S4M-02598: The Death Penalty In India

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02598 # John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes the recent rally that was held in Edinburgh by members of the Sikh community from Shettleston and across Scotland to express their opposition to the reintroduction of the death penalty in India; understands that, as a result of the Indian Government’s decision, a death sentence has been imposed on Balwant Singh Rajoana, who has been in prison since 2007 when he was sentenced to 17 years; understands, however, that, following a mercy petition to the President of India, the death sentence on Balwant Singh Rajoana has been postponed; notes the calls for the Indian Government not to proceed with the death penalty for Balwant Singh Rajoana or any other prisoners, and believes that capital punishment is fundamentally wrong and has no place in the twenty-first century.

S4M-02571: Glasgow’s East End, the Home of Sport

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02571 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament warmly welcomes the news that the International Paralympic Committee has chosen Glasgow to host the 2015 European Swimming Championships; understands that more than 500 swimmers from over 40 countries are expected to compete at the championships, which will be held at the new Tollcross International Aquatic Centre in Glasgow’s east end; notes that this is the same pool in which the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games swimming competitions are due to be held; understands that the venue is undergoing a £13.7 million upgrade, which is scheduled for completion in spring 2013; believes that this will be a significant boost to the local economy and community in Glasgow’s east end, and wishes all participants well as they train for 2015.

S4M-02405: Local Road Closures

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02405 John Mason # (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament is disappointed with Glasgow City Council’s response to major road closures, especially in what it considers the council’s lack of information and communication with members of the public, local businesses and elected members; understands that, previously, Sauchiehall Street was closed for a considerable period and now London Road, a strategically important route through Glasgow Shettleston, has been closed since 13 January 2012 due to a dangerous building; notes the frustration of local people in Bridgeton, who have been made homeless and had their businesses closed; further notes the disruption to transport, and considers that there is confusion over revised bus routes and for drivers from outwith the area.

S4M-02392: Action to Tackle Offensive Behaviour at Football

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02392 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes the enactment of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, which came into force on 1 March 2012; notes the significant amount of political debate that surrounded the passing of this legislation; further notes that two men were recently arrested by British Transport Police for “chanting and singing songs of a racially derogative nature” following the Ayr United versus Hibernian Scottish Cup match; understands that the fans involved were not connected to the Old Firm; considers that this legislation was introduced to tackle offensive behaviour throughout all of Scottish football, and believes that these recent convictions show that the legislation is robust and is allowing the police more power to tackle offensive behaviour at football.