David Stewart

motions supported

Member's motions tabled by David since June 2017

That the Parliament congratulates the Glenwyvis Distillery Community Benefit Society on commencing whisky distillation on Burns Day, 25 January 2018; welcomes the return of whisky distilling to Dingwall after almost a century; notes that the distillery is entirely powered by sustainable energy; welcomes that it is a community benefit society, meaning that it is owned by thousands of people in the local community; notes the assistance given by Community Shares Scotland and the co-operative movement in establishing the distillery; recognises the potential of community benefit societies and community share issues to make an economic, social and environmental difference across the Highlands and Islands, and wishes the Glenwyvis Distillery Community Benefit Society success in the future.


That the Parliament congratulates The Inverness Courier on its 200th anniversary, which will be marked on 4 December 2017, the date of its first publication; notes that it has been marking the milestone in the paper's history with a 200-day countdown highlighting some of the headlines on a year-by-year basis, starting with the very first front page; further notes that, since the first edition in 1817, The Inverness Courier has been a constant and reliable presence in reporting the news and providing information, from significant and momentous events to local human interest stories; acknowledges that it reported on the opening of the Caledonian Canal, the last public hanging in Inverness, the coronation of Queen Victoria and, on 2 May 1933, first reported on the phenomenon that became known as the Loch Ness Monster, and praises all staff past and present for keeping up the tradition of fair and accurate reporting.


That the Parliament supports the road safety charity, BRAKE, during Road Safety Week 2017, which extends from 20 to 26 November; acknowledges that the theme this year is Speed Down Save Lives; accepts that speed is the number one contributory factor in most road collisions and notes that one in four fatalities across the UK is caused by excessive speed; understands that driving too fast, either in a built-up area or a country road, can have lethal consequences for drivers, their passengers and other road users, and urges all motorists not to take the risk and just slow down.


That the Parliament welcomes the launch of UNISON’s Residential Care Charter aimed at protecting residential care workers in their place of work; recognises the important role of care workers in supporting and protecting individuals in residential settings, often in challenging circumstances; understands the importance of ensuring that care staff themselves are given adequate and appropriate training and support; acknowledges the reported challenges faced in the sector due to low pay, and appreciates the necessity of reflecting the hard work of care workers within their level of pay in order to protect the quality of work within the sector.


That the Parliament congratulates all the athletes from the Highland Disability Sport squad who came home with a haul of 58 medals for the region at the Special Olympics GB National Games in Sheffield; notes that this resulted in 20 gold, 27 silver and 11 bronze for the area; praises every athlete who took part and every volunteer who helped the group, both at the event and before the event with fundraising and training, and wishes everyone all the best and continued success for the coming years, including for possible selection in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2019.


That the Parliament congratulates Kara Hanlon from Stornoway on winning three gold medals at the NatWest Island Games 2017 in Sweden; understands that the teenager won the gold medals in the 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley; acknowledges that Kara has dedicated her young life to swimming and has won many local and national titles; understands that 2,500 athletes from 24 islands throughout the world compete in the games; believes that Kara is a tremendous inspiration to all young people, especially those on the Western Isles, demonstrating the results of hard work and commitment while living and growing up on the islands, and wishes her all the best for the future.


That the Parliament congratulates the popular Kinloss-based science, technology and aviation experience project and tourist attraction, Morayvia, on it being awarded a certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor; acknowledges the input from staff and many volunteers, including businesses in the Moray area, towards this success; notes that these certificates celebrate hospitality businesses that consistently receive strong praise and ratings from travellers, and wishes Morayvia continued success.



That the Parliament welcomes the launch of SEFARI, which is the collective of Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes; recognises that each constituent institute, which are the Moredun Research Institute, Scotland’s Rural College, The Rowett Institute, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The James Hutton Institute, brings particular skills and expertise to the table, but are working together to deliver leading ideas for better lives, and looks forward to the development of SEFARI in translating research and expertise, with funding from the Scottish Government and elsewhere, into practical solutions for policy, business and public audiences.


That the Parliament congratulates the management and staff of Inverness Airport on it being named Airport of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Transport Awards, which were presented in Glasgow; notes the airport’s importance to the Highland economy; understands that, in the last year, it has had a record 796,854 passengers, which represents a 17.4% increase on the previous 12 months, and has made improvements to its terminal and facilities, with £900,000 of investment to improve the arrivals area, departure lounge, retail outlets and its catering services, and commends everyone involved on what it sees as this magnificent achievement in the face of stiff competition.