Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 17 December 2020

  • Trade (Disclosure of Information) Bill

    5 speeches

    We begin today’s business with consideration of legislative consent motion S5M-23736, in the name of Ivan McKee, on the Trade (Disclosure of Information) Bill. Motion moved, That the...

  • First Minister’s Question Time

    3 speeches

    Before we start First Minister’s question time, I ask the First Minister to update us on the Covid situation.

  • Drug Deaths

    8 speeches

    1. There were 1,264 drug deaths in a single year: a record number of deaths; the sixth year in a row of record numbers of deaths; double the loss of life from drug deaths in 2007; and three and a...

  • Drug Deaths

    6 speeches

    2. I will begin with a quote: “Since Scotland’s drug death day of shame just two days ago, another six people will have died in Scotland. Three will die today. We will not have a...

  • Heathrow Airport (Third Runway)

    4 speeches

    3. Even during a pandemic, we need to recognise the far longer-term emergency that we face: the climate emergency. Yesterday, in the same week as the update to the Scottish Government’s...

  • Drug Deaths

    4 speeches

    4. It should not have taken this year’s record deaths for the First Minister to step up and take the lead on drug use. We have had record numbers of deaths for years, and I am particularly...

  • Biodiversity

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government’s statement of intent on biodiversity will support Scotland’s transition to net zero. (S5F-04674)

  • Blood Donations

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister whether she will provide an update on the conditions regarding blood donations. (S5F-04667)

  • University Students (Accommodation Costs)

    5 speeches

    7. To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government plans to help students who will lose out financially on their accommodation costs as a result of the staggered return to universities....

  • Erasmus+

    3 speeches

    The Conservative Government has failed to broker access to the Erasmus+ programme for Scotland. That programme was instigated by Winnie Ewing, and it has, of course, been life enhancing for...

  • New Eye Hospital (NHS Lothian)

    2 speeches

    Yesterday, NHS Lothian informed local elected representatives that Scottish National Party ministers had informed it that they were withdrawing funding for the new eye hospital for Lothian. Plans...

  • Retail Staff (Covid Vaccinations)

    2 speeches

    I have been made aware by a constituent that a major retail company is refusing to give eligible front-line staff time off for their Covid vaccine appointments. I will not publicly name the...

  • Funded Childcare

    2 speeches

    Will the First Minister provide an update on changes to legislation that would entitle all four-year-old children to access funded childcare when their parents choose to defer their place for a...

  • Secondary School Grades Assessment (West Lothian)

    2 speeches

    I have been contacted by and on behalf of secondary 6 pupils in West Lothian. Their understanding is that they will be asked to sit a Scottish Qualifications Authority paper as part of their...

  • Drive-in Entertainment (Closures)

    2 speeches

    From this weekend and over Christmas, drive-in movies and drive-in pantos were planned for Loch Lomond Shores in West Dumbartonshire and across many areas in Scotland. However, those have had to...

  • Climate Change Plan Update

    2 speeches

    I am sure that the First Minister will agree that the climate change plan update that was published yesterday and discussed earlier is an extremely ambitious action plan. It is clear that...

  • North Lanarkshire Councillors (Pay Rise)

    2 speeches

    Councillors in Labour-run North Lanarkshire have recently voted to give senior officers an average pay rise of £10,000. That leaves a yawning gap between them and the next best paid of...

  • Racist Incidents (Police Resourcing)

    2 speeches

    Is the First Minister concerned about the appalling racist attack in Edinburgh last Friday and will she say what work is being done to ensure that the police are resourced to address racist...

  • Northern Ireland Protocol

    2 speeches

    At a meeting of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee earlier this week, I asked Michael Gove whether the Northern Ireland protocol would disadvantage the Scottish economy,...

  • Air Discount Scheme

    2 speeches

    Since my former colleague Tavish Scott first introduced the air discount scheme in 2006, it has benefited thousands of people who live and work in communities across the Highlands and Islands....

  • Tay Cities Deal

    2 speeches

    Will the First Minister join me in welcoming today’s signing of the Tay cities deal? Does she agree that the deal, which includes £20 million-worth of investment by the Scottish...

  • Health Boards (Resources)

    2 speeches

    Earlier, the First Minister and Ruth Davidson spoke about two epidemics—the first of Covid-19 and the second of the drug deaths that have happened on the First Minister’s watch. I...

  • Drug and Alcohol Services (Budget Cuts)

    2 speeches

    This week, well-respected researchers at the University of the West of Scotland identified that there has been a 55 per cent cut in drug and alcohol service budgets since 2007. Will the First...

  • Portfolio Question Time

  • Economy, Fair Work and Culture

  • Economy (Dumfriesshire)

    6 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to accelerate projects that will support the economy in Dumfriesshire. (S5O-04865)

  • Burntisland Fabrications

    7 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on BiFab. (S5O-04866)

  • Newly Self-employed People (Support)

    4 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government what financial support is available for newly self-employed people who have not been able to access other forms of support during the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04867)

  • Covid-19 Pandemic (Engagement with Business Stakeholders)

    4 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to engage with business stakeholders to inform its response to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04868)

  • Give Key Workers a Break Campaign

    4 speeches

    5. I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests; I am a member of the GMB union. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the GMB Scotland campaign, give...

  • Covid-19 Pandemic (Support for Businesses)

    8 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support businesses that are struggling to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04870)

  • Covid-19 Pandemic (Supermarkets)

    5 speeches

    8. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the supermarket sector regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04872)

  • Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

    52 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S5M-23707, in the name of John Swinney, on the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill.

  • Decision Time

    2 speeches

    The next item of business is decision time. There is one question to be put as a result of today’s business. The question is, that motion S5M-23707, in the name of John Swinney, on the...

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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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