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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-5687 Marlyn Glen: First Female Chief Constable in Tayside, Second in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Tayside Police on the appointment of the first female Chief Constable in Tayside and second in Scotland; further congratulates Chief Constable Justine Curran, and is confident that this will mark yet another step towards the fair and equal representation of women in the leading positions in public services in Scotland.

*S3M-5686 Sandra White: Glasgow from Strength to Strength—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) on being shortlisted for the M&IT Industry Awards, the oldest established awards programme in the meetings industry, to take place on 22 February 2010 in London; recognises the great work done by all the staff at GCMB in contributing to Glasgow’s success as one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in Europe, and wishes them all further success at the forthcoming M&IT Industry Awards.

Supported by: Anne McLaughlin*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-5685 Karen Whitefield: Helpin’ Haiti, Congratulations to Caitlin Currie—That the Parliament congratulates Caitlin Currie, a primary seven pupil at Tollbrae Primary School in Airdrie, on her work in raising money for the Haiti appeal; notes that Caitlin has enlisted the assistance of her dance teacher, school staff and her peers to put together a musical extravaganza, Helpin’ Haiti, that will be performed twice on Sunday 28 February 2010 at Glasgow Fort; commends Caitlin for her drive, initiative and enterprise in enlisting a team of helpers and performers in order to send financial aid to Haiti, and wishes Caitlin Currie and Tollbrae Primary School every success in their fundraising efforts.

S3M-5684 Christina McKelvie: Alleged Discrimination Against Asylum Seekers at UKBA—That the Parliament expresses deep concern at allegations by whistleblower Louise Perrott of a culture at the UK Border Agency (UKBA) of hostility and discrimination towards asylum seekers, openly expressed anti-immigration and anti-asylum seeker views and disbelief and humiliation of asylum applicants; is further concerned that Ms Perrott was able to make legally binding decisions on the granting and refusal of asylum and on detention of individuals and families after only five weeks’ training, and endorses the call of Keith Vaz MP, chair of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, for an immediate and full investigation into the practices and cultures of management and staff at the UKBA.

Supported by: Anne McLaughlin*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-5683 Dave Thompson: Gaelic Promotion, Not Proscription—That the Parliament deplores the statements made by Highland Labour Councillor Deirdre Mackay that condemned Highland Council’s efforts to provide accommodation and teaching for pupils in Gaelic-medium schools and considers them ill-informed; distances itself from her criticisms of efforts to support one of Scotland’s native tongues, which many view as having suffered discrimination for centuries; condemns her negative comments toward Gaelic plans introduced by the previous Labour/Liberal Democrat-led Scottish Executive; calls on Labour MSPs to disassociate themselves from what could be viewed as thinly disguised racism; supports promotion of Gaelic, not proscription, and congratulates Highland Council for working to increase provision of Gaelic-medium education at schools across the Highlands.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*, Brian Adam*, Stuart McMillan*, Michael Matheson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5682 Robert Brown: United Kingdom Supreme Court—That the Parliament notes that the United Kingdom Supreme Court, established by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, commenced its duties on 1 October 2009 and took over the previous jurisdiction of the (a) House of Lords as a court of final appeal in Scottish civil cases and (b) Judicial Committee of the Privy Council for devolution issues; welcomes the publication of the report, Final Appellate Jurisdiction in the Scottish Legal System, by Professor Neil Walker, which followed a request by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to examine the issue; considers that the issue of final appellate jurisdiction must be considered in the context of the broader constitutional settlement across the various parts of the UK; recognises that the UK Supreme Court now has a significant constitutional law function; welcomes in particular the option for restructuring the UK Supreme Court as a final appeal court along quasi-federal lines, which is described by Professor Walker as "the most acute in its diagnosis and most sensitive to the relevant values at stake"; notes that the report recommends this option as being the most attractive reform option under the present constitutional settlement, and urges the UK and Scottish governments to take forward the development of the UK Supreme Court in this fashion as best matching the needs of the Scottish legal system and the citizens whom it serves.

S3M-5681 Trish Godman: Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill.

S3M-5680 Stewart Maxwell: Girl Guiding UK Stamps Issue—That the Parliament is pleased to note that, on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Girl Guide movement and ahead of World Thinking Day 2010 on 22 February, the Royal Mail has issued a series of stamps celebrating Girl Guiding; recognises the importance of the Girl Guiding movement for girls over the years and the relevance of Guiding for girls today, and congratulates all those volunteers who give up their time to devote to this excellent organisation.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Jackson Carlaw, Nanette Milne, Elaine Smith, Sandra White, David Whitton, Jamie Stone, Joe FitzPatrick, Karen Whitefield, Bob Doris, Ian McKee, Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, Dr Richard Simpson, Aileen Campbell, Trish Godman, John Scott, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-5679 Margaret Mitchell: Report on Female Offenders in the Criminal Justice System—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Equal Opportunities Committee’s 3rd Report 2009 (Session 3): Female offenders in the criminal justice system (SP Paper 332).

Supported by: Marlyn Glen

S3M-5678 Marlyn Glen: Scotland’s First Dedicated Cancer Research Centre Launched in Dundee—That the Parliament notes that Dundee, City of Discovery, has been chosen as the location for the historic launch of Scotland’s first dedicated cancer research centre; recognises that this centre of excellence is the first of a group of related cancer research centres across the United Kingdom; commends the development as a means for cancer patients across Scotland to benefit from world-class research and medical expertise, which is intended to increase the pace of vital breakthrough discoveries in the treatment of cancer by bringing together researchers and clinicians; applauds the work of Cancer Research UK for offering fresh hope for patients suffering from bowel, breast and skin cancer, including research into malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, which claimed the lives of more than 170 Scots last year; further notes that £7.5 million will be invested each year by Britain’s main cancer charity and will, for the first time, unite leading biomedical researchers at Dundee University, Cancer Research UK and clinicians at NHS Tayside, and recognises that the launch of the new centre coincides with World Cancer Day 2010.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie*, Bill Kidd*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mary Mulligan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Malcolm Chisholm*, James Kelly*, David Whitton*

S3M-5677 Cathy Peattie: Civil Service Compensation Scheme—That the Parliament recognises the essential work done by civil servants across all Scottish and UK government departments; considers that, without the dedication and professionalism of civil servants, government would be unable to function effectively; therefore expresses deep concern at proposed changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, published by the Cabinet Office, that would leave many civil servants worse off in the event of voluntary or compulsory redundancy; is concerned that such a change could lead to civil servants losing over 50% of their redundancy entitlement; believes that the UK and Scottish governments should be looking, during these difficult times, to protect those who have given loyal service over a large number of years, and urges the UK Government to re-examine these proposals urgently before they are implemented.

S3M-5676 Irene Oldfather: Dementia 2010, Better Funding for Alzheimer’s Research—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report, Dementia 2010, by the Alzheimer’s Research Trust; notes that the report estimates that dementia currently costs £23 billion in the United Kingdom, with £12 billion of this being met by unpaid carers supporting people with dementia at home; is concerned by the findings that, per person, dementia costs twice as much as cancer and three times as much as heart disease, yet, for every £1 that is spent on dementia research, £15 is spent on heart disease and £26 is spent on cancer research; agrees that, with an aging population, dementia represents one of the greatest medical challenges for the 21st century and research should therefore be appropriately funded; supports Alzheimer Scotland’s proposal for a change fund of £15 million per year over the next five years to assist local authorities and NHS boards to direct resources into early intervention and personalised support for people with dementia and their carers; believes that this change fund should form part of the forthcoming national dementia strategy; notes the recent appointment of Professor Alistair Burns as national dementia tsar responsible for leading the UK Government’s dementia strategy in England, and calls on the Scottish Government to appoint an equivalent tsar in Scotland not only to provide leadership and co-ordination for the dementia strategy in Scotland, but also to ensure that the rights of people with dementia and their carers are championed across the public and private sector.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Rhona Brankin, Hugh Henry, Ms Wendy Alexander, Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, Cathy Jamieson, Robert Brown, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Trish Godman, Bill Kidd, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5675 Hugh Henry: Congratulations to St Mirren FC—That the Parliament congratulates St Mirren Football Club for reaching the final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup; recognises that this is St Mirren’s first major cup final appearance in 23 years and its first appearance in the final of this competition, the League Cup, for over 54 years; congratulates manager Gus MacPherson and the players for their success; acknowledges the commitment of the board of directors; applauds the loyal fans of St Mirren FC, and looks forward to a terrific final at Hampden Park on 21 March 2010.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stewart Maxwell, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, Karen Gillon*, Kenneth Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Bill Butler*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-5674 Jack McConnell: His Excellency Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika and the African Union—That the Parliament congratulates His Excellency Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, on his election by the General Assembly of the African Union to serve as Chairperson of the African Union; notes that President Mutharika is the first Malawi head of state to hold this honour since the formation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963 and its successor body, the African Union, in 2002; shares President Mutharika’s ambition to "move the continent from poverty to prosperity and to position it as an effective player in the global arena"; wishes him every success in his term of office, and looks forward to Scotland and Malawi continuing to work together to support Malawi and Africa’s development.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Pauline McNeill, Ross Finnie, Jackie Baillie, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Hugh Henry, Dave Thompson, Liam McArthur, Patricia Ferguson, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Elaine Murray, Ted Brocklebank, Elaine Smith, David Whitton, Des McNulty, Murdo Fraser, Bill Butler*, Karen Gillon*, John Park*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5673 John Swinney: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

S3M-5672 David Stewart: Ure Elder Fund Transfer and Dissolution Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Ure Elder Fund Transfer and Dissolution Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

S3M-5670 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Brisbane Primary School, Largs—That the Parliament congratulates Brisbane Primary School, Largs, on achieving an Eco-Schools First Green Flag award; believes that this excellent achievement is down to the hard work and enthusiastic commitment of well motivated children and staff; understands that the school was able to integrate many facets of the Eco-Schools programme into the excellent work already going on in class; further understands that the programme was used as a vehicle to help Brisbane Primary School deliver the Curriculum for Excellence and health promotion work to a very high standard; notes that each class has its own area of eco-responsibility and special environmental topics; appreciates the full involvement of the school’s contacts, such as parents, local businesses, community and many environmental agencies, and looks forward to Brisbane Primary School achieving a second flag in 2011.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Anne McLaughlin, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Ross Finnie*

S3M-5669 Anne McLaughlin: Disasters Emergency Committee—That the Parliament commends the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in providing humanitarian aid to the victims of the Haitian earthquake; acknowledges that the DEC, an umbrella organisation for humanitarian aid agencies in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom, consists of Action Aid, the British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; considers that, at times of overseas emergency, the DEC brings together a unique alliance of aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors to rally the public’s compassion and ensure that funds raised go to the DEC agencies that are well placed to deliver effective and timely relief to people most in need; believes that the DEC in Scotland could not provide vital aid to those in need without the remarkable generosity shown by the Scottish people in their response to this and many other disasters, and hopes that the public and civic society will continue to give whatever they can afford to the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal to fund the essential aid required to meet both immediate need and to help rebuild people’s lives and livelihoods in Haiti in the longer term.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Christopher Harvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Murray, Robert Brown, Trish Godman, Jack McConnell*, Karen Gillon*, John Park*

S3M-5668♦ Stuart McMillan: Community Service Assistance—That the Parliament recognises the work carried out during the recent adverse weather conditions by offenders given community service orders; understands that tasks were completed satisfactorily and with obvious community benefit, and would welcome introduction of a similar scheme, where possible, with those people carrying out community service orders assisting to clear out watercourses and culverts where communities such as Greenock and other areas in Inverclyde have been at risk of flooding.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper

S3M-5667 Jim Tolson: HMS Illustrious Arrives at Rosyth Dockyard—That the Parliament welcomes the arrival of the Royal Navy flagship, HMS Illustrious, to Rosyth Dockyard in Fife for a £40 million maintenance and upgrade programme; believes that this is recognition of the excellent skills of the workforce at Babcock; notes that the Ministry of Defence contract with Babcock for work on HMS Illustrious will provide continued employment for about 300 people until August 2011; further notes that this essential maintenance will ensure that the carrier can continue in service until the second new carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is in service, and understands that the work will make the ship and its crew more environmentally efficient in the future.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Mike Pringle, Hugh O’Donnell, Stuart McMillan

S3M-5666 Hugh Henry: The Future of Royal Mail—That the Parliament believes that the public service ethos of Royal Mail and its staff should be reflected in the new leadership of Royal Mail; further notes that the Hooper review on the future of Royal Mail agreed that the pension fund deficit had to be addressed if the company was to have a future; further understands that the deficit can be addressed under existing legislation; welcomes the recognition by Lord Mandelson that the UK Government has a moral obligation to fund the deficit, and believes that this should be resolved as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Ms Wendy Alexander, Ken Macintosh, Margaret Curran, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Marlyn Glen, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, Bill Butler, Elaine Murray

S3M-5661# Linda Fabiani: Hands up for Young Trad Ambassadors—That the Parliament recognises the worth of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition’s finalists for musical excellence, as ambassadors for their nation’s culture and heritage and contributors to the wellbeing, both economic and social, of Scotland; notes that the competition is celebrating its tenth anniversary and congratulates the 2010 winner, Daniel Thorpe, along with previous winners, Gillian Frame, Emily Smith, Anna Massie, James Graham, Stuart Cassells, Shona Mooney, Catriona Watt, Ewan Robertson and Ruaridh Macmillan, and thanks the BBC, Simon Thoumire and the TMSA for the work carried out in organising both the competition and the resultant Young Trad Tours.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Anne McLaughlin, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Liam McArthur, Tavish Scott, Ross Finnie, Ken Macintosh, Kenneth Gibson, Jim Tolson, Hugh O’Donnell, Willie Coffey, Mary Scanlon, Hugh Henry, John Wilson, Pauline McNeill, Ted Brocklebank, Robin Harper, Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, Mike Pringle, Cathy Peattie, Maureen Watt, Elaine Smith, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5660 Helen Eadie: Familial Arrhythmia Network for Scotland—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the launch of the Familial Arrhythmia Network for Scotland (FANS), a national managed clinical network designed to assist with the management of people with primary electrical diseases at risk of sudden cardiac death and their families; notes that around 50 young people are killed suddenly by familial arrhythmias annually and that this has a devastating impact on families right across Scotland; notes that, for those living with the associated risk of sudden cardiac death, a diagnosis of this nature is extremely worrying for the patient and relatives; believes that services for these patients in the past has been, at best, patchy; considers that the network will provide a mechanism to assist these patients and their families at the time that they need it most by defining and agreeing referral protocols, developing national guidelines for clinical and genetic testing and establishing a national register of people with these conditions, and urges all MSPs to be aware that, with good management, many of these sudden deaths are preventable and to direct constituents who are affected by these conditions to FANS services, which are based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S3M-5659 Stuart McMillan: Port Glasgow Pupils Receive Diana Certificate of Excellence—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of Port Glasgow High School and St Stephen’s High School who have received the prestigious Diana Certificate of Excellence award; notes that six pupils from each school received the award for setting up a Connect Leadership Group in May 2009 to teach 20 S1 pupils the core values of respect, integrity, inspiration and perseverance; considers that all of those who received the award are role models for future generations, and hopes that many more pupils can follow in their footsteps.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Jackson Carlaw, Alasdair Allan, Stewart Maxwell, Ross Finnie, Aileen Campbell, Jack McConnell

S3M-5658 Alison McInnes: Daniel Thorpe, Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010—That the Parliament congratulates Daniel Thorpe, originally from Inverurie, on winning the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010 award; notes that the prize will see him take part in a tour organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland as well as recording an album, and wishes him the best of luck for his future career in music.

Supported by: Jack McConnell

S3M-5657 Des McNulty: West Dunbartonshire Council Reserves—That the Parliament considers that the level of reserves now being held by West Dunbartonshire Council is irresponsibly low, following the budget set by the SNP administration, is not in line with Accounts Commission for Scotland guidance and leaves the council ill-equipped to meet future financial challenges or protect frontline services and jobs.

S3M-5656 James Kelly: Well Done to Rutherglen Rotary Club—That the Parliament congratulates the Rutherglen Rotary Club for its outstanding efforts in raising money for the End Polio Now project, which is part of Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and applauds all members of the Rutherglen Rotary Club for their excellent contribution to the local community.

Supported by: Jack McConnell, Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-5655 Christine Grahame: Hepatitis C Trust Opens Office in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Hepatitis C Trust on opening its new office in Scotland; recognises that an estimated 25,000 people have been diagnosed with hepatitis C in Scotland, but, alarmingly, it is estimated that a further 25,000 people with the disease remain undiagnosed; acknowledges that Scotland is leading the way in the United Kingdom and is at the forefront of action in Europe in tackling hepatitis C; notes that, in September 2008, the Scottish Government was the first government worldwide to sign up to implement the World Hepatitis Alliance’s campaign, chronic viral hepatitis 12 Asks for 2012, a series of requests from over 200 patient groups worldwide for governments to commit to measures to tackle viral hepatitis; recognises the Scottish Government’s £43 million investment in phase II of its Hepatitis C Action Plan 2008-2011, and welcomes the Hepatitis C Trust to the Parliament’s Garden Lobby on the evening of Tuesday 2 February 2010 for a reception to mark the opening of its office and to allow MSPs to meet patient representatives from their constituencies.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Maureen Watt, Bill Wilson, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5654 Robert Brown: Glas-goals—That the Parliament congratulates the Evening Times for its health campaign, Glas-goals, and its three targets of walking or running a million miles for Glasgow, stubbing out a million cigarettes for Glasgow and shedding half a million pounds in weight for Glasgow over the next year; notes that Glasgow has a poor health record and that 48% of males and 29% of females exceed weekly recommended alcohol limits, that 190,000 Glaswegians smoke and that, by the end of 2010, nearly a third of the population will be clinically obese; believes that campaigning newspapers like the Evening Times can have a tremendous effect in changing attitudes and lifestyles, and wishes Glas-goals all success in its challenge in the year ahead.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Anne McLaughlin, Kenneth Gibson, Trish Godman, Jim Tolson, Patricia Ferguson, Mike Pringle, Ross Finnie, Pauline McNeill, Hugh O’Donnell, Nigel Don, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Bill Aitken

S3M-5653 Bob Doris: Getgo and Wyndford—That the Parliament congratulates Getgo Glasgow and the Wyndford community on their successful bid at the regional finals of the Sustain our Nation competition, including a cash prize of £10,000 for their Green Gorillaz proposal; wishes the project further success at the finals in London on 17 February 2010 and commends the efforts of the postgraduate students at Glasgow School of Art and the Wyndford residents who are giving freely of time and effort to promote the community; applauds the project’s emphasis on community cohesion and intergenerational activities; considers that residents have rallied to fight for the interests of their community as a direct result of the closure of the Wyndford and St Gregory’s primary schools in 2009 against the overwhelming will of the local community, and believes that, following initiatives like Getgo and the recent formation of the Wyndford Community Council, residents in Wyndford will succeed in improving their area and that they are providing a model for grassroots regeneration that could be applied to numerous other communities.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan

S3M-5652 Robert Brown: Scottish Government Blocking Public Right to Freedom of Information—That the Parliament is appalled at the Scottish Government’s refusal to provide information to applicants under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 when the request is in the form of a request for a copy of a document; considers that the attitude of the Scottish Government on this matter is a transparent breach of the obligations imposed on the Scottish Government under the Act; notes the terms of the Scottish Information Commissioner’s Guidance on validity of FOI requests following Court of Session Opinion on 30 September 2009, dated 27 January 2010, that a public authority that is asked for a copy of a document should respond to the request as one properly made under the Act if it is reasonably clear that the request is for the information contained in the document; urges the Scottish Government and its directorates and agencies to carry out their obligations under the Act fully and in a spirit of maximum transparency, and condemns the actions of any government that seeks to keep secret important information to which the public has a right of access.

Supported by: Jim Tolson, Iain Smith, Mike Rumbles, Hugh O’Donnell, Liam McArthur, Ms Wendy Alexander, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, Karen Gillon, Marilyn Livingstone, John Park, Ross Finnie, Hugh Henry

S3M-5651 Bill Butler: David Savage Jnr, Scottish Boxing Champion—That the Parliament congratulates David Savage Jnr on becoming the first ever Scottish super-bantamweight boxing champion; recognises that he is a product of the Argo Boxing Club, based in Drumchapel, which has served the local community since 1974; acknowledges that he follows in the footsteps of his father, David Savage Snr, who was also a Scottish professional boxing champion, and wishes David Savage Jnr continued success in his professional career.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Jackson Carlaw, Des McNulty, Jim Tolson, John Park, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, James Kelly, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, Bill Kidd, Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Aitken, Elaine Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Michael Matheson*

S3M-5650 Alex Neil: The Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-5649 John Swinney: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2010—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford

S3M-5648 Jackie Baillie: Free Prescriptions for Cancer Patients—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish National Party’s Angus MacNeil MP for originally supporting Early Day Motion (EDM) 641 on prescription charges; notes that the motion suggests that the Scottish Government should follow the lead of the UK Government in exempting cancer patients from prescription charges; further notes that cancer patients in England have enjoyed free prescriptions since April 2009, whereas in Scotland they will be required to pay £3 per prescription until 1 April 2010; shares the disappointment of those who supported EDM 641 that the Scottish Government has not acted on this quickly; regrets that the SNP has broken promises from its 2005 and 2007 election manifestos when it stated that it would end prescription charges for cancer patients immediately, and calls on SNP members to pay heed to the sensible view of their colleague at Westminster.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin, Marlyn Glen, Karen Gillon, David Whitton, Ken Macintosh, Margaret Curran, Mr Frank McAveety, Pauline McNeill, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Elaine Murray, James Kelly, Trish Godman

S3M-5648.1 Alasdair Allan: Free Prescriptions for Cancer Patients—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5648) in the name of Jackie Baillie, leave out from "originally supporting" to end and insert "his unambiguous support for the SNP government’s plans to abolish prescription charges for all in Scotland; deprecates the risible efforts of Jackie Baillie MSP to deflect the well justified criticism of her own party’s opposition to free prescriptions for all in Scotland by citing a name that appeared beside a motion in Westminster as a result of a clerical error that has long since been corrected, and calls on Gordon Brown to belatedly keep the promise that he made in his speech to the Labour Party conference in 2008 to abolish prescription charges for all people with long-term conditions in England."

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, John Wilson, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Maureen Watt, Anne McLaughlin

S3M-5647 Marilyn Livingstone: First Woman in Fife Confirmed as a FIFA Assistant Referee—That the Parliament congratulates Lorraine Clark, the first woman in Fife to be confirmed as a FIFA assistant referee; notes that the 24-year-old has been involved in refereeing for eight years and has been overseeing local games at a semi-professional level; commends the fact that, now that her nomination has been confirmed by FIFA, Lorraine will officiate in international, European Championship and World Cup qualifying matches; recognises the support that Lorraine has had from her colleagues in the Fife Referee Association and Kirkcaldy Area Sports Council, and welcomes Lorraine’s achievements, which make her a role model for young women in Fife interested in sports.

Supported by: John Park, Robin Harper, Stewart Maxwell, Aileen Campbell, Des McNulty, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jim Tolson, Joe FitzPatrick, Mary Mulligan, Tricia Marwick, Marlyn Glen, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Stuart McMillan, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Murray*, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-5646 Jackie Baillie: Alexandria Medical Centre—That the Parliament regrets the delay in the building of the new Alexandria Medical Centre; notes that the final business case submitted by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to the Scottish Government has yet to be approved; considers the conditions in the existing medical centre appalling for staff and patients alike; further considers that the new medical centre is an essential part of the Vision for the Vale, and calls on the Scottish Government to commit the capital cost of £18.5 million without any further delay.

Supported by: James Kelly, Mr Frank McAveety, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5645 Ross Finnie: Congratulations to Outstanding St Columba’s High School—That the Parliament congratulates St Columba’s High School in Gourock for its outstanding HM Inspectorate of Education report in which the school received four very good and one good rating(s) and which praised the leadership of the head teacher and senior managers, the confident, courteous pupils, who are keen to learn, and the high expectations and teamwork of the staff, all of which had led to improved attainment and achievement.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackson Carlaw, Mike Pringle, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd

S3M-5581 Christine Grahame: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill.

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

Supported by: Liam McArthur, Bill Wilson, Karen Whitefield, Aileen Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Hugh O’Donnell, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Murray, Mary Scanlon, Rhona Brankin, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, James Kelly, Marlyn Glen, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Patrick Harvie, Elaine Smith, Mike Pringle, John Park, Bob Doris, Mary Mulligan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Trish Godman, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Hugh Henry, George Foulkes, Marilyn Livingstone, Rhoda Grant, Alison McInnes, Cathy Peattie

S3M-5359# Ian McKee: The Bike Station Makes Climate Change a Local Challenge—That the Parliament congratulates The Bike Station, Edinburgh’s bicycle recycling and cycling promotion charity, for its continued work in championing active travel; notes that the charity promotes cycling as a healthy and sustainable means of transport across Edinburgh and the Lothians and works to support people to start and keep cycling while assisting other organisations to promote cycling and bike maintenance skills; further notes that the charity has recently been awarded funding from the Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund to take on the 80-40-20 challenge, aimed at encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home and use public transport or take up cycling; considers that the project will help reduce carbon gas emissions as well as improving the general health of people in the region; congratulates the charity’s manager, Mark Sydenham, for taking on the challenge, and wishes the project every success in getting the people of Edinburgh to take local and concrete action to fight climate change.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Jim Tolson, Des McNulty, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, David Stewart, Cathy Peattie, Joe FitzPatrick

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5644 Research and Innovation with the RSE (lodged on 29 January 2010) Michael Matheson*

S3M-5643 Benefits of Milk at an Early Age (lodged on 29 January 2010) Michael Matheson*

S3M-5642 Israelis and Palestinians Working Together (lodged on 29 January 2010) Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-5633# 150 Years of Armed Forces’ Cadet Movement (lodged on 28 January 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5626 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month 2010 (lodged on 27 January 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Ken Macintosh*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5623 Girvan Swimming Pool (lodged on 27 January 2010) Elaine Murray*

S3M-5621 Tennent’s Support for Minimum Price of Alcohol (lodged on 27 January 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-5618 A Deafening Silence (lodged on 26 January 2010) Elaine Murray*

S3M-5608 Edinburgh Opposes the SDL (lodged on 26 January 2010) Elaine Murray*

S3M-5607 Going the Extra Mile (lodged on 26 January 2010) Elaine Murray*

S3M-5486 Congratulations to Graeme Cook (lodged on 8 January 2010) Maureen Watt*

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

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