Tuesday 28 October, the first day back after recess, saw a chamber meeting focused on health and devolution. A topical question on NHS finances and a ministerial statement on Ebola were followed by a feisty debate on the Smith commission. Iain Gray was the only Smith commission participant to make a speech; the amendment to Nicola Sturgeon’s motion was in his name. Sarah Boyack, who had just thrown her hat in the ring for the Labour leadership in Scotland, was robustly challenged during her contribution.
The Justice Committee took evidence on the new drink-driving limit – a subject that guarantees more than usual public interest in a piece of subordinate legislation: the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Prescribed Limit) (Scotland) Regulations 2014.