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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.

Local Government and Communities Committee
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 8.30 am in Committee Room 1

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

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

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

and then from—

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

3. Housing consultation paper: The Committee will take evidence on the "Firm Foundations" housing consultation paper from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Mike Foulis, Director for Housing and Regeneration, David Rogers, Deputy Director – Housing Markets and Supply and Andrew Scott, Deputy Director, Social Housing, Scottish Government.

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

5. Elections 2007: The Committee will consider its approach to further work on the 2007 Scottish elections.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

2. Education and Skills Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the Legislative Consent Memorandum lodged by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (LCM(S3) 6.1), and take evidence from—

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills, Rachel Sunderland, Team Leader, Schools Directorate, Qualifications Assessment and Skills, David McPhee, Statistician, Enterprise, Energy and Lifelong Learning Analytical Services, and Neel Mojee, Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

the Individual Learning Account (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/1).

Health and Sport Committee
3rd Meeting, 2008

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. Future of sportscotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland, and Mike Whittingham, Executive Director, Scottish Institute of Sport;

Not before 10.45 am

and then from—

Stewart Maxwell, Minister for Communities and Sport.

3. Correspondence from the Public Petitions Committee: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Public Petitions Committee on the handling of Petition PE1108 on the availability of cancer treatment drugs.

4. Future of sportscotland: The Committee will consider the evidence taken today.

5. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider selection of witnesses for oral evidence in the light of written evidence received.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the followingaffirmative instruments—

the draft Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2007; and

the draft Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008

from—

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Aileen Bearhop, Principal Policy Officer, Agricultural Commodities, Agriculture Division, and Sandy McNeil, Solicitor, Rural Affairs Division, Scottish Government,

and decide whether to consider a draft report on the instruments in private at a future meeting.

2. Subordinate legislation: Richard Lochhead (Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment) to move—

S3M-1166— That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2007 be approved; and

S3M-1167— That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will considerthe following negative instruments—

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

the Zoonoses and Animal By-Products (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/577).

4. European Union scrutiny: The Committee will consider a paper updating it on EU issues relevant to its remit.

Not before 10.30 am

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

Professor David Crichton, Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre;

and then from—

Ronnie Mercer, Chairman, Jim Conlin, Environmental Regulation Manager, and Mark Dickson, General Manager – Customer Services, Scottish Water.

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

Audit Committee
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people" (AGS/2007/4) from—

Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety, Philip Rycroft, Director General Education, Donna Bell, Head of the Youth Justice Team and Olivia McLeod, Deputy Director of the Care and Justice Division, Scottish Government.

3. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2.

4. Police call management: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session with the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management: an initial review" (AGS/2007/8).

5. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received at its meeting on 11 January 2008 on its inquiry into the Auditor General for Scotland’s Section 22 Report on the 2006/7 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Margaret Peacock, Religious Society of Friends

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-1176 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) Bill.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-1176.1 Andrew Welsh: Budget (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1176) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "but, in so doing, recommends that the Scottish Government (a) brings forward proposals setting out how, over the period covered by the spending review, the level of police recruitment can be increased beyond that currently planned and (b) considers whether there is scope to increase the business rate reductions applying in 2008-09 beyond those stated in the Spending Review as the first stage of the acceleration of the reductions, setting out what changes will be required to the 2008-09 Budget as a result."

S3M-1176.2 Iain Gray: Budget (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1176) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "and, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward proposals setting out how, over the spending review period: funding can be provided to increase the modern apprenticeship programme by 15,000 places per year; vocational training opportunities can be provided as an option for secondary school pupils throughout Scotland; new direct air services from Scotland can be supported through replacement of the existing route development fund with a scheme which complies with European competition law; additional funding for universities can be provided through end-year flexibility or otherwise; the level of police establishment will be increased to 17,261; vulnerable two-year-olds can be provided with nursery education, and services for disabled children, the homeless, victims of domestic abuse and those suffering from mental health problems can be expanded beyond existing levels in every part of Scotland, setting out what changes will be required to the 2008-09 Budget as a result of these proposals."

S3M-1176.3 Tavish Scott: Budget (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1176) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "but, in so doing, believes that this is a budget of SNP broken promises; believes that the budget document is the most opaque seen since devolution; regrets the failure of the SNP government to provide adequate information on its detailed spending proposals, efficiency savings programme and alternatives to PPP; is further concerned that the budget choices made by the SNP government will lead to cuts in vital public services across Scotland, and therefore calls on the SNP government to address these issues as a matter of urgency."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1197 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 24 January 2008—

after

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

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

S3M-1198 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 30 January 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Delivering More Effective Government

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Importance of Scottish History in the School Curriculum

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – UK Legislation

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 Debate: Poverty

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 6 February 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Budget (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 7 February 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

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

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—

S3M-1199 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (Modification) Order 2008 be approved.

6.00 pm Decision Time

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