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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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Approach to developing a work programme: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Eddie Brogan, Director of Tourism, Scottish Enterprise;

Paul Bush, Chief Operating Officer, Event Scotland;

Bernard Donoghue, Head of Government & Public Affairs, VisitBritain;

Iain Herbert, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Forum;

Paul Jennings, Chair, Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions;

Philip Riddle, Chief Executive, VisitScotland;

Willie Roe, Chair, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Carl Watt, Head of External Relations, Scottish Museums Council;

and will then consider matters arising from the discussion and possible lines of inquiry relating to the tourism sector.

2. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider whether to seek to appoint an adviser on the budget process 2008-09.

3. Approach to developing a work programme – 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 in respect of the Committee’s consideration of its approach to developing a work programme.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

The Education (Publication and Consultation Etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/315).

2. Work programme: The Committee will consider options for its work programme.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider its approach to this year’s budget process.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence from—

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Environment; Charlie Greenslade, Head of Crops, Plant Health and Pesticides Policy Unit, Scottish Executive; Michael Taylor, Head of Chemistry, Scottish Agricultural Science Agency; Derek Wilson, Livestock Traceability Policy Branch, John Maxwell, Rural Inspectorate Directorate, and Andrew Crawley, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Executive.

on the following negative instruments—

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/306); and

the Cattle Identification (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/312).

2. Subordinate legislation: Mike Rumbles MSP to move S3M-393–

That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Cattle Identification (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2003/312).

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

the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/375);

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/376);

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/377); and

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/386).

4. Work programme: The Committee will agree a work programme following discussion at its awayday in Dunkeld on 14 August.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S3M-412 set out below, today’s business will be as follows:

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Rev James McNaughtan, St Marnock’s Parish Church, Kilmarnock

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-412 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Business Motion

followed by Member’s Affirmation: Shirley-Anne Somerville

followed by First Minister’s Statement: The Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 6 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Foot and Mouth Outbreak

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Tackling Drugs Misuse

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;
Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: A Sustainable Future for Crichton University Campus

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 12 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Government’s Skills Strategy

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 13 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Broadcasting

3.50 pm Ministerial Statement: National Developments in Planning

followed by Debate on the draft Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Variation of Age Limit for Sale of Tobacco etc. and Consequential Modifications) Order 2007

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 20 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Wellbeing;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Member’s Affirmation: Shirley-Anne Somerville

followed by First Minister’s Statement: The Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-345 Sandra White: Asylum Seekers in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes discussions between the Scottish and UK governments aimed at tackling the situation of asylum seekers in Scotland and to this end supports calls for asylum seekers to be granted the right to work whilst seeking asylum, which has been backed by Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Refugee Council which comments that "It just makes absolutely no sense to have people sitting at home in enforced idleness when they could be contributing to the economy", and further believes that an amnesty for asylum seeker families who have been in Scotland since before March 2006 would be one which rightly acknowledges that in Glasgow these families have become a valued part of the local community and the vast difference between the situation in Scotland, where roughly 1,500 families would be granted asylum, compared to over 400,000 in the rest of the United Kingdom.

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