Question S5O-00434: Bellgrove Homeless Hostel

05 Jan 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Glasgow City Council regarding the hostel for homeless men, the Bellgrove Hotel.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 07/12/2016

Question S5W-05857: Illicit Tobacco sales

05 Jan 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many retailers in Scotland have been found to be selling illicit tobacco in each of the last five years.

Answered by Aileen Campbell (17/01/2017):The numbers of people found to be selling illicit tobacco in shops, markets, pubs and online over each of the last five years are

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17

 

37 28 31 36 42

This information has been provided by Local Authority Trading Standards Officers.

Current Status: Answered by Aileen Campbell on 17/01/2017

Question S5F-00706: ‘British Values’ Oath

05 Jan 2016

To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had with the UK Government regarding the proposal by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government that holders of public office should swear an oath to uphold “British values”.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 22/12/2016

John congratulates Welsh Parliament on opt-out donations

09 Dec 2015

John Mason MSP submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament congratulating Wales on the introduction of an opt-out system of organ donation.

This change from the previous opt-in system of organ donation could lead to a 25% increase in total organ donations leading to more people who require transplants getting the organs they need.

If the Welsh model is successful John hopes it can eventually be implemented in Scotland.

Speaking on the new system John said :

“I am delighted to see Wales taking action to increase organ donation at a time when Wales has seen a small drop in overall donations last year. I hope the Welsh model with its focus on rights of the individual and family will prove successful and can then be brought to Scotland.”

The full text of the motion to Parliament is below :

That the Parliament congratulates Wales on the introduction of an opt-out system of organ donation on 1 December 2015; understands that this change in consent could lead to a 25% increase in the number of organs available and that the total number of deceased donors fell by 5% in Wales and 7.5% in Scotland over 2014-15 compared with the previous year; believes that any opt-out system must have strong safeguards in place; notes a recent Ipsos MORI poll that found that 62% of the Scottish population favours an opt-out system over an opt-in system, and hopes that the Welsh system will be successful and can be replicated in Scotland.