Week ahead

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

Tuesday 19 August

This week we have opted for the Justice Committee, where police and fire service reform will be under scrutiny.

Derek Penman, HM Inspector of Constabulary will be among those giving evidence on the politically divisive reform.

After time for reflection and topical questions, we have two stage 3 debates which entails a later decision time than normal at 6pm.

First up is the Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill which will take up most of the afternoon, then SNP MSP Dennis Robertson's Disabled Person's Parking Badges Bill will receive it's final scrutiny.

he member's business comes from SNP MSP Gordon Macdonald and will celebrate the contribution of independent retailer's to the Scottish economy.

Wednesday 20 August

We will cover the Economy Committee where the economic importance of Edinburgh's festivals will be discussed, with witnesses including Lady Susan Rice CBE, Chair, Edinburgh's Festivals Forum and Kath Mainland CBE, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

Faith Liddell, Festivals Edinburgh director and Amy Saunders from Creative New Zealand will also give evidence.

Portfolio questions will feature Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and then Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead and his team.

The Scottish government will then lead a debate entitled "Increasing Opportunities for Women".

After decision time, Labour MSP Margaret McCulloch will lead a member's debate on the future of Department For International Development (DFID) in Scotland.

Thursday 14 August

The final first minister's questions before the independence referendum, will as ever follow general questions.

The lunchtime member's debate will feature SNP MSP James Dornan entitled "Celebrating Glasgow the Caring City".

Then finally, in the afternoon, we have the Scottish government led debate entitled "Scotland's Future".

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