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The Union and devolution inquiry takes evidence in Edinburgh

9 December 2015

The Constitution Committee holds a full day of public evidence sessions at the Centre on Constitutional Change, based at the University of Edinburgh, as a key part of its inquiry into devolution and the Union.

Session details

The evidence sessions start at 9:30am on Friday 11 December with evidence from the Scottish Government. The sessions are open to a limited number of members of the public and journalists to attend.

Full schedule

At 9.30am:

  • Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish National Party, and Ken Thomson, Director-General Strategy and External Affairs, Scottish Government

At 10.30am:

  • Claire Baker MSP, Scottish Labour Party; Baroness Goldie MSP, Scottish Conservatives; Maggie Chapman, Scottish Greens; Cllr Robert Brown, Scottish Liberal Democrats

At 11.45am:

  • Sir John Elvidge, former Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government

At 1.15pm:

  • Professor Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen; Professor Neil Walker, University of Edinburgh; Professor James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh

At 2.15pm:

  • Willie Sullivan, Director, Electoral Reform Society Scotland

At 3.15pm:

  • Owen Kelly, Chief Executive, Scottish Financial Enterprise; Garry Clark, Head of Policy and Research, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

At 4.00pm:

  • David Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress; Martin Sime, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Issues covered

The sessions cover a wide range of constitutional issues including:

  • whether a new agreement or statute is needed to define the relationship between the devolved nations and the UK Government
  • the extent to which Scottish politics has become separate from politics in the rest of the UK
  • how the increasing devolution of tax raising powers to Scotland will affect the UK Government's role in redistributing wealth across the UK
  • how further devolution will affect the 'social union' in the UK
  • how differences in policy between the UK and Scottish Governments will have an impact on business, trade unions and civil society

Further information

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