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BUSINESS BULLETIN No. 129/2015

Monday 14 September 2015

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The sections which appear in today‘s Business Bulletin are in bold Section A: Today‘s Business

- Meetings of Committees - Meeting of the Parliament Section B: Future Meetings of the Parliament Section C: Future Meetings of Committees Section D: Oral Questions

- Questions selected for First Minister‘s Questions

- Questions selected for response by Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers at Question Time

Section E: Written Questions – new questions for written answer Section F: Motions and Amendments

Section G: Bills

- New Bills introduced - New amendments to Bills - Members‘ Bills proposals

Section H: New Documents – new documents laid before the Parliament and committee reports published

Section I: Petitions – new public petitions

Section J: Progress of Legislation – progress of Bills and subordinate legislation

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Section B – Future Meetings of the Parliament

Business Programme agreed by the Parliament on

9 September 2015

Tuesday 15 September 2015

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Pastor Stephen Kato, New Destiny Christian Centre, Kamuli, Uganda

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Topical Questions (if selected)

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members‘ Business – S4M-14109 Mike MacKenzie: Community Energy Fortnight 2015 (for text of motion see Section F)

Wednesday 16 September 2015

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions 2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Justice and the Law Officers;

Rural Affairs, Food and Environment (for text of questions see

Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 10 September 2015)

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scotland‘s Future, Democracy and Devolution

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

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followed by Members‘ Business – S4M-13357: Duncan McNeil: Extension of the Blue Badge Eligibility Criteria (for text of motion see Section F)

Thursday 17 September 2015

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions (for text of questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 10 September 2015)

12.00 pm First Minister‘s Questions

12.30 pm Members‘ Business – S4M-13831 Jim Eadie: 20th Anniversary of the National Cycle Network in Scotland (for text of motion see

Section F)

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Scottish Government Debate: The Future of Renewables in Scotland‘s Energy Policy

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill (for text of motion S4M-14111 see Section F)

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

Tuesday 22 September 2015

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Topical Questions (if selected) followed by Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

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2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions 2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Health, Wellbeing and Sport

followed by Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members‘ Business Thursday 24 September 2015

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions 11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister‘s Questions 12.30 pm Members‘ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions 2.30 pm Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

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Section C – Future Committee Meetings

This section includes the agendas of the forthcoming committee meetings and outlines proposed future business, which may be subject to change. Committees have the right to take items in private and this will be notified as far in advance as possible.

Many committees include details of their future business on their webpages, which can be accessed at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm Health and Sport Committee

15 September 2015 24th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4) 1. Palliative Care: The Committee will take evidence on ‗International

comparisons in palliative care provision: what can the indicators tell us?‘ from— Professor David Clark, Welcome Trust Investigator, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow.

2. Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Norman Provan, Associate Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland; Dave Watson, Head of Bargaining and Campaigns, Unison;

Councillor Peter Johnson, Health and Social Care Spokesperson, and Beth Hall, Policy Manager, Health and Social Care Team, COSLA;

Brenda Knox, Health Improvement Lead, NHS Ayrshire and Arran; Sally Winning, Deputy Chair, BMA Scotland.

3. Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the oral evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

4. Carers (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

5. Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 22 September, the Committee expects to consider the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care)(Scotland) bill; oral evidence on palliative care; a draft report on Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill and subordinate legislation.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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Justice Committee 15 September 2015

25th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2) 1. Subordinate legislation: Paul Wheelhouse (Minister for Community Safety

and Legal Affairs) to move—

S4M14088—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Legal Aid and Advice and Assistance (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 [draft] be approved.

2. Community Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence, in round-table format, on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Councillor Harry McGuigan, Spokesperson for Community Well-being, and John Wood, Policy Officer, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities;

Alex McCallum, Service Manager, Dumfries and Galloway Criminal Justice Social Work Service;

Councillor Peter McNamara, Chair, National Community Justice Convenors Group;

Michael Stewart, Service Manager, Outer Hebrides Criminal Justice Social Work Service;

Amanda Coulthard, West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership;

Lorraine Gillies, West Lothian Community Planning Partnership; and then from—

Dr Graham Foster, Director of Public Health, Forth Valley Health Board; John Watt, Chair, Parole Board for Scotland;

Chief Superintendent Grant Manders, Police Scotland;

Mark McSherry, Head of Development, Risk Management Authority Scotland;

Teresa Medhurst, Director, Strategy and Innovation, Scottish Prison Service;

Sean McKendrick, Vice Chair, Criminal Justice Standing Committee, Social Work Scotland.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian‘s Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/260);

Court of Session etc. Fees Order 2015 (SSI 2015/261); High Court of Justiciary Fees Order 2015 (SSI 2015/262);

Justice of the Peace Court Fees (Scotland) Order 2015 (SSI 2015/263); Sheriff Court Fees Order 2015 (SSI 2015/264).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 22 September, the Committee expects to continue taking evidence on the Community Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and to consider

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remaining amendments to Part 6 and Schedule 3 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 15 September 2015

25th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Adam Smith Room (CR5)

1. Declaration of interests: Richard Baker will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 11 and 12 in private.

3. Succession (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

John Kerrigan, Partner, Morisons LLP, Member of the Law Society of Scotland;

and then from—

Laura Dunlop QC, Faculty of Advocates; and then from—

Eilidh Scobbie, Private Client Partner, Burnett & Reid LLP; Alan Barr, Partner, Brodies LLP.

4. Instruments subject to affirmative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Qualifying Civil Partnership Modification (Scotland) Order 2015 [draft]; Mental Health (Detention in Conditions of Excessive Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 [draft].

5. Instruments subject to negative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/318);

Self-directed Support (Direct Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/319);

Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Integration Joint Board Establishment) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2015 (SSI 2015/321);

Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Scotland) Rules 2015 (SSI 2015/324).

6. Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session 1994 and Ordinary Cause Rules 1993 Amendment) (Child Welfare Reporters) (SSI 2015/312);

Marriage (Prescription of Forms) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/313);

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 9 and Saving Provision) Order 2015 (SSI 2015/317 (C.38)).

7. Pentland Hills Regional Park Boundary Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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8. Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the response from the Member in charge of the Bill to its Stage 1 report.

9. Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament (Amendment) Bill: The Committee will consider the response from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

10. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the delegated powers provisions in the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Steve Sadler, Head of Land Reform and Tenancy Unit;

Kate Thomson-McDermott, Head of Land Reform Policy Team; Billy McKenzie, Head of Agricultural Holdings and SRDP; Fiona Leslie, Agricultural Holdings Policy Officer;

Andrew Campbell, Solicitor, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

11. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the evidence it heard earlier in the meeting.

12. Succession (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the evidence it has heard to date.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 22 September, the Committee expects to continue taking evidence on the Succession (Scotland) Bill as well as considering subordinate legislation.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education and Culture Committee 15 September 2015

20th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the David Livingstone Room (CR6) 1. Declaration of interests: John Pentland will be invited to declare any relevant

interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 in private.

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a Deputy Convener. 4. Appointment of European Union Reporter: The Committee will appoint a

member to serve as its European Union Reporter.

5. Creative Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Janet Archer, Chief Executive, and Kenneth Fowler, Director of Communications, Creative Scotland.

6. Attainment (Sensory Impairment) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

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At its next meeting, on 22 September, the Committee will hold an evidence session with SQA on its spending decisions made and outcomes delivered. For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Welfare Reform Committee 15 September 2015

15th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. The Future Delivery of Social Security in Scotland - disability, carers and those who are ill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Simon Hodgson, Director, Carers Scotland;

Alan McGinley, Policy and Engagement Manager, Arthiritis Care Scotland; Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scotland, Marie Curie; Suzanne Munday, Chief Executive, MECOPP;

Kayleigh Thorpe, Campaigns and Policy Manager, ENABLE Scotland; Alan Weaver, Manager, Moray Employment Support and Training, The Moray Council;

Lynn Williams, Policy Officer, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. 3. Committee Debate: The Committee will agree the motion for an upcoming

Committee debate.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 22 September the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on its inquiry into ‗The Future delivery of Social Security in Scotland‘. For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 16 September 2015

21st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4) 1. Work, wages and wellbeing in the Scottish labour market: The Committee

will take evidence from—

Anne Douglas, and Linda Urquhart, Fair Work Convention; and then from—

Denise Horsfall, Work Services Director - Scotland, Department for Work and Pensions;

Gordon McGuinness, Depute Director of Industry & Enterprise Networks, Skills Development Scotland;

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Linda Hanna, Managing Director, Strategy and Sectors, Scottish Enterprise;

Charlotte Wright, Sector and Business Development Director, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Caitriona McAuley, Head of Service (Economic Growth), Economy and Communities, North Ayrshire Council and SLAED.

2. Review of evidence heard (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard at today‘s meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 23 September, the Committee expects to continue to consider a draft report.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee 16 September 2015 22nd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2) 1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether

to take item 4 in private.

2. Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill from—

Claire McDermott, Bill Team Manager (NVPS/Tobacco), Craig White, Divisional Clinical Lead (Duty of Candour/Wilful Neglect), and Dan Curran, Bill Policy Manager (Duty of Candour/Wilful Neglect), Scottish Government.

3. Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill from—

Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland;

Prof. Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow;

Garry Coutts, Chair of Court, University of the Highlands and Islands; and then from—

Stephen White, Strategic Policy Lead – Funding, Governance and Student Support, Laura Duffy, Higher Education Governance and Funding Team Leader, and Kerry Twyman, Finance Business Partner, Education, Lifelong Learning, Fair Work, Scottish Government.

4. Proposed changes to the Standing Orders: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk in relation to changes to the Standing Orders as a consequence of the introduction of the Scottish Rate of Income Tax.

Proposed future business

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 16 September 2015

27th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)

1. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on Part 2, Chapter 3, and Part 10 of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Scott Walker, Chief Executive, National Farmers Union Scotland;

Christopher Nicholson, Chairman, Scottish Tenant Farmers‘ Association; Martin Hall, President, Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association;

Mike Gascoigne, Convener, Rural Affairs sub-committee, Law Society of Scotland;

Andrew Howard, Managing Director, Moray Estates; David Johnstone, Chairman, Scottish Land and Estates;

Niall Milner, RICS Scotland Rural and Geomatics Professional Group Board, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

The South Arran Marine Conservation Order 2014 (Urgent Continuation) Order 2015 (SSI 2015/303);

TheWester Ross Marine Conservation Order 2015 (SSI 2015/302)

3. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken on the Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 23 September, the Committee expects to consider a negative instrument and take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment on the Agricultural Holdings Remedial Order mediation process. The Committee also expects to take evidence from stakeholders on plans for the establishment of Marine Protected Areas.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 16 September 2015

18th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Adam Smith Room (CR5)

1. Declaration of interests: Siobhan McMahon will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Harbours (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 and take evidence from—

Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands, and Chris Wilcock, Head of Ports and Harbours, Scottish Government.

3. Forth Replacement Crossing - Project Team Update: The Committee will take evidence from—

David Climie, Project Director, and Lawrence Shackman, Project Manager, Forth Replacement Crossing Team, Transport Scotland.

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At its next meeting, on 30 September, the Committee expects to take evidence from EU Commission on digital infrastructure.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

European and External Relations Committee 17 September 2015

14th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)

1. Scotland’s Action Plan for EU Engagement: The Committee will take evidence from—

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Europe and International Development, and Colin Imrie, Deputy Director, Head of European Relations, Scottish Government.

2. Luxembourg Ambassador to the UK: The Committee will take evidence from—

HE Patrick Engelberg, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the United Kingdom.

3. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the latest issue of the Brussels Bulletin.

4. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 1 October, the Committee expects to take evidence on the refugee crisis in the EU and Scotland‘s response.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee 17 September 2015

13th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Consolidation Bills: The Committee will take evidence on the procedures for Consolidation Bills from—

Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Parliamentary Business, and Steven MacGregor, Head of Parliament and Legislation Unit, Cabinet, Parliament and Governance Division, Scottish Government.

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3. Consolidation Bills: The Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 24 September, the Committee expects to take oral evidence on its inquiry into committee reform.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 23 September 2015

21st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2)

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private at this meeting. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of its approach to on-going scrutiny of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and the local government benchmarking framework should be taken in private at its next meeting.

2. Complaints process for joint health and social care: The Committee will take evidence from—

Paul McFadden, Head of Complaints Standards, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman;

Alison Taylor, Team Leader Integration and Reshaping Care, and Professor Craig White, Divisional Clinical Lead, Planning and Quality Division, Scottish Government;

Soumen Sengupta, Head of Strategy, Planning and Health Improvement, West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

3. Fact-finding visit to Manchester: The Committee will report back from its fact-finding visit to Manchester.

4. Planning issues The Committee will consider a paper from the clerk. 5. EU issues: The Committee will consider a paper from the clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 30 September, the Committee expects to consider its approach to its on-going scrutiny of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and the local government benchmarking framework.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 September 2015

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

S4W-27434 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government whether and, if so, when it will publish a consultative draft of the social responsibility levy under the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 and begin the consultation required under section 15(3) of the Act.

S4W-27447 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4O-04551 by John Swinney on 9 September 2015 (Official Report c. 5), whether the planned timetable for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project now differs from the details provided in the answer to question S4W-24246 on 2 February 2015.

S4W-27448 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4O-04551 by John Swinney on 9 September 2015 (Official Report c. 5), what impact the wait to receive a response from Eurostat will have on the timetable for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

S4W-27449 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has provided to the Scottish Legal Aid Board in each year since 2007.

S4W-27450 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government by how much it will reduce the legal aid budget in 2015-16.

S4W-27451 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government how many legal aid cases are outstanding and how this compares with previous years since 2007. S4W-27452 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government whether and, if so, for what reason solicitors who assist clients through legal aid are not being paid for their work.

S4W-27453 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government what the value is of outstanding claims for solicitors who assist clients through legal aid.

S4W-27454 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government whether all outstanding claims for solicitors who assist clients through legal aid will be paid in 2015-16.

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S4W-27464 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Government when it will (a) publish and (b) place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre the minutes and papers from the last two meetings of the Joint Exchequer Committee.

S4W-27465 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by Nicola Sturgeon on 1 September 2015 (Official Report, c. 13), in light of the First Minister‘s comments about the Scotland Bill and the fiscal framework, what information it can provide regarding the progress being made by the Joint Exchequer Committee.

S4W-27466 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-24003 by Derek Mackay on 21 January 2015, whether it will provide an update on what progress has been made with the speed limit trial.

S4W-27467 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Government, in light of paragraphs 61 to 63 of the National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders in Scotland, which deal with out-of-area placements and exceptional circumstances, on how many occasions in each of the last four years sex offenders have been relocated outwith their local area.

S4W-27468 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government whether the UK Government advised the (a) First Minister and (b) Lord Advocate about the death of Ruhul Amin from Aberdeen and, if so, (i) who provided the advice, (ii) when and (iii) under what circumstances.

S4W-27473 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government under what circumstances it would consider holding an inquiry into the extra-judicial killing of a person from Scotland overseas.

S4W-27474 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what its stated position is on extra-judicial killings.

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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are usually printed the day after lodging. When an amendment is lodged, then the original motion will be republished alongside it. Each Monday, this section also contains motions and amendments that have been lodged the previous week and are still live and those 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.

Support for motions or amendments that have already been published is shown at the end of this section.

Motions and amendments can be published with various symbols: * before the number indicates publication for the first time

*…* around a section of text indicate changes to previously published material

# a motion lodged for members’ business that has received the required level of cross-party support

a motion lodged for members’ business that has not yet received the required level of cross-party support

R a member has declared a registered interest

The Parliamentary Bureau periodically deletes motions or amendments that are over six weeks old and not scheduled for debate.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S4M-14239 Graeme Dey: Angus South Winners at the Beautiful Scotland Awards—That the Parliament congratulates all of the winners at the 2015 Beautiful Scotland Awards ceremony, in particular those who come from the Angus South parliamentary constituency, Colourful Carnoustie, East Haven Heritage and Garden Group, and Monifieth Eco Force; notes that East Haven Heritage and Garden Group received the Coastal Village Trophy, the Jim Murdie Trophy for Sustainability and a gold medal, that Colourful Carnoustie was presented with the Keep Scotland Beautiful Award and a gold medal and that Monifieth Eco Force was awarded a silver medal, and welcomes the recognition for the efforts of these three organisations to improve their local areas with horticulture and the participation of their communities. *S4M-14238 Mark McDonald: Congratulating Dyce in Bloom—That the Parliament congratulates Dyce in Bloom on receiving a Silver Gilt Medal Award and on being the overall winner in the Urban Community Category of the Beautiful Scotland Awards; understands that the Beautiful Scotland Awards are held annually and organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful; considers that the awards celebrate the hard work of local authorities, community groups and individuals in improving their local communities and making them beautiful; believes that the award is a testament to the hard work and dedication to the community of the people of Dyce, and hopes that the award encourages others to work toward cleaner, greener and beautiful urban and rural communities for all to enjoy.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Nanette Milne*

*S4M-14237 Rob Gibson: Wick Groats FC Success—That the Parliament congratulates Wick Groats football club on sweeping all before them this season; notes that the team won every competition that it entered, winning six titles, the Caithness County League Division One, the Wick League, Davie Allan shield, Colin MacLeod Memorial cup, Eain MacIntosh cup, as well as what it considers the prestigious Highland Amateur Cup; congratulates everyone involved with Wick Groats in what it sees as a truly momentous season; pays particular tribute to the joint managerial team of Derek Shearer and Kevin Anderson as well as the Caithness player of the year, Graham MacNab, who netted on 39 occasions, and further recognises the unstinting support of the main sponsors, the Nethercliffe Hotel in Wick.

Supported by: Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, John Finnie*, Jamie McGrigor*

*S4M-14236 Hanzala Malik: WSREC Receives £10,000 Grant from Skills Development Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council (WSREC) on securing a £10,000 grant from Skills Development Scotland in respect of the Minority Ethnic Employment and Training Support (MEETS) Project; understands that this money will allow the project to ensure that minority communities in Glasgow increase their knowledge and have the capacity to actively take steps to enter modern apprenticeship (MA) programmes; further understands that the project will also ensure that MA programme providers in Glasgow have increased awareness of diverse minority groups and are engaging successfully with people entering these programmes, and notes that this work will be conducted over a period of 6 months, ending in March 2016. R

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*S4M-14235♦ Linda Fabiani: Coffee and Cake in East Kilbride, Macmillan Cancer Support—That the Parliament congratulates Macmillan Cancer Support as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of its World‘s Biggest Coffee Morning, which takes place across Scotland on 25 September 2015; acknowledges that the charity is able to offer medical, emotional, practical and financial support to people touched by cancer, in some part due to the hard work of the coffee morning volunteers, such as Patricia Leslie from East Kilbride, who opens her home to local residents every year to host a fundraising coffee morning, and welcomes what it considers the generous contributions from individuals and organisations throughout Scotland to support the important work of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, James Dornan*

*S4M-14234♦ Christine Grahame: MAPPA, Sex Offenders and Relocation in Rural Areas—That the Parliament notes that the National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders (NASSO) forms part of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA); understands that, according to NASSO, sex offenders should normally be placed in mainstream housing in the local authority area from which they originate; considers that this poses difficulties in rural areas such as Midlothian and the Borders, where anonymity could be nigh on impossible, and that therefore it would not be in the interests of either the community or the offender to relocate there, and notes the view that the Scottish Government should consider special housing relocation arrangements being made available for such rural areas. *S4M-14233 Richard Simpson: Macrobert Arts Centre Launches Annual Christmas Pantomime Appeal—That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling has launched its annual Christmas Pantomime Appeal; understands that the appeal, now in its fourth year, gives opportunities to individuals and groups who, due to personal circumstances, might not have a chance to attend a pantomime; further understands that members of the public and businesses are invited to make a donation, which in turn, provides tickets and an ice cream to the benefactors of the appeal; believes that, since 2012, the appeal has raised over £30,000, given 2,600 people a wonderful night of fun, music and dance and plenty of hilarity at one of Scotland‘s favourite venues and pantomimes, and has allowed the centre to work with almost 20 local charities and community groups across Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire; encourages everyone to support the appeal and give people, families and organisations a great start to the Christmas period, and notes that the pantomime at the centre this year is The Little Mermaid, which is written by, and stars, Johnny McKnight, and runs from 25 November until 3 January 2016.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack*, Neil Findlay*, Anne McTaggart*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Hanzala Malik*, Patricia Ferguson*, Margaret Mitchell*

*S4M-14232 Cara Hilton: Improvements to Calais Muir Woodland—That the Parliament notes that work is underway to improve access to Calais Muir Woods, a 100-year-old woodland in the Duloch area of Dunfermline; understands that the work

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will include improvements to paths throughout the woods, art installations, new interpretation boards and a nature trail; congratulates Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) on securing the funding for what it considers this exciting project and, in particular, commends the work of the FCCT Woodland Ranger, Lyn Strachan, who has worked closely with the Halbeath and Duloch Community Council and local councillors to develop and secure funding for this project; believes that the improvements will be a real boost for the local community, including local schools and nurseries that use the woods as part of their forest kindergarten programme, making Calais Muir Woods a more attractive and accessible place to visit; looks forward to the successful conclusion of this exciting project, and congratulates everyone involved in making this happen.

*S4M-14231 Michael Russell: Beautiful Bute Wins Top Award—That the Parliament notes the outstanding success of the Island of Bute in the Beautiful Scotland Awards; commends what it considers the inspirational work of Bute in Bloom, which has resulted in the island not only winning the Rosebowl, the top prize, in the 2015 competition, which repeated the island‘s success in 2010, but also the David Kerr Trophy for best coastal town and three gold certificates, including one recognising the high level of community involvement in the competition; notes the particular commendation for the local authority bedding displays, the heritage horticultural work, the involvement of children at Mount Stuart, the contribution of the Beachwatch Bute and HELP projects and the engagement with young vulnerable people, and congratulates everyone on the island on their hard work in achieving such results.

Supported by: John Finnie*, Anne McTaggart*, Rob Gibson*, Angus MacDonald*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Joan McAlpine*, Mary Scanlon*, Margaret Mitchell*, Jean Urquhart*, Hanzala Malik*, Jamie McGrigor*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*

*S4M-14230 Joan McAlpine: Congratulations to Robert McColl, under-16 World Street Dance Champion—That the Parliament congratulates the Sanquhar Academy student, Robert McColl, who is 15, on winning the under-16 title at the United Dance Organisation (UDO) World Street Dance Championships held in Glasgow‘s SECC on 5 and 6 September 2015; understands that more than 6,000 dancers from 30 countries took part in the championships; notes that Robert‘s international success follows on from him winning the British championship in March and the Scottish championship in June; considers that Robert, who started dancing in primary school, has shown immense dedication by making a 100-mile round trip, six times a week to train in Coatbridge, and wishes Robert every success for his future. Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Jean Urquhart*, Anne McTaggart*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike MacKenzie*, Bill Kidd*

*S4M-14229 Fiona McLeod: Congratulations to Carers Link East Dunbartonshire—That the Parliament congratulates Carers Link East Dunbartonshire on making the shortlist of the annual Alliance Self Management Awards; notes that the nomination is in the Best Self Management Resource category and is for its Link and Learn service, which helps to educate carers on the use of computers and new technologies in order to provide them with relevant information and courses, and understands that the service‘s unique aspect is that it gives carers one-to-one computer training in their own home by trained volunteers. R

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Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Angus MacDonald*, Hanzala Malik*, Kevin Stewart*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Graeme Dey*, Jackie Baillie*, Bill Kidd*, Joan McAlpine*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*

*S4M-14228 Lewis Macdonald: Aberdeen Winners in the Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards—That the Parliament recognises the success of Aberdeen projects in the Keep Scotland Beautiful awards, which were announced on 10 September 2015; congratulates in particular Aberdeen City Council and the Friends of Seaton Park on being awarded The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Trophy; notes that the judges described the park as ―one of the jewels within Aberdeen‘s parks portfolio‖ and recognised the members of Friends of Seaton Park on their dedication to improving the area; commends the other winners from the city; notes that Aberdeen Inspired was the overall winner in the BID category, Aberdeen City Council won the city category for its project, Growing Smarter, and the judges awarded prizes to the Powis Residents Group, Cove in Bloom, Dyce in Bloom and Culter in Bloom, and thanks the volunteers in all these projects on what it sees as their hard work in improving parks and green spaces in Aberdeen and the surrounding area.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Hanzala Malik*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Jackie Baillie*

*S4M-14226 Lewis Macdonald: Aberdeen Solidarity with Refugees—That the Parliament congratulates the citizens of Aberdeen and North East Scotland on what it considers their humanity and solidarity in raising money and donating items for refugees in Calais; congratulates Aberdeen Solidarity with Refugees, which is a grassroots organisation with many volunteers that is coordinated by Nigel Martin Lammas, Steven Bothwell, Shelley Milne and Iain Richardson, on, it understands, raising over £3,000 and collecting thousands of donations since it was formed on 31 August 2015; believes that part of this money has been put toward the cost of hiring a 40-foot lorry to transport some of the donated clothes, toiletries, shoes and tents from the city to Calais; commends various charities and businesses in the area, including the Aberdeen Academy of Performing Arts, Six Degrees North and the Arts Centre and Theatre Aberdeen, on allowing their premises to be used for the collection and sorting of donations, and wishes the volunteers and fundraisers every continued success in their efforts to support the refugees.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Anne McTaggart*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Jayne Baxter*, Neil Findlay*, Bill Kidd*, Hanzala Malik*, John Pentland*, Patricia Ferguson*, Jackie Baillie*

*S4M-14225 Joan McAlpine: Electric Theatre Wins Spirit of the Fringe—That the Parliament congratulates the Dumfries theatre company, Electric Theatre Workshop, on winning a top Edinburgh Fringe Festival award, the Spirit of the Fringe; understands that this award followed a successful month-long run of the irreverent Rabbie Burns-inspired cabaret show, Le Haggis; understands that the show made its debut earlier in 2015 at the Big Burns Supper, the annual contemporary arts festival

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held in Dumfries, where it received extensive critical acclaim; believes that the Electric Theatre Workshop has made an enormous contribution to developing the performing arts in Dumfries and Galloway and showcasing the huge amount of talent in the region, and wishes the company every success for its future development. Supported by: Dennis Robertson*, Bill Kidd*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Graeme Dey*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, James Dornan*

S4M-14224 David Torrance: Joe Lafferty from Kirkcaldy Wins Child of Achievement Award—That the Parliament congratulates Joe Lafferty from Kirkcaldy on receiving the Child of Achievement Award at the Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards on 28 August 2015; recognises that Joe, who is 14 years old and attends Kirkcaldy High School, helped to catch a thief at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy in February 2015; considers Joe‘s actions, in chasing a man who had stolen a woman‘s handbag, as truly courageous; applauds Kingdom FM for awarding Joe for his selfless behaviour, which it sees as an inspiration to others, and wishes Joe the best of luck for his future endeavours.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Mike MacKenzie*, Rob Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Hanzala Malik, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, James Dornan, Joan McAlpine

S4M-14223 David Torrance: Congratulations to the Happy Sunshine Club in Kirkcaldy—That the Parliament congratulates the Kirkcaldy-based Happy Sunshine Club on receiving the Provost Award at the Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards on 28 August 2015; understands that the club supports people who are more likely to be affected by social isolation, such as disabled people and older community members; notes that the group meets at Veronica Hall in Kirkcaldy twice a week and organises recreational activities, outings and live music; recognises that, at the awards ceremony, the club was represented by Isabelle and James Bell, who not only founded the Happy Sunshine Club but also dedicate much of their time to the initiative; welcomes Kingdom FM‘s engagement with and efforts to promote the work of community-based groups, such as the Happy Sunshine Club, which it believes offers invaluable services to vulnerable people in the community, and wishes all involved the best of luck for the future.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Jackie Baillie*, Adam Ingram, Joan McAlpine, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, James Dornan

S4M-14222 Angus MacDonald: Celtic Renewables to Build World’s First Whisky Residue Biofuel Plant—That the Parliament congratulates Celtic Renewables on winning an £11 million grant from the Department for Transport to help build the world‘s first plant dedicated to the production of an advanced biofuel from the residues of the whisky industry; understands that the firm announced in March 2015 that it had achieved a world first in producing a viable biofuel, bio-butanol, from waste products generated from Scotland‘s £4 billion-a-year malt whisky industry; further understands that bio-butanol can be used as a direct replacement for petrol, or as a blend, without the need for engine modification; believes that the process, which uses bacterial fermentation to produce advanced biofuels from carbohydrates such as starch and glucose, was originally devised in the UK at the start of the last century

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to produce acetone for explosives in the First World War but was phased-out in the 1960s due to competition from the petrochemical industry; understands that the firm will build its first demonstration facility in Grangemouth, which will be operational by December 2018, and wishes the firm every success with what it considers this exciting new venture.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Michael Russell*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Graeme Dey*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Mason*, Adam Ingram*

S4M-14221 Dennis Robertson: Congratulations to the Men and Boys Eating and Exercise Disorders Service—That the Parliament congratulates the Men and Boys Eating and Exercise Disorders Service on being awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund; understands that this will be used toward supporting a positive body image campaign in North East Scotland and help fund a photography exhibit that will be part of the 2016 Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and notes that the service also aims to use the money to allow more resources to be devoted toward its goal of working to end the stigma surrounding males with eating disorders.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Kidd*, Liz Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Anne McTaggart*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Joan McAlpine*, James Dornan*

S4M-14220 Hanzala Malik: Plans to Build a New Four-star Hotel in Glasgow— That the Parliament acknowledges the plans to build a new four-star Radisson Red Hotel in Glasgow; understands that it will be sited next to the North Rotunda on Finnieston Street, which is near to the SSE Hydro and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC); notes the planned 176 bedrooms and the expected views overlooking the River Clyde; believes that the project will bring 60 new jobs and that the Glasgow-based Forrest Group plans to develop two state-of-the-art digital screens that will act as a gateway to the SECC and SSE Hydro precinct and promote forthcoming events; understands that, although the hotel will be run and managed by Radisson, ownership will remain with the Forrest Group; believes that the building will change colour in accordance with the natural daylight and that this will add to what it sees as Glasgow‘s amazing skyline; wishes everyone connected with the hotel success, and hopes that many more building projects come to the city and bring jobs.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Richard Lyle*, Jackie Baillie*, Anne McTaggart

S4M-14219 Patricia Ferguson: Paths for All Annual Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the volunteers who received awards at the Paths for All event, Celebrating Scotland‘s Walking Champions 2015; recognises that Paths for All is a charity that is dedicated to promoting walking as a way to an active, healthy lifestyle and to improve physical health; understands that six volunteers were honoured this year; commends its staff and volunteers on what it sees as their dedication to the task of getting Scotland walking and establishing a better walking environment; notes that the annual Step Count Challenge is scheduled to begin in October, and hope that MSPs and Parliament staff will participate.

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Supported by: Cara Hilton*, Jackie Baillie*, John Pentland, Jayne Baxter, Elaine Murray, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, Drew Smith

S4M-14217 Clare Adamson: ChooseLife Ninth Annual Suicide Prevention Five-a-side Tournament—That the Parliament congratulates ChooseLife, which, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), NHS Lanarkshire and NL Leisure, held its ninth annual Suicide Prevention Week Five-a-side Tournament at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on 9 September 2015; notes that more than 150 amateur players participated in the tournament, which aims to tackle Scotland‘s high incidence of suicide and highlight the help available to those who need it; understands that the number of suicides in Lanarkshire has fallen for four consecutive years from 102 in 2011 to 75 in 2014; commends the hard work and commitment of all those involved in organising what it considers this hugely successful event, and offers particular congratulations to the winning team, Paul Fagan FC, which was formed in memory of Paul, who tragically died by suicide in 2008.

Supported by: Liam McArthur*, Neil Findlay*, Stuart McMillan*, Jackie Baillie*, David Torrance, Adam Ingram, Iain Gray, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Liz Smith, Anne McTaggart, Nanette Milne

S4M-14216 David Torrance: Rabbit Braes Named Best Community Initiative at Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards—That the Parliament congratulates the Kirkcaldy-based Rabbit Braes Development Group on receiving the Best Community Initiative Award at the Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards on 28 August 2015; understands that the community initiative was founded in 2005 and has since been working to make the Rabbit Braes, which is a wooded park area in Kirkcaldy, a more accessible and welcoming space for residents; recognises that the group is run by Lorraine and Alicia Wilkinson, who commit much time and effort to hosting events, such as a mini-gala in the park, fundraising to refurbish paths and facilitate birdwatching, as well as organising clean-ups; considers what it sees as their dedication to improving the Rabbit Braes while strengthening cohesion among residents a true asset to the community, and wishes Lorraine, Alicia and all involved great success in continuing what it considers their valuable work.

Supported by: Hanzala Malik*, Liz Smith*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Adam Ingram*, James Dornan, Joan McAlpine

S4M-14215 Bob Doris: Opening of the Milton Memorial and Community Gardens—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the Milton Memorial and Community Gardens; understands that the development was inspired by members of the community and that much of the work on the gardens was carried out by dedicated volunteers in partnership with the North Glasgow Community Food Initiative; welcomes what it considers the partnership approach to making the gardens a success, which included input, not only by the food initiative, but from others, including churches in the area and the LoveMilton group; believes that the project has brought life back to an area of land that had been previously neglected and has established a community food growing space that will provide access to a sustainable local food source and promote healthy eating; understands that the memorial garden, which was initially established in 2012, has been enhanced as a

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special place in the heart of the community to remember loved ones; believes that this is a fantastic example of empowering communities to set their own priorities when new amenities and developments are being considered; welcomes the financial support from individual donors as well as the Big Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government‘s Climate Challenge Fund and Glasgow City Council, and looks forward to the gardens being used as a comfortable and nurturing environment for the people of Milton to spend time with family and friends and remember loved ones for many years to come.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Stuart McMillan*, Mike MacKenzie*, Anne McTaggart, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Adam Ingram, James Dornan, David Torrance

S4M-14214 Bruce Crawford: 30 Years of Action in Mind—That the Parliament congratulates Action in Mind, formerly the Stirling and District Association for Mental Health, which is based in Stirling, on 30 years of working with people experiencing mental ill-health and their families and carers in the Stirlingshire area and, since 2014, through the new project, Peer Mentor Support for Mental Health Carers.

S4M-14213 John Mason: Crime Figures at Lowest Level Since 1970—That the Parliament notes the large decrease in the rate of crimes in Glasgow, according to the recently published report, Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2014-15; believes that crime is at its lowest level since the early 1970s, that offending as a whole is down, with figures over the last year showing a decrease in crime of 5% compared to 2013-14, and that crime rates have declined by 37% over the last decade; welcomes the comments of Chief Superintendent Andy Bates, the local police commander of Greater Glasgow Division, who said ―I am encouraged that Glasgow has seen further significant reductions in crime in 2014-15. Violent crime is at an all-time low in Glasgow but we are not complacent and the police officers and staff of Greater Glasgow Division will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Glasgow remains a safe place to work, live and visit‖, and considers that even a lower level of violent incidents is still a concern to the people of Glasgow, but has full confidence in the police and their tremendous commitment to the public good.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, Mike MacKenzie*, Adam Ingram, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Roderick Campbell, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance

S4M-14212 David Torrance: Mike Keane from Kirkcaldy Named National Coach and Performance Director of Boxing Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Mike Keane from Kirkcaldy on his promotion to the role of national coach and performance director of Boxing Scotland (BS); understands that Mike, who founded, and coaches at, Kingdom ABC Boxing Club, started supporting the performance programme of BS as a volunteer in 2009 and has since played a crucial role in Scotland‘s team achieving great results; notes that, among other successes, Mike contributed to Scottish boxers winning two gold and two bronze medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; believes that Mike‘s new role involves being in charge of BS‘s entire performance programme, as well as coaching Scotland‘s most promising amateur boxers; considers that, through his outstanding commitment to boxing, Mike‘s promotion to this challenging position is well-deserved, and wishes

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him and his team the best of luck for all future competitions, including the upcoming 2015 Samoa Commonwealth Youth Games.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Neil Findlay*, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Joan McAlpine, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith

S4M-14211 Mary Scanlon: Congratulations to Aimee Morrison, Lews Castle College Student of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Aimee Morrison on being awarded Student of the Year at Lews Castle College UHI; notes that she has received a first class BA (Hons) in health studies; understands that this great achievement was undertaken while Aimee was carrying out voluntary work as a general advisor with Citizens Advice Scotland; acknowledges what it considers the tremendous effort and commitment on her part as, during her course, she was bringing up her first child, gave birth to her second and was expecting her third during the final term; congratulates her on what it sees as an exceptional achievement, and considers that her journey to an honours degree in her home location, through an online programme, is a shining example of how the University of the Highlands and Islands can transform lives.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Murdo Fraser, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Jamie McGrigor, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Adam Ingram, Cameron Buchanan, Roderick Campbell

S4M-14210 David Torrance: Andrew Kirk, Scottish Craft Butcher’s Steak Pie Evaluation Winner—That the Parliament congratulates Andrew Kirk on being named the overall champion at the 2015 Scottish Craft Butcher‘s Steak Pie Evaluation, which took place at Perth College; understands that the jury selected Andrew‘s pie as the winner after evaluating more than 150 entries on appearance, flavour, filling and appeal; notes that Andrew, who owns shops in Cardenden and Kinghorn, has previously been named East of Scotland champion; believes that this achievement reflects both remarkable dedication to offering high-quality products and great service to customers, and wishes Andrew and his staff the best of luck in their future endeavours.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Sandra White, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Jean Urquhart, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram S4M-14209 Cara Hilton: Scotland’s Ancient Capital Celebrates Rich History— That the Parliament looks forward to the inaugural Festival of Dunfermline, which is scheduled to be held from 12 to 13 September 2015; understands that it will take place in Pittencrieff Park and will transport visitors back to the 14th century with displays by Robert the Bruce‘s armoured knights; believes that it will also commemorate both the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the town‘s involvement in the Second World War; thanks all of the organisations that have donated their time and expertise to the festival, including Dunfermline Model Aero Club and The Clan cycling team, and congratulates Dunfermline First and Dunfermline Delivers on organising this celebration of Scotland‘s ancient capital.

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Supported by: Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Jayne Baxter, Roderick Campbell, Sandra White, Anne McTaggart, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Jackie Baillie, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Murdo Fraser, Jim Hume, Alex Rowley

S4M-14208 Sarah Boyack: Pedal for Scotland—That the Parliament understands that Pedal for Scotland is Scotland‘s biggest bike event and recognises its importance in raising the profile of cycling; notes that the event, which is organised by Cycling Scotland, is now 17 years old; celebrates that nearly £2 million has been raised for good causes by its participants in previous years and that more money will be raised in 2015 to help tackle child poverty with the event‘s official partner, STV Children‘s Appeal; understands that, this year, there were six rides to choose from, suiting all ages and abilities, and commends the work of the local authorities and police, as well as the many volunteers, who ensure that the events run smoothly and that people can enjoy them.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm*, Neil Findlay*, Cameron Buchanan, Richard Lyle, Richard Simpson, Kevin Stewart, Jayne Baxter, Sandra White, Drew Smith, Mary Scanlon, Rob Gibson, Claudia Beamish, David Torrance, Hanzala Malik, Patricia Ferguson, Roderick Campbell, Patrick Harvie, Jean Urquhart, Adam Ingram, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson

S4M-14207 James Dornan: Launch of the Group, Growing Dads……—That the Parliament notes the launch of the group, Growing Dads……, by Home-Start Glasgow South and Inspiring Scotland as part of the Go2Play Family Support Programme; understands that it will provide dads with the opportunity to spend quality time with their children; believes that, by being focused on the needs of the dads and their families, it will help develop their relationships, confidence and potential; understands that it will ask the dads about the activities that they would like to take part in, with an emphasis on peer support and interaction with their children, and use outdoor activities, play and group initiatives, and hopes that the dads will gain the confidence to replicate these ideas outwith the group sessions and form stronger bonds with their children.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Bob Doris*, Jackie Baillie*, Johann Lamont, Kevin Stewart, Anne McTaggart, Alison Johnstone, Cara Hilton, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Stuart McMillan, Mike MacKenzie, Graeme Dey, Jayne Baxter, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Colin Beattie

S4M-14206 John Pentland: Dalzell Flying Club Motherwell—That the Parliament congratulates the Dalzell Flying Club Motherwell on receiving a grant of £1,721 from Asda‘s Carrier Bag Community Grants; applauds the racing pigeon club, which was founded in 1923 and races pigeons across the UK, and understands that this grant will be used to repair the clubhouse wall and roof; understands that Asda‘s carrier bag charges are partly used to distribute small grants to local groups and organisations and ensure meaningful, sustainable benefits for Scotland, and wishes the club well in its future endeavours.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, David Torrance, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, James Dornan

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S4M-14205 John Pentland: Motherwell FC’s 1886 MFC Project—That the Parliament congratulates Motherwell FC on its 1886 MFC Project being awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £57,600; applauds the efforts of the club in its attempts to catalogue what it considers a significant collection of memorabilia, including match-day strips, international caps, trophies, programmes, photos and medals that, to date, the club has been unable to display to the public; understands that the award will fund a permanent exhibition at the club that will be digitised and made available online and that oral histories about the club will also be gathered and made available, and wishes the club well with the project, which it considers will be of fantastic benefit to the community.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Neil Findlay*, Richard Lyle, Roderick Campbell, Sandra White, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Patricia Ferguson, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik, James Dornan, Kenneth Gibson

S4M-14204 John Pentland: Police Scotland Open Day—That the Parliament congratulates Police Scotland Lanarkshire Division on the Lanarkshire Police Open Day, which was held at Motherwell police station on 29 August 2015 and, it understands, was attended by over 3,000 people; applauds the efforts of Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald and the station staff in providing information on the various divisions in the service and on recruiting new staff to Police Scotland; understands that members of the public were given access to the custody suite and other areas of the station and that local officers, as well as officers from the Dog Branch, Marine Unit, Mountain Rescue, Transport and Logistics and Road Policing were in attendance; further understands that the open day was supported by the Lanarkshire Police Historical Society, North and South Lanarkshire councils, Scottish Fire and Rescue and NL Leisure and Culture as well as many other community groups and organisations; notes that, throughout, the National No Knives Better Lives Coordinator was on hand to provide information on the danger of carrying knives and that there were many activities for families to take part in, and wishes the division well in its future community activities.

Supported by: Neil Findlay*, Richard Lyle, Graeme Pearson, Sandra White, David Torrance, Jean Urquhart, Roderick Campbell, Jackie Baillie, Anne McTaggart, Kenneth Gibson

S4M-14203 James Dornan: Ardenglen Housing Association Celebrates with ASDA Foundation’s 50th Birthday Community Grants—That the Parliament notes that the ASDA Foundation is celebrating 50 years of awarding community grants and welcomes the award to Ardenglen Housing Association Social Committee in Castlemilk in the Cathcart parliamentary constituency of £9,720 to support residents with cooking classes and employment support initiatives, to buy IT equipment for the job club attendees and for digital inclusion sessions for the senior citizens.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Anne McTaggart, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Chic Brodie, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, Joan McAlpine

S4M-14202 Alex Salmond: Community Path Volunteer of the Year 2015—That the Parliament congratulates John Schneider from the Daviot Community Trust in

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  2. //www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm
  3. Qualifying Civil Partnership Modification (Scotland) Order 2015 [draft];
  4. Mental Health (Detention in Conditions of Excessive Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 [draft].
  5. Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/318);
  6. Self-directed Support
  7. Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Integration Joint Board Establishment) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2015 (SSI 2015/321);
  8. Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Scotland) Rules 2015 (SSI 2015/324).
  9. Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session 1994 and Ordinary Cause Rules 1993 Amendment) (Child Welfare Reporters) (SSI 2015/312);
  10. Marriage (Prescription of Forms) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/313);
  11. Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 9 and Saving Provision) Order 2015 (SSI 2015/317 (C.38)).
  12. Delegated Powers and Law Reform
  13. Devolution (Further Powers)
  14. Economy, Energy and Tourism
  15. Education and Culture
  16. Equal Opportunities
  17. European and External Relations
  18. Finance
  19. Health and Sport
  20. Infrastructure and Capital Investment
  21. Justice
  22. Justice Sub-Committee on Policing
  23. Local Government and Regeneration
  24. Public Audit
  25. Public Petitions
  26. Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment
  27. Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments
  28. Welfare Reform
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  30. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/9977.aspx
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