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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Good afternoon, everyone. The first item of business today is portfolio questions. In order to get in as many people as possible, I would be grateful for short and succinct questions and answers.
1. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding European Union issues. (S4O-04844)
2. To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages TV companies to provide region-specific programming across Scotland. (S4O-04845)
3. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of the European Union and what matters were discussed. (S4O-04846)
4. To ask the Scottish Government how it promotes gender equality in the arts. (S4O-04847)
5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage films to be made in Scotland to boost local economies. (S4O-04848)
6. To ask—
The Deputy Presiding Officer: I call question 7, Neil Bibby. [Interruption.] Can we have the microphone for Mr Bibby, please? 7.
8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support and promote the local newspaper and magazine industry. (S4O-04851)
1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage partnership working to secure growth and investment for cities. (S4O-04854)
3. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making toward ending the practice of trains discharging effluent on to lines. (S4O-04856)
4. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the high speed 2 rail project coming to Scotland. (S4O-04857)
5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it has carried out an assessment to determine the average cost of building new railway stations. (S4O-04858)
6. To ask the Scottish Government what upgrades are planned for the A9 north of Inverness. (S4O-04859)
7. To ask the Scottish Government what action the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities will take to facilitate the creation of low-emission zones in Scotland’s major...
8. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in ensuring that a Maybole bypass achieves the status of a shovel-ready project. (S4O-04861)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-14942, in the name of David Stewart, on keeping CalMac public. Before we start the debate, I remind members that legal proceedings are on-going...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S4M-14959, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a revision to the business programme...
The next item of business is consideration of Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Joe FitzPatrick to move motion S4M-14948, on the approval of a Scottish statutory instrument. Motion moved, That...
There are seven questions to be put as a result of today’s business. I remind members that, in relation to the debate on keeping CalMac public, if the amendment in the name of Derek Mackay...
The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-14730, in the name of Gil Paterson, on children’s grief awareness week. Motion debated, That the Parliament...
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.