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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-7499 Maureen Watt: People’s Postcode Lottery Welcomes the Woodland Trust Scotland as New Charity Partner—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement that the Woodland Trust Scotland has been named the People’s Postcode Lottery’s new charity partner; considers that the Woodland Trust Scotland can now count itself among a distinguished repertoire of charity partners that are supported by the lottery in Scotland, including CHILDREN 1ST, Missing People in Scotland, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, WWF Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the People’s Postcode Trust; considers that the unrestricted nature of the People’s Postcode Lottery funding means that the charity partners, such as the Woodland Trust Scotland, can target support where they feel that it is needed the most; understands that this commitment of support from the lottery and its players will be a huge boost to the Woodland Trust Scotland in helping to create new native woodland and maintaining the 80 woods, covering an area of 8,500 hectares of Scottish countryside, under its purview, and fully supports this partnership and continued investment in good causes by the People’s Postcode Lottery across Scotland.

*S3M-7498 Richard Lochhead: Annual Fisheries Negotiations—That the Parliament notes efforts to secure a fair outcome in the forthcoming EU fisheries negotiations; believes that any deal must respect the need to harvest fish stocks sustainably in the interests of Scotland’s fishermen and coastal communities and recognise Scotland’s fishing industry’s contribution to fisheries conservation, and urges the European Commission to support efforts to reduce wasteful discards.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham*

*S3M-7497 Jamie McGrigor: Congratulations to RockNess Music Festival—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the RockNess music festival on being named Line-up of the Year 2010 at the UK Festival Awards; notes that this award was voted for by members of the public; believes that RockNess is now a firm favourite on the UK music festival scene and that it, along with the other music festivals such as Tartan Heart, are of immense value to the economy of the Highlands and Islands, attracting many thousands of additional visitors to the area; welcomes the line-up for RockNess 2011, which is to include Kasabian, the Chemical Brothers and Paolo Nutini, and wishes the organisers of RockNess and the other music festivals in the Highlands and Islands every success for 2011.

S3M-7496 Irene Oldfather on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee: Report on the Inquiry into the Impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on Scotland—That the Parliament notes the European and External Relations Committee’s 4th Report 2010 (Session 3), Inquiry into the Impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on Scotland (SP Paper 469) and agrees to the introduction of a Parliament-wide strategy for European Union engagement and scrutiny, including the introduction on a pilot basis, and, if successful, permanently, of an early warning system for EU legislative proposals, as outlined in Annexe B to the Report.

Supported by: Sandra White

S3M-7495 Marilyn Livingstone: Red Hat Events—That the Parliament congratulates Naomi Anderson on her successful application to Firstport’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund, receiving a grant to set up Red Hat Events; notes that Red Hat Events is a social enterprise based in Fife that provides what it considers are high quality social events and opportunities for men and women to make new social connections; understands that the programme of events will appeal to all ages but specifically targets those aged 50 to 70; welcomes the fact that the project aims to reduce social isolation, increase inter-generational activity and build a sense of community, stave off conditions such as Alzheimer’s and stress and to increase the fitness levels of those in the target group with a view to reducing healthcare costs; commends Naomi for addressing the demand by this target group for the opportunity to participate in new activities, and wishes her every success with the project.

Supported by: Jim Tolson*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-7494 Joe FitzPatrick: Scotland’s Oldest Citizen—That the Parliament congratulates Mrs Catherine Masters on reaching the age of 111 years on 23 November 2010; recognises that Mrs Masters is the oldest living Scot and the only Scot now alive who was born in the 19th century; notes that Mrs Masters was born and brought up in Dundee where her father, David Cromb, was the editor of The Courier, and wishes her all the very best on her birthday.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Alasdair Allan*, Pauline McNeill*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Wilson*, Nanette Milne*, Jim Hume*, Maureen Watt*

S3M-7493 Kenneth Gibson: Arran Aromatics—That the Parliament welcomes the continued success of the Scottish luxury toiletries producer, Arran Aromatics, with forecast sales growth of 20% in the coming year despite the ongoing difficult financial climate and lack of consumer confidence in the wider economy; commends the management of the company who have taken the business from the verge of bankruptcy to being what is considered one of Scotland’s most prestigious manufacturing and exporting companies, with annual sales of around £5.6 million; recognises that Arran Aromatics is one of the biggest private employers on the island and considered a pillar of the local economy; further welcomes news that, following the successes of its seven outlets, the award of lucrative contracts from prominent hoteliers, such as Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond, and with booming export sales to America and Russia, the company intends to increase manufacturing capacity and expand its ventures south of the border, and wishes Arran Aromatics great success in this project and continued success in future.

Supported by: John Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Mary Scanlon, John Lamont, Sandra White, Maureen Watt*, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*, Stewart Maxwell*, Gil Paterson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Brian Adam*

S3M-7492 Iain Smith: Save RAF Leuchars—That the Parliament expresses its appreciation and admiration for what it considers the essential role in the defence of the United Kingdom played by RAF Leuchars; commends the professionalism and dedication of all the military personnel who serve or are based there; considers that those who have been deployed from Leuchars on active service have given exemplary service in the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere; believes that existing plans to deploy three squadrons of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft at Leuchars are strategically correct; calls on the Secretary of State for Defence to confirm these plans at the earliest possible date and to recognise that Leuchars is a centre of defence excellence not only for RAF fighter squadrons but also Territorial Army 71 Engineer Regiment, 58 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Regiment, the East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron, the regimental headquarters of the RAF cadets in Scotland, the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and other units; further calls on the Secretary of State for Defence to acknowledge that RAF Leuchars is in the right place at the right time and doing the right job for which it is uniquely qualified by way of experience, expertise, preparation and capability, and invites him to confirm the long-term role of RAF Leuchars in the defence of the United Kingdom.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Tricia Marwick, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jim Tolson*, Kenneth Gibson*, David McLetchie*, Mike Pringle*, Liam McArthur*

S3M-7491 Margaret Mitchell: Roots of Empathy—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the first Roots for Empathy pilot scheme in Scotland at New Stevenson Primary School, Motherwell; acknowledges that Roots for Empathy is a classroom-based intervention programme that aims to reduce bullying and aggression in schools in the short term and, in the long term, seeks to encourage future generations to be compassionate citizens and good parents; notes that the programme was developed by Mary Gordon in 1996 and is in place in Canada, New Zealand, the USA and on the Isle of Man, and hopes that the pilot scheme, initiated by Action for Children Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council, is a success and that it could soon be rolled out to other schools across Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, John Lamont*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*

S3M-7490# Anne McLaughlin: UKBA’s Contempt Agenda for Scotland—That the Parliament condemns the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for its actions that, it believes, imply a complete lack of respect for the Parliament and the people of Scotland; deplores what it considers to be the chaotic and unfeeling manner in which hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow were informed of the cancellation of UKBA’s contract with Glasgow City Council and their subsequent imminent removal to elsewhere in Scotland; condemns, in particular, UKBA’s decision, following a review, to continue, in its view, to refuse to engage with members seeking to represent constituents; believes that this policy is unique among all UK and Scottish governmental agencies, and considers that both examples demonstrate contempt for asylum seekers, the Parliament and Scotland.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Hugh Henry, Dave Thompson, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell*, Pauline McNeill*, Patrick Harvie*, Brian Adam*

S3M-7489♦ Rhona Brankin: Lothian Homeopathy Clinic—That the Parliament views with concern the proposal made by NHS Lothian to withdraw funding from the Lothian Homeopathy Clinic based at the Dalkeith Medical Centre; considers that many patients from Lothian and the Borders have benefited from the services provided there and would welcome a continuation of the service in order that patients in the east of Scotland are not required to travel to Glasgow for homeopathic treatment on the NHS.

S3M-7488 Dr Richard Simpson: Silently Stressed, NUS Scotland’s Research on Student Stress—That the Parliament welcomes NUS Scotland’s report on research into student stress, Silently Stressed: a survey into student mental wellbeing, which follows on from NUS Scotland’s Think Positive project, which aims to create a mentally healthier student population across Scotland’s universities and colleges; considers that the report underpins the Think Positive campaign by showing that the needs of Scotland’s students are not only not being met but are increasing; regrets that, despite the growing success of the national anti-stigma mental health campaign, over 80% of those students surveyed felt that the stigma perceived around the issue of mental illness prevented them from asking for support, and calls for discussions with NUS Scotland on how the issue of stigma might be better tackled. R

S3M-7487 Dr Richard Simpson: Dropping of Antidepressant Prescribing Target—That the Parliament regrets what it considers the precipitate dropping of the target to reduce antidepressant prescribing by 10% without debate or discussion by the Parliament and considers that, while welcoming the new target to improve access to the so-called talking therapies, the Scottish Government has failed to match the NHS in England by training an equivalent to its 3,000 new therapists, a move that it believes could have contributed to at least stabilising if not reducing prescribing. R

S3M-7486 Dr Richard Simpson: Waterwatch Scotland Report—That the Parliament welcomes the report, A Research Report into Domestic Metering in Scotland: Benefits and Disadvantages, by Waterwatch Scotland on introducing metering of water; considers it a valuable contribution to taking forward this change; commends Waterwatch Scotland for its continued work on behalf of consumers of water, and regrets the impending abolition of what it sees as this respected independent voice on behalf of consumers.

S3M-7485 Ted Brocklebank: Condolences to All Affected by the New Zealand Mine Tragedy—That the Parliament offers its sincere condolences to the families and friends of the 29 miners who have apparently perished following a second explosion at the Pike River mine near Greymouth, South Island, New Zealand; in particular extends profound sympathies to the nearest and dearest of the Scottish miners involved, Malcolm Campbell of St Andrews and Peter Rodger of Perth, and expresses sympathy to the New Zealand Government for its huge loss and gratitude for the support and practical assistance offered to the families and friends affected from outwith New Zealand.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Helen Eadie, Karen Gillon, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Bill Aitken, Bob Doris, Jamie McGrigor, Hugh Henry, Murdo Fraser, Nanette Milne, Liam McArthur, Marilyn Livingstone, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Scanlon, Dave Thompson, Tricia Marwick, Jamie Hepburn, John Park, Claire Baker, John Wilson, Jim Tolson, Maureen Watt, Margaret Mitchell, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, John Lamont, Gil Paterson, Aileen Campbell, Ken Macintosh, Patricia Ferguson, John Farquhar Munro, Elaine Smith*

S3M-7484 Roseanna Cunningham: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead

S3M-7483 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Out of the Blue is Scotland’s Social Vision—That the Parliament congratulates Leith-based Out of the Blue on being selected as the Scottish regional winners of the Triodos Bank Social Vision competition thanks to its photograph of participants at a film-making workshop; notes that the competition invited businesses to capture a vision of its organisation at its best in showing the transformation of lives through enterprising ideas and solutions, and considers that Out of the Blue provides affordable studio and production space for Edinburgh’s cultural community with what it believes is an innovative and accessible range of weekly classes, events, exhibitions and projects.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Cathy Peattie, Malcolm Chisholm*, Gil Paterson*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-7482 Bob Doris: Maryhill Burgh Halls Urban Regeneration Award—That the Parliament is delighted that Glasgow’s Maryhill Burgh Halls won the award for Category 5, Best contribution to Urban Regeneration in Scotland through the use of European Structural Funds at the European Structural Funds Best Practice Awards at the Glasgow School of Art on 23 November 2010; considers that this prestigious award was hard won by the Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust in recognition of its work in leading an inspirational community-focussed project; notes that the £9.2 million renovation project is half way toward completion and considers that it will see the 132-year-old structure being brought back from the brink of ruin to become one of Glasgow’s most prized community assets, comprising offices, café, public hall, recording studio, children’s nursery, meeting rooms and courtyard garden, and looks forward to the completion of the project in the summer of 2011.

Supported by: Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, John Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Maureen Watt*

S3M-7481 Bill Kidd: No Place for Prejudice in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes that the individual responsible for posting hateful anti-Semitic comments on The Scotsman website in March 2008 has been given a deferred sentence of 12 months, having plead guilty to the charges; commends the work of the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in bringing this case to court, and considers that this reaffirms the message that racism, or prejudice of any kind, has absolutely no place in Scotland.

Supported by: Ken Macintosh, Jamie Hepburn

S3M-7480 Patricia Ferguson: European Award for Maryhill Burgh Halls—That the Parliament notes that what is considered Maryhill’s historic Burgh Halls has won the award for Best Contribution to Urban Regeneration in Scotland through the use of European Structural Funds in the 2007 to 2013 programme; notes that this award recognises the Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust’s work in involving the community throughout the project and undertaking significant ongoing outreach work with local organisations and the best practice for bringing together sensitive historic building restoration with dynamic contemporary design and new outdoor spaces; believes that the refurbishment of the halls, which is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011, will play a significant role in the ongoing regeneration of the communities of Maryhill, and congratulates all those who have played a part in bringing what it considers this important building back to life.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Bill Butler, Charlie Gordon, Hugh Henry, Des McNulty, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Karen Gillon, Jamie Hepburn, Claire Baker, Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-7479 Stuart McMillan: People’s Millions Success for OYTS—That the Parliament congratulates Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYTS) on winning its People’s Millions contest, which took place on Monday 22 November 2010; notes that OYTS has won £50,000 of the People’s Millions, which will allow 84 young people to take part in Sea Change in Young People, a project that aims to inspire positive change in those involved through the challenge of adventure under sail; considers that this will enable them to connect with Scotland’s spectacular coastline in a way that they have never done before; acknowledges the hard work of everyone at OYTS involved in securing this funding, and hopes that all the young people who take part in the project enjoy their adventure under sail. R

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Jamie McGrigor, Anne McLaughlin, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt*

S3M-7478 Jackie Baillie: Christians Against Poverty—That the Parliament recognises the work of the free debt-counselling charity, Christians Against Poverty (CAP), in Scotland; considers that personal debt is a serious contributing factor to poverty in the United Kingdom; notes the recent research finding that a third of CAP’s clients struggled to feed their families before seeking help; further considers that CAP’s free, in-depth, face-to-face, holistic service complements the work of other debt advice agencies, such as Citizens Advice Scotland; believes that it provides workable solutions that are especially tailored to help the poorest people in society work their way out of unmanageable debt; commends the volunteers who work through their church to provide this free service to their local communities, and welcomes CAP’s expansion across Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh*, Karen Gillon*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Trish Godman*, Pauline McNeill*, Johann Lamont*, David Stewart*, Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-7475 Ian McKee: BAA Domestic Charges—That the Parliament expresses concern at BAA’s proposals to increase domestic departure charges at London Heathrow from April 2011, which would see the charge rise from £13.43 to £20.25, an increase of over 50%; notes that the move would bring the charges in line with those for international passengers; considers that this is completely unjustifiable given that domestic passengers do not use the same facilities asinternational passengers, such as customs and immigration channels; believes that the charges would discriminate against Scottish travellers, including local businesses and leisure travellers, and would damage Scotland’s economy, which in its view depends on air connectivity to and from Heathrow; further believes that, in the absence of a high speed rail network connecting London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland must rely on good value domestic air links, and calls on BAA to reconsider its proposal.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Maureen Watt, John Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Pauline McNeill, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Brian Adam, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*, Nigel Don*

S3M-7473 Dr Richard Simpson: Ban on Caffeinated Alcohol—That the Parliament notes that the United States Food and Drug Administration has banned pre-mixed caffeinated alcohol drinks; notes that this moves beyond the recent voluntary withdrawal of these by a number of major suppliers and the banning of such drinks in at least four states, and believes that it is now in the interests of public safety that pre-mixed caffeinated alcoholic drinks be withdrawn from sale in Scotland.

S3M-7472 Bill Wilson: Irish Prohibition of Depleted Uranium Weapons Bill 2009—That the Parliament congratulates the chair of the Irish Green Party, Dan Boyle, on his Private Member’s Prohibition of Depleted Uranium Weapons Bill 2009 clearing its fifth parliamentary stage, and in doing so, winning praise from senators from across the Irish political spectrum and an endorsement from Dick Roche, the Minister of State at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, and expresses the hope that it will swiftly complete its successful passage through the Dáil; calls on the UK Government to enact similar legislation and to properly investigate the effects of depleted uranium on people and to immediately release what information it holds regarding the deployment of weapons containing depleted uranium; considers that this latter information is important in investigating the potential links between depleted uranium and cancers, birth deformities and stillbirths, and believes, with reference to motion S3M-7332 by Bill Wilson, UN Vote on Depleted Uranium, that reluctance to release such data can only lend weight to speculation that the governments of the UK, the USA, France and Israel are attempting to cover up the impact of depleted uranium on health.

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

S3M-7471 David Whitton: Support for ED’s Cycle Co-op—That the Parliament celebrates the success of ED’s Cycle Co-op for what it considers its outstanding impact as revealed in the recent Sustrans Hands-Up Scotland survey; understands that almost 8% of pupils now cycle to primary schools across seven primaries in Bishopbriggs, almost three times the national average in 2009; considers that, because of the scheme, the rate at St Matthew’s Primary School, at almost 20%, is double the Scottish Government target of 10% by 2020, 10 years ahead of schedule; notes that ED’s Cycle Co-op has organised events such as the inaugural Bishopbriggs Cycle Festival, which had around 1,000 participants, and the Guinness World Record attempt at simultaneous bike-bell ringing to the tune of the Blue Danube, which was broadcast to over 2.9 million listeners on Classic FM and shown on STV Daybreak; notes a four-fold expansion of the St Matthew’s Primary School cycle club, from 32 to 128 participants, who receive cycle skills, cycle mechanics, first aid and escorted rides looking at the natural and cultural heritage around East Dunbartonshire, and nearly a 5% modal shift in cycling to primary schools in just one year, and considers that there would be an economic benefit of between £2 and 4 billion every year if Scotland could achieve European levels of cycling.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Mike Pringle, Ross Finnie, Des McNulty, Elaine Smith, Jim Tolson, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Bill Butler, Cathy Jamieson, Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Charlie Gordon, Marilyn Livingstone, Gil Paterson, Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie

S3M-7463 Peter Peacock: Moray Firth’s Spectacular Coastline—That the Parliament notes that the Moray Firth coastline has been ranked among the most beautiful and spectacular in the world by the National Geographic Traveller magazine’s panel of experts in sustainable tourism; considers that its scenery, beaches, marine wildlife and coastal communities deserve to be better known and visited, and urges the Scottish Executive to support the statutory and voluntary agencies that are working to promote sustainable tourism in the Moray Firth.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Lewis Macdonald, Bill Kidd, James Kelly, Brian Adam, Mary Scanlon, Rhoda Grant, George Foulkes, David Stewart, John Lamont, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, Ken Macintosh, Jamie McGrigor, Hugh Henry, Sarah Boyack, David Whitton, Maureen Watt*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-7462 Marilyn Livingstone: Congratulations to John Robertson—That the Parliament congratulates John Robertson, the managing director of Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab), on winning the Business Leader of the Year Award at the Fife Business Awards; considers that John Robertson and BiFab have made a significant contribution to the growth of Fife’s economy, and welcomes the fact that the Fife Economy Partnership, which sponsored the awards, has identified renewables as a key growth sector for Fife and that one of the aims of its strategy is for Fife to become a centre of excellence for the renewables industry.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jim Tolson, Bill Kidd, John Park, Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson, Gil Paterson, Mary Mulligan, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-7461# Elaine Murray: Keep the Post Public—That the Parliament supports the campaign organised by the Keep The Post Public Coalition opposing the part-privatisation of the Royal Mail; believes that the UK Government’s plans threaten the continuation of the universal service obligation and will lead to reduced services and discriminatory charges in rural areas; believes that privatisation will also result in the closure of post offices throughout Scotland; congratulates the Communications Workers Union for proposing an alternative business model, which it considers would allow the Royal Mail to remain in the public sector; notes the widespread public opposition to the privatisation of the Royal Mail including that of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat-led Dumfries and Galloway Council, which voted to keep the post public at its meeting of 18 November 2010, and would welcome further votes against these plans across Scotland.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Ken Macintosh, Malcolm Chisholm, Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Ms Wendy Alexander, Cathy Peattie, Peter Peacock, David Stewart, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Marilyn Livingstone, Mary Mulligan, Marlyn Glen, Bill Butler, Dave Thompson*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-7460 Dr Richard Simpson: Scotland’s Rugby World Ranking—That the Parliament notes what it considers to be the significant victory by Scotland’s rugby team over the world champions, South Africa, and congratulates Andy Robinson and the entire squad for achieving Scotland’s highest-ever world ranking of sixth.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack

S3M-7459 Aileen Campbell: Congratulations to Incoming and Outgoing Chairs of Lesmahagow Community Council—That the Parliament congratulates Jane Armstrong from Lesmahagow on her election as chair of Lesmahagow Community Council and sends its best wishes to outgoing chair, Jim Macintyre; recognises the many years of service that Jim has given to the council and the many different achievements of Lesmahagow Community Council under his chairmanship, including what it considers several successful Doors Open Days in the town and campaigns on a range of matters, including the proposed closure of the town’s Jubilee Hall; also recognises the commitment of Jane Armstrong to the town, including her role in the Lesmahagow Old Parish Young Women’s Group, and wishes Jane and the community council every success in the years to come.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd

S3M-7458 Brian Adam: UK Government to Remove Emergency Towing Vessels—That the Parliament notes with anger the decision of the UK Government to remove the four emergency towing vessels (ETV) stationed around the UK from September 2011; believes that the ETVs play a key role in allowing a rapid response to emergency situations at sea, including fire fighting, rescue of personnel, pollution response and salvage; notes the importance of the country’s coastal water to local economies through fishing, aquaculture and tourism; further notes Lord Donaldson’s report, Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas, which recommended the introduction of the vessels after the Braer tanker disaster in 1993 during which nearly 85,000 tonnes of crude oil were spilled off the Shetland Islands, and calls on the UK Government to conduct a full assessment of the effects of the cuts on maritime safety and the capacity of the UK to respond to a Deepwater Horizon type event in, or another oil spill around, UK coastal waters.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, John Farquhar Munro, Alasdair Allan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Christine Grahame, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, John Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson

S3M-7457 Kenneth Gibson: Tax Avoidance—That the Parliament is appalled by what it considers to be the UK Government’s casual attitude towards tax avoidance by some of Britain’s richest companies; believes that the acceptance of such behaviour renders the Prime Minister’s claim that we’re all in this together in terms of the recession, redundant; agrees that closing obvious tax loopholes and ensuring that the correct amount of taxation is paid by companies would be a more effective way of reducing the budget deficit than by simply slashing public spending; finds incredible reports that HM Revenue and Customs allowed Vodafone to forgo £4.8 billion of tax; is aware that, days after this case was settled, Chancellor George Osborne travelled to India to promote Vodafone; is shocked by suggestions that UK companies annually avoid at least £12 billion in tax, and believes that HM Treasury should act with urgency to close such loopholes.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Aileen Campbell, Angela Constance, Elaine Smith, Rob Gibson, John Wilson, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson*, Nigel Don*

S3M-7456 Ted Brocklebank: Hope for New Zealand Miners—That the Parliament notes with deep concern that 29 miners are still unaccounted for after the explosion at the Pike River Mine near Greymouth on South Island, New Zealand; commends and encourages all the efforts being made by the mine authorities and the New Zealand Government to bring the men to safety; offers support and encouragement to all the relatives of those involved and in particular to those of the two Scottish miners, Malcolm Campbell of St Andrews and Peter Roger of Perth, and joins with all family members and friends in wishing for a speedy and successful resolution to what it considers to be this appalling accident.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Bill Aitken, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Aileen Campbell, Maureen Watt, Christina McKelvie, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Elaine Smith, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Liam McArthur, Ken Macintosh, John Park, Murdo Fraser, Sarah Boyack, Bill Kidd, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry

S3M-7455 Irene Oldfather: CrossReach’s Services to Older People—That the Parliament acknowledges and applauds CrossReach’s Services to Older People (STOP) for the achievements of the staff and services across Scotland throughout 2010; congratulates Annie McDonald, Head of Service North, on winning Scottish Care’s Care Achievement of the Year 2010 Award, Rubislaw Park’s design team on winning Scottish Care’s Care Home Design of the Year 2010 Award, Oversteps on winning the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Care Accolades 2010 Team of the Year award, and the Oasis, Garelochhead, on winning both the CrossReach/Boots Care Services Award for Innovation in Dementia Care and CoSLA’s Bronze Award for Tackling Health Inequalities and Improving Health, in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council; commends the Oasis, Garelochhead, on reaching the finals of the SSSC Care Accolades 2010; commends Hollie Thomson and Katie Kane from Allarton, of the CrossReach Mental Healthcare service, who were finalists in the Scottish Care Care Newcomer of the Year 2010 award category; highlights the success of CrossReach’s recent International Dementia Conference, co-ordinated by STOP’s Dementia Development Officer, Pamela Mackay; appreciates what it considers the valuable contributions on dementia at the conference, in particular from the Edcon Group from America; recognises STOP’s contribution to the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers in Scotland; appreciates the individualised and supportive care given to residents of services such as Adams House, South Beach House and Morlich House; applauds the hard work and dedication of STOP services that continue to be graded from good to excellent by the Care Commission; considers that STOP services embed a human rights approach into all of their work, and wishes them well for their future provision of care and support to Scotland’s ageing population.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S3M-7454 Jamie McGrigor: Congratulations to Mary’s Meals Founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow on His CNN Hero Award—That the Parliament congratulates Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder of Dalmally-based Mary’s Meals, on being named as one of Cable News Network’s (CNN) 2010 Heroes; notes that he was the only British citizen in the final 10 to be awarded such an honour and that CNN considered over 10,000 nominations from more than 100 countries; notes that Mary’s Meals is a leading international charity that provides free meals to more than 400,000 children in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe; welcomes the fact that the £16,000 prize money from CNN will be spent on school feeding projects in Malawi where Mary’s Meals supports more than 12% of primary school children, and wishes Mr MacFarlane-Barrow and all those involved in Mary’s Meals continued success in what it considers to be their effective work in providing vital school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Jackson Carlaw, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Sandra White, Ken Macintosh, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Bill Aitken, Christina McKelvie, Karen Gillon, Bill Kidd, Aileen Campbell, Pauline McNeill, Maureen Watt, Ted Brocklebank, Hugh O’Donnell, Margaret Mitchell, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Murdo Fraser, Hugh Henry, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson

S3M-7453 Murdo Fraser: Archibald Campbell, the Eighth Earl and First Marquis of Argyll—That the Parliament notes that 27 May 2011 marks the 350th anniversary of the death of Archibald Campbell, the eighth Earl and first Marquis of Argyll; acknowledges Argyll’s dedication to the Presbyterian faith and his role as a leading member of the Covenanters and later the Kirk Party; considers that Argyll had an important role in 17th century Scotland promoting the covenanting cause and Scottish interests in relations with the English Parliament and under the Cromwellian Protectorate; further notes that it was Argyll who carried the crown at the coronation of Charles II at Scone on 1 January 1651, and considers that Argyll’s contribution to Scottish political and religious history ought to be remembered and celebrated.

S3M-7452 Malcolm Chisholm: Lothian Supported Carers Scheme—That the Parliament congratulates Barnardo’s Scotland on the launch of the Lothian Supported Carers Scheme (LSCS), a new Lothian-wide project based in north Edinburgh and funded for five years by the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with all of Lothian’s local authorities; understands that young people often leave care with multiple and complex needs and are vulnerable to the risk of homelessness and social exclusion; recognises that the scheme will provide what it believes will be much-needed accommodation and support for 65 young care leavers not ready to live independently; considers that LSCS will play a vital role in working with young care leavers and providing a positive role model from which to develop meaningful relationships and reduce the risk of antisocial or offending behaviour; commends the engagement of young people in the scheme; applauds the contribution that carers will make in helping young people through the important transition from adolescence to adulthood, and looks forward to seeing the young people realise their full potential.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Karen Gillon, Jim Hume, Jackie Baillie, Rhona Brankin, Aileen Campbell, Des McNulty, Elaine Smith, Hugh O’Donnell, Sarah Boyack, Mike Pringle, Mary Mulligan, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Ken Macintosh, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper, Marlyn Glen, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie

S3M-7438 Margo MacDonald: End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill.

S3M-7358# Jamie Hepburn: Nine Years of Conflict in Afghanistan—That the Parliament notes that 7 October 2010 marked the ninth anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom by the United States’ military in Afghanistan and that 20 December 2010 will mark the ninth anniversary of the establishment of the International Security Assistance Force by the United Nations; further notes that this is longer than the duration of World War I and of World War II, and nearly as long as both these wars combined; regrets the loss of life caused by the conflict, including 341 military personnel from the United Kingdom, 2,174 from coalition forces in total and thousands of civilian causalities; considers that there is widespread concern among residents in Central Scotland and across the country at the ongoing loss of life, both military and civilian, in Afghanistan, and believes that greater progress is required to be made on a timely exit strategy.

Supported by: Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Elaine Smith, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Bill Butler, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-7227# Elaine Smith: There Is a Better Way—That the Parliament commends the STUC on the launch of its There is a Better Way campaign; believes that deep, savage and immediate cuts are neither unavoidable nor inevitable and that they would actually threaten economic recovery across Scotland and in areas such as Coatbridge and Chryston; further believes that a sensible and sustainable response to the current economic crisis is to promote growth and ensure fairness through creating jobs and protecting services, through fair taxation and a living wage, and would welcome widespread support for the STUC campaign.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Bill Wilson, Jackie Baillie, Patrick Harvie, Pauline McNeill, John Park, Patricia Ferguson, Marlyn Glen, George Foulkes, Rhona Brankin, Bill Kidd, Cathy Jamieson, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, Ken Macintosh, Michael McMahon, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Sarah Boyack, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Murray, Charlie Gordon, Rhoda Grant, Des McNulty, David Whitton, James Kelly, Cathy Peattie, Malcolm Chisholm, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt, Hugh Henry, Linda Fabiani, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Marilyn Livingstone, Dave Thompson, Robin Harper

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-7450 Praise for Sustrans Cycle Network (lodged on 19 November 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7447 St Patrick’s Opera Group (lodged on 19 November 2010) Pauline McNeill*, Elaine Smith*

S3M-7446 Friends of Centenary Park (lodged on 19 November 2010) Elaine Smith*, Pauline McNeill*

S3M-7439 FishFight Campaign (lodged on 18 November 2010) Maureen Watt*

S3M-7435 Donor Milk Bank (lodged on 18 November 2010) Shirley-Anne Somerville*

S3M-7406 Aung San Suu Kyi (lodged on 15 November 2010) Nicol Stephen*

S3M-7226 Face Equality for Children (lodged on 18 October 2010) Maureen Watt*

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