Motion S5M-05649: Supply Chains And Brexit

20 May 2017

That the Parliament notes the findings of a recent survey that was published by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, which, it understands, suggest that businesses in the rest of the EU are set to sever supply link chains with the UK as a result of Brexit; believes that the survey of 2,111 supply chain managers reported that 32% of UK businesses with suppliers on the continent are actively looking for alternative sources in the UK, while 45% of EU businesses working with UK suppliers are looking for new suppliers in their areas; understands that 65% of the UK businesses also said that supply chains were becoming more expensive as a result of the falling value of the pound; believes that other responses suggested pessimism regarding the UK’s negotiating position, with 39% saying that the UK was in a weak position; considers that keeping tariffs and quotas to a minimum should be the number one priority, and believes this should be achieved by making membership of the single market, rather than what it considers would be a damaging hard Brexit, the goal of the UK during the Brexit negotiations.

Motion S5M-05589: Sunday Times Rich List

13 May 2017

That the Parliament notes the release of The Sunday Times Rich List, which shows that the wealth of the UK’s richest 1,000 people rose by 14% in 2016; understands that the list shows that Britain has more billionaires than ever before, with 134, increasing from 120 in the previous year; further understands that the combined wealth of the top 500 people on the list is £580.4 billion, which is more than the £575.6 billion for the entire rich list of 1,000 people in the previous year; notes that, at the same time, many ordinary people have no or little wealth, with many dependent on foodbanks to survive; believes that countries with a more even distribution of wealth are more likely to be at the top of global happiness indexes, and hopes that, as a society, the UK can move closer to such models.

Motion S5M-05585: Poorest At Greatest Risk From Binge Drinking

13 May 2017

That the Parliament notes the findings from a study led by University of Glasgow researchers, which it understands shows a disproportionate increase in ill health from excessive drinking for people living in poverty; notes that the study, Socioeconomic status as an effect modifier of alcohol consumption and harm: analysis of linked cohort data, was published in The Lancet Public Health; acknowledges the comments by the lead author of the study, Dr Vittal Katikireddi, which highlight that the poorest in society are at much greater risk of the harmful impact of alcohol on health, the cause of which is not related to drinking or binge drinking more often; notes with interest the suggestion that the increased impact on health could be a “direct consequence of poor material circumstances and psycho-social stresses”, which it believes suggests that poverty can reduce resilience to disease, leading to a greater danger to people from poorer backgrounds; appreciates that the proportion of people binge drinking has fallen in recent years but recognises that 20% of the population in the latest Scottish Health Survey admitted to regular binge drinking; believes that the study is a valuable contribution to understanding the challenges presented by excessive drinking, and hopes that it can help shape policy in a way that protects the most deprived in society.

Motion S5M-05410: National Records of Scotland

11 May 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the figures released by the National Records of Scotland, which show Scotland’s population reaching a new record of 5,404,700; understands that this shows an increase of 31,700 over the year to June 2016; further understands that this increase is in large part down to migration, with 31,700 more people moving to Scotland rather than leaving; notes that migration from the rest of the UK was 5,900 higher than from overseas, however, 20,000 more people left Scotland to live in the rest of the UK when compared to those moving overseas, leading to a net gain of 22,900 from overseas and 8,800 from the rest of the UK; believes that these positive figures show that Scotland is a highly desirable country to live in, and considers that this highlights the need for Scotland to continue to be a welcoming outward looking country that is able to attract people here to live and work.