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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.

Communities Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Subordinate legislation: Des McNulty MSP (Deputy Minister for Communities) to move S2M-5588 in the name of Rhona Brankin MSP—

That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

2. Subordinate legislation: Des McNulty MSP (Deputy Minister for Communities) to move S2M-5623 in the name of Rhona Brankin MSP—

That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Des McNulty MSP (Deputy Minister for Communities) to move S2M-5586 in the name of Rhona Brankin MSP—

That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

4. Draft Scottish Planning Policy: The Committee will take evidence on draft Scottish Planning Policy 10: Planning for Waste Management from—

Iain Gulland, Community Recycling Network Scotland and Ann Coleman, Greengairs Environmental Forum

and then from—

Professor James Baird, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and Colin Paterson and Patricia Hawthorn, Scottish Environmental Services Association

and then from—

Katherine Donachie and John Ferguson, Scottish Environment Protection Agency; Malcolm Macleod, Scottish Society of Directors of Planning; Graham U’ren, Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland; and Kathy Cameron and Gordon Pollock, COSLA.

5. Legacy paper (in private): The Committee will consider its draft legacy paper.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/63); and
the Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2007, (SI 2007/286).

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether consideration of its draft legacy paper should be taken in private at future meetings until it is agreed.

3. Petitions: The Committee will consider correspondence from Mr Mark Ruskell MSP regarding its consideration of petitions PE956 and PE982 on ship-to-ship transfer of oil in the Firth of Forth.

4. Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

5. Marine environment inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S2M-5664 set out below, today’s business will be as follows:

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Andrew Hill, Minister of St. Mark’s Unitarian Church, Edinburgh

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5664 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revisions to the programme of business for Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March 2007—

(a) Wednesday 28 February 2007

delete,

5.00 pm Decision Time

and insert,

5.30 pm Decision Time

and;

(b) Thursday 1 March 2007

after,

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

delete,

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 10th Report 2006, Scottish Commission for Public Audit

S2M-5667 Ms Margaret Curran: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Group 1: 15 minutes

Group 2: 40 minutes.

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5629 Mr Tom McCabe: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Executive Debate: Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming—

S2M-5655 Sarah Boyack: The Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming—That the Parliament acknowledges the progress made to date in implementing the Organic Action Plan; welcomes the increasing consumer demand for Scottish organic produce, the contribution of organic producers in improving the availability of good quality local food at local markets and the contribution of organic producers to sustainable development, and commits to continue to support the organic sector in the future.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-5655.2 Richard Lochhead: The Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5655) in the name of Sarah Boyack, insert at end "but believes that, as many of the targets in the current Organic Action Plan have only been partially met, it is time for a new updated organic action plan that encourages a more balanced basket of healthy, locally grown organic produce, and pledges to use public procurement to promote organic produce, to communicate the benefits to consumers and to minimise the bureaucracy associated with organic production."

S2M-5655.1 Alex Johnstone: The Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5655) in the name of Sarah Boyack, insert at end "but also recognises the high quality, environmental and welfare standards achieved by most Scottish farmers using a range of traditional methods."

S2M-5655.3 Mr Mark Ruskell: The Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5655) in the name of Sarah Boyack, insert at end "and further commits to the production of a revised and strengthened organic action plan to include ambitious targets for increased land area and market penetration, prioritised support for the organic sector through land management contracts, grants and support for local supply chain development, including a review of barriers to further growth across the sector, an organic public procurement strategy adopting the successful "Food for Life" standards across the public sector, a communication strategy to engage with the public about the benefits of organic food and farming, strengthened advisory support and a review of SEERAD’s research and development strategy."

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-5665 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 March 2007

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;
Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Serious Crime Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Standards and Public Appointments Committee Motion on Breach of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 March 2007

10.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill

followed by Standards and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on Code of Conduct for MSPs

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill

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 Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 10th Report 2006, Scottish Commission for Public Audit

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5658 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

S2M-5659 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2007 be approved.

S2M-5660 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

S2M-5661 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transfer of Functions, Property, Rights and Liabilities from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority Order 2007 be approved.

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5525 Scott Barrie: Switch Off Energy Debt—That the Parliament expresses concern at the high level of energy debt in Scotland; notes from the most recent figures published by Ofgem that 343,617 customers in Dunfermline and elsewhere owe their energy supplier an average of £181; further notes that energy prices remain high, with Scottish consumers typically paying more than £1,000 per year for their gas and electricity; is concerned that, according to Ofgem, the number of disconnections from energy supply has risen by 285% between September 2005 and September 2006, and believes that all energy suppliers should take urgent action to address the burden of debt on Scotland’s most vulnerable households.

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