That the Parliament congratulates Ghostbusters of North Lanarkshire on raising £470 for Cancer Research UK; understands that Ciaran Yuill, who is from Wishaw, and his friend, Cailan Thompson, raised this by completing two loops of Strathclyde Park on 9 July 2017; understands that Ciaran was inspired to help raise funds after loss of his aunt to cancer, and congratulates Ciaranm Cailan and Ghostbusters of North Lanarkshire on their great work.
That the Parliament congratulates Wishaw Wycombe Wanders FC on receiving £500 from the Asda Newmains’ Green Token Given Scheme; understands that it is an SFA-accredited club for boys and girls, with teams ranging from under-six to under-21s; notes that it was nominated by customers at the store and that community champion, Mary Gilfillan, helped raise the funds, and wishes the club all the very best.
That the Parliament welcomes the Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award Report 2016-17; recognises that the programme, which is organised by the Outward Bound Trust in Scotland, brings together young people from different religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds for a shared outdoors experience during their last year of school; notes that it is delivered over six months, starts with a five-day residential course to build team-working and interpersonal skills before the groups are tasked with developing a project that will benefit their community; commends the finding that, over the last year, the organisers have helped to realise the ambition of 1,000 participants and that 223 young people from 60 schools across the central belt have helped deliver 34 community projects; looks forward to the future success of the programme, and wishes the organisers well for 2017-18, which will mark the programme’s 20th anniversary.
That the Parliament commends Helen McKerron, who is from Pather in Wishaw and is retiring after a 45-year career as an NHS nurse; understands that Helen started at Law Hospital before moving to Wishaw General; notes that staff have paid tribute to her tireless hard-work and that the chief of nursing services at the general hospital , Gillian McAuley, thanked Helen for her “fantastic dedication and commitment to helping patients”; acknowledges that she has always been popular with patients and colleagues; recognises her service to the people of Wishaw and North Lanarkshire, and wishes Helen all the best in her well-deserved retirement.
That the Parliament congratulates The Commercial Hotel, which is in Wishaw town centre on its 10th anniversary; notes that it marked this by raising £3,000 for the Wishaw General Hospital neonatal unit after hosting a charity day and ball and completing various challenges throughout the year, and wishes its management and staff all the very best with their endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates Clare Taylor and 12 members of her family from Wishaw on raising £2,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK in memory of dad, Ronnie Shevlin; recognises that the family’s initial goal was to raise £200 through a JustGiving page, but that this was surpassed thanks to them participating in the Walk it 10k in Edinburgh for Crohn’s and Colitis; congratulates the family on raising money that will go towards the fight against the condition, and sends its best wishes to them all.
That the Parliament congratulates Craigneuk Family Learning Centre on its recent glowing report from Education Scotland; acknowledges that this inspection showed that the Glasgow Road centre had met targets set out on a previous inspection, including further improving the quality of learning and improving the curriculum for children while establishing effective self-evaluation to improve outcomes for youngsters; notes that the centre caters for 120 children and encourages links with the local community through fundraising and activities, and wishes everyone at Craigneuk Family Learning Centre continued success for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates Aaron Miller and Oliver Park, who are judo players from Wishaw, on being selected to represent Great Britain at the European Youth Olympics (EYOF) in Hungary; recognises that the EYOF, which began in 1991, will comprise of 3,600 athletes and officials, 50 national Olympic committees and 10,000 accredited participants; notes that they are both coached by Andrew Malone at the Hibari Kan Judo Club in Larkhall; understands that Aaron, who attends Clyde Valley High School, will compete in the under 81 kg category, and Oliver, who is a Dalziel High School pupil, in the under 60 kg, and wishes them every success at the EYOF.
That the Parliament congratulates the Motherwell-based Nitty Natter Club on its recent £4,585 Awards for All Scotland grant; notes that the club aims to tackle isolation and loneliness through its Tuesday knitting group and Wednesday blether club; believes that the award will help it to continue these groups and pay towards day trips and for speakers to attend its monthly activities, and wishes everyone at the club all the very best.
That the Parliament congratulates Cambusnethan Boxing Club on receiving £3,250 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; notes that one of its boxers, Harley Boal, has been selected to represent Scotland at the European Championship in Romania in July 2017; understands that the club will use the funding to buy sports equipment and provide training to help improve performance, capacity and safety, and wishes the club and Harley all the very best.
That the Parliament congratulates the Craigneuk Family Learning Centre on receiving £10,000 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; notes that the centre is situated within the Craigneuk area of Wishaw and that it encourages links with the local community through fundraising and activities; understands that the funds will be used towards the redevelopment of the nursery’s outdoor space to provide resources to aid, challenge and support children’s learning and exploration of the outdoor environment, and wishes the centre all the very best with its project
That the Parliament congratulates Airbles Tower Tenants Association on receiving £10,000 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; understands that the association aims to reduce isolation and encourage community cohesion for people living in Airbles Tower and the surrounding area by providing regular activities such as bingo, arm chair yoga, crafts and monthly themed nights; notes that the funds will help it to continue to run these activities, as well as providing a summer holiday trip to Blackpool for residents and local people, and wishes everyone involved all the very best with their future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates Treetops Playground on receiving £3,599 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; notes that the Motherwell-based group will use the funding to run playgroup sessions for children aged two to four, and wishes everyone at Treetops Playground all the very best.
That the Parliament congratulates Overtown Community Nursery and Parents and Toddlers on receiving £10,000 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; notes that the nursery will use the grant to continue to deliver a care service to pre-school children from the local community, which includes funding for a variety of activities and a range of resources for the children, and wishes the nursery all the very best.
That the Parliament congratulates the Clyde Valley Blackhawks on receiving £5,000 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; notes that it was founded in 2007 and is an American football team based in Wishaw, Lanarkshire; understands that the funding will be used for the refurbishment of the Beltane Park sports pavilion, which is to be used as changing room facilities, and wishes the Clyde Valley Blackhawks all the very best for all future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates Brandon Court Tenants Association on receiving £8,961 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; understands that the group will use the funding for the Brandon Court Holiday Project, which is a holiday and theatre trip project for residents and local people, and wishes the association, residents and local people the very best for their holiday and theatre trip.
That the Parliament congratulates the Motherwell-based charity, Partners in Play, on receiving £9,300 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; recognises that Partners in Play is an independent charity, established in 1996, which supports young people with additional support needs to access opportunities and mainstream clubs in their local area; understands that the funding is for a feasibility study investigating the establishment of a hub for promoting and enhancing inclusive opportunities for children and young people with complex additional support needs, and wishes everyone at the charity all the very best with this and all future projects.
That the Parliament congratulates Best Way Community Development on receiving £10,000 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; notes that the group was set up in 2012 to support the African community in Motherwell and the North Lanarkshire and Glasgow areas to promote community and cultural inclusion; understand that the funds will go towards the family health and wellbeing project, which helps support African families to understand British cultural attitudes, and wishes everyone involved the very best with the project.
That the Parliament congratulates Wishaw South Bowling Club on receiving £8,500 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; recognises that the club will use the funds to build a new accessible toilet and upgrade the existing toilet facilities in the clubhouse, as well as to hold an open day to attract new members, and wishes the club the very best for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates Wishaw South Bowling Club on receiving £8,500 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; recognises that the club will use the funds to build a new accessible toilet and upgrade the existing toilet facilities in the clubhouse, as well as to hold an open day to attract new members, and wishes the club the very best for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates Orchard Primary School and Nursery on receiving £10,000 from the Awards for All Scotland programme; notes that the school and nursery opened in 2016 following the merger of Castlehill and Overtown primaries, with the campus being the first all-through school in North Lanarkshire, and with accommodation for nursery, primary and secondary pupils; understands that the funds will go towards funding a wide range of playground equipment to increase active play opportunities for the children, and wishes the school and nursery the very best for the future.
That the Parliament recognises the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Ravenscraig steel plant; understands that the decision by the UK Government to close the plant resulted in more than 700 job losses at the plant and hundreds more at companies that relied on the plant for business; believes in the importance of recognising and protecting Scotland’s industrial heritage; commends the Scottish Government, which recently oversaw the rescue of Dalzell Steel Mill by Liberty Steel, protecting jobs and heavy industry in Motherwell and Wishaw, and wishes the former Ravenscraig workers well as they meet at Club 100 in Motherwell to mark the anniversary of the closure.
That the Parliament commends the launch of the campaign, You’re Asking for It, in North Lanarkshire; notes that the campaign, which targets underage drinking and adult proxy purchase, has been launched following a successful pilot in Motherwell and Wishaw in 2015; recognises that the campaign is a partnership between Police Scotland, North Lanarkshire Partnership and Trading Standards, and received funding from the Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership; congratulates the outstanding success of the pilot, which saw a significant reduction in antisocial behaviour, youth disorder and violence, and picked up the Greatest Contribution to Policing Priorities award at the Police Scotland Excellence Awards in 2016, as well as a further award for Creativity and Innovation at the Scottish Safer Community Network Awards; notes that, following the success of the pilot, the scheme is being rolled out across the whole of North Lanarkshire; congratulates Inspector Alistair Anderson, who is leading the roll-out of the campaign in North Lanarkshire, and wishes Police Scotland and the partner agencies every success in tackling this important social issue.
That the Parliament congratulates Our Lady’s High School from Motherwell on winning the Kiss Bigotry Goodbye Cup at Ravenscraig Sports Centre; notes that the competition saw teenagers from 10 Lanarkshire schools compete in the event, which was organised by Police Scotland and supported by North Lanarkshire Leisure; recognises that, in addition to playing football, pupils participated in workshops aimed at raising awareness of sectarianism, highlighting the dangers of posting online abuse and deepening the understanding of different religious cultures and traditions; understands that the Kiss Bigotry Goodbye campaign was launched by Nil by Mouth in 2015 and has since seen thousands of people take part in events aimed at celebrating the positive side of Scottish football, and wishes all those involved in the campaign continued success for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates African Lanarkshire for Mental Health on receiving £49,956 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start programme; understands that this will be used to give young people from the African communities in Lanarkshire who are experiencing mental health issues, particularly low self-confidence, the skills to be able to express themselves through music and creativity; recognises that the project will introduce numerous activities, including dancing and learning how to write songs and poems, and wishes African Lanarkshire for Mental Health success with its endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates the Wishaw-based LANDED Peer Education Service on receiving £81,491 from the Big Lottery Awards for All fund; recognises that the service is an initiative that uses peer education to address substance misuse and sexual health issues among vulnerable young people; understands that the money will be used to fund a volunteer development programme, which will recruit, train and support vulnerable young people to become volunteer peer educators and mentors, and wishes the LANDED Peer Education Service well.
That the Parliament congratulates Ellen Phillips, who is the longest serving volunteer at Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB), on being awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to the people of Lanarkshire; notes that, although Ellen has had rheumatoid arthritis from a young age, which has prevented her from being able to work, she has been volunteering at the CAB since 1989 and has served in a number of roles, including as a volunteer advice worker, a lead tutor, an on-the-job trainer and as a member of its board; recognises that, during her 28 years of service, Ellen has gifted 25,000 hours to the CAB and mentored and trained 780 volunteers, who in turn have donated 500,000 hours to the community, and wishes Ellen all the best for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates the Motherwell-based engineering firm, MB Aerospace, on its $1 billion contract with the US company, Pratt and Whitney, which is a division of United Technologies Corporation; understands that the contract is a milestone opportunity, which has created 160 new jobs as part of a 10-year agreement between the companies; notes that the Scottish firm will be providing flight engine parts to Pratt and Whitney and that the firm also has manufacturing operations in the US and Poland, and wishes MB Aerospace and Pratt and Whitney the very best for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates Wishaw General Hospital on the launch of its “theatre buddy” initiative; understands that this scheme will enable relatives and carers to accompany people with dementia to the operating theatre and stay with them until they have had their anaesthetic and gone to sleep; understands that this is the first hospital in Scotland to launch this initiative; notes that a new theatre buddy trolley has also been introduced, which contains items that will help keep patients calm, including stress balls and an iPod with familiar songs if required; congratulates Wishaw General on its commitment to providing patients with dementia a calming environment in what can be a traumatic time for them, and wishes the hospital well in the future.
That the Parliament congratulates Bluerad LLP on its recent prize for innovation at the prestigious Conours Lépine International Competition in Paris, an annual competition that has been running for 116 years; acknowledges that its product, Blueproof, won first prize from the Préfet de Police, the authority for the Home Secretary and the institute responsible for safety throughout Paris; notes that Blueproof is a low pressure “mist system” designed to be fitted to domestic radiators, which is activated by heat from a fire and forms a nozzle to spray water from the radiator towards the source of that heat; recognises that this innovation could suppress fires that occur in a domestic setting, allowing occupants vital time to escape burning buildings; commends the Blueproof inventor, Dave Atkinson, and wishes all at Bluerad LLP well in their future endeavours.
Motion S5M-06117: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/06/2017
First Female Councillor Re-elected in Picinisco in Italy
That the Parliament congratulates Paula Andreucci on being re-elected as a councillor for the city of Picinisco in the Italian local elections, which took place on 11 June 2017; notes that Paula was born and raised in Wishaw and was the first female councillor to be elected in Picinisco in the 2012 local election; recognises that Picinisco is a small mountain town in Italy, which recently celebrated its 1,000th anniversary, and many Italian-Scots trace their roots back to it, and wishes Paula and everyone elected to the council the very best with their future work.
Motion S5M-06054: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2017
Queen’s Award for Motherwell Girls’ Brigade Lieutenant
That the Parliament congratulates Lieutenant Nicola Conlon of 5th Motherwell Girls’ Brigade on being presented with The Queen’s Award; recognises that the award is the highest in the organisation; understands that the Right Reverend Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the Church of Scotland, presented Nicola with the award for her continued commitment to voluntary service, and wishes Nicola and all at 5th Motherwell Girls’ Brigade all the best in their future endeavours.
Motion S5M-06051: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2017
Wishaw Ladies Fundraise for Cuddle Cots
That the Parliament congratulates a group of ladies from Wishaw on raising funds for a cuddle cot; recognises that the group donated the cuddle cot to McAllister Funeral Directors in Wishaw for bereaved parents to spend a few more days with their child; notes that the group completed various fundraising efforts, including one member bungee jumping from 150 feet; understands that a cuddle cot is a piece of medical equipment that acts like a refrigerated bassinet and allows babies to stay in the room with their parents so that they do not need to be taken straight to the mortuary, and recognises this valuable fundraising effort.
That the Parliament applauds The Funky Natz Foundation on raising over £11,000 for epilepsy research at its Charity Trophy event held at Wishaw Golf Club; notes that the foundation was founded by the Hughes family in memory of their daughter Natalie who sadly passed away suddenly at Hairmyres Hospital in 2011; recognises that the charity competition included 128 golfers alongside a prize raffle, which helped beat the initial target of £10,000, and wishes The Funky Natz Foundation continued success in its fundraising endeavours.
That the Parliament commends Craigneuk and Belhaven Church Sunday School in Wishaw for supporting the Scottish-based charity, Mary’s Meals, by participating in The Backpack Project; notes that the school donated 46 backpacks filled with educational items for children in Malawi as part of The Backpack Project, and youngsters at the school were thrilled to be a part of the project; understands that Mary’s Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding programmes for the poorest children in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, and that The Backpack Project in Malawi offers practical support to children and raises awareness of the challenges that children are facing across the world, and sends its best wishes to Mary’s Meals and all the pupils at Craigneuk and Belhaven Church Sunday School.
That the Parliament congratulates the North Lanarkshire-based Wishaw Golf Club, on winning the 20th Wishaw v Wishaw event on 28 May 2017 against Wishaw Golf Club from Sutton Coldfield; recognises that the clubs started this challenge in 1997 to mark the centenary of the Scottish club; notes that three of the original Scottish group, and four of the first English players, are still involved in the event, and wishes both teams the very best.
That the Parliament commends the multiple fundraising efforts by family and friends in memory of Stewart Murdoch from Newmains, who sadly passed away in April from Motor Neurone Disease; understands that over £3,300 has been raised for MND Scotland; recognises that, to help raise funds, 15 locals from Newmains climbed Ben Nevis in challenging weather conditions, and that Stewart’s daughter, Pamela Cuthbertson, who lives in California with her husband and three children, completed the 5K MND walk in the Calavera Hills, while others helped to raise funds by walking at the official MND fun run event at Strathclyde Park on 13 May 2017; notes that, since Stewart was diagnosed six years ago, family and friends would participate in the yearly MND fun run with Stewart, who completed the run when he had to use a wheelchair, and wishes all of his family and friends success in all future fundraising endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates the opticians, Specsavers, in Wishaw and Motherwell on raising £1,200 for Comic Relief; notes that both branches encouraged customers to donate to the cause by buying their own pair of novelty waving hand glasses and organising fun activities in the run up to 2017’s Red Nose Day; recognises that Specsavers became a Comic Relief Partner in 2015 and, this year, branches across the country have raised a total of £250,000 to help support the poor and vulnerable living in tough conditions in the UK and across Africa, and sends its best wishes for the future to Specsavers and Comic Relief.
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that North Lanarkshire Council is planning to reduce its number of classroom assistants and breakfast clubs.
That the Parliament congratulates students and staff from St Aidan’s High School in Wishaw on raising over £2,000 by completing Glasgow’s Kiltwalk event on 30 April 2017; welcomes the school’s new head teacher, Claire Connelly, who had been working as the acting head for the last 19 months; understands that the funds raised from the walk will go to the Brain Cancer Research Trust, and that the group walked in memory of the former head teacher, Tony Rooney, who died at age 62 following a short illness; recognises that the Kiltwalk is a unique charity that allows walkers to raise funds for any Scottish charity of their choice; notes that Glasgow’s Kiltwalk event was the biggest ever, with over 7,000 participants walking nearly 16 miles from Clydebank College to Balloch Country Park on the shores of Loch Lomond; congratulates the group on raising money to support brain cancer research, and sends its best wishes for the future to Claire and the group.
That the Parliament congratulates the under-18 football squad of Braidhurst High School in Motherwell on winning the Scottish Schools FA Senior Shield after defeating Eastwood High School 2-1 at Hampden Park on 9 May 2017; notes that this is the school’s first success in the competition since 1986; understands that it is one of seven schools that takes part in the SFA Performance Strategy; congratulates the team captain, Darren Wilson, the coaching team and physio, Peter Brandon, Fraser Lawson, Graeme Marshall and Kelly McKenna, and the players, Adam Sinnet, Cameron Dickson, Leon McCann, Cameron Clark, Adam Greer, Ross Wilson, Reece Geddes, Kyle Connell, Lewis Gamble, Deryn Lang, Jamie Semple, Lewis Guy, Reegan Mimnaugh, Jack Keary and Jonathan McCabe; applauds the referee, Lloyd Wilson, his assistants, Billy Dewar-Riddick and Kieran Whalen, and the fourth official, Owen Blackstock, on running an excellent game; commends the Braidhurst high team on their hard work and commitment, and wishes them all well for the future.
That the Parliament recognises the retirement of the Reverend Iain Murdoch as Church of Scotland Minister at Cambusnethan Old and Morningside Parish Church in Wishaw; understands that Reverend Murdoch had been with the church for 22 years, overseeing and conducting celebrations of the sacraments, funerals and weddings; commends him on his work with local organisations such as Made4U in ML2 on behalf of the people of Wishaw; notes that he completed his last sermon on Easter Sunday 2017; considers that he will be a huge loss to the community, and wishes him well in his retirement.
That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the Wishaw-based charity, Chris’s House, on it winning a £50,000 boost from The People’s Project, which is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, the National Lottery, ITV and STV that gives the public a say in lottery funding: recognises that Chris’s House is a 24-hour non-medical health centre that provides intervention and assistance surrounding suicide; understands that it is the first of its kind in Scotland and was founded by Anne Rowan in memory of her son, Christopher Hands, who died by suicide in 2011 at a time when he was experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder; recognises that Chris’s House moved from Airdrie to its new premises in Wishaw in May 2017 and that the award will be used towards this new community hub, and wishes everyone at Chris’s House all the very best.
That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 5th Report, 2017 (Session 5), Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 – Standing Order rule changes (SP Paper 125), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A of the report be made with effect from 18 May 2017.
That the Parliament notes that Child Safety Week, the flagship annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), takes place this year between 5 and 11 June 2017 and its theme is “sharing is caring”; further notes that accidents are a leading cause of death, serious injury and acquired disability for children and young people in the UK, that they account for three deaths every week and over 2,000 hospital admissions and that many of these accidents can be prevented; commends CAPT’s aim of securing a safer environment for children of all ages by helping families understand the risks, as well as the consequences, but most importantly, the simple ways that accidents can be prevented; further commends work undertaken in Child Safety Week in bringing together individuals and organisations around the UK to promote safety messages to families in a fun and engaging way and encourage parents and carers to increase confidence by sharing experiences and learning; congratulates CAPT and other organisations working in accident prevention on their outstanding dedication, in particular the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) which, this year, celebrates its centenary; notes RoSPA’s past successes from the Tufty Club in the 1960s and the introduction of the seatbelt law in the 1980s, to a successful campaign for moulded plugs in 1992 and EU-wide regulations on looped blind cords in 2014; further notes the new hazards for parents and carers to be aware of such as liquid laundry capsules, button batteries, hair straighteners and nappy sacks, and congratulates all those many organisations that continue to work tirelessly and collaboratively in the field of accident prevention and child safety
That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 4th Report, 2017 (Session 5), Scotland Act 2016 – Standing Order rule changes (SP Paper 115), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A of the report be made with effect from the day on which section 11 of the Scotland Act 2016 comes into force.
That the Parliament commends the politicians and the people of Wishaw who have come together to welcome Syrian refugees to the community; believes that the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency has a proud record of welcoming people, including from Vietnam and Congo, and most recently families from Syria; condemns the decision of so-called Scottish Defence League (SDL) to hold a protest in Wishaw on 15 April 2017 regarding the arrival of the Syrians; considers that the views of the SDL are abhorrent and racist and do not reflect the views of the majority of citizens; regrets the potential disruption, considerable police resources and associated costs to the public purse as a result of the actions of the SDL, and commends Unite Against Fascism Scotland and the other organisations and people who have condemned the SDL and who are mounting a counter-demonstration to stand up to fascism and racism.
That the Parliament congratulates pupils from Calderbridge Primary School in Wishaw, following their success at the Scottish Schools Floor and Vault Championships in Perth; recognises that four pupils from the school represented North Lanarkshire at the event and performed a vault and floor routine; notes that one pupil, Olivia Massey, went on to win the individual gold medal and is now the Primary Pre-Level One Champion for Scotland; applauds the school on encouraging and supporting pupils by providing fun forms of physical activity, and wishes the pupils of Calderbridge Primary School well in their future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates Liann and Colin Weir from Motherwell on raising £1,250 for Wishaw General Hospital’s neonatal unit, in memory of their daughter, Emily, to mark what would have been her 10th birthday; notes that Emily was born 15 weeks’ premature in October 2006 and sadly passed away a few weeks later because of complications; recognises that the Weirs’ aimed to raise £1,000 over 10 months, but managed to raise the funds five months ahead of schedule; notes that they began a Random Acts of Kindness campaign in Emily’s memory and asked each participant to carry out 10 random acts of kindness over 10 months and to donate £1 for each act; understands that the funds raised will help towards the running of the neonatal unit, which helps provide comprehensive care for critically ill and premature babies; congratulates the Weirs on raising this money, and sends its best wishes to the family for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates New College Lanarkshire on its recent production of Rock of Ages; notes that the performance was presented by the college’s HNC and HND Musical Theatre students; acknowledges what it sees as outstanding performances by those on stage, in the musical accompaniment and behind the scenes staging, and wishes everyone involved continued success.
That the Parliament congratulates Nathan Donnelly and Orla McDevitt on being elected as MSYPs for Motherwell and Wishaw; recognises the importance of the youth parliament in providing a voice for the young people of Scotland; notes the value of young people’s engagement in politics and their communities; commends Nathan and Orla, and all of the other recently-elected MSYPs, and wishes them, and the Scottish Youth Parliament, continued success.
That the Parliament congratulates the Kelman family from Motherwell on raising £3,500 for the Les Hoey MBE DreamMaker Foundation; recognises that they were inspired to do so by their daughter, Lisa; applauds the family’s #TeamLisa campaign, which encourages people from all over the world to take selfies, while wearing #TeamLisa t-shirts, and send the photos to Lisa; understands that proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts are donated to the foundation; thanks the family and the foundation for their hard work in support of people across Scotland with life-limiting conditions, and wishes them well in their future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates Christine McKillop on being named Scotland’s Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year 2017; considers that the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards are an outstanding showcase of young, selfless volunteers throughout Scotland; believes that Christine is a testament to the Girls’ Brigade Scotland, as she supports young women and girls in their endeavours and volunteer activities; considers that her contribution is responsible for elevating the attainment and aspirations of young women and girls; thanks Christine for her inspirational role, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.
To ask the Scottish Government how its national digital strategy will impact on the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency.
That the Parliament commends Laura McKeating and Graeme Downie, who are from Motherwell, on raising over £7,000 for NHS Lanarkshire and the Lola Commons Fund for the Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal (SiMBA), in memory of their baby daughter, Aria, who was stillborn at 26 weeks in July 2016; recognises that Laura and Graeme’s initial goal was to raise £500 through their Just Giving page, but that, within two weeks, they had surpassed this by raising £2,000, notes that, with the help of family and friends, the couple participated in a number of events, including the Great Scottish Run, to help them reach over £7,000; understands that two-thirds of this will given to Wishaw General Hospital for a maternity bereavement suite that will allow bereaved parents to spend time alone with their child, in light of the hospital having no such facility at present, and that the remainder will go to the Lola Commons fund for SiMBA; sends it condolences to Laura and Graeme; congratulates them on raising money that will help provide support for other bereaved parents, and sends its best wishes to the couple for the future.
That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 2nd Report 2017 (Session 5), Acting Conveners – Standing Order rule changes (SP Paper 106), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A of the report be made with effect from 23 March 2017.
That the Parliament congratulates the inaugural inductees into North Lanarkshire’s Sporting Hall of Fame; recognises the outstanding achievements of Ricky Burns, Sir Matt Busby CBE KSCG, David Crabb, John Higgins MBE, Sandy Jones, Budhi Kunderan, the Lisbon Lions, Lynn McCafferty, Tom McKean, Jonathan Paterson, Louise and Kimberley Renicks and Angela Robertson Née McDowell, and commends the inductees for their outstanding commitment to sport and for setting a wonderful example for future generations.
To ask the First Minister what guidance the Scottish Government has issued regarding the use of the Pupil Equity Fund.
That the Parliament notes the passing of the Lisbon Lions legend, Tommy Gemmell; understands that Tommy, who was born in Motherwell and began his career with Coltness United, is one of a few players who scored in two European Cup Finals, including against Inter Milan to help Celtic lift the European Cup in 1967; notes that he also played for Nottingham Forest, Miami Toros and Dundee, before managing Albion Rovers and Dundee; understands that he represented Scotland 18 times, making his debut against England in 1966 and playing in the famous 3-2 victory over the world champions at Wembley the following year; acknowledges his legacy as a Motherwell boy who went on to become one of the first Scottish players to win the European Cup, and extends its condolences to Tommy’s wife, Mary, and his family and many friends.
That the Parliament congratulates the Motherwell-based Youth’s Matter Community Group (YMCG) on receiving £10,000 from the Big Lottery Awards for All fund; understands that this will be used to run its Friday Night Project for five to 18-year-olds and an outdoor residency trip, and wishes the YMCG and the children and young people well.
That the Parliament is pleased to hear that the Motherwell-based Polish Lanarkshire Community Forum has been received £9,759 from the Big Lottery Awards for All Fund; understands that the club, which helps members of the Polish community integrate with wider community life, will use this to fund a wide range of group activities, and wishes it and its members well with this.
That the Parliament congratulates Motherwell Floral Art Club on its £8,398 Big Lottery Awards for All grant; notes that the club, which was established in 1962 and is based in Crosshill Parish Church Hall, will use this to purchase equipment and organise a number of events to mark its emerald anniversary, and wishes it and its members well in their endeavours.
That the Parliament is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Eberhard “Paddy” Bort, Academic Coordinator of the Institute of Governance and Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, who has led the University of Edinburgh’s parliamentary internship programme since 1999; recognises Paddy’s dedication to the Parliament, as well as his unique ability to match interns with parliamentarians; considers that Paddy was the ultimate European, effortlessly combining his love of his native Germany with each new part of Europe he became a part of, working at Tübingen University in British and Irish Studies and teaching German Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, before coming to Edinburgh in 1995; commends the way that Paddy committed himself to all things Scottish, including acting as Book Reviews Editor of Scottish Affairs, lecturing on Scottish society and culture, and devoting himself to the Scottish folk music community; notes that Paddy was a vital and committed member of Edinburgh’s folk scene, running the Wee Folk Club and acting as a trustee of the Traditional Music Forum; offers its condolences to all those who knew him and whose lives were touched by him, and mourns the loss of such a larger than life character, mentor, teacher and friend.
That the Parliament commends the candidates, Orla McDevitt, Nathan Donnelly, Barry Williams, Amy Muslek, Erin Nelson and Aidan Vickers, for standing to represent Motherwell and Wishaw at the Scottish Youth Parliament; understands that the elections take place in March 2017 with votes being cast from 3 to 17 March; recognises that the Scottish Youth Parliament provides a vital vehicle for young people to get involved in politics and become the policy makers of the future; commends the candidates and organisers for their hard work to get younger generations engaged with politics, and wishes all of the candidates the very best of luck with their campaigns.
That the Parliament commends the work of the ladies of the CADALBA group in Wishaw, who have raised over £3,300 and, more recently, £500 for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF); recognises that the ladies of CADALBA raised the funds by knitting and selling blankets; considers that SCIAF does extraordinary work across the world in helping those living in poverty in places such as Africa, Asia and Latin America, and wishes both the CADALBA group and SCIAF the very best for the future.
That the Parliament applauds the Aslam family and staff at Day-Today convenience store in Pather, Wishaw, for donating money made from the carrier bag charges to the Blameless charity; understands that the family made the decision to ask customers to put the 5p carrier bag charge into the Blameless charity collection tin rather than putting it into their till; recognises that Blameless was formed to provide support to children and families affected by alcoholism and drug addiction; understands that there has been a reduction of 80% in the use of single use carrier bags in Scotland since the introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge and that 650 million fewer bags have been handed out, and wishes the Day-Today convenience store and Blameless the very best for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates pupils from Calderbridge Primary School in Wishaw following their success at the recent North Lanarkshire Schools Gymnastic Competition; notes that the school was represented by 18 pupils from P3 who won all the medals; further notes that the pupils will go on to represent North Lanarkshire at the Scottish Schools Championships in Perth in March 2017; recognises that the school is promoting a healthy lifestyle by providing fun forms of physical activity, and wishes the pupils the best of luck at the championships and in their future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates Motherwell Makes Music, which is a new multi-venue music festival taking place from 17 to 19 March 2017 and aiming to promote the best local musicians as well as some of Scotland’s emerging talent; notes that confirmed performers already include Bloodlines, A Sudden Burst of Colour, ULTRAS, The Banter Thiefs, Holy Pistol Club, The Vistas, Foggy City Orphan, Dogtooth, Pyramids, Mesmerene, Caulder, The Austins, The Un-Romantics, The Ranzas, Homeward James and Tommy McGuire; commends the organisers, who hope that this will become an annual event in the town, and wishes all of the Motherwell Makes Music organisers and performers the very best for the future.
That the Parliament welcomes the Women in Data Science (WiDS) event being hosted by The Data Lab and Stanford University in Edinburgh on 15 February 2017 to discuss the latest industry trends and practices; notes that the event seeks to inspire and educate data scientists, regardless of gender, and support women in the field; recognises the work of the Scottish innovation centre, The Data Lab, which is running a competition for schoolgirls in Scotland to give aspiring data scientists the opportunity to connect with potential mentors and collaborators in the field; understands that the winning team will have a chance to attend the WiDS event in Edinburgh; believes that these events help to highlight the great career opportunities that exist in Scotland and globally for women in the data industry, and wishes all the competition entrants the best of luck.
That the Parliament recognises the changes to the law surrounding child car seat boosters that are set to come into force on 1 March 2017; understands that the change will no longer allow car seat manufactures to introduce backless boosters for children shorter than 125 cm or weighing less than 22kg, thereby helping to protect children against side-on collisions; commends all efforts to improve road safety, and recognises the efforts of all charities working in this field including RoSPA, CAPT and BRAKE.
That the Parliament congratulates Thornlie Primary School in Pather, North Lanarkshire on setting up its own Family Fitness sessions; understands that the initiative is designed to encourage both children and family members to participate in physical activity; notes that this falls in line with the Scottish Government’s obesity strategy for preventing obesity in Scotland, and wishes everyone at the school the very best for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates the staff and regulars at The Horse and Anchor pub in Cambusnethan, Wishaw, who raised £700 for The Haven Charity; recognises that they raised the funds by successfully climbing Schiehallion, which is a Munro in Perthshire; considers that The Haven Charity, which has a centre at Wishaw General Hospital, does incredible work in providing support for those living with life-limiting illnesses, and wishes both The Horse and Anchor and The Haven Charity the very best for the future.
That the Parliament commends the McLean family from Newmains, Bernadette McLean, John McLean and their son Johnathan Douglas, for raising £1,600 for St. Andrew’s Hospice; recognises that the McLean’s decorated their home with an elaborate Christmas display containing thousands of lights and set up a box for donations from those who visited to view the display; further notes that Bernadette set up a special post-box with a direct link to Santa for local kids to post their letters, and that John dressed up as Santa every Saturday for four weeks leading up to Christmas to give gifts to youngsters who visited, in return for a donation to the charity from parents; congratulates the McLeans on their wonderful display of festive spirit, and wishes them the very best for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates James Chapman Butchers, whose head office is in Wishaw, on winning coveted Silver awards at the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Products Awards 2017 for its Scotch pies, sausage rolls and handheld steak pies; acknowledges that these awards recognise the best pastry makers in the country, and wishes what it sees as this family-favourite business all the best with its future endeavours.
That the Parliament commends the Morningside Primary School teacher, George Strathis, for raising £2,098 for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity in honour of his student, Phoebe Lannigan, who has been fighting a rare form of blood cancer for most of her life; understands that Mr Strathis raised the money when he “braved the shave” and shaved his head and beard at Morningside Primary School in North Lanarkshire, dedicating the shave as a personal thank you to the charity for looking after Phoebe and her family; notes that all the money raised will go to the children’s hospital to support the excellent work that it does on a daily basis; applauds Mr Strathis and Morningside Primary School for their dedication to Phoebe and her family; further applauds the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity for its ongoing work; wishes Phoebe and the hospital all the best for the future, and looks forward to the continued commitment of both Mr Strathis and Morningside Primary School to their students.
To ask the Scottish Government what response it has received to the publication of Scotland’s Place in Europe.
That the Parliament congratulates New College Lanarkshire on it being named a Centre of Excellence for its inclusive curriculum by the educational charity, the Award Scheme and Accreditation Network (ASDAN); notes that the certificate acknowledges the work that its faculty of supported learning is carrying out with regard to the employability skills for its young students with additional support needs, particularly at its Motherwell campus; recognises that ASDAN, which is based in Bristol, offers programmes and qualifications that aim to grow skills for learning, employment and life; understands that regional staff from the charity nominated the college because of its record on employability skills and training for its students; congratulates it on also being named the best in the UK for the third time in four years at the 2016 WorldSkills UK trade skills competition in Birmingham in November, and wishes everyone at the college continued success.
That the Parliament congratulates Malissa Bell on her award of £3,157 from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund; recognises that Malissa, who lives in Motherwell, will use this to set up a forest school that will focus on engaging with children from deprived areas; notes that the fund, which was launched in November 2008, is aimed at individuals who want to set up and run a business with a social or environmental purpose; understands that it looks for individuals who have a focus on the business side of their idea and are looking to create a long-term solution for a social issue; commends Malissa on her work with the children, and wishes her well with the forest school and her future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates the Forge Ahead Community Group on receiving a £5,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund through the Celebrate programme; understands that the group, which is a new volunteer-led community organisation that is based in Forgewood in Motherwell, aims to organise and coordinate a variety of leisure and development activities and services for the community in order to improve the quality of life for residents of all ages; acknowledges that the grant will be used to celebrate the area’s diverse cultures; notes that these grants aim to bring communities together through celebrations of people, events, history and culture; recognises that the Big Lottery Fund asked for groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes to apply for funding through the programme to hold events or activities that would bring people together and celebrate what makes their communities special, and commends the members of the Forge Ahead Community Group on their dedication to the diverse people of Motherwell.
That the Parliament congratulates the Lanarkshire Deaf Club on receiving a grant of £5,000 from the Big Lottery Fund through the Celebrate programme; acknowledges that the programme is designed to help communities celebrate something from their history or a local hero, or to bring people together to get to know their neighbours; recognises that the Lanarkshire Deaf Club, which is based in Motherwell, provides advice and support for deaf people in Lanarkshire; understands that the grant will be used to host a Valentine’s Day party for deaf and non-deaf people to come together and celebrate the achievements of deaf people; commends the Lanarkshire Deaf Club for its commitment to the community, and wishes it well for its Valentine’s Day party and all its future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates the parent council at St Aidan’s Primary School in Wishaw on receiving £7,497 from Awards for All Scotland; notes that it carries out a wide range of duties, including fostering links between the school and parents, discussing and approving the head teacher’s plans for purchasing educational materials and raising funds and spending for the benefit of the school; acknowledges that this grant will help set up a science club for primary school-age children in the Wishaw area, and wishes the parent council all the best in its future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates the members of Newmains and District Old Age Pensioners Association on receiving £9,325 from Awards for All Scotland; understands that this Wishaw-based group provides social and recreational opportunities and that this grant will enable it to run Christmas and summer outings, as well as bingo evenings for its members and the community, and looks forward to the association’s continued service to the community.
That the Parliament congratulates North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band on its award at the Scots Traditional Music Awards 2016; notes that this follows on from the earlier success at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, in which it beat more than 200 bands to the coveted title of world champions; acknowledges that the band includes the talented Wishaw brothers, Lachlan, Fergus and Callum Kyle; commends the band on a fantastic year, and wishes everyone involved more success in 2017.
That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as it celebrates its centenary on 1 December 2016; recognises the work on accident prevention and safety awareness that RoSPA has carried out over the last 100 years, which began with efforts to improve road safety during the blackouts of the First World War; further recognises RoSPA’s ongoing contribution to bringing down the number of accidents on the road and in the workplace; notes that accidents in the home, particularly to under-5s and over-65s and those at leisure, are on the rise; understands that the total deaths from accidents in Scotland rose by 8% in 2015, with 1,892 deaths from accidents in 2015, compared to 1,750 in 2014; urges the Scottish Government to prioritise accident prevention proportionately as part of its public health agenda; applauds RoSPA for its important work over the last hundred years to prevent these accidents that affect so many people from Scotland, and welcomes its continued commitment and valuable work in accident prevention and safety awareness in Scotland.
That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) on receiving the Recruiter of the Year Award from Anthony Nolan; recognises that Anthony Nolan is an organisation, which acts as a register that matches bone marrow donors with recipients, conducts research into stem cell matching and transplants, and works to save and improve the lives of everyone with blood cancer; acknowledges that Anthony Nolan presents awards to individuals and organisations for their support of the organisation; understands that awards are given to those that make a difference to the lives of people with blood cancer, either by supporting Anthony Nolan or inspiring others to do so; commends the SFRS for its work to increase support for Anthony Nolan; notes that SFRS was established in 2013 to bring together the collective skills and experience from across Scotland’s previous eight fire and rescue services and work in close partnership with local communities across Scotland to deliver safety messages to create a safer Scotland; applauds both organisations for their dedicated commitment to saving lives, and looks forward to their continued work in the future.
That the Parliament congratulates North Lanarkshire Council’s Syrian Resettlement Project team on being awarded Team of the Year for excellence in housing by the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland; understands that this prestigious award comes exactly a year after the first Syrian refugee families were welcomed to North Lanarkshire; recognises that, in preparation for their arrival, a Syrian Resettlement Project was established involving housing, social work and other council services, together with NHS Lanarkshire, local voluntary organisations, local housing associations, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; further recognises the continuing support that the team provides to give all families confidence, promote independence and allow them to fulfil their aspirations within their communities; notes that, to date, 80 Syrian refugees have been successfully resettled in the area, and considers that Scotland is open and welcoming to people in need.
That the Parliament notes that November 2016 marks Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and that 17 November is World Pancreatic Cancer Day; congratulates all of the pancreatic cancer charities and their supporters on working tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition; notes that this year’s theme is, In it Together, which will encourage participation in events, such as lighting up local landmarks or taking part in Bake a Difference; understands that, every year, around 800 people are diagnosed with the condition and 750 people die from it; believes that it is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in Scotland; notes that it has a five-year relative survival rate of just 3.8% but understands that early diagnosis can improve a patient’s chance of survival by giving them access to early treatment; considers it worrying that a recent ComRes survey suggested that 74% of people in the UK cannot name a single symptom of the condition, and welcomes the £4 million investment by the Scottish Government to set up a precision medicine ecosystem that, is hoped, will see researchers across the country working in a co-ordinated way by sharing information and data to lead the fight against conditions such as pancreatic cancer.
That the Parliament recognises the work of Electrical Safety First, which is a charity that is dedicated to preventing deaths, injuries and damage from electricity; notes that 21 November 2016 marks the start of Electrical Fire Safety Week, which is run with support from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; further notes that the 2016 campaign focuses on people being put at risk of potentially fatal electrocution or from house fires caused by dangerous counterfeit products; understands that more than 60% of fake goods are sold online; notes that 25 November 2016 has been designated “Black Friday”, which it understands, will see the sale online of many counterfeit electrical goods; believes that such products often contain faulty parts that can cause electric shocks, overheat or catch fire, and encourages everyone to follow Electrical Safety First’s advice, which is available on the charity’s website, and, if in doubt, to contact their local trading standards service for assistance.
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage employers to pay at least the living wage.
On 12 March 2016, the First Minister set a new target of 1,000 Living Wage Accredited employers by Autumn 2017, we are supporting this by increasing funding for the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative to £300,000 and are working with the Poverty Alliance to support them in meeting this target.
Following on from Living Wage Week which began on 31 October the number of Living Wage Accredited employers in Scotland rose to 650. Scotland remains the best performing of all four UK countries with the highest proportion of employees paid the Living Wage or more (79.9%).
That the Parliament congratulates the Elim Befriending Service on receiving a grant of £7,881 from Awards for All Scotland; notes that the service, which was established in 2016, is a voluntary group based in North Lanarkshire; recognises that the organisation provides one-to-one, group and telephone befriending for older people in the community; acknowledges that Awards for All Scotland grants are presented to groups that work with communities to better address local needs; understands that this grant will go towards developing the organisation’s activities, and looks forward to the Elim Befriending Service’s continued service to the community.
That the Parliament congratulates the Newmains Activities Group on its grant of £9,387 from Awards for All Scotland; recognises that this non-charitable unincorporated VCO, which is based in Newmains, was founded in 2011; notes that the organisation runs weekly sessions and activities for school children, from P1 to S1, which provide physical activities and social interactions; acknowledges that Awards for All Scotland grants are awarded to organisations that work to improve communities; understands that the grant will enable the group to increase the number of children partaking in the sessions and create more sessions, as well as outings; further understands that the grant will cover venue hire, session staff costs, external trips, volunteer expenses, marketing and project management; commends the Newmains Activities Group’s service to the community, and looks forward to its continued work in Newmains.
That the Parliament congratulates Wishaw MS Support Group on receiving £9,580 from Awards for All Scotland; notes that the organisation, which was established in 2015, is a voluntary group based in Wishaw; recognises that it is a peer-support group for people living with multiple sclerosis in Scotland; acknowledges that Awards for All Scotland gives grants to help improve communities and the lives of people who are most in need; understands that this grant will provide complementary therapy sessions, exercise classes and trips, and wishes the Wishaw MS Support Group well in its continued service to the community.
That the Parliament praises the Surjit Singh Chhokar Justice campaign on its dignified and concluding pursuit of justice for Surjit Singh Chhokar; notes what it believes to be the unrelenting courage and dignity of the Chhokar family in seeking justice for Surjit; praises the late Darshan Singh Chhokar, Surjit’s father, for his tireless campaigning; notes the advocacy of Aamer Anwar, who has represented the Chhokar family throughout its 18-year campaign for justice; welcomes the support for the Surjit Singh Chhokar Justice campaign from the Scottish Government, the STUC and various other political, human rights and trade union bodies; notes the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011, introduced by the Scottish Government, which it considers aided the Chhokar family’s search for justice for Surjit; further wishes the family of Surjit Singh Chhokar peace as their successful campaign for justice comes to an end, and believes that the courage shown by the family is a fitting tribute to his memory.
That the Parliament recognises that week commencing 21 November 2016 as Road Safety Week; notes that this is an annual event to raise awareness about road safety; understands that the event was started in 1997 by Brake, a road safety charity that works to prevent road death or injury, campaigns to make streets and communities safer and supports the victims of road crashes; commends Road Safety Week for promoting steps that everyone can take to stop needless road deaths and injuries year-round; supports the thousands of schools, organisations and communities that get involved in the event each year including Road Safety Scotland, CAPT and RoSPA; welcomes this year’s Road Safety Week, and trusts that the event will inspire communities to take action on road safety through promoting lifesaving messages during the week and beyond.
That the Parliament understands that Scotland has the third highest incidence of type 1 diabetes in the world and that more than 29,000 people are living with the condition with incidence rising particularly rapidly in children under the age of five; recognises the challenges that people with the condition face on a daily basis with constant monitoring and injections of insulin to manage it; understands that it is not linked to lifestyle factors such as diet or exercise; commends the work of JDRF, which is the type 1 diabetes charity that is funding research projects in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow to improve the lives of people with the condition until a cure is found, and notes JDRF’s objective to foster collaboration between industry, academics and clinicians to ensure that new research is driven forward and that Scotland can play a leading role in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.
That the Parliament applauds outgoing president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Karen McDonnell; notes that Karen has been a member of IOSH for more than 25 years; recognises that, during this time, she has been a committed volunteer within the IOSH Scotland network and, more recently, across the wider membership network through her roles as its vice-president and as a member of the IOSH council; notes that Karen is also head of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Scotland and the occupational health and safety policy adviser for the association; recognises that IOSH is the chartered body for health and safety professionals and, with around 44,000 members in 120 countries, is the world’s largest such organisation; congratulates Karen on what it sees as a very successful year as president, and wishes her well.
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on the continuity of EU funding in light of Brexit
That the Parliament congratulates Wishaw police constables, Fiona Wilson and Susan Rooney, on winning the Team of the Year Award at the Police Scotland Woman’s Development Forum Awards, which were held in September 2016; notes that the two community officers won the accolade following an initiative to break down barriers between the police and the communities of Gowkthrapple and Craigneuk; considers that the initiative has had a positive impact on reducing violence disorder and antisocial behaviour, which had been highlighted as a concern of the local community; recognises that this positive impact was achieved through creating an action group, strengthening partnership working, increasing community confidence and trust and securing funding for activities for local children, and wishes constables Wilson and Rooney, along with everyone at Police Scotland, continued success in improving the relationship between the police and local communities.
That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 4th Report 2016 (Session 5), First Minister’s Question Time – Standing Order rule changes (SP Paper 22), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A of the report be made with effect from 27 October 2016.
That the Parliament commends National Burns Awareness Day on 19 October 2016, which is led by the Children’s Burns Trust and the British Burns Association; recognises the work of Electrical Safety First, a charity that aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by electricity; welcomes its campaign to mark this year’s national day, which calls for greater awareness of the dangers associated with hair straighteners among parents; also commends the work of other organisations seeking to prevent burns injuries to children, including the Child Accident Prevention Trust and the Chief Fire Officers Association; recognises the Straight Off, Straight Away campaign by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, which advises in relation to hair straighteners, “to turn them Straight Off and put them Straight Away”; notes that 72 children were admitted to Scottish hospitals in 2015 as a result of being burned by an electrical beauty product, including hair straighteners, and that this figure has increased each year since 2013; further notes research undertaken by Electrical Safety First, which shows that many parents are not aware of the dangers of these electrical devices, that one-in-four said that that they had left one on or unattended and that over half said that they have left hair tools unattended when they were still warm or cooling down; considers that retailers and manufacturers are selling products such as hair straighteners, which can reach 235°C, without explaining the dangers of incorrect storage, and commends Electrical Safety First on its advice, including a hard-hitting video that is available on its website, which shows the effects of badly stored heated hair straighteners near children, as well as general safety advice.
That the Parliament recognises the Fearless project, which works with survivors of domestic abuse regardless of race, religious beliefs, ability, transgender identity, gender or sexual orientation; commends this Big Lottery-funded partnership between Sacro, Shakti Women’s Aid, Respect and LGBT Youth Scotland; notes that the project has a confidential telephone helpline and offices across Scotland, including one in Motherwell; further notes that it accepts self-referrals as well as referrals from professional agencies and will assign a dedicated caseworker to provide a tailored system of support to individuals affected; thanks the team for their dedication to victims of domestic abuse in Scotland, and wishes them well in their future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Lindisfarne Café, which is a voluntary organisation based in Coltness, Wishaw, on it receiving an Awards for All Scotland grant of £6,120; commends the not-for-profit community-led café’s aim of reducing social isolation among older people; acknowledges that this grant will fund a range of projects, including purchasing equipment for the café, overnight trips to the Lake District and a Christmas party for the older people in the area; recognises that Awards for All Scotland grants are aimed at helping members of communities that are most in need; wishes the café well with its projects, and looks forward to its continued service in Wishaw.
That the Parliament congratulates Berryhill Primary School on receiving a grant of £7,491 from Awards for All Scotland; notes that the school was established in 1879 and is based in Craigneuk in Wishaw; acknowledges that Awards for All Scotland grants are presented to groups that work with communities to better address local needs; recognises that the grant will help to build an outdoor area for the groups to support pupil health and wellbeing; commends Berryhill Primary School for its dedicated work with the families of Craigneuk, and wishes everyone well in their future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates the Supper Club of Motherwell on its award of £7,350 from Awards for All Scotland; recognises that it is a social group for local, predominantly older, people that aims to tackle loneliness and isolation among its members while promoting good health and activities; notes that this grant will enable the Supper Club to continue its provision of monthly meetings and meals, as well as outings for the group; acknowledges that Awards for All Scotland funds a range of projects that involve bringing local people together, helping people to learn, improving local spaces and getting people more active; commends the Supper Club for its service to the community, and looks forward to its continued work in Motherwell.
That the Parliament congratulates Families and Friends Against Murder and Suicide SCIO on receiving £8,090 from Awards for All Scotland; notes that the organisation, based in Wishaw, provides support to those left behind after the tragic death of a loved one through murder or suicide; acknowledges that the group is volunteer-led and offers confidential befriending services, group and one-to-one support; understands that the grant went toward organising Let’s Walk About Suicide (#LWAS), an awareness raising event that took place in Strathclyde Park on 11 September 2016; understands that Awards for All Scotland awards grants to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need; wishes Families and Friends Against Murder and Suicide SCIO well in its future endeavours, and looks forward to its continued work serving the community.
That the Parliament congratulates the Craigneuk Lifelong Learning Association on its grant of £9,174 from Awards for All Scotland; recognises that the association, which is based in Wishaw, is a volunteer-led group that provides educational services, clothes banks, mini-foodbanks and a weekly citizens advice bureau clinic; notes that the grant will enable the group to deliver a varied timetable of courses that will help cater to the needs of the community; acknowledges that Awards for All Scotland grants are awarded to organisations that work to improve communities; commends the association for all of the work that it does for the people of Wishaw, and looks forward to its continued service to the community.
That the Parliament commends the North Lanarkshire health and social care team on another extremely successful and well-attended suicide prevention football tournament at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell; thanks the organisers of the event, North Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Leisure, for their hard work to raise awareness of mental health during Suicide Prevention Week; congratulates the winners of the schools tournament, St. Ambrose High School, and the other teams that took part, including Chryston High School, Airdrie Academy, Greenfaulds High School, Taylor High School, Our Lady’s High School, Coltness High School and Clydevalley High School; congratulates the local community groups that entered teams into the adult tournament; understands that skills training was being offered to participants, including Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and the SFA level 1.1 early touches coaching course; recognises the support from local organisations that sent representatives to the tournament, including the Motherwell FC assistant manager, James McFadden, the Albion Rovers FC manager, Darren Young, and the Clyde FC manager, Barry Ferguson, and hopes that the tournament continues on an annual basis and continues to raise awareness of mental health issues in Lanarkshire.
That the Parliament welcomes the re-opening of the Dalzell Steel Mill in Motherwell under the new ownership of Liberty House Group; recognises what it sees as the dedicated work of the Scottish Steel Task Force, which was established by the Scottish Government to secure the plant’s future and included representatives from Tata Steel, trade unions, North and South Lanarkshire councils, Scottish Government agencies and local politicians; considers that Fergus Ewing, the then Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, provided outstanding leadership in his work as the chair of the task force and in implementing key measures, such as investing £195,000 to secure the workforce and skills, cutting the business rates for the site, reducing energy costs and helping to secure the buyer; congratulates Liberty House Group on its acquisition of both the Dalzell and Clydebridge plants as well as its re-employing of over 100 members of the Dalzell workforce; understands that further jobs are expected as production rises; trusts that the plant will now go from strength to strength, and wishes the Liberty House Group and the management and workforce well in their future endeavours.
That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 3rd Report 2016 (Session 5), Standing Order Rule Changes – Mandatory committee remits (SP Paper 12), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A of the report be made with effect from 28 September 2016
That the Parliament notes the passing of the St Aidan’s High School Head Teacher, Mr Tony Rooney, who held that post at the Wishaw school for 11 years; acknowledges that, during that time, he led the school to many successes, not least its shortlisting in the Secondary School of the Year category at the TES School Awards 2015 in London; recognises Mr Rooney’s contribution to the development of Catholic education through his membership of the Catholic Head Teachers’ Associations of Scotland; acknowledges his lasting legacy through the ethos, No Pupil at St Aidan’s High is Anonymous, and sends its condolences to Mr Rooney’s family and friends, the staff and pupils at St Aidan’s High School and the many people in Lanarkshire whose lives were touched by Mr Rooney in what it considers to be an outstanding teaching career.
That the Parliament commends the members of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents on their recent Health and Safety Awards; recognises the important work that the society does to promote good practice in health and safety; congratulates the winners in each category; specifically recognises the dedication of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde employee, Lesley Nish, who was awarded the Archangel Award for her hard work developing programmes designed to prevent injuries to children and young people, and wishes the society well in its future endeavours.
That the Parliament commends everyone involved in JDRF’s One Walk to raise awareness and funding for type 1 diabetes research, which was held on 11 September 2016 at Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell; notes that this was the first One Walk Central Scotland to be held at Strathclyde Country Park; understands that more than 29,000 people in Scotland have type 1 diabetes; recognises that JDRF is a type 1 diabetes charity run by people with the condition and aimed at improving the lives of those affected until a cure is found; acknowledges that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, which is not currently preventable; further notes that it is not caused by being overweight or eating a poor diet but is caused by a mix of genetic and environmental factors; understands that, in the last three years, One Walk Central Scotland has raised over £70,000 for type 1 diabetes research, and looks forward to future events to bring recognition and support for this important issue.
That the Parliament understands that September is both World Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Month; notes that the theme for World Alzheimer’s Month is Remember Me and the theme for Dementia Awareness Month is You Are Not Alone; recognises that approximately 90,000 people are living with dementia in Scotland in 2016; commends Motherwell Football Club for its ongoing initiatives to raise awareness and help those living with dementia; further recognises the club’s awareness and therapy projects, including Remember Well Football Memories Programme in association with North Lanarkshire Council, Alzheimer’s Scotland and NHS Lanarkshire, as well as Memory Well, an innovative reminiscence therapy project for people with dementia; congratulates Motherwell Football Club on receiving £14,400 from the Bank of Scotland Foundation for this ongoing work for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and looks forward to the club’s continued service to the community.
That the Parliament congratulates Befriend Motherwell on its recent £148,667 grant from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland; understands that the charity, which was established in 2012 by Dalziel St. Andrews Church, will use the funds to continue offering its befriending service to older people in Motherwell and Wishaw; further notes that the charity has a network of 150 people, including 85 volunteers who deliver this wonderful service; recognises that the charity aims to prevent loneliness among older people by organising both one-to-one and group befriending activities, and wishes them well in their future endeavours.
That the Parliament congratulates the Paralympian, Jonathan Paterson, from Motherwell on being selected for the Great Britain team; acknowledges that he has more than ten years’ experience in football, including captaining the Great Britain team on his Paralympic Games debut in Beijing in 2008; notes that in his second Paralympic Games appearance in London in 2012, he was part of the 7-a-side football team, which finished in 7th place; appreciates that, in addition to training for the Paralympic Games, he has SFA coaching badges at youth level 1-3, as well as an HNC and HND in Sports Coaching and Development; recognises that the midfielder is one of the two most experienced athletes on the team, and congratulates and wishes him and all of the Paralympians the best of luck in Rio.
That the Parliament congratulates African Lanarkshire for Mental Health on its recent Awards for All Scotland grant of £9,435; notes that these grants are awarded to projects that help improve communities or support people in need; understands that this money will be used to fund a variety of activities for African people with mental health issues as well as work to reduce stigma and discrimination; commends African Lanarkshire for Mental Health on its tireless work in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency, and looks forward to its continued efforts to improve the local community.
That the Parliament remembers the Wishaw teacher, Christine Witcutt, who was killed by sniper fire in Sarajevo in 1993 while delivering aid to the people of the city; commends the work of the Christine Witcutt Centre, which provides support for children with additional needs in Sarajevo; thanks the First Minister for her recent visit to the centre to help highlight the work that it is carrying out; recognises that it was set up and run by the volunteers of Edinburgh Direct Aid in conjunction with the Christine Witcutt Memorial Fund before being taken over by the local government in the city in 2001; applauds the bravery of Christine and the other volunteers with Edinburgh Direct Aid, and recognises that they risked their lives in order to deliver aid to civilians caught up in a warzone.
That the Parliament congratulates the Clyde Valley High School pupils, Lachlan, Fergus and Callum Kyle, on their success as members of the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band (NLSPB), which won the overall Novice A section at this year’s World Pipe Bands Championships in Glasgow; understands that the NLSPB faced stiff competition from 10 other bands; further applauds Lachlan and Fergus for finishing first in the drum corps section; commends the NLSPB for its commitment and hard work, and wishes the brothers along with all members of the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band all the best in the future.
That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the 200th birthday celebrations of Cambusnethan Priory on their recent event as part of the Festival of Architecture; recognises the important work that is carried out by the Friends of Cambusnethan Priory voluntary group, who organised the event, which included a talk on the history of the land, a walk to Cambusnethan Mausoleum, face-painting and other activities; notes that the friends’ group, which was established in 2014, has the aim of saving the priory from deterioration and restoring it for the benefit of the community, and wishes the friends well with their campaign.
That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Wishaw and District Whizz Kids Youth Group on being awarded a £6,014 Awards for All grant by the Big Lottery Fund that will help fund a programme of activities and new experiences for the 60 children who attend its weekly meetings in Pather Community Centre; notes that the club offers arts and crafts, sports and other activities to four to 14-year-olds, and wishes it well in its future endeavours.
That the Parliament commends Police Scotland Lanarkshire Division for its planned open door event on 13 August 2016; notes that various activities will be available, including an opportunity to visit the dog branch, meet those involved in recruitment, mountain rescue and the marine unit and view police motorcycles and road policing vehicles as well as enjoy children’s activities and meet representatives of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service, and encourages all local residents to attend and learn more about the brilliant work undertaken by the emergency services.
That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report, Age Safe Scotland: Electrical Safety in an Ageing Society, by the charity, Electrical Safety First, which examines the impact of poor electrical safety on older people and those living with dementia in Scotland; welcomes that people are living longer at home but notes that Scotland’s ageing population, coupled with an increasing number of older people living with dementia, presents a heightened risk of electrical accidents; acknowledges that the report highlights the fact that older people are disproportionately affected by domestic fires, which injure over 190 older people each year, and that this costs the public purse around £3.2 million; recognises that, over the last five years, three quarters of preventable fire deaths in Scotland were of adults aged 50 or over; further notes that older people often live in old or poorer quality housing where problems can be compounded by long-term or degenerative conditions such as dementia, and welcomes the range of recommendations from the report that aim to help keep older people safe at home and that include the option of a free five-yearly electrical safety check for all households with one person of pensionable age.
That the Parliament congratulates the not-for-profit organisation, Smokey Paws, on the recent establishment of its partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS); notes that it was founded in 2015 by Brian Lockyer and Lynn Carberry with the aim of supplying animal-specific oxygen masks to every first responder to fires in the UK to save the lives of well-loved pets caught in fires in buildings; recognises that it is seeking donations to buy the masks, which cost approximately £90 each, so that they can be supplied at no cost to the SFRS; applauds community organisations, including the Bellshill Dog Training Club, which has donated kits to both Motherwell and Bellshill fire stations, and national organisations, such as Pets and Home, on their fundraising efforts, and commends the SFRS for embracing this life-saving initiative.
That the Parliament congratulates The Health and Wellness Hub on its £150,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund Medium Grants Scotland; notes that the charity, which was established in 2012 and is based in Motherwell and Wishaw, will use the funds to offer health and wellbeing activities in Craigneuk, North Motherwell, Forgewood and Newarthill; further notes that it operates in areas of Craigneuk and North Motherwell, offering physical activities such as yoga and Zumba classes and walking groups; recognises that it aims to break down existing barriers to participation such as financial hardship, health issues or other disadvantages, giving a service that is tailored to individual needs; acknowledges the hard work and commitment of all those involved in supplying the services, and wishes them well in their future endeavours.
That the Parliament warmly welcomes the publication of Scotland Leading the Way, A National Blueprint for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Scotland, which is the culmination of three years collaborative work by Crohn’s and Colitis UK, the Scottish Government, clinicians, NHS boards and patients; understands that the national blueprint is the first of its kind in the UK and is designed to ensure that people living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Scotland receive equitable, timely and appropriate care; supports the aims of the report to improve the health and wellbeing of people with the condition as well as their ability to participate in education and work and have a better social and family life; believes that ,if implemented across every NHS board, there will be improved, more equitable and sustainable health services for the 26,000 people in Scotland with IBD; commends the collaborative work undertaken in drawing up the blueprint, and, to help improve health and support services for people with IBD, hopes that it is introduced across all NHS board areas.
Motion S5M-00567: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/06/2016
That the Parliament congratulates the staff nurse, Margaret Russell, on being awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours; recognises that Margaret has done wonderful work for NHS Lanarkshire at Wishaw General Hospital; understands that this award is only presented to those who provide significant service to the community; commends Margaret on her dedication and commitment to her patients and colleagues; notes that, in addition to the excellent care that Margaret provides her patients, she is also renowned for the care and compassion she shows her colleagues, and looks forward to Margaret’s continued service to the patients of Wishaw General Hospital.
That the Parliament congratulates the primary schools that were named the winners of Road Safety Scotland’s 2016 Junior Road Safety Officers Annual Awards for North Lanarkshire; notes that, along with St Stephen’s in Coatbridge, St Brigid’s in Newmains, was named joint third in the noticeboard of the year category, with St Stephen’s also taking third place in the presentation team of award; understands that Shona Byrne, who is from Carbrain primary in Cumbernauld, was named co-ordinator of the year, with the school winning the presentation team prize and named the runner-up in the noticeboard category, which was won by Chryston primary, with that school coming third in the presentation campaign; congratulates Maria McMullen, of Ravenswood primary, Cumbernauld, on being named the runner-up for the co-ordinator of the year award and notes that the school itself came second in the presentation of campaign; and understands that Ladywell primary, Motherwell, took second place in the presentation team category and that St Timothy’s, Coatbridge, won the presentation of campaign award; notes that the aim of the Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) scheme is to empower children to highlight road safety issues in school through raising awareness among other pupils, teachers and the community, while maintaining links with their road safety officer; believes that over 75% of the country’s schools are JSRO-schools, and commends everyone involved in raising awareness of road safety throughout Scotland.
That the Parliament applauds Braidhurst High School in Motherwell on a fantastic performance of Sunshine on Leith; congratulates the cast and crew on their excellent performances, particularly the principal cast members, Ben MacDougall, Kieran McDougall, Lauren McKinstry, Eryn Lawrie, Taylor McQuoid, Holly Worton, Jamie Leslie, Aiden Hughes, Ellie Brady and Tegan Quinton; acknowledges the hard work and dedication of all involved in producing a show of this standard, and wishes the headteacher, Mrs Rooney, and all the staff and pupils every success for the future.
That the Parliament congratulates the Society of St Vincent de Paul on holding a highly successful clothing giveaway in the Loyola Centre in Wishaw on 11 June 2016; notes that the event aimed to provide access to high quality new and pre-loved clothing for all ages in the Wishaw, Motherwell, Cleland and Newmains areas; understands that some 300 people attended the event and took away a large volume of clothing of all types; recognises that this initiative successfully addressed the needs of many local people whose family budget does not extend to smart clothes for interview, for work or for special functions; notes the dedication of members of the parish of St Ignatius of Loyola in organising the event with assistance from the team at Dress for Success Strathclyde on how to sort and present items; further notes the generosity of the clothing manufacturers, Oxford Blue Classic English Country Clothing and Versatile Sports, which donated some £8,000 worth of new clothing; applauds also the support to the event from local traders Asda (Newmains), Lloyds Pharmacy, Ladbrokes, Stanford Logistics and Mainetti Trading Fashion, and considers that this is an excellent example of local collaboration to offer practical help to those in need.
That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Rowing on the very successful Scottish Rowing Championships at Strathclyde Country Park on 10 to 12 June 2016; acknowledges the dedication and commitment of the many athletes, coaches and volunteers who help run the championships; believes that such events help inspire people to take up the sport; wishes Scottish Rowing every success, and further wishes success to the rowers from Scotland who will represent the UK at the Rio Olympics.
That the Parliament recognises the 43rd annual Newmains and District Gala Day, which was held on 11 June 2016, and congratulates the Gala Queen, Lauren, and her court; applauds the hard work of the gala committee and its secretary, Mary Gilfillan, who have made this event a huge success that brings the community together; believes that, across Scotland, gala days play a pivotal role in encouraging community spirit; commends the effort and commitment of the many community businesses that support the activities, and wishes the Newmains’ event, and the others, well for years to come.
That the Parliament recognises that 18 to 25 June 2016 has been designated Drowning Prevention Week by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK (RLSS); understands that one person drowns every 20 hours in the UK and hundreds more experience life-changing injuries through near drowning; notes that, by spreading water safety advice far and wide, Drowning Prevention Week aims to teach people how to stay safe near water; further notes that the campaign encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities to promote water safety through events, lessons, games and activities in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water, and recognises the work of organisations such as RLSS in promoting water safety.
That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Youth Rally for persecuted Christians, which takes place on 16 June 2016 at Carfin Lourdes Grotto; notes that the rally has been organised by the charity, Aid to the Church in Need; understands that approximately 1,100 pupils from across Scotland will commit to standing in solidarity with those experiencing religious persecution and will hear from Sarmad Ozan, a young man who fled religious persecution in Iraq; considers that religious persecution is a human rights issue, and expresses unity with Christians and people of all faiths who face such persecution.
To ask the Scottish Government how much it has invested in organisations that help improve the lives of LGBTI people.
Answered by Angela Constance (21/06/2016):
Since 2011, the Scottish Government has invested almost £5 million (£4,953,102) in LGBT organisations across Scotland. This funding helps to inform policy development on key priority issues for the LGBTI community, promote equality for LGBTI people and address prejudice and discrimination. As well as providing frontline services, this funding supports engagement with communities, builds capacity building and helps to support leadership in relation to LGBTI issues across Scotland.
That the Parliament congratulates North Lanarkshire Carers Together (NLCT) on its very successful AGM; notes the excellent contributions by its Chairperson, Elizabeth Seaton, Claire Cairns of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Stephen Kerr, who is the Head of Health, Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire, and Frances McKay and Marc Howard of NLCT, who presented an excellent video that illustrated the benefits of the activities offered to carers; congratulates Harry Robertson, Annabel Main and Ann Muir, and Elizabeth, on being given volunteer recognition awards in acknowledgment of having given 10 years’ service or more with NLCT; recognises the invaluable support that NLCT provides to carers and their families, and wishes it well.
That the Parliament congratulates NHS Lanarkshire’s EVA Services (Ending Violence and Abuse) on winning the Royal Television Society Award for the Best in Animation and VFX (Visual Effects) category for its short film,Trauma and the Brain; understands that the film explains the physiological and psychological impact that abuse or violent assault can have on a person, including the ways in which it can result in victims having difficulty recalling information; supports the use of the film by Police Scotland as part of its sexual offences liaison officers training across Scotland; agrees with the Assistant Chief Constable, Malcolm Graham, that this film will improve not only investigations of these types of crimes but also service to victims; recognises that, since the film was released in 2015, it has received wonderful feedback from around the world including form Finland, Canada, USA and Australia; applauds all those who contributed to the film, including the digital team, Media Co-op, which made the film for NHS Lanarkshire, and wishes EVA Services every success in the future.
Congratulations to Linda McPartlin
That the Parliament congratulates Linda McPartlin on being voted the Dental Care Professional Star at the 2016 Scottish Dental Awards; considers that Linda has done wonderful work in NHS Lanarkshire’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie; understands that this award is presented to someone who regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty as an indispensable member of the team; commends Linda for the dedication and commitment that she has shown that caused her colleagues to nominate her for this award; notes that Linda plays a vital role in all stages of patients’ experiences, and looks forward to Linda’s continued service to the patients of NHS Lanarkshire’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department.
Motion S5M-00216: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/05/2016
That the Parliament expresses its disappointment at North Lanarkshire Council’s plans to close four community libraries in Craigneuk, Newarthill, Old Monkland and Petersburn; recognises that libraries are at the heart of communities, offering a variety of services, including internet cafes, IT training and fax/photocopying facilities; considers that they make a valuable contribution to learning for both adults and children; regrets the loss of these valuable community assets, and agrees with the current campaign run by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), which is fronted by the actor, Stephen Fry, who says that “Libraries are where minds flourish and grow. They are like a kind of water supply. Without libraries a country can become a kind of desert”.
Motion S5M-00156: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/05/2016
Woodhall Ladies Section
That the Parliament congratulates Wishaw’s Woodhall Ladies Section on being awarded a £9,529 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund, which, it understands, will be used to fund a bingo machine as part of the ladies’ weekly activities and a group trip to Wales, and wishes the club and its members well in their activities.
That the Parliament congratulates Newmains Seniors with Energetic Lifestyles (SWELs), which runs a programme of activities for older people in the community to help them to stay fit and active, on being awarded £6,797 by the Big Lottery Awards for All Fund; understands that this will be used to offer a wider range of fitness activities, social events, classes and day trips, and wishes SWELs and its members well in their future endeavours.
Motion S4M-15352: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/01/2016
Congratulations to St Andrew’s Hospice
That the Parliament congratulates St Andrew’s Hospice in Lanarkshire on winning the Adult Health Charity of the Year award at the inaugural Charity Champions Awards; notes that the charity was also voted runner-up in the Charity of the Year category; recognises that the charity celebrates its 30th birthday in 2017; understands that around 8,000 patients and their families have been cared for since the charity began and that it requires donations of £65,000 per week to keep running, and acknowledges the hard work and commitment of all staff and volunteers who provide what it sees as vitally important, specialist care for the people of Lanarkshire.
That the Parliament acknowledges that the worldwide campaign, #GivingTuesday, was marked on 1 December 2015; understands that the event, which was launched in the USA in 2012, encourages people, charities and businesses to donate time, money or their voice to helping a good cause; notes what it considers the success of the day in 2014, when the hashtag, #GivingTuesday, trended on Twitter in the UK for 11 hours and thousands of pounds were raised for charities; recognises the work of the Charities Aid Foundation and Blackbaud in coordinating the event across the UK, and praises the generosity of people across Scotland, which it considers one of the most generous countries in the world, in the donations that they made on the global day of giving.
Question S4O-04880: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2015
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support children in kinship care.
Motion S4M-14954: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2015 R
Electrical Safety at Christmas
That the Parliament recognises the work of Electrical Safety First (ESF), which is a charity that is dedicated to preventing the deaths, injuries and damage that can be caused by electricity in the home and to raise awareness of the risks to people of what it understands are the thousands of potentially dangerous counterfeit electrical products that are on sale via the internet and across communities; understands that the sale of such goods has grown by 12% over the last year and that ESF-commissioned research suggests that, in the UK, over one million people purchased them over this period; believes that these products often contain faulty parts that cause electric shocks, overheat and catch fire, contributing to over 800 house fires annually in Scotland; encourages anyone in doubt to contact their local trading standards office for advice; recognises that the holiday period can create additional electrical dangers in the home, and wishes everyone a safe and safety-conscious festive period.
Motion S4M-14933: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/11/2015
MS Fundraising Success in Memory of Laura McArdle
That the Parliament congratulates Katie Dickie and Nancy and Gemma Wood on their fundraising efforts for MS Scotland in memory of Laura McArdle, who was a former Coltness High School pupil who recently collapsed and died; recognises that, as a carer, Laura had personal experience of MS in her immediate family, and acknowledges what it sees as the tremendous efforts of Laura’s friends and family, and the community, in raising £4,600 in Laura’s memory in the face of such a tragic loss.
Motion S4M-14922: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/11/2015 R
Congratulations to St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd
That the Parliament congratulates St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd on achieving a Highly Commended award in the Social Enterprise Company of the Year category at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2015, which were held in London on 10 November 2015; recognises that the company was shortlisted for the Social Enterprise of the Year category out of 150 companies and was one of only two Scottish organisations recognised at the awards; notes that St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd was formed in April 2012 as a social enterprise arm of Scotland’s dedicated charity, St Andrew’s First Aid, and understands that all profits made by the social enterprise are donated to its parent charity to allow it to continue what it believes to be its excellent work in raising awareness of lifesaving skills throughout the communities of Scotland
Question S4O-04853: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2015
To ask the Scottish Government what youth music initiatives it supports in the Central Scotland region.
Motion S4M-14878: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2015
Reeltime Music AGM
That the Parliament congratulates Reeltime Music, a charity in Motherwell that provides musical opportunities for young people, on what it considers a successful AGM on 12th November 2015; further congratulates the volunteers on receiving their Saltire award at the AGM; commends the recent publication of Reeltime Music’s annual report, which highlights the projects, partnerships and events in which Reeltime Music has participated in the last year; understands that Reeltime Music, despite comprising only a small staff, engages in a number of local and national projects, to further the musical opportunities for young people in North Lanarkshire and across Scotland, and encourages young people to pursue musical opportunities of all kinds.
Motion S4M-14877: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2015
Keep Warm in Winter Event
That the Parliament congratulates the St Vincent de Paul Conference at St Ignatius of Loyola Church in Wishaw on what it considers its very successful Keep Warm in Winter event, which was held on 14 November 2015; notes that the aim of the event was to provide advice, assistance and practical support to people who are disadvantaged and may be fuel poor; further notes that the event was sponsored by ASDA; thanks the supporters of the event, including Citrus Energy, Money Advice Scotland, Home Energy Scotland, North Lanarkshire Council Housing and Social Work Team, NL Leisure, NHS Lanarkshire and Fire and Rescue Scotland; recognises that the organisers gave away over 150 bags of vegetables and porridge at the event, and acknowledges the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in organising what it considers this worthwhile event.
Motion S4M-14858: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/11/2015 R
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week
That the Parliament recognises that the week beginning 16 November 2015 is the 10th Annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week; notes that figures published by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents show that there are approximately 50 accidental deaths per year in the UK from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and over 1,100 cases of recorded admission to hospital; understands that those most at risk are the under-14s and the over-65s and that many more people are likely not to be aware that they have CO poisoning; encourages everyone to fit a carbon monoxide monitor in their home, and commends everyone working hard to raise awareness of this silent killer.
Motion S4M-14774: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/11/2015
Special Gold Award for West of Scotland Laundry
That the Parliament congratulates the staff at West of Scotland Laundry (WoSL) on winning a special gold medal for health and safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA); understands that WoSL, managed by NHS Lanarkshire’s property and support services division, has around 90 staff and processes more than 240,000 items a week including sheets, pillowcases and barrier gowns for all hospitals and care centres in NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and the State Hospital; recognises that this award is made only to organisations that have won five consecutive gold awards from RoSPA; further notes that the awards, which date back 59 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill-health prevention at work, and further congratulates everyone involved in promoting health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.
Question S4O-04773: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/11/2015
To ask the Scottish Government what the Cabinet Secretary for Justice’s response is to reported concerns that some retail thefts are directly attributed to hunger.
Question S4O-04752: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/10/2015
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing in Central Scotland to promote responsible driving.
Motion S4M-14598: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/10/2015
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, November 2015
That the Parliament notes that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and that 13 November is World Pancreatic Cancer Day; congratulates all of the pancreatic cancer charities, and their supporters, on their work in aiming to raise awareness of and fight the condition; notes the initiative, Purple Lights for Hope, which aims to light up as many buildings as possible in purple on 1 November 2015, including Edinburgh Castle; understands that the condition has the worst survival rate among the 21 most common cancers in Scotland, with less than 5% of people diagnosed surviving five years or longer; considers it shocking that these low rates have remained virtually unchanged for the past 40 years; understands that, in 2013, 773 people in Scotland were diagnosed with the disease and 742 died from it, and welcomes what it sees as the Scottish Government’s continued work with charities, service providers and health professionals to improve pancreatic cancer awareness, research, diagnosis, treatment and care across the country.
Motion Number: S4M-14587
Lodged By: Clare Adamson
Date Lodged: 23/10/2015
Title: Taekwon-Do Championships Come to Motherwell
That the Parliament welcomes the 30th Senior and 21st Junior AETF European Taekwon-Do Championships being held at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility from 22 to 25 October 2015; further welcomes Grandmaster Pablo Trajtenberg, president of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), along with the many competitors, coaches, volunteers and spectators from all across Europe; congratulates nine-year-old Lennon McAvoy, who officially opened the championships; understands that Lennon has cerebral palsy and is recovering from hip surgery and that he was chosen as a young person who epitomises the ethos of taekwon-do through his bravery and dedication to his sport, demonstrating that taekwon-do is for everyone; acknowledges the hard work and dedication of ITF Scotland in organising what it considers to be this prestigious event, and wish all competitors well for the competition.
Motion Number: S4M-14557
Lodged By: Clare Adamson
Date Lodged: 20/10/2015
Title: Regret at the Announcement by TATA Steel to Cut 270 Jobs in Scotland
That the Parliament shares the concern and regret of the workers and the communities affected by Tata Steel’s announcement that it is to shed 270 jobs at the Dalzell and Clydebridge plants; welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Government that the Scottish Steel Task Force has been established bringing together trade unions, government agencies, local authorities and local politicians under the convenership of the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism with the objective of finding alternative operators; welcomes the commitment to explore every option to find a viable future for the two sites, to support the workforce and to secure as many Scottish steel jobs as possible, and calls on the UK Government to play a full part in working with Tata and the trade unions represented at the plants to ensure that no stone is left unturned in efforts to secure a positive outcome in the most difficult of market circumstances.
That the Parliament congratulates the DreamMaker Foundation on raising £35,000 through its first annual ball; understands that the money will go toward helping children with life-threatening illnesses meet their idols or attend special events to make the struggle of treatment more bearable; considers that the DreamMaker Foundation has had a positive impact on hundreds of children since 1992; commends the organisation for registering as a charity in 2014 to allow for a greater outreach to more children in need, and hopes that these funds can continue to make dreams come true.
Title: Soundminds in Motherwell
Motion Number: S4M-14480
Lodged By: Clare Adamson
Date Lodged: 07/10/2015
That the Parliament congratulates the ninth Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival on its Soundminds event, which was held in Motherwell town centre on 3 October 2015; recognises that the aim of the festival is to promote positive mental health in young people; further congratulates Reeltime Music, which provided music taster sessions for members of the public on the day, including African drums, guitar and disc-jockeying; congratulates David McNally, African Lanarkshire for Mental Health, LaFleur and The Vistas, who performed on the day, and further congratulates Reeltime Music on its continued work both in helping young adults with mental health issues and in raising awareness of the topic.
Congratulations to Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers ’99 Football Team
Motion Number: S4M-13878
Lodged By: Clare Adamson
Date Lodged: 03/08/2015
Title: Congratulations to Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers ’99 Football Team
That the Parliament congratulates Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers ’99 football team on winning the 24th Land O’ Burns Football Tournament; notes that the tournament was held at the Old Racecourse in Ayr over the weekend of 1-2 August 2015 and the team won on penalties during extra time against Celtic Boys Club; understands that Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers is now one of the largest juvenile clubs in Scotland, with teams from under-8s to under-17s and over 220 registered players, both boys and girls, from all over Motherwell, Wishaw, Carluke, Lanark and Shotts; acknowledges what it considers the hard work and dedication of all the players and coaches involved, and wishes the club well for the future.