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BUSINESS BULLETIN No. 162/2011

Monday 19 December 2011

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Contents

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 Question Time - 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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Business Bulletin: Monday 19 December 2011

Section B – Future Meetings of the Parliament

Business Programme agreed by the Parliament on 14 December

2011

Wednesday 21 December 2011

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend David Denniston, Parish Minister, St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Edinburgh

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Delivery and Legacy of the Commonwealth Games

followed by Education and Culture Committee Debate: National Gaelic Language Plan (for text of motion see S4M-01610 in Section F) followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business: S4M-01265 Siobhan McMahon: Disability History Month (for text of motion see Section F)

Thursday 22 December 2011

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Welfare Reform Bill

11.40 am General Question Time (for text of General Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 15 December 2011)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

12.30 pm Members’ Business: S4M-01042 Jim Eadie: 10 Years on from Harkin-Engel, Child Trafficking in the Chocolate Industry (for text of motion see Section F)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

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Justice and the Law Officers (for text of Themed Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 15 December 2011)

2.55 pm Finance Committee Debate: Report on the Scottish Spending Review and Draft Budget 2012-13 (for text of motion see S4M-01561 in Section F)

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

Wednesday 11 January 2012

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business Thursday 12 January 2012

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time (for names of those Members selected for General Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 15 December 2011)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time 2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy (for names of those Members selected for Themed Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 15 December 2011)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business 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

Education and Culture Committee 20 December 2011

16th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

The Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (Listed Tribunals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2011 (SSI 2011/405);

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Prescribed Purposes for Consideration of Suitability) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/411).

2. Work programme (in private): The Committee will review its work programme. Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 10 January, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation and review its work programme.

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 20 December 2011 19th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

2. The Carloway Review: The Committee will take evidence from— Maggie Scott QC, Chair, Justice Scottish Advisory Group;

Lily Greenan, Manager, and Louise Johnson, National Worker - Legal Issues, Scottish Women’s Aid;

Kathleen Caskie, Regional Operational Manager, Victim Support Scotland. 3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will further consider the following

instrument which is not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Act of Sederunt (Contempt of Court in Civil Proceedings) 2011 (SSI 2011/388).

4. Commission on a UK Bill of Rights: The Committee will consider its response to the Commission’s consultation.

5. Female Offenders: The Committee will review its fact-finding visits to HMP and YOI Cornton Vale, HMP Edinburgh and the 218 Centre for Women offenders in Glasgow and consider any future work in relation to those visits.

6. The Carloway Review: The Committee will consider the evidence received on the Carloway Review.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 10 January, the Committee expects to take evidence from the Scottish Information Commissioner following the publication of his ‘Informing the Future’ report.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee 20 December 2011

16th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Donald Henderson, Head of Public Health Division, and Edythe Murie, Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

Equality Act 2010 (Specification of Public Authorities) (Scotland) Order 2012 [draft];

Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 [draft];

Public Services Reform (Social Services Inspections) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 [draft];

Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (Excepted Services) Regulations 2012 [draft];

Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Act 2011 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2012 [draft].

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

Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles (Prescribed Sums and Charges etc.) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/428);

Confirmation to Small Estates (Scotland) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/435);

Prior Rights of Surviving Spouse and Civil Partner (Scotland) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/436).

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

Act of Adjournal (Amendment of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995) (Refixing diets) 2011 (SSI 2011/430).

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

Public Services Reform (Recovery of Expenses in respect of Inspection of Independent Further Education Colleges and English Language Schools) (Scotland) Order 2012 and Draft Explanatory Document (SG 2011/237). 7. Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the

evidence it heard earlier in the meeting. Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 10 January, the Committee expects to consider Scottish statutory instruments.

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

Finance Committee 21 December 2011 14th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Mark McDonald will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

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3. Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill from—

John Drummond, Chief Executive, Scottish Grocers Federation;

Campbell Evans, Director, Government & Consumer Affairs, Scottish Whisky Association;

Valerie Tallon, Lanarkshire Alcohol & Drug Partnership Co-ordinator, NHS Lanarkshire;

and then from—

Mary Cuthbert, Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill Team Leader, Donald Henderson, Deputy Director for Public health, and Marjorie Marshall, Health Economic Advisor, Scottish Government.

4. Land Registration (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Land Registration (Scotland) Bill.

5. Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill.

6. Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the key themes arising from the oral evidence sessions.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 11 January, the Committee will hold a round table evidence session on fiscal sustainability and changing demographics.

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

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 21 December 2011

15th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5, 6 and 7 in private.

2. Inquiry on a living wage in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Iain Moore, Head of Procurement Policy Branch, Scottish Government; Dorothy Cowie, Director, Scotland Excel;

Patrick McGuire, Thompson Solicitors; and then from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, Iain Moore, Head of Procurement Policy Branch, and Calum Webster, Policy Officer, Employability and Tackling Poverty Policy, Scottish Government.

3. Inquiry on a living wage in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received on a living wage in Scotland.

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4. Public services reform and local government: strand 1 – partnerships and outcomes (in private): The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its forthcoming inquiry.

5. Public services reform and local government: strand 1 – partnerships and outcomes: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

6. Petition PE1405: The Committee will consider its approach to a Petition by Andrew Muir calling on the Scottish Parliament to request the Government to carry out urgently an independent “fit for purpose” review of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman which encompasses opening a public inquiry to collect evidence to scrutinize the high rate of case closures since Mr Jim Martin took office in May 2009.

7. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: The Committee will consider its approach to the to Scottish Public Services Ombudsman’s 2010-2011 annual report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 18 January 2012, the Committee expects to take oral evidence on dangerous buildings and building MOTs.

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

Public Audit Committee 21 December 2011 10th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Colin Keir will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5 and 6 in private.

3. Section 23 report - Overview of the NHS in Scotland’s performance 2010/11: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of the NHS in Scotland’s performance 2010/11" from—

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Barbara Hurst, Director, Claire Sweeney, Portfolio Manager, and Ally Taylor, Project Manager, Performance Audit Group, Audit Scotland.

4. Section 22 report - The 2010/11 Audit of the National Library of Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The 2010/11 Audit of the National Library of Scotland" from—

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Bob Leishman, Portfolio Manager, Best Value and Scrutiny Improvement Group, Audit Scotland.

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5. Consideration of approach - Overview of the NHS in Scotland’s performance 2010/11: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of the NHS in Scotland’s performance 2010/11".

6. Consideration of approach - The 2010/11 Audit of the National Library of Scotland: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The 2010/11 Audit of the National Library of Scotland".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Auditor General for Scotland in relation to reports he has recently published. 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 16 December 2011

Questions marked with a triangle (∆) are initiated by the Scottish Executive 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-04630 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action the NHS takes to ensure that there is sufficient support to facilitate home births for all who want them.

S4W-04632 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that there is sufficient consumer choice available for those who have to pay a professional fee in order to obtain a qualification as a swimming teacher.

S4W-04633 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the qualification criteria are for applying for a swimming coaching licence and when the licensing scheme will be fully operational.

S4W-04634 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether UK coaching certificate qualifications will be the basis for swimming licences.

S4W-04635 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on the maintenance and refit of the MV (a) Ali Cat and (b) Argyll Flyer since they were purchased and how these costs were met.

S4W-04636 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what percentage of timetabled sailings have been cancelled on the Gourock to Dunoon ferry service since July 2011 and how many of these were treated as relief events in terms of the public service obligation between Argyll Ferries Ltd and the Scottish Government.

S4W-04637 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds have been set aside by (a) it, (b) David MacBrayne Ltd and (c) Argyll Ferries Ltd to purchase or charter new vessels.

S4W-04638 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it calculated the extra £493.5 million income from non-domestic rates over the spending review period.

S4W-04639 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it has set the non-domestic rates targets in relation to the business rates incentivisation scheme, broken down by local authority.

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S4W-04640∆ Humza Yousaf: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has come to a decision regarding the service change proposals submitted by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for approval that older people’s inpatient rehabilitation beds be transferred from Lightburn Hospital to Stobhill Hospital, that day hospital and outpatient services be transferred to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and that Lightburn Hospital be closed.

S4W-04641 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive further to the answer to question S4O-00416 by Nicola Sturgeon on 24 November 2011, when it will publish the initial report that the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy has received.

S4W-04642 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive further to the answer to question S4O-00416 by Nicola Sturgeon on 24 November 2011, what further information was requested by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy following receipt of the initial report.

S4W-04644 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive further to the answer to question S4O-00484 by Nicola Sturgeon on 15 December 2011 (Official Report, c. 3327), what its response is to the further report received by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy.

S4W-04645 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to resolve the dispute between the Educational Institute of Scotland and Carnegie College in light of any possible short-term impact that this might have on the prison education service.

S4W-04646 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the proposal by Carnegie College to replace qualified lecturing staff with non-qualified staff for the delivery of prison education.

S4W-04647 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the possibility that the prison education service provided in the west and east of the country might differ if Motherwell College continues to provide a service using fully qualified lecturing staff but Carnegie College does not.

S4W-04648 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on reports that the Scottish Prison Service did not allow Carnegie College to engage in discussion or consultation with the college’s staff during the bidding process for the provision of the prison education service and that, as a result of this, the staff were unaware of any possible threat to their positions until after the contract had been signed.

S4W-04656 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to distribute the £9 million fund aimed at tackling sectarianism that it announced on 23 November 2011.

S4W-04657 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the costs of the Football Co-ordination Unit for Scotland will be met from the fund to tackle sectarianism that it announced on 23 November 2011.

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Section F – Motions and Amendments

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

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

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

Motions and amendments can be published with various symbols:

Asterisks before the motion or amendment number indicate a motion or amendment published for the first time;

Asterisks also identify alterations to the text of a motion or amendment made since it was first published;

A hash symbol identifies motions eligible for debate at Members’ Business;

A diamond symbol identifies motions lodged for Members’ Business that have not yet attracted the required cross-party support;

An "R", identifies motions or amendments in which the Member who lodged it has a registrable interest.

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

A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx.

Any questions in relation to this section should be directed to the Chamber Desk, for which contact details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S4M-01611 Roderick Campbell: Wing Commander Alison Moodie—That the Parliament notes the retirement of Wing Commander Alison Moodie from No 612 Squadron based at RAF Leuchars; recognises Wing Commander Moodie’s achievements in her 42 years of service with the RAF including, but not limited to, receiving the Air Efficiency Medal and Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal and, in the last week, being appointed an OBE in recognition of her contribution to the development of reservist medical services; also recognises that her retirement will allow her to work with NATO to help research the expanding role of medical reservists, and wishes her well in her future role.

Supported by: Nanette Milne*, Liz Smith*, Bill Walker*, Stuart McMillan*, Kevin Stewart*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Lyle*, George Adam*

*S4M-01610 Stewart Maxwell on behalf of the Education and Culture Committee: Education and Culture Committee, 3rd Report 2011 (Session 4), The draft National Gaelic Language Plan 2012-17—That the Parliament agrees that the Education and Culture Committee’s 3rd Report, 2011 (Session 4), The draft National Gaelic Language Plan 2012-17 (SP Paper 52) should form the Parliament’s response to Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s consultation on the draft plan.

*S4M-01609 Mark McDonald: Congratulations to Ben and Rosemary Scrimgeour—That the Parliament congratulates Ben and Rosemary Scrimgeour on winning the Tayside Regional Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust award last month; notes that Ben and Rosemary received support from the trust in setting up their architecture business, The Building Workshop; commends their efforts to establish a business that has strong environmental ethics based on bringing old and dilapidated buildings back to life; also notes that the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust promotes, supports, rewards and celebrates the achievements of young people in business by providing access to appropriate professional advice, banking services and direct volunteer and mentoring support and has received support from the Royal Bank of Scotland for the last 22 years; commends the trust on its work in supporting Scotland’s young people in business, and wishes the Scrimgeours all the best for a successful future with their business.

*S4M-01608 Mark McDonald: Congratulations to Lucy Tuck—That the Parliament congratulates Lucy Tuck on winning the Grampian Regional Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust Award in November 2011; notes that Lucy received help from the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT), which has been supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland for the last 22 years, in launching her skin and laser clinic, Definition Beauty Clinic; also notes that the PSYBT promotes, supports, rewards and celebrates the achievements of young people in business by providing access to appropriate professional advice, banking services and direct volunteer and mentoring support; commends the trust on its work in supporting Scotland’s young people in business, and wishes Lucy Tuck all the best for a successful future with her business.

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*S4M-01607 Annabel Goldie: Renton Community Development Trust—That the Parliament considers that the Renton Community Development Trust, which formed in 2004, makes a very significant contribution; commends the success of the trust in pursuing a model of financial independence that it considers has brought huge benefits to the local community, such as the retention of a retail presence, promotion of private residential development, provision of the ground for a local health centre and housing support for care of older people, and congratulates the determination of all those associated with the Renton Community Development Trust, which it believes, by demonstrating such faith in its community, has transformed it.

Supported by: John Lamont*, Kevin Stewart*, Nanette Milne*, Liz Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Jackie Baillie*

*S4M-01606# Christina McKelvie: Access to an Employment Tribunal—That the Parliament is deeply concerned by UK Government proposals to charge fees for taking a claim to an employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal; notes that, under the options set out in a consultation paper, prospective claimants could be forced to pay between £150 and £1,750 before their case is even heard; further notes that the consultation contains proposals designed to limit the amount of compensation that can be applied for and awarded; believes that the introduction of upfront fees for taking a claim to an employment tribunal unfairly weighs the balance in favour of employers and against employees and will lead to some employees, such as low-paid women workers in South Lanarkshire and across the country, being unable to seek redress for unfair treatment; further believes that forcing people to pay before they can access an employment tribunal is a wholly inappropriate way of generating public funds; further believes that the right to protection against unfair or prejudicial treatment at work, to seek justice if such treatment is experienced and to be compensated for harm that has been done is a fundamental one that should be available to all employees; further believes that the UK Ministry of Justice’s proposals are an attack on employment rights, and considers them to be unjust.

Supported by: Gil Paterson*, Margaret Burgess*, Rob Gibson*, Chic Brodie*, Fiona McLeod*, John Mason*, Humza Yousaf*, Neil Findlay*, Mike MacKenzie*, Maureen Watt*, Colin Beattie*, Drew Smith*, James Dornan*, Richard Lyle*, Hanzala Malik*, Clare Adamson*, Jean Urquhart*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01605 Alison Johnstone: Support for Occupy—That the Parliament welcomes many of the sentiments expressed by those involved in the Occupy protests across the world; agrees that there is a continuing need to reduce inequalities in society between rich and poor people; agrees that further reforms are needed to the UK and international banking and financial systems; understands that Occupy is an attempt to redirect economic decisions and systems toward more sustainable and equitable outcomes; considers that there is legitimate frustration with financial structures and governance systems that concentrate wealth in the hands of the few, and agrees that protest is a legitimate form of political activity.

Supported by: Dave Thompson*, Marco Biagi*, John Mason*, Neil Findlay*, Mike MacKenzie*, Jean Urquhart*

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S4M-01604 Annabelle Ewing: Royal Yachting Association Annual Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Loch Tummel Sailing Club member Jim Hartshorne of Bankfoot on his recent success at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) annual awards, at which he won the Community Lifetime Commitment award; recognises the hard work and commitment of all involved in sailing in Scotland, and congratulates RYA Scotland on what it considers the great work that it does in promoting the sport in Scotland.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Margaret Burgess*, Jamie McGrigor*, George Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Humza Yousaf*, Jackie Baillie*, Richard Lyle*, Kevin Stewart*

S4M-01603 Gordon MacDonald: SEStran Thistle Assistance Card—That the Parliament congratulates the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership in launching the SEStran Thistle Assistance Card for use on public transport, which, it understands, will make it easier for customers who are disabled to highlight their requirements to drivers and is expected to be more efficient to administer than the scheme that it replaces.

Supported by: Gordon MacDonald*

S4M-01602 John Pentland: Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell—That the Parliament congratulates the Very Rev Thomas Millar VG, parish priest for Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell, and Rev Joseph Clements of St Aidan’s, Wishaw, on being made canons of the cathedral at a service conducted by Bishop Joseph Devine and considers that the cathedral and the Diocese of Motherwell play an important role in the communities that they serve.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Margaret Mitchell, Annabelle Ewing, Michael McMahon, Jamie McGrigor, David Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Dave Thompson*, Willie Coffey*, Hugh Henry*, Colin Beattie*, Mike MacKenzie*, Richard Lyle*, Gil Paterson*, Roderick Campbell*, Clare Adamson*, Jackie Baillie*

S4M-01601 Patricia Ferguson: RSBi in Springburn Wins Gold—That the Parliament congratulates Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) on being awarded what it considers to be the prestigious gold certification from the Furniture Industry Research Association; understands that this award has been presented in recognition of the high quality products and professional craftsmanship provided by the factory in Springburn, Glasgow; congratulates all those involved with RSBi, which employs over 240 workers; notes that more than 50% of its workforce are disabled, including veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; believes that this award is just recognition for the hard work and dedication of all those working in RSBi, and wishes it well for the future in its aim to provide employment opportunities for local people and quality furniture for its customers.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Drew Smith, Hugh Henry, Margaret McCulloch*, Helen Eadie*

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S4M-01600 Kezia Dugdale: 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child—That the Parliament notes that 16 December 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the UK’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; considers it important to ensure that children’s rights underpin all legislation, policy and practice affecting children and young people to ensure that every child is able to develop to his or her full potential; notes the progress that has been made over the last 20 years to bring children’s rights into the mainstream in Scotland, but also the significant challenges that remain; acknowledges the proposals from the Scottish Government to give statutory force to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Scots law, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that it does its utmost to fulfil its human rights obligations to children and that every child in Scotland, regardless of background or circumstances, is able to access and enjoy all the rights set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, Christina McKelvie, Patricia Ferguson, Neil Bibby, Anne McTaggart, Drew Smith, Sarah Boyack, Hanzala Malik, John Park, Patrick Harvie, Mike MacKenzie, Fiona McLeod, Neil Findlay, Roderick Campbell, Alison Johnstone, Hugh Henry, Alison McInnes, Malcolm Chisholm*, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01599 Jackie Baillie: Morlaggan—That the Parliament congratulates the award-winning Morlaggan Rural Settlement Group after what is considered another year of successful excavation of ceramics, glass and household artefacts in High Morlaggan, Arrochar; acknowledges the hard work and dedication of group members who have stimulated public interest in the excavation locally as well as delivering education sessions on the history of the area, and wishes them great success for the exhibition of findings and book launch due to take place in January 2012.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Kidd, Anne McTaggart, Jim Hume, Sarah Boyack, Annabelle Ewing, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Kevin Stewart, Jackson Carlaw, Colin Beattie*, Annabel Goldie*, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-01598 Jackie Baillie: Need for Advice—That the Parliament commends staff and volunteers of Citizens Advice Scotland after recent figures showed that 560,303 issues were dealt with in Scotland in 2010-11; notes that this equates to one case for every minute of the day; considers that the West Dunbartonshire Bureau plays an important role in assisting vulnerable people in Dumbarton and Alexandria; expresses concern that what is considered the independent, important and preventative work of Citizens Advice Scotland is being carried out with diminishing resources at a time when changes to the welfare system will have a major impact on Scotland’s people, their services and the demand for advice, and calls on the Scottish Government to increase funding to ensure that independent support and advice is available to people at a time when they need it most.

Supported by: David Stewart, Margaret McCulloch, Sarah Boyack, Anne McTaggart, Patrick Harvie, Drew Smith, Johann Lamont, Jenny Marra, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Colin Beattie*

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S4M-01596♦ Elaine Murray: Independence Referendum, Let Wallace Vote—That the Parliament notes that for generations Scots have taken up opportunities to work in other parts of the UK and beyond and that many have subsequently returned to Scotland to use the skills and experiences that they have gained elsewhere; understands that Scots working outwith Scotland at the time of the independence referendum will not be eligible to vote on Scotland’s constitutional future whereas anyone eligible to be on the electoral register in Scotland will be entitled to vote; believes that Scots living outwith Scotland should be able to register to vote in the independence referendum on the same basis as expatriate UK citizens can vote in UK elections, and congratulates Dumfries-born James Wallace on his online campaign, letwallacevote, to bring this issue to the attention of the public.

Supported by: John Pentland, Margaret McCulloch, Neil Findlay, Anne McTaggart, Hanzala Malik

S4M-01595 Jackie Baillie: The Invisible College—That the Parliament congratulates the Invisible College, the education programme of the NVA Kilmahew/St Peter’s regeneration project, on receiving one of only eight UK-wide Arts and Humanities Research Council grants from the Landscape and Environment programme; considers that this grant will have a positive impact on the project’s academic partnerships with the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art, and looks forward to the summer season of exhibitions, events and performances that will be brought to Cardross thanks to the hard work of those at NVA.

Supported by: Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Patricia Ferguson, Mike MacKenzie, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Drew Smith, Anne McTaggart, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-01594 Jackie Baillie: Gartocharn Green Flag—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of Gartocharn Primary School on being awarded the Green Flag from Eco-Schools; recognises the work of the student-led Eco Committee in making positive changes for the environment; notes that the Green Flag is the most prestigious award given by Eco-Schools; further notes that the school’s environmental work is carried out alongside other initiatives such as the Rag Bag textile recycling scheme, which has raised almost £700 for Kleinbooi School in South Africa, and wishes the pupils and staff every success with their future projects. Supported by: Colin Beattie, Annabelle Ewing, Jamie Hepburn, Patricia Ferguson, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry, Fiona McLeod, Stuart McMillan, Jamie McGrigor, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart

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S4M-01593 Gordon MacDonald: Congratulation to Jamie Calder from Balerno, Scottish Young Sailor of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Loch Tummel Sailing Club’s Jamie Calder, from Balerno, on his recent success at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) annual awards, where he won the Scottish Young Sailor of the Year award; recognises the work and commitment of all involved in sailing in Scotland, and congratulates RYA Scotland on what it believes to be its great work in promoting the sport in Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Gordon MacDonald

S4M-01592 Bob Doris: Public Health Leaders Call to Introduce Minimum Pricing—That the Parliament considers that minimum pricing is a simple and effective mechanism to control alcohol prices; notes that 19 public health leaders have called on the UK to introduce minimum pricing; believes that the Scottish Government’s recent action to cut the practice of deep discounting of alcohol and to improve treatment for those with alcohol problems shows others the way forward; understands that half of the homicides in Scotland occur under the influence of alcohol, and believes that, in order to further improve the nation’s health, opposition parties in Scotland should look at the evidence from the experts and support minimum price legislation on alcohol in the Parliament as part of a package of measures to tackle the problems of alcohol in Scottish society.

Supported by: Humza Yousaf, Joe FitzPatrick, Dennis Robertson, Margaret Burgess, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Mark McDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Roderick Campbell, Annabelle Ewing, Richard Lyle, George Adam, Kevin Stewart, Dave Thompson*, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-01591 Drew Smith: Glasgow Subway Celebrates its 115th Anniversary— That the Parliament marks the 115th anniversary of the Subway in Glasgow, which opened to passengers on 14 December 1896; notes that the Glasgow subway, which was originally a cable-pulled steam railway, was the third such underground railway in the world, older than both the New York subway and the Paris Metro; understands that more than 14 million passenger journeys are made each year on the Glasgow subway; further notes that it was reopened following electrification and modernisation in 1980; looks forward to the completion of the current modernisation, which began with the refurbishment of Hillhead station earlier this year, and congratulates Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and all of the subway staff on the work that they do to keep the "Clockwork Orange" and Glasgow on the move.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, John Mason, Jackie Baillie, Clare Adamson, Neil Bibby, Anne McTaggart, Mary Fee, Patrick Harvie, Bob Doris, John Park, Hugh Henry, Margaret McCulloch, Humza Yousaf, David Torrance, James Kelly, Hanzala Malik, Mark Griffin, Rob Gibson, Neil Findlay, Jackson Carlaw, Ruth Davidson, Jamie Hepburn, Graeme Pearson, Mike MacKenzie, Roderick Campbell, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart

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S4M-01590 Bob Doris: The New Crown Jewels of Maryhill—That the Parliament welcomes the news of the world’s first interactive stained glass windows being revealed at Maryhill Burgh Halls; recognises the technological achievement in incorporating a 2D barcode that can be scanned by visitors’ smartphones, automatically directing them to a webpage containing further material and information on the designs; acknowledges that the set of 10 features the Maryhill-born Turner Prize winners, Douglas Gordon and Susan Phillipsz, Jaconelli’s Café, local primary school children and the signature of Mrs Mary Hill, the lady who gave her name to the area; notes the long history of stained glass in Maryhill from the creation of the original “crown jewels of Maryhill” in 1878 when the burgh commissioned 20 stained glass windows to showcase the trades and industries of the area, and celebrates this initiative, which can attract and inform the next generation of visitors to the crown jewels of Maryhill, both old and new.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Margaret Burgess, Humza Yousaf, Colin Beattie, Christina McKelvie, Willie Coffey, Dennis Robertson, Annabelle Ewing, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, Adam Ingram, Ruth Davidson, Jamie Hepburn, Mike MacKenzie, George Adam, Kevin Stewart, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01589 Bob Doris: Roots of Ruchill Community Garden—That the Parliament congratulates the community partners involved in the successful transformation of disused land into the Roots of Ruchill community garden attached to Ruchill Community Centre; commends the efforts employed in making the community garden accessible to all local residents, which encourages local people to participate in gardening and volunteer in the upkeep of the green space as somewhere to enjoy, socialise and relax; thanks Maryhill Housing Association, Ruchill Primary School, community partners North United Communities, Ruchill Community Council and Children’s Inclusion Partnership as well as benefactors including Glasgow Community Council’s North Open Spaces and Environment Group, Ruchill Community Centre Advisory Group and North Glasgow Arts & Regeneration Network for their contribution to the project, and looks forward to the official opening day, which is planned for April 2012, and its future years as a community space.

Supported by: Humza Yousaf, Margaret Burgess, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Jamie Hepburn, Mark McDonald, Bill Kidd S4M-01588 Bob Doris: Funding of Glasgow’s North Area Transport Association—That the Parliament considers that the North Area Transport Association (NATA) makes a vital contribution to the north Glasgow community; notes that NATA is a not-for-profit organisation that currently provides transport solutions for community groups across north Glasgow, many of whom work with older, disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups; believes that mobility services such as NATA’s are vital, especially at this time of year, to ensuring that older, disabled and vulnerable people are provided with accessible, affordable and reliable community transport that encourages and supports the participation of local residents in community activity and economic opportunity; notes with concern the recommendation by Glasgow City Council Community Planning Partnership to withdraw 100% of the funding for NATA, and urges the partnership to reconsider and

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to conduct a fuller consultation in the hope of finding a solution that will maintain what it considers this vital service despite difficult financial times.

Supported by: Humza Yousaf, Margaret Burgess, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Jamie Hepburn, Chic Brodie

S4M-01586 Mark McDonald: Changing the January Pay Date—That the Parliament notes that many public and private sector organisations pay their staff early in December to facilitate a payroll shutdown, but that the pay date for January remains at the end of the month; further notes that this means that workers have to ensure that their December pay lasts for around six weeks, covering both Christmas and New Year, while January pay only has to last for four weeks due to the shorter month of February; considers that this increases the pressure on the budgets of Scottish households and further increases the likelihood of people turning to payday loans at the end of January; further notes that Aberdeen City Council has altered its January pay date by moving it to the penultimate week of the month, thus creating a five-week period for the December and January pay windows, and calls on public and private sector organisations to consider a similar approach to pay dates in order to ease pressure on Scottish household budgets.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, John Mason, Angus MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Liam McArthur, Richard Lyle, Margaret Burgess, Graeme Dey, Chic Brodie, Maureen Watt, Kevin Stewart, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson*, Roderick Campbell*

S4M-01583 Colin Keir: UK Veto is Damaging for Scotland—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern at the outcome of the European Union summit of 9 December 2011 in Brussels where the Prime Minister used the UK veto, a move that both Margaret Thatcher and John Major successfully avoided, for the first time in the country’s history; considers that David Cameron not only failed to negotiate a suitable deal with colleagues across the other 26 member states, but that he refrained from consulting the devolved administrations as well as his coalition partners before effectively deciding to isolate Britain from the rest of the EU; understands that, as a result of alliance-building with other member states, the UK has rarely been outvoted on issues relating to financial services; questions therefore what it considers to be an impulsive decision, which was justified by the Prime Minister as a defence of the national interest; believes that this will potentially hinder Scotland’s ability to influence key policy areas such as the EU budget, agriculture and fisheries; considers that Cameron failed to initiate any concrete proposal on how to stabilise the single currency and that his actions have hindered the stabilisation and recovery of the eurozone and have therefore jeopardised the recovery of the UK and Scottish economies; further believes that the UK and Scotland will be shut off from the EU decision-making process and that the other 26 member states could shape EU policy without the UK’s involvement; notes with interest the comments of French President Nicolas Sarkozy that two Europes have been created; believes that Cameron’s aim was to protect the bankers from the kind of regulation that would have prevented the financial crisis but understands that many leading businesses believe that the veto will damage London’s position as a financial centre, evidenced by the fact that European banks based in London would be subject to any new rules created by the

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26-member bloc; observes a recent poll published by The Times suggesting that 53% of Scots believe that Cameron’s veto will reduce the influence of the UK in the EU; calls on the Prime Minister to urgently convene a joint ministerial committee meeting to discuss the full implications of what it considers the damaging decision, and believes that the unionist argument that Scotland is better represented in Europe by London is emphatically dead.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Christina McKelvie, Margaret Burgess, Mike MacKenzie, Stuart McMillan, John Mason, Chic Brodie, Annabelle Ewing, Angus MacDonald, Hanzala Malik, Graeme Dey, Humza Yousaf, Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Kevin Stewart, Dave Thompson*, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-01583.1 Jackson Carlaw: UK Veto is Damaging for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-01583 in the name of Colin Keir (UK Veto is Damaging for Scotland), leave out from “deep” to end and insert “support for the Prime Minister’s use of the British veto; considers that David Cameron’s actions are in the interests of the UK and especially Scotland as 150,000 Scottish jobs are either directly or indirectly dependent on the financial services industry; further considers that the UK economy and the jobs in all sectors, especially small business, that are intrinsic to growth are dependent on a strong economy of which the financial services industry is a vital part; understands that Scots back the Prime Minister’s use of the veto by a proportion of 2:1; notes that EU relations are a reserved matter and believes that the coalition government has always been sensitive to Scottish requirements as seen with its Respect Agenda; expresses concern that the SNP is among the biggest cheerleaders of the failed eurozone, with the man who speaks for the SNP in Europe, Alyn Smith MEP, confirming that it is still SNP policy to join the euro; further believes that Scotland’s sovereignty would have been eroded in complying with eurozone plans, which entail governments referring their proposed budgets to the European Commission before national government scrutiny; welcomes the fact that Scotland is not independent or part of the eurozone, and therefore pays tribute to the Prime Minister for fighting for British interests rather than the SNP, which it considers would have an independent Scotland while surrendering Scotland’s financial services industry to Brussels dictat.”

Supported by: David McLetchie, Murdo Fraser, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, John Lamont, Mary Scanlon, Annabel Goldie*, Margaret Mitchell*

S4M-01577 Marco Biagi: Edinburgh Domestic Abuse Court Pilot—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Crown Office that Edinburgh Sheriff Court will pilot a specialist domestic abuse court; understands that the court will bring together specialist prosecutors, police officers and support agencies to provide better provision for victims; commends the court on its aim to hold trials within eight weeks of first calling compared with the current average of 15 weeks; notes that the first session of the court will be held on 7 Feburary 2012, and considers that the introduction of the court to Edinburgh will make a real, immediate and welcome difference to how cases of domestic abuse are brought to justice in the city.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Richard Lyle, Christine Grahame, Anne McTaggart, Rob Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Mike MacKenzie, Humza Yousaf, Bob Doris,

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Roderick Campbell, Chic Brodie, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, John Finnie, Sandra White, Margaret Burgess, Joe FitzPatrick, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Kezia Dugdale, Mark McDonald, Kevin Stewart, Drew Smith*, Dave Thompson*, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-01576 Liam McArthur: Tina Wood Bears Olympic Torch for Orkney—That the Parliament congratulates Tina Wood from Orkney on being named one of the first Olympic torch-bearers ahead of the London 2012 games; considers that her successful nomination reflects the enormous contribution that she makes to community life in Orkney through representing the islands at swimming and her talent as a musician, playing both in the Kirkwall pipe band and her family’s ceilidh band, Kirkjuvagr; notes also what it believes to be her dedicated work in supporting adults with additional support needs; believes that she is an excellent ambassador for Orkney; understands that the islands are proud of the part that they will play in the torch relay in June, and wishes Tina and the other 7,999 torch bearers all the best on what it believes will be a unique and memorable occasion.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kevin Stewart, Jamie McGrigor, Jim Hume, David Stewart, Maureen Watt*, Richard Lyle*, Mike MacKenzie*, Margaret Burgess*

S4M-01574 Kevin Stewart: Proposed DVLA Closures—That the Parliament condemns the UK Government’s proposals to close Scotland’s five Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) regional offices; disagrees with the opinion that centralising services in Swansea will mean a quicker turnaround time that will meet customer needs, and calls on the UK Government to retain the offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Annabelle Ewing, Rob Gibson, Margaret Burgess, Dennis Robertson, Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Christina McKelvie, John Mason, Paul Wheelhouse, John Finnie, Stuart McMillan, Mark McDonald, Humza Yousaf, Graeme Dey, Adam Ingram, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Neil Findlay, Gil Paterson, Colin Beattie*, Dave Thompson*, Jean Urquhart*, Bill Walker*

S4M-01573 Dennis Robertson: Ciara Ennis as Olympic Torch-bearer for North East Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Ciara Ennis from Huntly on being named among the torch-bearers who will carry the Olympic flame across part of Scotland’s north east on 11-12 June 2012; understands that her nomination is in recognition of the charity work that she has provided to her community, which includes a £1,600 donation for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and a £1,500 contribution to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital; considers that the north east of Scotland will be honoured to be represented by such a commendable youth in this historic event, and further considers this an opportunity to applaud Ciara on what it considers her impressive personal achievements and service to Aberdeenshire West.

Supported by: Margaret Burgess, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Rob Gibson, Mark McDonald, Roderick Campbell, Chic Brodie, Jamie Hepburn, Humza Yousaf, Adam Ingram, Bob

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Doris, Maureen Watt, Willie Coffey, Joe FitzPatrick, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01572 Mark McDonald: Keenan Recycling Success at VIBES Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Keenan Recycling on winning the waste and resources prize at the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) awards; understands that Keenan Recycling is one of Scotland’s leading organics recycling specialists and that it transforms food and garden waste to BSE-accredited compost; congratulates the business on what it believes is its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by innovative and environmentally-friendly means, and wishes it all the best in the future in its work to help reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Burgess, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Nanette Milne, Gil Paterson, Annabelle Ewing, Rob Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Chic Brodie, Dennis Robertson, James Dornan, Jamie Hepburn, Humza Yousaf, Bob Doris, Maureen Watt, Marco Biagi, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Alison McInnes, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01570# Rob Gibson: Remember Cunninghame Graham—That the Parliament congratulates Alan MacGillivray and John C McIntyre on the publication by Kennedy & Boyd, Glasgow of the collected stories and sketches of R B Cunninghame Graham in five volumes of one modern edition; celebrates their four years of work to present the works of what is considered one of Scotland’s finest writers for modern audiences to enjoy and that they may assess his place in Scotland’s national literature; recalls the cross-party support for motion S3M-04228 by Rob Gibson, Remember Cunninghame Graham, "That the Parliament recalls the birth of Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham on 24 May 1852; celebrates his adventurous life, which led him to champion the miners, the gauchos, the native Americans, the crofters and many others whom he considered were exploited by the wealthy and privileged; remembers that he took pivotal roles in founding the Scottish Labour Party, with Keir Hardie, in 1888 and the National Party of Scotland in 1928; considers that, after his tenure as an MP from 1886 to 1892, his trenchant and humane writings inspired many others and, in particular, inspired Joseph Conrad to write The Heart of Darkness and Nostromo; commends his writing to all those who value humanity and social justice today, and calls on the Parliament and Scottish Government to prepare appropriate celebrations in 2012 for the 160th anniversary of his birth.", and considers that there is a need for a major celebration of Cunninghame Graham during 2012.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, James Dornan, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, Annabelle Ewing, Richard Lyle, Margaret Burgess, Dennis Robertson, John Finnie, Roderick Campbell, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Humza Yousaf, Adam Ingram, John Mason, Maureen Watt, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Bob Doris, Joe FitzPatrick, David Torrance, Christina McKelvie, Christine Grahame, George Adam, Mark McDonald, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson*, Jean Urquhart*

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S4M-01569 Liam McArthur: Outstanding Achievement of Pelamis Pioneer—That the Parliament congratulates Mr Richard Yemm, the chief technical officer of Pelamis Wave Power, on being given an outstanding contribution award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2011; believes that this award recognises rightly the pioneering work that Mr Yemm has carried out in developing the Pelamis Wave Energy Converter, which is the world’s first commercial scale machine for generating electricity to the grid from offshore wave energy; further believes that the award reflects Mr Yemm’s leadership role over many years in articulating what it considers to be the enormous potential of the marine energy sector in Scotland; considers that the evidence of this potential and increasing success is nowhere more apparent than at the Scottish Green Energy Awards; congratulates all of the other award winners and nominees, and looks forward to celebrating further success in the future as Scotland aims to secure a place as a global renewables powerhouse.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Jamie McGrigor, David Stewart, Alex Johnstone, John Mason, Tavish Scott, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Joe FitzPatrick, Roderick Campbell, Jim Hume, Bill Walker, Alison McInnes, Kevin Stewart, Dave Thompson*, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-01568 Colin Keir: Rachel Appolinari Memorial Fund—That the Parliament congratulates the family of Rachel Appolinari for their noteworthy fundraising campaign in memory of their beloved daughter and sister who sadly died from a brain tumour; commends the family for their dedication in raising awareness about the need for further research to cure the deadly disease; notes that the family’s initial target of £20,000 for the Rachel Appolinari Memorial Fund has been exceeded to achieve a sum that currently stands at over £40,000; understands that the funds raised are in aid of the Edinburgh Centre for Neuro–Oncology at the Western General Hospital, and supports the family and all those involved in the next stages of the fundraising campaign.

Supported by: Margaret Burgess, David Torrance, Dennis Robertson, Chic Brodie, Jamie McGrigor, Angus MacDonald, Roderick Campbell, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Humza Yousaf, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Bob Doris, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Mark McDonald, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Stuart McMillan*

S4M-01567 Aileen McLeod: Scottish Women’s European Curling Champions— That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish women’s curling team on becoming European champions following its 8-2 victory over Sweden after eight ends in the final in Moscow; notes that South Scotland was well represented on the team, with Vicki Adams from Stranraer and Anna Sloan from Lockerbie both playing in the final with Stranraer’s Kay Adams acting as alternate; recognises also the other team members, Claire Hamilton and skip Eve Muirhead; congratulates Eve Muirhead on her successful stint leading her team through what it believes was a challenging competition; acknowledges that this is the first time that the Scottish women’s team have won a European championship since 1975; wishes the team and all players the best of success in the future, and congratulates the players on what it considers their role in reinvigorating women’s curling in Scotland.

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Supported by: Clare Adamson, James Dornan, Jamie McGrigor, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Joan McAlpine, Angus MacDonald, Richard Simpson, Margaret Burgess, Joe FitzPatrick, John Mason, Paul Wheelhouse, Christina McKelvie, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Mark McDonald, Drew Smith, Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Hanzala Malik, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Humza Yousaf, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, David Stewart, Hugh Henry, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01566 Humza Yousaf: ScotRail Modern Apprenticeship Award—That the Parliament congratulates ScotRail on its modern apprenticeship scheme winning what it considers to be the prestigious Best Business Newcomer title from Skills Development Scotland at the 2011 Scottish Modern Apprenticeships Awards; notes that this follows ScotRail launching, in 2011, the UK rail industry’s first modern apprenticeship in customer service; believes that it is important that ScotRail continues to invest in training, developing and remunerating modern apprentices aged between 17 and 21; understands that the initiative is designed to boost business and that it aims to provide opportunities for young people to enter what it believes to be the challenging jobs market; notes that, during their 18-month apprenticeships, the young adults are each given six-month placements with hands-on roles in ScotRail’s statihands-on, hands-on-train and hospitality departments; further notes that, during their apprenticeship, the trainees can gain recognition of their efforts by working toward a Scottish vocational qualification in customer service and also a Duke of Edinburgh’s gold award; believes that youth unemployment is an issue that the entire parliament is committed to tackling, and considers that modern apprenticeships, such as ScotRail’s award-winning scheme, will play a part in helping guide young people toward gainful employment.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Margaret Burgess, Stuart McMillan, Margaret McCulloch, Liam McArthur, Kevin Stewart, Hugh Henry, Bob Doris, Clare Adamson, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Drew Smith, Mark McDonald, Chic Brodie, Bill Kidd, Marco Biagi, Roderick Campbell, Fiona McLeod, George Adam, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01565 Maureen Watt: European Commission Chief Scientific Adviser— That the Parliament congratulates Professor Anne Glover on her appointment as Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission; thanks Professor Glover for her service as the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland since being appointed in 2006; considers that this builds on a successful academic career at the University of Aberdeen where Professor Glover continues to be the Chair in Molecular and Cell Biology; applauds Professor Glover’s work on promoting a greater uptake of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects among Scotland’s young people; believes that she has played a key part in efforts to encourage more women into scientific careers; considers that Europe’s gain is Scotland’s loss as a result of this appointment, and wishes Professor Glover the best of luck in her new role.

Supported by: Paul Wheelhouse, Liam McArthur, Dennis Robertson, David Stewart, Margaret Burgess, Aileen McLeod, Stewart Maxwell, Annabelle Ewing, Christina McKelvie, Adam Ingram, Joe FitzPatrick, Mike MacKenzie, John Mason, Angus MacDonald, Malcolm Chisholm, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Mark

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McDonald, Gil Paterson, James Dornan, Jamie Hepburn, Fiona McLeod, Colin Beattie, Humza Yousaf, Alison McInnes, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01564 Bob Doris: Citizens Advice Service and Welfare Reform—That the Parliament notes the contents of the Citizen Advice Scotland’s publication, Advice in Scotland 2010/11; congratulates bureaux advisers across Scotland for dealing with a reported record number of 560,303 new issues in 2010-11; welcomes the valuable time given by bureaux volunteers in providing 18,000 hours of their time every week; notes that new benefit issues increased by 8% to 203,000 and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) issues increased by 33%; further notes that representation at ESA tribunals increased by 82% and that bureaux advisers now spend approximately 1,100 working days a year on tribunals alone and win 69% of cases; considers that independent advice services are a vital preventative service in Scotland and will be essential when UK welfare reform is introduced; notes the concern of bureaux regarding future funding and acknowledges the call of the Health and Sport Committee for the UK Government to provide additional resources for advice and advocacy services, and calls on all MSPs to support their local and national citizens advice service.

Supported by: Margaret Burgess, Annabelle Ewing, Dennis Robertson, Aileen McLeod, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Paul Wheelhouse, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Kevin Stewart, Neil Findlay, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Mark McDonald, Angus MacDonald, James Dornan, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Marco Biagi, Colin Beattie, Humza Yousaf, John Mason, Dave Thompson*

S4M-01563 Murdo Fraser: Social Enterprise Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition on its successful transformation to Social Enterprise Scotland, following a unanimous vote by social enterprise member organisations; understands that the purpose of the name change is to bring a new sense of clarity and purpose in fulfilling the mission of the umbrella body, which it considers is the voice of social enterprise; further understands that it is hoped that this will bring a new focus for policy makers, stakeholders, the public and media; notes that Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent Scottish organisation that is built and controlled by grassroots social enterprises across the country; believes that Social Enterprise Scotland raises the profile of social enterprises as a dynamic business model and that it champions the values and benefits of social enterprise to a broad range of stakeholders and represents the needs and views of social enterprise to decision-makers in Scotland, and thanks Social Enterprise Scotland and all social enterprises for what it considers to be their invaluable work and important contributions.

Supported by: Paul Wheelhouse, Jamie McGrigor, Anne McTaggart, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Alex Johnstone, Margaret Burgess, Alex Fergusson, John Lamont, Liam McArthur, Patrick Harvie, Hugh Henry, Chic Brodie, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Scanlon, John Mason, Jackson Carlaw, Angus MacDonald, Annabelle Ewing, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Annabel Goldie, Tavish Scott, David Stewart, Dave Thompson*

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S4M-01561 Kenneth Gibson on behalf of the Finance Committee: 3rd Report 2011 (Session 4) of the Finance Committee on the Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report 2011 (Session 4) of the Finance Committee on the Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13 (SP Paper 48) including its recommendations to the Scottish Government.

S4M-01560 Alex Fergusson: Jennefer Tobin, Dumfries and Galloway’s Person of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine on organising the Dumfries and Galloway People of the Year 2011 awards; considers it important to recognise the outstanding achievements and efforts shown by all nominees in the Community, Enterprise, Arts and Leisure and Food and Drink categories; wishes all those involved continued success in what it considers their excellent work and congratulates the individual category winners; especially congratulates Jennefer Tobin on winning both the Volunteer of the Year and the Dumfries and Galloway Person of the Year awards, and understands that these awards are in recognition of what it considers to be the selfless and outstanding work that she has given to the establishment and running of the charity, South West Scotland R and R, an organisation that offers a week’s organised rest and recreation for armed forces personnel returning from frontline duties to facilitate their return to non-active duties.

Supported by: John Lamont, Murdo Fraser, Jim Hume, Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Paul Wheelhouse, Jamie McGrigor, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Aileen McLeod, Joan McAlpine, Hugh Henry, Bill Kidd, Margaret Burgess, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Mitchell, Jackson Carlaw, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Jamie Hepburn, Colin Beattie, Annabel Goldie, Jean Urquhart*

S4M-01559 Roderick Campbell: North East Fife Recycling—That the Parliament recognises the efforts of volunteers at Falkland Centre for Stewardship in North East Fife in promoting recycling; considers that an important motto for everyone in Scotland with regard to waste is reduce, reuse, recycle; believes that conserving resources is a powerful means of protecting the environment that enables more resources to be invested in useful economic pursuits, and considers that the target of a zero waste Scotland is an admirable goal that sets an excellent example that, hopefully, other nations will take note of.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn

S4M-01558# Margaret Burgess: High-interest Payday Loans—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent report from R3, the trade body for insolvency professionals, regarding high-interest payday loans; understands that the report suggests that there is a likelihood that many people have turned to such loans as a last resort in the run-up to the Christmas period; highlights that the report also claims that the interest rates on such loans can be up to 5,000% per year and that the payday loan sector is worth £2 billion; notes that the UK Government could introduce stronger crisis loan regulation to protect consumers, especially vulnerable people, and that it could tackle the issue of dishonest and irresponsible lending; further notes that that those in need of assistance can seek advice from National Debt Line Scotland or their local citizens advice bureau or money advice centre

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