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Expanding Scotland's Railways

That the Parliament recognises what is sees as the key role that the expansion and improvement of railway infrastructure will play in the decarbonisation of Scotland’s transport sector and addressing the climate emergency; considers the Local Rail Development Fund to have been a success and congratulates the nine projects that were awarded funding from the first round of applications, including StARLink in St Andrews and the Newburgh Train Station Group; believes that new railway lines and reopened stations will help to increase passenger numbers, connect rural communities and reduce emissions; understands that a number of groups submitted applications for viable and credible projects, which were unsuccessful in receiving funding; notes the calls for these groups to re-apply to the second round; understands that the Donovan review of train performance highlighted issues, including punctuality on the Milngavie-Westerton line, which are in need of further Scottish Government investment; notes the belief that an expanded rail network is a priority for Scotland, and sends its best wishes to the groups that are applying to the second round of the Local Rail Development Fund.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ross Greer, John Finnie, Andy Wightman


Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has commissioned any research on the impact of wildfires in relation to meeting carbon emissions reduction targets and, if so, what the findings are.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 30/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is planning to make it easier for public authorities to identify and prosecute those who cause damage to private property and public interests by the reckless setting of muirburn.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 30/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of large-scale wildfires in recent years, whether it is planning (a) any further regulation of muirburn and (b) on making full compliance with the Muirburn Code a statutory requirement.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 30/05/2019
Impact of Brexit on Scotland's Food and Drink

As an amendment to motion S5M-17304 in the name of Fergus Ewing (Impact of Brexit on Scotland's Food and Drink), insert at end “; notes the role that the EU has played in reducing the environmental impact of Scotland’s food and drink through the Scottish Rural Development Programme, and the protection provided through world-leading food safety and quality standards; recognises the future opportunities for the food and drink sector that will come from adopting climate-neutral farming and food production measures, and calls for the Scottish Government to make this a core principle of its approach to Scotland becoming a Good Food Nation, including through legislation to be introduced within the next year."


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 16/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the requirement in General Licences 01/2019, 02/2019 and 03/2019 for birds for the authorised person using the licence to be satisfied that there is no satisfactory solution other than controlling wild birds is compliant with section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 29/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the use of General Licences 01, 02 and 03 for birds, including the number of birds taken or killed and compliance with the requirement that there is no other satisfactory solution.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 29/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in the light of the recent decision by Natural England to revoke three General Licences for controlling certain wild birds, what evidence it has that Scottish Natural Heritage is compliant with the requirement under Section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 that no licence should be granted unless it is satisfied that there is no other satisfactory solution, as it relates to General Licences 01/2019, 02/2019 and 03/2019.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 29/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many operators making use of General Licences 01, 02 and 03 for birds in 2018 notified Scottish Natural Heritage of their intention to use meat-based baits in Larsen mate or Larsen pod traps and were permitted to do so by acknowledgement of the information.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 29/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents of non-target capture were reported to Scottish Natural Heritage in 2018 by operators using meat bait in Larsen mate and Larsen pod traps under the terms of General Licences 01, 02 and 03.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 29/05/2019
 
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