The lifestyle of Gypsy travelling people presents the government with different challenges for the provision of health and social welfare. The Equal Opportunities Committee held a year-long enquiry into these challenges, but the response of the Executive fell short of meeting their recommendations. In this case the power of the committee was limited.

First broadcast:
11 December 2003

The clip could lead into topics examining different UK cultures, and the culture of Gypsy travellers in particular. Why do students think that the Scottish Parliament did not introduce many of the key recommendations mentioned in this clip? How do parliaments ensure that their laws are fair to all the cultures and groups that they govern? Students could study the different in political systems in Scotland and the rest of UK.