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This Week in 60 Seconds

Rachel Fergusson

After a lively weekend in Dundee which got party conference season into full-swing, MSPs must refocus on Parliament as the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill returns to the Chamber. A Pre-Stage 2 debate will take place on Tuesday prior to a special late-sitting of the Finance & Constitution Committee to consider Stage 2 amendments. The Conservatives alone have lodged 147 amendments. Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Michael Russell, is due to give evidence on the Bill to the Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee (Tuesday) and the Equalities & Human Rights Committee (Thursday).

The Health & Sport Committee also meets on Tuesday to consider the impact of leaving the European Union on health and social care. The Committee will take evidence from stakeholders, including Cancer Research UK, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Association of Medical Charities.

On Wednesday, there will be a Labour debate on procurement and two Members’ Business debates (on Commonwealth Day 2018 and incinerators). Minister for Employability & Training, Jamie Hepburn, will sit before the Education & Skills Committee for an ‘Ask the Minister’ session. Discussions will be centred around three main themes: Youth Training and DYW, the Learner Journey Review and Gendered subject and sector segregation. Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Constitution, Derek Mackay, will give evidence to the Finance & Constitution Committee on the amendment regulations.

The main item on the agenda for Thursday is the Stage 3 debate on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill. Earlier in the day, the Chamber will hear from Ivan McKee during a Members’ Business debate on driverless cars and there will be a Ministerial Statement giving an update on the South of Scotland Economic Partnership.

Finally, the Scottish Greens meet in Greenock on Saturday for their Spring Conference. If you’re interested in coverage please get in touch for more information.

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