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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5768# Bill Butler: Fairtrade Fortnight 2010—That the Parliament welcomes Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from 22 February to 7 March 2010; applauds the efforts of church groups, charities, schools and individuals in promoting the benefits of fair trade in Scotland; considers that the fair trade movement has already made a positive difference to the lives of thousands of people and communities across the globe; recognises that the fair trade concept is based on traditional cooperative principles of community ownership, concern for communities and democratic membership control; notes that estimated sales of fair trade products across the United Kingdom total over £700 million; welcomes moves to establish a cross-party group on fair trade in the Scottish Parliament; notes the continuing success of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, established in January 2007, ahead of its third Fairtrade Fortnight tour of Scotland; notes that the tour will cover 15 local authority areas in order to raise awareness of the final push to make Scotland the world’s second Fair Trade nation by the end of 2011, and would welcome as many schools, local authorities, further and higher education establishments and businesses as possible striving to achieve fair trade status.

Supported by: Michael McMahon*, Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Maureen Watt*, Des McNulty*, Cathy Peattie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mary Mulligan*, Bill Kidd*, Marlyn Glen*, George Foulkes*, Brian Adam*

*S3M-5767 Marilyn Livingstone: World Plumbing Day 2011—That the Parliament recognises the importance of World Plumbing Day 2011, taking place on 11 March, and its aim of highlighting the role of the plumbing industry in relation to health through the provision of safe water and sanitation; recognises the environmental role of the industry in water conservation and in energy efficiency and the increasing use of renewable sources of energy; notes that it is estimated that 3.1 million children die each year as a result of water-related diseases, and congratulates the World Plumbing Council on its role in promoting the importance of the plumbing industry both in developed countries and in developing countries where good plumbing has the potential to save lives.

*S3M-5766 James Kelly: Rutherglen and Cambuslang Schools Success in Bridgeton Burns Club Competition—That the Parliament notes that the Bridgeton Burns Club recently held its annual schools concert and prize giving and offers congratulations to the schools that participated, including Calderwood Primary, St Columbkille’s Primary, Cairns Primary, Stonelaw High and James Aiton Primary, all of which work hard to keep the cause of Robert Burns alive in the 21st century.

*S3M-5765 Christine Grahame: Disability Sports Development Officer Cut Condemned—That the Parliament condemns the decision by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to end funding in May 2010 for the award-winning post of Disability Sports Development Officer held by local Borders man Jed Renilson who previously won ITV Borders Local Hero Award and the Glasgow Trophy for his services and success in promoting sport for disabled youngsters and adults; considers that this decision by the Liberal, Conservative and independent councillors on SBC further undermines sports development in the Scottish Borders, especially among disabled athletes and sports people, and urges the council to reconsider its decision in light of the exemplary work and benefit that local disabled sports people have derived from Mr Renilson’s dedicated effort.

S3M-5764 Jackie Baillie: Cairndow Community Childcare Facility—That the Parliament is concerned about the proposal by Argyll and Bute Council to withdraw funding from the Cairndow Community Childcare facility; understands that the centre, which is in a rural area, is one of the few local childcare facilities that provides both pre-school and wrap-around care; considers that the withdrawal of funding may result in higher care charges being introduced that will negatively impact on families in the area, and calls on Argyll and Bute Council to reconsider this proposal.

S3M-5763 Christina McKelvie: Support Freedom Week—That the Parliament expresses its support for Freedom Week, the global campaign for schools and young people to raise awareness of human trafficking, which will take place from 8 to 14 March 2010; commends Freedom Week’s aims of raising awareness among young people of what human trafficking is, how it affects their lives and what they can do to help fight it, and encourages schools and young people across Scotland to sign up to the campaign at www.startfreedom.org and join the fight to stop human trafficking.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5762 Jackie Baillie: New Chapter for Vale of Leven Academy—That the Parliament congratulates the Vale of Leven Academy on the official opening of its new school on 9 November 2009; welcomes the fact that old boy and former Bishop of Edinburgh, the Rev Richard Holloway, performed the opening ceremony; notes that 2009 was the 100th anniversary of the school’s name; recognises that the new Vale of Leven Academy has modern classrooms with interactive technology and the very latest sports facilities; further notes that the new school was commissioned by the previous Labour administration in West Dunbartonshire Council with funding allocated by the former Labour-led Scottish Executive, and looks forward to many generations to come being educated in a new, modern, 21st century school.

Supported by: Des McNulty*

S3M-5761 Jackie Baillie: Lomond Gateway to Investment—That the Parliament notes the positive economic impact that the Lomondgate has had in Dumbarton; understands that £91 million has been generated for Dumbarton’s economy since its development; further understands that Lomondgate is expected to deliver a total of £450 million into the area’s economy and 1,400 extra jobs by 2019; acknowledges that the Strathleven Regeneration Company, in partnership with the developer, the Walker Group, plans to provide 300 new homes, leisure and retail facilities and a business park, and congratulates all involved in the success of Lomondgate, which already houses the production facility for BBC Scotland’s River City and will soon house the new plant for power giant Aggreko.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Des McNulty*

S3M-5760 Ken Macintosh: Quarriers and the Young People’s Charter—That the Parliament congratulates the charity, Quarriers, on the launch of its Young People’s Charter; notes that the charter aims to ensure that all young homeless and vulnerable people are helped to achieve their full potential and that they have a successful transition into adulthood; recognises the plight of the thousands of homeless young people in Scotland; congratulates Quarriers on its hard work and its ongoing efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable people, and asks that all MSPs fully support the campaign to improve life for the homeless and vulnerable young people in Scotland.

S3M-5759 Nigel Don: 450th Anniversary of the Reformation—That the Parliament welcomes the World Reformed Fellowship conference in Edinburgh; notes that 2010 marks the 450th anniversary of the reformation in Scotland; considers that the reformers’ passion for opening up the scriptures to all Scots led to a drive towards improved literacy and that within one hundred years schools were established in parishes across Scotland; further considers that the reformers’ emphasis on free thinking and an individual’s relationship with God arguably helped pave the way for the enquiry, investigation and freedom of conscience associated with the Scottish enlightenment, and therefore pays tribute to the men and women of the reformation for their contribution in laying the foundations of modern Scottish society.

S3M-5758 Kenneth Gibson: Alcohol Pricing—That the Parliament believes that the implementation of policy establishing minimum pricing requirements for a unit of alcohol would correlate with the alleviation of alcohol-related problems and the promotion of a healthier nation; considers that overwhelming evidence from academic and first-hand sources, most recently from Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, confirms that there is a strong linkage between the price of alcohol and consumption; further considers that controls on the price and availability of alcohol are recognised as two of the most effective methods for limiting alcohol-related problems, and further believes that failure to execute changes, by, for example, kicking the issue into touch by way of an alcohol commission, signifies a refusal to acknowledge that alcohol is one of Scotland’s big three killers and that an estimated £2.25 billion is lost annually from the Scottish economy due to alcohol.

S3M-5757 Mr Frank McAveety: Possibilities for East End Kids—That the Parliament welcomes the continuing success of Possibilities for East End Kids (PEEK), which provides a range of activities to children and young people in the inner east end of Glasgow; welcomes the award of a grant of £202,000 from Go Play Scotland to expand play provision for children aged five to 13, and looks forward to the development of further strategies to enable PEEK to enhance its range of activities that have been so beneficial to the wider community.

S3M-5756 Cathy Peattie: Dick Gaughan—That the Parliament LANG="EN">congratulates Dick Gaughan on his Lifetime Achievement Award presented at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; notes that this follows his recent induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame; believes that, as songwriter, performer and social commentator, Dick Gaughan exemplifies the best of Scottish culture, and hopes that these awards will lead to further success and recognition of his talents and also will help to promote and encourage support for the living tradition of Scotland’s folk music and arts.

S3M-5754 Mr Frank McAveety: Haggeye in the Parliament—That the Parliament was pleased to welcome the presence in the Parliament last week of Haggeye, the forum for blind and partially sighted young people in Scotland, as part of the Community Partnerships Project, which also involved Multi Ethnic Aberdeen Ltd and Action For Children; congratulates Haggeye on its enthusiastic engagement with the project through an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of important issues for blind and partially sighted young people in Scotland, most recently by promoting RNIB Scotland’s What Would You Lose campaign in the Parliament, and calls on parliamentarians to continue to show support for initiatives such as Haggeye.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5753 Bob Doris: Partick Thistle and Phoenix Futures Graduation—That the Parliament applauds the participants of the Handyperson Project, a partnership between Phoenix Futures drug rehabilitation and Partick Thistle Football Club (PTFC) community initiative programme; notes that the scheme benefits PTFC by helping with a variety of manual jobs at Firhill stadium while the participants gain valuable skills and work experience; welcomes the first graduation from the programme on Tuesday 9 February 2010; recognises the great courage and commitment from participants as they recover from past addiction, and wishes them the best of health and happiness as they look forward to a future free from drugs.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Jim Tolson, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson, Anne McLaughlin, Jackie Baillie, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-5752 Robert Brown: End the Tax on Breathing—That the Parliament welcomes the End the Tax on Breathing campaign initiated by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK; supports the campaign’s objective to end the discrimination facing 90,000 people in Scotland and across the United Kingdom who live with conditions such as pulmonary hypertension (PH) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are fit to fly yet require supplemental oxygen when flying around or out of the UK; notes with concern that a recent report by the organisation found that, of the 71 airlines surveyed, (a) less than a quarter supply free supplementary oxygen, (b) a quarter do not supply supplementary oxygen at all, (3) two thirds of the airlines would not allow disabled air travellers with lung conditions to bring their own oxygen for use in-flight and (4) of the airlines that provide supplemental oxygen but charge for it, each levies a different fee ranging from £50 to £500 per trip; finds it disappointing that parliamentary motion S3M-4527, lodged on 25 June 2009, has not been embraced by external stakeholders to the desired degree and that only Thomson Holidays has followed the example of British Airways, Emirates Airlines and Cathay Pacific by dropping charges for in-flight oxygen provision for those who need it, and urges all airlines to take measures to axe supplemental oxygen surcharges and to allow patients, as in the United States of America, to bring their own oxygen supply free of charge. 

Supported by: Bill Butler, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Ian McKee, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie*, Mike Pringle*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Kidd*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Nicol Stephen*

S3M-5750 Anne McLaughlin: Florence and Precious Mhango Belong to Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates asylum seekers Florence and Precious Mhango on winning their renewal application in the High Court in London; appeals to the Home Secretary not to put the mother and daughter through the additional stress of a full hearing; believes that, after living in the United Kingdom for almost seven years, they should be granted indefinite leave to remain and that the Home Secretary has it within his powers to do that, and applauds the passion and tenacity of the campaigners in Cranhill in the east end of Glasgow for their campaign to keep Florence and Precious Mhango in Glasgow where they belong.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Ian McKee, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson, Maureen Watt, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith*

S3M-5749 Alasdair Allan: Hebridean SciTech Festival—That the Parliament congratulates Engineering, Science, Technology, Employability, Enterprise, Mathematics (ESTEEM), the organiser of the first science festival in the Western Isles, taking place between 18 and 20 March 2010 in Stornoway; notes that, this week, it has received £5,000 in funding from the Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser; believes that events such as this help to stimulate the interest and expand the understanding of young people in science and technology and encourage them to study these subjects at school, and wishes ESTEEM well in organising a successful science festival in the Western Isles.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson

S3M-5748 Karen Gillon: Fairtrade Fortnight 2010—That the Parliament welcomes the Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 campaign, the Big Swap, from 22 February to 7 March 2010, which encourages shoppers to use their consumer power to swap their usual purchases for the fair trade equivalent; acknowledges the growing range of fair trade goods now available online at http://www.fairtrade.org.uk, in local shops and in supermarkets, from bananas and body wash to wine and bed linen; considers that fair trade has a huge impact on making the world a fairer place by giving developing world producers a better deal for the work that they do; further considers that the Scottish Fair Trade Forum makes an important contribution in highlighting the positive impact that Scots buying fair trade can have on producer countries such as Malawi, and welcomes further efforts towards making Scotland a Fair Trade nation.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Linda Fabiani, Sarah Boyack*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5747 Trish Godman: Jobs Boost for Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow, the Clyde’s last independent shipyard, which has been awarded a £3.2 million contract for refit and refurbishment work on an accommodation support vessel; welcomes the much needed jobs boost that this will provide to the yard and hopes that this contract will lead to similar and bigger contracts; applauds the spirit and dedication of the highly skilled local workforce and the management, who have ensured that the yard maintains a first-class reputation during tough economic times; notes the commitment of all those involved in the long fight campaigning for contracts to help secure the future of the yard at more difficult times; wishes Ferguson Shipbuilders every success in the future, and believes that the Scottish Government must do more to support the local yard and Scottish shipbuilding.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Cathy Jamieson, Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Peattie, George Foulkes, Jackson Carlaw, David Whitton, Michael McMahon, David Stewart, John Park, Bill Butler, Ms Wendy Alexander, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Karen Gillon, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Gil Paterson, Helen Eadie*, Robin Harper*, Cathie Craigie*, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5746 Patrick Harvie: Robin Hood Tax—That the Parliament commends the campaigners behind the Robin Hood Tax, a proposal to levy an average 0.05% tax on speculative banking transactions and spend the many billions of pounds raised on protecting vital public services and on fighting poverty and climate change; notes that there is support for the Robin Hood Tax from organisations including Oxfam, the New Economics Foundation, People & Planet, Barnardo’s and a host of others; believes that, after the crisis in banking and the huge public bailout that followed, this proposal is not only necessary but also an entirely desirable way of moving toward a fairer and more sustainable economy, and urges the Scottish Government to lend its support to the campaign, which can be found at http://robinhoodtax.org.uk.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5745 Anne McLaughlin: Scottish Charities, the Scottish People and Haiti—That the Parliament welcomes the outstanding work being performed by numerous Scotland-based non-governmental aid agencies in the Caribbean Republic of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake of 12 January 2010; considers that the high quality of their projects, commitment to working with local people and increased efforts to help Haiti in its time of need have all inspired the Scottish Government to allocate over double its original commitment, providing nearly £700,000 to support the organisations; congratulates the Scottish Government on its decision; views that this increase in aid reflects the concern of the Scottish people who have donated over £5.6 million for humanitarian aid; believes that the people of Scotland have shown themselves to be responsible global citizens, and hopes that such admirable efforts to aid Haiti and the greater global community continue to receive support in the future.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Cathy Peattie, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Butler, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5744 Anne McLaughlin: Glasgow the Caring City, Providing Help Wherever Need Presents Itself—That the Parliament congratulates the efforts of Glasgow the Caring City, an aid agency that works globally to provide disaster relief and facilitate local development; recognises the charity as one of the organisers of the recent Red Day 4 Haiti, in which members of the Scottish Parliament participated and of which the co-organisers were World Emergency Relief; commends Glasgow the Caring City’s great efforts at home and throughout the global community, all of which fulfil its remit to provide help wherever need presents itself; believes that Glasgow the Caring City epitomises the caring humanitarian attitude for which Glaswegians are famed, and encourages its ongoing efforts to provide aid however possible.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Elaine Smith, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Gil Paterson

S3M-5742 Dr Richard Simpson: Protocol for Managing Legal Cases Involving Epilepsy—That the Parliament notes that the current test for determining fitness to plead dates from 1836 and the current rules for determining legal insanity date from 1842; therefore welcomes the Law Commission for England and Wales’s decision to examine this aspect of the law in 2010, and would welcome an examination of the current application of this aspect of the law in Scotland to people with epilepsy who, while in a seizure or post-seizure state, may display behaviour that is considered an offence.

S3M-5741 John Swinney: The Draft Local Government Investments (Scotland) Regulations 2010—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Local Government Investments (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford

S3M-5740 Des McNulty: Retention of Continuing Care Beds at the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice—That the Parliament welcomes Labour health spokesperson Jackie Baillie’s commitment to the retention of continuing care beds at the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, to overrule the decision by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to withdraw funding from these beds by 2013.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Trish Godman, David Whitton, Marilyn Livingstone, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, Jackie Baillie, Dr Richard Simpson, Pauline McNeill*, James Kelly*, Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Margaret Curran*, Karen Gillon*, Michael McMahon*

S3M-5739 Alex Neil: The Draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2010—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon

S3M-5738 Stewart Stevenson: The Draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney, Sarah Boyack*

S3M-5737 Shona Robison: The Draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon

S3M-5736 John Swinney: The Draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2010—That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford

S3M-5735 Kenny MacAskill: The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions and Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions and Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-5734 Stewart Stevenson: The A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-5733 Stewart Stevenson: The A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-5732 Stewart Stevenson: The A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) (Craibstone Junction) Special Road Scheme 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) (Craibstone Junction) Special Road Scheme 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-5731 Stewart Stevenson: The A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-5730 Stewart Stevenson: The A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney, John Scott

S3M-5729 Stewart Stevenson: The A96 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the A96 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-5728 Shona Robison: The Draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2010—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon

S3M-5727 Robin Harper: Threat to Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend—That the Parliament notes with alarm the possibility that the Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend may have to be closed in three months’ time; further notes that 29 Olympians are among its alumni, that there are over 200 race trainees at any one time and that for competition training it is considered to be one of the best dry slopes in Britain; is concerned that Midlothian Council has failed to keep it to a reasonable standard since 1996, and calls on Midlothian Council to continue working with the Scottish Ski Club and sportscotland to find a solution, to investigate the possibility of private investment and to accept its responsibilities toward maintaining what is a major national sports facility.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Mike Pringle, Jim Tolson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ian McKee, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Christopher Harvie*, Margo MacDonald*

S3M-5726 Jim Hume: Improved Dumfries and Galloway Social Enterprise—That the Parliament welcomes the improved links between businesses and social enterprises in the Dumfries area; further welcomes the recent Community of Business Exhibition in Dumfries, which was organised by Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce, Dumfries and Galloway Social Enterprise Network and the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition; recognises that this was an opportunity for local businesses to find out more about social enterprise, which is now estimated to add around £2 billion to the Scottish economy every year, and commends all parties for looking to develop the social enterprise sector in the South of Scotland.

Supported by: Gil Paterson

S3M-5725 Stuart McMillan: Ferguson Shipbuilders Wins Contract—That the Parliament welcomes the news that Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow, has been awarded a £3.2 million contract for refit and refurbishment work on an accommodation support vessel; notes that Ferguson Shipbuilders will provide the steel structure and put in place accommodation modules for the vessel, which is due for completion by June 2010; acknowledges that this is an important contract for Ferguson Shipbuilders to win and will bring much needed jobs to the Port Glasgow yard, and wishes it every success with the project.

Supported by: Ross Finnie, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Robin Harper, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Jim Tolson

S3M-5724 Aileen Campbell: UK Parties Support Referenda on Constitutional Change—That the Parliament welcomes the unanimous decision of the Welsh Assembly to begin the process of holding a referendum on the future powers of the Assembly before the end of its current term in 2011; also notes the vote in the UK Parliament in favour of holding a referendum on electoral reform before October 2011; notes that in each case the proposals were backed by the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties; believes that this represents a growing consensus in support of referenda as the best way to determine a country’s constitutional future, and hopes that this consensus extends to the Scottish Parliament when the Scottish Government brings forward its proposals for a referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future.

Supported by: Willie Coffey, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Anne McLaughlin, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Christopher Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson

S3M-5723 Rob Gibson: Indian BT Brinjal Moratorium Welcomed in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the robust action by the Government of India in deferring the commercial cultivation of what would have been its first genetically modified vegetable crop; considers there to have been widespread public outcry over the plans to grow Bt Brinjal, the variety of genetically modified aubergine targeted at India, and welcomes the indefinite moratorium on growing Bt Brinjal there until sufficient tests are carried out to independently establish the long-term impact of this GM crop on human health and the environment to the satisfaction of both the public and scientific community, and calls on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency to take a transparent and precautionary stance as exemplified by the Scottish Government regarding proposed GM crops that are being aimed at Scottish growing conditions.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Linda Fabiani, Gil Paterson

S3M-5722 Elaine Smith: First ScotRail Industrial Relations—That the Parliament understands that a provision exists in the First ScotRail franchise agreement that provides the Scottish Government with discretionary powers to reimburse the company for revenues lost due to industrial action; supports the position of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) that it is wholly wrong for public funds to be used to support private companies such as First ScotRail in disputes with trade unions; also agrees with the STUC that the provision and use of such powers is not conducive to good industrial relations as it weakens the incentive for private companies to reach agreement; further supports the view of the STUC that such powers should not be used in the event of industrial action in the current dispute between First ScotRail and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT); welcomes the fact that the Scottish Government has been in dialogue with the RMT over the issues involved in the dispute, and believes that the interests of constituents in Coatbridge and Chryston, passengers, rail workers and Scotland would be best served by an early and agreed negotiated settlement to end this dispute.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Butler, Marlyn Glen, Cathy Peattie, Hugh Henry, Patricia Ferguson, John Wilson*, Robin Harper*

S3M-5721 Jamie Hepburn: UK Government Continues to Privatise the Skies—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement by the UK Government that the Soteria Consortium is the preferred bidder for the £6 billion privatisation of the UK search and rescue helicopter operations; further notes that, in addition to private companies Thales UK and CHC, another member of the consortium is the Royal Bank of Scotland, a company that is 84% owned by the taxpayer, which can be considered to represent further recycling of funds from the public purse to the private sector; believes there to be a certain irony in the announcement of the privatisation being made by Labour MP and Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, a former Conservative MP, as the decision represents the continuation of privatisation programmes begun under the Conservatives, as well as New Labour’s privatisation of the skies having previously sold off air traffic control services, and calls on the UK Government not to sign any deal for this privatisation before the UK general election and for full transparency about the decision-making process so far in order to ensure that commercial interests and the need to deliver profits for shareholders does not outweigh public safety and the reliability of the search and rescue helicopter service.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, John Wilson, Sandra White, Bill Wilson, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson

S3M-5716 Gil Paterson: Summit to Save St Margaret of Scotland Hospice—That the Parliament notes that there is cross-party support in the Parliament for the view that the decision by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to remove funding for 30 long-term care beds from St Margaret of Scotland Hospice puts the future of the hospice under threat and therefore calls on the SNP, Conservative and Labour members on the board to be involved in a summit meeting with MSPs from all parties to discuss the full extent of the comments from John Bannon MBE with a view to having the original decision reversed.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Ross Finnie, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5715 Cathy Jamieson: Pedestrian Crossing for A76 at Mauchline—That the Parliament notes the concerns of local residents of the National Burns Memorial Homes and the Jean Armour Homes in Mauchline who wish to see a pedestrian crossing installed on the A76 to allow safe access to a pavement leading into the village centre; acknowledges that this wish is supported by the Mauchline Community Council, local councillors and Des Browne MP; understands that major resurfacing work is due to take place on the A76 in the summer of 2010; believes that this would be the ideal opportunity to install the crossing, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that Transport Scotland takes account of community opinion on this matter.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, James Kelly, Marlyn Glen, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Mary Mulligan, Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-5707 Patricia Ferguson: People’s Postcode Lottery-funded Charities Showcased in Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates the People’s Postcode Lottery on its recent reception and exhibition in the Scottish Parliament to highlight its ongoing funding of charities across Scotland; notes that the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery raised more than £2.9 million for charities in Scotland in 2009 and have raised more than £4 million since its inception in November 2007; celebrates the excellent work that the People’s Postcode Lottery’s charity partners and their employees and volunteers have undertaken in Scotland, including Missing People (in Scotland), CHILDREN 1ST, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and the People’s Postcode Trust, and, finally, wishes the People’s Postcode Lottery the best of luck for its future growth so that other charities can benefit from this invaluable source of funding

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Jack McConnell

S3M-5706 Brian Adam: Renewable Investment in Aberdeen—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of Technip to locate its North Sea offshore renewables head office in Aberdeen, which will bring 20 jobs to the city with potential for more; further welcomes the Scottish Enterprise report, Scotland’s National Renewable Infrastructure Plan, which identified Aberdeen as a potential location to support renewable energy in offshore waters; notes the Scottish Government’s efforts to attract further renewable innovation with the £10 million Saltire Prize and evidence pointing to Scotland’s considerable renewable energy potential, and believes that these developments, which build on the oil and gas industry’s highly skilled workforce who have extensive experience in offshore installations and energy production, will help secure Scotland’s place at the forefront of renewable energy and Aberdeen the title of Europe’s energy capital.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Nanette Milne, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Nigel Don, Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt*

S3M-5705 Des McNulty: Freeze out Fuel Poverty for Cancer Patients—That the Parliament notes that cancer patients can pay higher fuel bills because they spend long periods at home during recovery and the effects of the illness and treatment can mean that they face higher bills because they feel the cold more and need to use more heating; is concerned, however, that this comes at a time when, for many patients, their income has fallen dramatically; understands that the Scottish Government’s Energy Assistance Package does not include cancer patients as a vulnerable group that can benefit, and believes that a diagnosis of cancer should be a key point at which patients are referred to sources of help such as the Energy Assistance Package and that cancer patients should have the same rights and support as other vulnerable people.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Frank McAveety, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Butler, Dr Richard Simpson, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone, Robin Harper, David Whitton, Marlyn Glen*, Elaine Smith*, James Kelly*, Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Margaret Curran*, Karen Gillon*, Michael McMahon*, Cathie Craigie*

S3M-5704 Malcolm Chisholm: Congratulations to the Finola Education Trust—That the Parliament recognises that the Leith teenager, Finola Forman, who suffers from cerebral palsy, has chosen to attend a specialist residential further education course and that such facilities are available only in England; congratulates the Finola Education Trust on raising the £36,000 additional money that was required for the first year of the three-year course on top of the contribution from the City of Edinburgh Council; acknowledges the contribution of Leith FM and many others in promoting the campaign, and believes that teenagers such as Finola should be able to exercise choice concerning the further education that they receive without the need for such extensive fundraising.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack

S3M-5703 Malcolm Chisholm: Congratulations to North Edinburgh Childcare Academy—That the Parliament congratulates North Edinburgh Childcare’s Childcare Academy, based in West Pilton, on achieving the landmark of getting 100 students into childcare employment; considers that the superb programme on offer has given opportunities to many local people who might otherwise have lost out, and looks forward to many more years of first-class childcare training to the benefit of the whole north Edinburgh community.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Shirley-Anne Somerville

S3M-5702 Linda Fabiani: Pioneering Anti-HIV Research in East Kilbride—That the Parliament congratulates East Kilbride company Controlled Therapeutics on forming a partnership with US non-profit reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention agency, CONRAD, to develop drug delivery technology that could help women to protect themselves against the transmission of HIV infection; believes that this innovative research has the potential to improve the health and welfare of women worldwide and particularly in the developing world by empowering them to take action against HIV infection; wishes Controlled Therapeutics and CONRAD every success in this work, and looks forward to hearing their assessment of progress in the project at the end of 2010.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-5701 David Whitton: Congratulations to Demelza Hart and to Killermont Primary School, Bearsden—That the Parliament congratulates Demelza Hart of Killermont Primary School, Bearsden, for designing the winning poster in the Food Standards Agency in Scotland and Consumer Focus Scotland Safe Food and Healthy Eating Calendar competition 2009 and notes that the competition attracted more than 4,000 entries from across Scotland, all promoting good food hygiene, healthy eating or food allergy awareness messages, making Demelza’s success a fantastic national achievement, and that the TV chef, James Martin, officially presented her with a framed print of her winning design in front of the whole school.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Butler, James Kelly, Sandra White, Jackie Baillie, Des McNulty, Karen Gillon, Ross Finnie, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Mary Mulligan, Karen Whitefield, Sarah Boyack, Marilyn Livingstone, Gil Paterson, Helen Eadie*

S3M-5700 Bob Doris: Community Ownership at Ledgowan and Cadder—That the Parliament expresses concern at the decision of Glasgow City Council to close community facilities across Glasgow; considers that Ledgowan Tenants’ Hall and Cadder Community Centre in Maryhill are valued by the groups that they serve, are important to the health and wellbeing of these communities and that these areas already lack a number of the amenities enjoyed by more prosperous locales; believes that this decision is consistent with the continued erosion of civic facilities in the area following the closure of St Agnes Primary School in 2009, and considers that these communities should now be supported by the local authority to explore the feasibility of community ownership.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Anne McLaughlin, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson

S3M-5699 Robin Harper: Sir John Dankworth—That the Parliament notes with sadness the death of Sir John Dankworth; recognises his huge contribution to jazz, arguably as Britain’s leading exponent of the art of modern jazz; expresses sympathy to his wife, Cleo Laine, his children, Alec and Jacqui, and his friends, and shares the sentiments of modern jazz musician Jamie Cullum who called him a genius and said "Sir John Dankworth - a great man and one of our finest musicians and composers has died. Rest in peace, sir".

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Linda Fabiani

S3M-5698 Rob Gibson: Celebrating Global Non-genetically Modified Crop Successes—That the Parliament LANG="EN">welcomes a lengthening list of non-genetically modified seeds and crops that are being grown successfully around the world and that include allergen-free peanuts, striga-resistant cowpeas, salt and drought-resistant wheat, corn, maize and rice, beta-carotene rich sweet potatoes, virus-resistant cassavas and blight-resistant potatoes; recalls that the evidence of increased yields, environmental security and consistent results has never been proven for GM varieties; anticipates that non-GM plant varieties will continue to promote biodiversity, security of production in both subsistence and commercial farming; believes that these non-GM seeds and plants deserve far wider publicity and understanding, and congratulates scientists who are adding to the success of non-GM varieties across the globe.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Patrick Harvie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Christina McKelvie, Bill Wilson, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Linda Fabiani

S3M-5697 Rob Gibson: Global Alert to Stop Monsantoizing Food, Seeds and Animals—That the Parliament LANG="EN">welcomes global action timed for late March 2010 in order to present governments, politicians and patent offices around the world with a call to stop the Monsantoizing of food, seeds and livestock, which is considered to be growing at an alarming rate; notes that individuals and organisations can sign the global alert petition at  http://www.no-patents-on-seeds.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=93&Itemid=56 LANG="EN">; encourages farmers, growers, crofters and consumers in Scotland to understand that rising food prices, the loss of independence and rising indebtedness for farmers, a reduction of plant and animal diversity, ever higher constraints for breeding and research activities and the concentration of the seed sector in the hands of a few multinational firms represent the most worrying impacts of this trend, and asks as many concerned citizens as possible to join this global alert.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Patrick Harvie, Bill Wilson, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Linda Fabiani, Gil Paterson

S3M-5696 Marilyn Livingstone: Love Maggie’s Day—That the Parliament supports the first ever Love Maggie’s Day on 26 March 2010; welcomes the fact that past, present and future fundraisers are being encouraged to do an activity that they love or for someone they love in the lead up to the event; notes that the day will be celebrated in each region across Scotland and that supporters will meet at Maggie’s centres and form a chain to hug the building; considers Love Maggie’s Day to be an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of LANG="">the support that Maggie’s offers people living with, through and beyond cancer and how important fundraising is to these services; recognises that the Maggie’s Centre in Fife provides great comfort and hope to the people of Fife and their families who are affected by cancer, and congratulates the staff in the Maggie’s Centre in Kirkcaldy for the quality of care and services provided.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Malcolm Chisholm, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Marlyn Glen, Hugh O’Donnell, Mary Scanlon, Tricia Marwick, Claire Baker, Joe FitzPatrick, Helen Eadie, Christina McKelvie, Trish Godman, Sandra White, Mike Pringle, John Park, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Sarah Boyack, Jack McConnell, David Whitton, Gil Paterson

S3M-5695 Patrick Harvie: WWF’s Earth Hour 2010—That the Parliament supports WWF’s Earth Hour 2010, in which, at 8.30pm on Saturday 27 March, thousands of people all over Scotland will join hundreds of millions across the globe in switching off their lights for 60 minutes in a demonstration of support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change; urges all local authorities and other public bodies to sign up to Earth Hour; considers that the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen failed to establish a sufficiently ambitious or binding framework capable of tackling the threat of climate change; considers that Scotland has shown leadership by setting the world’s strongest statutory greenhouse gas targets, and calls on all nations to agree a legally binding global deal this year that sets stringent carbon emissions reduction targets at global and national levels.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Ms Wendy Alexander, Elaine Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Liam McArthur, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Cathy Peattie, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Jack McConnell, Linda Fabiani, Gil Paterson, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5694 Robert Brown: Strathclyde Taser Pilot—That the Parliament is concerned by the decision of the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police to issue Taser guns to 30 frontline police officers following a three-day training course; notes the considerable concerns about the safety of Tasers raised by Amnesty International; further notes that at present Tasers are only issued to specially trained, authorised firearms officers as an additional less lethal option to conventional firearms; recognises that in order to become an authorised firearms officer a police officer must be selected and trained in order to reach the required level of competency in weapon handling, tactical knowledge, shooting skills and judgment and is thereafter subject to refresher training and re-qualification; further notes that, when a similar pilot took place in 10 police forces in England and Wales in 2007-08, Tasers were used by officers 661 times within a year and that they were used on children 34 times during this period; recognises that it was the Home Secretary who signed off on issuing Tasers to more frontline police officers following that pilot; believes that three days of training is not sufficient for officers with no previous training or experience of handling firearms, and further believes that extending the use of Tasers beyond firearms officers represents a shift in policy, not an operational decision, which requires ministerial sanction following independent evaluation and debate in the Parliament.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Patrick Harvie, Mike Pringle, Ross Finnie, Elaine Smith, Liam McArthur, Jim Tolson, Nicol Stephen, Iain Smith

S3M-5693 Ross Finnie: Health Secretary Must End St Margaret’s Fiasco—That the Parliament notes the comments made by John Bannon, a non-executive board member of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, who is reported to have stated that board members have not been made aware of key aspects of the decisions made concerning the development of Blawarthill Hospital, which could lead to the proposed closure of beds at St Margaret of Scotland Hospice; further notes an article in Scottish Review by Kenneth Roy that raises serious questions about the Blawarthill proposal, and calls on the Scottish Government to investigate the serious issues raised by Messers Bannon and Roy with a view to resolving the future of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Des McNulty, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Robert Brown

S3M-5692 Ian McKee: LGBT Centre Addressing Health Inequalities—That the Parliament congratulates the Edinburgh-based LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing for the valuable and essential services that it provides to promote the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland; understands that, while there have been significant positive changes in legislation over the past decade, the everyday experience of LGBT people is that discrimination, prejudice and hate crime continue, which can have a devastating effect on self-esteem and lead to poor mental and physical health; supports the charity’s vital work to address social isolation, poor mental health and health inequalities among one of Scotland’s most invisible minorities, and wishes the charity every success in its vision of a Scotland where sexual orientation and gender identity do not act as barriers to accessing services or are indicators of poor health outcomes.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Anne McLaughlin, Elaine Smith, Bill Wilson, Patrick Harvie, Nanette Milne, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt, Jackie Baillie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Robin Harper, Liam McArthur, Linda Fabiani, Gil Paterson, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-5691 John Swinney: Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to (a) any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders and (b) any charges or payments in relation to which Rule 9.12.4 of the Standing Orders applies, arising in consequence of the Act.

S3M-5690 Marlyn Glen: Diana and Actaeon Come to the Newly Restored McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum—That the Parliament LANG="EN">congratulates those involved in bringing the £50 million Titian masterpiece, Diana and Actaeon, to Dundee; recognises that Diana and Actaeon has been seen by thousands of people in London and Edinburgh in the past year and that there has been a vigorous campaign to ensure that it receives the widest possible audience; notes that this announcement comes on the first anniversary of its acquisition by the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery in London and celebrates the partnership between these British cultural institutions; further notes that this prestigious national acquisition will be hosted in the newly restored McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, following its exhibition in Aberdeen and Glasgow, and believes that this positive message from the national galleries illustrates Dundee’s status as a growing centre of culture.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Karen Whitefield, Sandra White, Cathy Jamieson, Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Marilyn Livingstone, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper*

S3M-5689 Kenneth Gibson: Idling Engines—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Government to encourage all local authorities to follow the lead of Glasgow City Council in enacting bylaws to fine drivers who keep their engines running and considers that such idling causes unhealthy fumes and pollution and contributes to unnecessary CO2 production.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, Pauline McNeill, Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Anne McLaughlin, Hugh O’Donnell, Willie Coffey, Jackie Baillie, Bill Wilson, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper

S3M-5688 Jamie Hepburn: Second Annual Grangemouth Music Festival—That the Parliament welcomes the second annual Grangemouth Music Festival, which is to take place on seven consecutive Saturdays between 1 May and 12 June 2010 and is to be run by Grangemouth Independent Retailers; congratulates Jim Waugh and Les Burkey, who are to head up the organisation of the event for a second year running following its successful debut last year as part of the Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations; notes that the festival is to benefit greatly from improvements being made to the bandstand in La Porte Precinct, following a £35,000 award from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund; further notes that the festival will feature a broad mix of bands with Celtic rock and contemporary ceilidh band Skerryvore launching the event, and wishes all those organising, participating in and attending a very successful, entertaining and enjoyable festival.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Linda Fabiani, Gil Paterson

S3M-5621.1 Jackie Baillie: Tennent’s Support for Minimum Price of Alcohol—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5621) in the name of Michael Matheson, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes that the University of Sheffield study of minimum unit pricing indicates that the profit that would accrue to retailers and alcohol producers is in the order of £90 million per year if the unit price is set at 40p; further notes that the amount being spent on alcohol treatment by the Scottish Government is £120 million over three years, which represents less than half of the money that would be generated by a minimum unit price over the same period, and strongly believes that this money is better spent on alcohol education, treatment and enforcement rather than increasing the profits of retailers and alcohol producers."

Supported by: Michael McMahon, John Park, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, Rhona Brankin, Dr Richard Simpson, Marlyn Glen, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Sarah Boyack, Andy Kerr, David Whitton, Helen Eadie*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-5687 First Female Chief Constable in Tayside, Second in Scotland (lodged on 5 February 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*, George Foulkes*

S3M-5682 United Kingdom Supreme Court (lodged on 4 February 2010) Nicol Stephen*

S3M-5670 Congratulations to Brisbane Primary School, Largs (lodged on 3 February 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5668♦ Community Service Assistance (lodged on 3 February 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-5661# Hands up for Young Trad Ambassadors (lodged on 2 February 2010) Dave Thompson*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-5656 Well Done to Rutherglen Rotary Club (lodged on 1 February 2010) Gil Paterson*

S3M-5648 Free Prescriptions for Cancer Patients (lodged on 1 February 2010) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-5630# Threat to Glasgow Jobs (lodged on 27 January 2010) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-5482 Pleural Plaques Justice (lodged on 8 January 2010) Karen Whitefield*

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