Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Good afternoon. The first item of business is a member’s oath. I invite our new member, Cameron Buchanan, to take the oath.
In order to get in as many people as possible, I would prefer short and succinct questions, and answers to match.
1. To ask the Scottish Government what reductions it anticipates there will be to the Scottish budget in the years to 2017-18 if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. (S4O-02322)
2. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the issues associated with underemployment. (S4O-02323)
3. To ask the Scottish Government what impact it considers a reduction in VAT would have on the Scottish tourism industry. (S4O-02324)
4. To ask the Scottish Government how much its pledge to maintain the so-called triple lock for pensions will cost. (S4O-02325)
5. To ask the Scottish Government in what year it anticipates an oil fund could be set up in an independent Scotland. (S4O-02326)
6. To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it is providing to staff at the Philips Lighting plant in Hamilton following the company’s announcement that it will phase out the...
7. To ask the Scottish Government what opportunities it considers independence would bring for increased consumer protection. (S4O-02328)
8. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the latest employment figures. (S4O-02329)
9. To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that pyrolysis energy-from-waste plants have a role to play in achieving its zero waste target and what its position is on the comment of...
10. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact is on employment of the reported increase in the use of zero-hours contracts. (S4O-02331)
11. To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it gives to small businesses. (S4O-02332)
12. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help people into employment. (S4O-02333)
13. To ask the Scottish Government how planning and regeneration can help achieve sustainable economic growth. (S4O-02334)
14. To ask the Scottish Government how much it estimates the difference is between the wholesale value of and taxation generated from remaining North Sea oil and gas resources. (S4O-02335)
15. To ask the Scottish Government how an independent Scotland would deal with the impact of European pension regulations. (S4O-02336)
The next item of business is a statement by John Swinney on the helicopter incident. The cabinet secretary will take questions at the end of his statement. There should, therefore, be no...
The next item of business is the continuation of the debate on the Scottish Government’s programme for government for 2013-14.
We now move to decision time. Members will be pleased to know that there are no questions to be put as a result of today’s business.
The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-07111, in the name of John Wilson, on welcoming Oxfam’s “Our Economy” report. The debate will be...
The Scottish Parliament is the national legislature of Scotland, located in Edinburgh. The Parliament consists of 129 members known as MSPs, elected for four-year terms; 73 represent individual geographical constituencies, and 56 are regional representatives.