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This Week in 60 Seconds

Laura MacLaughlin

Holyrood is back in full swing after a relatively sedate return to business last week. Nicola Sturgeon and Michael Russell kicked us off with the launch of the Scottish Government’s analysis of the impact of Brexit on the Scottish economy, a topic which is sure to surface at oral questions this week.

In the Chamber, some legislation! Stage 1 of the Civil Litigation Bill is scheduled for Tuesday, followed by a Scottish Government debate on Scotland’s International Policy Framework and Priorities for 2018.

A Labour debate on public services will follow Education & Skills Portfolio Questions on Wednesday, while on Thursday (after General Questions and FMQs), the Government will lead a debate on social isolation and loneliness. Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security & Equalities, Angela Constance, indicated last week that the Government will “soon” launch a consultation on the social isolation and loneliness strategy.

Members’ Business debates will cover the Scottish Sports Association, the economic potential of Robert Burns and 100 years of women in the British Armed Forces.

Committees are getting out and about. The Finance & Constitution Committee met in Aberdeen this morning to consider the Draft Budget 2018-19 at participant workshops and then take evidence from Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Constitution, Derek Mackay. The Education & Skills Committee is also holding a Monday meeting, taking evidence on education reforms from local authorities in Glasgow this evening.

Back at Holyrood, some Committees welcome new members to their ranks this week, including Economy, Jobs & Fair Work which Kezia Dugdale will attend for the first time on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Health & Sport is due to elect a Convener to replace Neil Findlay, and Lewis Macdonald and David Stewart will attend as new members.

Derek Mackay gives evidence to Local Government & Communities on Wednesday on the Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates and Angela Constance will appear before the Equalities & Human Rights Committee on Thursday to give evidence on the Universal Periodic Review.

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