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Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Good afternoon. The first item of business today is portfolio questions. So that we can get as many people in as possible, I would prefer short and succinct questions—and answers to match.
1. To ask the Scottish Government how the refreshed infrastructure investment plan will help to tackle climate change. (S4O-05264)
2. To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities last met Fife Council and what issues were discussed. (S4O-05265)
3. To ask the Scottish Government how it will revise its winter resilience plans for transport services in light of the disruption to west coast main line services from storm damage. (S4O-05266)
4. To ask the Scottish Government whether Scottish Canals has any role in flood prevention. (S4O-05267)
5. To ask the Scottish Government how work on the Aberdeen western peripheral route is progressing. (S4O-05268)
6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its discussions with European Union officials regarding funding for public infrastructure projects, including the new...
7. To ask the Scottish Government when the Scottish Water report into the contamination incident in North Lanarkshire in June 2015 that affected 6,000 households will be published. (S4O-05270)
8. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Scottish Water. (S4O-05271)
Annabel Goldie (West Scotland) (Con): 9. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to maximise the economic growth potential and investment opportunities made possible by funding...
1. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve cultural opportunities for people from deprived areas. (S4O-05274)
2. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the United Kingdom Government’s decision to rule out a return to the post-study work visa. (S4O-05275)
3. To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that people with additional support needs can access or participate in cultural activities. (S4O-05276)
4. To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it is providing to refugees from Syria and what further discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government on this matter. (S4O-05277)
5. To ask the Scottish Government what support it will provide to local museums and galleries following a reduction in the culture budget for 2016-17. (S4O-05278)
6. To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs last met Glasgow City Council. (S4O-05279)
7. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to recognise the contribution that David Bowie made to the cultural life of Scotland and beyond. (S4O-05280)
8. To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs will next visit Dumfries and Galloway. (S4O-05281)
9. To ask the Scottish Government whether the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs considers that the EU charter of fundamental rights is of benefit to Scotland. (S4O-05282)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-15356, in the name of Patrick Harvie, on jobs in Scotland’s new economy.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S4M-15370, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme. Motion moved,...
The next item of business is consideration of four Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Joe FitzPatrick to move motions S4M-15373 to S4M-15375, on approval of SSIs, and motion S4M-15372, on...
There are six questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S4M-15356.2.1, in the name of Murdo Fraser, which seeks to amend amendment...
The final item of business today is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-15036, in the name of David Stewart, on protecting front-line fire and rescue services. 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.