Scottish Affairs Press Notice No 3

21 November 2007
Session 2007-08

Poverty in Scotland

Oral evidence sessions in Edinburgh and Westminster

The Scottish Affairs will hold two final evidence sessions in relation to its inquiry on Poverty in Scotland. The first will be in Edinburgh with representatives from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities & Sport, Scottish Executive. The second will be in Westminster with Ministers from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Treasury.

Monday 26 November 2007
Dunedin 2 Room, Radisson SAS Hotel, Edinburgh

1.00 pm
Councillor Harry McGuigan, Spokesperson on Community Safety and Well Being, COSLA
Jon Harrison, Strategic Director, COSLA
Richard Cairns, Head of Economic & Social Initiatives, Glasgow City Council
Brian Barker, Policy and Strategy Manager, Argyll and Bute Council
Jim McCrossan, Community Learning and Regeneration Manager, Argyll and Bute Council

2.30 pm
Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities & Sport, Scottish Executive

Tuesday 27 November 2007
Room 6, Palace of Westminster, London

11.15 am
Caroline Flint MP, Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, and
Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP, Financial Secretary, HM Treasury


1. Committee Membership is as follows: Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP (Lab, Glasgow Central) (Chairman), Danny Alexander MP (Lib Dem, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey), Ms Katy Clark MP (Lab, North Ayrshire and Arran), Mr Ian Davidson MP (Lab/Co-operative, Glasgow South West), Mr Jim Devine MP (Lab, Livingston), Mr David Hamilton MP (Lab, Midlothian), Mr John MacDougall MP (Lab, Glenrothes), Mr Angus MacNeil MP (SNP, Na h-Eileanan An Iar), David Mundell MP (Con, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale), Mr Charles Walker MP (Con, Broxbourne) and Mr Ben Wallace MP (Con, Lancaster and Wyre)

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