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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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the draft budget from—

Mark Batho, Head of Lifelong Learning Directorate, Scottish Government; Donald Henderson, interim Chief Executive, Skills Development Scotland; Linda McDowall, Acting Senior Director of Skills and Learning, Scottish Enterprise; Alex Paterson, Director of the Developing Skills Group, Highlands and Islands Enterprise; and Damien Yates, Chief Executive, Learndirect Scotland.

2. Petitions: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government in relation to the following petitions—

PE853 by Ken Venters, on behalf of the Carronhill Action Team, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce legislation requiring all proposals which relate to the closure or alteration of facilities and services for children with special needs to be referred to it and, in the case of such proposals, requiring detailed consultation with parents of affected children and to implement a moratorium preventing the closure of special needs schools until such legislation is in place; and

PE872 by Alexander Longmuir, on behalf of the Arbirlot Parents Group, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a legislative presumption against closure of rural schools unless there is an undeniable educational and social benefit to the children and communities affected.

3. Petition: The Committee will consider its approach to the following newly referred petition—

PE1046 by Ronnie Smith (General Secretary) on behalf of the Educational Institute of Scotland, calling on the Scottish Parliament to support significant reductions in class sizes in Scottish publicly funded schools during the lifetime of the next Scottish Parliament.

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

the Education (Amendments in respect of Graduate Endowment, Student Fees and Support) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/503).

5. European scrutiny: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

Health and Sport Committee
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

the Feed (Specified Undesirable Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/492);

the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Amendment (no.3) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/501); and

the National Health Service (Primary Medical Service Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment (no.3) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/502).

2. Budget Process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence from—

Jack Law, Chief Executive, Alcohol Focus Scotland; Dave Liddell, Director, Scottish Drugs Forum, and Roger Howard, Chief Executive, UK Drug Policy Commission.

3. Budget Process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence on the sport budget from—

Julie Bracewell, Chair, and Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland

4. Budget Process 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will discuss the evidence heard.

Local Government and Communities Committee
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

the Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/484).

2. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Nick Brown, Bill Team Leader, Ian Campbell, Glasgow 2014 and London 2012 Team and David Thompson, Policy Adviser, Scottish Government.

3. Scottish Planning Policy SPP11 - Physical Activity and Open Space: The Committee will take evidence from—

Helen Wood, Principal Planner and John McNairney, Assistant Chief Planner, Scottish Government.

Not before 1 pm:

4. Electoral Commission Report: The Committee will take evidence from Ron Gould by video conference.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Fisheries Council: The Committee will take evidence on the issues to be considered at the December EU Fisheries Council from the following Fisheries Research Services officials—

Nick Bailey, Co-ordinator of Fisheries Advice and member of the European Commission’s Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries, John Simmonds, Pelagic Stocks Management Advisor and UK member of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Advisory Committee on Fishery Management, and Coby Needle, Demersal Stocks Management Advisor and chair of the ICES Working Methods Group.

2. Rural housing: The Committee will consider whether to appoint a member as reporter to attend the Rural Housing Service Annual Conference 2008.

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

the Environmental Impact Assessment and Natural Habitats (Extraction of Minerals by Marine Dredging) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/485);

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No. 6) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/494);

the Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/498);

the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/499); and

the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/506).

Not before 11 am:

4. Scottish Governments’ Budget 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007 from the following Scottish Government officials—

Richard Wakeford, Director General Environment; John Mason, Director of Environmental Quality Directorate and Director of Climate Change and Water Industry Directorate; Andy Robb, Director of Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate; Maggie Gill, Director of Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate; David Wilson, Director of Marine Directorate; Peter Russell, Director of Rural Directorate; Bob McIntosh, Director, Forestry Commission Scotland; and David Dalgetty, Finance Team Leader (Rural Affairs and Environment), Finance Directorate.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will discuss its approach to scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 with the Committee’s budget advisor.

Not before 11 am:

2. The establishment of an Energy Technologies Institute and the opportunities for Scotland: The Committee will take evidence, in a roundtable discussion, from—

Graeme Dickson, Director, Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, and Jane Morgan, Head, Energy and Telecommunications, Scottish Government;

and then from—

Dr David Clarke, Chief Executive designate, Energy Technologies Institute;

Dr Alison Wall, Joint Head, Energy and Climate Change, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Lead, Research Councils’ Energy Programme;

and then from—

Professor Jim McDonald, Deputy Principal, University of Strathclyde;

Professor Stephen Logan, Senior Vice-Principal, University of Aberdeen;

Professor David Gani, Director of Research Policy and Strategy, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council;

Paul Lewis, Managing Director, Industries, and Simon Puttock, Senior Manager - Strategy and Planning for Energy, Scottish Enterprise.

Audit Committee
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 4 and 5 in private.

2. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled Dealing with offending by young people (AGS/2007/4) from—

Philip Rycroft, Director General Education, Colin MacLean, Director, Children, Young People & Social Care Directorate, and Donna Bell, Team Leader, Care & Justice Department, Scottish Government.

3. Section 22 Reports: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Section 22 report entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Administration".

4. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2.

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Section 22 Report entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Administration".

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Anne McIntyre, Parliamentary Prayer Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy—

S3M-883 John Swinney: Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy—That the Parliament recognises the importance of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish and notes the publication of The Government Economic Strategy, which sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to aligning the public, private and voluntary sectors to achieve this objective.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-883.3 Iain Gray: Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-883) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "calls on the government to make the necessary investment in skills, schools, colleges, universities and infrastructure, and believes that Scotland can best achieve sustainable economic growth as part of the United Kingdom."

S3M-883.1 Derek Brownlee: Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-883) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "and, recognising the importance of small businesses to the Scottish economy, calls on the Scottish Government, if additional resources become available, to prioritise the acceleration of the full implementation of the reductions in business rates for small businesses announced in the budget on 14 November 2007."

S3M-883.2 Tavish Scott: Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-883) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "believes that higher education has a vital contribution to make to the Scottish economy in delivering high-level skills, research and knowledge transfer, and is therefore disappointed and dismayed at the failure of the SNP government to support this economically vital sector with the funds it requires to remain internationally competitive."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-890 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 22 November 2007—

after

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth;
Justice and Law Officers

delete

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women

followed by Appointment of the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights

and insert

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Pandemic Flu

followed by Scottish Government Debate: A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women

S3M-888 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 November 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Equality and Diversity

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 November 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Tourism

11.40 pm General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time-

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: St Andrew’s Day

followed by Appointment of the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 December 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 6 December 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-

Health and Wellbeing
2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-889 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 18 April 2008.

S3M-887 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 2 be completed by 7 December 2007.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-891 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Licensing (Mandatory Conditions No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-752 Bill Kidd: Recycling Waste Wood—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Wood Recycling Project, a Drumchapel-based social enterprise finding new ways to recycle and reuse wood through collecting waste wood from offcuts to skirting boards and roofing; welcomes the support that this project has received from Glasgow School of Art students, who are incorporating the waste wood into their work, and Edrington’s bottling plant in providing its old whisky barrels to be recycled into garden furniture amongst other things; believes that local initiatives such as these are of fundamental value in tackling the environmental problems facing local communities and Scotland as a whole, and hopes that as the Glasgow Wood Recycling Project grows more people will use and benefit from this service.

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