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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.

Local Government and Communities Committee
1st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, Ian Campbell, Glasgow 2014 and London 2012 Team, David Thompson, Policy Advisor and Beth Elliot, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

3. Planning application processes (Menie Estate): The Committee will take evidence from—

Not before 9.30 am

Alan Campbell, Chief Executive, Aberdeenshire Council;

Not before 10.30 am

from—

Jim Mackinnon, Chief Planning Officer and David Ferguson, Head of Planning Decisions, Scottish Government;

Not before 11.30 am

from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth and David Ferguson, Head of Planning Decisions, Scottish Government;

Not before 12.30 pm

and then from—

Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister and David Ferguson, Head of Planning Decisions, Scottish Government.

4. Planning application processes (Menie Estate): The Committee will consider the evidence taken.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
1st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Feedback from the joint seminar with the STUC: The Committee will be asked to provide feedback from the seminar with the STUC on "The Scottish Workplace and the Productivity Challenge".

3. Tourism inquiry – Growing pains: can we achieve a 50% growth in tourist revenue by 2015?: The Committee will consider a paper from its tourism adviser setting out a work programme for the inquiry.

4. The establishment of an Energy Technologies Institute and the opportunities for Scotland: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
1st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Scotland’s built heritage: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Graham, Chief Executive, Historic Scotland, Graham U’ren, Director, Built Environment Forum Scotland, Diana Murray, Secretary (Chief Executive), Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Mark Adderley, Chief Executive, The National Trust for Scotland.

Health and Sport Committee
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

the Meat (Official Control Charges) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/538);

the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/549);

and may take evidence on the instruments from Susan Pryde and Stephen Hendry, Food Standards Agency.

2. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Andrew Riley, Scottish Directors of Public Health Group;

Dr Charles Saunders, Chair, Scottish Consultants Committee, BMA Scotland;

Ron Culley, Policy Manager, COSLA;

Garrick Smyth, Policy Manager, COSLA;

Martin Donaghy, Medical Director, Health Protection Scotland;

Rona Broom, Minute Secretary, Scottish Group, Infection Prevention Society;

Dr Eric Baijal, Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Highland;

Tom Bell, Secretary, Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland;

Ken Jones, Head of Environmental Health, Scottish Borders Council;

Dr Christopher McGuigan, Chair, Consultants in Public Health Medicine (Communicable Diseases and Environmental Health Group);

Robert Howe, Head of Environmental and Strategic Services, South Lanarkshire Council; and

Fraser Thomson, Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Canon Andrew Mann, St Columba’s Catholic Church, Banchory

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—

S3M-1131 Maureen Watt: OECD Report into Scottish Education: the Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Reviews of Policies for National Education: Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland and its findings; notes the many positive aspects of our school education system highlighted by the OECD, and agrees that this report is an invaluable international evidence base on which to debate and develop Scotland’s educational policies for the future, recognising the significant challenges identified by the OECD.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-1131.2 Rhona Brankin: OECD Report into Scottish Education: the Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1131) in the name of Maureen Watt, insert at end "recognises the challenge in closing the gap in achievement associated with poverty and deprivation and the need for improved vocational education and high quality training; calls on the Scottish Government to take leadership and place an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, devolve power further to head teachers, develop leadership in schools and further develop vocational studies linked to high quality training, and regrets that this government has failed to address these priorities and has failed to deliver on key pledges made in the SNP manifesto."

S3M-1131.1 Elizabeth Smith: OECD Report into Scottish Education: the Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1131) in the name of Maureen Watt, insert at end "further notes that the report’s key challenge to Scottish schools is to make them work consistently well and equitably and that this outcome is dependent upon greater autonomy within school management, much greater emphasis within the curriculum on basic skills in English and mathematics and greater opportunities for pupils to follow vocational opportunities."

S3M-1131.3 Jeremy Purvis: OECD Report into Scottish Education: the Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1131) in the name of Maureen Watt, insert at end "welcomes the recognition of the success of educational innovations and developments in Scotland since 1999, and believes that the OECD recommendations for further development of the vocational provision of education, for the development of further leadership in school head teams and for a greater emphasis on transition into primary and between primary and secondary education, with greater devolved but more transparent funding to deliver them, should be the priorities of the Scottish Government in improving even further Scotland’s strong internationally renowned education system."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1143 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Debate: Health Improvement

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 Ministerial Statement: Waste

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Report

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Motion: Reappointment of the Scottish Information Commissioner

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 30 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 31 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

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-1074 Cathy Peattie: Young People in the Workplace—That the Parliament notes that young people are making a significant contribution to economic development and social progress in Scotland; notes that younger people often experience poorer job security, pay and conditions of employment and are significantly more likely to be injured in the workplace than older workers; recognises that trade unions play a vital role in protecting and training young people, contributing to a safer working environment in all workplaces and promoting and supporting the learning and skills development of young people; recognises the important role of trade union bargaining on issues such as apprenticeship schemes and workforce training, for example at Ineos in Grangemouth where, as part of the wage deal, apprentices are guaranteed employment on completion of their apprenticeships, and commends all those involved in the Unions into Schools Project, funded by the previous Scottish Executive and now the Scottish Government, which works in schools to ensure an understanding of the contribution made by trade unions.

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