Supporting Healthy Choices

Supporting Healthy Choices
That the Parliament considers that there is a need to support consumers in making healthy choices regarding what they eat; notes that there is independent research suggesting that using a hybrid system of labelling including traffic light colours would be the most effective system for UK consumers; regrets what it considers to have been a missed opportunity for the European Parliament to introduce a mandatory front of package traffic light food-labelling system during the negotiations concerning the food information to consumers regulations; understands that this was despite the efforts of health charities such as the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK; welcomes however that the regulations allow member states to recommend the use of one or more additional forms of expression, and calls on the UK Government to follow the recommendation made by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in its report, Behaviour Change, and introduce a traffic light system of front of pack labelling on all food packaging.

Congratulations to Gamu Nhengu and her Family

Congratulations to Gamu Nhengu and her Family
That the Parliament congratulates Gamu Nhengu and her family on their success in their appeal to remain in the UK; understands that they have had to struggle for a long time to achieve this settlement; believes that the length of time that it has taken to settle this and similar cases has a hugely detrimental effect on families and children; notes that the family has lived in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire for several years now after coming to Scotland from Zimbabwe; recognises the contribution that Gamu makes to the local community, and wishes her the best of luck with her singing career.

Congratulations to the Friends of the Birks Cinema

Congratulations to the Friends of the Birks Cinema
That the Parliament congratulates the Friends of the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy for its continued efforts and hard work to re-open the Birks Cinema as a modern, community-run, digital, 101-seat cinema and café bar in the shell of the old building; recognises that, since it became a registered charity, over 420 people have become members to show their support for the project; further recognises the efforts in getting national interest in this project, receiving support, for example, from Scottish actor Alan Cumming as the patron of the charity, and notes that the Friends of the Birks Cinema has raised £1.2 million through different funding applications, fundraisers and hard work, but still requires £0.6 million before the end of January 2012 in order to secure the building’s future.