Scottish Parliament debates

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

  • First Minister’s Question Time

    3 speeches

    Good afternoon. We begin with First Minister’s question time but, before we turn to the questions, the First Minister will update us with a short statement on Covid.

  • Vaccination Programme

    8 speeches

    1. I associate myself and my party with the sentiments that the First Minister expressed regarding the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore. The word “hero” is overused, but he definitely...

  • Vaccination (Over-70s)

    6 speeches

    2. I, too, send my condolences to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore and to all those families who have lost loved ones. Progress with the vaccination programme is always welcome, but some...

  • Vaccination (Vulnerable Teachers)

    4 speeches

    3. We all know how important it is that we prioritise the needs of children and young people but do so as safely as possible for them, school staff and the wider community. Yesterday’s...

  • Vaccinators (Recruitment and Training)

    4 speeches

    4. This is from someone who wants to be a vaccinator: “I am currently entering week five of the recruitment process, with a possible induction start date for the 10th of February subject to...

  • Pandemic (Cost of Lost Schooling)

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the Institute for Fiscal Studies report that was published on 1 February, which suggests that the cost of lost...

  • Echocardiograms

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to ensure that patients have timely access to echocardiograms. (S5F-04777)

  • Covid-19 Vaccine Passport

    5 speeches

    7. To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Government has made of introducing an internationally recognised, digital Covid-19 vaccine passport. (S5F-04776)

  • Hospital and Care Home Visits (Restrictions)

    2 speeches

    Given the good progress on vaccinating the priority groups, which include not just the over-80s and those in care homes but, in the weeks ahead, groups such as unpaid carers, when will the...

  • Vaccination Programme

    2 speeches

    I have been contacted by a constituent from my Highlands and Islands region who, instead of being offered the vaccine at the local general practitioner surgery in Keith, has been told to travel...

  • Covid-19 (South African Variant)

    2 speeches

    Can the First Minister confirm that, in the five cases of the South African variant that have been identified in Scotland, which have been linked to travel, the people concerned have been given...

  • High Streets and Town Centres (Support)

    2 speeches

    What action is the Scottish Government taking to address the serious challenges that our local high streets face in the current climate and to support regeneration of our town centres as we move...

  • City Centres (Store Closures)

    4 speeches

    Willie Coffey asked a good question, and I would like to press the First Minister on a specific point. Last week, Aberdeen city centre was hit by the closure of Debenhams after more than 35 years...

  • Windfall Tax (Retail Corporations)

    2 speeches

    While we see growing numbers of empty shop units across Scotland, retail giants such as Amazon and the supermarkets have seen vastly increased profits over the past year and have actually...

  • Benefit Cap

    2 speeches

    What is the First Minister’s response to the figures that reveal that the number of Scottish households who are affected by the benefit cap has nearly doubled during the pandemic?

  • Galloway (National Park)

    2 speeches

    Back in November 2018, in response to a question from me, the First Minister said that she appreciated arguments that I had put forward calling for a national park to be established in Galloway....

  • Drugs Policy

    2 speeches

    This week, the state of Oregon decriminalised personal possession of all drugs. It will still, rightly, prosecute dealers, but it will now offer users a range of public health options to help to...

  • Self-isolation Support Grant

    5 speeches

    Does the First Minister agree that it is important that we break down financial barriers to self-isolation? I welcome the extension of the £500 self-isolation support grant to people who...

  • Brexit

    35 speeches

    I remind members that social distancing measures are in place in the chamber and across the Holyrood campus. I ask members to take care to observe those measures, including when entering and...

  • Universal Support for Self-Isolation

    30 speeches

    I remind everyone that social distancing measures are in place in the chamber and across the campus. I ask everyone to take particular care when they are entering or exiting the chamber. The next...

  • Unexplained Wealth Orders (Donald Trump)

    25 speeches

    The next item of business is a Scottish Green Party debate on motion S5M-24030, in the name of Patrick Harvie, on unexplained wealth orders, Donald Trump.

  • Business Motions

    2 speeches

    The next item of business is consideration of business motion S5M-24040, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme. Motion moved, That the...

  • Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    11 speeches

    The next item is consideration of Parliamentary Bureau motion S5M-24043, on approval of a Scottish statutory instrument. Motion moved, That the Parliament agrees that Health Protection...

  • Decision Time

    51 speeches

    Before I put the first question, I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville is agreed to, the amendments in the name of Rachael Hamilton and Pauline McNeill...

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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