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Young Voters and School Debates Debate, 19/02/15 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 19 February 2015 on Young Voters and School Debates. The debate was opened by Patrick Harvie (Green).

The motion was debated without any question being put:

That the Parliament celebrates the many school debates that took place in Glasgow and across Scotland during the independence referendum campaign, allowing young voters to engage with the issues and hear the arguments from campaigners on both sides; welcomes the broad cross-party consensus that has built up for a reduction in the voting age to 16 for Scottish Parliament elections; believes that high quality voter education and participation events in schools have great potential for harnessing young people’s interest in politics and establishing patterns of high voter turnout at an early age; considers that lessons must be learned from the best examples of this work during the referendum to ensure that engaging, creative and politically balanced debates become the norm in schools during future elections; welcomes the work of the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee in examining this area, and notes calls for all relevant parties and agencies to work together to maximise the democratic participation of young people.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 19 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 19 February 2015