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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally printed the day after they are lodged. If an amendment is lodged to a motion then the original motion will appear alongside the amendment, along with any support lodged that day, in this section.

Each Monday, this section also contains all motions and amendments lodged the previous week that are still live and any motions and amendments that have been lodged for debate in the coming week. A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn. Support for motions and amendments received after they are lodged is shown at the
end of this section the day after such support is received.

Motions and amendments can be published with various symbols:

  • Asterisks before the motion or amendment number indicate a motion or amendment published for the first time;

  • Asterisks also identify alterations to the text of a motion or amendment made since it was first published;

  • A hash symbol identifies motions eligible for debate at Members’ Business;

  • A diamond symbol identifies motions lodged for Members’ Business that have not yet attracted the required cross-party support;

  • An "R", identifies motions or amendments in which the Member who lodged it has a registrable interest.

The Parliamentary Bureau periodically deletes motions or amendments not scheduled for debate and which are over six weeks old.

A full list of current motions is available on the Scottish Parliament web site at 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.

Any questions in relation to this section should be directed to the Chamber Desk, for which contact details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

New and altered motions and amendments

* S3M-6201 Christine Grahame: NHS Borders and Out-of-hours Services, Getting it Right—That the Parliament notes the commendation of the achievement of NHS Borders in providing out-of-hours healthcare highlighted in the Health and Sport Committee’s Report on out-of-hours healthcare provision in rural areas, published on 23 April 2010, which commended "the achievement of NHS Borders in developing a model that both is attractive to doctors and delivers an out-of-hours service in an area with challenging geography. Although mindful that no one model can be expected to work across Scotland – indeed, the Committee would caution against any such attitude – the Committee urges other NHS boards to examine NHS Borders’ innovative approach when seeking to develop stable and sustainable out-of-hours solutions in their own areas in the interests of avoiding and reducing fragmentation of services" and congratulates NHS Borders on this achievement.

* S3M-6200♦ Margaret Mitchell: SAVI East Kilbride—That the Parliament congratulates the Sexual Assault Victims Initiative (SAVI), based in East Kilbride, on its official launch last month and the launch of its 2010 There for Them campaign, which aims to raise funds to help establish a 24-hour phone line and to cover the organisational costs of the charity; recognises the work of the charity, which aims to help victims of sexual assault by providing one-to-one support for victims and their families, acts as a source of legal, medical and psychological information to help victims and families through the prosecution process and offers relaxation and coping techniques to victims of sexual abuse; commends the efforts of the volunteers who work for the charity, and notes the particular effort of one volunteer, Dougie, who will have run over 1,287 miles by the end of this year as he runs three times a week through East Kilbride with his There for Them flag as part of the fund-raising efforts and to raise awareness of the campaign.

* S3M-6199 Richard Baker: Journalist Team Award for Aberdeen Evening Express—That the Parliament congratulates all the winners at the Scottish Press Awards 2010, in particular the Aberdeen Evening Express on winning the Journalist Team award for its coverage of the North Sea helicopter tragedy on 1 April 2009; recognises the newspaper’s sensitive delivery of coverage of the event in which 16 people were tragically killed, and considers that regional and local newspapers play an important role in the north east and throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Lewis Macdonald*, James Kelly*

* S3M-6198 Rob Gibson: Encouraging Biofoam, Bioplastic and Biowaste Innovations—That the Parliament notes the cross-party seminar held in the Parliament on 13 April 2010 that highlighted the welcome innovations of Synbra Group, the leading producer and converter of expanded polystyrene used in a broad range of its BioFoam sustainable insulation systems for roof, wall and floor projects as well as its industrial products and solutions for electronics, fish, meat and produce packaging in addition to seed trays for horticulture and Biostyr for water filtration systems, among many other end products; further welcomes its collaborations with Purac, a leading player in natural food preservation and green chemicals; welcomes the companies’ partnership to produce polylactic acid used to make bioplastics that are produced from renewable resources such as sugar, are close to carbon neutral over their entire lifespan with current technology and which are expected to become carbon negative based on third and fourth generation technology by 2015; welcomes regulations in several EU countries that exclude recycling fees for bioplastics, and, finally, calls for the speedy development of a European biowaste framework.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*

* S3M-6197 Duncan McNeil: Campaigning Newspapers—That the Parliament considers that local and regional newspapers play an important role in the democratic process; believes that local newspapers with a strong campaigning tradition give voice to communities and can bring about real change for the better; congratulates all the winners at the Scottish Press Awards 2010, particularly the Greenock Telegraph for winning Campaign of the Year for its effective drive against knife crime, and supports the campaign message that knife crime is unacceptable and those caught carrying a knife should go to jail.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Patricia Ferguson*, Claire Baker*, Paul Martin*

* S3M-6196 Brian Adam: Queen’s Award for Sparrows Offshore—That the Parliament congratulates Sparrows Offshore Group Limited on receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade in recognition of Sparrows more than trebling its exports in the last six years; notes that the business was founded in 1973 in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, where it is still headquartered, to serve the North Sea oil and gas industry and has grown into a global business; further notes that Sparrows is a significant contributor to the Aberdeen, Scottish and UK economies as one of north east Scotland’s 10 largest private sector employers, with nearly 1,000 people working for the company in Aberdeen and a further 1,500 abroad, and wishes the company every success for the future.

Supported by: Maureen Watt*, Nigel Don*, Kenneth Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*

* S3M-6195♦ Pauline McNeill: Securing the Future of Glasgow’s Subway—That the Parliament welcomes Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s decision to go ahead with its modernisation plan; recognises the important role that the subway plays in Glasgow’s transport infrastructure and its significance to Scotland, carrying an estimated 14 million passengers annually; notes that this will be the first major investment project for the service since the 1970s, and hopes that the proposals receive the support that they need to go ahead and that the modernisation keeps Glasgow moving into the future.

* S3M-6194 Angela Constance: National Weekend of Community Service on 24-25 April 2010—That the Parliament congratulates the Association of Directors of Social Work and Keep Scotland Beautiful in their collaboration on a national weekend of community service; notes that this event takes place on 24-25 April, the final weekend of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean campaign, and will involve all 32 local authority criminal justice social work teams and upwards of 500 offenders cleaning up beaches, canals, riversides and other community areas, and celebrates the very significant and positive impact that the 1.25 million hours of community service that take place annually across Scotland has on offenders, their families and the communities that they live in.

Supported by: Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, Patrick Harvie*, Gil Paterson*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-6193 Stewart Maxwell: Robert Tannahill Bicentenary—That the Parliament marks the bicentenary of the death of Paisley poet Robert Tannahill (3 June 1774 – 17 May 1810); acknowledges that much of his work was inspired by his walks around Paisley including his most famous works, Thou Bonnie Wood o’ Craigielea and The Braes o’ Gleniffer; wishes every success to the Robert Tannahill Bicentenary Concert that stars the Tannahill Weavers and is scheduled to take place on 21 May 2010, exactly 200 years after Tannahill’s burial at Castlehead Church, Canal Street, Paisley, and hopes that the anniversary will lead to greater awareness of his work in Paisley, Scotland and beyond.

S3M-6192 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to Linlithgow Rose FC—That the Parliament congratulates Linlithgow Rose football team on reaching its fourth Junior Cup Final in nine years; recognises the incredible support that the team receives in the town of Linlithgow, and wishes all supporters a happy and enjoyable day at the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup Final on 23 May 2010.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Butler*

S3M-6191 Ken Macintosh: Israel’s Contribution to Medicine, Science and Technology—That the Parliament considers that one-sided coverage of Israel and the Middle East is more likely to confirm prejudice than promote understanding and awareness across political, ethnic and religious divides; believes that it is wrong to continually portray a whole county and its people in universally hostile and negative terms; views with dismay some of the intemperate language posted on the Parliament’s e-petitions website expressing hostility to the forthcoming exhibition on Israel’s contribution to medicine, science and technology; is pleased that the most offensive comments have now been removed, and believes that, through hosting this small exhibition, the Parliament will allow at least a limited opportunity to look at the scientific and medical advances made by Israelis and from which Scots and others have benefited.

S3M-6190 Dave Thompson: Congratulations to Inverness Caledonian Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club on its speedy return to the Scottish Premier League after securing its place as First Division champions; welcomes the goodwill felt throughout the Highlands toward Caley Jags; recognises the hard work and effort put in by Terry Butcher and his team, and acknowledges the benefits secured for the image of the Highlands from the successes of both Caley Thistle and Scottish Cup finalists, Ross County.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Gil Paterson, John Wilson, Karen Gillon, Murdo Fraser, Ian McKee, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-6189 Dr Richard Simpson: Success of Fife’s Alcohol Diversion Scheme—That the Parliament congratulates the police and alcohol support services in Fife on the success of the Alcohol Diversion Scheme, which ran in Kirkcaldy for six months until January 2010; notes that 190 people were hit with fixed penalty notices for antisocial behaviour and that 60 of those agreed to attend a three-hour awareness session run by Fife Alcohol Support Service to learn more about the dangers and consequences of binge drinking, including the increased risk of liver cirrhosis and certain cancers; notes that this was a higher number than predicted and that the response to counselling has been acknowledged as positive; further notes that the Scottish Government has said that it is up to other police authorities to take up this successful pilot, but calls on all alcohol and drug partnerships to follow the lead of Fife.

S3M-6188 Bill Kidd: New Restrictions on the Independent Living Fund—That the Parliament notes with concern that changes to the Independent Living Fund (ILF) eligibility criteria, proposed by the UK Government, will restrict new applications to those severely disabled people who are in paid employment of 16 hours or more and that it could massively reduce the number of new people eligible for the ILF, which assists severely disabled people to access essential support, and further notes that the Association of Directors of Social Work has calculated that, under the new criteria, only four new Scots applicants will be eligible for ILF this year.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Stewart Maxwell*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Aileen Campbell*, John Wilson*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-6187 David Stewart: Congratulations to Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Inverness Caledonian Thistle on winning the first division championship and achieving promotion to the Scottish Premier League following the club’s relegation on the final day of the last season; notes the first-class achievement of Terry Butcher and his team, enhanced by a professional board and a strong community-based group of supporters, and wishes Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club every success in the Scottish Premier League next season. R

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Rhoda Grant, Karen Gillon, Peter Peacock, Brian Adam, Elaine Smith, Sarah Boyack, Mary Scanlon, Mr Frank McAveety, Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, George Foulkes, Hugh Henry, Murdo Fraser, James Kelly, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Nigel Don, Pauline McNeill, Dr Richard Simpson, Rhona Brankin, Andy Kerr, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman*

S3M-6186 Karen Gillon: UNISON’s Green Workplace Project Wins Climate Challenge Funding—That the Parliament congratulates members of the South Lanarkshire branch of UNISON on being awarded £60,728 from the Climate Challenge Fund for their Green Workers project; notes that the project will work with UNISON members across a variety of South Lanarkshire-based organisations with the aim to raise awareness of the carbon footprints of members, give advice on how to reduce emissions and empower members to raise ideas on how to make a difference not only at home but in their workplace; further notes that the project will specifically encourage reduced emissions through energy efficiency and greener travel options and that members will have the opportunity to borrow energy monitors to check their energy use at home, and believes that the project demonstrates the contribution that trade unions can make to tackling climate change in the workplace and that similar projects will have an important role to play to help Scotland meet its climate change targets. R

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Bill Wilson*, Karen Whitefield*, Patrick Harvie*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-6185 Sandra White: Go Play—That the Parliament extends its thanks to the Reidvale Adventure Play Association (RAPA), in partnership with Inspiring Scotland, for launching the Go Play initiative, an event that showcased a range of free-play opportunities for children; recognises that free play is an important part of childhood development that contributes to mental and physical wellbeing; applauds the success of the event, which took place at the RAPA Playground in Dennistoun on 17 April 2010 and provided countless 5 to 13-year-olds with engaging free-play opportunities, and welcomes RAPA’s aim to increase and develop its free-play programme over the coming year.

S3M-6184 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Walkers Shortbread—That the Parliament congratulates Walkers Shortbread on receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade; notes that sales have grown steadily over the years with approximately 40% of the company’s products being exported to more than 80 overseas markets; commends the family traditions of the company with the business now run by third and fourth generations of the Walker family and employing well over 1,000 people; further notes that it is believed that Walkers is the first UK food manufacturer to have won this prestigious award four times, and wishes the company continued success in the future making shortbread and other Scottish specialities from its base in Aberlour to markets around the world.

S3M-6183 Cathy Peattie: Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living—That the Parliament supports International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April 2010, which this year has the theme, unions make work safer; notes that this is the first year that the day has been officially recognised by the United Kingdom; believes that formal recognition will reinforce the significance of the day and raise awareness of the millions of workers who are injured or die from accidents and diseases at work, and the 160 million who fall ill each year due to unsafe, unhealthy or unsustainable work and workplaces; notes that such deaths greatly exceed the number of deaths caused by war and that many would be preventable by improved health and safety; notes that events will be held throughout Scotland, including a wreath-laying ceremony at noon on 24 April in Falkirk Municipal Buildings; calls for the day to be widely observed in Scotland through action to improve safety and provide a healthier working environment, and congratulates the trade union movement on its perseverance and dedication to making workplaces safer.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Rob Gibson, David Stewart, Gil Paterson, Des McNulty, James Kelly, Karen Gillon, John Wilson, Elaine Smith, Mr Frank McAveety, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Murray, Rhona Brankin, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Patrick Harvie, Mary Mulligan, Sarah Boyack, Hugh Henry, Cathie Craigie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Trish Godman*, Helen Eadie*, John Park*, Michael McMahon*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-6182 Bill Kidd: Generals Call for Trident to be Included in Strategic Defence Review—That the Parliament notes the expression of deep concern on the part of Field Marshal Lord Bramall, General Lord Ramsbotham, General Sir Hugh Beach and Major-General Patrick Cordingley at the fact that the future of Trident has been excluded from the Strategic Defence Review, which is to follow the UK general election; agrees that dismissing other options out of hand would be a major strategic blunder, and considers that the new impetus given to nuclear disarmament by the Obama administration, to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons, presents an opportunity for the next UK Government to give due consideration to the renewal of Trident, which the Parliament rejected by a vote of 77 to 16 in June 2007.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Sandra White, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Wilson, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Malcolm Chisholm, Jamie Hepburn, Ian McKee, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris

S3M-6181 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Choirs Raise Money for Haiti—That the Parliament congratulates the combined Inverclyde choirs for raising £6,500 to help victims of the Haiti earthquake; notes that pupils from Inverclyde schools’ junior and senior choirs and the adult choir, Inverclyde Voices, took part in Sing for Haiti held in Greenock Town Hall on 5 March 2010; acknowledges that the money has been sent to the charity, Mary’s Meals, to help with the building of schools and feeding of children and orphans of Haiti, and congratulates the choirs on their great accomplishment.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Aileen Campbell, Stewart Maxwell, Sandra White, Trish Godman, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson

S3M-6180# Malcolm Chisholm: Lymphoedema Services in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the increased numbers of women surviving breast cancer in NHS Lothian but is concerned that many survivors are still at risk of developing lymphoedema; recognises the impact that lymphoedema has on quality of life in terms of movement, discomfort and appearance of the arm and other parts of the upper body; is further concerned that access to and provision of high-quality lymphoedema services varies across the country, and believes that a high quality and equitable service that meets the needs of people in Scotland with or at risk of lymphoedema is needed.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Jackie Baillie, Michael Matheson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, John Park, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Murray, Aileen Campbell, Hugh Henry, Des McNulty, Margaret Mitchell, Marlyn Glen, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh O’Donnell, Margo MacDonald, Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Trish Godman*, David Whitton*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-6179 Stuart McMillan: World Meningitis Day, 24 April 2010—That the Parliament welcomes the second annual World Meningitis Day; applauds the work of the Meningitis Research Foundation in creating awareness about meningitis and septicaemia and funding research in order to prevent these diseases and improve survival rates and outcomes; notes that meningitis and septicaemia affected 139 people in Scotland in the last year, 64 of whom were under the age of five; further notes that these diseases cause up to seven deaths per week in the United Kingdom and Ireland; recognises that, although there are vaccines that provide excellent protection against certain strains of meningitis, there is no vaccine that can prevent all forms of the disease; notes that there are approximately 1.1 million cases of bacterial meningitis worldwide and 265,000 deaths due to the disease, and therefore welcomes the Meningitis Research Foundation’s work to ensure that the symptoms of meningitis are widely recognised in order to prevent further meningitis and septicaemia-related deaths.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Karen Whitefield, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Liam McArthur, Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Mary Scanlon, Marlyn Glen, Rob Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Dr Richard Simpson, Mike Pringle, Sarah Boyack

S3M-6177 Rob Gibson: Free up Nigg Yard for Renewables Fabrication—That the Parliament notes the decision by KBR to end its interest in the fabrication yard at Nigg, in Easter Ross; welcomes the fact that the company has finally made a decision on its future involvement on the site but condemns KBR for its years of delays and what many perceive as prevarication and neglect that has lead to a lack of investment in the site, leaving Nigg at a competitive disadvantage; calls on the Highland Council to restart its plans for compulsory purchase of the site immediately so that it can allow new owners to breathe new life into the yard; considers that Nigg has great potential to support the renewables revolution in Scotland; contends that this is by far the best use of the yard, and calls on the Scottish Government to work toward this end.

Supported by: Bill Wilson, John Wilson, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Stone, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-6176 Angela Constance: Congratulations to the Senior Wind Band of James Young High School, Livingston—That the Parliament congratulates the Senior Wind Band of James Young High School in Livingston for its recent success at the National Concert Band Festival finals in Birmingham; commends the band for its hard work and practice that won it the Gold Award accolade, and recognises Principal Teacher of the music department Brian Dobson for his valuable contribution to the success of the band and his work with the school’s talented young pupils.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson*, George Foulkes*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-6175 Bill Kidd: Countering Extremism—That the Parliament commends the work of Quilliam, the world’s first counter-extremism think tank, which stands for religious freedom, human rights, democracy and developing a Muslim identity at home in, and with, the West, in pioneering new and effective ways in which to challenge, expose and sideline extremism; notes that, over the past year, Quilliam has, among other initiatives, trained over 1,000 public sector workers in countering extremism, run a project in Pakistan that has reached over 5,000 students, empowering them in the battle against extremist ideas, and initiated a series of outreach events at British universities and in Muslim communities in the United Kingdom and beyond; believes that it is only through countering extremist ideology with reasoned debate that understanding and respect can be reached, and hopes that that the lessons learned from these initiatives can be replicated in communities across Scotland.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Hugh O’Donnell, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie

S3M-6170 Jackie Baillie: MS Awareness Week 2010—That the Parliament notes that MS Awareness Week will take place from 26 April to 2 May 2010 with the theme of a right to a full life for those living with multiple sclerosis (MS); welcomes the launch earlier this year of neurological standards by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland that include MS-specific standards; notes that the MS Society Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Government, is to host a major international summit in Scotland on MS and vitamin D to be held during MS Awareness Week, and commends the society for the work that it does to raise awareness and provide support for people affected by the condition.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Andy Kerr, Cathie Craigie, Dr Richard Simpson, Sandra White, Bill Butler, Bill Kidd, George Foulkes, Ms Wendy Alexander, Nanette Milne, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Des McNulty, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Sarah Boyack, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Murray, Malcolm Chisholm, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, John Wilson, Gil Paterson, James Kelly, Jamie Hepburn, John Park, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Linda Fabiani, Liam McArthur, Jack McConnell, Pauline McNeill, Marlyn Glen, Alison McInnes, Mary Scanlon, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-6168 Fergus Ewing: Legal Services (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill

S3M-6167 Bruce Crawford: Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop

S3M-6166 Alison McInnes: Ten Years of the Fly Cup—That the Parliament congratulates Fly Cup Catering of Inverurie as it celebrates its 10th birthday; notes the outstanding work that it does, not only in offering good food to the people of Inverurie at the Fly Cup Sandwich Shop and the Fly Cup Cafe, but also in providing catering training, employment experience and employment placements for adults with learning disabilities; believes that Fly Cup sets an excellent example for other similar initiatives to follow, and wishes it continued success for the next 10 years and beyond.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-6165 Marilyn Livingstone: Congratulations to Fife Finalists at the Scottish APSE Awards—That the Parliament congratulates David Allan, an apprentice plasterer from Kirkcaldy with Fife Council Building Services for being recognised as the Best Second Year Apprentice in the country at the Scottish Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards; commends him for this latest award in the course of a very successful apprenticeship; further congratulates Andrew Sim from Leven, who also represented Fife Council Building Services as a finalist in the Best Fourth Year category and is now working as an electrician for Fife Council after winning a number of awards while completing his apprenticeship, and recognises the important role that apprenticeships play in the delivery of public services and the future success of local authorities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Tricia Marwick, Pauline McNeill, Aileen Campbell, Mary Mulligan, Dr Richard Simpson, Bill Kidd, Sarah Boyack, Gil Paterson

S3M-6164 Jim Tolson: Eating Out with Coeliac Disease—That the Parliament recognises that people with coeliac disease have an autoimmune disease for which the only treatment is a lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet; considers that 59% of people diagnosed with coeliac disease are most concerned about the lack of safe, gluten-free options offered when eating out; urges chefs and caterers to reap the benefits of this untapped market, estimated to be worth at least £10 million a year in Scotland, by providing safe, gluten-free choices; considers that the availability of the gluten-free option should be as prevalent as a vegetarian option on menus, and commends and supports Coeliac UK for its campaign to make eating out easier for people with the condition, which aims to significantly improve their quality of life and will create more business for the hospitality sector.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-6163 Margaret Mitchell: Brew for the Few—That the Parliament congratulates the RAF Association on the initiative to raise funds by asking people to host a Brew for the Few event in the form of a tea/coffee morning; understands that 2,000 RAF personnel are currently deployed in war zones and notes that the widely held perception that the RAF Association helps only airmen and airwomen who fought in World War II is simply not the case; recognises that the RAF Association supports the whole RAF family, including people who are serving and have served in recent conflicts; further notes that the association receives no government funding and, therefore, is totally dependent on the generosity of the public and the association’s own members to raise the funds to enable it to continue its work in providing assistance and support to the RAF family, and welcomes The Brew for the Few initiative over the next few months as a great way to help raise money for such a worthy cause.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon

S3M-6162 Christina McKelvie: Congratulations to Hamilton Accies—That the Parliament congratulates Hamilton Academical FC on retaining Scottish Premier League status for a further year; pays tribute to the players, fans, groundstaff and all other associated staff; gives praise to the manager, Billy Reid, for his excellent leadership of his team, and looks forward to another successful season for the Accies.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Margaret Mitchell, Linda Fabiani, Tom McCabe*

S3M-6161 John Swinney: Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any 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-6013# Nanette Milne: Grampian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association—That the Parliament congratulates Grampian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association (GCRA) for the support that it gives to patients recovering from a heart attack, cardiac surgery or any other cardiac condition in Grampian; notes that GCRA provides cardiac rehab exercise classes led by instructors in 16 communities across Grampian, and understands that GCRA is now the largest provider of cardiac rehab exercise in the voluntary sector in Scotland and has established successful partnership links with NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Petroleum Club, BP Exel Club in Dyce, Meadows Sports Centre in Ellon and Garioch Sports Centre in Inverurie to provide facilities for exercise care in the community.

Supported by: Sandra White, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Aitken, Elizabeth Smith, Brian Adam, Jackie Baillie, Gil Paterson, Jackson Carlaw, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Scanlon, Ted Brocklebank, Maureen Watt

S3M-5352# Joe FitzPatrick: The Need for Nuclear Power—That the Parliament welcomes the intervention in the Dundee-based The Courier by Bailie George Regan, Chair of Nuclear Free Local Authorities, to the debate on the future of Scotland’s energy needs; considers that his opinion reflects the will of the people and the Parliament that Scotland’s future energy needs lie in renewables rather than nuclear power, and believes that the massive government subsidies that are earmarked for new nuclear power stations in the UK would be of greater benefit to the research and development of renewable technologies.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Brian Adam, Anne McLaughlin, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Aileen Campbell, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Linda Fabiani, Angela Constance

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6158 Polish President Lech Kaczynski (lodged on 16 April 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-6157 Establishment of the John MacDougall Mesothelioma Trust (lodged on 15 April 2010) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-6149 Human Rights and the Sahrawi People (lodged on 14 April 2010) Christopher Harvie*

S3M-6141 Team up to Beat Cancer (lodged on 13 April 2010) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-6131 Aleke Banda (lodged on 13 April 2010) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-6130 National Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (lodged on 13 April 2010) Irene Oldfather*

S3M-6128# Full Steam Ahead from Bo’ness to Manuel (lodged on 12 April 2010) Christopher Harvie*

S3M-6119 Biodiversity Coalition Opposes GM Contamination (lodged on 9 April 2010) Christopher Harvie*

S3M-6106 Exhibition on Israeli Technology (lodged on 6 April 2010) Cathy Peattie*

S3M-6101 Congratulations to St Mungo’s Academy (lodged on 31 March 2010) Bill Kidd*

S3M-6083 Northern Ireland Committee Votes to Ban Snares (lodged on 29 March 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-6068 Obama Health Reforms Welcome (lodged on 25 March 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-6066 Fair Fares for Fifers (lodged on 25 March 2010) Bill Butler*, Rhona Brankin*, Mary Mulligan*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-6003 Jock, You’re Immortal Now (lodged on 19 March 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-5966 Credit Union to Branch out across the Lothians (lodged on 16 March 2010) Rhona Brankin*

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