This week in the Scottish Parliament 11th May 2015


The race and employment enquiry and primary school Euroquiz

Loneliness inquiry comes to Islay

Social media savvy young islanders, a ground-breaking housing project and a ceilidh for more than 100 senior citizens are set to help MSPs understand how to tackle loneliness and isolation.

School pupils in Euroquiz
More than 120 primary six children from across Scotland will take over the Scottish Parliament’s Debating Chamber on Monday 11 May for the Euroquiz final.

Race and employment inquiry
The challenges faced by Scotland’s ethnic minorities when trying to access work are set to be heard at Holyrood, as the Equal Opportunities Committee launches its inquiry into race, ethnicity and employment.

Inquiries into fatal accidents
On 5 May 2015, the Justice Committee hosted its first evidence session on the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill.


British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill – the general principles were agreed on 5 May 2015.

Community Justice (Scotland) Bill – introduced on 7 May 2015

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill – stage 1 debate scheduled for 12 May 2015

Finance Committee

13 May 2015
14th Meeting, 2015

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework: The Committee will take evidence from–Gary Gillespie, Chief Economist, Mairi Spowage, Head of National Accounts, and Simon Fuller, Deputy Director, Office of the Chief Economic Advisor, Scottish Government;and then from– Alan Bermingham, Policy and Technical Manager, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy;
Charlotte Barbour, Head of Taxation, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland; Patrick Stevens, Tax Policy Director, Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Picture courtesy of Bernt Rostad – Creative Commons