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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-01557 Paul Wheelhouse: Scotland Shows Resilience in the Storm—That the Parliament applauds the efforts of the engineers who are working around the clock to restore power to around 70,000 homes in Scotland in the wake of the large tropical cyclone of 8 December 2011; understands that this work is being carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible; further understands that, because of this work, Scottish Power was able to restore electricity to most of its customers by the morning following the storm and that other suppliers had made progress that was similarly commendable; notes with concern the damage caused to buildings, vehicles and trees during the course of the storm; commends the early decision by the Scottish Government to issue proactive travel warnings, which were based on Met Office and police advice; applauds the work of the emergency services during and after the storm; commends the public for heeding what it considers to have been the important advice given to protect wellbeing and safety, and expresses support for each household and business in Scotland that is repairing damage caused by the exceptionally bad weather.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Roderick Campbell*, Christine Grahame*, Kenneth Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Stuart McMillan*

*S4M-01556 # Christine Grahame: The Work of Citizens Advice Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the vital work of Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) on the high streets of the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and throughout Scotland, delivering free and often urgent advice; notes that in 2010-11 bureaux throughout Scotland dealt with 560,303 issues of which there were 203,000 new benefit issues, an increase of 8% on the previous year; notes that, in particular, CAS is concerned at the 33% increase in the number of new Employment and Support Allowance issues, which are time consuming and stressful for bureaux and clients, and that client applications to charities for assistance such as food parcels almost doubled in 2010-11; is concerned that with threatened cuts to benefits the situation for many will not improve and that further demands will be made of the service, and hopes that this service, which it considers both vital and approachable, will be able to continue to provide support for people who are often the most needy in society.

Supported by: Neil Findlay*, Chic Brodie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Kevin Stewart*, Bill Kidd*, Humza Yousaf*, Colin Keir*, Margaret Burgess*, Richard Lyle*

*S4M-01555 Bill Kidd: Glasgow to Host Rugby Sevens—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow on the announcement that the HSBC Sevens World Series is to take place at the Scotstoun Stadium on 5 and 6 May 2012, noting that Scotland is well known as the home of rugby sevens, and welcomes the opportunity for Glasgow, a city that is believed to know how to put on a show, to host another major international event.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-01554 Kenneth Gibson: Oil and Gas, Rising Fortunes—That the Parliament notes the report on the oil and gas industry in Scotland, Oil and Gas: Rising Fortunes, recently published by Lloyds Banking Group; notes its findings that 75% of oil and gas companies expect to create thousands of new jobs in the next two years and that 87% of senior decision-makers in the sector say that their firms are on track for growth in this period; believes that 83% of oil and gas companies are also expecting to increase orders through the supply chain next year; understands from the report that 26% of firms in the oil and gas industry are embracing the green economy and that a new income stream has been created through renewables; notes the report’s prediction that a third of oil and gas businesses will adopt green income streams by the end of 2012, and that more than half will do so in the next three to five years, and celebrates the economic benefits that the oil and gas industry brings to Scotland and, it believes, will continue to bring for decades to come, while at the same time contributing increasingly to the production of green energy.

Supported by: James Dornan*, Bill Kidd*, Dave Thompson*, Chic Brodie*, Roderick Campbell*, Humza Yousaf*, Kevin Stewart*, Margaret Burgess*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*

*S4M-01553 Kenneth Gibson: National Dental Inspection Programme—That the Parliament notes the findings of the National Dental Inspection Programme Report 2011, where 13,256 P7 children from local authority schools across Scotland were inspected; commends all NHS boards across Scotland as, for the first time, they all achieved the target of 60% of P7 children with no obvious decay experience; notes that the average number of teeth that were affected by obvious decay experience has continued to decrease from 2.29 to 0.70 since 2005; acknowledges that Ayrshire and Arran has reached the top three of all NHS boards inspected for the least obvious decay experience in permanent teeth, with all results continually below the Scottish average, and considers there to be a link between socioeconomic deprivation and poor dental health in P7 children and that, in spite of clear oral health improvements across all NHS boards, inequalities still exist and reducing the difference between the socioeconomic groups must remain as a priority.

Supported by: Margaret Burgess*, Bill Kidd*, Maureen Watt*, Humza Yousaf*, Kevin Stewart*, Colin Keir*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-01551 Joan McAlpine: Tackling the Problem of Empty Homes in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the Channel 4 series, The Great British Property Scandal, which, it believes, highlights the problem of long-term empty homes; understands that there are 25,000 long-term empty homes in Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Government’s funding for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, which is hosted by Shelter Scotland, and further welcomes the Scottish Government’s ongoing consultation on extending council tax charges for such homes, with the intention that additional revenue raised is re-invested in affordable homes, including the re-use of empty homes.

Supported by: Margaret McDougall*, Marco Biagi*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Gil Paterson*, Fiona McLeod*, Mike MacKenzie*, Annabelle Ewing*, Richard Lyle*, Sandra White*, David Torrance*, Chic Brodie*, Drew Smith*, Margaret Burgess*, Bill Kidd*, Gordon MacDonald*, Adam Ingram*, Kevin Stewart*, James Dornan*, Mark McDonald*, John Finnie*, Colin Keir*, John Mason*

S4M-01549 Bill Kidd: Advice in Scotland 2010-11—That the Parliament congratulates Citizens Advice Scotland on its state of the nation report Advice in Scotland 2010-11 and in particular on the findings that bureaux advisors helped clients with a record 203,000 new benefit issues and that bureaux achieved a financial gain of almost £126 million for clients, based on funding of £16.3 million, meaning that clients were almost £8 better off for each £1 of funding provided to bureaux.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01548♦ Annabelle Ewing: Radioactive Particles at Dalgety Bay—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern at the long-standing hazard of radioactive contamination of an area of foreshore at Dalgety Bay, which it understands is a consequence of the closure of Donibristle Airfield in 1959 and the subsequent dumping and burning of aircraft dials and other materials containing radium; is further concerned that finds of radioactive material have accelerated in recent months; welcomes SEPA’s increased levels of investigation and monitoring, its handling of the current situation and the information it has given to the wider community, but is concerned that no positive course of action to remedy this unacceptable position appears to have been suggested or implemented by the UK Government, with whom it considers responsibility lies.

Supported by: James Dornan, Paul Wheelhouse, Humza Yousaf, Sandra White, Adam Ingram, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Rob Gibson, Jean Urquhart, Bill Walker, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, Margaret Burgess, Gil Paterson, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Kevin Stewart, Mark McDonald*, Marco Biagi*, Maureen Watt*, Chic Brodie*, Fiona McLeod*, Mike MacKenzie*, Colin Keir*

S4M-01547 Bill Kidd: Scotland Sevens Rugby Champions—That the Parliament congratulates the Scotland Sevens Rugby Team on picking up its first piece of silverware, the Bowl, in the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai on 3 December 2011; notes that the team won this by putting 26 points past the United States; commends the players on what it sees as their dedication and hard work, and wishes the team the very best of luck on 9 December in South Africa when it will take on Morocco, New Zealand and France.

Supported by: Bill Walker, Paul Wheelhouse, Sandra White, Patricia Ferguson, Adam Ingram, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Neil Bibby, Humza Yousaf, David Torrance, Marco Biagi*, Maureen Watt*, Willie Coffey*, Jackie Baillie*, Annabelle Ewing*, Mike MacKenzie*, Elaine Smith*, Margaret Burgess*, Mark McDonald*, Colin Keir*

S4M-01546 Dennis Robertson: NUS Zero Tolerance Campaign—That the Parliament notes that Heriot Watt University, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Stirling have all been accredited by NUS Scotland as Zero Tolerance organisations in relation to sexual harassment; acknowledges the work being done by the NUS on this issue and its publication last year of Hidden Marks, which covered perceptions of safety and experiences of harassment, stalking, financial abuse, violence and sexual assault; further notes that the scheme is being rolled out to a number of other student associations, including Aberdeen University Students’ Association, Aberdeen College Students’ Association, Reid Kerr College Students’ Association and Edinburgh University Students’ Association, which are all working toward accreditation as Zero Tolerance organisations; commends the NUS for highlighting and seeking to tackle this important issue at an early stage, and hopes that all of Scotland’s universities and colleges attain the Zero Tolerance accreditation.

S4M-01545 Clare Adamson: This is Our Faith—That the Parliament congratulates Bishop Devine and the staff, pupils and clergy of the Diocese of Motherwell on the celebration launch of This is Our Faith at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell on 7 December 2011; recognises the contribution of Bishop Devine, as President of the Commission for Catholic Education and Scottish Catholic Education Service, to the publication of This is Our Faith as a guide to teachers on the religious education curriculum, which has been developed for children and young people in Catholic schools in Scotland: acknowledges what it considers the thoughtful and innovative contribution at the service of the senior pupils undertaking the Caritas Award and the wonderful singing of the choir of St Mary’s Primary School in Hamilton, and believes that this was an successful and inspiring celebration for the Catholic education community in the Diocese of Motherwell.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Richard Lyle, Roderick Campbell, Stuart McMillan, John Pentland, Mike MacKenzie*, Annabelle Ewing*, Willie Coffey*, David Torrance*, Margaret Burgess*, Clare Adamson*

S4M-01544 Christina McKelvie: Letter to Santa Highlights Impact of Domestic Violence on Children—That the Parliament welcomes the new Letter to Santa joint campaign by the Violence Reduction Unit and Children 1st, which highlights the impact of domestic abuse on the whole family at Christmas; notes that the campaign was inspired by Children 1st service-users who shared their experiences of Christmas growing up in a home where domestic violence was present; further notes that, according to the Violence Reduction Unit, the Christmas period is a peak time for domestic abuse incidents; believes that children who witness domestic violence are also victims of it and can experience lifelong effects as a result; commends the work of Children 1st in supporting children who are victims of domestic violence, and supports the aim of the Letter to Santa campaign of encouraging anyone concerned about a child experiencing violence in the home this Christmas to contact ParentLine Scotland on 0800 028 2233.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Malcolm Chisholm, David Torrance, John Finnie, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Margaret Burgess, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Bob Doris, Mike MacKenzie, Fiona McLeod, Colin Beattie, Joe FitzPatrick, Dave Thompson, Sandra White, Margaret McDougall*, Mary Fee*, Marco Biagi*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Maureen Watt*, Claudia Beamish*, Mark McDonald*, Elaine Smith*, Colin Keir*, Liam McArthur*

S4M-01543 Siobhan McMahon: Welfare Reform Bill—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement on 1 December 2011 by the UK Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, that the proposals by the UK Government to remove disability benefits from those living in residential care will now not be implemented in 2013-14 as planned; understands that this proposal, if implemented, would have seen 80,000 disabled people lose between £20 and £50 in benefit a week; welcomes the findings of the Low Review, which it considers made some important recommendations that will help ensure that disabled people are able to exercise their right to mobility in the same manner as non-disabled people, and notes the contributions made by disabled charities in Scotland along with over 5,000 campaigners who attended the Hardest Hit events across the country on 22 October 2011, which it believes sent a clear message to the UK Government to stop what it considers these unnecessary cuts to the benefits and services of disabled people.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, David Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Michael McMahon, Mark Griffin, Jackie Baillie, Christina McKelvie, Mike MacKenzie, Sarah Boyack, Drew Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Richard Lyle, Hugh Henry, Margaret McDougall*, Mary Fee*, Marco Biagi*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Claudia Beamish*, Margaret Burgess*, Kevin Stewart*, Elaine Smith*

S4M-01542# Annabel Goldie: Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire—That the Parliament congratulates the Kirkintilloch-based Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire; understands that the centre provides a central point for volunteering throughout East Dunbartonshire and that it aims to encourage and support local people who wish to offer their services to help others in their community; recognises the Volunteer Champions Project, a school-based initiative that promotes volunteering to teenagers; believes that, by volunteering, local young people are showing dedication and clearly have a social conscience; applauds the befriending service, which pairs a volunteer with an isolated adult, providing what it considers to be a vital source of friendship, assistance and company that reflects an admirable model of being a good neighbour, and commends what it sees as the excellent contribution that this organisation and the voluntary sector make to the community.

Supported by: John Lamont, Jim Hume, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Margaret Mitchell, Sarah Boyack, Ruth Davidson, Fiona McLeod, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Claudia Beamish*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01541 Angus MacDonald: Comments Made on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff—That the Parliament notes with disappointment and regret the actions and comments broadcast during the Channel 5 programme, The Wright Stuff, on 6 December 2011, in which it considers that insensitive comments were made regarding an ongoing murder investigation on the Isle of Lewis; considers half-hearted the apology made by the host of the programme the following day; believes that the people of the Western Isles have made known their displeasure and disgust at this in a dignified manner, and calls on Channel 5 and Ofcom to take appropriate action against the programme.

Supported by: David Torrance, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, John Mason, Joe FitzPatrick, Hanzala Malik, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Maureen Watt, Richard Lyle, Mark McDonald, Gordon MacDonald, Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram, Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Colin Beattie, Hugh Henry, Mary Fee*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Margaret Burgess*, Colin Keir*

S4M-01540 Stewart Stevenson: Scottish Natural Heritage Code of Practice on Deer Management—That the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee recommends that the Scottish Natural Heritage Code of Practice on Deer Management be approved.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead

S4M-01539 Annabelle Ewing: Gold Star For Education in Fife—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Council’s education service on its achievement of a European Foundation of Quality Management 5-star (Gold) Level award; appreciates the journey toward excellence that it considers the service in Fife has travelled since 2007; recognises the work done across the service and in Fife schools to improve the quality of education, and believes that this has helped to secure both this 5-star award and the recognition of Fife as the most improved education authority in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Dennis Robertson, Margaret Burgess, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Richard Simpson, Humza Yousaf, Bill Walker, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Chic Brodie*, Paul Wheelhouse*, Maureen Watt*, Kevin Stewart*, Mark McDonald*, Colin Keir*

S4M-01538 George Adam: Community Award for Paisley on the Web—That the Parliament congratulates Paisley on the web,, on winning £6,000 through the RBS Community Force Awards; recognises the hard work of all those involved with the project, which promotes Paisley, the events held there and the vibrancy and energy associated with the town, and wishes the project every success in the future, which it considers will be helped by this injection of funds.

Supported by: Willie Coffey, Humza Yousaf, Joan McAlpine, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Neil Bibby, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Mark McDonald, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Sandra White, James Dornan, Dennis Robertson

S4M-01537 Colin Beattie: Parent Council Awarded for Outdoor Classroom—That the Parliament congratulates Musselburgh Grammar School Parent Council on receiving £3,550 as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All; understands that the award will be used to develop an unused area of the school grounds to create an outdoor classroom including benches, chairs, art equipment, planters, composts and plants; appreciates the dedication of Musselburgh Grammar School’s Parent Council, and wishes it success in its future endeavours.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01536 Shona Robison: London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Advertising and Trading) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 [draft]—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Advertising and Trading) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon

S4M-01535 Colin Beattie: Women’s Aid Awarded for Art Activities—That the Parliament congratulates Women’s Aid (Midlothian) Ltd in Dalkeith on its recent award of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund as part of the Awards for All scheme; understands that it will run a 16-week arts activities programme for women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse; understands that the money will enable the beneficiaries to work with a professional artist to explore their experiences and tell their individual stories through different art forms; appreciates what it sees as Women’s Aid (Midlothian) Ltd’s dedication to the women of Midlothian, and wishes it success in conducting its new programme.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Sandra White

S4M-01534 Rob Gibson: Arctic Convoy Veterans Deserve UK Medals—That the Parliament calls for the UK Minister for Veterans, Andrew Robathan, to be sacked following what it considers the deplorable comments he made in a Westminster Hall debate about some of the bravest veterans in recent history; condemns, in the strongest possible terms, Mr Robathan’s comments on the striking of a medal for the veterans of Russian Arctic convoys from 1941 to 1945, which he compared with medals issued by authoritarian regimes such as those of Saddam Hussein, Colonel Gaddafi and the government of North Korea; reiterates its welcome of the medals that have already been issued to survivors of the Arctic convoys by the Russian Federation Government in recent years; considers that Mr Robathan’s remarks are a disgraceful slur on the bravery shown by every single participant who undertook what Winston Churchill called the most dangerous journey in the world; further reiterates that cross-party support has been exemplified in debates and motions for such a medal to be struck to honour those that remain, who risked their lives for the Allied war effort, and considers that it is not the role of a government minister, especially one who is the Minister for Veterans, to demean and trivialise the survivors’ efforts to extract the delivery of a promise made by the Conservative Party while in opposition.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, Angus MacDonald, Graeme Dey, Bill Walker, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, David Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Margaret Burgess, Christina McKelvie, George Adam, Maureen Watt, Mark McDonald, Annabelle Ewing, Christine Grahame, Humza Yousaf, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Roderick Campbell, Dave Thompson, Joe FitzPatrick, Paul Wheelhouse*, John Finnie*, Colin Keir*

S4M-01533 Roderick Campbell: Pittenweem Pharmacy Charity Single—That the Parliament congratulates what it considers to be the innovative fundraising campaign by Pittenweem Pharmacy in creating a song, and music video, which aims to be the Christmas number one single; applauds the effort of the staff and manager of the pharmacy in this; considers its achievements of being in the top 30 comedy songs on iTunes within 24 hours of release and having thousands of views on YouTube to be impressive; understands that the money raised will be donated to two local charitable causes, East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal and RNLI Anstruther, and hopes that sales of the single will rival those of the 2011 X Factor winner and the Military Wives’ Choir this Christmas.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Mark McDonald, Bill Kidd, Humza Yousaf, Dennis Robertson, Chic Brodie, Annabelle Ewing, Margaret Burgess, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, George Adam, Mike MacKenzie, Jean Urquhart, Joe FitzPatrick, Colin Keir*

S4M-01532♦ Jamie McGrigor: Designation of Special Areas of Conservation—That the Parliament notes with alarm concerns expressed by local communities in the Western Isles regarding procedures and scientific data used by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) for designating special areas of conservation (SAC) in East Mingulay and the Sound of Barra; notes that the concerns were assessed by SNH, which, in the case of the East Mingulay consultation process, deemed them to be unfounded, and notes that the designation process is continuing for both sites, despite continuing local concerns and what it understands to be government-sponsored evidence of substantial economic damage and little quantifiable benefit as a result of SAC status.

Supported by: Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser, Mary Scanlon, Margaret Mitchell*

S4M-01531 Dennis Robertson: Braemar Community and St Margaret’s Episcopal Church—That the Parliament recognises what it considers the hard work, dedication and community spirit of the residents of Braemar, who, in addition to having the only locally run castle in the country, are now embarking on another project to bring St Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Braemar back to life; considers that the church is a magnificent example of the work of Aberdeen-born architect Sir J Ninian Comper and that it is widely regarded as one of the finest places of worship in Scotland; wishes the residents success in the fundraising evening of candlelit music on 23 December 2011, organised by Bishop Bob Gillies, and in their application to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Supported by: Margaret Burgess, Joan McAlpine, John Wilson, Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Roderick Campbell, James Dornan, Maureen Watt, Kenneth Gibson, Mark McDonald, Chic Brodie, Annabelle Ewing, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Dave Thompson, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01530 Kevin Stewart: Grampian Housing Association SMART Financial Inclusion and Early Intervention—That the Parliament welcomes the Big Lottery Fund’s award to Grampian Housing Association SMART Financial Inclusion and Early Intervention project of £407,627; notes that the association aims to improve financial inclusion and ensure that tenants’ incomes are maximised, and believes that the poorest in society face the highest charges for energy and services because they are excluded from mainstream banks.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt, Kenneth Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Margaret Burgess, Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Mark McDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, David Torrance

S4M-01529 Joe FitzPatrick: Fire Brigades Union Equipment from Dundee Arrives in Nablus—That the Parliament congratulates the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on successfully delivering an out-of-service fire engine, 150 sets of fire kit, 20 sets of breathing apparatus, 80 fire helmets and leather fire boots as well as 100 pairs of fire gauntlets, all of which were generously donated to Dundee’s twin city, Nablus; notes the vital role played by Jim Malone, Gavin Barrie, John Docherty, Dave Kay and Steve Harman of the FBU who made the 2,500 mile journey across Europe; acknowledges the role played by Adly Yaish, the Mayor of Nablus, in enabling the engine to complete its journey from Haifa to Nablus, as well as what it believes was the indispensable support provided by Histadrut, the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions and the Nablus Municipality Fire Department in facilitating the delivery of what it understands is this much-needed equipment, and hopes to see further collaboration between Dundee and Nablus over the years to come for the benefit of the citizens of both cities.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Drew Smith, John Finnie, Humza Yousaf, Rob Gibson, Margaret Burgess, Jenny Marra, Mark McDonald, Neil Findlay, Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Roderick Campbell, James Dornan, Mike MacKenzie, Annabelle Ewing, Chic Brodie, Graeme Dey, Jamie Hepburn, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Jean Urquhart, Colin Keir*

S4M-01528 Margaret Mitchell: Motherwell FC Helps to Promote Internet Safety—That the Parliament welcomes the development by Motherwell FC in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council of a new interactive website that highlights the importance of internet safety to children; notes that the site was developed as part of the club’s community programme in collaboration with the council’s child protection team; acknowledges that the site provides children with five golden rules to stay safe online and gives advice and tips on social networks, chat rooms and how to handle cyber-bullying; further notes that the message of internet safety will be delivered to all North Lanarkshire primary schools as part of Motherwell FC’s community coaches programme; considers that this is an innovative method of raising awareness of the importance of staying safe online using children’s interest in football, and hopes that this initiative will encourage other local authorities to look into developing similar local campaigns to raise awareness of what it believes is a vitally important issue.

Supported by: John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Michael McMahon, Margaret Burgess, Jamie Hepburn, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Neil Bibby, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01527 Elaine Murray: George Osborne’s Attack on Wildlife—That the Parliament notes with concern the comments of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the effect that European rules to protect internationally important wildlife habitats have been gold-plated in the UK and that this places ridiculous costs on business; notes that Lord Davidson QC’s review of implementation of EU legislation, which reported in 2006, found no evidence that the EC Habitats Directive is over-implemented in the UK and that allegations of gold-plating are frequently simplistic and misconceived; further notes the conclusion of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment that “the natural world, its biodiversity and its constituent ecosystems are critically important to our well-being and economic prosperity, but are consistently undervalued in conventional economic analyses and decision making”; believes that Scottish nature conservation and the Scottish economy would be damaged by a weakening of habitat protection in England, and urges the Scottish Government to ensure that the spirit and letter of European wildlife rules are applied in Scotland and to commit to ensuring that Scotland meets its commitments under international nature conservation law.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik, Drew Smith, Richard Lyle, John Park, Patricia Ferguson, Neil Findlay, David Torrance, Hugh Henry, Anne McTaggart, Rob Gibson*

S4M-01525 Drew Smith: Strathclyde New Opportunities Fund—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by Glasgow City Council that the Strathclyde Pension Fund is to invest up to £100 million in small businesses; understands that Strathclyde Pension Fund has created a New Opportunities Fund, which will invest in businesses based and operating in Glasgow and much of the west of Scotland; further understands that the fund will assess the business plans, ideas and investment potential and, it is hoped, offer support that these firms want yet have been unable to obtain elsewhere, particularly due to what it sees as the unwillingness of many banks to lend; acknowledges that applications to the fund will be assessed by a panel of experts in the public and private sectors; notes that this announcement follows the creation by Glasgow City Council of a Commonwealth Apprenticeships Programme, a Commonwealth Jobs Fund and a Commonwealth Graduate Jobs Scheme and welcomes the initiatives being taking across some local authorities to create new opportunities for jobs, skills and businesses, and hopes that both the Scottish Government and other local authorities will take cognisance of these initiatives and bring forward many more innovative approaches to tackling unemployment in Scotland.

Supported by: Jenny Marra, Sarah Boyack, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Neil Findlay, Neil Bibby, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Margaret McCulloch, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Marco Biagi, Jamie Hepburn, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01524 Roseanna Cunningham: Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications at Football (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications at Football (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill

S4M-01522 Stewart Stevenson: Crofting Commission (Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 [draft]—That the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee recommends that the Crofting Commission (Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead

S4M-01521 Neil Bibby: Renfrewshire Women’s Association, Wear Your White Ribbon—That the Parliament welcomes Renfrewshire Women’s Association’s Annual Conference, which took place on 29 November 2011 in Paisley Town Hall; notes that the conference raised a number of serious issues, including the trafficking of women and children in Scotland; acknowledges the ongoing work of Renfrewshire Women’s Association, in which women and supporting agencies come together to raise awareness about gender-based violence including domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse; applauds the association’s aims in wishing Renfrewshire to be a safe place for women and children to live, work and play and a place where no form of violence against woman and children is tolerated by residents, and supports the association’s Wear Your White Ribbon campaign to help protect the future of Scotland’s children and their children, which runs until 10 December.

Supported by: Derek Mackay, Kenneth Gibson, Jenny Marra, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Drew Smith, Bill Kidd, Anne McTaggart, Neil Findlay, Richard Lyle, Annabel Goldie, Hugh Henry, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, John Finnie, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01516 Colin Beattie: Parents ‘n’ Tots Awarded—That the Parliament congratulates Parents ‘n’ Tots at the Loanhead Community Learning Centre on its recent award of £9,648 from the Big Lottery Fund; recognises that it aims to expand and provide new activities for parents and their children, broaden its services to reach more members of the community and run better structured programmes and sessions; understands that the money will be spent on a Parental Early Education Partnership (PEEP) tutor, toddler gym tutor, trips, healthy snacks and musical instruments; appreciates Parents ‘n’ Tots’ dedication to creating sustainable services and to reaching more local communities, and wishes it the best of success in its future endeavours.

Supported by: Margaret Burgess, Dennis Robertson, Humza Yousaf, Richard Lyle, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Keir*

S4M-01515 Colin Beattie: Alny Graham Retiring after 40 Years of Service—That the Parliament commends Mrs Alny Graham for what it considers her 40 years of unstinting service to the Children’s Hearings System as a panel member and a member of the Children’s Panel Advisory Committee (CPAC); considers that her long experience in the hearings system has been of great importance throughout the many changes that have taken place; notes her support of a number of panel and CPAC chairs and her assisting them with difficult decisions; considers that she showed excellent judgment in recruiting new panel members; applauds her dedication and concern for the children in making sure that their voices were heard, their hearings were fair and their interests were put first by the Children’s Hearings System; recognises the good that she has done for children over the course of her career, and wishes her all the best in her forthcoming retirement.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01514 Colin Beattie: Mayfield and Easthouse Youth 2000 Project Awarded—That the Parliament congratulates Mayfield and Easthouse Youth 2000 Project on its recent £8,576 award from the Big Lottery Fund; recognises that it will purchase gardening equipment and employ sessional workers to support and increase the involvement of young people as volunteers in its newly developed social enterprise, Midlothian Garden Services; applauds the project for its dedication to providing opportunities for young people while simultaneously creating a more beautiful environment in the community, and wishes it success in its future endeavours.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson, Stuart McMillan, Annabelle Ewing, Richard Lyle, Humza Yousaf, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Adam Ingram

S4M-01513 Graeme Dey: 100 Years of Arbroath’s Edwardian Railway Station—That the Parliament welcomes the 100th anniversary of the opening of the present-day Arbroath railway station on Christmas Eve in 1911, which replaced the former structure that had been one of the three stations that had served the town until 1848; considers that, over its lifetime, the historic Edwardian building has absorbed many episodes of change in Scottish history including watching trains carry soldiers to and from their respective fates in the first and second world wars, providing safe passage for many families from all over the UK to summer holiday destinations along the east coast of Scotland and providing businesses and commuters with a regular freight and passenger service around the rest of Scotland; praises the fact that rail transport continues to be available to the people of coastal Angus; expresses the hope that historic railway stations across the country continue to be seen as well-loved symbols of the age of steam and industry and the burgeoning of the tourist industry in Scotland, and encourages people to continue to use the railway to ensure that these prominent civic buildings are preserved and utilised for generations to come.

Supported by: Margaret Burgess, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, Maureen Watt, David Torrance, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Humza Yousaf, Jean Urquhart

S4M-01512 Stuart McMillan: Finnish Independence Day—That the Parliament recognises the anniversary of the establishment of Finland as an independent state on 6 December 1917; wishes its citizens and residents well with their itsenäisyyspäivä celebrations, and looks forward to burgeoning economic and cultural links between Scotland and her Nordic cousins who it considers, although small and relatively young, are wealthy, modern, progressive states that engage fully in the community of nations.

Supported by: James Dornan, Joe FitzPatrick, Richard Lyle, Humza Yousaf, Dennis Robertson, Rob Gibson, Bill Walker, Annabelle Ewing, Willie Coffey, Margaret Burgess, Clare Adamson, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Colin Beattie, Joan McAlpine, Aileen Campbell, Mark McDonald, John Mason, Bob Doris, Jean Urquhart, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Colin Keir*

S4M-01511 Roderick Campbell: Cupar, Best Adopted Station 2011—That the Parliament congratulates Cupar Station on being recognised as Scotland’s Best Adopted Station 2011 by Passenger Focus; commends the hard work of local stakeholders such as Cupar in Bloom, Cupar Heritage, station staff and users; acknowledges the calibre of previous winners, including Wemyss Bay and Renton stations, and welcomes Passenger Focus’ view that “Cupar exemplifies the spirit of the station at the heart of the community”.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, John Park, Humza Yousaf, Maureen Watt, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, Liz Smith, Margaret Burgess, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Jean Urquhart, Jamie McGrigor, Joan McAlpine, Mark McDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-01509 Richard Simpson: Supporting Healthy Choices—That the Parliament considers that there is a need to support consumers in making healthy choices regarding what they eat; notes that there is independent research suggesting that using a hybrid system of labelling including traffic light colours would be the most effective system for UK consumers; regrets what it considers to have been a missed opportunity for the European Parliament to introduce a mandatory front of package traffic light food-labelling system during the negotiations concerning the food information to consumers regulations; understands that this was despite the efforts of health charities such as the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK; welcomes however that the regulations allow member states to recommend the use of one or more additional forms of expression, and calls on the UK Government to follow the recommendation made by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in its report, Behaviour Change, and introduce a traffic light system of front of pack labelling on all food packaging.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik, Graeme Dey, Richard Simpson, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Neil Findlay, Anne McTaggart, Margaret Burgess, Margaret McDougall*

S4M-01508 Sandra White: Turner Prize 2011—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow sculptor Martin Boyce, winner of the Turner Prize 2011; notes that this continues a run of great success in the competition by Scottish artists, who have now scooped what is seen as this acclaimed accolade for the third year running; believes that such success is a testament to the drive and passion of the artists, their teachers and schools, such as the Glasgow School of Art, where Boyce studied; further believes that modern Scottish art has undeniable strength and that this achievement will help to encourage other young people to look to art as a means of individual and collective expression, and encourages the organisers of the Turner Prize to actively consider staging the 2014 competition in Scotland.

Supported by: Aileen McLeod, Graeme Dey, Kevin Stewart, Jamie McGrigor, Angus MacDonald, Margaret Burgess, Anne McTaggart, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Mike MacKenzie, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Adam Ingram, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, Joe FitzPatrick, Jean Urquhart, James Dornan, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01507 Patrick Harvie: No Place for Hate, LGBT Hate Crime in Education—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the recent National Union of Students’ report, No Place for Hate, that LGBT students are 10 times more likely than non-LGBT students to have concerns about being subject to abuse while studying at university or college, that 31% have experienced at least one incident of hate crime related to their sexual orientation at their place of study and yet only 4% of incidents are ever reported to the police, and believes that, as LGBT History Month, a month aimed at ending the silence imposed on the LGBT community, launches on 8 December 2011, action is needed to increase the reporting of hate crime incidents.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, Joe FitzPatrick, Mary Fee, Kezia Dugdale, Neil Findlay, Drew Smith, John Park, Humza Yousaf, John Finnie, Dennis Robertson, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Joan McAlpine, Jackie Baillie, Christine Grahame, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, James Dornan, Patricia Ferguson, Jim Eadie, Marco Biagi, Jenny Marra, Dave Thompson

S4M-01506 Graeme Dey: Selfless Effort Ensuring Scotland Stays Open for Business—That the Parliament commends the work of gritter drivers and emergency services staff in Scotland who have worked hard to ensure that roads are kept open, people’s safety is ensured and the country keeps moving in the current freezing conditions being experienced across the nation; considers that, over the last two years, the extreme weather experienced by Scots through the coldest months has seen sterling efforts carried out not only by those mentioned above but also by railway staff, HGV drivers, utility company employees, the voluntary sector, postal workers and many individual cases of ordinary people helping family members, neighbours and the most vulnerable members of local communities; praises what it sees as these selfless efforts, without which many people would be stranded during what is considered some of the worst weather seen in a generation, and urges Scots over the winter of 2011-12 to continue to look out for older and vulnerable people by clearing their paths, ensuring that they have food and regularly checking on their welfare and to take time to consider the hard work going on night and day by so many people to ensure that Scotland stays open for business throughout the snowy and icy conditions.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Margaret Burgess, Angus MacDonald, Kenneth Gibson, Hanzala Malik, Bill Walker, David Torrance, Rob Gibson, John Finnie, Humza Yousaf, Mike MacKenzie, Dennis Robertson, George Adam, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Chic Brodie, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, Christine Grahame, Adam Ingram, James Dornan, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Maxwell, Gordon MacDonald, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh Henry, Dave Thompson, Maureen Watt*, Colin Keir*

S4M-01505 Jim Hume: A Democratic Future for Gaza—That the Parliament recognises that the Council for European Palestinian Relations recently led its largest humanitarian delegation yet to the Gaza Strip, consisting of around 100 delegates from across the political spectrum from 40 countries; understands that around 1.6 million people are besieged in the Gaza Strip with insufficient supplies of medicine in the area and that, according to the World Health Organization, the water supply is far below standard and deteriorating; believes that the economy of the Gaza Strip and its health service are unable to continue with the current export and import ban on goods and that the ordinary day-to-day lives of individuals in the area are severely affected, with a high incidence of psychological problems arising; notes the demise of the Gazan fishing industry since the restrictions were imposed on its territorial waters; understands that young people in Gaza cannot leave the area for education or job opportunities; recognises the importance of the two main Palestinian political parties agreeing to have democratic elections in the spring of 2012, and calls on the international community to support those democratic aims and work toward ending the siege of Gaza.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01504 Hanzala Malik: Scottish Success at 2011 Turner Prize—That the Parliament congratulates the artist, Martin Boyce, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art who continues to live and work in the city, on winning the 2011 Turner Prize for his installation, Do Words Have Voices; notes that Karla Black, a fellow graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, also made the four-strong shortlist; commends both artists for their contribution to contemporary art in Scotland, and believes that their success strengthens the case for a future Turner Prize exhibition to be held in Glasgow as part of Tate’s commitment to holding the exhibition outside London in every odd-numbered year.

Supported by: John Pentland, Neil Findlay, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, Drew Smith, Mary Fee, Liam McArthur, John Mason, Kevin Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Clare Adamson, Sandra White, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Sarah Boyack, Kezia Dugdale, Jackie Baillie, Humza Yousaf, Roderick Campbell, Neil Bibby, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Joan McAlpine, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Maureen Watt, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01502 Christina McKelvie: Congratulations to Martin Boyce, Winner of the Turner Prize—That the Parliament congratulates the Hamilton-born sculptor, Martin Boyce, on being awarded the 2011 Turner Prize for what was judged the best collection of work by a British artist under 50 in the past 12 months; notes that he emerged to win the prize from what was considered to be a particularly strong shortlist; further notes that Martin Boyce is the third Scottish winner of the Turner Prize in as many years, following Susan Philipsz in 2010 and Richard Wright in 2009; further notes that Martin Boyce was joined on the 2011 Turner Prize shortlist by fellow Scottish artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Karla Black; notes that both Martin and Karla continue to live and work in Glasgow, and believes that the critical and popular acclaim achieved by these artists demonstrates that today’s Scottish contemporary art scene is indisputably one of the world’s most stimulating, vibrant and creative.

Supported by: Margaret Burgess, Rob Gibson, Clare Adamson, Jamie McGrigor, Graeme Dey, Angus MacDonald, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Aileen McLeod, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Dennis Robertson, Maureen Watt, Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Mark McDonald, Joe FitzPatrick, John Mason, Bob Doris, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, James Dornan, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Jim Eadie, Bill Kidd, Colin Keir*

S4M-01499 Stuart McMillan: World Pipe Band Championships—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the World Pipe Band Championships is to remain in Glasgow until 2015; notes that the Worlds is one of the four annual major pipe bands events and welcomes competitors from across the globe; further notes that the event generates around £10 million each year for the Glasgow and Scottish economies; congratulates organisers on securing what it considers this important event for Glasgow and Scotland, and hopes that the event will continue to go from strength to strength.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Margaret Burgess, Liam McArthur, Anne McTaggart, Maureen Watt, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Kidd, Neil Findlay, Jackson Carlaw, Annabelle Ewing, Humza Yousaf, Chic Brodie, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Bill Walker, Nigel Don, Rob Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Angus MacDonald, John Wilson, James Dornan, Dennis Robertson, Neil Bibby, Jean Urquhart, Adam Ingram, Mark McDonald, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, David Torrance, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson

S4M-01498 Drew Smith: Glasgow to Host World Pipe Band Championships—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow on winning the bid to host the World Pipe Band Championships until 2015; notes that Glasgow has now been associated with the Worlds for more than 60 years and understands that the championships generate more than £10 million each year for the Glasgow and Scottish economies; further understands that 200 bands from 12 countries competed in the 2011 competition at Glasgow Green, and thanks the partners Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and EventScotland for what it considers to have been all their hard work in securing this event.

Supported by: Mary Fee, Anne McTaggart, Neil Bibby, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Richard Simpson, Hanzala Malik, Neil Findlay, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith

S4M-01497 Hanzala Malik: Restoration of Flights Between Glasgow and Lahore—That the Parliament notes the withdrawal by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in January 2012 of direct flights between Glasgow and its twin city, Lahore; regrets the removal of the only direct air link between Scotland and Pakistan; understands that the decision was made despite the flights proving popular with the travelling public; notes the cultural connection between many families in Scotland and Pakistan, and considers that given the huge potential for expansion of trade between the two countries, PIA should reinstate the direct air service between Glasgow and Lahore for the benefit of Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Mike MacKenzie, Maureen Watt, Anne McTaggart, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Annabelle Ewing, Humza Yousaf, Christina McKelvie, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Drew Smith, Bill Walker, Angus MacDonald, Jamie McGrigor, Murdo Fraser, Margaret McDougall, Graeme Dey, John Pentland, Neil Bibby, Sandra White, Aileen McLeod, Mark McDonald, Jackson Carlaw, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01496 David Stewart: Dunoon Ferry Users Group—That the Parliament congratulates the community of Dunoon on the formation of the Dunoon Ferry Users Group; notes that the group was formed at a public meeting on 24 November 2011 at which an estimated 500 residents were in attendance to discuss the Dunoon to Gourock ferry service; considers that such a high turnout shows the strength of feeling in the local community about this issue; notes that the vast majority of speakers at the meeting supported a town centre to town centre vehicle and passenger service and considered the current service to be inadequate, and calls on the Scottish Government to instigate such a service and give the people of Dunoon and beyond the ferry service that they deserve.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Lewis Macdonald, Jackie Baillie, Neil Findlay, Drew Smith, Mary Fee, Margaret McDougall, Anne McTaggart, Rhoda Grant

S4M-01495 Liam McArthur: Golden Twits for Orkney Library and Archive—That the Parliament congratulates Orkney Library and Archive on winning two Golden Twits at the recent International Social Media Awards, which were held at Wembley Stadium; considers these awards to be prestigious; welcomes in particular, its achievements in the Information and Public Service categories; considers it to be an excellent example of how social media can help public bodies promote their activities locally as well as engage with audiences across Scotland and beyond; considers that, when social media are used creatively in this manner, they can capture the public imagination, extend and widen access to services and allow public bodies to network and exchange ideas; believes that this achievement demonstrates how libraries are adapting to the advent of social media and using them to re-invent the image of libraries for the 21st century, and looks forward to Orkney Library and Archive continuing to tweet by example.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Mike MacKenzie, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Joe FitzPatrick, Jim Hume, Kevin Stewart, Jackie Baillie, Jean Urquhart, Fiona McLeod, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance

S4M-01493 Kenneth Gibson: 70th Anniversary of the Day that will Live in Infamy—That the Parliament remembers the surprise military attack on Pearl Harbour by the navy of Japan on 7 December 1941 and America’s subsequent entry into the Second World War; commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Japanese assault on the Pacific naval base and the resulting lives that were lost; honours the American military service personnel and their families affected by the attack, and also pays respects to veterans of the attack for their service and bravery on that fatal Sunday morning, named by President Roosevelt as the "day that will live in infamy".

Supported by: Adam Ingram, John Lamont, Bill Walker, Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Jackson Carlaw, Rob Gibson, Neil Bibby, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01492 Kenneth Gibson: Scotch Whisky’s Record Export Value—That the Parliament recognises what it considers to be the incredible success of the Scotch whisky exporting industry, which has recently been valued at almost £3 billion; notes that whisky exports have increased by 23% from last year’s sales; further notes the Scotch Whisky Association’s calculations that overseas sales are, at this rate, earning £125 per second; applauds Scotland’s whisky distilleries on what it believes to be their fine products and understands that demand has become very high internationally, especially in the USA, France and Brazil, and commends what it believes to be the industry’s high quality of production and the positive impact that it has on the economy.

Supported by: Mary Fee, Kevin Stewart, Stewart Maxwell, Hugh Henry, Joe FitzPatrick, Jackie Baillie, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Mike MacKenzie, Maureen Watt, Jackson Carlaw, Humza Yousaf, Chic Brodie, Bill Walker, Christina McKelvie, Nanette Milne, Margaret Burgess, Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor, Angus MacDonald, Dennis Robertson, Margaret McDougall, Liam McArthur, Adam Ingram, Gil Paterson, John Park, Annabelle Ewing, Mark McDonald, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, Bob Doris, Jean Urquhart, David Torrance, Jamie Hepburn, Paul Wheelhouse, Colin Beattie, Ruth Davidson, Bill Kidd, Colin Keir*

S4M-01491 Jenny Marra: Congratulations to Mr Ronnie McIntosh—That the Parliament congratulates Mr Ronnie McIntosh on winning the Disability Sport Award at the Scottish Sports Awards 2011; considers that Mr McIntosh continues to make great achievements as a successful race walker; notes among his achievements his place as the fastest double amputee of any age to complete a 5 km walk in the UK; appreciates his long-standing contribution to the Hawkhill Harriers, and believes Mr McIntosh to be an inspiration to all athletes and an outstanding citizen of the City of Dundee.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, David Torrance, Kenneth Gibson, Nanette Milne, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie McGrigor, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Mary Fee, Hugh Henry, Alison Johnstone, Mary Scanlon, Jackie Baillie, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Neil Findlay, Anne McTaggart, John Park, Neil Bibby, Gil Paterson, Dennis Robertson, Mark McDonald, Jamie Hepburn, Richard Simpson, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd

S4M-01490 Angus MacDonald: Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of Alexander Dennis Receives Entrepreneur of the Year Award—That the Parliament congratulates Colin Robertson, chief executive of Falkirk’s bus building company, Alexander Dennis, on receiving the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Entrepreneurial Exchange’s annual dinner in Glasgow; notes that, since Colin Robertson took charge at the Falkirk company in 2007, the company turnover has doubled to £360 million and sales have expanded into countries around the world; recognises that such an improvement in turnover could only be achieved through teamwork and congratulates the workforce on ensuring that Alexander Dennis continues to go from strength to strength in the face of strong competition from other parts of the UK, and commends the Scottish Government on introducing the Scottish Green Bus Fund, which it understands has created increased demand for environmentally friendly buses, of which Alexander Dennis is considered to be a world-leading manufacturer.

Supported by: John Mason, Mike MacKenzie, George Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Margaret Burgess, Christina McKelvie, Bill Walker, Graeme Dey, Dennis Robertson, Chic Brodie, David Torrance, Marco Biagi, Humza Yousaf, Annabelle Ewing, Jean Urquhart, Adam Ingram, Mark McDonald, Joan McAlpine, James Dornan, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson, Bill Kidd

S4M-01489 Jenny Marra: British Sign Language—That the Parliament congratulates Heriot-Watt University on becoming the first university in Scotland to offer an undergraduate degree course in British Sign Language; recognises the value of the degree course in boosting the number of British Sign Language interpreters in Scotland; considers that the degree will help secure the position of British Sign Language as one of Scotland’s modern languages; further recognises the contribution that the degree course will make to widening access to post-16 education for deaf people, and believes that the qualification will help train a future generation of teachers and social workers to work with deaf people.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, Mark Griffin, David Torrance, John Pentland, Rob Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, John Park, Mary Scanlon, Sarah Boyack, Alison Johnstone, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Mary Fee, Hugh Henry, Margaret Burgess, Jackie Baillie, Maureen Watt, Neil Findlay, Anne McTaggart, Elaine Murray, Neil Bibby, Gil Paterson, Dennis Robertson, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson

S4M-01488 James Kelly: Camglen Radio—That the Parliament notes the positive contribution that Camglen Radio makes to the communities of Rutherglen and Cambuslang; pays tribute to all past and serving members of staff and volunteers in helping to promote healthy living and community engagement in the local area; welcomes the radio station’s focus on providing creative volunteering opportunities and training, and wishes the station well in the future.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01487 Rob Gibson: Environmental Research Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of North Highland College UHI on winning the prize for contribution to skills and training at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh on 1 December 2011; notes that the citation states that the ERI is training the marine renewable scientists of the future in the living laboratory of the Pentland Firth, and wishes the ERI’s highly-skilled staff, led by Professor Stuart Gibb, every success in their collaborative international research projects that include carbon sequestration in peatlands and their pioneering work to understand the turbulent waters into which renewable energy equipment is to be deployed, which it considers gained them this prestigious award.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Kenneth Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Joe FitzPatrick, Liam McArthur, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Annabelle Ewing, Humza Yousaf, Chic Brodie, Christina McKelvie, John Finnie, Margaret Burgess, Jamie McGrigor, Angus MacDonald, Alison Johnstone, Jean Urquhart, Gil Paterson, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson, Bill Kidd, Colin Keir*

S4M-01486 Mary Fee: Moorpark Parent Support Group Big Lottery Funding—That the Parliament congratulates Moorpark Parents Support Group on securing £166,724 from the Big Lottery Fund to improve the health, wellbeing and confidence of families in Renfrew West; understands that the outcomes will be achieved over three years through a variety of schemes involving parent workshops, parent drop-in sessions and volunteer training among others and that the programme aims to benefit 1,000 people in the Moorpark area and the wider community, and further congratulates all beneficiaries of the Big Lottery Fund in West Scotland, such as the Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company’s project, Inchinnan Community Playpark and Garden Association, and Johnstone Seniors Forum.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Malcolm Chisholm, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McDougall, Neil Bibby, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Bill Kidd

S4M-01485 Mary Fee: BBC Must Sack Jeremy Clarkson—That the Parliament condemns the comments made by BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson about the public sector pensions strike; notes that this is not the first time that Mr Clarkson has made what it considers outrageous and offensive comments while being paid a BBC salary funded by the licence payer, and backs initial calls by UNISON for the BBC to sack Jeremy Clarkson without pension or severance pay.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Richard Lyle, Chic Brodie, Patrick Harvie, Gil Paterson

S4M-01484 Mark McDonald: Green Energy Award for Udny—That the Parliament congratulates Udny Community Wind Turbine on winning the Community Initiative award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards; notes that the wind turbine in Udny is 100% community owned and the funds raised from selling the electricity that it generates to the national grid will be dispersed among local projects across the community; considers that the project is an excellent example of community benefit derived from green energy generation, and wishes all involved with the project every success in the future.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Bob Doris, Roderick Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, Graeme Dey, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Chic Brodie, Sandra White, Humza Yousaf, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Margaret Burgess, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Neil Findlay, Gil Paterson, Joan McAlpine, Jean Urquhart, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson

S4M-01483 Mark McDonald: North East Success at Scottish Financial Services Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen Asset Management on its victory at the Scottish Financial Services Awards 2011; notes that the award was presented on account of the company’s energy and commitment in developing its business in Asia and for innovation in meeting client demand for products based on Chinese Government bonds; further notes that another north east company, Johnston Carmichael, was commended for growing to become the largest independent accountancy firm in Scotland; considers that this demonstrates the strength of the financial services sector in the north east, and wishes both companies well in all their future endeavours.

Supported by: David Torrance, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, Nanette Milne, Jenny Marra, Bob Doris, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Humza Yousaf, Chic Brodie, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Margaret Burgess, Angus MacDonald, Gil Paterson, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd

S4M-01482 Colin Keir: Giant Pandas Arrive in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the arrival of Tian Tian and Yang Guang, a pair of giant pandas from the Sichuan Province of China, at Edinburgh Zoo on 4 December 2011; notes that Edinburgh is one of only eight zoos in the western hemisphere to care for this endangered species and that the animals will be on loan to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) for 10 years, in which time it is expected that they could give birth to cubs; congratulates the RZSS for leading successful negotiations with Chinese officials, securing the loan of the pandas and for establishing closer relationships between Scotland and China in conservation and associated research; supports the RZSS in its initiative to provide funding to support giant panda conservation projects in the wild; believes that the loan symbolises the great and growing friendship between Scotland and China, and encourages people across Scotland to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the giant pandas in their new home.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Burgess, Joan McAlpine, Mary Scanlon, Gordon MacDonald, Adam Ingram, Stuart McMillan, George Adam, Angus MacDonald, Roderick Campbell, Humza Yousaf, Annabelle Ewing, Graeme Dey, David Torrance, Chic Brodie, John Mason, Jackson Carlaw, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Aileen McLeod, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Bill Walker, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson

S4M-01481 Bob Doris: Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries—That the Parliament commends the work of the Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBI) factory in Springburn, which cost-effectively produces furniture and furnishings for commercial and domestic use, thereby creating supported employment opportunities for disabled people; acknowledges the high incidence of unemployment among disabled people and hence the importance of the employment opportunities offered by this and similar projects, as well as their capacity to contribute to further skills and educational development of the workforce and others; highlights Article 19 of the public procurement directive, which allows for the exemption of contracts from the public tendering process where they are reserved for companies of which the workforce is 50% disabled or otherwise impaired, and encourages companies to rely on this article where appropriate and continue to create opportunities in supported workplaces.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Stuart McMillan, Roderick Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Chic Brodie, Sandra White, Humza Yousaf, John Mason, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Margaret Burgess, Mike MacKenzie, Aileen McLeod, Jean Urquhart, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson

S4M-01435.1 Margaret McDougall: Ferries Report—As an amendment to motion S4M-01435 in the name of John Finnie (Ferries Report), insert at end "; however notes with concern that this does not appear to be the direction of travel for the Firth of Clyde ferry routes, which appear to be under threat of privatisation; considers that this could lead to fare increases and the fragmentation and deregulation of the services as it considers has happened where other transport links and vital but non-profitable routes have been shut down, and requests that the Scottish Government considers this report carefully when making its decision on the Firth of Clyde and all other publicly owned ferry routes.”

S4M-01340 Stuart McMillan: Commending Petrol and Diesel Watch—That the Parliament commends the Greenock Telegraph’s Petrol and Diesel Watch feature, which advises motorists on a daily basis of the fuel prices at filling stations throughout Inverclyde and the west of Scotland; acknowledges that this was established in response to public outcry at rising fuel prices and also reported disparities of as much as 7p per litre between filling stations in nearby towns, and is concerned that dramatically rising fuel prices threaten to exacerbate an already challenging economic situation for households and business operations in Inverclyde, the west of Scotland and across the country as a whole.

S4M-01223 Sandra White: University of Glasgow Ranked First in the UK—That the Parliament warmly congratulates the University of Glasgow on ranking first in the United Kingdom for international student satisfaction in a recent survey of international students in which it considers there are a number of stand-out points for the university, which, once again, has performed very well against other UK institutions; notes that this survey is the largest of its kind, with over 65 international universities, 44 UK institutions and six Scottish institutions, canvassing international students’ views on the teaching, services and overall experience of their chosen university; welcomes the fact that Glasgow has ranked first in the whole survey for social activities, as well as having both the best online library and the best sports facilities in the UK; notes that international students also report an impressive 94% satisfaction with the university’s expert lecturers and 91% of final year students are satisfied with their learning experience, and considers that international students have a vital and beneficial role in Scottish educational institutions and society.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-01480 Congratulations to Gamu Nhengu and her Family ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Neil Findlay, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Bob Doris, Roderick Campbell, John Park, Kevin Stewart, Derek Mackay, John Mason, Jenny Marra, Bill Kidd, Margaret Burgess, Linda Fabiani, Hugh Henry, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01478 Happy 40th Anniversary to NUS Scotland ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Claudia Beamish, Malcolm Chisholm, Mike MacKenzie, John Mason, Jim Eadie, Maureen Watt, Angus MacDonald, John Pentland, Humza Yousaf, Patricia Ferguson, Liam McArthur, Kevin Stewart, Sarah Boyack, Dave Thompson, Neil Findlay, Mary Fee, John Park, Drew Smith, Anne McTaggart, Jim Hume, Christine Grahame, Kezia Dugdale, Linda Fabiani, Hugh Henry, Richard Lyle, Jackie Baillie, Margaret McDougall, Joan McAlpine, Jean Urquhart, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, Richard Simpson, Joe FitzPatrick

S4M-01477 Social Justice for Disability Campaigners ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Derek Mackay, Joan McAlpine, Gordon MacDonald, Adam Ingram, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Maureen Watt, Linda Fabiani, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01476 Congratulating By Storm on VOWS Award ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Gil Paterson, Kenneth Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Chic Brodie, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Joan McAlpine, Humza Yousaf, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt, Bill Kidd, Margaret Burgess, Linda Fabiani, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01475 Royston Big Lottery Fund Awards ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Chic Brodie, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Joan McAlpine, Humza Yousaf, Bill Kidd, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01474 Carers Rights Day ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Claudia Beamish, Mike MacKenzie, John Mason, Angus MacDonald, Jim Eadie, Graeme Dey, Margaret Burgess, Humza Yousaf, James Dornan, Kevin Stewart, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson, Neil Findlay, Mary Fee, Roderick Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, David Torrance, Aileen McLeod, Dennis Robertson, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, Mark McDonald, Richard Lyle, Margaret McDougall, Jean Urquhart, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01473 Falkirk Environment Trust ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Gil Paterson, John Wilson, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Jean Urquhart, Colin Beattie

S4M-01472 27th Anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Disaster ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Margaret Burgess, Linda Fabiani, Richard Lyle, Neil Findlay, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01471 23rd Annual World AIDS Day ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Aileen McLeod, Claudia Beamish, Richard Simpson, Kevin Stewart, Chic Brodie, Clare Adamson, Joan McAlpine, Christina McKelvie, Linda Fabiani, James Dornan, Marco Biagi, Neil Bibby, Jean Urquhart, Jackson Carlaw, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01470 ABCUL Scottish Conference, Sharing the Secret ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Malcolm Chisholm, Gil Paterson, Chic Brodie, Neil Findlay, Dave Thompson, Claudia Beamish, Kenneth Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Bill Kidd, Margaret Burgess, Kezia Dugdale, Linda Fabiani, Hugh Henry, Richard Lyle, Margaret McDougall, Neil Bibby, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01469 The Safest City in the UK ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01468 Waterfront Gym UK Local Authority Gym of the Year ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Margaret McDougall, Jean Urquhart, Annabel Goldie, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01467 Gairloch Wins Gaelic Debate ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01466 Lottery Funding for West Scotland ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01465 Centenary of Whithorn Library ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Gil Paterson, Kenneth Gibson, John Scott, Kevin Stewart, Bill Kidd, Hugh Henry, Richard Lyle, Annabel Goldie, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01463 Launch of PNH Scotland ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Dave Thompson, Kevin Stewart, Maureen Watt, Linda Fabiani, Hugh Henry, James Dornan, Jackson Carlaw, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01462 North Lanarkshire Muslim Women and Family Alliance ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Smith, Humza Yousaf, Bob Doris, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Michael McMahon, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, James Dornan, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Dave Thompson

S4M-01461 East Wemyss Bowling Club ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01460 Fear Rules in Gambia ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Bob Doris, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Roderick Campbell, Margaret Burgess, Linda Fabiani, Graeme Pearson, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01459 Borders College Renewables Training Centre at Hawick Campus (lodged on 01 December 2011) John Wilson, Aileen McLeod, Roderick Campbell, Joan McAlpine, Margaret Burgess, Hugh Henry, Jean Urquhart, Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01458 Voscars Volunteer of the Year Award ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt, Elaine Smith, Humza Yousaf, Bob Doris, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Mike MacKenzie, Chic Brodie, Colin Beattie

S4M-01457 Haven Recycle ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Gil Paterson, James Dornan, Kevin Stewart, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Hugh Henry, Margaret McDougall, Neil Bibby, Jean Urquhart, Annabel Goldie, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01456 Paired Reading Scheme is Project of the Year ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Kevin Stewart, Hugh Henry, Margaret McDougall, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie

S4M-01455 Fiftieth Anniversary of West Papuan Declaration of Independence (lodged on 01 December 2011) Dave Thompson, Angus MacDonald, Roderick Campbell, Joan McAlpine, Margaret Burgess, Linda Fabiani

S4M-01454 Glasgow’s International Financial District ­(lodged on 30 November 2011) Dave Thompson, John Wilson, Derek Mackay, Maureen Watt, Kevin Stewart, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, Linda Fabiani, Hugh Henry, James Dornan, Colin Beattie

S4M-01453 Pre-Championship Title for Highland Dance ­(lodged on 30 November 2011) Christina McKelvie

S4M-01452 Loch Arthur Community – BBC Food Producer of the Year ­(lodged on 30 November 2011) Claudia Beamish, Kevin Stewart, Annabel Goldie, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie

S4M-01451 Supporting Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Campaign (lodged on 30 November 2011) Elaine Smith, Claudia Beamish, Angus MacDonald, Kevin Stewart, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, Dave Thompson, Kezia Dugdale, Linda Fabiani, Hugh Henry, Neil Findlay, James Dornan, Jean Urquhart, Alison McInnes, Colin Beattie, Joe FitzPatrick

S4M-01448 Vote, Vote, Vote for Strathpeffer, Portobello and Leith ­(lodged on 01 December 2011) Graeme Dey, Dave Thompson, John Wilson, Maureen Watt, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, Malcolm Chisholm, Jean Urquhart, Colin Beattie

S4M-01444 Increasing Understanding of Radiotherapy ­(lodged on 29 November 2011) Malcolm Chisholm, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Jackson Carlaw

S4M-01442 Congratulations to the Friends of the Birks Cinema ­(lodged on 29 November 2011) Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle

S4M-01441 NHS Fife Launches a New Smoking Prevention Initiative ­(lodged on 29 November 2011) Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson, Christina McKelvie

S4M-01438 Recognition of Old Rayne Primary School for Green Flag Award (lodged on 28 November 2011) Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd

S4M-01437 125 Years of the Crofters Act ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Bill Kidd, Linda Fabiani, Joan McAlpine

S4M-01436 Importance of Preservation of Scotland’s Historic Houses ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Linda Fabiani, Aileen McLeod

S4M-01435.1 Ferries Report ­(lodged on 07 December 2011) Margaret McCulloch, Hugh Henry, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart, Neil Findlay, Mary Fee*

S4M-01435 Ferries Report ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Claudia Beamish, Neil Findlay*

S4M-01434 Celebrate Terra Madre Day ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson, Aileen McLeod

S4M-01432 East Kilbride Shines at Education Oscars ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Aileen McLeod, Bob Doris, Margaret McCulloch, Margaret Burgess, Hugh Henry, Jean Urquhart

S4M-01431 Tribute to Steve Robertson ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Angus MacDonald, Linda Fabiani

S4M-01430 BSW Investment ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Bill Kidd, Helen Eadie, Paul Wheelhouse

S4M-01429 10 Years of VCA Targeting Inequality and Promoting Volunteering as a Way of Life ­(lodged on 28 November 2011) Angus MacDonald, Bill Kidd, Mark McDonald

S4M-01428 Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band Leading the Way ­(lodged on 25 November 2011) Annabelle Ewing, Maureen Watt, Stewart Maxwell

S4M-01425 Cumbernauld Resident to Undertake Everest Trek to Support St Andrews Hospice ­(lodged on 25 November 2011) Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Jean Urquhart

S4M-01422 Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards ­(lodged on 24 November 2011) Stewart Maxwell, Joe FitzPatrick

S4M-01416 Congratulations to Karyn McCluskey on her Red Magazine Community/Charity Award ­(lodged on 24 November 2011) Stewart Maxwell

S4M-01413 Dyslexia and Us ­(lodged on 23 November 2011) Annabel Goldie

S4M-01412 The Sinai Sisters ­(lodged on 23 November 2011) Maureen Watt, Margaret McDougall

S4M-01410 Poverty and Social Europe ­(lodged on 23 November 2011) Jackie Baillie

S4M-01405 Celtic Festival Barbados ­(lodged on 22 November 2011) Maureen Watt, Jackie Baillie

S4M-01402 Congratulating PiggeryBrae on Charitable Fundraising ­(lodged on 22 November 2011) Jackie Baillie

S4M-01401 Excessive Top Pay is Deeply Damaging to the UK ­(lodged on 22 November 2011) Jackie Baillie, Margaret McDougall

S4M-01400 Raising Ethical and Professional Standards in Banking ­(lodged on 22 November 2011) Maureen Watt, Roderick Campbell, Paul Wheelhouse*

S4M-01396 Home Safety, CO-Awareness Week ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Jackie Baillie, Margaret McDougall

S4M-01395 Congratulations to Clydebank Asbestos Group ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Jackie Baillie, Margaret McDougall

S4M-01394 Human Trafficking in Scotland ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Annabelle Ewing

S4M-01392 United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (lodged on 21 November 2011) Margaret McDougall

S4M-01391 Basil D’Oliveira ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Jackie Baillie

S4M-01390 Mad Mobs and Englishmen ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Joan McAlpine

S4M-01387 Well Done to Aberdeen’s Social Care and Wellbeing Service ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Margaret McDougall

S4M-01386 Scottish Women’s Aid ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Jackie Baillie, Margaret McDougall

S4M-01385 Dunbar Community Car Club ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Jackie Baillie

S4M-01384 Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief ­(lodged on 21 November 2011) Margaret McDougall

S4M-01370 New Chair for Scottish CND ­(lodged on 18 November 2011) Margaret McDougall

S4M-01354 Harry Benson, New York New York ­(lodged on 16 November 2011) Roderick Campbell, Sandra White, Christina McKelvie, Murdo Fraser, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, James Dornan, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Angus MacDonald, John Mason, Jamie McGrigor, Jackson Carlaw, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Alex Fergusson, Hugh Henry, Margaret Burgess, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Jean Urquhart, Joan McAlpine, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd

S4M-01284 Community Benefit and the Cumulative Impact of Windfarm Developments in Communities ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) John Lamont

S4M-01268 Violence Against Women ­(lodged on 08 November 2011) Elaine Smith

S4M-01241 Scotland to Norway Ferry ­(lodged on 03 November 2011) Helen Eadie

S4M-01107 MS, Better Care ­(lodged on 21 October 2011) Claudia Beamish

S4M-01071 Stoning ­(lodged on 13 October 2011) Annabelle Ewing

S4M-00988 Threat to Construction Industry National Agreements ­(lodged on 30 September 2011) Duncan McNeil

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