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Scottish Parliament debates

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

  • First Minister’s Question Time

    3 speeches

    Good afternoon, colleagues. As usual, I remind members to be careful about observing social distancing guidance in the chamber and throughout the building, but particularly when coming into and...

  • Schools Reopening

    8 speeches

    1. I again welcome the sustained fall in the number of fatalities from Covid-19, although, obviously, those fatalities are still distressing. Our thoughts are with those families, but the...

  • Schools Reopening

    6 speeches

    2. Two days ago, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Bruce Adamson, declared: “The State has an obligation to ensure that children can access their human right to...

  • Climate Targets

    4 speeches

    3. The Covid crisis is, clearly, the most immediate challenge for the Scottish Government, but it must not allow us to fail on the deeper, longer-term crisis that we also face. Sadly, for the...

  • Childcare

    5 speeches

    4. The Scottish Government is opening up more of the economy. Thousands of parents will be returning to work in businesses and shops in June and July. However, normal summer childcare—from...

  • Ferry Tickets (Island Residents)

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister whether she will provide an update for island residents who wish to book ferry tickets. (S5F-04228)

  • People with Dementia (Lockdown)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister what consideration the Scottish Government has given to the impact of lockdown restrictions on people with dementia. (S5F-04233)

  • National Health Service (Restart of Services)

    4 speeches

    7. To ask the First Minister whether she will provide an update on the Scottish Government’s plans to restart NHS services, in light of reported concerns from patients who are experiencing...

  • Civil Service Jobs (East Kilbride)

    2 speeches

    The First Minister is aware that my constituency of East Kilbride has already suffered a huge blow from the decision by the United Kingdom Government to move thousands of skilled Her...

  • Care Homes (Discharge from Hospital)

    2 speeches

    The Edinburgh Evening News reports today on the case of my constituent Mr Rodger Laing, who—against the wishes of his family, with his power of attorney overruled—was transferred from...

  • Covid-19 Testing

    2 speeches

    A constituent contacted me about a neighbour who received a self-testing kit for Covid-19. They did the test, but nobody was available to pick it up. The neighbour contacted me, I spoke to NHS...

  • Food (Support for Families)

    2 speeches

    What is the Scottish Government doing to ensure that families have support to access food over the summer holidays?

  • School Leavers (Support Services)

    2 speeches

    Bearing in mind the current emergency and its devastating effects on Education Scotland, can the First Minister give me a concrete assurance that the Scottish Government has provided local...

  • Aerospace and Aviation (Job Losses)

    2 speeches

    Two weeks ago, I asked the First Minister to establish an aerospace and aviation task force, and I am grateful that a group has been established to respond to the situation at Rolls-Royce and to...

  • Job Retention Scheme

    2 speeches

    Has the First Minister had any discussions with the United Kingdom Government about extending the job retention scheme?

  • Social Distancing

    2 speeches

    Keeping 3m apart is better for social distancing than keeping 2m apart, and 2m is better than 1m, but the World Health Organization says that a 1m distance is safe. Will the First Minister aim to...

  • Brexit Transition Period

    2 speeches

    Many experts have warned that a second spike in coronavirus will be doubly disastrous if it is combined with a no-deal or low-deal Brexit. Can the First Minister update Parliament on what further...

  • Scouts Scotland (Third Sector Resilience Fund)

    2 speeches

    I have two children who are scouts, and many members will have family connections or local associations with the scouting movement. Today, Scouts Scotland has said that 47 per cent of its staff...

  • Brexit (Economic Impact)

    2 speeches

    Professor Jim Gallagher recently told the Finance and Constitution Committee that “adding further economic disruption on top of the economic disruption caused by the Covid crisis by driving...

  • Island Communities (Lockdown)

    2 speeches

    Each of our islands is unique. What criteria will be used to decide, and who will decide, when and how our islands come out of lockdown? Community engagement has been discussed. How will that...

  • Independent Ferry Operators (Business Support)

    2 speeches

    In April, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture announced the creation of a £45 million ferry fund to support operators during the Covid crisis. Although vital independent...

  • Provisional Outturn 2019-20

    33 speeches

    The next item of business is a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes, on the provisional outturn for 2019-20. The cabinet secretary will take questions at the end of her...

  • Justice Sector Response, Recovery and Renewal

    29 speeches

    The next item of business is a statement by Humza Yousaf on justice sector response, recovery and renewal. The cabinet secretary will take questions at the end of his statement, so there should...

  • Mental Health (Transition and Recovery)

    34 speeches

    [ Interruption .] Sorry, this is just like being at home, cleaning the bunker—although nobody knows what a bunker is, do they? The next item of business is a statement by Clare Haughey on...

  • Business Motion

    1 speech

    The next item of business is consideration of business motion S5M-22065, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for the stage 3 consideration of...

  • Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

    198 speeches

    The next item of business is stage 3 proceedings on the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. Members should have the bill as amended at stage 2, the...

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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