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This Week in 60 Seconds

Eilidh Carmichael

On Tuesday, the Finance & Constitution Committee will bring its report on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill LCM to the chamber. The Committee did not recommend the Bill be given consent in its current form and, as things stand, this may be something all the parties are able to agree on. There will be no amendments so the content of the debate, rather than the vote, will be the most interesting aspect. Elsewhere on Tuesday the Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee will consider the environmental implications of Brexit with two panels of witnesses.


Wednesday morning sees Minister for Childcare & Early Years, Maree Todd, make her first appearance before the Education & Skills Committee. She’ll be discussing regulations on the protection of vulnerable groups and rehabilitation of offenders. The Rural Economy & Connectivity takes evidence from Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs & Fair Work, Keith Brown, on transport infrastructure projects. I’d imagine he will face a grilling over Carillion as part of that session. The Local Government & Communities Committee takes evidence on community empowerment regulations from Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham. The Committee is also looking to agree its reports on the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill and homelessness – something to keep an eye out for. Heading into the afternoon, the focus will be on the Conservative debate on justice. While the motion isn’t out, we can safely assume the ongoing saga with Phil Gormley will be front-and-centre.


So far it’s looking to be a light Thursday for committees. The Equalities & Human Rights Committee session on prison voting is the only one for which papers have been published. However, there may be more to be published tomorrow. While FMQs will probably be the main draw of the day, it’s likely Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, won’t be looking forward to returning to the chamber on Thursday. He’s looking at another afternoon’s debate, this time on James Kelly’s Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill. It probably isn’t his ideal way to spend the last sitting day of the week – particularly as the Justice Committee has cautiously backed the Bill.

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