Portfolio Questions: Covid-19 Recovery and Parliamentary Business Jim Fairlie S6O-00065 1. To ask the Scottish Government how its policies and actions across government are supporting communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Stuart McMillan S6O-00066 2. To ask the Scottish Government how its policies and actions across government will support Inverclyde to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaukab Stewart S6O-00067 3. To ask the Scottish Government how its policies and actions across government will support local authorities in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Fulton MacGregor S6O-00068 4. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to encourage people to engage with and respond to the COVID-19 recovery consultation. Gillian Martin S6O-00069 5. To ask the Scottish Government how its policies and actions across government will support the north east to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Alexander Stewart S6O-00070 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will commit to ensuring that any legislation it introduces to support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic does not seek to allow regulations to be made or changed without being subject to the affirmative parliamentary procedure. Annabelle Ewing S6O-00071 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will outline the timescale for the independent public inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Siobhian Brown S6O-00072 8. To ask the Scottish Government what assurances it has had from the UK Government that decisions on spending on the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will be taken in Scotland. Portfolio Questions: Net Zero, Energy and Transport Pam Duncan-Glancy S6O-00073 1. To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to implement the provisions on pavement parking prohibition in the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019. Colin Beattie S6O-00074 2. To ask the Scottish Government what further guidance and support it will provide to community groups to help them meet the goal of net zero emissions. Brian Whittle S6O-00075 3. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the net zero secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding action to support small and medium-sized businesses to reduce their carbon emissions, as part of wider efforts to reach net zero targets. Jackie Baillie S6O-00076 4. To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent, and plans to spend over the next four years, on the mitigation of landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful on the A83. Mark Griffin S6O-00077 5. To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has commissioned of the likely costs to homeowners and landlords of reaching net zero emissions in housing by 2045. Colin Smyth S6O-00078 6. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported proposals by ScotRail to no longer run 300 train services from May 2022. Elena Whitham S6O-00079 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that water scarcity reporting is accurate and reflective of all areas of Scotland. Pauline McNeill S6O-00080 8. To ask the Scottish Government what support it plans to provide to Glasgow City Council to implement the recommendations in the report by the Connectivity Commission, including funding for the proposed metro system. followed by First Minister’s Statement: COVID-19 Update followed by Scottish Government Debate: Supporting Success in Food and Drink in Scotland That the Parliament, in advance of Food and Drink Fortnight, acknowledges the significant contribution that food and drink make to Scotland’s economy, society and reputation; notes the resilience shown by all of Scotland's food producers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and thanks everyone involved in food and drink in Scotland for helping to keep food on the table through these challenging times; laments that the sub-standard Brexit deal, secured by the UK Government, is harming food and drink businesses, slowing and making exports harder, has raised their costs and bureaucracy, is causing problems for businesses in recruiting and retaining staff, and is now resulting in concerns about food supplies; welcomes the economic and environmental opportunities for low-carbon, sustainable and organic food production, which can be created by encouraging public kitchens to source more local food; recognises that the Scottish Government is consulting on a draft Local Food Strategy and encourages everyone to take part, and resolves to continue supporting the sector with legislation to grow as a Good Food Nation, where people take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food that they produce, buy, cook, serve and eat each day, and include a right to adequate food as part of wider work to give effect to international human rights law in Scots law. followed by Decision Time followed by Members' Business: Emma Harper: 100 years of Insulin That the Parliament celebrates 100 years since the discovery of insulin; recognises that this is one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in history, which went on to save millions of lives around the world; further recognises that, following the discovery of insulin, Scotland played its part in developing the insulin pen, which has made it much easier for people to administer the lifesaving drug, and that Professor Sheila Reith, a type 1 diabetic, doctor and mother, led this work in Scotland; notes the further advances in the treatment and management of diabetes, including through digital technology; understands that there are more than 312,000 people living with diabetes in Scotland; further notes that the inequalities attached to diabetes are stark, with rates of type 2 diabetes 80% higher in the most deprived communities, and that people living in poverty are more than twice as likely to develop life-changing complications; understands that there is work to do to support further advancements in diabetes care and treatment, and supports Diabetes Scotland’s vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.
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