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Debates and questions

These are the official transcripts of what people said in:

  • the Chamber the place where Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) meet to debate and make decisions
  • committee meetings - committees are small groups of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) from different political parties

This part of the website also includes written questions and answers. 

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Chamber

Official transcripts of what MSPs said in the Chamber. This is the place where all MSPs meet to debate and make decisions.

Meeting of the Parliament 23 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Air Traffic Control (Highlands and Islands), Farming and Crofting (Support), Portfolio Question Time, Consumer Scotland Bill: Stage 1, Consumer Scotland Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Local Government (Funding), Business Motions, Decision Time, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (350th Anniversary).

Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2020

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Veterans, Business Motion, Scottish National Investment Bank Bill: Stage 3, Scottish National Investment Bank Bill, Decision Time, Robert Burns in the Scottish Economy.

Meeting of the Parliament 16 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Sustainable Development Goals, Portfolio Question Time, Disclosure (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Disclosure (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill, Decision Time, Point of Order.

Meeting of the Parliament 15 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Independent Prison Monitors, Portfolio Question Time, Secondary Education, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time, World Wetlands Day 2020.

Meeting of the Parliament 14 January 2020

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Improving the Lives of Gypsy Travellers, Business Motion, Decision Time, Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, Correction.

Meeting of the Parliament 09 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Digital Connectivity, Portfolio Question Time, Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 1, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 08 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Palliative and End-of-life Care (Research Projections), Portfolio Question Time, Short-term Lets, European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Business Motions, Decision Time, Women, Peace and Security.

Meeting of the Parliament 07 January 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motions, Topical Question Time, Urgent Question, Empty Homes, Committee Announcement (Ferry Vessels in Scotland), Decision Time, Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership.

Meeting of the Parliament 19 December 2019

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Business Motion, Referendums (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Referendums (Scotland) Bill, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, ScotRail Franchise, Ferguson Marine, Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Business Motion, Decision Time, Financial Abuse.

Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, General Election Outcome, Business Motion, UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill, Decision Time, Food Insecurity.

Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Oversight Board, Education (Performance), Human Rights Defenders, Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament, Decision Time, Miscarriage.

Meeting of the Parliament 05 December 2019

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Art in Action Campaign, Portfolio Question Time, Disability Sport and Participation, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 04 December 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Achieving a Fairer Scotland, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Delivery Charges.

Meeting of the Parliament 03 December 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Scottish Prison Service (Auditor General’s Report), Glenrothes (Living Wage Town Campaign), Veterans and the Armed Forces Community, Decision Time, Point of Order, Purple Light-up Campaign.

Meeting of the Parliament 28 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Point of Order, St Andrew’s Day, Portfolio Question Time, Women in Agriculture Task Force (Final Report), Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 1, Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2019

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Mental Health, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Gender-based Violence.

Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Scotland as a Science Nation, Decision Time, Catholic Schools.

Committee

Transcripts of committee meetings are uploaded as soon as they've been checked for accuracy. This may be a few days after the meeting has taken place.

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

Education and Skills Committee

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Finance and Constitution Committee

Health and Sport Committee

Justice Committee

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

Local Government and Communities Committee

Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee

Public Petitions Committee

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Social Security Committee

Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland (Amendment) Bill Committee

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Questions

These are questions that MSPs have asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answers to these questions.

S5W-27120: Jenny Gilruth (Mid Fife and Glenrothes)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress to establish the public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 January 2020

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 24 January 2020

Last year, I announced that there would be a Public Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh in 2015.

I can now confirm that The Right Hon Lord Bracadale, a retired Senator of the College of Justice, has agreed to chair the Public Inquiry. I am pleased that someone of Lord Bracadale’s stature and legal standing will chair this important inquiry. 

I have a statutory obligation to consult Lord Bracadale on the Terms of Reference and I will meet him in the coming weeks to discuss this and timescales for the Inquiry’s formal setting up date. 

It is also my intention to share Terms of Reference with the family of Mr Bayoh and other interested parties to hear their views on the Inquiry’s remit and to discuss how we can best equip it with the necessary diversity of expertise and background to deliver that remit. I will provide a further update to Parliament in due course. 

S5W-27131: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government on what dates the Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group has met since November 2018, and whether it will publish the minutes online.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27129: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that women affected by mesh implants do not miss out on cervical screening.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27130: Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the performance of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27126: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent in total on staff costs by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in each financial year since 2014-15.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27125: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason lawyers employed by it and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are not subject to the same pay scales.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27101: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to accept and action all of the recommendations in the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee's 9th Report (Session 5) Salmon farming in Scotland (SP Paper 432), and, if so, what its timetable is for implementing these.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27121: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to carry out a review of non-residential social care for people with Parkinson’s disease and other long-term conditions.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27103: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many seats ScotRail planned to provide on its services in 2019, and how many of these it did not provide, broken down by route.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27122: Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the number of school leavers in each of the last five years who then set up their own business, and whether this is recorded as a positive destination.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27127: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the current pay scales are for lawyers employed by (a) it and (b) the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27105: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on social media advertising in each of the last five years, broken down by platform.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27123: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to affording the same legal protection to employees who have been bullied in the workplace as employees who have been harassed in the workplace.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27106: Alex Rowley (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what additional powers it requires to retain and increase job numbers and increase Scotland's presence in offshore wind projects.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27124: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much was spent on the upkeep of the Forth Road Bridge in the financial year (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27128: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how fees for legal certificates are regulated and monitored.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27081: George Adam (Paisley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made since publication of the National Health and Social Care Integrated Workforce Plan on 16 December 2019.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 23 January 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 23 January 2020

The Scottish Government is working to strengthen the approach to the strategic challenges the Plan identifies, by introducing a new unit. Building on the published guidance and scenarios for health and social care employers, the unit is already:

  • discussing actions to improve and further integrate approaches to workforce planning;
  • overseeing the coordination of workforce planning across health and social care in implementing the Plan’s measures;
  • working directly with NHS Boards on how they can support this.

These developments address recommendations by Audit Scotland and support a more coordinated, strategic approach by the Scottish Government to workforce planning.

S5W-27078: Rona Mackay (Strathkelvin and Bearsden)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made by the Expert Group on Preventing Sexual Offending Involving Children and Young People.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 23 January 2020

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 January 2020

The Expert Group on Preventing Sexual offending Involving Children and Young People was established after research by the Scottish Government identified that around half of the growth in all recorded sexual crime in recent years was due to growth in sexual cyber-crime which tends to involve younger female victims and younger male perpetrators.

Chaired by former Chief Executive to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Catherine Dyer, the Expert Group brought together expertise from across child protection, education, health, justice and service providers from the third sector. There was also positive engagement by the Group with young people, both through its membership and through a number of surveys and focus groups.

The Group met on ten occasions following its establishment in January 2018, during which they considered a range of evidence from academia and operational practice. Particular issues, such as the impact of disability, collaborative working and peer on peer abuse, were identified and sub-groups involving further experts were formed to explore these topics in greater depth.

The Scottish Government has today published the Group’s final report which sets out its findings and proposals for further action. The document can be accessed on the Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781839602481

S5W-27095: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government which of ScotRail’s committed obligations contained in its Franchise Agreement have been met (a) in full and (b) partially, and which have not been met to date.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27100: Stuart McMillan (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many court actions have been required to recover compensation in incidences where the Scottish Ministers have issued a certificate and demand for NHS charges to be paid by a compensator with regard to section 155 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27099: Mary Fee (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to publish a new Career Information, Advice and Guidance in Scotland strategy since publishing its Programme for Government 2019-20.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27096: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government against which committed obligations it has issued a payment adjustment in response to ScotRail failing (a) in full and (b) partially to meet its obligations, and how much has been paid by ScotRail to Transport Scotland in relation to this.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27094: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many meetings its officials have had with Abellio ScotRail since the commencement of the franchise to monitor performance regarding the operator's committed obligations and franchise targets.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27090: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what autism strategies and action plans received support from the £35,000 that it allocated to each local authority in 2014 as part of the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27073: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many new masts have been located in Orkney under the Scottish 4G Infill programme since April 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27068: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that all health and social care staff are aware of the extension of free personal care to under 65s (Frank's law).

Awaiting answer

S5W-27091: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to publish an update the 2014 mapping report for local autism services.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27072: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether any mobile phone operators have committed to using the new mast locations in the vicinity of Burray, Hoy and Stromness.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27067: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent on staff salaries at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh since it was handed over to NHS Lothian.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27092: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the progress being made towards achieving the priorities set out in the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27071: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what progress has been made on installing new mobile phone masts in the vicinity of Burray, Hoy and Stromness.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27064: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the draft Disability Assistance for Children and Young People (DACYP) regulations do not provide an individual with a right to challenge a refusal to change their ongoing entitlement to DACYP, as exists for Disability Living Allowance.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27087: Bruce Crawford (Stirling)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many businesses in the Stirling Council area (a) are exempt from paying and (b) receive a discount for non-domestic rates.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27069: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) social and (b) affordable houses have been built in the Cunninghame North constituency in each year since 2007.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27066: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the decision was taken to reduce the time limit in which an individual can request a redetermination from 13 months for Disability Living Allowance to 42 days for Disability Assistance for Children and Young People in the draft regulations.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27082: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that some health and social care staff are not aware of the extension of free personal care to under 65s (Frank's law) and have been seeking financial assessments for care.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27065: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the draft Disability Assistance for Children and Young People regulations do not restate the definition of specific terms in accordance with, or directly refer to the body of, Disability Living Allowance caselaw.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27093: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how a member of the public can contact the Inspector of Funeral Directors.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27080: Alex Rowley (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact will be on wild salmon and the wider marine environment of 73,000 farmed salmon escaping from the Mowi fish farming site off Colonsay in January 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27070: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with mobile operators since April 2019 to encourage greater participation in the Scottish 4G Infill programme in Orkney.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27088: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what projects and services received support from the £4.5 million that it set aside for autism development funds as part of the Scottish Strategy for Autism, also broken down by how much of this money was allocated to (a) local authorities and (b) stakeholder organisations.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27085: Bruce Crawford (Stirling)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding NHS Forth Valley has received in each year since 2007.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27086: Bruce Crawford (Stirling)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many pupils in the Stirling Council area have achieved passes at (a) Higher and (b) Advanced Higher level in each year since 2007.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04079: Willie Coffey (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has in place to ensure that Scotland remains part of the digital economy in Europe post-Brexit.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04081: Shona Robison (Dundee City East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse, Clare’s Law, to ensure that people deemed at risk are protected.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04080: Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what involvement it has in UK-EU talks.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04085: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to reduce the use of herbicides containing the chemical, glyphosate.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04086: Clare Adamson (Motherwell and Wishaw)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the economic impact assessment of the EU Withdrawal Agreement and how this applies to Scotland.  

Awaiting answer

S5O-04083: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has undertaken regarding the reported rise in student debt.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04077: Gordon MacDonald (Edinburgh Pentlands)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to the UK Government proceeding to take the UK out of the EU on 31 January through the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, despite the decision by the Scottish Parliament and the other devolved legislatures not to consent to the Bill.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04078: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported comments by Transport Scotland officials that the volume of traffic on the Queensferry Crossing is beyond what the bridge was designed for.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04084: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether trunk road improvements have the potential to reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04082: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for improving rail infrastructure in the Highlands.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04065: Tom Arthur (Renfrewshire South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports regeneration in communities in the Renfrewshire South constituency.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04074: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to promote intergenerational work to support older people.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04056: Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest data linkage project report.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04053: Ruth Maguire (Cunninghame South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many take-home naloxone kits have been supplied by the Scottish Ambulance Service since 2011.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04062: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to record the loss of greenspace in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04076: Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the UK Government's welfare reforms are having on low-income families in Scotland that include a disabled person.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04070: Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many children will be eligible for the Scottish Child Payment when it goes live.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04067: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the decision by Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership to enter into partnership with the Wheatley Group.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04063: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of children across Edinburgh who are living in temporary accommodation.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04069: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met The Highland Council and NHS Highland to discuss social isolation and loneliness.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04071: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to protect vulnerable older people.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04055: Maureen Watt (Aberdeen South and North Kincardine)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what funding it is providing for community-led sports in the Aberdeen South and North Kincardine constituency.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04054: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce child and adolescent mental health services waiting times.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04059: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to third sector organisations that offer social prescribing solutions in rural South Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04057: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce delays at A&E departments.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04060: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to protect standards in publicly-owned care homes.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04064: Annabelle Ewing (Cowdenbeath)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on an amendment to the UK Government’s Withdrawal Agreement that would allow unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with their families in the UK.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04064: Annabelle Ewing (Cowdenbeath)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on an amendment to the UK Government’s Withdrawal Agreement that would allow unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with their families in the UK.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04072: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to ensure that older and disabled people can easily access local services.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04075: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it tackles social isolation among older people in rural communities.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04066: Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when the last review of local government was carried out.

Awaiting answer

S5O-04058: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making on delivering a soft opt-out organ donation system, following the passing of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Act 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26920: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 10 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when the phase 2 reports of the Third UK Review of Special Protection Areas for birds in Scotland will be published, and whether it will set out a timetable for implementation of the findings.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 22 January 2020

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 22 January 2020

Publication of the Third UK Review of Special Protection Areas phase 2 report is a matter for agreement by the 4 Country Administrations across the UK under the auspices of the Review's Executive Steering Group. I am advised that a summary report is nearing completion.

Consideration of the recommendations of the review as regards Scotland is ongoing however an indicative timetable has yet to be drawn up.

S5W-26915: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 9 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what use Meadowbank, Duddingston and Dumbiedykes lodges in Holyrood Park have been put to by Historic Environment Scotland since 2014, and whether this has included being used (a) as staff accommodation and (b) for staff meetings.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 22 January 2020

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 22 January 2020

I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-26914 on
‎ 22 January 2020. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx

S5W-26929: Bruce Crawford (Stirling)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 10 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many modern apprenticeship places there have been in the Stirling constituency in each year since 2015.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 22 January 2020

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 22 January 2020

Modern Apprenticeship statistics are not reported by local authority and are unavailable by constituency. Below are the Modern Apprenticeship starts for Stirling local authority between 2015-16 and 2018-19. As of quarter 2 of this year, there have been 190 starts in 2019-20.

 

Local Authority

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

 

Stirling

411

436

410

436

 

 

S5W-26925: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to apply for planning consent for the proposed change of use to short-term holiday letting of Meadowbank, Duddingston and Dumbiedykes lodges in Holyrood Park.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 22 January 2020

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 22 January 2020

I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-26914 on
‎ 22 January 2020. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx .

S5W-27060: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what actions are being taken to improve NHS staff (a) safety and (b) welfare in the workplace.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27062: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-26660 by Michael Matheson on 19 December 2019, when work on the installation of the sensors will (a) commence and (b) be completed, and how much this will cost.

Awaiting answer