This week ahead in Holyrood – 23/04/2018

On Tuesday there will be a Scottish Government Debate on the National Plan for Gaelic. This legislation seeks to further support the rights of Gaelic and other minority languages within Scotland as a means to preserve both the culture and history of those communities who continue to speak it.

On Wednesday, Portfolio Questions will focus on Justice and the Law Officers, followed by Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

This will be immediately followed by a Stage 3 Proceedings on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill. This Bill will pass control of a number of social security benefits from the UK Government to the Scottish Government. The vote will take place at 6pm during Decision Time.

On Thursday, General Questions will be followed by First Minister’s Questions. This will be followed by Stage 3 Proceedings on the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill. This Bill seeks to increase access to justice, provide claimants with better ways of funding litigation and reduce the risk that they will be found liable for the defendant’s costs. The vote will take place at 5pm during Decision Time.

There will also be an announcement on the Appointment of Member of the Standards Commission for Scotland. The Standards Commission is an independent body which promotes and enforces the Codes of Conduct for councillors and those appointed to the boards of devolved public bodies.

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