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To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's position is on the decision by the UK Government not to proceed with the proposed carbon capture and storage project at Longannet.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27/10/2011
Dunfermline and West Fife Local Tourism Association

That the Parliament welcomes the initiative by Dunfermline and West Fife Local Tourism Association that is aimed at boosting the Fife economy by a projected  £1.1 million to £2.25 million annually; acknowledges what it believes to be the innovative use of welcoming committees to  greet cruise ship passengers disembarking at Rosyth; understands that these committees provide the passengers with information on Fife’s attractions, and recognises the efforts of the association to build on the progress begun last year when it launched this initiative.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Hanzala Malik, Gordon MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Humza Yousaf, Murdo Fraser, Margaret Burgess, Sandra White, Gil Paterson


Current Status: Fallen on 18/05/2012
Supply Design Shell Springboard Award

That the Parliament congratulates Dunfermline-based Supply Design Limited on receiving a £30,000 Shell Springboard award to develop high-efficiency power-conversion technology; recognises the importance of supporting small and medium-sized enterprises with commercially viable business ideas to reduce carbon emissions, and asserts its commitment to tackling climate change.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Sandra White, Maureen Watt, Gil Paterson


Current Status: Fallen on 18/05/2012
Saline First Responder Scheme

That the Parliament congratulates the Saline First Responder scheme, which was set up to provide emergency medical assistance to people in West Fife villages while ambulance crews are en route; notes that, since commencing with two volunteers on 29 September 2011, the scheme now has 14 volunteers who are trained and a further five awaiting training; considers the service it provides to Saline, Blairhall, Comrie, Oakley, Carnock, Gowkhall, Steelend and outlying farms to be excellent; believes that the scheme has the potential to save lives through rapid assistance, and wishes it success in its recruitment drive for more volunteers and fundraisers.

Supported by: Liz Smith, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Burgess, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson


Current Status: Fallen on 18/05/2012
Woodmill High School Big Lottery Award

That the Parliament congratulates Woodmill High School in Dunfermline on receiving £6,208 from the Big Lottery Fund, which will be used to hold the pupils’ very own Olympic Games later in 2012; understands that the school will run a programme of sports and activities for primary seven children from across eight schools, which will culminate in a four-day Olympic event; applauds Woodmill High School’s aim of encouraging children to be more active and to take part in new sports, and considers the events an innovative way of helping primary seven children make the transition from primary school to high school through joint participation with first-year secondary pupils in sports.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Margaret McDougall


Current Status: Fallen on 18/05/2012
Abbeyview Project Supports Unemployed People in Dunfermline

That the Parliament congratulates the Abbeyview Project in Dunfermline, which it understands provides a successful training, advice and support service; notes that it aims to help local unemployed people, especially young people, into work; understands that the scheme offers a variety of types of support, including assistance with application forms and CVs, providing advice about interview skills and dress codes and supplying stationery, newspapers, stamps and internet access; congratulates the project, which, since launching in January 2012, has already helped several people into employment, including an apprenticeship for a 16-year-old girl; commends the centre manager, Jackie Walls, for what it sees as her hard work and dedication in launching and running the project, and considers that the Abbeyview Project is a valuable service to the community.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Kenneth Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Margaret Burgess, Gil Paterson, Sandra White


Current Status: Fallen on 22/06/2012
Beattie Passive Affordable Social Housing in Dunfermline

That the Parliament welcomes the construction of four social housing homes by Beattie Passive in Inchkeith Drive, Dunfermline; understands that Beattie Passive Build System Limited is a patented build system that uses traditional, readily available construction materials in an energy efficient way to build properties of Passivhaus certified standards, which it is understood require 90% less heating and reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 100%; further understands that  Beattie Passive has proved successful in the private residential market and that the build system could be used for schools, nursing homes and factories; considers that, in recent years, high fuel costs have combined with a shortage in affordable, energy-efficient social housing to trap many households in fuel poverty; considers that this style of construction could potentially eliminate fuel poverty; welcomes the fact that the build system will be manufactured and erected by young local young trainees from the Fife Skills Development Centre in Kirkcaldy, and believes that the simplicity of this build system will help make more jobs available to young people throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan


Current Status: Fallen on 22/06/2012
Next Phase of Aircraft Carrier Project at Rosyth Dockyard

That the Parliament welcomes the arrival of the second bow section for the aircraft carriers being assembled at Rosyth Dockyard; believes that the dockyard is uniquely placed to undertake projects of this complexity and scale, due to having both the largest dry dock in the UK and a workforce with first-class experience and skills; understands that, as a result of this, Rosyth will undertake not only the current assembly of the carriers, but also their future servicing and refitting, and welcomes the skilled jobs that it believes this project will create and maintain in west Fife for decades to come.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie


Current Status: Fallen on 22/06/2012
West Fife Multi-Cultural Group Brings Community Together

That the Parliament congratulates the West Fife Multi-Cultural Group on receiving grants of over £25,000 from LEADER, Awards for All and Fife Council; understands that the group will use this funding for classes in glass-fusion jewellery-making; considers that local voluntary groups provide a valuable service by bringing communities together; encourages other community groups to be aware of possible funding options available for voluntary projects, and wishes the West Fife Multi-Cultural Group well with its project.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Margaret Burgess, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Gil Paterson, Colin Beattie


Current Status: Fallen on 22/06/2012
Dunfermline’s First Beer in 200 Years

That the Parliament congratulates David Austin, owner of the Dunfermline café-deli, Reuben’s, on brewing what it understands to be the town’s first beer in over 200 years; understands that Mr Austin has named the beer, de Brus, after the Bruce clan, and that it has been given the "thumbs up" from Lord Elgin; notes that it is a traditional Scottish beer with a nod to the past brewing history of Dunfermline; considers that innovation is important for small businesses, particularly in what it believes are difficult economic times, and wishes Mr Austin every success with his efforts to have de Brus adopted as Dunfermline’s local beer.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie


Current Status: Fallen on 22/06/2012