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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Meeting of the Parliament 28 February 2019

Agenda: General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, World Hearing Day and Hearing Awareness Week 2019, European Union Exit (Impact of United Kingdom Immigration Policy), Devolved Benefits (Delivery), Point of Order, Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Standards Commission for Scotland (Appointment of Member), Decision Time


Point of Order

I seek the Presiding Officer’s guidance in relation to standing orders rule 7.3.1 and the “Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament”.

Today during First Minister’s question time, at 12.39 pm, Jackie Baillie claimed that

“pay talks between Colleges Scotland and the Educational Institute of Scotland broke up less than an hour ago”.

In reality, the talks were on-going even while Jackie Baillie was on her feet, and for some time thereafter.

Ms Baillie also stated as fact that no new offer had been tabled. That, too, has turned out to be factually wrong. Some people might suggest that Ms Baillie was attempting deliberately to jeopardise those crucial talks with her carefully timed intervention at the most sensitive moment possible.

In terms of the standing orders and the code of contact, would the Presiding Officer advise on what responsibility rests on Jackie Baillie to correct the Official Report?

I thank Jenny Gilruth for letting me know that she wished to raise a point of order at this point in proceedings. The member has made the point that she wanted to make. I hope that she takes some comfort from the fact that her point will now be in the Official Report. However, it is not a point of order for me to rule on. The question is not for me to consider, but for her and Jackie Baillie to consider.