Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 21 April 2022

  • General Question Time

    1 speech

    The first item of business is general question time. I would appreciate short and succinct questions, and answers to match, in order to get in as many members as possible.

  • Women’s Access to Clinics and Hospitals

    4 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and Police Scotland to discuss safe access for all women to clinics and hospitals. (S6O-00982)

  • Home Heating Support Fund

    4 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the roll-out of the home heating support fund. (S6O-00983)

  • National Health Service (Rural Areas)

    6 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government what help it will provide to tackle any national health service backlogs in rural areas. (S6O-00984)

  • Department for Work and Pensions (Meetings)

    6 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met with the Department for Work and Pensions, and what was discussed. (S6O-00985)

  • Benefit Cap

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to proceed with its commitment to mitigate any impact of the United Kingdom Government benefit cap as much as possible within the scope of its...

  • Cladding (Replacement)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government how it is progressing with the replacement of unsafe cladding on tall buildings. (S6O-00987)

  • Fuel Costs (Support for Agriculture and Fishing)

    5 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting the agricultural and fishing industries with rising fuel costs. (S6O-00988)

  • First Minister’s Question Time

  • Charges for Drivers (Edinburgh and Glasgow)

    14 speeches

    1. I begin by wishing Her Majesty the Queen a very happy 96th birthday. On behalf of the whole chamber and people across Scotland, we send our best wishes to the monarch, who has been a constant...

  • Scottish Government Spending

    10 speeches

    2. I join others in wishing Her Majesty the Queen a very happy 96th birthday and in this, her platinum jubilee year, I thank her again for her service. Before Easter, I highlighted the £2...

  • Cost of Living (Free Childcare)

    2 speeches

    As the cost of living soars and thousands of families across the country are already feeling the crush of grossly inflated energy bills, can the First Minister give an update on the number of...

  • Long Covid

    2 speeches

    It is estimated that 132,000 people in Scotland are suffering from long Covid, 59,000 of whom have experienced symptoms for more than a year. We face a ticking time bomb, and yet the Scottish...

  • Abortion Services

    2 speeches

    The anti-abortion lobby now sees Scotland as an easy target, with campaigners following the Texas playbook. Last September, I raised concerns with the First Minister and highlighted the urgent...

  • Bank Branch Closures

    2 speeches

    The proposed closure of 19 Bank of Scotland branches will mark the loss of the last bank in town in Dunblane and many other communities. As a result, vulnerable people in Dunblane who do not have...

  • Flood Prevention Schemes (Airth)

    2 speeches

    Communities such as Airth, in Falkirk district, are being left behind by the Scottish National Party Government’s cuts in funding for flood prevention. We need only ask the people of Airth....

  • Homelessness (Glasgow)

    2 speeches

    The Homeless Project Scotland in Glasgow has today said that it is seeing high numbers of families attending its soup kitchen. This morning, Shelter told the Social Justice and Social Security...

  • Cabinet (Meetings)

    4 speeches

    3. On behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, I echo the good wishes that have been expressed to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 96th birthday. To ask the First Minister when the...

  • Channel 4 (Impact of Privatisation)

    4 speeches

    4. To ask the First Minister what assurances the Scottish Government has had from the United Kingdom Government that the reported privatisation of Channel 4 will not negatively impact the...

  • Attainment Gap (Libraries)

    6 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister whether she can provide an update on the Scottish Government’s strategy to include libraries in the policy to address the attainment gap. (S6F-00989)

  • Private Rental Costs

    5 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to bring down the cost to tenants of private rent in the coming year. (S6F-01011)

  • Asylum Seekers

    2 speeches

    I am proud of the record of Glasgow, and of Glasgow Kelvin in particular, of supporting asylum seekers. What is the First Minister’s reaction to the sending of asylum seekers who arrive in...

  • A75

    2 speeches

    A recent review by Sir Peter Hendy for the United Kingdom Government found that the A75 is the road most in need of an upgrade anywhere in the country. Will the First Minister admit that the...

  • ScotRail Ticket Prices

    2 speeches

    Given the rising cost of living, does the First Minister welcome the announcement yesterday that the newly publicly owned ScotRail will be slashing off-peak ticket prices in half for the month of May?

  • South Lanarkshire College (Governance)

    2 speeches

    The Auditor General said today: “Independent audit was unable to conclude that governance at South Lanarkshire College” In East Kilbride “was satisfactory over the last...

  • Parole Licence Conditions (Breaches)

    3 speeches

    T he Parole Board has issued warning letters to 25 life-sentence prisoners who have been accused of breaching their licence conditions. Does the First Minister seriously think that murderers and...

  • Ferry Services (Public Ownership)

    56 speeches

    I ask members of the public who are leaving the gallery to do so quickly and quietly, please. Thank you. The next item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S6M-02902, in the...

  • Portfolio Question Time

  • Education and Skills

    1 speech

    The next item of business is portfolio question time, and the portfolio this afternoon is education and skills. As ever, if a member wishes to ask a supplementary question, they should press...

  • Universities and Colleges (Industrial Action)

    8 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government what communication it has had with Scottish universities and the University and College Union Scotland about the four fights and Universities Superannuation...

  • Education (Support for Young People at Risk of Exclusion)

    6 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to help young people at risk from exclusion from mainstream education. (S6O-00976)

  • Refugees from Ukraine (Home Fee Status)

    7 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what plans it has to offer home fee status to Ukrainian refugees in Scotland, or those displaced following the Russian...

  • Review of Foundation Apprenticeship Provision

    6 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to the findings of the HM inspectors of education review of foundation apprenticeship provision. (S6O-00978)

  • School Curriculum

    8 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the school curriculum should be free from party political bias. (S6O-00979)

  • Higher Education (Letter from Academics)

    9 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the joint letter reportedly signed by 111 University of Edinburgh academics expressing deep concern about the future of higher education...

  • Teachers (Permanent Posts)

    9 speeches

    The Deputy Presiding Officer: We move to question 8 and it will surprise nobody to hear that, as previously billed, Jackson Carlaw is joining us remotely. 8.

  • Blue Carbon

    28 speeches

    The next item of business is a statement by Màiri McAllan on progressing Scotland’s leadership on blue carbon. The minister will take questions at the end of her statement, so there...

  • Antimicrobial Resistance

    34 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S6M-04070, in the name of Humza Yousaf, on the Scottish approach to managing the global risk of antimicrobial resistance. I invite members who wish...

  • Health and Care Bill

    2 speeches

    The next item of business is consideration of motion S6M-04074, which is a legislative consent motion on the Health and Care Bill, which is a piece of United Kingdom legislation. I invite Humza...

  • Decision Time

    2 speeches

    There are three questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S6M-04070.1, in the name of Jackie Baillie, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04070,...

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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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