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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 23 March 2022 2:00 PM


Portfolio Questions Covid-19 Recovery and Parliamentary Business Alex Cole-Hamilton S6O-00894 1. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for the future of the COVID-19 certification scheme. Rona Mackay S6O-00895 2. To ask the Scottish Government what work and action across government it is undertaking to support local authorities and local communities in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rachael Hamilton 3. [Not Lodged] Edward Mountain S6O-00897 4. To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of FOI requests made to it were answered in full within 20 working days, within the last 12 months. Sharon Dowey S6O-00898 5. To ask the Scottish Government how its policies and actions across government will support South Ayrshire to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma Roddick S6O-00899 6. To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken with ministerial colleagues across government to ensure that Scotland’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic addresses the reported disproportionate impact of the pandemic on low-income households. Jackie Baillie S6O-00900 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will remove the provisions on the extension of emergency powers from the Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill. Pauline McNeill S6O-00901 8. To ask the Scottish Government how its policies across government will support people living in Glasgow to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Net Zero, Energy and Transport Annie Wells S6O-00902 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it is scheduled to meet with UK Government ministers to discuss the implementation of the Energy Company Obligation 4 scheme in Scotland. Mercedes Villalba S6O-00903 2. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking, in relation to green skills, to remove barriers facing offshore oil and gas workers in transitioning to green jobs in the offshore energy sector. Christine Grahame 3. [Not Lodged] Stephanie Callaghan 4. [Withdrawn] Michelle Thomson S6O-00906 5. To ask the Scottish Government what ministerial discussions have taken place regarding whether its net zero ambitions could be supported through the introduction of new fiscal measures. Collette Stevenson S6O-00907 6. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives from the energy regulator, Ofgem, and what was discussed. Finlay Carson 7. [Withdrawn] Brian Whittle S6O-00909 8. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Climate Change Committee's latest report Is Scotland Climate Ready?, which states that progress in delivering climate change adaptation measures in Scotland has stalled. followed by Ministerial Statement: Ferguson Marine Update followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate: Scotland's Ferries That the Parliament believes that islanders, island economies and all those reliant on vital ferry links are being severely let down by the failure to deliver a resilient ferry fleet; calls on the Scottish Government to increase funding to build new ferries in the next five years and to commit to spending £1.4 billion in the next 10 years in order to bring down the average age of ferries and to upgrade ports; is deeply alarmed and disappointed with the late arrival of new operational vessels for the Clyde and Hebridean routes; understands that the construction of vessels 801 and 802, which were due to be delivered in May and July 2018 respectively, are severely delayed; notes with disappointment that the Scottish Government has yet to confirm a revised timetable for the completion of vessels 801 and 802, following the identification of issues with the cabling; believes that the Scottish Government has made insufficient progress on acting on the recommendations set out in the report by the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, in Session 5, on ferry construction and procurement; calls upon the Scottish Government to publish an unredacted copy of the Project Neptune report compiled by Ernst and Young, and further calls for a full public inquiry into the Scottish Government’s failure to renew the ageing ferry network based on a workable ferries plan. followed by Decision Time followed by Members' Business — S6M-03609 Ross Greer: Industrial Relations in the College Sector That the Parliament is concerned by the record of industrial relations in the college sector over the last decade; understands that nationwide industrial action by lecturers has taken place in six of the last eight years, largely due to the perceived failure to implement previous agreements on pay, conditions and status; further understands that one such example of industrial action was the "fire and rehire" incident at Forth Valley College in 2021, which, it believes, became the catalyst for a national strike and resulted in the affected lecturers being reinstated to their previous positions; notes with regret reports that the nationally agreed disputes resolution process is not yet in place at all colleges; believes that staff feel their extensive efforts to support students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have not been recognised and that this, in combination with frustration over pay awards to senior management, has left many feeling demotivated; recognises what it sees as the pivotal role played by college teaching and support staff throughout the pandemic, and believes that colleges, including those in the West of Scotland, have a critical role to play in Scotland’s economic recovery from COVID-19, efforts to tackle the climate emergency, and the eradication of child poverty.

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