Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 5 March 2020

  • General Question Time

    1 speech

    Good morning. Our first item of business is general questions. Question 1 was not lodged.

  • Fly Tipping

    6 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle fly tipping. (S5O-04221)

  • Vale of Leven Hospital Out-of-hours Unit

    9 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to secure and develop services at the Vale of Leven hospital, in light of the announcement that...

  • Transport Services (Island Communities)

    16 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that transport services meet the needs of island communities. (S5O-04223)

  • Curriculum for Excellence Review

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that all information required and requested by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as part of the review of the...

  • Young Disabled People (Transition to Adulthood)

    5 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to young disabled people in their transition to adulthood. (S5O-04225)

  • First Minister’s Question Time

  • Coronavirus

    8 speeches

    1. This week, the coronavirus spread to Scotland. The First Minister, and the Scottish Government, can be assured that the Scottish Government will have the full and engaged support of myself and...

  • Coronavirus

    7 speeches

    2. I remind members of my entry in the register of members’ interests, and in particular my membership of the GMB trade union. The first thoughts of us all are with those patients who have...

  • Fife Ethylene Plant (Mossmorran)

    2 speeches

    Given the further unplanned elevated flaring by Exxon at Mossmorran this week, just a few short weeks after the last major incident, the First Minister will understand how weary my constituents...

  • Flybe (Administration)

    2 speeches

    The First Minister will be aware that Flybe has gone into administration, which has unfortunately left passengers having to make alternative arrangements, with no certainty that they will be...

  • Coronavirus (Universal Credit Claimants)

    2 speeches

    Universal credit claimants who are unwell or self-isolating as a result of coronavirus must update their online portal and provide medical evidence by day 8 if they miss an appointment or cannot...

  • Fife Ethylene Plant (Mossmorran)

    4 speeches

    3. The Scottish Greens are wholly committed to working with the Scottish Government and with other parties as we face the challenge of the coronavirus. I appreciate the on-going briefings...

  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Pay and Conditions)

    2 speeches

    I have been approached by a number of members of the Fire Brigades Union who are concerned about the breakdown of talks between the FBU and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on the latest pay...

  • Veterans (Mental Health)

    2 speeches

    Deaths from suicide have been dubbed the “epidemic of our time” by military officials. Over the past two months, 14 former and serving British military personnel are thought to have...

  • Sex for Rent

    2 speeches

    Last year, it was reported in the press that adverts explicitly seeking sex for rent were appearing online. As a result of those reports, websites such as Craigslist enhanced the filters that...

  • Endometriosis (Diagnosis and Treatment)

    2 speeches

    As the First Minister will know, this is endometriosis awareness week in Scotland. One in 10 women of child-bearing age suffer from endometriosis, a gynaecological condition that is often painful...

  • Agricultural Sector

    8 speeches

    4. To ask the First Minister how important the Scottish Government considers the agricultural sector is to the country’s economy, society and international reputation. (S5F-04025)

  • Council Tax Debt

    8 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to Citizens Advice Scotland’s statement that council tax is the “number one debt issue” it deals...

  • Scottish Enterprise Grant Funding

    5 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister for what reason Scottish Enterprise has suspended new grant funding for business. (S5F-04009)

  • Whitburn Academy Be Herd Group

    18 speeches

    The next item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S5M-20457, in the name of Neil Findlay, on Whitburn academy’s be herd group, shattering mental health stigma. The...

  • Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

    1 speech

    Good afternoon. The first item of business is questions to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. Questions 2 and 5 are grouped together, as are questions 3, 9, 10 and 11 .

  • The Big Lunch

    8 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its position is on facilitating the Eden project initiative, the big lunch, in June 2020 to bring people who work at the Parliament...

  • International Cyberattacks

    4 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what assessment has been made of the level of threat to information technology systems from international cyberattacks. (S5O-04192)

  • International Cyberattacks

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what recent evidence has been received that its information technology systems have been subject to cyberattacks from international sources....

  • MSP Staff Cost Provision

    15 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when it will make a decision regarding the level of members of the Scottish Parliament allowances for staff for 2020-21. (S5O-04190)

  • MSP Staff Cost Provision

    4 speeches

    9. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will uprate members’ staff cost provision in line with the Scottish Government uprating of 3 per cent. (S5O-04232)

  • MSP Staff Cost Provision

    4 speeches

    10. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what steps it is taking to ensure that members can appropriately remunerate their staff. (S5O-04231)

  • MSP Staff Cost Provision

    6 speeches

    11. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what discussions it has had regarding the increase in the MSP staffing budget. (S5O-04189)

  • MSP Staff (Equality Monitoring)

    5 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what equality monitoring of staff employed by members of the Scottish Parliament it undertakes, and what steps it is taking to address any...

  • Portfolio Question Time

  • Finance

    1 speech

    Question 1 has been withdrawn.

  • Landfill Tax

    6 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving to varying landfill tax rates and bands during the extended period before a biodegradable municipal waste to landfill ban. (S5O-04213)

  • Budget 2020-21 (Scotland Reserve)

    6 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to utilise the Scotland reserve in its 2020-21 budget. (S5O-04214)

  • United Kingdom Budget

    9 speeches

    4. At the risk of reiterating things: to ask what engagement the Scottish Government has had with Treasury ministers regarding the impact of the United Kingdom budget on Scotland’s...

  • East Lothian Council Revenue Allocation

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government for what reason East Lothian Council’s provisional revenue allocation per head is the fourth lowest in Scotland. (S5O-04217)

  • Local Authority Funding

    6 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government what strategy it has to ensure that local authorities are sufficiently funded. (S5O-04218)

  • Scottish Government Budget

    7 speeches

    8. To ask the Scottish Government which measures in the draft budget aim to boost economic growth, improve productivity and support improvements in innovation. (S5O-04219)

  • Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3

    115 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S5M-21113, in the name of Kate Forbes, on the Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill at stage 3. Before the debate begins, I am required under standing...

  • Parliamentary Bureau Motion

    1 speech

    The next item of business is consideration of Parliamentary Bureau motion S5M-21136 on a committee substitution. I invite Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, to move the motion...

  • Decision Time

    4 speeches

    There are two questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that motion S5M-21113, in the name of Kate Forbes, on the Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill, be agreed...

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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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