Cross-Party Groups

    • Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To promote all aspects of safety through safety awareness and accident prevention.

    • Adult Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse

      Next meeting: 18 January 2017 - This meeting will be held at 1pm in the Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3).

      Purpose:

      The purpose of this Cross-Party Group is to establish a forum for debate, with an agreed specific programme of targets and action, on the issue of childhood sexual abuse, its long term effects and links with mental health problems, physical health and wellbeing, alcohol and drug misuse, physical abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.

    • Animal Welfare

      Next meeting: 13 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3).

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for opinion and information-sharing about animal welfare; to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare; where consensus is reached to make proposals to introduce or amend legislation concerning animal welfare and provide information for possible parliamentary questions and motions. 

    • Armed Forces and Veterans Community

      Next meeting: 13 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the Adam Smith Room (CR5).

      Purpose:

      1. To help the Scottish Parliament to address the challenges facing Veterans and the wider Armed Forces Community.

      2. To provide MSPs with a source of information and expertise on issues relating to Scottish Veterans and the wider Armed Forces Community.

      3. To bring together those with an interest in the well-being of Veterans and the wider Armed Forces Community.

      4. To encourage co-operation in promoting the interests of Veterans and the wider Armed Forces Community and their involvement with the Scottish Parliament.

      5. To assist the Scottish Parliament in meeting Veterans and the Wider Armed Forces Community needs as well as benefiting from their experience.

    • Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

      Next meeting: 01 March 2017 - This meeting will be held at 5.30pm.

      Purpose:

      1. Seek to raise the awareness of ongoing issues affecting patients with Arthritis  and Musculoskeletal Conditions throughout Scotland:

      to include  access to services, conditions affecting children, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, relevant guidelines or an identified lack of guidance.

      2. It will: 

      • aim to identify barriers to  change and improvement - and the measures required to overcome those.
      • liaise with appropriate agencies, academics and parliamentarians to consider and agree appropriate measures with a view to improvement of provision of health care and promotion of the health of people with arthritis and other musculo skeletal conditions
      • influence policy decisions of the Scottish Government, local authorities and other appropriate agencies to ensure that adequate levels of resources are deployed to address chief issues.
      • liaise with representatives from NHS Health Boards, Universities and other organisations as appropriate with regards to current relevant research,audit and reports
      • develop links with appropriate officials, within UK Government on an as and when required basis.

    • Aviation

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To provide a forum for discussion for Scotland’s expanding and evolving aviation industry and all associated sectors with a view to encourage new domestic and international routes from Scotland’s airports. 

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    • Building Bridges With Israel

      Next meeting: 18 January 2017 - This meeting will be held at 5.30pm in the Adam Smith Room (CR5).

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the Group will be to engage with Israel and build links based on business, culture and academia as well as exploring and countering issues of anti-Semitism at home and abroad. 

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    • Cancer

      Next meeting: 07 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 5.30pm.

      Purpose:

      • To act as a channel of communications between the Scottish Parliament and people and organisations working in cancer research, treatment, care and prevention. 
      • To identify areas where inequalities exist in the provision of cancer care and campaign for their improvement. 
      • To provide opportunities for MSPs to learn about the latest Scottish and international cancer research and to learn about cancer care needs and services, including the views of both patients and carers. 

    • Carers

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To ensure equality of opportunity for carers in Scotland by liaising with carers' organisations, lobbying the Scottish Government and promoting legislation on carers' behalf; to promote awareness amongst Members of the Scottish Parliament of the needs of carers and former carers; to liaise with Members of both Houses at Westminster and the Welsh Assembly in order to share best practice; and to link with appropriate bodies, including carers organisations, on an international basis. 

    • Children And Young People

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To ensure issues affecting children and young people are recognised and discussed throughout the working of the Scottish Parliament, in order to ensure that the needs and rights of children and young people are met throughout Scotland. 

    • China

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The Cross-Party Group on China seeks to promote relations between Scotland and China, not only in recognition of the crucial importance of China as an economic power, but also of the role of China as a cultural force. The Group seeks to work with organisations and authorities to increase cultural, educational and economic exchange between the two countries, to develop a dialogue with the Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh, and to engage with the Chinese community in Scotland. 

    • Chronic Pain

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The aim of the Group is to raise awareness of how those with chronic pain are treated and to work for earlier and better care. 

      The Group aims to raise awareness of the condition amongst parliamentarians, to influence legislation and policy makers in order to improve the lives of people affected. 

    • Colleges And Universities

      Next meeting: 14 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 1pm in the Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3).

      Purpose:

      To consider and discuss the future of further and higher education in Scotland. 

    • Construction

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The aim of the Group is to ensure that Scotland has a world-class construction industry delivering best value for its clients, a safe environment on its sites and a proper career path and employment prospects for its people.

      The Cross-Party Group will be the forum for Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), stakeholders and interested parties to engage directly with each other in order to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges facing the sector and to better inform the development of policy in this important area. 

    • Co-Operatives

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To provide a platform for MSPs and others with an interest in co-operation and mutuality to increase awareness of the co-operative model and its contribution to Scotland's social and economic development, promote co-operation as a vital component of Scotland's future, and to work with the Scottish Government, Co-Operative Development Scotland and the sector to identify how best to sustain existing co-operative and mutual groups and to encourage an increase in co-operative working in Scotland. 

    • Credit Unions

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To provide a forum to discuss issues which affect credit unions in Scotland. The CPG will also create a foundation for policy development relating to credit unions and help to form a network of good practice between credit unions and parliamentarians.  

    • Crofting

      Next meeting: 14 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 5.30pm in room Q1.03.

      Purpose:

      To discuss items of policy that affect crofting and to bring issues to the attention of MSPs. 

    • Cuba

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the Group is to promote links between Scotland and Cuba and to examine areas of common interest between Scottish and Cuban parliamentarians. 

    • Culture

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      • another forum to discuss cultural matters and ideas (meeting quarterly)
      • something different from other CPGs, by making use of the talent in the sector to put on engaging performances and guest speakers
      • an opportunity for stimulating discussion about ideas as well as processes/art forms
      • a platform for further and wider learning (making use of social media and podcasting)
      • a showcase for the arts in Parliament

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    • Deafness

      Next meeting: 14 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 12.30pm.

      Purpose:

      To raise awareness amongst Members of issues affecting the Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community in Scotland. 

    • Diabetes

      Next meeting: 06 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 6pm.

      Purpose:

      To provide a platform for parliamentarians to discuss all issues relating to diabetes; to liaise with those affected by the condition, organisations representing their interests and health workers dealing with diabetes; and to promote good practice and raise specific issues of concern.  

    • Digital Participation

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To provide a platform for MSPs to engage with a range of organisations on issues relating to digital participation.  The group will provide an opportunity to consider how best Scotland can maximise the social and economic benefits derived from the development of digital technologies. 

    • Disability

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      • To act as a channel of communication between the Scottish Parliament, disabled people and organisations working or supporting disabled people.
      • To provide opportunities for Members of the Scottish Parliament to learn about needs of disabled people and the barriers individuals face excluding them from performing an active role within society.
      • To increase awareness and raise the profile of rights for disabled people.
      • To put disability on the agenda of the Scottish Parliament.

    • Drug And Alcohol Misuse

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      Aims to examine the current policy and practice in responding to drug and alcohol misuse in Scotland and to advise on and promote the development of realistic, evidence-based responses, which could assist in the reduction of the damaging consequences of drug and alcohol misuse in Scotland. 

    • Dyslexia

      Next meeting: 07 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 1pm in the Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3).

      Purpose:

      The Cross-Party Group on Dyslexia aims to establish a forum whereby those affected by dyslexia and the organisations which represent their interests can share their experience and expertise and further aims to find a platform for discussion with MSPs and to keep them informed of the issues raised. The group will work towards a specific work programme to target particular issues surrounding dyslexia such as its impact on education, employment, health and offending. The group will seek to raise greater public awareness and understanding of dyslexia and promote good practice in terms of supporting those with dyslexia and giving the necessary support to individuals, families and communities affected by dyslexia. 

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    • Epilepsy

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The main purpose of the group is to address the needs of people with epilepsy in Scotland by bringing together those with an interest in the health and wellbeing of persons living with this condition. 

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    • Fair Trade

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To promote awareness of Fair Trade and support and develop understanding of Scotland as a Fair Trade Nation.

    • Families Affected by Imprisonment

      Next meeting: 07 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the group is to highlight the issues faced by families who are affected by a relative’s imprisonment.  

    • Food

      Next meeting: 18 January 2017 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4).

      Purpose:

      • To raise awareness of food issues from production through to consumption in Scotland and their importance to the consumer, the economy, the environment and to the health of Scotland; 
      • To act as a policy forum for discussion and updating on food issues in Scotland; 
      • To contribute to policy development on a range of food issues in Scotland.

    • Funerals And Bereavement

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To provide a forum for the discussion of funeral and bereavement issues. 

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    • Gàidhlig

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To provide MSPs with a mechanism for obtaining information, support, advice and views on issues relating to the Gaelic language and culture within a broad forum which represents Gaelic interests in Scotland. 

    • Germany

      Next meeting: 18 January 2017 - This meeting will be held at 5.30pm in the Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3).

      Purpose:

      To promote political, cultural, educational and economic links between Scotland and Germany and to facilitate meetings and contacts between parliamentarians of both countries. 

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    • Health Inequalities

      Next meeting: 19 January 2017 - This meeting will be held at 1pm in the David Livingstone Room (CR6).

      Purpose:

      The group aims to raise awareness of the causes of health inequalities amongst parliamentarians to influence legislation and amongst policy makers to promote evidence based actions which reduce health inequalities and to avoid legislation and policies which will make health inequalities in Scotland worse. 

    • Housing

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To allow housing organisations and MSPs to share information and gather knowledge on all matters relating to housing. 

    • Human Trafficking

      Next meeting: 01 February 2017 - This meeting will be held at 5.30pm

      Purpose:

      To take forward the human trafficking agenda in Scotland.

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    • Independent Convenience Stores

      Next meeting: 17 January 2017 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the Adam Smith Room (CR5).

      Purpose:

      To inform MSPs of the issues and challenges facing independent convenience stores and to highlight the contribution local neighbourhood shops make to Scotland’s communities – particularly helping to sustain rural and marginalised urban communities -  and to Scotland’s economy (there are more convenience stores per head of population than in the rest of the UK). The group will bring together the key stakeholders in the independent convenience store sector: retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and trade associations. It will connect with wider stakeholders in the voluntary and charity sectors and invite guest speakers to participate. 

    • Industrial Communities

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      Seek to understand and highlight the range of ongoing issues affecting Scotland’s former traditional industrial communities who have experienced industrial decline over the last few decades.  Ongoing issues are likely to include youth unemployment, town centre regeneration, health inequalities, low educational attainment, regeneration funding and poor environmental conditions.  The term ‘former industrial communities’ covers a range of traditional industries including coal, steel, textiles and shipbuilding. 

    • International Development

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the group is to ensure liaison between MSPs and organisations working in Scotland on international aid and development issues. To further raise awareness in Scotland of these issues and to provide a Scottish forum for discussion, while also promoting stronger links between Scotland and international aid and development agencies. The group will also seek to promote development education in Scotland, to support Scottish organisations working in international aid and development programmes and where appropriate facilitate regular visits to Scotland by representatives of the international humanitarian agencies while engaging with minority residents in Scotland to encourage their involvement in the work of the group. 

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    • Kurdistan

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To promote and enhance understanding of Kurdistan, Scotland’s Kurdish community and the wider Kurdish diaspora at cultural, social, political, academic and economic levels. 

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    • Learning Disability

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The group aims to ensure that the needs and aspirations of people with learning disabilities are considered by the Scottish Parliament and by public policy makers. 

    • LGBTI+

      Next meeting: 14 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 5.30pm in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the group is to promote and discuss issues of importance to the LGBTI+ community in Scotland with a view to helping make their lives better.

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    • Malawi

      Next meeting: 01 February 2017 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the Adam Smith Room (CR5)

      Purpose:

      To develop and enhance links between Scotland and Malawi and to provide a forum for discussion on these matters.  

    • Men's Violence Against Women And Children

      Next meeting: 06 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 12.30pm in room Q1.07.

      Purpose:

      To establish a forum for discussion and innovative thinking on men’s violence against women and children, with a focus on prevention, protection, provision and participation, including, but not limited to, all the forms of violence and exploitation encompassed in “Equally Safe- Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls." 

    • Mental Health

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      This Cross-Party Group (CPG) provides an opportunity for Members of all political parties, outside organisations and members of the public to meet and discuss the shared interest of Scotland's mental health. 

    • MS

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The main purpose of the Group is to address the needs of people with MS in Scotland by bringing together those with an interest in the health and wellbeing of persons living with this condition. 

    • Muscular Dystrophy

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To ensure that the needs of people living with muscular dystrophy are highlighted in the Scottish Parliament and to press for improvements to essential services for families across Scotland. 

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    • Oil and Gas

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To provide a platform for parliamentarians to discuss all issues relating to the whole structure of the oil and gas industry; to raise specific issues of concern with the Scottish Executive and the industry itself; to promote innovation in offshore engineering; to encourage greater recognition of the importance of the oil and gas industry to the UK and to support the use of offshore technology and skills in the development and production of renewable energy. 

    • Older People, Age And Ageing

      Next meeting: 25 January 2017 - This meeting will be held at 1pm in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

      Purpose:

      • To help the Scottish Parliament to address the challenges of an ageing population.
      • To provide MSPs with a source of information and expertise on issues of age.
      • To bring together those with an interest in the well-being of older people.
      • To encourage co-operation in promoting the interests of older people and their involvement with the Scottish Parliament.
      • To assist the Scottish Parliament in meeting older people’s needs as well as benefiting from their experience.

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    • Pakistan

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To promote and enhance understanding between Scotland and Pakistan at cultural, social, academic, political and economic levels. Develop contact with the Pakistan Parliament and other institutions for advancing mutual interests of Scotland and Pakistan. Also the Cross Party would represent the interest of people/organisations with Pakistani background living and working in Scotland and act as a forum for the Community living in Scotland. Already a sister organisation in Pakistan has been established called “Friends of Scotland” in the Pakistani Parliament, and Lahore Chamber of Commerce have established a committee on Scotland to work with the CPG. 

    • Palestine

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To establish a forum for Palestinians living in Scotland. 

      To promote a solution for the Palestinian people recognising the justice of their cause and the need for the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to adhere to UN resolutions and International Law.

    • Palliative Care

      Next meeting: 14 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 5.45pm in the Adam Smith Room (CR5)

      Purpose:

      • To act as a channel of communication between the Scottish Parliament and people and organisations working in palliative care
      • To provide opportunities for Members of the Scottish Parliament to learn about palliative care needs and service, and the issues involved in palliative care provision
      • To increase awareness and raise the profile of palliative care
      • To put palliative care on to the agenda of the Health and Sport Committee

    • Poland

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To facilitate political, cultural and economic links between Scotland and Poland including building links with regional assemblies; recognise the positive contribution of Poles who choose to live, work, and study in Scotland; promote our shared heritage in the interests of fostering positive relationships; and discuss all aspects of modern society in Scotland and Poland. 

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    • Racial Equality

      Next meeting: 21 February 2017 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the David Livingstone Room (CR6).

      Purpose:

      To provide a forum for issues relating to race and anti racism and to seek solutions to the discrimination faced by Scotland's black / minority ethnic communities. To work through cross-party dialogue in promoting the role played by Scotland's civic society, Parliament and Government in actively building a Scotland free from racism.

      The Group will seek to identify and address racism across society, including through learning from the experiences of BME groups


    • Rail

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      • To encourage the development and extension of quality rail services for the people and economy of Scotland.
      • To ensure that rail has a high profile in the Scottish Parliament.
      • To influence Scottish Government policy on rail, including on connectivity.
      • To liaise with Transport Scotland, Network Rail, franchise holders, trades unions, rail interest groups and other such organisations to ensure that MSPs are kept up to date on matters pertaining to rail in Scotland.

    • Recreational Boating And Marine Tourism

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The CPG on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism will meet to discuss the merits and opportunities in taking forward the strategy for the nationally growing market of Marine Tourism in Scotland. 

    • Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the Group is to bring together MSPs and others with an interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Scotland.

    • Rural Policy

      Next meeting: 13 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4).

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the Group is to inform MSPs and the wider Scottish Parliament about issues relating to rural policies and policy-making in Scotland.

    • Russia

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To foster and promote understanding between the peoples of Russia and Scotland at cultural, social, academic, political and economic levels and to increase economic and cultural exchanges between Russia and Scotland including the national and regional institutions of both countries. 

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    • Science And Technology

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the group is to promote opportunities for MSPs and the scientific community in Scotland to interact on issues of importance to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. 

    • Scotch Whisky

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The  main  purpose  of  the Cross  Party  Group  on  Scotch Whisky  is to promote  a better understanding of the Scotch Whisky industry to members of the Scottish Parliament. The industry plays a key role in Scotland with regard to the economy, exports, jobs, tourism, the environment and tackling alcohol misuse. This group will provide the forum to discuss these important issues with MSPs from all parties alongside key people from within the Scotch Whisky industry. 

    • Scottish Showmen's Guild

      Next meeting: 18 January 2017 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in room Q1.03.

      Purpose:

      To provide a forum for opinion and information sharing about the Scottish Showmen’s Guild. To raise awareness of the importance of the Scottish Showmen’s Guild where consensus is reached. 

    • Skills

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The aim of the group is to bring together a wide range of organisations and individuals involved in skills development in Scotland to discuss and share ways in which skills development can be enhanced to bring sustainable economic benefits. 

    • Sport

      Next meeting: 15 February 2017 - This meeting will be held at 5.30pm in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4).

      Purpose:

      1. To support the development of sport, sporting and being active opportunities towards a more active Scotland
      2. To ensure that sport/being active, and the benefits of sport and being active, have a high profile in the Scottish Parliament
      3. To influence Scottish Government policy
      4. To liaise with sportscotland, Scottish Governing Bodies of sport and other relevant national and active recreation organisations in Scotland so that such organisations will be able to keep MSPs informed on matters affecting Scottish sport and a more active Scotland.

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    • Taiwan

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To facilitate the political, cultural, educational and economic links between Taiwan and Scotland. 

    • Tibet

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      The aim of the Group is to facilitate the building of relations between Scottish Parliament, Tibet and its people and those interested in Tibet. 

    • Tourism

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      Purpose:

      To highlight and promote the Scottish tourism industry 

    • Towns and Town Centres

      Next meeting: 07 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the Adam Smith Room (CR5).

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the Group is to analyse policy prescriptions and develop ideas and innovations. This will help Scotland’s towns and town centres through the current economic climate to emerge stronger, smarter, cleaner, healthier and greener.  

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    • Visual Impairment

      Next meeting: 06 December 2016 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2)

      Purpose:

      The Cross-Party Group on Visual Impairment draws together the blind and partially sighted sector in Scotland to identify issues competent to the Scottish Parliament and seeks, in a reasonable fashion, to influence policy, legislation and decision makers to better reflect the needs of blind and partially sighted people. 

    • Volunteering

      Next meeting: 25 January 2017 - This meeting will be held at 1pm in the Adam Smith Room (CR5).

      Purpose:

      To raise awareness of volunteering in all sectors to ultimately increase participation rates in all its forms. 

      To ensure volunteering has a high profile in the Scottish Parliament and influence Scottish Government Policy.

      To ensure opportunities for volunteering are recognised across all SG directorates.   

      Examination and sharing of research in other parts of UK and beyond.

      To liaise and work with other CPGs to promote volunteering.

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    • Women In Enterprise

      Next meeting: 28 February 2017 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4).

      Purpose:

      The aim of the CPG on Women in Enterprise is to explore how women in business can be supported to make their potential contribution to the Scottish economy. 

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Proposed Cross-Party Groups

The Proposed Cross-Party Groups page details any forthcoming meetings of Cross-Party Groups pending re-registration or approval by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Contact

For general information on the registration process and regulation of Cross-Party Groups, please contact:

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee team

email: CrossPartyGroup@
parliament.scot

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