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Monument - Battle of Little Bighorn
That the Parliament welcomes the unveiling of a monument to honour 70 Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors who died defending their homeland on this day, 25 June 127 years ago at Greasy Grass, Montana, United States of America, in the battle known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn and congratulates the Government of the United States for eventually providing the balance of funds to match the public donations gathered over the past 20 years to build a suitable memorial.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Fergus Ewing, Campbell Martin, Patrick Harvie, Richard Lochhead, Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Kenny MacAskill, Jim Mather, Chris Ballance, Adam Ingram, Roseanna Cunningham, Margaret Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Eleanor Scott, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane

GM Free Zone on Shetland Islands
That the Parliament welcomes the recent consultation by Shetland Islands Council environmental forum on the creation of a genetic-modification-free zone on the islands and urges the Scottish Executive to assist the local authority achieve this aim in every way possible.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Rosie Kane, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Jim Mather, Chris Ballance, Shiona Baird, Eleanor Scott, Carolyn Leckie, Stewart Maxwell, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Bruce McFee, Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Kenny MacAskill, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Dennis Canavan, Roseanna Cunningham, Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani

Alness in Bloom - Entente Florale Silver Medal
That the Parliament congratulates Alness in Bloom for gaining an overall silver medal in the Entente Florale, Europe in Bloom, competition for 2003 held in Slovenia on 20 September 2003 and  notes that this tops seven consecutive years of success in Scottish, British and world floral competitions and ensures that the volunteers, who have transformed the image of the town of Alness from depression to vibrancy, have won many new friends  across Europe for their sustained achievements, including one of two awards this year for the best European village to grow its own flowers and shrubs for display.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Robin Harper, John Farquhar Munro, Jim Mather, Jamie McGrigor, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Alex Johnstone, Shiona Baird, Maureen Macmillan, Eleanor Scott, Christine Grahame, Stewart Stevenson, Jamie Stone, Donald Gorrie, Mary Scanlon, Mark Ballard, Michael Matheson, Chris Ballance, Jean Turner

Condolences to St-Nazaire
That the Parliament sends its condolences to the people of St-Nazaire whose family members were killed or injured on a pre-launch visit while boarding the new liner Queen Mary 2; notes the direct association of the St-Nazaire shipbuilding industry and that of the Firth of Clyde; recalls the toll of human life in building ships, and urges the community to ensure that a successful launch for the vessel will still be marked by the planned conference on 29 November 2003 to commemorate the strong links between shipbuilding on the Clyde and on the estuary of the Loire.

            The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ toirt a co-chaoinidhean do na daoine ann an St-Nazaire aig an robh caraidean a chaidh a mharbhadh no a leòn fhad ’s a bha iad a’ dol air bhòrd na luinge ùire, Queen Mary 2, airson tadhal ro bhogadh; gu bheil i ag aithneachadh a’ cheangail dhìreach eadar gnìomhachas an long-thogail ann an St-Nazaire agus ann an Linne Chluaidh; gu bheil i a’ cuimhneachadh àireamh nan daoine a bhàsaich ann an togail longan, agus gu bheil i a’ brosnachadh na coimhearsneachd gus dèanamh cinnteach gun tèid an t-soitheach a bhogadh gu soirbheachail agus gun tèid a chomharrachadh fhathast leis a’ cho-labhairt air 29 Sultain gus na ceangalan làidir eadar long-thogail air an Abhainn Chluaidh agus air inbhir Loire a chomharrachadh.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Sandra White, Rosie Kane

Counterdrift Index
That the Parliament notes the continued loss of population from rural and island areas and its harmful effects on many communities; believes that the Scottish Executive should create a “Counterdrift Index” that sets out the details of its achievements in tackling this issue, and considers that the index, published quarterly, should flag up all relevant indicators including the number of affordable houses built and public jobs dispersed to areas of depopulation, the amount of land transferred for community use from both public and private sectors, the number of modern apprenticeships turned into permanent sustainable jobs and incentives delivered for tradespeople to work in the affected areas.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Bruce McFee, Stewart Maxwell, Robin Harper, Richard Lochhead, Jim Mather, Brian Adam, Shiona Baird, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Linda Fabiani, Eleanor Scott, Mark Ruskell, Chris Ballance, Jean Turner, Kenny MacAskill, Bruce Crawford, Alasdair Morgan

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Maternity Services in Caithness
That the Parliament notes the current review of maternity services in rural and remote communities of Caithness and north Sutherland; believes that no “one size fits all” model will deliver satisfactory solutions across the country; considers that staff shortages and widely differing geographical circumstances have to be accommodated, and further considers that the Scottish Executive should instruct NHS Scotland to draw up consultant contracts so that medical staff gain competencies in both large and small hospitals and therefore fulfil the Executive's pledge that every child in Scotland be given the best possible start in life.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Stewart Maxwell, Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Jim Mather, Jamie Stone, Chris Ballance, Adam Ingram, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Maureen Macmillan, Linda Fabiani, Eleanor Scott, Robin Harper, Bruce McFee, David Davidson, Fiona Hyslop, Mark Ballard, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Jean Turner, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Shona Robison

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 11/03/2004
Celtic Connections
As an amendment to motion S2M-785 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham (Celtic Connections), insert at end “and applauds the opening night concert “Harvest”, directed by Donald Shaw, that created a new benchmark in the celebration of our contemporary Scottish traditional music at its passionate best by blending a Scottish national traditional orchestra composed of 77 youngsters, the cream of the country's new generation, mostly from the Fèisean movement, with highly respected musicians from Celtic Galicia, Asturias, Brittany, Ireland and Scotland.”

            The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Mar atharrachadh air a’ ghluasad (S2M-785) ann an ainm Ròsanna Choineagain, cuir a-steach aig an deireadh: “agus gu bheil i a’ cur fàilte air cuirm-ciùil na h-oidhche fosglaidh, “Harvest”, a chaidh a stiùireadh le Donald Shaw agus a stèidhich bun-tomhais ùr ann a bhith ag àrdachadh ceòl traidiseanta Albannach an latha an-diugh den t-seòrsa as beothaile le bhith a’ measgachadh orcastra nàiseanta traidiseanta Albannach le 77 òganaich, cuid den fheadhainn as fheàrr à ginealach ùr na dùthcha, a’ mhòr-chuid aca bho na Fèisean, le luchd-ciùil cliùiteach às na dùthchannan Ceilteach Galicia, Asturias, Èirinn, Alba agus a’ Bhreatainn Bheag.”

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Jean Turner, Cathy Peattie

Strategic Assessment of Far North Railway
That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's claim to record investment in public transport; notes its backing for reopening rail routes such as Stirling, Alloa to Kincardine and part of the Waverley line; further notes the recent Highlands and Islands Enterprise report showing that demand for the rail network in the Highlands is growing and that demand could be increased further by more investment in infrastructure and timetables, and considers that the Executive should initiate a strategic assessment of the rail service between Inverness, Thurso and Wick with particular attention to the feasibility of a Dornoch Firth rail crossing to shorten significantly the rail journey times on the route, taking into account specific provision for the Lairg loop stations.

            The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Measadh Roi-innleachdail air Rathad-iarainn a’ Chinn a Tuath – Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ cur fàilte air aithris Riaghaltas na h-Alba gu bheil e air an t-suim as motha riamh de mhaoineachadh a thoirt do chòmhdhail phoblaich; gu bheil i a’ toirt fainear a thaic do dh’ ath-fhosgladh rathaidean-iarainn leithid loidhne Sruighlea, Albha gu Cinn Chàrdainn, agus pàirt den loidhne Waverley; gu bheil i cuideachd a’ toirt fainear an aithisg a dh’ fhoillsich Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd is nan Eilean bho chionn goirid a nochd gu bheil an t-iarrtas airson sheirbheisean air lìonra rèile na Gàidhealtachd a’ dol am meud agus gum b’ urrainnear an t-iarrtas seo a chur am meud barrachd nam biodh barrachd maoineachaidh ann do leasachaidhean bunstructair agus chlàr-ama; agus gu bheil i den bheachd gum bu chòir dhan Riaghaltas measadh roi-innleachdail a chur air dòigh gus seirbheis na rèile eadar Inbhir Nis, Inbhir Theòrsa agus Inbhir Uige a sgrùdadh, a’ coimhead gu h-àraidh air co-dhiù am biodh e so-dhèanta drochaid rèile a thogail thairis air Caolas Dhòrnaich gus an àm siubhail air an loidhne rèile seo a ghearradh gu mòr, a’ gabhail ris cuideachd gum biodh solarachadh sònraichte ann airson stèiseanan lùb an Luirg.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Tommy Sheridan, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lochhead, Jim Mather, Sandra White, Margaret Ewing, Eleanor Scott, Chris Ballance, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Mark Ballard, Kenny MacAskill, Donald Gorrie, John Swinburne, Alex Neil, Adam Ingram, Jean Turner, Brian Adam, Patrick Harvie, Mike Pringle, Alasdair Morgan, Mary Scanlon

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Promoting Regional and Minority Languages of Scotland
That the Parliament welcomes the deliberations of the Shetland dialect conference held recently in Scalloway; notes the bearing on these deliberations of recommendations under the current review of the obligations of the Scottish Executive to meet its pledge to promote Scots under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages; further notes that this must include creating conditions for the use of Scots in public life, through the adoption of a language policy and concrete measures, in co-operation with the speakers of the language, and considers that Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body should make a commitment to a thorough and explicit adherence to the spirit and letter of this review.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Stewart Stevenson, Robin Harper, Richard Lochhead, Michael Matheson, Jim Mather, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Eleanor Scott, Mark Ruskell, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Chris Ballance, Rosemary Byrne, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie, Jean Turner

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Promoting Timber Buildings
That the Parliament congratulates the Caithness area of Highland Council for promoting the successful seminar “Tomorrow's Houses Today” that explored the possibilities for creating energy-efficient, eco-friendly housing using local materials; notes the participants’ conclusions that local timber should be a key component in construction as it offers Scotland the use of a plentiful, renewable resource; further notes the opportunities to create new house styles fit for localised climatic and landscape characteristics, and considers that the Scottish Executive should quickly respond by reforming planning laws and building regulations to encourage diverse architectural expression through the medium of timber construction for affordable and sustainable homes and public buildings.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Patrick Harvie, Stewart Maxwell, Rosemary Byrne, Robin Harper, Richard Lochhead, Murray Tosh, Kenny MacAskill, Jim Mather, Fergus Ewing, Chris Ballance, Alex Neil, Alex Johnstone, Shiona Baird, Eleanor Scott, Stewart Stevenson, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Fiona Hyslop, John Swinburne, Roseanna Cunningham, Frances Curran, Mary Scanlon, Nora Radcliffe, Alasdair Morgan, Jamie Stone, Jean Turner

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
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