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Chamber and committees

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid)

Meeting date: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Agenda: General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, World Mental Health Day 2021, Portfolio Question Time, Heat in Buildings Strategy, Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill, Withdrawal of Scottish Statutory Instruments, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Point of Order, Decision Time, Correction


Contents


Point of Order

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab)

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I seek your guidance, under standing order rule 13.2, on how I can request a minister to exercise their ability to provide a statement as to why, since the start of this academic year, in the daily coronavirus Covid-19 data that is issued at 2 o’clock each day, a subparagraph contains the phrase

“Data on students at universities and colleges testing positive for COVID-19 is no longer being updated as most teaching has stopped for the summer.”

Universities went back for the new term as early as 4 September, so how can a Government minister be urged to attend Parliament to give a statement as to why the academic dates are not known within Government and, more importantly, why the data has not been provided?

The Presiding Officer (Alison Johnstone)

I thank the member for his point of order. Mr Whitfield will be aware that consideration of the business programme is a matter for the Parliamentary Bureau in the first instance. Therefore, he might wish to ask his business manager to raise the matter at the next meeting of the Parliamentary Bureau.