Wednesday, 31 October 2018
The first item of business is portfolio questions. In order to get in as many questions as possible, I prefer short, succinct questions and answers to match.
1. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives from the Home Office to discuss the resources that Scotland’s local authorities require to support asylum seekers. (S5O-02479)
2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the development of better housing in Dumfries town centre. (S5O-02480)
3. To ask the Scottish Government how the views of local communities are taken into account by ministers during consideration of a planning appeal. (S5O-02481)
5. To ask the Scottish Government how successful it considers participatory budgeting has been since the implementation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. (S5O-02483)
6. To ask the Scottish Government when it will next meet North Ayrshire Council. (S5O-02484)
7. To ask the Scottish Government what role local government will have in implementing the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board’s strategic plan. (S5O-02485)
8. I refer members to my entry in the register of interests, as I am a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that planning...
9. To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring that the housing that is built as part of its affordable and social house-building programme contributes to a low-carbon future. (S5O-02487)
1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce levels of social isolation among older people. (S5O-02489)
2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the estimates for social security spending in the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s May 2018 economic and fiscal forecasts....
3. To ask the Scottish Government what support it can give to older people who find themselves lonely and isolated. (S5O-02491)
4. To ask the Scottish Government how it defines “older people”. (S5O-02492)
5. To ask the Scottish Government what support it can provide in response to the reported increase in rent arrears among universal credit recipients in the Mid Scotland and Fife region. (S5O-02493)
6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what progress it is making with its commitment to recruit up to 250 community link workers to work in GP surgeries by the...
7. To ask the Scottish Government what budget it expects Social Security Scotland to have for IT for the rest of the parliamentary session. (S5O-02495)
8. To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to protect vulnerable older people from bogus callers and rogue traders. (S5O-02496)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S5M-14520, in the name of Jamie Greene, on concern over the state of Scotland’s ferry services.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S5M-14521, in the name of Alison Harris, on early years. I ask those who wish to speak in the debate to press their request-to-speak buttons.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S5M-14535, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme. Motion moved, That the...
The next item is consideration of three Parliamentary Bureau motions. I call Graeme Dey to move motions S5M-14537, on designation of a lead committee, S5M-14538, on the office of the clerk, and...
The first question is, that amendment S5M-14520.4, in the name of Paul Wheelhouse, which seeks to amend motion S5M-14520, in the name of Jamie Greene, on concern over the state of...
The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S5M-13223, in the name of Joan McAlpine, on restoring the Caledonian pinewood forest. The debate will be concluded without...
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.