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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
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Update on energy issues: The Committee will consider a paper from the clerk on the energy sector, updating members on the proposed UK Energy Bill, a response from the Scottish Government on PE837 and PE969 and a proposal to arrange briefings as part of the Committee’s forthcoming energy inquiry.

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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Petition PE1046: The Committee will take evidence from—

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Kellett, and Donald Henderson, Deputy Directors, Schools Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

Health and Sport Committee
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

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

Dr Frances Elliot, Medical Director, NHS Fife; Dr Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian; Dr Angus Cameron, Medical Director, NHS Dumfries and Galloway; and Sandra Laurenson, Chief Executive, NHS Shetland.

3. Budget process 2008-09: The committee will consider a draft report.

Local Government and Communities Committee
14th 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 items 4 and 5 in private.

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

the Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/531).

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

4. Fuel poverty: The Committee will review its work on the Scottish Government’s Central Heating Programme, Warm Deal Scheme, etc. and consider further work in this area.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Rural housing seminar: The Convener will report on the seminar entitled "Key Themes in Rural Housing", held in Aviemore on 10 December.

2. Work Programme: The Committee will review its forward work programme.

3. Petition PE749: The Committee will consider a response by Scottish Water in relation to the petition by Geoffrey Kolbe, on behalf of Newcastleton and District Community Council, seeking a moratorium on the spreading of sewage sludge.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following document that is subject to negative procedure—

Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Contaminated Land: The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2007 – Draft Statutory Guidance (SE 2007/168),

and the following negative instruments—

the Water Environment (Drinking Water Protected Areas) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/529);

the Seeds (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/536); and

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export and Movement Restrictions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/552).

5. Scottish Government’s Budget 2008-08 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Audit Committee
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Overview of Scotland’s health and NHS performance in 2006/07: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and NHS performance in 2006/07". (AGS/2007/10)

3. Section 22 Report: The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture and the Accountable Officer of the sponsoring directorate on the Auditor General for Scotland’s Section 22 report entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of the Scottish Arts Council".

4. Estate management in higher education: The Committee will consider a further response from the Scottish Funding Council on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Estate management in higher education" (AGS/2007/6).

5. Choice of temporary convener: The Committee will choose a temporary convener for its meeting on 11 January 2008.

6. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and NHS performance in 2006/07". (AGS/2007/10)

7. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4)

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S3M-1063 set out below, today’s business will be as follows:

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Kathy Galloway, the Iona Community

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-1063 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 19 December 2007—

after

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Transport

followed by Ministerial Statement: Transport

followed by Scottish Government Debate: EU Reform Treaty—

S3M-1053 Linda Fabiani: EU Reform Treaty—That the Parliament believes that the UK Government should hold a referendum on the EU Reform Treaty.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-1053.1 Malcolm Chisholm: EU Reform Treaty—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1053) in the name of Linda Fabiani, leave out from "the UK Government" to end and insert "membership of the European Union has been hugely positive for Scotland and Britain, delivering more jobs, a single market, freedom to work and live abroad, environmental protection, security and an enhanced place for Scotland and Britain in the world; believes that the European Union needs to become more efficient, more effective and more accountable and welcomes the signing of the European Reform Treaty as a significant step towards tackling these concerns, and believes that the treaty will allow the European Union to move on from debates about institutions to concentrating on the fundamental challenges of climate change, globalisation, terrorism and international development."

followed by Business Motions—

S3M-1061 Bruce Crawford: Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 20 December 2007.

S3M-1060 Bruce Crawford: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 20 December—

after

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

delete

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 – debate on the subject of S3M-953 Bill Butler: Support Project Scotland

and insert

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S3M-953 Bill Butler: Support Project Scotland

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

4.30 pm Decision Time

S3M-1059 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 January 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Serious Organised Crime

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Health and Social Care Bill – UK Legislation

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 Scottish 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 Debate: Gould Report

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 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 17 January 2008

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

Health and Wellbeing

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

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-464 John Lamont: Support for Border News—That the Parliament considers that moves by ITV to merge some of its smaller regional news services should be opposed; believes that these proposals pose a significant threat to the future of Border television and would be damaging to regional news in the region; considers that a merger of Border television news with STV news services would also be a bad move for television in Scotland and would provide a downgraded service for the customer, and believes that local and regional television services provide a valuable role in an increasingly centralised market.

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