First Minister’s Questions – 07/02/2019

First Minister’s Questions, live from the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood.

Scottish Parliament – First Minister’s Questions.


11:40am General Questions

Claudia Beamish S5O-02869
1. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the impact on communities of banks reportedly closing branches without consultation, such as Santander in the South Scotland region.

Neil Findlay S5O-02870
2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to alleviate the reported parking problems at St John’s Hospital.

Lewis Macdonald S5O-02871
3. To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to consult on setting a target for all homes to have at least a C energy performance certificate rating.

Mark Griffin S5O-02872
4. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports of the proposed closure of the Cumbernauld Village Surgery.

James Dornan S5O-02873
5. To ask the Scottish Government what financial support it has provided for mental health services in the current parliamentary session.

John Mason S5O-02874
6. To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to increasing pay for local councillors.

Joan McAlpine S5O-02875
7. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met the Tenant Farming Commissioner.

Emma Harper S5O-02876
8. To ask the Scottish Government what impact UK Government austerity measures have had on its overall budget, and how this has impacted the local government settlement.

Murdo Fraser S5O-02877
9. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Tayside and what issues were discussed.

Rhoda Grant S5O-02878
10. To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to publish the Forestry Strategy, and by what means it will be laid before the Parliament.


12:00pm First Minister’s Questions

Jackson Carlaw S5F-03037
1. Question to be taken in chamber.

Richard Leonard S5F-03038
2. Question to be taken in chamber.

Patrick Harvie S5F-03039
3. Question to be taken in chamber.

Christine Grahame S5F-03043
4. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on whether learning to play a musical instrument should be a core subject in schools.

Murdo Fraser S5F-03042
5. To ask the First Minister what categories of public sector workers will be exempt from the proposed workplace parking levy.

Mary Fee S5F-03056
6. To ask the First Minister, in light of it being Children’s Mental Health Week, what action the Scottish Government is taking to increase the provision of mental health support for young people


12:45pm Members’ Business – Willie Coffey S5M-15230

Congratulations to Kilmarnock FC on its 150th Anniversary

That the Parliament congratulates Kilmarnock FC, the oldest professional football club in Scotland, on its 150th anniversary; notes that the first recorded general meeting of the club took place on 5 January 1869 in the Temperance Hotel in Kilmarnock, notified by secretary, John Wallace; recognises the many achievements of the club, which include becoming one of the first clubs to contest an official Scottish Cup match along with Renton in 1873, winning the Championship under the manager Willie Waddell in 1965 by defeating Hearts 2-0 on the last day of the season to win the league on goal average by 0.042 goals, winning the Scottish Cup in 1920 by defeating Albion Rovers 3-2 and again in 1929 by beating Rangers 2-0 and in 1997 defeating Falkirk 1-0, winning the League Cup in 2012 by beating Celtic 1-0, winning the Ayrshire Cup 42 times, recording 189 victories out of 256 meetings with local rivals, Ayr United, regularly representing Scotland in the New York International Tournament in the 1960s, qualifying for European competitions on nine occasions, notably defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 5-4 on aggregate in the club’s first European tie in 1964 after being four goals down, welcoming Real Madrid to Rugby Park as league champions in 1965, drawing 2-2, and reaching the semi-final of the Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1966-67 against Leeds United; recognises that the club is enjoying its 26th season in a row in the top flight in Scotland; notes that the club recorded the highest points tally of 74 points in the calendar year 2018, and sends the club, staff and supporters its best wishes for the year ahead and for many years to come.



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