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Scottish Parliament Business: Thursday 30 January 2020

In Plenary

11:40am: Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11:40am: General Questions

12:00pm: First Minister's Questions

12:45pm: Members' Business — S5M-19810 Keith Brown: Public Works Loan Board Rate

2:00pm: Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2:00pm: Portfolio Questions

Ministerial Statement: EU Exit

Scottish Government Debate: Drugs and Alcohol – Preventing and Reducing Harms

Business Motions

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00pm: Decision Time

In Committee

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee (9:00am, Robert Burns Room)
Subordinate legislation: Census (Scotland) Order 2020 (SSI 2020/draft)
Witnesses: Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, and Scott Matheson, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government; Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, Scott McEwen, Head of Policy and Legislation, Scotland's Census 2021, and Jill Morton, Senior Business Lead, Questions and Collection Instruments, National Records of Scotland

Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee (9:00am, Adam Smith Room)
Section 23 report - Scotland's City Region and Growth Deals
Witnesses: Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland; Graeme Greenhill, Senior Manager, Sally Thompson, Audit Manager, and Derek Hoy, Audit Manager, Performance Audit and Best Value, Audit Scotland

Section 23 report - Scotland's City Region and Growth Deals
Witnesses: Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland; Graeme Greenhill, Senior Manager, Sally Thompson, Audit Manager, and Derek Hoy, Audit Manager, Performance Audit and Best Value, Audit Scotland

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee (9:30am, James Clerk Maxwell Room)
Subordinate legislation: Representation of the People (Data Matching) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 [draft] and the Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2020 [draft]
Witnesses: Graeme Dey, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans; Ewan McCaig, Solicitor, Legal Directorate, Maria McCann, Head of Elections Team, and Kenneth Pentland, Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Government

Subordinate legislation: Graeme Dey to move that the Committee recommends that the Representation of the People (Data Matching) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved

Subordinate legislation: Graeme Dey to move that the Committee recommends that the Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2020 [draft] be approved

Public Petitions Committee (9:15am, Mary Fairfax Somerville Room)
The Committee will consider the following continued petitions:
- PE1319 on Improving youth football in Scotland and will take evidence from Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive and Alyson Evans, Child Wellbeing and Protection Manager, Scottish FA
- PE1600 on Speed Awareness Courses; PE1671 on Sale and use of glue traps
- PE1674 on Managing the Cat Population in Scotland
- PE1709 on Install CCTV cameras and provide full time social work support in all additional support needs schools

The Committee will consider the following new petitions:
-PE1766 on Legal aid for private criminal prosecutions for unwaged and/or learning-disabled victims of abuse
-PE1768 on Children Hearing proceedings should be minuted and or recorded
-PE1769 on Higher Education in Scotland
-PE1772 on Ban Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender teaching and sexual pictures from the school curriculum
-PE1773 on Reform rape law
-PE1777 on To introduce British Sign Language (BSL) into the Curriculum for Excellence

Social Security Committee (9:30am, David Livingstone Room)
Scottish Child Payment
Witnesses: Dr Sally Witcher, Chair, and Dr Mark Simpson, Member, Scottish Commission on Social Security