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Parliamentary Monitor

We keep track of the latest policy developments relevant to children and families in Scotland, across the UK, and in Europe. 

This week in the Scottish Parliament:

Tuesday 12 November

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee will consider the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitory Provision) Regulations 2019.
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The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the Children (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and the Justice Committee will also consider its approach to Stage 1 scrutiny.

Wednesday 13 November

Portfolio questions on the topic of Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity will include:

  • Rona Mackay: To ask the Scottish Government what plans or initiatives are in place to promote environmentally-friendly modes of transport ahead of the 2020 UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow.

The Education and Skills Committee will take evidence on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. Our Joint Acting Chief Executive, Amy Woodhouse, will be giving evidence at this meeting.
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Thursday 14 November

General questions will include:

  • Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports of women, including single mothers, resorting to so-called survival sex because their universal credit payments do not cover the basic needs of daily living.
  • David Torrance: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to raise awareness among young people of their employment rights.
  • Brian Whittle: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the delivery of mental health services delivered by third sector organisations.
  • Jenny Gilruth: To ask the Scottish Government how it is tackling poverty and inequality.
    Click here to read Call 15 of our 25 Calls campaign which focused on topping up child benefit

The Equalities and Human Rights Committee will take evidence on the Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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