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Chamber and committees

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid)

Meeting date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Agenda: Time for Reflection, Point of Order, Topical Question Time, Covid-19 Update, Labour Shortages, Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, Business Motion, Decision Time, Endometriosis


Point of Order

Stephen Kerr (Central Scotland) (Con)

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Yesterday, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills announced on Twitter several significant updates to this year’s school exams. This morning, substantive changes that are contained in today’s Covid-19 statement were leaked to the media, including STV and the BBC, ahead of the statement’s delivery in the Parliament.

That has become common practice for the Scottish National Party Government in this session of Parliament, and I have raised the matter with you on numerous occasions. Each time that I have done so, you have said that all

“significant and substantive announcements should be made to the Parliament”.—[Official Report, 22 June 2021; c 12]

Presiding Officer, what steps can now be taken to end that contempt? What can be done to insist that the Scottish Government respect your good office and the Scottish Parliament?

I advise Mr Kerr that I intend to address that issue before we move to the First Minister’s statement.