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To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will appoint a victims’ champion.

Answered by Alex Salmond (29/01/2009): This question was answered in the Chamber. The answer can be viewed in the Official Report using the following link:


Current Status: Answered by Alex Salmond on 29/01/2009
National Diabetes Week, 10 to 16 June 2007
That the Parliament welcomes the Small Change, Big Difference campaign being run by Diabetes UK Scotland for National Diabetes Week 2007; commends the tremendous support that Diabetes UK Scotland gives to the estimated 173,000 people in Scotland who are living with diabetes; notes that, in the Highlands alone, the number of people living with diabetes stands at 11,111 and this figure is predicted to rise to at least 13,000 by 2017, and therefore considers that the Scottish Diabetes Framework Action Plan should be delivered by 2009, as set out in the Diabetes UK Scotland Manifesto 2007.

Supported by: John Lamont, Liam McArthur, John Park, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Tavish Scott, Peter Peacock, Michael McMahon, Malcolm Chisholm, Jamie Stone, Des McNulty, Andy Kerr, Sarah Boyack, Rhoda Grant, Patricia Ferguson, Marilyn Livingstone, Marlyn Glen, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Elaine Murray, Kenneth Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Hugh O'Donnell, Hugh Henry, Bill Wilson, Trish Godman, Mary Mulligan, Karen Gillon, George Foulkes, Robin Harper, Irene Oldfather, Christine Grahame, Richard Simpson, Margaret Mitchell, Nanette Milne, Cathy Peattie, Angela Constance, Robert Brown, Jack McConnell, Karen Whitefield, Jamie Hepburn, Mary Scanlon

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 28/06/2007
UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
That the Parliament supports the UN International Day for Eradication of Poverty on 17 October; notes that promises made in 1970 to devote 0.7% of gross national income to overseas development aid have not been met by the international community; notes that every G8 country except the United Kingdom is off target to meet commitments made at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005 and that the UN Millennium Development Goals are unlikely to be met by 2015; believes that more international action is needed to deliver more and better aid, trade justice, full debt relief and gender equality and to tackle climate change; further notes that millions of people around the world are still united in the fight against global poverty and inequality, and considers that solidarity should be shown through support for participation in the Global Call to Action Against Poverty’s world record attempt on 17 October 2007 for the largest number of people ready to stand up and speak out against poverty and inequality.

Supported by: Peter Peacock, Rhoda Grant, Tom McCabe, Hugh O'Donnell, Des McNulty, Alex Neil, David Whitton, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Bill Butler, Kenneth Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Jamie Stone, James Kelly, Iain Gray, Hugh Henry, Sarah Boyack, Trish Godman, Mary Mulligan, Marlyn Glen, Karen Whitefield, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Elaine Murray, Cathie Craigie, Patricia Ferguson, Claire Baker, Malcolm Chisholm, Joe FitzPatrick, Gil Paterson, Cathy Jamieson, Cathy Peattie

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Highland Diabetes Institute
That the Parliament congratulates representatives of NHS Highland, UHI Millenium Institute and LifeScan Scotland on signing a partnership agreement to develop the Highland Diabetes Institute, a purpose-built facility to bring together researchers to develop ideas for the treatment of diabetes, and welcomes the commitment of these organisations to develop both better treatments for sufferers of diabetes and the provision of better treatment facilities at Raigmore Hospital.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Christine Grahame, Rhoda Grant, Richard Simpson

Healthy Living Centres
That the Parliament acknowledges the positive contribution of healthy living centres across Scotland, whose aim is to promote good health in its broadest sense, to reduce health inequalities and to improve the health of the most disadvantaged sections of the population; notes with concern that the five-year lottery funding for many of these individual groups is at, or will soon be coming to, an end; recognises the valuable contribution that healthy living centres make in individual communities, such as the Janny’s Hoose in Inverness and Healthways in Ross and Cromarty, and calls on local authorities and NHS boards to enter into funding negotiations with the Scottish Executive to secure a continued long-term funding solution for these very worthwhile organisations.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Claire Baker, Peter Peacock, James Kelly, Frank McAveety, Des McNulty, Andy Kerr, Sarah Boyack, Rhona Brankin, Rhoda Grant, Karen Whitefield, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman, Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie, Dave Thompson

Undermining Development: Copper Mining in Zambia
That the Parliament congratulates SCIAF, Christian Aid and Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) on the publication of Undermining Development: Copper Mining in Zambia which focuses on Zambia’s largest copper mining company, KCM, which is majority-owned by UK-based Vedanta Resources; notes with concern the report’s key finding that Zambian society is deriving few of the advantages of copper mining while suffering many of the disadvantages and regrets the way in which particular companies’ operations compound this problem, and therefore calls for action to ensure that those UK corporations, particularly those which claim to be socially responsible investors, take their responsibilities seriously in ensuring that the companies in which they invest uphold best practice in terms of social and environmental responsibilities.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Peter Peacock, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Stone, James Kelly, Gil Paterson, Des McNulty, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Rhoda Grant, Patricia Ferguson, Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, Willie Coffey, Joe FitzPatrick, Ken Macintosh, Bill Wilson, Trish Godman, Mary Mulligan, Karen Gillon, John Park, Claire Baker, Malcolm Chisholm, Hugh Henry, Hugh O'Donnell, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Sarah Boyack, Nicol Stephen

Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Report
As an amendment to motion S3M-1204 in the name of Michael Russell (Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Report), insert at end “and calls on the Scottish Government to confirm the commitment to meeting the 2010 EU Gothenburg biodiversity targets.”

Supported by: Karen Gillon

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 24/01/2008
Commercial Forestry
As an amendment to motion S3M-1315 in the name of Michael Russell (Commercial Forestry), insert at end “and further notes the significant role that Scotland’s woodland plays in the mitigation of climate change and the conservation of biodiversity.”

Supported by: Karen Gillon

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 07/02/2008
Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps
That the Parliament notes the considerable benefits that insulin pumps have for diabetics to help them to manage their condition; notes with concern the current restrictive criteria for eligibility for use of insulin pumps which have contributed to insulin pump usage in Scotland being among the lowest in Western Europe, with only around 0.75% of people with Type 1 diabetes using pumps in Scotland compared with 15 to 20% in the United States of America and Germany; is concerned at the extreme regional disparity in uptake of insulin pumps across NHS boards, with only two patients receiving insulin pump therapy in NHS Ayrshire and Arran compared with 42 in NHS Tayside in the most recent figures, despite all NHS boards having received funding for access to insulin pumps; supports the campaign of Diabetes UK to increase access to insulin pumps and welcomes the review being undertaken currently by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) of the eligibility for use of pumps in the NHS, and believes that further steps should be taken to ensure that new NICE guidance that seeks to relax access criteria is adopted swiftly in Scotland, to support all NHS boards to increase access to insulin pumps for patients with diabetes and to enable more training for health practitioners to support patients in moving to the use of pumps where it is clearly of benefit in the management of their diabetes.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Jackson Carlaw, Rob Gibson, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Peter Peacock, Ken Macintosh, James Kelly, Hugh O'Donnell, Hugh Henry, Frank McAveety, Sarah Boyack, Sandra White, Rhoda Grant, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Scanlon, Marilyn Livingstone, Karen Whitefield, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie, Cathy Jamieson, John Park, Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, Marlyn Glen, Angela Constance, David Whitton, Andy Kerr, Tom McCabe, Mary Mulligan, Claire Baker, Ian McKee, Christine Grahame, Ross Finnie, Patrick Harvie, Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
WWF Campaign for Strong Scottish Climate Change Bill
That the Parliament welcomes the launch of WWF Scotland’s campaign for a strong Scottish Climate Change Bill, which will engage with communities across the country through 25 public events over the course of the public consultation on the Bill proposals; believes that, in tackling climate change, Scotland as a nation can lead the way and, alongside those backing this campaign, supports calls for the Bill to establish the legal framework to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a statutory annual target of at least 3% emission reductions year on year and to include reductions in emissions from aviation and shipping, and further notes that these calls are supported across the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition, a broad coalition of environment, development, community and faith groups and UNISON Scotland.

Supported by: George Foulkes, Mike Pringle, Peter Peacock, Malcolm Chisholm, James Kelly, Iain Gray, Hugh O'Donnell, Rhona Brankin, Rhoda Grant, Pauline McNeill, Trish Godman, Marlyn Glen, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Peattie, Claire Baker, John Park, John Farquhar Munro, Cathie Craigie, Alison McInnes, Richard Simpson, Jim Hume

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