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To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made with the Transport (Scotland) Bill.

Current Status: Due in Chamber on 23/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to improve air quality in urban areas.

Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (16/01/2019):

The Cleaner Air for Scotland strategy sets out a series of actions for Government, Transport Scotland, local authorities and others to further reduce air pollution across Scotland. Financial and other support is provided to local authorities to assist them with monitoring and implementing local actions to improve air quality. In November I announced that Professor Campbell Gemmell will chair an independent review of Scotland’s air quality strategy, to assess progress and make recommendations for future priorities.

Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 16/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how a no deal Brexit could impact on Scotland's economy.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 09/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what further relief and support it will provide to businesses affected by the recent Glasgow School of Art fire.

Answered by Derek Mackay (09/01/2019):

In July 2018 I announced a Recovery Fund of up to £5m available to businesses affected by the fires at Glasgow School of Art and near Victoria's Nightclub. A total of 200 businesses have already received more than £3m from this Fund, providing much-needed relief during challenging circumstances. Besides this Fund, the Scottish Government also expanded its contribution to hardship rates relief and, in partnership with the Council, created a separate emergency fund to support displaced households.

On 14 December I announced that I would make the remaining £1.85m of the Glasgow Fire Recovery Fund available to Glasgow City Council to support business recovery. This sum will allow the Council to ensure businesses in the Sauchiehall Street area are not liable for business rates from January to March 2019. I also announced £150k of support for the Centre for Contemporary Arts to promote recovery of the CCA itself as well as businesses within it.

Current Status: Answered by Derek Mackay on 09/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to enable local authorities to have the power to review local development plans.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 19/12/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it provides to local authorities regarding flexibility in the provision of funded childcare at nurseries.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 05/12/2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress with the development and publication of educational resources on Israel-Palestine.

Answered by John Swinney (02/11/2018):

The development of educational resources on Israel/Palestine began in 2015. Following a much publicised incident involving a primary school homework exercise, a working group was established to scope out appropriate education materials dealing with the conflict. The aim was to ensure that schools were better-placed to address the question of Israel/Palestine.

An initial set of resources was made available through Education Scotland’s Glow system in early 2017. The purpose was to allow teachers to post comments as part of a piloting exercise. In May 2017, and following concerns expressed by stakeholders (specifically the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities), I asked Education Scotland to remove a specific animation from the resources.

The resources continued to be available on a password protected basis in order that they could be finalised to the satisfaction of all key stakeholder interests. A period of consultation and further development was then facilitated by Education Scotland. This included the opportunity in autumn 2017 for all interested stakeholders to contribute comments via meetings and in writing. The aim throughout this process was to ensure the production of a set of resources which could be agreed by all key stakeholders.

In February 2018, with no consensus amongst key stakeholders about the suitability of the resources, Education Scotland explored the potential of taking ownership of the resources in order that it could finalise them and make them available on Glow. While all eight local authorities involved in the initial development of the resources were content for ownership to be assumed by Education Scotland, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) indicated that they would not be content to agree to this. The EIS wrote to Education Scotland in June 2018 to make this clear. The EIS offered, as one of the initial developers and joint owners of the resources, to publish the material on its website.

Education Scotland has therefore been unable to secure ownership of these resources. Education Scotland and the Scottish Government are content to agree to the EIS’s request that as one of the original developers and joint owner of the resources, it is entitled to publish them. As with any educational resource, it will be a matter for individual local authorities and schools to determine if they would like to make use of the resources.

Education Scotland will write to all of the organisations who have been involved in the period of consultation to advise of this and to thank them for their contributions.

Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by John Swinney on 02/11/2018

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives from the Home Office to discuss the resources that Scotland's local authorities require to support asylum seekers.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 31/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Police Scotland regarding the reported list of flags that it could be a criminal offence to fly.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 04/10/2018
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