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Meeting of the Parliament

Tuesday 10 January 2023 2:00 PM


Time for Reflection Rev Susan Henderson, Inverclyde United Reformed Churches followed by Topical Questions Carol Mochan S6T-01077 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that, during freezing temperatures in December, ambulances were called out to 800 people with hypothermia. Stephen Kerr S6T-01078 2. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to mitigate the impact of recent teacher strikes on children's education. followed by Ministerial Statement: NHS Winter Pressures followed by Ministerial Statement: Scotland’s Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan followed by Scottish Government Debate: People’s Right to Choose - Respecting Scotland’s Democratic Mandate Angus Robertson S6M-07429 That the Parliament acknowledges the decision of the UK Supreme Court in the reference by the Lord Advocate of devolution issues under paragraph 34 of schedule 6 to the Scotland Act 1998; reaffirms its belief that people in Scotland have the sovereign right to determine the form of government best suited to their needs; believes that the United Kingdom should be a voluntary association of nations and that it should be open to any of its parts to choose by democratic means to withdraw from the union, and calls on the UK Government to respect the right of people in Scotland to choose their constitutional future. Donald Cameron S6M-07429.1 As an amendment to motion S6M-07429 in the name of Angus Robertson (People’s Right to Choose - Respecting Scotland’s Democratic Mandate), leave out from “reaffirms its belief” to end and insert “recognises that the people of Scotland voted decisively to remain within the United Kingdom in 2014; agrees that another divisive referendum should not be a priority during the ongoing cost of living crisis, and believes that it should focus its time on addressing the pressing issues that the country faces, including the current issues facing the NHS.” Sarah Boyack S6M-07429.3 As an amendment to motion S6M-07429 in the name of Angus Robertson (People’s Right to Choose - Respecting Scotland’s Democratic Mandate), leave out from “United Kingdom” to end and insert “people of Scotland are frustrated with two governments that are more focused on division and their own priorities, rather than the people’s priorities; considers that they should be focusing their time, energy and resources on addressing the cost of living crisis, and the NHS crisis, which is costing lives, and calls on the Scottish Government to focus on delivering the recovery that the NHS urgently needs, as committed to in the Scottish National Party's 2021 manifesto.” followed by Urgent Question Neil Bibby To ask the Scottish Government what its urgent response is to the reported announcement regarding the closure of the Amazon Gourock site. followed by Ministerial Statement: Proposed Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill followed by Decision Time followed by Members' Business — S6M-06610 Fulton MacGregor: Programme Promoting the Benefits of Shared Parenting That the Parliament notes what it sees as the importance of the involvement of both parents when bringing up a child; asserts that every child of separated parents deserves the love and support of both of their parents; believes in the need for parents to co-operate where appropriate; understands that research has shown that there is a lack of support for children of separated parents; considers that parents, including in the Coatbridge and Chryston constituency, may need help to make important decisions about sharing the care of their children; acknowledges the view that there is a need for public policy to recognise these challenges; praises Shared Parenting Scotland for piloting the New Ways for Families programme; recognises that the online programme focuses on the key skills of emotion management, flexible thinking and behaviour moderation; applauds the ethos of the programme, which, it considers, puts children first, as well as focusing on improving co-parenting and making decisions together out of court; notes reports that a similar programme introduced in Canada saw a significant increase in parenting co-operation upon completion, and congratulates Shared Parenting Scotland for securing £16,500 worth of funding from the Scottish Government, The National Lottery, and an anonymous trust in order to deliver the programme.

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