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Meeting of the Parliament (Continued)

Thursday 18 November 2021 2:15 PM

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Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Questions Jamie Greene S6O-00413 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, in light of reported concerns, what consideration it is giving to additional funding for increased security personnel and security for MSPs' surgeries and local offices. Jackie Baillie S6O-00407 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when it will make a decision regarding the level of MSP allowances for staff for 2022-23. Paul Sweeney S6O-00406 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when it last met trade unions representing Scottish Parliamentary Service and MSP staff. Jackie Dunbar S6O-00420 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what support it provides to MSPs in connection with the employment of armed forces reservists, and to armed forces reservists who work for the Scottish Parliament or MSPs. James Dornan S6O-00418 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consultation was conducted with MSPs ahead of changing the allowances system. Emma Roddick S6O-00417 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what review has been undertaken of heating the Parliament building, in light of the updated ventilation requirements. Stephen Kerr S6O-00412 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its position is on collective decision-making, in light of reports of division among its members regarding the security of MSPs and the Scottish Parliament building. Clare Adamson S6O-00414 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what action it has taken to assess the effectiveness and utility of the new Scottish Parliament website. Paul McLennan S6O-00419 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the Scottish Parliament’s budget is for both inbound and outbound school visits. Stuart McMillan S6O-00408 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what assistance it will provide to MSPs to make improvements to the ventilation of their local offices, in order to support their reopening when that decision is taken. John Mason S6O-00409 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether members' annual reports can be delivered after 4 February 2022 and, if not, what the reasons are for its position on the matter. Willie Coffey S6O-00421 To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consideration has been given to providing parliamentary services outwith usual hours. followed by Portfolio Questions Rural Affairs and Islands Claire Baker S6O-00388 1. To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring that keepers of birds and poultry, and the general public, are informed and able to respond to cases of the avian influenza virus. Douglas Lumsden S6O-00389 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting the rural economy in the north east. Kaukab Stewart S6O-00390 3. To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the impact on the food and drink supply chain, what its response is to a recent survey of 1,000 UK businesses by Gallagher, which reportedly found that many businesses have been affected by a shortage of staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of Brexit regulations. Martin Whitfield S6O-00391 4. To ask the Scottish Government what actions are being taken to ensure that the agriculture sector plays a leading role in delivering a net zero Scotland. Emma Harper S6O-00392 5. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the rural affairs secretary has had with ministerial colleagues and rural businesses regarding action to improve and enhance rural skills development. Christine Grahame 6. [Withdrawn] Clare Adamson S6O-00394 7. To ask the Scottish Government what recent engagement it has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding reports of labour and skills shortages in the food and drink industry and supply chain. Evelyn Tweed S6O-00395 8. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making on issuing payments to farmers and crofters through this year’s National Basic Payment Support Scheme. followed by Scottish Government Debate: The UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the UK Government’s Levelling Up Agenda in Scotland That the Parliament agrees that the UK Government’s Spending Review plans for Levelling Up and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund not only fall well short of Scottish expectations and needs, but also infringe the sovereignty of the Scottish Parliament by circumventing the devolution settlement to deliver policy in areas that are clearly and firmly within the ambit of the Scottish Government, and calls on the UK Government to keep the promises made to Scotland, and to work in full partnership with the Scottish Government and local communities on the development of these programmes going forward to ensure they support job creation and a just transition, and meet the needs of Scotland’s citizens. followed by Decision Time

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