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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
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09, from—

Jack Perry, Chief Executive, Hugh Hall, Chief Financial Officer, and Andrew Downie, Finance Director, Group Operations, Scottish Enterprise;

and then from—

Sandy Cumming, Chief Executive, Forbes Duthie, Director of Corporate Services, and Sandy Brady, Director of Strategy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

and then from—

Philip Riddle, Chief Executive, and Riddell Graham, Director of Strategy, Partnership and Communications, VisitScotland;

and then from—

Councillor Alison Hay, Regeneration and Sustainable Development Spokesperson, James Fowlie, Team Leader, Environment and Regeneration, Barbra Lindsay, Strategic Director, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, and David Valentine, Head of Economic Development, Angus Council and representative of SOLACE and SLAED.

3. Tourism inquiry – appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its current Inquiry.

Health and Sport Committee
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing; John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth; and Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, the Scottish Government.

2. Budget Process 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard today.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
11th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 4 and any future consideration of the draft Stage 1 Report on the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill in private.

2. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Stephen Kerr, Head of Higher Education and Learner Support, Lifelong Learning Directorate, Chris McCrone, Glasgow Finance Team Leader, Finance Directorate and Douglas Tullis, Head of Solicitors Education, Enterprise and Pensions Division, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

Howard McKenzie, Acting Chief Executive, Association of Scotland’s Colleges; David Caldwell, Director, Universities Scotland; and Roger McClure, Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council.

4. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence received on the general principles of the Bill and will consider its approach to its draft Stage 1 Report.

Local Government and Communities Committee
11th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence from Stewart Maxwell, Minister for Communities and Sport, Mike Foulis, Director of Housing and Regeneration and Mike Palmer, Head of Social Inclusion Division, Scottish Government.

Other Meetings

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for the Secretary to the SCPA are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Commission will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6.

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Commission will consider whether to take agenda item 3, and future consideration of a draft report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2008-09, in private.

2. Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2008-09 and Autumn Budget Revision 2007-08: The Commission will take evidence from —

Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy; and

Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services, Audit Scotland.

3. Audit Scotland evidence: The Commission will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2 to inform the preparation of its report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2008-09.

Proposed future business

The next meeting of the Commission is expected to be on 12 December 2007. At that meeting, the Commission will consider a draft of its report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2008-09. For further details, contact the Secretary to the Commission, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S3M-941 set out below, today’s business will be as follows:

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Father David Borland, St Andrew’s and St Cuthbert’s, Kirkcudbright

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-941 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 28 November 2007—

after

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Pension Benefits Statements

followed by Ministerial Statement: Pension Benefits Statements

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Equality and Diversity—

S3M-928 Stewart Maxwell: Equality and Diversity—That the Parliament is committed to securing equality of opportunity and a fairer Scotland in which diversity of need is recognised, respect for others is fostered, stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours are challenged and people have more control over their lives and welcomes Equality and Diversity Week, the creation of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the commitment of the Scottish Government to promoting and mainstreaming equality and to working in partnership with public bodies, voluntary sector, business interests and communities to tackle disadvantage and the barriers to equality.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-928.2 Johann Lamont: Equality and Diversity—As an amendment to motion (S3M-928) in the name of Stewart Maxwell, insert at end "further recognises that equality impact assessment tools should be used in determining and assessing policy priorities and spending allocations, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward a statement to the Parliament detailing how the above commitments on equality and diversity will be delivered through the Scottish budget."

S3M-928.1 Hugh O’Donnell: Equality and Diversity—As an amendment to motion (S3M-928) in the name of Stewart Maxwell, insert at end "further welcomes the creation of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights with a remit to promote and encourage best practice in human rights including the rights of those groups whose rights are not otherwise sufficiently promoted; regrets the absence of a commitment to the mainstreaming of equality in the Scottish budget document; is concerned at the rolling up into the local government settlement of equalities funding, including the Violence Against Women Fund and the Women’s Aid Fund where they will have to compete with other local government delivery priorities, and therefore believes that the Scottish Government should clarify its commitment to mainstreaming equality and how its identified equalities funding will support that objective."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-942 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 December 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Health

followed by Ministerial Statement: Class Sizes

followed by Scottish Government Debate: National Fostering and Kinship Care

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.15 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 Debate: Summary Justice Reform

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 12 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 13 December 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

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
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-940 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 29 February 2008.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-938 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

S3M-939 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Incidental, Supplemental and Consequential Provisions) Order 2007 be approved.

S3M-937 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Remit and Duration—That the Parliament agrees to amend the remit and duration of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee as follows:

Remit: To inquire into and report with recommendations for a Committee Bill on a replacement for the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme rules and the Grants to Members and Officeholders Order;

Duration: Until the Parliament has completed its consideration of the committee’s report and any ensuing Bill.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-768 Des McNulty: Science and the Parliament, Wednesday 28 November 2007—That the Parliament welcomes the Science and the Parliament event being held on 28 November 2007 in Our Dynamic Earth, organised once again by the Royal Society of Chemistry in association with Scotland’s leading science organisations; notes that this year’s theme is "The Science Behind the Energy Debate" in recognition of the important contribution that Scotland’s scientific community can make to the debate on this vital policy area; further notes that Scotland is a world leader in many scientific disciplines; recognises the need to foster an environment that enhances pupil and student participation in science, to invest in the science infrastructure and equipment of our educational establishments, to increase investment in research along with supporting greater industrial research and to assist in the practical application of our world-beating research, and hopes that this year’s Science and the Parliament event will play a positive part in contributing to the debate on how the Parliament and the Scottish Government address Scotland’s energy needs and obligations to tackle climate change in the years ahead.

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