Motion S5M-07605: International Literacy Day 2017

18 Sep 2017

That the Parliament welcomes International Literacy Day on 8 September 2017; understands that this year’s event is held under the theme, Literacy in a Digital World; further understands that this event has been celebrated annually since the first was declared by UNESCO on 17 November 1965; believes that this year’s focus on the challenges and opportunities in promoting literacy in the digital world is particularly important with the pace of technological advancement globally, and further believes that promoting literacy should be a key goal for everyone in society.

Motion S5M-07643: Size Matters

18 Sep 2017

That the Parliament notes the report that has been published by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and Slimming World, Size Matters, which looks at the marketing tactics used by various businesses to get customers to buy larger portions of food and drink than they had originally intended; understands that such processes, which are known as verbal up-selling, can lead to one-in-three buying a larger coffee than planned, upgrading to a large meal in a fast-food outlet and buying chocolate at the till in petrol stations; notes the report’s findings suggesting that this can lead to the average person consuming an extra 17,000 calories each year and that it is a major driver in the rise of obesity; welcomes the RSPH and Slimming World’s call for businesses to pledge to only upsell healthy items, and believes that taking on the issues highlighted in this report are a great step towards tackling the problem of obesity.

Motion S5M-07152: The Right to Self-determination

18 Aug 2017

That the Parliament believes in the fundamental right to self-determination, which is enshrined in the charter of the United Nations; notes that the Catalonian and Kurdish people will be turning to this right to determine their future in the coming months; understands that the Catalonian Government has scheduled a referendum on 1 October 2017 on whether to become an independent republic and that Iraqi Kurdistan will be holding a referendum on 25 September on whether to form an independent Kurdish state; considers that while each nation is in its own unique constitutional position, each has the right to self-determination, and looks forward to Catalonia, Kurdistan and Scotland all becoming independent nations.

Motion S5M-07140: Education Success

18 Aug 2017

That the Parliament notes that Scottish school pupils achieved more than 150,000 higher passes for the third year in a row; welcomes the news that a record number of students from deprived backgrounds achieved entry into university; understands that the number of students from the 20% most deprived areas being accepted to university has risen by 13% compared to the previous year; notes that, alongside a record number of students from deprived backgrounds being accepted, there has also been a record number of students in general getting places at Scottish universities, and considers that these figures represent tangible progress in the ongoing efforts to widen access to education, underline the strength of Scottish education and confirm that this is a sector in which the people of Scotland can all take great pride.