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Community Jobs Scotland

That the Parliament commends the work of Community Jobs Scotland, the joint initiative between the Scottish Government, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Scottish Social Enterprise Commission, which seeks to secure employment in the third sector for unemployed young people in Scotland, in which they will be provided with on-the-job training tailored to enhance their future employability; warmly welcomes the announcement that, following the first call for applications, more than 2,700 jobs have been created in the third sector, which is significantly more than the 2,000 jobs expected to be created, and believes that this early success demonstrates the ability of the third sector in Scotland to play a major part in improving the future employability of Scotland’s young people.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Jamie Hepburn

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Argyll and Bute Pipe Bands

That the Parliament recognises the achievements of Argyll and Bute’s pipe bands at the European championships in Belfast; congratulates them on their success, and wishes them well for the forthcoming world championship event in Glasgow.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Chic Brodie, Gil Paterson, Joe FitzPatrick, Neil Bibby, Willie Coffey, Rob Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Sandra White, Jamie McGrigor, John Wilson, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Humza Yousaf, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Jamie Hepburn, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Grid Charges Fairness

That the Parliament highlights the report published by Ofgem entitled Project TransmiT - Electricity Transmission Charging: assessment of options for change; expresses concern that renewables projects sited in Scotland’s islands could pay up to seven times more in transmission charges than similar mainland ones; considers that renewable energy projects in the islands continue to be penalised at the same time as the UK Government continues to subsidise transmission costs for power stations in the South of England, and calls for a fairer system for all.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Linda Fabiani

Current Status: Fallen on 13/03/2012
Awards for All Grant for Dunoon and Cowal Youth Project Users Group

That the Parliament congratulates Dunoon and Cowal Youth Project Users Group on receiving £5,903 as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All; understands that the award has been used to redecorate areas of the centre, purchase new soft seating and chairs for the café area and leisure items including educational games, a television and a stereo, and appreciates the hard work of the users group who researched the products required and painted the rooms.

Supported by: George Adam, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Fiona McLeod, Dennis Robertson, Humza Yousaf, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Jamie Hepburn, Margaret Burgess, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Jim Eadie, Paul Wheelhouse, Adam Ingram, Rhoda Grant, Gil Paterson, Stewart Maxwell, Mark McDonald

Current Status: Fallen on 18/05/2012
Rona Wilkie, Young Traditional Musician of the Year

That the Parliament congratulates Oban musician Rona Wilkie on winning BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2012 award at the finals in Glasgow City Halls; understands that, along with a trophy, Rona receives a recording session from BBC Scotland, a performance slot at the Traditional Music Awards, a year’s membership of the Musicians' Union and a complimentary year’s membership of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland; recognises Rona’s dedication, and wishes her every success in her musical career.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Joan McAlpine, John Mason, Maureen Watt, Richard Lyle, Margaret Burgess, Willie Coffey, Patricia Ferguson, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, David Torrance, Humza Yousaf, Drew Smith, George Adam, John Finnie, Roderick Campbell, Clare Adamson, Adam Ingram, Chic Brodie, Jamie McGrigor, Stuart McMillan, Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd, Gordon MacDonald, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Jim Eadie, Rhoda Grant, Stewart Maxwell

Current Status: Fallen on 18/05/2012
Funding for Transport Network

That the Parliament welcomes the £72 million funding for Scotland’s transport network announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney; understands that the £72 million funding will be in addition to £13 million investment in sustainable and active travel all over Scotland, and will include over £12 million funding for Highland road projects, and, in particular, notes the £2 million investment in the A82 design at Loch Lomond and the £1 million investment in the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful, which it believes are important routes in connecting the Highlands and Islands communities with the central belt.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Kevin Stewart, Chic Brodie, Dennis Robertson, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Humza Yousaf, David Torrance, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt, Dave Thompson, John Mason, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Margaret Burgess, Mark McDonald, John Finnie, George Adam, Joan McAlpine, Paul Wheelhouse, Jean Urquhart, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn

Current Status: Fallen on 18/05/2012
Fuel Derogation Scheme

That the Parliament notes the announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, that the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Northern Isles, islands in the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly will benefit from its rural fuel rebate pilot scheme; welcomes the relief that the 5p per litre discount will provide to remote islands, where pump prices are considered particularly high; is concerned that the scheme applies only to forecourt sales and excludes hauliers and other commercial users, and calls on the UK Government to include hauliers and other commercial  users in the derogation scheme.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Humza Yousaf, Angus MacDonald, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Jean Urquhart, John Mason, Annabelle Ewing, Gordon MacDonald, Margaret Burgess, Dave Thompson, Kevin Stewart, Colin Keir, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Maxwell

Current Status: Fallen on 18/05/2012
Orkney Companies at the 2012 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards

That the Parliament congratulates the Highland Park Distillery, the Agronomy Institute and the Orkney Fisherman’s Society on being shortlisted in the category, Success through Working in Partnership, at the 2012 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards; understands that the awards, run jointly by Scotland Food and Drink and the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, have been recognising and rewarding the very best in Scottish food and drink for many years and are considered a badge of excellence, and wishes these Orkney-based companies the very best at the ceremony on 24 May.

Supported by: Roderick Campbell, Annabelle Ewing, Mary Scanlon, Humza Yousaf, Adam Ingram, Stuart McMillan, Aileen McLeod, Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance, Liam McArthur, Kevin Stewart, Rob Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Jamie McGrigor, George Adam, Joan McAlpine, Gordon MacDonald, Willie Coffey, Jean Urquhart, Colin Beattie, John Finnie, Bill Walker, Margaret Burgess, Joe FitzPatrick, Richard Lyle, Mark McDonald, John Wilson, Maureen Watt, Fiona McLeod, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Rhoda Grant, Helen Eadie, Angus MacDonald

Current Status: Fallen on 19/10/2012
Argyll and Bute at the Scottish Education Awards 2012

That the Parliament congratulates the two schools from Argyll and Bute, Hermitage Primary School and Kilmodan School, which have been selected as finalists at the Scottish Education Awards 2012; notes that award winners will be announced by the judges at the final, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, on 12 June 2012; wishes both Hermitage and Kilmodan the best of luck in the Learning Through Technology and the Enterprise and Employability Across Learning (Primary and Early Years) categories respectively, and recognises the hard work put in by staff at each school.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, David Stewart, Rob Gibson, Chic Brodie, Anne McTaggart, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, Jamie McGrigor, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Mary Scanlon, George Adam, Annabelle Ewing, Jean Urquhart, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, Margaret Burgess, Jackie Baillie, John Finnie, Bill Walker, Mark McDonald, Humza Yousaf, Hanzala Malik, Maureen Watt, Gil Paterson, Rhoda Grant, Jim Eadie

Current Status: Fallen on 19/10/2012
Excellence Award for The Puffer Bar and Restaurant

That the Parliament congratulates The Puffer Bar and Restaurant, Easdale Island, on winning Scotland’s Food and Drink’s Excellence Award for Food Tourism; recognises the hard work and dedication of the owner, Keren Cafferty, and the chef, Des Ballantyne, and the commitment of their staff, having all worked extremely hard to earn the award; considers that recognising a small rural business in this way will have a positive impact on the local economy, serve as an encouragement to other small businesses and improve the quality of experience of visitors to North Argyll, and wishes the Puffer Bar and Restaurant every success in the future.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, Jamie McGrigor, Humza Yousaf, Anne McTaggart, Fiona McLeod, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Hugh Henry, David Torrance, Jean Urquhart, Kevin Stewart, John Wilson, Bill Walker, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Jamie Hepburn, Nigel Don, Margaret Burgess, Angus MacDonald, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt, Stewart Maxwell

Current Status: Fallen on 19/10/2012