw, Linda Fabiani*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-5628 Aileen Campbell: Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market Comes to Biggar—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market, which visits various towns across South Lanarkshire on a rotating basis, will come to Biggar on four occasions in 2010 following the successful application of Lanarkshire Farmers’ Markets Limited for a licence that will allow an indoor market in Biggar Municipal Hall; believes that this will complement the wide range of fresh local produce already available in shops on Biggar’s High Street and help to attract additional business and visitors to the town as well as promoting healthy eating and reducing the carbon footprint of the area’s diet, and wishes everyone involved in the farmers’ market continued success both in Biggar and across South Lanarkshire.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt, Robin Harper, Jim Hume, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson

S3M-5627 Robin Harper: Reductions in Modern Language Opportunities—That the Parliament notes the proposed cuts to modern language teaching at the University of Edinburgh; understands that these cuts apply to, among other languages, Russian, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish; believes that the system of research-assessed funding is detrimental to any notion of the tradition of Scottish universities as dedicated to the liberal arts as well as to science and risks providing students in some academic areas with a restricted education; further believes that there is a need for additional support funding beyond that provided by the Research Assessment Exercise system; further believes that, if universities in Scotland are to remain competitive and maintain the standards that they have set themselves, a new funding package is needed; suggests that such a package should seek to provide additional funding to the most vulnerable subjects and preserve the skills base that exists, and calls on the Scottish Government to recognise the economic and cultural significance of foreign languages to Scotland and the United Kingdom and to ensure continued funding for high quality teaching and research in the nation’s universities.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Hugh Henry

S3M-5626 Mary Scanlon: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month 2010—That the Parliament notes that February is LGBT History Month and that a number of events will take place to celebrate the contribution of LGBT people to Scotland’s past and, just as importantly, its future; deeply regrets the persecution of the past and expresses gratitude to those who stood against it; affirms that LGBT history is an important part of Scottish history and, as such, the whole country should mark this event with pride; considers that, while huge strides have been taken towards acceptance of gay and transgender people, so long as intolerance and homophobia exists everybody must work hard to combat it wherever it presents itself; resolves to create a tolerant society where young people can grow up without fear of prejudice, and affirms the pride that Scotland can take in its LGBT community and its importance to the nation.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen, Linda Fabiani*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-5625 Robin Harper: Reductions in Teacher Training Staff—That the Parliament notes that so few recently qualified teachers are gaining employment after their induction year that Scotland now faces a proposed cut in admissions to teacher training of over 1,000 students and could be facing a cut in the teacher education budget of £8 million, raising fears of large-scale redundancies among teacher educators, and calls on the Scottish Government and the educational establishment to do all that they can to retain teacher educators in post in order to ensure sustainable regrowth in the teacher training sector in the future and to employ the present workforce with funding from an increased Teacher Continuous Professional Development fund or other sources to take forward the Curriculum for Excellence development that is so urgently required to upskill the present teaching workforce, and, by further work with local authorities, to do everything possible to retain recently qualified teachers in schools.

Supported by: Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Frank McAveety, Marilyn Livingstone, Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Butler, Hugh Henry, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Patrick Harvie, Jack McConnell*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-5624 Marilyn Livingstone: Proposed Removal of the Concessionary Rail Scheme in Fife—That the Parliament notes with concern proposals by Fife Council to remove or downgrade the concessionary rail travel scheme in Fife in which older and disabled passengers are entitled to discounted off-peak rail travel throughout Fife and to Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth; considers that the proposals, from removal of the scheme to limited travel concessions within Fife, will put at risk the social, leisure and community benefits enjoyed by thousands of Fifers; notes that in 2009 there were over 420,000 journeys made by concessionary travel cardholders; believes that the scheme contributes to the quality of life and confidence of its users; acknowledges that 40% of Fife Elderly Forum members and user panels that responded to a recent questionnaire said that they wanted the scheme to continue, with 15% confirming that they would be willing to pay more than the current 50p rate if it would allow the scheme to continue, and urges Fife Council to reconsider its position on devaluing the rail concessionary scheme.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Elaine Smith, John Park, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Cathy Peattie, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-5623 Cathy Jamieson: Girvan Swimming Pool—That the Parliament regrets the decision taken by South Ayrshire Council that will see Girvan Swimming Pool demolished rather than handed over to the community in the form of Girvan Community Swimming Pool Ltd to enable that company to raise the necessary capital funding to refurbish and reopen the pool; notes that a motion to the council proposing the transfer of the pool, as well as requesting ongoing revenue funding, was moved by South Carrick Labour Councillor John McDowall and received support from South Carrick SNP and Conservative councillors as well as from the Labour group; believes that the decision to reject this motion, with no immediate plans for a replacement pool or leisure facilities, flies in the face of policies encouraging active, healthy lifestyles and the wishes of the vast majority of local people; regrets also that Girvan did not receive any award from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund, and urges the Scottish Government to enter into discussions with South Ayrshire Council regarding the regeneration of Girvan and the future provision of swimming and leisure facilities in the town.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Frank McAveety, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Hugh Henry, James Kelly, Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-5622 Ross Finnie: Withdrawal of Renfrew to Yoker Ferry—That the Parliament notes the decision by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to remove, from March 2010, the Renfrew to Yoker ferry service, one of Scotland’s oldest ferry links, used by 140,000 passengers a year, and calls on the SPT to re-evaluate the options with a view to retaining this essential service.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Robin Harper, Patrick Harvie, Robert Brown*, Sandra White*

S3M-5621 Michael Matheson: Tennent’s Support for Minimum Price of Alcohol—That the Parliament welcomes the growing consensus in favour of the minimum pricing of alcohol, including the recent backing by Scotland’s largest brewer, Tennent’s; welcomes the comments by Mike Lees, Managing Director of Tennent Caledonian, who views minimum pricing as "part of an overall programme to reduce the abuses of alcohol"; realises that minimum pricing seeks to raise the price of inexpensive ciders, lagers and low-grade spirits that contribute to high levels of alcohol misuse, and understands that this targeting will ultimately benefit the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5618 Karen Whitefield: A Deafening Silence—That the Parliament notes the recent report, Diabetes UK survey of people with diabetes and access to healthcare services 2009, which reveals that children and young people with diabetes feel that they are being ignored and disenfranchised; further notes that 56% of children and young people want to see better communication between their diabetes care team and schools so that they can receive the necessary joined-up support to manage their diabetes better; believes that hundreds of children and teenagers with diabetes in Scotland are at risk of developing serious health complications because they feel that healthcare professionals and schools do not always listen to their needs and help them control their diabetes, and calls for improved provision of and access to educational and psychological support for children and young people with diabetes in Scotland.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Rhona Brankin, Helen Eadie, Johann Lamont, James Kelly, Des McNulty, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Trish Godman, Bill Butler, Marlyn Glen, Jackie Baillie, Cathy Peattie, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Smith, Ken Macintosh, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Marilyn Livingstone, Liam McArthur, Paul Martin, Robin Harper, Irene Oldfather

S3M-5608 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Edinburgh Opposes the SDL—That the Parliament opposes plans by the so-called Scottish Defence League (SDL) to hold a demonstration in Edinburgh on Saturday 20 February 2010; believes the SDL to be intent on inciting religious and race hatred against Muslims and Asian people; condemns Islamophobia as being as unacceptable as any other form of racism or sectarianism, and reaffirms its view that there is no place for racists or fascists in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Jackson Carlaw, Brian Adam, Ian McKee, Stewart Maxwell, Michael Matheson, Cathy Jamieson, George Foulkes, Robert Brown, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Jim Tolson, Malcolm Chisholm, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Linda Fabiani*, Dave Thompson*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-5607 Cathie Craigie: Going the Extra Mile—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Going the Extra Mile: A Strategy for Working with Young People, initiated by Youth Buzz in coalition with North Lanarkshire Council and other partners; believes that the strategy will assist in identifying and assisting vulnerable children, young people and families who need support; commends this strategy for consulting young people across North Lanarkshire; further recognises the great efforts of all Youth Buzz representatives and Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament involved including David Barber, Fiona Beaton, Rebecca Brown and Liam Quigley, all from the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area, and hopes that the strategy is a success.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Mr Frank McAveety, Rhona Brankin, Jamie Hepburn, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Claire Baker, Kenneth Gibson, Karen Whitefield, Des McNulty, James Kelly, Hugh Henry, Jim Tolson, Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Margaret Mitchell, Ken Macintosh, Linda Fabiani*, Bill Kidd*

*S3M-5606# Trish Godman: The Registration and Transfer of Youth Football Players—That the Parliament views with concern the child welfare and legal implications of professional Scottish football clubs entering into contracts with children aged under 16; considers that boys in the Scottish Football Youth Initiative Programme entering into a one-year contract with a Scottish Football Association (SFA) club are often unaware that this gives the club the right to hold player registrations for a further two years; understands that players can be released from their registration at any time, giving senior clubs the opportunity to "harvest" hundreds of players; further views with concern the practice of compensation payments between SFA clubs for the transfer of young players under 16; *considers* that the legal and moral questions over the registration and transfer of youth players should be addressed urgently; believes that there is an important balance to strike in the relationship between children and sport, and commends all those involved in grassroots football *in places such as Erskine, including Willie Smith*, who has devoted 43 years to youth football.

Supported by: Duncan McNeil, Des McNulty, Elaine Smith, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Frank McAveety, Mary Mulligan, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie

S3M-5604 Alasdair Allan: West Harris Estates Transfer—That the Parliament notes that, on Monday 25 January 2010, the three West Harris estates of Luskentyre, Scaristavore and Borve, which includes the villages of Seilibost and Horgabost, were formally transferred to the community ownership of the West Harris Trust; notes that this historic land transfer is the first land buyout that sees a community take over Scottish Government-owned land; hopes that this is the first step towards a brighter future for people in the west of Harris that sees those who live on the estates become their own landlords; believes that community ownership will provide a great incentive for these communities to develop economically and socially and to retain and grow their populations, and wishes the communities every success with their future ventures.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Stewart Maxwell, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Robin Harper, Dave Thompson*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5603 Marilyn Livingstone: Proposed Cuts to Funding for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal by the Scottish Funding Council to cut funding for architecture, built environment and planning in universities by 22%; understands that, should the Scottish Funding Council reduce the number of funding groups from 25 to four as proposed, the effect of this for the built environment group would be a fall in funding, on the basis of 2008-09 figures, from £6,415 to £5,000 per student, which would represent the largest of the cuts proposed to any sector and would place architecture, built environment and planning in the lowest funding group; further understands that some concern has been raised about the incomplete and partial evidence on which the proposal is founded; believes that a 22% cut in funding would severely impede the Scottish Government’s targets on climate change and housing through reducing the number of built environment graduates who would be expected to lead in developing building standards and sustainable and energy-efficient designs and exacerbating an already strained planning system, and urges the Scottish Funding Council to reconsider its proposals for such drastic changes to the funding system at a time when investment should be encouraged.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker, Des McNulty, Ken Macintosh, Cathy Peattie, Sarah Boyack, Trish Godman, Rhona Brankin, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5602 Margaret Curran: St Francis of Assisi Primary Donates to Haiti Earthquake Appeal—That the Parliament acknowledges the generosity of the pupils and teachers at St Francis of Assisi Primary School in Baillieston, Glasgow, who have donated £500 to the Haiti earthquake appeal; notes that this money will be channelled through the Scottish charity, Mary’s Meals, that had been working in Haiti prior to the earthquake, helping to bring food and resources to children and young people; further notes that Mary’s Meals will now use this money to help feed not only the children but also their friends and families who have been caught up in the devastating earthquake, and applauds the ongoing generosity and kindness of communities throughout Glasgow and beyond that have shown great readiness in assisting the aid effort in Haiti in a bid to repair the infrastructure in the country as well as to feed and protect the Haitian people.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, James Kelly, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Mr Frank McAveety, Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie, Mary Mulligan, Paul Martin, Karen Whitefield, Pauline McNeill, Stuart McMillan, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Malcolm Chisholm, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry

S3M-5601 Pauline McNeill: Congratulations to Habib Malik, Winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2010—That the Parliament warmly congratulates Habib Malik, Scotland area manager of Islamic Relief and a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, as the winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2010; recognises his personal commitment as an aid worker who has dedicated his life to assisting those in need in many places around the world, including the Swat region of Pakistan, Kashmir, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Niger, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Gaza, Pakistan and recently Haiti, and further recognises the good work of Islamic Relief across the world.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Elaine Smith, James Kelly, Elaine Murray, Jim Hume, Patricia Ferguson, Margaret Curran, Cathy Jamieson, Brian Adam, Bill Butler, Bill Kidd, Mr Frank McAveety, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Des McNulty, Marlyn Glen, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Hugh O’Donnell, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Irene Oldfather, Linda Fabiani*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5600 Aileen Campbell: Second Worldwide Toast to Burns—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the second annual Worldwide Toast to Burns, which follows the efforts last year to break the world record for a simultaneous toast, efforts that recorded around 30,000 toasts to the bard from all seven continents, including Antarctica; encourages anyone hosting a Burns supper to register their event and toast to Robert Burns at http://www.worldwidetoasttorobertburns.com/, and looks forward to this initiative helping to continue spreading interest and appreciation of the life and work of Robert Burns around the world.

Supported by: Jamie Stone, Bob Doris, Nanette Milne, Stuart McMillan, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Wilson, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Jim Hume, Gil Paterson

S3M-5599 Stuart McMillan: Carry on Piping—That the Parliament welcomes the decision to save Strathclyde Police Pipe Band from disbanding; notes that pipe major Don Bradford has been reinstated unopposed and recognises the decision taken by the new divisional commander at City Centre Police Office as the right way to proceed for the band; acknowledges the role that the College of Piping has played in fighting to save the band, including its petition, and congratulates the many correspondents to Strathclyde Police on the issue for their continued support for the band; wishes the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band well in the coming season, and hopes that the support shown to it from around the world during the campaign to save it continues as it goes from strength to strength as an ambassador for Glasgow and Scotland on the world piping stage.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Michael Matheson, Elaine Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Jackson Carlaw, Stewart Maxwell, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Anne McLaughlin, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt, Willie Coffey, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5559 Richard Lochhead: Marine (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Marine (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham

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, Sarah Boyack, Karen Whitefield, Christine Grahame, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson

S3M-5291# Peter Peacock: Improved Availability of Broadband—That the Parliament welcomes the UK Government’s commitment to improving availability of broadband as detailed in the Digital Britain report published in June 2009; welcomes the commitment to deliver a Universal Service Broadband Commitment of 2Mbps by 2012; welcomes the proposed public support for the network of tomorrow to allow for access to next generation broadband; considers the Western Isles of Scotland to be the worst area in Scotland in terms of broadband coverage and one of worst in the United Kingdom as a whole; is concerned at the disadvantages that rural areas of Scotland suffer in terms of economic, business and educational development when broadband services are inadequate, and would welcome a positive response to the report and the delivery of improved and reliable broadband services for every Scottish broadband customer.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Jackie Baillie, Ms Wendy Alexander, Trish Godman, Helen Eadie, Marlyn Glen, James Kelly, Ross Finnie, Elaine Murray, Mary Mulligan, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Rhona Brankin, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Hugh Henry, Tom McCabe, Marilyn Livingstone, Lewis Macdonald

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5597 RSAMD’s New Dance School at Spiers Lock, Glasgow (lodged on 22 January 2010) Linda Fabiani*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-5596 Atlantic Fast Food (lodged on 22 January 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5595 Am Pàipear, Community Newspaper of the Year 2010 (lodged on 22 January 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-5591 Stop the Traffik (lodged on 21 January 2010) Linda Fabiani*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-5557 University of Glasgow Beatson Pebble Appeal (lodged on 19 January 2010) Mr Frank McAveety*

S3M-5539 Congratulations to Tillydrone Fundraising Group (lodged on 15 January 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-5499 The Death of Miep Gies (lodged on 12 January 2010) Ken Macintosh*, Dave Thompson*

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

S3M-5475 Privatisation of British Waterways (lodged on 7 January 2010) Bill Kidd*

S3M-5459# Perth 800 (lodged on 6 January 2010) Bill Kidd*

S3M-5440 Screening of The Horse Boy (lodged on 18 December 2009) Maureen Watt*

S3M-5427 NFU Scotland, Festive Fare Campaign (lodged on 16 December 2009) Maureen Watt*

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

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