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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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-12215♦ John Mason: Radicalisation in Nurseries and Universities—That the Parliament notes concerns expressed by children’s organisations, human rights organisations, religious leaders and several Scottish universities regarding the UK Government’s plans to impose new education regulations as part of proposed anti-terror legislation; understands that this legislation could mean that universities would have to provide details of foreign speakers to the authorities at least two weeks in advance of any speech, including information in relation to the topics that the speakers will cover; further understands that nursery staff would be expected to monitor children as young as two years old for signs of radicalisation; believes that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that children in Glasgow Shettleston or in Scotland as a whole are becoming radicalised, and hopes that individuals, organisations and governments will act proportionately when considering the balance between protecting citizens and protecting liberal democratic traditions, particularly freedom of speech and thought.

*S4M-12214 Jackie Baillie: Top Marks for Robin House—That the Parliament congratulates the staff at the Robin House children’s hospice in Balloch on the outcome of its recent inspection report from Healthcare Improvement Scotland; understands that the hospice, which is operated by the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), was inspected in November 2014 and each element reviewed was graded as "excellent", "very good" or "good"; notes that inspectors commented on the very high standard of care and the positive comments of parents; applauds the work carried out by CHAS at Robin House, and commends everybody who takes part in raising money for what it sees as this very worthy cause.

*S4M-12213 Jackie Baillie: New Macmillan Cancer Service in Alexandria—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of a new Macmillan support service at the Vale Centre for Health and Care in Alexandria; believes that the service will be resourced by trained Macmillan volunteers who will provide information and support to people diagnosed with cancer; understands that the service will provide information on all aspects of living with cancer, practical support and the opportunity to speak to people with the illness; further understands that more people than ever are surviving cancer and that services such as those provided by Macmillan are becoming increasingly important, and sends its best wishes to all the staff and volunteers at Macmillan on the opening of the service.

*S4M-12212 Jackie Baillie: Bowling Basin—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Bowling is to be given £800,000 in Big Lottery funding to help to transform the area into a vibrant tourism and leisure destination; notes that the grant was awarded to the Bowling Basin project from the Coastal Communities Fund, which aims to encourage sustainable economic growth and jobs; understands that the work at Bowling will build on the £1 million project carried out in 2014 by Scottish Canals and West Dunbartonshire Council to renovate abandoned railway arches to establish commercial units, and hopes that this latest award will further advance the goal of developing a tourist destination befitting of the western gateway to the Forth and Clyde Canal.

*S4M-12211 Tavish Scott: Six Nations Must Stay on Free-to-view TV—That the Parliament considers the Six Nations to be one of the highlights of Scotland’s sporting calendar; believes that generations of Scottish internationalists have been inspired to take up rugby by watching fixtures on free-to-view television; notes the comments of John Sheehan, the chief executive of the Six Nations tournament, regarding the possibility of a shift to a pay-per-view broadcaster when the current broadcast agreement with the BBC expires in 2017, and calls on the Six Nations board to resist any move that would make it more difficult for Scots to watch the fixtures on live television in the comfort of their own home.

Supported by: John Mason*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Hume*, Bill Kidd*, Patricia Ferguson*, Neil Findlay*, Liam McArthur*, Richard Lyle*, Kevin Stewart*

*S4M-12210♦ Christian Allard: North East Mosses—That the Parliament recognises the importance of raised bogs known as mosses to the local eco-systems with unique animal and plant life; notes that the north east has the Arnhall Moss in Westhill and the Portlethen Moss, both of which, it considers, provide an important natural environment for use by local communities; recognises what it sees as the great work of groups such as the Portlethen Moss Conservation Group and the Arnhall Moss Management Advisory Group, who ensure conservation and maintenance of the mosses; understands that local schools have taken part in safaris and tree planting on the mosses facilitated by local rangers who foster understanding and care of the natural heritage in these areas, and welcomes widespread use of the mosses.

*S4M-12209 Roderick Campbell: Tommy Whitelaw Receives British Citizen Award—That the Parliament congratulates Tommy Whitelaw on receiving the British Citizen Award for services to healthcare; understands that Tommy has been given this award in recognition of his work to raise awareness of dementia and promote a fuller understanding of the carer journey; notes that Tommy, who is the Project Engagement Lead for Dementia Voices, has been working to ensure that people with dementia and their families and carers are listened to and are at all times treated with respect and compassion; further understands that Tommy became a full-time carer for five years for his late mother, Joan, who had vascular dementia; understands that Tommy has been working tirelessly since he first began campaigning in 2011, and wishes him every success in the future.

Supported by: Liz Smith*, Jim Hume*, Stewart Stevenson*, Anne McTaggart*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackie Baillie*, Margaret Mitchell*, Ken Macintosh*, Christina McKelvie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Adam Ingram*, Cara Hilton*, Rob Gibson*, Neil Findlay*, Graeme Dey*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-12208 David Torrance: Cochrane’s Kitchen Awarded for Delicious Preserves—That the Parliament congratulates Cochrane’s Kitchen, a Kirkcaldy-based preserves manufacturer owned by Jackie Cochrane, on receiving an award for the Best Product in the Condiments and Preserves category at the Scottish Specialty Food Show, which took place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow between 18 and 20 January 2015 and included 130 companies exhibiting a wide variety of specialty food; understands that Jackie Cochrane produces jams, jellies, curds, marmalades and chutneys from hand-selected, locally sourced Scottish fruit, when the season allows, and does not use additives; considers that, in her selections, Jackie also offers unique flavours, including rhubarb and rose, raspberry, cucumber and mint, and strawberry and champagne; welcomes what it considers the great dedication and effort of the growing number of small and family owned businesses, such as Cochrane’s Kitchen, to strengthen and boost Scotland’s fine food sector; understands that the ongoing Food and Drink Year 2015 is aimed at further recognising and promoting the excellent work accomplished by these companies, which it considers not only a valuable aspect of the country’s cultural development but also a vital contribution to economic growth, and wishes Jackie Cochrane continued success in producing her delicious preserves.

Supported by: Liz Smith, Colin Beattie, Stewart Stevenson, Joan McAlpine, Chic Brodie, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Jackie Baillie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Adam Ingram*, Nigel Don*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-12207 Jean Urquhart: Bjorn Sandison and the Shetland Language—That the Parliament congratulates Bjorn Sandison on receiving £9,976 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme to publish his book, The Mystery at da Laird’s Haa, a children’s adventure story in the Shetland language; welcomes the news that the award will allow the book to be distributed to all Shetland schoolchildren between seven and 12 years of age; notes that the Shetland language is descended from the Scots, English and Norn languages; considers that the award is a welcome reflection of the importance of supporting the Shetland language, and calls on the UK Government to extend the provisions of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages to the Shetland language.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Bill Kidd*, Michael Russell*

S4M-12206 Tavish Scott: Welcoming the New Role of the Mind Your Head Charity—That the Parliament welcomes news that the charity, Mind Your Head, has attained sufficient funding to expand its current services by employing a mental health professional to develop adult support services in Shetland; notes that the support service will be a new undertaking for the charity, which has, up until now, primarily been involved in raising awareness of, and encouraging the reduction of, stigmas associated with mental health problems; understands that the project has been funded through the generosity of Shetland’s communities, with particular mention going to the contributions from the friends and family of the late Vaila Tait, who passed away in 2014; recognises that the new service will see Mind Your Head workers offering support to clients across Shetland; believes that the appointment of the experienced mental health professional, Anouska Civico, will help Mind Your Head to offer additional support for local people who need extra assistance at what can be a difficult time in their lives, and wishes it the best of success in providing an amenity that it considers will make a real difference to mental health wellbeing across Shetland.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Anne McTaggart, Jim Hume, Jamie McGrigor, David Torrance, Margaret Mitchell, Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell, John Pentland*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Mary Scanlon*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-12205# Bruce Crawford: Clean Up Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the scale of the remaining problem of litter impacting on Scotland’s environment and welcomes the significant part played by the Keep Scotland Beautiful charity though its Clean Up Scotland campaign in tackling the problem over the last two years; welcomes the widespread national coalition that has been formed in support of the campaign, including the Scottish Government, the business community, local authorities, campaign groups and individuals from across Scotland, resulting in over 500,000 volunteer actions to clean up individual communities; welcomes the particular role that local authorities have played in adopting the Clean Up Scotland campaign and delivering integrated messages across the whole of Scotland including in Stirling; considers that litter has a significant impact as well as a negative impact on civic pride and notes evidence that poor environmental quality standards impact on health and social justice outcomes and costs Scotland £78 million per annum to clean up; welcomes the renewed focus for the Clean Up Scotland campaign on opportunities for individuals to do the right thing with their litter, recognising that significant further progress on litter levels requires behaviour change among those who dispose of their waste irresponsibly, and looks forward to further success in the battle against litter.

Supported by: Gordon MacDonald, Anne McTaggart, Hugh Henry, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Stevenson, Liz Smith, Alex Fergusson, Nanette Milne, Christine Grahame, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Cara Hilton, John Pentland*, Nigel Don*, Richard Simpson*, Christina McKelvie*, John Mason*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Jamie McGrigor*, Adam Ingram*

*S4M-12204 Richard Baker: Shell UK and Allseas Group—That the Parliament notes that Shell UK Ltd has awarded the Swiss-based company, Allseas Group SA, the contract for the removal, transportation and load-in to shore of the topsides of three of its Brent platforms that are situated on the UK Continental Shelf; understands that Allseas will use its newest vessel, the Pieter Schelte, for the task; believes that the vessel operates under a Panamanian flag of convenience and is named after the father of the company owner, Edward Heerema, who served as a Waffen SS officer and was jailed for war crimes at the end of the World War II; notes that events were recently held throughout Scotland to commemorate the Holocaust and crimes committed against humanity during the war; believes that communities in Aberdeen and throughout Scotland will be outraged that a vessel named in honour of a Nazi officer is to be used in the North Sea, and calls on the Scottish Government to protest to Allseas Group SA and Shell UK to demand that, until such times as there is a change of name, this vessel should not operate.

Supported by: Iain Gray*, Patricia Ferguson*

S4M-12203♦ Stuart McMillan: Congratulating Greenock Morton Community Trust—That the Parliament congratulates Greenock Morton Community Trust (GMCT) on receiving £106,029 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund; understands that the group will use the grant to promote lower carbon lifestyle choices in Inverclyde, including a sports kit and footwear recycling initiative; notes GMCT’s role in educating school children and providing them with equipment to participate in sport; considers that football clubs across Scotland have an important role in their local communities, and praises all involved at GMCT and Greenock Morton Football Club for the growing community work that they do in Inverclyde.

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Dennis Robertson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Adam Ingram*, Nigel Don*, Stewart Maxwell*, Annabel Goldie*

S4M-12202 John Mason: Celtic v Rangers in the League Cup—That the Parliament notes the upcoming SPFL Scottish League Cup semi-final fixture between Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers football clubs; recognises the significance of this clash to many people in Scotland; believes that this event will attract widespread continental attention, and hopes that it will be an occasion to be proud of.

Supported by: Neil Findlay, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Roderick Campbell

S4M-12200 Jackie Baillie: Economic Impact of Scotch Whisky—That the Parliament notes the publication of a new report by the Scotch Whisky Association, The Economic Impact of Scotch Whisky Production in the UK; understands that the overall economic contribution of the Scotch whisky industry to the UK amounts to nearly £5 billion and that the industry supports 40,300 jobs directly and indirectly across the UK, with every job supporting 2.7 further jobs in the broader economy; notes the finding that, of these jobs, 37,000, or 92%, are in Scotland and that one in five workers are employed in rural areas, such as the Highlands and Islands; further notes that, with net exports of £4 billion, Scotch is the second biggest contributor to the UK’s net export performance; believes Scotch whisky to be integral to local employment and the national economy, and wishes the Scotch Whisky Association all the best for the future.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Anne McTaggart, David Torrance, John Lamont, Nanette Milne, Jackson Carlaw, Hugh Henry, Liam McArthur, Jayne Baxter, Kevin Stewart, Cara Hilton, Graeme Pearson, Elaine Murray, Colin Beattie, Claudia Beamish, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, John Mason, Tavish Scott, Murdo Fraser, Margaret McCulloch, Jamie McGrigor*

S4M-12199 Dennis Robertson: The Grampian Partnership Against Wildlife Crime—That the Parliament acknowledges the efforts of the Grampian branch of the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAW) to raise awareness of such crime and to help prevent it; notes that the north east enjoys vibrant and diverse wildlife, including that found in the Cairngorms National Park; believes that this is a fundamental part of the area’s natural heritage and a source of tourism; notes that wildlife crime includes activities such as raptor persecution, salmon poaching and hare coursing; observes that the Grampian PAW’s three-year plan includes a collaboration with other organisations in the north east to identify crime hotspots and employ crime-specific penalties, and welcomes the benefits that it considers lower levels of wildlife crime bring to Grampian and the surrounding area.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Jackie Baillie, Nanette Milne, Graeme Dey, Nigel Don, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Jackson Carlaw, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Cara Hilton, Rob Gibson, Elaine Murray, Colin Beattie, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram*

S4M-12198 David Torrance: Derek Rae, an Exceptional Marathon Runner—That the Parliament congratulates Derek Rae from Kirkcaldy on being selected as one of six British athletes for the 2015 IPC World Championships’ marathon team; understands that, since a motorcycle accident, when he suffered a brachial plexus injury, Derek has been qualified as a T.46 runner in para-athletics, however notes that the dedicated athlete and member of the Anster Haddies was already training for marathons prior to his injury; notes that Derek is currently coached by Ron Morrison and Don MacGregor, who, it believes, together with the NHS Fife medical physio team, have played a crucial role in accelerating Derek’s recovery; considers that Derek’s strength and determination is seen as an example not only by para-athletes but many other athletes across Scotland, and wishes Derek great success in achieving his goal of participating at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Supported by: Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Jean Urquhart, Roderick Campbell, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Murdo Fraser, Joan McAlpine, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie*, Adam Ingram*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-12197 Drew Smith: Renewed Interest in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists—That the Parliament notes the serialisation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists audiobook by Martin Chomsky, which is airing on the Sunny Govan Community Radio station each night from 25 January until 30 January 2015, with a two-hour debate on 28 January 2015 with trades unionists and academics as part of the Social Awareness programme with John Beattie; welcomes the recent interest in what it considers the seminal novel by Robert Tressell, which celebrated the centenary of its publication in 2014; further notes that Townsend Productions toured Stephen Lowe’s stage adaptation of the book in 2011, visiting venues across Scotland and the UK, including the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow; highlights that a new book, written by Bryan MacMahon, Robert Tressell, Dubliner: author of "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" was launched in Dublin in March 2014; notes that the book tells the story of the gradual revelation of some of the details of Tressell’s life and the discovery of his manuscript, leading to the novel’s publication in full for the first time in 1955; understands that the novel is set in the fictional town of Mugsborough, based on the southern English coastal town of Hastings, where the author lived and that the original title page of the book carried the subtitle "Being the story of twelve months in Hell, told by one of the damned, and written down by Robert Tressell”; further understands that Tressell completed The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists in 1910 but the 1,600-page hand-written manuscript was rejected by the three publishing houses to which it was submitted and that an abridged copy of the novel was only published posthumously in 1914; is encouraged by the renewed interest in the novel, and hopes that it continues to inspire generations to come.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Jean Urquhart, Michael Russell, Michael McMahon, Cara Hilton, Bill Kidd, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Richard Simpson, Richard Lyle, Elaine Murray, Colin Beattie, Neil Findlay, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, Dave Thompson*, John Wilson*

S4M-12196 Lewis Macdonald: Conditions for Onshore Fracking—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Government has announced that planning consents will not be granted for unconventional gas and oil developments until such time as work has been completed on planning, environmental regulation, health impact assessment and public consultation, and believes that, in addition, onshore fracking should not happen until lessons have been learned from the rest of the UK, that there should be a comprehensive review of the baseline conditions before any planning application is granted and that a local referendum should be held before any final planning approval is given.

Supported by: Mary Fee, Jackie Baillie, Richard Baker, Margaret McDougall, Michael McMahon, Elaine Murray, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McCulloch, Sarah Boyack, Cara Hilton, Graeme Pearson, Malcolm Chisholm, John Pentland, Hanzala Malik, Claudia Beamish, Siobhan McMahon, Richard Simpson, Hugh Henry, Jayne Baxter, Iain Gray, Paul Martin

S4M-12195♦ Colin Beattie: The Importance of Libraries—That the Parliament notes that 7 February 2015 marks National Library Day, a UK-wide day of events that allows users to celebrate libraries and their staff; notes that the events cover a wide range of activities, including book swaps, treasure hunts and author visits; considers that National Library Day is of great importance in highlighting the role that libraries play in communities, including in Midlothian North and Musselburgh; considers that this role can include access to valuable information that would not otherwise be easily accessible to low-income families and households; notes that 3.6% of libraries in Scotland were closed between 2008 and 2013, compared with 7.9% in England and 11% and 11.5% in Wales and Northern Ireland respectively in the same period, and celebrates libraries for their significance in providing culture and education to the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Graeme Dey, Rob Gibson, Nigel Don, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Graeme Pearson, Stewart Stevenson, Kevin Stewart, Stuart McMillan, John Mason, Mike MacKenzie, Cara Hilton, Dennis Robertson*, Dave Thompson*, Adam Ingram*

S4M-12194 Cara Hilton: Children in Scotland Survey Findings—That the Parliament notes the findings of the second on-line survey and field research carried out by Children in Scotland in partnership with the Scotland’s Disabled Children (fSDC) coalition as part of the Parent Participation Project, where between 80 and 84% of parents with disabled children reported that having a disabled child had a negative impact on their own health and wellbeing and affected their employment situation and their children’s access to play opportunities; further notes that 64% of parents had major worries about the quality of assessment and care planning; welcomes Children in Scotland’s objectives in identifying and promoting the interests of children and their families while ensuring that policies, services and other provisions are of the highest possible quality and are able to meet the needs of a diverse society; understands the need to work together in raising the profile of issues that affect disabled children and their families; considers that it should work with Children in Scotland to ensure that statutory guidance on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 adequately reflects the rights and needs of disabled children; backs the call for a committee to be set up so that a detailed examination of the experiences of disabled children can take place and provide an invaluable insight into the issues that the Parliament and the Scottish Government need to address in order that the nation does its best for disabled children; further considers that it should work toward establishing effective community planning arrangements that include disabled children, young people and their parents/carers, and believes that it should ensure that the spirit of equalities legislation is upheld and progress is made toward equity of provision and of outcomes for disabled and non-disabled children and their families.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh Henry, Richard Simpson, Anne McTaggart, Iain Gray, Neil Findlay, Margaret McCulloch, John Pentland*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Ken Macintosh*

S4M-12193 Jackson Carlaw: Condemning the Statement of Wigley—That the Parliament condemns the remarks made by the former leader of Plaid Cymru, Lord Wigley, in which it believes he made a comparison between HM Naval Base Clyde and the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp; considers that these remarks were particularly distasteful as they were made on 28 January 2015, less than 24 hours after Holocaust Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau; considers this to be an attempt to politicise the murder of over one million innocent people and to represent a new low in British politics, and calls on members of all parties to congratulate the people at the Clyde base who help to keep the UK secure.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Cameron Buchanan, Jackie Baillie, Murdo Fraser, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith

S4M-12192# Dennis Robertson: Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015—That the Parliament observes that 23 to 27 February marks Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015; notes that the most recent figures from NHS Information Services Division estimate that, in Scotland, around 2,000 patients in a single year sought treatment for an eating disorder; believes that the real figure is impossible to know due to the great number of people who do not seeking help from a GP; understands that eating disorders are recognised as mental health conditions; acknowledges what it considers the serious conditions that can be associated with such disorders, including other mental health conditions, osteoporosis, type 1 diabetes, anaemia, low blood pressure and organ failure; notes with sadness that people are still dying from these disorders; believes that there can still be imperfections in the communication between clinicians and families; commends the organisations in Aberdeenshire West and throughout the country that are playing a part in raising awareness and providing support to people with eating disorders, and welcomes what it considers the continued engagement and support from the Scottish Government.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill, John Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Jim Hume, Nanette Milne, Joan McAlpine, Jean Urquhart, Chic Brodie, Christina McKelvie, Liam McArthur, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Graeme Dey, John Mason, Kevin Stewart, Malcolm Chisholm*, Dave Thompson*, Hanzala Malik*

S4M-12191# Jenny Marra: Celebrating Mary Slessor on International Women’s Day 2015—That the Parliament recognises the centenary of the death of Mary Slessor, the missionary who left the slums of Dundee at the age of 28 and went on to save hundreds of lives and promote women’s rights in Calabar in Nigeria; commends the Mary Slessor Foundation’s work with a number of people, companies and organisations throughout Dundee and beyond to organise a series of events throughout the centenary year; welcomes the launch of these events with the unveiling of a commemorative standing stone and plaque in front of Dundee’s Steeple Church; recognises Mary Slessor’s importance as a historical figure as a Scot, a woman and the first female magistrate in the British Empire, and considers that her accomplishments should especially be highlighted on International Women’s Day 2015 to celebrate her work in helping create a future for women that is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Johann Lamont, Jean Urquhart, Jackie Baillie, Christina McKelvie, Liam McArthur, Malcolm Chisholm, Neil Findlay, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Mike MacKenzie, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Alison McInnes, Elaine Murray, Mary Scanlon, Hugh Henry, Sandra White, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Adam Ingram, John Mason, Richard Simpson, Kenneth Gibson, Hanzala Malik, Sarah Boyack, Stuart McMillan, Cara Hilton, Dennis Robertson*

*S4M-12191.1 Dave Thompson: Celebrating Mary Slessor on International Women’s Day 2015—As an amendment to motion S4M-12191 in the name of Jenny Marra (Celebrating Mary Slessor on International Women’s Day 2015), after "Nigeria" insert "; believes that she was a Christian who followed the convictions of her faith and was a shining light for women and Christians alike".

Supported by: John Mason*, Murdo Fraser*

S4M-12190 Christina McKelvie: Scottish Construction—That the Parliament welcomes the figures from the Construction Industry Training Board showing that 2014 was a strong year for Scottish construction, with an output growth of 7%; understands that Scottish construction is set to have a steady growth of 1.1% over the next five years and will require an average of 5,700 new workers annually; further understands that it has benefited from historic highs of infrastructure investments such as the Queensferry Crossing or the M8/M74/M73 improvements and projects such as the new campus for City of Glasgow College or the new Edinburgh BioQuarter for the University of Edinburgh; notes that the Construction Industry Training Board attracted 1,434 new apprentices in 2014, and hopes that this growth will continue to boost employment in Scottish construction.

Supported by: Christian Allard, Joan McAlpine, Chic Brodie, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Sandra White, Nigel Don, John Mason, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12189 Patricia Ferguson: Street Law Project Piloted at St Roch’s Secondary School—That the Parliament welcomes news of the Law Society of Scotland’s Street Law project, which has been piloted in some schools in Glasgow and West Lothian; notes that St Roch’s Secondary School in the parliamentary constituency of Maryhill and Springburn is among the schools that took part; understands that the project is designed and delivered by law students and aims to educate school pupils about law through interactive and participatory teaching methods, such as mock-trials, debates and juries, to demonstrate how the law affects them in everyday life; considers that, as well as showing how the pupils can assist in shaping society around them, the course will help them develop their academic, critical thinking and communications skills, and congratulates all the schools, pupils, teachers and law students involved on what it believes has been an extremely successful pilot project.

Supported by: Drew Smith, Hugh Henry, Hanzala Malik, Cara Hilton, Jean Urquhart, Elaine Murray, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, Roderick Campbell R, Claudia Beamish, Richard Lyle, Sarah Boyack, Stuart McMillan, Paul Martin, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart

S4M-12188 Neil Bibby: Castlehead High School Top of Class for Literacy Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates Castlehead High School in Paisley on achieving a Big Society award for its literacy initiative and, in particular, the paired reading scheme; notes that the quality of the work of the school has previously been recognised by Education Scotland and now the UK Government has given national acknowledgement to the commitment of pupils who give their own time to assist younger members of the school to succeed, and pays tribute to the school’s pupils, parents, staff and the headteacher, Martin Macdonald.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McDougall, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh Henry*, Iain Gray*, Drew Smith*, Hanzala Malik*

S4M-12186 John Swinney: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Addition and Modification of Reliefs) (Scotland) Order 2014 [draft]—That the Finance Committee recommends that the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Addition and Modification of Reliefs) (Scotland) Order 2014 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

S4M-12185 Jackie Baillie: Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Independent Living Charter—That the Parliament welcomes the new Independent Living Charter produced by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign; acknowledges the support needed to enable individuals and families living with muscle-wasting conditions to have the best possible quality of life and levels of independence; notes the importance of access to leisure facilities, public transport, welfare, equipment and hospice and respite facilities highlighted in the charter, and urges service providers to ensure that staff have the required level of awareness and understanding of rare conditions such as muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular conditions.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik, Anne McTaggart, Elaine Murray, Nanette Milne, Jackson Carlaw, Margaret McCulloch, David Stewart, Jenny Marra, Colin Beattie, John Pentland, Michael McMahon, Hugh Henry, Mike MacKenzie, Neil Findlay, Graeme Dey, Malcolm Chisholm, Margaret McDougall, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Mitchell, Ken Macintosh, Nigel Don, John Mason, Richard Simpson, Sarah Boyack, Cara Hilton

S4M-12184 Kevin Stewart: Congratulations to Grampian Housing Association—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of £365,816 Big Lottery funding for Grampian Housing Association; understands that the money from the Investing in Communities Life Transitions programme will help the association to extend its services, offering support and practical advice to tenants experiencing mental health issues and substance abuse; further understands that the group will work with up to 200 people over the next five years to help them to sustain their tenancies and reduce the risk of homelessness; congratulates everyone at the association responsible for securing this funding, and wishes those running the project all the best.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Kenneth Gibson, Joan McAlpine, Chic Brodie, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Sandra White, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12181 Christina McKelvie: Cuts Hit Young Families Hardest—That the Parliament notes with concern the conclusions of a recent report by academics from the London School of Economics and the universities of York and Manchester that suggests that UK Government cuts to the benefit system and tax credits have hurt families with children under five harder than any other household group; understands that such cuts hit low income families hardest and that these, along with reductions in income tax for higher earners, have not helped reduce the national deficit; further understands that the report argues that the UK Government’s aim to make the wealthier contribute more to the country’s finances has not been realised, and hopes that this report will raise awareness of what it sees as the disastrous consequences of austerity.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, John Wilson, Sandra White, Nigel Don, Kevin Stewart, John Mason, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Chic Brodie, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Ken Macintosh, David Torrance, Cara Hilton

S4M-12180 Anne McTaggart: Commonwealth Games-related Contract Boost for Glasgow’s Economy—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that many Glasgow-based businesses won contracts associated with staging the 2014 Commonwealth Games; notes that more than £669 million in Tier 1 Games-related contracts were awarded, with companies and organisations from the city winning over £423 million worth, and that Scotland-based firms won £510 million in total; welcomes what it considers the significant economic boost not only for Glasgow but for all of the Scottish economy that these contracts have brought; believes that they will bring a lasting benefit to Glasgow’s people, businesses and organisations, and commends everyone who was involved in organising what it believes was a fantastic sporting and cultural festival that showed Glasgow at its very best.

Supported by: David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Graeme Dey, John Mason, Dennis Robertson, Jackie Baillie, Sandra White, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Drew Smith, Hanzala Malik, Richard Simpson, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, Nigel Don

S4M-12179 Paul Martin: Lesson in Law at Lochend Community High School—That the Parliament notes that Lochend Community High School has taken part in the Law Society of Scotland’s pilot programme, Street Law; understands that Street Law is a new form of public legal education, which sees trained law students teach weekly classes in schools as part of the curriculum; considers that Street Law is a highly participatory, interactive way of teaching law to school pupils in a way that makes the subject relevant to them, and believes that this is a hugely effective way of helping to ensure that young people better understand the law, how to access the law, and their place in the legal system.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Margaret McCulloch, Elaine Murray, Sandra White, Kevin Stewart, Drew Smith, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12178 Christina McKelvie: Families Like Us—That the Parliament congratulates Families Like Us, which is based in Larkhall in South Lanarkshire, on receiving a £9,996 grant from the Communities and Family Fund, which is supported by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund and aims to improve early learning, health and wellbeing for children under eight; understands that Families Like Us provides support for lone parent families and unemployed parents; further understands that the grant will be used to open a “family like us café” where parents will attend workshops on how to find employment, build their confidence and learn to eat healthily; notes that Lesley Robertson, founder of Families Like Us, said that the charity was delighted to have been awarded, and hopes that this grant will help it to achieve its goals.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Dennis Robertson, Joan McAlpine, Cara Hilton, Margaret McCulloch, Chic Brodie, Sandra White, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Hanzala Malik, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle

S4M-12177 Graeme Dey: Eassie Primary School Parent Council—That the Parliament congratulates Eassie Primary School Parent Council on being awarded £2,049 from the Communities and Family Fund to set up a library in the school that will be available not just for pupils but for the community as well and believes that this is an excellent example of a school seeking to play a part in its community.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Nanette Milne, Dennis Robertson, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, Bill Kidd, Nigel Don, Margaret McCulloch, Sandra White, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle

S4M-12174 Bill Kidd: Knightswood Secondary School Dances away with Excellent Report—That the Parliament congratulates Knightswood Secondary School on what it considers an outstanding report from Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, which recognised the quality of learning and achievements at the school; notes that the secondary school, Dance School of Scotland and residential accommodation at Dalrymple Hall were assessed in the inspection; understands that the investigation concluded that young people learn and achieve well at Knightswood Secondary School, with the quality of young people’s learning in the Dance School of Scotland being categorised as outstanding; recognises that students were praised in the report for their efforts in building a sense of community throughout the school; further notes that the school was recognised for innovative practice, which Glasgow City Council wants to share more widely, and wishes all students and staff at the Knightswood Secondary School continued success for the future.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, John Pentland R, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, Nigel Don, Sandra White, Drew Smith, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie

S4M-12173 Paul Martin: Congratulations to Balornock East Residents Association—That the Parliament congratulates Balornock East Residents Association on receiving £9,433 from the Communities and Families Fund; understands that the group will use the grant to support families with pre-school children by appointing a Families and Children Project Worker; further understands that the project worker will develop a programme of weekly activities and signpost families to support services and provide advocacy in crisis situations, and believes that this appointment will help to improve the health and wellbeing of young children in the community by providing their families with additional support.

Supported by: Drew Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Margaret McCulloch, Bill Kidd, James Kelly, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Cara Hilton, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Sandra White

S4M-12172 Paul Martin: Congratulations to Culture and Sport Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates Culture and Sport Glasgow on receiving £9,420 from the Communities and Families Fund; understands that the group will use the grant to run a number of forest school and natural play sessions in the grounds of Cranhill Community Centre and at Cranhill Park, benefitting over 100 children and their parents; further understands that the group will also host a community nature day and run outdoor play training sessions for centre staff and parents, and welcomes efforts to keep children active while helping them to develop an appreciation for nature.

Supported by: Drew Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Margaret McCulloch, Bill Kidd, James Kelly, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Sandra White, David Torrance

S4M-12170 David Torrance: Toll Centre Supported by Communities and Family Fund—That the Parliament welcomes the success of the Toll Centre in Burntisland in receiving £8,582 from the Big Lottery’s Communities and Family Fund; notes that the Toll Centre is a community centre owned by the people living in Burntisland, which aims to support children and young people; understands that the grant will serve to create additional services, including art classes, zoolab sessions, discos and family fun days as well as by installing a children’s toilet, which will be accessible from the playground; recognises the continued effort and commitment by the Burntisland community to maintain and constantly improve the facilities at the Toll Centre, which, it considers, forms a vital part of community life in the area, and wishes everyone involved the best of luck in all future endeavours.

Supported by: Liz Smith, Joan McAlpine, Graeme Dey, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Sandra White

S4M-12169 David Torrance: Sustainable Communities Initiatives Receives Funding—That the Parliament congratulates the Sustainable Communities Initiatives (SCI) in Kinghorn on receiving £9,860 from the Big Lottery’s Communities and Family Fund; notes that SCI is a grassroots organisation promoting social and environmental sustainability in communities; recognises that, over the last 10 years, the charity has initiated a vast number of projects, ranging from teaching community members on sustainable building methods to offering workshops on how to live an environmentally-friendly lifestyle; understands that these focus groups and seminars foster the development of new and useful skills, enable participants to explore the surrounding area and strengthen community cohesion; further understands that the grant will be invested in workshops for less advantaged families that will involve storytelling, nature connection games, healthy snacks and arts and crafts sessions using natural materials; welcomes what it considers the dedicated and invaluable work accomplished by SCI in making a vital contribution to creating a sustainable future for following generations, and wishes SCI and its staff great success for their upcoming projects.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Graeme Dey, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Liz Smith, Chic Brodie, Roderick Campbell, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Sandra White

S4M-12167 Alison Johnstone: Suspend Licensing for Fracking in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the proposals to devolve onshore oil and gas licensing; understands that the 14th licensing round for onshore oil and gas extraction covered large areas of central Scotland; welcomes the recent comments from SNP and Scottish Labour politicians indicating what it sees as their clear opposition to the issuing of licences for fracking and other unconventional gas developments prior to the power to do so being devolved; believes that there is overwhelming opposition in the Parliament to these licences and that if they were issued by the UK Government it would render the additional power worthless and demonstrate contempt for the Smith Commission process, and urges the UK Government to suspend the process until the power to issue these licences is devolved.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Malcolm Chisholm, John Mason, John Finnie, Jean Urquhart, Patrick Harvie, Anne McTaggart, John Wilson, Sandra White, Ken Macintosh, Cara Hilton

S4M-12163♦ Mike MacKenzie: Average Speed Cameras on the A9—That the Parliament welcomes the recently published performance data regarding the average speed cameras on the A9, which suggests that, since the cameras were introduced, the number of drivers speeding has reduced from around one in three to one in 20 and that examples of excessive speeding are down by 97%; understands that there is no evidence of drivers taking diversions or using so-called rat runs to avoid the cameras; believes that their introduction has resulted in an increase in journey time reliability to and from Inverness, and considers that both the cameras and the HGV speed limit pilot on the A9, which have been put in place ahead of the dualling of the road, have been a success and have led to more responsible and safer motoring.

Supported by: David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Dave Thompson, Bill Kidd, Kenny MacAskill, Adam Ingram, John Finnie, Graeme Dey, Kenneth Gibson, John Mason, Stewart Stevenson, Roderick Campbell, Chic Brodie, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Stewart Maxwell, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12161 Joan McAlpine: Bridging the Gap, Young Adult Carers in Scotland—That the Parliament acknowledges the launch on 29 January 2015 of Bridging the Gap: Young Adult Carers in Scotland, a report by Carers Trust Scotland; notes the finding that young adult carers remain hidden and consequently are not always recognised by health and social care professionals as undertaking a caring role; notes that young adult carers do not always have a choice about their situation but raising awareness of their experiences and the challenges that they face can ensure that they have a fair chance to reach their full potential; understands that a quarter of young adult carers in school have experienced bullying because of their caring role and that young adult carers are four times more likely to drop out of college or university than students who were not, and believes that every effort should be made to ensure that the specific needs of young adult carers are recognised and that they receive all the support that they require.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Cara Hilton, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Drew Smith, Graeme Dey, Jim Hume, Chic Brodie, Kenneth Gibson, John Mason, Anne McTaggart, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Neil Findlay, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Christina McKelvie, Kevin Stewart, Alison McInnes, Elaine Murray, Sandra White, Jackie Baillie, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12159 Linda Fabiani: Young Apprentices Blazing the Signmaking Trail in East Kilbride and Lanarkshire—That the Parliament congratulates Kirsty Donald, of OPG Ltd in Lesmahagow, and Andrew Halliday, of Ecosse Signs Ltd in Bellshill, on being the first in the country to complete a modern apprenticeship in signmaking; considers Kirsty and Andrew to be trailblazers along with their respective employers and the staff at the East Kilbride Group Training Association who supported their apprenticeships; believes that such locally-based training and the support of companies in offering modern apprenticeships is vital to Scotland’s economy and the continuing development of its talented young people, and wishes Kirsty and Andrew the very best.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Roderick Campbell, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Graeme Dey, Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Christina McKelvie, Sandra White, Kevin Stewart

S4M-12158 Fergus Ewing: Scottish Regulators’ Strategic Code of Practice—That the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee recommends that the Scottish Regulators’ Strategic Code of Practice be approved.

Supported by: John Swinney

S4M-12157# Graeme Dey: Earth Hour 2015—That the Parliament supports WWF’s Earth Hour 2015; celebrates the many individuals, families, communities, organisations and landmarks across Scotland, including the Scottish Parliament, that will be participating by switching their lights off for an hour at 8.30pm on 28 March; congratulates all of the local authorities participating in Earth Hour 2015, particularly Angus Council, which has been awarded one of WWF Scotland’s Super Local Authority badges for its level of participation; considers that Earth Hour has become a moment for people around the world to think about the importance of action to address climate change and protect the planet; notes that Scotland will be one of more than 160 countries, nations and territories around the world that will take part in Earth Hour 2015; understands that this year is an important year for action on climate change, with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Paris in December; welcomes the continued cross-party support for the aims of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and would welcome other nations sharing Scotland’s ambitions on tackling climate change, and wishes everyone participating in Earth Hour 2015 every success.

Supported by: Chic Brodie, Cara Hilton, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, John Mason, John Finnie, Bruce Crawford, Jim Hume, Jackie Baillie, Roderick Campbell, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Liam McArthur, Neil Findlay, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Patrick Harvie, Alison McInnes, Elaine Murray, Sandra White, Stewart Maxwell, Richard Lyle, Dave Thompson*, Sarah Boyack*

S4M-12156 Christina McKelvie: Hamilton Gymnastics Club—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Hamilton Gymnastics Club on it receiving a donation from W Livingston Ltd toward the purchase of new equipment; notes that the club, which was founded in 2007, has almost 1,000 members, including 17 who were selected to represent Great Britain at the 2015 World Gymnaestrada in Finland; understands that it is the first club in Lanarkshire to cater for disabled gymnasts, and hopes that it will continue to grow.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Mitchell, Dennis Robertson, Anne McTaggart, Nigel Don, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Sandra White

S4M-12155 John Mason: World Leprosy Day—That the Parliament notes that World Leprosy Day took place on 25 January 2015; expresses its support for the efforts of The Leprosy Mission in its quest to bring healing and justice to people affected by leprosy, and hopes that more people will become aware of leprosy as a 21st century disease that afflicts some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, John Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Mitchell, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Nigel Don, Bruce Crawford, Nanette Milne, Jackie Baillie, Jamie McGrigor, Neil Findlay, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Dennis Robertson, Hanzala Malik, Jackson Carlaw, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Cara Hilton, Dave Thompson*

S4M-12153 Christina McKelvie: St Peter’s Primary School, Hamilton—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at St Peter’s Primary School in Hamilton on it raising £500 for charity over the last year through events such as its St Andrew’s Day concert and the school nativity play; understands that the children have chosen to give the money to Cancer Research UK; notes that Moira Ramsay, the chair of the organisation’s Hamilton committee, said that she was “thrilled that the children chose our charity”, and hopes that the school continues to get involved with such initiatives.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell, Michael McMahon, David Torrance, Dennis Robertson, Joan McAlpine, Nigel Don, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Sandra White

S4M-12152 Malcolm Chisholm: Cervical Cancer Awareness Week—That the Parliament notes that 25 to 31 January 2015 is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which is aimed at raising awareness of the causes and symptoms of cervical cancer and improving prevention efforts in Edinburgh Northern and Leith and throughout the UK; is concerned that eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three women die from it every day in the UK, despite the fact that it is largely preventable through HPV vaccination and cervical screening; understands that all women aged 20 to 60 are invited to a free cervical screening test every three years, moving to 25 to 64 in April 2016, but that over 20% do not attend for screening, particularly in disadvantaged areas; asks that relevant community and age-specific information is made available to women about cervical cancer symptoms, prevention and related issues; applauds what is considers the excellent work of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in supporting women and their families, and hopes that policymakers and clinicians will unite to combat and eradicate cervical cancer.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Alex Fergusson, Elaine Murray, Patricia Ferguson, Cara Hilton, Liam McArthur, Christina McKelvie, Anne McTaggart, John Mason, Nanette Milne, John Pentland, Jamie McGrigor, Graeme Dey, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Richard Simpson, Hanzala Malik, Kenneth Gibson, Jackson Carlaw, Lewis Macdonald, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, Sandra White, Margaret McDougall, Jenny Marra, Michael McMahon, Joan McAlpine, Margaret McCulloch, Christine Grahame, Graeme Pearson, Sarah Boyack, Neil Findlay, Hugh Henry, Johann Lamont, Siobhan McMahon, Dave Thompson*

S4M-12113 John Swinney: Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

S4M-12078# James Dornan: 100 Years of Langside Library—That the Parliament congratulates Langside Library on its centenary celebrations; understands that Langside Library was the last library in Scotland built with funds from Andrew Carnegie and the first in the city to let people take their own books from the shelves instead of requesting them from the counter; notes that the library is host to the famous Maurice Greiffenhagen picture of Mary Queen of Scots at the Battle of Langside, depicting her viewing the scene of the battle from the top of the hill where the Langside monument now sits; notes that the library now has drop-in services for Citizens Advice, Macmillan Cancer, and provides bounce and rhyme sessions, storytime sessions and a weekly coffee morning, and considers the changes that Langside Library has undertaken over the last decades to become a cultural and learning hub in the community represent a particularly fine example of the changes being made to the library sector across Scotland.

S4M-11720# Neil Findlay: The Umbrella Company Contract Scam—That the Parliament welcomes the demonstration, which was organised by the unions, UCATT and Unite, and held at the UK Parliament on 26 October 2014, to highlight what it considers the scandal of so-called umbrella company contracts; condemns what it believes is the increasing number of employment agencies that are involved in this legal tax scam; understands that such contracts allow the cost of processing wages, employers’ national insurance and holiday pay to be passed on to workers, and impacts on people working in Lothian and across Scotland; recognises what it sees as the exploitative nature of these contracts; understands that, in some cases, they have allowed employers to pay workers less than the minimum wage; notes the negative effect that it considers such arrangements have on workers’ morale and productivity, as well as a loss of tax revenues to the Treasury, and further notes the calls on the UK and Scottish governments to use their procurement strategies and their powers and influence to end bogus self-employment and to ensure that this scandal is not allowed to continue.

S4M-11602# Jim Eadie: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland and European Antibiotic Awareness Day—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland on increasing awareness of the issue of antimicrobial resistance; notes its efforts to draw attention to the need for new antibiotics to avoid a situation where simple infections and infections as a result of routine surgery become fatal; welcomes its support of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November 2014; considers the raft of resources made available to healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care by the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) to have demonstrated an impact through the decrease of 6.5% in the number of prescriptions for antibiotics in 2013-14; commends healthcare workers for their results to date; further notes the significant challenge that antimicrobial resistance continues to present worldwide; welcomes the SAPG’s focus this year on the cooperation between the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, Community Pharmacy Scotland and Pharmacy Voice to distribute a resource pack to all community pharmacies in Scotland, including a patient self-help guide to treating infection; acknowledges the role that healthcare professionals, patients and the public play in preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics; notes the opportunity for MSPs, healthcare professionals and members of the public to sign up to become an antibiotic guardian via the website, to ensure that current antibiotics continue to remain effective; further notes that it has been 30 years since a new class of antibiotics was last introduced despite growing numbers of infections becoming resistant to current antibiotics; notes calls for governments, academic research communities, pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders to work collaboratively to develop a new funding model to incentivise the development and appropriate use of new antibiotics, and wishes the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland every success in its future efforts in dealing with this challenge.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-12151 Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild ­(lodged on 23 January 2015) Dennis Robertson, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Nigel Don, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, Alison McInnes, Sandra White

S4M-12150 Delivery Charges ­(lodged on 23 January 2015) Dennis Robertson, Chic Brodie, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Liam McArthur, Christian Allard, Stuart McMillan, Dave Thompson, Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Sandra White, Bill Kidd

S4M-12149 Creationism and Evolution ­(lodged on 23 January 2015) Richard Lyle, Dave Thompson

S4M-12148 Crackdown against Creationism ­(lodged on 23 January 2015) James Dornan, Richard Simpson, David Torrance, John Finnie, Alison McInnes, Jean Urquhart, Elaine Murray, Joan McAlpine, Mary Fee, Tavish Scott, Mike MacKenzie, Cara Hilton

S4M-12146 The Need for Changing Places Toilets at Glasgow’s Hydro and SECC ­(lodged on 23 January 2015) Jayne Baxter, Anne McTaggart, Dennis Robertson, Siobhan McMahon, Malcolm Chisholm, Patricia Ferguson, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Ken Macintosh, Johann Lamont

S4M-12145 Penicuik Jambos Pick up Awards ­(lodged on 23 January 2015) Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Nigel Don, Adam Ingram, John Finnie, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12144 British Red Cross Report on Social Mobility Needs ­(lodged on 23 January 2015) Cara Hilton, Margaret McCulloch, Hugh Henry, Hanzala Malik, Siobhan McMahon, Patricia Ferguson, John Pentland, Anne McTaggart, Jayne Baxter, Jackie Baillie, Ken Macintosh

S4M-12143 Bishopton Parish Church Historic Bicentenary ­(lodged on 23 January 2015) Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Nigel Don, Dennis Robertson, Sandra White

S4M-12142 Congratulations to YoMo (Glasgow) ­(lodged on 23 January 2015) Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Neil Bibby, Sandra White

S4M-12141 Pitlochry Hotels Named among Best in UK and Europe ­(lodged on 22 January 2015) Dennis Robertson, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12140 Motor Neurone Disease Scotland ­(lodged on 22 January 2015) Margaret Mitchell, Stuart McMillan, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Siobhan McMahon, Sandra White, Johann Lamont, Cara Hilton

S4M-12139 Penrose Inquiry Final Report ­(lodged on 22 January 2015) Mike MacKenzie, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Jackson Carlaw, Alison McInnes, Nanette Milne, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Jean Urquhart, Siobhan McMahon, Elaine Murray, Anne McTaggart, Jim Hume, Johann Lamont*

S4M-12138 Blantyre Youth Development Team ­(lodged on 22 January 2015) Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Sandra White

S4M-12137 World Scotch Pie Championships ­(lodged on 22 January 2015) Dennis Robertson, Sandra White

S4M-12136 Marie Curie’s 2015 Great Daffodil Appeal ­(lodged on 22 January 2015) Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Jackson Carlaw, Siobhan McMahon, Sandra White

S4M-12135 Increasing Bus Fares Cause for Concern ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Cara Hilton, Lewis Macdonald, Siobhan McMahon

S4M-12133 North Ayrshire Council Apprentices Make National Final ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Sandra White

S4M-12132 Congratulations to North East Scotland Students ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Sandra White

S4M-12131 Awards for All Scotland Funding for Aberdeenshire West ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Sandra White

S4M-12130 Fauldhouse History Group ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12129 Maryhill Integration Network ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Sandra White

S4M-12128 West of Scotland Tartan Army ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Dennis Robertson, Sandra White

S4M-12127 Queen Margaret University Moves up the Rankings ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12126 Retirement of Sandy Watson, Chairman of NHS Tayside ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd

S4M-12124 Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Margaret Mitchell, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12123 800th Anniversary of the Burgesses of Guild of Aberdeen ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Nigel Don, Adam Ingram, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12122 Helensburgh and Lomond Residents Recognised in New Year’s Honours List ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Neil Bibby

S4M-12121 Launch of the Aaron Williams Football Tournament ­(lodged on 21 January 2015) Sandra White

S4M-12119 John Paul Academy’s Public Speakers ­(lodged on 20 January 2015) Sandra White

S4M-12118 Elmvale Primary’s Sensory Garden ­(lodged on 20 January 2015) Dennis Robertson, Sandra White

S4M-12117 Aberdeen City Council Should Rethink the Marischal Square Development ­(lodged on 20 January 2015) Sandra White

S4M-12115 Good Luck to the Scotland Rugby Squad ­(lodged on 20 January 2015) Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12114 Congratulations to Dundee and Angus College ­(lodged on 20 January 2015) Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12112 Health in Mind Receives £1,792 from Big Lottery Fund ­(lodged on 20 January 2015) Sandra White

S4M-12111 NoMorePage 3 Victory ­(lodged on 20 January 2015) Neil Bibby, Siobhan McMahon

S4M-12109 St Brycedale Church Playgroup Receives Funding ­(lodged on 22 January 2015) Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Sandra White

S4M-12103 Racism on the Rise in Glasgow’s Schools ­(lodged on 20 January 2015) Lewis Macdonald, Siobhan McMahon, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12102 10 Years of the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act ­(lodged on 20 January 2015) Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12100 Anti-Semitism ­(lodged on 19 January 2015) Siobhan McMahon, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12099 USC Dundonald ­(lodged on 19 January 2015) Neil Bibby, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12098 50th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Winston Churchill ­(lodged on 19 January 2015) Neil Bibby

S4M-12097 Peace in Nigeria and Cameroon ­(lodged on 19 January 2015) Jamie McGrigor, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12093 Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s Outstanding Support for Survivors ­(lodged on 19 January 2015) Siobhan McMahon, Stuart McMillan

S4M-12092 Garrowhill Gardens Estate Wins Prize ­(lodged on 19 January 2015) Stuart McMillan

S4M-12091 Young Start Awards £99,492 from Big Lottery Fund Scotland ­(lodged on 19 January 2015) Stuart McMillan

S4M-12090 Record Number of Scots Relied on Foodbanks ­(lodged on 19 January 2015) Stuart McMillan

S4M-12089 Je suis Raif Badawi ­(lodged on 16 January 2015) Stuart McMillan

S4M-12087 Glasgow Pride 2015 ­(lodged on 16 January 2015) Stuart McMillan

S4M-12086 USC Workforce Dundonald ­(lodged on 16 January 2015) Drew Smith, Johann Lamont

S4M-12085 Raif Badawi ­(lodged on 16 January 2015) Stuart McMillan

S4M-12084 Welcoming a More Energy Efficient Retail Sector ­(lodged on 16 January 2015) Jim Hume, Murdo Fraser, Tavish Scott, Richard Baker, Margaret McCulloch, Gavin Brown, Sarah Boyack

S4M-12083 Glasgow’s Charitable Efforts in Wake of Tragedy ­(lodged on 16 January 2015) Stuart McMillan

S4M-12081 In Memory of Professor Ailsa McKay ­(lodged on 15 January 2015) Jackie Baillie

S4M-12076 Murray Bakers of Perth Takes World Scotch Pie Title ­(lodged on 15 January 2015) Stuart McMillan

S4M-12072 75th Anniversary of Citizens Advice Edinburgh ­(lodged on 15 January 2015) Stuart McMillan

S4M-12070 Thanks to Scotland’s NHS Staff ­(lodged on 15 January 2015) Mary Fee, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Margaret McCulloch, Duncan McNeil, Hugh Henry, Drew Smith, Jenny Marra, Neil Findlay, Jayne Baxter, Claudia Beamish

S4M-12063 Get on Your Bike for the Children of Gaza ­(lodged on 14 January 2015) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-12040 Awareness of Group B Streptococcus ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Jackie Baillie, Jean Urquhart, Jayne Baxter

S4M-12037 Congratulations to Glasgow Airport ­(lodged on 12 January 2015) Neil Bibby

S4M-12003.1 Supporting PCS’s Campaign against UK Government Meddling (lodged on 08 January 2015) Jean Urquhart

S4M-12003 Supporting PCS’s Campaign against UK Government Meddling (lodged on 07 January 2015) Jean Urquhart

S4M-11979 Eyemouth-born Gary Anderson is the 2015 PDC World Darts Champion ­(lodged on 05 January 2015) Neil Bibby

S4M-11977 The Flying Scotsman is the 2015 World Darts Champion ­(lodged on 05 January 2015) Neil Bibby

S4M-11972 Glasgow City Council and Unite the Union Local Government Pledge ­(lodged on 24 December 2014) Neil Bibby

S4M-11960 Solidarity with the PCS National Museums Workers ­(lodged on 19 December 2014) Jean Urquhart

S4M-11931 John Muir Trust Wins Outdoor Campaigner of the Year ­(lodged on 17 December 2014) Stewart Maxwell, Lewis Macdonald

S4M-11748 Congratulations to Jill Simpson on Licensee of the Year Award (lodged on 01 December 2014) Stuart McMillan*

S4M-11720 The Umbrella Company Contract Scam ­(lodged on 27 November 2014) Margaret McCulloch, Sarah Boyack

S4M-11602 The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland and European Antibiotic Awareness Day ­(lodged on 19 November 2014) Malcolm Chisholm

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