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To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will take urgent action to ensure that appropriate life-saving drugs are made available to people with cystic fibrosis.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 31/05/2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Lord Advocate will consider ordering an independent criminal investigation into all aspects of the case of Donal Alphonsus Nolan against Advance Construction (Scotland) Ltd and others, which was heard in the Court of Session in 2013 and was subject to a number of subsequent actions regarding allegations of the attempted bribery of a witness, the potential conflict of interests regarding the role of the judiciary and relatives of theirs acting on behalf of one party to this dispute, the unexplained disappearance of what was considered crucial documentation from within the Court of Session, and of alleged malpractice related to the court proceedings.

Answered by James Wolffe QC (13/03/2018):

COPFS has not received a report of alleged criminality in connection with the civil litigation referred to in the Parliamentary Question. If a person connected with the civil litigation believes that a crime has taken place, the matter should be reported to Police Scotland.

Current Status: Answered by James Wolffe QC on 13/03/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the possible impact of Brexit on the fishing industry, and whether it will publish this.

Answered by Fergus Ewing (02/03/2018):

Scotland's Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment sets out the possible impacts of leaving the EU on the Scottish economy, including the fishing industry (paragraphs 93-97).

The Scottish Government has also undertaken work to look at how leaving the EU may affect the wider seafood industry. In support of this, we have commissioned specific research on the potential impact of losing free movement of people, and of alternative EU exit scenarios on key UK seafood and aquaculture exports and imports.

The first of these reports was published in January 2018 and is available on the Scottish Government website. The second will be published in the near future, once finalised.

Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 02/03/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the Scottish Parliament has the legislative competence to introduce a so-called wealth tax similar to that proposed by the Scottish Labour Party.

Answered by Derek Mackay (13/03/2018):

It is not possible for the Scottish Parliament to introduce a new tax unilaterally. Under the powers conferred by the Scotland Act 2012, the Scottish Government could make a case to introduce such a tax but would need the agreement of the UK Government to do so. The process for obtaining such agreement would involve lengthy negotiation and the collation of substantial evidence, including in respect of the macro-economic impact of any proposed tax.

The Scottish Labour Party have provided few details on their proposal for a wealth tax and how it would work. Based on the very limited information that has been given, there would clearly be significant challenges, which they have so far failed to address, in terms of identification of taxpayers, assessment of wealth, administration of the new tax and enforcement and compliance. It would not be possible to make a case to the UK Government without clarity on these issues.

Current Status: Answered by Derek Mackay on 13/03/2018
Dog Attack Figures

That the Parliament expresses its concern at figures obtained by a recent Clyde News investigation, which suggest that, between January and June 2017, 205 children were taken to A&E due to dog bites; understands that the number of people receiving treatment for such bites in Scotland has risen from 1,939 in 2015 to 2,027 in 2016 and that, in the first six months of 2017, 1,057 children and adults in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area went to hospital; considers these figures to be very worrying, and notes calls for a post-legislative review of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010, including the degree to which the Act is being effectively enforced by local authorities.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, John Mason, Ash Denham, Christine Grahame, Kenneth Gibson, Clare Haughey, Clare Adamson, Richard Lyle, Graeme Dey, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Gail Ross, Neil Findlay, Alex Rowley, Jackson Carlaw, Angus MacDonald, Jenny Marra, Andy Wightman, Liam Kerr, Pauline McNeill, Emma Harper, Claire Baker, James Dornan, Fulton MacGregor

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recent report by Options for Scotland on alternative strategies for decommissioning, whether it will review its policy on decommissioning of offshore oil rigs, and, if so, whether it plans to ask the UK Government to do the same.

Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (27/02/2018):

The Options for Scotland Report focuses predominantly on the tax regime regarding the decommissioning of fixed oil and gas structures, namely the topsides and jackets of offshore oil and gas platforms. As you will be aware the UK Government approve and regulate decommissioning programmes for all UKCS fixed oil and gas installations and pipelines, and are responsible for ensuring that decommissioning is delivered in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner whilst minimising the risk to the environment and other users of the sea. Although decommissioning is a reserved matter, the Scottish Government is committed to maximising the economic benefits available from decommissioning, and supporting Scottish industry to win valuable contracts in areas such as topside salvage and disposal, building upon the existing successes in capturing high value projects in areas such as well-plugging and abandonment.

The Floating Market Study, published on 5 January, by the Scottish enterprise agencies (SE and HIE) indicates there is significant market potential in decommissioning floating and mobile oil and gas infrastructure, including oil rigs, floating production vessels, and support vessels. It is imperative that the Scottish supply chain ready itself for the full range and diversity of decommissioning opportunities for fixed and floating assets in order to compete with other nations which are already active in decommissioning; thereby making the most of these economic opportunities for Scotland. The range of projects that we have funded through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund indicates that there are already organisations poised ready to capitalise on these markets. Slowing our momentum could therefore mean that we permanently miss out on opportunities across the sector.

We are aware of the wider issues raised by the Options for Scotland report, particularly the growing debate around environmental management, and regulatory and market capability aspects of decommissioning. As this industry develops we will continue to review all the latest evidence, including perspectives of industry and regulators, to ensure that our approach to decommissioning utilises best practice and seeks to optimise the benefits for Scotland.

Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 27/02/2018
City of Glasgow College Student Wins Gold at WorldSkills UK Competition

That the Parliament wishes to draw much-deserved attention to the achievements of the City of Glasgow College student, Mark Scott, from Shotts, who has won a gold medal at the WorldSkills UK Competition in Birmingham; congratulates Mark and the City of Glasgow College team on winning the competition overall; extends its warmest congratulations to Mark on also securing a place in Squad UK for Kazan, and appreciates the support given to Mark and all other competitors from the City of Glasgow College, both from college staff and their employers, in achieving their success.

Supported by: Fulton MacGregor, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Bob Doris, Gillian Martin, Sandra White, Ruth Maguire, Clare Adamson, Ivan McKee, Stewart Stevenson

Current Status: Fallen on 13/03/2018
RBS Airdrie

That the Parliament condemns the plans by RBS to close its Airdrie town centre branch; notes with concern that the Airdrie branch is one of 62 RBS closures in Scotland planned for 2018; recognises that these closures will disproportionally affect people with limited knowledge of and/or access to online banking; maintains that RBS has a responsibility to provide face-to-face customer service catering to all of its customers, and asks RBS to reconsider its cost-saving strategy to better reflect the needs of Scotland's people and businesses.

Supported by: Fulton MacGregor, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Monica Lennon, Joan McAlpine, Bob Doris, Gillian Martin, David Torrance, Ruth Maguire, Neil Findlay, Ivan McKee, Stewart Stevenson

Current Status: Fallen on 13/03/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what legal requirements there are on private car park providers to allocate parking spaces for the specific use of disabled drivers.

Answered by Humza Yousaf (29/11/2017):

The Equality Act 2010 states that providers of services to the public must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to remove barriers which may discriminate against disabled people. Private car park operators should provide larger ‘disabled’ parking spaces near to the entrance or amenities for disabled people whose mobility is impaired. We continue to work with the private parking industry and other stakeholders to improve how disabled parking provision is managed and enforced in Scotland.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 29/11/2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 can be used in Scotland by private car park providers to impose parking fines.

Answered by Humza Yousaf (22/11/2017):

Private parking companies operating in Scotland cannot rely on the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 to administer parking charge notices in Scotland as the Act currently does not apply here. Private car park operators can charge for parking but, only those who are members of an Accredited Trade Association can obtain vehicle keeper information from the DVLA for parking enforcement purposes. Currently only the British Parking Association and the Independent Parking Community have such accreditation and have approximately 200 members between them.

Regulation 27 of the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002 provides for the release of information from the DVLA's vehicle register to private and public sector organisations, including private parking operators in Scotland providing they can demonstrate reasonable cause to have it.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 22/11/2017