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To ask the First Minister what engagement the Scottish Government is carrying out with the banking sector regarding the importance of maintaining branches across communities in rural Scotland.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 08/02/2018

To ask the First Minister what support the Scottish Government provides to mountain rescue services.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 31/01/2019
Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Alness

That the Parliament commends The Highland Council on resettling in Alness, Ross-shire, 25 to 30 refugee families from crisis-hit Syria; recognises the importance of providing safe, secure homes and support for all refugees; welcomes the training from the Scottish Refugee Council for frontline staff, which it believes is essential to help the families integrate in the community, and looks forward to further homes being made available in the areas of Highlands where suitable housing, schooling and health support can be identified.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Jeane Freeman, David Stewart, Ivan McKee, Mark McDonald, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Neil Findlay, David Torrance, Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Liam McArthur, Bob Doris, Jackie Baillie, Maree Todd, Kevin Stewart, Stewart Stevenson, Clare Haughey, Bruce Crawford, Angus MacDonald, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson, John Finnie, Fulton MacGregor, Richard Lyle, Clare Adamson, Sandra White, Emma Harper, Neil Bibby

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016
Congratulation to Reids of Caithness

That the Parliament congratulates Reids of Caithness on winning the Best Wholesale Baker in Scotland at the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards in Glasgow; notes that this is the latest award for the family-owned business, which was established over 50 years ago in Thurso, adding to two gold Taste awards for its production of biscuits for Mey Selections in 2008, its Taste award for its Treacle & Toffee biscuits in 2009 along with the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink new product award for this new range; further congratulates all the staff involved, and wishes them every success for the future.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Graeme Dey, David Torrance, Douglas Ross, Gordon MacDonald, Jenny Gilruth, Bob Doris, John Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Jeane Freeman, Mark McDonald, Maree Todd, Clare Adamson, Joan McAlpine, David Stewart, Gillian Martin, Ivan McKee, Sandra White

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016
Congratulations to Annie's Bakery

That the Parliament congratulates Annie Body from Annie's Bakery in Caithness on winning a bronze award at the Scottish Baker of the year Awards for her chicken and black pudding pie; notes that this is added to being a finalist at the Highlands and Islands Business Awards 2014, Young Shining Star at the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards 2014, Caithness Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, finalist of the prestigious Baking Industry Awards 2015 and MFR Cash for Kids Best Young Business Person 2015; further notes her commitment to her range of products, which includes gluten free, and wishes her every success for the future.

Supported by: Douglas Ross, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson, Stewart Stevenson, John Finnie, Jenny Gilruth, Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, Jeane Freeman, Kevin Stewart, Bruce Crawford, Richard Lyle, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Maree Todd, Clare Adamson, Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, David Stewart, Sandra White

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016
Congratulations to Dunnet Bay Distillery

That the Parliament congratulates Dunnet Bay Distillers in Caithness on being named one of the UK's top 100 pioneering new businesses in the prestigious Startups 2016; notes that there were only two Scottish businesses listed; recognises that the family-run business has received various awards and accolades since its inception in 2012; further notes it has added a new vodka line to its hugely successful gin range, and wishes the business every success for the future.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Angus MacDonald, Gillian Martin, Maree Todd, David Stewart

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016
Congratulations to Wick Harbour

That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Wick Harbour on it becoming the official operations and maintenance base for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm; notes that this follows an announcement on 23 May 2016 that the £2.6 billion scheme is to go ahead; understands that the initial £10 million investment in the harbour will see the establishment of much-needed jobs and bring stability to the area; believes that it will also regenerate the whole far north of Scotland, and congratulates the members of Wick Harbour Authority for their passion, foresight and unrelenting pursuit of the final result.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, John Finnie, Ben Macpherson, Christina McKelvie, Kenneth Gibson, Ash Denham, Clare Haughey, Angus MacDonald, Graeme Dey, Joan McAlpine, Bob Doris, Alison Johnstone, Andy Wightman, Richard Lyle, Rona Mackay, Sandra White, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson, David Stewart, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson, Maree Todd, Emma Harper

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016
Caithness's Golden Florist

That the Parliament congratulates Amanda Coghill from Lybster on her gold award in the Florist of the Year category at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016; notes that this is the third Chelsea Flower Show award for the Caithness businesswoman following on from her Silver Grenfell Award in 2011; contends that Ms Coghill is a credit to Caithness and beyond, and wishes her continued success for the future.

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan, Mairi Gougeon, John Finnie, Gillian Martin, George Adam, Douglas Ross, Jenny Gilruth, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Ash Denham, David Torrance, David Stewart, Maree Todd, Clare Adamson, Bruce Crawford, Emma Harper, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Tom Arthur, Angus MacDonald

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016
Cruise Figures

That the Parliament welcomes the positive impact that cruise tourism has in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross; notes the imminent arrival of the ship, Disney Magic, to the port of Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth; believes that this will be is one of 63 cruise ships to visit the harbour during the 2016 season, which runs from 25 April to 26 September and is expected to bring an estimated 93,000 passengers to the area and £11 million to the surrounding economy; understands that an estimated 644 such ships will visit Scotland in 2016, bringing an expected record 525,000 passengers, and welcomes what it sees as the boost that this will bring to the economy.

Supported by: Ash Denham, Richard Lyle, Mairi Gougeon, Douglas Ross, David Stewart, Finlay Carson, Stewart Stevenson, Bruce Crawford, Ivan McKee, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Maree Todd, Graeme Dey, Emma Harper, John Finnie, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Mitchell, Jackie Baillie, John Mason, Angus MacDonald, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Gil Paterson, Gillian Martin, Sandra White, Clare Adamson

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016
Ullapool and District Pipe Band Success

That the Parliament congratulates the Ullapool and District Pipe Band on its overall second place finish in the Grade 4A Band category at the UK Pipe Band Championship (in association with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) in Belfast on 11 June 2016; further congratulates the Drumming Corp of Ullapool and District Pipe Band on its overall victory in the 4A Grade Drumming category; considers that this shows that Ullapool and District Pipe Band is in great form and that it is a fine ambassador for not just their local area but Scotland in general; wishes the band every success for the future and considers that the piping tradition is a vital and vibrant part of Scottish culture, and pays tribute to all those who help nurture it.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Douglas Ross, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Bruce Crawford, Jenny Gilruth, John Finnie, Gil Paterson, Gillian Martin, Emma Harper, Clare Adamson

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016
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