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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-02615 Christina McKelvie: Congratulations to The Coalyard—That the Parliament congratulates the Larkhall-based project, The Coalyard, on winning the Employability for all category award in the Surf Awards 2011; recognises the work that the project undertakes to ensure that people from all walks of life have the chance to gain skills that are needed in the workplace; notes that participating students are provided with education, training and work experience over a three-year course to help them emerge skilled, confident and ready for work; appreciates what it considers to be the high standard of the catering and laundry service that the young people provide to the Larkhall community; applauds the strong commitment by the staff and trainees to maintaining high standards, both in the workplace and in services to the public; wishes the project every success in the future, and encourages more young people to engage in community groups like The Coalyard.

*S4M-02613 Richard Lochhead: Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft]—That the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee recommends that the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*

*S4M-02612 Nicola Sturgeon: Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft]—That the Equal Opportunities Committee recommends that the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*

*S4M-02611 Neil Findlay: Success for Saint Kentigern’s Academy’s Seen and Heard Group—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of St Kentigern’s Academy’s Seen and Heard Group on winning the Rotary International Young Citizen award for their film, Hidden Poverty; notes what it sees as the film’s strong and thought provoking message highlighting child poverty in the UK and, in particular, in the school’s own catchment area; welcomes the involvement of UNICEF, who will use the resource as part of its education programme, Just Living, and hopes that the film will be distributed widely and that its message has an impact on policy makers across the UK and abroad.

*S4M-02610 John Mason: Remembering RMS Titanic, 100 Years On—That the Parliament notes that 15 April 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, considered to be one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history, which is believed to have resulted in the deaths of 1,514 people; understands that John Harper, a Baptist pastor from Houston, Renfrewshire, who was en route to preach in Chicago, died trying to help others on the ship; considers that memories of Mr Harper live on at what is now the Harper Memorial Baptist Church, but was originally the Paisley Road Baptist Church, where he became the pastor in 1897; notes that the church will host a Titanic Weekend event to mark the anniversary, and remembers with sadness all of those who lost family and friends in this tragic moment in history.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Margaret Burgess*, Sandra White*, Adam Ingram*, Dave Thompson*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Humza Yousaf*, Dennis Robertson*, Roderick Campbell*, Murdo Fraser*, Annabelle Ewing*, Malcolm Chisholm*

*S4M-02609 David Torrance: Fife Arabic Society’s Big Lottery Fund Award—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Arabic Society on receiving a £1,960 award from the Big Lottery Fund programme, 2014 Communities; notes that the aim of Fife Arabic Society is to provide social and recreational activities and encourage interaction between communities; understands that the funding will be used to stage a community event at a school, which will include sporting and cultural activities; believes that the project meets the 2014 Communities outcomes of encouraging more people to take part in sport or physical activity and of bringing together people and communities through volunteering in sport or physical activity, and considers that such projects will encourage greater community cohesion in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Humza Yousaf*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Roderick Campbell*, Sandra White*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02608 Jackie Baillie: Helensburgh Rugby Club Makes History—That the Parliament congratulates Helensburgh Rugby Club’s first team on reaching the final of the RBS National Bowl at Murrayfield, which, it understands, will be the first time in the club’s history that one of its teams will play at the national stadium; believes that the success of the team has brought the community together and notes that local retailers and supporters are aiming to send 1,000 people from the town to Edinburgh to see the match, and wishes the team well for the game, which is set to be played on 21 April 2012.

*S4M-02607# Jim Eadie: The Welfare of Post-conflict Soldiers—That the Parliament congratulates the Daily Record on highlighting the number of soldiers who face various difficulties following their service overseas; notes that the investigation found that, between January 2007 and December 2010, over 9,000 soldiers across the UK were battling mental health issues, with 2,510 diagnosed with mental health problems in 2010 alone; understands that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a highly serious issue among troops who are returning home, that the number of reported cases has vastly increased in recent years and that this is likely to continue as more soldiers return from Helmand in the coming weeks; pays tribute to organisations such as Veterans Scotland and the Scottish Veterans Association in helping veterans overcome the challenges that confront them in Edinburgh, Lothian and throughout Scotland; agrees with the families of soldiers who have taken their lives after returning home from service that greater efforts should be taken to ensure that returning soldiers have an array of services available to them in order to mitigate the effects of potential PTSD, that they should be made fully aware of the services that are available to them and that the responsibility to help tackle PTSD should not lie solely with the soldiers themselves, and believes that such measures would better guarantee the long-term welfare of returning soldiers.

Supported by: Jackson Carlaw*, Adam Ingram*, Jenny Marra*, Jean Urquhart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Dave Thompson*, Bill Kidd*, Angus MacDonald*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Gordon MacDonald*, John Mason*, Richard Lyle*, Kenneth Gibson*, Humza Yousaf*, Graeme Dey*, Dennis Robertson*, Roderick Campbell*, David Torrance*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02606 Bill Kidd: Care and Technology in the 21st Century—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report by Carers UK, Future care: Care and technology in the 21st century, which calls for a technological transformation to support caring families and argues that the way in which families already use technology to work, plan their lives, shop and socialise should also be reflected in how they care for ill, frail or disabled loved ones.

Supported by: Claudia Beamish*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Roderick Campbell*, Chic Brodie*, Mike MacKenzie*, John Mason*, Kenneth Gibson*, Margaret Burgess*, Dave Thompson*, Dennis Robertson*, Joan McAlpine*, Richard Lyle*, Adam Ingram*, Jim Hume*, George Adam*, Humza Yousaf*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Jean Urquhart*, James Dornan*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02605 Paul Wheelhouse: Hawick Band Scocha Promotes Scotland in New York—That the Parliament congratulates the Hawick-based "folk’n’roll" band, Scocha, on taking part in Scotland Week in New York; understands that, as well as performing in Central Park, Scocha will participate in the annual Tartan Day Parade and other events throughout the week, including a sold-out gig at the St Andrew’s Restaurant; notes that Scotland Week aims to promote and highlight the cultural links between Scotland and the USA; understands that the week aims to encourage the continuation of these links for future generations, particularly among the 4.8 million US citizens who claimed Scottish ancestry in the 2000 census; welcomes what it understands to be the packed programme of events planned for this year, which coincides with the Year of Creative Scotland, and wishes Scocha and all those from Scotland who are participating in the Scotland Week events the best of success.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, Jamie McGrigor*, Adam Ingram*, Stuart McMillan*, Jim Hume*, Roderick Campbell*, Mike MacKenzie*, Christine Grahame*, Margaret Burgess*, Richard Lyle*, Aileen McLeod*, Bill Kidd*, Humza Yousaf*, Dennis Robertson*, James Dornan*, Jean Urquhart*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02604 Bill Walker: Valleyfield Heritage Project Woodland Clean-up—That the Parliament commends what it considers to be the hard work and dedication of the Valleyfield Heritage Group in West Fife; understands that the group consists of local volunteers whose stated aim is to preserve the Valleyfield woodland and return the area to its former glory; congratulates the group on the success of its recent clean-up, in which volunteers of different ages removed rubbish and undergrowth, and hopes that the enthusiasm and energy of the volunteers will encourage more villagers and young people to take interest in the woodland and preserve it for their own children and grandchildren and also for visitors to the area.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Dave Thompson*, Alison Johnstone*

*S4M-02603 James Dornan: Glasgow Named One of the World’s Greatest Sporting Cities—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow on being placed on the 25-city shortlist of the world’s greatest sporting cities for the SportsBusiness Ultimate Sports City 2012 Awards; notes that this is a bi-annual award and in 2010 Glasgow was 11th on the list; further notes that cities such as New York, London, Durban, Rio and Sydney as well as the reigning champion, Melbourne, are among the other cities shortlisted; understands that Glasgow’s infrastructure, such as Hampden Park in the Cathcart constituency as well as the facilities being built for the Commonwealth Games in 2014, is one of the key reasons for Glasgow being placed so highly, and commends all involved in promoting Glasgow as a city of sporting excellence.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*, Adam Ingram*, Stuart McMillan*, Graeme Dey*, Clare Adamson*, Angus MacDonald*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Bob Doris*, Margaret Burgess*, Richard Lyle*, Bill Kidd*, Humza Yousaf*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02602 Dave Thompson: Ross County—That the Parliament offers its warmest congratulations to Ross County Football Club on winning the Scottish First Division Championship; notes that this guarantees that the team will be promoted to the Scottish Premier League (SPL) for the first time; notes the club’s ascent from the Highland League to become the most northerly club to progress to the SPL; welcomes what it considers to have been the spirit and vision displayed by the team, its manager, backroom staff and board in placing Ross County in the top flight; acknowledges what it sees as the important role that the team’s fans, colloquially known as Staggies, make in their commitment, support and enthusiasm; looks forward to some exciting local derbies next season, and wishes Ross County further success in future.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jean Urquhart*, Mark McDonald*, Joan McAlpine*, Mary Scanlon*, Adam Ingram*, Angus MacDonald*, Richard Lyle*, Margaret Burgess*, Tavish Scott*, Willie Coffey*, Dennis Robertson*, Humza Yousaf*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike MacKenzie*, Bill Walker*, Kenneth Gibson*, Neil Bibby*, Liam McArthur*, John Finnie*, Hanzala Malik*, Bill Kidd*, Mark Griffin*, Annabelle Ewing*, Murdo Fraser*

*S4M-02601 Colin Keir: Edinburgh Success in Heineken Cup Quarter-finals—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh Rugby on becoming the first Scottish team to reach the Heineken Cup semi-finals after beating the four-time champion, Toulouse, at Murrayfield; notes that the French team is the most successful club in Heineken Cup history, while Edinburgh played in the quarter-finals for just the second time, and that Toulouse is currently top of the French Top 14; further welcomes what it considers Edinburgh’s overwhelming support as over 37,000 fans made their way to Murrayfield stadium, breaking the tournament’s UK attendance record for a quarter-final, and believes that Edinburgh Rugby has earned a place at the top table of European rugby and given the city and the nation a huge boost.

*S4M-02600 Jim Eadie: Edinburgh Rugby Victory in Heineken Cup—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh Rugby on what it considers its emphatic 19–14 victory over Toulouse in the Heineken Cup quarter-final match on 7 April 2012; recognises Edinburgh Rugby’s historic win against Toulouse, the most successful team in the history of the Heineken Cup; applauds what it sees as the incredible atmosphere generated by the 37,881 fans at Murrayfield and their positive impact on Edinburgh Rugby’s tremendous display; further notes that the match attendance broke the record for a Scottish Rugby Union club, and wishes the club all the very best for its semi-final match against Ulster on 28 April 2012 at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Stuart McMillan*, Rob Gibson*, Jean Urquhart*, Gordon MacDonald*, Mark McDonald*, Bill Kidd*, Stewart Maxwell*, Humza Yousaf*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Neil Bibby*, Adam Ingram*, Dennis Robertson*, Margaret Burgess*, Roderick Campbell*, Liam McArthur*, Richard Lyle*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02599 Margaret Mitchell: East Kilbride Crime Prevention Panel Awards 2012, John F Doyle Award—That the Parliament congratulates Jenna Carlin and Laura Dempster, pupils from Calderglen High School, on winning the John F Doyle award at the East Kilbride Crime Prevention Panel Awards 2012; notes that this award is given to either a young adult or group of young adults who have, through their efforts, contributed positively to the safety and wellbeing of their local community; understands that Jenna and Laura were presented with this honour as a result of their work on providing a befriending service to older people in the community and for organising a music concert to raise money for a local charity; notes that their work is part of a larger European project, Values vs. Violence, which is also known as the Triple-V Project, which operates in Germany, Hungary, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and aims to raise awareness of the importance of values; further notes that the awards also recognised the S3 pupils from Calderglen High School who produced an educational film, Body Image, which was also part of the Triple-V Project; understands that these pupils are now completing their second film, which will focus on cyberbullying, and hopes that these films will help young people in the local community learn about, and cope with, what are considered to be difficult and challenging issues.

Supported by: Richard Lyle*

*S4M-02598# John Mason: The Death Penalty in India—That the Parliament notes the recent rally that was held in Edinburgh by members of the Sikh community from Shettleston and across Scotland to express their opposition to the reintroduction of the death penalty in India; understands that, as a result of the Indian Government’s decision, a death sentence has been imposed on Balwant Singh Rajoana, who has been in prison since 2007 when he was sentenced to 17 years; understands, however, that, following a mercy petition to the President of India, the death sentence on Balwant Singh Rajoana has been postponed; notes the calls for the Indian Government not to proceed with the death penalty for Balwant Singh Rajoana or any other prisoners, and believes that capital punishment is fundamentally wrong and has no place in the twenty-first century.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Adam Ingram*, Chic Brodie*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Humza Yousaf*, Patrick Harvie*, Dave Thompson*, Sandra White*, Alison Johnstone*, Jean Urquhart*, Jenny Marra*, Richard Lyle*, Dennis Robertson*, Roderick Campbell*, Annabelle Ewing*, Malcolm Chisholm*

*S4M-02597 Graeme Dey: Arbroath Marks 70 Years since the Red Lichtie Took to the Skies—That the Parliament joins with the local community in Arbroath, and towns across Angus, in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Spitfire, the Red Lichtie, which it considers played a vital part in the allied forces’ fight against fascism across Europe and the world during the Second World War; welcomes the fundraising efforts of the people of Arbroath and surrounding area in raising the £5,000 necessary to pay for the plane in 1942; notes that Angus is considered to have a proud military tradition, both in its regimental history and the willingness of its local men and women to defend their country in the armed forces, which continues to this day, with 45 Commando Royal Marines continuing to be based outside Arbroath; wishes the organisers and local community well in putting together the celebrations to mark the anniversary of the Red Lichtie, and expresses the hope that the commemoration will be used to reflect not only on the generosity of local people in contributing to the Spitfire fund during wartime, when resources were scarce, but also to remember the many young men and women lost from communities in Angus and across the country in the first half of the twentieth century in the fight for democracy in the western world.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell*, Roderick Campbell*, Angus MacDonald*, Willie Coffey*, Stuart McMillan*, David Torrance*, Adam Ingram*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Rob Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Humza Yousaf*, Bill Kidd*, Mike MacKenzie*, Dennis Robertson*, Aileen McLeod*, Margaret Burgess*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Mark McDonald*, Richard Lyle*, James Dornan*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02596 Alison Johnstone: Global Day of Action on Military Spending—That the Parliament congratulates the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) on organising a Global Day of Action on Military Spending on 17 April 2012; understands that the UK currently spends around £39 billion per year on its military, more than any other country in the world apart from the United States of America and China, at a time when it considers spending on welfare and local services is being drastically cut and many people around the world remain in hunger and poverty; notes that CAAT seeks an end to UK arms export subsidies, estimated at £700 million per year, and a just transition for arms industry employees; considers that the skills and technical expertise of workers in communities that are heavily reliant on the arms industry, such as Edinburgh, Fife and the Faslane area, could be redeployed to the growing renewables sector, which it understands is itself in need of more engineers, and believes that there is now majority support in the Parliament to rid Scotland of what it sees as costly and unnecessary nuclear weapons.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Dave Thompson*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Kidd*, Jean Urquhart*

*S4M-02595 Colin Beattie: Infant Development Programme—That the Parliament congratulates Duo Gymnastics Club, a Midlothian-based fitness centre, on receiving a £1,628 award from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme; understands that this organisation has met the communities outcomes of ‘More people take part in sport or physical activity’ and ‘More people volunteer in sport or physical activity’ by providing Baby Gym exercises in which babies from nine weeks to 18 months can interact with each other and their parents/care givers; applauds Miss Pamela Fletcher’s efforts in helping Duo Gymnastics Club achieve this award, and wishes the club success in its infant development programmes.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, David Torrance*, Adam Ingram*, Jim Hume*, Bill Kidd*, Mike MacKenzie*, Dennis Robertson*, Margaret Burgess*, Richard Lyle*, Humza Yousaf*

*S4M-02594 Colin Beattie: Easy Does It! Expands Services—That the Parliament congratulates the Midlothian-based organisation, Easy Does It!, on receiving a £1,160 award from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme; understands that this organisation has met the communities outcome of ‘More people take part in sport or physical activity’ by aiming to offer more fitness, dance or pilates classes to its members; notes that this grant will fund tutor hire, venue hire and volunteer expenses; commends Mrs Mary Dempster’s efforts in achieving the award for Easy Does It!, and wishes the organisation success in making fitness classes more varied and accessible.

Supported by: David Torrance*, Mike MacKenzie*, Dennis Robertson*, Alison Johnstone*, Joan McAlpine*, Richard Lyle*, Adam Ingram*, Humza Yousaf*, Stuart McMillan*, Margaret Burgess*, Bill Kidd*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02593 Bob Doris: Congratulating the Participants of the Big Splash 2012—That the Parliament congratulates the North Glasgow Arts and Regeneration Network (NGARN) on what it considers the hugely successful Big Splash event 2012; thanks NGARN and its partners and volunteers for their continuing efforts to increase opportunities for the arts in the north of Glasgow and encourage local people to get involved and become enthusiastic about a wide variety of artistic endeavours; considers that these efforts enrich community life in the north of Glasgow, and recognises the contributions of Depot Arts Co., Maryhill Integration Network, New Rhythms for Glasgow, Project Ability, Scrumptious Productions, Theatre Modo and Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, the partner organisations that helped plan the event and provided the day’s educational and entertaining programmes, including craft workshops, dance performances and workshops, vocal performances, glass painting, film presentations, drama workshops and theatrical performances.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Gil Paterson*, Rob Gibson*, Jean Urquhart*, Dennis Robertson*, Richard Lyle*, Stuart McMillan*, Humza Yousaf*, Joan McAlpine*, Kenneth Gibson*, Adam Ingram*, Bill Kidd*, Margaret Burgess*, James Dornan*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02592 Richard Simpson: Edinburgh Rugby Victory—That the Parliament congratulates the Edinburgh Rugby players and coach on what it considers a sensational victory over Toulouse in the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup; notes that this is the furthest that any Scottish team has ever progressed in this competition; considers that there was massive support from the record crowd of 38,881, and wishes the team every success against Ulster in Dublin on 28 April 2012.

*S4M-02591 John Swinney: Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

*S4M-02590 Neil Findlay: International Workers’ Memorial Day, Mourn the Dead and Fight for the Living—That the Parliament notes that 28 April 2012 is International Workers’ Memorial Day and that Workers’ Memorial Day originated in Canada following a prolonged campaign in Ontario to win compensation for uranium miners; understands that the idea of using Workers’ Memorial Day as a means of highlighting the need for better health and safety in the workplace was introduced to the UK in 1992 by a member of the Hazards Campaign, the late Tommy Hart, coordinator of the Birmingham Health and Safety Advice Centre; notes the contribution of Jim Swan of the West Lothian Trades Council, who introduced the concept into the Lothians in 1992 and used the vehicle of the Lothian Federation of Trade Union Councils to develop it; further recognises the support of the STUC, the Church of Scotland, what it considers the vast majority of trade unions and a number of local authorities; calls on parliamentarians to support local events in their constituencies and regions, and notes that the motto of International Workers’ Memorial Day is - mourn the dead and fight for the living.

*S4M-02589 Joan McAlpine: Annan Harbour Action Group—That the Parliament congratulates the Annan Harbour Action Group on securing a licence from Marine Scotland to stabilise and repair the slipway at Annan; considers that the slipway will attract boat owners from the surrounding areas and so help the local economy; understands that the Annan Harbour Action Group is made up of committed local people working on a voluntary basis to bring Annan Harbour back into active use; considers that a regenerated and safe harbour area could attract sailors and canoeists and so provide leisure opportunities for people of all ages; further congratulates the work of the group in promoting the re-establishment of coastal rowing on the Solway as part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, and looks forward to the Annan Harbour Festival on 5 May 2012 when the community will celebrate the progress achieved so far and raise funds for the future improvement of the waterfront area.

*S4M-02588 Drew Smith: National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Pension Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Pension Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/69) be annulled.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*

*S4M-02587 Kenneth Gibson: Fairness for Scotland—That the Parliament expresses astonishment at the Labour Party’s position of opposing the division of UK assets if Scotland re-emerges as an independent sovereign state; understands that Scotland’s share of these assets is currently estimated at £69 billion, with debt levels much higher, debts that it considers were primarily accumulated by the last UK Labour administration; considers that a division of both assets and liabilities is normal following national independence, as witnessed following the end of the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia; considers that Labour wants to saddle Scotland with UK debt while the UK retains all assets and that this position exposes Labour as a party with no concern for Scotland’s best interests, a party that supposedly espouses fairness while clearly opposing fairness for Scotland, and urges all unionist parties to confirm that an independent Scotland will not only be saddled with its population’s share of UK debt but also a commensurate share of UK assets.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, Mark McDonald*, John Mason*, Margaret Burgess*, Mike MacKenzie*, Stewart Maxwell*, Angus MacDonald*, Dave Thompson*, Gordon MacDonald*, Kevin Stewart*, Bill Kidd*, Bill Walker*, Adam Ingram*, Richard Lyle*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02586 Neil Findlay: West Calder Welcomes the Three Bears—That the Parliament welcomes the arrival of Carmen, Peggy and Suzy, three circus bears rescued from a Belgian circus, to the Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder; notes their specially built sanctuary at the zoo, complete with waterfall and indoor and outdoor enclosures; congratulates the owner, Brian Curran, his staff and the volunteers who it considers worked tirelessly to raise the money necessary to bring the bears to Scotland; looks forward to the animals enjoying what it sees as their vastly improved living conditions, and wishes the zoo every success in the future.

*S4M-02585 Colin Beattie: RealLiving Project Grant—That the Parliament congratulates the RealLiving project on being awarded £34,500 from the Midlothian Change Fund; notes that this project aims to reduce solitude for older people by having volunteers provide fellowship and care by offering companionship in daily activities; commends LinkLiving for developing this outreach programme, and wishes it success in the RealLiving project.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Hanzala Malik*, Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*, Bill Kidd*, Kevin Stewart*, Fiona McLeod*, Angus MacDonald*, Richard Lyle*, Humza Yousaf*, Adam Ingram*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-02584 Paul Wheelhouse: North Berwick Law Nature Reserve Receives Lottery Funding—That the Parliament welcomes news that North Berwick Law Nature Reserve has been awarded £145,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund; notes that North Berwick Law is labelled a site of special scientific interest by Scottish Natural Heritage; further notes that the restoration and preservation of the wild flowers and lowland meadows in the reserve constitute part of a targeted campaign by the charity, Plantlife, called Saving Our Magnificent Meadows; understands that thriving wild meadows are an essential part of Scotland’s ecosystem, providing a self-sustaining habitat for thousands of species of birds, insects, rodents and other mammals, many of which are found in no other habitats; further understands that species-rich wild meadows have been in steep decline in Scotland and across these islands due to an increasing demand in the post-war economy for food production through agricultural land management, and encourages trustees of other protected wild areas across Scotland to apply for lottery funding to guarantee their survival for the wellbeing of society and the environment.

Supported by: Adam Ingram*, Angus MacDonald*, Margaret Burgess*, Joan McAlpine*, Iain Gray*, Roderick Campbell*, Jim Hume*, Fiona McLeod*, Kenneth Gibson*, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Jean Urquhart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*, Richard Lyle*, Annabelle Ewing*, Claudia Beamish*

*S4M-02583 Margaret Mitchell: LAMH Recycle Ltd—That the Parliament acknowledges the ongoing work of LAMH Recycle Ltd, based in Motherwell; notes that LAMH Recycle Ltd is a social enterprise that provides workplace opportunities for people experiencing mental ill health as well as other disadvantaged groups such as people who are long-term unemployed; recognises that the company was originally established as a can-recycling project in 1999 but that its PC recycling and sales service launched in 2002 is now its main business activity; considers that LAMH Recycle Ltd provides a professional waste management service for redundant IT, network and communications equipment, mobile phones, ink and toner cartridges throughout the central belt; understands that the company recycles or reuses 100% of the equipment given to it with nothing going to landfill and that all of the computer systems are refurbished for the benefit of the local community; recognises that LAMH Recycle Ltd also runs IT training courses, including what is considered its popular PC Build and Keep course, which teaches participants to build and configure a PC that they then take home; commends the company’s aim to engage those furthest removed from the labour market and provide them with the necessary resources and support that they need to take advantage of mainstream opportunities; believes that it is an excellent example of how social enterprises can benefit communities, and wishes the company continued success in its endeavours.

S4M-02419# David Stewart: Devolution of the Crown EstateThat 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.

S4M-02194# Christine Grahame: Community Radio Coming from a Station Near You—That the Parliament considers that community radio does excellent voluntary work in the Borders and across Scotland; notes the contribution that it makes to communities and the work that it does on training, education and developing individual skills; believes that it makes a singular contribution to the democratic process, and acknowledges calls for the Scottish Government to work constructively with the network.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-02582 Big Lottery 2014 Communities Funding (lodged on 05 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Dennis Robertson*, David Torrance*, Margaret McCulloch*, Anne McTaggart*, Jackie Baillie*, Kevin Stewart*, James Kelly*, Neil Bibby*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-02581 Bootle Site Closure (lodged on 05 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Margaret McCulloch*, Neil Findlay*, Anne McTaggart*, Drew Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-02580 Deaf Awareness Week (lodged on 05 April 2012) Alison Johnstone*, Hugh Henry*, Liam McArthur*, Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, John Park*, Kezia Dugdale*, Ken Macintosh*, Jim Eadie*, Kevin Stewart*, Siobhan McMahon*, John Mason*, Gil Paterson*, Fiona McLeod*, Margaret McCulloch*, Richard Lyle*, Iain Gray*, Richard Simpson*, Mary Scanlon*, Jean Urquhart*, Margaret Burgess*, Annabelle Ewing*

S4M-02578 Supporting People at Key Times of Change (lodged on 05 April 2012) Stuart McMillan*, Alison Johnstone*, Hugh Henry*, Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Gil Paterson*, Fiona McLeod*, David Torrance*, Richard Lyle*, Jim Eadie*, Kevin Stewart*, John Mason*, Jean Urquhart*, Margaret Burgess*, James Dornan*, Annabelle Ewing*

S4M-02576 Tapping all our Talents (lodged on 04 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Simpson*, Jean Urquhart*, Anne McTaggart*, Jim Hume*

S4M-02575 Royal Highland Education Trust (lodged on 04 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Jim Eadie*, Jean Urquhart*, Chic Brodie*

S4M-02574 Congratulations to NESS (lodged on 04 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Jim Eadie*, Jean Urquhart*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-02573 Beyond the Frame (lodged on 04 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*, Jim Eadie*

S4M-02572 Opportunities for All (lodged on 04 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Jean Urquhart*, Bill Kidd*, James Dornan*

S4M-02571 Glasgow’s East End, the Home of Sport (lodged on 04 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Jean Urquhart*, Bill Kidd*, James Dornan*

S4M-02570 The Ayesha Appeal (lodged on 04 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Roderick Campbell*, Jamie McGrigor*, Humza Yousaf*, David Torrance*, Jean Urquhart*, Bill Kidd*, James Dornan*

S4M-02569 Aberdeen Sports Village Multi-sports Club (lodged on 04 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Jean Urquhart*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-02568 The Hidden Gardens and the John Muir Award Scheme (lodged on 04 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Ruth Davidson*, Margaret McCulloch*, Roderick Campbell*, Jamie McGrigor*, Patricia Ferguson*, Hanzala Malik*, David Torrance*, Richard Simpson*, Jean Urquhart*, Margaret Burgess*

S4M-02567.1 Cuts to Bus Services and their Impact on Communities (lodged on 05 April 2012) Gil Paterson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*, David Torrance*, Richard Lyle*, Kevin Stewart*, Rob Gibson*, Gordon MacDonald*, Jean Urquhart*, James Dornan*, Annabelle Ewing*

S4M-02567 Cuts to Bus Services and their Impact on Communities (lodged on 03 April 2012) Richard Simpson*

S4M-02566 Congratulations to the Cobbles Inn (lodged on 03 April 2012) Alison Johnstone*, Joan McAlpine*, Mike MacKenzie*, Mary Scanlon*, Jim Hume*

S4M-02565 Congratulations to Aberdeen’s Community Payback Team (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*

S4M-02564 Congratulations to Falkirk FC on Cup Final Win (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-02563 Commonwheels Comes to Aberdeen (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-02562 Europe Direct Aberdeen’s Bags of Fun (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*

S4M-02561 Gourock to Kilcreggan Ferry (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-02560 Keep Scotland Beautiful, National Spring Clean Campaign (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Alison Johnstone*, Joan McAlpine*, Bill Walker*, Jean Urquhart*, James Dornan*

S4M-02559 Congratulations to Grace Allan (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, James Dornan*

S4M-02558 On the Margins and Caught in the Headlines (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Stuart McMillan*, Alison Johnstone*, Richard Simpson*, Margaret Burgess*, James Dornan*

S4M-02557 Kelso’s Alistair Moffat Chosen as Rector of the University of St Andrews (lodged on 03 April 2012) Joan McAlpine*

S4M-02556 Community Pubs Month (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, John Park*, Bill Kidd*

S4M-02555 University of the West of Scotland Students’ Association (lodged on 03 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Margaret Burgess*

S4M-02553 Homophobia, Let’s Tackle It (lodged on 30 March 2012) John Park*

S4M-02549 Addressing Climate Change through Community Action (lodged on 29 March 2012) Richard Simpson*

S4M-02548 Hana Shalabi (lodged on 29 March 2012) Alison Johnstone*

S4M-02547 East Kilbride Cricket Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary (lodged on 29 March 2012) Stewart Maxwell*

S4M-02544 Scotland Breaks Renewable Energy Targets (lodged on 29 March 2012) Joan McAlpine*

S4M-02540 World Heritage Site Action on Fuel Poverty and Emissions (lodged on 29 March 2012) Joan McAlpine*

S4M-02539 Dogs Trust (lodged on 29 March 2012) Richard Simpson*

S4M-02538 Western Europe’s Oldest Instrument Discovered on Skye (lodged on 28 March 2012) Stewart Maxwell*

S4M-02537 Action on Party Flats in Edinburgh (lodged on 28 March 2012) Richard Simpson*, Alison Johnstone*

S4M-02536 Measures to Combat Metal Theft (lodged on 28 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*, Richard Simpson*

S4M-02535 Lothian’s Co-operatives, Social Enterprises and Employee-owned Companies (lodged on 28 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02530 Stamp it out (lodged on 28 March 2012) Stewart Maxwell*

S4M-02528 Kilwinning Abbey (lodged on 28 March 2012) Stewart Maxwell*

S4M-02524 Olympic Truce 2012 (lodged on 28 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*, Richard Simpson*

S4M-02519 SYP Policy on Eating Disorder Awareness (lodged on 27 March 2012) Richard Simpson*

S4M-02508 140 Years of Quarriers (lodged on 27 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*, Richard Simpson*

S4M-02503 Gluten-free Challenge Week 2012 (lodged on 27 March 2012) Richard Simpson*

S4M-02502 Congratulating West Scotland’s Charities on Recent Grants (lodged on 27 March 2012) Stewart Maxwell*

S4M-02501 John Thomas “Jocky” Wilson (lodged on 27 March 2012) Stewart Maxwell*

S4M-02500 Fashionistas for Charity, Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show (lodged on 27 March 2012) Richard Simpson*

S4M-02492 Reduce VAT on Housing Repairs and Maintenance (lodged on 26 March 2012) Stewart Maxwell*

S4M-02491 Kate Kennedy Club (lodged on 26 March 2012) Richard Simpson*

S4M-02488 Musselburgh Rugby’s Road to Victory (lodged on 26 March 2012) Stewart Maxwell*

S4M-02486 Just Banking (lodged on 26 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*, Patrick Harvie*

S4M-02470 Pathhead Man Walks Great Wall (lodged on 23 March 2012) Alison Johnstone*

S4M-02469 LEAP’s 250th Graduate (lodged on 23 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02467.1 UK Budget Penalises Pensioners (lodged on 26 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*, Richard Simpson*

S4M-02465 Musselburgh Achieves Fairtrade Status (lodged on 22 March 2012) Drew Smith*

S4M-02461 Register to Save a Life (lodged on 23 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*, Richard Simpson*

S4M-02459.1 Next Phase of Aircraft Carrier Project at Rosyth Dockyard (lodged on 29 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02450.1 Minimum Wage Freeze (lodged on 26 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*, Richard Simpson*

S4M-02446 Have a Safe Journey Home (lodged on 22 March 2012) Margaret McDougall*

S4M-02418 Shovel-ready Infrastructure (lodged on 20 March 2012) Dave Thompson*

S4M-02411 Biomass Subsidies (lodged on 20 March 2012) Sarah Boyack*

S4M-02410 Marion Gilchrist (lodged on 20 March 2012) Alison Johnstone*

S4M-02383 MSPs Should Feel Free to Comment on International Issues (lodged on 15 March 2012) Dave Thompson*

S4M-02361 Welcome to Dylan Thomson School (lodged on 14 March 2012) Elaine Murray*

S4M-02335 Totally Locally Comes to Helensburgh (lodged on 13 March 2012) Elaine Murray*

S4M-02321 Addressing Alcohol Abuse among Scotland’s Armed Forces (lodged on 13 March 2012) Elaine Murray*

S4M-02314 Closure of Citizens Advice Bureaux in Glasgow (lodged on 12 March 2012) Alison Johnstone*

S4M-02291 Tenants Standing up for their Rights in the Private Rented Sector (lodged on 09 March 2012) Alison Johnstone*

S4M-02267 Congratulating Haemophilia Scotland on its Parliamentary Reception (lodged on 08 March 2012) Graeme Dey*, Patrick Harvie*

S4M-02227 Votes at 16 (lodged on 06 March 2012) Joan McAlpine*

S4M-02219 Withdrawal of Business and Public and Third Sector Elements from Air Discount Scheme (lodged on 05 March 2012) Iain Gray*

S4M-02024 Action Duchenne and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (lodged on 14 February 2012) Alison Johnstone*

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