Holyrood morning roundup: Wednesday 21 March, 2012

by Mar 21, 2012 No Comments

Good morning – here are the top 10 stories in Scotland this morning:

Budget 2012: Alex Salmond’s £300m project list faces Budget snub (Scotsman)

Budget 2012: Tartan streak will sweeten deal for Scotland, claim Treasury officials (Daily Record)

Delays to new Scottish exams an ‘option’ (BBC Scotland)

SNP facing questions over Queen’s status in a separate Scotland (Daily Telegraph)

Cosla chief in new shared services call (Herald)

Police board convener voices shake-up fears (Press & Journal)

Dounreay deal set to turn Scotland into world’s toxic waste dustbin, warn campaigners (Daily Record)

Transport Minister Keith Brown to chair talks on safer roads for cyclists (BBC Scotland)

SNP admits Shetland and Orkney could opt out of independent Scotland (Daily Telegraph)

Post-referendum currency uncertainty (STV News)

Today’s Scottish Parliament highlights:

- 10.00: The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee today begins its inquiry into the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets, with three different panels of witnesses scheduled to appear, including Jim MacKay, Planning Unit Manager at SEPA, and SNH Chair Andrew Thin

- 10.00: the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee will hear from three rail unions – ASLEF, RMT and TSSA – on the Scottish rail franchise, followed by a representative of the Association of Train Operating Companies

- 14.00: Despite being on an issue over which the Scottish Government has no competence, today’s debate on housing benefit reform will doubtless be heated. A motion from Transport Secretary Keith Brown condemning the UK Government reforms has drawn amendments from all main opposition parties

For a full roundup of Scottish Parliament events, check out the official Business Bulletin

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