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To ask the First Minister what implications the decision by HM Treasury to refuse the proposed funding package for the new Forth crossing will have for capital spending by the Scottish Government.

Answered by Alex Salmond (08/01/2009): This PQ was answered in the Chamber. The answer can be viewed in the Official Report using the following link:

Current Status: Answered by Alex Salmond on 08/01/2009
University of the West of Scotland
That the Parliament congratulates Principal Seamus McDaid, the staff and students of the University of the West of Scotland on the university’s successful launch which will build on the work of Bell College and Paisley University and looks forward to seeing the University continue to develop in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Liz Smith, Aileen Campbell, Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Murdo Fraser, Hugh O'Donnell, Des McNulty, Alex Neil, Nanette Milne, Jim Hume, Joe FitzPatrick, Margaret Mitchell, Jackson Carlaw, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Stone, Elaine Murray, John Park, George Foulkes, Hugh Henry, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Robin Harper

Motor Neurone Disease Breakthrough
That the Parliament notes the work of Professor Chris Shaw and his team, funded by the Motor Neurone Disease Association; welcomes the news that their work may have uncovered a possible direction for future research into the operation of the TDP-43 protein in some sufferers, and hopes that this work and other efforts like it will lead towards treatments to address the effects of this devastating disease.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Jamie Hepburn, Trish Godman

Lanarkshire Supershow
That the Parliament congratulates the high school pupils from North and South Lanarkshire for the spectacular Lanarkshire Supershow performed at Motherwell Concert Hall on the 2 April 2008; commends the work of New Lanarkshire Ltd in bringing this show to the stage and recognising the amazing talents of all the young people in Lanarkshire, and commends the dedication and commitment of the young people in demonstrating to the tabloid media that the majority of Scotland’s young people are thoroughly decent, talented human beings.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Karen Whitefield, Jack McConnell

Manager of the Year
That the Parliament congratulates Billy Reid, manager of Hamilton Academical Football Club, on winning the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year Award 2008, capping a tremendous season for the team who won promotion to the Scottish Premier League (SPL), and looks forward to Hamilton doing well in the SPL next season.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

Scottish Union Learning Academy
That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Union Learning Academy which will provide a renewed focus on and a better platform for union-supported workers’ education; congratulates the initiative shown by the STUC in allocating the £1.4 million of resources it has received from the Scottish Government, £800,000 to the Scottish Union Learning Fund and £600,000 to the STUC’s Skills and Lifelong Learning Team, and looks forward to seeing workers taking advantage of the opportunities afforded them.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson

Teacher Presidents
That the Parliament recognises that for the first time three of the teachers’ unions in Scotland all have female presidents; congratulates Linda Gray, NASUWT Scottish President, Kirsty Devaney, EIS President, and Ann Ballinger, SSTA President on achieving such prestigious positions within the trade union movement, and commends the trade union movement in promoting the rights of all female workers in Scotland and leading by example.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Karen Whitefield, Michael Matheson, Keith Brown

Dungavel Detention Centre
That the Parliament expresses its concern over newspaper reports that children are still being detained in Dungavel, despite long-running concerns over the suitability of Dungavel for the detention of children, and calls on the Scottish Government along with the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, children’s, human rights and religious organisations and all interested parties to continue to campaign for an end to the detention of children in Dungavel and for families under detention or investigation by the Border and Immigration Agency to be kept out of Dungavel and placed in alternative accommodation, including in their own homes, while their cases are resolved.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Joe FitzPatrick, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Keith Brown, Hugh O'Donnell, Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Cathy Peattie, Bill Butler, Gil Paterson, Bob Doris, Mike Pringle, Dave Thompson, Robert Brown

Scotland Welcomes the Baccalaureates
That the Parliament welcomes the plans of the Scottish Government to introduce new qualifications in the shape of a science baccalaureate and a languages baccalaureate as announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; notes that the moves towards the new qualifications are being welcomed by experts across the spectrum of education and training, and believes that these challenging qualifications will give pupils in Scottish schools the chance to show their ability.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan

Protecting Asylum-Seeker Children
That the Parliament welcomes the comments of Children’s Commissioner Kathleen Marshall when she said “In Scotland we’re getting some things right … The Scottish Government has spoken out against unacceptable methods of forced removal of children and set a lead in allowing asylum seekers access to further or higher education”; acknowledges her warning that much remains to be done; commits itself to continuing to work to protect the rights of asylum-seeker children, and calls on the Scottish Government to do likewise.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Jamie Hepburn