Motion S4M-12375: Sectarianism

20 Feb 2015

That the Parliament notes that, in a recently-published report on sectarianism in Scotland, 88% of respondents said that they believed that the issue was still a problem; further notes that 88% also suggested that they saw football a primary contributor towards it; understands that public processions undertaken by loyalist and republican groups were considered a contributing factor by people in communities surrounding marching routes; considers this to be a relevant factor in relation to the finding that 69% believe that sectarianism is a problem in only some parts of the country; believes that sectarianism has no place anywhere in 21st century Scotland, and pledges to do all that it can to tackle what it sees as this complex and longstanding issue.

Motion S4M-12349: Children’s Mental Health Week

18 Feb 2015

That the Parliament notes the launch of the first annual Children’s Mental Health Week, which will run from 16 to 22 February 2015; supports the aim of encouraging open conversations with children about their feelings; hopes that this initiative helps to raise awareness of the importance of children’s mental health; understands that smaller problems can grow with a child, and hopes that the stigma of mental health problems will become a thing of the past.

Motion S4M-12321: Continued Anti-Semitic Attacks

16 Feb 2015

That the Parliament notes with sadness the recent fatal attacks in Copenhagen on both a synagogue and an event promoting free speech; expresses its concern at what appears to be a continuing trend of anti-Semitism across Europe; reiterates its commitment to Scotland’s positive relationship with its Jewish population; hopes that Jewish people are made to feel as safe and welcome in Scottish society as people of any other or no religion; strongly disagrees with people who would attempt to use violent intimidation to halt the freedom of speech, and seeks to ensure that everyone in Scotland is able to live free from the threat of discrimination.

Motion S4M-12281: HSBC

10 Feb 2015

That the Parliament notes the recent reports suggesting that, in 2010, HSBC helped many of its wealthier clients to evade tax through branches in Switzerland; further notes recurring reports of large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks paying what it understands to be dubious amounts of corporation tax; believes that wealthy individuals, companies and banks should not attempt to act against the spirit of the tax system, illegally or otherwise; understands that high levels of tax evasion and avoidance are particularly significant during a time of austerity, and believes that more should be done to ensure that all wealthy people and companies pay a fair share of tax.