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The Week Ahead in 60 Seconds

Louise Wilson

This week is looking ever-so-slightly more relaxed than last, with only one ministerial statement scheduled and most debates due to take up the lion's share of each afternoon.

Tomorrow will kick off with topical questions, followed by the annual ministerial statement on greenhouse gas emissions. A Government-led debate on active travel will dominate the rest of the afternoon, with Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern & Leith) (SNP) to lead a members’ business debate on VAT paid by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service from 17:00.

Scottish Labour will lead a debate on health on Wednesday, putting Anas Sarwar (Glasgow) (Lab) in the spotlight during the voting period for the party’s leadership contest. The Parliament is due to vote on a Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 resolution afterwards, but limited time has been scheduled for it so debate is unlikely. Clare Adamson (Motherwell & Wishaw) (SNP) leads a members’ business on pancreatic cancer in the evening.

Thursday afternoon will focus on the presumption of mainstreaming disabled children. ENABLE Scotland's #IncludED in the Main?! report is likely to feature heavily. Annie Wells’ (Glasgow) (Con) members’ business on diabulimia will take place earlier in the afternoon, following General and First Minister's Questions.

The most interesting committees this week includes the Delegated Powers & Law Reform Committee (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write!) discussing the Draft Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Remedial Order 2018 with Government officials and Disclosure Scotland. Bear with me! If agreed, it will see an extension of the right to apply to a sheriff against disclosure of spent convictions which previously had to be disclosed due to the serious nature of the crime.

On Wednesday, Minister for Local Government & Housing, Kevin Stewart, is set to discuss homelessness with the Local Government & Communities Committee, which should be interesting given the tight timescale for the commitment to support homeless people this winter. The Social Security Committee meets with Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman, on Thursday, marking the likely end of its public consideration of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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