The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare Provision
That the Parliament notes the publication of the Financial Review of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland: the Current Landscape, which provides a comprehensive picture of how the funding provided by the Scottish Government to deliver early learning and childcare in Scotland is being used; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to transform provision by almost doubling free entitlement from 600 to 1140 hours for every 3- and 4-year-old and eligible 2-year-olds; agrees that this transformational expansion must deliver a high-quality experience for children, involving a highly-skilled and qualified workforce, which is geographically accessible and meets the needs of children who require additional support, while also delivering the flexibility, affordability and choice, which parents need to support them in work, training or study, and agrees that the Scottish Government should consult on a policy blueprint for early learning and childcare in order to achieve this and ensure that this entitlement helps to ensure that more of Scotland’s children get the best possible start in life and contributes to the Scottish Government’s ambitions to close the attainment gap, tackle inequalities and boost inclusive economic growth.
1. The implications of the EU referendum for Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—
Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, and Frank Strang, Deputy Director, External Affairs, Scottish Government.
2. Presidency of the Council of the European Union The Committee will take evidence from—
His Excellency Lubomír Rehák, Ambassador of Slovakia to the Court of St.James's, London.
3. EU Strategy The Committee will consider the EU Strategy in light of the result of the EU referendum.
4. The implications of the EU referendum for Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider evidence heard earlier in themeeting.
5. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.
The meeting will be suspended until 1.15 pm. The Committee will reconvene in public in the David Livingstone Room (CR6):
6. The implications of the EU referendum for Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—
David Martin MEP;
Alyn Smith MEP.
Proposed future business
For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, Katy Orr, on 0131 348 5234 or by email at Europe@parliament.scot.
Mental Health Education
That the Parliament notes what it sees as the vital importance of mental health education in contributing to closing the attainment gap in Mid Fife and Glenrothes and across the country; is concerned that 70% of young people recently surveyed by the Scottish Youth Parliament said that they did not know what mental health support was available in their area; understands that the Scottish Government will be publishing a new mental health strategy later in 2016, and notes the view that the strategy should provide clear curriculum guidance regarding mental health education.
Ruth Davidson S5F-00283
1. To ask the First Minister what engagements she has planned for the rest of the day.
Kezia Dugdale S5F-00309
2. To ask the First Minister when she will next meet The National Autistic Society Scotland.
Patrick Harvie S5F-00289
3. To ask the First Minister when the Cabinet will next meet.
Tom Arthur S5F-00307
4. To ask the First Minister what representations the Scottish Government will make to the UK Government to ensure that reciprocal healthcare arrangements are a priority in Brexit negotiations.
Douglas Ross S5F-00310
5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's response is to the comment by the chief constable that it will "take a two-to-three-year adjustment period" to balance Police Scotland's finances.
Iain Gray S5F-00304
6. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's response is to calls by those working with abuse survivors for an urgent investigation into the direction of the National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Abuse.
Tavish Scott S5F-00311
7. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on reports that there were 729 teacher vacancies the week before the start of the 2016-17 school term.
Tavish Scott S5O-00201
1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to ensure that there will be a legacy arising from the success of the Scottish competitors at the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.
Rona Mackay S5O-00202
2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how many local authorities have outstanding equal pay claims.
Gordon Lindhurst S5O-00203
3. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of high street banks that have retail operations in Scotland and what was discussed.
Tom Arthur S5O-00204
4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to ensure that housing developments do not have a negative impact on the character and infrastructure of villages.
Sandra White S5O-00205
5. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Police Scotland regarding tackling hate crime.
Liam Kerr S5O-00206
6. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken since January 2016 to improve air quality in Aberdeen.
Richard Lochhead S5O-00207
7. To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to ensure that the Scottish Ambulance Service supports co-responding of emergency services to road traffic accidents.
Linda Fabiani S5O-00208
8. To ask the Scottish Government when it will next meet ScotRail.
Joan McAlpine S5O-00209
9. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking as a result of the recent transport summit in Dumfries and Galloway.
Murdo Fraser S5O-00210
10. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the results of The Scottish Health Survey .
1. Consideration of continued petitions: The Committee will consider- PE1223 by Ron Beaty on school bus safety; PE1319 by William Smith and Scott Robertson on improving youth football in Scotland; PE1408 by Andrea MacArthur on updating of pernicious anaemia/vitamin B12 deficiency understanding and treatment; PE1458 by Peter Cherbi on register of interests for members of Scotland’s judiciary; PE1463 by Sandra Whyte, Marian Dyer and Lorraine Cleaver on effective thyroid and adrenal testing, diagnosis and treatment; PE1480 by Amanda Kopel, on behalf of The Frank Kopel Alzheimer's Awareness Campaign, on alzheimer’s and dementia awareness; PE1533 by Jeff Adamson, on behalf of Scotland Against the Care Tax, on abolition of non-residential social care charges for older and disabled people; PE1517 by Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy, on behalf of Scottish Mesh Survivors - Hear Our Voice campaign, on polypropylene mesh medical devices; PE1540 by Douglas Philand on permanent solution for the A83; PE1545 by Ann Maxwell, on behalf of Muir Maxwell Trust, on residential care provision for the severely learning disabled; PE1563 by Doreen Goldie, on behalf of Avonbridge and Standburn Community Council, on sewage sludge spreading; PE1568 by Catherine Hughes on funding, access and promotion of the NHS CIC; PE1577 by Rachael Wallace on adult cerebral palsy services; PE1581 by Duncan Wright, on behalf of Save Scotland's School Libraries, on save Scotland’s school libraries; PE1586 by James A Mackie, on behalf of Innes Community Council, on statutory control measures for invasive non-native species; PE1591 by Catriona MacDonald, on behalf of SOS-NHS, on major redesign of healthcare services in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross; PE1592 by Shaheen McQuade on group B Strep information and testing; PE1593 by Paul Quigley, on behalf of Fans Against Criminalisation, on a full review of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012; PE1595 by Alexander Taylor on moratorium on shared space schemes; PE1598 by Guy Linley-Adams, on behalf of Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, on protecting wild salmonids from sea lice from Scottish salmon farms; PE1600 by John Chapman on speed awareness courses; PE1601 by Andy Myles on European beavers in Scotland; PE1602 by Carol Sunnucks on ECGs and heart echo tests within antenatal care.
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.
2. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider—
PE1592 by Shaheen McQuade on Group B Strep information and testing
and take evidence from—
and will then consider—
PE1593 by Paul Quigley, on behalf of Fans Against Criminalisation, on a full review of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012
and take evidence from—
Paul Quigley and Jeanette Findlay, Fans Against Criminalisation;
and will then consider—
PE1594 by Richard Burton, on behalf of Accountability Scotland, on specification of ‘lying’ as an example of public maladministration.
3. Consideration of continued petitions: The Committee will consider—
PE1319 by William Smith and Scott Robertson on improving youth football in Scotland;
PE1477 by Jamie Rae, on behalf of the Throat Cancer Foundation, on a gender neutral Human Papillomavirus vaccination;
PE1545 by Ann Maxwell, on behalf of the Muir Maxwell Trust, on residential care provision for the severely learning disabled;
PE1555 by Siobhan Garrahy on electric shock and vibration collars for animals;
PE1561 by Karen Gray, on behalf of Rabbits Require Rights (Scotland), on pet rabbit welfare;
PE1572 by Parveen Haq on occupational disclosure in trials and sentencing;
PE1573 by Jordan Daly, on behalf of T.I.E. - Time for Inclusive Education, on statutory teaching of LGBTI+ issues;
PE1574 by Freda Birrell, on behalf of the UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID), on HPV vaccine safety;
PE1576 by Owain Martin on blue badges for children with autism and Down’s Syndrome;
PE1577 by Rachael Wallace on adult cerebral palsy services;
PE1580 by Sheila Duffy, on behalf of ASH Scotland, on guidance for Parliament staff on international health treaty standards.
4. Witness expenses: The Committee will consider claims under the witness expenses scheme.
Domestic Abuse Law
That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the First Minister when delivering the 2016-17 Programme for Government that the Scottish Government will introduce legislation to create a specific criminal offence of domestic abuse; recognises that, in Scotland, there are approximately 60,000 incidents of domestic abuse reported each year, with the 2014-15 figures showing that 79% of such incidents having a male perpetrator and a female victim; recognises that, while physical abuse can be prosecuted under existing laws, it is challenging to prosecute psychological abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour under these; agrees that a new offence will both help the criminal justice system to deal more effectively with domestic abusers and, alongside access to appropriate advocacy services, allow better access to justice for victims, and notes that the Scottish Government is continuing to consider the exact terms of such an offence in the light of feedback to the recent consultation on a draft offence with the aim of ensuring that it appropriately and effectively criminalises the type of pernicious coercive and controlling behaviour that can constitute domestic abuse and that such an offence will have a significant impact on how society views domestic abuse by ensuring that there is clarity that psychological, as well as physical abuse, of a partner or ex-partner is a criminal offence.
The morning of the Scottish Parliament’s first meeting on Thursday 12 May has been set aside to allow MSPs to take the oath or make a solemn affirmation. This will be the first business of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament.
There will be three time slots during which the Members will take the oath/make the affirmation:
9.30am – 10.15am
10.30am – 11.15am
11.30am – 12.15pm
The outgoing Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick will preside over the oath-taking procedure.
Members will enter the Chamber individually from the north and south entrances. As in previous sessions, the Party Leaders will be invited to take the oath or make a solemn affirmation first at 9.30am which will be followed by Members in alphabetical order.
Exact details of the order in which members are expected to arrive will be made available to the media on the day.
After being called by the Presiding Officer, they will proceed to the well of the Chamber where they will be asked whether they wish to take the oath or the affirmation. The choice is a personal one and the effect of both is the same.
Once all MSPs are sworn in, the Presiding Officer will suspend the meeting of the Parliament until 2.30pm.
While the Act allows Members two months from the date of their election to take the oath it is anticipated that Members will wish to do so as soon as possible.
The oath states: "I (Member's Name), do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors, according to Law. So help me God."
The affirmation states: "I (Member's Name), do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors, according to Law."
Members will be handed a card with either the oath or the affirmation, according to their choice, and asked to repeat the words after the officiating Clerk. They may then repeat the oath or affirmation in a language other than English.
Members will then be asked to sign the Parliamentary Register, before either taking a seat or exiting the Chamber.
The Register is a loose leaf volume of archival quality paper which has either the text of the oath or the affirmation inscribed at the top of each page.
Any Member who refuses to take the oath or the affirmation will be unable to take part in any other proceedings of the Parliament and will not be paid any salary and allowances until he or she has done so. If any Member has not taken the oath or affirmation within two months of the day of their election they shall cease to be a Member of the Parliament (unless the Parliament agrees to extend this period).
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12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions
1. Johann Lamont: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S4F-02316)
2. Ruth Davidson: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-02317)
3. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on Police Scotland’s National Child Abuse Investigation Unit. (S4F-02321)
4. John Mason: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues. (S4F-02319)
5. James Kelly: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that ScotRail has recorded nearly £100 million in profit since 2008, with £95 million of that being paid to shareholders. (S4F-02326)
6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to tackle overcrowding and understaffing in accident and emergency departments. (S4F-02325)