Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee 20-27 march 2017

Greetings from sunny-then rainy-then sunny-then rainy Holyrood where the weather can't quite make up its mind. Above is the Garden Lobby as it was bathed in sun half an hour ago. Now, the view from our window looks something like this:

But if nothing else, it keeps us on our toes and a bit of variety is always welcome. Which brings us to this week's Committee meeting. We're taking a break from the gender pay gap, and tomorrow will be looking at a statutory instrument on bankruptcy fees. If you're not familiar with statutory instruments and sub leg, fear not. The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee (DPLR, as we know them) have got you covered. Check out their website for a video explaining how the Parliament deals with delegated powers, and they also have an abundance of useful information in a variety of formats:

Don't worry - there will be no quiz (unless you want one?), but tomorrow's session should be interesting. We'll be taking evidence from

  • Mike Dailly, Principal Solicitor, Parliamentary and Social Policy Unit and Alan McIntosh, Project Manager, Personal Insolvency Law Unit, Govan Law Centre;
  • David Menzies, Director of Insolvency, ICAS;
  • Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy;
  • Graham Fisher, Head of Branch, Legal Directorate - Constitutional & Civil Law, Scottish Government;
  • Richard Dennis, Chief Executive, Accountant in Bankruptcy.
Garden Lobby in the sun

We're back to the gender pay gap next week, with two panels looking at large employers and the public sector. In the meantime, have a read of last week's Official Report, or the written submissions received to date. Or, check out the video (or Official Report) of last week's Committee debate on the draft Climate Change Plan .

And at the time of writing, the sun has once again come out - hope it's same where you are!

Queensberry House and the MSP Office Building from the Garden Lobby

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