Motion S5M-16378: Scotland’s Falling Birth Rate

14 Mar 2019

That the Parliament notes that the National Records of Scotland has reported that the birth rate has fallen to its lowest level since records began in 1855; believes that this clearly demonstrates Scotland’s need for a steady supply of economically active migrants; considers that the country’s economy is likely to be disproportionately affected by what it sees as the UK Government’s ill-considered and London-centric post-Brexit immigration policy, and urges all Members to call on immigration to be devolved as a matter of urgency.

Motion S5M-16255: Glasgow Leading the Way in Asylum Reform

11 Mar 2019

That the Parliament acknowledges that Glasgow could become the first UK city to pilot changes to the asylum process based on the recommendations of a multi-agency taskforce; understands that, if implemented, the reforms would allow asylum seekers in Glasgow to enter employment from six months after their asylum claim has been submitted, and to register and make further submissions in Glasgow, instead of having to travel to Croydon and Liverpool, respectively, at their own cost; considers that these changes would help those fleeing persecution, famine and war to feel more at ease during the stressful application process, and commends Glasgow City Council for, it considers, leading the way in asylum reform to the benefit of all in society.

Motion S5M-16169: More First-time Buyers Finding a Home

05 Mar 2019

That the Parliament notes the recent research from the Bank of Scotland, which it understands shows the number of first-time buyers in Scotland to have grown by more than 50% in the last decade; believes that first-time buyers now make up close to a half of all house purchases with a mortgage, and congratulates those who have managed to purchase their own home; welcomes that Scotland continues to be one of the most affordable places to purchase a property in the UK, and further welcomes the additional £100 million investment from the Scottish Government in the Help to Buy scheme from April 2019.

Motion S5M-16098: Food Allergies

01 Mar 2019

That the Parliament notes the BBC article, Why the world is becoming more allergic to food, by Dr Santos of King’s College London, which draws attention to the increasing prevalence of food allergies in the UK; further notes that the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is currently seeking views on changing the food allergen information laws for food pre-packed on the premises where it is sold; considers that option 4, “label food with name of food, full ingredients list and with allergens emphasised”, is the only viable option to ensure the safety of consumers; believes that it is misleading to state that all other pre-packed food currently contains “full ingredients lists”, while unspecified individual ingredients can be legally listed as flavourings, starch and dextrose, among other inaccessibly named ingredients; agrees that all members of society should be able to consume food at any location, without fear of an allergic reaction from unidentified ingredients, and calls on the Scottish Government to urge the UK Government to ensure that all individual ingredients are listed on all food items, as it considers that this is the only way to minimise the struggles that those with food allergies experience daily and prevent further unnecessary deaths.