This week in the Scottish Parliament 18th May 2015


Scotland Bill ‘falls short’, calls for views on alchohol legislation and more ambition for Scottish exports

Draft Scotland Bill “falls short”
The Devolution (Further Powers) Committee has said the previous UK Government’s draft legislative clauses for the new Scotland Bill do not meet the “spirit or substance” of the Smith Commission’s recommendations on welfare and benefits, and require extensive redrafting in other key areas.

Call for views on proposed alcohol legislation
The Health and Sport Committee has issued a call for views on proposed legislation which aims to promote public health and reduce alcohol-related offending.

More ambition needed to increase Scotland’s exports
A report by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee has called for the agency tasked with supporting Scottish companies to export to be more ambitious.

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill – the general principles were agreed on 12 May 2015.

SPICe Briefings
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has produced three new briefings this week:

SB-26 Labour Market Update May 2015
SB-25 Contact between grandparents and their grandchildren
How did Scotland Vote? – UK General Election 2015

Debating Chamber

Thursday 21 May 2015 2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Devolution (Further Powers) Committee Debate: New Powers for Scotland: An Interim Report on the Smith Commission and the UK Government’s Proposals (for text of motion S4M-13160 see Section F)

Picture courtesy of Wojtek Gurak