What’s on in our Parliaments this week? 5-9 September 2016

Scottish Parliament 3So, it’s term-time again. After a frenetic and dramatic end to the last parliamentary session, everyone has done their best to make sure it looks like nothing is happening over the past 6 weeks.

That’s all over now, though. The Westminster and Scottish parliaments are back in session this week.  Wales has another week off.

It’s time to get to grips with the major issues around Brexit. That’s going to be the only game in town for quite some time.

Holyrood

There are three major items of business this week. The first is a two day debate on the SNP Government’s plans for the year ahead.

They will include a Social Security Bill to take account of the new powers coming to Holyrood. The government has also stated that its key priorities are educational attainment (which it intends to tackle by national testing rather than more resources) and the economy. They will also be introducing measures on warm homes and climate change.

Nicola Sturgeon will be making a statement on Scotland’s place in Europe. Last week, Willie Rennie said that she was talking too much about independence. Will she offer any other approach?

Finally, there will be an update on the controversial named person scheme which was ruled illegal earlier this Summer. How will the government tackle the requirements of the court judgement?

Westminster

House of Commons

It’s a fairly easy week back. The main business is the tail end of the Finance Bill.

Of course, Theresa May will be making a statement on the G20 and taking her second Prime Minister’s Questions.

Labour has an opposition day, but there’s barely an opposition to organise any business for it.

The Scottish Affairs Committee is looking at Scotland’s place in Europe and taking evidence from academics. This is very different from the last Parliament. The committee is now chaired by an SNP MP.

House of Lords

In the Lords, our Roger Roberts has a question on reuniting children in Calais and Dunkirk with their families in the UK.

Jenny Randerson is pushing the Government on Southern Rail.

Jonny Oates asks about UK financial institutions and bailout funds to the Zimbabwean government.

The terrible Investigatory Powers Bill is discussed at Committee stage. Will the Lords take out some of the worst of its provisions?

 

European Parliament

The next Strasbourg session takes place on 12th September.

 

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