Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 19 November 2020

  • First Minister’s Question Time

    3 speeches

    Good afternoon, colleagues. As usual, we begin business with First Minister’s question time. In line with the current custom, I invite the First Minister to update us on the Covid situation.

  • Covid-19 (Christmas Planning)

    8 speeches

    1. Last month, I asked the First Minister to consider a Christmas loneliness plan so that no one would be left sitting alone at their Christmas table. I am pleased by the reports of four-nations...

  • Covid-19 Restrictions (Travel Ban)

    6 speeches

    2. Tomorrow, a travel ban will become law. It is a law that Parliament will have barely scrutinised, let alone voted on. The ban will mean that people in levels 3 and 4 will be acting criminally...

  • Covid-19 (Parliamentary Scrutiny)

    4 speeches

    3. The First Minister has welcomed scrutiny of her Government’s response to the pandemic and, as always, the Scottish Green Party is committed to playing a constructive role in opposition....

  • Mental Health Support (Police)

    4 speeches

    4. Liberal Democrats secured a commitment from the Government for 800 dedicated mental health professionals. They were for doctors’ surgeries and accident and emergency departments, but...

  • Covid-19 (Travel Restrictions)

    4 speeches

    5. My question has been somewhat pre-empted by events. To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will consider putting travel restrictions into regulations, in light of reports...

  • Free Ports

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister when the Scottish Government expects a free port to open in Scotland. (S5F-04573)

  • Covid-19 (Resolution Foundation Report)

    4 speeches

    7. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the report, “Caught in a (Covid) trap”, by the Resolution Foundation, which says that almost a third...

  • Covid Restrictions (West Lothian)

    3 speeches

    There is considerable disappointment in West Lothian about moving to tier 4 restrictions. Nonetheless, the West Lothian community will continue to pull together to protect our national health...

  • Covid-19 (Level 4 Restrictions)

    2 speeches

    Over the past 48 hours, the reality of Tuesday’s confirmation of level 4 status has settled on my Eastwood constituents, who feel a mixture of weary resignation, bewilderment and fear....

  • Hospitality Businesses

    2 speeches

    In recent days, Ian Murray and I have written to the First Minister on behalf of hospitality businesses in our constituency. Those business owners collectively run more than 100 premises across...

  • Coronavirus (Support for Small Businesses)

    2 speeches

    What impact will the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s decision to scrap the job retention bonus have? The decision has been condemned by the Federation of Small Businesses, many of whose...

  • “Do Not Resuscitate” Notices

    2 speeches

    My constituent Heather Goodare had a “Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation ” notice imposed on her during a three-day stay in hospital following a minor stroke. Ms Goodare did...

  • Care Homes (Discharge of Covid-positive Patients)

    2 speeches

    This week, West Lothian will move into level 4, which means that visits to a care home can take place only once that home is clear of the last Covid case for 28 days. Last night, I was contacted...

  • Christmas Travel Plans (Northern Isles)

    2 speeches

    Shetland students and their families are anxious about Christmas travel plans. It is not easy to get home to the northern isles; it is expensive, and bad weather can often mean cancellations....

  • Free Ports

    2 speeches

    Does the First Minister accept that the experience of free ports in the United States has been that they lead mainly to the relocation of existing jobs rather than to new jobs—a situation...

  • Attacks on Emergency Workers (Sentencing)

    2 speeches

    The Scottish National Party’s effective ban on short sentences means that most criminals who are convicted under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 never see the inside of a prison...

  • Support for Estranged Students

    2 speeches

    Next week is the fourth annual estranged student week, which seeks to raise awareness of family estrangement and of the fact that those students face additional barriers to success due to...

  • Edinburgh Zoo (Financial Support)

    3 speeches

    The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has signalled that a number of its staff have entered the redundancy process. Put simply, the continuing restrictions on travel into and out of Edinburgh...

  • Portfolio Question Time

  • Constitution, Europe and External Affairs

    1 speech

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

  • Cuban Government (Discussions)

    4 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the Cuban Government. (S5O-04769)

  • Animal Sentience (European Union Principles)

    9 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government how the provisions in its proposed European Union continuity bill will stay aligned with EU principles on animal sentience. (S5O-04770)

  • Scottish Parliament (2021 Election)

    8 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government what contingency work it is carrying out to prepare for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election should Covid-19 restrictions remain in place. (S5O-04772)

  • United States Presidency

    4 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government what difference it anticipates Joe Biden taking over the presidency from Donald Trump will make to its relationship with the United States and Europe. (S5O-04771)

  • Independence Referendum

    8 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government on what basis the constitution secretary stated that an independence referendum would take place in 2021. (S5O-04773)

  • Road Haulage and Logistics Sector (Impact of Brexit)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact of Brexit will be on the road haulage and logistics sector. (S5O-04774)

  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Discussions)

    4 speeches

    8. To ask the Scottish Government when it last spoke with the office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in relation to European Union/United Kingdom future relationship negotiations....

  • Covid Vaccine

    32 speeches

    The next item of business is a statement by Jeane Freeman on a Covid vaccine. The cabinet secretary will take questions at the end of her statement, so there should be no interventions or...

  • Youth Football

    29 speeches

    The next item of business is a Public Petitions Committee debate on motion S5M-23316, in the name of Johann Lamont, on improving youth football in Scotland. I ask those who wish to speak to press...

  • Coronavirus (Scotland’s Strategic Approach)

    68 speeches

    Before I call the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell, to open our debate on Covid-19, I thought that it would be helpful to clarify what the Parliament will...

  • Point of Order

    2 speeches

    On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I have not had the opportunity to see the Official Report of my statement and the subsequent questions, but I may have made a mistake in my answer to at...

  • Decision Time

    11 speeches

    We come to decision time. The first question is, that motion S5M-23361, in the name of Johann Lamont, on improving youth football in Scotland, be agreed to. Motion agreed to, That the Parliament...

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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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