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Five Things Happening This Week

Alasdair McKillop

  • Brexit – what’s new: The Scottish Government will update MSPs on Brexit preparations tomorrow. The fact it will be less than 200 days until the UK leaves the EU might lend a sense of urgency to familiar remarks. If Michael Russell is delivering the statement, he will be fresh from a late-morning appearance before the Delegated Powers & Law Reform Committee to give evidence on the UK Government’s Trade Bill. Maybe fresh is the wrong word…
  • Committee competition: Wednesday’s committee business looks like a fight between rival street gangs. The Finance & Constitution Committee will be hearing separately from Michael Russell and the Scottish Fiscal Commission and Derek Mackay. The Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee holds its first evidence session on the Transport Bill; and the first Stage 2 amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill – of which there are many – will be considered by the Local Government & Communities Committee. And because it would be mean to leave it out, we should mention the Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission (Scotland) Bill…Committee will also be meeting – go Pow!
  • Planes, Trains and The new Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, is expected to address the Rural Transport Convention in Inverness tomorrow. The two-day event, hosted by the Scottish Rural Network, will focus on growing the rural economy and meeting the needs of local communities.
  • The place to be: The V&A Dundee opens on Saturday. Scotland’s first design museum is quite something on the outside but the inside will remain a mystery until Monday unless you have a golden ticket. Organisers expect 20,000 people to attend the 3D Festival next to the museum which starts on Friday.
  • And finally: After FMQs on Thursday, Linda Fabiani will lead a members’ business debate about Rolls-Royce engineers in East Kilbride who refused to repair engines for General Pinochet’s air force. A film about the episode called Nae Pasaran! received its premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival in March and the motion for debate commends its “depiction of a remarkable piece of Scotland’s industrial history”. Wild horses with jet engines won’t keep Neil Findlay away.
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