Section F: Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are usually printed the day after lodging. When an amendment is lodged, then the original motion will be republished alongside it.

Each Monday, this section also contains motions and amendments that have been lodged the previous week and are still live and those 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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted.

Support for motions or amendments that have already been published is shown at the end of this section.

Motions and amendments can be published with various symbols:

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before the number indicates publication for the first time

*…*

around a section of text indicate changes to previously published material

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a motion lodged for members’ business that has received the required level of cross-party support

a motion lodged for members’ business that has not yet received the required level of cross-party support

R

a member has declared a registered 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-14084 Richard Lyle: The Shame of Tax Credit Cuts—That the Parliament understands with concern that almost 350,000 children in Scotland are set to be worse off because of the changes announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the recent Budget; notes in particular new figures that suggest that 197,200 families in Scotland have been hit by the changes to tax credits; calls for the powers needed to make transformational change to support families and vulnerable people to be devolved, and deplores what it sees as the continued path of the austerity agenda of the UK Government.

Supported by: Jean Urquhart*, Rob Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, Bill Kidd*, James Dornan*, John Mason*

*S4M-14083 Cara Hilton: Dunfermline Nursery Receives Top Marks—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Duloch Nursery in Dunfermline on it receiving top marks in every criteria in its recent Care Inspectorate report; notes that the staff were described as "a motivated, committed and caring team led by a dedicated management team providing a challenging and stimulating setting for the children"; understands that the inspectors were especially impressed by the nursery’s innovative baby groups, which allow parents to engage with their children from an early age; believes that a positive early-years environment is essential for a healthy upbringing, and wishes all at the nursery the best of luck with their continued pursuit of excellence.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Murdo Fraser*

*S4M-14082 Clare Adamson: Iain Duncan Smith Must be Held to Account on Welfare Reform—That the Parliament expresses its extreme disappointment that, since being appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after the 2010 general election, Iain Duncan Smith has repeatedly declined invitations to give evidence to the Welfare Reform Committee to discuss the impact of the UK Government’s changes to social security; considers this completely unacceptable; notes that, following his reappointment in the role, the committee issued its most recent request on 17 June 2015; calls on Mr Duncan Smith to accept this as a matter of urgency; expresses its deep concern at recent figures from the Department for Work and Pensions suggesting that, between December 2011 and February 2014, 2,380 people died shortly after a work capability assessment determined that they were fit for work; considers that this underlines the need for an independent root-and-branch review of the UK Government’s conditionality and sanctions regime, including an immediate halt to sanctions while this is being carried out, and believes that the welfare reform regime has the biggest detrimental impact on the most vulnerable people in society and is fundamentally flawed. R

Supported by: Roderick Campbell*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, James Dornan*, Bill Kidd*, John Mason*

*S4M-14081# James Dornan: Taking Action to Protect Asylum Seekers and Refugees Across Europe—That the Parliament recognises the work of charities and organisations across Scotland, including the Greater Pollok Integration Network and Glasgow the Caring City based in the Glasgow Cathcart constituency that have supported asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow for many years; notes the continuing forced displacement and refugee crisis with people seeking asylum or refuge from places including Syria, Libya and Eritrea arriving daily in Europe; appreciates that the numbers of people reaching Europe is dwarfed by people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries including Jordan; notes the deaths of at least 70 asylum seekers in the back of a truck close to the Austrian border; notes the comments of the Austrian interior minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, who said that "the tragedy again underlined the urgent need for common EU policies to protect migrants and to combat people traffickers"; considers the European response to date to have been lacklustre and the position of the UK Government to continue to stand on the sidelines to be senseless and untenable; believes it imperative that countries across Europe come together and put in place a European strategy to deal with the crisis both with people coming via the Mediterranean and those waiting in Calais; notes recent comments by Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande looking to discuss such a strategy at the next meeting of the European Commission in October 2015, and further notes calls on the UK Government to join them in opting-in to the EU resettlement programme and taking other positive steps to assist across the continent and to stop playing politics with the lives of so many people seeking refuge from unimaginable hardship in their home countries.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Joan McAlpine*, John Mason*, Richard Simpson*, Chic Brodie*, Jean Urquhart*

*S4M-14080 Gil Paterson: Congratulations to Sister Rita Dawson—That the Parliament congratulates Sister Rita Dawson of the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank on being awarded the Freedom of West Dunbartonshire; believes that there is no more worthy recipient, based on her dedicated care and commitment to patients throughout the community with life-limiting illnesses and to older people with complex medical needs, and considers that the award is timely given that the hospice is celebrating its 65th anniversary in August 2015.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Jim Hume*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Gordon MacDonald*, Patricia Ferguson*, Joan McAlpine*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14079 Bob Doris: Congratulations to St Roch’s Childcare Services On Big Lottery Fund Success—That the Parliament congratulates St Roch’s Childcare Services on being awarded £390,832 by the Big Lottery Fund; understands that this award will support its "Play at our Place" project for the next three years, enabling it to develop services to meet increased demand as well as expand into neighbouring communities including Germiston and Blackhill; welcomes the support that the project will offer vulnerable families, including parent and toddler groups, family workshops, one-to-one support, a respite care service for parents and a crèche provision; believes that the project will enable family support workers to attend children’s case conferences, undertake joint visits with health visitors and will support families with a range of issues in relation to housing, finances, schooling, health and language/cultural barriers; looks forward to St. Roch’s Childcare Services continuing to offer what it sees as vital support to communities in north Glasgow in years to come, thanks them for their efforts over the years, and wishes all those involved with St Roch’s every success in the years to come.

*S4M-14078 Hanzala Malik: Pilot Schemes to Give All Children Library Membership—That the Parliament acknowledges and welcomes the idea of giving all children library membership in a bid to promote literacy; understands that pilot projects are being developed in every council area, with children from birth up to P1 being enrolled and libraries working with schools and communities to promote the services that they offer to families, and believes that this is a great idea and one that must be supported.

Supported by: Jean Urquhart*, Anne McTaggart*, Graeme Dey*, Margaret Mitchell*

*S4M-14077 Patricia Ferguson: St Roch’s Childcare Service—That the Parliament congratulates the Royston-based St Roch’s Childcare Service, which has received a £390,832 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities programme; notes that the group supports vulnerable families through the organisation of parent/toddler groups, family workshops, one-to-one support, a respite service for parents and a crèche; understands that this grant will allow the project to expand into the Germiston and Blackhill areas of Glasgow, where there is increasing demand for the service; notes that the Investing in Communities fund focuses on addressing inequality and disadvantage in the community; recognises the hard work undertaken by the staff and volunteers of the St Roch’s service in assisting families in the area, and hopes that all goes smoothly for the expansion of the project.

Supported by: Cara Hilton*, Jackie Baillie*, Anne McTaggart*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14076 Elaine Smith: World Pipe Band Championships—That the Parliament congratulates Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band on its remarkable victory as Grade 1 Champions at the 69th World Pipe Band Championships; understands that the competition was held in Glasgow over the weekend of 14 August 2015 and was attended by over 40,000 people; believes that the competition attracted over 8,000 musicians from 230 bands across the world, including Australia, Canada and Malaysia; understands that the band from North Lanarkshire is the first Scottish band to win the title since its own previous victory in 2005; further congratulates North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band for what it considers its excellent performance in the Novice Juvenile category, and wishes both bands the very best of luck in future competitions. R

Supported by: Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Richard Simpson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Graeme Dey*, Jayne Baxter*, Jackie Baillie*, Chic Brodie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, John Pentland*, Jim Hume*, Hanzala Malik*, Iain Gray*, Bill Kidd*, John Mason*

*S4M-14075 Hanzala Malik: Critical Weaknesses in Scotland’s Climate Goals—That the Parliament is concerned at a Low Carbon Infrastructure Taskforce report that suggests there are critical weaknesses in Scotland’s efforts to meet its world-leading climate change targets; understands that the report says that the current approach will not achieve change at the scale and speed needed, and believes that the Scottish Government must do more to reach its targets.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Anne McTaggart*

*S4M-14073 Hanzala Malik: Confidence in Scottish Schools Falling Among Parents—That the Parliament is concerned that dissatisfaction levels among parents in relation to local schools has been rising steadily in recent years; understands that the problem is most acute in more affluent areas of major cities, although concerns have also been raised in remote smaller towns, according to the latest Scottish Household Survey, and considers that the Scottish Government should take steps to reverse this trend.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart*

*S4M-14072 Hanzala Malik: Drug-related Deaths Reach Record Level in Scotland—That the Parliament is concerned at official figures released by the National Records of Scotland suggesting that drug-related deaths in Scotland have reached a record level; notes that there were 613 such deaths in 2014, which was 86 more than in 2013, and understands that this is up 72% on a decade ago.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Anne McTaggart*, Neil Findlay*

*S4M-14070 Roderick Campbell: Praising Emergency Services in St Andrews Following Leisure Centre Chemical Leak—That the Parliament notes with concern the chemical leak at East Sands Leisure Centre in St Andrews; believes that 19 people, including five children, were exposed to chlorine gas and were taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for treatment; understands that 13 fire engines and 55 firefighters were sent to the scene along with a number of ambulances and specialist teams; commends the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, East Sands Leisure Centre staff and specialists for their resilience and professionalism in handling the situation, and welcomes the news that those who were exposed to the leak were successfully treated and allowed to go home.

Supported by: Richard Simpson*, Richard Lyle*, Jackie Baillie*, Gordon MacDonald*, Dennis Robertson*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Christina McKelvie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Graeme Dey*, Bill Kidd*, Joan McAlpine*, Stuart McMillan*, Adam Ingram*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14069 Angus MacDonald: Scotland’s Lambassadors, Promoting World-class Scotch Lamb—That the Parliament supports Scotland’s sheep producers in their role as "lambassadors" in calling on the public to rediscover how much of a versatile, tasty meat it considers Scotch Lamb to be; understands that producers in the Falkirk East constituency and throughout Scotland are facing challenging times, with prices for lambs at a six-year-low; believes that Quality Meat Scotland’s annual campaign, Wham Bam Thank You Lamb, which runs on TV, radio and in newspapers, helps to boost sales of what it considers the best lamb in the world; understands that the campaign will reach its peak with the Love Scotch Lamb weekend on 5-6 September 2015, at which the public will be invited to join farmers, butchers and chefs from around the country to celebrate all that is wonderful about the product; commends Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi on, it understands, consistently stocking only Scotch Lamb in their stores; calls on all supermarkets and the food processing sector to support lamb producers by paying a fair price for what it believes is a world-class product; understands that last year’s campaign saw sales rise by 11% during August and September; wishes everyone behind this year’s campaign success in their endeavours, and calls on consumers to help secure fairer returns back to farmers and crofters for the work that goes in to putting Scotch Lamb on plates by insisting that retailers stock home-grown produce at every opportunity.

Supported by: Jean Urquhart*, Mary Fee*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Christian Allard*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Graeme Dey*, Chic Brodie*, Joan McAlpine*, Hanzala Malik*, Kenneth Gibson*, Liam McArthur*, John Mason*, Jim Hume*

*S4M-14068 Anne McTaggart: Recruitment Fair in Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes Glasgow Skills Shop’s 2015 recruitment fair; believes that this will bring hundreds of seasonal employment opportunities to job seekers in the city, with recruitment drives for Hamleys and Debenhams on 10 and 11 September; understands that, in 2014, more than 200 people took this opportunity to search for a new role; believes that the fair is a great opportunity for people to enjoy exciting careers in retail and is a boost for Glasgow’s economy; wishes the organisers success, and hopes that the fair will return in 2016.

Supported by: Richard Lyle*, Margaret McCulloch*, Jackie Baillie*, Dennis Robertson*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14067 Graeme Dey: Arbroath United Cricket Club—That the Parliament congratulates Arbroath United Cricket Club on winning the 2015 Cricket Scotland Scottish Cup after the team defeated Mazars Grange by 93 runs; notes that this is the first time that the club has won the cup and that the victory came just one day after the players had fallen at the final hurdle in their attempt to win the league, following a defeat to Watsonians; understands that the club won the CSL Eastern Premiership two years ago, and applauds the players on their Scottish Cup success.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Dennis Robertson*, Joan McAlpine*, Bill Kidd*, Adam Ingram*, Kevin Stewart*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Rob Gibson*

*S4M-14065 Tavish Scott: Congratulations to COPE, Social Enterprise Awards Scotland Nominee—That the Parliament congratulates the Lerwick-based social enterprise company, COPE, on being shortlisted in two categories at the 2015 Social Enterprise Awards Scotland, with the company named as one of the six nominees for the Social Enterprise of the Year award and its chief executive, Ingrid Webb, one of the nine people shortlisted in the Social Enterprise Champion Scotland category; understands that COPE is a well-established social enterprise that helps to provide employment and skills development for disabled adults, and commends it on its vision statement that ‘‘everyone, regardless of disability, should have the opportunity to work if they so wish. Given the right conditions, all adults have the potential to contribute to our local economy and in doing so will learn to value themselves and others".

*S4M-14064 Lewis Macdonald: Transition Extreme, 10th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the Aberdeen-based Transition Extreme on its 10th anniversary; notes that the events to celebrate this milestone include a charity abseil at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and a dinner, at which Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be the guest speaker; recognises that, in its 10 years of operation, Transition Extreme has welcomed nearly one million visitors through its doors to take part in activities that include skateboarding, biking and rock climbing; commends what it sees as its important work as a social enterprise, with more than 180 vulnerable young people graduating from its Alternative Academy; recognises the success enjoyed by the graduates, including those who have gone on to become staff members at the centre, and looks forward to Transition Extreme continuing and expanding its work in North East Scotland.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Kevin Stewart*, Jayne Baxter*, Jackie Baillie*, Hanzala Malik*, Anne McTaggart*, Kenneth Gibson*, Dennis Robertson*

*S4M-14063 Sandra White: Bridge Walk 2015, Kidney Research, Crossing One Bridge at a Time—That the Parliament congratulates Kidney Research UK as it prepares for Bridge Walk 2015 on 20 September; understands that this fantastic walk covers seven miles, taking in some of the most iconic sights in Glasgow; notes that the walking route crosses Glasgow’s many bridges that straddle the Clyde, including the iconic Clyde Arc, known locally as the "squinty bridge", with the walk taking in both the north and south sides of the river; believes that much hard work has gone into arranging this event and that all efforts are ultimately to raise funds and awareness for kidney research; commends Kidney Research UK on aiming for this year’s event to be its biggest yet, with 1,000 people hoped to take part; encourages people from all over Scotland to get involved as this is an event that anyone can enter, both young and old, and wishes all participants and the organisers every success.

*S4M-14062 Jim Hume: Mental Health Officers Report 2014—That the Parliament notes the findings of the report by the Scottish Social Services Council, The Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2014, which states that the number of practising mental health officers (MHOs) in Scotland is at its lowest point since 2005; notes with concern the report’s claim that 21 local authorities have recorded a shortfall in the number of MHOs, and that an additional 30 full-time officers are required to fill this; believes that a shortage in MHOs can have a detrimental effect on the protection of civil liberties of people defined by the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 as having mental ill health, and urges the Scottish Government to work with the local authorities to boost the recruitment, training and retention of MHOs across the country.

Supported by: Jean Urquhart*, Elaine Murray*, Anne McTaggart*, Neil Findlay*, Jackie Baillie*, Tavish Scott*, Liam McArthur*

*S4M-14060 James Kelly: Fernhill Hyper Cyber Benefits from ASDA Carrier Bag Charge—That the Parliament congratulates ASDA on its investment in communities across Scotland through the single-use carrier bag scheme; understands that half the proceeds from this go to Social Investment Scotland, which provides loans to charities and social enterprises and the other half to Foundation Scotland, which distributes money to community groups; notes that £1,952 has been awarded to Fernhill Hyper Cyber in Rutherglen, which is a project that provides informal learning opportunities for young people, particularly those at risk of joining a gang, to increase confidence and self-esteem and provide diversionary activities as an alternative to antisocial behaviour; recognises what it sees as the valuable work that the group does in the community, and wishes it every success for the future.

Supported by: Richard Simpson*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, Roderick Campbell*, Dennis Robertson*, Kevin Stewart*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14059 Gordon MacDonald: Opening of Stitch ‘n’ Time Exhibition at WHALE Arts—That the Parliament congratulates the members of the women’s textile craft group, Stitch ‘n’ Time, on the opening of their exhibition at WHALE Arts in Wester Hailes; understands that the group started in 2009 when women from the area got together to create a banner celebrating the 100th anniversary of the suffragettes and that this developed into a weekly class; commends the members on highlighting how skills are passed down through the generations and how important it is to keep these traditions alive; understands that the group has helped the community by being commissioned to make cot blankets for the Children and Families Centre, Roman blinds for the Wester Hailes Health Agency, banners for WHALE Arts and the Wester Hailes Library, yards of bunting for celebrations and costumes for a drama group performance, and wishes the group every success as it continues to support members of the community in aiming to fulfil their potential.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Kevin Stewart*, Joan McAlpine*, Jean Urquhart*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Dennis Robertson*, Adam Ingram*, Hanzala Malik*, Roderick Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S4M-14058 Elaine Smith: Auchengeich Colliery Disaster Anniversary—That the Parliament commemorates the 56th anniversary of the Auchengeich Colliery Disaster of 18 September 1959; recognises that this was Scotland’s worst mining disaster of the 20th century, claiming the lives of 47 men and leaving 41 women widowed and 76 children without a father; understands that the disaster continues to impact those in the village of Chryston and surrounding areas; commends the Auchengeich Colliery Memorial Committee for erecting a memorial site to serve as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the miners, and to ensure that the disaster is not forgotten by future generations; appreciates that in the lead up to the anniversary, families and comrades of the victims will join at the memorial site to remember those who lost their lives; expresses solidarity with miners across the world, and remembers that health and safety in the workplace should never be compromised.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, John Mason*, Neil Findlay*, Jackie Baillie*, Roderick Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, John Pentland*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Drew Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Kenny MacAskill*, Elaine Murray*, Michael McMahon*, Iain Gray*, Dennis Robertson*, Gordon MacDonald*, Hanzala Malik*, Alex Rowley*, James Dornan*

*S4M-14057 Stewart Maxwell: Smoking Rates Fall in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the findings of the Scottish Household Survey 2014, which indicates that smoking rates have declined at their fastest rate since 1999; understands that 20% of adults in Scotland now smoke, which constitutes a drop of 3% over the previous three years; is encouraged that smoking rates in the most deprived areas have dropped from 40% in 2010 to 34% in 2014, and congratulates all those people and organisations that are working towards the Scottish Government’s objective of a smoke-free Scotland by 2034.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, John Mason*, Neil Findlay*, Jackie Baillie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roderick Campbell*, Richard Simpson*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Kevin Stewart*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*, Stuart McMillan*, Graeme Dey*, Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*, Gordon MacDonald*, Adam Ingram*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14056 Graeme Dey: Kirriemuir Relay for Life—That the Parliament congratulates all those who organised and participated in the Kirriemuir Relay for Life on raising what it considers to be a phenomenal sum of around £75,000 for Cancer Research UK; understands that 51 teams, consisting of more than 700 participants, were involved in the 2015 event, making it the biggest yet to be held in Kirriemuir and the biggest Relay for Life in Scotland this year; notes that, as the event concluded, Rhona Guild, the vice-chair of the Kirriemuir Relay for Life, started a 790-mile solo cycle around the other Relay for Life sites in Scotland hoping to raise a further £5,000; believes that entertainment was provided for participants but that there was also a poignant part of the event when the relay stopped for half an hour for the Candle of Hope ceremony, when 500 candles in decorated bags were placed around the inner track, lighting up the relay throughout the night in memory of those who have lost their lives because of cancer or in celebration of those who are surviving the disease, and applauds the people of Kirriemuir for coming together in this way to raise funds for what it considers this important cause.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Roderick Campbell*, Dennis Robertson*, Richard Lyle*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, Hanzala Malik*, Adam Ingram*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, James Dornan*

*S4M-14055 Alex Rowley: Kelty Primary School Receives an Excellent HMIE Report—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Kelty Primary School on what it considers an excellent HMIE report; understands that the school, which is located in the Cowdenbeath constituency, received one of the country’s best reports, with two "excellent" and three "very good" marks; recognises in particular the inspectors noting that close co-operation between the headteacher, Mrs Jackie Funnell, and staff, parents and pupils has been a major factor in the school’s success; hopes that it can continue with this approach, and commends everyone involved on what it sees as their hard work.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Roderick Campbell*, Kevin Stewart*, Richard Simpson*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Jayne Baxter*, Dennis Robertson*, Liz Smith*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14054 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Gavin Brown be appointed to replace John Lamont as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Justice Committee.

*S4M-14053 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2015 [draft] be considered by the Parliament.

*S4M-14052 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Tuesday 1 September 2015

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Topical Questions (if selected)

followed by First Minister’s Statement on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2015-16

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2015-16

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 2 September 2015

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Portfolio Questions

Fair Work, Skills and Training;
Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners ’ Rights

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2015-16 (continuation of debate)

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 3 September 2015

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

12.30 pm Members’ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Ministerial Statement: Policing

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government’s response to the planned closure of Longannet Power Station

followed by Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Debate: Economic Impact of the Film, TV and Video Games Industries

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

Tuesday 8 September 2015

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Topical Questions (if selected)

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 9 September 2015

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Finance, Constitution and Economy

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 10 September 2015

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

12.30 pm Members’ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

Tuesday 15 September 2015

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Topical Questions (if selected)

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 September 2015

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Justice and the Law Officers;
Rural Affairs, Food and Environment

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 17 September 2015

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

12.30 pm Members’ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

*S4M-14051 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Succession (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 27 November 2015.

*S4M-14050 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 18 December 2015.

*S4M-14049 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 15 January 2016.

*S4M-14048 Murdo Fraser on behalf of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee: The Economic Impact of the Film, TV and Video Games Industries—That the Parliament notes the findings of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee’s 4th Report, 2015 (Session 4), The economic impact of the film, TV and video games industries (SP Paper 704).

*S4M-14047 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 15 January 2016.

*S4M-14046 Liam McArthur: Sanday Archaeology Group, Digging for Success—That the Parliament notes that Sanday Archaeology Group has been shortlisted for the inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Awards; considers this a prestigious award and well-deserved recognition of the volunteer-led work to safeguard the rich coastal archaeology on the island of Sanday; understands that the group has undertaken work to photograph and record heritage sites across the entire coastline, such as the ShoreDig Project, which rescued the threatened Bronze Age Meur burnt mound structure and rebuilt it at the island’s Heritage Centre; congratulates all those in the group who have worked hard to earn this nomination; wishes them success when the award winners are announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on 28 September 2015 and in the future, and acknowledges what it sees as the significant contribution made by all those who have been nominated for the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards this year.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hanzala Malik*, Mary Scanlon*, Jackie Baillie*, Jamie McGrigor*, Anne McTaggart*, Jim Hume*, Bill Kidd*

*S4M-14045 David Torrance: Havelock Europa Accredited as an Investor in Young People—That the Parliament congratulates Havelock Europa PLC on being accredited as an Investor in Young People; notes that this scheme encourages employers to work with and invest in young workers while providing them with advice and recommendations regarding recruitment, employment and training; understands that the Fife-based international interior fit-out and refurbishment company has held premises in Kirkcaldy for over 100 years and employs around 500 people in Fife; commends what it sees as Havelock Europa’s commitment to investing in the workforce of the future by proactively bringing young people into the organisation, which it notes has been reflected in its further achievements of being recognised as SDS Youth Employer of the Year and Ambassador of the Year 2014, and wishes the company all the best for the future.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, George Adam*, Jackie Baillie*, Kenneth Gibson*, Adam Ingram*, Bill Kidd*

*S4M-14044 John Mason: Example of Christian Unity—That the Parliament notes the serious fire damage to St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Old Kilpatrick and what it sees as the speedy response of the Old Kilpatrick Bowling Church of Scotland in offering its building for the displaced congregation to worship in; understands that, traditionally, there have been strained relations between different Christian denominations in the west of the country but notes positively the comments of the Rev John Harris in stating that, “I’ve always said that church unity is not an optional interest, it is a gospel imperative. If you look at all the wars and the way religion is getting blamed today, church unity is an essential. We have no message for the world if we continue to stay divided” and those of Father William McGinley who said, “I am overwhelmed with the love and the fraternal aspect of the ecumenism involved, and so are all the parishioners”; believes that all of the main Christian denominations agree on 90% of their teaching, and hopes that this example of Christian unity in Old Kilpatrick will be seen as an excellent example to be followed by Christians throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Dave Thompson*, Murdo Fraser*, Kevin Stewart*, Angus MacDonald*, Richard Lyle*, Adam Ingram*, Bill Kidd*, Anne McTaggart*

*S4M-14043 Alex Salmond: Congratulations to Inverurie Men’s Shed—That the Parliament congratulates Inverurie Men’s Shed on recently receiving £10,875 from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery; believes that this funding will be used to develop a vital metalwork facility within its base; understands that the group also received £9,947 from the Big Lottery Awards for All Scotland scheme, which is funding equipment for its woodwork facility; considers that this substantial boost will be hugely beneficial to the local group as well as the community, and commends all involved in securing the funds.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Dennis Robertson*, Bill Kidd*, Joan McAlpine*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Angus MacDonald*, Adam Ingram*, Christian Allard*, James Dornan*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14041 Anne McTaggart: Knightswood Community Centre to Come under Community Management—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the new community ownership project at the Knightswood Community Centre, which is due to come under community management in October 2015, after it is transferred from Glasgow Life; believes that this is one of the largest and busiest facilities of its type in Glasgow; understands that the centre is open seven days-a-week and offers a wide variety of classes to people of all ages, including Zumba classes, knitting clubs, slimming classes, dog training and lapidary; notes that various repairs are taking place prior to the transfer of the facility, including work to the roof, windows and car park and that there are plans to establish a bustling, vibrant cafe in the facility; considers that this will be a huge achievement when the centre comes under community management as it plays an integral part in the lives of local residents of all ages; hopes that the centre will cater for the needs of local people, and wishes the management and staff every success in the future.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson*, Elaine Murray*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Richard Lyle*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S4M-14040 Anne McTaggart: National Transplant Week 2015—That the Parliament notes that National Transplant Week 2015 is being held between 7 and 13 September; recognises that the campaign aims to increase the number of blood and organ donors in the UK; understands that the theme of this year’s awareness campaign is "7 days to say I do", which aims to highlight the importance of encouraging people to discuss their decision about organ donation with those closest to them; believes that the latest figures from NHS Blood and Transplant show that 534 people were on the transplant waiting list in Scotland as at 30 June 2015; notes with concern that the number of patients successfully receiving organ transplants in Scotland fell by 11% to 378 in the 12 months up to March 2015, with the number of donors in Scotland falling from 106 to 98 in the same period; understands that family refusal rates increased by nearly 8% from 38.6% to 46.1%, a larger increase than the UK average of 1%, and considers that National Transplant Week plays an important role in raising awareness of the need to address the shortage of available organs for transplant in the UK.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson*, Christine Grahame*, Lewis Macdonald*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, Christina McKelvie*, Liam McArthur*, Cara Hilton*, Richard Lyle*, Neil Findlay*, John Mason*, John Pentland*, Hanzala Malik*, Patricia Ferguson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Drew Smith*

*S4M-14039 Angus MacDonald: Arnold Clark Supports Forth Valley First Responders—That the Parliament recognises the support of the Arnold Clark motor dealership to Forth Valley First Responders; notes that a Kia Sportage 4x4 vehicle was presented by the company to assist the first responders in their work; understands that this support will allow the first responders greater local coverage and provide more help for people who need it in the period before an ambulance arrives; applauds the volunteers and fundraisers for their dedication and commitment to the voluntary service, and thanks Arnold Clark for facilitating the good work of the Forth Valley First Responders.

Supported by: Jean Urquhart*, Margaret Mitchell*, Kevin Stewart*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Jayne Baxter*, Jackie Baillie*, Joan McAlpine*, Bill Kidd*, Adam Ingram*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14039.1 Kenneth Gibson: Arnold Clark Supports Forth Valley First Responders—As an amendment to motion S4M-14039 in the name of Angus MacDonald (Arnold Clark Supports Forth Valley First Responders), after second "first responders" insert "and Trossachs Search and Rescue".

Supported by: Angus MacDonald*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Adam Ingram*, Jackson Carlaw*, Hanzala Malik*

*S4M-14038 Colin Beattie: Youngest BTCC Racer Makes Podium—That the Parliament congratulates Midlothian’s Aiden Moffat on his first-ever podium finish in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC); understands that the 18-year-old is the youngest-ever driver in BTCC history and is the youngest Scottish driver to have a podium finish; notes that the event took place at Knockhill Racing Circuit on the weekend of 22 and 23 August 2015; further notes that Aidan was only informed that he could race at a very late stage, following a concussion he suffered a fortnight before, and wishes him the best of success in his future racing career.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Dennis Robertson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, Gordon MacDonald*, Adam Ingram*

*S4M-14037♦ Bill Kidd: BBC Scotland Funding—That the Parliament considers shocking, figures that reveal that the current distribution of funding to BBC Scotland is less than 1% of the BBC’s overall UK budget; understands that this is regarded by the National Union of Journalists as a financial shortcoming that is restricting hardworking staff at BBC Scotland from delivering public service broadcasting that reflects Scottish society today; understands that BBC Scotland receives £30-35 million from an annual BBC budget of £3.7 billion, which accounts for only around 10% of the £300 million currently collected in Scotland; believes that this shortfall restricts the BBC in Scotland from delivering the level of quality of programming that would reflect best on Scotland’s image at home and worldwide, and understands that many people, including in Glasgow Anniesland, believe that, to reverse both customer and staff dissatisfaction, the BBC senior management team should agree to invest a much larger share of the licence fee in Scotland, delivering broadcasting that reflects the aspirations and needs of the Scottish public, in particular the expansion of news, current affairs and music originating in Scotland.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson*, Dave Thompson*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jean Urquhart*, Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Michael Russell*, Christina McKelvie*, Richard Lyle*, Angus MacDonald*, Rob Gibson*, Graeme Dey*, Stuart McMillan*, James Dornan*, John Mason*, Joan McAlpine*, Adam Ingram*, Gordon MacDonald*

*S4M-14036 Patricia Ferguson: Queens Cross Housing Association Gala Day—That the Parliament congratulates Queens Cross Housing Association (QXHA) on what it sees as the success of its annual gala day, showcasing performers from the communities served by the association and stalls featuring local charities and organisations, and congratulates the staff of QXHA on all their efforts to make this event such a success.

Supported by: Roderick Campbell*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Kevin Stewart*, Dennis Robertson*, Neil Findlay*, Jackie Baillie*, Hanzala Malik*, Anne McTaggart*, Drew Smith*, Margaret McCulloch*

*S4M-14035 Patricia Ferguson: Cadder Community Gala Day—That the Parliament notes another excellent gala day in Cadder, complete with children’s procession from Lambhill Stables to Cadder, and congratulates the organisers for all their efforts, which culminated in a fun-filled day for adults and children alike.

Supported by: Roderick Campbell*, Dennis Robertson*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Margaret McCulloch*, Jackie Baillie*, Anne McTaggart*, Hanzala Malik*, Drew Smith*

*S4M-14034 Patricia Ferguson: Royston Really Does Have Talent—That the Parliament recognises the annual Royston’s Got Talent contest that was held at the Rainbow Hall, Roystonhill; acknowledges what it sees as the excellent organisation of the event by the staff of Spire View Housing Association; congratulates the singer, Nicole Tibbs, on winning the competition with her rendition of Take a Bow; commends Ellis-James Wright and Taylore Dollan who came second and third respectively, and congratulates the top three performers and all who took part in a first class afternoon of entertainment.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Richard Lyle*, Roderick Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McTaggart*, Cara Hilton*, Jackie Baillie*, Hanzala Malik*, Paul Martin*, Drew Smith*

*S4M-14033 Tavish Scott: Congratulating Cullivoe Primary School, Rights Respecting Schools Award—That the Parliament congratulates the staff and pupils at Cullivoe Primary School, Yell, who have recently achieved their Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA); understands that the award is a UNICEF UK programme that encourages schools to ensure that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is at the heart of the school’s ethos and curriculum; notes that pupils at Cullivoe have been learning about their rights and the responsibility of adults to respect their rights, learning what global citizenship is and what part the school can play in that, and both adults and children at the school have created a charter that promotes this culture of respect; believes that Cullivoe Primary School is the fourth Shetland school to achieve a Level 1 RRSA, joining Sandwick Junior High School, and Feltar and Sound primary schools.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Scanlon*, Jamie McGrigor*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Jim Hume*

*S4M-14031 Bill Kidd: Fun in the Sun Raises Thousands for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Care—That the Parliament notes the successful Beatson Cancer Charity fundraising event that was held at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow; understands that over 1,700 determined fundraisers took part in a six-and-a half-mile walk raising around £150,000 for The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre; congratulates the hard-working Beatson Cancer Charity staff and volunteers whose dedication and enthusiasm made the day a great success; further congratulates all of the supporters who took part and the musical and dance acts on making the fun last over the whole afternoon; notes in particular the acts whose appearance was organised by The Symphony of Dreams Charitable Trust, including the new boy band, Rewind, the star of X-Factor and recording artist, Emily Middlemas and the crooner extraordinaire, Frank Holden, all of whom were introduced to the enthusiastic gathering by the Capital Radio DJ Garry Spence, and believes that, together, they made the day special for all who took part in the annual fundraising event.

*S4M-14030 John Pentland: Headway—That the Parliament congratulates the Wishaw-based Headway North Lanarkshire, on receiving an Awards for All grant of £9,306 from the Big Lottery Fund; applauds the charity, which aims to promote the understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provides support and services to survivors of such injuries, their families and carers; notes that it also campaigns to reduce the incidence of brain injury and to seek improvements in screening care, assessment, rehabilitation and community integration; understands that it will use the grant to further its objectives in providing support to survivors and their families, and wishes the charity well in its future endeavours.

Supported by: Neil Findlay*, Roderick Campbell*, Dennis Robertson*, Kevin Stewart*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Hanzala Malik*, Elaine Murray*, Jackie Baillie*, Patricia Ferguson*, James Dornan*, Malcolm Chisholm*

*S4M-14029 John Pentland: Brandon Court Friendship Club—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the Brandon Court Friendship Club on its £7,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme; understands that the club will use this to take members on a trip to London; believes that groups such as this have a positive effect on communities, and wishes the group and its members well on their London visit and with future activities.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Roderick Campbell*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Hanzala Malik*, Elaine Murray*, Patricia Ferguson*, James Dornan*

*S4M-14028 John Pentland: St Kilda Swim Team—That the Parliament congratulates the seven members of the St Kilda Swim Team on the completion of a 35-hour, 60-mile swim relay from the islands to Hushinish, Harris; notes that the team included John Dyer of Motherwell, as the only mainlander in the team, with the rest of the team, along with three Kayakers and a support boat crew of three, from the Hebrides, and raised money for the Leanne Fund, the Fishermen’s Mission, Yorkhill Children’s Charity and the Aberlour Child Care Trust; believes that this is the first time this challenge has been completed; applauds the team on what it sees as an outstanding effort, and wishes the members well in their future challenges.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*, Patricia Ferguson*, Richard Simpson*, Anne McTaggart*, John Mason*, Richard Lyle*, Jackie Baillie*, Roderick Campbell*, Margaret Mitchell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Kevin Stewart*, Jean Urquhart*, John Lamont*, Hanzala Malik*, Angus MacDonald*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*

*S4M-14027 Gil Paterson: Women Making History in West Dunbartonshire—That the Parliament commends the work of the West Dunbartonshire Women’s History Group and Glasgow Women’s Library on their year-long Sharing Heritage lottery-funded project, Women making history in West Dunbartonshire; appreciates all of the effort and commitment made to the project and, in particular, the memory box that informs the viewer of the life experiences of women during the 1950s and 1960s and covers themes such as girls’ playground games, dancing, fashion and womanhood; understands that it also highlights the major events that affected women, families or the community; wishes the West Dunbartonshire group and the library continued success, and looks forward to further projects and exhibitions that mark women’s history and its importance in shaping Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire and Scotland’s heritage.

*S4M-14026 Jean Urquhart: Calls for a UK Apology to the Palestinian People—That the Parliament regrets the decision of the UK to disengage from Palestine on 14 May 1948; believes that this contributed to the subsequent Arab-Israeli conflict and the displacement or expulsion of around 700,000 Palestinians in an event known as al-Nakba or "the Catastrophe"; considers that it constituted a failure by the UK in its duty to protect the Palestinian people during partition; offers an apology on behalf of the people of Scotland, and calls on the UK Government to offer a similar apology.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill*, Bill Kidd*, John Finnie*

*S4M-14025 Bill Kidd: COPE Scotland, My Wellbeing, My Future Award Winner—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Anniesland-based COPE Scotland on its musical entry, Wellbeing, being named a winner in the inaugural Health and Social Care Academy creative wellbeing competition, which invited people and groups to share their perspectives on the theme, My Wellbeing, My Future, through poetry, short stories, photography, videos, music and arts and crafts; notes that COPE Scotland’s winning entry showcased a group of members who get together and created their own song; which can be found at dropbox.com/sh/q6uenbof4uquem7/AABPDMu5Ec6iIwikMrcWZBN1a?dl=0; congratulates everyone involved; recognises what it sees as the importance of the organisation to the community; considers that its staff provide radical and emergent ideas that should be applauded, and believes that such work helps provide a transformational change for mental health practice in Scotland.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jackie Baillie*, Dennis Robertson*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Jim Eadie*, Rob Gibson*, Graeme Dey*, Joan McAlpine*, James Dornan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Chic Brodie*, Adam Ingram*, Gordon MacDonald*, Alison Johnstone*

*S4M-14024 Gil Paterson: The Sunshine Appeal in Georgia—That the Parliament praises the ongoing charity work of the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal; understands that it will present a cheque for £5,000 in Georgia to the organisation, Temi, which translates as "Community" and aims to help disabled, vulnerable and disenfranchised people, orphaned children and single mothers to live and work together and support each other through several ongoing projects and by working to ensure the sustainability of their community; notes also the recreational activities Temi provides for severe disabled young people; praises the organisers and supporters of the appeal; considers that its generosity and goodwill spreads the good name of Scotland throughout the world, and understands that this is 54th consecutive donation at a Scotland away match since 2003.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Anne McTaggart*, Adam Ingram*, Richard Lyle*, Joan McAlpine*

*S4M-14023 Gil Paterson: St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, 65 Years of Service—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank on its 65th anniversary; believes that, throughout this time, the hospice has offered compassion, dedicated commitment and excellent care to patients who have advanced life-limiting illnesses and to older people with complex medical and nursing needs; understands that it offers a wide range of facilities to the local and wider community, including the Edwina Bradley Day Hospice, outpatient facilities and home care and counselling services; believes that it is both Scotland’s oldest and largest hospice and receives excellent ratings in every category in its Healthcare Improvement Scotland reports; commends its chief executive, Sister Rita, the board, the staff and all of the volunteers on what it sees as their devotion to its patients and their families, as well as the community, and wishes the hospice all the best and success for another 65 years and beyond.

Supported by: Richard Simpson*, Dennis Robertson*, Elaine Murray*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Richard Lyle*, Joan McAlpine*, Adam Ingram*, Anne McTaggart*, Margaret Mitchell*, Rob Gibson*, Graeme Dey*, Hanzala Malik*, Michael McMahon*

*S4M-14022 Gil Paterson: Clydebank LGBT Youth Group Shortlisted for Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Clydebank-based Y Sort-It Fusion LGBT Youth Group on, along with five other nominees, being shortlisted in the 2015 Equality Network’s Scottish LGBTI awards in the category, Youth Group of the Year; notes that the group is aimed at LGBT people under 25, and their friends, and offers supports, advice and information to help them feel comfortable with their sexuality; understands it provides workshops on issues such as "coming out", dealing with family, friends and relationships, health and wellbeing, homophobia and sexual bullying; notes that it provides a safe space to meet new people and allows its members to take part in activities and workshops and get involved in the community; thanks the group, its volunteers and members on what it sees as their commitment to young people across West Dunbartonshire, and wishes all involved the very best at the upcoming awards.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart*, Elaine Murray*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jackie Baillie*, Dennis Robertson*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Jim Eadie*, Rob Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, Bill Kidd*, Adam Ingram*

*S4M-14021 John Mason: Jimmy Carter—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent announcement by the former US President, Jimmy Carter, that his cancer has spread; affirms its respect for President Carter and what it considers his hugely positive contribution to the world, not least in the fields of mediation and peacemaking, particularly after his term in office; offers its support and encouragement to both him and his family at this difficult time; admires his attitude when he said that he is "perfectly at ease with whatever comes. This is in the hands of God. I am ready for anything and looking forward to a new adventure", and hopes that President Carter will experience peace at this time.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson*, Kenny MacAskill*, John Pentland*, Alex Fergusson*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Neil Findlay*, Margaret McCulloch*, Adam Ingram*, Bill Kidd*

*S4M-14020 Claire Baker: Puffin Breeding Numbers—That the Parliament understands with concern that the number of breeding puffins on Fair Isle in Shetland has halved over the past 30 years; recognises that this decline was recorded in a long-term study that commenced in 1986 and was recently published by the scientific journal, PLOS ONE; notes that the researchers stated that they believe that the fall may have been contributed to by young birds failing to return and suggests this could be due to a lack of fish for the puffins to feed on; is encouraged, however, that despite this fall in number of breeding birds and the 300% increase in bonxies, or great skuas, which is a predatory seabird, adult puffin survival on the island has remained stable over the same period, and believes that, as one of Scotland’s most popular and iconic species, puffins, the so-called clowns of the coast, deserve help and protection against falling fish stocks and habitat loss.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik*, John Finnie*, Jackie Baillie*, John Mason*, Adam Ingram*, Bill Kidd*, Tavish Scott*, Anne McTaggart*, Cara Hilton*, Roderick Campbell*

*S4M-14019 Alison Johnstone: Starcatchers, Expecting Something Good—That the Parliament welcomes the Edinburgh-based charity Starcatchers’ project, Expecting Something, which is due to launch at the WHALE Arts Agency in Wester Hailes and the Lochgelly Centre in Fife in September 2015; understands that it will provide a weekly safe space for young and expectant parents at which they can spend time with their babies and peers while engaging with creative activities; welcomes funding for this from Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, and wishes the #TeamStarcatchers half-marathon runners every success in their extra fundraising efforts.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Jackie Baillie*, John Finnie*, Jean Urquhart*, Bill Kidd*, Kevin Stewart*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Cara Hilton*, Adam Ingram*, Dennis Robertson*

*S4M-14018♦ Neil Findlay: Edinburgh Airport Flight Path Trial, Lack of Community Consultation—That the Parliament notes with concern the trial being carried out that has changed the flight path for Edinburgh Airport; acknowledges what it understands is widespread concern from the communities in the trial flight path about an increase in aircraft activity and residents experiencing sleep disruption and enduring noise pollution as a result; expresses further concern at reports of a complete lack of consultation with people in these areas prior to the trial taking place, and notes the calls for the airport’s management to halt the trial and to carry out a full consultation with all of the communities affected.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson*, Elaine Murray*, Chic Brodie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Richard Simpson*, Cara Hilton*

*S4M-14017 Neil Findlay: Summer Pressures on the Rail Network—That the Parliament is concerned at what it considers the poor service that has been provided by ScotRail during the peak tourist season; understands that many trains on main routes such as the Edinburgh-Glasgow lines are heavily overcrowded with insufficient carriages; further understands that there have been low staffing numbers, which put crews under extreme pressure and that passengers can be left unable to get a seat and often having to stand for very long journeys and, when reaching their destination, having to queue for up to 45 minutes to buy a ticket before getting through barriers; believes that, on some occasions, the train operator loses significant amounts of revenue as it has to eventually allow passengers through without paying because of health and safety concerns about overcrowded platforms, and calls on Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government and ScotRail to take immediate action to help relieve the pressure on the network.

Supported by: Jayne Baxter*, Richard Simpson*, Anne McTaggart*, Cara Hilton*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Murray*, Patricia Ferguson*

*S4M-14016 Colin Beattie: Play Therapy Base Receives £1,930—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the Dalkeith-based Play Therapy Base Ltd on it receiving £1,930 from Awards for All Scotland, which it understands will be used to purchase IT equipment and water heaters; notes that the group delivers play-therapy services to support distressed or traumatised children and their families in Midlothian, East Lothian, Edinburgh and Fife, and wishes everyone involved with it all the best.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Kevin Stewart*, Cara Hilton*, Rob Gibson*, Roderick Campbell*, Joan McAlpine*, Adam Ingram*, Dennis Robertson*, Chic Brodie*

*S4M-14015 Cara Hilton: Dunlop British Touring Championships at Knockhill—That the Parliament notes that Knockhill Racing Circuit near Dunfermline hosted its biggest event of the year, the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship, on 22 and 23 August 2015; considers this a prestigious event, which, it understands, attracted around 15,000 visitors from across the UK, generated economic benefits and provided worldwide exposure for the circuit, Dunfermline, Fife and Scotland; believes that there was a travelling entourage of some 2,500 team members, mechanics, press and hospitality suppliers, all of whom required accommodation for a minimum of three nights, thus bringing over 7,500 bed nights for the area’s economy; notes that the event was covered live on ITV4, with viewing figures measured in the millions; understands that Knockhill is the only full-time facility of its type in Scotland, and congratulates all involved in organising the event.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart*, Richard Simpson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Anne McTaggart*, Angus MacDonald*, Jayne Baxter*, Jackie Baillie*, Claire Baker*, Elaine Murray*, Roderick Campbell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Hanzala Malik*, Dennis Robertson*, Patricia Ferguson*

*S4M-14014 Hanzala Malik: July Scottish Retails Sales the Lowest for 16 Years—That the Parliament is concerned at the recent monthly sales monitor report by the Scottish Retail Consortium and KPMG, which suggested that, in July 2015, the value of retail sales in Scotland dipped by over 2%; understands that this was led by a 4.5% slump in food sales, which were the worst in the 16-year history of the monitor; notes that these figures are set against the 3% dip in sales reported in July 2014, and, in light of this, requests that the Scottish Government supports the sector to its fullest.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Margaret McCulloch*, Anne McTaggart*

*S4M-14013 Alison Johnstone: Linlithgow Natural Grid—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Linlithgow Natural Grid on its award of £25,000 from the Local Energy Challenge Fund for its project, Heat from the Street; understands that this aims to capture heat from the town’s waste water system by using pumps powered by solar electricity to develop a heat network for buildings; believes that this will enable them to reduce their reliance on the gas and electricity grids; considers that community-led projects to develop renewable resources are of benefit both to the economy and the environment, and wishes all at the project well with this and future endeavours.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine*, Dennis Robertson*, Elaine Murray*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jackie Baillie*, Anne McTaggart*, Bill Kidd*, Angus MacDonald*, Richard Lyle*, Neil Findlay*

S4M-13973# Jim Hume: Promoting Sustainable GP Recruitment—That the Parliament notes with concern the reported challenges facing GPs across Scotland, including a shortage in numbers in South Scotland; understands that the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland have said that the country will need an additional 740 GPs by 2020 and that it is facing a recruitment crisis in general practice; believes that around 90% of patient contact with the NHS is through the primary care provided by GPs and that quality primary care is the bedrock of the NHS and a lifeline to many, particularly in remote and rural communities; further believes that the pressure on GPs is intolerable and that the situation at present is unsustainable, and notes the calls from Scotland’s healthcare professionals for a full and frank debate on the future of primary care.

S4M-13467# Neil Bibby: Fair Trade is the Goal for Gleniffer High School and Bala Sport—That the Parliament congratulates Gleniffer High School in Paisley on working with Bala Sport to become the social enterprise’s first member school in the UK; believes that the school is the first to invest in the community benefit society and to buy a small amount of shares, meaning that it will have a say in how Bala Sport is run; considers that the commitment by pupils and teachers to use Fairtrade footballs reflects a desire to promote fairness in the sports equipment industry and is a credit not only to the school but to the community; understands that, while currently less than a quarter of 1% of sports balls sold in the UK are Fairtrade certified, Bala Sport is a new co-operative organisation that was set up to expand the availability and use of ethically produced Fairtrade sports balls; notes support for raising awareness and encouraging the use of Fairtrade sports balls so that those who make them in Pakistan, which is the only country to produce Fairtrade certified balls, are paid a fair wage and work in safe conditions, and notes calls for other schools and organisations to follow what it considers the fantastic example set by Gleniffer High School and use Fairtrade sports balls.

S4M-13248# Margaret Mitchell: Sewage Sludge Spreading—That the Parliament recognises the level of concern about the spreading of sewage sludge on fields in and around the Falkirk area; understands that over 1,300 members of the community have submitted letters of objection regarding the practice to Falkirk Council; notes that community councils in the Falkirk area have lodged a petition with the Public Petitions Committee regarding sewage sludge spreading; understands that the spreading of human sewage on fields in the Falkirk area has aggravated health problems among local residents, including those with lung conditions and asthma, and prevented residents from opening windows, hanging out laundry or sitting outside during the summer months; further understands that sludge has been spilt onto roads during transportation and that a local primary school sports day had to be cancelled due to the stench from the sludge making children vomit; acknowledges that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Water, Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government are responsible for oversight of the various stages of sewage sludge treatment, transportation and spreading and that the Scottish Government is currently conducting a review of waste spreading in Scotland, and notes the view that there is merit in exploring alternative ways of treating human sewage as well as ensuring that the current practice is meticulously monitored so that local communities are not adversely affected.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-14012 Aberdeen and Green Legacy Hiroshima ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) John Finnie*, Jackie Baillie*, Sarah Boyack*, Kevin Stewart*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Bill Kidd*, Cara Hilton*, Kenneth Gibson*, Claudia Beamish*

S4M-14011 Fareshare, Meeting Food Need And Reducing Food Waste ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*, Jackie Baillie*, Anne McTaggart*, Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Richard Lyle*, Graeme Dey*, Joan McAlpine*, James Dornan*, Gordon MacDonald*, Adam Ingram*, Sarah Boyack*, Angus MacDonald*

S4M-14010 First Stage of Normalising Relations Between Cuba and the USA (lodged on 21 August 2015) Cara Hilton*

S4M-14009 Beith Beer Festival ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Jackie Baillie*, Dennis Robertson*, Adam Ingram*, Kevin Stewart*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Bill Kidd*, Angus MacDonald*

S4M-14008 A Lack Of Progressive Taxation ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) John Finnie*, James Dornan*, Adam Ingram*, Dave Thompson*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-14007 Visual Statement ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Sarah Boyack*, Claire Baker*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-14006 Lethamhill Junior Golf Club ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Richard Lyle*

S4M-14005 Greater Easterhouse Supporting Hands ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Sarah Boyack*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-14004 Congratulations to Sustainable Communities Initiatives ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Kevin Stewart*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Joan McAlpine*, Adam Ingram*, Bill Kidd*, Roderick Campbell*, Dennis Robertson*, James Dornan*

S4M-14003 Congratulations to Rory Hughes from Castlemilk on his Scotland Debut ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Adam Ingram*, Mike MacKenzie*, Chic Brodie*

S4M-14002 Closure of National Treasure ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Jayne Baxter*, Jackie Baillie*, Sarah Boyack*, Margaret McCulloch*, Anne McTaggart*

S4M-14001 Aberdeen’s Victorious Police Scotland Youth Volunteers ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Adam Ingram*, Mike MacKenzie*, Chic Brodie*

S4M-14000 Big Lottery Funding for North East Fife ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Claire Baker*, Adam Ingram*, Kevin Stewart*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13999 Celebrating Scottish Food Awards Success in St Andrews ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) Sarah Boyack*, Claire Baker*, Adam Ingram*, Richard Simpson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Chic Brodie*

S4M-13998 Forth Festival Cèilidh Trail, Promoting Gaelic and Boosting Scotland’s Cultural Life ­(lodged on 21 August 2015) John Finnie*, Chic Brodie*, Adam Ingram*, Dave Thompson*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13996 Congratulations to the Urban Warriors Lower Braes Group ­(lodged on 20 August 2015) Bruce Crawford*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13995 Tobacco Companies and FOI Requests ­(lodged on 20 August 2015) Sarah Boyack*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13994 Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures Launched ­(lodged on 20 August 2015) John Finnie*, Sarah Boyack*, Adam Ingram*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-13993 Asylum for Afghan Interpreters ­(lodged on 20 August 2015) John Finnie*, Jayne Baxter*, Jackie Baillie*, Liam McArthur*

S4M-13992 The Fit for Life Programme ­(lodged on 20 August 2015) John Finnie*, Jackson Carlaw*, Sarah Boyack*, Claire Baker*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13991 Stonewall Scotland Report, Unhealthy Attitudes ­(lodged on 20 August 2015) John Finnie*, Sarah Boyack*, Claire Baker*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13990 Maud Village Hall Trustees ­(lodged on 20 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13989 Caithness-based Kitchen Firm Plans Expansion ­(lodged on 20 August 2015) John Finnie*, Sarah Boyack*

S4M-13988 Rothienorman Primary School ­(lodged on 20 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13987 Proposed Council Boundary Ward Changes in East Lothian ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13986 Funding Success for American Football in Dunfermline ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Jayne Baxter*, Claire Baker*

S4M-13985 Aberdeen Dolphinwatch ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Jayne Baxter*, Jackie Baillie*

S4M-13984 International Success for Shelby Watson ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13983 Alive and Kicking at 27 ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Jayne Baxter*

S4M-13982 RNIB Scotland and Devolution ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) John Finnie*, Sarah Boyack*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13981 Congratulations to Fair Deal, Castlemilk ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13980 Aberdeen Care and Repair ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13979 SCARF, Investor in Young People ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Nanette Milne*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13978 Iain Duncan Smith Should Resign ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) John Finnie*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13977 Cuts to Feed-in Tariff Funding ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) John Finnie*, Dave Thompson*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13976 Congratulations to the Kirkton Steering Group ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Claire Baker*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13975 McDonald’s Springburn and the Local Environment ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Claire Baker*

S4M-13974 Congratulations to Fiona Laing, Arran’s [email protected] Winner (lodged on 19 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13973 Promoting Sustainable GP Recruitment ­(lodged on 19 August 2015) Malcolm Chisholm*, Sarah Boyack*

S4M-13969 Explosion in Tianjin, China ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Gil Paterson*, Claire Baker*

S4M-13968 Real Food, Real Folk Ltd’s Aim to Let Glasgow Eat ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13967 The Kirkcaldy Waterfront Beach Highland Games ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Claire Baker*

S4M-13966 High Pay Centre Report ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) John Finnie*

S4M-13964 Internet Access in Glasgow’s Deprived Areas ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Jackie Baillie*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13963 Scotland’s Economy is Thriving ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13961 Another Step in the Right Direction for LEAP in Sport ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-13959 Congratulations to the Shetland Reel Music Festival ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) John Finnie*, Claire Baker*

S4M-13957 RBS Fire Sale ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) John Finnie*

S4M-13955 Asda Foundation Community Grant for Fersands Family Centre (lodged on 18 August 2015) Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*

S4M-13954 National Third Sector GIRFEC Project ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13953 Maid of the Loch to Sail by the Bonnie Banks Again ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13952 StepChange Debt Charity’s Action Plan on Problem Debt ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Gil Paterson*, James Kelly*, Dave Thompson*, Liam McArthur*

S4M-13951 Stevenson Court and Stevenson Day Centre and Resource Centre, Largs ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13950 Caithness Modern Apprenticeship Awards ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13949 Tackling Revenge Pornography ­(lodged on 18 August 2015) Gil Paterson*, John Finnie*

S4M-13947 Proposed Local Government Boundary Changes in Argyll and Bute ­(lodged on 14 August 2015) Gil Paterson*, John Finnie*

S4M-13945 Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal ­(lodged on 14 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13944 Merrylee Primary School Pupils Present Save the Bees Petition to the Parliament ­(lodged on 14 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13943 Thanking Oil and Gas UK ­(lodged on 14 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13942 Recognising Merchant Navy Day ­(lodged on 14 August 2015) Gil Paterson*, John Finnie*, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-13941 Making Manufacturing Work for Women ­(lodged on 13 August 2015) John Finnie*

S4M-13940 St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kirriemuir ­(lodged on 13 August 2015) Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*

S4M-13939 Scotland’s First National Scriever ­(lodged on 13 August 2015) Gil Paterson*, John Finnie*

S4M-13936 High and Dry, 15,000 Primary Children Unable to Swim ­(lodged on 13 August 2015) John Finnie*

S4M-13931 Mark Beaumont Completes the NC500 in Under 48 Hours ­(lodged on 12 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13925 Action Needed in Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean ­(lodged on 11 August 2015) Dave Thompson*

S4M-13924 Congratulations to Bob Rendall on his Service to the Eric Liddell Centre ­(lodged on 11 August 2015) Dave Thompson*

S4M-13915 Car-Free Tourism Project ­(lodged on 10 August 2015) Alison Johnstone*

S4M-13914 Council By-elections ­(lodged on 10 August 2015) Gil Paterson*

S4M-13735 Welcoming Drugs Action’s Culture Changers Project ­(lodged on 08 July 2015) Gil Paterson*, Nanette Milne*

S4M-13714 Which? Calling Time on Nuisance Calls and Texts ­(lodged on 06 July 2015) Roderick Campbell*, Iain Gray*, Liam McArthur*

S4M-13467 Fair Trade is the Goal for Gleniffer High School and Bala Sport (lodged on 11 June 2015) Annabel Goldie*

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