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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 15 September 2021 2:00 PM

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PORTFOLIO QUESTIONS Justice Rhoda Grant S6O-00133 1. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the legislation on commercial sexual exploitation during the current parliamentary session. Gillian Mackay S6O-00134 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports vulnerable people in the prison system. Fulton MacGregor S6O-00135 3. To ask the Scottish Government how it will develop the National Community Justice Strategy that was announced in the Programme for Government. Alasdair Allan S6O-00136 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to introduce "bairns’ hooses". Oliver Mundell S6O-00137 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its planned consultation on the removal of the not proven verdict. Colin Smyth S6O-00138 6. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to reduce the number of prisoners who are on remand. Richard Leonard S6O-00139 7. To ask the Scottish Government what measures have been put in place to keep prison officers and prisoners safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma Harper S6O-00140 8. To ask the Scottish Government when it last discussed the control, use and licensing of shooting ranges and firearms with Police Scotland. Finance and the Economy Brian Whittle S6O-00141 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support businesses in relation to developing a sustainable green economy. Michelle Thomson S6O-00142 2. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on agreeing the scope of the Fiscal Framework review, scheduled for 2022, with the UK Government. Stuart McMillan S6O-00143 3. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Ferguson Marine regarding the building of vessels for CMAL. Bill Kidd S6O-00144 4. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with stakeholders regarding continued ATM use and accessibility. Daniel Johnson S6O-00145 5. To ask the Scottish Government how the finance secretary plans to allocate the Barnett consequentials arising from the UK Government's recent announcement of additional funding for NHS England. Martin Whitfield S6O-00146 6. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the finance secretary has had with the education secretary regarding the allocation of additional funding to improve ventilation in schools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Alexander Burnett S6O-00147 7. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the finance secretary has had with the health secretary regarding the allocation of additional funding for the Scottish Ambulance Service to increase staffing and resources, particularly in rural and remote areas. Foysol Choudhury S6O-00148 8. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the finance secretary has had with the culture secretary regarding the allocation of funding for the culture, arts and events sectors in light of the impact of COVID-19. followed by MINISTERIAL STATEMENT: Update on Cervical Screening followed by OPPOSITION DEBATE Liam Kerr S6M-01193 Future of North Sea Oil and Gas That the Parliament supports new oil and gas projects, including Cambo, because a strong North Sea sector supporting tens of thousands of Scottish jobs is preferable to increasing energy imports during the transition to net zero. Michael Matheson S6M-01193.3 Future of North Sea Oil and Gas As an amendment to motion S6M-01193 in the name of Liam Kerr (Future of North Sea Oil and Gas), leave out from "supports" to end and insert "recognises how important the oil and gas industry, infrastructure, highly-skilled workforce and supply chain are to Scotland; agrees that countries around the world cannot continue to maximise recovery of hydrocarbons if the aims of the Paris Agreement are to be met; believes that Scotland and the UK cannot ignore the concern that unlimited extraction of fossil fuels is simply incompatible with protecting the planet; understands that the Scottish Government will undertake analysis to understand Scotland's energy requirements as the country transitions to net-zero in line with the aims of the Paris Agreement; recognises the role that hydrogen, carbon capture, utilisation and storage can play in a just transition, so long as they are not used to justify unsustainable levels of fossil fuel extraction; welcomes the Scottish Government's commitment to working with communities and those most impacted across Scotland, including the highly-skilled oil and gas workforce, to co-design the Transition Plan for Energy, and to taking forward a 10-year £500 million Just Transition Fund for the North East and Moray, and calls on the UK Government to match this investment, as well as reassess all existing licenses for undeveloped fossil fuel extraction in light of the climate emergency." Monica Lennon S6M-01193.1 Future of North Sea Oil and Gas As an amendment to motion S6M-01217 in the name of Liam Kerr (Future of North Sea Oil and Gas), leave out from "supports" to end and insert "believes that the development of the Cambo oil field would be at odds with Scotland’s aim of being net zero by 2045 and should not go ahead; considers that it is crucial that the transition to green sources of energy is jobs- and worker-led to retain and increase skilled jobs in Scotland; notes that the number of people directly employed in the low-carbon economy in Scotland is currently at its lowest level since 2014, at only 21,400, according to the latest available figures, and calls on the Scottish Government to use its powers over procurement, offshore windfarm licence approval and the Scottish National Investment Bank to secure and grow domestic supply chains for renewables, creating high-skilled, well-paying jobs across Scotland." Liam McArthur S6M-01193.2 Future of North Sea Oil and Gas As an amendment to motion S6M-01193 in the name of Liam Kerr (Future of North Sea Oil and Gas), leave out from "supports" to end and insert "believes that, in the current circumstances, the license for Cambo should not proceed; recognises that decisions taken over the next 10 years will either make the planet or break it; believes that every aspect of how people live needs to be sense checked in light of the climate emergency, and that this includes the oil and gas sector; notes the evidence that people in the industry would embrace new opportunities, but that both the Scottish and UK governments have failed to provide workers with the promised opportunities for green jobs, which are critical to their skills being redeployed as part of a just transition; notes the impact that this has had on communities connected to the oil and gas sector; recalls that the license for Cambo was first considered in 2001, when the basic facts of global warming were still being regularly disputed, and believes that the climate checkpoint must be applied, given the understanding that now exists around the climate emergency and that the extraction of oil and gas cannot continue unabated." followed by OPPOSITION DEBATE Annie Wells S6M-01217 Return to Normal GP Services That the Parliament recognises that patients have a right to treatment by GPs, and calls on the Scottish Government to set a target date for a return to normal activity in practices, including face-to-face consultations. Humza Yousaf S6M-01217.2 Return to Normal GP Services As an amendment to motion S6M-01217 in the name of Annie Wells (Return to Normal GP Services), leave out from ", and calls" to end and insert "and other appropriate primary care health professionals, such as dentists, nurses, optometrists and pharmacists; appreciates that GPs and primary care staff were asked to change the way that they worked in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic; thanks GPs and primary care staff for keeping practices open and their hard work during the pandemic; recognises that, for many patients, the choice of using ehealth and telehealth solutions to initially contact their GP has been convenient, but that it is not a solution that is appropriate for all; believes that face-to-face consultations will continue to be necessary and that they should be taken forward in line with clinical guidance and in a manner that is as safe as possible as quickly as possible, and welcomes the Scottish Government commitment to work with the Royal College of General Practitioners, British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing and other stakeholders to deliver this." Jackie Baillie S6M-01217.1 Return to Normal GP Services As an amendment to motion S6M-01217 in the name of Annie Wells (Return to Normal GP Services), insert at end "; recognises the important contribution that GPs have made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including stepping up to support colleagues in acute care and administering vaccinations across the country, and regrets the Scottish Government’s failure to remedy the alarming shortage of GPs and staff in the wider primary care team, with the current workforce feeling overworked and undervalued, all of which will severely undermine a sustainable future for primary care in Scotland." followed by PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU MOTIONS George Adam S6M-01232 Approval of SSI That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel etc.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/254) be approved. George Adam S6M-01233 Approval of SSI That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 14) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/256) be approved. George Adam S6M-01234 Approval of SSI That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel etc.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 4) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/261) be approved. George Adam S6M-01235 Approval of SSI That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel etc.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 5) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/264) be approved. George Adam S6M-01236 Approval of SSI That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel etc.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 6) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/265) be approved. George Adam S6M-01237 Approval of SSI That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 15) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/275) be approved. George Adam S6M-01238 Approval of SSI That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel etc.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 7) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/278) be approved. George Adam S6M-01239 Approval of SSI That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 16) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/290) be approved. George Adam S6M-01240 Recess Dates That the Parliament agrees the following parliamentary recess dates under Rule 2.3.1: 12 to 20 February 2022 (inclusive), 2 to 17 April 2022 (inclusive), 2 July to 4 September 2022 (inclusive), 8 to 23 October 2022 (inclusive), 24 December 2022 to 8 January 2023 (inclusive). George Adam S6M-01242 Suspension and Variation of Standing Orders That, subject to the Parliament’s agreement to the general principles of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill, the Parliament agrees, for the purposes of further consideration of the Bill, that: (a) Rules 9.5.3A and 9.5.3B be suspended; (b) Rule 9.7.8A be varied to replace the word “fourth” with “third”, so that the deadline for lodging revised or supplementary Explanatory Notes will be the third sitting day before the day on which Stage 3 is due to start; (c) in Rule 9.7.8B, the words “whichever is the earlier of” be suspended; (d) Rule 9.7.8B(a) be varied to replace the word “tenth” with “second”, so that the deadline for lodging a revised Financial Memorandum will be the second sitting day after the day on which Stage 2 ends; (e) in Rule 9.7.9(a), the words “whichever is the earlier of” be suspended; (f) Rule 9.7.9(a)(i) be varied to replace the word “tenth” with “second”, so that the deadline for lodging a revised or supplementary Delegated Powers Memorandum will be the second sitting day after the day on which Stage 2 ends; (g) Rule 9.10.2 be varied, in so far as it applies to an amendment at Stage 2, to replace the word “fourth”, in both places it occurs, with “third”, so that the deadline for lodging a Stage 2 amendment will be the third sitting day in advance of proceedings; and (h) Rule 9.10.2A be varied to replace the word "fifth" with "third", so that the deadline for lodging a Stage 3 amendment will be the third sitting day in advance of proceedings.” followed by Approval of SSIs (if required) followed by DECISION TIME The Parliament will take decisions on business considered at today's meeting of the Parliament. followed by MEMBERS' BUSINESS Maggie Chapman S6M-01071 A Just Transition for Torry That the Parliament notes the reported proposals to re-zone St Fittick's Park in Torry, Aberdeen, currently designated urban green space, and Doonies Rare Breeds Farm, currently part of the green belt, to facilitate port expansion as part of a larger industrialisation plan to create an energy transition zone; recognises what it sees as the importance of transitioning away from fossil fuels, but also what it considers the negative impacts that over-industrialisation can have on resident communities, such as poor air quality, loss of greenspace and various forms of pollution, including noise; believes that community green spaces are positive for mental wellbeing and people's right to a healthy environment; appreciates the value of having an award-winning, biodiverse area of woodland, wetland and recreational grassland in these areas, which it understands experience multiple social deprivation; acknowledges the reported opposition to the re-zoning by the community in Torry, including the Friends of St Fittick’s Park campaign, on environmental justice and community wellbeing grounds; notes the view that these sites are valuable to the people and worthy of protection, and further notes the belief that their re-zoning is inappropriate.

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