Motion S5M-15387: Find Your Balance on Portion Sizes

14 Jan 2019

That the Parliament welcomes the guide produced by the British Nutrition Foundation, Find your balance; understands that the guide aims to help tackle growing portion sizes and promote a balanced diet; notes that portion size is not often considered when it comes to eating healthily, despite being a key factor in diet; understands that the guide offers practical measures for portion sizes through the use of hands and spoons with, for example, two handfuls of dried pasta or rice being roughly 75g; appreciates the spotlight that this guide shines on how best to achieve a healthy diet, and believes that there needs to be more emphasis on the quantity of food that people eat, as well as the quality.

Motion S5M-15231: France to Overtake UK in Economic League

04 Jan 2019

That the Parliament notes the release of the report, World Economic League Table, by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, which shows that France is likely to overtake the UK as the sixth largest economy in the world in 2019; understands that the report states that “disruption” caused by Brexit was inevitable and would lead to a damaging drop in both inward and business investment; considers that this clearly underlines that the UK is not a force for economic stability, and believes that an independent Scotland could do much better than what it considers the rampant economic self-harm being carried out by successive UK governments.

Motion S5M-15229: Oppression of Minorities in China

03 Jan 2019

That the Parliament deplores the treatment of a number of minority nationalities, faith groups and others by the Chinese Government; is particularly concerned about the plight of Tibet and Tibetans, Uighur Muslims living in Xinjiang, Christians throughout China and practitioners of Falun Gong; notes reports that “re-education camps” are said to contain between 500,000 and 2 million Uighur and other Muslim minority people, mainly men; notes with extreme concern reports of malnourishment, deaths and the forced use of drugs in these camps, with some former prisoners mentioning the use of torture; considers that the people of Scotland, including those in the Glasgow Shettleston constituency, expect their Parliament to speak out on what it considers such human rights abuses, despite the fact that China is an important trading partner, and expresses solidarity with those living in China and Tibet who find their way of life under threat.

Motion S5M-15207: Christmas Day

19 Dec 2018

That the Parliament notes that 25 December marks Christmas Day and is celebrated by Christians as the birth day of Jesus, whom they believe was born without Mary and Joseph having sexual relations and was both completely human and completely divine; acknowledges that Christians believe that Jesus lived for some 33 years in what was then Roman-occupied territory and fulfilled his main purpose of dying by crucifixion in order to pay for the sins of past and future generations; considers that Christianity has had a huge impact in Scotland over many centuries and that this faith has a valid place in present day society and will continue to do so in future, and wishes everyone well as Christians celebrate this important day in their calendar.