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Debates and questions

These are the official transcripts of what people said in:

  • the Chamber the place where Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) meet to debate and make decisions
  • committee meetings - committees are small groups of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) from different political parties

This part of the website also includes written questions and answers. 

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Chamber

Official transcripts of what MSPs said in the Chamber. This is the place where all MSPs meet to debate and make decisions.

Meeting of the Parliament 10 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Business Motion, General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2), Point of Order, Transport (Scotland) Bill, Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Business Motion, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers.

Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, No-deal Preparations, National Islands Plan, Supporting Innovation, Decision Time, Institute of Occupational Medicine 50th Anniversary.

Meeting of the Parliament 03 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Great British Beach Clean, Scotland’s Onshore Unconventional Oil and Gas Policy, Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Motion Without Notice, Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, Business Motion, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Nursery Funding (Deferred Entry to Primary School), ScotRail Franchise, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week.

Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (Post-legislative Scrutiny), Committee Announcement, Decision Time, Citizens Advice Services in Scotland (80th Year).

Meeting of the Parliament 26 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Motor Neurone Disease (Blue Badge Scheme), Portfolio Question Time, Scottish National Investment Bank Bill: Stage 1, Scottish National Investment Bank Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Product Recall Database.

Meeting of the Parliament 24 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Supreme Court Judgment (Response), Common Frameworks, Decision Time, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Week 2019.

Meeting of the Parliament 19 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Social Security Scotland (First Anniversary), Portfolio Question Time, Getting it Right for Every Child (Practice Development Panel Report), Pre-release Access to Economic Statistics (Committee Bill Proposal), Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 18 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, National Health Service Construction Projects, Criminal Sentencing, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

Meeting of the Parliament 17 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Credit Unions, Family Migration, Business Motion, Decision Time, Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Meeting of the Parliament 12 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Drug Deaths, Portfolio Question Time, Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (Post-legislative Scrutiny Reports), Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 11 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Portfolio Question Time, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Citizens Assembly of Scotland, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time, Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.

Meeting of the Parliament 10 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Creating a Sustainable Future for Crofting, Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research), Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Bullying and Harassment in the National Health Service.

Meeting of the Parliament 05 September 2019

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Doors Open Days 2019, Portfolio Question Time, Drug-related Deaths, European Union Exit (No Deal), Points of Order, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 04 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Programme for Government 2019-20, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time, Hamish Henderson.

Meeting of the Parliament 03 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Affirmations, Topical Question Time, Programme for Government 2019-20, Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd, European Union Farming Funding (Convergence Funds), Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Palestine.

Meeting of the Parliament 27 June 2019

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2019

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Citizens Assembly of Scotland, Tackling Child Poverty (Progress Report), Tenement Maintenance, Transvaginal Mesh, Poverty and Inequality Commission, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Point of Order, Decision Time, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Report.

Committee

Transcripts of committee meetings are uploaded as soon as they've been checked for accuracy. This may be a few days after the meeting has taken place.

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

Education and Skills Committee

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Finance and Constitution Committee

Health and Sport Committee

Justice Committee

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

Local Government and Communities Committee

Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee

Public Petitions Committee

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Social Security Committee

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Questions

These are questions that MSPs have asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answers to these questions.

S5W-25668: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03626 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.15), what its response is to reports that some mesh patients have been advised, and have had recorded on their notes, that they had a full mesh removal only to find out subsequently that this was not the case, resulting in some having residual and remaining mesh removed and, in light of these reports, what action is being taken to ensure that patients are given accurate information.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25684: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what type of employment contract has been discussed for the commissioning of international mesh expertise.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25676: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Scotland-based mesh surgeons regarding the uses of techniques that are reportedly higher-risk, such as muscle-cutting approaches.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25800: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the number of households there have been in each of the last five years, and what annual rate of growth in household numbers this represents.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25668: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03626 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.15), what its response is to reports that some mesh patients have been advised, and have had recorded on their notes, that they had a full mesh removal only to find out subsequently that this was not the case, resulting in some having residual and remaining mesh removed and, in light of these reports, what action is being taken to ensure that patients are given accurate information.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25679: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), whether it will fund mesh removal surgery in the US for women if they do not opt for tissue- and muscle-sparing removal or non-tissue and muscle-cutting removal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25808: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) oil and gas operating companies and (b) Tier 1 contractors in the oil and gas industry regarding the adoption of its Fair Work Framework.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25808: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) oil and gas operating companies and (b) Tier 1 contractors in the oil and gas industry regarding the adoption of its Fair Work Framework.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25684: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what type of employment contract has been discussed for the commissioning of international mesh expertise.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25800: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the number of households there have been in each of the last five years, and what annual rate of growth in household numbers this represents.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25676: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Scotland-based mesh surgeons regarding the uses of techniques that are reportedly higher-risk, such as muscle-cutting approaches.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25808: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) oil and gas operating companies and (b) Tier 1 contractors in the oil and gas industry regarding the adoption of its Fair Work Framework.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25679: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), whether it will fund mesh removal surgery in the US for women if they do not opt for tissue- and muscle-sparing removal or non-tissue and muscle-cutting removal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25676: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Scotland-based mesh surgeons regarding the uses of techniques that are reportedly higher-risk, such as muscle-cutting approaches.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25808: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) oil and gas operating companies and (b) Tier 1 contractors in the oil and gas industry regarding the adoption of its Fair Work Framework.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25800: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the number of households there have been in each of the last five years, and what annual rate of growth in household numbers this represents.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25685: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what the process is for commissioning partners in international mesh expertise, and how it ensures that bias is not an influencing factor.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25688: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many legal cases related to mesh injury have been settled out of court.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25689: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether mesh-injured women who settle legal cases out of court are required to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25673: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many women have registered with lawyers to seek compensation for injuries and disability caused by mesh implants.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25685: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what the process is for commissioning partners in international mesh expertise, and how it ensures that bias is not an influencing factor.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25802: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government in what form of (a) investments and (b) other assets are the retained earnings reserve reported in the 2018-19 Scottish Water annual report held.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25686: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), what action it plans to deal with the volume of women who have had partial mesh removal and now seek the remainder removed.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25687: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether it is ethically bound to grant legal aid to the mesh-injured women seeking legal recourse for their injuries.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25678: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether mesh patients will be offered a choice between tissue- and muscle-sparing removal, non-tissue and muscle-cutting removal or full and partial removal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25687: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether it is ethically bound to grant legal aid to the mesh-injured women seeking legal recourse for their injuries.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25673: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many women have registered with lawyers to seek compensation for injuries and disability caused by mesh implants.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25673: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many women have registered with lawyers to seek compensation for injuries and disability caused by mesh implants.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25678: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether mesh patients will be offered a choice between tissue- and muscle-sparing removal, non-tissue and muscle-cutting removal or full and partial removal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25677: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the (a) Chief Medical Officer and (b) the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has discussed with counterparts from the rest of the UK the possibility of the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, coming to Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25671: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what sanctions are available where clinicians are found to have provided misleading information to patients or have recorded this on patients' notes.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25689: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether mesh-injured women who settle legal cases out of court are required to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25687: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether it is ethically bound to grant legal aid to the mesh-injured women seeking legal recourse for their injuries.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25689: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether mesh-injured women who settle legal cases out of court are required to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25677: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the (a) Chief Medical Officer and (b) the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has discussed with counterparts from the rest of the UK the possibility of the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, coming to Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25677: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the (a) Chief Medical Officer and (b) the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has discussed with counterparts from the rest of the UK the possibility of the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, coming to Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25671: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what sanctions are available where clinicians are found to have provided misleading information to patients or have recorded this on patients' notes.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25802: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government in what form of (a) investments and (b) other assets are the retained earnings reserve reported in the 2018-19 Scottish Water annual report held.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25688: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many legal cases related to mesh injury have been settled out of court.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25687: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether it is ethically bound to grant legal aid to the mesh-injured women seeking legal recourse for their injuries.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25807: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the effects of constraint payments to offshore wind farm developers on (a) clean energy production and (b) consumer energy bills in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25664: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), what its response is to reports that the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, is no longer planning to come to Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25675: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding whether Scotland-based surgeons have provided the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, with portfolios of their mesh removal skills.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25685: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what the process is for commissioning partners in international mesh expertise, and how it ensures that bias is not an influencing factor.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25678: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether mesh patients will be offered a choice between tissue- and muscle-sparing removal, non-tissue and muscle-cutting removal or full and partial removal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25664: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), what its response is to reports that the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, is no longer planning to come to Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25678: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether mesh patients will be offered a choice between tissue- and muscle-sparing removal, non-tissue and muscle-cutting removal or full and partial removal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25678: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether mesh patients will be offered a choice between tissue- and muscle-sparing removal, non-tissue and muscle-cutting removal or full and partial removal.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25673: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many women have registered with lawyers to seek compensation for injuries and disability caused by mesh implants.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25802: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government in what form of (a) investments and (b) other assets are the retained earnings reserve reported in the 2018-19 Scottish Water annual report held.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25807: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the effects of constraint payments to offshore wind farm developers on (a) clean energy production and (b) consumer energy bills in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25686: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), what action it plans to deal with the volume of women who have had partial mesh removal and now seek the remainder removed.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25675: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding whether Scotland-based surgeons have provided the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, with portfolios of their mesh removal skills.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25689: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether mesh-injured women who settle legal cases out of court are required to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25802: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government in what form of (a) investments and (b) other assets are the retained earnings reserve reported in the 2018-19 Scottish Water annual report held.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25673: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many women have registered with lawyers to seek compensation for injuries and disability caused by mesh implants.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25688: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many legal cases related to mesh injury have been settled out of court.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25671: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what sanctions are available where clinicians are found to have provided misleading information to patients or have recorded this on patients' notes.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25686: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), what action it plans to deal with the volume of women who have had partial mesh removal and now seek the remainder removed.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25672: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the five issues that have attracted the largest amount of legal actions against NHS Scotland since 1999.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25682: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress had been made in obtaining budget approvals for mesh removal from women in Scotland by the US surgeon, Dr Veronikis.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25680: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what statistical information the Scottish mesh clinician team will gather prior to its visit to the US in November 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25799: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the expenditure for capital projects reported in the Scottish Water annual report and accounts in each of the last three years that has been published in accordance with Section 45(2) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 represents unplanned expenditure each year above that anticipated for each listed project.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25674: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), what its position is on holding a full public inquiry into mesh removal practice in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25665: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) it and (b) NHS Scotland was represented at the International Continence Society Conference in Gothenburg and, if so, whether an attempt was made to contact the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, at that event.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25665: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) it and (b) NHS Scotland was represented at the International Continence Society Conference in Gothenburg and, if so, whether an attempt was made to contact the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, at that event.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25665: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) it and (b) NHS Scotland was represented at the International Continence Society Conference in Gothenburg and, if so, whether an attempt was made to contact the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, at that event.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25809: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress the Oil and Gas Leadership Group has made on strategic issues relating to the future employment prospects for offshore oil and gas workers in the context of transition to a net-zero carbon economy.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25666: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) it and (b) NHS Scotland made an attempt to contact the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, when he was in the UK in September 2019, in light of the reports that he offered a meeting.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25812: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23670 by Paul Wheelhouse on 7 June 2019, by what date it will publish the revised intervention area list.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25672: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the five issues that have attracted the largest amount of legal actions against NHS Scotland since 1999.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25674: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), what its position is on holding a full public inquiry into mesh removal practice in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25680: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what statistical information the Scottish mesh clinician team will gather prior to its visit to the US in November 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25812: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23670 by Paul Wheelhouse on 7 June 2019, by what date it will publish the revised intervention area list.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25812: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23670 by Paul Wheelhouse on 7 June 2019, by what date it will publish the revised intervention area list.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25811: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25314 by Jeane Freeman on 25 September 2019, what its position is on introducing a national database that identifies support for people experiencing poor mental health that can be accessed by schools and other agencies to allow them to signpost this support.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25799: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the expenditure for capital projects reported in the Scottish Water annual report and accounts in each of the last three years that has been published in accordance with Section 45(2) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 represents unplanned expenditure each year above that anticipated for each listed project.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25666: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) it and (b) NHS Scotland made an attempt to contact the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, when he was in the UK in September 2019, in light of the reports that he offered a meeting.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25809: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress the Oil and Gas Leadership Group has made on strategic issues relating to the future employment prospects for offshore oil and gas workers in the context of transition to a net-zero carbon economy.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25811: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25314 by Jeane Freeman on 25 September 2019, what its position is on introducing a national database that identifies support for people experiencing poor mental health that can be accessed by schools and other agencies to allow them to signpost this support.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25680: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what statistical information the Scottish mesh clinician team will gather prior to its visit to the US in November 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25666: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) it and (b) NHS Scotland made an attempt to contact the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, when he was in the UK in September 2019, in light of the reports that he offered a meeting.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25672: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the five issues that have attracted the largest amount of legal actions against NHS Scotland since 1999.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25666: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) it and (b) NHS Scotland made an attempt to contact the US mesh surgeon, Dr Veronikis, when he was in the UK in September 2019, in light of the reports that he offered a meeting.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25812: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-23670 by Paul Wheelhouse on 7 June 2019, by what date it will publish the revised intervention area list.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25799: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the expenditure for capital projects reported in the Scottish Water annual report and accounts in each of the last three years that has been published in accordance with Section 45(2) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 represents unplanned expenditure each year above that anticipated for each listed project.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25674: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), what its position is on holding a full public inquiry into mesh removal practice in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25667: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), in light of the First Minister's comment that "clinicians will visit the United States in November...and remain willing to meet [the mesh surgeon] Dr Veronikis, if he agrees to reconsider his position", if this meeting does go ahead and Dr Veronikis agrees to come to Scotland, what the earliest possible date could be for him to start carrying out operations.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25809: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress the Oil and Gas Leadership Group has made on strategic issues relating to the future employment prospects for offshore oil and gas workers in the context of transition to a net-zero carbon economy.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25667: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03625 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 October 2019 (Official Report, c.12), in light of the First Minister's comment that "clinicians will visit the United States in November...and remain willing to meet [the mesh surgeon] Dr Veronikis, if he agrees to reconsider his position", if this meeting does go ahead and Dr Veronikis agrees to come to Scotland, what the earliest possible date could be for him to start carrying out operations.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25801: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many properties in each of the last five years have been subject to council tax, broken down by the proportion in each band.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25801: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many properties in each of the last five years have been subject to council tax, broken down by the proportion in each band.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25798: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the UK Government regarding the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25798: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the UK Government regarding the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25798: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the UK Government regarding the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25801: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many properties in each of the last five years have been subject to council tax, broken down by the proportion in each band.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25810: Bruce Crawford (Stirling)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what legislative consent motions it will lodge in the Parliament in connection with the legislative programme of the UK Government to be announced in The Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25810: Bruce Crawford (Stirling)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 11 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what legislative consent motions it will lodge in the Parliament in connection with the legislative programme of the UK Government to be announced in The Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25520: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it will encourage local authorities to take a consistent approach toward the implementation and application of workplace parking levies.

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 11 October 2019

Answered by: Michael Matheson 11 October 2019

The amendments introduced at Stage 2 of the Transport (Scotland) Bill provide the discretionary power for a local authority to introduce a workplace parking levy (WPL). The provisions enable local authorities to work together to introduce a joint WPL. It is for a local authority proposing a WPL to set out the scope of the scheme it proposes within the context of its local transport strategy. This allows local authorities to develop a scheme to reflect local circumstances. The provisions require that a local authority publish this information in advance, carry out an assessment of impact and consult on any proposal.