Section F: Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally printed the day after they are lodged. If an amendment is lodged to a motion then the original motion will appear alongside the amendment, along with any support lodged that day, in this section.

Each Monday, this section also contains all motions and amendments lodged the previous week that are still live and any motions and amendments that have been lodged for debate in the coming week. A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn. Support for motions and amendments received after they are lodged is shown at the end of this section the day after such support is received.

Motions and amendments can be published with various symbols

  • Asterisks before the motion or amendment number indicate a motion or amendment published for the first time
  • Asterisks also identify alterations to the text of a motion or amendment made since it was first published
  • A hash symbol identifies motions eligible for debate at Members’ Business
  • A diamond symbol identifies motions lodged for Members’ Business that have not yet attracted the required cross-party support
  • An "R", identifies motions or amendments in which the Member who lodged it has a registrable 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-11479 Aileen McLeod: Congratulations to Scottish Health Awards Winners 2014—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Health Awards 2014, which marked the achievements of healthcare staff across Scotland; congratulates everyone who received an award in one of the 16 categories; congratulates Babs McCool from NHS Forth Valley on winning the Support Workers Award, NHS Education for Scotland’s National Early Warning Score (NEWS) Sepsis Screening Tool, the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and Healthcare Improvement Scotland on winning the Innovation Award, Isobel, Betty and Margaret, the Take Three Girls from Fife’s Victoria Hospice, on winning the Volunteers Award, Geraldine Butcher from Ayrshire Maternity Unit on winning the Services to Women and Children Award, Lorna Grant, psychological therapist at St John’s Hospital’s Regional Eating Disorders Unit, on winning the Therapist Award, Rhona Guild and the Primary Care Team at Angus CHP on winning the Care for Long-Term Illness Award, Jennifer Taggart, occupational therapist at Gartnavel General Hospital, on winning the Quality Champion of the Year Award, Margaret Sloan from Drumhar Health Centre, NHS Tayside, on winning the Unsung Hero Award, Tracy McConnell, nursing assistant in the Regional Eating Disorders Unit, St John’s Hospital, on winning the Care for Mental Health Award, John Miller, occupational health adviser with EDF Energy Ayrshire, on winning the Health in the Workplace Award, the Frail Older Person’s Pathway Team at Crosshouse Hospital, on winning the Integrated Care for Older People Award, Catherine Mondoa from the Health Hearts Club and Cardiac Rehabilitation, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, on winning the Healthier Lifestyle Award, Jane Davidson, the chief operating officer for NHS Borders, on winning the Leading and Managing for Quality Award, Pauline Cameron, staff nurse/training officer at NHS Tayside’s Dementia Services Development Centre, on winning the Nurse Award, Doctor Derek King, consultant haematologist/oncologist at Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, on winning the Doctor Award and Ana Talbot and the Medicine for the Elderly team at Monklands Hospital on winning the Top Team Award; considers that all runners-up and nominees are winners in their own right and that the annual Scottish Health Awards is worthy recognition of the hard work and excellence in Scotland’s NHS; thanks the Daily Record and the event’s other sponsors, and the compere, Fred MacAulay, for creating what it considers a memorable evening, and looks forward to the Scottish Health Awards 2015.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Jackie Baillie*, Dennis Robertson*, Chic Brodie*, Joan McAlpine*, Bill Kidd*, Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Annabelle Ewing*, Jim Eadie*, Graeme Dey*

*S4M-11478 Margaret McCulloch: Completion of the Kilbryde Hospice—That the Parliament welcomes the successful completion of the new Kilbryde Hospice building at Hairmyres in East Kilbride; notes that the new building will house South Lanarkshire’s first ever inpatient hospice and that the Day Hospice Drop-in Centre, currently located at the Red Deer Centre in East Kilbride, will be relocated to the new hospice building; understands that the new hospice building will allow Kilbryde Hospice to enhance and expand the services that it provides to people in South Lanarkshire who are affected by life-limiting and end-of-life illnesses and to their carers and families; recognises the generosity of all those who have donated to the Kilbryde Hospice Appeal since it was launched by the late Tony McGuinness in 2001 to address the shortage of palliative care beds in South Lanarkshire, and congratulates the directors, staff, volunteers and supporters of the hospice for turning the vision of a state-of-the-art hospice for South Lanarkshire into a reality.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Murray*, Michael McMahon*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Kenneth Gibson*, Anne McTaggart*

*S4M-11477 Jim Eadie: Scottish Medical Aid for Palestinians Fundraiser in Edinburgh—That the Parliament recognises that, on 8 November 2014, the Scottish Medical Aid for Palestinians will host its annual fundraising day at Christ Church Hall in Morningside, Edinburgh; understands that there will be offerings of traditional Palestinian food and drink, crafts, plants and home baking; applauds that the programme for the day includes auctions, poetry recitals and talks from influential members of Medical Aid for Palestine; appreciates that Scottish Medical Aid for Palestinians works to address a wide range of medical issues and challenges such as displacement faced by those worst affected by the conflict in Gaza; considers that the strength of Scottish Medical Aid for Palestinians will continue to aid Palestinians in the coming months and years; commends the work of Scottish Medical Aid for Palestinians thus far in its role as what it sees as a vital resource in delivering the highest attainable healthcare standards in extremely difficult conditions, and wishes it continued success for the benefit of the Palestinian people.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, John Finnie*, Chic Brodie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Cara Hilton*, Joan McAlpine*, Christina McKelvie*, Rob Gibson*, Dennis Robertson*, Annabelle Ewing*

*S4M-11476 Neil Findlay: Africa Pekin, Scotland-based Charity Tackling the Ebola Crisis—That the Parliament congratulates the campaign of African Pekin Scotland (APS), a Scotland-based charity currently working with other African charities locally and internationally such as Medic Aid Africa, Kingdom Africa and the Sierra Leone Support Association to tackle the current Ebola crisis and support its victims; understands that APS and its partners conduct and deliver awareness training and promotion to Africans both in Africa and in the diaspora about Ebola and that it has recently submitted a paper on the barriers and challenges on eradicating Ebola in the affected region to members of parliament; hopes that APS will continue its good work, and supports it in its venture and incredible effort for a very worthy cause.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Patricia Ferguson*, Roderick Campbell*, John Finnie*, Elaine Murray*, Hanzala Malik*, Linda Fabiani*, Cara Hilton*, John Pentland*, Christina McKelvie*, Margaret McCulloch*, Richard Lyle*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jim Eadie*, Anne McTaggart*

*S4M-11475 Cara Hilton: Venture Street Launches in Dunfermline—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Dunfermline’s Venture Street, which will run from 14 November 2014 until Christmas Eve; understands that this follows the success of the Carnegie UK TestTown project and will be a focal point of the town’s winter festival; notes that Venture Street is a competition to find and support the business entrepreneurs of tomorrow in order to build a lasting enterprise legacy; understands that it has been organised by Dunfermline First in partnership with Fife Council, Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Fife Business Gateway and several businesses from the area; notes that the winner will receive a business support package of up to £85,000 toward starting a new enterprise in Dunfermline; believes that young entrepreneurs have a vital role to play in attracting young people to town centres and welcomes the decision to dedicate a section of Venture Street to high school enterprises, with pupils from St Columba’s High School, Woodmill High School and Beath High School all trading; congratulates all of the stakeholders involved in driving what it sees as this exciting and innovative project forward; believes that initiatives such as Venture Street are central to regenerating and renewing Scotland’s town centres; considers it a fantastic initiative, and wishes all of the finalists success.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, David Stewart*, Patricia Ferguson*, Margaret McCulloch*, Kenneth Gibson*, Annabelle Ewing*, Anne McTaggart*

S4M-11474 Cara Hilton: Climate Challenge Fund Award for 39th Fife Scout Group—That the Parliament congratulates the 39th Fife Scout Group on its award of £55,403 from the 19th round of the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF); understands that group will use this funding to reduce carbon emissions at Carron Grove Scout Hall in Dunfermline by implementing energy efficient measures including insulation, double glazed windows and energy efficient lighting; notes that the CCF supports and provides funding for community groups to run projects that take direct action on climate change and help reduce the community’s carbon footprint; considers that these funds will go toward making community buildings more energy efficient and toward community growing spaces and initiatives to reduce and recycle waste; is delighted that these projects provide indirect benefits to health and wellbeing, social cohesion and to jobs and training while helping to save money on energy and fuel; is confident that the award will help make real progress toward reducing the carbon footprint of communities, and is proud of the 39th Fife Scout Group for setting a strong example to encourage and inspire others to take action.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Patricia Ferguson, Roderick Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Joan McAlpine*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackie Baillie*, Jayne Baxter*, Graeme Dey*, Annabelle Ewing*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Margaret McCulloch*, David Stewart*, Elaine Murray*

S4M-11473 Jim Eadie: 30th Anniversary of Birthlink’s Adoption Contact Register for Scotland—That the Parliament notes the 30th anniversary of the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland, which was set up by the Edinburgh-based charity, Birthlink; understands that the register contains almost 11,000 names and addresses of adopted people, birthmothers and other birth relatives who share the mutual interest of making contact with each other; believes that, in an age where people connect with each other via the internet, the register continues to represent the most ethical, caring and professional answer to a widely expressed need; notes the participation of Birthlink in events that draw attention to adoption during National Adoption Week, which runs from 3 to 9 November 2014; applauds the efforts of all involved at Birthlink in their efforts to help ensure the smooth running of the register, and wishes Birthlink every success in continuing to operate the Adoption Contact Register and with its other endeavours.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, Jackie Baillie*, Rob Gibson*, Adam Ingram*, Jayne Baxter*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Margaret McCulloch*, Christina McKelvie*, Anne McTaggart*, Stuart McMillan*, Elaine Murray*, Bill Kidd*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-11472 David Torrance: Congratulations to Arden House Projects in Leven—That the Parliament congratulates the Arden House Projects initiative, Operation Cooks, on being shortlisted for the People’s Millions 2014, which is a cooperation between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV; understands that these awards, which have been running since 2005, allow the public to vote on which charity organisations should be awarded funding of up to £50,000; recognises that Arden House Projects is a day-centre based in Leven that offers a range of facilities and services to older people, including crafts, indoor bowls and seated exercises; understands that, if successful, the initiative will develop a kitchen that will offer catering services to community members, including those who might not be capable of caring for themselves anymore because of health problems; believes that such initiatives help meet the needs of older people, and wishes Arden House Projects the best of luck in securing votes from viewers on the evening of 26 November.

Supported by: Liz Smith, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Jean Urquhart, Annabelle Ewing, Stuart McMillan, Roderick Campbell, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Maureen Watt*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Margaret McCulloch*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-11471 Gordon MacDonald: Heriot-Watt Blood Transfusion Service Centre of Excellence—That the Parliament welcomes the start of construction of the new national centre of excellence for the processing, testing, supply, research and development for blood and human donor tissues and cells at the Heriot-Watt University Research Park; notes that the new facility, which will be run by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, will be a hub for the delivery of safe and efficient blood supplies to patients across Scotland; believes that the new state-of-the-art facility will put Scotland at the forefront of blood research and testing; welcomes the news that more than 400 staff members are expected to move to the site on completion in mid-2017, and hopes that the new centre will encourage the further expansion of research and development facilities at and around Heriot-Watt University.

Supported by: Jean Urquhart, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Aileen McLeod, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, George Adam*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Liam McArthur*, Margaret McCulloch*, Stuart McMillan*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-11470 Roderick Campbell: Award for St Andrews Environmental Network—That the Parliament congratulates St Andrews Environmental Network on its award of £148,102 from the Climate Challenge Fund; understands that, with this funding, the network will work with the local community, in partnership with Transition University of St Andrews, to deliver projects that provide simple low-carbon solutions and embed sustainable enterprise in the community; understands that their projects will enable local people to take practical action on climate change, and wishes the St Andrews Environmental Network the best of luck for the future.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Liz Smith, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Jean Urquhart, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Rob Gibson, Chic Brodie*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Margaret McCulloch*, Dennis Robertson*

S4M-11469 George Adam: Glasgow to Cuba—That the Parliament recognises that Glasgow Airport has announced regular flights to Cuba over winter 2015; notes that this follows news of the introduction of a direct service to Las Vegas, and believes that these connections will help ensure that the airport is recognised as Scotland’s gateway to the world and will encourage economic growth and development for the airport, Paisley and Renfrewshire.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Colin Beattie, Joan McAlpine, Hanzala Malik, Jean Urquhart, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Christina McKelvie, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, Stuart McMillan, Elaine Smith, Chic Brodie*, Neil Findlay*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11468 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulations to Deafblind Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Deafblind Scotland on its 25 years of service; believes that it carries out invaluable work both in supporting adults throughout Scotland who have a severe dual sensory loss and in having deafblindness recognised as a distinct disability in its own right; notes that the charity recently hosted a celebration lunch to commemorate this anniversary and that its director, Michael Anderson, was presented with a Points of Light award; notes that these awards, which are issued by the Prime Minister, aim to recognise outstanding volunteers and that Michael is only the seventh person in Scotland to receive one; further notes what it considers Deafblind Scotland’s ongoing success in raising funds for its Field of Dreams site in Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, with £918,000 of the £1.3 million target already raised; welcomes its plans to build a learning and development centre on the site in order to improve the opportunities available to deafblind people, and wishes the charity continued success in reaching this goal.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Jackson Carlaw, John Lamont, Kenneth Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Jamie McGrigor, Annabelle Ewing, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart, Cameron Buchanan, Elaine Murray, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Alison McInnes, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Ken Macintosh, Liam McArthur*, Jayne Baxter*, Richard Lyle*, Stuart McMillan*, Jim Eadie*

S4M-11467 Margaret Mitchell: Congratulating Chance to Change—That the Parliament congratulates the Chance to Change programme on the success of its initial pilot phase; understands that Chance to Change aims to have a potentially life-altering impact on young offenders aged 16 to 24 in South Lanarkshire and ultimately reduce reoffending rates by moving them into sustained employment; recognises that the project is run by Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire; commends the volunteers from Larkhall Community Growers who have been mentoring and helping some of the young people on the Chance to Change Project with considerable success; notes that committed volunteer mentors are vital to the success of the programme and that mentors are recruited from cross-sector professions and aim to inspire and engage with participants in order to encourage positive lifestyle changes; commends all involved in the project for supporting young repeat offenders who now wish to change their lives for the better, and considers that the project richly deserves to be funded for the proposed extension of up to two years.

Supported by: Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Cameron Buchanan, John Lamont, Jackson Carlaw, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart, Elaine Murray, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Chic Brodie*, Richard Lyle*

S4M-11466♦ Nigel Don: Fuel Poverty in pre-1919 Residential Properties—That the Parliament understands that most residential properties built before 1919, including those in Angus North and Mearns, show significant disrepair and that a quarter have extensive disrepair; understands that residents in these dwellings are more likely to be in fuel poverty than those in more modern buildings; recognises the social consequences of poor housing conditions, and notes calls for those responsible for these properties to make a priority of effecting suitable repairs.

S4M-11465 David Torrance: Kinghorn Lifeboat Station Raises £2,900—That the Parliament congratulates Kinghorn Lifeboat Station for raising £2,900 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI); notes that the station has, since its establishment in 1965, been an essential service for saving lives at sea in the area; understands that, in order to raise the money for the RNLI station, personnel, together with local volunteers, organised a Hallowe’en-themed event that ran over three nights and included spooky walks, games, hot drinks and snacks; notes that 483 guests were taken on 23 tours, which resulted in the largest support the station has received since it first began this fundraising activity 10 years ago; welcomes what it considers the great commitment and effort by the station’s employees as well as local community members, which largely contributed to the event’s success, and wishes Kinghorn Lifeboat Station the best of luck in its upcoming fundraising activities, which will include a Christmas shopping event.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Margaret Mitchell, Patricia Ferguson, Stuart McMillan, Roderick Campbell, Bill Kidd, Chic Brodie, Jackie Baillie, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Kevin Stewart, Christina McKelvie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Maureen Watt*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11464 David Torrance: Hayfield Community Centre Receives £35,881—That the Parliament congratulates the Hayfield Community Centre Management Committee on receiving £35,881 from the 19th round of the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF); understands that the CCF is a Scottish Government-organised programme that encourages community groups to develop initiatives to tackle climate change and that it has distributed 697 awards across groups serving 512 communities; believes that the community centre will use the award to develop a growing space, which will be run in its grounds on a communal basis and will allow people to grow their own fresh, seasonal and nutritious vegetables; considers this an excellent project that not only promotes a healthier lifestyle but also reduces food miles and carbon emissions as well as lowers food costs for families; believes it to be an excellent example to other community groups in how to introduce innovative ideas that allow residents to help counteract the effects of global warming while strengthening community cohesion, and wishes the Hayfield Community Centre continued success in its work.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, John Wilson, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Maureen Watt*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11463 Bill Kidd: Whiteinch Community Centre Named Runner-Up Finalist for Best Public Service—That the Parliament commends the Whiteinch Community Centre for being named runner-up finalist for Best Public Service in the third heat of the 2014 Evening Times Community Championship Awards; notes that the aim of the campaign is to find groups and individuals that try to change their community for the better, and considers that the Whiteinch Community Centre offers a friendly and relaxed environment where community members can meet and access a range of services and activities and acts as a vital resource for the community, which aims to respond to the needs of local people.

S4M-11462 Nanette Milne: Asthma UK Scotland’s Fitstars’ Commonwealth Games Legacy Pack—That the Parliament welcomes Asthma UK Scotland’s new resource, the Fitstars’ Commonwealth Games legacy pack, which it considers is a great way of encouraging more children to become active; particularly welcomes its focus on asthma, working closely with Education Scotland and sportscotland, and believes that this is a fantastic resource that will build children’s confidence, their ability to manage their condition more effectively and enhance teachers’ ability to engage with children who have this common condition, which affects two children in every classroom in Scotland.

Supported by: Liz Smith, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart, Patricia Ferguson, Jamie McGrigor, Murdo Fraser, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Hanzala Malik, Cameron Buchanan, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, John Lamont, Adam Ingram, Cara Hilton, Jim Eadie, Margaret Mitchell, Ken Macintosh*, John Mason*, Margaret McCulloch*, Elaine Murray*

S4M-11461 Bruce Crawford: Callander Community Hydro Scheme—That the Parliament commends all those involved in the establishment of the Callander Community Hydro Scheme, including the Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish and Southern Energy and notes the funding that was provided by the Scottish Government and LEADER; understands that the hydro-energy system will use the plethora of natural resources available and will bring benefits to the area’s community and businesses; believes that, thanks to everyone involved, the project is now ready to begin producing clean renewable energy, and hopes that communities across Scotland will be inspired by what it sees as this exemplary renewable energy project.

Supported by: John Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Joan McAlpine, Alison Johnstone, Stuart McMillan, Annabelle Ewing, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Gordon MacDonald, Kevin Stewart, Angus MacDonald, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Roderick Campbell, George Adam*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11460 Anne McTaggart: Affordable Warmth Dividend for Glasgow’s Older Residents—That the Parliament welcomes what it considers the continued success of the affordable warmth dividend for Glasgow’s older citizens; notes that, for the fourth year running, Glasgow City Council is offering every resident aged 80 and over money to help heat their homes during the winter; acknowledges that the affordable warmth dividend was introduced in 2011 by the council leader, Gordon Matheson, as part of the council’s efforts to eradicate fuel poverty in the city; recognises that around 44,000 of Glasgow’s most vulnerable older people have taken up the offer and received the £100 payment since it was introduced; understands that Glaswegians struggle to heat their homes adequately and the older residents are most at risk, and hopes that Glasgow City Council will continue to help older people to keep warm without worrying about how they can afford their heating bills.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik, Drew Smith, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, Mary Fee, Richard Lyle*

S4M-11459 Alex Neil: Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 (Modifications) Order 2014 [draft]—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 (Modifications) Order 2014 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S4M-11458 Alex Neil: Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Integration Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft]—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Integration Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S4M-11457 Alex Neil: Public Bodies (Joint Working) (National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft]—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S4M-11456 Alex Neil: Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Prescribed Health Board Functions) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft]—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Prescribed Health Board Functions) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S4M-11455 Alex Neil: Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Prescribed Local Authority Functions etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft]—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Prescribed Local Authority Functions etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 [draft] be approved.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S4M-11454 John Pentland: Fair Trade Wishaw—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the town of Wishaw in North Lanarkshire is to be given Fairtrade status; notes the hard work undertaken by the many different groups and schools that campaigned for the status, including the Wishaw Fair Trade Forum, Morningside Primary School and the Morningside Trade Committee; understands that the Shopping with Respect motto will be displayed in new signage and posters across the town; believes the fair trade movement to be a very worthwhile endeavour that builds a partnership between the consumers of the developed world and the producers in developing countries, and wishes Wishaw and all its fair trade affiliates all the best for the future.

Supported by: David Torrance, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, James Kelly, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Anne McTaggart, Cara Hilton, Patricia Ferguson, John Wilson, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Kevin Stewart, Maureen Watt*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11453 Graeme Dey: Modern Apprenticeship Places on Track to Hit Target—That the Parliament recognises that almost 13,000 people have started a modern apprenticeship in 2014; understands that this accounts for 52% of the annual target of 25,000; notes that more than three quarters were taken up by 16 to 24-year-olds; considers that these provide valuable career opportunities for young people; acknowledges that, in the previous three years, more than 77,000 such places were established; congratulates the Scottish Government on its announcement that it will increase the number of places available year-on-year from 25,000 to 30,000 by 2020, and commends the announcement on 5 November 2014 that the Parliament is launching a new apprenticeship scheme that aims to employ 20 young people in a wider range of areas across the campus, including in the Visitor Services, Events and Exhibitions, Security, Human Resources and Business Information Technology offices.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Annabelle Ewing, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Christina McKelvie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, George Adam, Nigel Don, Maureen Watt*, Chic Brodie*, Mike MacKenzie*, John Mason*

S4M-11452 Roderick Campbell: Zest St Andrews Named Micro Employer of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Zest St Andrews on being named Micro Employer of the Year at Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2014; understands that this award rewards employers with 10 employees or fewer, that have shown exceptional commitment to the modern apprenticeship programme; notes that Zest has trained five apprenticeships in recent years, offers work experience for people from HMP Castle Huntly and employs staff who have autism and additional support requirements, and wishes Zest St Andrews the best of luck for the future.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Dennis Robertson, Joan McAlpine, Annabelle Ewing, David Torrance, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Christina McKelvie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Nigel Don, Maureen Watt*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11451 Jackson Carlaw: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red—That the Parliament recognises the installation at the Tower of London, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War; notes that the 888,246 ceramic poppies in the installation that fill the moat represent each British and colonial fatality, including the over 100,000 Scottish servicemen; considers that the scale of the installation reflects the magnitude of the sacrifice that was made by those who served and died in the conflict, and believes that it is one of the many fitting ways that the sacrifice of the fallen and injured is being marked as part of the centenary commemorations.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Cameron Buchanan, Kenneth Gibson, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Annabelle Ewing, David Torrance, Murdo Fraser, Anne McTaggart, Patricia Ferguson, Margaret Mitchell, Hanzala Malik, Richard Lyle*

S4M-11450 Christina McKelvie: Chance to Change—That the Parliament congratulates Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire on its ongoing programme, Chance to Change, which helps young people with a history of criminal convictions to find work; understands that the young people, aged between 16 and 25, work in pairs with volunteer mentors, who encourage them in training, education and work; considers that this action has had excellent results, involving 56 young people who moved into training programmes, full-time employment or volunteering; further understands that the project held an event in October 2014, which let young people express how it helped them to improve confidence and self-esteem, and hopes that successful programmes such as this can continue to help people who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law find a valued place in society.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Chic Brodie, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Annabelle Ewing, David Torrance, Margaret Mitchell, Elaine Murray, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Maureen Watt*, Jayne Baxter*, Richard Lyle*, Linda Fabiani*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11449 Bruce Crawford: Stirling Swimming Club’s Stellar Performance—That the Parliament congratulates Stirling Swimming Club on what it considers a superb performance at the 2014 Alloa Graded Meet; notes that the club had the highest level of participation of the 19 clubs that took part, with 200 out of the more than 1,500 entrants; believes that 16-year-old Luke Robertson performed exceptionally well by winning four gold and two bronze medals; considers that many of the club’s swimmers deserve special recognition and commends them all on what it sees as their stellar performances, and wishes the club and its swimmers all the best.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Annabelle Ewing, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, Jean Urquhart, Anne McTaggart, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Kevin Stewart, Maureen Watt*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*

S4M-11448 Alison McInnes: Transforming Tayside Children’s Hospital—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Archie Foundation’s fundraising appeal, supported by The Courier, to raise £2 million for the development of a new world-class children’s operating theatre suite at Tayside Children’s Hospital; notes that NHS Tayside has announced that it will spend £4 million constructing and staffing two new state-of-the-art paediatric operating theatres; understands that this new campaign will raise the money required to transform the unit through child-friendly surroundings and specialised staff and equipment; believes that this is an important step toward ensuring that all children are treated in age-appropriate hospital environments that comfort them and provide the best possible support to their families; encourages people to support the appeal in any way that they can, and hopes that the Archie Foundation and The Courier are successful in achieving the fundraising target, making a real difference to the lives of thousands of young children each year.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Richard Lyle, Anne McTaggart, Kenneth Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Roderick Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Annabelle Ewing, Jim Hume, Nanette Milne, Elaine Murray, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, John Pentland, Nigel Don, Jenny Marra*

S4M-11447 Kevin Stewart: Home Secretary Withholding Information—That the Parliament believes that it is unacceptable for the Home Secretary to take the stance that the UK Border Force only engages with UK MPs on the basis that immigration is a reserved matter; considers that the Scottish Parliament is an equally important elected body as the UK Parliament and that the withholding of information is undemocratic; believes that this is obstructing MSPs, the elected representatives of the people of Scotland, from being able to represent their constituents effectively, and calls on the Home Office to make the necessary information available for all elected members to act for their electorate, regardless of where power currently lies.

Supported by: John Wilson, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Graeme Dey, Dennis Robertson, Joan McAlpine, Chic Brodie, John Finnie, Annabelle Ewing, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie, Christina McKelvie, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11446 Bob Doris: Heating Price Freeze for Wyndford Residents—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by SSE that it is to extend its price freeze to its domestic heat customers until 2016 at the earliest; understands that 1,500 Cube Housing Association tenants and 300 homeowners at the Wyndford estate in Glasgow will benefit from this; believes that district heating schemes create heat and hot water in a localised energy centre in order to make an affordable and energy-efficient way of heating homes and to provide instantaneous hot water without the need for each home to have an individual boiler; recognises what it sees as the important role that district heating schemes can play in helping to reduce carbon emissions and providing affordable and instantaneous heat and hot water, and supports the further expansion of heat networks throughout Glasgow and Scotland so that more people can enjoy their benefits and contribute to what it sees as Scotland’s world leading climate change targets.

Supported by: David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Graeme Dey, Dennis Robertson, Joan McAlpine, Chic Brodie, Annabelle Ewing, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie, Nigel Don

S4M-11445 Rhoda Grant: Universal Children’s Day—That the Parliament celebrates 20 November being recognised as Universal Children’s Day; notes that this was established by the UN in 1954 to promote the welfare of children around the world and understanding among children; recognises the UN’s Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and its Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989; understands that the day it is not only a celebration but also one that aims to raise awareness about violence and discrimination against children; considers tragic reports that more than 150 million children under 14 are in forced labour and that 70% of the 11 million child deaths every year are preventable, and encourages families and communities across Scotland to talk about Universal Children’s Day and to work toward a future where all children can enjoy their childhood.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Iain Gray, Graeme Pearson, Hanzala Malik, John Finnie, David Stewart, Cara Hilton, Adam Ingram, Liam McArthur, Anne McTaggart, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Malcolm Chisholm, Roderick Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Jean Urquhart, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Simpson, Alison McInnes, Elaine Murray, John Pentland, Ken Macintosh*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11444 Rhoda Grant: World Toilet Day—That the Parliament welcomes 19 November 2014 as World Toilet Day, which is aimed at raising awareness that 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to clean and safe toilets; considers that enhancing water management and access to clean water are fundamental issues for the future; understands that more than 500,000 children die every year as a result of unsafe water and poor sanitation; commends the World Toilet Organization on establishing this day in 2001 to draw attention to the global sanitation crisis; congratulates the charity, WaterAid, on what it considers its tremendous work in helping three million people gain access to toilets over the past year; considers that the UN Sustainable Development Goals should include a dedicated goal on water and sanitation, and recognises the work that still lies ahead to ensure that, in the future, all people will have clean and safe toilets.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram, Nanette Milne, Hanzala Malik, Kenneth Gibson, David Stewart, Cara Hilton, Anne McTaggart, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, Jean Urquhart, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, Nigel Don, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11443 Hanzala Malik: Collaboration between Glasgow School of Art and MTV—That the Parliament welcomes the news of the collaboration between Glasgow School of Art and MTV in creating six logos, which will be placed around the city to represent the MTV Europe Music Awards and Glasgow’s identity; understands that this event will boost the local economy by £10 million and will be broadcast to 700 million homes across the world; believes that this event will boost the tourism industry of Glasgow, and wishes the students of Glasgow School of Art and the event every success.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, John Finnie, Clare Adamson, Jackson Carlaw, Liam McArthur, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Patricia Ferguson, David Torrance, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Simpson, Jamie McGrigor, Elaine Murray, Maureen Watt*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11442 Hanzala Malik: Glasgow School of Art Students Given Worldwide Support—That the Parliament welcomes the news that over 20 universities and art schools around the world have helped set up the Phoenix Bursary Programme to provide help and placements for students from the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) who lost their work as a result of the fire at the school’s Mackintosh building; notes that these institutions include California College of Art in San Francisco and the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture in Ulan Bator; understands that the programme involves the students being given academic support, studio space and aid to complete new works; notes that around half will stay in Glasgow at the Whisky Bond, which is sited at a former Highland Distilleries warehouse in which the GSA has developed new studio space; understands that each student will spend 15 weeks in the studio and will be given £315 per week and up to £1,000 to spend on materials and academic support; welcomes what it considers the generosity of the institutions around the world that are supporting this, and wishes the students all the best with their new art work.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Liam McArthur, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Patricia Ferguson, Annabelle Ewing, Anne McTaggart, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Simpson, Drew Smith, Elaine Murray, Jean Urquhart, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11441♦ Rhoda Grant: Scottish Local Coastal Partnerships—That the Parliament notes that it is 21 years since the Focus on Firths initiative was established; understands that this led to the establishment of local coastal partnerships (LCPs) in order to take forward the Rio Earth Summit’s call for the better management of coastlines and seas; celebrates what it sees as the important work of the LCPs in the Highlands and Islands and around the country in raising awareness of issues with regard to coastlines and inshore waters and in delivering projects and research based on local needs; notes that LCPs promote an interest in marine and coastal habitats and what it considers their amazing diversity of species; understands that they work with communities to encourage them to appreciate the maritime environment and to act as custodians of this by supporting initiatives such as litter management schemes and beach cleans; believes that they bring stakeholders together with the common purpose of sustainable development by brokering agreements between different sectoral interests and promoting an ecosystem approach, and appreciates what it sees as the very considerable experience and expertise that the LCPs have built up, which it considers will make an invaluable contribution to the setting up of the regional marine planning partnerships set out in the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Graeme Dey, Dennis Robertson, Cara Hilton, David Stewart, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, David Torrance

S4M-11440 Murdo Fraser: SSE Fair Tax Mark—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by SSE, which is based in Perth, that it has achieved the Fair Tax Mark accreditation; understands that SSE is the first FTSE 100 company and the first major energy company to achieve this accreditation; recognises that corporation tax avoidance costs the UK economy billions of pounds a year, and calls on all Scotland-based companies to follow SSE’s lead and to be open and transparent about their tax affairs.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Cameron Buchanan, John Lamont, Jackson Carlaw, Graeme Dey, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Scanlon, Roderick Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Nigel Don, Maureen Watt*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11439 Christina McKelvie: See Me Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the new See Me campaign against stigma and discrimination toward people with mental health problems; considers that, with one in four people likely to experience a mental health problem every year and nine people out of 10 facing mental health issues considering that they have been victims of stigma, it is urgent to launch an action in Scotland; notes that the See Me campaign aims to challenge discrimination at its roots, at work, through health and social care, and among young people, knowing that one in 10 of them will face that kind of issue; further understands that the campaign is aimed at promoting equality and ensuring that people with mental health problems have the same opportunities as others, and hopes that these actions will help to bring an end to negative behaviour toward people with mental health problems.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Cara Hilton, Aileen McLeod, Chic Brodie, Jim Hume, Joan McAlpine, John Finnie, Jean Urquhart, Nanette Milne, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Kidd, Mary Scanlon, Colin Beattie, David Stewart, Clare Adamson, Kevin Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Liam McArthur, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Graeme Dey, Roderick Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret McCulloch, Jamie McGrigor, Alison McInnes, Elaine Murray, Graeme Pearson, Nigel Don, Maureen Watt*, Ken Macintosh*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11438 Christina McKelvie: St Mary’s Primary and World Porridge Day—That the Parliament commends St Mary’s Primary School in Hamilton for its recent involvement in World Porridge Day in aid of the charity, Mary’s Meals, which organises this event to raise money to give children in very poor countries a daily meal at school; understands that Mary’s Meals currently feeds over 920,000 children every school day, a vast increase from when it began feeding 200 children in Malawi in 2002; understands that St Mary’s Primary School approached local supermarkets, which donated oat-based snacks, and that milk was supplied by a local milkman, Jim Robertson, and the school managed to raise £1,000 by selling more than 1,200 backpacks with necessities, and hopes that the school will continue to get involved in such positive actions, which can raise awareness not only in the children of St Mary’s Primary but also in the community around the school.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Anne McTaggart, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Chic Brodie, Clare Adamson, Kevin Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Jamie McGrigor, Nigel Don, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11437 Christina McKelvie: Zero-hour Contracts and the Living Wage—That the Parliament welcomes the reduction in unemployment rates in South Lanarkshire; acknowledges the 25% drop in unemployment from September 2013 to September 2014; recognises this improvement in unemployment figures, but is concerned with the impact of zero-hour contracts on the working sector; is alarmed by the 90,000 people in Scotland who are working zero-hour contracts; understands that more short-term and limited contract workers are currently earning less than the living wage, and hopes that these contracts, which it considers cause uncertainty, distress and insecurity among this group of workers, are restricted or reformed to ensure that workers can receive a wage in excess of the minimum living wage.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Clare Adamson, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, David Torrance, Chic Brodie, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Mike MacKenzie, Maureen Watt*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11436 Jackie Baillie: Congratulations to EuansGuide.com—That the Parliament congratulates EuansGuide.com, the Edinburgh-based disabled access review website, on its first anniversary; praises the commitment and work of Euan MacDonald and his family, who brought the idea of Euan’s Guide to life and all those involved in the project; considers that Euan’s Guide is a great help to people with accessibility needs, their families, friends and carers, as the website provides accessibility reviews of venues in the UK and other countries; commends Euan’s Guide on the assistance that it provides to disabled people to make access to public facilities less stressful, and wishes the team at EuansGuide.com every success for the future.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Murdo Fraser, Stuart McMillan, Hanzala Malik, John Finnie, Richard Lyle, Margaret McCulloch, Anne McTaggart, John Mason, David Torrance, Nanette Milne, Clare Adamson, Kevin Stewart, Liam McArthur, Adam Ingram, Annabelle Ewing, Jim Eadie, Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell, Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, Cameron Buchanan, Nigel Don, Maureen Watt*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11435 Paul Martin: Congratulations to Thenue Housing Association—That the Parliament congratulates Thenue Housing Association on receiving £150,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund; understands that the grant will be used to fund Urban Green Cranhill, which is a multi-strand community food growing and environmental awareness project in Greater Easterhouse; considers that the project will give the community the skills and space to grow food locally, provide home energy efficiency advice, loan bikes and provide compositing facilities, and welcomes the association’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions while helping people to learn new skills and keep physically active.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik, Richard Lyle, Margaret McCulloch, Anne McTaggart, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Kenneth Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, Drew Smith, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11434 Jackie Baillie: Multicultural Homecoming Grants—That the Parliament considers that there is a need for society in Scotland to respect, value and celebrate its diverse communities; acknowledges that the country’s cultural and ethnic minority communities comprise 8.2% of the population; praises BEMIS’s Multicultural Homecoming 2014 Programme, which seeks to provide new ways to recognise and interact with communities by providing grants of over £25,000 and helping to host 44 Positive Cultural Interfaces across Scotland; echoes the programme’s message of celebration of diversity and the promotion of active citizenship, and shares BEMIS’s vision of an equal, inclusive and responsive Scotland.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Murray, Hanzala Malik, John Finnie, Richard Lyle, Anne McTaggart, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Jean Urquhart, Colin Beattie, Malcolm Chisholm, Roderick Campbell, Ken Macintosh, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11432 Paul Martin: Congratulations to Wallacewell New Charge Church of Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Wallacewell New Charge Church of Scotland on being awarded £55,048 from the Climate Challenge Fund; understands that the grant will be used to run the Oasis Wallacewell project in Glasgow, which is a community growing and composting facility; believes that workshops will help community members to grow their own food at home, reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill and make their homes energy efficient; notes that roof insulation, double glazing, LED lighting and zoned heating controls will be installed in the Wallacewell community building to improve energy efficiency, and welcomes efforts to reduce the carbon footprint in the area while tackling fuel poverty.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Margaret McCulloch, Anne McTaggart, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Adam Ingram, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11431# Christine Grahame: A Shocking Way to Treat a Dog—That the Parliament commends the Welsh Assembly for passing in 2010 a ban on the use of electronic collars on cats and dogs and setting a penalty of a fine of up to £20,000 or six months in prison; notes that there are bans in, inter alia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany; understands that, when the Scottish Government consulted on their use in 2007, most animal welfare organisations including the Scottish SPCA, the Scottish Kennel Club and the Dogs Trust supported a ban, as did ACPOS; considers that the Scottish Government’s reliance on guidance on usage and manufacturing standards is insufficient given that a range of devices is readily available online, that many users dispense with the guidance and that, in any event, research by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs demonstrates that there are long-term negative impacts on dog welfare, and notes the view that the Scottish Government should reconsider its position and follow Wales’s lead and ban the use in Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale and throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Alison Johnstone, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, John Finnie, Chic Brodie, Kenneth Gibson, Cara Hilton, Stuart McMillan, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Elaine Murray, Jean Urquhart, Nigel Don, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11430 Rhoda Grant: Self Care Week—That the Parliament recognises that 17 to 23 November 2014 is Self Care Week, an annual event that focuses on providing support for self care across communities and families; notes that this year’s theme is Self Care for Life – Be Healthy this Winter owing to the rising demand on health services during the winter months as a result of weather-related illnesses; understands that adults usually have two to four colds a year while children are likely to have three to eight and that it is imperative to take necessary self care during the coming winter months; encourages members and staff to consult NHS Scotland’s Self Care website, which sets out guiding principles to help people take care of themselves, and commends the Self Care Forum for its work in providing people with good information on both what self care is and what its benefits are.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, David Stewart, Hanzala Malik, Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, John Pentland, John Finnie, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Lyle, Graeme Dey, David Torrance, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Richard Simpson

S4M-11429 Rhoda Grant: World COPD Day—That the Parliament welcomes World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day, which will be marked on 19 November 2014 and will aim to raise awareness of the condition and seek to improve the care of people with it throughout the world; notes that this year’s theme is entitled, It’s Not Too Late; recognises that COPD covers several lung conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and can lead to difficulties in breathing; understands that this might arise from long-term damage to the lungs caused by cigarette smoke or chemical fumes; believes that it usually affects people over 35 and that 2% of Scotland’s population live with it; encourages people with symptoms to consult a medical practitioner and not dismiss their condition as a so-called smoker’s cough, and further encourages them to follow the NHS’s guidelines on breathing techniques and on keeping healthy by being as active as possible.

Supported by: Alex Rowley, David Stewart, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Murray, Cara Hilton, John Finnie, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Aileen McLeod, Kenneth Gibson, Malcolm Chisholm, Jackie Baillie, Mary Scanlon, Jamie McGrigor, Richard Simpson, Graeme Pearson, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11428 Rhoda Grant: World Prematurity Day—That the Parliament recognises World Prematurity Day (WPD) on 17 November 2014 as a global movement to raise awareness about prematurity, highlighting the burden of preterm birth, providing information on simple, cost-effective solutions, and growing a community of support for families who have experienced preterm birth; acknowledges that this year’s activities for WPD will link to Every Newborn: An Action Plan To End Preventable Deaths, a worldwide plan to improve newborn health and reduce maternal and child mortality; commends the leadership of UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) over the Every Newborn action plan, which involves over 50 organisations; expresses sadness that preterm birth is globally the most common cause of death of newborn babies, causing more than one million deaths each year, yet 75% could be saved without expensive, high technology care, according to WHO; understands that, in 2011, the most common cause of preterm births in Scotland was foetal growth restriction, at 38%, and recognises that a study carried out by researchers from the University of Glasgow and Western General Hospital in 2012 found that Scotland’s premature birth rate had fallen by 10% since the public smoking ban came into force in 2006.

Supported by: Alex Rowley, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Cara Hilton, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McCulloch, John Finnie, Richard Lyle, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Jamie McGrigor, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11427# Rhoda Grant: Respect for Shopworkers Week—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) in the Highlands and Islands to highlight deplorable violence, threats and abuse levelled at shopworkers and notes its Respect for Shopworkers Week, which runs from 10 to 14 November 2014, designed to highlight and prevent such unacceptable behaviour.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Alex Rowley, James Kelly, John Pentland, Nanette Milne, Hanzala Malik, Margaret McCulloch, Alison McInnes, Jayne Baxter, Kezia Dugdale, David Stewart, Elaine Murray, Jean Urquhart, Anne McTaggart, Cara Hilton, Richard Lyle, John Finnie, Graeme Dey, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Mary Scanlon, Michael McMahon, Roderick Campbell, Neil Findlay, Ken Macintosh, Richard Simpson, Drew Smith, Graeme Pearson, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11426 Jackie Baillie: Sexist Advertising by The Sun—That the Parliament notes a recent advertisement from The Sun, which offers a date with a page 3 girl as a prize for winning a fantasy football competition; believes that this advertisement objectifies women; understands that over 1,000 complaints were made to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and welcomes ASA’s decision to uphold the complaints; notes with concern what it considers The Sun’s consistent portrayal of sexualised images of women, which, reports suggest, correlates with sexist attitudes, sexual harassment, abuse and violence toward women, and welcomes the continued advocacy of the No More Page 3 campaign, which has worked for more than two years against this type of sexist media portrayal.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Murray, Alison McInnes, Jayne Baxter, Christina McKelvie, Liam McArthur, Jean Urquhart, Anne McTaggart, Mark Griffin, Graeme Pearson, Patrick Harvie, Kevin Stewart, Elaine Smith, Nigel Don, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11425 Kevin Stewart: Congratulations to Seaton School and Granite City Wanderers—That the Parliament welcomes £3,800 of Big Lottery Funding for two groups in the Aberdeen Central parliamentary constituency; notes that Granite City Wanderers Hockey Club received a £2,000 award from the 2014 Communities programme to deliver an additional weekly coaching session in order to accommodate the increasing number of members and attract new people to participate; also notes that Seaton School has been awarded £1,800 for coaching for four extracurricular activity clubs, and congratulates both groups on receiving this funding.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Dennis Robertson, Chic Brodie, Annabelle Ewing, Rob Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie

S4M-11424 Anne McTaggart: Glasgow City Council’s Online Petition System—That the Parliament welcomes the online petition system that has been introduced by Glasgow City Council; understands that it is very similar to that used by the Public Petitions Committee, allows the public a voice in the legislative process and will help citizens to take action to help improve their communities, and believes that, with only 25 signatures required for them to be considered by the council, many petitions will be able to be successfully brought forward.

Supported by: Cara Hilton, Alex Rowley, Drew Smith, Hanzala Malik, Elaine Murray, Margaret McCulloch, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Nigel Don, Richard Simpson

S4M-11423 David Torrance: Congratulating Local Schools on Big Lottery Fund Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Auchtertool Primary School, Buckhaven Primary School, Kirkcaldy West Primary School and Kirkcaldy North Primary School on receiving awards from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme; notes that Auchtertool Primary will use its £2,000 award to fund new after-school clubs for its students, Buckhaven Primary will put its £2,000 toward the purchase of new mountain bikes and helmets for cycling classes, Kirkcaldy West Primary intends to make use of its £2,000 award by providing swimming, basketball and badminton after-school clubs and that Kirkcaldy North Primary will use its £1,938 to install a fitness trail in the school playground; considers that all of these awards contribute toward worthy projects that will bring about significant benefits for the pupils at each of the schools; acknowledges what it sees as the importance of providing a range of sporting and recreational activities for schoolchildren to help promote healthy and active lifestyles, and welcomes the assistance provided by the 2014 Communities programme to local schools to help improve the range of activities on offer to pupils.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Roderick Campbell, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Christian Allard, Kevin Stewart, Margaret McCulloch, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11422 Mark McDonald: 2014 Communities Funding for Granite City Guerrillas—That the Parliament congratulates the Granite City Guerrillas on receiving a £945 award from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme, believes that the programme is about building a legacy of wellbeing before and beyond the Commonwealth Games and encouraging more people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity; notes that the programme offered local sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations and schools grants of between £300 and £2,000 to support and stimulate grassroots involvement in sport and physical activity; further understands that the Granite City Guerrillas will use the funding for coaching courses, advertising, website design, manufacturing and equipment, and hopes that the team continues to have fun and gets people involved in playing dodgeball.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Annabelle Ewing, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Rob Gibson, Chic Brodie, Nanette Milne, Christian Allard, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11421 Gil Paterson: West Dunbartonshire Council Scraps Poll Tax Debt—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by West Dunbartonshire Council to support the motion by the opposition SNP group that called for debt associated with the so-called poll tax, which it considers a hated charge, to be written off; believes that moves by some local authorities to punish people who re-registered to vote in order to participate in the independence referendum are an affront to democracy and discourage future democratic participation, and calls on all local authorities to support the Scottish Government’s call to scrap poll tax debt in their areas.

Supported by: John Wilson, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Chic Brodie, Christian Allard, Graeme Dey, Kevin Stewart, John Finnie, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Stewart Maxwell, Dennis Robertson, Jean Urquhart, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11420 Rob Gibson: Junior Saltire Boffins—That the Parliament encourages schools from across Scotland to enter the 2015 Junior Saltire Prize competition, which challenges different school age groups to create a simple floating wave energy converter; notes that the three categories are for P5 to P7, in which the winners receive £500 and a saltire medal and those who are highly commended receive £250, S1 to S3, in which winners receive £600 and those who are highly commended receive £300, and S4 to S6, in which winners receive £750 and those who are highly commended receive £350; congratulates the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government for organising this competition, which started in 2011, and recognises efforts to engage the next generation in environmental science and renewable resources; considers these efforts to be important in getting young people involved in tackling issues that will affect their future, and wishes the entrants all the best; also wishes continued success for the annual competition, and asserts the importance that wave and tidal energy play in the future development of Scotland’s energy security and economic prosperity and especially the role that the Highlands and Islands can play in that future.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd, Fiona McLeod, Annabelle Ewing, John Mason, Kevin Stewart, Christina McKelvie, Mike MacKenzie, Chic Brodie, Stuart McMillan, Roderick Campbell, Christian Allard, John Finnie, Adam Ingram, Stewart Maxwell, Jean Urquhart, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Nigel Don, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11419 Christina McKelvie: St Mary’s Primary School Larkhall, Big Lottery Fund 2014 Award—That the Parliament welcomes the news that St Mary’s Primary School in Larkhall has received £1,800 from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme; understands that this will be used toward extracurricular coaching from community sports clubs and sportscotland coaches across a variety of sports; believes that, because of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the pupils are keen to improve their fitness and have indicated that they want to learn and develop skills in athletics, basketball, tae kwon do and football; understands that the money will also be used to pay for transport to activities and sporting festivals, and hopes that the pupils can fully develop their skills and talents and develop the potential to represent Scotland in a future Commonwealth Games.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Chic Brodie, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Christian Allard, Anne McTaggart, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11418 Christina McKelvie: Stonehouse Primary School Big Lottery Fund 2014 Communities Programme Award—That the Parliament welcomes the recent funding announcement from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme that Stonehouse Primary School has received a £2,000 award, which it plans to use to organise a residential trip for P6/7 pupils; understands that 81 pupils have been offered the opportunity of staying at the outdoor centre in Ardentinny, where they will have the chance to get involved in many outdoor activities aimed at building teamwork, communication and responsibility for others; notes that, for children who choose not to attend the residential trip, the school will offer a number of sporting sessions in the local sports centre on a daily basis during the period of the trip, and hopes that all of the children will gain useful skills of teamwork and responsibility.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Christian Allard, Anne McTaggart, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11417 Christina McKelvie: South Lanarkshire Leisure Big Lottery Fund 2014 Communities Programme Award—That the Parliament welcomes the recent funding announcement that South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Limited has received £1,851 from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme; understands that this will be used to help fund new mountain bikes for an ongoing project, which, over the last three years, has involved 768 female and 1,269 male participants; considers that, with this additional funding, the organisation will be able to engage more people in mountain biking and increase the number of females taking part; notes that the project involves instructors coaching participants on the fundamentals of mountain biking in a suitable environment before they undertake an appropriate journey; believes that, with increased skill levels and confidence, the opportunity exists for participants to move on to venues further afield, including the Carron Valley, Glentress and sections of the Commonwealth Games mountain biking circuit, and hopes that this project will continue to attract increasing numbers of people who see mountain biking as a positive and rewarding outlet for fitness and general enjoyment.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Chic Brodie, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Christian Allard, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11416 Christine Grahame: Good Luck to Nomad Beat Ltd—That the Parliament congratulates Nomad Beat Ltd, the Peebles-based Community Music School, which has been shortlisted to go forward to a public vote for the People’s Millions 2014; understands that the public will be given the opportunity to vote on 26 November 2014 from 9am until midnight; welcomes that the winner will be awarded a grant of up to £50,000; further understands that Breaking Sound Barriers, Nomad Beat’s project, will widen opportunities in music-making for all, across every age and ability, by providing accessible musical instruments, and wishes it and all of its users the best of luck on the night.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Anne McTaggart, Christian Allard, Jean Urquhart, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11415 Christine Grahame: Walking Football Match—That the Parliament welcomes the first walking football challenge match to have taken place in the Borders, when a team from Peebles faced opponents from Midlothian in a closely fought game at the local community centre; congratulates Midlothian on winning the match following an invitation from the Tweeddale team; believes that the inspiration for the Peebles team came from an initiative already operating with great success in Midlothian; understands that walking football players follow the normal rules of the game but are restricted in the speed that they can move and is therefore an ideal sport for older people or those looking to improve their fitness at a pace that they find more suited to their needs; considers that there are many benefits to the initiative, the main one being exercise, which have a positive impact on people’s health, and wishes the participants well for the future.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Annabelle Ewing, Hanzala Malik, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Patricia Ferguson, Christian Allard, Adam Ingram, Chic Brodie, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11414 Jackie Baillie: Equal Pay Day—That the Parliament acknowledges that 4 November 2014 is Equal Pay Day; understands that this day is chosen because it marks the day that women essentially stop earning money for the year because of the gender pay gap; notes with concern that the full-time gender pay gap in Scotland is 13.3%, while the part-time gender pay gap is 33.7% and that the gap has widened each year since 2010; highlights what it considers important equalities legislation, including the Equal Pay Act 1970 and the Equalities Act 2010, both passed under Labour governments; expresses concern that equal pay has not been achieved in Scotland and that the pay gap is widening over 40 years after the Equal Pay Act was enacted; commends organisations such as Close the Gap and the STUC that have worked toward eliminating the gender pay gap; believes that the persistence of the pay gap is not only an issue of equality and social justice but also has a detrimental impact on the Scottish economy, and sees the achievement of equal pay as an important step toward eliminating discrimination and upholding the rights of women.

Supported by: Alison McInnes, Patrick Harvie, Malcolm Chisholm, Mary Fee, Elaine Murray, Patricia Ferguson, Jayne Baxter, Ken Macintosh, Michael McMahon, Hanzala Malik, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Lyle, Iain Gray, Anne McTaggart, Drew Smith, John Finnie, Neil Findlay, John Pentland, Jean Urquhart, Richard Simpson

S4M-11413 Siobhan McMahon: To Absent Friends Week—That the Parliament recognises To Absent Friends Week, which runs from 1 to 7 November 2014; understands that this is a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance that is supported and promoted through high profile events and partnerships, including with Falkirk FC; recognises that the week aims to give people an opportunity to remember loved ones who have died by telling stories and reminiscing about them; further understands that it aims to revive lost Scottish traditions and to develop new ones; notes that the festival is influenced by the Day of the Dead, which takes place in Mexico; understands that a wide variety of events will take place in public spaces across the country, through social media and among friends and families and that these are not bound by particular times or venues, and wishes the organisers all the best in their endeavours.

Supported by: John Mason, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, Aileen McLeod, Roderick Campbell, Annabelle Ewing, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Elaine Murray, Christina McKelvie, Adam Ingram, Jayne Baxter, Ken Macintosh, Michael McMahon, Hanzala Malik, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Anne McTaggart, John Finnie, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11412 Bill Kidd: Grant Funds Sports for 5 to 55-year-olds—That the Parliament congratulates St Ninians Primary School, Drumchapel United Football Club, Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust and Thornwood AFC on receiving awards totalling £7,025 from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme; considers that these four organisations located in the Glasgow Anniesland parliamentary constituency are integral to making sports available and accessible to young people as well as to the older members of the community with their Walking Football programmes, and notes that these organisations encourage active, healthy, environmentally friendly lifestyles across generations.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Christian Allard, Chic Brodie, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Anne McTaggart, George Adam, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11408 John Pentland: Morningside Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates Morningside Primary School in Wishaw on receiving £4,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme; believes that the school will use this to provide new equipment and coaching for three after-school sports clubs and a family fun club; understands that the programme offers grants from £300 to sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, community councils and schools to develop and support involvement in sport and physical exercise, and wishes the school well in all its endeavours.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Hanzala Malik, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11407 Maureen Watt: 10 Years for Safe Drive Stay Alive—That the Parliament recognises the tenth anniversary of Safe Drive Stay Alive, which is designed to educate secondary school pupils on the need for road safety; notes that pupils from Cults, Kincorth, Hazlehead, Portlethen and Torry academies were among the over 5,000 students who recently participated; further notes that the course is run by Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership in conjunction with Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Moray Council; understands that a driving instructor and crash victim also contribute to the highly poignant event; applauds the efforts of the 100 people who aim to help ensure its successful operation; appreciates the sponsorship provided by ExxonMobil and Petrofac, and wishes all involved in what it sees as this extremely valuable programme good luck and continued success.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Graeme Dey, Joan McAlpine, Margaret McCulloch, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Alison McInnes, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Christian Allard, Jackie Baillie, Christina McKelvie, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Stewart Maxwell, Richard Lyle, Jean Urquhart

S4M-11406 Roderick Campbell: NHS Fife Begins Major New Recruitment Drive—That the Parliament welcomes the news that NHS Fife has begun a major new recruitment drive that aims to significantly enhance the nursing workforce; notes that NHS Fife is recruiting an additional 100 nurses above current funded staffing levels and that this will support the provision of nurses in hospitals across Fife; understands that this initiative follows a comprehensive nursing workforce review and that the recruitment began in August 2014, and believes that this initiative will help to increase NHS Fife’s focus on providing safe, effective and person-centred care for its patients.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Chic Brodie, Christian Allard, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11405 Cara Hilton: Dunfermline Awarded £8,575—That the Parliament congratulates the six organisations in Dunfermline that have received awards totalling £8,575 from Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme; notes that Queen Anne High School received £524 to buy new equipment for after-school clubs, St Leonard’s Primary School received £1,942 to run extracurricular sports sessions, Dunfermline Cricket Club received £799 to fund weekly coaching sessions and after-school sessions, Crossford Primary School received £1,940 for pupils to attend golf lessons at a local course, Central Dunfermline Community Council received £1,510 to fund the Fresh Air Festivals 2015 and Japan Karate Shotorenmei Scotland received £1,860 for weekly sessions for adults with learning disabilities; is delighted to see the programme bringing real improvements to community groups across Dunfermline so that the lives of people most in need are enhanced by better access to services and more opportunity for development and support; welcomes the fact that the programme has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK, resulting in it being responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery; hopes that more community groups in Dunfermline and across Fife continue to benefit from funding awards, and wishes all six organisations long-term success in helping to keep the people of Dunfermline active, fit, happy and healthy.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik, Liz Smith, Anne McTaggart, Annabelle Ewing, David Torrance, Roderick Campbell, Malcolm Chisholm, Jayne Baxter, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Lyle, Richard Simpson

S4M-11404 Jim Eadie: Mercury Prize Win for Young Fathers—That the Parliament congratulates the members of the Edinburgh band, Young Fathers, on their victory in the Mercury Music Prize for the album, Dead; understands that, although the trio were 16/1 outsiders to win the prestigious award, they saw off 11 other nominees; commends the band on establishing a unique brand of music, which incorporates influences as varied as hip hop, soul, folk, indie and African music; notes that two of the members, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole, attended Edinburgh’s Boroughmuir High School and that they met the third member, Graham Hastings, at an under-16s hip hop night at the former site of the Bongo Club in Edinburgh, and wishes them well in the recording of their next album and in performing at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay concert.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Annabelle Ewing, Nanette Milne, Patricia Ferguson, Liz Smith, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Anne McTaggart, Christina McKelvie, Margaret McCulloch, Liam McArthur, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Christian Allard, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, Margaret Mitchell, Chic Brodie, Richard Lyle, Jayne Baxter, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, John Finnie, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*, Linda Fabiani*

S4M-11403 Roderick Campbell: Congratulating Big Lottery Fund Winners in North East Fife—That the Parliament congratulates the Falkland Stewardship Trust, the 34th Fife Scout Group and Auchtermuchty Primary School on receiving a total of £4,190 from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme; understands that the trust will use the money to help fund volunteer training for walking sessions, the scout group will use its award to purchase camping equipment, while the school will use its funding to pay for extra-curricular sports club coaching; notes that the 2014 Communities programme aims to encourage more people to take part or volunteer in sport and physical activity, and wishes all three the best of luck.

Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Hanzala Malik, Colin Beattie, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Christian Allard, David Torrance, Jayne Baxter, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11402 Alex Rowley: Union Solidarity International, Blood Bricks Campaign—That the Parliament notes with concern the conditions of brick labourers in India; understands that many of these labourers see abuses of minimum wage rates and health and safety regulations, with many working up to 16 hours a day; is concerned that children as young as four years old are also working in these conditions; further notes that such labour is often bonded labour and that a recent BBC report brought to light examples of workers having their hands cut off when trying to escape; welcomes the work by Union Solidarity International in highlighting these abuses through its Blood Bricks campaign; highlights the 2011 UN and OECD guidelines specifying that multinational companies should have direct responsibility for human rights abuses anywhere in their supply chains; is concerned that implicated companies could have operations in Scotland and that these guidelines are not being enforced; believes that any and every industry using new buildings in India should be under scrutiny, and calls on all members to lobby the UK Government to bring forward legislation to enforce these guidelines in UK law and to raise these issues in international negotiations.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Cara Hilton, Elaine Murray, Annabelle Ewing, Malcolm Chisholm, Richard Lyle, Jayne Baxter, David Stewart, Jackie Baillie, Hanzala Malik, Drew Smith, Dennis Robertson, John Mason, Christine Grahame, Neil Findlay, Graeme Dey, Anne McTaggart, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, John Finnie, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11401 James Kelly: Rutherglen Reformer Staff take the Movember Challenge—That the Parliament congratulates Douglas Dickie, Jonathan Geddes, Kenny Smith and Will Henshaw of the Rutherglen Reformer, who are taking the so-called Movember challenge in memory of their late colleague, Brian Logue; understands that, along with Brian’s son, Chris, the team are raising vital funds that will help tackle prostate cancer; notes that Movember aims to promote increased awareness of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health, and wishes the Rutherglen Reformer team, and fundraisers across Scotland, great success with their efforts.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Jackie Baillie, Annabelle Ewing, Hanzala Malik, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Patricia Ferguson, Anne McTaggart, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Elaine Murray, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11399 John Mason: Another Rise in the Living Wage—That the Parliament welcomes that news that the living wage, which is voluntary, is set to rise by 20p to £7.85 per hour; notes that the living wage will now be 21% higher than the compulsory national minimum wage, which is set at £6.50 per hour; believes with disappointment that the minimum wage is too low to offset the cost of living, and calls on the living wage to be made statutory, as it considers that this would help greatly in the campaign to tackle pay inequality.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Christina McKelvie, David Torrance, John Finnie, Bob Doris, Nigel Don, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-11397 Margaret Mitchell: Project Linus in Lanarkshire and Glasgow East Celebrates 10 Years—That the Parliament congratulates Project Linus Lanarkshire and Glasgow East on celebrating its tenth anniversary; understands that this voluntary organisation’s commendable efforts have seen it provide almost 9,000 homemade patchwork quilts and knitted and crocheted blankets for sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers to the Princess Royal Maternity Unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Wishaw General Hospital, Scottish Women’s Aid branches, children’s charities, health visitors and social work teams, and wishes Project Linus Lanarkshire and Glasgow East continued success.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Liz Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Cameron Buchanan, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Jackson Carlaw, Annabelle Ewing, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Annabel Goldie, Bob Doris, Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11396 Kenneth Gibson: Labour’s out of touch Branch Manager—That the Parliament notes the criticism levelled at the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, by anti-poverty campaigners after he sent a parcel to a Glasgow foodbank containing Tunnock’s Tea Cakes, shortbread, oatcakes, cock-a-leekie soup and raspberry jam; agrees with John McArdle, co-founder of the Scotland-based Black Triangle disability rights campaign, who concluded that the parcel "would insult every Scot in the country"; considers it to be crass and insensitive that Mr Miliband’s food parcel was made during a Labour Party banquet at one of Glasgow’s most luxurious hotels; condemns what it sees as Mr Miliband’s cynical attempt at yet another cheap public relations gimmick gone wrong; considers him to be out of touch in simply not realising that foodbanks are used by people who cannot afford the basic necessities to feed their families; is outraged that this follows him being photographed making a donation of two pence to a young woman begging on the streets of Manchester; considers that this out of touch politician has no real understanding of Scots or the challenges faced by those who live in poverty, and believes that he favours opportunism over working hard to provide a credible vision of a more socially just and compassionate society.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Kevin Stewart, Gordon MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Dave Thompson, Christina McKelvie, David Torrance, Chic Brodie, Bob Doris, John Finnie, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11394 Kenneth Gibson: Restart a Heart, Arran Leads in Cardiac Emergency Preparedness—That the Parliament recognises what it sees as the outstanding work of the Arran Defib Project and the Cardiac Arrest Integrated Rural Response Network (caiRRn) in working to train and improve responses to cardiac arrest emergencies on the Isle of Arran; congratulates the Arran Defib Project on raising nearly £25,000 to start and run 15 public access defibrillators; understands that, with with four more on the way, Arran is one of the most prepared areas for cardiac arrest; congratulates Dr David Hogg on the success of what it understands is his innovative scheme to provide high quality training to the community, which has been made possible by a collaboration with the Sandpiper Trust that has supplied funding for state-of-the-art training mannequins for use by all emergency and medical personnel on the island; believes that this has enabled all responders to practice their CPR skills at the optimum levels; supports the efforts made by the the Arran Defib Project and caiRRn to provide the best possible training and supplies to ensure that everyone has access to the best possible care in the case of a cardiac emergency, and wishes continued success and health for the Isle of Arran.

Supported by: Angus MacDonald, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Nigel Don, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Jayne Baxter, George Adam, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Anne McTaggart, Aileen McLeod, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Annabelle Ewing, Graeme Dey, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, Annabel Goldie, Fiona McLeod, Bob Doris, Stewart Maxwell, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11393 Bill Kidd: Knightswood Secondary Receives Best Practice Accolade—That the Parliament congratulates Knightswood Secondary School on the results of its recent HMI inspection; notes that the report recommends the school as a model of best practice for innovation and community development; commends the staff, pupils, parents and the head teacher, Kay Dingwall, for their outstanding achievement, and considers that Knightswood Secondary School is a vital resource in the community and a vibrant centre of learning.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Fiona McLeod, Annabelle Ewing, Christian Allard, John Pentland, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Kevin Stewart, Jim Eadie, Dennis Robertson, Bob Doris, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11392# Angus MacDonald: The Need for a Direct Ferry Service Between Scotland and Scandinavia—That the Parliament notes that, following the cessation of the DFDS Harwich to Esbjerg service in September 2014, there is no direct ferry service between the UK and Scandinavia; understands that the historic Newcastle–Stavanger–Bergen service ceased operation in 2008, which meant that there was no direct service between the UK and Norway; believes that a direct service between Scottish and Scandinavian ports would help to increase exports from the Falkirk East constituency and other parts of Scotland to northern Europe while simultaneously attracting tourists with high disposable incomes, and notes the calls for the Scottish Government, the Scotland Office, Scottish Development International and interested regional transport partnerships to work with port and ferry operators to investigate the feasibility of such a project.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Chic Brodie, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Alison Johnstone, Kenneth Gibson, John Mason, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Roderick Campbell, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Annabelle Ewing, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Bob Doris, John Finnie, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*, David Stewart*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11391 Roderick Campbell: Dementia Training Partnership Between ASDA and the Open University—That the Parliament welcomes the Dementia Training Partnership that has been set up between ASDA and the Open University; understands that all of ASDA’s Scottish Community Life Champions will receive bespoke training on how to support people with dementia; notes that ASDA aims to help build more dementia-friendly communities and enable people with the condition to lead more independent lives; understands that the community life champions will receive in-depth training delivered by specialists from the Open University, and hopes that this partnership will both raise awareness of dementia and support people living with it.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Jim Hume, Christine Grahame, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Mary Scanlon, Margaret McCulloch, Liam McArthur, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Neil Findlay, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Margaret Mitchell, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie, Alison McInnes, John Mason, Jackie Baillie, Fiona McLeod, Bob Doris, Nigel Don, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11390 Jamie McGrigor: Tribute to Jack Bruce—That the Parliament expresses its sadness at the recent passing of the musician and composer, John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce, who was born in Bishopbriggs; notes that Jack Bruce is perhaps best known as bassist of the legendary British supergroup, Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker and which is considered as one of the best bands in rock history; is aware that Cream sold 35 million albums in just over two years and was given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire; notes that Jack Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including I Feel Free and Sunshine of Your Love; is further aware that he is considered by many as one of the greatest bass players of all time; notes that Jack Bruce’s musical career spanned several decades; is proud of the fact that a Scots-born musician, working with other UK colleagues, achieved so much internationally, and considers that Jack Bruce will be remembered as one of the most important figures and biggest influences in the development of rock history.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Gordon MacDonald, John Lamont, Chic Brodie, Alex Fergusson, Jackson Carlaw, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, Mary Fee, Cameron Buchanan, Mary Scanlon, Christina McKelvie, Margaret McCulloch, Rob Gibson, Graeme Dey, Linda Fabiani, Neil Findlay, Margaret Mitchell, Richard Lyle, Murdo Fraser, Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, John Scott, Annabel Goldie, Bob Doris, John Finnie, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11389 Colin Beattie: Bright Sparks Playgroup Awarded £49,438 from Young Start—That the Parliament congratulates the Bright Sparks Playgroup on being awarded £49,438 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start programme; notes that the group plans to use this money to establish a club for young people aged 12 and upwards who have autism; understands that the transition to high school can be a difficult time for adolescents and that the proposed club will aim to have a positive effect on the physical, mental, and emotional development of the young people and encourage them to develop their confidence; applauds the Bright Sparks Playgroup on what it sees as its work in developing a safe and healthy environment for young people with autism, and wishes it all the best.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Lyle, Rob Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Adam Ingram, Annabelle Ewing, Graeme Dey, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Bob Doris, Dennis Robertson, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11388 David Stewart: Emergency Towing—That the Parliament supports the campaign by Highland councillors calling for the reinstatement of a second emergency towing vessel (ETV) to cover north and west coast waters; notes the recent incident where a boat carrying nuclear waste through northern waters caught fire and was left drifting in the North Sea, which resulted in the Beatrice oil platform being evacuated as a precaution; understands that the solitary ETV for the north and west would take an estimated eight hours to reach the north Minch and 12 hours to reach Barra Head from its Orkney base; supports the previous comment of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, David Mundell, who stated that there is a clear need for emergency cover in the west of Scotland; notes that the UK Parliament’s Transport Committee also questioned how one ETV, stationed in Orkney, could adequately cover the west coast; supports the view that emergencies, by their nature, are not predictable and require adequate safety provision to be in place, and supports the reinstatement of a second ETV to ensure that north and west coast communities, seafarers and offshore workers are not left in a vulnerable position while ETV assistance is awaited.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, John Mason, Jackie Baillie, Kevin Stewart, Lewis Macdonald, John Finnie, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Jean Urquhart, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11387 John Pentland: Proposed Sale of Tata Long Products Division—That the Parliament notes the reported threat to jobs and industrial capacity posed by the proposed sale of Tata Steel’s Long Products division to Klesch Group; condemns what it sees as the lack of consultation with the trade unions before the intention to sell was announced; understands that the independent consultant, Syndex, has been brought in by the National Trade Union Steel Co-ordinating Committee, which includes the unions, Community, Unite, GMB and UCATT, to look at alternatives to a sale; believes that the Long Products division is a vital component of Scottish and UK industry and that Tata Steel should consult with and give more time for the unions to come up with options for the division, and calls on the Scottish Government to meet Tata, to support the unions’ call for the company to engage in meaningful consultation and to give full cooperation with the research into alternatives to the sale.

Supported by: David Stewart, Jayne Baxter, Malcolm Chisholm, Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik, Michael McMahon, Margaret McCulloch, Neil Findlay, Elaine Murray, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Lewis Macdonald, John Finnie, Richard Lyle, Richard Simpson

S4M-11385 Patricia Ferguson: The People’s Millions, Good Luck to the Disability Community—That the Parliament notes that the Disability Community, which is based in Possilpark, has been shortlisted to go forward to a public vote for People’s Millions 2014; congratulates the Disability Community on this achievement; notes that the project provides social and recreational opportunities for disabled people of all ages in the north of Glasgow and understands that, if successful, the award would be used to fund a new specially adapted mini-bus to provide safe and reliable transport for members accessing services and activities; understands that the telephone vote will take place between 24 and 26 November 2014 and that the Disability Bus Project will appear on STV West news on 24 November; wishes the Disability Community every success, and encourages STV West viewers to consider voting for the Disability Bus Project.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Annabelle Ewing, Hanzala Malik, Colin Beattie, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Anne McTaggart, Margaret McCulloch, Cara Hilton, Elaine Murray, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11329# Clare Adamson: Home Safety Kits—That the Parliament notes the evidence relating to home safety equipment fitting schemes and considers that there is a need for local schemes to be administered; notes that young children are most likely to be involved in accidents in their own homes in Central Scotland and across the country but that often the correct safety equipment, with supporting education, can prevent unnecessary suffering from burns and scalds, falls and poisonings; acknowledges the forthcoming evaluation report on Scotland’s Home Safety Equipment Scheme, and notes the ongoing contributions by ROSPA to accident prevention and safety awareness in the home.

S4M-11158# David Stewart: World Diabetes Day 2014—That the Parliament acknowledges that 14 November 2014 is World Diabetes Day, which is being led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member associations, including Diabetes UK, and is recognised as an official United Nations Day; understands that World Diabetes Day was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes poses; understands that there are almost 268,000 people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland and that access to good healthcare and treatment is key to helping them manage their condition; welcomes the launch of Diabetes UK’s campaign that focuses on children and young people and its aim to increase awareness of the symptoms and warning signs for type 1 diabetes; believes that, in many cases, type 2 diabetes can be prevented through healthy eating and physical activity, and welcomes this year’s parliamentary reception, which is scheduled for 18 November, to mark World Diabetes Day 2014.

S4M-11103# Christina McKelvie: Armed Services Advice Project in a Year of Remembrance—That the Parliament applauds what it considers the tremendous work undertaken by the Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP), a service funded by Poppyscotland and delivered by the Citizens Advice Scotland for serving and former armed forces personnel and their families; understands that most service people make successful transitions back into civilian life but that, for those who do not, ASAP is a lifeline that can help people in a time of need; recognises in this year of remembrance that suffering and sacrifice is sadly not a thing of the past and believes that society owes it to the armed forces and their families to help them out in their time of need; commends ASAP for providing this support to forces and their families in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse and across Scotland, and congratulates the project on delivering immense benefits to over 5,300 clients across Scotland, putting £3.5 million back into client’s pockets and resolving countless debt, housing and benefit issues every week.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S4M-11384 Spartans Women FC’s Support for the Jamie Skinner Foundation and the Shockingly Easy Campaign ­(lodged on 31 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Patricia Ferguson, Hanzala Malik, Iain Gray, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Joan McAlpine, Rob Gibson, Liam McArthur, Margaret McCulloch, Roderick Campbell, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Elaine Murray, Malcolm Chisholm, Richard Lyle, Jackie Baillie, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Annabelle Ewing, Graeme Dey, Anne McTaggart, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Alison McInnes, John Finnie, Bob Doris, Nigel Don, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Cameron Buchanan, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11383 Top of the Class for the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice ­(lodged on 31 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Jayne Baxter, Graeme Dey, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Jamie McGrigor, Gordon MacDonald, Nigel Don, Richard Simpson, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Annabel Goldie, Bob Doris, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11382 Dunkeld’s Lady’s Tree Crowned Scotland’s Favourite ­(lodged on 31 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Margaret Mitchell, Jayne Baxter, Graeme Dey, Annabelle Ewing, John Lamont, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Kevin Stewart, Jackson Carlaw, Alex Fergusson, Jackie Baillie, Nigel Don, Richard Simpson, Annabel Goldie, Stewart Maxwell, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11379 Johnstons of Elgin ­(lodged on 31 October 2014) Jayne Baxter, Richard Lyle, Jackson Carlaw, Jackie Baillie, Roderick Campbell, Christine Grahame, Nigel Don, Annabel Goldie, Bob Doris, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11377 Enhancing the Camping Experience at Loch Lomond ­(lodged on 31 October 2014) Annabelle Ewing, Richard Simpson, Lewis Macdonald, Bob Doris, Stewart Maxwell

S4M-11376 Dyslexia Awareness Week, Ellie’s Blue Ribbon Campaign ­(lodged on 31 October 2014) Mike MacKenzie, Mary Scanlon, Jackson Carlaw, Alex Fergusson, Jackie Baillie, Nigel Don, Adam Ingram, Alison McInnes, Annabel Goldie, Bob Doris, Claudia Beamish, Colin Beattie, Elaine Murray, Maureen Watt*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11375 Book Week Scotland 2014 ­(lodged on 31 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Nigel Don, Linda Fabiani, Adam Ingram, Annabel Goldie, Bob Doris, Stewart Maxwell, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11374 Silver Line Scotland ­(lodged on 31 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Nigel Don, Linda Fabiani, Adam Ingram, Annabel Goldie, Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11373 Tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton, the British Schindler ­(lodged on 31 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, Christina McKelvie, Jackson Carlaw, Jackie Baillie, Roderick Campbell, Alex Fergusson, Nigel Don, Linda Fabiani, Chic Brodie, Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11371 Cheers to Falkirk District’s Best Bar None 2014 Award Winners (lodged on 30 October 2014) Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11370 Blairdardie Primary’s Poem Tops Wallace Monument ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Linda Fabiani

S4M-11369 Glasgow Airport Voted Best in UK in a Passenger Survey ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Mary Fee, Linda Fabiani, Annabel Goldie, Stewart Maxwell, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11368 Congratulations to Prentice Coaches ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Jayne Baxter, Annabelle Ewing, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret McCulloch, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11367 Additional Funding for Kinghorn Ecology Centre ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11366 Congratulating Kirkcaldy Youth Music Theatre ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11365 National Fertility Awareness Week 2014 ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Lewis Macdonald, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11364 Free Asia Bibi ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Angus MacDonald, Hanzala Malik, Linda Fabiani, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11363 Mercury Prize Winners ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Linda Fabiani, Lewis Macdonald, Elaine Murray

S4M-11362 Congratulations to Young Fathers on Winning the 2014 Mercury Prize ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Linda Fabiani

S4M-11361 Tackling Projected Population Decline in Argyll and Bute ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Annabel Goldie

S4M-11359 Award for Grangemouth and Bo’ness CAB ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Maureen Watt*

S4M-11358 Better Food for Patients ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Richard Simpson, Liam McArthur, Gavin Brown, John Scott, Alex Fergusson, Annabel Goldie, Ruth Davidson, Jackie Baillie, Alison McInnes

S4M-11357 Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ebola Appeal ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Richard Simpson, Linda Fabiani, Lewis Macdonald, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11356 Congratulations to Drumchapel CAB ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Maureen Watt*

S4M-11355 UHI’s New International Partnership ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Jackie Baillie, Maureen Watt*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11354 Larkhall Academy Amnesty International School Group ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11353 Clyde 2020 ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11352 Stageworx School of Performing Arts to Offer Full-time Courses (lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11350 Huge Success for Charities in Glasgow Kelvin ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11349 Silver Sodexo Final ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Linda Fabiani, Stewart Maxwell, Maureen Watt, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11348 Congratulating Award Winners in Glasgow Anniesland ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11347 United Nations Disarmament Week ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Alison Johnstone, John Wilson

S4M-11346 Caithness Clinches Young Highland Chef of the Year 2014 ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Jackie Baillie, Bob Doris, Maureen Watt

S4M-11345 Royal Marines to be Given the Freedom of Glasgow ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Maureen Watt

S4M-11344 Ban Circuses from Using Wild Animals ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Christine Grahame, Mark McDonald, Elaine Murray, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11342 Big Hearts at Tynecastle as HMFC Commits to Living Wage ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Stewart Maxwell, Maureen Watt, Elaine Murray

S4M-11341 Trans and Intersex Conference ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Linda Fabiani, Maureen Watt, Elaine Murray

S4M-11340 Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality, Oxfam’s New Report and Campaign ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Linda Fabiani, Lewis Macdonald, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11339 Helping to COPE ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Maureen Watt

S4M-11337 St Stephen’s Primary School’s Second Green Flag ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Lewis Macdonald, Maureen Watt

S4M-11336 Scotcash Launched in North Glasgow ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Lewis Macdonald, Maureen Watt, Elaine Murray

S4M-11335 The Red Road – Our Flats ­(lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11331 Barnardo’s and Hawthorn Housing Co-operative, Urban Village (lodged on 29 October 2014) Bob Doris, Lewis Macdonald, Maureen Watt

S4M-11329 Home Safety Kits ­(lodged on 28 October 2014) Bob Doris, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11328 Happy 125th Anniversary to Mrs Murray’s ­(lodged on 28 October 2014) Mark McDonald

S4M-11327 Robert Smith, 2014 Young Highland Chef ­(lodged on 28 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11326 Alan Michael, Community Champion, Great Scot Awards 2014 (lodged on 28 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11325.1 Equal Pay ­(lodged on 30 October 2014) Duncan McNeil

S4M-11325 Equal Pay ­(lodged on 28 October 2014) Bob Doris, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11324 Shelter’s Make Renting Right Campaign ­(lodged on 28 October 2014) Richard Simpson, Linda Fabiani

S4M-11317 Fife Honours Victims of Valleyfield Mining Disaster ­(lodged on 28 October 2014) Lewis Macdonald

S4M-11316 Friends of the Union Chain Bridge ­(lodged on 28 October 2014) Annabel Goldie

S4M-11313 Glencairn Crystal Goes from Strength to Strength ­(lodged on 28 October 2014) Linda Fabiani

S4M-11312 Free West Papua ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Mark McDonald, Linda Fabiani, Stewart Maxwell, Maureen Watt*

S4M-11310 Species Champions Hits 70 ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Richard Simpson, Bob Doris, Lewis Macdonald, Claire Baker

S4M-11309 World Canals Conference Comes to Inverness ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11307 Petition for a New 3G Pitch at Graeme High School ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Lewis Macdonald

S4M-11306 Congratulating Frankie’s Fish & Chips ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11305 The Kelpies and The Helix Win the Saltire Society 2014 Civil Engineering Award ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Bob Doris, Linda Fabiani

S4M-11303 Congratulations to the Hear Our Voice Campaigners ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Bob Doris, Lewis Macdonald

S4M-11298 World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Richard Simpson, Bob Doris, Linda Fabiani

S4M-11297 Dementia Project in West Dunbartonshire Wins Top Education Award ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Richard Simpson, Bob Doris, Lewis Macdonald

S4M-11296 World Polio Day 2014 ­(lodged on 24 October 2014) Linda Fabiani, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11294 New Leadership for Comrie Pipe Band ­(lodged on 24 October 2014) Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, David Torrance, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, Gordon MacDonald, Margaret McCulloch, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt*, Cameron Buchanan*

S4M-11293 Tackling Homophobia in Aberdeen ­(lodged on 24 October 2014) Dave Thompson*

S4M-11292 Success for Mid Scotland and Fife Restaurants ­(lodged on 24 October 2014) David Torrance, Chic Brodie, Liz Smith, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Jim Eadie, Graeme Dey, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Christina McKelvie, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Roderick Campbell, Richard Simpson, Maureen Watt*, Cameron Buchanan*

S4M-11288 Respected Musician Faces Deportation ­(lodged on 23 October 2014) Sarah Boyack

S4M-11285 Braidhurst High School ­(lodged on 23 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11282 Petition for Celtic to Pay the Living Wage ­(lodged on 23 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11281 Tory Attacks on Vulnerable People and Charities ­(lodged on 23 October 2014) Bob Doris, Clare Adamson

S4M-11280 Fife Wins Awards for All Project Funds ­(lodged on 23 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11279 Antonine Primary School’s Harvest Festival and Walk to School Initiative ­(lodged on 23 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11276 Reawakening of Grassroots Political Engagement ­(lodged on 23 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11275.1 Support for Living Wage Week ­(lodged on 27 October 2014) Bob Doris, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11275 Support for Living Wage Week ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Duncan McNeil*

S4M-11274 The National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland Receives £49,844 (lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11273 Multicultural Homecoming Cup ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11272 35th Anniversary of Mercy Corps ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11271 The Bellgrove Hotel ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris, Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart

S4M-11270 Scotland’s First World War Centenary Wood at Dreghorn Woods (lodged on 22 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Bob Doris

S4M-11269 Fife Firefighters Head Overseas to Answer Different Emergency Call ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11268 Football, More than a Game ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11267 Glasgow is Determined to Care ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11266 Success for Move On in Glasgow Kelvin ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11265 Funding Success for Glasgow’s West of Scotland Regional Equality Council ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11264 Tremendous Award Success for Glasgow Kelvin’s Annexe Communities ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11263 Congratulations to Choices Aberdeen ­(lodged on 22 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11262 Congratulations to PCs Kyle McGivern and Nadeen Chalmers (lodged on 21 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11261 Revenge Pornography ­(lodged on 21 October 2014) Richard Baker*

S4M-11260 Welfare Reforms Impact Angus Group ­(lodged on 21 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11259 Visit Arran ­(lodged on 21 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Bob Doris

S4M-11258 Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive to Retire in 2015 ­(lodged on 21 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Bob Doris, Colin Beattie

S4M-11256 Further Referenda ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11255 15th Motherwell Boy’s Brigade Awarded £7,282 ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Bob Doris

S4M-11254 Uddingston Hockey Club Awarded £2,000 ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Bob Doris

S4M-11253 Congratulations to Garthamlock Community Group ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris, Colin Beattie

S4M-11252 Congratulations to Linton Lane Centre on its £8,460 Award ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11251 AC Whyte and Co, Family Business of the Year ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris, Colin Beattie

S4M-11250 Unjust Energy Pricing ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11249 Angus Charity Receives Welcome Boost ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11248 Trustees’ Week 2014 ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11247 Hope 2 Help Obtains Funding for Start-up ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11246 Forgewood Housing Co-operative Wins Funds to Redevelop ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris, Colin Beattie

S4M-11245 Greenhills Primary School Wins £10,000 Funding ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris, Colin Beattie

S4M-11244 Election of New President of the Inter Parliamentary Union ­(lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11243 Quality Meat Scotland Picks up yet Another Marketing Award (lodged on 20 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11242 Refugee Crisis in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Colin Beattie

S4M-11241 Anne Swartz Nominated for Carer of the Year ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Annabel Goldie, Colin Beattie

S4M-11239 Awards for All Funding for Braemar Creative Arts ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Colin Beattie

S4M-11238 UK Child Poverty Map Shows Glasgow Having the Worst Record in Scotland ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Bob Doris

S4M-11237 Martyn Bennett Prize, Celebrating Young Traditional Music Composers ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Colin Beattie

S4M-11236 Electricity Surcharges in the Highlands and Islands ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11234 Diageo Accredited as Investors in Young People ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie

S4M-11232 Safety Concerns at Former Distillery Site ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11231 Community Entrepreneur of the Year ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Annabel Goldie

S4M-11229 Rotary Club of Livingston 40th Anniversary ­(lodged on 16 October 2014) Colin Beattie

S4M-11221.1 Lord Freud Should Go ­(lodged on 17 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie

S4M-11220 Margaret Gibb Wins RBS Scotland’s Real Hero of the Year Award (lodged on 16 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11219 TR Bonnyman Fights Ebola ­(lodged on 16 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie

S4M-11218 Shelter Campaign on Illegal Evictions ­(lodged on 16 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11217 The Launch of Largs Community Resilience Team ­(lodged on 16 October 2014) Annabel Goldie, Colin Beattie

S4M-11215 Congratulating Shetland’s Jan Bevington on Receiving IFAW’s Marine Rescue Award ­(lodged on 16 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11212 Lord Freud Should Resign or be Sacked ­(lodged on 15 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11210 Launch of Angus Business Week ­(lodged on 15 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11209 James McGrory Supporters Group Foodbank ­(lodged on 15 October 2014) Colin Beattie

S4M-11207 Best Wishes to Dumfries and Galloway’s Scottish Thistle Nominees ­(lodged on 14 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11206 2014 Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Goes to Kirsteen MacDonald (lodged on 15 October 2014) Colin Beattie

S4M-11203 Congratulations to Try A Job Limited ­(lodged on 14 October 2014) Colin Beattie

S4M-11202 Congratulations to Easthall Residents Association ­(lodged on 14 October 2014) Colin Beattie

S4M-11193 Palestine ­(lodged on 13 October 2014) Dave Thompson*

S4M-11190 Hepatitis C ­(lodged on 13 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11188 Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize ­(lodged on 13 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11187 Centenary of Beath and Cowdenbeath North Church of Scotland (lodged on 13 October 2014) Colin Beattie

S4M-11186 UK Anti-Slavery Day and EU Anti-Trafficking Day 2014 ­(lodged on 13 October 2014) Dave Thompson*

S4M-11179 The Glasgow Guild, a Business with a Social Conscience ­(lodged on 10 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-11176 World Day Against the Death Penalty ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11172 Hemiplegia Awareness Week 2014 ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11171 Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Awareness Month ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11170 World Polio Day ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11169 World Osteoporosis Day ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Stewart Maxwell

S4M-11165 World Osteoporosis Day 2014 ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Elaine Murray

S4M-11162 BackCare Awareness Week ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11158 World Diabetes Day 2014 ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11157 Scotland’s Outstanding Year of Sport ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11155 Scottish Stammering Network ­(lodged on 09 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Stewart Maxwell, Claire Baker

S4M-11150 Meal Makers Tackle Malnutrition in Frail Older People ­(lodged on 08 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11146 Age Scotland Awards, Volunteer of the Year ­(lodged on 08 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11145 Singing for Pleasure, Age Scotland’s Member Group of the Year 2014 ­(lodged on 08 October 2014) Elaine Murray

S4M-11142 Hampden Park to be Host Venue in Euro 2020 ­(lodged on 08 October 2014) Elaine Murray

S4M-11140 Garrowhill Garden Estate Named the Best Community Garden in Scotland ­(lodged on 08 October 2014) Elaine Murray

S4M-11139 Venachar Lochside Restaurant Scoops Best Restaurant Award (lodged on 08 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11138 Dumbarton Bowler Kevin Anderson is Scottish Champion ­(lodged on 08 October 2014) Elaine Murray

S4M-11137 Voices from the Sharp End ­(lodged on 07 October 2014) Elaine Murray

S4M-11135 Coatbridge High Staff Raise Money for the STV Appeal ­(lodged on 07 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11134 Third Annual Book Week Scotland ­(lodged on 07 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11129 NES Campaign for Alternative and Augmentative Communication (lodged on 07 October 2014) Elaine Murray

S4M-11121 West Lothian Council House Building Success ­(lodged on 07 October 2014) Elaine Murray

S4M-11119 Scottish Parliament’s Kirsty is a Winner, Official ­(lodged on 07 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Stewart Maxwell

S4M-11112 Local Heroes – The Untold Stories of the Cameronians in their Own Words Project ­(lodged on 06 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11110 Laura Mahady, Veteran Sports Achiever of the Year ­(lodged on 06 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11107 Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month November 2014 ­(lodged on 06 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Willie Rennie

S4M-11106 Ending the Poll Tax ­(lodged on 06 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11105 International Credit Union Day 2014 ­(lodged on 06 October 2014) Clare Adamson, Elaine Murray, Dave Thompson*

S4M-11103 Armed Services Advice Project in a Year of Remembrance ­(lodged on 06 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11097 Scottish Youth Theatre Encourages Youth Involvement in Referendum ­(lodged on 03 October 2014) Elaine Murray

S4M-11096 Living Wage for BrewDog Employees ­(lodged on 03 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11093 MUMs’ Last Big Challenge ­(lodged on 03 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11088 Congratulating Fife Migrants Forum ­(lodged on 03 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11084 Repeal of the Human Rights Act ­(lodged on 02 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11083 The Fallen of Glenboig ­(lodged on 02 October 2014) Clare Adamson

S4M-11051 ScotRail Franchise Should be Stopped in its Tracks ­(lodged on 01 October 2014) Elaine Murray

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