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European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener (Christina McKelvie)

Good morning and welcome to the 20th meeting in 2014 of the European and External Relations Committee. I make the usual request that mobile phones are switched off.

We have received apologies from Jamie McGrigor and I welcome Gavin Brown in his place. We also have apologies from Clare Adamson—I welcome David Torrance to the committee.

The first agenda item is a decision to take in private item 4 and future consideration of our approach to the transatlantic trade and investment inquiry. Is the committee content to do that?

Members indicated agreement.



European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 2 is scrutiny of the draft budget 2015-16. I welcome to the committee a very well co-ordinated Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, and Ian Donaldson, deputy director of the Scottish Government’s international division. Cabinet secretary, I believe that you have an opening statement.



European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener

Thank you very much for that detailed but condensed opening statement, cabinet secretary.

Members have a number of questions, but I first want to touch on your point about being a good global citizen and maintaining the international development budget and the priorities for that. One issue that we all face is climate change. Can you give us a bit more in-depth information on how the climate justice fund works and on progress that is being made towards a new global climate agreement in Paris in 2015?



European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener

It was about the Scottish Government’s involvement in the global climate agreement.



European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener

When I visited Malawi, one of the pressing issues was the impact of climate change on people’s ability to grow food and maintain sustainable food sources. The two efforts need to overlap and help each other out.



European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener

I want to pick up on the point about the impact of immigration and take it a wee bit further. You might have seen that the Scottish Chambers of Commerce issued a warning yesterday about the impact that some of the Eurosceptic and anti-immigration noises coming from Westminster could have on the pool of skilled labour that is available to industry and business in Scotland. I see that there has been a modest increase in the budget line for immigration advice, which replaced the line for fresh talent. Will you give us some insight into why that budget line has been increased? What will that be used to achieve?



European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener

It has.



European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener

To bring together all the issues that we have been discussing, I have one final question. How much of an impact on all the work that the Scottish Government does on all its budgets and matched-funding projects would an in-out referendum on Europe make? How much trouble would it give the Scottish Government?



European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener

I have been speaking to colleagues in Ireland and Wales who have exactly the same fears.

Thank you, cabinet secretary, for your time with the committee this morning. As usual, we have gone a wee bit over time, but we always welcome your contributions and appreciate your willingness to be flexible, so we are delighted to have had you with us today and hope to see you again soon.

10:24 Meeting suspended.  10:30 On resuming—  

European and External Relations Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
The Convener

I welcome everyone back. Our next agenda item is consideration of the “Brussels Bulletin”, which members have in their papers. I invite comments or questions on the “Brussels Bulletin”.

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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YesCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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Motion S4M-11539: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11533: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11522: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11519: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11438: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11450: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11439: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11437: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11419: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11418: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03639: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03622: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22754: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03537: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03447: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21715: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
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