Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 22 September 2022

  • General Question Time

    1 speech

    Good morning. The first item of business is general question time. As ever, in order to get in as many members as possible, short and succinct questions and responses would be gratefully received.

  • Social Care Workers (Cost of Living Crisis)

    6 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what specific measures it is taking to support social care workers during the cost of living crisis. (S6O-01372)

  • Ferries

    8 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to improve the reliability and resilience of Scotland’s ferry network. (S6O-01373)

  • Shetland Islands Council (Meetings)

    4 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government when it was last in contact with Shetland Islands Council and what was discussed. (S6O-01374)

  • Transport Infrastructure Improvements (North-east Scotland)

    4 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on transport infrastructure improvements in the north-east. (S6O-01375)

  • Fuel Costs (Rural and Island Communities)

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the Scottish Government what additional support it can give to rural and island communities, such as those in Argyll and Bute, in light of basic fuel costs reportedly being...

  • Energy Costs (United Kingdom Government)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the Scottish Government what its most recent communication with the United Kingdom Government has been regarding the impact of energy costs on the cost of living crisis. (S6O-01377)

  • Ardrossan Harbour

    4 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will give an update on the work to upgrade Ardrossan harbour. (S6O-01378)

  • First Minister’s Question Time

  • Emergency Treatment (Waiting Times)

    10 speeches

    1. This week’s health figures revealed that more people are waiting longer than ever for emergency treatment. In the past week, almost 10,000 people across Scotland waited for more than the...

  • National Health Service Waiting Lists

    10 speeches

    2. On 25 August 2021, the First Minister announced her NHS catch-up plan. Can she tell the Parliament how many people were on NHS waiting lists then and, 13 months on, how many are on NHS waiting...

  • Stem Cell Register

    2 speeches

    September is blood cancer awareness month, which provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the importance of new people joining the Anthony Nolan stem cell register. The simple act of a...

  • Suicide (Young People)

    2 speeches

    A recent report by Public Health Scotland has found suicide to be the leading cause of death among young Scots. Ministers have described every suicide as being “a tragedy” and have...

  • Nursing and Midwifery Student Numbers

    4 speeches

    Recent shocking figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service highlight a shortfall of almost 1,000 in the number of students who are currently accepted in nursing and midwifery...

  • Food and Drink Sector (Brexit)

    2 speeches

    The Tories seem to have concluded that a trade deal with the USA was yet another effort to deceive themselves and others on the merits of Brexit. Meanwhile, former Scotland Food & Drink chief...

  • Forced Adoption (Apology)

    2 speeches

    Campaigners were heartened when the First Minister signalled that the Scottish Government will take forward a formal apology to those affected by forced adoption. Monica Lennon and I have met...

  • Alpha Solway

    2 speeches

    Just last year, Scottish Government funding of £4.8 million was awarded to Dumfriesshire-based company Alpha Solway to build a manufacturing plant in Dumfries for personal protective...

  • Ukrainian Refugees

    4 speeches

    3. I refer the chamber to my entry in the register of members’ interests. I am a member of the homes for Ukraine scheme. To ask the First Minister when the Scottish Government will announce...

  • Flooding (Pakistan)

    4 speeches

    4. To ask the First Minister whether she will provide an update on the Scottish Government’s support for the people of Pakistan as they face on-going devastation following severe monsoon...

  • Net Zero Heating (Rural Homes)

    8 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to support the transition to net zero heating in rural homes. (S6F-01360)

  • Cost of Living (Single Parenting)

    7 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the One Parent Families Scotland report “Living without a lifeline: single parenting and the cost of...

  • Ardeer Girls

    11 speeches

    I ask members of the public who are leaving the public gallery to do so quietly, because we are about to start the next item of business. Thank you very much indeed. The next item of business is...

  • Portfolio Question Time

  • Education and Skills

    1 speech

    Good afternoon, colleagues. The next item of business is portfolio question time. The portfolio is education and skills. I remind members that questions 1 and 2 are grouped together and that...

  • Attainment Gap (Cowdenbeath)

    4 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on measures to close the educational attainment gap in schools in the Cowdenbeath constituency. (S6O-01364)

  • Attainment Gap

    14 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what work has been done to close the attainment gap. (S6O-01365)

  • Student Accommodation Strategy

    13 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress of its student accommodation strategy. (S6O-01367)

  • Child Protection Policies

    6 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it is having with local authorities regarding child protection policies in schools. (S6O-01370)

  • Pupils with a Disability (Support)

    8 speeches

    8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to support pupils with a declared or assessed disability at school. (S6O-01371)

  • Skills Delivery Landscape

    36 speeches

    The next item of business is a statement by Jamie Hepburn on an independent review of the skills delivery landscape. The minister will take questions on the issues raised at the end of the...

  • Parliamentary Procedures and Practices

    84 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S6M-05983, in the name of Martin Whitfield, on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, on future parliamentary...

  • Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    3 speeches

    The next item of business is consideration of two Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, to move motions S6M-06034, on committee membership, and...

  • Decision Time

    2 speeches

    There are two questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that motion S6M-05983, in the name of Martin Whitfield, on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and...

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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