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Meeting of the Parliament (Continued)

Thursday 24 November 2022 2:15 PM

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Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Questions Paul Sweeney S6O-01610 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will reject the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings and Average Weekly Earnings average of 4.2% for uprating the Staff Cost Provision in the financial year 2023-24. Miles Briggs S6O-01605 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what discussions have taken place to consider providing cross-party groups with access to broadcasting services in committee rooms. Stuart McMillan S6O-01608 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what guidance is available to MSPs regarding undertaking party political activity on the parliamentary estate. Pam Duncan-Glancy S6O-01609 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will consult MSP staff trade unions before deciding on uprating the Staff Cost Provision in the 2023-24 financial year. Foysol Choudhury S6O-01572 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether provision can be made for access to the Room for Contemplation for evening events held during recess. John Mason S6O-01607 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether MSPs and their staff are putting their rubbish in the correct bins for recycling or otherwise. Neil Bibby S6O-01611 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how it will support any Members’ staff who are dealing with added financial challenges and pressures after the homeworking allowance payment was discontinued in October. Martin Whitfield S6O-01606 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what steps it is taking to improve safety for MSPs both within the Parliament and outwith the parliamentary estate. followed by Portfolio Questions Net Zero, Energy and Transport Willie Coffey S6O-01589 1. To ask the Scottish Government how its proposed renewables revolution will benefit the Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley constituency. John Mason S6O-01590 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Friends of the Earth Scotland report, Hydrogen’s Role in Scotland’s Climate Journey . Murdo Fraser S6O-01591 3. To ask the Scottish Government when it expects the sections of the A9 trunk road from Perth to Inverness, on which made orders have been confirmed to create dual carriageways, to progress to procurement. Marie McNair S6O-01592 4. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to bus companies that are currently facing driver shortages. Gillian Martin S6O-01593 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress on the A96 appraisal. Graham Simpson S6O-01594 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it is assisting delivery firms to decarbonise heavy goods vehicles. James Dornan S6O-01595 7. To ask the Scottish Government how its recent award of £6.437 million to Glasgow City Council to deliver energy-efficiency improvements to homes could benefit those in the Glasgow Cathcart constituency. Clare Adamson S6O-01596 8. To ask the Scottish Government what support is in place to help tackle fuel poverty in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency, including for people with prepayment meters who are worried about rising energy costs. followed by Scottish Government Debate: The National Drugs Mission: Taking Concrete Action to Tackle Stigma That the Parliament acknowledges that stigma prevents people from seeking the help and support that they need and that using language that de-humanises people is harmful; recognises that tackling stigma is everyone’s responsibility and that the existence of stigma diminishes all communities as it creates unreasonable and unnecessary barriers for people in all aspects of their lives; agrees that problem drug use is a health issue and that people who experience it deserve parity of treatment as with any other long-term, life-affecting health condition; believes that every individual’s experience of recovery is unique and should not be stigmatised, and that people with experience of problem drug use and their families should be treated with dignity, respect and equity; recognises that treating substance dependence as if it were included as part of the protected characteristic of disability, would contribute to a more fair and just society; supports strengthening the meaningful involvement of people with experience of problem drug use in their local communities and wider society in the development and implementation of policy; calls on all MSPs to lead by example in challenging the stigma of people who use drugs and their families, and welcomes the planned publication by the Scottish Government of a Stigma Action Plan, which should embed these principles and drive action on the stated commitments. followed by Decision Time

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