Week ahead

An overview of what's on in the week ahead in the Scottish Parliament.

Tuesday 16 April

The Education and Culture Committee will take evidence from Lord McLuskey from 10am. Lord McLuskey's report on the regulation of the press in Scotland went far further than the recommendations of Lord Leveson and was described as "draconian" by opposition parties at Holyrood.

Tuesday afternoon begins, as ever, with topical questions. Then the government will lead a debate on universal services no doubt attacking Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont's questioning of the SNP's policies of no tuition fees and prescriptions for free. Then there will be a debate congratulating the Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society.

Wednesday 17 April

From 10am the Finance Committee will quiz the chairperson of the Office for Budget Responsibility Robert Chote, with the furore over the varying forecasts of Scotland's future oil revenues likely to dominate.

Wednesday afternoon in the chamber begins with education ministers on the spot during portfolio questions.

In the afternoon MSPs will now debate the government's proposed public procurement reform instead of the Green Independent Groups debate on Margaret Thatcher's legacy.

Then Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale will lead a member's debate on the One Billion Rising campaign which began in response to the UN saying 1 in 3 women in the world will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.

Thursday 18 April

On Thursday after general questions and the knockabout fun of first minister's questions there will be a member's debate praising Scotland's butchers.

The Green Independent Groups debate on Margaret Thatcher's legacy, postponed from the day of her funeral after agreement was reached in the parliamentary bureau.

In the afternoon MSPs will debate the government's proposed public procurement reform.

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