Motion S5M-06566: Falling Disposable Income

30 Jun 2017

That the Parliament notes the figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which it believes show that the disposable income of UK households has fallen for three consecutive quarters for the first time since the 1970s; understands that the share of disposable income that is being invested into savings has fallen to a record low across the UK; further notes the warnings from the Bank of England, which it understands highlight a rapid growth in consumer borrowing through credit cards, personal loans and car finance; believes that, as a result of the decision to leave the EU, there is likely to be a continuing rise in the cost of living, which will particularly hit those less well off in society, and hopes that all levels of government will pursue policies that lead to a more even sharing of income and wealth than is currently the case.

Motion S5M-06565: Welcoming Prime Minister Trudeau

30 Jun 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the visit of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, to Scotland as part of the commemorations to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian confederation, which followed the UK Parliament passing the legislation that formed the modern nation; notes that the prime minister’s grandfather, James Sinclair, was born in Scotland; applauds him on what it considers his strong internationalist stance; believes that this is demonstrated through his welcoming of refugees, and congratulates Canada on what it sees as it maintaining its independence while also having a strong relationship with its larger southern neighbour, the United States.


Motion S5M-06358: 100 Years Since Wilfred Owen Arrived In Edinburgh

30 Jun 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the re-enactments taking place over 2017 to mark the 100 years since Wilfred Owen arrived in Edinburgh; understands that these are being organised by a committee of organisations known as Wilfred Owen’s Edinburgh 1917-2017, which is chaired by Neil McLellan of the University of Aberdeen; notes that Owen arrived in Edinburgh as a patient of the Craiglockhart War Hospital for Officers to be treated for shell shock and that he spent four months in the city; understands that, as part of the commemorations, a re-enactment of his historic walk along Princes Street took place on 26 June, exactly 100 years later; believes that Owen’s poetry demonstrates the needless pain that was faced by the soldiers fighting in the First World War, including his works, Anthem for Doomed Youth and Dulce et Decorum Est, and considers that this highlights the need for all to strive to maintain peace between nations.

John pledges to support autistic constituents and make Scotland an autism-friendly nation

30 Jun 2017

John has pledged to support autistic constituents and make Scotland an autism-friendly nation.

He made the pledge at an event held at Holyrood by The National Autistic Society Scotland.

As part of its Too Much Information campaign, the charity is asking people across Scotland to learn about autism and the small changes they can make to their behaviour to be more autism-friendly.

Speaking at the event, John said: “I have pledged to help my autistic constituents by communicating clearly and not using.

“I am pleased to support The National Autistic Society Scotland’s campaign and I hope that people across Glasgow Shettleston Constituency will take time to learn about autism, a condition which affects around one in 100 people.”

Research has revealed that 66 per cent of autistic people feel socially isolated, and 44 per cent sometimes don’t go out because they are worried about how others will react to their autism.

Jenny Paterson, director of The National Autistic Society Scotland, said: “Autistic people and their families have told us that increased understanding is the single biggest thing that would improve their lives. That’s why we’re asking people to take time to learn about the small changes they can make to their behaviour that make a big difference – such as avoiding jargon and showing patience when others seem stressed or anxious.

“I am grateful to John for joining us at Scottish Parliament to show his commitment to making our nation autism-friendly.”

Around 58,000 people in Scotland are autistic. Together with their families they make up around 232,000 people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. To find out more about The National Autistic Society Scotland’s Too Much Information campaign, please visit