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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 27 October 2021 2:00 PM

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Portfolio Questions Covid-19 Recovery and Parliamentary Business Gordon MacDonald S6O-00269 1. To ask the Scottish Government how its policies and actions across government will ensure that those hit hardest by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are prioritised during the recovery. Neil Gray S6O-00270 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its policies and actions across government to support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and how these have been impacted by the reported cross-sector labour shortages. Rona Mackay S6O-00271 3. To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to introduce a Young Citizens' Assembly. Maggie Chapman S6O-00272 4. To ask the Scottish Government how its policies and actions across government will take account of the key findings and recommendations of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission published earlier this week. Pam Gosal S6O-00273 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the number of people who have downloaded the NHS Scotland COVID Status app. Stuart McMillan S6O-00274 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring engagement across government with the public, private and third sectors to ensure that the experiences of people providing frontline support to the most vulnerable help shape the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. John Mason S6O-00275 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how its policies and actions across government will help support local authorities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Joe FitzPatrick S6O-00276 8. To ask the Scottish Government what cross-government support and funding it is providing to local authorities to aid the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Net Zero, Energy and Transport Mark Ruskell S6O-00277 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its discussions with the Danish Government regarding the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance. Bill Kidd S6O-00278 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it is involving young people in COP26. Jamie Greene S6O-00279 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the anticipated final cost and delivery date of vessels 801 and 802 for the CalMac fleet. Jeremy Balfour S6O-00280 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its discussions with trade unions representing ScotRail staff. Sharon Dowey S6O-00281 5. To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has allocated for the upgrade of the A77 in its Infrastructure Investment Plan 2021-22 to 2025-2026. Miles Briggs S6O-00282 6. To ask the Scottish Government when work will commence to address congestion at the Sheriffhall roundabout. Oliver Mundell S6O-00283 7. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the net zero secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding reports that wind farm developers are offering payments to local residents in return for signing non-disclosure agreements and not objecting to planning applications. Gillian Martin S6O-00284 8. To ask the Scottish Government what role the Acorn project could play in achieving Scotland’s net zero and just transition ambitions. followed by Ministerial Statement: OECD Education - Next Steps followed by Scottish Government Debate: Global Ambitions for COP26 That the Parliament welcomes the world to Glasgow for the COP26 summit and thanks all those who have contributed to enabling the summit to take place; considers this to be humanity’s last opportunity to limit global warming and deliver on the ambitions set at the Paris Climate summit in 2015 and calls on world leaders gathering in Glasgow to make the necessary changes in their own countries to keep the target of 1.5 degrees alive and ensure it is achieved, and also deliver on the funding commitments made in Paris to support countries in the Global South in tackling climate change and its impacts; further calls on world leaders to take immediate and rapid action on emissions reduction and investment in low-emission and zero-carbon technology on a global scale, and to recognise the loss and damage already occurring as a result of climate change, recognising that those suffering most from these changes are those least responsible for it, and to support those countries already living with such loss; notes the commitments recently set out through the Programme for Government, the Cooperation Agreement between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Green Party Parliamentary Group, and other documents that build upon the updated Climate Change Plan and increase the steps being taken in Scotland to address the climate crisis; looks forward to the publication, starting from next year, of sectoral just transition plans, and welcomes the undertaking, in support of this, of further analysis of Scotland’s North Sea oil and gas production to assess the compatibility of current and future field development with the Paris Agreement, and to Scotland’s economy, security and wellbeing. followed by Decision Time followed by Members' Business — S6M-01137 Jamie Halcro Johnston: Recognising the Importance of Scotland’s Ferry Services That the Parliament recognises the vital importance of lifeline ferry links to Scotland’s island communities; acknowledges what it sees as the severe problems that have affected Clyde and Hebridean routes, particularly in the Highlands and Islands region, over the summer of 2021; notes the impact on residents, potential visitors, businesses and public services of a service that is unreliable; recalls the conclusions of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee in its inquiry into the construction and procurement of ferry vessels in Scotland, and notes the view that there is an urgent need for a Scotland-wide ferries strategy that ensures the resilience of the network into the future.

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