Motion S5M-07140: Education Success

18 Aug 2017

That the Parliament notes that Scottish school pupils achieved more than 150,000 higher passes for the third year in a row; welcomes the news that a record number of students from deprived backgrounds achieved entry into university; understands that the number of students from the 20% most deprived areas being accepted to university has risen by 13% compared to the previous year; notes that, alongside a record number of students from deprived backgrounds being accepted, there has also been a record number of students in general getting places at Scottish universities, and considers that these figures represent tangible progress in the ongoing efforts to widen access to education, underline the strength of Scottish education and confirm that this is a sector in which the people of Scotland can all take great pride.

Motion S5M-07133: Gold Medal for Scotland at EuroHockey Men’s Championship II

18 Aug 2017

That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish hockey men’s team on its 2-1 victory over Wales to secure the gold medal for Scotland at the EuroHockey Men’s Championship II in Glasgow; understands that the Scotland hockey team will be going on to compete in the European A division for the first time since 2005 as a result of reaching the final; notes that, not only did the team win the title, it was also undefeated in every one of its matches over the week; further notes that Pakistan will play its home matches in the Hockey Pro-League from January 2019 in Glasgow, and considers that hockey has the potential to grow further as a sport in Scotland as it is suitable for players of all ages and backgrounds.

Motion S5M-07049: Church, Religion and the State

11 Aug 2017

That the Parliament notes what it considers the important traditional separation of church, and religion, and state in Scotland; believes that this important principle is one of the main building blocks of society, in practice meaning that churches should not interfere in the running of the state and that the state should limit its intervention in religion only to what is absolutely necessary; notes the reported suggestions that the law should be changed to force Catholic and Muslim leaders to allow female priests and mullahs; considers that this would represent unreasonable interference in the operation of religious life in Scotland, and hopes that the separation of state and religion will continue to be respected.

Motion S5M-06875: Centenary of Passchendaele

02 Aug 2017

That the Parliament notes the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, 31 July to 10 November 1917; acknowledges that the 9th, 15th and 51st Scottish divisions took part and the objective was to force a breakthrough in the German lines and to capture their ports on the Belgian coast; notes that, instead, the offensive become stuck in the village of Passchendaele and that about 615,000 men died, 325,000 on the Allied side and 260,000 on the German side; understands that many of those casualties were as a result of drowning in the sea of mud that it created; believes that the battle, like the war itself, showcased the horrors and futility of such conflict, and hopes that the experience of those who were killed or injured 100 years ago will lead to a more peaceful world.