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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
11th 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 items 3 and 4 in private.

2. The Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by John Swinney (LCM(S3) 3.1) and take evidence from—

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Geoff Pearson, Team Leader, Third Sector and Economy Division, and Ross Lindsay, Policy Officer, Third Sector and Economy Division, Scottish Government.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

4. Tourism inquiry: The Committee will discuss the approach to its tourism inquiry.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
13th 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 2 and any future consideration of the draft report to the Finance Committee on the budget process 2008-09 in private.

2. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee.

3. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft stage 1 Report.

Health and Sport Committee
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

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

the Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/522).

3. Inquiry into the balance of health care: The Committee will take evidence from—

Susan Manion, General Manager, Dunfermline and West Fife Community Health Partnership; Gerry Power, General Manager, Midlothian Community Health Partnership; Michael Johnson, Director of Clinical Services, Shetland Community Health Partnership and David Potter, General Manager, Annandale and Eskdale Local Health Partnership.

4. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill and a list of candidates for the post of adviser.

5. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider a draft report.

6. Health and Social Care Bill (UK Legislation) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on LCM(S3) 5.1.

Local Government and Communities Committee
13th 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 and all future items relating to the draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 in private.

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

the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/514).

3. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

Other Meetings

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

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
4thd Meeting, 2007

The Commission will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4.

1. Economy, efficiency and effectiveness examination of Audit Scotland: The Commission will consider potential follow up work from the auditors of Audit Scotland, HW Chartered Accountants, on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness examination of Audit Scotland’s fees and charges.

2. Commission working practices:The Commission will consider a paper on its working practices.

3. Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2008-09: (in private): The Commission will consider a draft report to the Parliament on Audit Scotland’s budget proposal for 2008-09.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Jack Glenny, Greenock and Paisley Presbytery

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government’s Health Strategy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—

S3M-1008 Michael Russell: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—That the Parliament recognises the value of the physical environment in promoting health and wellbeing; recognises the role that woodland and other greenspace plays in this through increased opportunities for physical activity, relaxation and social interaction in people’s everyday lives, and calls on the environmental and health sectors to work together to further develop the contribution of woodland and other greenspace to Scotland’s health.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-1008.3 Des McNulty: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1008) in the name of Michael Russell, after "lives" insert "notes the significant revisions to SPP 11: Open Space and Physical Activity between the draft consultation and the published document, including the omission of statutory consultation on non-sporting green spaces and proposed minimum standards of open space within developments, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consult further on these significant changes to planning policy,".

S3M-1008.2 Nanette Milne: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1008) in the name of Michael Russell, after "lives" insert "further recognises the economic significance of woodlands and the need to support the development and expansion of Scotland’s commercial forestry sector".

S3M-1008.4 Jim Hume: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1008) in the name of Michael Russell, leave out from "and calls" to end and insert "believes that the voluntary and public sectors can work proactively to promote the use of existing woodland and other greenspace, particularly by young people, through such activities as nature kindergartens, outdoor education centres and footpath networks; recognises the importance of local authorities developing core path plans in improving public access to greenspace; further recognises the need to work with land managers to increase access to land through management contract incentives; therefore calls on the Scottish Government to commit to long-term funding to sustain better access for everyone to urban and rural woodland and greenspace through management contract incentives; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that local authorities create better public access to their area by developing and implementing core path plans, and calls on the environmental and health sectors to work together to further develop the contribution of woodland and other greenspace to Scotland’s health."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1014 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 December 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: EU Reform Treaty

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 20 December 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Climate Change Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 9 January 2008

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 10 January 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Labour Party Business

11.40 am 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 Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motion—

S3M-1015 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Police Services Authority (Police Support Services) (Modification) Order 2007 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-331 Liam McArthur: Air Ambulance Service in Orkney—That the Parliament notes the continuing concerns felt in Orkney about the provision of air ambulance cover in the islands, the validity of which were demonstrated by the recent failure of the Scottish Ambulance Service helicopter to evacuate a patient from Papa Westray because of the weather conditions, with the patient only being evacuated thanks to the co-operation of the pilot of a Loganair BN Islander who was able to use his local experience of the weather to make use of a short weather window to reach the island; further notes that this would not have been possible had the evacuation been needed outside Loganair’s operational hours; believes that an independent review of the provision of air ambulance cover in Orkney is urgently needed, and further believes that the outcome of such a review would be the recognition of the need to provide a Kirkwall-based BN Islander air ambulance to provide a back up to the main Scottish Ambulance Service aircraft.

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