S4M-01156: Scotland’s No’ Full Up Yet

03 Aug 2012

S4M-01156 John Mason ♦ (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament welcomes reports from the National Register of Scotland that, after years of decline, Scotland’s population might have already reached a record high and that it could be 5.76 million by 2035; believes that an increased population is inherently a good thing for Glasgow and Scotland, leading to growth in the economy, the tax base, new businesses, employment opportunities, improved local services, public transport and the better use of currently derelict land in rural and urban environments; rejects those commentators who see both falling and rising population trends as negative, and would welcome positive planning in the coming years regarding the opportunities afforded to Scotland by the rising trend.

S4M-00885: Action on Animal Experiments

03 Aug 2012

S4M-00885 John Mason (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes that the UK Government has devolved responsibility for animal testing to the Northern Ireland Assembly as part of the devolution process; notes that the number of experiments on animals carried out in Scotland increased by 17% from 494,584 in 2009 to 579,905 in 2010; welcomes the commitment by many of Scotland’s politicians to reduce the number of animal experiments carried out; calls on the UK Government to commit to a reduction in the number of animal experiments carried out and to replace these with alternatives that do not involve animals or involve the refinement of techniques to minimise their distress, and it believes that, if the UK Government is unwilling to do this, it should consider devolving responsibility for animal testing to the Scottish Parliament.

S4M-00636: Recognising Scotland’s Big Heart for East Africa

03 Aug 2012

S4M-00636 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament congratulates Celtic Football Club and Manchester United Football Club on what it considers to be an outstanding gesture of generosity by raising over £300,000 for Oxfam’s East Africa appeal during the Celtic Legends v Manchester United Legends charity match at Celtic Park on 9 August 2011; commends the over 50,000 football supporters for showing such generosity by attending the match and contributing to the East Africa appeal; recognises the immense work done by Oxfam’s staff and volunteers at the game, and believes that this is a good example of Scottish football having a positive impact on wider society.

S4M-00586: The Equal Marriage Debate

03 Aug 2012

S4M-00586 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes the current discussion about same-sex marriages and the Scottish Government’s forthcoming public consultation concerning equal marriage; further notes that while some in society approve of same-sex sexual relationships, others do not agree with them; desires that Scotland should be a pluralistic society where all minorities can live together in peace and mutual tolerance; believes that free speech is a fundamental right and that even when there is disagreement with another person’s views, that person has the right to express these views, and considers that no person or organisation should be forced to be involved in or to approve of same-sex marriages.