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What's on at Holyrood? Not 1, not 2, but 5 ministerial statements What's on at Holyrood? Not 1, not 2, but 5 ministerial statements
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Find out what's going on at the Scottish Parliament this week - beginning with a look at suicide prevention and ending with a debate on sexual harassment at Holyrood.Find out what's going on at the Scottish Parliament this week - beginning with a look at suicide prevention and ending with a debate on sexual harassment at Holyrood.
Unusually, there will be not one, not two, but five ministerial statements this week.Unusually, there will be not one, not two, but five ministerial statements this week.
Here is a rundown of the rest of the week........Here is a rundown of the rest of the week........
Tuesday - Gypsy/Travellers and suicide preventionTuesday - Gypsy/Travellers and suicide prevention
Aside from the statements, MSPs will debate how to improve the lives of Scotland's gypsy/travellers.Aside from the statements, MSPs will debate how to improve the lives of Scotland's gypsy/travellers.
A progress report published last month found 21 of Scotland's 26 Gypsy/Travellers sites would meet set standards by June 2018.A progress report published last month found 21 of Scotland's 26 Gypsy/Travellers sites would meet set standards by June 2018.
However, it always warned that site residents did not believe this to be the case in several areas. The remaining six sites were reported to be missing "essential fabric standards".However, it always warned that site residents did not believe this to be the case in several areas. The remaining six sites were reported to be missing "essential fabric standards".
Aside from site standards, members are likely to highlight the most recent Scottish Social Attitudes survey which suggests Gypsy/Travellers face the last form of "acceptable racism".Aside from site standards, members are likely to highlight the most recent Scottish Social Attitudes survey which suggests Gypsy/Travellers face the last form of "acceptable racism".
Davie Donaldson, who grew up in the gypsy/traveller community, said he faced prejudice when he was a child.Davie Donaldson, who grew up in the gypsy/traveller community, said he faced prejudice when he was a child.
The members' debate from 5pm will be led by Tory MSP Maurice Corry on Orkambi, the drug for cystic fibrosis. Orkambi is not currently available on the NHS due to its cost being deemed too high.The members' debate from 5pm will be led by Tory MSP Maurice Corry on Orkambi, the drug for cystic fibrosis. Orkambi is not currently available on the NHS due to its cost being deemed too high.
The Scottish government's draft suicide prevention action plan will also be the focus of attention when it is discussed at the Health and Sport Committee.The Scottish government's draft suicide prevention action plan will also be the focus of attention when it is discussed at the Health and Sport Committee.
The evidence from mental health bodies will be delivered at a time when mental health services in Scotland are under a microscope following recent criticism that the action plan does not go far enough.The evidence from mental health bodies will be delivered at a time when mental health services in Scotland are under a microscope following recent criticism that the action plan does not go far enough.
Elsewhere, the justice committee is holding a round table on defamation law. The Scottish government has recently confirmed it intends to consult on an update to legislation, after the Scottish Law Commission called for a reboot for the social media age.Elsewhere, the justice committee is holding a round table on defamation law. The Scottish government has recently confirmed it intends to consult on an update to legislation, after the Scottish Law Commission called for a reboot for the social media age.
Wednesday - double debate from the Lib DemsWednesday - double debate from the Lib Dems
The Scottish Lib Dems will dominate Wednesday's proceedings with two debates scheduled.The Scottish Lib Dems will dominate Wednesday's proceedings with two debates scheduled.
The first will focus on health - the precise topic is yet to be confirmed but mental health is probably a good bet. The party has called for Health Secretary Shona Robison to resign and this call will likely feature in this debate too.The first will focus on health - the precise topic is yet to be confirmed but mental health is probably a good bet. The party has called for Health Secretary Shona Robison to resign and this call will likely feature in this debate too.
After that, the Lib Dems will lead a debate titled "finance and the constitution". It coincides with the second day of debate on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill at Westminster, so could we perhaps be in for another Brexit vs independence debate? Watch this space.After that, the Lib Dems will lead a debate titled "finance and the constitution". It coincides with the second day of debate on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill at Westminster, so could we perhaps be in for another Brexit vs independence debate? Watch this space.
The members' debate in the evening will be on the sale of energy drinks to children, with SNP MSP Graeme Dey welcoming those retailers who are banning sales to under 16s.The members' debate in the evening will be on the sale of energy drinks to children, with SNP MSP Graeme Dey welcoming those retailers who are banning sales to under 16s.
The committee of interest in the morning will be Sir Ian Wood discussing young people's pathways with the education and skills committee.The committee of interest in the morning will be Sir Ian Wood discussing young people's pathways with the education and skills committee.
Sir Ian authored a report back in 2014 as part of the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce, and this inquiry focuses on the first two of his recommendations: establishing more vocational pathways and preparing people for the world of work.Sir Ian authored a report back in 2014 as part of the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce, and this inquiry focuses on the first two of his recommendations: establishing more vocational pathways and preparing people for the world of work.
The session will consider whether these have been met in the four years since the report.The session will consider whether these have been met in the four years since the report.
Elsewhere:Elsewhere:
Thursday - tackling sexual harassmentThursday - tackling sexual harassment
After the scheduled statements, Holyrood's standards committee leads a debate on its sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct inquiry.After the scheduled statements, Holyrood's standards committee leads a debate on its sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct inquiry.
Last week, the committee called for policies and procedures to be "urgently addressed" as there was a lack of confidence in the way complaints were currently handled.Last week, the committee called for policies and procedures to be "urgently addressed" as there was a lack of confidence in the way complaints were currently handled.
It follows claims that a fifth of parliamentary staff - including one in three women - had experienced sexual harassment or sexist behaviour.It follows claims that a fifth of parliamentary staff - including one in three women - had experienced sexual harassment or sexist behaviour.
The members' debate will focus on flaring at the Mossmorran chemical plant in Fife, led by Labour MSP Alex Rowley. It was announced last week that the plant was being investigated.The members' debate will focus on flaring at the Mossmorran chemical plant in Fife, led by Labour MSP Alex Rowley. It was announced last week that the plant was being investigated.
We've opted to cover the Justice Committee on Thursday morning at 9.30am, where Scottish Secretary David Mundell is ostensibly due to answer questions about the impact of Brexit on law and order in Scotland. Holyrood Live had originally picked the Justice Committee on Thursday morning, where Scottish Secretary David Mundell was due to answer questions about the impact of Brexit on law and order.
However I would not bet against a wee mention of the EU Withdrawal Bill, following Scottish MPs insisting their voices were not heard during the minutes given to debate the lack of a deal between Holyrood and the UK government. However Mr Mundell is instead remaining at Westminster to give a statement on devolution, the EU Withdrawal Bill and legislative consent - so the committee is postponed.
Two other committees worth keeping an eye on:Two other committees worth keeping an eye on:
After some musing, the Holyrood Live team have plumped for the human rights committee from 9.30am.