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Members' business: Glasgow 2014, Scotland's time to shine

SNP MSP John Mason said "the Commonwealth Games in 2014 have to be one of the most exciting events in Scotland for a very long time".

Mr Mason was leading member's debate entitled 'Glasgow 2014, Scotland's time to shine' on 8 November 2012.

In his motion Mr Mason notes the third and most recent visit to Glasgow of the Co-ordination Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to receive a progress report on preparations for Glasgow 2014.

Mr Mason welcomed the comments of CGF Vice President, Bruce Robertson, who said "the fact that a number of venues are either completed or are nearing completion, provides the CGF with significant confidence in the ability of Glasgow to deliver a successful Games".

The Shettleston MSP considers that Glasgow 2014 is significantly regenerating Glasgow's east end, as well as the city itself, and that it will provide economic, social and cultural benefits for Scotland.

Mr Mason said the sports facilities would be a great attraction to people wanting to take part in sports and the investment into the athletes village in Dalmarnock would alleviate some of the local housing problems with around 300 homes being handed over to local Housing Associations for social rent after the games.

He concluded "we do have the opportunity through the games to increase physical activity in general".

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said it was important to "make sure there's a legacy for the whole of Scotland from these games".

Ms Robison also said the games were very important in the catalyst to regeneration, particularly in the east end of Glasgow.

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