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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 13 September 2023 2:00 PM


Portfolio Questions Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands Christine Grahame S6O-02488 1. To ask the Scottish Government how the measures in its Programme for Government 2023-24 will support the rural economy in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency. Donald Cameron S6O-02489 2. To ask the Scottish Government for what reason its Programme for Government 2023-24 did not include a commitment to a Crofting Bill. Alasdair Allan S6O-02490 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress of its proposed Land Reform Bill. Kenneth Gibson 4. [Withdrawn] Meghan Gallacher S6O-02492 5. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the greater use of farm-to-fork methods to encourage domestic food production. Liz Smith S6O-02493 6. To ask the Scottish Government what preparations it has made in response to the protracted start to the 2023 grain harvest. Ben Macpherson S6O-02494 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its consideration of the Scottish Land Commission’s work on compulsory sales orders and land value capture. Graham Simpson S6O-02495 8. To ask the Scottish Government what cross-government consideration there has been regarding the use of tunnels to improve connectivity between the islands. NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care Karen Adam S6O-02496 1. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the First Minister's commitment in the Programme for Government 2023-24 to publish a new delivery plan for mental health and wellbeing, what it is doing to improve pathways to diagnosis for neurodivergent children. Sue Webber S6O-02497 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the number of alcohol-specific deaths in 2022. Marie McNair 3. [Not Lodged] Annabelle Ewing S6O-02499 4. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met with NHS Fife and what was discussed. Jackie Baillie S6O-02500 5. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to urgently address the reported maintenance backlog in GP practices. Sandesh Gulhane S6O-02501 6. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported plans by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to reduce the number of community link workers embedded in GP practices in deprived areas of Glasgow by one third, due to Scottish Government funding cuts. Carol Mochan S6O-02502 7. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to invest in community midwifery services to ensure that they are consistently delivered in areas of need rather than in centralised, and often hard-to-access, locations. Paul Sweeney S6O-02503 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the 2021 SNP manifesto commitment to expand on the community link worker programme. followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate: Pausing the Short-term Lets Licensing Scheme Murdo Fraser S6M-10411 That the Parliament notes the widespread concern in the tourist sector at the introduction of the licensing scheme for short-term lets, which is effective from 1 October 2023; understands that this will apply not just to stand-alone self-catering units, but also to home sharing, B&Bs, guest houses and home swaps; is concerned that the unintended consequences of the scheme will have a seriously negative impact on Scotland’s tourism offer, and calls on the Scottish Government to pause the introduction of the scheme for 12 months to allow for modifications based on a detailed, evidence-based review of its impact. Paul McLennan S6M-10411.3 As an amendment to motion S6M-10411 in the name of Murdo Fraser (Pausing the Short-term Lets Licensing Scheme), leave out from "notes" to end and insert "recognises the success of Scotland’s growing tourism sector and that well-managed, short-term lets are a significant part of that economy; welcomes the reassurance and safeguards for visitors, hosts and communities that the short-term lets licensing scheme provides; acknowledges the work that local authorities have done to date in processing applications, and also those hosts who have submitted applications so far; highlights the six-month extension to the application deadline, giving nearly two years for hosts to comply with licensing conditions and a year to prepare and submit an application; notes the ongoing Scottish Government engagement with local authorities and the short-term lets sector across Scotland; calls on all MSPs to focus on supporting and encouraging any outstanding applications to be submitted to local authorities before 1 October 2023; confirms the Scottish Government’s ongoing work to listen to and engage with the sector, and reaffirms the Scottish Government’s commitment to an implementation review update in early 2024." Mark Griffin S6M-10411.2 As an amendment to motion S6M-10411 in the name of Murdo Fraser (Pausing the Short-term Lets Licensing Scheme), insert at end ", and consideration of changes, which, as a minimum, must include the removal from the licensing scheme of any accommodation that owners use as their primary residence, B&B accommodation, house swaps, purpose-built accommodation and room lets, and agrees that the forthcoming Housing Bill should be used to deliver a system of regulation that works for both local communities and the sector, and a registration scheme." followed by Decision Time followed by Members' Business — S6M-10262 Rona Mackay: Opening of Scotland’s First Bairns’ Hoose That the Parliament expresses its delight at the establishment of the first Bairns’ Hoose in Scotland, providing children in north Strathclyde who are the victims or witnesses of abuse or violence with access to protection, care and recovery services under one roof, and improving the way that they are dealt with within the Scottish justice system; understands that the first Bairns’ Hoose will support children, young people and members of their family from East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire; commends the charity, Children 1st, which has led the way in ensuring the development of Scotland’s first Bairns’ Hoose, supported by the partners, Victim Support Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, Children England and the Postcode Dream Fund, which is made possible by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery; believes that Bairns’ Hoose is based on an alternative model first developed in Iceland, called Barnahus; notes that the space has been designed in collaboration with children and young people for children and young people, and includes calming wall colours, soft and comfortable furnishings, and a safe and secure garden, which will offer breathing space for those who need it; further notes the inclusion of high-quality technical facilities, including space to record evidence and deliver live links to court within a nurturing environment, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring that all children who have experienced harm as a result of abuse or violence will have access to a Bairns’ Hoose.

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