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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 12 May 2022 11:40 AM


General Questions Daniel Johnson S6O-01078 1. To ask the Scottish Government what lessons have been learned regarding the procurement of new ferries. Murdo Fraser S6O-01079 2. To ask the Scottish Government what role it considers community hospitals will have in the delivery of NHS services in the future. Finlay Carson S6O-01080 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on infrastructure investment in the south of Scotland. John Mason S6O-01081 4. To ask the Scottish Government how many Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Glasgow. Bill Kidd S6O-01082 5. To ask the Scottish Government what plans are in place to support community integration for Ukrainian refugees resettling in Scotland. Douglas Lumsden S6O-01083 6. To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £500 million Energy Transition Fund for the north east has now been allocated. Kaukab Stewart S6O-01084 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress on delivering the Heat in Buildings Strategy, published in October 2021. Marie McNair S6O-01085 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress to remove NHS dental charges for everyone. followed by First Minister's Questions Douglas Ross S6F-01075 1. Question to be taken in Chamber. Anas Sarwar S6F-01076 2. Question to be taken in Chamber. Alex Cole-Hamilton S6F-01083 3. To ask the First Minister when the Cabinet will next meet. Kenneth Gibson S6F-01081 4. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's response is to the report published last Friday, Owning the Future: A framework of regulations for decarbonising owner-occupied homes in Scotland , commissioned by the Existing Homes Alliance. Meghan Gallacher S6F-01082 5. To ask the First Minister what meetings the Scottish Government has had with the private and voluntary nursery sector regarding the delivery of its early learning and childcare strategy. Monica Lennon S6F-01094 6. To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will convene an emergency summit on abortion healthcare in response to anti-abortion rights action in Scotland and around the world. followed by Members' Business — S6M-04187 Maggie Chapman: Supporting Striking University Staff That the Parliament notes reports that staff are taking part in two sets of industrial action in two industrial disputes at a number of universities in the North East Scotland region, and across the country; understands that these are over pension cuts and falling pay, gender and ethnicity pay gaps, precarious employment practices, and unsafe workloads, known as the Four Fights; believes that cuts to pensions of an average of 35% are going ahead on the basis of an outdated valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension fund; understands that this valuation was made during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the economy, and that the health of the fund has recovered significantly since then; appreciates that the trustee that manages the scheme has reportedly confirmed that a new valuation at this point could result in benefits being increased, rather than cut; notes with regret that university management has reportedly rejected proposals made by the Universities and College Union (UCU) that are deemed to be “viable and implementable” by the USS; understands that, in a recent survey of UK higher education staff, two thirds said that they were considering leaving the sector over cuts to pensions and attacks on pay and working conditions; notes the calls on the management of all educational institutions involved in both the pensions and Four Fights disputes to engage constructively with staff and the unions to resolve the disputes, and notes the view that reversals of pension and pay cuts and urgent action against casualisation, gender and ethnicity inequalities in pay and promotions, and against unsafe workloads, are in the best interests of university staff, students, Scottish universities and Scotland as a whole.

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