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Promoting Doric
That the Parliament notes that the Doric language plays a vital communication role in the north east, which adds greatly to Scotland’s national heritage and further advances the cultural diversity of Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to actively promote Doric and Lallan Scots as living languages.

            The member has provided the following Doric translation:

That the Pairliament merks hou the Doric leid plays a feckfu pairt in the corrieneuchins o the Nor-Aist, eikin muckle tae Scotland’s national heirship an forderin the diversitie o Scottish culture, an cries on the Scottish Executif eidently tae upbigg the Doric an Lawland forms o the Scots tung as leivin leids.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Rosemary Byrne, Stewart Stevenson, Robin Harper, Jim Mather, Fergus Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Andrew Welsh, Alex Johnstone, Roseanna Cunningham, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Eleanor Scott, Christine Grahame, Frances Curran, Mark Ruskell, John Swinney, Donald Gorrie, Adam Ingram, Shiona Baird, Kenny MacAskill, Sandra White, Nanette Milne, Jean Turner, Michael Matheson, Nora Radcliffe

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Aberdeen
That the Parliament congratulates the Rotary Club of Aberdeen for raising £6,000 to provide a covered market place and public toilet facilities for Aberdeen, Sierra Leone and wishes it well in its future fundraising endeavours.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, John Swinney, David Davidson, Brian Adam, Fergus Ewing, Andrew Welsh, Roseanna Cunningham, Nora Radcliffe, Jamie Stone, Eleanor Scott, Jean Turner, Shiona Baird

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club: Walker Cup
That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club on its successful bid to host the 2011 Walker Cup golf championship and hopes that the tournament will be as big a triumph for the club as the Senior British Open was last year.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Jim Wallace, David McLetchie, David Davidson, Bruce Crawford, Pauline McNeill, Jamie Stone, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Helen Eadie, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Adam Ingram, Eleanor Scott, Nora Radcliffe, Jean Turner

Local Food is Miles Better
That the Parliament notes that the tonnage of food air freighted around the world has risen by 140% since 1992 and that, although air transport only accounts for 1% of food miles, 11% of food miles’ carbon dioxide emissions are down to air transport; further notes that there has been a 23% rise in food transported by HGV since 1978 and that the average distance travelled has increased by 50%, and supports Farmers Weekly’s Local Food Is Miles Better campaign, which aims to cut food miles and pollution and to support local food producers.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Andrew Arbuckle, Murray Tosh, Mike Rumbles, Jim Mather, Jamie Stone, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Alex Johnstone, Alex Fergusson, Adam Ingram, Stewart Maxwell, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, John Swinney, Chris Ballance, Bruce Crawford, Roseanna Cunningham, Nora Radcliffe, Eleanor Scott, Mark Ballard, Donald Gorrie, Frances Curran, Jean Turner, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Christine Grahame, Rosie Kane, Mark Ruskell, Shiona Baird, Richard Lochhead, Cathy Peattie

Grand Prix Snooker in Aberdeen
That the Parliament welcomes the return of top-class snooker to Aberdeen with the announcement of the Grand Prix World Snooker Tour event to be held in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in October 2006; considers that this event, along with the Aberdeen Cup tennis tournament which will be taking place for the second year running, marks out the north east as an excellent venue for high-class sporting events which will encourage more people to participate in sport, and hopes that other sporting bodies will take the opportunity to hold events in Aberdeen and the north east in future.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Stewart Stevenson, Robin Harper, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Shiona Baird, Sandra White, Nanette Milne, Eleanor Scott, Rob Gibson, Nora Radcliffe, Stewart Maxwell, Michael Matheson, Roseanna Cunningham, Donald Gorrie

Labour MPs Failing on Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route VAT Issue
That the Parliament condemns Aberdeen’s Labour MPs for their backing of HM Treasury’s stance on imposing VAT on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project; notes that the former Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning has stated publicly that there was no notification from HM Revenue and Customs that it was looking at imposing VAT, and calls on these MPs to rethink their position and back the campaign to have this VAT liability waived.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Fiona Hyslop

Refugee Week 2006
That the Parliament recognises that 19 to 25 June is Refugee Week 2006, which consists of a programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees; notes that Scotland has long been heralded as a nation that offers support, understanding and sanctuary to people in great need and peril and also recognises the vital contribution that refugees have brought to Scotland, and hopes that Scotland will forever be seen worldwide as a bastion of hope and understanding.

Supported by: Colin Fox, Patrick Harvie, Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Rosemary Byrne, Stewart Stevenson, Mike Rumbles, Kenny MacAskill, Jim Mather, Fergus Ewing, Chris Ballance, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Shiona Baird, Roseanna Cunningham, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Mike Pringle, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Richard Lochhead, Michael Matheson, Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Alex Neil, Adam Ingram, Sandra White, Eleanor Scott, John Swinney, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani

Energy Price Hikes
That the Parliament condemns the power companies for their latest round of price hikes and calls on ministers to intervene; notes that Scotland is an energy-rich country but recognises that many of our citizens suffer fuel poverty; calls on the Scottish Executive to expand insulation and central heating programmes throughout the country, and further calls on ministers to change planning law to ensure that all new homes reach the highest energy efficiency standards.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Chris Ballance, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Rosemary Byrne, Stewart Stevenson, Alex Neil, Helen Eadie, Frances Curran, John Swinney, Donald Gorrie, Roseanna Cunningham, Eleanor Scott

Raising Awareness of Alcohol
That the Parliament notes the initiative by Aberdeen Joint Alcohol and Drug Action Team to have youngsters aged between 16 and 24 in the north east submit story ideas for a film competition in a bid to raise awareness of alcohol issues; believes that such an initiative is an excellent way to raise awareness of alcohol among young people and put across a peer-driven message; hopes that as many young people as possible will enter the competition and take part in the subsequent film production, and commends Aberdeen Joint Alcohol and Drug Action Team for this innovative approach to educating young people about alcohol.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Rosemary Byrne, Stewart Stevenson, Jim Mather, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Frances Curran, Donald Gorrie, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, Roseanna Cunningham, Carolyn Leckie, Shiona Baird

International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week
That the Parliament notes with concern that Scotland has the highest rate of suicide in the United Kingdom and congratulates the organisations and individuals taking part in activities during International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, which runs from 4 to 10 September 2006, for attempting to tackle this taboo subject.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Rosemary Byrne, Derek Brownlee, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Michael Matheson, Ken Macintosh, Jim Wallace, Jim Mather, Donald Gorrie, Dave Petrie, David McLetchie, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Sandra White, Nanette Milne, Christine Grahame, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Adam Ingram, Roseanna Cunningham, Eleanor Scott, Frances Curran, David Davidson, Shiona Baird, Pauline McNeill, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona Hyslop, Cathy Peattie

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