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Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 14 May 2020

  • Members’ Virtual Question Time

  • Finance and Economy

    1 speech

    Good afternoon, and welcome to this formal virtual meeting of the Scottish Parliament. The first item of business is members’ virtual question time on finance and the economy. In order to...

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    2 speeches

    I am not sure which cabinet secretary should respond to my question—they will have to choose. Although I welcome the extension of the furlough scheme, my Borders constituents who work in...

  • Business Support

    2 speeches

    Despite the best efforts of the United Kingdom and Scottish Governments, it is still the case that certain enterprises are falling through gaps in the support for business. For example, a...

  • Scottish Budget

    2 speeches

    The Cabinet Secretary for Finance will be aware that the Scottish Fiscal Commission identified that there will be a £1 billion black hole in the Scottish budget by 2023. That, of course, was...

  • Business Support (Tax Havens)

    4 speeches

    About three weeks ago, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture told me that she agreed with the principle that we should restrict business support to firms that are based in tax...

  • Business Support

    2 speeches

    The local authority team in Shetland is doing a great job in processing applications for the coronavirus business support fund. I am grateful for the support that the Scottish Government has put...

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Extension)

    4 speeches

    What discussions has the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture had with the United Kingdom Government on extension of the furlough scheme, and the impact on businesses if the...

  • Business Support

    4 speeches

    In a written response to me, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance confirmed that the Scottish National Party’s business support package means £10 million less for multisite businesses,...

  • United Kingdom Government (Taxation and Expenditure Plans)

    2 speeches

    Given that United Kingdom borrowing is going up by about £300 billion and that even just to service that will probably cost the UK £25 billion to £30 billion, it looks as though...

  • Key Workers (Pay Rise)

    2 speeches

    I declare that I am a member of the GMB trade union. This evening, I will join my neighbours in clapping for our key workers, and I am sure that the finance secretary will do likewise. This week,...

  • Crisis Support for Small Businesses

    2 speeches

    I thank the Cabinet Secretary for Finance for—[ Temporary loss of sound. ]—businesses across Scotland are being supported throughout this very difficult time. However, I have been...

  • Scottish Newspaper Industry (Support)

    2 speeches

    I have received letters from local media regarding their concerns over a lack of support for the Scottish newspaper industry. They have requested a business rates holiday and compensation for...

  • Youth and Outdoor Education Organisations (Funding)

    2 speeches

    Last week, YouthLink Scotland identified that youth organisations face a drop of more than £20 million in their income as a result of Covid-19. In addition, it was reported last week in Tes...

  • Digital Economy

    3 speeches

    This virtual question time is testament to the fact that the response to Covid-19 is accelerating existing trends towards digitisation. What role does the Scottish Government believe that the...

  • Lifting Lockdown (Under-50s)

    9 speeches

    This question might be for both the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture and the Cabinet Secretary for Finance. For the under-50s in the general population, the risk from...

  • Health and Sport

    1 speech

    Good afternoon. The next item of business is a members’ virtual question time on health and sport. I welcome the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman; the Minister for...

  • Cervical Cancer Screening (Self-test Kits)

    3 speeches

    My question is for the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. The Government has been working with national health service boards, including NHS Dumfries and Galloway, to resume services that...

  • Independent Medical Sector (Treatment Provision)

    5 speeches

    We know the impact that pausing cancer services has had. Can the cabinet secretary outline what use has been made of the independent medical sector in Scotland to provide treatment during this period?

  • Care Homes (Reproduction Number)

    4 speeches

    When he gave evidence to Health and Sport Committee recently, Professor Pennington argued that the R number might be as high as 10 in some care homes. What assessment has the cabinet secretary...

  • Covid-19 Testing (Care Homes)

    4 speeches

    The director of a Scottish care home company has written to me and said: “We’ve been allowed testing for only those with symptoms, which is clearly too late. We’ve specifically...

  • Cervical Cancer Screening

    2 speeches

    My question follows on from Emma Harper’s question. I have been contacted by a constituent who is worried that their regular smear test has been cancelled. They make the very real point...

  • Guidance for Hospices

    2 speeches

    How has the Scottish Government continued to monitor the guidance for hospices on palliative care and end-of-life visiting during this outbreak?

  • Support for Sport

    6 speeches

    I have discussed previously with the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing how important sport is to the social fabric of our nation and how important sport will be to the physical,...

  • Mental Health Support (Health and Care Staff)

    2 speeches

    Is the Scottish Government providing any additional mental health support for front-line national health service staff and care workers during the Covid-19 crisis?

  • Covid-19 Antibody Testing

    2 speeches

    The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport will be aware that a reliable antibody test, which tells people whether they have had the coronavirus, has finally been approved by European Union...

  • Personal Protective Equipment (Face Masks)

    2 speeches

    This week’s statistics from the Information Services Division reveal that 61 per cent of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland are women. National Records of Scotland...

  • Covid-19 Test Kits (Care Homes)

    2 speeches

    How best can care homes, especially those in rural areas, access test kits for their residents and staff, even if no one is displaying obvious symptoms of the virus, so that they have them...

  • Covid-19 Testing (NHS Grampian)

    2 speeches

    It is clear that the best way to inform action in relation to the pandemic is to have a strong evidence base, and testing is the most important element of that. It is also clear that a...

  • Covid-19 Testing (Care Workers)

    6 speeches

    [ Temporary loss of sound ]—a carer contacted me following an outbreak of Covid-19. She was asymptomatic, but was worried about the health of her family, as she had been given personal...

  • Social Care Workers (Living Wage)

    3 speeches

    Should independent care companies follow the Scottish Government’s lead and apply the living wage increase to their adult social care workers?

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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