Motion S5M-05410: National Records of Scotland

11 May 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the figures released by the National Records of Scotland, which show Scotland’s population reaching a new record of 5,404,700; understands that this shows an increase of 31,700 over the year to June 2016; further understands that this increase is in large part down to migration, with 31,700 more people moving to Scotland rather than leaving; notes that migration from the rest of the UK was 5,900 higher than from overseas, however, 20,000 more people left Scotland to live in the rest of the UK when compared to those moving overseas, leading to a net gain of 22,900 from overseas and 8,800 from the rest of the UK; believes that these positive figures show that Scotland is a highly desirable country to live in, and considers that this highlights the need for Scotland to continue to be a welcoming outward looking country that is able to attract people here to live and work.

Glasgow Airport Rail Link

10 May 2017

Question S5O-00930: Breaking Gender Barriers

05 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how schools can encourage young people to select subjects in a way that is not along traditional gender lines.

Answered by John Swinney (03/05/2017):The education system aims to provide all children and young people with a range of learning experiences that meet their individual needs and aspirations. Early careers information advice and guidance is in place to raise awareness of opportunities and support informed subject choices.

Encouraging diversity in the workforce by tackling gender stereotyping in career options such as STEM is central to the Developing the Young Workforce programme.

John Mason shows his support to MS specialist nurses this MS Awareness Week

29 Apr 2017

This MS Awareness Week (24-30 April) the MS Society Scotland are in the Scottish Parliament in a bid to raise awareness of the vital role the MS nurse has on the lives of people living with the neurological condition.


John Mason pledged his support for MS nurses in Scotland.


Regularly cited as a key contact for people with MS, the role and responsibilities of the MS nurse can be wide-ranging and varied. These include monitoring people for potentially dangerous side effects who are receiving drug modifying therapies (DMTs), as well as giving emotional support and helping to navigate the social care system. The specialist role means that nurses can also provide expert advice to their patients on symptom management and living as best as possible with MS.


Despite the importance of this role, only five of the 11 mainland health boards are deemed to have sustainable levels of MS nurse provision. In one health board the case load is four times the recommended amount.


MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason said:

“It was helpful to meet some representatives from the MS Society Scotland in the Parliament and to hear more about the absolutely crucial role played by MS nurses in providing treatment and support from those affected by MS.


“I am certainly keen that we do whatever we can to help support the valuable work done by MS nurses across our country.”


Morna Simpkins, Director for MS Society Scotland said: “Over the years the role of the MS Specialist Nurse has become more complex, we need this to be recognised and resourced by the health service in order to give people with MS the support they need.

“MS is an unpredictable and sometimes painful condition that can affect how a person thinks, feels and moves – and we need to ensure that people are receiving the support and care they need to live as well as they can with MS.”

Over 11,000 people in Scotland live with MS which can be unpredictable and can affect how a person thinks, feels and moves. For more information on the work of the MS Society, please visit