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Parliamentary Motions 2021

Motion ref. S5M-24447 Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Promoting the Scots Leid

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, David Torrance, Sandra White

That the Parliament supports future government action to promote the use of the Scots language in public and private spheres, both in verbal and written form, including in primary, secondary and tertiary education, television and print media and in this Parliament; recognises that the use of Scots in the media is a key driver of a sense of inclusion for Scots speakers; notes the value of Scots education initiatives such as the Scots Language Award in shrinking the attainment gap; encourages members of the next Parliament to recognise Scots, and all its varieties, as a legitimate living language and to consider the needs of its speakers; further encourages future MSPs to work to raise the language’s profile in their constituencies, the Chamber, parliamentary offices and beyond, and supports, in principle, the idea of exploring legislative action to further protect and promote Scots.

The Member has provided the following translation in Scots:

That the Pairlament gies its support tae futur government muives fir tae promuive the uiss o the Scots leid in Scotland's public an private airts, baith in spaken an screivit forum, forbye in primary, seicontary an tertiary education, televeision an print media an in this pairlament; recognises that the uiss o Scots in the media is a muckle driver o a sense o inclusion for Scots spikkers; taks tent o the value o Scots lairnin initiatives sic as the Scots Language Award in shrinkin the attainment gap; encourages memmers o the neist pairlament tae recognise o Scots an aw its byleids as a legitimate leivin leid an tak tent o the needs o its spikkers; forbye encourages futur MSPs tae ettle at heizin up the leid's profile in their constituencies, the chaummer, pairlamentary offices an ayont, an gies its support in principle tae the idea o looking at legislative muives fir tae protect an promuive it mair.

Motion ref. S5M-24327 Submitted by: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Scots Language Added to Spotify

Supported by: Bob Doris, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Sandra White, Andy Wightman

That the Parliament welcomes Spotify's decision to add the Scots language to its list of recognised languages; understands that the music streaming company made the change following a public campaign led by award-winning Scots musician Iona Fyfe; acknowledges that the move will mean that the many talented Scots artists will be able to have their work recognised in the correct language on the Spotify platform; commends Ms Fyfe's campaign and the work of other organisations including Oor Vyce, Hands Up For Trad, and the Scots Language Centre in their efforts to preserve and promote the Scots language; believes that language preservation is a celebration of culture and identity and an inherent acceptance of the estimated 1.5 million Scots speakers, and calls on other companies to follow Spotify's decision and include Scots as a recognised language on their platforms in reflection of its unique and valued role in Scotland's cultural heritage and contemporary parlance.