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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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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.

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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-6318 Duncan McNeil on behalf of the Local Government and Communities Committee: Report on Local Government Finance—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Local Government and Communities Committee’s 2nd report 2010 (Session 3): Report on Local Government Finance Inquiry (SP Paper 377).

*S3M-6317 Claire Baker: Glenrothes Teenagers Nominated for Brave@Heart Award—That the Parliament congratulates Glenrothes teenagers Riah Holland and Kirsten Elder who have been nominated for a Brave@Heart Award by Fife police after their courage helped save a life; recognises that the 15-year-olds came to the aid of a woman who was in distress; commends Riah and Kirsten for their quick thinking and bravery in the face of a frightening situation; recognises that the girls were also honoured at Fife Constabulary’s Unsung Heroes award ceremony in the Glen Pavilion in September 2009, and wishes Riah and Kirsten well for the Brave@Heart Awards at Edinburgh Castle in June 2010.

*S3M-6316 Joe FitzPatrick: Fiscal Stimulus—That the Parliament agrees that protecting the economic recovery is a key priority for Scotland; believes that the importance of maintaining a fiscal stimulus cannot be underestimated; further believes that such a stimulus would be a key tool in helping to cement the recovery and create jobs, and calls on the UK Government to respond positively to the Scottish Government’s call for a sustained fiscal stimulus for Scotland and the UK.

*S3M-6315 Kenneth Gibson: Olympic Games Consequentials—That the Parliament believes that the clear principles upon which the framework for funding the devolved administrations in the United Kingdom is based have not always been satisfactorily applied; further believes that the Barnett consequentials resulting from the regeneration spending associated with the 2012 Olympics are an example of this, and calls on the UK Government to release the Barnett consequentials due from the Olympics to the Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Irish Executive at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Michael Matheson*, Maureen Watt*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*

*S3M-6314 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Access to Fossil Fuel Levy Surplus—That the Parliament believes that the £185 million Scottish fossil fuel levy surplus has the potential to support investment in Scotland’s growing renewables industry and assist Scotland’s response to the challenges presented by climate change; regrets that the Scottish Government has not hitherto been given access to these funds, and calls on the UK Government to release the fossil fuel levy to Scotland at the earliest opportunity.

*S3M-6313 Bill Wilson: Taxpayer-owned Banks Should Not be Destroying the Environment and People’s Lives—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Lloyds Banking Group’s chief executive to waive his bonus for 2009 but deplores its remuneration committee’s decision to make this award and the support offered to Lloyds’ remuneration proposals by UK Financial Investments; considers that there is abundant evidence that very high pay is no guarantee of good performance but that it is associated with inequality and therefore with poor health, short lives, unhappiness and crime; further notes the reported involvement of UK banks in supporting what are considered environmentally and ethically dubious projects such as the exploitation of the Alberta tar sands; urges the UK Government to change the criteria by which UK Financial Investments operates, such as to compel it to consider human rights, environmental criteria and the long-term wellbeing of the people of this country and elsewhere rather than encouraging the taxpayer-owned banks to chase short-term profits at the expense of such things, and believes that the banks should remain in public ownership if this would be the best way of preventing destructive investment policies.

*S3M-6312# Liam McArthur: Penalties on Farmers—That the Parliament considers that the tightening of enforcement of cross-compliance rules for farmers, particularly in the Highlands and Islands and elsewhere in Scotland, has resulted in new and higher levels of penalties due to unintentional errors in livestock paperwork and a new interpretation of land eligibility rules governing claims for Single Farm Payment (SFP) or Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS); considers it unsatisfactory that many farmers and crofters have been left uncertain of how to properly fill out their 2010 application forms for SFP and LFASS in time for the 17 May 2010 deadline because of a lack of clarity in the new interpretation of the land eligibility rules; believes that there is a manifest injustice when anyone is penalised where the interpretation of rules have been changed without proper notice and explanation, and supports the call from NFU Scotland for the introduction of an immediate amnesty on penalties associated with eligibility of land for support scheme purposes and for moves to reduce the impact on farmers and crofters of the tighter interpretation of the rules.

Supported by: Peter Peacock*, Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-6311 Anne McLaughlin: Tiger Tim Hangs up his Headphones—That the Parliament congratulates legendary radio DJ Tiger Tim Stevens on his outstanding services to the entertainment industry; admires his unique approach and his even more unique tiger costumes; thanks him for the remarkable energy that he put into keeping generations of radio listeners and television viewers entertained over the years with shows including the Aff its Heid show and the Untied Shoelaces show; recognises Tiger Tim as one of the great icons of the West of Scotland; notes his tireless commitment to charitable causes throughout the years, and wishes him well in his retirement this week after 36 years with Radio Clyde.

*S3M-6310 Anne McLaughlin: On Your Bike, Mr Tebbit—That the Parliament notes the recent comment by former British cabinet minister Norman Tebbit referring to "the welfare colonies in Glasgow"; condemns these remarks as both highly ignorant and prejudiced; regrets the damage believed done by the Thatcher administration, of which he was a member, to the economy of the West of Scotland; further considers that Norman Tebbit was Secretary of State for Employment and later Secretary of State for Trade and Industry during a period when Scottish heavy industry was systematically dismantled by the UK Government, and calls for Mr Tebbit to apologise to the people of Glasgow for what it considers to be insensitive and inaccurate comments.

*S3M-6309 Linda Fabiani: Financial Responsibility—That the Parliament considers that support in Scotland for strengthening the financial responsibilities and accountability of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government is strong; believes that any such reform must include borrowing powers, and calls on the UK Government to cede substantive borrowing powers to the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government as soon as possible.

S3M-6308 Shirley-Anne Somerville: St Columba’s Hospice Charity Bookshop—That the Parliament welcomes the forthcoming opening of the St Columba’s Hospice charity bookshop in Goldenacre on Thursday 20 May 2010; notes that this will be the largest charity bookshop in Edinburgh, with shelf space for over 4,000 titles and reasonably priced at £1 for all fiction paperbacks; highlights that an employee seconded from Standard Life for the past three months assisted in project planning and managing the opening of the shop; congratulates the incredible work carried out by all involved to raise funds for the hospice, which is about to embark on a rebuild project, and further notes that information on the hospice, bookshop and rebuild project can be found on its website at

S3M-6307 Pauline McNeill: A Year until Riverside—That the Parliament welcomes the near completion of the Riverside Museum in Glasgow; notes that the Riverside Museum Appeal must raise an additional £1.7 million toward its contribution to the work; hopes that the appeal reaches its goal, and looks forward to the opening of the new museum in 2011, which will celebrate Glasgow and Scotland’s impact on the transport and technology industries on the banks of the River Clyde, famed for its shipbuilding heritage.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-6306 Maureen Watt: Stonehaven Back in Business—That the Parliament notes the open day being held in Stonehaven on 15 May 2010 at which the local community will be demonstrating that it is recovering from the devastation to properties and businesses that it has recently endured from recent floods and landslips; congratulates the organisers on their efforts to help boost local businesses and community spirit; encourages people to visit Stonehaven for the day to take part in the events being held, and applauds the community’s determination to work together to recover.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Stuart McMillan*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-6305 Kenneth Gibson: Rise in Anti-Semitism—That the Parliament expresses concern at the rising trend of anti-Semitic activity throughout 2009; acknowledges that the number of anti-Semitic incidents including extreme violence, assaults, damage and desecration of property, threats, abusive behaviour, including verbal abuse, and the disbursement of anti-Semitic literature almost doubled in the United Kingdom; recognises that a majority of the incidents were arbitrary and opportunistic in nature and notes that the number of politically motivated anti-Semitic incidents is also on the rise; believes that there is never an excuse for any type of hate crime, nor should they be accepted or tolerated, and considers anti-Semitic incidents to be counterproductive as a method of achieving political aims and not conducive to an overall peace solution in the Middle East.

Supported by: Bill Wilson*, Michael Matheson*, Bill Butler*, Alasdair Allan*, Stewart Maxwell*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Robin Harper*

S3M-6304 Jackie Baillie: Youth Services Funding for West Dunbartonshire—That the Parliament expresses concern over the lack of youth projects and services available in the West Dunbartonshire area and understands that the Community Planning Partnership Executive Group supported a Youth Review that suggested a "reduction in funding for most youth projects and services"; acknowledges that West Dunbartonshire has 16,781 young people aged between 12 and 25 who, as a result, could have reduced opportunities for personal and social development outwith mainstream education; is further concerned at the lack of volunteering opportunities that this has caused, and calls on West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership to secure adequate future funding for youth services in the area.

S3M-6303 Dave Thompson: Will Danny Deliver?—That the Parliament notes the potential opportunities for the Highlands in the appointment of the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey MP, Danny Alexander, as the Secretary of State for Scotland in the newly formed Conservative/Liberal Democrat government; notes the many statements from Mr Alexander since he was first elected as a Highlands MP, including demanding cancellation of Highland Council’s housing debt and lowering the rate of fuel duty for rural areas, that could now be implemented utilising his new-found power as the UK Government’s representative for Scotland on reserved matters; looks forward to his quick action on these and the many other issues that he criticised the previous UK Government for not dealing with in statements made in the House of Commons, in the Liberal Democrat manifesto and across the Highlands; considers that he should immediately seek to meet the key Liberal Democrat campaign pledges to provide greater fiscal autonomy to Scotland, implement the recommendations of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution on which all political parties have agreed, and ultimately abolish the Scotland Office altogether, which will save taxpayers £10 million annually.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Christina McKelvie, Brian Adam, Nigel Don, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd

S3M-6302 Kenneth Gibson: Democratic Choice—That the Parliament condemns what it believes to be the bizarre and anti-democratic comments reported by newly elected Labour MP Margaret Curran MSP in The Herald on 12 May 2010 when her statement implied that the SNP should not stand candidates against Labour although Labour should be able to field candidates against the SNP; considers that Ms Curran’s reported suggestion that the SNP is somehow responsible for the creation of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat UK government by standing candidates in the same seats as the Labour Party is wholly inaccurate, undemocratic and against the right of people to vote for whom they wish; believes that if the SNP had not stood candidates in constituencies such as Banff and Buchan, Perth and Perthshire North, Moray and Angus then the number of seats won by the Conservative Party would have been even greater; also considers it arrogant to assume that if the SNP had not stood candidates in these constituencies that votes would automatically have gone to the Labour Party, and believes that Labour lost power because of its dismal failure in England, caused by years of economic mismanagement.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Alasdair Allan*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Anne McLaughlin*, Brian Adam*, Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6301 Jackie Baillie: Brian Stewart, Award-winning Trade Unionist—That the Parliament congratulates Brian Stewart from Balloch for being awarded the fifth Scottish Trades Union Congress Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning; notes that Brian is the lead learning rep for Unite the Union at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT); further notes that Brian and six other learning reps received the award for changing the lives of nearly 100 colleagues at SPT by successfully incorporating learning into core union business in the past year; further notes that, in the past year, there have been 2,138 hours of learning at SPT, 1,528 in company time and 610 in the learners’ own time, and applauds the role that Brian and his fellow learning reps have played in developing the full potential of individual workers at SPT.

S3M-6300 Bill Butler: Happy Birthday Drumchapel Community Credit Union—That the Parliament congratulates Drumchapel Community Credit Union (DCCU) on the occasion of its 40th anniversary; notes that it is widely acknowledged as having been the first credit union in Scotland; further notes that it currently has 2,500 full and 500 junior members; observes that, throughout the recession, credit unions have provided a safe and sustainable form of saving; acknowledges the contribution that DCCU and credit unions throughout Scotland make in providing low-cost loans and encouraging regular saving; salutes the commitment and efforts of all the staff and volunteers who have made DCCU such a success story over the last four decades, and wishes Drumchapel Community Credit Union every success for the future.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Claire Baker*, Jackie Baillie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Mary Mulligan*, Brian Adam*, Marlyn Glen*, Stuart McMillan*, Robin Harper*

S3M-6299♦ Hugh O’Donnell: Employment and Support Allowance, Unfit for Purpose—That the Parliament is concerned about the workings of the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); notes evidence from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Service in Scotland that uncovers serious hardship experienced by ESA claimants across Scotland; considers that sickness benefits should support people in finding employment if they are able to work, but must also provide help for those who are not; considers that ESA is failing to find this balance and is putting pressure on sick and disabled people in Scotland; notes in particular, claims that the work capability assessment of ESA is making unsuitable decisions on claimants’ fitness for work and that 70% of CAB appeals against these decisions are being upheld, and resolves that ESA be urgently reviewed so that it can be made to work in the interests of the genuinely sick and disabled people of Central Scotland and the rest of the country.

S3M-6298 Marilyn Livingstone: Changes to the Provision and Delivery of Care for Children with Cystic Fibrosis in Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the closure of Ward 6B of Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow, which accommodated young people with cystic fibrosis; acknowledges that the nursing staff of the ward have been dispersed across other wards in the hospital, which will result in patients with cystic fibrosis being admitted to alternative accommodation and possibly being nursed by staff with little or no knowledge of cystic fibrosis; understands that it is vital for those providing care for people with cystic fibrosis to have an in-depth understanding of the condition and to comprehend the importance of segregation of this group of patients and the necessary steps to take to avoid cross-infection; is further concerned at changes to the role of cystic fibrosis specialist nurses who are reportedly being directed to spend 20% of their time undertaking ward duties in Yorkhill Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh; considers that, as a result of this directive, the ability of specialist nurses to provide a comprehensive package of care will be compromised and that the current situation falls below the UK and European standards of care for those with cystic fibrosis.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Mr Frank McAveety, Patricia Ferguson, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman*, Marlyn Glen*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-6297 Kenneth Gibson: Faroe Islands Shame—That the Parliament condemns what it considers the barbaric, cruel and wholly unnecessary behaviour of certain communities in the Faroe Islands that annually take part in the brutal culling of Calderon dolphins and believes that the bloody and inhumane slaying of these intelligent animals is completely unnecessary on the grounds of food production; understands that the Faroe Islands are prosperous and that islanders have a more stable source of food than in previous generations and considers that there is no possible justification for this behaviour in the 21st century; acknowledges that the meat from these animals is potentially harmful to islanders due to the presence of toxins; further recognises that this practice has been roundly condemned internationally by many organisations, including Greenpeace, and believes that the Faroese Parliament, the Løgting, should act to prevent this dreadful tradition from happening in future.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Elaine Smith, Christina McKelvie, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Christine Grahame, Sandra White, Anne McLaughlin*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-6296 Mary Scanlon: BMA, Standing up for Doctors, Speaking out for Patients—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the BMA Scotland report on whistleblowing in the NHS, Standing up for doctors, speaking out for patients; is concerned about the lack of awareness of whistleblowing policies among NHSScotland staff identified in the report and that, of those surveyed who had expressed their concerns, one in 10 stated that they felt their employment could be negatively affected by speaking up on sensitive issues, and calls on the Scottish Government and NHS employers to involve the medical profession in a review of current local and national guidelines and to develop a culture of openness whereby doctors feel that they are able to speak out for their patients.

Supported by: Robin Harper*

S3M-6294 Rhona Brankin: Congratulations to Lasswade Rugby Football Club, Scottish Hydro Shield Champions and Club of the Month—That the Parliament congratulates Lasswade Rugby Football Club on winning the 2010 Scottish Hydro National Shield, Kyle Smith of Lasswade on winning the man-of-the-match and coach Dave Cockburn on leading the club to victory; acknowledges the fine performance of Greenock Wanderers RFC as runners-up; further congratulates Lasswade RFC on being awarded the Scottish Hydro Club of the Month for March 2010, decided by panellists from across the rugby community, including Scottish Rugby Council members, and notes that, in addition to this recognition, the club will receive total prize money of £1,000 from Scottish Rugby and Scottish Hydro.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Dr Richard Simpson, Jamie Hepburn, Pauline McNeill, Mary Mulligan, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Mr Frank McAveety, George Foulkes

S3M-6290 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Forres Mechanics FC—That the Parliament congratulates Forres Mechanics FC on its 2-0 victory in the Fosters Highland League Cup; notes that, throughout this competition, the club did not concede any goals; further notes that the all-Moray final followed two all-Moray semi-finals, showing the quality of Highland League football in this area, a view enhanced by Buckie Thistle FC winning the league for the first time in 52 years to complete the double following its Aberdeenshire Cup victory earlier in the season; wishes all clubs in the Highland League all the best for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, and hopes for another action-packed, exciting season in 2010-11.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-6289 Stewart Stevenson: The Climate Change (Limit on Carbon Units) (Scotland) Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the Climate Change (Limit on Carbon Units) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-6288 Stewart Stevenson: The Climate Change (International Aviation and Shipping) (Scotland) Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the Climate Change (International Aviation and Shipping) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-6287 Stewart Stevenson: The Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee committee recommends that the Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-6286 Stewart Stevenson: The Carbon Accounting Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the Carbon Accounting Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-6285 Jim Mather: The Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2010—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-6284 Kenny MacAskill: The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Transfer of Tribunal Functions) (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2010—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Arbitration and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Transfer of Tribunal Functions) (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-6283 Adam Ingram: The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Removal of Barred Individuals from Regulated Work) Regulations 2010—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Removal of Barred Individuals from Regulated Work) Regulations 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Michael Russell

S3M-6282 Adam Ingram: The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Michael Russell

S3M-6281 Margaret Curran: Congratulations to Gerry Hastings, Winner of the 5th STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning—That the Parliament congratulates Gerry Hastings, from Baillieston in Glasgow, for receiving the fifth Scottish Trades Union Congress Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning; notes that Gerry Hastings is the union learning rep for UNISON at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT); further notes that the Helen Dowie award, founded in 2006, recognises lifelong learning among outstanding trade unionists who continue to demonstrate their dedication to union values as well as highlighting individuals who take the lead in furthering the learning movement in Scotland; recognises that this award was given in recognition of the agreement reached in September 2008 by Unite and UNISON with SPT that resulted in the inclusion of both learning and training in all the collective bargaining structures and company policy within the group; notes that, in the past year, there have been 2,138 hours of learning at SPT, 1,528 in company time and 610 in the learners’ own time, all of which have been delivered free of charge, and wishes Gerry Hastings and his fellow comrades well in their continued success in lifelong learning and personal development in the workplace.

Supported by: Johann Lamont, John Park, Cathy Jamieson, Patricia Ferguson, Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Mr Frank McAveety, Pauline McNeill, Trish Godman, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Smith

S3M-6280 Liam McArthur: Orkney Victory in Scottish District Ladies Hockey Final—That the Parliament notes the success of the Orkney hockey ladies who won the Scottish District Cup Final against Kinross at the National Hockey Academy at Peffermill on 9 May 2010; further notes that this is the first time that a team from Orkney has won this prestigious competition, and congratulates the Orkney team, its captain, Fiona Miller, and the coach, Ali Johnston, on their well-deserved and hard-earned victory.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-6279 Mike Pringle: HMIE Report, The Royal Blind School, Edinburgh—That the Parliament warmly congratulates the Royal Blind School, Edinburgh, on its most recent report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education; notes the school’s strengths in areas such as technology, athletics, bowls, judo, music, outdoor education, speech and drama and swimming, its successes achieved in a range of qualifications, the partnerships that it has in place to support young people and the progress that its children and young people make in personal and social development, and recognises the complex needs that are provided for in a caring and nurturing environment.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Sarah Boyack, Mary Scanlon, Kenneth Gibson, Hugh Henry, Hugh O’Donnell, Mary Mulligan, Jim Hume, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd*

S3M-6278 Dave Thompson: Moray Firth Radio, Station of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates everybody at Moray Firth Radio on winning Station of the Year (up to 300,000 listeners) at the Sony Radio Academy Awards on 10 May 2010; recognises that this would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the presenters and other staff at the station, and considers that Moray Firth Radio is a true local radio station, covering local issues, and that it is reassuring to see that these efforts are not being overlooked by the rest of the industry.

Supported by: David Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Mary Scanlon, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson

S3M-6277 David Stewart: Frequent Passenger and Vehicle Ferry Service between Gourock and Dunoon Town Centres—That the Parliament notes the finding of the Deloitte Touche report published by the previous Scottish administration and carried out in conjunction with Western Ferries and CalMac that indicates that the most efficient and least subsidised method for transportation of passengers between Gourock and Dunoon town centres would be a frequent passenger-vehicle ferry service; notes the finding by Washington State Ferries that passenger-vehicle ferries are a more efficient means of transporting passengers on higher density routes than passenger-only ferries; further notes the frequently expressed wishes of dependent communities through petitions, public meetings and elected representatives for the retention and improvement of the passenger-vehicle Gourock-Dunoon town centre service; considers that such a frequent passenger-vehicle service would have benefits in terms of competition, reduced burden on the taxpayer, community and user welfare and local economic development, and calls on the Scottish Executive to implement its commitment to deliver a frequent passenger and vehicle service between Gourock and Dunoon town centres.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Rhoda Grant*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Mulligan*, Peter Peacock*

S3M-6276 Dr Richard Simpson: Smoking in Films for Under-18s—That the Parliament notes the research published in Volume 65, Issue 4 of the British Medical Journal publication, Thorax, which states that children and young people watching films in the United Kingdom are still exposed to frequent and at times specifically branded tobacco imagery; expresses disappointment that 92% of films containing a depiction of tobacco use or smoking of at least five minutes, a tobacco interval, were rated as suitable for those under 18, with 61% classified as suitable for under-15s; notes that the researchers state that smoking in films is a potent driver of youth and adult smoking, and calls for the British Board of Film Classification to take smoking into account for films targeted at young people.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Stewart Maxwell

S3M-6274 Sarah Boyack: Innis and Gunn Brew up Success—That the Parliament congratulates the Edinburgh-based brewer, Innis and Gunn, on its recent success at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards; notes that the company won four awards, including the prestigious Business of the Year award, International Business of the Year, Drink - Alcoholic and Non - Alcoholic category and Product Innovation category for its oak-aged beers; further notes that the family-run brewery recently received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for international trade and also collected two gold medals at the 2010 Monde Selection Quality Awards in Brussels; believes that this is an excellent example of the quality of products that Scotland has to offer, and recognises the outstanding performance in enterprise that this local company has shown.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, David Whitton, Rob Gibson, Cathy Jamieson, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, George Foulkes, Hugh Henry

S3M-6273 Des McNulty: Congratulations to St Mary’s Primary School, Duntocher, on Winning the Euroquiz Final—That the Parliament congratulates St Mary’s Primary School, Duntocher, West Dunbartonshire, on winning the final of the Scottish European Educational Trust’s primary schools Euroquiz that took place in the Scottish Parliament on 10 May 2010; acknowledges the tremendous efforts of the children and their teacher, Clare Donnelly, and all the parents and staff at the school who have all contributed toward this achievement; congratulates all the other schools that took part, and commends the Euroquiz as a good way of increasing knowledge and awareness of Europe.

Supported by: Charlie Gordon, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Dr Richard Simpson, Pauline McNeill, Claire Baker, Trish Godman, Stewart Maxwell, Gil Paterson

S3M-6271 Ms Wendy Alexander: Save the Foundation, Charities Unite against Lloyds Banking Group—That the Parliament welcomes the renewed campaign to save Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland; considers the importance of this well-respected funder to communities and charities across Scotland and the vital contribution of £85 million made to those communities since 1985; notes the latest call from Scotland’s voluntary sector for Lloyds Banking Group to reverse its decision to terminate its historic covenant with the foundation; believes that the decision of the bank is a cynical one, putting the interests of this taxpayer-funded bank before the needs of disadvantaged communities across the country; welcomes the petition that can be found at, calling on Lloyds Banking Group to reinstate the covenant, and wishes the campaign well.

Supported by: Claire Baker, Duncan McNeil, Kenneth Gibson, David Whitton, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Des McNulty, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, Cathie Craigie, Brian Adam, Linda Fabiani, John Park, Rhona Brankin, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Jamieson, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Sarah Boyack, Hugh Henry, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Liam McArthur

S3M-6270 John Scott: Ayr United Football Club Centenary—That the Parliament congratulates Ayr United Football Club, formed in 1910 by a merger of Ayr Parkhouse FC and Ayr FC, on the commemoration of its centenary; notes the contribution made by the club to the community of Ayr, particularly through its Football Academy, which seeks to promote football youth development among local boys and girls, and wishes the team, its management, coaching staff and supporters every success for the future.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-6269 Gil Paterson: Cup Victory for St Peter the Apostle High—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of St Peter the Apostle High, Clydebank, for winning the Bank of Scotland under-16 Shield Final; praises both St Peter the Apostle High and the runners-up, Bishopbriggs Academy, for displaying great passion and skill, and wishes all the players the very best for the future.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen Campbell, Des McNulty, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn

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, Cathy Jamieson, Kenneth Gibson, Marilyn Livingstone, Ken Macintosh

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

Supported by: Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Elaine Smith, Malcolm Chisholm, Dave Thompson, Maureen Watt, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Robin Harper

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6268 Combating Hate Crime in North Ayrshire (lodged on 7 May 2010) Annabel Goldie*

S3M-6257 Stirling Sporting Success (lodged on 5 May 2010) Pauline McNeill*

S3M-6246 Restrictions on Access to Books for Schools (lodged on 4 May 2010) Bill Wilson*

S3M-6242 Grampian Police Rolls Out Local Policing Model (lodged on 30 April 2010) Nigel Don*

S3M-6224 Gregor Keachie, Overall Winner, Ayrshire Achievement, Courage and Endeavour Awards (lodged on 28 April 2010) Bill Kidd*

S3M-6205 Celtic Media Festival Returns to Western Isles (lodged on 26 April 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6202 New Hope in Battle Against Osteosarcoma (lodged on 26 April 2010) Margaret Mitchell*, Sandra White*, Bill Aitken*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Butler*

S3M-6198 Encouraging Biofoam, Bioplastic and Biowaste Innovations (lodged on 23 April 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6194 National Weekend of Community Service on 24-25 April 2010 (lodged on 23 April 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6164 Eating Out with Coeliac Disease (lodged on 19 April 2010) Maureen Watt*

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