Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 17 June 2021

  • First Minister’s Question Time

    1 speech

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

  • Drug Deaths

    10 speeches

    1. This afternoon, the Scottish Parliament will debate the next steps to tackle Scotland’s drug deaths crisis. Does the First Minister accept that people in Scotland today are still being...

  • Covid-19 (Personal Protective Equipment)

    8 speeches

    2. The report published today by Audit Scotland lays out the truth about personal protective equipment provision during the pandemic. It confirms that the Scottish Government was not prepared. I...

  • Climate Targets

    4 speeches

    3. During the election, the First Minister had to explain why her Government had missed two climate targets in a row. This week, a third annual climate target came and went, and Scotland is...

  • Covid-19 (Business Support)

    4 speeches

    4. To ask the First Minister what engagement the Scottish Government has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding Covid-19 business support, in light of the rise of the delta variant....

  • Malicious Prosecutions (Inquiry)

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will provide an update on the commitment to hold an inquiry into the malicious prosecutions concerning Rangers Football Club. (S6F-00116)

  • Psychiatric Hospitals (Discharge Delays)

    5 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking in response to reports that some patients are having to wait over three years to be discharged from psychiatric...

  • Removal of Dental Charges

    2 speeches

    I welcome yesterday’s announcement that not only will dental charges be removed for care-experienced young people, as set out in the Scottish National Party manifesto, but the policy has...

  • ScotRail Strike Action

    2 speeches

    Since March, conductors and ticket examiners at ScotRail have been taking strike action and it is believed that that will go on into the summer. That has led to a huge reduction in services on...

  • Asylum Seekers (Glasgow City Council)

    2 speeches

    The First Minister may be aware of reports that Glasgow City Council intends to extend the ban on asylum seekers coming to Glasgow as a result of the constraints of accommodation. We all know...

  • Accident Prevention Messaging (Water Safety)

    2 speeches

    I am sure that the First Minister and the whole chamber will join me in sending sincerest condolences to the friends and family of 13-year-old Aidan Rooney and to the wider St Aidan’s high...

  • Eating Disorder Services (Children and Young People)

    2 speeches

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists has received figures that show that the number of referrals of children and young people with eating disorders soared to crisis levels during lockdown....

  • Scottish Qualifications Authority (Non-submission of Grades)

    2 speeches

    Evidence in today’s Scotsman shows that young people who have been judged to have failed a course are not having their grades submitted to the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Although...

  • United Kingdom and Australia Free Trade Deal

    2 speeches

    NFU Scotland has said that the agreement in principle with Australia “sets a dangerous precedent” for future free trade agreements. The deal has been done with no consultation, no...

  • Breast Cancer Screening (Self-referral)

    2 speeches

    As the First Minister is aware, self-referral for breast cancer screening by women over 70 has been paused. That is giving rise to concerns for all those who are affected in all parts of the...

  • Autism Assessments (NHS Fife)

    2 speeches

    Families in Fife who are waiting for autism assessments for their children are at crisis point. There have been no assessments since the start of the pandemic, and there is now a backlog of more...

  • Travel Restrictions (Impact on Tourism)

    2 speeches

    This week, I met a Borders-based travel agent who has legitimate concerns about the effect of travel restrictions on his business. Like many others, my constituent has lost commission from tour...

  • Portfolio Question Time

  • Justice

    1 speech

    Good afternoon, colleagues. 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,...

  • Sentencing Policy (Assault on Emergency Workers)

    4 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the presumption against short sentences has had on the number of people who are sent to jail for assaulting emergency workers. (S6O-00041)

  • Prosecution System

    6 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that the prosecution system delivers fairer and more effective justice. (S6O-00042)

  • Violence Against Women

    6 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to tackle violence against women, particularly in relation to prostitution and purchasers of sex. (S6O-00043)

  • Victim Support

    6 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve support for victims of crime. (S6O-00044)

  • Victims’ Mental Health (Effect of Trial Delays)

    7 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that delays to criminal trials are adversely affecting victims’ mental health. (S6O-00045)

  • Cashback for Communities (East Lothian)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government how many projects have been funded by the cashback for communities programme in East Lothian since the initiative was launched. (S6O-00046)

  • Age of Criminal Responsibility

    4 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to raise the age of criminal responsibility to the international minimum. (S6O-00047)

  • Police Scotland (Officer and Staff Numbers)

    5 speeches

    8. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the number of divisional officers working in each local division as detailed in the latest publication of Police Scotland’s officer...

  • Provisional Outturn 2020-21

    33 speeches

    The next item of business is a statement by Tom Arthur on the provisional outturn for 2020-21. The minister will take questions at the end of his statement, so there should be no interventions or...

  • Law Officers

    7 speeches

    We move to the next item of business.

  • Drug-related Deaths

    60 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 the measures, including when entering and...

  • Point of Order

    2 speeches

    On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I raised a point of order yesterday about members speaking remotely, even though they are here, in their offices, and even though there are clearly free...

  • Parliamentary Bureau Motion

    3 speeches

    The next item of business is consideration of Parliamentary Bureau motion S6M-00429, on committee membership. I ask George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, to move the motion.

  • Decision Time

    28 speeches

    There are six questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S6M-00400 .1, in the name of Sue Webber, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00400, in...

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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