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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.

Health and Sport Committee
1st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

the Food Labelling (Declaration of Allergens) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/534);

the Fishery Products (Official Control Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/537); and

the Meat (Official Control Charges) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2007, (SSI2007/538)

2. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Molly Robertson, Bill Team Leader, Kirsty Finlay, Legal Directorate, Dr Sara Davies, Medical Adviser, and David Wallace, Air, Noise and Nuisance Team, Scottish Government;

Ken Macintosh MSP;

Kathy Banks, the Sunbed Association, Professor James Ferguson, the Photobiology Unit, University of Dundee, and John Sleith, Council Member, Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
1st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6, and equivalent items at later meetings during the inquiry, in private.

2. Rural housing inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to, and a draft remit for, the inquiry.

3. European Commission Work Programme: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Convener of the European and External Relations Committee regarding the European Commission’s work programme for 2008.

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

the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/559); and

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export Restrictions) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/562).

5. Flooding and flood management inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor John Mitchell, Director of Climate Science, and Stephen Noyes, Director of Operations and Customer Services, the Meteorological Office,

and agree other witnesses to be invited to give oral evidence in the inquiry.

6. Flooding and flood management inquiry: The Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier in the meeting with a view to identifying preliminary conclusions.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Albert Bogle, St Andrew’s Parish, Bo’ness

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: sportscotland

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Serious Organised Crime—

S3M-1101 Kenny MacAskill: Serious Organised Crime—That the Parliament recognises that serious organised crime is a major problem that has a devastating impact on communities and businesses in Scotland; believes that tackling this menace should be a key priority for a safer and stronger Scotland; supports the Scottish police service and UK and European law enforcement agencies in ramping up their efforts to disrupt and destroy the criminal networks which inflict misery on law-abiding citizens; commends the agencies responsible for recovering over £17 million worth of assets using the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; supports the view that serious organised crime cannot be seen to pay and supports further measures to ensure that criminals are stripped of the profits made from the misery they cause in order to reinvest in the youth of Scotland and communities, and supports the role of the newly established Serious Organised Crime Taskforce in spearheading a renewed drive and commitment to address this type of crime.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-1101.1 Pauline McNeill: Serious Organised Crime—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1101) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that the necessary resources are in place to effectively implement the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002."

S3M-1101.2 Margaret Smith: Serious Organised Crime—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1101) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, insert at end "but regrets the Scottish Government’s continued failure to implement the SNP’s election promise of 1,000 extra police officers, which would contribute to the fight against serious crime."

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

S3M-1044 Nicola Sturgeon: Health and Social Care Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the UK Health and Social Care Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 15 November 2007, which legislate in devolved areas in respect of provisions relating to the regulation of the healthcare professions should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1109 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Wednesday 23 January 2008.

S3M-1108 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 January 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Fisheries

followed by Scottish Government Debate: OECD Report into Scottish Education: the Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland

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 Debate: Energy

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: Justice

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 23 January 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 24 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

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-1107 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 1 February 2008.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-858 Keith Brown: Government Powers to Ensure Terrestrial Broadcast of Sport—That the Parliament expresses displeasure about the ongoing lack of access for viewers in Ochil and across Scotland to the fixtures of the Scotland men’s football team on terrestrial television, in particular the Scotland v Italy fixture scheduled for 17 November 2007; criticises the BBC for again scheduling in all parts of the United Kingdom the live England match on 21 November instead; notes that within the framework of the EU broadcasting directive (89/552/EC) the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport designates sporting events into three categories, corresponding to those which must be broadcast on terrestrial television (A), those for which highlights must be broadcast on terrestrial television (B) and the remainder for which no such requirements exist; further notes that the FIFA World Cup finals and UEFA European Championship finals come under category A while the qualifying matches for these tournaments do not even come under category B; observes that other countries such as Germany require that all national men’s football team matches be made available under corresponding regulations; believes that all competitive participation in international men’s football by Scotland should be made available to terrestrial broadcasters under these regulations, and considers that powers over broadcasting should be transferred to the Scottish Parliament so that the Scottish Government can take such action.

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