Motion S5M-10538: Housing and Societal Inequality

20 Feb 2018

That the Parliament notes the recent report from Zoopla, which shows that the number of homes valued over £1,000,000 in Scotland has increased by 2,264; understands that this represents an increase of one quarter over 2017; believes that this growth highlights increasing wealth for the richest and a rising gap between the richest and poorest; considers that such increases in wealth are not adequately taxed; recognises that, compared to many other areas of the UK, Scotland has a relatively small number of these properties with 11,101, compared with the South East of England, which has 180,397; believes that this inequality in society is unhealthy and potentially damaging for the economy, and welcomes any proposals to deal with this through taxation or otherwise.

Motion S5M-10466: World Radio Day

15 Feb 2018

That the Parliament welcomes World Radio Day, which is held annually on 13 February and aims to celebrate why people love radio and, it believes, need it now more than ever; understands that the day was first announced at the 36th UNESCO Conference after being proposed by Spain; notes that this year’s theme is Radio and Sports, looking at a variety of issues, including gender equality in sports broadcasting; further notes that, according to the Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR) Q4 2017 figures, 90% of the UK adult population tuned into a radio station weekly in the fourth quarter of 2017, with a total of 1.039 billion hours being listened to a week on average; further understands that 62% of the population now tune into radio digitally each week; welcomes an increase in listeners of 178,000 on the same period in 2016, and considers that this shows that radio is still a trusted and resilient pillar for a huge number of people in Scotland at a time of what it sees as falling trust in many other forms of communication.

ME/CFS

09 Feb 2018

Motion S5M-10306: The 63 Million Missing Women

06 Feb 2018

That the Parliament deplores the news that 63 million women in India are statistically “missing” due to a cultural preference for boys; understands that among the reasons that there are more men than women are the large number of sex-selective abortions and better life expectancy for boys; further understands that this data comes from the Indian Government’s annual economic survey; notes that families that have a son are more likely to stop having children than families that have a daughter; believes that each human being, regardless of their gender, age, race or other factors, is of equal value, and hopes that, in Scotland, India and elsewhere, men, women, boys and girls will be treated increasingly equally.