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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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into the tourism industry: The Committee will consider a remit and terms of reference for its inquiry.

2. Inquiry into Scotland’s energy future: The Committee will consider a remit and terms of reference for its inquiry.

3. Commissioning of research: The Committee will discuss a paper from the clerk outlining proposals for the commissioning of research.

4. Legislative and policy developments in the European Union: The Committee will consider its approach to a range of legislative and policy matters within the EU.

Not before 11.00 a.m.

5. The role of the Council of Economic Advisors and its work programme: The Committee will take evidence, from—

Sir George Mathewson, Chair, the Council of Economic Advisers.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

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

the University of the West of Scotland Order of Council 2007 (SSI 2007/246).

3. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill at Stage 1.

Local Government and Communities Committee
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 2, 3 and 4 in private.

2. Fuel poverty: The Committee will consider a draft letter from the Convener to Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, on the Central Heating Programme, the Warm Deal Scheme and other related grant schemes.

3. Budget Process 2008-09: The Committee will consider its approach to the budget process.

4. Budget Process 2008-09: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Des McNulty MSP 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—

Ian Grant, Chairman and Scottish Commissioner, Rob Hastings, Director of the Marine Estate, and Alan Laidlaw, Head of the Scotland Office, the Crown Estate.

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

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/439); and

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No. 4) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/460).

4. Budget adviser (in private): The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of budget adviser and decide an order of priority among them.

Audit Committee
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: George Foulkes MSP and Sandra White MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Police call management: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Police call management, an initial review". (AGS/2007/8)

4. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4)

5. Community planning: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Audit Committee’s 2nd report 2007 entitled "Community planning: an initial review".

6. Independent funding review of free personal care: The Committee will consider a letter from Lord Sutherland regarding an independent funding review of the free personal care policy.

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS reports entitled "Police call management, an initial review". (AGS/2007/8) and the "Edinburgh transport projects review" (AGS/2007/2).

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Claire Martin, Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: The Gould Report

followed by Ministerial Statement: Waiting Times

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Agriculture—

S3M-667 Richard Lochhead: Agriculture—That the Parliament notes with concern the impact on our livestock industry, particularly the sheep sector, of the recent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in England; calls on the UK Government to recognise its financial and moral responsibility to reimburse Scotland’s farmers; acknowledges the work being done in Scotland to support the sustainability of the Scottish livestock industry and the viability of rural communities; welcomes the review, to be led by Professor Jim Scudamore and commissioned by the Scottish Government, into Scotland’s response to the outbreaks, and recognises the need to reduce the risk of future outbreaks and minimise the impact of future disruption.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-667.2 Sarah Boyack: Agriculture—As an amendment to motion (S3M-667) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "concern" to "communities" and insert "great concern the recent foot and mouth outbreak and its impact on our livestock industry, particularly the sheep sector; urges Scottish ministers to implement immediately a Scottish emergency scheme for Scottish farmers and crofters and use the powers and budget available to them such as supplementing Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme payments and introducing headage payments to provide additional support to our livestock industries at this difficult time; further recognises that it is the responsibility of the Scottish Government to provide funding to address the wider economic implications of the outbreak, as was the case in 2001; regrets the time it has taken to develop practical support for Scottish farming and crofting communities, and calls on the Scottish Government to develop constructive relations with the UK Government in order to address the future challenges in our agriculture and rural industries".

S3M-667.1 John Scott: Agriculture—As an amendment to motion (S3M-667) in the name of Richard Lochhead, after "communities" insert "believes that the Scottish Government should introduce additional measures to support Scotland’s sheep industry".

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-676 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 31 October 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Housing

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Early Years and Early Intervention

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 Debate: Alternative Dispute Resolution

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 Ministerial Statement: Child Protection

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Environment

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 November 2007

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

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 8 November 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 pm 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 Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-671 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Club Gaming and Club Machine Permits (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

S3M-672 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

S3M-673 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2007 be approved.

S3M-674 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-80 Christine Grahame: Can’t Afford to Foster—That the Parliament recognises the valuable contribution made by Scotland’s foster carers; notes with concern that there is a shortage of 1,700 fostering households in Scotland, including in the Scottish Borders; further notes that, at a time when more children, many of whom display challenging behaviour, are living with foster carers than at any other time, 37% of foster carers receive no payment at all while two-thirds of those who are paid receive less than the minimum wage, and accordingly considers that the fostering network should be supported as a matter of priority.

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