Portfolio: Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy
Keith Brown (S6O-02552)
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact that any future devolution of employment law to the Scottish Parliament would have on the development of the wellbeing economy.
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recommendations regarding taxation policy in Oxfam GB's analysis, Payment Overdue: Fair ways to make polluters across the UK pay for climate justice.
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the ongoing local governance review, what discussions the Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance has had with ministerial colleagues regarding any potential benefits to public services and assets of granting Glasgow metropolitan status.
To ask the Scottish Government whether the finance secretary plans to allocate to local authorities any funding from the block grant that has arisen as a result of Barnett consequential funding from the UK Government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund.
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to propose a parliamentary debate on the removal of nuclear weapons from Scotland, as proposed in its paper, Creating a modern constitution for an independent Scotland.
Stage 3 Proceedings: Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill
George Adam on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau (S6M-10622)
That the Parliament agrees that, during stage 3 of the Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated, those time limits being calculated from when the stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:
followed by Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee Debate: Public Participation Inquiry
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
(b) that, for the purposes of Portfolio Questions in the week beginning 2 October 2023, in rule 13.7.3, after the word “except” the words “to the extent to which the Presiding Officer considers that the questions are on the same or similar subject matter or” are inserted.
Members' Business — S6M-10392 Kate Forbes: Rural Visa Pilot Scheme
Kate Forbes (S6M-10392)
That the Parliament recognises what it sees as the vital importance of seasonal and migrant workers to Scotland’s £15 billion food and drink industry and the wider rural economy; appreciates the need for businesses to have access to the workforce that they require to carry out what it sees as their invaluable work in providing world-class produce; recognises the view expressed by NFU Scotland that, "The labour shortages encountered across the whole chain in 2021 – on farm, haulage, processing and packing – coupled with the Government’s late delivery of the seasonal worker pilot scheme led to significant crop losses and millions of pounds of wastage"; understands that employers in the UK have found it difficult to source domestic labour to take up seasonal employment on farms, and that, in 2020, despite the widely publicised Pick for Britain campaign, UK residents made up only 11% of this workforce, and domestic recruitment in 2021 was at 5% for Scotland; notes previous reports that the East of Scotland Growers, the UK’s biggest brassica producer, incurred losses of 3.5 million heads of broccoli and 1.5 million heads of cauliflower due to labour shortages; further notes that Seafood Scotland has stated that, within seafood processing, there was a considerable reliance on a predominantly Eastern European workforce; understands that these workers comprised 52% of the rural workforce across Scotland, 69% in the north east, and up to 92% in certain processing facilities; notes the recent reports of businesses in Fort William, Portree and elsewhere in Highlands struggling to find staff; welcomes what it sees as the invaluable contribution that seasonal and migrant workers make to Scotland's society and economy, and notes the calls for the UK Government to urgently review its position on the Scottish Government’s proposal for a Rural Visa Pilot Scheme, and for an urgent reassessment of immigration policy to increase access to the labour that it considers Scotland needs for its economy and communities to prosper.
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5 and 6 in private.
2. Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—
Andrew Fraser, President, Society of Messengers-at-arms and Sheriff Officers
Roderick Macpherson, Honorary Secretary, Society of Messengers-at-arms and Sheriff Officers
Cheryl Hynd, Council Revenues Manager, City of Edinburgh Council
Elizabeth McCrossan, Senior Transactions Officer, City of Edinburgh Council
3. Report by James Withers on Independent Review of the Skills Delivery Landscape: The Committee will take evidence from James Withers.
4. Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier under agenda item 2.
5. Report by James Withers on Independent Review of the Skills Delivery Landscape: The Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier under agenda item 3.
6. Correspondence: The Committee will consider a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy.
7. Just Transition for the North East and Moray The Committee will continue consideration of its approach to the inquiry.
8. Correspondence: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee about consultation on Standing Order rule changes to provide for motions refusing legislative consent.
For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, Anne Peat on 85182 or at [email protected]