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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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

Any questions in relation to this section should be directed to the Chamber Desk

New and altered motions and amendments

*S4M-02479 Sarah Boyack: Fares Fair at Lothian Buses—That the Parliament notes recent fare increases introduced by Lothian Buses across the range of adult ticket prices; further notes the announcement of changes and cuts to a number of Lothian Buses routes; further notes the comments of the managing director of Lothian Buses, Ian Craig, that the company has had to review prices as a result of Scottish Government funding cuts and rising operating costs; expresses concern that Scottish Government support for bus services is set to be cut by 13.7% in the coming year, followed by further cuts in the subsequent two years; believes that the change to the method of calculation for reimbursement under the Bus Service Operators Grant will have an additional negative impact on Lothian Buses; welcomes the commitment of Lothian Buses to keep fare increases to a minimum, and calls on the Scottish Government to revisit its decision to cap the budget for reimbursement to bus operators from the Scotland-wide Free Bus Travel Scheme for Older and Disabled People, which it considers will result in a further drop in income for Lothian Buses.

*S4M-02478 Kevin Stewart: Aberdeen and Ultrafast Broadband—That the Parliament considers Aberdeen to be Europe’s oil capital and home to one of the few truly global economies in the UK and that, because of this, the city needs a first-class communication infrastructure to ensure that it continues to be an economic powerhouse; understands that only cities with over 150,000 households can apply for a slice of the £150 million funding available to help increase ultrafast broadband connectivity from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) super-connected cities initiative, and believes that, despite having only 90,000 households, the DCMS should recognise Aberdeen’s unique economic position and include it in the programme.

*S4M-02477 Kevin Stewart: Safe Passage to the West Bank—That the Parliament commends those people attempting to travel from Scotland to the West Bank as part of the Welcome to Palestine initiative on 15 April 2012 at the invitation of Palestinian civil society in order to take part in political discussion and education projects in Bethlehem, to bring attention to the fact that Palestinians have been denied visitation rights in the occupied territories, to highlight what is considered the repressive nature of the Israeli state, which it understands jailed and then deported 150 peaceful individuals in the 2011 initiative, to raise awareness of the lack of freedom of movement endured by Palestinians both inside and outside the occupied territories and to show solidarity with the Palestinian people who it believes continue to be denied the most basic of rights.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick*, Dennis Robertson*, Colin Keir*

*S4M-02476 Roderick Campbell: Littlejohn Vase—That the Parliament congratulates the University of St Andrews men’s shinty team on successfully hosting this year’s Littlejohn Vase tournament; applauds the University of Edinburgh men’s team and the women’s team from Robert Gordon University who won their respective competitions; understands that the Littlejohn Vase is the second most expensive sporting trophy in Scotland, which it believes appropriately reflects the value of this sport to Scotland’s culture and heritage; notes that the vase has been competed for since 1905 and hopes that this will long continue; considers that the presence of this competition in North East Fife represents the ongoing growth of the sport in Scotland and that it should receive assistance and encouragement, and hopes that anyone interested in shinty will get involved and contact their local team, details of which can be found at www.shinty.com.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart*, George Adam*, Margaret Burgess*, Joan McAlpine*, Colin Keir*, Stuart McMillan*, Dennis Robertson*, Nigel Don*

*S4M-02475 Iain Gray: Go4SET Success—That the Parliament welcomes the Go4SET educational programme run by EDT, which links teams of S2 pupils with companies and universities to provide 10-week environmentally themed science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects; commends the 13 teams from Lothian schools that took part in the Lothian regional heat; congratulates the team from Dunbar Grammar school that won the Best Overall Project award for its outstanding work on the use of biomass as a source of renewable energy; believes that initiatives that encourage young people to consider a career in science or engineering are very welcome, and looks forward to the Go4ET Scottish final being held in the Parliament in May 2012.

*S4M-02473 Clare Adamson: Motherwell Youth Voice, an Exciting Year Ahead—That the Parliament congratulates Motherwell Youth Voice on its annual general meeting, which took place in Our Lady’s High School on 20 March 2012; congratulates, in particular, the appointed office bearers, Chairperson Hélène Mullen of Our Lady’s High School, Vice Chair Lauren King of Clyde Valley High School, Treasurer Paul Stephen of Coatbridge College and Secretary Christopher Tollan of Motherwell College; understands that the group has outlined exciting plans for the year ahead, which include events such as Truth About Youth and Youth Be Heard; believes that the group is also interested in taking part in this year’s Choices for Life event and is looking to establish a dedicated youth facility to improve the means by which young people’s views can be heard in Motherwell, and wishes all members of Motherwell Youth Voice every success in their endeavours in the coming year.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*

*S4M-02471 Willie Rennie: GlaxoSmithKline—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will invest more than £500 million across its UK manufacturing sites, including more than £100 million in its two Scottish sites, at Irvine and Montrose; further welcomes the impact of these investments on job opportunities, with estimates that they will create up to 1,000 new jobs over the lifetime of the projects, 100 of these in Scotland; notes the statement from GSK’s chief executive that the introduction of the so-called Patent Box by the UK Government “has transformed the way in which we view the UK as a location for new investments, ensuring that the medicines of the future will not only be discovered, but can also continue to be made here in Britain”; commends the UK Government for also reducing corporation tax across the UK as part of its package of measure to make the UK a competitive and attractive location for investment, and believes that this new investment reinforces Scotland’s, and indeed the whole of the UK’s, reputation as a global leader in the life sciences sector.

*S4M-02470 Colin Beattie: Pathhead Man Walks Great Wall—That the Parliament commends Iain MacDonald from Pathhead on his plan to walk the Great Wall of China to raise money for a childcare charity; understands that Iain will walk more than 6,000 kilometres on the Great Wall in September for 12 days; recognises Iain’s goal to raise over £3,000 for Childreach International, a charity that aims to offer children in developing countries access to healthcare, education, children’s rights and protection; applauds Iain in what is considered to be a notable and worthy cause, and wishes him success in raising money for Childreach International.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*, Humza Yousaf*, Jim Hume*, Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*

*S4M-02469 Richard Simpson: LEAP’s 250th Graduate—That the Parliament extends its best wishes for her future health to 34-year-old Dawn Fee from Muirhouse, who was the 250th person to graduate from the Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Programme (LEAP); understands that, after two previous attempts to detox, Dawn knew that she was near the end of the road and that the LEAP abstinence programme has helped turn her life around; recognises the contribution that this programme makes to recovery, and believes that a balance between easily accessed programmes embracing abstinence and other programmes is essential to Scotland’s recovery network.

S4M-02468 James Kelly: Burnside in Bloom—That the Parliament recognises the work of the Rutherglen community group, Burnside in Bloom, in improving the visual environment of the local area; commends the group on its recent efforts in clearing the railway embankment on Dukes Road; welcomes the partnership of Burnside in Bloom, Network Rail and South Lanarkshire Council, which arranged the clean-up; notes the ongoing commitment from Burnside in Bloom to ensure that the embankment is maintained and litter-free, and commends all those involved with the group, who it considers promote community engagement and contribute in a positive manner to the communities of Rutherglen.

S4M-02467 Kenneth Gibson: UK Budget Penalises Pensioners—That the Parliament strongly disagrees with the Chancellor’s decision to remove and freeze age-related personal allowance on pensioner incomes and considers that approximately 330,000 older people in Scotland will be affected by the increased tax rate; understands that currently over-65s are exempted from paying tax on an income of up to £10,500, while those over 75 can earn £10,660 before paying taxes and that the changes in the tax regime will leave 4.4 million people in the UK enduring a loss of £83 a year in 2013-14, with the figure rising to an annual loss of £322 for people due to turn 65 after 5 April 2013; believes that the Chancellor abolished the tax allowance in order to balance the effects of controversially reducing the top rate of income tax for people earning more than £150,000 from 50p to 45p, which is considered a devious move by the Chancellor to fund tax cuts for the rich at the expense of older people, and supports the comments of the SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson, Eilidh Whiteford MP, that “the Budget truly fails the fairness test when millions of pensioners are penalised while millionaires get a tax cut from the Tories”.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike MacKenzie*, Maureen Watt*, Joan McAlpine*, Richard Lyle*, Angus MacDonald*, Annabelle Ewing*, Humza Yousaf*, Bill Walker*, Adam Ingram*, John Finnie*, John Mason*, Margaret Burgess*, Graeme Dey*, Fiona McLeod*, John Wilson*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Kevin Stewart*, Dennis Robertson*, James Dornan*, Colin Keir*

S4M-02466 Nigel Don: GlaxoSmithKline Investment, Montrose and Irvine—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) intention to invest £100 million in its Montrose and Irvine bases; considers this to be a testament to the success of the manufacturing and development bases in Scotland; further believes that this investment is evidence of GSK’s long-term commitment to operating in Scotland; understands that, as well as safeguarding 300 jobs in Montrose, the investment has the potential to create up to 200 additional employment opportunities; respects the important work that GSK continues to carry out across a wide field of medicine, and is of the opinion that this announcement consolidates Scotland’s position as an international leader in drug research and manufacturing.

S4M-02465 Colin Beattie: Musselburgh Achieves Fairtrade Status—That the Parliament congratulates Musselburgh on obtaining Fairtrade status; notes that the Fairtrade Certificate was presented to Irene Tait, the chair of Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council, at a ceremony in the Brunton Hall on 9 March 2012; understands that Martin Rhodes from Fair Trade Scotland presented the certificate and that there was a special appearance at the event from Jennifer Wettaka, a Fairtrade coffee farmer from Uganda; understands that the stores in Musselburgh that offer fairly traded products are The Small World, Just World Shop, One World Shop, Holy Tea Club, Equal Exchange Trading and Earth Squared; commends Musselburgh for achieving what is considered to be this esteemed status, and wishes its fair trade retailers success in growing their businesses.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Maureen Watt*, Patricia Ferguson*, Joan McAlpine*, Richard Lyle*, Annabelle Ewing*, Angus MacDonald*, Humza Yousaf*, James Kelly*, Adam Ingram*, Kenneth Gibson*, Margaret Burgess*, Hanzala Malik*, John Wilson*, Roderick Campbell*, Kevin Stewart*, Jim Hume*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02464 Colin Beattie: High Honours for Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band—That the Parliament congratulates Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band on winning second place in the first section competition at the Scottish Brass Band Championship; understands that the band, under the direction of Jim Chamberlain, will represent Scotland at the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain, to be held in Cheltenham in September 2012; highlights the band’s popularity in the Championship Section of the competition, being named one of the top 10 bands in Scotland and top 100 in the UK; applauds what it considers to be the hard work and talent of the musicians and band director in this achievement, and wishes them the best of luck at the National Brass Band Championship.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Joan McAlpine*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Annabelle Ewing*, Humza Yousaf*, Jamie McGrigor*, Stuart McMillan*, Adam Ingram*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-02463 Colin Beattie: Dalkeith Students Take the Stage—That the Parliament commends the efforts of Dalkeith High School students in holding a talent contest that raised over £1,000 for the school; understands that this event was organised by the parent teacher association and was hosted by Mark Martin from Forth One; highlights the achievements of the winner, Ryan Hunter, and the other students; notes the special appearances of the X Factor contestant, TJ Bilham, and the upcoming artist, Becca Fox; applauds the school for hosting a successful event, and wishes the school the best of luck with future fundraisers.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Annabelle Ewing*, Humza Yousaf*, Jamie McGrigor*, Stuart McMillan*, Adam Ingram*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-02462 Colin Beattie: Lasswade Athletics Club Takes Title—That the Parliament congratulates Lasswade Athletics Club under-17 women’s team on winning the Scottish Athletics Indoor League finals; understands that the club had four teams competing in different events, the under-20 men’s and women’s teams and the under-17 men’s and women’s teams; highlights the achievement of Katie Purves, Rachel Robertson, Ellen Kristoffersen, Amy Smith, Erin Feeley, and Amy Frankland in winning six out of the nine events, securing their gold medals; applauds these athletes and Rachel Stoakes on securing a second gold title; notes that the under-17 men’s team won bronze in its category and that there were many other wins in shot put and track events; commends the athletes for their hard work and talent in winning the championship, and wishes them success in their athletic pursuits.

*S4M-02461♦ Humza Yousaf: Register to Save a Life—That the Parliament considers it important that people across the country register as potential bone marrow donors; understands that, while 90% of patients of northern European descent requiring bone marrow are expected to find a genetic match, only 40% from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background will; believes therefore that there is a particular need for members of Glasgow and Scotland’s BME communities to join the register; notes the situation of 7-year-old Ayesha Siddiqui, who has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, but for whom doctors are struggling to find a suitable genetic match; commends the Anthony Nolan Trust and the many other organisations that try to raise awareness of the need for donors and encourage people to register, and notes that people across the country can do this, and possibly save a life, by visiting http://www.anthonynolan.org

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*

S4M-02460 Jim Eadie: Boroughmuir High School, Young Consumers of the Year Scotland 2012—That the Parliament congratulates Boroughmuir High School on winning the Scottish Final of the Young Consumers of the Year 2012 competition; notes that the competition assists students in their course work and prepares them for life beyond school, college and university; believes that all of the finalists have worked hard to fulfil the proposed Curriculum for Excellence capacities, namely to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors; applauds the Boroughmuir High students, Anna Nelson, Catherine Sommerville, Kirsten Vipond, Victoria Robertson and Hannah Daulby, for being a credit to themselves and their school; commends the efforts of the students from Holy Cross High, St John’s RC High School and Belmont Academy on reaching the Scotland final; considers it a significant achievement of the Boroughmuir High School team not only to win the competition but also to be the first ever all-female team to do so, and wishes it every success in the future, including representing Scotland in the Young Consumers of the Year UK Final in Manchester later this year.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine*, Margaret Burgess*, Christina McKelvie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Roderick Campbell*, Stuart McMillan*, Maureen Watt*, Richard Lyle*, Annabelle Ewing*, Angus MacDonald*, Christine Grahame*, Gordon MacDonald*, Fiona McLeod*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kenneth Gibson*, Kevin Stewart*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Dennis Robertson*, Humza Yousaf*, Colin Keir*

S4M-02459 Bill Walker: 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*

S4M-02456 Patricia Ferguson: North Glasgow Housing Association, Sustainable Business of the Year—That the Parliament notes that North Glasgow Housing Association has won the Sustainable Business of the Year award in the Grow Green Awards; further notes that the award recognises local businesses and other organisations that have taken significant and practical steps to make themselves more environmentally sustainable; believes that the award recognises the steps taken by the association to becoming a more sustainable business, including promoting recycling and energy efficiency; welcomes the moves made by the association that benefit the organisation, its tenants and the wider community; congratulates it on this achievement, which comes on top of other recent awards, which have seen the association named in the Sunday Times list of the 100 best not-for-profit organisations and as one of the Top 90 companies in Scotland at the Scottish Business Awards, and wishes it every continued success.

Supported by: Drew Smith, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McCulloch, Hanzala Malik, David Stewart, Hugh Henry, Neil Findlay, James Kelly, Paul Martin*, Jackie Baillie*, Margaret McDougall*, Elaine Murray*

S4M-02455 Jackie Baillie: Windfall for Moss o’ Balloch—That the Parliament congratulates West Dunbartonshire Environment Trust after the organisation was offered £109,800 in funding from the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER programme; understands that this will allow the trust to implement what its Community Action Plan for the area and make significant environmental improvements to the Moss o’ Balloch; notes that, as well as enabling all-year events and activities, the plan aims to strengthen and sustain Balloch as an important visitor attraction and assist and develop the local economy and employment opportunities, and commends members of the West Dunbartonshire Environment Trust and the Balloch and Haldane Community Council for what it sees as their hard work in securing the grant.

S4M-02454 Kenneth Gibson: Dynamic New Research into Tuberculosis—That the Parliament notes the Society for General Microbiology briefing on tuberculosis (TB), which highlights the epidemic issue of TB across the world and the problems associated with the diagnosis and treatment of the condition; highlights that TB affected 8,483 people in the UK in 2010, where the bacterium, mycobacterium tuberculosis, infects the lungs and respiratory tract, developing into the often fatal pulmonary TB disease; acknowledges the publication of the briefing to coincide with World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March 2012, when over 100 countries aim to raise awareness of the severity of the disease; recognises problems regarding diagnosing and treating TB, with current diagnostic tests often limited and time-consuming, and an increase in antibiotic resistance that has led to ineffective medication; acknowledges research into the diagnosis of TB, including the Xpert MTB/RIF test, which enables diagnosis within two hours, and the development of new TB vaccines, including the MVA85A vaccine, which offers an alternative to the BCG vaccine by prolonging the cellular immune response, and looks forward to the outcome of what it considers this new, dynamic research in reducing the debilitating effect of TB.

Supported by: John Mason, Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Paul Wheelhouse, Christine Grahame, Adam Ingram, Margaret Burgess, Jackie Baillie, Maureen Watt, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Sandra White, John Wilson, Angus MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie*, Annabelle Ewing*, Stuart McMillan*, Kevin Stewart*, Linda Fabiani*, James Dornan*, Colin Keir*

S4M-02453 Jenny Marra: Hands off Abertay Wins Campaign of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates the President of the Abertay University Student Association, William Mohieddeen, and all students of the University of Abertay Dundee on winning the Campaign of the Year award at the 2012 NUS Scotland awards; understands that the award was won for the Hands off Abertay campaign, which sought to protect the university from the Scottish Government’s attempt to merge it with the University of Dundee, and considers that the campaign was successful both in raising public awareness of the proposed merger and in keeping the University of Abertay Dundee an independent institution.

Supported by: John Pentland, Hanzala Malik, Neil Bibby, Iain Gray, Nanette Milne, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Simpson*, Margaret McDougall*, Elaine Murray*, John Park*

S4M-02452 Drew Smith: World’s Biggest Social Enterprise Event in Glasgow—That the Parliament notes that the world’s biggest social enterprise event, organised by Social Enterprise Scotland, CEiS Events and Social Enterprise UK, is taking place in Glasgow on 27 March 2012; understands that more than 800 delegates from as far away as Brazil, Finland, Ghana, Italy, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Canada and the USA will hear from speakers, attend business clinics and visit the trade fair; further understands that 80% of the event’s supply chain will be made up of social enterprises, including the bags, which are being supplied by SoFair, which works with Vandanamu Ethical Cotton, an employer of local women affected by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, and further understands that the list of speakers includes the First Minister, Alex Salmond, Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark, the shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Chuka Umunna MP, Jim Duffy of Entrepreneurial Spark, David Carleton of Farestart/Catalyst Kitchens, Seattle, and Caroline Mason of Big Society Capital.

Supported by: John Mason, Jackie Baillie, John Finnie, Hanzala Malik, Iain Gray, Anne McTaggart, Kenneth Gibson, Nanette Milne, Annabelle Ewing, Patricia Ferguson, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Neil Findlay, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Maureen Watt, Margaret McCulloch, Angus MacDonald, Elaine Murray, Richard Simpson*, Stuart McMillan*, Margaret McDougall*, Kevin Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-02451 Hanzala Malik: Glasgow 2014 Preparations On Track—That the Parliament welcomes the assessment of Audit Scotland that planning for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games remains on track and on budget; commends Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government, Commonwealth Games Scotland and Glasgow 2014 Ltd for the work that they have done so far in delivering the Games on time and within the £524 million budget; notes that Audit Scotland has identified the recruitment of sufficient and experienced staff as a priority if this progress is to be maintained; acknowledges that planning an event of this scale will nevertheless always carry risks; reaffirms the importance of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee working hard to minimise those risks, and looks forward to a successful Commonwealth Games that leaves a lasting legacy for both Glasgow and Scotland.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, John Mason, Drew Smith, Anne McTaggart, Graeme Dey, Bill Walker, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Fiona McLeod, Sandra White, Maureen Watt, Jackson Carlaw*, Richard Simpson*, Stuart McMillan*, Elaine Murray*, Margaret McDougall*, Kevin Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*, Linda Fabiani*, Patricia Ferguson*

S4M-02450 Roderick Campbell: Minimum Wage Freeze—That the Parliament regrets the decision by the UK Government to implement the Low Pay Commission’s suggested freeze of the national minimum wage for workers aged 16 and 17, and 18 to 20; understands that this will be the first time since 1998 that the minimum wage will not rise in line with inflation and that this decision will create an earning disparity of at least £5,220 between 16 and 22-year-olds in full-time employment; considers this move to be contrary to what the young people and economy of Scotland need while the UK Government cuts continue to impact on their daily lives; further understands that research carried out by the Institute for Public Policy Research, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Child Poverty Action Group in recent years all indicate that low pay is a key measure of poverty; recognises that the current devolution settlement means that the Scottish Government cannot alter this arrangement, but believes that it goes against the aims of the Scottish Government, particularly in relation to the commitment to implement a living wage of £7.20 for local government, Scottish Government and NHS employees.

Supported by: John Finnie, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Adam Ingram, John Mason, Angus MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Bill Walker, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Fiona McLeod, Joan McAlpine, Maureen Watt, Stuart McMillan*, Margaret Burgess*, Linda Fabiani*, Colin Keir*

S4M-02448 John Finnie: Elizabeth MacKay Trophy 2012—That the Parliament recognises the achievement of Hella Bickle in winning the Elizabeth MacKay Trophy; notes that the trophy is awarded by the Royal Yachting Association for outstanding contribution by a woman to the sport of sailing; congratulates Hella on her 20 years of support in helping to establish Barra Watersports Club, and notes the role of the club in providing sailing and windsurfing opportunities for the community of Barra.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson, Annabelle Ewing, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Adam Ingram, Margaret Burgess, Hanzala Malik, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Roderick Campbell, Humza Yousaf, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Fiona McLeod, Jean Urquhart, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Willie Coffey, Angus MacDonald, Maureen Watt*, Jamie McGrigor*, Stuart McMillan*, Colin Keir*

S4M-02447 Alison Johnstone: Beachwatch Big Weekend 2011—That the Parliament congratulates the Marine Conservation Society and the 589 volunteers who took part in Scotland in the Beachwatch Big Weekend 2011, the biggest beachclean and survey event in the UK, which aimed to protect wildlife from litter and raise awareness; is pleased to note that the survey results published this week suggest that sewage-related debris on beaches has decreased by 67% in Scotland from 2010; notes, however, that 1,696 pieces of litter were collected for every kilometre of beach surveyed in Scotland and is concerned particularly by plastic litter, which, it understands, continues to be a major problem on beaches and remains in the marine environment continuing to be a threat to wildlife who ingest it or become entangled in it; notes that a University of London study of the Clyde found that 83% of nephrops, or langoustines, studied had plastic in their stomachs; endorses the Marine Conservation Society’s calls for action on reducing plastic litter, and urges the Scottish Government to stick to its pledge and publish a consultation on a Scottish marine litter strategy as soon as possible in 2012.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Nanette Milne, Mike MacKenzie, John Finnie, Iain Gray, Dennis Robertson, Jean Urquhart, Hugh Henry

S4M-02446 Hugh Henry: Have a Safe Journey Home—That the Parliament is concerned that one in seven women workers have safety concerns about their journey to and from work; recognises a recent survey by USDAW, the shopworkers’ union, which found that women over 60 are twice as likely as women under 24 to feel very unsafe when travelling to and from work; notes the finding that more than half of the women respondents are concerned about walking across dark car parks and feel at risk driving alone at night or travelling by bus or train in the dark; congratulates USDAW on its Have a Safe Journey Home campaign, and hopes that the Scottish Government will take note of this campaign and do everything that it can to make people feel safe while travelling to and from work.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik*, Iain Gray*, Neil Findlay*, John Mason*, Mark Griffin*, Mary Fee*, David Stewart*, Lewis Macdonald*, Drew Smith*, Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*

S4M-02445 Richard Simpson: TB Day—That the Parliament understands that tuberculosis (TB), including drug-resistant TB, is becoming an increasing problem and that new treatments are required; supports the aims of the World Tuberculosis Day campaign, which include zero deaths from TB, faster treatment for those with the condition, the provision of a quick, cheap and low-tech test, an effective vaccine and a world free of TB, and supports the World Health Organization’s efforts to tackle TB, particularly in developing countries where, it understands, the majority of deaths occur.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Jackson Carlaw*, Jenny Marra*, Mike MacKenzie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Richard Lyle*, Graeme Pearson*, Jackie Baillie*, James Kelly*, John Mason*, John Finnie*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Fee*, John Wilson*, Hanzala Malik*, Angus MacDonald*, Liam McArthur*, Drew Smith*, David Stewart*, Margaret McCulloch*, Kevin Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*, Jim Hume*, Elaine Murray*, Dennis Robertson*, Margaret McDougall*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-02444 Richard Simpson: Down Syndrome—That the Parliament welcomes the United Nations’ call to observe 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day; considers that there is a need to raise awareness of people with Down syndrome and those who support them; welcomes the increasingly fulfilling lives that people with Down syndrome are able to enjoy in the UK, but also considers that there is a need for such opportunities to be provided for people with Down syndrome across the world.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, David Stewart, Nanette Milne, Dennis Robertson, Angus MacDonald, Kezia Dugdale, Liam McArthur, Drew Smith, Alex Fergusson, Iain Gray, Anne McTaggart, Neil Findlay, Richard Lyle, Hanzala Malik, Margaret McCulloch, Jackson Carlaw*, Christina McKelvie*, Jenny Marra*, Mike MacKenzie*, Maureen Watt*, Patricia Ferguson*, Joan McAlpine*, Jackie Baillie*, Gordon MacDonald*, Annabelle Ewing*, Fiona McLeod*, Hugh Henry*, Mary Fee*, Graeme Pearson*, Adam Ingram*, Stuart McMillan*, John Mason*, Kevin Stewart*, Jim Hume*, Elaine Murray*, Margaret McDougall*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-02443 David Torrance: Congratulations to Greener Kirkcaldy—That the Parliament congratulates the charity, Greener Kirkcaldy, on being awarded £382,116 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund for the implementation of the Kirkcaldy Goes Greener! project; notes that the project’s aims include increasing the growing and cooking of local food, reducing food-related waste and helping individuals, families and charities decrease their energy usage, especially on properties where doing so is most difficult; considers that climate change is a serious global threat and that such actions are therefore of paramount importance, and commends Greener Kirkcaldy on promoting community-wide approaches to reducing Kirkcaldy’s carbon footprint.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Bill Walker*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Margaret Burgess*, Dennis Robertson*, Humza Yousaf*, Joan McAlpine*, Kevin Stewart*, Roderick Campbell*

S4M-02442 Roderick Campbell: Madras College Under-16 Bowl Victory—That the Parliament congratulates Madras College under-16s rugby team on winning the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Under-16 Bowl final; recognises that Madras led from early on against Hawick High School and never gave up its load; congratulates the team on its performance and victory, and wishes the team all the best for the future as well as the coach, Jim Tarvit, who announced that he is giving up extracurricular rugby at the end of the season.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Margaret Burgess, Richard Simpson, Jamie McGrigor, Stuart McMillan, Gordon MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Dennis Robertson, Humza Yousaf, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Kenneth Gibson, Colin Keir, Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, Sandra White

S4M-02441 Marco Biagi: Reopening of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Pool—That the Parliament welcomes the official reopening of the refurbished Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, with £37.2 million funding from the City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Government and sportscotland; notes that what it considers the world-class facilities will be used as the venue for the diving events in the 2014 Commonwealth Games; recognises that this will make the "Commie" the only facility to have hosted three Commonwealth Games; welcomes the £15.2 million Scottish Government investment through sportscotland in 11 new or upgraded swimming pools since 2007, and believes that the refurbished pool will help contribute to encouraging participation in sport and physical activity in Edinburgh and beyond through the provision of world-class facilities for decades to come.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Angus MacDonald, Margaret Burgess, John Mason, Graeme Dey, Joan McAlpine, Jean Urquhart, Roderick Campbell, Sandra White, John Lamont, Drew Smith, Hanzala Malik, Rob Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Bill Walker, Kezia Dugdale, Mike MacKenzie*, Maureen Watt*, Annabelle Ewing*, Stuart McMillan*, Kevin Stewart*, Dennis Robertson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Colin Keir*

S4M-02440 Bob Doris: Congratulating Clyde Space of Maryhill—That the Parliament congratulates Clyde Space of Maryhill in Glasgow on building UKube-1, due to be the first Scottish-built satellite launched into space; notes the tiny one-litre volume of CubeSat, which it considers represents a new wave of affordable, yet highly productive, satellites that have become popular world-wide; believes that, while this will be Scotland’s first ever complete satellite, Clyde Space should also be commended for its contribution to the development and proliferation of this technology for almost eight years, having contributed components to 40% of the more than 600 CubeSats currently in space; recognises that the company will not only be in charge of constructing the satellite in its entirety, but will also manage payload teams from four different universities and organisations that will be using UKube-1’s systems, and praises Clyde Space for bringing 20 professional careers and over £1,000,000 in private equity investment to the Maryhill area.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Annabelle Ewing, Hanzala Malik, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Willie Coffey, Mike MacKenzie, John Mason, Margaret Burgess, Kenneth Gibson, Colin Keir, Adam Ingram, Mark McDonald, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Drew Smith, Fiona McLeod, Sandra White, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-02439 Sandra White: Scotland’s Great Composer—That the Parliament commemorates the composer, Thomas Wilson, who lived from 1927 to 2001 and is widely considered to be one of the pre-eminent voices in classical music of the last half of the twentieth century; notes that, although he was born in the USA of British parents, he lived in Scotland, and Glasgow in particular, for most of his life; acknowledges that he produced 115 works, which embrace various forms such as orchestral, choral-orchestral, opera, ballet and vocal music of different kinds and have been performed in countries all over the world; recognises that he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glasgow; commends the dedication and hard work of the Thomas Wilson Trust, which has recently published the biography, Thomas Wilson – Introit: Towards the Light, and is currently looking for funding to digitise his works to facilitate dissemination and publicity, and wishes all those involved in maintaining the legacy of Thomas Wilson, considered Scotland’s leading composer, the best of success in the future.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Jamie McGrigor, Joan McAlpine, Margaret Burgess, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Willie Coffey, John Wilson, Bill Walker, Mike MacKenzie, Humza Yousaf, Dennis Robertson, Hugh Henry, Maureen Watt, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Joe FitzPatrick, Colin Keir, Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, Nigel Don, Angus MacDonald, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-02438 David Torrance: Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland Award for Barnardo’s Family Matters Project in Kirkcaldy—That the Parliament congratulates Barnardo’s on receiving an award of £116,126 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland for the continued running of the Family Matters project in Kirkcaldy; notes that this is conditional on matched funding being available; understands that the project provides invaluable help to families who have been affected by parental substance misuse, ensures that children are raised in a safe, stable and constructive environment, and commends the Lloyds TSB Foundation Scotland on its ongoing support for charities that are working to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged individuals and families across Scotland.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Walker, Margaret Burgess, Humza Yousaf, Mike MacKenzie, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, Roderick Campbell, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, Sandra White

S4M-02437 David Torrance: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Conferred on Dr Christopher Harvie—That the Parliament congratulates Dr Christopher Harvie on receiving the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on 12 March 2012; commends Dr Harvie on the contribution that he has made toward fostering collaboration between Germany, Scotland and the wider British Isles, which it understands led to him receiving the award; considers international cooperation in education, culture, and politics to be of high importance, and believes that, in addition to Dr Harvie’s impact in furthering international partnerships, he has made many other substantial contributions to the Scottish and international scene as a writer, teacher and politician.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Bill Walker*, Roderick Campbell*, John Mason*, Rob Gibson*, Kevin Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*, Linda Fabiani*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Graeme Pearson*, Liam McArthur*, Dennis Robertson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Humza Yousaf*, Joan McAlpine*, Patrick Harvie*, Nigel Don*

S4M-02436 Roderick Campbell: Fairtrade Fortnight Success—That the Parliament congratulates the town of Cupar, in North East Fife, on achieving five years of Fairtrade status and on the promotion of a market-based initiative through the recent Fairtrade Fortnight; believes that the expansion of fairly traded goods represents an advance toward a fairer market system, improving sustainable economies wherever the Fairtrade logo is found, whereby producers receive a just price for their goods and can reinvest properly in their communities, and hopes to see further participation in such schemes, and the greater use of fairly traded produce across North East Fife and Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Hanzala Malik, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Burgess, Angus MacDonald, Sandra White, Adam Ingram, Liz Smith, Kevin Stewart, John Mason, Humza Yousaf, Annabelle Ewing, Richard Lyle, George Adam, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Jean Urquhart, Fiona McLeod, Joan McAlpine, James Kelly, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*, Colin Keir*

S4M-02435 James Kelly: Trinity High 2012 Reporters—That the Parliament notes the successful involvement of Trinity High School in Rutherglen with the BBC’s School Report project; acknowledges that the pupils conducted their interviews from a young person’s perspective on the serious issue of sectarianism, and congratulates all involved at Trinity High School in putting together an informative and thought-provoking package.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White

S4M-02434 Bill Kidd: Knightswood Early Years Centre—That the Parliament congratulates Knightswood Early Years Centre in Glasgow on what it considers an excellent Education Scotland inspection report; notes that in all categories the school was assessed as being good or very good; understands that this has been accomplished through the establishment of a nurturing and welcoming ethos in a short amount of time as a new centre; recognises the merits of the centre developing a planning approach that focuses on meeting children’s individual needs; commends the centre on working with primary schools in the area to ease the transition into the education system; understands that the effective teamwork and strong relationships developed between staff and with parents has contributed greatly to this exemplary assessment, and congratulates the staff, children and parents on their hard work in making Knightswood Early Years Centre an exceptional pre-school centre.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Margaret Burgess, Adam Ingram, Hanzala Malik, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Dennis Robertson, Maureen Watt, Humza Yousaf, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, John Wilson, Jean Urquhart, Sandra White, Fiona McLeod*

S4M-02432 Drew Smith: Regional Pay—That the Parliament notes the proposal by the UK Government to consider the introduction of regional pay, which was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Budget on 21 March 2012; expresses its opposition to regional pay and to the concept of a two-tier workforce in public sector organisations; believes that regional or local pay is about driving down public sector wages to the lowest local levels; considers that this will not equalise pay, but will instead increase inequalities and the cost of living in different parts of Scotland; understands that the average civil servant earns £22,850 compared to the average private sector wage of £24,970; believes that, with many local economies in Scotland depending heavily on the spending power of public sector workers who have been subject to a two-year pay freeze, the proposals will have a devastating effect, and considers that the implementation of the proposal might well also have the effect of reducing pay in the private sector as well as larger companies operating across Britain might chose to follow the UK Government’s lead and seek to structure pay in their organisation on a regional basis, which it believes could result in precisely the opposite outcome to what, it understands, the UK Government intended.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Anne McTaggart, Iain Gray, Neil Findlay, Helen Eadie, Mark Griffin, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik, Jackie Baillie, Jenny Marra, John Park, Neil Bibby, Jamie Hepburn, Margaret McCulloch, Kevin Stewart, Sandra White, Elaine Murray, Margaret McDougall*, Margaret Burgess*, Linda Fabiani*, Rhoda Grant*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-02422 Roderick Campbell: National Spring Clean 2012—That the Parliament welcomes Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean 2012 campaign, which aims to recruit 200,000 participants to reduce the amount of litter and waste in their local area and approves of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s efforts to engage with local groups and individuals through the provision of clean-up kits to volunteers and information on the website, http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/springclean.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-02420♦ Jim Eadie: The Scottish Affairs Committee Report, The Crown Estate in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the report by the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, The Crown Estate in Scotland; understands that the committee concluded that there is a lack of accountability in Scotland for the Crown Estate Commissioner’s (CEC) operations, that the statutory remit for the CEC’s responsibilities in Scotland’s marine environment are inappropriate and that the CEC operates in a manner that leads to adverse impacts for local economies and brings limited benefits; agrees with the committee that responsibility for the administration and revenues of the crown property, rights and interests in Scotland should be devolved based on the principles that they are public assets that should be managed for the benefit of the people of Scotland, that further measures should ensure that the most appropriate outcome is achieved for the crown property, rights and interests and that the measures should be based on the principle of subsidiarity, with responsibility for the administration and revenues of the individual crown property rights devolved to the most appropriate level in each case, and believes that such reform would lead to better management of the Crown’s possessions in Edinburgh, Lothian and throughout Scotland and, in particular, where it owns large areas of the foreshore and the seabed.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Bill Kidd, Aileen McLeod, Mike MacKenzie, Mark McDonald, Margaret Burgess, John Mason, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Marco Biagi, Bill Walker, Humza Yousaf, David Torrance, Roderick Campbell, Colin Keir, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson, Kevin Stewart, Maureen Watt*, Fiona McLeod*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-02419# David Stewart: Devolution of the Crown Estate—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Affairs Committee report, The Crown Estate in Scotland, and endorses the committee’s conclusion to recommend ending the Crown Estate Commissioner’s responsibilities for the administration and revenues of the ancient crown property, rights and interests in Scotland; supports the Scottish Affairs Committee view that marine and coastal assets in Scotland should be removed from the Crown Estate Commissioner’s responsibility and devolved down to the level of local communities, and notes the extent of marine and coastal assets throughout the Highlands and Islands and the potential to maximise the benefits to local communities through devolution.

Supported by: Claudia Beamish, Richard Simpson, Iain Gray, Hanzala Malik, Christine Grahame, Margaret McCulloch, Kezia Dugdale, Anne McTaggart, Rhoda Grant, Graeme Pearson, Liam McArthur, Sandra White, Margaret McDougall*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-02419.1 Rob Gibson: Devolution of the Crown Estate—As an amendment to motion S4M-02419 in the name of David Stewart (Devolution of the Crown Estate), after "devolved" insert "to the Scottish Parliament to agree appropriate rules for community benefit and then".

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Angus MacDonald, Margaret Burgess, Willie Coffey, Annabelle Ewing, Adam Ingram, Gordon MacDonald, Bill Walker, Mike MacKenzie, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Graeme Dey, Humza Yousaf, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-02418 Richard Lyle: Shovel-ready Infrastructure—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment by Viridor to invest £500 million in shovel-ready Scottish next generation infrastructure in support of Scotland’s ambitious zero waste strategy and its focus on waste reduction, reuse, enhanced recycling and extracting renewable energy from residual waste; considers that the company is confident in the Scottish Government sustainable waste policy and its regulatory regime, its recent announcements regarding bringing world-leading glass recycling technology to Midlothian, advanced MRF technology to Lanarkshire and continuing investment in Perth; supports moves from landfill to renewable energy from waste that cannot be recycled, and is encouraged by the company’s investment at Oxwellmains in East Lothian, where Viridor is in the final stages of discharging conditions before commencing development; further notes the community benefit potential of such investment in relation to employment and training, SMEs, social enterprises, education and awareness, and calls on the Scottish Government to continue its dialogue with the company.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Adam Ingram, Bill Kidd, Hanzala Malik, Roderick Campbell, Bill Walker, Kenneth Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Angus MacDonald

S4M-02417 Dennis Robertson: Sign Language Technology—That the Parliament welcomes what it considers to be the determined efforts of the scientists from the University of Aberdeen who are developing software application technology that aims to translate sign language to text; understands that it is hoped that this technology will be able to be used by sign language users in order to meet their requirements and, by doing so, believes that it will help with communication; encourages users from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire to get involved with the project’s ongoing developments, and hopes that the scientists are successful with their project.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Nanette Milne, Adam Ingram, Margaret Burgess, Richard Lyle, Jamie McGrigor, Joan McAlpine, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Walker, Maureen Watt, Humza Yousaf, Colin Beattie, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, John Mason, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Colin Keir, Claudia Beamish, Hanzala Malik, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Fiona McLeod, Sandra White, Angus MacDonald, Margaret McDougall*, Linda Fabiani*, Rob Gibson*, Rhoda Grant*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-02416 Jamie Hepburn: Business Excellence in Cumbernauld—That the Parliament congratulates all the businesses that took part and won awards at the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2012; notes that the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards, now in their 19th year, promote and recognise business success throughout Lanarkshire; further notes that, among the businesses to be nominated and to win awards, were QCS-International Ltd, which won the Digital Communications Award in recognition of the company’s innovative use of digital services to engage with customers and new audiences to promote their business, The Westerwood Hotel and Golf Resort, which was listed as a finalist in the Excellence in People Development category, and Saltire Facilities Management Ltd, which was a finalist in the Lanarkshire’s Best Business category (51 employees or more), all of which operate in Cumbernauld and have demonstrated excellence in their fields, and wishes them continued success in the future.

Supported by: John Wilson, Mark McDonald, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Margaret Burgess, Paul Wheelhouse, Mike MacKenzie, Gordon MacDonald, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Margaret McCulloch, Jim Hume, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, Colin Keir, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson

S4M-02415 Colin Keir: North Bughtlin Burn Community Clean-up—That the Parliament commends Edinburgh’s North Bughtlin Tenants Association on its successful community initiative to revive and improve North Bughtlin Burn; notes that the project included clearing litter, planting and encouraging wildlife back to the burn; further notes that local children took part in the clean-up with a view to learning about identifying and respecting local wildlife; notes that the project secured funding from a number of partners including City of Edinburgh Council, BAA at Edinburgh Airport, the West Neighbourhood Partnership and Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association; considers the project to be an excellent example of partnership working that has achieved a feeling of pride in the local area and created a greener and cleaner environment for children, residents and visitors, and congratulates everyone involved in the project.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, Humza Yousaf, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Bill Kidd, Margaret Burgess, Fiona McLeod, Angus MacDonald, Joan McAlpine*

S4M-02414 Bill Walker: 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*

S4M-02413# Adam Ingram: UK Government Road Privatisation and Tolling—That the Parliament condemns the UK Government’s plans to privatise the motorway and main trunk road system in England, with the possibility of introducing road tolling; considers that this move will have significant implications on capital spending for Scotland, should road privatisation proceed in England, and lead to a reduction in the level of road funding in favour of private investment, and considers that this could have a detrimental effect on proposed road developments in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley area.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Margaret Burgess, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Christine Grahame, Humza Yousaf, Bill Kidd, Hanzala Malik, Colin Beattie, Willie Coffey, John Mason, David Torrance, Roderick Campbell, Colin Keir, Rob Gibson, John Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Fiona McLeod, Angus MacDonald

S4M-02413.1 Jim Hume: UK Government Road Privatisation and Tolling—As an amendment to motion S4M-02413 in the name of Adam Ingram (UK Government Road Privatisation and Tolling), leave out from "considers" to end and insert "notes the statement in the UK Budget document that commits the UK Government to “carry out a feasibility study into new ownership and financing models for the national road network”; compares this to the statement in the Scottish Government’s infrastructure investment plan that commits to “looking at financing models such as the Non-Profit Distributing model for projects including Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route / Balmedie to Tipperty and M8 improvements”; understands that both approaches would use private money to increase the amount of capital investment that can take place; understands, furthermore, that there has been an increase in capital resources available to the Scottish Government since its infrastructure plan was published, the additional resources made available as consequentials from the 2012 Budget, and believes that there is an opportunity for these additional resources to be allocated to roads in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley area if those projects are judged to be a priority by the Scottish Government."

S4M-02411 Malcolm Chisholm: Biomass Subsidies—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s apparent intention to remove subsidies from large-scale electricity-only biomass; understands that this in line with the UK-wide Committee on Climate Change’s Bioenergy Review, which was published in December 2011; notes that the review argued against large-scale electricity-only biomass power stations; understands, however, that the proposed Scottish policy could allow large-scale biomass power station operators to claim that their stations run on combined heat and power, which could potentially attract large subsidies, but that such stations can have an efficiency level as low as 35%; believes that small-scale biomass plants are more sustainable and that the transportation of wood stock from overseas for larger plants increases carbon emissions and leads to deforestation; is concerned that subsidies for co-fired biomass could encourage the inefficient combustion of large quantities of imported wood alongside coal, and urges the Scottish Government to adopt a position of removing subsidies, not only from electricity-only biomass, but also from co-fired and combined heat and power biomass where these do not meet the minimum efficiency rating of 70% as set out by a European directive, believing that such a position would be distinct from that of the UK Government.

Supported by: Graeme Pearson, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Angus MacDonald, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02410 Margaret Mitchell: Marion Gilchrist—That the Parliament notes the exhibition in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, to remember Marion Gilchrist on the 60th anniversary of her death; understands that, despite her humble origins, Marion Gilchrist was the first woman in Scotland to graduate in medicine and also the first woman to graduate from the University of Glasgow; acknowledges that the exhibition to mark Marion’s achievements was organised by the Brighter Bothwell Environmental Group, with support from the University of Glasgow’s archive services; notes that Marion went on to become a general practitioner in the west end of Glasgow, later becoming an ophthalmic surgeon, and was an active suffragette; recognises that Marion was a member of the British Medical Association for 54 years and the first female chair of its Glasgow division; acknowledges that in 1940 she donated an area of ground in order to create a garden of rest for the residents of Bothwell, which continues to be enjoyed by the local community today, and considers that Marion is, and will remain, an inspiration for all those studying medicine now and for years to come.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Murdo Fraser, Jackson Carlaw, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Drew Smith, John Lamont, Dennis Robertson, Jean Urquhart, Hugh Henry, Maureen Watt, Gordon MacDonald, Jamie Hepburn, Mike MacKenzie, Elaine Smith, Christina McKelvie, Ruth Davidson, Colin Beattie, Annabel Goldie, Clare Adamson, Sandra White, Fiona McLeod*, Stuart McMillan*, Margaret Burgess*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-02408 Willie Coffey: Scottish Communities League Cup Final—That the Parliament warmly congratulates Kilmarnock Football Club on winning the Scottish Communities League Cup final at Hampden with a 1-0 victory over Celtic; notes that this is the first occasion on which the club has lifted the trophy in six final appearances since the1952-53 season; congratulates the supporters of both clubs who attended what was a keenly contested final; extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Liam Kelly, the Killie midfielder whose father tragically died shortly after the game ended, and offers its sympathy to the town and supporters of Kilmarnock on a famous victory that has coincided with such a tragic loss.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, John Mason, Annabelle Ewing, Roderick Campbell, John Park, Jim Hume, Gordon MacDonald, Richard Lyle, Neil Bibby, John Lamont, Margaret Burgess, Hugh Henry, Joan McAlpine, Humza Yousaf, Bill Walker, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Margaret McDougall, David McLetchie, Jamie McGrigor, Jamie Hepburn, Paul Wheelhouse, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, George Adam, Bob Doris, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Colin Keir, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson, Dave Thompson*, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02406 Sarah Boyack: Lothians Success at NUS Scotland Awards—That the Parliament congratulates staff and students at Heriot Watt University on being awarded University Students’ Union of the Year at the NUS Scotland Awards 2012; notes that the award recognises the union’s commitment to quality, participation and improving the lives of its members; also congratulates Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) on being awarded the Community Relations Award, Lizzie Brough of EUSA on being named Students’ Union Staff Member of the Year and Mike Baron, formerly of Heriot Watt Students’ Association, on his Lifetime Achievement Award; believes that these awards highlight the quality of the student experience in the Lothians, and welcomes the work of student unions at further and higher education institutions across the region and Scotland.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Neil Findlay, Helen Eadie, Hugh Henry, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Maureen Watt, Jackie Baillie, Annabelle Ewing, Kezia Dugdale, Neil Bibby, Claudia Beamish, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Jean Urquhart, Sandra White

S4M-02405♦ John Mason: Local Road Closures—That the Parliament is disappointed with Glasgow City Council’s response to major road closures, especially in what it considers the council’s lack of information and communication with members of the public, local businesses and elected members; understands that, previously, Sauchiehall Street was closed for a considerable period and now London Road, a strategically important route through Glasgow Shettleston, has been closed since 13 January 2012 due to a dangerous building; notes the frustration of local people in Bridgeton who have been made homeless and had their businesses closed; further notes the disruption to transport, and considers that there is confusion over revised bus routes and for drivers from outwith the area.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Annabelle Ewing, Humza Yousaf, Gordon MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02404 Gordon MacDonald: Dads Rock, Scotland’s only Playgroup for Dads and their Children—That the Parliament congratulates Dads Rock, a new initiative based in Sighthill, Edinburgh, which is part of Fathers Network Scotland; understands that Dads Rock is Scotland’s only playgroup for dads and their children and aims to be a fun and relaxed place where children under five are encouraged to learn through play and music; believes that it offers an environment where dads can take an active part in the playgroup sessions and where a sense of community and social support can be developed, and, in recognising what it considers to be the unique nature of the group, wishes Dads Rock continued success as it evolves.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Dennis Robertson, George Adam, Kevin Stewart, Bill Kidd, Paul Wheelhouse, Maureen Watt, Angus MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Burgess, Fiona McLeod, Annabelle Ewing, Jean Urquhart, Bill Walker, Humza Yousaf, Kenneth Gibson, John Mason, Rob Gibson, Liam McArthur, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Richard Lyle, Roderick Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Keir, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02403 Dennis Robertson: Congratulations to Malcolm Webb—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Offshore Europe Partnership that Malcolm Webb, the chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, has accepted the role of chairman of SPE Offshore Europe 2013; notes Mr Webb’s comments that "challenges drive innovation" and that the oil and gas industry is "dynamic, diverse and dedicated to maintaining a long-term sustainable future," and congratulates Mr Webb on what it believes to be his passionate vision for the future of the oil and gas industry, which will also encourage many young people, who are just embarking in this sector, to take advantage of the opportunities available.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Nanette Milne, Bill Walker, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Burgess, Annabelle Ewing, Jean Urquhart, Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Watt, Humza Yousaf, Mark McDonald, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Colin Keir, Sandra White, Dave Thompson*, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02402 Malcolm Chisholm: Congratulations to Pilmeny and Citadel—That the Parliament congratulates Leith-based Pilmeny Development Project and Citadel Youth Centre on what it considers their outstanding achievements at the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards in Glasgow, winning in the new intergenerational category for their joint project, New Spin, and becoming Overall Winner in the 14 categories of the competition; commends their innovative approaches to bringing young and older people together thereby fostering community cohesion; recognises the mental and physical benefits of creating cross-generational community initiatives, and hopes that others will be inspired by the outstanding example set by Pilmeny Development Project and Citadel Youth Centre.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Kevin Stewart, David Stewart, John Pentland, Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Helen Eadie, Jean Urquhart, Hugh Henry, Mike MacKenzie, Iain Gray, Fiona McLeod, Neil Bibby, Margaret Burgess, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Kezia Dugdale, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02401 Lewis Macdonald: University of Aberdeen Success at NUS Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Aberdeen Students Association on its recent success in winning the Equality and Diversity Award at the NUS Scotland Awards 2012; further congratulates the university’s LGBT society, Ab-Fab, on winning the award for Club or Society of the Year; understands that these awards encourage students to take part in extracurricular activities, and wishes all of the University of Aberdeen’s societies continued success.

Supported by: David Torrance, John Pentland, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Drew Smith, David Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Helen Eadie, Jean Urquhart, Mike MacKenzie, Maureen Watt, Fiona McLeod, Alison McInnes, Richard Lyle, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02399# Elaine Murray: Improvements to the A75—That the Parliament notes with great concern the spate of recent accidents on the A75 Stranraer to Gretna trunk road, including two fatalities, and believes that urgent action is required to improve the safety of this road.

Supported by: Neil Findlay, David Stewart, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Alex Fergusson, Graeme Pearson, Claudia Beamish, Jim Hume, Mike MacKenzie, Iain Gray, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McCulloch, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02399.1 Joan McAlpine: Improvements to the A75—As an amendment to motion S4M-02399 in the name of Elaine Murray (Improvements to the A75), insert at end "; notes that Scotland’s capital budget has been cut by 32%; further notes that a shovel-ready £10 million upgrade of the A75 between Hardgrove and Kinmount was submitted to the Treasury by the Scottish Government in response to the Prime Minister’s indication that the UK Government would consider the acceleration of capital spending; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Government has submitted this upgrade as one of its 36 priority projects for UK Government approval, and awaits the UK Government’s response to this submission."

Supported by: John Wilson, Willie Coffey, Stuart McMillan, Mark McDonald, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Margaret Burgess, Paul Wheelhouse, George Adam, Mike MacKenzie, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Aileen McLeod, Humza Yousaf, Annabelle Ewing, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson, Kevin Stewart, Fiona McLeod*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-02398 Rob Gibson: Alness Girl Scientists Win UK Title—That the Parliament offers its warmest congratulations to the Young Engineers Club of Alness Academy on winning Best Young Engineers Club in Great Britain for 2012 at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham; recognises that the S3 girls won the right to represent Scotland in the science group category at the Big Bang Fair, which took place in Birmingham from 15 to 17 March 2012, and considers that this success shows how the principles of the Curriculum for Excellence employed by the Alness Academy Young Engineers Club feed into an expanding scientific sector that is vital to the future prosperity of the nation.

Supported by: John Finnie, Humza Yousaf, Bill Kidd, Margaret Burgess, Joan McAlpine, Gordon MacDonald, Bill Walker, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Watt, David Torrance, Annabelle Ewing, Chic Brodie, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Alison McInnes, Roderick Campbell, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon, Gil Paterson, Willie Coffey, Sandra White, Dave Thompson*

S4M-02397 Jackie Baillie: West Dunbartonshire Gala Days Facing Axe—That the Parliament is concerned that West Dunbartonshire Council is considering cutting the budget for community gala days and family events across the area, including the Clydebank Canal Festival, Old Kilpatrick Gala, Dalmuir Park Illuminations, the annual fireworks display in Levengrove Park and Dumbarton and Alexandria’s Christmas lights switch-ons; believes that these events provide welcome opportunities to bring families and communities together; is concerned that the cancellation of these events will have a negative effect on the community, and urges the council to seek alternative funding to enable the community to come together.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik, John Pentland, Anne McTaggart, David Torrance, Neil Bibby, Hugh Henry

S4M-02396 John Pentland: Natalie Moore-Williams—That the Parliament congratulates the stage performer, Natalie Moore-Williams, from Wishaw on securing a role as understudy to Connie Fisher in the lead role of Wonderful Town, which starts at the end of March; notes that Connie Fisher was the winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s televised search for Maria for The Sound of Music; further notes that, in winning this important role, Natalie will have the opportunity to work alongside some prominent figures in the entertainment industry; applauds Natalie’s effort and talent, which allowed her to stand out from 500 other young women to secure the role in the musical production, which will show in major cities across the UK including Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham and Glasgow, and wishes Natalie well in her acting career.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Anne McTaggart, James Kelly, Mike MacKenzie, Neil Bibby, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Maureen Watt, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Hugh Henry, Clare Adamson, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02395 Richard Baker: Congratulations to Aberdeen College and ASET—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen College on the official opening of the Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training (ASET) oil and gas training academy on 7 March 2012; understands that ASET is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aberdeen College that has provided training for the oil and gas industry, marine, electrical, transport and other sectors since 1993 on a for-profit basis without receiving any funding from the Scottish Funding Council and has consistently generated profits that are paid over on an annual basis to supplement the Scottish Funding Council grant and other income streams; further understands that this financial contribution from ASET to Aberdeen College is one factor that has enabled Aberdeen College to undertake what is considered an ambitious £10 million refurbishment programme, which is currently underway, and looks forward to increased opportunities for the business and college to share resources and assets and work together on more projects.

S4M-02394 Elaine Smith: Breast is Best—That the Parliament acknowledges the beneficial impact of breastfeeding on the health and wellbeing of mother and child; recognises that the Scottish Government has accepted the World Health Organization’s guidance recommending exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life; considers that breast milk provides babies with the essential nutrients that they need for healthy development; understands that mothers who receive additional support are more likely to breastfeed for longer, bringing greater and more prolonged health benefits; believes that additional support for mothers is important to assist them though early difficulties, and would welcome greater measures to publicise a child’s right to be breastfed in public places free from harassment.

Supported by: Mark McDonald, Ken Macintosh, Anne McTaggart, David Torrance, Liam McArthur, Nanette Milne, Richard Lyle, Iain Gray, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Clare Adamson, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Walker, Jean Urquhart, Drew Smith, Malcolm Chisholm, Claudia Beamish, Patrick Harvie, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, Neil Findlay, Fiona McLeod, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, Sandra White, Dave Thompson*, Maureen Watt*, Margaret Burgess*, Margaret McDougall*, Linda Fabiani*, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-02393 Bill Walker: 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

S4M-02392 John Mason: Action to Tackle Offensive Behaviour at Football—That the Parliament notes the enactment of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, which came into force on 1 March 2012; notes the significant amount of political debate that surrounded the passing of this legislation; further notes that two men were recently arrested by British Transport Police for “chanting and singing songs of a racially derogative nature” following the Ayr United versus Hibernian Scottish Cup match; understands that the fans involved were not connected to the Old Firm; considers that this legislation was introduced to tackle offensive behaviour throughout all of Scottish football, and believes that these recent convictions show that the legislation is robust and is allowing the police more power to tackle offensive behaviour at football.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Bill Walker, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Mark McDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Burgess, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-02391 Kenneth Gibson: The Dangers of Shisha Smoking—That the Parliament notes recently published data, which was released under freedom of information, that highlights what is considered to be the rapid increase of shisha bars in the UK, with seven of the UK’s 556 bars located in Scotland; understands that some users believe that shisha does not cause harm, with a British Heart Foundation (BHF) poll highlighting that 84% of the respondents in Scotland who smoked shisha believed that one was the equivalent of 10 cigarettes and that 15% thought the practice was less harmful; understands however that the BHF considers that the amount of smoke inhaled during a one hour shisha session is equivalent to 100 cigarettes; believes that there are severe health risks associated with shisha; notes that Andy Carver, the prevention and care adviser at BHF Scotland, has stated that shisha smoking is "linked to the same serious and life-threatening diseases as cigarettes and there are added risks because you often smoke it for far longer than you would a cigarette”, and urges all members to recognise and highlight what it sees as the implications of shisha smoking and the misconceptions around it.

Supported by: Bill Walker, Humza Yousaf, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Clare Adamson, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Burgess, Jean Urquhart, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02387# Jim Hume: The Road forward for Community Transport—That the Parliament believes that community transport initiatives play a vital role throughout Scotland in meeting the needs of many communities, particularly in remote and rural areas; considers that community transport services are viewed as a lifeline by many older or disabled people residing in areas currently underserved by commercial bus operators; further considers that such services help to improve the wellbeing of service users and are an illustration of effective preventative spending by delaying the entry of older people into residential accommodation; notes that one of the key objectives of the concessionary bus travel scheme is to “allow older and disabled people (especially those on low incomes) improved access to services, facilities and social networks by ‘free’ scheduled bus services; and so promote social inclusion”; understands that in some areas there are no regular scheduled bus services and where community transport services are the only alternative; notes the work by organisations in the third sector such as Age Scotland in campaigning for the widening of access to such services; commends The Bridge for operating the Teviot Wheels and Tweed Wheels services in the Scottish Borders, the latter winning a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2011, and acknowledges calls for greater consideration of and support for such services in future.

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Mike MacKenzie, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Alison McInnes, Elaine Murray, Sandra White, Dave Thompson*, Margaret Burgess*

S4M-02386 John Pentland: Motherwell College—That the Parliament congratulates Motherwell College’s Department for Performing Arts on what it considers to be its success in providing a launch pad for acting careers; notes the forthcoming appearance of Conor McCarry, a former student, alongside Rihanna and Liam Neeson in the film, Battleship, which is to be released in summer 2012, and believes that Conor, and the other former students who have achieved promising careers in the entertainment industry, are a credit to the quality of teaching and staff at Motherwell College.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Mary Scanlon, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Neil Bibby, Clare Adamson, Anne McTaggart, Jamie McGrigor, Christina McKelvie, Claudia Beamish, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02384 John Pentland: Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassadors—That the Parliament congratulates the efforts of Mark McRoberts and Hannah Lawler, from Coltness High School, and Nathan Fisher from St Aidan’s High School, who were among those selected to promote Olympic values as part of the Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassadors programme, which was delivered in partnership with Adidas and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games; understands that the Young Ambassadors initiative recruits members based on their commitment to the school community and on their ability to influence and inspire other young people in their school to take up sport and physical activity and to promote the 2012 Games and Olympic and Paralympic values, and applauds the programme for what it considers to be its huge success in North Lanarkshire in influencing young people to become active in their daily lives.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik, Elaine Smith, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Neil Bibby, Clare Adamson, Anne McTaggart, James Kelly, Jamie McGrigor, Claudia Beamish, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, Fiona McLeod, Colin Beattie, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Siobhan McMahon, Sandra White

S4M-02383 Kenneth Gibson: MSPs Should Feel Free to Comment on International Issues—That the Parliament notes the amendment in the name of Liam McArthur to motion S4M-02266; believes that it is justifiable for MSPs to comment on national and international issues if they so wish; notes that MSPs of all parties have submitted and supported numerous motions on international issues; acknowledges that Liam McArthur has supported many himself, including the condemnation of Burma for detaining Aung San Suu Kyi, supporting and encouraging international influence to effect democratic change in Syria, supporting the Palestine Authority’s bid for UN membership, calling for a ceasefire and end to occupation in Gaza, commenting on levels of alcohol duty in India, calling on the Israeli Government to lift restrictions on the movements of Mordechai Vanunu, calling on the Burmese Military Junta to embrace democratic change, calling on the Afghan Government to deliver sustainable development, condemning the Chinese Government for its suppression of Tibet, calling on the Iranian authorities to release six prominent Bahá’ís from prison, calling for international pressure to force Zimbabwe to allow international aid and medicine to enter the country and for Robert Mugabe to stand down, and believes that Liam McArthur is more than happy to comment on the governance and arrangements of other nations and that he should respect the rights of other members of the Parliament to do the same."

Supported by: Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Mike MacKenzie, Hanzala Malik, Paul Wheelhouse, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Gil Paterson, Colin Keir, Alex Fergusson

S4M-02383.1 Jim Hume: MSPs Should Feel Free to Comment on International Issues—As an amendment to motion S4M-02383 in the name of Kenneth Gibson (MSPs Should Feel Free to Comment on International Issues), leave out from "and that he should" to end and insert "; commends what it sees as his resolute stand against oppression across the world; reaffirms its support for the sentiments of amendment S4M-02266.1, which highlights what it believes is the contradiction from nationalist politicians that demands that people from elsewhere in the UK should not interfere or comment on Scottish matters yet appears to equip nationalists with an entitlement to interfere and comment elsewhere whenever they see fit, and considers that, unlike Mr Gibson, even the most ardent supporter of Cornish secession is unlikely to equate their current situation with the oppression experienced by, sadly, many of the citizens of Syria, Palestine, Burma, Zimbabwe or, indeed, Afghanistan."

Supported by: Liam McArthur

S4M-02369 Joan McAlpine: 300th Anniversary of Sanquhar Post Office—That the Parliament notes that Scotland has what is believed to be the oldest post office in the world, at Sanquhar in Dumfriesshire, with its origins being traced back to 1712; considers this to be a world-famous landmark and notes the local pride and desire to better celebrate what it considers to be this unique international treasure, and supports local attempts to set up an exhibition for locals and for visitors, commemorating its importance and role in the long social history of Sanquhar.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Stewart Maxwell, Roderick Campbell, Margaret Burgess, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, George Adam, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Angus MacDonald, Humza Yousaf, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, James Dornan, Jean Urquhart, Richard Lyle, Aileen McLeod, Fiona McLeod, Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Chic Brodie, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Keir, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02369.1 Elaine Murray: 300th Anniversary of Sanquhar Post Office—As an amendment to motion S4M-02369 in the name of Joan McAlpine (300th Anniversary of Sanquhar Post Office), insert at end “; notes efforts to persuade Royal Mail to issue a stamp commemorating the post office’s 300th anniversary; expresses disappointment that this has not been possible, but urges Royal Mail to identify a further opportunity to issue a stamp commemorating this historic building.”

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Hugh Henry, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret McCulloch, Anne McTaggart, Margaret Burgess*, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02265# Jim Eadie: Violence in Syria—That the Parliament recognises the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria; supports the call by Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, for the world to speak with one voice on this issue; condemns the violence in Syria and notes the need for immediate and full access to humanitarian relief for vulnerable people in the country; acknowledges the work of organisations such as Oxfam for their campaigning efforts in Lothian and across Scotland; pays tribute to the work of all non-governmental organisations that are already present in countries bordering Syria and preparing to deal with the humanitarian crisis, and considers that the impact of violence on civilians is a clear example of the need for an international arms trade treaty that would stop arms transfers.

Supported by: Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant

S4M-01932# Richard Baker: UCAN’s Campaign for Robot-assisted Surgery—That the Parliament congratulates UCAN, the north-east-based urological cancer charity, on its bid to raise £2.5 million by 2013 in order to bring to the area pioneering robotic equipment for the provision of keyhole surgery; understands that three of the four most common cancers, prostate, bowel and bladder, as well as gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis, can be treated using robotic equipment; believes that this equipment will enable the use in Scotland of the most advanced technologies for minimally invasive surgery and that this will be of huge benefit to patients in minimising the impact of surgery; welcomes the aim of UCAN, which is to create a theatre suite at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with two integrated operating theatres that will have the capacity for robot-assisted surgery, and hopes that this campaign will receive support throughout the north east.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt, Sarah Boyack, Nanette Milne, Siobhan McMahon, Rhoda Grant

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-02382 Shovel-ready Infrastructure Projects ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Humza Yousaf, Joan McAlpine, Margaret Burgess, Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Fiona McLeod, Kevin Stewart, John Mason, Annabelle Ewing, Paul Wheelhouse, Stuart McMillan, Colin Beattie, Angus MacDonald, Adam Ingram, Bill Walker, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Mark McDonald, Clare Adamson, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Jean Urquhart, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Keir

S4M-02381 Motherwell College Wins Big Lottery Award ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White

S4M-02379 Closure of Lennox Herald Dumbarton Office ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Helen Eadie, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Annabel Goldie, Sandra White

S4M-02378 Purple Day ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Fiona McLeod, Kevin Stewart, Richard Simpson, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Helen Eadie, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Clare Adamson, Alison McInnes, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Roderick Campbell, Colin Keir, Sarah Boyack, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02377 Rights of Afghan Women ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Margaret Burgess, Fiona McLeod, Kevin Stewart, Malcolm Chisholm, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Clare Adamson, Gil Paterson, James Dornan, Jean Urquhart, Dave Thompson, Jamie Hepburn, Roderick Campbell, Colin Keir

S4M-02376 Good Luck to PRYDE at the Provost’s Civic Pride Awards 2012 (lodged on 15 March 2012) Kevin Stewart, Hugh Henry, Colin Beattie, Helen Eadie, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Margaret Burgess*

S4M-02375 South Lanarkshire College’s Decorative Arts Weekend ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) David Torrance, Kenneth Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Joan McAlpine, Mark McDonald, Christina McKelvie, Linda Fabiani, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Jean Urquhart, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Margaret Burgess, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02374 Congratulating Inverclyde Academy’s Press Team ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Fiona McLeod, Kevin Stewart, Hugh Henry, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Chic Brodie, Willie Coffey, Neil Bibby, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Annabel Goldie

S4M-02373 Congratulations to Scots Professor on Election to President-Elect (lodged on 15 March 2012) Fiona McLeod, Kevin Stewart, Margaret Burgess, Linda Fabiani, Clare Adamson, Chic Brodie, Gil Paterson, Neil Bibby, Mary Scanlon, Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack

S4M-02372 Young People from Milton Celebrate Success with the Prince’s Trust ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Hugh Henry, Neil Bibby, Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02371 Kilbirnie’s Rebecca Plaistow Wins National Championship ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Colin Beattie, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Willie Coffey, Neil Bibby, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan*, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02370 Bus Service Operators Grant ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Sarah Boyack

S4M-02368 Dumbarton Academy Young Enterprise Group Is Scent-Sational (lodged on 15 March 2012) Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, John Pentland, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Neil Bibby, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02366 Congratulations to Shetland’s Inshore Fishermen ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Jamie McGrigor, Alison Johnstone, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-02361 Welcome to Dylan Thomson School ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Sarah Boyack

S4M-02360 Alternatives and the Lloyds TSB Foundation Tackling Youth Addiction ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Neil Bibby

S4M-02359 Ricky Burns, World Champion ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Hugh Henry, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Kevin Stewart

S4M-02358 Maryhill Multi-storeys Get a New Look ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Neil Bibby, Sarah Boyack

S4M-02357 Comrie Development Trust New Carbon Challenge ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Mike MacKenzie, Jean Urquhart, Kevin Stewart, Claudia Beamish, Bill Walker, Gordon MacDonald, Dennis Robertson, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Angus MacDonald, Margaret Burgess, Fiona McLeod, Drew Smith, Humza Yousaf, Maureen Watt, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Sandra White

S4M-02356 Scottish Cricket Team ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Colin Beattie, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Colin Keir

S4M-02355 Welcome a Pet in Rehoming Week ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Kezia Dugdale, Fiona McLeod, Paul Wheelhouse, Claudia Beamish, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Clare Adamson, Neil Bibby, Sarah Boyack, Stuart McMillan*, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-02354 Fair City Regains Official Status ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Dave Thompson, Colin Keir

S4M-02353 Clydebank College ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Hugh Henry, Fiona McLeod, Gil Paterson, Sarah Boyack

S4M-02352 West Lothian Scotland’s 13th College Region ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Sarah Boyack

S4M-02349 The City of Perth ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Margaret Mitchell, Fiona McLeod, Dave Thompson, Sarah Boyack, Stuart McMillan*, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-02348 Support National No Smoking Day ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Sarah Boyack, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-02347 2012 INEOS SET Fair ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie

S4M-02346 Amnesty International Report, Syria’s Torture Survivors Speak Out (lodged on 14 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Dave Thompson, Roderick Campbell, Colin Keir, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-02345 Big Lottery Fund, Larkhall Community Growers ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Sarah Boyack

S4M-02344 Big Lottery Fund, Getting Better Together ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Sarah Boyack

S4M-02340 CEMVO Scotland In-work Poverty and Ethnicity Research ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Linda Fabiani, Neil Bibby, Sarah Boyack, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-02339 Scottish Cadet Wins Kriegie Trophy ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Dave Thompson, Neil Bibby

S4M-02335 Totally Locally Comes to Helensburgh ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) John Wilson, Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson

S4M-02334 Viridor’s Respect for Communities and the Planning Process (lodged on 14 March 2012) David Stewart, Jim Hume, Hanzala Malik, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Margaret McDougall*, Elaine Murray*, Rhoda Grant*

S4M-02331 Lambhill Stables ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Sarah Boyack

S4M-02330 Scottish Natural Heritage Windfarm Guidance ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Roderick Campbell, Dave Thompson

S4M-02329 Royal Yachting Association Scotland’s Volunteer of the Year 2012 (lodged on 13 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Linda Fabiani

S4M-02328 Twenty Years of PAMIS ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Margaret Burgess, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant

S4M-02323 Congratulations to Agata Jodinska ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, John Pentland, Sarah Boyack, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02322 Congratulations to Scotland’s Rangers ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02321 Addressing Alcohol Abuse among Scotland’s Armed Forces ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Clare Adamson, Dave Thompson, Margaret Burgess, Linda Fabiani, Colin Keir

S4M-02320 Royal Regiment of Scotland, Freedom of the City of Stirling ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Margaret Burgess, Linda Fabiani, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02319 The Notre Dame Centre ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02318 Granite City Challenge ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02317 Timing of Scottish Cup Semi-final ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02316 Scottish Crofting Federation Honours Founding Director ­(lodged on 13 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Sarah Boyack

S4M-02315 Congratulations to Aberdeen University Students’ Association (lodged on 13 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Drew Smith, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02314 Closure of Citizens Advice Bureaux in Glasgow ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02313 Ensuring Universal Credit Supports Working Mums in Scotland (lodged on 12 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Linda Fabiani, Annabelle Ewing, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02312 Springburn Academy Pupils Achieve Success in Biomass Project (lodged on 12 March 2012) Sarah Boyack

S4M-02311 Chanonry Sailing Club ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Rhoda Grant

S4M-02308 Loretto Golf Team Triumphs ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Willie Coffey

S4M-02307 Musselburgh Amateur Swimming Club Awards ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Willie Coffey

S4M-02306 Glasgow St Patrick’s Day Festival 2012 ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Linda Fabiani

S4M-02303 Glenboig Playscheme Secures Big Lottery Award ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Willie Coffey

S4M-02302 Muirhead and District Seniors Forum Wins Big ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Willie Coffey, Mark McDonald

S4M-02301 Fair Deal for Mobile Phone Users ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant

S4M-02300 UK Plan for Rare Diseases ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Sarah Boyack

S4M-02299 Scottish Hydro’s Free Insulation ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Linda Fabiani, Dave Thompson

S4M-02298 Employers’ Guide to Mental Health in the Workplace ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Marco Biagi, Linda Fabiani, Clare Adamson, Annabelle Ewing, Siobhan McMahon, John Park

S4M-02296 50p Tickets at the Citizens Theatre ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Linda Fabiani

S4M-02295 Remembering the Clydebank Blitz ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani

S4M-02294 Congratulations to Granny Mac’s Meringues ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02293 Congratulations to Western Wildcats Hockey Club ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald

S4M-02292 Wales Shows the Way on Financial Inclusion and Support for Advice Services ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Rhoda Grant

S4M-02291 Tenants Standing up for their Rights in the Private Rented Sector (lodged on 09 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Willie Coffey, Sarah Boyack

S4M-02290 Scottish Acts at South by Southwest ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Willie Coffey, Linda Fabiani

S4M-02289 Sae Come aa Ye at Hame wi Freedom ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Hanzala Malik

S4M-02287 High Drinking Rates in Over 45s ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Hanzala Malik

S4M-02286 Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Willie Rennie, Linda Fabiani

S4M-02284 Community Groups Funded in Coatbridge and Chryston ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald

S4M-02283 Voice against Violence Philip Lawrence Award ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Linda Fabiani

S4M-02282 Remploy Workers Deserve Better ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Gordon MacDonald, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02281 Scotland’s Mountain Rescue Teams ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant

S4M-02280 Remploy Netherton ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Gordon MacDonald

S4M-02279 North Lanarkshire Curriculum for Excellence ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02278 53rd Anniversary of the Tibetan People’s Uprising ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Marco Biagi*

S4M-02277 Green Investment Bank ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Linda Fabiani

S4M-02276 Rose Street Set to Bloom ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02275 Scotland’s Oldest Cinema Celebrates 100 Years ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald

S4M-02274 Kits for Kids ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02273 Dumbarton Academy Go4SET ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Colin Beattie

S4M-02271 Saline First Responder Scheme ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Dave Thompson

S4M-02269 Green Investment Bank to be Headquartered in Edinburgh ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Hanzala Malik

S4M-02268 Fairtrade Fortnight and International Women’s Day ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald, Rhoda Grant

S4M-02267 Congratulating Haemophilia Scotland on its Parliamentary Reception ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02266 50,000 Call for a Cornish Assembly ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Mark McDonald

S4M-02264.1 West Lothian Council Referendum Position ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02263 No Spanish Veto ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald

S4M-02262 Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in Harmony with Nature ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald

S4M-02259 Proserv Creates New Jobs in Scotland ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02256 Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust Top 100 Report ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Mark McDonald, Rhoda Grant

S4M-02255 University of Dundee, GlaxoSmithKline, Wellcome Trust Collaboration on Neglected Tropical Diseases ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Hugh Henry, Dave Thompson, Mark McDonald

S4M-02254 University of St Andrews Anniversary Prize ­(lodged on 09 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Willie Coffey, Mark McDonald, Hanzala Malik, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02253 Commemorating James Graham, Marquis of Montrose and Member of the First Scots Parliament ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02252 Smoking Ban Reduces Premature Birth Rate ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Rhoda Grant

S4M-02251 Congratulations to Shetland Rugby Club’s First Development Officer ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Rhoda Grant

S4M-02250 International Women’s Day ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02247 Royal Scottish National Orchestra Shetland Tour Success ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Rhoda Grant

S4M-02244 Bonnyrigg Primary School Becomes Cycle-friendly School ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02233 No Place for Wild Animals in Circuses ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Sarah Boyack, Drew Smith, Liam McArthur

S4M-02232 IKEA Employees Graduate from Ready for Retail Scheme ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02231 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Drew Smith

S4M-02230 IBD Nurse of the Year ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02229 Voter Registration Campaign, Make Your Voice Heard ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) John Wilson, Margaret Burgess

S4M-02227 Votes at 16 ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Kezia Dugdale, Drew Smith

S4M-02226 Alness Academy Students Shine ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse, Mark McDonald

S4M-02225.1 Blacklist of Construction Workers ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Rhoda Grant

S4M-02225 Blacklist of Construction Workers ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02223 Newbattle Wins Pioneers in Education Curriculum ­(lodged on 05 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02222 Congratulations to Angus Young Engineers, Stonehaven Canoe Club and Montrose Tennis Club ­(lodged on 05 March 2012) Willie Coffey, Mark McDonald

S4M-02220 In Memory of Paul McBride QC ­(lodged on 05 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02218 Centre for World Rugby Boosts Tourism Appeal of Hawick ­(lodged on 05 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02216 Congratulations on the Publication of Failte Malawi ­(lodged on 05 March 2012) Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02213 Professor Peter Higgs and Edinburgh Award 2011 ­(lodged on 05 March 2012) Willie Coffey, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02212 Good Luck to Harlaw Academy Pupils ­(lodged on 02 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02208 Centenary Celebration of Birthlink ­(lodged on 02 March 2012) Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02207 Commemorating Lance Corporal Liam Tasker ­(lodged on 02 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02206 Congratulating the Craft Café in Castlemilk ­(lodged on 02 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02205 Energy Powerhouse of Europe ­(lodged on 02 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02203 Labour’s Free University Education Confusion ­(lodged on 02 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02202 Awards for All Grants in Kirkcaldy ­(lodged on 02 March 2012) Humza Yousaf, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Dennis Robertson, Rob Gibson, Margaret Burgess, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02197 Highland Galvanizers and Highland Colour Coaters Official Opening ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02196 Scottish Power Investment in Cumbernauld ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02195 Young Carers Mental Health Toolkit ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Clare Adamson, Mark McDonald

S4M-02194 Community Radio Coming from a Station Near You ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02193 Falkirk District’s Active Schools at London 2012 Awards ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02192 Young Person’s Project ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02190 Big Lunch, Community, Food and Celebration with the Eden Project ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02189 Welcome For Scotland’s Ageing Population ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02188 Lollipop Man in a Million ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02187 Congratulations to HAPIS ­(lodged on 01 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02183 National No Smoking Day ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02182 Vehicle Fuel Duty Rip-off ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02178 Fuel Derogation Scheme ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02173 North East Fife Affordable Housing ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02172 Linwood Town Centre ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Patricia Ferguson, Neil Findlay, John Pentland, Anne McTaggart, David Torrance

S4M-02171 Johnstone West Sport and Fitness for Everyone ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Kenneth Gibson, James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Burgess, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Gil Paterson

S4M-02170 Preston Lodge Ladies Hockey Receives Grant ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02169 Grant for JSB Plumbing Forth Valley League ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02168 Congratulating Aberdeenshire West’s Awards for All Beneficiaries (lodged on 29 February 2012) James Dornan

S4M-02162 Rosneath Primary School ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02159 Congratulations to Aberdeen Lads Club and Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02157 EUSA Fair Housing Campaign ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02152 Congratulating Huntly Development Trust for Big Lottery Fund’s Grant ­(lodged on 28 February 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02145 Oil & Gas UK 2012 Activity Survey ­(lodged on 28 February 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02128 Employee Ownership Works ­(lodged on 27 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02127 The Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust ­(lodged on 27 February 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-02110 Fertility Treatment Provision and Access ­(lodged on 23 February 2012) Mary Scanlon

S4M-02101 Coalfields Community Challenge ­(lodged on 22 February 2012) Mark McDonald

S4M-02099 Pillar To Post ­(lodged on 22 February 2012) Joe FitzPatrick*

S4M-02085 Congratulations to East Kilbride YM Amateur Football Club ­(lodged on 22 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02033 Health Commitment to Asbestos Victims ­(lodged on 15 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02021 Eric Liddell, 110th Anniversary ­(lodged on 13 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02018 Grietje Scott Recognised for World War II Resistance Work ­(lodged on 13 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02016 Centenary of the Dewar Report ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Jamie McGrigor, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02010 Take One Action Film Festival ­(lodged on 10 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02007 Good Luck to Granny Mac’s Meringues ­(lodged on 10 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01986 Burns Club Success for Calderwood Primary School ­(lodged on 08 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01968 The 60th Anniversary of the Accession of Her Majesty The Queen (lodged on 07 February 2012) Ruth Davidson

S4M-01942 Zero Waste with Coca-Cola ­(lodged on 06 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01935 Chivas Leads the Way in Employee Care ­(lodged on 03 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01895 Louise Teams up with Florence + The Machine ­(lodged on 31 January 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01874 Lab in a Lorry ­(lodged on 31 January 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01849.1 North Lanarkshire Housing Programme ­(lodged on 03 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01834 Galloway to the Fore in Creative Scotland Awards ­(lodged on 25 January 2012) Stuart McMillan*

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