Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 18 November 2021

  • General Question Time

    1 speech

    Good morning. I remind members about the Covid-related measures that are in place, and that face coverings should be worn when moving around the chamber and across the Holyrood campus. The first...

  • Disability Benefits (20m rule)

    11 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the “20m rule” within eligibility criteria for disability benefits is dignified, fair, respectful and consistent with...

  • Veterans (Services)

    4 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government what reassurances it can give to any veterans facing challenges in relation to their local healthcare, housing and accessibility needs. (S6O-00397)

  • Alcohol Licensing (Sales Data)

    5 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to reported calls for licensees to be required to provide alcohol sales data to their local licensing board. (S6O-00398)

  • Smoking Reduction

    7 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to emphasise the harmful effects of tobacco as part of its aim to reduce smoking and protect public health. (S6O-00400)

  • National Health Service Workforce (Winter Pressures)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with trade unions regarding the impact of winter pressures on the national health service workforce. (S6O-00401)

  • Long Covid

    4 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it recognises long Covid as a disability. (S6O-00402)

  • Economic Growth

    4 speeches

    8. To ask the Scottish Government what it considers to be the underlying strengths of any economic growth in Scotland. (S6O-00403)

  • First Minister’s Question Time

  • Justice System (Release from Prison)

    8 speeches

    1. Sixty-seven-year-old Esther Brown was raped and murdered by Jason Graham. This is a man who was a registered sex offender and had 23 previous convictions. In 2013, he was given a seven and a...

  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

    7 speeches

    2. I have repeatedly come to the chamber to raise tragedy after tragedy at the Queen Elizabeth university hospital. Despite that, we still have a culture of cover-up, denial and families being...

  • Weir & McQuiston (Administration)

    2 speeches

    The First Minister might be aware that Wishart-based, family-owned Weir & McQuiston (Scotland) Ltd entered administration this week. WMQ was one of Scotland’s leading mechanical and...

  • Booster Vaccinations (Ayrshire and Arran)

    2 speeches

    I have a constituent in the vulnerable category who went to book a booster vaccination and was told that there was no availability until mid-January. I have had it confirmed by NHS Ayrshire and...

  • Glasgow Transport Fares

    2 speeches

    Delegates to the 26th United Nations climate change conference of the parties—COP26—were handed free smart cards like the one that I am holding up to access integrated public...

  • Booster Vaccinations

    2 speeches

    Will the First Minister join me in thanking all the staff, volunteers and people in Scotland who have helped make Scotland the first United Kingdom nation to give the extra vaccine dose to half...

  • Oil and Gas Jobs (North East Scotland)

    2 speeches

    On Tuesday, the First Minister turned her back on 100,000 oil and gas workers, many of whom are in the north-east. Yesterday, the Scottish National Party turned its back on its commitment to...

  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

    2 speeches

    The heartbroken family of Andrew Slorance is not the only family seeking answers about what happened to loved ones at Queen Elizabeth university hospital. Theresa Smith, as reported on front page...

  • 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (Impact)

    6 speeches

    3. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government anticipates the lasting impact of COP26 will be for the people of Glasgow and Scotland. (S6F-00470)

  • Face-to-face Advocacy Services

    4 speeches

    4. To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Government has made of the impact of reduced face-to-face advocacy services on vulnerable people, such as victims of domestic abuse....

  • Advocacy Services (Funding)

    2 speeches

    Advocacy services are an important lifeline for many different groups, including vulnerable older people. However, even before the pandemic, reduced funding for advocacy organisations across...

  • Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol

    8 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister what consideration the Scottish Government has given to increasing the minimum unit price for alcohol. (S6F-00467)

  • Tenants (Private Sector)

    4 speeches

    6. I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests, as an owner of a rented property in North Lanarkshire. To ask the First Minister what action the...

  • Road Safety (Falkirk)

    26 speeches

    The next item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S6M-01281, in the name of Stephen Kerr, on road safety in Falkirk. The debate will be concluded without any question being...

  • Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

    1 speech

    Good afternoon. I remind members that Covid-related measures are in place and that face coverings should be worn when moving around the chamber and across the Holyrood campus. The next item of...

  • Local Offices and Surgeries (Security)

    4 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, in light of reported concerns, what consideration it is giving to additional funding for increased security personnel and security for...

  • MSP Staff Allowances

    4 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when it will make a decision regarding the level of MSP allowances for staff for 2022-23. (S6O-00407)

  • Trade Unions (Meetings)

    4 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when it last met trade unions representing Scottish parliamentary service and MSP staff. (S6O-00406)

  • Armed Forces Reservists

    5 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what support it provides to MSPs in connection with the employment of armed forces reservists, and to armed forces reservists who work for the...

  • Heating and Ventilation

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what review has been undertaken of heating the Parliament building, in light of the updated ventilation requirements. (S6O-00417)

  • Collective Decision Making

    4 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its position is on collective decision making, following media reports of division, regarding the security of MSPs and the Scottish...

  • Scottish Parliament Website

    7 speeches

    8. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what action it has taken to assess the effectiveness and utility of the new Scottish Parliament website. (S6O-00414)

  • School Visits (Budget)

    4 speeches

    9. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the Scottish Parliament’s budget is for both inbound and outbound school visits. (S6O-00419)

  • Local Offices (Ventilation)

    4 speeches

    10. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what assistance it will provide to MSPs to make improvements to the ventilation of their local offices, in order to support their reopening...

  • MSP Annual Reports

    4 speeches

    11. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether members’ annual reports can be delivered after 4 February 2022 and, if not, what the reasons are for its position on the matter....

  • Services Outwith Usual Hours

    7 speeches

    12. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consideration has been given to providing parliamentary services outwith usual hours. (S6O-00421)

  • Portfolio Question Time

  • Rural Affairs and Islands

    1 speech

    The next item of business is portfolio question time, on the rural affairs and islands portfolio. I remind members that questions 3 and 7 are grouped together, and I will therefore take...

  • Avian Influenza

    6 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring that keepers of birds and poultry, and the general public, are informed and able to respond to cases of the avian influenza virus. (S6O-00388)

  • Rural Economy (North East Scotland)

    6 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting the rural economy in the north-east. (S6O-00389)

  • Food and Drink Supply Chain (Staff Shortages)

    4 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the impact on the food and drink supply chain, what its response is to a recent survey of 1,000 United Kingdom businesses by Gallagher, which...

  • Food and Drink Industry and Supply Chain (Staff and Skills Shortages)

    10 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government what recent engagement it has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding reports of labour and skills shortages in the...

  • Climate Targets (Agriculture)

    10 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government what actions are being taken to ensure that the agriculture sector plays a leading role in delivering a net zero Scotland. (S6O-00391)

  • Rural Skills Development

    7 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the rural affairs secretary has had with ministerial colleagues and rural businesses regarding action to improve and enhance rural skills...

  • Farmers and Crofters (Support Payments)

    9 speeches

    8. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making on issuing payments to farmers and crofters through this year’s national basic payment support scheme. (S6O-00395)

  • Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Agenda

    118 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S6M-02158, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on the United Kingdom shared prosperity fund and the UK Government’s levelling up agenda in...

  • Point of Order

    2 speeches

    On a point of order, Presiding Officer. In the spirit of the comments that the minister has just made, I appeal to you for help in relation to an important matter that affects members. The...

  • Parliamentary Bureau Motion

    2 speeches

    The next item of business is consideration of a Parliamentary Bureau motion. I ask George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, to move motion S6M-02190, on approval of a Scottish...

  • Decision Time

    14 speeches

    There are five questions to be put as a result of today’s business. I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Miles Briggs is agreed to, the other amendments will fall. The...

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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