Motion S5M-13353: World Day against Trafficking

31 Jul 2018

That the Parliament recognises the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July 2018; understands that UN member states adopted a resolution in 2013 that called for an annual day to raise awareness of victims of trafficking; considers that human trafficking and modern slavery are inter-linked and that, according to International Justice Mission (IJM), there are over 40 million slaves globally, with 25 million people in forced or bonded labour; is concerned that many of these people are children and are being starved, violently abused and made to work for nothing while their work reportedly generates approximately £110 billion for those exploiting them; understands that many everyday items, such as prawns in Thailand, fish in Ghana and bricks in India, are often produced by forced labour, with slaves being forced to work 18 hours a day, often unpaid; deplores the actions of those who are willing to enslave other humans for their own gain, and commends the work of groups such as IJM, which works tirelessly to tackle slavery in all its forms and has recently celebrated freeing the 100th child from slavery on Lake Volta, Ghana.

Motion S5M-13187: Sectarianism

16 Jul 2018

That the Parliament greatly regrets the verbal and physical abuse that it understands was made towards Tom White, the Catholic priest of St Alphonsus and St Mary’s churches in Calton, Glasgow on 7 July 2018; understands that this was linked to an Orange march passing his church and that such marches focus on and celebrate the defeat of Catholics and Catholicism in 1690 and other times; considers that an intentional or unintentional result of such marches is to stir hatred of Catholics; affirms its commitment to tackling all hate crime in Scotland, and considers that Orange marches must be restricted or ended if Scotland is serious about dealing with hatred against minority groups in society.

Motion S5M-12957: Ferguson Maine and first Hydrogen Ferry

26 Jun 2018

That the Parliament welcomes the news that Ferguson Marine Engineering will be building the world’s first hydrogen sea-going car and passenger ferry as part of the European consortium, HySeas III; understands that Ferguson Marine Engineering jointly led the consortium alongside the University of St Andrews in a successful bid for funding from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which is the EU’s largest research fund, and that it will cost around €12.6 million; notes that a test will be carried out before HySeas III aims to launch the first hydrogen ferry in 2021; believes that this project represents another way in which Scotland is leading the world in renewable energy technology, and hopes that such ferries will provide an environmentally friendly and efficient service for the people of Orkney and beyond.

Motion S5M-12883: Clydesdale Bank Closures

20 Jun 2018

That the Parliament deplores the news that branches of Clydesdale Bank are to disappear from high streets across Scotland, with 1,500 jobs at risk, following its merger with Virgin Money; understands that Clydesdale Bank was founded in 1838 in Glasgow, with James Lunden, a future Lord Provost, being one of the founding members; notes that, as part of this merger, CYBG, the owner of Virgin Money and Clydesdale Bank, intends to phase out the Clydesdale name, instead operating the banks under the Virgin banner; believes that the loss of the Clydesdale Bank name and the possible job losses represent a cause for concern, and calls on CYBG to protect jobs and look again before casting aside the history of the Clydesdale name.