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Early Day Motions

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2022

Early Day Motions tabled on Tuesday 6 September 2022

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are motions for which no days have been fixed.

The number of signatories includes all members who have added their names in support of the Early Day Motion (EDM), including the Member in charge of the Motion.

EDMs and added names are also published on the EDM database at www.parliament.uk/edm

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New EDMs

357Achievements of Daniel Cornet

Tabled: 6/09/22 Signatories: 1

Douglas Chapman

That this House praises Dunfermline’s Daniel Cornet on winning gold in mini tennis at the British Transplant Games; notes that Daniel accomplished this just one week after leaving hospital following a major operation; commends Daniel for the strength and resilience he has shown since he was diagnosed with end stage renal failure shortly after being born; encourages others going through a similar experience to take inspiration from Daniel to never give up; and wishes Daniel and his family all the best for the future.


358Heriot-Watt University bicentenary 1821 Appeal

Tabled: 6/09/22 Signatories: 1

Joanna Cherry

That this House congratulates Heriot-Watt University on raising over £4 million for its 1821 Appeal; acknowledges that the initiative was launched with the aim to widen access to education at Heriot-Watt University by providing opportunities to all students regardless of their background, ethnicity, disability or gender; understands that this fundraising effort will enable eight projects to support under-represented students across Heriot-Watt University campuses in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia by providing financial support and by helping students build important career and life skills; notes that the 1821 Appeal was launched as part of Heriot-Watt’s bicentenary celebrations in June 2021 and will run for the next four years; recognises that more than 480 donors, alumni and friends of Heriot-Watt University from across the world contributed over the project’s fundraising period between June 2021 and August 2022; welcomes the transformative benefits of inclusive education on the economy and society; and applauds Heriot-Watt University’s ongoing efforts to widen participation in higher education.


359International Clean Air Day 2022 and car manufacturers

Tabled: 6/09/22 Signatories: 1

Geraint Davies

That this House celebrates International Clean Air Day 2022 on Wednesday 7 September; acknowledges that air pollution is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, accounting for as many as 64,000 premature deaths each year; expresses deep concern over reports that the emissions scandal has resulted in an extra 10.2 million vehicles worth of emissions in the UK; criticises the failure of car manufacturers previously found to have cheated emissions rules to take action in the UK to address both the environmental and human health impact of their conduct; recognises that these car manufacturers celebrated a combined total of nearly £220 billion in second-quarter earnings alone; urges car manufacturers to stop putting profit ahead of public health and take immediate action to reduce emissions through hardware retrofits and compensate affected owners; further notes that in Germany hardware retrofits for 60 separate diesel models have reduced nitrogen dioxide emissions by 60-95%; and calls on the Government to take decisive action against car manufacturers to reduce levels of toxic air pollution.


360Belhaven Brewery

Tabled: 6/09/22 Signatories: 1

Kenny MacAskill

That this House congratulates Belhaven Brewery, Scotland's oldest working brewery, on receiving three awards for its visitor centre and it's Scottish Oat Stout at the World Beer Awards; understands that the visitor centre won the highly coveted Visitor Attraction of the Year title in the competition's inaugural Icons of Beer sector, and that Belhaven's Scottish Old Stout was crowned the World's Best Oatmeal Stout after winning the UK's Best Oat Stout in August; notes that the visitor centre underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment last year before being officially opened by Paralympic medal winner Maria Lyle; and acknowledges that Belhaven Brewery was established in 1719 and is known today as The Home of Scottish Brewing and produces more than three hundred types of premium beers and ales.


361Dr Hugh Nicholson and research into new treatments for ovarian cancer

Tabled: 6/09/22 Signatories: 1

Kenny MacAskill

That this House commends Dr Hugh Nicholson, previously a pupil at North Berwick High School, on being at the forefront of ground breaking research into new treatments for ovarian cancer; understands that the project undertaken by NHS Tayside with scientists looking at how ovarian cancer cells become resistant to treatment and how this could be reversed; congratulates Dr Nicholson on his key role in the study, designing, optimising and carrying out all the experiments which formed part of his 85,000 word thesis; praises the important part that the patients at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee played in donating precious samples that formed the backbone of the study; understands that through the analysis of these samples, scientists were able to discover how cells become resistant to chemotherapy drugs and how they can become 'resensitised' to create more effective treatments for the disease; thanks Dr Nicholson for his ground breaking works; and wishes him all the best for the future.


362Appointment of an Arctic Ambassador

Tabled: 6/09/22 Signatories: 1

Douglas Chapman

That this House recognises the significance and importance of the US Government's new appointment of an Ambassador to the Arctic; recognises that this initiative reflects the US Government's understanding of the geopolitical sensitivities and strategic importance of the Arctic region; and supports my earlier call for the Government to appoint an Ambassador to the Arctic to reaffirm our commitment to collaboration, co-operation and closer political engagement with our High North neighbours.

Added Names

Below are EDMs tabled in the last two weeks to which names have been added. Only the first 6 names and any new names are included.

327Laura Muir Commonwealth Games 1500m Champion

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Chris Law

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Laura Muir on her victory in the 1500m at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, in a time of 4:02.75; further congratulates Laura for her bronze medal finish in the 800m earlier in the Games; notes that this victory followed her third-place finish in the 1500m at this year’s World Championships; further notes that that Laura’s 1500m victory topped off an impressive Games for Team Scotland’s athletics squad, which won eight medals; recognises the role that her club, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, and her coaching team have had in her success; and wishes Laura, and all at Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, all the best for the rest of the season.


328High School of Dundee Pipe Band World Champions

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Chris Law

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates the High School of Dundee Pipe Band on their victory in the Novice Juvenile B category at the 2022 Pipe Band World Championships; further congratulates the High School of Dundee drums corps on being crowned Champion of Champions; notes that the High School’s victory followed their crowning as European Champions in the Novice B category in June and as British Champions in May; commends the work of the High School of Dundee Pipe Band tutors and music staff, including David Wilton, Steven Graham and Director of Music Dr Lionel Steuart Fothringham; and wishes all involved with the High School of Dundee Pipe Band all the best for the future.


329Barrhead Youth Football Club fundraising

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Kirsten Oswald

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House commends Barrhead Youth Football Club after a recent successful fundraiser for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity; congratulates the club on raising almost £1,000 by undertaking a four-mile sponsored walk on the popular Dams to Darnley route; notes that Blair McMillan the team coach who organised the walk did so after experiencing recent health problems and recognises his personal input into making the fundraiser a success; notes that the club has 10 different teams which allows for young people to enter the sport irrespective of their ability; acknowledges that the Club will celebrate their 50th anniversary later this year; and wishes them every continued success for the future.


330Impact of Brexit on UK prosperity

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Patricia Gibson

Allan Dorans

Jonathan Edwards

Chris Stephens

That this House notes with concern the impact of Brexit on inflation; notes research by the UK in a Changing Europe think tank revealed that Brexit has increased food prices by 6 per cent; acknowledges that sterling has lost 10 per cent of its value, leaving households poor by increasing import costs and inflation while lowering wage growth; is aware of research published by the London School of Economics and Resolution Foundation that Brexit has reduced how open and competitive Britain is, leading to reduced productivity and wages over the next decade; recognises that the Office for Budget Responsibility says Brexit will have the long-term effect of cutting GDP by 4 per cent; understands that the Financial Times agreed that such a decline will mean £100 billion of lost output and £40 billion less revenue for the Treasury each year; is concerned that the UK has now fallen behind all other G7 countries in the pace of its recovery from the covid-19 pandemic, with exports down significantly and believes that Scotland will prosper more by regaining its independence and rejoining the EU than by remaining in the UK.


331Helmi’s and the inaugural East Dunbartonshire hospitality awards

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Amy Callaghan

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Bearsden patisserie, Helmi’s, on winning the best hospitality business in the East Dunbartonshire hospitality awards; notes the popular patisserie opened in 2020; further notes the business is owned by the Helmi family who fled the war in Syria and expanded into East Dunbartonshire after enjoying success on the Isle of Bute; understands Helmi’s came top of a final shortlist of five businesses with nearly 1,500 members of the public voting in the final round; recognises these awards were launched to support local hospitality businesses after a tough two years following the covid-19 pandemic; further recognises that community involvement was key throughout each stage of the process; thanks all members of the public and businesses who participated in the awards; congratulates Helmi’s patisserie once again on this outstanding achievement; and looks forward to seeing the beloved East Dunbartonshire establishment continue to grow and expand.


332Katie Shanahan and 2022 Commonwealth Games

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Amy Callaghan

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates local East Dunbartonshire athlete Katie Shanahan on her tremendous success at the 2022 Commonwealth Games representing Team Scotland; understands Katie won two bronze medals in the Women’s 200m Backstroke and Women’s 400m Individual Medley to help add to Team Scotland’s terrific medal haul; recognises how important it is to have young women like Katie represent Scottish sport at the highest level as an example to other athletes; notes the tremendous amount of work done to make this achievement possible; congratulates everyone involved in Katie’s Team as well as the rest of Team Scotland on being such tremendous role models for young athletes across Scotland; and looks forward to seeing what more she will accomplish for Scottish sport in the future.


333Bearsden triathlon athlete Erin Burnett

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Amy Callaghan

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates the achievements of local East Dunbartonshire triathlon athlete Erin Burnett on her remarkable success securing five record times in this year’s 11-14 year-old girls parkrun category at the Scottish Indoor Athletics Championships; further notes Erin’s recent triumph winning a Bronze medal in the 200 meter under-13 girls category and a Gold medal in the 3k race at the Scottish Athletics Youth National Road Championships in March 2022; recognises the tremendous work and dedication to make these achievements possible; thanks Erin for being a positive role model to the next generation of young athletes representing Scotland; commends the Scottish athlete’s fundraising efforts to raise money to support Children’s Hospices Across Scotland; looks forward to seeing what more she will accomplish; and wishes her all the best for future sporting events.


334Sean Lazzerini and 2022 Commonwealth Games' men's boxing

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Kirsten Oswald

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Sean Lazzerini from Barrhead on his gold medal victory in the light-heavyweight men’s boxing final at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games; notes that this win builds on an already successful boxing career, including a gold medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games and a silver medal at the 2019 Under-22 championships in Russia; recognises the significant contribution that the coaching team had in his victory; further notes that Sean’s gold medal victory added to an impressive medal haul by Team Scotland; and wishes Sean all the best for his future boxing career.


335Inaugural Street Soccer Nations Cup

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 5

Chris Law

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Jonathan Edwards

Chris Stephens

That this House celebrates the inaugural Street Soccer Nations Cup, to be held at Dundee’s City Square from 9th to 11th of September; notes that countries participating include all four of the Home Nations, the Republic of Ireland, Ivory Coast, Sweden, Ukraine and Afghanistan; further notes that this tournament has been made possible through support from the Scottish Government, Dundee City Council and a number of partners and sponsors; commends the work of the organisers at Street Soccer Scotland in bringing together this life-changing tournament, which offers an opportunity for those from disadvantaged backgrounds to represent their country; recognises the importance that football plays in so many local communities across the world; and wishes all competitors all the best for the tournament.


336100th anniversary of East Renfrewshire Golf Club

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 5

Kirsten Oswald

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Jonathan Edwards

Chris Stephens

That this House marks the 100th anniversary of East Renfrewshire Golf Club which was founded on 18th January 1922; notes that this significant milestone was marked with a series of festivities including a centenary exhibition match, reciprocal matches with other 1922 centenary clubs, and the James Braid Society which honours the architect of the course; further notes that the progressive club caters for ladies and gentlemen, with members being treated equally with regards to the use of facilities and membership fees; acknowledges that the Club makes a significant positive contribution to local communities in East Renfrewshire; and wishes all the staff, officials, and members at the club all the best for the future.


337Human rights violations and Saudi Arabia

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 5

Margaret Ferrier

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

Chris Stephens

That this House is very concerned about the intensified human rights crackdown in Saudi Arabia, including against women; is shocked by the 34-year sentence handed down to Leeds University PhD student Salma al-Shehab for tweets, the 45-year sentence handed down to Nourah al-Qahtani also over her social media activity, and video footage purportedly showing women at an orphanage in Khamis Mushait protesting poor living conditions being attacked by security forces; is dismayed by reports that 120 individuals have been executed in Saudi Arabia in the first six months of this year, with dozens put to death for their participation in pro-democracy demonstrations; believes that the reform programme publicised by the de facto ruler of the Saudi Kingdom Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman will only be credible if it mandates compliance with international human rights law and standards; urges the Saudi Government to end the abuse and unwarranted prosecution of individuals in Saudi Arabia exercising their fundamental rights, including freedom of expression, association, assembly and belief; calls on the Government to publicly express their concern about these cases and the need for the immediate release of all peaceful activists, critics and demonstrators in Saudi Arabia.


338UEFA Women's Euro 2022 and school sports facilities

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 6

Munira Wilson

Ed Davey

Helen Morgan

Jamie Stone

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates the England women’s national football team, the Lionesses, on their historic victory at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022; celebrates their success as the first English senior national football team to win a European football championship; notes the lasting legacy this will have for young women and girls across the country and the nationwide momentum behind the women’s game; further notes with regret that 94 schools across England have sold playing fields or other outdoor sports facilities since January 2015, impacting an estimated 75,683 pupils; raises concerns over the number of playing fields sold by schools in Kent, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire in particular; notes with despair the loss of opportunity for the next generation of footballers that the sale of these playing fields represents; calls on the Department for Education to commit to providing every child with access to outdoor sports facilities at school; and further calls on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to support community bids to acquire and maintain playing fields.


339Ammanford Cricket Club, Llanwrda Cricket Club and Wildboars Centurions Cricket Club

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 3

Jonathan Edwards [R]

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

This House congratulates Ammanford Cricket Club on winning the 2022 South Wales Cricket Association 20/20 cup; recognises the success of Llanwrda Cricket Club in winning the division three championship of the South Wales Cricket Association League; further congratulates the Wildboars Centurions Cricket Club on winning the division seven title; acknowledges the achievements of Llandeilo, Penygroes, Dafen, Llanelli, Llangennech, Felinfoel, Cydweli, Drefach, Bronwydd, Carmarthen Wanderers, Pontyberem and Llandysul Cricket Clubs during the season; and welcomes that the great sport of cricket is flourishing in the county of Carmarthenshire.


34030th year of an open garden in Clarkston

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Kirsten Oswald

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House puts on record its appreciation for the hard work and dedication of Fraser and Margo Neilson on their 30th year of hosting an open garden in Clarkston; notes that they provided a tea-room, and a model train set which takes up half of the garden; further appreciates that the running of the open garden would not have been possible without the generous support and contributions from family members, friends, and neighbours; acknowledges that the open garden is facilitated so that all money raised is donated to local charities or national charities which have a local presence, most recently raising £1,376 for the Dementia Dog Project in 2019; and recognises that funds raised this year will be donated to Rebecca Rocks (associated with the Robin House Child Hospice) and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Glasgow; understands that the open garden has attracted attention from across Scotland and out with Scotland, with a recent donation from as far away as Switzerland; and wishes Fraser, Margo, and all those who contribute to the open garden all the best for the future.


3411st Troon Boys Brigade and 2022 World Pipe Band Championships

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 8

Dr Philippa Whitford

Allan Dorans

Alan Brown

Richard Thomson

Angus Brendan MacNeil

Kirsten Oswald

Jim ShannonChris Stephens

That this House congratulates the 1st Troon Boys Brigade Pipe Band on winning first place and becoming Champions in the Grade 4B class at the 2022 World Pipe Band Championships, held at Glasgow Green on 12-13 August 2022 in front of 40,000 spectators; commends the musicians, their families and the band leaders for their commitment and effort in maintaining bagpipe teaching and band practice despite the challenges of the ccovid-19 pandemic; and wishes the band ongoing success in future competitions.


34250th anniversary of Dickson Primary School, Lurgan

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 2

Carla Lockhart

Jim Shannon

That this House celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dickson Primary School, Lurgan; expresses sincere gratitude to all those who have served the school as staff or Governors in that time for their commitment to education and to the welfare and development of pupils; and further expresses best wishes to the pupils and staff of Dickson Primary School as they mark this milestone, and for the future.


34390th anniversary of Abercorn Primary School

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 2

Carla Lockhart

Jim Shannon

That this House congratulates Abercorn Primary School on reaching its 90th anniversary this year; pays tribute to the staff and Governors who have contributed to the success of the school through its 90 year history; and wishes the current staff and pupils a very enjoyable anniversary year.


344Tariff on steel imports into Northern Ireland from Great Britain

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 2

Carla Lockhart

Jim Shannon

That this House believes that trade within the UK should be tariff free; notes guidance issued by HMRC on 24 August 2022 advising of a 25 per cent tariff on some steel exports from Great Britain to Northern Ireland as a consequence of the Northern Ireland Protocol; believes that any such tariff is unacceptable and will result in competitive disadvantage for UK firms; and calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to immediately suspend the tariff, and for the Government to move swiftly to replace the Protocol with arrangements that restore Northern Ireland's place within the UK internal market.


345Principles of democracy

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 43

David Linden

Hannah Bardell

Mhairi Black

Ian Blackford

Kirsty Blackman

Steven Bonnar

Jonathan Edwards

That this House asserts the basic principles of democracy whereby 50 percent plus one of those who vote in a democratic ballot commands a majority for change; rejects suggestions that a future British Government would legislate to require more than half of the entire registered Scottish electorate to vote in a future Scottish independence referendum; notes that the Right Honourable Member for South West Norfolk achieved only 47 percent of eligible votes from the Conservative and Unionist Party leadership election; and calls upon the Right Honourable Member for Holborn and St Pancras to similarly disassociate from a suggestion which this House considers to be fundamentally undemocratic.


346The passing of Mr. Helensburgh Billy Petrie OBE

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 4

Brendan O'Hara

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House marks with great sadness the passing of Billy Petrie OBE, at the age of 94, following decades of devoted service to his local community, service which earned him the sobriquet Mr. Helensburgh and which was rewarded with his well-deserved elevation to becoming a Freeman of Argyll & Bute in 2012; recognises the remarkable contribution made by Billy who represented the people of Helensburgh as a local councillor for 45 years, through numerous reorganisations of local government, first on Helensburgh Town Council, then Dumbarton District Council and latterly on Argyll & Bute Council; notes that to this day Billy holds the distinction of being the only person in Scotland to have served as Provost of three different local councils and on at least one occasion had the largest majority of any local councillor in Scotland; acknowledges that even in retirement, Billy continued to work tirelessly for the Helensburgh and Lomond community by promoting it as a tourist destination; and conveys our sincere thanks and appreciation to Billy Petrie for a lifetime of public service and sends our deepest condolences to his family and many friends.


347Tackling drug deaths and stigma

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 6

Grahame Morris

Jim Shannon

Caroline Lucas

Mick Whitley

Jonathan Edwards

Chris Stephens

That this House notes with alarm data released by the Office for National Statistics on 3 August 2022 showing that a record 4,859 deaths related to drug poisoning were registered in England and Wales in 2021; further notes with alarm figures published by National Records of Scotland on 28 July 2022 revealing that 1,330 people lost their lives to drug misuse in Scotland in 2021, higher than any European country; recognises and reaffirms that people struggling with an alcohol or drug problem should get the same support and treatment as those with any other health condition; acknowledges that stigma stops many people accessing the assistance and resources they require; applauds initiatives such as the Stigma Kills awareness campaign, launched by the NHS Addictions Provider Alliance, and The Reporting of Substance Media Toolkit resource for journalists and editors looking to report on alcohol and drugs with dignity and respect, created by Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and Adfam; and calls on the Government to support the efforts of those challenging stigma, removing barriers to treatment and reducing the devastating level of drug deaths across the UK.


348Legislative proposals on criminal appeal amendment

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 6

Mr Barry Sheerman

Jim Shannon

Kim Johnson

Rebecca Long Bailey

Mick Whitley

Jonathan Edwards

That this House recognises the tragic impact that miscarriages of justice have on victims, their family and friends; notes that the legal doctrine of Joint Enterprise has been prone to erroneous use through the misapplication of Parasitic Accessorial Liability before 2016 as identified by the Supreme Court in the case of R v Jogee (2016) UKSC 8; acknowledges that avenues for appeal are limited for those convicted with only two out of 103 appeals made with reference to the 2016 judgement having been successful; recognises that this is because of uncertain interpretation and multiple common law judgements that have resulted in a strict set of requirements for an appeal to succeed; is extremely concerned that the limited access to appeals is resulting in miscarriages of justice and that a new avenue for appeals is necessary; and calls on Members to support the Criminal Appeal (Amendment) Bill on Tuesday 6 September 2022 which would give leave to appeal an unspent conviction when there has been a material change to the law.


349Financial redress for victims of surgical mesh, sodium valproate and hormone pregnancy tests

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 3

Sarah Green

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

That this House regrets the avoidable harm caused by the use of surgical mesh, Primodos and Sodium Valproate; acknowledges the need to support the hundreds of victims in the UK suffering as a result of these interventions; welcomes the recommendations made by Baroness Cumberlege in her 2020 report on the IMMDS Review; notes that recommendation 4 of this report calls for the establishment of separate schemes to meet the costs of additional care and support to those who have suffered avoidable harm; regrets that in the two years since the report's publication, the Government has refused to accept this recommendation; further regrets the suggestion that victims should pursue legal routes to compensation, which fails to recognise the adversarial nature and inaccessibility of litigation; and calls on the Government to establish separate schemes to provide financial redress to the victims of surgical mesh, sodium valproate and hormone pregnancy tests, as recommended by the Cumberlege report.


351World Alzheimer's Month 2022

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 2

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

That this House notes and applauds the campaign of World Alzheimer's Month during the month of September, celebrated by global charities including Dementia UK and Alzheimer's Disease International; highlights the aim of raising awareness of the challenges and stigma that surrounds Alzheimer's and Dementia; further highlights that this campaign has been running since 2012, with September 21st being celebrated as World Alzheimer's Day; emphasises that globally, Dementia is one of the biggest health challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with Dementia worldwide; further emphasises the importance of tackling this international challenge and providing support, routine and financial dependence; and sends thanks to our UK Alzheimer's and Dementia charities for all their hard work and dedication in providing crucial support and assistance to those struggling and living with the challenges of Alzheimer's.


352Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 2

John McDonnell

Jonathan Edwards

That this House expresses concern that too many men and women are trapped in the prison system with no fair prospect of release under the discredited Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP), expresses further concern that it is ten years since the IPP sentence was abolished and still the sentence is not working; notes there are 1,554 unreleased IPP prisoners as at March 2022 and I,392 are recalled mainly for administrative issues and the numbers are rising so much so that it is predicted that the recall rate will outweigh the unreleased by 2026; further notes 72 IPP prisoners have taken their own lives not including those that have taken their own lives in the community once released, believes the IPP sentence is harmful to prisoners and has caused mental health illness for many IPP prisoners because they have no release date and no hope; and calls on the Government to resentence all IPP prisoners and ensure the help and support is out there to enable people to reintegrate back into society and become a worthy member of their community.


353150th Anniversary of the Burgh of Grangemouth

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 3

Martyn Day

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House notes that this year marks the 150th anniversary of Grangemouth becoming a Burgh; acknowledges that in 1872, Grangemouth's Burgh Council was established, with nine Burgh Commissioners elected to run the newly constituted Burgh of Grangemouth under the General Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act 1862; notes that this important democratic change preceded a period of investment in public facilities, including the establishment of Zetland Park and the Victoria Public Library; notes this chapter in Grangemouth's story of growth from a small village and quay in the 1770s to a major port and centre of industry by the 20th century; and celebrates the enduring community spirit of Portonians to this day.


354Eilish McColgan Commonwealth Games 10,000m Champion

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 3

Chris Law

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Eilish McColgan on her inspirational victory in the 10,000m at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games; further congratulates the Dundonian long-distance runner on her time of 30:40.68, a new Games Record; recognises the role both her club, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, and her coaching team have had in her victory; notes that Eilish’s gold medal follows her mother Liz’s successes at the Commonwealth Games in the same event at both the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games; further notes that earlier this year Eilish set a new British and European record for 10km at the Great Manchester Run and a new Scottish national record for the 10,000m at the FBK Games; and wishes Eilish and all at Dundee Hawkhill Harriers all the best for the rest of the season.


355100 year anniversary of Pentland Plants

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 3

Owen Thompson

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House wishes Pentland Plants all the very best on their 100 year anniversary this year; notes that the Loanhead-based company, which includes a retail garden centre and plant nursery, engages in a wide range of products and services, including growing over 50 million plants a year, selling plug planta throughout the UK, supplying finished bedding to parks, travelling to flower trials to source new varieties, and more; further notes that the business’s history stretches back to 1922 when Joseph Spray, grandfather of current director Carolyn Spray, became involved in horticulture through working in a market garden in Leamington Spa and growing vegetables and flowers in his smallholding after serving in the First World War; celebrates Pentland Plants’ history of innovation, including having the UK’s first replugging machine and the use of a biomass boiler to make growing poinsettias over Christmas possible; wishes Pentland Plants all the best for their birthday celebration event on 13-14 August, during which there will be a special afternoon tea, fun fair, food stalls, face painting, tombola, games, and prizes; and thanks Pentland Plants for their contribution to Midlothian’s horticultural and business communities.


356Sam Hickey Commonwealth Games Middleweight Boxing Champion

Tabled: 5/09/22 Signatories: 3

Chris Law

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Lochee’s Sam Hickey on his gold medal in the Middleweight Division at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games; further congratulates Sam on being named Best Male Boxer of the Games; notes that Sam’s win against Australia's Callum Peters in the final followed victories against St Lucia’s Kyghan Mortley, Nigeria’s Benson Adeyinka and England’s Lewis Richardson over the course of the Games; further notes that this followed his success in the European Championships earlier this year, where he was the first Scot to medal in over 18 years; recognises the important influence that Lochee Amateur Boxing Club has had in Sam’s success; further recognises the important role that boxing both historically had and continues to have in the local community; and wishes Sam all the best for the future.