Official Report


  • Local Government and Communities Committee 10 January 2018    
    • Attendance


      *Bob Doris (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (SNP)

      Deputy convener

      *Monica Lennon (Central Scotland) (Lab)

      Committee members

      *Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North) (SNP)
      *Jenny Gilruth (Mid Fife and Glenrothes) (SNP)
      *Graham Simpson (Central Scotland) (Con)
      *Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)
      *Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Green)


      Clerk to the committee

      Jane Williams


      The James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)


    • Interests
      • The Convener (Bob Doris):

        Good morning, and welcome to the first meeting in 2018 of the Local Government and Communities Committee. I remind everyone to turn off their mobile phones. As meeting papers are provided in a digital format, members may use tablets during the meeting.

        I wish everyone a happy new year, on our first day back. No apologies have been received—we have a full house, which is good to see.

        Agenda item 1 is a declaration of interests. Members will note that Elaine Smith has left the committee to pursue a new role in her party. I wish her well in her new role and thank her for her vital contribution to the committee’s work this session. This is my first time as the convener of a committee, so I have really appreciated her support, for which I give her my personal thanks.

        That said, we are delighted that Monica Lennon has been appointed as the new member of the committee from the Labour Party. I welcome her and invite her to declare any interests that are relevant to the committee’s work.

      • Monica Lennon (Central Scotland) (Lab):

        Thank you for that warm welcome, convener.

        I refer the committee to my register of interests. Members will note that I am a chartered town planner. I am not practising, but I am still a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Also, until 4 May last year, I was an elected member of South Lanarkshire Council.

      • The Convener:

        That sounds like a pretty good track record for coming on to the committee.

    • Deputy Convener
      • The Convener:

        Agenda item 2 is to choose a deputy convener. Parliament has agreed that only members of the Scottish Labour Party are eligible for nomination as deputy convener of the committee. That said, there is still a formal nomination process to go through. I invite nominations for the post.

      • Andy Wightman (Lothian) (Green):

        I nominate Monica Lennon.

      • The Convener:

        There are no other nominations.

        Monica Lennon was chosen as deputy convener.

      • The Convener:

        Congratulations, Monica. It is good to have you on board.

      • Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North) (SNP):

        That was a rapid promotion. [Laughter.]

      • The Convener:

        After that fleeting visit to a public session, we move to agenda item 3, which is scrutiny of the draft budget for 2018-19 and which we agreed previously to take in private.

        10:02 Meeting continued in private until 11:57.