First Minister’s Questions, live from the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood.
Scottish Parliament – First Minister’s Questions.
Join us for First Minister’s Questions, live from the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood.
11:40am General Questions
Emma Harper S5O-03523
1. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its commitment in the Programme for Government to decarbonise the rail network, when the Dumfries and Stranraer lines will be upgraded to reduce emissions and improve journey times.
2. [Not Lodged]
Rhoda Grant S5O-03525
3. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support Highlands and Islands businesses experiencing losses due to cuts in rural banking services.
John Mason S5O-03526
4. To ask the Scottish Government when the guidance on the Scottish Housing Quality Standard will be reviewed.
Claire Baker S5O-03527
5. To ask the Scottish Government what action was taken during the summer recess to secure contracts and future employment at BiFab.
Joan McAlpine S5O-03528
6. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact on the egg production sector of a no-deal Brexit.
Rona Mackay S5O-03529
7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to expand the HPV vaccination programme to include teenage boys and young men.
Daniel Johnson S5O-03530
8. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to regulate the use of private residential property for short-term lets.
Neil Findlay S5O-03531
9. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made with the mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, in obtaining registration with the GMC, and by what date he will come to Scotland.
Liam Kerr S5O-03532
10. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its progress on railway station upgrades in the north east.
12:00pm First Minister’s Questions
Jackson Carlaw S5F-03517
1. Question to be taken in Chamber.
Richard Leonard S5F-03518
2. Question to be taken in Chamber.
Willie Rennie S5F-03519
3. Question to be taken in Chamber.
Richard Lyle S5F-03537
4. To ask the First Minister what support the Scottish Government is providing to people struggling to meet funeral costs.
Alexander Burnett S5F-03530
5. To ask the First Minister when an action plan for delivery of residential services for drug and alcohol rehabilitation across the country will be provided, in line with its Drug and Alcohol Strategy.
Monica Lennon S5F-03523
6. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reported concerns for patient and staff safety at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
12:45pm Members’ Business
Monica Lennon S5M-18420 – Scotland’s Drug Death Public Health Emergency
That the Parliament considers problem drug use across Scotland, including in the Central Scotland region, to be a national crisis; is saddened and concerned at reports that 1,187 people lost their lives due to drug-related causes in 2018, which it understands is the highest level ever reported; further understands that the rate of drug-related deaths in Scotland is the highest in the UK and across the EU; believes that every life claimed by drug misuse is a preventable tragedy, and notes the calls on the Scottish Government to legally designate the crisis a public health emergency and to urgently direct councils, integration authorities, Police Scotland, NHS boards, the Scottish Ambulance Service and all other relevant public bodies to assess, prevent and address the consequences of the emergency, by working together to save lives and reduce drug-related harm.
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