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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 28 January 2020 Business until 14:56

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time.

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

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.

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-27160: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to protect the jobs of Coatbridge rail freight terminal workers.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27161: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what level of investment it has planned for Scottish rail freight and terminals such as Coatbridge to preserve the role of rail freight in reducing carbon emissions.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27156: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £257,000 grant that it provided to the University of Dundee to finance dataset work on chronic pain was used to collect information regarding returning patients.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27172: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it plans to take in response to Scottish Natural Heritage's finding that 32% of Sites of Special Scientific Interest are in an unfavourable condition.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27157: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there is no statutory time limit for chronic pain patients to receive return treatment, and whether it will consider setting one.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27165: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that as many women (a) carers and (b) with asthma as possible engage with the consultation on its draft Respiratory Care Action Plan.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27168: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what research it is undertaking into the reasons for asthma affecting women more than men.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27155: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what progress Information Services Division is making in gathering the data that it agreed to collect for the Cross Party Group on Chronic Pain regarding (a) (i) new and (ii) returning patients, including how the waiting times for return treatment compare with the recommended timings of clinicians, and (b) clinic staffing figures.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27169: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving to the use of preventative, as opposed to reactive, treatments to reduce the death rate from asthma.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27171: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the waiting time is for cataract removal surgery in the NHS Dumfries and Galloway area.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27166: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported increase in the number of women dying from asthma-related conditions.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27167: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the higher death rate from asthma among women, compared with that for men.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27159: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) Freightliner Plc, (b) its owner, Gennessee & Wyoming Inc and (c) the RMT Union regarding the future of Coatbridge rail freight terminal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27162: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how the £25 million ring-fenced fund for rail freight is being spent to safeguard terminals such as Coatbridge.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27163: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on its implementation of Scotland's rail freight strategy, Delivering the Goods, since it was published in 2016.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27158: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the closure of Coatbridge rail freight terminal would have on Scotland’s commitment to become carbon neutral by the year 2040.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27170: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason its draft Respiratory Care Action Plan consultation document does not highlight that more women than men are affected by, and die from, asthma.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27173: Maureen Watt (Aberdeen South and North Kincardine)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 28 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the Deer Working Group report, The Management of Wild Deer in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27147: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions (a) it and (b) its agencies have had with Locomotive Services Limited regarding the Caley railworks in Glasgow.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27151: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what information Social Security Scotland has used to baseline its balance scorecard, and when it will be re-baselined.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27146: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what role its agencies play in working with UK Export Finance.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27152: Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration has been given to additional sailings on the Sound of Barra ferry service during the summer.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27153: Mary Fee (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much has been (a) allocated to and (b) spent on child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in each year since 2014-15, also broken down by what percentage of the NHS budget this represents.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27141: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many counsellors are employed in schools on a (a) permanent and (b) temporary contract, also broken down by local authority.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27150: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-26906 by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 24 January 2020, after how many days the Scottish Child Payment would be expected to be paid where an application for universal credit is made on the same day and processed in accordance with DWP guidance, and how much would be expected to be received in the first payment of the Scottish Child Payment.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27145: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many Scotland-based oil and gas sector companies have received support from UK Export Finance.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27144: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what role it will have in the summit that is to be held in Glasgow regarding methods to tackle drug-related deaths.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27149: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-22988 by Kevin Stewart on 16 May 2019, in light of the minister's comment that "work to finalise the revised code will take place over the course of 2019", whether it will confirm by what date it will publish the revised code of conduct for property factors.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27142: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-19849 by John Swinney on 20 November 2018, how many local authority staff have been trained under the funding it provides for mental health first aid training, broken down by local authority.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27143: Iain Gray (East Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it will give to how patients with blue badges using disabled parking spaces at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh can be recompensed for parking charges.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27137: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many paediatric clinics are run in NHS Fife each month.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27136: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time is to access a paediatrician appointment in the NHS Fife area.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27138: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what pathways are in place for children diagnosed with autism to access specialist support.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27140: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 24 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what steps have been taken to reduce the volume of traffic on the A85 through Crieff.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27135: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether its Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) programme has ceased, and, if so, (a) what programme has replaced it, and (b) how much money was returned to it through the capping of NPD profits.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27134: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take in relation to the imposition of unfair management charges in residential developments by landowning maintenance companies.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27133: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what regulations are in place governing the operation of landowning maintenance companies, which charge people in residential developments for maintenance.

Awaiting answer

S5W-26989: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 15 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what actions it plans to take in response to the Clean Air for Scotland review recommendation in relation to reducing smoke pollution as a result of muirburn.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 January 2020

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 24 January 2020

The Scottish Government is currently considering the report of the independently led review of the Cleaner Air for Scotland strategy. The conclusions and recommendations from the review will be used to develop a new air quality strategy which will be issued for consultation later this year. We are also taking account of these conclusions and recommendations as we consider the recommendations for further regulation of muirburn made by the Grouse Moor Management Review Group in its recent report to the Scottish Government.

 

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-27132: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to use the platform of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 to promote Scotland tourism, businesses and exports in Japan this summer.

Awaiting answer

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.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 January 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 24 January 2020

In November 2019 we moved NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to stage 4 of the NHS Board Performance Framework specifically for on-going issues related to infection prevention, management and control at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) and the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC), and the associated communication and public engagement issues. This decision put support arrangements in place, and had the requirement for a transformation plan to correct these issues – all of which is being overseen by a Performance Oversight Board established under the Chair of the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). In addition, I asked Professor Marion Bain, the former medical director of NHS National Services Scotland, to take over responsibility for infection prevention and control within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to begin to restore public confidence in the service.

 

On-going monitoring of performance in the Board since November has highlighted further issues with the Board’s performance across a number of key areas, including their performance on scheduled and unscheduled care, primary care out of hours, and the need to strengthen management capability and capacity.

 

I have decided that urgent action is required to address these issues while protecting the on-going work overseen by the CNO. Today I have asked DG Health and Social Care to write to the Chief Executive to inform her of my decision to move the whole of NHS GG&C to Stage 4 on the Escalation Framework, with immediate effect.

 

This will involve both an increased level of support but also scrutiny and intervention, primarily through the introduction of Calum Campbell, Chief Executive of NHS Lanarkshire, in the role of Turnaround Director placed in NHS GG&C to directly manage operational delivery. I will also establish a Performance Oversight Group chaired by NHS Scotland’s Chief Performance Officer, with a focus on recovery planning. The aim of this intervention is to move the board to an improved position on performance and other issues as quickly as is practicable.

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-27110: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will advise NHS boards to integrate Parkinson’s medication management into ward staff education.

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-27111: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will advise NHS boards to ensure that (a) clinical governance and (b) patient safety teams consider and address Parkinson’s medication management in hospitals.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27119: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many adverse incidents relating to Parkinson’s medication have been reported in each NHS board in each of the last three years.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27116: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government which NHS boards currently use Hospital Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (HEPMA) systems to ensure that people with Parkinson’s receive their medication on time when they are in hospital, and what steps it is taking to ensure that all NHS boards prioritise their use for this purpose.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27113: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government which NHS boards have a self-administration of medicines policy that enables people with Parkinson’s to take their own medication if they are able to do so.

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-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-27109: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) communication it has had with NHS boards and (b) action it is taking regarding the need for people with Parkinson’s to get their essential medication on time when they are in hospital.

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-27107: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government which NHS boards have (a) open visiting and (b) extended visiting hours in their hospitals.

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-27118: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many inpatient Parkinson’s medication errors have been recorded in each NHS board in each of the last three years.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27114: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government which NHS boards have fully implemented Hospital Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (HEPMA) to date, and when each remaining board is expected to do so.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27000: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what form its investment of £37.4 million in Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab) takes, and whether it expects to receive a commercial return.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 23 January 2020

Answered by: Derek Mackay 23 January 2020

The Scottish Government’s investment of £37.4 million in Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) was converted to a 32.4% equity stake in the company.

According to the most recent valuation obtained, our equity holding has a carrying value of £2 million, as outlined in recently published Scottish Government Accounts 2019 (available at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-government-consolidated-accounts-year-ended-31-march-2019/ ).

While this valuation is significantly lower than the sums advanced, we have been clear that we have made a long term investment in, and commitment to, BiFab.

 

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-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-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-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-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-27075: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it defines "inclusive growth", and what information it has regarding whether this is the same definition used by all (a) local authorities and (b) agencies involved with enterprise.

Awaiting answer

S5W-27084: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) development work and (b) stakeholder engagement has taken place regarding the strategic research programme on agriculture, environment, food and land.

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-27076: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government on what date it established its ministerial taskforce to address population concerns; who the members of the taskforce are; how often it will meet each year, and how it will work with (a) local government and (b) other stakeholders.

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-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-27077: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how long the interim chief executive of South of Scotland Enterprise will be in place, and by what date a permanent chief executive will be in position.

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-27074: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many business improvement districts there are, and how many more it plans to establish.

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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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