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City of Glasgow College Student Wins Gold at WorldSkills UK Competition

That the Parliament wishes to draw much-deserved attention to the achievements of the City of Glasgow College student, Mark Scott, from Shotts, who has won a gold medal at the WorldSkills UK Competition in Birmingham; congratulates Mark and the City of Glasgow College team on winning the competition overall; extends its warmest congratulations to Mark on also securing a place in Squad UK for Kazan, and appreciates the support given to Mark and all other competitors from the City of Glasgow College, both from college staff and their employers, in achieving their success.

Supported by: Fulton MacGregor, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Bob Doris, Gillian Martin, Sandra White, Ruth Maguire

RBS Airdrie

That the Parliament condemns the plans by RBS to close its Airdrie town centre branch; notes with concern that the Airdrie branch is one of 62 RBS closures in Scotland planned for 2018; recognises that these closures will disproportionally affect people with limited knowledge of and/or access to online banking; maintains that RBS has a responsibility to provide face-to-face customer service catering to all of its customers, and asks RBS to reconsider its cost-saving strategy to better reflect the needs of Scotland's people and businesses.

Supported by: Fulton MacGregor, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Monica Lennon, Joan McAlpine, Bob Doris, Gillian Martin, David Torrance, Ruth Maguire

To ask the Scottish Government what legal requirements there are on private car park providers to allocate parking spaces for the specific use of disabled drivers.

Answered by Humza Yousaf (29/11/2017):

The Equality Act 2010 states that providers of services to the public must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to remove barriers which may discriminate against disabled people. Private car park operators should provide larger ‘disabled’ parking spaces near to the entrance or amenities for disabled people whose mobility is impaired. We continue to work with the private parking industry and other stakeholders to improve how disabled parking provision is managed and enforced in Scotland.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 29/11/2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 can be used in Scotland by private car park providers to impose parking fines.

Answered by Humza Yousaf (22/11/2017):

Private parking companies operating in Scotland cannot rely on the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 to administer parking charge notices in Scotland as the Act currently does not apply here. Private car park operators can charge for parking but, only those who are members of an Accredited Trade Association can obtain vehicle keeper information from the DVLA for parking enforcement purposes. Currently only the British Parking Association and the Independent Parking Community have such accreditation and have approximately 200 members between them.

Regulation 27 of the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002 provides for the release of information from the DVLA's vehicle register to private and public sector organisations, including private parking operators in Scotland providing they can demonstrate reasonable cause to have it.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 22/11/2017
Dog Attack Figures

That the Parliament expresses its concern at figures obtained in a recent Clyde News investigation, which reportedly show that, between January and June 2017, 205 children were taken to A&E due to of dog bites; understands that the number of people receiving treatment for dog bites in Scotland has risen from 1,939 in 2015 to 2,027 in 2016; further understands that, in the first six months of 2017, 1,057 children and adults in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area went to hospital after being bitten; believes that these figures are very worrying; notes calls on local authorities to more effectively implement the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010, and further notes calls on the Scottish Government to review existing legislation aimed at protecting people from such attacks.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Christine Grahame, Emma Harper, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Neil Findlay, John Mason, Claire Baker, Clare Adamson, Maurice Golden, Jackson Carlaw, John Finnie, Alexander Burnett, Andy Wightman, Jackie Baillie, Mark Ruskell, Ivan McKee

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support

That the Parliament expresses its deep disappointment and concern at what it considers the failure of the EU to defend the fundamental civil rights of the people of Catalonia in respect of the violent attacks on pro-independence voters and residents by the Spanish authorities; condemns the reported comments of the European Commission's First Vice-president, Frans Timmermans, when he supported the actions of the Spanish police against Catalan citizens trying to exercise their democratic right to vote in the referendum, which it considers represented unwarranted brutality; expresses deep regret at what it sees as the EU’s lack of respect for the rights of national minorities, as expressed in Article 2 of the EU's founding treaty and Article 21 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; believes that, while the commission has no specific powers, it and its member states have a general responsibility to ensure that the fundamental rights of groups such as the Catalans are protected in accordance with European and international law; calls on all EU member states to singularly and collectively use every available diplomatic and political tool to persuade the Spanish Government to adhere to the fundamental principles governing the EU and to pursue a negotiated settlement between itself and the Government of Catalonia, and believes that such a settlement must respects civil rights and the right to self-determination, as laid out in the charter of the UN.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Ivan McKee, Ash Denham, Angus MacDonald, Bob Doris, Sandra White, John Mason, Christine Grahame, Gordon MacDonald, David Torrance, Rona Mackay, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Ben Macpherson, Stuart McMillan, Fulton MacGregor, John Finnie, Gillian Martin, Clare Haughey, Bruce Crawford, Maree Todd, Willie Coffey

Caldervale High School Wins Arts Award

That the Parliament congratulates Caldervale High School, which is in Airdrie, on winning the Best School award at the 2017 North Lanarkshire Youth Arts Festival, which was held at Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld and showcased fine art from schools across Monklands; notes that the event was organised by the Visual Artist Unit, an organisation that supports and promotes the arts across Scotland; understands that Caldervale high’s art and design department was recognised for its submission of self-portraits and prints, and wishes the school every success with its future creative work.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Graeme Dey, Richard Leonard, Gillian Martin, Joan McAlpine, Ben Macpherson, Gil Paterson, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Emma Harper, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur

Current Status: Fallen on 21/06/2017

To ask the Scottish Government when a minister last met proprietors of road haulage companies, and what was discussed.

Answered by Humza Yousaf (18/04/2017):

I met with the Road Haulage Association and Ferguson Transport and Shipping on 1 March 2017 to discuss issues relating to the A82 as well as road maintenance.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18/04/2017
Mavisbank School, Staff Cuts

That Parliament notes with concern that North Lanarkshire Council has decided to remove and replace five experienced members of staff from Mavisbank School in Airdrie; understands that the school supports 25 people aged from five to 18 who have complex additional support and significant medical needs; considers that the local authority has so far failed to address the concerns of families, despite these being raised repeatedly; further notes that over 3,000 people have signed a petition calling on North Lanarkshire Council to abandon these plans, and calls on the council to reconsider its proposals by pausing its implementation and by engaging in consultation with the families of Mavisbank School pupils.

Supported by: James Dornan, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Ivan McKee, Colin Beattie, Clare Haughey, Fulton MacGregor, Kenneth Gibson, Angus MacDonald, David Torrance, Clare Adamson

Current Status: Fallen on 20/06/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what procedures police officers use when investigating allegations from a person that they have been sexually or indecently assaulted by a sibling or adult relative, and what differences there are in handling allegations (a) made by (i) a child against a child, (ii) a child against an adult and (iii) an adult against an adult, and (b) of historical abuse.

Answered by Michael Matheson (27/03/2017):

This is an operational matter for the Chief Constable, with oversight by the Scottish Police Authority. Where issues arise that concern the wider policy and legislative framework that Ministers are responsible for, then the Scottish Government would give due consideration to these.

Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 27/03/2017