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Scottish Parliament Business: Wednesday 5 December 2018

In Plenary

2:00pm: Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Portfolio Questions – Education and Skills

Scottish Government Debate: Protecting Our Interests: Scotland’s Response to the UK Government and EU’s Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration

Business Motions

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00pm: Decision Time

Members’ Business: Alison Johnstone – Remembering Conscientious Objectors

In Committee

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee (9:00am, Mary Fairfax Somerville Room)
Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route
Witnesses: Stephen Tarr, Managing Director, Major Projects Division, Balfour Beatty, Bill Hocking, Chief Executive Officer, Construction and Investments, Galliford Try, and Brian Love, Director, Aberdeen Roads Ltd

Transport update
Witnesses: Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Bill Reeve, Director of Rail, Frances Pacitti, Director of Aviation, Maritime, Freights and Canals, and Michelle Rennie, Director of Major Transport Infrastructure Projects, Scottish Government

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: Consideration of the following statutory instrument proposals:
- Genetically Modified Organisms (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
- The Common Agricultural Policy and Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
- The Common Provisions (Implementing and Delegated Acts) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
- Zoonotic Disease Eradication and Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
- Agriculture (Zootechnics) (UK) (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments)
- Veterinary Medicines and Animals and Animal Products (Examination of Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
- Farriers (Registration) and Animal Health (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Local Government and Communities Committee (9:45am, James Clerk Maxwell Room)
Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill
Witnesses: Dr Keith Baker, Co-Founder, Energy Poverty Research Initiative, Professor Donald Hirsch, Director, Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University, Liz Marquis, Director, Energy Agency, Sharon Bell, Head, StepChange Debt Charity Scotland, and Alasdair Calder, Housing Services: Home Energy Efficiency, and Bill Halliday, Team Lead for Housing Operations, Argyll and Bute Council

Education and Skills Committee (10:00am, Robert Burns Room)
Inquiry into music tuition in schools
Witnesses: Councillor Stephen McCabe, Children and Young People Spokesperson, Eddie Follan, Policy Manager, Children and Young People Team, and Lauren Bruce, Chief Officer, Local Government Finance, COSLA, John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, and Malcolm Pentland, Head of Curriculum Unit, Scottish Government

Interview