Motion S5M-00724: Anniversary of Spanish Civil War

20 Jul 2016

That the Parliament notes the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War on 17 July 1936; acknowledges the place that the war had in the larger struggle against fascism across Europe in the years that followed; deplores the overthrow of a democratic government by military means; further deplores the human cost of the civil war with more than 500,000 people killed and almost as many displaced due to the conflict; further notes the sacrifices made by Scots and those of other nations who joined international brigades to fight for democracy, and believes that freedom will continue to endure as long as there are people willing to sacrifice themselves for it.

Motion S5M-00724: Scotland Best for Junior Doctors

14 Jul 2016

That the Parliament notes the publication of figures showing that Scotland is a world-class destination for junior doctors, with an increase in recruitment; welcomes the more than 5,700 junior doctors who have chosen to train in Scotland in 2016-17; understands that the figures, which come from NHS Education Scotland, showed a 27% rise in the number of students choosing Scotland as their first preference, with an 18% rise in the number of doctors who had graduated up to two years previously; believes that the increase is related to the dreadful treatment of junior doctors by the UK Government; congratulates the Scottish Government on its positive relations with the health sector, and once again welcomes all who seek to make a career in the Scottish NHS.

Motion S5M-00698: Israel and Turkey Normalise Relations

07 Jul 2016

That the Parliament welcomes the restoration of relations between Israel and Turkey after a six-year break; believes that this can set an example for other nations in the region to improve relations between one another; further welcomes the news that, as part of the deal, Turkey has already shipped 11,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid destined for Gaza, and hopes that more nations can work together to overcome past difficulties to build a lasting peace in the region.

Motion S5M-00377: Queen Street Tunnel

08 Jun 2016

That the Parliament understands that engineers have finished laying the first line of track through Glasgow Queen Street tunnel; notes the impressive nature of the project, with over 5,000 tonnes of concrete and rock used to create 945 metres of concrete basing, 820 metres of new slab-track units and 2,000 metres of rail; congratulates the workers from the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme on the work done so far; understands that, while this work is necessary, it has unavoidably caused disruption to many passengers, and, as such, looks forward to the completion of the project and the reopening of the tunnel and of Queen Street high level station in August 2016.