The week ahead in Holyrood 22/01/2018

On Tuesday there will be a committee debate, tabled by the Finance and Constitution Committee, which calls on the Scottish Parliament to note the recommendations of the Finance and Constitution Committee’s 1st Report 2018 (Session 5), European Union (Withdrawal) Bill LCM – Interim Report.
The report concludes that the Scottish Parliament should withhold legislative consent while the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill remains in its current form.

This will be followed by Members Business, led by SNP MSP Rona Mackay who will ask Parliament to welcome the Private Members Bill introduced by Stewart McDonald MP in the House of Commons to Ban Unpaid Trial Shifts.

On Wednesday, Portfolio Questions will focus on Health and Sport. These will be followed by a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Justice. Members Business will then be led by SNP MSP Gail Ross who will highlight how Adverse Childhood Experiences impact the population of Scotland and how early intervention is key to addressing the issue.

Thursday’s General Questions will be followed by First Minister’s Questions. Members Business will then be led by Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden, and will focus on Electric Shock Training Collars in Scotland, and how the use of these has harmful affects on dogs.

At 2.30pm, there will be a Stage 1 Debate on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill. This follows months of campaigning about the utility of the Bill, designed to reduce sectarian violence, and which critics say unfairly stigmatises and criminalises football fans.

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