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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 30 September 2021

Agenda: General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Point of Order, Community Land Ownership, Portfolio Question Time, Point of Order, Autumn and Winter Vaccination Programme, Urgent Question, Brexit Impact on Supply Chain and Labour Market, Points of Order, Decision Time


Point of Order

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Today, my colleague Douglas Ross asked the First Minister about the specifics of a certain section of the vaccination certification scheme that was still being consulted on. Her response was as follows:

“I do not have the regulations in front of me right now. I am very happy to come back afterwards and go through every particular regulation and say who precisely we have consulted with.”

The First Minister made that offer but, as far as I am aware, she is not coming back to the chamber this afternoon to answer those questions.

Presiding Officer, please help me, a humble backbencher. How do I persuade the First Minister to come back and answer the questions that I and other members have about that completely flawed scheme?

As Mr Balfour will understand, the scheduling of business is a matter for the Parliamentary Bureau. I encourage Mr Balfour’s business manager to raise the issue at the next bureau meeting.