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Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

1. Subordinate Legislation: Johann Lamont MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move S2M-5417—

That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations, (SSI 2006/610).

3. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Communities Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Planning Advice Note on Community Engagement: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Planning Advice Note on Community Engagement: "Planning with People" from—

Des McNulty MSP, Deputy Minister for Communities.

2. Planning Advice Note on Community Engagement — witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses which arise during the Committee’s consideration of the Planning Advice Note on Community Engagement.

Education Committee
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement: The Committee will take evidence in roundtable format from—

Greg Dempster, General Secretary, and Tom Burnett, President, Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland;

George MacBride, Convener of Education Committee, and Ronnie Smith, General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland; Charlie McAteer, President, and Lindsay Roy, Past President, Headteachers’ Association of Scotland;

Bill Cook, Scottish President, and Jane Peckham, Senior Organiser, National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers;

Susan Leslie, Chairman of Scottish Executive Committee, and Jim O’Neill, Professional Officer for Scotland, Professional Association of Teachers; and

David Eaglesham, General Secretary, Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association.

2. Implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement: The Committee will take evidence from—

Robert Black, Auditor General, and Antony Clark, Assistant Director, Public Reporting Group, Audit Scotland.

and then, not before 12.00, from—

Hugh Henry MSP, Minister for Education and Young People

Liz Lewis, Head of Schools Group, and Dougie Atkinson, Policy Manager, Teachers’ Agreement Communications Team.

3. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to Stage 2 consideration.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Peter Peacock MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No. 2) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/602); and

the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/606).

4. Marine environment inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Captain Jim Simpson, Chair, Scottish Coastal Forum;

Dr Christopher Cutts, Project Officer, Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative (SSMEI) Berwickshire;

Dr Lorraine Gray, Project Officer, Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative (SSMEI) Shetland project;

Isabel Glasgow, Chair of Steering Group, Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative (SSMEI) Clyde Pilot;

and then from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, David Wilson, Head of Marine Group, Fiona Harrison, Head of Marine Management Division, David Palmer, Head of Marine Strategy, and David Mallon, Head of Marine Biodiversity Policy and Sustainable Management, Scottish Executive;

and will decide whether to consider a draft report for the inquiry in private at future meetings until the report is agreed.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Linda Todd, National Director, the Leprosy Mission Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5339 Hugh Henry: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-5339.3 Fiona Hyslop: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5339) in the name of Hugh Henry, insert at end "but, in so doing, regrets that provision for the piloting of free and nutritious school meals on a universal basis in public sector nurseries and the early years of primary school has not been included in the Bill, nor the flexibility to introduce this at a later date, as a key element in tackling health and nutrition of children and improving the uptake of school meals in the longer term."

S2M-5339.4 Frances Curran: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5339) in the name of Hugh Henry, insert at end "and, in so doing, urges the Scottish Executive to consider the crucial research by Hull City Council, announced on 22 January 2007, which shows how free healthy school meals can assist take up and improve learning and behaviour; acknowledges evidence already given to the Communities Committee which supports free healthy school meals, and considers that amendments should be brought forward at Stage 2 which would introduce free healthy school meals for all state school children, including those in nurseries."

followed by Financial Resolution: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5410 Mr Tom McCabe: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure for existing purposes payable, in consequence of the Act, out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

followed Debate on the draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007—

S2M-5442 George Lyon: The Draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 be approved.

followed by Business Motions—

S2M-5461 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 31 January 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;
Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Statistics and Registration Services Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S2M-5462 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 2 March 2007.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5452 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Farm Woodland Premium Schemes and SFGS Farmland Premium Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Scheme 2007 be approved.

S2M-5453 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

S2M-5455 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Andrew Arbuckle be appointed to replace Jeremy Purvis as the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party substitute on the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

S2M-5463 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Rule 10.6.5—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 30 minutes to debate motion S2M-5454 in relation to the draft Local Government Elections Order 2007 on Thursday 25 January 2007, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5406 Patrick Harvie: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month—That the Parliament notes that February is LGBT History Month and that events will be taking place around Scotland to celebrate the lives of Scottish LGBT people, past and present; congratulates the many organisations that have contributed to LGBT History Month, including voluntary organisations, religious groups, businesses and the Scottish Executive; regrets that LGBT history, from the horrors of the gulags and gas chambers to the achievements of LGBT people in all spheres of life, often remains unwritten and unspoken; believes that this represents a cultural loss to the whole of society; further believes that young LGBT people in particular have a right to learn about their cultural heritage in all its forms, and hopes therefore that many communities, including schools, will participate in LGBT History Month this year and in the future.

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