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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-6618 Stuart McMillan: Inverclyde Academy Young Engineers Club—That the Parliament congratulates pupils at Inverclyde Academy for winning the award of Young Engineers and Science Club of the Year 2010; notes that 380 clubs in Scotland entered the competition and that Inverclyde Academy Young Engineers Club impressed judges by building a voice-activated model house; welcomes the innovation shown by the club, and wishes them all the best for future success.

* S3M-6617 Elaine Murray: Keep the Moratorium on Whaling—That the Parliament notes with concern that the upcoming Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which takes place in Agadir in Morocco from Monday 21 to Friday 25 June 2010, will discuss lifting the moratorium on commercial whaling; strongly urges the IWC not to relax commercial whaling laws; deplores the practice of commercial whaling, and calls on the Scottish and UK governments to appeal to the whaling nations to stop the practice.

* S3M-6616 Jack McConnell: Retirement of Colin Cameron, Honorary Consul of Malawi in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the retirement of Colin Cameron as Malawi’s Honorary Consul in Scotland at the end of June 2010; congratulates him for carrying out his many duties with distinction since his appointment in May 1995; commends him for his significant contribution to the renewed friendship between Scotland and Malawi and for his dedication to Malawi since the campaign for independence from colonial rule in the 1950s; welcomes the appointment of Dr Peter West as his successor, and wishes him well in this important role.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*, Bill Butler*, Christina McKelvie*, David Whitton*, Kenneth Gibson*, Des McNulty*, Mike Pringle*, Jackie Baillie*, Karen Whitefield*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-6615 Jackie Baillie: Keep Leuchie House—That the Parliament regrets the decision to close Leuchie House; notes that Leuchie House is the only respite home operating in Scotland and northern England for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and is one of only four across the United Kingdom; believes that the level of care given at Leuchie House is exceptional; notes that the facility that it offers MS patients to holiday with their carer and their children is unique; notes that it has continually achieved the maximum evaluation of excellent in every area of inspection by the Care Commission; recognises that Leuchie House is much valued by service users; believes that the closure of such a specialised facility will cause a strain on families and other services, such as the NHS, as they struggle to cope with the needs of MS patients, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure the continuation of the facility.

S3M-6614 Jamie Hepburn: Ambassadors for Peace Awards for Airdrie and Coatbridge Schools—That the Parliament congratulates Airdrie Academy and St Margaret’s High School in Airdrie as well as Coatbridge High and St Ambrose schools in Coatbridge, which are due to receive Ambassadors for Peace certificates later this month; notes the work that the pupils and the schools have undertaken to achieve this award; thanks Sense over Sectarianism, Strathclyde Police, Albion Rovers and Pat Rolink for their involvement and support for the scheme, and acknowledges the Ambassadors for Peace scheme as an excellent scheme for schools to work toward.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Michael Matheson*, Stuart McMillan*, Alasdair Allan*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6613 Sarah Boyack: Break the Silence, Buy Radios for Burma—That the Parliament notes that Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been under military rule since 1962 when the parliamentary government was overthrown by an army coup; believes that access to a radio could help a family or community learn about their rights and let them hear of the international solidarity that Burma’s military regime works so hard to block out; further believes that freedom of information and expression is a fundamental human right that empowers individuals and communities to learn about and strive for justice and a whole range of other rights and freedoms, and therefore welcomes the new initiative by Amnesty International to mark the 65th birthday of the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, by supplying radios to the people of Burma as a means of empowering them through access to crucial information that radios provide.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6612 Ian McKee: Edinburgh Tenants Federation—That the Parliament congratulates the Edinburgh Tenants Federation in its 20th anniversary year for winning the nationally acclaimed Frances Nelson Award for its pioneering work to improve services for high-rise block tenants with mental health difficulties; notes that, over the past four years, the organisation has focused on developing mental health services for tenants following two tragic suicide events in high-rise blocks; commends the organisation’s efforts for creating a mental health working group with the City of Edinburgh Council and a number of agencies across Scotland, which resulted in the provision of training for over 200 council staff in suicide awareness, increased support and material for frontline staff and the launch of a mental health awareness campaign; considers that its services have become significant to many community groups in Edinburgh, and hopes that other tenant groups across Scotland can learn from the processes that have lead to the establishment of these crucial mental health services.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Hugh Henry*, Shirley-Anne Somerville*, Mike Pringle*, Mary Scanlon*, Stuart McMillan*, Angela Constance*, Bill Wilson*, Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-6611 Jackie Baillie: Happy 20th Birthday to Dumbarton Credit Union—That the Parliament congratulates Dumbarton Credit Union on its 20th anniversary; notes the growth of the credit union to 2,500 adult members and 400 junior account holders; warmly acknowledges the links that has developed with schools and welcomes the further enhancement of this work; further welcomes the extension of its common bond to include Helensburgh and Lomond alongside Dumbarton; recognises the valuable work that it does in providing low-rate interest loans and free insurance on savings to all members; congratulates all those involved in founding and running Dumbarton Credit Union over the years, and looks forward to the next 20 years.

S3M-6610 Kenneth Gibson: Congratulations to Cunninghame Housing Association—That the Parliament congratulates Cunninghame Housing Association(CHA) on winning a Big Tick in the National Awards for Excellence 2010 Employability Award category; notes that this award recognises public and private organisations for supporting people facing barriers to work into employment; recognises CHA for showing innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to corporate responsibility; further notes that CHA’s initiative has created 20 new employment opportunities for 16 to 19-year-olds who would otherwise have been at risk of not securing education, training or employment, and supports Cunninghame Housing Association in continuing to create opportunities for Scotland’s youth.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Michael Matheson, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Willie Coffey, Sandra White*

S3M-6609 Bill Wilson: Tackling Traffickers and Helping Trafficked People—That the Parliament welcomes the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group report, Wrong kind of victim? One year on: an analysis of UK measures to protect trafficked persons; is dismayed that it found that the UK Government has yet to satisfactorily implement the entirety of its obligations under the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, that the National Referral Mechanism is apparently failing to meet the needs of people who have suffered abuse and trauma and that the system has not facilitated prosecutions and bypasses the UK’s framework to safeguard children; congratulates Strathclyde Police and Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, however, on the report’s statement that participants had highlighted the fact that these forces had made good progress on addressing trafficking, and calls on the relevant institutions in the UK to share best practice and implement all the report’s recommendations as soon as possible.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6608 Stuart McMillan: Action Mesothelioma Day, 2nd July 2010—That the Parliament supports the fifth annual Action Mesothelioma Day, on 2 July, to raise awareness of the disease and improve the treatment and care of it; notes the dedication of charities such as Clydeside Action on Asbestos that, this National Mesothelioma Day, are hosting the first ever day for patients and carers; acknowledges that the Scottish Parliament has an excellent record of supporting those with asbestos-related conditions, as evidenced by the passing of Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2008, and recognises the importance of this day as many individuals and families living in Scotland and the United Kingdom have been affected by exposure to asbestos.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Des McNulty, Stewart Maxwell, Hugh Henry, Aileen Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, David Whitton, Willie Coffey, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris*, Robert Brown*, Bill Butler*, Sandra White*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6607 Bob Doris: Reducing VAT on Educational e-Resources—That the Parliament expresses concern at the current practice of applying full-rate VAT at 17.5% on electronic resources such as e-journals, e-books and online databases; recognises that e-resources are increasingly important to the education sector, are particularly vital to the sciences and technology and are increasingly being used as core materials in the arts and humanities; notes that, according to the British Universities Finance Directors’ Group (BUFDG), library VAT costs in a typical research institution amount to £175,000 per annum and that in larger institutions this figure is far higher; supports calls from BUFDG in advance of the UK budget for VAT in this area to be reduced in common with recent developments in other European countries, including a reduced rate of 4% in Spain and proposals to reduce VAT to 6% in the Netherlands; believes that the estimated £10 million cost to universities across the United Kingdom of having full-rate VAT applied to e-resources is significant and will become a yet greater burden in future years as usage increases and the constrained financial environment intensifies; considers that a VAT reduction on e-resources would do much to encourage research, and urges the Chancellor of the Exchequer to consider well founded claims that such a reduction in VAT may be either revenue-neutral or positive in the longer term.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Angela Constance*, Bill Wilson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Sandra White*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6606 Jackie Baillie: West Dunbartonshire Trio Going to Games—That the Parliament congratulates Jennifer Davidson, Ross MacPherson and Laura Young on being selected to represent West Dunbartonshire and Scotland in the Commonwealth Games handover ceremony in India; notes that the trio will join other ambassadors from across Scotland to take part in a special ceremony in New Dehli in October 2010 to mark the official handover from India to Glasgow, the 2014 host; understands that the trio was selected on the back of significant voluntary work that they have carried out in the area, and wishes them all the best in representing the population of West Dunbartonshire in front of a global audience come October.

S3M-6605 Roseanna Cunningham: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead

S3M-6604 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S3M-6603 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Buckie RNLI on 150 Years of Life-saving Tradition—That the Parliament congratulates all involved in the Buckie Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year; commends this station, which was established in 1860 with the first boat named Miriam, which saw her first service on 2 December 1861, since which time Buckie has been the home to a further eight RNLI lifeboats, including the current Severn-class lifeboat, the William Blannin, which has been in service since may 2003; further commends all current and past crew and volunteers of this station for their dedication and commitment to saving lives, with the Buckie RNLI volunteer crew the busiest in the north east in 2009; notes that Buckie RNLI has received many bravery commendations over the years including being awarded a plaque of merit and a diploma by the Swedish Lifeboat Society when it rescued 19 crew of the Stockholm steamer, Frej; recognises the many other lives that have been saved by crew from this lifeboat station over the last 150 years as a result of the gallantry and commitment of the volunteers, and wishes continued success to the entire RNLI movement, which relies solely on public generosity to continue its 24/7 life-saving search and rescue work.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Aitken, Jim Tolson, Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Jackson Carlaw, Jamie McGrigor, Jackie Baillie, John Lamont, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Hugh Henry, Murdo Fraser, Margaret Mitchell, Robin Harper, Trish Godman

S3M-6602 Willie Coffey: Another Hat Trick for Kilmarnock and Loudoun Footballers—That the Parliament congratulates Hurlford Thistle on winning the Lindsay Fencing (Irvine) Ayrshire Amateur Premier League; notes that Hurlford won 15 of its 16 matches, scoring 63 goals and conceding only 15, and further notes that with Galston United finishing as runners-up and Knockentiber in third place, this made it yet another hat trick of team successes for amateur football in Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

S3M-6601 Christina McKelvie: MND Scotland’s Field of Hope—That the Parliament declares its support for MND Scotland’s online Field of Hope campaign, which is scheduled to take place during Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Week from 21 to 27 June 2010; notes that the campaign aims to plant a virtual field of blue cornflowers by encouraging people with a Facebook page or Twitter feed to incorporate a Twibbon of MND Scotland’s blue cornflower logo in their profiles, which will link to a fundraising page; further notes that MND Scotland believes that each £1,000 raised through this campaign will be enough to provide a year of specialist care for one of the 373 people in Scotland who currently live with MND, and encourages everyone with a Facebook page or Twitter feed to plant their own cornflower in MND Scotland’s Field of Hope from 21 June.

S3M-6600 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to Greater Pollok Young Carers—That the Parliament congratulates Greater Pollok Young Carers on the publication of its book, What I do - Young Carers Voices; notes that the book was written, designed and illustrated by the young carers themselves; acknowledges the pioneering work of the Greater Pollok Storytelling Centre and the Princess Royal Trust Greater Pollok Carers Centre in supporting the young people in this unique venture; celebrates the energy, compassion and thoughtfulness of the young people who speak of their experiences; recognises the power of the writing of these young people in giving a voice to their concerns and ambitions; believes that the young people are to be congratulated for speaking up and out about the needs of and challenges facing young carers, and believes that the message of this book should act as a spur to government at every level to meet the needs of carers of every age who do so much for their loved ones at huge cost to themselves.

S3M-6599 Willie Coffey: Mathématiques sans Frontières—That the Parliament notes that the Mathématiques sans Frontières competition, the Scottish final of which was recently held at Heriot-Watt University, is a truly European annual event involving tens of thousands of students from all European countries; notes further that, in each country, one of the complex maths problems to be solved by participants is presented in a foreign language, with the Scottish competition featuring a problem outlined in French; congratulates all participants in the national final, who came from local authority and independent schools from all over Scotland, for their success in winning through to the final of a very challenging competition, and congratulates in particular the team from Stewarton Academy who fought off tough competition, dropping only one point in the process, to be declared outright winners.

S3M-6598 Anne McLaughlin: The Darker Side of the World Cup—That the Parliament notes the concerns raised by charities, such as Coalition against Trafficking in Women, and the United Nations Development Fund for Women regarding the increased demand for prostitution associated with the World Cup in South Africa; shares the concerns of South African officials regarding the dangers of an increase in people-trafficking associated with the World Cup as well as the exploitation and public health issues linked to the expected increase in prostitution; recognises the preventative measures undertaken by the South African Government to stop exploitation and hinder child trafficking; recognises that some organisations are raising the issue as a concern for the 2014 Commonwealth Games; urges the authorities to work against this threat, and, while wishing the World Cup every success as a sporting event, hopes that it raises awareness of the links that exploitation, trafficking and prostitution can have with large sporting events.

S3M-6597♦ Robert Brown: Future of Stow College—That the Parliament notes the recent undertakings by the Scottish Funding Council to support the Glasgow Central Colleges Amalgamation project; considers that this development is likely to have a negative impact on Stow College, which has withdrawn from the planned amalgamation; believes that the progress towards this new consortium will threaten Stow’s ability to provide the valuable educational services currently proffered by the college to over 10,000 learners as resources will now be directed toward the new central facility; notes that Stow offers the most extensive range of SWAP Access programmes in Scotland, which are specifically designed to provide a route into higher education for mature adults with few or no qualifications; further notes that 40% of full-time students come from the most deprived areas in Scotland; congratulates Stow College on its 70 years of pursuing open access and social inclusion through its progressive educational outlook, and would welcome support for the continuing viability of Stow College.

S3M-6596♦ Linda Fabiani: Caring for Carers—That the Parliament notes that figures produced for the Scottish Government suggest that approximately 20% of people with learning disabilities live and are cared for in the family home by family members over the age of 65; recognises the particular concerns and needs of these families, as noted by Public Petition PE743 submitted by Madge Clark and Jeanette Kelly of the Murray Owen Carers Group, East Kilbride, which first raised the issue in the Scottish Parliament on 24 May 2004; welcomes and invites support for the Charter for Change: Improving Lives for Older Families Which Include People with Learning Disabilities, launched in Edinburgh on 16 June 2010, and looks forward to publication and implementation of the Scottish Government’s carers strategy.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-6595 Bill Kidd: Bollywood Comes to Glasgow for Mela Celebrations—That the Parliament welcomes the Glasgow Mela, which is in its 20th year, in Kelvingrove Park; notes that this is one of the biggest multicultural festivals in Scotland; further notes that the festival, which is scheduled to take place on 20 June 2010, is inspired by the traditions of the Indian sub-continent and is a celebration of the many cultures of Glasgow; understands that this year’s Mela will see a wide array of music, dance and entertainment, with 25,000 expected to attend, and wishes all those organising, participating in and attending another very successful, entertaining and enjoyable festival.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Michael Matheson, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Hugh Henry, Willie Coffey, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-6594 Johann Lamont: Congratulations to the Winners of the Scottish Charity Awards 2010—That the Parliament congratulates the winners, commended organisations and runners-up at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards, run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO); in particular applauds the Scottish Charity of the Year, Crossroads (Harris) Care Attendant Scheme, which provides care and support to ill, disabled and older people on the island community of Harris, and runner-up, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, for its campaign to reintroduce the beaver to Scotland; congratulates Edinburgh-based Jimmy McIntosh, who was born with cerebral palsy and has spent most of his 70 years campaigning to ensure that the views of disabled people are heard and their rights upheld and who was named this year’s Charity Champion; notes the work of runner-up Robert Clark, who was awarded a posthumous commendation for his lifelong work with the St Ninian’s Junior Concert Party in Musselburgh, which has now been renamed the Clark Community Choir in his memory; notes the work of Comas on its Serenity Café, which was rewarded with this year’s Community Action Award for its innovative approach to supporting people who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction; notes the work of Grandparents Parenting Again and Kinship Carers, which was awarded a special commendation for its determination and excellent work in supporting carers in Midlothian; praises Action Scotland Against Stalking, which won the Campaign of the Year Award for its successful work to introduce a definition of stalking into Scots law; applauds the Partnership Award winners, the Anthony Nolan Trust and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, for their joint work to increase the number of bone marrow donors in Scotland, and, in recognising these individuals and groups, celebrates their work and acknowledges the generosity of individuals and communities in Glasgow and across Scotland who give of their time to make a real difference to others.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack

S3M-6593 Rhoda Grant: Action Scotland Against Stalking—That the Parliament congratulates Action Scotland Against Stalking on winning the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations’ Campaign of the Year Award in recognition of its work to introduce a definition of stalking into Scots Law; notes in particular the work undertaken by Ann Moulds who, after losing her home and business after becoming the victim of a stalker, launched the campaign to introduce stalking legislation into the Scottish criminal justice system; further notes that, as a result of that campaign, training modules are now being developed to be delivered throughout police forces, along with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service developing a stalking-awareness training DVD to be delivered to all Crown Office and Procurator staff, and considers that training and awareness in this area is important in ensuring that the crime of stalking is dealt with properly and effectively.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Robert Brown, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Cathie Craigie, Rhona Brankin, Cathy Jamieson, Bill Butler, David Stewart, Peter Peacock, James Kelly, Trish Godman, Hugh O’Donnell, Helen Eadie, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Malcolm Chisholm, Marlyn Glen, Hugh Henry, Cathy Peattie, Dr Richard Simpson*, Mary Mulligan*, Richard Baker*

S3M-6592 Tricia Marwick: Congratulations to South Parks Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates South Parks Primary School in Glenrothes on achieving its first Eco-Flag; notes that each class at the school appointed two pupil representatives to promote the green message over the last year; applauds Asda Glenrothes for donating a flagpole to allow the school to proudly fly its Eco-Flag, and praises all the pupils and teachers at South Parks Primary School for their hard work in securing the award.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Michael Matheson, Elizabeth Smith, Claire Baker, Sandra White, Bill Kidd

S3M-6591 Johann Lamont: Independent Living in Scotland Magazine, Rights Here Rights Now—That the Parliament congratulates Independent Living in Scotland on the publication of the magazine, Rights Here Rights Now, which is published for the first time as a 23-page supplement in The Big Issue in Scotland, on sale this week; considers that this marks a huge step forward for the rights of disabled people and that the magazine showcases the issues around independent living for disabled people to over 125,000 people in Glasgow and across Scotland; believes that its publication highlights that the independent living movement is growing in strength and influence and that independent living for disabled people is not only the right thing to do in terms of equality and human rights but is right for the economy and for the cohesion of Scottish society and Scotland’s communities, and finally, alongside the Independent Living in Scotland project, thanks The Big Issue in Scotland for its support and continued commitment to the independent living agenda.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack

S3M-6590 Dr Richard Simpson: In Recognition of Learning Disability Week, 21 to 27 June—That the Parliament welcomes Learning Disability Week, which is scheduled to run from 21 to 27 June 2010; supports the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability’s efforts in encouraging local campaigning and activities through its Get Active! pack; notes that the theme for Learning Disability Week 2010 is to ask people whether, 10 years after the publication of the groundbreaking The same as you? report, this has made a difference to people’s lives, and commends the action taken by the consortium to ensure that progress that has been made is celebrated and that further action is taken through local campaigning where it is still to be achieved.

S3M-6589 Alex Neil: The Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2010—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon

S3M-6588 Alex Neil: The Applications by Creditors (Pre-Action Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2010—That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the Applications by Creditors (Pre-Action Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon

S3M-6587 Kenneth Gibson: Arran Distillery Open Day—That the Parliament welcomes the Arran Distillery Open Day, which is scheduled to place on 3 July 2010 in Lochranza; notes that a range of events will be taking place including whisky masterclasses, a farmers’ market and an evening with the Skerryvore Ceilidh Band; recognises the efforts of the Isle of Arran Distillery in organising an event highlighting both Scotland’s national drink and the beautiful Isle of Arran; encourages people to support local distilleries, and congratulates the Isle of Arran Distillery on celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, John Lamont, Sandra White, Stewart Maxwell, Jackie Baillie, Aileen Campbell, Willie Coffey, Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell

S3M-6586 Jack McConnell: The Scotland Malawi Partnership—That the Parliament notes that the annual general meeting of the Scotland Malawi Partnership is scheduled to take place on 19 June 2010; acknowledges the important role that the partnership plays in Scotland and Malawi to inspire, support and coordinate the efforts of civil society in strengthening the friendship between the two countries; congratulates the many individuals and groups who are members of the Scotland Malawi Partnership for all their work both in countries; notes the large number of pupils and teachers from Scottish schools who are travelling to Malawi this month or preparing to travel later in the summer; congratulates the partnership on its efforts to build lasting links between schools in Scotland and Malawi, and urges parliamentarians and the Scottish Government to continue to work closely with the Scotland Malawi Partnership to further its aims.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Mike Pringle, Bill Butler, Patricia Ferguson, David McLetchie, Helen Eadie, Bill Kidd, Michael McMahon, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Jim Hume, David Stewart, Alasdair Morgan, Cathy Jamieson, James Kelly, Johann Lamont, Brian Adam, Robert Brown, Hugh Henry, Murdo Fraser, Liam McArthur, Cathie Craigie, Karen Gillon, Elaine Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, David Whitton, Mary Mulligan, Des McNulty, Stuart McMillan, Mary Scanlon, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, Dr Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, Ted Brocklebank, Hugh O’Donnell, Sarah Boyack, Sandra White*, Jamie McGrigor*, Michael Matheson*, Pauline McNeill*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6585 Sarah Boyack: Celebrating the Old Town Festival—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Edinburgh Old Town Festival, which runs for two weeks from 14 to 28 June 2010; notes that the festival has a packed programme of events and exhibitions including films, walking tours, craft days, music, fashion and storytelling; further notes the festival’s aims of celebrating the Old Town’s people and places, showcasing local arts, culture and heritage and promoting the Old Town as part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site; believes that the festival creates an opportunity for the local community to engage with one another and with visitors to the city; congratulates the community groups and organisations, along with the Scottish Storytelling Centre and Edinburgh World Heritage, for their work in organising, promoting and staging the event, and wishes the organisers and participants every success with this year’s festival.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, George Foulkes, Bill Kidd, Helen Eadie, David McLetchie, Rhona Brankin, James Kelly, Mike Pringle, Jackie Baillie, John Park, Aileen Campbell, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Cathy Jamieson, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6584 Mary Scanlon: Supporting Depression Alliance Scotland’s Mood Matters Campaign—That the Parliament supports the launch of the Mood Matters campaign by Depression Alliance Scotland as part of Scottish National Depression Week, which runs from 16 to 22 June 2010; notes that the campaign is launched alongside new survey findings that reveal an overwhelming demand for depression prevention programmes in Scotland and seeks to encourage people who may be experiencing problems with their mood to take action early, and commends the work done by Depression Alliance Scotland throughout the year to improve the diagnosis and treatment of depression and challenge the stigma associated with the illness by offering information and support to those affected by and working with depression.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Robert Brown, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Murdo Fraser, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Aitken, Hugh O’Donnell, John Lamont, Liam McArthur, Helen Eadie, Christine Grahame, Aileen Campbell, Elaine Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Jackie Baillie, Elizabeth Smith, Gavin Brown, Derek Brownlee, Margaret Mitchell*, Ken Macintosh*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6583 Aileen Campbell: 85th Anniversary of Preston Lodge High School—That the Parliament congratulates Preston Lodge High School on its 85th anniversary; notes that an evening of celebrations took place on 10 June 2010, including a reminiscent film, a photo gallery dating from 1924 to the present day and a tour of the recently refurbished building; notes that the school first opened in September 1924 and was relocated to its current location following a fire in 1969; highlights the excellent annual Christmas concerts and prize-giving ceremonies that are enjoyed by the local community, and recognises that former pupils include the artist, John Bellany CBE, and Scottish rugby player Scott Murray.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn, Jackie Baillie, Willie Coffey, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-6582 Kenneth Gibson: Connect 2010—That the Parliament congratulates Lyceum Youth Theatre in Edinburgh for hosting Connect 2010, the inaugural Connect Festival for youth theatre; notes that, from 8 to 12 June, the Lyceum Theatre was home to 13 companies performing different plays including several pieces of new writing; is aware that the festival included theatre groups not only from across Edinburgh, such as Forester Footlights and Strange Town as well as Lyceum Youth Theatre itself, but also Largs Youth Theatre, which performed Small Town Icarus by Andrew McGregor, a tale of rock and roll fantasies, dangerous dreams and life-changing decisions, and looks forward to further Connect festivals in future years.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Pauline McNeill, Bob Doris, Hugh O’Donnell, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh*

S3M-6579 Cathie Craigie: Cumbernauld College, Champion Investors in People—That the Parliament congratulates Cumbernauld College on being recognised as an Investors in People (IIP)Gold Standard organisation; notes that this IIP award givesrecognition tothe college as an institution operating at the highest levels of people management practices; further praises the college on being the first organisation in North Lanarkshire to achieve this prestigious award; notes that less than 1% of the 35,000 IIP-recognised organisations across the United Kingdom hold this award, and congratulates the management, staff and students on their accomplishment.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, David Whitton, George Foulkes, Bill Butler, Jamie Hepburn, James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Jack McConnell, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman, Michael Matheson*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6574 Dr Richard Simpson: Congratulations to Stirling County Women’s Rugby Team—That the Parliament congratulates Stirling County Women’s Rugby team for winning its league and the National Plate Competition and being nominated from the Scottish Rugby Union as women’s team of the year; notes that nine of the players are already involved at national, academy or under-18 Scotland squad level, and hopes that women’s rugby in Scotland will continue to grow in popularity.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-6573 Jim Tolson: Breathe Easy Week—That the Parliament notes the importance of the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy Week, taking place from 14 to 20 June 2010 in its 25th anniversary year; welcomes the British Lung Foundation reception in the Parliament on Wednesday 16 June as an opportunity to mark the occasion; further welcomes the launch of its Children’s Charter, which outlines the organisation’s campaigning priorities to improve children’s lung health as well as support and care for children with lung disease, and commends the work of the British Lung Foundation in providing support, advice and information to those living with lung disease.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Claire Baker, Jim Hume, Brian Adam, Nanette Milne, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Scanlon, Jamie Hepburn, Christine Grahame, Mike Pringle, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan, Michael Matheson*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6572 Karen Whitefield: Insulin Pumps: A New Lease for Life—That the Parliament congratulates Diabetes UK Scotland on the publication of Insulin Pumps: a new lease for life, which brings to life the issues around insulin pump therapy in Scotland through the stories of people who currently benefit from pumps; commends the contribution of the people who contributed their personal stories to the report and also the imaginative graphics of Marc Hillis, a young pump user from Glasgow; commends the support of healthcare professionals who also contributed to the report;notesthat the number of people withtype 1 diabetes in Scotland on pump therapy remains very low in relation to the number who could benefit,and looks forward to the publication of the new Scottishdiabetesactionplan and a renewed commitment to ensuring that insulin pump therapy is available to those who can benefit from it wherever they live in Scotland.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Jack McConnell

S3M-6571 Stuart McMillan: Sacred Heart Primary School Praised in HMIE Report—That the Parliament warmly congratulates Sacred Heart Primary School in Greenock on receiving an excellent report from HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE); notes that the school achieved an evaluation of excellent for meeting learning needs and evaluations of very good in all other areas; acknowledges that the school’s highly motivated pupils and enthusiastic staff are actively involved in improving their school community, and further notes that its staff are making very positive progress toward implementing the Curriculum for Excellence.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Stewart Maxwell, Sandra White, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Bill Wilson, Willie Coffey

S3M-6570 Aileen Campbell: Independent Booksellers Week 2010—That the Parliament supports Independent Booksellers Week 2010, which runs from 14 to 21 June and seeks to promote independent booksellers throughout Scotland; notes that a range of events for all ages will be taking place in over 200 bookshops throughout the country; recognises the efforts of the organisers, booksellers and authors involved in the events; encourages people to support their local bookshops, and commends the work of all involved.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Joe FitzPatrick, Patrick Harvie, Jackie Baillie, Pauline McNeill, Mike Pringle, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Christopher Harvie, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Willie Coffey, Jack McConnell, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6569 Robin Harper: School Playgrounds—That the Parliament recognises the importance of school playgrounds in enriching childhood through getting children active, giving them regular experiences of nature, developing their social skills, helping them to learn and developing citizenship and pride of place; expresses concern that many of Scotland’s school playgrounds are in poor shape and that few local authorities have any proactive programme in place to develop them, and urges the Scottish Government to give local authorities a clear responsibility to provide school playgrounds in which children can play, enjoy nature, learn and thrive.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell

S3M-6568 Mary Mulligan: Raising Awareness in National Epilepsy Week 2010—That the Parliament recognises the collaborative awareness-raising work of Epilepsy Scotland and other Scottish members of the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland; applauds these organisations for highlighting issues for under-25s in National Epilepsy Week, from 13 to 19 June 2010; calls on the Scottish Government and NHS boards to ensure that the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland clinical standards for new patients to be referred to an epilepsy specialist nurse within 30 days are implemented; appreciates the importance of a smooth transition, particularly for young people with difficult-to-control epilepsy, from paediatric to adult health, education and social care services; agrees that investment in transition services and the replication of best practice as highlighted by NHS Highland will bring benefits to many under-25s; welcomes the Cross-Party Group on Epilepsy’s review of new guidelines for children led by Epilepsy Scotland; wishes this national charity’s new ambassador, Rosie Gilmour, every success at her inaugural National Epilepsy Week address, which is scheduled to take place on 16 June 2010 in the Parliament; congratulates the Scottish Government for assisting Epilepsy Scotland in developing new illustrated children’s books for 2 to 7-year-olds and for commissioning its research into Sudden and Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), which can affect the under-25s; acknowledges Epilepsy Scotland’s campaign to make anti-epileptic drugs exempt from proposed generic prescribing regulations; recognises that the Parliament’s best employment practices are informing the charity’s new occupational health guide for employers, and praises partnerships between epilepsy organisations and the Parliament that inform public attitudes, tackle social stigma and create a fair society for the 40,000 people in Scotland with epilepsy.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Marlyn Glen, Michael McMahon, Jackie Baillie, Cathy Peattie, Malcolm Chisholm, Jim Hume, Rhona Brankin, Joe FitzPatrick, Claire Baker, Robert Brown, Hugh O’Donnell, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Helen Eadie, Johann Lamont, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Margaret Curran, Cathie Craigie, Mary Scanlon, Trish Godman, Bill Wilson, Michael Matheson*, Linda Fabiani*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-6567 Alasdair Allan: Quarriers and National Epilepsy Week 2010—That the Parliament notes the importance of National Epilepsy Week, taking place this year from 13 to 19 June 2010; welcomes Quarriers’ Epilepsy Week Reception in the Parliament on Wednesday 16 June as an opportunity to mark the occasion; acknowledges the outstanding service that Quarriers provides to people in Scotland living with the condition; commends the valuable contribution that third sector organisations and specialist epilepsy services make to patient-centred treatment and epilepsy management, and believes that the planned Quarriers Scottish epilepsy centre will be a centre of excellence that will provide vital diagnostic facilities, treatment, therapeutic support and advice to individuals and families affected by epilepsy.

Supported by: Michael McMahon, Dr Richard Simpson, Sandra White, Mary Mulligan, Robert Brown, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Angela Constance, Bill Wilson, Jamie McGrigor, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Alison McInnes, Ian McKee, Jamie Stone, Jim Hume, Mike Pringle, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Willie Coffey, Annabel Goldie, Michael Matheson*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6566 Pauline McNeill: Happy 15th Birthday to the West End Festival—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of Glasgow’s West End Festival and congratulates it on its 15th birthday; congratulates the organisers of the festival, which has grown from strength to strength; further congratulates the participants in this year’s Mardi Gras parade, which was a spectacular display, and welcomes the many artists and performers who make this one of Scotland’s favourite festivals.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Ms Wendy Alexander, Ken Macintosh, Jamie McGrigor, James Kelly, Karen Gillon, Karen Whitefield, Mr Frank McAveety, Bob Doris, Helen Eadie, Joe FitzPatrick, Patrick Harvie, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Robert Brown, Jim Hume, Kenneth Gibson, Sarah Boyack, Patricia Ferguson, Anne McLaughlin, Elaine Smith, Gil Paterson, Willie Coffey, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry

S3M-6513 Alex Neil: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon

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, Mike Pringle, Rhoda Grant, Jamie Stone

S3M-6139# Bill Kidd: Deaf Awareness Week 2010—That the Parliament welcomes Deaf Awareness Week 2010, which is to take place between 28 June and 4 July 2010 and aims to improve understanding of different types of deafness by highlighting the many different methods of communication used by deaf, deafened, deafblind and hard-of-hearing people, such as sign language and lip-reading; also welcomes the launch and presentation of an exclusive corporate DVD on behalf of the Hearing Company by Julie McElroy, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of issues surrounding deafness by drawing on Julie’s own experiences with deafness, and applauds the efforts of the UK Council on Deafness, Julie McElroy and all others involved in coordinating and contributing to the 2010 Deaf Awareness Week Campaign.

Supported by: Dave Thompson, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Alison McInnes, Robin Harper, Ian McKee, Rob Gibson, Dr Richard Simpson, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Jackie Baillie, Nanette Milne, Hugh O’Donnell, Karen Gillon, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Hugh Henry, Mary Scanlon, Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Willie Coffey, John Wilson, Trish Godman, Jack McConnell, Maureen Watt, Sarah Boyack, Liam McArthur, Christina McKelvie, Linda Fabiani, Bob Doris, Karen Whitefield, Joe FitzPatrick, Ken Macintosh, Cathy Jamieson

S3M-6056 John Swinney: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Housing (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure, charge or payment of a kind referred to in Rules 9.12.3(b)(ii) and 9.12.4 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-6565 Boghall Parish Church 50th Anniversary (lodged on 11 June 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-6564 Edinburgh Eco-Schools Successes (lodged on 11 June 2010) Bill Kidd*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Sandra White*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Karen Whitefield*

S3M-6562 Eye Health Week (lodged on 11 June 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6556 Duncan Bruce (lodged on 11 June 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6553# Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (lodged on 11 June 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6548 Fair Trade in the Highlands and Islands (lodged on 10 June 2010) Hugh Henry*

S3M-6545 Citizens Advice Scotland (lodged on 10 June 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6543 Lib Dems Nuclear Self-destruction (lodged on 10 June 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6542# 25th Anniversary of the Scottish Cot Death Trust (lodged on 10 June 2010) Hugh Henry*, John Scott*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6537 Support Gary’s Challenge (lodged on 9 June 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6535 Refugee Week 2010 (lodged on 9 June 2010) Hugh Henry*, Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6529 Congratulations Awaz FM (lodged on 8 June 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6519 Citizens Advice Scotland’s report, Fully Charged (lodged on 8 June 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6515 Young Carers in Scotland (lodged on 7 June 2010) Linda Fabiani*

S3M-6510 Bonus Payment to Outgoing Royal Mail Chief Adam Crozier (lodged on 7 June 2010) Elaine Murray*

S3M-6500 Civil List Review (lodged on 3 June 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-6492 James Hamilton Academy Eco-garden (lodged on 2 June 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-6490 Dance School of Scotland Pupil Achieves Highest-ever Mark (lodged on 2 June 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-6488.1 Shelter Scotland Tayside Housing and Money Advice Line (lodged on 9 June 2010) Elaine Murray*

S3M-6484 Victory for Clydebank in Central League Cup (lodged on 2 June 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-6475 Remembering Robert Anderson (lodged on 2 June 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-6474 Congratulations to Rag ‘n’ Tag Textiles in Highland Diversity Awards (lodged on 2 June 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-6467 Welcoming the First-ever National Strategy to Tackle Dementia in Scotland (lodged on 1 June 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-6463 Reel Journeys (lodged on 1 June 2010) Dave Thompson*

S3M-6447 Congratulations to Maggie’s Highlands on Fifth Birthday (lodged on 1 June 2010) Dave Thompson*

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