Good morning, and welcome to the 23rd meeting in 2017 of the Social Security Committee. I remind everyone to turn mobile phones or other devices to silent mode, so that they do not interrupt the meeting. Apologies have been received from Pauline McNeill, who is attending a funeral.
Until we choose a convener, which we will do shortly, we do not have one. As our deputy convener is not present, we need to choose a temporary convener. Therefore, under rule 12.1, I am chairing the meeting for the purpose of choosing a temporary convener. Will someone nominate a temporary convener?
I nominate Alison Johnstone.
Thank you. Are members happy for me to continue as a temporary convener until the committee appoints a convener?
Members indicated agreement.
Agenda item 3 is the choice of a convener. The Parliament has decided that members of the Scottish National Party are eligible to be chosen as convener. I invite a nomination for convener.
I nominate Clare Adamson.
Clare Adamson was chosen as convener.
Good morning, and thank you very much for the nomination. I am delighted to be here. Before we move into private session, I put on record my thanks to Sandra White, the former convener. I know that the committee has been very busy and has dealt with the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill and has been working hard on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill. I thank Sandra for all her efforts and wish her well in her new duties in the Parliament.
We now move into private session.09:02 Meeting continued in private until 11:17.