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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.
Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn.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.
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The Parliamentary Bureau periodically deletes motions or amendments not scheduled for debate and which are over six weeks old.
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New and altered motions and amendments
*S4M-13194 Jackson Carlaw: West of Scotland Constituencies have Highest Turnouts in the UK—That the Parliament recognises the exceptional turnout at the 2015 general election in two west of Scotland constituencies, Renfrewshire East and Dunbartonshire East, which, with turnouts of 81.1% and 81.9% respectively, had the highest figures in the UK; understands that these areas also had the highest turnouts at the 2014 independence referendum; believes that both have consistently been recorded among the highest turnouts at all elections, and acknowledges this display of participation in the democratic process by congratulating the people of Renfrewshire East and Dunbartonshire East on their achievement.
Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Jean Urquhart*
*S4M-13193♦ Angus MacDonald: European Commission’s Review of the Directives that Protect Nature—That the Parliament notes with concern the European Commission’s review of both the birds and habitats directives; believes that these directives help protect nature and that weakening them in any way might pose a threat to Scotland’s wildlife; further believes that, for three decades, they have protected special places and their wildlife, including the eelgrass beds of the Firth of Forth, golden eagles in the Hebrides, Highland wildcats and freshwater pearl mussels in the River Spey; congratulates the over 100 NGOs from across the UK, including RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, on what it sees as their unity; notes what it understands are the expressions of widespread public concern, and further notes the view that the UK Government should send a clear message to the commission to state that these directives are essential for the preservation of wildlife in Scotland, are vital for tourism, protect the country’s natural capital and have helped establish a level playing field across Europe by setting the important minimum environmental standards that it considers are the bedrock of the EU single market.
*S4M-13192 Johann Lamont: Glasgow Piano City—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Piano City on receiving a £10,000 Awards for All grant; understands that the group will use the funding to make more artist-decorated pianos available to the public; further understands that the grant will help it fund piano tuition and taster sessions, and welcomes continued efforts to foster creativity in people of all ages while using music to bring communities together.
Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Anne McTaggart*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Drew Smith*
*S4M-13191 Johann Lamont: Get Funky—That the Parliament congratulates Get Funky on receiving a £9,525 Awards for All grant; understands that the funding will allow the dance group to offer new opportunities to young people from the Glasgow Pollok area, and welcomes continued efforts to provide a creative environment where young people can express themselves and keep fit.
Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Jayne Baxter*, Anne McTaggart*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Drew Smith*
*S4M-13190 Johann Lamont: 30th Glasgow Scout Group (1st Cardonald)—That the Parliament congratulates 30th Glasgow Scout Group (1st Cardonald) on receiving a £4,994 Awards for All grant; understands that the group will use the funding to purchase equipment for its climbing wall, and welcomes continued efforts to get young people active in an exciting way.
Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Drew Smith*
*S4M-13189 Johann Lamont: Linthouse Monday Club—That the Parliament congratulates Linthouse Monday Club on receiving an £8,000 Awards for All grant; understands that the club will use the funding to provide sessional support and outings for its members; believes that this project plays an important part in bringing local people together and helping them to keep active, and wishes the project continued success.
Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Drew Smith*
*S4M-13188♦ Colin Beattie: The Value of Scotland’s Green Spaces—That the Parliament recognises the value of green space to Scotland’s communities; notes the view that there is a need to ensure that such space is preserved to maintain a balance of countryside and infrastructure; welcomes initiatives to develop social housing and private property in order to help meet the housing needs of the population; understands with concern that, where such initiatives are left unchecked, green space might be lost forever; notes that people in Bonnyrigg and Lasswade have recently formed an action group to protest against the potential loss of green space that might arise as a consequence of the Midlothian Local Development Plan, and understands that groups such as this believe that all such plans should be encouraged as much as possible to take on board community feedback to ensure that there is an appropriate balance of infrastructure and green space.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Kidd*, Joan McAlpine*
*S4M-13187 Richard Baker: Asda Foundation Funding, Transition Extreme Outreach Programme—That the Parliament congratulates the Aberdeen-based social enterprise, Transition Extreme, on being awarded £39,521 in project funding from the Asda Foundation; understands that Transition Extreme uses sports activities to engage 13 to 24-year-olds in order to help direct them to educational support; believes that this diversionary facility also supports initiatives to reduce crime, substance abuse and antisocial behaviour; understands that this funding will go toward extending its outreach programme to more hard-to-reach areas in Aberdeen and help pay for a new minibus and training for the youth workers involved, and wishes Transition Extreme the very best in taking this forward.
Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Nanette Milne*
*S4M-13186 Hanzala Malik: Scottish People Raise £4 Million for Nepal Earthquake Victims—That the Parliament acknowledges that the people of Scotland have so far raised £4 million in an appeal following the Nepal earthquakes; understands than 7,800 people died in the disaster on 24 April 2015 and thousands more were injured; notes that the subsequent appeal that was launched last month by the Disasters Emergency Committee was made up of 13 UK aid charities, and thanks everyone in Scotland who has cared enough to support the people of Nepal in their hour of need.
Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Stuart McMillan*, Jim Hume*, Graeme Dey*, Kevin Stewart*, Neil Findlay*, Sarah Boyack*, Bill Kidd*
*S4M-13185 Hanzala Malik: Unemployment in Scotland up 19,000—That the Parliament notes with concern that unemployment in Scotland increased by 19,000 in the three months to March 2015 according to official figures; notes that figures published by the Office for National Statistics show the number of Scots not in work, including those not eligible for benefits, rose to 168,000 in the period January to March 2015, and notes that, as a result, Scotland’s jobless rate rose to 6% compared with 5.5% for the UK as a whole.
Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Neil Findlay*
*S4M-13184 Hanzala Malik: Glasgow Pupils to be Given Lessons on Lifesaving Treatment—That the Parliament understands that every pupil across Glasgow’s schools will be given lessons on procedures that could save the life of heart attack victims and will equip them in dealing with other emergency situations; believes that the council’s decision to teach pupils this received cross-party support; considers that, by giving these lessons, it will enable the pupils to not only aid others in Glasgow but also people who they might meet while travelling across the nation or abroad; understands that the council is eager to meet its summer 2016 target of ensuring that every teenager leaving school has received training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); believes that facilities such as the leisure centres, libraries, museums and sport facilities that are run by Glasgow Life have been encouraged to provide information promoting local groups that offer training in CPR, first aid and emergency response, and believes that this project will obtain fantastic results and equip the Glasgow public with much-needed knowledge of how to provide an emergency response.
Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Graeme Dey*, Anne McTaggart*, Drew Smith*
*S4M-13183 Neil Findlay: Community Support for Prostate Cancer Patients—That the Parliament congratulates the West Lothian Prostate Cancer Support Group on what it sees as the group’s outstanding work in the community; understands that it offers advice, help, support and solidarity to men with or who have experienced what is the most common form of male cancer; welcomes its Buddy Scheme, which pairs up new patients with others who have gone through treatment, and considers this a very successful and practical example of how patients can offer each other the comfort, support and confidence that they need as they start their journey through treatment.
Supported by: Margaret Mitchell*, Jayne Baxter*, Elaine Murray*, John Finnie*, Hanzala Malik*, Patricia Ferguson*, Liam McArthur*
*S4M-13182 Stuart McMillan: 150th Anniversary of Wemyss Bay Railway—That the Parliament welcomes the 150th anniversary of Wemyss Bay railway line, which was celebrated on 16 May 2015; understands that Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway officially opened its line from Glasgow to Wemyss Bay, a branch extension from Port Glasgow, in May 1865; notes that the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station will have an exhibition of railway paintings by Dugald Cameron in the Station Gallery; acknowledges the importance of railway stations such as Wemyss Bay and its famous roof structure, and wishes everyone involved in the celebrations the very best.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Mike MacKenzie*, Graeme Dey*, Joan McAlpine*, Hanzala Malik*, Bill Kidd*, Gordon MacDonald*
*S4M-13181 Bill Kidd: Glasgow Anniesland Community Groups Proving to be Big Winners—That the Parliament congratulates TASC-Temple/St Ninians After School Care, Yoker Allotment Association and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Model Railway Club on receiving a total of £5,793 from Awards for All Scotland; notes that TASC-Temple/St Ninians After School Care received £3,000 and plans to use it to mark its 20th anniversary; notes that Yoker Allotment Association received £2,180 and plans to purchase six new greenhouses and that the Glasgow and West of Scotland Model Railway Club received £613, which it hopes to use to refurbish its new premises; considers that these community groups from the Glasgow Anniesland parliamentary constituency carry out great work in the community, and hopes that this great work will continue through such grants from Awards for All of Scotland.
*S4M-13180 Kevin Stewart: Congratulations to Aberdeen Awards for All Scotland Winners—That the Parliament congratulates Sunrise Partnership SCIO, Cairns Counselling Centre, the Lightup Foundation Limited, Grampian Flyers Basketball Club and Kids Crew Playgroup on sharing the recent £32,405 of Awards for All Scotland funding that is being allocated to the Aberdeen Central constituency; understands that Sunrise Partnership SCIO will use its £10,000 grant to help pay for start-up costs and bereavement services; notes that Cairns Counselling aims to use its £2,100 award to help pay for volunteers’ personal development; believes that the Lightup Foundation will use its £10,000 to provide a programme of motivational sessions for young people; understands that Grampian Flyers Basketball Club’s award of £9,441 will help set up five clubs for young people aged up to 12 and that the Kids Crew Playgroup’s £864 will be used to buy a computer to produce teaching resources; wishes each of the organisations all the best with their endeavours, and encourages more groups in Aberdeen and throughout Scotland to apply for Awards for All Scotland funding.
*S4M-13179 Mark McDonald: Tackling Antisocial Motorcycling, Seven Years of Operation Trinity—That the Parliament welcomes Operation Trinity; understands that Operation Trinity is a Police Scotland initiative to tackle the antisocial use of motorcycles in Aberdeen; notes that this is the seventh year that the operation has taken place and that it came about as a direct result of concerns raised across the city about the misuse of motorbikes and associated negative behaviour; further understands that in the last five weeks 22 people have been charged and 21 vehicles seized for road traffic offences, including driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, careless driving and failure to obey traffic signs; further notes that the operation involves a dedicated team of officers working alongside the Roads Policing Unit, City Wardens and members of the public to tackle the issue using measures that include giving information to local residents in areas affected, and hopes that the operation continues to be successful.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Rob Gibson*, Graeme Dey*, Joan McAlpine*, Hanzala Malik*, Kenny MacAskill*
S4M-13178 Jean Urquhart: Adult Learning Impact Awards 2015—That the Parliament congratulates the recipients of Scotland’s Learning Partnership’s inaugural Adult Learning Impact Awards; notes that the awards are designed to promote adult learning projects and showcase the contribution of Scottish organisations toward the European Agenda for Adult Learning; further notes that the panel sought to reward groups whose learning experiences would inspire other organisations to develop similar projects and expand existing adult learning projects; congratulates Crisis Home Performance Project, the Feel Fantastic Fridays Parent Carer Group, Rosie’s Retro, the Cambuslang ‘n’ Rutherglen Rock and Pop Chorus, the Edinburgh Adult Education Group, the Fullarton Futures Group, the Nifty Fifties Wise Owl Project, Working 4 U, West Dunbartonshire Council and Gaidhlig Dumgal on their success in receiving the inaugural awards at the Parliament, and wishes all organisations well for continued success in the future.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Bill Kidd*, Kevin Stewart*, Michael Russell*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Cara Hilton*, Colin Beattie*, Jackie Baillie*, Hanzala Malik, John Pentland, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Hugh Henry, Chic Brodie, Kenneth Gibson
S4M-13177 Bill Kidd: Kirsty Awarded More Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Kirsty Rafferty on being named the winner of two awards at the Sodexo Service of Excellence awards, which were presented on 13 May 2015 at Royal Ascot; notes that she won the Sodexo Barista of the Year Award and the Kathy Ridgard Special Recognition Award, and acknowledges that the special recognition award was presented in light of what it considers Kirsty’s achievement in raising money for Sick Kids Friends Foundation through the Kilt Walk and her work as an ambassador for Aspretto.
Supported by: Lewis Macdonald*, Elaine Murray*, John Finnie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Dave Thompson*, Kevin Stewart*, Michael Russell*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Graeme Dey*, Linda Fabiani*, Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie*, Roderick Campbell*, Jackie Baillie*, Jim Hume*, Richard Lyle*, Nigel Don*, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Adam Ingram, Chic Brodie, Hugh Henry, Gordon MacDonald, Kenneth Gibson, Jean Urquhart, Joan McAlpine
S4M-13176 Michael McMahon: Lloyds TSB Foundation Supports Bellshill and Mossend YMCA—That the Parliament welcomes the award of £108,000 over two years by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland through the Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) to Bellshill and Mossend YMCA to establish a new befriending and mentoring service for children and young people at risk of misusing substances; notes that PDI is jointly funded by the foundation, the Scottish Government and the Robertson Trust and was set up in 2001 to increase the wellbeing of children and young people affected by alcohol and other drugs; notes that for every £1 allocated by the Scottish Government to PDI, the foundation and the Robertson Trust add £1.46 more and local matched funding creates a total pot of £4.92; notes that Bellshill and Mossend YMCA aims to support children and young people aged eight to 15 who have often grown up with the impact of parental substance misuse and that the mentoring support will aim to increase children’s confidence to make positive lifestyle choices, and considers that this sort of partnership approach to funding and service provision makes a real difference to vulnerable children and young people’s lives.
Supported by: Margaret Mitchell*, Colin Beattie*, Dennis Robertson*, Jackie Baillie*, Nigel Don*, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Jean Urquhart, Cara Hilton, Graeme Dey, Patricia Ferguson, John Pentland, Hanzala Malik
S4M-13175 David Torrance: Congratulations to Craigencalt Rural Community Trust—That the Parliament congratulates Craigencalt Rural Community Trust (CRTC) on receiving £5,797 from Awards for All Scotland; notes that CRTC operates in the countryside around Kinghorn from Whinnyhall to the North Mire and is working on a variety of issues with stakeholders in the area, including residents, landowners, walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and naturalists; understands that the group intends to use the funding to further develop its path network to connect a new facility for disabled people and visitor attractions using Rodanbraes Path; recognises that Awards for All Scotland provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 to groups and organisations that work toward improving communities and the lives of people most in need; considers that the group is a valuable asset to the community in improving the area around Kinghorn Loch as well as in facilitating communication among all its members, and wishes CRTC the best of luck in its future endeavours.
Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie*, Dennis Robertson*, Claire Baker*, Richard Lyle, Liz Smith, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram
S4M-13174 David Torrance: Congratulations to Dunnikier Cricket Club—That the Parliament congratulates Dunnikier Cricket Club on receiving £7,500 from Awards for All Scotland; notes that the club was established in 1856 and has since allowed players of all levels to practise cricket; understands that the club will use the grant to install a non-turf pitch and deliver 120 coaching sessions; recognises that Awards for All Scotland awards grants between £500 and £10,000 to groups and organisations that work toward improving local communities and the lives of people most in need; believes that the commitment and dedication of Dunnikier Cricket Club to support its members as well as the club’s passion to advance the game of cricket are truly commendable, and wishes all involved great success in their future endeavours.
Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie*, Dennis Robertson*, Graeme Dey, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Liz Smith, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Kevin Stewart, Claire Baker
S4M-13173 John Mason: Rail Freight in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent presentation by Rail Freight Group’s David Spaven at the April 2015 meeting of the cross-party group on rail, at which some of the challenges and opportunities facing rail freight in Scotland were highlighted; believes that rail freight plays an important role in Scotland’s commercial transport industry and brings with it many unique benefits, such as leaving a lighter carbon footprint than traditional road transport; further believes that rail freight has a lot of unrealised potential in Scotland; considers that rail freight’s importance on mainland Europe is a good example of how it can support trade and manufacturing; hopes that what it sees as rail freight’s great potential in Scotland will be realised, and believes that members should do what they can to support what it considers this important industry.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Mary Fee*, Neil Findlay*, Dave Thompson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Gordon MacDonald, Graeme Dey, Adam Ingram, David Stewart, Hanzala Malik
S4M-13172 David Torrance: Congratulations to the Muslim Senior Welfare Club—That the Parliament congratulates the Muslim Senior Welfare Club on receiving £8,816 from Awards for All Scotland; notes that the club, which is situated in the Kirkcaldy Islamic Centre, supports Muslims in the community; understands that the voluntary organisation organises regular social events for its members and will invest the funding to provide a sessional club co-ordinator as well as further activities; recognises that Awards for All Scotland provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 to groups and organisations that work toward improving communities and the lives of people most in need; considers that the Muslim Senior Welfare Club provides an excellent support network for its members, and wishes everyone involved with the club the best of luck in all their future endeavours.
Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie*, Dennis Robertson*, Claire Baker*, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram, Liz Smith, Joan McAlpine, Kevin Stewart
S4M-13171 Kevin Stewart: HMICS Local Policing and Inspection Report of Aberdeen City Division—That the Parliament welcomes the HMICS Local Policing and Inspection Programme report of Aberdeen City Division; recognises that the report states that Aberdeen City Division is delivering an effective policing service, that people in Aberdeen are less likely to be a victim of crime than in previous years and that crime is more likely to be detected than previously; understands that public satisfaction rates are rising, that the volume of complaints about policing in the city has reduced and that the ratio of complaints per officer in Aberdeen is below the national rate; understands that the majority of officers feel that the division’s activities are intelligence-led rather than performance driven and that the division communicates well with its partners and with Aberdonians; congratulates all of the officers and staff for their efforts that are highlighted in this positive report, and wishes them all the best in continuing to improve the vital service that they provide.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Mark McDonald*, Mike MacKenzie*, Colin Beattie*, Dennis Robertson*, Kenny MacAskill*, Chic Brodie, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Joan McAlpine, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd
S4M-13170 Patricia Ferguson: Phoenix Futures Scotland’s 21st Birthday—That the Parliament congratulates Phoenix Futures Scotland on its 21st anniversary; understands that the organisation held a birthday banquet in celebration in May 2015; notes that it provides services to support individuals, families and communities in their recovery from drug and alcohol problems, including residential rehabilitation services, recovery and abstinence support and re-settlement support, to provide people with independent living skills and advice on sustaining tenancies; recognises the important role that the organisation has played in helping people turn their lives around in Scotland in the last 21 years; commends the staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the organisation, and wishes them and all service users the very best for the future.
Supported by: Drew Smith*, Richard Simpson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Colin Beattie*, Dennis Robertson*, Jackie Baillie*, Nigel Don*, Richard Lyle, Jean Urquhart, Anne McTaggart, Cara Hilton, Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, John Pentland, Neil Findlay, Hanzala Malik, Hugh Henry
S4M-13169 David Stewart: Caithness Horizons Secures Museum Accreditation—That the Parliament congratulates Caithness Horizons in Thurso on securing Museum Accreditation for the next three years; understands that the award is made by Museums Galleries Scotland and the Arts Council England under the 2011 Museum Accreditation Standard; considers that Caithness Horizons, which is in Thurso High Street, offers a great destination for those wishing to learn more about the history of Caithness from 416 million years ago, through the centuries from Pictish settlements to Viking invasion and right up to the modern day, and the history of the Dounreay Nuclear Research Establishment; understands that the award measures museums in the UK against nationally agreed standards, and considers that is an acknowledgement of the quality of the exhibition and its worth to Thurso, Caithness and the Highlands.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Mike MacKenzie*, Mary Scanlon*, Colin Beattie*, Dennis Robertson*, Jackie Baillie*, Claire Baker*, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Anne McTaggart, Cara Hilton, Rob Gibson, Hugh Henry
S4M-13168 Hanzala Malik: Islamic World Must not Surrender to Foreign Media Stereotypes—That the Parliament notes that Eyad Madani, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, said on the first day of the Arab Media Forum on 12 May 2015, that the Islamic world should not surrender to how foreign media and countries are portraying them; notes that the 14th edition of the Arab Media Forum was inaugurated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; notes that the two-day forum allowed speakers from across the Arab region to share their expertise and take part in discussions regarding issues relevant to daily life; notes that, during the inaugural session, which discussed what is required to change the negative stereotype caused by minority terrorist groups, Madani said that the Islamic world is united by the same identity and culture, which are currently being attacked by the media and far right groups who portray Islam as a danger, and notes that Madani, who was the speaker at a session titled, Stereotypes: Islam and Muslims, said that instead they should present a moderate, multicultural side of Islam and have the will to rise again as a great contributor to civilisation.
Supported by: Mary Fee*, Dave Thompson*, Ken Macintosh*, Kenny MacAskill, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Jean Urquhart, Bill Kidd
S4M-13166 Hanzala Malik: Doctors Urged to Stop Over-treating—That the Parliament notes that doctors’ leaders have launched a major campaign to stop medics "over-treating" their patients in ways that do not help and could even harm them; notes that, in the British Medical Journal, they suggest that some patients are given pills or have tests that they do not need by doctors who feel under pressure to act; notes that they argue that patients should feel able to discuss whether there are simpler, safer options that are right for them, but notes that experts warn that they must not change treatment without medical advice.
Supported by: Anne McTaggart*, Kevin Stewart*
S4M-13164 David Torrance: Congratulations to Burntisland Shipyard AFC—That the Parliament congratulates Burntisland Shipyard AFC on receiving £7,500 from Awards for All Scotland; understands that the amateur football club was formed in 1925 from among workers at the Burntisland Shipyard Company and became a full member of the Scottish Football Association in 1929; further understands that it will use the money to help extend and alter its changing facilities; recognises that Awards for All Scotland awards grants of between £500 and £10,000 to groups and organisations that work toward improving communities and the lives of people most in need; believes that Burntisland Shipyard AFC plays a vibrant role in the Burntisland community, and wishes everyone involved the best of luck in all future endeavours.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Mike MacKenzie*, Colin Beattie*, Dennis Robertson*, Claire Baker*, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Liz Smith, Joan McAlpine
S4M-13163 David Torrance: Congratulations to BIPHA Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the British Inline Puck Hockey Association (BIPHA) Scotland on receiving £2,000 from Awards for All Scotland; understands that it plans to use the grant to take part in the annual superleague tournament in Rotherham; recognises that Awards for All Scotland awards grants between £500 and £10,000 to groups and organisations that work toward improving local communities and the lives of people most in need; welcomes the efforts by BIPHA to promote inline puck hockey as well as what it sees as its dedication to support its athletes, and wishes everyone involved the best of luck all future tournaments.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie*, Claire Baker*, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine
S4M-13162 David Torrance: Congratulations to Fife Headway Group—That the Parliament congratulates Fife Headway Group on receiving £8,036 from Awards for All Scotland; understands that the group, which supports people affected by head injuries as well as their families, meets every last Tuesday of the month in the Linton Lane Community Centre; notes that the organisation intends to invest the grant in expanding its activities; recognises that Awards for All Scotland awards grants between £500 and £10,000 to groups and organisations that work toward improving local communities and the lives of people most in need; believes that the efforts and dedication of Fife Headway Group to support its members as well as its commitment to raise awareness about head injuries are truly commendable, and wishes all involved the best of luck in their future endeavours.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie*, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Gil Paterson, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Liz Smith, Bill Kidd
S4M-13161 Neil Findlay: BEMIS Scotland and Skills Development Scotland, Modern Apprenticeships—That the Parliament acknowledges and welcomes the partnership between Skills Development Scotland and BEMIS Scotland, which was launched during Scottish Apprenticeship Week and aims to increase participation and representation of diverse ethnic and cultural minority communities and citizens in the modern apprenticeship programme; believes that this intervention, which is underpinned by the recruitment of a national coordinator and community outreach officer, will increase awareness and opportunity in the programme and establish a more equitable, fair and representative engagement with all of the people of Scotland; considers that Scotland’s ethnic minority communities play an important part in the modern apprenticeship programme and that their broad skillsets are enhanced and complemented by the opportunities inherent in this key employment pathway; considers that the broad social justice agenda is enhanced by fostering a culture of equality and engagement across communities, and believes that the experiences of social and economic disadvantage can be challenged by promoting a culture of active citizenship, engagement and the broadening of equal opportunities in key employment pathways via measured, evidenced and robust positive interventions.
Supported by: Lewis Macdonald*, Elaine Murray*, John Finnie*, Mary Fee*, Colin Beattie*, Claire Baker*, Nigel Don*, Jean Urquhart, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Cara Hilton, Graeme Dey, Adam Ingram, Gil Paterson, Richard Simpson, John Mason, Christina McKelvie, Jayne Baxter, Patricia Ferguson, Richard Lyle
S4M-13160 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee: New Powers for Scotland: An Interim Report on the Smith Commission and the UK Government’s Proposals—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee’s 3rd Report, 2015 (Session 4), New Powers for Scotland: An Interim Report on the Smith Commission and the UK Government’s Proposals (SP Paper 720).
Supported by: Duncan McNeil*
S4M-13159 Jenny Marra: PAMIS to Lead PMLD Awareness Week—That the Parliament notes the first Profound and Multiple Learning Disability (PMLD) Awareness Week, organised by the charity, PAMIS, which is based in Dundee; acknowledges that the aim of the week is to raise awareness of both the difficulties that people with PMLD and their families face and also the ways in which they can be helped to be more active and valued members of society; welcomes the support of NHS Tayside, NHS Fife, NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire, which will play host to events ranging from adaptive skiing to multi-sensory storytelling, and congratulates PAMIS on its ongoing work with people with PMLD, their family carers and the professionals who support them.
Supported by: Neil Findlay*, Mark McDonald*, Mike MacKenzie*, Colin Beattie*, Dennis Robertson*, Jackie Baillie*, Claire Baker*, Nigel Don*, Malcolm Chisholm, Margaret McCulloch, Jean Urquhart, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Cara Hilton, Graeme Dey, Lewis Macdonald, Gil Paterson, Roderick Campbell, Cameron Buchanan, John Mason, Hugh Henry, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Alex Johnstone, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Richard Simpson
S4M-13158# Rob Gibson: Peat Extraction for Horticulture—That the Parliament recognises what it sees as the importance of peatlands for biodiversity, carbon and water and also toward cultural identity and in serving as historical archives and notes the view that stronger measures are needed to end the commercial extraction of peat for horticulture in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross and across the country to ensure the restoration and protection of peatlands and to help develop a long-term viable industry that can provide sustainable soil and growing conditions to help amateur and professional gardeners and growers.
Supported by: Elaine Murray*, Dave Thompson*, Colin Beattie*, Nigel Don*, Mike MacKenzie, Kenneth Gibson, Adam Ingram, Cara Hilton, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Claudia Beamish, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Richard Simpson, Bill Kidd, John Wilson, John Mason, Christian Allard, Alex Rowley, Joan McAlpine, Hanzala Malik, Angus MacDonald, John Finnie
*S4M-13158.1 Jean Urquhart: Peat Extraction for Horticulture—As an amendment to motion S4M-13158 in the name of Rob Gibson (Peat Extraction for Horticulture), insert at end “; acknowledges what it sees as the continued importance of the tradition of very local and non-profit-making hand cutting of peat; believes that this activity is of great importance to crofters who are in or would otherwise be in fuel poverty, and considers that the traditional skill of cutting peat by hand should not be lost".
S4M-13157 Margaret Burgess: The Enhanced Enforcement Areas Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2015 [draft]—That the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee recommends that the Enhanced Enforcement Areas Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2015 [draft] be approved.
Supported by: Marco Biagi, Alex Neil
S4M-13156 David Torrance: Bright Young Sparkz Win the Money for Life Challenge Scottish National Prize—That the Parliament congratulates Bright Young Sparkz on winning the Money for Life Challenge Scottish National Prize; understands that the group, comprising young people between the ages of 16 and 24, received funding toward the end of 2014 from the Young Scots Money for Life Challenge to help develop money management skills in the community; notes that Bright Young Sparkz, which is supported by Fife Gingerbread, focused on the issue of energy consumption, especially by young people; notes that the young people first evaluated different options to save energy and reduce the amount of energy that they use in their homes and then proceeded by producing an online survey, in which they asked other young people about the issue; further understands that, with this information, the Bright Young Sparkz hosted an educational event at Fife College in Kirkcaldy, which was attended by around 100 students and delivered a presentation on its work at the final event in Edinburgh; welcomes that the members of the group, which it believes have acquired many new skills throughout this journey and gained self-confidence, are now eligible to take part in the UK final in London on 28 May 2015; considers that Fife Gingerbread, whose dedicated staff have made great efforts to support Bright Young Sparkz, is an invaluable asset to young and lone parents, and wishes all involved great success in the final event.
Supported by: Colin Beattie*, Claire Baker*, Mike MacKenzie, Kenneth Gibson, Adam Ingram, Gil Paterson, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Christian Allard, Joan McAlpine, Liz Smith, Bill Kidd, Hanzala Malik, Stuart McMillan, Kevin Stewart
S4M-13155 John Pentland: Forgewood Nursery Centre—That the Parliament congratulates Forgewood Nursery Centre in Motherwell on receiving a Big Lottery Awards for All grant of £5,890; applauds the nursery for its Forgewood Family Health Project, which aims to introduce a programme of healthy eating and fitness activities for local children and parents; understands that the grant will pay for tutor costs, equipment and course costs that are required for the programme; considers that this project will have huge community benefit, and wishes the nursery well in this and future activities.
Supported by: Neil Bibby*, Gil Paterson, Patricia Ferguson, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, David Stewart, David Torrance, Hanzala Malik
S4M-13154 David Torrance: Congratulations to The Buffalo Farm—That the Parliament congratulates the Kirkcaldy-based business, The Buffalo Farm, on its success at the 2015 Scottish Craft Butcher Awards, which were held in Perth; understands that the business received the diamond award for its steak and gravy pie, the gold award for its Scotch pie and sausage roll, as well as the silver award for its Auchtertool Angus beefburger; understands that The Buffalo Farm was opened in 2005 and now sells its products at Kennoway, Blacketyside Farm, Craigie’s Farm and Deli, at Boglily Steading in Kirkcaldy and at various farmers’ markets; recognises that the business, which is managed by Steve Mitchell, farms water buffalo and Aberdeen Angus cattle as well as Jacob sheep and sources other products that it sells in its shops locally; further understands that it feeds its own animals on a grass-based diet and uses traditional farming methods; welcomes what it sees as the great effort and dedication by Steve Mitchell and his team to offer high quality products to their customers, while taking excellent care of their animals, and wishes The Buffalo Farm the best of luck in all future endeavours.
Supported by: Dave Thompson*, Claire Baker*, Gil Paterson, Roderick Campbell, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Christian Allard, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Hanzala Malik, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Joan McAlpine
S4M-13153 Gordon MacDonald: Baberton Mains History Quilt—That the Parliament congratulates Baberton Mains History Group, a sub-committee of Juniper Green Community Council, on completion of the Baberton Mains History Quilt, which is currently being exhibited in the Parliament; understands that this was part of a wider history project on the area and included the preparation and publishing of the booklet, Baberton Mains Past and Present; considers that the quilt project was a unique, creative and hands–on experience method of teaching the pupils of Juniper Green Primary School about the land that Baberton Estate was built on, and thanks the people who shared their memories and photographs of Baberton Mains, the pupils who worked on the individual panels and the ladies who kindly volunteered each week to help teach the children of P6 to sew and assist in this successful project.
Supported by: Dave Thompson*, Cameron Buchanan*, Nigel Don*, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Christian Allard, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Hanzala Malik, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance
S4M-13152 John Lamont: Stable Life, Ashkirk, Selkirk—That the Parliament welcomes the award of £34,000 over two years by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland through the Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) to Stable Life to enable it to continue to support 130 children and young people affected by parental substance misuse in the Scottish Borders; notes that PDI is jointly funded by the foundation, the Scottish Government and the Robertson Trust and was set up in 2001 to increase the wellbeing of children and young people affected by alcohol and other drugs; notes that, for every £1 allocated by the Scottish Government to PDI, the foundation and the Robertson Trust add £1.46 and local matched funding creates a total pot of £4.92; notes that Stable Life has operated for three years, engaging vulnerable children in learning more about horses through caring for them; understands that the service has achieved positive outcomes, including improving their resilience and confidence, and considers that this sort of partnership approach to funding and service provision makes a real difference to vulnerable children and young people’s lives.
Supported by: Jean Urquhart*, Gil Paterson, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Jackson Carlaw, Dennis Robertson, Margaret Mitchell, David Torrance, Alex Fergusson, Jamie McGrigor, Cameron Buchanan, Jim Hume, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson
S4M-13151 Christine Grahame: Scotland versus Theresa May—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the reported proposal by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to ship so-called economic migrants fleeing the horrors of civil war and poverty back to north Africa, following the rejection by the UK Government to assent to accepting, along with European partners, a proportion of these refugees; understands that this is compounded by a determination by the UK Government to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998, notwithstanding the legal obstacles presented by the Scotland Act 1998, and calls on all members to reject what it considers this complete derogation of humanitarian values.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, John Finnie*, Jean Urquhart*, Nigel Don*, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, John Mason, Chic Brodie, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Christina McKelvie, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Kenny MacAskill, James Dornan, Patrick Harvie, Joan McAlpine
S4M-13150 Graeme Dey: St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Arbroath—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Arbroath is to be given a £9,957 Awards for All Scotland grant; understands that this will be used to upgrade the church’s hall and kitchen in order to extend its use by church and community groups; notes that the grant is part of a £1,232,220 round of funding for community groups, and wishes everyone at the church all the best with the refurbishment work.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Nigel Don*, Gil Paterson, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Nanette Milne, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram
S4M-13149 Claire Baker: Voluntary Arts Week 2015—That the Parliament celebrates Voluntary Arts Week 2015, which will run from 15 to 24 May; acknowledges that Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity across the whole of the UK and congratulates the hard work of Voluntary Arts Scotland in what it considers its success promotion of the event in Scotland; believes that the aim of the week is to shine a national spotlight on the wide range of creative groups that make up the UK’s vibrant voluntary arts sector and to encourage participation in the various events being promoted throughout the week; warmly commends the hard work of staff and volunteers who ensure that the week is a success by inspiring more people to connect with cultural activity in their community; considers that there are a number of exciting and interesting events taking place across Scotland including in the Mid Scotland and Fife region, and wishes Voluntary Arts Scotland and Voluntary Arts Week every success in the future.
Supported by: Elaine Murray*, Claudia Beamish*, Cara Hilton, Lewis Macdonald, Gil Paterson, Liam McArthur, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Jean Urquhart, David Stewart, Mary Scanlon
S4M-13148 Kevin Stewart: Congratulations to Befriend a Child—That the Parliament congratulates Befriend a Child on 40 years of "turning frowns upside down" by helping Aberdeen’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children; recognises what it considers the dedication of the charity’s staff and the invaluable work of the many volunteers who give their time to improve the lives of children by fundraising and befriending; understands that befrienders can introduce the children to new activities and interests that might not otherwise be available to them and that experience shows that children can gain confidence and self-esteem by enjoying a trusting relationship with a caring adult; wishes Befriend a Child and all of its staff and volunteers all the best for the future, and hopes that their celebration event at the Carmelite Hotel on 15 May 2015 is a roaring success.
Supported by: Dave Thompson*, Mark McDonald*, Colin Beattie*, Nigel Don*, Mike MacKenzie, Jean Urquhart, Kenneth Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Christian Allard, Joan McAlpine, Hanzala Malik, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne
S4M-13147 David Stewart: Ross-shire Teen to Represent Scotland in Czech Republic—That the Parliament congratulates 17-year-old Gregor Russell from Rosemarkie on the Black Isle in Ross-shire on being selected to represent Scotland at the Super Ball Football Freestyle World Championships in Liberece in summer 2015; understands that Gregor played for Ross County FC between the ages of 12 and 15, developing both his football and freestyle skills; notes that his skills have been showcased at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, and he has performed busking shows in city centres across Scotland, including Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow, to display his skills to the public; understands that, having gained a place at the competition, he will face stiff competition from competitors from across Europe and the rest of the world, and notes that last year’s winner was from Brazil.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Gil Paterson, Joan McAlpine, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Lewis Macdonald, Stewart Maxwell, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Jamie McGrigor, Neil Findlay, Mary Scanlon, Margaret McCulloch, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart
S4M-13146 John Swinney: Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) 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-13145 Christina McKelvie: Memorandum of Understanding—That the Parliament welcomes the memorandum of understanding that has been agreed between the Scottish Government and the STUC; understands that this reflects their shared priorities, including concern about the impact of continuous austerity and the reported additional £12 billion in cuts to social security spending; further understands that the memorandum calls for the UK Government to agree to the full devolution of powers over the minimum wage, trade union and employment law, health and safety and equalities and for further devolution of social security powers; believes that the First Minister has said that she is committed to creating a wealthier and more equal society and that a fairer deal for Scotland is needed, and hopes that the UK Government will take the memorandum of understanding into account.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Stewart Maxwell, Jean Urquhart, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Richard Lyle, Chic Brodie, John Mason, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Christian Allard, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram
S4M-13144 Christina McKelvie: Refugee Festival Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Refugee Council on organising the Refugee Festival Scotland, which is scheduled to take place from 3 June 2015; notes the recently launched campaign to promote the three-week festival, which aims to celebrate a diverse Scotland and to highlight how much refugees bring to Scottish society by enriching the culture and building bonds with communities; sends its best wishes to the Scottish Refugee Council, and hopes that the festival will be a success.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Mary Fee*, Dave Thompson*, Claire Baker*, Roderick Campbell, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Gil Paterson, Richard Lyle, Anne McTaggart, John Mason, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Christian Allard, Neil Findlay, Hanzala Malik, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, John Wilson, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance
S4M-13143 Sarah Boyack: Hutchison Vale’s New Defibrillator—That the Parliament congratulates the members of Hutchison Vale Community Sports Club on the forthcoming arrival of a defibrillator for the club, which will be presented at a ceremony on 14 May 2015; understands that the members have been supporting the Shockingly Easy campaign, which is organised by the Edinburgh Evening News and aims to ensure that defibrillators are installed at every sports club in the Lothians; notes that the campaign was set up in memory of 13-year-old Jamie Skinner who died in December 2013 following a suspected heart attack while playing football for Tynecastle FC; understands that, every week in the UK, 12 apparently fit and healthy people under 35 lose their lives due to undiagnosed cardiac conditions; believes that the early use of a defibrillator can significantly increase the chances of survival after a heart attack; notes the recent publication of the Scottish Government’s Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Strategy for Scotland, and calls on it to ensure that the aims identified in the strategy are fully implemented.
Supported by: David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Gordon MacDonald, Gil Paterson, Anne McTaggart, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Lewis Macdonald, David Stewart
S4M-13142 Christian Allard: 2015 Scottish Education Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the finalists for the 2015 Scottish Education Awards to be held on 10 June 2015; understands that the awards are available to all publicly funded schools in Scotland and recognise innovation in education including awards for Education Supporter of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Headteacher of the Year; commends this opportunity to showcase nursery, primary, secondary and special education that Scotland can be proud of, and recognises the dedication and commitment of teaching staff and education supporters and the substantial positive effect that these efforts have on individuals, communities and future generations.
Supported by: Nigel Don*, Gil Paterson, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Iain Gray, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Chic Brodie, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Joan McAlpine, Nanette Milne, Adam Ingram, Stewart Maxwell, Gordon MacDonald
S4M-13141 Bob Doris: Annie Fae Maryhill—That the Parliament congratulates North United Communities (NUC) on its production of Annie on 9 May 2015 at Maryhill Hub in Wyndford; recognises what it considers the enthusiastic and confident performances from the young cast as well as other club members who assisted with, among other activities, writing the script, set design and costume; acknowledges the ongoing use of drama and performance by NUC when working with young people across various communities in north Glasgow, including Wyndford, Cadder, Summerston, Ruchill and Milton, and looks forward to future productions by even more budding performers from NUC.
Supported by: Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Richard Lyle, Christian Allard, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Anne McTaggart
S4M-13140 Clare Adamson: New Rugby Academy at Broadwood Stadium—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Scottish Rugby to locate the second BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld; notes that the new facility, which will house the Glasgow and the West Academy, is being developed in partnership with NL Leisure and will include state-of-the-art fitness and medical equipment; highlights that the development is part of Scottish Rugby’s major policy initiative to develop a regional academy system that provides the best possible support to players, both male and female, who have been identified as having genuine potential for the future, and believes that Broadwood Stadium will provide the necessary professional and high performance facility to help support and grow the game across the region. R
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Stewart Maxwell, Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Smith, Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Jackie Baillie, Nigel Don, Rob Gibson, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Hanzala Malik, Kevin Stewart, John Wilson, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram
S4M-13138 Kevin Stewart: Thanks to the Wood Foundation—That the Parliament expresses its thanks to the Wood Foundation on making up to £10 million available to NHS Grampian to construct a multi-storey car park at the Foresterhill Health Campus; considers this to be fantastic news for the north east of Scotland and for everyone who uses Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the other medical facilities based at the campus; understands that this charitable gift is one of the largest ever made to the NHS in Scotland, and believes that it is an example of philanthropy at its very best.
Supported by: Mark McDonald*, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Nanette Milne, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Christian Allard, Adam Ingram, Nigel Don, Anne McTaggart, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan
S4M-13137 Rob Gibson: 15th Anniversary of the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso—That the Parliament celebrates the 15th year of the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) in Thurso; understands that the institute has gone from strength to strength and its reputation of excellence and dynamism is firmly established on a global scale for work that includes carbon sequestration in peatlands, fish migration patterns and the effects of turbulent currents on wave and tidal power machines; praises the work done by all associated at the ERI but especially that of its director, Professor Stuart Gibb, who, it considers, works tirelessly to promote the ERI and under whose stewardship it has become a home of true excellence and a jewel in the crown of the University of the Highlands and Islands; wishes all those involved all the best in the future, and looks forward to the continued strength of the ERI as a world-class place of learning and research on the north coast of Scotland.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Graeme Dey, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart
S4M-13136 Kevin Stewart: Congratulations to Ferryhill Primary School and Police Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Police Scotland in Aberdeen on holding an Operation Whitebeam exercise with pupils from Ferryhill Primary School, targeting speeding motorists in the Bon Accord Street area of the city; believes that this operation, which was headed up by PC Kyle McGivern, was of great value in getting pupils involved and in exposing drivers to the dangers of them speeding near schools; hopes that this exercise can be replicated in other areas of the city and beyond, and wishes Police Scotland in Aberdeen all the best with the continuation of the successful Operation Whitebeam.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Mark McDonald*, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Rob Gibson, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram
S4M-13135 Jim Eadie: Scotland Rated Best Country in Europe on LGBTI Legal Equality—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of ILGA-Europe’s annual review of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights legislation across Europe; celebrates the fact that in this year’s review Scotland has been rated as the best country in Europe on LGBTI legal equality, meeting 92% of the 48 criteria; believes that this is a welcome recognition of the huge and historic progress that Scotland has made on LGBTI equality in recent years, from the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1980 to the first same-sex marriages at the end of 2014; recognises that legal equality is only part of the solution to the prejudice, discrimination and disadvantage that LGBTI people face, and considers that Scotland needs further progress to ensure full legal equality for LGBTI people by improving gender recognition laws and protecting the rights of transgender and intersex people.
Supported by: Elaine Murray*, John Finnie*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Kidd, Claudia Beamish, Alison McInnes, Dennis Robertson, Mary Fee, Colin Beattie, Lewis Macdonald, Gil Paterson, Kenny MacAskill, Claire Baker, Mark McDonald, Cara Hilton, Hugh Henry, Patricia Ferguson, James Dornan, Christian Allard, Jim Hume, John Pentland, Joan McAlpine, Mark Griffin, Linda Fabiani, David Torrance, Nigel Don, Richard Lyle, Jackie Baillie, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Jean Urquhart, Richard Simpson, Michael Russell, Margaret McCulloch, Rob Gibson, Neil Findlay, Patrick Harvie
S4M-13133 Bob Doris: North Glasgow Football Development Group’s 10th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates the charity, North Glasgow Football Development Group, on celebrating what it considers 10 years of meaningful service to the community by providing sport, education and volunteering opportunities for all; understands that its 10th anniversary fundraiser, which featured a DJ, speeches, prize giveaways and an awards ceremony, was met with a wonderful turnout from the Glasgow community; congratulates the award winners from North Kelvin Utd, and notes that the player of the year and most improved player awards for the 2001 team went to Djalma Santos and Josh Wright respectively, Johnny Glenn and Conor Fraser won these awards for the 2002 team, Rico Bernardinelli and James Boyd for the 2004 team, Andy Jack and Callum Weatherall for the 2005 team and Angus Cameron and Stan Small for the 2006 team.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, David Torrance, Nigel Don, Stuart McMillan, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Anne McTaggart, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd
S4M-13132 David Stewart: Scottish Scaffolding Apprentice of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Bryan Reid, who is from Wick in Caithness, on being named the Scottish Scaffolding Apprentice of the Year; notes that he is the third apprentice in a row from Caithness Scaffolding Contractors to win the award, following on from the success of Liam Crombie and William Simpson; understands that they are all now seeking to sit their advanced scaffolding courses in the near future and are hoping to take on more responsibility in the workplace, including managing their own scaffolding squads; further understands that their onsite training included working in places such as the fuel cycle area and reactors at Dounreay and incorporated offsite courses, and believes that what it sees as the excellent training and work experience provided by the firm allows its apprentices to carry out tasks successfully in a safe environment while maintaining high-quality training.
Supported by: Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Nigel Don, Jamie McGrigor, Jackie Baillie, Mary Scanlon, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Lyle, Neil Findlay, Kevin Stewart
S4M-13131 Rhoda Grant: North Butcher Picks up Rural Award—That the Parliament congratulates Derek Mackay of Castletown Butchers, based in Castletown in Caithness, on being highly commended in the Butcher category at the inaugural Scottish Rural Awards in Edinburgh; understands that the event attracted more than 300 people and was designed to reward industry, innovation, dedication and the aspirations of those who live in work in rural areas; notes that the award was the first major event of a five-year partnership between the magazine, Scottish Field, and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, and understands that the accolade was awarded to Castletown Butchers, following a nomination from the local Casteltown Community Council, indicating the strong support for small local business in the community and the worth of local enterprise to the rural Highlands.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Jamie McGrigor, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Margaret McCulloch, Anne McTaggart, Jean Urquhart, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Hanzala Malik, Mary Scanlon, Kevin Stewart
S4M-13129 Jim Hume: Welcoming World IBD Day—That the Parliament welcomes World IBD Day 2015, which takes place on 19 May and aims to raise awareness of the impact of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); understands that at least 26,000 people in Scotland, one in 210 of the population, are affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, which is more commonly known as IBD; believes that it is a debilitating long-term condition; understands that, every 30 minutes, a person, likely to be in his or her teens or 20s, is diagnosed with IBD; notes that a recent survey of patients’ experience of IBD services in Scotland suggested that one in five were unsatisfied with their care, one third did not have access to an IBD nurse specialist and 21% did not have an annual review; supports the call from Crohn’s and Colitis UK to create high-quality care and support services; welcomes the recently-launched resource guide, My Crohn’s and Colitis Care, which sets out the top 10 essentials of a good IBD service; notes that the guide is available at crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/mycare/ and is based on the 2013 IBD standards, which were developed by patient and professional organisations and set out what they considered the minimum standards for consistent, high-quality IBD services for people across the UK; welcomes the work of the Crohn’s and Colitis Scottish IBD Project, which is resourced by Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the Scottish Government; notes that this aims to advance quality improvement in services, and looks forward to the publication of the project’s recommendations and the development of a pan-Scotland IBD care delivery plan in 2016.
S4M-13128 Anne McTaggart: Congratulations to Flora Glekin—That the Parliament wishes to congratulate Flora Glekin on receiving the British Empire Medal in recognition of a lifetime dedication to helping children at home and in Israel; notes that Flora was born in Glasgow to Latvian parents, was the youngest of five siblings and survives her four brothers; considers that Flora has lived an inspired charitable life and specialised in teaching underprivileged and children with additional support requirements in a career that spanned over 30 years; understands that she has dedicated 70 years of her life to helping children through various charitable causes, beginning with kindertransport, which was set up to help Jewish children after the outbreak of the Second World War across Europe; understands that Flora also worked for the Women’s International Zionist Organization for 60 years and received what it considers the prestigious Lily Sieff award; recognises what it sees as her tireless devotion to helping those in need, and hopes that she continues to be honoured for her remarkable achievements.
Supported by: Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Claire Baker, Roderick Campbell, Ken Macintosh, Jamie McGrigor, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Richard Lyle, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd
S4M-13127 John Swinney: Provision of Early Learning and Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2015 [draft]—That the Education and Culture Committee recommends that the Provision of Early Learning and Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2015 [draft] be approved.
Supported by: Fergus Ewing
S4M-13126 Anne McTaggart: Glasgow’s Status as a Cultural Capital Confirmed by Landmark Research—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow on it recently being given further recognition for its cultural achievements; notes that a report commissioned by Glasgow City Council has suggested that 30,000 people now work in the city’s cultural and creative sectors; understands that the authors said that Glasgow has one of the largest concentrations of creative economy outside of London; considers this a fantastic achievement; understands that the number of live performances in the city have increased by 82% since 1992; believes that this is a truly phenomenal example of growth in the city’s cultural sector; notes that the report charts developments over the years and argues that Glasgow has gone from strength to strength since being named European capital of culture in 1990; understands that the report proposes plans on expanding the cultural sector as well as the £74 million riverside project, and believes that this recognition will further boost culture in Glasgow and help to highlight what it sees as the achievements of the city.
Supported by: Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Claire Baker, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Mike MacKenzie, Nigel Don, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Hanzala Malik
S4M-13125 Kevin Stewart: Circus Wild Animal Ban—That the Parliament commends Aberdeenshire Council for refusing to grant an entertainment licence to allow the lions and tigers currently being kept at St Combs to feature in a big cat show; believes that it is wrong that these animals are being kept in what it considers to be an unacceptable environment for big cats, and asks that the Scottish Government introduces legislation as soon as possible to ban circuses from using wild animals in their performances and from storing any wild animals that are being used to perform elsewhere in Scotland.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Dave Thompson*, Mark McDonald*, John Mason, Nigel Don, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, Christine Grahame, Kenneth Gibson, Christian Allard, John Wilson, Chic Brodie, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Jean Urquhart, Stuart McMillan, Colin Beattie, Joan McAlpine, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Patrick Harvie
S4M-13124 Clare Adamson: Glasgow’s First Darkness into Light 5k Walk—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of Glasgow’s first Darkness into Light 5k walk, which aimed to highlight and raise awareness of the impact of suicide and self-harming and raise much-needed funds for local charities and the Dublin-based Pieta House Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre; understands that such walks originated in Dublin, with the first having approximately 400 walkers, and that they now have an international reach, taking place in the USA, Canada, Australia, England and Scotland; notes that the Glasgow walk was held in the early hours of 9 May 2015 so that walkers would reach the end point just as dawn broke, and believes that these walks give families a chance to remember loved ones who have died because of suicide.
Supported by: Dave Thompson*, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Jackie Baillie, Adam Ingram, Kenneth Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, David Torrance, Nigel Don, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Margaret McCulloch, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Jean Urquhart
S4M-13123# Nanette Milne: New Campaign, Is it Coeliac Disease?—That the Parliament welcomes Coeliac UK’s new campaign, Is it coeliac disease?, which focuses on finding the estimated 40,000 people in Scotland, and 500,000 across the UK, with undiagnosed coeliac disease; understands that around 5,000 people in the NHS Grampian area are living with the condition; is concerned that, of the estimated one in 100 people in Scotland with it, only around one quarter are believed to be diagnosed; understands that the time between the onset of symptoms and a clinical diagnosis can be a staggering 13 years; notes that the condition is treatable by switching to a lifelong gluten-free diet; acknowledges however that, if it is not treated, it can lead to serious health problems, with symptoms including stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, regular bouts of diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, ongoing fatigue, anaemia, weight loss and constant mouth ulcers and can further lead to osteoporosis and small bowel cancer; believes that too many people have been living in the dark with the condition for too long a period, and notes the view that the Scottish Government and the NHS should help charities such as Coeliac UK in aiming to raise awareness among the public and the medical profession about the symptoms of coeliac disease so that as many as possible get the diagnosis that they need.
Supported by: Elaine Murray*, John Finnie*, Liam McArthur, John Mason, Jackson Carlaw, Richard Simpson, Stuart McMillan, Margaret McCulloch, Jamie McGrigor, Jackie Baillie, Margaret Mitchell, Murdo Fraser, John Wilson, Mary Scanlon, Anne McTaggart, Cameron Buchanan, John Lamont, Jim Hume, Alex Fergusson, Liz Smith
S4M-13121 James Dornan: Equality Network’s Scottish LGBT Sports Charter—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Equality Network’s Scottish LGBT Sports Charter at Hampden Park on 6 May 2015, which seeks to proactively tackle prejudice and ensure LGBT inclusion in Scottish sport; acknowledges that the charter was launched in response to the findings of the research, Out for Sport, which found significant barriers to LGBT people participating in Scottish sport; celebrates the fact that sports bodies are showing their commitment to LGBT equality in sport by signing up to the charter, with the first signatories including sportscotland, Team Scotland, the Scottish Football Association, Athletics Scotland and Boxing Scotland among other sports bodies; calls on other sports bodies to show their commitment to equality by signing the charter, and recognises that further work is needed to also reduce the barriers to sport for intersex people and ensure that Scotland becomes a country where everyone can take part, enjoy and succeed in sport at all levels whatever their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Mary Fee*, John Mason, Dennis Robertson, Cara Hilton, Drew Smith, Gil Paterson, Nigel Don, Elaine Murray, Christian Allard, Chic Brodie, Jean Urquhart, Anne McTaggart, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Rhoda Grant, Hanzala Malik, Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell
S4M-13120 Liam McArthur: Orkney Library and Archive Named UK Library of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Orkney Library and Archive on it being named as the UK Library of the Year at what it considers the prestigious Bookseller Industry Awards, which were held on 11 May 2015; understands that the Orkney team prevailed against five other high-quality services from across the UK; considers that Orkney Library and Archive exemplifies the work done across Britain to encourage reading at the heart of the community and that this has been recognised by this award, which aims to find the nation’s best library; recognises what it sees as the tireless work and dedication of Gary Amos and his staff, who travelled to London to receive the award, and hopes that they will continue to lead the way, using social media and partnership working, to ensure that the Orkney Library and Archive remains in the words of the author, Lin Anderson, "everything a library should be".
Supported by: John Finnie*, Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Roderick Campbell, Nigel Don, Jean Urquhart, Kenneth Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Tavish Scott, Jackie Baillie, Mary Scanlon, Rob Gibson, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Hanzala Malik, Jamie McGrigor, Richard Lyle
S4M-13116 Lewis Macdonald: North East Firefighters Return from Nepal—That the Parliament recognises the bravery and dedication of four north east firefighters who have returned home from Nepal, where they volunteered to help the victims of the earthquake of 25 April 2015; commends Gary Carroll, John Aitchison, Martin Vardy and Martyn Ferguson on their efforts, with Mr Carroll’s search dog, Diesel, to locate survivors and victims of the earthquake and welcomes them home to the north east; notes that Nepal was affected by a second major earthquake on 12 May and that many areas will require further financial and logistical support to respond to the immediate emergency and, in the longer term, to ensure the safety of the population and to complete vital reconstruction projects; looks forward to further efforts by other emergency service workers and volunteers from Scotland, with support from their employers and the Scottish Government, to assist the people of Nepal, and offers its condolences and support to all those affected by these disastrous events.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Gil Paterson, Claire Baker, Nigel Don, David Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, Christian Allard, Richard Baker, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, Graeme Dey, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Liam McArthur, Hugh Henry, Neil Findlay, Roderick Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Alison McInnes, Patricia Ferguson, Richard Lyle, Tavish Scott, Bill Kidd, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik
S4M-13115 James Kelly: Community Life at Asda Blantyre—That the Parliament notes the third anniversary of the Community Life programme at the Asda store in Blantyre; understands that the Community Life champion in Blantyre, Jackie Brown, has spent 923 hours volunteering and, through an extensive and creative range of fundraising initiatives, has raised £71,298 for good causes and community projects; believes that the store’s meeting rooms, facilities and wi-fi have been used 140 times by community groups, and commends Jackie and the entire team at the Blantyre store on what it sees as their efforts in supporting the community and giving their time to help make Blantyre a better place to live, work and grow up.
Supported by: Dennis Robertson, Roderick Campbell, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, John Pentland, Neil Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Hanzala Malik, Bill Kidd, Michael McMahon
S4M-13114 Neil Findlay: Touched by Community Support—That the Parliament commends the community of Fauldhouse in West Lothian on what it sees as their tremendous effort in raising £4,250 for Touched by Suicide on 3 May 2015; understands that the money was raised at the Fauldhouse Miners Welfare at an event at which local entertainers dazzled the crowd with their talents; notes that this was the seventh such event of its kind and that these have raised nearly £32,000, and commends the work of the local Touched by Suicide group, which offers support to people at its monthly meetings in Whitburn Community Centre.
Supported by: Gil Paterson, Nigel Don, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Kevin Stewart, Cameron Buchanan, Cara Hilton, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Roderick Campbell, Hanzala Malik, Anne McTaggart, Bill Kidd, Jean Urquhart
S4M-13113 Linda Fabiani: East Kilbride Heroes, Nae Pasaran—That the Parliament congratulates Bob Fulton, Robert Somerville and John Keenan, who were recently awarded the highest honour given to foreign civilians from the Government of Chile, Merit of the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins, for their action in 1973 when, as workers at Rolls Royce in East Kilbride, they gained the backing of their colleagues in refusing to work on Pinochet’s jet engines following the coup d’état in that country; understands that, following the success of a crowd-funding campaign, the original documentary by the director, Felipe Bustos Sierra, detailing the action of Bob, Robert and John, will now be turned into a feature length documentary, Nae Pasaran, and looks forward to honouring East Kilbride’s heroes when the film is completed and released.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Gil Paterson, Nigel Don, Jean Urquhart, Kevin Stewart, Elaine Smith, John Wilson, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, Margaret McCulloch, Christina McKelvie, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Hanzala Malik, David Torrance, Liam McArthur, Richard Lyle, Kenny MacAskill, Dennis Robertson, Chic Brodie, Neil Findlay, Hugh Henry, Adam Ingram, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine
S4M-13111 Mary Scanlon: Open University Continuing Success—That the Parliament acknowledges the Open University in Scotland degree ceremony that took place at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 9 May 2015; welcomes the award of Doctor of the University to the honorary graduate, Jenny Brown, the founder director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival; congratulates the 250 students who had their awards conferred on the day; understands that a significant proportion of Open University students are in employment, have families or other caring responsibilities, are located in rural or remote areas, are disabled, are in households with low incomes or lack traditional university entry qualifications; considers, therefore, that the achievements of these students are all the more impressive, and continues to support the Open University’s mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.
Supported by: Dennis Robertson, Cara Hilton, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Elaine Murray, Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mike MacKenzie, John Lamont, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Bill Kidd, Liam McArthur, Richard Lyle, Jean Urquhart, Iain Gray, Jackson Carlaw, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Hanzala Malik, Murdo Fraser, Cameron Buchanan, Tavish Scott, Jamie McGrigor, Margaret Mitchell
S4M-13110# Christine Grahame: Through Our Eyes—That the Parliament recognises what it considers the invaluable role of grandparents and other kinship carers throughout Scotland but, in particular, Grandparents Parenting Again and Kinship Carers (Midlothian), which was formed in 2005 and provides a listening ear, peer support, direction and guidance to kinship carers and the children they look after, carers who can find themselves raising children at a moment’s notice; commends the charity’s book, Through Our Eyes, which is a collection of stories and poems by individuals telling their unique experience of becoming kinship carers, stories such as I don’t want this, Where do I begin?, It was Only for a Couple of Weeks!, Our Precious Grandchildren, Life Changes, A Long Road Ahead, It’s Hard Thinking Back and the many heartfelt poems, and commends this book to all involved with the welfare of looked-after children for the insight that it brings to the trials and sacrifices of the kinship carers but more importantly their selflessness and love of the children and young people they find themselves caring for, often with hardly a moment’s warning.
Supported by: John Finnie*, Dave Thompson*, Dennis Robertson, Cara Hilton, Gil Paterson, Nigel Don, Jackie Baillie, Adam Ingram, Nanette Milne, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Chic Brodie, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Jean Urquhart, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie
S4M-13109 Christine Grahame: The Italian Job—That the Parliament congratulates Luigi Caterino, from The Italian Job barbers in Galashiels, on being named the Best Barber in Britain 2015; notes that this follows Luigi’s success in winning the Scottish title for the second year running in April; commends him on earning the highest amount of points for a wet shave at Barber UK at the Birmingham NEC on 10 May, at which he defeated seven others; congratulates Luigi on his success after only three years in business in Galashiels and just 12 years living in Scotland, and wishes him continued success in the future.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, Gil Paterson, Chic Brodie, David Torrance, Kenneth Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Hanzala Malik, Richard Lyle, Anne McTaggart, Adam Ingram, Joan McAlpine, Jim Hume, Bill Kidd, Graeme Dey
S4M-13108 John Swinney: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (Part 2 Extension) Order 2015 [draft]—That the Finance Committee recommends that the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (Part 2 Extension) Order 2015 [draft] be approved.
Supported by: Fergus Ewing
S4M-13106 Kevin Stewart: Farcical House of Lords—That the Parliament believes that offering seats in the House of Lords as consolation prizes to politicians who have failed to win seats in the election or who have retired from office is unacceptable in a system that claims to be democratic; believes that the UK Parliament having more unelected parliamentarians than elected ones is anachronistic and farcical, and calls on the UK Government to immediately introduce a moratorium on the appointment of new peers and to bring forward legislation to abolish the House of Lords.
Supported by: Christian Allard*, John Finnie*, Dave Thompson*, Gil Paterson, Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, John Mason, Christina McKelvie, Mike MacKenzie, Kenneth Gibson, Chic Brodie, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Kenny MacAskill, Patrick Harvie, Alex Rowley, Joan McAlpine, Christine Grahame, Adam Ingram, George Adam, Richard Lyle
S4M-12302# Kevin Stewart: World Whisky Day 2015—That the Parliament notes that the 4th World Whisky Day will take place on 16 May 2015; understands that this global celebration of whisky last year saw 250,000 people attend whisky-themed events in over 40 countries; notes that the event is now managed by the Edinburgh-based Hot Rum Cow Publishing, supported by the founder of World Whisky Day, Blair Bowman; considers that World Whisky Day provides an amazing opportunity to highlight and promote Scotland’s national drink, and raises a dram to the event’s continued success.
S4M-12348# Paul Martin: Protecting Rent-tied Pub Tenants in Scotland—That the Parliament notes calls for a statutory code of practice for pub companies to be implemented in Scotland; understands that members of the UK Parliament recently amended the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill to introduce a code of practice designed to govern the relationship between pub companies and their tenants in England and Wales; notes the view that Scotland should have an adjudicator to protect hard-working licensees, including in Glasgow Provan, and that this would allow licensees to offer a wider selection of beers and promote market competition, and recognises that a Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) survey found that 99% of rent-tied pub tenants in Scotland would support such a move.
S4M-12535# Clare Adamson: Scottish Fire Sprinkler Coordination Group—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Fire Sprinkler Coordination Group to the Parliament for its awareness-raising event on 21 May 2015; notes the success of the Fire Sprinklers in Residential Premises (Scotland) Bill in securing a commitment from the administration in relation to the fitting of automatic fire sprinklers to all new care homes and sheltered housing developments following the tragic deaths at Rosepark Care Home in Uddingston; welcomes all developments that improve fire safety, and recognises that several countries, such as Finland, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand, have begun retrofitting automatic sprinklers to buildings.
Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support
S4M-13105 Caithness Shinty Club (lodged on 07 May 2015) Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Mary Scanlon, David Torrance, Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, Jamie McGrigor, Mark McDonald
S4M-13102 TTIP (lodged on 06 May 2015) John Finnie*, David Torrance, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson, Michael Russell, Mark McDonald, Neil Findlay
S4M-13100 Bold Gadgets Indiegogo Campaign (lodged on 06 May 2015) John Finnie*, Gil Paterson, David Torrance, Sarah Boyack, Mark McDonald
S4M-13099 Lasswade Rugby Club’s Mini Section Awarded £2,000 (lodged on 06 May 2015) Christian Allard*, Gil Paterson
S4M-13098 Dunfermline Primary Schools Reach Euro Final (lodged on 05 May 2015) Gil Paterson, Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, Sarah Boyack, Mark McDonald
S4M-13097 MBE Honour for Sister Rita (lodged on 05 May 2015) Christian Allard*, David Torrance, Nigel Don
S4M-13096 Midlothian Association of Play Awarded £1,500 (lodged on 05 May 2015) David Torrance
S4M-13095 Steps to Inclusion Awarded £20,000 (lodged on 05 May 2015) Christian Allard*, David Torrance
S4M-13094 The Phoenix Cup (lodged on 05 May 2015) Siobhan McMahon, Sarah Boyack, Dave Thompson
S4M-13092 SFRS Contribution to Nepalese Earthquake Relief (lodged on 05 May 2015) Christian Allard*, David Torrance, Nigel Don, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Dave Thompson
S4M-13087 Scottish Crofting Federation’s New Youth Branch (lodged on 05 May 2015) Christian Allard*, David Torrance
S4M-13085 Greenock Morton FC SPFL League One Champions (lodged on 05 May 2015) Christian Allard*, David Torrance
S4M-13084 NHS Board Service Changes (lodged on 05 May 2015) Jim Hume, John Pentland
S4M-13083 John Hughes, PFA Manager of the Year (lodged on 05 May 2015) Siobhan McMahon, David Torrance, Nigel Don
S4M-13082 Orkney, the Most Romantic Destination in the UK (lodged on 05 May 2015) Christian Allard*, David Torrance, Nigel Don, Liam McArthur
S4M-13081 East Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau (lodged on 05 May 2015) Christian Allard*, David Torrance, Nigel Don
S4M-13078 Jak Trueman Posthumously Recognised as Young Scot of the Year (lodged on 01 May 2015) Nigel Don
S4M-13075 Promotion for Albion Rovers (lodged on 01 May 2015) David Torrance, John Wilson
S4M-13074 Community Takes Control of Carloway Estate (lodged on 01 May 2015) Dave Thompson
S4M-13072 Welcoming the Appointment of Human Rights Commissioners (lodged on 01 May 2015) David Torrance, Alison McInnes, Nigel Don
S4M-13071 Award for Care at Home Support Group (lodged on 01 May 2015) Christian Allard*
S4M-13070 Hope Kitchen Oban (lodged on 01 May 2015) Christian Allard*, David Torrance
S4M-13067 Award for Lyme Disease Detection Device (lodged on 01 May 2015) Christian Allard*
S4M-13066 Congratulations to Albyn School (lodged on 01 May 2015) Christian Allard*, Nigel Don
S4M-13065 Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme (lodged on 01 May 2015) Christian Allard*
S4M-13063 Sex Workers’ Rights (lodged on 01 May 2015) Kevin Stewart
S4M-13062 Polish Language Learning (lodged on 01 May 2015) Kevin Stewart
S4M-13060 Barista of the Year (lodged on 30 April 2015) Christian Allard*, Dave Thompson
S4M-13059 Springburn Academy Students Celebrate Springburn’s History (lodged on 30 April 2015) Colin Beattie
S4M-13058 St Bernadette’s Parish Church, Motherwell (lodged on 29 April 2015) Colin Beattie
S4M-13057 Balerno Farmers’ Market 10th Anniversary (lodged on 29 April 2015) Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie
S4M-13056 Congratulations to Shelby Watson (lodged on 29 April 2015) Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie
S4M-13055 MND Scotland (lodged on 29 April 2015) Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson
S4M-13054 CIE Tours International Awards (lodged on 29 April 2015) Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie
S4M-13053 Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year 2015 (lodged on 29 April 2015) Jean Urquhart*, Colin Beattie
S4M-13050 Orkney, One of the Country’s Most Romantic Destinations (lodged on 29 April 2015) Christian Allard*, Colin Beattie
S4M-13049 British Heart Foundation Research Awards 2014-15 (lodged on 29 April 2015) Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson
S4M-13048 West Dunbartonshire Council’s Civic Champions 2015 (lodged on 29 April 2015) Colin Beattie
S4M-13044 Congratulations to Elaine Williamson (lodged on 29 April 2015) Colin Beattie
S4M-13043 Congratulations to Natasha Earle (lodged on 29 April 2015) Colin Beattie
S4M-13039 Michelle Ratcliffe from Buckhaven Receives Funding from Social Entrepreneurs Fund (lodged on 28 April 2015) Christian Allard*
S4M-13038 Economic Consequences of the Brexit (lodged on 28 April 2015) Nigel Don
S4M-13032 Centennial of the First International Women’s Congress (lodged on 28 April 2015) Dave Thompson
S4M-13031 Celebrating International Workers’ Day (lodged on 28 April 2015) Dave Thompson
S4M-13029 Trade Deals, TTIP and Democracy (lodged on 27 April 2015) Christian Allard*, Duncan McNeil
S4M-13026 Disasters Emergency Committee’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal (lodged on 27 April 2015) Claire Baker
S4M-13025 Death Threat Made against Anas Sarwar (lodged on 27 April 2015) Claire Baker
S4M-13003 National Depression Awareness Week (lodged on 22 April 2015) Neil Findlay
S4M-12998 36th Celtic Media Festival (lodged on 22 April 2015) Claire Baker
S4M-12983 Chinese Art Fundraiser for the Burrell Collection (lodged on 21 April 2015) Claire Baker
S4M-12979 Fife Society for the Blind Celebrates 150th Anniversary (lodged on 21 April 2015) Claire Baker
S4M-12954 Fair Pay for National Museum Staff (lodged on 17 April 2015) Claire Baker
S4M-12941 Action Needed to Deliver on Gaza Reconstruction Promises (lodged on 14 April 2015) Dave Thompson
S4M-12898 Celebrating the Work of Home-Start in North Glasgow and across Scotland (lodged on 01 April 2015) Liam McArthur
S4M-12875 Deaf Awareness Week 2015 (lodged on 31 March 2015) Alison McInnes, Gavin Brown, Duncan McNeil, Stewart Maxwell
S4M-12653 Launch of Blacklisted the Book (lodged on 16 March 2015) Elaine Smith
S4M-12535 Scottish Fire Sprinkler Coordination Group (lodged on 04 March 2015) Malcolm Chisholm*
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