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Meeting of the Parliament

Tuesday 30 November 2021 2:00 PM

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Time for Reflection Sally Fraser, Edinburgh City Centre Chaplain, Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland followed by Topical Questions Pauline McNeill S6T-00329 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that people are shutting down their electric and rationing their energy use in the face of rising charges. Willie Rennie S6T-00328 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported number of deaths of homeless people in 2020. followed by First Minister’s Statement: COVID-19 Update followed by Ministerial Statement: Response to Storm Arwen followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government Response to Independent Review of Deaths in Prison Custody followed by Scottish Government Debate: Justice and the 16 Days of Action That the Parliament welcomes the opportunity to highlight the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence and to reaffirm a strong commitment and programme of action to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls; recognises the opportunity as Scotland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic to transform its justice services, ensuring effective, efficient and resilient services that meet the needs of people and reflect the role for justice in a modern society; welcomes the Scottish Government's commitment to setting in place the right legislative environment to support, enable and protect women and girls, including the introduction of world-leading human rights legislation furthering Scotland's international obligations; welcomes the planned establishment of a Governance Group comprising key stakeholders to progress the detailed consideration of the recommendations in the Lord Justice Clerk’s Review Group report, Improving the management of sexual offence cases, including the potential introduction of specialist courts, and to identify and prioritise recommendations that can be taken forward without legislative change; recognises and reflects on the advancements made and key achievements to date, including the delivery of a pilot to pre-record rape complainers’ statements; notes the progress of the Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland Working Group, chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy; acknowledges a new work stream to take a strategic approach to women in justice in the system to address the unique needs of women not currently being met, either as offenders or victims; commends the work of frontline criminal justice advocacy support services, which have worked tirelessly to redesign services and ensure that women and children can still access support throughout the pandemic, and encourages continued collaboration to ensure that the interests of victims of gender-based violence and those who rely on the justice system remain at the heart of necessary reforms, and to deliver a modern justice system fit for the future. followed by Decision Time followed by Members' Business — S6M-01737 Jim Fairlie: Lamb for St Andrew's Day Campaign That the Parliament congratulates all those who have been involved in the continuing #LambforStAndrewsDay campaign, including those in the Perthshire South and Kinross-shire constituency; notes the particular involvement of George Purves in establishing the programme in 2009; welcomes the participation of 180 schools from throughout Scotland, where, it understands, 30,000 portions of Scotch lamb will be cooked and served; considers that the campaign, which seeks to make Scotch lamb synonymous with celebrating St Andrew’s Day, perfectly showcases some of the best of Scottish produce; welcomes all positive endeavours to build on the fantastic progress that has already been made, and notes calls encouraging everyone to make St Andrew’s Day special by cooking top quality Scotch lamb in celebration.

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