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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
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Lewis Macdonald MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 6 in private.

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

Iain M McMillan, Director, CBI Scotland;

Andrew Watson, Acting Head of Press and Parliamentary Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses Scotland;

Iain D Duff, Chief Economist and Policy Manager, The Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce;

Steve Dunlop, Director, British Waterways Scotland;

Dr Janet Lowe, Chair of the Skills Committee, Scottish Funding Council;

Jim Lee, Secretary, Co-operation & Mutuality Scotland Ltd;

Dr Howard Marriage, Entrepreneur in Residence, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh; and

Antonia Swinson, Chief Executive, Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition.

4. Approach to developing a work programme: The Committee will discuss its work programme and the subject matter of any inquiries.

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

PE837 by Neil Hollow, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to encourage the fitting of small-scale energy generation equipment to buildings and to addresses issues of planning and the charging regime.

PE969 by Alan Kennedy, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to promote and encourage the development and installation of micro-power renewable energy technology in business and domestic premises and to set targets for doing so.

6. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider a shortlist of candidates for the appointment of an adviser on the budget process 2008-09.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Higher and further education funding and governance: The Committee will take evidence on higher and further education funding and governance from—

Howard McKenzie, Acting Chief Executive, Association of Scotland’s Colleges;

and then from—

David Caldwell, Director, Universities Scotland;

and then from—

Roger McClure, Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council;

and then from—

James Alexander, President, National Union of Students Scotland.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2) - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its forthcoming consideration of the Scottish Government’s Budget.

Health and Sport Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2
1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following instruments—

the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/390);

the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/391);

the National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/393);

the Miscellaneous Food Additives and Sweeteners in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/412);

the National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/422);

the Food for Particualr Nutritional Uses (Scotland) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/424); and

the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Lid Gaskets) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/433).

2. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence on the sport aspects of the Budget Review Group’s reports from—

Bill Howat, Lead Reviewer, and Bill Hughes, Budget Review Group.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the sport budget in the light of evidence taken today.

4. Committee work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

Local Government and Communities Committee
6th 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 item 4 in private.

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Repayment Charge and Discharge) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/419).

3. Fuel poverty: The Committee will take evidence from—

Eddie Follan, Public Affairs Manager, Energywatch;

Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland;

Nick Waugh, Policy Officer, Help the Aged;

and then from—

Sandy Black, Home Energy Adviser, Scottish Borders Council;

Eddy Collier, Director, Scottish Gas;

Roger Harris, Head of Private Sector Policy Delivery, Communities Scotland;

Dr Andrew Scott, Head of Social Housing Division, Scottish Government.

4. Fuel poverty: The Committee will discuss the evidence taken from witnesses in agenda item 3.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6
1. Declaration of interests: Karen Gillon will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Crown Estate: The Committee will take evidence on the Crown Estate Review Working Group report, The Crown Estate in Scotland: new opportunities for public benefits, from—

Councillor Richard Durham, member of the Highland Council and former chair of the Working Group, Councillor Norman MacDonald, member of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and George Hamilton, employee of the Highland Council and former secretary to the Working Group, Highlands and Islands Local Authority Conveners’ Group.

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

the Surface Waters (Shellfish) (Classification) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/427); and

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/428).

4. Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation: The Committee will consider a paper and decide what, if any, further scrutiny to undertake.

5. Rural housing inquiry: The Committee will consider a paper on initial evidence-gathering to inform the remit of the inquiry.

6. European Union Scrutiny: The Committee will consider a paper updating it on EU issues relevant to its remit.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Valerie Ott, Gatehouse of Fleet Parish Church

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-597 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Rule 10.6.5—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 15 minutes to debate motion S3M-587on Wednesday 3 October 2007, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Crerar Review—

S3M-589 John Swinney: Crerar Review—That the Parliament welcomes the Crerar review work commissioned by the previous administration; notes the broad principles and vision of a simplified scrutiny landscape, with a proportionate, co-ordinated and risk-based approach, as set out in the Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland; thanks Professor Crerar and his team for their work; commits to joint working with the Scottish Government over the relevant recommendations, and calls on the Scottish Government to carefully consider the review before returning to the Parliament with further proposals to take forward the conclusions of the report.

followed by Debate on the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2007—

S3M-587 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-598 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 October 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: First Minister’s Visit to the United States

followed by Ministerial Statement: Waiting Times

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Agriculture

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 25 October 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Alcohol

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 31 October 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 1 November 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—

Justice and Law Officers;
Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-599 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Licensing (Mandatory Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

S3M-600 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

S3M-608 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that George Foulkes be appointed to replace Trish Godman as a member of the Audit Committee.

S3M-601 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Elizabeth Smith be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

S3M-602 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Trish Godman be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

S3M-603 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Alison McInnes be appointed as the Scottish Liberal Democrat substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

S3M-604 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Alasdair Morgan be appointed as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-465 Cathie Craigie: NDCS Change Your World Consultation—That the Parliament congratulates the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) on its groundbreaking Change Your World consultation exercise, which represents the first ever discussion with young deaf and hearing-impaired people in Scotland and the United Kingdom about the issues and challenges which affect them; believes that deafness and other hearing impairments should not be a barrier for children in achieving their true potential; acknowledges the work of the NDCS in representing the interests of all deaf children and young people from birth until they reach independence; welcomes this opportunity to engage with young deaf Scots, and considers that as many young people as possible in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and across Scotland with a hearing impairment should be encouraged to get involved and make their voice heard.

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