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Meeting of the Parliament PM

Thursday 02 September 2021 2:30 PM

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Portfolio Questions: Rural Affairs and Islands Jamie Halcro Johnston S6O-00081 1. To ask the Scottish Government what monitoring it has undertaken of island economies following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Maurice Golden S6O-00082 2. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to support more sustainable farming. Martin Whitfield S6O-00083 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on any progress that has been made on the use of mobile abattoirs. Stephen Kerr S6O-00084 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the future of farm support payments. Pam Gosal S6O-00085 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to support new entrants to the agriculture sector. Joe FitzPatrick S6O-00086 6. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions the rural affairs secretary has had with the UK Government regarding the UK seasonal workers scheme. Karen Adam S6O-00087 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its engagement with the seafood sector regarding any export challenges as a result of Brexit. Oliver Mundell S6O-00088 8. To ask the Scottish Government how it will protect the interests of farmers under the draft cooperation agreement with the Scottish Green Party. followed by Scottish Government Debate: Supporting the people of Afghanistan That the Parliament records its alarm at the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Afghanistan following the return of the Taliban; further records its deep concern about the threat to life, liberty, equality, and human rights to all in Afghanistan and, in particular, for women and girls and minority communities; commends the Armed Forces, service personnel, and humanitarian agencies involved in supporting people during the evacuation; notes the UK's long history of involvement with, and intervention in, Afghanistan, and, in consequence, the obligation that the UK has to assist and support all those who are at risk of persecution or mistreatment as a result of the current crisis; recognises the lead role internationally that the UK Government must play in ensuring that aid continues to reach those who need it most and condemns the reduction in international aid by the UK Government from 0.7% of Gross National Income to 0.5%; urges the UK Government to ensure that those Afghans who have worked to provide critical aid assistance, uphold democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Afghanistan, can be allowed to settle in the UK alongside those who are at risk of violence and persecution as outlined in the UN Refugee Convention, and recognises that Scotland has a duty to play a full role in assisting the resettlement and relocation of Afghans at risk and providing humanitarian assistance, and that anyone settling in Scotland will be welcome members of the community.

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