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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-7097 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations to Uddingston Pride—That the Parliament congratulates Uddingston Pride, Uddingston, on winning the Urban Community Trophy at the 2010 Beautiful Scotland Award Ceremony, held in Glenrothes; notes that the group also won the award in 2008; further congratulates the group on its outstanding achievement in collecting a gold medal, which rewards those entries that delivered an exceptionally high standard throughout all of the Beautiful Scotland objectives; acknowledges that, for over 40 years, Beautiful Scotland has supported the efforts of groups such as Uddingston Pride in working to improve their local communities, and considers that the campaign rewards groups for their gardening abilities but also for their environmental responsibility and for getting people involved with their communities.

*S3M-7096 Jamie Hepburn: Congratulations to Beautiful North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament congratulates communities across North Lanarkshire on winning 15 medals and three discretionary awards in the Beautiful Scotland campaign; notes that among the winners were Cumbernauld, Cumbernauld Village, having won silver medals, and Condorrat, which was awarded a bronze medal, and commends the level of involvement and commitment of local communities and all those involved across North Lanarkshire in making the 2010 Beautiful North Lanarkshire campaign such a success.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-7095 Joe FitzPatrick: Victoria and Albert Museum—That the Parliament considers as a major step forward in the development of the Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee the showcasing of the six shortlisted designs at the University of Abertay in Dundee from 29 September 2010 at an exhibit entitled, V&A at Dundee - Making it Happen; welcomes the fact that this free exhibition will be open to all residents and visitors of Dundee as late as 9pm and at weekends to allow everyone the opportunity to view the designs and express their opinion; views the project as an excellent opportunity for Dundee, bringing both extra employment and tourism to the city, following on from recent successes, such as the showcasing of Titian’s Diana and Actaeon in the newly refurbished McManus Galleries, and believes that this will add to Scotland’s wealth of internationally renowned culture.

*S3M-7094 Joe FitzPatrick: Beautiful Scotland Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the city of Dundee on its recent clutch of accolades at this year’s Beautiful Scotland Awards, particularly the communities of Ardler, which received a bronze medal certificate, and Broughty Ferry, which received a silver gilt medal certificate, on top of the whole city’s silver medal certificate and Wright Sustainable Development Award.

*S3M-7093 James Kelly: Cambuslang and Rutherglen Community Health Initiative—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Comic Relief has awarded Cambuslang and Rutherglen Community Health Initiative three years’ funding of £120,000; notes that this award will contribute toward the mental health and volunteering work of the initiative, and recognises the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers.

*S3M-7092 Kenneth Gibson: Naming of the RV Actinia—That the Parliament congratulates the University Marine Biological Station Millport (UMBSM) on the naming of its new research vessel, named RV Actinia after the beadlet anemone common on the shores of Cumbrae, by Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the University of London, on 24 September 2010; is aware that the RV Actinia operates primarily from Millport in and around the Clyde Sea Area but is also able to work in any coastal waters; acknowledges that her main roles involve taking students out to sea, hydrographic and benthic sampling, trawling, creeling, surveying and providing a platform for scientific divers and remotely operated underwater vehicles; considers that UMBSM, the national facility for marine biology fieldwork, is ideally situated for marine biological teaching and research, being sheltered and within easy reach of a diversity of marine habitats, such as rocky, sandy and muddy shores, salt marshes, a large estuary and deep water with soft mud, gravel and rocky bottoms; understands that UMBSM is formally an institution of the University of London, with a special relationship with the University of Glasgow, and provides marine biological teaching support for both universities while enjoying a substantial role in providing facilities and logistical support for field teaching by universities and schools throughout the United Kingdom; further understands that current research programmes include work on marine fisheries, biodiversity, marine fouling and marine microbiology; considers that this new vessel represents a significant investment by the University of London, the University of Glasgow, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council in the teaching of marine science in the UK, and agrees that the 1,500 students who attend field studies courses at UMBSM each year and the Cumbrae economy will surely benefit.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Alasdair Allan*

*S3M-7091 Joe FitzPatrick: Dundee Museum of Transport—That the Parliament congratulates the members of the Dundee Museum of Transport on what it considers to be the sterling effort undertaken by them in attempting to create a museum in the city with partners including the Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society, Dundee Model Boat Club and Dundee City Council; notes the plans to run apprenticeships in conjunction with the Claverhouse Group and believes that these will help to bring much-needed employment to the city; considers that the former site of the Maryfield Tram Depot in Dundee would be a perfect site for such a museum, and hopes that the charity can come to an amicable agreement with the current owners of the site.

*S3M-7090 Marilyn Livingstone: Green Gym Comes to West Wemyss—That the Parliament welcomes the Green Gym programme to West Wemyss; understands that Green Gym offers the opportunity to improve fitness levels by allowing people to take part in practical environmental activities such as woodland management and vegetation clearance; believes that Green Gym offers an opportunity to learn new skills and get fit, learn more about biodiversity and conservation and make a positive contribution to the local environment and community; notes that the programme will be running from 4 October to 6 December 2010, and hopes that it will be the start of a long-term programme with the support of the community.

*S3M-7089 Willie Coffey: Kilmarnock to Carnoustie, a Long Walk for a Good Cause—That the Parliament congratulates the supporters of East Ayrshire Carers Centre on completion of a 150-mile walk from the Carers Cottage in Kilmarnock to the Carlogie House Hotel, Carnoustie; notes that the walk was designed to raise awareness of the centre’s new respite facility at the Carlogie House Hotel, which has been turned into a retreat for people of all ages who have responsibility for looking after a sick or disabled family member, and recognises that the project follows on from the success of the East Ayrshire Carers Centre at Dalmellington, which runs training courses for young carers and provides a holiday facility for children from all over the United Kingdom who look after someone at home.

*S3M-7088 Willie Coffey: The Jimmy Flies the Flag for the Environment—That the Parliament congratulates James Hamilton Academy, Kilmarnock, known locally as the Jimmy, on attaining an Eco-school Green Flag status; recognises that this achievement is a credit to the work of all those involved who worked tirelessly to raise environmental issues through presentations at assemblies, anti-litter weeks, redesigning the school courtyard as an eco-garden, producing regular eco-newsletters, raising awareness of recycling and working with the East Ayrshire ranger service to highlight the dangers of litter to wildlife, and notes that at the core of this work is the school’s RESPECT eco-code, Recycling and Energy Saving along with Planting will help the Environment and keep it Clean and Tidy.

*S3M-7087 Willie Coffey: Councils Get on with Delivering Frontline Services—That the Parliament congratulates East Ayrshire Council’s Onsite Services team for winning the best public/voluntary partnership working initiative award for Get Stuck In, its ethical school meals incentive scheme that is run in partnership with Save the Children, in the UK-wide 2010 Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Service Awards for local authorities; endorses the statement by Paul O’Brien, APSE chief executive, who said that "whilst the debate about the future of our public services still rages, councils are quietly getting on with the job of delivering on frontline services," and joins with APSE in celebrating the contribution that such services make to the lives of communities.

*S3M-7086 Linda Fabiani: Continuously Caring Carers, The Older Families Charter—That the Parliament recognises that thousands of older people across Scotland are still caring for adult sons and daughters with a learning disability in the family at home and welcomes the Older Families Charter launched by Enable Scotland, Quarriers, Edinburgh Development Group and the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland, which states that local government should collect accurate information on the numbers, needs and location of older carers and adults with learning disabilities living in the family home to facilitate good strategic planning, that every adult with a learning disability living with an older carer should be able to have a person-centred plan that supports them in leading full lives, making and keeping friends and keeping in touch with their families if they leave home, that in each local authority area there should be a dedicated officer for older families to provide local information, support access to services, identify their needs and plan for how they will change over time, that every adult with a learning disability living with an older carer should be able to have an individual emergency plan that identifies what could be done in specific crisis situations and that every family with older carers across Scotland should have the opportunity to access independent advocacy services; believes that the five simple proposals outlined in the charter can be the first steps in addressing the needs of older family carers who are living with and caring for adult relatives with learning disabilities, and considers it worthy of support.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*, Hugh O’Donnell*

S3M-7085♦ Jim Tolson: Renewable Energy Skills Training—That the Parliament congratulates Carnegie College, Dunfermline, for being at the forefront of green energy skills development through its provision of renewable energy skills training and the wind energy industry’s first pilot wind turbine technician apprenticeship programme; considers that the college plays an important role in providing vocational education in the area and that the engineering and energy sector represents a huge opportunity for Fife and Scotland; believes that this far-sighted project will put the college at the centre of developing the high-quality training needed to support renewable energy industries, ensuring that Scotland meets its considerable green energy potential and bringing jobs and long-term sustainable growth; believes that the renewables industry has the potential to create thousands of new jobs for Fife and Central Scotland, and considers that Fife can become a major contributor to the development of the renewable energy capacity of the east of Scotland.

S3M-7084 Mr Frank McAveety: Congratulations to St Joan of Arc School—That the Parliament recognises the achievement of St Joan of Arc School in the Tollcross area of Glasgow in being the first secondary school in Glasgow to achieve the permanent Eco-school Award as part of the Green Flag initiative; considers that there has been a tremendous commitment to, and passion for, the project over the past eight years by the school’s staff and students, and is confident that the school will serve as an example for others in the area to follow and that this award demonstrates a commitment to the sustainability of the environment.

S3M-7083 Tricia Marwick: Beautiful Glenrothes—That the Parliament congratulates Glenrothes on being awarded the Large Town Trophy at the Beautiful Scotland Awards ceremony; notes that Fife Council also received the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Trophy for its displays in the town; praises Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants and Residents Association for receiving the David Welch Award for Something Special; applauds Fife Council’s Take a Pride in Glenrothes group and the parks department for their hard work and amazing floral displays, Glenrothes businesses for their sponsorship, the people of Glenrothes for their hard work and pride in their town, and considers that these awards reflect that Glenrothes is a great place to live and work.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*, Jim Tolson*, Gil Paterson*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Paul Martin*

S3M-7082 Elaine Smith: Best Small City—That the Parliament congratulates North Lanarkshire Council for its horticultural investment in Coatbridge and the surrounding areas, which, in 2010, has led to the town being named the Best Small City for the second year in a row of the Beautiful Scotland campaign; recognises that the judges considered the town to be a vibrant, up-and-coming community; considers also that praise was lavished on the local nature reserve in Gartcosh and the new structure in Glenboig Community Park, which were considered to be a good quality interpretation of the area’s industrial past; believes that the whole community played a part in winning the award, and commends North Lanarkshire Council for their continuing investment to enhance and regenerate the area and its facilities.

S3M-7081 Joe FitzPatrick: University of Dundee World Rankings—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Dundee on being included in the top 200 world universities ranked by the Times Educational Supplement; understands that this year’s rankings were undertaken under a new and more thorough methodology, which places more emphasis on hard measures of excellence in all three core elements of a university’s mission - research, teaching and knowledge transfer; further notes that the university has been described by The Sunday Times as "an institution regarded as one of the success stories of British higher education", which has already been ranked top in the world for research impact in pharmacology by Thomson Reuters and elected Europe’s "best place to work in academia" in the annual worldwide survey compiled by The Scientist magazine, and wishes the staff and students all the very best in continuing to move the bar of human knowledge and further both Dundee and Scotland’s reputations worldwide.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*, Bill Kidd*, Aileen Campbell*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-7080 Rob Gibson: Celebrate 80% Clean Energy—That the Parliament welcomes findings from an independent study commissioned by Renewable Scotland that suggest that Scotland’s renewable energy output in the next 10 years could rise to 80%; notes what it considers to be the great potential of Scottish renewable output and echoes the calls contained in the report for investment on a massive scale in the industry and for it to have maximum support from all levels of government, and calls on the UK Government to end what are believed to be the discriminatory transmission charges and release the Scottish fossil levy funds to the Scottish Government which, it believes, will allow the renewable sector in Scotland to grow further and flourish.

S3M-7079 Pauline McNeill: Israeli Flotilla Raid—That the Parliament condemns the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla during which 9 people were killed; recognises that Israel’s actions were found to be in breach of international law by the United Nations Human Rights Council; acknowledges the report’s finding that the violence used was disproportionate and unacceptable; notes with deepest concern that Israel has refused to accept this judgement, and calls for further action from the international community.

S3M-7078 Bill Kidd: Another Successful Year for Dumbarton Road Corridor Addiction Forum—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to Dumbarton Road Corridor (DRC) Addiction Forum on what it considers another successful year of activity and the publication of its 2009-10 annual report; welcomes that the forum was one of many organisations across Scotland increasing opportunities for young people to benefit from Scottish Government CashBack for Communities funds; further congratulates the DRC Addiction Forum Peer Educators on winning the Evening Times Community Championship Award in the last year; commends all the volunteers and staff for their dedication and hard work in making a real difference to the lives of DRC Addiction Forum service users, and wishes them all continuing success in the coming year and beyond.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-7077 Bill Wilson: Cuts Will Worsen One of the Worst Places in Europe—That the Parliament notes with dismay that, according to uSwitch.com’s Quality of Life Index, the United Kingdom is one of the worst places to live in Europe in 2010, with relatively low investment in health and education, the highest prices for food and diesel, more time spent in the office per week and disposable income falling behind that of residents of other countries; notes that this survey has been published just as the UK Government is proposing what is considered to be a regressive rise in VAT and massive cuts to public spending; believes that such cuts can only worsen the quality of life for most UK citizens; welcomes, however, what it considers to be positive signals from Liberal Democrat members of the coalition with regard to clamping down on tax cheats and scrapping nuclear weapons, and believes that a rigorous approach to tax avoidance, evasion and non-payment and eliminating the UK’s nuclear arsenal offers a more positive and economically logical way to tackle the public deficit.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-7076 David Whitton: Congratulations to Medical Research Council - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research—That the Parliament notes the success of the Medical Research Council - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) in securing £4.8 million from the Wellcome Trust and Wolfson Foundation to build a new laboratory on the Garscube Campus; congratulates Professor Massimo Palmarini, a vet by training and recently appointed director of the CVR, and his colleagues in the CVR on winning the award, and, finally, looks forward to seeing the CVR develop into a medical research centre of international renown that will strengthen Scotland’s scientific expertise in both animal and human viruses.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Hugh Henry*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Des McNulty*, Trish Godman*, Gil Paterson*, Pauline McNeill*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-7075 Claire Baker: Congratulations to Brian Hurcombe, the Best Bus Driver in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Brian Hurcombe, who works at Stagecoach’s Aberhill depot in Methil, on winning the prize of Best Competitor from a Scottish Depot at the UK Bus Driver of the Year competition; commends him for coming 17th out of 106 entrants competing to be the best in the UK, and thanks Mr Hurcombe and bus drivers across Fife and Scotland for their commitment to providing quality bus services.

Supported by: Des McNulty*, John Park*, Cathy Peattie*, Maureen Watt*, Jackie Baillie*, David Stewart*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-7074 Johann Lamont: Pope Benedict XVI - Glasgow and Scotland Shine—That the Parliament acknowledges the significance of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI for members of the Roman Catholic Church, for people of all faiths and for Scotland; celebrates the enthusiasm and warmth of the welcome that Pope Benedict received; recognises the hard work of the Roman Catholic Church, local parishioners and the many volunteers who helped make the visit such a success, and, in particular, considers that Glasgow City Council was hugely effective in its organisation on the day, for which it congratulates it, and ensured that the ability of Glasgow to host such important occasions with efficiency, attention to detail and confidence was further reinforced and that the beauty and hospitality of Glasgow, that "dear green place", were given global attention and admiration.

S3M-7073 David Stewart: Sensible Driving, Always Arriving—That the Parliament supports the website initiative being run in Wales called Deadly Mates, which is aimed at encouraging safer driving among young people; believes that, following several fatal road collisions involving young people in the Highlands, urgent action needs to be taken to reduce the deaths of young people on all of Scotland’s roads; supports the calls to introduce measures to ensure that young people drive more safely, including a mandatory display of a P-plate for 90 days after successful completion of a driving test, limiting the size of a car’s engine to be driven by people under 25 and introducing a graduated licence scheme that incorporates night driving, motorway driving and driving observation, and urges the Scottish Executive and the Department for Transport to work together to consider implementing these measures to ensure that no more young people are needlessly killed or seriously injured on Scotland’s roads.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*, Peter Peacock*, Jim Tolson*, Mary Mulligan*, George Foulkes*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-7072# Bill Kidd: Scotland’s Nuclear Weapons-free Zones—That the Parliament believes that New Zealand has set a good example with the establishment of a succession of nuclear weapons-free zones; would welcome the establishment of such zones in Scotland in homes, classrooms, places of work, communities, local authorities and in the environs of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, with the aim to register Scotland as a single-state nuclear weapons-free zone with the United Nations, and would further welcome the development of a protocol for Scotland requesting that the nuclear weapons states honour such a zone by not deploying nuclear weapons on Scottish territory and by guaranteeing not to threaten or use nuclear weapons against Scotland.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan*, Elaine Smith*, Michael Matheson*, Aileen Campbell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Sandra White*, Gil Paterson*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Christopher Harvie*

S3M-7071 John Wilson: Coatbridge Wins Best Small City Award for Second Year in a Row—That the Parliament congratulates Coatbridge on winning the Best Small City title for the second year in a row in the Beautiful Scotland campaign; recognises that Coatbridge progressed to Silver Gilt standard in this years’ campaign; applauds that Coatbridge will now be entered into next year’s UK-wide Britain in Bloom campaign, which is considered a major achievement for a town that has taken part in the Beautiful Scotland campaign for only two years; praises both Gartcosh Community Council and Glenboig Neighbourhood House for winning Neighbourhood Awards in 2009, and recognises the hard work of the local community in maintaining these excellent standards.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Sandra White, Jim Tolson*

S3M-7070 Stewart Stevenson: Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) (Order) 2010—That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) (Order) 2010 be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S3M-7069 Marilyn Livingstone: Deferral of Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010—That the Parliament notes with serious concern the UK Government’s decision to defer the entry into force of the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 from 1 October 2010 to 1 April 2011; considers that there is opposition to all ship-to-ship transfers of oil in the Forth Estuary on an all-party basis by Fife Council, by business leaders, environmental organisations and community groups; considers that an unacceptably short space of time was allocated for the consultation period on the amendments to the regulations; believes that it was unfortunate that the consultation document was not circulated to MSPs when they represented the concerns of their local environmental and community groups and persuaded the Scottish Government to introduce environmental regulations to try to safeguard the Forth Estuary from possible pollution from ship-to-ship transfers, and supports calls for the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 to be introduced on 1 October 2010 as planned.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-7068 Jim Hume: 2010 Business Rates, Revaluation, Dumfries and Galloway—That the Parliament recognises the concerns of the Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce following this year’s business rates revaluation; considers that the rates set on 1 April 2008 failed to take into account the impact of the recession; further notes that the Scottish Government has removed transitional relief, which has resulted in rates increases of up to 200% for some businesses; understands that transitional relief has been retained in England and that Northern Ireland has abandoned the 2010 revaluation altogether; acknowledges the views of the chamber of commerce that the reintroduction of transitional relief is necessary to support businesses; calls on the Scottish Government to conduct an urgent review of the rating appeals process to ensure that businesses have the means to appeal unrealistic rating valuations, and further calls on the Scottish Government to do all that it can to support businesses in Dumfries and Galloway that have been unfairly affected by the revaluation.

S3M-7067 John Park: Welcoming the Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of the Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre at Carnegie College in Dunfermline, which will focus on research and development for Scotland’s growing renewable energy sector; gives thanks to Robert M Buchan, who has donated $1 million Canadian to endow the new college; welcomes the naming of the centre in honour of Colin and Rene Whitlock of Limekilns; celebrates the contribution that Colin Whitlock made to the electronic revolution of the 1960s and his dedication to vocational training; congratulates Professor Bill McIntosh and all at Carnegie College on launching the new centre and more generally on securing the college’s status as one of Scotland’s leading colleges in engineering and energy; looks forward to the future work of the Whitlock centre, which will be at the hub of the engineering campus, providing 1,000 square metres of dedicated space for the renewable sector that will include a demonstration lab and exhibition area, and recognises the importance of the establishment of this centre within the broader context of the need to invest sustainably green skills and technology for Scotland’s future.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Claire Baker, Bill Kidd, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry*, Jim Tolson*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-7066 Gil Paterson: The Boys are Back in Town—That the Parliament wishes to record its congratulations to all those involved in first having the vision to bring to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery the exhibition, Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900, of the world-renowned group of artists collectively known as the Glasgow Boys; further congratulates those at every level who worked so well to make what is considered this extraordinary event a record success; expresses its thanks to all from across the world who kindly loaned many of the works of art to the gallery, which amounted to over 400 pieces of art by what are considered some of Scotland’s most inventive and talented artists, resulting in their being displayed in the city of Glasgow; wishes Kelvingrove well for the future, and encourages it in its endeavours to display more exhibitions that put Glasgow and Scotland on the world art map and which would bring great enjoyment and fulfilment to Scottish art lovers.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Maureen Watt, Sandra White, Jim Tolson*, Pauline McNeill*, Jackson Carlaw*

S3M-7065 Marlyn Glen: Adult Education—That the Parliament welcomes the role that Scotland has been given in highlighting the outcomes of the sixth UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education, CONFINTEA VI; considers that the conference provided an important platform for policy dialogue and advocacy on adult learning and non-formal education at a global level; welcomes the publication of the first-ever Global Report on Adult Learning and Education by the United Nations, which aims to cut illiteracy by half by 2015; believes that lifelong learning should be available and accessible to all; recognises the importance of adult learning in Scotland, and congratulates the Scotland’s Learning Partnership for what is considered the important work that it is undertaking in promoting adult learning in Scotland.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Patricia Ferguson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Jim Tolson*, Bill Kidd*, Mary Mulligan*, George Foulkes*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-7064 Anne McLaughlin: UK Recovery Walk Welcome in Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the UK Recovery Walk 2010, which will take place at 2pm on Saturday 25 September at Glasgow Green; congratulates the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium and other partners on organising the event; considers that this is a unique opportunity to show that recovery from drug problems and addiction is a reality for people across Scotland, and hopes that as many people as possible will participate in the day of events for all the family to show solidarity with those whose lives have been affected by addiction.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Jackson Carlaw, Joe FitzPatrick, Mr Frank McAveety, Stuart McMillan, Elaine Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Sandra White, James Kelly*

S3M-7063 Aileen Campbell: Carluke Rotary Club’s Calls for Heroes Initiative—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Calls for Heroes initiative by Carluke Rotary Club; notes that the initiative aims to provide members of the UK armed forces with satellite phonecards and increase the opportunities that soldiers have to speak to friends and family back home; further notes that it was launched after a guest speaker informed the club of the limited call time that servicemen and women currently receive; further notes that the first beneficiaries of the programme will be members of the Scots Guards and HQ Coy 5 Scots, and wishes Calls for Heroes every success in reaching its objectives.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson

S3M-7062 John Wilson: Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland 2010—That the Parliament welcomes the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s report, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland 2010; notes that it highlights the persisting problems of poverty and social exclusion that exist in Scotland, particularly following the recession, which saw rates of unemployment and child poverty increase at a greater rate than in England and Wales, and considers that findings from this report will fuel the debate on how these issues are tackled.

Supported by: Duncan McNeil, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Hugh Henry*

S3M-7061 Murdo Fraser: The Reverend Ian Galloway’s Comments—That the Parliament fully supports the armed forces for their dedication and service to Scotland and the United Kingdom, especially the Scottish soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan; notes that the Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, stated in evidence to a parliamentary committee that medals should not be awarded to soldiers who kill their enemy on the battlefield; deeply regrets what it considers Reverend Ian Galloway’s lack of understanding about the award of medals for valour; recognises that medals are awarded to soldiers for their courage and the sacrifice that they make on behalf of Scotland and the United Kingdom; believes that Reverend Ian Galloway’s opinion does not represent the view of the majority of members of the Church of Scotland, and further believes that his comments have caused offence to church members and others and that he should reflect on whether he is an appropriate person to hold the prominent office that he occupies as a public spokesman for the Church of Scotland.

Supported by: John Lamont, Margaret Mitchell, Jackson Carlaw, Andy Kerr, David McLetchie, Mike Pringle, Bill Aitken, Nanette Milne

S3M-7060 Kenneth Gibson: World Parkinson’s Congress—That the Parliament welcomes the accomplishment of the World Parkinson’s Congress 2010 in bringing together what is considered one of the largest and most diverse groups of people with Parkinson’s disease, caregivers, scientists and other health professionals, official and non-governmental organisations ever convened to discuss and investigate Parkinson’s disease and the issues related to living with Parkinson’s disease; considers that Parkinson’s disease is one of the most debilitating, socially disruptive and costly neurodegenerative conditions in the world today and that people who live with it face serious challenges with movement and other functions that worsen as the condition progresses; believes that the scientific advances achieved to date and the further advances that will be made possible by increased investments in neuroscience over the next several years will provide the basis both for significant improvement in the management of Parkinson’s and ultimately the prospect of a cure, and further believes that this will only happen through the allocation of significant research funding from government among others.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Anne McLaughlin, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Elaine Smith, Rob Gibson, Des McNulty, Mike Pringle, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Jackson Carlaw, Maureen Watt, Hugh O’Donnell, Marlyn Glen, Gil Paterson, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-7059 Sarah Boyack: Edinburgh Chamber’s Business Rate Plea—That the Parliament supports the call from Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce for the reintroduction of transitional relief by the Scottish Government to soften what it considers to be the blow of this year’s rates revaluation; joins the chamber in expressing its concern that the tone date,1 April 2008, on which new rateable values are based, came at a time when the Scottish economy was at the height of a lengthy period of growth and immediately prior to what is considered to be the longest and deepest recession in recent history and that the new rateable values do not adequately take into account the effects of the recession; notes that many businesses across Scotland are facing increases of 100% to 200% in their business rates bill; further notes that, as a result of the revaluation, many small-to-medium-sized businesses in Edinburgh and across Scotland have been valued out of eligibility for the small business bonus scheme and believes that this has led to a situation where they are being doubly hit; further notes that the revaluation is also hitting public services, with NHS Lothian facing a reported £5 million hike in rates, which is equivalent to the cost of approximately 180 nurses; further notes that 3,300 businesses and organisations across the capital, including NHS Lothian, have appealed their rates bill and that that number is reported to be rising quickly, and further supports calls from the Edinburgh chamber for the Scottish Government to carry out an urgent review of the rating appeals process to ensure that businesses have the best possible opportunity to challenge unrealistic rating valuations.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Dr Richard Simpson, David Stewart, Ms Wendy Alexander, Trish Godman, Malcolm Chisholm, Mike Pringle, Lewis Macdonald, Margaret Smith, Rhona Brankin*

S3M-7058 David Whitton: Congratulations to Gillian Dick—That the Parliament would like to congratulate Gillian Dick on winning the Young Business of the Year title from the Association of Scottish Businesswomen; would further like to congratulate her on being shortlisted in the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Best Use of Social Media; notes Gillian’s hard work and wide range of business skills, and is confident that she will be a continual success in the future.

Supported by: David Stewart, Jackson Carlaw, Johann Lamont, Claire Baker, Helen Eadie, Mr Frank McAveety, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Mary Mulligan, Gil Paterson, Sandra White

S3M-7057 David Whitton: Congratulations to Caurnie Soap—That the Parliament would like to congratulate Caurnie Soap on being the number one soap company in the ethical good shopping guide; understands that the family-owned company has an excellent reputation and is the oldest soap processor in the world; would additionally like to congratulate the owner for his 30 years’ service to the industry, and is confident that Caurnie Soap will continue to serve the public as a very successful business in the years to come.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw, John Wilson, David Stewart, Des McNulty, Claire Baker, Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith, Karen Whitefield, Bill Kidd, Mary Mulligan, Gil Paterson, Sandra White

S3M-7056 Gil Paterson on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: Report on the recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution regarding Scottish Parliament procedures—That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 5th Report 2010 (Session 3), Report on the recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution regarding Scottish Parliament procedures (SP Paper 490) and agrees to its recommendations and conclusions.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone

S3M-7055 Kenneth Gibson: Fossil Fuel Levy—That the Parliament is concerned that the UK Government’s respect agenda is already faltering after only five months in office; believes that, in order for coalition soundbites to be taken seriously, the UK Government should immediately release the £185 million fossil fuel levy, which can only be spent on renewable energy projects in Scotland and is currently held by Ofgem; considers that, during this difficult financial period, this input of capital would create and safeguard thousands of jobs in Scotland while also advancing Scotland’s renewable energy potential in accordance with the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009; believes that, should the UK Government refuse to release these funds, it will have failed to meet one of the key political reforms that it proposed in its publication, The Coalition: Our Programme for Government, which stated that "We will review the control and use of accumulated and future revenues from the Fossil Fuel Levy in Scotland", and further believes that the release of such funds should not be deducted from the Scottish Parliament’s block grant as was inferred by the previous chancellor.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Joe FitzPatrick, Aileen Campbell, Alasdair Allan, Stewart Maxwell, Bill Kidd, Michael Matheson, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Dave Thompson, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson

S3M-7054 Kenneth Gibson: A Reduction in Smoking Means Fewer Asthma Attacks—That the Parliament welcomes the findings of recent research by the University of Glasgow concluding that the admission of children with asthma-related problems to hospital has dropped by more than 18% since the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places in 2006, a reduction equivalent to three fewer children being admitted each day; recognises that, prior to the ban, the admission of children with asthma was increasing at a rate of over 5% per year; notes that the researchers also discovered that, since the ban, there had been a 17% year-on-year drop in hospital admissions from heart attacks and a significant decline in respiratory problems among bar staff; considers that the smoking ban has resulted in a massive step being taken toward shedding Scotland’s image of being the sick man of Europe, and believes that this legislation has greatly improved the health and wellbeing of the Scottish people.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Dr Richard Simpson, Stewart Maxwell, Jack McConnell, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-7053 Alasdair Allan: Scottish Quad Champion—That the Parliament congratulates John Neil Mitchell of Newmarket, Isle of Lewis, on being named Scottish quad champion at the Quad Racing Scotland Championships that were held in Duns on 12 September 2010 and wishes John Neil all the best for future races and championships around the world, starting with the 2010 European Quadcross of Nations in Slovakia on the 26 September.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Dave Thompson, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Anne McLaughlin, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt*

S3M-7052 Bill Wilson: Business and Human Rights Conference, October 2010—That the Parliament welcomes to Edinburgh the business and human rights conference of 80 national human rights institutions from around the world, taking place in the Parliament from 8 to 10 October 2010; considers that the corporate sector has a significant impact on the enjoyment of human rights from Paisley to Phuket and believes that humanitarian concern does not compromise but rather helps deliver long-term commercial success; believes that the integration of human rights into business practices should be enabled and encouraged, building on the United Nations Global Compact and the framework developed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, and, as a first step, would welcome an acknowledgement of the relevance of human rights principles and standards in defining Scottish business practice at home and abroad.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson*, Hugh Henry*, John Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-7050 Bill Wilson: Westminster Thinking on Science Not Just Wrong, But Mad—That the Parliament welcomes New Scientist’s editorial of 15 September 2010, Don’t let Britain’s politicians ruin science, in which Professor Robert M May, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government, criticises the UK Government’s attitude towards science; agrees with Professor May that Vince Cable’s "crude advocacy of more commercially related research showed little awareness of the complex interplay between basic research - new ideas - and their translation into products" and, that money put into basic research "is not a cost but an investment"; notes that the proposed UK Government cuts in science funding come at a time when the United States has announced a $21 billion boost for science as part of a stimulus package, France is investing €35 billion and Germany and China are also supporting science, and believes that the UK’s pre-eminent position in terms of the quantity and quality of its scientific research, which puts it in what is considered to be a unique competitive position, must be maintained, and that, as Professor May expresses it, "the current thinking is not just wrong, it’s mad".

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-7050.1 Liam McArthur: Westminster Thinking on Science Not Just Wrong, But Mad—As an amendment to motion (S3M-7050) in the name of Bill Wilson, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes New Scientist’s editorial of 15 September 2010, Don’t let Britain’s politicians ruin science; regrets that Professor Robert M May’s article did not include an analysis of the situation in Scotland, where serious concerns have been raised by the Moredun Research Institute and others about the SNP government’s approach to future scientific research funding in areas where Scotland has a global lead, including in infectious disease research and animal health; considers that specialist research facilities and centres such as Moredun have a world-renowned reputation and are making significant contributions to the economy in terms of jobs and training young people in relevant skills; notes concerns raised that Moredun may be forced to dilute its focus on infectious disease and move into other areas of research, potentially compromising its capability to contribute most effectively to the Scottish and UK economy, and considers it hypocritical of SNP members to attack the UK administration while it is believed that the Scottish Government risks squandering the specialist scientific excellence that delivers real economic value for Scotland by pursuing a lowest common denominator in scientific research, threatening to replace world-class empirical research with desk-based social science analysis."

S3M-7049 Bill Wilson: Women Advised not to Have Children as Legacy of US and UK WMD—That the Parliament notes a report in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009, on the effects of the United Kingdom and United States’ attack on Fallujah in 2004; notes the reports that this attack involved the use of illegal chemical weapons, phosphorous bombs and nerve gas; understands that it has been further reported that this has led to an explosion of infant mortality, leukaemia and cancers, exceeding those following the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the extent that local doctors are advising women not to have children; supports the international courts in their pursuit of war criminals since 1945; believes that no individual guilty of such crimes should escape justice, and calls for the detention and trial of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-7048 Tricia Marwick: Congratulations to Glenrothes Heritage Centre—That the Parliament welcomes the pilot Glenrothes Heritage Centre, which celebrates the history of the Glenrothes area; considers that the unstinting work of the volunteers, particularly the chairperson, Linda Ballingall, has made it a reality and congratulates them; thanks the businesses for support in kind and Fife Council for financial assistance through Celebrating Fife 2010; notes that 7,500 people have visited the heritage centre in a two-week period, and believes that a permanent heritage centre in Glenrothes is now needed.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Aileen Campbell, Elizabeth Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Claire Baker, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Gil Paterson

S3M-7046 Ian McKee: European Day of Languages 2010—That the Parliament endorses the European Day of Languages 2010; notes that this is a Europe-wide celebration that promotes linguistic diversity and language learning across Europe; further notes that the event, which this year is scheduled to take place on 26th September, was set up by the Council of Europe and was first celebrated in 2001; considers that the event is increasing in popularity each year, with 45 countries now participating; congratulates the many schools and institutes organising activities to celebrate it, including St. George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh, which will hold a teach a friend a language week, and Sciennes Primary School which will teach a special Study of Europe followed by its own Eurovision song contest; further congratulates the Institut Français d’Ecosse which has developed a quiz and resource pack for teachers; encourages all schools in Scotland to take part in the celebrations, and to recognise the importance of language learning in school and experience the benefits that it can bring.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Christopher Harvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Stuart McMillan, Willie Coffey, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Anne McLaughlin, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson, Irene Oldfather*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-7040 Pauline McNeill: Congratulations to the Glasgow Boys—That the Parliament congratulates the exhibition, Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on having received more than 100,000 visitors; considers that the success of this exhibition has been due to the hard work of the staff involved, particularly those on Kelvingrove’s exhibition organising committee; believes that this demonstrates the popularity of Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and realises the importance of properly funding such a venue.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Marlyn Glen

S3M-7039 Bill Butler: Vote for Sport—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Sports Alliance’s Vote for Sport pledge campaign, which calls on every MSP to recognise the unique role, value and potential of sport in Scottish society and to act as a Scottish sporting champion throughout their term in the Parliament; believes that, during the next four years, both the London Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will provide significant opportunities for Scottish sport to unite communities and inspire the nation, and encourages MSPs from across the chamber to sign the pledge.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, George Foulkes, Elizabeth Smith, Rhona Brankin, Marlyn Glen, Nanette Milne, Jackie Baillie, Andy Kerr, John Park, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Liam McArthur, Patricia Ferguson, Cathie Craigie, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, Murdo Fraser, Pauline McNeill, Claire Baker, Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, Bob Doris, Mr Frank McAveety, Margaret Smith, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-7038 Bill Kidd: Shine on Scotland International Summit—That the Parliament congratulates Ryan McLaughlin, a 15-year-old schoolboy, for his part in the organisation of an international summit on the possible links between multiple sclerosis (MS) and lack of vitamin D; notes that the summit is in collaboration with the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland and is to be opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon MSP; further congratulates Ryan on what it considers the continued success of his Shine on Scotlandcampaign, and supports his dedication to furthering the understanding of vitamin D deficiency and its connection to various health problems.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Stewart Maxwell, Elaine Smith, Aileen Campbell, Bill Butler, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey, Dave Thompson, Pauline McNeill, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-7037 Anne McLaughlin: Carers’ Centres in Glasgow—That the Parliament applauds the work of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers carers’ centres in Glasgow in supporting Scotland’s carers and young carers; considers that they have a significant impact on the lives of over 2,200 unpaid carers and young carers in Scotland; understands that, without the emotional and practical support that they offer to carers, it would cost statutory services an estimated £22.8 million per annum to replace this care and support, and wishes the centres the best of luck with their continued good work in the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Charlie Gordon, Pauline McNeill, Jackson Carlaw, Nanette Milne, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Mr Frank McAveety, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson

S3M-7036 Jackson Carlaw: School Trips to Auschwitz—That the Parliament considers it crucially important to ensure that the Holocaust never slips from public consciousness; applauds the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust, among other organisations, for the role that it plays in educating young people about the Holocaust, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement that school trips to Auschwitz, as organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, are to be exempted from budget cuts resulting from efforts to eradicate the United Kingdom’s record debts.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Anne McLaughlin, Joe FitzPatrick, Dr Richard Simpson, Derek Brownlee, Murdo Fraser, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Margaret Mitchell, Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, George Foulkes, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Stewart Maxwell, Mike Pringle, Gil Paterson, Annabel Goldie*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-7035 Peter Peacock: Broadband Connectivity—That the Parliament notes the submission by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to Broadband Delivery UK for a next generation access delivery trial to be run in the Highlands and Islands area and encourages Broadband Delivery UK to approve this bid, which is considered to have the potential to make a step change in broadband connectivity across a region covering more than half of the land mass of Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Liam McArthur

S3M-7034 Jamie McGrigor: Congratulations to SCDI Highlands and Islands 2010 Business Excellence Award Winners—That the Parliament congratulates all of the winners of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s (SCDI) 2010 Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards; notes that, in order to win their awards, Highland Heritage of Dalmally, Stormcats Ltd of Islay, Diageo Distilling Ltd of Roseisle, Albyn Housing Society, James Jones and Sons of Mosstodloch, Forsyth Ltd of Rothes, Scotland Transerv, Plockton High School and AJG Parcels Ltd of Inverness were considered to have excelled in their respective categories; commends what it considers the continuing good work of the SCDI in the Highlands and Islands and its showcasing of business achievement and best practice, and wishes these organisations and all their staff members continued success in the years ahead.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, David Stewart, Alasdair Allan, Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Aitken, Rob Gibson, Jackson Carlaw, Ted Brocklebank, Margaret Mitchell, Annabel Goldie, Liam McArthur, Gil Paterson

S3M-7033 Angela Constance: International Democracy Day 2010—That the Parliament recognises the importance of the UN International Day of Democracy, which was commemorated in Edinburgh in September 2010 by the Edinburgh Branch of the United Nations Association; acknowledges the value of this initiative in providing an opportunity to review the progress of democracy in developing countries and highlighting awareness of developments, and applauds what it considers the commitment and diligence of the Edinburgh branch in keeping awareness of this initiative to the forefront of public attention.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Smith, Joe FitzPatrick, Des McNulty, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Malcolm Chisholm, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Willie Coffey, Bill Wilson, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson*

S3M-7032 Stuart McMillan: HMIE Reports for East Dunbartonshire Schools—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of reports by HM Inspectorate of Education that praise Oxgang Primary School and Turnbull High School, both in East Dunbartonshire; notes that the report for Oxgang Primary School highlights a particular strength of the school in the young people’s achievements, including attainment in national examinations; further notes that the report for Turnbull High School indicates that a particular strength of the school is its attainment in English language and mathematics; acknowledges the positive reports received by both East Dunbartonshire schools, and wishes the head teachers, staff and pupils the very best for the future.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson

S3M-7031 Jackie Baillie: Dumbarton Library, 100 Years Old—That the Parliament congratulates Dumbarton Library in its centenary year; notes that the original Dumbarton Library was established in 1881 and was housed in the old Abstainers Hall in Dumbarton High Street; further notes that work on a new dedicated library building began in 1904 and was funded by Fife-born American millionaire, Andrew Carnegie; understands that the new library opened on 30 September 1910 and has seen several significant renovations, which have allowed the library to meet the increasing demand from the local community throughout the years, and congratulates everyone involved with Dumbarton Library for organising a host of major events over the past year to celebrate such a significant milestone in the history of the library.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Des McNulty, Hugh Henry, Mary Mulligan, Pauline McNeill, Kenneth Gibson, Karen Whitefield, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Bill Butler, Mr Frank McAveety, Gil Paterson

S3M-7030 Angela Constance: Congratulations to Radio Grapevine—That the Parliament congratulates Radio Grapevine, the St John’s Hospital inhouse radio service, on achieving the silver Station Promotion award and gold for the best female presenter in the UK National Hospital Radio Awards; applauds the valuable contribution made by volunteers who dedicate their time and commitment to supporting Radio Grapevine; wishes Radio Grapevine every success with the launch of its 24-hour service via the internet to the wider community on 23 September 2010 in the Scottish Parliament, marking the station’s 18th anniversary, and considers that Shelley Nobile and Grant McNaughton have made valuable contributions to the station’s success.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson

S3M-7029 Dave Thompson: Congratulations to Plockton High School—That the Parliament congratulates Plockton High School on being awarded the Highlands and Islands Young Engineers and Science Club of the Year award at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry awards in Inverness on Friday 17 September 2010; considers that this is down to the hard work and dedication of the headteacher, Mr Duncan Ferguson, the teacher, Mr James Kean, and the other staff as well as the pupils of the school, and encourages everyone involved to continue their excellent work for the greater good of their school and future young engineers and scientists.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Alasdair Allan, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Jack McConnell, Maureen Watt, Gil Paterson

S3M-7028 Robin Harper: BlindCraft Closure—That the Parliament deplores the decision by the administration of City of Edinburgh Council to start a period of 90 days’ statutory consultation with staff of BlindCraft about closure of the business; considers that BlindCraft is a valuable and reputable company, established in 1793, which makes quality beds and provides employment opportunities particularly for those who are disabled or have a visual impairment; believes that closure will have a severe impact on its 70 workers, particularly the two-thirds who have a visual impairment, and on the public purse, to support redundant workers; notes that in 2008 the company won a contract with John Lewis which contributed to an annual turn-over to the tune of £2 million and understands that its projected sales for 2010-11 were £1.58 million; welcomes the campaign and petition by workers and supporters to save BlindCraft, and calls on the Scottish Government to intervene to prevent the closure.

Supported by: Trish Godman, John Farquhar Munro, George Foulkes, Elaine Smith, Rhona Brankin, Malcolm Chisholm, Dr Richard Simpson, Jackie Baillie, Jack McConnell

S3M-7027 Maureen Watt: Unight Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes the success of the Unight scheme in Aberdeen in driving down drink-related antisocial behaviour in Aberdeen city centre; welcomes the joint approach between the pubs and clubs involved, which means that a ban from one venue for antisocial behaviour is a ban from them all; notes that drug detection rates have doubled since the scheme was introduced while serious assaults in pubs and clubs have fallen by 20%, and believes that the full involvement of licensed premises is vital in making pubs and nightclubs safer for everyone to enjoy.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Aileen Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Nigel Don, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-7026 Joe FitzPatrick: Suicide Prevention Week—That the Parliament congratulates the Samaritans on what is seen as its successful 2010 Suicide Prevention Week campaign in conjunction with many partners, including Health Scotland, local authorities and Network Rail; notes that rates of suicide remain highest in young men across Scotland, and applauds the efforts of groups such as the Samaritans on tackling this across the nation.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Bob Doris, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Allan, Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Karen Whitefield, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Bill Butler, Linda Fabiani, Willie Coffey, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Nigel Don, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson, Dr Richard Simpson, Marlyn Glen, Michael Matheson*

S3M-7025 Joe FitzPatrick: Discovery Award Scheme—That the Parliament congratulates what it considers the continued success of the Discovery Award Scheme in allowing people over 50 to discover new talents, strengths and interests, allowing them to find new and interesting people as well as the satisfaction of helping others; notes the expansion of the scheme from Dundee in 1987 to dozens of nations around the world, and wishes the scheme and everyone involved all the very best wishes for their future endeavours.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Nigel Don, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt, Marlyn Glen

S3M-7024 Hugh O’Donnell: Supporting Epilepsy Specialist Nurses—That the Parliament welcomes Epilepsy Action’s report, Best Care: the value of epilepsy specialist nurses; supports Epilepsy Action’s campaign to preserve epilepsy specialist nurse (ESN) posts and welcomes the campaigning activity of Epilepsy Scotland, Quarriers and other organisations; believes that ESNs make an invaluable contribution to patient care; considers that ESNs save costs by reducing demand on consultants’ time, reducing hospital admissions and reducing emergency readmissions; understands that there is an increasing threat to ESNs of redundancy, reduced working hours or assignment to non-specialist duties as NHS boards seek short-term cost savings, and believes that the Scottish Government must ensure that there is a strategic plan to enable all patients across Scotland assessed as requiring access to an ESN to have that access.

Supported by: Mary Mulligan, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Pauline McNeill, Hugh Henry, Cathie Craigie, Alison McInnes, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Jack McConnell, Dr Richard Simpson

S3M-7023 David Stewart: Congratulations to Charleston Academy Pupils—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of Charleston Academy in Inverness for performing an entertaining version of the Match of the Day theme tune, which was filmed and shown on Sunday 19 September 2010 on the BBC Match of the Day 2 programme.

S3M-7022 John Wilson: Benefit Cuts to Mortgage Interest Payments—That the Parliament condemns the announcement of a draft proposal to cut the payment of mortgage benefits; notes that the Department for Work and Pensions is suggesting cuts to mortgage interest payments by as much as 40%, and considers that this will have a detrimental impact on potentially 20,000 vulnerable homeowners in Scotland during a time of recession and would potentially add greater pressure on local authority waiting lists that are already struggling to keep up with increased demand.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Christine Grahame, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Willie Coffey, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson

S3M-7021 David Whitton: Congratulations to Oxgang Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates the headteacher, staff and pupils of Oxgang Primary School in its recent HMI Inspectorate of Education report, which it considers outstanding; is encouraged by the one excellent and four very good ratings and by the findings that the school is making a difference to children’s life opportunities through its emphasis on high achievement, health and wellbeing, rights, responsibilities and respect; believes that the pupils are receiving a broad educational experience, such as the thirdEco-schools Green Flag project, and is confident that the school will continue to achieve at such a high level in the years to come.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie, Mary Mulligan, George Foulkes, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Marlyn Glen, Ken Macintosh, Pauline McNeill, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry

S3M-7020 David Whitton: Congratulations to Turnbull High School—That the Parliament congratulates all the pupils and staff of Turnbull High School on receiving two excellent and three very good ratings in their recent HM Inspectorate of Education report, carried out in September 2010; considers the leadership of the headteacher and other staff outstanding, resulting in almost all children now achieving, or exceeding, appropriate national levels, and hopes that the staff and pupils will continue to meet high standards in the future.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Des McNulty, Bob Doris, Mary Mulligan, Karen Whitefield, Ken Macintosh, Mr Frank McAveety, Hugh Henry, James Kelly, Gil Paterson

S3M-7019 Hugh Henry: Land o’ Burns Brass Band Competition—That the Parliament congratulates the Johnstone Band on winning the annual Land o’ Burns Brass Band Competition held at Troon Concert Hall; considers scoring higher than top-class bands from across the United Kingdom a superb achievement for a 1st section band, and wishes the band every success in future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Linda Fabiani

S3M-7018 Malcolm Chisholm: Homelessness 2012—That the Parliament reaffirms its commitment to the internationally acclaimed homelessness objective that by 2012 anyone unintentionally homeless should be offered permanent accommodation; believes that this requires continuing investment in the building of new socially rented homes to deal with supply shortages; agrees that preventing homelessness where possible, in line with the principles of early intervention, is also a key priority in achieving this objective, and applauds the work of organisations such as Move On, which has put those principles into practice in a range of successful projects and whose Edinburgh headquarters are based in the Edinburgh North and Leith constituency.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, George Foulkes, Ken Macintosh, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Marlyn Glen, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Bill Wilson, John Park, Karen Whitefield, Cathie Craigie

S3M-7017# Ian McKee: Self Management Week—That the Parliament welcomes Scotland’s first Self Management Week, taking place between 4 and 8 October 2010;considers the Self Management Fund administered by the Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (LTCAS) on behalf of the Scottish Government to be successful; congratulates the work ofthe 81 diverse voluntary sector-led projects, which it considers are making a difference to the lives of people with long-term conditions across Scotland; notes in particular the Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living that is currently developing a national telephone counselling service run by trained councellors who are living with long-term conditions; considersthat, with around 40% of Scotland’s population living with at least one long-term condition, this group is likely to be among the worst affected by falling public spending; welcomes LTCAS’s new self-management awareness-raising campaign, to be launched on 29 September, and believes that the self-management agenda is now more vital than ever to ensure a high quality, person-centred and cost-effective approach.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Jackie Baillie, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Linda Fabiani, Bill Wilson, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson

S3M-7011.1 Charlie Gordon: RSA Investment Boost for Scottish Aviation—As an amendment to motion (S3M-7011) in the name of Bob Doris, insert at end "; notes Glasgow City Marketing Bureau’s commitment of a similar level of resources toward marketing Glasgow city region in the areas served by the new air routes, and considers that this type of air route development, which is compliant with European Union rules on state aid, should be emulated by the Scottish Government."

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, Ms Wendy Alexander, David Whitton, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety, Elaine Murray

S3M-6987 Bruce Crawford: The Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2010—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2010 be approved.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop

S3M-6705# Jackie Baillie: See Me Campaign—That the Parliament considers that the see me campaign has made a significant contribution in tackling the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems; further notes that it is estimated that as many as one in four Scots will experience some form of mental health problem and that more than half of those with such conditions have experienced stigma or discrimination; recognises that the stigma associated with mental health problems can be more distressing and damaging than the symptoms of the condition itself; believes that it will take a generation to effect lasting change in society, and would welcome continued support for the see me campaign in Dumbarton and across the rest of Scotland.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Cathy Peattie, Marlyn Glen, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, Kenneth Gibson, David Whitton, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Murray, Dr Richard Simpson, George Foulkes, Trish Godman, Des McNulty, Ken Macintosh, Tom McCabe, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Mulligan, Marilyn Livingstone, Stuart McMillan, Jack McConnell

S3M-6366# Maureen Watt: Offshore Valuation Study—That the Parliament notes the publication of The Offshore Valuation Study at the All Energy Conference in Aberdeen; believes that its conclusions demonstrate the scale of economic opportunity available to Scotland in the offshore renewables sector, and acknowledges the report’s conclusion that the development of a European super-grid is integral to the future success of the industry.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Aileen Campbell, Michael Matheson, Nanette Milne, Nigel Don, Joe FitzPatrick, Brian Adam, Christopher Harvie, Liam McArthur, Stewart Maxwell, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-7016 Imminent Trident Decision Still Pending (lodged on 17 September 2010) Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-7014 Solicitor of the Year (lodged on 17 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-7010 Parking Charges at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley (lodged on 16 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-7009 Drastic Impact of Coalition’s Welfare Cuts on Glasgow City (lodged on 16 September 2010) Michael Matheson*

S3M-7006 CrossReach Scotland (lodged on 16 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-7005 Impact of Changes to the UK Benefit System (lodged on 16 September 2010) Irene Oldfather*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Michael Matheson*

S3M-7004 Dance Scottish Week (lodged on 16 September 2010) Michael Matheson*

S3M-7003 NHS Ayrshire and Arran Street Nurse Initiative (lodged on 16 September 2010) Irene Oldfather*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-7000 Congratulations to the xx (lodged on 16 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6999# Armed Service Advice Project (ASAP) (lodged on 15 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-6998 Congratulations to Torbain Primary School (lodged on 15 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6997 Roma Rights and Free Movement of People (lodged on 15 September 2010) Irene Oldfather*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6996 Helensburgh Tiara Walk (lodged on 15 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6995 St Mary’s Free Play (lodged on 15 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6994 Tullochan Tigers, A Roaring Success (lodged on 15 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6993 Mental Health Awareness Week (lodged on 15 September 2010) Irene Oldfather*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6991# Congratulations to BBC Alba (lodged on 14 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6990 CAA Aberdeen (lodged on 14 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-6986 Congratulations to Duncan Grant (lodged on 14 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6980 Glasgow’s Double Triumph (lodged on 14 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6979 Tackling the Link Between Poverty and Educational Underachievement (lodged on 14 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*, Angela Constance*

S3M-6977 World’s Biggest Ever Tea Dance (lodged on 13 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6976 Protect Glasgow’s Shipyards (lodged on 13 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6974 European Shark Week (lodged on 13 September 2010) Irene Oldfather*, Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6973 REHIS Launch International Essay Competition (lodged on 13 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6972# Science and the Parliament, Wednesday 10 November 2010 (lodged on 13 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6971 Welcoming the CREATE Campaign for Careers in Scotland (lodged on 13 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6970 Bonsai in the Botanics (lodged on 13 September 2010) Cathy Jamieson*

S3M-6951 World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September 2010 (lodged on 8 September 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-6859 Wear it Pink 2010 (lodged on 23 August 2010) Maureen Watt*

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