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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 06 February 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Point of Order, General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, World Cancer Day 2020, Education, Portfolio Question Time, Budget 2020-21, Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill: Stage 1, Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 05 February 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Transport Strategy, Independent Care Review, Tax and Public Spending, Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Points of Order, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Cheyne Gang Singing Group.

Meeting of the Parliament 04 February 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Business Motion, Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 30 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Public Works Loan Board Rate, Business Motion, Portfolio Question Time, European Union Exit, Drugs and Alcohol, Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Recognising Scotland in Europe, Portfolio Question Time, Scotland’s Future, Points of Order, Business Motions, Decision Time, Right to Full Care to Die at Home.

Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Oversight Board, Holocaust Memorial Day, Point of Order, Business Motion, Decision Time, Alasdair Gray.

Meeting of the Parliament 23 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Air Traffic Control (Highlands and Islands), Farming and Crofting (Support), Portfolio Question Time, Consumer Scotland Bill: Stage 1, Consumer Scotland Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Local Government (Funding), Business Motions, Decision Time, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (350th Anniversary).

Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2020

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Veterans, Business Motion, Scottish National Investment Bank Bill: Stage 3, Scottish National Investment Bank Bill, Decision Time, Robert Burns in the Scottish Economy.

Meeting of the Parliament 16 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Sustainable Development Goals, Portfolio Question Time, Disclosure (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Disclosure (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill, Decision Time, Point of Order.

Meeting of the Parliament 15 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Independent Prison Monitors, Portfolio Question Time, Secondary Education, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time, World Wetlands Day 2020.

Meeting of the Parliament 14 January 2020

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Improving the Lives of Gypsy Travellers, Business Motion, Decision Time, Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, Correction.

Meeting of the Parliament 09 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Digital Connectivity, Portfolio Question Time, Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 1, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 08 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Palliative and End-of-life Care (Research Projections), Portfolio Question Time, Short-term Lets, European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Business Motions, Decision Time, Women, Peace and Security, Correction.

Meeting of the Parliament 07 January 2020

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motions, Topical Question Time, Urgent Question, Empty Homes, Committee Announcement (Ferry Vessels in Scotland), Decision Time, Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership.

Meeting of the Parliament 19 December 2019

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Business Motion, Referendums (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Referendums (Scotland) Bill, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2019

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, ScotRail Franchise, Ferguson Marine, Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Business Motion, Decision Time, Financial Abuse.

Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2019

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, General Election Outcome, Business Motion, UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill, Decision Time, Food Insecurity.

Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2019

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2019

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Oversight Board, Education (Performance), Human Rights Defenders, Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament, Decision Time, Miscarriage.

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

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

Education and Skills Committee

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Finance and Constitution Committee

Health and Sport Committee

Justice Committee

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

Local Government and Communities Committee

Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee

Public Petitions Committee

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Social Security Committee

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

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Questions

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

S5W-27458: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on introducing regulations to ban the use of electronic training aids that emit electric shocks from being used to train dogs.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27456: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is providing additional funding to NHS (a) Ayrshire and Arran and (b) Greater Glasgow and Clyde to deal with the threat of coronavirus, and, if so, how much.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27457: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it will report on its review of dog training guidance permitting the use of electronic training aids, including remote control electronic shock collars.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27454: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to meet the objective in the Flood Risk Management Plan for Orkney to (a) reduce the overall flood and (b) avoid an overall increase in flood risk, and how it has measured the effectiveness of any action taken.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27442: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government to what extent the cumulative impact of windfarm developments locally is considered in planning appeals, where applications have been refused by a local authority.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27455: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish an updated National Flood Risk Assessment in partnership with SEPA.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27447: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to prevent flooding of the railway between Kingussie and Aviemore from heavy rain, which affects the operation of LNER and ScotRail services.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27443: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the process is for planning appeals to be considered where a large-scale wind turbine has been refused planning permission at a local authority level.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27449: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what studies it has undertaken into the resilience of the Highland mainline.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27448: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Network Rail regarding the impact of flooding on the Highland mainline.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27453: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to support the Flood Risk Management Plan for Orkney.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27436: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the cumulative impact that large-scale wind farm developments may have on local development planning.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27450: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has invested in the Highland mainline in each of the last five years.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27441: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on considering a moratorium on new large-scale windfarms in South Ayrshire and Wigtownshire.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27452: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has invested in the research programme, Dynamic Change: Scotland’s Coastal Change Assessment, in each year since 2015.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27440: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports communities that consider they have been saturated by large-scale wind turbine developments.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27435: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of all large-scale wind turbines is situated in each local authority area.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27445: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to release regular statistical publication of overpayments made by Social Security Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27444: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has explored the introduction of night storage heaters as part of a new Green Deal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27451: Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the £70.5 million funding for Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) set out in its 2020-21 draft Budget, and what the reasons are for the increase from the £45.9 million allocated in 2019-20.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27438: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given, in terms of its energy policy, to tariffs as a means of reducing emissions and helping tackle climate change.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27446: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how (a) many and (b) much in overpayments of (i) Best Start Grant, (ii) Funeral Support Payment and (iii) Carer's Allowance Supplement have been made to date, and how (A) many and (B) much were due to (aa) an official and (bb) a customer error.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27439: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it will approach the development of major infrastructure projects in light of the climate emergency.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27437: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on having a trade policy with countries that are responsible for a large volume of carbon emissions.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27429: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what funding it has approved for the rollout of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited's Air Traffic Management Strategy.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27421: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Siemens regarding leading edge erosion on its 3.6 MW offshore turbine blade.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27422: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what arrangements exist for the recycling or disposal of decommissioned wind turbine blades.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27424: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many wind turbine blades are expected to be decommissioned in the next 10 years, and what plans there are for their recycling or disposal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27423: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many wind turbines have been decommissioned since 2010, and how the parts were recycled or disposed of.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27420: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the announcement in December 2018, how many additional child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) staff have been recruited through NHS Education for Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27425: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken of projected demand for wind turbine decommissioning, and whether it has any evidence that turbine blades are wearing out more quickly than anticipated.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27418: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-24130 by Kevin Stewart on 18 July 2019, what percentage of social landlords currently meets its minimum site standards for Gypsy/Travellers, also broken down by local authority.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27430: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects Highlands and Islands Airports Limited to have (a) commenced and (b) completed the rollout of the Combined Surveillance Centre.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27433: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much it is allocating to bus priority infrastructure in its 2020-21 budget.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27417: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-24311 by Clare Haughey on 30 July 2019, whether it will provide an update on how much of the £250 million allocated to mental health in the 2018-19 Programme for Government has been invested in community mental wellbeing services for five- to 24-year-olds.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27415: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it anticipates the findings of the voluntary review into Glasgow homelessness services, which was agreed with Glasgow City Council in June 2019 in relation to its failure to provide temporary accommodation, will be published.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27434: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what in-year underspends in the Scottish Budget have accumulated for the financial year 2019-20.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27419: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it defines "affordable housing".

Awaiting answer

S5W-27432: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects Highlands and Islands Airports Limited to have commenced infrastructure upgrades for the planned Combined Surveillance Centre.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27431: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the projected (a) annual and (b) total cost is for the infrastructure upgrades required for the Combined Surveillance Centre rollout by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27428: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is aware of recruitment forecasts for air traffic controllers in airports operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, and whether it has received any information and assurances about recruitment and retention under the new Air Traffic Management Strategy.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27426: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the renewables industry about wind turbine decommissioning.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27410: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position in on the view that upland raptor populations vary year-on-year, and that licensing grouse shooting before the recommended five-year probationary period is over would be scientifically flawed and an unfair test.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27405: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £520 million rail franchise budget for 2020-21 is allocated to (a) Abellio ScotRail and (b) Serco Caledonian Sleeper.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27404: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the number of station staff employed by Abellio ScotRail reportedly decreased by over 380, or 25%, between December 2015 and March 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27399: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether and when it consulted patients and chronic pain groups on decisions not to prioritise chronic pain issues in NHS specialist pain clinics on a waiting times project under the Scottish Access Collaborative, in light of reports that staffing shortages have led to delays in patient treatment.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27398: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether an equality impact assessment (EQIA) was produced for the (a) Scottish Access Collaborative Programme and (b) Modernising Patient Pathways Programme and, if so, on what date this was produced, and whether it is publicly accessible.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27400: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what evaluation it has carried out of its guidance, Caring for people in the last days and hours of life, and what changes it has made to this since publication in 2013.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27402: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the cost of vaccine-preventable livestock diseases to the industry, and what assessment it has made of the cost-effectiveness of incentivising vaccinations to support a vibrant agricultural sector.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27394: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on implementing parts of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 not yet enacted (a) regarding agricultural holdings and (b) in chapter 5 regarding rent review.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27403: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it will align high animal health standards with its (a) climate change plan, (b) declaration of a climate emergency, (c) proposed Good Food Nation Bill and (d) proposed Agriculture Bill.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27409: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government Government what its position is on (a) accepting recent evidence by Professor Alan Werritty to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, in which he stated that a five-year probationary period is required to offset natural variability in raptor populations before a grouse shoot licensing decision is made, and (b) introducing such a period.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27401: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the environmental benefits of tackling endemic diseases on farms through a preventative approach to animal health, and whether it considers tackling livestock diseases key to meeting its 2030 carbon reduction targets.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27414: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much its Draft Budget 2020-21 allocates to the Strategic Timber Transport Fund.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27411: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the establishment of free ports could have on alignment with the EU.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27407: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much compensation was paid to Abellio ScotRail by Network Rail in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019 for claims relating to disruption during upgrade works at Glasgow Queen Street station.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27406: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of Abellio ScotRail’s claim for damages from Network Rail for disruption during upgrade works at Glasgow Queen Street station.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04144: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it plans to increase spending in the Government Business and Constitutional Relations portfolio by £4 million in 2020-21.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04124: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has reviewed its transport procurement processes and criteria, in light of recent issues relating to ferry contracts.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04130: Jenny Gilruth (Mid Fife and Glenrothes)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many projects have been funded by the CashBack for Communities programme in Fife since 2008.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04129: Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how the justice system provides support to victims of serious crime and keeps them informed at every stage of the process.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04138: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether all existing commitments from current and previous ministers to give evidence to parliamentary committees will be met.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04121: Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when electronic signage will be installed along the A9, north of Inverness.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04139: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of potential customs checks on the Scotland-England border, in light of comments by the First Minister during an address at the European Policy Centre.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04123: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reported rural bus route reductions in South Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04134: Shona Robison (Dundee City East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how increased investment, outlined in its draft budget, will help support the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04135: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Police Scotland regarding surveillance of drug supply routes.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04141: Sandra White (Glasgow Kelvin)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the UK Government on providing young people with clarity regarding whether they will continue to have access to the Erasmus+ programme following Brexit.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04133: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on implementing the provisions in the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04137: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for a new Constitutional Convention.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04126: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress of the Scottish 4G Infill programme in Aberdeenshire.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04131: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the introduction of transdermal alcohol monitoring tags.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04142: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what communication it has had from the UK Government on how it will protect Scotland’s crofters in upcoming trade deal talks with the EU.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04122: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve road safety around schools in rural areas.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04128: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has explored the possibility of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04153: Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when the Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee last met.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04150: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had regarding the future rebuild of the Edinburgh Cancer Centre.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04149: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will fully fund the recent teachers' pay settlement to be delivered by councils in 2020-21.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04146: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to improve employment levels and economic growth.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04154: Tom Arthur (Renfrewshire South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages and supports participation in local democracy, including membership of community councils.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04148: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported extended waiting times for general colorectal surgery in NHS Lothian.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04145: Rona Mackay (Strathkelvin and Bearsden)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the UK Government’s announcement that universal credit roll-out will be delayed until 2024.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04151: John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what treatment programmes are available to help people addicted to gambling.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27390: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what complaints procedures can be used against the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission when an ombudsman finds in favour of the complainant.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27378: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government in the last three years regarding reducing journey times to London on the West Coast Main Line.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27396: Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside)

Independent

Date lodged: 11 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many Gateway to Medicine (G2M) places have been awarded in universities in each of the last five years, and how many places will be awarded in the next academic year.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27384: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to make improvements to Sunday services provided by any future rail operators.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27397: Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside)

Independent

Date lodged: 11 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of students enrolled in Medicine courses at universities dropped out in each of the last five years, also broken down by the year of study they dropped out.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27386: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the rail network's capacity to increase the number of passengers using it, and whether it will publish the findings of any such assessment.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27392: Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 11 February 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when women affected by mesh complications will receive details of the distribution of the £1 million support fund announced in its Budget for 2020-21.

Awaiting answer