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Parliamentary debates and questions

Social Security Committee 23 November 2017

The agenda for the day:

Temporary Convener, Interests, Convener.

Temporary Convener

Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green)

Good morning, and welcome to the 23rd meeting in 2017 of the Social Security Committee. I remind everyone to turn mobile phones or other devices to silent mode, so that they do not interrupt the meeting. Apologies have been received from Pauline McNeill, who is attending a funeral.

Until we choose a convener, which we will do shortly, we do not have one. As our deputy convener is not present, we need to choose a temporary convener. Therefore, under rule 12.1, I am chairing the meeting for the purpose of choosing a temporary convener. Will someone nominate a temporary convener?

Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (SNP)

I nominate Alison Johnstone.

Alison Johnstone

Thank you. Are members happy for me to continue as a temporary convener until the committee appoints a convener?

Members indicated agreement.

Interests

The Temporary Convener (Alison Johnstone)

I welcome Clare Adamson to the committee in place of Sandra White, and I invite her to declare any interests.

Clare Adamson (Motherwell and Wishaw) (SNP)

I do not believe that I have any interests that are relevant to the committee.

Convener

The Temporary Convener

Agenda item 3 is the choice of a convener. The Parliament has decided that members of the Scottish National Party are eligible to be chosen as convener. I invite a nomination for convener.

George Adam (Paisley) (SNP)

I nominate Clare Adamson.

Clare Adamson was chosen as convener.

The Convener (Clare Adamson)

Good morning, and thank you very much for the nomination. I am delighted to be here. Before we move into private session, I put on record my thanks to Sandra White, the former convener. I know that the committee has been very busy and has dealt with the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill and has been working hard on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill. I thank Sandra for all her efforts and wish her well in her new duties in the Parliament.

We now move into private session.

09:02 Meeting continued in private until 11:17.