Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 22 November 2018

  • General Question Time

  • Universal Credit (Food Banks)

    4 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the impact of universal credit on food banks in Scotland, in light of the Trussell Trust reporting an increase in its...

  • Universal Credit (Accessibility)

    4 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government how accessible universal credit is for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. (S5O-02591)

  • Poverty

    8 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, following his two-week inquiry into rising...

  • National Parks

    8 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for the creation of new national parks. (S5O-02593)

  • Musical Instrument Tuition

    6 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the number of pupils learning a musical instrument fell by over 1,000 between 2016-17 and 2017-18. (S5O-02594)

  • Purple Tuesday

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recent purple Tuesday, what action it is taking to support the improvement of retail experiences for disabled people. (S5O-02595)

  • Abattoirs

    4 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government how many abattoirs there are. (S5O-02596)

  • First Minister’s Question Time

  • Flu vaccination programme

    10 speeches

    1. The First Minister made assurances on 27 September in response to questions from Ruth Davidson that everyone in Scotland would get the vaccination that they need, on time, to protect against...

  • Local Government (Cuts)

    7 speeches

    2. On Monday this week, the vice-president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Graham Houston, warned that some smaller councils are at a “cliff edge”. Just yesterday in...

  • Brexit (Fishing)

    2 speeches

    With the draft political declaration on the future United Kingdom and European Union relationship now public, it has become clear, in constituencies such as mine, that fishing will once more be a...

  • Education (Access to Subjects)

    2 speeches

    Three weeks ago, I raised the case of Cameron Barclay, a Renfrewshire pupil who is forced to travel between three different schools in order to study. Due to safety concerns around the 45-minute...

  • Hunterston Power Station

    2 speeches

    Hunterston nuclear power station in North Ayrshire has been found to have over 350 cracks in its reactor core. This is not the first time that serious safety concerns with the power station have...

  • 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd (Grant Recovery)

    2 speeches

    It was revealed earlier this week that Scottish Enterprise paid a grant of £500,000 to the 2 Sisters Group on the basis of the guarantee that the group would keep the plant in Cambuslang...

  • Sectarian Vandalism

    2 speeches

    The First Minister will be aware of the attack on the Coatbridge cenotaph at the weekend, which was vandalised with sectarian graffiti. There were also reports of vandalism on the same day at a...

  • Ferry Services (Accessibility)

    2 speeches

    In February, the First Minister told me that “it is deeply regrettable if any person, particularly someone who has a disability, feels that they are not getting the standard of transport...

  • Teachers (Pay Award)

    4 speeches

    3. We have had a great deal of discussion about the need to avoid a no-deal scenario, but that does not apply only to Brexit. It also applies to the Scottish Government’s responsibility in...

  • Ailsa Hospital (Incident)

    2 speeches

    The First Minister may be aware of the on-going incident at Ailsa hospital at Ayr, in which I understand that a nurse has been stabbed by a patient and the hospital is in lockdown. That is in...

  • Sandwood Inquiry

    2 speeches

    Given that the four-year-long Sandwood inquiry has just reported on possible police criminality in connection with the Lockerbie atrocity and concluded that there is no evidence of criminality,...

  • Teachers (Pay Award)

    2 speeches

    The last time that Scotland’s teachers were angry enough to go on strike, Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister, I was still a school teacher, the First Minister was a school pupil...

  • Faslane (Safety)

    4 speeches

    4. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that there have been more than 500 nuclear safety events at Faslane since 2006. (S5F-02805)

  • Depression (Children)

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that the number of children being treated for depression in Scotland has doubled in a decade. (S5F-02807)

  • Rough Sleeping (Funding)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister whether the same funding that was provided last year to tackle rough sleeping, as part of the recommendations of the homelessness and rough sleeping action group,...

  • Newspaper Industry

    6 speeches

    7. To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government is promoting a vibrant newspaper industry. (S5F-02820)

  • Arthritis (Access to Work Scheme Survey)

    10 speeches

    The next item is a members’ business debate on motion S5M-13271, in the name of Rachael Hamilton, on the Arthritis Research UK survey on access to work. The debate will be concluded without...

  • Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

  • Defibrillators

    12 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will consider installing automated external defibrillators in, or on the external walls of, MSP constituency offices. (S5O-02604)

  • Freedom of Information (Disclosure Log)

    4 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body for what reason the freedom of information disclosure log has not been updated. (S5O-02605)

  • Employment Schemes (Offenders)

    4 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what employment schemes it runs for offenders in order to improve their skills, reduce reoffending and increase its recruitment of...

  • Cyberattacks (Protection)

    4 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what measures it takes to protect the Parliament from cyberattacks. (S5O-02607)

  • Home Security Assessments

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what discussions it has had with Police Scotland regarding the provision of home security assessment reports for members. (S5O-02608)

  • Energy Efficient Scotland

    32 speeches

    The next item of business is a statement by Paul Wheelhouse on energy efficient Scotland. The minister will take questions at the end of his statement, so there should be no interventions or...

  • Scotland’s Economic Future and Economic Data

    101 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S5M-14824, in the name of Gordon Lindhurst, on Scotland’s economic future and economic data. I ask those who wish to speak in the debate to...

  • Decision Time

    1 speech

    There is one question today. The question is, that motion S5M-14824, in the name of Gordon Lindhurst, on behalf of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee, on Scotland’s economic future...

What is this?

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.

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