Labour MSP calls for Members Debate on University Marine Biological Station Millport Situation
I have tabled the following motion on the University Marine Biological Station Millport if it achieves cross party support it would allow for the situation to be debate in The Scottish Parliament.
Disappointedly, however, it has yet to be signed by any SNP MSP, including the constituency MSP, Kenneth Gibson. I’m hoping this changes as the station is valuable resource and should be raised in parliament.
It is an issue where we should all be working together and not resorting to party politics.
That the Parliament notes with concern that the University Marine Biological Station Millport, which is an institute of the University of London, is under threat of having its funding removed; understands that the station has been used by Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Napier, Heriot-Watt and West of Scotland universities and that, in 2012, 533 Scottish university students and 521 English university students used the facility; further understands that it provides 30 quality jobs to residents on the Isle of Cumbrae; believes that the loss of this station could cost the local economy up to £2 million and have an impact on school provision and other public services*, and* welcomes the 10,000 strong petition that was presented to the Scottish Government.
The Motion has now achieved cross party support and will now be scheduled for a members debate!
Supported by: Neil Findlay, Anne McTaggart, Bill Walker, Elaine Murray, Hanzala Malik, Richard Simpson, Margaret McCulloch, Rhoda Grant, Hugh Henry, Annabel Goldie, Jackson Carlaw, Margaret Mitchell, Jayne Baxter, Neil Bibby, Patricia Ferguson, Jackie Baillie, Claudia Beamish, Claire Baker, Siobhan McMahon, Lewis Macdonald, Richard Baker, Alison McInnes, John Finnie