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Meeting of the Parliament session 1

Thursday 16 September 2021 11:40 AM


GENERAL QUESTIONS Murdo Fraser S6O-00157 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the level of ambulance cover across Mid-Scotland and Fife. Mark Ruskell S6O-00158 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what its position is on the proposed timetable changes set out by ScotRail in its Fit for the Future consultation. Liam Kerr S6O-00159 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported decline in air passengers travelling through Scottish airports. Dean Lockhart S6O-00160 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its proposals to establish a publicly-owned energy company that will generate and supply energy. Emma Roddick S6O-00161 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what support it can provide to people undertaking managed quarantine at Scottish airports who are unable to afford the costs but not in receipt of any welfare benefits. Sarah Boyack S6O-00162 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it will address the backlog in NHS dentistry. Pauline McNeill S6O-00163 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the number of Afghan refugees that local authorities have offered to settle. Marie McNair S6O-00164 8. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to reduce the consumption of energy drinks among teenagers. Sue Webber S6O-00165 9. To ask the Scottish Government for what reason Scotland's Mental Health First Aid is reportedly not running any training courses at present. Kaukab Stewart S6O-00166 10. To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made in supporting the removal of flammable cladding. followed by FIRST MINISTER'S QUESTIONS Douglas Ross S6F-00235 1. Question to be taken in Chamber. Anas Sarwar S6F-00236 2. Question to be taken in Chamber. Alex Cole-Hamilton S6F-00255 3. To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government will support the Scottish Ambulance Service in coping with reports of unprecedented pressure that is resulting in significant increases to waiting times. Bill Kidd S6F-00261 4. To ask the First Minister whether she will provide an update on the preparations for COP26. Tess White S6F-00250 5. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to prevent cyber-attacks on public bodies. Pauline McNeill S6F-00256 6. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's response is to analysis by HM Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland suggesting that the Crown Office is masking the time taken to decide on criminal prosecutions. followed by MEMBERS' BUSINESS Miles Briggs S6M-00768 SCVO Creates its 10,000th CJS Job in Scotland's Voluntary Sector That the Parliament recognises and celebrates what it sees as the continued success of the SCVO-run Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) employability programme as it creates its 10,000th job; understands that CJS provides paid jobs for young people, with targeted efforts to help those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable; believes that its model and approach has been incredibly effective in ensuring that young people who face particular challenges, such as having caring responsibilities, being care-experienced, holding criminal convictions, leaving the armed forces early or living with disability, are given the opportunity to take their first steps into employment; notes that CJS was established in 2011, when levels of youth unemployment were high; acknowledges that, over this time, phases 1 to 11 of the programme have created paid jobs for 10,049 young people, with an average of 54% being retained by their employer after their initial job had ended, and 64% recording positive outcomes into jobs, volunteering or education; welcomes CJS's adoption of a competitive application and interview process before a young person is offered a job and considers that this, alongside compliance with employer policies and procedures, is extremely important in terms of instilling a sense of belonging in a real work environment; understands that phase 11, which is currently underway, will support up to up to a further 560 opportunities for vulnerable young unemployed people aged up to 29 through a range of voluntary sector organisations across all 32 local authority areas; welcomes the recent announcement of the 10,000th CJS job, which will see a young person take on the role of Creative Assistant with Impact Arts (Projects) Limited for 40 weeks, and looks forward to further opportunities opening up with CJS, to help support vulnerable young people in the Edinburgh region and across Scotland who face significant barriers, but who deserve to play their full role in society.

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