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 A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted.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


before the number indicates publication for the first time


around a section of text indicate changes to previously published material


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


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-15241 Hanzala Malik: Air France Glasgow Links—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Glasgow Airport on the news that Air France has made it its third destination in Scotland, with services being announced as part of the airline’s 2016 summer schedule; understands that return fares will start from £88, including taxes, and can be booked online at, by calling 0207 660 0337 or through travel agents, and notes the comment by Councillor Frank McAveety, who is both the leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau that, "this is a welcome announcement by Air France and a significant boost for Glasgow’s economy".

*S4M-15240 John Pentland: Wishaw Family Learning Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Wishaw Family Learning Centre on receiving an Awards for All grant of £7,601 from the Big Lottery Fund; considers that the learning centre provides nursery care for children age 0 to 5 and understands that the group will use the funding to create an improved sensory learning experience for up to 140 children by enhancing their outdoor area; further considers that having suitable outdoor safe playing space has a positive impact on children, and wishes all at the centre well in completing this project.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik*, Margaret Mitchell*, Sarah Boyack*

*S4M-15239 John Pentland: Universal Church of Jesus Christ—That the Parliament congratulates the Universal Church of Jesus Christ (UCJC) on receiving an Awards for All grant of £9,200 from the Big Lottery Fund; understands that the UCJC will use this fund for its Universal Project for the Value of Children and Young People’s Lives, which aims to carry out activities for children and young people, to develop their skills and talents and ensure that their creativity is encouraged; considers that such projects make a positive impact on communities, and wishes the church well in meeting its objectives.

*S4M-15238 Jim Eadie: Consort Healthcare’s Abuse of Power at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary—That the Parliament understands with concern that NHS Lothian might never own the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (ERI); further understands that, at the end of the 25-year PFI contract with Consort Healthcare (CH), the board will have to negotiate a price with CH to buy the hospital, extend the lease by another 25 years or walk away; believes that NHS Lothian is prevented from imposing any deficiency points for breach of contract for a period of up to five years in respect of the decision to build and service an additional 31 beds to deal with winter pressures; considers this to be deplorable as it could mean that the board is unable to reprimand CH in the event that it repeats what it understands have been serious breaches in procedures, such as surgery being completed by torchlight, incomplete checks on staff, Healthcare Environment Inspectorate criticism of hygiene deficiencies in wards and toilets and flies being reported to have been found in operating suites, which led to operations being cancelled; understands that taxpayers will have to pay £1.44 billion to CH for the maintenance of the ERI by 2034, including £47.8 million in 2015-16; considers that this will deprive patients in Edinburgh and across Lothian of vital resources that should be used to recruit and retain hard-working NHS staff and to provide high-quality patient care; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to undertake a financial "health-check" on the contract; notes the reported support of UNISON and the British Medical Association to have the issue debated in the Parliament; further notes with disappointment that, despite the Scottish Government abolishing car-parking charges at all publically-owned hospitals in 2008, staff, patients and visitors who travel by car to the ERI still face car parking charges due to the PFI contract; believes the operation of PFI in Lothian and across Scotland to be a major public scandal, and calls on the Scottish Government to explore what steps would be necessary to buy out the contract.

*S4M-15237 Mary Scanlon: The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, 2015—That the Parliament congratulates the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation on what it considers the important work that it has carried out in 2015 in supporting communities in the Highlands and Islands and the north; notes that the foundation manages the personal legacies left by Gordon and Ena, of the Moray-based Baxters Food Group; further notes that awards are made twice a year to groups that work in education, health, social welfare, sports, arts, heritage, conservation and the environment; understands that, in 2013, the trust broadened the geographical area from which it accepts applications, so that it not only supports charities and organisations in Moray, where Baxters has been based since it was established, but across the Highlands and Islands and north east; understands that more than £200,000 has been awarded to over 40 worthy community-driven initiatives in 2015; applauds the work of the foundation manager, Kay Jackson, and the trustees on their tremendous efforts, and wishes the foundation continued success in 2016 and beyond.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell*, John Lamont*, Hanzala Malik*, Jean Urquhart*, Cameron Buchanan*, Jamie McGrigor*

*S4M-15236 David Stewart: Serco Failures in Scotland—That the Parliament notes what it sees as the continued failure of Serco Group’s business model; understands that the group is forecast to lose over £700 million in 2016; believes that this exposes taxpayers in Scotland, as well as passengers and workers, to unacceptable risk on Serco-operated services for the Caledonian Sleeper service and Northern Isles ferries; understands that, since Serco was awarded the contracts for these, there have been industrial disputes on both; notes that a dispute with RMT members on the Caledonian Sleeper service is live; understands that Serco is bidding for the 2016-24 Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract, which is valued at up to £1 billion in public subsidy and worth at least £483 million in passenger fares; believes that public services are best provided by the public sector and that outsourcing to private providers damages democracy and employment standards, and calls on the Scottish Government to make an announcement before the election on 5 May 2016 that the CHFS contract will be awarded to the public sector ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne.

Supported by: Elaine Smith*, Neil Findlay*, Anne McTaggart*, Michael McMahon*, Sarah Boyack*, Jayne Baxter*, Iain Gray*, Graeme Pearson*, Margaret McDougall*

*S4M-15235 Sandra White: Project Ability Limited—That the Parliament congratulates Project Ability Limited on receiving £5,328 from the Big Lottery Fund; understands that it will use this to develop both its sessions for disabled children aged five and under and to help improve early learning, health and wellbeing for under eight-years-olds by supporting them, their families and communities, and wishes all involved with this every success.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine*, Rob Gibson*, Anne McTaggart*, Kevin Stewart*, James Dornan*

*S4M-15234 Sandra White: Paragon Ensemble Limited—That the Parliament congratulates Paragon Ensemble Limited on being awarded £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund; understands that it will use this to run an inclusive music and dance programme for six to 20-year-olds that will aim to develop confidence and life skills; believes that the project will involve both disabled and non-disabled young people and will help them to form supportive learning partnerships; understands that people who have taken part in previous programmes will be given the opportunity to mentor new participants; notes that it will seek to engage with 250 young people over a two-year period, and wishes all involved with it every success.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine*, Hanzala Malik*, Rob Gibson*, Anne McTaggart*, Jean Urquhart*, Kevin Stewart*, James Dornan*

*S4M-15233 Christian Allard: Rural Family Business of the Year Award for Mitchells—That the Parliament congratulates Mitchells in Inverurie in Aberdeenshire on winning the Small or Medium-sized Scottish Rural Family Business of the Year 2015 award at the Herald Scottish Family Business Awards; understands that the honour recognises the work of family businesses and the contribution that they make to their industries, their communities and the wider economy; notes that Mitchells has a grocery shop and tea room, known as “the Dairy” in the heart of Aberdeenshire, which was founded 87 years ago by Agnes and Elijah Mitchell and is now run by Keith Whyte and his wife, Judy, who is Agnes’s and Elijah’s great-grandaughter; considers Mitchells a fine example of an independently owned shop specialising in local produce that thoroughly deserves this award, and wishes everyone involved every success for the future.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart*, Dennis Robertson*, Nanette Milne*, Joan McAlpine*

*S4M-15232♦ Stuart McMillan: Safe Harbour Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates the Phoenix Community Health Project on winning a £660,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund for its Safe Harbour initiative; understands that the initiative offers a range of emotional support techniques to help people improve their mental health; believes that the project will support up to 500 people, improving their ability to build solid relationships with their families and communities, and commends the Phoenix Community Health Project for, it considers, delivering many successful health initiatives for the people of Inverclyde.

S4M-15231 Neil Findlay: Work Together to Change the Rules—That the Parliament is disappointed by the ruling that is preventing the Scottish Government’s legislative consent memorandum on the UK Government’s Trade Union Bill being debated and calls on all MSPs to consider what rule changes are required to amend parliamentary procedures to allow the memorandum to be debated so that the Parliament can express its view on this important piece of legislation, which, if passed, will impact on workers in devolved services such as Scotland’s local authorities, civil service, police and public bodies and many Scottish businesses.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*, Graeme Pearson, Margaret McCulloch, Alex Rowley, Jayne Baxter, Cara Hilton, Jean Urquhart, John Pentland, Iain Gray, Patricia Ferguson, James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Claudia Beamish, Michael McMahon, Anne McTaggart

S4M-15230 John Pentland: Wishaw Press—That the Parliament congratulates the Wishaw Press on its success at Media Scotland’s second regional awards; understands that it won the Best Circulation Performance award from among the 17 titles in the Regional Media Scotland stable as well as the Campaign of the Year title, in recognition of its two-month campaign that led to Shotts being given town status; considers that the newspaper fulfils a valuable campaigning role for communities in the Wishaw area, particularly with its coverage of issues such as GP out-of-hours services, A&E waiting times, job losses at Tata Dalzell, council budget cuts, streetscape issues and many other grassroots and human interest stories, and wishes the newspaper growth and success in its community-based campaigning.

Supported by: Cara Hilton*, Richard Lyle, David Stewart, Jackie Baillie, Michael McMahon, Anne McTaggart, Margaret Mitchell, Margaret McCulloch

S4M-15229 Paul Wheelhouse: Dog Fouling (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft]—That the Local Government and Regeneration Committee recommends that the Dog Fouling (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S4M-15228 Paul Wheelhouse: Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions and Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 [draft]—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions and Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S4M-15227 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016 [draft]—That the Welfare Reform Committee recommends that the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Marco Biagi

S4M-15226 Graeme Dey: Michael Hands Selected as a Young Ambassador for Inclusion—That the Parliament welcomes Education Scotland’s programme, Scotland’s Young Ambassadors for Inclusion; understands that 21 people who might face barriers to education have been selected as ambassadors for their local authority and school and will work together to share their views and experiences of inclusive education and act as a voice nationally; believes that the chief executive of Education Scotland, Lesley Brown, has said that, in order to develop and support inclusive education, it wants to hear the ambassadors’ perspectives on what approaches work well; understands that the ambassadors will participate in national meetings, discuss the findings with their school and local authority area and take forward the outcomes; recognises that Michael Hands has been selected to represent Monifieth High School, where he is an S6 pupil, and Angus Council; understands that the school was invited to participate as it has been recognised as showing commitment to inclusive practices; notes that Michael, who is visually impaired, recently participated in events in Brussels on the European Commission Day of Persons with Disabilities, at which he was accompanied by Olive Wainwright, the school’s principal teacher of additional support needs; understands that the day focussed on disabled children’s access to education and how this contributes to their right to participate equally in society; applauds Education Scotland in its aim of seeking the views of young people who have experience of inclusive education issues, and congratulates Michael on his role as an ambassador for his school and local authority on what it considers this important area, both nationally and internationally.

Supported by: Colin Beattie*, Mark McDonald*, Mike MacKenzie, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart, Roderick Campbell, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, Rob Gibson, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd

S4M-15225 Rob Gibson on behalf of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee considers the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill at stage 2 in the following order: Part 1, Chapters 1 and 2 of Part 2, Parts 3 to 10, Chapter 3 of Part 2, Part 11 (including, after section 102, the schedule) and the long title.

S4M-15224 Bob Doris: Amnesty’s Call for Eritrean Prisoners to be Released—That the Parliament notes Amnesty International’s call for the release of Aster Fissehatison and 10 other prisoners of conscience in Eritrea; understands that they were arrested on 18 September 2001 after writing an open letter to the Eritrean president that called for democratic political dialogue, unity and the peaceful rule of law; notes that Amnesty International has reported that the group has never been put on trial or charged with any offence and that no official word about the whereabouts or physical condition of its members has been given to family members or friends; welcomes what it sees as the work of Amnesty International and other campaign groups, including members of the Eritrean community living outside their homeland, to raise awareness of the prisoners of conscience, and calls on MSPs to work with the international community to address the reported ongoing abuses of human rights in Eritrea.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Jean Urquhart*, Colin Beattie*, Mark McDonald*, John Mason, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Kenneth Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Joan McAlpine, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell R

S4M-15223 Anne McTaggart: Christmas CashBack Busk—That the Parliament commends YouthLink Scotland and the CashBack for Communities programme for working together to open the Christmas CashBack Busk at Glasgow Central Station; understands that the programme invests money that has been seized from criminals into communities to help offer alternatives to criminal behaviour; applauds the CashBack Youth Fund on its work over the last seven years in granting more than £10 million to 1,500 organisations that work with young people; notes that the event will include performances by 12 young musicians and bands that have received funding and training from the youth fund and applauds these performers on their plan to donate all of their earnings to the charity, Cash for Kids; considers that the event is a wonderful example of how Glasgow’s charities work together to benefit as many people as possible, and wishes the young musicians and the charities success as they continue to support each other and the communities that they serve.

Supported by: Colin Beattie*, Jackie Baillie, Hanzala Malik, Dennis Robertson, Mike MacKenzie, Jayne Baxter, Margaret McCulloch, Iain Gray, Bill Kidd

S4M-15222 Michael Russell: Arrests in Malawi of Cuthbert Kulemela and Kelvin Gonani—That the Parliament notes with serious concern reports in the Nyasa Times and elsewhere that Cuthbert Kulemela and Kelvin Gonani have been arrested in Lilongwe in Malawi related to having consensual sex together; welcomes the condemnation of this development by the US ambassador to Malawi and echoes her calls for the charges to be dropped; believes that the arrest is a regressive step given the relaxation of anti-gay laws under the previous president of Malawi; recognises the strong friendship that exists between Scotland and Malawi and, in a spirit of friendship, reminds the Malawi Government of its international human rights obligations with respect to the protection of minorities from persecution, and calls on the Scottish Government to urgently express these concerns to the government of Malawi.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Colin Beattie*, Mark McDonald*, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Richard Simpson, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Linda Fabiani, Bill Kidd, Alex Salmond, Roderick Campbell

S4M-15221 Joe FitzPatrick: Scottish Elections (Dates) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Elections (Dates) Bill.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, John Swinney

S4M-15220 Joe FitzPatrick: Lobbying (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, John Swinney

S4M-15219 David Torrance: Strong Support for Reopening the Levenmouth Rail Link—That the Parliament notes what it considers the strong local support that the Levenmouth Rail Campaign has achieved for the reopening of a rail link from Thornton to Leven; welcomes Fife Council’s recent publication of the report, Levenmouth Sustainable Transport Study - STAG Part 2; considers that this study included a strongly positive cost-benefit analysis for the Levenmouth rail link and indicated that the reopening of the line would lead to major economic benefits; understands that the Levenmouth conurbation still faces high levels of economic deprivation and problems with connectivity, but also has substantial opportunities for employment and economic development, which this project could help deliver; considers that passenger numbers on other reopened railway lines in Scotland have consistently exceeded predictions, and believes that a strong case has been made that the Scottish Ministers should give serious consideration to the reopening of this line for passenger and freight services.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Claire Baker*, Colin Beattie*, Mark McDonald*, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Simpson, Jayne Baxter, Bill Kidd, Murdo Fraser, Roderick Campbell, Joan McAlpine, John Mason, Adam Ingram

S4M-15218 David Torrance: Kirkcaldy, Home of Britain’s Fastest-growing Small Businesses—That the Parliament congratulates everyone in Kirkcaldy on it being named by the latest Experian study as the home of Britain’s fastest-growing small businesses; understands that the town’s rate of business growth ranked higher than Birmingham, Aberdeen and many areas near London; believes that substantial business growth and stability in Kirkcaldy has also led to a high rate of business creation; notes Kirkcaldy’s Small Business Saturday, which included inviting street performers to attract people to shops in the town, and believes that this and other similar initiatives might account for the town’s performance; applauds the performance of Kirkcaldy, and hopes to see expansion and success of both the town’s and Scotland’s economy.

Supported by: Claire Baker*, Jean Urquhart*, Colin Beattie*, Mark McDonald*, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Graeme Dey, Murdo Fraser, Roderick Campbell, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Liz Smith

S4M-15217 Jackie Baillie: West Dunbartonshire Council Winning Litter Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates West Dunbartonshire Council’s Do The Right Thing litter campaign on winning Holyrood magazine’s 2015 Scottish Public Service Award for Communication; understands that the campaign helped clean up streets across West Dunbartonshire using a small budget and offering new solutions to other areas of Scotland on how to reduce litter; further understands it was first campaign in the country to advertise litter prevention through various pavement and lamppost techniques; supports the surveys undertaken by independent consultants that concluded that nearly 70% of residents believed that these techniques had led to some or significant improvements on litter, and believes that the commitment to improving services across the region through creative strategies proves that the council is using its resources to deliver superior services and improvements for local residents.

Supported by: Colin Beattie*, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik

S4M-15216# Stewart Maxwell: Holocaust Memorial Day 2016—That the Parliament notes that 27 January 2016 marks Holocaust Memorial Day, the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and an opportunity for schools, colleges, faith groups and communities across Scotland to remember the six million men, women and children murdered by the Nazi regime in occupied Europe; further notes that the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 is Don’t Stand By; values the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project, which gives two post-16 students from every school and college in Scotland the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau; applauds Lauren Galloway and Brandon Low, two students from Auchmuty High School in Fife, who took part in the project and will deliver the Parliament’s Time for Reflection message on 26 January 2016; celebrates the Holocaust survivors who have enriched Scotland as a nation, and recommits to ensuring that racism, sectarianism and bigotry are never allowed to go unchallenged in Scotland.

Supported by: John Mason*, Alison McInnes*, Mark McDonald*, Kevin Stewart, Nigel Don, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Christina McKelvie, Neil Findlay, Bill Kidd, Jackson Carlaw, John Pentland, Murdo Fraser, Tavish Scott, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, John Lamont, Richard Simpson, Jenny Marra, Liam McArthur, Graeme Dey, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie

S4M-15215 John Scott: Sir William Arrol’s Legacy—That the Parliament notes and welcomes the exhibition by the Friends of Seafield House (FoSH), Sir William Arrol: World Heritage Legacy, which will be held from 5 to 8 January 2016 in the Members’ Lobby; understands that it will celebrate Sir William’s engineering and construction achievements; notes that these include the Forth Bridge, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and supports the campaign by FoSH, SAVE Britain’s Heritage and others to save Sir William’s former home in Ayr, Seafield House.

Supported by: Annabel Goldie*, Margaret Mitchell*, Kenneth Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Bill Kidd, Murdo Fraser, Cameron Buchanan, Mike MacKenzie, Graeme Dey, Alex Fergusson, Mary Scanlon, Colin Beattie, Jamie McGrigor, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne

S4M-15214 John Mason: State-funded Faith Schools—That the Parliament notes with interest the recent suggestion that Al-Qalam Primary School in Glasgow might seek to become state-funded; believes that, in cases where there is sufficient demand from families for a particular type of school, this should be given serious consideration by both central and local government; further believes that society benefits from a variety of cultures, religions and beliefs and that a "one size fits all" education system would not be of benefit to all of the children in Scotland, but considers that, while having different types of school can be desirable, the norm should be that state-funded schools should come under the auspices of the appropriate local authority.

S4M-15213 John Swinney: Lobbying (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

S4M-15211 John Mason: Caledonian Sleeper Rolling Stock—That the Parliament notes the reported problems with the rolling stock on the Caledonian Sleeper service, which is operated by Serco; understands with regret that staff are having to work in conditions that have been described by the RMT as being far from ideal; considers that this state of affairs is a clear reinforcement of the need for replacement rolling stock for what should be a major means of bringing tourism to Scotland; welcomes the reported £75 million investment by the Scottish Government in a fleet of 75 new sleeping cars, which will help make up four new trains that will cost £150 million and are expected to be delivered by 2018, and hopes that Serco, RMT members and other staff will work toward an amicable outcome that resolves any staff concerns during what it believes will be a difficult period before the new rolling stock is in place.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, David Torrance

S4M-15210 Neil Findlay: Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign’s legal submission to the Home Secretary asking her to consider either establishing an independent panel, similar to that established in 2009 to investigate the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, or a public inquiry into the events at the Orgreave coking plant on 18 June 1984 during the miners’ strike and believes that such a move is required to establish the truth about what happened at Orgreave on that day.

S4M-15208 Lewis Macdonald: Scottish Renewables Supporting Developing World Projects—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Renewables on raising £15,000 for renewable energy projects in the developing world; understands that this was raised by a raffle at the recent Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh and that the cash will be split between two projects, Scotland Lights Up Malawi, and Renewable World; believes that Scotland Lights Up Malawi will use its share to buy solar lamps for Malawian families and that Renewable World will aim to develop and maintain renewable energy systems in underserved communities in Kenya, Nepal and Nicaragua, and commends Scottish Renewables on its decision to raise money for projects in the developing world.

Supported by: Claire Baker*, Nigel Don, David Stewart, Richard Simpson, Kevin Stewart, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Claudia Beamish, Liam McArthur, Anne McTaggart, Dennis Robertson, Hanzala Malik, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, Patrick Harvie, Patricia Ferguson, Jean Urquhart

S4M-15207 Graeme Dey: Dundee and Angus College’s Success at Scottish Public Services Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Dundee and Angus College on being presented with the Commercial Partnerships Award at the Scottish Public Services Awards, which celebrate excellence in Scotland’s public service; understands that the Commercial Partnerships Award recognises a team or individual that has demonstrated exemplary commercial practice, achieving better outcomes for public bodies through contract negotiations and management, commercial policy development, smart procurement, best practice supplier management or new models of delivery; believes that Dundee and Angus College’s success lies in it having successfully delivered financial, economic, environmental and educational sustainability by forging a commercial biomass partnership with Angus Biofuels; understands that the college created a state of the art £900,000 boiler installation with a bespoke training facility, which was part-funded by both partners, with the facility costing the college only £58,000, less than a quarter of the estimated cost of the boiler itself, and culminating in a reduction in carbon footprint of 150 tCO2e per annum; commends all of the winners of Scottish Public Services Awards, and welcomes what it considers the excellent partnership working shown by Dundee and Angus College.

Supported by: Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Kevin Stewart, Mark McDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Jean Urquhart, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine

S4M-15206 John Wilson: Glenboig Neighbourhood House—That the Parliament congratulates Glenboig Neighbourhood House on receiving a Big Lottery Fund grant of £640,966 from Investing in Communities, Supporting 21st Century Life; understands that the money will be used for a senior care project for older people with the aim of reducing issues such as isolation, reduced mobility and inadequate transport for older residents of Glenboig and the surrounding villages of Annathill and Greenfoot; commends what it sees as the hard work of Glenboig Neighbourhood House and its volunteer team, and wishes them all the best for the future. R

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Kevin Stewart, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Elaine Smith, Anne McTaggart, Roderick Campbell, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson

S4M-15205 Linda Fabiani: East Kilbride Dementia Carers’ Group, Real Local Heroes—That the Parliament congratulates East Kilbride Dementia Carers’ Group on winning the Carer of the Year category at the 2015 STV Real Heroes Awards; understands that the much-respected group recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and is the only not-for-profit organisation of its kind in East Kilbride; applauds all staff and volunteers for what it sees as their dedication and passion in helping those with dementia and their families and carers; believes that the STV awards pay tribute to people whose hard work, drive and kindness have helped many in communities across Scotland, and thanks them all.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell, Nigel Don, Margaret McCulloch, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Mark McDonald, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Rob Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Jackie Baillie, Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram, Joan McAlpine, Mary Scanlon

S4M-15204 Iain Gray: Tranent and District Community Football Club Award—That the Parliament notes that Tranent and District Community Football Club has been awarded the Scottish Football Association (SFA) Quality Mark Legacy Award, becoming the first community football club in East Lothian, and one of only a few in the south east region, to achieve what it considers this prestigious award; understands that the SFA South East Regional Committee made this award to recognise the positive work undertaken by the club and the key role that it plays in facilitating and encouraging participation in football in local communities in and around Tranent; recognises that the club now consists of 50 teams and almost 500 players across children’s, youth, women’s and girls’, adult and disabled football, and congratulates the volunteers, players and everyone else involved with the community club on this welcome success.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, David Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Dennis Robertson

S4M-15203 Stewart Stevenson: Buckie Community Cinema—That the Parliament notes the recent reintroduction of cinema shows to the Burgh of Buckie in Banffshire after an absence of many years; congratulates the Buckie Regeneration Group and its partners, Film Mobile Scotland, on the success of the initial screenings; notes the involvement of Buckie Community High School, which, it considers, makes this a truly community-led venture, and congratulates the pupils and members of the community on the steering group, particularly the S4 modern studies group at Buckie Community High School, who started the whole process off by writing to their MSP on the matter.

Supported by: Alison McInnes*, Claire Baker*, Jamie McGrigor, Nigel Don, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Jean Urquhart, Adam Ingram, Joan McAlpine, Mark McDonald, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Hanzala Malik, Bill Kidd, Anne McTaggart

S4M-15202♦ Alex Rowley: RMT Strike over Caledonian Sleeper Concerns—That the Parliament notes that RMT members working on the Caledonian Sleeper service are in dispute with the new operator, Serco, and have voted by nine to one for both strike action and action short of a strike; understands that Serco has failed to address numerous defects with the Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock despite lengthy talks between RMT negotiators and Serco management and that this failure has led to the resounding vote for action by RMT members; acknowledges that RMT’s health and welfare concerns surrounding the Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock include smoke detectors being disconnected, toilets being inoperable, lighting and heating systems not working, air conditioning problems throughout the summer, no hot water in some coaches for hand washing purposes, water boilers not working, which means that staff must carry boiling water through coaches while the train is moving, pungent smells from toilets, an issue with batteries under some coaches also releasing a strong smell, loss of power in coaches during journeys, which means staff have to find alternative accommodation during the night for irate passengers and serious problems with a number of wheel flats, which has led to some services being completely cancelled and passengers being bussed from Scotland to London, and believes that RMT has identified over 200 defects with the Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock and that Serco’s failure to resolve these issues demonstrates that a below acceptable standard of service is being provided to members of the public across Scotland, including those from the Cowdenbeath constituency.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Richard Simpson, David Stewart, Neil Findlay, Cara Hilton, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Jackie Baillie, Jean Urquhart, Patricia Ferguson, Michael McMahon, Hugh Henry, Jayne Baxter

S4M-15200 Mark McDonald: Northfield Academy Cracker Pull Breaks World Record—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils from Northfield Academy and Manor Park, Bramble Brae, Muirfield, Holy Family RC, Quarryhill, Heathryburn and Westpark primary schools on breaking the world record for the longest cracker chain pull; understands that Guinness World Records had given permission for the attempt to break the world record and that 1,088 crackers in total were pulled on the newly-opened 3G pitch at Northfield Academy; believes that beating a world record is an excellent start to the festive season for all those involved, and hopes that the pupils and staff have an excellent winter break and a Happy New Year.

Supported by: Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Nanette Milne, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine

S4M-15199 Drew Smith: Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust Legacy Series—That the Parliament welcomes the Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust (SBPT) Legacy series, which is organised by Glasgow City Heritage Trust; notes that the series began on 15 December 2015 and that the first lecture was given by Sarah Mackinnon, a former chief executive of the trust; understands that Ms Mackinnon highlighted the work and achievements of the trust, which includes work on Laurieston House in Glasgow, New Lanark Church and Dunoon Burgh Hall; further understands that the trust was founded in 1985 and has undertaken a wide range of restoration projects with a variety of building types, ages and locations from city centre to coastal cliff; further notes that the new series of lectures will celebrate the SBPT’s legacy by providing training and education to support the heritage sector; understands that the Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT) works to conserve and enhance the historic built environment of Glasgow, and further notes that GCHT hopes to increase its events programme in 2016 to include a full range of events for building professionals, new outreach sessions to schools, youth groups and other educational institutions. R

Supported by: Claire Baker*, David Stewart, David Torrance, Elaine Murray, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Margaret McCulloch, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Hugh Henry, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson

S4M-15198 Margaret McCulloch on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee: Report on Age and Social Isolation—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations in the Equal Opportunities Committee’s 5th Report 2015 (Session 4), Age and Social Isolation (SP Paper 816).

Supported by: Sandra White

S4M-15197 Lewis Macdonald: Welcoming Operation Gains, New Domestic Abuse Project in Aberdeen—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of a new initiative, Operation Gains, aimed at tackling domestic abuse in Aberdeen; understands that the scheme will work with victims, families and perpetrators to offer immediate support and assistance, including with housing and substance misuse; notes that domestic abuse peaks over the Christmas and New Year period; welcomes the collaboration among Police Scotland, Aberdeen City Council, Drugs Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Grampian Women’s Aid and Aberdeen Cyrenians in setting up the scheme, the first of its kind in Scotland; acknowledges the support of Aberdeen City Alcohol and Drugs Partnership in funding the scheme, and wishes all those involved a safe and abuse-free Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Supported by: David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Nanette Milne, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Graeme Pearson

S4M-15196 Graeme Dey: Jillian Low, Fields in Trust Community Champion 2015—That the Parliament congratulates Jillian Low, of the Arbroath Skatepark Project, on being presented with the Fields in Trust Community Champion Award for 2015; believes that Jillian was nominated by Angus Council for her role in bringing a skatepark to the town; understands that Jillian decided to take action when her teenage son, a skater, had nowhere safe to practise his sport and that this led to her bringing together local wheeled sports enthusiasts; notes that this award recognises that Jillian led a campaign that secured funding and land in order to build the skatepark and that this campaign was supported by the local community and that the skatepark was officially opened just over a year ago, offering a safe space for all; understands that 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the trust, which started life as the National Playing Fields Association and is the only UK-wide organisation working to safeguard and improve recreational green spaces; notes the glowing testimony given to Jillian by the chief executive of Fields in Trust, Helen Griffiths, in which she said that “If all parts of the country had champions such as Jillian our outdoor spaces would be better protected and always there to be enjoyed by everyone in the towns and villages that they serve", and welcomes the recognition shown to Jillian for her role in leading the campaign to bring a skatepark to Arbroath.

Supported by: Alison McInnes*, Mark McDonald, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Nigel Don, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Joan McAlpine, Anne McTaggart

S4M-15195 Christina McKelvie: Rosebank Garden Centre 20th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the Rosebank Garden Centre and Coffee Shop on its 20th anniversary; welcomes what it sees as the continued success of community businesses in providing alternatives to the major retailers; understands that the garden centre is one of a number of horticultural businesses in the Clyde Valley; recognises the importance of such businesses in providing advice and sales and also, it believes, allowing for a positive social experience in their attached coffee shops, and hopes that they can continue to be a positive outlet for people to develop a greater focus on outdoor life through gardening, which, it believes, can ensure a healthier and positive lifestyle.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Margaret Mitchell, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Anne McTaggart, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Richard Simpson, Adam Ingram, Kenneth Gibson

S4M-15194 Anne McTaggart: Funding Awards for Glasgow Groups—That the Parliament congratulates the four organisations in Glasgow that have received a total of £25,398 from the Communities and Family Fund; understands that Project Ability Limited received £5,328 to develop sessions to support disabled children aged five and under; notes that the Garthamlock Family Centre was given £6,000 to continue its work promoting health and fitness by providing more varied activities for children; understands that the Park Villa Football Development will be able to deliver football training sessions to children over the holiday as a result of the £4,070 that it received; further notes that the Yorkhill Children’s Charity received £10,000 to maintain and develop its MediCinema service, which aims to improve the wellbeing of patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children by screening films in a safe environment; understands that the Communities and Families Fund offers £6 million of funding to organisations that improve early learning, health and wellbeing for children under eight; believes that the fund improves the lives of young people by supporting them, their families and communities, and wishes continued success to these organisations, and to the Communities and Families Fund, in their work for young people in Scotland.

Supported by: David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, James Dornan, Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik

S4M-15193 Jim Hume: Congratulations to Tim Peake and the International Space Station—That the Parliament congratulates Tim Peake on the European Space Agency selecting him as the first British astronaut to go to the International Space Station (ISS); wishes him well in his mission, which started on 15 December 2015; understands that he will be carrying out educational activities designed to get young people interested in science; notes what it sees as the success of the ISS project; recognises that it has been continuously inhabited for over 15 years and considers it a guiding star for international scientific collaboration, and wishes the project, and its crews, continued success.

Supported by: Claire Baker*, Jackson Carlaw, Elaine Murray, Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Richard Simpson, Jackie Baillie, Jamie McGrigor, Tavish Scott, David Torrance, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Drew Smith, Liam McArthur, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Mary Scanlon, Kenneth Gibson, Hanzala Malik, David Stewart, Murdo Fraser, John Lamont

S4M-15188 Jackson Carlaw: Cathcart Castle Golf Club Elects its First Female Captain—That the Parliament welcomes the election of Cathcart Castle Golf Club’s first female captain in its 122-year history; notes that the six-time club champion, Jane Alexander, was unanimously voted into office by some 100 members on 4 December 2015; understands that it has only been in the last few years that women have been entitled to join as full members, with equal voting and equity rights; believes that future generations will view the opposition of some to the issue of people not being entitled to full membership on the basis of gender as misplaced, and wishes Jane and the club every success during her time as captain.

Supported by: Richard Simpson, Nigel Don, Stewart Maxwell, Bill Kidd, Margaret Mitchell, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Anne McTaggart, Cameron Buchanan, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor

S4M-15187 Alison McInnes: Social Enterprise in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the results of the first census of social enterprises in Scotland; understands that social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist to deliver a specific social or environmental mission; further understands that there are over 5,000 social enterprises in Scotland employing over 112,000 people and that 68% of them pay their staff at least the living wage, and welcomes that the census shows that over 60% of social enterprises in Scotland have a woman as their most senior employee.

Supported by: Elaine Murray, Dennis Robertson, Neil Findlay, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Liam McArthur, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Colin Beattie, James Dornan, Jim Hume, Anne McTaggart, Tavish Scott, Jean Urquhart, Kenneth Gibson

S4M-15185 Lewis Macdonald: Big Lottery Funding for CLAN Cancer Support—That the Parliament congratulates the Aberdeen-based CLAN Cancer Support (CCS) on being awarded £408,274 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities, Supporting 21st Century Life Fund; understands that this will be used to develop and expand its Children and Families Service, which provides support for young people who are diagnosed with cancer or who have a family member affected by the condition, from diagnosis through to bereavement counselling; recognises that, while the service is currently available in Aberdeen, Inverurie and Elgin, the award will allow CCS to extend it to all 12 of its community bases by helping to pay for additional specialist staff; considers the Children and Families Service to be very important, and welcomes its expansion, which, it understands, will be of benefit to 300 young people and their parents and carers in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Supported by: Elaine Murray, Nanette Milne, Jackie Baillie, Tavish Scott, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Anne McTaggart

S4M-15183 Kevin Stewart: Harlaw Academy—That the Parliament commends everyone involved in cleaning up damage to ensure that Harlaw Academy reopened on 15 December 2015 after a fire-raising incident that took place the previous weekend; understands that the school’s annual concert and talent contest has been postponed and that the library and other areas will remain out of bounds until further work takes place; is saddened by the fact that this arson attack has caused damage and inconvenience to the school, its pupils and staff on the run-up to the festive period, and hopes that the perpetrators are caught as soon as possible.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Mark McDonald, Anne McTaggart, Nanette Milne, Adam Ingram

S4M-15182 Kevin Stewart: Lottery Win for CLAN Cancer Support—That the Parliament congratulates CLAN Cancer Support (CCS) on being awarded £408,274 by the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities, Supporting 21st Century Life Fund; understands that CCS will use the funding toward its three-year project, the Children and Families Cancer Support Service, which aims to develop and expand the organisation’s Children and Families Service; notes that this service provides support to children, young people and their families who are directly or indirectly affected by cancer; understands that the project currently operates in Aberdeen, Inverurie, Elgin and throughout Aberdeenshire and that this award will help to both continue the service and develop the level of provision throughout CCS’s 12 community bases by expanding the presence of specialist staff; commends the news that the project will support children, young people and their family members following either a cancer diagnosis, through pre- and post-bereavement emotional support, or where a child or young person is diagnosed with the condition; believes that, the project will support 300 parents, carers and children each year in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland, and applauds CCS on what it sees as its continued commitment to provide vital cancer support services in Aberdeen, the north east and the Northern Isles.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Dennis Robertson, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Liam McArthur, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Mark McDonald, Anne McTaggart, Adam Ingram, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Kenneth Gibson

S4M-15180 Hugh Henry: CAS Reports on Designing a Social Security System for Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) of its series of reports, Fair, Equal and Responsive: Designing a Social Security System for Scotland; understands with concern that more than one third of the people who claim the benefits that are due to be replaced by universal credit often run out of money and that, in 2014-15, Scotland’s network of citizens advice bureaux (CAB) dealt with over 220,000 new issues relating to benefits and tax credits, which is the equivalent of 37% of all CAB workload; believes that the devolution of powers in this area offers a vital opportunity to craft a fair, equal and responsive social security system for Scotland; welcomes the CAS recommendations regarding disability and carers’ benefits, universal credit, funeral payments, winter fuel and cold weather payments, discretionary housing payments and employment programmes, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with CAS to support the best interests of citizens.

Supported by: Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Anne McTaggart, Jean Urquhart, Liam McArthur, Margaret McDougall, Hanzala Malik, Michael McMahon

S4M-15179 Christina McKelvie: Female Leadership Boosts Business—That the Parliament acknowledges that, according to the MSCI World Index, a significant proportion of women on companies’ boards contribute to delivering a 36% higher return on equity; understands that "strong female leadership" includes companies that have three or more women on the board, or a female CEO and at least one other female board member; understands that academic research also shows that companies with more women on their board tend to perform better, to be more innovative and less likely to be caught up in corporate scandals; is concerned that women represent less than 17% of NASDAQ 100 boards in the US and only 25% of FTSE 100 boards in the UK; welcomes global initiatives to promote female leadership but considers that there is still a lot to be done to reach gender equality at work, and urges all countries to continue their action toward equality between men and women on boards and in the labour market as a whole.

Supported by: Alison McInnes*, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, John Mason, Anne McTaggart, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Nigel Don, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Hanzala Malik, Adam Ingram, Bill Kidd, James Dornan

S4M-15178 Christina McKelvie: Citizens Advice Scotland: Designing a Social Security System for Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report, Fair, Equal and Responsive: Designing a Social Security System for Scotland, by Citizens Advice Scotland; understands that this report gives evidence-based recommendations for the delivery of a social security system in Scotland, taking into account the evolution of the devolution process; highlights its suggestion to build a system based on "trust, dignity and respect", promoting "independence, participation and equality"; recognises that it recommends giving claimants the choice of being paid universal credit weekly or monthly and of whether they would prefer a single household or individual payment; notes that it highlights the need for a "dignified but affordable funeral", including a clear definition of the criteria for funeral support and of the cost of the funeral; notes that it also supports the idea of financial assistance tailored to the Scottish context through the devolution of winter fuel and cold weather payments; notes the recommendation that people affected by the so-called bedroom tax should be able to receive a discretionary housing payment mitigating their losses, as well as those affected by the benefit cap; finally considers that the report rightly supports the idea to give employment programme providers discretionary powers over possible sanctions; invites all to read what it considers this instructive report carefully, and congratulates Citizen Advice Scotland on what it sees as its helpful work.

Supported by: Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, John Mason, Dave Thompson, Mark McDonald, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Nigel Don, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Kenneth Gibson, James Dornan, Bill Kidd

S4M-15177 Christina McKelvie: Marshall Islands Right Livelihood Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Marshall Islands on their recent receipt of the Right Livelihood Award; notes that this the first time that this award, which is known as the alternative Nobel Prize, has been given to a whole nation; understands that it is an island nation of 70,000 people in the Pacific, and its foreign minister, Tony de Brum, received the award “in recognition of their vision and courage to take legal action against the nuclear powers for failing to honor their disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and customary international law”; considers this a courageous act of the Marshall Islands that should be commended and welcomes its holding to account nuclear power states in breach of their obligations related to nuclear disarmament, and hopes that what it considers the common sense of nuclear disarmament can be brought to all nuclear powers for the good of all who live together on this planet.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Colin Beattie, Dennis Robertson, John Mason, Michael Russell, Jean Urquhart, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Roderick Campbell, Nigel Don, David Torrance, Rob Gibson, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram

S4M-15176 Bruce Crawford: Gartmore Baby and Toddler Group—That the Parliament congratulates the Gartmore Baby and Toddler Group on being awarded £4,406 from the Communities and Family Fund, which it believes will pay for furniture, play and exercise equipment, a safari visit, dance classes and theatre workshops.

Supported by: Richard Simpson

S4M-15175 Joan McAlpine: Congratulations to Creatomatic—That the Parliament congratulates the Annan-based web design business, Creatomatic, on being the first business in the town to officially adopt the living wage; understands that the company was launched in 2012 and has been paying the living wage since then; understands that it is the first business in Annan and the 12th business in Dumfries and Galloway to adopt the scheme; commends Creatomatic for being a living wage employer even before the accreditation scheme was introduced, and recognises the economic and social benefits of living wage employers in the community.

Supported by: Colin Beattie, Elaine Murray, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Nigel Don, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Hanzala Malik, Jean Urquhart, Adam Ingram, James Dornan

S4M-15174 Graeme Dey: Monifieth Rotary Club Supports Water Projects in Zambia—That the Parliament welcomes the more than £8,000 raised by Monifieth Rotary Club, which it understands will be used to finance a major water and sanitation project in Zambia; notes that the club donated £2,050 to the charity, Village Water, which was then doubled by Rotary International’s charity, the Rotary Foundation, and later doubled again by the Big Give’s Christmas Challenge; understands that Village Water is supporting projects in two villages, Kalwizhi and Kawi, which are in the western province of Zambia; understands that the charity will provide vitally-needed water pumps, wells and sanitation facilities and will ensure that the communities are directly involved and responsible for much of the construction work, maintenance, hygiene and sanitation; believes that the Monifieth club is currently involved with projects in India and Africa totalling over £38,000; notes also the club’s activities closer to home, including taking over the running of the switching on of the Monifieth Christmas tree lights, and welcomes what it sees as the commitment of the club and its members to support their own community and people much further afield.

Supported by: Alison McInnes*, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Nigel Don, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Anne McTaggart, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, James Dornan, Bill Kidd, Hanzala Malik

S4M-15173 Annabel Goldie: Paisley YMCA’s iEnterprise Programme—That the Parliament recognises the Paisley YMCA iEnterprise programme, which is expected to start in January 2016; understands that it will turn the YMCA’s building into the only afterhours social action and enterprise hub for young people in Paisley; believe that it will encourage young people to identify needs in their communities, take ownership of these and develop ideas to address them; understands that they will be mentored and supported to take on project management roles, set budgets, solve problems, set goals and work as a team so that their goals are met; believes that iEnterprise activity is certificated and recognised by employers and that each individual or small group has access to tailor-made training in relation to their project; understands that the programme is particularly focused on the 13 to 15-year-olds who are furthest away from the employment market or educational attainment; believes that developing digital and technology skills is a key focus of the programme; considers that it is positive and innovatory and welcomes the impact on the young people involved; congratulates everyone taking part, and hopes that they enjoy every success with the programme.

Supported by: Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Mark McDonald, Jackson Carlaw, Stuart McMillan, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Hanzala Malik, Mary Scanlon, Mary Fee, Cameron Buchanan, John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor

S4M-15171 Rhoda Grant: Dial M for Moray Service Wins Award—That the Parliament acknowledges the efforts of the Dial M for Moray community bus service, which won the Campbell Christie Public Service Reform prize at a special ceremony at the Parliament; understands that this service, which beat its 170 challengers from across Scotland, has saved Moray Council around £170,000 in subsidy costs; considers that the service was borne out of genuine community consultation on transport needs, and acknowledges the partnership buy-in across local authority departments in Moray.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Colin Beattie, Elaine Murray, David Torrance, Jamie McGrigor, Mark McDonald, Jayne Baxter, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Hanzala Malik, Dennis Robertson, Jean Urquhart, Mary Scanlon

S4M-15170 Jackson Carlaw: Night Zone West Initiative—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative, Night Zone West, which is aimed at warning people against the dangers of new psychoactive substances; understands that Night Zone West is a multiagency initiative that is sponsored by the West Dunbartonshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership; notes that its members include West Dunbartonshire Council’s community safety and antisocial behaviour services, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland and Y Sort-it; believes that, although many people consider these substances to be a safe alternative to illicit drugs, the level of hospital admissions arising from their use prove this not to be the case; recalls a freedom of information request in 2014 that suggested that the number of admissions had more than doubled since 2012, and hopes that the initiative will help to bring down admission figures by educating people who might be considering taking these substances.

Supported by: Alison McInnes*, Annabel Goldie, Colin Beattie, Nanette Milne, David Torrance, Richard Simpson, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Mitchell, John Lamont, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Hanzala Malik, Jean Urquhart, Cameron Buchanan, Jamie McGrigor, Murdo Fraser, Mary Scanlon

S4M-15169 Mary Scanlon: Scotch Whisky Industry Environmental Strategy Report—That the Parliament acknowledges the publication of the latest Industry Environmental Strategy Report by the Scotch Whisky Association; notes that the industry launched its environmental strategy in 2009 with a set of ambitious targets that were aimed at driving sustainability; believes that this is the only environmental strategy in Scotland that covers an entire business sector; understands that, since the strategy was launched, the industry has significantly reduced its greenhouse gas emissions, reliance on fossil fuels, net water usage and the amount of waste from packing operations sent to landfill, and congratulates the sector as a whole on, it understands, remaining on course to meet its environmental targets.

Supported by: Alison McInnes*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mark McDonald*, Annabel Goldie, Colin Beattie, Hugh Henry, Nanette Milne, David Torrance, Michael Russell, Jackson Carlaw, Roderick Campbell, Gordon MacDonald, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Jean Urquhart, Cameron Buchanan, John Lamont, Jamie McGrigor

S4M-15168 Rob Gibson: Highland SURF Awards Winners—That the Parliament congratulates the winners of the 2015 SURF Awards, particularly those involved in the Ullapool Harbour Infrastructure Enhancement, which won the best Large Scale Infrastructure Award and Helmsdale Affordable Housing Initiative, which scooped the Community-led Regeneration Award; notes that the judges said that the Ullapool harbour enhancement was impressive because it offered real benefits to the community and provided a valuable amenity that enhanced the community and economic life of a relatively remote Highland location; further notes that the judges said that the Helmsdale project was clearly based on identified need and community priorities and was an excellent example of partnership working and community collaboration, and recognises the benefits that projects such as these bring to communities.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Rhoda Grant, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Joan McAlpine, Jean Urquhart, Mary Scanlon, Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram

S4M-15167 Margaret McDougall: Closure of Red Cross House Irvine—That the Parliament is concerned by the decision of the British Red Cross to close Red Cross House in Irvine; understands that the facility provides residential care to 21 vulnerable adults from across Scotland who are adjusting to ill health, a health condition or disability; understands that around 25% of the 36 units is used for respite care; is concerned that 77 staff that are currently employed at Red Cross House would lose their jobs should the facility close, and calls on the British Red Cross to reconsider its decision.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-15166 People of Arbroath Donate to the Poppy Appeal ­(lodged on 11 December 2015) Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Sarah Boyack, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Nanette Milne, Colin Beattie

S4M-15165 Positive about Barrhead Regeneration ­(lodged on 11 December 2015) Anne McTaggart, Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik, Richard Simpson, Richard Lyle, Ken Macintosh, Dennis Robertson, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, David Torrance, Elaine Murray, Colin Beattie

S4M-15164 Centre of Excellence for Work-related Lung Disorders ­(lodged on 11 December 2015) John Pentland, Hanzala Malik, Anne McTaggart, Patricia Ferguson, Malcolm Chisholm, Neil Findlay, Richard Simpson, Cara Hilton, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Murray, Annabel Goldie

S4M-15163 Barrhead Success at 2015 Surf Awards ­(lodged on 11 December 2015) Jackson Carlaw, Adam Ingram, Stuart McMillan, Hugh Henry, Kevin Stewart, Roderick Campbell, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15162 Sister Rita is a Freeman of West Dunbartonshire ­(lodged on 11 December 2015) Jackson Carlaw, Kevin Stewart, Nigel Don, Elaine Murray, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Richard Simpson

S4M-15161 Good Luck to Schoolchildren’s Christmas Cracker World Record Attempt ­(lodged on 11 December 2015) Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15160 James Gillespie’s High School Named State Secondary School of the Year ­(lodged on 11 December 2015) Adam Ingram, Nigel Don, Sarah Boyack, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15159 Vancouver Proclamation on Diabetes ­(lodged on 11 December 2015) Sarah Boyack

S4M-15158 Awards for All Scotland Funding for North East Fife ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Richard Simpson

S4M-15157 Renew the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15156 Bronze Age Discovery on Sanday ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, David Stewart

S4M-15155 Fersands and Fountain Community Project ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15154 Middlefield Community Project ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15153 Granite City Flames Basketball Club ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15151 Good Luck to Tillydrone’s Parents for Play Group ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Alison McInnes*

S4M-15150 Congratulations to St Andrew’s RC High School ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-15149 Congratulations to Aberhill Primary School ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-15148 Awards for All Grants in Glasgow Anniesland ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15147 CLAN’s Christmas Cracker ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Nigel Don, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance

S4M-15145 Awards for All Grants for Glasgow Community Organisations (lodged on 10 December 2015) Elaine Murray, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, David Stewart

S4M-15143 Neonicotinoid Ban ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Richard Simpson

S4M-15142 Scottish Hockey North District ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance

S4M-15141 Aberdeen University Students’ Association ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance

S4M-15140 Aberdeen Northstars Ice Hockey Club ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance

S4M-15139 Awards for All Funding for Angus South ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15138 Accepting .scot Domain, E.ON Falls Down ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Dave Thompson, David Torrance, John Mason, Colin Beattie

S4M-15137 Robert Gordon University Degree Revocation ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance

S4M-15136 Congratulations to Heart and Sound in Dunfermline ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) Elaine Murray, David Torrance, David Stewart, Colin Beattie, Richard Simpson

S4M-15135 Lights to Remember ­(lodged on 10 December 2015) David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-15132 ENABLE Scotland Awarded £49,909 ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-15131 Cutting Ties with Donald Trump ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Jean Urquhart, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Murray, David Stewart

S4M-15129 St Roch’s FC on Target ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, David Stewart

S4M-15127 Mojo ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Jean Urquhart

S4M-15125 Addressing Sedentary Behaviour in Older People ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Sarah Boyack, Cara Hilton, Anne McTaggart, Hugh Henry, Malcolm Chisholm, Patricia Ferguson, Richard Lyle, Richard Simpson, Nanette Milne, Elaine Murray, John Lamont

S4M-15124 Glasgow Groups Receive Funding from the Young Start Programme ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Jean Urquhart, Elaine Murray, David Stewart

S4M-15123 Michael McKernan, iwill Campaign National Ambassador ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Elaine Murray

S4M-15120 Celebrating Glasgow’s 27 Modern Language Assistants ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Elaine Murray

S4M-15119 Human Rights Day 2015 ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Elaine Murray

S4M-15118 Age Scotland’s Campaign, No One Should Have No One at Christmas ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Sarah Boyack, Elaine Murray

S4M-15117 National Postal Workers’ Day, 14 December ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Sarah Boyack, Elaine Murray

S4M-15116 Impact of UK Immigration Bill on Scotland ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Hanzala Malik

S4M-15115 Trad Award for Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club ­(lodged on 09 December 2015) Sarah Boyack, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, David Stewart

S4M-15114 Welsh Government New Opt-out System Leads the Way ­(lodged on 08 December 2015) Stewart Maxwell, Elaine Murray, Claire Baker*

S4M-15111 Protecting Children from Harmful Content Online ­(lodged on 08 December 2015) Jean Urquhart, Elaine Murray

S4M-15110 Ashwood Foundation Charity Ball ­(lodged on 08 December 2015) Elaine Murray

S4M-15108 Trump’s Comments ­(lodged on 08 December 2015) Elaine Murray

S4M-15107 St Brigid’s Sleeping Beauty ­(lodged on 08 December 2015) Elaine Murray

S4M-15097 Reduce Fire Safety Risk ­(lodged on 07 December 2015) Ken Macintosh

S4M-15085 The Need for an Inquiry into Undercover Policing in Scotland (lodged on 07 December 2015) Ken Macintosh, Willie Rennie, Alison McInnes, Sarah Boyack

S4M-15084 Child Poverty ­(lodged on 07 December 2015) Ken Macintosh

S4M-15077 Welcoming the Orkney Hydrogen Economic Strategy ­(lodged on 04 December 2015) Jean Urquhart

S4M-15060 Celebration of the Festival of Chanukah ­(lodged on 03 December 2015) Claire Baker*

S4M-15059 International Day of Persons with Disabilities ­(lodged on 03 December 2015) Claire Baker*

S4M-15055 Aberdeen Success at National Outdoor Events Association Awards ­(lodged on 03 December 2015) Claire Baker*

S4M-15043 25 Years of the Independent Resource Centre ­(lodged on 02 December 2015) Jean Urquhart

S4M-15040 Fairer Fife Commission Report, Fairness Matters ­(lodged on 02 December 2015) Colin Beattie, Claire Baker*

S4M-15037 St Mary’s for All ­(lodged on 02 December 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-15033 Celebrating 140 Years of Aberlour, Scotland’s Children’s Charity (lodged on 02 December 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-15024 Delivering Season’s Greetings to Postal Workers ­(lodged on 01 December 2015) Nanette Milne

S4M-15008 Disability History Month ­(lodged on 30 November 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-15007 Neighbourhood Food Collection ­(lodged on 30 November 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-15002 New Premises for Kate’s Kitchen ­(lodged on 30 November 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-15001 World AIDS Day 2015 ­(lodged on 30 November 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-15000 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Heriot-Watt University ­(lodged on 30 November 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-14998 Drugs Action Recovery Star Awards 2015 ­(lodged on 30 November 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-14997 Rutherglen Reformer ­(lodged on 30 November 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-14996 Chauffeurs of Carnoustie ­(lodged on 30 November 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-14993 DCMS Must Abandon Plans to Remove Gaelic TV Funding ­(lodged on 30 November 2015) Colin Beattie

S4M-14914 HGV Driver Shortages in Scotland ­(lodged on 19 November 2015) Elaine Murray, David Torrance, Colin Beattie

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