Motion S5M-06566: Falling Disposable Income

30 Jun 2017

That the Parliament notes the figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which it believes show that the disposable income of UK households has fallen for three consecutive quarters for the first time since the 1970s; understands that the share of disposable income that is being invested into savings has fallen to a record low across the UK; further notes the warnings from the Bank of England, which it understands highlight a rapid growth in consumer borrowing through credit cards, personal loans and car finance; believes that, as a result of the decision to leave the EU, there is likely to be a continuing rise in the cost of living, which will particularly hit those less well off in society, and hopes that all levels of government will pursue policies that lead to a more even sharing of income and wealth than is currently the case.

Motion S5M-06565: Welcoming Prime Minister Trudeau

30 Jun 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the visit of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, to Scotland as part of the commemorations to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian confederation, which followed the UK Parliament passing the legislation that formed the modern nation; notes that the prime minister’s grandfather, James Sinclair, was born in Scotland; applauds him on what it considers his strong internationalist stance; believes that this is demonstrated through his welcoming of refugees, and congratulates Canada on what it sees as it maintaining its independence while also having a strong relationship with its larger southern neighbour, the United States.


Motion S5M-06358: 100 Years Since Wilfred Owen Arrived In Edinburgh

30 Jun 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the re-enactments taking place over 2017 to mark the 100 years since Wilfred Owen arrived in Edinburgh; understands that these are being organised by a committee of organisations known as Wilfred Owen’s Edinburgh 1917-2017, which is chaired by Neil McLellan of the University of Aberdeen; notes that Owen arrived in Edinburgh as a patient of the Craiglockhart War Hospital for Officers to be treated for shell shock and that he spent four months in the city; understands that, as part of the commemorations, a re-enactment of his historic walk along Princes Street took place on 26 June, exactly 100 years later; believes that Owen’s poetry demonstrates the needless pain that was faced by the soldiers fighting in the First World War, including his works, Anthem for Doomed Youth and Dulce et Decorum Est, and considers that this highlights the need for all to strive to maintain peace between nations.

Motion S5M-05904: EU Draft Proposals For Brexit

31 May 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the publication on 29 May 2017 of the EU’s draft proposals for the Brexit negotiations; understands that two draft papers have been released, which lay out the EU’s position regarding citizens’ rights and any financial settlement; notes what it sees as the transparent method employed by the EU; believes that this is in stark contrast to what it considers to be the secretive and chaotic negotiating style of the UK Government; acknowledges that negotiations of such scale and magnitude have the potential to impact hugely on UK and EU citizens, and calls on the UK Government to take what it believes should be a more transparent and open approach to the negotiations in order to increase the chances of an advantageous, sensible and amicable deal for the people of Scotland, the other nations of the UK, and the EU.