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Parliamentary Motions 2022


Dumfries Ladies Burns Club No1 Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Motion ref. S6M-03938


Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Friday, April 8, 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Sharon Dowey, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Pam Gosal, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Tess White


That the Parliament congratulates the Dumfries Ladies Burns Club No1 on holding its 90th anniversary dinner celebration at the Carindale Hotel in Dumfries on 1 April 2022; understands that the original celebration was planned for 2020 but, due to COVID-19 protective measures, it was delayed to 2022; notes that the Dumfries Ladies Burns Club No1 promotes and celebrates the life and works of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, across the community of Dumfries and that the club encourages Scots poetry and song and discussion; understands that the 90th anniversary dinner was chaired by the president Kate Kaye, with the top table piped in by Shannon McMinn, with a keynote address from the Robert Burns World Federation immediate past president, Brian Goldie, fraternal greetings announced by the secretary, Jane Brown, and with the commemorative cake cut by the longest serving club member in attendance, Betty Haining, who has over 50 years of active membership; recognises that there was talent and entertainment from John Caskie MBE, with Willie McRobert accompanying on accordion, recitation and song from the youngest member, Rose Byres, and a performance from Margaret Nelson, with the pianist, Stewart Henderson; thanks the Dumfries Ladies Burns Club No1 for all that it does to promote, celebrate and keep alive the works of Burns, and for putting a welcome focus on the use of Scots, one of Scotland’s national languages, and wishes the club, and all its members, every success for the future.



Recognising International Mother Tongue Day and "A Sonsie Face"

Motion ref. S6M-03245


Submitted by: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Stephanie Callaghan, Bob Doris, Annabelle Ewing, Joe FitzPatrick, Pam Gosal, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Kaukab Stewart, Michelle Thomson, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed


That the Parliament recognises International Mother Tongue day, which took place on 21 February 2022; further recognises the artwork by the Flying Haggis, commissioned by the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies to mark the end of a two-year project researching the history of Burns suppers and mapping these events in the 21st century; understands that over 350 "sonsie faces" and several selfies of "great chieftains o the puddin'-race" were submitted, with 30 to 40 being superimposed onto the 21st Century Burn’s Supper Collage; understands that Professor Gerard Carruthers, co-director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, reportedly estimates that over 9.5 million people around the world take part in a Burns supper every year; recognises what it sees as the importance of promoting linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism; notes that autocorrect does not allow for mother tongue words, quotes or sayings, which, it understands, reportedly led to Ruth Wishart’s temporary public ban on social media after she initially called musician Curtis Stigers' wee dug a "sonsie laddie" only for autocorrect to amend this to "so die laddie"; considers it fortunate that autocorrect was not present when Burns sent his poem to the Glasgow Courier in 1795, and that otherwise the entire work of Burns could have been a costly ban for Scotland; notes the findings of a report by Professor Murray Pittock, commissioned by the Scottish Government, which, it understands, showed that Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, is worth just over £200 million a year to the Scottish economy and that the poet’s brand is worth nearly £140 million annually; understands that Burns Night alone, on 25 January, represents a turnover of £11 million in Scotland and that the demand for haggis has increased six fold; welcomes that haggis makers have created new recipes to cater for the 21st century palate; believes that, as a result, "some hae meat and canna eat and some wad eat that want it, but we now hae meat, gluten free and vegetarian haggis and can now all eat and say the lord be thankit"; notes that the Scots Mother tongue still flows freely from the mouths of children and adults alike, all thanks, it believes, to Robert Burns, and wishes Stanley a happy first birthday with "his wee sonsie face a' aw".



Doric Speaking Scanner, Most Advanced in the UK

Motion ref. S6M-03028


Submitted by: Jackie Dunbar, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, February 7, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Graeme Dey, Annabelle Ewing, Christine Grahame, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Kaukab Stewart, David Torrance, Mercedes Villalba


That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement that the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, located at the Biomedical Imaging Centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, has recently undergone a £1.2 million upgrade; notes that the MRI scanner can deliver instructions to patients in 17 different languages, including French and Spanish, with the ability to add additional languages; believes that the ability to speak in a number of different languages, including the local dialect of the north east, Doric, will help to reassure patients at what may be an unnerving period; considers that, for a number of patients in the north east, hearing a well-known voice may help to reassure them and allow them to feel at ease, with, it understands, 36% of individuals in Aberdeen City identifying as Scots speakers; understands that the new scanner is one of the most up to date and advanced machines in the UK, with a 30% faster operating speed, and that it will help medical teams in the NHS Grampian health board area get clearer images, which, in turn will help lead to a more accurate diagnosis for patients, and believes that this will result in patients being able to get the care they need and deserve.

The Member has provided the following translation

Doric Spikin Scanner, Maist Advanced in the UK

That Pairliament is juist fair chuffed wi the recent annooncement aboot the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner that bides at the Biomedical Imaging Centre in Aiberdeen Royal Firmary that haes recently been riggit oot wi a new £1.2 million upgrade; notes that the MRI scanner can spik instructions tae fowk in sivinteen different languages includin French an Spanish, tae name juist a puckle, wi the ability tae add mair efter; unnerstaands  that throu the ability tae spik in a fair few different twangs, includin oor vera ain Doric, it will help gie fowk comfort at fit could be an affa scary time; unnerstaands that for a fair few fowk in the North East, hearin a weel kent accent will help pit them at ease as 36% o fowk in Aiberdeen alane associate theirsels wi spikin the Scots Language; further notes that the Doric spikkin scanner is ane o the maist up tae date machines in the UK, wi a 30% faister operatin speed an is set up tae help medical teams in the NHS Grampian Health Board area get clearer pictures fit in turn will help lead tae a mair accurate diagnosis for patients bein able toaeget the luikin efter they need an deserve.



Oriana Strahan’s Poem Wins First Place in Words of the World Competition

Motion ref. S6M-02769


Submitted by: Kenneth Gibson, Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, January 13, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Miles Briggs, Siobhian Brown, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Sharon Dowey, Annabelle Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Pam Gosal, Ross Greer, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Jenni Minto, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed


That the Parliament congratulates Oriana Strahan, a 12-year-old Largs Academy pupil, on winning the Words of the World competition, which is run by Scotland’s National Centre for Languages; recognises that the competition challenges young writers to use a language other than English to highlight their ideas, hopes or advice for the world; understands that the first year pupil wrote the winning poem, Power and Peace, in Scots, on the subject of the witch trials in Scotland with an underlying message emphasising the struggles that women still face in society, in light of the recent Sarah Everard case, and wishes Oriana the best in the future as she continues with her passion for poetry.