Motion S4M-12955: Whose Recovery?

17 Apr 2015

That the Parliament notes the recent report by the Industrial Communities Alliance, Whose Recovery?, which investigated the effect of economic growth on industrial communities such as Shettleston in Glasgow; agrees with the report’s assertion that reducing welfare benefits is detrimental to economic growth in post-industrial areas, and notes the views that reducing unemployment and low pay is the best way to reduce the claimant count and that more must be done to make sure that post-industrial communities benefit equally from any economic recovery.

Motion S4M-12940: Keep Scotland Beautiful

13 Apr 2015

That the Parliament welcomes Keep Scotland Beautiful’s new report, which finds that the recently implemented plastic bag charge has seen plastic bag usage drop by as much as 90%; notes Keep Scotland Beautiful’s conclusion that the measure has been a resounding success; considers that this is an example of wise legislation having a hugely positive impact on public behaviour; congratulates the Scottish public on embracing what it considers this important environmental measure, and hopes that imaginative solutions can also be found for other litter-based problems.

Motion S4M-12939: Pakistan’s Decision

13 Apr 2015

That the Parliament notes the Pakistani Parliament’s recently adopted draft resolution voicing opposition to the suggestion that Pakistan should become militarily involved in the conflict between Yemen and Saudi Arabia; welcomes Pakistan’s call for all factions to resolve their differences peacefully, and hopes that this tense situation in the Middle East can be resolved with minimal bloodshed.

Motion S4M-12920: Steam Train Ban

10 Apr 2015

That the Parliament notes the recent concerns raised by local businesses in Mallaig after Network Rail issued a six-week ban on the licence of the Lancashire-based operator, West Coast Railways; considers that West Coast Railways’ The Jacobite steam train service is an extremely important contributor to the economy of Mallaig and its surrounding area; understands that this ban was imposed after one of West Coast Railways’ trains ran through a red light; considers that Network Rail is right to have emphasised the importance of railway safety, but hopes that a solution can be found sooner rather than later so that Mallaig’s local economy will not be negatively affected.