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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 01 December 2021 2:00 PM


Portfolio Questions Justice and Veterans Gillian Martin S6O-00456 1. To ask the Scottish Government how it is improving women's access to justice. Foysol Choudhury 2. [Withdrawn] Jamie Greene S6O-00458 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the amount of heroin seized by Police Scotland has increased by more than 400% since 2016-17. Paul McLennan S6O-00459 4. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the veterans secretary has had with skills agencies regarding maximising employment opportunities for veterans. Bill Kidd S6O-00460 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to protect victims of human trafficking from re-trafficking in Scotland. Mark Ruskell S6O-00461 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the public inquiry examining the events surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh. Colin Beattie S6O-00462 7. To ask the Scottish Government what targeted support it is providing to communities to help deal with antisocial behaviour. Russell Findlay 8. [Withdrawn] Finance and the Economy Jenni Minto S6O-00464 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Argyll and Bute Rural Growth Deal. Jackie Dunbar S6O-00465 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the support that is available to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stephen Kerr S6O-00466 3. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to ensure transparency in Scotland's public finances. Beatrice Wishart S6O-00467 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to ensure a just transition for the Highlands and Islands. Jamie Halcro Johnston S6O-00468 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish, in full, details of its engagement with GFG Alliance in relation to operations at the Lochaber smelter site. Jim Fairlie S6O-00469 6. To ask the Scottish Government what modelling it has done to assess the potential economic impact of Brexit on Scotland over the next five years. Donald Cameron S6O-00470 7. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to help improve employment opportunities in the Highlands and Islands, including for young people. Joe FitzPatrick S6O-00471 8. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the Tay Cities Region Deal is having on Dundee. followed by Scottish Labour Party Debate: Protecting Patient Safety at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital That the Parliament has no confidence in the leadership of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and believes that the Scottish Government must escalate the NHS board to Stage 5 of the performance escalation framework without delay. followed by Scottish Labour Party Debate: Action on Active Ventilation in Schools As an amendment to motion S6M-02326 in the name of Michael Marra (Action on Active Ventilation in Schools), leave out from “considers” to end and insert “notes that the Scottish Government’s Guidance on COVID-19: Reducing the Risks in Schools is informed by expert advice, including from the Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues and the Health and Safety Executive; recognises that, while only one of a range of mitigations that are in place, this guidance requires local authorities to work with schools to ensure good ventilation and access to CO2 monitoring, and sets out clear criteria and strategies to help achieve this; notes that the Scottish Government has already provided £90 million to support schools with Covid logistics, including ventilation, with an additional £10 million provided to undertake CO2 monitoring in the learning estate; commends local authorities for the work they have done to date to ensure that 100% of all learning, teaching and play spaces across Scotland have received an initial assessment using CO2 monitors, with any required remedial action being undertaken in line with guidance; thanks Scotland’s school unions for the constructive role they have played in raising the legitimate concerns of their members in relation to the importance of ventilation; welcomes the ongoing feedback and engagement with local authorities, unions and other relevant stakeholders on current ventilation guidance and its implementation, and further welcomes the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to monitor and update school ventilation guidance, should that be required, in line with the latest scientific expert advice.” followed by Scottish Government Debate: Reappointment of Scottish Land Commissioners That the Parliament notes the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee’s consideration of the reappointment of four commissioners to the Scottish Land Commission at its meeting on 16 November 2021; welcomes the Committee’s recommendation that the Parliament approves the reappointment to the Scottish Land Commission of Andrew Thin, as Commissioner for an additional two year term and selected as Chair for an additional two year term, and of Dr Bob McIntosh, Tenant Farming Commissioner, Dr Sally Reynolds, Commissioner, and Lorne MacLeod, Commissioner, for additional three year terms, and approves the reappointments as required by section 10 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016. followed by Decision Time followed by Members' Business — S6M-02100 Jamie Greene: World AIDS Day 2021 That the Parliament recognises that 1 December each year marks World AIDS Day; acknowledges that this provides an opportunity for people across the world to unite in efforts against HIV, to show support for people living with the virus and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness over the years; notes that a recent investigation reported that John Eaddie, who was commonly known as "Patient Zero" prior to his identification, was the first person from the UK to die from AIDS, passing away on 29 October 1981; understands that the most recent estimates suggest that more than 105,000 people in the UK live with HIV, with an estimated 6,600 not knowing their status; welcomes the huge advancements in medicine, which have resulted in people in receipt of the correct treatment being given the viral status, "undetectable", meaning they are untransmittable and cannot pass the virus on; praises efforts to promote the U=U campaign ,which aims to highlight this; believes that the successful provision of treatments such as PrEP and PeP have substantially reduced infection rates, and expresses its gratitude to the many third sector and charitable organisations in Scotland, such as the Terrence Higgins Trust, HIV Scotland and Waverley Care, and others across the UK and beyond that seek to raise awareness of the importance of testing, knowing one's status and pursuing a holistic approach to prevent, treat and destigmatise HIV/AIDS.

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