Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 5 November 2020

  • First Minister’s Question Time

    3 speeches

    Good afternoon, colleagues. Our first item of business is First Minister’s question time. Before we turn to questions, the First Minister will update the Parliament on Covid-19 and public...

  • NHS Winter Preparedness (Covid-19)

    8 speeches

    1. I quote: “We have a significant number of cases, we have a shortage of beds and we have significant staff shortages because of illness and staff isolating.” That is the warning...

  • National Health Service Pressures

    6 speeches

    2. We are now firmly in the second wave of Covid-19, and with that comes a second wave of pressure. I go back to what Professor Jackie Taylor of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of...

  • Covid Testing (NHS Workers)

    4 speeches

    3. Our national health service workers deserve a pay rise, but they also all deserve the protection of testing. We have heard about Professor Jackie Taylor’s concerns about staff shortages...

  • Covid-19 Testing

    5 speeches

    4. I want to return to testing. The First Minister has been behind the curve on much of testing, but it is not too late to catch up. I want to understand why all the innovations are happening in...

  • Mental Health Services

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister what additional support the Scottish Government has made available for mental health services to help cope with the long-term effects that lockdown and on-going...

  • Covid-19 Restrictions (Tier System)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister what advice has been offered to local authorities regarding which measurements would trigger a move through the new tiered system of Covid-19 restrictions. (S5F-04524)

  • Dental Health (Poverty)

    4 speeches

    7. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government will take to prevent a dental health crisis for people living in poverty in the coming months and years. (S5F-04525)

  • Remembrance Sunday

    4 speeches

    8. To ask the First Minister what guidance the Scottish Government has issued for marking remembrance Sunday. (S5F-04516)

  • Covid-19 Testing (Oil and Gas Workers)

    2 speeches

    What discussions has the Scottish Government had with the oil and gas industry about the provision of Covid testing for workers prior to their travelling to oilfield installations and returning...

  • Covid-19 (Care Homes Public Inquiry)

    2 speeches

    In light of last night’s vote by the Parliament to set up an immediate public inquiry into the tragedy of deaths in our care homes during the pandemic, what steps is the Scottish Government...

  • National Health Service Pressures

    2 speeches

    I express my solidarity with the Unison NHS Lothian members who are demonstrating outside the Parliament on behalf of their colleagues from across Scotland. Their message is clear: clapping is...

  • College Nursing Students (Covid-19 Insurance)

    2 speeches

    I have been contacted by students from North East Scotland College who are undertaking a higher national certificate in care and administrative practice, which is part of a programme with Robert...

  • Community Sentences (Proposed Changes)

    2 speeches

    Recently, various newspapers reported on a Convention of Scottish Local Authorities document that contained proposals from Community Justice Scotland to slash community sentence hours, apply a...

  • Taxi Drivers (Coronavirus Support Fund)

    2 speeches

    Across Scotland, our taxi drivers are facing financial ruin with business decimated by Covid restrictions. For many, their cab is their office so they are not eligible for the coronavirus...

  • Furlough Scheme (Extension)

    2 speeches

    I understand that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has just made an announcement elsewhere about furlough. In a week of chaos and confusion from the Tories, he U-turned on abolishing furlough only...

  • Travel (Covid-19)

    2 speeches

    Does the First Minister understand that threatening to impose an unenforceable legal ban on people travelling outside their council area, with all the problems that would result from that, risks...

  • Children (Covid-19)

    2 speeches

    Can the First Minister clarify the rationale for why children under 12 are included in the total number of permitted attendees at a wedding when in all other settings children under 12 are not...

  • Legal Advice (Publication)

    3 speeches

    Last night, the Scottish Parliament expressed its will that the Scottish Government release all legal advice in relation to the judicial review of its handling of complaints against Alex Salmond....

  • Portfolio Question Time

  • Social Security and Older People

    1 speech

    I remind members that social distancing measures are in place in the chamber and across the Holyrood campus. I ask members please to take care to observe those measures over the course of this...

  • Social Isolation (Older People)

    6 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to support older people experiencing social isolation ahead of winter. (S5O-04721)

  • Supporting Older People

    4 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support older people, including those resident in care homes. (S5O-04722)

  • Disabled People (Covid-19)

    9 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken of the impact of Covid-19 on disabled people. (S5O-04723)

  • School Children (Holiday Support)

    4 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government how the social security system will support families with school-age children during the school holidays. (S5O-04724)

  • Covid-19 (Welfare Funding)

    5 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government what welfare funding is being made available to support people facing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. (S5O-04725)

  • Older People (Needs and Rights)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that public services meet the needs of older people and that their rights are respected. (S5O-04726)

  • Digital Access and Skills (Older People)

    8 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government what support is in place to improve digital access, skills and confidence for older people. (S5O-04727)

  • Young Persons Guarantee

    34 speeches

    The next item of business is a statement by Fiona Hyslop on the young persons guarantee.

  • Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

    36 speeches

    The next item of business is a stage 1 debate on motion S5M-23243, in the name of Ash Denham, on the Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill. I ask members who wish to speak in the...

  • Decision Time

    1 speech

    There is only one question to be put. The question is, that motion S5M-23243, in the name of Ash Denham, on the Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill, be agreed to. Motion 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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