That the Parliament notes with concern a recent survey, which was published by the Learned Societies Group on Scottish Science Education and supported by The Royal Society of Edinburgh, suggesting that 98% of primary and secondary schools depended on external funding for practical work, including from parents and teachers, that 45% of primaries reported having no access to safety equipment and that spending per head on pupils studying science in Scotland is around two thirds of the equivalent spending in England; is concerned that schools might be put off encouraging pupils to take science subjects at National 5 if sitting those exams is perceived to have an adverse impact on pass rates;
Highlands & Islands MSP and road safety campaigner, David Stewart, has secured a face to face meeting in Westminster with Junior Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP, to discuss his campaign to have a form of graduated licence introduced as a pilot in Scotland.
David Stewart said,
“ For nearly five years now, my partners and I in the North of Scotland Driver Awareness Team (NOSDAT), have campaigned to have a form of graduated licence introduced as a pilot in Scotland.
Stromness Primary School Scoops Top Spot
That the Parliament congratulates Stromness Primary School on being awarded the top spot in the education category in the 2014 SCALA Civic Building of the Year Award; notes that the objective of the competition is to promote the construction of high quality public buildings and formally honour excellence in design and construction; understands that the school, which was built by Morrison Construction as part of Orkney Islands Council’s £57 million Schools Investment Programme, was one of 12 shortlisted buildings; notes that there have been just three previous Scottish winners since the competition began in 2003; believes that Stromness Primary School’s success lies in its careful choice of materials and consistent detailing; commends all those involved in the project, and looks forward to seeing more local government architecture and design gaining recognition.
Highland MSP David Stewart is to write to Highland Council Budget Leader, Cllr Maxine Smith, over the future of funding for the Mallaig and District Swimming Pool (MDSP).
Highland Council is seeking to make savings of around £64 million over the next four years and many local services such as MDSP may face closure if annual funding from the local authority is withdrawn.
David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government whether it expects hourly train journeys between Inverness and Aberdeen to be introduced by 2019
As a veteran road safety campaigner, I very much welcome the debate this afternoon and, of course, I will be supporting the Scottish Government’s motion.
I will focus my remarks on young driver safety. It is appropriate that we are having this debate in road safety week.