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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 05 December 2019

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Art in Action Campaign, Portfolio Question Time, Disability Sport and Participation, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 04 December 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Achieving a Fairer Scotland, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Delivery Charges.

Meeting of the Parliament 03 December 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Scottish Prison Service (Auditor General’s Report), Glenrothes (Living Wage Town Campaign), Veterans and the Armed Forces Community, Decision Time, Point of Order, Purple Light-up Campaign.

Meeting of the Parliament 28 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Point of Order, St Andrew’s Day, Portfolio Question Time, Women in Agriculture Task Force (Final Report), Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 1, Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2019

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Mental Health, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Gender-based Violence.

Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Scotland as a Science Nation, Decision Time, Catholic Schools.

Meeting of the Parliament 21 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Point of Order, General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day, Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time, Portfolio Question Time, Television Licences (Over-75s), Motion without Notice, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Portfolio Question Time, Universal Credit, Health and Social Care (Investment), Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time, International Year of the Periodic Table.

Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, International Year of Plant Health 2020, Fisheries Negotiations, Committee Announcement (Education and Skills Committee), Business Motion, Decision Time, Road Safety Week 2019.

Meeting of the Parliament 14 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Portfolio Question Time, Scottish Products (United States Tariffs), Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Technologies, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness.

Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Sheku Bayoh, European Union Citizens’ Rights, Decision Time, Intimidation in Public Life.

Meeting of the Parliament 07 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Nuclear Test Veterans, Portfolio Question Time, Referendums (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Referendums (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 06 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

World Day Against the Death Penalty, Portfolio Question Time, Ferries, Curriculum for Excellence, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, UN Year of Indigenous Languages and European Day of Languages.

Meeting of the Parliament 05 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Decision Time, Loch Lomond.

Meeting of the Parliament 31 October 2019

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Hong Kong, Portfolio Question Time, European Union Farming Funding (Convergence Funds), The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions Annual Target Report for 2017, Forestry Act 1919 (Centenary), Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill, Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill, Domestic Abuse Bill, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time, Correction.

Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

European Union Exit, Portfolio Question Time, Glasgow School of Art Fire, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Charities, Scotland and Holyrood.

Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Fireworks, Social Security (Disability Assistance), Point of Order, Business Motion, Decision Time, Asda Walmart (Contract Imposition).

Meeting of the Parliament 10 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Business Motion, General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2), Point of Order, Transport (Scotland) Bill, Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Business Motion, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2019

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers.

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-26637: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the number of unfilled vacancies within Network Rail in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26633: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to increase midweek access to the rail infrastructure to allow maintenance and other activities to be safely carried out.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26636: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Scotland's Railway regarding concerns over a so-called job and knock culture developing within Network Rail in Scotland, where staff rush to finish work for financial reasons.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26659: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what the projected impact of the proposed Sheriffhall roundabout upgrade will be on (a) (i) current and (ii) induced traffic levels and (b) greenhouse gas emissions.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26631: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many times in 2019 it has met Scotland's Railway, and what issues were discussed.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26638: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Office of Rail and Road regarding the impact of unfilled vacancies on Network Rail in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26634: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) unions and (b) Scotland's Railway regarding concerns about poor industrial relations within Network Rail in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26632: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has challenged Network Rail's introduction of labour-only subcontractors in place of full-time staff in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26658: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether trials of kelp dredging that involve the removal of the holdfast are compliant with the Scottish Crown Estate Act 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26653: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what secondary legislation is being developed in relation to kelp harvesting, and by what date this will be introduced.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26654: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what trials are being commissioned to explore the mechanical harvesting of kelp, and whether these will include examining commercial dredging techniques.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26649: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government by what date the results of the seaweed harvesting activity mapping exercise will be published.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26656: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what criteria it uses to decide whether to provide emergency and hardship relief funds to households and businesses affected by major incidents.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26652: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government by what date the Strategic Environmental Assessment in relation to seaweed harvesting will be (a) completed and (b) published.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26651: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance is being reviewed in relation to seaweed harvesting licensing.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26657: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Glasgow City Council regarding the impact on households and businesses of the recent fire and tenement collapse in Pollokshields.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26650: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether there are gaps in the legislative and regulatory framework in relation to seaweed harvesting.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26552: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what collaboration there is between stroke professionals in Scotland and their international partners, and how this has been used to (a) improve the design and work of NHS stroke units and (b) help ensure that patients receive evidenced-based care of a world class standard.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 6 December 2019

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 6 December 2019

Stroke professionals in Scotland have a strong history of being involved, and taking the lead, in international collaborations. For example, Professor Martin Dennis, Chair of Stroke Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Chair of the National Advisory Committee for Stroke, has conducted a series of international randomised controlled trials on a variety of treatments used in stroke units. The results have influenced international guidelines.

We are committed to working collaboratively with stakeholders, including international partners, to ensure that people who have had a stroke receive the best possible care as quickly as possible to enable them to live longer, healthier independent lives. Figures from Information and Statistics Division (ISD) show that the number of people dying from stroke decreased by 42% over the last decade. Significant progress has been made towards improving stroke services in Scotland but we want to continue to improve on this figure. That is why the Programme for Government commits to ensuring that improvements are made to stroke pathways and services, including prevention, treatment and care.

 

S5W-26555: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many strokes have been recorded in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board, and what targets it has set to reduce incidence.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 6 December 2019

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 6 December 2019

The information is already available in the public domain and can be found at https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Stroke/Topic-Areas/Incidence/ .

The Scottish Stroke Care Standards, in the Scottish Stroke Care Audit (SSCA) are used to assess the performance of stroke services.

Figures from Information and Statistics Division (ISD) show that the number of people dying from stroke decreased by 42% over the last decade. We are determined to further improve that figure and the Programme for Government commits to building on this to ensure stroke pathways – including prevention, treatment and care – continue to improve.

 

S5W-26484: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 21 November 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the delay of the publication of the Neurological Action Plan, which was due to be published on 8 November 2019, for what reason it was in a position that day to announce in its news release, Strengthening the hospital workforce, the planned appointment of an additional neurology specialist.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 6 December 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 6 December 2019

I refer the Member to the answer to question S5W-26483 on 6 December 2019. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx

 

S5W-26620: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it will allocate to the Waiting Times Improvement Plan in 2020-21.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26619: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that NHS Grampian is not achieving its Waiting Times Improvement Plan target.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26624: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23403 by Jeane Freeman on 5 June 2019, which NHS boards have access to the Attend Anywhere online service; by what date this will be available to all boards, and how much this will cost.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26621: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23401 by Jeane Freeman on 4 June 2019, how much of the money allocated to the Waiting Times Improvement Plan has been spent, broken down by NHS board, and what plans it has to review the Plan.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26629: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23380 by Derek Mackay on 4 June 2019, whether any analysis has been done on how targeting enabling sectors such as tourism, creative industries and education and skills will influence Scotland's savings ratio.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26625: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23395 by Jeane Freeman on 4 June 2019, how much it has received in Barnett consequentials from increased NHS spending in each year since 2017-18, also broken down by how much of this has been allocated to its Health and Social Care Directorate.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26630: Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside)

Independent

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when the Scottish Research Forum for Palliative and End of Life Care (a) last met and (b) will next meet.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26626: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23404 by Jeane Freeman on 5 June 2019, which NHS health boards operate GP-mentoring programmes, and how much time GPs in the north east allocate to these.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26627: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25182 by Jeane Freeman on 17 September 2019, in light of the changes to the 2014 legislation, what plans it has to review Reshaping Care for Older People: A Programme for Change 2011-2021.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26622: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23401 by Jeane Freeman on 4 June 2019, what the new models of care to support the reduction in the number of patient cancellations for non-clinical reasons will be.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26628: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23380 by Derek MacKay on 4 June 2019, whether it will provide a breakdown of the methodology reported as "experimental statistics on the expenditure approach to GDP in real terms" in the publication, GDP Quarterly National Accounts, Scotland, 2018 Q4.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26618: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-22955 by Jeane Freeman on 7 June 2019, which NHS boards have (a) agreed and (b) published online their Annual Operational Plans.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26605: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it remains committed to the wording, premise and terms of the Memorandum of Understanding it signed jointly with London Heathrow Airport in October 2016, and whether it remains its position that "Heathrow’s plan offers significant job creation, major investment opportunities and, crucially, seeks to address how all of Scotland’s airports benefit from the new runway capacity when it comes and also in the lead-up period", as stated in its public announcement of 10 October 2016.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26608: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken of the implications and consequences of public ownership of the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow in relation to EU state aid rules on its ability to participate in tenders for external non-governmental commercial works, compete as part of consortia in tenders and its ability to function as a fully commercial yard without limitations.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26615: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-26426 by Humza Yousaf on 2 December 2019, for what reason it did not follow the instruction at paragraph 75 of its September 2017 paper, Guidance for Scottish Government Officials on Scottish Parliamentary Questions, which sets out how it should respond to questions that relate to operational matters of its agencies, including publishing the response of the head of that agency in its answer, and whether it will now provide the information that was requested regarding question S5W-26105 concerning how many complaints have been made in each of the last five years about people being taken into police custody and not having access to a duty solicitor, also broken down by how many were upheld.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26613: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to update the 1996 guidance to NHS boards regarding patient transport and travel expenses.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26607: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of Ferguson Marine now being under full public ownership, whether it will provide an update on the current (a) list of clients or customers under contract with the yard and (b) order book of contracts, both potential or confirmed that it holds, and whether it will publish a full report on which orders the yard held when it entered into administration and which remain on the order book.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26606: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of the (a) revised timetable for the delivery and (b) total estimated cost of completion of the two CMAL ordered vessels being built by Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow and the reason for the delay to completion, and for what reason the information has not been made public, despite assurances from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work to the Parliament on 3 September 2019 that this information would be forthcoming by the end of October.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26612: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many gritters and winter salt treatment vehicles there are, and how this compares with each year since 2007.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26616: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-26426 by Humza Yousaf on 2 December 2019, for what reason Police Scotland has responded privately to the Member and treated the question as a Freedom of Information request and not a parliamentary question.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26603: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-26397 and S5W-26398 by Mairi Gougeon on 26 November 2019, what its position is on whether it is appropriate to continue the use of high concentrations of carbon dioxide to slaughter pigs, in light of findings by European Food Safety Authority, which suggest that at concentrations above 30%, it “is known to be aversive and cause hyperventilation and irritation of the mucous membranes that can be painful” and the paper by Raj and Gregory in 1996, which concluded that the animals show profound aversion to high concentrations and that this can lead to “severe respiratory distress”.

 

Awaiting answer

S5W-26610: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what actions it has taken in response to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 2018 report, Making Scotland a Screen Leader; what support it is currently providing the Scottish screen sector; what progress has been made since the publication of the report to address concerns it raised, and how it is assisting the industry by ensuring the delivery of enhanced, fit-for-purpose studio and editing capabilities in order to compete in a competitive global market.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26611: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent on trunk road maintenance, inclusive of all roads under its, and its agencies', financial or statutory responsibility in each year since 2007.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26604: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-26276 by Fergus Ewing on 25 November 2019, whether the UK Forestry Standard guidance restricts all proposals for planting on peat over 50cm in depth, including re-planting on peatland that had been previously planted, or whether it applies to proposals for new planting only.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26609: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the proposal by ScotRail to remove assigned seating from InterCity rail services and move to "counted places" on such services, and whether it considers that this will make the travelling experience for passengers better or worse.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03904: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it safeguards environmental standards, workplace rights and ethical factors when seeking to attract major events to Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03888: Willie Coffey (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will review the compensation scheme for people serving on juries.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03896: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to request a section 30 order under the Scotland Act 1998 on 13 December.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03905: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to support hospitality businesses negatively impacted by the introduction of transient visitor levies.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03886: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how the Scottish Prison Service encourages businesses to give prisoners the opportunity of employment on release.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03910: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to reports of increased levels of fatty acid methyl ester in diesel causing problems with farm machinery.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03901: Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met the Migration Advisory Committee.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03891: Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the development of future trade policy post-Brexit.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03916: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is taking to improve transport infrastructure through Ratho and the Lothian area in response to reports of an increase in accidents because of excessive traffic flow.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03911: Ruth Maguire (Cunninghame South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to address fuel poverty in North Ayrshire.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03907: James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to promote the new Job Start Payment to young people.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03915: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that young people are properly equipped to protect their workplace rights.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03914: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on establishing a process that will allow adopted children to have a legal right of emancipation from their adoptive parents.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03895: Keith Brown (Clackmannanshire and Dunblane)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting veterans, including those who are homeless, to find accommodation.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03913: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether 100% of homes and businesses in the Highlands and Islands will be able to access superfast broadband by 2021.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03890: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether current law protects women against violence within sexual relationships.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03885: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that a large number of police officers are going to work while physically and mentally unwell.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03898: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent making preparations for independence in the last 12 years.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03893: Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has had any communication from the UK Government regarding legislative protection for public services, such as the NHS, in future trade deals post-Brexit.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03884: Richard Lyle (Uddingston and Bellshill)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many prosecutions and convictions there have been for domestic and emotional abuse since 1 April 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03899: Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it promotes rural tourism, and how much it invests in this work.

Awaiting answer

S5O-03887: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to reports of rising levels of stress-related sickness among prison staff.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26599: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, what action it is taking to support doctoral students, and what its position is on introducing doctoral loans similar to those being established in England and Wales.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26590: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many rheumatology (a) consultant and (b) specialist nurse vacancies there are, broken down by NHS board, and what steps it is taking to help the boards (i) fill these posts and (ii) increase the number of training opportunities.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26592: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with NHS Education for Scotland regarding promoting the study of rheumatology at (a) undergraduate, (b) postgraduate and (c) professional medical training level.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26591: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings concerning vacancies by the British Society for Rheumatology in its report, Specialist Nursing in Rheumatology: the State of Play.

Awaiting answer