This week I began a number of constituency engagements with a visit to Wallacestone Primary School. The classes had great listening skills and asked some very interesting questions about politics and my role as an MSP!
In this week’s Finance and Public Administration Committee meeting, I was interested to hear evidence from Minister Lorna Slater on the subject of the Financial Memorandum connected to the Circular Economy Bill. I asked the minister a variety of questions as part of a robust exchange, adding to previous scrutiny of financial memoranda produced by Government in recent weeks. You can read the details in earlier posts and watch my contribution at committee here https://bit.ly/49tBW0s
During Tuesday’s ministerial statement, I asked the Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, Jenny Gilruth, about the consideration being given to a co-ordinated approach to proposed education reforms, which you will find a video of in earlier posts. Wednesday’s ECYP Committee also continued to take evidence from a variety of witnesses on this topic which can be seen here https://bit.ly/40uZePr
On Thursday I asked Minister Natalie Don about the Government’s plans to tackle the crucial issue of balancing the rights of victims with the rights of the accused in the processes developed by the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill. This has been a topic of significant scrutiny in the Education, Children and Young People’s Committee which you an read more about in previous posts.
I also enjoyed getting along to the parliamentary exhibition created by the Women's Support Project in celebration of their 40th Anniversary. Over the past 4 decades they have undertaken excellent work in their campaign to end gender based violence and commercial sexual exploitation of women.