Official Report


  • Social Security Committee 23 November 2017    
    • Attendance


      *Clare Adamson (Motherwell and Wishaw) (SNP)

      Deputy convener

      Pauline McNeill (Glasgow) (Lab)

      Committee members

      *George Adam (Paisley) (SNP)
      *Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con)
      *Mark Griffin (Central Scotland) (Lab)
      *Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green)
      *Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (SNP)
      *Ruth Maguire (Cunninghame South) (SNP)
      *Adam Tomkins (Glasgow) (Con)


      Clerk to the committee

      Simon Watkins


      The Adam Smith Room (CR5)


    • 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
    • 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.