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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-02674 Ken Macintosh: Asda Kwik Cricket Competition Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the 2012 Asda Kwik Cricket competition at Our Lady of the Missions (OLM) Primary School in East Renfrewshire; considers kwik cricket to be a great way to get children active and to introduce them to one of Scotland’s fastest growing sports; recognises that over 500 schools and 5,000 boys and girls across Scotland participated in the competition last year, which won an International Cricket Council (ICC) Global Development Programme award, and looks forward to even greater success with this year’s tournament; notes that the Scotland final takes place at Perth’s Doo’cot Park on 19 June and that the winners will go on to represent Scotland at the UK final in July, and commends the continued support of Asda and Cricket Scotland in developing the game across the country.

*S4M-02672 Roderick Campbell: Photonics Research—That the Parliament welcomes the award of a £5.6 million research grant to the University of St Andrews’ School of Physics and Astronomy, led by Professor Kishan Dholakia, from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; notes that the grant will be used in developing new light technologies that could improve diagnosis and treatments of diseases; understands that this work could enable medics to see the inside of the human body in more depth and detail than ever before, and understands the significant potential that there is for further development of photonics technology to improve the understanding of conditions such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

*S4M-02671 Drew Smith: Glasgow’s Treasures to Go Online—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the leader of Glasgow City Council to make all of the city’s artworks and museum collections available online for the world to see; hopes that it will be a useful resource for teachers, pupils, students and all with an interest in Glasgow’s art collection; understands that, currently, 3,000 images from the collection are online but that the entire art collection is over one million strong; believes that Glasgow will be the first city in Scotland to do this, and hopes that this will attract more attention to Glasgow’s art collection and attract more visitors to what are considered to be its many well-loved museums and galleries, which, it understands, have seen much investment and sustained support from Glasgow City Council over many years.

*S4M-02670 Murdo Fraser: Black Watch Homecoming Parades—That the Parliament thanks the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland for its courage, dedication and service during the battalion’s recent tour in Afghanistan; welcomes the forthcoming Black Watch homecoming parades, which will see soldiers marching through Inverness, Forfar, Kirkcaldy, Dundee and Perth and will give the public a chance to show their appreciation of the battalion’s service; believes that, whenever the country calls on them, the soldiers do a tremendous job and that the whole of Scotland holds the men and women of the armed forces in the highest regard; notes that the Black Watch is based at Fort George, and understands that Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perthshire have a long and proud history as the historic recruiting grounds for the Black Watch and that they are proud to be the home of what is considered one of the best fighting units in the world.

*S4M-02669 David Torrance: Scottish Scouting’s Continued Success—That the Parliament congratulates Scouts Scotland on its sixth consecutive year of growing popularity as evidenced by a new report; notes that, according to the report, growth in the number of scouts in Scotland has outpaced the rest of the UK for the third successive year, as a result both of the growth of existing troops and the creation of new ones, and that the chief commissioner attributes this growth to word-of-mouth recommendation; welcomes the fact that almost 1 in 7 of the 41,261 youth members are girls; further notes that an independent report released in 2011 suggested that many employers took a positive view of scouting experience when considering job applicants and that many voluntary groups value the contribution of scouts; believes that scouting offers Scotland’s young people real adventure and an excellent way to build confidence, responsibility and leadership, and wishes the movement continuing success in its contribution to individuals and Scottish society as a whole.

Supported by: Liam McArthur*, Rob Gibson*, Angus MacDonald*, Richard Lyle*, Margaret Burgess*, Bill Walker*, Duncan McNeil*, Bob Doris*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Humza Yousaf*, John Mason*, Dennis Robertson*, Stuart McMillan*

*S4M-02668 Kenneth Gibson: Moving Toward a Smoke-free Ayrshire and Arran—That the Parliament supports the publication of the draft Ayrshire and Arran Tobacco Control Strategy 2012 - 2021, Moving Towards a Smoke Free Ayrshire and Arran, which proposes a 10-year model to tackle the significant challenges associated with smoking that are faced by people in Ayrshire and Arran; believes that these include high levels of smoking in deprived areas and among young people and an increase in the use of illicit tobacco; notes the strategy’s priorities of prevention, protection and cessation; understands that the strategy aims to meet these priorities by developing education-based programmes targeted at young people, adherence to legislation such as age restrictions, the enforcement of stringent restrictions to tackle the supply of illicit tobacco and the provision of support to vulnerable groups, including pregnant women and people living in deprived areas; notes what it considers are the effective tobacco control services in Ayrshire and Arran that are currently established; further notes the development of the cessation and prevention service, Fresh Airshire, and the campaign, Smoke Free Cars and Homes; believes that public feedback is important to the strategy; notes the comments of Dr Carol Davidson, NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s Executive Director of Public Health, who stated that, “we want to ensure that this strategy and action plan will meet the needs of local people”, and wishes the strategy great success in addressing the effects of smoking in Ayrshire and Arran.

Supported by: Humza Yousaf*, Rob Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, Richard Lyle*, George Adam*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Walker*, Margaret Burgess*, David Torrance*

*S4M-02667 Richard Simpson: Plain Packaging of Tobacco Review of Evidence—That the Parliament congratulates the academics from the University of Stirling Management School, who have conducted a systematic review of plain tobacco packaging, which it believes has led to the UK Government’s consultation on whether tobacco should be sold in standardised, or plain, packaging; notes that the study team included Professor Gerard Hastings and Professor Linda Bauld, both of whom are members of the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies; notes that the review of evidence focuses on whether cigarettes should be sold in plain packs to reduce the attractiveness of the brand packaging and making the health warnings clear; further notes that the study claims that, in over three dozen other studies, it was shown that plain packaging can help smokers in three ways, by increasing the prominence and effectiveness of health warnings, by making the pack, and thereby smoking, less appealing and by removing the confusion about the relative harm that pack design can cause, and calls on all those who have concerns about the substantial number of new smokers each year in Scotland, who it understands are predominately young people, to respond to this consultation.

*S4M-02666 Richard Simpson: Cystic Fibrosis Week—That the Parliament notes that 29 April 2012 is the start of Cystic Fibrosis Week; believes that cystic fibrosis is one of the most common life-threatening, inherited diseases in the UK; understands that cystic fibrosis affects over 8,500 people in the UK, with approximately 800 in Scotland, and that the numbers continue to rise; welcomes what it considers to be the improved support and management and the extended survival of those who have cystic fibrosis; notes that some patients are only identified with the condition as adults, and hopes that further research will achieve even greater improvements.

*S4M-02665 Richard Simpson: Depression Awareness Week—That the Parliament notes that the 22 April 2012 marks the start of Depression Awareness Week; understands that 1 in 4 people will have a mental health issue in their lifetime; acknowledges the support that organisations such as Action on Depression provide; congratulates Action on Depression on working with the University of Glasgow to create the online interactive course, Living Life to the Full; welcomes the expansion of this course across Scotland, and thanks the university’s psychology graduate and undergraduate volunteers who give up their time to work with Action on Depression and provide support on the phone to those who experience depression.

*S4M-02664 Richard Simpson: Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week 2012—That the Parliament notes that 23 to 29 April 2012 is Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week 2012; understands that this charity, started in 1996 by the former testicular cancer patient, Colin Osborne, is the only UK-registered charity to focus on male cancer specifically, including prostate, penile and testicular cancer; understands that the charity has a dedicated medical research programme, is dedicated to the support services that it provides to patients and family members and that its main objective is to educate and promote awareness of male cancer; considers this week to be very important as over two thirds of men are reported to be unsure about how to check for signs of male cancer, putting themselves at high risk by potentially delaying life-saving consultations with GPs, and notes that Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week is a way to promote and highlight the importance of this.

S4M-02663 Joan McAlpine: Congratulations to Grace Smith, Scottish Agricultural College—That the Parliament congratulates Grace Smith, a final year student studying for a BSc (Hons) in applied animal science at the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), on being named Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) Dairy Crest Dairy Student of the Year 2012; notes that Grace is the first female to receive the award, now in its 22nd year; understands that there is a rising global demand for dairy commodities and a potential for markets in added-value dairy products, and considers that SAC offers high quality agriculture courses to both current and prospective students.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Jamie McGrigor*, Maureen Watt*, Mike MacKenzie*, Kevin Stewart*, Jim Eadie*, Richard Lyle*, Angus MacDonald*, Aileen McLeod*, Annabelle Ewing*, Fiona McLeod*, Claire Baker*, Nanette Milne*, Kenneth Gibson*, Humza Yousaf*, Bill Kidd*, Margaret Burgess*, David Torrance*

S4M-02662 Sarah Boyack: Art Fund Prize 2012—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Museum of Scotland have both been longlisted for what is considered to be the prestigious Museum of the Year title and £100,000 award by the Art Fund Prize 2012; understands that the purpose of the Art Fund Prize is to recognise originality and distinction in art; believes that this announcement clearly showcases Edinburgh’s rich culture and highlights the city as a metropolitan centre of excellence; considers that this is testament to Scotland’s capital’s international standing in the art industry; congratulates both museums on their achievement, and offers them the best of luck ahead of the shortlist announcement on 14 May and the final decision on 19 June.

Supported by: Alison Johnstone, Mary Scanlon, David Stewart, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, James Kelly, Richard Lyle, Tavish Scott, Anne McTaggart, Iain Gray, Patricia Ferguson, Mike MacKenzie, Neil Findlay, Hanzala Malik, Jackie Baillie, Maureen Watt*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Angus MacDonald*, Jim Eadie*, Hugh Henry*, Adam Ingram*, Margaret Burgess*

S4M-02661 John Mason: Crime Falls in Strathclyde—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the news that violent crime in Strathclyde has fallen by 33% over the last four years; notes the statistics that show that murder rates have also been reduced by 16% while the number of attempted murders fell by 42%; commends officers at Strathclyde Police, who it considers have worked hard to engage with Strathclyde’s communities to keep them safe, and considers that an SNP administration investing in 1,000 extra police officers on Scotland’s streets since 2007, some 470 of whom are in Strathclyde, was an excellent decision that has been proven to be correct.

Supported by: Gordon MacDonald, David Torrance, Willie Coffey, Humza Yousaf, Richard Lyle, Christina McKelvie, Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, Fiona McLeod, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*, Annabelle Ewing*, Sandra White*, Margaret Burgess*

S4M-02660 Lewis Macdonald: HMP Aberdeen and Commission on Women Offenders—That the Parliament welcomes the recent publication from the Commission on Women Offenders and its findings; recognises the report’s praise of the women’s community integration unit at HMP Aberdeen at Craiginches, which was singled out as a model for the services to be offered at a new national prison for women; acknowledges the excellent work done at HMP Aberdeen to reintegrate prisoners into the community, including the importance of access to regular family visits, as noted in a recent report by the Aberdeen Prison Visiting Committee, and calls on the Scottish Prison Service to continue to build on the excellent work done at HMP Aberdeen in helping offenders to return to their communities, cutting the risk of reoffending.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Neil Bibby, David Stewart, John Pentland, Neil Findlay, Patricia Ferguson, David Torrance, Iain Gray, Mike MacKenzie, Jenny Marra, Elaine Murray, Colin Beattie, Anne McTaggart, Maureen Watt*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Stuart McMillan*, Hugh Henry*, Hanzala Malik*, Claudia Beamish*, Ken Macintosh*

S4M-02659 Patricia Ferguson: £3.5 Million Green Facelift for Springburn’s Carron Estate—That the Parliament understands that houses in the Carron area of Springburn are to benefit from a £3.5 million green facelift; notes that this programme of housing improvements is expected to be delivered by North Glasgow Housing Association in partnership with Scottish Gas; welcomes the planned improvements, which include providing insulated overcladding, new A-rated condensing boilers and radiators and free home-energy advice; believes that the project will be beneficial to over 500 families in the Carron community, and commends the work, which, it considers, will not only improve the appearance of the buildings but also increase the energy efficiency of local residents’ homes and bring savings in energy costs.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Neil Bibby*, Hugh Henry*, John Pentland*, Hanzala Malik*, Drew Smith*, Jackie Baillie*

S4M-02658 Jackie Baillie: Partnership Protects Wards Estate—That the Parliament welcomes the purchase of the Wards Estate, Loch Lomond, by RSPB Scotland in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park; understands that the partnership is committed to securing long-term protection and high quality management of the land to deliver benefits for nature conservation; notes that the partnership will promote the land as a high-profile visitor destination and engage volunteers and the local community as active contributors to managing the land, and congratulates those involved on making the purchase possible.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, David Torrance, Gordon MacDonald, Richard Lyle, Drew Smith, Alison Johnstone, Stuart McMillan*, Kevin Stewart*, Neil Bibby*, Jim Eadie*, Fiona McLeod*, David Stewart*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02657 Marco Biagi: Pedal on Parliament Action on Cycling—That the Parliament welcomes the Pedal on Parliament manifesto as a set of practical and helpful proposals that set out very clearly the action that it considers would result in transformational change at all levels, allowing cycling to grow and flourish in Scotland; notes the eight points in the manifesto that include ideas and solutions on road planning, speed limits and other traffic laws, transport strategies, training and funding availability; considers that Transform Scotland’s report, Civilising the Streets, has identified a strong case for road safety measures such as dedicated cycle lanes, better parking provision and reduced speed limits; calls on all levels of city planning, from government to local authorities, to ensure that the needs and safety of cyclists are always given due consideration and action; welcomes what it considers the ambitious targets set by the Scottish Government to increase the uptake of cycling by 2020, and supports the Pedal on Parliament event on 28 April 2012, which will gather at the Meadows in Edinburgh and cycle to the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Burgess, Richard Lyle, Clare Adamson, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Stewart Maxwell, Dennis Robertson, Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, Bob Doris, Humza Yousaf, Fiona McLeod, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Aileen McLeod, Sandra White, Rob Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Annabelle Ewing*, Roderick Campbell*

S4M-02655 Jackie Baillie: Dumbarton Supporters Raise Quids For Kids—That the Parliament welcomes the Quids For Kids initiative, which has been created by the Sons Supporters Trust, a group of supporters of Dumbarton FC; notes that the initiative encourages all supporters to donate £1 on match day to raise funds for the club’s youth development system, which aims to give young players the skills and opportunities needed to progress; believes that the management, youth coaches and staff at Dumbarton FC have worked hard to establish a football development pathway, and wishes the trust well in attempting to reach the £1,000 that it has set for the game on 21 April 2012.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Helen Eadie, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Neil Bibby, Jamie McGrigor, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Patricia Ferguson, James Kelly, Mike MacKenzie, Neil Findlay, Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02654 Richard Simpson: Scotland’s First Women’s Sevens Rugby Squad—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of Scotland’s first women’s sevens rugby squad; congratulates Sarah Dixon from Stirling County RFC and the 14 players selected so far; considers that the schedule required to qualify for the World Cup in 2013 is challenging; wishes Scott Forrest well in coaching the team, and looks forward to the squad succeeding.

S4M-02653 Drew Smith: Social Media for Social Good—That the Parliament welcomes Scotland’s first third-sector social media conference, Social Media for Social Good, which takes place on 26 April 2012 in Glasgow’s Albany Learning and Conference Centre; further welcomes the involvement of many key third-sector organisations in the conference and its workshops, such as Third Sector Lab, the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, Oxfam Scotland, Young Scot and Shelter Scotland; considers that the conference will be a great opportunity for third-sector organisations to share their best practices for maximising the use of social media and discussing the practicalities, and commends the conference’s aim to highlight the potential of social media for charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations to connect with donors, supporters and partners and measuring their success.

Supported by: Liam McArthur*, Hanzala Malik*, John Park*, Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McTaggart*, Neil Findlay*, David Torrance*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02652 Drew Smith: Brendan Barber Retires—That the Parliament notes the announcement that Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), is to retire after a decade of service to the UK and British labour movement in this role; understands that Mr Barber, who has been a longstanding friend to the STUC, joined the TUC in 1975 and worked his way up the organisation to become deputy general secretary in 1993 after experience in a number of TUC departments; further understands that he played a lead role in TUC initiatives to promote union organising, oversaw the launch of the TUC’s learning and skills operation, UnionLearn, and led the organisation of the TUC’s huge march against public sector spending cuts which took place in London in March 2011, with substantial support from the STUC and Scottish workers; further notes that the election of Mr Barber’s successor will take place at TUC conference in September 2012, and wishes Mr Barber well in his retirement.

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart, Lewis Macdonald, Neil Bibby, Claire Baker, Hugh Henry, Elaine Smith, Hanzala Malik, Richard Lyle, Elaine Murray, Mike MacKenzie, James Kelly, Neil Findlay, Colin Beattie, Iain Gray, Jenny Marra, John Park, John Finnie*

S4M-02651 Jackie Baillie: Parkinson’s Awareness Week—That the Parliament recognises Parkinson’s Awareness Week, from 16 to 22 April 2012; welcomes efforts to raise awareness and improve understanding about this progressive neurological condition, which, it understands, affects 127,000 people in the UK, equivalent to one in every 500; notes the launch of a major new research study by Parkinson’s UK, Tracking Parkinson’s, and commends the work of it and other such groups in providing information and support to those with the condition and their families and in funding scientific research in search of a cure.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Anne McTaggart, Neil Findlay, Drew Smith, Humza Yousaf, Fiona McLeod, Mary Scanlon, Kenneth Gibson, John Wilson, Kevin Stewart, Paul Martin, Jim Hume, Mark Griffin, Helen Eadie, Roderick Campbell, Nanette Milne, Colin Beattie, Gordon MacDonald, Hugh Henry, Duncan McNeil, Chic Brodie, Gil Paterson, Jackson Carlaw, David Torrance, Margaret Mitchell, Elaine Murray, Margaret Burgess, Patricia Ferguson, Jean Urquhart, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, James Kelly, Malcolm Chisholm, Elaine Smith, John Mason, Iain Gray, Neil Bibby, Stuart McMillan*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02650 Jackie Baillie: Mel McLean is a Woman of Influence—That the Parliament congratulates Mel McLean from Alexandria on being presented with the 2012 Community Award at Action for Children Scotland’s annual Woman of Influence Awards; notes that the award was given in recognition of the voluntary work that Mel, who has experienced homelessness, carries out on behalf of young homeless people; understands that the ceremony raised over £100,000 in support of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people and families, and commends Mel for what it sees as the positive difference that she makes to people’s lives.

Supported by: David Stewart, Drew Smith, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Anne McTaggart, Mike MacKenzie, Fiona McLeod, John Pentland, Bob Doris, Margaret McCulloch, Neil Findlay, Clare Adamson, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Helen Eadie, Gil Paterson, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Neil Bibby, Stuart McMillan*, Dennis Robertson*, Ruth Davidson*

S4M-02649 Jackie Baillie: Breathing New Life—That the Parliament welcomes the International Primary Care Respiratory Group to Edinburgh for its annual conference, Breathing New Life; recognises the group’s work in sharing best practice in respiratory medicine and research internationally, and is pleased that, in partnership with the UK Primary Care Respiratory Society, the group has come to Edinburgh to highlight what it understands is its view that respiratory care, in particular asthma, should be a priority for healthcare throughout the UK.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Anne McTaggart, David Stewart, John Pentland, Kezia Dugdale, David Torrance, Paul Martin, Mike MacKenzie, Jenny Marra, Iain Gray, Margaret McCulloch, Helen Eadie, John Finnie, Mary Scanlon, Jean Urquhart, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Claudia Beamish, Stuart McMillan*, Sarah Boyack*, Dave Thompson*, Drew Smith*, Alison Johnstone*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02648 Bill Kidd: Time-limiting of Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance—That the Parliament expresses concern that the UK Government is introducing a 365-day time limit on contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for all those not in the Support Group, and notes that those who have already been in receipt of contribution-based ESA for 365 days will lose it with immediate effect from 30 April 2012, including those who have paid several decades of national insurance contributions while working.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Fiona McLeod, Gil Paterson, Humza Yousaf, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, John Mason, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Margaret Burgess, Aileen McLeod, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Gordon MacDonald, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Stuart McMillan*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02647♦ Neil Findlay: Ensure Scotland’s Schools Sound Good —That the Parliament is concerned that there is no statutory guidance setting out mandatory acoustic standards for all newly built schools in Lothian and across Scotland; notes however that such standards exist in England and Wales, where such compliance is a prerequisite for government-funded school building programmes; understands that research by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has demonstrated that poor quality classroom acoustics act as a barrier to achievement for all children, including Scotland’s 3,500 deaf children, and supports the NDCS’s calls for the Scottish Government to introduce statutory guidance on minimum acoustic standards for new and refurbished school buildings in Scotland.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Jenny Marra, Drew Smith, Jackie Baillie, John Pentland, David Stewart, Iain Gray, Elaine Smith, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Claudia Beamish

S4M-02646 Jamie Hepburn: Celebrating Scotland’s Heritage—That the Parliament welcomes Redfield Arts’ and Historic Scotland’s celebration, Shadows of Our Ancestors, which was held on 18 April 2012 at The Fingerpost in Croy to mark World Heritage Day; understands that the event featured exhibitions and artwork depicting Scotland’s five world heritage sites, which are the Antonine wall, the old and new towns of Edinburgh, the heart of neolithic Orkney, New Lanark and St Kilda; extends best wishes to all who helped make the event possible and who attended, and hopes that Scotland’s historic legacy continues to be celebrated and remembered throughout the country and across the world.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Fiona McLeod, Gil Paterson, Humza Yousaf, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Burgess, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan, Jean Urquhart, Nigel Don, Hugh Henry, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02645 George Adam: Hugh Murray, St Mirren Legend, Leaves after 15 Years’ Service—That the Parliament warmly congratulates Hugh "Shuggie" Murray on his 15 years of service to the Paisley football team, St Mirren, since his debut against Airdrieonians on 2 August 1997; considers that, in an age where it is rare for a player to stay with one club for any length of time, Shuggie has been a devoted one-club man, with 467 appearances for the Saints to date, which makes him the official record-holder for competitive appearances for the club; notes that he has scored 18 goals, including the goal in 1998 against Stirling Albion, which saved St Mirren from the drop to the second division, making sure that he would always be a Saints’ legend; believes that Shuggie is Saints’ most successful player, winning two first division titles and a Bell’s League Challenge Cup and being capped for Scotland at both U16 and U21 level; acknowledges the work that Shuggie has done in the community and with charities in Paisley and considers that, while he was not born in Paisley, but Bellshill, his years of service on and off the pitch have made him one of Paisley’s favourite adopted sons; regrets that Hugh Murray will leave St Mirren at the end of the current season and move to pastures new, however believes that he will long remain in the hearts and minds of Saints’ fans and is wished every success in his future endeavours.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, Hugh Henry, Joan McAlpine, Humza Yousaf, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Neil Bibby, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*, Roderick Campbell*

S4M-02644 Claudia Beamish: Report of the Commission on Women Offenders—That the Parliament welcomes the report by the Commission on Women Offenders led by Dame Elish Angiolini QC; commends its ambition to reduce the number of women reoffending and going to prison; notes that the female prison population in Scotland has doubled in the last 10 years; calls on all parties to work together to find solutions based on the recommendations in the report covering service redesign, alternatives to prosecution, alternatives to remand, sentencing, prisons, community reintegration and structures and delivery of the service; further notes that, while a custodial sentence will be the only suitable response to some criminal actions, a range of appropriate alternatives to custody must be available in a community justice structure as proposed by the commission, and calls for alternatives to the "criminalisation of distress" to make every effort to prevent women entering the criminal justice system and ensure that women who do enter the system do not become entrenched in a cycle of reoffending.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Malcolm Chisholm, Drew Smith, Annabelle Ewing, Mary Fee, Neil Findlay, Richard Simpson, Iain Gray, Claire Baker, Gil Paterson, Neil Bibby, John Pentland, Jackie Baillie, Fiona McLeod, Kezia Dugdale, Sarah Boyack, Mike MacKenzie, John Mason, Rob Gibson, John Finnie, Margaret Burgess, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Alison Johnstone, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02643 Dennis Robertson: Congratulations to Jim Fiddes, Author of Brodiach to Bervie—That the Parliament congratulates Jim Fiddes, a local historian from Westhill in Aberdeenshire, on the launch of his book, Brodiach to Bervie, which is a comprehensive history of the people in the farming community in the parish of Skene from medieval times to the discovery of oil in the 70s, along with the subsequent growth of Westhill, considered the subsea world centre for the energy sector; welcomes the release of the book published by the Leopard with the support of members from the local Skene Heritage Society, which is co-funded and chaired by the local author, and the backing of the "well-kent" Doric speaker, Robbie Shepherd, the local BBC Radio Scotland presenter born a few miles from Skene, in Dunecht.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Nanette Milne, Rob Gibson, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Margaret Burgess, Stuart McMillan, Mark McDonald, Clare Adamson, Kenneth Gibson, Jim Eadie, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Fiona McLeod, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Helen Eadie, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Nigel Don, Maureen Watt*, Roderick Campbell*

S4M-02642 Joe FitzPatrick: Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine—That the Parliament notes that the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine has now been part of the childhood immunisation programme for five years; understands that Scotland has the highest uptake rate of the vaccine in the UK and celebrates this; notes that, in Scotland, the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease has dropped from over 300 cases per year to around 50; commends all who were associated with, and campaigned for, the addition of the vaccine to the childhood immunisation programme; believes that this is a successful example of a preventative approach to treatment, and hopes that, as there are still dangers associated with pneumococcal disease, particularly for those in high-risk groups, other preventative programmes in the future will bring similar success.

Supported by: John Finnie, Richard Lyle, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, Graeme Dey, Graeme Pearson, Humza Yousaf, Nanette Milne, Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Joan McAlpine, John Mason, Adam Ingram, Jackson Carlaw, David Torrance, Mary Scanlon, Margaret Burgess, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*, Annabelle Ewing*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02641 Alison Johnstone: Pedal on Parliament—That the Parliament supports Pedal on Parliament’s eight-point manifesto; notes that Pedal on Parliament plans to gather at the Meadows in Edinburgh at 2 pm on Saturday 28 April 2012 and cycle en masse to the Parliament; congratulates the organisers of the event, which, it understands, will gather cyclists from across the nation to tell politicians that cycling matters, that there is a need for safer cycling and to call for a Scotland that is fit for cycling; encourages everyone who cycles in Scotland, or who would like to cycle, to join the event, with or without their bikes; believes that this event will help boost safe cycling in Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Government’s target of 10% of journeys being made by bike by 2020; regrets that less than 1% of the transport budget in Scotland is allocated to cycling infrastructure; notes that the Scottish Government’s report, Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting the Emissions Reduction Targets 2010-22, The Report on Proposals and Policies, has proposed allocating £1.32 billion over 11 years for active travel, and believes that 10% of the transport budget should be spent on active travel.

Supported by: Kezia Dugdale, Neil Findlay, Helen Eadie, Patrick Harvie

S4M-02640 Kevin Stewart: UK Border Agency—That the Parliament condemns what it considers to be the continued refusal of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to engage with members who are representing their constituents; believes this to be an affront to democracy in Scotland; understands that the UKBA considers that it is “by far, the biggest recipient of constituency case correspondence in Government”, and believes that the level of casework undertaken by the UKBA is a direct result of the failed policies of the UK Government.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Paul Wheelhouse, Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram, Christina McKelvie, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, George Adam, Joan McAlpine, Margaret Burgess, Humza Yousaf, Sandra White, Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Willie Coffey, Fiona McLeod, Dave Thompson, John Finnie, Colin Beattie, Gordon MacDonald, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt*, Roderick Campbell*

S4M-02634 Humza Yousaf: Concern at Evictions in Glasgow—That the Parliament raises serious concern at the decision to evict 140 asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow; recognises that many of these families come from war-torn conflict zones that would be unsafe to return to; understands that, if evicted, families will be left with no home and no access to work or benefits; believes that compassion must be shown to the most vulnerable in society, and considers that organisations such as the Fire Brigades Union Scotland have given fantastic support with their generous donations to enable the families to remain housed in the short term.

Supported by: John Mason, Richard Lyle, Jim Eadie, Annabelle Ewing, Gordon MacDonald, Angus MacDonald, Fiona McLeod, Colin Keir, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Neil Findlay, Kevin Stewart, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Christina McKelvie, Dave Thompson, Margaret Burgess, Sandra White, Adam Ingram, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Willie Coffey, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*, John Finnie*, Bob Doris*

S4M-02633 Graeme Pearson: Opportunities from Fracking—That the Parliament welcomes the report by Cuadrilla Geomechanical for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Preese Hall Shale Gas Fracturing: Review and Recommendations for Induced Seismic Mitigation, as a contribution to the debate on energy; understands that stringent conditions must be met before any exploration or extraction is carried out; believes, however, that the Scottish Government should consider the opportunities that fracking can provide in producing energy more cleanly than other forms of fossil fuel; hopes that British companies can take the lead in this technology, and considers that such energy production could make a contribution to reducing fuel poverty in Scotland by providing low-cost fuel to both the consumer and industry.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Richard Lyle, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Jackson Carlaw

S4M-02632 James Dornan: Play Scotland’s Final at Scotland’s National Stadium—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Football Association to ignore calls to move the Scottish Cup final from Hampden Park in Glasgow to Murrayfield in Edinburgh; believes that Hampden Park is the home of Scottish football and is a stadium worthy of any final; considers that playing in a national final at the national stadium will be among the highlights of the players’ careers; congratulates both Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian on reaching the final; looks forward to inviting both teams and their fans to what it considers to be Scotland’s greatest city, the wonderful city of Glasgow, and hopes that the final is keenly contested and that the best team wins.

Supported by: Humza Yousaf, Murdo Fraser, Adam Ingram, Willie Coffey, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02631 Bill Kidd: Euroquiz 2012—That the Parliament congratulates Scotstoun Primary School in Glasgow Anniesland on reaching the national final of Euroquiz 2012; notes that this is scheduled to take place in the debating chamber on 14 May 2012; understands that Euroquiz, which is organised for primary 6 pupils by the Scottish European Educational Trust, covers areas such as history, geography, sport, culture and the European Union; believes that it provides pupils with an invaluable opportunity to develop their skills across the curriculum and build self-confidence, and wishes all of those competing every success on the day.

Supported by: Jim Eadie, Sandra White, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson, Mike MacKenzie, Dennis Robertson, Anne McTaggart, Annabelle Ewing, Stuart McMillan, Drew Smith, Humza Yousaf, Adam Ingram, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, David Torrance

S4M-02630 Alison Johnstone: Fracking and Unconventional Fossil Fuels—That the Parliament believes that the widespread exploitation of coal bed methane, shale gas and underground coal gasification are incompatible with Scotland’s carbon reduction targets; notes the findings of the report published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 17 April 2012, which states that earthquake tremors in Lancashire resulted from hydraulic fracking and are highly repeatable; believes, however, that the central concerns about unconventional fossil fuel extraction remain the climate change impacts of burning the extracted fuel, the promotion of continued fossil fuel dependence and serious water pollution risks; is concerned that no regulatory regime appears to assess the climate change impacts of unconventional fossil fuel extraction and that wells in Cannonbie, Dumfries and Galloway, are able to operate without an environmental impact Assessment, and calls for a moratorium on coal bed methane, shale gas and underground coal gasification until a full independent environmental assessment has been done on their cumulative effect on both the local environment and Scotland’s climate change targets.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Elaine Smith

S4M-02629 Colin Keir: Edinburgh Cup Final Should be Played at Murrayfield—That the Parliament congratulates Heart of Midlothian FC and Hibernian FC on reaching the 2011-12 Scottish Cup final; notes that the derby, which is scheduled to be played on 19 May, will be the first all-Edinburgh final since 1896, when the match was contested in Edinburgh; believes that Murrayfield stadium would be an ideal venue for the game and urges the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to stage the final in the capital; considers that moving the final to Edinburgh would be a common-sense decision as it would significantly reduce costs for fans and make the experience more affordable for families; believes that such a move would ease pressure on policing the event, reduce travel and congestion problems in and out of both Edinburgh and Glasgow and cut the final’s carbon footprint as well as allow an extra 15,000 people into the stadium to watch the biggest Edinburgh derby in history; welcomes the Scottish Rugby Union’s willingness to consider hosting the match at Murrayfield, and believes that the SFA should listen to fans and reverse its decision in order to make the occasion a day out at Murrayfield for the people of Edinburgh.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Paul Wheelhouse, Tavish Scott, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Roderick Campbell, Graeme Dey, Gil Paterson

S4M-02628# Nanette Milne: Family Support for Recovering Addicts—That the Parliament congratulates Grampian Family Support Forum on what it understands to have been its successful participation in the third phase of the Parliament’s Community Partnerships Project; notes what it believes was the success of the forum’s event, Recovery Happens, which was recently held in the Parliament; understands that the forum helps and supports families across the north east connect to others in similar situations; supports the forum in its campaign to gain greater support nationwide for the families of people recovering from substance misuse; notes the efforts of the forum in tackling barriers in order to enable families to play a significant role in the recovery of addicts; supports the work of the forum on raising awareness and challenging the stigma and discrimination surrounding substance misuse, and sees its vision as an excellent example that communities across the country can learn from.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, Mary Scanlon, John Lamont, Fiona McLeod, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Liz Smith, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Jackson Carlaw, Murdo Fraser, Alex Fergusson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*, Sandra White*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02627 Liam McArthur: Orkney Library Shortlisted for UK Library of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Orkney Library and Archive on being shortlisted for the Library of the Year award, run by The Bookseller; notes that it is one of just five UK libraries on the shortlist; considers that the Orkney Library and Archive is not just one of the most successful library services in Scotland, but also the oldest; commends all of the staff for their efforts in providing what it considers an outstanding all-round service, their knowledge and dedication and their pioneering use of social media; believes that the diverse offering developed by the staff, including internationally renowned heritage services, mobile libraries, reading groups and special events, have all helped make the library more accessible both to people in Orkney and those visiting the islands, and wishes the Orkney Library and Archive well in the Library of the Year finals in May 2012.

Supported by: Alison Johnstone, Jim Hume, Mary Scanlon, Mike MacKenzie, Jamie McGrigor, Fiona McLeod, Bill Kidd, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, Jean Urquhart, Margaret Burgess, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Willie Coffey, David Torrance, John Finnie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02626 Christina McKelvie: Congratulations to Glengowan Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates Larkhall’s Glengowan Primary School, which recently raised £150 for the charity, Mary’s Meals; appreciates what it considers to be the effort and strong commitment of the pupils who made toy penguins and reindeers that were then sold in the school; notes that, at a recent assembly, the cheque was then presented to a representative from the charity; believes that Mary’s Meals does good work by setting up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities; understands that, in such communities, hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education, and encourages other groups and schools to carry out similar activities in order to raise money for good causes and charities.

Supported by: Humza Yousaf, Jamie McGrigor, Rob Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Fiona McLeod, Jim Eadie, Colin Beattie, Margaret Mitchell, Clare Adamson, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Burgess, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Willie Coffey, David Torrance, Jean Urquhart, Bob Doris*

S4M-02624 Humza Yousaf: Glasgow’s FutureChef 2012 Success—That the Parliament congratulates Happy Gule on her success at achieving 3rd place in the FutureChef 2012 competition; notes that the St Andrew’s RC Secondary School pupil had to beat off UK-wide competition of more than 7,400 other students; further congratulates both the school and City of Glasgow College, which provide the vocational training partnership to help Happy along her journey; believes that Happy has a bright future as a top-class chef, and wishes her all the best in achieving her dream of opening her own restaurant.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Richard Lyle, Hanzala Malik, Margaret Burgess, Drew Smith, Joan McAlpine, Sandra White, Annabelle Ewing, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Jim Eadie, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Stuart McMillan, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Adam Ingram

S4M-02622 Neil Findlay: Polbeth and West Calder Garden for Life—That the Parliament notes the development of the Polbeth and West Calder Garden for Life project, which seeks to develop a community garden on the site of the former Polbeth market garden; notes the involvement of local schools, the Scottish Agricultural College, the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research, the Scottish Community Foundation, Renegade Pictures, the BBC and the many community groups and members of the local community who have supported the project thus far, and looks forward to the full proposal being submitted to West Lothian Council for approval so that the land can be leased to the community to develop the project.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02621# Sandra White: Concern over Charitable Donations—That the Parliament expresses concern at the UK Government’s proposal to cap tax relief for charitable donations, believing that this will damage the voluntary sector in Scotland as high-profile philanthropists and others will reconsider the amount that they give to charities; further believes that this proposal has created uncertainty that will impinge on what it sees as the great work done by charities in Glasgow and throughout Scotland as they plan for the future, and supports charities across Scotland in their attempts to have these proposals reconsidered.

Supported by: Humza Yousaf, Jim Eadie, Gordon MacDonald, Neil Findlay, Annabelle Ewing, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Mark McDonald, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Margaret Burgess, Christina McKelvie, Joan McAlpine, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell, Nigel Don, Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Keir, Richard Lyle, Jean Urquhart, John Mason, David Torrance, Fiona McLeod, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02620 Marco Biagi: Edinburgh’s Cup Success—That the Parliament congratulates Heart of Midlothian FC and Hibernian FC on reaching the final of the 2011-12 Scottish Cup; understands that this is the first time that the two Edinburgh clubs have met in the final since 1896; wishes both clubs the best of luck in their preparations for the derby final on 19 May, and looks forward to the oldest national football trophy in the world returning to Edinburgh.

Supported by: Neil Findlay, Adam Ingram, Jim Eadie, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Gordon MacDonald, Sandra White, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Burgess, Kezia Dugdale, Bill Walker, Dave Thompson, Joan McAlpine, Colin Keir, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Nigel Don, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn, Willie Coffey

S4M-02619 Kezia Dugdale: Citizens Advice Scotland Graduate Employment Survey—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of a major national survey into graduate employment by Citizens Advice Scotland; notes that the survey is aimed at anyone who has graduated in the last six years and will seek their views on how university prepared them for the job market and how they feel that they are treated now by the job centre, by the government and by employers; understands that the survey will also focus on the reported 36% of recent graduates who are in a lower level of employment than they are trained for, as well as those unable to find employment of any kind; is concerned that Scottish graduate unemployment is now approaching 20%; supports Citizens Advice Scotland’s investigation and research into the extent of the issue, and encourages graduates to complete the survey, which runs until 7 May 2012.

Supported by: Claudia Beamish, Colin Beattie, Drew Smith, Neil Findlay, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Anne McTaggart, Mark Griffin, John Park, Malcolm Chisholm, Mike MacKenzie, Iain Gray, Elaine Murray, Neil Bibby, Margaret McCulloch, Claire Baker, Liam McArthur, Jenny Marra, Ken Macintosh, Helen Eadie, David Torrance

S4M-02618 Bill Kidd: Glasgow Sevens—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that the world series of rugby sevens is coming to Scotstoun stadium in Glasgow on 5 and 6 May 2012 for the penultimate round of this year’s competition; believes that what it sees as the carnival atmosphere and thrilling play of the sevens tournament will help in furthering the Scottish Rugby Union’s aim to widen the appeal of rugby throughout Scotland; congratulates all those involved in bringing the sevens to Glasgow, and wishes them continued success for the future.

Supported by: John Mason, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Drew Smith, Adam Ingram, Kenneth Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Humza Yousaf, Dennis Robertson, Roderick Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Burgess, Rob Gibson, Joan McAlpine, Fiona McLeod, Tavish Scott, Richard Lyle, Christina McKelvie, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Bob Doris, Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Keir, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, Willie Coffey, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02616 Richard Baker: Hall & Tawse Joinery—That the Parliament regrets the announced closure of Mansell’s Hall & Tawse Joinery workshop; acknowledges the work of the workshop and its long history of training apprentices in joinery; recognises the troubles facing construction businesses in the north east, having seen what it considers a high number face closure, and calls on the Scottish Government to intervene and work with the employer and with the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), which represents the relevant workers, in order to secure their continued employment.

Supported by: Neil Findlay, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt*

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.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Kevin Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Sandra White, Dennis Robertson, Annabelle Ewing, Margaret Burgess, Rob Gibson, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Humza Yousaf, Mike MacKenzie, Gil Paterson, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Paul Wheelhouse, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

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.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Jenny Marra, Drew Smith, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Kezia Dugdale, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie, David Torrance, Sarah Boyack*

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, Fiona McLeod, Margaret McDougall, Kezia Dugdale, Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Bob Doris, Drew Smith, Jamie Hepburn, John Finnie, Claudia Beamish, Maureen Watt*

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.

S4M-01922# Kenneth Gibson: Allotments Regeneration initiative in North Ayrshire—That the Parliament acknowledges that there are more than 500 community, therapeutic and allotment gardens throughout Scotland involving more than 12,500 people every year; encourages the introduction of the Green Gym scheme, which has so far been established in various areas throughout Scotland, including Kilbirnie in North Ayrshire; understands that planning permission has been granted for more than 70 community vegetable plots and 72 individual allotment plots in Kilbirnie for the Garnock Valley Allotment Association; considers that the Allotments Regeneration Initiative indicates that allotments allow local people not only to grow their own fruit and vegetables in a sustainable way but keep active, meet new people and improve mental health, and understands from similar projects in South Ayrshire that allotment gardening can contribute in many different areas including healthy eating, sustainable food supply, healthy activity, educational purposes and fostering community links and green spaces.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-02610 Remembering RMS Titanic, 100 Years On ­(lodged on 12 April 2012) Richard Lyle, Humza Yousaf, Dennis Robertson, Roderick Campbell, Murdo Fraser, Annabelle Ewing, Malcolm Chisholm, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Colin Keir, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02609 Fife Arabic Society’s Big Lottery Fund Award ­(lodged on 12 April 2012) Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Roderick Campbell, Sandra White, Annabelle Ewing, Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02608 Helensburgh Rugby Club Makes History ­(lodged on 12 April 2012) Mike MacKenzie, Annabelle Ewing, Neil Bibby, John Wilson, Colin Beattie, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie McGrigor, Stewart Maxwell, Anne McTaggart, Nigel Don, Roderick Campbell, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, David Torrance, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02607 The Welfare of Post-conflict Soldiers ­(lodged on 12 April 2012) Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Graeme Dey, Dennis Robertson, Roderick Campbell, David Torrance, Annabelle Ewing, Margaret Burgess, Jackie Baillie, Margaret McDougall, Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Stewart Maxwell, Colin Keir, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02606 Care and Technology in the 21st Century ­(lodged on 11 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Paul Wheelhouse, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Colin Keir, Hugh Henry, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie, David Torrance, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02605 Hawick Band Scocha Promotes Scotland in New York ­(lodged on 11 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Stewart Maxwell, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02604 Valleyfield Heritage Project Woodland Clean-up ­(lodged on 11 April 2012) Colin Beattie

S4M-02603 Glasgow Named One of the World’s Greatest Sporting Cities ­(lodged on 11 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Drew Smith, Fiona McLeod, Paul Wheelhouse, Stewart Maxwell, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02602 Ross County ­(lodged on 11 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Murdo Fraser, Paul Wheelhouse, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Colin Beattie, Colin Keir, Hugh Henry, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02601 Edinburgh Success in Heineken Cup Quarter-finals ­(lodged on 11 April 2012) Stewart Maxwell, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02600 Edinburgh Rugby Victory in Heineken Cup ­(lodged on 11 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Paul Wheelhouse, Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Colin Keir, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02599 East Kilbride Crime Prevention Panel Awards 2012, John F Doyle Award ­(lodged on 11 April 2012) Linda Fabiani, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie, Graeme Pearson*

S4M-02597 Arbroath Marks 70 Years since the Red Lichtie Took to the Skies (lodged on 11 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Nigel Don, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02596 Global Day of Action on Military Spending ­(lodged on 11 April 2012) John Mason, Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Jamie Hepburn, John Finnie, Fiona McLeod

S4M-02595 Infant Development Programme ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Hepburn, John Finnie

S4M-02594 Easy Does It! Expands Services ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02593 Congratulating the Participants of the Big Splash 2012 ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance

S4M-02592 Edinburgh Rugby Victory ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Stewart Maxwell, Jamie Hepburn, Sarah Boyack*

S4M-02590 International Workers’ Memorial Day, Mourn the Dead and Fight for the Living ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Jenny Marra, Drew Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Kezia Dugdale, John Park, John Mason, James Kelly, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, John Pentland, Malcolm Chisholm, Elaine Murray, Fiona McLeod, Mike MacKenzie, Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Mark Griffin, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, John Finnie, Helen Eadie, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan*, Sarah Boyack*

S4M-02589 Annan Harbour Action Group ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02587 Fairness for Scotland ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Paul Wheelhouse, Gil Paterson, Colin Beattie, Colin Keir, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance, Humza Yousaf*, Jean Urquhart*, James Dornan*, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*, John Finnie*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-02586 West Calder Welcomes the Three Bears ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Drew Smith, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Claudia Beamish, Elaine Murray, Mike MacKenzie, Fiona McLeod, Gil Paterson, Neil Bibby, Paul Wheelhouse, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan*, Sarah Boyack*

S4M-02585 RealLiving Project Grant ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Paul Wheelhouse, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance

S4M-02584 North Berwick Law Nature Reserve Receives Lottery Funding (lodged on 10 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Claudia Beamish, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance

S4M-02583 LAMH Recycle Ltd ­(lodged on 10 April 2012) Jamie Hepburn, Jamie McGrigor*, Dennis Robertson*, Richard Lyle*, John Pentland*

S4M-02582 Big Lottery 2014 Communities Funding ­(lodged on 05 April 2012) Sarah Boyack, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02581 Bootle Site Closure ­(lodged on 05 April 2012) Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie

S4M-02580 Deaf Awareness Week ­(lodged on 05 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Paul Wheelhouse, Stewart Maxwell, Margaret McDougall, Linda Fabiani, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan*, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02578 Supporting People at Key Times of Change ­(lodged on 05 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02577 Heineken Cup Quarter-final, Edinburgh versus Toulouse ­(lodged on 05 April 2012) Sarah Boyack, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02576 Tapping all our Talents ­(lodged on 04 April 2012) Margaret McDougall, Kezia Dugdale, Jenny Marra, Elaine Murray, Neil Findlay, Sarah Boyack, Claire Baker, Drew Smith, Iain Gray, Jamie Hepburn, Claudia Beamish, Helen Eadie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02575 Royal Highland Education Trust ­(lodged on 04 April 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02574 Congratulations to NESS ­(lodged on 04 April 2012) Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02573 Beyond the Frame ­(lodged on 04 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Sarah Boyack, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02572 Opportunities for All ­(lodged on 04 April 2012) Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt*

S4M-02571 Glasgow’s East End, the Home of Sport ­(lodged on 04 April 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Stewart Maxwell, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02570 The Ayesha Appeal ­(lodged on 04 April 2012) Margaret McDougall, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02569 Aberdeen Sports Village Multi-sports Club ­(lodged on 04 April 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Stewart Maxwell, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Colin Keir, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02568 The Hidden Gardens and the John Muir Award Scheme ­(lodged on 04 April 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Stewart Maxwell, Sarah Boyack, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02567.1 Cuts to Bus Services and their Impact on Communities ­(lodged on 05 April 2012) Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02567 Cuts to Bus Services and their Impact on Communities ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Sarah Boyack, Helen Eadie

S4M-02566 Congratulations to the Cobbles Inn ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Angus MacDonald, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02565 Congratulations to Aberdeen’s Community Payback Team ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02564 Congratulations to Falkirk FC on Cup Final Win ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02563 Commonwheels Comes to Aberdeen ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Nigel Don, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02562 Europe Direct Aberdeen’s Bags of Fun ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02561 Gourock to Kilcreggan Ferry ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Margaret McDougall, Annabel Goldie, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02560 Keep Scotland Beautiful, National Spring Clean Campaign ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Margaret McDougall, Sarah Boyack, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie

S4M-02559 Congratulations to Grace Allan ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02558 On the Margins and Caught in the Headlines ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02557 Kelso’s Alistair Moffat Chosen as Rector of the University of St Andrews ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Angus MacDonald, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02556 Community Pubs Month ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Jamie Hepburn, Helen Eadie, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02555 University of the West of Scotland Students’ Association ­(lodged on 03 April 2012) Stewart Maxwell, Margaret McDougall, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-02554 Dunfermline’s First Beer in 200 Years ­(lodged on 02 April 2012) Colin Beattie

S4M-02553 Homophobia, Let’s Tackle It ­(lodged on 30 March 2012) Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell*

S4M-02552 UK Supreme Court Ruling on Asbestos Exposure ­(lodged on 30 March 2012) Colin Beattie, Colin Keir

S4M-02551 The Jubilee Bridge, Appin ­(lodged on 30 March 2012) Colin Beattie

S4M-02549 Addressing Climate Change through Community Action ­(lodged on 29 March 2012) Colin Beattie

S4M-02546 Congratulating the Participants and Organiser of the Nigel Barge 10k Memorial Road Race ­(lodged on 29 March 2012) Colin Beattie

S4M-02544 Scotland Breaks Renewable Energy Targets ­(lodged on 29 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02543 Castle Rock Edinvar Success at Low Carbon Building Awards (lodged on 29 March 2012) Colin Beattie, Helen Eadie, Claire Baker*

S4M-02542 Make GIB a Scottish Company ­(lodged on 29 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Keir

S4M-02540 World Heritage Site Action on Fuel Poverty and Emissions ­(lodged on 29 March 2012) Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-02539 Dogs Trust ­(lodged on 29 March 2012) Colin Keir

S4M-02536 Measures to Combat Metal Theft ­(lodged on 28 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

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

S4M-02531 Welcoming Asda Cumbernauld Community Life Project ­(lodged on 28 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02530 Stamp it out ­(lodged on 28 March 2012) Colin Keir

S4M-02529 Make it Local Scotland ­(lodged on 28 March 2012) Colin Keir

S4M-02528 Kilwinning Abbey ­(lodged on 28 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02527 Scottish Government Pledges £246 Million to Upgrade Glasgow Subway ­(lodged on 28 March 2012) Colin Keir

S4M-02508 140 Years of Quarriers ­(lodged on 27 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02506 First Anniversary of Centre 81 ­(lodged on 27 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02505 Congratulations to Aberdeen Universities Officers’ Training Corps (lodged on 27 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02504 Scottish Renewables Publishes Landmark Jobs Study ­(lodged on 27 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02503 Gluten-free Challenge Week 2012 ­(lodged on 27 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02501 John Thomas “Jocky” Wilson ­(lodged on 27 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*, Claire Baker*

S4M-02491 Kate Kennedy Club ­(lodged on 26 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02490 Renewable Energy’s 11,000 Jobs ­(lodged on 26 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02478 Aberdeen and Ultrafast Broadband ­(lodged on 23 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

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

S4M-02469 LEAP’s 250th Graduate ­(lodged on 23 March 2012) Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02468 Burnside in Bloom ­(lodged on 22 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02465 Musselburgh Achieves Fairtrade Status ­(lodged on 22 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02455 Windfall for Moss o’ Balloch ­(lodged on 22 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02435 Trinity High 2012 Reporters ­(lodged on 21 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02419.1 Devolution of the Crown Estate ­(lodged on 21 March 2012) John Finnie

S4M-02419 Devolution of the Crown Estate ­(lodged on 20 March 2012) Stuart McMillan, Alison Johnstone

S4M-02411 Biomass Subsidies ­(lodged on 20 March 2012) Neil Findlay, Kezia Dugdale, Marco Biagi

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

S4M-02406 Lothians Success at NUS Scotland Awards ­(lodged on 19 March 2012) Alison Johnstone

S4M-02396 Natalie Moore-Williams ­(lodged on 19 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02384 Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassadors ­(lodged on 16 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02379 Closure of Lennox Herald Dumbarton Office ­(lodged on 15 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02373 Congratulations to Scots Professor on Election to President-Elect (lodged on 15 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

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

S4M-02358 Maryhill Multi-storeys Get a New Look ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Elaine Murray

S4M-02357 Comrie Development Trust New Carbon Challenge ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02344 Big Lottery Fund, Getting Better Together ­(lodged on 14 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

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-02308 Loretto Golf Team Triumphs ­(lodged on 12 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

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

S4M-02273 Dumbarton Academy Go4SET ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02267 Congratulating Haemophilia Scotland on its Parliamentary Reception ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Ken Macintosh, Marco Biagi, Ruth Davidson*

S4M-02266 50,000 Call for a Cornish Assembly ­(lodged on 08 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02262 Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in Harmony with Nature ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02252 Smoking Ban Reduces Premature Birth Rate ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

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

S4M-02247 Royal Scottish National Orchestra Shetland Tour Success ­(lodged on 07 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02232 IKEA Employees Graduate from Ready for Retail Scheme ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02227 Votes at 16 ­(lodged on 06 March 2012) Claudia Beamish

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

S4M-02217 Dalziel Centre, Motherwell ­(lodged on 05 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02205 Energy Powerhouse of Europe ­(lodged on 02 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02203 Labour’s Free University Education Confusion ­(lodged on 02 March 2012) Stuart McMillan*

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

S4M-02158 Conservative MEP Helps the Common Fisheries Policy Net Scottish Sea Angling ­(lodged on 29 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-02146 Chemotherapy and Cancer Management Conference in Palestine (lodged on 28 February 2012) Stuart McMillan*

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

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