Highlands and Islands MSP Jean Urquhart has welcomed the announcement of the Scottish Government’s legislative programme for the next year, describing it as a “statement of our ambition for Scotland”.

A package of 15 Bills was unveiled – led by the flagship Referendum Bill – including legislation to establish a national framework for sustainable public procurement.

Jean said:

“I am very happy to see the Government continuing to take steps to create fairer, more equal and more prosperous communities.

“In the autumn of 2014, the people of Scotland will take the most important constitutional choice in 300 years and the Referendum Bill will lay the important groundwork for this.

“We need full control and the normal responsibilities of any independent nation to fully realise Scotland’s potential.

“But with the powers we do have, we are continuing to improve Scotland, with the announced Procurement Reform Bill of particular interest to myself.

“As ever, I am honoured to have the privilege of representing the Highlands and Islands as the Scottish Parliament continues to legislate effectively and in the interests of Scotland.”