Motion S5M-00057: Koh-i-Noor Stone

18 May 2016

That the Parliament notes reports that India will continue to seek the return of the Koh-i-Noor stone; understands that this diamond passed into British hands in the mid-19th century following the annexation of the Kingdom of Punjab by the East India Company; considers that, in principle, former colonial powers should return such artefacts to the country of origin; appreciates that there are other countries that feel that they have valid claims on the stone, and hopes that the UK Government can engage in dialogue with a view to resolving this situation.

 

Motion S5M-00017: Returning Officer Bonuses

18 May 2016

That the Parliament understands that the returning officers responsible for organising elections are likely to be paid considerable extra on top of what many would consider to be extremely generous salaries; notes reports that, following the 2016 Scottish election and the EU referendum in June, returning officers across the country could benefit to the sum of almost £500,000 between them; affirms that returning officers have an extremely important role that is sometimes carried out in difficult circumstances; notes however the reported comments of Malcolm Burr, the chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives Scotland, that “the outdated system of remuneration requires a review” and of Willie Sullivan, the director of the Electoral Reform Society Scotland, that the running of elections should be “added to the job descriptions of local authority chief executives as an integral part of their role”, and agrees that, at a time of budgetary restraint, a review of this expenditure is required.

Motion S4M-15934: Earth Hour

17 Mar 2016

That the Parliament notes that 19 March 2016 once again sees the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Earth Hour and everyone is encouraged to switch off lights for one hour from 8.30pm; understands that, since it started in 2007, the WWF Earth Hour has been a unique display of darkness bringing together hundreds of millions of people each year, with 2015 involving a record-breaking 172 countries; congratulates the people of Glasgow on its being named Scotland’s Earth Hour Champion for its advocacy in 2015; notes that more information about Earth Hour can be found on the WWF website, and encourages households, businesses and other organisations to take part in WWF’s Earth Hour to show their support for tackling climate change.

Motion S4M-15788: Costs of Smoking

02 Mar 2016

That the Parliament notes that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and ASH Scotland have carried out a pilot exercise that trained and supported money advice workers on how best to raise with their clients the financial benefits of stopping smoking; understands that, in addition to the training on how to raise and discuss the topic, staff, managers and clients were interviewed to evaluate the impact of the pilot and any perceived barriers to change; believes that positive feedback was received with every group suggesting that talking about the cost of smoking could be a useful addition to the support provided; welcomes the evaluation report, which it believes will be published on No Smoking Day, 9 March 2016, and looks forward to financial support services across Scotland engaging with their clients about the cost of smoking so that they can provide the best support to people experiencing financial difficulties.