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Section A – Today’s Business

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.

Audit Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 7 in private.

2. Managing long-term conditions: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Managing long-term conditions". (AGS 2007/03)

3. Primary care out-of-hours services: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Primary care out-of-hours services". (AGS/2007/5)

4. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4)

5. Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Government to its 1st report 2007 entitled "Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, agencies and NDPBs".

6. Community planning: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Government to its 2nd report 2007 entitled "Community planning: an initial review".

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS reports entitled: "Managing long term conditions" (AGS/2007/3), "Primary care out-of-hours services" (AGS/2007/5) and "Dealing with offending by young people" (AGS/2007/4).

Health and Sport Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Helen Eadie MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 7 in private.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Variation of Age Limit for Sale of Tobacco etc. and Consequential Modifications) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft) from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health.

4. Subordinate legislation: Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health to move S3M-281—

That the Health Committee recommends that the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Variation of Age Limit for Sale of Tobacco etc. and Consequential Modifications) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft) be approved.

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

the Bovine Products (Restriction on Placing on the Market) (Scotland) (No.2) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/338);

the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/357);

the Food (Suspension of the Use of E 128 Red 2G as Food Colour) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/363); and

the Nutrition and Health Claims (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/383).

6. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—

PE1037 by David Nelson, calling for the Scottish Parliament to amend the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 to allow smoking in pubs and clubs with designated smoking areas; and

PE1042 by Belinda Cunniston, calling for the Scottish Parliament to review the smoking prohibition and control provisions of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 and to adopt a comprehensive approach to indoor air pollution by introducing a Regulated Indoor Air Quality Standard.

7. Appointment of a budget adviser: The Committee will consider the appointment of its adviser to assist in its consideration of the Scottish Budget.

Local Government and Communities Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Budget scrutiny – appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider whether to seek approval for the appointment of an adviser in connection with its scrutiny of the Scottish Budget 2008-09.

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider and agree its work programme.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Dr Jagtar Singh Nijjar, Scottish Interfaith Council

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

S3M-443 Fiona Hyslop: The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy—That the Parliament believes that to equip the Scottish economy for the 21st century it will require its people to be skilled; notes the publication of Skills for Scotland, the Scottish Government’s strategy to help deliver the skills needed for the 21st century, and the call to action that it contains for individuals, employers, national and local government, trade unions, colleges, universities and schools, community learning and development providers, training providers, public agencies and the third sector, and urges all those involved in the delivery of skills in Scotland to actively engage in its implementation.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-443.2 Iain Gray: The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-443) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, leave out from "and the call" to end and insert "believes it to fall short of the step change required in raising skill levels in Scotland, and calls on Scottish ministers to urgently bring forward proposals to increase access for apprenticeships, expand vocational choices in the school system and ensure that all 16 to 18-year-olds have the opportunity for education, volunteering, training or employment and guarantee the funding required to ensure that our universities and colleges remain world class."

S3M-443.1 Murdo Fraser: The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-443) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, leave out from "and urges" to end and insert "believes that all young people should be given the opportunity to access vocational education from the age of 14; calls on the Scottish Government to consider the establishment of skills academies as part of a diverse education system, and, while welcoming the merger of Careers Scotland and learndirect Scotland, calls on the Scottish Government to go further and add the skills functions currently exercised by Scottish Enterprise to the remit of the merged body, in order to form a complete skills agency."

S3M-443.3 Jeremy Purvis: The Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-443) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, leave out from "the Scottish Government’s" to end and insert "and regrets that the strategy contains no specific targets or indicators of success for improving skills in Scotland, fails to respond to the recommendations of the Leitch Review of Skills and makes no commitment to increased investment in further or higher education; calls on the Scottish Government to amend its strategy to include specific skills targets, including targets for modern apprenticeships and widening access, and details of how it will measure progress towards these targets and commit to report annually to the Parliament on that progress, and further calls on the Scottish Government to commit to providing an additional £168 million for Scottish universities and at least a 3% real terms annual funding increase for Scotland’s colleges over the period of the spending review to ensure that the sectors can make an increased contribution to improving skills in Scotland."

followed by Ministerial Statement: Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Surrey

followed by Business Motions—

S3M-460 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 13 September 2007—
delete

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Broadcasting

and insert

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: The Case of Angus Sinclair

S3M-454 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: NHS Waiting Times

followed by Scottish Government Debate: European Treaty

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 Debate: Managing the Risks of Flooding in Scotland

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 Debate: Penal Policy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 26 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 27 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Liberal Democrats Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-452 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 16 November 2007.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-453 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Rule 10.6.5—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 10 minutes to debate motion S3M-445on Thursday 13 September 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—

S3M-187 Sarah Boyack: Save the Land Reform Act and Restore the Will of Parliament—That the Parliament is concerned about the decision by Perth Sheriff Court to grant a declarator to Ann Gloag, owner of the Kinfauns Castle estate, which has the effect of denying the statutory right to roam over parts of the estate that was previously allowed under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003; notes that Perth and Kinross Council and the Ramblers Association opposed the declarator and gave evidence to the court that such a declarator would be contrary to the intention of the Act; believes that this decision undermines the clear will of the Parliament which legislated for the widest possible access to the countryside and that the court judgement ignores the significance of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code approved by MSPs to accompany and inform the operation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and considers that the judgement should be examined and appropriate action taken to give proper effect to the land reform legislation and, if necessary, guidance issued to the courts on the status of the access code.

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