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Debates and questions

These are the official transcripts of what people said in:

  • the Chamber the place where Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) meet to debate and make decisions
  • committee meetings - committees are small groups of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) from different political parties

This part of the website also includes written questions and answers. 

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Chamber

Official transcripts of what MSPs said in the Chamber. This is the place where all MSPs meet to debate and make decisions.

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 02 December 2020 [Draft] Business until 18:41

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Urgent Question, Scottish National Investment Bank, Burntisland Fabrications, Business Support, Urgent Question, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 01 December 2020

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Covid-19, Valuing the Third Sector, Mental Health Support for Young People, Decision Time, Carers (Support After Bereavement).

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 26 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Portfolio Question Time, Independent Review of Grouse Moor Management, Violence against Women, Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 25 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Covid-19 (Roll-out of Testing Programme), Policing (Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues) (Independent Review), Legal Advice (Publication), Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Inverclyde Royal Hospital (Intensive Care Provision).

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Meeting of the Parliament 24 November 2020

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Covid-19, Supply and Demand for Medicines, Business Motion, Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill, Business Motion, Decision Time, National Adoption Week 2020.

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Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Portfolio Question Time, Covid Vaccine, Youth Football, Coronavirus (Scotland’s Strategic Approach), Point of Order, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 18 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Business Motion, Portfolio Question Time, Safe Schools, Declaration of a Nature Emergency, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 17 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Covid-19, Social Security Benefits, Veterans and Armed Forces Community, Decision Time, Musicians and Music Industry (Covid-19).

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 12 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Portfolio Question Time, Rural Payments Strategy 2020-21, Environment Bill, Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Medicines and Medical Devices Bill, Point of Order, Decision Time, Correction.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 11 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, University and College Students (Support), Covid-19 Testing (Health and Social Care Workers), Covid-19 Support (Tourism and Hospitality), Urgent Question, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Housing Market (Islands).

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 10 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Covid-19, Remembrance Commemorations, Business Motion, Decision Time, World Stroke Day and Stroke Care (Covid-19).

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 05 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Portfolio Question Time, Young Persons Guarantee, Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament 04 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints, Care Homes, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Scottish Guardianship Service (10th Anniversary).

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 03 November 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Burntisland Fabrications Ltd, Fireworks, Winter Preparedness in Social Care, Arts Funding, Decision Time, Care Homes and Covid-19 (Amnesty International Report).

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 29 October 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Point of Order, Brian Taylor, Portfolio Question Time, European Union Exit (Further and Higher Education), UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Points of Order, UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 28 October 2020 Draft

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Miners’ Strike Review, NHS (Winter Preparedness), Energy Inquiry, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Reunification of Germany (30th Anniversary).

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 27 October 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Inward Investment Plan, Covid-19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework, Decision Time, Student Paramedics (Bursary Support).

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 08 October 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Portfolio Question Time, Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan, Reducing Covid-19 Transmission, Trade Bill, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 07 October 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Covid-19, Scottish Qualifications Authority National Qualifications 2020-21, Urgent Question, United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, South-west Scotland Transport Infrastructure.

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Committee

Transcripts of committee meetings are uploaded as soon as they've been checked for accuracy. This may be a few days after the meeting has taken place.

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

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COVID-19 Committee

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Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee

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Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

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Education and Skills Committee

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Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

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Equalities and Human Rights Committee

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Finance and Constitution Committee

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Health and Sport Committee

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Justice Committee

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Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

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Local Government and Communities Committee

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Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee

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Public Petitions Committee

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Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

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Social Security Committee

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Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland (Amendment) Bill Committee

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Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

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Written Questions

These are questions that MSPs have asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answers to these questions.

S5W-33682: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many property transactions, taking place within Scotland, await the formal issue of updated title deeds by the Registers of Scotland, where the updated title deed has not been made available to the property purchaser within six months of the date of completion of the property transaction.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33695: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the levels of scepticism regarding vaccine safety or efficacy, and what impact it anticipates this will have on the uptake of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33699: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether day carers who support foster carers and families will be eligible for the £500 one-off "thank you" bonus.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33681: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will outline the scientific justification for its decision to not permit spectators, who would be situated outside and socially distanced from one another, at semi-professional football matches in areas subject to Level 3 restrictions.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33683: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is aware of reports that dentists are charging NHS patients for additional PPE, and, if so, what (a) its position is on the practice and (b) action it has taken in this regard.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33698: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received in Barnett consequentials arising from UK Government expenditure on Brexit preparedness, and how much it has allocated to its Brexit preparedness work, broken down by directorate.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33684: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that (a) people on low incomes, (b) older people and (c) vulnerable people are supported to (i) acquire, (ii) install and (iii) maintain in working order the smoke and heat alarm equipment specified in the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33696: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether people serving in RAF bases who have Christmas leave will be subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions outwith the 23 to 27 December period.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33694: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the anticipated uptake of a COVID-19 vaccine by (a) NHS staff and (b) the public.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33687: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what criteria are followed when considering whether to grant the (a) building of new and (b) recommissioning of former intensive poultry units, including how the proposed facilities will be able to control potential (i) diseases, including avian flu and (ii) environmental risks, particularly near residential and/or farming areas.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33693: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to counter any misinformation regarding a COVID-19 vaccine that may reduce uptake.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33697: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether people who have worked in the social work sector over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic but who have since left that sector will be eligible for the £500 one-off "thank you" bonus.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33701: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received in Barnett consequentials from the UK Government expenditure on the Local Restrictions Support Grant for (a) open and (b) closed businesses, and how this has been allocated, also broken down by the amount allocated to support self-catering businesses affected by the COVID-19 restrictions.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33679: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason casinos are included on the list of businesses required to close in areas within Level 2 of COVID-19 restrictions, and whether it will provide the scientific advice that informed its decision.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33668: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the introduction of the telemedicine abortion service has had on the volume of calls to helplines from women undergoing an early medical abortion compared with the period immediately prior to its introduction.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33712: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the British Business Bank having a published rate of return that the UK Government has set, whether it will set a rate of return for the Scottish National Investment Bank.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33686: Alex Rowley (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of NHS staff have received the flu vaccination, and how this compares with the same period in 2019, broken down by NHS board.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33671: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) meetings, virtual or otherwise, and (b) other electronic communications it has had with the British Pregnancy Advisory Service regarding abortion services in each of the last five years.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33700: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) NHS, (b) social care and (c) emergency workers who will be working over Christmas will be permitted to form an equivalent of the five-day festive bubble following the holiday period.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33674: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring that the voices of women who may have experienced coercion either to continue or to terminate a pregnancy are being represented in its current consultation, Early medical abortion at home.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33680: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether battery-operated fire alarms will be allowed to be installed by property owners, or whether contractors will be required, once the new regulations on their installation come into force.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33685: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-32799 by Joe Fitzpatrick on 10 November 2020, whether the scientific evidence on transmission mentioned in the answer will be published.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33705: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it will announce details of its financial assistance to tenants in the private rented sector who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33678: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether any formal Ministerial Direction was issued in relation to its legal position in the case of Alex Salmond vs Leslie Evans & Scottish Ministers.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04841: Richard Lyle (Uddingston and Bellshill)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with North Lanarkshire Council and the Glasgow City Region City Deal regarding dualling the A723 Carfin by-pass.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04827: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it is having with local government regarding flytipping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04832: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that recycling and food waste collection services suspended by local authorities due to the pandemic are resumed.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04844: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what provision it has made to ensure that both publicly- and privately-owned public transport continues to operate viably, in light of reduced passenger numbers and changing working patterns following COVID-19.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04846: Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it has supported Shetland's internal ferry services.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04834: Willie Rennie (North East Fife)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will review the financial support for businesses in the rural economy and tourism sector that are affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04845: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what investment it is making in travel infrastructure to help reduce the carbon footprint of the people of the north east.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04825: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Climate Emergency Response Group’s interim assessment of progress report, which was published in November 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04831: Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what importance it places on local initiatives to reach environmental and emissions targets in the surrounding communities.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04838: Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what it considers the potential economic impact will be on rural and island economies of rewilding measures.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04848: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to improve the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful and A82 at Fort William.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04830: Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the devolution of Crown Estate revenues to coastal communities.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04839: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it will support the recovery of the tourism sector in Glasgow, in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04840: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it is preparing to facilitate tourism activity and events in Edinburgh over the course of 2021.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04829: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it has met its climate change targets that were set during session 3 of the Parliament.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04836: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to NFU Scotland’s call for Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payments for 2020 to be fully reinstated to 2018 rates.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04842: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is regarding free bus travel for all.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04837: Sarah Boyack (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its importance to the tourist industry, what additional support it plans to provide to the hospitality sector.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04826: Annabelle Ewing (Cowdenbeath)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the allocation formula will be for local authority funding for flood defences.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04828: David Torrance (Kirkcaldy)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its progress in meeting its target of achieving net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04833: Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it is providing to the holiday accommodation sector regarding the relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04835: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what support it has provided for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04847: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its winter preparedness for the road and rail network.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04843: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to upgrade the Edinburgh City Bypass.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33660: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what resources it will allocate to support people with so-called long-COVID, in light of the £10 million in additional funding in England that is being used towards establishing long-COVID clinics.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33673: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it is monitoring the prevalence of coercion to (a) continue and (b) terminate a pregnancy among women presenting at abortion services.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33669: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many women have received a "Pills by Post" abortion kit from British Pregnancy Advisory Service providers since the changes to abortion procedures on 31 March 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33667: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to ensure that women terminating a pregnancy at home in rural locations can access timely care in the event that they haemorrhage.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33653: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the reported rising number of cases of child abuse as a result of lockdown restrictions.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33642: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many applications have been made for a £1,000 compensation award from the £1 million mesh fund that was opened in July 2020, also broken down by how many have (a) been approved, (b) been rejected and (c) yet to be processed.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33644: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to raise awareness among mesh-injured women of the £1 million mesh fund that was opened in July 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33664: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many instances of complications or mental health concerns following an abortion have been reported since the changes to procedures on 31 March 2020 where a woman (a) had an abortion via a fully remote service, (b) took only the second pill at home and (c) took both pills at a clinic or hospital, and at what gestation the complications occurred.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33652: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish figures for the number of doses of opioids prescribed during the COVID-19 pandemic for severe pain, and what assessment it has carried out of any increased usage due to the postponement or cancellation of operations.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33658: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the (a) A7 Selkirk Bypass, (b) A1 complete dualling from Dunbar to Lamberton and (c) Reston Station infrastructure project.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33665: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many instances of complications or mental health concerns following an abortion were reported in 2019 where a woman took (a) only the second pill at home and (b) both pills at a clinic or hospital.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33661: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it will announce the successful bids that have been made to the Chief Scientist Office's fund into applied research on the longer-term effects of so-called long-COVID.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33676: Angela Constance (Almond Valley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) driving examiners who live in areas subject to Level 4 restrictions are permitted to travel to other local authority areas to carry out driving examinations for critical workers.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33672: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the introduction of the telemedicine abortion service has had on costs of abortion provision.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33677: Angela Constance (Almond Valley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has provided specific guidance to Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) driving examiners regarding mixing with people from up to five households each day.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33654: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any underreporting of child abuse as a result of lockdown restrictions.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33659: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-04546 by Nicola Sturgeon on 12 November 2020 (Official Report, c. 16), which of the COVID-19 rapid research projects referred to by the First Minister relate to so-called long-COVID.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33656: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many applications have been made to the Private Rent Sector Landlord (non-business) COVID-19 Loan Scheme, also broken down by how many have (a) been approved, (b) been rejected and (c) yet to be processed; how much has been paid to date in total, and what the average award has been.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33655: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) reports of child abuse and (b) interventions by social services there have been in each month since March 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33657: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many applications have been made to the Tenant Hardship Loan Fund, also broken down by how many have (a) been approved, (b) been rejected and (c) yet to be processed; how much has been paid to date in total, and what the average award has been.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33643: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many payments have been made from the £1 million mesh fund that was opened in July 2020, and what the total value is of all compensation that has been paid out so far to mesh-injured women.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33670: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many women have accessed abortion services provided by (a) the NHS and (b) independent providers since the changes to procedures on 31 March 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33641: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what further consideration it has given to whether the NHS should fully meet the costs associated with mesh-injured women visiting Dr Dionysios Veronikis in the United States to undergo full mesh removal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33666: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) call-outs by emergency services and (b) emergency presentations and/or admissions to emergency departments, hospitals, obstetrics/gynaecology units, paediatric units and early pregnancy awareness units in relation to legal abortions there have been since the changes to abortion procedures on 31 March 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33663: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what advice it has given to (a) procurator fiscals, (b) GPs, (c) local authority burial or cremation departments and (d) registrars on extending their opening hours and availability over the Christmas and New Year period to ensure that funeral directors can continue to arrange and conduct funerals during the pandemic without the bereaved facing delays.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33675: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of women’s experiences of disposal of pregnancy remains following a termination at home, particularly in cases of higher gestations.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33662: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that school staff are able to take up the opportunity to receive a flu vaccination, and whether it will consider implementing onsite vaccinations in schools.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33285: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure the NHS has the necessary syringes and other equipment required to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33251: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the uptake level has been for the COVID-19 testing that has been offered to staff working in specialist cancer services.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33275: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that dentists who commenced their vocational training year in August 2019 are facing a reduction in pay of 50% due to insufficient COVID-19 top-up payments.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33281: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed (a) on Scotland's islands and (b) in other remote and rural areas.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33260: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government on what dates it has met representatives of the aviation industry since January 2020.

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Michael Matheson 1 December 2020

Dates the Scottish Government has met representatives of the aviation industry are included in the following table.

Date

Stakeholder

09-Jan-20

HIAL

14-Jan-20

PIK

16-Jan-20

PIK

22-Jan-20

HIAL

22-Jan-20

HIAL

24-Jan-20

HIAL

10-Feb-20

HIAL

11-Feb-20

EDI, AGS, PIK

19-Feb-20

HIAL

20-Feb-20

PIK

20-Feb-20

HIAL

24-Feb-20

EDI, AGS, PIK

24-Feb-20

EDI

25-Feb-20

HIAL

26-Feb-20

PIK

26-Feb-20

HIAL

27-Feb-20

HIAL

28-Feb-20

HIAL, Ampaire Inc.

28-Feb-20

PIK

28-Feb-20

HIAL, Ampaire Inc.

04-Mar-20

Loganair

04-Mar-20

AGS, EDI, PIK, HIAL

05-Mar-20

Airports

05-Mar-20

HIAL

09-Mar-20

EDI, AGS

12-Mar-20

Airports

12-Mar-20

DND

16-Mar-20

EDI

16-Mar-20

AGS

16-Mar-20

PIK

16-Mar-20

HIAL

18-Mar-20

Menzies

19-Mar-20

PIK

20-Mar-20

HIAL

23-Mar-20

AGS

24-Mar-20

Airports

24-Mar-20

HIAL

27-Mar-20

Menzies, Swissport, Dnata, WFS

27-Mar-20

Menzies

31-Mar-20

Heathrow Airport

31-Mar-20

HIAL

01-Apr-20

EDI

02-Apr-20

AGS

06-Apr-20

HIAL

07-Apr-20

EDI

07-Apr-20

AGS

08-Apr-20

EDI

08-Apr-20

Menzies

15-Apr-20

AGS

15-Apr-20

Loganair

16-Apr-20

HIAL, Loganair

17-Apr-20

HIAL, Loganair

17-Apr-20

easyJet

20-Apr-20

HIAL

22-Apr-20

HIAL

23-Apr-20

HIAL

28-Apr-20

EDI

30-Apr-20

AGS

30-Apr-20

Airports / Loganair

06-May-20

Airports / Loganair

06-May-20

AGS

07-May-20

PIK

07-May-20

Menzies

08-May-20

Airports / Loganair

12-May-20

Loganair

12-May-20

HIAL

13-May-20

HIAL

15-May-20

HIAL, Loganair

15-May-20

HIAL, Loganair

15-May-20

Menzies

18-May-20

HIAL

21-May-20

Menzies

22-May-20

Loganair

22-May-20

HIAL

28-May-20

City of Derry Airport

02-Jun-20

EDI

03-Jun-20

AGS

04-Jun-20

Loganair

04-Jun-20

Menzies

05-Jun-20

PIK

09-Jun-20

HIAL

10-Jun-20

HIAL

12-Jun-20

IAG

15-Jun-20

HIAL

16-Jun-20

HIAL

16-Jun-20

HIAL

16-Jun-20

HIAL

17-Jun-20

HIAL

18-Jun-20

HIAL

18-Jun-20

PIK

18-Jun-20

HIAL

19-Jun-20

Menzies

19-Jun-20

Loganair

19-Jun-20

ZeroAvia

24-Jun-20

Prospect, Unite

24-Jun-20

HIAL

24-Jun-20

AGS, EDI

24-Jun-20

Loganair

25-Jun-20

ICCAN

25-Jun-20

EDI

25-Jun-20

EDI

26-Jun-20

IAG

30-Jun-20

HIAL

30-Jun-20

Aviation Sector

02-Jul-20

HIAL

03-Jul-20

AGS

03-Jul-20

EDI, AGS

06-Jul-20

HIAL

07-Jul-20

easyJet

07-Jul-20

Jet2

08-Jul-20

Airports

09-Jul-20

HIAL

10-Jul-20

HIAL

10-Jul-20

EDI

13-Jul-20

AGS, EDI

14-Jul-20

HIAL

16-Jul-20

SPAA

20-Jul-20

HIAL

20-Jul-20

HIAL

21-Jul-20

Loganair

22-Jul-20

Menzies

23-Jul-20

HIAL

23-Jul-20

HIAL

24-Jul-20

Menzies

28-Jul-20

Unite

30-Jul-20

HIAL

05-Aug-20

EDI

06-Aug-20

PIK

10-Aug-20

EDI

12-Aug-20

Loganair

14-Aug-20

EDI

14-Aug-20

AGS

14-Aug-20

HIAL

14-Aug-20

HIAL

14-Aug-20

HIAL

17-Aug-20

HIAL

20-Aug-20

Menzies

20-Aug-20

HIAL

20-Aug-20

EDI

24-Aug-20

AGS

24-Aug-20

EDI

26-Aug-20

Menzies

26-Aug-20

HIAL

27-Aug-20

HIAL

27-Aug-20

PIK

28-Aug-20

EDI, AGS

28-Aug-20

EDI

31-Aug-20

EDI, AGS

31-Aug-20

easyJet

01-Sep-20

EDI

02-Sep-20

EDI

03-Sep-20

HIAL

03-Sep-20

IAG

07-Sep-20

Loganair

07-Sep-20

AGS, EDI

08-Sep-20

PIK

09-Sep-20

EDI

09-Sep-20

AGS

09-Sep-20

Jet2

09-Sep-20

PIK

14-Sep-20

AGS, EDI

18-Sep-20

easyJet

23-Sep-20

EDI

25-Sep-20

HIAL

29-Sep-20

Loganair

30-Sep-20

HIAL

30-Sep-20

HIAL

30-Sep-20

AGS, EDI

30-Sep-20

Travel Retail Association

06-Oct-20

SPAA

07-Oct-20

AGS, EDI

08-Oct-20

Unite

08-Oct-20

Heathrow Airport

09-Oct-20

HIAL, Loganair

13-Oct-20

AGS, EDI

14-Oct-20

HIAL, Loganair

15-Oct-20

easyJet

19-Oct-20

EDI

20-Oct-20

HIAL

21-Oct-20

Loganair

21-Oct-20

STUC

21-Oct-20

Lufthansa

22-Oct-20

easyJet

22-Oct-20

HIAL

23-Oct-20

HIAL, Loganair

23-Oct-20

HIAL

28-Oct-20

HIAL

29-Oct-20

GMB, Unite, Prospect

29-Oct-20

EDI

29-Oct-20

easyJet

03-Nov-20

HIAL

03-Nov-20

HIAL

04-Nov-20

AGS, EDI

05-Nov-20

Unite

05-Nov-20

Airlines UK and Airlines

06-Nov-20

Unions

09-Nov-20

HIAL

10-Nov-20

Aviation sector and Unions

10-Nov-20

HIAL

16-Nov-20

HIAL

16-Nov-20

AGS

17-Nov-20

AGS, EDI

17-Nov-20

Loganair

18-Nov-20

HIAL

19-Nov-20

AGS, EDI

24-Nov-20

Aviation sector and Unions

Key:

AGS – AGS Airports

DND – Dundee Airport

EDI – Edinburgh Airport

HIAL – Highlands and Islands Airports

IAG – International Airlines Group

ICCAN - Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise

PIK – Glasgow Prestwick Airport

SPAA - Scottish Passenger Agents Association

WFS – Worldwide Flight Services

S5W-33284: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure the NHS has the necessary workforce to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33250: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that there is sufficient workforce capacity to manage the backlog of cases in cancer diagnostic services.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33277: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what other public services will support NHS Scotland with the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33288: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in the event that a COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses, how it will ensure that patients receive both doses in the correct timescale.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33252: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to promote the measures put in place to make cancer services as free from COVID-19 as possible.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33282: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how COVID-19 vaccines will be transported and delivered to immunisation centres.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33286: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many freezers have been procured for the storage of COVID-19 vaccines, and where they will be located.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33279: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether GPs will have responsibility for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33278: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines will align with the flu vaccination programme.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33283: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government which sites are being considered for mass COVID-19 immunisation centres.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33276: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what forward planning it is undertaking for the possibility that COVID-19 vaccination is required annually.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33287: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the development of a communications campaign to promote the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33640: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 30 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress on establishing a national Nitrogen Balance Sheet.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 1 December 2020

The Scottish Government is committed to establishing a national Nitrogen Balance Sheet early in the next parliamentary session. The Balance Sheet will offer a powerful tool to improve the evidence base, and better inform decision-making, across a range of policy areas. Improving our understanding of the opportunities to use nitrogen ever more efficiently will have benefits for climate change, air quality, agriculture, transport and waste management.

After an initial phase of engagement with key stakeholders in October, we have today (1 December) launched a consultation on our proposals for the Scottish Nitrogen Balance Sheet. Our proposals include that the scope of the Balance Sheet should extend to all major sectors of the economy and environment and that it should be updated annually after its initial establishment.

Once the consultation process has concluded, we intend to hold a plenary engagement event for all interested stakeholders and individuals in early 2021. We will then prepare a set of affirmative procedure regulations to seek Parliament’s agreement to formally establishing the Balance Sheet in advance of the March 2022 statutory deadline.

S5W-33280: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how far people will have to travel to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 1 December 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 December 2020

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 

S5W-33601: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what advisory and/or steering groups it will establish to develop a licensing scheme for driven grouse moors.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33610: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-33033 by Roseanna Cunningham on 18 November 2020, whether its reference to "stakeholders and customers" includes rural communities and organisations.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33596: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether the cycle threshold for the polymerase chain reaction process being used by (a) NHS and (b) Lighthouse Labs laboratories for COVID-19 tests is known, and when this information will be made public, in light of it playing a critical role in diagnosis and the development of policy.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33611: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12821 by Fergus Ewing on 30 November 2017, whether it will provide the information for 2019-20 regarding the number of offences recorded by Police Scotland under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33625: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will introduce daily testing at care homes over the Christmas period to protect residents, staff and visitors from an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Awaiting answer

S5W-33624: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish an outline timetable for taking forward the replacement of the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful.

Awaiting answer