First Minister’s Questions – 07/03/2019

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

Scottish Parliament – First Minister’s Questions.


11:40am General Questions

Michelle Ballantyne S5O-02963
1. To ask the Scottish Government under what circumstances an NHS board would limit the amount of necessary operations that a patient requires due to budgetary concerns.

Colin Beattie S5O-02964
2. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on non-medically qualified practitioners providing Botox and other similar treatments.

Dean Lockhart S5O-02965
3. To ask the Scottish Government when the feasibility study on junction improvements on the A84 near Blair Drummond Safari Park will be completed.

Mark Griffin S5O-02966
4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress of the Neonatal Expenses Fund.

Bob Doris S5O-02967
5. To ask the Scottish Government how much Pupil Equity Funding has been given to schools in the Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn constituency.

Elaine Smith S5O-02968
6. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recent comments by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, what action it is taking to tackle gender inequality in the practice of medicine.

Adam Tomkins
7. [Withdrawn]

Donald Cameron S5O-02970
8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve ferry capacity in the Highlands and Islands region.

Bill Kidd S5O-02971
9. To ask the Scottish Government whether the Fair Food Transformation Fund will continue to provide funding to community-based organisations beyond the 2019 tranche.

Andy Wightman S5O-02972
10. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support and expand housing co-operatives.


12:00pm First Minister’s Questions

Jackson Carlaw S5F-03115
1. Question to be taken in Chamber.

Richard Leonard S5F-03116
2. Question to be taken in Chamber.

Alison Johnstone S5F-03118
3. Question to be taken in Chamber.

Keith Brown S5F-03121
4. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the UK Government’s Stronger Towns Fund.

Rachael Hamilton S5F-03124
5. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to help people who have bipolar disorder.

Daniel Johnson S5F-03140
6. To ask the First Minister whether the merger of Police Scotland and the British Transport Police has been permanently abandoned.


12:45pm Members’ Business – Annabelle Ewing S5M-15513

Settled Status Scheme for EU Citizens in Scotland

That the Parliament notes the UK Government’s decision to abandon its plans to charge EU citizens a fee when applying for their right to remain in Scotland through the EU Settlement Scheme; believes that it was wrong for the UK Government to oblige EU citizens who have built their lives in Scotland, and who contribute to the economy and communities, to pay for the status and rights they already have; acknowledges the persistence of the Scottish National Party, Scottish Labour, Scottish Green Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats in their respective campaigns to abolish the settled status fee; considers that it remains unfair to oblige EU citizens in Scotland to apply to retain the rights that they already hold, regardless of the fee; recognises what it considers the significant economic, social and cultural contributions made by EU citizens in communities across Scotland, including in the Cowdenbeath constituency, and notes the calls on the UK Government to scrap the settlement scheme for EU citizens.



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