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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Meeting of the Parliament 03 November 2016

Agenda: General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Point of Order, Burial and Cremation Charges, Digital Strategy, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time


Contents


Point of Order

Clare Haughey (Rutherglen) (SNP)

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Yesterday in the chamber Alex Cole-Hamilton raised a point of order. He stated:

“we have had five sycophantic questions from members of the Government’s party”.—[Official Report, 2 November 2016; c 30.]

That related to questions following a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

Rule 7.3 of the standing orders of the Scottish Parliament states:

“Members shall at all times conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner”.

Not only was Alex Cole-Hamilton wrong, as three questions, not five, came from Scottish National Party back benchers, but I believe that he fell short of the standards that I referred to by using that language in relation to fellow members of the Parliament.

The Presiding Officer (Ken Macintosh)

I thank the member for her point of order. The Presiding Officer in the chair dealt with that point of order at the time. I take this opportunity to urge all members to treat one another with respect.