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That is a fair question from the member, but I am not entirely sure that it follows the urgent question. I will, however, allow the Lord Advocate to make a brief response to that history lesson.
Our next item of business is a Conservative Party debate on motion S5M-24206, in the name of Annie Wells, on fair funding for local government. I encourage all members who wish to participate in the debate to press their request-to-speak buttons.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S5M-24215, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme. Motion moved, That the Parliament agrees— (a) the following programme of business— Tuesday 2 March 2021 (Hybrid) 2.00 pm Time for Reflection followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Topical Questions...
Labour MSP for West Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election
Also represented Eastwood
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